Archive for September 23rd, 2006


It’s that time of the month…

That’s right, tonight my 90 eMusic downloads would have disappeared if I hadn’t used them.  However, I got all my songs downloaded in time and I actually changed my subscription.  I was finding that there was no way I could digest 90 songs a month.  I like to listen to an album a lot of times in a row to get acquainted with it before I move on to the next one and having to download the equivalent of 8-9 albums a month was just way too much.  In fact, I still have a backlog of albums I haven’t really listened to from the last few months of eMusic downloads.  I initially tried to cancel my subscription, but to prevent me from cancelling, they offered me their “eMusic Lite” plan, which gives me 20 songs/month for $5.99.  That I can manage.  After 3 months it gets ramped up to the 40 song/month for $10 “basic” package.

Anyway, here are the albums that I downloaded:

  • Jose Gonzalez: Veneer
  • Denison Witmer: Are You A Dreamer?
  • Denison Witmer: Philadelphia Songs
  • Half-Handed Cloud: Halos and Lassos
  • Half-Handed Cloud: We Haven’t Just Been Told, We Have Been Loved
  • Portastatic: Bright Ideas
  • godspeed you! black emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
  • godspeed you! black emperor: f#a#infinity
  • Sufjan Stevens: “The Friendly Beasts” from See You On The Moon!

Lately, I’ve been listening quite a lot to Half-Handed Cloud and Denison Witmer (both of which were impulse buys last month), so I decided to get more of their stuff.  Also, I was flipping through the channels tonight and I saw the last 45 seconds of a Jose Gonzalez video on MTV.  I had heard some of his stuff by way of Adrian and I liked it pretty well.  We’ll see how I feel about this album.  Portastatic is an old favorite of mine from the mid-90’s.  I had lost track of them at some point so I got the most recent non-soundtrack album to reconnect.  At this point I had 8 downloads left.  It turns out that you can download 2 entire godspeed you! black emperor albums using only 7 downloads.  The tracks are like 20 minutes each.  This makes up for the fact that Half-Handed Cloud songs are like 1 minute each.  Trying to figure out how to use my last track, I decided to look for songs that people had put on compilations.  Fortunately, I found a Sufjan Stevens song that I didn’t already have.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to listen through all of these albums soon.  The fact that my 4GB iPod mini can’t hold my whole music collection at once is really starting to bug me.  Whenever I download new music, I have to clear out space on it so that there’s room for the new stuff.  This makes for difficult decisions about what to delete.  The difficulty of the decision often delays me putting new music on my iPod for awhile, which makes it difficult to listen to new music.  Maybe I need to get a 30GB iPod.  If they had come out with a 12GB Nano, I might have wanted that instead, but the 8GB Nano is still not going to solve my problem.


September 2006

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