Monday, June 20, 2005

19 gigs and counting...

My parents bought me this mp3 player in 2001. It was definitely one of the best gifts I've ever gotten and it's still going strong. Although it is a bit bulkier than today's iPods, it was one of the first 20 gig mp3 players on the market. Finally, after almost 4 years of filling it up, I am nearly out of space (just 500 mb left). In the vein of Kulturblog's recent craze of ranking the best music of the last five years, I thought I would post this list. These are the artists with most songs on my mp3 player. I don't have a high-speed connection, so I have these all on CD too.

1. Morrissey/The Smiths - 375 songs
2. The Cure - 351 songs
3. Blur - 207 songs
4. Nine Inch Nails - 159 songs
5. Joy Division/New Order - 159 songs
6. Beastie Boys - 147 songs
7. The Clash - 129 songs
8. Pulp - 128 songs
9. Radiohead - 126 songs
10. Depeche Mode - 98 songs
11. Outkast - 80 songs
12. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - 77 songs
13. Giacomo Puccini - 69 songs
14. Belle & Sebastian - 66 songs
15. Sleater-Kinney - 63 songs

Looking through my list, I think it is a fairly accurate representation of who my favorite bands are. Thanks to the benevolent influence of my older sister, I have musical taste about 10 years older than I actually am.

21 comments:

Capt Jack said...

What no Soda Stereo, Jaguares, Pericos, Ratones Paranoicos, Caballeros de la Quema, Andres Calamaro or Los Autenticos Decadentes?

¿Qué sos vos, un trolo?

Just kidding, I've got Silencio Hospital croaking out of my computer as I write this.

Rusty said...

You guys went just a tad too far south. You need a little Mana. Greatest Spanish-speaking band. Ever.

Capt Jack said...

Jaguares and Mana are in a perpetual feud; older Mana stuff is OK, the newer stuff sucks. Their 'live' album' that came out in '95 or '96 is great.

NFlanders said...

I only have two Soda Stereo albums so they didn't make the list. The Cadillacs and Soda were the only music I really got into on my mission. It is hard, after all, when you're not supposed to be listening to anything on purpose. The bishop in one of my areas copied me my first Cadillacs album. He was the coolest bishop ever.

Los Piojos are good too, but they were after your time, Capt. Jack.

For what it's worth, I think Control Machete is the best band in Spanish right now.

Capt Jack said...

My time is now, Ned. I've got tons of Spanish music; right now I'm in a big battle with Napster because somehow all my licenses disappeared.

I'd say Bersuit Vergarabat is the best band in Spanish right now; I can't stand Control Machete.

NFlanders said...

Sorry, Capt. Jack. I forgot that you've been back tons of times. (I'm jealous.)

I'm also sorry you don't share my affection for CM. Artilleria Pesada, Presente was a masterpiece.

Ironically, the music that reminds me most of my mission is a compilation disc of cumbia.

Capt Jack said...

Were you there when the whole 'cumbia villera' crap took off? That stuff really sucks.

Regular cumbia, along with chamame played on crappy record players, was the soundtrack of the villa.

The cumbia dance places were really sucky, too. I remember one in Pacheco that used to advertise during the siesta with one of those cars with a speaker on the top. "Cumbilandia, cumbilandia, cumbilandia, avenida canada los Troncos del Talarrrrrr"

m said...

nice mix. i really like belle & sebastian when i'm in the right mood.

NFlanders said...

Oh, I miss the loud-speaker advertising. Who would have thought you could have eggs and homemade bread delivered right to your door in a Ford Falcon?
Yes, the crappy kind of cumbia was very big when I was there (96-98). We also lived above a pool hall, so that didn't help at all.

NFlanders said...

Welcome back, m.

My wife was really in to Belle & Sebastian and it rubbed off on me. I think I like them more than she does now.

Capt Jack said...

We used to go to Ituzaingo to play pool sometimes--the hall was on the second floor and if we had bad players with us we would occasionally launch a ball off the table and down the stairs into the street.

I can't believe they stuck you guys on top of one.

NFlanders said...

It was pretty loud on the weekends, but there was a pizza place in the building so that made up for it.

We would occasionally go downstairs to play, when we had money. One time, on the break, my companion launched the cue ball through a sliding glass door. We never went back after that.

NFlanders said...

Come to think of it, Capt. Jack, our pool hall was on the second floor, too (we lived on the third floor). And it was near Ituzaingo.

m said...

hey ned, don't get captain jack started on argentino mission stories. he'll never shut up.

Capt Jack said...

Now, now play nice m. Ned has some good one's himself.

Capt Jack said...

Here are the lyrics to a great Bersuit song:

Va por Chapultepec
Nadie puede imaginar
lo que hay detrás de un gran hombre:
optimista, ganador, bien parado
para la ocasión.
Un par de tequilazos
para preparar la vista,
no vaya a ser cosa
que se ponga exigente en la elección.
Se acerca sonriendo,
con picardia argentina,
y le dice al oido:
"no hay nadie en el mundo más
linda que vos".
¿Quien va a creer
semejante mentira?
Avanza la noche
y retrocede su chance de pescador.

