a wednesday (neeraj pandey, 2008)
fall guy (kinji fukasaku, 1982)

on the road with x, the spotify ai dj

Thought I'd give X, the Spotify AI DJ, a real workout. So I loaded it in and took an 80-minute drive.

First set opened with "Wheels on the Bus" by Jonathan Richman, and included Southside Johnny, Sleater-Kinney, Rilo Kiley, and Angel Olsen. Next he said he would dip into country selections from the Spotify experts, which turned out to be Lainey Wilson, Dalton Dover, Nate Smith, Morgan Wallen, and Megan Moroney. That was followed by oldies: Wilson Pickett, Simon & Garfunkel, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations. Next up was "jazz" ... I wondered what I'd get. The answer was Billie Holiday, Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and Erma Franklin. He closed out with stuff I was listening to in 2020 (or some year, I forget which). Only two songs played before I got home: "East Wind" by Bert Jansch, and "Sex Machine" by Sly and the Family Stone. Quite a ride, from Richman to Sly!


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