12 October 2006


Some of my favorite bloggers have recently listed their shuffle play-by-plays. I haven’t been able to do much more than listen to music the last couple of days, so I logged today’s selections. My MP3 player is cooking like gas on the front burner:

  • Sonic Youth: Superstar (yes, The Carpenter’s tune; Thurston nails it)
  • R.E.M.: Turn You Inside-out
  • Wilco: Thirteen (great Big Star cover)
  • The Decemberists: Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
  • Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love
  • Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man
  • Johnny Cash: It Ain’t Me Babe
  • Serge Gainsbourg feat. Jane Birkin: Je T'aime Moi Non Plus
  • Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddamn
  • The Replacements: I Will Dare
  • Elvis Costello: Tear off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)
  • Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians: Freeze
  • The Pipettes: Tell Me What You Want
  • Rilo Kiley: Portions for Foxes
  • Dave Mathews Band: Crash into Me
  • Prince: My Name Is Prince
  • The Minus 5: Coffee, Cigs, Booze
  • Elvis Presley: Kentucky Rain
  • Ramones: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  • Oh Ok: Such n Such
  • Beck: Black Tambourine
  • Moby Grape: Omaha

God, I love the shuffle option …

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At 10/12/2006 10:42:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I've got 8 solid days of listening on my iPod right now and the best thig to do is hit "shuffle all" and drive like I own the radio station. I dig it.

At 10/12/2006 10:51:00 PM, Blogger sKincarver said...

I was thinking of the Sonic Youth cover the other day!
It will ruin my image but I love that song...even the original.

At 10/12/2006 11:07:00 PM, Blogger DJ Andi said...

So can you shuffle all iPods? I know that sounds ignorant, but I have a 40GB iPod that is full and I don't know if it shuffle. I guess it does, I've just always made lots of playlists. However, I recently had my laptop to die (bought a new one since) and thank goodness I had my library on an external hard drive. I was able to recover all my songs but I lost all my playlists, and stupidly hooked up my iPod before I had gotten them off the iPod to re-create them again. If I get a chance to use it at work tomorrow, I'll check it out or ask a couple of the guys at work to see if they can help me. I think it's funny when the radio stations play people's play lists sometimes on the weekends. It's funny.

At 10/12/2006 11:24:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

JEREMY: I live on shuffle. There's that moment just before the next song begins ... that moment of anticipation ... wondering what will play next ... whether or not it will flow or suck ... ah, I love living on the edge.

SKINCARVER: It must be a glasses-and-big-collars thing; I love both versions, too. I'll check with PinkFluffySlippers, hot stuff.

DJ ANDI: At this moment, I have a Creative Zen, so I can't help you there. But I hope to own the 80GB iPod as soon as that freelance check slips into my mailbox.

At 10/13/2006 12:38:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

That Sonic Youth cover of Superstar is the BEST!! EVER!!

I can't wait to see what pops up for the Random Ten tomorrow.

BTW, Beth, in the words of Lux Interior: you got good taste.

At 10/13/2006 12:53:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

i love shuffling my music. i especially love putting songs that aren't in constant heavy rotation on my shuffle list - it's like rediscovering old favorites.

At 10/13/2006 01:47:00 AM, Blogger Ben Heller said...

I was in a hi-fi store last week purchasing a new set of speakers and speaking to the owner I said "You know, I've not got into the whole ipod revolution because I can't enjoy listening to music through headphones".

He was the first person I've ever spoken to that agreed with me. At last I know I'm not the only person in the world who won't buy an ipod.

I like the room to generate bass definition and I've only ever used headphones for queueing music when I DJ.

Good list Beth.

At 10/13/2006 04:51:00 AM, Blogger ziggystardust73 said...

Beth, how cool is your music taste?

How good is Sonic Youth's Superstar? I tend to listen to that track at least 5 times in a row.

You know the only thing missing from this playlist though?

I don't think I need to say his name...

At 10/13/2006 05:47:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: That Carpenters tribute album rocks; I love every damn cover on the CD, but the Sonic Youth track is the best. And thanks for the BTW.

