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Old 10-09-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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Symphonic Album Mini-Game: Round 6, Heat 5

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the final heat of the final round of the Symphonic Album Mini-Game. The object of this game is to see which forum member can create the best concept album no longer than 80 minutes.

In this heat, Lancemc and Irishteen go head to head. Below are their playlists. An update on the standings will be posted after the completion of each round.

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: Lancemc

Really Short Cuts

If this playlist were a movie, it would be Robert Altman's Short Cuts. Short Cuts is a film about the lives of 20-some odd characters living in or around the city of Las Angeles. It's a collection of short films in a sense, all connected by common threads: people, situations, events or just personalities. In a way, my playlist is a similar study of connections. But while Altman's stories all shared a common setting, the stories in my playlist all (for the most part) take place in different parts of the world. However, most of the characters deal with the same issues and themes.

All the tracks chosen for my list maintain a distinct focus on a particular location, or the idea of a physical setting, and how human beings embody their environments. My story isn't a straight narrative, but there is a sense of progression in the movement through time. I open with a character seeking to escape the madness of his/her own world. The obvious solution of course is to move to a new city. But there are so many choices - where to go? What follows is an examination of people at varying stages of their relationships with their settings. Some are just arriving, looking for a new start. Others are lavishing in the rewards of a fine new home. Some are at wits end, fed up and finished with their surrounding, looking to move on. And then others are past all that, looking back, maybe with regrets, maybe with a lifetime of wisdom and experience, telling parables of times past. All of these relationships are not always direct interactions between resident and locale, however. In a lot of cases it's the place that serves as a mirror to the individual's romance, or war, or quest, or personal redemption. In any case, each selection highlights a really short cut of a unique artists life and mishappening.

1. Talking Heads - "Cities" - Fear of Music (4:10)
2. U2 - "Miami" - Pop (4:52)
3. Beck - "High 5 (Rock the Catskills)" - Odelay (4:12)
4. Sufjan Stevens - "Detroit, Lift Your Weary Head!" - Greetings From Michigan (8:22)
5. R.E.M. - "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" - Reckoning (4:31)
6. Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City" - Nebraska (4:00)
7. Patti Smith - "Redondo Beach" - Horses (3:26)
8. Peter Bjorn & John - "Amsterdam" - Writer's Block (3:37)
9. Arcade Fire - "Haiti" - Funeral (3:37)
10. Wilco - "Via Chicago" - Summerteeth (5:33)
11. David Bowie - "Panic In Detroit" - Aladdin Sane (4:27)
12. LCD Soundsystem - "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" - Sound of Silver (5:35)
13. Modest Mouse - "People As Places As People" - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (3:42)
14. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945" - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (3:12)

Total Runtime: 63:46

Forum Name: Irishteen

Title: This Is Where Your Sanity Gives In...

Concept: It took ages for me to come up with a concept for this competition, but one day it all came to me. A Story just popped in my head and I tried to put songs to it and this is the end product. In short "This Is Where..." is the story of a Crime of Passion in which a man, finding out his wife is cheating on him, leaves his home and heads to a motel. His heartbroken thoughts soon turn to anger and this leads him to decide to kill his wife. However after doing this deed, he realises he can't live with himself and takes his own life as well. Several Songs tell each part of the story. Songs 2 - 7 are about the wife cheating on the husband and him finding out. Songs 8 and 9 deal with the time in the motel, while songs 10-12 deal with the anger taking over his mind. Songs 13-17 deal with the Murder-Suicide itself. The first and final song (especially their opening and closing lines respectively) give a brief summary of the playlist as a whole. So that's basically the story/concept of my playlist, but what I think is most important is that you enjoy it, so...please do.

1. The Cardigans - "Paralyzed" - Gran Turismo (4:57)
2. The Smiths - "Pretty Girls Make Graves" - The Smiths (3:43)
3. The Verve - "Space and Time" - Urban Hymns (5:36)
4. Joy Division - "She's Lost Control" - Substance (4:54)
5. The Boomtown Rats - "(She's Gonna) Do You In" - The Boomtown Rats (3:54)
6. Franz Ferdinand - "Cheating On You" - Franz Ferdinand (2:36)
7. Electric Light Orchestra - "Evil Woman" - ELO's Greatest Hits (4:21)
8. Gary Moore - "Empty Rooms" - Victims Of The Future (6:35)
9. Modest Mouse - "Little Motel" - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (4:44)
10. Queen - "I Want To Break Free" - The Works (4:18)
11. Nouvelle Vague - "The Killing Moon" - Bande a Part (3:38)
12. Halves - "Take Exact Revenge" - Halves EP (3:45)
13. Morrissey - "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" - Ringleader Of The Tormentors (2:59)
14. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads: 77 (4:20)
15. The Cure - "Siamese Twins" - Pornography (5:28)
16. U2 - "Exit" - The Joshua Tree (4:13)
17. The Decemberists - "We Both Go Down Together" - Picaresque (3:06)
18. Radiohead - "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" - The Bends (4:12)

Total Runtime: 1:17:19

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Old 10-09-2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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Song-for-song, it's a tie, but I prefer Irishteen's concept.

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Old 10-09-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
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I love Irishteen's playlist.
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Irishteen did well here, but Lance's is one of my favorites of the whole game.
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I'm also going to have to go with Lance. I think he did an excellent job with his this time around.
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This is pretty close

*prays for another vote*
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Wow, very close indeed.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:18 PM   #8
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Woops, accidentally voted with my notAxver account; well, I won't vote with Axver. In any case, this was a really hard choice as the tracklists are relatively equal and we all know I adore Lance's cover, but I can't resist parts of Irishteen's tracklist, especially Space And Time --> She's Lost Control.

Space And Time is one of the most beautiful songs ever. I can't get enough of it. I wish I could use it in every tracklist I make.

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