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July 2, 2003

It's that time of the month again, where we see what Synapse can tell us about Darren's listening habits. Let the musical shaming begin!

  1. weeping tile - good fortune
  2. sarah harmer - trouble in the fields
  3. weeping tile - the room with the sir john a view
  4. natalie merchant - to sir with love (live, with michael stipe)
  5. natalie merchant - tell yourself
  6. sarah harmer - silver road (acoustic
  7. kathleen edwards - hockey skates
  8. dar williams - better things
  9. chantal kreviazuk - baby before you
  10. john mayer - why georgia (live)
  11. cassandra wilson - moon river
  12. over the rhine - if nothing else (acoustic)
  13. fiona apple - across the universe
  14. peter breiner - penny lane
  15. mark knopfler - hill farmers blues
  16. chantal kreviazuk - wayne
  17. dire straits - romeo and juliet
  18. dave matthews band & phish - crash into me (live)
  19. alanis morrisette - unsent
  20. john mayer - my stupid mouth

Actually, with the exception of #19, there's not much to be ashamed of there. Whew.


5:18:01 PM      Trackback []    Music

Most of the MP3s I've downloaded over the years are live, bootlegged or unreleased versions of songs by artists that I really like. So, I was intrigued to read that REM has given its blessing to a file trading network that distributes bootlegs, unreleased and other obscure versions of their songs.

There's a bit of faffing about you have to do to get started--download and configure the WinMX client--but it was pretty straight-forward. And it works as advertised. For example, as I type this, I'm downloading 'What's the Frequency, Kenneth?' from the 1995 concert that I attended. I love it when I find recordings of concerts I've actually been to. I went away disappointed with that show, so now I can see if my feelings were well-founded.

Apparently there are 15 volunteers who monitor the network to remove released, copyrighted material. I did a search for 'Find the River', turning up over a 100 live versions and maybe 10 copies of the album version. That's not bad, but they've got more work to do.

What they should do is implement a voting system, which enables users to vote 'against' copyrighted material. If enough votes were accrued, that file/user/IP would be removed from the network.

UPDATE: Apparently U2 has a similar database at http://www.u2bloodredsky.com/.


1:33:27 PM      Trackback []    Internet Music Technology