Category: Media


Nine Inch Nail’s “Head Like A Hole” mashed with Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”. Yeah. Ferrealz. When you look up “fucked up” in the dictionary they should just play this for you 🙂 . Apparently, NIN’s former drummer is pissed off about this mash-up. Fercrissakes, dude, chill the hell out.


Addicted To Murfie

Not too long ago, a friend emailed me about a new online music retailer named Murfie that he had heard about on NPR . I was addicted to Murfie within moments of hitting their site!

For me, Murfie rocks for four reasons:

First, when I buy a CD on Murfie, I actually own it. I own the plastic disc. It’s mine. They hold onto it for me and will ship it to me if I want. I buy and love CDs because I get all the “first-sale doctrine” legal rights I want with my music – rights that I assure you you want, and that you do NOT get with iTunes et. al. Here’s a great ZDnet article on the difference between online music and CD music legalities.

Second, it’s a marketplace. I can ship them the CDs in my collection that I think I might want to trade or sell (or, hell, ALL my discs!). They inventory them and rip them and when someone searches for something I have, it shows up and they can buy it or offer a trade for it. Ditto the discs I buy directly on Murfie (new or used). I used to be an avid user of for my CDs – but no more.

Third, I’m a cheapskate. I own > 1,000 CDs and probably half of them were purchased used or were trades. Tonight I purchased five used discs on Murfie for a total of $16.00 ripped to FLAC and delivered to my hard drive. That averages to $3.20 per album. At iTunes pricing of $1.29 per song, that’s like buying 2.5 songs from the album except that you get ALL the songs on the album and the rights to listen to it wherever you like and trade it and sell it! To-date I have purchased a total of 26 discs on Murfie – averaging down to $4.69 each ripped and delivered. But 5 of those 26 were new discs, which seem to be priced between $8 and $12. If you remove those 5 new discs, you get down to an average of $3.29 per each of 21 CDs, ripped and delivered and owned. This is a no-brainer if you ask “cheap me!”

Fourth, rationally or irrationally, I’m an audio quality nut, and I “jst sy NO 2 lssy music.” Murfie lets me pick how I want my CDs ripped. I choose lossless FLAC, but they also offer MP3 (256 kbps ABR) and AAC. You may not care about this, of course, but it’s always nice to know there are options.

Why am I bothering YOU about this? Well, since Murfie is a market, it behaves along the lines of Metcalfe’s Law: the value of the network is proportional to the square of the number of users. The more people using Murfie, the more buyers and sellers and CDs in the system! That’s a good thing for me as a user, so I’m happy to pimp them out!

So go check out Murfie, sign up, and get Murfying!!!!

NB: I do not have any financial interest in Murfie – though that may change as they close up their A round. I’m simply a very very very happy, addicted customer. I LOVE YOU MURFIE!!!!!

Nuthin’ On We

And everything ain’t what it seems
And this is for the people that’s chasing their dreams
Get your money hustler
So could you get your money hustler
But don’t let them take it, rules we breakin’
Tryin’ to get it cause we over-achieve
Mama I made it, now they hate it
But you could trust they got nuthin’ on we
They got nuthin’ on we

– Chiddy Bang

Heavy Rotation

Been doing some deep dives into some new and old artists over the past few weeks. Thought I’d share the love.

  • Chiddy BangThe Preview is available online. Definitely check out Nothing on We.
  • Girl Talk – I’m a serious Greg Gillis fanboi, but damn if All Day isn’t easily his best yet.
  • Kid Cudi – The more I listen to his stuff, the more I love it.
  • Lupe FiascoLASERS is finally out! It demands you use your brain a bit though – you are forewarned.
  • Mos Dub – DJ Max Tannone has done a superb mix of Mos Def with lotsa dub. It’s a freakin’ blast!
  • William FitzsimmonsGold In The Shadows dropped today. Workin’ through it – really distinctive stuff.
  • Nappy Roots – These Kentucky gentlemen redefine country! I’m partial to their older work.
  • Rhymefest – Seriously – what do they put in the water in Chicago? Che, Common, Cudi, Kanye, Lupe….
  • The Roots – I was slow on the uptake on these guys, but How I Got Over is officially over in my track list.
  • Sam AdamsBoston’s Boy!
  • Swollen Members – Check out Black Magic and Bad Dreams.

Check ’em out, and may an eargasm be upon you.