BRAT: I shuffle every MP3 - about 13,000 on my player. I love the possibilities!

BEN: I love MP3s because I can carry thousands of songs in my pocket. I've considered picking up that Bose speaker set when I get my iPod so that I can crank the room. And thanks; a music compliment from you is the highest praise.

ZIGGY: I know, sir, and I'm ashamed. But it's the player's fault! I kept waiting for "Queen Bitch" or "Young Americans" or even "I'm Afraid of Americans," but the random didn't land there. *sigh*

At 10/13/2006 07:22:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

You may want to disown me after I say this...

I've only heard of one song on that list.

There. I've said it. What can I do about it?

At 10/13/2006 07:46:00 AM, Blogger DJ Andi said...

You will love it if you get the 80GB iPod. I must warn you though, I have over 7,000 songs on mine and without playlists it is mind boggling to figure out what you want to hear. I especially have trouble when I'm in a rush to workout and need something fast. I need to spend more time on the playlists.

The last couple of DJ gig I did I was able to use my iPod for some or all of it. That was awesome. It just takes pre-planning. However, the dinner music was easy to put together.

Loved the list. I have to check out the Sonic Youth song. I don't think I have heard it but I love, love, love the Carpenters. Big nostril music and all!

At 10/13/2006 09:47:00 AM, Blogger kfluff said...

Um, where's all the love for the super-cheesy Serge Gainsbourg? Let's hear it for freaky French guys!

At 10/13/2006 09:57:00 AM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

I'm with Ben on the lack of an ipod. Don't have one and don't think I ever will. I have this incredible fear that if I ever stick with something that I will be forever shut out of hearing new things.

I'll stay with my XM and that way I never know what's coming out.

But I do like your list.

At 10/13/2006 10:58:00 AM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

Superstar came up on my shuffle this morning and so did Close to You by the Cranberries. Doesn't seem too random. I've been logging my shuffle all morning, its addictive to see where you've been. No idea what I'm going to do with all of this information now....

DJ and I: all iPods shuffle.

At 10/13/2006 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Beth, it's good to shuffle. Because if you stand still, or sit still as it were, you'd be tagged...

like now. You should've ducked.

At 10/13/2006 01:07:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

DJ andi: If you want to shuffle the songs in the playlists, go to Settings/ Shuffle/Songs.

Or if you want to leavev the playlists as is and just shuffle the library in its entireity, click Shuffle on the main menu. Of course mine is a couple years old, so it may have changed a bit. But I'd imagine it's similar.

At 10/13/2006 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

Make that 4 for the no ipod mp3 peeps.
Haven't seen a use for it because I don't download.

At 10/13/2006 04:37:00 PM, Blogger Melinda June said...

Excellent list, Beth. Have you heard Beck's new one The Information yet? It is AWE-INSPIRING.

If you're willing to venture into iPod land, for an additional £6 (or whatever it is US) you can grab some monster cables and plug the thing into your stereo. Mine is currently thumping my neighbours with the aforementioned work of art.

At 10/13/2006 04:50:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

Wheeeeeew, that's quite the list Beth, I like it :)
Any list with Nina Simone, Elvis Costello and the Ramones gets my attention immediately!
There are a few on there I haven't heard that I will def check out.

At 10/14/2006 12:08:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

MARNI: Which song? I'll get you the MP3s.

DJ ANDI: I may have to post the Sonic Youth "Superstar" one day. It's that good. But I love Thurston Moore, so .........

KFLUFF: Don't fromage dear Gainsbourg! I love him so. I'll write a Tuesday post about him sometime this year.

KEITH: My commute's too short to justify XM. And I have to admit that I'm an MP3 addict; I love the fact that I can carry thousands and thousands of songs with me everywhere I go. And I find that I discover more new music via the (legit, of course) download sites.

DJ CAYENNE: I guess a shuffle list doesn't work on your (brilliant and beloved) blog, does it? Come back and list it here, so that I can squeal over your list.

At 10/14/2006 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITEPROCRASTINATOR: Ah, beloved WP; I did that meme last month. Gimme another one.

