Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Genius of Genius

Do you ever use the Genius feature on your iPod/iPhone/iPad?
If you give Genius just one song, it uses magic and mind reading to create a 25-song playlist custom-made just for you! It's generally pretty right on and it always come through in a pinch when I'm busy at work and don't want to hear an whole album or just listen to one artist but don't have the time to make my own playlist.

This mix was pretty good, though there are a hundred better Pixies songs than La La Love You. I wouldn't have chosen so many Wilco songs, and I definitely wouldn't have picked any songs by The National (I know people like them, but that guy's voice puts me to sleep). How did Genius know that Lost Coastlines is my favorite Okkervil River song?! I'm pretty sure some kind of sorcery is involved. Perhaps a spell with wormwood? Maybe Apple secretly implanted a chip in my brain? Who knows.

Something To Look Forward To - Spoon
I'm The Man Who Loves You (live) - Wilco
Come on Home - Franz Ferdinand
Say Yes - Elliott Smith
Summer Baby (Winter Version) - Pavement
Strange Apparition - Beck
One By One All Day - The Shins
Mistaken for Strangers - The National
Everything Hits At Once - Spoon
Kamera - Wilco
Cold Hands - Black Lips
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism - New Pornographers
Waltz #1 - Elliott Smith
Ecstasy - PJ Harvey
La La Love You - Pixies
Dancing Choose - TV on the Radio
Gimmie Some Salt - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Small Stakes - Spoon
Lost Coastlines - Okkervil River
Squalor Victoria - The National
Pot Kettle Black - Wilco
Girl On the Wing - The Shins
Twin Cinema - New Pornographers
It's a Hit - Rilo Kiley
Baby Britain - Elliott Smith

This one's better, though again, I never would have picked three Eagles of Death Metal songs, plus the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club song doesn't really fit in with the general mood. I'll forgive Genius for these small errors considering it picked my favorite Simian song and reminded me of how much I love Supergrass.

You're Speaking My Language - Juliette & The Licks
Love is a Deserter - The Kills
LA Breeze - Simian
Love In A Trashcan - The Raveonettes
I Only Want You - Eagles of Death Metal
New Radio - Bikini Kill
Born To Be A Dancer - Kaiser Chiefs
Picture Book - The Kinks
Shelter Your Needs - Juliette & The Licks
Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Saraha Hotnights
Decent Days and Nights - The Futureheads
Heart + Soul - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Jet Boy - New York Dolls
Chain Gang of Love - The Raveonettes
I Want You So Hard - Eagles of Death Metal
No Wow - The Kills
Got Love to Kill - Juliette & The Licks
Rid of Me - PJ Harvey
Blood On Our Hands - Death From Above 1979
No Regrets - The Von Bondies
Demirep - Bikini Kill
Bad Blood - Supergrass
In This Home On Ice - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Speaking In Tongues - Eagles of Death Metal
My Boyfriend's Back - The Raveonettes

I love you Genius! Thanks for the fun mixes!

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