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Poll #1236031 Musical Ethics

Which of the following are appropriate ways to fill out the "Current Music" field in an LJ post?

The song your playlist is serving up *exactly* when you reach the field -- no cherrypicking.
5(9.4%)
As above, but you can fast-forward/rewind if that specific song sucks/is inappropriate.
1(1.9%)
A song your playlist served up at any time while you were writing the post.
2(3.8%)
A song you've deliberately added into your playlist so you can be listening to it when you fill the field out.
0(0.0%)
A (thematically appropriate) song you own, but didn't actually listen to while writing the post.
0(0.0%)
A (thematically appropriate) song you don't even have a copy of.
0(0.0%)
A song that doesn't actually exist, but would be thematically appropriate if it did.
0(0.0%)
Some smartass non-song to emphasize you have no music on (e.g.: "The Street - 'Traffic Noises' ").
1(1.9%)
Completely non-musical content.
0(0.0%)
A Sufjan Stevens song listed below in the comments, for the sole purpose of trying to break the field's length limit.
0(0.0%)

In your opinion, what's the PRIMARY purpose of the Current Music field?

To provide a window into my musical preferences (i.e., what I actually listen to).
24(42.9%)
Recommendations -- share cool music with my readers.
1(1.8%)
To make a supplemental point that reinforces/alters/deepens the main post.
6(10.7%)
To show off my depth of artistic knowledge and range of tastes.
0(0.0%)
... It has a point?
25(44.6%)

You're listening to the song "Clicky Thing" by the Drama Llamas, on the album Livejournal Blues:

Clicky Thing
2(4.1%)
Drama Llamas, "Clicky Thing"
18(36.7%)
"Clicky Thing" - Drama Llamas
25(51.0%)
"Clicky Thing" - Drama Llamas - Livejournal Blues
4(8.2%)
Drama Llamas, Livejournal Blues: "Clicky Thing"
0(0.0%)

Current Location: ~/brainstorm
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: "Listen to the Music," The Doobie Brothers
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From:baxil
Date:August 6th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
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I totally tried to add the following option to the first question:
The Sufjan Stevens song 'The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience But You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, "I have fought the Big Knives and will continue to fight them until they are off our lands!",' for the sole purpose of trying to break the field's length limit.

... but it broke the poll.
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From:krinndnz
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
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I would have gone with
When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king what he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight and he'll win the whole thing before he enters the ring there's no body to batter when your mind is your might so when you go solo, you hold your own hand and remember that depth is the greatest of heights and if you know where you stand, then you know where to land and if you fall it won't matter, cuz you'll know that you're right

... myself. I should re-listen to that.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
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I think if the band '...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead' ever significantly changes its member lineup, they should rename themselves 'You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, And...'
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From:baxil
Date:August 6th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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And for further grammatical hilarity, the removed members can form their own splinter group claiming to be the real thing. Then they can get together in a joint tour:

"you will know us by the trail of dead and and the band named and you will know us by the trail of dead"

Seriously, this sounds like the sort of plot Helen Narbon would come up with to make the head of ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST explode.
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From:firestrike
Date:August 7th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
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Then they split up to get their heads together and reformed as "Heads Together"...
From:silussa
Date:August 6th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I have found that the descriptive url of some internet radio stations can generate a VERY long entry.
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From:baxil
Date:August 6th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
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Oooh, good point. That didn't even cross my mind when setting up the poll -- I watch TV/video so infrequently that I still can't really multitask with it on.

Which is going to seriously hurt me come 2020 or so when moving multimedia ads are ubiquitous, but there you go.
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From:baxil
Date:August 6th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
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I should make clear, I'm not worried about online advertising. Short of making software customization deeply illegal and highly difficult, it should always be pretty trivial to get around ads (for much the same reason that we'll never wipe out virii/malware).

What does worry me is when the trend hits the meat world, which I predict should creep to reasonable prevalence in a decade, give or take. You can already see some animated billboards along a few California roads and in major cities. And the Las Vegas strip is already there.
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From:baxil
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)

Okay, where are the Transmet icons?

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I was actually considering responding to your earlier "Idiocracy" reference by citing the "Transmet" vision of advertising-saturated streets; but wasn't sure if a mere name-drop would be sufficient.

Anyway, to this thread's other readers: Transmetropolitan is brilliant. One dose Hunter S. Thompson, one dose political allegory, one dose future shock. Go buy some anthologies or come over and borrow mine.
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From:roaminrob
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
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Ooh. Given your stated inability to multitask when distracted by other media, I just know you're looking forward to the day that targeted sound advertising becomes ubiquitous.

It reminds me of that Lewis Black skit where he's walking around New York in Winter, trying to get a complete thought together in his head, and he only ever gets halfway there when he's forced to exclaim, "FUCK, it's cold!"
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From:roaminrob
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
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AdBlock would be so easy to circumvent, too. I don't know why content providers and advertising companies haven't done it yet.

...I won't explain how, just in case any of them are listening and haven't figured it out for themselves.
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From:paka
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
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Also, if no current music, whatever happens to be stuck in my head.
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From:eclective
Date:August 6th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
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This.

(I can never just write a one-word comment without feeling it's inappropriately superficial....)
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From:clemtaur
Date:August 7th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Ditto.

(I don't, But I type so [EXPLETIVE] slow)
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From:firestrike
Date:August 6th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
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The format question could use a "none of these" option.
I would list it as: Drama Llamas - Clicky Thing
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From:copperwolf
Date:August 6th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. I picked the third option, as the one I like best of the choices offered; but if I have artist, song and album information, I tend to format it as:
Artist - Album: "Song"
From:antwondotcom
Date:August 6th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I'm in similar straits, preferring Drama Llamas - "Clicky Thing". This boiled the question down to "which is more important to me: maintaining the artist-then-song ordering, or maintaining the dash-separation aesthetic?" Which made for twelve seconds of semi-interesting introspection... but was otherwise "my ACTUAL choice isn't present!" unfulfilling.
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From:lysana
Date:August 6th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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And I would list it Clicky Thing - Drama Llamas - LiveJournal Blues.
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From:firestrike
Date:August 7th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
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I tend to omit album info on most listings, due to the space restrictions. If I'm not able to include it every time, I'd rather not start the process. And yes, I'm aware that this is another case of my OCD making itself known.
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From:dirac
Date:August 6th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
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While I was answering this survey, I was listening to this song, and decided to make a recommendation for the band while I was at it.

"Trains" - Porcupine Tree

A beautiful, haunting song about the singer's brief teenage love affair with his cousin.

~/o A sixty ton angel falls to the Earth / A pile of old metal, a radiant blur / Scars in the country, the summer, and her... ~/o
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From:arethinn
Date:August 7th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
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I'd actually do Drama Llamas - Clicky Thing but I picked the one that was closest.
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From:firestrike
Date:August 7th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)

Bravo!

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Obviously, you are a woman of remarkable intelligence and taste.
From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:August 9th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
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Ditto “‹artist›—‹title›” format. That’s what my Paneliy XMMS display uses, albeit with an en dash and spaces instead, and with an album title included at the end if present, whereas when I was on LiveJournal I’d use the em dash with no album title.

Note that I’d often keep approximate copies of (sometimes full pieces of) music in my head and play those in the background while doing other things, so I would frequently append “(m. c.)” to Current Music listings, for “mental copy”. This would in turn include both related and unrelated songs of which I had no copy in what would normally be considered a fixed form. (I suppose that probably means the RIAA wants my brains now.)

Non-musical stuff would also be included if it filled the same perceptual space as background music otherwise would.

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