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  • Lolla 2009 Review (long)

    10. Aug. 2009, 18:06

    Fri 7 Aug – Lollapalooza Festival

    Wow, what a weekend! My feet are a little worse for the wear, and I'm sporting a fresh sunburn, but it was worth it. But I am glad to be done with crowds!

    Each band I'm reviewing I'm reviewing in the context of their performance at Lolla. If the weather was icky or there were a ton of douchebags in the crowd, well, sorry, but that impacts my enjoyment of the set. To quantify these reviews a little, I'm summarizing each one with a simple question - would I be willing to purchase a ticket to a show they are headlining? It's one thing to enjoy an act while in a festival situation, it's another thing altogether to make plans specifically to see a band/artist.

    Day 1 - Friday
    The Henry Clay People - First in, ran right to the vitaminwater stage to catch this band. I only heard of them recently, when I was sampling various artists playing at Lolla to help fill out my schedule. I really enjoyed what I heard, and I made my way over to see them. The crowd was sparse, but the line to get in was around the block, and it did fill in. The band was energetic, engaging with the audience, and sounded great! A Jackson Browne cover got the crowd moving. This was my favorite act of Day 1. Disclaimer: the weather on Friday was miserable - 7 hours straight downpour wore me down. Maybe under other circumstances, this act wouldn't have been my favorite, but I was on fresh legs and the rain was only a minor drizzle at this point.
    Would I see this band again: Yes! I really look forward to the opportunity to see them in a smaller, more intimate setting.

    Gaslight Anthem - By this point, it was raining hard, so some blood pumping music was in order. I missed the last 15 minutes of this set to run to the next act on my schedule, and I really regret it. They didn't wow me, but the band was having fun, the crowd had a small mosh pit, and it was a good time.
    Would I see this band again: Tough call. I love The '59 Sound, but when I see an artist live, I want to be blown away. I want to not be able to listen to their albums for a few days because they sound so inferior to what I witnessed live. I just didn't get that from Gaslight Anthem. I would see them again in the right venue, but it isn't high on my priority list.

    Bon Iver - OK, I'm going to lose any credibility I may have had with the hipsters and indie crowd, but I really do not like Bon Iver. OK, I like For Emma, and the rest of the album is fine for me to have on in the background. But by this time, I had been standing in the rain for 4 hours and this crowd was full of douchebags. I don't care if you want to dance or sing or have fun at the show. In fact, I think that is much preferable than the typical "hipster stand and minor head bob" that has become so prevalent. But this crowd was full of assholes who aren't even watching the band, having loud conversations, and people flailing their umbrellas and lit cigarettes in the air, with no regard to those around you. Fuck you to the bitch who burned a hole through my poncho. I don't care if you smoke, but when you risk bodily harm to me, then I get enraged. So yeah, Bon Iver attracted a lot of douchebags. Great. On top of that, the music is so mellow that it isn't really my first choice of what I would want to listen to in a crowd in the rain. Add to that that I find Bon Iver insufferably pretentious. Sorry kiddos. Justin Vernon even said that he was glad we were there since we had other "credible bands" to chose from. What the fuck does that mean? So not only are bands simply "good" or "bad", but this tool has a scale of credibility he assigns bands. What a pompous ass.
    Would I see this band again: No way.

    Fleet Foxes: I really enjoy this band, but I think it's a band I'm going to have to enjoy solely on CD. I found their live show just too laid back for my liking. Just a word of advice guys: You're big time now. You can afford a second guitar to have your guitar tech tune for you in between songs. When you only have a 60 minute set, and you spend 2-3 minutes dicking around between each song tuning your instruments, it sort of strikes me as the band is disinterested in playing for the crowd. Come on, guys! You have thousands of people here who probably will never see you again - take advantage of the time allotted to you!
    Would I see this band again: Probably not.

    At this point, I was going to watch The Decemberists and run over to catch of Montreal, but I had been in the rain for 7 hours at this point and was pruned up. Standing on the concrete in the playstation stage for 3 straight hours was painful as well. I took off for a bit to recover for the evening.

