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Track:
Only In Dreams

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
steelopus

weezer - Only in dreams (steelopus version) - arranged for Mallet Percussion Ensemble

I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the blue album. Happy 20th birthday to the album that had the most dramatic affect on my young life. If you care about anything else I’ve said about weezer in the past, there are currently 132 tagged posts for you to dig through.

I arranged this 8 years ago, just as I was finishing up my undergrad Music Education degree.  It is essentially a note-for-note transcription of this classic song.

My experience as a percussion minor introduced me to many a varied new technique, including my favorite which was bowed vibraphone.  When you bow the bars of a vibe, they emit a pure pitch that fades in and out (youtube example).  The first time I heard the technique, I immediately thought it sounded a lot like electric guitar feedback, and decided I would find a way to use it in that sense.  That spawned this project.

Unfortunately this recording is just a somewhat flawed MIDI version (there was no way to actually fake bowed vibes when I made this back in 2001), but it gets the point across. I’d still like to find a real ensemble to perform it.

Track:
Top Notch

Artist:
Manchester Orchestra

Album:
Cope

Manchester Orchestra - Top Notch

New song. It has pieces of all the elements that I like about this band (harmonies, dramatic dynamics, tutti chords from the guitars/bass).

This gives me more hope for the new album than the previous first single, Simple Math, did for it’s album of the same name (by which I was somewhat let down).

I dig it.

Track:
Naked and Famous

Artist:
The Presidents Of The United States Of America

Album:
The Presidents Of The United States Of America

Naked and Famous - The Presidents of the United States of America

Don’t get a nosebleed; don’t get upset
We can’t be naked and famous just yet
There’s a big old dollar sign on the Sunset Strip
And you can send your friend a postcard, it ain’t worth the trip

High-res XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) is my favorite tool for converting audio files. It’ll take pretty much anything you can throw at it and spit it back out in pretty much any other common format. It’s incredibly stable and blazingly fast, even when simultaneously processing dozens of conversions.

I often drop entire albums into XLD, starting out as FLAC (the rest of the world’s preference) and ending up as ALAC (iTunes’ and my preference), and it has never crashed on me nor spit out any corrupted or degraded files.

Do people ever send you .wma files, resulting in your silently cursing them and wishing temporary but intense pain to befall them, like a nasty toe stub or an aggressively bitten tongue? XLD will eliminate that needless mental stress by effortlessly converting those crappy .wma files into anything you’d like. Do you want extreme control over the resulting file type? You’ve got it. The advanced conversion options are deep and powerful.

It’s constantly under development and I can’t recommend it enough.

XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) is my favorite tool for converting audio files. It’ll take pretty much anything you can throw at it and spit it back out in pretty much any other common format. It’s incredibly stable and blazingly fast, even when simultaneously processing dozens of conversions.

I often drop entire albums into XLD, starting out as FLAC (the rest of the world’s preference) and ending up as ALAC (iTunes’ and my preference), and it has never crashed on me nor spit out any corrupted or degraded files.

Do people ever send you .wma files, resulting in your silently cursing them and wishing temporary but intense pain to befall them, like a nasty toe stub or an aggressively bitten tongue? XLD will eliminate that needless mental stress by effortlessly converting those crappy .wma files into anything you’d like. Do you want extreme control over the resulting file type? You’ve got it. The advanced conversion options are deep and powerful.

It’s constantly under development and I can’t recommend it enough.

Track:
Beside You

Artist:
Toadies

Album:
Play.Rock.Music.

Toadies - Beside You

Best song on shuffle this morning.

The recent albums from Toadies haven’t quite met my expectations. That’s always a hard thing to come to grips with from one of your favorite bands. The newest songs have, at times, sounded like Toadies playing Toadies tribute songs - like a band trying so hard to recapture the sound that made them famous that the songs end up sounding formulaic and uninspired.

This song is one of the few in which I think they actually pull it off and don’t suffer any negative side-effects.

Also, this is great angry guitar tone. Also also, I’m a sucker for good fuzzed-out bass. Also Also Also, Vaden Todd Lewis… that motherfucker still has a voice that could cut through granite.

Terrible Lies

In reference to the post that I reblogged yesterday about the Loudness Wars…

Follow that big green link to download a zipped file I threw into my Dropbox.

I made Apple Lossless Audio versions of the original 1989 CD version of NIN’s Terrible Lie and the 2010 Remastered CD version of the same song.

If all you’ve ever known is the 2010 version, you probably wouldn’t realize anything was wrong with it. But when you compare it to the original, it becomes immediately apparent just how much worse it sounds… all in the name of loudness.

Trust me. You’ll only need to listen to about 10 seconds of each to notice the dramatic difference. I think it’s worth your time.

 

Track:
Beginnings

Artist:
Junip

Album:
Junip

Junip - Beginnings

OMG. You guys. The new Junip album is excellent.

Listen to this. Seriously.

It feels slightly darker to me than their last release, both lyrically and musically, and that’s reflected in the perfectly stark album cover.

I’d marry José González’s voice if that were somehow scientifically or legally possible.

Track:
My Name Is Jonas [Live]

Artist:
weezer

Album:
Buddy Holly CD single

weezer - My Name Is Jonas (live)

Recorded on 11/27/1994 in Rochester, NY. Immortalized on the original Buddy Holly single.

I’m amazed that anyone is ever amazed that this band has become one of the most successful bands of my generation. Just listen to this. It’s a perfect song performed by a young band that was riding its first wave of success… and you can hear it in every note.