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So, when I came home tonight, K was giving the kids a bath, which was kind of funny because I had given them one last night, and during cold weather we're on the every-other-day schedule. (Oscar Wilde: "A gentleman should bathe at least once a week, whether he needs to or not." – Well, OK, he said it in a movie anyway.) As it turns out, S0 told K (mistakenly) that they didn't have a bath last night. But it's OK, they played outside a lot today. as the weather is grudgingly granting us hints of spring again.

For my day off tomorrow, I'm thinking of going into Harvard Square tomorrow to grab an honest burger and beer at Charley's Tap and maybe catching Cowboy Bebop. I need some big-screen eye-candy/brain popcorn.

I've been watching the Beatles Anthology and two things have impressed me. One is Ringo's dress sense. He's still wearing these kind of two-tone striped jackets that he wore in the mid-60s and they still look great. The example at right shows one of the less subtle examples, though. The other thing that impresses is the new multi-channel mixes for the songs that get played in their entirety in this DVD version (and this is a significant extension from the broadcast and VHS edits). In particular, I think on "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" there some cool piano played with sustain during the chorus that I've never really noticed before, or maybe it's just that more of the detail comes out because it's more isolated in the mix. The semi-ironic thing is that these mixes sound a lot more natural and less like dual-mono than the original stereo LP mixes even though they could be sourced from eight tracks at the most (and probably more like four).

The Notorious Byrd Brothers arrived in the mail today. I've been a big fan of the Byrds, and have gradually been getting most of their albums. They were never stable as a group, and in fact they collapsed from a quartet to a duo during the recording of this album (in 1967), but wow, it's really great, with modern guitar and Moog (!) sounds colliding with country styles and great harmonies. The funny thing is that David Fricke wrote the reissue liner notes, and also appears in the Wilco film I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, and his writing appears in the notes for the DVD. I can draw some parallels between Wilco and the Byrds now: both are country-influenced pop outfits with unstable lineups that brought distinctly non-traditional influences into their sound.

Oh yeah, RCN (our cable provider) finally turned on the double-speed cable modem service that we've been entitled to, which now means I've got significantly better download times at home than I do at work, viz.:


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Apr. 10th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
Do I get double-speed cablemodem too?
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)
I bet you do
If you have RCN Resilink Gold, yes indeedy. They actually sent out a little flyer about this two months ago (along with the rate increases) but the upgrade to 3 Mb/s didn't seem to happen until about a week ago.

Now I can run out of disk space even faster ! Woo !
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I bet you do
Oh I'm golden, baby. But I bet I wouldn't notice the diff because my speed is constrained by my wireless lan? or maybe not. la la!

I'm out of disk space too!
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I bet you do
But I bet I wouldn't notice the diff because my speed is constrained by my wireless lan? or maybe not.

Oh, you'll see it alright, as long as you're getting decent reception, since 802.11b can handle 11 Mb/s. Plus the other site needs decent bandwidth. I tried with Apple and Epitonic.com (lots of good MP3s) and they passed with flying colors.

On the other hand, something wacky happened to wireless part of my router yesterday, so the speed dropped to less than 100 kb/s. It was like… dialing in ! The outrage !!! So I did the experienced hacker thing and reset the box.
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: I bet you do
Mmmm epitonic.com. I'm a big fan. Hence the running out of disk space. :)
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)
one of the cool things about these new "remixes" of the beatles catalogue is that they actually could feature *more* than 4 or 8 tracks. as i'm sure you know, a lot of the beatles stuff was done by recording until 4 tracks were full, then bouncing down to one track on a new machine, adding 3 more tracks, then bouncing that down again, etc.

what they've been doing with the remix project is going back to the original original tapes, before any of the reduction mixes were done, and laying them into Pro Tools and syncing them up, using the common mixes for reference. here's a really fascinating article on the process:


so the sonic potential of these new mixes is really incredible. unfortunately the only normal stereo release so far is the Yellow Submarine Songtrack CD. the new versions of eleanor rigby and with a little help from my friends are just stunning.
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
oops, i was wrong - sonic solutions. not pro tools.
Apr. 16th, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
Far Freaking Out !
What an incredible restoration job !


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