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• The trick to singing in the car is to have the music loud enough so I can't hear how bad my voice is.

• Earlier today I was going to post to ask if anyone had heard the new album by The National, "High Violet." Then I checked Amazon.com and found I could download it for $5.99. It's playing now and so far sounds a lot like "Boxer" but 15 percent less murky.

• A few weeks ago I was buying quite a bit of ambient music by Brian Eno. One of the discs I bought was a 1973 collaboration between Eno and Robert Fripp called "No Pussyfooting." You know how iTunes will classify music into genres: rock, pop, country, alternative, etc.? Well, the iTunes genre for this album is "Unclassifiable." Maybe that's because five of the seven tracks are also offered in reversed and half-speed versions. And I don't know the songs well enough to realize I'm listening to the altered versions when the iPod is on shuffle.

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minnesattva
Jun. 8th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
I think most of the music I like is best classified as "unclassified."

Alternative to what, eh? I ask myself. But then I've been asking myself that for fifteen years and should probably give it up; there are better things to worry about.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Great question about "alternative"!

cwmackowski
Jun. 8th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
The more I listen to that new album, the more I really like it.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
It's on now. I still haven't made it all the way through: too many distractions.
nodressrehersal
Jun. 8th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
You're not auditioning, you're just lettin' it out... it's not about good or bad.

Re: The National - they're gonna be at the Albright Knox, you know that, right? My brother and his family are in town from California that weekend, so no-go for me.

patrick_vecchio
Jun. 8th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Lousy timing for The National. I'll be in Rochester for Jeff Beck that night.
lancaster1250
Jun. 8th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
I can totally relate to the first one, haha.
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