Thursday, March 15, 2007


Name your top 10 most played bands on iTunes (or some equivalent)

1. Belle and Sebastian
2. Ani DiFranco
3. Of Montreal
4. Camera Obscura
5. Radiohead
6. Soul Coughing
7. Blur
8. Tori Amos
9. Joni Mitchell
10. PJ Harvey
(I am guessing here because my iTunes blew up along with my computer so I am going with the bands I listen to most often in my estimation, which would easily be wrong since I have a bad memory. This actually only reflects the past week, it was a real 90s week)

What was the first song you ever heard by 6 (Soul Coughing)?
"Down To This" was on the radio a lot so probably that.

What is your favorite album of 2 (Ani DiFranco)?
Wow that is one that really depends on my mood. Either "Ani DiFranco", "Evolve", or "Little Plastic Castles" (yeah real decisive there huh)

What is your favorite lyric that 5 (Radiohead) has sung?
Again, real hard. Maybe “Her Hitler haircut is making me feel ill” (Karma Police) or maybe because it is the first one that came to mind.

How many times have you seen 4 (Camera Obscura) live?
Never, I just decided that I loved them about a month ago

What is your favorite song by 7 (Blur)?
“Tender” is my favorite song for singing. “The Universal” is my favorite song for feeling emotions. “Country House” or “Coffee and TV” are my favorite songs for boppin

What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10 (PJ Harvey)?
Well although it wasn’t exactly a PJ Harvey album I would have to go with listening to Murder Ballads with Ben Man and Friend. He wept. We laughed.

Is there a song of 3 (Of Montreal) that makes you sad?
Uh, Montreal makes me feel a little sad sometimes. Sometimes because of the song, others because "Tim, Wish You'd Been Born A Girl" ended.

What is your favorite lyric that 2 (Ani DiFranco) has sung?
Shit, that woman has brilliant lyrics. I can’t even begin to think. Maybe “Art may imitate life but life imitates TV”

How did you get into 3 (Of Montreal)?
This, like much great music was given to me by the wonderful Monica, who also gave me this meme

What was the first song you heard by 1 (Belle and Sebastian)?
Not positive, maybe “Like Dylan in the Movies” or “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying”?

What is your favorite song by 4 (Camera Obscura)?
“Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” I would have to say. Then again I have only had their music for a hot second.

What is a good memory you have involving 2 (Ani DiFranco)?
All of the good times playing Monopoly with Friend. We listened to much music during those times but this was always a staple.

Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad? (Tori Amos)
Yes, most of her music is pretty freaking sad. “Putting The Damage On” is actually devastating though.

What is your favorite album of 5 (Radiohead)?
I’ll go with “The Bends” although some days it is “OK Computer” but most days it is “The Bends”

What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung? (Of Montreal)
I like so many of their lyrics. I just quoted "Tim, Wish You’d Been Born a Girl" a week or so ago so I’ll pick something else. I used to like “Let’s pretend we don’t Exist. Let’s pretend we’re in Antarctica” but now I am reminded of Let’s Go Outback Tonight, damn commercial. I’ll go with “Hibernating in the snow just isn’t where it’s at because sleeping makes you skinny and we bears like to be fat.” I like that one.

What is your favorite song of 1 (Belle and Sebastian)?
Every song is kind of my favorite. I’ll be really random and pick one of my strange favorites, “Winter Wooskie”

What is your favorite song of 10 (PJ Harvey)?
Uh she is a genius. “You Said Something” will have to take the honor

How many times have you seen 8 live? (Tori Amos)
Three. Once I got myself a ticked and my sister got me a ticket and that was hard. Once with Brooke an Jamie and I think Jaclyn but I have a bad memory at some outdoor venue. Once with Mom. Apparently I missed a concert in the park last summer. Boo me.

What is your favorite album of 1 (Belle and Sebastian)?
They are all my favorites. I listen to “If You’re Feeling Sinister” a lot.

What is a great memory you have considering 9 (Joni Mitchell)?
Realizing that I was going to get old and it was going to suck while listening to Mom sing Circle Game. I know it says great memory but, in a way, it really was great because I got some things and it made me appreciate being young.

What was the first song you heard by 8 (Tori Amos)?
Embarrassingly enough it was God but I have to be honest.

