A (very minor) milestone

27 May 2006 was a Saturday.  I remember sitting in the back-yard and reading a story in the paper about internet music sharing services: Pandora, last.fm and others.   I signed up for both Pandora and Last.fm, but Pandora’s Canadian availability was short-lived.

I have, however, stuck with Last.fm for the past 6.5 years and last week I passed 50,000 “scrobbles” (A ridiculous word they use to describe the process of logging each track you listen to in their database.)

Here are my top 5 artists, after 50,000 listens, along with the playcount for each.

Bill Frisell

1024

Max Richter

594

Dwight Yoakam

543

Loscil

457

The Beatles

452

Here’s the thing, I found out about at least two of these artists (Loscil and Max Richter) from the last.fm site.  SO, I guess you’d say that it was a success.

Calexico
Carried To Dust
216
Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks
202
Loscil
Endless Falls
170
M. Ward
Post-War
168
Anouar Brahem
Le Voyage De Sahar
162

Truth be told I eliminated 3 albums that actually placed in the top 5 because they were double albums, or in one case contain a very large number of very short tracks.  Although I do like these albums, I didn’t think it was fair that they should make the top 5 as the greater number of tracks gives them an advantage.  The albums that would have made the list were: Bill Frisell’s “History, Mystery”, Linda Ronstadt’s “‘Round Midnight” and Ronn McFarlane’s “The Scotish Lute”.

And here are my top 5 tracks (which actually consists of 7 tracks due to a 4 way tie for 4th place):

Underworld

Diamond Jigsaw

54

Elliott Smith

Between the Bars

47

Dan Deacon

Snookered

46

White Lies

Death

44

Calexico

Victor Jara’s Hands

44

Calexico

Two Silver Trees

44

Emilíana Torrini

Jungle Drum

44

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