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Michael Leo
San Francisco
Engineer turned Product Manager, living the dream in SF.
Interests: Music, Travel, Craft Beer, Photography, Gadgets, Web Development, Database Technology, Information Retrieval, Snorkeling
Recent Activity
Former CMJ Managing Editor Michael Tedder has recently launched one of the more interesting digital passion projects of the year. The site, TheTalkhouse, is a platform for known musicians to write reviews (and sometimes, seemingly, love letters) to musicians they most appreciate. Those that inspired them. Those that touched their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Michael Leo
or 5 Reasons Why an Indie Rock Guy Would Enjoy a Justin Timberlake Concert Justin Timberlake played a sold out show last night at The Palladium in Hollywood. The classic 4,000 person venue was an amazing place to catch his first live show in many years. As a long-time fan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Michael Leo
In what's becoming a sick habit, I checked in with today to catch up the news of the online music world. It's a sick habit because I'm primarily waiting to see another rant from Kyle Bylin. You see, Kyle has a lot to say about what's wrong with the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Michael Leo
Clay Shirky on disruption, incumbents and inevitability (in the context of Education): Once you see this pattern—a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible, with the incumbents the last to know—you see it everywhere. First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Michael Leo
I missed this amazing video from a few months ago. It's a great testament to the power of music. As neurologist and author Oliver Sacks explains in the short film, music has the ability to help people temporarily restore themselves. To help them remember who they are and what they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Michael Leo
Tonight at Satellite, Local Natives played their first live show in almost a year. Not only did it mark the first time that songs from their long anticipated sophomore release, Hummingbird, were played live but it also marked a return to Satellite (formerly Spaceland) where the band initially cut their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Michael Leo
It was nearly 20 years ago when I first read Newsweek magazine. My high school history teacher insisted that everyone in his class have a subscription in order to know what was going on in the world. What he knew then is that high school kids would willingly flip through... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Michael Leo
Ten years of Hubble space telescope photos went into the creation of this photo. It depicts 5,500 individual galaxies. Sure, that's impressive. Here's what's mindblowing - a depiction of how small the sliver of sky this set of galaxies represents in the above eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) photo. More at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Michael Leo
Image a pretty drawing made me grumpy enough to write a snarky post. I generally like but when I saw this infographic I was a little taken aback. It's about how and why Millenials are stressed out. The odd thing is, they went to all this trouble to create... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Michael Leo
I had a chance to ride the Hollywood Red Line this week. It was a lot of fun. But more fun than checking out a new city's rail system was in peeking around the station's various nooks and crannies. This view struck me in particular. I had to try hard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Michael Leo
Thanks, New York Times (and According to the Standard Model, the Higgs boson is the only manifestation of an invisible force field, a cosmic molasses that permeates space and imbues elementary particles with mass. Particles wading through the field gain heft the way a bill going through Congress attracts... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 5, 2012 at Michael Leo
Maps & Atlases brought the crazy math rock heat at The Troubadour this past Friday night. I've made a pledge to be more present at concerts – taking less photos and almost never taking video – which is really sad in this case because a photo just can't help convey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2012 at Michael Leo
Remixes typically get me down. I'm all for a good cover but when a song is simply danced-up or otherwise altered, things fall apart quickly. That can be said for most remixes but this morning one has broken out of the pack and held my attention for the past two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Michael Leo
I picked up a bottle of 2008 Roots Epic Ale at the Healthy Spirits annual beer club cellar sale (earlier this year) and I've been sitting on it ever since. For those keeping score, it is Series #4, Bottle #264. Something about tonight made it a "raid the cellar" night.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Michael Leo
Photo credit: Wired If you live in web space and are moderately interested in the optimization of your user experience through A/B testing or exploration-based methods, you've probably seen a dramatic increase chatter in the Twitterspere lately. [And if you're living in the web space and you aren't interested in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Michael Leo
I don't like war but I do appreciate the sacrifice and understand the need on a philosophical level. Even more so, I appreciate simple acts of patriotism like this photo. I know these men didn't self organize and depending upon what you read, it was either a commercial effort or... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Michael Leo
The world needs a little more soul. I'm talking about "Soul" – in the "file under" sense. The category of music that typically and tragically gets lumped in with the music exemplified by the likes of Luther Vandross and the non-disco days of Issac Hayes. I have no beef with... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at Michael Leo
great work, guys - it looks great!
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Third time is a charm. After having tickets to two other shows, I finally got a chance to see The Bowerbirds. Previously, they'd canceled a show in SF that I had tickets to and then upon their return, something came up and I had to flake. The cards were not... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Michael Leo
That's the motto for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And if you can read anything into the Ts&Cs for Olympic ticket holders, that motto couldn't be further from the IOC's mind. I'm not a big fan of the Olympics but I can understand and appreciate them. The effect they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Michael Leo
They were the ones that predicted the return of Tupac, right? Despite all the big reunions and starmaking performances, the real takeaway from this year’s Coachella festival is that Dr. Dre, as part of his Sunday night headlining set, actually commissioned a motherfucking life-size hologram of the late Tupac Shakur,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Michael Leo
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Apr 13, 2012
Even 3 years later, First Aid Kit's rendition of Tiger Mountain Peasant Song by Fleet Foxes still gives me chills. We need more music like this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Michael Leo
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2012 on Is this the new "boxed set?" at Michael Leo
What the frack, indeed. Bizarre. But still deep down inside I like seeing people create things. Different things. Even when they smell as fishy as this thing.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2012 on Is this the new "boxed set?" at Michael Leo