One of the many changes that the Wonderweb has brought about in my life is the way I listen to music. I think the last physical album I bought was ‘O’ by Damien Rice (2002), and it will probably be the last I’ll ever buy.
In fact, I don’t listen to many albums. I usually prefer the variety of listening to the radio. But that has changed dramatically too. The likes of Last.fm and Deezer offer services that traditional radio stations can’t match. I no longer have to listen to whatever some up-his-own-ass dj has been paid to advertise by the record companies. In the new world, a machine chooses the tunes based on what it knows I like. It does a pretty good job, and I love the randomness of the results. Old chestnuts get mixed up with strange Danish rock groups, and I get to hear I whole lot of music I wouldn’t otherwise know existed. Fantastic!
Today, in honour of probably the last album I’ll ever buy, is the wonderfully bleak Damien Rice with Amie.