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  • More Milestones (30000 plus)

    19. Feb. 2012, 10:31

    Last.FM Milestones30000th track: (06 Sep 2010)
    Calexico - Red Blooms
    30050th track: (12 Sep 2010)
    New Order - Blue Monday
    30100th track: (14 Sep 2010)
    Voxtrot - Raised by Wolves
    30150th track: (20 Sep 2010)
    A Faulty Chromosome - anomie's the enemy
    30200th track: (21 Sep 2010)
    Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Pitch a Tent
    30250th track: (23 Sep 2010)
    Beastie Boys - Girls
    30300th track: (24 Sep 2010)
    Lucinda Williams - Right In Time
    30350th track: (25 Sep 2010)
    Billie Holiday - These Foolish Things
    30400th track: (27 Sep 2010)
    David Kitt - Up To You
    30450th track: (30 Sep 2010)
    Voxtrot - Firecracker
    30500th track: (01 Oct 2010)
    mclusky - Forget About Him I'm Mint
    30550th track: (07 Oct 2010)
    The Samuel Jackson Five - If You Show Off the Milk, Who's Gonna Buy the Cow?
    30600th track: (13 Oct 2010)
    First Aid Kit - Hard Believer
    30650th track: (14 Oct 2010)
    Beastie Boys - Posse in Effect
    30700th track: (19 Oct 2010)
    Fokofpolisiekar - As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand
    30750th track: (23 Oct 2010)
    Johnny Cash - Send a Picture of Mother
    30800th track: (25 Oct 2010)
    Boards of Canada - Over the Horizon Radar
    30850th track: (25 Oct 2010)
    Emily Jane White - Time On Your Side
    30900th track: (26 Oct 2010)
    Cat Power - Troubled Waters
    30950th track: (31 Oct 2010)
    Motörhead - The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
    Generated on 19 Feb 2012
    Get yours here
  • Milestones

    22. Sep. 2010, 12:16

    Last.FM Milestones1st track: (19 Apr 2007)
    Pandatone - Over I Rolled, And
    1000th track: (11 May 2007)
    Slut - Blow Up
    2000th track: (22 Jul 2007)
    Two Gallants - Waves of Grain
    3000th track: (07 Sep 2007)
    Two Gallants - Two Days Short Tomorrow
    4000th track: (28 Sep 2007)
    Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe
    5000th track: (25 Oct 2007)
    Ryan Adams - The Sadness
    6000th track: (18 Nov 2007)
    Department of Eagles - The Horse You Ride
    7000th track: (02 Dec 2007)
    Okkervil River - A Stone
    8000th track: (21 Dec 2007)
    The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3
    9000th track: (23 Jan 2008)
    Hazeldine - Postcard
    10000th track: (20 Feb 2008)
    Swell - Forget About Jesus
    11000th track: (18 Mar 2008)
    Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    12000th track: (26 Apr 2008)
    The National - Abel
    13000th track: (26 Jun 2008)
    Ryan Adams - Afraid Not Scared
    14000th track: (31 Jul 2008)
    The National - Apartment Story
    15000th track: (02 Sep 2008)
    Alice Donut - Good Pasta
    16000th track: (12 Oct 2008)
    The New Year - MMV
    17000th track: (18 Nov 2008)
    Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    18000th track: (19 Dec 2008)
    Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
    19000th track: (23 Feb 2009)
    Lambchop - Please Rise
    20000th track: (04 Apr 2009)
    Sounds Like Fall - Wildwood Ashes
    21000th track: (22 May 2009)
    The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
    22000th track: (23 Jun 2009)
    A Faulty Chromosome - a frozen lake.
    23000th track: (11 Aug 2009)
    Modest Mouse - Lounge (Closing Time)
    24000th track: (14 Oct 2009)
    Patti Smith - Ain't It Strange
    25000th track: (03 Dec 2009)
    Clem Snide - Every Moment
    26000th track: (21 Jan 2010)
    Ugly Casanova - Smoke Like Ribbons
    27000th track: (11 Apr 2010)
    Department of Eagles - Phantom Other
    28000th track: (23 May 2010)
    Modest Mouse - Heart Cooks Brain
    29000th track: (10 Jul 2010)
    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Another Morning Stoner
    30000th track: (06 Sep 2010)
    Calexico - Writer's Minor Holiday
    Generated on 22 Sep 2010
    Get yours here
  • How old is my music?

