I can't believe how quick time passes by. It has now been three years since I joined last.fm on a (sunny? I can't remember any more) September day soon after I had moved to my new student apartment. I remember that I had red about this place in an article in the local Metro newspaper which I by chance picked up at the train station. I thought last.fm sounded interesting and decided to join some days later. I guess I'll write this years journal about the same things as usual: To see how my listening habits have changed during the past year.
Last year I started my journal with writing that "This year I feel that my taste have changed and have become more broader than it was just three or four months ago". What I didn't know at the time was that this was nothing compared to what happened in early 2009. Spotify
is the cause of this big change and it can be described as a free radio station where you choose what you want to listen to. There are relatively much to choose from and you can listen to a whole album in one go if you like.
The new additions to my library this year thanks to Spotify: Les Paul
, Lightnin' Hopkins
, Keb' Mo'
, Taj Mahal
, Mike Bloomfield
, She & Him
and the latest addition Max Roach
just to mention a few. Though I have mainly been listening to, for me, new albums by artists that I previously are familiar with, for example B.B. King
, Django Reinhardt
, Ginger Baker
, Robert Plant
and some 20 other artists. That's quite a lot but there are still lots of stuff left to discover.
It hasn't been happening much on the Zeppelin front this year, except for numerous new and old live recordings which I have listened more or slightly less than last year. Osaka in 1971 and the European tour in 1973 are among those who have got increased listening time this year. I guess this will change in October when John Paul Jones
(Ok, Them Crooked Vultures
) new album comes out and replaces Zeppelin in my play list for a while.
I have mainly been listening to a show recorded on June 1st, 1968 when it comes to The Yardbirds
and particularly the nice psychedelic medley "I Wish You Would/Hey Gyp" which features one of Page's best pre Zeppelin guitar solos. The whole concert (and the gig from May 31 the same year) is very interesting and instructive if one wants to understand where the ideas for the songs on LZ1
originally came from. Led Zeppelin
did in fact pass the 15,000 mark in August this year and has at this moment 15,199 registered scrobbles, or 20% of my total plays! Though I'm not sure if that is something to be proud of or worried about...
74,875 tracks have been scrobbled at this point which is 18,700 more than last year. What exactly have changed on my overall top list then? Jeff Beck
, Jimmy Page
and Jefferson Airplane
have all passed Eric Clapton
on his, now very stagnated, place with 999 scrobbles. Not very surprising really but still a interesting thing to note. Clapton's old bands, Cream
and Derek and the Dominos
are however securing their places on the list more and more for every month that goes by.
The newer additions to my top 50 list this year are as I predicted last year: Davy Graham
and the great Ali Farka Touré
who has just recently made it Top 48. He would be higher if the album In The Heart Of The Moon
by Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
would have been scrobbled under the same name. The album features some very nice Kora inspired music and I warmly recommend it to anyone who likes african
music and blues
It's hard to say what the following year will feature on the music front since I'll be on my way to Austria later this week and will be staying there for over four months. The too small laptop hard drive (they always are!) will prevent me from listening to whatever I want to, but I guess that I have eight months after my trip to recover and try to restore my last.fm lists from total stagnation :P