Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunless Shuffle (iPod's Fixed)

My iPod died on me. Not recently or anything. Like a year-and-a-half ago. I've been too lazy to fix it for way too long. Maybe lazy isn't right. More like cheap.

When I bought the thing I was too excited to load up its hard drive that I didn't actually think about backing up any of my music. That really killed me when it crapped out on me. I finally got around late last year to getting an external hard drive just for my music.

It took me MONTHS to rip all of my music onto the thing. No exaggeration. Months. When I finally finished about a month ago, it was time to format and reload the iPod. Now it works like new and every song is backed up. Every single song I own, minus a few bootlegs, is back in my pocket.

I'm home sick today, so what better time to do something I haven't done in some time. Random!

Current track count: 12249

1. Whiskeytown: "Not Home Anymore" (Strangers Almanac)
(Man, this reminds me of senior year of high school. That was when I thought music didn't get better than Strangers Almanac. Except this song. Didn't care for it. Guess what. Still don't care for it. Not terrible, just not the best song on this album... by a long shot.)

2. John Vanderslice: "Greyhound" (Life and Death of an American Fourtracker)
(Oh this reminds me. JV has a new album coming out in May. I keep forgetting about that.)

3. Islands: "Swans (Life After Death)" (Return to the Sea)
(Three songs in and I hit my first ten minute song. This song really reminds me how good this album is. And also how disappointing Arm's Way was.)

4. The Good Life: "Needy" (Album of the Year)
(Damn is Saddle Creek still around? I haven't listened to anything from them in forever. I'd even forgotten how whiny Tim Kasher sings. Actually this sounds a little better than I remember.)

5. John Vanderslice: "CRC 7173: Affectionately (Blistering Dose) [cut-up]" (Scott Solter Remixes Pixel Revolt in Analog)
(Over 12,000 songs set to random and I get two John Vanderslice songs. How does that happen? I wish I could play the lottery 'cause I like those odds!)

6. Superchunk "Unbelievable Things" (The Clambakes Series Vol. 3: When We Were 10)
(Indoor Living, best Superchunk album. Still gives me chills. Oh my god, by the way, we are exactly one week away from a new Superchunk EP!! Closest thing to a new album since 2001.)

7. Coldplay: "Politik" (A Rush of Blood to the Head)
(I don't think I've listened to anything from this album since Coldplay got really uninteresting (X&Y). I don't know if I'd still love it like I did when it was new. Hm, maybe we'll never know since Coldplay are so uninteresting.)

8. R.E.M.: "Lightnin' Hopkins" (Document)
(iPod thinks I'm in the mood for some unoffensive stuff right now. Come on, man!)

9. Mountain Goats: "Short Song About the 10 Freeway" (Bitter Melon Farm)
(That is one short song indeed. At least it's longer than Iron & Wine's contribution to Dark Was the Night.)

10. Big Star: "My Life is Right" (#1 Record)
(My life isn't really right because I feel like shit. My head has been pounding since 3am. At least the weather is nice and upbeat Big Star reminds me of nice weather. Slower Big Star reminds me of bitter cold.)

11. The Clash: "Lover's Rock" (London Calling)
(Don't know why, but the Clash sounds really good right now.)

12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: "The Train Song" (B-Sides and Rarities)
(Sounds like a nice closing track. Thanks Nick!)

Wow, I forgot how much fun that is. I'll have to do that more often.