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  • 2013 year-end stats

    31 dec 2013, 22:22

    Year-end top:

    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (4599 plays)
    Track: Perfume - だいじょばない (267 plays)
    Album: 宇多田ヒカル - DEEP RIVER (851 plays)

    Monthly breakdown:

    01-13:
    Artist: Imogen Heap (560 plays)
    Track: SUITE CHIC - Just Say So feat. VERBAL(m-flo)
    Album: 宇多田ヒカル - HEART STATION

    02-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (534 plays)
    Track: 宇多田ヒカル - プレイ・ボール
    Album: 宇多田ヒカル - DEEP RIVER

    03-13:
    Artist: Capsule (439 plays)
    Track: Capsule - Starry sky
    Album: Capsule - STEREO WORXXX

    04-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (420 plays)
    Track: Perfume - だいじょばない
    Album: Ryu☆ - starmine

    05-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (728 plays)
    Track: 宇多田ヒカル - Goodbye Happiness
    Album: 宇多田ヒカル - Exodus

    06-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (432 plays)
    Track: Perfume - Magic of Love
    Album: Perfume - Magic of Love

    07-13:
    Artist: 安室奈美恵 (614 plays)
    Track: 安室奈美恵 - Supernatural Love
    Album: 安室奈美恵 - FEEL

    08-13:
    Artist: Metric (185 plays)
    Track: 倖田來未 - あなたがしてくれたこと
    Album: Metric - Grow Up and Blow Away

    09-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (304 plays)
    Track: Isosine - Before Icarus
    Album: Isosine - Mashup Manifesto II

    10-13:
    Artist: Perfume (319 plays)
    Track: Perfume - Clockwork
    Album: Perfume - Level3

    11-13:
    Artist: 宇多田ヒカル (383 plays)
    Track: 宇多田ヒカル - Letters
    Album: Capsule - FLASH BACK

    12-13:
    Artist: 安室奈美恵 (282 plays)
    Track: 久保田利伸 - My Cherie Amour
    Album: Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy
  • Top 10 last.fm artists, 5 favorite songs by each.

    16 apr 2012, 04:53

  • 40 Songs

    25 jan 2011, 01:44

    Put your music player on shuffle.
    Post the first 40 songs that come up.
    You can repeat artists if you want.
    If you have any repeats, skip to the next track.

    1. Cursive - A Gentleman Caller
    2. Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out
    3. AFI - The Leaving Song Pt. 2
    4. Chic - Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
    5. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Daddy
    6. BACK-ON - Blow
    7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Tick
    8. 安室奈美恵 - WILD
    9. Imogen Heap - Loose Ends
    10. Shimatani Hitomi - ANGELUS
    11. Pouya Mahmoodi - Si Pareh
    12. Three Days Grace - Take Me Under
    13. The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
    14. Stars - Soft Revolution
    15. Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea
    16. Modest Mouse - Fire It Up
    17. Bobby Darin - More
    18. Aretha Franklin - Respect
    19. The All-American Rejects - Top of the World
    20. The Beatles - Glass Onion
    21. Origa - Inner Universe
    22. Journey - Ask The Lonely
    23. The Real Group - Words
    24. Dusty Springfield - I Can't Make It Alone
    25. Smash Mouth - Push
    26. 安室奈美恵 - Break It
    27. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Is Coming
    28. Lostprophets - A Million Miles
    29. Leonard Bernstein - America
    30. Kaki King - These Are the Armies of the Tyrannized
    31. Baby Bash - Suga Suga
    32. Shiny Toy Guns - When Did This Storm Begin
    33. Fall Out Boy - Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner
    34. Weezer - Falling for You
    35. Live - Top
    36. Rob Zombie - Scum of the Earth
    37. Pat Metheny Group - Afternoon
    38. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rich
    39. Savage Garden - Violet
    40. Sacramento State Vocal Jazz - Pegasus

    QUESTIONS:

    1. Which song do you prefer, #1 or #40?
    I rarely ever listen to Cursive, and Pegasus is much more my style.

    2. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat?
    Hell yeah I have.

    3. What album is #26 from?
    Break It/Get Myself Back. Hasn't been released on a studio album just yet.

    4. What do you think about the artist who did #15?
    Eh, they're pretty hit or miss for me. I like some of their stuff, but Pennyroyal Tea isn't one of my favorites.

