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  • Twenty thousand.

    16. Jan. 2011, 11:35

    So I've passed the 20,000 plays mark. Let's take some time to reflect using lists.

    1st track: (22 May 2007)
    Pet Shop Boys - Was It Worth It? (Twelve-Inch Remix)
    Staple. I think this happened when I was using last.fm as a radio station. Judging by the date, I had exams. The way the first verse breaks down to just a kick drum in this mix before the bass pattern comes back in is totally sublime.

    1000th track: (24 Jul 2007)
    Death Cab for Cutie - Stable Song
    I hadn't quite got into the most recent Death Cab album, as was then, except for this song, which I still think is probably in their top five ever. They've always been very good at closing tracks.

    2000th track: (14 Dec 2007)
    Bright Eyes - The Night Before Christmas
    It's amazing that I was actually listening to the Christmas album around Christmas. Or at all, really. With the exception of 'Little Drummer Boy', which is distorted, icy, digital greatness.

    3000th track: (05 Jun 2008)
    Death Cab for Cutie - The Ice Is Getting Thinner
    I still haven't quite got into the most recent Death Cab album, as is now. It's now been three years so I don't think it's going to happen.

    4000th track: (08 Sep 2008)
    Bright Eyes - True Blue
    We will probably never know exactly how serious Conor Oberst is being. This is an amusing little thing off one of the I'm Wide Awake B-sides. The live version is too long.

    5000th track: (06 Dec 2008)
    Orbital - Chime (radio edit)
    It was my final year of university and I was listening to a lot of Orbital on the recommendation of my dissertation tutor. They didn't show up in the final work, in the end, because they wouldn't return my e-mails.

    6000th track: (14 Feb 2009)
    Belle and Sebastian - Judy and the Dream of Horses
    This was just after the B&S BBC sessions album came out, I think. It's not my favourite by any means.

    7000th track: (12 Mar 2009)
    Autechre - Basscadet (Seefeelmx)
    Autechre, on the other hand, did make it into my dissertation, which was due in a week or so after this. I'd just got back from Berlin and was exclusively listening to outdated modernisms.

    8000th track: (02 Apr 2009)
    Annie Lennox - Thin Line Between Love and Hate
    I could have picked basically anything off the flawless Medusa, but this is a particular gem. Her vocal performance is astounding, and the song itself is deeply unsettling. I got this out the Music Library at university and played it on repeat for weeks.

    9000th track: (05 May 2009)
    Animal Collective - Chores
    Standard. I'd been into Animal Collective since the review copy of Strawberry Jam turned up in our postbox, but 2009 was really the year I fell in love. There was such a massive buzz around the release of Merriweather Post Pavilion. It was dominating everyone's last.fm. Most people I knew owned it. I even started going to clubs.

    10000th track: (31 May 2009)
    The Lightning Seeds - Ready or Not
    A brief Lightning Seeds renaissance occurred around this point, buoyed up by the fact they'd just brought out a new album that I didn't like. Cue nostalgia. 'Ready or Not' is my all-time favourite LS track.

    11000th track: (22 Jul 2009)
    Marsen Jules - De La Mort D'un Cygne
    This is off Pop Ambient 2009. I'd now moved to Manchester. Heady days. I was even employed.

    12000th track: (20 Sep 2009)
    Saint Etienne - Keep Nothing
    I discovered the Built on Sand rarities collection shortly after moving, and this song was by far my favourite. I paid quite a lot for the CD but it was worth it. It's criminal that this didn't appear on Tiger Bay or Continental.

    13000th track: (03 Jan 2010)
    Polmo Polpo - High Breathing
    We can assume that I was trying to get to sleep, and that it was freezing cold. It was around this time that Manchester was hitting -16C at night. There was ice on the inside of my window.

    14000th track: (14 Mar 2010)
    The Radio Dept. - Heaven's On Fire
    New Radio Dept! It had been years and years coming. This would have been off the single - the album wasn't out for another month or so.

    15000th track: (21 May 2010)
    Stereolab - Super Falling Star
    I'm about to move again, but only down the road this time. This is off my favourite Stereolab album, Peng!

    16000th track: (22 Aug 2010)
    The Tornados - Telstar
    I played this because of a book I was reading about Krautrock's influences. I'd made a list of things I wanted to watch/read/hear, and this is the only one I could track down (it seems they never issued Raumpatrouille with English subtitles).

    17000th track: (06 Oct 2010)
    Boards of Canada - Chromakey Dreamcoat
    Reconsidering The Campfire Headphase. Still largely underwhelmed.

    18000th track: (07 Nov 2010)
    David Bowie - Some Are
    This is off the brilliant collection of instrumentals, All Saints. In fact, it's a Philip Glass orchestration based on the Low album, and it doesn't really fit with the rest of the disc, but it's fun and it comes at the end.

    19000th track: (13 Dec 2010)
    Talking Heads - Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town
    I bought this album the same day. Late 2010 was all about Talking Heads, thanks to David Bell, Stop Making Sense, and the fact that 'Fascination' by David Bowie had reminded me of 'Slippery People'.

