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  • My key albums

    21 juin 2013, 4h53m

    These are the key albums in the development of my music taste.

    This is the first indie rock album I got into. It was recommended to me when I was twelve. I still listened to mainstream pop, but I was aware that there was better music out there. It was a bit hard for me to get into because I was still used to mainstream pop.


    This is the first album I discovered all on my own. I fell in live with the song Burning Up and I knew I had to download it. It wasn't too hard for me to get into this album.


    This album was also recommended to me when I was twelve years old. At first I rejected it, but I got into it once I got The Knife, an artist that last.fm recommended for me because of Ladytron. This album exposed me to the Nordic music scene.



    This is the first album that brought me out of my "indie only" phase. While I enjoyed a few indie rock bands, I was finding that a lot of them were bland. I was pretty excited that I discovered an alternative to mainstream pop and indie rock.
  • Obsessiveness

    8 juin 2013, 3h30m

    Right now I'm obsessed with how music taste is connected to your personality. I've been reading a lot of studies about this. I'm not sure where I fit in because those studies never study folk music fans. Even if they did, I bet people who enjoy African music have a different personality than fans of Scandinavian folk music or people who prefer singer-songwriter type folk. I'm also wondering if there's anyone my age with my taste in music. I do know that some people my age enjoy indie, metal and industrial music. I do listen to those genres once in a while, but lately I've been more into Scandinavian folk music. I highly doubt I'll meet anyone my age that enjoys that type of music in real life. I have chatted with a few teens on last.fm that like that music, but they're usually from Russia and I have no way of knowing if they are really teens or not. I'm kind of proud of myself for liking music that teens wouldn't like, but at the same time I would be embarrassed if my classmates would listen to my more unique music. I know my music taste is very weird and I'm very weird as well :)
  • Why I enjoy my favorite artists

    5 juin 2013, 7h58m

    Björk

    Björk is one of my favorite singers because I love how unique her music is. I can't really say much about her right now because I'm not that into her right now. My favorite song by her is Crying. I love this piano in this song.



    Värttinä

    I like Värttinä because their music makes me feel nostalgic in a weird way. I didn't actually grow up with their music, but whenever I listen to them I feel like I'm going back to a simpler and less stressful time. They have fun catchy songs, but they are also pretty unique. They were pretty hard for me to get into. I think this song was the song that got me into them.



    Sorten Muld

    Sorten Muld is one of my favorite bands because they can blend my two favorite genres, folk and electronica together. A lot of artists try to do this and fail. It either sacrifices the quality of the eclectronica or the quality of the folk music. A lot of electronic folk music tends to sound soulless and boring to me. The song below demonstrates how good Sorten Muld is at mixing electronica and folk music.



    Emilie Autumn

    I enjoy listening to Emilie Autumn because she is amazing at playing the violin and her lyrics actually mean something to me. Most of the time when I listen to music I ignore the lyrics. I think most people that look at my top track list will notice all the non-English music I listen to. I also enjoy reading and watching her interviews. I know that she's not always honest, but it's kind of nice that she embellishes or keeps a few things a mystery. I haven't read her autobiography yet, but it seems like an interesting read. I know that I have to take what she says with a grain of salt. The song below doesn't demonstrate her violin skills too much, but the lyrics of the song below mean a lot to me.



    Ladytron
    Ladytron one of the artists that helped wean me off mainstream pop. Their songs are catchy enough for the average radio listener, but they are still intelligent. One of my favorite songs by them is Burning Up. I love the melody and the vocals. It's also catchy enough to catch the attention of my twelve year old self.



    Maria Kalaniemi

    Maria Kalaniemi is one of my favorite musicians and composers. I know a lot of people probably won't listen to her because they have a prejudice against the accordion. I used to have one as well. I used to associate accordion music with cheesy and annoying French music. I got over that prejudice when I started to listen to it in Scandinavian folk music. I started to actually enjoy it when I discovered her music. I love her music because she can demonstrate her technical skills without making her music sound soulless or robotic. She can compose beautiful, complex and catchy songs.

