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

Hall and Oates – Cheap Trick

Smooth soul (whether “blue-eyed” or not; Hall doesn’t seem to like the distinction, and I can’t blame him) from the most popular duo in rock history. From the album H2O.


A hard rocker and the title track to their 1982 album.


Song of the Day – “You Won’t Be Happy” – The Beat

Los Angeles power-pop from the band’s 1979 debut. Fronted by Paul Collins, they changed their name to include his moniker for their second album. Still didn’t give them any hits.

Song of the Day – “Martians Go Home” – Shorty Rogers

Shorty Rogers was a flugelhorn and trumpet player of cool, “West coast” jazz. He is joined here by Lou Levy on piano, Gary Lefebvre on flute, Larry Bunker on drums and Gary Peacock on bass.

Song of the Day – “Metal Guru” – T. Rex

Marc Bolan and the boys bring glam rock to Top of the Pops in 1972. This performance is probably T. Rex at their least flamboyant.

Song of the Day – “Fall at Your Feet” – Neil Finn

Neil, of the fabulous Finn Brothers (as well as Split Enz and Crowded House), turns 60 today. Let’s say Happy Birthday with a performance of this Crowded House song.

Neil is joined here by Glenn Gouldman of 10cc and Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera. Lots of acoustic guitar goodness there!

Song of the Day – “I Got the Fever” – The Georgia Prophets

Perfect little small-label seventies soul non-hit.

The lead singer for the Prophets was Billy Scott, born Peter Pendleton. Wikipedia says that Scott had a gold record with this song in 1968. Other sources have it released with the Prophets or Georgia Prophets in 1971 or 1976. Yet another source has it done by a band called Creation. That’s the trouble with small-label tracks that never hit the Top 40: you often can’t get a straight story about credits.

iPhoneography Apps – SimplyHDR: Clearly a worthwhile app

Everyone is disappointed, when they first start taking photos, with the results they get in tricky lighting situations. You’re in a lovely cottage with a spectacular view of the country out the window. You can see the details in the drapes and the fluffy clouds. When you look at the photo, after taking great care with the exposure, you see a washed-out sky in a black rectangle. The reason? Your eye is able to capture much more of the “dynamic range” of the scene – the shadows and highlights – than any camera sensor can.

HDR is a photographic technique that usually uses three or more exposures (images) to capture all of the dynamic range that your eye sees – sees without any effort on your part. These multiple images are then merged together so that you have properly-exposed highlights, midtones and shadows. I covered two camera apps that use this merger technique back in February 2013.

Other apps, rather than needing multiple exposures, will try to improve the overall exposure of a single image. Snapseed and iColorama have HDR components, and many other photo suites do as well. JixiPix has a stand-alone single-image HDR app called Simply HDR.


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