I love listening to music. My current lifestyle means that I mostly listen to music either on-the-move (using some PMP running Rockbox) or at my desk whilst working. I don't currently subscribe to any streaming music services because BBC 6 Music is simply too good.
At rest, I use Sennheiser HD438s at home and Sennheiser HD589 Cs at work.
On the rare occasions I get to listen to music at home, I use a Dual CS 505 turntable (~1980, a gift from my Father) with an Autofon stylus and a Cambridge Audio AM10 amplifier (recently replacing my stalwart Rotel RA-712 from 1976) and a pair of Eltax monitor IIIs. The system is housed in a slightly customized Ikea Expedit shelving system.
In the dim and distant past I was a big minidisc fan. I only recently parted with my Sony MZ-R70 minidisc player. I still have a Sony cassette walkman somewhere.
My first PMP was an iRiver H140.
The first pair of vaguely decent non-earbud phones was a pair of AKG K512s which were good, but the Sennheisers really put how good into perspective. On-the-move, I really loved a pair of AKG K451 fold-able on-ear headphones.
For a long time I used a succession of Sandisk Sansa-branded PMPs, from the Sansa Fuze (v1 or v2), Sansa Clip Zip and a Sansa Clip+ (gift from my previous coworkers, thanks!). These were great players, but like all things they eventually wear out, and new ones became too costly to buy, so I moved to a hacked iPod.
There are a lot of cure bootlegs, and a lot of interesting cure stuff to collect on them. Stiff as toys and tall as men has a very comprehensive bootleg database.
There's a version of the Cure's All Cats are Grey floating around on bootlegs that has a string (probably violin) introduction. Here it is on youtube:
I've never found the full song (just the string intro) and never in a good quality. Does anyone know the story behind it? Is it an early demo? Who is playing the violin? Or is it a live recording?
Nine Inch Nails
My old guide to some free music available online.
Blue Monday Owner's Club
Now sadly defunct, The Blue Monday Owner's Club was an art project by a New Order / Blue Monday fan. The basic idea of the site was for people who owned the record (reportedly the best-selling 12" single of all time) to submit a picture (straight or artistically-stylised) of themselves with their record. The website showcased each picture. I think there were also biographies attached ("where where you when…-style).
I believe the plan was to publish a book of the photographs, but it doesn't seem to have come to pass.
Other pages tagged 'music':
Blog posts tagged 'music':
- Nadine Shah
- Bose on-ear wireless headphones
- iPod refresh
- The Cure's 40th Anniversary
- Vinyl is killing Vinyl (but that's ok)
- Hi-Fi Furniture
- Lush (and friends)
- Download codes are distinct copies of albums
- CDs should come with download codes
- On BBC 6 Music
- Johnny Marr
- Linux music players, 2015 edition
- CD ripping on Linux
- Blade Runner remastered OST
- Nine Inch Nails, Manchester, 2014
- 2012 In Review
- HD audio and more archiving
- Sennheiser HD438 Headphones
- Decisions, Decisions
- Three Christmas Songs Which Aren't
- My next music player
- Pretty Eight Machine
- Rip it Up and Start Again
- Music for Our Future
- The Silent Land
- Robert Smith in for John Peel
- My new record player unit
- music players: from old to new
- music on linux 2009
- A bank holiday find
- music on linux
- new headphones
- explicit amazon
- six silicates
- separated at birth
- free kilowatts
- Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
- Editors, Newcastle, 2007/10/19
- Jon on Radio 1
- Nitro records
- Cure spotting
- Dream ticket
- Nine Inch Nails, Manchester Apollo, 2005/07/10
- Melt with you
- Pornography Addictive
- Peel playlists
- RIP John Peel
- Jo Whiley
- Snow Patrol
- Gigs and Viruses
- UK Radio