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  • Favorite Songs July 05-October 08

    20 Dec 2008, 22:58 by amendelson

    The other day , my external hard drive finally arrived in the mail. I’d been planning on getting one for at least a year, and I actually picked out the one I wanted when I was home in August, but for whatever reason I didn’t get around to actually buying it until this Monday. I bought it so I’d have a place to put all my music files, as they’ve been clogging up my internal hard drive for some time.

    It’s worked fine (to delete all your music files while hoping that the one on your external h.d. will work is to know fear) but it had an unintended consequence—since I copied rather than directly moved all my files onto the e.h.d., they’re technically different files. Because of this, all the listening data iTunes had stored up vanished.

    Thankfully, I foresaw this so I tried to save a bit of that data. Knowing that stuff is really fascinating—if you have no life, that is—and I didn’t want to lose everything iTunes knew about my listening habits since July 2, 2005, the day I got my computer. …
  • Fifty music questions.

    8 Dec 2008, 16:12 by GrouchoMarx22

    1. How did you get into 29? (Ian Brown)

    Following the split of The Stone Roses, I was told about the song Corpses in Their Mouths by Ian Brown…and I had to buy the album. Brilliant tune.


    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (The Doors)

    Riders on the Storm. I thought that this must be what it’s like to be stoned.


    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? (Bryan Ferry)

    Love Is The Drug

    Late that night I park my car
    Stake my place in the singles bar
    Face to face, toe to toe
    Heart to heart as we hit the floor
    Lumber up, limbo down
    The locked embrace, the stumble round
    I say go, she say yes
    Dim the lights, you can guess the rest


    4. What is your favorite album by 49? (Squeeze)

    Oh man, I only have the best of.


    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? (The Charlatans)

    Three. Melting Pot, Us and Us Only, Wonderland.


    6. What is your favorite song by 50? (James Brown)

    Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)


    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? (Sons and Daughters)
  • Fifty music questions.

    8 Dec 2008, 16:08 by GrouchoMarx22

    1. How did you get into 29? (Ian Brown)

    Following the split of The Stone Roses, I was told about the song Corpses in Their Mouths by Ian Brown…and I had to buy the album. Brilliant tune.


    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (The Doors)

    Riders on the Storm. I thought that this must be what it’s like to be stoned.


    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? (Bryan Ferry)

    Love Is The Drug

    Late that night I park my car
    Stake my place in the singles bar
    Face to face, toe to toe
    Heart to heart as we hit the floor
    Lumber up, limbo down
    The locked embrace, the stumble round
    I say go, she say yes
    Dim the lights, you can guess the rest


    4. What is your favorite album by 49? (Squeeze)

    Oh man, I only have the best of.


    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? (The Charlatans)

    Three. Melting Pot, Us and Us Only, Wonderland.


    6. What is your favorite song by 50? (James Brown)

    Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)


    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? (Sons and Daughters)
  • Music to Discover: Lisa Germano

    12 Sep 2008, 17:25 by vargas_girl

    I'm a huge fan of female vocalists, especially of the moody, alternative rock variety...and Lisa Germano is quickly topping my list of favorite music from this genre. Why haven't I heard of this wonderful woman before?! Like too often is the case, she was dropped from her major label because despite favorable critical reviews, her sales weren't up to par for them. Pfft. I think that is a lame excuse if you ask me...if they would market quality music as well as they do some talentless bimbo *cough* Hannah Montana *cough* then she wouldn't have to work in a bookstore and could focus all of her efforts on creating more beautiful music for us to listen to. This is why I'm a proponent for dropping the power of labels all together in favor of online sales. This way 100% of the profits go where they should...to the artists who need the money to support themselves. This is working quite well for Kristin Hersh on cashmusic.com...and she's able to release music right away and doesn't have to go…
  • se en li ve

    26 Aug 2008, 11:14 by kirkerona

    1998-11-28 Deep Purple – Sofia
    2001-12-02 Asian Dub Foundation - Sofia
    2002-06-05 Manu Chao - Winter Palace, Sofia
    2002-07-07 Stereo MC's – Sofia
    2003-05-16 Ladytron - Military Club, Sofia
    2003-09-12 Placebo – NDK, Sofia
    2003-10-11 Moloko – NDK, Sofia

    2005-06-04 Ian Brown - Berlin Festival
    2005-06-04 The Kills, Ladytron, Sons and Daughters - Berlin Festival
    2005-06-04 Die Sterne, The Undertones, Animal Collective - Berlin Festival
    2005-06-06 Oasis, Secret Machines - Columbia Hale, Berlin
    2005-06-10 Oasis, The Stands, Kettcar, Wir sind Helden, The Robocop Kraus - Hurricane Festival
    2005-06-11 Millencolin, Slut, Beatsteaks, Audioslave, Phoenix - Hurricane
    2005-06-12 I Am Kloot, Beck, New Order - Hurricane Festival
    2005-07-09 Ian Brown - Exit Festival, Novi Sad

    2006-06-21 Depeche Mode – Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia
    2006-07-05 Underworld - Festivalna Hall, Sofia
    2006-08-29 Ian Brown - South Park, Sofia

    2007-06-18 Placebo - Winter Palace, Sofia
  • Gigs I've been to.....(work in progress!)

