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Feb 19, 2024: Better late than never – my favorite music releases from the last two weeks! Featuring Friko, IDLES, Ducks Ltd, The Chisel, and Heems. …

Feb 8, 2024: I am 100% convinced that any childhood memory of time or distance (and usually hardship caused by said amount) is actually half of that in reality. …

Feb 2, 2024: New music for February 2nd! Liquid Mike is the highlight here, but don’t sleep on very solid solo albums from J Mascis (Dinorsaur Jr) and J …

Jan 26, 2024: Just posted my favorite albums from this week’s new release pile: crucialtracks.org/2024/01/f…

Jan 20, 2024: The latest issue of Crucial Tracks should be hitting inboxes now. Here’s a sample, if you want to check it out. It’s a great time to …

Jan 12, 2024: My fave new music releases from today: crucialtracks.org/2024/01/f…

Jan 10, 2024: Finished reading: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 📚

Jan 5, 2024: My favorite music release from this week: Letter to Self by SPRINTS. More here: crucialtracks.org/2024/01/f…

Jan 1, 2024: Some start of a new year updates for Crucial Tracks: My 2023 musical diary is complete (and why you should do one in 2024), updates to the newsletter …

Dec 27, 2023: Crucial Tracks is growing up fast! New domain and website is live. Stop by and check it out. New issue is going out soon, so it’s a perfect time to …

Dec 18, 2023: My official 2023 year in review for music is up on Crucial Tracks. Lots of good music to check out. Enjoy!

Dec 15, 2023: Adjustments have been made to my end of year album list on Album Whale, as well as the corresponding draft of next week’s Crucial Tracks issue …

Dec 11, 2023: The second issue of Crucial Tracks just went out. This issue features the other half of the team, Chris Fritton aka The Itinerant Printer. It’s a …

Dec 4, 2023: In case you missed, here are Apple Music and Spotify playlists for the first issue of Crucial Tracks, my newsletter focusing on the impact of music on …

Dec 4, 2023: Come read my music-focused origin story on Crucial Tracks. The first issue just posted!

Nov 30, 2023: (And finally) Some albums that didn’t make my 2023 favorites, but were still enjoyed… Hip Hop edition: To What End by Oddisee And Then You Pray for …

Nov 30, 2023: Some albums that didn’t make my 2023 favorites, but were still enjoyed… R&B Adjacent edition: The Age of Pleasure by Janelle Monae Red Moon in …

Nov 30, 2023: Some albums that didn’t make my 2023 favorites, but were still enjoyed… Hardcore/Punk edition: Slogan Machine by Gumm Living Proof by Drain Consume …

Nov 30, 2023: Some albums that didn’t make my 2023 favorites, but were still enjoyed… Alternative/Indie edition: Pure Music by Strange Ranger Infinite …

Nov 27, 2023: Announcing Crucial Tracks I am super excited to announce the launch of a newsletter project with my friend Chris (aka The Itinerant Printer). The site is called Crucial Tracks …

Nov 21, 2023: I’m pretty set with my favorite albums from 2023. I’m going to write up something in depth during December, but here’s the list. Something for …

Sep 27, 2023: I have a fantasy hockey league that had two drop out from last season. It’s $40 to enter with payouts of $240/120/40 to top 3 teams. If interested, …

Aug 24, 2023: Finished reading: Upgrade by Blake Crouch 📚

Aug 22, 2023: Saw Sunny Day Real Estate tonight - been over 20 years since the last time and they sound just as good as ever.

Aug 15, 2023: Can’t believe it’s travel hockey season already. Really glad we fell in with this great group of families & girls. Looking forward to see where …

Aug 15, 2023: We’ve been to the theater more this summer than the last 5 years combined. Here are a few others we liked: 🍿 Theater Camp (2023) - ★★★★☆ 🍿 …

Aug 15, 2023: Completed the Barbenheimer: 🍿 Oppenheimer (2023) - ★★★★★ 🍿 Barbie (2023) - ★★★★★

Aug 7, 2023: Loving the new wallpaper we put up yesterday in our small bathroom. Another step toward completing the project!

