Book Review: The Pocket DJ… Guide to Building the Best Music Library

Are you looking to lose those extra pounds and want the perfect playlist to psych yourself up? Your friend’s dad just came out of the closet and you need a playlist to celebrate the occasion? To help you select the perfect playlist for those occasions check out The Pocket DJ, Ultragrrrl’s Guide to Building the Best Music Library, by Sarah Lewitinn.

Inside you will find over 190 playlists conveniently divided into categories like: “Essential Genres”, Essential Artists”, “Celebrity Playlists”, and “Other Playlists”. The book is filled with interesting facts and a good dose of humor, as well as steps to becoming a DJ for any occasion and recommended download sites.

So what is on the “Sorry Your Dad is Gay” playlist? Or how about the list of songs to get spanked to?

The first thing I did when I picked up The Pocket DJ was flip through the genre playlists and I stumbled upon “80’s Dance Songs”. It’s lame, I know – but who doesn’t love A-Ha’s “Take On Me” or Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” ?! By the way – did you know that that song is about masturbation? I didn’t either… Thanks, Ultragrrrl- that song will never be the same. Did you ever wish your favorite musician would release a “Best of” CD? Well now they don’t have to. The “Essential Artists” range from 2Pac to The Ramones and everyone in between, and each artist’s playlist is filled with the best of their collections and not just their played-out radio hits. And just in case you like artist “A” but want something else, each playlist has “…if you like artist “A”, then try artists “B”, “C”, and “D”” section.

If you’re curious about your favorite artists and want to know what music they’re listening to, then check out the “Celebrity Playlists”. When you look at lists from, say, The Killers, it’s easy to see where they get their sound. Their playlist includes tracks from David Bowie, U2, Elvis and The Cure, among others.

But, if it is variety you want, then check out the “Other Playlists” section. In my opinion, this is the best part of the book, because who would have guessed that “Pooping Songs” included Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”? Are you still curious to know what to listen to while you’re working off those extra pounds? On that list you will find Blur’s “Song 2” or Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer”. What about that thing about your friend’s dad being gay? Surprising or not Peter Gabriel’s “Shock The Monkey” and Bloodhound Gang’s “I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks” reside on that list.

No matter the reason or occasion, The Pocket DJ has something for everyone. And who knows- you might learn something too. You can pick up this jem for about ten bucks at Amazon  

By: Grahm Skee 

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