Latest musical obsession: “Kathleen” by Catfish & The Bottlemen.

I mean the song is only 2:44 but when that guitar riff kicks in at “I gotta give it to you, YOU GIVE ME PROBLEMS?!” Oh man..that’s the kind of crank your stereo with the windows down kinda shit that I just associate with a great summer. 

Their debut album comes out in September. Here’s there Last.fm bio:

Catfish and The Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own. Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage. Catfish and The Bottlemen are going places and want to take you with them…


My church offers no absolution
She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to

With two EP’s and an upcoming solo album on the way, Irish singer-songwriter and indie blues-folk artist Hozier is certainly making a strong push to be the next big thing. His debut EP, Take Me To Church, released in 2013 is picking up much more mainstream steam now that it’s titular track has hit the indie/Alt music stations here in the US. Check it out.

Alabama’s Matthew Mayfield just released a new single, “Desire,” complete with a new music video. As a big fan of Mayfield’s I was definitely expecting a lot  from the new single, and luckily I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. As

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One of my favorite new songs of summer has got to be “Sheila Put The Knife Down, ” by Junior Prom. Based out of NYC, the duo’s music can be described best as catchy “indietronica.” Check em out.

Since my first two weeks on Surgery were in the clinic, today was my first day on the wards other than for rounds and my first day in the OR since basic sciences. I got to scrub in on a pretty sweet knee arthroplasty for a patient who had torn both her medial and lateral meniscus.

By the time we wrapped up it was after sign out for everyone not on night float so I had the laparoscopic trainer to myself for 35-45min. Finally got the hang of it by the end. I’ve got 10 more weeks on surgery to keep practicing and hopefully figure out laparoscopic throws and lap instrument ties. Threw this together while practicing using iPhone5, 8mm video app, VideoSound app, and Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin.”

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I honestly thought I had already posted this song because it’s literally fantastic and the fact that I didn’t means it’s time to rectify the situation. “Reverse” by SomeKindaWonderful is one of those songs that’s just catchy from the first note. The drum beat is fantastic. The lead singer reminds me a lot of indie rapper/singer Splendid, of whom I am a big fan. Check it out. Guaranteed hit.

The 2nd single from Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo, “Habits” is pretty amazing. It was the first I’ve heard of her but I have a feeling she is about to blow up huge, especially based on this live performance of the track. She sounds better live than a lot of people do on their albums post-production.

I eat my dinner in my bathtub then I go to sex clubs
Watching freaky people getting it on
It doesn’t make me nervous, if anything I’m restless
Yeah I’ve been around and I’ve seen it all

I get home, I got the munchies,
binge on all my Twinkies
Throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep
And I drank up all my money
Days been kind of lonely

I took the train into NYC yesterday to meet up with some friends for dinner but went in a few hours early to put the new Olympus E-PM2 through the paces while wandering around and listening to new music. (Side Note: If you’ve never wandered around Manhattan people watching with your headphones cranked up, you are missing out.) I wound up walking way further than anticipated—Penn Station down to the West Village, back up to Bryant Park, over to Union Square, back to Time’s Square and finally back to Penn Station—but it was worth it.

Overall I am pretty happy with the E-PM2 and the kit lenses it came with—I used both in the shots above—but I do think I’m going to eventually make a switch to either the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II prime lens or the new Olympus Zuiko 20mm f/1.8 lens for everyday use as most of the photos I take are walking around/travel/low light.

London born singer songwriter Emily Woods fronts her band Emily And The Woods, which is currently getting a lot of play time on my Spotify. Her 2014 EP, Then We Collide, features four extremely solid tracks. Here’s “Helios” which was the first track I heard and the one that thankfully got me to give the EP a listen.

Ludovico Einaudi…what are you? Are you a classical musician? Are you a piano-driven instrumental jam band? Are you a sound angel sent from on high to deliver music to my Bose QE15s while I study? Yes. Yes to all.

I have been listening to Ludovico Einaudi hardcore lately while studying and he is unreal. His 2004 album Una Mattina is insane and I strongly recommend it. Strongly. I’ve just moved on to his 2009 album Nightbook which features these two songs you see here, “Lady Labyrinth” and “Night Book” as tracks 2 & 3 respectively. This live version starts off a bit slow but when it kicks in around 3:20…daaaaaaaamn.

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A friend sent me Flatsound’s album, Sleep, to check out on Spotify and it’s pretty amazing. The first half of the album sees Mitch Welling focusing on his singer-songwriter while the second half sees him experimenting with ambient sounds and music. The first half is definitely more my go-to but the latter half is great for sleeping. The acoustic guitar is on point, as are the lyrics which are relate-able in the same way that Matt Nathanson’s lyrics or Richward Edwards’ lyrics are. My two favorite tracks are “Don’t Call Me At All” and “Sleep.”

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I was listening to a playlist on Spotify today while washing dishes and “All That I Am” by Parachutes came on. I don’t even care that they are considered a “pop” band and have toured with the Jonas Brothers. This is a damn good song.

Matt Nathanson, “Kill the Lights”

Matt Nathanson, “Kill the Lights”

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Finally getting around to listening to “Slingshot to Heaven,” the 5th studio album from Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s and I’ve got to say, it might be the best album since Dust of Retreat. While I liked the albums since Dust—Not Animal, Animal, Buzzard, and Rot Gut Domestic—and they’ve each had some amazing tracks, they never really matched the overall feel of Dust of Retreat. This new album seems to have recaptured the magic while managing to pull in the best aspects from the albums between Dust and Slingshot.

Sunday’s trip to the B&H Photo Video Superstore in NYC in search of a new camera was a big success. After a lot of research, I decided I wanted to go the Mirrorless Four Thirds route over a more traditional DSLR due to the much smaller body size and ease of portability— which means I’ll still be able to take into most concert venues. Plus, these days most mirrorless cameras are completely on par with DSLR image quality in similar price brackets. And with interchangeable lenses it’s really anybody’s game.

I wound up going with the Olympus EPM-2 due to the picture quality, portability, ratings, and the fact that it came with a 14-22mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens and a free ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R lens included. I’ll probably upgrade to a 25mm f/1.8 prime lens eventually but for now those two are solid.

I’ve been working nights since Sunday and haven’t really gotten a chance to play around with it yet, but I did take it down to the beach for 10-15 min on Monday morning when I got back from the hospital to see what it could do. These were the results following some quick edits in Lightroom.