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Find the site quite cool myself. Certainly a great way to find people with the same taste as you and check what kind of music they are digging.

Just started making my first list, a top 50 that is supposed to become a Top 1000(!!) at http://rateyourmusic.com/lists/list_view?list_id=13805

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 26 December 2004 00:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the idea of RYM better than the reality. The posting of lists and cross-checking to find "link-minded" users was a nice idea, but it seemed to attract so many loud-mouthed idiots. The message boards were truly awful, and I gave up after a relatively short time. I haven't checked it out for ages.

Snnap Dragon (snnap dragon), Sunday, 26 December 2004 01:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Your list is the perfect example of why I can't trust lists of strangers. Say I didn't know who Crowded House was and I actually went out and bought it. Do you have any idea how disappointed I would be?!

Blues Clues, Sunday, 26 December 2004 05:42 (fourteen years ago) link

i have a profile on there, my attempts at "reviewing" are awful though.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 26 December 2004 07:11 (fourteen years ago) link

It has a great format and has the potential to be amazing. Unfortunately, a lot of the people there only listen to prog. And yeah, the messageboard can be pretty horrifying... Still, I've met a handful of cool individuals there.

babyalive (babyalive), Sunday, 26 December 2004 08:09 (fourteen years ago) link

What's wrong with the message board? This argument between Nirvana & Pearl Jam is thought provoking and insightful!


Tippy Linkle, Sunday, 26 December 2004 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

I checked this out last night and spent a few minutes rating some CDs. It's kinda neat, but I don't have the time or energy to write reviews of these things, and I DEFINITELY don't have the time to get sucked in to another message board, so I didn't even look at that part of it.

The 'compare' feature is kinda nice, as maybe it will someday turn me on to something great. Nothing yet, though.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 26 December 2004 20:50 (fourteen years ago) link

my username: drcarlsagan

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 26 December 2004 20:50 (fourteen years ago) link

ILM part deux.

cs appleby (cs appleby), Sunday, 26 December 2004 21:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, personally I don't see RYM as mainly a message board. Sure, there is one, but the CD rating and lists is the great part of the site. Took me a lot of time to update my all-time-best list to 300 though. :)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 29 December 2004 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

the horror the horror

**%@, Thursday, 30 December 2004 01:21 (fourteen years ago) link

I like reading people's ideas about albums no matter how dumb they may be, so I think this site is pretty cool, actually

kyle (akmonday), Thursday, 30 December 2004 02:11 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
This site could be cool but they need an upload feature or something. Who wants to type in everything they own?

Keith C (kcraw916), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm with you on this, Geir--this site is very cool, and I wish more ILM'ers were on it. And the upthread gripes about the message boards or the reviews sucking totally miss the point--it's the ratings database itself that is the 'killer app' in this site.

What is most interesting about it is that it'll take your collection and match it against similar ones and show you the differences, etc. And the recommendation engine is way better than anything else I've used. It blows Amazon's out of the water (for instance, it doesn't just pick the 15 records that you *don't* have by one artist that you said you had one record by, and then say 'Look, buy these, stupid!')

Granted, the site is lacking in some features and is slow as molasses, but I give it a big thumbs up regardless.

Keith C (kcraw916), Friday, 15 April 2005 18:00 (fourteen years ago) link

The site is slow, but considerably faster using Opera or Firefox rather than Explorer.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 16 April 2005 00:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Everybody loves everything on this site. it seems like a site simply to gush. often misleading, sometimes endearing.

Star Cauliflower (Star Cauliflower), Saturday, 16 April 2005 20:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Everyone likes what they like and more to the point, rate what they like(and what they have). It's great for cataloguing your collection if nothing else, and the messageboards have more dramatic ebbs and flows quality-wise than here perhaps but they can be fun.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Saturday, 16 April 2005 20:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I've been on it for almost two years. Classic.
Geir, how could you prefer Tales to Fragile, The Yes Album, Drama, and Relayer?

blinky the doormat, Sunday, 17 April 2005 01:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Post your id's, people! Mine is kcraw916

This was totally worth the time, if only to find out that I need Cowboy In Sweden and Secos & Molhados--two albums I didn't even know existed.

