• 20,000 Songs!

    Feb 28 2007, 11:42

    Well, it would have come sooner but my internet connection here is truly abysmal, thank you tiscali. Can't tell which actual song was my 20,000th, which is probably a blessing because I must admit I listened to mmmBop the otherday when I found a torrent and felt like some nostalgia, and I'd rather not know if that happened to be the milestone song. Obviously Radiohead are still ahead, the Pixies close behind, mainly because all their songs are so bloody short - when you look at the time spent listening to the bands on mediamonkey, I've spent more time listening to Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, no bad thing. An impressive amount of Jeff Buckley considering I only really listen to the one album. The Beatles have crept slowly but surely up my charts, largely because i've listened to Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End from Abbey Road about a million times. If Neil Young didn't spend so much time with Crazy Horse he'd be a solid top 10 too. Other notable 'I only listen to one album, how the hell are they so high' bands are The Guillemots, The Stone Roses and The Long Blondes, although The Long Blondes's demos were playing a long while before the album hit so I guess that's probably cheating.
    Next 20,000, expect to see Bob Dylan rising, and, depending on the awesomeness of the new Arcade Fire album, they could rise pretty sharply too. R.E.M., The Libertines and The Flaming Lips will almost certainly fall down the list, not because I don't like them any more, I just don't seem to listen to them as much these days. Oh, The Shins will probably shoot up a bit too, their new album is amazing.
  • Revision Music

    Mag 30 2006, 11:50

    My exam's in an hour, so I might as well blog...
    Revision music is important - it's crucial to get the right mix to stimulate, relax and make the long hours in front of notes seem less painful. Jeff Buckley has been pretty superb, Radiohead and the Eels obviously. The Flaming Lips never hurt, and you can't get enough of The Manic Street Preachers. That said, the crowning jewel of revision music, the one that makes it all worth while, it's gotta be Joy Division. Quiet and brooding, it always cheers me up - the knowledge that something so sad in content can be so beautiful and wonderful in substance. Keeps my head screwed on when I'm down. Go exam!
  • How Blissfully Mainstream Am I?

    Mag 1 2006, 21:02

    Radiohead– 284,162
    Pixies– 180,441
    The Flaming Lips – 145,972
    The Libertines -72, 099
    Eels– 114, 317
    Manic Street Preachers – 52, 958
    The Jam – 37, 428
    Echo & the Bunnymen – 47, 642
    R.E.M.- 190, 282
    Muse – 165, 039

    Added up: 1,290,340
    Divided by 10: 129,034
    Total of top 10 bands: 2,332,320
    Divided by 10: 233,232
    The two divided numbers divided against each other: 55.32%

    That's what happens when you don't listen to Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys!
  • An Exciting Quiz for All People Who Are People Who Like An Exciting Quiz

    Apr 16 2006, 21:21

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:
    1. Pixies
    2. Radiohead
    3. The Libertines
    4. Eels
    5. The Flaming Lips
    6. Echo And The Bunnymen
    7. The Smiths
    8. The Jam
    9. Muse
    10. R.E.M.

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    -- what was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Echo & the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon

    -- what is your favourite album of 2?
    Radiohead - OK Computer

    -- what is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
    The Flaming Lips - If you could make everybody poor, just so that you could be rich, would you do it?

    -- how many times have you seen 4 live?
    Eels - never

    -- what is your favourite song by 7?
    The Smiths - This Charming Man

    -- what is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
    R.E.M. - listening to Automatic for the People as i first entered Tokyo

    -- is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    The Libertines - they're a bit too frantic for that

    -- what is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
    Radiohead: When i am king you will be first against the wall

    -- what is your favourite song by 9?
    Muse - Eternally Missed

    -- how did you get in to 3?
    The Libertines - copied one of the CDs from a friend and fell in love with it - then bought everything they've done

    -- what was the first song you heard by 1?
    The Pixies - not sure, i didn't like them at first! They're not really a first-time-you-hear-them kind of band i don't think

    -- what is your favourite song by 4?
    Eels - Hey man, now you're really living

    -- how many time have you seen 9 live?
    Muse - this summer, reading festival, here i come!

    -- what is a good memory you have concerning 2?
    Radiohead - the first time i put the bends on - i'd never heard it before, i was driving home from HMV in my car - couldn't quite believe what i was hearing!

    -- is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    The Jam - not really

    -- what is your favourite album of 5?
    The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi, obviously

    -- what is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung?
    The Libertines - We'll die in the class we were born, that's a class all of our own

    -- what is your favourite song of 1?
    The Pixies - Vamos

    -- what is your favourite song of 10?
    R.E.M. - Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight

    -- how many times have you seen 8 live?
    The Jam - Sadly, none

    -- what is your favourite album of 1?
    The Pixies - Surfer Rosa

    -- what is a great memory you have considering 9?
    Muse - i'll let you know after reading festival ;)