Another Good Reason To Choose eMusic

Yahoo offers coupons for music that stops working
By Anick Jesdanun, AP Internet Writer
NEW YORK – Yahoo Inc. is offering coupons or refunds to users who find songs they bought inaccessible after Sept. 30, when the company shuts its music-download service.

The decision to close the Yahoo Music Store had added fuel to criticisms over copy-protection measures known as digital rights management, but Yahoo promised it won’t entirely abandon loyal customers.

The company said Wednesday it is offering coupons on request for people to buy songs again through Yahoo’s new partner, RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody. Those songs will be in the MP3 format, free of copy protection. Refunds are available for users who “have serious problems with this arrangement,” Yahoo said.

With eMusic, there’s no licensing horseshit, no proprietary formats. Just straight MP3s that you own forever. And the titles are getting more and more mainstream. They’ve got the new Mellencamp this month, for instance.

Ska Nooner: Canceled for Now

Editor’s Note: Muxtape is no longer a going concern. I have removed the link in its reference. ~ABP

Alas.

It’s not that I didn’t really love the Ska Nooner. I did. It was fun. But I’ve found that using the scheduler tool just doesn’t allow me to be nimble enough in programming this thing. Pretty soon it’s noon rolling around and I haven’t done anything with the ska show, and then it’s the same old crappy songs again. A plain shuffle allows me to really mix it up.

Speaking of mixing it up: New muxtape. I’ve been scouring the eMusic to run out my end-of-month, and I stuck a few gems from that search onto the Mux. I like this one. (11/12 can be found on eMusic.)

Keep rockin’.

Dear XM Radio

I have a design idea.

I own a Pioneer Inno, and I enjoy it very much. However. I have always had some trouble organizing myself enough to plan for recordings. When I am most engaged with the radio, I am not in front of the Internet to see your schedule. I am on a subway car. So I often have missed the opportunity to program my radio with some of my favorite programming. I can always remember when XM 53’s ska show is on and when “Duped” is on, but I always miss Tom Petty’s show, which I enjoy very much. I know it seems stupid since his show is on all day Thursday, and since XM could not do more to promote its own programming across its channels. As I said, though. I am most engaged with the product when I am not in front of your schedule.

So I have set up my radio now to record channel 1 for an hour a night, at 2 a.m.

This offers me a frequent reminder between my programming of what’s on, and if I hear something I’d like to try, I can change modes and do the scheduling right on the spot. I am much more inclined to respond to this, since the entire advantage of the Inno is that it is an on-the-spot kind of radio anyway. However, this leads to other problems. When I am listening to MyXM in random mode, my listening is monopolized by the 30-second promos! It is a good scheduling reminder, certainly, but at some time I’d like to get to some programming!

My design idea is this.

What if I had the option to enable a 5 percent buffer in my MyXM memory to automatically record a loop of your Channel 1? The content of this recording would be segregated from the rest of the bunch, so I could random skip through my content, but if I get in the mood to do scheduling, I could bump over to that buffer and listen, but my regular content would not be tainted by intense promos of XM programming!

This would also be an utterly handy feature for your traffic and weather channels. If I could switch to a segregated buffer of memory to get my weather while I’m out of range, that would be most helpful. Again, bear in mind that often the time I am most engaged with the device is when I’m out of range of even the most powerful of your terrestrial repeaters.

I love the Inno, but I do find that it has a problem with ease of use and organization. This ability to further segregate buffers of memory would be an incredible boon to users.

Just a suggestion. I know you poor people have a lot on your minds right now. Screw those NAB a-holes and John Kerry (said the Dem party loyalist). I want Howard Stern on my Inno!

Thanks for listening dude.

The Shit Pond

Video of The Kandahar Shit Pond that Artie Lange references on The Howard Stern Show today.

Where’d The Cheese Go?

I was reading the Wiki entry for Ween and came across this awesome story. You’ve probably heard it already. But it’s new to me.

Once upon a time, an advertising agency wanted a new hip jingle for a new product from Pizza Hut that tucked cheese into the outer crust of the pizza. They looked to Mr. Freeman Mr. Melchiondo of Ween to do the job. The boys came up with what is in the following YouTube video as part one.

Pizza Hut passed, or, as the Wiki put it, “It epitomized Ween-style irreverence but did not appeal to the agency, and Pizza Hut rejected several versions of the song outright.” So the boys went back to the drawing board (part two).

Compare and contrast.

I like Ween.

Oh, No. Here's Another Dumbass With A Camera Phone. We're All Going To Be On Someone's Stupid Blog!

This was the line in front of the Clarendon Apple Store at about 6 p.m. D.C. Metro screwed the pooch again so I walked to Ballston from Rosslyn and stopped in the B&N because I MUST OWN the Ween CD that includes “Push Th’ Little Daisies.” The photo shows the front of the line, which stretched all the way to the doors of the Barnes & Noble. I walked right by all of them listening to Radio B.O.N.K. on my Treo700wx. True. My device is not as pretty or quite as spry as is the IFone. But when I set mine up, they did it right in the store and had no problems at all whatsoever.

Swagger

I listened to Flogging Molly’s Swagger on the commute today. I know this is an eight-year-old album. But it’s new to me. And I am enamored. It has been a while since a piece of music has grabbed me like this band. I think it appeals to my born-fightin’ heart or to having seen Once, which everyone should see because it is lovely. Regardless. I really really like this band.

Hat tip to Fast ‘n’ Bulbous, useful smart music reviews. True, any “best artists of the oughts” list that does not include Marnie Stern is missing the boat, but these folks generally do a pretty good job.

By the way: Check out Weird Al interviewed in today’s Washington Post Express. The interview, purportedly conducted via e-mail, is virtually unintelligible, it’s true. But he does say this:

Along with all the satires and dis tracks, the curly-haired bandleader and accomplished accordionist has also recorded at least one homage the nine-minute-long “Genius in France,” a dis track that was aimed at an entire nation, “was really a labor of love,” he writes. “I’m a big [Frank] Zappa fan, and I wanted to do it right.”

Yankovic’s songwriting method was appropriately nerdy: “I started by going through Frank’s catalog, focusing on the early ’70s listening carefully and making notes about every little lyrical or musical nuance that seemed uniquely Zappa.”

Interesting since Zappa’s native influences ’50s bubblegum r&b and Yankovic’s well, polka are so very different. But Yankovic is clearly a “does humor belong in music” kind of guy.

For you youngsters, no this is not a sendup of INXS.

It is a sendup of Bob Dylan.