Song of the Day – “Driver 8” – R.E.M.

I’m going to be travelling a bit over the next week, and so I thought I’d feature some songs that deal with trains. I’ve already posted some of my favorites, including “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Morning Train”, “Night Train”, “Long Train Runnin’”, “Crazy Train” and “Train in the Distance”. That leaves a lot more.

This is probably my favorite. It’s a track from Fables of the Reconstruction, their third album. Although they were still firmly in their “jangle” phase, you can begin to hear the harder edge that they would embrace fully in just a few years.


iPhoneography Apps: PhotoToaster Part 3 – Borders and Brushes

As I said last time, I made a couple of errors in the first installment of my articles on PhotoToaster, and I’d like to clear them up here. The first is a feature that I did not find while experimenting with the app. When using the Custom Picker to choose an image for editing from your library, I stated that the only difference I could see was the sort order. Actually, you can press-and-hold on any thumbnail to see the full image. This is helpful when you are trying to choose between many similar images, such as you might have when using multiple apps to create a finished image. This is a very helpful feature – well worth using the Custom Picker.

The other error I made was with the Recent Edits setting. I said it reflected how many “undos” could be accomplished. Instead, it denotes how many editing sessions are saved on the “Recent Edits” list on the home screen. I pointed out that having to exit to the home screen to change settings was awkward; but if you then access the most recent edit, you can return to your current edit without having to reload the image and start over. It’s still a bit awkward in my eyes, but not nearly as bad as I made it out to be.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Lame Claim to Fame” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

It’s not normal for me to use “New Music Wednesday” to tout the same album two weeks in a row. When I heard this “style parody” of Southern Culture on the Skids on Al’s latest, Mandatory Fun, however, I knew I would have to bend the rules.

The parody is so close to “Camel Walk” (Song of the Day April 14 2009) that it makes me wonder why he didn’t make it a direct song parody instead. Whatever. I’m just glad that SCOTS is going to get a boost (hopefully) from this exposure.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Maybe Baby”

Buddy Holly – The Cars

Ever notice that much of popular music has a “stalker” vibe?

When some day you’ll want me
Well, I’ll be there, wait and see

MAYBE she’s just not that into you.


The Cars seem more content with the uncertain nature of their relationship, and request that the object of their affection be their “Maybe Baby”. From Shake It Up.

Song of the Day – “That Smiling Face” – Camouflage

Camouflage were a German synth-pop band that had the misfortune to start making a name for themselves at the tail-end of the eighties, when grunge was beginning to take over.

Timing isn’t everything, but it does make a difference.

Song of the Day – “That Girl Could Sing” – Jackson Browne

This song charted for 13 weeks in the fall of 1980, which was my senior year at the University of Georgia. A young freshman phenom by the name of Herschel Walker was running over Tennessee players, and the team was on the way to the national championship.

Good times.

Song of the Day – “Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik” – The Rutles

To ride the coattails of the Beatles’ Anthology, the Rutles (Bonzo Dog Band’s Neil Innes) released Archaeology. More of the same great parodies, without the accompanying documentary.