Aug 3, 2023: The Making of CIVILIAN by Wye Oak - featuring Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack — Life of the Record — Overcast One of my favorite albums of all time. A …

Aug 3, 2023: 21 years with this amazing lady!

Jul 2, 2023: We’ve reached the half way point of my song-a-day playlist for 2023. Follow along on Apple Music! music.apple.com/us/playli…

Jun 30, 2023: 🍿 Nimona (2023) - ★★★★★ Amazing adaptation! We loved it so much.

Jun 30, 2023: The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court | The New Republic The lengths people go to 1.) be …

Jun 17, 2023: Used the town-wide garage sale as a tool to get the bicycle out and prep it for the Ride for Roswell next weekend. Lots going on in Kenmore today!

Jun 16, 2023: Two new additions to my Best of 2023 album list: the recent releases from feeble little horse and Home is Where. Both in top 5!

Jun 15, 2023: Seems as if Reeder got their Twitter access back. Getting flooded with those feeds now. After a brief skim, nothing of interest nor anything that …

Jun 14, 2023: This year is turning into a pretty amazing one for concerts! Seeing for the first time: Thrice, Middle Kids, Digable Planets, Cat Power, Alvvays, Alex …

Jun 13, 2023: Stanley Cup game got out of hand quickly so I put together my top ten album list for the first half of the year.

Jun 5, 2023: Got to see Thrice play The Artist in the Ambulance tonight in full. So good live!

Jun 3, 2023: This Stanley Cup opening in Vegas made me hate that team even more than I do. Eichel was enough but that was beyond over the top. Let’s go Panthers!

May 31, 2023: The Kids are Alright Yesterday I took two of our kids to Toronto to see the band Lovejoy at the Danforth Music Hall. Over the course of the morning, news was shared that …

May 24, 2023: Keep fluctuating between thinking today is Tuesday / Wednesday. I am glad whenever I know it’s Wednesday though 😂

May 23, 2023: And with that I’ve disabled cross-posting to Twitter. I’ve already stopped visiting/interacting with the site. Not sure I’m going to …

May 23, 2023: So, you’re telling me the fake “absolute free speech” CEO / tech genius is propping up the fake “freedom” governor for …

May 22, 2023: Finished reading: Saving Time by Jenny Odell 📚

May 12, 2023: My physical copy of Zelda doesn’t arrive until tomorrow. Might have to stay off the web for the next 24 hours. 😂

Apr 27, 2023: Building a blog to learn Laravel. So many niceties. Really enjoying it so far! Maybe I will even use it for endonend eventually. 😄

Apr 14, 2023: Enjoying Couchella so far… caught Wet Leg and Yves Tumor. Both top notch! Looking forward to Bjork, Frank Ocean, boygenius, The Breeders, and …

Mar 20, 2023: The new Yves Tumor album, Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds), is amazing. Check it out!

Mar 14, 2023: Today, Chet and Watson. So cute. Didn’t last long though. 🤣

Mar 3, 2023: It’s a De La Soul day, all day long. Enjoy on whatever streaming platform your prefer. RIP Trugoy.

Mar 1, 2023: New Big Thief song is so good. And indie rock flute! My kid will be so excited. 😄

Feb 19, 2023: My fave album of the year came out this past Friday: Making Circles of Our Own by New Pagans. Female fronted indie punk/post-rock with really great …

Feb 14, 2023: Zoey’s high school team won their area championship yesterday and head to states on Friday. Also, Z got her cast off and is able to start playing …

Feb 6, 2023: Woke up to a 3.8 earthquake this AM. Unusual for our area! Worked better than our standard wake-up alarms. 😂

Feb 5, 2023: The Cazenovia girls representing their high school hockey teams before last night’s championship. Playoffs start this coming week! #rollkengi

Feb 4, 2023: Zoey was unable to play, but we made the trek down to catch the championship game of her teams tournament. Cazenovia took the ‘ship with the game …

Feb 3, 2023: Just registered for Oliver Burkeman’s Designing Your System for Creativity course in March. Can’t wait!

Feb 3, 2023: Zoey’s wrist injury (now in a cast for two weeks) is forcing her to miss the outdoor game of her hockey tournament today. Not too sad. 🥶

Feb 2, 2023: I just posted a quick update to my Finitude and Productivity post from last month: mindfultasks.com/finitude-… More to come!

