My better is better than your better.

May 8th, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
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? […]

May 7th, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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 […]

April 25th, 2008 @ 5:38 am
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 […]

April 22nd, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
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.

April 10th, 2008 @ 10:24 am
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 […]

February 12th, 2008 @ 11:17 am
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.

February 10th, 2008 @ 9:36 pm
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 […]

October 4th, 2007 @ 12:36 am
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.”

August 1st, 2007 @ 7:51 am
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 […]

July 11th, 2007 @ 8:37 am
The Bleeding Edge of Music

A perfect t-shirt for the cool kids in the music industry …

June 14th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm
Creating Smarter Playlists

Let’s say you want to create a smart playlist in iTunes that will contain the 25 highest-rated Beatles or Bob Dylan songs that you haven’t heard in a while. That would be pretty cool, right? It’s not that simple, but it can be done. I’ll show you how. The main roadblock you’re facing is that […]

June 8th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
We Got to Install Microwave Ovens

Y‘know what song holds up well? Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing. You realize the song is frickin’ 22 years old? We got to move these refrigerators. We got to move these color TVs.

May 17th, 2007 @ 7:52 am
Maps

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 […]