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retirement here I come!

by John at 7/27/2007 09:35:00 AM

It's a little bit after nine in the morning now, and I've been at work for three hours already. I've looked up some information in more-than-one-year-old emails, fiddled with a PowerPoint presentation I'm giving next week, and phoned a guy about the meeting at which I will present the presentation (I left a message). And, I'm pretty much done for the day, unless I want to get back to writing the progress-report-that-no-one-will-ever-read. Busy busy busy!

So for fun, I'm going to pretend I'm a celebrity giving an interview, and the interviewer does one of those play-"Shuffle Songs"-on-celebrity's-iPod-and-ask-about-the-songs-that-come-up things. (At this point in the post I have far exceeded my per-post (oops!) hyphen quota, so I'm going to try to rein it in a little bit so I have a few left for any emergencies that might come up before the end of the month.)


Interviewer: What's on your iPod?

John: Oh, no! Now everyone will know I have common tastes just like the regular folk. Haha!

I: That's a red one. For the AIDS thing, right?

J: Yes. It didn't cost any extra, so I thought, why not? Plus, it matches the environmentally-conscious (dammit!) Honda Fit Sport I just bought.

I: Cool. It says "By Grabthar's Hammer what a birthday present" on the back. What's that about?

J: I don't want to talk about it.

I: That's from Galaxy Quest, right?

J: I said I'm not going to talk about it.

(At this point, John looks away from me, his mouth pinched. He is clearly not happy with the direction this is going. A moment later, he looks back, more composed.)

J: Sorry, it's a silly thing. Can we just go on?

I: Okay. I'll just hit "Shuffle Songs." First one: "Too Drunk To F***," Nouvelle Vague

J: I really like this album, remakes of New Wave and punk songs done in a jazzy French style. I have no nostalgic attachment to this particular song, however. I don't even know who did the original. Do you?

I: Nnn... no. "Goodbye to Mother and the Cover", Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

J: I really enjoyed their first album. The singer sounds like Gordon Gano. This album is a little harder to like, though I suppose it is good.

I: "Theme for a Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists," Eels.

J: Just another amazing song on the double album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. I'm glad this one came up, because I think everyone should listen to this album. It is so good, it just may bring about the end of The Fourth Age. You have to listen to it from start to finish, though, for the full effect.

I: "The Magic Hour," Pretty Girls Make Graves.

J: Umm, okay. I heard they were good, so I downloaded it. I like how it starts out quiet and then they start kind of shouting the chorus.

I: "Kissing the Lipless," The Shins.

J: You know what? These guys are pretty excellent. I've heard their albums dozens of times now, and I just don't get tired of them. I think they are kind of unfairly maligned by the insufferable music snobs because they got popular in a movie, and sometimes because they don't rock out hard enough. Uh, guys, they aren't a hard rock band, okay?

I: "Treat Her Right," Los Straitjackets.

J: Haha! I heard an interview with them on Fresh Air on NPR. I get 40 downloads a month from emusic whether I want them or not, so I got one of their albums. Pretty good surf rock. Did you know they wear Mexican wrestling masks while they play concerts, and now there is a whole genre of Mexican bands wearing wrestling masks, even though Los Straitjackets aren't Mexican? This is a crazy world, people.

I: "What is Humidity," Tom Glazer.

J: This is from a series of "Singing Science" records from back in the fifties or something. They Might Be Giants did a cover of "Why Does the Sun Shine" that was pretty popular. A guy ripped all the songs to mp3 off LP records and put them on the web. Fun to listen to, and if you don't watch out, you just might learn something.

I: "Fiore de la Citta," Seu Jorge.

J: This was recommended by Amy, so I got the album. Shout out to Amy, yo! The thing about 40 downloads a month is you use them or lose them. It's in Portuguese, so I have no idea what he's singing about. It sounds sad. I really like it.

I: "Fists Up," The Blow.

J: I don't know what made me download this album, but I don't regret it. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but it has really grown on me. It's all done with like a Casio keyboard, only it sounds really excellent with lots of layered pops and buzzes and sometimes this scratchy sound that is out of this world. The singer has a cute voice, too. I haven't seen a picture of her that I recall, but I bet she is small and cute and has a bob haircut.

I: Okay, we are almost done here. Last one: "Planet Minuet," Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans.

J: What I said above about Singing Science. This one isn't particularly redeeming. Do another one so I finish off looking cool.

I: "The Underdog," Spoon.

J: Blew it there, didn't I? I have no idea where I got this. Pretty good sound, though. Kind of early 70's pop-ish (arr) with the hand clap thing going on. Maybe Keith Partridge could have sung this. I guess I like it. Apparently, it's off an album called Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I like that!


Do your own random ten in the comments? You don't have to be cutesy. I know, it'll take effort. Pretend I didn't ask.

Update: The Dead Kennedys, and I was right about her.

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