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16 Mar 2009, 14:22 by JoeIsListeningMarch from A Clockwork Orange - Wendy Carlos
Sasquatch - Camel
Commentary: The battle of the instrumentals turns out to be harder than I thought. My prediction was a lock for Camel, and on listening, the vocodered chorus of WC's Ninth has gotten a little old as the tourney moves along. But then the Camel piece seemed a little draggy when it's turn came - ah, perhaps it is "instrumental syndrome" setting in (something I came up with in my Mix Tape days - instrumentals were always the first songs to wear thin for some reason). So, who advances?
Winner: Wendy Carlos. It's still Beethoven.
Only the Future - Joe Jackson
Hunting Tigers Out In 'Indiah' - Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Commentary: The Bonzo piece is one of my faves, and an oft- quoted one between myself and my gamer/music friend who codiscovered them with me. But now it's time to get serious, and it's up against a seriously good piece of music. What does the future hold?
6 Mar 2009, 18:55 by JoeIsListeningMarch from A Clockwork Orange - Wendy Carlos
The Call Up - The Clash
Commentary: I suppose I could milk one more juxtaposition analogy out of this, comparing The Clash to a street gang. But that's going a bit too far, don't you think?
Winner: It's called the Glorious Ninth for a reason, my droogies!
Sasquatch - Camel
Crazy - Icehouse
Commentary: I wouldn't put anybody's hit single up against this Camel song, because everybody knows that the hit single is always the worst song on the album, right? Unless it's one of those albums where the only good song is the hit single, but that's a topic for another day.
Winner: Sasquatch continues to lumber toward the finish line.
Only the Future - Joe Jackson
Walk Away - The English Beat
Commentary: I think The Beat actually has the edge on lyrics here, but I love the way JJ keeps building up the layers of music in this piece. He could teach the Chemical Brothers a thing or two about subtlety.
20 Feb 2009, 15:07 by JoeIsListeningGreetings and welcome to my second annual March Madness (started in February to get it all in) Tournament of Tunes. Last year, the Annie Lennox track Cold defeated 63 others to become my first tournament winner. Who will it be this year?
Last year the iTunes randomizer completely skipped my most listened to artist, Joe Jackson. He's here this year, making up for lost time with four tracks. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band may be a bit over-represented with three, along with various band incarnations of both Kevin Ayers and Pat Metheny. XTC returns with two, down one track from last year. And the Musical Appreciation Society has one of their own in the running this year!
So whose cuisine will reign supreme when the smoke clears from the heat of battle? Let's get started and find out...
Episode D'Azur - Pat Metheny Group
I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) - Grace Jones
Commentary: Starting off with a battle of mid-listers: a midlist artist (Jones) and a midlist song from a favored artist (Metheny).
6 Jan 2009, 14:55 by JoeIsListeningJust as I did around this time last year, here is a list of the twenty albums I listened to the most in 2008. Most interesting is the disappearance of a couple of track-packed double album sets from Rosemary Clooney and Talking Heads, which popped up no doubt because of the sheer number of tracks on them. But then, why didn't my similarly packed collections from The Korgis or T-Bone Burnett show up? Who knows?
Also disappearing is The Commercial Album by The Residents - but I know why this one vanished. But this one I can explain: I made the switch from an iPod Shuffle to a 30 GB 5.5 Generation iPod this year. The shuffle loved the 40 sixty-second tracks from the giant eyeballs because it could use them as filler when it was almost full. Not so much anymore.
And now, the countdown begins.
Stan Ridgway – Holiday in Dirt (down 5)
The Dandy Warhols – Earth to The Dandy Warhols(new)
Stan the Man ties with the latest and most esoteric offering from The Dandy Warhols. …
31 Oct 2008, 15:26 by JoeIsListeningI'm not one of these folks who looks at Halloween as their favorite holiday (although technically it's a tradition, not a holiday). What's amazing to me is that it has become the nation's second biggest in terms of retail spending, second only to venerable ol' Christmas.
I'm not the Halloween type at all. We live in an area so rural that kids don't come to our house (although when we did live where kids came, I'd put my speakers near the door and blare Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor at them). Since our kids are mostly grown now, the only advantage to Halloween is that it's easy to get those bags of tiny Snickers bars to throw in the freezer - great treats that way.
But I do make one concession to Halloween. Last year, I made an iTunes playlist of all my creepiest, eeriest, most unsettling songs - no Monster Mash for this boy - and I played it through my work computer all day.
Here's what's on it:
Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Eels - Electro-Shock Blues
30 Jul 2008, 15:42 by JoeIsListeningUpdated 8/5/08: Changed one tag and added info about the rating system.
Okay, thanks to a recent Woot purchase, I have upgraded from my first generation iPod Shuffle to a 5.5th Generation iPod with 30 G's of space. It's not enough for my entire collection, but since I listen mostly to shuffled songs, I set up a 1 Gig playlist of random selections and filled the rest of it with my 15 Favorite Albums and the Top Artists from my Last.fm charts, along with some favorite Genre material.
Now it is precipitating my doing a couple of things that I have meant to do for a while. The first of these is a new Listening Project, called "The Great Unrated." The object here is to take all of my songs without a star rating and give them one. I've been working on it during casual listening at home (when I think to look at the recently played songs to see which were unrated), but haven't really put a dent in it. But since the regular iPod gives you the capacity to add or change a rating while listening, the opportunity was ripe.