I used to be a 4AD fan and kept a discography going back in the 80s. Or 90s, I guess.
I also used to buy lots of British music papers.
Rooting through the basement storage here today, I found a cache of snipped 4AD-related articles and reviews that I had apparently collected back then, but had never done anything with. So I thought I’d just scan them and assemble them into PDFs.
The scans should probably be cropped for easier reading, so I was thinking about writing an Emacs-based image cropping mode. But then I thought “eh”, and wrote this teensy little library that just queries you for file names, and then uses the Gimp to do the cropping.
Gimp supports opening several files “remotely” (i.e., without starting a new instance for every image), so this turned out to be a workable way to, er, work.
The time period turned out to be 1989 to 1993, which isn’t the prime period for 4AD by any stretch of the imagination. Half the articles are about Lush, I think. I mean, I love Lush, but, you know.
So there you go. Enjoy the fabulous early-90s British music journalism.
I should fold these into the general database, but that would mean getting the C++ program I wrote in 1989 to compile now, and that’s not… fun…
Hey, I wrote that thing that would pick out what albums I play the most. Perhaps if I point it at 2012, it’ll just list all the best music that I’ve bought this year?
Hey! It worked!
Hm… I wonder if it’ll be very different if I tell it to list the albums I’ve played most this year, no matter when I bought them. Let’s see:
Not a whole lot different. I play newer stuff the most, apparently.
Who knew that Dead Can Dance had so many fans in Hungary that they had to play a sports arena?
I thought the sound was gonna be pretty iffy, but it was the last place in Europe that had tickets available.
The sound wasn’t iffy — it was horrible.
As Concert Goer Guy would say: Worst. Echo. Ever.
It was still ridiculously beautiful. It’s Dead Can fucking Dance, innit?
I was ripping CDs tonight, and one was giving me more problems than usual.
It was a cd by the band called disc, which is a Matmos offshoot.
I took the CD out of the drive and stared at it a bit.
Oops. I think it might be one of those conceptual non-playable CDs. And how did they make these pre-destroyed CDs?
I’ve been to the Kongsberg Jazz Festival this weekend.
It’s mostly a blur.
I think we saw like a dozen free jazz concerts. Most of them excellent.
Some stand out in particular. Like the very quiet and magical John Tilbury concert. And the very inventive Augstí Fernández thing.
Oh, and the surprising Selvhenter concert. And the Per Jørgesen thing.
I’m going to the I’ll Be Your Mirror thing next weekend. They’re doing a tape swap thing. I probably won’t be participating, because I’m lazy, but I did start thinking about what such a tape would consist of.
Fortunately, Emacs has kept track of all the albums I’ve played over the last decade, so I could just let it pick the albums I’ve played most. I’d have to pick the songs myself, though, since it only keeps track of this stuff on a per-album basis.
Here’s the list it came up with. The most played album per release year.