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Earlier this summer I saw Hot City Pizza while driving home with the family down West Seventh Street in Saint Paul. I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before because I’ve lived in the area all my life. Apparently Pops has been there many times and he said it was bomb so I’ve been itching to try it ever since. Then when I brought my girl friend down there to pick up her car from the auto body shop just up the street she affirmed my interest bragging about how good their philly cheesesteak pizza. I had to figure it out for my self.
When my mother told me she had to go out to the co op on West Seventh this morning I told her I was in for ride if and only if we could stop at Hot City and check it out. My mom, little sister, and I had lunch there today and it was fantastic. Definitely going to come back and check out some of their white sauce pizzas and hoagies. Great spot for lunch or a cheap date.
Check out Hot City Pizza’s website for menu and special offers!
Before I was born my father started his own business. No matter what job he was doing to get by he was always an audio engineer. We live in a giant warehouse of a building that used to be an auto body shop because it was the the best place for us to make a home and a recording studio. In 1990 we bought the building on Smith and Annapolis, and we’ve called West Saint Paul our home ever since. My father and a crew of his best friends built our apartment style home from the ground up; Plumbing, electric, and all. They also built Ambient Sound, a recording studio owned and operated by my father, Bob Cain, for the last couple of decades.
Today the studio brings in enough money to be (some what) self-sufficient, to the point where it is my fathers only source of income. For two decades he has relied on word of mouth business (with the exception of a couple City Pages ads) and has made a decent living off the people he met in bars and musicians with day jobs. But business could be better and to be honest it’s getting kind of out dated.
The internet has so much to offer my dad’s small business and after a few tough conversations I finally convinced him to let me do a little online marketing for him. To start I made Ambient Sound a Google places page, and Google even sent us a cool bar code sticker! Now the studio is up on Facebook and ready to be ‘liked’! I’m proud Ambient Sound Professional Recording Studio got 10 likes in its first few hours on Facebook pages. A small start for big dreams.
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After day one we came back to the Ambient Sound Studio on top of the bluffs and watch a personal Mustard Bus performance. I plan to share the video here soon. Needless to say I was wiped when woke up on Sunday for day two. My friend Cheddy was super pumped for the days events and called me at 11 to wake me up so we could make it down to Harriet Island to catch Kids These Days at 1. So we cleaned up last nights mess and made our way down for day two.
Getting down there at one, although I protested, was an awesome idea. You could tell right away that Sunday was going to be a different crowd. All the Dave fans were trickling in slowly and easy to spot; like hippies with money. Kids These Days from Chicago put on an amazing set and I’m real glad I didn’t miss it. Civil Twilight was also very impressive, their lead singer looks like a cross between my friend Ben p and the guy from Twilight ha. The highlight of the day was definitely The Flaming Lips. They were almost an hour late starting their set and Cheddy and I were growing impatient but when they came on it all melted in confetti and balloons. I feel like they only played 10 songs but their set lasted for awhile. First time I’ve seen them and it was one of the funnest sets I’ve ever witnessed. From there Mute Math was a great time as well. They played on the little stage on Raspberry Island while Dave and the Band warmed up with the first hour of their three hour set. Ended the night watching the tail end of Dave Matthews Band’s set were they played the only two DMB songs I know crash and two step. All in all a spectacular day!
I’m really pumped for the two day Rivers Edge Festival this weekend, June 23rd & 24th, down on the historic Harriet Island in Saint Paul. I got my wrist bands in the mail, cash set aside, and pulled out and dusted off my flask; I’m all ready to go! All week long I’ve been listening to Spotify to check out the bands I haven’t seen before like Polica and Dave Mathews Band and also catching up on the latest tunes from those I’ve seen many times before, like Motion City Soundtrack who has a brand new album out entilted Go. They even have a Rivers Edge Fest playlist put together displaying tunes from all the bands on the lineup. But mostly I’m really excited to see my favorite band Brand New take the stage.
I’m new to Spotify so I’m still on my 30 day trail and getting the hang of it all but so far it’s been incredible. You can find just about any kind of music from any genre on their vast data base and stream them for free to your computer and you can also forward playlists to your mobile devices and store music for offline playing. The mobile app however doesn’t online stream unless you have the premium membership but it is only like ten bucks a month so maybe after the trail we’ll have to invest. Well back to the music!
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