I love listening to music. My current lifestyle means that I mostly listen to music either on-the-move (using some PMP running Rockbox) or at my desk whilst working. I don't currently subscribe to any streaming music services because BBC 6 Music is simply too good.
At rest, I use either some Sennheiser HD438s which are fantastic, or a pair of Sennheiser HD589 Cs, but the jury is still out on them.
On the rare occasions I get to listen to music at home, I use a Dual CS 505 turntable (~1980, a gift from my Father) with an Autofon stylus and a Cambridge Audio AM10 amplifier (recently replacing my stalwart Rotel RA-712 from 1976) and a pair of Eltax monitor IIIs. The system is housed in a slightly customized Ikea Expedit shelving system.
My first PMP was an iRiver H140.
In the dim and distant past I was a big minidisc fan. I only recently parted with my Sony MZ-R70 minidisc player. Istill have a Sony cassette walkman somewhere.
The first pair of vaguely decent non-earbud phones was a pair of AKG K512s which were good, but the Sennheisers really put how good into perspective.
For a long time I used a succession of Sandisk Sansa-branded PMPs, from the Sansa Fuze (v1 or v2), Sansa Clip Zip and a Sansa Clip+ (gift from my previous coworkers, thanks!). These were great players, but like all things they eventually wear out, and new ones became too costly to buy, so I moved to a hacked iPod.
There are a lot of cure bootlegs, and a lot of interesting cure stuff to collect on them. Stiff as toys and tall as men has a very comprehensive bootleg database.
There's a version of the Cure's All Cats are Grey floating around on bootlegs that has a string (probably violin) introduction. Here it is on youtube:
I've never found the full song (just the string intro) and never in a good quality. Does anyone know the story behind it? Is it an early demo? Who is playing the violin? Or is it a live recording?
My old guide to some free music available online.
Now sadly defunct, The Blue Monday Owner's Club was an art project by a New Order / Blue Monday fan. The basic idea of the site was for people who owned the record (reportedly the best-selling 12" single of all time) to submit a picture (straight or artistically-stylised) of themselves with their record. The website showcased each picture. I think there were also biographies attached ("where where you when…-style).
I believe the plan was to publish a book of the photographs, but it doesn't seem to have come to pass.
Other pages tagged 'music':
Blog posts tagged 'music':
- Vinyl is killing Vinyl (but that's ok)
- Hi-Fi Furniture
- Lush (and friends)
- Decisions, Decisions
- Download codes are distinct copies of albums
- CDs should come with download codes
- On BBC 6 Music
- Johnny Marr
- Linux music players, 2015 edition
- CD ripping on Linux
- Blade Runner remastered OST
- Nine Inch Nails, Manchester, 2014
- 2012 In Review
- HD audio and more archiving
- Sennheiser HD438 Headphones
- Three Christmas Songs Which Aren't
- My next music player
- Pretty Eight Machine
- Rip it Up and Start Again
- Music for Our Future
- The Silent Land
- Robert Smith in for John Peel
- My new record player unit
- music players: from old to new
- music on linux 2009
- A bank holiday find
- music on linux
- new headphones
- explicit amazon
- six silicates
- separated at birth
- free kilowatts
- Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
- Editors, Newcastle, 2007/10/19
- Jon on Radio 1
- Nitro records
- Cure spotting
- Dream ticket
- Nine Inch Nails, Manchester Apollo, 2005/07/10
- Melt with you
- Pornography Addictive
- Peel playlists
- RIP John Peel
- Jo Whiley
- Snow Patrol
- Gigs and Viruses
- UK Radio