• Do you really think last.fm's similar artists are accurate?

    22 Oct 2013, 14:25 de maplejet

    Hello world.

    You really think so? Then take a look at these so-called similar artists found on each of the following artists among the first 50 artists listed:

    Metallica - System of a Down, Slipknot, Godsmack, KoRn, Disturbed, Rammstein, The Offspring, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Apocalyptica, Alice in Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Lamb of God, Stone Sour, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Deep Purple, Nightwish

    --You really think nu metal like KoRn and Slipknot sound the same? When was Pink Floyd known for making headbashing tunes? I never knew Offspring was a metal band. I didn't know Metallica had harsh vocals like Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, and In Flames! I didn't know Metallica had rap vocals like Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine. And I most certainly think Led Zeppelin is a true metal band since thrash and heavy metal is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Led Zeppelin

    The Offspring - Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, KoRn, Bullet For My Valentine, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Hollywood Undead, Slipknot, Guano Apes, P.O.D., In Flames, Serj Tankian, Dope, Breaking Benjamin, Static-X, NIrvana, DragonForce, Puddle of Mudd, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, Rammstein

    --So wait, I'm supposed to believe that the nu metal craze of the 90s featured The Offspring? I'm supposed to believe Offspring played funk rock music like RHCP. I'm supposed to believe Offspring is a rap-oriented group like RATM, LP, and Hollywood Undead? A post-grunge outfit LIKE FUCKING NICKELBACK? In Flames did punk rock or pop punk? This is news to me!!!

    Nirvana - Sex Pistols, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns N' Roses, The White Stripes, Ramones, System of a Down, Joy Division, Korn, The Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Marilyn Manson

    Gee, Nirvana is hard rock like Led Zeppelin. And they play psychedelic music like Pink Floyd and The Doors...obviously the Beatles and their happy pop and rock and roll is similar to Nirvana and their negative creep grunge sounds. And obviously it's nu metal since it's similar to KoRn and SOAD (I consider SOAD part of the nu metal scene but not as a nu metal band).

    And there's more out there. This is all thanks to the brilliant formula for finding similar artists. Congratulations, if you love Guns N' Roses, you will love Nirvana (and vice versa).
  • Revamping the similar artists formula, Part II

    2 Ene 2012, 5:27 de maplejet

    Last Saturday, I discussed the issues with the current similar artist formula...especially Metallica being top 10 in similarity with The Offspring (like what?).

    Well, since then, I put my programming skills to work and well, I built a little program to test to see it would work with other artists. Results were noticed on several bands/artists as their similar artists over went a make over. However, it did lead to new problems as I tried testing it out super-mainstream acts including our favorite band...Radiohead.

    Rage Against the Machine showed up as a similar artist.

    ...well, apparently. Radiohead's top 250 similar artists currently are all over the place in random genres. A bigger batch of similar artists would be needed to get the best results, but the question is...is my new formula better. I'm going to show you some examples of artists top 25 similar artists...before, and after. You guys make the decision.

    Oh, you don't remember the formula? Very well...time for a quick summary
    *First, grab all 250 similar artists for Artist A. Obtain them in the given order.
    *Next, for each similar artist starting with the one with the highest original rank, look at the first 3 tag and count how many of the tags are similar to the tags in Artist A. Resort based on this. You should end up with 4 groups starting from top (matches all 3 tags, matches 2 tags, matches 1 tag, matches no tags)
    *Next, break the ties by resorting each group based on matches among the first 4 tags (which will spawn even more groups)
    *Then finally, re-sort again, this time on the top 5 tags. If there are still ties, break the ties based on their original rank.

    It's a lot of technical and algorithm stuff that is complicated for the average user, so I won't go that deep. See my example in the first journal entry here for an example with The Offspring (though I work a little backwards here).

    Also, I have banned several tags...here are some of them
    *Tags that are the same as the artist - not all have been banned, but the common ones have been (ex: for Red Hot Chili Peppers). These tags simply group together projects involving members of a band...but really, they may not have the same style.
    *Tags referring to geographical locations..., , , . The geographical location doesn't make sense at all. I haven't gotten into geo-genre tags much yet as they may require research before banning (some countries may have a genre as a specific style).
    *Decade tags. Similar artists do not have to reside in the same decade. If there's a Led Zeppelin clone playing the exact same style of music today that Zep played in the 60s and 70s, then perhaps they should be similar.
    *Nonsense tags...you pretty much know them..., , , , ....they don't reflect a genre or style
    *The tag. To be honest, this tag was holding a lot of stuff back, especially those that are also alternative rock. This tag is incredibly abused as well to hell, so I dropped that tag. Still no decision on the tag...I'll have to run a few more tests through different artists to make that decision.

