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2022 in Music

collage of 16 top played albums from 2022, including albums by Islands, Tame Impala, Ladytron, Fleet Foxes, Dent May, and Nine Inch Nails
Top played albums of 2022 per Tapmusic (Artists top row l-to-r: Tame Impala, OK Go, Islands, Nine Inch Nails; second row l-to-r: Islands, Abney Park, CRX, Fleet Foxes; third row l-to-r: Islands, The Bird and The Bee, Brave Shores, Dent May; bottom row l-to-r: Goldfrapp, So Below, Gaspard Auge, Ladytron)

What I Listened To

  • 4508 unique tracks
  • 1800 artists
  • 2905 albums
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Culture Meta Music

The sounds we like

Liked Lubricated social networks, great action movies that work without sound, and other pressing questions by Max Read (Read Max)

Reader Stephen writes:
“My conclusion is music made by 20-year-olds currently comes from a different cultural context I am no longer connected to, so it doesn’t resonate unless it sounds like something I already like (i.e. a garage rock band like Dehd). I can’t imagine getting into, like, hyperpop, but, again, I think it’s because it is responding to social and cultural phenomena I am simply not a part of.”

Max answers:

I think you have to think about it dialectically: it’s not just that cool young people who make cool unlistenable music are emerging out of a different context and responding to different cultural prompts than you (or me), it’s also that they are, to various levels of explicit intent, making music that you (and me) specifically will not like, so they will not be exposed to you (and me) and our fatally wack existences in their cool physical/ digital/ mind spaces. The hidden wholeness here is that by the fact of not β€œgetting” the music we are participants in making it good and cool.

Haha, I appreciate when others share my weird fear of getting stuck listening to the same thing, this take is a kind thought πŸ˜‚

I’m totally fine with aging (really life is getting better) and dgaf (probably actively avoid) what’s “cool.” What I do fear is becoming fixed and not giving new things a chance. (Frankly, this is not something I need to worry about πŸ˜‰)

But maybe this is something to consider: when are you satisfied in your identity and preferences and can just settle deeper into them?

Is my love of newness culturally-acquired or personal? Does it disguise doubt or dissatisfaction with my tastes, an unknowing or resistance of the self? Is the quest for more music simply a reflection of our culture’s endless consumption, channeled to a medium I care about rather than material goods? Or is it a product of my changing in other ways: that my tastes are ever-shifting and need to be constantly re-found and re-formed through new sounds? Is it habitual or truly preferential? Does it not mean anything? Dunno but it’s interesting to consider, especially for a medium as visceral as music.

I have claimed exploration as part of my identity, but sometimes it’s tiring to always be taking in more information. I’m curious what it would look like to maintain a philosophy of openness without putting so much energy into seeking newness.

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Music

Listened to No Cities Left

Listened No Cities Left from Tumblr

Initial Release Date: April 12, 2003

I was super into this album in 2004/5ish. I haven’t especially liked anything they put out in the past ten years, and haven’t listened to this album in its entirety since 2007, per last.fm. But, their email list is so infrequent I’m apparently still on it πŸ˜‚ Got an email about the lead singer’s new solo project, didn’t like it, but got the inkling to give this a listen and I’m digging it tonight.

 

Liking Warm and Sunny Days but it doesn’t have a music video πŸ˜‰

 

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Music

2000s Freezepop

Listened tenisu no boifurendo by Freezepop from YouTube()

anata wa taitei zuibun ogenki desu ne tenisu no boifurendo totemo ii desu yo

Wow that’s some DIY production quality πŸ˜‚ I’ve been on an old Freezepop kick this week which of course is not on Tidal πŸ™„ so I pulled up YouTube to listen on my phone. Maybe I’ll shell out for more storage on my next phone so I can load songs I own πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

And from 2004:

 

Haha I don’t think I ever had an Orange Julius but it sure came to symbolize a particular era of the mall. I did make myself an orange vanilla shake yesterday πŸ˜‚

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Cool Music

Vintage streaming online

Bookmarked Vintage Obscura Radio (Vintage Obscura Radio)

Internet radio station playing the top tracks from the /r/vintageobscura sub-reddit.

