Anyone got a good use for Technorati or LastFM?

Last week I took control of my tunes and spoken word pieces on LastFM. I’d noticed that various parties had been uploading my tracks there and figured it was about time I did something about it. I don’t have a problem with people file exchanging my tunes, but drum and bass label Moving Shadow had uploaded my spoken word album Cyber-Sadism Live! and totally destroyed the flow of that album by re-ordering the tracks. Of course, anyone can listen to the tracks from Cyber-Sadism Live! any which way they want, but with the original running order restored you can listen to the live sets collected there as they were performed, if that’s what you wanna do!
Having claimed my LastFM profile, I find myself lumbered with a 25 page list of ‘similar artists’ that some jokers have suggested over the past year or two. Those allegedly making audio similar to mine include DJ Spooky, Philip Glass, Paul Bowles, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and Herbie Hancock. If I sounded like Herbie Hancock I’d be a very happy man – but let’s face it, I don’t! And if I sounded like Phillip Glass, I think I’d kill myself! Anyway, you can hear my punk rock tunes and spoken word pieces for free and even get free downloads at:
If you wanna contribute track descriptions and other infotainment to accompany them, that will save me the effort of writing up this schlock myself! I assume you’d need to be a member of LastFM to do this, but it doesn’t cost anything to join.
Moving on, I recently got around to joining Technorati, the search engine and site dedicated to the blogosphere. Does anyone have any good uses for this site? Like so much of the web it seems to be a pointless popularity contest, so those with the most links get featured and the content I’ve seen as a result of this tends to be incredibly lame and inane. I’ve yet to find anything via Technorati that actually interests me. So far the most useful thing I’ve done on Technorati is big up some of my friends. I’ve favourited those of you I’ve found, and written a slightly lesser number of enthusiastic blog reviews too. I don’t know if this will do you any good, but if you want to return the favour then you can find me at the following url:
I tried to locate blogs that groove me via Technorati using a variety of search methods, because I wanted to know how easy we are to find there – but about the only thing that pulled most of you up was entering your url into their search engine. If I have to do that to find blogs I already know about and like, it seems very unlikely I’ll just stumble across something interesting using Technorati. If anyone has any tips about using this site please add them in the comments. Since so many of us have joined this site, I hope it has some useful function! If I haven’t found you on Technorati, then if you favourite and/or review me, this will alert me to your presence on this site. Let’s be as nepotistic as the scum at the top of the Technorati pile – after all, we have better blogs than they do!
And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – – you know it makes (no) sense!


Comment by Allen Sugar on 2009-07-06 12:39:28 +0000

Yeah…it’s a bit popularity contest in a way that’s hard to grasp while us businessmen are playing our type which is all about the CA$H.I realy must connect up my Facebok page to a bank account and maybe sell somethng too.

Comment by Michael K on 2009-07-06 13:42:14 +0000

I always say what you need to do is sign up to a load of proper spam and scam sites, that way you get top quality junk mail. These semi-legitimate web operations like LastFM are always too middle-brow for my taste! So don’t forget kids, the greats modern poetry being made in the world today is in spam emails!

Comment by Justin on 2009-07-06 13:44:37 +0000

The Internet has many disciples, but few servants

Comment by Time on 2009-07-06 15:08:22 +0000

I think that’s totally killer! xox

Comment by raymond anderson on 2009-07-06 16:33:54 +0000

are you interested in some of your radio shows?
it is amazing what people preserve…
i take the guerrilla gardening or garden escape approach to linking up and tagging..graft on to someone else’s fertile patch..pirating the bourgeois without shame.. i got my radio and literature links from some folks who frequent avant garde classical and improvisational musics forums..amazing what you can pick up in bars..the day I can instantly access the random on the Internet will trouble me …but then I always could, it’s just the third party agency that rankles..tho I do like Stumbleupon..i just don’t have the time or will to stay over…

Comment by Christopher Nosnibor on 2009-07-06 17:54:43 +0000

I’ agree, Technorati’s as pointless as it is gash as far as I’m concerned, and Im not even sure how my MySpace blog came to be on there (with its oh, no authority!) but hey.
Last FM’s ok but I can’t be arsed with it, and I’m not all that impressed with Spotify either. Considering it’s supposed to be the biggest streaming music library ever ever, ever ever, there are almost infinite gaps. But then I’m an obscurist and I like physical formats, so I suppose it’s not really aimed at me. However, given that record shops are essentially things of the past, I feel that I’m representative of a market that isn’t being catered for all that much right now.
Ok, strop over.

Comment by mistertrippy on 2009-07-06 20:18:23 +0000

Raymond. Yes I’d be interested in hearing some of the radio shows I’ve done over the years… or appeared on. Same goes for TV. Anyone video my appearances on stuff like “01 For London”? I miss a lot of stuff, you chuck it out and then somehow never get a copy!
Chris. I just can’t find anything on Technorati that is remotely interesting, other than things I already know about…. LastFM is a bit better… but I can’t see myself spending a lot of time there…. Hopefully some people will enjoy the tracks I’ve put up there… Spotify you have to express interest in putting your tunes on, then wait till they get back to you, which explains why it is not stuffed with what you’re looking for….

Comment by Savage Pixel on 2009-07-06 21:46:58 +0000

Technorati ain’t somewhere I’d take my brain out for a walk….

Comment by Michael J on 2009-07-06 21:53:31 +0000

Comment by Michael J on 2009-07-06 23:07:46 +0000
and of course

Comment by Marcel Duchamp on 2009-07-06 23:27:35 +0000

The future of the internet lies in online chess games!

Comment by Mark Zuckerberg on 2009-07-06 23:54:10 +0000

Oh I agree, Technorati and LastFM just don’t know how to build a client base the way I’ve done it at Facebook! So if you’re a smart investor with money falliing outta your asshole, give the bulk of your cash to me and watch your wealth grow!

Comment by Top Ten on 2009-07-07 07:24:50 +0000

I put sites like Technorati and LastFM in my personal top ten because they are so reassuring. They let me know that my taste is exactly the same as everyone else, and that’s confirmation that I’m not a nerd or a geek. The taste police won’t be coming after me for deviant interests. So bookmark all the most popular sites on the web and make yourself just like everyone else. America isn’t a country, it’s a state of mind and we’re all Americans now! I know it was limeys who set up LastFM but the limeys were the first Americans.

Comment by The Real Tessie on 2009-07-07 08:53:59 +0000

Looking at Technorati and listening to tunes on LastFM gives me something to do while I’m locked in this cupboard, but if you let me out I’d be more interested in showing you a good time! But only after I’d bopped you on the head buster!

Comment by Michael Roth on 2009-07-08 18:20:36 +0000

Cyber-Sadism Live! is a groove sensation! I was lucky to get a copy from Space Bunny a long while back. I wasn’t familiar with the tracks on Stewart Home Comes in your Face so I was happy to be able to give them a listen. (I can really hear the Philip Glass influence!) I don’t have a problem with From my limited exposure, it seems like a decent site.
Technorati, on the other hand, does seem to be a popularity contest. I think I’ll still join ’cause I really really want to be popular … toot toot!

Comment by _Bunny on 2009-07-18 05:09:22 +0000

Stewart find copies the tagged MP3 versions that were original on SHS site.

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