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Some interesting musical stats

I got an email from Spotify a week ago. It gives me my listening numbers for 2016, and it makes for some interesting reading. Here’s what I did:

  • 12,152 minutes of listening on Spotify
  • 1,017 artists listened to
  • 2,113 unique tracks listened to

So that’s not bad really.

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Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen

Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen
Tender Extinction from Steve Jansen

This arrived the other day. Beautiful packaging and it’s a signed copy. I need to really listen to it properly though and give it some dedicated time.

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John Foxx the Quiet Man

I finally finished listening to this. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it. It isn’t really a book or audiobook, it’s more of a poem or piece of art or something different entirely. What I can say is that it is a thing of somewhat rare beauty and I can recommend it to anyone who likes John Foxx’s work or is at all interested in different and beautiful art which is both mesmerising and entirely thought provoking.

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Some thoughts about Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio

So I’ve had this device for a little while. It works. It does exactly what it says it would, I can use it for Spotify and it works just great with that. But that’s not the problem. Not at all. The problem is that I don’t really have a use for it as yet.

Now I only got this device as it was on sale, down from £30 to £15, which I thought was a good deal, in fact a great deal. So I got it. Now I don’t know what to do with it really. Since getting it I’ve only used it on a couple occasions. Granted, it’s worked fine both times, but both were to test it out to see how it worked. Now I know. I also know that I don’t really need it either.

I know it’ll be useful for something, or if I get rid of it it’ll become useful straight away. That’s happened plenty of times before too. So I won’t just get rid of it for the sake of it. But it does need a reason to be kept about.

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Listening to the new Blancmange Album, ‘Commuter 23’

It came out yesterday and I listened to the whole thing whilst I was out and about. I think that this is an album that is going to need a lot more listening. A lot more consideration. It isn’t just a bunch of electronic pop songs. There’s some deep stuff in there that requires careful and diligent listening, not just consuming.

It’s difficult to find time to do that kind of listening, but, as I’ve been a fan of Blancmanage for a very long time now, it’ll be worth it I’m sure. So when I’ve done that. I’ll let you know what I really think.

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I haven’t listened to this in years

Christopher Logue, Audiologue
Christopher Logue, Audiologue
Christopher Logue, Audiologue
Christopher Logue, Audiologue

I had completely forgotten that I had this signed numbered copy of Christopher Logue’s ‘Audiologue’. I haven’t listened to it in years and years and it was retrieved the other day to my surprise. It’s a lovely thing to have and I’m thinking about listening to it again soon, although I seem to remember that some of it was heavy going.