Scobbling: 26k to 29k

Note: This is a follow-up post to 26,000 Scrobbled and counting which I wrote last October. 

This week, I crossed the 29,000 song mark in the songs I’ve “Scrobbled” or tracked in  Now that I’ve crossed the 29k mark, I wanted to give an update as to what I’m listening.  There are a few interesting developments, such as a band making it’s debut on my top 10 at #2.

These Scrobbles primarily come from the listening I do at home & at work, as well as what I listen to on my iPod.  I use a little SanDisk Clip when I’m at the gym, but since that device doesn’t register play-counts, there is no way for me to Scrobble those songs.  Also, please note I’m listing my “Overall” rankings. If you would like to see what I’ve been listening to over the last 3,6,12 months, check out my Last.FM profile.  Also I would highly encourage anyone to use Last.FM.  It’s a great music discovery tool, but I primarily use to to examine my listening patterns.  It doesn’t cost anything, plugs in easily into iTunes or other media players, and makes your listening experience interesting.

Dropped off since 26,000:

  • System of A Down (Previously at 10) – If I was Scrobbling my workout music, System of a Down would not only be on the top 10, but probably be pretty high in the list.
  • Fiction Plane (Previously at 9)

10. Gym Class Heroes (298 Plays, Previously at 8 ): Previously I was addicted to 2-3 songs by them, now I’m addicted to 4-5. The Quilt is a really good album though). Top Album: As Cruel as School Children; Top Songs: 4th Period: Clothes Off!!, Peace Sign/Index Down, Cupid’s Chokehold.

9. The John Butler Trio (299 Plays, New on List ): John Butler Trio’s latest album, What You Want, is probably the reason why it shot it’s way up. It’s a good album that’s easy to listen to from start to finish. Top Album: Grand National; Top Songs: Daniella, Zebra, Better Than

8. O.A.R. (368 Plays, Previously at 7): It’s interesting that for as much as I thought I listened to O.A.R., I’ve only shot up 70 more plays since October. Top Album: All Sides; Top Songs: War Song, Shattered, The Stranger

7. Outkast (370 Plays, Previously at 5): I really wish they’d release some new material, and quickly. Top Album: Stankonia; Top Songs: Humble Mumble, Ms. Jackson, Rosa Parks 

6. Jimmy Eat World (386 Plays, Previously at 4): I still haven’t seen them live, but do really want to. Top Album: Chase This Light; Top Songs: Open Bar Reception, Here It Goes (if you want to see something stupidly funny, click on this link and watch the video these guys made dancing to this song), Big Casino

5. Five For Fighting (412 PLays, Previously at 6): Seeing John Ondrasik live is the biggest reason for this leapfrog. The new album “Slice” is great as well. Top Album: Two Lights; Top Songs: World, The Riddle, 100 Years

4. Michael Franti & Spearhead (459 Plays, Previously at 2): I wasn’t a huge fan of All Rebel Rockers, so I’m hoping their next release they’re working on sounds more like Stay Human, Everyone Deserves Music, and Yell Fire! Top Album: Stay Human; Top Songs: One Step Closer to You, People In Tha Middle, Listener Supported

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers (460 Plays, Previously at 3 ): It sounds like they have a new guitarist.  We’ll see if they’ll be able to put out a new release soon.  Top Album: Stadium Arcadium; Top Songs: Under the Bridge, Dani California, Show Me Your Soul

2. Muse (555 Plays, New on List): I was pretty shocked when I saw that Muse wasn’t really on my radar last fall, and yet have risen all the way to #2.  Part of it is that I bought tickets to their show in Denver, and boned up on as much Muse as I could. The other part is that Muse is really easy to listen to when you’re coding. Top Album: Origin of Symmetry; Top Songs: New Born, Hyper Music, Time Is Running Out

1. (With no surprise) Dave Matthews Band (1,408 Plays, Previously at #1): DMB continues to pad their stats in my listening list, but if my Scrobbles were reset 6 months ago, Muse would be up nearly 2:1 over DMB. I need to get to a Dave show pretty soon to get that spark again. Top Album: Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King; Top Songs: #41, Grey Street, Two Step

Thanks again for indulging me in my few minutes of vanity. I’ll probably post something again when I cross 30,000 Scrobbles, if there are any changes in the rankings.

