I have no love for Sony, but I really hope their new, iPod Touch competitor, NW-A829 does well. Why? Because it has bluetooth (A2DP)! Somebody needs to nudge Apple a little bit.
Well we have had some time to let the dust settle from Radiohead's internet release of In Rainbows. Unfortunately the dust seems to have been replaced by fog. After the initial hype followed by the swamped servers and lousy web site some have proclaimed it a huge success while others describe it as a hard learned lesson that people still prefer bittorrent. I figure it this way, the people that want to 'steal' music will do it no matter what, but for those fans that are willing to pay the band gets all the money rather than a record label. Seems like a win to me. What do you think?
One of the original reasons that I justified buying a PC back in 1996 on my tiny grad student research grant was the prospect of turning it into a recording studio where all the effects and synthesizers were software and storage was digital: lossless copies and no bouncing tracks around on 4 track tape recorder. No more racks of expensive dedicated gear that you'd have to lug around and best of all, no wires, power cords, MIDI cables, or patch cords. U2 had even talked about releasing one of their then upcoming albums with raw instrument tracks for fans to remix, which sounded too cool. That never happened, but it would have been fun to mash up Edge's guitar tracks:
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Damian Marley, Bob's youngest son, continues the family tradition. I first saw his band when they opened for U2 in Oakland... really cool. John and I got a lot of code written to some of Bob's music, and Welcome To Jamrock is a really cool addition to my coding playlist.
Also, buy "Funeral", a super intense album from the Montreal band "The Arcade Fire". It took me a few listens to get it, but holy crap, this record is amazing.