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  • Do you really think last.fm's similar artists are accurate?

    22 Oct 2013, 14:25 by maplejet

    Hello world.

    You really think so? Then take a look at these so-called similar artists found on each of the following artists among the first 50 artists listed:

    Metallica - System of a Down, Slipknot, Godsmack, KoRn, Disturbed, Rammstein, The Offspring, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Apocalyptica, Alice in Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Lamb of God, Stone Sour, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Deep Purple, Nightwish

    --You really think nu metal like KoRn and Slipknot sound the same? When was Pink Floyd known for making headbashing tunes? I never knew Offspring was a metal band. I didn't know Metallica had harsh vocals like Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, and In Flames! I didn't know Metallica had rap vocals like Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine. And I most certainly think Led Zeppelin is a true metal band since thrash and heavy metal is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Led Zeppelin


    The Offspring - Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, KoRn, Bullet For My Valentine, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Hollywood Undead, Slipknot, Guano Apes, P.O.D., In Flames, Serj Tankian, Dope, Breaking Benjamin, Static-X, NIrvana, DragonForce, Puddle of Mudd, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, Rammstein

    --So wait, I'm supposed to believe that the nu metal craze of the 90s featured The Offspring? I'm supposed to believe Offspring played funk rock music like RHCP. I'm supposed to believe Offspring is a rap-oriented group like RATM, LP, and Hollywood Undead? A post-grunge outfit LIKE FUCKING NICKELBACK? In Flames did punk rock or pop punk? This is news to me!!!



    Nirvana - Sex Pistols, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns N' Roses, The White Stripes, Ramones, System of a Down, Joy Division, Korn, The Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Marilyn Manson

    Gee, Nirvana is hard rock like Led Zeppelin. And they play psychedelic music like Pink Floyd and The Doors...obviously the Beatles and their happy pop and rock and roll is similar to Nirvana and their negative creep grunge sounds. And obviously it's nu metal since it's similar to KoRn and SOAD (I consider SOAD part of the nu metal scene but not as a nu metal band).


    And there's more out there. This is all thanks to the brilliant formula for finding similar artists. Congratulations, if you love Guns N' Roses, you will love Nirvana (and vice versa).
  • Ranking albumów wydanych w 2011 roku /Albums rating released in 2011

    29 Dec 2011, 10:58 by mati10_deli10




    ALBUM

    (0 - 1.9) SŁABY\ POOR ALBUM

    (2 - 2.5) PRZECIĘTNY\ AVERAGE

    (2.6 - 3.5) NIEZŁY\ QUITE NICE

    (3.6 - 4.4) DOBRY\ GOOD

    (4.5 - 4.9) BARDZO DOBRY\ VERY GOOD

    (5) ZNAKOMITY\ EXCELLENT




    . Red - Until We Have Faceless


    5/5


    . Times of Grace - The Hymn Of A Broken Man


    5/5


    . Trivium - In Waves


    4.6/5


    . Machine Head - Unto The Locust


    4.6/5


    . Staind - Staind


    4.6/5


    . Fair to Midland - Arrows& Anchors


    4.6/5


    . Hollywood Undead - American Tragedy


    4.5/5


    . Foo Fighters - Wasting Light


    4.2/5

    . Rise Against - Endgame


    4.2/5


    . The Sammus Theory - Trusting The Liar


    4.2/5


    . NeraNature - Foresting Wounds


    4.2/5


    . The Human Abstract - Digital Veil


    4.1/5


    . Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us


    4.1/5


    . Evanescence - Evanescence


    4.0/5


    . Ocean - Wojna Świń


    4.0/5


    . Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire


    3.9/5


    . Textures - Dualism


    3.9/5


    . Dead by April - Incomparable


    3.9/5


    . Seether - Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray


    3.8/5


    . World Under Blood - Tactical


    3.8/5


    . Cold - Superfiction


    3.8/5


    . Five Finger Death Punch - American Capitalist


    3.7/5


    . Allele - Next To Parallel


    3.7/5


    . Egypt Central - White Rabbit


    3.6/5

    . Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra


    3.4/5


    . Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder


    3.4/5


    . Polkadot Cadaver - Sex Offender


    3.3/5


    . In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading


    3.1/5


    . Chevelle – Hats Off To The Bull


    3.1/5


    . Theory of a Deadman - The Truth Is...


    3.1/5


    . blink-182 - Neighborhoods


    3.0/5


    . Within Temptation - The Unforgiving


    2.3/5


    . Saliva - Under Your Skin


    2.1/5
  • Revamping the similar artists formula, Part II

    2 Jan 2012, 05:27 by maplejet

    Last Saturday, I discussed the issues with the current similar artist formula...especially Metallica being top 10 in similarity with The Offspring (like what?).

    Well, since then, I put my programming skills to work and well, I built a little program to test to see it would work with other artists. Results were noticed on several bands/artists as their similar artists over went a make over. However, it did lead to new problems as I tried testing it out super-mainstream acts including our favorite band...Radiohead.


    Rage Against the Machine showed up as a similar artist.


