King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – John Taylor’s Month At Sea

This track is from the King Creosote / Jon Hopkins collaboration album Diamond Mine, and this particular live version (there are four songs in the video – it’s like a mini gig) is from NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts”.

I love to look out at the sea
from the Swingpark here at Roome Bay Beach
Today John Taylor starts his month away
On a boat one-ten miles east of Aberdeen.

A dozen men, thirty days with twenty-four hours in each
Of shattered boyhood dreams and not much sleep
I’d much rather be me, for once I’d much rather be me.

A month at sea and they will surely sleep
With their heads still stuck on land
A month on land and then they’ll surely dream
Of girls they can afford but cannot have.

And in the drunken haze or on a rolling wave
Once again I’d much rather be me
I’d rather be me
Once again I’d much rather be me.

For once again I’d much rather be me.

BTW, the instrument Jon’s playing before he switches to the keyboard is called a harmonium.

Also, you can hear the album version here.

How To: Create a Bootable Linux Live CD without using Unetbootin

Burned an ISO to USB with unetbootin and it’s not bootin’? Me too. Researching a little shows that a number of people are having this issue trying to make a bootable USB of Ubuntu 13.04 onwards (I was trying 13.10). So, how can we create a bootable USB in Linux without using unetbootin? Pretty easily as it turns out…

Identify your USB drive

Insert a USB stick into your machine (don’t mount it or click on any pop-up – just have the system recognise that the stick is there) and type:

df -h

From this output you should be able to find your USB drive, make a note of or remember the drive letter. In my case, I get the following output:

Filesystem                      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda8                        18G  6.1G   11G  37% /
dev                             7.9G     0  7.9G   0% /dev
run                             7.9G  948K  7.9G   1% /run
tmpfs                           7.9G  3.0M  7.9G   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs                           7.9G     0  7.9G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs                           7.9G  140K  7.9G   1% /tmp
tmpfs                           7.9G  856K  7.9G   1% /etc/pacman.d/gnupg
/dev/sda6                       475G  399G   52G  89% /home
/dev/sdb1                       1.9G     0  1.9G   0% /run/media/r3dux/R3DUSB

From which you can see that /dev/sdb is the USB stick (we don’t care about the partition number of the drive i.e. sdb1 – we’re just interested in the drive letter).

Be aware that you’ll lose any data on the USB stick once you perform the copy – so if your sticks empty or you don’t care about losing whatever’s on it, we can move onto the next part, which is the…

Binary Copy

Now that you have your drive letter (and you’re ABSOLUTELY sure it’s the correct drive letter – you do NOT want to overwrite any other partitions!), carefully type the following and make the following substitutions:

/path/to/your/image.iso is obviously the path to the iso you want to make a bootable USB stick with, and
– The X in sdX is the drive letter we just identified for your USB stick.

sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/your/image.iso of=/dev/sdX && sync

So in my case, I typed:

sudo  dd bs=4M if=~/Downloads/ubuntu-13.10-desktop-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb && sync

Let it go for a minute or two, then you’re done. Boot away!

The only caveat with this method of making a bootable USB stick is that you can’t use the rest of the space on the USB stick to store files like you often can when using a Live USB Stick creation tool. But if you just wanted the darn thing to work, as I did, dd will do the job nicely.

Alt-J – Breezeblocks (Live on Triple J)

Liking this a lot – you can check out the official/studio version here, and you can download the full album An Awesome Wave album here [], so I’m assuming the band are okay with it and hoping if you listen and like then you’ll pick up a copy. Which is exactly what I’m gonna do…

Grouplove – Love Will Save Your Soul (Live)

Yet another killer track from Grouplove’s Never Trust A Happy Song:

This version is live from Los Angeles on 17/01/2011 – it’s a great track & a really nice live version (don’t worry about the slightly shaky getting-in-sync first few seconds – they nail it!).