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David Mead

Listened to the album, this films crap lets slash the seats

By David Holmes

A fantastic album from the 90's, full of stomping tunes.

I remember being in The Sun Rooms (a bar in Southend, now closed) and hearing it being played and thinking "I need to find out who this is".

David Mead

Listened to the song, Felt

By Sounds From The Ground

New track taken for the album BINARY. Upstream Records release date 25th march 2019.

David Mead

Listened to the album, isn’t this dangerous?

By lefolk

Digging back into the netlabel days - This great release through the, much missed, Resting Bell label.

The description on the site sums it up perfectly...

A fading structure and slight beats in the back, layered with organic drones and soundcapes and melodic sprinkles, hisses and crackels on top.

There are still a lot to download from this defunct label. Well worth your time as the gems there are well worth it.

David Mead

David Mead

Listened to the song, Firestarter

By The Prodigy

Today Keith Flint was found dead. He was only 49.

The Prodigy has been a major part of my music collection for years now. Growing up in Essex, and them being a "local band", they were always being played in my group of friends.

So sad.

David Mead

Listened to the song, Life's What You Make It

By Talk Talk

Today Mark Hollis died. He was 64.

Talk Talk was a staple for me through the 80's and this song, Life's What You Make It, stayed with me.  It's one of my all time favourites with it's pounding piano and Mark's vocals.

And the video is a classic.

 

David Mead

Fix for my @GooglePlayMusic issues? Yes! Use @Firefox instead of @GoogleChrome.

2 min read

A week ago I wrote about my issues with Google Play Music. I added another one to the tally as I couldn't upload any music over the past couple of days.  The uploader was stuck with no error message or way to cancel the queued uploads.

Seems a lot of people have had the same issue recently.

I tried the advice in the Reddit thread and it did clear the stuck uploader, but I couldn't get anything new to load.  That was until I tried it in Firefox.

See I'd been doing this all in Chrome because, you know, it's all Google. Turns out that's rapidly turning from a 'pro' to a 'con'.

Opening Google Play Music in Firefox is a little slower than Chrome, but, it fixed some of the issues I was having:

  • upload artwork where it's missing
  • replace incorrect artwork

Downloading the Music Manager desktop app now uploads songs right away and gives me an error report if something fails, along with a reason why it failed.

screenshot of Music Manager showing why a file didn't upload

Chrome never did this. Who knew there was a maximum file size for music - I didn't.

Could this mean, after many years, I switch back to Firefox as my default?

 

David Mead

Is @GooglePlayMusic letting out a death rattle?

1 min read

So @GooglePlayMusic has been showing signs of that, oh so worrying, Google product trait where small things start to not work properly.

Continual uploading

For sometime now the web interface keeps telling me there's one more song uploading. I have no idea what it is. I click on the icon, taking me to the 'recently uploaded' screen, to find everything there.

screenshot of Google Play upload icon

Incorrect artwork

When adding the last four free Underworld tracks, Google Play Music has given them all the same artwork, even though they each come with individual covers.  These covers can be seen when looking at the file locally, but in here they are all the same. Which brings me on to my thrid thing...

screenshot showing same artwork for 3 different music tracks

Cannot upload artwork

At some point Google Play Music lost the ability to upload cover art for tracks or albums. I can pick a new piece, but it never uploads. This means missing, or wrong, artwork can't be fixed.

screenshot showing cover art upload error

I moved away from using iTunes and an iPod quite some time ago, but that option may need to be dusted off (literally) again.

David Mead

Listened to the album, Departed Glories

By Biosphere

Dreamy, meloncholic, haunting.

I'm a big Biosphere fan, but this took me a couple of tries to get into.  Though similiar to some of his work, such as Shenzhou, it's still different from his normal output.

The more I listen the higher it climbs in my favourite albums list.

David Mead