a modern Samsung smart phone sitting top of a notebook. There is an image on the phone’s screen that looks like a vintage cassette tape, with a label reading: Mix Tape

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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 that feeling of confidence you get when you cross off a bunch of items on your to-do list.

  1. “Cruel Minor Change” — Beulah, The Coast is Never Clear
  2. “It’s No Game (Part 2)” — David Bowie, Scary Monsters
  3. “Smarkatch” — Gogol Bordello, Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony
  4. “Reason to Believe” — Dashboard Confessional, Dusk and Summer
  5. “Spin Spin Sugar” — Sneaker Pimps, Becoming X
  6. “Out to Dry” — Live, Birds of Pray
  7. “Wailing Wall” — Young Galaxy, Daytrotter Session: July 12, 2007
  8. “I Don’t Know” — Beastie Boys, Hello Nasty
  9. “Trendy” — Reel Big Fish, Turn the Radio Off
  10. “The Defense” — Bad Religion, The Process of Belief

Artists I’ve seen live: Gogol Bordello, Beastie Boys, Reel Big Fish

Favorite track on the list: “Spin Spin Sugar”, although my old brain was convinced this came out while I was in high school, but no. It was my freshman year of college.

Least favorite track on the list: I have nothing against Dashboard Confessional — I just am not a fan as much as I am other bands — so sadly it falls to “Reason to Believe” today.