Music


Do me a fave?

Hit shuffle on your iPod and give us the first 5 songs that come up. Good representative sample of your musical tastes.

Here are my five, along with an explanation of why I have it:

1. KT Tunstall, “Suddenly I See”. The music is crisp, driving, and Tunstall’s voice has a great edge to it.

2. Enya, “Flora’s Secret”. I have a strange fascination with Enya. I usually put her on when I’m in a pensive or melancholy mood.

3. David Holmes, “69 Police” – Ocean’s Eleven. Another strange fascination. The Ocean movies, and their music, just keep me smiling.

4. Howard Shore, “Hope and Memory” – Lord of the Rings. Good music to game by. Best orchestral work since John Williams with Indiana Jones.

5. The Fray, “She Is”. The new branch of adult alternative (that is, alternative that’s less…well, alternative). It’s got that Coldplay, Maroon 5, 3 Doors Down vibe to it.

What are your five?

A judge has just ordered that Britney Spears must give up custody of her two children to the father, one Kevin Federline.

Can someone tell me what kind of kooky fun house world are we living in where KEVIN FEDERLINE is considered the more responsible of two parents???

Luciano Pavarotti, the greatest tenor in the history of opera, died today of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

He had undergone surgery last year to fight the disease, but pancreatic is one of the most severe forms of the disease.

Pavarotti was one of those artists whose recognition crossed the boundaries of his genre. Even people who had never heard a note of opera knew his name. Musicians from the world of pop, R&B, country, even rap had worked and performed with the superstar.

Along with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, he revitalized opera in the 1990s with his famous 3 Tenors concerts. Opera became appreciated more by the mainstream as a result.

Stylistically, there was no one smoother than Pavarotti. His voice floated on each and every note he sang. High notes seemed effortless. He was a superstar in every sense of the word.

When I first started thinking of getting into the opera “business”, his was the voice I attempted to emulate. In college, I’d listen to his recordings incessantly, trying to catch each subtle nuance, each magnificent timbre.

I don’t know why, but Pavarotti’s death brings the recent passing of my father back to my mind. Maybe it’s because they both died of cancer. Perhaps it’s because I looked up to Pavarotti as a singer, as I so often looked up to my dad. For whatever reason, the passing of this legend of classical theatre reminds me once again of the preciously finite time we are granted here. Truly, Luciano Pavarotti made the most of his.

Nessun dorma, Luciano.

According to TMZ.com, Britney spears is being investigated over alleged child abuse.

You can read TMZ’s article by clicking here.

The following is a post originally from our Tech News Blog aeipathy for technology.

I only recently discovered Amie Street, so in addition to congratulating them on being in business for one year I’m going to tell you how cool they really are. First up the link.

Amie Street – Music Lives Here – Independent Music Download Website.

Amie Street comes at selling music a bit differently, and its a win for both the Artist and the Fans.

Independent artists upload their tracks for listing on Amie Street. The Starting price is $0.00. Yup thats free folks. Now here is the cool thing, as people download and REComend the track (more on that later) the price starts to rise, to a max of $0.99. So if your into discovering new music, have at it, it will be free or just pennies. But if you want to just check out what’s getting popular look for tracks that are worth say $0.50 and up. And of course there is a free preview of every track on the site, so your not buying blind.

Now here is the cool part, recommendations or RECs. When you REC a song you get to write a review of the track and all your friends on Amie Street (yes it has all the good Web2.0 social sharing stuff) are notified. Members can REC any track they have bought, and REC-ing is sort of like playing the stock market, only with music. If you REC a song when its at $0.10, and it goes up to $0.90 you get $0.40 back from Amie Street to use towards buying more music. If you REC a track at is at $0.00 and it goes up to $0.90 you get all $0.90 back into your account, as a reward for finding and helping out a brand new track.

That’s a lot of math, but the gist is, not only do you get to check out some very goon new independent artists, but you get a chance to make some more money helping independent musicians get popular. You can buy Credit and REC’s starting at just $3.00, but hey that could be well over 300 new tracks if your into digging through the new stuff for music you like, and if your good with your RECs you may never need to put money back into the site.

Oh and tracks you buy are all DRM free, so they work on any music player including the iPod and the iPhone (ha had to get another iPhone mention in there) and they can be downloaded as many times as you like.

If you do check out the site be sure and friend me, I am of course Wolfman-K there.

Via: Tech Crunch

In an interview with the British MME magazine, rocker Keith Richards admitted to something that churned my stomach.

The fact that he’s snorted many a drug should be no surprise to anyone.

However, Richards decided to make his drug snorting a family affair.

He once mixed cocaine with his father’s ashes and SNORTED it!!!!

This is NOT a rumor, it is a direct quote from the man himself.

Truly disgusting….

UPDATE (4/4): Richards has been backpedaling, saying he meant the remark as a joke. Wow…ha ha….that’s….uh….hysterical….

Mark it in your calendars folks. History happened today as EMI has announced that it will be removing the DRM restrictions from all its music as well as increasing the quality available online. Its a major step forward in allowing the consumers to decide where they play the media they legally own.

For the full details see the post on our sister blog below.

NO MORE DRM ON EMI MUSIC!!! | net-K.us/blog ~ aeipathy for technology

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