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  • Swansea Sin City Wheatus gig (September 2014)

    2 oct. 2014, 11h36m

    Mon 29 Sep – Wheatus, MC Frontalot, Gabrielle Sterbenz

    Set list:

    1. Introduction (Teenage Dirtbag)
    2. A Little Respect (Erasure cover)
    3. Hey, Mr. Brown
    4. Fourteen
    5. Lemonade
    6. Basket Case (Green Day cover)
    7. The London Sun
    8. American in Amsterdam
    9. Only You
    10. BMX Bandits
    11. Leroy
    12. Teenage Dirtbag (ft. MC Frontalot)
  • Top 15 Artists 2013

    1 jan. 2014, 20h18m

    It's been a few years since I've made a record of my annual scrobblings, so since it happens to be dead on 1st January 2014, here's the list:

    Top Fifteen Artists:

    Most Played:
    01. Jimmy Eat World (830)
    02. Solar Fields (526)
    03. Ludovico Einaudi (474)
    04. Patty Griffin (452)
    05. Andreas Vollenweider (352)
    06. Counting Crows (242)
    07. Fabrizio Paterlini (238)
    08. Johnny Cash (228)
    09. Nitin Sawhney (216)
    10. Jeremy Soule (213)
    11. Goldmund (203)
    12. Brian Crain (188)
    12. Nils Frahm (188)
    14. Richard Buckner (185)
    14. Olafur Arnalds (185
  • 100,000 scrobbles!

    23 avr. 2013, 9h42m

  • Benxander's Spotify Playlists

    24 sept. 2012, 20h07m

    A lot of my playlists on Spotify have been gaining a fair few followers of late, so I've taken the time to create a blog over on blogger to keep my followers updated in regard to what I update and why. If you're remotely interested take a look here.
  • Top Ten 2010

    8 déc. 2010, 17h20m

    Top Ten Artists:

    Most Played:
    01. R.E.M. (1447 plays)
    02. Counting Crows (1263 plays)
    03. Wheatus (636 plays)
    04. Jimmy Eat World (447 plays)
    05. Gorillaz (437 plays)
    06. Richard Buckner (437 plays)
    07. Trespassers William (434 plays)
    08. Ramones (412 plays)
    09. Dream Theater (357 plays)
    10. Sigur Rós (352 plays)

    Newly discovered:
    01. Richard Buckner (437 plays)
    02. Sigur Rós (352 plays)
    03. The Might Be Giants (265 plays)
    04. Vic Chesnutt (265 plays)
    05. God Is An Astronaut (260 plays)
    06. Explosions In the Sky (186 plays)
    07. Lúnasa (186 plays)
    08. Mogwai (124 plays)
    09. Clint Mansell (112 plays)
    10. Solar Fields (103 plays)
  • Cardiff Barfly Wheatus Gig (June 2010)

    8 juin 2010, 2h16m

    Mon 7 Jun – Wheatus

    Setlist:

    MC Frontalot

    1. Tongue-Clucking Grammarian
    2. I hate Your Blog
    3. First World Problem
    4. Pr0n S0ng
    5. Wallflowers
    6. Spoiler Alert

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    Wheatus

    1. In the Melody
    2. Truffles
    3. Wannabe Gangster
    4. Lemonade
    5. Highway To Hell (improv)
    6. The Deck
    7. Hey, Mr. Brown
    8. Girlfriend in a Coma (improv)
    9. A Little Respect (Erasure cover)
    10. BMX Bandits
    11. Hump'em n' Dump'em
    12. The London Sun
    13. Teenage Dirtbag (ft. MC Frontalot)
    14. The Song That I Wrote When You Dissed Me


    *Feel free to correct me on the setlist


    I can't quite remember the exact details of the gig (so the setlist might be a bit off, but I'm certain its almost exact), but man, was it one hell of a gig.

    I remember when my dad gave me a mixtape he made of Green Day, Wheatus, Blur and Nirvana almost 10 years ago, as an attempt to get me back on track with structured music (after a few years of being polluted by pop of the 90s, I'd long forgotten R.E.M., The Smiths and the majority of the 80s post-punk, synthpop and alt-rock that I'd been brought up on beforehand), and it worked, I fell in love with Wheatus for years, but only recently began listening to them again; to then see these guys live was really fantastic, a life goal definitely accomplished.

