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December 2nd, 2005


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12:26 pm
So, a topic for a Friday.

I need playlist suggestions. I've got roughly 6400 songs on my iPod, and that's just too damn many to go completely at random.

So far, I've put together
  • One for each year, 1991-2005 (plus one entitled "The Dark Ages" that covers the beginning of time to 1990)
  • Some locationally specific ones ("Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!"1, "Swedes on Parade", and "My Kind of Town")
  • And, just added this morning, one of Christmas music.
But where else do I go? I suppose "City That Never Sleeps" is an obvious option (though there have been fewer really good NYC bands than you might think). Something UK-only would cut almost as large a swath as a US-only list, so that's out, and most other countries aren't represented well enough to merit inclusion. So, where do I go from here? (And before you ask, loosestrudel, I've rated a total of four songs, so doing something rating-specifc would be moot.) Suggestions gratefully accepted.

1This list consists of one song by The Triangles, two by AC/DC, five by Midnight Oil, and 102 by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Some names for other good Australian bands would also be appreciated.

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From:loosestrudel
Date:December 2nd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Jen's right. The mood lists are hot. I've got mood playlists for slow and sad tunes, strange or weird tunes, tunes that make me want to dance, tunes that would make my parents want to dance, tunes that make me smile, tunes that are radio friendly (for parties where people don't want to listen over and over to Thunderbirds Are Now or Eagles of Death Metal even though they really should), etc. I won't share the names of these playlists because they're kind of goofy to anyone but me. I've also got an instrumental list, a list for songs about trains, and a list of songs that remind me of Summer.

You could also do smart playlists that include, say, the 200 or so songs that you've most recently added. Or the songs that haven't been played in the last month. Or the songs that have never or rarely been played.

None of the options above require rating your songs, but Jen's also right that rating is hot. If you're going to go through your songs, for example, and create playlists based on geography or mood, you can easily rate them while you're at it...and then the world of possibilities opens before you!

Imagine a playist that contains only 5-star punk songs recorded after 2003 that haven't been played more than five times? Now that's music.
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From:jrstraus
Date:December 2nd, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Great ideas! But I'm not sure I have that many songs about trains. BUT, you can also rate your songs on the newer iPods while you're listening to the iPod. That works pretty well for me. Especially when I find that the live version of Van Halen's 316 is nowhere near as good as i expected.
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From:loosestrudel
Date:December 3rd, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I think you can rate tunes while you play them on all the iPods. Could be wrong, though.
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From:hannibalv
Date:December 3rd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
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I also, for whatever reason, have a weird-but-strong aversion to the five-star rating system. Maybe it's because so much of my expereince with star ratings is in film, where four is tops and that's just that. But that's one (of many) reasons I haven't rated many.

Hell, ultimately it becomes a binary function, 1 or 0, thumbs up or thumbs down, good or not good. And I try not to have too many 0 songs.
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From:arettber
Date:December 2nd, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
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This is hot, that is hot. Did you get replaced with Paris Hilton when we weren't looking?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 3rd, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
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You're hot.
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From:hannibalv
Date:December 3rd, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
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Jen's right. The mood lists are hot.

I can see them now: "Rage", "Homicidal Rage", "Despair", "Ennui", "You Fucked Up", "Emptiness", and "Music To Put A Gun In Your Mouth To". Oh, and "Pep".

I suppose I don't look for stuff to change my mood, I look for stuff to reflect and reinforce it.

The lists I do have are smart--"Swedes on Parade", for example, is "Artist is Salt or Artist is The Hives, etc."--that's way easier than adding them individually.

I just created a smart list of songs that have the word "fuck" in the title. I have 23 of them.

I think that's a lot.

Imagine a playist that contains only 5-star punk songs recorded after 2003 that haven't been played more than five times? Now that's music.

That doesn't sound like music. That sounds suspiciously like math.
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From:loosestrudel
Date:December 3rd, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
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I suppose I don't look for stuff to change my mood, I look for stuff to reflect and reinforce it.

Yeah, me too. That's why I need all my wacky playlists. I'm a moody cat.

That doesn't sound like music. That sounds suspiciously like math.

That's funny. And true, I suppose. But yet another reflection of my many, manic moods. Sometimes I need that granular detail because one day I'll be in road rage and nothing else will do.
From:fractalbase
Date:December 3rd, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
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Silverchair is Australian, although are they good?

I just created a smart list of songs that have the word "f$#@" in the title. I have 23 of them.

I had made some songlists of songs that have a common word or words that seemed prevalent at the moment. Such as numbers. How about a songlist with Metallica's "One" and U2's "One"?

That doesn't sound like music. That sounds suspiciously like math.

I also have a list of one-word-title albums which turned out to be quite neat.

Then there's the songlists according the band's instrumentation (guitar bass drums, 2x guitars bass drums, keyboards bass drums, guitar bass keyboards drums, guitar keyboards drums, etc.)

Some regularly played songlists include all covers, all live, or all multi-cd albums.

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