Keith C (kcraw916), Sunday, 17 April 2005 15:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I've always avoided this site, because of the name, I'm afraid.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 17 April 2005 15:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Geir, how could you prefer Tales to Fragile, The Yes Album, Drama, and Relayer?

Because it is better. "Tales" is underrated, although not among true lovers of prog rock at its most pomp and symphonic. And I have never given a damn about lyrics anyway.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 17 April 2005 16:16 (fourteen years ago) link

The RYM rating system sucks. I've rated a few albums on RYM and can't imagine spending the time to rate many more unless I'm terribly terribly bored sometime soon.

They should steal the rating system from Launch, where anytime you see the name of an artist, album, or track, you can click on the five-star scale to rate it without having to click through two more pages.

Matt Stokes (The Sandwich-Eating Hand), Sunday, 17 April 2005 16:23 (fourteen years ago) link

RYM's rating system is a bit too slow, as is the system for making lists too (but I guess that's how they make it possible to have album sleeves besides the lists, which IMO makes the lists easier to follow)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 17 April 2005 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

The RYM rating system sucks.

The ratings *system* doesn't suck, it's that the *implementation* of it sucks (clicking two/three pages to rate something). I'm sure it's something he's going to fix soon. The database has some good data in it so far, but it needs a lot more people to get involved. I agree, until he makes it easier to just do the 'one click' rating, a lot of people won't bother.

Keith C (kcraw916), Sunday, 17 April 2005 16:39 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
RYM upgraded to 2.0 late last year. Any changes in opinion? Rating is faster, more and more stats/features. I love the site. The message boards are really bad, but other than that I've found lots of good music by similar users and just browsing around.

Making an ILM user list - please post your account name! (me: xox)

lrsn (larssen), Saturday, 6 January 2007 12:50 (twelve years ago) link

This site could be cool but they need an upload feature or something. Who wants to type in everything they own?

-- Keith C

so, is this fixed yet? I don't have the patience to even start the process, but otherwise a nice site!

Bodyrox feat. Luciano Pavarotti (fandango), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:00 (twelve years ago) link

2003 best albums:
1.mitch hedberg
2.pearl jam.


classic if you are a teenager who likes metal and emo maybe.

emekars (emekars), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:03 (twelve years ago) link

Ha. The overall lists aren't too bad. One of my favorite things about RYM is being able to see what someone actually likes after reading dismissive comments like that. One click away from the truth. ;)

lrsn (larssen), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:17 (twelve years ago) link

you can't ignore the fact that the majority of the people who subscribed are 20 something and less

emekars (emekars), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:21 (twelve years ago) link

oh noes!

sean gramophone (Sean M), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:23 (twelve years ago) link

no problem, unless you are 30 something like myself, and your taste is kinda different cause of that

emekars (emekars), Saturday, 6 January 2007 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

Rateyourmusic.com is one of the best sites I've found for album art, pretty impressed with the relatively obscure things I've found.

Mitchell Dickerman (Mr. Odd), Saturday, 6 January 2007 15:25 (twelve years ago) link

I like that their lists favor obscure prog/metal garbage over chart pap.

a.b. (alanbanana), Saturday, 6 January 2007 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

Taking a look again, still can't believe the amount clicks into individual pages it takes just to get to the "I own this" button.

If I bring up 14 Joni Mitchell albums I own I *should* be able to just run down a list with checkboxes/javascript shouldn't I?

And there aren't any kind of Winamp/iTunes plugins? to automatically add stuff to your profile? What are these people on?

Bodyrox feat. Luciano Pavarotti (fandango), Saturday, 6 January 2007 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

And there aren't any kind of Winamp/iTunes plugins? to automatically add stuff to your profile?

How would this work in RYM's format? Sounds like last.fm, which you can add to the now playing field of the profile.

What are these people on?

The site is mainly run by one person (in his free time). Not to make excuses for the site, but suggestions for improvements are taken all of the time.

The go! page is a little faster for rating groups of albums.

lrsn (larssen), Saturday, 6 January 2007 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

sorry, that was mean.

It's just that I'd actually like to put my own collection on there but find the length of time it's going to take utterly daunting, and potentially RSI inducing... unless I do it incrementally over a period of months... and then it doesn't feel like fun anymore, but work :/

I did see that go! page earlier, and it's useful, but even that still has unnecessary actions - one to select the album, and one to claim it, why?