    Even though I laugh at Welsh pride a lot, I think even Wheatus were amazed with the participation of the crowd on a bunch of songs, and simply had to compliment the Welsh and their passion for.. singing, throughout the gig. Although the majority had clearly been raised on merely 'Wheatus', it was great to hear songs from 'Suck Fony' and 'TooSoonMonsoon' chorused over the crowds here and there as well.

    A group of us to the left kept shouting Leroy and Randall to BBB when he asked for song suggestions (which might I just add was a fantastic treat, as it really was a personalised gig for the audience), however it was the bloke who kept shouting 'The London Sun', that caught BBB's attention for the final suggested song.

    There were also some fantastic snippets and comedy from the group, especially Brendan, we were even treated to an improvisation of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' and the humourous beginnings of The Smith's 'Girlfriend In A Coma'.

    The finale ('Teenage Dirtbag') was some spectacle, with the crowd singing every word to a t. Not only that, but the well known Wheatus-jamming of live performances, was fantastic with nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot rapping his own Teenage Dirtbag Rapped verse.

    And then to shake BBB's hand at the end as you exited the venue, just simply made the experience all the better; I've not known a band to date that care more about their fans nowadays than profit and mainstream popularity than Wheatus, and this gig really showed it.

    Great show guys.
  • That Time Where I listened to One Song From Every Artist In My Library.

    5 juin 2010, 20h15m

    I don't know why I initially thought this to be a good idea, and it seemed like a curse after a while.

    I decided to listen to one song from every artist in my top 500 overall artists. Unfortunately I could only use Spotify and the music in iTunes I currently have, so some artists had to be skipped. I wanted to try and do it all in ONE day, but that proved impossible. It would probably BE impossible, but I actually couldn't force myself to listen to music for 24 hours. It became tiring.

    Its been beneficial because:
    a) Its helped me to discover some artists from LONG ago.
    b) Its helped me to clear out some bullshit left behind from when my sister used my last.fm years ago
    c) Made me realise I have to reclaim some of the artists I don't have on my computer or that are on spotify.

    The divisions are the actual beginning of days. So it took me 5 days.

    Here they be, from the bottom up, all not-quite-500 (381) of them:

