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  • iTunes shuffle quiz, yay?

    1. Okt. 2006, 23:03

    Put your music player on shuffle
    Post the first forty songs that come up. You can repeat artists if you want. If you have any repeats, skip to the next track.

    1. Back in Your Arms
    2. Slow Down
    3. Eva Cassidy - My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
    4. The Three Caballeros soundtrack - Os Quindins De Yaya
    5. Make My Heart Attack
    6. Buddha for Mary
    7. Dave Matthews Band covering Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
    8. Underground
    9. The Angry String Quartet - Chicago Is So Two Years Ago
    10 Princes of the Universe
    11. Teenage FBI
    12. Midnight
    13. The Arrivals Gate
    14. More Adventurous
    15. Vincent
    16. What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)
    17. Wake Up
    18. Cannibal Girl
    19. The View from the Afternoon
    20. The Perfect Crime 2
    21. The Dolphin's Cry
    22. American Idols 2 Finalists - Bee-Gees medley
    23. Tiny Toons Adventures theme song
    24. Smash the Mirror
    25. Sympathy For The Martyr
    26. Absolution
    27. Best of You
    28. Absolutely Not
    29. Gravel
    30. I Alone
    31. Finger Twist and Split
    32. Untitled 1
    33. Finale
    34. When The Heartache Ends
    35. Tell Me, Tell Me, Baby
    36. Breaking All The Ground
    37. Ego a Go Go
    38. Tearin' Up My Heart
    39. Stay the Same
    40. Somersault

    QUESTIONS:

    1. Which song do you prefer, #1 or #40?:
    Probably #1. Very different feels to them, though.

    2. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat?:
    Hah, yes, actually.

    3. What album is #26 from?:
    Oh god, their self-titled cheaply-recorded debut? Young Bill Beckett's voice, good christ.

    4. What do you think about the artist who did #15?:
    I think he's a lovely singer. That's pretty much all there is to say about Josh Groban. :)

    5. Is #19 one of your favorite songs?:
    Noooo.

    6. Who does #38 remind you of?:
    WORLD DOMINATION VIA SYCHRONIZED DANCING

    7. Does #20 have better lyrics or music?:
    The Decemberists' strength is always their lyrics.

    8. Do any of your friends like #3?:
    I have no earthly clue. Maybe if they heard her.

    9. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack?:
    Ahahaha, not a movie, but a musical, yes.

    10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio?:
    Ahahahahahahhaha, hardly.

    11. What does #21 remind you of?:
    I can hear a little Neil Young in there.

    12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22?:
    #5, I think.

    13. What album is #17 from?:
    Er, Funeral, I think. [checks iTUnes] Yep.

    14. When did you first hear #39?:
    At Aletha's house, surely.

    15. When did you first hear #7?:
    When I downloaded it?

    16. What genre is #8?:
    I HAVE NO IDEA. scarymanxcore?

    17. Do any of your friends like #14?:
    Sure, I'd bet so.

    18. What color does #4 remind you of?
    Red, maybe.

    19. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo?
    Maybe many years ago, when I was blasting the Buffy soundtrack. I think I skipped this track a lot, though.

    20. What genre is #37?
    mmm, pop

    21. Can you play #13 on any instrument?
    I absolutely could not.

    22. What is your favorite lyric from #30?
    er, I don't know the song well enough to have a favorite lyric. Looking up the lyrics online, I say:
    "I'll read to you here, save your eyes
    you'll need them, your boat is at sea
    your anchor is up, you've been swept away"

    23. What is your favorite lyric from #23?:
    "At Acme University, we earn our toon degree
    The teaching staff's been getting laughs since 1933."

    24. Would you recommend #24 to your friends?:
    ABSOLUTELY.

    25. Is #2 a good song to dance to?:
    Slow dance. Sensual dance. Rawr.

    26. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio?:
    Ahahahahah, I don't think so.

    27. Is #32 more of a “nighttime” or “daytime” song?:
    I think more daytime; languid yet motivational.

    28. Does #36 have any special meaning to you?:
    Not particularly.

    29. Do any of your friends like #31?:
    Regretably, yes.

    30. Is #25 a fast or slow song?:
    Slowish moving into fastish?

    31. Is #35 a happy or sad song?:
    Happyish with a saddish message?

    32. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9?:
    That version has no lyrics; however, in the original song, my favorite lyrics are:
    "She took me down and said
    Boys like you are overrated,
    So save your breath."