Va por Chapultepec,
dobla por la Cuahutemoc,
tiene humildes pretensiones:
algo de suerte para el amor.

Le va a todas
el testarudo confiado.
Hay muchas presas
que desconfian de su convicción.
Y a cada intento
se va desdibujando.
¿Adónde habrá un bicho
que camine para el asador?
Dios mío...

Va por Chapultepec,
dobla por la Cuahutemoc,
tiene humildes pretensiones:
algo de suerte para el amor.

Y sonreía el sol de la mañana,
y se paró en un puesto para comer,
se aventó una tremenda enchilada,
se calentó los sesos y empezó a correr.
Si les sumas a esta dieta el mezcal
y los virulos del bostero,
pronto se convirtió en ratón,
que va a morir en algun agujero.
Saliendo de Nezahuaycoyoti
tomé por Chapultepec
en tantito estuve por la Cuahutemoc;
en la mera esquina con la chava me encontré,
o el chavo... ni modo que adivine.

Ya está desesperado,
y viene revoleando lazos y boleadoras.
Le dió a un pajarraco
de buena napia y barrigón.
"¿Qué se llevó?", se pregunta la gente.
¿Quién no carga un bagallo
en el prontuario del corazón?

Va por Chapultepec,
dobla por la Cuahutemoc,
tiene humildes pretensiones:
a esta hora si es mujer, mejor.

Baila, baila el lorito,
generoso y mimosito

Va por Chapultepec,
dobla por la Cuahutemoc,
tiene humildes pretensiones:
a esta hora si es mujer, mejor;
a esta hora si es mujer, mejor;
a esta hora ... si es ser humano, mejor.
¡Rococó!

NFlanders said...

If I ever get broadband, Capt. Jack, I will definitely check out Bearsuit... I mean Bersuit Vergarabat. Reading the lyrics also reminded me that I need to brush up on my Spanish.

Capt Jack said...

You'll need a good lunfardo dictionary to understand Bersuit. They tend to use words that good missionaries don't ever learn. They have one song that drives me wife nuts--it starts out normal but degenerates into a string of obscenities, insults, and death threats toward then Economics Minister Mingo Cavallo.

Below are the lyrics to another great Bersuit song "La del Toro" or the Bull's Song. I think you'll like it.
Que tengo que comer
que tengo que dormir
que tengo que trabajar
y así no puedo más...

Voy a fabricar una bandera
pa´ que sepas lo que quiero
sin decirlo nunca más ...
No me encierres la cabeza
tu mirada es muy espesa
sólo está pa´ controlar...
Que si aguanto te odio tanto
que si te quiero te espanto
que me río y te hace mal...
No hay fracaso más rotundo
que haberse venido al mundo
pa´ morirse y nada más...
QUE TENGO HUEVO DE TORO Y ALMA DE BUEY
Y ANDO A LAS CORNADAS CON LA LEY ,
EN TU CAPA COLORADA ME CORRERÉ
SI VIENES CON LA ESPADA, OLÉ OLÉ...

Llevo años esperando
a veces arrodillado
mendigando algo de amor...
Te doy todo lo que tengo
lo que no es mío vendo
pa´ pasarla algo mejor...
Que si aguanto te odio tanto
que si te quiero te espanto
que me río y te hace mal...
No hay fracaso más rotundo
que haberse venido al mundo
pa´aburrirse y nada más...
NO DROGUEN MÁS AL TORO
DRÓGUENME A MÍ
PRECISO FANTASÍA PA´ SEGUIR...
ES QUE NO DROGUEN MÁS AL TORO
DRÓGUENME A MÍ
HAY QUE DARSE CORAJE PA´ VIVIR...

ME VOY A DISFRAZAR DE TORO
Y A DAR POR CULO AL TORERO
ME VOY DISFRAZAR DE TORO
Y A DAR POR CULO AL TORERO
ME VOY A DISFRAZAR DE TORO
Y A DAR POR CULO AL TORERO
ME VOY A DISFRAZAR DE TORO
Y A DAR POR CULO AL TORERO...
Pero tengo que comer
tengo que dormir
mañana hay que trabajar...
NO QUIERO MÁS
NO PIENSO MÁS
NO PUEDO MÁS
ME QUEDO ALZADO !

Susan M said...

Ever heard of Kings of Convenience? If you like Belle and Sebastian you'd probably like them. They're not goofy but mellow, acoustic with harmonies, good stuff.

I don't have an Ipod, I just carry an external hard drive to work with me that has all my music on it. Or almost all. More than 60 gigs worth. I was curious to see which artists I had the most music by, here's the top 5.

U2 (251)
Waterboys (217)
Everything But The Girl (196)
Cure (188)
The Frames (139)

Most of the Cure stuff I have is from someone I came across online who I mentioned wanting some Cure stuff to and she burned me their entire discography.

NFlanders said...

Susan-- No, I haven't heard of the Kings of Convenience. I will keep an eye out for them. I guess 180 Cure songs was a little bit of overkill.

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