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  • VOTE IN THE ROBER AWARDS 2011 FILM POLL

    8 jan 2012, 20:06 av roberawards

    The 2011 Rober Awards Music Poll is now open and you are cordially invited to cast your vote @ http://roberawards.com/2011-music-poll/

    And Check our Spotify Nominations Playlist : http://open.spotify.com/user/datacrusher/playlist/3PGPmPASFwrDIlfH7KoESO


    The music polls will be closing on January the 31st.

    NOMINATIONS TALLY:


    6 Nominations:

    PJ HARVEY

    6 Nominations:

    JAMES BLAKE

    4 Nominations:

    BON IVER
    DESTROYER
    SHABAZZ PALACES

    3 Nominations:

    CLAMS CASINO
    FRANK OCEAN
    NICOLAS JAAR
    REAL ESTATE
    ST. VINCENT
    THE WEEKND
    TUNE-YARDS

    2 Nominations:

    A$AP ROCKY
    AZALEIA BANKS
    BEASTIE BOYS
    BEYONCE
    COLIN STETSON
    DRAKE
    DUM DUM GIRLS
    FRIENDS
    GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX
    GILLIAN WELCH
    KANYE WEST & JAY-Z
    KATE BUSH
    KING KRULE
    LANA DEL REY
    SBTRKT
    TOM WAITS
    ZOMBY

    etc...
  • VOTE IN THE 2011 ROBER AWARDS MUSIC POLL

    8 jan 2012, 20:01 av roberawards

    The 2011 Rober Awards Music Poll is now open and you are cordially invited to cast your vote @ http://roberawards.com/2011-music-poll/

    Check our Spotify Nominations Playlist : http://open.spotify.com/user/datacrusher/playlist/3PGPmPASFwrDIlfH7KoESO


    The music polls will be closing on January the 31st.

    NOMINATIONS TALLY:


    6 Nominations:

    PJ HARVEY

    6 Nominations:

    JAMES BLAKE

    4 Nominations:

    BON IVER
    DESTROYER
    SHABAZZ PALACES

    3 Nominations:

    CLAMS CASINO
    FRANK OCEAN
    NICOLAS JAAR
    REAL ESTATE
    ST. VINCENT
    THE WEEKND
    TUNE-YARDS

    2 Nominations:

    A$AP ROCKY
    AZALEIA BANKS
    BEASTIE BOYS
    BEYONCE
    COLIN STETSON
    DRAKE
    DUM DUM GIRLS
    FRIENDS
    GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX
    GILLIAN WELCH
    KANYE WEST & JAY-Z
    KATE BUSH
    KING KRULE
    LANA DEL REY
    SBTRKT
    TOM WAITS
    ZOMBY

    etc...
  • My 2008 Listening

    17 jan 2009, 16:05 av UkeleleBlues

    The thing I love about lasty.fm is the number crunching. You might not think so if you know me, but I do have a weakness for stats. Here are some stats and analysis from my 2008 listening.

    Top 5 Songs:
    1. Barenaked Ladies Bank Job 66
    2. The Be Good Tanyas Lonesome Blues 65
    3. Peter, Paul & MaryStewball 63
    4. Gloria DeluxePeel Away The Layers 59
    5. The Be Good TanyasScattered Leaves 58
    my spin: The surprise for me here was number three. But then I noticed that number two was also a lullaby. Both of these songs have often been used to soothe the baby. Another interesting fact: all three of the other songs exist in multiple versions on my iTunes which gives them an advantage in shuffle play. I'm not gonna lie though; I love all five of these songs, even though are not necessarily what I expected to see.
    2009 prediction: More Johnny Cash. The baby finds early Cash records very soothing.

    Top 5 Artists:
    1 Gloria Deluxe 1,952
    2 The Beatles 1,466
    3 The Be Good Tanyas 1,122
    4 Elvis Presley 772
    5 Barenaked Ladies 755
    my spin: For some context here: I have more than 900 Beatles tracks in my music library, so to get their stats I must have done the equivalent of playing each song about 1.5 times. Using the same type of math, I played each BNL song 2.5 times, and each Elvis track a little more than seven times. By contrast, I have about 120 Gloria Deluxe tracks, meaning that I played each Gloria Deluxe song an average of 16 times. And the forty-seven BGT tracks were played almost 24 times each.
    2009 prediction: More of the same, but possibly with more blues. Muddy Waters especially.

