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continuing adventures in the search for the perfect song
So, music angst is not like, a new thing for me; see the music tag for the various ways I make music into this life-ending issue of issues. And yes, it's an Issue, because in my thirty-three years on this planet, I still don't know what makes a song click.

For a while, I was sure that I didn't really like hip-hop or rock all that much. I was sure of this, up until the Great Ipod Organization of August 2009 where I went through 1907 songs in my active library and started adding notes to the ones that I associated with vids and correcting for genre, then adding a note--no, still not kidding--to indicate which songs I'd written fic to and what fic and in some cases the time period so you know, what the fuck. It seemed like a good idea at the time

At which time, I realized I had three playlists worth of hip-hop that I listened to pretty regularly. I just didn't write to it. I took it to work or when I was exercising or when I took walks because it was energetic. Because no one sane puts on goddamn Pucifer or Elegia to take a walk; I used to have Korn and A Perfect Circle and Muse for that and I always ended up not so much relaxed as vaguely destructive and hostile. Also, as it turns out, half my music is technically rock or alt-rock so whatever. So what I like to write to is that moody stuff I put on the playlists Atlantis Project and Cut Your Wrists and End of the World (no, I really named them this. I'll screenshot my iTunes to prove it. I'm pretty much always about one good break with reality from liquid black eyeliner and black hair dye, you see. Why hide it?).

This is my epiphany. Apparently the only thing I don't have a chunk of library attached to is indie rock, because I live in Austin and listening to Indie in Austin is totes selling out. Or maybe I'm just tired of music where the primary instrument is a guitar in minor while people with strangely shaped facial hair have existential crises on stage. Trust me, if you had to live your entire life within thirty miles of South by Southwest and every place with electricity shows a band every night, it starts to wear on you. I've been tempted to get a Britney Spears concert t-shirt next time I go downtown to express my solidarity with mainstream. I don't care if it's hollow and plastic and soulless--it does not induce the desire to get high, smoke cloves, and read Ayn Rand and embrace quasi-anarchism, and honestly, I am way too busy for a real try at anarchism.

New to Me

Every Time I Try by Absence of Concern, youtube link - Genius recommendation, two steps off One Less Reason. I came back three times to listen to it, so while it does not rock my socks or anything, the chorus really works for me. I think it's one of those that will end up being hideously significant to me at some point and won't remember I was lukewarm at first.

Favorite Color by One Less Reason, youtube link - okay, see, when I was downloading their music in August, I didn't like this one. However, the fact I obsessively played two other songs of theirs while writing Trek apparently changed my music brain waves or something, because while I do not love it, I like the beat and I am seriously working the chorus.

[Hinder probably didn't help with that; they have a similar general sound, so I have the unpleasant feeling I'm bonding to this style.]

Still Around by 3OH!3, youtube link - this is my favorite in this batch, found three steps from One Less Reason (or four? I need to screenshot the Seperis Music Process one day) and felt very zen listening. This reminds me of something, which means this is in that mental list of Songs Based on Music I Heard During a Significant Moment in My Life but No Clue Which One. I'm thinking my freshman year of college, but I wasn't really musicy back then, so possibly it my mid-twenties. *hands* No clue. But I relax and feel vaguely like I need to get high while listening, so who knows.

All That's Best In You by One Less Reason, youtube link - okay, right now, I dn't like this song, but if experience is any indicator, I will from the minimal guitar thing going on there. I don't know usually what I like, but sometimes, I will know I will like it one day. It feels very moody chocolate.

Paparazzi by Lady GaGa, youtube link - *hands* Blame Trek. I associate Lady Gaga with James Kirk. Blame talitha78. I also have Just Dance, so you know. There you go. Goddamn Jim.

I'm Sorry by Advent, still searching for link - this one is a grower. I didn't like it at first, second, or third hear, but I kept going back and listening a little more. It doesn't like, outright offend my ears or anything; I think this one is a sneaker. It's background enough to listen when I'm writing, but interesting enough not to make me impatient.

Here I Am by Mercy Falls, still searching for link - this sounds like so many songs its ridiculous, but that's okay, because I like familiar and this is very familiar. I keep thinking Lifehouse, but maybe closer to Three Doors Down for this song, I'm not sure.

