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Mood totally governs what I listen to. I've favored heavily melancholy music over the last year or two (and this has always been my musical Achilles heel), so anything not exhibiting this probably won't do as much for me as it should. Even if the music is really well-written/played. I don't really enjoy music when I'm angry (I get angry at the music, its an irritant), but stress/anxiety is the worst (this often goes along with anger for me).

I retreat inwards, so I don't really need any ritual for music. I used to use alcohol as part of my music ritual, thank fuck I quit that. Conversely, most music I listen to when pissed out of my skull doesn't do as much for me as it should (probably due to conditioning).

Being a reviewer would be a worse position than being a serial downloader, I think. I guess you can rip apart shitty albums, but there's so much BS with labels and stuff, a lot of reviewers can't really bash things either.

With my backlog, I'm just going to take it slow. Divide and conquer and do my best not to make a chore out of it. Go through the list of bands and play the first one that leaps out at me. Favoring 2018 releases, of course. I'm forcing myself to not play multiple releases in a row to "get it over and done with". This stuff isn't going anywhere, so I shouldn't be in a rush. Having a week-long gap between playing albums actually isn't a bad idea. I've had stuff I come back to a lot later where I enjoyed it much more the 2nd time around. However, if it takes me over a year to play something 5 times, chances are, there's something wrong with it.
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I tend to also prefer heavily melancholic music, and I think a lot of Japanese bands exhibit that feeling. Even the most Western-sounding bands from there tend to really bleed in terms of melody count. That's why vibrato is such an important thing in music, and why people disregard the most powerful execution of such a simple thing is beyond me. They're missing out. I hate it when music turns out to be an algebra lecture. Technicality is fine, but half of the time, it's just musician smut. What about those who are strictly consumers of music? I can't place myself to HAVE to detect just about every note, subtle or not.

What I meant by ritual was in a way to complement the listening experience. I could not live with shitty rips being all I ever listen to, even if I do have a physical collection. I think one reason why vinyl is doing so well right now is because its technological limitations force people to listen to music all the way through, and a lot of people buy CDs just to cherry pick songs. When that happens, I feel like I'm dissecting a cheeseburger — right as it was presented to me, I'll remove the lettuce, increase the tomato amount, split the cheese in half and save that portion for my next cheeseburger, add a different sauce to the patty, and then remove the top bun. Silly scenario, but that's how I feel about picky music listeners. The desensitization really disgusts me. If I lose enjoyment of music enough to just "keep" portions of an album's songs for a random playlist, then I'd really be in big trouble.

Yeah, reviewers really do suffer to please labels, bands, and certainly fans. The average Metal Archives "reviewer" can fuck right off, though. They just have to worry about when their Hot Pockets are crispy enough.

Dividing and conquering could work. I do act like I'm in a rush with stacks of albums yet to play before they get shelved.
People who cherrypick certain songs annoy me. I never skip songs. Sometimes the ones that didn't do it for me initially will reveal itself to me later. Besides, suffering builds character. Tongue

I usually always listen to music when I'm doing something else. So, that's either background music for games, cooking, or housework. It was ritualized when I did schoolwork aeons ago.

I think limiting myself to like 10 albums I focus on is probably a good idea. When I see 50+, I tend to panic, say "fuck it", and not listen to anything at all. There's only so many hours in a day...

And just think, there's people with way worse backlogs than me. I'm like, how do they deal with it? I guess they don't. I don't understand CD-hoarders - why buy stuff that you won't listen to? I cannot fathom owning CDs that I don't like or will never play again. Once I reach that conclusion, its gone.
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Me neither. It feels cheap. I noticed this is a typical habit of ungrateful downloaders.

I can get behind background music. There's nothing wrong with treating your all-time favorites as background music for a spell. I have things to do around the house, and it can be a pretty nice feeling of hearing your favorite tunes blaring through the hallway. That's another reason why I don't personally like wearing headphones, besides risks of hearing loss. I would say that tinnitus is far worse than being in constant shit moods. There is no comparison.

Hoarding is too difficult for me. I'm not good at managing so many things in an untimely manner, so I'd rather it be simpler for me to digest. The average album is an hour long or close enough, so if you take away the seven hours that you'd need for a healthy night's rest, you usually get to listen to a whole album seventeen times in a day. If you're buying EPs and singles, though, that's much easier, and you really should stick with that. You can get so much more done that way. There's nothing wrong with the art of distributing releases with "only" two or three songs each. They have to have some sort of character to be worth the listen, anyway.
I find when listening to music while doing other things, I'm often more focused on the music than what I'm doing. Headphones become important if you live in an apartment or neighbors with shared walls.

I haven't had too much problems with hearing, but I moderate how much I listen to things on headphones. I find I pick up more nuances with headphones, and things rarely turn to background music that way.

EPs/singles give me a lot of flexibility. Sometimes I only have time for a 20 minute album. If I want an album's worth, I'll chain together 3 MCDs. I also tend to favor singles/EPs when going through new purchases - gives me the illusion of progress.
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I should get off my ass and rip my new CDs (got 9 of them) - doesn't mean I have to play them right away. I should at least check to see if the contents are damaged or not. One of them has the audacity to be a digipak. Weird, that one band almost always uses those cardboard sleeves.
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Up to date, finally. Still have a couple bonus DVDs to watch though. I'm guessing I'll receive my next order in two weeks, so that'll give me some time to catch up and digest as much of my recent purchases as I can. I have around 65 new CDs that need to be played a few more times before filing them.
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