Scribbles from a Hawthorne Fangirl
Rants and Raves 
14th-Oct-2013 09:33 am - Yay! New Blue October!
liz_marcs: (Awesome_August J. Pollak)
After the crashing disappointment of Any Man in America (their previous album) with its not-so-vague misogynistic overtones, I was afraid I'd have to abandon this band.

But they're back, and Sway is a sweet way to wipe out the bad taste their previous CD left in my mouth.

By the way, you can stream the entire CD under the cut. I'm able to embed the Spotify playlist.

(My God! Could this be a return to my Music from the Cube project? I abandoned it sometime ago because I was, ummm, contacted about offering downloadable tracks with my reviews. This would be a big, big way around this...)

Whoops...Didn't realize this would be so big )
16th-Apr-2007 11:41 am - Music from the Cube Community
liz_marcs: (HP_I_Believe_I_Can_Fly)
PLEASE DO NOT JOIN BECAUSE I AM NOT DONE SETTING THIS UP.

I just want you to take a look at the new community I'm setting up for Music from the Cube at [livejournal.com profile] cubed_music. I've already set the security settings to automatically Friends' Locked, it just so happens that the posts you see were made public, which I can do thanks to my modly powers.

Also, here's the Unfinished Information Page. As you can see, I decided to go with "anyone can post a CD review if they want," rather than have it be just me.

Please read over the half-finished FAQ and let me know the following:

  • What do you think?
  • Anything else I can add?
  • What I should put in the interests box?
  • A list of "resources."


Thank you for your cooperation.

And just so you guys don't forget:

PLEASE DO NOT JOIN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE I'M NOT DONE SETTING IT UP!

If you try to join, I'm kicking your membership back until I'm ready to open membership.

Thank you.
7th-Apr-2007 02:32 pm - I got a gift! And I have a question about Music from the Cube...
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Buffy_Giles_blah_blah_blah)
Awwwww, [Poll #962089][Poll #962089]That should do it. If you have any additional comments, feel free to make them below.

Operators are standing by.
5th-Apr-2007 01:37 pm - The Future of Music from the Cube Posts
liz_marcs: (Reaper2_Banksy)
Well, whaddya know. My long search for an embeddable music player that will allow you to create playlists and will also be accepted by LJ has finally paid off.

Truth to tell, I'm kind of relieved about this. There have been several emails over the past two months which have made me increasingly wary about offering MP3s for download (the most recent was a most interesting email regarding my post on Marshall Crenshaw — and no, it was not anyone associated with the artist). It appears my Music from the Cube posts have popped up on too many people's radar outside of LJ-land and off my FList.

While no one has threatened legal action (yet), I suspect the day is coming when someone will.

As a result, I have to start considering a limited set of options (in order of preference):

  • Start friends-locking my Music from the Cube posts
  • Create a friends-only community where I Am Queen providing all the posts and the downloads
  • Stop the Music from the Cube posts altogether


Using Imeem to embed a playlist helps me avoid making any of those choices. Number one: There's no chance in hell I'll get dinged for violating any laws since it's streaming media that I (in theory) own. Two: I'll be able to (in theory) provide the entire CD for your listening pleasure.

Now, I'll still offer MP3s for download for mixes and soundtracks, so there's no plans to change that at all. I think if worst comes to worst, I can argue fair use in that case (Can someone familiar with the DMCA let me know if that's the case?). However, if I've got all these Music from the Cube posts with live downloads on top of a various mixes that expire after 30 to 60 days...ummmm...that's gonna be hard to explain away.

Anyway, I'm throwing up a test embedded paylist. Let me know what y'all think:

30th-Mar-2007 03:02 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (vampire_beach_babes)
I declare this here LJ as a Wank-Free Zone (at least for today).

I also declare my LJ as a Cheer-Up Zone (at least for today) because, damn, there are a lot of people on my FList who seem to need the pick-me-up.

So you know what time it is, kiddoes? 

MUSIC FROM THE CUBE!

And who is our guest artist for today?

Unh, um...

Heh.

Björk.

I know, I know, not the most cheer-uppy artist on the planet, but I'm keeping my heavy guns in reserve for Tax Weekend in the U.S. (that would be April 14 and 15, by the way), so I don't have my heavy-hitters lined up yet.

So, unh, Björk is what I got, so Björk is what I'm giving you.



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22nd-Mar-2007 11:50 am - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Giles_Judicious)
I figure that that I might as well go all-A Cappella for this Music from the Cube post.

Today, I offer you the Grammy Award-winning The Bobs, a professional A Cappella group, and the Best of Collage A Cappella, which is like the minor leagues for would-be vocalists looking to make it big as professionals.