    001. Janelle Monáe - Many Moons
    002. Michelle Branch - Breathe
    003. Dido - Thank You
    004. Johnny Harris - Odyssey (Part 2)
    005. The Penguins - Earth Angel
    006. The Teardrop Explodes - Reward
    007. Limahl - Never Ending Story
    008. Andy Williams - Moon River
    009. The Vandals - My Girlfriend's Dead.
    010. The Ink Spots - Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.
    011. Rasputina - Transylvania Concubine.
    012. Yes - Roundabout
    013. Enya - Caribbean Blue
    014. Complicated Universal Cum - I Can Hardly Wait
    015. Lisa Miskovsky - Still Alive
    016. Justice - Phantom Pt.II (Soulwax Remix)
    017. Bark Psychosis - Big Shot
    018. Milla Jovovich - The Alien Song
    019. A Flock of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had a Photograph Of You)
    020. Primus - Jerry was a Race Car Driver
    021. Swingin' Utters - Five Lessons Learnt
    022. Chick Corea - Spain
    023. Neil Diamond - Solitary Man
    024. Love - Alone Again Or
    025. Shora - Arch and Hum
    026. The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom.
    027. Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
    028. Cat Stevens - Wild World
    029. Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle.
    030. Bic Runga - Sway
    031. Clint Mansell - I'm Sam Bell
    032. Hybrid - Finished Symphony
    033. Gene Krupa -Sing Sing Sing
    034. Ruslana - Dance With The Wolves
    035. Freezepop - Less Talk More Rokk
    036. Rosanne Cash - September When It Comes
    037. Loreena McKennitt - The Mystic's Dream
    038. Mastodon - Divinations
    039. Stomacher - Untitled/Dark Divider
    040. Madness - Driving In My Car
    041. Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't it Be Good
    042. John Farnham - You're The Voice
    043. Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up To Boston
    044. Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love
    045. God Module - Let's Go Dark
    046. U2 - One
    047. The Mission - Wasteland
    048. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
    049. Antonio Vivaldi - Spring' from 'The Four Seasons - Violin Concerto In e Major
    050. Blondie - Heart of Glass
    051. The Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
    052. Maxïmo Park - Apply Some Pressure
    053. GWAR - America Must Be Destroyed
    054. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Enola Gay
    055. Bowling For Soup - Shut-Up and Smile
    056. The Psychedelic Furs - Heaven
    057. Sparks - Dick Around
    058. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
    059. Transatlantic - We All Need Some Light
    060. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
    061. Massive Attack - Teardrop
    062. CKY - 96 Quite Bitter Things
    063. Anthrax - A Skeleton In the Closet
    064. Dazz Band - Let it Whip
    065. Kenny Rogers - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
    066. Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
    067. Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg - Let's Do it
    068. Marlena Shaw - California Soul
    069. Michael Boddicker - Buckaroo Banzai
    070. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Beggin' You
    071. Arve Henriksen - Leaf and Rock
    072. Suicidal Tendencies - Cyco Vision
    073. Coldplay - Yellow
    074. Rise Against - Like The Angel
    075. Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster
    076. The Jesus and Mary Chain - April Skies
    077. Michael Bublé - All of Me.
    078. Ozric Tentacles - Afterswish
    079. Emilie Simon - To The Dancers In The Rain
    080. Talk Talk - Today
    081. Bodyjar - Not The Same.
    082. Eddie Vedder - Setting Forth
    083. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
    084. Timo Maas - Manga
    085. Groove Armada - Inside My Mind (Blue Skies)
    086. Ani Lorak - Shady Lady
    087. Celtic Woman - The Voice
    088. Dominici - The Monster
    089. Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
    090. Gus Gus - Sleepytime
    091. All About Eve - Martha's Habour
    092. Andy Hunter - Go
    093. Ferry Korsten - Fire
    094. Shawn Colvin - Never Saw Blue Like That
    095. Biffy Clyro - Got Wrong
    096. Buy Now - Body Crash
    097. Supreme Beings of Leisure - Strangelone Addiction
    098. Brian Crain - Butterfly Waltz
    099. Joey Ramone - What a Wonderful World
    100. Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair
    101. The Selecter - On My Radio
    102. Göksel Baktagir - Naz
    103. Bauhaus - Double Dare
    104. KoRn - Twisted Transistor
    105. Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way
    106. Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen
    107. Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
    108. Alice Cooper - Might As Well Be On Mars
    109. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Pais Tropical
    110. Zucchero (feat. Dolores O'Riordan) - Pure Love
    111. Kim Richey - Let The Sun Fall Down
    112. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    113. Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
    114. Circulus - Willow Tree
    115. The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
    116. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
    117. Neko Case - Hold on, Hold on
    118. Return to Forever - Medieval Overture
    119. Björk - Hyperballad
    120. Razorlight - Vice
    -
    121. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
