Murray’s Beeswax | A Review

Pure Australian Beeswax

Mustache wax. It’s quite the dapper product for today’s hipster. And whether you’re a Calvinist or not, you’re sure to have some sophistication in your life when you’ve come across the right wax for you!

Sometime ago, I ran out of my preferred mustache wax. In looking for something comparable that I didn’t have to order online, I came across this wax. While standing in the aisle considering whether or not to buy this product, I came across a list of preferred waxes for one’s stache. Murray’s made the cut citing it’s great scent and speciality for sealing ends.

Murray's Wax in ActionPerhaps it might be the thin nature of my hair; however, in all honesty, Murray’s hold wasn’t cutting it for me.  While my ends in the picture turned out well, they didn’t last very long. One would have to apply excessively often to make this wax work as a traditional mustache wax. On the other hand, I did read that this wax works well for sealing dreads; which would make sense because of their thickness.

What I did LOVE, was how it conditioned my hair, the refreshing scent it left, and that it did not dry out and leave wax crumbles.  Overall, I find it GREAT for hair health, and combined with a more substantial wax, it’d have a great effect. On its own though, it’s just not that practical.

Sodacano | Carbonated Iced Americano


I had heard of a carbonated coffee from a friend who had enjoyed one at a small coffee house. When he asked about their recipe – they kept it a secret. Even with this small amount of knowledge of such a drink, I was immediately blown away by the concept! I soon went to the store to grab some club soda to make my first… SodacanoThe results were incredible! My first attempts without ice ended up with the drink erupting over the sides! But with ice…. now that’s a refreshing beverage!

Check out the recipe!


  • Club soda (4-6oz)
  • A shot of espresso (1oz…or 2 if you’re feeling tired)
  • Ice
  • (optional) Flavored creamer
  • (optional) Syrup/Flavoring


  1. Pour your club soda and add ice into your serving glass. (If you’re using a flavoring, cream, or syrup, now might be a good time to go a head and add it in, as well)
  2. Pull your shot of espresso from your espresso machine.
  3. Pour immediately over your ice and club soda (don’t let your shot sit as you don’t want it to go bad!)
  4. Enjoy a refreshing and delightfully caffeinated beverage…a la, the one you just made!

Monday Playlist

I haven’t done this in a while – so let’s see what’s changed!

1. Rush – Snakes and Arrows – This CD over the past six months shows up in my cd player every once and a while. Full of great songs, philosophy, incredible musicianship, and an agnostic overtone that makes me glad to know the Creator, but gives me a glimpse of what my thoughts might’ve been if I didn’t.

2. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now – I heard some critiques over this album; people complained that it was overproduced and didn’t have the same organic sound that previous Punch Brothers albums have had. Pfff, forget that – this is progressive bluegrass at its finest and it reminds me of how much I miss Joy Kills Sorrow being together.

3. Within Temptation – The Silent Force – I literally hadn’t listened to this album in years. I came upon it today while I was cleaning. For a pop album (according to Finnish/Swedish standards), the orchestration and development is out of this world. Within the verse, chorus, bridge, etc., form – the composers and orchestrators build their orchestrations and motifs well enough to make a classically trained composer smile. Reminds me why I got into writing metal to begin with.


… I’ll just leave this right here.

Currently Listening To | Week of 12/2

  • Nightwish – Oceanborn
  • Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane
  • Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
Surtur Rising
Surtur Rising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ‘Oceanborn’ album is especially fresh after all of Nightwish’s recent releases being so cinematic in orchestration. I’m guilty of using the orchestra samples & click tracks live – you kinda have to when you play the “symphonic metal live in concert” game; however, I am thrilled to hear Nightwish at an earlier time with more lead guitar work, more synth & piano lines, and definitely Tarja.  I re-listened to Pain of Salvation’s “Remedy Lane” because I found it in the car and it’s always been one of my favorite progressive metal albums – I’m still mad they didn’t play “This Heart of Mine” at our wedding reception. As for Amon Amarth…you just gotta have some Viking brutality every once and a while – Makes me very happy.

Tasty Tuesday| “Humdinger”

I was looking to make an interesting sound with a lot of low end. My intention was to have the sound both felt and heard – something close to the 20hz low end range of human hearing (you need speakers that can reproduce tones that low). In working on it, I could hear speakers in my headphones buckling in and out – and it made my head feel funny, so I think I stumbled on to something cool. Also – Here’s a pdf of a roughly sketched patch diagram -> Humdinger Patch Diagram

Enjoy & caution, it could harm your health and/or speakers.

Currently Listening To | Week of 11/25

  • Theatre of Tragedy – Storm
  • Theatre of Tragedy – Forever is the World
  • Rush – Test for Echo
  • Rush – Vapor Trails
  • Pearl Jam – Ten

    Cover of "Forever Is the World"
    Cover of Forever Is the World

This past week, Theatre of Tragedy has been high in my rotation; however, only their last two albums because of their switch to Nell Sigland on vocals. She doesn’t do anything especially technical; however, her tone is incredible. That could be a good lesson for us all that a good tone can trump the most technical of virtuosos. Nell also did vocals for The Crest, which is also another good listen. I hadn’t listened to Rush in a while and I’m especially fond of their songwriting on Test for Echo and Vapor Trails – I may be alone in these feelings, but those 2 albums offer something especially pleasing to the ear and mind. And finally, I’m greatly disappointed that I never really listened to Pearl Jam’s Ten album with it being such a staple of 90’s culture and the launchpad for PJ’s career. Simply songwriting at it’s finest.

– Johnny