    So there you go...the banned tags. I'll go through several examples...these are the top 20 artists, before and after.


    Thom Yorke
    Johnny Greenwood
    Sigur Rós

    Arcade Fire

    Grizzly Bear
    The National

    Joy Division
    Massive Attack
    Pink Floyd
    The Horrors

    #1 Placebo
    #2 Pixies
    #3 R.E.M.
    #4 The White Stripes
    #5 Incubus
    #6 Weezer
    #7 Blur
    #8 Coldplay
    #9 Kasabian
    #10 Arctic Monkeys

    #11 Oasis
    #12 The Verve
    #13 The Last Shadow Puppets
    #14 Suede
    #15 Primal Scream
    #16 Manic Street Preachers
    #17 Muse
    #18 Arcade Fire
    #19 The National
    #20 The Strokes

    I'm not sure about both lists. Radiohead seems to really have only one similar artist...themselves. But which one is closest?

    Lets do another punk rock band other than The Offspring. How about Rise Against


    Sum 41
    Billy Talent
    A Day to Remember

    Strike Anywhere
    The Offspring
    Breaking Benjamin
    Three Days Grace
    Bullet for My Valentine

    Story of the Year
    Papa Roach
    Bad Religion

    3 Doors Down

    Ugh...I could just puke to hell if I'm told most of these bands are similar...

    #1 Strung Out
    #2 Nations Afire
    #3 A Wilhelm Scream
    #4 Last of the Believers
    #5 Good Riddance

    #6 Only Crime
    #7 88 Fingers Louie
    #8 Satanic Surfers
    #9 Pulley
    #10 Much the Same

    #11 Strike Anywhere
    #12 Pennywise
    #13 Bad Religion
    #14 Propagandhi
    #15 No Fun at All

    #16 H2O
    #17 Polar Bear Club
    #18 AFI
    #19 No Use for a Name
    #20 Lagwagon

    Not only has every single non-punk rock band has been removed from the current list, but even mainstream punk rock bands like Sum 41 and The Offspring are also gone. The result? More melodic hardcore bands in the top 20. Strung Out is now the most similar. Sum 41 and The Offspring show up between #21-30. And Nickelback? A long way down...at 139. This is probably the main reason why the tag was not removed.

    So, what about metal? How bout some Metallica?

    Iron Maiden

    Black Sabbath
    System of a Down
    Guns N' Roses

    Lou Reed & Metallica
    Machine Head
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Avenged Sevenfold
    The Offspring

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THE OFFSPRING DOING HERE? Literally. Well, for the most part, it looks OK with Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax on top first but...AC/DC, GNR...they sure may have been influenced by them, but would you really call them similar to Metallica? Would anyone even consider Slipknot or SOAD similar to Metallica either? Avenged Sevenfold?

    Let's see what our new formula has spawned:

    #1 MD.45
    #2 Black Tide
    #3 Megadeth
    #4 Anthrax
    #5 Testament

    #6 Acid Drinkers
    #7 Kat
    #8 Turbo
    #9 Iron Maiden
    #10 Black Sabbath

    #11 Motörhead
    #12 Ozzy Osbourne
    #13 Black Label Society
    #14 Dio
    #15 Bruce Dickinson

    #16 TSA
    #17 Lordi
    #18 Danzig
    #19 Steve Ouimette
    #20 Slayer

    Hmm...kind of strange here. Slayer actually dropped while Testament on the other hand arised. Now...MD.45 comes up #1...I dunno, many claim it's punk rock, but their top tags are thrash. But what the fuck are Acid Drinkers, Kat and Turbo? They're thrash metal bands from Poland. Both shared thrash metal and heavy metal tags with Metallica, thus the high ranking since thrash metal and heavy metal are also among Metallica's top tags too.

    Slayer only shared two tags (thrash metal, heavy metal) while the Polish metal bands shared all 3 (since was banned due to location). It's quite interesting to be honest. Similar artists are supposed to get us into new artists. Not sure if they're good or not, but perhaps you might wanna give a spin to those artists.

    What bout hip-hop? Let's take a random hip-hop artist....ok, Kanye West (I had to ban the tag in order to get similar artists).

    Jay-Z & Kanye West
    The Throne
    Kid Cudi
    Big Sean

    Lupe Fiasco
    Pusha T

    The Weeknd
    Kendrick Lamar
    Mr Hudson

    The Game
    Rick Ross
    Frank Ocean

    I dunno...but I kind of feel most of the similar artist are affiliated in some way to G.O.O.D. Music.

