If you want to avoid the holiday shopping madness, don’t forget that you can help support Dynamic Range Radio by making purchases through the site’s Amazon links. If you’re too stuffed with turkey to move your eyeballs all the way […]
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It’s time once again to announce the nominees for the Dynammy Awards, my annual look at the best music of the year.
As usual I’m offering up five nominees for Album Of The Year, fifteen for Song Of The Year, which is enough to fill up an awesome mixtape, and for the first time ever I have a full five nominees for Best Sound Quality. Is the fact that I found five albums worth mentioning a sign that the good guys are finally winning the Loudness Wars? Let’s hope so.
Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) a hard-living, deeply homophobic Texan who was diagnosed with HIV in the mid 80s, when the disease was still largely misunderstood. After reacting badly to a drug called AZT, Woodroof went to Mexico, found that the unapproved drugs available there helped his symptoms, then began smuggling them into Texas where he sold them to fellow AIDS suffers, most of whom where gay.
The movie’s central relationship is the unlikely pairing of Woodroof and Rayon (memorably played by Jared Leto) an effeminate gay man Woodroof first meets in the hospital, and who later becomes his business partner and ambassador to the gay subculture.
The story also documents Woodroof’s fight with the FDA, which seemed intent on rushing AZT to the market, even though Woodroof and others had serious doubts about it, while refusing to approve the drugs that had proved beneficial to Woodroof in Mexico. Jennifer Garner shows up as a doctor who sympathizes with Woodruff and grew up with Rayon but is reluctant to get involved with their scheme.
Dallas Buyers Club is the latest and maybe the greatest in a long string of brilliant performances from Matthew McConaughey, which sort of started with The Lincoln Lawyer, then continued with Bernie and reached a malevolent apex with the amazing but little known Killer Joe. Higher profile roles followed in Magic Mike, Mud, and the upcoming Wolf Of Wall Street, and when you add all that up, Dallas Buyers Club should be the performance that bags McConaughey the Oscar nomination he deserved last year.
Llamas everywhere can finally rest easy because Winamp, the venerable media player that was first launched in 1997, has been officially discontinued by AOL.
Winamp came a full four years before iTunes and was the dominant media player on Windows computers until the iPod and the iTunes music store encouraged many Windows users to make the switch, but I never did.
I always preferred the Winamp interface, and the fact that it didn’t hog nearly as much memory as iTunes, while plugins and skins made Winamp much easier to modify and adapt to your personal taste.
When I first started thinking about launching Dynamic Range Radio I explored different software options, but found that with a few plugins, most of which were free, I was able to use Winamp to launch DRR and it’s been running on Winamp ever since. And on Windows XP, no less!
If you want to avoid the holiday shopping madness, don’t forget that you can help support Dynamic Range Radio by making purchases through the site’s Amazon links.
If you’re too stuffed with turkey to move your eyeballs all the way to the right-hand side of your computer monitor, here are some handy text links you can use:
And if you need a bit of exercise to work off that third piece of pumpkin pie, you can use a wrist motion to look for the search widgets on the right-hand side of every page, or look for the links marked “Store” on the top menu. Phew! That sounds exhausting. Better have another slice of pie to build up your strength.
If you do buy something through any of those Amazon links, a small percentage of your purchase price will go to Dynamic Range Radio instead of Amazon, and you’ll pay the exact same price you would have paid anyway. And I’ll never force you to listen to crappy Christmas music while you browse, unlike your local shopping mall.
Thanks for listening, and have a happy, relaxing holiday! Unlike these people: