iPod Shuffle

What pops up when you put someone’s music on random

By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / October 23, 2009

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A Far Cry, Boston’s self-conducted chamber orchestra, kicks off its new season with a pair of concerts, Oct. 30 at Jordan Hall and Oct. 31 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain. Expect a typically eclectic program, ranging from 18th-century Italian composer Francesco Geminiani to 20th-century Russian Alfred Schnittke. We thought it only made sense to shuffle through violinist Jae Young Cosmos Lee’s iPod to find out what’s in his earbuds.

1. Fried Bananas, Dexter Gordon. “This is one of those there was a time I wanted to go back and check out the standards and this was one of the albums I forced myself to listen to. It only comes up when it’s in shuffle, dude.

2. Back in the Day, the Figurines. They’re a Swedish indie band, a little bit sort of like power pop, a little Green Dayish.

3. Youth, Matisyahu. It’s all right. The album is a crowd pleaser for a couple tunes. After it goes through the album three or four tunes it started getting old.

4. Drop, Cornelius. I actually love this song. It’s got a great beat to it. Very dancey. It starts out with all this water effect. He does a lot of great sampling.

5. Hell’s Wind Staff/Killah Hills, Genius & GZA. This is something I’ve been listening to a lot. I’m always biased to the beats.

6. Havalina, the Pixies. The Pixies are one of my favorites of all time. I’ve been listening to them since I was in junior high. I kind of wish they actually produced more than just got back together for the old stuff.

7. God Only Knows, the Beach Boys. One of the best tunes ever, right?

8. Crown Jewel, Brother Ali. I think he’s probably the dopest rapper I know. He’s an albino Muslim. Not only that, most people think he’s black. Eminem, you can hear he’s kind of white. Brother Ali, he doesn’t sound white. Great flow, great message.

9. The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould. I love it. Not overrated. I think it’s one of those records for me as a classical musician, kind of like when people hear “A Hard Day’s Night’’ for the first time.

10. Two Weeks, Grizzly Bear. This album is a masterpiece.

Total songs: 4,642

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