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Sufjan Stevens

What a difference a year makes.

I saw Sufjan Stevens live for the first time last June, when he toured with Carrie & Lowell. It was a somber, moving experience, a concert of two halves. He came out in a t-shirt,  alone, played the first five or six tracks of the album without interacting with the audience, beginning in darkness, a single spotlight on him, and then more of the screen behind him playing through a slideshow of family photos and coastal backdrops.

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YouTube’s Coachella Live is how I can only dream all festivals could be

Destroyer’s Kaputt was my favourite album of 2011. I’d given up hope of ever seeing them live, as I doubt they’d ever tour Australia. The Vaccines’ What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? was a close second for album of the year. I got to see them both today. Live, back to back.

Oh, and did I mention the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Black Keys, M83, Yuck, We Were Promised Jetpacks, St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Radiohead.

I’ve had the best two days of Coachella! It’s just that I’m 12,000km away, and have the wonders of streaming technology, social media, YouTube and State Farm to thank.

Yes, it’s not the same as being there, but it’s a darn close second!

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iCloud + iTunes Match. A viable streaming music option at $25/year?

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Today I realised I’ve completely misunderstood what iCloud and iTunes Match do. It got announced at WWDC, and I, for whatever reason, assumed it was simply Cloud storage. In having a conversation with Mr. Colman on Google+ several hours ago, and the latest news that streaming has been added, the nature of what Apple pulled off dawned on me, and it’s rather impressive.

I haven’t downloaded music onto my PC in over a year, because I’m a happy Grooveshark subscriber, but, I know many people still do, and most likely, it’s pirated music.

The basic deal with iCloud + iTunes Match:

  • $25 / year for up to 25,000 songs
  • Stream and download your songs
  • Access your songs on up to 10 compatible (iTunes or iOS requried) devices
  • 256 Kbps versions of all matched songs, regardless of their original quality

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The National – About Today

Watch it in full screen. The immersion adds an unbelievable amount to it.

“Today
You were far away
And I
Didn’t ask you why
What could I say
I was far away
You just walked away
And I just watched you
What could I say

How close am I
To losing you

Tonight
You just close your eyes
And I just watch you
Slip away

How close am I
To losing you

Hey, are you awake
Yeah I’m right here
Well can I ask you
About today

How close am I
To losing you

How close am I
To losing”

What can I say? This song is a mess of melancholy beauty. Matt Berninger’s baritone voice, the violin, the addition of the brass, the simple, yet deeply emotive lyrics, and the elation at 5:15 when it kicks into overdrive. I love it. I really, really love it. I was at peace and oblivious to the torrential rain surrounding me while walking home today, and felt this very out of place entry deserved a place on this blog.

The first version I heard of About Today was the live performance (audio only) that sits on The Virginia EP, but I was on the train today and saw the version above and fell in love all over again.

My only regret is that they didn’t play this live when I saw then at The Enmore earlier this year.

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Did you know Grooveshark had a Video Mode?!

Note: This is for Grooveshark paying members only, as far as I know.

I’d randomly posted on /r/groovesharkplaylists a week or two ago about collaborative playlists, and someone replied today, and in browsing the subreddit again, I came across this post on Grooveshark having a Video Mode

When you have songs in your “Now playing” bar, you will see a song count on the bottom right. If you click on that you get a menu with both these options on it. The video mode displays various YouTube videos that match the current song – very cool

So yeh, I went ahead and tried it, and it does indeed work!

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I was thinking lately of how I hardly see music videos anymore since I do most of my listening on Grooveshark, but this is quite the convenient indeed!

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Splendour in the Grass 2010 – Greatest hits

Wow! What an amazing, three day musical extravaganza we [@ahmedbaghdadi, @reetssydney and Hari [damn you for not being on Twitter [and no, this was the non-douchey Hari]] just witnessed! I thought the Big Day Out was something, but my goodness, Splendour in the Grass was far beyond what I expected.

I don’t know if it was the best lineup of any festival this year, Marcus Mumford, but it was pretty darn impressive. In no particular order [there will be a particular order later], I saw…

Washington, Foals, Miami Horror, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Two Door Cinema Club, Operator Please, Tame Impala, Wolfmother, Florence + The Machine, The Strokes, Miike Snow, Whitley [10 minutes, anyway ~_~], The Vines, Passion Pit, Mumford & Sons, Empire of the Sun.

And of all that, only one disappointment; LCD Soundsystem. I think I can live with that. The whole lineup is here. 

Well, here’s that particular order then. 

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AudioSurf

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Did you ever play Grand Theft Auto on PC, load the mp3 directory with all your music, and just drive around for hours on end? Well, I sure did, and probably spent more time doing that in-game than anything else. I’ve missed that feeling, and I’ve missed my PC’s music library, while I’ve not-so-secretly been gettin’ comfortable with The Cloud servicing my musical needs. 

Well, no longer! I’ve just rediscovered my music library tonight, and fallen in love with it all over again thanks to AudioSurf!

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