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iTunes Survey

// May 2nd, 2011 // No Comments » // Music

Kate & Anna

How many songs: 44961

Sort by song title:
First Song: À Boire – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Last Song: !@#* – Rusted Root

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: Jim Backus – 3rd Bass (0:04)
Longest Song: Chapter 1: Destiny – Jean Grae (45:09)

Sort by artist:
First Artist: A-Ha
Last Artist: !!!

Sort by album:
First Album: A1 – A1
Last Album: 90125 – Yes

Top Five Most Played Songs:
1. All The Lovers – Kylie Minogue (80)
2. The Only Exception – Glee Cast (64)
3. I Dreamed A Dream – Glee Cast (62)
4. Paloma – Sidestepper (46)
5. Raver On Probation – Samuel F.Scott & the B.O.P. (40)

Search…
Death: 109
Life: 838
Love: 3346
Hate: 129
You: 5256
Sex: 327

So Busy OMG

// October 11th, 2010 // No Comments » // Music, Study

SO BUSY with uni stuff right now. It’s just crazy. I have to write heaps and heaps and gazillions of research papers – crazy Bachelor of Science! MedSci was just all about regurgitating facts, didn’t have to write hardly anything. Oh well, kind of fun, and not too long to go before exams and FREEDOM.

Here is my top 10 cheesy songs at the moment to get me through this “difficult time”:

1) The Only Exception – Glee Cast
2) Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce
3) Until You Were Gone – Chipmunk
4) Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & the Roots
5) What I Did For Love – Glee Cast
6) Beautiful Monster – Ne-Yo
7) Size Of Your Boat – Jeffree Star
8) Naturally – Selena Gomez & the Scene
9) All the Lovers – Kylie
10) Green Light – Roll Deep

My MP3 Dilemma

// September 29th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Computers, Geekery, Music, Obsessions

I’ve been an avid collector of music files since the late 90′s and never delete anything, but rather file it all for posterity. The end result, 14 years later, is an external hard drive with 306GB of MP3 files on it (around 50,000 in all), carefully filed in folders by artist and album.

When I was on Windows, I had everything in Advanced MP3 Catalog Pro so I could search the entire collection for specific artists. Eventually with the purchase of my first iPod, I switched over to iTunes, but didn’t add everything to the library – only what I wanted to sync with my iPod. I can just choose “sync all”. So I’ve only got around 2,000 songs in iTunes.

Now I’m on Mac, I can’t seem to find a simple cataloguing program that will index my MP3 files by metatag so I can easily search them. I’m considering putting everything into iTunes, but will it cope with 50,000 tracks, or will it just run like a dog? MediaMonkey seems great but it is Windows only.

I’m beginning to think that the answer is obvious – CULL MY COLLECTION and get rid of all those albums that I have never and will (probably) never listen to. It’s the logical thing to do. Yet it fills me with heartbreak!

Oh what to do?

Girls, Girls, Girls, Girls

// July 20th, 2010 // No Comments » // Music

The four albums I’ve been listening to the most in the last week, all by talented women with one word names:

Both excellent dance pop albums. Both with very dramatic poses, and very metallic breastplates. But remember, hands on the hips is darker and more serious than hands in the air.

Both quirky pop songstresses. Both blonde. Both naked. Both decorated with strange colourful objects. But only one is a gay lady.

All the above are most excellent by the way, and highly recommended by ME!

Goodbye Kate McG

// January 20th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Music

Very sad today to hear of the death of Kate McGarrigle. I have been a fan of the McGarrigles since the late 80′s when I discovered them while working at Radio Active. Truly great musicians and of course Kate’s wonderful genes also gave us Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Here’s a clip of Kate, Rufus & Martha all performing together 6 weeks ago in London. I cried most of the way through it for some reason!

RIP Kate.

New Phoenix Foundation EP For Christmas!

// December 11th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Music, People

Merry Kriskmass

The Phoenix Foundation, one of NZ’s most popular bands and featuring my very own little bro Samuel, have just released a new ep “Merry Kriskmass” available for download and as usual it is effing awesome!

Here’s what the band had to say:

‘’I feel no pain, feel no fear, for the Krisk is a white reindeer” …. yes, a small stuffed white man and a reindeer have somehow managed to inspire our brand new little EP called Merry Kriskmass.

This fun, slightly odd 6-track EP managed to enter our lives during the time we were supposed to be recording our new album, providing much needed distraction from the often-gruelling album recording process. So much so, that we decided to share it with you in the hope that perhaps it brings some extra Christmas cheer.

We hope you enjoy. New album coming next year, and MEEEEERRY KRISKMASS.

Buy it here!

RIP Kirsty

// December 18th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Music

It’s 8 years to the day since Kirsty MacColl was killed by a power boat at the age of 41. I still miss her – she had released a brilliant album just before she died and had so much more to give. Here’s one of her biggest hits, her cover of Billy Bragg’s “A New England”.

Still, no one has been held accountable for Kirsty’s death – see www.justiceforkirsty.org/

Egg-Laying Flying Brother Spreads The Joy

// December 1st, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Music, People

My bro Sam’s latest video clip is a masterpiece!

Snoop Dogg visits Hugo Street

// October 31st, 2008 // No Comments » // Music

Snoop Dogg in Hugo Street

I was amazed to see the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today which features Snoop Dogg in a Holden, surrounded by a mob, in Redfern, right outside the house that we lived in for six years in Hugo Street. It’s almost enough to make you wish you’d never sold the house! Wow.

Here’s the story: Rudd gives $20m to black scholarship fund.

Britney Is Back, Y’all!

// October 15th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Music, Study

Check out Britter’s new video, it is totally hot! Ah, I still love her…

Have horrible 5 hour lab skills test tomorrow so better get back to the books after this pleasant interlude…