Music and Miscellanea Posted by: Dale Franks
on Friday, July 07, 2006
Well, it's been an interesting couple of weeks for me. And my time has been taken up with a lot of things that I'd have preferred not to deal with. Now, sitting back with a Bärenjäger Martini1, and a fresh pack of Camels, I can concentrate on a little blogging.
One of the big inconveniences of the past two weeks has been that my desktop computer went Tango Uniform without warning. One second, it was operating perfectly, and the next...well, I didn't even get the Blue Screen of Death. I got a black screen. It turns out that there was a fatal fault with the hard drive. It was so bad that the tech boys at CompUSA couldn't extract so much as a byte of data from the hard drive. it was completely smoked.
Overall, that wasn't too big of a problem. I just bought a new laptop, and for the most part, all of my data had already been transfered to the new machine. I had made one bad decision, however. I decided to leave my iTunes archive on the desktop, and use it for nothing but a podcasting studio and iTunes machine. As a result, I neglected to back up my iTunes folder.
So, I go to the Apple web site to learn that it is not possible to copy files from an iPod to another computer. The prescribed process is to copy the iTunes folder from one computer to another. If all you have is the iPod, then apples says, "Dude. You're screwed." Happily, Apple is wrong. You can, in fact, hack an iPod, and transfer files from an iPod to a second computer. It's not pretty, but it works, and I was able to save my entire iTunes library.
That was only part of the problem, though. Since I had decided to leave the Desktop as my podcasting studio machine, my laptop wasn't set up to record or produce podcasts. So, I had to install all the appropriate software and drivers on the laptop, too.
And, after doing all this, I made sure that I backed up ALL my data to my external hard drive.
In any event, I'm pretty much back up to speed, computer-wise, which means that I can once again throw up some iTunes recommendations. I've downloaded several new tunes since my last iTunes post, but, in hacking my iPod, and transferring the files to iTunes on my new machine, the old library came in with all the same "Date Added" date, so I'm not sure which are my newest songs, unless I want to invest even more time in investigating it, which I don 't.
So, below are some highlights of the newest music. As always, the highlighted titles are linked to sample MP3s of the songs.
Song:Woman, White Unicorn Artist: Wolfmother Album: Wolfmother Comments: Imagine if Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath had a secret love-child. That child would be the Australian group Wolfmother. I can't even begin to tell you how good these guys are, or how much I like their debut album. I can tell you, however, that "Woman" is now my primary ring tone on my cell phone. White Unicorn is also cool, but in an unexplainably odd way. You just have to listen.
Song:All The Kids are Right Artist: Local H Album: Pack Up The Cats Comments: This one goes back a few years, but I really like it. Although, in my experience, kids are usually not right. «sigh» If only I could be 20 years old and know everything I know now, taking back all my wisdom and experience to my youth. Man, I would get so laid.
Song:All Around Me Artist: Flyleaf Album: Flyleaf Comments: Flyleaf is an alternative chick group. Usually, I'm not big on women in Rock and Roll or comedy. For the most part—and there are notable exceptions—chicks don't rock, and they aren't funny. Flyleaf is one of the exceptions.
Thats all I really have to offer for this edition, but, hopefully, now that I am reorganized, the next iTunes recommendations post will be a bit meatier in music content. ___________________ 1 1/2 Bärenjäger, 1/2 Stoly. OK, yeah, it's a little sweet. But it's not quite as gay as a Bikinitini.