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  • Albums Obtained in May 2008

    16 mai 2008, 23h14m

    May:

    Editors - An End Has A Start
    Good, not quite as 'up' as the first album and that wasn't exactly jumping (but I liked it a lot). A grower for me.

    Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
    I FINALLY got this!!

    Kosheen - Resist
    Broadening my horizons, good album. Meant to get this six or seven years ago but never got round to it. Always disliked drum & bass but this band makes good tunes out of it.

    The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
    Good background music. Think they have a new one out now?

    Björk - Debut
    The beginnings of a Björk collection I think.

    My overall list here.

    Prior purchases in 2008:

    No purchases in April.
    March
    No purchases in February.
    January
  • Albums Obtained in March 2008

    13 mars 2008, 22h42m

    March:

    Gomez - In Our Gun
    Not too bad, I think How We Operate is better but I'll give it some time.

    Nirvana - In Utero
    Some good songs on there but on the whole prefer Nevermind. Heart-Shaped Box is a classic.

    PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
    Good album.

    The Postal Service - Give Up
    Very good, highly recommended!

    Thom Yorke - The Eraser
    This one is a bit of a grower, apart from the title track I didn't get into it until after a few listens - then it took off. You should get this.


    My overall list here.

    Prior purchases in 2008:
    No purchases in February.
    January
  • Albums obtained Jan 2008

    23 jan. 2008, 23h43m

    Following on from my list of albums bought in 2007, which was written after the fact, this post is a running count for 2008.

    You can see my overall list here.

    January
    Sam Isaac - Sticker Star & Tape (album not yet appearing in tags for some reason)
    Lemon Jelly - '64-'95
    Luke Leighfield - Fan The Flames
    Radiohead - In Rainbows (on CD, I also got it on download last year)
    Simply Luke Leighfield - Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy.
    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

    Big thanks to Sam Isaac and Luke Leighfield, I ordered via their websites and both despatched the CDs in ridiculously short time even though they are touring endlessly.
  • Albums obtained in 2007

    8 jan. 2008, 23h24m

    As far as I can make out, the below list contains all the albums I bought or was given in 2007.

    Definite highlights were DARTZ!, Tellison, Encyclopedia and of course Radiohead.

    This is an updated journal, the original was just a list. I have added some comments this time, and these are they:


    Bat For Lashes
    Fur and Gold
    (2007)
    Quite a dark and haunting record in places, but oh so catchy from the opening track 'Horse and I' onwards. She has been nominated as Best Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards, such a shame that the ever-annoying Mika will take it instead because Natasha Kahn (Bat For Lashes) should win it easily.


    Biffy Clyro
    Puzzle
    (2007)
    I was really looking forward to this one, it was a bit of a disappointment to find them turning into a Foo Fighters clone. Nothing at all wrong with the Foos, the Foos are great, but they do already exist.. This is still a good album though and worth having.


    Blur
    Leisure
    (1991)
    I've been looking forward to filling in the Blur back catalogue, and so was a bit disappointed when this album turned out to be a bit rubbish really. 'She's So High' and 'There's No Other Way' are the obvious stand outs, but that's about it. Maybe I should give it more of a chance.


    David Bowie
    Best of Bowie (disc 1)
    Best of Bowie (disc 2)
    I was also rather pleased I made the effort in getting some Bowie, everyone needs some Bowie in their life. There isn't any point writing anything about the music, it has already all been written, the guy is a fucking genius.


    DARTZ!
    This Is My Ship
    (2007)
    Fun. Energetic. Good for your brain. DARTZ! Laser Eyes is such a good tune, even without many lyrics.


    Encyclopedia
    So Hot Right Now
    (2006)
    Fun as well! Uplifting sound and lyrics, and bizarrely not as well known as they should be. Would sound great on the radio in the summer.


    Gomez
    How We Operate
    (2006)
    I'm fairly convinced that Gomez are underrated by almost everyone, although I'm yet to get two of their albums. Love the first track, 'Notice', and the rest of the album ain't half bad either. Very laid back.

