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I've been guilted into a new post.

It's one of those horrible meme things. I answer questions, you ignore my answers, write your own answers, and repeat. If one of us remembers we've already done this, the cycle ends.

Total volume of music files on my computer(s):
Volume, huh? Mine go to eleven.

Oh, heck. I don't know. Far less than there used to be -- I had all of my music digitized, but lost the drive which housed everything. I figure I'll rip the CDs again when I can afford an iPod, just so the data's synced up in two locations. For right now, there's only 758 megs on my laptop's internal hard drive, 5.45 gigs on the external one. Roughly 700 megs of that follows me around on my PSP, and about as much on the GBA.

Of course, this doesn't account for streaming audio stations. Nectarine Radio is a particular favorite, along with Radio Free Klezmer.

My computer at the office is pretty sparce, because I share the room with someone who always has their own music playing.

Mostly, I think I listen to music in the car. And I've simplified that down to three buttons: Volume Up, Volume Down, and Scan for a New Station. I'll listen to whatever's playing until it grates on my nerves or I lose the signal, then switch to the next thing. Side effect: I've grown surprisingly tolerant of Country stations, and rarely even notice Mariachi bands anymore. But the biggest eyebrow-raiser is Christian Rock -- I mean, the lyrics are still god-awful, but musically, those guys are finally starting to see some real production value.

I hope to get satellite radio someday. It just seems like this game could lead to more exciting discoveries there.

The last CD i bought was:
Wow, do you ever have strange timing. I just bought two live recordings from DaKah Hiphop Orchestra, who has nothing in common with anything else in my music collection. It's the first rap I've purchased... ever.

Hmm. What else have I bought lately?
  • Dual-Disc recordings of Nine Inch Nails CDs "With Teeth" and "Downward Spiral" (was just in that mood -- it's sort of a shame I don't have 5.1)

  • Jorane - the You and the Now. (Check her out -- she's amazing. Her other five albums will be my next purchase. I just need to find a cheap importer...)

  • Gabriel Mann's new (eponymous) CD (Gabe's a good guy, and I think he's entering fatherhood about this time tomorrow. You should buy all his music.)

  • the Dukhs new (also eponymous) CD (I'm entranced by how different their sound is from their look)

  • the Ditty Bops (You can play the whole album through that link, and I encourage you to do so)

  • Terry S. Taylor: Imaginarium (It's the Neverhood and Skullmonkeys soundtracks. That's all I can say, and all I should have to)

  • If the Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity Soundtrack weren't a free download, I'd have totally bought that. Likewise, if Spiralmouth were to record, say, anything. First in line, I'd be.

Song playing right now:
None. I've got a ridiculous amount of video to get through this month, and launching iTunes would mean acknowledging some span of time where I won't be watching. Not acceptable -- it's only in retrospect I can allow myself to see that.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:
I have a special playlist in iTunes which seeks out songs I haven't listened to in a while and brings those to the forefront. I don't hit that as often as I should, but ideally it would invalidate the question. That said...
  • Boy, oh boy, am I ever sick of the Greatest American Hero themesong. I'm on disc five of the second season, and they just won't stop playing it!

  • Joanie Bartels' recording of "the Martian Hop" -- it's the happiest, bounciest song I've ever heard, hands down. Instant joy!

  • I listen to Imogen Heap's "Goodnight and Go" single quite a lot to frustrate myself in anticipation of her new album. Why isn't it out yet? Oh, hey. There's another single now. And it's the least radio-friendly thing she's ever recorded. Wierd.

  • Does "myself at the piano" count? Probably not.

  • William Shatner's new CD, "Has Been", is actually a real inspiration, but you'd never believe me if I tried to explain -- you'll have to investigate and discover for yourself. (do read the Amazon reviews, though -- I swear I'm not making this up)

I'll add in a question of my own, 'cause I think it's worth asking.
Music I'm planning to buy as soon as possible:
  • I've already mentioned Jorane's five import CDs. Four from Canada and one from Germany, if I'm not mistaken.

  • I've also mentioned Imogen Heap's new album. Track down anything by her or her other band, Frou Frou. You'll be glad you did.

  • I haven't bought Dakah's studio album yet because it's being re-packaged in a few weeks with a CD full of remixes. I'll definitely own that.

  • My old friend Kevin Kmetz, who still holds the title of "best guitar player I've ever heard" even though he's all but given up the instrument, should be releasing new CDs with Estradasphere, Fishtank Ensemble, and God of Shamisen this year. All of those are strikingly original displays of musicianship, which of course labels 'em as "not for everybody".

I guess that about covers it. I'll try to post something more substantial later!


