Archive for June 2005



As soon as the iTunes update arrived today, I downloaded my first podcast: Dailysonic’s Weekend Mix. The mix was guest-hosted by a young Aussie gentleman who I couldn’t really understand, but no matter because he played my beloved Magnet as well as other delightfuls like The Decemberists, The Lemonheads, The Coral, and more good stuff like The Trafalgars, Crowded House and OMD.

I gather most radio stations aren’t podcasting music yet because the license fees haven’t been figured out (sadly no podcasts of Morning Becomes Eclectic)(update: MBE podcasts now available), but sites like podcastalley are helpful for finding indie pcasters. That’s where I found Tartanpodcast, not officially listed with iTunes yet, but i was able to drag and drop the RSS link directly into my podcast subscription feed. This downloaded a directory of all past podcasts for tartan, and then I chose which “shows” to download. I’m listening to the “Sleepy Sunday Show” even though it’s Thursday.

Posted at 8pm on 6/29/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: music | read on


Peter Adams has handed me the musical baton.

Total volume of music files on my computer:

10,204 songs or 29.8 days of music.

Last CD I bought:

… was a Tower purchase en masse:

Brazilian Girls: Brazilian Girls
Spoon: Gimme Fiction
Trespassers William: Different Stars
Eisley: Room Noises
Husky Rescue: Country Falls
Feist: Let It Die
On! Air! Library!: On! Air! Library!
Garbage: Bleed Like Me

Song playing right now:

How about iTunes Recently Played:
First = “Otterley” by The Cocteau Twins
Last = “Purple Rain” (Prince cover by Stina Nordenstam)

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

Make that six songs because these six have been in rotation non-stop since the day I first heard them. Listed in order of discovery:

“Xanadu”: Olivia Newton-John w/ ELO
“She Sells Sanctuary” (howling mix): The Cult
“Cherry Coloured Funk”: The Cocteau Twins
“Born To Run”: Bruce Springsteen
“Utopia”: Goldfrapp
“Believe”: Run Lola Run Soundtrack

Three people to whom I’m passing the baton:

David P (in honor of his shiny new blog)
There are a million other people to whom I’d love to pass the baton, but none of them have blogs yet!


Posted at 12pm on 6/25/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: music | read on


Hornby at Keppler’s

(crap!) What’s up with Blogger today? I was screwing around with some errors on this post and lost half of it and just don’t feel like re-writing the whole thing again so here’s the gist: This past Tuesday we squeezed into Keppler’s for a jam-packed reading with Nick Hornby who was in town promoting his latest, A Long Way Down, answering audience questions with wit and hilarity, and basically just entertaining us by being himself. (I haven’t read the book yet, but its theme of suffering and redemption is told through the intersecting stories of 4 x people who meet on a rooftop intending to commit suicide.) I’d never heard Nick Hornby speak before and so showed up with preconceived notions about him loosely based on characters from High Fidelity and About A Boy. I was surprised to find out that he’s no longer the poster boy for the maladjusted, perpetually adolescent single male. He’s now a bona fide mature adult, a family man. I found him endearing and honest – even speaking openly about his disabled son. I got the impression from the passages he read, and questions he answered, that he practices that liberating combination of total commitment to the Truth with a sense of humor and without striving for any kind of perfect ideal or solution. If ever a man appreciated the quirks of culture and humanity it would be Nick. I loved him!

Posted at 11am on 6/25/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: books & writing | read on



Read a review of Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley in the June/July issue of PASTE Magazine.

Also, the folks at Fungible Convictions interview us about the making of the doc, lost interviews with Polly Jean, and Jeff breaking fast with Siouxsie and Budgie.

Posted at 3pm on 6/9/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: amazing grace: jeff buckley | read on

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