Wednesday, August 10, 2011


It’s a true joy to shut off shuffle and plow through an entire record, just as the artist intended. It’s music’s version of reading a book. In fact, you can get so immersed you lose track of the last song. That’s when Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” comes out of nowhere and hits you like a ton of bricks. Here are the most jarring transitions in my iTunes library:
Beirut to Bel Biv Devoe
Ben Folds Five to Beyonce
Billie Holiday to Billy Idol
The Black Angels to The Black Eyed Peas
Bob Marley to Bobby Brown
Bon Iver to Bone Thugs & Harmony
Chuck Mangione to Chumbawamba
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi to Darryl Hall and John Oates
Dead Confederate to Dean Martin
Devotchka to Dexy's Midnight Runners
Elvis Presley to Eminem
Fang Island to Fat Joe
Frightened Rabbit to Fu-Schnickens
George Clinton to George Winston
The Hold Steady to House of Pain
Led Zeppelin to Leona Lewis
Mumford and Sons to Murray Head
The National to Naughty By Nature to Neil Diamond

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