    ...well, apparently. Radiohead's top 250 similar artists currently are all over the place in random genres. A bigger batch of similar artists would be needed to get the best results, but the question is...is my new formula better. I'm going to show you some examples of artists top 25 similar artists...before, and after. You guys make the decision.


    Oh, you don't remember the formula? Very well...time for a quick summary
    *First, grab all 250 similar artists for Artist A. Obtain them in the given order.
    *Next, for each similar artist starting with the one with the highest original rank, look at the first 3 tag and count how many of the tags are similar to the tags in Artist A. Resort based on this. You should end up with 4 groups starting from top (matches all 3 tags, matches 2 tags, matches 1 tag, matches no tags)
    *Next, break the ties by resorting each group based on matches among the first 4 tags (which will spawn even more groups)
    *Then finally, re-sort again, this time on the top 5 tags. If there are still ties, break the ties based on their original rank.


    It's a lot of technical and algorithm stuff that is complicated for the average user, so I won't go that deep. See my example in the first journal entry here for an example with The Offspring (though I work a little backwards here).

    Also, I have banned several tags...here are some of them
    *Tags that are the same as the artist - not all have been banned, but the common ones have been (ex: for Red Hot Chili Peppers). These tags simply group together projects involving members of a band...but really, they may not have the same style.
    *Tags referring to geographical locations..., , , . The geographical location doesn't make sense at all. I haven't gotten into geo-genre tags much yet as they may require research before banning (some countries may have a genre as a specific style).
    *Decade tags. Similar artists do not have to reside in the same decade. If there's a Led Zeppelin clone playing the exact same style of music today that Zep played in the 60s and 70s, then perhaps they should be similar.
    *Nonsense tags...you pretty much know them..., , , , ....they don't reflect a genre or style
    *The tag. To be honest, this tag was holding a lot of stuff back, especially those that are also alternative rock. This tag is incredibly abused as well to hell, so I dropped that tag. Still no decision on the tag...I'll have to run a few more tests through different artists to make that decision.



    So there you go...the banned tags. I'll go through several examples...these are the top 20 artists, before and after.


    ARTIST #1: RADIOHEAD

    CURRENT ON LAST.FM:
    Thom Yorke
    Johnny Greenwood
    Sigur Rós
    Portishead
    Blur

    Muse
    Modeselektor
    Arcade Fire
    Beck
    Interpol

    Grizzly Bear
    Björk
    The National
    Coldplay
    Placebo

    Kasabian
    Joy Division
    Massive Attack
    Pink Floyd
    The Horrors

    BASED ON NEW FORMULA:
    #1 Placebo
    #2 Pixies
    #3 R.E.M.
    #4 The White Stripes
    #5 Incubus
    #6 Weezer
    #7 Blur
    #8 Coldplay
    #9 Kasabian
    #10 Arctic Monkeys

    #11 Oasis
    #12 The Verve
    #13 The Last Shadow Puppets
    #14 Suede
    #15 Primal Scream
    #16 Manic Street Preachers
    #17 Muse
    #18 Arcade Fire
    #19 The National
    #20 The Strokes

    I'm not sure about both lists. Radiohead seems to really have only one similar artist...themselves. But which one is closest?


    Lets do another punk rock band other than The Offspring. How about Rise Against

    CURRENTLY ON LAST.FM

    Sum 41
    Billy Talent
    Anti-Flag
    Zebrahead
    A Day to Remember

    Strike Anywhere
    The Offspring
    Breaking Benjamin
    Three Days Grace
    Bullet for My Valentine

    Story of the Year
    Papa Roach
    Silverstein
    Yellowcard
    Bad Religion

    Nickelback
    3 Doors Down
    Lostprophets
    Millencollin
    Disturbed

    Ugh...I could just puke to hell if I'm told most of these bands are similar...

    PROPOSED FORMULA:
    #1 Strung Out
    #2 Nations Afire
    #3 A Wilhelm Scream
    #4 Last of the Believers
    #5 Good Riddance

    #6 Only Crime
    #7 88 Fingers Louie
    #8 Satanic Surfers
    #9 Pulley
    #10 Much The Same

    #11 Strike Anywhere
    #12 Pennywise
    #13 Bad Religion
    #14 Propagandhi
    #15 No Fun At All

    #16 H2O
    #17 Polar Bear Club
    #18 AFI
    #19 No Use For A Name
    #20 Lagwagon

    Not only has every single non-punk rock band has been removed from the current list, but even mainstream punk rock bands like Sum 41 and The Offspring are also gone. The result? More melodic hardcore bands in the top 20. Strung Out is now the most similar. Sum 41 and The Offspring show up between #21-30. And Nickelback? A long way down...at 139. This is probably the main reason why the tag was not removed.



    So, what about metal? How bout some Metallica?

    Megadeth
    Slayer
    Anthrax
    Iron Maiden
    Pantera

    AC/DC
    Black Sabbath
    System of a Down
    Guns N' Roses
    Motörhead

    Lou Reed & Metallica
    Machine Head
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Slipknot
    Sepultura

    Trivium
    Testament
    Avenged Sevenfold
    The Offspring
    Exodus

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THE OFFSPRING DOING HERE? Literally. Well, for the most part, it looks OK with Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax on top first but...AC/DC, GNR...they sure may have been influenced by them, but would you really call them similar to Metallica? Would anyone even consider Slipknot or SOAD similar to Metallica either? Avenged Sevenfold?

