April 20, 2009

Alphabet Rock

Amid my iTunes library are hundreds of artists and songs that shouldn't be allowed in the iTunes general population. When a respectable album comes to an end these songs barge in and cause wanton embarrassment if guests are present.

I think this once happened with Enya.

With this phenomenon in mind, I went in search of iTunes to find trouble spots. I couldn't really find them, but I did discover places where awesome bands fall back to back, alphabetically. To wit:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Clash

Caetano Veloso
Cake

Donovan
The Doors

Juny
Jurassic 5

Velvet Underground
Ventures

Yardbirds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Zombies
Zutons
I also discovered two anomalies that don't quite fit the awesome-to-terrible or great-to-shit molds:
Eagle Eye Cherry
Eagles of Death Metal

Scarlett Johansson
Scat Man
In other music business, I have been enjoying the latest releases by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "It's Blitz!" and Of Montreal: "Skeletal Lamping." They are both superb at setting moods, albeit disparate moods.

Also, I heard a rumor about Neutral Milk Hotel reuniting at the forthcoming fucking awesome Merge Records anniversary show.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Chase Purdy said...

Scarlett Johansson hosted the latest SNL with Amy Pohler. Oh my God.

April 20, 2009 at 11:38 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I think I have the same reaction to "It's Blitz" as you did about the newer Of Montreal stuff: decent but not the reason why I thought they were such a good band in the first place. (It made me want to listen to Fever To Tell, if anything.)

Although the first five songs are really good. And I've had "Heads Will Roll" on repeat in my head for about a week.

April 21, 2009 at 3:20 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

(I just realized that this whole situation begs the question of why Enya is even on your iTunes in the first place...going through a Celtic new-age phase?)

April 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM 
Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

I dare not reveal, in any sort of critical or joking way, who might have added such music as Enya to my collection.

April 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM 
Anonymous Econ said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question#Colloquial_usage

Sorry Jack, I had to.

April 22, 2009 at 3:19 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

"Although proponents of the traditional meaning will criticize this formally incorrect usage, it has nonetheless come into widespread use and in informal contexts may actually be the more common use of the term. The phrases circular reasoning, circular logic, and circular arguments have come to be used in places where logicians and philosophers would tend to use 'beg the question'."

Fucker.

April 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM 

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