The song of 2020: I know the end – Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers was everywhere this year; Better Oblivion Community Center with Conor Oberst, her cover of The Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris” with Maggie Rogers to celebrate Trump’s defeat, but most importantly her solo album with this impressive multi-faceted and deeply touching “I know the end”.

Phoebe Bridgers - I Know the End (Official Video)

Music from our Tube: Black Country, New Road – ‘Science Fair’

A song I Shazammed twice in the last couple of days when hearing it on PBB and which I’ve just now listened to 5 times already as it really is that intense, angry, chaotic, poetic and … well, good? The video is pretty great as well! Black Country, New Road – ‘Science Fair’

Black Country, New Road - 'Science Fair' (Official Video)

Scratching my own itches; my online radio player

I’ve never been into iTunes or Spotify, tuning into online radio-stations instead to satisfy my constant need for musical discovery, excitement and/ or entertainment. For a long time I was an avid KCRW listener, but times change and their eclecticism does not necessarily match mine the way it used to, so over the last couple of years many online streams (Worldwide FM, Nova, TSF Jazz, KCSN, Laurent Garnier’s PBB, …) were added to my favorites which I stored in a draft mail in Gmail of all places, accessing that file on my different devices and -where available- using VLC to play them.
But VLC isn’t available everywhere (hello “smart” TV), it is not great to manage a collections of streams and copy/pasting URL’s from that draft mail is clumsy, so after creating a simple webpage with an HTML5 audio element for my wife to listen to the local “Radio 1 classics” stream on our TV, I decided to extend that to display a list of streams to choose from with a minimum of vanilla JavaScript to do the actual switching and just a dash of CSS (still struggling with vertically aligning multiline titles in those inline-blocks, but I don’t mind that too much. No really, I’m not nervous about that whenever I see it, not at all!).
The result (at https://futtta.be/r/) is an unattractive but pretty usable mp3 stream player that I use on 4 different locations and which I can update easily to accommodate my wife’s knack for doo-wap and xmas-music. Maybe I should add falling snow-flakes to surprise her when we put up the Christmas tree? 🙂

Music from our Tube; Lianne gets Weird Fishes

I get eaten by the worms and … For 2 seconds the drums seem to announce this is just a cover but then the beat changes drastically and you’re left wondering what happened while the different vibe grows on you. You (almost) have goosebumps when the bridge happens and you stop breathing to hear it all and then, after that bridge, everything comes together and you’re floating on those familiar minor 9th chord arpeggio’s and those fabulous voices until all fades out and you hit repeat.