And Then It All Ended

To finish up my Musical Grab Bag post from yesterday.

The record player bit the dust. As in it no longer spins right round (like a record) when I pick up the arm.

This happened before. Mostly because I accidentally left it spinning for a day or two. I could get it to play by kinda coaxing it along and starting the spinning by hand. But now that won’t even work.

So if anyone wants to see more random musical journies, please send me money for a new one. Thanks.

Musical Grab Bag

Despite yesterday’s post full of musical errors and grammatical mistakes, I’m going to attempt another post today on music.

I’m spending the day at my desk, finishing up a couple of presentations, papers and assignments. I enjoy having some background music, both to engage with and to cover up any other noises.

I’ve also got a small record, vinyl record , collection that I don’t listen to nearly enough. So for today I created a bit of a game. I select out a record at random for the milk crates and then play the whole thing, sides A & B. This is going to be interesting because I have some very unusual records. Albums I would have never paid more the $0.25 for but found at Goodwilll for cheap.

Hermits

 

First pick was Herman’s Hermits – 15 Greatest Hits. Including such gems as “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” and I’m Into Something Good”

 

Queen

 

 

Next up; Queen – Greatest Hits. Everyone knows what would be on this record right?  “Bohemian Rapsody”, “We Will Rock You” and “Under Pressure” to name a few.

  Thriller

Number three: Michael Jackson – Thriller. This is one album that I would have paid more money for. Fortunately I found a decent copy of it used for under 50 cents. I am by no means a Jackson fan, how could anyone be after the last 10 years he’s had? I think that everyone can appreciate this album though.

 Styx

 My brother popped in and made his selection; Styx – Cornerstone. Not suprisingly I have never listened to this album. In fact the only Styx song I even know is “Come Sail Away”. However I’ve just finished listening to the first track and its not bad. Not great, but I don’t feel like ripping my ears off.

I’ll keep updating throughout the day!

Another Sunny Day

Today’s title comes from Belle And Sebastian, a power-pop group from edit: Glasgow, Scotland off of their 2006 stellar album, “The Life Pursuit” It fits today’s weather beautifully. Its a perfect spring day in London today, a bit chilly still, but bound to warm up by this afternoon.

My 10:30 class was cancelled today, so I’m spending the hour on some errands around campus. First I grabbed a Tim Hortons coffee. Honestly, their coffee is horrible. Underly bland with no strong coffee flavour. I drink a regular, its not diluted with too much cream or sugar. So why do I drink it, when their are Starbucks all over campus also?It reminds me of my time framing houses this summer. Coffee breaks were always Timmies, so sipping back at cup takes me right back to sitting on the subfloor of a home, in the summer sun, and just shooting the shit.(Its also roll-up-the-rim and despite astronomical odds, I still dream of winning big) 

Since its so nice out today, I’ve begun playing albums that I usually reserve for summer listening. Two albums that express summer to me are Coldplay’s XY and The White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan” Both albums came out in the summer of 2005 and got a lot of play on my iPod that year. There really is nothing is the albums to suggest a summer theme, but anytime I hear them I feel summery.

So what about you guys? Do you have music that reminds you of a specific season, or time in your life? How about a food or drink that evokes strong memories?

 

The Confusing Canadian Copyright Law

Blank CDsToday I was engaged in a long discussion about the current state of copyright law in Canada. Never before have I seen such a confusing and almost specifically designed to be unclear, set of legislation.

After browsing all over the internet and trying to get a handle on it, this is what I’ve established

1. Per-to-per downloading is legal because of
2. The private copying levy, that we pay a “tax” on all blank media
3.  The law surrounding movies is even more vague
4. At least we don’t live in a copyright dictatorship like the U.S.

A lot of what I’ve discovered has come from Michael Geist’s blog.

A New Adventure in Hi-Fi

Last night I attended the January Geek Dinner. (Held on the first Wednesday of every month at Molly Bloom’s in London ON). While there, Bill Deys told me about IODA Promonet, a service similar to PodSafe Music.

