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Old 04-15-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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Desert Island IV Album Game: Round 1, Match 2

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the second match of the first round of the Interference Desert Island Game IV! 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.

In case some people didn't notice, the point structure originally posted in the Master List thread was wrong. It was updated shortly after, but I'll add it here again:

For every win, each player will receive three points. If there is a tie, each player gets two points. If a player loses a match but is within three votes of the winner, that player will earn a single point.

At the beginning of each round, I will include the updated standings. Remember, the top two from each group moves on to the quarterfinals.

One final note: If you haven't listened to all the playlists, and you don't think you'll have time to get through them, I would urge everyone to at least review how each playlist is structured and, if possible, to check out the sequencing and flow of the songs. I'd also take the time to listen to a song by an artist you are unfamiliar with, or any song by an artist you usually dislike, as sometimes you may hear something you never thought you would have from that artist.

Our second match features LJT and phillyfan26, our Symphonic Island champion. Below are their playlists.

If you don't know the songs, or wish to hear how each tracklisting flows, feel free to check out the Desert Island website.


Forum name: LJT



Auntie Annie's/ Katy Daly's

It's quite a loose concept that I went with. It's based on probably the two places I frequent the most in Belfast. Auntie Annie's being quite electro, random music, while Katy Daly's the bar inbetween my two other regular haunts, just seems to play the most obscure and random music. The first half is therefore to groove/ dance to (well probably aprt from the first song) with the second half being quite obscure and random. Overall I think i've enjoyed this playlist more than any of the others I've created so I hope you folk have a good time listening.

Auntie Annie's

01. The Wildhearts- "Rooting for the Bad Guy"- The Wildhearts (8.57)
02. Battles- "Leyendecker"- Mirrored (2.48)
03. The Aliens- "Rox"- Astronomy for Dogs (6.15)
04. Menomena- "Weird"- Friend and Foe (3.05)
05. Simian Mobile Disco- "I Believe"- Attack Decay Sustain Release (3.18)
06. Roisin Murphy- "Overpowered"- Overpowered (5.08)
07. Of Montreal- "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal"- Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (11.53)
08. Tracey Thorn- "Raise the Roof"- Out of the Woods (4.02)
09. Rooney- "I Should Have Been After You"- Calling the World (4.24)
10. Blonde Redhead- "The Dress"- 23 (4.00)
11. The Knife- "HeartBeats"- Deep Cuts (3.51)
12. LCD Soundsystem- "Tribulations"- LCD Soundsystem (4.59)
13. Metric- "Hustle Rose"- Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (5.33)
14. Silversun Pickups- "Future Foe Scenarios"- Carnavas (5.20)
15. Flaming Lips- "Buggin'"- The Soft Bulletin (3.16)
16. Neon Neon- "I Told Her On Alderaan"- Stainless Style (3.43)
17. Vitalic- "My Friend Dario"- OK Cowboy (3.37)

Katy Daly's

18. Alcest- "Les Iris"- Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde (7.41)
19. Aerogramme- "Barriers"- My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go (4.55)
20. Patrick Watson- "Luscious Life"- Close To Paradise (3.09)
21. Nine Black Alps- "Behind Your Eyes"- Everything Is (2.51)
22. Charlotte Hatherley- "Behave"- The Deep Blue (4.02)
23. Bat For Lashes- "Prescilla"- Fur and Gold (3.34)
24. The Hold Steady- Chillout Tent"- Boys and Girls in America (3.43)
25. Patrick Cleandenim- "Rocket to the Moon"- Baby Come Home (3.06)
26. Tegan & Sara- "Back In Your Head"- The Con (3.00)
27. The Open- "Lost"- The Silent Hours (6.01)
28. Taken By Trees- "The Legend"- Open Field (3.53)
29. Tiny Dancers- "Ashes and Diamonds"- Free School Milk (4.21)
30. The Lilac Time- "The Lost Girl in the Midnight Sun"- Paradise Circus (3.59)
31. Final Fantasy- "I'm Afraid of Japan"- He Poos Clouds (3.56)
32. St. Vincent- "Paris Is Burning"- Marry Me (4.20)
33. Paris Motel- "Three Steps"- In the Salpêtrière (4.45)
34. Anthony Reynolds- "Where the Dead Live"- British Ballads (7.07)