The site looks great, and is quick but I'm baffled at how low down the priorites the ease-of-use factor seems to be for one of it's main functions.

Bodyrox feat. Luciano Pavarotti (fandango), Sunday, 7 January 2007 00:02 (twelve years ago) link

does dj martian know about this?

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 7 January 2007 00:14 (twelve years ago) link

I'd actually like some DJ Martian tips here! I feel like I must be missing something.

Bodyrox feat. Luciano Pavarotti (fandango), Sunday, 7 January 2007 00:15 (twelve years ago) link

one to select the album, and one to claim it, why?

I guess the problem is the cataloguing nature of the site. When you click on an album you usually get options for format (cd, vinyl, digital, etc.) and sometimes half a dozen versions (various regions, reissues), with options to rate and review. A compromise could be to just select the default version and n/a for format (with just check boxes?). I'll see if this has been suggested. Are you wanting to rate them?

lrsn (larssen), Sunday, 7 January 2007 00:22 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not so bothered about rating stuff to begin with it, would just be nice to have a less intimidating way of getting large numbers of things on there in the first place. I may be wishing for more than is possible but I doubt I'm the only one with these feelings about it.

Thanks for considered answers to my not very carefully considered beefs btw! :)

Perhaps searching for artist and format could be done initially to filtering the choices? Country of origin even, I know (for instance) that 90% of my Björk records would be One Little Indian (UK) and not Elektra (US & Other) releases.

Bodyrox feat. Luciano Pavarotti (fandango), Sunday, 7 January 2007 00:32 (twelve years ago) link

i primarily use the rym website to track releases by year and note forthcoming release dates by creating lists. I am a significant uploader of new release info on rateyourmusic.com in the past 2 years.

The creation of personal lists is a different function from cataloguing what's in your collection. However the list format may be a simpler and more convenient method of presenting your music interests by year anyway, and you can still place notes / personal reviews on the list pages.

I don't use the rym website for personal ratings, so i am the wrong person to ask about these features.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Sunday, 7 January 2007 14:00 (twelve years ago) link

great 1.5-star review of Killing Joke's Night Time:

Check out the singer on the cover. That's your expression that is - when you listen to this album.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 8 January 2007 05:41 (twelve years ago) link

(I really really like Night Time though)

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 8 January 2007 05:41 (twelve years ago) link

I get a kick out of the site personally. I'm not sure I can explain why. Maybe it's just a fun way to catalog your collection (something I never even considered doing before). The compatability lists are also really interesting to see.

I've never even LOOKED at the message boards so I don't know about those. I've also never paid much attention to the general rankings (this record is ranked #17 for 1988, etc., though the SINGLES ratings can be interesting.) I just look up (and rate, sometimes even review) the stuff I like and then sometimes look up other people who like the stuff I like and see what else they like (and take notes if it's something I've never heard or maybe gave up on).

Also, I like the reviews. But then I tend to prefer "real people" music reviews (especially when they're short and to-the-point) over reviews from professional critics. And the reviews on RYM are, I find, a little more varied than those on Amazon. Amazon reviewers tend to be either gushing fans or venomous haters. There's more middle ground on RYM, I find.


J. Hernandez (Pinball), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

So this + wikipedia (and amg I guess) basically makes Discogs obsolete, no?

These Robust Cookies, Monday, 2 July 2007 04:54 (twelve years ago) link

like Woolworths makes HMV obsolete?

fandango, Monday, 2 July 2007 08:07 (twelve years ago) link

seriously, NO.

I like rateyourmusic fine but it is anything but thorough, detailed, informative as any kind of online catalouge.

Especially so for the kinds of music (dahnce) that don't tend to be consumed in an album format.

