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Pandora November 25th, 2005

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For over a year now, I’ve been using Last.fm, formally Audioscrobbler, to both track what I listen to, and also for it to recommend me new artists to listen to. Recently, I came across a service called Pandora, which also advertises itself as a music recommendation service, built upon the Music Genome Project. The MGP started over five years ago and has since categorised over 10,000 artists and their music based on many factors that uniquely make a song: melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics and much more. When you go to Pandora, you enter an artist or track you like, and it will suggest music which has similar musical properties. As far as me and my friends have been testing it, its been a really cool tool for discovering new music which we will actually enjoy because of how the music fits together. At the moment, the service is free (although soon to be ad-supported) and technically only available to US citizens (because of legal matters), although it is definitely not complicated to sign up with a phony ZIP code to get to Pandora’s brilliant service. If you’re looking for new music, I highly advise you to try out Pandora, as it has definitely given me a lot of new music to get into!

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Music and MP3 players October 1st, 2005

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Last night, I reached my goal of 4000 songs in my media library before the end of September – slightly cutting it fine. I now have the grand total of about 12 days worth of music at my fingertips. I listen to a lot of music, and as Last.fm shows, I’ve listened to a lot more music lately. Yet, I still don’t have my own MP3 player. I bought a cheap nasty one in May last year, and broke it after two weeks use (it was smashed when I was getting off the bus). Right now, I’m using my friend’s iPod Shuffle, since he has come into possession of a 60gb Creative Zen (a far bit more impressive than the 512mb offered on the Shuffle). I’m currently weighing the pros and cons of MP3 players – I’m most likely going to head with an Apple product, thanks to its tieing in with iTunes (and from my experience with the iPod Shuffle, its been great). I am soon to be paid for some work I did recently that would more than cover the purchase of an MP3 player, so I have to decide which. The new ‘Nano‘ model of the iPod is really intriguing, although since its a First Generation model, its going to have problems (and as the news have shown, many people have been complaining about the scratching) so maybe waiting might be the best idea? Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions for me to consider?

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Advent Children OST September 29th, 2005

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FF7 AC OSTThe Official Soundtrack to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (which I gave a short review of a fortnight ago) was released the other day and I couldn’t be happier. I loved the music featured in the movie, and there are some excellent tracks by Nobu Uematsu, who was also responsible for the music in everyone of the games to date. Some of my favourite tracks on the two CDs are: (but the entire collection is great!)

  • Tatakau Monotachi (Piano Version)
  • Battle in the Forgotten City
  • Advent: One-Winged Angel 

Stay On My Side Tonight September 27th, 2005

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Jimmy Eat World - Stay On My Side TonightJimmy Eat World’s latest EP release, Stay On My Side Tonight is released October 4th, although fans have been able to get a download copy ever since September 13th. The other day, I managed to get my hands on the EP… and have been listening to it ever since. Disintegration is one of the finest songs I’ve ever heard, with a gloriously fashioned “build-up” style to the music, that has deemed itself worthy of a 5-star rating in my iTunes library. In fact, I’ve listened to it so much, its knocked Jimmy Eat World to the number one spot on my Last.fm profile. The two other new tracks, Over and Closer, are faster-paced tracks with a more upbeat rhythm, followed by a cover of Heatmiser’s Half Right. The EP ends with a remix of “Drugs Or Me” featured on the Futures album, by Styrofoam.

The new original tracks were pieces the band were working on when recording Futures, but believed they never fit in with the sequence of the CD, and were unfortunately cut, but I am so very glad that they have been released. After the tour with Green Day, it is said the band is grouping to start work on their followup album to Futures.

The Revolutions September 16th, 2005

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The Revolutions

The Revolutions are a four piece band from Wales who started in January 2004 who describe themselves as a bit of a mix of “Guns N’ Roses, Queen, The Beatles and the White Stripes” with their own musical tastes dashed. Joe Mensor on vocals and guitar, Geat on guitar, Eddie Wyatt on bass and Rich Hutchinson on drums, all with their diffirent music backgrounds got together in a garge in South Wales.

On their website, you can find seven demo tracks released over the previous two years, as well as six tracks from a live gig in London.