Monday, October 30, 2006

ShuffleLog 30-Oct-06: BONUS: Take Two, They're Small

A little penance for blowing it on Friday. A bonus ShuffleLog, and a wee 5 tracks long due to the rare well-timed trains on my commute this evening.

ShuffleLog 30-Oct-06
  1. The Postal Service, "Such Great Heights" - Give Up
  2. Michael Burns, "Forwards" - Bloom (Disk 1)
  3. Shout Out Louds, "Hurry Up Let's Go" - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
  4. AIR, "Ce Matin-La" - Moon Safari
  5. Bloc Party, "Like Eating Glass" - Silent Alarm
Back to the repeats. But those are quality repeats, significant singles from their respective albums. First entry for the Shout Out Louds, who I added to my iPod a week ago.

Like not talking to your pitcher when he's throwing a no-hitter, I don't want to jinx things and mention some conspicuous absenses of late.

We'll see how good the iPod is at reading my mind. Because it's the only thing reading this blog.

ShuffleLog 30-Oct-06: The Unlikely Repeat

Here's something I thought had gone the way of the dodo: the repeat-less ShuffleLog.

It's been 19 days since we had a ShuffleLog with all virgin tracks. 79 tracks since then.

ShuffleLog 30-Oct-06
  1. The Lovemakers, "Times of Romance" - Times of Romance
  2. Danny Howells, "Sound In A Dark Room" - 24:7 (Disk 1)
  3. The Lovemakers, "Falling Apart" - Times of Romance
  4. 2 Dollar Egg, "Implantant" - Don't Look Now (Disk 2)
  5. Dosh, "Bring the Happiness" - Pure Trash
  6. Bushy, "Don't Mind If I Do (Groove Armada 100 Club Mix)" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 2)
Oh, and I'm sure that it's no coincidence that, the first ShuffleLog back from a break and extolling the virtues of a certain Oakland-based band, The Lovemakers score 33% of this virgin ShuffleLog.

Paging Dr. Freud.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Day of Rest (And Forgetfulness)

OK, so I'll come clean. I left my iPod in my other coat pocket this morning, and didn't realize it until I was well out the door. My bad.

So, instead of your regularly schedule ShuffleLog, I'll entreat our massive readership to submit their own logs.

Or, you can just listen to me blather on, trying to introduce the East Coast to The Lovemakers.

Write your name on the board, you're free to go.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

ShuffleLog 25-Oct-06: She Wants A Superfecta

Sweet! Good news: only one repeat this week...

ShuffleLog 25-Oct-06
  1. She Wants Revenge, "Us" - She Wants Revenge
  2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  3. She Wants Revenge, "Someone Must Get Hurt" - She Wants Revenge
  4. She Wants Revenge, "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" - She Wants Revenge
  5. Mechas, "Hot" - GU021: Moscow
  6. The Lovemakers, "Hypnotised" - Times of Romance
  7. Danny Howells, "Fast Lane" - 24:7 (Disk 1)
And that repeat just so happens to be a fucking superfecta. Yep, those lovelies from Brooklyn (by way of Connecticut College, where Jen's brother went to school with several members) have the first quad: "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood". 14 songs by CYHSY from a 12-track album, and four are the same song. Um, out of 214 total ShuffleLog tracks to date...that's 2%. For one track.

Random my ass. I swear to a diety-to-be-named-later that I hadn't heard of these guys until I heard "The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth" on Live105 in San Francisco. Um, notice that track hasn't come up yet?

Oh, and notice anything else peculiar? I swear I thought I had accidentally selected She Wants Revenge to play. I had to check. 3 of the first 4 song, and no repeats, from the eponymous She Wants Revenge album.

Random my ass.

ShuffleLog 24-Oct-06: Three the Hard Way

So, why not the trifecta of trifectas?

ShuffleLog 24-Oct-06
  1. Pixies, "No. 13 Baby" - Doolittle
  2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Blue Turning Grey" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  3. Stereolab, "Bop Scotch" - Margerine Eclipse
  4. The Beastie Boys, "3 The Hard Way" - To The 5 Boroughs
  5. Massive Attack, "Black Milk" - Mezzanine
  6. Massive Attack, "Dissolved Girl" - Mezzanine
  7. Pixies, "La La Love You" - Doolittle
  8. Bloc Party, "Like Eating Glass" - Silent Alarm
  9. Stereolab, "Flower Called Nowhere" - Dots and Loops
  10. AIR, "All I Need" - Moon Safari
Hey, that's another three-fer: "Black Milk" goes up there with CYHSY's "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood" and "Yewminyst" from GU024. The first Pixies repeat doubles their only song, until the 7th track that is, and doubles from Massive Attack and Stereolab. I should go to the track.

