Thompson Twins – A Product of Participation…/Set

YES! Some fine person copied his pristeen vinyl to MP3’s and shared them on the Internet. I found them on eMule, but other locations may have it.

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I only ever had these albums on tape and they are great afro-influenced jams, definitely the best of the Thompson Twins when they were more interested in exploring music than serving bland dance pop (see their last two albums). These are the only albums to feature songs not sung only by Tom Bailey. The Thompson Twins had about 10 members in the band before dropping to the core trio for “Into the Gap”.

I converted my tapes to MP3, but the transfer was bad, hissy, and had serious EQ problems. These are solid recordings of long out of print albums where someone spent the extra 5 minutes making them as good as possible. Heck, the person even filled in the MP3 tags correctly.

I’m happy.

Awesome Lukas Podolski Goal

I would have so fallen flat on my face and whiffed on the ball trying to take this shot. Meanwhile, Lukas Podolski makes it look like the easiest shot ever. I mean really, the ball came over the top of his head, he pokes his foot out and is able to power the ball past the goalie. There’s no way 99.999% of the people on the planet could do this. Too bad the video isn’t any higher quality.

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week we’re going with the Thompson Twins. Discard your thoughts of lighthearted 80’s new wave pop. These guys were really damn good, though they kind of lost it during their later sell out period (the albums “Big Trash” and “Queer” sort of sucked). The highly overlooked “Close to the Bone” may have been their best. Unfortunately, no one really cared about the Thompson Twins by then . Too bad. But now you can hear the album “Close to the Bone” and numerous other Thompson Twins classics (and some less than classics).

Thompson Twins

I’ve also thrown in the Thompson Twins follow up project entitled Babble. By the end of Thompson Twins, the band was down to Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie. The two got married, moved to New Zealand, and  put out two generally excellent albums of moody, ethnic synth songs in the style that was popular in the early to mid-90’s (think Deep Forest, but with better songs and less cheese).

 After the two Babble albums, not much has been heard from them. It appears that Tom and Alannah have divorced each other and each one moved back to England. Tom Bailey released two albums under the name International Observer. The album “Seen” has been added to this weeks playlist as weel.

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week we’re going with the Thompson Twins. Discard your thoughts of lighthearted 80’s new wave pop. These guys were really damn good, though they kind of lost it during their later sell out period (the albums “Big Trash” and “Queer” sort of sucked). The highly overlooked “Close to the Bone” may have been their best. Unfortunately, no one really cared about the Thompson Twins by then . Too bad. But now you can hear the album “Close to the Bone” and numerous other Thompson Twins classics (and some less than classics).

Thompson Twins

I’ve also thrown in the Thompson Twins follow up project entitled Babble. By the end of Thompson Twins, the band was down to Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie. The two got married, moved to New Zealand, and  put out two generally excellent albums of moody, ethnic synth songs in the style that was popular in the early to mid-90’s (think Deep Forest, but with better songs and less cheese).

 After the two Babble albums, not much has been heard from them. It appears that Tom and Alannah have divorced each other and each one moved back to England. Tom Bailey released two albums under the name International Observer. The album “Seen” has been added to this weeks playlist as weel.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

I’ve had this syndrome. So has Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton. Here is a link to an ESPN story on You Tube. It’s a tad over dramatic and doesn’t provide a ton of detail on Guillain Barre, but for those who know nothing about GBS (pretty much everyone) it’s a good introduction to this thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CB8aIxQVu0

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

I’ve had this syndrome. So has Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton. Here is a link to an ESPN story on You Tube. It’s a tad over dramatic and doesn’t provide a ton of detail on Guillain Barre, but for those who know nothing about GBS (pretty much everyone) it’s a good introduction to this thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CB8aIxQVu0

Custom Remote Codes on PSP with Location Free

I purchased a Sony LF-B20 Location Free Wireless Base Station a few days ago. Overall, it works pretty well. Right now I’m at the office watching Sportscenter, streamed from my home PC to my laptop here at work. The image quality isn’t great, but it is certainly usable.

LocationFree

 One problem I’ve run into is with regards to the remote control setup on the PSP. With the software installed on my laptop, I can change channels on my VCR. However, the VCR is not a supported device on my PSP meaning that I can not change channels via the PSP. I sent an e-mail to Sony support and I got this response from one Kavin Sather:

             You can use the learning feature of the LFB20 to create a custom remote that can then be used on your PSP.  Please follow the steps below to do this. 

