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Great songs from indie bands and labels that don't mind sharing the occasional song online, in four categories:

Thursday, March 20, 2008

iPod Game

1. What does next year have in store for you? Battle Flag, Lo-Fidelity All Stars
-- Battles can't be good. Maybe I'll take some inspiration from this great line, though: "Got a revolution behind my eyes."

2. What does your love life look like next year? Don't Fake This, Chevelle
-- Wasn't Meg Ryan such a babe in "When Harry Met Sally"? I'm just sayin'.

3. What do you say when life gets hard? Float On, Modest Mouse
-- Surprisingly accurate for me, and the song is actually about rolling with life's punches. One of my favourites, in the perfect slot.

4. Song that reminds you of good times? Been Caught Stealing, Jane's Addiction
-- Oh, I love this one, both for the song itself and the memories. I was listening to this a lot in the early '90s, during a time when I cemented my closest friendships, and many of them were glued together by a shared love of music like this.

5. What do you think when you get up in the morning? Send the Pain Below, Chevelle
-- This is maybe just a little too close to home. I'm not a morning person, I haven't been getting enough sleep, and...yes, this one is exactly right.

6. What song will you dance to at your wedding? Dumb Animals, Handsome Furs
-- I guess a couple of these were bound to make no sense. I don't even know how this mediocre song made it onto my ipod.

7. Song that reminds you of your first kiss? Low Light, Pearl Jam
-- A great nostalgic song for me, and I guess low light is best for kissing...but I'm not seeing the connection.

8. Your favorite saying? The Night, Morphine
-- This is a double bummer because A) it makes no sense and B) listening to Morphine is always bittersweet for me.

9. Favorite place? Prisoners of War, Envy Corps
-- Had no idea this song was on my ipod, and it makes no sense here.

10. Most Missed Memory? And All That Could Have Been, Nine Inch Nails
-- I guess regret depends on memories, so this one kinda fits in a dark way. The way my memories are disappearing these days, I'm missing most of them.

11. What song describes your best friend? Day 1, Explosions in the Sky
-- Instrumental song, so can't read anything into the lyrics. Very steady, grounded, but rising to great heights. Hopeful and thoughtful, optimistic and beautiful.

12. What song describes your ex? Scum of the Earth, Rob Zombie
-- I swear I did not cheat the game to get this tidy little link-up. The last girlfriend I had before Tannis was the infamous Tabitha in Niverville, and she really was a serious piece of work...but this one would have been too harsh for all but the most hated exes.

13. Where would you go on a first date? Lights and Sounds, Yellowcard
-- To see a concert, maybe? Could be worse. Dating seems like a very abstract concept at this point.

14. Drug of choice? Twisted Transistor, Korn
-- Sounds like a decent street name for a top-notch hallucinogenic of some kind.

15. What song describes you? Ideoteque, Radiohead
-- If forced to choose, this might be my favourite Radiohead song, so I appreciate seeing it appear here with any connection to my personality...but it's a dark bugger, grim and claustrophobic.

16. What is the thing you like doing most? Fiddle and the Drum, A Perfect Circle
-- Playing music, perhaps? "Most" would be a stretch, but I do like it a lot.

17. The song that best describes the prime minister? Dragula, Rob Zombie
-- Those sunken eyes, the toothy fake-smile...I can see it. Stephen Harper's always creeped me out.

18. Where will you be in 10 years? Modern Love, Bloc Party
-- Sounds optimistic, future-focused...and love is always good. My favourite Bloc Party song by far, despite (maybe because it sounds exactly like Men at Work and I'm a child of the '80s.

19. Your love life right now? Night Windows, The Weakerthans
-- Such a gorgeous song, and really melancholy, but with a hopeful tone. It's definitely a look back to a better time, which is a temptation in this life stage, but I prefer to look ahead on this one.

20. What is your state of mind like at the moment? Losing My Religion, REM
-- A current spiritual crisis? Nah, but this type of over-analyzing introspection isn't too far off for my usual state of mind.

21. How will you die? The Great Beyond, REM
-- A slow slide into oblivion? Perhaps. "I'm looking for answers from the great beyond".


Blogger Nikki and Shane said...

Thanks for humouring me and playing along Jer. I think tagging people is generally a silly concept, but when it came to this one I was really interested in what you, Jay and my bro would have to say since I consider you music connoiseurs of sorts.

I quite enjoyed a lot of your answers ... and am intrigued to check out a few of the songs that I probably should know, but somehow missed them.

9:22 a.m.  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Hey, it was fun. I'm not such a connoisseur, but I guess I'm into the process of finding new stuff. I forgot to note that my ipod mix skews toward older, high-energy rock, since I really only use it for mountain biking alone. Probably if I'd do it again by shuffling my "All Favourites" list on my laptop, there would be more mellow, newer, obscure stuff showing up. But it was fun to do anyway.

