Name That Tune
I just downloaded the free version of Shazam on my phone, and I've been having way too much fun with it. For those of you unfamiliar, Shazam is an app which, at the touch of a button, listens to whatever music happens to be playing near you, tries to tell you what it is and who plays it, and remembers it for you in case you want to buy it later.
I've been having too much fun with it: I've been using the Droid Razr demo model that we have at work to cue up songs on YouTube, and seeing if my own phone could identify them. It had no trouble identifying Swallow the Sun
, for instance. I still love
the new Swallow the Sun, and I need to remove them from my mp3 player before I make myself sick of them. (See below.)
More impressively, it was able to identify Napalm Death
, which usually sounds like complete noise to the uninitiated. Downright amazingly, it was able to identify Anal Cunt
, which sounds like complete noise even to the initiated. Oh, who am I kidding -- Anal Cunt is
complete noise. That's kinda their whole point... or it was until their vocalist died.
Shazam has limits, though. It had no idea what to make of Unexpect
, but considering that Unexpect have such a uniquely bizarre sound, I'm sure that's a failure to include them in its database, not a failure of the recognition software itself.One Torment Ends...
We're not listening to The Blend at work anymore. To a certain extent, I find this a good and healthy thing. For one thing, I find that my formerly complete and fanatical hatred for a certain Country-Pop Princess...
...has actually died down a lot. Granted, I still think she's a walking pile of cliches and that any guy who sang songs like hers would be labeled a Nice Guy™ and he'd deserve it, but I no longer hate her for existing. Funny how not having to hear one of her shit singles every half-hour does that. At this rate, I'll not only be able to listen to Pink soon without cringing, but I'll be able to enjoy her music again! This makes me happy! Pink is an amazing performer who deserves no end of respect -- she certainly didn't deserve the ire I was starting to feel from hearing her constantly on a short loop.
(In unmusical news, I've recently discovered the cartoon "Dan Vs.
" and fallen in love with it. As far as I know, Dan (the angry fellow in the picture above) has never declared war on Taylor Swift, though so far I've seen him declare war on New Mexico, Werewolves, Dentists, and a French Restaurant.)...Another Torment Begins
Now we're listening to a modern R&B station that flirts with rap. Oh, and singing robots. I'm sure that T-Pain thinks that his overuse of fecking AutoTune is a daring stylistic innovation, but I think this damn kid needs to get the hell off my lawn before I whack him in the shins with my cane. His overprocessed voice actually hurts my ears. And he gets a lot
of airtime, both with his own songs and as a guest vocalist on several other songs.
In addition, there are these two different singers who like using the words "your body, your body, your body" a lot, and this one asshole with his stupid repetitive "rack city
chick, rack city
chick, rack city
chick" song with its stupid-ass lyrics, its stupid-ass drum-machine beat, and its stupid-ass bass player who only knows three notes (C#, G#, A). And there's this "don't you be holding back your love" song, which was merely annoying until I read the Sirius display and saw that it was being performed by that guy who beat up Rihanna, which lent a disturbing tone to the lyrics.
And the thing that makes me sad: I'm coming to loathe
Beyoncé. Like Pink, she deserves no end of respect, not my ire from hearing her constantly, and yet, all I can manage toward her is ire. This is infuriating. I know she's an amazing singer and performer, and I even enjoy a couple of her songs... or I did, until I was hearing her all the time.
(This last change of heart is why I don't ever put the satellite receiver on the metal stations. (That, and let's face it, metal isn't retail friendly.) I feel safe in assuming that the playlists on those stations are just as lazy as the playlists on all the stations I've heard so far, and I don't want to get to the point where I'm writing posts like this about my own music.)