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Bela Fleck, who's one heck of a musician, has a very generous taping policy for his shows.

Thus, archive.org is able to present over 170 of his concerts to download.

I'm one horrified kid-in-the-candy-store right now.


In other news, Venus Hum seems to have another album out. It's a $6 EP, available through iTunes Music Store. Hard copies can be ordered directly, and they've got a great price right now on the older CD to go with it. (sadly, their "Switched on Christmas" EP doesn't seem to be downloadable from their site anymore, or available in any form. that would have been a nice seasonal note to end this on. ah well. can't have everything!)

(This first collection here will have to do in it's place.)


Rasputina's long out-of-print "How We Quit the Forest" (produced by Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails -- see used copies at Amazon going for $75+) is available as 15 individual-song purchases through iTunes. That's $15 without physical media, and a bit of extra work to go through ringing up one song after the other. But at least all the tracks are represented.

Seriously, though... Would it kill them to just reprint the CD already?


Also, Intel's got some new ads with the Blue Man Group.
If you get a chance to see these guys in concert, absolutely do so. Otherwise, go buy their live DVD right now and find the biggest screen available to watch it on.


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Dec. 25th, 2004 02:10 am (UTC)

I have to go get a program that can play SHNs again. I had one fotr a while when I was experimenting with Further, but I guess I deleted it.
Dec. 25th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
For the difference in filesize, I'm not sure the sound quality on these audience recordings will excede mp3's capacity...
Dec. 25th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
I certainly never noticed a difference. Though the things I got ahold of on Further were recorded from the crowd, as is often the case even when the bands do allow taping, so even if it was an AIFF or WAV file, it still wouldn't have been the best recording. I saw discussions where SHN snobs said they wouldn't deal with anything more compressed. I felt like saying, "So you can have a great recording of the croed talking through the song?" but I avoid flame wars.

I guess what I'll really want is something to convert SHN to either MP3 or another format that I can convert to it.
Dec. 25th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, yes. I'm stupid.

The first few I looked at were offered in multiple formats. MP3, SHN, OGG, etc. I couldn't figure out why you were choosing SHN over MP3 -- I see now that wasn't the case.

Yeah, converting those would be good. I don't think I even have a player anymore. If WinAmp had a plugin for that format, I know it'll export just about anything to WAV. Beyond that... it's time to hit Google.
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