• Rambling discourse on summer music

    8 Jul 2011, 11:37

    I listen to a lot of music. And I spend a lot of time listening to music: in my car, at my job, while I'm getting ready for work, whenever hubs and I feel like having an evening where we listen to music as an excuse to talk excitedly about things while killing a bottle of wine or three. I've never been very good at creating music (I can't carry a tune without dropping it and all attempts at learning an instrument ultimately ended in frustration) so I've tried to make up for that by knowing a lot about the stuff I like. I feel pretty okay being proud of my diverse, well-researched taste in music.

    I've spent a lot of time listening to and learning about music, so I talk about music a lot. It's not healthy to keep all that otherwise useless knowledge pent up (really, it's just not). In terms of the company I keep, I gravitate toward musicians and people whose tastes are similar to mine simply because I'm more comfortable around them. People who say things like "Oh, you know, I listen to whatever's on the radio" or who don't know what the "emo" genre really sounds like or who HAVEN'T gone through a High Fidelity-esque stage of sneering, self-important musical elitism are people I have a hard time relating to. I don't understand not having a favorite band or an intricately labeled favorite sub-genre. This is the shit that matters to me.

    Fact: All music has a season in which it's best enjoyed. Jimmy Eat World's perfect gem of an album, "Clarity," (which, while we're on the topic, is, as an absolute truth, both the band's crowning achievement and a national treasure) smacks of winter to me; The Prom's "Under the Same Stars" (or the greatest album you've never heard, which is just criminal, y'all, because it's Shakespeare the way piano indie-rock/indie piano-rock was meant to be played) is palpably autumnal. These correlations exist for achingly personal reasons; usually, they're the result of listening to an album excessively during a certain season. I enjoy few things as much as I enjoy self-indulgently devouring an album at the absolute right time. If I ever have the opportunity to see it to fruition, one of my more obsessive goals involves organizing my CD collection not autobiographically but chronologically by way of seasonal relevancy.

    So, my need for languid pontification having been satisfied, I present to you, for no other reason than the way my completion of this year's Summer Burn has left me feeling entitled to impose my musical taste on the innocently unsuspecting, my five most summer-appropriate albums. There are a lot of runner-ups (Recess Theory's "They Would Walk into the Picture"; The Hush Sound's "Like Vines"; any live recording of Janis Joplin's; Guster's "Parachute"; all of Dashboard Confessional's pre-fame or straight-up acoustic stuff) but the following five selections are the best examples of what summer sounds like to me.

    5: Pink Floyd, "Meddle"
    I like classic rock best once warm nights become a regular occurrence. Stuff from the '60s and '70s just feels like the most appropriate soundtrack to summer for me. I don't know if this is because my younger, most impressionable self had ample time to discover music during summer vacations or because that whole era just sounds pleasantly like hot weather and humidity to me, but it's a resolute connection. Whatever the reason, Pink Floyd's rather psychedelic offering is an album best enjoyed outside. The melt-your-face-off crescendo of "One of These Days." The hazy, front-porch vibe of "Seamus." The overt sentiment that "San Tropez" is best enjoyed in a hammock while nursing something embarrassingly fruity and garnished with an umbrella. And, as a local radio station has realized, long days and longer weekends are best complemented by songs so long that they comprise the entire side of a record, of which "Echoes" is a most ambitious example (it runs a not-a-second-too-long 22 minutes and 39 seconds). While I always thought "Meddle" was a summertime treat, it took me about 10 years of owning the CD to truly appreciate what a damn fine album it is. This is a solid collection of individual songs, it's a shining example of how good Floyd is at crafting a cohesive album with songs that set out to do different things, and, most importantly for my immediate purposes, the whole thing drips with all the things that summer makes me feel.

