jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Ah Man)
I think my days of vidding with any regularity are narrowing to a close. And it's because I am very bad at listening to music. You'd think this is something that one couldn't actually suck at, but it is and I do.

I don't listen to music, really. I don't put on iTunes and listen to favorite tracks or check out a new artist. It never occurs to me to do so and even now, I'm blanking on a scenario where listening to music for funsies would be something I would do instead of anything else.

The only time I listen to music is when I'm actively trawling for vidding material. And frankly, over the years, it's become exactly as frustrating as clothes shopping. It even tenses up the same neck muscles. I find something that I like, but they don't have it in my size or worse, they have it in my size but it doesn't quite fit. It's just a shade wrong. And I could wear the shade wrong thing, but I would know all the ways it doesn't fit.

Same with songs. Even when I'm just generically listening to stuff for general "put it on the vidding list" music, I hear songs that are great in some ways, but either structurally or lyrically go to a place that make them ill-suited except in very narrow scenarios in which I have no interest. Listening to music with the knowledge that the songs could be used for vidding but aren't suitable for my needs makes the whole process awful. (And yes, I realize that the solution is "Stop looking at it that way" -- see above, re: I wouldn't listen to music otherwise).

It gets worse when I run into the vidding scenario that's been plaguing me for the last year -- I find something that seems a perfect match for a fandom or a multi scenario, spend days or even weeks gathering source and clipping, and the *instant* I get more than one clip on the timeline, I see exactly how the two are a terrible match. And now I've wasted oodles of time clipping something. Trying to find a song that's like the one you were using but is different in key ways is nearly impossible.

It's even more frustrating because I don't tend to vid things I'm actively obsessively fannish about. I prefer to vid in weird niches that I have some technical or historical interest in. So all of that time I spent clipping was really wasted, because it was only to support that specific vid idea for that specific song. The clipping work can't be repurposed for another vid in the same fandom because I'm not attached enough to the fandom itself to explore another angle. So I either find a replacement song for that specific idea or I fail.

The short of this is, you are not getting my ultimate lulzy Run Boy Run vid at Vividcon Premieres this year. I'm not sure I have any more vids in me for this year's Vividcon at all.
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I'm at Escapade now, in what's technically my second year as con staff (apparently I was staff all last Escapade and didn't know it until the end of the weekend).

It's so lovely to see all of these wonderful people and the new faces as well.

I put together a tribute to Leonard Nimoy for a wake we held last night and it went over well. I may post the file later.


As for the request, I need to refuel my music tanks for future vid purposes and I'm having some trouble doing it on my own. Any good bands, albums, or songs that folks can recommend? Doesn't necessarily have to be good vidding music... I just need to start getting into that headspace.
jetpack_monkey: (Jayne - Cunning Hat)
One major thing I took away from this year's Vividcon is that my knowledge of music, specifically good vidding music, is woefully limited. I've been trying to expand by buying up tons of MP3 albums whenever Amazon has $5 sales and listening to Songza and Pandora, but I wouldn't mind getting some recs on artists past and present that I should look into.

This is especially important with Festivids coming up and my plan to make *all the vids*.

So, who do you love?
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Dork)
Here it is, my annual birthday mix CD. This year's a bit different in that I didn't try to make the number of tracks reflect my previous age.

This year's mix was heavily influenced by my wedding in December, which shouldn't be a shock to anyone.

Mixin' it up at 27 )

I'll try to remember to toss a zip file online later.

In other news, on Saturday I gave myself an early birthday present -- a shiny HTC Eris Droid phone. Mmmm. Tasty.
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Dork)
Here it is, my annual birthday mix CD. This year's a bit different in that I didn't try to make the number of tracks reflect my previous age.

This year's mix was heavily influenced by my wedding in December, which shouldn't be a shock to anyone.

Mixin' it up at 27 )

I'll try to remember to toss a zip file online later.

In other news, on Saturday I gave myself an early birthday present -- a shiny HTC Eris Droid phone. Mmmm. Tasty.
jetpack_monkey: (Barney - Hot/Crazy Scale)
You can tell I'm avoiding actual accomplishment when I've managed to put together my annual mix CD a whole eleven days before my birthday. I think this is the last year where it's going to be just one CD. As I add another track for every year (the mix that represents the year I was 25 has 25 tracks, the one for age 24 has 24, etc.), it gets harder to squeeze all of the music onto a single CD. Not that anybody actually, y'know, listens to 70-minute audio CDs anymore.

Anyway. Same drill as before. Each track is either a song I discovered, listened to incessantly, or that speaks to some part of the last twelve months. I offer no interpretations or explanations.