JEREMY: Ever the lovely fix-it man.

OLD LADY: I download, I rip, I share, I buy. Love them. And all that music in a tiny little player.

MELINDA JUNE: Bought the Beck the morning it came out (my Starbucks had it, believe it or not). I LOVE it. But it's Beck, so I knew I would. And thanks for the iPod tip.

MELLOWLEE: I saw your Bolt-ed Nina, so I thought you'd approve. Let me know what you want to hear, and I'll Bolt them.

At 10/14/2006 11:14:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"WRITEPROCRASTINATOR: Ah, beloved WP; I did that meme last month. Gimme another one."

D'oh! Talk about full circle.

At 10/14/2006 11:22:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Now I remember this meme from your mention of "Johnny Got His Gun." It stuck on me at the time, because I never thought of Trumbo as a novelist, but a screenwriter famous for being blacklisted.

Plus, I saw the movie version of this as a kid on TV and it disturbed the hell out of me. It was Timothy Bottoms best role this side of Dubya in "That's My Bush."

At 10/14/2006 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

My iPod now spends more time in it's Bose Soundock than with me tuning the world out and it sounds great.

Beth, your list is great although I'm ducking from everybody's swing by saying I've never heard Superstar by Sonic Youth. I'll go find it and see if it changes my life:-)

I'm curious about the new Beck album, I just read about it.

At 10/14/2006 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

In April I attended a special concert by Nina Simone's daughter, who performed an exact replica of her mother's 1959 concert at Town Hall in NYC. It was the coolest thing ever.

At 10/14/2006 03:25:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

I haven't heard that Elvis Costello, and I just love him. I'm going to download that one right now. I would love to check out: Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians: Freeze, Rilo Kiley: Portions for Foxes, The Minus 5: Coffee, Cigs, Booze, and Oh Ok: Such n Such all sound really intriguing! If you have time to bolt any of them, thanks in advance. :) xx

At 10/14/2006 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

Beth: I'll take you up on that. I'll post my list on Monday when I get back to my log.

All: You can check out some selections from the new Beck CD here:

At 10/14/2006 10:15:00 PM, Blogger Anomie-Atlanta said...

Loving Rilo Kiley and The Decemberists!

At 10/14/2006 10:37:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: My brilliantly written meme slipped your writerly mind? I must be losing it. Do you like my grammar?

DALE: Great album. Well worth a trip to Deja Vu.

COASTER PUNCHMAN: I heard about that! I am so jealous. Several years ago, I decided that Dan and I had to schedule a trip to NYC the next time Nina performed ... and then she died the next day. I've always worried that I killed her.

MELLOWLEE: Bolted. Let me know which ones you love and hate. Lots of stories behind every one of those tracks.

DJ CAYENNE: Can't wait to read your list; it will probably be cooler than mine. BTW, are you going to The Decemberists show at the end of the month? My Portland-based friend said their recent show was amazing.

ANOMIE-ATLANTA: Love them myself. Are you going to The Decemberists show at the end of the month?

At 10/14/2006 11:24:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: BTW, I loved "That's My Bush"; Timothy Bottoms nailed it.

At 10/15/2006 08:23:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Beth, don't tell me you're like Grant Miller who's killed many a musician in his time or like my friend who snaps photos of celebrities only to have them die shortly after?! You need at least 2 or 3 deaths to form a pattern though so unless there's something you're not saying, I think you're good.

I downloaded the Sonic Youth track and it's great! I'd heard a few of the songs from the cd and loved this one so now I can put on my Sonic Senior club jacket and pretend to be cool!

At 10/15/2006 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Well, I kissed Warren Zevon, and he died. I've always worried that his (lovely yet tiny) mortal body simply couldn't handle the pure, sweet, ethereal love that is the Cup kiss.

And glad to see you're finally sportin' the cool kids' jacket. That Carpenters tribute CD rocks. (Did you ever think you'd read "Carpenters" and "rocks" in the same sentence?)

At 10/15/2006 07:40:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental but a kiss from the Cup'll kill ya!

