Thank you, Chag, for providing me with an excuse to talk about music. Again.
What's your ringtone?
I don't actually have one, per se. I generally keep my phone on vibrate, and I like to keep it in my front pocket. (You're jumping to some filthy conclusions right now, aren't you? Sick bastards.) My friend Demoncrat somehow got the theme from Hallowe'en as his ringtone, which is just about the coolest thing I've ever heard... I'm deeply jealous, but too lazy/cheap to actually try to do anything equally interesting for myself.
What's the most incongruous song on your MP3 player?
Easy -- Hey Ya! by Outkast. Let's just say I'm pretty comfortable in my status as a white suburban indie music kid, which makes this joyous burst of urban contemporary sunshine a real exception to my musical library.
What is the one genre of music you cannot stand?
Klezmer and club/dance music (tie). Both make me violently unhappy.
Fine. So... at this point, given that I've basically listened to it nonstop for more than a year, I guess I'd have to go with The Brother Kite's Waiting For The Time To Be Right. But it's not an easy call by any stretch of the imagination.
What's your musical weakness?
A Flock of Seagulls. I can't help it. Their cleverly titled debut album - A Flock of Seagulls - was the third album I ever purchased, and I've never stopped loving their sense of melody. (No, not the haircuts. Even I can't justify that.) I'd say they're a guilty pleasure, but honestly... I feel no guilt. Close second: Blue Oyster Cult.
Do you play a music instrument?
Nope. For a few years in elementary and middle school, I waxed saxaphonic, but at a certain point the appeal of walking around school with a big brown case holding a skronky woodwind grew thin. And thus, the world was forevermore robbed of my musical genius.
Best makeout song ever
Back in the day, I was all about using movie soundtracks as makeout music -- so instead of a single song, I'd have to go with Peter Gabriel's Passion (because nothing makes a girl hotter than a 350lb Qawwali singer wailing about The Last Temptation of Christ) or The Mission.
Best driving song
Hmm. You wouldn't go wrong with The Brother Kite's "Get On, Me" or, if you're feeling a bit more old school, Swervedriver's "Duel/Blowin' Cool" combo would move you swiftly down the highway. Of course, nothing beats Bad Brains' "Pay To Cum," but unless you're driving some kind of 600hp supercar, you're not going to be able to do it proper justice on the road.
One song that you think everyone should read the lyrics of
Honestly, you could pick almost anything out of the Joe Pernice songbook and find an appropriate answer. If you're not paying attention, it's much too easy to miss the nuance, sarcasm and hearbreak that he weaves through his songs and instead focus only on the gorgeous melodies. Hell, Spinner.com went to the trouble of naming his "Chicken Wire" the #1 Most Exquisitely Sad Song in the Whole World. If that doesn't merit deeper review... I don't know what does.
Is downloading music for free a sin?
I don't know about it being a sin... but it certainly seems like stealing to me. Sorry.
Do you karaoke?
That would be a no, due to a mix of crippling self-consciousness and having-three-kids-means-I'm-never-in-a-karaoke-environment.
One musician you would happily whore yourself to
I'm far too deeply enamoured of TheWife (who may someday read this and eviscerate me if I answer differently) to ever consider whoring myself out to a musician. That being said... Janet Jackson back in the day... damn.
First album you ever bought
We went over this already.
Most recent album you bought
I actually bought 4 CDs recently with a single credit card swipe: Lisa Germano's In The Maybe World, which is predictably haunted and gorgeous; Silversun Pickup's Carnavas, which has some very cool post-shoegaze stuff going on; Straylight Run's The Needles The Space, which sucks monkey ass; and Early Day Miners' All Harm Ends Here, which is lovely, lovely, lovely.
Favorite Beatles song
The Beatles have never really been a big part of my life. That being said, I'll go with "Eleanor Rigby" for reasons already explained (about halfway down).
One song that represents your teenage years
I'll go with Hammock's "You May Emerge From This More Dead Than Alive," which is pretty much how I found myself as I entered decade #3. Goooood times.
One song that represents your 20s
"Even The Odd" by the Trashcan Sinatras works just fine -- a cheerful song with a bittersweet undercurrent, which summarizes pretty neatly what turned out to be a pretty decent decade for me.
One song that represents where you are right now
Let's stick with "You'll Never Get To Me" by Killing Joke -- angry, defiant, curiously upbeat. "Survival is my victory" is as good a rallying cry as any I know.
One song that represents your blog
"Is There Anybody Out There" by Pink Floyd. Obvious answer, but there you go.
Tag. You're it.