    Depeche Mode - I always could take or leave this band. I haven't listened to them since I was in high school, but heard that they were fairly decent live. I only hung out for about 30 minutes, and didn't recognize any of the songs. I just couldn't get into it.
    Would I see this band again: No

    Kings of Leon: Being bored at DM, I moved over to the other headliner. I had never really listened to them before, save once or twice when they came on the radio. In contrast to DM where I didn't know the music, this crowd had a lot more energy. I also felt like I was the oldest person there, but the crowd was fun and energetic, so I had fun to. I enjoyed the music enough to go out and purchase Aha Shake Heartbreak.
    Would I see this band again: Yes.

    Day 2 - Saturday

    Rain is gone, and it's 20 degrees warmer. Awesome. I'd prefer if the whole festival was 75 and cloudy, but I'll take 90 and humid over the rain ANYDAY.

    Ezra Furman & The Harpoons: I love this kid. I think he smokes entirely way too much pot, but his music features complex lyrics with a pop-folky beat. First time I saw him live. I found that he played his music at a slightly slower tempo than his recordings. I would have prefered that it was faster, but it was still a ton of fun.
    Would I see this band again: Yes!

    Delta Spirit: I hadn't intended to see this band, I was just camping out to get a good spot for Los Campesinos! later. Most of the bands that I was just hanging out at I won't be reviewing, but I liked their CCR style rock blended with soulful vocals. An unexpected surprise.
    Would I see this band again: Yes

    Los Campesinos! - It's always fun to see one of your favorite bands in a setting like this. First off, it was nice that they were here instead of an all ages club. It makes me feel good that I'm not the only person over 30 who likes their music. I think the vocals sounded excellent on the outdoor stage (their ADD spazzy nature sometimes makes them sound muffled in the 500 person clubs). At the same time, you lose some of the intricacies of the Glockenspiel in an outdoor stage, so it's a give and take. I love that Tom acknowledged that their set was designed to please the masses - when you are playing a festival with 75k people there, this is how it should be. This is your golden opportunity to appeal to as many people as possible. But that doesn't mean long time fans weren't rewarded - we heard both The International Tweexcore Underground and We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives. Very nice.
    Would I see this band again: Yes, as long as they don't keep booking at the perfectly horrible Logan Auditorium in Chicago. Come back to Empty Bottle, please!!!!

    Arctic Monkeys - I was really looking forward to this band, and I just can't tell you why I was disappointed. I am absolutely entranced by their Live at the Apollo DVD, so I think I came in with an expectation of what they would be like live. I am not sure how to describe why I'm disappointed, because the music sounded fine and the crowd was way into it. I guess I felt they lacked any real charm or charisma up on stage. Too bad
    Would I see this band again: No

    Santigold - she was about 5-10 minutes late on stage, which in a festival like Lolla is not cool. Everything is scheduled so close to each other that we have to make choices on what to see. Being late is never respectful to your crowd, but normally 5-10 minutes isn't a big deal. At a festival, it means I had to leave Arctic Monkeys during the last song to get over to see her. However, her kickass performance made up for it. The crowd was wild! Smelled a little sweet too! Words do not exist that can describe how FUCKING COOL this show was. The dancers, the music, her incredible voice, the crowd. This was not only my favorite show of the day, but the ENTIRE festival!
    Would I see this band again: YES! When? Where?

    I was running over to Rise Against when I decided I needed to make a non-porta potty rest stop. I left the park for 1 hour. Came back in and caught the end of Animal Collective. Not a fan of them before, the 20 minutes of the show won't change that.

    Tool - Where are all the douchebags? Oh, they are right here, watching tool. Can't believe how many people were standing around me and talking and not even paying attention to the show. Why stick around then? Go to a bar. But Tool could have helped matters by playing Sober. When you play to the masses, you have to try to compete for their attention. Tool sounded good, but I'll admit, I only really like Undertow, so I wouldn't have chosen this particular set list. Awesome light and video show.

    Day 3 - Sunday

    Hot and muggy. But it's dry! I'm happy.

