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Similar Artists To: Esben and the Witch

Posted in Electronic, Gothic, Nightmare Pop by newmusicexcess on March 7, 2010

Esben and the Witch

Over the past couple of days I have been perfecting a way to generating a 10 album playlist which explores other bands similar to a band I like or interested in listening to. The procedure goes something like this:

1. Pick a band.

2. Enter the band at www.last.fm and go to the band’s page.

3. Click on the Similar Artists ‘tab’ and make a note of the first 9 bands on the list.

4. Take this list, including the original band you picked, and for each band in turn use www.allmusic.com to find the first release that has the highest score on their album reviews.

5. This will give you a final list of 10 albums, one from each band, which you can track down and enjoy.

So here is the one I constructed starting with Esben and the Witch.

  • Esben and the Witch – 33 EP
  • worriedaboutsatan – Arrivals
  • Three Trapped Tigers – Three Trapped Tigers EP
  • Bear in Heaven – Red Bloom of the Boom
  • Sian Alice Group – 59.59
  • Delphic – Acolyte
  • Errors – It’s Not Something, But It Is Like Whatever
  • Lift To Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
  • Gold Panda – Miyamae EP
  • Holy Fuck – LP

Remember, particularly with new bands, a different day may yield quite different results, as last.fm’s lists are generated based on constantly updating user data.

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  1. […] procedure I laid out in yesterday’s post for discovering unfamiliar music off of familiar ones https://newmusicexcess.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/similar-artists-to-esben-and-the-witch/, here is the same process applied to High On […]

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  3. Andrew Craddock said, on April 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Loving this method for putting together ten-album playlists on Spotify, or as many albums that Spotify have in their catalogue. Put this one together for Sepultura using your method:

    1. Sepultura – Beneath The Remains
    2. Soulfly – Soulfly
    3. Slayer – Reign In Blood
    4. Cavalaera Conspiracy – Inflikted
    5. Nailbomb – Point Blank
    6. Kreator – Terrible Certainty
    7. Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
    8. Testament – The Legacy
    9. Exodus – Bonded By Blood
    10. Ektomorf – Outcast

    Having fun going through this with a lot of my favourite artists. Cheers.

    • newmusicexcess said, on April 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      Excellent! Thanks for taking the time to post your list. Makes we want to take some of the bands that came up on your list and feed them back through the ‘method’. BTW. It’s good to hear from a fellow Spotify user. I am so glad that I upgraded to Premium so that I could carry on using it in Canada. It seems to have really helped me control my CD buying urges.

      • Andrew Craddock said, on April 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

        Thank you for sharing ‘the method’, as I said I’m having a lot of fun with it. Have made about 50 or so of this style of playlist so far; I only wish AllMusic was a bit more user-friendly, not to mention more up-to-date and extensive.

        Went to see Eyehategod last night, so decided to do one for them for yesterday’s listening. Sadly, only four of the albums were available on Spotify, but it was still an enjoyable playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/nexion218/playlist/132yatz0FxIpg86DwTRn7o

        1. Eyehategod – Dopesick
        2. Outlaw Order – Dragging Down The Enforcer
        3. Grief – Torso
        4. Iron Monkey – Iron Monkey
        5. Sourvein – Will To Mangle
        6. Weedeater – God Luck And Good Speed
        7. Buzzov*en – Sore
        8. Bongzilla – Gateway
        9. Crowbar – Obedience Through Suffering
        10. Noothgrush – Erode The Person

        Spotify really is cracking, and should hopefully continue to get better as more labels sign up for it. I’ve just renewed my premium subscription after playing about with these playlists for so long. Have to agree that it really helps to curb those obsessive CD purchasing sprees!

      • newmusicexcess said, on April 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm

        Wow! That’s a lot of playlists. Although, I did get a bit carried away myself when I first came up with ‘the method’.

        Eyehategod, that must have been an awesome gig. I am enjoying listing to your playlist as I type this reply, and I will have to play it to the wife when she gets in as she mentioned recently about checking them out.

        I think what I might do is add a page on the site which would be about playlists created using ‘the method’ and ‘allows comments’. If I do, the link will be over on the right hand side at the top of the links for all the album best of lists. Feel free to post any lists you fancy sharing there.


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