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But these guys are amazing.

Dan Bern

May. 10th, 2010 02:24 pm
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OK, here's what I wanted to post re Dan Bern. I know people rarely listen to songs posted by other people on the internet. Heck, I only listen half the time. It just takes a lot of time and I have to be in the right mindset and...

But I really want to share these with you. If you can spare the time, sit and listen a while. These songs are lyric-intensive, so it's not really a multitasking kind of thing. JSYK.

First, Dan Bern's signature song, Jerusalem. There are some live videos on YouTube but he tends to get sung over because everyone knows this one, so I think it's best to listen to the studio version, which can be found here until 5/31/10:

Second, a YouTube video of Tiger Woods, a song that's been running through my head for days. It's pre-"scandal" so don't worry about that part... but not work or kid safe, on account of all the vulgarity.

Last, and this is really truly a sit-and-listen thing... this is a long song he wrote after Columbine. It's, um, a change of pace from the last two. And yeah, it's about a sad, but it's beautiful and very sweet and perfect for Mother's Day, too. It takes me apart every time I hear it. This is a link from an in-studio broadcast at KPIG, here outside of Santa Cruz. Utah Phillips was in the studio with him--that's who you hear talking with him at the beginning. It's well worth the listen, I promise. Just maybe have tissues handy, just in case.
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Go see Dan Bern.

Sat 5/15/10 Canal St Tavern, Dayton, OH 9:30pm

Sun 5/16/10 Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH 7pm

Go see him if you can at all possibly manage it. I can almost promise that you won't regret it. I can't imagine regretting it. Moneyback guarantee, how about that? I've been brewing a three-song post about him for several days now but I haven't gotten it down here yet and just coincidentally noticed that he's coming to OH.

I don't know where everyone on my FL lives but here's a tour schedule:
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This song just came on in MediaMonkey, sung by the incomparable Faith Petric. I'm still wiping tears.


All I can hear are the crickets
And the whistle from some lonely freight
I've been working so hard to make everything right
But for now it'll just have to wait

`Cause tonight I'd like you to rock me to sleep
I'd like you to sing me a song
I'm tired of trying to figure things out
And I'm tired of being so strong

I've never been too good at asking
I'm more apt to do it alone
And it's strange how a lot of us think something's wrong
If we can't do it all on our own

`Cause tonight I'd like you to rock me to sleep
I'd like you to sing me a song
I'm tired of trying to figure things out
And I'm tired of being so strong

It's funny how times when you're hurting
Make what's so familiar seem strange
So when you need help, it's hardest to ask
And it always takes so long to change

`Cause tonight I'd like you to rock me to sleep
I'd like you to sing me a song
I'm tired of trying to figure things out
And I'm tired of being so strong
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As a companion piece to the video I just posted--I actually love this one WAY more, but Neneh Cherry is so much hotter than pasty ol' Malcolm.

I love the old breakdancing, and the girls on the phone all "Uh-huh!"

And this... So beautiful, dreamy and odd.

What do you guys use to capture videos off of YouTube? I'm using DownloadHelper with Firefox, but it rips movies into FLV and I'd rather rip them into a DVD-burnable format.
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Does anyone remember this?

"Huh... sucka?"

She was so gorgeous.


Nov. 8th, 2009 10:24 am
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I just followed a facebook link down a rabbit hole and ended up watching and listening to a bunch of Journey. And I don't care what you think of me for saying this... it made me realize once again just how much Steve Perry rules. His voice is AMAZING. He can hit notes in full voice that I can barely hit in falsetto. It's phenomenal. Listen to Sweet and Simple; the notes he hits on the big run in the middle of the song are SICK. And I know he loses big points with the cynical crowd for being so cheesily earnest, but his voice is well suited to full-throated, expressive rockin'. All the Journey haters can just keep on hating. I am loving Steve Perry right now.
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I think in music a lot. I'm often singing songs in my head, or hearing music in everyday noises, and when playing word association games my first answer is almost always from a song lyric.

Browsing the bestseller rack here at the airport, I just realized the lyrical conceit that Wally Lamb uses to name books: She's Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, and now The Hour I First Believed. Do you immediately hear all three songs in your head when you read the book titles? I'm thinking that at least one of them might be a generational miss for some of you. But if more than one of them drops the needle on the ol' mental Victrola, which one comes back to you and repeats the most? Which one is playing in your brain pan riiiiiiight... NOW?

