End of the Line

No, CIDU isn’t about to implode again.

But we’ve about reached the end of the Wake-Up Music queue.

Which is okay: it’s been a fun project, we’ve been exposed to a lot of interesting music, and hopefully its raison d’être is winding down.

If you have any last-minute nominations, though, now’s the time.

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  1. It’s been interesting, although for me personally there have been more misses than hits. If you do decide to revive this feature later, you might consider posting each track as a comment in a single thread, or perhaps on the crimeweek page. The (minor) disadvantage of having them all as separate CIDU posts was that preloading the previews from YouTube significantly extended the time it took to load the main CIDU page (although this might have been just a European effect).

  2. I would have nominated a couple from the Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus album by Spirit.
    Prelude/Nothing to Hide with its line of “I know you’re asleep, wake up!”
    Morning Will Come

  3. @ B.A. – There’s nothing animate, but besides fetching the still image, WordPress has to build up the overlays for the “play” button and the title. It’s probably a java(script?) issue on my aging Mac desktop, my iPad produces everything much faster.

  4. I’ve enjoyed them. Some I’ve listened to repeatedly (or others by the same artist), some just once, and some only a minute or less. But it was a good variety, and none had I ever heard before. But very worthwhile, something I looked forward to. You can top it off nicely with your yearly “Too Darn Hot”, my go-to for a mood boost.

  5. “Too Darn Hot” is reserved for the first time the temperature tops 100 in New Jersey. Which, based on recent history, is a matter of “when” rather than “if.”

  6. It has been neat. I thought I had catholic tastes in music, but I have seen there is still much to learn.

  7. The search is such a dangerous game. When the record is good, it is made more rewarding by the effort in attaining it. When it is bad…

    If one is a true collector, of course, madness follows. One gets into buying different pressings from different countries because of different sleeves or a rearranged track order.

    Now, about that…

    When I was a student in university, my flatmate purchased a copy of a CD called “Apollo 18” by a band called They Might Be Giants. The band provided instructions in the accompanying booklet about how to jazz up listening to the album. Oh, I just did Wikipedia, and somebody else has typed and explanation:

    “Fingertips” is a series of 21 short tracks ranging in duration from four to 71 seconds, totaling 4:35. Referring to these tracks, the album’s liner notes include the message “the indexing of this disc is designed to complement the Shuffle Mode of modern CD players”. According to John Flansburgh, listening to the album on shuffle made a collage of songs, with the short fingertips interspersed among tracks of regular length. Arnold Aronson argued that this element made the album “a stunning declaration of post-modernism” because of its heavy use of “rupture, dissociation, and pastiche”. The songs were written to resemble short fragments of pop songs. The format was inspired by advertisements for collections of music, which only included samples of choruses. The “Fingertips” suite features vocal cameos from Peter Stampfel, who founded The Holy Modal Rounders, and Brian Dewan, who crafted the shrine that appeared on They Might Be Giants’ 1988 album Lincoln. Because of a mastering error, the European and Australian issues of the CD include “Fingertips” as one continuous track, though on the US edition it is correctly split into 21 tracks.

    Four or five years after leaving that flatmate (and CD) behind, while living in Singapore, I purchased my own copy of the album. I got a European pressing of the album (made in France) and all the “Fingertips” were a single track. This made me sad, because I liked the shuffled experience I had grown used to with that album. I sent the band an e-mail (in 1997!) saying I felt this took away from my listening experience and asking if I could buy a copy of the album with the “Fingertips” as individual tracks. Several weeks later, a package arrived for me at work. It was from the band. They sent me a US pressing of the album which worked correctly and a nice little note. I was baffled until I realized that I had sent it from my work account (the only e-mail I had) and it had automatically included my full name and mailing address. I love those guys.

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