    13. Apr. 2010, 10:46

    1968 1976 1979 1980 1982 1984 1987 1989 1993 1994 1997 1998 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
    Average: 2000
    Get your release year chart
  • The big sell-out?

    27. Mai. 2009, 13:02

    More bad press for last.fm....


    Deny This, Last.fm
    by Michael Arrington on May 22, 2009


    A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.

    Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA, Last.fm and parent company CBS for comments. The only response was from CBS - “To our knowledge, no data has been made available to RIAA.” The CBS spokesperson, Katie Gunion, subsequently emailed us to say “would you please attribute the statement to Last.fm, it is currently reading as though CBS issued the statement” Gunion’s email lists her title as Public Relations, CBS Interactive, and her first statement did not name Last.fm (this is important, see below). A subsequent statement by Shannon Jacobs, VP of Communications at CBS: “this is a last.fm issue, as far as I am concerned. It is not a corporate issue. This is a last.fm issue, not a corporate issue. The posting represents last.fm’s response.”

    After the story broke all concerned parties had no problem commenting publicly.

    Last.fm cofounder Richard Jones said “I’m rather pissed off this article was published, except to say that this is utter nonsense and totally untrue.” He followed up with a blog post “Techcrunch are full of shit, “I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article, as did several other Last.fm staffers. We denied it in the Last.fm forums, on twitter, via email – basically we denied it to anyone that would listen, and now we’re denying it on our blog.” One blog called us a “tabloid masquerading as a legitimate news outlet.” Lots of others piled on.

    Apart from updating the original post we’ve been quiet on this story. The person who first leaked the news was terminated from CBS for the leak, says our original source, and threatened with legal action. He understandably went very quiet. But the outrageously shrill denials by Last.fm just didn’t ring true. Once you got past the personal attacks, the denial language itself was too carefully worded.

    Now we’ve located another source for the story, someone who’s very close to Last.fm. And it turns out Last.fm was telling the truth, sorta, when they said Erick’s story wasn’t correct.

    Last.fm didn’t hand user data over to the RIAA. According to our source, it was their parent company, CBS, that did it. That corresponds to what our original source said in conversations we had after our initial post and before CBS lawyers became involved. But we didn’t want to update until we had an independent source for that information, too.

    Here’s what we believe happened: CBS requested user data from Last.fm, including user name and IP address. CBS wanted the data to comply with a RIAA request but told Last.fm the data was going to be used for “internal use only.” It was only after the data was sent to CBS that Last.fm discovered the real reason for the request. Last.fm staffers were outraged, say our sources, but the data had already been sent to the RIAA.

    Here’s an email from the original source, partially redacted. A screenshot of this email is here.

    Re: touching base

    From: [redacted, a CBS employee]
    Sent: [redacted]
    To: [redacted]

    [ _____] We provided the data to the RIAA yesterday because we know from experience that they can negatively impact our streaming rates with publishers. Based on the urgency of the request they probably just wanted to learn more about the leak but who knows. Seriously, can you blame them? [______] Our ops team provided the usual reports along with additional log data including user IP addresses. The GM who told them to do it said the data was for internal use only. Well, that was the big mistake. The team in the UK became irate because they had to do it a second time since we were told some of the data was corrupted. This time they transferred the data directly to them and in doing so they discovered who really made the request. Shit really hit the fan, I even got a call [______] Obviously, I can see their POV but what they don’t understand over there is that we are in the analytics business and it’s not like this is the first time we’ve provided this data to a third party. Someone over there should be more forthright with users about the data policy instead of complaining about BD to upper management like I’m here trying to destroy the business. We’re just trying to help them stay afloat here it’s not like Pro memberships are earning any revenue! [______________] So if you hear of anything, I’m even open to possibly moving West now for the right opportunity, let me know.