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Art and Design Music

Want to watch: OK Go TED Talk

Bookmarked

I wanted to watch this the other day but it wasn’t on YouTube so my husband and I just wound up rewatching all of their music videos πŸ˜‚

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Meta Music Websites

How I re-created my Spotify playlists on my website

I created a list of my annual birthday playlists since 2002.

For this process, I used a third party program to extract the data, Excel to format it, and CSS to style it. I’m assuming you’ve used formulas in Excel before so you can plug in the appropriate cells, and have written simple HTML and CSS.

Getting the data

  1. I used Exportify to download a .csv file of all my Spotify playlists.
  2. Columns included that I used in this process:
    • Track Name,
    • Artist Name,
    • Album Release Date,
    • Album Name,
    • Album Image URL

Track list

I used the CONCATENATE function in Excel to compile the HTML list to paste into WordPress. You could do this all in one step; I did it in multiple steps so I could experiment with showing different things, and so the cell didn’t get crazy long.

  1. I created a column with the link to the track:
    =CONCATENATE("<span class=",CHAR(34),"h-cite track",CHAR(34),"><span class=",CHAR(34),"p-name tracktitle",CHAR(34),">",[CELL WITH SONG TITLE],"</span> by <span class=",CHAR(34),"p-author artist bandname",CHAR(34),">",[CELL WITH ARTIST NAME],"</span></span>")
  2. I created another column that created the list item that I could paste into WordPress:
    =CONCATENATE("<li>",B2,"</li>")

To keep the page from being super long, I added the track list to the page using the <details> property, which allows it to be clicked on and expanded. Then I used CSS to style “details > summary” to look like a link so people know to expand it.

Adding Microformats

I also included (experimental) microformats based on what I use for my books. Microformats allow other programs to correctly interpret specific types of data, such as a book or (in this case) song citation. No program currently reads microformatted playlists, but I figured better to do it now than wish I had done it later πŸ˜‰ Once it’s done, the odds I’d go back and update it are low. I picked my own microformats because there is no accepted standard.

The microformats I used were:

  • For the whole listing: “h-cite track”
  • For the track name: “p-name tracktitle”
  • For the artist name: “p-author artist bandname”

Apparently only the h- and p- values will actually be parsed so you could omit the other values.

Because microformats are added as classes, it also gives you an opportunity to style specific parts of the text. I chose to style the track title.

Year data

  1. I extracted the year data from their format by adding a column with this formula:
    =TEXT(I2,"YYYY")
  2. I calculated the number of songs per year by using COUNTIF:
    =COUNTIF(J$2:J$23,I25)
    where J2 through J23 contains the year data (created in step one), and I25 is a cell with the year in plain text. Adding the $ signs in the source data range is important so you can drag the formula down without it also shifting the source cells.

Graph by year

I followed this tutorial to create a stacked bar graph. Because I wanted multiple graphs on a page, I substituted class instead of id. I also used inline CSS for the grid display properties so I could define a different fractional breakdown for each graph.

Album art

The data included a link to the album art hosted by Spotify’s CDN. I created a column that created the image link with alt text:
=CONCATENATE("<img src=",CHAR(34),[CELL WITH ALBUM ART URL],CHAR(34)," width=",CHAR(34),"50px",CHAR(34)," alt=",CHAR(34),[CELL WITH ALBUM NAME]," by ",[CELL WITH ARTIST NAME],CHAR(34)," />")

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Music

Music recommendations to check out

Racking up end of the year music recs faster than I can listen to them. Will keep adding to this.

Night Owl (reggae versions of soul songs)

Spelljams

 

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Music

Album roundups

Bookmarked Album Whale | Staff Picks (Album Whale)

People are making lists of albums on Album Whale and you can too!

Visual lists of albums curated by individual people — might be a good place to search for recommendations though if you haven’t heard of the band it’s hard to know if it’s a genre you like πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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Humor Music

Watched Bill and Ted Face the Music

Watched Bill & Ted Face the Music from m.imdb.com

Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

Wow, I feel like they don’t make a lot of hour and a half movies anymore but that was the right length.

Goofy and nonsensical, you know exactly what you’re getting.