    Top 5 Albums
    1. The Be Good TanyasChinatown 556
    2. The BeatlesGet Back 368
    3. The Be Good TanyasBlue Horse 255
    3 Gloria DeluxeHooker 255
    5 Gloria DeluxeAccidental Nostalgia 241
    my spin: I don't actually understand how last.fm calculates this. If I listen to one track, is that an album play? Maybe. It probably doesn't help that have 230 tracks labelled as coming from the (bootleggish) GET BACK album, where the other four have a more conventional 10-20 tracks apiece.
    2009 prediction: Recent albums by the Tanyas and GD will probably be vying for a place here.
  • Underrated Artists I Wish You Would Listen To

    26 maj 2008, 17:09 av amerpie

    If you arrived here through a shared love of some of the music I listen to, please check out these artists. Please let me know if you have a problem getting this music. Contact me with questions.

    Kate Jacobs
    Freakwater
    Brandi Carlile
    Gillian Welch
    Drive-By Truckers
    Todd Snider
    The Be Good Tanyas
    The Bottle Rockets
    Levon Helm
    Chatham County Line

    I promise to expand your consciousness.
  • OK, so I guess I really am eclectic...

    1 jul 2007, 03:20 av UkeleleBlues

    I have no idea how this really works. I just clicked on the links. But its kind of cool mining yr own data for validation.

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    85/100



    The 85 related artists for my profile are Al Kooper, Al Kooper And Mike Bloomfield, B'z, Benny Goodman, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Bob Dylan, Bromberg Band, Cat Stevens, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Chuck Berry, Counting Crows, Cream, Cynthia Hopkins, Dan Zanes, Dan Zanes & Friends (With The Wonderland String Band), Dan Zanes & Friends (with Donald Saaf and the Rocket Ship Singers), Dan Zanes & Friends (with Sheryl Crow), Dan Zanes & Friends (with the Sandy Girls), David Bowie, David Bromberg Band, David Ossman, David Ossman/Brian Westley, Dock Boggs, Eagles (2), Elmore James, Elton John, Emmylou Harris, Erin McKeown, Everclear, Firesign Theatre, The, Frank Sinatra, Gillian Welch, Ginger, Goo Goo Dolls, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Jandek, Jimi Hendrix (2), John Fahey, John Lee Hooker, John Lennon, Johnny Rivers, Jorma Kaukonen, Leadbelly, Led Zeppelin (3), Leela James, Little Walter, Lucinda Williams, Mashmakhan, Matchbox Twenty, Mike Auldridge, Mike Bloomfield, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Neil Young (2), Neko Case, Nick Drake, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane, Phil Proctor/Brian Westley, Proctor and Bergman, Queen, Rob Tognoni, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Simon & Garfunkel, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stephen Stills, The Beach Boys, The Beatles (4), The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Doors, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Rolling Stones (5), The Velvet Underground, The Who (4), Third Eye Blind, Van Morrison, Whiskeytown, Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie
  • Gloria Deluxe: finding a new band to love

    8 feb 2007, 02:32 av 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. This was not anything like the Dan Zanes version of the Hokey-Pokey.

    But I found that I kept going back. A duet with Matty Charles, called You're My Favorite One, was the first song to really get my attention. It had an old-school, honky tonk, hard-drinking country feel to it, but with none of the bombast or swagger of mainstream country. Instead it had an abiding sadness and sweetness to it that reminded me more of Gillian Welch or Iris DeMent or even Ani DiFranco. It wasn't long before I had warmed up to other free tracks and begun ordering CDs.

    Where am I going with this? I could talk about how that sad haunting quality runs through the band's work. Or I could talk about the unconventional instrumentation (Ms. Hopkins herself plays the musical saw and the accordion, among other things, and the band also features a violinist and often a brass section). There is the concept album/performance art piece of the puzzle, or the genre hopping. I also like the wry humor that permeates the songs. I guess I just want to share the joy of having found a really good band that has repaid a year of very happy listening to entire albums - something I had almost given up doing.

    Tony

    P.S. I am trying to get a better picture of Ms. Hopkins voted in for the last.fm site. If you like the music, or even if you just want to oblige my whim, go here (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Deluxe/+images) and vote for the picture that you like best. Cheers, and thanks for reading