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July 8, 2014
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Hiking is swell, but the number one love of my life is music. I'm not a musician, but I have loved music since I was a little kid and my uncle gave me a big box of old Beach Boys 45s.

As soon as I was old enough I started buying records and I never looked back. In the early 80s I fell in live with Metal and started going to see Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy etc. In college I went 'alternative' with Soundgarden, Primus, Fishbone, Jane's Addiction etc., but I never left Metal behind...I just kept finding more music I loved. I have an endless appetite for new sounds.

After graduating college with a degree in Environmental Science I moved to NYC, not a hot bed of environmental activism, and got a job in a record store. That was to be the beginning of a 20 year run in the music business. It's also where I started my love of Jazz. I had a great mentor who taught me everything I know about Jazz and we spent many nights in the Jazz clubs of NYC.

From the store I spent ten years working for a music database company where I sat next to a library of about 400,000 CDs which is slightly larger than my collection of about 6,000. Pre Spotify, this allowed me access to just about anything I wanted to hear and I discovered Scandinavian folk music, traditional Turkish music, Afrobeat and about a million other genres.

I also did a stint writing for an Indie Metal 'zine where I got to meet and interview all my boyhood idols: Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Dio. Currently I'm involved with a music start up called Music Aficionado, sort of the next step in the streaming music World where content is built around the massive streaming libraries. One of the interviews I did for MA was with Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who recorded the David Bowie sing on the space station. Let me know if you'd like an invite to the site

I'm still looking for new sounds and I still go to see Maiden when they come to town, but now I bring my kids. If I have to name a favorite band, it would be King's X. My wife and I have seen them about 30 times and have got to know them over the years.

Oddly enough, I NEVER listen to music when I hike.

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July 8, 2014
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I am on my way out the door to hike, but I wanted to say that you have excellent taste in music! I saw Iron Maiden for the first time at Radio City Music Hall on their Powerslave tour. Queensyche opened. What a show! I've seen Priest countless times and all the other big metal acts of the 80's (Ozzy, Sabbath, Dio, Scorpions, Anthrax, etc.). I don't own a ton of King's X, but I love what I have. I also love prog rock like Yes and Dream Theater. If I had to name an all time favorite band, I would have to go with Rush. I grew up playing bass and Geddy Lee was my idol. I've seen them about 12 times.

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July 8, 2014
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That tour was my first Maiden show also, in Massachusetts.

I've seen Rush three or four times including the R30 show at Radio City. I'm worried that all this recent touring is starting to take a toll on Geddy's voice.

King's X are playing at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Saturday August 9th as well as playing in NYC, NJ and NH.

July 8, 2014
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Listen to the new Mastodon album, Once More 'Round The Sun. It will undoubtedly be on my top ten list at the end of the year.

October 16, 2014
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justherb said
Listen to the new Mastodon album, Once More 'Round The Sun. It will undoubtedly be on my top ten list at the end of the year.

If you guys are looking for some good heavy music, I would recommend Queens of the Stone Age.  I just discovered them a year or two ago, and they rock!  I saw them in concert in Port Chester this summer and it was easily one of the best concerts I've been to.  Their older stuff is heavier than their latest album, but I find it to be ALL good.

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