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The Shadow knows what I got in the mail from Michigan yesterday for my birthday. Woo.

I just discovered one of the perks of having an Audioscrobbler account. Their sister site, last.FM, is a streaming internet radio site. The gimmick is that they stream you your own music according to your Audioscrobbler account. So, provided they have licensing deals with the appropriate labels or artists (they don’t have TMBG, alas), you can listen to your usual fare when you’re away from you music collection by logging in.

Even cooler, though, is the stream they provide that’s based on the musical interests of your “Musical Neighbours”—everyone who shares some of your taste in music who has a last.FM or Audioscrobbler account. So far I’ve listened to The Shins, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, Smashing Pumpkins, Jets to Brazil, and Death Cab for Cutie on this stream. This is a great way to discover new music, I think, and an excellent way to share music with one’s friends. Those last two in particular I never would have gone out of my way to listen to, so already it’s exposed me to music to which I wouldn’t have been otherwise.

There’s only a 30-day trial of the “personal radio” stream with the registration of an Audioscrobbler account, so it’s not the sort of thing that I can just point people to when they ask what kind of music I listen to. I’m not sure if I’m going to donate to keep using my personal music stream since it’s rare enough that I’m away from my computer and a) am interested in listening to music, and b) at a computer that isn’t crippled somehow (i.e., at work). The “neighbours” stream is free, though, and I’m definitely going to keep listening to that to find out what sort of other interesting music is out there.

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Hrm, tres cool. Yes, I think I'm going to have to get on that thing.

Although I have to say I'm not a big Death Cab For Cutie fan ;-) You like their stuff? If so, you'll probably like The Postal Service too -- I can get you a couple of their albums; Jordan's got them.

And HEEEEY!!! When I played The Shins for you, you didn't like them!!! :-P

I didn't say I liked anything in that list, just that it's exposing me to music that I wouldn't otherwise touch of my own free will. :-)

For the record, the Shins track it played was still "forgettable" and the Death Cab for Cutie track didn't impress me. I did like the Jets to Brazil, though.

Ooh, and now it's playing some Decemberists off of Castaways and Cutouts.

It's more like listening to radio—you never know what's coming up next, and you listen to things you otherwise wouldn't. The difference is that they give you "love", "skip", and "ban" buttons and there are no chatty radio DJs.

Never heard Jets to Brazil! Decemberists kick ass. Today of course I have "July, July" stuck in my head. Such a cheerful song:

and i say your uncle was a crooked french canadian
and he was gut-shot runnin gin
and how his guts were all suspended in his fingers
and how he held 'em
how he held 'em held, 'em in

They do that a lot -- make cheery-sounding songs with horribly violent and depressing lyrics. Completely twisted.

OK, you put up with me yammering at you about music enough in real life so I'll stop now :-)

bouncy today

That was me, of course.

If you want to hear some Jets to Brazil, last.FM also has a feature where you can plug in three artists and it'll pass back the streams of people who have those high on their lists (and so, listening to that stream you're likely to hear those artists). I haven't tried it, but I imagine you could try out particular artists that way.

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