Jan 17, 2023: It’s amazing how much I didn’t care about Wye Oak until like two years ago (sometimes purposefully) and now they are one of my favorite bands ever. 🎧

Jan 15, 2023: Cazenovia ladies won their tournament this weekend in Pittsburgh. Zoey got two goals, the game winner, and MVP. 🏆🏒

Jan 11, 2023: My 2023 song-a-day playlist on Apple Music! music.apple.com/us/playli…

Jan 6, 2023: This team is ridiculous. 9-0 in league play, no goals allowed. 11-0 in total, with two goals allowed. Some great role models for Z to model her game …

Jan 3, 2023: De La Soul’s Catalog Coming to Streaming Services For the First Time Best music news in awhile!

Jan 2, 2023: This city has experienced far too much heartbreak in the last year.

Jan 2, 2023: My 2022 song-a-day playlist is complete! This was honestly one of the best things I did last year. It brings back memories every time I listen. A 2023 …

Jan 2, 2023: My year in music from Last.fm 5978 scrobbles Top artists: oso oso, Wye Oak, Cymande, Empath, and Nilufer Yanya Top genres: indie, hip hop, emo, post …

Dec 31, 2022: A drink (or two) with the Mrs at a fabulous new neighborhood bar, recently opened by an acquaintance. Can’t beat this within walking distance.

Dec 31, 2022: Picked up some new books based on various recommendations I’ve been seeing on micro.blog 🎉📚

Dec 29, 2022: Thankful to get out of the house after the blizzard and do some winter hiking and snowshoeing with the Mrs.

Dec 27, 2022: Wrote a little summary of my takeaways from reading Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: mindfultasks.com/finitude-…

Dec 26, 2022: Day after the blizzard. Local grocery store is open and queued up to buy groceries. Feel apocalyptic today.

Dec 25, 2022: Mother Nature knows how to do it: we crushed the blizzard record in Buffalo (since at least 1950): 37 consecutive hours of blizzard conditions. ‘85 …

Dec 24, 2022: At least there ain’t no hole in the washtub. 🦦

Dec 24, 2022: Whelp this blizzard has been something. It’s been insanely windy since Thursday overnight (70 mph gusts), constant whiteouts since Friday AM, …

Dec 15, 2022: The Cymande re-issue came! Gonna be listening to this a lot today.

Dec 12, 2022: Finished reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman 📚 So good. Definitely a lot to think about.

Dec 9, 2022: Nilüfer Yanya - Full Set From The Basement Her album Painless is my fave from 2022. Give her a listen!

Nov 30, 2022: Tired boy

Nov 28, 2022: I’ve got my “Best of 2022” album list up on Album Whale! 🎧

Nov 24, 2022: Thanksgiving observations Some observations from today: I am so thankful my dad made the trip to share dinner with us. Our first holiday since my mom passed at the end of the …

Nov 19, 2022: My Favorite Albums from 2022 It’s that time again, though I’m a little earlier than usual! I’m not going to make you scroll to the bottom to find my top recommendation, so here we …

Nov 18, 2022: 🎧Now Listening: Don’t Know What You’re in Until You’re Out by Gladie FFO: Cayetana (ex-members), early Waxhatachee, Hop Along, …

Nov 17, 2022: Buffalo storm prep update: local grocery stores cleared out — except pumpkin spice stuff. We aren’t that desperate yet.

Nov 17, 2022: Bummed Turnstile and Snail Mail canceled tonight, due to our coming snowstorm. Time to prep I guess! ☃️

Nov 17, 2022: My oldest friend Chris, aka Itinerant Printer, is having a massive sale on his amazing letterpress prints. Do check them out - I just grabbed three.

Nov 17, 2022: Some recent vinyl pickups: new Soulside and Hammered Hulls, two classic Dinosaur Jr., and Check Your Head from Beastie Boys. 🔥

Nov 15, 2022: I put together my finalists playlist for 2022 album of the year - 50 so far. Check it out here on Apple Music

Nov 13, 2022: Attempting to port the Hugo theme Congo for micro.blog. Stay tuned!

