Re: Songbird

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There doesn't seem to be a whole lot on the page itself about what the thing actually is. The about page is about the developers.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 11:46 AM
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Yeah, slightly more at wikipedia. Hasn't blown up my machine though; worth a download.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 11:48 AM
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last.fm works for me.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 11:50 AM
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It looks awfully heavyweight.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 11:52 AM
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I like hype machine for finding new music/ listening to specific songs.


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 11:55 AM
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Can you give a example of what you mean by "[good] folksy"?

Are you thinking of Michelle Shocked, or Harry Robertson (very good, but very different)?


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:05 PM
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Obligatory link to Sifu Tweety on folk music.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:08 PM
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Easy. Write your own web spider, which browses music blogs and automatically downloads mp3s that are either (a) by bands that you already know and like, (b) linked to by people who post music you like with a sufficiently high frequency, or (c) achieve a certain threshold number of links, either by band or by track. It should also keep track of which music you listen to most frequently, and use that to tune which blogs it pays the most attention to. It works better, too, when it tries not to download the same track multiple times (that one's a little harder).


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:28 PM
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just to remind
my coffee days song


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:30 PM
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"Easy" is doing a lot of work there, arthegall.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:31 PM
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8: alternatively, just have pandora stream to itunes. With a decent set of rankings, effect should be similar.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:31 PM
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The life of a modern internet addict is approximately 85% looking for new music.

Denied.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:47 PM
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You just aren't a modern internet addict, b. You're stuck in the past, spending 85% of your time looking for ascii pron.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:49 PM
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I don't even know what ascii pron is.

Also, nice job, Tweety, making 8 explicit.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:51 PM
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I assumed that arthegall had actually done 8 himself.

ascii pron.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 12:52 PM
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I'm a luddite, so I don't have any advice about web search tools.

I can recommend, for a sporadic and idiosyncratic list of singer/songwriters, Flip's pix (overly earnest description of Flip).

It's based around local concerts, which you wouldn't attend, but you can always look the people up online.

That will probably give you a very different list of names than you are likely to see on most music blogs.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:00 PM
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I am surprised and appalled to find out that seminal Welsh punk band Yr Anrhefn are so poorly represented on the Web, with only a couple of crappy Peel sessions, the frankly lacklustre "Defaid, Skateboards a Wellies" album and a couple of execrable Margi Clarke tracks accessible no matter how hard I search. I might have to pay over the odds for a vinyl copy of "Dial y Draig" so you lot can listen to the nationalist classic "Rhedeg i Paris" (so good that a random Norwegian named his travel blog after it).

oh yes, by the way, 11km today chaps, slightly over an hour which is about eight and a half minute mile pace when you take into account that this was my journey home from work rather than sauntering about in the park, and thus plenty of time was wasted at traffic lights. The twin aims of this New Year's program are a) to get that time down and b) to weigh less than the sweaty Jock kickboxer by the end of March. It is a fight to the death (not literally).


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:06 PM
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NickodemuS, anything from The Be Good Tanyas to Cast King to, oh, other stuff, I'd call folk, or folksy. Rootsy? Americana? You know what I mean.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:31 PM
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Why is the bird farting?


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:48 PM
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It occurs to me that ogged might like Califone.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:54 PM
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Have you come across olabelle, ogged? Or Ellen McIllwaine (who is on emusic)? Old Crow Medicine Show?


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:58 PM
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Ogged, what about the whole Bloodshot Records scene, or does that for you veer too far from rootsy Americana and into Hee Haw?


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 1:58 PM
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the farting songbird reminds me this
milaya


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:06 PM
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I almost like all of those! (I do basically like Old Crow Medicine Show.) Bloodshot Records is new to me, I'll have to check that out. Thanks.

This local radio station seems promising.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:15 PM
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NickodemuS

?Is that a reference to the leader of the rats of Nimh?

I did attempt a useful suggestion as well as being pedantic.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:18 PM
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As far as labels go, I've had extremely good luck which everything I've heard on the Flying Fish label, but that's a small sample.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:22 PM
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It occurs to me that ogged might like Califone.

That might well be true! Though they might be a bit too abstract in their recent stuff.

Other things ogged might like: Currituck Co.'s Unpacking My Library ("A Raga Called Nina" is brilliant), Spectral Light & Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree (a bit heavy-handed, admittedly).


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:28 PM
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Ollabelle is goooooood.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:29 PM
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For that matter, I'm going to continue talking up Wayne Henderson's Made and Played (emusic).

It's one of the most impressive instrumental albums I've heard.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 2:33 PM
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So you know what's surprisingly difficult? Finding places with free wireless. When I'm not looking for one they seem to be everywhere; when I am, not so much.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 4:37 PM
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Public radio in NYC is the playing the Charles Ives "My Country 'Tis of Thee" thing right now and it rules.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 5:08 PM
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So you know what's surprisingly difficult? Finding places with free wireless

Sites like this have helped me out in the past, before I figured out where all the coffee shops were.


Posted by: Matt F | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 5:21 PM
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Sites like that are indeed useful if one has a internet connection with which to consult them.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 8:33 PM
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(I can occasionally pick up a wireless signal at the place where I'm staying; now is one of those times.)


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01- 3-08 8:34 PM
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Skreemr is an audio search engine. It's good at finding mp3s, but it also picks up those annoying 30-45 second sample files.

You can also load it into your firefox query toolbar. I've found everything from Shane MacGowan to Tuvan throatsinging. It's nice.


Posted by: Rich | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 4:54 AM
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Today's Guardian has a survey of some download sites. Ogged is an assignments editor.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:10 AM
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From that Guardian piece, here's a site that focuses on pre-WWII blues. The site's links to the downloads are non-obvious in FF. 50/50 Ogged knows about the site.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:57 AM
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