As if to prove my previous post for me, the tunequest-pod offered me these selections today (in order):
- pearl jam-live at the fox theatre in atlanta (which i skipped because i had just heard a live show yesterday)
- vince guaraldi’s oh good grief (a decent jazz album)
- sonic youth experimental jet set trash and no star (my first sonic youth record and, for lack of a better word the group’s most "quirky." to this day, ‘self-obsessed and sexxee’ remains one of my favorite songs.)
- tchaikovsky’s symphony 4 (ooo, the lush strings of its marvelous second movement)
- spiritual vibes’ newly (more work from the ever-fascinating nobukazu takemura. before tunequest began, i would have named his songs as top candidates for removal from the library, but now i’ve a much renewed and invigorated appreciation for his musical talents.)
- john williams’ score for the 70s disaster film earthquake (skipped because i wanted to pay extra attention to it and couldn’t at the time)
- a pearl jam single (hail hail, b/w black red and yellow. that one’s a good b-side)
- two beck singles, then a beck album (mutations. all of which were skipped because i wasn’t in a beck mood)
- two more symphonies i didn’t feeling hearing at the time
- finally, the 1992 re-recording of maurice jarre’s lawrence of arabia. (fine stuff there)
So despite the fact that albums by Beck, Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth have only a roughly 10% chance, combined, of being the next one played, we see here that, in fact, said artists account for 6 of 11 “randomly selected” albums for the day, or 55%. My iPod choose them at 5 times the rate I would have expected.
I’m not railing against it, since it doesn’t really bother mean though; just pointing it out.