Music Fridays: Turntable Edition
Some folks out there have spent the past few weeks trying to get me interested in Turntable, and I'll have you know that you people are both the best and worst thing ever. You've turned me into a total addict. For those who don't know, Turntable is a music service where people get into a room and take turns playing music. It's easy to set up an account—you just need a friend on Facebook who is already in Turntable, and then you can go to the site, and it will pull down your Facebook info to set up an account. You can have as many people as you like in a room and up to 5 people DJ-ing (you just take turns). There's a point system to encourage people to play music others like, and basically that's it. (Here's the FAQ.)
As an experiment, I'm starting a room called Panda Party for today. The idea is that Pandagon readers can hop in and DJ with me (I'm going by the name DJ Freakamouse), as a way to relieve some stress on a Friday. The service is perfect for desk work, since you can do a couple quick adjustments to your queue here and there, rate people's songs, and that's it. It just takes a few seconds of your time, basically, leaving you a steady stream of human-selected music to listen to at work. But there's also chat, if you want to invest a little more time. It's also a good way to learn about new music, with handy buttons so you can go to Amazon and kick a little cash to the people who actually make it by buying their stuff. So hop on in, if you're interested! If it takes off, I might make this an every-Friday thing.
In honor of my new addiction, I'll offer two lists.
Five Turntable Songs That Earned Me A "Rock Out"
1) "Bang! Bang!" by The Knux
2) "White Wedding" covered by Queens of the Stone Age
3) "Who Am I To Feel So Free?" by MEN
4) "Swamp Buggy Badass" by Quintron and Miss Pussycat
5) "Go Outside" by The Cults
Five Songs I Thought Would Go Over Well, But Were Duds
1) "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by The Slits (I like hanging out in cover rooms, so I'm just going to assume the downvotes were from people with no sense of humor at all.)
2) "Our Lips Are Sealed" by Fun Boy Three
3) "Voodoo Lady" by Ween
4) "Rick Rubin" by Spanx Rock
5) "Hyperactive" by Thomas Dolby
So I'm sharpening my skills at reading a room, not an easy thing to do when everyone is basically a cartoon character. So come on in, and let's see if we can make this thing work.