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I was a bad boy and spent more money than I should've today. The big thing I bought was a wireless modem for my laptop. Now I can connect to the Internet from a whole lot more coffee houses. In fact, at the moment I'm at Java Hutt in Ferndale. Fear the 'leet hacker! Or something like that. There were supposed to be 3's in that, weren't there? Anyway....

I also bought four Bob Seger CDs today. None at full price, which is the advantage of performers being past the prime of their notoriety. Now I can keep my Detroit license. Or should I say DEEEtroit! The HOME of Rock and Roll!

Being at Java Hutt with a wireless modem has advantages. I've been searching through iTunes for a while, looking for songs Wolf wants me to find, while drinking good coffee for a change. But... well, didja know that iTunes doesn't have everything? It's especially weak on easy listening from the 1960s. Go figure. On the other hand, I'm finding most of the cheesy 80s tunes I'm looking for. mystic506, you might like the compilation I'm putting together. I'm almost ready to burn it to CD.

Speaking of CDs, according to the manufacturer's website, Another Road is scheduled to ship on April 18. That means I'll have a box of 100 CDs sitting on my doorstep in about a week or week and a half. The moment of truth is almost at hand. Excuse me while I shudder in fear -- I still don't have any shows scheduled yet. Ah well....

Lest you think it's been all skittles and beer, er, coffee here, I spent a couple of hours raking last fall's leaves and stuff from my front yard today. The weather has been incredibly sunny and warm here, yet the rake kicked up a whole lot of dust, which indicates that we are really overdue for rain here. The grass is about as brown as it usually gets in August. Here's hoping for some rain soon, preferably mid-week sometime so we can have another nice weekend next Saturday and Sunday.

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jjfmi
Apr. 17th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
Your deep, dark secret is out.... cheesy 80s tunes..??? Just tell me you're going light on the Madonna and Michael Jackson. Otherwise, the Folksinger's Union might want their membership card back!

Actually, many of those are coming back to haunt me, as well. There's a Sirius station called "1st Wave", which is some of the less schlocky stuff from the late 70s through the 80s. They play a lot of English Beat, Elvis Costello, Psychedelic Furs...in general, a lot of early MTV material that didn't make me want to lose my lunch. (This is, of course, back when MTV actually played music... but don't get me started on THAT rant...)

I was lucky enough to have done most of my searching for "lost hit singles" while Napster was still up. (Shh!) I haven't really tried using iTunes for that - but I have discovered some newer bands there. In addition to the 30-second song samples, they also have full-length videos - this makes a decent, low-fi way to hear a whole song. (And takes me back to those good ol' days when MTV pla.... dagnabit, I'm doing it again...!!)

Looking forward to seeing the finished product of the new CD! You're having this pressed in "dual-disc", right...? (ducking)
songdogmi
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
MTV used to play music???? Oh yeah, I remember.... now MTV-2 doesn't even play music much. Maybe half of MTV-2's schedule is the same kind of dumb programming that MTV has. But you're right, let's not get started on that one. Except to mention that the fact that the MTVs don't play music videos made me decide to not put out a dual disc. What's the point of creating video content if MTV won't play it?

Trust me, no Michael Jackson or Madonna on my cheesy 80s list. The first round, I've been concentrating on British, Canadian, and Australian tunes -- Big Country, the Cure, stuff like that. I'll work on the U.S. stuff next. There *might* be one Madonna tune, but I haven't thought the whole thing out yet.
jjfmi
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Before you purchase any (more) 80s tunes from iTunes, let me know if you have particular song requests. We might just have 'em here. (Not that you shouldn't support the artists in question, mind you... but you know what our collection is like.)
songdogmi
Apr. 18th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I might take you up on that. Thanks :) As soon as I figure out what I'm missing that I have to have... I'm having problems remembering what I remember. It's that C.R.S. again....
ferndalealex
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
Video killed the radio star...what killed the video star?
songdogmi
Apr. 18th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Good question. Maybe the record companies charged MTV too much for the privilege of showing their performers' videos? Or maybe the performers ran out of ideas for good videos? Who knows.
ferndalealex
Apr. 17th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
No concerts? No release party? Next you're going to tell us that it's not going to be in that store up the street from Java Hutt (whatever it's called).

When I can get a new laptop, I'm getting wireless capable.
songdogmi
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to mail out all the copies of the CD, even the ones to local friends, and become a recluse. I figure that might enhance my popularity in a paradoxical sort of way.

Wireless is cool. My connection at Java Hutt yesterday was a little slower than the LAN connection I usually have at Coffee Beanery (where you can either plug in or go wireless). But the upside is the coffee is better, and cool people like you hang out at Java Hutt.
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