Convert from FLAC to ALAC

Sites that sell lossless usually offer only FLAC files. To convert to ALAC for iTunes and iDevices using ffmpeg:

for f in `ls *.flac`; do ffmpeg -i $f -c alac ${f/flac/m4a}; done

This assumes the current directory is the directory containing the FLAC files.


  • For all .flac files
  • Call ffmpeg with the original file as input (-i $f)
  • Use the ALAC codec (-c alac)
  • Name the output file the same as the input file but with a m4a extension (${f/flac/m4a})

More on for loops in bash from the OS X command line.

Photos: Warrant @ Ramona Mainstage

Warrant - Ramona Mainstage - Oct 30, 2010
Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA – 2010.10.30

You remember Warrant, right? Cherry Pie, Down Boys, Heaven? No matter what your memories of them from the 80s and 90s, these guys are still rockin’. Check out the full slideshow of all photos from this show. A few more of my favorites and some brief photographer notes after the jump.

I am way behind on processing show photos from 2010. I am going to try to post at least some of my backlog before the end of the year.

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Live Jazz at Gio

After a hiatus of more than two years, except for a duo gig a little over a year ago, the jazz trio I’ve been playing with on and off for almost ten years now is entering an “on” phase.

If you are in the San Diego area and looking to hear some live jazz, a great place will be the newly opened Gio Restaurant in La Mesa. We’ll be playing this Saturday, August 16 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

8384 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa CA, 91941 (map)
(619) 462-9100

We’ll be playing mostly standards, and possibly some originals. Looks like this should be a fairly regular thing, although the night might not always be the same. I’ll get a regular schedule going here, or check the So What schedule for future dates.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go practice.