    Let's see what our new formula has spawned:

    #1 MD.45
    #2 Black Tide
    #3 Megadeth
    #4 Anthrax
    #5 Testament

    #6 Acid Drinkers
    #7 Kat
    #8 Turbo
    #9 Iron Maiden
    #10 Black Sabbath

    #11 Motörhead
    #12 Ozzy Osbourne
    #13 Black Label Society
    #14 Dio
    #15 Bruce Dickinson

    #16 TSA
    #17 Lordi
    #18 Danzig
    #19 Steve Ouimette
    #20 Slayer


    Hmm...kind of strange here. Slayer actually dropped while Testament on the other hand arised. Now...MD.45 comes up #1...I dunno, many claim it's punk rock, but their top tags are thrash. But what the fuck are Acid Drinkers, Kat and Turbo? They're thrash metal bands from Poland. Both shared thrash metal and heavy metal tags with Metallica, thus the high ranking since thrash metal and heavy metal are also among Metallica's top tags too.

    Slayer only shared two tags (thrash metal, heavy metal) while the Polish metal bands shared all 3 (since was banned due to location). It's quite interesting to be honest. Similar artists are supposed to get us into new artists. Not sure if they're good or not, but perhaps you might wanna give a spin to those artists.



    What bout hip-hop? Let's take a random hip-hop artist....ok, Kanye West (I had to ban the tag in order to get similar artists).

    CURRENT:
    Jay-Z
    Jay-Z & Kanye West
    The Throne
    Kid Cudi
    Big Sean

    Lupe Fiasco
    j.cole
    Drake
    Pusha T
    Common

    Wale
    The Weeknd
    Kendrick Lamar
    Mr Hudson
    Consequence

    The Game
    Rick Ross
    Frank Ocean
    N*E*R*D
    OutKast


    I dunno...but I kind of feel most of the similar artist are affiliated in some way to G.O.O.D. Music.


    NEW FORMULA:
    #1 Diddy - Dirty Money
    #2 Chris Brown
    #3 Nelly
    #4 Nicki Minaj
    #5 Timbaland

    #6 Pharrell
    #7 Fonzworth Bentley
    #8 R. Kelly & Jay-Z
    #9 Mase
    #10 Puff Daddy & The Family

    #11 Drake
    #12 T-Pain
    #13 P. Diddy
    #14 Diddy
    #15 Twista

    #16 Bow Wow
    #17 Chris Brown & Tyga
    #18 Will Smith
    #19 Usher
    #20 R. Kelly

    Umm...is it just me or did this get a little more on the poppy/rnb side (well Kanye did do more poppy stuff on the last 2 record). LOL at the different version of the guy known as Diddy on there (hip-hop, rap rnb, pop, soul were the top tags for Kanye West after other tags were dumped...including hip hop (duplicate tag for hip-hop), kanye west (for obvious reasons) and...GAY FISH. TBH, most people tend to consider Kanye as a good musician rather than an MC.


    One more example. I have also banned the because it referred to a radio format rather than a genre. One band I tested was Queen:

    Freddie Mercury
    Brian May
    Roger Taylor
    Queen + Paul Rodgers
    Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé

    The Cross
    Deep Purple
    Queen & David Bowie
    Led Zeppelin
    Pink Floyd

    Electric Light Orchestra
    The Who
    The Beatles
    Scorpions
    Kiss

    Black Sabbath
    Genesis
    David Bowie
    AC/DC
    Aerosmith


    Well...most of the top 10 consists of random Queen side projects. But do they play the same exact style...or even have a good discography to choose from? Queen & David Bowie only has one song of existence! And the next 10 artists...hmm...feels like Queen takes in a bit of those bands, but they aren't even similar to each other. What bout this new formula?

    #1 Slade
    #2 Sweet
    #3 Suzi Quatro
    #4 Queen + Paul Rodgers
    #5 Kiss
    #6 The Darkness
    #7 Mott the Hoople
    #8 Styx
    #9 Foreigner
    #10 Freddie Mercury

    #11 Roger Taylor
    #12 David Bowie
    #13 Alice Cooper
    #14 Bon Jovi
    #15 Heart
    #16 Jon Bon Jovi
    #17 L.A. Guns
    #18 Journey
    #19 Deep Purple
    #20 Led Zeppelin

    Well, most of the original British Invasion is gone...some of those arena rock bands though are now in (Styx, Foreigner, and Journey to be specific)...Alice Cooper is in, and he's considered glam rock which Queen sometimes goes into...not bad. Most of the Queen side projects are gone, and AC/DC and Aerosmith seems to belong somewhere else (got to go outside the top 30 to find them). The top band is Slade...based on their last.fm page, they seem to also incorporate glam rock and hard rock together. Same with Sweet as well. Remember Queen still has hard rock influences to their sound as well, which is why not all hard rock band on the original list are gone. Seems to feel like a better list IMO, but what about you?


