• 30000

    26 May 2013, 19:38

    Just passed 30000 scrobbles. This is what was playing:

    Neko Case – Deep Red Bells
  • 20000

    4 Oct 2010, 18:04

    Took awhile (almost 2 years) but hit #20000 yesterday 3/10/2010. It was
    The Swell Season – Love That Conquers
  • Super-Eclectic Score

    24 Jun 2009, 14:49

    About average with this one...

    Take your top 50 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 20 similar artists (where the artist itself is the #1 most similar). The resulting number of unique artists is your super-eclectic score. You can compute your own score at

    My super-eclectic score is currently


    The most similar artists for my profile are Fleet Foxes (9), Arcade Fire (9), Wolf Parade (9), M. Ward (8), Broken Social Scene (8), Wilco (6), Blitzen Trapper (6), Department of Eagles (6), The Dodos (6), Horse Feathers (6)
  • Eclectic Score Yet Again

    24 Jun 2009, 14:45

    My eclectic score is currently


    The 89 related artists for my profile are A.C. Newman, Anoushka Shankar, Apostle of Hustle, Band of Horses, Belle and Sebastian, Black Francis, Born Ruffians, Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew, Built to Spill, Chad VanGaalen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (3), Coldplay, Cream, Cuff the Duke, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Damien Jurado, Dave Matthews, Dave Matthews & Friends, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Department of Eagles, Dirty Projectors, Dispatch, Fleet Foxes, Frank Black, Frank Black and the Catholics, Galaxie 500, Grateful Dead, Great Lake Swimmers, Guided by Voices, Handsome Furs, Horse Feathers (2), I'm From Barcelona, Interpol, Iron & Wine, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Garcia Band, Joel Plaskett, Jonny Greenwood, Justin Rutledge, K.C. Accidental, Karsh Kale, Kevin Drew, Liars, MIDIval PunditZ, Magnolia Electric Co., Marnie Stern, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Miracle Fortress, Muse, O.A.R., Okkervil River (2), Page & Plant, Pavement, Phil Lesh & Friends, Phish, Pink Floyd, Plants and Animals, Robert Plant, Shearwater (2), Sigur Rós, Songs: Ohia, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Stephen Malkmus, Sun Kil Moon, Sunset Rubdown, Tabla Beat Science, The Acorn (2), The Breeders, The Curtains, The Decemberists, The Fiery Furnaces, The Hold Steady (2), The Most Serene Republic, The Mountain Goats, The National (2), The Sadies, The String Cheese Incident (2), The Unicorns, The Walkmen, The Who, Thom Yorke, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, White Rabbits, Wolf Parade (3), moe., of Montreal
  • 10000

    12 Nov 2008, 13:48

    I guess 10000 is a landmark so for posterity, #10000 was:
    Meat Puppets - Backwater
    while playing my library on shuffle (just for the surprise).

    I've never been much of a fan but after listening to that song again I thought it was not too bad. May have to listen to the Meat Puppets more than once every 6 years...
  • Eclectic score 1 year later

    10 Jun 2008, 13:58

    My eclectic score has increased this year. I'm guessing due to all the World music I've been listening to since Womad last year.

    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

    My eclectic score is currently


    The 79 related artists for my profile are A.C. Newman, Ali Farka Toure/Ry Cooder, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Apostle of Hustle, Baba Djan, Band of Horses (2), Beirut, Broken Social Scene (2), Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew, Camera Obscura, Cat Power, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (5), CocoRosie, Cuff the Duke, Death Cab for Cutie, Deerhunter, Devendra Banhart & Jana Hunter, Dimi Mint Abba, Dinosaur Jr., Etran Finatawa, Frank Black, Frederic Galliano and the African Divas, Galaxie 500, Gillian Welch, Grateful Dead, Guided by Voices, I'm From Barcelona, Immaculate Machine, Iron & Wine, Islands, Jason Collett, Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Garcia Band, Joanna Newsom, K.C. Accidental, Keller Williams, Kevin Drew, LCD Soundsystem, Liars, Lightning Bolt, Lucinda Williams, Mates of State, Menomena (2), Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket (2), Pavement (2), Phish (2), Regina Spektor, Rilo Kiley, Sebadoh, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Stars (2), Stereolab, Sunset Rubdown, TV on the Radio, Tea Leaf Green, The Allman Brothers Band, The Apples in Stereo, The Arcade Fire, The Breeders, The Constantines, The Decemberists, The Fiery Furnaces, The Meligrove Band, The New Pornographers (2), The Olivia Tremor Control, The Sadies, The String Cheese Incident (3), The Unicorns (3), Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver, Wolf Parade (2), moe. (2), of Montreal (4)
  • Not as eclectic as I thought