    33. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends?:
    Alone, maybe, given the content?

    34. When did you first hear #27?:
    I honestly don't remember. Could it have been the radio? Surely not!

    35. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #29.
    Both Hands, 32 Flavors, Superhero

    36. Do you know all the words to #6?:
    Not even close.

    37. Does #28 have better lyrics or music?:
    Music. Gay thumpa-thumpa rarely has thoughtful lyrics.


    woo, time-killing! \o/
  • downtown looking down down

    25. Aug. 2006, 6:45

    I want to eschew The Academy Is... I want to invalidate their existence. I don't want to admit that I like their music. I find their lyrics decent, but largely repetitive. I find their music decent, but not overly inspiring. I find them . . . okay, I've got it for William Beckett, but fuck, that just means I'm alive, okay?

    No. I need a whole new line about how bad I've got it for William Beckett. Bitch is just barely older than my baby sister. Oh, special level of hell, save that room for me.

    But no, The Academy Is... I will bad-mouth them up and down, and then it happens. It hits me. Hard. The paralyzing NEED to listen to Almost Here. Like, I'll get a part of Attention Attention stuck in my head, and I'll need to listen to it RIGHT THEN, and then I'll need to listen to the whole album. Goddamn you, The Academy Is... GODDAMN YOU.

    Oh god! I'm listening right now! William Beckett's voice is so fucking pretentious! What are these airs he's singing with? His diction! His tonality! OMGWTFPOLARBEAR?!?! On the Warped Tour website, there was some contest advertising a prize of a music lesson with TAI, and one of the winners' options was a voice lesson with William Beckett, and I was like "omg, like this kid's going to teach someone to sing from their diaphragm and enunciate clearly? I mean, he can, but . . . "

    Oh god, I love you, William Beckett. I love your twenty-one-year-old pretentious, metaphysical self.

    See, and I'm talking like William Beckett is the be-all, end-all of TAI. I bet Mike Carden's girlfriend would have something to say about that! But I believe that TAI's success is tied into William Beckett's good looks. I'm sorry, I just do. He's just one of those people. You know those people. You know what I'm talking about. Don't act like you don't!

    So yes, okay. The Academy Is..., I salute you. I didn't want to like you. The first time I saw you, I, in fact, walked out halfway through your set. But this I promise you: I will never do that again. Goddamn you. Never again.

    xoxox
    grudging fan
  • Music Journals Are For Lovers!

    3. Jul. 2006, 0:20

    Okay, I'll keep a music journal. Why not?

    For my first entry, why don't I make a list of my current favorite artists and my favorite song for each of them? That sounds like wild and wacky fun!

    Fall Out Boy: Chicago Is So Two Years Ago
    + I really love many of the songs off From Under The Cork Tree (and if I was picking my favorite song from that album, it'd be Of All The Gin Joints In The World), but this is probably my favorite FOB song. It's just a really damn good pop song; angry lyrics set to catchy melodies, what's not to love?

    Panic! at the Disco: Camisado
    + Okay, I have to give mad props to Ryan Ross for turning his troubled adolescence into a song that they encourage kids to dance to. The demo for this song is like gay danceteria central, and the album version is so much cleaner, punchier and more powerful. The chorus and the semi-bridge, man. When I'm trying to get people to listen to Panic!, this is the song I send them.

    The Academy Is...: Classifieds
    + It took me awhile to admit that I liked TAI's music - I think the music is really great, I just think the vocals sometimes leave something to be desired (omg, I'm sorry, Bill Beckett, I still think you're a total rockstar!) - and while I really definitely enjoy Almost Here, I think some songs on there are weaker than others. This is one of the strongest! It's such playful fun, and you can hear la Beckett having fun. I put a lot of stock in clever lyrics, and this song's full of them.

    The Hush Sound: Echo
    + I had a really hard time picking between this and Where We Went Wrong - The Hush Sound sounds the best when Bob and Greta are exchanging vocals, I think. But Echo is so pretty AND so catchy; it's really skillfully written, I think, and it showcases THS's potential for songs that both skim the surface and dig a little deeper into their audience (omg, that sounds really music-critic-pretentious!)

