Music Diary Project, Day 2

Yesterday was pretty straightforward, on the surface. You can’t really see some of my weird listening habits here, aside from a bit of alphabetical trickery going on. In the morning I listened to artists in my top 15 for the week according to and then you can start to see the crazy happen. A lot of people over on Twitter are admitting that this project is totally bringing out their OCD. Well, here’s my insane confession: I make smart playlists for songs that have been played never, once, twice, three times, four times, and more than four times. On Rhythmbox (which is how I listen on Linux) these playlists exclude songs that have been played in the last eight weeks. This is because I listen to music more often on Rhythmbox and I don’t want to get redundant. On iTunes (which in run on Windows), it’s a bit different. Songs that have only been played once exclude those played in the last week, songs played twice exclude those in the last two weeks, and so on. I listen to each of these playlists when the total number of songs in them is any number other than a multiple of 10, and I listen until the number reaches a multiple of 10.

Where did I come up with this system? I have no idea. Though I seem to remember making these complicated constraints not long after installing iTunes for the first time about 6 years ago and not being super happy with their shuffle system. I’m trying to keep things fresh and listen to everything, which is tough when you have something like 1073 days worth of music on your hard drive.

Oh, I should also mention I have another smart playlist of songs that were downloaded a year ago but never listened to. I’m quick to delete stuff on that list from the hard drive if need be.


The Jesus and Mary Chain – Sometimes Always 10:59:00
D Generation – Sunday Secret Saints 11:02:00
D Generation – Hatred 11:05:00
D Generation – Major 11:09:00
D Generation – Waiting For The Next Big Parade 11:12:00
D Generation – Capital Offender 11:16:00
D Generation – Every Mother’s Son 11:18:00
D Generation – Sick on the Radio 11:21:00
Annie Clark (early St. Vincent) – Bliss 11:39:00
Alejandro Escovedo – Anchor 11:44:00
Belle and Sebastian – The Blues Are Still Blue 11:48:00
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Rollercoaster 11:53:00
Neko Case – Hold On, Hold On 12:01:00
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Magick 12:04:00
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper 12:07:00
Frightened Rabbit – Poke 12:10:00
Lotion – Feedback Queen 13:25:00
Best Coast – When I’m With You 13:39:00
Big Star – O, Dana 13:43:00
Big Star – Thirteen 13:45:00
Blair – Hello Halo 13:49:00
Bishop Allen – Click, Click, Click, Click 13:58:00
Bon Iver – Wisconsin 14:01:00
Bon Iver – Come Talk To Me 14:07:00
Alex Chilton – Waltz Across Texas 14:14:00
Alex Chilton – Baron of Love, Part II 14:19:00
Adam Duritz – O My Sweet Carolina 14:23:00
Almost Free – REALLY DON’T KNOW (About You) 14:29:00
American Music Club – Only Love Can Set You Free 14:32:00
Angus & Julia Stone – You’re The One That I Want 14:38:00
Anthony D’Amato – My Fathers Son 14:42:00
Art Garfunkel – 99 Miles From L.A. 14:47:00
Lightning Dust – Antonia Jane 15:29:00
Neko Case – Polar Nettles 15:35:00
Frightened Rabbit – The Go-Go Girls 15:37:00
Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love 15:42:00
Emm Gryner – Crazy Train (Ozzy Osborne Cover) 15:47:00
Franz Nicolay – Quiet Where I Lie 13:52:00
Girls – Lust For Life 15:54:00
Heartless Bastards – Sway 15:57:00
Indigo Girls – Romeo and Juliet (dire straits cover) 16:03:00
Jens Lekman – A Postcard to Nina 16:07:00
Beach House – Walk in the Park 16:13:00
Beach House – Silver Soul 16:24:00
Beach Fossils – Lazy Day 16:29:00
Abe Vigoda – Sequins 16:32:00
Babes in Toyland – He’s My Thing 16:36:00
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Fields of Coal 16:39:00
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper 16:47:00
Jesse Malin – Brooklyn 17:23:00
Ani DiFranco – Independence Day 17:28:00
Beat Radio – Sleepwalking 17:32:00
Bon Iver – Skinny Love 17:36:00
The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness 17:55:00
random 80s mix at a friend’s house 18:30:00

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