Wednesday Random Ten: More Random Than Usual

Why more random? Because today I’ve decided to let Last.fm make the choices for me. And what is Last.fm, you ask? It’s a music site that (among other things) will track your iPod use every time it is synced and then make recommendations of other music it thinks you will like. It also does a bunch of social networking things — allowing friends to suggest music, and proffering the names of potential friends based on similar tastes in music. I know MsP is a big fan and particularly likes the feature where you put in the name of an artist you like and it plays similar bands. (She’s listening to “M.I.A.’s similar artists” right now.)

Anyway, below is the first ten things Last.fm offered up as recommendations for me today. What are you listening to?

  1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – For You (Live At Hammersmith Odeon Audio)
  2. Soul Coughing – Rolling (Album Version)
  3. Kathleen Edwards – Sweet Little Duck
  4. Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (Jethro East & Lee Davey Club Mix)
  5. King Missile – Happy Hour
  6. Hem – Hot California
  7. Sara Bareilles – Love On The Rocks (Album Version)
  8. Catie Curtis – Deliver Me
  9. Heather Nova – Light Years
  10. Moxy Früvous – The Ballad of Cedric…

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Random Ten: More Random Than Usual

  1. MsP May 21, 2008 / 1:53 pm

    Busted! Thank God it wasn’t something embarrassing! “MsP is listening to ‘Night Ranger’s similar artists right now…'”

  2. Sarah May 21, 2008 / 2:05 pm

    Not to worry, I wouldn’t have outed you had that been the case. (Though in the interest of full disclosure, I did like Night Ranger back in the day. They were, in fact, the first rock band I ever saw in concert.)

  3. sprite May 21, 2008 / 2:51 pm

    Since I have neither a Last.fm account, nor my iPod cable at work to hook up my iPod, we’re going to have to play this game in a roundabout fashion. I’ll see what 10 artists the iPod picks on shuffle and then I’ll see what it plays for me from amongst their similar artists. Annotated for your pleasure and amusement:

    1) Jem — “24” (from KT Tunstall) — Nice, but not as rockish as the cartoon character and her band.

    2) Natalie Merchant — “Not in This Life” (from Thea Gilmore) — Here’s a throwback. I wonder if I own this track.

    3) Pieta Brown — “Remember the Sun” (from Kris Delmhorst) — Never heard of her, but would play her again.

    4) Bobby “Blue” Bland — “There’s a Stranger in My House” (from Little Junior Parker) — Ditto above.

    5) Bob and Doug McKenzie — “Take Off” (from Moxy Fruvous) — I definitely would *not* listen to this again. In fact, I’m not going to bother listening to the whole thing now.

    6) Low — “Starfire” (from The Folk Implosion) — Huh. They aren’t very good singers.

    7) Tracy Grammer — “Gypsy Rose” (from The Kennedys) — Good music, but I’m not sure Tracy solo offers similar music to The Kennedys at their best. Back before Dave Carter died, I’d definitely agree, though.

    8) John Lennon — “Instant Karma” (from The Beatles) — Big stretch of imagination to pick a song from the solo career of one of the band members…

    9) Bellowhead — “Copshawholme Faire” (from Kate Rusby) — Very traditional sound, but I like it. It’s kind of carnival-like. This may be the hit of the bunch.

    10) The Roots — “Thought@work” (from Gnarls Barkley) — Meh. Wouldn’t choose to listen to it again probably.

  4. Rudi May 21, 2008 / 2:52 pm

    Okay, I took the Last.fm challenge, and here’s what it upchucked at me:

    1. “Party” – El Perro del Mar
    2. “I Wish You Would” – The Yardbirds
    3. “Rainforest” – Solid Electro
    4. “Be My Killer” – On Wave
    5. “Bim Bam” – The Highwaymen (the vocal group, not the country supergroup)
    6. “I Lost My Tampon” – Krause
    7. “Party Doll” – Mick Jagger
    8. “Vigilante Man” – Woody Guthrie
    9. “Heavy Mental” – Los Panchos? Sí!
    10. “Dirty Blvd.” – Lou Reed

    Some of the selections were pretty weird. But hey – it’s different, right?

  5. sprite May 21, 2008 / 2:54 pm

    And Sarah, your random play includes a number of artists we own. (You went folky today.) If you want to borrow/rip music from 6,7,8, or 10 (and maybe 3 or 4), let me know. Obviously, I assume you own everything from #1 under the sun. (Or is this a faulty assumption?)

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