Santa left you a sample under your tree!

Ho Ho How wonderful it is this time of year! I love to give the gift of music, so this X-Mas I’m presenting you with my favorite Holiday sample!

In 1987, the first installment of A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS hit stores. This Christmas-themed compilation album was produced by A&M records to benefit Special Olympics. The first installment featured a , now, Christmas “classic” by RUN DMC.

(this video is great! I love how the elf is wearing a track suit!)

Jam Master Jay is cutting a super funky Christmas album by the soulful Mr. Clarence Carter.


Happy Ho Ho Holidays!


Tarik’s (aka The Architect) Oracular Spectacular Gift Guide

Only five days left before Santa make his deliveries.  Are you one of those trying to find that unique gift for that certain someone?  Is that person possess geeky tendancies similar to me? Or are you looking for gift for me? Well I have your solution.  Check out my Oracular Spectacular Gift Guide.  I feature some fantastic and unique gifts for that special person.  Let’s get crackin’:

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Freebie: A Funkadelic Christmas


You can’t say I never gave you anything for Christmas.  Check out this holiday inspired mixtape called Funkadelic Christmas from Funkadelic Freestyles, DC to BC, and THATREALISH.

A Funkadelic Christmas is a compilation of timeless Christmas music & clips from various movies, made for the sole purposes of getting yo’ ish real funkadelic on Christmas. Simple isn’t it?

Sufjan Stevens – “The Winter Solstice”


Click the read more to for the tracklisting and download link.

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Need a Gift Idea? Try a little Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting 2008 Gift Guide

Need help looking for a gift this year. One of my favorite sites Cool Huniting put out their annual Gift Guide a few weeks ago. They have some amazing gift ideas for that picky person in your life. Check it out.

Joe Puerta and Friends on Today’s 414 Music


Get in the holiday spirit. Today on 414 Music at 5:30pm, Scott welcomes Joe Puerta and Friends to the studio to celebrate the release of the album “Christmas Dreams” from his group Maji. Get in the spirit with this live performance of original Christmas music.  He will be performing live at Turner Hall this Sunday, December 9th.

Hunting for Cool Gift Ideas


The holiday season is upon us, and trying to find that right gift for that someone might be difficult.  It is even harder when you have a budget.  We can’t all buy from the Niemen Marcus Christmas Book.

This is is where Cool Hunting’s 2007 Gift Guide comes in.  A former Site of the Day, Cool Hunting has searched all over the web for the coolest gift ideas.   They break the guide into variety of categories and prices.  Just check out this teaching drum set for kids.


Bridging the Digital Divide


There has been always a huge gap in digital divide between the rich and poor. It is almost necessity to know technology if you want to have a decent job. However, there is one non-profit who is trying to close the gap one child at a time. This non-profit is called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).

OLPC’s mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression, and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have insufficient resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 per year per child (compared to an average of $7,500 in the United States). By giving children their very own connected XO laptop, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future. And we’re also helping these countries develop an essential resource—educated, empowered children.

How does it work. Well an individual can donate $399. With that money, one laptop will be delivered to child in a developing nation, then you get one for a child that is important in your life (that could be you). You could also give $200 and that would only get a child in a developing nation a laptop. You have until November 26th to participate in the “Give One, Get One” campaign.

The computer is pretty cool. It runs on Linux, and has wireless card. Plus some really cool software. This would be make a great gift for the holidays. A gift that helps. And yes, some of it is tax deductible.