Music Friday

By Megan McArdle

So my downloads have reset, and I managed to get 100 downloaded with six minutes to go until midnight. I thought I'd update you on what I managed to download between 5 o'clock yesterday, when I realized that I had, in the excitement of moving and switching computers, forgotten to download any music this month; and midnight, when the downloads reset. I should note that there was a three+ hour break for dinner.

The Affair Yes Yes to You
Amon Tobin Chaos Theory
Arnold Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht/Chamber Symphony No 2
Beirut Lon Gisland
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
godspeed you! black emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Infected Mushroom Classical Mushroom
Moondog Moondog
The National Boxer
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
Okkervil River The Stage Names
Quentin Crisp An Evening with Quentin Crisp
Steve Reich/The Smith Quartet Different Trains
Tokyo Police Club Smith
Georgie James The Grizzly Jive
Death Cab for Cutie Dream Scream

As you can see, I was in an Indie kind of mood, which is not to disparage any of the other genres that were suggested; I will explore some of them with this month's downloads. But when you're in a hurry, it's best to stick with one or two genres; it's easier to distinguish what you like. And so far, I like all of it, except that I'm kind of ambivalent about The Affair. For that matter, I should like all of it, since several of those selections were repeats of things I lost to a hard drive failure and my poor backup technique.

As you can also see, anyone who was hoping for Yglesias-quality music blogging will have to slide back over to his blog. Thanks for everyone who made suggestions, and keep them coming; I have a hundred downloads every month.

Incidentally, I should mention that if you don't have an eMusic subscription, you should totally get one; mine costs $25 a month, or 25 cents per fully transferrable MP3. However, I do want to complain about the fact that after you get to 100 downloads a month, there's no further discount; the 200 song package costs exactly twice as much, give or take a penny, as the 100 song package.

Not that this has kept me from toying with the idea . . .

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2007/08/music-friday/1844/