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger BobbyRisigliano said...

My cousin Jer,

I much enjoyed your wide variety of musical selections. My Roomates a big "Explosions in The Sky" listener. For continued listening of the same music try "Do May Say Think". Couple of other observations:
1) That Handsome Furs song is the second most played song on my iPod @ 56 plays! When you said it was.....Gasp "mediocre" it broke my heart. But I guess each to his own opinion. Ever heard of "Sunset Rubdown"? Anothe "Wolf Parade" side project.
2) Rob Zombie? Who would`ve thunk?
3) "Modern Love" also my favorite "Bloc Party" Song

7:05 a.m.  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Like I said, Richard, my iPod is loaded with an odd mix of mostly older rock, arranged from almost-mellow to heavy (I never shuffle as a result, choosing my spot in the list by mood). The last 20 songs are in the Zombie/Korn/Pantera/old Metallica vein for extra motivation on punishing climbs, so I guess it was inevitable to see one show up at random...or three. Not really representative of my usual listening habits, but it was hilarious to see them pop up here.

Sorry to disparage your favourite Handsome Furs song. I'm actually a big fan of that album, but I have all the songs rated and that one is near the bottom (of the ones I kept). Songs I rated well above it: What We Had, Hate This City, Sing! Captain, and Radio's Hot Sun. "Mediocre" was a bit strong -- I think I was just irrationally pissed off that it didn't fit the all-important blog game format. And yes, despite CBCR3's constant pushing of Sunset Rubdown, I just couldn't get into it.

LOVE Modern that we share that one. Brilliant pop, really. I couldn't get into their last album, although I tried very hard with repeated listens over several months.

9:13 a.m.  
Blogger BobbyRisigliano said...

True Jer About Bloc Parties last Album. Oh forgot to tell you that there is this great Blog called that every Friday has downloadable MP3's of lots of indie music. Check it out. Its a great Blog. Doesn't have all the clutter like Pitchfork or Pollstar

9:22 a.m.  
Blogger Chris said...

Here's mine:

1. What does next year have in store for you?
A Cello suite. in E flat major

2. What does your love life look like next year?

Don't Feel Your Touch - Bruce Cockburn. Hmmm

3. What do you say when life gets hard?

Joy will Find a Way - Cockburn again. Too freaking true.

4. Song that reminds you of good times?
Bambay Gueej - Cheikh N'digel Lo. Great middle eastern party music

5. What do you think when you get up in the morning?

The Mason's Apron by Matt Molloy. A great reel from teh Irish flute master. Probably do have this in my head upon waking.

6. What song will you dance to at your wedding?

Musical Friends - Cockburn again. Actually it was Harvest Moon by Neil Young, but that captures it.

7. Song that reminds you of your first kiss?
Credo I - Gregorian Chant. Well, it was outside a church and it was a transcendent experience.

8. Your favorite saying?

Burn to Shine - Ben Harper. Hmmm. I can see that.

9. Favorite place?

Na Xwatsiwa - Gwa-wina Singers (Alert Bay), which is one of my favourite spots for sure.

10. Most Missed Memory?
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker. Used to love jazz, was a devotee...this takes me back for sure.

11. What song describes your best friend?
The Bicycle - Brendan Begley. A great reel that captures Caitlin's upbeat energy

12. What song describes your ex? \
Circlesong Three - Bobby McFerrin. A repetitive riff with nonsense words. Very beautiful but completely uncomprehenisble.

13. Where would you go on a first date?
The Idiot - Stan Rogers. To a oil refinery? Possibly...

14. Drug of choice?
Faithlift - Spirit of the West. Yeah...high on having my faith restored.

15. What song describes you?
The Art of the Fugue - Yes complex and contrapunctal.

16. What is the thing you like doing most?
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits. Giving it all away. Love the gifting.

17. The song that best describes the prime minister?
Giant - Stan Rogers. Kind of an ominous song. Works for me.

18. Where will you be in 10 years?
Raag Yaman - Manose. A 21 minute long dawn Raga. Contemplative and relaxed I hope.

19. Your love life right now?
All New - Julie Vik. Julie is a neighbour, I like new things.

20. What is your state of mind like at the moment?
See You Tomorrow - Cockburn (I have his whole catalog. This one is about awareness.

21. How will you die?
Secret Heart - Feist (From Let it Die...ha!) Coronary I guess.

11:17 p.m.  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Ha! Great list, Chris. Your more interesting mix of genres makes for more interesting connections, I think. Good after-the-fact analysis too...thanks for playing.

10:12 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your 3 is the best.
your 12 hilarious.

12:14 a.m.  

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