    Well, I'm prolly going to go through more artists and search for more tags. Perhaps I could show you some more examples as well from other genres. It should be known that not all similar artists formulas are perfect. And there will always be artists that aren't similar at all.

    Remember, I'm only able to resort the original top 250 similar artists. If there are some that are clearly similar to the given artist, but not in that artist's top 250 similar artists, it may not be caught. IMO, this formula is better applied over a similar artist pool of more than 250...probably a lot more artists.

    So take a look and pass me some feedback...whether it be on a formula, tags to include, and perhaps ask me for a few examples.
  • Revamping the similar artists formula.

    25 Dec 2011, 19:45 by maplejet

    As you've noticed the last several years, similar artists for bands/artists have gotten worse and more unreasonable. Especially if you keep reading on and on through the top similar artists for each artist. The one that has been baffling me for a while is The Offspring, a punk rock band that's not extreme or (though they do have influences and sounds at times). In fact, as of 12/25/2011, these are their top 50 similar artists in order:

    Sum 41
    Rise Against
    Bad Religion
    Billy Talent
    Pennywise
    Metallica
    Green Day
    blink-182
    Zebrahead
    Millencollin

    AC/DC
    Nickelback
    Papa Roach
    System of a Down
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Disturbed
    Anti-Flag
    Rage Against the Machine
    NOFX
    Godsmack

    Bloodhound Gang
    Limp Bizkit
    3 Doors Down
    Rancid
    Farben Lehre
    Slipknot
    Static-X
    Nirvana
    Korn
    Dropkick Murphys

    Ramones
    Iron Maiden
    Audioslave
    Goldfinger
    Rammstein
    Drowning Pool
    Pidżama Porno
    Bullet for My Valentine
    DragonForce
    Rob Zombie

    Bowling for Soup
    P.O.D.
    Dope
    Good Charlotte
    Guano Apes
    Flogging Molly
    Tenacious D
    Foo Fighters
    Three Days Grace
    AFI


    You guys can puke now. The current formula is based on what people of Offspring listen to more often. But seriously...we know this. If one person listens to two bands, those two bands aren't necessarily similar...especially The Offspring to Metallica. The Offspring to Nickelback. The Offspring to AC/DC (seriously...). The Offspring to System of a Down...The Offspring to Disturbed and Godsmack (seriously...?) The Offspring to Slipknot, KoRn, and Limp Bizkit (when has The Offspring ever been nu metal?). And worse yet, The Offspring to Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Bullet For My Valentine, DragonForce, Rob Zombie...are we supposed to believe that The Offspring is a heavy metal band?

    Anyone should know that this method isn't the best way to find a similar artist. It's not. Simple as follows. A topic on the forums discussed that and some people suggested that the bands/artists be determined by tag clouds. That could work, but a few believe that there could be problems, especially when taking the whole tag cloud as a whole and seeing a ton of hard rock and alternative bands become similar to the one artist (The Offspring in this case).




    Actually, there is another way I've been looking at, and it was a waste of several hours.

    What if we took the current list and re-sorted it based on just the top 5 tags, taking into account the order of the tags. Of course there are questionable tags like , , and for some reason, very frequently and (appears that The Offspring has a huge following in Poland), but for now, let's leave them here (already, the infamous tag was banned from the tag cloud).

    This is what I did...I grabbed the top 5 tags for every single band and resorted the list based on how many tags a band/artist shared those tags. Those that shared all 5 tags (in this case, , , , , ) came on the top followed by those that shared 4, then 3, and then 0. Here's how the top 20 now looked like:

    SHARED ALL 5 TAGS
    Billy Talent
    Hoobastank
    Pezz
    Killradio
    Alien Ant Farm
    Unwritten Law

    SHARED ONLY 4 TAGS (missing tag in paranthesis)
    Sum 41 (had , missing alternative rock)
    Bad Religion (had , missing alternative rock)
    Green Day (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    blink-182 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Bloodhound Gang (had , missing punk rock)
    Pidżama Porno (had , missing alternative rock)
    Bowling For Soup (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Good Charlotte (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    AFI (had emo, missing alternative rock)
    SR-71 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Social Distortion (had rockabilly, missing alternative rock)
    No Use For a Name (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    +44 (had pop punk, missing alternative rock)
    Strachy Na Lachy (had polish, missing punk)


    As you can notice now, all of those metal and hard rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC, Nickelback, System of a Down, Disturbed and Godsmack....GONE from the top 20...actually they didn't even break the top 30 as well. What was more disturbing though was the high number of bands that didn't even share a single tag with The Offspring. These are some of the bands that you could hear when listening to The Offspring similar artists radio, and grab a bucket, you're about to puke hard...no, Justin Bieber is not there, but still...


