April 5, 2006

I Fought Sturgeon’s Law, And The Law Won

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 10:23 am

Back in the leaner days of media, when I had a meager 256 megabytes of mp3-workable storage to work with I felt pretty good about my music collection; I put a bunch of songs on it, I listened to them, and when I wanted to listen to something new I moved them around and did that.

This avoided pure shuffle and imposed choice – I picked the songs, so they were songs that I liked, q.e.d, kthxbi.

My new, monstrously overcapacitized iPod has been something of a revelation, because while it takes a goodly amount of time to move stuff on to and off of it, I can put everything on there. I never had to hit the skip button before, but now I do, because here’s the situation: it turns out that I’ve got an awful lot of mediocre music in my collection.

I’m sure this comes as precisely no surprise to most of you, but reasonable people can disagree about which miserable corner of my music collection is most egregious. It’s amazing, though, how much of my music collection has aged so badly; a lot of things that seemed pretty good when I was but a young pup now seem pretty thin and weak in my crotchety old age. Furthermore, get off my lawn you kids.

I don’t know whose fault this is, but a cursory examination of this situation has revealed that it will be very difficult to pin it on somebody else. My friend the interweb, I need your help. Tell me about the good music. Help me purge the bad music. My tastes tend to run to things that don’t get played on the radio, being frequently crunchy and profane, but I’ve also got a pretty good collection of blues and soul, because what I like most of all, the stuff that has stood the test of time, is authentic.

Help me, lazyweb. You’re my only h0pe.


  1. Crunchy and profane? Could you, perhaps, be slightly more specific?

    Comment by Skwid — April 5, 2006 @ 11:54 am

  2. The crunchy and profane side of my current listening includes an oversupply of Cop Shoot Cop and Firewater, the Dead Kennedys and Social Distortion. However, it also includes the Halo and Katamari soundtracks, a smattering of Public Enemy and a big chunk of the Verve best-of collection, so there you go.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — April 5, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  3. So my definition of “crunchy and profane”, which starts at Skinny Puppy and goes downhill from there, would not match yours.

    Yours appears to be more like “classic punk”, which is “classic rock but they don’t know how to play the instruments”. I can’t really help you with those.

    Comment by John — April 5, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

  4. You could try; I don’t know if it has enough crunchy and profane stuff, but it’s pretty cool about helping you find stuff you might like.

    Comment by Nikita — April 5, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

  5. I’m sorry, but just because I didn’t mention Skinny Puppy or Ogre doesn’t mean that I don’t lean in that direction. Tell me where some of this stuff fits into your pantheon, and then get back to me. Specifically, among the offerings there, Consumer Revolt tracks one and two and Release tracks one and especially, especially three.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — April 5, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

  6. I don’t know how your tastes run, but lately I’ve been happy to be introduced to “Fall Out Boy”, “Bloc Party”, “Best of Bootie 2005” (available free online, yo), and “Broken Social Scene.” As for the MP3 classics, I always turn to MGB, Foo Fighters, Underworld and Garbage.

    Comment by beltzner — April 6, 2006 @ 8:28 am

  7. Much Brit playing on my Pod these days. Bloc Party’s “Silent Alarm” really grew on me, as is Kaiser Chiefs’ “Employment”. Arctic Monkeys’ “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” is also really great. Not really crunchy and profane, though.

    Comment by geofford — April 6, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  8. I somehow doubt you’ll ever be the malcontented Belle and Sebastian (Dear Catastrophe Waitress) fan I’ve forcibly become thanks to the local climbing gym kids. My gold stars goto : Death From Above (Heads Up, Romance Bloody Romance and You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine). Definitely not metal but a real favorite mine would be: Eagles of Death Metal (Peace Love Death Metal). I would say my all time favorite currently, though neither crunchy nor profane, would have to be: The Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots) even the title is awesome.

    ps. See you an Arlene in Toronto.

    Comment by sean — April 9, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

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