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May 17th, 2007 @ 7:52 am

Somehow I managed to forget to write about this wonderful book. I read Miles Harvey‘s The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime over a year ago and it is brilliant. I’ve been thinking about it lately because of the awesome song “Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. You see, I have […]

May 4th, 2007 @ 6:03 am
I Once Had a Girl

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. Funny. Very funny. Keep laughing, sweetheart. You just go to sleep giggling your pretty little head off while I am stuck in the freaking bathtub. How is that fair?

April 29th, 2007 @ 12:58 am
Dropkick Murphys

I bought a CD today. It was a little bit strange. I can’t remember the last time I bought an actual compact disc. I’m sure this isn’t the first one I’ve bought since I moved to LA seven years ago, but I know that since I got my iPod the number of CDs I’ve purchased […]

April 18th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm
The 15 Most Outrageous Claims in Pop Music History

From mefi: The 15 Most Outrageous Claims in Pop Music History. Hilarity abounds.

April 3rd, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
iTunes Playlist Options Improvement

The feature I’d most like to see added to iTunes “smart playlist” building is the ability to exclude songs based on metadata. I like to listen to music that I haven’t heard in a long time and / or that I haven’t heard very often. The only problem is that when I choose to select […]

March 29th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm
Some White Trash Version of Shania Karaoke

I don’t get addicted to songs very often. If you’ve spent any amount of time reading this site you know that I am infatuated with music and I love just about every genre. I have no doubt that I have spent the great majority of the last two decades with music playing. I love listening […]

March 2nd, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
LA Marathon Soundtrack

Head coaches in the NFL often “script” the first dozen or so offensive plays of a game. They do this to set the tone and pace of the game, and to try to get their players to understand that they want to dictate how the game will go. With that in mind I have “scripted” […]

February 27th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm
The Perfect Victim

After last night’s 6.7 mile run — Death by Doheny, I call it — my girlfriend and I headed to Hollywood to catch The Perfect Victim (previously mentioned here) at The Knitting Factory. These kids put on a damn good show. The lead singer is energetic and bounces around the stage like a young Billie […]

February 27th, 2007 @ 8:26 am
The Best of Bob Dylan

How’s this for an impossible task? Last night my girlfriend asked me to make her a Bob Dylan mix CD. I have exactly 100 Dylan songs in my iTunes library, and one can only fit about 73 minutes of music on a standard audio CD. Deciding which tracks to include has proven to be a […]

February 23rd, 2007 @ 7:59 am
Friday Five: Underappreciated Tom Petty Songs

Five Underappreciated Tom Petty Songs

  1. “Cabin Down Below” — from Wildflowers
  2. “Change the Locks” — from She’s the One
  3. “Billy the Kid” — from Echo
  4. “the last dj” — from The Last DJ
  5. “Southern Accents” — from Southern Accents
February 15th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm
Cracker, Kerosene Hat, and LA Fitness

I really like my gym, LA Fitness. It’s inexpensive, it has lots of great amenities, and there are enough of them scattered around Los Angeles that I never have to travel very far to find one. I have a laundry list of complaints about the place, of course: one of the ergs is almost always […]

February 8th, 2007 @ 8:10 am
The Top Five Songs of 2006

Now that the dust has finally settled, I’m prepared to pontificate on what I consider the top five songs released in 2006. I think last year was kind of a “down year” for new music; there just weren’t that many great new tracks added to my iTunes library, especially compared to the previous two years. […]

February 6th, 2007 @ 8:26 am
Mary Poppins at a Spelling Bee

When my mom was in college she had a part-time job as an usher at a movie theater. The only film shown the entire time she worked there was The Sound of Music. She must have seen it hundreds of times. I’ve caught pieces and bits of it over the years, but have never actually […]

January 17th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm
Von Cotton – LA Music

Got plans for January 24th? Of course you don’t. Now you do. Mark it down. Von Cotton will be live at Molly Malone’s next Wednesday. These guys are excellent. You must be there. Come see them now before they sign a multi-record contract for millions of dollars. That way you’ll get to say, “I saw […]

December 29th, 2006 @ 4:24 pm
2006 Top Ten New Songs List

You’re asking me, “What are the ten songs you played the most in iTunes this year, David?” Unfortunately I’m not going to tell you that. I’d love to do it, but I can’t. See, the thing is that iTunes doesn’t store meta data in a true RDBMS; it’s just a flat XML file. There’s no […]

December 13th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm
Lyrical Imperatives That I Never Manage to Follow

Pour any amount of sugar on anyone. Think that a black fly in my chardonnay is ironic. Know that I am a shooting star. Call anyone — for whom I may or may not act as a bodyguard — by the name “Al”. Attempt any amount of tenderness. Know when to hold and / or […]

December 13th, 2006 @ 9:02 am
Contextless Content: Episode #22

Contextless Content: A portion of a conversation, usually from an instant messenger platform. Subtitled: “Everything I Own Is in a Box to the Left?” He says: I don’t understand why she keeps mentioning “everything you own in a box to the left”. It doesn’t make any sense to me. He says: What does the box’s […]

November 14th, 2006 @ 8:44 pm
Five Tips for Smarter Playlists

I’ve got more than 14,000 songs in my iTunes library and I listen to music the entire time I’m in the office every day. I live and die by my smart playlists. I’ve seen more than a few tutorials lately about how to utilize this iTunes feature, so I thought I’d toss my hat in the ring with a few tips on how to make Apple’s killer app work better.

November 6th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm
The 2006 Children’s Choice Awards

On Sunday my girlfriend and I attended The 2006 Children’s Choice Awards event Bogart Backstage, sponsored by The TJ Martell Foundation. It was held at The Hollywood Palladium and featured a presentation by Bonnie Hunt in addition to appearances by Bowling for Soup, Hilary Duff, and Aly & AJ.

October 27th, 2006 @ 7:12 am
Thursday Night in Los Angeles

My girlfriend and I had dinner last night at The Rainbow Room and then went to see The Perfect Victim play at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Blvd. We didn’t know it in advance, but the Whisky was hosting a “launch party” for a new concert review web site,, so there were […]