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Embedding disabled by request. :(

I listened to this song yesterday in the car and decided to share it with you all. If you haven't heard much Eurythmics beyond Here Comes The Rain Again and Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, try listening to this song with your eyes closed (i.e. not distracted by the video, although it is quite good for the time I think.)

Also, comment with your favorite Eurythmics song!

Lyrics )


Apr. 7th, 2009 02:27 pm
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The iphone-to-car-stereo is both wonderful and disappointing. Wonderful because it's so nice to have access to so many tunes without having to burn CDs for the car. Disappointing because yes, MP3s really do sound That Bad. I was hoping the difference wouldn't be so terribly noticeable, but it is, oh yes, it surely is. So I'm still in search of a permanent solution--as if there is anything of the sort to be had when it comes to audio technology.

I stayed up until 7am doing our taxes, and now I'm tagging more music with the album art before converting it to MP3s. This is a fun way to touch every single song in my library at least briefly. Random observations include:

*The cover for Ice-T's Power is still hilarious and confounding... I mean, what is he trying to say, REALLY?

*Also, I have a bunch of music that I've never listened to. That's when you know a collection is getting out of hand. I just now discovered that Lloyd Cole made a whole album (at least) of electronica. Which is something I never would have anticipated. A whole Lloyd Cole album without Lloyd Cole's voice? What?

*I have a huge assortment of 80's music compilations. Sometimes compilations are the only way to get that one-hit wonder you simply must have (if you don't download compressed music, that is.) Along the way I have acquired multiple copies of songs I really didn't need. It's interesting to see them all stacked up by song name.

*Strafe's Set It Off is still my desert island dance floor single. Nothing compares.

*Also: Housequake.


Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:08 am
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I know I posted when I got all my music ripped into MediaMonkey. That was really exciting.

Lately, I've been getting over my block against carrying an MP3 player. For one, I don't do headphones; I get a creepy feeling that someone could sneak up on me and I would never know. And I'm opposed to MP3s on principle; they don't sound good to me. I'm wedded to CD-quality sound. But then it occurred to me: I'm already carrying an MP3 player around--my iphone! And sound quality might not be so key in my car, where I'm already dealing with road noise. So I might as well use it and see how it goes.

I got an adapter thingie to play my iphone through my car stereo. I got all excited about the possibilities. Imagine not having to bring a book of CDs with me on car trips!

I started adding album art to my music. I reorganized my files and started converting them to MP3s (I have them stored in FLAC which is lossless.) I dumped all the MP3s into a folder for easy syncing to my iphone.

Then I decided to start figuring out how many songs I can put on my phone.

Turns out my 8GB iphone will only hold maybe 2000 songs. And that's if I don't have much else on it. I like to keep a couple of Super Why videos handy for emergencies. So, for me, 1000 songs.

Have I mentioned lately that I have more than 15,000 songs on my computer? I already have 500 songs in my MP3 folder, and I'm not even through the A's yet.

How am I going to choose which songs to put on my phone? How often am I going to have to reorganize and sync my music library? I was so excited to just dump everything on my phone. Not gonna happen.

Oh well. It'll still be nice to have some of my favorite music available in the car at all times.

How do you guys manage the contents of your portable music player? Are you out of room? How often do you shuffle things around?
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I just found out that Here Comes Sunshine is about (or inspired by) the Vanport flood of 1948, which wiped out the largest public housing complex in the US. Turns out that Portland Meadows is on the site of the former Vanport complex. I checked, and no, they didn't play Here Comes Sunshine at the Portland Meadows shows in 1995. But I didn't know that I was dancing on Vanport's grave at those shows.

Also, somebody wrote a symphony based on the Dead's music. I listened to the samples. It's pretty amazing.

EDIT: OK, Vanport wasn't actually on the Portland Meadows site, it was NEXT TO the Portland Meadows site, where the Portland International Raceway and Multnomah County Fairgrounds are. Which means that I drove over Vanport's grave on my way to the shows but I didn't actually dance on it.

If unable to dance, I will crawl...
There's a good map of the former Vanport on that page. If you google-map Portland Meadows and expand a couple of clicks, you can match Vanport up nicely with the current major roads and geography. There's a good Wiki page on the Vanport flood too.