More repeats, more CYHSY. That's 13 tracks from CYHSY. The fucking album only has 12 tracks, and of the 13 we've heard, only 5 are unique (to be fair, 2 of the 13 I don't remember, but I know they were played). Enough, already. Chastising inanimate objects has worked for chasing the Oakland Faders, who thankfully haven't shown their skribbles in a week.

And we've had repeats for almost two weeks straight. The last ShuffleLog without a repeat? The 11th.

Get used to it.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ShuffleLog 23-Oct-06: The ShuffleLog 200

Time to sponsor one of those cars that go round and round: we've hit 200 on this stretch.

Let's bust out the Cristal, fuck Jay-Z!

ShuffleLog 23-Oct-06
  1. Gorillaz, "DARE" - Demon Days
  2. Kasabian, "Shoot The Runner" - Empire
  3. Morcheeba, "The Music That We Never Hear" - Big Calm
  4. AIR, "Mike Mills" - Talkie Walkie
  5. Paul Oakenfold, "Zoo York" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
  6. Tenacious D, "City Hall" - Tenacious D
  7. Celestial, "Harijan" - 24:7 (Disk 2)
  8. Gorillaz, "O Green World" - Demon Days
  9. Stereolab, "La Demure" - Margerine Eclipse
  10. Nat Monday, "Waiting" - GU021: Moscow
So, I'd once again mucked with the experiment by adding two new records: Empire, Kasabian's sophomore record, and The Shout Out Louds debut Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, which my brother turned me onto last weeked while I was in the ATL for me mum's birthday. That brings our total track universe to 640 tracks. This doesn't really affect percentages much at all. But the presence of a track from Empire in the first ShuffleLog certainly raises an eyebrow, eh? That didn't even happen when I added 100th Window to my iPod a few weeks ago.

Other than that, we're showing consistent repeats. And I'm suspecting some "clumpiness" to the randomness. As in: repeats, bands, or albums seem to clump together over time. It's not as if we get a CYHSY song consistently, over time. They tend to clump together: 4 songs in 3 days (20-Sept to 22- Sept), then a song each on the 27th and 29th, nothing until 9-Oct, when there were two, and then two on 12-Oct. Clumpy.

If I can make Excel behave, we may need a graph. Oooooooh.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

ShuffleLog 19-Oct-06: Does Size Matter?

OK, it's one thing to mindlessly capture shuffled iPod tracks on a morning commute for a whole month (and by "one thing" I mean "pathetic"). But it's another entirely to do it for 4-and-a-half-friggin' hours straight.

But, do you have a spreadsheet? Boo-ya!

ShuffleLog 19-Oct-06
  1. The Postal Service, "Recycled Air" - Give Up
  2. Danny Howells, "Headman" - 24:7 (Disk 1)
  3. Fugazi v. Destiny's Child, "Independent Room" - SixxMixx
  4. Gorillaz, "Demon Days" - Demon Days
  5. The Beastie Boys, "Country Mike's Theme" - The Sounds of Science (Disk 1)
  6. Dosh, "Simple Exercises" - Pure Trash
  7. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Thoroughly unimpressive, with the exception of "Recycled Air", and the fact that there weren't any sub-1:00 Oakland Fader tracks. And yeah, for those of you paying attention, that's a friggin' trifecta for "Upon This Title Wave Of Young Blood", tying it with "Yewminyst" for the triple.

Clearly, it's how ya use it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

ShuffleLog 18-Oct-06: Behave, We Have Company

In addition to your regularly scheduled ShuffleLoggery, I'm pleased to introduce Mamma, our first guest ShuffleLogger. I'm not sure that I'm qualified to actually introduce her, since I don't really even know her. But she seems to know Stephen over at Chant A Psalm, ostensibly from Tulane, so let's give her a shot. Plus, she's probably the only one reading this anyway.

No judgments, yo.

Mamma's ShuffleLog 18-Oct-06
  1. U2, "Mothers Of The Disappeared"
  2. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Refugee"
  3. Hooters, "All You Zombies"
  4. Elton John, "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me"*
  5. Carole King, "So Far Away"*
  6. The Rolling Stones, "You Can’t Always Get What You Want"*
  7. U2, "Desire"
  8. Duke Ellington, "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me"
  9. Matchbox Twenty, "Long Day"
  10. Huey Lewis & The News, "The Power of Love"*
  11. New Edition, "She Gives Me A Bang"
  12. The Specials, "Pressure Drop"
  13. Talk Talk, "Talk Talk"
  14. Queen, "Another One Bites The Dust"
* indicates that the song started playing, but she elected to skip through it.