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    • Create them using LFA-PC20 & LFB10 or LFB20 and configure using a PSP
      • While connected to the base station using LFA-PC20, right-click and choose “Settings”
      • Choose “Video 1” under remote settings
      • Choose “custom remote” for the make (it’s at the bottom of the list)
      • Choose a type of remote
      • Click the “Learn” button
      • Follow the on-screen steps to program the remote
      • The new remote control data file will be saved to the LocationFree RC_Data folder (a link is on the desktop)
      • Copy that file to the PSP memory stick in the following directory: MSSONYLFRC_DATA (may need to create these folders if they are not present)
      • Insert the memory stick into the PSP and go into the “remote control settings” for LocationFree
      • Choose the input you are setting up the remote for and press “X”
      • Find the manufacturer on the list and press the directional pad to the right (may be at the bottom listed as Custom)
      • Select the type of device and press the directional pad to the right twice and press “X” to save the settings

This week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

This week we added a heavy dose of Kraut Rock into the mix. Early Kraftwerk, Can, Ash Ra Tempel, and Neu!

 Here is what allmusic.com has to say about Kraut Rock:

Kraut Rock refers to the legions of German bands of the early ’70s that expanded the sonic possibilities of art and progressive rock. Instead of following in the direction of their British and American counterparts, who were moving toward jazz and classical-based compositions and concept albums, the German bands became more mechanical and electronic. Working with early synthesizers and splicing together seemingly unconnected reels of tape, bands like Faust, Can, and Neu created a droning, pulsating sound that owed more to the avant garde than to rock & roll. Although the bands didn’t make much of an impact while they were active in the ’70s, their music anticipated much post-punk of the early ’80s, particularly industrial rock. Kraut rock also came into vogue in the ’90s, when groups like Stereolab and Tortoise began incorporating the hypnotic rhythms and electronic experiments of the German art-rock bands into their own, vaguely avant-garde indie rock. 

To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link in the upper right.

PSP Wallpapers

Here are a ton of wallpapers I made for my Sony Playstation Portable. Download them and copy them to your PSP’s PHOTO directory. Once they are there, browse the photos. When you have one you want to set as the wallpaper, click the triangle button. This brings up the on screen display. Move around in the on screen display until you are on the “Set as Wallpaper” option and click the X button.

astros
bw1
bw3
bw4
cv
Depeche_Mode-Playing_The_Angel
fla
GBV
Legendary_Pink_Dots
New_Order_flower
nma
Oktoberfest
psp-bayern
RedLightDriver
rothaus
SamAdams
Talking-Heads-The-Name-Of-This-Band-Is-Talking-Heads
TearGarden-eyespy
Vendetta_Rose
vforvendetta

Ring Tones

I got a brand new Samsung A900 cell phone. This sucker can do just about anything you could want out of a cell phone. It’s bad ass. The only thing it can’t do is save battery life. Being a music geek, one of the most exciting features is its ability to play MP3’s. I’ve got four of them loaded into the user-accessible 50MB storage area, which is really cool. However, these MP3’s can NOT be used as ring tones for the phone, which is a serious bummer.Fortunately, a few Googles of the Internet turned up the magic formula. You have to upload your MP3’s via SMS to the phone, which then stores the MP3 into the non-user accessible area of the phone. Once you message these mp3’s to yourself, they then show up as options when selecting ring tones.

I’m kind of addicted to making a ringtone for all of my friends and family. It’s becoming really easy to figure out who’s calling me based on the song. My mom is German, so when I hear the fantastic song “Ein bisschen Goethe, ein bisschen Bonaparte” by France Gall, I immediately know it’s mom. Dad get’s Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” because he quit listening to music somewhere around 1958.

Anyway, I’m sharing the ringtones I’ve created for my phone with the world at large. Essentially, they are simply 10-20 second snippets of the songs. I’ve made 2 versions of each ringtone: one is a high quality MP3 and one is a noticably lower quality MP3. You really don’t need the high quality ones since the speaker on your cell phone can’t accurately recreate the subtle nuances of a high quality file.

All the current ringtones I’ve created are accessible via this dead link. Once you download them to your PC, you can go to this link if you are a Sprint user, or this one if you are on a different network to upload them to your phone.