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World Class Street Performer

Would you recognize the outstanding talents of one of the world’s great violinists if you caught him performing incognito during your rush-hour commute to work?

The Washington Post turned this hypothetical question into a reality: Pearls before Breakfast.

(via Kottke)

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I lost my baby

Interprété par Jean Leloup

I lost my baby
I lost my darling
I lost my friends
I lost my mind

Pour une fille d’Ottawa
grandit a Sainte-Foy
D’un père militaire
et d’une belle fille qui fut sa mère
Qui écoutait du country

Entre deux caisses de bières
Et partait le samedi
pour un lac d’Hawkesbury
Rejoindre la grand-mère and all the family…
And all the family…

Ah je ne peux vivre sans toi
Et je ne peux vivre avec toi
Mais tu peux très bien vivre sans moi
Je suis foutu dans les deux cas

I lost my baby
I lost my darling
I lost my friends
I lost my mind

Coup de fil de Jaimi
Qui un jour tomba
Pour une fille d’Ottawa
Grandie je ne sais pas
D’un père pilote de l’air
Et d’une mère je ne sais quoi
Tous deux aimaient le cinéma

Nous sommes habitants de la Terre
Il y a des milliers de frontières
Quelqu’un existe dans l’univers
Pour quelqu’un d’autre et c’est la guerre

I lost my baby
I lost my darling
I lost my friends
I lost my mind

Pour une fille d’Ottawa
Grandie àSte-Foy
Et qui un jour tomba
Pour un chanteur populaire

Grandi en Algérie assez fucké merci
Et qui lui dit adieu je repars faire ma vie
À Hawkesbury

I lost my baby
I lost my darling
I lost my friends
I lost my mind

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The Devil’s in the Details

I came across a  BoingBoing post about the so-called Devil’s Interval, a musical form suppressed by the Church in the Middle Ages.

The post also talks about a new heavy metal documentary which ties the Devil’s Interval, a specific kind of musical interval that spans three whole tones, with the history of heavy metal.

See the BBC’s report called The Devil’s Music (with mp3 examples), and if it floats your boat, the metal history site (with documentary trailer) Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

Oh, and for the record, I’m pretty sure Xeni was just joking when she said, “When you play Wagner backwards, it goes, ‘I LOVE SATAN’. But nevertheless if that’s what you want to hear…

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My Playlist

  1. Adam’s Song
  2. Needle in the Hay
  3. So Alone
  4. Hurt
  5. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody
  7. Creep
  8. Deep
  9. Jeremy
  10. Motion Picture Soundtrack
  11. Today
  12. Suicide is Painless

I remember posting this list in 2006, I was feeling extremely down that day… I guess it was too subtle for anyone* to notice. Discovering this list again today made me wish I could go back in time and tell myself that life gets so much better. And worse. But for better or worse, life is wonderful.

*Ok, at least one person noticed. Thanks Sherri S.

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The Song Tapper

The Song Tapper is a neat web application that can help identify a song that maybe stuck in your head, but maybe you don’t remember the name of it. The way it works is to just tap the spacebar to the rhythm of each syllable in the lyrics of the song you want to identify and then the server returns several possible names and artists. It’s fun and surprisingly accurate.

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Flickr Video

A folk/rock singer named Jonathan Coulton has created a really cool music video using Creative Commons licensed Flickr photos. It’ll put a smile on your face.

Jonathan Coulton’s Flickr.mov

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ – Maps – Music Video

Maps Music Video image

I can’t put my finger on why, but for some reason I’m mesmorized by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ music video Maps (45mb mov).


Search keywords: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps, music video

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Don’t "Steal" Music


I took this screen shot from the help screen in iTunes 5.0 this morning.

It irritates me that Apple doesn’t know the difference between theft and copyright infringement. They are not the same thing – I’m not saying that copyright infringement is ok, but I am saying copyright infringement does NOT equal stealing, and people shouldn’t equate it with theft.

Here’s a little analogy I just came up with – I don’t know how good it is, but here it is: If someone were to steal your homework and hand it in – that would be theft. You would be left without something that you previously had. Infringement, on the other hand, is more like – if that same person copied your homework and handed it in. You might not like it, but you wouldn’t have been robbed of anything. There is a big difference.

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Plastic’s Perfect Album: The Follow-up

Two weeks ago I posted about Plastic.com’s story on the perfect album. Some guy has tabulated all the albums mentioned in the comments and placed them online.

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The Perfect Album

I came across a thread on Plastic today about the perfect album.

“[The perfect album is one] in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song I would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average.

Here’s my list of perfect albums (I included soundtracks because though they are not really albums, when I listen to them I don’t hit the skip button once):

  • Radiohead :: Ok Computer (such a great album, though I have to admit I have been known to skip ‘Fitter Happier’ on occasion)
  • Weezer :: Blue Album
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack
  • Counting Crows :: August and Everything After
  • Smashing Pumpkins :: Siamese Dream
  • Garden State Soundtrack
  • Barenaked Ladies :: Maroon (I don’t know why I just love this album)
  • Led Zeppelin :: Led Zeppelin IV

Any others that you think I missed?