So many places to take this one. But I'll let Mamma speak for herself.

ShuffleLog 18-Oct-06: The Hits

First, let me get this out of the way: Happy Birthday, Mom! Not like she reads this, but just in case. You know, save myself a few days in Purgatory and all.

Onward. Interesting little false start this morning. But it was welcome. Started off gritting my teeth this morning anyway, after work ruined an otherwise lovely evening out with Jen and her bro for his birthday. Then, the 25-second "Walk" comes on first thing. Grrrr... Mercifully, my iPod brain-farted immediately, and just stopped playing, defaulting instead to the main menu. Wash, rinse, repeat, and I bring you a ShuffleLog chock full'o'goodies.

ShuffleLog 18-Oct-06
  1. Deaf Center, "Walk" - Don't Look Now (Disk 2)
  2. Way Out West, "Coming Home" - Don't Look Now (Disk 1)
  3. Bloc Party, "Two More Years (Single Version)" - Two More Years - Single
  4. Burufunk, "Global Communication" - GU024: Reykjavik
  5. Tenacious D, "City Hall" - Tenacious D
  6. Pixies, "No. 13 Baby" - Doolittle
OK, so ignore the pseudo-repeat for a second. This actually looks like a playlist that I'd concoct intentionally. "Coming Home" is a great electronica tune, memorable among sometimes background-noise trance. Same thing for "Global Communication": I'd stick it in a playlist to burn for folks anytime. It's got a great sample of dialog from the film Naked, where David Thewlis's character discusses "factual" events that portend the end of the world, leading into a sweet break beat. Note the triumphant return of GU024, a day after I consciously noticed its conspicuous absence.

Also, I'm no MisShapes zombie, but I dig Bloc Party. And say what you will, but Bloc Party's "Two More Years" is a terrific, addictive track that I've purposefully sought out on many occasions, whether standing around waiting for a plane, running, or putting together a playlist at home.

Aside from the 45 seconds of silence toward the end of "City Hall", this is an epic 8+ minute track that focuses on the destruction of modern government, rebuilding it in the image of Tenacious D, and the Machiavellian machinations that lead to their downfall. That's pretty ambitious for JB and KG.

And did I mention the Pixies? All I can say is finally. 186 tracks before we hit a track from Doolittle. Friggin' Christmas comes quicker.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

ShuffleLog 17-Oct-06: Gosh, Dosh

Maybe taking a break last Friday to mark the 1 month anniversary helped clear the baffles?

ShuffleLog 17-Oct-06
  1. Oakland Faders, "Track 06" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  2. Gorillaz, "Kids With Guns" - Demon Days
  3. Dosh, "Building a Strange Child" - Pure Trash
  4. Dosh, "G Eye" - Pure Trash
  5. Infusion, "Daylight Hours" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
  6. Dosh, "I Think I'm Getting Married" - Pure Trash
Sure, a ShuffleLog without the Oakland Faders is like a day without sunshine. And Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 gets more play than Alyssa Jones (10 of 22 unique tracks, including 3 repeats).

But I don't think we've seen a ShuffleLog dominated like this: 50% of the tracks from Dosh's Pure Trash, a record that's got 12 tracks on it. Hell, Dosh only showed up two weeks ago for the first time, and only once more in the intervening days.

Hear that chirping sound? No, it's not this readerless blog. It's the 2 week absence of GU024. You hear that, Fader Nation Vol. 1?

Oh, and for all (2) of you who were wondering, I've confirmed that Smart Shuffle is set to Random, v. More Likely or Less Likely. So, there, you can get on with your lives.

Monday, October 16, 2006

ShuffleLog 16-Oct-06: The MCs And Some Repeats

Wiping the slate clean, so to speak, with a 15-track marathon as I went for a run last night.