  • Why I prefer Nordic music

    1 juin 2013, 0h02m

    I am writing this journal because I think a lot of people are curious why I listen to so much Nordic music. I'm going to direct people to this journal whenever they ask why I listen to a lot of Nordic music.
    My Story
    Note: This is pretty long. If you want to read an overview and a possible reason why I prefer Nordic music read the next section.
    When I first came to last.fm as a thirteen year old I only listened to three artists. They were Ladytron, Metric and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I really wanted to discover new music. I discovered a lot of new music. One problem I had was that most indie music sounded bland to me. Two artists that stood out to me were both from Sweden. They were The Knife and The Sounds.
    I also got into Björk, an artist who I used to think was a bit too weird for me. The person who let me borrow her Björk CD, also introduced me to Metric and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. That made her recommendation more trustworthy. She also recommended PJ Harvey, Ani DiFranco and Jewel. I haven't really gotten into them. I still have some of their songs on my iTunes.
    After I got into Björk and The Knife last.fm started to recommend Nordic music. I felt a bit intimidated because back then Nordic music was foreign and new for me. When I got into Icelandic music I discovered a few artists that actually sang in Icelandic. This was new for me. After I listened to a lot of Icelandic music I got interested in learning the Icelandic language. When I was learning Icelandic I also learned about Icelandic culture in general.
    At around that time I discovered Eivør Pálsdóttir through my dad. He's interested in the Faroe Islands, so he's into some Faroese music. When I started to listen to her on my iPod last.fm started to recommend artists based on her. A lot of this was Nordic folk music. I also looked through her similar artist list. Värttinä was one of the artists on it. They looked interesting so I decided to listen to them. I didn't find them appealing because they sounded a bit too foreign for me at the time.
    The first Nordic folk artist I got into was Valravn. I was blown away by their song Marsk. After that I discovered Gjallarhorn. They kind of sounded like a mix between Värttinä and Valravn. After that I gave Värttinä a second try. I downloaded their discography. The first album I got into was Kokko. While that album isn't authentic Finnish folk music it helped make their other albums more accessible.

    Overview and Possible reason why I prefer Nordic music
    When I first came to last.fm I discovered a lot of Nordic music. I was thirteen. The music you listen to at that age tends to leave a big impression on you.
    Recently I thought of another reason why I like Nordic music so much. It's because most Nordic music is in the minor key. Even the more happy and upbeat stuff. I prefer music in the minor key because it sounds more profound to me. I find most music in the major key sounds emotionless and boring to me. I also like upbeat and happy music. It's pretty hard to find music in the minor key that is happy and upbeat. I can usually find that music easily when I listen to Nordic music.
  • Narrow taste in music

    1 mai 2013, 6h18m

    A lot of people here seem to think I have a narrow taste in music. I admit I have a soft spot for female vocalists and Nordic music. I realize a lot of people don't care about this. If you don't care you can just leave. You don't have to read this if you don't want to.
    I mostly listen to female vocalists. I think most male singers are either too emotionless or whiny. I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this. I have been listening to more male vocalists lately. I think it's unfair when people criticize me for mostly listening to female vocalists. I never see anyone being criticized for preferring male singers. I guess no one notices when people prefer male vocalists. I won't dismiss an artist just because it has a male vocalist. I just find those artist way harder to get into. I guess this situation I'm in proves that sexism is still a big problem today. I find it pretty annoying that most female vocalists are tagged as female vocalists, but male vocalists are not. I think I'll list some artists with male vocalists I enjoy.
    • Röyksopp- I guess they occasionally feature female vocalists. Most of their music has male vocals or no vocals.
    • Balstyrko- They do have female vocalists on some songs, but most of their songs have a male vocalist.
    • Treefight for Sunlight- None of their songs have a single female vocalist.
    • Warduna- They do have a female vocalist, but she is not the lead singer. The lead singer is male.
    • Hedningarna- They occasionally feature female vocalists, but their lead singer is male.
    • Finntroll- Most of the metal I listen to has a male vocalist.
    • Pariisin Kevät-All their songs have a male vocalist.
    • Tv-2-The lead singer of this band is one of my favorite male vocalists.
    • Árstíðir- I love when they sing in Icelandic.
    • Korpiklaani
    • Combichrist

    I realize this list is a bit short. I find I just find it so annoying when people think I only listen to female vocalists. Maybe you can recommend me some artists with male vocalists.

    I'm pretty sick of people criticizing me for mostly listening to Nordic music. A lot of the people that criticize me for that listen to more American music than I listen to Nordic music.

    As you can see here I do enjoy Nordic music. I added up all the percentages for the Nordic countries and I got 71.91%. I realize this seems like a lot. Now let's look at some other people's nationality stats.

    Agent Orange has criticized me for mostly listening to Nordic music. As you can see here it is very hypocritical of him. He listens to more American music than I listen to Nordic music. Maybe not a lot more, but you have to remember that the USA is only one country.

