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Roger Waters & CKY Album Drops!


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How’s it going folks?  Hope you’re enjoying the first few days of summer so far!  Summer’s been shining hard for me with ice-cold Sam Adams Summer Ale, an amazing strain named Fruity Pebbles (which actually tastes like Fruity Pebbles!), and warm weather.  It’s cloudy out in MA now, but the summer is just beginning.

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It’s been so damn great so far that I forgot to mention about two INCREDIBLE albums that came out this month.  Music hasn’t gotten the cream of the crop here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar and it’s about time I showcase some musical GOLD.  Two artists, CKY and Roger Waters, released their newest albums.  Here’s the personal PR scoop on these two magnificent pieces:

Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want?

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Pink Floyd was one of those incredible bands I started getting into in high school.  The Wall was what really did it for me and soon discovered the distinct sounds between Roger and David.  I listened to all of the albums by the time I got through high school and still got them locked within my music library.  Roger’s tone followed through with his solo albums (I’m re-listening to The Pros Cons of Hitch-Hiking as I’m writing this out) and his newest one hits home 25 years later.

Recorded between 2010-2017, Is This the Life We Really Want? hit the digital shelves on June 2nd with hot tracks like Smell the Roses and The Last Refugee.  It’s got the progressive aspect from the Pink Floyd days with the mix of some art rock.  Pink Floyd fanatics should definitely pick out Is This the Life We Really Want? this summer!

CKY, The Phoenix

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Before I jumped into being part of the Pink Floyd Animals (band pun intended!), CKY was one of my favorite rock bands of all time.  CKY featured Chad I. Ginsburg, Deron Miller, Matty J, and Jess Margera (older brother of infamous Bam Margera!) playing some gnarly rock tunes.  Released in June 16th, The Phoenix is their latest album in 8 years.  Some classic CKY tunes include Days of Self Destruction and Replaceable.  While it’s been a while since their golden years in the early ‘00s, the CKY guitar tone is still heard from the sweet sounds of CKY!  It’s definitely a great album to check out if you’re a true CKY fan.

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And there you have it, two amazing albums from two incredible artists that are making more musical gold.  It’s not every day I come across exciting new tunes from some of my favorite artists and I’m grateful for discovering them both.  If there’s ever any other new albums that hit the digital shelves, I’ll be sure to spread the news for MakeSandcastlesNotWar!

Until then, check out these fantastic new albums Is This the Life We Really Want? and The Phoenix.

JC’s Ipod Shuffle List #1


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What’s up, folks?  It’s hump day and we’re in the middle of the work week (just two more days to go!).  I figured today I do something fun rather than shooting the shit about the entertainment PR world.

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Since reading this blog, you’re probably asking, “damn Jon, these topics are incredible!  Any specific music that you enjoy or that feeds into your creative genius?”.  Why yes, random awesome reader!  I certainly do have some funky tunes that I enjoy here and there.  These amazing music tunes were picked for my long-lasting Ipod touch that I got years ago (many falls later, it’s STILL working!).

So enough with the dibble-dabble and let’s hit it!  My iPod shuffle that will showcase some of my favorite songs I enjoy (ESPECIALLY after consuming cannabis!)
String Cheese Incident – Texas (Carnival ’99)

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The String Cheese Incident may be one of my favorite jam bands of all time.  Hailing from Colorado, this crazy group blends rock, bluegrass, jazz, calypso, funk, and other genres.  I enjoy their live albums better some of their studio albums and Carnival ’99 doesn’t disappoint.  Live albums of SCI are so action-packed, making me feel as if I’m in the show at this moment.  This also may be my favorite version of Texas from their albums (the studio version is just down-right RIDICULOUSLY awesome!).  While I’ve seen members of Phish, I’ve yet to check out a String Cheese Incident show.  Hopefully String Cheese Incident will head to Boston one of these days!

Umphrey’s McGee – Andy’s Last Beer (Local Bar Does O.K.)

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Ah, Umphrey’s McGee!  I caught three of their shows while attending college in Burlington, Vermont (or also known as B-Town!).  Umphrey’s McGee is another amazing jam band that started around Indiana/Illinois.  This funky band played some jamtastic tunes when I saw them at Higher Ground.  The waft of cannabis and warm beer filled the venue as I jammed my ass off throughout the night.  While I didn’t know all of their songs, hearing them live at the venue was still incredible.