    Alberta Cross - I was very impressed with the 11:30/11:45 acts on the first 2 days. This band, I really didn't intend to see, but I got to the park early and decided it was too hot to camp out for Ra Ra Riot. I only have heard one or two songs by these guys before, and had no opinion going in. I can honestly say I left with no opinion either. There is a very slight country twang to the vocals that I wasn't digging.
    Would I see this band again: Unlikely

    Ra Ra Riot - Why is it everytime I see these guys, it is hotter than hell? Holy crap... Anyhow, no surprises here. This band is beautiful. The strings just pop when you see them live. My only complaint - they only played 45 minutes. I realize they may not have 60 minutes worth of music, but then maybe they should have been scheduled differently? You've got a captive audience, most of whom will never bother to see you again. This is your opportunity to show people what you are all about.
    Would I see this band again: Yes, hopefully indoors next time.

    I lucked out and found an awesome place for my blanked off to the east side of the 2016 stage that had a little bit of shade. I was able to see, but not watch, Bat for Lashes and Dan Deacon

    Airborne Toxic Event - this is another one of those downtime acts. I had never heard them before. I was off on the side, so I didn't get any of the crowd energy. The music was fun for a hot afternoon. I may pick up their CD.
    Would I see this band again: Possibly

    Vampire Weekend: Awesome. I said earlier that I want a live band to sound superior to their recording - Vampire weekend achieved this. The crowd was fun, the setlist perfect. The only gripe - the bass drum on the 2016 stage was miked too heavily all weekend. For most bands, it wasn't such a big deal, but on bands like Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend, it was noticable. They handled it like pros though.
    Would I see this band again:: You bet!

    Passion Pit - left Vampire Weekend 15 minutes early to catch the last 45 minutes of this set. Damn schedule overlaps. The scheduling was done before Manners came out, so I doubt they expected the crowd to be this big. Passion Pit could have easily handled the Playstation or Vitaminwater stages at the same time. The crowd was enormous and so, so, so fun. The best part was this coldfront came across and hovered over us, which encouraged more dancing. Oh, and smaller stage = less security = more crowd surfing. This was the best act of Day 3.

    Lou Reed - oh my god. So bad. So, so, so bad. I skipped Deerhunter for this? I want those 90 minutes back. OK, he's over 15 minutes late. Real dick move, since people had to chose between 3 really strong choices. Then he plays like 4 songs, doesn't even know the words, and starts to create feedback for the next 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the scheduled end of their set comes, and Band of Horses comes out the next stage over. At this point, Lou decides to stop playing feedback, plays a couple more songs, and basically blast Band of Horses off stage. This starts a chain reaction....
    Would I see this band again: Not if you paid me. Lou, do yourself a favor AND RETIRE.

    Band of Horses: These guys got screwed, pure and simple. They were totally disrespected by Lou. I was really looking forward to this set, but after the bullshit by Mr. Reed, I was really not in the mood to move down to their stage. I enjoyed what I listened to from afar. They should have shortened their set, but then again, why should they? They want to please their fanbase. Anyhow, they kept playing after Jane's Addiction came on stage, which is also pretty disrespectful, considering that Jane's Addiction is the headliner. I doubt that Perry invites them back, but if he does, they should tell him to fuck off.
    Would I see this band again: Yes, as long as Lou Reed is not opening. They got shafted and deserve a fair shake.

    And finally:
    Jane's Addiction: Not much for me to say here. The first 15-20 minutes I couldn't hear since Band of Horses was still playing. When I could hear, I found the band to be excellent, but Perry sounded high. After he decided to start talking about whores vs. sluts and how easy it is for him to get laid in the middle of Been Caught Stealing, I had had enough and decided to get out and beat the traffic home.
    Would I see this band again: No. Perry is a jerkoff.
  • Unique show for Bishop Allen

    19. Nov. 2008, 14:52

    Mon 17 Nov – Bishop Allen, Republic Tigers, Electric Owls

    Quick and dirty opening act review: Missed Electric Owl. Heard he was pretty good. The Republic Tiger had a unique song, but their soundcheck was longer than their actual set! Come on guys, loosen up and have some fun. You aren't The Beatles playing Shea Stadium, so no need for such perfection. But I did enjoy them and grabbed their EP.