IODA Promonet allows you to browse through artists, songs, and record labels. All the music is safe to post on blogs, or to play on podcasts.  From their site:

Promonet is a unique promotional music distribution network that provides its users with a new way to legally download, publish, and share music. Promonet is run by IODA, the leading digital distributor of independent digital music. More than 3000 of the best and most influential independent record labels distribute their music through IODA, and they have given IODA permission to make thousands of their tracks available to Promonet users.

This has got me thinking, I’ve always tossed around the idea of doing a small, independent music based podcasts. Just a few songs that I’m currently digging, and probably little to no dialogue. Now that I have an account with Promonet I might just do it.

So keep an eye out the next few days/weeks, I might have something up!

Montreal Smoked Meat

So on Saturday night I was down at Centennial Hall in London for a Tegan and Sara concert. It was a great show, lots of songs from the previous two albums as well as some earlier stuff. T & S are known for telling stories on stage, unfortunatly, this show didn’t have as many as I was expecting. Despite the horrible opening act it was am enjoyable evening.

After leaving Centennial Hall, I went down to The Richmond Tavern, where a co-worker of mine’s band was playing; Hunting For Joseph. I was pleasantly surprised with their sound. Kinda Nu-Rock, but without the pretension and crap. I didn’t stay long though because it was really hot in there, and some friends were waiting for me.

Starting walking downtown and decided to stop for a smoked meat sandwich at Cousin Vinny’s. I’ve had their lean on rye before and it was quite good. This time though, the fellow at the counter was totally inept and didn’t know how to even make a smoked meat sandwich. After five mintues of wandering around the couter aimlessly, he asked me if I would prefer a slice of pizza. I was tired of waiting, so I said sure and took two huge slices for all my trouble.

A good Saturday night. Now its turkey day!

Apparent iPod Touch Keyboard Flaw

Is the iPod touch not as awesome as everyone thought it was going to be?

Its come to my attention that there is a conflict between the iPod touch’s keyboard and podcasts. When playing a podcast and then logging onto the internet bringing the keyboard up causes the iPod to immediately pause the playing podcast.

Obviously not a benefit, it just remains to be seen how soon it’ll be fixed.

Thanks to Bill Deys for pointing this out at the London Geek Dinner

An Old Feature I Just Discovered

This post is so behind the times it should be written on papyrus, but hey, the info was new to me.

I recently became aware of iTunesU. Its built into the iTunes music store and is a collection of courses from major North American universities. Since I love the thought of learning something for free, without all the course obligations (assignments and tests) I thought this was a great service. So I downloaded a bunch of classes I thought were interesting.

And low and behold when downloaded, iTunes puts them into their own folder. Now to me this was amazing. I didn’t realize you could even create a folder of playlists. I did some searching around and found out this feature was released back in V.5 of iTunes. Ah well better late then never.

Unfortunately the folders do not sync to the iPod. All the playlists in a folder appear as just one playlist with the folders name.

In case, like me, you didn’t know about this: its under File – New Folder or Ctrl+Shift+N

Music

A break now from the more serious and important posts I’ve done recently.

Music is very important during exams. It breaks the monotony of  studying at a desk for hours at a time. So heres a list of the recent artists and albums I’ve been enjoying these past few weeks:

Sufjan StevenSeven Swans 

The Kooks –  Inside In Inside Out

Yo La Tengo  – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

These three albums have been on repeat on iTunes constantly. They’re all different musical styles so it doesn’t get boring.

Good Free Music

I’ve decided to include a link to good, free, music for the masses to download. I’ll try to do this as often as possible.

Today its a song my Maclom Middleton, formally of the Delgados, but since they broke up, he’s alone. The song is called “A Happy Medium” and can be downloaded from his website.

Today was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t really do anything. And that was great. Just moved around from room to room reading, listening to music, cleaning etc. I moved most of my stuff into the next room where I will be sleeping during the summer, since Eddie doesn’t want to be woken up when I get up at 5:20 am. Meh.

This week I work over 5o hours, I’ll be rolling in the good dough, figuratively and literly.

Thanks for reading.