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Last.fm Meme Stolen from lalalaleigha (Day #263)

Obviously I probably have better things to do today than analyzing my musical tastes. But this is definitely the more interesting of the options. :)

First, make a list of your top-20 artists overall. Then, for each of these artists, add the 8 most similar artists to your list. Delete any duplicates, count up the number of entries on your list and this will give you some idea of how eclectic your listening habits are. A score of 9 represents an extremely unvaried musical taste while a 160 represents an extremely varied one.

(Italicized are the similar artists I listen to but that are not on my top 20.)

Cherith’s Music Profile – Users at Last.fm

Regina Spektor
Lacuna Coil
Nine Inch Nails
Sarah McLachlan
My Chemical Romance
Breaking Benjamin
The Dresden Dolls
Killswitch Engage
The Gathering
A Perfect Circle
Hans Zimmer
Fall Out Boy

Is it sad that I just decided to listen a little extra to some of the bands that didn't make the top 20 , but are pretty darn close so they move up the list? Like The Beatles should definitely be up there - but I know that I don't have as much of their music on my iPod, so they probably get less rotation.

Umbra et Imago
Otto Dix
Dreams of Sanity
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows (I have listened to this, but only a few times.)
L'Âme Immortelle

Lacrimosa is one of those weird bands that I fell in love with A SONG of theirs, but managed to get my hands on most of their discography, and it's pretty extensive, so it gets a lot of play. But I'll admist that despite their placement on this list, they're not a band I really seek out to listen to often. They mostly just come up a bunch because I almost always listen to my collection on shuffle.

Regina Spektor
Ingrid Michaelson
Fiona Apple
Kate Nash
Jenny Owen Youngs
A Fine Frenzy
Imogen Heap
St. Vincent

Oh give me a lady with a soulful voice and sweet, angsty and occasionallly nonsensical lyrics, and I'm totally there. Seriously, apparently I need to listen to the three in the eight not on the list, because I'm missing out. Also, Regina Spektor is amazing, and I've seen her live - which was pretty darned cool.

Lacuna Coil
Within Temptation
Leaves' Eyes
After Forever
Theater of Tragedy

I'm not sure that I agree that all of these bands are similar. But obviously, I've got a type when it comes to awesome melodic metal music with lovely female vocals. (Why isn't Nightwish listed as a similar artist here?) These is my go to music, this and the bands down there with Breaking Benjamin.

Loreena McKennitt
Moya Brennan
Celtic Woman
Secret Garden (I have listened to once or twice.)
Máire Brennan

There are few bands/artists that I am able to vividly remember listening to as a kid. Enya's "Orinoco Flow" though, was on heavy rotation when I was a kid, and it brings back some good memories. Favorite song will always be, "I Want Tomorrow" from The Celts album. I listened to that song on repeat while reading "The Last Unicorn". It's a pretty good fit actually.

Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor (oh really?)
Marilyn Manson
Black Light Burns (I remember listening to them before and liking them.)

To round out the top ten similar artists are Orgy and Stabbing Westward. The latter of which I love, love, love and sometimes wish that the band hadn't found good healthy relationships which ruined their music. The last album they did, which was self-titled (which might've been a good indicator that it wasn't going to be great) was so many steps below their other three. Sad days. Anyhow, to be honest I think Trent is sort of running the NIN name into the ground, and I wish they'd go back to their old sound. That's not to say I don't like the newer stuff, because I do, but it's not NIN to me.

Sarah McLachlan
Natalie Merchant
Jann Arden
Paula Cole
Chantal Kreviazuk
Tara McLean
Heather Nova
Shawn Colvin

This rating comes from like 5 songs that I listen to A LOT. "Witness" and "Stupid" being the ones that probably get the most rotation. Seriously heavy rotation. They've got a lot of meaning for me. But honestly, I'm not that big of a Sarah fan, and I'd rather see Jann Arden in this spot. I mean her song, "Gasoline" is AMAZING.

Tarja Turunen
Within Temptation
After Forever
Sonata Artica
Visions of Atlantis

Not going to lie, I really miss hearing Tarja as the lead for Nightwish, but I understand divas gotta go. Anette isn't a bad replacement. She has good stage presence and a great voice - I mean, she can pull out the old songs and do them justice. But it's not quite the same.

My Chemical Romance
Pencey Prep
The Used
Fall Out Boy
Panic! at the Disco
The Used & MCR (This is for a cover they did together.)
Taking Back Sunday
The Academy Is...

Listening to MCR felt a little like a guilty pleasure for a long time, like a band I shouldn't like but can't help. Now, it's just one of the many. Liking them does make me feel a little old - their concerts doubly so.

Breaking Benjamin
Three Days Grace
Evans Blue
3 Doors Down

I'm pretty sure I could've listed most of those bands without looking at the BB page on Last.fm. And I don't really agree with some of them. Like, instead of Seether and Trapt, I would've listed Cold, or Dropping Daylight or Thrice. Honestly, I don't know why these bands don't get more attention - I mean anything anyone on this list does is 5 times better than any of the crap that Nickelback spits out. (Only slight offense meant to any Nickelback fans. :p)

Amy Lee
Within Temptation
Lacuna Coil
Ben Moody
Seether (feat. Amy Lee)
Avril Lavigne (really?)
Emilie Autumn (Awesome, but I don't necessarily agree that their similar.)

Oh Evanescence. "Call Me When You're Sober" shouldn't have such an impact on me, but it does. Also, crazy Little Red Riding Hood music video? Yes please. Also, it's pretty obvious that I need to listen to more Within Tempatation. They should be on this list. I'm gonna work on that while I finish up these next 10.

