Faith No More at the Paramount, 2015-04-16

As my birthday gift this year, my good friend AAl took me to see Faith No More — which I think finally makes it all of the bands that I was really into in the 90s that I’ve now seen in person (with the exception of Curve, for whom I am no longer holding out hope that they’ll reunite and tour the US).


Anyway, I got deafened in person by one of my favorite bands, got a killer sunburst T-shirt, and had a great time with a great friend. Can’t complain.

Veruca Salt

The missus and I saw Veruca Salt at Tractor last night, and it was a blast! I think I’ve finally seen all of my 90’s band obsessions live in person now, aside from Curve, which will be some crazy miracle if Toni and Dean reunite and decide to tour the west coast of the US.

If someone enterprising soul updates the setlist, you should see it below. Unfortunately, I was too busy enjoying the concert to write it down myself. I will say, though, that it was pretty cool that was the one that had been stuck in my head all day.

It always pays.

I realize this is a very Southern Maryland-centric request, but does anyone out there possibly have an audio or video recording of the ads for the supermarket McKay’s Food Store with their crazy earworm of a jingle? Extra bonus points if you come up with the late-80s/early-90s TV ad with jingle that consists entirely of grocery employees nodding in slow motion at customers, and shaking their hands.

The song:

It always pays to shop at McKay’s,
Where quality is discount every day!
To you and your family,
We give you this guarantee,
It always pays to shop at McKay’s!
…McKay’s Food Store!

Proper English Title Caps 2 v.1.1

As one of the fifty kajillion projects I’m constantly working on, I’ve been slowly correcting the titles of my iTunes library. Sure, when I ripped my CDs, iTunes looks them up in the CDDB/Gracenote database, but they’re not often formatted the way I like them (and neither are the ones I’ve downloaded through various other means, even ones that come straight from the artists, or surprisingly, the iTMS).

So, to promote the general well-being of my track listings, I’ve modified an existing AppleScript that will put the song, artist, composer and/or album titles of each track in proper English title case, so it will now also correct improper usage of graves ` and replace them with apostrophes ', as well as correct odd spacing issues around brackets and commas.

I tried to contact the original script writer to see if he’d like to add my updates to his script, but he seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. So, I’ve decided to host the updated script here for all to enjoy:

Script Download and Release Notes

Please check it out, if you’re in need of some iTunes title clean-up, and let me know what you think!