December 11, 2011
December 9, 2011
Since I wrote about Spotify today, today’s song is the first song that came up in my playlist (well, the first that I thought was worthy of sharing) …
I’ve only listened to the new Blink 182 album once, but I kept thinking, as much as I love Blink, I think I’d rather have +44 for my Blink fix. And Angels & Airwaves too, but +44 is more in line with the Blink style.
December 9, 2011
Reading the news about Spotify’s Apps launching had me intrigued. Including last.fm in the launch had me completely on board. The biggest feature lacking from Spotify is a way to discover new music.
I assume this was a first attempt, you’ll get better kid …
I downloaded the beta and added the last.fm app and … ugh. It offers a window into your account page. Gives you some album or track recommendations. A listing of your recent and loved tracks. When you are playing a song in Spotify, it will tell you some things similar to what you are currently listening to. Some of that is nice, but it isn’t at all what I was hoping.
The quick last.fm overview: it can track what you listen to. You can get an add-on to upload what you listen to in iTunes and on your iPod, and it is built in to Spotify (even with out the app). It then offers you some radio options. My favorite is the Recommendations Radio, which looks at what you like to listen to and plays songs it thinks you will like.
I was hoping for that last.fm Recommendations Radio feature but bolstered by the backing of the vast Spotify library. I’m not sure how many songs last.fm offers, but Spotify is much more in-depth. After getting that running inside Spotify, it would be easy to add the new tracks you find to your existing playlists.
It’s about time Spotify …
Today, Spotify finally added some recommended radio to the app, it has nothing to do with any of the app integration (or last.fm) that was apparently such a big deal. It works a lot like Pandora. Give it an artist or track and it will play similar songs. I like this. I tried it out for a while today and was pleased with the results.
I still have a request …
I only ask for one more step. Recommendations to add to Playlists. One problem with Spotify is the effort you have to put in when getting started to create the playlists that you want. Another problem is adding tracks to those playlists after you create them.
Problem: I have two main playlists. One of my favorite music that I hear about through various websites that I follow. I keep up with new stuff on my own. The other is a hits playlist that usually gets populated from new things I hear when listening to Sirius. With Spotify, I’m listening to less and less Sirius in the car and am thinking about ending my subscription. When that happens, how will I add new songs to my hits playlist?
Tips on how you discover new music would be appreciated.
A solution: Spotify figures out what is going on with your playlist and offers suggestions on what to add to the playlist, including new tracks. They have this recommendation radio now, it should be as simple as feeding all the tracks in a playlist into that and seeing what gets the most matches. A list is generated from there giving you a selection of similar songs to your playlist, and if you want it can give a little more weight to new songs.
Oh, and give me some recommended radio in the iPhone app.
December 7, 2011
I’m so confused. The Office does lots of weird online clips but for some reason this one seems outside of that. But it can’t be real, can it? Watch (at least a little) …
There it is. His real name is Leslie David Baker but you know him as Stanley Hudson on The Office. I don’t see any mention of a musical past on his Wikipedia. I would have expected this from Creed, at least he is known for being in a band.
I’m hoping this is a creation of The Office writers, and I hope they stop doing things like this until they put their efforts into making the actual show good again.
The tags for this post should be ‘Music?, TV?, What?’.
December 7, 2011
The Grammy nominees were announced not too long ago and I finally got around to putting up Grammy Picks on Ice Cream Helmet. With the Emmys I set it up to easily add award games to ICH. Turns out I got a little lazy in that effort. But now, it is easy. So look forward to the Oscars again plus the Golden Globes. If you think other award shows are worthy, then drop a comment and let me know.
For Grammy Picks, I picked the 35 categories I though most people might care about (there are 78 total categories). I’m still not entirely sure the different between Performance and Song. I can kind of guess, but I’m not sure which is which. I also went with some interesting categories from the bottom of the list for Spoken Word, Music Videos, Historical, Boxed Sets, Liner Notes, maybe some other I forgot about.
The Grammys are on February 12th at 8pm Eastern on CBS (hint, that’s the deadline). You can create your groups and make your picks now.
November 21, 2011
The Pearl Jam Twenty documentary has seemingly been everywhere the past few months. I caught it on PBS. I’m not a Pearl Jam diehard. I appreciate them but I don’t listen to them regularly. I have some friends who are diehards, so I know what it means to be truly committed. I’m saying that you can just like them a little bit and still be drawn into this doc.
November 13, 2011
I’ll admit, most of the reason I love this video is that it’s filmed around home. Lansdale. Hatfield. Then some Philly. But I do like me some Wonder Years (both the band and the TV show which I can finally watch completely now that it’s on Netflix).
November 7, 2011
Yellowcard released an acoustic version of their last album, “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes”. I’m of the opinion that the special edition of any Yellowcard should be the non-acoustic version. Just go ahead and release the acoustic edition first. Same goes with posting music videos, post on Vimeo first, then get around to YouTube.
“You and me driving with a Saves the Day record on”
October 25, 2011
I mentioned I listened to the new Matthew Sweet album the other day. It wasn’t very good. But when I found it on Spotify it let me to his old catalog, which included this gem. I’m sure you have a mixtape somewhere with this song on it.
Bonus bonus points for what looks like a VHS of this video from MTV.
“World that’s ugly and a lie”
October 23, 2011
Oddly, I haven’t listened to much Man Overboard much. This album probably came out a few weeks ago, but along with most things, I’m behind. Listened to the whole album, which is self-titled, and the whole thing was added to my daily playlist. This is the first track and at the very start I didn’t think I was going to like it, but once this song got rolling, I knew I’d be in for the whole album.
Other stuff I listened to today while I worked on some things: Madina Lake, The Frantic, The Cab, Divided By Friday, Jason Derulo, Letters From Home, and Matthew Sweet. Wow, I listened to a ton today. Besides Man Overboard, the Divided By Friday EP made the playlist.
“Youâ€™re so worth all of this torture.”
October 22, 2011
Wow an official video for this song? The line popped into my head this morning, as songs do but I’m usually not by the computer or I don’t want to share that it was an Avril song the finally got a Selena song out of my head (which happened this week).
“We should get jerseys cause we make a good team.”