    #1 Diddy - Dirty Money
    #2 Chris Brown
    #3 Nelly
    #4 Nicki Minaj
    #5 Timbaland

    #6 Pharrell
    #7 Fonzworth Bentley
    #8 R. Kelly & Jay-Z
    #9 Mase
    #10 Puff Daddy & The Family

    #11 Drake
    #12 T-Pain
    #13 P. Diddy
    #14 Diddy
    #15 Twista

    #16 Bow Wow
    #17 Chris Brown & Tyga
    #18 Will Smith
    #19 Usher
    #20 R. Kelly

    Umm...is it just me or did this get a little more on the poppy/rnb side (well Kanye did do more poppy stuff on the last 2 record). LOL at the different version of the guy known as Diddy on there (hip-hop, rap rnb, pop, soul were the top tags for Kanye West after other tags were dumped...including hip hop (duplicate tag for hip-hop), kanye west (for obvious reasons) and...GAY FISH. TBH, most people tend to consider Kanye as a good musician rather than an MC.

    One more example. I have also banned the because it referred to a radio format rather than a genre. One band I tested was Queen:

    Freddie Mercury
    Brian May
    Roger Taylor
    Queen + Paul Rodgers
    Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé

    The Cross
    Deep Purple
    Queen & David Bowie
    Led Zeppelin
    Pink Floyd

    Electric Light Orchestra
    The Who
    The Beatles

    Black Sabbath
    David Bowie

    Well...most of the top 10 consists of random Queen side projects. But do they play the same exact style...or even have a good discography to choose from? Queen & David Bowie only has one song of existence! And the next 10 artists...hmm...feels like Queen takes in a bit of those bands, but they aren't even similar to each other. What bout this new formula?

    #1 Slade
    #2 Sweet
    #3 Suzi Quatro
    #4 Queen + Paul Rodgers
    #5 Kiss
    #6 The Darkness
    #7 Mott the Hoople
    #8 Styx
    #9 Foreigner
    #10 Freddie Mercury

    #11 Roger Taylor
    #12 David Bowie
    #13 Alice Cooper
    #14 Bon Jovi
    #15 Heart
    #16 Jon Bon Jovi
    #17 L.A. Guns
    #18 Journey
    #19 Deep Purple
    #20 Led Zeppelin

    Well, most of the original British Invasion is gone...some of those arena rock bands though are now in (Styx, Foreigner, and Journey to be specific)...Alice Cooper is in, and he's considered glam rock which Queen sometimes goes into...not bad. Most of the Queen side projects are gone, and AC/DC and Aerosmith seems to belong somewhere else (got to go outside the top 30 to find them). The top band is Slade...based on their last.fm page, they seem to also incorporate glam rock and hard rock together. Same with Sweet as well. Remember Queen still has hard rock influences to their sound as well, which is why not all hard rock band on the original list are gone. Seems to feel like a better list IMO, but what about you?

    Well, I'm prolly going to go through more artists and search for more tags. Perhaps I could show you some more examples as well from other genres. It should be known that not all similar artists formulas are perfect. And there will always be artists that aren't similar at all.

    Remember, I'm only able to resort the original top 250 similar artists. If there are some that are clearly similar to the given artist, but not in that artist's top 250 similar artists, it may not be caught. IMO, this formula is better applied over a similar artist pool of more than 250...probably a lot more artists.

    So take a look and pass me some feedback...whether it be on a formula, tags to include, and perhaps ask me for a few examples.
  • Revamping the similar artists formula.

    25 Dic 2011, 19:45 de maplejet

    As you've noticed the last several years, similar artists for bands/artists have gotten worse and more unreasonable. Especially if you keep reading on and on through the top similar artists for each artist. The one that has been baffling me for a while is The Offspring, a punk rock band that's not extreme or (though they do have influences and sounds at times). In fact, as of 12/25/2011, these are their top 50 similar artists in order:

    Sum 41
    Rise Against
    Bad Religion
    Billy Talent
    Green Day

    Papa Roach
    System of a Down
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Rage Against the Machine

    Bloodhound Gang
    Limp Bizkit
    3 Doors Down
    Farben Lehre
    Dropkick Murphys

    Iron Maiden
    Drowning Pool
    Pidżama Porno
    Bullet for My Valentine
    Rob Zombie

    Bowling for Soup
    Good Charlotte
    Guano Apes
    Flogging Molly
    Tenacious D
    Foo Fighters
    Three Days Grace

    You guys can puke now. The current formula is based on what people of Offspring listen to more often. But seriously...we know this. If one person listens to two bands, those two bands aren't necessarily similar...especially The Offspring to Metallica. The Offspring to Nickelback. The Offspring to AC/DC (seriously...). The Offspring to System of a Down...The Offspring to Disturbed and Godsmack (seriously...?) The Offspring to Slipknot, KoRn, and Limp Bizkit (when has The Offspring ever been nu metal?). And worse yet, The Offspring to Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Bullet For My Valentine, DragonForce, Rob Zombie...are we supposed to believe that The Offspring is a heavy metal band?

