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This is stolen randomly from [livejournal.com profile] shaterri:

Go to Music Outfitters and select your birth year, to look at the top 100 songs that year. Copy the list into your journal (behind a cut). Put the ones you’ve actually heard of in italics. Bold the songs that you like. Underline your absolute favorite.
Well, here's the top 60 from 1967... )
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So, I was tagged by the “list your six current favorite songs” meme and, okay, I’ll see if I can play along. I’ll actually try and explain why, at least when I know myself.

“Don’t Answer Me,” Alan Parsons Project
I recently picked up the 2-CD Definitive Collection from this band, which used to be one of my favorites. This isn’t my favorite APP song (which is probably “La Sagrada Familia”), but it’s one of the most beautiful pop songs ever.
“Duck and Cover,” Glen Phillips
Proving that I sometimes listen to new music, this is a new solo album from the former lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket. I first heard this song a month or two ago when it seemed I was stressed from having so many people around me stressed, and it helped reground me in an outlook I’d lost sight of. (All of the people who are stressed around me need to listen to this, too.)
“Ever Dream,” Nightwish
There are a whole lot of Nightwish songs I could put here, and some are arguably better songs, but this is the one I’m most likely to hit “repeat” on currently. I don’t like most metal bands (really, the last hard rock band I got into was Sisters of Mercy), but this is one I make an exception for. (And yes, [livejournal.com profile] alinsa, I know they’re progressive metal and it’s different. Of course, Alan Parsons Project was pretty much progressive pop, and further on down this list is progressive country.)
“Good Girls Go To Heaven,” Pandora’s Box
Yes, you may have heard this in the Meat Loaf version, but with the possible exception of [livejournal.com profile] rancourt you probably haven’t heard the original. It’s a lot better, sounding a lot more like his work on “Streets of Fire” than his work with Meat. Like nearly all songs from Jim Steinman, it’s glorious cheese, just as the name would imply.
“Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All),” Bonnie Tyler
Forgive me. I hate the Air Supply version of this song, also by Steinman. Steinman also wrote Tyler’s big hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and if anyone else tries to sing “Eclipse” it’s a miserable failure. See, the lyrics are utter nonsense and the only reason the song works is that Bonnie Tyler could be reading a fucking Pizza Hut flyer and make it sound emotionally ravaged. This is like that, but even more so.
“You Dance,” Eastmountainsouth
The threatened progressive country. Actually, this song could get airplay on non-country stations, if the stations weren’t wussy; it’s got a hint of country twang to it, but it manages to sound simultaneously acoustic and techno. It’s a happy bouncy song, and unlike the happy bouncy Steinman song (“Good Girls”), isn’t embarrassing to admit to!

And, I know I’m supposed to tag other people with this. Grumble. But, I’d be curious to see responses from…

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I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting an iPod for years, but haven’t been able to quite justify it to myself. It’s been less a matter of price than of where I’d use it and—as odd as it might sound—what I’d listen to.

See, I’m actually more of a radio listener than a “listening to my own library over and over” listener. I want to hear new stuff, and unless someone is coming along and inserting things into your music collection when you’re not paying attention, it can’t do that. Of course, modern commercial radio isn’t that good at it, either; in Tampa, I listened to WMNF, a community radio station, that was good at that. Out here the closest thing to WMNF is the (in)famous KPFA, flagship of the Pacifica Radio network. (Anyone who spends a week listening to Pacifica will, from that point on, giggle uncontrollably whenever someone describes CBS or The New York Times as “the liberal media.”) As much as this would get KPFA’s fanatical listeners up in (politically correct) arms, though, WMNF is a much better station. This is why I ended up being an XM Radio subscriber.

But, as I’ve been trying to ride the rails more, that’s 90 minutes a day without availability of radio. And at work I don’t have one, either—which I don’t usually want, but sometimes it’s nice to have the option. That removes one objection. What removes the other is podcasting.

I’ve been an RSS convert for a while, using the redoubtable NetNewsWire to read several dozen web sites. It took me quite some time of noodling with RSS before it suddenly “clicked” and I understood what the attraction was. Podcasting has been the same way, but I figured this one out much faster once I realized there might actually be interesting podcasts out there.

So, last night, after kicking around my budget still more, I decided to buy the smallest iPod that was actually useful to me—the 4-gig iPod mini. (The iPod shuffle is a fascinating little gadget, but it’s not what I want.) It’s difficult to explain “Why an iPod rather than another MP3 player?” without setting off a flame war—any statement which equates to Apple does things better than their competitors will make people furiously write rebuttals, to explain why Apple isn’t all they’re cracked up to be and/or why their competitors in any given space are better. As Dave Barry might say: I have studied this field in exhaustive detail, and after painstaking evaluation, I can state objectively that you are all on crack.

So anyway, I bought an iPod, and after a bit of dorking around, I’ve decided the best way to use it will be to have it automatically sync specific playlists in iTunes:

  • My “Recently Played” smartlist, so it automatically picks up new music (or old music that’s re-caught my ear);
  • My “Rated Songs” smartlist, which simply collects all the songs I’ve given star ratings to;
  • A “Podcast” list that I’ll create tonight, to which NetNewsWire can be set to automatically populate when it downloads podcasts I want.

Of course, this requires me to start finding programs I’d be interested in. I’ve discovered that there are some NPR programs being podcast, including Living on Earth and On the Media, both of which I like but rarely get a chance to hear. And there’s lot of strange little music shows out there, plus the rapidly growing universe of wow that’s amateur crap! that you’d expect from such a medium, which I will probably not have the patience to sort through looking for gems.

On the chance that any of you are mired in podcasts, anything I should be particularly looking for? (Or specifically avoiding?)

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