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Old 08-10-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Desert Island III Album Game: Round 1, Heat 5

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the fifth heat of the first round of the Interference Desert Island Game III! The premise of this game is that all of the Interferencers have been stranded on a desert island and we can only take up to 160 minutes of music with us (either as a continuous iPod playlist or two 80 minute CDs or any other format of our choosing). The object is to see which forum member can fit the most musical goodness into these 160 minutes.

angelordevil won Heat 3 over AtomicBono by the score of 15-8. Current standings will be displayed in the next thread at the conclusion of the fourth heat.

For this heat, Axver goes up against inmyplace13. Below are the tracklistings.

If you don't know the songs, or wish to hear how each tracklisting flows, leave your e-mail address and we'll help you out.


Forum name: Axver

AOTEAROA: RUGGED INDIVIDUAL

This tracklist, which is divided into two parts, contains a number of themes. It was inspired by a lyric from the song Six Months In A Leaky Boat by Split Enz: "Aotearoa, rugged individual/Glistens like a pearl at the bottom of the world". Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and I thought I would showcase the often overlooked Kiwi music scene while illustrating both sides of the desert island experience: the inherent beauty and tranquility of a desert island (symbolised by Kapiti Island, offshore from my hometown on the Kapiti Coast) and the loneliness and solitude a stranded person would experience (symbolised by Stewart Island, located at the very bottom of New Zealand). It evolved into much more than that. The Kapiti Coast portion is a reflection on childhood and the feelings of an ex-pat thousands of kilometres from their home. The Stewart Island portion is fundamentally a dreary death lament containing an appreciation of living, and an acceptance of the tension present. Unconsciously, a concept story developed through the album that only became obvious to me when I was nearly finished. I only tweaked the tracklist in a few minor ways to serve the story, as my overall goal is to evoke soundscapes and emotions, not story concepts. It tells of the experience of two early settlers to New Zealand in the 1820s-30s, Egon and Rowena Verlaine; colonisers who discover a beautiful country and settle a new home on the Kapiti Coast, only for Egon's lust for adventure to reawaken and for their continued travels to go horrifically awry, wrecked on the shore of Stewart Island.

For more details, see: http://axver.livejournal.com/373114.html


Kapiti Island: Glistens Like A Pearl

1. Dave Dobbyn (feat. Herbs) - "Slice Of Heaven" - Overnight Success (4:37)
2. Swingers - "Counting The Beat" - Counting The Beat (2:44)
3. The Shadows - "Shadoogie" - The Final Collection (2:25)
4. Sneaky Feelings - "Someone Else's Eyes" - Waiting For Touchdown (3:27)
5. Finn Brothers - "Part Of Me, Part Of You" - Everyone Is Here (3:29)
6. Neil Finn - "She Will Have Her Way" - Try Whistling This (3:56)
7. Pop Art Toasters - "Everyone's Gonna Wonder" - Pop Art Toasters (2:46)
8. Crowded House - "World Where You Live" - Crowded House (3:05)
9. Rush - "Dreamline" - Roll The Bones (4:37)
10. Split Enz - "Six Months In A Leaky Boat" - Time And Tide (4:20)
11. Clannad (feat. Bono) - "In A Lifetime" - Macalla (3:12)
12. The Edge - "Rowena's Theme" - Captive Soundtrack (3:56)
13. Transatlantic - "Bridge Across Forever" - Bridge Across Forever (5:31)
14. Able Tasmans - "Little Hearts" - A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down (4:03)
15. Spock's Beard - "Waste Away" - Beware Of Darkness (5:21)