    20000th track: (16 Jan 2011)
    Sylvain Chauveau - Marianne - Variation
    Great. We end with an incorrect tag. Thanks, Spotify.
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  • 5,000

    6. Dez. 2008, 0:41

    Considering the infrequency with which I use this, and the bizarre cross-section of my music collection that exists in mp3 format, the 5,000 list seems oddly representative.

    Anyway, make sure you're sat comfortably. This might take a while.

    1 Elliott Smith 195 plays
    First song heard
    Let's Get Lost. It was when From a Basement on the Hill was coming out and I think it was on something free. Hilariously, I don't remember thinking very much of it, probably because the only thing I was listening to was Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes, and more Bright Eyes at this point.
    Favourite song
    I Didn't Understand is the most consistent answer to this, because I'm a sentimental old fool.
    Favourite album
    XO. Regardless of whatever Dreamworks were doing to induce such intense paranoia, Elliott was still writing the best material of his life. Which is the horrible irony in the fact that, based on the hallucinations he was having, Dreamworks' business practices almost certainly contributed to his declining health. Either way, the album is pretty much flawless.

    2 Idlewild 168 plays
    First song heard
    American English, because I listened to the top 40 religiously. Again, I was nonplussed.
    Favourite song
    The Bronze Medal (acoustic), which is on the B side of the first 'El Capitan' 7". I'm gutted that I didn't get to see them on the acoustic tour from which it originated. The normal version is a close joint second with Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror), I guess.
    Favourite album
    I usually say 'ohgoddon'tmakemechoosebetween100BrokenWindowsandTheRemotePart'. But blatantly 100 Broken Windows.

    3 Radiohead 159 plays
    First song heard
    Street Spirit (Fade Out). I was eight. It was on record 1 of Now 33. I used to spend hours alone in my room listening to records (which might explain my my attitude to socialising twelve years later) and this was ubiquitous.
    Favourite song
    Street Spirit (Fade Out), again. I was extremely affected by everything I listened to as a child - maybe I hadn't quite 'learnt' to compartmentalise/damn things yet. It's still extremely intense, but it's also bound up with the recollection of its intensity in 1996.
    Favourite album
    The Bends. I believe this means I don't 'get' Radiohead.

    4 Blur 138 plays
    First song heard
    We have Now compilations to blame for this, too. Parklife-o-rama.
    Favourite song
    For Tomorrow. I have a strange romantic attachment to the idea of early 90s London.
    Favourite album
    Modern Life Is Rubbish. I have a strange romantic attachment to the idea of early 90s London.

    5 Bright Eyes 127 plays
    First song heard
    Arienette, on a 2004 Fierce Panda compilation. That compilation is fucking immense.
    Favourite song
    At the moment, it's Nothing Gets Crossed Out, but this is contentious.
    Favourite album
    Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. Conor Oberst+synthpop+string arrangements? I wonder why I like this.

    6 Manic Street Preachers 119 plays
    First song heard
    A Design for Life, on Top of the Pops, when I was 8. I hated it.
    Favourite song
    No Surface All Feeling. I'd say that, 50% of the time, it makes me cry.
    Favourite album
    As much as it defeats the point to say 'but this isn't an exact science!', I genuinely can't decide between Everything Must Go and Lifeblood. Most people I tell this to think I am missing the point and that The Holy Bible is far better than both, but those people are wrong David.

    7 Boards of Canada 118 plays
    First song heard
    In year 9, my friend burnt me a copy of Geogaddi. So, technically, it was Ready Lets Go. But it was very closely followed by the rest of the album.
    Favourite song
    Hmmmmz. 1969? Orange Romeda? Amo Bishop Roden? I'm going with the first one. But I'm not happy about it.
    Favourite album
    Geogaddi. If only because of association.

    8 Pet Shop Boys 112 plays
    First song heard
    Go West, on TOTP, in 1993. The rest, unfortunately, is history.
    Favourite song
    I'll set the above aside because it's a cover, even though there are obvious problems with determining which 'received' elements do and do not constitute an act of artistic autonomy. Dreaming Of The Queen, probably. Oddly enough, ranking the contents of my favourite album is rather tricky.
    Favourite album
    Very. Check out my ease of decision.

    9 Death Cab for Cutie 106 plays
    First song heard
    Tiny Vessels, on the same compilation that brought us Arienette a few paragraphs ago.
    Favourite song
    As above. It's one of the most bitter, passive-aggressive things I've ever heard. Nothing comes close, for me.
    Favourite album
    Transatlanticism. A 2003 hierarchy is emerging.

    10 Björk 97 plays
    First song heard
    Must've been It's Oh So Quiet, yeah?
    Favourite song
    Venus as a Boy. This song is David. And the harmonic language is The Shit.
    Favourite album
    Weirdly, it's Debut. Sitting on my bed and listening to it for the first time with David is one of my most intense memories since leaving home. Actually, this came out in 1993, so it isn't remotely weird. I think that's the third album in this top ten from that year. Predictable I am.

    I can't help but wish there was a way of scrobbling my turntable, but it's probably for the best.