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XM/Sirius Merger approved….

Posted: July 24, 2008 in Music, XM

You can go to Orbitcast to follow this, but I guess it’s a done deal. 

Time will tell if I need to register ex-mnxmfan.com (haha) but I can’t see how this can be good for the consumer.  But then again, I have seen radio die due to mergers, and XM has been slowly getting worse over the past two years as they also jump on the “lowest common denominator” bandwagon, that 2 billion dollars in debt require.

As I sit here and wait to see what happens, I can honestly say that it has been a fun ride.  I have met so many new people through our passion for this once great service.  I have discovered new music and broadened my taste in music more than ever before.  If this is truely the end, it was worth it.

In the meantime, all us subscribers can do is wait, and as changes come down the pipe we can be smart consumers.  Who knows, maybe us naysayers are wrong.  Guess we’ll have to revisit this post in a year to see what happens.

One thing I can say is that I have never had more choice in how and when I get music.  With an IPod in the car, services like Slacker, Pandora and AOL Radio, and the hundreds of thousands of internet radio stations out there, I’m sure to keep my desire for new music filled.  But as a fan of the general presentation of radio for over 20 years, this change does bring sadness.

93X Nutcracker Last Night

Posted: December 17, 2006 in Friends, Fun, Music

So me, S and J went to the 93X Nutcracker show with Three Days Grace, Army of Anyone, and Psychostick.  I personally thought the show was very intense.  We didn’t make it for Psychostick, but we got there as Army Of Anyone was taking the stage.

Army of Anyone was a pretty good show, and not having heard much of their stuff before, I was quite pleased by the style of music.

We made it to the floor for Three Days Grace, and it was packed.  The show was sold out, and there had to be about 500 people there.  This was a smaller venue, so we were all packed in like sardines.  After being on the floor for a bit, I was starting to feel really squeezed in, and decided to get off the floor, while S and J both stayed on the floor.  We ended up leaving about a half hour before the show ended, because we all were feeling pretty beat up by that point.  I was sort of expecting to pay for the show today, but I’m not in nearly as much pain as I thought I was going to be.

All in all, I would have to give the show 5 stars or whatever.  The band was great, the crowd was intense, and it was an all-in-all good time!

Napster….

Posted: July 6, 2006 in Music, Uncategorized

Well, I decided to try Napsters way of “renting” music, being that I am on a fixed income and all, and really don’t have that much money to spend on music.  This isn’t the first time I have tried it, but the last time they only had a million songs.

Well, I must say that they have definitely made some improvements.  Through their new playlists, and compilations features, I have been able to find music that I had completely forgotten about.  I must say that if alll you have in your music budget is 10 bucks a month, definitely worth the investment.  The downside of course is that as soon as you leave the service, your songs stop working.  Sure beats Itunes and their 99 cent a song deal.

With Napster 2 Go, you pay 15 bucks a month and can load your MP3 player up with songs, but it doesnt work with Itunes, as Apple has made it a proprietary technology.

Hmmm…….

Posted: April 5, 2006 in Fun, Music

[b]The Cure Shares Your Taste in Music[/b]


See their whole playlist here (iTunes required)

[b]Which Musician (or Group) Shares Your Taste in Music?[/b]

Long time no update! Just wanted to hop on and say that Minnesota has temporarily stolen DJ Squigy0h from the Squigy0h Radio show out in MD. He arrived Tuesday and is staying till Friday.

Tonight, we did a rather fun, yet raunchy radio show here at the studios of my LPFM Project “Energy 87.9” which was relayed on Liquid Radio out of Duluth. Good times were had, but that was all about to change.

Evidently, my home phone number was given out in a Yahoo Chat Room. Not an extremely bad deal normally, as I can usually deal with it. Tonight was a bit different. One of the people in the chat room was my former best friend’s ex-husband, who is apperantly now living in Shakopee. This is the same friend that I had spent a great deal of time dwelling on in this very blog circa 2004. For those of you who would like to catch up on the story, it is available in the archives circa August 2004.

