iPod Shuffle

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

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / December 10, 2010

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Liz Phair may be the most excited Shuffle subject ever. “I have this very religious feeling about my shuffle,’’ she says by phone from Manhattan Beach, Calif. The alt-rock goddess, who plays the Paradise on Wednesday in support of her latest release, the fizzy “Funstyle,’’ almost exclusively enjoys the music in her iTunes library in random mode and treats listening sessions like mythical musical messages from the gods about the current state of her life “just like the ancient Greeks would go to the Oracle Delphi. I take it so seriously.’’ Indeed, as we skip cavalierly from Led Zeppelin to the Beach Boys, Phair feels bad that we’re not listening through to what each song might have to say. “I feel like I’m swearing in church,’’ she says with a laugh. “People wonder why my records are so varied. This is why.’’

1. “Lying in the Hands of God’’ Dave Matthews Band

2. “I Will’’ Roma di Luna

3. “If I Were a Boy’’ Beyoncé

4. “Fergalicious’’ Fergie

5. “No Quarter’’ Led Zeppelin

6. “I’m Waiting for the Day’’ Beach Boys

7. “I Know I’ll Never Leave’’ the Zutons

8. “Déboutonner’’ Modeselektor featuring Siriusmo

9. “Gloria’’ Patti Smith

10. “What’s So Bad (About Feeling Good)?’’ Ben Lee

Total songs: 2,178

Glad we missed: Nothing, says Phair who doesn’t believe in guilty pleasures, and that every song has wisdom to impart. “If you’re censoring your shuffle you’re censoring your soul.’’