This year as a bonus, I've included a CD cover and track listing that should (I think) fit neatly in a jewel case. I'll upload a zip file of the mix as soon as I get some of the iTunes tracks converted to a usable format.

The track listing )

The CD Cover and Track List Insert )
jetpack_monkey: (NPH - What Would NPH Do?)
I have about 24 dollars worth of iTunes credit and I have no idea how to spend it.

So! Recommend me new artists and sounds!

I like Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Stuart Davis, Oingo Boingo, Talking Heads, Monty Python, songs that are very witty, Jonathan Coulton, musicals, Tom Lehrer, REM, Tears for Fears, They Might Be Giants, The Smiths, The Clash, OK Go, The Eurhythmics, Frank Zappa, Goblin, Green Day, a capella groups, Ben Folds, and Barenaked Ladies prior to Maroon.

jetpack_monkey: (Duncan - White Boy Style)
Here's my yearly mix of songs that I either dug during the last year or that have some significance to stuff that happened in that time. As usual, I won't get into the reasons behind each choice, although I will note that I did do something slightly different with the format this year by including a few choice bits of MST3K-ness.

Here's the list )
jetpack_monkey: (Josie - With Squares)
Oh yeah. Other tradition -- only annual, luckily. The birthday mix CD.

Track listing )

CD Gnomes!

May. 29th, 2006 05:15 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall - Aw Crap)
On Sunday, someone with a great deal of consideration for their fellow man smashed the passenger side window of [ profile] midnightfae's car in an attempt to get the stereo. Her stereo, being an ornery piece of antiquated equipment, did not budge more than an inch or two. Despite the cost of replacing the window, this failure of basic mission parameters amused both [ profile] midnightfae and I.

Until today.

Today we realized that the thief did manage to swipe not only [ profile] midnightfae's CDs, but also my own (I had put my CD binder in her car for additional music choices).

It's just stuff, but it's a bit disconcerting. I have most of my music backed up just in case, but my David Sedaris CD and all of my Monty Python albums were not ripped for posterity. Plus, one of my Stuart Davis albums was signed and I'll never see him perform live again since he never travels this way.

I feel worse for [ profile] midnightfae, however, as she didn't have any backups made, and she had a nearly complete set of Tori Amos CDs.

We'll be fine. I'm going to reburn my CDs and make my girl some wicked awesome mixes to try to cope for the loss of tunes. I'll have to rebuy the Python and Sedaris, but hey... they're worth the dough.
jetpack_monkey: (Stuart Davis - Boy Could He Play Guitar)
Every birthday, I make a mix CD that somehow attempts to capture a span of 365 days. Some of the songs are just stuff I listened to, others are more personal. This year's is no different.

I'm not providing an explanation for my choices this year (if I ever have). Some of them are self-explanatory. Some don't have an explanation to give. Others I really don't feel like explaining. So, yeah. Interpret as you will.

The mix )

I'll throw a file up on YouSendIt just as soon as I can.
jetpack_monkey: (Stuart Davis - Boy Could He Play Guitar)
Go to your iTunes/media player/WinAmp and put it all on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and after each one press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question.

I just want to have some kicks... )
ETA: Second try )
jetpack_monkey: (Sifl & Olly)
[ profile] seeshellirun tagged me, and so I must meme. This one's going to be hard because I haven't been listening to a lot of music lately.

List seven of your favorite songs of the moment in your journal and force seven other people to repeat this or their deity of choice will kill a puppy.

1. Bree Sharp - David Duchovny. Most cracktastic song about stalking a television celebrity ever.

2. Kasabian - Club Foot. Actually, I only mention this so people run to watch the Serenity trailers. *whistles innocently*

3. Tears for Fears - Shout. They play Lite FM at work. I have very few songs to cling to. This is one of them.

4. Rent - Seasons of Love. Anybody else have obsessive moments where they play the new trailer over and over again? I know I do. And didn't even like Rent that much until I saw that.

5. Common Rotation - Offstage Lines. Always and forever awesome.

6. Poe - Hey Pretty. Soveryhawt.

7. Lyrnrd Skynrd - Freebird. If you saw the end of The Devil's Rejects, then you know what I mean.

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jetpack_monkey: (The Doctor/Rose - The End of the World)
Went to Goodwill today, picked up some great vinyl LPs.

Pat Benatar - Precious Time
Elton John - Elton John
Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
Cabaret - Motion Picture Soundtrack
Joan Baez - Farewell, Angelina
The Mamas and the Papas - The Mamas and the Papas
Joni Mitchell - Blue

Also grabbed Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle at Target, because I haven't bought a dumb comedy in a while.

