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Cool Ghouls sounds like a Scooby Doo episode

But it’s not. The Cool Ghouls include Pat Thomas, Ryan Wong, Pat McDonald, Alex Fleshman and they are affiliated with a variety of different record labels including: Empty Cellar, Burger Records, Under the Gun, Hair Growth. This coming August they will be one of many bands to perform at the First City Festival in Monterey, California along with the likes of Dawes, Miniature Tigers and The National to name a few.

tumblr_n544gyFzbm1ru8auqo1_400They recently did a session with Daytrotter which you can find here.

Folks around the interwebs say Cool Ghouls are “A very sick, carefully crafted, pysch/rock band.” I’m not really sure what that means but I’m assuming it is a good thing since the band is known to “restore your faith in music.”

Needless to say I’m not sure that this band likes Scooby Doo but I can totally see the mystery gang making reference to their band’s name just for fun while rolling around town in their psychedelic van.

Surprised by the Google Doodle this Easter?

cesar_chavezs_86th_birthday-1114005-hpYou’re not the only one wondering why Google is honoring Cesar Chaves this Easter Sunday instead of, well, Easter.

As it turns out they didn’t have an Easter doodle last year either. In fact, there hasn’t been an Easter Google Doodle since the year 2000. I guess I’m only noticing because of Cesar Chaves being on my search engine page this morning. If the page were just the normal Google logo I probably wouldn’t think anything of it. But I’m sure people will find way to be offended by this and that is just silly.

So anyway… who is Cesar Chaves?

Cesar Chavez Day is an official state holiday in the U.S. states of California, Colorado and Texas. As a senator, Barack Obama made a call in 2008 for a national holiday in Chavez’s honor, saying: “Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And last year President Obama made it so by the power vested in him March 31st is now Cesar Chavez Day.

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” – Cesar Chavez



In the market for a grand piano, Steinway & Sons are your best bet

As many of you know from my music reviews, if there is a keyboard or a piano involved in the arrangement I tend automatically enjoy what I’m listening to, unless of course it is insanely over produced or the vocals are screech worthy. In fact, our oldest son, Brae, he asked Santa for a keyboard for Christmas last year. He plays often down in the basement and we can hear the little tunes he comes up with. I’m simply in love with the sound of a piano.

I would love to someday have a place for a grand piano or at least an upright piano in my home. At one time we looked into the cost and did some research on the best place to find a great quality piano. We found that Steinway Los Angeles in California is probably one of the finer sellers in the country. They even sell used or rebuilt pianos under their company name which is remarkable. The Steinway brand has been on the market since 1836 and so you know right off the bat that the family has a deep love for the instrument. To me that means a lot, I know there will be quality and I know there will be impeccable, trustworthy customer service in dealing with them.

My husband is a musician and now that our oldest is showing such an appreciation for the craft it warms my heart. Purchasing a piano for your home is not something to tread into lightly, so if your family is heading that route make sure you choose a location and seller who you would be more than happy to share with friends and family for years to come.

Where do your scrambled eggs come from?

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a historic bill on July 6 that will extend protection to egg-laying hens that live in other states, if the egg producers want to do business in California. The new humane law will have hens across the country spreading their wings with joy.

The bill, AB1437, will require out-of-state egg farmers that want to sell eggs in California grocery stores to adhere to the humane confinement rules created by Proposition 2. Proposition 2, approved by voters in November 2008, phases out the extreme confinement of laying hens in cages by 2015.

The Humane Society of the United States said this means all hens that contribute to the egg industry in California must be housed in cages that allow them to “stand up, lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs without touching one another or the sides of an enclosure” – whether or not they live in the state. HSUS was one of the animal welfare organizations that backed the landmark bill which was introduced by Assemblyman Jared Huffman.

This victory comes just days after The HSUS brokered a deal with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the state’s largest agriculture groups to impose a moratorium on new battery cage facilities in Ohio, the nation’s second largest egg production state.