The social media website last.fm provides a detailed snapshot of what its users in hundreds of cities listen to each week. After suitably normalizing this data, we use it to test three hypotheses related to the geographic flow of music. The first is that although many of the most popular artists are listened to around the world, music preferences are closely related to nationality, language, and geographic location. We find support for this hypothesis, with a couple of minor, yet interesting, exceptions. Our second hypothesis is that some cities are consistently early adopters of new music (and early to snub stale music). To test this hypothesis, we adapt a method previously used to detect the leadership networks present in flocks of birds. We find empirical support for the claim that a similar leadership network exists among cities, and this finding is the main contribution of the paper. Finally, we test the hypothesis that large cities tend to be ahead of smaller cities-we find only weak support for this hypothesis.
Jenn Wasner (Flock of Dimes, and half of Wye Oak) wants to be a songwriter for others, and this is her song for Robyn. It’s really weird to hear her voice singing this kind of pop song after getting used to haunting songs like Wye Oak’s “Mary is Mary,” but that doesn’t make this song any less great.
it’s like someone took Crystalline and said, “okay, keep that gamelan/celeste hybrid playing things that’re impossible for human hands, but add more and dirtier bass. This needs to get filthy, but also a little robotic?”
“You’re not gonna be ‘no-homo’ and then call yourself pretty and say, ‘Swag swag swag, swag swag, swag swag.’ That is a gay attitude— a gay black attitude, specifically," Quattlebaum says. "You cannot tell me it isn’t. Gay men invented swag.”—We Invented Swag: NYC’s Queer Rap, from Pitchfork.
“At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing, where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, is usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we’ve chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them, the people that are still with you at the end of the day- those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need.”—(via eletheowl)