September 14, 2006


by Chris Randall

This is really skirting the perview of Analog Industries, but it's vaguely music-related. Last weekend, my wife and I got a 42" HD plasma TV. Obviously, there's no point in having an HD TV if you don't have HD content, so we upgraded our Dish Network system to the HD package, and that happened today.

"Please, oh, please let him have a point," you're saying. Well, yeah. There's this channel as part of the Voom HD lineup that's called "Rave." It's all concerts, all the time, in HD and Dubbly. I've only had it for like 10 hours now, so it's hard to get a handle on what they're all about, exactly. I'll say the following, though:

1. HD is not very kind to people that aren't, say, Halle Berry. The camera may add ten pounds, but in HD it also adds about 20 years and a nasty case of smallpox. I caught a bit of Cheap Trick, and Rick Neilsen, whom I've met several times, and looks fine in person, looks in HD like he's just walked off a George Romero set, in full zombie makeup. It's harsh.

2. The Pretenders still kind of rock. I liked them better back when they were too fucking Precious (fuck off!), rather than just Special, but that's just me. Unlike a lot of bands that still make a living off old songs, they are incredibly non-pompous. Something to be said for that.

3. Paul Rogers can sing. No one will deny that. But Paul Rogers singing for Queen in place of Freddie Mercury is just strange. I sat through that whole thing, because I kept thinking the next song would be pretty fly. I thought that all the way to the end. Those guys should probably stop.

Never mind all that bullshit classic rock, though. There's a two-hour Ryuichi Sakamoto concert on at 2am. I'm gonna PVR that shit, so if you're wondering what I'm doing tomorrow, well, you know how at least 2 hours of it will be spent.



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Sep.14.2006 @ 6:15 AM
HD is great. i watched hockey playoffs/stanley cup in HD and what a difference! it's just so much better. movies, cartoons. everything just looks better.. finer resolution.. no pixelation.. but then.. i didn't notice any pixelation when i had rabbit ears either.. hmmmmm... digital looks way better.. seriously though.. i think it's the only reason CSI miami is still on the air.. because all the miami folks can watch it in HD on giant screens and see miami in all its sexiness in super fine resolution.

even the simpsons look better. homer is even funnier in HD


Sep.14.2006 @ 8:51 AM
Which Sakamoto concert? The "early electronica/World Citizen" Japan tour with Cornelius, Skuli Sverrisson, and some other European cats, or something totally different, i.e. the Brazillian stuff?

Sep.14.2006 @ 9:11 AM
I read a story from Drew Carey about how he purchased a 50" tv right after the D.C. Show got renewed for another season. He bought it for the purpose of watching 'intellectual' and 'important' movies of the 20th c, i.e. Ben Hur, documentaries, criterion type releases, etc.

So in the end with his large collection of important dvds, what does he really only watch on his big screen tv? Porn.


Sep.14.2006 @ 9:21 AM
Does your PVR record in HD as well? Yah, the Pretenders are pretty solid, except for Chrissie's umm 'outspokenness' about the war and fur. Man, i used to dig that eyeliner.

Anyway, enjoy that pimp home-theater, 42 inches ain't no joke!


Sep.14.2006 @ 9:47 AM
I had the same reaction seeing Queen recently. Musically they sound great. Brian May still rocks. But something just sounded "off". Kind of depressing actually.

Sep.14.2006 @ 9:48 AM
Somehow I dont think HD is gonna be kind to porn starlets.

Sep.14.2006 @ 10:06 AM
Wade Alin
>>The Pretenders still kind of rock




Sep.14.2006 @ 12:40 PM
Which HD set did you settle on (in a weak effort to steer this post back towards gearlust)? Pioneer is the best I've seen, imho.

Sep.14.2006 @ 12:54 PM
Chris Randall
I got this TV:

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And to answer the other question, the Dish Network receiver has a built-in PVR. It'll record something like 300 hours of normal TV or 40 hours of HD, or any combination thereof.

I just got up, so I haven't watched the Sakamoto concert yet. The info just said "The Artist Performs." Judging from the normal content of Rave, it's going to be a recent concert, though. It had to be filmed in HD to be on there in the first place.



Sep.14.2006 @ 1:09 PM
brandon daniel
Yeah, we got last year's model of that TV as an xmas gift to ourselves, it's pretty sweet. We haven't quite gone HD on anything yet (save the not-really-HD 480p XBOX), though, as we're loath to give up our hacked series1 tivo for something with less flexibility of content.

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