Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Gillian Welch – Paris, France (11/09/11)

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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
9 November 2011
La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: DPA4023 –> Oade ACM Marantz PMD661. Izotope RX Advance (fixing levels between music + audience, downsampling from 24/96)
Location: centre, standing, about 7 rows from stage

Important note: As my batteries died in the second set and I didn’t notice, tracks are patched from two different sources. * = Olympus LS10 with internal mics, ** = Roland R-09HR with external mic

t01. Scarlet Town
t02. Dark Turn Of Mind
t03. One Morning
t04. The Way It Will Be
t05. I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll
t06. My Morphine
t07. The Way It Goes
t08. By the Mark
t09. Tennessee
t10. Dusty Boxcar Wall

(second set)

t11. Hard Times
t12. talk –> David alone on stage
t13. Down Along The Dixie Line
t14. Everything Is Free
t15. Six White Horses
t16 Look At Miss Ohio
t17. David Rawlings –> To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
t18. Wrecking Ball
t19. Red Clay Halo *

(first encore)

t20. Only One and Only *
t21. I’ll Fly Away *

(second encore)

t22. The Way The Whole Thing Ends **
t23. Jackson *

(3rd encore)

t24. Snowin’ On Raton

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CNN Has Security Video Footage Of I-35 Bridge Collapse

I know I’ve been absent a lot this week. Turns out preparing for a year in China takes a lot of work and stress and inability to write coherently. Actually I have a bit on the last Harry Potter book, but it continues to grow in length and needs a good deal of editing (kind of like the book, actually.) I finished the bit on HP as one can see, though it is too long and could still use some editing, I decided to let it fly anyway.

Meanwhile here is some interesting footage of that collapse.

RIP: Ingmar Bergman

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I’ve only seen a few of Bergman’s films, but everyone has left a lasting impression. Wild Strawberries is up there in my list of greatest films ever made, but the Seventh Seal and its chess game with death contains so much imagery that it is what I always think of when I think of Bergman.

To tell the truth I didn’t realize the old man was still alive, but finding out about his death now, brings a pain to my heart. The ever lovely Lisa McKay has a nice write up over at Blogcritcs.

The Death Of Internet Radio

internetradio.jpgLet me state for the official record that I am very much a fan of Internet radio.  It saved my neck while we were living in France.  Though I had a pretty extensive amount of music on our laptop hard drive, after a time I craved something new and different.  I wanted new music.  Trouble was I didn’t have any money to buy new music, and the radio stations were all French (duh!)  There was downloading music, and I do admit to indulging in that a bit, but even still with that I had to know what I was looking for.  I craved finding new music, and having the ability to listen to it before I made the decision to purchase or download.

Enter sites like live365, Radio Paradise, and GDRadio.  These places and others allowed me to stream music like a radio station without the hassle of trying to buy it or download it.  It was right there, in wide variety, easily accessed with a click of the mouse.

I loved it.  Still do.  Right this moment I’m listening to last.fm’s radio station playing music like “Lucinda Williams.”  Neko Case is playing and that’s an artist I had often heard about, but never heard.  I have to say from what I hear from Internet radio I’ll probably go out and buy some CDs. 

Internet radio is wonderful at work.  I don’t have to drag in a hundred different CDs each morning, nor take the half hour while I’m trying to get read to decide on what to bring.  No hassle, no worries.  Just choose a site and let it play.  It’s better than regular radio too because I don’t have to buy a little office radio, there are no commercials, and the selection is a lot better.

I say all this because Internet radio is on the cusp of disappearing.  The men in the suits have decided that Internet radio stations need to pay higher, more extreme licensing fees.  As most Internet radio stations are not-for-profit or very small business these fees are unaffordable and will cause them to go out of business.  Even NPR, the public radio giant, is in trouble.

I’m all for musicians getting paid.  I’m not in any way anti-licensing fees and giving songwriters their dues for playing their creations.  But jacking up the fees so that nobody can play their songs, and thus nobody can hear their music, is ridiculous.

Ok, I always say this isn’t a political site, and I’m already skirting that design.  There is an Internet petition going around, and I won’t ask you to sign it, but I will give you the link.  It seems better than most Internet petitions, as it appears to send e-mails directly to your representatives.

BC Creator Johnny Hart Dies

hart2.jpgOne of my earliest daily rituals as a child was reading the comics page during breakfast, and then again after school with the afternoon paper. Growing up I didn’t care about what was going on overseas, throughout the nation, or even locally. Hard news wasn’t interesting. Neither was the sports page, or even the movie gossip. But everyday I grabbed for the newspaper and turned to the funny pages (located on the last page of the Sports section. On Sunday mornings me and my siblings would fight over who got the full-color jumbo comics section (six full pages of comics no longer delegated to the back of Sports.)

