I have just posted this year’s album art for SXSW, the Music festival in Austin in eleven days. But all is not well. SXSW has offered one track from each artist as a download (as a .torrent) since at least 2005. According to the Unofficial SXSW Torrents site, while there are a small number of […]
iTunes Radio is a revelation to me. Not that I didn’t know what it was going to be like, I mean, intellectually. I’ve used Pandora, after all. But Pandora was annoying, browser-based, finicky, and I never used it very long. When I first tried iTunes Radio yesterday, while trying to write, I picked some of […]
So we’re coming home from Target, listening to the iPod in the car, and at one point the five year-old pipes up from the backseat, “Why is he the only one that could ever teach her?” Bonus points for identifying the song without using Google.
Hello, visitors from the Intarwebs. You grace my site with search queries about the SXSW Music conference, and I have decided to give you what you want: Here is a link to the cover art I made for the SXSW 2008 music. You may use this cover art (a 600 x 600 pixel jpg file) […]
So YouTube is busy celebrating April 1st by Rickrolling all the Featured Videos on their front page. How fun, I thought, I haven’t seen Rick Astley since, well, the Eighties. So, at breakfast, I visited YouTube and clicked on a video about a monkey. Sure enough, there was Rick, singing in his too-deep tones with […]
Just heard George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the radio, and I immediately wondered what a United Airlines commercial was doing on NPR. Seconds later I realized that it was a performance of the Gershwin piece, not an ad. I don’t watch commercials anymore, with TiVo in the house, but United’s campaign predated my TiVo […]
Among the many holiday catalogs we received was one that offered a turntable (you know, the kind that plays those old plastic records… um, vinyl?) that could convert your music to a digital format. The beautiful photo included an iPod and a stack of CDs, the top one labeled prominently, “Chicago.” Not the city.
This post used to have information about the SXSW cover art files I made on a whim. Now you can get that information from a new permanent location instead. Go to the new SXSW Showcasing Artists Cover Art page
You have to understand something about my family, to know why I care that Robert Goulet ((Here is his Wikipedia entry, and his official site.)) has died. Besides being that rare performer that is comfortable making fun of himself ((While he appeared in several comedies, including an episode of The Simpsons, this Emerald Nuts SuperBowl […]
We’re doing our morning chores when Washington Bullets by The Clash comes on the iTunes mix, and after about half the song, my wife (who did not bring The Clash to our marriage) asks from the other room, “Is this the Clash?” Inimitable. But it made me wonder, for the umpteenth time in the last […]