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Dec 08, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 8th Edition

created at: 12/05/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.    

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Dec 07, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 7th Edition

created at: 12/05/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.     

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Dec 06, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 6th Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.  

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Dec 05, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 5th Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.     

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Dec 04, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 4th Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.    

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Dec 03, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 3rd Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.   

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Dec 02, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 2nd Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.    

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Dec 01, 2015

ManMade Musical Advent Calendar: December 1st Edition

created at: 12/02/2015

Look - there's no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it's December.

And so, in 2015, we're sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.    

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Nov 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Headphone Organizer

Ahh...the pocket earbud tangle nest. You've seen it, you hate it, and you promise yourself not to do it again next. We say, this weekend, do something about it.   

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Nov 19, 2015

You Can Make This: Modern DIY Internet Radio Player

Finished Internet RadioI'm a big fan of internet radio. It's customizable, high quality, and increasingly easy to use. Here's a project for those with a bit of tech savvy mixed in with your DIY prowess.  

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Nov 09, 2015

The Best Turntable for Every Budget

created at: 11/09/2015

 

The digital library and streaming services are great for checking out new stuff, singles, and the mighty, might playlist, but the only real option worth pursuing if you're interested in building a music library is one of recording's oldest formats: the vinyl record.    

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Oct 23, 2015

Watch a True Craftsman at Work: The Violin Makers

Music makes us feel. Good, bad, energetic, lazy...it's an ethereal experience to experience skill and passion coming together in one fluid moment. It has been said that the tone of a instrument improves over time as the instrument settles in, and the vibrations from playing helps to "open up" the resonance in the wood. 

While this may or may not be fully true, it is definitely true that a quality instrument begins with a master craftsman. Instrument craftsmen are some of the most gifted makers in the world. Not only must they be precise with joints and materials, but in the end the piece must sound as good as it looks. It truly is an art

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Oct 08, 2015

How to: Build an Electric Guitar From Scratch

created at: 10/08/2015

Ok, it's not entirely from scratch (where do you even get scratch nowadays?) but this unique guide will walk you through the entire guitar-making process from choosing and sculpting your lumber through wiring the electrics to the finishing touches. Most DIY guitar guides will prescribe a repurposed neck, but here you'll be making it all yourself.     

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Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

created at: 08/13/2015

Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    

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Jun 23, 2015

Sister Sausage, What Happened To You (Or, Why Isn't Your 4-Year-Old in a Punk Band Yet?)

Rock Band Land Band Camp
Do you wish your kids were in a cool rock band? Do you wish you were in a cool rock band? Well, Rock Band Land can help with one of those things. At first glance, the San Francisco-based youth band camp might seem like just another ridiculous example of the artisanal-string-cheese-eating, urban-outfitted, hipster parenting you love to hate. But actually, it's a pretty awesome way to get kids involved a creative, artistic, collaborative expression.

And songs about cockroach villains who turn humans into sausages so they can sell them for a profit:

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May 08, 2015

Good Songs and Where I Heard Them

A list of great songs.

You know...the ones that change your life.     

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May 06, 2015

Son Lux's "Change Is Everything" Features 1000s of Frames of Animated String Art

The music video for Son Lux's new single, "Change is Everything," features roughly 4,000 animated frames, crafted only from string and ball head pins on a foam core background. created at: 05/06/2015 As the video develops, you see the holes left from the previous shots multiply and multiply, giving an awesome ghosting effect to the moving line art images.   

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Apr 14, 2015

The Every Man's Guide to Jazz

created at: 04/14/2015

Part of being a good man is about continually expanding your horizons and having a sense of the things you like and the things you don't. That's why we're kicking off a new Everyman's Guide to some of the things about which we think every man ought to have a knowledge and opinion. And we're starting out with the great American genre of Jazz.   

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Mar 04, 2015

Seriously, These are the Best Affordable Ear Bud Headphones You Can Buy

created at: 03/04/2015

I'm kinda hard on ear buds. I wear them a lot - when doing household tasks like cleaning and cooking dinner, when crafting in the workshop, on long bike trail rides... I even use them when not connected to anything, à la ear plugs, to drown out ambient noise when working from the coffee shop. As an introvert, I wear them in the airport and the grocery store and the book shop not so I can avoid others, but because I like being out and moving about in the real world listening to things that inspire me.

And, I'm kinda hard on them. I used to buy pricier ones, but no matter how careful I'd be, they'd get caught on something or the contact points would fray, and they'd simply go kaput. I don't think of them as "disposable" but I am certainly a heavy user, and its hard to justify $50 or $100 on something you know is gonna need replaced at least once a year.

I experimented with a few styles, and then Bruno, ManMade's publisher, recommended a pair of these to me. And they're the best pair of ear buds I've ever owned. They sound great, they fit great, and they cost less than $15.00.    

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Dec 10, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: December 10, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 12/10/2014This close-up photo of the grooves of a vinyl record, showing how it actually works. The needle makes

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