Saturday, 27 August 2011

8Tracks Playlists

Hello Readers!

It's been a bit of a while, and unfortunately I'm still not in a position where I can make videos or tutorials, but all of that will come soon.

In the mean time, I've been using 8tracks.com a lot lately. For those of you who don't know, it's basically a social network based around musical playlists. Users upload tracks to the site and create playlists based on a theme or genre of their choice. They have an iPhone app, and an Android app is coming soon (something I'm looking forward to, being a bit of an Android fan). It's not a replacement for Spotify exactly, but I do enjoy the social aspect of it.

So far I've been pretty eclectic in the music I've uploaded, and feedback has been generally good, and I've also found a fair bit of new music using the service.

Here are a few mixes I've done, the first is probably my favourite, hence the spiffy embedded player.


Tracks I love to listen to first thing on a morning.

I listen to these a lot when I'm feeling a little down, or when I'm reflecting on things. There's quite a lot of piano in these songs, so maybe that's why (I love playing the piano when I feel like this).

For those days when you're avoiding reality.

Sometimes all you want to do is slip out of consciousness.

Forget cheesy pop tunes and dad rock, there was some fantastic music in the 1980s. Here's a selection of my favourite tracks by some great artists.

No doubt there will be more to come soon, both playlists and musical content.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Independent Labels Hit By London Riots

Last night the Sony DADC distribution centre in Enfield, North London, was devastated by a blaze started by rioters. The riots began with the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham by armed police, and have since spread throughout London and beyond.

PIAS, a company that distributes media for over 150 independent labels, including Warp, Rough Trade, Sub Pop and Mute, as well as many smaller labels, is among the worst affected. Many labels have lost their entire stock of physical media, save those that were already on sale. Such losses will hit the artists hard, because many of them still rely on the sale of physical media to earn royalties. Many of the artists signed to PIAS distributed labels have had releases delayed, and others will soon run out of physical stock.

Digital distribution has not been affected, so if you are a fan of one of the artists signed to one of these labels, do them a favour, get online and buy an album. The Guardian has a list of the affected labels here

I realise that in the grand scheme of things this is pretty small, especially when people all over London have been made homeless, and local businesses have been torched, but musicians have to make a living too, and many of these labels are too small to just write off losses like this.
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Monday, 1 August 2011

Lubuntu Laptop

Warning: The following post contains information about and links to open source software. It’s pretty geeky stuff, and isn’t really related to anything musical. Those of you of a musical disposition (especially drummers) should be aware that your brain might melt.

I mentioned in a previous post that my laptop had died a gruesome death, and I hadn’t received my new one yet. I’ve been using my PS3 to get online, and using other people’s machines when that wasn’t good enough. Now however, I have the solution; I’ve got a fully functional laptop with a modern, full featured browser, a few useful apps and a decent user interface. Not bad for a 7 year old laptop with a 1.5 GHz Celeron and 384MB of RAM.


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