Every week I update ‘THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE’ with a fresh mix of 54 tracks from 54 different artists, all of which have been featured on a HI54 MIX CD and/or a HI54 MIX TAPE at some point over the years of blahging. In other words, it’s a shuffle of a giant collection of songs that have already been passed thru a HI54 Headphone Filter©, which makes it a pretty solid playlist to follow on Spotify / check out over here on the weekly (or jump over to Soundsgood for listening options other than Spotify).
But the thing about playlists is —as nice of an alternative to radio that they are to throw on while you distractedly go about whatever it is you’re distractedly going about today— sometimes we lose sight of the individual-ness of of all the individual tracks. Especially, in this case, when there are 54 tracks/artists and the selection of 54 changes every week. Things can get “lost in the shuffle” as they say.
So that’s why I started pulling out 8 gems from each week’s shuffle update & putting the Bandcamp/Soundcloud embeds below (to appease the Hype Machine gods, now that HI54 is listed on there like a real music blog, but also for you to consider adding to your own collections) + some artist links to explore further & some different HI54 playlists that you can listen to each track mingling with a different batch of songs (because, remember, THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE self-destructs with new music each week).
You can also find this track over on the HI54 MIX CD ‘TALKING IN TONGUES’, which is a nice playlist to throw on if you ever find yourself in the mood to daydream about being places where you can’t understand what anyone is saying (helps if you only speak English) + you can also find this track on Episode 34 of The Mix Tape Radio Show.
You can also find this track over on the HI54 MIX CD ‘MOUNTOWN LIFE’, which is a 95 track playlist that pairs well with living a life in a mountain town (or just thinking about living in a mountain town whilst temporarily living somewhere less mountain-ish).
You can also find this track in the ongoing collection “EVERYTHING LIKED IN < INSERT CURRENT YEAR >", which is an ongoing collection of everything great from 2019 — although it should be noted that I only put one track per release, so the fact that the playlist is already over 330 tracks/artists (and counting) should be a good sign that this is a decent playlist to follow / come back for repeat shuffles.
You can also find this track over on the HI54 MIX CD ‘EVENINGS ON MOUNTOWN FM’, which is a 95 track playlist made with ‘the enjoying of an evening beverage in a mountain town’ in mind (but it also works in non-MounTowns)
Ok, that’s the SHUFFLE UP’D EIGHT for this week’s ‘THE HI54 WEEKLY SHUFFLE’ update (and yes, you’re right: “shuffle up’d eight” does sound a lot like “shuffle update”). Hopefully you found a few new pieces for your personal headphone collection, whether that be from the 8 tracks highlighted above, or from one of the many other avenues of exploration you can find these 8 sitting next to on a HI54 RADIO somewhere.
And remember, when you hear something you like, share it with someone you like. Because good music getting around to more ears is never a bad thing — in fact, I would argue that it is a demonstrably good thing.