Now I had not spoken to anyone involved in that whole situation for almost a year and a half at this point, and he wants to start hanging out with me now, presumably to get back at his now ex-wife. I’m flattered, as I must have really pissed her off to get that much attention over a year later!!

I’m thinking I might catch up with him, but a bigger peice of me is saying “stay away, stay far far away”. The reason is that I am literally a completely different person than I was back then. Back then, I was happy showing up to pay my bills, with no real future plans anywhere in sight. Now, I have been a full time student on the honor roll since August (exactly 1 year after, for those of you keeping score). I don’t feel that association with this person would be in my best interest now, as I barely have enough time for my personal, and small but existing current social life. My goals have changed from hanging out at bars and such to studying, and trying to get my MCSE from Microsoft in the next 2+ years. Not only that but I have even quit smoking, even if it is only a week ago that I did.

But part of me is curious to get into that “other side” of things, to see why exactly I became so hated, so quickly. I would also like to know why I am STILL so hated, once again simply for curiousity sake. Necer before has anyone ever outright hated me or treated me with the amount of disrespect as she/they had, and I’m wondering why that is. I completely understand that I was far from perfect over a year ago myself, but one could almost say that the circumstances of the time warranted such action.

I will most likely not take any action at all, and I will definitely report if that changes, but it does leave me with those questions. Is that wrong of me?

I think the right thing to do right now is to completely avoid the entire situation from both or all sides. This could open up a can of worms that could easily set me back over a year in regaining my own self esteem, and I don’t think I am in a position to have the time to deal with that right now.

More later! 🙂

Mainstream Vs. Underground

Posted: July 30, 2005 in Music

Today, I got into a debate with my friend on who exactly defines when a genre of music or an artist is considered mainstream vs when they are more underground. Thir relates to a previous post that I made about dance music.

My thought is that if it is on a major label, it is made easily available to the masses (like Moby) but if it is not easily available to the masses, then it has gone underground. In my friend’s opinion, the dance scene going underground is a good thing, but in my opinion, it is not really a good thing based on the fact that it is a sign that it is losing steam.

But this can really apply to any band, fad, etc. Who does really draw the line between what is considered mainstream versus what is considered to be underground?

And is being underground a good thing?

Is the Minneapolis Dance Scene Dead?

Posted: July 28, 2005 in Music

That is a question that I have asked myself as of late. After my shocking dixcovery on Sunday that one of the big vinyl shops is now basically dead (the live online) and the other one has been severly reduced due to declining sales. Today I found out that three of the big DJ’s from Minneapolis are moving to Seattle. So that starts me looking around. First Avenue has pretty much abandoned true dance for top 40 and hip hop “dance” nights (sorry, I don’t count that as dance) and The Quest has but one or two nights of dance music shoved into a back room (for that more intimate setting I guess).

And the person who got me into dance music, DJ “Big Daddy” Greg Comstock, has basically disappeared, and his website is gone. Gone also appear to be PD Spinlove, whom I didn’t really care for, but he did co host the dance nights with Comstock.

Three years ago, there was three or more dance nights at First Avenue, and two at The Quest (in the mainroom) and now if you want any dance music in Minnesota, it pretty much comes from Sound In Motion, which as of late has also run into some difficult times (or at least it appears with thier one not-so-steller event listed on the homepage).

It really makes me sad to think that once a great town for dance is now pretty close to being a major market without a dance record store or weekly hangout for dance music fans if things don’t change soon. And the genre is all but ignored on the FM dial here, with a specialty show on Saturday nights on the local community station being the only outlet left. Ten years ago, we had two dance shows on FM, on the alternative outlets formerlly known as Rev 105, and The Edge (93.7)

So that is why I ask this difficult question, that I hope leads to an answer of “no”.

Trip to Minneapolis today….

