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John Hannibal
Cleveland, Ohio
A/V guru with a passion for music.
Interests: music, travel, the internet, fitness, micro beers and wines
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It's been a few years since we hit the dance floor with these Canadian purveyors of electronic grooves. Junior Boys - Big Black Coat Wonderful chamber pop in the best of the UK tradition. Field Music - Commontime Brooklyn-based young upstarts bring the psych rock and pop with a female model fronting the band. Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony The UK's Mercury Prize winner releases the album stateside. C. Duncan - Architect Heavy house music. Beacon - Escapements It's not a masterpiece but it's good to see Elton isn't resting on his laurels. Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let me Get By Cian Nugent - Night Fiction Wet - Don't You The Long Ryders - Final Wild Songs MONEY - Suicide Songs Turin Brakes - Lost Property Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Still counting backwards through time as reach 1983 and the best songs of that year. I kept noticing how much great music came out in 1982. I look forward to putting that together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
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First single video from LaSera debut out in March. Album was produced by Ryan Adams. Going for that Hee-Haw cheese. Four years out of the scene The Big Pink is back with this lush track. The new Tortoise single features Georgia from Yo La Tengo on vocals. It seems like a comeback of sorts for 90s techno. Here's a new one from Underworld. And the latest single from The Chemical Brothers featuring Beck. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
About a year ago I began to practice yoga. It coincided with my fundamental change in diet. In other words, my 2015 new year's resolution was a major success through discipline and a strong mindset. I can't wait for the 2016 resolution to reap rewards. Yoga is very much about music. Music that's sometimes maligned by the music snobs. The new age genre elicits plenty of snide comments on it's lack of true musicality, whatever that might be. It was announced that Yanni is coming to Cleveland this summer and, sure enough, the comments popped up on Facebook. I used... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Tindersticks - The Waiting Room Eleanor Friedberger - New View John Cale - Music For A New Society Savages - Adore Life Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
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Cleveland - With just two more NFL games to go before the Super Bowl it's nice to dream about the ultimate home theater to watch the action. Especially when your team sits at home for the playoffs once more. Here's a piece from Electronic House, 5 Favorite Football-Themed Home Theaters. It's too late for my team at K+ to design such a theater for you this year but let us help you create one for next season. Maybe the Cleveland Browns will be in it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at AV Adviser
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The new Elton John album, due next month is produced by T-Bone Burnett. That's promising. Here's the first magical video from it. Grimes album was near the top of my list last year. Here's the latest single and video. Last year Ryan Adams taped two episodes of Austin City Limits. They just debuted the second, an acoustic set, spanning his career. SNL payed tribute to Bowie last week and showed a clip of this performance. Here's the song in its entirety. On Saturday afternoon members of Arcade Fire and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band held a parade on Bourbon St.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
2016 has started on a somber note for music fans. In the past few weeks we've seen the passing of Lemmy, David Bowie, Stevie Wright (lead singer on The Easybeats' "Friday On My Mind"), Gary Loizzo (lead singer on The American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me"), Kevin Junior of The Chamber Strings, Mic Gillette, trumpeter for Tower Of Power, Dale "Buffin" Griffin, drummer of Mott The Hoople and Glenn Frey of The Eagles. All of these musicians were under 70 years old which makes it all the more painful. Some people grouse at my insistent posting of musician obituaries on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Daughter - Not To Disappear Mystery Jets - Curve Of The Earth Guadalupe Plata - Guadalupe Plata 2015 Dylan LeBlanc - Cautionary Tale The Anchoress - Confessions Of A Romance Novelist Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Here's how special I think Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy Bowie tribute show this Saturday night at The Odeon is going to be. I sold my pair of general admission floor tickets to see Bruce Springsteen on the opening night of his tour in Pittsburgh the same night. Mick "Woody" Woodmansey is the drummer and last surviving member of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era group, or as I like to call them The Spiders From