What is your favorite cover by 2 (Ani DiFranco)?
I really enjoy “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and “Hurricane” a lot

Speaking of music, somehow neither Monica nor I knew that Of Montreal was playing at the Metro tonight and that show is seriously sold out. I tried to console myself with remindings that it is an all ages show and I am too old to be there. Unfortunately that is just lies. The youth will be dancing to the great songs and enjoying all the wonder and not me. Typically, I don’t read the music sections of things because I am poor and don’t want to know about bands I like coming and me not being able to afford them. I would have never known but Tony, who always reads the music section, made a helpful suggestion last night that I should try to see them because I love them. Oh well. I was both happy and sad that Monica didn’t know about the show. Happy because it meant that she didn’t forget to invite me and sad because I can’t hear how great it was. It looks as if we are going to see The Impossible Shapes though, maybe. Since this post was all about music I’m going to skip putting up songs because who cares at this point.


Eve said...

Oh man. Circle Game always gets me too. I felt nostalgic the first time I heard it at age 8.

Oh, and Amen to PJ Harvey's genius. She's my idol.

Mom said...

The other day, I put on the Rolling Stones "Hot Rocks" best-of CD to listen to while I cleaned up the house. This was because our turntable isn't hooked up so I couldn't put on my all-time-favorite clean-up-the-house record, Carole King's "Tapestry". Well I cranked up the Stones real loud and the house got clean. Daddy came home and laughed, because he had been playing Hendrix in the car on the way home.

I do listen to plenty of newer music, but I'm rooted in the old stuff.

Lately, though, I've mostly been listening to Hawaiian slack key guitar.

Kiyotoe said...

I feel bad now. I always thought I had eclectic, diverse taste in music, but you have completely stumped me with some of these artists.

I know Radiohead and DiFranco....but THAT'S IT!

With Love, Fat Girl said...

Fun! Here's mine, in no particular order (and my taste is nowhere near as indie as yours, but we do have a couple that match):

The Ramones
The Clash
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles
Arctic Monkeys
The Fratellis
The Chiffons
PJ Harvey
Sam Roberts

Monica said...

you like "Hey Lloyd" better than "If Looks Could Kill"? That is tough but I pick "If Looks..."

taureandevi said...

I have mirrored your meme on
I love Tori Amos. I love how you can hear her breathe while singing, very sensual. I was once a long time ago said to resemble Tori, one of the best compliments I have ever received.

Wishing you well

Danielle a.k.a. taureandevi

Steven Novak said...

Still to this day I mark out for Radioheads "Talk Show Host."

Sue me. ;)


Natalie said...

Eve- It is really an importat day when you realize your not going to be young forever.

Mom- You know i love the old stuff too. You and dad schooled me well. I am laughing a little at the slack key though.

Kiyote- Remember that these are just the bands i have ben listening to recently. Ask me another week and it would read Bob Dylan, Donovan, Hendirx, The Beatles, etc. I do have a fairly wide musical net though. It helps having a friend who likes the same kind of music as you and whose job it is to learn about music. Yeah for Monica.

With Love- Like I said to Kiyote, this is only recent. A lot of your stuff would pop up as well some weeks.

Monica- I think it is because i know the lyrics to it the most.

Danielle- Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Tori is great but I have been a little eh about her last two albums. She'll always be near and dear though.

Steve- Why would I, Radiohead is awesome

The Doc said...

This is as of last Sunday:
1. Bloc Party
2. Sloan
3. The New Pornographers
4. R.E.M.
5. Foo Fighters
6. They Might Be Giants
7. Radiohead
8. Lewis Black
9. NoMeansNo
10. Hanson Brothers

Man. That's not as diverse as I'd like. Where's all my jazz, dang it?

kim said...

I had an acquaintance, Alex Abijian who was the head pharmacist at Target on Elston; I haven't seen him in year, but he is an amazing artist. I am quite sure he did the cover art for a couple of Belle and Sebastians albums. Imagine being a pharmacist by day; and doing album art at night. He's not there anymore, so I hope he is making a living doing the latter.

Natalie said...

Doc- Nice list! I am always a little shocked when things don't come out as diverse as I expect them to. I had to be honest with myself that I have been real emo lately (I hate that term) and have left much of my other musical love behind.

Kim- How awesome is that! As I have never actually purchased a Belle and Sebastian album (bad bad fan) I don't know what the cover art looks like but I am about to find out.