• Guilty Pleasures

    Apr 15 2006, 3:20

    I have found that last.fm really encourages a community of non-commercial radio and independent music fans (lets save the debate about the definition of independent music, or if it even exists, for a later date) - and the subsequent sharing of music and music culture.

    However, I am always amused (even among the playlists of those who I consider independent music savants) an occasional anomaly that is currently holding a rocking spot on the commercial charts (Kelly Clarkston, Nickleback, The Black Eyed Peas, etc.).

    Yet, I am not writing this entry in the vein of musical snobbery. In fact, I raise my glass (currently a bottle of draught Guinness) to our guilty pleasures! And here I offer a few of some of my personal favorite guilty pleasures of present and old.

    That Daniel Powter song

    These Words

    Any Pet Shop Boys or Ace of Base song

    Have any tracks that grace your track listing that you hope others don't see?
  • The Toadies

    Apr 12 2006, 2:57

    Sometimes you just have to go back and relive time past through music. I came across a few tracks by The Toadies in my music library and was transported back to being a freshman in college.

    I still think this album is fresh and raw. I guess you could argue it sounds a lot like other power pop punk stuff - yet, it is significantly more sophisticated than the cookie cutter crap out there today.

    It just rocks. I especially love Mexican Hairless, Backslider and Tyler.

    I am just glad I don't live in a dorm room anymore.
  • For Fans of The Shins

    Mar 28 2006, 3:02

    If you enjoy The Shins I recommend Charlemagne. Their first album, Charlemagne, is my favorite. But their second outing Detour Allure is very good as well.

    They are somewhat more monochromatic than The Shins but emobody the same good ethic.
  • Musical Madlibs

    Mar 26 2006, 3:22

    This reminded me so much of Madlibs – I had to gave in and give it a try.

    Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud and press play. Use the song titles as your answers. NO CHEATING!

    How does the world see me?
    Song: No Sleep
    Artist: Sam Roberts
    Comments: This would definitely be true of my current state.

    Will I have a happy life?
    Song: Cat Turned Blue
    Artist: Rusted Root
    Comments: Its been good until now – looks like that is all going to change.

    What do my friends really think of me?
    Song: We Go Our Own Way
    Artist: Prefuse 73
    Comments: There is some truth to this. It seems like we travel through epochs during our lives, and sometimes relationships just don’t pass through some of these transitions.

    Do people secretly lust after me?
    Song: Song of Sybyl
    Artist: Dead Can Dance
    Comments: Well, I guess some of my personalities believe so.

    How can I make myself happy?
    Song: Belle
    Artist: Jack Johnson
    Comment: Does not compute...

    What should I do with my life?
    Song: Open Air Dance
    Artist: Mice Parade
    Comments: Sounds slightly more appealing than what I have been currently doing.

    Why should life be full of so much pain?
    Song: Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book
    Artist: Dead Can Dance
    Comments: Wow – deep.

    How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
    Song: Heavy Eyes
    Artist: The Microphones
    Comments: Looks like I can’t stay awake long enough to figure this out.

    Will I ever have children?
    Song: Century Spring
    Artist: Mason Jennings
    Comments: You’d think I was Catholic.

    Will I die happy?
    Song: Get Out of my House
    Artist: The Streets
    Comments: Apparently not.

    What is some good advice for me?
    Song: The Moviegoer
    Artist: Matt Pond PA
    Comments: Yes, don’t confront your concerns and issues… go see a movie!

    What is happiness?
    Song: Last Good Bye
    Artist: Jeff Buckley
    Comments: This is slightly depressing. Very Buddhist, however.

    What is my favorite fetish?
    Song: Bangs
    Artist: They Might Be Giants
    Comments: I would prefer if They Might Be Giants were my fetish.

    How will I be remembered?
    Song: Mass Destruction
    Artist: Faithless
    Comments: How freaking cool is that!
  • The The

    Mar 26 2006, 0:53

    I have decided that, despite being a fairly bad 80's band, The The was ahead of their time.

    In the age of the "The (insert word)" band name, The The has stolen the quintessential millennium band name.

    I would like The Shins even more if they were named The The.
  • What Happended to Live?

    Mar 15 2006, 1:37

    Just a little rant.

    Two of my favorite albums from my college years were Throwing Copper and Mental Jewelry.

    Since then they have really tanked out. They have an occasional good track here and there but nothing as solid as Throwing Copper as a whole. What happened?

    Perhaps it is just collegiate nostalgia blurring my openness to their newer work.
  • 10,000, Baby!

    Mar 8 2006, 0:42

    Nearing the milestone of 10,000 songs logged on last.fm!

    Yes, I am a nerd.
  • Pandora

    Mar 6 2006, 14:38

    Ok - have you checked this out yet?


    I find it very interesting. Essentially, you put in an artist or two, and it begins to suggest music for you. You give it feedback - and it refines its suggestions.

    I have mostly been impressed. Some of the tracks they suggest are a bit out there.

    I would be very interested to see the contruct of their music genome project - how they have boken music down to its "molecular level."

    Anyway, it has been an enjoyable way to find some new tunes.
  • Love This Video

    Feb 26 2006, 20:08

    Check this one out,


    Must have Quicktime

    If you have a hard time reaching that link go to http://www.okgo.net/video.asp and click on the "A Million Ways" to dance video
  • Jeff Buckley

    Feb 1 2006, 3:53

    Lover You Should Have Come Over

    It just makes me sad. This song, and so many others by Jeff Buckley, is just amazing.

    If his story interests you I recommend that you read Dream Borther. Besides his story you get to know a bit about his father, the well known folk artist, Tim Buckley.