    4: Michael Franti, "Songs from the Front Porch"
    Back when I was traversing three counties to get to work every day, I had a metric shit-ton of time to listen to music. And there was a period when Silver Fox was young and would let me play my iPod through an unabashedly ghetto arrangement of varying technologies. This era spanned the summer when all I listened to was Franti (which was flanked by the spring and fall when I also listened to little else but Michael Franti and his band), which, combined with the fact that his music is so optimistic that it echoes the warmth of summer (as a general sentiment, not the oppressively dank Jersey version of the season that everyone but my sick ass seems to hate), is probably why I most associate this album with summertime. It helps that most of the times I've seen him live have been in hot weather. Yes, Franti writes left-leaning, politically charged songs, which I love but can recognize why that's not everyone's cup of tea. But the catchy tunes, acoustic flavor and intricate beauty of the lyrics remind me of long early-morning drives, and there's just something about summer mornings that tickle all the right parts of me. Songs that can evoke that same feeling are doubly loved.

    3: Grateful Dead, "American Beauty"
    I only started listening to The Dead a few years ago -- during a summer, obviously, not that long before I saw the Allman Brothers Band with a gaggle of modern-day hippies. It directly related to how often hubs and I were spending time with a much-loved mutual friend who greatly influenced an unexpected shift in my personal and musical tastes. Her house has a distinctly summer feeling in the first place, what with the countless two-a.m. July bonfires and balmy evenings spent traipsing through her woods and cigarette-illuminated back-porch conversations that stretched comfortably past dawn; any classic rock tunes discovered in those circumstances are especially warm-weather appropriate. This is the first Dead album I purchased, and it's my favorite because no song has ever moved me like "Box of Rain" can every time. I have a distinct memory of that song that involves '60s-documentary-style dancing barefoot in dewy grass somewhere on the aforementioned friend's property and everything just being perfect in those five minutes. If there is an album that perfectly and simultaneously captures both a summertime road trip and the freedom of summer nights that go on forever, "American Beauty" is it.

    2: Any live recording of a Dave Matthews Band concert
    I've loved this band for years prior, but my husband and I road-tripped to Virginia back in the summer of '08 because Michael Franti & Spearhead were opening for DMB. That was the physically closest show of the tour that had both acts; it came with the bonus of meeting up with a coworker whose company I enjoyed, who was attending that same concert because his college friends all lived in the area. We had all the makings of legendary pre-concert pre-gaming, excellent company to enjoy great music with, and a guaranteed after-show party (it was essentially 20 hours of nonstop drinking and enjoying every inch of all the good things life has to offer). We went because I'd spent the past few months introducing hubs to the DMB stuff you won't hear on the radio and because I thought he'd enjoy the kind of concert the band puts on. I'm glad we made the trip because it was one of the best concert-going experiences of my life, and because it was the last show the band's saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, LeRoi Moore, would play. That concert was ultimately released as a live recording, and, like every other live album the band has put out, embodies all the things I love about summer music. Personal anecdotes aside, jam band-like incarnations of songs are what outdoor, summer-night concerts were made for. And DMB's shows are the closest thing to bottled summertime that you can buy.

    1: Led Zeppelin, "Physical Graffiti"
    I have a soft spot for this album for myriad reasons. It was my introduction to Zeppelin, yes, but it also has the dubious honor of being both the first record and the first CD I've ever purchased. I didn't have a car until after college, so the rare occasions I got to drive myself to work in high school happened during the summer because there was no one around to do it for me. And I wrung every drop of freedom I could from those instances, which necessitated filling the car's six-disc CD player with an agonized-over selection of music. Inevitably, "Physical Graffiti," especially its second disc, became an on-the-road staple. The song titles alone suggest the infinite nature of summer vacation in high school: "In The Light," "Down By the Seaside, "Night Flight." No two songs on the album sound the same. No two songs stir up the same emotion. But they all create a little slice of summer that needs to be enjoyed outdoors, ideally as softly played background music, the soundtrack to the ride, or as one's 90-minute focal point. I welcomed this year's warm weather on my balcony as the strains of "Ten Years Gone" floated outside, and there's no joy in the world quite like that.
  • Deja woohoo

    30 Jun 2011, 3:12

    Put your music library in alphabetical order by song, then take the first song for each letter of the alphabet. (Or: Didn't I recently spend more than a month doing this?)

