Michael Jackson Tribute Song

Apparently I (@angrykeyboarder) was the only person on Twitter (who obviously doesn’t spend all day there like many do – I prefer FriendFeed) who wasn’t aware of this.

Diddy (@iamdiddy) got a group (The Game featuring Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men) together and quickly wrote and recorded a tribute song to Michael Jackson and posted it on the Web for all to download.

I just (approximately 11:00 PM, Pacific Time) read about it here.  You can download the song from this page.

Very impressive work by all parties concerned.

I can’t believe I was so late to the party. I live on these Internets.

Hi, I’m Scott and I’m a Madonnaholic

Pardon me whilst I bore you with this very very very long post. 🙂

Madonna Maniac that I am, I pre-ordered her new CD, Hard Candy from Amazon.com.  And naturally I went for the “Candy Box Special Edition“. Unfortunately it’s not yet arrived (I’m hoping for today).

I own all of her CDs save for the collections/compilations From those I just have the singles for each of the previously unreleased tracks (no need to pay for something I otherwise already  owned).

Oh wait.. I do have You Can Dance (and come to think of it, it was the first CD I ever bought. I bought it the same day I got my first CD player back in 1987).

Anywho, I remember back in the day, before most people (save for those who went clubbing regularly or listened to “Urban Contemporary” radio) ever heard of her, I had her first LP (this was a few years before CDs mind you). Holiday still remains my fave track from it. It’s a classic.

And amazingly she turns 50(!) this August. And she’s till got it (imnsho).

So in her honor, I present my MP3 playlist from yesterday. 😀

The Madonna 50
(Brought to you by angrykeyboarder™& Amarok)
Title Album
Sorry Confessions On A Dance Floor
Sorry (Man With Guitar Mix) Sorry [DJ Version] EP/Single
Jump [Extended Album Version] Jump  EP/Single
Jump [Axwell Remix Edit] Jump  EP/Single
Hung Up (SDP Extended Vocal) Hung Up [DJ Version] EP/Single
Hung Up (Tracy Young’s Get Up And Dance Groove) Hung Up [DJ Version] EP/Single
Ray of Light Ray of Light
Frozen Ray of Light
Music Music
Express Yourself Like A Prayer
Like a Virgin (extended dance remix) Like a Virgin
True Blue (The Color Mix) True Blue
Cherish Like A Prayer
Papa Don’t Preach [Extended Remix] Super Club Mix EP/Single [Australia]
Everybody (Extended Version) Super Club Mix EP/Single [Australia]
Lucky Star (New Mix) Madonna
Borderline Madonna
This Used To Be My Playground Something To Remember
Something To Remember I’m Breathless
4 Minutes Hard Candy
Dress You Up Like a Virgin
Hollywood American Life
I Love New York (Thin White Duke Remix) Get Together (Remixes)  EP/Single
The Power of Goodbye Ray of Light
Don’t Tell Me Music
Live to Tell True Blue
Crazy For You Something To Remember
I’ll Remember (Theme From The Motion Picture “With Honors”) Something To Remember
Get Together Confessions On A Dance Floor
Rescue Me The Immaculate Collection
Fever Erotica
Bedtime Story Bedtime Stories
Take a Bow Bedtime Stories
Rain Erotica
What It Feels Like for a Girl Music
Justify My Love The Immaculate Collection
Erotica Erotica
Secret Bedtime Stories
Deeper And Deeper Erotica
History Jump
One More Chance Something To Remember
You’ll See Something To Remember
Survival Bedtime Stories
Human Nature Bedtime Stories
Give It 2 Me Hard Candy
Ring My Bell Hard Candy
Like A Prayer (12″ Club Version) Remixed Prayers
Holiday Madonna
Candy Shop Hard Candy
Vogue (12” version) Vogue EP/Single
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Ripping CDs is still the best.

Ripping CDs is still the best.

I happened upon a blogger writing about the merits of Amazonmp3 vs iTunes.  He’s right, Amazon kicks iTunes ass, but ripping CDs is still the best way to go.

Rip a CD to FLAC files and you’ll get better sound than from any other format (e.g. MP3, Windows Media Audio [WMA] – or Apple’s AAC). You’ll need a player that will play FLAC (they are out there but there aren’t many) or you’ll need the Rockbox firmware for your iPod.

I love FLAC (the files are huge compared to mp3 but if you’ve got a good home stereo, you will notice the difference)

I don’t own an iPod or anything from it’s competition myself. I’ve never seen a need for one. But I like having FLAC and (some) MP3 files because my computer is my “home stereo” (I invested in good speakers).  And I’ve got an external hard drive that’s my “digital jukebox”. It’s a 250 GB drive that right now has about 150GB of music on it.

85% of those files are files I ripped from CDs.  CDs are still the best.

Why? Well, you get a permanent backup if your hard drive dies or your mp3 player gets lost or stolen (yeah, I suppose you can back up your iTunes stuff to CD/DVD but even then it’s on a recordable disk that can end up with corrupted data – and it’s still fucked up with DRM).

