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The Fletcher Memorial Music Marathon

First of all, season’s greetings to all of you! I’ve been spending my time eating, playing the guitar and drinking special beers, generally. One way to spend Christmas. I hope you’re all having a great time, but now:

Our feature film

Referred to as one of those crazy plans I keep thinking up, people said I was mad, or to be more precise, we were mad. I guess that yes, indeed, we’re out of our fucking minds. For the sake of listening to great music and to have something to do this Christmas holiday, Geert and I have planned our first (annual?) music marathon. Over thirty albums, a whopping 26 hours of music and all that in one long breath. We’re sacrificing not only two Earth days of our holiday, but also our sleeping pattern for at least a week, I’m afraid.

The Fletcher Memorial Music Marathon, as we christened it (funny—we’ll not be listening to The Final Cut), will be held on the 27th and 28th of December and will, well, yeah, in fact it will span these two days. Damn. We’re out of our minds.

The line-up

To make sure we’ll not be spending our entire holiday listening to brilliant music (hey, what the– why not? ;)), we’ve decided to pick one album per artist. That’s tough, yes. Consider Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave, Moby– yup, tough decisions all the time. The general rules also include “No soundtracks” (with the notable exception being Superfly, which we can’t consider a soundtrack because it’s a brilliant album on itself) and “No best-of albums”, so that rules out the two 2-disc Best of The Beatles boxes, and that makes it more the challenge for us.

The albums we’ll be listening to
# Album title Artist
1 Unrest Erlend Øye
2 Seven and Six Bellwether
3 Let Love In Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
4 Automatic for the People R.E.M.
5 Superfly Curtis Mayfield
6 3 Blood, Sweat and Tears
7 Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars Fatboy Slim
8 Gods and Monsters I Am Kloot
9 Sleeping with Ghosts Placebo
10 Carpathia, A Dramatic Poem The Vision Bleak
11 Ghost Reveries Opeth
12 Mutter Rammstein
13 A Certain Trigger Maxïmo Park
14 Turn on the Bright Lights Interpol
15 Melody A.M. Röyksopp
16 Debut Björk
17 Play Moby
18 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins
19 Funeral The Arcade Fire
20 Twin Cinema The New Pornographers
21 Picaresque The Decemberists
22 The Madcap Laughs Syd Barrett
23 Riot on an Empty Street Kings of Convenience
24 I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning Bright Eyes
25 Left and Leaving The Weakerthans
26 Illinois Sufjan Stevens
27 Give Up The Postal Service
28 Cosmo’s Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival
29 Bad Michael Jackson
30 Revolver The Beatles
31 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

(Yes, I started at the bottom. Yes, I got lazy. I still urge you to buy all the music we’re gonna be listening to, as it’s all worth your whiles.)

Next year, we’ll double the amount of music and do something for charity. Insanity for Charity© ;)

Stuff I want to know

Kinda a lot like LazyWeb, but I feel like asking my readers, widely ranging in their interests as I like them. I’m doing some stuff of late and would love answers to some questions I have. So what am I waiting here, here goes.

  • I’m going to paint my room’s wall (an architectural panorama of sorts I guess). What kind of paint should I use? Any preparation the wall needs?
  • I’ve been searching for a semi-acoustic guitar for a while now but can’t find any neat ones. I know Yamaha make cool stuff, but would you have any suggestions?
  • Is there no option in iTunes to prevent it from having even the tiniest gaps between songs in playback? I’d love to listen to my Arcade Fire, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Pink Floyd and Sufjan Stevens albums without hiccups, to name just a few.
  • How do I go about ordering my film collection? I’d love to do it by title but that’s such a cliché, so how about colour-order, given name of director, publisher?
  • Is anyone aware of a good sleeping sofa kind of thing? I’m looking for a replacement to my ageing (and, it has to be said, decreasing in length) bed, and I figured a bed-couch combination would be awesome, but none have a good mattress or aren’t long enough (2.10m would be good).

Well, that’s enough diversity for today. Anyone able to answer any of these questions? It would be much appreciated.