The first blog I ever came across was Aaron Gleeman’s Baseball Blog. I’ve been a regular for at least 2 years, but to this day I’m not sure how I ran across his page. Most likely I found it either through Rob Neyer’s message board (when he was still free & the board more or less fanboy free) or baseballprimer (when you didn’t have to register).
Aaron’s blog is not only one of the longest running sports blogs, but very likely the best. He’s working on many different side projects from Insiderbaseball.com to Rotoworld.com to his own coalition of bloggers at the Hardball Times, and probably a few that I’m missing. Aaron is so well known that even his name has become part of the vernacular. Gleeman-length refers to an article that’s extraordinarily long.
Just yesterday A.G. wrote a column called the The iPod Shuffle
…I thought it might be kind of interesting to put my (generic) iPod on shuffle and see what the first, I don’t know, let’s say 40 songs are that come up.
Keep in mind now that this sort of exercise can really only lead to you guys mocking me for my musical taste (or lack of), so it takes some guts to do it. Music is one of those things where you’re bound to say you like a song that someone else thinks is complete crap. And I also fully admit to liking a wide variety of complete crap.
Also, I realize 99% of you couldn’t care less, but oh well …
So here is my wide variety of complete crap:
|1||Firehose||Epoxy, For Example|
|2||Lauryn Hill||Final Hour|
|3||Pixies||Wave Of Mutilation|
|4||Depeche Mode||Master And Servant|
|5||TMBG||Shoehorn With Teeth|
|6||Dead Milkmen||Big Lizard|
|9||The 2 Tone Collection||Ylang Ylang|
|11||Smoking Popes||Pretty Pathetic|
|12||Belle & Sebastian||Mary Jo|
|13||U2||A Sort Of Homecoming|
|14||Belle & Sebastian||Roy Walker|
|16||Galaxie 500||Decomposing Trees|
|18||TMBG||Chess Piece Face|
|19||Elvis Costello||Man Out Of Time|
|20||The Whole Fantastic World||Under Red Umbrellas|
|21||REM||So. Central Rain|
|23||Beatles||Mother Nature’s Sun|
|24||Dead Milkmen||(Theme From) Blood Orgy Of the Atomic Fern|
|25||Pavement||Hit The Plane Down|
|26||Barcelona||The Power Of Jen|
|27||Less Than Jake||She’s Gonna Break Soon|
|28||Firehose||Makin’ the Freeway|
|30||Paul Simon||Hearts & Bones|
|31||Elvis Costello||What’s So Funny Bout Peace Love & Understandin|
|32||Dead Milkmen||Serrated Edge|
|33||Ween||She Fucks Me|
|38||RHCP||Suck My Kiss|
|39||TMBG||My Evil Twin|
|40||Belle & Sebastian||Dear Catastrophe Waitress|
|41*||Ocean Blue||It Never Just Might|
|42||B-52s||There’s a Moon In the Sky|
|44||Apples In Stereo||Go|
|45||Skankin’ Pickle||Toothless & Grey|
|46||Planet Smashers||It’s Over|
|47||Modest Mouse||Dog Paddle|
|48||Who||See me, Feel Me|
|49||Sonic Youth||Screaming Skull|
|50||Beautiful South||Woman In the Wall|
Since my iPOD is filled with every album from about 5-10 bands, the randomizer isn’t a true cross section of what I listen to. Quite honestly I don’t listen to those bands as often, they’re just a safety blanket on my iPOD. After I was done with the top 40, I forwarded through until I got 10 songs by artists that weren’t in the original list to give a wider view. If you can’t tell, I’m heavily influenced by 80s/90s/00s new wave/modern rock/college radio or whatever they call it these days. I have the feeling I’ll have the most songs that aren’t on any of the other bloggers that decided to participate in Aaron’s game.
#1 fIREHOSE – If you can stand bad punk singing and love the bass, you should own fIREHOSE.
#6 Dead Milkmen – The Sex Pistols had the attitude, the Dead Kennedys were anarchists, the Ramones were cool, but no one could combine punk and witty sarcasm like DM. The most under-appreciated band of all time. 8 original albums (plus live albums & compilations) and they’re only remembered for Punk Rock Girl?
#10 By #2, my top 5 bands, of which I own nearly every album (and of course which take up considerable space on my iPOD) show up. I’m guessing they take up 1/3-1/2 of my iPOD. In no particular order: REM, U2, TMBG, the Pixies, and the Dead Milkmen.
#11 Smoking Popes – Saw a video of theirs on Much Music in college. The only had 3 albums, and then the lead singer decided to do Christian Rock. Reason #581 on why I try to keep my theistic/political views out of my blog. There is no reason to narrow my audience to anything other than the main focus.
#15 Barcelona – They caught my eye by writing a song about the Commodore 64, which is what I use to run the stat page. Just imagine if New Order were computer nerds. I saw them live twice, and they put on a great show & the keyboardist was really nice. No longer together.
#27 Less Than Jake – LTJ is the recess peanut butter cup of punk & ska. Not crazy about the last few albums, but Hello Rockview is one of my favorite albums both in song content and CD layout.
#33 Ween – Great song title that the randomizer picked, very appropriate for Ween. I wonder how my Google ranking will increase with this one. Welcome pr0n searchers!
And now for open season on KnickerBlogger’s musical tastes in the comments section…