Tune Me Up
I don’t often ask for your help, but I’m getting desperate. I have a credit of $14.01 at the iTunes Music Store. And I don’t know what to do with it.
When iTunes debuted, I bought one song just to try it out. Since then, nothing. We’re talking years going by here, so this new credit situation has me paralyzed with indecision. That’s why I’m asking for your help. Help me use up this credit.
There are only two rules:
- There are no rules.
- See Rule 1.
(I always wanted to do that.)
The real rules: Leave one song title (and the artist) in a comment or drop me an email. (If you want to post anonymously, just enter a bogus name and email address in the comment.) Don’t worry if the song’s not actually available through iTMS, although that would be ideal, since I will buy the first 14 songs recommended (in the unlikely event I get 14).
Please pick something that you love, and not something that you think I might like. My brother-in-law has made me some mixes that have included gems I never would have found on my own (Fountains of Wayne and Hindu Rodeo just to name two). That’s the point here. I am expecting to be surprised and delighted by your choices. The song doesn’t have to be obscure. Chances are, if it was recorded in the last 15 years, I haven’t heard it.
If our positions were reversed, here’s what I would select: Quilombo by Gilberto Gil or anything from Los Amigos Invisibles’ “The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera”; how about Quiero Desintegrar a Tu Novio. Decisions, decisions.
If you can, please avoid choosing any jazz or Brazilian music, or anything by the two artists I love unconditionally and get everything they put out, John Scofield and Susan Werner.
I stand to discover some wonderful music from this exercise. You on the other hand, get nothing out of this. Nothing, that is, except my undying admiration for your good taste.
Thanks to Anne for the clever post title. Who knows, this might turn into one of those meme thingies.
UPDATE June 7: Cha-ching! You’ve helped me spend $6.93 so far; only $7.08 to go. As I suspected, I have heard of only three of the bands. So far the list is a little Wilco-heavy, but that’s OK, as I have observed that all the cool kids like Wilco. Thanks to those who have participated so far.
UPDATE June 8: After two days, I have 8 recommendations. By my calculations, that means everybody who reads this blog participated. I still have $6.09 left to spend, so feel free to add a recommendation by way of the comments whenever you happen to read this.
UPDATE June 11: I still have some choices to make as you can see from the playlist below... and there’s only one dollar left in the kitty.
UPDATE June 13: Although I still have two songs to chose, my credit is spent. Thanks, everyone. Again, if you are coming in late to this thread, feel free to add your recommendation by way of the comments. Funky, there will be a review of the tunes forthcoming. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery. Void where prohibited.
Here’s the final playlist:
- “How Long Have You Been Stoned” by Over the Rhine [Howard]
- “Sunken Treasure” by Wilco [Stacey]
- “Come on Home” by Everything but the Girl [Ellen]
- "I'm the Man Who Loves You” by Wilco [Mark]
- “Side” by Travis [Funky Dung]
- “Jesus” by Page France [Tom] (not available at iTMS; substituted “Rhythm” from “Come, I’m a Lion!”)
- “Sanibel” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young [James]
- “El Cerrito Place” by Charlie Robison [Frank]
- “America” by Hamilton Camp [Marisa]
- Something by Ben Vaughn... (I will choose) [Yoko]
- “Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?” by Ted Leo & the Pharmacists [Mrs. Harridan]
- “Jack the Ripper” by Morrissey [picturegrl]
- Something from “Observatory” by Julia Dollison [John]
- “And We Danced” by The Hooters [Anne Marie]