I said if 100 more people pre-ordered my book, I’d release 30 minutes of stand-up for free online. They did, so I did.
Please share it if you enjoy it and if you haven’t yet, please pre-order at http://crapkingdom.com. Do if before the book comes out on Thursday and I’ll write your name into a custom rap song. True story.
Abandoned automobiles and other debris clutter an acid water and oil filled five acre pond. It was cleaned up under EPA supervision to prevent possible contamination of Great Salt Lake and a wildlife refuge nearby.” - Ogden, Utah, April 1974. (Bruce McAllister)
Some other interesting things I learned in the process of comparing lists:
- I had lots of album overlap with people, but very, very little song overlap. I think it’s interesting that I often like the same bands as my friends, and even the same albums, but down to the level of individual songs, we’re drawn to different things.
- All of these lists seem to have either music that is very much in line with my taste, or music that I do not like, with very little in-between. I think this is a beautiful metaphor for the nature of my friendships.
- Everyone unabashedly likes bands that are often and widely regarded as “sucky.” I think that is really nice.
- Lots of people included soundtrack music, or music otherwise associated with things they liked, and at first I found that a really weird way to self-identify. The kind of music I had in mind for this thing was the kind where you are just really drawn to the sound of the music and you can’t exactly reason out why. That kind of stuff really fascinates me, because I’ve found in my own experience that it will probably say more about me than I can ever say with words. However, I did recognize that having narrative associations with a piece of music can really strengthen your bond with a piece of music and make it so much more powerful.
I learned that I am most frequently, and most strongly, drawn to quiet, contemplative, trance-y electronic music. The second and third most popular genres for me are slow, acoustic guitar and sad vocals kind of stuff, and non-agressive, tame rap.
I also learned that I am automatically drawn to any music with the words “Ghost” or “Robot” in the title.