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Lew
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone found the site www.last.fm yet? I've mentioned it on here in a previous lifetime, but I've rediscovered it of late.

It's great. It records the artist and song title of the songs you listen to on your PC and uploads them (via a downloadable widget) to their website. When it's gathered enough info on what you listen to it recommends alternative artists, or you can view what like-minded people are listening to and discover completely new artists or songs.

When you get into the concept it's very good. It's also free. In fact, should you wish to expand your horizons you don't even have to sign up to check out an artist to see what their most popular songs or albums are and check out who is considered to be 'similar'.

I've rediscovered all sorts of artists I'd forgotten I had in my collection and my music has expanded for the better.

www.last.fm
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What with this last fm thing and the automatic checkouts the other week I have come to the conclusion that I've reached the state of 'old fart'dom.

Not only am I incredulous that such things are possible, but I'm also at a loss to understand why anyone would ever want to use them!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been waiting for Coldplay's new album to come out - finally did a couple of days ago, so I'm enjoying listening to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? I always find Coldplay songs all sound the same. Doesn't help that loads of other bands have copied their 'sound' as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulH wrote:
Really? I always find Coldplay songs all sound the same. Doesn't help that loads of other bands have copied their 'sound' as well.


Everything sounds like Coldplay now?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulH wrote:
Really? I always find Coldplay songs all sound the same. Doesn't help that loads of other bands have copied their 'sound' as well.


In a way, I agree. I've got all of their albums, and if I was in a shop, where they were playing Coldplay tracks, I'm sure I'd hardly notice when the track changed...

However, after listening to them constantly (I love the "vibe" of their music) I think of them completely differently. It feels like each album should be played from track 1 through to __ and to think of the combination of tracks, as more of a story of music. The music does blend in together, and then it also doesn't. The music grows on you and the more you listen to it the more you begin to see the different levels of sound. Not only that, but I find their lyrics, odd and strangely inspiring.

They recently brought out a new album, Viva La Vida - being a Coldplay fan I just bought it when it came out instead of listening to some tracks (I buy most stuff from iTunes). When I began to play it I was a bit miffed, none of the tracks were nearly as good as their older stuff... roughly a week later, it's probably my most played album. Each track has been played roughly 30 or so times and I find all of their songs moving and inspiring...

And now that I've listened to the tracks on the new album so much, I really can tell the difference between the tracks, they all have a different feel - although similar.

One of my favourite songs from their new album is 42 - I found it on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eia3YGxTlLA

I love it as it's a much more subtle entry to the song with the piano playing alone, the lyrics are... capturing:

Those who are dead are not dead
They’re just living in my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well
Oh..

Time is so short and I’m sure
There must be something more

Those who are dead are not dead
They’re just living in my head oh…
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well oh…

Time is so short and I’m sure
There must be something more


You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close

You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
You didn’t get to heaven but you oh oh
Oh oh…

Those who are dead are not dead
They’re just living in my head
Oh..


Shocked Anyway, I better shut up now... it looks like I've written an essay!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked

"Bagrock" by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

You haven't heard "We Will Rock You" until you've heard it played on the bagpipes.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hooked on the Raconteurs,(just realized that is so apt to post on this site, Laughing )

Not a single track of either Broken Boy Soldiers or Consolers of the Lonely that I don't appreciate on some level!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. Jack White!

Love the White Stripes, and my wife bought a banjo after watching "Cold Mountain"
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crazy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w

used to be Flirty's ringtone Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great song, and great video, Donna (never seen the video before).

This week I have mostly been listening to "Without Zero" by Joi, which was my freebie for renewing my subscription to Songlines magazine. If it's Asian fusion that you're into, it's brilliant. If you're not into Asian fusion, why not? Also enjoying "Drums and Roses" by the Dhol Foundation.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We Didn't Start the Fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKu2QaytmrM

It's incredible how many of the things we've discussed here on TWI recently are touched on in this song/video.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Think of me - from Phantom of the Opera. My singing teacher has got me singing it, so I'm listening to it and singing along to memorize it. I think my family will soon invest in earplugs what with the top c Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Black Ink. That's one challenging (and absolutely gorgeous) piece. Good for you.

I think I've managed to hit that top C a few times without hurting anyone. The rest of the time ... well, let's just say the only living creature that would ever stay in the room was an odd cockatoo named Buddy. Embarassed

A few tips to use whilst aiming for the C ... relax, shoulders back, feet apart, chin up just enough to keep the throat relaxed, ensure you've got lots of air, relax, dig your toes into the floor, relax and go for it. (yes, there are four 'relaxes' in there on purpose)

If you ever get the notion to try and sing 'Memories' from Cats ... don't. It's a complete voice killer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently rocking out to 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John and then it's on to some Led Zeppelin.
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