Music for when the mood hits you

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John Gushue
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There are plenty of ways to listen to music over the Web - Pandora and Last FM are among services that offer customized streams, tailored to your tastes - so I was curious to hear what Musicovery might be able to do.

The key word is mood: you pick your mood (and highlight which genres you like), and Musicovery takes over.

There are plenty of ways to listen to music over the Web - Pandora and Last FM are among services that offer customized streams, tailored to your tastes - so I was curious to hear what Musicovery might be able to do.

The key word is mood: you pick your mood (and highlight which genres you like), and Musicovery takes over.

Musicovery www.musicovery.com/

This is an easy service to use. I selected a mix somewhere between "energetic" and "positive" - unfortunately, it doesn't offer more precise descriptions, like "exhausted parental ennui" - and opened my ears.

The first thing I heard was a Joe Jackson chestnut from the late Seventies. While it was playing, I saw a cloud of songs on the screen, each related to the mood but not necessarily the genre. Everything is colour-coded (there's a key on the side, to help explain things) but I found it more fun to dive in and muck about.

As you pick songs, the options of what you can play next change. When I picked a Dire Straits song, for instance, new options opened up ranging from The Smiths to Pink Floyd to John Lee Hooker.

If you want to shake up the playlist, you can change the mood at any time, or restrict offerings to (or exclude) genres, from classical to blues to reggae, and so on.

The sound quality is not bad. If you want CD-quality, you can pony up some cash for a better stream. Musicovery also offers buying options for each track through Amazon and iTunes.

I've had it playing while I took care of some business in my home office - including writing this column - and I've quite liked it. One cool element: you can change the time element on the control panel, so if you're in the mood for, say, a Seventies vibe rather than a contemporary tune, it's only a click away.

Elsewhere this week

Nexopia www.nexopia.com/

Nexopia is Canada's answer to MySpace and other social networks; it boasts almost a million users, most of them in this country. That's a lot of people forming this online community, and I would say quite a few are not even of voting age. You have to be at least 14 to sign up for chat and other services, and from the looks of it, there doesn't seem to be too much interest from those past their early 20s. At the risk of sounding totally square, I would encourage parents to check out whether their younger kids are exploring Nexopia: it doesn't take long to wind up in corners where the topics get decidedly grown-up - or at least tricky for younger teens (and preteens who could be fudging about their age so they can play with the bigger kids).

Winterbells

www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm

Here's a game featuring a jumping rabbit - a lot more pleasant than the one featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I might add - and some falling snow. The goal: to get the bunny to jump as far up the snowflakes as possible. Hmmm - that sounds more warped than it actually is. It's also not as easy as it looks - or maybe I'm just awful at it!

Vote For The Worst http://votefortheworst.com/

Each year on American Idol, millions of people who ordinarily couldn't be too bothered about the pop industry spent untold hours obsessing about singers whose names they likely won't remember in a year. Vote For The Worst plays up the trashy-fun parts of American Idol, by trying to pick the train wrecks before they leave the station. The goal: keep the least-talented singers in the game for as long as possible, simply because it makes the show more fun to watch.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBC.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: Pink Floyd

Geographic location: Canada, St. John's

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