Kasabian – ’48:13′

by chris on July 3, 2014

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A lot of people make fun of Kasabian. They say they had one good album. I always disagreed and thought each successive album had a few good tracks but probably did get progressively weaker.


Kasabian (self titled) [2004]
Club Foot
Processed Beats
Reason Is Treason
I.D.
L.S.F.
Butcher Blues

West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum [2009]
Underdog
Fire

Empire [2010]
Empire
Shoot The Runner
By My Side
Stuntman

Velociraptor! [2011]
Days Are Forgotten

Now with Kasabian’s lated album, ’48:13′, I don’t hear a single song that makes me want to go back to it. It all seems incredibly forgettable, led by the predictable lyrics to the opening track, “Bumbleee”:

“Gettin’ a message… A message for me
I’m caught up in love, and I’m in ecstasy
What can I do now, when nothing’s the same?
And all that i know, I wanna do it again
Life is so simple when you are with me
‘Cause when we’re together, I’m in ecstasy”

A couple tracks might be “ok”, such as ‘Stevie’, but they won’t get more than a random play from me via shuffle mode and sure won’t do anything to dispel the bands haters.

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I listen to Seattle’s KEXP streaming radio fairly regularly and even when I’m not I like to know what they’re playing. I use GeekTool to display KEXP’s “Now Playing” song on my Mac Desktop.

curl -silent 'http://kexp.org/playlist/miniplaylist' | perl -l -0777 -ne 'print $1 if /<title.*?>\s*(.*?)\s*<\/title/si' | perl -MHTML::Entities -le 'while(<>) {print decode_entities($_);}'

For Spotify, I have this script:

DATA=$(osascript -e 'tell application "System Events"
set myList to (name of every process)
end tell
if myList contains "Spotify" then
tell application "Spotify"
if player state is stopped then
set output to ""
else
set trackname to name of current track
set artistname to artist of current track
set albumname to album of current track
if player state is playing then
set output to trackname & " | " & artistname & " | " & albumname
else if player state is paused then
set output to ""
end if
end if
end tell
else
set output to ""
end if')
echo $DATA | awk -F new_line '{print $1}'
echo $DATA | awk -F new_line '{print $2}'

There are a few places within the code where you can customize what appears if Spotify is paused or stopped. I have those set to be empty. (“”)

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Stereo is a new music player from Appothecary.

stereo app icon 150x150 Stereo, an iTunes music player replacement app for album art fansStereo is currently at version 0.3.1 and is offered at “an introductory price” of $1.99, down from $3.99.

It’s designed to be a simple iTunes music player replacement designed to put importance on album covers. The interface is barebones and puts the album covers front and center. There are two modes, “detailed album art”, which shows larger album covers but fewer artist, and a “more artist” mode, which displays the albums much smaller in order to fit more artists on the screen.

It’s a fullscreen app that you navigate by either scrolling or by typing the artist name.

Detailed Album Art mode with The National selected

03 artist selected 300x179 Stereo, an iTunes music player replacement app for album art fans


More Artists mode, with Autolux selected

02 more artist 300x179 Stereo, an iTunes music player replacement app for album art fans


04 album selected 300x193 Stereo, an iTunes music player replacement app for album art fans


Above is the album detail window where it shows you track info about the selected album.

It’s not at version 1.0 yet and has its share of bugs and quirks. It doesn’t always draw the album art, which requires either changing the view mode or scrolling. You can simply type an artist name and it’ll jump to that artist alphabetically. This is sometimes enough to force it to update album art. If an artist has more than six albums, it can be hard to tell without trying to scroll within the artist popup window.

It’s an interesting and simplistic approach. While it’s not designed to be a full-time replacement, at times I miss seeing song ratings and having access to other info like year released or song lyrics. With the current issues and with it not being at version 1.0 it seems over priced at $1.99. I don’t see it being worth a $3.99 unless there are some fantastic surprises to come, and I can’t imagine what those would be. $.99 or $1.99 seems fair compared to other apps.

You can check out Stereo here…

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