    Paul Hartnoll
    The Ideal Condition
    (2007)
    I got this for 'Patchwork Guilt' because that track is so great, and I expected a CD full of electronic stuff like that. What I got was a much more varied collection of songs, which I can't even classify really without further listening. Maybe I'll update this when I have.

    Kings of Leon
    Because of the Times
    (2007)
    They really came of age with this one, 'Fans' was all over the radio last year as you all know and deservedly so. Now they get to headline Glastonbury! If you haven't discovered these guys for yourselves, do so now.


    Kubichek!
    Not Enough Night
    (2007)
    A couple of catchy songs in that edgy 'indie' style (yeah I hate the term too but what else is there), a bit like DARTZ! in a way but with less upbeat songs perhaps.


    Lemon Jelly
    Lost Horizons
    Very good album for kicking back with, late at night when you're head is a bit screwed up with tiredness or drink or a night of loud rock music. Some of the samples repeat too often, especially in 'Space Walk', but overall you should have this one.


    Massive Attack
    Blue Lines
    (1991)
    and
    Mezzanine
    (1998)

    I amazed myself at how long it took for me to get these two. Do yourself a favour and get both now, okay?


    Radiohead
    In Rainbows
    (2007) (downloaded - I also got the CD in Jan'08)
    Everyone has this so you all know how good it is - and if they haven't got it then they won't be on Last.fm reading this.


    The Shins
    Chutes Too Narrow
    (2003)
    Ideal sunshine album, I was listening in the car the other day on the first decent day without wind/rain that we've had in months. Uplifting.

    The Shins
    Wincing the Night Away
    (2007)
    I'm not as familiar with this one yet as I got it about the same time as Chutes Too Narrow, and was getting into that before starting here - then got sidetracked. Needs more listens.


    Sigur Rós
    Ágætis byrjun
    (1999)
    What a great album, Sven-g-Englar is just fantastic. I need to listen to this more, it is the most under-listened of the three I have.

    Sigur Rós
    ( )
    (2002)
    Imagine you are in Iceland, all alone in a desolate landscape alongside an ice-cold lake with the cool air breezing by and snow on the hills, sun high in the sky, the whole thing taking your breath away. That's how this album feels.


    Teenage Fanclub
    Grand Prix
    (1995)
    A let-down. And I didn't get it for the album name! Somehow I'd got the impression from people/websites/etc., who all said it was a great album of the 90s. It just isn't.


    Tellison
    Contact! Contact!
    (2007)
    This is just a great album of fun indie pop songs, it will forever be a mystery why The Hoosiers, The Feeling, etc. are all huge and Tellison are not. Life just isn't fair sometimes. 'Gallery' is quite possibly the song of the year, starts off repetitive and a bit boring, then after a couple of minutes it really kicks off and infects your head - then you listen to it again with different ears and find the brilliance of it.


    (Updated 10 Feb 08)


    Not a huge list, but the 2008 one will be which is why I'm going to do journals for that month by month if I can, this is going to be such a great year for music.
  • Albums Wanted

    21 fév. 2007, 23h47m

    (edit May 2008 - removal of bought albums)

    This is a follow-up entry to my previous journal, Albums Owned.

    This is quite a vague list in places.


    The Avalanches - Since I Left You
    Boards of Canada
    Broken Social Scene (investigate more)
    The Cooper Temple Clause (investigate more)
    Gomez - Split The Difference
    James Dean Bradfield - The Great Western
    The Knife - Deep Cuts
    Lemon Jelly - lemonjelly.ky
    Queen (Greatest Hits I & II perhaps?)
    R.E.M. - Out of Time
    R.E.M. - New Adventures In HiFi
    Royksopp - Melody A.M.
    Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
    Super Furry Animals - Radiator
    Super Furry Animals - Out Spaced
    Super Furry Animals - Mwng (no previews no not sure)
    Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
    The Velvet Teen (to investigate further)

    Or anything with a decent tune/melody to it.
  • Albums Owned

    18 fév. 2007, 0h47m

    Added in May 2008:

    Björk - Debut
    Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
    Editors - An End Has A Start
    The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
    Kosheen - Resist


    Initial post from Feb 2007:

    This is for my own benefit but comments are welcome. See also my Wanted list. I hope to constantly update each list.

