• New Tunes

    Dez 15 2005, 1h08 por Ruminator

    I ordered a bunch of new music this month and it's starting to arrive. For a blast from my past, John Michael Talbot's John Michael Talbot and The New Earth arrived this morning. Both are from the 70's and by one of the driving forces behind Mason Profitt. These are important works from my past.

    My copy of Seventeen Days arrived a couple of days ago. It's now ripped and installed in iTunes. I'm listening to it as I write. I have Three Doors Down's first release and I really like it, so I'm thinking that Seventeen Days will be good too.

    I bought a copy of Lyle Lovett's Pontiac in my last order from BMG. It has a couple of tunes on it that I've heard and already know I like.

    I've also got new Caedmon's Call, FFH, and Smash Mouth too. These are relatively new to me and I'm looking forward to becoming familiar with them.

    I've been ripping some classic Christmas music too. I have Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole versions of Christmas classics to listen to over the holiday.
  • Review: Merry Mixmas - Christmas Classics Remixed

    Nov 25 2005, 21h54 por Fidgital

    Yes, believe it or not, it's just one month to Christmas! So I thought I'd get down to reviewing a little bit of holiday music if anybody's interested in such a thing!

    Capital/EMI have jumped on the Christmas remix bandwagon with the new Merry Mixmas collection. The mixes were created over 2004-2005, sampling from EMI's huge collection of jazzy holiday classics. Some great producers like Psapp, Ursula 1000 and Alexkid are remixing tracks from Lena Horne, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. I think the majority of these songs can be found in their original forms on the excellent Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails series.

    How is it? Loungy. Backgroundy. Light. But fun! The very thought of MJ Cole remixing Nat King Cole gives some hint to the sense of fun running through this record. The mixes themselves are always subordinate to the originals, never taking them too far away from familiar Christmas classic territory.

    Though the mixes are all competent, the album as a whole sounds pretty uninspired. …
  • Christmas Music

    Nov 8 2005, 16h30 por foetusized

    Back at work today after a few days off. I've transferred the last few Christmas music MP3 files from my player to the hard drive of my office computer, and got everything organized into a Christmas playlist. There's complete albums by Take 6, Michael W. Smith, Nat King Cole, Bruce Cockburn, and Amy Grant, plus a bunch of other tracks from various artist CDs and elswhere. I've got the playlist set on random play right now, and everything is right with the world.

    Some of my favorites:
    Jesus Christ
    You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
    Emmanuel
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    The Christmas Song
    Winter Wonderland
    Frosty the Snowman
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    The Christmas Twist
    Green Christmas
    Tennessee Christmas
  • can't say no

    Nov 1 2005, 8h00 por robotactionboy

    i'm a sucker for a discount bin, and the last time i was at fnac they had a bunch of stuff marked down incredibly low(everything listed below was under 3 bucks u.s. each). i mainly picked up 80s stuff or things i was curious about.

    breaking glass - Hazel O'Connor
    i watched the film breaking glass countless times in the . so i was very happy to finally have the . i love most of the songs just as much as i did way back when they were new to me. among Toyah,Nina Hagen,and Lene Lovich she seems to be one of the most overlooked. i'm not really familiar with what hazel has done outside ]breaking glass, but i'm definately curious.

    "express" - Love And Rockets
    slowly i'm managing to pick up the early love and rockets albums. it's been so long since i've heard some of these songs that it's like hearing them for the first time. funny to think i saw Soundgarden open for these guys way back when. at that show everyone was whispering "if peter shows up it'll…
  • New records!

    Out 24 2005, 13h21 por josta59

    Saturday night I was invited to a party in a very remote location way outside Cincinnati. I had some time on my hands, so I stopped at a Goodwill store on the way to look at records. I think I hit the vinyl mother lode of the east Dayton region. This is one reason I got a record player--these stores have lots of worthless CDs and just as many vinyl gems. I limited myself to ten records, though apparently I miscounted and only got nine for under ten dollars. In no order:

    Michel Legrand & His Orchestra - Brian's Song: Themes and Variations
    Leonard Bernstein - Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris (George Gershwin)
    Enoch Light - Big Band Bossa Nova
    Nat "King" Cole - The Very Thought of You
    Mancini Moods at Christmastime
    Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
    A&M Records - Million Dollar Sound Sampler
    Various artists - The Many Moods of Christmas
    Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights

    I'll probably return soon for the ten or twenty jewels I left behind…
  • Does Buying "Traditional Pop" Mean I'm Getting Old?

    Out 5 2005, 23h23 por foetusized

    The Capitol Years (disc 1)
    The Capitol Years (disc 3)
    Judy Garland - The London Sessions
    Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

    I recently purchased some Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland CDs from the local used music store. I got a Dean Martin CD last month, and have also been thinking that I need more Nat King Cole CDs too.

    Not too long ago, I would never have considered buying music by these artists. My CD collection was strongly skewed toward CDs recorded since (and influenced by) the Punk/Post-Punk days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I always thought that old music was for old people. However, while I still don't care much for "classic rock" of the 1960s and 70s, my love of Jazz has brought me around to pre-rock-and-roll popular music, or "traditional pop" as it now seems to be called. Evidently my local store didn't get that memo; they still have Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra CDs under a sign that says "Easy Listening…
  • Tagging Music is Fun

    Set 26 2005, 4h16 por scarebear

    The music tagged is just that, music I rate the highest, regardless of genre, decade, or geography. Because, frankly, great music is great music. And greatness doesn't have to fit a certain category of music. It doesn't have to be modern, it doesn't have to be old, and it doesn't have to come from a certain place. It just has to evoke emotion. Very, very eclectic.

    And I think I'm a pretty picky, so...

    ...from Bad Religion to Siouxsie and the Banshees, from The Drifters to Kate Bush, from Tiger Army to Morcheeba, from Fastball to Nat King Cole, from Bronski Beat to Son House, from Enya to Buckethead, from... well you get the idea. And lots of indie, although if it's too obscure last.fm won't have it. (Or they won't have it for a while.)

    What you won't get: Not much country and western music. And you won't get a lot of modern jazz, but I do like what they call Big Band Swing, and the roots of jazz like Robert Johnson. …
  • The Past Listening Life Of Me

    Ago 24 2005, 2h02 por hihismile

    The Past Music Listening Life of Me
    (some of which I'm quite embarrassed to repeat)

    These are some of the genre phases I've been through through the years chronologically.

    1 90s Adult Contemporary
    ie. Sarah MacLachlan, Bryan Adams
    INFLUENCED BY: The radio stations I listen to

    2 90s Soft Pop
    ie. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys
    INFLUENCED BY: Pop culture and my friends

    3 Pop/Rock
    ie. Nickelback, Kelly Clarkson
    INFLUENCED BY: Much More Music =)

    4 Folk and Jazz
    ie. Sarah Harmer, Norah Jones
    INFLUENCED BY: Myself trying to find my own style

    5 Swing Standards
    ie. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra
    INFLUENCED BY: My parents old CDs and sadly, Canadian Idol

    6 Christian Rock
    ie. Switchfoot, Casting Crowns
    INFLUENCED BY: My band because I play in a Christian alternative rock band