Month: August 2007

Simplifying the Setup: Dual-boot no more

computers

I’ve been running dual-boot systems since December 2005. On both my desktop and laptop, I had a Windows partition and an openSUSE Linux partition. After using that basic setup for the past year and a half, it’s become clear to me that using two dual-boot systems is just not worth the effort. It’s simply too much work to keep four operating systems alive. To that end, I’ve simplified my setup recently. I’ve gone to single […]

A chain of flowers: Finding wax online

music

I did some digging into various music blogs, and certainly there are a lot of blogs out there publishing MP3s of old, strange vinyl finds. But mostly I just wanted to record a couple of interesting links I discovered. The first is for Turntable Lab of New York and Los Angeles. It’s a retail store that sells a variety of DJ gear and new vinyl, not limited to DJ fare. There’s a whole range of […]

Primer on the Loudness of CDs

music

I’ve talked here before about the loudness of modern CDs. CDs these days are a compressed, fatiguing affair. The difference between CDs mastered fifteen and twenty years ago is striking to today’s CDs. It’s a huge difference, and all of that extra loudness today is coming at the expense of the music. Slashdot linked to an article in IEEE Spectrum entitled The Future of Music by Suhas Sreedhar. It’s spread over three pages and is […]

Daniel appears on Fox 11 WLUK Newscast

music

Well, I renewed my Wall Street Journal subscription in July, but issues about Rupert Murdoch aside, I appeared on the local Fox affiliate’s newscast on Friday. Fox 11 WLUK-TV of Green Bay did a segment on their Friday 5 p.m. newscast about the 25th anniversary of the CD. The first CD was released in August 1982. View the video. I happened to be in the Exclusive Co., a local record shop, around noon or so […]

I Want You (She’s So Heavy): The weight of modern vinyl

music

If your musical tastes tend toward the alternative side of the spectrum, then you’re in luck for vinyl. A lot of the hip, young bands that skew towards the alt have a much higher propensity to releasing vinyl releases of their music. This also includes bands on indie labels. I’m sure the record labels make bands pay dearly for the privilege and trouble of releasing an album on vinyl, but for those of us who […]

Industrial Scars: Photographs

photography

I’m enjoying a series of photographs by J Henry Fair entitled Industrial Scars. It’s engaging work – and amazing too, at the colors and spectrums of industrial work. There’s lots to like here. You can also find his photo essay in the August 2007 issue of Harper’s. His main portfolio site is here.

The eBay Connection: Buying and Selling Music Online

music

I’ve been digging around eBay.com and Half.eBay.com lately, and it’s a veritable treasure trove of obscure but great music for stunningly low prices. I mean, if you want to collect items by the Cure, you’re going to pay more. But seeing as a lot of bands I really liked in the late ‘80s and early '90s were pretty unknown, it suddenly becomes much easier and much less expensive to track them down. I worked in […]

How does ’80s vinyl compare to new releases?

music

In some respects, the past 10 or 15 years have been a golden age of vinyl. While the majority of mainstream artists no longer release their albums on vinyl, many of the artists I care about still release vinyl editions of their albums. This ranges from Stereolab to Smashing Pumpkins to Of Montreal to Interpol and many, many others. Also, the vinyl editions being released are lush. Often they are in gatefold sleeves with artwork […]