iChoons Shop

Someone needs to implant some sort of device in my brain that will stop me buying music on iTunes. It hasn’t even been open for a week and already I’ve spent over $40.

Some purchases are essential, for example “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse and “Tonight She Comes” by the Cars. And I bought the Killer’s Christmas song because, like, it was for charity.

But did I really need to pay $1.79 for Nsync singing “The First Noel” from their 1998 Christmas album? And even though I already have a Talking Heads CD with “Take me to the River” on it, was I really too lazy to get up off the couch and get the CD, instead paying $1.79 for a song I already own? Evidently yes on both accounts.

But while the New Zealand iTunes Store (or should that be iChoons Shop?) is a potential source of great musical joy, others have complained about it, and the truth is that iTunes New Zealand store does rather suck in its early days.

The range is rather limited. I want to buy the new Justin and the new Robbie albums, but iTunes have neither, just a pitiful collection of old singles and music videos.

My least favourite aspect of it is the “Local Sounds” page, featuring a really really awful design made up of a scenic South Island mountain range with a rippling New Zealand flag faded over the top.


I secretly hope it was hastily designed at Apple HQ in Australia, based on a design brief by someone whose only experience of New Zealand is “Lord of the Rings” and a South Island ski holiday, and who doesn’t know anything about New Zealand’s music scene. I really hope it’s not anything to do with anyone directly involved with New Zealand music, because that would be so depressing.

But despite the room for improvement, it’s nice that the iTunes store has finally opened and that the simple act of buying music in digital form can be a part of my everyday life (but hopefully not every day). I just need to make sure I don’t go buying any more songs that I already own on CD.

Peter Dub Dot Dash asked around and has put together a list of people’s favourite local song of the year and music-related predictions for 2007. I contributed my part, but I refuse to reveal the awful truth behind my pick.

This is jam-hot

Oh, look. It’s the itunes so-called meme, where the victim mucks around with their iTunes and writes some stuff down and then goes to bed.

How many songs? 2771
A few are living on borrowed time. I’m making a list of songs I’m going to remove from my iPod because whenever they come up on shuffle, I always skip them.

First artist 4 Hero
All I know is that they did that song that’s on that zero-gravity Bailey’s ad. It’s just as well I have this mp3, otherwise 8 Foot Sativa would be here instead.

Last artist Zed
While “Renegade Fighter” is a splendid pop song, I will instead pay attention to the four Young MC tunes that come before it, three of which (“I Come Off”, “Keep It In Your Pants”, “Pick up the Pace”) are my personal anthems.

First song (And She Said) Take Me Now – Justin Timberlake (Featuring Janet Jackson).
The brackets foreshadow the wardrobe malfunction where Mr JT exposed Ms Jackson’s ( * ).

Last song Youthful Expression – A Tribe Called Quest
Hips, they gyrate; scripts I narrate. No banana – I ain’t a primate. I dunno. It’s probably about being on the cusp of adulthood in the early ’90s.

Shortest song House Music: pt1: ?theories… – ESL (45 seconds) There were a few mp3s before this, but they weren’t songs – usually skits, spoken pieces, introductions to songs or preview-length bits of songs.

Longest song Yoo Doo Right – Can
It could possibly be another ESL song, “Island Man”, (25 minutes) but that’s more like several bits amalgamated into a glorious life-affirming performance piece, so I’m going for “Yoo Doo Right” (20:22 minutes), which is a love letter.

First album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
[I can’t think of anything to write here.]

Last album Your Arsenal – Morrissey
I haven’t even heard this entire album. It’s only come up because of “Glamorous Glue”, which I never tire of listening to.

First song that comes up on shuffle – Pania (Of the Reef) – The Hollow Grinders
It’s a lovely, slightly sad, infinitely hopeful surf instrumental song. Slightly different from the live version, this has some eerie organ accompanying it, suggesting that perhaps this all takes place in an undersea world on another planet.

Search for ‘sex’
Eight songs, my favourite being “Sexual Health Clinic” by MSU. I’m also surprised at the inclusion of “Sex Poddle” by Mente (Mr John Murphy’s band).

Search for ‘death’
14 songs, and the one that gets closest is “O Death” from the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. I like Martin White’s accordion version of the Smiths’ “Death of a Disco Dancer”.

Search for ‘love’
118! It’s all about the love, including the magnificent pairing of Captain and Tenille’s “Love will keep us together” alongside Joy Division’s “Love will tear us apart.” By the way, those would be my two desert-island tunes. There’s no need for anything else.