Forum name: phillyfan26



Left Looking For More

My playlist is a two disc, four sided concept album. The title is "Left Looking For More," describing the ultimate feelings of the unnamed main character by the end of the playlist. The first disc is titled "Electrically Numb," a title stolen from a song I wrote. Disc 2 is titled "Fall of a Dreamer," which indirectly refers to the first track of that disc.

My first and only request to the listener is to please not factor in the fact that it is shorter than the maximum time. Being a concept album more than anything, I did not want to add "filler" to meet these requirements if it meant destroying the concept and flow.

The main character is introduced in his mid-20s, after having already fallen into the world of drug use. The first disc displays how numb he can feel due to his habits, no matter what is happening around him. He witnesses some large events in his life during this time, and cannot properly react. After using some dirtier drugs downtown and getting ill, he swears off drugs for good. However, we pick up ten years later at age 35, and nothing has changed for him. He has now settled into a belief that his drug habits cannot be changed, despite attempts to help him from friends and family. He begins hallucinating, seeing a media controlled government, and becomes detached and disillusioned from his middle-class life as a husband and father. As the first disc ends, he remembers his youth, prior to his drug use, and begs for it to return.

In the second disc, the character has had an intervention in one of his visions, in which he believes the world can live in peace. He drops his drug habits cold turkey and begins to seek peace and harmony through other means. However, he abandons his job and family in order to search for a natural high to replace his drugs. He spends a while searching, and finds himself involved in a number of brief love affairs. None of those can replace the feeling of the drugs, however. After one of the love affairs ends poorly, he moves in with his sister and falls into alcoholism. After a brief period of total isolation, he finds his last refuge in religion. He devotes himself to working at a local church. However, he finds that the more he learns about religion, the more he realizes that his church is a corrupt body. He loses all faith that humanity has goodness, and then believes all humans are doomed to hell. He continually thinks over this mystery, and for a brief time believes that he himself is destined for heaven for "figuring out" the mystery. But his satisfaction ceases, and he slowly loses faith in any meaning for life. His last years fade, and he miserably realizes that he never accomplished anything and never found his desired inner peace. At his death, he is merely left looking for more.

DISC 1: Electrically Numb

SIDE A

David Bowie – "Station to Station" – Station to Station (10:12)
John Frusciante – "Carvel" – Shadows Collide With People (6:14)
The Beatles – "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (3:28)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Under the Bridge" – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (4:24)
Led Zeppelin – "Ten Years Gone" – Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 2 (6:32)
Streetlight Manifesto – "Down, Down, Down to Mehphisto's Café" – Somewhere in the Between (5:03)
The Who – "Won't Get Fooled Again" – Who's Next (8:32)

SIDE B

U2 – "Zooropa" – Zooropa (6:31)
The Police – "Synchronicity II" – Synchronicity (Remastered) (5:00)
The Killers – "When You Were Young" – Sam's Town (3:42)
Franz Ferdinand – "Come on Home" – Franz Ferdinand (Special Edition) (3:46)

Disc 1 Runtime: 63:24


DISC 2: Fall of a Dreamer

SIDE A

John Lennon – "Imagine" – Imagine (Remastered) (3:04)
JET – "Look What You've Done" – Get Born (3:50)
Paul McCartney – "Maybe I'm Amazed" – McCartney (Remastered) (3:53)
Elton John – "Tiny Dancer" – Elton John: The Greatest Hits of 1970-2002 (6:17)
Oasis – "Wonderwall" – (What's the Story?) Morning Glory (4:18)
Sting – "Desert Rose" – Brand New Day (4:45)