    OK, Bishop Allen. First thing you noticed - NO CHRISTIAN RUDDER. So the first 2 songs, I was really wondering, WTF? Luckily, Justin soon explained - car troubles, Christian had to stay behind to get the band's van fixed. So it was just a temporary absence. Thank god, because Justin and Christian ARE the band. The rest, as far as I'm concerned, are filler who can be (and have been) interchanged at will.

    So how did Christian's absence effect the show? Dramatically. For starters, there was only a single guitar, and since Justin usually plays rythym, he was having to pick up Christian's parts. On songs such as Castanets and Click, Click, Click, Click, there was no ukulele, but all played on acoustic. It gave the songs a very different feel. Not better, not worse, but sort of like hearing an unplugged version of Bishop Allen, if that makes sense.

    Most of the show was tracks from their new album coming out in February. Sounded great! Can't wait for the new record.

    The only downsides of the show were 1. The intro to The Monitor - this long U2ish sort of build up. Not my scene. And 2. The final encore was Butterfly Nets, where the drummer (forgot his name) filled in on Christian's parts. It was obvious he had never done this before. He tried, and did well considering, but I would have rather the show closed on a song performed well.

    Can't wait for the new record and the next time Bishop Allen swings back through Chicago!
  • Bad weather

    19. Jul. 2008, 22:22

    Fri 18 Jul – John Hiatt

    Only lasted 4 or 5 songs - there was a torrential downpour about 15 minutes before the show started, and the lawn turned into a bog. I'm too old to play in the mud. Sorry, John. Hope to catch you again sometime.

    John Hiatt
  • Seldom listened to tracks that bring back fun memories - Send Me on My Way

    2. Jul. 2008, 0:56

    One of the drawbacks of having such a large music library is so much of it just doesn't get listened to. I have a subset of it I really like, and when I listen to shuffle mode on iTunes, well, let's face it, it isn't really that random (mine really prefers a subset as well; I'm doing some statistical analysis when I'm bored, and it'll be a journal at a later date). But a serendipitous side effect of the large library is when you come across a track that you hadn't heard for so long that you forgot existed.

    Such was the case for me a few minutes ago, when shuffle popped up Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root. It seems kind of odd I could forget this song, since it was in heavy rotation when I was in college in the mid-90s. If my memory is correct, this song came out a year or so after the death of Kurt Cobain, and a lot of us were getting tired of grunge. I know in 1995, I was tired of feeling sad and depressed. I was in school, having a blast, and the music I listened to in those days represented that. I don't know the first thing about Rusted Root, but I do know that when this song came on a few minutes ago, I was transported back to warm spring afternoons sitting on a couch that someone pulled out on the porch or the front yard while I was drinking copious amounts of beer.

    That's it. No job, no bills, no real responsibility, my only concerns were 1) booze; 2) a couch to sit on to drink it; and 3) good tunes to drink to. So tonight, Rusted Root helped me remember the simpler times.
  • Krauss made a believer out of me

    22. Jun. 2008, 13:53

    Wed 18 Jun – Robert Plant, Alison Krauss

    What a yucky night for Ravinia. It wasn't wet, but it was cold. Damn cold. It was 75 when I pulled into the parking lot at 4, but 49 when I left at 11. Awful. I remember why I don't like to do Ravinia in June.

    Anyhow, sold out performances at Ravinia are always fun. It's great to see the lawn packed so tight with people. For anyone unfamiliar with Ravinia in the Chicago area, it's an awesome venue. They have an ENORMOUS lawn that you're allowed to bring a picnic and lawn chairs on. The only catch - you cannot see the stage. You have to pony up the cash to sit in the pavillion for that honor. But for $20 a head to sit in the lawn, I can live with just knowing that I'm in proximity to Mr. Plant.

    On to the show - opening act was forgettable. Didn't catch her name, but she was plesant enough. Frankly, not my style of music. I was there hoping against hopes that we'd hear a Led Zeppelin song or two. Plant and Krauss are incredible live. I really don't know much about her, other than the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, but I fell in love with her by the end of the night. Plant was not bad, in fact, he was very good, but let's be honest, Ms. Krauss stole the show. Even when I got my zeppelin song, Battle of Evermore, she nailed it. Plant sung the chorus, but Krauss hit the verse of "Bring it Back! Bring it Back!" It worked better, since she can hit those high notes better than Plant probably could at this stage of his life.