    Anyone should know that this method isn't the best way to find a similar artist. It's not. Simple as follows. A topic on the forums discussed that and some people suggested that the bands/artists be determined by tag clouds. That could work, but a few believe that there could be problems, especially when taking the whole tag cloud as a whole and seeing a ton of hard rock and alternative bands become similar to the one artist (The Offspring in this case).

    Actually, there is another way I've been looking at, and it was a waste of several hours.

    What if we took the current list and re-sorted it based on just the top 5 tags, taking into account the order of the tags. Of course there are questionable tags like , , and for some reason, very frequently and (appears that The Offspring has a huge following in Poland), but for now, let's leave them here (already, the infamous tag was banned from the tag cloud).

    This is what I did...I grabbed the top 5 tags for every single band and resorted the list based on how many tags a band/artist shared those tags. Those that shared all 5 tags (in this case, , , , , ) came on the top followed by those that shared 4, then 3, and then 0. Here's how the top 20 now looked like:

    Billy Talent
    Alien Ant Farm
    Unwritten Law

    SHARED ONLY 4 TAGS (missing tag in paranthesis)
    Sum 41 (had , missing alternative rock)
    Bad Religion (had , missing alternative rock)
    Green Day (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    blink-182 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Bloodhound Gang (had , missing punk rock)
    Pidżama Porno (had , missing alternative rock)
    Bowling For Soup (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Good Charlotte (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    AFI (had emo, missing alternative rock)
    SR-71 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Social Distortion (had rockabilly, missing alternative rock)
    No Use For a Name (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    +44 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Strachy Na Lachy (had polish, missing punk)

    As you can notice now, all of those metal and hard rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC, Nickelback, System of a Down, Disturbed and Godsmack....GONE from the top 20...actually they didn't even break the top 30 as well. What was more disturbing though was the high number of bands that didn't even share a single tag with The Offspring. These are some of the bands that you could hear when listening to The Offspring similar artists radio, and grab a bucket, you're about to puke hard...no, Justin Bieber is not there, but still...

    Bullet For My Valentine
    In Flames
    The Prodigy
    Children of Bodom
    Sonata Arctica
    Hollywood Undead
    All That Remains
    Blind Guardian
    Five Finger Death Punch
    Lacuna Coil
    As I Lay Dying
    Machine Head
    Judas Priest
    Sonic Syndicate
    A Day to Remember
    Within Temptation
    Fatboy Slim
    Alley Life

    Take a look guys...enjoy listening to all that metalcore, symphonic metal, power metal, heavy metal, electronica, nu metal, thrash metal, melodic death metal, and hip-hop stuff. According to last.fm right now, they are really similar artists to The Offspring (actually, all of them except for DF and BFMV come up as medium to low similarity to The Offspring). But seriously, a band that doesn't even share any of the top 5 tags with another band/artist has no reason even being on a list with that band. And there's literally a common thread with the bands/artists listed above. Most of them are pure metal to the point they don't even have a tag (I suspect Priest would get one if classic rock was barred though). Others like The Prodigy or Eminem are from electronica and hip-hop genres...and..really...I can't see a similarity with those bands to begin with.

    So there...we managed to filter in bands that are similar...but it's not over yet. Let's now resort the list again, but this time, only compare the top 4 tags for all artists/bands. Tiebreakers for this sort will be

    1). Number of tags shared when maximum 5 tags are used...
    2). Their original ranking on the old formula, higher goes first

    After the sort, the top 20 looks even more different:

    Billy Talent
    Alien Ant Farm

    Unwritten Law
    Sum 41
    Bad Religion
    Green Day

    Bloodhound Gang
    Bowling For Soup
    Good Charlotte
    Social Distortion

    No Use For a Name
    The Distillers
    Autopilot Off

    Well for the most part, the ordering has changed here. Some other bands now moved into the top 20 as there's more of a focus on the top 4 tags.

