From vacation time to work time, yes! But that's not what this post is about. Instead, this is about the jarring transitions one finds when listening to one's music library in alphabetical order by artist.
Yes, I know all about playlists and what not, but that's not typically how I listen to things. I fire up iTunes, pick an artist I want to listen to, then just let it play. If it's something like Everything But the Girl or Toad the Wet Sprocket, no problems—I'm good for several hours in a row. But those are exceptions.
Some of the most jarring transitions in my catalog are:
- Amy Ray's "Prom" to Amy Ray's "Stag": jarring transitions can be within artists, too, as this example shows. "Prom," the second solo album, is significantly better than "Stag," the first solo album.
- The Chemical Brothers to Citizen King
- Concrete Blonde to The Crystal Method
- Daft Punk to Dave Matthews Band
- David Gray to The Dead Milkmen
- The Dead Milkmen to Death Cab for Cutie
- The Decemberists to old Depeche Mode
- Dido to The Distillers
- Eminem to Enigma
- Franz Ferdinand to Gerard McHugh
- Girlyman to The Gits
- The Killers to Kronos Quartet
- Pleasure Club to Portishead
- the Sky Captain soundtrack to Sleater-Kinney
- Spoon to Sugarland
- Texas to They Might Be Giants
- Tricky to The Twilight Singers
- Violent Femmes to The Wallflowers
- William Orbit to Yaz
Ok, what are the jarring transitions you have in your music catalog (pretend for a moment that you'd play them in order)?