Unpaid endorsement: I am in love with Rdio. Something about it just works for me; I think it’s the part of me that loves lists?  I still have a circa-1993 notebook where I once filled page after page with the titles of every single song I could think of that had the word “love” in it.  Talk about Mind Google! Also, what a weird kid.  Anyway, I love being able to enter a search term and find songs, albums, artists and user-generated playlists (I found this one by searching for “change the world.”)
Last night I started displacing anger and fear into the creation of a fairly cheesy "protest songs" playlist.  I guess people have complained that this movement doesn’t have its own songs but possibly we need to enlarge our definition of what is a protest song and think a little bit less like an algorithm.  I enabled collaboration so you can add to it, I personally would tend to stay away from U2 but you know, whatever.
Somewhat relatedly I am frustrated by the fact that I LOVE the song ‘Easy to be Hard’ from Hair but I hate all existing recorded versions of it, so if someone wants to cover that song in an understated way, please do? I know that’s a lot to ask of the Internet. I mean, part of the appeal of that song is that it’s so cornball, and knows it to some extent: “Especially people who care about strangers/who care about evil and social injustice/Do you only care about the bleeding crowd/how about a needing friend” is my favorite part.  It’s so vague and lame and awesome at the same time. Just the part where someone has to sing the words “social injustice” is perfect: earnest and silly and moving. 
Also if Matthew Perpetua could find the best version of Sleater-Kinney’s cover of Fortunate Son online that would be great, okay those are all my requests!

Unpaid endorsement: I am in love with Rdio. Something about it just works for me; I think it’s the part of me that loves lists?  I still have a circa-1993 notebook where I once filled page after page with the titles of every single song I could think of that had the word “love” in it.  Talk about Mind Google! Also, what a weird kid.  Anyway, I love being able to enter a search term and find songs, albums, artists and user-generated playlists (I found this one by searching for “change the world.”)

Last night I started displacing anger and fear into the creation of a fairly cheesy "protest songs" playlist.  I guess people have complained that this movement doesn’t have its own songs but possibly we need to enlarge our definition of what is a protest song and think a little bit less like an algorithm.  I enabled collaboration so you can add to it, I personally would tend to stay away from U2 but you know, whatever.

Somewhat relatedly I am frustrated by the fact that I LOVE the song ‘Easy to be Hard’ from Hair but I hate all existing recorded versions of it, so if someone wants to cover that song in an understated way, please do? I know that’s a lot to ask of the Internet. I mean, part of the appeal of that song is that it’s so cornball, and knows it to some extent: “Especially people who care about strangers/who care about evil and social injustice/Do you only care about the bleeding crowd/how about a needing friend” is my favorite part.  It’s so vague and lame and awesome at the same time. Just the part where someone has to sing the words “social injustice” is perfect: earnest and silly and moving. 

Also if Matthew Perpetua could find the best version of Sleater-Kinney’s cover of Fortunate Son online that would be great, okay those are all my requests!

  1. buddyheadtk reblogged this from emilygould and added:
    I feel the same…. what about all you? Whats the best streaming service of them all? Lets start a discussion on this!
  2. chrishamby reblogged this from emilygould and added:
    Oberlin! This kind of music managed to have a lot of staying power on campus - people were definitely listening in the...
  3. sjmk reblogged this from emilygould and added:
    i actually signed up for RDIO because i saw this and wanted to listen to this soundtrack to my life circa 1998.
  4. barthel said: Oh, I almost certainly know Adrianne. (And she is not wrong.)
  5. taken-out-of-context reblogged this from emilygould and added:
    In the spirit of lists… 1. “Liberal art college white girl jams” is the epitome of my existence. Ani, Dar, Indigo Girls?...
  6. saribotton said: Somewhere in my father’s house there’s video of me singing “Easy to be Hard” as Sheila in Hair circa 1986 as a college junior. Pretty sure tho this version - painfully earnest, my voice cracking on high notes - is not the understated cover you seek!
  7. bennettmadison said: (i added some really corny stuff)
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