Music Monday Really Randoms: U2, Nick Moss, The Baseball Project, Ben Folds 5

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by Josh Hathaway

I don’t have a lot of trouble deciding what to listen to most days. I constantly have a song or song fragment in my head and I’m usually behind on music reviews, so I often have a starting place when my day begins and I follow it all to its logical conclusion.

It’s not like that every day and that’s when Encyclopedia Nerdicus is overwhelmed by the more than 30,000 songs on his iPod and the desire to acquire at least that many more. Where do you begin? Where do you start when you want to listen to everything and can only listen to one song at a time?

When that happens, I take my hand off the wheel and punch the accelerator. I buy the ticket, take the ride, m and speed all the way to the scene of the crash by letting my iPod go on autopilot.

Where did the day take me? Here is the playlist for this MusicMonday. It’s presented in the order my iPod served the songs up to me. I didn’t skip anything nor have I omitted anything for the sake of protecting my Encyclopedia Nerdicus image. I endorse all of these songs, some more than others. I’ll highlight a few of them.

You can’t go wrong starting with “Your Blue Room.” That’s still one of the best songs casual U2 fans and the public at large doesn’t know. This is ambient brilliance at its best with Bono singing unbelievably well in both his upper and lower register. Some U2 fans don’t consider the Passengers album part of the U2 ouvere and there’s a reasonable debate to be had about that. For me, it’s one of the best songs of their career- Top 10, easily.

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