A lot of the time I listen to music in my car, I just shuffle my entire library and see what comes up. I like the idea of just having what is essentially a Ryan radio station, made up of just music I’ve added to my library. That said, I’ve always been a bit paranoid about Apple’s shuffle feature. It seems to have a recency bias, and doesn’t ever seem truly random. Stuff that’s getting promoted by iTunes tends to pop up on shuffle more frequently, and I am pretty sure it seems to prefer songs I’ve listened to a lot. I guess that’s better for the listener than something truly completely random–it seems random but is familiar enough that it feels like my phone just gets me.
Anyway, this is a playlist of songs that, with the exception of track 1, came up randomly in this exact order on my phone last night and this morning. I think it’s a pretty wide variety of artists, but it works remarkably well as a single musical object.
- Backroads by Tall Tall Trees
- Places by Georgie James
- Open by Com Truise
- Colluding Oligarchs by Shabazz Palaces
- Falling by Morella’s Forest
- Drifter In the Dark by Ween
- Surge by Above & Beyond
- Pictures of Matchstick Men (Mono Version) by Status Quo
- Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect by The Decemberists
- Strength by Fraunhofer Diffraction
- Bad Friend by Bon Voyage
- Red Hot Drops by Chad VanGaalen
- Working for Vacation by Cibo Matto
- Zeeman Effect by Melodium
- Bulletproof by La Roux
- clouds & Rain by Zac Love
I hope you like it! It’s good for driving and doesn’t have any bad words.