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  • how bloody good!

    20 Sep 2005, 22:34

    working late...

    feeling in need of inspiration...

    checked http://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=1843
    (it's stylus magazine's top 50 basslines ever by the way)

    spotted My Bloody Valentine at no. 24 with 'You Made Me Realize - sic' (um, let's not forget that MBV are British, so surely it's You Made Me Realise - anyway, enough pedantry.

    checked it out again - how good? very!

    end
  • Last.fm affecting my listening habits...

    18 Sep 2005, 13:32

    It's probably not the point. In fact I'm almost certain it's not the point. But Last.fm is changing the music that I listen to.

    Actually I take the first bit of that back. One of the things that excites me (and everyone else I've spoken to) about last.fm is the fact that it helps you to find new and interesting music, in a non-commercial way.

    So, since I've started using it again in the last week or so, I've bought 3 new CDs of things I'd never heard of before. So from that perspecitive it's working really well.

    But, the side-effect of having the audioscrobbler plugin running in the background is that I'm nervous to listen to 'bad' music. In the fear that it'll ruin my profile. If I listen to a pop-track, will my neighbours suddenly turn into 14 year old screaming girls? If I indulge myself in a moment of rock, will my recommendations suddenly become innundated with the greatest hits of Hair-Metal. Of course not, but at the same time I have (subconciously?) found myself listening to the 'cooler' end of my music library. But of course that's not the point. Yes, I enjoy Metro Area, Alex Smoke, Prefuse 73 and other 'credible' electronica, but at the same time I have listenend to Fleetwood Mac in the last few weeks - and perhaps even more shamefull things too if you can believe it ;-)

    I'm just going to have to learn to listen with pride, and not worry about a few musical 'stains' on my profile.
  • Don't you just hate it when...

    15 Sep 2005, 18:55

    you buy a new CD. The first couple of tracks are amazing. Then track 3 comes on, and it's total rubbish. I almost can't be bothered to listen to any more. It tends to be 'dance' albums that are trying to play it wide that really bug me.

    OK, I'll tell you the album that's pissing me off right now. It's Reachin' Out by Dubble D. It's had great reviews, it's on 2020 Vision (a great label), and it's got some great collaborators on it (Nightmares on Wax, Kate Rogers for example). Starts out great. Then moves into the most heinous jazzwank: the stuff that's so inoffensive it's really offensive. Another couple of albums that I remember hacking me off in the same way are: Block 16, Faze Action and Sylk 130. All 'critically acclaimed' but all have a stinker or two that really bug me.

    Maybe it's just me. I don't mind a bit of diversity. My tastes are relatively diverse. But sometimes people (who obviously have great talent in some areas) seem to get it sooooo wrong.

    And while I'm at it. Sebastien Tellier - how can someone who can make a track as mind-bendingly beautiful as La Ritournelle fill up an album like Politics with so much absolute guff.

    Right, I'm done, Rant over. I guess that's what the forward button is for. And thank god for playlists.