    5. Is #19 one of your favorite songs?
    Not even close.

    6. Who does #38 remind you of?
    My friend Kim. We were working on a story together, and we both attached the song to one of the characters.

    7. Does #20 have better lyrics or music?
    Music. The lyrics are a bit sparse, haha.

    8. Do any of your friends like #3?
    Quite a few of my friends like AFI.

    9. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack?
    Not at all, haha.

    10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio?
    Hahahahahahaha, yes.

    11. What does #21 remind you of?
    Ghost in the Shell! \o/

    12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22?
    Gotta go with Journey on this one. I love Fleetwood Mac, but Oh Daddy is not one of their better tracks.

    13. What album is #17 from?
    Some greatest hits album of Bobby Darin's. I forget which.

    14. When did you first hear #39?
    When I was like ten, lol. I'm not sure how that full album made it onto my computer.

    15. When did you first hear #7?
    Back in 2004-ish? It was shortly after Maps hit it big, I got the album and listened to the rest.

    16. What genre is #8?
    JPop. Definitely JPop, haha.

    17. Do any of your friends like #14?
    I dunno about friends, but my stepsister does. She was the one who introduced me to Stars. :D

    18. What color does #4 remind you of?
    The album cover's white. We'll go with that because all I think of when that song comes on is disco, and that's pretty much every color ever, hahaha.

    19. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo?
    Hell yeah I have! Gotta love Iranian rock. It's really quite symphonic, to be honest.

    20. What genre is #37?
    Jazz fusion.

    21. Can you play #13 on any instrument?
    At the moment, no, but I'm sure I could learn it if I tried.

    22. What is your favorite lyric from #30?
    ...there are no words in that one, hahahahaha.

    23. What is your favorite lyric from #23?
    "Aural intercourse" amuses me, but I'll probably go with "Words, possession of a beggar and a king".

    24. Would you recommend #24 to your friends?
    I think she's probably bore most of my friends, honestly.

    25. Is #2 a good song to dance to?
    It can be. :B

    26. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio?
    I haven't, but I think it did get some airplay at the time it was released.

    27. Is #32 more of a “nighttime” or “daytime” song?
    Cloudy daytime, maybe.

    28. Does #36 have any special meaning to you?
    Yes and no. I associate it with a character, but that aside, not really.

    29. Do any of your friends like #31?
    Probably. It was pretty popular around here.

    30. Is #25 a fast or slow song?
    In between?

    31. Is #35 a happy or sad song?
    I would say it's probably more unhappy than sad.

    32. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9?
    "It's complicated (this time I think it could be), triangulated (it could be just what we need), so let's just say we give it up and walk away, nothing to salvage, anyway."

    33. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends?
    ...not at all. I'm not big on Weezer, I didn't even know I had that song.

    34. When did you first hear #27?
    Charlie Brown Christmas specials, of course. :D

    35. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #30:
    The Betrayer, Bone Chaos in the Castle, and Magazine

    36. Do you know all the words to #6?
    Not at all. I like it and all, but it's in Japanese and even if I knew the words I wouldn't know what it said. XD

    37. Does #28 have better lyrics or music?
    Music, but I love the way the words and music interact for it.

    38. What album is #10 from?
    ...the Inuyasha Theme Song Collection, lololol.

    39. What is a good memory you have of #7?
    Probably just rocking out to it on the flight home from New York in 2006.

    40. How many times have you listened to #9?
    According to last.fm, 385 times, but I'd wager more than that, haha.
  • Must-own albums.

    1 sep 2010, 00:22

    In all the time I've spent listening to music, there have only been a few albums in particular that I can always go back, listen to, and think to myself, "Damn, that is a great album."

    With most albums, there are a few songs I like, and the rest are just okay. With these albums, every track is absolutely worth listening to and appreciating, all the time. Now, your mileage may vary, obviously, depending on your taste in music, but for what it's worth, I do have a pretty varied choice in likes. In no particular order:

    Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself
    I've listened to this album at three varying points of my existence, and every time I've sat down and listened to the album, every track resonates with something. There is a full spectrum of emotion and expression within the content of the album, and Immi's just a talented artist, as a whole. This is probably the only album I've ever called a masterpiece.

