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Rotting Fruit In My Car

I recently have acquired an ipod classic (80gb) for use with the head unit in my car. Up until now, I had been my Rockbox powered Clip+ through an aux jack. And while this works decently well, it was kind of a pain to navigate to different songs/albums while driving due to the small screen size of the Clip+. I also have a Clip Zip with Rockbox installed but, while it does have a slightly larger screen and more storage, it hasn’t been very stable for me. Especially when using a microSD card with it whereas the Clip+ has been rock solid. So yeah, I now have a crApple product in my possession. :( The main reason I wanted the ipod was that the head unit in my car is ipod compatible, meaning you can plug it in and control it with the head unit. Plus, using the Clip+ through the aux jack on my stereo meant having a cord hanging off the front of it. And while I could mostly tuck the cord out of the way, it still got in the way at times. This particular stereo has a cable out of the back that you plug the ipod into,…

Clip+ Rockbox

Quite some time ago, my wife wanted a mp3 player and ended up getting a 4GB Clip+. Mostly due to it being fairly inexpensive. Turns out, the "hacker" in me eventually fully approved of this decision. Every now and then, the player would freak out and just not work for my wife and/or daughter. I generally would just clear the storage off of it and put their music back on. I have a feeling that they have a habit of not dismounting it before unplugging it and would cause the storage to get corrupted. Aside from that, it's been a good little device. These dedicated mp3 players have never really had much appeal to me personally, mostly due to my addiction of "scrobbling" my plays (either to my personal GNU-FM install or to libre.fm, I closed my last.fm account some time back...). I mostly use MPD and various clients for my music listening anyway. Still, this little device has been sitting on my desk for about three months, completely ignored. And then, I came across this post by @dvdmrsdn that reminded me that I w…

The Meantime by The Centennial

Just a quick post, shamelessly promoting bands I know. ;) Fantastic song. YouTube Link The guy singing here, Patrick Meese, is a good friend of my brother. He also plays drums for my brother-from-another-mother Nate as well as with one (actually a few) of my brothers side projects. This track is one off the new album, Nervous System. This album is one of my recent favorites as well. Both Patrick and his brother, Nathan, joined my brother and Nate for a reunion of an old, fairly popular, Denver band, Born in the Flood. YouTube Link My (real) brother is playing bass and my (another mother) brother is singing/playing keys. Rock on!…

GNU FM ClientCode table

Check the edit at the bottom first... Earlier I asked: On a !gnufm install, should the ClientCodes table be populated? Mine is empty and I imagine that is what is causing this: http://u.jpope.org/2w Jeremy Pope (jpope)'s status on Tuesday, 08-Jan-13 12:12:38 CST - micro.jpope.org Which resulted in the response: We're discussing ways to populate it on install, or just add the data to source and scrap table, we've been inserting it manually up to now Jonas (kabniel)'s status on Tuesday, 08-Jan-13 19:39:29 UTC Which resulted in me writing this little insert statement to populate the ClientCodes table using the stated wiki entry: insert into ClientCodes (`code`,`name`,`url`,`free`) values ('amk','Amarok 1.4.x plugin','http://amarok.kde.org/','y'), ('amp','Aimp2','http://www.aimp.ru/','n'), ('amy','Anomaly (Chrome extension)','Chrome webstore entry','y'), ('ark','Amarok','http://amarok.kde.org/','y'), ('ass','Last.fm player','http://www.last.fm/download','y'), ('atu','aTunes','http:…

Simple Editing of the Simple Last.fm Scrobbler

I recently installed a GNU FM instance to scrobble my listened tracks to. Over the past four years, I've mostly used last.fm just for the data collection to see what my listening habits are like. And considering I like to control my own data, GNU FM is a perfect fit for me. The only issue with running your own GNU FM server is that client support is really lacking. While you'll find quite a lot of last.fm clients, a few libre.fm (which is powered by GNU FM) clients, there aren't many that support a personal server. For the most part though, this isn't an issue for me. I use MPD for the majority of the time and the client that I use (mpdscribble) allows for personal servers. The other times that I listen to music, I generally use VLC or the native Android music player (Apollo on Cyanogenmod). If you dig into the settings in VLC, you can easily point it where ever you need to. However, with Android, I couldn't find anything that would work for me. The only option that I found was to add an entry to my hosts…

75 Fury - Sounds From Uranus Demo

Years and years ago, I used to be more musical than I have been as of late. One "album" that I did put together was an electronic album that I titled Sounds From Uranus. I mostly put this album together so I had something to chill out with while smoking funny smelling cigarettes. Fast forward quite a few years (OK, a decade to be exact) and I decided to start a follow up to that album, just for fun. Of course though, these days all my cigarettes are of the normal smelling type... So, here are three tracks that I created back in early 2010 using LMMS for the bulk of the sound and Audacity for the final mix. I will say that these still need some work and plan on completing these tracks and creating more so that there is a full length album. So, here is the demo in ogg format: 75 Fury - Return To Uranus (Demo) Track 1: Return To Uranus Your browser does not support the audio element. download Track 2: The Traveler Your browser does not support the audio element. download Track 3: Groove Your browser does n…

Epi D-12

This past Saturday, my neighbor was having a yard sale to hopefully get rid of some stuff, preparing for the sale of their house and having less stuff to move. One item that was sitting there that caught my eye was an acoustic guitar. Seeing that it was my daughter's birthday, and she has an interest in learning to play, my wife and I decided to get it. And seeing that it had a $7 price tag, it was a steal. My daughter already had a guitar but, the quality of it wasn't great and has a hard time staying in tune. For the most part, the guitar she has already is more of a toy. This "new" guitar is a proper starter guitar. Much better sound and playability than the "toy". Now, I just need to get my acoustic out, dust it off and get my fingers back in shape. Seeing that I've mostly quit playing over the years, after playing quite a bit during my high school years and some years after, I'm quite rusty. I've got an electric (mid '90s Ibanez Talman) and an acoustic that was given to my brother and I in the ver…