AMG made itself obsolete...

fandango, Monday, 2 July 2007 08:13 (twelve years ago) link

I may have been bitching unfairly upthread btw. It DID look like an incredibly daunting process at first but (if you're fast with keyboard shortcuts & window tabbing & can get iTunes to fart out some kind of text list in advance...) I actually found it pretty easy to get my collection on there in the end. ok I needed a spare afternoon but yeah, it's got some fun features and some moderately useful ones too.

fandango, Monday, 2 July 2007 08:18 (twelve years ago) link

The update has certainly made RYM a bit more user-friendly.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 2 July 2007 12:58 (twelve years ago) link

if all of those genres have the word "rock" in them

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:44 (two months ago) link

it's good for hip-hop and pop too

there's definitely an r&b blind spot

imago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:56 (two months ago) link

it's good for a certain kind of hip-hop. i swear we've been over this.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:56 (two months ago) link

I don't like to read things by people trying to explain why something is subjectively good

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― jmm, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:58 PM (fifty-seven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

for De Subjectivisten!

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:57 (two months ago) link

there isn't a single trap album with a rating higher than 4

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:00 (two months ago) link

death grips' the money store is not better than every trap album ever made, im sorry.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:03 (two months ago) link

very, very few albums from the past 10 years average over 4. I'd say that maybe most of those that do are hip-hop though so *shrug*

imago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:03 (two months ago) link

anyway this is tedious. rym is my primary music discovery portal and ilx my music discussion interface, they have different uses and different merits

imago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:04 (two months ago) link

I like death grips but they really, really like death grips, don't they?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:04 (two months ago) link

*discovery/tab-keeping portal

ilx is also for discovery, obv

imago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:05 (two months ago) link

the fact that there are admins monitoring users and deeming their ratings inadmissible is just stupid.

pretty sure this only happens when like 90%+ of your ratings are 0.5 or 5.0

frogbs, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:43 (two months ago) link

i don't think it's admins personally monitoring users to declare their ratings ineligible but simply an algorithm that weights the ratings of all users and is designed to filter those people out among other things?

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:05 (two months ago) link

that it happens at all is problematic.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:09 (two months ago) link

A question for the ~ power users ~ of rym in this thread: have you basically added and rated your whole music collection on there?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:17 (two months ago) link

xp that kind of system is fairly necessary to prevent abuse (like registering a ton of accounts to try to artificially significantly change an album's rating) among other things, as far as problems with rym go that's not really one imo

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:21 (two months ago) link

Nope. I only started a couple of years ago and have deliberately excluded all classical music from it because RYM is just awful for contemporary composition. If a given work isn't part of their puny database, you have to post it – along with the requisite academic references – to a specific forum, whereupon some dude will bless or curse your submission. Then, and only then, may you add a new release consisting of said compositions, by which point non-remuneration for services rendered becomes tantamount to slavery.


pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:26 (two months ago) link

I don’t know what like “3 and a half” stars means so I would always just rate my favorite stuff 5 stars and not rate anything else..

brimstead, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:34 (two months ago) link

stuff that's good but not great

frogbs, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:44 (two months ago) link

plus I don't like to read things by people trying to explain why something is subjectively good

― ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:56 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

you might like that kind of shit but I don't

― ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck)

Well I was already leaning towards it but you've persuaded me to clean up my review of the new Octo Octa album from 77 and post it to RYM, just because I know how much you'd fuckin' hate it if you read it.

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:51 (two months ago) link

I'm having perhaps a bout of hypomanic logorrhea of late so I am gonna try to go on at length about what RYM has meant to me.

When I first got on the site it was mostly a non-judgemental space for me to type in where people would actually read what I had to say. I liked the low editorial standards and that I could say any old shit I liked, as long as it was at least theoretically about music.

The consequence of this was was that I did wind up writing a lot of shit, and that shit was influenced by the wider site environment. I did the pithy putdowns of albums I'd never actually listened to, I did aimless and tangential rambles, I did shit jokes. People really seemed to like the shit jokes. I gave out all sorts of spurious and binary ratings. The site recommended I listen to a Smiths album, and I didn't want to listen to a Smiths album, so I rated all the Smiths albums 0.5. That would teach them. I wanted it to recommend me an album I would actually like.

Over time I figured out how to do that on the site. Over time the site admins changed things to make it easier for me to find music I wanted to hear. I stopped caring about which record was #12 for a given year vs. #13. It reached the point where RYM could recommend more good music to listen to than I had time to hear, and I had no shortage of free time in those days. The genre charts, the yearly charts, and especially the lists became indispensible to me.

