Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Coffee and cigs

This post was originally supposed to refer to Crooked Timber's post pointing at "Tony Judt illustrating the centrality of coffee as a metaphor (or maybe synecdoche) for civilisation," but. Having just prepared one more double-espresso (and it's not 3AM just yet), I came upon javablack.com who'd just answered an interesting musical pass-around poll. Thought I'd ditto, even though I wasn't officially asked either.

1) What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
Just checked my desktop and it's got a little over 15 gigs of music. The laptop's only got 4 gigs.

2) The CD you last bought was:
Long time since I last bought a CD. Must have been the DJ Tiesto Parade of the Athletes Music for the Athens 2004 Olympics. I got many CD gifts in the meantime, but I guess these don't count.

3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
James' The Shining from their "Pleased to Meet You" album.

4) Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:
Took me a few moments to compile this -- well, frankly, it took me more than a few moments as I had to squeeze only the ones with a presentable rationale in da list.
- Steely Dan's Deacon Blues: I was studying in the States when I first listened to this and I still do and it feels as great
- Martha and the Muffins' Echo Beach: epitomizes my youthful summers, sleeping under stars
- Depeche Mode's It's No Good: wakes me up by summoning any wrath there's inside me
- Cowboy Junkies' Misguided Angel: for That dawn(s) with That girl(s)
- Dot Allison's Close your Eyes: cause that's what I'm doing, while nobody takes me anywhere.

5) To whom (three people) are you going to pass this stick? And why?
First pass goes to Loxias because I'd like to see whether his choices are in any way predictable by me. Looks like we got many common legacies.
Another one for vague tourist because the pro's list I'm sure will be the wildest.
Finally, one for lessisapossibility - if Steph ever gets to read this (or Love could tell him), because I like the funny-sounding names from Finnland.

6) What are the Top 25 Most Played songs in your iTunes?
Helena Noguerra Minimum
Morcheeba Slowdown
Steely Dan Things I Miss the Most
4 Non Blondes Pleasant Blue
Ace of Base All that She Wants
Brad Mehldau Angst
The Cars Touch and Go
Dot Allison Close your Eyes
Dido My Lover's Gone
Garbage Crush
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Belladona Matumbana
George Michael Kissing a Fool
Konstantinos B The Martlet's Tale
Mikro E-Mail
Ottmar Liebert Barcelona Nights
Prefab Sprout Jesse James Bolero
The Rolling Stones Anyway you Look at It
James Getting Away with It
Lou Reed This Magic Moment
Nawal el Zughbi Al Layali
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The Nits Vah Hollanda Seni Seni
Spooks Things I've Seen
Shivaree Goodnite Moon
Van Morrison I'll be your Lover, Too
Counting Crows Round Here


Well. This was long. Worth it?

5 Comments:

Blogger Loxias said...

1) What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

Lemme see... 790 Megs.

2) The CD you last bought was:

'Working Class Hero: a Tribute to John Lennon'. I was meaning to buy this for some time, so maybe it doesn't count.

3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

Whatever was on the car tape yesterday, Jefferson Airpane's "Somebody to love", I think.

4) Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:

Just songs, right?

Made of Stone - Stone Roses
Zeibekiko - Savopoulos
Destroy the Heart - House of Love
Amsterdam - Jacques Brel
Get Off - Dandy Warhols

5) To whom (three people) are you going to pass this stick? And why?

Nobody.

6) What are the Top 25 Most Played songs in your iTunes?

