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Take it away, Glenster…


I had to go into the hospital this evening for a routine diagnostic — no, no. No big. I have a family history of bum kidneys and they like to give ’em a poke now and then. They’re fine, thanks. I saw them myself on ultrasound! They’re totally shaped like black-eyed peas. But now I’m off my shed-yule tonight.

So why not visit Glenster’s site? He makes nice clean MP3’s of vintage big band 78s and he’s put up ten brand spanking new tracks today — all of ’em from the UK!

My very first web site was dedicated to MP3’s of my 78 collection. There’s all kinds of deeply cool software you can get now to depop, dehiss, rebalance and otherwise restore funky old recordings. It’s like magic. It’s like magic that is a hell of a lot of hard work, so I gave up after the first dozen.

Also, if you can’t bear to listen to Teleprompter Jesus — Greatest Orator of Our Age — stumble through somebody else’s words in primetime one more time, why not listen to this guy talk off the top of his head? He’s a Tory MEP (a British conservative member of the European Parliament). Giving a squirming, smirking Gordon Brown a procto exam. With a rusty garden weasel.

That’s what the thing looks like.


Comment from armybrat
Time: March 24, 2009, 9:44 pm

when my mama and daddy finally retired for good, they cleaned out their house and moved to AZ. Daddy sent me the boxes of LPs. Beautiful stuff from his college days and when he and mama were first married. I looked high and low and bought a machine that would covert those analog tracks to digital so I could put them on CDs. I’ve since redone most of them to eliminate the hiss and pop. But I still have those first copies and like them best. I open a bottle of wine and love to hear the music with all the noise……the sounds of my youth.

Comment from glenster
Time: March 24, 2009, 9:54 pm

Holy Cow! A Weaselanche! Thank you, fair Stoaty! It’s incredibly easy to make horrendously bad-sounding restorations, and I’ve certainly made more than my share of them. I’ve finally gotten comfortable with the software I use (DartPro98 – it’s ancient, but it works well) and I actually enjoy sharing stuff from my collection. Everyone is always welcome, and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions…

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 24, 2009, 10:26 pm

Thanks, Glenster – Badger House has been rootin’ and tootin’ tonight, thanks to your great site!

Comment from Disco
Time: March 24, 2009, 11:36 pm

I found you a while ago while looking for a real weasel. I also found bugsngasgal thru you and I have to say i like you both. I’m sad that bugs is gone. I have a bunch of old opera on shellac and have wondered about how to do some clean up. I need a turntable that will even play 78s though. Guess I’m behind the times. hope you are having fun over there, i hear that England is doomed.

Comment from porknbean
Time: March 24, 2009, 11:53 pm

hope you are having fun over there, i hear that England is doomed.

Won’t be long before everyone realizes that we are doomed too.
A banana republic. We are now living in one. Chicago-style.

We need more guys on both sides of the pond like the Tory dude. Sayin’ it like it is. They will get more respect and support.

Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: March 25, 2009, 1:05 am

Glenster — wow!

We had black-eyed peas for dinner tonight — pure coincidence, but consider them a retroactive toast to your renal health!

Comment from Red State Witch
Time: March 25, 2009, 8:45 am

Ouch! That was a complete vivisection. Daniel Hannan briefly looked down at his notes only a handful of times during the entire speech. THIS is what articulate is, not President O. When will politicians learn that a great speech comes from stating what you believe, not from what you read? What a great line – “you are pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things.”

BTW, wicked funny graphic on the Leno/prompty thing.

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: March 25, 2009, 9:59 am

My grandfather once sang with Fred Waring’s band (he of blender fame). And I was routinely thrown off his sister’s golf course for running on it for training. I believe he perished not far from you over the channel during the war.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: March 25, 2009, 10:17 am

I like the hisses and pops. Reminds me of older days. One reason I love videotapes – brings back old memories. So nostalgicky.

May we import Daniel Hannan to the these US? He might not become president (he was born in Lima, Peru), but maybe he can shake us up a bit anyway. Where does one go to get “A License For To Export A Tory Member of Parliamente from Her Majestie’s Domain to The New Upstart Colonies”?

Comment from Jill
Time: March 25, 2009, 11:26 am

Disco, the Ion series of USB turntables has a feature that will convert 78’s. It plays them into a program called Audacity at 45 rpm I believe, and then converts the sound file to 78 so that it sounds normal.

I’m not sure if all of the turntables made by Ion have this conversion feature, so choose wisely. I am an ex-dj with thousands of pieces of vinyl. I have one of their turntables, and it’s the cat’s ass. 🙂

(BTW, I think they now call us ‘turntablists’…dj’s that mix record to record.)

You can view their products here: http://www.ionaudio.com/ionttusb

Comment from Jill
Time: March 25, 2009, 11:39 am

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Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: March 25, 2009, 12:11 pm

Even when McDoom is under a barrage of criticism, he just sits there with that moronic affected smile on his big, genital wart-like head. I really am convinced that he’s totally mad. I’d like to take a look at that notepad he was scribbling on. I bet it says ‘itallstartedinamericaitallstartedinamericaitallstartedinamerica…’ a la The Shining. God knows how we’re going to get rid of this wretched dangleberry. I don’t think it’s going to be pretty or civilised.

Good job Mr. Hannan. You’re wasted on those Euroweenie bobbleheads.

Musli, I fear we need him far more than you do.

Comment from porknbean
Time: March 25, 2009, 12:27 pm

HA! Rush Limbaugh just played the clip of Hannan pointing out that the republicans can take a lesson from him. Here! Here!

Speaking of which, the EU pres is saying that Obama is taking us to hell. When I get on my real computer, I’ll link it.

Comment from Nicholas the Slide
Time: March 25, 2009, 1:15 pm

Musli, I fear we need him far more than you do.
Let’s clone him, that would solve the problem. One for you, one for us. 😉

Comment from porknbean
Time: March 25, 2009, 1:40 pm

Here ya go..


STRASBOURG, France — A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed U.S. plans to spend its way out of recession as “a way to hell.”

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus package and banking bailout “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.”

A day after his government collapsed because of a parliamentary vote of no-confidence, Topolanek took the EU presidency on a collision course with Washington over how to deal with the global economic recession.

Most European leaders favor tighter financial regulation, while the U.S. has been pushing for larger economic stimulus plans.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: March 25, 2009, 3:24 pm

“May we import Daniel Hannan to the these US?”

I think the leader of our (so called) Conservative Party would probably giftwrap him for you. The comparison between Hannan’s barnstorming performance and Cameron’s ‘softly, softly’ approach hasn’t gone unnoticed…

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: March 25, 2009, 9:42 pm

Completely off topic, but have you seen what the clever Ixians at Wacom have been up to recently Stoaty?

Uncle Badger – hide the credit cards!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 25, 2009, 9:50 pm

Nice. Very nice. I particularly like the rotate button.

But if I were going to rape Uncle B’s plastic, I’d spring for a Cintiq.

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