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2014 Last.fm Round-up
  • A little late, but I think this is still a pretty accurate picture of 2014’s listening patterns (it’s a top 31 because I couldn’t bring myself to leave out Grandaddy):


    No surprises up top, as Mark Lanegan was definitely the big discovery of the year for me. The next five entries are all pretty much in line with my thirtysomething default listening habits.

    Kind of nice to see Pavement in the top 10 after many, many years’ absence. Waxahatchee would be higher if only there were more of it (the Crutchfield sisters were another one of the year’s big finds; listened to a lot of Swearin’ & PS Eliot in addition to Waxahatchee). Fuck is a question mark, but Woods and Lambchop were two more exciting discoveries that I kept returning to.

    Parquet Courts and Frank Sinatra, tied for lucky #13. That’s probably my favorite thing ever.

    Everything else seems perfectly unsurprising: yep, that’s what I listened to. Except that I wish Jim Croce was higher. I was hittin’ that stuff hard over the holidays.

    1. Guided By Voices 336
    2. Kristin Hersh 207
    3. John Lee Hooker 172
    4. Throwing Muses 143
    5. Elliott Smith 111
    6. The Beatles 108
    7. Erik Satie
    8. Lonnie Johnson 101
    9. Angel Olsen 98
    10. Nirvana 82
    11. B.B. King 81
    12. Laura Cantrell 81
    13. Johnny Cash 80
    14. Beck 78
    15. Pixies 75
    16. Jeff Buckley 74
    17. Radiohead 74
    18. Mudhoney 74
    19. Aphex Twin 72
    20. Oval 70
    21. Blind Willie McTell 70
    22. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper 70
    23. The Roots 68
    24. Blur 65
    25. Nick Drake 63
    26. Soundgarden 62
    27. Kaki King 62
    28. Lucinda Williams 59
    29. The Fall 58
    30. Pearl Jam 57
    31. Sonic Youth 56
    32. The Kinks 56
    33. Sugar 56
    34. Boards of Canada 55
    35. My Bloody Valentine 54
    36. The Rolling Stones 54
    37. Madness 54
    38. Gorillaz 53
    39. Chuck Berry 53
    40. Spoon 53
    41. Merchandise 53
    42. “Weird Al” Yankovic 52
    43. The Notwist 51
    44. Shocking Blue 51
    45. Albert King 50
    46. Kris Kristofferson 48
    47. John Cale 48
    48. Hunters & Collectors 48
    49. The Impressions 48
    50. Talking Heads 47
    1. Ryan Adams 276
    2. The Rolling Stones 255
    3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 238
    4. Bob Dylan 219
    5. David Bowie 207
    6. Amen Dunes 181
    7. Ween 177
    8. Neil Young 172
    9. The Velvet Underground 169
    10. The Church 166
    11. Low 163
    12. Danzig 163
    13. The Byrds 147
    14. Bad Religion 138
    15. Cate le Bon 135
    16. Twerps 126
    17. The Brian Jonestown Massacre 116
    18. Black Sabbath 114
    19. The Kinks 112
    20. Total Control 110
    21. Stars of the Lid 100
    22. Ex Hex 100
    23. Yo La Tengo 95
    24. Misfits 95
    25. Smog 94
    26. Sparklehorse 94

    I can definitely see the impact of deciding that I needed to have the VU boxed set, all 4 good Danzig records, and at least 3 Black Sabbath records on my phone at all times.

    I also seem to listen to Bowie, Dylan, and Neil Young at a very consistent rate through the years.

    Also, I totally forgot about Edith Frost, Davy. I’ll have to spotify/youtube some of that stuff later.

  • I remember starting this thread on LPTJ about 10 years ago, as a fairly new poster, and it being dismissed as ‘pointless’. Which it is. Which is exactly why it’s interesting. I will be reading the above closely and posting/analysing my data as soon as I don’t have to teach narrative tenses to people.

  • While I wouldn’t say my chart is unrepresentative of my listening habits, it’s not entirely accurate for a number of reasons. If I have an album on my computer and/or my iPod and I listen to it on anything other than those things, I often play it on the computer on mute just to get the numbers up, but some of the numbers reveal that I didn’t do that as often as I thought I did last year. And while I do love Guided By Voices, 336 plays doesn’t necessarily tell you that. It takes less time to listen to Bee Thousand twice and rack up 40 listens than my 4 listens to Ash Ra Tempel would have taken.

  • Windows98 said: While I wouldn’t say my chart is unrepresentative of my listening habits, it’s not entirely accurate

    Yeah, I listen to half my music on headphones, out and about, and my mp3 player doesn’t scobble. Even so, here goes:

    midnight_augury said: 9. The Velvet Underground 169

    I should listen to the Velvets more. I always bung half a dozen tracks on my card night soundtrack for my rockist poker buddies, and the girls sometimes like to hear the Nico songs, but generally I should just get those albums going around more.

