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

Randy Newman – Gigi & the Charmaines

Two different takes on the same emotion today. Newman is really, really sorry, as this slow blues shows.

You know, you know how it is with me baby
You know, you know I just can’t stand myself
And it takes a whole lot of medicine
For me to pretend that I’m somebody else


This Cincinnati group has a decidedly upbeat tone. While Gigi has sinned, she’s a victim of circumstance.


Song of the Day – “Guilty” – Classix Nouveaux

A “new romantic” synth act from England, formed after Poly Styrene left X-Ray Spex and the rest of the band went on with a new singer.

That new singer, Sal Solo, went on to a new career in Christian music.

Look for two more “guilty” song tomorrow!

Song of the Day – “Christian’s Automobile” – The Persuasions

The Persuasions were a great acapella group from the seventies. Of course they get their start with gospel music, and that kind of music figured prominently on their albums.

I have to admit I’m amused by the lyrics “start your automobile, put it in first gear and go on up that hill” and “I’m not worried about my parking space”.

Song of the Day – “Crosseyed and Painless” – Talking Heads

Facts don’t do what I want them to.

Seven minutes of high-energy funk to start your weekend. Get moving!

Song of the Day – “Everything Is Free” – Gillian Welch

Dedicated to the artists out there.

We’re gonna do it anyway
Even if it doesn’t pay

Song of the Day – “Hero Takes a Fall” – The Bangles

The lead-off track from the Bangles’ 1984 debut, All Over the Place. The great harmonies are there, but the guitar is as noisy as it ever will be in a Bangles track.

iPhoneography Apps – Tintype: Nice results, troubling interface

Last time I covered an app that emulated a particular type of photography: Polaroid, or instant, photography. This week I go back to the dawn of photography and the time when photo prints did not come on paper, but on metal: the tintype.

Polaroids were all about catching the moment; tintypes were the opposite. Painstakingly staged and allowing for no movement, tintypes have a static look that warrant the use of a permanent metal to print them.

The app Tintype is made by Hipstamatic, who have some experience with the look in their Tintype Hipstamatic Pak, which included the Tinto 1884 lens and D-Plate and C-Plate films. When separating the Tintype look into its own app, you’d expect that Hipstamatic would add value by giving you more control over the look of the resulting output. Unfortunately, that expectation is both true and not true.


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