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  • Celebrations

    Jul 16 2011, 16h51

    After giving up all hope of removing the Normalization that Itunes has added to all the music I imported using it i have found an option inside of Songbird which allows me to ignore it, OH HAPPY DAYS!

    I have done so and all my tracks have been restored to their original quality and sound levels. Also though this might just be my imagination but I've been thinking random wasn't so random but now after removing the normalization it feels like the tracks are at last playing completely randomly, but only time will tell. I'll post an update later probably.

    In the mean time, i can listen to music again without it going too quiet half the time. YAY!
  • My Music 2010

    Jan 1 2011, 2h46

    On the sound advice of TheDarkOrb, I'm going to archive my favorites and most listened of 2010.

    Because I've been computer-less for a majority of 2010 my main listening has happened on my PSP but because this year has been a great year for music I remember most of the new stuff i have enjoyed this year.

    The album i've most enjoyed this year would defiantly be Slash's self titled album. I bought it on the recommendation of a friend, the fact I think slash is one of the best guitarists in the world and he was doing exactly that on this record and that there was a special edition with a magazine detailing the album and the man behind the album. I couldn't be happier with this album as its quirky, in that its slash and a group of his friends making music and I love collaborations.
    Slash - Slash

    I then saw an interview with a guy called Sea Sick Steve on Top Gear and he played a little from one of his songs and it was great not my normal style but I enjoyed it so I looked him up on LastFM and enjoyed what I heard did a quick google search for his album and Zavvi had it on sale for £3 so bought it then and their and when it arrived i was utterly hooked, and a couple weeks later I bought another of his albums and enjoyed that just as much.
    Man From Another Time - Seasick Steve
    I Started Out With Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left - Seasick Steve

    I got around to buying a Lamb of God after seeing them live a couple of times and loving their music. It was a great album I enjoyed it for what I knew it was going to be and I just wish I'd bought it sooner.
    Ashes Of The Wake - Lamb of God

    At the same time as this I bought Bon Jovi's latest album and a second album by God Forbid. I enjoyed Bon Jovi's album but it wasn't anything brilliant but kept my interest fresh and I'm always fond of keeping things interesting with varying content. God Forbids album was rather bland compared to the first one I bought as it turns out they replaced the singer and I like the most recent singer.
    The Circle - Bon Jovi
    Gone Forever - God Forbid

    PC back in august yay!

    Now with my computer my first decisive moment was to get Abigail's Mercy's first album as i'd had a single for years and absolutely loved it and its allways at the top of the list alphabetically so I bought that so it'd stop nagging at me and I loved it filled a nice gap in my collection perfectly and it hasn't left my psp since I bought it. As this was never off my psp i've never had to urge to listen to it much at the pc and is ranked 12th
    Salvation - Abigail's Mercy

    Next I picked up a Naio Ssaion album again after having acquired a single and enjoyed it immensely got around to picking up the album with that single on it. This stood out to be because of the accompanied Violin which works really well and i loved the album and its been on and off my psp and listened to it a fair bit on the pc also it managed to be my most listened album this year. I fully Intend to get hold of more music by them.

    I then got Iron Maiden's new album as always I run out and buy it, can't help myself. I enjoyed it as I enjoy anything Iron Maiden great lyrics great guitars just plan great music, but nothing really hooked me so I've listened to it a few times and just popped it in with the collection to take my fancies another day or to get played during random sessions. As such it only got to 38th in my album chart but was still my most listened Iron Maiden album.
    The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden

    The thanks to an e-mail showcasing all the latest release out of Japan/China/Korea which i get weekly from Play-Asia I found out about a guy call MIYAVI. I once again turned to LastFM for guidance listened to a few tracks and fell in love with what I heard and google returned nothing so I got what I could, I would have settled for one album but could only find everything. With intentions of pruning away music i had no interest with I listened to it all but loved it all and with that Miyavi would be my favourite new artist for 2010 with Miyavizm been my favourite album.
    Gagaku / Galyuu / Miyaviuta / Miyavizm / Myv Pops / This iz the japanse kabuki rock - MIYAVI

    That sums up my new acquisitions for 2010, though I did buy Disturbed's and Serj Tankain's new albums they havn't arrived in time for this year :(
    Asylum - Disturbed
    Imperfect Harmonies - Serj Tankain

    As for my listening habits Naio Ssaion's Out Loud been my most listened album and probably deserving of been so.
    The followed by Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV, Tyler Bates - 300 and Takeharu Ishimoto - Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII OST taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. This is because those albums have many tracks and short lengths, I enjoy the albums and they are there deservingly but doesn't represent multiple plays.