    23 Aug 2008, 11:27 by iyers

    From the depths of my mind I'm going to try and recall as many gigs as possible that I have attended!

    Here goes!
    (Gigs are in Bristol unless otherwise stated)

    1989

    Ashton Court Festival - I can remember seeing The Herb Garden & Chaos UK

    Just found this vid from it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz9EHBRzn-s

    1990

    Pale Saints, Bierkeller, 7th of March.
    My first ever "official" gig!

    Lush + Th' Faith Healers, Fleece & Firkin, Sunday the 18th of March

    Ride & The Charlottes - Thursday April the 12th, The Bierkeller.

    The Charlatans, Bierkeller, 28th of May.
    The day after Spike Island - My mate Cathead had been and had the t-shirt - git!

    Northside, Bristol Poly (Redland), 9th of June
    (First game of World Cup Italy 1990 was on a telly in the Bar!)

    The Moonflowers at Ashton Court - July
    (Get Higher at Ashton Court)

    Mudhoney + Pixies + Faith No More + The Cramps + The Inspiral Carpets + The Wedding Present + The Buzzcocks +…
  • 25 Reasons Not to Hate the 21st Century

    12 Aug 2008, 00:03 by Colleen123

    People seem prone to complain endlessly about how much new music sucks. There are some valid arguments, but I feel that there’s still good music out there. Maybe it’s not in as large supply as it once was, but it’s out there. In this journal, I’m counting down the 25 best albums released so far in the 21st century.

    25. Is This It - The Strokes (2001)
    http://www.knac.com/images/covers/strokes_isthisit.jpg
    On this debut album from The Stokes, the New York boys introduced us to their unique brand of jittery rock. This album helped to incite the so-called “garage rock” scene of the turn of the century(which never quite panned out). It may not be as good as some of the things put out by their red-and-white-clad contemporaries, but Is This It has some great songs on it. “Last Nite” is one of the most infectious songs of the 21st century, while “When It Started” and “Take It or Leave It” are also signature Strokes stuff.

    24. Parachutes - Coldplay (2000)
  • Tenniscoats & Secai

    4 Aug 2008, 05:33 by jonniewilks

    Reinvention is an essential part of being a forward-thinking band, especially one that is held in high regard the world over. It can't be easy to keep coming up with new guises to drape yourself in, especially when you're working to a record company schedule. One way around this problem is to become a member of Tenniscoats, set your own schedule, collaborate with whoever you like, and release 5 or 6 albums in the space of half a year.

    This year, Saya and Takashi have already given us Sui-Gin and Moere, as well as the Harmonies DVD released with Kazumi Nikaidoh. The first 2 were as experimental as Tenniscoats are likely to get. Sui-Gin found Takashi performing solo on 12 string guitar, fed through a ring modulator (thus rendering his melodies absolutely alien to anyone expecting to hear a 12 string guitar) - not exactly easy-listening, but great stuff for anyone who despairs that music as an art-form may have been taken to its limit.

  • Wed 18 Jun – R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National

    23 Jun 2008, 19:12 by x-pakman

    Wed 18 Jun – R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National

    First show I've ever seen at the Mann Music Center. Missed all of The National set and most of the Modest Mouse due to traffic and bad navigating on my part. After leaving the show I realized there is a better why to get to the venue without taking I-76 and its not the way I went. So going in I was a little upset that I missed the bands I really wanted to see.

    Rem played a good if sometimes underwhelming show. They played a few songs that had previously not been heard live or only a few times. I like the idea of them playing studio stuff live and it was fun to hear. You can not deny the REM hits and we got a few. Pearl Jam was in the audience since they had a show the next day in Philadelphia. For an encore Eddie Veder came out and sang Begin the Begin and Johnny Marr joined for Fall on Me. The show was fun outside of missing the open acts which were my main reason for going. I was able to sneak in a Bota Box wine which made everything more enjoyable.
  • R.E.M.!

    26 May 2008, 04:01 by brenkelieshere

    Fri 23 May – R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National

    I got into Burnaby with my mom at about 2:30 and, after a while of walking around in circles, we found Deer Lake Park. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find the lineup, but it was quite long already. The two hours 'till the gates opened went by fairly quickly and the last hour until The National came on went even quicker.

    Finally, The National took the stage. I'd never heard any of their music before, but what they played was good. Trumpets and violins are two of my favourite additions to a standard rock song, so I was quite pleased. Admittedly, I don't have too much else to say about them except that I'll probably buy one of their albums later.

    Modest Mouse was set to go on next. I know only one of their songs, and you can probably guess as to which one it is. As I was waiting, a thought occurred to me: didn't Johnny Marr join the band? Was it only a one-time thing or is he a permanent member? Will I actually get to see a member of The Smiths tonight?