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22 March 2007 @ 05:10 pm
Music Meme and drive-by rec  
First, a rec for pheebs1's hilarious That's Mr. Pointy To You. Dean as a spork! A rather pranktastic spork at that. And Sam taunting spork!Dean with his driving style! There's more, but it's all funnier than I can describe. Go read, and while you're there congratulate pheebs on her birthday yesterday while she's in LJ contact!

And now, the "Your username as a fanmix" meme gakked from moveablehistory and a bunch of others.

You know, I really love my username. But it is relatively useless for a meme like this. Where are the M's? The J's and K's? I could use at least one R, and not quite so many Ls and Es. Something more like meterjokingrascals. That would work better. Okay, enough whining. *Ahem*:

H-- Hindemith "Mathis der Mahler" Symphony, Trauermusik, and Viola Sonata Op. 11, No. 4
A-- Aerosmith, Dream On
L-- Led Zeppelin, virtually everything except "In the Out Door"
F-- Firebird Suite and a bunch of other stuff by Igor Stravinsky
S-- Shostakovich, Symphony #11, Symphony #6, String Quartet #8
H-- Home (and Mudshovel) by Staind
E-- ELO, albums 2-7. My guilty pleasure that I hardly ever mention. Or listen to, these days
L-- Leos Janacek, "On the Overgrown Path", Sinfonietta, Lachian Dances
L-- Live Through This (the whole album) by Hole
V-- Vladimir Horowitz playing Beethoven's Pathetique, Appassionata, and Moonlight piano sonatas
E-- Everything on Concentration, by Machines of Loving Grace
N-- Nirvana, "In Utero" (yes, the whole album)
U-- Down on the Upside, by Soundgarden
S-- Stone Temple Pilots, the Purple album plus other random selections

Yes, there was some cheating. Damn, this was hard enough already! I don't like Enya enough to use that second "E" for them, and where-oh-where is the "M" for Martinu, Maurice Ravel, Machines of Loving Grace, "Monster" by R.E.M. and all the other M's I need?



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Deadbeat Nymph: michael eyesdeadbeat_nymph on March 29th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
I meant to comment on this before. I love that there are music geeks in fandom! :D

A-- Aerosmith, Dream On
Generally, I don't like Aerosmith, but I love "Dream On."

L-- Led Zeppelin, virtually everything except "In the Out Door"
My shameful secret - I've never listened to Led Zeppelin. :( They're one of those major bands that I have yet to approach.

F-- Firebird Suite and a bunch of other stuff by Igor Stravinsky
I know very little about classical music, but I know I like Stravinsky...

S-- Shostakovich, Symphony #11, Symphony #6, String Quartet #8
... and I m*****f****** love Schostakovich! :D

L-- Live Through This (the whole album) by Hole
This is one of my guilty pleasures. This album came out when I was 15 and it became the soundtrack of my life very quickly. I don't listen to it anymore, but if I could find it, I would.

N-- Nirvana, "In Utero" (yes, the whole album)
Oh, yeah, this one too. And I actually liked this one more than "Nevermind," too.

U-- Down on the Upside, by Soundgarden
Never really got into Soundgarden for some reason... I didn't dislike them, but it just never took.

S-- Stone Temple Pilots, the Purple album plus other random selections
Same with STP.

Okay, I'm going to steal this when I can think up two bands/songs/albums that I like that start with "E". I mean, right now I can only think of Enon, and I don't really like them that much. And I only have one M and one P, so this is going to take some work...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 1st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, Led Zeppelin is totally worthwhile. Amazing mix of hard-rock and blues in some of their early to middle stuff, and I just love the sound altogether. I used to like about 2 of their songs before moving to Sacramento, where there was a station that had a Led Zeppelin hour every week. I quickly got hooked on them, and have lots of their CDs now.

I love Shostakovich too! I can recommend stellar performances of all three of those pieces. :D

"Live Through This" is one of the guilty pleasures my older sister and I share. Love the music and the sound, but totally think Courtney Love is an f****d-up skank. Pretty much one of the premiere definitions of skank, even. :0

I like Soundgarden and STP so much better than Pearl Jam. Soundgarden's singer is incredible, and I love both their sound and the fact that they use unconventional rhythms so often. "Limo Wreck" has a chorus that's in 5/4, which is quite unusual.

Okay, I'm going to steal this when I can think up two bands/songs/albums that I like that start with "E". I mean, right now I can only think of Enon, and I don't really like them that much. And I only have one M and one P, so this is going to take some work...
The E's were tough! I really like ELO, but Enya wasn't high enough up on my list, and Brian Eno has never done much for me (or Emerson, Lake and Palmer). And Erno Dohnanyi... kind of "meh" on him.

What would you do with that "Y"?
Deadbeat Nymphdeadbeat_nymph on April 1st, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
I would love some Shostakovich recs! That's the big problem with buying classical music if you don't know much - you might know what pieces you like, but it's so much harder to know which are the best recordings of those pieces.

Oh, I know LZ are worthwhile - I just haven't ventured forth into their rockdom.

The thing about "Live Through This" is that, no matter what one could say about CL - all of which would be true, of course - the album itself is pretty wicked. And while there's so much angry boy music out there, there's never enough angry girl music. Sometimes I just need to rock my bitch out, you know?

The "Y" is not a problem - that was one of the first that was decided. One of my favourite albums of last year - and probably ever - is Joanna Newsom's "Ys". (Yes, "Ys", not "Yes" - and, no, I have no idea what that means.) And I do love the whole album, so it's going on there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, finally, FINALLY I have some music here to mention. I'll try to pick up the slack on the others. It's not something you can search for online, because Classical music is a beast to run through a search engine. You have to sort out "No." vs. "#" and what information is in the description (key or no key, order of information, etc).

The Shostakovich Symphony #11 I recommend is the Houston Symphony Orchestra with Leopold Stowkovsky conducting, recorded in 1958. A link to a re-released version of this performance is here.

I have with me also a recording of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" and "Petrushka", with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein. It's available (used) here.
Deadbeat Nymphdeadbeat_nymph on February 13th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! As soon as I can buy new music, I'm going to get those. I really appreciate you thinking about it and getting back to me - I've been wanting to find my way into modern classical, but as you say, it's a beast to search for online.

Thank you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I'll try to remember to hunt a few more of them down.

I found the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto disc in my desk (that I looked for three times last week). Unbelievable performance-- live, from the finals of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. The last movement is incredibly hard, with a defining part near the end that is just a blur of cascading chords in both hands. I'd heard a lot of performances before this one, including the incredibly slow Van Cliburn (because he can't play the hard part any faster), and the very nice Vladimir Ashkenazy tempo. This performer, Terrence Judd, starts at the Ashkenazy tempo and then speeds up as he approaches the hard part. It's like watching a train about to head over a cliff, only to discover in the end that the train can float. Utterly amazing!

Wonder if I can save off that last movement and email it to you as an attachment... (not tonight, of course).