Umphrey’s McGee – Walletsworth (Anchor Drops)

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Another tune from the Umph!  Anchor Drops is the third album that dropped in 2004.  14 progressive tracks are set, mixing progressive rock with tastes of heavy metal, jam band grooves, folk, and even electronica (BTW did I mention that jam bands take tastes from various genres? Yeah, I thought so!).  Walletsworth is one of these jamming tracks that has that heavy metal feel to it.  Truth be told, I used to be into heavy metal music back in middle/high school.

The Derek Trucks Band – I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free?) (Songlines)

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Sweet mother of guitar gods…DEREK TRUCKS.  I got into Allman Brothers later into my high school days, but it was The Derek Trucks Band that really grabbed a hold of me.  Derek’s nasty guitar licks blends in blues, soul, and jazz into some amazing rock albums.  As a nephew of Butch Trucks, Derek Trucks is a guitarist who has his own project.  Songlines is one of his great albums to check out.

Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz)

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The Gorillaz were an AMAZING band to discover!  It’s so cool to see an animated group spit some awesome trip-hop lines.  Not only is their music catchy, but their animated music videos are out of this world (Feel Good Inc. played for MONTHS on MTV!).  Clint Eastwood is definitely catchy and their spooky music video makes the experience that more beautiful.  What’s great is that Gorillaz are STILL making music to this day!  They’re playing shows all across the country and will be hitting Boston this summer.  Here’s to the Gorillaz for being the true OG animated group!

And there you have it, a snippet of what’s locked within my Ipod Touch.  It’s definitely been a blast conducting this idea and I look forward to this tactic again soon.  Until then, happy hump day!

Yooka-Laylee Drops a Hot Track!


If you ever played Donkey Kong 64 during your childhood, then you certainly remember the DK Rap.  This funky song introduces the Kong crew through a well-written rap about what their special abilities were.  Diddy Kong could fly real high with a jetpack on and Lanky Kong floated just like a balloon!  It was a silly rap song that game composer Grant Kirkhope created for the title.

Flash forward almost 20 years later and Kirkhope’s latest work was composing video game music for Yooka-Laylee that’s slated to release on April 11th.  After his success with the Banjo-Kazooie series and Donkey Kong 64, Grant Kirkhope was busy composing new tunes for the game.  One of the best part about Kirkhope composing the score?  He created a rap track specifically about Yooka-Laylee!

That’s right folks – Yooka-Laylee has their own rap song featured in the game!  What started as an amusing stretch goal for Kickstarter has now become a real thing that Playtonic promised for their fans.  This rap son is as cheesy as the fans would expect, introducing some of the characters and their goals within the game.  Both Yooka and Laylee have a verse dedicated to introducing them and their special powers; it also introduces characters such as Trowzer the Snake and Rextro Sixtyforus (who is an homage to the Nintendo 64).

Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee is meant to invoke feelings of nostalgia for players that enjoyed the classic 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong 64.  It has that collectathon game-play feel to it that gamers enjoyed during the early 2000s.  Providing a Yooka-Laylee rap only makes sense because it pays tribute to the DK Rap that was created for Donkey Kong 64.

Yooka-Laylee stars a chameleon named Yooka and his batty pal Laylee as they venture out from Shipwreck Creek to explore deep inside the work of Hivory Towers.  The duo travel to Hivory Towers to search for the ‘Pagies’ in order to explore the secretive Grand Tomes.  Yooka-Laylee must stop their adversaries Capital B and Dr. Quack from absorbing all of the world’s literature and converting it into profit.  Players can use the Pagies in order to enter into new worlds or expand old worlds that were already unlocked.

It’s amazing that Yooka-Laylee got their own rap song!  Donkey Kong 64 was one of my favorite N64 games and the rap song was so catchy.  I’m glad that more nostalgic features from Rare’s classic titles are making their way into Yooka-Laylee.  This is a great strategy to reel in the audiences that enjoy the collectathon titles.  Hearing this rap song made me even more ecstatic to play Yooka-Laylee.

