Today’s Ipod Mix:

1. Bruce Springsteen, “Loose Ends” (Tracks)
2. Bettie Serveert, “Smack” (Log 22)
3. Jay Farrar, “Barstow” (Sebastopol)
4. Liz Phair, “Gunshy” (Exile in Guyville)
5. The Clash, “48 Hours” (Clash on Broadway)
6. Joe Jackson, “Is She Really Going Out With Him” (No Thanks!)
7. Ryan Adams, “In My Time of Need” (Heartbreaker)
8. Whiskeytown, “Inn Town” (Strangers Almanac)
9. Golden Smog, “She Don’t Have to See You” (Down By the Old Mainstream)
10. Echo & the Bunnymen, “My Kingdom” (Crystal Days)
11. The Cure, “Inbetween Days” (The Head on the Door)
12. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “The Ship Song” (The Best of Nick Cave)
13. The Arcade Fire, “Vampire Forest Fire” (Funeral)
14. Superchunk, “Not Tomorrow” (Superchunk)
15. Paul Westerberg, “Little Mascara” (Pantagas Theatre, 11/7/04)
16. The Fall, “The Chiselers” (50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong)
17. Uncle Tupelo, “Whiskey Bottle” (No Depression)
18. Young Fressh Fellow, “You’ve Got Your Head on Backwards” (The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific NW)
19. Grandpaboy, “Homelessexual” (Grandpaboy EP)
20. Uncle Tupelo, “Wipe the Clock” (March 16-20, 1992)
21. My Bloody Valentine, “You Never Should” (Isn’t Anything)
22. R.E.M., “Driver 8” (Fables of the Reconstruction)
23. The Who, “Slip Kid” (The Who By Numbers)
24. The Clash, “Midnight to Stevens” (Clash on Broadway)
25. Bob Dylan, “Seven Days” (The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3)
26. X, “The Once Over Twice” (The Best of X)
27. The Byrds, “This Wheel’s On Fire” (The Byrds Box Set)
28. Pixies, “Tromple Le Monde” (Trompe Le Monde)
29. The Clash, “Death Or Glory” (Clash on Broadway)
30. The Libertines, “Mocking Bird” (Up the Bracket)

A few thoughts:

1. I still don't understand the Ipod's love of all things Ryan Adams. Once again, Ryan gets an airing, this time serendipitiously(sp?) followed by Whiskeytown, his former band. Other acts mysteriously receiving more than their pro-rated share includes The Clash, Dylan, and the Pixies (not that I'm complaining).
2. At least today featured a few acts previously unheard. New additions such as recent releases by Bettie Serveert and The Arcade Fire, along with just added old faves such as Liz Phair, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen were welcomed with open arms.
3. Haivng all of these albums at my disposal has certainly reminded me of the greatness of the Cure, Joy Division, and Nick Cave.
4. Although the sound quality of the Westerberg bootleg is great enough to mix with studio releases, it's a bit disconcerting to hear the sudden cut-off when the track is over. This also happens with albums where the tracks blend together.
5. Having voiced the minor complaints, I still contend that the Ipod's shuffle is the greatest invention ever. It's like having the greatest radio station of all time, with a pleasant surprise arriving every couple of minutes. Those few times when a song comes up that I'm not in the mood to hear, one quick click and it's on to the next tune.


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