    7 May 2007, 4:45

    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 (extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at

    My eclectic score is currently


    The 67 related artists for my profile are Animal Collective (2) Architecture in Helsinki Beach House Belle and Sebastian Big Sugar Billy Bragg Bob Dylan (4) Bright Eyes Broken Social Scene (5) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Coldplay Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young David Bowie Deerhunter Del McCoury Elliott Smith Explosions in the Sky Grateful Dead (2) Grizzly Bear Interpol Iron & Wine Jeff Tweedy Jimi Hendrix Keller Williams (2) King Crimson Led Zeppelin (2) Matthew Good Band Menomena Modest Mouse moe. (2) Mogwai Moist Neil Young Neutral Milk Hotel Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds of Montreal (2) Phish (2) Pink Floyd Radiohead Ricky Skaggs Simon & Garfunkel Son Volt Steve Earle Steve Earle & The Dukes Steve Earle and the Del McCour Sufjan Stevens (6) Swan Lake The Allman Brothers Band (2) The Arcade Fire (4) The Beatles The Decemberists (4) The Fiery Furnaces The Flaming Lips The Postal Service The Rolling Stones The Shins (4) The String Cheese Incident (2) The Tea Party The Tragically Hip The Velvet Underground Tom Waits Trey Anastasio (2) Uncle Tupelo Van Morrison (2) Wilco Wolf Parade (2) Xiu Xiu
  • My Recommendation Cloud, Kinda Fun...

    6 May 2007, 15:19

  • 1000th Song

    5 Mar 2007, 1:23

    A note to self.
    Just reached my 1000th song on It took 47 days to reach 1000. In case of any future nostalgic feelings I might have the song was:

    Your Guts Are Like Mine by Set Fire to Flames

    While listening to tag radio.

    Pretty short song as far as post-rock goes but I kind of like the sound. Yet another Montreal based band that gets added to my list of
  • A list of drm-free music stores

    4 Mar 2007, 3:07

    From a guy who never has and never will pay a penny for drm-restricted music; a short but (hopefully) growing list of places to buy drm-free music online:

    Apparently the #2 music store on the internet (behind itunes) which is some accomplishment considering the general lack of mainstream music. Despite this there is a wide variety of music available, from Woody Guthrie to Sufjan Stevens and Cat Power. There is a definite weighting towards indie-type bands and an excellent selection of jazz - with many other genres. Mp3 format only (high bitrate VBR). Payment is on a subscription basis and prices are very reasonable.

    Another shop with a good selection of indie bands. High bitrate VBR mp3s and a select few Flacs are available (their FAQ says they're considering expanding their FLAC collection which would be fantastic). Available worldwide. Pay on a per-album or per-track basis. Looks more expensive than emusic but would be a good choice for getting just one album or track without signing up for a subscription. Could also be worth a try if the album you want isn't available in your country on emusic.

    Rough Trade Digital
    The online branch of the famous Rough Trade record shop in London. Famous for it's selection of independent/alternative/counter culture music. Mp3 format - newer selections are at 320kbps while older have VBR encoding.

    Nettwerk Music Group
    The Canada based indie label Nettwerk also has their own online store. I stumbled upon this one recently while looking for some Jet Set Satellite material and was surprised to find a load of interesting stuff, like Moist, David Usher, Sarah McLachlan and The Be Good Tanyas to name a few. Some of the material is also available on emusic but some isn't. Like emusic, downloads are 192 kbps mp3 and prices seem very reasonable. Available in a number of countries, but unfortunately for me Singapore isn't one of them. Luckily I still have a Canadian address!

    Selling both old fashioned(?) cds through the mail and mp3 downloads. Mp3s are 192kbps constant bit rate. I haven't tried this site (yet) but it looks to be available internationally and seems to have a very good selection of indie bands (I saw a a silver mount zion album I'm itching to buy). The website looks like it would be worth wasting time browsing as well. Lastly it looks to be much more expensive than emusic - but if you don't want the subscription it could be a good option.