Nov 10, 2022: 🎧 Insta-buy: Blue Period by Beauty Pill A double LP compilation including the band’s complete Dischord recordings from 2003-2005.

Nov 9, 2022: 🎧 Now Listening: Curses by Future of the Left

Nov 8, 2022: Just voted! Most people I’ve ever seen at our polling place too. Still have time today, if you haven’t. #JustVote

Nov 8, 2022: The sweetest pitty. Watson wedges himself behind me every single workday.

Nov 7, 2022: 🎧 Now listening: Igor by Tyler, the Creator

Nov 7, 2022: 🏄‍♂ Exploring the omg.lol universe

Oct 28, 2022: I’ve taken a little hiatus from writing One Last Wish posts (my music newsletter), so here are a few top notch new releases I’ve been …

Oct 27, 2022: Major milestone! 300 days complete in my song-a-day playlist journey. Grab it on Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/playli…

Oct 26, 2022: Mr. Robot and the compounding effect of tiny changes I just completed a re-watch of Mr. Robot and it stands up (and still very relevant) 7 years later… it’s probably one of my favorite TV …

Oct 23, 2022: Beautiful fall day for a hike at Artpark

Oct 21, 2022: My assistant is being a little oppressive today. 🥰

Oct 20, 2022: Quicksand and Spotlights last night in Buffalo

Oct 12, 2022: Anxious, MAGS, and oso oso last night at Rec Room in Buffalo.

Oct 11, 2022: Amazon has gone full QVC.

Sep 21, 2022: 264 days down. My song-a-day playlist on Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/playli…

Aug 22, 2022: Los Campesinos! at the Velvet Underground in Toronto. They’ve been on my bands to see bucket list and it was worth the wait. 🔥

Jul 25, 2022: What a show! Run the Jewels and Rage finally happened and it was glorious.

Jul 24, 2022: First Concert: Kenny G Last Concert: Bon Iver Best Concert: Fugazi Worst Concert: Kenny G Loudest Concert: The Pixies or Sleater-Kinney Seen the most: …

Jul 16, 2022: Finished reading: The Passageway by Jeff Lemire 📚

Jul 7, 2022: My hopes for Sabres draft night- three of these please: Savoie, Lambert, Nazar, Gauthier, Kulich, Kemell, Miroshnichenko, Havelid, Chesley. Would love …

Jun 20, 2022: Summer Chet

Jun 8, 2022: Finished reading: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV 📚

Jun 8, 2022: Bon Iver and Bonny Light Horseman were amazing last night. I’ve seen hundreds of bands and it was a top 5 performance.

Jun 6, 2022: Finished reading: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV 📚

Jun 3, 2022: Retired the original vinyl storage unit with a larger 2x2 unit. Was kind of shocked how big the collection has grown in the last couple years. The …

Jun 1, 2022: IDLES Full Set | From The Basement - YouTube An absolutely brilliant performance. Sound is so good.

Jun 1, 2022: Award season! High school high honors for these three. 🥰

May 31, 2022: Currently reading: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo 📚

May 19, 2022: Saw Iceage and Wiki at the Rec Room tonight. Crazy awesome show.

May 18, 2022: What is “ecofascism” — and what does it have to do with the Buffalo shooting? - Salon.com → A lot of people assume that if we teach …

May 15, 2022: Watson was so tired after our hike today he didn’t even mind Chet sitting on his head. 😂

May 14, 2022: I went to my first hardcore show in a while last night: Snapcase, Earth Crisis, Strife, One Step Closer, and Be Well. Here’s Strife playing …

May 14, 2022: A good week for new music

Some really, really good releases out this week:

May 14, 2022: Shhhh! 🤫

May 7, 2022: Making pickled beet deviled eggs for brunch tomorrow, so I whipped up a pickled beet egg salad with the extras. Did 4 eggs, 4 beets, mayo, mustard and …

May 3, 2022: Was thinking through a web app idea, then realized it was pretty darn close to FriendFeed (which i loved) and upon doing more reminiscing, realized …

May 2, 2022: 1994 - An Ode to Hardcore Welcome to issue #11 of One Last Wish – my regular series where I look back at records that changed my life. This issue: 1994. Thanks for …

Apr 30, 2022: Finished reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚

Apr 30, 2022: Two more album of the year candidates for me: First up is Tomberlin with i don’t know who needs to hear this… (Listen) One of her singles …

Apr 30, 2022: This month I created a Shortcut to help with my 2022/365 playlist - my song-a-day project. The shortcut grabs all of the songs I listened to in the …

Apr 29, 2022: Went to see the cherry blossoms at the Buffalo History Museum and Japanese Gardens. Beautiful night!

