Sunday, February 29th, 2004

The Original Leap Year

I’ve always thought that leap years would be much more impressive if there was some cosmic confluence that went along with them, some event that only happened every four years. Like meteor showers, or solar flares, or magical doorways in my closet leading to the land of Narnia. But no, all we get is the coldest, drabbest, dullest month one day longer. Whose idea was this, anyway?

I picked up a Grandaddy DVD-video single gratis this weekend, which features the two videos from Sumday. I’d seen the vid for “Now It’s On” from the enchanced component of the CD, but the clip for “El Caminoes In The West” was new to me and a lot of fun, not least of all because it was mostly shot in Toronto – this is what they were doing at the Rivoli last Spring and after seeing it you’ll understand why while they were shooting live footage for the vid, the band was not there. They had these things for free at the front counter of Rotate This – get em while you can.

Curiously, one of the first things people ask me when they see my CD collection is, “Is this alphabetized?”, as though there were any other logical way to do it. I mean, I’ve got over 1000 items – anything besides alphabetical (by artist, and then by title, if you’re wondering) just doesn’t make any sense – it’d take forever to find anything. Well maybe I should reconsider that line of reasoning – Radishbeet has some other suggestions on how to organize one’s music collection. I think the next time I get really bored, things are going Socratic. Link from Jinners.

Those mash-up remixes have been around for a while, but I’ve never seen one done in video form before. Check out this Missy Elliott vs Joy Division one – pretty impressive editing. A bunch more audio ones available here. Link from Largehearted Boy.

Ryan Adams’ double-EP set Love Is Hell will be getting a re-release as a single album on May 3. Once again, the record companies show they business acumen, tapping into that rich demographic of people who held off on buying two discount-priced EPs so that they could pay more for a single disc half a year later. Savvy savvy!

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By : Frank Yang at 10:37 am
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  1. Paul says:

    If your discs are on racks where you see the spines, I’d suggest organizing them by color. I’ve seen this done in two separate homes and it really, really looks nice.

    If they’re in some kind of cd mausoleum like Kate has (where cds in the back go to die), please disregard the above suggestion.

  2. Paul says:

    Also, that Grandaddy still reminds me of Justin Timberlake.

  3. Five Seventeen says:

    So tempting to buy a 40 gig iPod and forget the whole records on shelves thing altogether. Het Frank, wanna lend me $700.00?

    I’m all for alphabetical. The compilations are just a mess. I’ve probably got about 50 compilations which have one or two songs worth having on them.

    I think I’ll choose another method to apply only to compilations.

  4. sam says:

    you organize your cd’s by artists and then chronologically within that artist’s catalogue. everyone knows that!

  5. Frank says:

    Of course, Five, because obviously the organization of YOUR CD collection is something that keeps me up at night. Honestly, I’m a wreck.

    I’m at a point where I think I’m going to need more shelves within a few months, and this is a problem because I have no more room for them. Obviously, this means I will have to move. Again.

  6. Brandon says:

    Non-record collectors are always scoffing at my "boring, alphabetical organization". Because, you know, they saw High Fidelity and assume that like DJ Rob Gordon I am just brimming with spare time to search through my record collection to find what I’m looking for.

    I’m sure organizing your CDs by bra size works when you’ve only got Britney, Xtina and Trace Adkins to worry about. It doesn’t work for anyone who collects records.

  7. Paul says:

    Bra size might work if you’ve got some Blondie, Pretenders, or…um…New York Dolls?

  8. Sabo says:

    I’m with Sam on this one. Although organizing by color (like my high school library had) does intrigue me.