• My 2009 Top Charts

    Dic 28 2009, 20:48 di UkeleleBlues

    As I have said before, one thing I love about Last.fm are the tools for statistical analysis. Since last year, I have used last.fm to create pop charts for our school newspaper. Last January, I pulled together all sorts of data from my last.fm charts and reflected on it. Lets do that again, shall we?

    Regarding artists, I made the following prediction: “More of the same, but possibly with more blues. Muddy Waters especially.” Here are my official top five, by absolute number of songs played.
    1.Gloria Deluxe 7,112
    2.The Be Good Tanyas 4,085
    3.The Beatles 3,301
    4.The Kinks 3,198
    5.The Rolling Stones 3,169
    Muddy Waters ranked 32nd with 715 plays. Last year that would have nearly put him on the chart, but this year it doesn’t add up to much. Last year I also speculated that , shuffle being what it is, that artists with over 1000 tracks in my iTunes library were not exactly on a level playing field with artists whose entire oeuvre consists of less than fifty tracks. …
  • let's play the lyrics game!

    Apr 14 2007, 3:17 di edna_million

    Here are the "rules":

    - put your itunes/winamp/media player of your choice on random.
    - post the first line from the first 30 songs that play.
    - post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
    - strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
    - don't cheat by typing them into google...haha.

    1. In the nervous light of paradise with the rumors flying, and sacrifice is laid out my before my eyes, underneath the big city skies.

    2. See the watermelon man a-come.

    3. I heard the words you said, but I avoided conversation. Threw stones one by one in the river's direction.

    4. I'm a radio Joe of the biz called show, I'm a rockin popstar with a get up and go.

    5. Go away from my window, go away from my door. Go away from my bedside, and bother me no more.

    6. I've been feeling dull as a coat hanger, pretty as a picture of a patient on a fresh iv. Giddy as a gangbanger with a set of sutures where his Magic Johnson ought to be.
  • Discovering Women Singers

    Feb 10 2007, 3:42 di UkeleleBlues

    A few years ago, maybe as long as a decade, I remember listening in on a conversation that my mother and some of her friends were having about male vocalists. Specifically they were talking about which singers could just melt them, which ones they liked to fantasize were singing to or about them. I remember that they asked me what women singers had that kind of effect on me. I, about 26 at the time, and single, said that there were not any that I knew of; I was more prone to identifying with male vocalists than dreaming about female ones.

    Fast forward ten years, and I find that six of my top twenty artists are women, or bands led by women, and that the songs I choose to listen to over and over lately are the one's sung by women [specifically, my top six scrobbly songs right now all feature women vocalists out front]. I don't know if fantasy really plays a role. The songs I like tend to be incredibly sad, rather than seductive. I have always loved sad songs, but this love of sad songs sung by women is a new thing. …
  • Gloria Deluxe: finding a new band to love

    Feb 8 2007, 2:32 di UkeleleBlues

    Around this time last year, I first stumbled across a band called Gloria Deluxe. I had given my sons a DVD for Christmas of Dan Zanes and Friends called All Around the Kitchen and I was completely captivated. Before long I was combing DZ's website (If you have kids, and are sick of the pablum that is most music marketed for children, you should really check out Dan Zanes: he is amazing. He used to be the front man for the Del Fuegos).

    On Dan's site, I saw that the accordion player in his band, whose voice I really liked, was frontwoman for her own band. Her name is Cynthia Hopkins and the Band, as I already mentioned, is called Gloria Deluxe.

    My first stop was the band's website. Under "sounds," I found a generous sampling of mp3 and realaudio ready for downloading. These are mostly out-takes or alternate versions from GD's five albums, but it also includes an entire five-song EP that has gone out of print. At first I was put off a little: the lyrics were gritty and the mood sombre. …