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My Favorite Recordings of 2011

In Music on December 18, 2011 at 2:32 am

These are the recordings that came out in 2011 that I listened to most. These recordings came in more forms than ever before, including CD, download, mixtape and online streaming.

Spoek Mathambo: Mshini Wam. South African electronic musician.

Domus Mixtapes: The Sound of Johannesburg. Mixtape from the Italian outfit, put together by BLK JKS and Athi-Patra Ruga.

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War

In Music on July 17, 2010 at 3:40 am

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I remember my dad – he was an alcohol and drug counselor after he’d gotten out of the Navy – had his friend talk to me after I’d gotten into some trouble once. He was younger than my dad, long black hair, a mustachioed Mex, dressed real sharp, very bad-ass all wide, creased pants, shiny shoes, short leather jacket, like one of those Too Cool for School cats from an episode of Chico & The Man. He drove me around in his dropped maroon Impala with the rims and the banging stereo system, “rapping” with me (as was the fashion at the time). He planned everything so meticulously, so that he drove up to my school just in time for a change of classes, me hanging an arm out of the window nodding my head real slow and this tune thundering out of his Blaupunkt.

I just want to say what I no doubt neglected to at the time: Thanks, brother. I scored major points off that ride.

All You Need is Love

In Music on January 19, 2010 at 2:05 am

The Social Music Site

In Music, Social media on October 24, 2007 at 3:02 am

So, I was looking for a place to share my recommendations for music, and get them from others. I realized that what I was looking for didn’t exactly exist. So I invented it. Then I named it. Beautiful Trainwreck. So, that’s pretty much it.

Uh, OK. I’ll describe it.

So, I discover a band, say, Bishop Allen. I’m excited by my discovery and I want to share it. So, I dial up Beautiful Trainwreck and fill out a Profile which includes fields for types of music I like, as well as specific bands, albums and songs, as well as non-music related fields.

Then, I fill out a Recommendation Card, listing Bishop Allen as well as describing the band and the music. The back-end adds music, either whole songs or song samples, based on whether or not the band has acceded to the request to file songs with the service. (Requests are automatically sent to bands that have been recommended. How? Oh, I don’t know how. Jeez.)

Someone else logs on and, based on the kinds of things they have said on their profile, the things they themselves have recommended, previous Recommendations they have accepted and a Random Factor, they get served up my Recommendation. They can elect to accept the recommendation or reject it. They also have the option of sending a Friend Request to me.

The next time I log in, I will have a Recommendation waiting for me, which I can elect to accept or reject, as well as a Friend Request.

You can send Personal Recommendations to people in your Friend Stream and they can send them to you. You can adjust the strength of your Recommendation Stream by choosing how many Recommendations you wish to receive and how often.
There are a number of feeds you can subscribe to, and share with other, including people outside of Beautiful Trainwreck. They include your Incoming Recommendation Stream, your Recommendation Card Stream, Friend Stream and your Music Blog Stream.

The recommendations and the music and bands behind them can also be browsed. You can also select a Random Recommendation to be sent, unrelated to your Profile Information.

The revenue model is, naturally, recommendation-based. If you like a band and wish to buy more songs or an album or other product, you can do so through the Store. All the artists, record companies and other vendors give Beautiful Trainwreck a cut of the things they sell due to one of the site’s Recommendations.

Papa Didn’t Take No Mess

In Music on December 25, 2006 at 3:30 pm

James

James Brown
1922-2006

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Manolin Playing

In Flamenco, Granada, Gypsies, Music, Spain on August 5, 2006 at 1:37 am


(Photo by Gabriela Lewton-Leapold via Stan Olmsted.)

Manolin, fastest right hand in the Sacromonte, playing on the Paseo de los Tristes in Granada, Spain.

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Manolin

In Flamenco, Granada, Gypsies, Music, Spain on August 5, 2006 at 1:35 am


(Photo by Gabriela Lewton-Leapold via Stan Olmsted.)

This is my friend Manolin Heredia Heredia of the Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. “Un gitano del monte negro!”

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Silicon Valley Dirt Farmer: The Anthem

In Music, Press, Superintelligent sea cucumbers on March 17, 2006 at 8:25 pm

Well, Nick has a sense of humor.

Eric Moore and I wrote this while driving hatpins into our thighs at Elance.

Man, someone should record it, too. I vote for Eric.

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JeeziePod and Pandora

In Music, Social media on December 19, 2005 at 1:17 am

Via Baby Priest, I give you this bit of freakishness. It’s a combination of cleverness and kitsch.

Via Jason Mulgrew, here’s Pandora. Put in a band you like or a song and it suggests (and plays) songs it thinks you will dig. Sometimes the robots know.

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Ian’s Plethora

In Flamenco, Friends, Gypsies, Music on October 2, 2005 at 3:31 am

My friend Ian, in addition to having a website devoted to the philosophy of science, Project Genesis, has now gone hog wild on blogs. He’s got them for poetry (very nice stuff too, very unusual and attractive) at Star Poems; on various things, including a sound file of one of Ian’s bulerias (a flamenco guitar mode) at Art of Peace; on nature at Tuning In With Nature; on mathematics at Math System of Ian Beardsley; on the golden ratio at Golden Ratio And The Wind That Blew; and on general science at Micro Connect Macro.

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