Thursday, September 23, 2004

Much more than "Come On Eileen"


More Please and Thank You!

In the US we call Dexys Midnight Runners, a one hit wonder. When anyone thinks of music in the 80's, "Come On Eileen" is usually in their top ten and it's still played today at most wedding receptions. But, most people don't know anything else about Dexys Midnight Runners (DMRs) or the enigmatic lead singer, Kevin Rowland. Sure, I discovered DMRs with "Come On Eileen" but, after buying "Too Rye Aye" I found much more. Kevin has a way of weaving lyrics together that are both heartfelt and literate. One my favorite DMRs song, "There, There My Dear" Kevin sings about rebellion with excellant lyrics like "The only way to change things is to shoot men who arrange things!" and "If you're so antifashion, why not wear flares? Instead of dressing down all the same." Do yourself a favor and buy a few DMRs tracks from iTunes.




Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The latest and greatest -- IR Ripping

I just discovered Internet Radio Ripping and let me tell you this is a pretty cool deal! Let's start with years ago I used to stay up until midnight and try my best to tune in a good signal to "Brave New Wave." One of the coolest alternative music programs to ever air. I'd tape the program as much as I could becuase I knew the program was special.
Internet Radio started getting good a few years ago with special programming and thousands of stations, but, it wasn't worth listening to without broadband. Today, there are fewer stations, but I have broadband so I can catch internet radio when I want -- but, I can't listen to it at work -- we have firewalls; and I can't listen to it in the car. What's a music fanatic to do?
Well, there are a few new programs that you can use to rip Internet Radio into MP3's, and even better, the tracks are seperated as individual files! Some would say this is going too far, for high quality stations this would be like stealing. I say, get off my cloud! It's just evolution, baby! It's called technology advancement, and it's just like those cassettes I would make but easier. I'm recording four stations right now, alternative, goth/industrial, electronic and something wacky. Later, I preview the tracks and burn a couple of CD's for my drive to work tomorrow. Will it stop me from buying CD's? As we'll continue to learn from my Blog, I stopped doing that a while ago. If you want to start ripping radio download StationRipper!