Here's my favorite quote from an interview with the composer of Dead Symphony:

"I can say this about the Grateful Dead listener as I was getting acquainted with them. I truly believe that the Grateful Dead fanbase is the best educated fanbase in music because, and that’s a big statement and I’d say it to any group, of the ability of the Grateful Dead fan to stick with it and listen for their tunes, that hint that they’re on the horizon and all the transformations that they’re going to go through and all the jams around it. They know how to listen for the kind of musical information, like you would call a theme or motif. Classical composers are counting on the audience being educated in that way and that used to be the case. Rewind the clock a long, long way. Mozart could know for certain that his audience is going to be listening for the second theme of a sonata. He knew that they knew that they were supposed to be listening for it. Well that skill pretty much went away. And I think it has resurfaced in the Grateful Dead fan because they know how to listen for thematic transformation."

I learned quite a lot about composition as a career from that article. I have two friends (one online, one IRL) who have completed or nearly completed degrees in composition, and now I want to know more!


Dec. 15th, 2008 08:39 am
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The bliss of spinning through The Eleven or Lazy Lightning>Supplication is absolutely indescribable.

This thought brought to you courtesy of MediaMonkey.
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Now I'm done with all my "regular" CDs (except the stragglers that I keep finding in odd places) and am in the middle of the Grateful Dead-related stuff. The GD stuff takes a lot longer. I'm trying to name everything from the same series uniformly, which means I have to (a) figure out a naming convention for each series and (b) rename the tracks before ripping them. Also, I have multiple versions of many albums, because I have a couple box sets with remastered tracks, so I'm trying to get everything without duplicating everything. Then of course there are the live show recordings from friends, which require lookups of setlists, listening to a bit of each track, and naming each track as well as the show and date according to another naming convention before ripping. It's SO exciting to have access to all of this stuff but dang, it's taking forever.
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ABC's The Lexicon of Love goes on my perfect album list. There is not a note I would change from start to finish, and the whole thing holds together so beautifully.

Another one: AC/DC's Back in Black. It's loud, crude and mean, but it is a work of art.

And of course, there's Abbey Road. Enough said.


P.S. This music-ripping stuff is so much fun!
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I went to Tower Records with my amazon wishlist the other day. I spent a good chunk of money by saving money by buying stuff on sale. I hadn't been to Tower in what felt like a million years. The air conditioning was broken, and it was sweltering. Nice farewell to the employees sweating behind the register. And the merchandise was so overpriced to begin with, even with the discount I saved maybe a few percent off of amazon's low low prices with free shipping included... so... I'm glad I went. I was feeling sad and nostalgic about Tower closing for good, and now I'm not so bummed about it. I won't really miss it after all.

I'm still attached to buying actual CDs, though, and I'll only buy AAC files through itunes for single songs I just can't find anywhere else--or only on a compilation that's not worth buying. I'm attached to paper in general, so the CD booklets are important to me. And having the original hardcopy to make backups from is comforting to me as well. With the copyright "protections" in itunes, you can only do so much with a song before your "privileges" run out. What if you lose the song somehow, or can't put in on a CD anymore, and itunes no longer has it for sale? Besides, they're in AAC. They don't sound as good. I *HATE* compressed music files. I rip everything into .wav files on itunes, even though it takes up beaucoup space and I have purchased a couple of huge external hard drives to back it all up.

Anyway. About the B-52's. I have a confession to make. I hate "Love Shack" and "Roam." In public, I smile and bounce my head when they come on, because everyone else seems to love them (ETA: Not in a "I'm cool too because I like these songs" kind of way--more in a "I don't want to bum your trip even though I'm inwardly gritting my teeth" kind of way), but I truly dislike them. They're just too plain, too straightforward, and not quirky enough. Comparing those songs to songs like Rock Lobster, Quiche Lorraine, or Private Idaho (or even Butterbean or Song for a Future Generation) is like comparing Female Trouble to Hairspray. Except that I kindof liked Hairspray.

So yeah, some of what I bought is 80's stuff. Naturally. I finally picked up a DVD of Cure videos, and it was SO MUCH FUN to watch. Shockingly, Robert Smith was completely barefaced in A Forest. I didn't even know it was him--kept saying to Evan, "Who's that guy pretending to sing in Robert Smith's voice?" Then over the next few videos I watched him go from a bit of lipstick to the full-on Tim Burton Raggedy Andy ghost he is now. I got all squee about it. I am such a Fan. The Cure is a brilliant band, always too clever and experimental for the labels people have tried to box them in with. Their love songs are exquisite. Their sound has gone from spare to lush while keeping that same induplicable quality that makes them instantly recognizable. And that voice! Squeaky snakecharmer, squealing and growling and careening all over the place like a rollercoaster in a haunted house.


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