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iPhone Ringtone Creator

Recommended by a friend: iToner: No hacks. No per-ringtone fees. Unlimited custom ringtones for your iPhone. Update for Mac Users: You can create your own ringtones for free with GarageBand, which is probably already on your computer. Update for Windows Users: Make Your Own Ringtone for Free with iTunes

Rap Charts

Rap Lyrics Explained With Charts and Graphs source: Randy


If I knew where it was I would take you there.

An Open Letter to Amy Winehouse

An open letter to Amy Winehouse, from Ernie.

James at Spaceland

Another awesome night in Los Angeles: After work on Friday, Tricia and I had dinner on the West side and then headed to the East side to catch a secret, surprise performance by James. The band played an excellent set to a sold-out crowd at Silver Lake‘s über-chic Club Spaceland. The show lasted a little […]

A Day in the Life

I just finished reading Mark Hertsgaard’s excellent book, A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles and I loved it. My father-in-law — who, in 1974, was actually kicked out of the Troubadour with John for heckling the Smothers Brothers — gave it to me a few weeks ago after he’d […]

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 […]

Vaginal Architecture

More proof that Los Angeles is the world headquarters for Club Awesome™: In how many other cities can you get to the office one day to find you’re now working in Madonna’s crotch?

Mary Jane’s Last Dance

I have been a major Tom Petty fan for years and years. I have — I think — every CD he’s recorded. I know all the words to every song. I’ve seen him live almost a dozen times. I am absolutely astonished that it took me fifteen years to catch that “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” […]

Foo Fighters 2008 Tour Rider

We are just another band trying to make enough money to fuel our private jet. Please help.

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 […]

The Naming of Things

A Partial List of Artists in My iTunes Library That I Cannot Decide How to Properly Name Joan Jett and the Blackhearts or Jett, Joan and the Blackhearts? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or Petty, Tom and the Heartbreakers? Rilo Kiley or Kiley, Rilo? Ted Leo & the Pharmacists or Leo, Ted & the Pharmacists? […]

Contextless Content: Episode #26 (David Bowie)

GatorDVG: I didn’t know Elton John was gay until like 2002. a.friend: well, i can see that. I mean in the ’70s (when I was listening to him) he was considered cool rock and roll a.friend: still kinda is, just the gay thing never came up GatorDVG: I just thought the Donald Duck costume was […]

Plugged in and Ready to Fall

One of my favorite songs is “Radio”, by Alkaline Trio. (mp3, lyrics) My sister got me to start listening to this group a few years ago and I’ve since collected everything they’ve recorded. What’s really funny is that for the longest time I thought it was a beautiful love song. Part of the chorus is […]

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.

Using Last Skipped in Smart Playlists

Bryan has posted an elaborate examination of the “Play Count” metric used by iTunes. I, too, use the “Play Count” metric as a component of many of my Smart Playlists, so I was interested in his research. I agree with one of the comments on his post, though, and think that iTunes really simply considers […]

Once in a Lifetime

Let’s get serious here. What’s better than Kermit the Frog singing the Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime“? I can’t think of anything.

A Saturday Night Memorial

One of my wife’s friends died a few weeks ago. He was only 41, a manager in the music industry, and he had battled cancer for a long time. His wife held a memorial service — a Catholic mass — on Saturday night, and hundreds of people attended. The mass was held at a smallish […]

Tombstone Blues

Again I’ll say it: Best line ever in any rock n’ roll song: And dropping a barbell He points to the sky, saying “The sun’s not yellow. it’s chicken.”

Lately in Los Angeles

Last night Tricia and I went to see Tamar at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. She played a great set and we had a good time. We didn’t get home until after 11, and I couldn’t get to sleep. I was up until 1:30am reading Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. What […]