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Thursday, June 30, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 30 - Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year

Hey kids, thanks for sticking with us through this month of hits, flops, and one-hit wonders. Maybe there'll be some real content again sometime in the future. I wouldn't count on it if I were you, though.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 28 - A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty

I don't really understand this one. Is it a song to which I feel guilty listening?  In which case, what's the difference between today and this day?  I guess I choose to believe that it is meant to be a song that makes you feel guilty about some kind of societal ill, so the natural choices were between this and this:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 26 - A Song That You Can Play On An Instrument

Eh, sort of. I spent a year with a guitar in Iraq (thank you, Operation Happy Note!) and I could sort of play this one.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 25 - A Song That Makes You Laugh

Sadly, it would make me laugh less if it weren't so apropos. That's right, I'm talking to you, Mitt Romney.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 23 - A Song That You Want To Play At Your Wedding

I'm going to go a little off the rails here, being as my wedding was seven years ago, so let's call this a song I wish had been played at my wedding, or a song that, if I should ever have my vows renewed, I might then at that point in the future consider playing. I don't know. I'm starting to get the impression that this 30 day music contest was written by a teenager or something.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 22 - A Song That You Listen To When You're Sad

I honestly don't crank up the ol' victrola when I'm feeling certain emotions. (Do people still do that? Is it 1967 again?) So for both of these I guess I'll just go with something I theoretically would use in case of emotion.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 21 - A Song That You Listen To When You're Happy

I've already established my problem with this conceit about having to listen to certain songs when you're in certain moods. That being said, I'm game for this challenge, so let's go with it. When I'm at my most happy, I suppose it's because I just emerged from a period of wild and improbable debauch, which usually makes me think of:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 19 - A Song From Your Favorite Album

I find this list a tad repetetive. Surely your favorite song, favorite band, and favorite album would all overlap to some extent? Not necessarily, of course, but surely it's likely to keep cropping up? I decided not to go with my favorite album (Quadrophenia, in case you were wondering...see Day 11) but instead with an album which I consider objectively the greatest album of all time. So, why this album? Well, I consider it musically flawless. I'd be hard-pressed to come up with something even on par with it, honestly, but feel free to discuss in the comments if you have other ideas.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 17 - A Song That You Often Hear on the Radio

Here's one that fits the bill and is largely unobjectionable, and features Katy Perry with goat legs. (I'd still fuck her.)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 14 - A Song That No One Would Expect You To Love

So...I drink. A LOT. I am what you might call a guy who tends to drink a lot of alcohol. Don't think there's really a word for that. Connoisseur, maybe. So in...I'm going to say...October 2000...I had a little tipple or two of the ol' hooch. My friend had just downloaded this song (Napster was still a going concern, you see) and played on his Winamp. (Ah, old times.) So Winamp either defaults to instant replay, or my friend just had it set to instant replay.

So I begin to, uh, decorate the floor, let's say, with what we'll just call for propriety's sake...uh...vomit. So my friend starts to clean up his floor, which takes some time, so I lay there on the ground, zoning in an out of reality, and watching the infinite swirl of the specks in the rug. And as I did so, this extremely repetetive anthem was playing on infinite repeat, heightening the experience of absolute redundancy. It approached redunancy in a Platonic ideal sense. Obviously I survived all that, but I learned something from the experience. Well, not really. But to this day I have an affection for this song belying all its intrinsic value as art.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 11 - A Song From Your Favorite Band

See if you can predict which musical genres were foretold by this song. I'll give you a hint: one of them is in the title of the song.

Friday, June 10, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 10 - A Song That Puts You Asleep (In a Good Way)

This little classic has been a staple of my sleep mix for...oh...let's say...a decade. It usually comes sandwiched in between "Forever Knight" and "Moonlight Sonata." Enjoy

Thursday, June 9, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 9 - A Song That You Can Dance To

I will leave today's entry without comment, except to say that at this point in the contest I'm beginning to wonder if the person who invented this contest used grammar check. It should be "A Song to Which One Could Dance."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 7 - A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

Anyone who's followed this blog from the beginning (or even perused the archives, which, please feel free to do now or at your leisure utilizing the browse-by-date tracker on the right hand side of the page) knows that the one thing we have always supported here are the real adventures of the unreal Sam Tyler.  So for today's song, I have chosen a song that always brings me back to the broadcast of the last episode of Life on Mars:

Monday, June 6, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 6 - A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

Today is, of course, the 67th anniversary of the legendary Normandy Invasion. For the past few years I've commemorated D-Day with a bad drawing or something similar. This year, we're already in the middle of June which I've declared as the month of the 30 Day Music Challenge (see the last 5 entries.) Connected to our heroic veterans from World War II in a very roundabout way, this song reminds me of a very particular place in my own life when I, too, was serving in the military. In Iraq we received the European Armed Forces Network, which was just slightly off from standard American radio. One song which I heard there one night that has just stayed with me ever since was this:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

Easy.  Every time I hear this song I think of that raging anti-American traitor, Flav, and his pell-mell desecration of our country's greatest national treasure: THE Diamond.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

Okay, so I've been seeing this "30 Day Music Challenge" around the internet, mostly on Facebook 'n' sich, and I have to admit, despite its pedestrian nature, I am intrigued.  Being as June has 30 days and the blog has been all but dead lately, it seemed like the thing to do to at least generate some quick and dirty content for 30 days straight.  So, without any further ado, let's begin.

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