Music vs iTunes

This isn’t the royal “Music”, but Apple’s “replacement” for the software package called iTunes, which still persists on Windows, but has been cleaved into smaller bits in versions of Apple’s macOS with the release of 10.15, aka Catalina.

While Music looks very similar to iTunes, it does do things a bit differently, and with some surprises. I’m getting a little rusty remembering all of the things I disliked about the transition, but here goes.

Filtering your tracks with the Search bar doesn’t quite work how it used to. In the past, the Search field was in the top right of the iTunes window. It moved to the top left, and searches all, but the results aren’t a filter like they used to be, but more like a web search with results not necessarily in the format desired. Thankfully I got a tip from Rusty at SomaFM about turning on a filter search, which again goes in the top right, but only stays active briefly. Look for it under View > Show Filter Field. Handy.

Adding or managing your devices is now in Finder, believe it or now, and that’s OK. I was scratching my head at first, but realized that my iPad Pro was mounted in the sidebar of the Finder window, and when I clicked on it I was greeted with a very familiar interface last seen in iTunes. Playlist management is what I usually do here, adding and removing them week on week.

Library management can be a little tricky as well, if you’re used to storing it on another drive like I do. I prefer to have everything on something not tied to the computer, so if there’s an OS issue it’s unlikely to affect my music. This, and with a large library, SSDs are easier to plug in than to upgrade internally with some devices. My current storage solution is an external T5 Samsung 1TB SSD. It has been a RAID1 4TB external setup in the past, but performance wasn’t as good as it should have been.

A recent scare with regards to the library had me running around in circles trying to figure out what was going on. Music had not been adding recent files to my preferred disk for some reason, and a quick check in Preferences showed that the Media location had changed. I struggled to get things working right until Rusty gave me a clue about a change that had been made. iTunes used to have a file called iTunes Library.itl which is just an XML file with metadata, like the file’s location. Music moved this to a different location called Music Library.musiclibrary. No, really. You can open this with Show Package Contents and see the files inside that will look more familiar to those who’ve seen what iTunes did in the past.

As part of that exercise in frustration, which was ultimately successful, I found out that macOS gets very clever when keeping track of where music is moved to and from. Those tracks I’d wanted to add to my external Media disk were eventually just copied to the SSD, in a different folder, with the folder on the local machine being put in the macOS trash and emptied. Music just figured out where the files were and resolved the location of the files without my pointing there. Kinda neat, if a bit of a head scratcher.

So, Music isn’t the end of the road for those of us with big or huge music libraries to manage. It still supports Smart Playlists and all of the querying capabilities and filtering we’re used to. Devices are still supported. Yeah, it reset all of the playlist column preferences, of which I have hundreds, but those are easy to fix.

One of these days I might even run the current version of macOS and not be two versions behind, but not today. Not today. I miss Snow Leopard.

#88/100 – Arcadia – So Red the Rose

This project by Duran Duran members is most notable not for that fact to me, but for the striking cover art. It’s better than my experience with the music, as it seems like this was a prog version of Duran Duran and not something in keeping with the New Wave band’s style. I picked Side B unknowingly and after a listen I found The Promise the most likable and interesting track on the side. I would have picked Rose Arcana only because it’s the shortest.


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#87/100 – Danger Doom – The Mouse and The Mask

This was a no-brainer buy when I saw it for sale at Randy’s in SLC. I’m a long-time DOOM fan and I liked what Danger Mouse had done with The Grey Album and Gnarls Barkley, so yeah, I was on board. Not sure if I got any of this album for Nerd Show, but Sofa King, Mince Meat, and other tracks were just top shelf DOOM.

Side B on my copy seems to have the track Basket Case as B1, but it’s not showing up like that on Discogs. Either way, I really like this track and it’s very similar to Mince Meat in the groove, but just beat that track this listen. Lovely flow and groove and vibe throughout.


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#65/100 – Starkey – Orbits

We’ve already looked into the UK Bass scene with Joker’s The Vision, and this album is from a similar era and spans many different UK genres, probably more so than that one. Lots of straight up bass music, some house, grime vibes, hip=hop elements, and just a very diverse and interesting sound. I picked Side D, and in that listen I liked the dance vibe on the final track, Distant Star, and especially loved the wobble bass breakdown at the end to put a bow on the album.


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Relax and Chill

Stilla HavetBrinnande HorisontSmicker
Let There Be LightBreak The Spell Of SilenceNo Given Path
Bus ErrorBUS ERROR Vol. 2 2018-2044Full Duplex
dj poolboiForever YoursYou Deserve Better
RhyeSpiritMalibu Nights
Hans BergSounds Of The Forest ForgottenButterfly
Ancient AstronautThrough the Tunnel of LoveHealing Spheres

Nerd New Year 2019 Part 6 of 7

Deep Tech Acid House

Sam von Horn & Danny GoligerYoung Art Sound IIItch
John Barera & Will MartinLife, The Heavens and EarthLife, The Heavens and Earth
Kennedy OneDark CityDark City
PHON.OGet Over It EPBright Sun
KomfortrauschenKomfortrauschen – MechatronikMechatronik II (Original)
Hunter/Game & AltmanSub Zero EPSub Zero
Wa Wu WeWa Wu We 003B1
Fabio FloridoMultiverse EPMultiverse
Luke HessInto The Deep EPBreakers
My FlowerRea EPHaumea
HermeticsTechgnosis EPNon-Physical Friend
La FleurAphelion EP – RemixesHunting Grounds (Justin Massei Remix)
Hill Of VisionEvolution EPSigns
LixoCicada EPWhistler
Special RequestBedroom TapesPineal Gland
Saine & SmithDirty GamesMoon Monsters
Octo OctaFor LoversLoops For Healing
PrincipleasureArduin EPArduin
Simon Boswell & Chris Whitten Kris

