Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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Finding Fabulous Music

August 6, 2008

In honor of a conversation we had at my birthday party, I am going to list some of the music discovery sites and programs I use.

  1. First up is Pandora Radio.  Enter a song or artist and it plays songs like those.  You can give a thumbs-up and thumbs-down to a song to help it select better songs.  The drawback to Pandora is that it does not have a lot of mainstream music.  Most of it is obscure and/or independent.  For some this is a feature, but I like a lot of mainstream music.
  2. Another favorite of mine is Last.FM.  You download a program that tells Last.FM what music you play, called “scrobbling.”  Then it takes that information and builds a station for you, recommends music and recommends stations of people with similar music tastes.  It also lets you choose friends and listen to their channels.  I am tlenze, by the way.  Feel free to add me.
  3. Musicovery is also really neat.  No need to download anything.  You choose genres, energetic or calm and dark or positive.  The nice thing about this service is that it shows you a map of the songs it will play you.  That way you can ban songs before you actually have to hear them, unlike Pandora and Last.FM.

All three of these services let you buy the songs you hear in a click or two.  Give them a try.

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When Work Intrudes On My TV Watching

July 8, 2008

Last night was another great episode of Weeds.  However, the ending made me cringe.  Not because of what happened on-screen, but because of the closing song:  Celia.  I hear it almost every day at work.  I am tired of it; so, so tired of it.  I cracked my wife up, though, when I started to sing along with it.  I even started up right on beat!

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The Cure (For Happiness)

May 20, 2008

Friday the 16th, my wife and I went to see The Cure at the Patriot Center.  It was my gift to her for her birthday.  They were far better than a group of middle-aged guys have the right to be.  They played for three hours, including three encores.  By the end of the night my hands were numb from clapping.  I also experienced this weird thing where they would start playing a song, and I would suddenly realize I knew the song.  I never would have guessed I knew as many Cure songs as I actually did.  The music was great, but there was also great people-watching as well.

Before the concert we noticed a young couple:  one a very skinny, very pale, slightly androgynous guy with spikey black hair with a girl with hair a great shade of green.  They were the perfect couple for a Cure concert.  They made my inner goth write bad poetry about the world’s pain.

Then there was the guy that looked like Robert Smith will look in about ten years.  He had the weird wispy ‘fro thing that Smith has going on, and he had the long black, button-down shirt.  It was a dead-on Robert Smith cosplay.

Then we had metal girl, pictured below:

Way Too F\'in Metal

She eventually got kicked out, and the only thing I can figure is that she was, in fact, way too metal to be at a Cure concert.  That, or she was smoking.  I swear I saw smoke coming out of her mouth, but again, that may have been because she was way too metal.

However, the very best people-watching was seeing a girl in section 106, somewhere around row G.  Yeah, that’s right, I’m calling her out.  Her dancing style could best be described as Jazzercise meets Rocky.  With the flailing fists, I’m surprised she didn’t hurt anyone, especially herself.  If I had had a video camera, there would be a video of it here and on YouTube.

All in all, the concert was voted the best birthday present ever by my wife, and that’s what really counts.

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The Cure (For Happiness)

March 10, 2008

For my wife’s birthday, I bought her tickets to The Cure concert at the Patriot Center. It’s the kickoff of the U.S. tour, so hopefully the band will be full of energy, even if it is morose, happy-sounding-sadness energy. I wonder if we can smuggle in a life-size mecha-Streisand..?