SI mp3 swap: Week 1

Discs for the swap were due Tuesday, so I had mine in the Thursday before. I am an overachiever, but only in pointless endeavours like this. You wouldn't catch me dead handing schoolwork in early. In fact, being dead would be a great excuse not to hand in schoolwork at all. Anyway, I made up for it by being incredibly late with my first-week roundup post.

Disc One
All of a sudden, my mp3 collection is 123 songs richer. Well, 130 or so, but there were a few songs I already had. It's actually a surprise to me that there were duplicates because I've never heard of most of this music. The nice thing about mp3 swaps is discovering new music, but I don't even have a starting reference point for a lot of this and it's making me panic. When am I going to have time to listen to all of this music?? What have I gotten myself into?

Anyway, it's pretty much what I expected: Lots of really hard stuff that kind of scares me, balanced with Celtic-sounding softer things. Ani Difranco reminds me of the time my freshman-year roommate left her newest CD on repeat for a whole week until I wanted to rip my ears out, but Tori Amos reminds me of my roommate in a good way, as well as reminding me of the line "Father, I killed my monkey" and of laughing at JMM. REDEEMED!

There's some really nice stuff on here to be discovered. I've listened to this one at least three times, when I should have been working my way through all the other music!

For you: XTC - Greenman

Disc Two
Phew. If this had been as unfamiliar as the other one, I would have been in big trouble and would have had to blame the mp3 swap when I neither graduated nor found a job*. This disc luckily has a lot of music that I've heard of but don't own - so I don't necessarily have to listen and evaluate each song individually. That's good, because I need to have a life in addition to doing the mp3 swap. Alright. This week is survivable. Okay.

What I like about this CD is that it's got a lot of music that I like, but it would never occur to me to actually look for it. Like, for example, Glass Tiger. (I could have sworn I heard Bryan Adams in the background. Do all Canadians sound the same?)

For you: Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me

Elsewhere this week:

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* Ah, scapegoat for my own shortcomings!

srah - Tuesday, 25 January 2005 - 11:46 AM
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Comments (6)

gravatar Greg - January 25, 2005 - 12:52 PM -

Bless you for sharing the beauty of "Greenman" with the world, one of my favorite songs from my favorite band.

gravatar yer 501 teammate - January 27, 2005 - 11:14 AM -

so how do I get in on this swap action?

gravatar srah - January 27, 2005 - 11:31 AM -

Argh! Too late! After everything was settled, I started thinking of other people I should have invited. :(

gravatar yer 501 teammate - January 27, 2005 - 4:17 PM -

ah well, keep me in mind next time around!

gravatar Scott - January 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM -

Glad you found some things you liked, Srah. I knew that I'd turn off a lot of people with the more metal- and experimentally-oriented tunes, but I wanted to make sure all sides of my musical personality were represented. That pair of XTC albums is really excellent: Apple Venus is the acoustic, orchestral songs, and Wasp Star is the "rattlegang" electric tunes. Warning: don't pick up either of these albums if you're extremely susceptible to earworms - they are *infectious*. =)

gravatar srah - January 28, 2005 - 1:54 PM -

I'm just easily frightened. Ha ha! I liked the Celtic stuff - it's not anything I've listened to before, but it was nice and soft.

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