I’ve been experimenting a lot with combining PDF files in interesting ways (largely to make a recipe book from all sorts of different sources). I’ve used Preview on my Mac for a lot of this, but have also done a fair bit of work in Ubuntu recently which required a slightly different approach.
The best graphical PDF merging tool for Linux is probably
pdfmod. It’s in the Ubuntu repositories, and can do anything Preview can do as far as merging/exporting PDF files from multiple sources.
For command line merging,
pdftk does the job well. The syntax would be something like:
pdftk *.pdf cat output combined.pdf
Which would merge all PDF files in the current directory, or:
pdftk file1.pdf file2.pdf cat output combined.pdf
Which would merge two specific files.
If you need to convert Word documents to PDF prior to doing this, there is a command line tool called
lowriter which is part of the
libreoffice suite. The syntax would be:
lowriter --convert-to pdf *.docx
It works with
There is a lot of music below, and it transpires that some of it was actually released at the end of June, rather than during this month as I originally thought.
Oh, and for the jazz haters, there is jazz here (especially towards the end of the list).
The full list of music I discovered in July is:
Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve – The Soft Bounce
DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall
Bat For Lashes – The Bride
Old Fire – Songs from the Haunted South
Swans – The Glowing Man
Plaid – The Digging Remedy
The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset
Metronomy – Summer 08
Róisín Murphy – Take Her up to Monto
Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
Aphex Twin – Cheetah
Jack and Amanda Palmer – You Got Me Singing
BadBadNotGood – VI
If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World
Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – It’s Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry
Jambinai – A Hermitage
Jeff Parker – The New Breed
My listening habits in June have been dominated by two records:
Mark Kozelek – Mark Kozelek Sings Favourites
Minor Victories – Minor Victories
These two records belong together, with the singer from each project guesting on the other. Between them they feature a great many of my favourite musicians, and I didn’t feel I need anything else to listen to much else during the first half of June.
A few other things from June (mostly towards the end):
Cat’s Eyes – Treasure House
Alexis Taylor – Piano
Public Service Broadcast – The Race for Space (remixes)
John Zorn – The Mockingbird
Nice as Fuck – Nice as Fuck
Nova Express Quintet – Andras: The Book of Angels Vol. 28
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
Mitski – Puberty 2
Margaret Glaspy – Emotions & Math