Opening for Grand Hallway

Grand Hallway poster

I’m excited to open for the band Grand Hallway from Seattle. Hope the show goes well!

Google testing new UI

It happens all the time for everyone else, but just now I’ve seen the new Google UI for logged-in users. They do rolling updates and beta tests like this, grabbing a sample of users to test their new stuff out on before it goes to the public in general.

New Mogwai Album – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

A new Mogwai album and a new Radiohead album all in the same week? My head is likely to explode from the awesomeness!

Album cover for Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

My faith in post-rock still remains strong because of bands like Mogwai and Sigur Rós. Unlike 99% of the bands within the genre, these two bands keep moving along, morphing and exploring new sounds and textures. (Unlike a band like Mono, who although awesome, have been stuck in a rut of sameness for years now.)

This particular album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, is filled with new sounds, new toys, and new directions. Despite that, Mogwai still sound like Mogwai. It sounds to me like they’ve returned to a slightly more digital sound, using their trusty vocoders and synths a bit more than on their last two albums. It sounds a bit more digital, but without sacrificing the ROCK of their drums and guitars (They’ve even pulled out some Krautrock Motorik for the song Mexican Grand Prix!)

I’m going to listen to it as much as I can for the next few days, because I’m afraid I’ll be too busy with my new Radiohead, but I’ve already become familiar with three of the songs from the album from their press releases, so it won’t be that bad. Looking forward to seeing them play the song San Pedro when they come to Seattle, since that song has got to be massive live!

New Radiohead Album – The King of Limbs

Who needs any advance promotional marketing? Apparently not Radiohead, who announced the release of their new album King of Limbs today, and in less than a week I’ll have a completely new, totally unexpected tracklist to listen to.

I’ve never used this euphemism before, but ZOMG!

On Saturday, the new album will be available for download, and I am literally giddy with anticipation. The artwork looks sick, the title is weird, and that’s about all ANYONE knows about the release (other than the fact that Radiohead are going to make a billion dollars off of fanboys like me)

My week, my LIFE, just got better!

Stupid Genres in MP3s Are Worthless

The “genre” in MP3 ID3 tags is the most worthless and annoying thing in my entire music catalog. For those curious, I’m referring to the ID3v2.3 tag, which is what most of my the songs in my iTunes library are tagged with.

It’s annoying because I want it to work, but it refuses to cooperate. I want to be able to sort my music just like I sort my radio stations. Here’s my indy alternative station, there’s my classic rock station, here’s my heavy rock station, my jazz station, etc. The problem, however, is that the concept of genres is inherently nebulous.

Where does a band like Death Cab For Cutie sit? In my indy genre next to Bon Iver? But they’re not really indy. In my alternative genre, next to Nirvana? These bands couldn’t be more different, and although they play that stuff on alternative radio stations, no one is going to say that Nirvana ISN’T alternative.

Stupid genres.

In any case, back to the ID3 tags. The reason I hate them is that I always have to edit them. If I rip a CD down, invariably the genre that it defaults to is retarded. Case in point, remember the Death Cab I was just mentioning? When I ripped Transatlanticism the genre was output as… Punk.


WordPress capital_P_dangit function filter

I’ve LOLed over the most controversial function added to WordPress 3.0: The capital_P_dangit function. Basically, it forces WordPress to be spelled with a capital P, as decreed by Matt M and the other core developers.

Some people are angry that it is an arbitrary editorial control mechanism, so there’s been a huge fracas on the wp-hackers email list. Quite hilarious, actually, given the relatively small impact that the code itself has.

Lost amongst all of the brouhaha was John Bloch’s contribution on how to easily remove the filter:

Simply add that code to your functions.php file and call it a day 🙂

The correct way to import feeds into WordPress using fetch_feed()

Feeds are a wonderful thing. I love my Google reader, because I can keep up to date with all the new web designery goodness available on teh intarwebs.

Feeds are also useful as content sources for people too lazy to write their own stuff. I know, I know, it sounds awful to say it that way, but that’s the reality of it all. If you had awesome content bursting out of your own ears, you’d never need to pull in someone elses finely wrought content.

Back to the point, this is how a trillion how-to tutorials on the web teach you to pull a feed into WordPress, server-side:
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