Ah! ‘Tis the season. This is our first winter here at Beakers, Beers, and Books, and I just want to say thanks to all our subscribers and followers. Whether you are a regular reader or are just stopping in I figure you are getting ready for Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Festivus/ whatever (and you may also be hating that holiday traffic). SO, why not sit back and listen to some the the greatest Xmas tunes out there.
Songza has always been one of my favorite apps, and even after being acquired by Google, they have continued to be a venue where I can seek out new music and well developed playlists for multiple occasions without overbearing ads destroying the atmosphere of the occasion. For that I thank them and welcome their new (not that new really, *cough* 2014) Google overlords.
If you haven’t heard of Songza then be sure to check out their website. Their Christmas hit playlists are playing throughout my home almost constantly during the holiday seasons (I have a thing for Christmas…yes…I am one of those people) and their compilations are fantastic.
SONGZA IS NO MORE, Google closed down the site and the UI for Google Music is terrible. Comparison of music listening apps, shown below using appcrawlr’s ratings shows the best viable option now is 8tracks.com. Sadly, you will need to log in, but the music is free and so far I have not heard any ads. The UI is much better as well so hopefully this will aid you in your listening endeavors.
Now that that is out of the way…
While listening to your christmas jams, take some time to stare into Nick Offerman’s eyes while enjoying the building tension of a yule log and some Lagavulin™ Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It will remind you of every meaningful conversation you have ever had with your father.
Merry Christmas and be sure to keep warm!
This post is part of new series documenting my travels around South Korea. All Asian cultures are unique in their own respect. They all have their own way of life, all of which is foreign and different to western civilization. South Korea is no different.
For those of you who have been to Hongdae, South Korea, when you think of “Hongdae Street,” the images that come to mind are restaurants, night clubs, graffiti murals, and at it’s beating heart a thriving collection of underground music and festivals. For the United States this is place is similar to 6th Street, Austin, Texas. The atmosphere and hippie art culture presents a déjà vu experience for people visiting Hongdae only on a much larger scale. In the 1990s the non-mainstream artists and performers gathered in the area around Hongik University aka Hongdae to create the center of fashion, music and dance. When stepping off the Subway, walking through the underground up to the surface you are transported into another world apart from the regular walk of life in Seoul. All of the shops and restaurants are jam packed together with signs in every conceivable location where there is space to let the people know they are here. Street performers of every kind from dancers, singers, rap groups, and magic performers set up their microphones and loudspeakers. As the day progresses and the sun rises, the streets become crowded with people from all walks of life.
Hongik University was established in 1956 based on humanitarian ideals (in Korea, the word “Hongik” means to advance the welfare of mankind). Hongik University typically referred to as “Hongdae” for short, is a prestigious university in the Mapo-gu district of central Seoul, South Korea with a second campus in Sejong. This is the source of the young vibrant culture that emanates from the Hongdae area. Hongik University has approximately 14,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students. The university is best known for its Architecture and Fine Arts programs.
In the area surrounding Hongik University, a street art exhibition is Continue Reading