Tuesday, March 18, 2008

At Last

I tend to be a latecomer to all things online, so it's with equal parts joy and shame that I'm professing my new found love for the social music website last.fm. I had certainly heard of last.fm before, though I'm not sure when or how it entered my consciousness. For whatever reason, I never checked it out until I searched for a recording of Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring to link to in a post I wrote last week. The first relevant search result that came up was from last.fm and needless to say, I was impressed with what I found. I've really been jonesin' for new music since I'm no longer able to listen to the greatest terrestrial radio station on earth (via the internet) at work anymore and I haven't been making it to very many live shows lately. I've already heard more interesting new (to me) stuff on last.fm in the past two days than I had heard in the previous year. If you're sick of listening to the same old stuff, give it a try.

5 comments:

Alan said...

I've been using LastFM for a while. I really enjoy it and have found a lot of new bands on it too. There is a search engine called google you should try out sometime too.

dusty said...

My dearly departed blog had last.fm plugged in for most of its life, and my Facebook page has a multi-tab interface for it. The most useful thing to emerge from it for me has been getting concert information, which you can bookmark on your page. I suppose it's somewhat worthwhile to see what your 'neighbours' are also listening to, but mine seem to fall into two camps: People who obsessively listen to three or four of my faves, and Brazilians. I don't seem to discover new music like I do quite often from blog search engines like Hype Machine.

dhodge said...

What's up with Brazilians and social networking sites? I like the whole play artists like feature of last.fm. It's a lot easier for me to get into something new if I have a reference point from which to approach it.

dusty said...

I don't really know about a specifically Brazilian penchant for social networking; but because I play much more Brazilian music than the average North American, last.fm thinks many of most closest musical kin são brasileiros. (On the other hand, I play more flamenco than the avg yank, yet I see few Spaniards among my neighbors.) Did you set up an account or are you just poaching from the streams? I'm curious about what you still listen to.

dhodge said...

Just requested your friendship on last.fm - though I have to warn you, it sez our musical compatibility is very low.