ShuffleLog 16-Oct-06
  1. The Beastie Boys, "3 MC's & 1 DJ (Live Video Version)" - The Sounds of Science (Disk 1)
  2. Gnarls Barkley, "Necromancer" - St. Elsewhere
  3. Oakland Faders, "Track 13" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  4. The Postal Service, "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" - Give Up
  5. Themroc, "Gold Is Your Metal (Paper Faces Mix)" - Don't Look Now (Disk 2)
  6. Oakland Faders, "Track 38" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  7. The Beastie Boys, "Pass The Mic" - The Sounds of Science (Disk 1)
  8. Deaf Center, "Walk" - Don't Look Now (Disk 2)
  9. The Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right" - The Sounds of Science (Disk 1)
  10. The Bravery, "Swollen Summer" - The Bravery
  11. Gorillaz, "Last Living Souls" - Demon Days
  12. Arctic Monkeys, "Riot Van" - Whatever People…
  13. Dynamite Hack, "Boyz In The Hood" - Take A Bite Outta Rhyme
  14. Oakland Faders, "Track 15" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  15. Ladytron, "Beauty*2" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
Ch-ch-check it out: 3 Beastie Boys songs, 3 from the (grr...we're almost up to 50% on that record) Oakland Faders, including a 48-second gem (repeat). Oh, and the 25-Second "Walk" from Don't Look Now (Disk 2). Gee, thanks, that comes in really handy...when I'm friggin' going for a run in the Park.

Excellent standout, by the way, from one-hit wonder Dynamite Hack. Gotta love an acoustic version of "Boyz In The Hood", done by two white guys who sound like they're doing backup for Dave Matthews. Especially when they're melodically intoning:

She started talkin' shit, would'nt you know?
I reached back like a pimp and I slapped the ho'

But, see, that's the point.

Friday, October 13, 2006

ShuffleLog 12-Oct-06: The 1 Month Anniversary

It's been 4 full weeks since this abomination reared its ugly head. What's one month, anyway? The paperclip anniversary?

ShuffleLog 12-Oct-06
  1. Way Out West, "Absinthe Dreams" - Don't Look Now (Disk 1)
  2. Duran Duran, "New Moon On Monday" - Seven and the Ragged Tiger
  3. Lyrics Born, "Bad Dreams Interlude" - Same !@#$ Different Day
  4. Bloc Party, "Price Of Gas" - Silent Alarm
  5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  6. The Lovemakers, "Dance" - Times of Romance
  7. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Details Of The War" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
But after 4 full weeks of this nonsense, definite patterns have emerged.

  • Yeah, we've now played something like a full 75% of the CYHSY record, not including the two repeats.
  • Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 weighs in with a solid 50% of all of its tracks played thus far (11 of 22).
  • The Lovemakers Times of Romance clocks in with 46% (5 of 11 tracks)
  • The omnipresent Oakland Faders comes close: 14 out of a total 40 tracks (35%) on Fader Nation Vol. 1 (thank Christ), with only a single repeat. It just feels like a lot of repeats out of them.
But damn, are we gonna play an entire record before one Pixies track comes up?

If anyone friggin' reads this, I'm at a crossroads:

1) I may try to continue, uniterrupted, day-by-day, until I play 622 tracks, and see what the patterns are, or
2) I may move some stuff around and see how it poisons the experiment. For instance, get the Oakland Faders and CYHSY off of there, post haste.

Which will it be? Don't make me choose for myself.

ShuffleLog 11-Oct-06: Rollover

I cheated just a little. Not like starting an unjust war on false pretenses. Just a little cheat.

I resumed playing the first track from the previous day. Is that so wrong?

ShuffleLog 11-Oct-06
  1. Party Ben, "SixxMixx 94 - 071505" - SixxMixx
  2. Bloc Party, "So Here We Are" - Silent Alarm
  3. Fugazi v. Destiny's Child, "Independent Room" - SixxMixx
  4. Dosh, "Simple Exercises" - Pure Trash
I'm not counting the 15-Jul-06 SixxMixx as a dupe. I was halfway through it from the previous day, and just let it ride. That's how I roll. But that's 4 SixxMixx tracks in 3 days, in 13 tracks. That's a whole lotta dimp.

Plus, damn, I feel a little dirty with Destiny's Child on my iPod, even though it's mashed up with Fugazi. Wait, that's dirtier.

ShuffleLog 10-Oct-06: SixxMixx'ing It Up

So, get this. It's Friday the 13th. Almost exactly 1 month from the time that I began this little atrocity...

...and I didn't listen to jack shit on the way to work today.

Mostly because I friggin' forgot to. I mean, I had to take one of the mutts to the vet this morning (3rd time in a week, checkup for a fractured toe), so I was running late and all. No hangover. Nice, cool, crisp fall day in New York.

I mean, I just forgot. Huh.

Luckily, I've got some backlog to burn. Here, for example, was Tuesday's...

