Eclectic Vol. 2

The Fingertips Eclectic Playlist Series continues here in 2014 with its second offering, creatively labeled Volume 2. For this playlist’s philosophical underpinning (what? shouldn’t playlists have philosophical underpinnings?), I refer you back to my Linn music blog essay, which argued, among other things, that we human beings are more interesting, musically, than the internet seems to want to believe. (And yes, I know, the internet can’t really “want” anything; I speak metaphorically, or metonymically, or something.)

The general point is: listening to an assortment of songs that share neither decade of origin nor sub-genre is fun. And maybe even enlightening. That’s the goal with the Eclectic Playlist Series, in any case. Check out Volume 2, below. (And for those who missed Volume 1, here you are.)

(And for those who haven’t realized—it’s way late for me to point this out, actually—the links here on Fingertips are not underlined. But when it seems logical that there’s a link, when for instance I say “here you are,” then the link is there if you float your cursor over the words.)

As will always be the case with these playlists, the goal was a mix of radio-like spontaneity and a well-pondered series of segues. I did my best to keep moving through the years, without any particular formula for going from one decade to another, or one genre or sub-genre to another. See what you think. And speak out in favor of eclectic listening, when and where you can. It will displease our new robot overlords, but that seems to be humanity’s remaining job—to be actually, messily, eclectically human. What else do we have going for us?

For those who want or need the direct Spotify URL:
spotify:user:fingertipsmusic:playlist:6wuuViHeDjleC0gGznSEgy

And for those who are interested but are not Spotify members, and therefore can’t access the list, here are the songs featured, along with year of release and album of origin, if any:

“Warning Sign” – Talking Heads (More Songs About Buildings and Foods, 1978)
“It’s the Beat” – Major Lance (single, 1966)
“For Love” – Lush (Spooky, 1992)
“Eras” – Juana Molina (Wed 21, 2013)
“Illuminated” – Múm (Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know, 2009)
“Southern Boys” – Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Dancer With Bruised Knees, 1977)
“Made of Stone” – The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses, 1989)
“Reflections” – The Supremes (Reflections, 1967)
“Tomorrow Never Comes” – Dot Allison (Afterglow, 1999)
“Joan of Arc” – Arcade Fire (Reflektor, 2013)
“The Day I Get Home” – Squeeze (Play, 1991)
“Quarry Hymns” – Land of Talk (Cloak and Cipher, 2010)
“No Tears” – Psychedelic Furs (Talk Talk Talk, 1981)
“Together” – The Intruders (The Intruders are Together, 1967)
“Don’t Blame it on Love” – Daryl Hall & John Oates (Along the Red Ledge, 1978)
“Bessie Smith” – The Band (The Basement Tapes, 1975; recorded 1968?)
“Kid A” – Punch Brothers (Who’s Feeling Young Now?, 2012)
“Isobel” – Björk (Post, 1995)
“Real Emotional Girl” – Randy Newman (Trouble in Paradise, 1983)
“(Untitled)” – R.E.M. (Green, 1988)




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