Prince on SNL

I’ve been a pretty big Prince fan since his earliest days. One thing about him that often gets neglected is his ability to rock out on the guitar.
He was on SNL this past weekend and he really rocks out on this new tune.

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XTC – Making Plans For Nigel

One of my all-time favourite bands is XTC.  Without question.  So, when I set about trying to learn (and discover how easy it is) to embed video within these posts, I naturally selected one of my favourite songs from them to experiment with.  This video is *very* 80s.

Don’t Know About The Music, But The CD Sucks!

Who would honestly think this is a good thing?  It’s absolutely ridiculous, if you ask me.  By taking these measures “in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience”, they are surely alienting the very people they should be grateful to: the law-abiding CD purchaser.  Thanks for legally purchasing this music.  As a thanks, we are making this CD frustratingly restrictive.
The following is an insert of rules that is found in the latest CD from Coldplay.  
Is this the very definition of Unmitigated Gall?

THIS CD IS A COPY PROTECTED CD

Thank you very much for purchasing this CD and helping the cause of “Anti-Piracy”.  The recordings in this CD have an anti-copying function.  They cannot be copied into a PC.  In order for you to enjoy high quality music, we have added this special technology.
Before using, please first read the following:
USAGE GUIDELINES:
This CD cannot be burnt onto a CD-R or hard disk, nor can it be converted into MP3 for file sharing.
This CD has been manufactured for usage in regular CD players, but might not play in the following players:

  • Some CD players that have the capability of burning into an MP3 (such as portable players or car stereos)
  • Some CD players that possess CD-R/RW functions (such as portable players or car stereos)
  • Some car stereos with satellite “Guidance” systems
  • Some CD players or car stereos with hard disk recording capability
  • Some CD-R/RW Recorders used for music
  • Some portable CD players
  • Some DVD players
  • Some CD/LD Convertible Players
  • Some Game Players

Although you can use your PC’s Windows program to listen to certain tracks, this does not meant that the CD can be played in all PCs.

  • The first time that this program is used (in Windows automatic starter software) it gets registered in Windows *File.  Thus, programs already registered do not affect Windows * operation
  • Windows OS also uses the latest files

This CD does not support Macintosh PC software

  • Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return or refund.

Basically, it’s “Thanks for being honest.  Good luck with it, and we hope you have a CD player in which this CD works.  Whether you do or not, you cannot return this CD.  Thanks, again!”

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Beatles Podcasts

Last night I found a great site that offers podcasts of various Beatles related things – interviews (with ‘the lads’), news reports from the era, music selections, demos, odd bits of this and that.

It’s called Beatlegs Podcast, and you can find it by clicking on the word link

If you’re a fan of The Beatles, and you’re looking for stuff you probably haven’t heard before, then this is the podcast for you.

What’s This Podcast Thing, Then?

So, I was looking around the settings on this here ole Typepad site and discovered a setting to display one’s podcasts rss feed link.  Hmm-ing about that a bit, I decided I’d set it up, even though I don’t have any podcasts, and only a slight interest in creating one.  Actually, I have a middling interest in creating podcasts but I don’t have sufficient storage space online, nor do I have enough bandwidth (assuming anyone would download them anyway) to handle anything of any significance.  If anyone wants to donate (sponsor?) the space and bandwidth to me, I could probably come up with a fun sporadic podcast type thingy.
Still, I’m curious to see how the Typepad podcasting system works, so I’m uploading a song I wrote a long time ago and pretending it’s a podcast.  So, here’s the experiment!

Download without_you.mp3

By the way, speaking of podcasts, the only one I subscribe to is The Ricky Gervais Show.  You can get it through his website, or through iTunes.  Updates weekly, and it’s pretty funny, I say.

I guess it turns out that the "subscribe to my podcasts" rss link is the same as the rss link to my site.  no big whoop there, then.
Sorry to bother you.