SIDE B

Billy Joel – "Captain Jack" – Piano Man (7:18)
Arcade Fire – "Intervention" – Neon Bible (4:19)
Bruce Springsteen – "Devil's Arcade" – Magic (5:20)
Bob Dylan – "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" – Biograph (2:32)
The Edge – "Rowena's Theme" – Captive – 3:56
Explosions in the Sky – "The Birth and Death of the Day" – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – 7:49

Disc 2 Runtime: 57:21

TOTAL RUNTIME: 2:00:45


UP NEXT: Axver vs. Cute Irish Bono, Lancemc vs. Lara Mullen


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Two very strong lists. Philly's has a lot more songs that I know, and I rate most of them high.

But I'm going with LJT because I really appreciate all the great new material on that list. It's full of nice musical surprises and bands that I'll want to get to know better. The only lowpoints on the list for me were the Wildhearts and Tracey Thorn songs.
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I really liked both of them but I have to pick LJT. Sorry, phillyfan

Class concept, class music. Especially the LCD Soundsystem tune.
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I liked both lists.

Phillyfan had more songs I liked than LJT. My problem with Pfan's playlist was the song choices weren't that imaginary. I know he has a limited choice of material but at times it feels more like a greatest hits collection. The first disc doesn't have this problem but the second disc does.

Paul McCartney – "Maybe I'm Amazed" – McCartney (Remastered) (3:53)
Elton John – "Tiny Dancer" – Elton John: The Greatest Hits of 1970-2002 (6:17)
Oasis – "Wonderwall" – (What's the Story?) Morning Glory (4:18)
Sting – "Desert Rose" – Brand New Day (4:45)
Arcade Fire – "Intervention" – Neon Bible (4:19)
Explosions in the Sky – "The Birth and Death of the Day" – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – 7:49

I would have liked a little more unique song choices like on his first disc. That didn't factor into my voting much more a suggestion. I do feel however if the song choices on the second disc were as good as on the first he might have taken my vote right there.

I loved the concept. It was dark and deep. I prefered this concept to LJT's.

On to LJT's playlist. It was all about new material and the experience. While I didn't like all of the songs and honestly who does with any playlist, I felt it stood up well with the many great songs on Pfan's. For me it came down to what was the better experience. LJT's experience was one of my favorite of the competition. So it gets my vote.

You both did a great job. Good luck through the competition.
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I like Philly's list better overall - interesting concept with great songs that fit together well within it. Even if they're songs people know, like Screwtape said, you shouldn't hold that against him - they're good songs for a reason.

With LJT's list, the concept is looser and the musical scope is a bit larger, but it's just as good. I loved enough of the songs to keep wanting to hear more, but a few turned me off, but that's cool. I dug the indietastic vibe and introduction to newer songs, but still feel like Philly's had a slight advantage overall.

Definitely a hard choice though.
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This one is still a toss up to me. I'm going to review both of these again before voting. I feel LJT might have the upper hand, though.
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LJT's had more scope and felt a lot more diverse but Phillyfan's list was just great, a short collection of great songs. The fact it was short and wasn't very diverse kind of held it back but the songs were simply so good it worked.
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My vote goes to PFan.
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This is a toughie. I love the first disc of LJT's playlist and the first and fourth quarters of Phillyfan26's. But then like screwtape2 mentioned some of pfan's were very 'greatest hitsy' and seemed a bit forced together for me. Some of those on LJT's second disc washed over me.

Oh the decisions.

I'm going to have to go with LJT, but it's a very close call among too great playlists. Overall LJT's evoked more of an emotional response from me and reminded me of so many great nights hanging out in hazy student bars with eclectic music playing.
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I'm curious, monkeyskin, if you selected phillyfan by mistake, as his vote total went up one and LJT's didn't change at all.
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Nope because I'm a complete doofus and forgot to actually click on the voting button.
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Ok, good to know. Thanks.
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