Genius

I have a special connection to my ipod.  This does not make me a unique person.  I don’t’ know anyone who has an ipod and doesn’t feel like they have this special bond.  But me and my pod we’re something great when we’re together (which is allll the time).  I’ve decorated ipod with a sticker that says “every day is an adventure” that I got from an outdoorsy store where I bought a water bottle.  (Like I would buy anything but a trendy water bottle at an outdoorsy store).

But ipod and me – it is a true and untainted love.  I mean it’s the keeper of many of my favorite things:  The new King’s of Leon song Sex on Fire, Outkast songs that instantly make me think of Frat parties freshman year at Sigma Chi, David Sedaris books to make me laugh, and Office and Greek tv episodes.  Really it’s like a time capsule of all things that make me happy.  If you can imagine, ipod’s and my love just grew deeper.

I got to work this morning and started with my morning rituals:  Got a Mountain Dew, opened my work email, open my personal email, and opened itunes.

When I opened my itunes it asked me if I wanted to upgrade to version 23098234.2

“Sure.”

This download takes a while, and I try to wait patiently even though I just want to listen to Tyrone by My Morning Jackets.  Let me tell you, the wait was so worth it.  Itunes now has something called Genius.  And it lives up to it’s name.

Genius knows how to anticipate my unspoken desires.  If you click on a song on your itunes and then Genius button, it will create a playlist of songs it thinks you will enjoy based on that song.  I must admit, I was a little weary.  Could technology really anticipate that I like an eclectic mix of music.  I have playlists with Tom Waits and Miley Cyrus.  Would it know that?

Well check this out.  I’ve been really into Bon Iver Skinny Love the past few days.  Let’s see what it creates for me.

1.Skinny Love – Bon Iver

2. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

3.  The National – Fake Empire

4. Good to Sea – Pinback

5. L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold

6.  Electric Feel – MGMT

7.  Metal Heart – Cat Power

8.  Strange Times – The Black Keys

9.  Normandie – Shout Out Louds

10.  Anthems for a 17 year old – Broken Social Scene

11.  Track 11 (From the Crane Wife) – The Decemberists

12.  All of My Days – Alexi Murdoch

13.  How it Ends – Devotchka

14.  Off the Record – My Morning Jacket

15.  Track 7 – Matt’s Mix

16.  A & E – Goldfrapp

17.  Start a War – The National

18.  Hold on, Hold on – Neko Case

19.  M79 – Vampire Weekend

20.  I Woke Up Today – Port O’Brien

21.  is there a ghost – Band of Horses

22.  Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

23.  New York – Cat Power

24.  2080 – Yeasayers

25. The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens

WHAT AN AMAZING PLAYLIST!!!!  The fact that it could pick up that Track 7 from Matt’s Mix fits with Sufjan Stevens blows my mind!

You’ve done it again Apple.  Well done.

I stand and applaud you.

It’s Friday – It’s Summer Songs

It’s Friday (Woot Woot!) It’s Summer (Holla!)

Friday afternoons are a special time at the office. Especially in Summer. The office is quiet and the work is slow. Those last 3 hours can drag on and on and on and on and on…

I have decided to go on the offensive today. I WILL NOT LET SUMMER FRIDAY AFTERNOON DEFEAT ME! Thus, I have created a wonderful playlist to get me through the day. These are songs that make you want to dance in your cubicle even though Dave across the aisle can probably see you (completely hypothetical of course).

Here are the top 30 songs for “It’s friday – It’s summer” from my work itunes (in no particular order):

1: Theme from Boondock Saints – mainly bc it makes me think of St. Patty’s day

2: Tears Dry on my Own – Amy Winehouse – I will never tire of her doo-wop ditties

3 Chain of Fools – Aretha Miss Franklin if you’re nasty – This song makes me want to have attitude. Just try not to pout your lips and shake your head as you sing along.

4: Tennessee – Arrested Development – I had a difficult time choosing between this song and Mr. Wendel. Tennessee ended up winning for the line, “A game of horseshoes!”

5: When the Night Feels My Song – Bedouin Soundclash – I don’t know where I got this song, but it’s really great

6: Itchypoo Park – Ben Lee – Ben Lee is great. I really wanted the song “What would Jay Z do.” But unfortunately I only have it at work. But this is a great backup

7: F-cking Boyfriend – The Bird and the Bee – You can’t not smile while listening to this song. Love this band

8: Banquet – Bloc Party – I just like this one and that’s all I really have to say about that

9: I feel the Earth Move – Carole King – Tapestry is one of the best albums of all time. Matt and I want to start at Carole King cover band. I think this song will be my specialty.

10: Aretha Sing One for Me – Cat Power – I’m obsessed with Cat Power’s newest album. Most of her songs are total downers though. This one gets me moven’ though.

11: Nighttiming – Coconut Records – I LOVE Jason Swartzman. Rushmore is easily one of my favorite movies. When I found out that he had a new album out I rushed to my itunes and was pleasantly surprised. It’s very west coast/oc style. Nighttiming is my fav from it, and I find I put it on almost all of my playlists.

12: All Along the Watchtower – Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers – this is from the “I’m Not There Soundtrack” which is AWESOME. I have yet to be tired of this album and it’s been on repeat for months. Can you really go wrong with Eddie on a Friday – or any day for that matter?

13: Ok, It’s Alright with Me – Eric Hutchinson – I must admit, I trust Perez Hilton with my music listening. He turned me on to Eric Hutchinson and I’m oh so glad he did. Great summer listening

14: When The Lights Go Out – 5ive – 5ive has always and forever will be my favorite boy band. This song is a classic

15: Hippopopotamous and Ryhmnosaurous – Flight of the Conchords – I think Bret and Jermain are the funniest guys and this song is case in point.

16: Booty Call – G Love and Special Sauce – This song is summer

17: Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead – Makes me think of college, and the Ruse playing this song at the Rockhouse on a hot Sat night, which makes me happy

18: Down to the Market – The Kooks – Great song, very catchy. Perfect for driving with the windows down on a lunch break

19: Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie – Need there be an explanation?

20: Paper Planes – MIA – Makes me want to be a bad ass

21: See you Again – Miley Cyrus – Judge all you want, but this is a really catchy song. Ask anyone who was at New Years 2k7 with me. By the 400th time it’s played, you love it.

22: This is How We Do It – Montell Jordan – I am embarrassed/proud to say I know every single word

23: Take Off My Clothes – Morningwood – Every woman who listens to this song, will have some guy come to mind when she hears it. And then she’ll smile

24: Handle Me – Robyn – I’m so grateful Matt introduced me to the wonder that is Robyn. Yes this is the “Show me Love” Robyn but now she’s laced with hip hop and attitude. Great pop song.

25: Where Did you Heart Go Missing – Rooney- My most played song on my work itunes. It is impossible not to feel happy when you hear it. It’s also impossible not to shimmy your shoulders.

26: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend – I had a difficult time picking just one song from their album. This is another cd that I will never tire of. It always makes me happy and it sounds like Summer or Friday – better yet a Summer Friday

27: Superstition – Stevie Wonder – I got to see the fabulous Stevie at the Obama Rally in Indy. All I wanted was to hear Superstition. He didn’t play it, but it was still AMAZING!

28: No Diggity – Blackstreet – This song is evident of how great the 90’s were. Every time I hear this song I have to call Jane because this song single handedly got us through the long bus ride from Prague to Berlin.

29: Tonight I have to Leave It – Shout Out Louds – they sounds like the cure and I like it. It’s my mellow summer jam

30: Eventually – Zox – Great for a summer bbq

and there you have it – go forth listen and survive your friday