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  • Top Ten Artists Survey

    21 Mar 2006, 14:47 by josta59

    I stole this survey from someone else's journal. Feel free to play along.

    List the top 10 of your overall most played artists on Last.fm:

    1. Pulp
    2. Serge Gainsbourg
    3. The Beatles
    4. David Bowie
    5. The Smiths / The Dears (tied)*
    6. Blur
    7. Morrissey
    8. The Cinematic Orchestra
    9. Roxy Music
    10. Henry Mancini / Delirious? (tied)

    *This doesn't show up on my profile because it's broken. The Dears show up in two different places, so I added them together, and they tied The Smiths.

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    1. What was the first song you ever heard by 6? "Song 2".

    2. What is your favourite album of 2? Easy! Histoire de Melody Nelson, one of my favorites by anyone.
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    3. What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung? Wow, tough one. The Smiths: "It was dark as I drove the point home / And on cold leather seats, well, it suddenly struck me / I just might die with a smile on my face after all. …
  • I Can't Help Falling In Love With Rockstars

    13 Mar 2006, 16:01 by pawla

    David Bowie
    Bryan Ferry
    Morrissey

    And that's really not the half of it...they're all old...

    It's a problem.
  • Feat. Alison Goldfrapp

    12 Mar 2006, 20:29 by IanAR

  • Ten Favorite Male Vocalists

    4 Mar 2006, 16:27 by popgurl

    Inspired by Ackthehack and Pattismithowns, I'll play this game. 10 favorite male vocalists, revealing what a sucker I am for the smooth:

    10. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. H's not really that great a singer, but his voice has an emotional truth to it that I find very affecting.

    9. Neil Finn. Another singer who may not technically be so great, but he's got a lovely everyman sort of sound that brings me in.

    8. Lloyd Cole. Cracks in all the right spots, a singer who can do a turn of phrase that I'll rewind over and over just to hear how he sings that one moment again.

    7. Pelle Carlberg of solo music and of Edson. This guy's voice is so pretty it's almost too much. But only almost.

    6. Peter Murphy. I guess he's basically a David Bowie rip off vocally, but that deep resonance resonates with me nonetheless. I was tempted to put Bowie on here as well.

    5. Bryan Ferry. What can you say about Bryan Ferry. I read a review once that said he doesn't "hit notes so much as he flutters around them. …
  • Mini Reviews (more accurately, opinions) - March 2006

    28 Feb 2006, 22:07 by andrewbiles

    I say, I'm cutting down the purchases this month, trying to limit myself a bit better from now on, but I finally got let onto dimeadozen.org the other day so I may babble on about a few live shows.

    Euros Childs - Chops

    Hmmmm..... If you've ended up on this entry through him you'll most likely already know that he's the force behind Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.
    This is the second time I'm listening to this album today and it's already grown on me. It's full of fillers less than a minute long, so don't be fooled when you see 14 tracks that it's going to be of a decent length, it only just makes it over 30 minutes, and keep in mind that one of the tracks is eight minutes long on its own. I'm thrown both left and right over the tracks, it's full of nice laid back tunes that would probably be more fitting in Autumn but it's not really fitting my mood right now, especially the songs that I can't understand because they're not English, wasn't prepared for having to think.

    ****** (6)


  • itunes meme

    20 Feb 2006, 23:44 by KhanadaRhodes

    thanks lafaieverte :)

    Total playtime: 21.5 days
    Total discspace: 35.85 GB

    Sort by song title:
    - First Song: Japan: ...Rhodesia
    - Last Song: U2: Zooropa (Young Astronauts Club Remix)

    Sort by length:
    - Shortest Song: Janet Jackson: Interlude: Let's Dance (0:03)
    - Longest Song: Duran Duran: Live in Philadelphia 4/2/05 (2:12:58)
    (People who put entire concerts as one song are dumbasses)

    Sort by album:
    - First Song: JBK: Alone In His Shoes (_ism)
    - Last Song: U2: The Wanderer (Zooropa)

    First five songs that come up on Shuffle:
    * Depeche Mode: The Sun and the Rainfall
    * Bryan Ferry: Slave To Love
    * Tears for Fears: Ideas As Opiates
    * U2: Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1
    * Echo And The Bunnymen: The Cutter (Alternate Version)

    Top 10 Most Played Songs:
    01. Duran Duran: New Religion
    02. Duran Duran: New Moon on Monday
    03. Duran Duran: Fame
    04. Duran Duran: Lonely In Your Nightmare
    05. Duran Duran: Like An Angel
    06. Duran Duran: Khanada
    07. Japan: Swing
  • Simple Minds: Life In A Day

    10 Feb 2006, 21:10 by Progbear

    Life In A Day

    The Scottish band’s 1979 debut is a far cry from the bombastic U2-clones they eventually metamorphosed into. This definitely falls into the “post-punk” category, with a herky-jerky, anxious “new-wave” sound very much of its time. Lots of synthesizer, saxophone and jagged guitar stabs. Jim Kerr would drop his voice an octave on ensuing albums to Bryan Ferry-ize his delivery. Here he sounds rather like a cross between Russell Mael of Sparks and Andy Partridge of XTC. The latter is a valid stylistic comparison (early XTC anyway), the former a highly likely influence.

    The band were progressing along a similar line as Ultravox, an arty, Doctors Of Madness-style post-punk odyssey. Guitarist Charlie Burchill even whips out an electric violin for the haunting Pleasantly Disturbed.

    In any case, I find the early, pre-fame Simple Minds albums to be highly appealing. Of their early albums, this is probably the most tuneful. Also the least characteristic of their general sound.
  • Rediscoveries of today

    4 Jan 2006, 17:33 by marco78train

    Shea Seger - The May Street project
    Sister Hazel - Fortress
    Semisonic - All about chemistry
    Bryan Ferry - Frantic

    Does anyone know that record by Shea Seger? I hadn't heard in quite some time, but it's really a very cool poprecord!

    Right now I'm listening to Belle & Sebastian - Fold your hands child. It's one of those bands that I still don't know well enough.
  • November Music Reviews, Part 2

    30 Nov 2005, 16:08 by josta59

    For Your Pleasure (CD; 1973)
    Aladdin Sane (vinyl; 1973)
    Manifesto (vinyl; 1979)

    This is going to seem like a cop-out, but it's an honest one. These albums are far enough above my head that I don't feel that I can say anything very intelligent about them. I think that having added these to my musical diet is going to make me a more interesting musician in the future, but it's going to take me some time to digest them, especially without the aid of mind-altering substances.

    My first Roxy-related experience as a child was Bryan Ferry's recording of "Is Your Love Strong Enough" on the American soundtrack for an early Tom Cruise film, Ridley Scott's Legend. I loved that song, but I don't remember hearing an actual Roxy Music tune until many years later. Last year Morrissey was asked to name his top ten most important British albums, and he could only think of one--For Your Pleasure. Who knows if even he knew what he meant, the drama queen, but it says a lot for the album. …
  • Part 33

    15 Nov 2005, 02:24 by kelgura

    Everclear ~ sparkle and fade
    Everclear ~ Songs from an American movie Vol. One: Learning how to smile
    Everclear ~ Songs from an American movie Vol. Two: good Time for a bad attitude
    Enzso ~ self titled
    Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music ~ More than this The best of...
    54 40 ~ fight for love