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permlink No, not that Joe and Al

Volume 4 coverNo, not that Joe and Al: The Joe Jackson Band is returning with a brand new album, 25 years after their first, called Volume 4. Getting the Limited Edition will net you an extra disc of live stuff, too. And they're touring, including a stop in DC. Yeah.
They said it would never happen - in fact, Joe said it would never happen! But: the original Joe Jackson Band - JJ + Graham Maby (bass), Gary Sanford (guitar) and Dave Houghton (drums) has re-united...

According to Joe, this is the best thing the band has done... He describes the album as "High-energy, fun, and in the spirit of the first couple of albums, but more mature. I'm a better writer now, and a better singer. But I've still got a 32-inch waist".
Also: Weird Al is in the final approach for a new album release too. They've posted a few pictures of the sessions.

It's a rare year with new stuff from both of these guys. I'll be savoring it.

Your database is a disaster
You're waxing your modem, tryin' to make it go faster
Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents cellar
Downloading pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar
And posting "me too" like some braindead AOLer
-- "It's All About the Pentiums", Weird Al Yankovic, Running With Scissors, 1999


permlink Bob Hillman's comin' to town

Bob Hillman's coming to the east coast again this month and next. You there, reading this: you should go see this guy. Go look at his tour dates and figure out a time and place when you can catch him. You will thank me.

(He's doing several gigs in Iowa, by the way, Leper Messiah and other home-state folk.)

Free Bob Hillman MP3s; some full-length, some just excerpts. Of the full tracks, I particularly recommend "Another Country", "Long Live the Revolution" and "Little Things". They're free, dammit. Try 'em. permlink     2 comment(s)  
Ok, ok, ok! I'll check it out. Just stop hitting me with that "clue by four"...
      ...posted by Neil on February 21, 2003 4:21 PM
Whap! Whap whap whap!
      ...posted by SteveB on February 21, 2003 8:05 PM
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permlink MusicBrainz is worth watching

Hmmmmm: MusicBrainz Non-Profit White Paper
MusicBrainz aims to create a music information commons where the community creates and maintains a public database of information about music.

The first version of MusicBrainz, which nears completion during the first quarter of 2003, focuses on creating an open database of basic music metadata which can be used for identifying audio CDs and digital audio tracks.

MusicBrainz's human moderation approach encourages participation in the data maintenance process and thus yields higher quality data, since many eyes will spot even the smallest mistakes. Active moderation, concise technology for identifying music and a carefully designed database allows MusicBrainz to collect data with greater accuracy than services like GraceNote.
Their 'future directions' section is mighty interesting, as is their peer-reviewed approach. As it stands today, they don't provide anything like what I want out of a music database... but they're definitely worth watching.

"Good! Adaptation; improvisation. But your weakness... is not your technique."
--Morpheus, The Matrix


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