For the last year or so, my computer "speakers" (an ipod base station I bought from a cheapie bookstore for All Tomorrow's Parties many moons ago) have been increasingly problematic. It had always had a bit of an earth buzz, which I would dissipate briefly through unplugging, hand-earthing and jiggling when it peaked into serious badness, but in recent months the buzz had been unstoppable and I'd had to crank up the music to drown it out, at which point the deficiencies of the speakers became very obvious indeed. Today I listened through this playlist on brand new Yamaha computer speakers with a silky bass, sweet clarity and not a trace of earth buzz, a Christmas present from my dearly beloved timscience. This set is 100% no substitutions, I think - no, wait. You have the original of Ode to Boy by Yazoo, rather than the orientation-flip rework by Strange Angels - a gay man looking at a straight man instead of a woman looking at a gay man Alison Moyet looking at Vince Clarke. Both versions are great; if you've never heard Moyet's tense, almost angry tribute to her former bandmate, that's the song you should listen to, but listen to them all of course. The playlist is called Joe's Lonely Autumn after three-songs-on-the-playlist Joe Goddard of Hot Chip; he did a solo album this year. It's great.