Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pathetic vs. cool

I can’t decide if this is pathetic or cool: The last three new songs I’ve bought on iTunes have come from TV commercials.

First it was an ad for Target or JC Penney or Kohls around Christmas: All That I Want by The Weepies. A pretty, catchy, melancholy tune.

Then it was that Toyota Sequoia ad featuring Pete Droge’s Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows. Droge is the poor man’s Simon & Garfunkel.

Last night it was New Soul by Yael Naim, from Apple’s cool new MacAir thing. That song is like the frosting on a birthday cake made by your best friend.

The Weepies tune is the best of the lot.

But they’re all that kinda cool soothing music that always seems to be playing in the background everywhere you go.
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It’s easy enough to find these songs.

Just catch a few words from the lyrics, send your request to the Googly-Eyed Internet Gods and voila: That One Song from the Truck Commercial on the Beach with Stars.
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If you're like me, most of your new music just doesn’t come from the radio anymore.

Wait.

I did download Flo Rida’s Low (a fabulous ass-shaker of a song) after a particularly funky Chicago cab ride last Friday. But that was the first one in a long, long time.

Most of my new tunes come from friends – Nelson recently introduced me to Josh Kelley and The Dilf forwarded excellent new Foo (The Pretender).

Where do you find new music?
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Remember when we used to get pissed off if our favorite songs were used in commercials?

It must’ve been Kodak that stole Pictures of You by The Cure to hawk its digital photo printer. That was a heartbreaking, horrifying day lemme tell ya.

Then it was Lynrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama helping sell Kentucky Fried Chicken, for the love of Christ and Colonel Sanders.

Of course Led Zeppelin for Cadillac was undeniably the lowest.

Seriously.

What's more pathetic than the coolest rock band of all time selling out?
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I am listening to: Matchbox Twenty – How Far We’ve Come
I am reading: World Without End by Ken Follett
And I am: Undecided

4 comments:

msmoo1 said...

The crazy poem/songwriter that I long to be…
Still hopes for a composition of mine in a commercial you will see -
Or I guess it would be that you would hear.
Be it wrong or right my Dear...
I think that Pink Floyd said it best long ago, Honey.
Money, Money, Moneeeeey, Money!!

the dilf said...

Hedy...get outta the 80's! If you're a music fan, you absolutely have to have XM Satellite (cool) or Sirius. I hear 95% of the new songs, that I like, on XM. It's absolutely tremendous. I find it surprising (pathetic) that you don't have it, since you have a brand new, gas guzzling SUV (also pathetic). I also believe that you watch way too much TV (pathetic). So, save some TV time and get a Tivo (cool), fast forward through the commercials, and you won't have to hear all this garbage. Technology my friend...Technology!

Song of the week...the Killers (Shadowplay) (very cool)

phatty con carne said...

msmoo hooked me up with Sirius for Christmas. Definitely cool, and lots of great songs, and porn radio, if that's what you're into. And with Sirius, you can stay in the 80s if you want.

BTW... got the new Fighters of Foo and it RrrrOCKS BALLS!

Posolxstvo said...

Figure this one out -- the last three purchases I made from iTunes were Marillion's latest (Somewhere Else?), the Killers - Sawdust, and The Essential Neil Diamond.

No that's not a typo.

Neil Diamond.

And no it wasn't for my father -- it was for me.