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Numanuma

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dallas orbiter

dallas orbiter Media
My friend and former coworker Gerg is the drummer and seeming manager for the band known as “dallas orbiter.” Sometimes he sends me emails or chats me up on AIM - usually when a new album is coming out or they need to corral people into a bar for a show. Both of those things are occurring soon, relative to the time I am posting. By the time you straggle in to read this, it may already be too late, and you will have missed the hoopla.
However, you will probably still be able to listen to their new album in its entirety over the internet via a streaming mp3 server. Will the wonders never cease? Imagine being into an indie band in the before time, when there was no internet. If you wanted to hear a random band from the other side of the world you would have to send them a letter via mail and have them mail you back a cassette tape or chunk of vinyl. An actual physical copy!

No, I don’t have a copy of this album yet. Will I continue my string of purchases? Hard to say - I would feel guilty for not buying the last EP or whatever. Then again, I don’t think that I got advance mp3s this time, so I didn’t feel all cool ‘n’ shit. It’s like drugs - the first taste has gotta be free!

Oh yeah, if you haven’t heard dallas orbiter, it’s space warble rock jam coolness. I recommend taking a listen - it might not be your cup of tea, but that’s not because they are doing anything wrong, it’s just a stylistic thing.

Or something.

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Radio K

My favorite radio station, without a doubt is 770 Radio K. RadioK is the radio station of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities
campus.

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Dallas Orbiter

I used to work with the drummer from Dallas Orbiter.

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Analog synths

My roommate Stan is insane about analog synths. He loves ‘em.
He has put together a very nice web site reviewing many analog synthesizers.

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Fucking Around

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Big George

My mom’s husband plays in the Big George Jackson Blues Band.

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New Cake CD

I finally received the new Cake CD in the mail today. It is festooned with the new FBI anti-piracy logo. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I couldn’t help laughing.

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Good Karma?

My mom got me a very cool present for Christmas. Thanks, Mom!

I already had a large number of mp3s, but now I am redoubling my efforts to organize and document them with appropriate mp3 tags. To that end I am using two or three things on my PC, from iTunes to Rio's own management software.

So far, iTunes has the coolest playlist options - I can basically write any criteria for a playlist and iTunes will get those songs. For instance, I have a playlist of songs rated four or five stars that I haven't listened to in two weeks. If I rate a new file with five stars it just magically shows up on that playlist. Of course, iTunes doesn't sync with my Rio Karma and I haven't found an option to export a playlist in m3u format, but I have done some shenanigans with iTunes's xml data, xsltproc, and perl to produce m3u files in bulk. I can drag those playlists to my Rio, and all the associated songs go with it.

There are some caveats, but this thing is quickly becoming my constant companion. I wish that it has iTunes-style playlists built in. I wish that I could rate songs and use that data to sort music. I wish that I could assign my own metadata. I wish that I could access all of the ID3v2 tags.

Anyway, whereever I go, I can finally hear those Tom Waits albums that I have lurking in my collection. That pretty much means that I can listen to my music all day at work. 20GB means that I don't have to listen to the same albums over and over again, so I will finally be giving Cake a rest.

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Firewater at the entry

Loud. LOUD. Totally awesome.

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