Sinead O’Connor RIP

I’m not generally one to publicly mourn the deaths of celebrities. I generally never knew them and so whereas I will miss their art/science/whatever, I cannot really feel grief (I’m talking for myself here). But there’s a few celebrities that perhaps I can grieve. John Peel, Mark E Smith, Bowie and now Sinead O’Connor.
She’s the same age as me but it’s not that. It’s that her music, her bravery, her crazy comments and never, ever giving a fuck was just so right. From Mandinka to Queen of Denmark, from ripping up a photo of the Pope (apparently her mother’s photo that was hung in their home) to telling Prince to fuck off.
She had a “lively” period on Twitter a few years ago. Sometimes poignant, but generally funny and always personal.
She did a hell of a lot more than that Prince cover. I can appreciate that song, and the video was wonderful, but, and this may sound quite petty but I would think Sinead would never have replace “you” with “U” in a song. Her songs were far better than that.
My favourite and the first song of Sinead’s I ever heard was Mandinka. It still sounds good even though it’s almost forty years ago since she recorded it (I think!). But her albums always stayed fresh. “How about I be Me (and you be you) (2012)” is a wonderful album and “Queen of Denmark” from that album is so full of emotion and brilliance.
Her third album “Am I not your Girl?” is also superb. The one she was supposed to be promoting on Saturday Night Live when she instead tore up the photo of the pope. I listened to that album over and over again for quite a few years. Which as a covers album I would generally never do. I listened to it twice through last night. Still as good.

Running Jive on Mythtv

Just got Squeezeplay (the new replacement for SoftSqueeze) working from
Mythtv! .. and it was dead easy.

– Check out the source code from Subversion:

svn co

– compiled it (if you are doing this on a 64bit box you need to specify just the app)

% cd src
% make -f Makefile.linux  app

– copy it all into /opt (there’s a tarball in ../build)

– Edit the Mythtv Media Library by adding an entry to the Library.xml file


Here’s the entry

	< button>
       	< type>SqueezeBox
       	< text> launch Jive
       	< action>EXEC /opt/squeezeplay/bin/
       < /button>

(Spaces added as I cannot work out the HTML to now parse those metatags, Doh!)

It works great on my Myth box (also running Squeezecentre) and syncs with my Squeezebox AND the other linux box running Squeezeplay.

Great review of Chinese Democracy

The best review I have read for a long time… Chinese Democracy reviewed by Chuck Klosterman. The following section (the intro) is hilarious. Comparing the review with the hero of Grizzly man….

Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom? I’ve been thinking about this record for 15 years; during that span, I’ve thought about this record more than I’ve thought about China, and maybe as much as I’ve thought about the principles of democracy. This is a little like when that grizzly bear finally ate Timothy Treadwell: Intellectually, he always knew it was coming. He had to. His very existence was built around that conclusion. But you still can’t psychologically prepare for the bear who eats you alive, particularly if the bear wears cornrows.

I wonder, should I buy this album? Appetite for Destruction is one of my favourite albums, but the rest are garbage……

un-iTunes I am listening too!

Dreams – redone by Deep Dish featuring Stevie Nicks. Cracking track. I even really like the original Fleetwood Mac one… Eeek!!!

I’m also getting into the solo album by James Dean Bradfield. I forget the name, but it’s a dammed fine old fashioned rock album. Good tunes, great lyrics, and at only 45 mins, is a refreshing change.

Bad, bad Coldplay ›› journal ›

Bad, bad Coldplay ›› journal ›

So I feel vindicated for hating Coldplay with such a passion! Not that I feel I need any justification other than the mind-numbing pap they make.

A few months ago I was bought a “copy protected” CD. I felt quite torn, between wanting to play the CD as it was a present, but disliking the cheating aspect of it!
CD was “F**k me I’m famous” by David Guetta.

(ps the stars are nor from me. I don’t give a fuck whether I swear!)

I am listening tooooo!!

Cracking CDs of the moment are most definetly :

Balance 007 Chris Fortier

A pretty good double cd, but nothing special….except there;s a 3rd CD (wow a double cd with 3 cds), the bonus CD. This is awesome, from the deep, deep bass beats announcing the start to the end. Very different music, yet as with all the best Mix CDs, you don’t notice the change in music. Highly recommended.

Act like you know, Frankie Bones.

Excellent Deep n Dirty techno as ever. T2; My House is superb, a right mixup of samples. Good samples at that too.

Stuart Adamson: RIP (4yrs ago!)

BBC News | MUSIC | Your tributes: Stuart Adamson

Bizarre, through a convulted series of things which started with watching Doctor Who, finding out that Restless Natives(top film!) has been released on DVD (mustbuy), and then finding out that Stuart Adamson died 4 years ago….. and I never knew.

There were 3 top bands I listened to when I was about 15-17 U2, The Alarm and Big Country (well actually there were a load more, but these were the top ones) The Alarm have dated badly, U2, welll….. But Big Country are hardly even metioned nowadays. But what superb music. Their 1st The Crossing, is a damm fine album. Hmmmm. To the shop tomorrow to buy CDs methinks…….

M-Audio 1010lt

Well I finally went for the 1010lt. It looks a funky looking card. With tons of spaghetti coming out the back!

I plugged it in, compiled some new modules (ice1712), and ran alsaconf. Worked first time and I got Rythmnbox outputting direct via SPDI/digital coaxial to my amp. Cool. A little bit of extra work resulted in jack working fine with Mixx and Hydrogen. Funky stuff man!

However, I then tried envy24control. I had to first swithc to using gcc3.4.4 as alsatools willnot compile with gcc4.0.1. However, once compiled I ran it. Eeek! It’s a little bit more complicated than I imagined! There’s more channels in there than on your superduper sports/movies and porn package from Sky! However, I’m buggered if I can get it to output via s/pdif. What is worse is than now nothign works. I can output to a pair of analogue RCA jacks. But that is all.

Anyway i will persevere later!