Category: Listening

  • Obscuriosity: Week 4 (Here I Am)

    Drove downtown in the rain. 9:30 on a Tuesday night. Or 10:30. Or 11:30. That used to be my thing, just like that Barenaked Ladies song. Especially after I moved to Atlanta in 1995. Not knowing anyone aside from some near-flung college friends already getting along with their adult lives, I’d temper my loneliness with…

  • Obscuriosity: Week 3 (Something Going Wrong Around Here)

    I have only two Joe Jackson CDs. Both are part of a set, so really, I own but one Joe Jackson release. You remember Joe Jackson, right? Not to be confused with the domineering patriarch of the Jackson Family, this Joe Jackson had his first real hit in 1982 with “Steppin’ Out.” I was ten…

  • Obscuriosity: Week 2 (Double Shot of First Tracks)

    When you lose something, you want to replace it. That’s how a lot of music fans felt about Stevie Ray Vaughan. When he died in 1990, the big question was understandable: “Who’s going to replace him?” The truth, of course, is that nobody did and won’t ever. However, music fans can be irrational and will…

  • Like You’ll Never Give Me Diamonds And Pearls Again

    Let us compare and contrast. First, the new single from Alicia Keys. “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.” Try to ignore the attempt at recreating ER (or Grey’s Anatomy or even Chicago Hope) and pay attention to the music. Next, step back in time to 1992. Good times. Back then, we were treated to a…

  • Obscuriosity: Week 1

    I gave some thought to diving into the daily responsibility of Project 365. That’s the group on Flickr where you take a photo a day, like David does. Even more challenging is the group that Amber belongs to, the one that pledges to post a daily self-portrait. My finger hovered over the trigger, but I…

  • A Man Breathes Into A Saxophone

    Got the remastered edition of The Joshua Tree for Christmas. (Thanks!) And while the album is just as good as always, the return to this very familiar album is rather uneventful through the first three tracks. “Where The Streets Have No Name.” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” “With Or Without You.” All…

  • JoCo Is Cooler Than Jay-Z

    More awesome than Robert Plant, too. And certainly better than resurrected CGI chipmunks. Amazon.com MP3 Downloads Bestsellers: The most popular items in MP3 Albums. Updated hourly. via kwout (The Orange Box (Original Soundtrack) includes “Still Alive,” the end-game credits song from Portal, written by geek troubadour Jonathan Coulton.)

  • The Decline Of Fidelity On High

    Four-Way Waveform Comparison, originally uploaded by grabbingsand. Inspired by Rolling Stone’s article on the steady decline of high fidelity in music, I loaded four tracks into Adobe Audition to compare the waveforms. According to RS, waveforms are getting bigger over time, in effect replacing depth of sound with loudness. The smallest waveform (yellow) is the…

  • Thou Shalt Not Question Stephen Fry

    Here’s something I missed in 2007. Do I agree entirely? No. It will take more than a bearded MC to steer me clear of Coca-Cola. But on the whole, the fellow — he goes by the name Scroobius Pip — makes some brilliant points. He and his partner-in-crime, Dan Le Sac, have a few other…

  • But I’ve Seen Everything (Another Random Twenty)

    Another Friday, another random twenty. This time, the iPod was uncharacteristically eclectic. Well done, iPod. “Believe In Something” – The Choir Practice “Believe Me, I’m A liar” – Tomoyasu Hotei – You might not know the name, but if you’ve seen Kill Bill, then you’ve heard what he can do with a guitar. His work…