Another List Posing as a Post: My Most @Lastfm Spins of 2011

Last.fm is a nifty little online music community, based in London with users all over the world.  It started simply enough—users install a utility in their PC music player (Windows Media, iTunes, etc) to “scrobble” their music real-time, sending data on artist/track to Last.fm servers for charting.  Everybody gets a Billboard chart of their own.

It’s a classic internet start-up story.  Passionate early adopters dedicate substantial amounts of free labor to build community, but eventually the founders are overwhelmed by the task (and the visions of sugar plums dance in their heads) and sell out to evil Big Media.  All down-hill from there.

Classic Quality vs. Quantity it is.  That said, I’ve invested 126,000+ plays into their database, although there are many with many more (some folks set their iTunes playing 24/7 in the background just to game the numbers) and most with many less.  Like Facebook, it seems each change the corporate overlords make to boost profitability kills community and the Forums I lurk on have seen less and less traffic since the sell-out.  The Radio function, once a major feature, is now limited—I think to US, UK and German users, but I’m not sure since I gave up on it quite a while ago and many of my online amigos have picked up other servers such as Spotify.

That as it may be, I still scrobble and check in on my Americana group and scribble the occasional list posing as a Journal.  Like this one.  You’ll see many of my Best of 2011 on the list and some 2011 releases that were candidates.  Some old favorites and some new favorites.  Some country, some folk, some blues, all good stuff.

 

Artists Played in 2011

1 Play
(would be even higher if you include  Alison Krauss by herself)
279
2 Play
219
3 Play
204
4 Play
201
5 Play
200
6 Play
181
7 Play
176
8 Play
174
9 Play
165
10 Play
157
11 Play
154
12 Play
151
13 Play
134
14 Play
123
15 Play
118
16 Play
113
17 Play
108
18 Play
107
19 Play
103
20 Play
102

Albums spun in 2011

1 Play
170
2 Play
126
3 Play
120
4 Play
106
5 Play
100
6 Play
84
7
80
8
78
9
76
10 Play
75
11
73
11
73
13
66
14 Play
65
15 Play
64
15 Play
64
17 Play
60
17 Play
60
19 Play
56
19 Play
56

Tracks tracked in 2011

1 Loved track
29
2
28
3
24
4 Loved track
21
5 Loved track
20
5
20
7
19
7
19
7
19
10
18
10 Loved track
18
12
16
12
16
14
15
14
15
14 Loved track
15
14
15
14 Loved track
15
19 Loved track
14
19
14

Happy new year, may it bring you many musical delights.

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2 Responses to Another List Posing as a Post: My Most @Lastfm Spins of 2011

  1. Amy England says:

    Hi JC,
    Do you remember me? Songwriter from Nantucket? I came across an old email
    from you and wondered how you are. Glad to see you are still into the music scene & I like to see what your picks are!
    We are still on Nantucket and still making music. I’ve been playing a lot
    with my brother and sister and have even gotten my husband and daughter up
    on stage!
    You were always encouraging to me, I remember you fondly and hope you are
    doing well.
    Warm regards, Amy

  2. JC says:

    Hi, Amy! Sorry to lose track. I’m living 100 miles from nowhere these days, which is good for traffic but not so much for keeping up with music. I still find myself humming your Catamount track.

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