    Bullet For My Valentine
    DragonForce
    In Flames
    Pantera
    The Prodigy
    Apocalyptica
    Slayer
    Korpiklaani
    Sabaton
    Children of Bodom
    Nightwish
    Sonata Arctica
    HammerFall
    Clawfinger
    Soulfly
    Hollywood Undead
    Megadeth
    All That Remains
    Pendulum
    Trivium
    Blind Guardian
    Volbeat
    Five Finger Death Punch
    Vavamuffin
    Sepultura
    Lacuna Coil
    As I Lay Dying
    Machine Head
    Anthrax
    Spineshank
    Judas Priest
    Hunter
    Alestorm
    Eluveitie
    Sonic Syndicate
    Eminem
    A Day to Remember
    Jelonek
    Soilwork
    Hatebreed
    Within Temptation
    Fatboy Slim
    Frontside
    Massacration
    Alley Life


    Take a look guys...enjoy listening to all that metalcore, symphonic metal, power metal, heavy metal, electronica, nu metal, thrash metal, melodic death metal, and hip-hop stuff. According to last.fm right now, they are really similar artists to The Offspring (actually, all of them except for DF and BFMV come up as medium to low similarity to The Offspring). But seriously, a band that doesn't even share any of the top 5 tags with another band/artist has no reason even being on a list with that band. And there's literally a common thread with the bands/artists listed above. Most of them are pure metal to the point they don't even have a tag (I suspect Priest would get one if classic rock was barred though). Others like The Prodigy or Eminem are from electronica and hip-hop genres...and..really...I can't see a similarity with those bands to begin with.


    So there...we managed to filter in bands that are similar...but it's not over yet. Let's now resort the list again, but this time, only compare the top 4 tags for all artists/bands. Tiebreakers for this sort will be

    1). Number of tags shared when maximum 5 tags are used...
    2). Their original ranking on the old formula, higher goes first


    After the sort, the top 20 looks even more different:

    Pezz
    Killradio
    Billy Talent
    Hoobastank
    Alien Ant Farm

    Unwritten Law
    Sum 41
    Bad Religion
    Green Day
    blink-182

    Bloodhound Gang
    Bowling For Soup
    Good Charlotte
    AFI
    Social Distortion

    No Use For a Name
    +44
    Sugarcult
    The Distillers
    Autopilot Off


    Well for the most part, the ordering has changed here. Some other bands now moved into the top 20 as there's more of a focus on the top 4 tags.

    Last but not least, I repeated the resort again, but only comparing the top 3 tags for all artists/bands using the same tiebreakers as before while adding another tiebreaker that takes greater precedence (basically the number of tags shared when the maximum tags is used at 3...followed by the 2 tiebreaker rules listed above). And here is the final product:


    #1 Killradio
    #2 Billy Talent
    #3 Unwritten Law
    #4 Sum 41
    #5 Green Day
    #6 AFI
    #7 Social Distortion
    #8 Ramones
    #9 Pezz
    #10 Bad Religion
    #11 blink-182
    #12 Bowling For Soup
    #13 Good Charlotte
    #14 No Use For a Name
    #15 +44
    #16 Sugarcult
    #17 The Distillers
    #18 Autopilot Off
    #19 Transplants
    #20 Pennywise


    Now where did Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm go? Even though they shard all 5 tags as The Offspring, the ordering on both bands was different (rock, alternative rock, alternative, punk rock, punk), while with The Offspring, the ordering was (punk rock, punk, rock, alternative rock, alternative). As a result, the bands only shared 1 tag among the top 3 tags and ended up going below those that had at least 2 of The Offspring's top tags (punk rock, punk, rock).

    As for some of those disputed bands, Nickelback ended up coming in at #69. Much lower on the list, but still quite high as they did share 1 tag among the top 3 (rock). Also, remember we are re-ranking the top 250 bands artists and remember we are already dealing with a good 45 bands that have nothing in common with The Offspring. I do not know whether they strive to get the top 250 bands and cut off from there, or work out some weird formula there, but perhaps maybe they should apply the current formula to get a batch of even more artists, apply the above formula, and then just take the top 250 artists...honestly 250 might be too much...top 200 perhaps? You could see a real shake up on many similar artists lists.

    Many mainstream bands like Metallica, Radiohead, Linkin Park and other bands could see a lot of shake-up too. There are still a few other unresolved issues, like will it actually pick up 100% similar artists? Red Hot Chili Peppers for example has their top tags as rock, alternative, and alternative rock. Didn't some of the bands listed above have those 3 tags as well? Are they really similar? But perhaps it could cut bands that aren't alternative to begin with, like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, etc...

    Another issue is potential abuse of tags. I'm talking about a bunch of wackos attempting to give something like Justin Bieber the now infamous tag (honestly though, 1 tag isn't really going to be enough and even identifying a brutal death metal band that a Justin Bieber fan listens too is going to be real difficult...especially if it doesn't share a pop or something. Moderators can assist with issues like that.

    Also, the removal of tags could have an effect on similar artists. If we remove something like 70s, 80s, swedish, female vocalists, and all those other tags, can we guarantee that the new tags will make things better, or make things worse? What about tags regarding the same thing (alternative is not the same as alternative rock, but hip-hop/hip hop/hiphop? Nu metal/nu-metal? alt-rock/alternative rock?)? Do we merge these tags into one? Or do these duplicates exist because there's no other major tag to classify them as? What about vague tags like "classic rock"? And abused tags like "alternative", "indie"? And bogus tags like "", "", ""? With cases like this, it's all trial and error then, but it's really something that can be done on the go and with the assistance of user feedback.


