Saturday, January 15, 2005


... when he already has over 1,000 CDs... and he will stay occupied for weeks. But who says this is necessarily a bad thing?

Here's some of what is in my MP3 player so far, with 2412 songs having been obsessively loaded into the damned thing as of this morning. If there is an asterisk after the number of songs, that means I'm not done adding songs by that artist. Two asterisks means there may be a ton more added... I've downloaded about 25 songs from Napster, the rest have all been "ripped" from my collection. I listed 47 artists with 10+ songs in the player, but there are lots and lots more artists with 5-10 songs. I haven't even really started yet on Pink Floyd, Neil Finn et al, Cream/Clapton, Wilco, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, Hall/Oates, The Verve, Annie Lennox/Eurythmics, Doobie Bros., Patti Smith, U2, specific classical works, and many other personal favorites! Anyway... OCD, ho!

Guided By Voices 144
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Neil Young 105
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Beatles 92
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Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra 59 (these came with the player)

Who 51
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XTC 50
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Radiohead 50
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Lou Reed/Velvet Underground 43
Zeppelin 39
Steely Dan 38*
Nick Cave/Bad Seeds 36
Echo/Bunnymen 34
Elvis Costello 33
Warren Zevon 32**
Coldplay 23
Petty/Heartbreakers 23**
Steve Earle 21*
Porcupine Tree 21*
Smashing Pumpkins 20
Van Morrison 20*
Jethro Tulll 19
Nilsson 19
Robert Pollard 19
Bowie 19**
Crowded House 19**
Doves 17
Dylan 17*
Eno, et al 16*
Cure 16*
REM 16**
Blue Oyster Cult 16*
The Shins 15
The Feelies 14
Doug Gillard 14
Gipsy Kings 14
Elbow 14
John Paul Jones 14
King Crimson 14**
Rolling Stones 14**
Keith Richards 13
Moby Grape 12
The Byrds 12*
Yes 12**
Jimi Hendrix 12
Stevie Wonder 11
Nick Drake 11

This collection features also many punk artists, including Sex Pistols, Rancid, Green Day, Poison Idea, Supersuckers, The Thermals, etc. I don't have much metal, but I do enjoy Pantera and they are well represented.

There are few if any modern "Country" artists on my MP3 player.
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Does this guy look like he has to take a painful dump, or what!?

Of course the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan sounds like he's constipated and straining every time he sings...
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but he plays ROCK AND ROLL!

I don't like modern "Country", which to my ears basically sounds like pop music with a Southern accent and a couple of fiddles thrown in. I do tend to like Steve Earle, and I like some stuff by Dwight Yoakum, The Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen and a few others.

I'll be adding more jazz, along with more Bill Laswell "dub" stuff. There will be a noted absence of Rap, boy-bands, and general modern Top 40.

How many more songs will this thing hold? It's a 30GB player... How many more do I need? Why, I am an American!! I need more!!!

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Blogger RBP said...

What about Wilco?
They are the American version of Radiohead, sort of.
They are playing here next month, it will be my third time seeing them.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Your blog is looking really really good, Snave.

You have good taste in music. Many of your favorites, are mine, as well. But, then again, you are my male counterpart, so that makes sense. : )

I was thinking about getting a MP3 player myself, but I decided to stick with the old ways. Besides, I'm sure I'd get "all OCD" on it, too. By the way, did you know that the late great Warren Zevon suffered with our affliction? A while back when Billy Bob Thornton was on Letterman, he told a great story about how they (Billy & Warren) would compare their OCD particularities with each other. They used to live in the same building, and it went on for months. It ended when Warren asked Billy Bob, "Do you have it with guns?" Billy Bob said, "You win!"

7:49 PM  
Blogger ALa said...

Snave: I wanted to email you about this -but your addy isn't on your page... I thought of you since you said that you like Burroughs...check out my post today -I think it might interest you:
Great New Writer

6:38 AM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

I would just like to say thanks a lot. You know what you have started? Don't look at me like that mister! So I click on your name, off of my sidebar, thinking I'll be updated on a hot news item that the big media neglected, and what did I see instead? Guided By Voices, that's what! And do you know how much I love the song Hold On Hope? No, I guess you don't, so I'll tell you. I love it so much that I had to surf the net to find it so I could have my very own MP3 of it. This caused a touch of ADD, making me forget that I was about to read your post. After downloading a "few" other tunes, I thought, "HEY! I was reading something." So I go back to your page and the whole process repeated itself at the sight of Radiohead. Thanks a lot pal. ;)
Lois Lane
P.S. CD OCD Rocks!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

JFM, I'm also a Wilco fan, mostly of their first three albums. I hadn't thought of the Radiohead analogy but I think it's a good one. Start out with a fairly mainstream rock album, put out a couple of pop masterpieces, then get into oddball stuff. I have most of Summerteeth in the MP3 player (it's my favorite of theirs) and will probably add 5-6 cuts each from AM and Being There. Despite liking their more "accessible" songs, you know what my favorite is from A Ghost Is Born? Spiders (Kidsmoke)! Even though I don't care as much for their last two CDs, I would LOVE to see them in concert.

