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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Desert Island Gigs (GBs)

Have you ever had the “Desert Island Disc” discussion? You know, if you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring 3 albums, which would you bring to listen to for eternity?

I love those discussions.

Recently, when I acquired my iPhone, I came up against another similar quandary. My iPhone is 16 Gigs (GB). I want travel music, but I must decide who goes on my iPhone. I don’t want to take up all the space with music—that’s what my iPod is for. So . . . I limited my choices to 8 Gigs.

It shall be written: No more than 8 gigs—or, ½ of my iPhone shall be filled with music.

This leaves room for video clips, movies, etc.

Now, I know there is no freaking way I am going to listen to all the songs on my iPhone. I usually listen to music as I travel (iPod) or at my desk (MacBook Pro) or at home (iPod/CD’s).

But, what about that one time I am stuck for hours in an airport and all I have is my iPhone?

What if?

I decided I am putting some “most recent” albums on my iPhone. Then, I will follow with albums I can’t be without. Or, at least, don't want to be without. This week.

Then, I gave myself permission to change it everyday if I want because I can’t be put in a box.

I must be free.

Here is how it shook down (remember . . . newer albums and ones I don’t want to live without is the criteria)

Although . . . it has a lot more to do with how I am feeling right now. Maybe in a week I will dump some for others. So many choices.

The list : : :

AC/DC Back in Black
Angels and Airwaves We Don’t Need to Whisper
Audioslave (everything)

Beck (everything)

Big Tent Revival (various)

Billy Joel Greatest Hits

Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited

Britney Spears Baby One More Time

Chris Cornell Carry On

Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Counting Crows (everything)

Crosby Stills Nash and Young So Far

Dan Wilson Free Life

Dashboard Confessional
The Shade of Poison Trees

Def Leppard Vault

DownHere (various)

Five O’ Clock People (various)
Foo Fighters (everything)
Fountains of Wayne (everything)

G N’ R Appetite for Destruction

John Mayer Continuim

John Voelz (everything)

Jonatha Brooke 10 Cent Wings
Justin Timberlake (everything)

Kings X (various)

Led Zeppelin (everything)

Leeland (everything)

Lenny Kravitz (everything)

Liz Phair Liz Phair

Mark Roach
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Michael Jackson Thriller
Mike Knott (various)

Muse (everything)

MuteMath (everything) *added after being chastised 5/15
Neil Young Harvest
Nirvana Nevermind

No Doubt Rock Steady

Oasis What’s the Story Morning Glory?

Of Montreal (everything)

Once Soundtrack

P.O.D. When Angles & Serpents Dance

Panic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.

Paramore Riot!

Pearl Jam Vs.

Peter Gabriel Hits

PFR (various)

Phil Wickham Cannons

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Prince (everything)

R.E.M. Accelerate

Radiohead (everything)

Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine

Red Hot Chili Peppers (various)

Robert Plant (various)

Rufus Wainwright Release the Stars
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead

Sheryl Crow (various)

Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun

Soundgarden Superunknown
Steely Dan Decade

Stevie Ray Vaughn Greatest Hits

Sting (various)

Stone Temple Pilots Purple

Sufjan Stevens (various)

The 77’s (various)

The Afters Never Going Back to OK
The Almost Southern Weather

The B-52’s Cosmic Thing

The Beatles (everything. Yes, everything)
The Black Crowes Warpaint
The Cars (everything)
The Chemical Brothers We are the Night
The Cure Galore

The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi

The Frames The Cost

The Police Synchronicity

The Raconteurs (everything)

The Rolling Stones 40 Licks
The Shins (various)

The Vines (various)

The Who (various)

Third Day (various)

Thom Yorke The Eraser
Tom Petty (various)

U2 (everything)

Van Morrison (various)

Vicky Beeching (various)

Vigilantes of Love Summershine

Wilco A Ghost is Born

Worship Circus A Beautiful Glow

Yael Naim Yael Naim

Mission accomplished. Under 8 Gigs.

Does anything surprise you?

Does the lack of something surprise you?

Leave me a comment. I could have had a brain fart. I may have to change something.

What would your Desert Island Gigs be?


Anonymous said...

The lack of Mute Math is disturbing to me.

Google_Fu said...

Britney Spears? John... c'mon.

I can't believe you admitted to that...

-Matt D.

John said...

mudpuppy--me too now. dang. have to fix that.

John said...

knighterrant- 98% of men listen to and enjoy Britney. The other 2% are liars.

Anonymous said...

John, I want your life... three good posts in one day?!? You're a bloggin' maniac. Where *do* you find the time? :o)

Paul J. said...

- What? No Mylon & Broken Heart?
- PFR, Big Tent, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, VOL...sweet. We have lots in common.
And I've NEVER listened to Britney Spears. So I'm throwing off your curve...

John said...

fertilesoul (a.k.a. jonathan) --you can post that many too. just be an addict and stay up until 2:00 in the morning writing posts for the following day. Then, write one in the morning before work. Then, write one at lunch. Throw in a 60-80 work week and you have my life--and my blogging patterns.

Mark Roach said...

Hey, John... absolutely honored to make the list--especially considering the company I'm keeping on your iPhone. The only two things I have: I'm a huge 'Rush of Blood' fan, but I couldn't live without at least a few from X&Y, and I'd have to go '10' over 'VS.' on the Pearl Jam side of things...

Great blog, bro! Many blessings!


Kirk said...

It's funny, but the first thing I thought of (before reading comments) was the absence of Mute Math!

Any list that begins with AC/DC and almost ends with worship music (e.g. Vicky Beeching) confirms that you can't be put in a box. Nice work!

By the way, it's great to know I'm not the only 77's fan in Michigan! Don't miss their gig at Trinity House in Livonia on June 27.

John In Colorado said...

miles davis. did i miss the miles on the list? Kind of Blue Miles Smiles Porgy and Bess Bitches Brew
all essential for me.
good list. and thanks for giving us all permission to listen to BS.

ScottyH said...

i remember you always regarded novella rather highly (which i regret ever letting go now that its outta print)

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