Shame on anyone who knows of the website www.pandora.com and didn’t tell me! In short, it generates a radio station tailored to your musical selection. You enter a song or artist and it plays songs with similar musical qualities to what you’ve entered. It works based on the Music Genome Project, which attempts to produce a genome like description of music so that different selections can be compared for likeness. The wiki entry explains well enough how it works.
Anyone who has had the displeasure of riding in my car might already know that I have bad taste in music — I’m fairly certain this holds for Bunton and J-Dub. What’s remarkable is that I put in one or two artists and the site finds an endless stream of exactly the crap I like to listen to. As the songs come you can give them the thumbs up or thumbs down to further customize your station. I now have a fine tuned mix of mellow rock instrumentation, folk influences, subtle use of vocal harmony, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, major key tonality, melodic songwriting, acoustic guitar riffs, a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin’, a dynamic male vocalist, and acoustic rhythm guitars among other things. Not that I can tell you what any of that is, but apparently I like it.