Animoog is an app made by Moog. I’m a bit of an app geek and I downloaded this one the day it came out on the iTunes store last year, and since then Animoog has totally changed my world. You can make crazy sounds, the interface is touch sensitive, it fits in your pocket and it sounds expensive. Kim Haden, the keyboardist in my band used Animoog all over our new record and at the very least it beats lugging a Juno 6 and a Korg Triton up a flight of stairs.
2. David Brin’s Uplift series.
I recently moved in with my girlfriend and while negotiating how to squeeze all our stuff into one place was frustrating, there were certain rewards. Discovering David Brin’s Sundiver while pruning our library made all the packing and bickering totally worth it. Sundiver is basically a sci-fi whodunit but with some awesome aliens, talking dolphins and monkeys. As a sci-fi geek this series has, dare I say, uplifted me.
3. Merino wool.
I used to work in a bike shop, specifically Steven’s Bicycles in Fresno, CA and when I am not busy playing with my band I am usually out riding my bike. If I am not doing either of those things, I am still probably moving around and perspiring on a regular basis. While there are all these micro fabrics and stuff that they sell for “active” folks, I pretty much only buy stuff made out of merino wool now because it doesn’t completely fall apart on me, or lose shape, and it can go a long time before it starts to smell weird. I don’t like smelling weird.
Malcolm Sosa is a member of the band Rademacher. The band will be releasing their second LP on March 6th, recording their first Daytrotter Session on March 4th and performing an official showcase at the 2012 SXSW Music Festival on March 17th.