Apr 16, 2022: Currently reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚

Apr 9, 2022: One season ends and another begins. Tryout week done and so thankful Zoey has finally landed in a good spot for hockey. Now for a couple week break …

Apr 4, 2022: Some recent vinyl pickups: Guilt, Endpoint, Small Brown Bike, Sunny Day Real Estate, Modest Mouse, Karate, Nilufer Yanya, and Ian Sweet.

Mar 28, 2022: Thanks to the suggestion from @alans, I now have a sync setup on Spotify to copy over my Apple Music song-a-day project. There are now two options: …

Mar 24, 2022: One thing I’ve been doing this year, that I absolutely love, is adding one song to a playlist every day. We’ve listened on a few road …

Mar 24, 2022: Two new favorite recent releases: the self-titled album by Plosivs (Listen) (ex Pinback, Drive Like Jehu, and Against Me) and sore thumb by Oso Oso …

Mar 22, 2022: One of my favorite things about having three teenagers is sharing the experience of live music. Tonight with the kids: Cavetown

Mar 21, 2022: Selling Girl Scout cookies with these two amazing ladies over the weekend.

Mar 19, 2022: Moved over a few more posts and my domain (back) to micro.blog. Good to be back with such a great community!

Mar 16, 2022: Earlier this week I posted the latest issue of One Last Wish, my regular look at an album or two that shaped my life. This issue we are in 1993. My …

Mar 15, 2022: I hope you find your niche someday soon 1993 was another good year for music, with Nirvana’s In Utero, Radiohead’s Pablo Honey, The Smashing Pumpkin’s Siamese Dream, and A …

Mar 13, 2022: Foxing and Manchester Orchestra tonight in Buffalo. Such a good show.

Mar 9, 2022: Hockey season almost over. Just in time to start the next. 🤪

Mar 9, 2022: Early album of the year contenders - early March edition Two of my favorite releases from 2022 (so far) have been released in the past couple weeks. The albums are so opposite in style and substance – …

Mar 9, 2022: Hain’s Point 2022.1.9 is out – added initial support for On This Day and a toggle for the Plausible Analytics button tracking code, since …

Mar 8, 2022: On a hot streak! Hain’s Point is now at 2022.1.8 – just loaded to Github with support for the Reply by Email plugin. I added a setting to …

Mar 8, 2022: Theme update! Hain’s Point 2022.1.7 was just checked in to Github. New feature: the ability to customize colors: header/footer background, …

Mar 1, 2022: Hain’s Point is available in the Micro.blog plugins section for all users! Details on the theme and install instructions here. My site is using …

Mar 1, 2022: My Hain’s Point theme is almost ready! I just need to figure out why the Photos page isn’t working and finish up adding all of the …

Mar 1, 2022: Mail day! Dischord’s first six records box set arrived. Worth the wait.

Feb 28, 2022: I’m excited about the progress, so here we go! I am working on a theme for micro.blog called Hain’s Point. Still a lot to do with styling, …

Dec 18, 2021: Our weekly make pizza and watch the Mandalorian came to an awesome end this week. 🤯. We want to continue the tradition - what series should we watch …

Dec 1, 2021: Apple Music users: get yourself a Last.fm account and a sweet iOS music app like Marvis or Soor to track your listening next year and you too can have …

Nov 27, 2021: My favorite albums from 2021 What a year for music! SO many good albums came out this year – it made it difficult to narrow it down to the finalists (see the playlist below) …

Nov 1, 2021: So What'Cha Want The year was 1992. Half of the year was me finishing 10th grade and the other half, the start of 11th grade. A critical time in any teenager’s …

Sep 26, 2021: Tough group finals loss for the Lady Stars. The most tight knit group of girls, so they had a blast regardless.

