Song Of The Day: 4/19/12 (Eyes Wide Open)

Today’s song of the day is “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye from his album “Making Mirrors”, which is a magnificent album and so different. I’ve been listening to it a ton on Spotfy, since February, but I never actually owned it, however I always like to own physical copies of all of my favorite albums and this is definitely my favorite, so far this year. I track all of my music listens with last.fm and “Making Mirrors is my most listened to album, so far this year.  His single “Somebody That I Used To Know” has complete blown up. I’m actually quite surprised that something so out of left field is getting so much mainstream attention. But I can’t complain. It’s great to see real, good music getting so much attention. Today I was at Best Buy with one of my best friends and he ended up buying me “Making Mirrors” as a Birthday gift. It’s a great addition to my CD collection. Do any of you guys own the CD? What do you think of it?

 

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last.fm’s Best Of 2011

About a month back I found this on last.fm. For those of you who don’t know, last.fm is a website that tracks all the websites subscriber’s music listens across all different music listening services and programs, such as iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. At the end of 2011 they tallied up all the listeners and put together a year end list of the most listened to artists and a year in music chart to display the music listening trends of it’s listeners. The data held within the last.fm universe gives us a great look into what people are actually listening to. In the Artist’s tab you can even play around with the settings and see the music listening habits by location and/or by music genre. Try it out at the links below and see what you think of the list. Anyone you would have thought would have or wouldn’t have been on here or anyone you think deserved to be on here and isn’t or didn’t deserve to be on here? Let us know.

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/yearinmusic

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/artists

Song Of The Day: 1/22/12 (Make It Mine)

Today’s song of the day is Jason Mraz’s ,”Make It Mine”. I just figured out today, how to link all my old iTunes listens to my last.fm account, although I’m dealing with some other issues with the slightly flawed service. With 3 years of listening data pulled out of iTunes, I found out that my most listened to song in this time period has been this song with 220 listens. When this album, “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” came out, I used it’s upbeat positivity to motivate me as I graduated from college and prepared for the “real world” and also to helped me get through a tough time after my grandfather died, so needless to say I listened to this album an awful lot in that time and why not, it’s a GREAT album, one of the best of the past 10 years. Ch ch ch check it out!!!

Song Of The Day: 1/18/12 (#4. Kate Bush) (Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God))

The #4 artist of my top 7 artists/groups, and the only woman on the list is Kate Bush. Kate Bush isn’t for everyone and I won’t pretend that she is, but she should be. She makes such moving, beautiful music. I’ve only been listening to her music for about 4 months, but I fell hard and fast for her. In that time, I’ve listened to her songs about 700 times according to last.fm (a website that tracks your music listens through Spotify, iTunes and your MP3 player/mobile device). I started listening to her because Big Boi from OutKast mentioned on many occasions how she was one of HIS very favorite artists and biggest influences. Back in 2006, shortly after her album “Ariel” came out, I tried listening to her because Big Boi, who is one of MY favorite artists and biggest influences, said she was so great and I took his reference seriously. I tried listening to her, but I wasn’t ready yet. Her music just didn’t click with me at that time. Five years passed and Big Boi started talking about her in interviews again and she also came out with 2 albums (Director’s Cut & 50 Words For Snow) in that year (2011). So I gave her another shot and boy am I glad I did because she is simply amazing. A genius!!! My fiance who didn’t like her at first and couldn’t stand when I played her, over the past few months, is even starting to kind of like her, which makes me happy because Kate Bush makes such GREAT music and it should be shared and enjoyed by all. She is bigger internationally than in America and even still, not as widely known as someone else of her musical stature, probably because of her complete uniqueness that a lot of people just don’t get. Real music lovers and artists understand her and love her. She is an artist’s, artist.  She has inspired many female artists as well as male artists in the last 30 years and will continue to as long as her music is listened to by open minds and refined ears. So share and enjoy one of her biggest hit songs, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” from her most popular and successful albums “Hounds Of Love”.