I am still slowly rebuilding my music library. I finally remembered how, a very long time ago, I used to post my music on a site called Multiply. Unfortunately, it just so happens that the people at Multiply deleted all of my best playlists, before deciding to stop downloading music altogether, thereby saving their butts from copyright laws.

Thanks, guys.

So I'm left with picking over some of my more...horrible music playlists from several years ago. Technically I have two Multiply sites, one of which I am still currently using. Because of the limited space on the computer, I'm devising a system of rotation, in which each album or artist stays in my music library until I decide I don't want to listen to it for a while. So far, it has been going pretty well, although I have hit a snag on a 600 song playlist, when I can only upload songs three at a time. That's right, I will have to keep doing that repetitive task 200 times. I'm so excited.

And now I am becoming hyperaware of my Completist Syndrome. I have a horrible tendency to want full discographies of artists that I like, even a little bit. Which is probably why my music library is already at its limit; it's things like downloading 600 Beatle songs, or even the approximately 150 Death Cab for Cutie songs (although, to be fair, I legitimately wanted all 600 Beatle songs and have been listening to each one fastidiously). I don't even pretend to know what that is about. But I always go for the discography, and lately I've gotten into finding all of the album art, as well. Which is just great, because now every time I get rid of some album, I freak out about losing that album art off of my computer. So, along with uploading music on Multiply, I'm also uploading pictures!

I think that this has less to do with "Completist Syndrome" and more to do with unacknowledged OCD.

But in any case, I am trying to figure out some of the albums that have had the highest rotation throughout my lifetime. And I don't even really want to admit that quite a few of them are kind of embarrassing. But, because I know no one really reads this (and I'm just writing this to get me back into the swing of things), here goes:
  • Bush - Sixteen Stone
    I don't even know when or why this album suddenly became so popular to my ears. I used to listen to this alternative radio station nonstop when I was just turning into my teens. And, the majority of Bush songs tend to be from Sixteen Stone. Although I am not a particular fan of the band or the music genre, they still have some of my favorite songs ever.
  • Weezer - Pinkerton
    This one is really an incredible toss-up between Pinkerton and The Blue Album. I would think that the singles off of The Blue Album are the ones that most define my life (they remind me of one of my closest friends that I had...who I now sometimes refer to as an asshole and sometimes don't even remember for several months at a time). But there really is something to being forced to listen to a single album out of necessity (getting your library card revoked). Over time you just start to like it, even if you don't really want to.
  • Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
    I don't even know how to describe (or justify) liking this album. Suffice it to say that I like nearly every song on it, much to my shame and embarassment.
  • Billie Holiday - Blue Billie
    This one is actually really interesting. My mom bought this album for my sister at Target, at total random, not really knowing if my sister would like it or not. Turned out, she didn't, and it sat underneath my mom's stereo player for nearly a decade. I pulled it out one day and decided to play it (because I had exhausted my own meager CD collection) and I've become extremely attached to it. Hilariously enough, none of my CD players can play it anymore, even though the CD is in perfect condition.
  • Something Corporate - Leaving Through the Window
    I have to say, this album was probably more of a forced liking than anything else. Being trapped in a hot bus on the way to Mt. St. Helens with only one CD kind of forces you to listen to it. And, ever since, it never fails to remind me of that field trip. Not that there was anything particularly nice about that field trip (like, nothing at all), but that is why it is listed here.
  • Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
    Truly changed my life, but probably a bit more subtle than some of the other album favorites. Why do I like it? Because it is the best thing ever. Nothing left to say.
  • The Beatles - Help!
    I probably would have only paid particular attention to this album because of the movie. But, to be more serious, Rubber Soul is my real favorite album of Beatles, not because of any catchy songs or because of the best movie ever, but because it's a legitimately awesome album. Especially the song "What Goes On." (Oh, and it's amazing to listen to Sufjan Stevens' take on it! Oh jeez...in that case, the tribute album to Rubber Soul is also amazing).
  • Minus the Bears - Highly Refined Pirates
    The album that made me fall in love with music. It led me to be friends with three of the most lasting people in my life, and they were the first show I ever went to. They changed my life completely. Sometimes I just want to yell at people and say, "They will change your life!" Which also leads to me hating nearly anyone else who says that they like Minus the Bear.
  • Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory?
    Amazing album, even if it was for a short-lived genre. The title track, as well, is probably one of my favorite songs ever. The beginning of it, too, with the helicopter, always reminds me of the movie Apocalypse Now.

There are other fantastic albums that I should probably mention, like The Shins' Chutes Too Narrow, or Fall of Troy's Doppelganger. There is also Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, probably my most listened to album ever. And, the two lovely albums by the National, Alligator and Boxer.

But that is all I really feel like writing about now. Hopefully tomorrow I will find something equally inconsequential to blather on about.

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