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  1.  
    MP3 DJs usually sound much worse than people who play vinyl or CD.
    Its just lazy not to take a bag of records down to the disco. I mean you don't need your entire collection for an evenings DJing do you. I don't listen to tech head argument. I use my own ears.
  2.  
    "I don't listen to tech head argument. I use my own ears."

    ... and therein lies the thrust of everything that's been posted, unless I'm misinterpreting something somewhere.
  3.  
    Not an offical release, but an updated version of the Vinyl Bootleg "Not about to die" LP is available
    again with a different frontage from original version. It was a hard one to track down originally and with
    an alleged 50 copies of this new version, will be the same this time around. Same track listing as before.
    I know it aint offical and some dudes making a bit of money out of it, but thought I,d let you know anyway
    for anyone who is interested?

    A wee pic of the new version below;

    http://tinyurl.com/6ps394
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeNov 20th 2008)
     
    I get that mp3s at a high bitrate sound decent, at least through pc audio channels... but what sort of better device can you play them through at home? Do you have to buy a second sound system, just for your computer, when you already have one for LPs and CDs?
  4.  
    I just route an audio output from the computer to the tape input on my amp... my old cassette deck is not connected "full time" anymore, so that one was open. Or AUX would work, or an extra audio input from an unused video source. The audio outputs are surprisingly decent on most modern computer setups, but if you're really concerned you could always get an inexpensive audio card (or a very expensive one, I suppose). A better patch cable from 1/8" headphone-style to regular RCA cables is all you need to complete the setup.

    This, of course, is not particularly convenient for those whose computers and amplifiers aren't very close to each other.

    For a while I had one of the iPod dock things patched into the amp. That worked pretty well, until I started worrying about aging the little hard drive too fast.

    If you're willing to spend, there are router-type devices (Apple has one that integrates with iTunes, there are others) that will let you pass audio wirelessly or through a network, and when I move and have a bit more space I will likely build another computer for just these sorts of tasks (DVR, etc.) and just pass everything over the network using iTunes' shared library feature.

    Or, yes, you could get a second amp. I'm personally very fond of the $8 Pioneer receiver that I got at the thrift shop. Casts a wonderful late 70s feel to the proceedings, and it has real bass and treble controls that actually do something.

    All that said, I distinguish between CDs that I've ripped and sold off or given away, and those that I will actually put on and listen to - and then do just that with the latter. I must admit that I get a certain amount of delight out of all the Wire and related CDs that I've amassed all grouped together and sitting on the shelf.
  5.  
    News flash: The flappy cover thing on my 3" Silk Skin Paws has just fallen off. To be fair it's been hanging by a thread for about 15 years but now it has become two.
  6.  
    In two halves but quickly growing whole?
  7.  
    B.Hell says:
    "Its just lazy not to take a bag of records down to the disco. I mean you don't need your entire collection for an evenings DJing do you."

    Wellll....I DJ with a Laptop running Ableton Live which means you can mash mp3s up together, cut/copy/slice & remix things on the fly, add your own sounds and beats on things and do all sorts of weird and wonderful things that you can't do with a bag of records. It also means you can play music that isn't available on vinyl or CD. Takes a lot of prep beforehand but its lotsa fun.

    The party we did last week tho 'was a completely different kettle of fish since we were playing for a friends 40th birthday and there were loads of kiddies there and I was very glad to have a hard drive with 1000 songs on it including a stack of "party favourites" that I wouldn't dream of buying but I always keep for emergencies!
    The kids wanted Pink and Girls Aloud and they got it (except for one 10 year old lad who wanted Morrissey!)
  8.  
    I have a copy of the original Not About To Die. Can I quit my job?
  9.  
    "(except for one 10 year old lad who wanted Morrissey!)"

    So that's where my youngest got to!
  10.  
    Isn't '..about to die' just poorer quality versions of tracks from 'behind the curtain'?
  11.  
    Not exactly. Some is the same, but NATD has other demo stuff on it as well. The most essential of all the Wire bootlegs, by some distance, if only for Ignorance No Plea (the prototype I should have known better).

    The reissue looks like a new pressing from the original plates - so quality will depend on how well those have been looked after for the past 30 years!

    M
  12.  
    Ignorance No Plea is very ramshackle compared to the finished song that opens 154!
  13.  
    Surely that's its charm? It's a work in progress, but with touches that are lost in the final product. The slow build. The headkick stops. The backing vocals on the fade....

    ISHKB is a full stop - never again to be played. INP is open, living, still travelling.

    See also The Other Window, in all its mad-chord-change demo frenzy.

    Give me more Wire-in-progress!

    M
  14.  
    i like ignorance no plea very much.
  15.  
    The original demo of The Other Window kind of reminds me of the band Madness, although it predates them.
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    "The reissue looks like a new pressing from the original plates - so quality will depend on how well those have been looked after for the past 30 years!"

    It seems they have used the original stampers on this LP.
  17.  
    "Revealing Trade Secrets".....would have been as good as "the 15th" or "Map Ref" if a proper studio version were performed.
  18.  
    Trade Secrets is an almost lost gem.
    Maybe someone should do a cover?
  19.  
    Perhaps Colin and co might consider putting out a disc of unreleased outtakes from the archives at sometime in the future - any chance Wire?