    Last but not least, I repeated the resort again, but only comparing the top 3 tags for all artists/bands using the same tiebreakers as before while adding another tiebreaker that takes greater precedence (basically the number of tags shared when the maximum tags is used at 3...followed by the 2 tiebreaker rules listed above). And here is the final product:

    #1 Killradio
    #2 Billy Talent
    #3 Unwritten Law
    #4 Sum 41
    #5 Green Day
    #6 AFI
    #7 Social Distortion
    #8 Ramones
    #9 Pezz
    #10 Bad Religion
    #11 blink-182
    #12 Bowling For Soup
    #13 Good Charlotte
    #14 No Use For a Name
    #15 +44
    #16 Sugarcult
    #17 The Distillers
    #18 Autopilot Off
    #19 Transplants
    #20 Pennywise

    Now where did Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm go? Even though they shard all 5 tags as The Offspring, the ordering on both bands was different (rock, alternative rock, alternative, punk rock, punk), while with The Offspring, the ordering was (punk rock, punk, rock, alternative rock, alternative). As a result, the bands only shared 1 tag among the top 3 tags and ended up going below those that had at least 2 of The Offspring's top tags (punk rock, punk, rock).

    As for some of those disputed bands, Nickelback ended up coming in at #69. Much lower on the list, but still quite high as they did share 1 tag among the top 3 (rock). Also, remember we are re-ranking the top 250 bands artists and remember we are already dealing with a good 45 bands that have nothing in common with The Offspring. I do not know whether they strive to get the top 250 bands and cut off from there, or work out some weird formula there, but perhaps maybe they should apply the current formula to get a batch of even more artists, apply the above formula, and then just take the top 250 artists...honestly 250 might be too much...top 200 perhaps? You could see a real shake up on many similar artists lists.

    Many mainstream bands like Metallica, Radiohead, Linkin Park and other bands could see a lot of shake-up too. There are still a few other unresolved issues, like will it actually pick up 100% similar artists? Red Hot Chili Peppers for example has their top tags as rock, alternative, and alternative rock. Didn't some of the bands listed above have those 3 tags as well? Are they really similar? But perhaps it could cut bands that aren't alternative to begin with, like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, etc...

    Another issue is potential abuse of tags. I'm talking about a bunch of wackos attempting to give something like Justin Bieber the now infamous tag (honestly though, 1 tag isn't really going to be enough and even identifying a brutal death metal band that a Justin Bieber fan listens too is going to be real difficult...especially if it doesn't share a pop or something. Moderators can assist with issues like that.

    Also, the removal of tags could have an effect on similar artists. If we remove something like 70s, 80s, swedish, female vocalists, and all those other tags, can we guarantee that the new tags will make things better, or make things worse? What about tags regarding the same thing (alternative is not the same as alternative rock, but hip-hop/hip hop/hiphop? Nu metal/nu-metal? alt-rock/alternative rock?)? Do we merge these tags into one? Or do these duplicates exist because there's no other major tag to classify them as? What about vague tags like "classic rock"? And abused tags like "alternative", "indie"? And bogus tags like "", "", ""? With cases like this, it's all trial and error then, but it's really something that can be done on the go and with the assistance of user feedback.

    There is one more thing I thought of regarding my suggested? Perhaps we could start sorting based on top tag for each artist, then by top 2 tags, then by top 3 tags, and all the way until the top 50th tag or something (and if an artist doesn't have a certain number of tags, TOO BAD :P). But that's something that would take a while to look at.

    Who knows, perhaps someone might create a last.fm widget tool based on this suggestion. But it is clearly a possibility to use instead of the current formula, which guarantees a ton of similar artists that have nothing to do with each other.
  • Seen Live List (+videos)

    1 May 2011, 15:44 de VanLaiho

    Aerosmith (2x)
    After Forever
    Alice Cooper
    Andre Matos (4x)
    Arch Enemy
    Avenged Sevenfold (3x)
    Black Label Society
    Black Sabbath
    Cavalera Conspiracy (2x)
    Children of Bodom
    David Lee Roth
    Dr. Sin
    Duff Mckagan's Loaded
    Epica (3x)
    Forgotten Boys
    Gamma Ray
    Guns N' Roses (2x)
    Helloween (4x)
    Iron Maiden (6x)
    KISS (2x)
    Linkin Park (2x)
    Ozzy Osbourne (2x)
    The Parlor Mob
    Paul McCartney
    The Pretty Reckless
    Primal Fear
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Rock Rocket
    Sebastian Bach
    Sepultura (4x)
    Slayer (2x)
    Stratovarius (4x)
    Tori Amos
    Velvet Revolver
    Viper (2x)
    Yo La Tengo

    Coming up:
    The Birthday Massacre
    System of a Down



    The best concert i ever been so far...