    A Canadian based online store with a huge selection of indie Canaidan bands (Broken Social Scene, Feist to name a couple of the more recognizable ones) with a smattering of better known international acts (I saw Billy Bragg and Frank Black with a quick look). Music is in Mp3 (192 kbps) format with some also available in Flac, with a small price premium. International customers are welcome but some music is unavailable outside of Canada.

    An interesting looking music store. They provide downloads in a variety of formats (mp3, wav !?!, ogg, flac and aac or order the cd by post) and let you choose the price you want to pay with 50% going to the artist. They also have some very liberal licencing policies. I also like the integration with Amarok. The problem is I didn't recognize a single artist in their catalogue but that could just be me. I'll be taking a closer look at this site.

    Looks to be similar to Magnatune as they provide a venue for unsigned artists to sell their work - offering substantial royalties (55-75%). They get a big kiss from me for using open standards for their downloads (ogg vorbis or flac)

    Specializing in Kiwi bands. I have to admit I know nothing about New Zealand music (I'd be happy to hear some suggestions) so I haven't heard any of the bands in their catalogue. They sell both cds and downloads. The downloads are in mp3 format. The bitrate seems to vary and isn't always made clear. Prices also seem on the steep side.

    You've got to love the French/Euro disdain for closed formats and drm. This shop based in France fully lives up to the French stereotype of refusing to do business in any language but their own, which means if you don't speak the language you'll have to get used to google translation or just give it a miss. My own English-Canadian grasp of French is piss-poor so my info may not be 100% correct. They offer mp3 downloads "sans drm" - not sure of the quality. Pretty good selection - I even saw some AC/DC there - although they didn't have my current favourite French band Pokett. It seems to be available worldwide (at least they have a full list of countries on their sign-up page).

    Audio Lunchbox
    Looks to have a pretty good selection of indie bands. Plus some not-so-indie bands like Bob Marley, Sloan, Hot Hot Heat... mp3 192kbps (average) VBR format. Would love to try it out but only available in the USA so to hell with them.

    Professionally mastered recordings of live performances from a number of bands. Also some studio recordings for some bands. Primarily jambands like Widespread Panic and The String Cheese Incident but also a growing number of bands not traditionally associated with the jamband scene such as Gomez, The Go! Team, Iron & Wine (to name a few). Both mp3 and FLAC format - although you must understandably pay more for FLAC. A good choice if you'd like higher quality than is available from the free etree or EZTorrent

    In addition to Live Downloads a number of bands are beginning to sell their live work and sometimes studio releases through their own web stores. Here are some I've come across, let me know about any others:

    Live Phish
    For the now-defunct band Phish as well as current projects of former members - for example Vida Blue. Even though Phish have stopped performing new archival releases are coming out all the time. Trey Anastasio studio albums are also available. mp3 and FLAC format.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra music store
    Similar in concept to the above two music stores, with both live and studio music from - you guessed it - The Philadelphia Orchestra. mp3 and FLAC.

    Dave Matthews Band Downloads
    For now a limited selection of Dave Matthews Band Live Trax releases. Mp3 (128 or 256 kbps) and Flac format.

    Pearl Jam Bootlegs
    For Pearl Jam live recordings. Mp3 and Flac formats. At the moment it's in transition to some yet to be revealed new webstore.

    And finally, both last and least:
    All of Mp3
    Just about everything an online music store should be, except for the questionable legality. A huge selection, in a wide variety of customizable formats (mp3, ogg vorbis, flac). The legality has been debated long and loud - just google for more information. I'm not interested in rehashing any of it except to say this - none of the money paid by customers to Allofmp3 for music ends up in the hands of the artists. But (and this is a big BUT) this is not because the royalties are not made available to them - royalties ARE paid by Allofmp3 to the Russian ROMS where they ARE made available to the artists or record labels. The recording industry refuses to claim the royalties from the ROMS because it would legitimize Allofmp3s business model which they are very much against (because they can't control it - and also likely because the royalties are minuscule). So it's hard to say who is more in the wrong here - Allofmp3 or the RIAA (we all love to hate the RIAA don't we?). Make your own decision about whether or not to use Allofmp3. Personally when I pay money for music it's to support the artists, not the music store, not the record labels and not the Russian government - so from that perspective, whether Allofmp3 is legal or not, I don't really see how it's any better than piracy.

    If you have any additions or corrections to this list please send me a message or leave a comment.