My First Meme

I’ve taken a while to grasp Mayee’s baton, but never let it be said that I would turn down a rod when extended.

1. What’s the total size of music files on your computer?
11.75 GB. I try to keep things under control through a tedious and unbelievably anal routine of tagging, compiling, burning, tracklist printing, and finally cramming (into grievously overcrowded CD shelves). Please don’t ask me for the number of songs, the files are already kept in three different places on the hard drive and I had to do some mental arithmetic just to get that first figure.

2. What is the last cd you bought?
Minesweeper Suite (DJ /Rupture), but it hasn’t arrived in the mail yet.

3. What is the last song you listened to before you read this post?
Whaddit I Done (Animal Collective), which ended conveniently in time for Alec to get to sleep. I don’t think it’s very easy to sleep to Animal Collective, unless of course you’re one of the people I saw them with in April 2004 (they were opening for Múm), who whispered “This is awful!” within the first five minutes of their set and promptly fell asleep. His loss.

4. Name four songs that you listen to a lot or that mean a lot to you.
I only get four? You might as well ask Mozart to pick four notes, the Pope to pick four Amens, and Bai Ling to pick four fucks. This is oppressive. But here’s a list, if you insist. (I write my own rhymes, yo.) It’ll probably be completely different if you ask me tomorrow, except for the first song.

  • ‘Cross The Breeze (Sonic Youth): Daydream Nation, and this song in particular, rewired my fourteen-year-old brain. I never listened to music the same way again.
  • Twice The First Time (Saul Williams): I was eighteen or thereabouts. Music downloading was just beginning to take off, but obscure stuff was still hard to find (online, let alone in Singapore). Out of almost everything I was looking for, this was the only song I actually managed to find and download, and for a while it was one of a very few mp3s on my computer. I listened to it obsessively, freaked out when I lost it in a hard disk crash, and was eventually joyfully reunited with it when Jeremy gave me Xen Cuts. (A recentish post where I show it some love.)
  • Complicated (Ben Gibbard’s cover): Because it’s hilarious.
  • Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Daft Punk): Because it’s perfect.

5. Which three people are you passing the baton on to and why?

  • Benny: Because it’ll force him to update his frickin’ blog.
  • Don: Because he’s just started a blog, and I’d like you all to go read it. And because he not only makes music but is brave enough to play it to a bitch snob like me.
  • Laces: Because his answers would probably involve music I’m clueless about. Hurray!


  1. Heheh.. listening to the Ben Gibbard thing again. The quiet, plaintive bit at the end is priceless.

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