    Aerosmith 2x


    After Forever

    Alice Cooper


    Andre Matos 3x


    Arch Enemy

    Avenged Sevenfold 3x




    Black Label Society

    Black Sabbath


    Cavalera Conspiracy 2x



    Children of Bodom


    David Lee Roth



    Dr. Sin

    Duff McKagan's Loaded


    Epica 3x




    Forgotten Boys


    Gamma Ray




    Guns N' Roses 2x




    Helloween 3x
    2006 - I'm on dvd mothafucka :D

    2008 (feat. Gamma Ray)


    2013 (feat. Kai Hansen)



    Iron Maiden 6x







    Kiss 2x






    Linkin Park 2x










    Ozzy Osbourne 2x



    Paul McCartney


    The Pretty Reckless

    Primal Fear


    Queens of the Stone Age
    Truly fuckin' awesome!


    Rock Rocket


    Sebastian Bach

    Sepultura 4x




    Slayer 2x
    2013 (São Paulo)

    2013 (Rio)

    Stratovarius 4x


    Tori Amos


    Velvet Revolver

    Viper 2x



    Yo La Tengo

  • ''Not Ready To Die''.

    3 May 2011, 0:03 de BlueCherry_

    Have you guys already listened to it ? If so, what did you think about the song ?
  • No one will ever agree with a single Super Bowl Halftime Show ever

    12 Ene 2011, 16:01 de maplejet

    The Super Bowl is arriving, guaranteed to have no Mannings, no Brees, no Vick, and definitely no LOLskins. And usually, we have a halftime show. But really as of lately, no one has agreed with any choices...at least on the internet. Last year's halftime show featuring The Who gained very mixed reviews, many feeling that the band was not the same band they jammed to in the and . The streak of bands was ready to end. So for this year in Dallas, we get a more modern approach...the Black Eyed Peas




    Wait, that's not impressing you either. Well, Dallas was actually trying to get a band, like The Eagles. They also pondered at choices like Journey and Bon Jovi...still too much on the classic side, but when the decision was made, the Black Eyed Peas were the top choice. The group known for their infamous overplayed hit I Gotta Feeling will perform in front of millions on TV as the NFL decided it was time to go back modern with a "safe" choice. No, don't expect a wardrobe malfunction from Fergie.

    But seeing this, not everyone is impressed again. These high-scaled halftime shows began the moment that the king of pop Michael Jackson showed up in 1993 for Super Bowl 27 in Pasadena, loaded with the epic performance of Heal the World. The Super Bowl itself was forgettable...if you live in Buffalo that is. But since that Super Bowl performance, the NFL began scouting for more high profile acts over the years. Thus why we see stuff like U2, Prince, Aerosmith among others.

    Then we had Super Bowl XXXVIII, another game changer, maybe for the better. It was honestly an awful halftime show to be honest...Janet Jackson was supposed to be the main attraction, but instead, had random appearances from P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock which seemingly was absolutely pointless. And then Justin Timberlake showed up and...yeah...this is the reason why the Halftime Show became safe stuff afterwards. The reason why the NFL began choosing safe attractions for the next few shows. The reason why instead of seeing 50 Cent, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, we ended up seeing Paul McCartney, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

    But even during the "classic rock" era, people still were not impressed, especially last year's choice of The Who. Many have suggested several options from different angles:

    *Some would love to see heavy metal, in the likes of Iron Maiden and Slayer, but in America, the only metal band that would bring out the people would be...yes, you guessed it, Metallica. Other metal bands like Slayer would be too harsh, and some like Disturbed, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold would be a little too extreme and cause people to go angry.

    *Hipsters would love to see "awesome" stuff like Radiohead, Animal Collective, and The National...go enjoy it hipsters...while it's definitely safer than the above choices, it will put people to sleep. The music "critics" will praise the performance, but the rest will be asking even Neil Diamond to save them.

    *There are some that are perverted and would love to return back to the days of scantily clad "awesomeness". Having just cheerleaders and nothing else. Yeah, that's cheap. But some are just dying to see the clotheless...Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and the worst possible option in the world...KP. Do you really think this would really work out in the end?

    *Hip-hop, ain't gonna happen in our future. Almost all of them swear, the good acts aren't known for rocking a stadium and viewers need to really focus on lyrics, and the best acts for the stadium will bring in lyrics about shaking dat ass, partying, getting drunk, and having sex.

    *Many of the classic rock bands selected tend to be from the 60s and 70s, but there are still some that can pick up positive reviews among all ages. The main suggestion going around is Rush, and why not? They're still performing and releasing music to very positive review, among all age groups especially. Of course, is it enough to gain the eyes of Americans...the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still has not inducted Rush. But perhaps could be a good choice maybe, eh?

