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And now, a dramatic reading of Noah Baumbach's "Buzzed":

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I didn't mean to have an extended break from LiveJournal, it just happens after you set up the corporate URL monitor and filters and become that much more self-conscious. I'll try to keep up from home, but that probably won't happen much until after I get back from the States (towards the end of May--LilBro is graduating!)

That, and I've been playing Oblivion on my brand spanking new X1800XT. On top of real life, my spare time is waning.

In the meanwhile, MP3s for public consumption! A lot of these were meant to be posted, like, a month or so ago, but I didn't get around to it.

Daughter Darling - Broken Bridge - I don't know where this came from, so I must assume it was [livejournal.com profile] bigbigtruck's doing. It's got a dreamy melancholy to it that I like a lot. I can't understand a word they're saying, but the voice itself works quite well as an instrument. Echoes + piano + backbeat = ANGST. Rainy day music for sure.

Franz Ferdinand - L. Wells - This is the second A-Side of the Fallen/L. Wells single. It's a disco march! Its music video (link courtesy John Allison) is a 60's-style B&W film of a cute girl running around! It's good stuff if you're a Franz fan, and I still think it is even if you're not. Then again, I'm probably a bit too biased to make that judgment. Looks like you'll have to make it for me.

Lou Courtney - Hey Joyce - Well, [livejournal.com profile] jaeai, you're apparently Lou Courtney's choice. I hope you feel happy about that. :-) People, download this proclamation! I guarantee you won't regret it. It's top-quality funk! (This is actually AAC. I'd forgotten to change the settings in iTunes back in Los Angeles, when I ripped the disc.)

Mr. Scruff - Midnight Feast - A loop, but a nice one. Reminds me of Samurai Champloo; I think it would've made perfect background music there.

Skye - Powerful - I had to pick up Skye's solo debut, simply to hear how much different from Morcheeba she sounds. And while the voice is the same, the music is not; you can understand why they split. This stuff is soft music; really soft--but for whatever reason, whether it's because I'm getting older, am absolutely in love with Skye's voice, or have been lobotomized without my knowledge or consent, I like it. Overall, I preferred the two of them better together than either one apart, but I'll learn to live with it.

Spoon - The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine - I discovered Spoon thanks to Veronica Mars. In a previous post, I linked to their website, which had a download of "I Turn My Camera On." These guys are GOOD. And I think this track will give you a decent idea as to why I like them so. Uncommon chords and structure, an actual melody, strings...good stuff.

Thanks for everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I saw some of those posts in passing, though I probably didn't catch all of 'em.

I don't know when my next post will be, but listen and enjoy!


Sep. 8th, 2005 11:17 pm
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So [livejournal.com profile] mandoric decided to punt me a meme where I list five songs that are owning me right now. That, on top of the realization that I haven't had a decent MP3 post in a while, results in this!

(This will be one of the rare MP3 posts I'm making public. I just feel that some of this has to be shown to the world, I guess. :P

ETA: The window on this particular MP3 post has expired, and I've since taken down the MP3s listed in here. Such is why there are no hotlinks.)

Now, in no particular order:

Morcheeba - Coming Down Gently - The more I listen to it, the more Fragments of Freedom grows on me. This is one of the instrumentals off of the CD, and one that I can't help but start dancing to whenever it pops up. It's got a catchy, jazzy riffline that doesn't let itself out of my head easily.
Michael Bublé - Can't Buy Me Love - Astrid introduced me to this particular artist. He apparently features prominently on the Wedding Date soundtrack, and she picked up It's Time after watching it. Lots of choice tracks, but the one that sticks in my head is, for whatever reason, the Beatles cover. Hey, it works pretty well, so don't knock it. His vocals are smooth, and the orchestration is very swingy. While occasionally it's fun to play swing covers of rock songs for fun (cf Richard Cheese), this is a pretty good example of the tongue-decidedly-not-in-cheek side of these kinds of covers.
Dandy Warhols - We Used to Be Friends - So I've spent the past two or three weeks watching Season One of Veronica Mars. The show has good taste in music--the thirty-second edit (or however long it is) describes the show and sets the mood quite nicely, and the background music always seems appropriate and unforced. (Not only did it get me re-introduced to this song, but also to Ivy's Edge of the Ocean--that link should take you to Amazon's free MP3 of it). Not to mention, it's one of the more brilliant shows I've seen in a long while...but enough VM praise. The "ah, ah-ah-ah-ah" of the bridge and the chorus are guaranteed to get stuck in your head. As is that one synth line that goes through the song.
m-flo - Flo Jack - Japanese garage R&B. Gabriel and I heard this playing at the America pool parlor one day and asked the tender if he could tell us what CD it was. Within 24 hours, Gabriel had his hands on a burned (hush!) copy of The Intergalactic Collection (missing a couple tracks from the first disc, plus the remix of "Come Again" and "The Way We Were" from the bonus disc). This is one of my preferred tracks from this album, but most of it is pretty good. (Apparently, like Morcheeba, they changed female vocalists on this album...but that's neither here nor there. This track's very laid back, with a move-like combination vocalist/emcee. Unlike move, however, the material here is nowhere nearly as adrenaline-driven.
Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Theme Song) - On my last trip to the States, I picked up a PS2 and dragged back LilBro's copy of Katamari Damacy. ...I don't think I really need any more explanation for it being on this list than that. (I've got the moon up to 770m! Soon, I shall play the World Eternal stage!)

Man, I forgot how hard it was to write these things up.

This meme is open game--anyone who wants to take it up, feel free. MP3age not necessary but appreciated.
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I don't really see a problem with the new iPod shuffle's lack of display, and the two basic reasons why:

1. There are plenty of flash MP3 players out there without any displays (chief offender: Creative's Nomad MuVo, which is what my dad uses in his off-hours), and people seem to get along fine with those. Granted, the ones I'm thinking about are hardly ever more than 128MB in size, whereas the Shuffle's four times that size, but still, the number of songs you'd be putting on there isn't so much that it'd matter.

2. Shufflers have a great advantage over most flash MP3 players: they can arrange their own damn playlist. Too often, flash MP3 players will only play MP3s in either 1. alphabetical order (by filename), or 2. in whatever order they were copied onto the drive--which can be annoying as a Windows user, because Windows seems to determine filecopy order with lawn darts. (Granted, there may or may not be players out there which accept M3U lists...anybody know of any?) Since the Shuffle allows for iTunes playlists, there's no problem there.

Given that I'm never going to own one (or if I do, it'll be a ways from now), I've put way too much thought into this whole thing. On the other hand, I'm more likely to own one of these than a mini.



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