Mid-Month Music: Songs to Loudly 'Fill a Room'

04/15/2007
I hear you singing.
What's not to like about Incubus?
A human being that was given to fly.
Sometimes there are songs you just need to turn up. Not because they're loud, or because they'll pump you up, but because they're just better that way.

They are the kind of songs that are multilayered and that just fill the room with sound. Usually that build up to a big crescendo or sweeping key change. They are the kinds of songs you want to sit in the middle of, close your eyes, and absorb, rather than just listen to.

Here's a list I've compiled, in no particular order. I make no claims as to these being the best songs in the world, or even the best examples of what I'm talking about here. I'm sure I'll come up with many more. Click the song titles for a short example clip. In Soviet Russia 15 cents is the amount songs charge you.

Fix You - Coldplay


You know how I know I'm gay? Organs, Acoustic Guitars, Pianos, layered vocals. This song builds to a massive crescendo that just sounds fantastic blaring loud. It then abruptly decrescendos at the end, going out on a soft, simple, note. Want it?

Sometimes you cant make it - U2


Can - you - hear - me - when - I - siiiiiiiiiiiiing? No you can't, 'cause I have this song on too f'ing loud. You can feel this song building to a big crescendo. However, just when you're thinking you get there a second crescendo, along with its good friend the key change, swing down from the rafters and blindside you. Oh, Bono, you're the reason I sing. Want it?

Bedshaped - Keane


This song is the finale of an all around fairly "room filling" album. This song crescendos and decrescendos like a manic depressive teen. In the end there's one gran' daddy, effects laced, swell that sounds awesome. Apply subwoofer liberally. Want it?

Use of time - 311


But everytime I turn the volume down all the I hear is the deafening sound of one of these songs not realizing their potential. This song has some great contrasting moments. Remember that quiet sounds just as good loud as loud. Want it?

Shimmer - Fuel


This song just has one dramatic change in it. That doesn't make it any less of a man....err....song. This song always makes me think of high school. I mean literally, this song makes me think of my high school, i.e., the physical structure. This song was the end cap of our high school video yearbook. We timed it so that the song changed right when the drive by of the school ended and the credits began. Good times. Want it?

Here In My Room - Incubus


So thank you for being "that" kind of song. Layered vocals, violins, pianos, and awesomeness will really fill a room up with sweet sweet audio goodness. Want it?

Kitchenware and Candy Bars - Stone Temple Pilots


Heroin addicts have souls too! Build ups, drop offs and key changes are the name of the game in this simple ditty. Want it?

Given to Fly - Pearl Jam


Oh! You were so close to getting out of here without any Pearl Jam. What a lucky setback this is for you then. Some people think this is a song about Jesus. Eddie Vedder says it "Is all about rising above anybody's comments about what you do and still giving your love away. ... Not becoming bitter and reclusive, not condemning the whole world because of the actions of a few." Whatever you do listen to it loudly while you ponder it. Want it?

Honorable Mention:

Arc - Pearl Jam


This one goes on the honorable mention list because it's not really a song, per se. It still sounds cool though.

It's just 9 layered Eddie "Chants", one for each person who died in the tragedy in Denmark

This song has been preformed live by Eddie who preforms, records, and mixes the track on stage. Want it?



reign_of_fire_150.jpgMicah - 584 Posts
04/15/2007 @ 06:22:09 PM
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I would check out the band Mogwai, a semi-instrumental band from Scotland. You can pretty much check out anything but I would get the songs Helicon 1, Christmas Steps, Like Herod and Mogwai Fear Satan. I think they fit in nicely, although a couple of them are kind of long and might cost you 24 cents or so.
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face.bmpCarlos44ec - 2078 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 08:18:48 AM
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You had me download Helicon 1 years ago- I do have to say that I like it.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 12:30:41 PM
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I had 12 days on the top of the page this time. emoticon
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 12:34:06 PM
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Um, what?
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 12:38:34 PM
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I was refering to last article being on the front page for like 2 days before you posted yours. So my Wisconsin Sports article got a good 12 days on top before you posted this article.

Speaking of articles, Matt, Jon, (Sarah?). Let's see something insightful. You've collectively had about 12 years to think about it.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - I believe virtually everything I read.
04/16/2007 @ 12:45:54 PM
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Sarah's last article was the one that almost got us sued....in February of 2004. Matt isn't fairing much better.