    *And then we have...scene kids. They hope to see stuff like Paramore, Linkin Park, and Three Days Grace rock out the halftime show. Really, these bands hardly have a real appeal to anyone outside the younger audiences...and it's usually just a select crowd, often more feminine. Honestly, among scene kids, there's really only one band that could do the trick, that being Green Day...and they kind of fall under the last and recommended group by me:

    *What's causing the problem is that the Super Bowl is selecting either bands that are way too old...or bands that are way way way too modern. It's either stuff who were popular in the 60s 70s and early 80s, and those popular in the 2000s. There was one era missing from all of this. The 90s. The 90s, a time when grunge and alternative rock boomed. A time where bands like Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, and Red Hot Chili Peppers rampaged through hit by hit. These bands are still active. These bands are not old geezer bands like Rolling Stones and The Who...while they are not new modern pop like Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. This is where the NFL should be focused at. They have yet to pick out a band from this generation yet. Perhaps it is the solution.

    Of course we don't know if there is going to be a 2012 Super Bowl...this would be in Indianapolis. A lockout could doom the season. In the meantime, unless you have alternate plans, you're gonna have to deal with will.am.i and Fergie doing their thing on stage, sing that one damned song you've grown sick of hearing (if not already). But look on the bright side, it could have been worst...it could've been Justin Bieber!
  • Sobre "A Day To Remember"

    10 Ene 2011, 19:18 de snakesubnick

    A Day to Remember by: adtrwillians@hotmail.com

    A Day to Remember é uma banda estadunidense de Post-hardcore formada na cidade de Ocala, na Flórida em 2003. Têm um álbum lançado com o selo da gravadora Indianola Records e atualmente tem contrato com a gravadora Victory Records de Silverstein, Comeback Kid e Four Letter Lie; com a qual lançaram 4 álbuns até 2010 paralelamente a um álbum independente, o Old Record de 2008.


    A banda A Day to Remember foi formada em 2003 na cidade de Ocala, Flórida. Tornaram-se conhecidos por unir alguns gêneros em suas músicas, principalmente Hardcore um pouco melódico ou até Pop Punkcom Post-Hardcore ou então Metalcore; tornaram-se mais conhecidos também, pela regravação de músicas populares, aderindo-as com seu estilo. As músicas regravadas foram "Since U Been Gone" da artista Kelly Clarkson e "Over My Head (Cable Car)" da banda The Fray.
    Eles lançaram algumas músicas em demos, em seguida, assinaram com a Indianola Records para o lançamento de seu primeiro álbum, nomeado And Their Name Was Treason de 2005. O cd vendeu mais de 8.000 cópias sozinho[1], e um ano mais tarde eles assinaram com a Victory Records. Rapidamente começaram a trabalhar em seu segundo álbum, intitulado For Those Who Have Heart em que apareceram com o novo baterista, chamado Alex Shellnutt.
    Em 2008 lançaram a Deluxe Edition do For Those Who Have Heart, seu primeiro DVD gravado em sua cidade Natal (Ocala) e fizeram um CD intitulado Old Record que é uma reedição do And Their Name Was Treason, porém, com diferentes versões das músicas e com uma capa que satiriza os membros da banda no futuro.
    Em 2009 lançaram seu terceito álbum em estúdio, o Homesick, e alguns meses depois de seu lançamento, o guitarrista Tom Denney quebra seu pulso e é substituido temporariamente, até então, por Kevin Skaff, que tocava na banda Four Letter Lie, porém, mesmo após se recuperar, Tom resolveu deixar a banda alegando o que já demonstrava há um certo tempo: estar deprimido por saudades de sua esposa e cansado da vida de estrada. Em outubro de 2009 eles relançaram o álbum Homesick com músicas ao vivo gravadas em um show na Suíçae duas músicas acústicas, "Homesick" e "Another Song About the Weekend".
    Em julho de 2010 a banda entrou em estúdio para a gravação de seu 4º CD que seria lançado em 16 de novembro, chamado What Separates Me From You.
    Tom Denney, mesmo estando fora da banda, continua sendo amigo dos atuais membros, ele inclusive fez participações como backing vocal nas gravações mais recentes da banda e uma participação super especial no clipe da música "I'm Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?" durante aproximadamente 2 segundos, porém com extrema importância.


