Songbird !
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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues on 05.30.07

The good people over at Mozilla (the birds behind Firefox) have developed a new media player for XP, Vista, OSX and Linux that is really spiffy – and can do all the fancy functions of iTunes, without being awful and bloated. The coolest part about the player is that it has an integrated browser that when pointed to your favorite music blog, say Honey, Where You Been So Long?, it will find all the mp3s on the front page, give you track info and allow you to download them all in one swoop. You can even subscribe to the page so it will automatically down the songs to a folder and place it in your library everyday. Not to sound like they are paying my bills, but this seriously blowing my mind.

download it here! and then go to the forums and force them to add me to the bookmarks that come with the download.

Laura Smith was a popular blues singer of the time, recorded more than 20 songs in her recording career and touring across the midwest as a blues singer. She’s mostly known for her violent blues numbers, although some of them like the wonderfully titled “I’m Gonna Kill Myself” comes up more silly than anything else. This track Gravier Street Blues is her best song and one of the best murder ballads, though it’s mostly a mix of other murder ballads. Gravier Street is a street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, though I can’t find any seedy back story to the street.

Laura Smith – Gravier Street Blues
(1924)

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By Chris on 06.06.07 5:49 am

Thanks for the pointer to Songbird. Another fascinating way to widen my musical horizons.


By mig on 06.30.07 12:06 am

Actually, Songbird is released by POTI, Inc. — “Pioneers of the Inevitable.”

A startup spun to give life to the project.

However, we do work closely with the Moz folks and love them all to eetsy beetsy pieces.


By alan smith on 07.01.07 7:56 am

How do I hear this stuff?




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