ShuffleLog 10-Oct-06
  1. U2 v. Lyrics Born, "Callin' On Sunday" - SixxMixx
  2. Foo Fighters, "Learn To Fly" - There Is Nothing Left To Lose
  3. Palava, "Surrender (Your Love Breaks Mix)" - Don’t Look Now (Disk 2)
  4. Party Ben, "SixxMixx 94 - 071505" - SixxMixx
Hey, lookee here. Remember all of that complaining about no SixxMixx entries yet? Nothing in 138 songs (22% of all songs on the iPod), despite regular airplay on my part for a while. Now we've got one single SixxMixx track, as well as the 15-Jul-05 30 minute show from Live105 that I downloaded (on my Mac, I've got like 15 of these).

That's why this one is a little short. I just let the bitch play.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

ShuffleLog 9-Oct-06: Coming Up For AIR

Hola, amigos. It's been a long time since I rapped at ya. But really, I'm feeling much better.

Back to business. Got a lot of time to make up. And for that, you get three for the price of one -- for a total of 25 tracks. Limit 2 per customer.

ShuffleLog 9-Oct-06 (Morning Commute)
  1. The Postal Service, "We Will Become Silhouettes" - Give Up
  2. 16c+, "Gospel 2001" - GU003: Prague (Disk 2)
  3. James, "Born of Frustration" - The Best of James
  4. Foo Fighters, "Everlong" - The Colour and the Shape
So far so good. No repeats, short set (late morning commute due to vet appointment in the morning), new wild card entry from James.

Ever forward.

ShuffleLog 9-Oct-06 (Evening Commute)
  1. Chaser, "Reach For It" - GU003: Prague (Disk 2)
  2. The Beastie Boys, "Skills To Pay The Bills" - The Sounds of Science (Disk 1)
  3. Oakland Faders, "Track 18" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  4. Morcheeba, "Bullet Proof" - Big Calm
  5. The Streets, "Too Much Brandy" - Original Pirate Material
  6. AIR, "La Femme D'Argent" - Moon Safari
  7. The Lovemakers, "Is It Alright?" - Times of Romance
  8. Gorillaz, "DARE" - Demon Days
  9. Oakland Faders, "Track 35" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Must've knocked something loose with the rant. First Morcheeba song. Up to this point, only one AIR song has appeared, and it was a repeat. Now we've got a new AIR song, and it's from Moon Safari.

The only repeat is a Lovemakers repeat. Not Oakland Faders, not CYHSY.

ShuffleLog 9-Oct-06 (Evening Run)
  1. Deep Cover, "Deeper Inside (Original Mix)" - Tranceport 3
  2. Deep Dish, "In Love With A Friend" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 2)
  3. Infusion, "Daylight Hours" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
  4. Green Day v. Oasis v. Travis, "Boulevard of Broken Songs" - SixxMixx
  5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Gimme Some Salt" - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  6. Louis XIV, "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" - Finding Out True Love Is Blind - Single
  7. The Bravery, "An Honest Mistake" - The Bravery
  8. AIR, "Run" - Talkie Walkie
  9. AIR, "Another Day" - Talkie Walkie
  10. Think Tank, "F.U.B.A.R." - Tranceport 3
  11. The Darkness, "Black Shuck" - Permission To Land
This was 11 songs played while I went for a run in Central Park, and includes back-to-back Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 and back-to-back AIR. That's 3 AIR songs in 25 tracks (12%) compared to 2 AIR songs in 129 previous tracks before the 9th of October (1.6%).

Plus, it's kinda cool that "Run" was played. You know, while I was running.

Friday, October 06, 2006

ShuffleLog 6-Oct-06: The Rant

We interrupt your regularly scheduled ShuffleLog to bring you the following rant.

I don't know if it's just me -- that the novelty is wearing off, that the novelty of the City is yeilding to frustration. The novelty of the subway, and gawking tourists, and cabs cutting you off in the crosswalk, and pushy self-absorbed idiots, and the Yankees, and the fact that I've called 911 three times in the three months that I've been here, and human shit in public (worse: that my dogs eventually find it)...maybe the honeymoon is over. But I'm not ranting about any of that.

Jen and I went to see Massive Attack at the Roseland Ballroom last night. I'd been looking forward to it for a while, this was the last of their three night run in New York, and Elizabeth Fraser was touring with them. Plus, we'd seen the Beastie Boys the previous night, so this was becoming a banner live music week in a City where there's always a ton of live music to see.

