It’s wedding season again. When I put together our playlist, Ben Meadow (Leah’s uncle) gave me a couple pieces of advice. First, include up to two slow songs. And probably only one. Second, make sure you have music for all ages. I stacked the golden oldies up front, which worked well.
Here’s the playlist that kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night:
- I’m A Believer – The Monkees
- Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
- Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
- Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
- Brick House – Commodores
- Love Shack – The B-52’s
- At Last – Etta James
- ABC – Jackson 5
- Dancing Queen – ABBA
- Celebration – Kool & The Gang
- Wild Thing – Tone-Loc
- Stayin’ Alive — Bee Gees
- Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
- Mony Mony – Billy Idol
- Kung Fu Fighting – Cee Lo Green
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q-Tip, GoonRock
- Cha Cha Slide – Mr. C
- Gangnam Style – PSY
- It’s Time To Disco – Vasundhara Das, KK, Shaan
- Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
- Save A Horse (And Ride A Cowboy) – Big & Rich
- Hava Nagila – The Klezmer Lounge Band
- Poker Face – Lady Gaga
- Hello (Feat. Dragonette) – Martin Solveig
- The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas
- Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Truthfully, people sat down for the Bollywood song. But it wouldn’t be my wedding without Bollywood. For the Hava Nagila, Leah and I actually did end up on chairs. And, if you’ve ever lived in Eugene, you know why we ended with Sweet Caroline.
The Beastles – Ill Submarine. No typos… this mashup is so much awesome.
How music recommendation works — and doesn’t work. Neat piece from The Echo Nest’s Brian Whitman on how they approach their recommendation algorithm. Moral of the story: no silver bullets.
Some many know me as a hardcore Rdio fan. I love the UI, appreciate their story, and have mostly been satisfied with the service.
Last year, Andy Baio wrote two articles comparing Rdio to Spotify. In both instances he concludes Rdio comes out slightly on top — their catalog is just a little bit better.
But, I’ve never been able to get the Blue Scholars or St. Germain on Rdio so I always questioned how the catalogs really compared. Yesterday, after scrapping my first hackathon project at 7:30 pm, I decided to use the Echonest API to answer my question once and for all. Which is better, Rdio or Spotify?
As it turns out, Spotify. By a landslide. Of the 92,343 songs I had time to pull down, 74,703 are available on Spotify and 56,988 are available on Rdio. Furthermore, Spotify had 21,370 songs that weren’t available on Rdio, whereas Rdio only had 3,655 songs that weren’t available on Spotify.
Plus Spotify has the Blue Scholars and St. Germain. Time to make a switch.
Halfway Home by Samuel Cauthorn. One of my best friends from middle school and high school released his first album. Hot diggity, it’s pretty good too.
Spotify vs. Rdio. Useful comparison that ironically makes me intrigued to check out Spotify.
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Super solid evening music.
Late night jazz in Zamora. Great music can be found anywhere.
First one in the door at PIE today. Rocking out on the latest from Wilco and Feist.