Stewart Island: The Bottom Of The World

16. REM - "Feeling Gravity's Pull" - Fables Of The Reconstruction (4:51)
17. Anathema - "Fragile Dreams" - Alternative 4 (5:32)
18. Straitjacket Fits - "Bad Note For A Heart" - Melt (3:46)
19. Pink Floyd - "Cymbaline" - More (4:49)
20. Queen - "Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...)" - A Night At The Opera (3:43)
21. Blackfield - "Epidemic" - Blackfield II (4:59)
22. Marillion - "Emerald Lies" - Fugazi (5:09)
23. The Bats - "North By North" - In Love With These Times (4:10)
24. The Chills - "Pink Frost" - Kaleidoscope World (4:00)
25. U2 - "Exit" - The Joshua Tree (4:14)
26. Joy Division - "New Dawn Fades" - Heart And Soul (4:48)
27. New Order - "Dreams Never End" - Movement (3:15)
28. The Cure - "One Hundred Years" - Pornography (6:40)
29. The Clean - "Getting Older" - Anthology (4:17)
30. The Verlaines - "Death And The Maiden" - Juvenilia (4:27)
31. Passengers - "One Minute Warning" - Original Soundtracks 1 (4:39)
32. Pure Reason Revolution - "Borgens Vor" - The Dark Third, European edition (4:17)
33. Wolverine - "A House Of Plague" - Still (6:52)
34. Porcupine Tree - "Drown With Me" - Futile EP (5:21)
35. The Verve - "Space And Time" - Urban Hymns (5:36)
36. Sörskogen - "Mordet i Grottan" - Online release (6:18)

Total runtime: 159:11 (2 hours, 39 minutes, 11 seconds)


Forum name: inmyplace13



"Rhetoric of Place"

The past two incarnations of the Desert Island game have managed to make the
concept one of my favorite parts of Interference. I always enjoy seeing what
people have been listening to, who can create the best flows, themes, and
moods. I’ve never seen the competition as an attempt to make a playlist that
absolutely defines each era, genre, and artist to a tee. To me, this takes away
a level of personalization that comes when each playlist is uniquely your own.

"Rhetoric of Place" is a playlist that is entirely indicative of how I’m feeling
and what I’m listening to right now. I certainly hope you find something new or
reacquaint yourself with a lost love in the process of listening to it. At the
very least, I hope you enjoy some part of it, as I feel there is a little
something for everyone in it. If it goes deep in the competition, great. If it
fizzles out, that’s fine too. Whatever happens. If we’re still speaking. Pick
up the phone. Play me this song.

Disc 1:

1. Explosions in the Sky – “The Birth and Death of the Day” – All of a Sudden I
Miss Everyone (7:49)
2. The Arcade Fire – “No Cars Go” – Neon Bible (5:43)
3. The National – “Fake Empire” – Boxer (3:27)
4. U2 – “The Unforgettable Fire” – The Unforgettable Fire (4:55)
5. Death Cab For Cutie – “Passenger Seat” – Transatlanticism (3:41)
6. The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” – Abbey Road (3:05)
7. Beck – “Guess I’m Doing Fine” – Sea Change (4:49)
8. Cat Power – “Lived In Bars” – The Greatest (3:43)
9. Grizzly Bear – “Knife” – Yellow House (5:14)
10. Do Make Say Think – “Ontario Plates” – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
(7:02)
11. The Rolling Stones – “Tumbling Dice” – Forty Licks (3:46)
12. Broken Social Scene – “7/4 Shoreline” – Broken Social Scene (4:53)
13. The White Stripes – “Ball & Biscuit” – Elephant (7:18)
14. Bob Dylan – “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bringing It All Back Home (2:24)
15. Bright Eyes – “Tourist Trap” – Four Winds EP (5:44)
16. Nick Drake – “Horn” – Pink Moon (1:23)
17. Imogen Heap – “Hide & Seek” – Speak for Yourself (4:28)

Total runtime: 1:19:24

Disc 2:

1. Okkervil River – “Maine Island Lovers” – Down the River of Golden Dreams
(4:51)
2. Sigur Rós – “Glósóli” – Takk… (6:15)
3. Secret Machines – “Alone, Jealous, & Stoned” – Ten Silver Drops (6:46)
4. Thom Yorke – “Cymbal Rush” – The Eraser (5:14)
5. The Flaming Lips – “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” – The Soft Bulletin
(5:17)
6. Ray LaMontagne – “Empty” – Till the Sun Turns Black (5:17)
7. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – “Mockingbirdsing” – Cold Roses (4:47)
8. Feist – “Past in Present” – The Reminder (2:54)
9. Spoon – “The Way We Get By” – Kill the Moonlight (2:41)
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Details of the War” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
(3:30)
11. Coldplay – “Spies” - Parachutes (5:18)
12. Pink Floyd – “A Pillow of Winds” – Meddle (5:11)
13. Whiskeytown – “Jacksonville Skyline” – Pneumonia (3:01)
14. Andrew Bird – “The Supine” – Armchair Apocrypha (0:59)
15. Wilco – “Poor Places” – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (5:18)
16. Radiohead – “A Reminder” – Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP (3:51)
17. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends” – Sound of Silver (7:37)

