February 06, 2009
Friday random ten: Flight of the Genius

As promised (threatened?) last week, it's time to pay another visit to Genius-land, in which we use the Genius feature of iTunes to create some playlists from which we draw the weekly Friday Random Ten lists. Needless to say, the next handful of these lists will be based on new music, since that seems like as good a way as any to see how the new stuff meshes with the old. First up is "Business Time" by Flight of the Conchords, who are both an HBO phenomenon and a free download from Stereogum. And as is fitting their eclectic nature, they generate an interesting Genius playlist. As given:

1. Business Time - Flight of the Conchords
2. The Underdog - Spoon
3. O Valencia! - The Decemberists
4. Time to Pretend - Mgmt
5. I Will Survive - CAKE
6. Rock Lobster - The B-52s
7. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants
8. Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
9. Tempted - Squeeze
10. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? - She and Him

And as played:

1. Business Time - Flight of the Conchords
2. Wild World - Cat Stevens
3. Kodachrome - Paul Simon
4. 1234 - Feist
5. Truckin' - Grateful Dead
6. Domino - Van Morrison
7. Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money
8. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
9. No Phone - CAKE
10. Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles

That may be the least stylistically coherent, most all-over-the-map playlist I've gotten from Genius yet. And that's a good thing! We're off to a good start for the year. What are you listening to this week?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 06, 2009 to Music
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