Playlist Meme

Julenka posts the first 50 songs in her current playlist. When it comes to music, I seem to be on a completely different wavelength than most people. Part of this has to do with the fact that I usually only listen to the music (as opposed to paying attention to the lyrics). When the music is interesting enough to me, I’ll eventually get around to the lyrics. Sometimes, I’m pleased, other times I find out I’m listening to German anarchists. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Anyway, that might be worth keeping in mind as you read this list of 30 songs which I got by putting my iPod on shuffle. Also, it seems that the practice of simply ripping a lot of CDs and putting them on the iPod have given me a quite a few songs that I would probably skip if they came up, so I’ll make some notes for each song too…

  1. The Great Below – Nine Inch Nails: Good stuff, a little different from what most might associate with NIN.
  2. What Planet Is this – Yokko Kanno and the Seatbelts: Great Cowboy Bebop soundtrack jazzy stuff.
  3. Pristina (remix) – Faith No More: This is a rarity, I think. A low-key remix of a low-key song on a low-key album of a low-key band (well, I’m not sure they were low-key, but that just makes for a better description). I doubt anyone reading this has even heard it (if you have, you better leave a comment!)
  4. Powder – Yokko Kanno and the Seatbelts: Short and more soundtracky (and thus less interesting to listen to by itself), this is from one of my favorite moments in the Cowboy Bebop movie.
  5. Er, this is a chapter from an audio book (Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point). A good book, but I’m pretty sure the audio version I have is abridged.
  6. Nice Dream – Radiohead: Decent stuff.
  7. Four Sticks – Led Zepplin: Eh, not my favorite, but not bad either.
  8. Welcome to the Machine – Pink Floyd: Same as above.
  9. In My Tree – Pearl Jam: From what may be my favorite Pearl Jam album, No Code.
  10. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda: This is a really great (and long!) song from the Kill Bill Soundtrack.
  11. Love is a Fist – Mr. Bungle – Eh, I’d probably skip it (I have to be in a certain mood to listen to early Mr. Bungle)
  12. Closer – Nine Inch Nails: Infamous, but I like the music.
  13. Ultra – KMFDM: So-so. It’s a toss-up as to whether or not I’d listen if this came up.
  14. Backyard – Guster: A good song, but it ends sort of abrubptly. Which is odd, because it fades out.
  15. Gotta knock a little harder – Yokko Kanno and the Seatbelts: Hmm, this list isn’t so random, is it?
  16. Vanity Fair – Mr. Bungle: From California, my favorite Mr. Bungle album.
  17. Ommadawn Part Two – Mike Oldfield: Great, epic stuff (though I prefer to listen to the whole album at once, as opposed to jumping in at part two).
  18. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie: Good stuff.
  19. Alberto Balsalm – Aphex Twin: More good stuff.
  20. Lion Thief – The Beta Band: This band always reminds me of that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack proclaims that he’ll now sell 5 copies of a Beta Band album.
  21. Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin: Good stuff.
  22. March of the Pigs – Nine Inch Nails: One of the first NIN songs to catch my eye.
  23. Rose – A Perfect Circle: A so-so song. I’d probably skip it.
  24. Echoes – Pink Floyd: One of those 26 minute long Epics. Sometimes I love that sort of song.
  25. Pushit – Tool: Great song, one of my favorite Tool songs.
  26. Wings For Marie (Pt 1) – Tool: One of the better slow, moody songs off their new album, but still slow and probably something I’d skip…
  27. Trust – KMFDM: One of the things I love about KMFDM is when they have female vocalists provide the chorus (or sing more of the song). It puts them on a different level.
  28. Silence is the Question – The Bad Plus: Piano based jazz. Decent stuff, but this song is a little slow. I’d probably skip.
  29. Darts of Pleasure – Franz Ferdinand: That’s the band, not the archduke.
  30. Alma-Ville – Vince Guaraldi: How can you not like Vince Guaraldi? I mean, come one, he did the soundtrack to the Charlie Brown Christmas!

That’s all. Perhaps a little more about music later in the week. Feel free to post your own list in the comments…

3 thoughts on “Playlist Meme”

  1. That’s actually a pretty awesome idea – actually annotating your reasons for liking each particular song. I think I might steal your idea in the future. 😉 Hehe.

    Seems like I’m almost the complete opposite of you, too. I tend to place far more emphasis on lyrics than sound. I almost have two seperate collections of music; those which I like for how good they sound, and those which I like for the lyrics. Some cross over, but I think a lot of the time I’ll end up really liking the music because of how much I like the lyrics.

    Music is wonderful, isn’t it?

  2. You’re welcome! And don’t worry, I think most people are the opposite of me when it comes to lyrics. The really strange thing is that a lot of purely instrumental music gets kinda boring. The sound of the voice is still important to me, I think. And perhaps there is a sort of subliminal seepage going on as well, but still, I generally don’t make any attempt at analyzing lyrics unless I’ve already analyzed the structure of the music first. This is a process made more difficult by the fact that I know nothing about music. I think perhaps another post for this stuff is in order…

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