Guitar Giveaway @ Beat Kitchen show (1/10/16)

   
So we got the replacement guitar in today and we’re excited to customize it for a lucky fan at our upcoming show @ Beat Kitchen! 

For those who may not have heard, we are raffling off a brand new acoustic guitar, customized by Shap Amaro! All you have to do to enter the contest is grab your pre-sale tickets here and send a screen shot of the confirmation to :

Contact@AfterSoundMusic.com

Each individual ticket will be its own entry!

See ya this Sunday @ Beat Kitchen!

P. S. – Here’s a video I posted earlier showing the guitar as well :)

 

Meatza!

  
So I’ve been on a pretty strict Keto diet since the day after New Years, and this has been my go to dinner almost every night. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a pizza made from meat – and its every bit as delicious!

I won’t bother posting the recipe as you can easily find that here, although I did modify it by adding some spinach to give it a good serving of veggies. Still just as yummy!

I’ve gotta say, I’ve known about ketogenic diets for awhile now but never bothered giving it a shot since I wasn’t sure if I could be as strict as needed on carbs. With meals like this though, it’s easy not to miss bread, pasta, and all those other glucose-spiking foods. I’ve lost 4 lbs in 4 days, although I know that’s inflated due to recovering from the holiday. But still, I haven’t even had a chance to work out yet and the weight is dropping which feels fantastic. 

The best part are the desserts. I’ll post those up at a later time, but man oh man is it nice to be able to eat fatty foods and lose weight. I highly recommend it to those who are disciplined enough to follow it!

New Toy for our show @ Beat Kitchen (January 10th)

  

I’ve been dreaming of having a wireless mic for years now and I finally scrapped up enough to get one. After using one to sing some guest vocals at the Charlie Foxtrot show on NYE, I knew there was no going back. Looking forward to putting it to good use this weekend during our show @ Beat Kitchen! 

This is just one of the few toys we plan to unveil at the show. Make sure you come out to see all of them :)

Bring it on, 2016!

Happy New Year! Who’s excited about 2016? Time to make those resolutions we know we’ll never stick to! Nah, I kid I kid.

The holidays were great as usual, I really enjoy winding down the year by backing away from social events and spending quality time with family. This year was no different and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted.

So in the spirit of New Years, I wanted to do a quick reflection of 2015 and an outlook on what 2016 has to offer. I’ve never really been big on New Years resolutions but the 2nd half of 2015 saw me get more organized than I’ve ever been in my entire life. I started listening to podcasts, setting goals, and pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It was great, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue this trend of improving myself one day at a time.

I’m writing this pretty late at night so I won’t get into too much right now as I want to get my full thoughts down into writing. So let’s start with the reflection part and this will force me to tackle my goal of blogging daily by listing out my goals and projects for 2016 in the next couple of days.

Here are the quick highlights of 2015 – raw and unfiltered:

January – Got involved music side project (Sonic Affair) which seemed like it had potential but ultimately fizzled out due to bad band chemistry. Even with everything I’m involved with now, we may try to pick things back up because I do enjoy the collaborative songwriting aspect of it. Will keep you updated on that one.


February
– I visited Nashville for the first time in my life! I attended a conference down there, the Indie Music Summit. Amazing speakers and a wealth of talent in that city, definitely somewhere I will need to visit again soon.


March
– Won tickets to Saturday Night Live and took a trip to NYC. The Rock and George Ezra was the musical guest!


April
– Discovered the show Black Sails on Starz. Probably my newest favorite show which – dare I say – I may like better than Game of Thrones? Let’s wait for season 3 before deciding the verdict!


May
– Discovered the podcasts of Tim Ferriss and James Altechur and that started me down the whole road of listening to podcasts in my free time instead of music (sorry!).


June
– Visited Austin, TX and drove an ATV for the very first time. It’s a fun city and I’m sure I’ll be headed back there sooner or later 😉


July
– Married the love of my life and accomplished my dream of having a destination wedding. We tied the knot in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). For anyone considering a destination wedding – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT and will be happy to give you tips!


August
– Started my first online side business which has been steadily growing since the summer thankfully. Looking forward to expanding it further in 2016!


September
– Visited San Francisco to attend a wedding and had an absolute blast. Not my first time in the Bay Area and it’s not my favorite city out west, but some California sunshine will never be unappreciated!


October
– My birthday month so…yeah. To celebrate, I started this new (anti) diet called the Anarchy Diet. It’s exactly what it sound like and I put on a fabulous 10 lbs right before the holidays.


November
– AfterSound returned from our short hiatus and started practicing again. Can’t say how excited I am to be back rolling on all cylinders again!