Edit: Also Alex has never really written one. He just added some stuff to articles I was doing that I "broke out" into his own articles when he was "allowed" to write them.

Edit2: Strap it down people!
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Jeremy messed with this 2 times, last at 04/16/2007 12:50:01 pm
scott.jpgScott - Resident Tech Support
04/16/2007 @ 02:44:50 PM
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I want another article with that poses the threat of prison time or some sort of punitive discourse. We could use the publicity, right?
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 02:47:25 PM
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I could get sued by the RIAA for this one. Does that count?
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scott.jpgScott - If you aren't enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.
04/16/2007 @ 02:50:43 PM
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Perfect, just like this girl. Good thing you are already out of school though, because she had to drop out to pay the fine.
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Scott messed with this at 04/16/2007 2:51:28 pm
jeremy.jpgJeremy - As Seen On The Internet
04/16/2007 @ 02:55:56 PM
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Wow, that's from today? What are the odds of that?
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matt.jpgMatt - 3354 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 03:52:42 PM
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Scott Wrote - 04/16/2007 @ 12:38:34 PM
I was refering to last article being on the front page for like 2 days before you posted yours. So my Wisconsin Sports article got a good 12 days on top before you posted this article.

Speaking of articles, Matt, Jon, (Sarah?). Let's see something insightful. You've collectively had about 12 years to think about it.


We stopped writing articles because, as you noted, Jeremy has some sort of obsession with having the newest article and will just post one of his own a few days after we post ours.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 04:44:59 PM
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Yeah, that's why, it has nothing to do with being lazy. emoticon

Your last pudding pop article was up half a month before being supplanted by a joint article, which was then up 3/4 of a month before my next article.

The only reason it even happened to Scott recently is because I had a Valentine's Day article planned and he put up 2 within 3 days of each other, a few days before Valentine's day.

Maybe I always had top billing because I was the only one writing anything. emoticon
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face.bmpCarlos44ec - "If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style."
04/16/2007 @ 04:57:13 PM
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I think she had to drop out because she violated the schools internet use policy, not because she was broke.
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2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 06:04:31 PM
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Did anyone read the Police Blotter titled False Alarm? I bet the caller was either upset about getting a ticket or was trying to stall the guy so he didn't get one.

Shucks, I was going to say that I was making up for a lack of articles with blogs this year, but Scott is actually well ahead in that category with 15 to my 9. Although that does tie me with Jeremy, and puts to shame the combined 5 from Sarah, Jon, and Matt.
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scott.jpgScott - If you aren't enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.
04/16/2007 @ 06:28:06 PM
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Wow, I have 15 blogs this year. It really doesn't feel like I've done that much.

I also like how we completely hi-jacked Jeremy's article to talk about the website activity. emoticon
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sarah.jpgSarah - How do you use these things?
04/16/2007 @ 07:38:16 PM
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To be fair, 2007 doesn't start until Wednesday for me.emoticon
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jeremy.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 08:56:17 PM
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Clearly it's time to start handing out some Nutcan promotions and demotions.
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matt.jpgMatt - 3354 Posts
04/16/2007 @ 09:43:05 PM
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Since being MBL is a lifetime position, I can't be demoted.
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jon.jpgJon - 2847 Posts
04/17/2007 @ 08:28:04 PM
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My policy has been, still is, and probably will always be that I add content when I have something of significance to add. And once I choose to add it, I do it when I feel like it. Other people have a different rate of adding. That's fine too. I feel that churning out content just for the sake of adding something doesn't do anyone any favors. I had a good piece of pie today, I'm not writing an article about it.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
04/17/2007 @ 10:37:14 PM
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Well seeing as you add content annually you must not think you have many interesting thoughts.
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question_mark.gifJ Diggity (Guest)
09/13/2007 @ 07:33:59 AM
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Here's one to add to the Pearl Jam list- Red Mosquito. It's thick and the end of the song is the best part.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 1.21 Gigawatts!?!?
09/13/2007 @ 10:05:17 AM
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True, you can never go wrong with 3 or more Eddies singing at the same time.
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