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How times have changed! Over the last few years, I've fallen into the habit of always having my music player on shuffle - I rarely listen to whole albums in one sitting anymore. For today's entry, I've decided not to just list the songs I've been listening to in the past hour, but to also embed the YouTube videos and write a short introduction for them - just to keep myself busy while waiting for each song to finish and move on to the next. Hence, the cut.


01. I'm a great fan of trip hop collaboration Massive Attack, and of Japanese experimental artist Ryuichi Sakamoto. So this Sakamoto & Yukihiro Takahashi remix of the Massive Attack track to me, is a marriage made in heaven.



02. The Moody Blues's Nights in White Satin is one of those pop classics no music library would be complete without. Can you believe Justin Hayward wrote it when he was only 19 years old?



03. New Order released what would be their final studio album Waiting for the Siren's Call in 2005. This was the first of three singles to be lifted from it:



04. Basement Jaxx - U Don't Know Me. I love a bit of house on occasion, me. I like this track because it's accessible and reminds me of dance and soul tracks from the 70s and 80s a little.



05. A song from their 1997 breakthrough album Urban Hymns. The Verve were a Wigan-based rock band that formed, reformed and broke up three times in the last 15 years. They last folded in 2009.



06. It's been 15 years since they folded, but I still ::heart:: The Stone Roses so much. I was lucky enough to catch them live in Amsterdam shortly before John Squire pulled the plug on them. This song is from their self-titled 1989 debut album, and showcases their extraordinary talent and energy. To my mind, John Squire was definitely one of the best guitarists, and Reni possibly the best drummer of their generation (which is also my generation, but by breaking up the band they've sort of been preserved as thirty-somethings forever while the rest of us have carried on into becoming middle-aged).



07. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were the first band that really made me sit up and listen to electronic music roundabout 1979. Before they came along, I was only familiar with German band Kraftwerk's experiments and although I appreciated it, in those days I did feel it was a little cold and clinical, all about structure but lacking in soul and colour. Then OMD came along and all of a sudden, there was a warmth and a richness to music created with the use of synthesizers! Also, their music was poppy, with songs that didn't last 20 minutes, which I thought was a huge advantage. Souvenir is a prime example and, after all these years, still one of my favourites:



08. I've made no secret of the fact that Paul Weller has been my favourite artist for a long time, both as a performer and as a songwriter. Here, he does a cover version of the well-known gospel song Oh Happy Day, that I like particularly well. The arrangement is tight and recognisably PW, and the saxophone part I think makes it special.



09. The last track on VAST's 1998 debut release Visual Audio Sensory Theater, whose music has been described as 'ambient electro-rock'. You is a good example of that.



10. I like Björk, because she's zany and fun. I like her music, because it's non-derivative. I like this fan-made video, because they seem to have really thought about it.





Day 12 - Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 - Somewhere you’d like to move or visit
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days

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