audioscrobbler.com… check this out!

Perhaps another gimmicky site that won’t amount to much. Perhaps it’ll be helpful and turn me onto some new bands eventually. Here’s hoping. Check out www.audioscrobbler.com.

This is what the site says about itself:

"Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, etc..). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song. Every person with a plugin has their own page on this site which shows their listening statistics. The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations.

There are lots of people using Audioscrobbler, but you probably won’t be interested in most of them. The Audioscrobbler Server calculates which people are most similar to you, based on shared musical taste, so you can take a look at what your peers are listening to.

With this information, Audioscrobbler is able to automatically generate suggestions for new songs/artists you might like. These suggestions are based on the same principles as Amazon’s "People who bought this also bought X,Y,Z", but because the Audioscrobbler data is what people are actually listening to, the suggestions tend to make more sense than Amazon."

It has a kind of cool "movers" list that tells what’s becoming more popular and what’s dropping off the list. Reminds me of the Lyco’s Top 50.

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Best selling artists of all time

I was looking over the RIAA’s list of top selling artists. I was surprised to see that Enya has outsold Genesis and The Beastie Boys. Enya has sold 22.0 million albums. Genesis sold 21.5 million and The Beastie Boys has sold 21.0 million.

Phil Collins has sold 32.0 million as a solo artist so adding his to Genesis’ totals equals 53.5 million.

Top selling artists at RIAA.org.

You can search for your favorite artist for their gold and platinum releases

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The Uncut, most overlooked album of 2004?

album coverReleased in October of 2004, this is my current album of choice. I’ve been playing this steadily, along with Interpol’s Antics, since early December. Very post/punk, shoegazer-like. One review read: “Those quick to dismiss Uncut as Canada’s answer to Interpol just may count themselves out of one of 2004’s best post-punk offerings”. More than half the album is rated 4 stars by me in iTunes.
 
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Favorite albums of 2004

My favorite albums of 2004. (No particular order)

album cover Interpol
Antics

released Sep 28, 2004
 
album cover Ambulance LTD
self titled

released Mar 23, 2004
 
album cover Autolux
Future Perfect

released Sept 21, 2004
 
album cover A.C. Newman
Slow Wonder

released Jun 8, 2004
 
album cover Arcade Fire
Funeral

released Sep 14, 2004
 
album cover The Walkmen
Bows & Arrows

released Feb 3, 2004
 
album cover The Uncut
Those Who Were Hung Hang Here

released Oct 5, 2004
 
album cover Seachange
Lay of the Land

released Apr 6, 2004
 
album cover Snow Patrol
Final Straw

released Mar 30, 2004
 
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Mystery Machine’s “10 Speed”, an under-appreciated album

album coverA 1996 release from Canada’s alternative label Nettwork Records, this gem I wouldn’t have discovered if it weren’t for Napster and a lenient job in the summer of 1999.

The first track gives the impression that this album is harder than it is (thanks to a nearly nonstop driving bass drum). Skip it and listen to the first track last. A truly great album with guitars and more guitars. Think Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver, Sugar, My Bloody Valentine and Husker Du.

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