Archive for January, 2006

January 31, 2006

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies
1. Dazed And Confused
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. American Beauty
4. Fight Club
5. Donnie Darko
6. Pulp Fiction
7. Rushmore
8. Clerks
9. Lost In Translation
10. The Big Lebowski

If I Met Them, It’s Not Cheating
1. Christina Ricci
2. Scarlett Johannsen
3. Kate Winslet
4. Jennifer Love Hewitt
5. Katie Holmes

January 29, 2006

Listing Favorites

A large number of things are changing for me. The way I spend my money is one change. Few people have racked up the extreme amount of debt by wasting it on music and movies that I have. In celebration of this, I decided to compile a few lists to honour the pop culture obsession that has been built during my time here. Why? Because at heart I am a huge dork. There is no order to each list.

Favorite Female Singers
1. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
2. Sarah Cracknell (Saint Etienne)
3. Bjork
4. Jan Johnston
5. Helen Marnie (Ladytron)
6. Tori Amos
7. Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre)
8. Neko Case
9. Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Creatures)
10. Alison Goldfrapp

Favorite Male Singers
1. Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
2. Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
3. Stephen Patrick Morrissey (The Smiths)
4. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
5. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, Postal Service)
6. Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays)
7. Stuart Murdoch (Belle And Sebastian)
8. Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols)
9. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
10. Richard Ashcroft (The Verve)

Favorite Albums
1. R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
2. Ladytron – Witching Hour
3. Radiohead – OK Computer
4. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
5. Bjork – Vespertine
6. Tori Amos – Boys For Pele
7. The Sneaker Pimps – Becoming X
8. Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
9. The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
10. Massive Attack – Protection

Favorite Songs
1. The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?”
2. Saint Etienne – “Cool Kids Of Death (Underworld Remix)”
3. Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”
4. Bjork – “Isobel”
5. The Verve – “History”
6. Tori Amos – “Little Earthquakes”
7. The Dandy Warhols – “It’s A Fast Driving Rave-Up With The Dandy Warhols Sixteen Minutes”
8. Pulp – “I Want You”
9. Massive Attack – “Unfinished Sympathy”
10. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”

Favorite Classical Pieces
1. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis
2. Orff – Carmina Burana
3. Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue
4. Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
5. Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2

January 18, 2006

My biggest mixing challenge so far.

I’m always making a mix. Usually for someone else, but sometimes for myself too. I’ve made all kinds of mixes. Genre mixes where it’s all dance or rock or what have you. The cheesy “I’m so in love with you” mixes that every dorky guy makes for his love. I’ve made a mix where every song is less than 3:30 minutes long (harder than you think). The “look at me I’m so achingly cool mix” which anyone in Williamsburg would laugh at. I’ve made autobiographical mixes, biographical mixes. I think i’m really good at the mix CD. But, someone told me that all my mixes are depressing. And well, I find most happy songs to be supericial and fake. Which, someone told me was the saddest thing thing they’ve heard someone say in awhile. I just think happiness in song is hard to pull off without being cheesy or cliche. So, I’ve set about making a “Happy” mix CD. And, it’s really difficult. Usually when I get an idea for a mix, I need to cut songs because I have so many I want to put on. For this “happy” one I’m having a hard time filling it up. Some songs I feel are happy or inspiring end up having a touch of melancholy to them. I don’t get it. Is it just me?

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