    122. Nitin Sawhney - Nadia
    123. Alan Menken - The Big Olive
    124. Lighthouse Family - High
    125. Booka Shade - In White Room
    126. Gang Starr - Mass Appeal
    127. Plump DJs - Electric Disco - D.Ramirez Remix
    128. New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra - Pokemon Medley
    129. The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
    130. Alien Ant Farm - Wish
    131. Fiona Apple - Not About Love
    132. Danny Elfman - Hellboy II Titles
    133. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
    134. Alan Silvestri - Suite From Forrest Gump
    135. Bruce Springsteen - Growin' Up
    136. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Big And Bad
    137. Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
    138. The Sound of Animals Fighting - The Ocean And The Sun
    139. Thomas Newman - American Beauty
    140. The Crüxshadows - Birthday
    141. Grendel - Hate This
    142. Eric Clapton - Layla (Unplugged)
    143. Spandau Ballet - Gold
    144. Paul McCartney - Ever Present Past
    145. Slowdraw The Hungry Eskimo - P.R.I.S.S.
    146. Anal Cunt - Hitler Was a Sensitive Man
    147. Bruce Dickinson - Arc of Space
    148. Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble - Oasis
    149. Moby - Porcelain
    150. Juno Reactor - Mona Lisa Overdrive
    151. Sonic Boom Six - Northern Skies
    152. Dean Martin - Sway
    153. His Name Is Alive - Why People Disappear
    154. Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
    155. Rob Zombie - Spookshow Baby [Black Leather Catsuit Mix]
    156. The Lost Children of Babylon - As We Become One With The Sun
    157. Alexi Murdoch - All My Days
    158. The Doors - Peace Frog
    159. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
    160. 16Volt - Keep Sleeping
    161. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
    162. The Aquabats - Pool Party
    163. Devo - Whip It
    164. Aphex Twin - Blue Calx
    165. Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
    166. Carmen Twillie - Circle of Life
    167. Aural Vampire - Darkwave Surfer
    168. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
    169. Prince - 1999
    170. Rage Against the Machine - Settle For Nothing
    171. Gaylord - Lone Star Vs...
    172. Bad Religion - Atomic Garden
    173. Juliet Lloyd - Ordinary World
    174. Jazztronik - Samurai
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    175. Röyksopp - So Easy
    176. Kid Koala - More Dance Music
    177. Mr. Lif - The Sun
    178. Goldfrapp - A&E
    179. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Happy House
    180. Kavinsky - Testarossa Autodrive
    181. Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
    182. Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances
    183. Death From Above 1979 - Little Girl
    184. Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    185. Roy Ayers - Everytime I See You
    186. The Specials - Monkey Man
    187. Pagan's Mind - Through Osiris' Eyes
    188. Jónsi - Kolniður
    189. The Futureheads - Decent Days And Nights
    190. Explosions in the Sky - Yasmin
    191. Gus Black - Don't Fear The Reaper
    192. Matchbox Twenty - 3AM
    193. Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
    194. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
    195. The Distillers - City of Angels
    196. Jack Johnson - Constellations
    197. David Gray - Babylon
    198. The Flower Kings - Oblivion Road
    199. Stevie Wonder - I Wish
    200. David Arnold - Stargate
    201. Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging
    202. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
    203. Chroma Key - Yyy
    204. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
    205. Tears for Fears - Pale Shelter
    206. Steve Jablonsky - Arrival To Earth
    207. Mortiis - Gibber
    208. Colleen - Ritournelle
    209. Raymond Wong - Decree of Sichuan General
    210. Miles Davis - Don't Lose Your Mind
    211. Public Enemy - She Watch Channel Zero?!
    212. Hepcat - No Worries
    213. Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator (live)
    214. Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
    215. Lords of Acid - Worship The Lords
    216. Billie Holiday - Easy Living
    217. PE'Z - across you
    218. Wolverine - A House Of Plague
    219. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Hanuman
    220. MIDIval PunditZ - The Lucky One
    221. Less Than Jake - Look What Happened
    221. Allan Holdsworth - 54 Duncan Terrace
    222. Portishead - Sour Times
    223. Buckethead - Whitewash
    224. Tori Amos - Winter
    225. Polysics - Rocket
    226. VNV Nation - Voice
    227. HIM - Killing Loneliness
    228. Velvet Revolver - Fall To Pieces
    229. John Zorn - Zazel
    230. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
    231. The Answer - Under The Sky
    232. Dhafer Youssef - Flowing Water
    233. Don Davis - Bone Man Ben
    234. Mercan Dede - The Sun Rises In The East
    235. Pulp - Weeds
    236. Nevermore - Sentient 6
    237. Circus Maximus - Sin
    238. Secret Garden - Moving
    239. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Near Wild Heaven
    240. The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again
    241. Opeth - Beneath The Mire
    242. Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity
    243. Tuatara - Action Thriller
    244. Iggy Pop - The Passenger
    245. Wolfmother - Woman
    246. Jim Brickman - If You Believe
