(If you haven’t used or heard of Last.fm give it a whirl! I’ve been using it to track my music listening habits for several years now. You can see my top weekly artists right on the front page of the site.)
Top 10 Artists
Name your top 10 artists on your Last.fm profile page.
- The Beatles
- Death Cab for Cutie
- Sufjan Stevens
- The Strokes
- Zero 7
- Johnny Cash
- Norah Jones
- The Shins
Now answer the questions according to the numbers.
What was the first song you ever heard by #6 (The Strokes)?
I believe it has to be “The Way It Is” from Room On Fire.
What is your favorite album from #2 (Death Cab for Cutie)?
Transatlantacism, though there’s a great live EP on iTunes that’s a very close second.
What is your favorite lyric that #5 (Stereolab) has sung?
please can you mend my baby
he hasn’t moved for three weeks
don’t they use coffins
when they are that small
Stereolab, “Nothing to Do With Me”
How many times have you seen #4 (Sufjan Stevens) live?
Uh, none! A travesty to be sure.
What is your favorite song by #7 (Zero 7)?
“Futures” from The Garden according to my iTunes rating of 5 stars. “In The Waiting Line” according to the number of times played in iTunes (17 times).
What is a good memory you have involving the music of #10 (The Shins)?
Relaxing late at night on the couch, snuggled up with Marla as we watched Garden State.
Is there a song of #3 (Beck) that makes you sad?
“Lost Cause” from Sea Change. That whole album is a little melancholy.
What is your favorite lyric that #2 (Death Cab for Cutie) has sung?
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark
Death Cab for Cutie, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
What is your favorite song by #9 (Norah Jones)?
Lately it is “Creepin’ In” – a duet with Dolly Parton.
How did you get into #3 (Beck)?
I distinctly remember rockin’ out to “Loser” in the mid-90’s with John Peterson (of The Issues) at some bar in Vinings, GA before moving to Seattle. I didn’t actually purchase a Beck album until starting at GameSpy many years later, mostly thanks to RadioSpy’s Sean “Spiff” Flinn.
What was the first song you heard by #1 (The Beatles)?
I have very vivid memories of jumping and dancing to “Roll Over Beethoven” from The Beatle’s Second Album (Capitol Records) in the upstairs bedroom of our house on Crowe Drive in Smyrna, GA. It was my mother’s vinyl, of course, which I still own.
What is your favorite song by #4 (Sufjan Stevens)?
iTunes tells me it is “Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother!” from Illinoise. “Chicago” is probably a close second – and far easier to type.
How many time have you seen #9 (Norah Jones) live?
What is a good memory you have involving #2 (Death Cab for Cutie)?
I remember hearing “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” the first time on the ride home from work and getting misty-eyed thinking about my lovely wife. I played it for her later that evening assuming she’d think I was crazy and morbid… but she thought I was sweet.
Kinda like that time I bought her the Dia de los Muertos figurine of a skeletal bridal couple from a trip to Austin.
But she thought I was sweet instead – on both occassions. I’m a luck man!
Is there a song of #8 (Johnny Cash) that makes you sad?
What is it with this survey and sadness? Anyway, Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” is heart-wrenching. He sounds like he’s actually been hurt, whereas Trent Reaznor just sounds like a whiny baby.
What is your favorite album of #5 (Stereolab)?
Gotta be Sound-Dust. I discovered Stereolab right after Emma was born and have many, many memories of rocking her to sleep to “Baby Lulu”.
What is your favorite lyric that #3 (Beck) has sung?
Tough one! Not sure I have any favoritebut “Little One” from Golden Age isn’t bad.
To throw your chains away
To try to hang your hopes on the wind
Just a little way
Today all we need is waiting
Beck, “Little One”
What is your favorite song of #1 (The Beatles)?
Oh, my. This is torture! How can I possibly choose?
I’d say either “Two of Us” off of Let It Be or “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (I’ve got 22 albums and 459 Beatles tracks in my collection, FWIW.)
What is your favorite song of #10 (The Shins)?
“Kissing The Lipless” off of Chutes Too Narrow. “New Slang” is a close runner up. (“New Slang” gets points deducted for being over-played after Garden State came out.)
How many times have you seen #8 (Johnny Cash) live?
Never. (Again.) And I never will, I guess.
What is your favorite album of #1 (The Beatles)?
Revolver > Rubber Soul > Let It Be (Naked).
If you’ve never heard the “naked” version of Let It Be go grab it. Phil Spector ruined that album. (Nothing can save “Across The Universe” though… It still sucks, even if naked.)
What is a great memory you have considering #9 (Norah Jones)?
Emma asking to listen to her when riding in the car. It’s great that we’ve taught her to like and respect quality musicianship vs. radio pop garbage. (Norah Jones being in my top 10 must be a fluke. I swear I haven’t listened to that much of her.)
What was the first song you heard by #8 (Johnny Cash)?
I’ll bet it was “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” from 1979. I think it hit #2 on the charts at the time.
What is your favorite cover by #2 (Death Cab for Cutie)?
I can’t say that I’ve actually ever *heard* DCfC cover a song. I do know that they’ve done some pretty out-of-type covers on tour… Like “Thriller” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” That’s got to be a treat.