Is It?

Is Anyone Here Alive?” – Kill Hannah
Is That All?” – U2
Is There Anybody Out There?” – Pink Floyd
Is There Something I Should Know?” – Duran Duran
Isabella” – This Ascension
Island” – Iris
“Island In The Sun” (Y100 Sonic Session) – Weezer
The Isle of Dreaming” – Kate Price
Isobel” – Björk
Israel” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
It Could Be Sweet” – Portishead
It Generates” – Iris
“It Screams Disease” – Carfax Abbey
“It Shall Be No More” – Laura Powers
Ito Okashi” – Passengers
It’s A Fire” – Portishead
It’s Come To This” – Fuel
It’s Good To Be King” – Tom Petty
It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
It’s No Good” – Depeche Mode
It’s Hurting For The First Time” – Wolfsheim
It’s Not Me” – Neuroticfish
It’s Oh So Quiet” – Björk
It’s Probably Me” – Sting
It’s The Law” – Social Distortion

Lots of synthpop and some Björk today.

Checking My Political Compass

There’s this neat website I found around a decade ago called the Political Compass.  It’s basically a short test with a number of rather generic questions about your views on various economic and social issues.  It’s short – takes about five minutes – and it gives you an X/Y axis position for your political views.  The X axis represents your economic views, from left to right, and the Y axis represents your social views, from the extremes of Authoritarian to Libertarian.

The test forces you to answer all of the questions, and gives you four options: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree and Strongly Agree, which prevents hedging.  It forces you to take a stance.  The best part is that after it’s done asking you its analysis questions, it gives you your results!   That’s right, no entering your email or a ton of demographic questions.  It’s just a test to give you a result.

I take this test every year in May.  It happens in May because that’s the first time I took it, and just happened to take it again almost exactly a year later.  Now, I take it once a year in May, kind of as a benchmark for where I’m at.  Spoiler alert: there are only minor fluctuations in my numbers after 2005.

Here are my results for 2013:

That’s -9.00 Economic, -8.05 Social.  Basically, I’m a left libertarian.  Waaaay left libertarian.

Now, the fun comes with the analysis of where I measure up compared to the various 2012 Presidential candidates.  You might be surprised to see Barack Obama hanging out within one point of his “ideological opposite” Mitt Romney up in right-wing authoritarian land, but if you are, that means you really haven’t been paying attention.

Here are my previous nine results:

May 2012: -9.62 / -7.38

May 2011: -9.12 / -8.21

May 2010:  -8.12 / -8.67

May 2009: -7.88 / -7.44

May 2008: -7.50 / -6.97

May 2007: -7.75 / -7.49

May 2006: -8.50 / -7.33

May 2005: -7.25 / -8.51

May 2004t: -8.00 / -5.79

So go take the test!  I love seeing where other people place on the spectrum.

Intercede – Invisible

Intercede Light” – Iris
Interceptor” – VNV Nation
Interior Lulu (Acoustic)” – Marillion
Interlude” – This Ascension
International Dateline” – Ladytron
Interstellar Overdrive” – Pink Floyd
Into a Darkened Room” – Inertia 8
Into the Fire (Extended Remix)” – Sarah McLachlan
Into the Heart” – U2
Into the Void” – Nine Inch Nails
Intolerance” – Tool
“Intro” – God Lives Underwater
Intro” – This Ascension
Intro” – VNV Nation
Introspectre” – Depeche Mode
Inverse” – Neuroticfish
Invisible” – Anthrax
Invisible Ink” – Marillion
The Invisible Man (Live)” – Marillion

Back in the crazy outlaw days of internet music, when Napster was still a thing and before piracy completely killed the music industry, I wwas busily downloading all of the music I owned and very little that I didn’t. Yes, I was pretty weird like that. I didn’t have a computer fast enough to rip the CDs that I owned, but I didn’t want to be constrained to single albums when I listened to music on my computer, so I went about finding it all online. Even when I did get stuff that I didn’t already own, I tended to not listen to it a lot. One day, as I was trolling around for music (it was largely disorganized and often of poor quality), I came across a file labeled “Depeche Mode/Nine Inch Nails/U2 – Into A Darkened Room.” Intrigued, I downloaded it. I was fairly certain it wasn’t a U2 song, as I’d never heard of it. Maybe it was some mythical live mash up with Bono, Trent Reznor and Dave Gahan all on stage?

Turns out, it was neither Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, nor U2. It took me years of searching, but I eventually found the name of the actual band: Sublevel 27. Of course, even as I looked for the video just now, I learned that it was recorded by Sublevel 27’s precursor, Inertia 8. Some people haven’t been willing to let go of the notion that it’s Depeche Mode, going as far to argue with the writer in the comments.  I’ve been listening to this song for years, and it’s kind of awesome. So how fortunate that it makes it into this week’s lineup with some Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and U2?

Home – House

No one should brave the underworld alone.Home” – Depeche Mode
Home Boys Home” – The Dubliners
Homesick” – Soul Asylum
Homeward” – VNV Nation
Honey Bee” – Tom Petty
Hong Kong Garden” – Siouxie and the Banshees
Honour” – VNV Nation
Hope for the Future” – Marillion
Horror Show” – The Birthday Massacre
Horses” – Tori Amos
Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen
Hot Rails To Hell” – Blue Öyster Cult
Hot Rails To Hell (Live)” – Blue Öyster Cult
Hotel” – Tori Amos
Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night” – Marillion
Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night (Live)” – Marillion
House in the Woods” – Tom Petty
House of Death” – Manowar
House of Leaves” – Poe
“House of Love” – Page & Plant
House of Pain” – Van Halen

Underscoring that there my music library is… eclectic, I’ve got Manowar, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, and Tori Amos on this list.  Not the type of lineup you’d expect to see at any music festival.

And if you haven’t yet, get yourself a tape measure and read House of Leaves while listening to Haunted… then loan them to someone, because no one should brave the underworld alone.