Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Hello from Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan empire. Also its high. How high, well if Denver is the mile high city than this is the 2 mile high city at 11,200 ft. (Enjoy your oxygen coastal people's!) Breathing so far hasn't been terrible. It's not hard to breath like asthma but rather you get out of breath often. So I've embraced the local dietary solution of Coca!
Coca tea, coca leaves, coca candy and I even visited the Museo de Coca! Coca is mystical and gives you extraordinary powers. It is ancient and basically built the amazing Incan temples and settlements by giving you energy and reducing appetite.

Also, Cuzco is the preferred starting point for all things Incan. Sunday I took a tour of the sacred valley including a number of sites. The mountains and scenery and scale are unlike anything I've seen before. It takes me a while to comprehend "that peak is over 6000 meters high." Aka 20,000 feet.

Well if you are wondering why I haven't mentioned the big kahuna yet, it's because I'm going tomorrow! An all day trip to Maccu Piccu, I get picked up at my hostel at 3am and won't return to Cuzco till 10pm! Good thing this elevation somehow helps me sleep!
Photos! One of the Pisac terraces and the others are Cuzco.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Viva Peru y Bolivia!

As I was prepping for my spontaneous three week voyage I thought of the cheesy and/or nostalgic junk mail pamphlets that I get from my undergrad. Usually I take a look and then place it in the recycling but I recently began to appreciate HWS's latest perspective hook "Worlds of experience, Lives of consequence." Hoping to emphasize the concept of 'global citizenship.' And as you know I have a huge itch to see parts of the globe.
So here we go! Off in a whirl of gazuppee as my mother would exclaim if she wasn't so nervous! A new continent to explore. Viva Peru y Bolivia!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Real Big Sur

Forget apologizing for not keeping up. Bienvenidos a Bacon cubierto de chocolate!!

That's right y'all CCB is going Big South on this blog. South America south!
I won't have a computer but will have an iPhone, more to follow soon.

James, CCB

Sunday, November 18, 2012

CMJ 2012

Welcome to the second annual CCB review of the CMJ Music Marathon.
I saw about 45 acts ranging in all types and from all locations. Here's a couple. As always I'd be more than happy

Royal Canoe
Canadians are considered tame but produce some of the most talented weirdos. Hailing from Winnistickpeg, Royal Canoe is a really fun live act almost every band member has a synthesizer or keyboard and the occasional autotune.

Kishi Bashi
The definition of Hybrid. This one man Japanese/American sang/played violin dubbed/beat boxed. And repeat/mashed up his own vocals, strings and clapping. Really unique treat.

Gold Fields
As a sucker for nostalgia rock this band hits it on the head. But don't be fooled by there tropical riffs and neo-synth's they come to bring down the house. After seeing them I had to ask the drummer how he managed to keep his head on his shoulders.

Classic good feeling Funk indie. Thanks to Jen and Kerry this guy was a priority and well worth it.

Icona Pop
The Nordic woman are by no means suppressed as compared to there male compatriates. First LCMDF from Helsinki and now these 'get the hell up and dance' chicks from Sweden know how hard beats and beauty can inspire.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


CCB has risen from the dead just in time for the holiday spirit! After a year of denial we are back! Or perhaps this might be the only convenient way to send a lot of information to a number of people.

The above video might seem odd but it connects with the previous post and is also a bit of a prequil to the next.
Anyone notice the connection?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CMJ Detox

Christy and Oliver rocked the boat hard in the desert to kick off the most amazing week of the year! It was a bi-coastal binging, liver dancing all week.

For those of you who don't know... I'm too tired for explaining. Google "CMJ Week" for a more provocative description. Here is my take away.

REPTAR! ARRGH! Heard this DJ-ed a couple places, including from one of The Smiths.
Stuck in my Id by reptarmusic

Royal Teeth! After chattin with da Smiths' bloke, this kid Joshua told me the streets in New York are terrifying with a van load of band shit, and said he was playing the next night to which I responded: "Word." So Shirley and I went. Very awesome live. Holla NOLa!!

 Wild by RoyalTeeth

Blue Kid. Fiona Apple meets Adelle. Really got the chills from her voice. The rest of her band seemed to be placeholders, but this Blue Kid has incredible talent and an amazing future.
The Dismemberment Song by Blue Kid

Big shout out to cousin Stabone... Only the strong can run with us. He came out for the Fader Fort and the College Buyers Lounge where we saw 42 Below rock it... I mean the Kickdrums.
The Kickdrums - Had Too Much To Dream Last Night by The KickDrums

Final Word: If there is an event sponsored by Odoul's next year, I. AM. THERE.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Recession Musical

Double or Single dip, it's time for us to hunker down and work with what we've got!

Diego Stocco - Music From A Dry Cleaner from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.