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The latest in blog time-wasting from Will, Will, and Amber. Open up your entire music library, hit shuffle, and see what the first ten songs to come up are:

  1. "The Sound of Settling," Death Cab for Cutie.
  2. "Those To Come," The Shins.
  3. "On The Verge," Le Tigre.
  4. "Knock Down Drag Out," Weezer.
  5. "I Don't Wanna Be A Player," Big Pun.
  6. "Break Out," Foo Fighters.
  7. "Shanty for Arethusa,"The Decemberists.
  8. "New York City," They Might Be Giants.
  9. "Lost, Dropped, And Canceled," Rainer Maria.
  10. "Milk It," Nirvana.
That's about what I would expect. I tend to rip/download whole albums, so when you randomly select things you come up with a lot of what I would consider the lesser works of bands I like. Don't know what that Big Pun song is or what it's doing on my computer. "The Sound of Settling" is probably my favorite Death Cab song. The list has somehow managed to totally exclude my sideline taste for punk rock and embarrassing 90s "modern rock" radio hits....

UPDATE: Speaking of lists of ten songs, how come the hypothetical always involves a desert island? Do things somehow change if you're stuck on a cold island or a rainy one?

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Foo Fighters? eh.

Posted by: praktike | Jan 14, 2005 2:12:07 AM

Mine came out fairly representative I guess, although I only have two Badly Drawn Boy songs in my whole library. At least the really embarassing songs in my collection didn't pop up (Spin Doctors and Jesus Jones, anyone?)

1) Rebels of the Sacred Heart - Flogging Molly
2) A Time To Be So Small - Interpol
3) You Were Right - Badly Drawn Boy
4) Lovely Day - Bill Withers
5) Get Off My Cloud - Rolling Stones
6) Lithium - Nirvana
7) Universal Traveler - Air
8) The New Romance - Pretty Girls Make Graves
9) Depending On You - Tom Petty
10) Make Up - Lou Reed

Posted by: Ricky Barnhart | Jan 14, 2005 2:12:16 AM

1. La Vie En Rose-Michel Legrand
2. You Win Again- Ray Charles
3. Tired of Being Alone- Al Green
4. Little Bluebird- Johnny Taylor
5. Fish and Whistle- John Prine
6. Got to Find My Baby- Little Walter
7. Heart of Saturday Night- Tom Waits
8. Harpsichord Concerto#1- Bach
9. Symphony #103- Haydn
10. A Wedding Cherokee County- Randy Newman

Jazz is oddly underrepresented; boomer singer/songwriters and obscure songs by well known 50s and 60s R&B singers are both overprominent enough to make me seem 20 years older than I am.

Posted by: rd | Jan 14, 2005 2:14:29 AM

Cold Islands require peppier music.

Posted by: Sebastian Holsclaw | Jan 14, 2005 2:38:02 AM

I think it's "desert" as in odd form of "deserted," not as in hot and sandy. In most books and movies desert islands turn out to be pretty lush, usually ...

Posted by: Peter Williams | Jan 14, 2005 2:43:34 AM

Don't know what that Big Pun song is or what it's doing on my computer.

Um, well, judging by the title, maybe it's your theme song?

Or not. Whatever.

Also, what Pete Williams said.

Posted by: P. B. Almeda | Jan 14, 2005 2:58:33 AM

That Little Sports Car - Shaggs
Let's Play House - Parliament
Casanova 70 - Air
Fluffy - Ween
We Got Panache - Princess Superstar
Deer Stop - Goldfrapp
Time To Go - Supergrass
Monkey Time - Major Lance
Track 7 - Dead Man Soundtrack
Hjartad hamast - Sigur Ros

Like Matt, my music is all albums and no singles. So I'm actually unfamiliar with a couple of these by title. But I am happy that the Shaggs came up #1 on the random hit parade.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 14, 2005 3:12:38 AM

There's a gap between my music collection on CD and my music collection on MP3 - I tend to download whole albums (illegally), listen to them, and buy them if I like them. So my CD collection is more representative of what I like, and this list will be representative of what's been recommended to me. Still, here's my 10 :

1) Weight, Isis
2) Wolf Party, Blood Brothers
3) Green Typewriters (One), Olivia Tremor Control
4) Twenty-Three Full-Time Cowboys, The Locust
5) Champion Sound, Jaylib
6) A Cautionary Song, The Decemberists
7) No Regrets, Aesop Rock
8) The Electric Version, The New Pornographers
9) Right Now Real, Medaphor
10) Seabeast, Mastodon