    One noteably high band on the album charts is Queens of the Stone Age with their first 2 albums been 5th and 7th. I have particularly enjoyed them this year after going off them for a while.
    Songs for the Deaf / Lullabies To Paralyze - queens of the stoneage

    My top artists for the year pretty much matches my total play with the addition of Miyavi in at 3rd.

    My top tracks is rather off with Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box,Iron Maiden's Wrathchild, Apoptygma Berzerk's Deep Red and Bruce Dickinson's Gods of War + Tears of the Dragon. Only really love Tears of the Dragon and is the only track i have specifically chosen to listen too, I'm guessing the others have appeared so high due to me having both regular and live versions of the tracks.

    That pretty much sums up my music listening for 2010, but once again leaves me wishing I could scrobble from my PSP. I think my main goal for 2011 music wise is to get a music player which will scrobble for me on the go as I'd love to see how that effects things.
  • Self Titled Songs

    Dez 30 2010, 23h43

    I decided to post a journal entry describing my love of bands who write songs about themselves.

    I think my love for self titled tracks comes out of the feeling I get that the track is an anthem for said band. I know I particularly love singing along with the songs when performed live and chanting "Iron Maidens gonna get you" with 20,000 people is a cherished memory. Though my love for the tracks extends before I've seen them live and is possible I like them as a representation of my love for the bands, and i just enjoy singing along to a song about one of my favourite bands.

    I don't like self titled albums, I find the concept of naming an album after the band to be bland an unimaginative. But The Track Iron Maiden on the album Iron Maiden performed by Iron Maiden just has a nice repetitive ring to it.

    The self titled tracks I admire for pulling off something which could turn out as cheesy as all sin.

    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    Love this song, to me it describes the bands persona and tells you about it in verse, I love it.

    Rammstein - Rammstein
    I think this song is more of a Rammstein chant and I can imagine marching down the street with 1,000's of people chanting to this track.

    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Fantastic Black Sabbath song, full of variety and a great solo.

    Hammerfall - Hammerfall
    Similar to Iron Maiden in that it describes the bands persona but also has a nice Hammerfall chant in their also.

    HELLYEAH - Hellyeah
    I think this is a case of the band been named after this song not the other way round. This song describes to me the atmosphere of a fantastic gig and just getting the urge to scream at the top of your lungs HELL YEAH! as the band performs your favourite song.
  • Favourite Songs Year To Year

    Out 18 2010, 22h08

    I found creating a list of favourite albums to be most interesting so I decided to create a favourite song for each year too and see what happens.

    1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
    1969 - Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    1970 - Working Class Hero - John Lennon
    1971 - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
    1972 - Come Together - John Lennon
    1974 - Nobody Loves You - John Lennon
    1975 - Stand by Me - John Lennon
    1980 - Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    1981 - Wrathchild Iron Maiden
    1983 - The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
    1984 - Die With Your Boots On - Iron Maiden
    1985 - In And Out Of Love - Bon Jovi
    1986 - Raining Blood - Slayer
    1987 - Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N' Roses
    1988 - My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms - Bon Jovi
    1989 - Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
    1990 - Rust in Peace... Polaris - Megadeth
    1991 - Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
    1992 - Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
    1993 - Undertow - Tool
    1994 - Davidian - Machine Head
    1995 - Rammstein - Rammstein
    1996 - A.D.I.D.A.S - Korn
    1997 - Everlong - Foo Fighters
    1998 - Sugar - System Of A Down
    1999 - Starfuckers, Inc. - Nine Inch Nails
    2000 - Brave New World - Iron Maiden
    2001 - Aerials - System Of A Down
    2002 - Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
    2003 - J-E-N-O-V-A - The Black Mages
    2004 - Vermillion - Slipknot
    2005 - Awakened By Sirens - Deadlock
    2006 - Rosetta Stoned - Tool
    2007 - Aesthetics of Hate - Machine Head
    2008 - God Speed On The Devil's Thunder - Cradle Of Filth
    2009 - Live to Rock - Saxon
    2010 - Baby Can't Drive - Slash
  • Favourite Albums Year to Year

    Set 18 2010, 2h00

    Doesn't seam right to include years which I only have 1 album from as there's not really a choice. Also not included greatest hits as they cover multiple years.