My Music – A Snippet

From Steverinoland, comes this somewhat interesting survey of one’s own music library:

HOW MANY SONGS? –  6104

SORT BY SONG TITLE

first – ‘Til The Money Runs Out – Tom Waits
last – Zoom Zoom Zoom – Nissan TV/Radio Commercial Music

SORT BY TIME

longest – King of Rock (Charlie Chan Megamix) – Run DMC – 15:50
shortest – This Is Stupid – The Bloodhound Gang – 0:10

SORT BY ALBUM

first – !!! – !!!  (the band’s name is "!!!", and their album is called "!!!"  The song is "Intensify")
last – Zulu Workers Choirs In South Aftrica – King Boys – song: Just A Closer Walk With Thee

TOP FIVE MOST PLAYED SONGS

1. "Swamp" – Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense – 7 plays
2. "See The Constellation" – They Might Be Giants – Apollo 18 – 7 plays
3. "Rubber Biscuit" – The Blues Brothers – The Best of The Blues Brothers – 6 plays
4. "Take Me I’m Yours" – Squeeze – Singles: 45’s and Under – 6 plays
5. "Do You Wanna Dance" – The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – 6 plays  (this one surprises me)

FIRST SONG THAT COMES UP ON SHUFFLE –
"Puritans" by Dear Leader, from the album:  All I Ever Wanted Was Tonight  (a song, by the way, that I have never heard.

find “sex.” how many songs come up?- 87 (most are from Ron Sexsmith, though)
find “death.” how many songs come up?- 40 (mostly from the Pixies album "Death to the Pixies" and a couple of Death Cab For Cutie albums)
find “love.” how many songs come up?- 310

"No Show" Jones

I’m a pretty big fan of George Jones.  Truthfully, not much of a fan of his later (past 15 years) stuff, but I love his 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s songs.  Frank Sinatra once said of George Jones (paraphrasing): He has the second best voice in America.
So, back in the spring, when I was working at CFCY, and I heard that CFCY was presenting George Jones’ performance in November in Charlottetown, I put out feelers for free radio station tickets.  I got lucky as the station’s new Promotions Director, who, unknown to anyone, was going to quit the next day, gave me two tickets.
Not really knowing anyone else who was much of a George Jones fan, I asked my father if he wanted to go with me.  He said he wasn’t a huge Jones fan, but he’d go with me if there was nobody else who would rather go.
Making the date, I put the tickets in my wallet.  This was in the spring.  Over the summer I had thought of, and looked forward to the concert, quite a few times.
Last night at about 11:30, I heard a country-ish song on some TV commercial which reminded me of George Jones.  That made me think the tickets in my wallet.  “Hmm”, I thought, “that concert is in November sometime?”  I go to my wallet, get the tickets and see:

George Jones, November 5 –  8pm –  Charlottetown Civic Centre

I missed the show!  I’m an idiot!
I wonder if it was a good show?  I didn’t hear anything about it.  I even wonder if it took place?  I assume it did.

Everyday I Jump The Shark

I was reading somewhere else on the internets a discussion as to when Elvis Costello jumped the shark.  And it made me ponder that exact same question.  When exactly did he jump the shark for me?

Back in the early 1980’s I was a pretty huge Costello fan.  His first, from 1977, My Aim Is True is one of those almost perfect albums.  Smart sharp vitriolic angry songs, he was kind of the thinking man’s punk.  The next few albums of his never could, and never did, match the quality of his first, though they all had some great songs.  And that was enough to keep him tops of my pops.
I was originally going to say that Punch The Clock was his Shark Jumping album.  Yeah, it had some nice songs, Everyday I Write The Book, Shipbuilding most notably, but it missed on a few cylinders, and it sounded too…soft.  Strings and horns and orchestrations?  From the thinking man’s punk?  Was he done for? 
But how could I say he’d jumped the shark when he still had the albums Blood & Chocolate, King of America, and even Spike (an album I liked but many others didn’t as much)… all really good albums with a lot of great songs?  Surely we had to accomodate him experimenting with the pop songs and sound of Punch The Clock.  I had to give him that allowance.  No, I decided, Punch the Clock did not jump the shark.
Nor do I think he jumped the shark with Mighty Like a Rose.  Yes, it’s a difficult album to like, and the one that forever changed me from a buy-every-Elvis-Costello-Album guy to one who would wait and hear the reviews first.  But still, it was Elvis being Elvis.  Not very good Elvis, but still Elvis.
With the follow-up to that one, though,  The Juliet Letters with the Brodsky Quartet, Elvis was pretty much done for in my mind. An egotistical stunt if ever there was one.
That was his Jump The Shark Album.  Without question.