Keeping Up (Vol. 22)

by Darren Paltrowitz

Here are another 5 quick picks for you, the loyal reader:

reelbigfish_fame_150MUSIC: Reel Big Fish – Few bands survive having a hit major label album, let alone lasting more than another decade beyond that. Reel Big Fish can not only be heralded for survivors in the music field, but for also remaining consistent as a good times party band. In fact, when seeing them live, even a casual music listener may actually realize they know a lot of songs that Aaron Barrett crew are performing. Presently on the road with the also-legendary Dave Wakeling-fronted The English Beat, Reel Big Fish is supporting Fame, Fornication and Fortune, their recent collection of pop and rock covers, and just-released, budget-priced live DVD, Live! In Concert! (myspace.com/reelbigfish)

BOOK: Don Felder with Wendy Holden / Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles – When the average music fan hears “The Eagles,” he or she is likely to think about Don Henley and/or Glenn Frey. However, the band had other partners and songwriters in the mix, and Don Felder was one of them from 1974 until 2001. As the principle writer of “Hotel California” – in addition to work as a solo artist, sideman and writer for other projects – Felder’s book discusses his many highs and lows in the business. While his ex-bandmates have not opted to comment on Felder’s book, Felder comes across in print as a sincere and appreciative person who recognizes that he has been blessed with his success. (donfelder.com

DVD: The State – Almost 15 years since its last new episode, MTV cult-classic series The State is finally out on DVD. A five-disc set including all four seasons, commentary and other extras, this is the first time some members of the 11-member comedy troupe have gone on-record about the series. Seeing as how members of The State have since starred in programs like Reno 911, Stella and Michael And Michael Have Issues, this DVD release is not only ideal for fans of sketch-comedy but all Comedy Central viewers. (thestateondvd.com)  

TOOL: DropRecord – When sending large files over e-mail, there is a high risk of such unknowingly hitting your recipient’s spam box. In turn, many Internet users opt for YouSendIt, MailBigFile or a similar site. However, those services have limits on the size of the file that can be sent at no cost. By comparison, DropRecord gratis enables users to send files that are up to 500 megabytes. You’re welcome. (droprecord.com)

ARTICLE: BillShrink Guy “The Recession And The Airline Industry” – This column often discusses ways to save money in these troubling times, but many of us still have the urge and/or need to travel. The blog name “BillShrink” is fairly self-explanatory, and this article by “BillShrink Guy” helps to break down how and when U.S. airlines are hitting you with charges. Illustrated in a graphic-enhanced chart, the 11 airlines are ultimately rated on the Skytrax system, helping readers draw a conclusion about where money can be truly be saved when traveling.  (billshrink.com/blog/hidden-airline-fees)   

As always, if I’m missing something that’s worthwhile and deserving of column space, please reach out with an e-mail: darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

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