Posted by: keepfishing | November 14, 2007

Music tastes.

Like most people I frequently get asked what kind of music I like. Like most people, I also don’t really know what to say. ‘Eclectic’ wont do (and gets some people angry), I usually mumble something and just talk about the band I’m listening to most. So, to avoid writing about something meaningful, I have devised a method that might indicate the kind of music I like.

Using a fancy program that autorates songs in iTunes based on the number of times they’ve been played and skipped. Then I took the songs that were rated 5 stars, and selected the 15 most played. And here they are:

1. Hoppipola by Sigur Ros
2. Such Great Heights by  The Postal Service
3. Hotel Song by Regina Spektor
4. I Hung My Head by Johnny Cash
5. The Comeback by The Shout Out Louds
6. Twenty-Four by Switchfoot
7. Better by Regina Spektor
8. Breath Me by  Sia
9. Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part
10. Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
11. On The Radio by Regina Spektor
12. Kavenagh Park by Something Corporate
13. 4:12 by Switchfoot
14. Shanghai by Ed Harcourt
15. Intervention by Arcade Fire

So Regina Spektor and Switchfoot feature more than once, which is probably fair. And that’s the kind of music I like. Give it a few months, and it will probably have changed.



  1. I like this method. It makes sense.

  2. If you sign up to last fm it will do all this for you and also recommend new bands and gigs to you based on your listening habits. Of course, it will also tell the world every time you listen to britney spears or 5ive (and i know you do, Al, so don’t try to deny it)

    Should you decide to sign up, as an extra bonus you can scrobble away at a kalidah song or two, thus helping us in our bid for total world domination. Hidden agenda? me? never?

    hope you’re good mate


  3. yo, thanks for the link.
    James and Jimmy and Redfern were discussing this very thing the other day in the Illicit Still (Cloisters was too full). It pretty much came down to us slagging Jimmy’s taste and James coming off as pretentious. We miss you!

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