High Five! from Public Jones
Public Jones began at the University of Miami, where two science nerds, Asghar Husain and Peter Kerekes, connected through their love of music and their shared sense of disconnection with the world they grew up in.
After releasing a six-song EP and getting a bit of airplay on KCRW, Husain and Kerekes took Public Jones live with more than 200 of their closest friends and fans who showed up to the band’s first show at The Confidential in San Diego. With Husain on lead vocals, guitar, and keys, and Kerekes on backup vocals and guitar, the pair recruited Toronto-based bass player George Nakonechny and drummer Tre Beaudoin from Chicago, to bring their vision to the stage.
Since that first show, Public Jones has traveled around the world, playing live gigs at festivals like SXSW, the Make Music Pasadena Music Festival, the Promenade Music Festival, and the California Music Festival. More recently, Public Jones won the award for Best Alternative Artist at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards and was voted The Deli Magazine’s Artist of the Month for March 2011.
When the gentlemen of Public Jones have some downtime on tour, they whip out their iPhones and kill a few minutes with these addictive applications*:
*A Disclaimer from Asghar Husain - My bandmates asked me to put this list together because George and Tre were "too busy" (translation: wanking), and Peter doesn't have an iPhone or a Droid. Other than iPhone's Audio Memos app, which I use constantly for recording ideas while on the go, I could easily have 50 favorite apps on this list. Everyone uses the social networks, as well as the "necessary" band apps for sharing, blogging, and updating, so I’ll leave out the usual stuff and stick with what’s buzzing in my iPhone this week.
While I still love Pandora, I'm really digging Spotify at the moment. I spent the last hour browsing through Ennio Morricone, Gaslamp Killer, Radiohead, Skrillex, and Tom Waits (who strangely, was just in line ahead of me at the airport). I could spend all day on Spotify!
The usual scenario entails: It's 1am, you've just stumbled out of a bar downtown with a girl you just met, and she wants to talk over a late night latte and a cannoli. Where do you go? UrbanDaddy finds where you are, asks whom you're with and what you’re looking for, and then reveals your best options. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for something more than food or drinks, you'll have to ask Siri.
I hummed a song that was in my head and SoundHound gave me the name of the song and the artist. If you’re listening to a song you don’t know, not only will this application recognize the song, but it also scrolls through the lyrics in real-time, which is better than Shazam. I was so excited when I first downloaded this app that I ran through the street screaming…and then I realized I wasn't dressed yet.
On my virtual bookshelf right now, I've got Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair, and a bunch of user manuals for gear and software I'm toying with. Sure, there are a number of bigger and better reader devices out there like the iPad and Nook, but nothing beats carrying a library in your back pocket.
5. Fruit Ninja
Being a man, I recognize my innate need to rage against the machine and destroy things. Since I'm not into bar brawling (although I did try a fight club kind of thing a while back) and I'd prefer to stay out of jail, I call on the mighty Fruit Ninja for anger management assistance. I’ve already tried the zombie annihilation thing, so now I attack flying pineapples, bananas, and assorted fruit with a samurai sword and watch the juice splatter everywhere, while dodging bombs. There's something psychologically f*cked up about all this, but I haven't figured out what it is yet. If you've got a clue, call me.
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This week's High Five! is brought to you by: Public Jones with Lauren Mercury Roberts
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