It’s a deep, deep, rabbit hole

In this case the old West Indian world, of which Tennessee lay at the northern fringe. It’s the shatter-zone of the slave diaspora. Circulating currents. We gave Jamaica blues. Jamaica gave us ska. Jamaica gave us dub, we gave back hip-hop. It’s been happening for four hundred years.

Source: That Chop on the Upbeat

More than you thought you’d want to learn about the origins of ska.

I want a multiuser Amarok database, is what I want

Alright, so when I’m getting on my bike I usually just load up spotify on my phone, get to the “Songs” section of the app then hit “Shuffle Play”.

This is when the problem starts.

Over the past few months I’ve noticed the service will just give me recycled playlistss that happen to include:

  • The latest songs I’ve liked within the past thirty days.
  • A few songs that I’ve played a lot over the past three months.
  • One or two full albums that I like whole but fuck it, throw them in there see what happens.
  • The same exact playlist that was previously listened to within the past 24 hours because hey he might be tired and not notice.

The thing is I do notice. I don’t want to listen to mere rehashes of what I’ve listened to before; if I really wanted that I would go just go listen to Pandora or regular FM radio. Just tonight I got the very same playlist I listened to twelve hours ago.

There are reasons for this, I’m sure. Maybe the processing power for random playlist seeds for millions of users is too computationally intensive to actually provide a profit to the company, as it does make money from actual playlists curated by humans; could be their devs are lazy assholes, like most developers I’ve met; could be the company just doesn’t care, as it happens with most companies that are on public stock markets. Could also be the CEO just wants everyones sucking his dick.

I don’t know.

All I know is it annoys me and I’m looking to avoid this problem in the future. But I don’t know if any companies will actually safeguard my personal data should they go public, go get hacked, or worse— go bankrupt.

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta

What Amber explained was exactly what I’d feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users’ computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn’t recognize—which came up often, since I’m a freelance composer and have many music files

Source: Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta

Back to the torrents.

La Espina del Cardenche

Think of the wide open, utterly empty, sky-so-blue-you-can’t-believe it, deserts of northern Mexico.


So Sir Paul McCartney did a concert in Mexico City’s Zocalo. By all accounts, it was a smashing success.

But what happens an hour after the concert ended? At least on this occasion, there’s an answer:

Zocalo Webcam
Picture from

Mostly people cleaning up the trash and the stage being taken down. Still, I would love to be there…

Snow Patrol at MN State Theatre

Gary Lightbody

Went to see them live for the first time ever! They did not disappoint. Ed Sheeran opened. A few notable things:

  • Ed Sheeran needs to slow down and use his devices less. He gets a bit carried away.
  • Gary Lightbody was having problems with his throat, so the set list had to change; he had to apologize to a fan requesting a song because he couldn’t sing it. Hope he gets better soon, he looked really frustrated.
  • There was a somewhat strange fixation on bodily fluids from both Ed and Gary. Ed took it off his bucket list and Gary even had to go offstage for a bit to take care of business.

That leaves the people attending the show; mostly either over 30 or below 20. Didn’t see anyone jumping around until the very end, when they played “Just Say Yes”. I know the “Minnesota Nice” reputation has to be upheld, but really, at times it seemed like people didn’t know how to react to an upbeat song.

Hope they come back soon. Pictures for your perusal on my Flickr stream (with extra link from TheThirdBar!)

This song was written, recorded, and mixed in the US.

The video for it was written, recorded, and published in the US.

Yet EMI Music does not want users in the US to see it.

This is how you end up with 8 billion dollar iPods.

SXSW !!!!


Tuesday Mar 13 @ Casa Chapala (Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Showcase) 7:45- 8:10
Thursday Mar 15 @ Presidential Suite 11:00p-11:55p
Friday Mar 16th @ Dirty Dog, IPR day party 12pm-6pm (hosting)
Sat Mar 17 @ 11:00a-11:55a
Embassy/ Presidential Suite
Sat Mar 17 @ 3:30p-3:55p
Embassy/ Topaz Palmwoos Suite


Used version 1.2.0, which is the one currently being offered as stable. The application itself takes some extra work to get it going since it’s a XUL application. There are pre-built Ubuntu packages which you don’t get from the developers themselves, but rather from third parties who offer them. This means you have to trust these packagers when performing the installation.

The program doesn’t integrate into the desktop environment at all either. Sure, you can install “feathers” (skins) on it, but if you like a unified look across all your applications you’re out of luck. It can’t be that hard to use system bindings, surely.

Any playlists imported into it need to be coded in ANSI (ISO-8859-15). If you try to import anything in UTF-8 you will get lots and lots of ghost songs in the database. In my case I ended up with 4K ghost songs in a library of 13.4K songs. All these songs would have to be rated again. Screw that.

Now, here’s the kicker. It likes to eat RAM like a legislator takes money out of the public treasury, often going into the hundreds of megabytes of RAM usage.

Gotta keep looking for a decent music player. There’s gotta be something comparable to Winamp at the very least.