    Most people took off halfway through the show, because it was unpleasantly cold for a June evening, and the show was very bluegrass oriented instead of rock oriented. Did people not listen to the album these two put out? I guess a lot of people around me were disappointed they weren't getting a zep tribute. In any case, weather aside, it was a great evening. The one time I have ever been to Ravinia where I wish I had paid up the 3 figures for a pavillion seat so I could watch instead of listen.
  • Top 50 Artist fun

    23. Mai. 2008, 2:02

    1. How did you get into 29?
    I have no 29, just two 28s.
    Jimi Hendrix - I can't remember a time in my life that I ever did not listen to him!
    David Holmes - I really dug the music from the Ocean's 11-13 movies.


    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Green Day
    Christ... That was a long time ago. I remember it was 1994. Basket Case, maybe? Or else The Longview.


    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33?
    Megadeth
    And when you kill a man, you're a murderer
    Kill many, and you're a conqueror
    Kill them all... Ooh... Oh you're a god!
    - Captive Honour (note: I was a very angry person when this album came out, and the lyrics have stuck with me to this day)

    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    Phish
    Farmhouse. Yeah, I'm one of the poseur Phish fans.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Radiohead
    12, which includes a handful of live recordings.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Plush

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    The Killers
    Nope. I'm not a huge fan, surprised they are so high up on my list.

    8. What is your favorite album by 15?
    Pearl Jam
    Ten, definately Ten.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Bishop Allen
    The News From Your Bed

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Collective Soul
    Shine

    11. What is your favorite album by 40?
    I have 2 #40s
    Fastball - All The Pain Money Can Buy
    Korn - I guess the greatest hits album? Not a gigantic fan of any one of their regular albums.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Pink Floyd
    Brain Damage

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    The Ramones
    I always think of sporting events whenever I hear Blitzkreig Bop. And I love sports. The funny thing is the average person at a ball game who starts singing along "hey! ho! let's go!" probably has no idea of the historical significance of The Ramones. Sad.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    No #38.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Eric Clapton
    Layla. It has to be the Derek & the Dominos version, however. The unplugged version is depressing.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live?
    Nirvana
    Big fat NEVER.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Metallica
    Can't remember, it was soooo long ago. Probably something off of Master of Puppets.

    18. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Mudhoney
    Superfuzz Bigmuff

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Fountains of Wayne
    Don't know any of them, really, but the singer is sort of cute.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Led Zeppelin
    Yeah, right. I'm a little young.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Van Halen
    OK, I don't know if it's a "good" memory, but it still makes me laugh. I remember when Right Now was used in the commercial for Crystal Pepsi. If anyone remembers Crystal Pepsi, you remember how fucking stupid it was for Pepsi to make a soft drink that tasted like Pepsi, but was clear like Sprite. It's one of those what the hell were they thinking moments, and Right Now will always remind me of that god damn commercial. I think in reality, it was only on the market for like 6 weeks, but I sure remember the ad playing non-stop.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    R.E.M.
    Stand

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    No #47.

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    The Sex Pistols
    Nevermind the Bollocks

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    The Beatles
    Hard to choose a fave. I'd say Eleanor Rigby.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Alice in Chains
    I'm not sure, but I'll guess The Rooster

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    Def Leppard
    Pyromania


    28. What is you favorite song by 22?
    Green Day
    Longview

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    No #32

    30. What is you favorite song by 8?
    Motion City Soundtrack
    Have no idea how these guys crept up so high on my list. LG Fraud.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    The Rolling Stones
    None

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    No #44. Guess that means I'll stay sad.

    33. What is you favorite album by 12?
    Soul Asylum
    Let Your Dim Light Shine

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    No #45. Plenty of bad songs by my 3 #46s, however.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    No #34

    36. What is you favorite album by 48?
    No #48

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live?
    Neil Young
    Never.