Haha, Lois! You did find something the media has neglected: Guided By Voices! Hold On Hope is a cool song. Wasn't that used on Scrubs or some other TV show during the last few years? Anyway, I think they are a great underrated band. Their stuff from Do The Collapse on is nicely-recorded, but their low-fi CDs have lots of inebriated charm. Check out Alien Lanes, Bee Thousand, and Under The Bushes Under The Stars!

ALa, thanks for that link! I will have to check out that author and look into reading some online writers in general!

Lizzy, Lizzy... just buy the MP3 player. Spend hours and hours loading songs into it. Going through the ritual/routine of doing this will not forestall anything ominous, but it will provide you with lots of great self-stim, as it has with me! Buy, download, rip, obsess and enjoy! Also, glad you like my musical tastes. There is just too much music out there, and not enough time to listen to it all!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

Ahhh a brave new world, and kicking direction.

Can't say that I have actually heard Wilco, but do have friends who were not to keen on their latest offering. Something about odd interludes.

Anyway wev'e got the Beasties comming this way for 'the big day out' (very soon). Damn should have bought tickets.

5:37 PM  
Blogger RBP said...

Here in the dirty south, after the break up Uncle Tupelo, two camps emerged. You were either a Jeff Tweedy/Wilco man, or a Jay Farrar/Son Volt man (or woman) I fell into the Tweedy/Wilco clan. But I do like Jay Farrar, and I was lucky enough to see Son Volt in concert.
I guess it's like you're either a Beatles or an Elvis fan, but you can like them both.
I'm an Elvis man btw. But I do love the Beatles.

8:51 PM  
Blogger justrose said...

Snave, I also have OCD -- seriously, I've had it my whole life --and I don't often spill this fact into the blogosphere, but I'll check back to see if you noticed -- and I .. have a particular fondness, shall we say, for my Windows Media Player ....603 songs so far. Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes and Gipsy Kings essential.

It's a good thing, compiling music for your listening pleasure. Rock on in an organized fashion.


9:27 AM  
Blogger Phil said...


I would have thought you would have all of that right wing country. I just love wearing a cowboy hat, jamming Toby, and shooting bambi from my pickup.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Phil said...


BTW, how do you create the links to other sites (on the right side of your site)?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hi Phil,

First of all... eeeeew!!! 8-)>

Re. your question, you are one of the good guys, and I will gladly tell you what you need to know about creating those links!

Send an e-mail to I will send you a reply as soon as I can!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

JFM, I just heard a cut by Golden Smog, and didn't know Tweedy used to be in that band. I thought "That sounds like Jeff Tweedy" and sure enough it was. One of my favorite "alt-country" or "no depression" albums is "Anodyne" by Uncle Tupelo. I like both Tweedy and Farrar. Re. Farrar, I think "Straightaways" and "Trace" are my favorites, although "Sebastopol" has "Barstow", which is one of my favorite songs of his. I think that as musically different as Farrar and Tweedy are, it's amazing they played together as long as they did. I do think they brought out the best in each other musically at the time, anyway.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hey Justrose, I'm up to about 2575 songs now! Wheeeee!!!! I MUST go plug in the player, I MUST rip tracks!! I must do it NOW!!!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Somebody help me!!! I'm up to about 2800 songs now having just added about 40 apiece by Todd Rundgren and Pete Townshend. This is great, it's like having my own radio station that only plays things I want to hear!

The player has a "shuffle" or "random" feature that's wonderful. This morning it started me off with "Boris The Spider" by The Who, "Outside" by Lou Reed, "Exquisitely Bored" by Pete Townshend, "Ballad Of a Comeback Kid" by The New Pornographers, and a live "Crime In The City" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Next was "Hello Goodbye", then Nick Drake's "Place To Be", "Your Time Is Gonna Come" by Zeppelin, "Don't Panic" by Coldplay, a live "Bad" by U2, Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain", "Au Contraire" by They Might Be Giants, a Doug Gillard tune called "Valpolicella", Split Enz' "Dirty Creature", "Somewhere Out There" by Steve Earle, "Bohemian Like You" by the Dandy Warhols, "Trains" by Porcupine Tree, and finally an all-time favorite of mine, "Drug Train" by The Cramps!

I'm in a state of musical nirvana! Although I do need to add some Nirvana to the playlist...

12:27 PM  

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