At 10/15/2006 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

If only they'd leave me diamonds before they die ...

At 10/15/2006 08:39:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

here is the list of the completely ecclectic selections my ipod picked out for me as i walked a completely boring treadmill at the completely horrible gym. please don't feel bad if you haven't heard these songs--though i bet many of you are more versed in the rock and roll genre than i. almost every song i was grabbing the ipod, asking, 'what the fuck?'...but it did make the time go by faster.

by the way, the people who filled this ipod have an encyclopedia knowledge of music--unlike me. i have a cliffnote knowledge...

"song slowly song" by tim buckley
"sunday sunny mill valley" by doug sahm
"cloud 149" by pere ubu
"ws salcott medicine show" by the band
"nibeluagen" by nico (did i spell that right?)
"trust us" by captain beefheart
"fresh feeling" by the eels
"noel, jonah and me" by the spinanes
"get yourself home" by the fairies
"you still believe in me" by the beach boys
"young and innocent days" by the kinks
"nobody's fool" by the biggers
"war in a babylon" by max romeo
"the romancing of a pathlogical liar comes to an inspirational end" (whew!) by harry partch
"down on penny's farm" by the bently boys
"jesus, etc" by wilco

At 10/15/2006 09:42:00 PM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

M: Pere Ubu! Sweet.

Beth: I can't make the Decemberists. My baby-sitter says that the last Atlanta show was amazing (we couldn't go, because she was there). Kicking myself for being over-booked once again.

I'll get my iPod shuffle up here tomorrow.

At 10/15/2006 10:26:00 PM, Blogger Anomie-Atlanta said...

You bet! If I recognize the top of your head in the crowd, I'll buy you a beer!

At 10/15/2006 11:56:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"My brilliantly written meme slipped your writerly mind? I must be losing it. Do you like my grammar?"

Whether a post is memorable or not, doesn't reflect on the post, but my job wearing me down. I was half-asleep when I read it and yes, I like your grammar.

"BTW, I loved "That's My Bush"; Timothy Bottoms nailed it."

Absolutely! I have a hard time believing that Comedy Central found the show too expensive to produce, unless there was a campaign where pressure was covertly applied to the advertisers. At least they can't get to John Stewart.

At 10/16/2006 09:48:00 AM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

I'll apologize in advance for thr length of this. I'm a compulsive "data collector". Here's my shuffle info from last Friday morning:

Girl - Beck
Let's go to Bed - Ivy (fantastic cover)
So Glad to See You - Hot Chip
Teenage Underground - Red Rockers
The Hitter - Bruce Springsteen
Amsterdam - Guster
The Owl & The Pussycat - Luna
Water to Drink - Victoria Williams
The Lost Time - Gnarls Barkley
Close to You - Cranberries (More Carpenters)
Little Johnny Jewel - Siouxsie & Banshees
From Blown Speakers - New Pornographers
Take off Your Clothes - Morningwood
A Guitar & A Heart - m83
Birds & Ships - Wilco, Billy Bragg, Natalie Merchant
Mellowship Slinky in B Major - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Madonna - Cocorosie
This Charming Man - Death Cab for Cutie
The Past & Pending - Shins
Superstar - Sonic Youth (Really)
Wonder Woman - Elvis Costello & Allen Touissant
Home - Cowboy Mouth
On My Own - Hank Williams III
It's On - Beastie Boys
Was it You - Spoon
Rusholme Ruffians - The Smiths
Biko - Peter Gabriel
South of the Border - Patsy Kline
Roy Walker - Belle & Sebastian
Willie - Cat Power
Born of Frustration - James
Redford - Sufjan Stevens

Whew. Then I broke for lunch and was able to quit neurotically writing everything down.

At 10/16/2006 10:55:00 AM, Blogger mellowlee said...

Thanks Beth!

At 10/16/2006 04:42:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

What are you doing with my Creative?

Bubs is wrong. Sonic Youth's cover of The Beatles "Within Without You" is the best ever. Or maybe their version of "Get Into The Groove."


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