    A: A (Cartel)

    B: B. and A (The Beta Band)

    C: C.I.A. (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists)

    D: The D in Detroit (The Anniversary)

    E: E's Tune (E)

    F: F.O.D. (Green Day)

    G: Gainesville, Fla (John Vanderslice)

    H: H Model (Jimmy Eat World)

    I: I - The Fall of House Atlantic (Coheed and Cambria)

    J: J'Nuh (Sunny Day Real Estate)

    K: K Is For Killing Spree (An Ode To) (And So I Watch You from Afar)

    L: L.A. (Elliott Smith)

    M: M (Penfold)

    N: N.S.U. (Cream)

    O: O New England (The Decemberists)

    P: P.S. We'll Call You When We Get There (The Juliana Theory)

    Q: Q (Cartel)

    R: Rabbit Fur Coat (Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins)

    S: S Is For Salamander (And So I Watch You from Afar)

    T: T Bone Tombstone (Ed Harcourt)

    U: U 16 Girls (Travis)

    V: V - On the Brink (Coheed and Cambria)

    W: W. TX Teardrops (Old 97's)

    X: X Marks the Hope Box (Braid)

    Y: Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) (The Decemberists)

    Z: Zak and Sara (Ben Folds)
  • 42 days, thousands of songs

    2 Abr 2011, 13:58

    I've settled into a pattern of listening to my library radio at work, which would be great if it accurately reflected the menagerie of music contained within my iPod. So I figured the time has come to let Roland the iPod (for that is his name) run through all 8,300+ of his songs in alphabetical order. I'm hoping this'll add more variety to my library (despite what my last.fm radio seems to think, there IS more to the CSN&Y catalog than "Our House") while forcing the entirety of my musical collection into my account. I want the spans of my taste reflected here because.... let's be honest, I'll never stop judging people by how their musical tastes compare to mine.

    Additionally, because I can't do anything without seizing an opportunity for list-making, I wanted to keep track of how long this process takes. iTunes tells me that my current collection of music can be digested in 23.1 days but.... I know myself too well to realize that I'll hate this idea if I make it into less of a goal and more of a task. MyPod might appreciate a break here and there, too. And there's just no way I can remain completely, rigidly devoted to something like this for three weeks.

    Maybe I'll launch into my cache of podcasts when I'm done with this. There is some mighty good shit I haven't listened to yet, which is criminal.

    So, yeah. If my most recent listens look a little alphabetical for a while, that's why.

    * * * * *

    A (412 songs; 1.1 days of music)
    Started: 8:19 p.m., 1 April 2011 (Cartel, "A")
    Ended: 12:07 p.m., 3 April 2011 (Aloha, "Ayahuasca at Dawn")

    B (533 songs; 1.4 days of music)
    Started: 12:07 p.m., 3 April 2011 (The Beta Band, "B and A")
    Ended: 5:28 p.m., 5 April 2011 (Blind Willie Johnson, "Bye and Bye I'm Goin' to See the King")

    C (457 songs; 1.2 days of music)
    Started: 5:28 p.m., 5 April 2011 (Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, "C.I.A.")
    Ended: 10:30 a.m., 7 April 2011 (Coheed and Cambria, "Cuts Marked in the March of Men")

    D (333 songs; 1.0 day of music)
    Started: 10:30 a.m., 7 April 2011 (The Anniversary, "The D in Detroit")
    Ended: 12:53 p.m., 9 April 2011 (Thursday, "Dying in New Brunswick")

    E (197 songs; 13.1 hours of music)
    Started: 12:53 p.m., 9 April 2011 (E, "E's Tune")
    Ended: 7:15 a.m., 10 April 2011 (Javelins, "Eyes on the Sparrow")

    F (312 songs; 19.9 hours of music)
    Started: 7:15 a.m., 10 April 2011 (Green Day, "F.O.D.")
    Ended: 7:24 p.m., 11 April 2011 (Jimmy Eat World, "Futures")

    G (268 songs; 17.2 hours of music)
    Started: 7:24 p.m., 11 April 2011 (John Vanderslice, "Gainesville, Fla")
    Ended: 9:26 a.m., 13 April 2011 (Jimi Hendrix, "Gypsy Eyes")