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Jun. 5th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Dude, and I thought I was the only insane one up. But ... going to bed now (hopefully). Will comment on your music choice tomorrow. :) One of the few things I am passionate about nowadays.
Jun. 5th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
I've done this one so I guess I won't write a new one, but I just wanted to inform you that I haven't even finished following your various links yet and I already want EVERYTHING JORANE HAS EVER DONE. Oh, my, that's some amazing sounding stuff. Impressed, I am.
Jun. 5th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
She actually had a concert here about a week before I heard her music. It's going to haunt me for years to know I missed it.

I should point out this CD is her first one working with producer Michael Brook, who collaborated with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on two of my favorite CDs of all time (Mustt Mustt and Night Song). That's one of the reasons I bought this to begin with. But how much of an impact that will have comparing her earlier recordings, I don't know -- the US release includes a few bonus tracks which didn't involve him, and they're no more or less amazing.

On a similar note, it was producer David Foster's involvement that led to my blindly purchasing the Corrs' first album (Forgiven, Not Forgotten -- also one of my all-time favorites).

Also check out Rasputina, I guess. They've much in common with Jorane on the surface, but really not when you look deeper...
Jun. 5th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hooray, you caught the baton!

Hm... I'm curious about the William Shatner CD, but I'm afraid... Very afraid...


How many seasons of "Greatest American Hero" were there? Now that song is in my head!!
Jun. 5th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Shatner's CD is awesome. I'll have to loan it to you. Stay away from his earlier work, though, unless you want to hurt yourself laughing.

There were three seasons of "the Greatest American Hero". And a horrible horrible unaired pilot for "the Greatest American Heroine," which I don't recommend actually watching. If anyone suggests watching it, that person is not your friend.

But, yes. Let me walk you through this.
    We start at the main menu, where the themesong loops from beginning to end if you let it, and you have to listen to about 10 seconds before you can select an episode.

    Selecting an episode brings you to a scene selection screen, which plays a much shorter loop of just the chorus. Endlessly.

    Select the first scene, and the episode begins, along with the song again -- two verses, two choruses. You might also be treated to an instrumental version or themed variation within the episode, or the exact same recording.

    The ending credits give you an extended instrumental recording of the theme, running much longer than you'd expect them to.

    And then you're returned to the opening menu, along with the themesong.
Repeat for each episode, disc after disc. It's a bit much.
Jun. 6th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
“Stay away from his earlier work, though, unless you want to hurt yourself laughing.” Oh gosh, I’m really intrigued now! Ha, ha! Doesn’t Leonard Nimoy also have some kind of musical piece out there too?

“Believe it or not, I’m walking on air...” Ah, sorry, couldn’t help it! ;) Seriously though, they must really, really, really, really (and them some) love that theme song! Wow!

Never heard of “The Greatest American Heroine,” but the great dislike I can feel from your comment, there’s a big reason why...
Jun. 5th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunate Phrasing
"Christian Rock -- I mean, the lyrics are still god-awful..."

I'd beware of sudden bursts of lightning if I were you...
Jun. 5th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
says you.
There's no better way to describe it, really.

In any artform, if your agenda outweighs the work itself, only those predisposed toward the view you're reinforcing can possibly enjoy it. And even then, I don't think they actually do enjoy it. They just appreciate the effort.

Writers of Christian Rock have traditionally set the bar very low for this reason -- why expend any more effort than is necessary? It's simple temptation, and actually one of the seven deadly sins that they succumb to. This doesn't glorify God. If anything, it's an affront.

But at least the music's sounding better!
Jun. 9th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: says you.
Anyway, Americans won't trust you if you're too smart. We're a little stupid that way... OK, they're a little stuppid that way--I like smart people. Fits in pretty well with the whole religiousness thing. You can't be sincere if you express yourself eloquently.
Jun. 6th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
Verry Verry Interresting!

An excellent contribution to the insanity that is the musical baton game. You know, normally chain letters usually stop with me. I waited patiently until all of my aquaintances gradually gave up the enormously irritating habit of forwarding just any crap to me. I'm the one who does a "reply all" to messages people send me about viruses: 90% hoaxes, 10% real. This musical baton caught me off-guard, but I can see that you were ready. I think the guilt may be a cultural thing...

I like the klezmer link, and not just because it's the only thing on your list I recognize, apart from Bill Shatner's new album, of course. I heard an interview with him on it. He seems to have developed some sense of humor about himself, finally, although I get the distinct impression that a lot of questions just fly right past him, as if he lived in a reality that was maybe 95% like ours, but with that 5% just making you pause, and wonder.

I'll have to scrounge around and see if I can listen to this music. I suppose I'll have to visit Amazon. I wonder what the iTunes store has...

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