    The Bravery - The Bravery
    I didn't know what to think of The Bravery when I first heard them. However, I liked An Honest Mistake, and so I bought the album, fully expecting to only like the one song. What I didn't expect was a rush of energy and nostalgia with a retro sound. In particular, I love Unconditional and No Brakes, though the entire album is really quite exceptional.

    Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
    There is something to be said of a band that takes what was quite possibly the worst thing to happen to them and make something absolutely immense of it. In the case of Avenged Sevenfold, they took the loss of their drummer, The Rev, and it completely changed their album. Musically, every track is experimental, emotional, and in the track Fiction in particular, you can really see how all of the events leading up to the release of the album affected the creation of the work as a whole.

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    I don't know what there is to be said of this album that hasn't been said in the 33 years since its release, but let me try my best to sum things up in case you're not familiar with the circumstances of the album. By the point this album was released, there were five members of the band, two were divorced and two had reached the end of their relationship...and basically they were all sleeping with one another, and this album is the culmination of all this, when they all come to realize what's been going on. Most of Fleetwood Mac's signature tracks come from this album, and it is one of the top-selling albums of all time for a reason.

    Lostprophets - Start Something
    One of the things that really, truly impresses me about this album is how integrated it is. Each song has its own function and meaning unrelated to the tracks around it, but every track is designed to lead into the next one, acoustically weaved together. Beyond that, every track is powerful in its own respect, lyrics and sonics functioning in tandem magnificently, until the long and gradual fade-out that is the end of Sway. Listening to this one in one sitting is an experience all its own, and that's what makes it worth it. If you're not interested in the whole album, though, my favorite is I Don't Know.

    There are more albums than this that I am forgetting, but I will expand on this later, because there are a lot of albums to go.
  • Be negative about your top 20

    11 dec 2009, 21:59

    Found this while wandering the site, thought it was amusing, figured I'd do it. Keep in mind these bands are my top 20 for a reason...

    1) Imogen Heap - ...this is hard, seeing as I worship the ground she walks on... >_>

    2) Daft Punk - Branch out some, less of the repetition more of the new ideas. And put out a new album already.

    3) Fleetwood Mac - Tour again, charge less. 50 bucks for nosebleeds does not a happy monkey make.

    4) Sac State Vocal Jazz - Do more music than just Kerry Marsh's arrangements. They're nice, but after a while all of your music sounds the exact same and it gets boring.

    5) Steve Reich - It's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain | :

    6) Frou Frou - Get back together and make more music, you flakes.

    7) The Beatles - God you guys are/were assholes. I hope Ringo outlives Paul, simply for the irony. Sure, he may have been the quiet one of the band, but if he lives the longest...

    8) Nobuo Uematsu - Hey stop being a sellout for Square and start making interesting music like you used to.

    9) Lostprophets - Got enough angst, then?

    10) HOME MADE KAZOKU - ...honestly, I can't say much about them. The only complaint is they don't have a sad song...but that's really not much of a complaint, haha.

    11) The Manhattan Transfer - I appreciate what you've done, but you guys should stop touring before your voices just vanish entirely. Alan's voice is already dead as it is.

    12) Lily Allen - What a bitch.

    13) Ayumi Hamasaki - You want generic asian pop sound, not exceptional vocal range, and lyrics that don't serve much of a purpose all at once? Voila.

    14) Nujabes - ...I have too much respect for this guy to be negative about him.

    15) Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Frankie, give it a rest. You're going on 80, it's okay to stop singing now, especially seeing as you already lost your voice once.

    16) The Whitest Boy Alive - Too mellow for anything other than mellow moods. Try branching out your style.

    17) Metric - There's one or two tracks on every album that I think you could just do without, and then the albums would be perfect.

    18) Tori Amos - The only time people ever listen to your music is when shit has gone down. Try being happier. You've had maybe three happy songs in the past 20 years, and one of them was faux happiness.

    19) Andy McKee - What I said about Sac State, apply that here. All your music sounds the exact same, which is great when I want to hear it, but I get tired of it quick.

    20) Modest Mouse - ...I've got nothing to say, save for the usual "get better fans" thing.