I’ve been saying it for years: vinyl is the way to go and Millennials are finally catching on! Best Buy announced this week that its stores will stop selling CDs (compact discs) altogether this July 1. Meanwhile vinyl sales have been steadily rising over the last few years, becoming, once again, a high-demand item for music retailers who have been struggling to compete with digital streaming services and music downloaded from the Internet. According to The Guardian, vinyl sales saw a 53% increase between 2015 and 2016, the highest sales numbers for vinyl since 1991. Although vinyls have always been kept around by independent retailers like Half Price Books and local stores like Cheapo Records and Electric Fetus here in Minneapolis, retailers like Best Buy and Target have caught up with the trend. As some begin to drop CD sales, none seem to have any plans to stop selling vinyl. Continue reading →
There aren’t many shoes that can match the clean cut feel of a brand new pair of Vans in the summer. The legendary California shoe company recently released their Classic Era 59s dressed with cork and twill accents. The release comes in the form of 3 earthy colorways including Arabian spice, incense and dark shadow, the Arabian spice (dark red) easily capable of serving through fall. These are currently available via Vans website or at your local Vans retailer for $55, click the link to grab yours now.
2015 has been a great year for the Nike Dunk and things don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The latest release under the Dunk umbrella comes in the form of a “Red October” version dressed in red suede and nylon. Taking obvious cues from the Yeezy “Red October,” these kicks might be one season too late, but they’re still a solid addition to any sneaker head’s closet. The Nike Dunk High “Red October” should be available now at select Nike retailers for $120, if you like what you see contact your local Nike retailer to see if they have them in.
Over the last 5 years, Sony has become one of the best companies at making digital cameras. This newly released A5100, is a small handheld camera that is quite powerful and boastes some tremendous attributes. The A5100, is a 24.3 megapixel camera with a hybrid AF system, which has 179 phase detection points for rapid action and focused frames. On top of that, Sony has added a LED monitor that is 180 degrees flexible and can be seen from the front. You can also add new lenses for specific situations as needed. Lastly, Sony’s A5100 allows you to capture photos anywhere from 1/4000th of a second, all the way up to a 30 second shutter speed for photos.
Moo Joos, from MN’s Brau Brothers, has been one of our all time favorite Milk Stouts. I am very surprised we didn’t share this one earlier as it continues to land in our hands and into our stomachs. This velvety smooth beer may not be in season, but when it is as good as it is, why not crack one open with your bacon and eggs in the AM.
This beer is seriously a creamy chocolaty flavored brew that doesn’t lack much. There isn’t anything about this brew that one could really complain about. It’s light, very drinkable, tastes sweet and has a great aroma. Moo Joos can be found on tap at a variety of pubs (when in season) and can be bought year round in liquor stores. Enjoy.
It turns out that Wisconsin is trying to compete with MN with with its successful breweries. Tyranena Brewing Company from Mazomanie, WI., has absolutely nailed what I expect out of an American Porter. Once again, while most consider this to be out of season, I say hell with seasons and enjoy a beer when you want to enjoy one.
The Cheif BlackHawk Porter certainly lives up to its name. The beer that pours as dark as night has a lot going on. The moderately carbonated Porter possesses bitter coffee and caramel notes with an undlying hop prescence. The thing that impressed me the most about the BlackHawk Porter, is that it has a crisp and clean finish, which is something a lot of American Porters lack. Make sure to keep your eyes out for brews from this Wisconsin brewery, because they are all pretty damn good.