Since the beginning, my fave feature of last.fm has been the ever-grandening possibility to discover new music, new genres. Beginning of this year, I was in Berlin for a few months and got a foretaste of the new feature, fully streamable tracks. Can't wait till we get that here in Finland too.
In two years, EVERYTHING has changed in the way I listen to music: I have started to buy records again (this time vinyl and mp3s), I can now easily find out about new obscure music genres where ever the fancy takes me, I read music blogs... I've even started to go out again, big time! My break from clubbing was, what, ten years?
I always had eclectic taste, from punk to funk, going to raves as well as indie rock gigs. The problem was the media, most mags and definitely not tv did not really cater my genre-defying tastes like mine. As I grew up, the target group thinking got a tighter and tighter grasp of the music media. More and more of the same, less and less to discover. Most of my friends who were into music were into some certain genre, or increasingly just nostalgically listening to the same music they were listening when we grew up. That's just fine, I guess I'm just a person who always needs a brand new kick.
So, here are some of my latest tags:
I'm following the forum of Lifesaver record store here in Helsinki, and the recent discussions about house, italodisco or african music just made me wanna hear the recommended music immediately. This has lead to long record shopping lists...
afrikan tahdet got its inspiration from the LS board on african music. I should have named it "afrikan tahtia" to make the pun perfect in finnish, with and without the two dots over the letter a.
What the LS board thought were the best releases of 2007:
ls parhaat julkaisut
Have you wondered, what is the the best hip hop record EVER?
best instrumental hip hop record ever?
the best boogie?
best house record ever?
Another board, StealthUnit, is more jungle and d&b oriented. On a thread on 21st century electronic classics, these names came up: 2000-luvun elektroniset klassikot
When looking for music to tag for "afrikan tahdet", I bumped into two interesting labels: sterns has an interesting, widely streamable catalogue of mainly west african and caribbean music and mixings of these two.
mondo melodia has arab pop, lots of belly dancing compilations.
sinnamon and record makers are two electro labels from Spain and France (if I'm right).
A big chunk of Love Records back catalogue finally got streamable. Parhautta is mostly my rock faves from their catalogue. Planning to make another all-inclusive one, anna mulle lovee.
Oh and check out the blog of DJ Anonymous, he's in many ways Helsinki's finest!
Only thing I can't seem to be able to listen anymore is rock. White man's whining music was for so long the only music I was forcibly surrounded by the mainstream media. Feels like I'm taking time back now.
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