As a fan of collectathon games, I thought this was a neat idea from Playtonics.  Former employees of Rare that worked on Yooka-Laylee are doing great at providing interesting quirks from the classic titles into the project.  Yooka-Laylee is sounding like an amazing title to play and I can’t wait to check it out this month.  Who knows what other hidden features I may discover when I start playing the game.

With Playtonic employees coming in from working on various video game titles, it’ll be astonishing to see what kind of gameplay experience they provide for the players.  Yooka-Laylee releases in less than 2 weeks and fans are pumped to play the game soon.  Let’s hope that we discover more nostalgic features within Yooka-Laylee when it hits the shelves on April 11th!

Final 2016 Announcements From MakeSandcastlesNotWar


Aight folks…tomorrow is officially New Year’s Eve, which means this will be the LAST full blog post for MakeSandcastlesNotWar in 2016!  Wow…that was fast.  It only seemed like yesterday that I was midway through posting content for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Boy does time sure fly!

Remember yesterday when I mentioned that there would be more exciting content?  Well I’m still sticking to my word!  Now’s the time to start dishing out what kinds of posts you’ll be seeing in the near future.  They’ll be old ideas, NEW ideas, and more topics within certain categories of entertainment.  If you thought the secret category was the most surprising post, you haven’t seen anything yet!

And speaking of that ‘secret category’ that was revealed earlier this month…we’re diving deeper into this idea.  If you’re still scratching your heads over the clues and pondering how ANY of this have to do with cannabis, you’re not alone!  We’ll reveal an exclusive behind-the-scenes post of how these ideas came into play when conjuring up the secret category.  The answers may shock you, causing you to re-think what you know about the cannabis industry.

The ‘secret category’ topic is just one of many posts coming up.  Listed below are a few brainstormed ideas being thrown around in the meantime:

Potential MakeSandcastlesNotWar Posts

Yooka-Laylee Review

History of Cannabis prohibition

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Frank Gallagher’s Best Speeches From Shameless

The New Billion Dollar Crop

Drug Dealers Make the Best Businessmen

Secret Story of Cannabis and Video Games

LSD: The True VR Experience (Title to be altered)

TV CRISS-CROSSES

Addiction: The Modern Day Slavery

Cary Grant’s Relationship with LSD (Working Title)

JFK: The 1st Late Night President

Alcoholic Anonymous and LSD

Cannabis as Truth Serum

Commentaries on past work (School work/Blog work)

These are just a few of many brainstormed ideas that could become a major part of the MakeSandcastlesNotWar community.  Within these titles are some unique figures that you probably haven’t heard of.  Listed below are some interesting characters that helped drastically change the country for the better:

Notable Figures

Timothy Leary

Denis Peron

Victor Maddox

Harambe

Bill Wilson

The Stanley Brothers

Lots of ideas brewing up around MakeSandcastlesNotWar, yet very little has been revealed!  Most of our posts may be drug-related content, but will discuss other content as well.  Music, video games, and even works of literature will be discussed two.  That’s all that I can say for now.

In the meantime, I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.  See you all in 2017!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Most Memorable Posts of 2016


Welcome everyone!  2016 is coming to an end and many people have mixed feelings about what 2017 will bring.  It’s been a quite a hectic year, what with the shocking events that have kept us scrambling for answers.  We’ve dealt with arguments over transgenders using the bathroom, a gorilla being shot in the zoo, a reality TV series becoming President, cannabis being legal in 20% of the country (#megalizelarijuana!), and a slew of celebrity deaths.

We will see some more exciting content coming up next year, but more on that news later.  Right now it’s time to take a trip down memory lane to visit MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s most memorable posts.  There were posts that made us happy, sad, frustrated, amused, confused, and just downright BLOWN AWAY.  These posts delved into some deep-rooted issues from provocative news stories that occurred this year.

