Category: "Music"

Playing music in a car without an aux-in

08/31/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
While planning my photo trip around western Canada, high up on the priority list was what to listen to and how I was going to listen to it. I've moved on from tape and CD so try to use line-in where I can. Compared to every other method outside of… more »

Freecom's MusicPal

08/21/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music
I've been looking for a good replacement for the el-cheapo Sony alarm clock that awakes me to the dulcet tones of Radio Adam, and this could be it. I wonder if it'll be for sale in Canada. (Via Engadget) more »

M.A.S.S., "The Music Of Alan Parsons"

07/19/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
Oh, it's bad. I knew it was going to be weak, and then it managed to be even worse than that. This frisbee is a rendition of the instrumental works of the Alan Parsons Project performed on what sound like some remarkably cheap synths by an anonymous… more »

The Earworm Strikes Back

07/06/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music
The Dutch have a term called an "oorworm" ("earworm" or "earwig" in English.) It's defined as a tune that you can't get out of your head or that you play over and over and over and over and... Well, here's a recommendation: Murray Gold's soundtrack CD… more »

Chilliwack's "Fly At Night"

07/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music
It's probably just me, but every time I hear Canadian AOR staple Chilliwack's "Fly At Night" I'm utterly convinced it's a missing Neil Young song. Yeah, it probably is just me. Updated: Corrected the song title as per the comment thread :) more »

Alan Parsons Project Reissues

07/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music
This isn't a review per se as it's just a look at the new reissues of three Alan Parsons Project albums: "I Robot", "Eye In The Sky" and "Vulture Culture". Besides, if you've reached this second sentence, the chances are you already know the original… more »

Mix tapes

05/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright
Alas, what with all those copyright and intellectual property issues these days, the mix "tape" is basically dead. That's too bad -- I always thought it was a great way of introducing friends to a selection of music. Get those tunes wandering through… more »

The Police's "Synchronicity"

05/20/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music
Presumably as part of the upcoming tour, all of the albums by the Police have gone on sale in their remastered form, and quite cheaply too -- about $5 a disc. I've taken the opportunity to upgrade the couple I already had and fill in the holes. As I… more »

I've heard that before, but where?

04/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music
Recently I was listening to a track on a three CD Manfred Mann's Earth Band compilation called "Odds And Sods". The listing called it "Don't Bring Me Down (Castles Burning)". It's a great track and seemed very familiar. Since this was a live version I… more »

Review: SanDisk Sansa e280

01/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Reviews
Summary: SanDisk's iPod Nano killer. I decided to buy a standalone MP3 player after a recent 9 hour plane trip to the UK. While I normally use my Tungsten T3 with Aeroplayer I came to the conclusion that while it's great for short hops and bus trips,… more »

Music video by a man who can't play the instruments

12/13/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, YouTube
The link is to a music video of a person playing quite a nice bit of music on the drums and piano. The nifty part is that although he can't play either, through the magic if clever video editing it sure looks as if he can. The wild part of it is that… more »

Barenaked Ladies, "Are Me"

12/05/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
The newest Barenaked Ladies album had a tough job ahead of it. "Gordon" at the beginning of their career set the stakes pretty high. The next two albums ("Maybe You Should Drive", "Born On A Pirate Ship") were -- unfortunately -- forgettable. "Stunt" in… more »

Mythos, "Eternity"

12/02/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
"Eternity" from 2002 is a mostly instrumental album from Vancouver's Mythos. Slotted into the vaguaries of the New Age section, it's like a rather more relaxed and less electronic version of Delerium. These are not dance tunes but do borrow a lot of the… more »

The sadly short lifetime of game music

12/01/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright, Games
Ian Welsh over at The Agonist has a good run down on the DRM in Microsoft Vista and what it means. It's a good article, but Vista's not what I'm interested in for this discussion. There's a brief reference to imbedded DRM on purchased downloaded music.… more »

Delerium, "Nuages Du Monde"

11/30/06 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
As of this point, "Nuages Du Monde" is the most recent of the Delerium albums. It's also a good one. And, unlike 2003's "Chimera", it's not copy protected. Yay, Nettwerk! If you've heard one Delerium album, fundamentally you've heard them all: gorgeous… more »

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