Mars. Holy Holy, named for an obscure Bowie song, also includes his long time producer and early bassist Tony Visconti. Bowie had given his blessing to this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Cleveland - The Consumer Electronics Show 2016 wrapped in Vegas over the weekend. Now the journalists are publishing they're product highlights of the annual event. Here's a list of links for you. Wired - Our Favorite Stuff From CES 2016 That You Can Actually Afford Gizmodo - All The Coolest tech From CES 2016 The Verge - The 5 most important home theater stories of CES 2016 Venture Beat - CES 2016: Our best photos from tech’s biggest show Forbes - CES 2016 Roundup: Artificial Intelligence And Custom Maps Will Take Over Your Driving Soon Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at AV Adviser
How did I miss the reports of David Bowie battling cancer for the past 18 months. Knowing that would have certainly helped soften the gut punch I took upon awakening to the fact that one my musical idols was gone. That was two hours ago. I'm still stunned and deeply saddened. David Bowie is the artist who truly opened up the world to me. The discovery of Bowie's music and, in particular the Ziggy Stardust record which is my second favorite album of all time, coincided with my move from top 40 to progressive rock on the radio dial. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
David Bowie - Blackstar Hinds - Leave Me Alone Noveller - Glacial Glow Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Today's Thursday or on Facebook some know it as "throwback Thursday". That got me to wondering what I was blogging about, say, five years ago. Well, I took a look and discovered that one of the rare contributors to Radio Hannibal was in the midst of a very lengthy project, The 101 songs of Bruce Springsteen. The countdown, which included lengthy and personal essays on each song, was written by an Aussie I'd met through a music message board. It took months to write and publish the entire list. With Springsteen kicking off his tour a week from Saturday in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Cleveland - It's the first full week of January and that means Las Vegas baby! That is if you're into the consumer electronics scene where the the annual CES Show starts today. Those of us who've been in the business a long time always reminisce and tell tales of when CES was just about stereo equipment. Today it seems to be about everything but that. Look for drones to big a big vocal point of CES 2016. Anything to do with security will also be a hot trend. You won't find me there. There's so much coverage of this yearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at AV Adviser
Cleveland - Lifehacker is one of my favorite blogs. Of course, google search is pretty much one big life hacker, but I digress. Yesterday they posted this, 11 More Awesome Spotify Tips and Tricks You're Probably Not Using. It has got some really helpful information like how I can find deleted playlists. And don't worry, there's a link in the story which leads you to their original tips article, The Best Spotify Tips and Tricks You’re Probably Not Using. Someone asked me yesterday which is my preferred streaming service, Spotify or Apple Music. Well, I should mention that I also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at AV Adviser
I don't talk about food too much on my blog. To be honest, I don't eat as much of it as I used to. Last year I made some big changes to the way I consume it which lead me to dropping 40 pounds and having to change nearly my entire wardrobe. I have three basic rules when it comes to my diet. Only eat when my body tells me I need to do so which means no set meal times. Eat less and stay hungry. Being hungry is better than being stuffed. Don't treat food as a hobby, In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL
Cleveland - Streaming music has been picking up momentum as far as adaption rates are concerned. I see it first hand in my social media circle. My peers are finally getting it. I guess my hammering away finally caught their attention. Of course, for kids and twenty-somethings streaming music is the music delivery system of choice. It's the older demographic who are beginning to come around. I predict that 2016 will be a watershed (pun intended) year for streaming music services. The Beatles move to streaming on Christmas Eve helped marketing, that's for sure. Now if their move will propel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at AV Adviser
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While yesterday saw the all too familiar end of another disastrous Cleveland Browns season it was 20 years ago that Cleveland fans were left without a team at all. As bad as it is to see another head coach and general manager fired, the pain is insignificant to what Clevelanders felt when the Browns left town. Over this past season I've been sporadically posting photos to a blog called Browns End Days. Here you'll get a visual feel for what it was like to be there for those last few Cleveland Browns home games in 1995. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at RADIO HANNIBAL