    Our new source, which hasn’t seen this email, says much the same: that Last.fm didn’t know the nature of the CBS request until after the data was sent and that the data was in fact subsequently sent by CBS to the RIAA. This source’s information comes directly from Last.fm employees who he has spoken with.

    It’s important to note that while sources are in agreement that it was the RIAA that made the request, it may have been one or more music labels acting independently. The suggestion in the email above that the compliance was made because of the ability for the requester to negatively impact streaming rates suggests it was a label request. But the end result is the same. So if CBS/Last.fm deny sending data to the RIAA but don’t say anything about the labels, they’re being shifty again. Also, there are whispers that someone may have put a stop to the data transfer before it left CBS - that gives them a denial out if they paint with broad strokes. Much better would be if they simply, honestly, told us what really happened and we could move on.

    We believe CBS lied to us when they denied sending, or at least intending to send, the data to the RIAA, and that they subsequently asked us to attribute the quote to Last.fm to make the statement defensible. Last.fm’s denials were strictly speaking correct, but they ignored the underlying truth of the situation, that their parent company supplied user data to the RIAA, and that the data could possibly be used in civil and criminal actions against those users. We believe that the outrage they aimed at us for reporting the story, which was materially correct, should have been aimed at CBS instead. But Last.fm never spoke publicly of the real facts of the story.

    We believe Last.fm and CBS violated their own privacy policy in the transmission of this data. We also believe CBS and Last.fm may have violated EU privacy laws, including the Data Protection Directive, and should be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

    And to the CBS employee who was fired and threatened based on this story - we believe certain U.S. Whistle Blower laws may protect you from retaliation from CBS in this matter. We’d like to provide you with legal counsel at our cost.



    Starting to think things are really going downhill now. Subscription is becoming less & less attractive!
  • Iro, Vokuhila und Co - Quiz

    5. Mai. 2009, 13:15

    "Herzlichen Glückwunsch. Sie haben 11 von 12 Fragen richtig
    beantwortet (92%).
    Der Durchschnitt liegt bei 73.2% richtiger Antworten."



    Beat that!

    Jugendkultur - Quiz
  • News I did not need

    16. Apr. 2009, 5:35

    This article appeared in The Guardian
    a few days ago & did NOT exactly make my day:

    Last.fm puts pay wall around streams; except in US, UK, Germany

    Fifteen months after it first announced the feature, Last.fm is finally introducing a premium subscription model worth its name, as it tries to generate enough money to both pay as royalties and satisfy its owner CBS Interactive. (NYSE: CBS)

    The music site made a song and dance back in January 2008, when it announced users would get to stream more than three full tracks in a row under an upcoming subscription model. But the model never materialised. Today, co-founder Richard Jones confirmed Last.fm will now, from March 30, charge €3 a month for the existing "Last.fm Radio" - a catch-all term that refers to personalised, back-to-back full-track streams. But the fees will apply everywhere except the UK, US and Germany - Last.fm is effectively raising the pay wall everywhere it doesn't have a significant user base.

    Last.fm gave no explanation for the change but, as UK royalty collector PRS For Music told us yesterday, with online advertising slowing, it's high time online music services started making some money if they are to pay for the songs their users play. When Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) chose not to renew its deal with Last.fm in June, it was reported to be partly through disappointment at the no-show of the subscription model, through which Last.fm would also make payments to labels.

    With CBS having recently cut a fifth of Last.fm staff in a group-wide cull, and the full synergies of its $280m May 2007 acquisition yet to be fully realised (Last.fm replaced CNET Download Music but features like TV scrobbling remain absent), it's likely also time Last.fm starting bringing CBS a return. Last.fm has operated a rudimentary £1.50-a-month subscription virtually since its inception but, with barely more worth paying for than "an attractive black icon", it was considered little more than donationware prior to the acquisition. Even at €3 a month, Last.fm will still be considerably cheaper than increasingly popular streaming service Spotify, and with a whole additional social recommendation layer.
  • More MSO