I'm a member of 2 Size 11 cliques )

In other news, I'll be reccing Angel fic for [ profile] crack_van in July, and I think I've hooked my mother on the monkeycrack that is the new Doctor Who.

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jetpack_monkey: (River - I Can Kill You With My Brain)
More vinyl picked up at Bookman's:

Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon
Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack

Also, Sleeper and MASH on VHS.
jetpack_monkey: (Tom Servo Lives!)
There's a local used bookstore chain called Bookman's here in town. They have a new store in Phoenix that happens to sell vinyl records for 4-5 dollars a pop. I always browse vinyl sections because I might find something really cool for cheap - well, today I did. Five David Bowie albums: Young Americans, Hunky Dory, "Heroes," Scary Monsters, and Let's Dance. I'm ecstatic. I also picked up the Alien SE and Roger Ebert's I Hated Hated Hated This Movie.
jetpack_monkey: (Crichton - Crazy)

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First off, Happy Birthday, oh, [ profile] goalieanna who is called [ profile] goalieanna and not, say, [ profile] soleilsoul unless one were very drunk and given to mixing up couples' LJs for shits, giggles, and possibly fabulous cash prizes.

Wrote roughly a page's worth of material in the novel last night. Doesn't sound like much, but given that it's the first thing I've cracked in the book in two months, I say bravo for me. I would've done more, but I've hit a sex scene and I'm feeling really squirrely about writing it. I have no intention for it to come off like sophomoric porn, but at the same time... it kind of needs to come off like sophomoric porn. And I was writing in a public place, so every five minutes I'd look up and think, "God, they all know what I'm writing. I'm a bad bad man."

And there will be no references to spilling cold, dead seed. Mainly because Lucas isn't dead, exactly. Again, for chapters that are about three or four behind what I'm actually writing, friend [ profile] lanky_writing. You won't regret it. Or you will, but you'll be far too polite to say anything. I would like to note that the thing IS a first draft, so it sucks quite a bit. But the spark of genius is there, and we'll be taking the bellows to it in the second and third drafts.

I found this rather amusing. The part about the Royal Shakespeare Company's poll. [ profile] veggiebelle and I will now do the dance of "Oh, how we rock."

I've been listening to Stuart Davis's Flower of a Zero quite a bit, and I think that it would make a fabulous S5 summation vid, once S5 is, in fact, summed. I base this on two lines - "Better forget about halos/You better forget about heroes" and "What's another spike in a muscle." Also, "Can't you take a punch like a lover" (which is meant to be ironic in context) just screams Destiny-style Spike/Angel hoyay. The only problem is that the actual title of the song, I suspect, refers to the feminine genitals. And for a season so entirely lacking in female sexuality... Yeah. So that'd take some working. Also, there's the part where I may be entirely misinterpreting the song. Stuart Davis's lyrics are often ambiguous on top of being deeply oblique.

Thoughts on Last Night's Angel )
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About a year ago, my friend Richard gave me a CD labeled "Music for Matt". It was a CD he'd burned for our friend, who was in fact named Matt. For whatever reason, he'd burned two and written on them both "Music for Matt (computer power symbol)"

So, I've had this disc for awhile, and frankly, nearly every track completely fucking rocks. But I never got a tracklisting, and Richard's taste in music is... well, it's based in rock, but Richard was the Music Critic for the local college paper (that's how I met him, actually), so he grabbed some really obscure bands sometimes... Or obscure to me, anyway...

So tonight? I Googlesearched the lyrics of every track - and discovered what bands I should really be paying attention to.

1) Can't tell. The lyrics are unintelligible. My least favorite track, anyway.
2) John Vanderslice - Bill Gates Must Die
3) Girls Against Boys - Disco 666
4) Spoon - The Way We Get By
5) Fugazi - The Waiting Room
6) The White Stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby (Jen called this one)
7) I THINK it's Murder by Death - I'm Afraid of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf*
8) Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself
9) No idea. Lyrics barely determinable and no results when I search 'em. Really like the song, too.
10) The Faint - Violent
11) Gwenmars - Venus
12) No idea. Crap track.
13) OK Go - What To Do (sweetass refrain - "Mediocre People do Exceptional Things All the Time")
14) Iggy Pop - Search & Destroy (this one I knew)
15) Rival Schools - High Acetate
16) Guided by Voices - The Enemy
17) The only known live recording of Richard's band. Bad quality.
18) Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945 ([ profile] recognitions? You're right. This rocks.
19) No clue. Weird lyrics, though. Very raw sound. Raw meaning lacking talent but not enthusiasm.

* Weirdly enough, the only place the lyrics for #7 were available were on somebody's LJ userinfo...

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