Gentlemen's Road Trip (part two)

_This is a continuation of my previous post... _ Nate's show was great, of course though, I may be a little biased. It's always awesome to see these shows from back stage and see first hand at the amount of work that goes on by everyone. Especially at an event as big as this was. Watching the "roadie" (who was Nathan Meese, who's brother plays drums for Nataniel Rateliff & the Fairchildren) run back and forth switching guitars around, and tuning them. The stage crew shuffling the previous band and the next band's equipment around. The stage manager keeping everyone in line. Watching the band interact during and between the songs. Certainly quite a bit of work going on all around. After a bit of relaxing, we heard this massive volume of music coming from the main stage and headed to check it out. Turns out it was Gogol Bordello, a "Gypsy Punk" band. This group had so much energy emitting from the stage that you were nearly wore out just watching them. To me, they sounded quite a bit like System of a Down…

Gentlemen's Road Trip

Saturday was another of those days only possible due to having a brother, Joe, active in the music scene. His band Fairchildren is also the backing band for Nathaniel Rateliff. Nate and my brother have played together for quite some time, since the mid to late 90's. At one point, Nate and I lived together with another friend and he also lived with my Mom and brothers for a time as well. For me, Nate is a brother from another mother. So, any time he plays somewhere somewhat close, especially if he has the full band with him, I like to go watch and visit. A few weeks ago, my brother sent a text asking if I was interested in going to the show that they were playing in Dixon, IL. It was a six hour drive but, the show was on a Saturday so I said hell yeah. Along with my wife and Mom, my brother was able to have three guest passes set aside for us. The show that we were heading to was part of the Mumford & Sons "Gentlemen of the Road" tour and there were eight bands to play, most of which I hadn't heard much of…

Google Music Beta Review

Here’s the #ToThePoint review: It works really damn well. And here’s the “Would he just get to the damn point” review: Yes, I know. This is a review of a beta product. Many things may change. Many people cannot access it yet. So sue me. Look at this as a point in time overview. Now that there is a proper Linux client for Google Music, I can finally properly use the service. Prior to the Linux client release, the only option to run it on Linux was under WINE. And I find that running anything under WINE to be quite #suboptimal.1 The complete service consists of a desktop client, a web-app and an Android app all designed to move your music collection to the cloud and be available anywhere you happen to find yourself. On the Desktop: The Linux version of the Music Manager comes in both .deb’s and .rpm’s, x86 and x86_64 flavors. My initial install was on my CrunchBang desktop machine, as this is where I’ll be doing the majority of the uploading from. I also installed it on my EeePC, both under CrunchBang…

Alive - Unplugged

75 Fury In days past, I was quite active in playing music. I had some guitars, a drum machine, a microphone and a shit pile of effect pedals. I was a one man band. I may have been my only fan. I called myself 75 Fury. Mostly, the name came from my second car, which was a 1975 Plymouth Fury, mustard in color. I loved that car. This song was originally wrote around 1998 and was recorded as an electric version. I may have lost that version due to it being recorded on a 4-track machine that died some years ago and also, possibly lost the cassette it was recorded on. This acoustic version was recorded in 2005 using Audacity. Alive - 75 Fury Download track: ogg version mp3 version Comments: Kyriakos Brastianos Nice track. Greetings 2011-10-28 00:33:05 jpope Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) 2011-10-29 21:45:10…

Quick !Music Review - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

This is one of those times where the ol’ saying ‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is proven untrue. The artwork on the new Bon Iver album, Bon Iver is beautiful, serene and looks to be a masterpiece. The music contained within the album is beautiful, serene and is a masterpiece. As most Bon Iver fans are, I’ve been a huge fan ever since I first heard For Emma, Forever Ago years ago. I’ve also been patiently waiting for another full album release since then. And with great relief, the new album was released this past June. This album is not the stripped down, singer/guitar style that was For Emma…, now we have a full band with many instruments. The song writing seems more adventurous yet it is still full of the same depth of emotion. Current favorite tracks are ‘Perth’, ‘Michicant’ and ‘Calgary’. The guitar sound on ‘Perth’ is amazing, thick with chorus. The vocal harmonies on ‘Michicant’ are absolutely angelic. And ‘Calgary’ has a dynamic range that is quite astonishing. Watch the video for ‘Calgary’.…

UberMusic

I just tried out a Alpha version 7 of UberMusic for Android. Aside from the fact that it has the word Uber in it. (Sorry, I just don’t find the use of ‘uber’ very cool). And the fact that this player is designed to mimic the look of WP7 and/or the Zune media player. It is a very slick looking music player. The transitions between the screens are very smooth, even on my somewhat underpowered HTC Aria (currently running CM7 nightly from 2011.06.05). A few of the options available include being able to choose which ‘tabs’ show on the main selection screen. (ie. Artists, Albums, Songs, etc.), disable the Android lockscreen when the Now Playing screen is visible and Last.fm scrobbling, among others. Navigation on this player is as easy as a swipe as you might expect and above all, it plays tunes. Grab the current Alpha while you can at http://www.ubermusic.com/. It has an expiration date of July 15th after which there may be a paid version on the Android market. Not certain what price will be asked but, give…