December
– Played my first ever NYE show at Austin’s Fuel Room helping out on vocals in my cousin’s cover band – Charlie Foxtrot. They’re a ton of fun so make sure to check them out!

Well let’s leave it at that for now. One habit I’m trying to really stick to is getting a full 8 hours of sleep in every night. My body ain’t getting any younger and life is just a completely different experience after you get a full night of sleep.

More resolutions, goals, and 2016 projects to come soon!

Book Review – Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)

  
I’ll start off by saying that I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and am always fascinated by the unique perspective he brings to the reality of every day life. The Tipping Point by Gladwell was my introduction into is world of ideas and I’m constantly impressed with each new topic he decides to tackle. 

On the whole, Blink is a book that definitely opened my eyes (no pun intended) to numerous rapid cognitive decisions we make on a daily basis. Whether it’s something small and insignificant (like what shampoo to use based on the packaging) to events that can literally change the world (Gladwell gives examples of military strategy or police discrimination), rapid cognition plays an important role in our lives whether we consciously choose to acknowledge it or not. 

Where this book succeeds is in highlighting how some of these biases pop up and how we can recognize them or use them to our advantage. Gladwell also does a great job of demonstrating examples of when rapid cognition can be disastrous. This is where I felt myself wanting the topic to be a little further explored. 

I would never judge a book by it’s length – and Blink is by no means short – but I feel as though Gladwell stopped right before the chapter where he explains to us how to tell the difference between “good” rapid cognition and “bad” rapid cognition. Many critics of the book have highlighted the same point, saying that his examples become contradictory as the book goes along. I don’t think I would go that far in my analysis, but I do agree that there is a bit of confusion upon finishing the last chapter. After spending so many chapters in the beginning talking about the benefits of rapid cognition, why save the last few to show some of the danger without providing some insight into how to tell the difference?

Regardless, in my opinion Blink provides readers with an incredibly unique perspective into how first impressions and instinct are still significantly relevant in a world where information and data have now become overwhelmingly abundant. Up to this point, I would still say that any topic Malcolm Gladwell decides to tackle in book format is definitely worth a read. Blink just had me wanting a little bit more.

The Nature of Desire

Happy Friday!

I just wanted to share a quick quote with you all that I came across awhile back. It was while listening to an interview of Naval Ravikant, a well known angel investor and an overall fascinating individual. 
He spoke about the nature of desire and brought to light a new perspective. I’m sure I’m paraphrasing, but Naval said something along the lines of:

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.”

I had never thought of desire in that way. We can expand this into dreams and aspirations as well which I believe resonates more with people on a personal level. Now this is not to say desire or dreaming are bad things. Instead, I believe our perspective on our own personal desires is something we should be mindful of so that it does not affect our psyche in a way that is detrimental.

Being able to step back and objectively analyze your own thoughts can have tremendous benefits. This is absolutely one way to do that. We should all dare to dream and aspire to greater things, but my takeaway from this is that I need to keep in mind the baby steps of progress I’ve made so far and be grateful for them. Every journey begins with the first step!

Have a great weekend :)
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Book Review – The Bulletproof Diet (Dave Asprey)

  

I had heard a lot of good things about this book and diet and was hoping that it wasn’t too good to be true. Unfortunately, after doing some digging around there are many rabbit holes one can go down to find the fallacies in Asprey’s claims. The book itself is an easy enough read, although like everyone else commented on, the used car salesman attitude gets old really fast. I’m pretty sure every other sentence started with “As a biohacker, I…”.

On a base level, nobody will argue against cutting out processed sugars and eating healthy, organic foods. This diet is a cousin of paleo, focusing more on healthy fats as a primary source of energy. This comes close to many of the ketogenic diets out there, but Asprey does little to talk about their benefits and how to take advantage of ketosis. I think my biggest qualm, which many others commented on as well, is the lack of statistical evidence provided. It’s a little absurd to make so many health related claims without providing the statistical evidence to back it up. Saying “I felt better after eating this” or “I noticed inflammation when eating these foods” is great on a personal level, but I don’t find it to be scientific or statistically significant. 

The last thing I’ll mention is the Bulletproof coffee. I’m not even a fan of coffee and I really wanted to buy into the claims Asprey made, but do a quick Google search of Joe Rogan and his investigation of Asprey’s coffee claims and you’ll see it’s not worth the hype. Still, I wouldn’t say it’s a bad alternative to regular coffee loaded with processed creamer and sugar. 

In my opinion, there are other diets or lifestyles out there which can provide a better road map to healthy living.