• Tournament of Eggs, Round Three

    12. Aug. 2008, 3:56 von alfvaen

    (See the explanation posted with the first round if you're too confused.)

    Here we are again, for Round Three of the Tournament of Eggs. My apologies for the delay; apparently being on holiday took up all my time, so I had to wait until I went back to work. 32 tracks have now been narrowed down to 16, which by now means that most of the fat has been trimmed off, the chaff has been threshed out, the deadwood's been cleared out, the split ends have been clipped, and here are the results of the round before I metaphor again.

    1. Relax (Come Fighting) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    vs.
    2. Heat of the Moment by Willy DeVille
    Difficulty: ***
    Winner: Frankie
    Comments: I'm amazed that Willy DeVille managed to get this far in the first place, given that I only got that album because of "Storybook Love". "Heat of The Moment" is not too bad, I suppose, but not up to "Relax".

    3. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    vs.
    4. We're Just Temporary Ma'am by White Whale
  • Tournament of Swans, Round Two

    24. Jul. 2008, 3:20 von alfvaen

    (See the explanation posted with the previous round if you're too confused.)


    Here we are again, for Round Two of the Tournament of Swans. Our starting allotment of 64 tracks has been reduced to 32, so oddly enough this round took less time to do. Let's see the results, without further ado:

    1. Relax (Come Fighting) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    vs.
    2. 7 8 9 by Barenaked Ladies
    Difficulty: ***
    Winner: Frankie
    Comments: "7 8 9" is amusing enough, a bit jokey, but loses out to "Relax" in edginess.

    3. Heat of the Moment by Willy DeVille
    vs.
    4. Hell in a Handbasket by Drywall
    Difficulty: ***
    Winner: Willy
    Comments: I still don't know whose voice it is on that Drywall track (doesn't sound like Stan Ridgway, at any rate), but it's annoying enough for Willy DeVille to advance another round.

    5. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    vs.
    6. Close But No Cigar by Weird Al Yankovic
    Difficulty: *****
    Winner: Flash
  • Tournament of Fools, Round One

    16. Jul. 2008, 14:06 von alfvaen

    This is borrowed directly from a recent series of journals by JoeIsListening, wherein one takes 64 songs selected at random from one's playlist and puts them in an elimination tournament which I gather is based somewhat on basketball playoffs or something. I don't know from basketball, so I won't comment on that. To quote from Joe, "These will be divided into 32 musical face offs. Losers go away and the winners advance until 'there can only be one.'" I eliminated any under-1-minute tracks from the list, but didn't bother with a ten-minute-plus track or a number of 8-9 minute ones.

    I am also borrowing Joe's Difficulty-O-Meter, which "gauges the degree of difficulty in deciding which song advances. The scale runs from * (no contest, no thought required) to ***** (pass the razor blades)".

    Now, I've got close to 30,000 tracks in my system, many of which I could not hum even a snatch of upon seeing the title, so this could be interesting, or not as much. Let's see.