I can’t see how this is even legal. If this were happening with, say, stocks instead of concert tickets, someone would be getting indicted.
My current obsession is rooibos tea, served with a teaspoon of heavy cream and lightly sugared. Really hits the spot towards the end of the workday.
I bought this sampler back in 1981, when I was 13 years old and had a paper route. It was a double vinyl LP for $2.99, which was quite a steal.
In retrospect, it was a pretty much all over the place musically, but then, so was I.
Someone mentioned this comp on Facebook a few months ago and I ended up looking it up on Discogs.
I decided to try to see how many of the tracks I could track down, 35 years later, and was pleasantly amazed to find that, with only a little work, I was able to find that every track was legally streamable. (Re-assembling this on Spotify, Tidal, or other services is left as an exercise for the reader.)
When you think about it, that’s pretty incredible: a compilation of new artists, selected specifically for their relative obscurity, and 35 years later all of the songs are easily available through the mechanisms most used by modern listeners to play music in their homes and on the go. What are the odds that a slate of 22 catalog artists from 1946 would have been available in 1981?
We’ve got a ton of them, and more every day. Better make some homemade spaghetti sauce or something.
I don’t know if this is useful at all if you don’t subscribe to Apple Music, but I wanted to see how their new(ish) embedding/linking tools work. It’s also an excuse to share a few songs from what has been my favorite record label for a few years now, Ghost Box Records.
Will quick-boil these and toss them with a touch of salt, coriander, and olive oil to go with tonight’s grilled pork chops.
Prep Time: 40 mins | Cook Time: 5 hrs | Difficulty: Medium
Cut the boneless, skinless chicken thighs into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle the coriander, cumin and salt over the chicken, then stir in the yogurt until all the pieces are evenly coated. Cover lightly and let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding.
Melt 1 tablespoon the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Raise the heat to medium high and quickly brown about 1/4 of the chicken. Transfer browned chicken to the slow cooker as it is finished, using 1 tablespoon of butter per batch, and repeat until the chicken is all in the slow-cooker. Throw the pierced jalapeno in on top of the chicken.
Prepare the sauce. Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and kosher salt, then stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to lightly brown around the edges.
Stir in the garam masala and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) before raising the heat to high and adding the crushed tomatoes and raw sugar. Stir well, scraping the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow-cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours, or until the chicken is very tender.
Use a fork or whisk to stir the cornstarch or cleargel into the heavy cream until smooth. Pour into the slow-cooker and stir gently until the colour is even. Replace the lid and let cook for 10 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.
Serve over hot rice and peas, topped with a generous amount of chopped cilantro.
I’ve been using last.fm for almost 11 years now. Primarily, I use it as a statistical database of my listening habits, or at least the portion of my listening that happens on internet connected devices / services.
Of course, last.fm is useful for more than just cataloguing your listening habits. It’s a streaming radio service, a community site for talking about music and more. For me, though, it’s always been most amusing as the place where I can go to remind myself what I was listening to 5 years ago, or which songs I’ve listened to most, or whatever. For example, I found myself wondering how many songs I listen to in a day on days when I work at home. 40 lines of Python later (including whitespace 😉 and reasonable exception handling) and I had my answer.
Unfortunately I’m not sure if this is useful at all to non-subscribers, but I put a few minutes into compiling a playlist on Rdio this morning.
The idea behind it its simple: songs that get in and get out in less than two and a half minutes. No flab, no self-indulgence, not many solos. 😃
The embedded iframe is currently a Flash wrapper. (sigh)
Maybe they fix that someday...
I initially was just going to link to this excellent article in a links post, but it’s so well done that it deserves a post of its own. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been obsessed with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and latter day music that’s absorbed its influence. This is a copiously linked article that’s loaded with trivia for anyone who has even a passing interest.
Give yourself a few minutes to read it; you won’t be disappointed.
Over on Facebook, I somehow walked into a buzzsaw… er I volunteered a list of my favorite ever techno tracks. Below are YouTube links to them. There are embeds available below the fold. (If Facebook were less of a silo, I would have simply embedded the post here – the comments were worth looking at.)
I've been listening to a lot of this sort of thing lately: library music, hauntology, whatever genre name you want to hang on it. For those of us "of a certain age" it's the sound of old instructional films, elementary school filmstrips, etc. I suppose it's a sort of nostalgia, but it's looking back at a time that never was; a Gernsback continuum of shiny jumpsuits and jetpacks.
I owe a longer post about this sort of thing, honestly, but for now I'll leave you with a simple video.
There's a new release on my favorite record label, Ghost Box: Electronic pop pioneer John Foxx, with Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) and Jon Brooks (the Advisory Circle). There's a nice Pye Corner Audio mix on the EP as well.
If you’ve got a few seconds, you can help me out in-game by throwing an FB “like” on the following two links:
If this post looks really weird in your aggregator, it’s because it strips/sanitizes style attributes out of rendered html. There's no way around that (that I’ve found, at least) without invalidating my page by using height and width attributes on my images... I wanted to use the high-DPI icon for those lucky folks with “retina-class” displays. Also, if you noticed this page changing 30 or 40 times since it was initially posted, it's because I want to kick CSS right in the nads.
The fadeout of this song pretty much encapsulates everything I love about music.
I didn't plan for it to work out this way, but a business visit to Querétaro, Mexico coincided with Día de los Muertos. A colleague and I took a walk through the downtown plazas, which were an amazing blend of sights, tastes, and aromas. It was a tremendous amount of fun. I took quite a few pictures; you can find the Flickr set here.
I was a junior in high school when I got into ZTT Records in a huge way. Apple’s Ping may have a long way to go as a social network, but I have to admit it’s a huge thrill directly interacting with a musician I grew up following.
By the middle 1880’s, practically all the roads except those in
the South, were of the present standard gauge. The southern roads were
still five feet between rails.
It was decided to change the gauge of all southern roads to standard,
in one day. This remarkable piece of work was carried out on a Sunday in May
of 1886. For weeks beforehand, shops had been busy pressing wheels in on the
axles to the new and narrower gauge, to have a supply of rolling stock which
could run on the new track as soon as it was ready. Finally, on the day set,
great numbers of gangs of track layers went to work at dawn. Everywhere one
rail was loosened, moved in three and one-half inches, and spiked down in its
new position. By dark, trains from anywhere in the United States could operate
over the tracks in the South, and a free interchange of freight cars everywhere
— Robert Henry, “Trains”, 1957