Category Archives: Music

The real reason for this whole blog thing is an attempt to review music I like – because you need more than 140 characters to do it properly.

iTunes Ping – First Impressions

So. iTunes 10.3 is out. (Oh look, I blinked and 10.3.1 is out)

About time I take a look at this Ping business, I suppose. Ok. What can I do here that doesn’t involve following Lady GaGa?

I know. Devin Townsend’s got a new album coming out, I’ll follow him. Hmm. No Ping button on his artist page. No Social Media links at all. Ok, fair enough, Devy may well not be into that and I can’t blame him. Who else might be on here[1].

Switch back to store front page. Oh look. Mr Vedder has a thing with a Ukulele? That’ll be .. interesting. Click through. Hmm. Not bad, but not for me. Can I Tell a (uke playing) Friend.. Oh. OK. No Tell A Friend button on this page.

This isn’t boding well. Fortunately, Macosxhints can help.


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  1. I don’t know because I rarely look at the music section of The Store. I’ve never bought any music from it, mostly because I prefer to own a physical object, and – irrationally I know – I distrust the digital download model. Just call me old fashioned.

Severed Heads – My Role In Their Downfall Pt 1

Sometime back in ’84 or ’85 I was rudely awakened from a suburban torpor – the soundtrack of which had been provided by a steady diet of Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre and any other ‘cosmic’ music I could get my hands on. The awakening happened when my best friend returned from his visit to the far away city of Sydney with wild and shocking stories; prostitutes in Kings Cross, squats in Newtown, and a gig he went to that blew his mind so much he went out and bought the record the next day despite already having nothing to eat but slices of white bread for the whole week. Continue reading Severed Heads – My Role In Their Downfall Pt 1