I don't dig MP3s: the quality is rubbish, unless they are huge. So, here is a rough top-25 from my Windows Player:

Traffic - Tiesto
2:1 - Elastica
Because - Beatles
Fantasia in C for piano, chorus & orchestra - L. van Beethoven
Daddy Cool - Boney M
Close Cover - Wim Mertens
Struggle for Pleasure - Wim Mertens
Get Off - Dandy Warhols
Sous le ciel de Paris - E. Piaf
E lucevan le stelle - E. Caruso
We come one - Faithless
Violin Concerto - F. Mendelsohn
Christine - House of Love
L' Internationale
"The tempest" - L. van Beethoven
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman
Les Folies d' Espagne - J.-B. Lully
Driftwood - Travis
Turkish National Anthem
One in Ten - UB40
Rotterdam - Beautiful South
California Dreaming - the Mamas & the Papas
How soon is now - Smiths
Salsoul Nugget (if you wanna) - M&S presents

Amen(?)

6:39 pm EET  
Blogger vague tourist said...

1) What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
Around 12 GBs. And piles of CD’s with songs that I need to convert into mp3.

2) The CD you last bought was:
Nolita - Keren Ann

3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
Somebody Hurt You - A Girl Called Eddy

4) Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:
Is That All There Is – Peggy Lee
Little Star – Stina Nordenstam
Single – Everything But The Girl
Stardust – Nat King Cole
No One Knows – The Belmonds

5) To whom (three people) are you going to pass this stick? And why?
Don’t really care.

6) What are the Top 25 Most Played songs in your iTunes?
1. It's Alright Now - The Beloved
2. Stay – The Blue Nile
3. Out of Control - The Chemical Brothers
4. Misread - The Kings of Convenience
5. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others – The Smiths
6. Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
7. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart – The Supremes
8. Weathered Wall – David Sylvian
9. Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
10. I'm Not Scared - Eighth Wonder
11. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - Erlend Oye
12. Don't I Hold You - Wheat
13. To The Sea [single mix] – Yello featuring Stina Nordenstam
14. Polyesterday - GusGus
15. This Woman's Work – Kate Bush
16. Dirty Epic - Underworld
17. Protection – Massive Attack
18. The Sky Is Broken - Moby
19. Crystal – New Order
20. Losing You - Dusty Springfield
21. Love Comes Quickly - Pet Shop Boys
22. Bonny - Prefab Sprout
23. Fog - Radiohead
24. He's on the Phone - Saint Etienne
25. Insensatez - Astrud Gilberto

3:33 am EET  
Blogger Steph said...

1) What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

Actually about as much as dystropoppygus (a little less on the laptop), plus another 20Gigs on CDs.

2) The CD you last bought was:

Either "Hitchike: Travel girl" the single (couldn't find it on soulseek, kazaa etc), or the soundtrack of "Lost in translation". It's a long time...

3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
Mylo: Destroy Rock'n'Roll.

4) Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:

James: Getting away with it.
Madrugada: Electric
There's more but I can't think of them now.
Various Xarhakos/Markopoulos songs from time to time... and, guess what: Edw Lilipoupoli!
"Trexe, trexe, hliako mou lewforeio..."

5) To whom (three people) are you going to pass this stick? And why?

yk (unless he already has this), 'cause he's my "blog buddy".
tolathos@xxxx.com cause he's seriously into music stuff.
Ehm, that's it, I guess.

6) What are the Top 25 Most Played songs in your iTunes?

Sorry, I can't bother now... (I don't own an iTunes anyway)


Ayta. By the way:
a) I am not particularly interested in Finnish music (or names, for that matter). It's just that one song that I really liked...
b) Yes, I meant the username. It's funny, I thought I was the only one that still remembers (and, admittedly, from time to time listens to) Edw Lilipoupoli.
c) Come on, apart from the frappe incident, can't you seriously comment on the art thing? It's real, not computer stuff. I learnt how to mix the colors, what brushes to use, where to buy cheap canvases and all that shit... But only positive comments please, I am kind of sensitive on this issue...

2:00 pm EET  
Blogger Francis S. said...

You managed to use the word "synecdoche" in a blog. Whoo-hoo!

6:40 pm EET  
Blogger sissoula said...

Francis, that's exactly what I was thinking. But that little word has been known to come in handy on occasion.

7:09 am EET  

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