Posted: July 24, 2005 in Friends, Music

Man, do I love Minneapolis. It had been a while since I actually went downtown, so today me and a friend of mine went down to Vityl Vinal (after not going for a few months) only to find out some rather disturbing news.

Vityl Vinyl is fine, but they are stocking alot less Vinyl than they used to (about half) and now branching out into merchandize. I was lucky enough to be there when the owner was there as well. You see, it is an independant store, which is part of what makes it so cool. Well to make a long story short, Let it Be Records in Minneapolis is no more. In it’s place are some condo’s. They still have a website and online store, so hopefully they can reopen somewhere sometime soon, but at this time it is not known if that will happen.

I hope Vityl Vinyl can stay open, as its great to have local businesses like that to keep the money here, instead in some corporate pockets.

Live 8

Posted: July 2, 2005 in Music, XM

Well the concerts are over, but not quickly forgotten. It was simply amazing to listen to all of the concerts on XM, as well as being able to watch them on AOL Music. Now normally I wouldnt mention AOL, but they have gotten a bit better in the past month. To watch the concert, all I had to do was go to aol.com, click on LIVE 8, and click on “Watch Live” with no software to download, and very little ad interruption. It looked very professional, and was amazing to watch.

Now, onto the XM side of things. There coverage was UNBELIEVABLE! They had 6 channels dedicated to 6 stages. No commercial interruption. Now I was expecting this, but today I was blown away. They had TWO commentators for each concert. Providing feedback, letting me know where to go to hear what, and providing “backstage access” to the events as they happened. Then they had a channel dedicated as a “guide” of sorts. Sort of like a best of, with frequent updates as to who was at what stage at any given moment. The audio quality was superb on all channels, and then after the concerts were over, all of the “hosts” got together like a group of friends would get together after a sproting event, commenting on everything and having a great time.

This day alone made it worth my $12.99, but I only have one regret. I could not listen to it all!

Favorite acts: Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Snoop Dogg (yeah he did a great job, more of a visual show, but really got the crowd into it) and Paul Mccartney. I won’t even get into my least favorite acts, because honestly they were all good, and if they weren’t I was able to find something good.

Stupid Radio Stunts

Posted: June 28, 2005 in Music, XM

Today’s post is a bit different, but still more of the same. I had planned to comment on a few other things today but I just spent the last 20 minutes getting rid of all the SPAM, so here goes…..

I pay attention to the local radio message board, if you can call http://www.redandnater.com a radio message board. Half of it is crap, so I won’t blame you if you don’t read it.

Anyways, I came accross people wondering what was up with our local Clear Channel Oldies station, KOOL 108. So, being the detective that I am, I punched up their website, which had a pretty weird flash page saying “Coming Soon…..PETE!” With pictures of different Pete’s or Peter’s (Peter Griffin, Peter Brady, Peter Pan)

At this point I’m thinking “Gee what could this be, it couldn’t be another “Jack” since Infinity owns that format in this market, and even by a different name, that would be STUPID. Then I look back and go “Since when has Clear Channel been smart?” So at this point, I’m still interested. So I figure that I would check it out Monday morning at 8 to see what all the fuss was going to be about. The DJ thanks you for listening to the station, hmm, sounds like the end of a 25 year radio station, but for what? So they go into a few minutes of “Stunting” and at 8, they announce a “No Repeat week”

LAME!!! Don’t you morons realize thats the reason that we aren’t listening to radio anymore? Stupid little tricks that you play, driving more and more listeners to XM, Sirius and IPODS. And I used to be a big RADIO FAN. Hmmmmmm. So for one week, your going to not play any repeats, and then its back to business as usual? Way to lie to the listeners (which they didnt flat out do, but they did make it sound like the end of the station.)

So for this week, we will hear probably 2000 songs, which is the library they have, and then on Monday they will go back to a 400 song playlist? Thank you Clear Channel for reaffirming why I went with XM. Because I didnt want to be treated like a moron.