“Top Rated” Playlist

Here is my “Top Rated” playlist on my iPod. Just to give you some background: I sync my iPod play count with my iTunes and use AutoRate to rate the songs. You can’t see that in the latest version, but AutoRate uses play count, skip count, last time played and a decay to rate your songs (I haven’t checked the algorithm itself, even being an open source project.)

Anyway, the list:

  • 009 Sound System – Dreamscape Long Edit (Annex Trax, Vol I)
  • Alanis Morissette – Thank You (Alanis Morissete: The Collection)
  • Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass (Diva)
  • Arena – Tears in the Rain (The Visitor)
  • Avanatsia – Lost in Space (Lost in Space Part 2 – Avantasia)
  • Avantasia – Farewell (The Metal Opera)
  • Avantasia – I Don’t Believe in Your Love (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – Lost in Space (Lost in Space Part 1 – Avantasia)
  • Avantasia – Lost in Space (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – Sign of the Cross (The Metal Opera)
  • Avantasia – The Looking Glass (The Metal Opera, Part II)
  • Avantasia – The Scarecrow (The Scarecrow)
  • Avantasia – The Story Ain’t Over (Lost in Space Part 1 – Avantasia)
  • Ayreon – Act III “Visual Echos” (The Final Experiment)
  • Ayreon – Computer Eyes (Actual Fantasy)
  • Ayreon – Connect the Dots (01011001)
  • Ayreon – Day Five: Voices (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Day One: Vigil (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Day Seven: Hope (The Human Equation (disc 1))
  • Ayreon – Temple of the Cat (Universaion Migration, Part I)
  • Ayreon – Tower of Hope (Into the Electric Castle (disc 2))
  • Ayreon vs Avantasia – Elected (Elected EP)
  • Carol Woods & Timoty T. Mitchel – Let It Be (Across the Universe)
  • CCP: Jon Hallur – Akat Montains
  • CCP: Jon Hallur – Retribution
  • Cohed & Cambria – Welcome Home (Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV)
  • Conjure One – Dying Light feat. Joanna Stevens (Extraordinary Ways)
  • Conjure One – Sleep feat. Maire Claude D’Ubaldo (Conjure One)
  • Crowded House – Fall at Your Feet (Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House)
  • Cyndi Lauper – All Through the Night With Shaggy (The Body Acoustic)
  • Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time (She’s So Unusual)
  • Daft Punk – Burning / Too Long (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Discovery)
  • Daft Punk – Human / Together / One More Time (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Prime Time of Your Life / Brainwasher (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Television Rules the Nation / Crescendolls (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Too Long / Steam Machine (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Daft Punk – Touch It / Technologic (Alive 2007 (Live))
  • Def Leppard – Animal (Hysteria)
  • Def Leppard – Go (Songs from the Sparkle Lounge)
  • Def Leppard – Heaven Is (Adrenalize)
  • Def Leppard – Promises (Promises)
  • Def Leppard – Stand Up [Kick Love Into Motion] (Adrenalize)
  • Def Leppard – Thorn To Shreds (X)
  • Def Leppard – Tomorrow (Song from the Sparkle Lounge)
  • Def Leppard – YOu’re So Beautiful (X)
  • Edguy – King of Fools (King of Fools)
  • Edguy – Matrix (Rocket Ride)
  • Edguy – Navigator (Hellfire Club)
  • Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
  • Garry Schyman – Praan (Praan)
  • General Public – Tenderness (On the Charts: I.R.S. Records)
  • George Harrison – I got My Mind Set On Your (12 Arnold Grove)
  • Information Society – Ozar Midrashim (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Information Society – Peave & Love, Inc (Peace and Love, Inc)
  • Information Society – Seek300 2.1 (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Information Society – Synthesizer (Synthesizer)
  • Information Society – The Seeds of Pain (Synthesizer)
  • Information Society – To Be Free (Peace and Love, Inc)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – Cut Off Your Head (The’re Everywhere!)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – No Better Than You (The’re Everywhere!)
  • Jim’s Big Ego – The Ballad of Barry Allen (They’re Everywhere!)
  • LazyTown – You’re A Pirate
  • Men At Work – Down Under (The Best of Men at Work: Contraband)
  • Michael Schenker Group – Diggin’ Hard (Sltlife Reveries)
  • Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning (Diesel and Dust)
  • Monty Python – Comfy Chair (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Constitutional Peasant (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Election Special (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Interlude 2 (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – Interlude (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – I’ve Got Two Legs (Monty Python Sings)
  • Monty Python – Parrot [Oh, Not Again] (The Final Rip Off)
  • Monty Python – The Knights of the Round Table (Monty Python Sings)
  • Parn – Gradius Perfect Selection (OC Remix)
  • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins: Hits)
  • Pink Floyd – Coming Back to Life (The Division Bell)
  • Pink Floyd – Goodbye Cruel World (The Wall, disc, 1)
  • Pink Floyd – High Hopes (Pulse, disc 1)
  • Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly (Pulse, disc 1)
  • Pink Floyd – On The Run (Pulse, disc 2)
  • Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away (A Momentary Laps of Reason)
  • Rush – Afterimage (Grace Under Pressure)
  • Rush – Bravado (Roll the Bones)
  • Rush – Hope (Snakes & Arrows)
  • Rush – Limelight (Moving Pictures)
  • Rush – Resist (Test for Echo)
  • Rush – Roll the Bones (Roll the Bones)
  • Rush – Sweet Miracle (Vapor Trails)
  • Rush – Time Stand Still (Hold Your Fire)
  • Spock’s Beard – The Good Don’t Last [Radio Edit] (The Kindness of Strangers)
  • Tenacious D – Beelzeboss [The Final Showdown] (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Classico (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Destiny (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – Kickapoo (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • Tenacious D – POD (The Pick Of Destiny)
  • The Galvatrons – When We Were Kids (When We Were Kids – EP)
  • TISM – Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me (The White Album)
  • Yes – Amazing Grace (YesYears)
  • Yes – Arriving UFO (Tomato [Remastered – 2004])
  • Yes – I Would Have Waited Forever (Union)
  • Yes – Love Will Find a Way (YesYears)
  • Yes – Saving My Heart (Union)

