Shfl Update, June 23
New recommendations from Zev Kane, Phil Freeman, Alex Riggs, Megan Iacobini de Fazio, Jeff Treppel, Sean Wood, and Nate Patrin
Alex Riggs on Leonard Cohen, Okkervil River, Perfume Genius, Benji Hughes, Peter Gabriel, Tim Heidecker and Richard Dawson
Summer music from Phil Freeman — including Slave, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Bar-Kays and the Ohio Players
Missing Persons, Black Death, King's X, Sentenced, YOB, God Forbid and Ho99o9 from Jeff Treppel
One of the aspects of Shfl that I like best that I don’t think people use much is the artist pages. A few things about these pages that you may not know:
These mostly come from Discogs and Wikipedia, I just added bi-directional links. It just makes sense to have a link to Fred Wesley on James Brown’s page, for example. But traversing these links can be pretty informative and/or amusing — for example:
Anyway, you get the idea. Fun!
Mostly on Shfl randomness is the whole deal. But some of the lists are ranked — artist lists, for example, are ranked roughly by popularity (a number I generate that is a combination of the number of recommendations I’ve gathered for that album and the Spotify ‘popularity’ number, which you can get from their API). This isn’t like super-accurate or anything, the number of recs I have for any one album can be pretty random itself and the Spotify number is biased towards recency, but I find it useful if there’s an artist I’ve not heard of and I’d like to know what it is that people are really into. Also, the little blue stars on the upper right hand corner of the album cover indicates that somebody’s written about that album for Shfl — these also bump up the popularity number.
The little info button (the i in a circle icon) kinda hides all of the links that I’ve accumulated for any given artist (to Wikipedia, Discogs, Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music…), which can be pretty extensive — Madlib’s page, for example. There’s also a button there under each subheading for YouTube, which just points to a YouTube search. Mildly useful!