Tag Archive: Music

Cloud confusion

June 7, 2011 7:52 am Published by 1 Comment

I have more than 40GB of music I’ve ripped from my own CDs, purchased from a variety of locations (eMusic, Amazon, iTunes, some musicians’ own websites) and in a few cases, yes, pirated. I listen to music at work, at home, in my car, and while running, and it’d be really nice to be able to take advantages of these new recently-announced cloud services (Google, Amazon, Apple) to store and access my music from anywhere. But no company is forever. IBM and HP are shells of once-invulnerable corporations. Microsoft no longer innovates — they follow. None of these companies (as large as they are right now) will necessarily be around in twenty years, and there’s no guarantee that any of their services will be around in even five.

I’ve got a limited connection, which means uploading music to Amazon or Google would take something like a week. And my Android phone and Linux work computer will almost certainly not cooperate with Apple. So what’s a guy to do? For now, I plan on continuing to do things the old fashioned way. I’m not sure what kind of cloud service would make me feel comfortable spending the time uploading all of my music, but so far, it’s not any of these.

Quick ACL reviews

October 6, 2009 7:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Here are some quick reviews of shows I saw at Austin City Limits.

Shows that were really great:

  • John Legend – He’s quite a showman. He made a comment about ACL not usually having much R&B, but I think he probably convinced them it was a smart move.
  • Kings of Leon – I only caught about the last 20 minutes of their show (I was at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs during most of it) but they were great.
  • Mute Math – I wasn’t expecting a lot from their show, but they’re way high energy. The lead singer finished off the show by playing something that looked like a guitar-shaped theramin.
  • Flogging Molly – In the rain. That was something special. They went long, though, which was surprisingly annoying.
  • STS9 – Missed half of their show (I was at John Vanderslice and The Scabs), but their electronica is just so fun.
  • Ghostland Observatory – I had never heard of them before, but they were recommended (and it was them or Dave Matthews at the end of day 2). Two guys and the most kickass light show I had ever seen. Possibly my favorite act of the weekend.
  • Ben Harper and Relentless7 – From what I hear, very different from Ben Harper’s solo stuff. Reminded me of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, which leads me to believe their non-live stuff might not be as exciting as the show was.
  • Girl Talk – This was the 25,000 person dance party near the end of day 3. An amazing way to end the weekend. A very close second for best act.

Shows that were disappointing:

  • The Walkmen – For certain types of music, yelling instead of singing is okay. This wasn’t one of them.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Not terrible, I just had never realized how similar all their songs sounded. Wish I had gone to all of Kings of Leon’s show instead.
  • Mos Def – He came on 20 minutes late, played drums(!) for two great songs, and then bullshitted with the band for ten minutes before doing another song. Decided to bail in favor of John Vanderslice.
  • The B-52s – What was I even expecting?

I’ll have photos up as soon as CVS gets their act together and develops them. Maybe tonight.

Music coming to Boston

February 20, 2007 11:29 am Published by 1 Comment

Ever since we took a trip to see OK Go in Providence earlier this month, I’ve realized how much I miss going to shows. They really put on a great concert. They did an acoustic couple of songs in the center of the crowd, and a couple of excellent covers, too. (And Providence is really surprisingly convenient for an evening show.) So I’ve started looking at who’s coming to the area, and there’s a lot of good stuff showing up in the next month or so. The problem is going to be what to go to; I can’t see everything!

How do I decide? I’m almost definitely going to see The Decemberists, but besides that..

What music have you listened to lately?

March 18, 2006 8:04 am Published by

In response to something Chris said last night, I’d like to try an experiment. I’d like everyone to tell me what the last three albums you’ve purchased or downloaded have been. I’ll do the same. I don’t know what the goal of this is, but I intend to listen to some of the stuff mentioned, and I hope you’ll do the same. I’ll start.

  1. Mogwai – Mr. Beast
  2. Madonna – Music (Yes, really.)
  3. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Live In Swing City: Swingin’ With Duke

Your turn.

Musical Notation

January 9, 2006 1:46 pm Published by

My mind tends to wander. The other day it wandered to the following question: “What is the oldest surviving piece of written music?” I knew that modern musical notation was a relatively recent creation (probably less than a thousand years old), but I was certain that there must have been earlier techniques for writing down music.

The answer is the Seikilos epitaph, a 2000-year-old tombstone in Turkey with a song written on it, even including Greek lyrics. The way the music was written quickly reminded me of cantillation, the symbols written above the Hebrew in the Torah that guides the chant.