16 Years Worth Waiting

The last time Def Leppard was in Australia was 16 years ago (or so they say.) 16 years ago, I was going to a party (the first party I got drunk) and my friend was playing some tape in his car on the way to the party. “What’s that?” I asked. It was “Make Love Like a Man” by “Def Leppard”. Since then, Def Leppard is part of my playlist.

Then I found out, completely by accident, that they would make a gig here in Sydney. That’s something I couldn’t miss.

And so, there I was.

The show started with Galvatrons, which I never heard before. They made a fun show, ’cause they look like a bunch of 18-yo guys, playing songs that sound extracts from the 80s and seem to be playing together for… 18 years!

Then we had Cheap Trick, which seems pretty popular around, except to me, which I can’t remember every hearing their name (yeah, my fault.) Their sound float between blues-rock, country-rock and classic-rock. But they seemed pretty happy to play together in Sydney and the lead guitar dude was, surely, getting a hang with the crowd, throwing picks all the time (and giving his guitar to one of the guys in the public, which was promptly taken back by someone in the crew, under the boos of everyone else.)

When Def Leppard finally appeared, no one was sitting anymore: Everyone stand up and the party began.

The first song was Rocket, followed by Animal, C’mon C’mon and then my brain was just overwhelmed by everything. The lightning was perfect, the sound was perfect, the singing was perfect, the playing was perfect, the notes were perfect. Officially, Def Leppard raised the bar of was a gig should be in my life. They interacted with the public, they had fun and they played well; three things that most of the gigs I went didn’t had (always missing something.)

Other songs played (that I can remember): Pour Some Sugar on Me (kinda obvious that they would play that and it was amazing that everyone sang this one; the chorus was so loud you couldn’t even hear Joe Elliot sing), Love Bites (with a long solo by Vivian Campbell), Make Love Like a Man by Def Leppard (yes, the very first song I heard of them), Hysteria, Photograph, Nine Lives (and probably some more, but, as I said, my brain got overwhelmed with all that.)

I just hope they release the videos somewhere, ’cause it was absolutely fantastic!

My poor, dusty guitar

There I was, sitting on my desk, trying to focus on some code I had to write (but failing miserably — I think I got a case of “Developer’s block”) when “Def Leppard – Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)” start playing on iTunes. I’m not sure if it is the idea of seeing them live in a few weeks (november, please come faster!) or the fact that listening to the chords, it seemed so easy to those untrained ears that the idea of playing it came to my mind. So, time to check my guitar.

The poor thing is sitting on its stand for more than a month already. The poor black Ibanez body covered in dust. And I was thinking about playing a little bit every day before going to work… Me and my own failed promises…

So, first thing, clean up. I have some cloths on my desk that I use to clean the LCD of my laptop, so I used them to remove most of the dust. Then, tuning. That’s one thing I really like about it: It comes with a built-in tuner. If only I could remember the proper tuning without asking anyone…

First strings played and it sounded awful. Eek me, why would you forget to play the thing? Play chord, see if it right, go to the next one… Then I realize I left the pick between the strings and I was still tuning it. No wonder it sounded so bad. More attention next time.

So, after all that, I played “Stand Up”, right? No. I looked the chords in the internet but the only thing that had it properly was a Guitar Pro file and, after downloading the Mac version and trying to play it, I heard the same song with a piano instead of vocals. And man, it’s awesome. I was so amazed by it that I completely forgot to play the song.

Amazing me…