2017 in Music.

Just as sure as the year is coming to an end, I’m starting to pump out my annual summary posts. First up is my 2017 in music.

Unlike last year, our friends at Spotify have managed to get a recap up this year: Your 2017 Wrapped. This year’s edition is pretty shitty, to be honest, but it contains some of the basic information you’d except from a company that knows everything about your listening habist. Another music service, Last.fm, provided an awesome summary feature last year that showed a lot more fine grained, and interesting data in their annual summaries. Unfortunately, they won’t be releasing the 2017 version until January 2018. It makes a lot of sense in terms of data availability, but doesn’t help me much since I’m writing my own summary now.

So we’ll have to make do with Spotify’s half-arsed effort. Here’s my 2017 in music according to Spotify:

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Thank You, SomaFM.

When there was nothing good to listen to on the radio, Rusty Hodge decided to create his own radio station. So begins the story of SomaFM.

In 2001, I was hard at work on my college thesis. Together with three other students1, I was working on “Project Magoria”, a tick-based, browser-based, online game. It was influenced by Planetarion, but set in medieval times. Although the end result wasn’t amazing, it gave us our first real-world experience with JSP, Linux, Java, SQL, and MySQL.

The thesis also gave me my first real-world experience with trying to get anything done in an open office space. Those of you who work in an open office space on a regular basis, and have a profession that requires you to focus on a task from time to time, know what kind of amazingly stupid idea an open office space is in that context. Numerous studies have shown that the open office space is terrible for people who need to focus. And still many people insist that it’s the right way to work for everyone. My escape in 2001 became to slap on a pair of headphones, and listen to music, preferably electronica. And my main source of mind expanding electronica quickly became the recently launched online radio channel SomaFM.

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I Love You, Revo SuperConnect!

Over the years I’ve reviewed a lot of stuff. It’s been mostly movies, books, and computer games, but also the occasional piece of hardware. My lowest ever score of exactly 0 was awarded to a pair of Scullcandy Uprock headphones. They are the worst piece of shit headphones ever made. Now the time has come to have a look at what might be the best piece of hardware ever made: The Revo SuperConnect.

I’m in charge of making dinner for the family, and thus spend some time in the kitchen. The radio is usually on, but the selection of radio stations in Norway isn’t exactly massive. The internet, however, has an almost endless collection of radio stations covering every imaginary genre. To take advantage of this massive smörgåsbord of beautiful audio waves, I started looking for an internet radio a while ago. The Logitech Squeezebox seemed like a good option, but the product was discontinued in 2012.

Then I came across the Revo SuperConnect. Designed and developed by the Scottish company Revo, the SuperConnect is a radio that combines an impressive range of features and connectivity options into a stunning looking hardware package.

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New Music Madness!

Following up on the previous post, 2016 in Music, here are a few artists I recommend that take you with you in to 2017.

These artists are either brand new discoveries, or artists that I was lucky enough to rediscover this year. As per the usual way I’m doing this; all the text have been lifted from various (attributed, though edited) sources around the web. If you’re hungry for more, check out my recommendations for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 as well.

Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves
Wikipedia: Nothing But Thieves is an English five-piece alternative rock band from Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Formed in 2012, they were signed to RCA Records in 2014. Their style of music has been compared to the likes of Foals, The Neighbourhood, and Civil Twilight.

Nothing But Thieves supported Arcade Fire and George Ezra at the Brits show for War Child at the Electric in Brixton. The band has also toured with Twin Atlantic, Darlia and Young Guns on separate support tours across the country. In November 2014 they supported Twenty One Pilots alongside Purple at London’s Electric Brixton. In July 2015 they supported Muse at the Rock In Roma show, playing in front of 30,000 people.

Their debut album, Nothing But Thieves entered the Official UK chart at No. 7. It later peaked at No. 3 on iTunes, and was No.1 on the vinyl album charts.

Official site | Wikipedia | Spotify | Last.fm

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2016 in Music.

As the year slowly crawls to an end, it’s time to line up those yearly summary posts again. First out is my year in music.

I usually use a bit of Last.fm data and Spotify‘s year in review-feature to brag about my fantastic taste in music. But this year, Spotify is lagging a bit behind schedule on getting the data online. Either that, or they’ve decided to not do it in 2016. No need to worry, though, because the great minds at Last.fm has decided to go all in with their own Your Year in Music feature.

And what a great job they’ve done. Beautiful data everywhere!

According to Last.fm, my top 50 artists for 2016 were Lonely The Brave, Nothing But Thieves, Biffy Clyro, Sync24, Bersarin Quartett, Aes Dana, Astropilot, Black Foxxes, Solar Fields, Brian Eno, GoGo Penguin, Tycho, Hol Baumann, Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen, Asura, H.U.V.A. Network, The Midnight, Hammock, Kent, Mutemath, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Nujabes, FM-84, Hidden Orchestra, HVOB, All Tvvins, Ulrich Schnauss, I Awake, Moderat, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Boards of Canada, The Weeknd, Circular, Coldplay, Koan, Frank Sinatra, Ishome, Kettel, Cell, Ben Howard, Lymbyc Systym, Brambles, Moddi, deadmau5, Kristian Kristensen, Yosi Horikawa, DumDum Boys, Frank Turner, Metallica, and Volbeat.

It’s the usual mix of electronica and altrock, spiced up with a little Las Vegas Big Band & Jazz. Interestingly, British act Lonely the Brave manages to keep the number one spot on my list this year as well. They played support for Biffy Clyro (3rd most poular band this year) in Oslo in late October. Somehow, I managed to miss that concert. I beat myself up pretty bad because of that.

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