Keeping Up (Vol. 42)

by Darren Paltrowitz

Here are some more quick picks for you, the loyal reader:

gorrilaz_fall_150MUSIC: Gorillaz / The Fall – Damon Albarn –- leader of Gorillaz, Blur and The Good The Bad & The Queen -- decided to end his 2010 with a massive challenge: making an entire album on an iPad. Which he gave out to fan club members on Christmas for free. Which was on the heels of the top-notch 2010 release Plastic Beach. Whether or not you love the genre-bending music of Gorillaz (Plastic Beach is undeniably far superior to The Fall), the work ethic of the nearly-all-star band is practically second to none. (gorillaz.com)

BOOK: Tim Ferriss / The 4-Hour Body – Tim Ferriss made waves internationally with the release of The 4-Hour Work Week, which aimed to challenge most work-related uses of the word “can’t.”  Similarly, The 4-Hour Body challenges much of what the average person knows and thinks about science and health. While not everyone may be aiming to “sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested” –- as the book explains –- there is no harm in hearing some new ideas that can potentially make you feel better. (fourhourbody.com

SHOW: Blue Man Group – While the Blue Man Group has been performing live for over 20 years, I only got to see them for the first time on the Norweigan Epic ship. A full-scale production that often simultaneously blends performance art, dramatic rock music, concert lighting, slapstick comedy, and cerebral satire, the show is universally-appealing. However, as the show’s contents vary from city to city –- in addition to the cast and crew – seeing Blue Man Group more than once would be far from preposterous.  (blueman.com) 

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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