Usually as I'm listening to music I am making a playlist as I go, and since I'm an old DJ, segues and transitions are important to me. I know no one else is listening; it's the only thing that keeps me from apologizing when I make an unintentionally jarring segue. But I'm listening, and it's important to me.
In some ways it's a private game: I get extra satisfaction for what seem to be difficult jumps, such as moving from Hank Williams to Husker Du in just a few songs. It's practice for mix tapes I'll never make, and a self-directed independent study seminar on musical genres and how they complement and comment on one another.
Oh, yeah, I am a total geek. To the bone. I'm not as angry as this guy, and I find his concern for rigid classification bizarre, but he's kind of a spiritual uncle:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frZQN28Iknw
In playing this playlist game, one of the hardest subgenres to get out of is power pop, because it doesn't have many exit points, places where it suggests intersections with other kinds of music. …