    H (363 songs; 23.5 hours of music)
    Started: 9:26 a.m., 13 April 2011 (Jimmy Eat World, "H Model")
    Ended: 9:00 p.m., 14 April 2011 (The White Stripes, "Hypnotize")

    I (509 songs; 1.3 days of music)
    Started: 9:00 p.m., 14 April 2011 (Coheed and Cambria, "I - The Fall of House Atlantic")
    Ended: 9:13 a.m., 17 April 2011 (The June Spirit, "The Ivy League")

    J (95 songs; 6.5 hours of music)
    Started: 9:13 a.m., 17 April 2011 (Sunny Day Real Estate, J'Nuh")
    Ended: 9:37 a.m., 18 April 2011 (Coheed and Cambria, "Justice in Murder")

    K (81 songs; 5.2 hours of music)
    Started: 9:37 a.m., 18 April 2011 (The Anniversary, "Kali")
    Ended: 4:34 p.m., 18 April 2011 (Ben Folds, "Kylie from Connecticut")

    L (446 songs; 1.2 days of music)
    Started: 4:34 p.m., 18 April 2011 (Elliott Smith, "L.A.")
    Ended: 2:40 p.m., 20 April 2011 (of Montreal, "Lysergic Bliss")

    M (428 songs; 1.1 days of music)
    Started: 2:40 p.m., 20 April 2011 (Penfold, "M")
    Ended: 3:38 p.m., 21 April 2011 (Spoon, "The Mystery Zone")

    N (226 songs; 15.2 hours of music)
    Started: 3:38 p.m., 21 April 2011 (Paulson, "N as in Nothing")
    Ended: 5:17 p.m., 22 April 2011 (Band of Horses, "NW Apt.")

    O (250 songs; 15.9 hours of music)
    Started: 11:47 a.m., 23 April 2011 (The Decemberists, "O New England")
    Ended: 10:38 p.m., 24 April 2011 (Vampire Weekend, "Oxford Comma")

    P (322 songs; 20.8 hours of music)
    Started: 10:38 p.m., 24 April 2011 (The Juliana Theory, "P.S. We'll Call You When We Get There")
    Ended: 9:37 p.m., 26 April 2011 (Wolfmother, "Pyramid")

    Q (18 songs; 55.1 minutes of music)
    Started: 9:37 p.m., 26 April 2011 (Cartel, "Q")
    Ended: 7:52 a.m., 27 April 2011 (Hey Mercedes, "Quit")

    R (281 songs; 19.4 hours of music)
    Started: 7:52 a.m., 27 April 2011 (Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins, "Rabbit Fur Coat")
    Ended: 5:10 a.m., 29 April 2011 (The Jazz June, "Russians Part 2")

    S (985 songs; 2.7 days of music)
    Started: 5:10 a.m., 29 April 2011 (And So I Watch You From Afar, "S is for Salamander")
    Ended: 11:33 a.m., 4 May 2011 (Pink Floyd, "Sysyphus, Pt. 4")

    T (524 songs; 1.4 days of music)
    Started: 11:33 a.m., 4 May 2011 (Ed Harcourt, "T Bone Tombstone")
    Ended: 10:32 p.m., 6 May 2011 (Dave Matthews Band, "Typical Situation")

    U (104 songs; 7.2 hours of music)
    Started: 10:32 p.m., 6 May 2011 (Travis, "U 16 Girls")
    Ended: 5:49 a.m., 7 May 2011 (Spoon, "Utilitarian")

    V (53 songs; 3.6 hours of music)
    Started: 5:49 a.m., 7 May 2011 (Coheed and Cambria, "V - On the Brink")
    Ended: 12:06 p.m., 7 May 2011 (John Mayer, "Vultures")

    W (517 songs; 1.4 days of music)
    Started: 12:06 p.m., 7 May 2011 (Old 97's, "W. TX Teardrops")
    Ended: 3:05 p.m., 10 May 2011 (Sublime, "Wrong Way")

