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Adelaide Breaks Collective Spring Jam!

Posted by Tim Riley Wed, 16 Nov 2005 16:12:00 GMT

This is where the party will be at next Friday night! It should be a top night with some really good music. Get out there if you’re keen.

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New CDs

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 06 Nov 2005 15:54:00 GMT

Yesterday I bought three CDs. First was the album Road Apples by the The Tragically Hip. I sought this one out based on a last.fm suggestion linking it to Hawksley Workman. After a first listen I would pen it as unremarkable early-90s Canadian Rock, but I will give it a few more chances.

The two other discs I picked up were much more satisfying. The store had a bin full of cheap classical music, so I chose a couple of pieces that I really should know: Handel’s Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty suites. I have immensely enjoyed these from first listen, and will be sure to listen to them a number of times over as I spend this week cooped up studying for my final uni essay.

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Best Season 3 Gilmore Girls dialogue yet

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 03 Nov 2005 15:58:00 GMT

Lane’s band need to choose a name for themselves…

Dave: What we need is a name.

Brian: I made my suggestion.

Zach: Yeah, and we vetoed ‘The Harry Potters.’ Next.

Brian: So yours is better?

Zach: ‘Follow Them to the Edge of the Dessert’ is memorable and classy.

Brian: I run out of breath every time I say it.

Zach: You’ve got asthma, dude. You run out of breath saying your name.

Dave: Yeah, Brian, we can’t work our name around your respiratory illnesses.

Brian: Even without an inhaler, ‘Follow Them to the Edge of the Dessert’ is too long.

Zach: Yeah, but when we get famous, our fans will shorten it to FTTTEOTD.

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For the first time the happy folk felt fearful

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 10 Oct 2005 16:59:00 GMT

Mike is right: copy control on audio discs blows goats.

I bought the Gorillaz album on the weekend, not noticing the copy control labels on the packaging. It was a nasty surprise to see nothing but a blank screen when I tried tried to view the tracks in sound-juicer. Like many people, I like to copy my music onto the computer for convenience of listening and for the ability to drop the files onto my portable audio player.

It turns out that, due to a combination of multiple sessions, false TOCs, and deliberate low-level errors, many typical audio extraction applications won’t be able to read from the “CD.” cdparanoia, however, ripped it fine, though it had to work hard to correct the disturbing amount (at least 85% of the disc) of read errors.

So thanks EMI. The only thing your copy control achieved was to make it harder for me to do what I wanted to do with the music that I bought from you. I will keep this album because I like the music, but I will think twice about buying anything from the EMI label in future. There’s nothing like a lose/lose situation to taint the enjoyment of music.

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More music!

Posted by Tim Riley Sat, 10 Sep 2005 10:42:00 GMT

I bought Shakira's new album, Fijación Oral, Volumen 1, a few weeks ago, and have been really enjoying it. There is a much broader range of styles in the collection of songs. My favourites are the Sinatra-inspired "Obtener Un Sí," and "La Tortura," which is the shamelessly catchy first single. La Tortura also features the Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz, who has a distinctively gravelly voice that reminds me of an hispanic Per Gessle.

Per Gessle, by the way, is set to release his first solo English-language album. I am excited about this! Another article says that he may even go on a a "European/Swedish club tour" after a possible worldwide release in January. I have been thinking about taking my first overseas trip next year, and this might be a cool way to do it.

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Hawksley Workman @ The Gov

Posted by Tim Riley Fri, 09 Sep 2005 04:39:00 GMT

Hawksley Workman is in Australia and is playing at the Governor Hindmarsh on Sunday the 18th! This guy is a cool Canadian rocker introduced to me by some of my friends in .ca. Check out some of his flavour. Anyone interested in coming along with me?

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