But mostly the thing for me is, I’m old school (and old).  I remember buying records in the 1970s and I actually read the liner notes.

I like liner notes and you don’t get that if you buy your music from iTunes or Amazonmp3 (or steal it). You do get them if you buy CDs (although you often need a magnifying glass to read them – but at least they are there).

I have used both iTunes and Amzonmp3 and there’s no question, Amazon is superior. But they are both best for that song you like but you don’t want an whole album/CD.

Another great electronic download option is eMusic (which is #2 (!) in online download music music sales). A lot of people don’t know they exist but those of us who do love them).

eMusic (like Amazon) offers high-quality DRM-free MP3s for download. The difference is, you pay a subscription fee instead of buying each individual track (or album). However, the tracks are yours forever. It’s not “renting” like you do with  others like Rhapsody or Yahoo! Music Engine.

eMusic is a great bargain. The catch is most of their music is not stuff you’ll hear on the Radio, or see on the Billboard charts.  It’s indie stuff, but in many different genres.

They also have a lot of “catalog” stuff by artists that are well known (or used to be).

But I digress…

iTunes is for people who are too ignorant to know any better. DRM sucks ass.

if you are a iTunes fan, your best option is to switch to buying CDS – and/or go with amazonmp3.

Oh wait… there is good old fashioned stealing music on the Internet, but most of what you get there is crap (from 14-year olds who know nothing about ripping a CD to a good quality mp3 – let alone FLAC). I soured on stealing music several years ago).

But when it comes to whole albums, nothing beats buying the CD. That beats amzonmp3 (and most definitely iTunes) any day.

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The Grammy Awards

I almost never watch them. I think the last time I saw them was whatever year OutKast was on performing  Hey Ya!.

Most of the show generally bores me to tears. I love music, but the show still bores me.  And of course there are the categories that I don’t care about (e.g. Country).

On the other hand, every year I find out what I missed; and inevitably there were one or two performances I would have loved to have seen.  One of theses days I’ll get smart, record the show, wait a day or two till I hear what was good and then fast forward to those parts.

This time I wish I’d seen The Time with Rhianna.  For those that saw the show, I’m actually more interested in the former than the latter (although I do like Rhianna). However, Jam and Lewis are musical geniuses. And Morris Day (and his “attitude”) always cracked me up.

If The Time ever has (another?) a reunion tour, I’d be among the first to buy tickets.

It’s funny, this post came about thanks to a  blog entry I “stumbled upon“.  It’s a (rather negative) review. It’s too bad the writer can’t spell “Grammys”.

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From the “Better (very) late than never.” dept.

Whitney’s prerogative: (Finally!) Divorcing Bobby Brown

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Whitney Houston has filed for divorce from her husband, Bobby Brown, her publicist told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Should I do it?

I like eBay.  I'm not an addict like some are, but it's a cool place to shop.   I've found several things there I couldn't find elsewhere.

Two of my prized possessions from there included the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Promises, Promises. At the time I'd bid for it it was out of print and the copy on eBay was Brand New (I didn't want used).

I don't remember what I paid for it, but it wasn't obscenely expensive.   I guess I should have waited another 6 months or so. Because after Jerry Orbach (a/k/a: Lennie Briscoe of Law & Order) died they re-released the album as he was in the orginal cast. His being in the csst, plus a few other (at the time) more obscure theatre stars and the Burt Bachrach/Hal David score are what got me interested.

Another time, I happened upon an old copy of Architectural Digest.  Now this is not a magazine I normally read.  I in fact, I'd never read it at all.  But this particular edition featured tours of Broadway Stars/Composers homes (including Stephen Sondheim).  I thought that was cool, so I bid on it.  I set my maximum bid at $20.00 and was the winner.  I paid $17.00.

Now I'm contemplating something else on eBay.  I can't decide if I should go for it or not.

What do you think?

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I *hate* it when I do this!

guess I made up for lost time. I’ve not done this in several years, but I’ve done it again and "done it up right" this time.

I’ve bought 4 CDs I already own!.

Naturally I discovered this after I opened the most recent purchases (ordered online a week or so ago).

I
decided to rip a bunch of CDs today so I ripped all the ones I just got
and then I went looking for others. I had recalled purchasing some a
month or so ago and forgot where I put them.

I also vaguely recalled what CDs I’d bought.  Naturally that didn’t include the duplicates I got again just recently…

And yes, the newest ones are all opened and therefore not returnable.

The
older ones were purchased more than 6 weeks ago, so I don’t think I can
return them (even though they are unopened). Heck I don’t even think I
have the receipt for them anymore (I bought them locally at Best Buy).

So I’m out $75.00. Unless I can unload them at a used CD shop or something….

Oh well…

I’ve
done shit shit countless times over the years. I wonder if anyone else
has done this besides me. Unless they have ADHD/ADD, I’d say probably
not…

grrrrr.

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