    I don't have a lot more to say, but I will post my eclectic score.
    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    86/100


    The 86 related artists for my profile are Alanis Morissette, Amiina, Ane Trolle, Angelspit, Anja Garbarek, Annbjørg Lien, Anne Linnet, Annika Norlin, Athome Project, Audrey, Ayria, Björk (2), Boys in a Band, Brødrene Olsen, Charlotte Martin, Clickhaze, Client, CocoRosie, Cody, Eivør (3), Eivør Pálsdóttir (3), Emmanuel Splice, Feist, Fever Ray, Fischerspooner, Freja Loeb, Garmarna, Gjallarhorn (2), Goldfrapp, Hannah Fury, Harry Thumann, Hedningarna (2), Hello Saferide, Honey is Cool, Håkan Hellström, Joni Mitchell, KUKL (2), Kasso, Kate Bush, Kidd, Kira Kira, Klein & MBO, Kuunkuiskaajat, Laakso, Lampshade, Leandra, Lina Rafn, Lou Rhodes, Makrel, Malan Thomsen, Markus Krunegård, Marsheaux, Mikael Simpson, ORKA, PJ Harvey (2), Parachutes, Peter Gabriel, Planningtorock, Purrkur Pillnikk, Páll Óskar, Ragnheiður Gröndal (2), Rasmus Nøhr, Rökkurró, Sanna Kurki-Suonio, Sarah Slean, Sia, Slaraffenland, Sorten Muld, Stafrænn Hákon, Svavar Knútur, Sykur, Søs Fenger, The Dresden Dolls, The Knife, The Knife in Collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, The Sugarcubes (2), Tori Amos, Triakel, Troels Abrahamsen, Valravn (2), Vive La Fête, iamamiwhoami (2), Árstíðir (2), Émilie Simon, Þeyr, ���

    Take your top 50 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 20 similar artists (where the artist itself is the #1 most similar). The resulting number of unique artists is your super-eclectic score. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/supereclectic.php

    My super-eclectic score is currently

    651/1000


    The most similar artists for my profile are Eivør Pálsdóttir (9), Björk (9), Goldfrapp (7), Valravn (7), Garmarna (7), Hedningarna (7), Gjallarhorn (7), Värttinä (7), Annbjørg Lien (7), Rökkurró (7)
  • 50 questions about top 50

    22 avr. 2011, 8h37m

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Loituma: I heard about them through last.fm recommendations. I loved one of their songs and then I just got into their other songs.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Ayria: DOS I think.

    3. Whats your favorite lyric by 33?
    Stina Nordenstam: Another Story Girl

    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    Agnes Obel: She only has one album

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    The Knife: three

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    L'Âme Immortelle: 5 Jahre and In The Heart Of Europe

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    Hafdis Huld: Nope

    8. What is your favorite album by 15?
    Gjallarhorn: I'm not too sure.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Under Byen : Plantage and Af samme stof som stof

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Rökkurró: Sólin mun skína

    11. What is your favorite album by 40?
    Celtic Woman: Not too sure

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Tori Amos: Precious Things and Cornflake Girl

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Mediæval Bæbes: My dad playing it for me when I was about four.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    Lena Anderssen: Things I've never learned and Put away tomorrow for tonight

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    The Sugarcubes: Hit

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live?
    Inkubus Sukkubus: None

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    FlyKKiller: Peroxide

    18. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Valravn: Valravn

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Björk: Björk!

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    múm : nope

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Cocteau Twins: Don't really have one.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    Amiina: Kolapot

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    Garmarna: I forget

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    Kate Bush: Hounds of Love or The Kick Inside

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    Worm Is Green: Morning Song

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Annbjørg Lien: Irianda

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    Ragnheiður Gröndal: Þjóðlög

    28. What is your favorite song by 2?
    Eivør Pálsdóttir: Ástarstund

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    Wardruna: Hagal

    30. What is your favorite song by 8?
    Tappi Tíkarrass: Skrið

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Goldfrapp: 0 times

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar: Tondeleyo

    33. What is your favorite album by 12?
    Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Scream

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    Rising Shadows: Since all their songs sound the same they don't really have a "worst song"

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    Ólöf Arnalds: Klara

    36. What is your favorite album by 48?
    Garmarna: I haven't heard all their albums so I wouldn't know

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live?
    Bat for Lashes: 0

    38. What is your favorite song by 36?
    Riikka: Jos Voisin

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Play
    Ladytron : Burning Up I think

    40. What is your favorite album by 7?
    Emilíana Torrini: Love In The Time Of Science

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    Fever Ray: Seven

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    Metric: It depends on my mood

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Emilie Autumn: Opheliac

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    Rising Shadows: Not really

    45. What is your favorite song by 35?
    Alice in Videoland: We Are Rebels

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Sorten Muld: Vølven

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Värttinä: Iki

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    Róisín Murphy : Róisín Murphy

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    Clickhaze: Daylight

    50. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Röyksopp: four