    38. What is you favorite song by 36?
    No #36

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Jimi Hendrix - your guess is as good as mine
    David Holmes Whatever the first track is in Ocean's 11 that he did.

    40. What is your favorite album by 7?
    John Butler Trio
    Sunrise Over Sea

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    I have 2 #31s.
    Saigon Kick - love their cover of Space Oddity. It's what made me fall in love with this unknown and underappreciated band.
    No Doubt - Spiderwebs

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    No #41

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Iron Maiden
    Run To The Hills

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    3 #46
    Steve Miller Band -uhh, his songs remind me of my camaro rocking, white trash youth? Somehow, I don't think that was the intent of the question
    Poison - see above about white trah and camaro rock
    Alanis Morissette - reminds me of skipping class and hanging out with friends in college. Good times.

    45. What is your favorite song by 35?
    Glenn Miller
    In The Mood

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Lucky Boys Confusion
    Closer to Our Graves

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Live
    Throwing Copper

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    Cake
    Couldn't pick any of them out from a line-up

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    3 #43
    White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
    Beach Boys - no clue
    Los Campesinos! -Death to Los Campesinos!

    50. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Iron Maiden
    Only showing 5 in iTunes, but I'm sure I had more than that. Probably some on vinyl and cassette that never made it to mp3 format.
  • Top 50 Artist fun

    23. Mai. 2008, 2:01

    1. How did you get into 29?
    I have no 29, just two 28s.
    Jimi Hendrix - I can't remember a time in my life that I ever did not listen to him!
    David Holmes - I really dug the music from the Ocean's 11-13 movies.


    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Green Day
    Christ... That was a long time ago. I remember it was 1994. Basket Case, maybe? Or else The Longview.


    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33?
    Megadeth
    And when you kill a man, you're a murderer
    Kill many, and you're a conqueror
    Kill them all... Ooh... Oh you're a god!
    - Captive Honour (note: I was a very angry person when this album came out, and the lyrics have stuck with me to this day)

    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    Phish
    Farmhouse. Yeah, I'm one of the poseur Phish fans.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Radiohead
    12, which includes a handful of live recordings.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Plush

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    The Killers
    Nope. I'm not a huge fan, surprised they are so high up on my list.

    8. What is your favorite album by 15?
    Pearl Jam
    Ten, definately Ten.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Bishop Allen
    The News From Your Bed

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Collective Soul
    Shine

    11. What is your favorite album by 40?
    I have 2 #40s
    Fastball - All The Pain Money Can Buy
    Korn - I guess the greatest hits album? Not a gigantic fan of any one of their regular albums.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Pink Floyd
    Brain Damage

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    The Ramones
    I always think of sporting events whenever I hear Blitzkreig Bop. And I love sports. The funny thing is the average person at a ball game who starts singing along "hey! ho! let's go!" probably has no idea of the historical significance of The Ramones. Sad.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    No #38.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Eric Clapton
    Layla. It has to be the Derek & the Dominos version, however. The unplugged version is depressing.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live?
    Nirvana
    Big fat NEVER.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Metallica
    Can't remember, it was soooo long ago. Probably something off of Master of Puppets.

    18. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Mudhoney
    Superfuzz Bigmuff

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Fountains of Wayne
    Don't know any of them, really, but the singer is sort of cute.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Led Zeppelin
    Yeah, right. I'm a little young.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Van Halen
    OK, I don't know if it's a "good" memory, but it still makes me laugh. I remember when Right Now was used in the commercial for Crystal Pepsi. If anyone remembers Crystal Pepsi, you remember how fucking stupid it was for Pepsi to make a soft drink that tasted like Pepsi, but was clear like Sprite. It's one of those what the hell were they thinking moments, and Right Now will always remind me of that god damn commercial. I think in reality, it was only on the market for like 6 weeks, but I sure remember the ad playing non-stop.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    R.E.M.
    Stand

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    No #47.

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    The Sex Pistols
    Nevermind the Bollocks

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    The Beatles
    Hard to choose a fave. I'd say Eleanor Rigby.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Alice in Chains
    I'm not sure, but I'll guess The Rooster

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    Def Leppard
    Pyromania


    28. What is you favorite song by 22?
    Green Day
    Longview

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    No #32

    30. What is you favorite song by 8?
    Motion City Soundtrack
    Have no idea how these guys crept up so high on my list. LG Fraud.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    The Rolling Stones
    None

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    No #44. Guess that means I'll stay sad.

