My Top 5 Favourite Musicians

I installed Last.fm a short while ago and "scrobbled" my music from iTunes. It’s a pretty interesting tool to discover exactly what sort of tastes you have and how compatible you are with other people. I have a strange mix of taste so unsurprisingly I’m finding it hard to find too many matches, but when I took a closer look at what my tastes amounted to, the result disturbed me a little.

My favourite artist by a country mile was, unsurprisingly Powderfinger. That was obvious. They’re the only band that I’ve owned every album and whose concerts I’ve been to multiple times. Kanye West at number two isn’t terribly surprisingly either because I own two of his albums and I really like a few of his songs. What surprised me, and bothered me though was the fact that at number four was James Blunt.

Dear god, kill me now. I guiltily confess that I have "You’re Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover" on my iPod. But considering I only own two songs versus the multiple albums I have of the other acts on my top 5, I really must’ve listened to those tracks A LOT. I was going through an emotional time, okay?

My top 5 were: Powderfinger (2,884), Kanye West (587), The Chemical Brothers (477), James Blunt (378) and The Prodigy (339).

The shameful results of my last few years iPod listening can be found on my Last.fm profile.

Better on a smaller screen?

I’ve always been a proponent of the notion that everything looks better on a big screen. However I’ve had a couple of incidents that have made me have second thought about this.

There was an unfortunate incident where I foolishly tried to watch Spider-Man 3 in the second row of an IMAX theatre. When I had to turn my head just to see Peter Parker talk to Mary Jane, I knew I was in the trouble. I honestly couldn’t make out what the hell was going on when Harry first appeared on the death glider it was all just a crazy blur.  In fact, none of that movie made a hell of a lot of sense to me because I just couldn’t see the action.

Recently I watched Transformers for about the tenth time on my plasma TV, a sort of farewell to my beautiful beautiful 42 inch Viera which I’m leaving behind and realised that I was noticing parts of the action I’d never been able to clearly see before.

Previously I had seen it on the big screen at the cinemas (twice), and then in my apartment in Surry Hills. However, back at my parents place, the sofa was set about twice the distance from the plasma as it had been in my apartment. Suddenly with that extra distance my eyes could actually capture the entire screen comfortably, and I was able to make out a lot more of the specific details in the action. It was great.

Did you know in the fight between Optimus Prime and Bonecrusher on the freeway, Prime pulls some kind of blade out of his wrist and cuts Bonecrushers head off? I’d always missed that. I know what you’re thinking – who the hell is Bonecrusher? Shut up, the movie rocks. Also, on a separate note, did you notice how the music during that fight sounded remarkably like the iconic Terminator music?

And for the record, yes, the movie gets better after ten viewings.

I’m going to miss my plasma.

Goodbye and Farewell

Well, after what has seemed to me like an agonisingly long time coming (from first making the decision to making the move), it is finally time to say goodbye to Australia and everyone in it. I finished up at Publicis Digital last Friday and fly out to New Zealand this week. I will miss everyone, but I’m very excited about what the future holds. I’ll be updating this blog regularly so stay tuned. Keep in touch!