November 15, 2017

The Daily, 3
Intercepted – the distraction in chief, 4
Bill Simmons Ta-Nehisi Coates on the NBA’s Popularity and Issues Plaguing the NFL, 4
On The Media Rebecca Traister Says ‘the Anger Window’ Is Open, 3
Joe Rogan 1039 JRE #1039 – ILIZA SHLESINGER, 4
A Small Voice 066 – Sian Davey
‘Times’ Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story : Fresh Air
, 4

Suntan, 3

The Day I Met El Chapo, 4

November 11, 2017

Assignment: Utah v Washington State


Film: The Love Witch


7:35 – Still plowing through this week’s new music. 695 songs to go in initial sift. Right now it’s a band’s bio says “It’s Swiss made, but it’s definitely far away from being cheesy.” Then there’s Elvenking, with a folk metal album about living in the forest with the elves.

At the start of the year I was worried about missing something, inadvertently sending some treasure out of the library. But in the streaming world where you have access to everything your filter can have errors because anything can be brought back in instantly.

Done. 974 candidates to listen to. 2.5 days of music. Play.

November 10, 2017

New music release day today – by 7am I have added 1,755 songs for review, and that’s after removing the Classical, Country, Christian, Jazz, R&B. People don’t believe I do this, but it’s true. All year, sifting through new releases from Apple Music. The technique:

Add new releases to library by genre: Alternative, Indie, Reggae, Rock, World, Metal.
Add new releases from front page.
Three smart playlists make the rest of the process more manageable – all limited to songs added in 2017… 0 stars, 2 stars, 4+ stars.
Start listening – quickly weeding out the bands that don’t connect with what I like. These tracks are assigned a 1 star rating, and are gone.
Anything that sounds promising at all gets 2 stars. It usually takes about a 30-60 minutes to sift through the week’s releases and make this initial sort.
Now I have a week to listen to the 2 star playlist and anything good in there moves up to 4 stars for regular rotation. Anything that doesn’t connect goes to 1 star and out.
Songs that get 4 stars initially are reduced to 3 stars if they don’t hold up, and others move up to 5 stars if I really like them.
After doing this all year I’ve got 482 songs in regular rotation. Last year? only 163.

If you read all of that, sorry.