    * Jeremy McKinnon → Vocal (2003–Presente)
    * Neil Westfall → Guitarra Rítmica, Backing vocal (2003–Presente)
    * Joshua Woodard → Baixo (2003–Presente)
    * Alex Shelnutt → Bateria, (2007–Presente)
    * Kevin Skaff → Guitarra, Vocal (2009–Presente)


    * Tom Denney → Guitarra, Backing vocal (2003–2009)
    * Brandon Roberts → Bateria, Percussão (2006)
    * Bobby Scruggs → Bateria, Percussão (2003–2006)

    Ano Álbum Posição nas Paradas[2]
    US US Indie US Heat.
    2005 And Their Name Was Treason

    * Lançamento: 10 de Maio de 2005
    * Gravadora: Indianola Records

    — — —
    2007 For Those Who Have Heart

    * Lançamento: 23 de Janeiro de 2007
    * Gravadora: Victory Records

    — 43 17
    2009 Homesick

    * Lançamento: 3 de Fevereiro de 2009
    * Gravadora: Victory Records

    21 1 —
    2010 What Separates Me From You

    * Lançamento: 16 de Novembro de 2010
    * Gravadora: Victory Records

    — — —

    * Second Glance - And Their Name Was Treason (2005);
    * The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle - For Those Who Have a Heart (2007);
    * The Danger In Starting A Fire - For Those Who Have a Heart (2007);
    * Since U Been Gone - For Those Who Have a Heart(re-released) (2008);
    * The Downfall Of Us All - Homesick (2009);
    * Right Were You Want Me To Be (single não presente em nenhum album) (2009);
    * I'm Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of? - Homesick (2010);
    * Have Faith In Me - Homesick (2010);
    * All I Want - What Separates Me From You (2011)
  • You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic

    10 Ene 2011, 18:56 de snakesubnick

    You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic

    I'm a mess that's the best way to describe it
    I leave no time to myself the only way I can fight it
    When I'm alone it's like I'm staring into a mirror
    Don't know the person inside it and that's never been any clearer
    I miss our family and I miss all my friends
    If you had it to do over your do it over again
    Cause I would, it means something more to me
    There's a hole in my heart where you use to be

    I still wish you the best of luck, baby
    And don't go thinking this was a waste of time
    I couldn't forget you if I tried
    You killed what was left of the good in me
    I'm tired, so let me be broken
    Look down at the mess that's in front of me
    No other words may be spoken
    And I've got nobody else to blame though I've tried
    Kept all of my past mistakes down inside
    I'll live with regret for my whole life

    I confess, that I brought this all on myself
    Condemned to suffer alone, like there's nobody else
    When your gone, it's like a whole part of me's missing
    So I'll keep living the lie and just hope that your listening

    What doesn't make us alive here
    But our foundation was built for sin
    Now stop and run until the damage was done
    And I've never had the upper hand

    I still wish you the best of luck, baby
    And don't go thinking this was a waste of time
    I couldn't forget you if I tried
    You killed what was left of the good in me
    I'm tired, so let me be broken
    Look down at the mess that's in front of me
    No other words may be spoken
    And I've got nobody else to blame though I've tried
    Kept all of my past mistakes down inside
    I'll live with regret for my whole life

    All the things you love are all the things I hate
    How did we get here in the first place?

    All but your cold blood inside your mind (All my trust)
    Is always burning inside of me (All the way)
    I can't make any more progress I know I'll faint
    The only thing that can heal this is time is space

    You killed what was left of the good in me
    I'm tired, so let me be broken
    Look down at the mess that's in front of me
    No other words may be spoken
    And I've got nobody else to blame though I've tried
    Kept all of my past mistakes down inside
    I'll live with regret for my whole life
    For my whole life.
  • Corpore 'n Spotify!!!

    28 Sep 2010, 15:55 de Teocida

    The Corpore's albums are already up in Spotify. Don't have Spotify? Go and download for free this software in its web. So u'll be able to listen to Corpore and ur fav bands whenever you want. Don't miss the chance!!! (it isn't a Spotify advertising) XD

    Enjoy them!!!

    Corpore ya tiene sus álbumes editados hasta ahora en Spotify. Si tienes este software, aprovecha la oportunidad de escuchar gratis su música.

    ¡¡¡Que los disfrutéis!!!

    Cadenas Invisibles EP

    Corpore – Corpore EP
  • The AK Forty Sexuals are Magic!

    30 Jul 2010, 15:51 de nCogNeato

    The AK Forty Sexuals are ... Magic!

    Debut album from former members of Chemical Valley, jewish party machine, Couchboy, and the ones that got away.

    Featuring Columbus, Ohio prodigy sea tone on the track Digital Gospel.

    320 Kbps album download is available on Megaupload.