Posts Tagged ‘Last.fm’

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The Jealous Girlfriends and Lets Go Sailing

October 18, 2008

Followed some similar artists tags in LastFm again- vibe completely different than each other but some good listening from both nonetheless.

The Jealous Girlfriends- sultry and powerful!  MySpace of course and they have a Daytrotter Session and a blog over at their official site.

Organs On The Kitchen Floor


Lets Go Sailing- lovely voice with strings and subtle drums-nice!  MySpace and official.

Sideways

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Tim And Sam’s Tim And Sam Band With Tim And Sam

October 17, 2008

Noticed Tim And Sam’s Tim And Sam Band With Tim And Sam over at Last.Fm based on the name alone- its hard to ignore a band when you see your name iterated so many times!

Once they get your attention with the name they will keep it with their excellent instrumental sound- they remind me of the Jimmy Cake with a glorious array if instruments and Join The Dots is a great tune.

Join The Dots

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Shearwater- Whelans September 08

September 21, 2008

Another last minute free night so had a chance to catch Shearwater in Whelans and very glad that I did.

Met a mate and left the hopping bar to go in the venue and I have to say it was a bit on the sparse side for a Friday night and for once it was difficult to hear the bands on occasion with the bar being louder.

There was an excellent support group on- some good post-rock grumblings and rumblings with an excellent drone but didn’t catch their name and I didn’t see it on any of the posters.  All I had to go on was the lead was a cute small girl- I did notice that there was a redhead up at the front which would come in handy later.  When I was checking out the gig in LastFm it turns out she was Redheadwalking and as she didn’t know either she was going to check it out for me.  As is happens I found out through the connectedness of MySpace- I had left a comment on Shearwaters site and next thing I know I have a friend request from Katie Kim who was the support!  Some good tunes up there so check her out.

Shearwater then came on and while I am not sure of the exact order of the tunes the majority seemed to be from their latest release Rook.  I do know they started with the very quiet South Col- I am not sure what they call the instrument that makes the high pitched sounds but I am always delighted when I see unusual instruments during a live gig.

The lead Jonathan Meiburg has a great powerful voice and quite excellent when he hits that falsetto with the same power.  On The Death Of Waters and Leviathan Bound really show this off and the excellent Rooks with another unusual instrument really show how good these guys are live.  For some songs I do wish they were just a tad bit longer- the exception being Snow Leopard which had a great jam.

For the encore they did a Talk Talk cover of Desire (?) [have been corrected and it was The Rainbow]- something the mate is never going to forget since he is a massive fan.  Have to say a lot of Talk Talk tunes are under my radar but will try to fix that soon.

Stayed in the venue for a bit then since the dj had a few good tunes in between some rather insipid ones- didn’t think that I would ever hear Sigur Ros in Whelans!

And just in case she is reading-

MissVeryCuteBrunetteRedShoesSkirtDrinkingWhiteWine who was playing eye hockey with me- I was going to come over and talk to you but the dj put on LCD Soundsystem which works as a kill switch in me and the beats just take over the legs.  A real shame though since when it was over you were gone- but I shall remember that smile and I hope to see it again soon!

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Last.fm And The Addictive Problem Of Similar Artists

August 18, 2008

I have only recently started using Last.fm…as with most things I sign up to stuff then need the nudge to actually start using it.  I have to say it is one of the better sites out there for finding independent/obscure artists and their ‘Similar Artists’ links can sometimes be right on the button- and herein lies the problem!   I have always been one to follow links…which is why I nearly time myself when I go into Imdb since it could easily be a few hours before I come out of that site.

I recently checked out some of the similar artists to the fabulous Ane Brun…a click brought me to Anna Ternheim…one more for Hello Saferide…at which stage I don’t which way I clicked but all of a sudden I was inundated with some other great artists:  Stina Nordenstam, Emiliana Torrini, El Perro Del Mar, Anja Garabek, Frida Hyvönen and Britta Persson.

There was actually a lot more clicking going on since I have only listed the ones I liked…quite a few more that weren’t but you don’t know until you check them out!  (Will post on some of them when I get the time)  Clicking on the Recommended link can also bring the clicking addiction on but thankfully whenever I do click there I have heard of most of the groups so I don’t spend too long there.

The scrobbling feature on LastFm is quite nifty as well since you can set up a plugin to let the site know what you have been playing and display it for all and sundry to see.  Unfortunately this only shows what I have been listening to on the laptop in Windows Media Player and not what I have been streaming from blogs/MySpace/YouTube,  the tunes from the Mp3 player or the computer in work, and lastly the outdated  technology of the hi-fi!  So just to get my RSI screaming at me- you can follow the links of what your friends have been listening to and if you click on the ‘Neighbors’ link you can find other users with similar musical tastes and see what they have been listening to as well!

I do have a few techie quibles with Last.fm- I can never seem to stream the music from the online players for the artist, any emails over whatever specified buffer will auto-reply without you typing anything, and the scrobbler sometimes has problems connecting with the site.

However the whole premise of the site in all its clickified glory is a great tool in finding new music and finding other people with similar tastes.  So get clicking!

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