MP3 Player Review


SanDisk Clip Sport SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player Blue SDMX24008GA46B

Being a factory worker, an MP3 player is a necessity. I do have days when I stay busy enough to never turn it on, but it’s usually on nearly nonstop. Not that I don’t like my job; it’s often challenging and rarely overwhelming. Yet as with any factory job I spend a lot of time doing mindless tasks over and over and over and over. I had to buy a new MP3 player because my old one broke. This makes number three in 2 1/2 years… I hope I don’t write another review anytime soon.

Really, the last player I had didn’t die. It was a Coby and I thought it was a good MP3 player, but the Achilles Heel was it’s battery life. That thing could only hold a charge for about 4 hours. Seeing as how the normal workday is 8 hours this was a major pain in the ass. Now that I have this SanDisk Clip the battery never seems to go dead. Instead of charging it everyday when I get home (only to run out of juice halfway through my shift) I charge it on the weekends.

The SanDisk definitely beats the Coby on size. It’s much smaller (and cuter) plus has a great clip so I can stick it on my pocket instead of in my pocket. I do have a problem with bumping it on boxes and skipping to the next song though.

It also has a much better radio receiver. With the old one I couldn’t get any radio. With this new one I can pick up the radio station a half mile from where I work. They only play country, but it’s helpful if I feel like getting some news or hearing what schools are closed.

digital musicThere are a few things I miss about the Coby. One is that the music was organized chronologically by when I loaded it to the player. I found this helpful for keeping the listening selection fresh. Every week I would delete the oldest album or two and and add another one or two. Now I have my music organized alphabetically so I just have to wait until I get bored with something. I haven’t run out of space yet, but I’m sure I’ll eventually have to come up with a system to clear up room when I want to add new music. It is nice that I won’t have to delete albums by The Ramones, Weezer or Queens of the Stone Age just to send them back in the queue. I can just leave those bands on there until the end of time.

The other advantage the Coby had over this SanDisk was that I could shut off shuffle at any time. Usually I listen to music on random; much like the radio but without commercials. Every now and again I get the urge to just listen to an album though, when this happens now I have to go back to the main menu and select that album instead of just pulling down a little screen and turning off shuffle. I also don’t care for the way when I hit next it goes to a random track instead of the next song on the album. Sure, I’m getting sick of that particular song by Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but I haven’t heard the next track on that album for a while and I wouldn’t mind giving it a listen.

When I read that preceding paragraph I really want to give it the hash-tag #firstworldproblems. But hey, this is a review of my new MP3 player. Maybe someone could recommend one more to my preferences or I’ll inspire someone to design one.

I suppose I could also check the settings or read the manual.

Nah.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “The Cable Guy”


The Cable Guy soundtrack(The Work Group, 26 May 1996)

After 2 years on my Amazon wish list I caved and bought the Cable Guy soundtrack. I have to say I’m blown away. Not by how great it is but by how… mediocre it is. It’s like they found all the bands that weren’t good enough to be featured on the soundtracks to Singles, Reality Bites, Trainspotting or Empire Records and then even weeded out the bands that were good enough to appear on Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, Clueless and Party of Five to find the blandest bands of the moment.

I wanted to listen to the album again before I did this review… but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

The best thing is that is only cost me a penny. Sure, I had to pay $3.99 for the shipping and handling, but 4 bucks is a good deal on getting the first Jerry Cantrell solo song.

I’m surprised I don’t remember hearing “Leave Me Alone” when it came out. I suppose that was a few years before I really got into Alice in Chains and two years before Cantrell’s first solo album. I love hearing it in hindsight. It’s a nice bridge between Alice in Chains and Boggy Depot. The main guitar riff is a simple chugger that reminds me of “Check My Brain” and Cantrell tries singing harmonies with himself, but it just doesn’t work well without Layne Staley. It’s not a bad song, but I don’t think it’s a highlight of Cantrell’s career. It doesn’t really fit with the Alice stuff and it wasn’t until ’98 that he was really sounding confident as a solo artist.

 

Aside from “Leave Me Alone” there are very few highlights. Filter is here with “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” but I already have that song on the Demon Knight soundtrack and Short Bus. It doesn’t really fit on this album as it’s the far and away the heaviest tune.

Jim Carrey’s karaoke jam version of “Somebody to Love” is included. It’s a nice, funny track – but only for about 90 seconds. After that it’s somewhat annoying.

I remember Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” because it was a pretty big hit. And I think I like it more when I don’t have to watch the video with the guy standing outside a broken phone booth with money in his hand. It was an awful video. Watching that video was even worse than reading this paragraph.

Both Toadies and Cracker are present, but neither of them play “Possum Kingdom” or “Low.” And even though I’ve heard more songs from both bands, those are the only ones know by them. Porno For Pyro’s (Jane’s Addiction Lite) do a cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” and somehow manage to be more boring than Lou Reed.

Larry the Cable Guy was not involved in the film or the soundtrack.

Larry the Cable Guy was not involved in the film or the soundtrack.

