Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Depeche Mode - A Question Of Time 12" - 1986

Quick post today. No real story. No real fuss. Just wanted to put something up. I got a bit gun shy after getting a take down notice for the Village People just a couple days after putting it up. I couldn't believe how fast that was. I was going to post 2 other of their records, but clearly someone is still trying to squeeze every last dime out of that catalog and is actively getting things taken off the internet. I guess that is why someone asked me about those records in the first place. I was surprised that they had not been posted a hundred times over. I guess I know why now. Well, I'm not exactly running the other way with some obscure record, so this too will only be up for a while. Hopefully it will last longer than the Village People.


01 A Question Of Time (Extended Remix).m4a
02 Something To Do (Live).m4a
03 A Question O Lust (Extended Version).m4a
04 Black Celebration (Live).m4a

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Village People - Macho Man - 1978

A few weeks ago someone e-mailed me asking if I had some of the Village People records. I did have some of them, but they weren't ripped. The request however was just the sort of thing I needed to prompt me to get on that. So I've ripped 3 Village People records which I'll share over the next bit. Because it is the Village People and you can find these on CD they won't be up long.

The whole ripping was interesting because the records were kind of dusty, which meant I had to clean and clean. I would play and replay, rip and re-rip trying to get as clean of a rip as I could before running the tracks through some clean up software. What this meant was that I listened to these albums far too many times. It also meant that I got to really know some of the lesser known tracks such as "I Am What I Am" and "Sodom and Gomorrah". I found myself humming them for days afterward. By the time I got them fully processed and on the ipod I was sick of them because they were stuck in my head. Give them a listen and maybe they'll be stuck in your head as well. I'm sure you won't need to hear Macho Man anymore, but you might want to give it a listen. There a several different versions of this song, so perhaps this version is new to you. All the tracks on this record are long and not really single length. I think Macho Man runs over 7 minutes.


01 Macho Man
02 I Am What I Am
03 Key West
04 Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
05 Sodom and Gomorrah

Village People - Macho Man

Saturday, April 9, 2011

SAP Music Rain Mix 2011

I've been away for a few days. Sorry about that. I got really busy at work. About a week ago I had a Sunday afternoon that was relatively free and so I had my choice of things to do to relax. I could watch a movie. I could read some comic books. I could digitize some records. I could even take a nap. However what I decided to do was start up a new mix. This mix in fact. It has been a few years since my last rain mix so this is long over due. I had a whole lot of songs built up in my itunes folder for use on this mix. I of course didn't use them all, but needless to say I had plenty to choose from.

This mix is the result of that free time last weekend. Unlike my previous mixes I did not aim to fill an entire CD. I got about 36 minutes done last week and when I listened to it I thought, there really isn't a need to add anything else. So I spent this morning tweaking levels, breaking up and labeling tracks. I threw the artwork together and voila I new mix for the world.

36-37 minutes is a good length. That's about what albums were back in the day. I figure it is also a good length for a morning commute for a lot of people so on a rainy day this may just hit the spot. Coincidentally it is also a perfect length to drive to Pep Boys and get your oil changed while songs are uploading to mediafire. Them Pep Boys are quick. Another bonus is that I could compress it at 320K and keep the one file under 100MB, so you don't have to download 2 parts. Mediafire has a limit of 100MB for their free service.

You'll notice that there are 25 track and I'm sure you are asking how I could fit 25 songs into just a little over 36 minutes. Well, the answer is simple. Almost none of those tracks are songs in their entirety. I tried to get in and get out on a lot of tracks. "Keep things moving" is what I say. So we start off gentle with the sound of rain. We ramp up to some rock, and some head knocking beats and even detour into some country and blues. It all ends how we started with the sound of rainfall. I hope it works for you.

The very last track actually goes out on the sound of rain and a church bell, which I took from the opening of a song. Can anyone guess what from what song I took that? Have a listen and see if you can guess.


SAP Music Rain Mix 2011

Track listing is on the artwork.

The photo was taken at California Adventure on a rainy day in February 2010. I figured it had a nice contrast of the dreary against the "happiest place on earth".

SAP Music Rain Mix 2011 by SAP Music