    X (5 songs; 17.1 minutes of music)
    Started: 3:05 p.m., 10 May 2011 (Braid, "X Marks the Hope Box")
    Ended: 3:23 p.m., 10 May 2011 (The Bens, "XFire")

    Y (146 songs; 9.2 hours of music)
    Started: 3:23 p.m., 10 May 2011 (The Decemberists, "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)")
    Ended: 4:29 p.m., 11 May 2011 (Onelinedrawing, "Yr Letter")

    Z (6 songs, 19.7 minutes of music)
    Started: 4:29 p.m., 11 May 2011 (Ben Folds, "Zak and Sara")
    Ended: 4:49 p.m., 11 May 2011 (David Bowie, "Ziggy Stardust")

    Numbers/symbols (84 songs, 6.1 hours of music)
    Started: 4:49 p.m., 11 May 2011 (Brian Jonestown Massacre, "#1 Hit Jam")
    Ended: 5:20 a.m., 12 May 2011 (Jets to Brazil, "*******")

    (I realize that the final song total and the number of songs on my iPod don't actually match. Looks like I buy music more often and in greater quantities than I thought.)
  • Stuff I've seen live

    18 Mar 2011, 18:46

    Here's a more-or-less comprehensive list of musical outfits I've seen in concert:
    * Academy Is... (x3)
    * Alkaline Trio
    * Allman Brothers Band
    * The Anniversary
    * Aqualung (x3)
    * Arcade Fire
    * Armor for Sleep
    * Blue King Brown
    * Tracy Bonham
    * Boston
    * Bow Ever Down
    * Cary Brothers
    * Cartel
    * Chicago
    * Circa Survive
    * Les Claypool
    * Copeland
    * Cruxshadows
    * Dashboard Confessional
    * Dave Matthews Band (x3)
    * David Wax Museum
    * Death Cab for Cutie (x4)
    * The Decemberists (x4)
    * DeVotchKa
    * The Early November
    * Elliott
    * Fall Out Boy (x4)
    * Neil Finn (x2)
    * Flickerstick
    * The Finn Brothers
    * Ben Folds (x4)
    * Michael Franti and Spearhead (x3)
    * The Get Up Kids
    * Gogol Bordello (x2)
    * Todd Goldstein
    * Good Old War
    * Gov't Mule
    * Gratitude
    * Green Day
    * Guster (x4)
    * Ed Harcourt
    * Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
    * Hellogoodbye
    * Hey Mercedes
    * Kristin Hoffmann
    * The Hush Sound
    * Jimmy Eat World
    * The Juliana Theory
    * Ben Kweller
    * Koufax
    * Ben Lee (x3)
    * Like Lions
    * Mae (x2)
    * Matchbook Romance
    * John Mayer
    * Rhett Miller
    * Minus the Bear
    * Tom Morello
    * Motion City Soundtrack
    * Matt Nathanson
    * New Amsterdams
    * Panic! at the Disco (x4)
    * Pedro the Lion
    * Piebald
    * Placebo
    * John Ralston
    * The Receiving End of Sirens
    * John Roderick
    * The Roots
    * Blu Sanders
    * Say Anything
    * Seafood
    * Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
    * Spoon
    * Stars
    * The Starting Line
    * Straylight Run
    * Superchunk
    * Taking Back Sunday
    * This Day & Age
    * A Thorn for Every Heart
    * Thursday
    * Kate Vogel
    * Voltaire
    * Rufus Wainwright
    * Yellowcard
  • Variations on a meme

    23 Jun 2010, 23:03

    1. How does the world see me?
    Scorched by the Sun (Cricket Rumor Mill)

    2. What’s the worst thing about me?
    Sing Me Sweet (Matt Nathanson)

    3. What do my friends really think of me?
    Dusk: A Peach in the Orchard (Eels)

    4. What would best describe my personality?
    Let it Down (George Harrison)

    5. What is my life’s purpose?
    Do It (The Doors)

    6. What is my motto?
    We Won't Go (Blue King Brown)

    7. What do i think about very often?
    Politician (Cream)

    8. Any good advice for me?
    Nothing Feels Good (The Promise Ring)

    9. What is my signature dancing song?
    Mid-Day Anonymous (Jets to Brazil)

    10. What is my current theme song?
    Under the Gun (The Killers)

    11. What song describes my parents?
    Don't Push Love Away (The Juliana Theory)

    12. What type of men/women do I like?
    Firecracker (Nada Surf)

    13. What type of sex life do I have?
    Walls (Beck)

    14. What song would be the title of my own porno movie?
    The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (The Postal Service)

