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By Driusan (Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 07:32:48 AM EST) (all tags)
Attn Amarok using Lunix infidels:

Do any of you know of a way to make Amarok exclude certain file types when scanning for music? I have it set to scan ~/, and when it does instead of just picking up MP3s, oggs and the like it picks up movies and adds the audiotrack from them to my library. If I keep my library on random, it keeps randomly throwing the audiotrack from porn into the playlist and after 3 or 4 minutes I find myself saying "Man, this song is really long" before realizing what's happening and needing to go through all the effort of hitting next. Needing to monitor the playlist really defeats the purpose of having it on random, so I'm looking for a way to say "Only search for files of type ..." or "Exclude files of type ..." or "Search for regexp ..." when scanning. It seems like it should be a trivial feature for any MP3 player that gets its library by scanning your hard drive, but somehow I can't find said setting.

Inside: review of a show I was at on Thursday (and obscure bandname dropping to prove how cool I am, yo.)

I went to The Drake (one of two local trendy yuppie venue slash hotels) the other night to watch The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra and a couple other bands. My thoughts are as follows:

Opening act: I'm not sure what her name was. It was a 40 year oldish hippie woman with an accoustic guitar tuned low enough to sound like a bass. Her voice was pretty awesome, as were some of her facial contortions when she was singing. Musically, she was kind of like some kind of mutant combination of Half Japanese and Janis Joplin. A++, would see again. If I knew who it was.

Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra: Perhaps the band with the best name evar. I've been wanting to see them for a while, but I refused to see them anywhere but Parkdale and they kept playing in The Annex, so I was glad that they finally played at The Drake. The composition of the band is as follows: a violinist, a cello, a sax, a drummer, a bassist, and a singer who has the singing style and stage mannerisms of a slightly more human Jessica Rabbit.

If you like Dresden Dolls, Miranda Sex Garden or Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra type music, you'd probably like PRO. Either you're into that kind of thing, or you're not. I am. They did the best violin-centered orchestral version of Bizarre Love Triangle I've ever heard. They were better live than the (low quality) MP3s on their web site make them out to be.

Jane Vain And The Dark Matter: They made the mistake of starting off their set by saying they were from Calgary. For those of you who don't know, this is about as smart as going to Calgary and starting off your set by saying you're from Toronto. Don't do it. It will be met with, at best, silence.

They made up for it by playing good, if somewhat traditional, indie music. I expected a more experimental sound out of a band that has a synth, a banjo, and the one black guy in Calgary . Instead, they sounded kind of like The Fiery Furnaces with a cuter singer doing the keyboard work. She got adorably flustered whenever she tried to speak between songs. I wouldn't avoid seeing them again, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to do it either.

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Is all your music in one place? by HappyDude (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 08:15:08 AM EST
If all your music is in one place, you can point Amarok there and have it do its thing. Configure Amarok -> Collection. Check your music directory and nothing else.

Although having porn soundtracks creeping into your normal rotation is pretty funny...

It's mostly in one place by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 09:44:47 AM EST
but I occasionally throw things like, say, MFCs, in some other directory somewhere to keep things organized and don't want to miss those, or random things that I download without paying attention to where they're going.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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Thanks. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 08:21:37 AM EST
I have a deeply rational hatred of Miranda Sex Garden, so I found your review quite useful.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I usually try to be helpful (nt) by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 09:45:22 AM EST

Vive le Montréal libre.
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Porn, eh? by 606 (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 03:51:04 PM EST
I was going to make a joke about "oh it found your porn, eh?" but I see you preempted me.

It's open source. You should add the feature yourself...

Calgary is quite tolerant to Toronto-based artists, I'll have you know.

imagine dancing banana here

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