Happy new year and so forth

What's happening? Well, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day have all come and gone. Vacation and holiday days have been spent. A full week of work is in progress.

We're just moments away from the Macworld keynote. Something that has new meaning to me this year.

I now have Virtual PC on my Mac. I can run just about anything on this baby. I can also develop for Linux, PC and Mac on this hardware. Nice.

In Movable Type news, I've got some cool upgrades to a bunch of my plugins in the works. MT 3.0 should be in beta testing soon.

I'm planning a major rearchitecture of this site soon. Not really a redesign, but my URLs need fixing.

Last year was an abysmal year for my weblog. 86 entries? Just terrible. Hope to do a little better here on out.

Finally, a request I've been meaning to make. I've got a ton of free space on my iPod to fill and I need some suggestions. I'm probably the last person to discover Coldplay, so please enlighten me. (I'll just say I'm not a big fan of country music, but folk is ok.)

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Matthew said:

Outkast's new album, Speakerboxx/The Love Below. You know you want it.

Ryan said:

The new Outkast album is good. I would also recommend any John Mayer album, Dave Matthews, and Barenaked Ladies.

Love the site and am looking forward to the many updates in the new year.

Hey Brad,

Been reading your site for a while and use a few of your MT plugins -- great stuff. Thought I'd give you a little musical direction. Be sure to check out the top ten lists of 2003 I just posted. You might also want to look at the lists for 2002 and all-time.

Billy Mabray said:

If you're interested in folk, here are some names to Google:

  • Catie Curtis
  • Kris Delmhorst
  • Lori McKenna
  • Richard Shindell
  • Erin McKeown

Happy New Year!

Kyle said:

One word: Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue"

alright, that was 5, but it's a great jazz album, nonetheless.

erm....surely this doesn't need to be said, but....

radiohead?

finally i can comment on something on here! nice work brad. can't seem to get through to you with your spam protection thing.

Jamie

Arve said:

Shivaree -"I ought to give you a shot in the head for making me live in this dump" and "Rough Dreams". And, do also get their single "John 2/14", because it features a fantastic version of Oscar Brown Jr's "The Snake".

Rob said:

No music suggestions. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your site and would love to see more frequent postings from you! Oh and I (along with most MT sites I'd imagine) use a few of your plug-ins.

Steven said:

This should get you started. In no particular order...

The New Pornographers - Electric Version
Blur - Think Tank
Radiohead - Hail to the Theif, Kid A, The Bends
MIssy Elliot - This is not a test
Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Beta Band - The Three EPs
Everything but the Girl - Temperamental
Peter Gabriel - Up (well, really, any thing he puts out)
Duncan Shiek - Humming
All of the Lord of the Rings soundtracks
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Bill Evans Trio - The Complete Verve Records (18 CDs)
Underworld - A Hundred Days Off, Beaucoup Fish, Second Toughest In The Infants
The Kill Bill, Vol I soundtrack
Stereolab - Sound-Dust
Liz Phair - Liz Phair
Massive Attack - 100th Window
Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne

Nate said:

How can you ever hope to sort through this kind of information for stuff you'll actually like?

The Smashing Pumpkins are the pinaccle of art rock.

Jeff Buckley's Grace contains the greatest rock singing ever. I love Robert Plant, but I have to be honest.

Elliott Smith is the king of intimate, stripped folk/rock. (Nick Drake is his spiritual brother.)

I'm not saying you'll like them, but they are the best at certain things.

Brendan Smith said:

Well! Have I some tracks for you!

Firstly - Interpol. Like coldplay dipped in your favourite chocolate - but better! From NYC I think!

Mick Thomas www.mickthomas.com - Aussie folk writer - very well written stuff.

Weddings Parties Anything - Now defunct band with some great tunes, let me know if I can help you with some tracks. Ebay has a few albums items as I type!

Bit of an Aussie flavour for ya, keep things a little different!

Ryan Abrams said:

Hmm..

Artist - Album
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Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
Gomez - Liquid Skin
Tool - Lateralus
Bob Schneider - Lonelyland
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Sigur Ros - ( )
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Fiona Apple - When The Pawn...

Those are some albums that you should definitely check out if you haven't already. They all fall around the fringes of the alternative genre, though Norah Jones is quite mainstream. Some of it is more challenging than others, but it is all very very rewarding music. Check em out.

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