    There is one more thing I thought of regarding my suggested? Perhaps we could start sorting based on top tag for each artist, then by top 2 tags, then by top 3 tags, and all the way until the top 50th tag or something (and if an artist doesn't have a certain number of tags, TOO BAD :P). But that's something that would take a while to look at.

    Who knows, perhaps someone might create a last.fm widget tool based on this suggestion. But it is clearly a possibility to use instead of the current formula, which guarantees a ton of similar artists that have nothing to do with each other.
  • 100,000 Played

    8 Aug 2011, 19:12 by Deveianse

    From July 11 2008 - March 4 2009

    32,500 played

    March 4 2009 - August 8 2011

    100,000 played


    My 100,000 song played was In Flames - Trigger!




    My 100,000 played and In Flames 10,000 scrobbled track by me is dedicated to the person who introduced me to Last.fm and In Flames - Mariya <3, Rest in Peace!
  • Corpore 'n Spotify!!!

    28 Sep 2010, 15:55 by Teocida

    The Corpore's albums are already up in Spotify. Don't have Spotify? Go and download for free this software in its web. So u'll be able to listen to Corpore and ur fav bands whenever you want. Don't miss the chance!!! (it isn't a Spotify advertising) XD

    Enjoy them!!!


    Corpore ya tiene sus álbumes editados hasta ahora en Spotify. Si tienes este software, aprovecha la oportunidad de escuchar gratis su música.

    ¡¡¡Que los disfrutéis!!!


    Cadenas Invisibles EP
    http://open.spotify.com/album/5GtpjC3bZL4CE6EROHpiyR

    Corpore – Corpore EP
    http://open.spotify.com/album/3r4ldO7gkZrKWDxdPetCDw
  • IN LEGEND - Pandemonium EP [=> Hand-hammered Piano Craft | Metal]

    11 Jul 2010, 13:33 by ImmortalSoul

    Original Review: Reflections of Darkness

    IMPORTANT: You can download the whole EP for free HERE!!

    Title: Pandemonium EP
    Artist: In Legend (Berlin/Mainz, GERMANY)
    Genre: Hand-hammered Piano Craft | |
    Release Date: 26th March 2010
    Label: Self-Released





    Introduction

    Sometimes they occur… these strange moments that render you completely speechless while you are desperately trying to put the just witnessed listening experiences into appropriate words… and of course fail doing so. I’m struggling with this particular situation as we speak, after having listened to the band In Legend’s debut EP Pandemonium for what feels like the 100th time, and after trying to find an introduction that does this work justice for what feels like the 200th time. So, let us therefore try to simply look at things as they are: In fact, In Legend sound different than everything you have heard before - and, nevertheless, after the first listen one can already feel some sort of intimateness and well-being that one rarely gets to discover in music nowadays. Yes, I’m using big words from the very start… and yet they hit nail on the head. But maybe it would be better to first of all introduce the project in general before this turns into a completely obscure wave of enthusiasm that might cause all readers to rather shake their heads than to look any further.

    In Legend is the (and yes, this denotation, albeit it might not fit 100 %, might possibly be the most appropriate one that I can think of at first) side project of Bastian Emig, also known as the drummer of the world’s first and famous band Van Canto. Thus, one could rightfully assume that the membership in this band might have already laid the foundation for an inclination towards extraordinary sounds because Van Canto have in fact made themselves a name as being a truly exotic phenomenon within the scene, particularly due to their unconventional approach to , wherewith they have nevertheless been able to attain considerable success and fan following until now. I am almost sure that the same development will eventually happen to In Legend because this project also manages to challenge prevalent conventions in music in a very original way.

    For example, just like Van Canto, In Legend is also lacking the most important instrument of music - the guitar. Only a bass (played by Daniel Wicke) and the drums (played by Dennis Otto) deliver the necessary rhythm and groove in order to worthily prop up the main instrument . Nevertheless, the oftentimes builds up an incredible heaviness and energy that can definitely compete with the usual bands in terms of intensity and dynamics. Bastian himself describes In Legend as sounding a bit like “Tori Amos on cocaine” and this depiction can somehow really be applied to the whole thing.


    EP Review

    The first song Pandemonium already serves as a proper introduction to the sound of In Legend and presents the listener after a short spoken-word passage with a heavily hammering intro on the bass keys of the which is accompanied by dynamic double bass attacks of the drums. Never before had I heard a in such a heavy way - but one must admit that it perfectly matches the dusky mood of the song. What also immediately sticks out in this song is the versatile voice of Bastian Emig. While I can imagine that it might take some time for certain people to get used to it, as a matter of fact his voice already captivates the listener in this first song and does not let him go again. On this 4-track EP one can seriously discover everything from soft, clean vocal passages to powerful, partly even screamed parts or even spoken-word-like, rhythmic vocal work. And also the arrangements themselves are characterized by these changes in dynamics.

