iPod Random Ten, holiday weekend edition

Since my iPod reset itself overnight and I had to find a new place to start my playlist, it seemed like the right time for a Random Ten. (For the record, nothing was skipped this time!) “R.O.C.K. in the USA,” John Cougar Mellencamp, Scarecrow “Nights on Broadway,” Bee Gees, Bee Gees: Greatest “Talk of the Town,” The Pretenders, Greatest Hits “This Love,” Maroon 5, Songs About Jane “Cool Jerk,” Go-Go’s, Greatest Hits “Big Me,” Foo […]

The iPod Random Ten, back again (again!)

The iPod Random Ten comes via Karen from Verbatim, and was recently discovered by another Karen, the one from Planet Books. I haven’t done it for awhile myself, but now I’m trying to keep up with the Karens, so I’m bringing it back. Original Karen makes it a Friday feature at her blog, but I think it’s going to be more random here in terms of the day it appears – I think that’s fitting, […]

A quirky Ten on Tuesday, plus ten more…

**Holy moly – this is post #500! Where does the time go?** I think this week’s Ten on Tuesday is a bit like the “7 Random Things About Me” meme (which I’ve never done, by the way) – it’s asking for “10 Superstitions, Traditions, and/or Personality Quirks.” That’s a topic with potential and a lot of wiggle room. I do not like to rush in the morning. I need time for my morning grooming/dressing routines, […]

It’s the same old song, and it’s getting older

One thing that can make a person particularly aware of the passage of time: songs from your own past – which you didn’t think was all that distant, maybe 20-some-odd years ago – are getting played on the “oldies” radio station. We’ve noticed tunes from our college years cropping up on K-Earth 101 (KRTH, LA’s “greatest hits on earth” station), and it looks like it’s official: 1980’s songs are the “new oldies.” “New oldies” sounds […]

iPod Random Ten 2-15-08

The soundtrack of my drive to work this morning, with commentary: “Mr. Blue Sky,” Electric Light Orchestra, Out of the Blue(An all-time favorite of mine, and a great alarm-clock wake-up song)“Gypsy,” Suzanne Vega, Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True(Another all-time favorite, and not just because it shares a name with my dog; I enjoy the story and love the melody)“Cool,” Gwen Stefani, Love, Angel, Music, Baby(I’m pretty sure this one has autobiographical elements for […]

iPod Random Ten 2-9-08

“Hotel Majestic,” Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather“Hazy Shade of Winter,” Bangles, Greatest Hits“All the Roadrunning,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (from the album of the same name)*“What a Crying Shame,” The Mavericks (from the album of the same name)*“Leave the Pieces,” The Wreckers, Stand Still, Look Pretty“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Miranda Lambert (from the album of the same name)*“Addicted,” Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway“Oh, Atlanta,” Alison Krauss & Union Station, Live“Trouble River,” Bruce Springsteen, 18 Tracks“My Valentine, ” […]

iPod Random Ten 2-1: Serve ’em up!

“If music be the food of love, play on…” I’ve mentioned that I like putting my iPod-selections posts into a framework. I came up with his one all by myself! Here’s what we’ll be serving up today at Café del iPod: Breakfast –“Traffic and Weather,” Fountains of Wayne(Always a good idea to check both of these first thing in the morning, I say) Morning coffee break –“Hold on Tight,” ELO Lunch –“I’m Looking Through You,” […]

iPod Random Ten 1-25-08

No “framework” meme this week – just ten songs. “These Are Days,” 10,000 Maniacs, Our Time In Eden“Lost Cause,” Beck, Sea Change“Raspberry Beret (Extended Mix),” Prince, Ultimate“I Can’t Get Next to You,” Annie Lennox, Medusa“Back for Good,” The Concretes, Guilt by Association (a collection of pop-song covers by indie acts; this one was originally recorded by British boy band Take That)“C’mon, C’mon,” Sheryl Crow (from the album of the same name)“Shot Through the Heart,” Bon […]


This is a variation on the iPod Random Ten that gives the results a little bit of structure, and I thought I’d try it this way for a change. As happens so often around here, it comes via Literary Feline. If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be? Here’s how it works:1. open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)2. put it on shuffle3. press play4. for every section, type the song […]

iPod Random Ten 12-21-07 – Holiday Edition

In honor of the season, these come from my “Christmas” playlist. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey (A mildly guilty pleasure, this one, but fun)“White Christmas,” Bing Crosby (As far as Tall Paul’s concerned, no one else ever needs to record this song)“Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives (One of my top favorite holiday songs! It’s just so cheery.)“The Nutcracker Suite,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra (Not the version from your ballet class…)“Winter Wonderland,” […]

iPod Random Ten 12-14-07

“I Believe She’s Lying,” Rhett Miller, The Believer Rhett’s band, the Old 97s, have been on the alt-country music scene for years, but he works out his more pop-oriented side on his solo albums. I like the rhymes and wordplay in this track. “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol, Greatest Hits One of the great party classics for amateur partiers like me. “I’m No Angel,” Gregg Allman, I’m No Angel I’ve always liked this song – for […]

iPod Random Ten 12-7-07

Bonus tracks edition this week – free lyric excerpts and commentary! “But he made too many enemies Of the people who would keep us on our knees“ – “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” XTC, Nonesuch(A catchy little song about persecution, sort of a companion piece to their earlier “Dear God” if you read a little too much into it) “I’m not here for your entertainment –You don’t really want to mess with me tonight“ – […]