    15. What makes me laugh?
    I Could be Dreaming (Belle & Sebastian)

    16. What is the one thing that I regret?
    Parting Ways (Neil Finn & Friends)

    17. How will I die?
    End of the World (Ben Lee)

    18. What song will play at my funeral?
    Less Than Four (Tokyo Rose)

    19. How will I be remembered?
    Frisbee (Cricket Rumor Mill)

    20. What is the best thing about me?
    Jimi Thing (Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds)

    21. How will I get married?
    Arrows to the Action (Knapsack)

    22. What song will I hear when I’m about to meet THE ONE?
    Something is Sacred (Eels)

    23. How would I name my future child?
    Hang On (Guster)

    24. What is the story of my life?
    Tuberculoids Arrive in Hop (Ted Leo & The Pharmacists)

    25. What is my victory song?
    Burying Luck (Minus the Bear)
  • Can't sleep time for memes

    30 Abr 2010, 9:11

    How am I feeling today?
    "No One Would Riot for Less" (Bright Eyes)

    Where will I get married?
    "We Don't Think, We Know" (Maritime)

    What is my best friend’s theme song?
    "You're the One I Want" (Jets to Brazil)

    What was high school like?
    "Untitled" (Minus the Bear)

    What is the best thing about me?
    "Life Effect" (Stars)

    How is today going to be?
    "Distant Sun" (Crowded House)

    What is in store for this weekend?
    "Fade into You" (Mazzy Star)

    What song describes my parents?
    "Helicopter" (Bloc Party)

    How is my life going?
    "All Deliberate Speed" (Mae)

    What song will they play at my funeral?
    "I Keep a Diary" (Braid)

    How does the world see me?
    "The Awful Truth of Loving" (Rainer Maria)

    What do my friends really think of me?
    "Baba O'Riley" (The Who)

    Do people secretly lust after me?
    "If You Were Gay" (Avenue Q OBC)

    How can I make myself happy?
    "Bomb.Repeat.Bomb" (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists)

    What should I do with my life?
    "When We Escape" (Minus the Bear)

    Will I ever have children?
    "What You Are" (Dave Matthews Band)

    What is some good advice?
    "Wishful Sinful" (The Doors)

    What do I think my current theme song is?
    "Tattoo Your Image (On the World)" (Pop Unknown)

    What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
    "Molasses" (The Hush Sound)

    What type of men do I like?
    "Lily Two" (matt pond PA)

    Will I get married?
    "Conversation" (The Get Up Kids)

    What should I do with my love life?
    "Country Midwestern" (The Cricket Rumor Mill)

    Where will I live?
    "Big Sur" (Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard)

    What will my dying words be?
    "Trampled Underfoot" (Led Zeppelin)

    How’s my day going so far?
    "I Was a Kaleidoscope" (Death Cab for Cutie)

    How’s my love life?
    "Honey" (The Hush Sound)
  • If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be?

    30 Abr 2010, 8:59

    (I must have done this meme a thousand times, but I think this is the most fantastic outcome I've had yet.)