    33. What is you favorite album by 12?
    Soul Asylum
    Let Your Dim Light Shine

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    No #45. Plenty of bad songs by my 3 #46s, however.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    No #34

    36. What is you favorite album by 48?
    No #48

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live?
    Neil Young
    Never.

    38. What is you favorite song by 36?
    No #36

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Jimi Hendrix - your guess is as good as mine
    David Holmes Whatever the first track is in Ocean's 11 that he did.

    40. What is your favorite album by 7?
    John Butler Trio
    Sunrise Over Sea

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    I have 2 #31s.
    Saigon Kick - love their cover of Space Oddity. It's what made me fall in love with this unknown and underappreciated band.
    No Doubt - Spiderwebs

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    No #41

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Iron Maiden
    Run To The Hills

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    3 #46
    Steve Miller Band -uhh, his songs remind me of my camaro rocking, white trash youth? Somehow, I don't think that was the intent of the question
    Poison - see above about white trah and camaro rock
    Alanis Morissette - reminds me of skipping class and hanging out with friends in college. Good times.

    45. What is your favorite song by 35?
    Glenn Miller
    In The Mood

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Lucky Boys Confusion
    Closer to Our Graves

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Live
    Throwing Copper

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    Cake
    Couldn't pick any of them out from a line-up

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    3 #43
    White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl
    Beach Boys - no clue
    Los Campesinos! -Death to Los Campesinos!

    50. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Iron Maiden
    Only showing 5 in iTunes, but I'm sure I had more than that. Probably some on vinyl and cassette that never made it to mp3 format.
  • Really dumb stats for my iTunes / iPod

    5. Apr. 2008, 0:15

    Lifted from someone else's journal. I'm bored, and slightly buzzed, and need some entertainment.

    Songs by title.
    First Song: A-OK by Motion City Soundtrack
    Last song: !!!!! by The Roots

    Songs by length.
    Shortest song: Fishstick Gumbo by Man Man (00:04).
    Longest song: Worry, Worry, Worry by B.B. King (59:18)

    By artist.
    First artist: A-Ha
    Last artist: 777

    By album.
    First album: A-ha The Singles 1984-2004 by a-ha Note: I never noticed this title before. A-Ha had singles up to 2004? Uhm, OK.
    Last album: 700 Miles by 700 Miles.

    Top 10 most played songs: Note: This is fun, because I cleared all stats from iTunes in January, and have been listning mainly on shuffle, so these are going to be nice and random.
    1. Bathroom Wall by Faster Pussycat
    2. Mexican Wine by Fountains of Wayne
    3. Dashboard by Modest Mouse
    4. Education by Modest Mouse
    5. O.P.P. by Naughty By Nature
    6. Introduction by Panic! at the Disco Fuck you, emo kiddies. I'm keeping the exclamation point because I don't want to retag anything
    7. London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines by Panic! at the Disco
    8. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
    9. Buddy Holly by Weezer
    10. Fell in Love with a Girl by The White Stripes

    First 5 songs on shuffle:
    1. Unhappy by OutKast
    2. Howlin' For My Baby by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
    3. Ride Into the Sun by Def Leppard
    4. Never Recover by Dave Pirner
    5. Blues Power by Derek & The Dominos

    iTunes - 16,413 songs, 48.33 days, 86.47 GB
    iPod - Changes daily, but currently 1331 songs, 4 videos, for 7.4 GB
  • Another useless quiz

    17. Feb. 2008, 19:59

    I have a love/hate relationship with these things. On one hand, they are a serious time sink that takes no creative thinking whatsoever. On the other hand, they are somewhat entertaining and a fun way for me to make the time pass when I'm stuck in front of the computer for work.

    MP3 Survey: Put your MP3 player on random and put the song that comes up as the answer



    *°*°*Personality*°*°*

    How would you describe yourself: Bow Down Mister

    How would your friends describe you?: Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off (Comment: Woah!)

