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Jul. 8th, 2009

I don’t usually do memes but this one is quick and isn’t personal, so here’s what happens if I whisk my iTunes into a froth.

This is precisely the reason why I don’t tend to shuffle my main playlist. Variety’s important but I find this kind of stop-start switchbacking less than engaging. If I’m in the mood for Thomas Köner’s epic and desolate landscapes, I’m unlikely to respond well to being immediately confronted with a silly song by Goldie Lookin’ Chain. Equally, I’d find Jarvis’s reading of “The Lion and Albert” directly after “Impact” an unwelcome change of pace, though I’m happy with Orbital being preceded by bebop. The cover of “Sweet Home Alabama” is a bit specialist, since it too is incredibly silly and appears to have been done by a group who hate “Sweet Home Alabama”, while the BBC sound effect is literally four minutes of a gentle breeze, which I wouldn’t deliberately add to any playlist.
Kaiser Chiefs: I Predict A Riot
Ulrich Schnauss: A Strangely Isolated Place
Koen Holtkamp: Walker
The Orb: Once More (remix by Scourge of the Earth)
Minnie Riperton: Reasons
Björk: Sweet Intuition
Radioactive Man: Suitybloke
Popnoname: Nightliner
BBC FX: Steady Night Breeze
William Burroughs: The Lord’s Prayer
Papercutz: Ultravioleta (The Sight Below remix)
Underworld: Push Upstairs
Thomas Köner: Nival
Goldie Lookin’ Chain: Sister
Vivian Stanshall: Strange Tongues
Claude Thornhill: Donna Lee
Orbital: Impact (Live from Royal Albert Hall)
Jarvis Cocker: The Lion And Albert
Stereolab: French Disko
Dick Dale: The Wedge
Vladislav Delay: Pietola
Fort Lauderdale: Beauty
John Baker: Radiophonic FX C
Two Lone Swordsmen: In The Shadow Of A Dark Heart Sun
David Holmes: Rip Rip
BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa: Man From Deep River 02
Blue States: First Steps… Last Stand
Julie London: I Love You
Kaizers Orchestra: Bastard Sønn
Moog Cookbook: Sweet Home Alabama
Dorian Concept: Chocolate Milk
Eumir Deodato: Peter Gunn


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Jul. 8th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm trying to dance to that playlist
If you're using iTunes, have you tried the "genius" mode? I find it surprisingly good at generating a playlist with a consistent mood.
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Re: I'm trying to dance to that playlist
I turned Genius off and I'm now trying to remember why. I think it's because it kept trying to talk to the iTunes store, and that was rapidly becoming a chore. Anyway, I'm happy enough shuffling large but hand-picked playlists.
Jul. 8th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I didn't do this meme for exactly the same reason. It would be a sort of sensory offence. I spose it's great for all those people who only listen to one kind of music, though.

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