Party in the U.S.A by Miley Cyrus, youtube link - I embrace the lack of shame by posting not only did I get this, I like it. It's bouncy. It puts me in a good mood. I feel solidarity with my teenage roots. It's fun to listen to. Is it just me or is her voice a little nasal? Keep in mind her dad was a significant part of sixteen year old me's puberty, so go with it.

Second Chance by Shinedown, youtube link - I--don't know? I like their other stuff, so I can put this on background and its' familiar and comforting. I'm pretty sure I sing along, but I have no idea what its about, but it mentions parents, so I'm going on a limb that this is some kind of growing-up-and-moving thing? Maybe? IDK

Still Don't Like No Matter What Genius Says

Burning Season - I have learned to loathe them because they show up on almost every Listeners Also Bought ever. I mean, I used to be more, eh, not my thing. But now, I see their name and start hating the word burn. I have no idea how to convince Genius that if they keep showing me that, I'm going to snap and start plotting how to hack into iTunes store and erase that goddamn band.

Deadsun and Soul Harbor are also showing up just a bit too much, but I'm still letting them live. Mostly because I can't figure out how I'm getting them on the curve. I sampled every song and they just do not work for me, but Genius does not believe it and it's at two steps from everything.

I think if anyone ever asked me to characterize myself by my music, it would be "Embraces Mainstream Like a Religion" with a side of "Has Problems Admitting Love of Rock" and "Power Ballads Are My Life". I don't understand how I could go to a liberal arts college, be forced to attend more indy bands in tiny, smelly bars, be inundated with Kurt Cobain and the entire Seattle subgenre and end up like this.

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What the hell is she not wearing in that cage?

....it was like Barbie came to life there. Wow.

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Oh man, between you and the Korean pop music Rana gave me, I am going to be singing along to songs where I have no idea what I"m saying.

Lady Gaga! \o/ Paparazzi is stunningly awesome (even though I now will forever associate it with the Eli Roth ONTD Cybersex Fiasco, cause a brilliant soul made a vid about it to that song.)

*howls* I forgot about that!

I am increasingly suspicious that music is, in truth, some sort of conspiracy in science designed to experiment subliminally with human brain function. Because, okay, I am admittedly someone with a history of addictive tendencies (see: recovering alcoholic) but still...I look at my hard drive and I think "oh, gee, 5 GB left" and then I GO DOWNLOAD 500 MORE SONGS.

I don't know how to stop and it is confounding!

(Also, it is still a little weird to me to see 3OH!3 getting big, because, well, I live in the 303 and they used to be so local...)

Have you sunk your teeth into SimplifyMedia yet?

Not yet.

And seriously, conspiracy? Yes. There is no reason for me to like some of these combinations. Who has Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus one after the other on teh same playlist? NO ONE.

I don't have time to read all this right now, but will. However, I was moved to confess, right here and now, that I just bought a Lady GaGa tune for my iPod. As in, paid money for it. It's... there are no words. Love Game, OKAY?! It is very catchy. *headdesk*

I feel your pain. *pets*

I have stopped being embarrassed about my tastes in music. I like stupid bubbly pop sometimes, and I'm fine with that. And boybands. Hot flexible guys who sing - what's not to love?

I associate Lady Gaga with James Kirk.

You are not alone!

That is not to say that I'm not absolutely terrified by the conflation of those two identities.

You aren't the only one. Jim Kirk = Lady Gaga + Britney Spears. And it makes sense in this horrible way I can't really describe. Or like, deal with rationally.

Dude. I own 2 Brittany Spears songs. AND I FIND THEM DEEP NOW. I am about 5 minutes from looking up some Lady GaGa.

Generally I'm not into Miley Cyrus's music, but Party in the USA is so catchy. T_T

IT IS! I was singing it after the firs ttime I heard it on teh radio.

I really, really wanted to hate Lady Gaga...but then I heard her album and it turns out I LOOOOOOVE Lady Gaga. Sigh.

it happens to everyone. *sighs*

This is one of my favourite songs EVER:


Something about the construction of the song and the way she sings it hits ALL the right buttons for my brain.

P.S. I recommend listening at a very high volume, if possible.

I have learnt that turning Genius off is beneficial to my health.

I have learned a terrible lesson about myself. No matter what the song or how I indifferent I might have been to a song before, if someone vids it, I can fall in love. There have even been instances of loathe song so much I want to set it on fire > watch awesome vid with great trepidation > listen to song obsessively with greatest affection.

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