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April 5, 2007 |

By Seth Freilich | Comment Diversions | April 5, 2007 |

(You’re certainly welcome to keep adding comments to this post, but we’ve stopped tracking votes, as the Pajiba playlists have been compiled. You can read about them here.)

Our next comment diversion won’t be music — promise. But we are going to stick with music for one more because of an idea your previous comments inspired. In those many, many comments (bless you all!) to our previous two diversions, there was a very diverse selection of songs and CDs, many of which were new to Dustin and/or I, and perhaps to you as well. But where to begin sampling all these new options?

Right here, that’s where. We’re gonna create a collective playlist, creatively called Pajiba Presents: Tunes from the Readers.

Here’s how it’ll work. You’ll each give us five tunes. Any five tunes. But keep this in mind — the goal isn’t to list your favorite songs, it’s to list songs that you love and which you think other Pajiba folks will similarly love. So while I love me some Queensryche, they will be noticeably absent from my suggestions (although the only two things that really seem to be off limits for the collective Pajiba tastes are opera and most country). Also, while there’s nothing wrong with including some “obvious” choices like anything from the Beatles, U2, Zeppelin (Zeppelin, people? Most of us aren’t in college anymore, right?), a lot of the fun in this will be with bringing littler known yet equally wonderful tracks to people’s attention. And take a look at other comments before adding your own five tunes - if you see a track or two you really agree with, consider making it one of your five, so we can build some sort of consensus.

Anyway, we’ll tally up all your suggestions after a week or so and come up with a list of the 20 tunes that get the most nods or, if there’s a big clusterfuck-tie, a list of the 20 that are most representative of the comment thread as a whole. Then we’ll head over to iTunes and make an iMix, adding a link to it here and in a future post. And then anyone can easily go check out some Pajiba tunes (and this raises one last catch — the tunes you list have to be available on iTunes, for the purpose of this little game).

And for the record, we can’t and won’t be making any money off of this, so this isn’t some profit scam. We just think it’d be cool to have a ~$19 playlist that represents our collective music taste.

And that’s it. I expect it’ll be even harder than the island/CD game (I know it took me forever to come up with my five), particularly because this time there’s a stake in what you list. But that makes it all the more fun, right?

Have at it.

Update: Ok people. Seriously try to take a look at tracks being suggested by other folks, and think about maybe including one of those in your list of five (especially when they’ve included an artist you dig, but a different song from you were thinking about). Otherwise, we’re gonna’ have a wicked hard time finding tracks that get more than one or two nods, and this will be a failed experiment. And we don’t like failed experiments.

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Comment Diversions | April 5, 2007 |

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