Saturday, December 08, 2007

Pimp My iTunes

So today, after sleeping 12 hours, I woke up to a pool of sweat and a 90 degree apartment.

No kidding. Last year I was freezing in a 55F apartment. This winter, my new pad is having problems regulating the boiler, and the heat is being trapped in my little ol' place.

But don't get me wrong: I prefer this problem over last years. At least now I can open a window or two and turn off a radiator.

But, anyway. Where was I?

Oh, yes. Pool of sweat.

I spent the rest of the day drinking lots of fluids, napping intermittenly, tidying up my apartment, talking on the phone to let the world know I was on the verge of a heat stroke, and even made a necklace out of yarn.

Man, I'm so cool.

The first one of you to comment on how lame and/or boring I am gets an "Obvious Blogger of the Year" award and a long, drawn out sigh from yours truly.

So in the middle of all of this, I received an e-mail from iTunes reminding me of all the money I had in my account, asking me to please use it so they could count those dollars as earnings for the year.

So do me and Apple a favor.

Recommend a song or two to me. Should I have a theme? How about... your favorite depressing tune?

I'm in the mood for expanding my melancholy horizons.

You can leave your recommendations in a comment here, or drop an e-mail to


Eli said...

How about Pedro the Lion's 'Letter From a Concerned Follower', I don't really know much about the group but the song is melancholy but nice.

Jonas said...

Vienna Teng - "The Atheist Christmas Carol"

Natalie Merchant - "Break Your Heart"

Tara MacLean - "That's Me"

Cowboy Junkies - "Cold Tea Blues"

Thea Gilmore - "Avalanche"

Joan Osborne - "These Arms of Mine"

matthew said...

As long as you're not making a NOOSE out of yarn, I think it's healthy. ;)

Supafly Turbo Cyborg said...

Ahh, the contemplation of slow suicide by dehydration and boredom. It sounds so nice when you write about it. I would say almost anything by George Jones will make you want to ride the bullet train. The M.A.S.H. theme song would be perfect. Last Date by Floyd Cramer. That one is even an instrumental. Desperadoes Waiting for a Train by Jerry Jeff Walker. Tom T. Hall has quite a few under his belt. The Ballad of Curtis Loew by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Almost anything by Mazzy Star will start you down the path to liver failure. Roger Miller has quite a few that will force a bottle of Valium down your throat. You Never Even Called Me by My Name (The Perfect Country and Western Song) by D.A. Coe. Hurt by NIN or Johnny is good put your head in an oven music. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down by Kris Kristofferson or Johnny is a good background song for a 23 floor fall. If you want some more methods, I can help you out. Just call me. I get your iPod when you do it, though.

Michael K said...

I Know It's Over by The Smiths is the most depressing song out there.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Eli - I remember liking Pedro the Lion when I first gave them a listen... I'll definitely look into this one.

Jonas - Thanks! I recognize a few names (good ones, at that) and a couple new ones. But all of the songs are new. Looking forward to giving them a listen.

Matthew - Well, the clasp did get stuck in my hair, in which case the yarn sorta functioned as a noose. Purely accidental, however.

STC - The best Mazzy Star song of all time is "Look On Down (from the Bridge)" or something to that effect. And Johnny Cash covering "Hurt" is breathtaking. Literally.

Michael K - Man, way to bring down a room. Excellent song. Though my all-time favorite Smiths is "Please Please Please."

(Also... depressing)

Anonymous said...

Salt in My Tears - Martin Briley
Nobody Home - Pink Floyd
Landed - Ben Folds
Just the Way It Is - Rembrandts
There's a Fine, Fine Line - Avenue Q Sountrack
Camera One - Josh Joplin Group
Someone to Love - Fountains of Wayne
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Jenny Says - Cowboy Mouth
Misery - Soul Asylum
Washing of the Waters - Peter Gabriel
Fell of the Face of the Earth - Firewater
Take It All Away - Cake
Something I Can Never Have - NIN
Bad Timing - Blue Rodeo
Fool Hearted Memory - George Strait
Everydbody Hurts - REM

Can you tell someone made a list recently?

Woodrow said...

Robert Earl Keen has the most melancholy voice I've ever heard.

His cover of the Johnny Cash song "I Still Miss Someone" and his song "Lonely Feeling" do the best job showcasing his sad sound.

My favorite cd this year has been Ryan Bingham's Dead Horses. It's good. And melancholy. "Long Way From Georgia" and "Southside of Heaven" are two of my faves.

Woodrow said...

and "Sunrise" and "Big Country Sky" and "Ever Wonder Why" and "The Other Side". Oh hell, just buy the whole album.