For my latest foray into the Web 2.0 world, I’ve created a last.fm account. It’s pretty cool. It streams music radio stations (just like Pandora), but it also keeps track of the songs you listen to on your computer (in iTunes or WMP) and recommends new artists you might like. I’ve tried Pandora before, and I liked it. But last.fm is more social and allows me to still listen to music in my personal collection. You can see what other people are listening to and get recommendations based on their likes and dislikes. Less scientific than Pandora (which supposedly analyses song structure and composition) but more human.
Now everyone can see what I’m listening to and make fun of me when odd Kelly Clarkson song makes the list.
According to last.fm I should really check out Sufjan Stevens. I’ve never heard of him, but he seems to be all the rage amongst people who like The New Pornographers, Immaculate Machine, The Hidden Cameras, and almost every band I’ve been listening to lately.
Re: those artists look familiar …
I give you full credit for broadening my musical tastes. Although I was listening to The New Pornographers and Death Cab before you enlightened me to the ways of Indie Pop. I hope I’ll have some new gems to share with you when you get back. Have you listened to Joel Plaskett?
The other two artists it keeps recommending are Ted Leo and The Pharmacists and Belle and Sebastian. I think you’ve played both for me before. Not sure if I was a fan or not. I’ll have to try those out again.