    The EP contains everything from energetic piano hammering (not for nothing is the sound of In Legend also described as being ) to fast, lively passages and also calm, atmospheric and even romantic moments (for example in the intro of Prestinate and generally in the song The Healer), and one already finds out about that in the first song. There is never a dull moment in the whole course of this work - on the contrary: The whole CD is so full of brilliant new ideas, diversity, and technical finesses that it almost exceeds the listener’s imagination. And if that was not enough, Bastian Emig also has a keen sense of wonderful melodies (which can be discovered in the terrific closing song Heya, for example) which immediately get stuck in the ear canals and make no move to leave in the near future. In particular one also needs to put a special emphasis on the “song in the song” with the title Remedy - an absolutely stunning that seamlessly follows up the third song The Healer and simply offers a wonderfully calm and melancholic break to the rest of the album. One can virtually think of it as the moment of relief before the (contrary to the rest of the album) rather optimistic and “lighter” piece Heya picks up the pace for one last time.

    Conclusion: As mentioned above, this debut EP just blew me away. I had already been exposed and gotten used to a lot of different stuff in the genre before but In Legend manage the impossible and enthuse me with only four songs like no other band did in a long while. Rarely has any debut offered as much inventiveness, passion, and fresh air as can be seen here, and with the high musical quality and the very high artistic value of this output one can only wonder what kind of great things In Legend are gonna provide us with in the future when the first full length album arrives (which is already said to come out in fall/winter 2010). “The perfect blend of hard, soft and uncompromising passion” - that is how the biography of the band puts it - and from my side there is hardly any better description for this more than ambitious project.


    Tracklist

    01. Pandemonium
    02. Prestinate
    03. The Healer (Inclusive Remedy)
    04. Heya


    Line-up

    Bastian Emig "Vortex Generating Super Operator" - vocals, piano
    Daniel Wicke "The Bass Cyclone" - bass
    Dennis Otto "The Drumming Tornado" - drums


    Websites

    http://www.inlegend.de
    http://www.myspace.com/inlegend
    http://www.facebook.com/inlegend
    http://www.twitter.com/inlegendband
    http://www.youtube.com/inlegendband
    http://www.metalcon.de/in-legend


    Cover Picture




    Rating

    Music: 10
    Sound: 9.5
    Extras: There is a hidden secret to be discovered in the EP which is very creative
    Total: 9.8 / 10


    First Video




    Similar / Connected Bands:

    Van Canto | Jester's Funeral | The Razorblades | Jovian Spin | Narakam | Apocalyptica | Tori Amos | David Garrett | My Own Private Alaska | Yann Tiersen | Serj Tankian | HIM | Dommin | Sabaton | Riverside | Dream Theater | Borknagar | Sonata Arctica | Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Ben Folds | Sentenced | For My Pain... | Keane | Augustana | Muse | Jamie Cullum | Dax Johnson | The Fray | Coldplay | Jack's Mannequin
  • 2009 - podsumowanie muzyczne roku

    1 Jan 2010, 13:01 by Jack16

    Słowem wstępu. W 2009 przesłuchałem 75 płyt, które ocenię, być może przesłuchałem więcej ale wypadły mi z głowy, albo po prostu nie wiem, że są z 2009. Na pewno nie przesłuchałem kilku dobrych płyt, jak choćby Rammstein czy Alice in Chains lub Slayer, przyznaję się bez bicia, że po prostu mi się nie chciało.

    A więc zaczynamy!

    Słabe 5/10:
    Billy Talent - Billy Talent III
    Earth Crisis - To The Death
    Death Cab for Cutie- The Open Door EP
    Chimaira- The Infection
    Atreyu- Congregation Of The Damned

    Billy Talent jest tu na pewno zasłużenie, bo ta płyta to jakaś pomyłka, powiedziałbym, że to jakieś odrzuty z poprzednich dwóch. Chimaira nie spodobała mi się już od początku, a Atreyu strasznie mnie zawiodło, nie to czego oczekiwałem

    Średnie bardziej i mniej 6/10:
    Zebrahead - Panty Raid
    Three Days Grace - Life Starts Now
    The Used- Artwork
    The Blackout - The Best In Town
    The Autumn Offering- Requiem
    The Antlers - Hospice
    Taking Back Sunday - New Again
    Riverdales - Invasion USA
    Rancid- Let The Dominoes Fall
    Poison the Well - The Tropic Rot
    Peter Doherty- Grace Wastelands
    MxPx- Punk Rawk Christmas
    Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next
    Marilyn Manson - The High End Of Low
    Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
    Jet - Shaka Rock
    It Dies Today- Lividity
    Funeral for afriend- Your History Is Mine
    Fightstar - Be Human
    Drop Dead Gorgeous - The Hot N' Heavy
    Dead By Sunrise - Out Of Ashes
    Darkest Hour- The Eternal Return
    Catherine - Inside Out
    Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk
    Biffy Clyro- Only Revoltions
    Attack Attack! - Someday Come Suddenly
    Andrew Bird- Noble Beast
    Alexisonfire- Old Crows, Young cardinals

    Funeral znalazł się tu tylko dlatego, że na tej podsumowującej ich działalność płycie jest piosenka Wrench, która bardzo mi się spodobała, poza tym płyty nie ma co oceniać, bo wszystko już znane i oklepane. Lady Gaga może i wybiła się i jej piosenki sa niezłe, ale płyta jako całość już nie. Reszta chyba nie potrzebuje specjalnych tłumaczeń.