Sep 25, 2021: Great tournament for the Lady Stars! A record of 1-1-1 in the round robin to get them into the finals of the consolation bracket tomorrow. Zoey scored …

Sep 17, 2021: Yesterday evening started out with a road-trip to see Kenmore girls field hockey take on Barker. Then to Mohawk Place to see Hop Along. Long day, but …

Sep 15, 2021: Seeing Wilco for the third time triggered a listening binge. Picked up the deluxe re-issue of Being There today at Revolver Records.

Sep 13, 2021: Double header sports night! Stella played for the Kenmore girls modified soccer team and Zoey played for varsity girls field hockey. Fun night, even …

Sep 7, 2021: I went a little crazy with the 1992 playlist in preparation for the next issue of One Last Wish. So many good albums came out that year. 91 songs so …

Sep 3, 2021: Wonder who is eating dinner under there? #weirdpitbulls

Sep 2, 2021: The pandemic has been yet another reminder that when Americans yell “FREEDOM!” they mean “personal freedom” and that means MY freedom, not yours. …

Aug 31, 2021: Yo, microphone check one, two, what is this? As mentioned in the last post, 1991 was an amazing year for music. While Nirvana was tops in rock music (and probably music as a whole), A Tribe …

Aug 27, 2021: Wilco tonight at Artpark

Aug 27, 2021: Sleater-Kinney tonight at Artpark

May 17, 2021: Here we are now, entertain us Note from Jason: Wow, I procrastinated a lot on this one. This issue was like 90% done for weeks. The last 10% was the hardest – putting the focused …

Apr 7, 2021: New additions 04.07.21 I picked up these two albums this week: TV Priest’s Uppers (Listen) Nirvana’s Nevermind (Listen) One will be this month’s featured album. I’m sure …

Apr 3, 2021: Corning Museum of Glass

Mar 21, 2021: New additions 03.21.21 Added a few new slabs of vinyl to my collection: Soft Sounds from Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast (Listen) Songs of Praise by Shame (Listen) …

Mar 15, 2021: Fight the Power Quick Note from Jason: This month is the first issue published from my brand new site. If you subscribed to the email via Substack you are all set – …

Jan 25, 2021: In the Days of My Youth This story is as old as time: parents try to show their kids “good” music, kids roll their eyes and proceed to put their headphones back on / tune out …

Jan 23, 2021: Watson

Jan 2, 2021: Only You Can Set You Free Whereas Run D.M.C.’s Raising Hellwas my first album and my first music purchase, Living Colour’s Vivid was my first rock album. Released in May 1988, …

Dec 27, 2020: Awesome family hike today! So beautiful out.

Dec 24, 2020: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Dec 24, 2020: Awesome Chadwick Boseman tribute in Jingle Jangle on Netflix.

Dec 20, 2020: 2020 was a Punisher 2020 was something else, right? Beyond the pandemic and resulting economic destruction, a lot has changed — some for the better and, unfortunately, a …

Dec 19, 2020: Without saying your age, post 4 albums that came out when your were 14.

Dec 9, 2020: Lap puppers

Nov 26, 2020: Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for a low key day, a delish and easy meal, and most importantly: getting to hang out with four intelligent, funny, …

Nov 25, 2020: First Issue, First Album My First Album As we start this newsletter journey, I felt the natural place to start was at the beginning. For me, the true joy of music, discovery, …

Nov 22, 2020: $5 gigs, not $10m deals: the story of US punk label Dischord Records | Music - The Guardian → My all-time favorite record label.

Nov 20, 2020: Watson’s DNA test came back. 81% American Staffordshire Terrier, 13% American Bulldog, 4% Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, and 2% Miniature …

Nov 17, 2020: File this in the “surprised I didn’t pay more attention to this band” category: Small Brown Bike So good.

Nov 2, 2020: Follow Your Nose -- a choose your own musical adventure I love this idea from Merlin Mann and Do By Friday: the “Follow Your Nose” playlist… Pick a song you love and start a playlist Go to the artist’s …

Jun 21, 1969: Magic Preview