These days I no longer receive a daily paper, and without it my daily dose of comics is gone, too. However, I do look them up online, from time to time, and get my fix. I’m also a fan of the book collection and so my shelves are lined with the likes of Calvin an Hobbes, Fox Trot, Dilbert and Get Fuzzy. It might not be a daily dose, but the deep wells of elixir I obtain from those books is enough.
As time has passed the comics page has changed.  Bill Watterson retired, Charles Schultz shed his mortal coil and new, younger (and less interesting) comics took their place. Sadly, one more has passed from the comics page to the obituaries (ugh, that I might just be an awful turn of phrase, bur pretend it is lovely.)

BC creator Johnny Hart passed away Saturday of a stroke. He was 76. 

I can’t say I was much of a fan of BC in my adult years, but I still remember it fondly from my childhood squished in between Frank and Ernest and Cathy. It shall be missed, I am sure.

R.E.M. To Unveil New Songs At Dublin Run

The year was 1991, I was a sophomore in high school, REM was my band. I had flirted with the band since the mid-eighties. With songs like “Stand” and “Pop Song 89” and “Fall On Me” they had captured my little teenage imagination, but it wasn’t until Out of Time that I fell in love. Lawd, I loved that album. I must have listened to it a million times that year.

I can still remember my mother being shocked, (shocked I tell you) at “Radio Song” with it’s disturbing use of the words “damned” and “sucks.” She would years later, be bemused at her shockedness for such mils terms (well if my mother was ever bemused at anything, she would be.)

When Automatic For the People was announced I was as excited as I think I’ve ever been toward anything For weeks I bothered anybody who would listen with the details, as I knew them, and chastised them for not being nearly as excited as I thought they should be.

When it finally hit the streets, I did nothing but listen to that album. I sucked it in, lived with it, and cherished every note. I still love that album. It is a rare and beautiful thing.

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Blockbuster VS Netflix

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I have been a member of the online DVD rental community off and on now for several years. For the longest time I went with Netflix because, well at first they were the only ones around, but even later because they had the greatest selection and seemed to treat their customer’s with a well pleasing service.

A few months back I switched to Blockbuster, and I don’t see myself turning back.

Here’s the rundown.

Blockbuster has essentially stolen Netflix’s game plan from them so both services are nearly identical. You choose a plan which consists of how many movies you want out at a time. For example I am on the 2 at a time plan which means at any given time I have two movies “out” (this doesn’t necessarily mean I have them in hand for this count also involves mail time. For this it costs me about $17 a month.

Both services have similar queues wherein who select the movies you want to watch and then as returned movies are turned in, the next movies in your queue are mailed out. Due to popularity of certain titles, an item in your queue may not be available when it hits the front of the line. Both services make not of this on their queues and will then send out the next available flick. I have noticed that Blockbuster has a tendency to send the movies in my top ten a little out of order even though none of them are listed as unavailable. Though I’m not sure why this is, it really isn’t too bothersome to me since I’m not that particular.

From my location and my calculations both services are comparable in terms of how quickly they process returns and send movies out. On average I receive a new movie five days from the time I have returned it.

In terms of selection Netflix gets the prize. They, by far, beat Blockbuster with number of movies in their archives. They also do not place any restrictions on ratings (Blockbuster doesn’t allow NC-17 or X rated films.) Neither company supplies pornography or “Adult” films.

So, why did I choose Blockbuster? Because they give you free in-store rentals. Before a few weeks ago they gave me 1 coupon per week to rent a movie from their physical stores. With my normal online rentals averaging out to two movies a week added with the 1 coupon per week I was receiving approximately 12 movies per month. At less than $20 per month this was already a big bargain.

Blockbuster has recently changed their terms and now instead of mailing the movies back to them you can simply return the DVDs to any Blockbuster store. Once turned in they automatically send out the next movie in my queue thus upping the amount of movies sent to me per month. Also each time you turn in a movie, you may rent one from the store. Thus, even with my old average of two movies per week I’m now doubling the amount of movies I rent from the store, and with the improved mailing times this may even triple. That’s 16-20 movies a month!

Well worth it in my book. I will probably even drop my selection to one movie at a time for $10 which will still see me receiving 12-16 movies per month.

It is a no brainer for me. Now I know most of you are probably now thinking to yourselves that there is no way you could watch that many movies in a month. The reality of the situation is that you don’t have to. With the online rentals there are no due dates or late fees. You can keep the movies as long as you want. With my DVD burner I tend to maximize my movie gathering and money saving potential by turning them in the day after, but you can certainly be more leisurely about it. Even if you take the $10 one at a time option and only watch 4 movies, you’ve still saved yourself money over watching those same movies with regular rental prices.