I was messing around with Apple’s new Genius feature and to try it out, I asked it to come up with a playlist for Nicole Atkin’s song Maybe Tonight.
I just realized this playlist changes as it goes so instead of listing it, I’m going to list the high lights and low lights so far …
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists in Rock – Hipster
The Pretenders in 80s/New Wave
Paul Westerberg in Rock – Indie/Alternative
Pixies in Rock – Indie/Alternative – I’m not a big huge Pixies fan but I think it’s nifty that it came up here
Old 97’s and Rhett Miller in Country – Alt Country – Since I was introduced to Nicole Atkins when she opened for Rhett Miller recently, this is extra fitting.
Sucked Out by Superdrag off Regretfully Yours in Rock – Indie/Alternative – I’d forgotten how awesome this song is! Yay 1996!
The Clash in Punk – See! My love of country AND punk totally makes sense!
Into Action by Tim Armstrong off A Poet’s Life in Ska – Excellent Song. Well played Genius.
Neko Case – Obvious but enjoyable.
Motion City Soundtrack – Hells Yeah! Teeny Boppin’ Pop-Punk meets self-proclaimed ‘pop noir’! It’s like cheese and wine … perfect.
Dashboard Confessional – See above.
The Muffs – Yes yes yes.
San Francisco by Vanessa Carlton off Harmonium in Pop – It’s true. I like Vanessa Carlton. Go ahead and judge.
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths off Louder Than Bombs in Rock – Indie/Alternative – Those closest to me know my most hidden, shameful musical flaw – I don’t really like the Smiths. However, in this context, they were quite nice.
Nellie McKay – A friend gave me this album years ago and, truth be told, I haven’t listened to it much. I enjoyed her though and will probably take a few more listens.
Tegan and Sara – Tegan and Sara was a popular association for Genius. I got all my Tegan and Sara songs from a friend and really only ever listen to them on shuffle or now on this. It’s not that I don’t enjoy; it’s just … I don’t know, perhaps on their own, it’s too much hipster/indieness for me.
Not so much:
Fountains Of Wayne off Traffic and Weather in Rock – Indie/Alternative – A couple songs off this album came up and I felt the need to skip them everytime. I guess I don’t like Fountains of Wayne so much – except “Leave the Biker,” that song is freakin’ awesome.