    I am aware that personal stories about relationships with artists is more interesting, but this is just a list, sorry :-)

    I will say that there's a lot here I don't actually listen to any more...

    List:

    A
    Arcade Fire - Funeral
    Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
    Ash - Intergalactic Sonic 7"s
    Athlete - Vehicles & Animals

    B
    Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
    Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky
    Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss
    Biffy Clyro - Infinity Land
    Biffy Clyro - Puzzle
    Björk - Debut
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
    The Bluetones - Science & Nature
    Blur - Leisure
    Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
    Blur - Parklife
    Blur - The Great Escape
    Blur - Blur
    Blur - 13
    Blur - Think Tank
    Blur - The Best of

    C
    Coldplay - The Blue Room EP
    Coldplay - Yellow (single)
    Coldplay - Parachutes
    Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
    Coldplay - X&Y
    Croft No. Five - Talk Of The Future

    D
    The Darkness - Permission to Land
    DARTZ! - This Is My Ship
    David Bowie - Best of Bowie
    Dodgy - Free Peace Sweet

    E
    Echobelly - On
    Editors - The Back Room
    Editors - An End Has A Start
    Encyclopedia - So Hot Right Now

    F
    Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
    Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape
    Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left To Lose
    Foo Fighters - One By One
    Frou Frou - Details

    G
    Garbage - Version 2.0
    The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
    Gomez - Bring It On
    Gomez - Liquid Skin
    Gomez - In Our Gun
    Gomez - How We Operate
    Green Day - International Superhits!
    Green Day - American Idiot
    Guillemots - Through The Windowpane

    H
    Hard-Fi - Stars Of CCTV
    Hayseed Dixie - Let There Be Rockgrass
    Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
    Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
    Hot Chip - The Warning

    I
    Idlewild - Hope Is Important
    Idlewild - 100 Broken Windows
    Sam Isaac - Sticker Star & Tape

    J
    Jane's Addiction - Strays

    K
    Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
    Keane - Hopes And Fears
    The Killers - Hot Fuss
    Kings of Leon - Youth & Young Manhood
    Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
    Kosheen - Resist
    Kubichek! - Not Enough Night

    L
    Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons
    Lemon Jelly - '64-'95
    The Lightning Seeds - Dizzy Heights
    Luke Leighfield - Fan The Flames

    M
    Massive Attack - Blue Lines
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
    Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
    Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
    Manic Street Preachers - Know Your Enemy
    Manic Street Preachers - Forever Delayed
    Manic Street Preachers - Lifeblood
    Maxïmo Park - A Certain Trigger
    Moby - 18
    Muse - Showbiz
    Muse - Muscle Museum (single)
    Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
    Muse - Absolution

    N
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Nirvana - In Utero
    Nizlopi - JCB Song (single)

    O
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
    Oasis - The Masterplan
    Oasis - Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
    Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals

    P
    PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
    PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
    Placebo - Placebo
    Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
    Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
    Placebo - Meds
    The Postal Service - Give Up

    R
    Radiohead - The Bends
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Radiohead - Kid A
    Radiohead - Amnesiac
    Radiohead - Hail To The Thief. (The Gloaming.)
    Radiohead - In Rainbows
    Razorlight - Up All Night
    R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
    The Reindeer Section - Y'all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear!

