Coming out of my closets: #01 Musical

In an earlier blog post (Understanding my students or why I started learning Haskell, Part III) I came out the Computer Science closet by admitting I don’t know functional programming, at least not good enough. Having admitted that I might as well continue admitting other weaknesses I, until now, secretly have.

Having worked in a record store for some years I learned that some music is OK (Pink Floyd, Guns ‘n Roses…). Some music is totally obligatory to like (Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan) and some music is NOT ok (Whitesnake, Bon Jovi).

Perhaps it is my fright of being regarded as a hipster that forces me to write this. Or perhaps I am seeing too many people liking stuff because they really should like it (hipster!). But let’s not put too much into this. This post is just for fun.

Bands I like that are NOT OK to like by most musical snobs:

Bans I am supposed to like, but I don’t:

  • Velvet Underground – well, some songs are good.
  • Beach boys – I just don’t get it. What’s good about ’em?
  • Queen – come on, does anyone really them?
  • The Doors – I did like them years ago. Not at all anymore.
  • The Police – No, don’t feel a thing. Like the drums though!
  • The Strokes – Don’t get it.

I do however qualify as a basted liking bands I should so I am just like anyone else. I am huge fan of Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Tom Waits – and boy, they all give super duper heavy duty points among record (store) folks.

I have some ideas on subjects where I feel a need to come out: movies, literature, beer,

My vinyl player is finally back where it should be

Just put back my vinyl player in place beside the amplifier. My CDs and a computer has been providing me with music for the last couple of years. I have been missing my albums from time to time, but most of my albums I have on CD as well. So I guess I also have missed the feeling of putting on an album on the player, switch on 33rpms and put the needle in position.

The last time I really missed my vinyl player, and when I decided it’s about time to bring it back home, was right after a Thurston Moore concert[1] this summer – after the concert was over I wanted to listen my old Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore solo and Free Kitten albums but realised I “only” had them on vinyl.

And today when helping my mom and dad with moving some garden furniture  I stumbled across my old Daydream nation vinyl (I have two vinyl and one CD of that album) and all other albums I had stored at their place last time my family and I moved. I also quickly found my vinyl player (Thorens). Yes! I brought the player and some 30 albums. Back home I plugged the player in and went through the 30 albums I brought with me. Which one to choose? It felt important to pick the right….

Monster MagnetSpine of god’Sonic YouthDaydream nation‘, Tom WaitsBlue Valentine‘,  Free KittenUnboxed‘ ….

I ended up with a classic album. An album which has mean a lot to me.

Suicidal Tendencies ‘Suicidal Tendencies

ImageThis is the cover art for the album Suicidal Tendencies by the artist Suicidal Tendencies. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Frontier, or the graphic artist(s). Read more here:

[1].. and by the way. I took some photos during the Thurston Moore concert mentioned above. You can find them on flickr.

(c) Henrik Sandklef

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Henry Rollins in February 2010 … YES!

2 years ago (well almost) I went to see Henry Rollins, and even blogged about it.

He is and has been since the 80’s  a true source of inspiration for me. Many times I’ve sung his songs in my head or screamed them out load just to ‘recover’ myself. I can’t say I agree to everything he says. Far from it, but his energy and commitment. Wow.  If you’re in Gothenburg or somewhere else and have a chance to see Henry. GO SEE HIM!! … think he’s got more muscles on one of his arms than I have in total.

There are of course other people that have meant a lot to me. Tom Petty, Will Oldham, Richard Dawkins, Suicidal Tendencies to name but a few … more on that some fine day.

Swedish journalist Daniel Levin about illegal file sharing

Daniel Levin talks about illegal filesharing in the Swedish newspaper GP (Swedish).

Daniel thinks we will see an end to the “piracy” and gives rather good arguments to support that. He ends the article with a little note on the new services, web based services, where you (the user) subscribe or by some other means pay for the content, which is good. .. until you do some more thinking.

Those services, again, put the control of the media in the hands of the middle man. Not in the hands of the “creator” or the user. When I buy music (yes, I do buy music!!!) I want to be in control. I want to be able to listen to the music I paid for in my portable ogg player, without being connected to the internet. Furthermore, using services where you use clients under a proprietary license you’re not only lacking control of the content but you’re also not in control of the software itself. What does the software do, apart from playing music? Does it spy on you? Does it send information about what you’re listening to to some central place somewhere?

…. I can see one good solution to this. One that benefits the artists and the users. If the artists themselves release their music under a free license in a free format and let people pay if they want. … and go out and play live in front of an audience.

Top 5 heavy albums

A friend of mine just invited me to come over to to a dinner where we all will present our favorite top 5 metal albums of all time. Great, it’ll be easy…. or?

First thought was to have the first 5 Black Sabbath albums. Hmm, I also need to add the three first Rainbow albums and Slayer‘s Seasons in the abyss. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin …. can I add Jimi Hendrix? Motörhead, Judas Priest…. Saxon, Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, ….

Great, but it’s not going to be easy 😉

New playlist 'generator'

I can’t say I am tired of listening to Les Claypool (Primus, Sausage …). But 3 hours in a row made want something else. But how to prevent the same story all over again, bit with another artist. Random mode. Hmmm…. too easy solution.

In amarok I used
the search field and entered whatever poped in to my mind. I don’t know why shaking cam up, but it did. So now I am listening to music with the letters ‘shakin’ (no ‘g’) in it. Came up with:

  • Shaking the tree – Peter Gabriel
  • Shaking and trembling – Steve Reich
  • A final shaking – Steve Reich
  • Shaking hell – Sonic youth
  • Shaking all over – The who

Perhaps a random word generator plugin to amarok…. or getting back to work