    Your family?: We Are Family (Comment: These things rarely make sense, but sometimes they come out perfectly)

    Are you generous?: For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Do you have a short temper?: Dream A Little Dream Of Me

    Are you a procrastinator?: Mr. Jones

    How do you feel about yourself?: This Is The Time

    How do you feel about others?: Fell in Love With a Girl

    What do you think of puppies/kittens?: Best Thing In Town (Comment: did an 8 year write this quiz? It's fucking dumb).

    *°*°*Friends*°*°*

    How would you describe your best friend?: Virtual Reality

    What do you like to do with your friends?: Radio

    Where is your favorite hangout?: Imagine

    A phrase or word that would describe your group of
    friends: Round And Round And Round

    What do you say about your friends when they are not around?: Dancing in the Dark

    Name something you'd like to do with your friends, that you've never done: Get On Top



    *°*°*Love*°*°*

    So what will or is your true love like?: Plush

    What does he/she think of you?: Dogs of War

    What do you guys like to do?: Where Are My Panties (Comment: Awesome)

    What will everybody be saying at your wedding?: Jeremy (Comment: again, this quiz was obviously written by someone very young. Absolutely stupid. But no point in me stopping it now.)

    What will your honeymoon be like?: Speed of Sound

    Any kids in your future?: Valley

    Describe the love you share: Roll with the Changes



    *°*°*Describe*°*°*

    your job: Bicyclops

    your car: Bullets

    your house: Psycho Holiday

    your family: Spiderwebs

    your next vacation: No Excuses (comment: Shuffle is heavy on the grunge today)

    the sky: Get That Love (Comments: Describe the sky? Whatever. I am going to change my love/hate description of quizzes to hate/hate. This one is beyond annoying).

    flowers: Hang Onto Your Ego

    walking down a dark alley: beer goggles

    waking up early in the morning: Cotton Fields

    stubbing your toe on the door: Gas Giants



    *°*°*Random*°*°*

    What quote will you be remembered for?: Lady Picture Show

    What does the bumper sticker on your car say?: What's Your Problem (Comment: Ha! Perfect)

    What is the first thing you say in the morning?: Killers Are Quiet

    What is the last thing you say at night?: Paper Cuts

    What are the words that you are just waiting to say to the world?: Harry Hood

    To your true love?: Call To Dial a Song

    What will your gravestone say?: Rob Bass vs. Brass Monkey
  • My most recent CD purchases

    17. Feb. 2008, 19:00

    I buy a ton of CDs. I never got into the downloading game, because 1. DRM is evil and I don't have the spare time to strip it, and 2. I like reading liner notes. So I still buy lots of CDs. I then rip them and throw them into storage.

    On Friday night, I bought the following CDs:

    The Warrior's Code by Dropkick Murphys. I prefer their older releases, which sounded more old school punkish to me. But I had the song they did on The Departed soundtrack on the brain, so I grabbed this.
    Album details: 14 tracks, released in a digipak.

    A Fever You Can't Sweat Out by Panic at the Disco. Catching a Panic! show in May. I'm so tired of the generic emo sound, but I like to sing a long at concerts, so figured I'd brush up on these guys. Not a huge fan, but my husband likes them. The CD is harmless enough, if not groundbreaking or original.
    Album details: 13 tracks, includes lyrics

    Punk-O-Rama Vol. 9 by Various Artists. I don't think Epitaph is putting these out anymore, since I haven't seen a new one in 2 or 3 years, but I was missing vol. 9. These are pretty good compilations for the buck. Good collection of the various Epitaph signed acts. Sadly, it isn't as good as it used to be, as Epitaph is evolving with the times. Plenty of emo and hip/hop rap artists make up the contributing artists, but there are still some good classics on here, like .Bad Religion. Songs by Pulley and 1208 have been enjoyable surprises.
    Album details: 24 tracks on CD#1, 11 videos on bonus DVD.

    Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall by Pavarotti. Realized I didn't have any good copies of anything done by the 3 tenors, so where better than to start with Pavarotti himself? I don't listen to this genre very often, but I'll be ready next time I'm in the mood.