    Windows98 said: 4. Throwing Muses 143

    Was the Paradise/Purgatory, still? Or old school stuff? If I had to swear on one all-time favourite band it would have to be the Muses.

    davy said: A little late, but I think this is still a pretty accurate picture of 2014’s listening patterns (it’s a top 31 because I couldn’t bring myself to leave out Grandaddy):

    Davy, I just wanted to reassure you that after the shock of us sharing a couple of overlaps the other year, the world has returned to its axis and I think I’m right in saying that unless I slipped a Tindersticks song in there somewhere that I don’t remember, I didn’t, in 2014, play a single track by a single artist from your list. Which just goes to show that a person needs more than one lifetime to get time to listen to all the music there is, because I remember Doug Paisley and Yo La Tengo, and they were pretty damn good.

    Anyway, mine looks like this in mid-January. It’s slightly skewed by a recent splurge on Panda Bear’s new album, and a couple are late 2013 albums that I must have played a lot in January - Lee Gamble, I think was one of those.

    1. Pye Corner Audio 482
    2. Otto A Totland 466
    3. Machinefabriek 317
    4. Robyn Hitchcock 305
    5. Throwing Muses 229
    6. The Focus Group 198
    7. Lee Gamble 181
    8. The Advisory Circle 176
    9. Bob Marley & The Wailers 174
    10. Popol Vuh 170
    11. Panda Bear160
    12. Not Waving160
    13. Leo Fabriek, Gareth Davis, Rutger Zuydervelt 148
    14. Japan 138
    15. A Winged Victory for the Sullen 132
    16. Jon Brooks 130
    17. Objekt 128
    18. Eric Copeland 127
    19. The Human League 112
    20. Keith Hudson 110
    21. Junior Boys 108
    22. The Blue Aeroplanes 104
    23. Excepter 102
    24. Goldmund 100
    25. The Soundcarriers 100
    26. Lawrence English 98
    27. Songs: Ohia 95
    28. The Triffids 93
    29. Ricardo Villalobos 88
    30. Pjusk 88
    31. Cluster 83
    32. Moon Wiring Club 83
    33. COH 79
    34. John Foxx & Steve D’Agostino 79
    35. Janek Schaefer 75
    36. Dalglish 75
    37. Andrew Chalk 74
    38. Zammuto 73
    39. Broadcast 71
    40. Half Man Half Biscuit 71
    41. John Foxx And The Belbury Circle 69
    42. Marsen Jules 68
    43. Powell 67
    44. Grouper 65
    45. Monoton 64
    46. Steel Pulse 63
    47. Linval Thompson 62
    48. R.E.M. 61
    49. Andy Stott 61
    50. The Cure 59.

    Lately, I’ve been going through the HD archives a bit, and it really struck me how much less ambient/drone I’m listening to compared with 2010. It’s just gradually tapered down to a small but still important strip of my listening.

    I suppose my list reflects my listening pretty well actually: there were big 2014 albums that I just loved (2, 17, 23), stalwarts that seem to be on my list no matter what year it is (3, 4, 5, 21, 24, 27, 29, 39), a continuation of my reggae and dub enlightenment that begun a couple of years ago (9, 20, 46, 47), a regular drip-feed of Ghostbox (1, 6, 8, 16, 41 etc), a smattering crucial early 80s New Romantic artpop (14, 19) and a few bits of forward-thinking techno that KDSB told me to listen to (7, 17, 35, 43)

    Cool thread. I want to see more people’s lists

    I’m surprised, that an early-year Popol Vuh binge and a handful of Cluster apart, my krautkosmische requirement seems to be on a much reduced dosage. A Winged Victory must have elbowed out SotL time too.

  • My last.fm chart is more representative than it used to be, since I only have about 100 LPs these days and most were cheap $5-10 scores. That said, I still listen to a fair bit of vinyl.

    It may be a sign of creeping irrelevance that even my “albums I loved in 2014” are either stalwarts or else made by people who are probably in their 40s.

    I did like some of the hot new fashionable jams of 2015 (FKA Twigs, Future Islands, Perfume Genius, etc) but I tended to not care much for those albums as wholes.

    I should probably go forth and indulge in an Inko-esque odyssey of discovery down the musical rabbit holes of orientalist jazz (I do dig some Yusef Lateef), Chicago post rock, Turkish surf or something like that.

  • Early last year I embarked on a mission to listen to every album I own (which I’m only a fraction of the way through), but it hasn’t affected my chart much. John Lee Hooker wouldn’t have 172 plays, but mostly it’s bumped up artists who probably would have made the cut, just further down, eg. Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Lonnie Johnson, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Blind Willie McTell.

    nickinko said:

    Windows98 said: 4. Throwing Muses 143

    Was the Paradise/Purgatory, still? Or old school stuff? If I had to swear on one all-time favourite band it would have to be the Muses.

    Both. I probably would have listened to them even more if I hadn’t also listened to a lot of Kristin Hersh solo. I only discovered them in 2011 and they’ve been third on my all time chart for most of that time, behind Guided By Voices and Radiohead and ahead of Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Pavement, Fugazi and Beck, all perennial favourites.