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Time capsule dance off: Can you beat this 1989 Vanilla Ice cassette tape jam?

We, at the Empire, think you really need to see this amazing video that my little brother found in his own archives… The year: 1989. Joey is all amped up on Christmas and sick beats, thoroughly enjoying his new Vanilla Ice cassette tape, and showing off his sweet, sweet moves (check out my drive-by cameo on rollerblades).

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High Fidelity: 5 reasons we love our record player

Really, find a turntable, a receiver, speakers and some wire and put it together yourself. Find a music snob, or someone over 50 to help you. It's worth it. After years of playing mp3s through my crummy computer speakers, I feel like I'm finally listening to music again.

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Empowering songs to pump you up after a break-up (or anytime)

Even if you're not using it to run, empowering, upbeat music could help get you through something like a breakup (or a job rejection, or almost any disappointment) and remember how awesome you are. These tracks are more about loving yourself, surviving, not needing anyone else, or feeling powerful, and less about hating an ex. I'm going to share some up-tempo, self-empowering songs, then I'll open it up to the Homies and see what they suggest.

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On being an aging weirdo

A aging nightlife colleague posted this online recently: "Really need to work on the whole "being fun" thing a little more. It's too easy to just sit around being comfortable and old."

I see these kinds of things a LOT from my peer group of aging freaks — right around 30. It seems like all of a sudden it's staring you right there in the face: the stuff that we spent our 20s doing (in my specific case, dancing all night while intoxicated) suddenly doesn't have quite the same pull, and there's part of you that screams NOOOOOOO! I'm getting OOOOOOLD! And then there's this reflex of MUST FIGHT IT MUST FIGHT IT.

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Having a baby didn't stop us from touring with our band — we just bring him along

While there are plenty of things that haven't made touring any more difficult with our baby, there are also plenty of considerations we take that probably seem first nature by now. We have to figure out nap times. We keep bedtime in mind. We're always surveying our venues, hangouts, and potential non-motor-home sleeping quarters for baby-friendliness. Luckily, we're self-sufficient: we have two forms of heat (propane and electric), plenty of blankets, and everything we need inside our mobile house.

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An ode to the music shop: what was your first music purchase?

I have had a long term relationship with music stores since I was 11. My mom took me to see That Thing You Do! and I fell hard for everything: the dudes, the band, the music. I immediately asked if we could get the soundtrack, and shortly thereafter took my first intentional step into a music shop. Sure, I had been into them before, but never with a purpose — never when I was looking for something that would change my life.