Experimenting with Spotify. The only problem right now is that the Artist Radio function doesn't work on the mobile app. I've been a big fan of Pandora as a tool for discovering new music, but, over time, I've found it to be overly, and even annoyingly, repetitive with the same obscurities. It was nice, however, to use Spotify, after reading the review of the new Chiddy Bang album in EW, to determine that the album was not worth a purchase, even though the first single is a stone groove, my man. I've been down that road too many times, especially in the single-focused hip hop genre.
Anyway, here's a Name Check playlist. I tried to limit it to titles that featured real (or real fictional) names without further adornment. So "Hey Jack Kerouac, for example, did not make the cut. I've also embedded the "Ray Charles" video below. Worth a listen for all non-spotify users (and fans of the Blues Brothers).
Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles
Beastie Boys – Shadrach
OutKast – Rosa Parks
Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin Team – Willie Mays
Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson
Great Big Sea – Jack Hinks
They Might Be Giants – James K. Polk
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers – Pablo Picasso
RUN-DMC – Jam-Master Jay
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five/Grandmaster Melle Mel – Jesse