Here were the most memorable posts in 2016 from MakeSandcastlesNotWar:

SeaWorld Orca Change (March 21st):  Before I even started MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I was writing blog posts for my school’s PRSSA chapter at Salem State University.  My first post was about SeaWorld’s PR nightmare after Blackfish came out in 2013.  It’s been more than two years since the original post and I was happy to announce that SeaWorld will stop breeding Orcas in their facility.  They got major backlash about their treatment towards killer whales and they’re definitely listening to their audience.  This was one of my first PR nightmares that was created for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

        Georgia Anti-Gay Bill (March 24th):  Back in March, Georgia almost passed a controversial bill that would’ve hindered their business with Disney and Marvel.  The religious liberty bill, a bill that would’ve legalized discrimination against the LGBTQ community, could’ve created serious ripple between businesses.  Other than LA or New York, Georgia has become a popular hotspot for filming TV series/movies (The Walking Dead was shot in ATLANTA!).  Luckily the bill never passed and business went on as usual.  As mentioned beforehand, MakeSandcastlesNotWar believes everyone should have the same human rights.  It really doesn’t matter whether your straight, gay, bi, transgendered, or other identities.  We’re all human beings in the end and we all make sandcastles!

        San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Law (April 8th):  Ah, San Francisco!  Be sure to smoke those flowers when you’re there!  San Francisco approved a law mandating six weeks of full-paid parental leave.  The measure applies to mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, and same-sex couples.  Any mothers-to-be looking for the best business benefits should head on over to San Francisco.

        Steam Sega Mega Drive (April 27th):  Sega made one of the coolest announcements in April: the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, a nostalgic 90s-hub where you play classic titles through Steam!  This exciting announcement was made back in 2011, but Sega was looking to add unique features for enhancing their retro-gaming atmosphere.  You can download the program on Steam to play all of the classic Sega titles.  The best part?  Games are played through the old CRT-TV!

        Kings of the Jungle (June 3rd):  JUSTICE FOR HARAMBE!  But in all seriousness, Harambe’s death was so widespread that we HAD to discuss this.  Harambe was a 450-pound gorilla that was shot in the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the exhibit.  His death sparked a nationwide controversy, with everyone finding someone to point fingers at.  What followed were a slew of memes dedicated to Harambe.  As I write this piece, I’d like to remind my readers that my dick’s out for Harambe.  #DicksOutforHarambe!

        Gotta Catch ‘em All! Pokémon GO! (July 13th):  This whole post started after a funny story from working at Berry Pond.  A kid was walking by the gate to wander around the park.  He was wandering around, you guessed it, to find Pokémon through the Pokémon GO app.  Pokémon GO caught on like wildfire, becoming the most popular app in less than week.  Millions of downloads and thousands of dollars later, Pokémon GO remains popular to this day.

        Super Mario Run (September 8th):  When I found out that my favorite plumber Mario was leaping into the mobile market, I just HAD to write about this!  Super Mario Run is the first Mario game people can play one-handed.  You just tap the screen and hold the screen for bigger jumps.  Collect as much coins as you can and challenge others through the ‘Toad Rally’ mode!  The game released for Apple on December 15th and there’s no word yet on when it’ll hit the Android market.

        American Horror Story: Roanoke (September 15th-November 17th):  I’ve discussed a lot of TV shows on the blog, but American Horror Story: Roanoke was a season like no other.  An isolated house near the haunted Roanoke grounds, a disturbing history of the colony itself, and a HUGE twist in the middle of the show that blew everyone’s mind!  This year’s season of American Horror Story was so amazing that posts were created the day after the episode aired.  Best part about the whole season?  Two words: PIGGY MAN.

        David Ortiz Flag Roll (October 3rd):  David Ortiz played his final game with the Boston Red Sox on October 2nd 2016.  Ortiz retired after this season, but not after an amazing tribute for him.  He may not be playing for the Boston Red Sox, but he will forever be a part of the Boston community.  As David Ortiz once said: this is our fucking city!

        #Grassachusetts (November 9th):  One of the GREATEST events happened for Massachusetts, California, Nevada, and Maine: cannabis became LEGAL!  Question 4 passed for Massachusetts with 53% voting ‘yes’ to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and older.  Similar measures were passed for Nevada, Maine, and California.  This is a major step in what would initiate the cannabis industry to flourish in America.  In pot we trust, God bless Marijuanamerica.  Yes we CANNABIS!

        A Secret Category Approaches! (November 15th):  Last but not least, we have the new category that entered the blog!  There were three clues relating to what the category would be, each stuffed into an empty bottle that all read ‘12/15/16 – ????’.  The answer to the secret category was finally revealed on December 15th.  We’ll have more content generated towards the new category as the next year rolls in.