The Library… An Untapped Free Music Source
June 16, 2006, 5:11 pm
Filed under: Music, Technology

With all the headlines file-sharing garners these days, I find it interesting that old-fashioned offline methods of sharing music have essentially gone unnoticed. Instead of risking a strong-arm lawsuit from the RIAA by searching peer-to-peer sites, you can find a wealth of free music at a place from some of the tech-minded public might have forgotten: your local public library system. Continue reading

Radiohead's New Material
May 11, 2006, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Music, Reviews

In the words of one Pitchfork Media reviewer, “If you’re waiting for these guys to finally fuck-up something royal, keep waiting. They’re unbacklashable”. After all the critical acclaim of OK Computer back in 1997, no one could have imagined that Radiohead would survive the inevitable backlash. Radiohead didn’t just survive it; they came back with a recording session that spawned two not-especially-radio-friendly but absolutely top-notch albums. Continue reading

Dude, Where’s My Music?
March 16, 2006, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Music, Rants

I wasn't around in the Sixties and Seventies, but I'm pretty sure that mainstream recording artists and their fans weren't too terribly preoccupied with reliving (and rehashing) music from the Fourties or Fifties. They were too busy creating a generation of groundbreaking music to worry about that. So, why, since about the time "grunge" came and went from our popular psyche, have we been so damn preoccupied with re-recording classic musical styles of past generations? Is it because we've got easier access to music than we used to, better information, and so we are now better able to listen to and appreciate that music? I think it's because there's something fundamentally lacking with music today.

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In a Beautiful Place Out In The Country
December 16, 2005, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Music

Some folks prefer the old Boards of Canada, some prefer the newer stuff; me, I'll always cherish their 2000 EP, Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country, a flawless little four-song record whose eponymous track makes it absolutely outstanding.

Currently listening:
In a Beautiful Place Out In the Country
By Boards of Canada
Release date: By 28 November, 2000

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I Was Going to Make Fun of Coldplay, but…
December 16, 2005, 1:05 pm
Filed under: Humor, Music

I was just listening to Coldplay's big fat hit from yesteryear "Yellow" and realized it was ripe for rewriting as a song making fun of emo kids, since the words "yellow" and "emo" rhyme nicely, and it's got that soft, moody, lilting sound that might sound just like emo crap were its melody punked up a notch. Continue reading

iTunes uSuck
October 2, 2005, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Business, Music, Rants, Technology

Today, I deleted iTunes from my system.

I've always been a die-hard PC user and thus fairly ambivalent to the Apple crowd, despite the fact that I'm usually in-line with other "hipster" brands (case in point, I drive a Volkswagen). Note, however, that I do not shop at Urban Outfitters. Continue reading