    Here’s how it works:
    1. Open your library
    2. Put it on shuffle
    3. Press play
    4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
    5. New question –- press the next button

    Opening credits
    Beck, "Fuckin' With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)"

    Waking up
    The Doors, "Touch Me"

    First day at school
    Travis, "Sing"

    Falling in love
    Sunset Valley, "Touch You"

    Breaking up
    The Shins, "New Slang"

    The Postal Service, "This Place Is a Prison"

    Life’s okay
    Bright Eyes, "Something Vague"

    Mental breakdown
    Knapsack, "Shape of the Fear"

    The Beatles, "Day Tripper"

    Elliot, "Carry On"

    Getting back together
    Old 97's, "Nervous Guy"

    Pop Unknown, "Last to Know"

    Birth of child
    Mae, "Tisbury Lane"

    Final battle
    Neil Finn, "Turn and Run"

    Death scene
    The Promise Ring "Anne You Will Sing"

    Funeral song
    Led Zeppelin, "I Can't Quit You Baby"

    End credits
    Cream, "Born Under a Bad Sign"
  • My life according to My Favorite Bands: Aloha

    30 Abr 2010, 8:40

    Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Repost as "My Life According to (BAND NAME)."

    Pick Your Artist: Aloha

    Are you a female or male? "Saint Lorraine"

    Describe yourself: "Everything Goes My Way"

    How do you feel: "Body Buzz"

    Describe where you currently live: "Between the Walls"

    If you could go anywhere, where would you go? "Heading East"

    Your favourite form of transportation: "Passengers"

    Your best friend is: "Weekend"

    Your favourite colour is: "Your Eyes"

    What's the weather like: "Trick Spring"

    Favourite time of day: "Come Home"

    If your life were a TV show, what would it be called: "Sky High"

    What is life to you: "I Wish No Chains Upon You"

    Your current relationship: "Be Near"

    Your fear: "I Don't Know What Else to Do"

    What is the best advice you have to give: "Brace Your Face"

    If you could change your name, you would change it to: "Summer Lawn"

    Thought for the Day: "Last Night I Dreamt You Slept Beside Me"

    How I would like to die: "A Hundred Stories"

    My motto: "It Won't Be Long"
  • Random songs meme

    26 Abr 2010, 1:38

    Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question. NO CHEATING.

    What does next year have in store for me?
    Weed Party (Band of Horses)

    What’s my love life like?
    Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin)

    What do I say when life gets hard?
    I Could be Dreaming (Belle & Sebastian)

    What do you think upon waking up?
    The Perfect Crime #2 (The Decemberists)

    What song will I dance to at my wedding?
    Rich Wife (The Long Winters)

    What do you want as a career?
    Efil's God (Eels)

    Your favourite saying?
    Wishful Sinful (The Doors)

    Favourite place?
    Swans (Camera Obscura)

    What do you think of your parents?
    One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Bob Dylan)

    What’s your porn star name?
    Know Your Onion! (The Shins)

    Where would you go on a first date?
    Hand Over Hannover (Martime)

    Drug of choice?
    Follow the Light (Travis)

    Describe yourself
    Boombox Generation (Motion City Soundtrack)

    What is the thing I like doing most?
    Sympathy For the Devil (The Rolling Stones)

    What is my state of mind like at the moment?
    Love You So Much Better (Hush Sound)

    How will I die?
    Your Nervous Heart (Rhett Miller)
  • iTunes meme

    26 Abr 2010, 1:17

    -- How many total songs?
    4,751 songs (or 13.2 days of music)

    -- Sort by song title - first and last?
    First: "A-List Actress" by hey Mercedes
    Last: "*******" by Jets to Brazil

    -- Sort by time - shortest and longest?
    Shortest: "Outro" (0:04) by Rilo Kiley
    Longest: "Echoes" (23:29) by Pink Floyd

    -- Sort by Album - first and last?
    First: "(A)Fternoon" by Mae
    Last: "30 Degrees Everywhere" by The Promise Ring

    -- Sort by Artist - first and last?
    First: Ace Enders and a Million Different People
    Last: 7 Worlds Collide

    -- Top five played songs?
    1. "No Atmosphere" by A Band of Bees (34 times)
    2. "Shakespeare Machinery" by The Cricket Rumor Mill (31 times)
    3. "This Must be the Place" by Miles Fisher (29 times)
    3. "Half Moon" by Janis Joplin (29 times)
    5. "Box of Rain" by Grateful Dead (27 times)

    -- Find the following words. How many songs show up?
    Sex: 5
    Death: 106 (19 of those AREN'T Death Cab For Cutie)
    Love: 247
    You: 589
    Home: 54