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Build Better Smart Playlists

There is a secret to creating killer Smart Playlists in iTunes. You have to know what not to play. The best way to do that is with an “ignore list”. And I’m going to show you how to make one. For several years now iTunes has given you the ability to use playlists themselves as […]

Scribbled Drunk on a Postcard

I am a big fan of Bloodhound Gang. They had two big radio hits — “Fire Water Burn” (1996) and “The Bad Touch” (2000) — so I guess it’s not fair to call them one-hit wonders, but generally they’re not exactly “pop” music. Most of their songs are painfully sophomoric — “The Ballad of Chasey […]


While we were waiting for the Olympics to start out here on the West coast, we caught the end of an old Entourage episode on HBO. The track playing over the end credits was Sinnerman, by Nina Simone. That song is also played during the conclusion of The Thomas Crown Affair remake with Pierce Brosnan, […]

Planet Unicorn MP3

Lifehacker posted an article today about, a site which will convert any online video to mp3 format for you for free. How cool is that? Now there’s finally a way to get the soundtracks to Planet Unicorn and Show Me Your Genitals on your iPod. Radical.


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The Cure: Live at the Shrine, Los Angeles

Tricia and I went to see The Cure on Sunday night at The Shrine. We had dinner at The Foundry on Melrose first and got to the show at nine, about an hour late but just in time to catch most of our favorite songs. Just Like Heaven was first, which was the song I […]

Keeping iTunes Organized

Just about everyone that uses iTunes has a hella hard time keeping their music files organized. This is a shame because (a) it’s actually pretty simple and (b) it is a colossal pain in the ass to move your library if it’s not organized correctly. (Note that I’m talking about the organization of your actual […]

Let It Bleed

It’s been ages since I posted an mp3 for you. Here’s a great one for today » Song of the Moment Yes, I know not always. But some days it would just be nice if you felt like every now and then you could.

The (New) Smiths

We went to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith tonight at the AVCO on Wilshire in Westwood. It was great! I wasn’t expecting much, but (a) the trailers were funny, (b) both stars are dead sexy, and (c) LA has been deluged with posters, and we — as simple drones — just can’t resist such a […]

Pass the Baton …

Gee, I haven’t been involved in a meme in quite some time, and I’m currently nursing a wicked sinus infection and suffering from post-Sith syndrome, but I’ll play along. It’s a music meme, and everyone knows I’m a sucker for both. I should note that my copy of iTunes has 6811 songs, some 500+ of […]

Multiple iPods

Aaarrghh. I have just got to get the new one. My iPod quickly became my favorite toy. My girlfriend gave me a 20gb one for Christmas. I upgraded to the 40gb in January, and I listen to it daily. iTunes is even a damn good WinAMP and / or MusicMatch replacement, and Apple did an […]

iPod and New Computer

If you’re sitting there with a new computer and scratching your head trying to figure out how to get all your music from your iPod and iTunes library on your old computer, scratch no longer! This is how you do it. Another alternative is the Lifehacker article Copy Music from Your iPhone or iPod to […]

Song of the Moment

Time for a little poll. Every now and then I upload a mystery song to my Song of the Moment blog. Does anyone ever download it? Should I bother to keep doing that? I never get any feedback, and I’m wondering if it’s worth it. So here’s your chance to make an impact on the […]

mp3 Software

Tag&Rename is a powerful, easy-to-use program for organizing and archiving your library of music files. It’s solid design handles both the .mp3 and .vqf music formats. With Tag&Rename, you can quickly and easily rename your music while also editing the embedded tag data used by popular music players – both ID3 and ID3 v2 formats.

Burn Baby Burn

I finally finished making my Burn Baby Burn Weblogger CD Exchange mixes (previously mentioned here). I’m late. They were supposed to be in the mail on the 15th. I’ve already received CDs from three other participants:,, and Sophia H. I am really digging the one from It’s ultra-mellow. And Sophia stuck Springsteen’s […]

The Covers Project

Amazon XML? Google API? Web services? You want some cool web services? The Covers Project … building a database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer) with the intention of creating cover “chains.” A cover chain is a set of songs in which each song is a cover of […]

Music Industry News

I’m finding more good links through The Shifted Librarian than I can imagine. This is a consistently excellent blog which covers a wide range of intriguing topics. In the past few days there has been some well-written commentary (and linkage) on the state of the radio/music industry in the new, digital era. Here are three […]


If you need to rip a CD to mp3, I found an awesome program to use.


More links about digital music … the Napster alternatives page from Lycos Vamp’s Layer 3 Software Page A Rob Fantastic mp3 encoder Search for mp3 encoder Did I mention that my Song of the Moment page is back?


I’m listening to the theme song from The Sopranos on winamp right now. (“Woke Up This Morning” – by A3) If you haven’t yet – [What? Are you still trying to use Napster?!] – you should cruise over to It took me about ten minutes to grab a bunch of new songs. They pop […]