Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

R.E.M. Tickets @ Hollywood Bowl for May 29th 2008 – For Sale at Cost

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

So…

I got a little over excited when REM @ Hollywood Bowl (May 29th) went on sale, and I bought 6 extra tickets. I was hoping to be able to take some friends.. however, everyone I’ve asked is oddly busy that night (or are they allergic to REM?).

Anyway, I have 6 tickets that I need to sell and of course I would love to just get back the money I paid for them (face value+Ticketmaster fees).

I have:

2 tickets (together) are in Section G2

4 tickets (together) are in Section F1

If you’re interested, please contact me via Facebook, by email, or via twitter (please send a direct message).

Elvis Plays Walt Disney World

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I have officially made my geek-ness public, visually. Mock me as you will.

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Bush Sings Sunday Bloody Sunday

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Yes, I’m late (in Blog-time) on this… but I got a great laugh out of this. So ZooTV.

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RIAA, Hilary Rosen, and Where It All Went Wrong

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

A recent interview with Hilary Rosen, formerly of the RIAA and now with XM, is hardly enlightening. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that DRM, and the million versions of it, aren’t interoperable with each other, players, devices, or human beings. The recording industry failed to listen to the music fans (their customers) from the start of the DMR (Digital Music Revolution). They (music co’s) insisted on pissing off the majority of people with shotty DRM CDs and downloads, spawned an entire industry (legitimate or not) determined to ‘rip, mix, burn’ regardless of the law. How was ‘rip, mix, burn’ any different than ’swap, queue, record’? Aside from the technicalities, and speed… NOTHING. I have fond memories of creating mix tapes for myself and friends, and I’m sure many others do too. Casette tapes didn’t destroy the music industry. The war should be against the counterfeiters, not the consumer.

For the record, I’m an advocate of a format that plays in every digital music device… so far that’s limited to MP3. Yes, I know it’s not the BEST quality, but atleast I don’t have to transcode everything each time I want to use Windows Media Center, my Ipod, my SliMP3/Squeezebox, various computers, etc.

I’d love for someone to provide a better solution… so here are my Requirements for a standards solution:

  • Plays on all current and future Digital Music Players w/o modifications
  • Plays on all OS default Media Players w/o modification
  • Contains metadata, including album images
  • No DRM
  • Audio compression which still equates to “CD Quality” .. atleast to the human ear.

</end rant>

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Microsoft’s Napster

Friday, June 16th, 2006

From Reuters: “They have been developing technologies that have really
good music discovery and community,” another source said.
“iTunes is the 7-11 (of music stores). You don’t hang out
there.”

Microsoft is apparently working on an iPod/iTunes ‘killer’, and apparently hoping that ‘community’ will give them the leverage they need to shift market share away from Apple. Right! All Microsoft is doing, from my speculation, is copying what was once Napster chat rooms/forums based on music. Unless they’ve got some other ‘killer-app’, I would place a wager on MS gaining any ground with this. Apple could easily update iTunes to include this ‘feature’.

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Planet RIAA

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the RIAA is muttering non-sense just like the MPAA did when it claimed it sank The Pirate Bay last month. In this article he claims that “we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business, and file-trading is flat” and that file sharing is “contained”. Pretty funny if you ask me. From my observations, and conversations with even the most non-tech people, file sharing has become even more widespread and publically acceptable than it was a year ago, two years ago, etc. I believe TPB tripled its members/usage after the ’sinking’ incident.

A note to the RIAA and MPAA;
Adding press, good or bad, to anything only makes it more well known. If you want to ‘contain’ file sharing you’re going to need to drop prices and your stupid constricting DRM models. Enthusiats/hackers/coders/pirates will always be two steps ahead of you.

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Google Torrent Search

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Ethan was apparently playing with Google which reminded me of Google’s ‘Vertical’ searches. If the MPAA or RIAA ever manage to completely shutdown all the Torrent search engines out there… you’ll have to go no farther than Google for a replacement. Just use “filetype:torrent” in your search query to find your favorite TV shows, or anything else, such as The Simpsons. In a quick check, I noticed that Google currently has more than 400,000 Torrents indexed. So why haven’t the RIAA and MPAA gone after Google? My guess… they’d probably lose a major battle, set precedence, and lose the war.

Live 8 Live

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

Music: Paul McCartney and U2 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Been watching the broadcasts of Live 8 and I’m impressed… not only because there are great acts, and lots of people turned out… but because music is being used to move the masses, and in this case governments. On a large scale, that doesn’t happen often enough. U2 and Paul McCartney opened the London show with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The performance was the first time Macca had actually performed it live, and the first time he and U2 have performed together – One of my favorite songs, and my favorite performers… together. I’ve actually already purchased the WMA version of the track from Digital7 for £ 0.99 . The money goes to charity, and the track is well worth it. Downloaded, Burnt, Stripped, and Ripped.

Night and Day

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

Music: U2 – Night and Day (Live from MusiCares 2003)

gMail. I started forwarding all of my email to my gmail account just to make it easier to access mail while I’m in the process of moving. Well, I get such an intense volume of mail that it seems it triggered a huge increase in the number of gmail invites I have (49 left as of now)… so if anyone out there needs/wants one, please leave a comment w/your email address and I’ll see what I can do for you. In other matters, I spent a good portion of today recording a much sought after U2 performance from MusiCares 2003. The three tracks Bono performed were That’s Life, Night and Day, and The Hands That Built America, all of which are incredible to hear that man croon out live. Sinatra’s That’s Life by Bono is very similar in sound to Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad, which happens to be one of my favorite U2 songs. In other news, I’ve had to report some asshole for what I believe to be trying to defraud people on iOffer.com and PayPal.. in general, I think this problem is getting much worse. People suck. Prove me otherwise.

Beautiful Ghost

Friday, November 26th, 2004

Music: U2 – Beautiful Ghost / Introduction to Songs of Experience (From The Joshua Tree Sessions)

I really love this track. I keep meaning to actually listen to it before the Joshua Tree but just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it. So tough, I know. Why does U2 keep so many great tracks hidden away?