Meet the Bobs and compare to the Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) from 2002 and 2005 )

The management would love it if you comment, especially if you download any of the sample tracks.


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20th-Mar-2007 04:26 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Calvin_Gasoline)
Ahhhh, you know it's that kind of week when you put Billy Bragg and the Blokes on constant play and it's only Tuesday.

Since, y'know, I'm doing that as we speak, I might as pull you lot in as well.

Billy Bragg: Viva La Revolution! )

As always, the management would love it if you comment, especially if you download the sample tracks.
17th-Mar-2007 01:39 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: (Faith_Living_History)
Here's a little St. Patrick's Day special edition of Music from the Cube.

The one, the only, Dropkick Murphys!

Working-class, blue collar, Irish punk with a touch of Oi! that gives you a punch in the gut. Personally, I think it's the bagpipes that does it. )

The management would love it if you comment when you download.
8th-Jan-2007 03:23 pm - Suddenly I Feel Bettah...
liz_marcs: (Xander_Gold_Smile)
Someone (we won't name any names) got half her Willard Grant Conspiracy order in the mail today. (sticks out tongue at [profile] kurukami ).

To celebrate, I offer you this YouTube video of 'From a Distant Shore,' the first cut off their latest (as in 2007) CD, Let It Roll.


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Ahem. I feel a new Music from the Cube post coming on very, very soon.
19th-Dec-2006 11:54 am - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Xander_Faith_Zeppo_Bed_Looking_For_Love)
Ahhhh, 'tis the season for everyone. So Happy Holidays — whatever holiday you happen to be celebrating — to one and all of you.

As for me, I've decided to go with the scientifically accurate Winter Solstice. Here, for everyone to enjoy, is my early Winter Solstice present: the lovely voice and song-writing artistry of Shawn Colvin, with a bonus review of a live CD highlighting Columbia recording artists.

So dive on in, with 24 sample MP3 downloads from Shawn Colvin and 4 sample MP3 downloads of live performances from Bruce Cockburn, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Darden Smith.

Please comment if you donwload.

The glorious voice of Shawn Colvin, plus live performances from Columbia Records )



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26th-Nov-2006 01:16 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: (Xander_Gold_Smile)
I know. It's a looooong weekend and I'm posting this. That's because it took me forever to write this up the way it should be.

In any case, you are all in for one hell of a treat. Okay, maybe it's more me that's in for a hell of a treat.

This mega-massive post with many, many MP3 samples to download, colorful covers, and drooling fangirlism is my salute *stands with hand over heart* to Marshall Crenshaw.

Dive in and enjoy the greatness!

Please comment if you download.

The History of Pop and Rock, via Marshall Crenshaw )


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17th-Nov-2006 10:53 am - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Starbuck_Not_Your_Father's)
Some of you might remember my post on the Borders Books & Music Penny CD from the other day.

Well, here's another example of the Penny CD and what corporations consider a "good" music mix, this time courtesy of Borders and BMG, thus proving why individual consumers are much, much better at this sort of thing.

Of course, since individual consumers aren't actually using the mixes as a marketing tool beyond, "Check this cool artist I've included...think you could throw some love their way," it's probably no big shock.

Please comment if you download.

Music Equals Life, or in this case, soft pop )



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14th-Nov-2006 02:55 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Homicide_Quote_Cost_Extra)
Ahhhhh, now this is a throwback to my Bordersverse daze: the Penny CDs.

The Borders Books and Music private label Penny CDs (I suspect that Barnes and Nobles has something similar) are a clever marketing ploy to get people to spend more money in the store's music department. To give Borders a credit here, in general, the Music/DVD/Multimedia department tends to have a very, very, very deep selection of genres and artists (it's usually better than the neighboring Barnes and Nobles when comparing local stores head-to-head...sorry B&B fans), and these Penny CDs are just one way to capitalize on the inventory.

The Art of the Borders Penny CD )



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10th-Nov-2006 10:59 am - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Buffy_Giles_blah_blah_blah)
Dance music, set to classical violins. You'd think this would be a taste of awesome, right?

You'd be wrong.

As always, sample MP3 downloads and picture of the CD under the cut.

The Bland that is Bond )


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20th-Oct-2006 04:44 pm - Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening To Today?
liz_marcs: Jeff and Annie in Trobed's bathroom during Remedial Chaos Theory (Starbuck_Not_Your_Father's)
This time it's the latest CD from Blue October and some of that old-time retro-music feel from James Hunter.

As always MP3 samples under the cut.

The latest from Blue October and something retro frmo James Hunter )



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