Obsessions

Found a pretty cool song the other day. It is a remix done by Pink Stallone, and here tis (it starts out quietly, so hang in there, let it build):
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The original song, Obsessions, is by Marina & The Diamonds. Here’s the video for that, which is also pretty good stuff:


Marina & The Diamonds, “Obsessions” from Neon Gold Records on Vimeo.

Australian Pink Floyd Show Tonight

I’m very excited about tonight’s concert I’ll be attending. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is playing at Hard Rock Live in Orlando tonight! I saw them a few years ago at the E Center in Salt Lake City and it was incredible. Tonight’s show is a performance of the full The Wall album. From AussieFloyd.com:

For The First Time In Over 25 Years Pink Floyd’s Legendary Rock Opera
THE WALL – live In concert & in its entirety
Performed by The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

The World Premiere of an amazing new stage production
including animation, lasers & inflatables
PLUS a very special ‘greatest hits’ encore

Yeah, I can’t wait! Here’s a video in poor quality that hints at the grandeur, if you will, of the production.

Help Convince Bono to Quit

This is hilarious. A dude named Aaron With has started an online petition to get Bono to retire from public life. Here’s the objective of the petition:

To get Bono to retire from public life (so he’ll stop leading misguided counter-productive philanthropy efforts) ….and, simultaneously…. to make a huge donation to fight AIDS.

It’s a worthy cause, pretty funny too. Check it out here.

Pandora Radio

A problem many a music lover faces is trying to figure out how to find new music. The radio only plays a few handfuls of songs that they repeat every day, and buying unfamiliar music or just borrowing friends’ music gets expensive and tiresome.

I’ve found a number of good sources online that I plan on sharing over time. The first and, at the moment, the best one I’ve been using a lot lately is called Pandora Radio. It’s a flash based player that runs either in your browser, or as a standalone player (still in beta, but works well).

So what is it? It’s an extremely customizable music streaming service…and it’s totally free. You enter an artist or song, and Pandora searches the Music Genome Project, a pretty cool database of very detailed song characteristics, and plays music with similar traits to what you’ve entered.

After you’ve been using Pandora for a while and have a number of stations saved up, you can use the QuickMix feature, which lets you play any combination of your stations in a shuffle mode. I use QuickMix all the time, since it’s great to group a few stations together that fit a particular mood I may be in at the time. To use Pandora, you need to create a free account, which comes in handy, because you can log in on any computer and have all your saved stations.

So yeah, go check that action out! I just read on their site that you can subscribe for $36 per year. I wasn’t sure why you’d want to do that, but it looks like it’s primarily for using Pandora Mobile, which can be installed on a number of cell phones, including the iPhone, so that’s pretty sweet. You also get no advertisements when you use Pandora online if you’re a subscriber. Their ads, however, aren’t too annoying, because each ad loads with a matching theme, so it looks nice.

Go find new music now!

David Gilmour Live on PBS

David Gilmour Live at The Royal Albert HallWell how about that! I was just flipping channels tonight and stumbled upon a gem on PBS! David Gilmour Live at the Royal Albert Hall. I just caught the last half of it I think. I first saw some of Gilmour’s latest stuff, which is alright, it hasn’t grown on me just yet. Then came the magic.

That oh so familiar sound at the beginning of Shine On You Crazy Diamond sounded, and I got very excited. Sure enough, that song kicked in and it was a good one! It was a simplified version, but done perfectly, just the way David Gilmour always does. It was cool, the guitar solo was less embellished but still had all the meat in there to keep it true to the Floyd style. David Crosby and Graham Nash were singing the harmony along with Gilmour, which was incredible.

After that, Coming Back to Life was played, and a few other great ones. One that got my arm hairs to stand up was Find The Cost Of Freedom, which is a song by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It is a short one, all acoustic, and wonderful. Gilmour’s voice with Crosby and Nash was some of the most beautiful a capella I’ve heard.

Finally, here’s PBS’s little write up on the show, it was a lucky find:

Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour is joined by David Crosby, Graham Nash and David Bowie in this December 2006 concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, featuring classic Floyd songs, plus cuts from his 2006 solo CD, “On an Island.” Included: “Arnold Layne.”

I Like All Types of Music

Oh how I love that common answer to the question “What kind of music do you like?” More often than not, I find that means that the person has no music taste and will listen to whatever they hear on the radio or MTV…if they even play music anymore.

Since I’m not getting any visitors to the site yet, as it’s only a couple days old, I’m mostly talking to myself in this here post, so it’s pretty dumb. Anyway, I just found one of the most awesome articles I’ve read about music over at The Onion:

I Like All Types of Music

Yeah, I gave this post the same title as that article from 1998. I felt it appropriate. Also appropriate is the list of sample mp3s I threw together right here below this. If you read that article, you’ll get it. I had to exclude one of the artists mentioned in there, as I can’t stand any of her stuff. I really don’t want to mention her name on this site, so I’ll leave it up to you to figure that one out!