    My Chemical Romance: Cemetary Drive
    + What I like the most about MCR's music is their total commitment to it. Every second of every song, you can hear the absolute devoted performance. The blend of lyrics and music in this song - god, I can't really articulate why it's perfection. But it is a blend, it's not just one or the other. It's a pretty powerful little song.

    October Fall: If We're All Alone, Aren't We In This Together?
    + Oh god, this song rips my heart open and leaves it pumping weakly on the floor. I love songs that pulse with a hopeless mixture of optimism and resigned pessimism - it's like LIFE, man. Pat's vocals are out of sight. Out of sight.

    The Decemberists: Los Angeles, I'm Yours
    + Now and forever, this song. It's nostalgia and whimsy and above all, clever, clever lyrics. And it so accurately captures LA, too! The glamour, the garbage, everything.

    Spitalfield: You Can't Stop
    + I know I'm probably supposed to like the second album more, but I love Remember Right Now, and this song is mindnumbingly catchy. I'm a sucker for catchy songs! I'm such a pop fangirl.

    Tony Lucca: Honestly For You
    + Oh, pretty, painful love. I saw Tony sing this live last night, and it was so raw and earnest and awesome. He just lays his heart out there on the line for you to listen to, and I really appreciate it when artists take the time to flay themselves open for you. I mean, you're their bread and butter, after all.

    Straylight Run: Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)
    + The chorus of this song rips me open. I really admire artists who are willing to take a musical stance on the current political landscape. I don't understand why people who HAVE opinions and who HAVE platforms from which to speak don't UTILIZE those platforms (yes, I'm talking to you, JC Chasez!) - if I was famous, I'd be stumping for the left side (strong side) all over the place. So not only is this song unique music and strong, raw vocals, it's also something I can really respect.

    Paul Simon: Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
    + There is something so simplistically happy about this song. It jangles with sunlight and summer, honestly, and for me, memories of my father in the kitchen cooking dinner. The African/Latin influences, Paul Simon's voice, the thoughts he weaves into the lyrics - oh, it's all the best.

    *NSYNC: Yo Te Voy A Amar
    + There's hardly anything prettier than This I Promise You in Spanish. It elevates the earnestness of the song to, like, unimaginable levels. And even though Timberlake affects an odd accent, it's just so beltingly, undeniably pretty. That's right, *NSYNC, bitches. *N-fuckin-SYNC. (And come on, man, Richard Marx wrote this song. Who doesn't like Richard Marx? Only the people with tiny lumps of COAL instead of hearts.)

    Peter Gabriel: Solsbury Hill
    + Once again, sunshine and summer. I first became acquainted with this song at camp, during the summer between my seventh and eighth grade years. The music is absolutely infectious, and while the lyrics don't necessarily make 100% sense to me (welcome to the world of being a Peter Gabriel fan, man), Peter's voice rolls over the chords and the words, and it makes you want to drive with the windows down so you can smile at the people on the street.

    Ani DiFranco: Untouchable Face
    + I know it's supposed to be 32 Flavors or whatever, but this song, man. This song was my fucking life in high school. Every single girl in the world knows the feeling this song carries with it, and just like your first period and your first pregnancy scare, it's the story of an experience we can all share with each other.

    Indigo Girls: Ghost
    + Oh, pain. Oh, pleasure. If there's anything that the Indigo Girls excelled at in their heyday, it was harmonies and lyrics. There have been a million situations in my life towards which parts of this song have been applicable. The last verse - I don't think there's hardly been better lyrics written ever. Who writes like this? Who thinks this way?
    "Now I see your face before me; I would launch a thousand ships to bring your heart back to my island as the sand beneath me slips / And I burn up in your presence and I know now how it feels to be weakened like Achilles with you always at my heels." GAH.


    See? It doesn't read 100% like a Fueled By Ramen love letter. Just mostly, at the moment. :D

    Allow me to conclude with what I think is important about sharing the music you like with other people - taken from a Blender article about MySpace's impact on the music industry:

    You love your favorite band not because of who they are, but because of how they help you understand and express who you are, and who you could be – and because identifying with them lets you connect with other people who see the world in roughly the same way.

    True dat. Double true.

    Peace out, lovers.
    -J