I think that I've seen more live music in the three months since I've been here than in the previous year in San Francisco. And it's run a pretty good gamut: national acts like Ani DiFranco outdoor at Summer Stage, local bands like Boss Tweed at Magnetic Field in Brooklyn, jazz legends at Iridium, DJs, turntablists, tabla masters, the Beasties at a fundraiser for animals. There's so much available during any given week, all of it so accessible.

And last night, I had one of the worst live music experiences. Ever.

An Open Letter To Everyone Involved In the 5-Oct-06 Massive Attack Show At The Roseland Ballroom

To the venue: Learn how to plan better. Clue #1? When there's a line 8 deep at the bar, you're losing money. My brother, who's in the business, taught me that. Although I do commend the guy who served us for being a professional about it. Oh, and when you've got a nice, big room with a massive stage and sound system, please use it. It improves the experience, and most importantly, it drowns out the legions of douchebags who can't shut the fuck up during a show (see below).

To the concert-going public: Please shut the fuck up. Seriously. Stop behaving as if the band is playing, TiVo'd, in your living room as background noise to your own private party. Stop behaving as if the band is an irrelevant sports team playing above the bar at your favorite Upper East Side meat market. Stop trying to have a meaningful conversation with your date in the middle of a fucking ballad. Stop text messaging. Stop screaming into your cell phone. Stop accepting comp tickets from your company/clients/drug dealer/pimp to see a band you don't care about, but are happy to yammer through all night. Better yet: stop fucking going to shows. Period.

To the B&T couple in front of us, at the railing: Shut the fuck up. There's a band playing, and you're missing a good show. Stop screeching in that grating, high-pitched voice, about nothing at all relevant. Stop trying to have a normal conversation, amplified because there's an inconsiderate band playing about 100 yards away. Better yet, make no attempt to whisper, or even try to yell in your addle-eyed companion's ear. There's a bar directly behind you: take your fucking insipid conversation over there. Or go home and try to convince yourself that, yeah, you really like Massive Attack, and not just because you've only heard "Angel" on the Snatch soundtrack. Really.

To the douchebag and douchbagette behind us on the right side: Shut the fuck up. We're actually on the floor now, dick, and there's a band playing. We're not back by the bar. Stop talking about nothing-fucking-at-all with some girl as if you were at the Olive Garden. Stop ignoring my glares back at you. You know, during a show, when someone looks back, away from the band, it's usually for a reason. No, I wasn't checking out the line at the bar, or scoping for the bathroom, or clocking some broad. I was looking at you. You know, the fucking H&M fashion victim screaming your conversation over the band. And when I tell you "Hey, you guys are missing a good show", your response is to shut the fuck up. "Am I bothering you?" only conveys the fact that you have no grasp on where you are, or your role in society. It also conveys the fact that sarcasm is lost on you.

To the twit on her cellphone sitting on the rail to our right: Shut the fuck up. Jesus Christ, Elizabeth Fraser is singing "Teardrop". It's a beautiful song, a soft song. Screaming "OHMYGODLISTENTOTHIS!" -- holding up your phone to whoever is unfortunate enough to be on the other end of the line so that they can listen to garbled distorted Elizabeth Fraser noise -- is a clear sign of bad breeding. For God's sake, your meat-head companion was shouting at you to shut the fuck up, severely limiting his prospects of getting into your panties. Oh, who are we kidding, you'll throw the donut anyway. But for the meathead's sake, let's pray that you're not like Paris Hilton at 19, answering your phone during uninspired sex: "OMG, no, I'm not doing anything, just fucking, and yeah, that one song was pretty good tonight, but I couldn't hear it very well because I was on the phone!" OMGSTFU.

To the couple to our left before the encore: Shut the fuck up. You started out OK. Jen and I had moved 4 times at this point. Aside from the lack of respect for personal space -- I know it's general admission and all, but there's a small studio apartment's space worth of room to your left, so why are you actually touching Jen and I? -- you looked into it. You were dancing, or at least swaying, to the music. But then some sort of infection gripped you. You probably picked it up from those assholes behind us, perhaps from sharing a Red Bull and vodka. Some sort of douchebaggery that made it impossible for you to resist having a full conversation while friggin' Horace Andy is signing, while Shara Nelson is singing! Christ, invade my personal space. But for the love of God, shut up!