    15. Sep. 2008, 23:57

    Monday 15 September 2008 at 8:00 PM
    Melbourne - the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall

    Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

    Repertoire:
    Beethoven Egmont: Overture
    Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

    Featuring:
    Bramwell Tovey - conductor
    Christian Tetzlaff - violin

    AND

    Friday 3 October 2008 at 8:00 PM
    Melbourne - the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall

    Georg Friedrich Händel

    Repertoire:
    * Solomon: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
    * Giulio Cesare: Va, tacito
    * Giulio Cesare: Aure, deh, per pieta
    * Alcina: Suite - Overture, Musette, Menuet, Gavotte, Menuet, Gavotte
    * Rodelinda: Vivi, tiranno
    * Water Music (complete)

    Featuring:
    Bernard Labadie - conductor
    David Hansen - counter-tenor
  • Suicidal Tendencies

    6. Aug. 2008, 3:46

    What the #$*! This actually made it to p 3 in yesterday's Age:

    Musical key to unlocking teenage wasteland
    Kate Benson

    DOCTORS should ask their teenage patients what type of music they prefer to determine if they are at risk of developing a mental illness or committing suicide, researchers say.
    A study, published in today's Australasian Psychiatry journal, found that teens who listened to pop music were more likely to be struggling with their sexuality, those tuning in to rap or heavy metal could be having unprotected sex and drink-driving, and those who favoured jazz were usually misfits and loners.
    The findings prompted a call for doctors to include musical tastes as a diagnostic indicator in mental health assessments.
    The study's author, Felicity Baker, said yesterday: "There is no evidence to suggest the type of music you listen to will cause you to commit suicide, but those who are vulnerable and at risk of committing suicide may be listening to certain types of music."
    She said an Australian study of year 10 students had shown significant associations between heavy metal music and suicidal tendencies, depression, delinquency and drug-taking.
    An American study had also shown that young adults who regularly listened to heavy metal had a higher preoccupation with suicide and higher levels of depression than their peers.
    Deliberate self-harm and attempted suicide were also associated with teenagers who listened to trance, techno, heavy metal and medieval music as part of the Goth subculture, while those who attended dance parties were much more likely than their peers to be taking drugs.
    Some genres of rap music, such as French rap, were linked to more deviant behaviours, including theft, violence and drug use. Teens who listened to hip-hop were usually less troublesome, Dr Baker said. "But it's important to point out that music doesn't cause these behaviours," she said.
    "It's more a case of teenagers who may have a mental illness or are involved in these antisocial behaviours being drawn to certain types of music."
    Michael Bowden, a child psychiatrist and the head of medical programs at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, said most doctors already questioned teen patients about their influences, whether from their peers, the internet or music.
    "Over the years there have been concerns about suicidal themes in some music and whenever a famous person, such as (Nirvana singer) Kurt Cobain, kills themselves we see a copycat effect among teenagers," he said.
    "But sometimes an adolescent's musical tastes will reveal nothing. The key to understanding any teenager is to treat them with respect by listening to what they have to say, rather than typecasting them according to the type of music they listen to."

    WHAT STUDIES SAY ABOUT YOUR SOUNDS:
    POP: Conformists, overly responsible, role-conscious, struggling with sexuality or peer acceptance.
    HEAVY METAL: Higher levels of suicidal ideation, depression, drug use, self-harm, shoplifting, vandalism, unprotected sex.
    DANCE: Higher levels of drug use regardless of socio-economic background.
    JAZZ/RHYTHM & BLUES: Introverted misfits, loners.
    RAP: Higher levels of theft, violence, anger, street gang membership, drug use and misogyny.
  • Debut Album

    31. Jul. 2008, 7:07

    ...another thing to waste 5 mins:

    Your Debut Album

    1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
    The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

    2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
    The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

    If you want to do this again, you'll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.

    3 - Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days" http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
    Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

    Put it all together, that's your debut album. DONT CHEAT!!!




    Ok, mine is:
    Playland
    "Obsessions and fixations"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paintmepink/2697693287/
  • Last.fm normalised rankings

    16. Mär. 2008, 3:02