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many shades of black

October 13, 2009

There are few frustrations in modern life that compare to not being able to find a song you want on iTunes.  Look, I gave up on illegal downloading in college, after they sent me an email a week about how students caught using Kazaa would be arrested and fined and expelled and THEN the RIAA was going to systematically disembowel you with a blunt shovel.  The scare tactics worked.  I stick to iTunes these days.  But I am a child of the age of instant gratification, and if you want me to continue sticking to iTunes then you had better have what I’m looking for, thankyouverymuch.

The problem, you see, was that I watched Adele perform at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this summer (I can’t believe I never wrote about that.  Look for a post later this week.) and she sang this wrenching cover of Many Shades of Black, originally by The Raconteurs.  I flipped over it.  I came home and tore the internet apart trying to find a copy that I could have to play over and over again.  But it’s not on iTunes, it’s not on her CD, it’s not on some shady recording on eBay, it’s not anywhere unless you buy it on vinyl from the UK and pay a million dollars in shipping and I don’t have a record player anyway.  I gave up, finally, but not before subjecting quite a few hapless friends to the iTunes rant above.

S0metimes, though, if you bitch loud and long enough, the universe listens.  Tonight I was in my room, going about my business and enjoying the sound of the season’s first rain in the back yard, when I heard some familiar chords floating down the hall.  My roommates, watching 90210 in the living room, were baffled to hear me shriek “THAT’S THE SONG!!!  THAT’S IT!!!!” and shoot to the television as though rocket-propelled.  According to the end credits, it was available on the new 90210 soundtrack CD, and when I fired up iTunes, it told me that the album was only just released today.  Track 1, Many Shades of Black, by Adele & The Raconteurs:  all mine, for $0.99.


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  1. October 16, 2009 5:13 am

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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