Monday, March 16, 2009

diagetic sound

I'm going to talk about my weekend eventually but I need to wait for the pictures to be developed. In the meantime let's talk about music for a little bit. I bought some records yesterday. I've been collecting vinyl for a while now but I'm taking it slow. I don't want my collection to be diluted so I need to make sure every acquisition counts.

At one of the record stores (Randy's) I had like ten potential purchases in my hand at any given time. Finally I decided that I should only spend my limited supply of money (I don't have a job) on things I would actually listen to.

So I got Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream. I wasn't that much of a fan of the band the first time around, but I'm recently going through a sort of '90s alternative renaissance and I've been listening to a lot of SP lately.

This record, it kicks my ass. If you're any sort of audiophile you've heard all the cliches about records. They're "warmer," "more organic," whatever. It's true though, there can be certain sound qualities with vinyl that CDs just don't have. Not all records have it though. I've been disappointed a few times by picking up a record that sounds exactly like the CD. But Siamese Dream, this thing just... wow. Drop that needle and it's like you're just enveloped by the sound. Completely surrounded by fuzzed out guitars. It's as close as I've been to experiencing that mythic oft-exaggerated Rock and Roll feeling in a while.

Also for some reason I felt like posting my Top 25 Most Played itunes tunes. I check the list constantly but I think for the first time in a while it's a very accurate representation of my current listening habits. I dunno. I think it's interesting. I'd be interested in seeing your Top 25 list anyway. I'm just trying to get a conversation going. That's all I want. That's all I've ever wanted.


  1. Siamese Dream is one of the greatest albums of the 90s. Period.

  2. I just checked my Top 25 and they're mostly kids' songs, mostly Muppets and They Might Be Giants. The rest is stuff my husband likes. Consider the conversation started.

  3. Yeah one friend of mine with kids had to go thirty-nine songs in before finding a "real" song.

    When I was a kid I listened to Mozart and the Monkees. What a dork.

  4. I never liked the Pumpkins, but I never didn't like Cherub Rock.

    The 90s alternative ('Native to the kids) song I have liked the most over the last few years is "Black" by Pearl Jam. I wouldn't buy that record, though, because "Alive" is still a really annoying song. Just get it off iTunes or something if you don't still have it from middle school.

    I like that you posted your 25 most played. I will likely do the same.

  5. I will also start dressing like you.

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