My Favorite Albums (Right Now)
This is what I’m listening to… The Record by FEAR This is old school punk from the early 80s, when punk rock was a means of expression and rebellion. This particular album is humorous and offensive, as punk should be. Gothic Kabbalah by Therion This isn’t my favorite Therion album, but I’ve been listening to it a lot lately because of some catchy songs. I find it good to write code to because it takes you to another world.
My Favorite Albums (Right Now)
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These are my favorite albums, in no particular order… My Winter Storm by Tarja Tarja used to sing with Nightwish, but has recently gone solo. She has one of the greatest female voices that I’ve ever heard. Beautiful Death by Bella Morte This is still one of the best albums I’ve heard in the past 10 years or so. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romace
My Favorite Albums (Right Now)
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These are the albums that I’ve been enjoying the most lately. Beautiful Death by Bella Morte Years of Refusal by Morrissey Walking with Strangers by The Birthday Massacre My Winter Storm by Tarja Oceanborn by Nightwish Banned in D.C. by Bad Brains
ID3 Tag Parsing
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I’ve been working on a project to read and update ID3 tags on my music collection. An ID3 tag is the meta data embedded in mp3 files that contains artist and other information. My initial goal is to batch update the “genre” field in my mp3 files. I’ve written a simple .Net forms application to do this. I found a really good library created by Novell called TagLib Sharp. The library makes it super easy to read and write ID3 tags.
More Love for
It’s been a while since I’ve written about music, so here I go. My latest purchase is the new Morrissey album, Years of Refusal. I really like it. I would even say it’s one of his best solo albums to date. Sure, his voice has flattened out with age, but he makes up for it with his usual clever lyrics and well composed music from his band. This album is very rock n’ roll and has some catchy tunes.
Multitasking Television
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Now that I’ve had enough of the Perfect Day (sun is bad), I’ve migrated to the great indoors. There are at least 4 things I’d like to be doing while indoors: listening to music, looking at photos, browsing the web, and watching baseball. As it turns out, I’m doing all 4 at once! Check it out.
More Praise for
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I’m generally disappointed with the state of the World Wide Web these days. The WWW used to be a simple communications tool to share information on a globally connected network. I’m not saying that it should have stayed that way, but I wish we had taken a more structured approach to innovation. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t go into it again. My point for today is that Last.
I Dig Vagalume
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I’ve been using Vagalume, a player, on my internet tablet. This might be one of the best and most useful pieces of software that I’ve ever used. I particularly like the neighborhood radio feature, which plays songs from users that have similar tastes to mine. It’s like having a portable radio that only plays stuff that I like.
Morrissey for Obama
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It seems that one of my favorite people in the world, Morrissey, is promoting Barack Obama (and himself). Go Moz!
Minor Threat Sauce
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I’ve just discovered a hot sauce named after one of my favorite 80s straight edge punk bands, Minor Threat. Pitchfork says it’s so. It sounds delicious! Made from a rare, mild breed of habaneros grown specifically for us, Minor Threat draws its inspiration from the legendary West Indies’ mustard- and mango-based habanero sauces, only it mysteriously priviledges the pepper’s fruitiness over its notoriously overwhelming heat.
Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
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This is one of my favorite new Morrissey songs. It is fitting that part of my dad’s family are Irish immigrants living in England. Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
Morrissey vs. NME
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In the newest issue of NME (a British magazine about new music), there is a cover story on Morrissey. Morrissey and NME have always been at odds, but it has generally been tame. This time, however, rather than just publishing the Morrissey interview as it was done, NME decided to add commentary that totally trashes the man. I’ve not read the article, titled “Has the World Changed, or Has He Changed?
Therion – Cult of the Shadow
Time for another song… this one is by Therion. Therion is a Swedish gothic metal band. It’s to my liking, but maybe not yours. Try it. Therion – Cult of the Shadow
Album Quilt
If you look at my Music page, you’ll see that I’ve added an “album quilt” from my account. It shows a collage of all the albums that I listen to most frequently. I think this is way cool, but you may not. If you’re not familiar with, here’s how it works: any time I listen to music, the song information is transmitted to my account. This way, I can get music recommendations based on what I listen to, I can have my own web radio station, I can show people what I listen to, etc.
Storm Photos and Video
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The Storm and the Balls concert was good last night. We really like the opening band, Kleveland. Check out the photos here. For those of you who have never seen Storm and the Balls perform, here is a video clip:
It’s been a while since I’ve posted music, so here’s one from the beloved Storm. I’m going to see her in concert this weekend. Storm and The Balls – Abba-Gadda-Davida

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