Saturday, May 14, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 20

Well, twenty seems like a big number after a month of odd, well, not odd, not prime, perhaps unmemorable numbers. But twenty, that sounds like a big deal. So in honor of twenty, I've got twenty shares for the day (which is actually the same number I've been giving you weekly for a couple months  now, but pretend it's something special...). About half of the shares in the pile today are things from April's dump at The Internet Archive. I got a total of 132 new tracks last month, which may be a record for a single month. Of course not all of those were new additions to my pile or theirs. I frequently grab new rips of things I've previously shared if they look better, or even if they are simply things I liked a lot the first time around. Or maybe I just forgot I'd already grabbed them (that happens more and more as I get farther and farther into this project). Also new finds will frequently lead me into finding old things I missed. There's a lot of Christmas music in their Great 78 Project, and I don't pretend to know the names of all the songs out there. There are so many new songs to discover, it's still a great treasure hunt. But that's enough blathering. Here's a link to more Christmas music from 78 for you. Enjoy!


No new appliance stories to share with you this week, I'm afraid. I did get a new internet connection from Frontier. Jumped from 50 meg to 500 meg! And for about the same money, no less. But it turns out the network adapter in my old desktop is still stuck at 100 meg, so I need to upgrade that to see a difference. And the streaming services still stutter or buffer sometimes. There're just too many variables in the system. But it's still light years better than the old days of dial-up, which I well remember. I'd queue up a hundred downloads from Napster before I went to bed, just in hopes that half of them might be done the next morning when I woke up. Most of them weren't done, but that's more due to the users logging off who were sharing the files I wanted. It was a strange time where you turned off your internet when you were done with it. Ah, the old days...

Saturday, May 07, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 19

Another week has gone by in a wink and it's time for another deep dip of Christmas music from The Internet Archive. I haven't touched the pile since last week, so there's probably no new artists in the share today, just the flip sides of things you've already heard, or things I finished up a month ago. I've been working on a special project for Christmas in hopes of actually getting something done in the next six months. Some things take a long time to bring to fruition, especially when you're too lazy for your own good. You have to strike when the motivation hits you, and I've been unusually energetic about Christmas the past two weeks. Anyhow, you'll have to wait and see about that come Christmas. In the meantime, here are twenty more great songs that you've probably never heard before, or at least these versions. It's a good batch of stuff!


Also of note, I heard back from the folks at The Great 78 Project, and they tell me they're going to redo all the bad rips that they could find. They do take this archiving stuff seriously, and it's a lot of effort to go back and do things twice. Glad that they were receptive to my notes. And my patched up fridge with the barn door hinges is still running like a champ. We even put all the pictures back up on it. Keeping my fingers crossed and my tax refund in the bank!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 18

Another uneventful week here as far as special occasions go. I certainly didn't think I'd make it to eighteen weeks, but here we are. In fact, I've still got more in the pile to be shared than I started the year out with. Each month brings a big dump of new records to The Internet Archive and their Great 78 Project. In fact, this month was probably the best yet for new content, well over 100 Christmas songs added to the pile. I'm still working on getting them all sorted out and cleaned up for you, so they'll probably start to trickle into the new shares in the next week or so. Unfortunately, there have been some quality problems with new rips at the archive, but I've spoken to them and they're going to take a look at it. About 20% of the new shares start the recording after the music has already begun, you can actually hear the turntable coming to speed with the music already playing. And then some of the versions cut off before the song ends! I suspect it's just a new person at the controls and little oversight. But I've been able to splice multiple versions together to get a good one, it just takes time. Last month they had an issue with their imaging causing many of the label photos to be overexposed and washed out. I was able to fix most of them, but you've probably noticed a few images that didn't look their usual best. But these things happen when you're processing thousands of records I month and I'm sure they'll get it straightened out. Anyhow, here's a link to this week's goodies, and I'll see you back this same time next week for more. Thanks for coming by!