There’s a song by a band called $10,000 Gold Chain, which is apparently a Mike McCready side project, but it’s a Velvet Underground cover song. This was a wise choice as Mike McCready’s name appears nowhere on the packaging.

Silverchair, Cypress Hill and a few other bands that I’ve never heard of round out the hour. I think I like John Ottman’s score “This Concludes Our Broadcast Day” better than most of the rock on here.

I’ll listen to this album again someday… just not today.

Dear February, Go Fuck Yourself


It's so cold that Randy is almost wearing a shirt.

It’s so cold that Randy is almost wearing a shirt.

Unless you live on a continent far, far away from me you know it’s been extremely cold this week. And the worst is set to come tomorrow when that damn polar vortex comes again. Hell, it’s so cold Lake Erie is 94 percent frozen over.

I’ve taken to playing a game with the weather app on my phone where I search for places where the weather sucks worse than it does in New Philadelphia, OH. So far the only places I’ve come across with lower temperatures are Green Bay, Wisconsin and Omsk, Russia (Siberia). Close contenders are Bangor, Maine and Nuuk, Greenland.

But Nome, Alaska; McMurdo Station, Antarctica and Helsinki, Finland have been posting warmer temperatures than home all week.

I want to move to Venus where the average temperature is 864 degrees Fahrenheit, but that isn’t economically viable at the moment so I will just fight the winter blues the best way I know how.

With Katrina & The Waves!

 

Keep warm North America!

Happy President’s Day


It’s taken me 31 years to think that having a President’s Day may be somewhat silly. We don’t have Senator’s Day, Governor’s Day, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court’s Day or Congressional Representative’s Day.

Do they have President’s Day in other countries? Or would it be Prime Minister’s Day? Or King’s Day? Queen’s Day? Chairman’s Day? Taoiseach’s Day? Supreme Leader’s Day?

I mean really… What did William Henry Harrison ever do that he deserves a holiday. Or James Buchanan? Or Calvin Coolidge? Or Abraham Lincoln?

Wait… I guess Lincoln was pretty important.

And what about that stupid band who sang about peaches? How come they get a special holiday?

Are You Lost 10


1910001_10202366648590091_7589657265662642234_nI like to think it’s because I’m such a great writer that people are coming to read my thoughts on music. Of course, what’s really happening is that people are typing crazy shit into Google and somehow ending up here. After reading Lebrain’s posts about what search terms lead to his site I thought it would be fun to share what leads people to The Audible Stew.

fuckin banging my head with damageplan what are you doing? – Dude why didn’t you text me back? I did! I fuckin texted you on Google why didn’t you get it?

jim roots new mask

I didn't even have to photoshop this one. Thanks BlondNBlues from http://aic.yuku.com/topic/380/Jerrys-Angels-Thread?page=11#.VN4-K_nF_Ws

I didn’t even have to photoshop this one. Thanks BlondNBlues from http://aic.yuku.com/topic/380/Jerrys-Angels-Thread?page=11#.VN4-K_nF_Ws

layne staley christmas

racial overtones about rap musci

al jourgensen on marilyn manson

shirley manson on kittie

rage against the machines suck my balls

rage against the machine at g.a.y - You’d think Rage is big enough to be headlining decent venues and not playing dives with names like “Suck My Balls” and “G.A.Y.”

mrbeldingfearfactoryaljourgensonal jourgensen penis

araya nicks posing naked

 

maria brink trailer trash – This is actually the plot to the film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Happy Valentine’s Day


In honor of the loneliest day of the year for me (which I usually spend watching rom-coms and crying) I will present you with the most romantic song in existence.

 

Of course, the fact that I think this is the most romantic song in existence probably has something to do with why I’m using so many tissues today.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You’re Too Young To Remember Them


There are things I hate to hear. “You have to work this weekend,” is one of them. “Is it in yet?” is another.

But the thing I hate to hear more than anything else is “You’re too young to remember that band.”

Sure, I was born in 1983 so I never had the chance of listening to John Lennon, John Bonham, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson or a plethora of other musicians with ‘J’ names while they were still alive; but we still have recording technology.

No, I'm not going to play Slayer. Stop yelling that.

No, I’m not going to play Slayer. Stop yelling that.

Every time someone says “You’re too young to know that band,” I want to explain to them how a CD works. But I don’t really know how a CD works… something about a laser and don’t get scratches on the silver side. But there were still cassette tapes before them. And reel to reels, vinyl records, 8 tracks and Dictaphones.

As of this writing the oldest person in the world was born in 1898. That’s 21 years after Thomas Edison patented the Phonograph Cylinder. So ever that 116 year old Japanese woman can’t look down on the second oldest person and say “You’re too young to remember that.”

I’m sure there are some artists who never got to record, but thanks to technology I can enjoy music from Gene Ammons (1925-1974), Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) and even Eve 6 (1995-2004, 2007- Present)

So don’t tell me I’m to young to have heard Led Zeppelin or Dr. Hook you old drunk!