The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: The James Gang Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 19, 2008 · 7 comments

in Blog, Roundup

Last week I was flipping through the channels and landed on America’s Got Talent. I normally don’t watch drivel like this, but a group that performed caught my eye. They’re called The James Gang. The best way to describe them is hip-hop mashed with swing. It sounds corny, but these guys pull it off. Besides writing killer music, these gents know how to dress in old fashion duds that still have the charm.  To top it off, their logo is awesome. Very reminiscent of The Art of Manliness’ John L. Sullivan logo. Check out their MySpace page and listen to some tunes. It’s time well spent. Here’s their performance on America’s Got Talent:

Now for some links.

First, make sure to check out The Manival # 12 at Miserere. Lots of great posts on how to be a better man. If you’d like to submit to next week’s Manival, please submit using this form. Many thanks to Alessandro for hosting.

The List to Beat All Lists: Top 20 Productivity Lists to Rock You Tasks (@zen habits) I’m always looking to be more productive so I can get things done. But I’ll admit that lately, I’ve been failing at my goal to be productive. Looks like there are some good posts on this list to help me get back on the productivity wagon.

Man Up: Tuck Your Kids into Bed (@ simple marriage project) Bedtime is the perfect time for fathers to bond with their children. Dr. Corey Allen offers some tips on how fathers can get the most out of the time spent tucking in your kiddos.

100 Things To Do During a Money Free Weekend (@ the simple dollar) Trent at The Simple Dollar has compiled a massive list of things you can do during the weekend that don’t cost a dime. I’ll be downloading some podcsts (#5) to my MP3 player so I have something to listen to while rowing. I’ll also be attending the zoo for free (#22) tonight with my law firm.

Detaching From Material Possessions As a Sign of Emotional and Financial Security (@ frugal dad) Sometimes we forget that stuff is. . . well, stuff. Why do we get all hyped up for new gizzmos and dodads? If buying a brand new iPhone made you the happiest you’ve been in a while, maybe you have other problems you need to sort out.

Mama’s Don’t Let Your Sons Watch HGTV. They’ll Never Get Married (@ rachel lucas) There is a lot of man hating on television these days. Watch any commercial or sitcom and the man is usually portrayed as a dope or a twit. Well, men even get a bad rap on HGTV. Rachel Lucus explains her disgust at the way wives treat their husbands on the various house hunting shows on HGTV. Check it out. It’s a good read.

From the archives

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1 Kevin (ReturnToManliness) July 19, 2008 at 10:12 am

Their music wasn’t all that great to me. They did a pretty good job, but not spectacular. I’ll need to listen to more for it to grow on me.

I think what really made them stand out was their appearance and clothing. This is right in line with the theme of this site, which again, is touching a nerve that many people yearn for – the throwback to when things were “different”.

Great list…The Simple Dollar article is a MUST read!!!!

2 Frugal Dad July 19, 2008 at 10:46 am

Thanks for including my article in the roundup! Personally, I liked The James Gang…sort of remind me of some of the throwback music from Outkast. And kudos to them for originality!

3 Brett McKay July 19, 2008 at 11:03 am

@ Frugal dad- Outkast. Yes. They do have an Outkast vibe about them.

4 Marcel July 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

Well, as a historian, I’m never one to long for the “good old days” but that’s no reason not to take an idealised past as an example for the future.

5 Brett & Kate McKay July 20, 2008 at 10:12 am

@ Marcel- Agreed. No way I’d want to go back to the times of polio, Nazism, segregation, and Depressions. But I agree that our idealized version of the past can be a great motivator for the future.

6 miss sunday July 21, 2008 at 10:06 am

these guys are amazing. i’ve seen them live at the box night club in the les. super talented.

7 racketboy July 22, 2008 at 10:36 am

Hope they realize the name was already taken by a band from the 70′s
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gang

Only reason I know if my dad still has some 8-tracks of theirs….

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