Nerd New Year 2019 Part 5 of 7

Dark, Brooding, and Noisy

Floating PointsLast BloomLast Bloom (Radio Edit)
Amon TobinFear in a Handful of DustVipers Follow You
Leon VynehallI, CavalloI, Cavallo (Radio Edit)
Hana VuWreckedBlack Hole Orbit
Paula TempleEdge Of EverythingJoshua And Goliath (Slow Version)
Verasect Aeon (Blood Wolf Remix)
Ka Fu Good and Grey (Da Vosk Docta remix)
HAAiSystems Up, Windows DownStop Looking At Me Swan
UnweltSuperior Life FormsComputer
Throwing SnowFabricRheged
ShlohmoThe EndThe End
Dorian ConceptToothbrush / Booth ThrustToothbrush
Falling DecibylsSometimes I Close My EyesVacuum In Space Reprise (Ambient Version)
Sage CaswellEvil TwinWalter Reed HD
Mount Kimbie You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure)
Body Of LightTime To KillHeart Of Shame
TWINSNew Cold DreamAt Your Door
Void Expansion EnsembleThe MachineIntercept (excerpt)
Liquid SoapNaja WarfareDesert Elf
LadytronFar From Home – Night VersionsFar From Home (Dave The Hustler Remix)
Daree Rock Prologue

Nerd New Year 2019 Part 4 of 7

Cool and Lush Vibes

Manatee CommuneMy Dearest FriendMy Dearest Friend
FrameworksImagine GoldThe Dark
Pick a PiperSightStumbled Upon
RhiThe Pale QueenPlain Jane (Radio Edit)
Caravan PalaceChronologicGhost
Elliot Moss Barricade (Radio Edit)
AUSTThe HiveThe Hive (Original Mix)
BeshkenAisle of PalmCursed
PhelianBeside YouBlack Orchid (Original Mix)
JKP Quiet Place
Max CooperOne Hundred Billion Sparks RemixedRule 110 (Synkro remix)
Jacques GreeneDawn ChorusSel
TakeleaveInner SeaHabitat
Com TruisePersuasion SystemKontex
TOKiMONSTALove That NeverLove That Never
Blue VeilDreaming In Colour EPAnother Day

Nerd New Year 2019 Part 3 of 7

Get up and DANCE!

Chrome SparksBe On FireUltraviolet Rainbow
Gemini RisingBest Case LifeMorph
NICOLAAS No Stranger Thing (Louis La Roche Remix)
Moon BootsBimini RoadTied Up (feat. Steven Klavier) (Radio Edit)
Fever RayI’m Not Done (Still Not Done Mix)I’m Not Done (Still Not Done Mix)
GeorgiaAbout Work The DancefloorAbout Work The Dancefloor (Edit)
TSHAMe YouMe You (Edit)
KIDSØSparkleSparkle (Original)
Ross From FriendsEpiphanyEpiphany (Edit)
Pat LokCorazón RemixesKnow Me (Rony Rex Remix)
Bob MosesBattle Lines RemixedBack Down (Hayden James Remix (Edit))
Lawrence Hart & Casually HereInnocent / Swimming UpOchre (Model Man Remix)
ZIINO Under The Apple Tree
Uppermost Forever Present
Gold Fields Waterfall (Com Truise Remix)
Solstis Miss You
InstupendoBoys by GirlsPinch
Big WildSuperdreamPale Blue Dot
TydeKitsune Cafe CompilationDon’t Worry
Caribou Home
ODESZAA Moment Apart RemixesLate Night (Running Touch Remix)
Corporate SlackrsHighs & LowsHighs & Lows
CerroneThe ImpactThe Impact
Reptile RoomTalkTalk

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Vocal Sounds

Gidon Schocken Say It Right (feat. Tahel)
Lane 8Brightest LightsDon’t Let Me Go (feat. Arctic Lake) (Radio Edit)
KlloBack To YouBack To You
RY XUnfurlTo Know
ApparatLP5HEROIST (Edit)
CocoRosieSmash My HeadSmash My Head (Radio Edit)
JBXDR Soul Fool
Lydia AinsworthPhantom ForestTell Me I Exist
Manu DiaSurface EPSign (feat. KOLE)
DRAMADance Without MeNine One One
Rituals of MineSLEEPER HOLDBurst
Rhia Fire
Anamanaguchi[USA]On My Own
Mild MindsEmbracerEmbracer (radio edit)
KasboI Get You (feat. Lizzy Land)I Get You (feat. Lizzy Land)
HÆLOSAny Random KindnessEnd Of World Party (edit)
CLAVVSNo SaviorsNo Saviors
Belau Essence (feat. Sophie Barker)
TransvioletBorn To RuleBorn To Rule
MEMBAWalls DownWalls Down (feat. EVAN GIIA)