Total runtime: 1:18:48


UP NEXT: KhanadaRhodes vs. LJT

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IMP. I can't help but find Axver's list disappointing; (for him) it's very predictable. Enjoyable, but predictable. In the triad of indietasticness (IMP, Lancemc, LMP), my favorite playlist is IMP's, which is surprising, but it really is a stunning piece of work.
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In Axver's setlist, I liked Kapiti Island pretty well. That portion of the setlist has lots of bands I'd like to check out more. I didn't like Stewart Island as much, but there are some good tracks on there, and it may grow on me over time.

I'm going with inmyplace13. That list includes lots of my favorite artists and I rated most of the songs pretty high.
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Impy's may be one of my faves, if not my fave, playlist of the entire tourney. It has the great mood/flow but also great songs and at least some fun.

I love Axver's too, but it's not as fun.
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I really enjoyed the first part of Axver's playlist. But overall, InMyPlace13's list was one of my overall favorites, so I have to go with him.
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I'm going to have to think about this one for a bit. Both of these playlists are incredible, two of my favorites in the entire game, and it's a shame one of them has to lose right off the bat (unless we get a tie).

Really tough call here.
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Axver’s playlist is one of my favorites of the competition. It is beautifully constructed around one of the most interesting concepts the game has ever seen. The song choices are very interesting as well as the difference between disc one and disc two. Kapiti Island is an amazing disc but Stewart Island is one of the best discs in the entire history of the game. The whole thing is so different from anything Axver has ever done.

I liked IMP as well. Some parts were almost magical. I’m thinking of The Unforgettable Fire into Passenger Seat and Spies into Pillow of Winds. I was also intrigued by some of his song choices. IMP will be getting my vote a lot in this game but unfortunately he is going against Axver in this round.

Both have great playlists but Axver gets my vote. Good luck to the both of you!
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with Axver's it was definitely cool to be exposed to a lot of stuff I'd never heard before, and I liked it more than I expected to. However imp's is fuckin great and has a few songs that are up there with my favourites of all time, so I'm gonna have to go with his
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I can't help but find Axver's list disappointing; (for him) it's very predictable. Enjoyable, but predictable.
WTF? Kapiti Island is essentially the opposite of anything I have ever done and reveals a completely different side of my tastes.

And there's hardly any prog to be seen!

I can't fathom how on earth it's predictable.
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WTF? Kapiti Island is essentially the opposite of anything I have ever done and reveals a completely different side of my tastes.

And there's hardly any prog to be seen!

I can't fathom how on earth it's predictable.
I was also struck by that comment. I'm not sure what was predictable about your playlist. I'd be interested in seeing what LemonMelon saw exactly. Little prog, very little acoustic prog metal, very colorful, more open atmospheres and a lot more playful. It is almost the polar opposite of your other playlists.
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WTF? Kapiti Island is essentially the opposite of anything I have ever done and reveals a completely different side of my tastes.

And there's hardly any prog to be seen!

I can't fathom how on earth it's predictable.
It's the same artists you always harp on about, that's how. It may not be like your other two lists, but that just makes your other lists less predictable. Actually, I found your list last year to be strikingly accessible. You're kidding yourself if you think that an Axver playlist containing Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Rush, anything involving the brothers Finn, and a track from a U2 side project is shocking. I mean, we all use similar artists from time to time, but come on...
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WTF? Kapiti Island is essentially the opposite of anything I have ever done and reveals a completely different side of my tastes.

And there's hardly any prog to be seen!
I think that's why I liked it so much!
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It's the same artists you always harp on about, that's how.
Oh yeah, I totally go on about Dave Dobbyn, Swingers, The Shadows, Sneaky Feelings, Pop Art Toasters, Able Tasmans, The Bats, The Clean, The Verlaines, and Sörskogen. You probably can't find any of those mentioned in five separate threads! In fact, some I'd never even mentioned on Interference prior to this tournament.

So I have no clue what the hell you're on about.
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