I’ve been using last.fm for almost 11 years now. Primarily, I use it as a statistical database of my listening habits, or at least the portion of my listening that happens on internet connected devices / services.
Of course, last.fm is useful for more than just cataloguing your listening habits. It’s a streaming radio service, a community site for talking about music and more. For me, though, it’s always been most amusing as the place where I can go to remind myself what I was listening to 5 years ago, or which songs I’ve listened to most, or whatever. For example, I found myself wondering how many songs I listen to in a day on days when I work at home. 40 lines of Python later (including whitespace 😉 and reasonable exception handling) and I had my answer.
Unfortunately I’m not sure if this is useful at all to non-subscribers, but I put a few minutes into compiling a playlist on Rdio this morning.
The idea behind it its simple: songs that get in and get out in less than two and a half minutes. No flab, no self-indulgence, not many solos. 😃
The embedded iframe is currently a Flash wrapper. (sigh)
Maybe they fix that someday...
I initially was just going to link to this excellent article in a links post, but it’s so well done that it deserves a post of its own. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been obsessed with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and latter day music that’s absorbed its influence. This is a copiously linked article that’s loaded with trivia for anyone who has even a passing interest.
Give yourself a few minutes to read it; you won’t be disappointed.
Over on Facebook, I somehow walked into a buzzsaw… er I volunteered a list of my favorite ever techno tracks. Below are YouTube links to them. There are embeds available below the fold. (If Facebook were less of a silo, I would have simply embedded the post here – the comments were worth looking at.)
I've been listening to a lot of this sort of thing lately: library music, hauntology, whatever genre name you want to hang on it. For those of us "of a certain age" it's the sound of old instructional films, elementary school filmstrips, etc. I suppose it's a sort of nostalgia, but it's looking back at a time that never was; a Gernsback continuum of shiny jumpsuits and jetpacks.
I owe a longer post about this sort of thing, honestly, but for now I'll leave you with a simple video.
There's a new release on my favorite record label, Ghost Box: Electronic pop pioneer John Foxx, with Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) and Jon Brooks (the Advisory Circle). There's a nice Pye Corner Audio mix on the EP as well.
The fadeout of this song pretty much encapsulates everything I love about music.
I was a junior in high school when I got into ZTT Records in a huge way. Apple’s Ping may have a long way to go as a social network, but I have to admit it’s a huge thrill directly interacting with a musician I grew up following.
I'd had a stressful workday plus an afternoon commute in one of the nastiest traffic environments the U.S.A. Thankfully the iPod knew exactly what was needed and served these up on the way back to my hotel.
I don't often do this sort of thing, but this is a really great deal and it only lasts one day...
For a while AmazonMP3 has been offering some crazy good one-day deals via Twitter. I've gotten a few really good albums for almost no money, and today's is a really special one.
There are no hidden affiliate links or anything, it's just a really good deal worth spreading around.
Disclaimer: I think (but I'm not positive) this is a US-only deal. Also, if you're reading this after 2008-Nov-30 (Sunday) you're already too late, sorry.
We rebooted our Muxtape over at moodmat, and I took the opportunity to push a long overdue refresh of my personal mux at the same time. No criteria here, it’s just a bunch of music I like. No themes or genres or anything else, just tunes.
More festival coverage at Moodmat.
Hoped to be able to blog things realtime, but <sad panda>no wifi onsite.</sad panda>
So “Fairplay Version 3” apparently has the ability to handle expiring content. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that Apple could, if they wanted, apply the same expiration logic to music. Steve Jobs has repeatedly stated that customers don’t like to rent their music, and the relative success of online music sellers (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, eMusic) as opposed to renters (Rhapsody, etc.) would seem to bear that out.
Still, it’s an interesting new wrinkle.
We were able to get right up to the main stage. Apologies for the crappy YouTubiness of the video. Enjoy.
The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment
you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
— Sir George Jessel