To the dudes behind us, during the encore: Shut the fuck up. Are you serious? You're two guys at a Massive Attack show. You're fucking chatting with each other like you're scrapbooking over a bottle of Two Buck Chuck. This is not Murray Hill. The Yankees are not playing on a crappy flat panel TV while you drink Coors Light. For fuck's sake, I can hear you through "Intertia Creeps"! We retreated back here to get away from screechy, yammering chicks. Only to be rewarded with preening, yammering dicks. I can't believe I contemplated leaving the show before it was over. But you're pushing me there, fellas.

For the love of all that is holy, please, all of you, avoid going to live music venues. Please go back to whereever it is that you came from, play quarters, dabble in date rape, mindlessly produce verbal diarrhea about the finance industry or some shitty publication that you work for. Just don't go see live shows. Unless it's the donkey show in Tijuana. And then, by all means, volunteer.

Love, Clarence

Thursday, October 05, 2006

ShuffleLog 5-Oct-06: Massive Repeat

And the hits just keep a-comin'. Another ShuffleLog, another repeat. 119 songs in, and we've got 4 days in a row with repeaters. Also, a few nice surprises.

Interestingly enough, no Beastie Boys tracks, even after seeing them last night. Solid show, not their best, but the Beasties on a so-so night still get your body movin', rump shakin' slow and low. And for a great cause.

ShuffleLog 5-Oct-06
  1. Oakland Faders, "Track 12" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  2. Paul Oakenfold, "Zoo York" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
  3. Massive Attack, "Black Milk" - Mezzanine
  4. Outkast, "Hey Ya" - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
  5. The Lovemakers, "Is It Alright?" - Times of Romance
  6. Dino Lenny, "I Feel Stero" - GU021: Moscow
  7. Massive Attack, "A Prayer For England" - 100th Window

Two Massive Attack songs, which is the perfect buildup to the show at the Roseland Ballroom tonight. And the first repeat. Only 20 songs by Massive Attack on my iPod, yet they've quietly crept up to 8 songs already, with representation for the past three days straight.

Surprising appearance by Outkast. Speakerboxx/The Love Below is an epic 2-disk monstrosity, but this is the only Outkast track I transferred to the iPod. Cliche, overplayed, but I still like it.

Seriously, though, I'm gonna get the Oakland Faders off of the iPod for a while. Last song yesterday, first song today. That's 13 total, or a full 1/3 of Fader Nation Vol. 1. Still holding steady at 11% of all ShuffleLog tracks. I can only go so long with :30 tracks incongruously sandwiched between chills, beats, or rock'n'roll. Listening to it as one continuous mix works great. No so much on Shuffle Songs.

Predictions for tomorrow: "Yewminyst" quinella.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

ShuffleLog 4-Oct-06: The Trifeca

After a really annoying start -- two short tracks, including the friggin' "Outro" to Same !@#$ Different Day -- we get our first triple.

ShuffleLog ShuffleLog 4-Oct-06
  1. Oakland Faders, "Track 26" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  2. Lyrics Born, "Outro" - Same !@#$ Different Day
  3. Grayarea, "Yewminyst" - GU024: Reykjavik
  4. Massive Attack, "Exchange" - Mezzanine
  5. Bloc Party, "She's Hearing Voices" - Silent Alarm
  6. Behrouz, "Looking For A Face" - Perfecto Chills Vol. 3 (Disk 1)
  7. Oakland Faders, "Track 33" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
Sure, it's nice to get three tracks from Bay Area artists the morning after the A's took Game 1 of the ALDS. But seriously, "Outro"? Damn.

A triple? "Yewminyst" shows up not only three-friggin'-times, but two days in a row? It now represents 3 of 6 tracks played off of GU024. Of those 6, only three are unique anyway. Considering "Yewminyst" only has a .161% chance of showing up in the first place, it makes up 2.65% of all 113 ShuffleLog songs played to date. There are albums with 10+ tracks that haven't showed up nearly as frequently. Like Same !@#$ Different Day: 16 tracks, or 2.57% of all tracks on my iPod, but only two songs played.

By the way, sports fans, GU024 has 21 tracks on it.

Bonus ShuffleLog 3-Oct-04: ShuffleLog Turns 100

Bonus ShuffleLog, since I commuted home alone (sniff!) yesterday. We hit the 100th song on this one: Stereolab, "Prisoner Of Mars". And two from Massive Attack, who we're seeing tomorrow night. Sadly, the entry from 100th Window was the 101st song. How cool would that have been?

Gotta love the B-Boys persistence, especially since Jen and I are seeing them tonight at the Rational Animal Gimmer Shelter benefit. VIP tickets. It's for the mutts.