    247. Herbie Hancock - Come Running To Me
    248. John Powell - The Last Stand
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    249. The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance
    250. XP8 - Purity
    251. Shigeru Umebayashi - Bamboo Forest
    252. Immortal Technique - Creation & Destruction
    253. Lori Carson - The Finest Thing
    254. Ian Dury and the Blockheads - What A Waste
    255. Sham 69 - The Cockney Kids Are Innocent
    256. Erasure - Ship Of Fools
    257. Orbital - P.e.t.r.o.l.
    258. Gorillaz - Kids With Guns
    259. Breaking Benjamin - Evil Angel
    260. Hans Zimmer - Under The Stars
    261. Glenn Miller - In The Mood
    262. The Raconteurs - Level
    263. Rick James - Super Freak
    264. The Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
    265. Zapp - Dance Floor
    266. James Brown - The Payback
    267. Steve Vai - Erotic Nightmares
    268. DJ Shadow - Organ Donor
    269. Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise
    270. Porno for Pyros - Bali Eyes
    271. Joel Goldsmith - Stargate SG-1: End Credits
    272. Collapsis - Tell Me Everything
    273. Mylo - Rikki
    274. Susumu Yokota - Distant Sounds of Summer
    275. Sublime - Caress Me Down
    276. NOFX - Dinosaurs Will Die
    277. Scritti Politti - Absolute
    278. Maria Mena - I'm In Love
    279. Emilíana Torrini - Serenade
    280. OK Go - The Lovecats
    281. Chicane - Come Tomorrow
    282. Queensrÿche - I Don't Believe In Love
    283. Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions
    284. Soundgarden - Spoonman
    285. DJ Krush - Slit of Cloud
    286. Metallica - Fade To Black
    287. Weezer - El Scorcho
    288. Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
    289. Dinosaur Jr. - Water
    290. Heaven 17 - Temptation
    291. Meshuggah - Combustion
    292. Del tha Funkee Homosapien - Mastermind
    293. The Stooges - Search and Destroy
    294. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
    295. ABC - Tears Are Not Enough
    296. They Might Be Giants - Particle Man
    297. Jane's Addiction - Suffer Some
    298. Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
    299. Garbage - Stupid Girl
    300. Lúnasa - Spoil The Dance
    301. The White Stripes - Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)
    302. VAST - Touched
    303. Sex Pistols - No Feelings
    304. The Darkness - Hazel Eyes
    305. Talking Heads - Lifetime Piling Up
    306. Eric Serra - Little Light Of Love
    307. Sigur Rós - Untitled #1
    308. Lordi - Chainsaw Buffet
    309. MC5 - The Human Being Lawnmower
    310. Globus - Orchard of Mines
    311. The Greenhornes - Pattern Skies
    312. Guns N Roses - November Rain
    313. Deep Forest - Pacifique
    314. Genesis - Land of Confusion
    315. Newton Faulkner - I Need Something
    316. X-Ray Spex - I Can't Do Anything
    317. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
    318. Yazoo - Goodbye 70's
    319. Ludovico Einaudi - Divenire
    320. Rob Costlow - Semester Days
    321. Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses
    322. Yo-Yo Ma - Distant Green Valley
    323. New Order - Blue Monday
    324. Foo Fighters - Still
    325. L7 - Shitlist
    326. Dolores O'Riordan - Angel Fire
    327. Porcupine Tree - Trains
    328. Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
    329. 999 - Homicide
    330. blink-182 - I'm Lost Without You
    331. Duran Duran - Hold Back The Rain
    332. David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing
    333. OSI - Go
    334. Belly - Full Moon, Empty Heart
    335. Yiruma - May Be
    336. Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device
    337. Kamelot - March of Mephisto
    338. Idlewild - American English
    339. Regina Spektor - Samson
    340. The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
    341. Ananda Shankar - Renunciation
    342. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
    343. Trespassers William - Love You More
    344. Iron Maiden - Afraid To Shoot Strangers (live)
    345. Spock's Beard - On A Perfect Day
    346. Disturbed - Prayer
    347. Tenacious D - Dio
    348. Green Day - Pulling Teeth
    349. The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
    350. Frost* - Hyperventilate
    351. Riverside - 02 Panic Room
    352. Generation X - One Hundred Punks
    353. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
    354. Gary Numan - Music For Chameleons
    355. The OffSpring - Gone Away
    356. The Stranglers - No More Heroes
    357. David Lanz - Nocturne
    358. Marc Cohn - Strangers In A Car
    359. Johnny Cash - Hurt
    360. John Williams - The Lost World
    361. Apocalyptica - Farewell
    362. Michael Jackson - Jam
    363. Ayreon - Ride The Comet
    364. The Clash - Death Or Glory
    365. Andreas Vollenweider - See, My Love...
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    366. Jimmy Eat World - Get It Faster
    367. Wheatus - Randall
    368. KISS - Makin' Love
    369. Muse - Hyper Music
    370. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
    371. The Cure - Like Cockatoos
    372. Joe Satriani - War
    373. Nirvana - All Apologies
    374. Patty Griffin - Tony
    375. Counting Crows - Catapult
    376. The Damned - The Shadow of Love
    377. Dream Theater - As I Am
    378. The Cranberries - Daffodil Lament
    379. Ramones - It's Not My Place (In The 9 to 5 World)
    380. Megadeth - Peace Sells
    381. R.E.M. - Leave