The double-album curse

Recording is taxing for a band.  A ton of time is spent taping, refining and re-hashing tracks.  You fall into the monotony of playing those 10-12 tracks over and over again, and during that time you’re either not working on new material and probably aren’t playing out much.

Your career is off to a good start, but now comes the follow-up album.  You want to get bigger and better, but now you have to write new material.  In an effort to create something monumental, a band may try to create the coveted double-album.  This may seem like a good idea, but you’re taking all of that taxation and knowingly doubling it.  What may seem like a quick payoff often results in destruction or permanent damage to the band.   I call this: The Curse of the Successful Double Album. Looking back through my music collection I have the following examples:


Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

After the success they reached with The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall was a monumental 2 disc album that not only caught lightning in the bottle again after Dark Side, but it propelled their status as a legendary band.  However, the curse takes over.  After The Wall, Pink Floyd released The Final Cut, which was basically a Roger Waters album dedicated to his father.  Waters quit the band in 1985, saying that Pink Floyd was a “spent force”.

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)


Billy Corgan & Co followed up the classic Siamese Dream with a double CD with one of the defining albums of my teenage years.  The album was so polished, so diverse, and so very defining of the Smashing Pumpkins.  There were a landmark 28 songs over the two discs that were written so well, but again this spelled destruction for the band.  In 1996, their touring keyboardist died of a heroin overdose which led to drummer Jimmy Chamberlin being kicked out of the band.  As if they didn’t have enough problems, the Pumpkins decided that they would stop making “conventional” Pumpkins music, with guitarist James Iha saying, “The future is in electronic music. It really seems boring just to play rock music.”  The Pumpkins never had the same lineup or success ever again.

Michael Jackson – HIStory (1995)

MichaelJackson This album is more coincidental than a curse, and I’ll admit that this may not actually fall within the realm for two reasons: 1) This wasn’t a 2-disc album of original songs, the first disc was a “Greatest Hits” compilation. 2) Jackson’s career was already on the decline due to his 1993 tour cancellation and the sexual abuse accusations.  Jackson followed this up with a huge multi-year tour.  Jackson didn’t release new material for another six years, and Invincible’s sales were notably lower than any of the other albums.

OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

Outkast This is another one of those gray areas, while OutKast did release this as a 2-disc, these essentially were two solo albums (although they did appear on each other’s songs).  This album was their most commercially successful album, and “Hey Ya” transcended hip-hop to commercial pop, with “The Way You Move” on it’s coattails.   The album won a Grammy for “Album of the Year” in 2004. The curse struck again and they followed it up in 2006 with IdleWild, a film-based concept album.  We’re still waiting for the real follow-up album, and Wikipedia says that they were anticipating a 2009 release. We’re half-way through the year, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium (2006)

RedHotChiliPeppers The Chili Peppers had been around for over 20 years when they released this double CD, which featured 28 tracks.  What I didn’t realize was that according to Wikipedia they actually recorded 38 tracks and were planning to release this on three albums (each six months apart). After touring for nearly 2 years, the band is now officially on a hiatus.  Lead singer Anthony Keidis cites burnout from the touring and says that the Chili Peppers will reunite later this year to begin studio work, but guitarist John Frusciante has no immediate plans to return right now.  Drummer Chad Smith is doing Chickenfoot, so I’m just hoping the curse doesn’t ring true for another one of my other bands.

Double Albums Not Mentioned:

  • Foo Fighters – In Your Honor: This may be very subjective, but this album just wasn’t that big to me when compared to the other double albums and their respective band.
  • Every Live Album: I only considered studio albums