Posted by: K | Jan 14, 2005 3:32:23 AM

1. How's It Gonna Be - Third Eye Blind
2. Annie's Song - John Denver
3. Why Does It Always Rain On Me - Travis
4. I'm So Ronery - Team America World Police Soundtrack
5. My Favorite Mistake - Sheryl Crow
6. Today - Smashing Pumpkins
7. Big Me - Foo Fighters
8. Give Me One More Shot - Alabama
9. Where It's At - Beck
10. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Posted by: ddrem | Jan 14, 2005 3:35:34 AM

1 Thievery Corporation - Until the Morning

2 Beethoven - Opus 135 In F Major - 01 Allegretto

3 Thievery Corporation - Meu Destino

4 Beethoven - Opus 018 No 4 In C Minor - 02 Scherzo

5 Bach, Johann Sebastian - Aber Am Ersten Tage Der Sussen Brot

6 St. Germain - Rose Rouge

7 David Bowie - Station To Station

8 New Order - Crystal

9 Satie, Erik - Pieces Froides

10 Bach, Johann Sebastian - Var.13 A 2 Clav

Posted by: novakant | Jan 14, 2005 5:48:16 AM


You're either a pretty funny comedian, or else I really wouldn't want to sit next to you on a long airplane flight.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 14, 2005 6:36:37 AM

1. Little Hitler, Nick Lowe
2. My Cherie Amour, Stevie Wonder
3. I'll Follow the Sun, Beatles
4. I've Changed My Address, Diane Krall
5. Texas Playboy Rag, Bob Wills
6. Shut Up, Black Eyed Peas
7. Whistle Stop, Louie Prima
8. Redemption Song, Bob Marley
9. Baby's In Black, Beatles
10. Funny How Time Slips Away, Willie Nelson

Very odd.

Posted by: dmh | Jan 14, 2005 7:26:12 AM

hitting 'party shuffle' in iTunes gives:

Out Of Gas : Modest Mouse
Julia : The Beatles
Feel : Big Star
Midnight Marauders Tour Guide : Tribe Called Quest
Smells Like Teen Spirit : from my college band
Someone Is Waiting : Neutral Milk Hotel
In My Life : The Beatles
Clothes of Sand : Nick Drake
Why : Fleedwood Mac
Flux=Rad : Pavement

strange mix. almost managed to get a coherent sound going there with the Beatles, Big Star, Nick Drake and Fleetwood Mac.

Posted by: cleek | Jan 14, 2005 7:51:51 AM

Hey, Cleek, why'd you steal my iPod, punk?

Posted by: praktike | Jan 14, 2005 9:08:52 AM

Been waiting for a music thread, Matt, since my comrades tell me we have similar tastes.

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere - The Who
Slow Worm - Archers of Loaf
Girl O'Clock - The Dismemberment Plan
Autumn Sweater - Yo La Tengo
Do You Love Coffee - Braid
Stronger Lizards - Guided by Voices
If Credit's What Matters, I'll Take Credit - Hot Snakes
Mercy Snack: The Laundromat - Pavement
Put Up a Fight - The Sultans
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Skulls - The Misfits

Very interesting mix. Connection obviously between the Hot Snakes and The Sultans (John Reis - from Rocket from the Crypt and Drive Like Jehu). I do like that 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Anyhow...' make it onto there. Also, 'Autumn Sweater' is just a fantatic song by Yo La Tengo. The outlier if the Braid song which is fantastic if you're into that weird kind of Midwest emo before emo became diluted by other Midwestern emo'ers.

