Most Valuable Playlist #1: The Inaugural One


It is implied by name, and stated explicitly on its very own About page, that Most Valuable Zobrist is a baseball blog. As such, that it is a baseball blog goes mostly unquestioned. Its status as a music blog is nearly the opposite – such a status is not implied by name or mentioned on the About page, and would almost certainly be questioned if there were anyone around to do the asking.

Most Valuable Zobrist is not a music blog, but this is a music post.

Justification, noted: If Bill Simmons can spend 32,000 words explaining the relationship between Will Smith movies and semi-noteworthy clutch shots made by various Boston Celtics, I can post a Sparklehorse jam or two on my baseball blog.

Consider, reader, that the titular playlist’s curator has a history of using Spotify described, exhaustively, below:

  • Created an account to add songs to a playlist
  • Clumsily posted said playlist to his baseball blog

Most Valuable Playlist #2 is already two songs long, and it (Most Valuable Playlist #2) should hopefully be followed by a third, fourth, and so on. For fans of Vic Chestnutt and cry-dancing, following the MVZ Spotify account (username: mostvaluablezobrist) is advised.

Now, Most Valuable Playlist #1:

Surprise! I’m a bearded white man in a plaid shirt!

Some notes:

  • The two songs I listened to most while creating the playlist are Sparklehorse’s “Piano Fire,” and Woods’ “Rain On.” Each shares with the other an important attribute in pop music, which is the ability to crawl into the pleasure lounge of one’s brain and take months-long residence there.
  • Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone” was the list’s last addition, as it replaced Silver Jews’ “Trains Across the Sea” only minutes ago. The latter band’s music isn’t presently available on Spotify, which made their inclusion on a Spotify playlist more of an impossible task than a difficult one.
  • I apologize in advance for the inclusion of “Stove.” For the record, I firmly believe Mastodon rules.
  • The final track – Songs: Ohia’s “Farewell Transmission” – is often the one I call my favorite song. Its creator, the late Jason Molina, was a brilliant man and I very highly suggest listening to everything he recorded. His discography consists of releases by Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., and Jason Molina, and its every entry is wonderful.
  • About Too $hort: Maybe next time.
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