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Binge

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Mass Romantic
Frank Black
Golden Delicious

Every week, Coolest-Gadgets.com holds a "coolest gadget of the week" contest.  All you have to do to enter is vote for one of the featured gadgets, and leave a comment on their contest post.  In each week's contest, a randomly selected individual wins a $50 Amazon gift certificate.  I only found out about it last Friday, so last week was my first entry into the contest drawings.  Imagine my surprise when I found out Monday that I had won the contest!

Today Al from Coolest-Gadgets sent me my Amazon certificate, and I debated what I would spend it on.  Even though I could have been practical and bought something useful (in my house, we always need diapers, etc), I figured I'd treat myself to a little something special and decided to pick up some Amazon Mp3 albums that I've had my eye on for a while.  I'm only halfway through my certificate and have already picked up some awesome albums

  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
  • Frank Black – Frank Black
  • Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious

I think I'm going to have to take a break from the buying before my ears explode from pure aural joy.

Oh, and in case you're interested, this week's contest is on.  Go try your hand at winning your own gift certificate!

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Pandora Rocks

I've been listening to a lot of Pandora internet radio at work lately, through the Open Pandora client.

It's sort of the poor man's sirius or XM radio, without the talk stations and with the added benefit that it allows one to add their own favorite artists/songs, rate music, and it'll tailor a music station for you based on your ratings and pick other music that you may have never even heard of, based on similarities between it and the songs you've rated as liking.  That's pretty damn cool, if you ask me.  Especially as the "similarities" are based on the music genome project, and really get into the nitty gritty details of the music.

Recently they've added a "QuickMix" feature that meld multiple custom stations together into one big mix, without sacrificing the specialization of any one station.  Currently mine is set to include 3 substations that I've created:

    1. Female Alternative
    2. Male Alternative
    3. Indie-Emo


My stations can be found by listening to rossruns_pandora on the Pandora website.

Some of the cool bands/artists I've found through my listening lately that I'll probably be buying albums from in the near future:

    1. The New Pornographers
    2. The Decemberists
    3. Kay Hanley (formerly of Letters to Cleo)
    4. Mon Frere
    5. The Dresden Dolls
    6. The Sounds
    7. Death Cab for Cutie

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