    Nieco powyżej średniej 6,5/10:
    The Fray- The Fray
    NOFX- Coaster
    Dead by April - Dead By April
    Cool Kids Of Death - Ytrapretfa 2
    Bloc Party- Intimacy Remixed
    Barcelona- Absolutes

    Dobre 7/10:
    Until June- Sound Of Defeat
    Thursday- Common Existance
    The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
    The Eyes of Traitor - A Clear Perception
    dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
    August Burns Red - Constalations
    A Skylit Drive- Adelphia
    Green Day- 21st Century Breakdown
    Emery - ... In Shallow Seas We Sail
    Calvin Harris- Ready For The Weekend
    Burden of a Day - OneOneThousand
    Blue October - Approaching Norma
    Arctic Monkeys - Humburg
    All Time Low- Nothing Personal
    Anti-Flag - The People Or The Gun

    ABR może i muzycznie zasługują na więcej niż 7, ale wokal mnie męczy i u mnie więcej niż 7 nie będzie. Green Day w tym roku słaby strasznie, ale ludzie się zachwycają, nie jestem w stanie tego zrozumieć. Arctic Monkeys mają kilka bardzo fajnych piosenek, ale płyta ledwo powyżej średniej.

    Dobre plus 7,5/10:
    Paramore - Brand New Eyes
    Papa Roach- Metamorphosis
    Mutemath - Armistice
    Mastodon- Crack The Skye
    happysad - Mów mi dobrze
    Franz Ferdinand- Tonight
    Enter Shikari - Common Dreads

    Parmore spodziewałem się troszkę lepszego, bardziej przebojowego, podobnego do poprzedniej płyty. Mastodon mnie miło zdziwił, co prawda męcza mnie niekiedy 10 minutowe piosenki, ale jest nieźle. Happysad nagrali piosenki, które od dobrych kilku lat grywali juz na koncertach, więc szału nie ma. Enter Shikari za dużo średnich piosenek, żeby ocenić lepiej..

    Bardzo dobre 8/10:
    The Devil Wears Prada - With Roots Above And Branches Below
    Memphis May Fire - Sleepwalking
    Maximo Park - Quicken The Heart
    Editors - In This Light And On This Evening
    Muse- The Resistance
    Architects - Hollow Crown
    30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War

    DWP świetne po kilku przesłuchaniach, choć początkowo wydawało się męczące i nudnawe. Editors calkiem przyjemne, Muse chyba mnie troszkę zawiodło, ale mimo wszystko w prównaniu do poprzednich płyt to ta chyba jako całość jest najlepsza. 30STM ma wkurzające chórki w każdej piosence i zaciągane ooooOOhh przez Jareda, co znacznie wpływa na końcową ocenę, na minus oczywiście.

    Jeszcze lepsze 8,5/10:
    Silverstein - A Shipwreck in The Sand
    Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage
    Fall Out Boy - Folie A Doux

    Killswitch mógłby być troszkę lepszy, ale kilka kawałków po prostu wgniata w ziemię, a Starting Over ze swoim mocarnym początkiem to moim zdaniem piosenka roku.

    Świetne 9/10:
    A Day to Remember - Homesick
    Aiden - Knives
    AFI - Crash Love

    Aiden potrzebował u mnie sporo czasu, żeby w końcu zasłużyć na ta 9, AFI z miejsca zasłużyło, może faktycznie końcówka płyty robi się nudnawa, ale ciężko było mi znaleść coś lepszego w tym roku. ADTR po prostu zmiotło mnie z powierzchni ziemi, nie znałem tego zespołu wcześniej, a tu taka miła niespodzianka ;).

    I na koniec album roku. Jakiś wybrać musiałem, czy słusznie czy nie to już nie mi oceniać.
    [Fanfary]

    Albumem roku zostaje...

    Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Seasons Cut Up

    Cięzko było wybrać cokolwiek co zasługiwało na tytuł albumu roku i ostatecznie padło na remixy BMTH.
  • 100,000 tracks.

    30 Aug 2009, 16:57 by geehoneybee



    100,000 songs in 4 years+. I still take pride in the diversity of songs. Top song When Darkness Falls has only 43 plays. That's 0.04%.
    The 100,000th song: Sly & The Family Stone Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
  • Exclusive Interview with Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage This Friday on 525 Power…

    22 Jul 2009, 21:01 by Sonja525

    Exclusive Interview with Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage This Friday on
    525 Power Tracks! 7/17 12 PST / 3 PM EST. Also be sure to join us on the 525 Power Tracks website http://www.525powertracks.com during the interview for your chance to win the new Killswitch Engage CD.