    S
    The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
    The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
    The Shirehorses - Our Kid Eh
    Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
    Sigur Ros - ( )
    Sigur Rós - Takk...
    Simply Luke Leighfield - Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy.
    Sleeper - Smart
    Sleeper - The It Girl
    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    Smashing Pumpkins - Machina/the machines of God
    Snow Patrol - Songs For Polarbears
    Snow Patrol - When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
    Snow Patrol - Final Straw
    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
    Space - Spiders
    Space - Tin Planet
    Stereophonics - Word Gets Around
    Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails
    Stereophonics - Just Enough Education To Perform
    Stereophonics - Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
    The Strokes - Is This It
    The Strokes - Room On Fire
    Super Furry Animals - Guerrilla

    T
    Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
    Tellison - Contact! Contact!
    Travis - Turn (single)
    Turin Brakes - The Optimist LP
    Turin Brakes - Ether Song

    V
    The Verve - Urban Hymns

    Y
    Thom Yorke - The Eraser

    Z
    Zero 7 - Simple Things
    Zero 7 - When It Falls

    No Q, U, W, or X...

    Compilations
    Shine 5
    Shine 8
    Shine 10
    Shine Best of '97
    Q The Album
    The Best... In The World..Ever (brown cover)
    The Best... Album In The World..Ever (blue cover)
  • Changes in tastes

    5 jan. 2007, 23h12m

    One thing about having been on last.fm for a while is that with your charts, the stuff you listened to early on takes a while to get overtaken by the stuff you prefer to listen to now.

    Hence why my 2005 addictions to bands such as Coldplay and Keane, I don't listen to either of them very much now (played 'em too much and got bored), are taking some time to work through the system.

    I guess as you discover new stuff it doesn't help the lists either. My weekly number of plays is the same as it ever was, but I'm listening to songs from several groups in a week, not just one or two groups. So those groups are taking a long time to climb the charts. The stuff I listen to most often now like Frou Frou only hit my top 50 recently. Its only when I listen to full albums a few times that they appear, and I often prefer to listen randomly or picking tracks as I go.

    I suppose if you are to have an accurate record of your listening time as a whole, since first using the site, you can't avoid having things in your charts which you've fallen 'out of love' with. Especially if you listen to them as much as I listened to Coldplay 18 months ago.

    Arcade Fire has begun a gradual slide down, the artists behind have only just really caught up. Thatll change soon when the new album comes out, I expect to play it a lot (assuming its as good as the first). They'll jump to 2nd place in my charts pretty quickly. I'm not even sure what else is out this year!


    So yeah I've had the same top ten bands for ages and its quite annoying. It used to be great fun watching them jump around every update or two!

    My Top Tracks list has been the same for even longer, glad to see some changes filtering in at the bottom of the list on my main page.


    Anyway. 2007 will change all that I'm sure! All I gotta do is listen to lots of great music, such are the rigours of life. :-)

    Happy New Year all.

    Oh, before I go, first scrobble of 2007: A Captive Audience A band I'm going to explore more of.
  • Cheapness on the market!

    17 déc. 2006, 0h26m

    The town where I live (Bridport) has a street market every week. In this market there is the ubiquitous stall selling CDs and VHS videos. Naturally I assumed it would be like any other market stall I've seen everywhere else, just selling complete tat, cast-offs nobody wants any more. Old kids shows and 80s movies I've never heard of with people with big hair.

    Not so!

    It is mostly DVDs, with several CDs and several VHS tapes. Naturally I ignored the VHS section and spent a great deal of time looking at the rest. Most of the CDs were shit but there were some little gems in there. The DVD section was also quite shit, but the little gems there contained the Battlestar Galactica remake mini-series and several films I'd like.

    I came away with:
    £5.00 Bullitt on DVD (wanted for ages)
    £3.50 Placebo (to complete back catalogue)
    £3.50 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (had this, er, 'borrowed' on MP3, now got it legally which feels great)
    Total: £12.00
    BUT I presented the items to the man on the stall, who was just starting to pack away to leave. He said "tenner?" Okay then!
    New total: £10.00
    Saving of £2 on some already ridiculously low prices!

