How many total songs? 7840 songs (that's just what I've loaded into the library on my new computer so far. I've still got a handful of things to add, but not much)
Sort by Song Title - first and last?
first: Buck 65 - '65 Buick
last: Index ID - Zwichenstop
Sort by Time - shortest and longest?
shortest: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels OST - It's Been Emotional 0:04
longest: DJ Shadow - 2003-03-30 Radio 1 Essential Mix 1:59:46
Sort by Album - first and last? [only on tracks where the album is listed]
first: Cowboy Junkies - 'Neath Your Covers Part 1 [EP]
last: Smashing Pumpkins - Zero EP [UK]
Top Ten Played Songs:
I'm vetoing this one because my stats on iTunes are out of whack, both at home and at work. They'd probably be tracks from Bright Eyes, Radiohead, Sage Francis, Ben Folds, Death Cab For Cutie, the Garden State and Eternal Sunshine soundtracks, blah blah blah.
Find "sex," how many songs show up? 17 songs with "sex" in the title in some fashion
Find "death," how many songs show up? 27
Find "love," how many songs show up? 154
Find "peace", how many songs show up? 13 (including four versions of The Doors performing Peace Frog)
Find "rock", how many songs show up? 60
1.Total amount of music files on your computer? 7840 right now
2. The last CD you bought was: M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us
3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message? Her Space Holiday - Tech Romance
4. Write down
This is one of those questions that makes my brain hurt trying to come up with an answer. You'd be just as well off asking what my desert island, all-time top 5 albums are, you'd get the same brain aneurysm stare. I've proceeded to shuffle through my iTunes library, looking for songs that I listen to frequently for songs that always touch a dark spot deep down in my bones.
- Radiohead - Pyramid Song (I could give you a handful of Radiohead tracks, but I'll settle on this one)
This track doesn't really hold any meaning with me. I think the post-modern mood that it instills in me just keeps me coming back. I'm a sucker for songs that feature a piano. Runner-up: UNKLE - Rabbit In Your Headlights, a track that features Thom Yorke on vocals and DJ Shadow doing the instrumentals.
- Toad The Wet Sprocket - One Little Girl
Yet another band that I could pick a handful of songs from. I'm going with this track because I've known so many girls over the years who, at some point in time, fit the description of the girl in the song. I think Glen Phillips has a thing for writing songs about women getting the shaft or potentially getting shafted for making bad choices. Alternately, there's a reasonable number of Toad tracks that point out the stupidity of males as well.
- Pink Floyd - Mother (with Goodbye Blue Sky and Comfortably Numb as close runners-up)
I can't think of a time when I didn't enjoy listening to The Wall. This is one of the albums I grew up with and was there when I first started to enjoy listening to music (even during the early year or two when I was listening to crappy pop music; whatever happened to you Jon Secada?). There are a smattering of other songs from their vast number of albums that strike a chord with me.
- Atmosphere - Lovelife
If you don't enjoy this track and don't find yourself feeling at least a little more enthusiastic about life after it's done, you have no soul. My love for this track has nothing to do with the fact that it's about a Virgo named Sean, but it does make me feel like less of a schlep when I feel like singing along in the car.
- Rolling Stones - Paint It Black (and most covers of it)
I must confess, I don't enjoy most songs from the Rolling Stones. I know a few people out there are shouting "Blasphemy!" as they read this. They have a handful of tracks that I like, but for the most part I just shrug when I hear them. Exactly the opposite with Paint It Black.
- Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Back in the day, Chrissy would drag my butt out to go drink ourselves goofy and dance to stupid music at XO before moving on to spend the rest of the night grooving to the same punk tracks that we heard the weekend before. The mood to dance didn't strike me every weekend, but something about Billy Idol got my clunky feet out on the floor. That was a very strange time in my life that I miss these days.
- Sage Francis - Bridle
Erik and Jen, assuming they actually read this and have made it this far, have probably been waiting for the appearance of Xaul Xan. Trying to pick one song of his is impossible, so I thought I'd pick the track from A Healthy Distrust that I've listened to the most (which was barely beaten out by Sea Lion). I'm sure the list of Sage tracks that I listen to the most are pretty predictable. Rewrite (original and 50 ways), Threewrite, Message Sent, The Cure, Ground Control, Specialist, Crack Pipes, Mermaids Are Seasluts, Underbite Ben, JESUS H. CHRIST WHERE DOES THE LIST STOP?!?!
- Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
WHOA! Look at me, switching up my game on you, busting out the adult contemporary after going all backpacker on you. This song goes up there with Lovelife. If you listen to it and it doesn't leave you feeling uncomfortable in some way, you've got no soul.
- Counting Crows
I've a long-standing love affair with Counting Crows. The first cd I ever bought was August And Everything After, shortly after it came out. For me to pick any one song from them is nigh unto impossible. I ought to go with Anna Begins, for obvious reasons, but I'm also quite fond of Round Here, Mrs. Potter's Lullaby, Long December, the acoustic version of Mr. Jones from On A Wire, Black And Blue, Colorblind, blah blah blah.
- Beck - Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes
Soundtracks are the backbone of any real music fanatics collection. Not only are they a good source for random songs from artists that you won't find anywhere else (the artist or the track), but they're also a good resource for mood music. I admire any director who goes the extra mile to ensure that they aren't just putting the latest pop crap into their movie.
5. What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
fall3n Because I don't have a clue what she actually listens to these days. Hopefully it's not all just dance music because that stuff can rot your brain if you're not careful. ;)
jproulx Because I need new music ideas and I suspect you've got some indie stuff that you've found and I haven't.
yellafelon Solely because he did a radio show last week and busted out the Sage Francis.
There are a couple other people whom I'd be interested in knowing what they're listening to, but I doubt they'll read this, much less reciprocate.