Posted by: peppers | Jan 14, 2005 9:12:59 AM

1. Grindstone by Uncle Tupelo

2. Dreams Come True by Willie Nelson

3. Human Touch by Elvis Costello

4. Star of Bethlehem by Neil Young

5. The Wild Wagoner by Jilson Setters

6. Shattered Image by Dolly Parton

7. Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud by Townes Van Zandt

8. IXO by Yo-Yo Ma

9. Handful of Keys by Fats Waller

10. Moving Nicely by The Modern Jazz Quartet

Posted by: catfish | Jan 14, 2005 9:35:07 AM

Ellen and Ben- The Dismemberment Plan
The World Has Turned- Weezer
Full Moon, Empty Heart- Belly
Pay It Back- Elvis Costello
Dogs of L.A.- Liz Phair
Rest My Head Against The Wall- Heatmiser
Love is Nothing- Liz Phair
By The Rivers of Babylon- Bob Marley
Sold Out- Sleater-Kinney
Ceremony- Joy Division

Posted by: TJ | Jan 14, 2005 9:59:49 AM

Ramblin Fever : Merle Haggard
Ainda Lembro : Marisa Monte
I Need You Now : Sinnamon
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) : George
Kick Along : Eric B. & Rakim
Boy Meets Girl : Junior Senior
Running Back To You : Eddie Hinton
Ole Man Trouble : Otis Redding
Where Will You Go When the Party's Over : Archie Bell & The Drells

Posted by: Billy Pilgrim | Jan 14, 2005 10:01:19 AM

Stagger Lee: Professor Longhair
Yèkatit (February): Mulatu Astatqé
Megamix: Reinhard Voigt
Dèwèl (Bell): Mulatu Astatqé
Traz d' Horizonte: Césaria Évora
Cheikh Ibra Fall: Youssou N'Dour
Venus as a Boy: Björk
Will O' the Wisp: Miles Davis
Casinha da baixada (favela funk)
Chocolate: Kylie Minogue (Tom Middleton mix)

Posted by: Paul | Jan 14, 2005 10:04:21 AM

1. Dawn Chorus - Boards Of Canada
2. Jazzed Carpenter - The High Llamas
3. King Of The Rumbling Spires - T. Rex
4. Day Is Done - Nick Drake
5. Drunk Trumpet - Kid Koala
6. Vienna Blood Op. 354 - J. Strauss
7. Introduccion - Savath & Savalas
8. Vous Et Moi - Django Reinhardt
9. Doctor's Orders - Sonic Youth
10.Spacer - Mercury Rev

A game I play by myself is "Name That Tune". My iTunes Library has over 6000 songs (all purchased and imported, dammit); I just hit shuffle and try to name the Artist and Song in 5 seconds. Impresses none at parties.

Posted by: bardp | Jan 14, 2005 10:04:50 AM

Too Wild to Tame--The Boys

Tumblin' Dice--The Rolling Stones

Danke Shoen--Wayne Newton

YMCA--Village People

Straight On--Heart

National Anthem--Francis Scott Key

Posted by: A Mr. Joseph Pissaro | Jan 14, 2005 10:05:42 AM

OT Death Cab and The Dismemberment Plan had the best tour name I've heard: Death and Dismemberment Tour. Ah, good times.

Posted by: TJ | Jan 14, 2005 10:08:18 AM

Hey, Cleek, why'd you steal my iPod, punk?

i'm not bad. i'm just drawn this way.

Posted by: cleek | Jan 14, 2005 10:08:49 AM

That Bug Pun song isn't bad, mainly because the line 'I ain't a playa, I just crush a lot' sounds pretty funny coming from a 400 pound man... although some alarming mental images can result.

1. String Quartet 1, 2nd movement - Bela Bartok
2. Displaced - Azure Ray
3. Holland - Sufjan Stevens
4. Sing - Slowdive
5. Praying - Deep Dish
6. In Church - M83
7. Electricity - The Avalanches
8. Svefn-G-Englar - Sigur Ros
9. The Employment Pages -Death Cab For Cutie
10. Gertrude's Bounce - Clifford Brown

Interesting. Like MY's list, all the punk was mysteriously excluded. Probably the hardest rocking thing on the list is Bartok...

Posted by: RC | Jan 14, 2005 10:15:28 AM

In Sadding Around--Jawbreaker
Private Sunshine (Big Lounge Album Mix By Carmen Rizzo)--Saint Germain
The New Year--Death Cab For Cutie
Bumblehaun--Fila Brazillia
Salina--Escape [Bedrock]
Today (Trance Ambient Mix)--Paul Van Dyk
Trilogy Medley--Sonic Youth
Certain People I Know--Morrissey
Dirty Larry (Crue-L Grand Orchestra Remix)--Dimitri From Paris
Heaven Scent [Lifeline Mix]--Edge

Fun exercise! Glad to see one of my favorite Jawbreaker songs pop-up number 1.

Posted by: bjurk | Jan 14, 2005 10:17:39 AM

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