What Do You Listen To When You Can't Decide What To Listen To?!

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I'd like to answer your whatever, but the SHITTY ALLCAPS and random...punctuation,...use of italics, and bolding makes your post illegible.
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I stream jazz from wbgo.org. As an older punk fan, I listen to punk on occasion when I'm in a mood for it or go see a show.
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"Soul" music, R&B, etc is what I turn to in these situations. There's so much of it and it really sounds good when I get tired of rock or punk or whatever. Curtis Mayfield. Bill Withers, Lil' Stevie Wonder. James Brown songs other than "Sex Machine".

No one played this stuff around me much as a kid and as a younger record nerd this stuff was never "cool" enough for me to collect. But now it sounds so, so perfect to me.

4
I turn off music and switch to Slate podcasts.
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if all else fails I rely on my high school tastes

Same system here. I only WISH I had the first Die Kreuzen while I was in high school.

Go cruz some other record nerd's blogs, see if they got anything posted that'll inspire you.
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I just dig towards the back of the embarrassingly large "new acquisitions" pile, some of which came in the door as far back as the summer of 2011. Usually it will be something weird on the border between jazz and easy listening.
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Bad Religion
9
I start with Nickelback, follow that with Rush, and then set the playlist to either Danish Top 100 or Scottish Top 100.
10
This should be Line Out's mission statement.

Hint- It's the best time in the history of music right now and it's all on the Internet. You just have to get beyond 80's dudes with guitars and Beastie Boys.
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@1, Nipper has a lifetime typographical pass, because he is the only music writer The Stranger has ever published.

DON'T EVER CHANGE.
12
holy crap this is the most hyper post i've ever seen. calm down dude.
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SiriusXM. Let a DJ figure it out with no commercials to boot.
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Browse the "what's new" section in Spotify or the related tabs in its Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Hype Machine, etc. etc. apps. Or use it to snoop through my friends' playlists.
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WFMU's 'DoOrDIY' feed.
Old episodes of KPFA's 'Puzzling Evidence' or 'Over the Edge' (Negativland).
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Alphabetically. Look at "Songs". Whatever is at the top, play the album. Delete it when you're done.
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Tune-in app is brilliant. Stations from around the world. You can browse by location or style. And it's all free.
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@14 when you do that in Spotify, choose the option to select other countries. That will keep it fresh.
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Another choice is to just set the stream to @RainyDawg .... if you're bored with @KEXP that is.
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Silence
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Hype Machine's latest feed. It is geared a bit more towards electronic stuff, but I've found some amazing stuff on there like:
- New types of metal I didn't know existed
- 1960's UK albums about how to train your dog
- Thai disco
- Interviews with various folks
- Nature sounds
22
yes!!! Rudimentary Peni, and other bands from high school, are totally my default too. when I'm not in the mood to be screamed at however, I usually default to 2000's-era post-punk revival bands that run the gamut from great to embarrassing. rather than naming names, I'll leave what's what to your imagination.

if that fails, Spanish-speaking radio.
23
I think College Me would have wanted to bang High School You.

When in doubt, I pick a number 1-10 pull from that stack repeat, repeat and play whatever it is. My sister and I have been doing it since we were kids...only then, we had to dance/ lipsync to whatever got pulled
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I consume music and nearly the rate Nipper does, I hate listening to people talk (so no pocasts), and I would NEVER EVER EVER let ANYONE else pick what I'm listening to (fuck Spotify, Pandora, and everything else) buuuuut I pretty much just listen to My Bloody Valentine in this instance.
25
I have somewhere upwards of 800 CDs, many of which I forget I own. I will often do what I call a "blind pull" (Dan Savage ought to come up with a sex act to accompany that) and close my eyes and reach behind me and listen to what ever 1 or 2 discs I grab.
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That "Portable Turntable" link now re-directs to a pop-up ad for Yellow-something or other.
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now it's gone... I mean, the "link" is gone. Is it me?
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@26 Crosley makes a decent portable. Cheesy but decent
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Suicidal Tendencies or the Descendents
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Try Songza. Pick a mood and/or genre and let go. It is a great tool for finding music to listen to while your working.
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@1 - uh, yes, I right funy...:, ( ) you must be new here

@27 - never was any link

THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE SUGGESTIONS, really, thanks