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It’s that time again! I’m bringing back something from my old, regular blogging days of the mid-aughts: the Friday Random Ten. I don’t remember who started this tradition, but a bunch of us Philly bloggers would bring this around every Friday. The basic rules are:

  1. fire up your digital music player
  2. go to “all songs“ and shuffle play everything
  3. note the first 10 songs to show up, without skipping anything
  4. create your playlist

Today’s Friday Random Ten, brought to you by urgently fixing some bugs instead of working on the thing I planned on working on today.

  1. “Colin Creevey – The Quaffle Kids, Bludgers & Broomsticks
  2. “If I Didn’t Love You” – Squeeze, Singles: 45's and Under
  3. “Just One” – Hoobastank, The Reason
  4. “Aluminum” – Barenaked Ladies, Everything to Everyone
  5. “Just What I Needed” – The Cars, Complete Greatest Hits
  6. “With Holes for Thumb-Sized Birds” – Maritime, Daytrotter Session: October 8, 2007
  7. “Cautioners” – Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American
  8. “Cybernetic Armor” – Sammus, ANOTHER M
  9. “Friend of Mine” – Eve 6, It’s All in Your Head
  10. “On the Boundary” – Y Kant Tori Read, Y Kant Tori Read

Artists I’ve seen live: The Quaffle Kids, Barenaked Ladies, Sammus

On a technicality: I haven’t seen Y Kant Tori Read, but I have seen Tori Amos.

Favorite track on the list: Gonna go with Sammus’ “Cybernetic Armor” this week, although Squeeze and the Cars are fighting for that spot.

Least favorite track on the list: maybe “Just One”? I don’t remember ever buying a Hoobastank album.

Problematic: I absolutely still love wizard rock, and going to those shows (and putting one on myself!) fills me with happy nostalgia. However, fuck J.K.