The Dresden Dolls
Amanda Palmer (obvs.)
Vermillion Lies
Pretty Balanced
Katzenjammer Kabarett
Harlequin Jones
Jill Tracy
Hannah Fury

Okay, I need to listen to some Hannah Fury - her description: "Hannah Fury has been called a 'parasol-wielding OutKast' and her music has been described as 'unnerving yet simultaneously beautiful'..."

Appearances being what they are, I shouldn't like The Dresden Dolls. I'm actually really not fond of circusy/carnivale-esque singers. They creep me right the fuck out. There are a few exceptions, The Dresden Dolls being one of them, because damn if they aren't just catchy. (The Tiger Lillies being another. Although I still think they're creepy.)

Ville Valo
Daniel Lioneye
The 69 Eyes
Agents and Ville Valo
Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon

Obviously, HIM fills a gap in my musical life that few other band can. The are however one of those bands that I like, but don't feel like I listen to a lot of of - they just get a lot of rotation on shuffle. But I do love Ville's voice. And they've got some great songs. Thanks Bam Margera for bringing HIM into the US semi-Mainstream.

Killswitch Engage
All That Remains
As I Lay Dying
Parkway Drive
Lamb of God
Shadows Fall

If you don't have a female lead, then KSE is what I think metal should be. It's often (but not always) melodic and it's got a point. The songs go somewhere which I feel is missing in a lot of really heavy metal. It also helps if you put on a good show, which these guys do. (Also see: Lamb of God - they're amazing live.)

The Gathering
Agua de Annique
Anneke van Giersbergen
Octavia Sperati
The 3rd and Mortal
Stream of Passion
Theatre of Tragedy

I'm not a great ambassador for them, but I definitely think that more people should be listening to The Gathering. I think I first heard them on one of the Beauty in Darkness compilations (which are pretty good for metal/goth music if you need a place to start). But I'm in love with Anneke's voice. If you need a place to start - "Shrink" is a beautiful (and short) song also "Amity" has a sound that'll stick with you a while. Also, if you look them up, make sure you find the "The Gathering" with Anneke. There's a metal band out there also called "The Gathering" and they're not great.

A Perfect Circle
Deftones (what?)
Black Light Burns

I like APC far more than I like Tool. I'm not sure I can put my finger on what the difference is, but it's there. Also - be warned that if you go to see APC in concert, Maynard doesn't like to keep his clothes on when he performs.

Revolution Renaissance
Timo Tolkki
Sonata Artica
Gamma Ray

"Forever" is a great song. That is all.

Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
James Horner
Harry Gregson
Steve Jablonsky
Klaus Badelt (PotC soundtrack? Yes please!)
John Powell
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (Batman!)
John Williams

Sherlock Holmes, Batman, BROKEN ARROW. The end.

Fall Out Boy
Panic! at the Disco
Cobra Starship
The Academy Is...
The Cab
All Time Low
My Chemical Romance
Motion City Soundtrack

I actually came to Fall Out Boy pretty late. It was only after listening to MCR and Panic! so much that I gave in and decided to check them out. Obviously, I've since made up for missed time.

Dark New Day
32 Leaves

Honestly, with maybe the exception of 32 Leaves, I don't think any of the listed similar artists due Ra any justice. Which actually says a lot about them in general, they haven't gotten a good chance. I actually first heard them on the radio as part of one of those battle of songs type things where the station plays two songs and callers decided which song to keep. The song was "Do You Call My Name" and I thought it was great. Unfortunately, the callers decided they didn't like it and I've never heard Ra on the radio again. If you like the bands up there listed with Breaking Benjamin and you haven't heard Ra - give them a chance. (It's Ra like the god, not R.A. for Rise Against.)

Melora Creager
Switchblade Symphony
Miranda Sex Garden
Jack off Jill
Hannah Fury
Emilie Autumn
Queen Adreena

I'm a sucker for cellos. And Melora's from Kansas. Plus, they're fun - especially tracks from live shows, I love listening to their stupid punny jokes. :) It's bands like this and Switchblade Symphony that sort of paved the way in my mind for me to like The Dresden Dolls, I think.

Okay, so total score? 157/160

By these rules that's about as varied as a person can get. And that doesn't even begin to touch the extent of my tastes really. At like 24/25 on my list Tim McGraw steps in, and further down a bit the Broadway/Musical stuff starts popping up. So, there you go. (That wasted a lot more time than I'd actually intended it to...awesome.


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Apr. 26th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Unrelated to your own tastes, I've noticed that Amanda Palmer has become the new Tori Amos among metalheads - female singer who doesn't play metal but is still acceptable to listen to. I'm really growing to like her even if I'm still a bit put off of her whole exhibitionistic "Hey look at me I'm an artsy angry bitch" routine. It's what gives her her edge though. And I'd rather occasionally raise my eyebrow at her and go "Okay, Amanda," than see her lose that edge. Because when musicians like that lose that edge it's never pretty. (Speaking of Tori Amos...)

Listening to MCR felt a little like a guilty pleasure for a long time, like a band I shouldn't like but can't help.

That's exactly how I feel about Lady Gaga. Although to be fair Bad Romance is the only song of hers I've found that I like so far.

I'd comment more but I've got to get ready for work. Later!
Apr. 26th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm also enjoying Lady Gaga, though I feel like I shouldn't be. "Bad Romance" is definitely good, though "Paparazzi" is the song that hooked me.
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