    1967 - The Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
    1969 - Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
    1971 - Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
    1980 - Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    1981 - Killers - Iron Maiden
    1983 - The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
    1984 - Ride The Lightening - Metallica
    1985 - 7800 Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi
    1986 - Reign In Blood - Slayer
    1988 - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
    1989 - Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
    1990 - No Prayer for the Dying - Iron Maiden
    1991 - The Black Album - Metallica
    1992 - Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
    1993 - Undertow - Tool
    1994 - Burn My Eyes - Machine Head
    1995 - Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
    1996 - Ænima - Tool
    1997 - Sehnsuckt - Rammstein
    1998 - System of a Down - System of a Down
    1999 - Ace of Spades - Motorhead
    2000 - Brave New World - Iron Maiden
    2001 - Toxicity - System of a Down
    2002 - The Sickness - Disturbed
    2003 - The Black Mages - The Black Mages
    2004 - Nymphetamine - Cradle of Filth
    2005 - The All Star Sessions - Roadrunner United
    2006 - 10,000 Days - Tool
    2007 - The Blackening - Machine Head
    2008 - Uroboros - DIR EN GREY
    2009 - Into the LabyrinthInto The Labyrinth - Saxon
    2010 - SlashSlash - Slash
  • Bands Viewed Live

    Jan 29 2008, 22h32

    I decided to list all the bands i have seen live because i was intrested in seeing how many it actually was, and while i was at it i thought i'd post it up here. In no particular order.

    Machine Head x2 (Download 2007 + 2012)
    Bullet For My Vallentine (Leeds Uni)
    Iron Maiden x2 (Leeds Festival, Download 2007)
    Korn x2 (Download 2007, Leeds Uni 2009)
    Megadeth x2 (Download 2007 + 2012)
    Dragonforce x2 (Leeds Festival, Leeds Uni)
    Wolfmother (Leeds Festival)
    Velvet Revolver (Leeds Festival)
    Paramore (Leeds Cockpit)
    Turasia (Download 2007)
    Hellyeah (Download 2007)
    Shadows Fall (Download 2007)
    System of a Down (Manchester MEN Arena)
    Slayer x2 (Download, Leeds O2 2010)
    Marilyn Manson x2 (Download 2007, Leeds Festival)
    Linkin Park (Download 2007)
    Chimaira (Download 2007)
    Mastadon (Download 2007)
    Lamb of God x2 (Download 2007 + 2012)
    Devil Driver (Download 2007)
    Within Temptation (Download 2007)
    Napalm Death (Download 2007)
    Dimmu Borgir (Download 2007)
    Foo Fighters (Leeds Festival)
    Funeral For a Friend (Leeds Festival)
    Queens of the Stoneage (Leeds Festival)
    Killers (Leeds Festival)
    Razorlight (Leeds Festival)
    Kings of Leon (Leeds Festival)
    Maximo Park (Leeds Festival)
    Rammstein (Manchester MEN Arena)
    Firewind (Leeds Uni)
    Ill Nino (Downlad 2007)
    Devildriver (Download 2007)
    Killswitch Engage x2 (Download 2007 + 2012)
    Deathstars (Leeds Uni 2009)
    Mindless Self Indulgence (Leeds 2009)
    Nine Inch Nails (Manchester MEN arena 2009)
    Dir En Grey (London KOKO 2010)
    Fear Factory (Download 2012)
    NOFX (Download 2012)
    Billy Talent (Download 2012)
    Nightwish (Download 2012)
    Slash (Download 2012)
    Saxon (Download 2012)
    Soil - Acoustic Set-list (Download 2012)
    Trivium (Download 2012)
    Tenacious D (Download 2012)
    Skindred (Download 2012)
    Corey Taylor - Acoustic Set-list (Download 2012)
    Metallica (Download 2012)
    Soundgarden (Download 2012)
    Black Sabbath (Download 2012)


    Upcoming
    Epica (Postponed/Cancelled)
  • Listened to every song once

    Out 19 2007, 1h42

    Well technically i could have listened to my entire collection once since i started scrobbling. A nice milestone thought i'd mark the occasion with an entry.

    Of course ive listened to all my music more than once and every track, but alas cant record music played on my sterio or MP3 player. Also cant go back in time and start scribing from an earlier point but whats done is done

    Yay for 5819 songs recorded