Liberi Fatali
Daniel Incognito
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Last Active 05-23-13 8:54 am
Joined 10-13-03

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 Lists
10.08.13 Still Crazy After All These Years 08.13.13 Digs Mate
11.29.11 Stereosonic 201110.28.11 Lib's House 29/10
09.26.11 Lib's House 27/09 08.22.11 Lib's Digs 22/08
08.05.11 Lib's Digs #107.28.11 2011's Best You Aint Heard Yet.
07.11.11 7x House You're Missing05.29.11 My 100,000th Last.fm Play
10.04.10 Liberi's Top 20 From 2000-09 12.22.07 Liberi's Best Of 07
03.28.07 My Life In Post Rock Form12.26.06 Top 10 Albums Of '06. Yeh Boy!
06.24.06 Top 5 Tangerine Dream albums

Still Crazy After All These Years

I've been around (and not around) for one whole decade (well its a few days away, but I'll rprobably forget about it on the actual day).
1Tangerine Dream
Phaedra


Incase any of you folks hadn't been briefed, sputnikmusic started out as a gloriously hackable subforum on musicianforums.com. From there, sputnikmusic the website was launched, partially as a means of getting away from what was at the time considered the potentially litigious business of online music tablature.
2Nobuo Uematsu
Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack


At the launch of the website, it was designed as a hybrid staff/community music website, a state which has more or less remained true. Though at the start the site was very much a poor man's rateyourmusic.com, along the line the staff tried to push the site towards a higher degree of professionalism with moves such as reviews being featured on metacritic, staff visiting gigs and festivals etc.
3Daft Punk
Homework


While you can debate the success of sputnikmusic's business strategy, what is undoubtedly clear is the shift in musical tastes of the site. While years ago the indie/alternative, hip-hop and electronic music type genres had very small collectives of devoted individuals; the site's primary musical currency was rock and metal with a mainstream or gateway music bias. To give you an idea, bands like Katatonia were on the fringes of the site's attention, and a review of someone like Nick Drake would be a musical discovery for the vast majority of the website.
4Ride
Nowhere


A second major trend has been in the writing style of the vast majority of reviews. Where initially track by tracks were considered a valid review method, even by review veterans; today the mere sight of one results in the unnamed masses flocking to disapprove of the review. The style of reviews has largely homogenised over time, towards a style that might cynically be described as an application for a pitchfork staff position. In a more positive sense, reviews today are of higher standard and greater consistency than what was commonplace years ago. Part of me misses the days of reviews commonly being several thousand words in length, an overabundance of personal pronouns in reviews, and the old lengthy history of a band in place of an actual introduction.
5Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation


But some things remain the same, the constant decrying of the crumbling userbase, the circle jerk lists, the reviews with thousands of comments functioning as a chatroom, and thankfully still the ability to discover new and interesting music. So despite its awkward makeup and ever present faults, sputnikmusic still has its charms and has led to a vast number of musical discoveries for me and I'm sure for many others. List is thus some personal favourite albums, not necessarily perfect, but key albums in the evolution of my tastes over the years.
6Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I
7Omar S
Just Ask the Lonely
8DJ Sprinkles
Midtown 120 Blues
9Fleetwood Mac
Rumours
10John Martyn
Solid Air
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