Music Archives

  1. Workout Music

    For the last three weeks1, I’ve been working out 4 days a week2 (brief pause while I give myself a self-congratulatory pat on the back). I’m back to playing volleyball three times a week and my shoulder was starting to get sore from the combination of too much activity and me getting soft. The solution,…

  2. Modular Reports for iTunes Stats

    It occurred to me that if I really wanted people to contribute reports for iTunes Stats, I should make it a little easier to build the reports separately. I’ve posted a new version that takes a step in that direction, and includes 4 sample reports. Download version 0.2 beta. Reports are now individual files in…

  3. iTunes Stats

    Well, I got curious so I went ahead and wrote up a little script to grab some basic stats from my iTunes data. I figured others might be interested in this as well, so I’ve packaged it up as a download. Download What it does right now: Imports a Library.xml export from iTunes into a…

  4. 2000 Songs Rated

    I’ve been rating songs using an “unrated” smart playlist on my iPod since I got it. So far, I’ve gotten through a little over 2000 songs and have ~800 to go. Now that I have all this data, I want to see some stats on it. I’d installed an old version of Goombah at one…

  5. Song Order on iPod?

    I’ve looked at settings, searched the web, tried setting the sort order in iTunes… does anyone know how to alpha sort songs on the iPod? In particular, I’d like songs to be in alpha order when I go to Artists – [Artist Name] – All Songs, but also within an individual album.

  6. Nova Scotia

    Whew! I’m back from my week-long vacation to Nova Scotia: some hiking, a little golf, got rained on, went whale watching, ate some lobster, listened to some great music, found occasional internet access, got (just a little) sunburned, spent way too long on an airplane getting to and from and had my first experience going…

  7. Nashville Star

    I’ve been watching Nashville Star again1 this season. Unfortunately, Jayron Weaver – my favorite to win it all, got the boot tonight. A real traveshamockery if there ever was one. This kid has an unbelievable voice, I’m sure he’ll get a record deal out of this one way or another if he wants one. I…

  8. Unrated Songs in iTunes

    I’ve been working on rating all my digital music recently (still a long way to go). Pretty easy in iTunes: Create a live updating smart playlist that contains all your unrated songs. Rate them as you listen (even easier with global keyboard shortcuts from Synergy). Only one problem, when you rate a song it is…

  9. Community Music Tools

    I’ve started playing a little bit with AudioScrobbler and Goombah. I think the idea of gathering (and predicting/guessing at) useful bits of information from large amounts of data is pretty cool. I like Goombah because it will mine existing data rather than just harvest it in real time. Also, AudioScrobbler still hasn’t shown me any…

  10. Live Music Downloads

    I’m sure most of you already know about this site, but thanks to Bill I wasted a good half hour there this morning. There is a nice selection of Vienna Teng’s music there too.

  11. Name That Tune

    I still have a mix tape1 a friend made for me back in college. The last song on Side A is Round Here by Counting Crows, but as the song ends it fades into an instrumental tune that I don’t know. My guess is that there was something else originally on the tape before the…

  12. The Internet is Cool…

    This comment: I like the previous CD better than the new one simply because some of the new songs sound too country for me. on my Norah Jones on Austin City Limits post was ‘endorsement’ enough for me to buy the album from the Apple Music Store this week. I probably wouldn’t have gotten it…

  13. Norah Jones on Austin City Limits

    I’m watching Norah Jones perform on Austin City Limits (thanks TiVo). Awesome performance, I wish you could buy MP3′s of these. If anyone knows of a way to get a copy of this performance, let me know. I’d only heard a few of her songs previously and hadn’t noticed that her voice has a very…

  14. New Vienna Teng and Indigo Girls CDs

    I got the new Vienna Teng and Indigo Girls discs today – very good stuff. I’d heard a lot of the songs on Vienna’s new CD Warm Strangers already, and they sound great in polished CD form. Often I prefer the debut album of most artists to their sophmore effort (they’ve generally had longer to…

  15. The Samples at Fox Theater

    I finally saw The Samples live in concert tonight. They played a great show at the Fox Theater in Boulder including a bunch of songs from my college days. My only regret was forgetting to bring my camera – doh! I was looking forward to seeing what kind of shots I could get using the…