As I’ve said here before, Seattle rock-radio sucks. And not just a little bit. It could, quite literally, be the dictionary definition of “100 channels and nothing on” if there was one.
I regularly drive a rather bouncy Jeep so CD’s are out. I don’t even like to take the chance of getting irritated at skipping tunage. I also don’t like to have to strip my interior down every time I get out of the thing, so plugging a MP3 player (or if you’re a cultist, an iPod) into the head unit is right out as well. I also don’t want to waste precious battery time on my phone doing something so mundane as listening to music, so that too is in the “Nein” column.
I purposely purchased a Kenwood head unit that accepts USB input so that I could just stuff in a thumb/flash drive. The maximum amount of space the head unit will read is 2GB, but that is around 20 hours of music or so, so I really don’t think anyone can say I’m limiting myself.
My favored thumb was holding onto a dozen or so whole albums from bands in the “Classic Rock” genre, but I found myself skipping over half the tracks. This gave me an idea to make a folder that sounds like one of the better local FM stations, except without the crap tracks and commercials. After an hour of flipping through the folders in the harddrive, I now have a 735MB or so folder of nothing but “Classic Rock” tracks sitting in my favorite thumbdrive. That gives me six or seven days of commuting before I have to hear the same song twice.
I had to come up with some rules to keep myself from drowning the folder with just a handful of bands/artists: It had to be in the library of the local “Classic Rock” station, KZOK, but not in a “high rotation” slot. Each artist was limited to two songs. Otherwise, it would have been a Rush, Zep, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Beatles and Stones folder with a few other artists sprinkled throughout.
Have a looksee below at the screengrabs and let me know who I left out that you think should be included. I will be bringing the thumbdrive in every weekend and switching out songs from the artists with larger libraries until I get tired of this exercise in variety.
Click to enlarge, of course
I think I’ll be making more of these genre specific folders. I’ll share those when they’re done if anyone is interested.