Category Archives: What to Buy

Sam Billen | Merry Christmas

Good Christmas music is hard to find. In steps Lawrence, KS singer/songwriter Sam Billen with the aptly titled album Merry Christmas. Acoustic and falsetto harmonies await you. The best part? It’s free at Habitat Shoe Boutique. That’s right people. Giving it away. Stop by and get you a copy. Start a fire, sip on some brandy egg nog and think of Jesus for a change.


New web startup offers bands and other companies the chance to make selling merch easy. Not only do they have customizable webpages for each store, they can print and fulfill the orders as well. The site is still fresh and will be growing tremendously over the next few months. It will be interesting to see how the social-side of the site takes off as well. If you are a wanna-be-rock star or an indie tee shirt designer, needs to become your next best friend. Cheers to Scott and the rest of the team for their hard work!

New Music | Rachael Yamagata

I’ve heard the name Rachael Yamagata off and on for about four years, but for some reason have never taken the time to listen. So tonight, with an evening free, I listened to her recent live concert on All Songs Considered. I highly recommend it and I highly recommend checking out her new album due to release soon.

Albums to Pick Up (When I Get My Monies)

: The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely

: The Notwist – The Devil, You + Me

: Beck – Modern Guilt (July 8th)

: The French Kicks – Swimming

: Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning

: Dr. Dog – Fate

: Amos Lee – Last Days at the Lodge

(so, should I get the new Coldplay or Death Cab??)

This and That with a Little Heavy Rotation

: Everyone should read these two articles in the NYTIMES – Wilting Over Waffles and Why Bother?

: Currently in heavy rotation: Sea Wolf – Leaves in the River, R.E.M. – Accelerate, The Killers – Sam’s Town

: Go vote for Habitat for best shoe store/boutique at KCMAG (under retail section at bottom).

Where have you been Hemingway?

I read my first Hemingway novel, The Old Man and the Sea, this past weekend. I actually teared up towards the end. I don’t remember that ever happening to me(wuss) while reading a novel. I can’t believe I have never read any Hemingway. I immediately checked out A Farewell to Arms and cannot put it down. I will be perusing his catalog for a while.

In other news: John Mayer is gay (literally). You may want to rethink listening to the song Wonderland.

This and That from the Week

: Favorite quote of the week – “Daddy, can we go upstairs and listen to rock music?” – my daughter

: If distorted guitar driven Jesus worship is your thing, then I highly recommend checking out Lee McDerment. (praise hand)

: Go to ChefBurger…now.

: Currently addicted to reading conspiracy theories on the world ending in 2012.

: The artwork of Heather Smith Jones is now on Etsy. You need original art!

: I’ve seen this site featured now as “Celebs if they lived in Oklahoma”, “Celebs if they lived in Missouri”, “Celebs if they lived in Kansas”. Ok, so the midwest is gay. We who live here already know this. Pam Anderson takes the cake!