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Marco Benevento Slays Philly with Three sets

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So the Blockley has been blowing it up recently pulling in the likes of Akron/Family, everyone’s man Otis Day and The Knights (Animal House) and this past Friday an epic 3 set show with Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz and Andrew Borger. Set one contained a new B side off of the 7″ record that Bene was selling at the show called “Fireworks.” Peep it in the first video below as well as the fiery end to “The Real Morning Party” from the beginning of the second set. The band kicked out stellar versions of “Atari” and “Heartbeats’ before the Soul Rebels Brass Band stopped in after opening for Galactic across the city. The combo of musicians bounced through the second half of the second set with a wild horn honking cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars.”
At 2 am the Blockley sold cases of beer for the crowd late night consumption as Bene laid out some stellar work on Elton John’s “Benny and The Jets” before finishing the night around 4 am.

“Fireworks” and more

The Benevento Trio with The Soul Rebels

Otis Day and the Knights doing an Animal House Toga Party 2.18.12

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Otis Day and the Knights are still around – alive and kicking. Sure everyone’s man Otis is now in his 60’s but he can still get the crowd moving! Peep the Video below to see him get the masses moving at the Blockley in Philadelphia.

The Thinking Man on Postive Healthcare Technology

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Technology is generating some questions around fairness and how it will increasingly complicate our already messy approach to health care. Whether you are for or against certain new technology in healthcare this video clip is purely positive.

Akron / Family – Round 2 video from 1.20.12

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Round 2 Video from that epic Akron / Family Show on 1.20.12 with guests the Sun Ra Arkestra. The footage mashed in is from Sedona AZ during Novemeber 2011. Enjoy!

The Thinking Man discusses online video changing society

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Cameras are getting smaller while still getting more powerful and the improvements are only speeding up.  Aside from having better video of your latest show or family moment, having this much video kicking around is sure to change society in unknown ways.

Start with kids.  I have one.  I also have no less than 4 accessible ways to capture him on film.  Cameras, phones, laptops, etc.  Much of his life, and the lives of his peers is digital. 
How will the fact that he is a little Derek Zoolander affect him later in life?

Unclear, but I hope he doesn’t turn out like this…

With all that video kicking around, society is likely to get more depraved as every politician, movie star, and public person will be fighting off embarrassing video of themselves from years past.

The pool of people with no embarrassing videos loaded to social media sites will only become smaller. I believe this has serious ramifications for society at large.  Some good, some bad.

Think for a moment about politicians.  Part of the reason why normal people consistently rank their elected representatives as “crap” is because these are people who have been squeaky clean as they’ve aimed for an office of public life since they were young.  Or they had rich parents to cover things up for them.

More and more, people will be forced to confront their past, which they hope society will judge as youthful transgression.  Obama admitted past drug use.  Bush did the same but would things be different if we had a video of George W. Bush pulling a 4 foot bong hit in the frat house?

What about embarrassing Facebook photos and video of that night you got really drunk and your friend posted online?   What about video of you that was captured via CCTV or without your knowledge or consent?  When was the last time you picked your nose in public? Are you comfortable with what is out there about you?  If you aren’t is there anything that you can do?

Akron/Family – 1.20.12 – Video of “Everyone Is Guilty” with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

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Akron/Family stopped by the Blockley on 1.20.12. Just as they did last year they brought life to the crowd with amazing versions of “So It Goes” “River” and an amazing version of “Everyone Is Guilty” with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Miles Seaton talked briefly about how Etta James would have wanted us to party in the beginning of the show. They brought up Etta James “At Last” as fitting house music to end the show. The video below is a slice of the evening including most of the spirited “Everyone Is Guilty.”

Yacht – Live in Philly – 12.4.11 VIDEO

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Yacht raged Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church – peep them doing Dystopia and more below.

The Thinking Man: Purchasing Your Future Body

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I want a new knee.   OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic.  I want my knee to work better for longer than it currently does.  How much longer do I have to wait until I can get a replacement that works better than the original?  A while yes, but progress is being made.

You’ve probably seen the Cheetah legs before but as this story discusses, the future holds some interesting questions.  Do the legs give an advantage and if they do,  what are we supposed to do about it?

If you look ahead, you can see that this type of personal augmentation will wreak havoc with how we treat health care.  We all know that our health care costs are rising but what happens when someone literally wants to become a six-million dollar man?  Assume for a moment that new knee exists.  It won’t be cheap.  Who pays?

For a guy like me who can still get around, this might qualify as a luxury purchase.  For someone who had been hobbled for years and is in constant pain, insurance will pay the bills.  Where does the line get drawn?  I suspect this will become a key consideration in the future.

The Soul Rebel Brass Band and The New Mastersounds – Live at The Blockley – 11.19.11

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The Blockley put on an amazing funk show this past weekend with The Soul Rebels Brass Band absolutely blowing away my expectations and creating one of the most fun and dancable sets I’ve yet to see at the Blockley.  The UK band The New Mastersounds was no slouch either tearing through a rock and jazz filled set that went late into the next morning.  Peep the action in the video below.


Battles – Halloween in Philly – Video of “Ice Cream” live on 10.31.11

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