ShuffleLog 3-Oct-06 (Part Deux)
  1. Arctic Monkeys, "Still Take You Home" - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
  2. The Beastie Boys, "Triple Trouble" - To The 5 Boroughs
  3. Stereolab, "Prisoner Of Mars" - Dots and Loops
  4. Massive Attack, "Future Proof" - 100th Window
  5. The Streets, "Not Addicted" - A Grand Don't Come For Free
  6. Foo Fighters, "No Way Back"- In Your Honor (Disk 1)
  7. Massive Attack, "Mezzanine" - Mezzanine
  8. The Darkness, "Givin' Up" - Permission To Land
So, my buddy Sandy emailed me yesterday, remarking on how these ShuffleLogs have been pretty loaded with tracks that I pimped from him. And it immediately struck me: someone else is reading this crap? Then, something else: all that GU024, Way Out West, and 24:7? I horked it from Sandy. To be fair, we exchanged music, but I came out on the better end, since he dumped his fastidiously collected Global Underground collection in my office one day.

And, once you observe the experiment, you actually affect it's outcome. There's not a single track in this ShuffleLog from a record appropriated from Sandy. Hasn't happened since 21-Sept-06. Almost two weeks ago.

Requests, anyone?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

ShuffleLog 3-Oct-06: The Repeat Three-peat

I think it's on to me.

ShuffleLog 3-Oct-06
  1. Dosh, "Rock It To The Next Episode" - Pure Trash
  2. Grayarea, "Yewminyst" - GU024: Reykjavik
  3. Oakland Faders, "Track 20" - Fader Nation Vol. 1
  4. The Beastie Boys, "Time To Build" - To The 5 Boroughs
  5. Foo Fighters, "Free Me" - In Your Honor (Disk 1)
  6. Louis XIV, "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" - Finding Out True Love Is Blind - Single
  7. Way Out West, "Melt" - Don't Look Now (Disk 1)
Er, that's two repeats from GU024. In two days. Five tracks from that record, two of which are repeats. That's getting downright ridiculous.

So far, we're still under the 100 track mark - 97, to be exact - for ShuffleLog in just over two weeks. That's about 16% of the tracks on my iPod. Yet we're getting some serious regularity going. Three days in a row with a repeat. I wonder if it's just a Moebius Loop.

Yet today's ShuffleLog exibits a curious randomness to it: a flagrant repeat, some consistent repeating artists (Beastie Boys, Oakland Faders, Way Out West), and some brand-spanking new tracks just to keep me guessing (Loius XIV, Dosh).

Careful, there's a graph lurking somewhere.

Monday, October 02, 2006

ShuffleLog 2-Oct-06: It's ShuffleLogtober

Having left my iPod sitting around un-charged all weekend, with the battery meter sounding the red klaxon of "Charge Me!", I was unsure if we'd even get a ShuffleLog off today, and instead I'd have to spend my commute listening for the next Overheard In New York candidate.

But I made it, just in time, with a short 6 track playlist.

ShuffleLog 2-Oct-06
  • HRK, "Loveworld (Ulrich Schnauss Instrumental Mix, with HRK)" - Don't Look Now (Disk 2)
  • Starkid, "Crayons" - GU024: Reykjavik
  • Stereolab, "Hillbilly Motobike" - Margerine Eclipse
  • The Streets, "Stay Positive" - Original Pirate Material
  • Gnarls Barkley, "Transformer" - St. Elsewhere
  • The Postal Service, "Such Great Heights" - Give Up
Another repeat? That's 5 so far, and this one is particularly annoying because "Crayons" is the track that leads into "Strawberry Fields", one of my favorite tracks of off GU024, and one of the most-listened-to.

Other than that, there's nothing terribly remarkable about today's ShuffleLog. Except for the fact that there isn't a friggin' new entry in the bunch: 5th entry (6%) from Don't Look Now; 4th entry (4%) from GU024, half of which are "Crayons"; 3rd entry from Stereolab (3%); 4th entry from The Streets (4%); 2nd entry from Gnarls Barkley (2%) and The Postal Service (2%).

Ooooh, and the funny thing is this: I had to manually reconstruct the ShuffleLog today, since the battery ran out when I got to work, preventing me from scrolling back through the tracklist. I know that I'm 90% right about the order, especially the first two and last two. But the middle two...

If I transpose the middle two tracks -- Stereolab and The Streets -- I get a sweet descending progression of frequency:

6% Don't Look Now
4% GU024
4% The Streets
3% Stereolab
2% Gnarls Barkley
2% The Postal Service

Now that would be somethin'.