    I WILL be a regular customer! I'll get my new stuff from the shop, and fill up the back catalogue from this guy.

    Lesson: Check out your nearest market, you never know what you'll find.
    Lesson 2: I am easily pleased.
  • 6000th track, etc.

    3 nov. 2006, 23h35m

    Track 6000*: Pierrot the Clown
    I bought Meds the other day and this track was scrobbled on my first listen through of the album, late the other night. Honestly from memory I have no idea which track this is, its way too early for me to form an opinion on either the track or the album. It always takes me two or three listens to get into an album, unless it is absolutely awesome. I do remember being a little underwhelmed compared to their previous body of work. I'll give it more time. I liked Drag and Song to Say Goodbye.

    I bought it at Bridport Record Centre on Monday when I was killing time waiting for my car to be fixed. I also FINALLY got around to buying a Massive Attack album, something I've meant to do for a long time.
    I went for Blue Lines and it does not disappoint. It is as good as everyone says it is. I won't leave it as long before getting Mezzanine.

    I've starting making a list of albums I want to own, based on these criteria in no particular order:
    1 - Filling in back catalogues.
    2 - Recommendations from Last.fm.
    3 - Recommendations from Colin Murray's excellent BBC Radio 1 show.
    4 - The CD must be on a price offer of some kind, or cheap enough to be affordable e.g. 2 for £20 or a combination adding up to just a little more. £13.99 each isn't going to happen.

    The last point is a must because I need to control how much I spend on this stuff, or I'll be buying things all the time and I can't afford to!

    The latest Last.fm updates kick ass, as always.

    Bah, winter has started, I hate the cold, I don't function in cold.

    PW

    * this assumes my playcount is correct!
  • Purchases 6th Oct 06

    8 oct. 2006, 21h47m

    Okay, week one of the new weekly purchase regime.

    On Friday I dropped in to HMV whilst in Yeovil, and purchased the following in their semi-permanent sale:

    Generation Terrorists
    Stars of CCTV
    Details
    Let There Be Rockgrass
    And also Ed Byrne's stand-up comedy DVD 'Pedantic & Whimsical'.
    Total cost: £48.95 Result!

    Frou Frou I had discovered on Last.FM via the Recommendation Radio and I can proudly proclaim is the first CD I bought as a result of this very website. A nice and chilled out yet electro-poppy album, a bit like Bjork crossed with Zero 7 in a way, but just.... better.. somehow. One track which isn't so chilled and is very much my favourite on the album, is Must Be Dreaming. Can't get enough of it.

    The Manics album I had on tape before - copied from a mate's CD, when I was about 16 or 17 about a decade ago - and used to listen to regularly on the bus to college to my computers course. I've been wanting to get this CD for a LONG time, but always found other newer items to buy instead. Since I threw all my tapes out a couple of years ago, I've really missed this album. I finally got it back! My Manics collection is coming together nicely now.

    Hard-Fi I've wanted to get into for a while as they make my sort of music. I'm a little disappointed by the album though as, apart from the familiar single releases (and there are plenty), I'm not getting into the rest of the tracks on the CD. I'll give it more time, it could be a 'grower'. Either way, I'm still pleased to have those familiar tracks in my MP3 list now.

    Hayseed Dixie I saw with my sister kerrynthekerryn at Hogmanay in Edinburgh, New Year's Eve 2005 / 2006 and I'd heard on the radio a small amount previously. Loving their versions of 'Ace of Spades' and 'Centerfold'!

    I've not got around to watching the Ed Byrne DVD yet.

    As part of this weekly purchase regime, I intend to start legalising my music. I have a fair few copied CDs and MP3s and it would be great to be able to one day say it was all legal. This is a matter of pride more than anything else as I don't really object on moral grounds when it comes to bigger bands and bigger labels. Certainly I don't agree with copying music from smaller artists who need the support. I only really copied for personal budgetary reasons - and laziness.

    I'm also going to need a bigger CD rack.
    PW