Over time as well, the admins started instituting reasonable standards. I started on the site as one of those pig-headed absolutists who thought, in practice if not in theory, that "free speech" was my God-given right to bellow whatever ignorant bullshit I felt like on whatever site I wanted. You want quality writing? Fuck you, I'm doing this for _free_! The fact that some of my worse writing might be, in fact, worth less than nothing took some time to occur to me.

So when the admins started "unpublishing" some of my more obnoxious reviews, I was a little offended at first. What was wrong with that review? It was _funny_! And what was wrong with it was that the site had instituted standards that said, among other things, that reviewing music on RYM was not a matter of making one-liner jokes about records, no matter how "funny" they were. Dave Marsh would have a good chunk of his reviews "unpublished" by the site's standards, and I can't help but consider that a good thing.

Of course there were also the carrots. Occasionally a site admin would feature one of my reviews on the front page, which tended to make me feel good, even if those reviews weren't always the ones I considered "best". At one point, when I was still lurking here, RYM frontpaged my mediocre hot take on Pomplamoose, which in turn spurred some discussion on this site, though once I realized this I went out of my way to avoid that thread.

I hadn't really spent any time there since the end of May. I cut back on listening to a lot of music at all. I said that this was because I listened to too much music anyway, and it's kind of true, my 2018 end-of-year list was pathologically obsessive and unmanageably large, my 2019 new year's resolution was to listen to less music and I'm keeping it. I said I had other shit to worry about and deal with, and that is also obviously true. It's also true that one of the longtime users whose reviews I most respect has the unfortunate habit of saying casually transphobic shit. That's not on the site admins - they do not put up with transphobia and anytime he says something like that the review is fairly quickly "unpublished" - but since we're friends on the site I see it anyway.

Anyway yesterday after a three month break I did polish up that Octo Octa review and post it to the site like I threatened, and I changed my name and pronouns. There were a couple other reviews of the record out there already, which both of which said something like "Solid mix of deep house and breakbeat" and gave it a gentleman's 3.5. These reviews are probably more useful and accurate than what I wrote, which was slightly esoteric and deeply personal, but - and I'm obviously biased here - I like it when people write the sort of review that I wrote.

The way I feel about that album... most people feel that way about some album. I find that feeling contagious, _want_ it to be contagious. I'm on the site not just to hear people talk about the Canon but to hear them talk, in their own way, about the records that are important to them. There's a sizeable subcommunity there, for instance, of people who absolutely and completely love AOR records. Now, as far as I'm concerned, AOR is some of the most terrible music ever made, but these people, who as far as I can tell seem like reasonably decent human beings, really love it, so I listen to some of it, as an exercise in radical intersectionalism. A lot of it I have too much history with to ever love. REO Speedwagon is not going to be my thing, ever. But the stuff I don't have preconceived notions about - records like _In For the Count_ by Balance and Fortune's S/T - I think I can hear what the people who love these records hear.

Long story short, good site with some nice lists and writing that's occasionally better than you'd expect it to be. 3.5.

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:50 (two months ago) link

As far as that review, nobody's faved it so far, but an old friend - who I think is an admin, or was an admin - sent me a private message to say how much they appreciated it. So it was worth doing, I think. The casually transphobic friend, maybe they'll quit being so casually transphobic, or maybe they'll quit being my friend, and I guess I'm OK with either outcome, though obviously I'd prefer the former. It's not really up to me. Either way I may get back to spending more time on that site. Maybe update my ridiculously overambitious, skeletal, fallow List of All The Good Classical Music, which is where most of my faves seem to come from these days.

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:57 (two months ago) link

Pat yourself on the back. Again. And again. And again. And again. and again...

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:39 (two months ago) link


Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:42 (two months ago) link

This yeah, as a lurker/user/non-contributor I find RYM a surprisingly positive & constructive place on the internet. A lot of the flak it gets seems to be a variation of “the rest of the world doesn’t think genre X is as important as I do” and “Jesus fuckin christ the intersection between prog and metal attracts a lot of dumbasses” which is satisfying and not wrong but also not very productive.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 16:04 (two months ago) link

Also, it's ok not to be in love with all musical genres.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 16:08 (two months ago) link

I've never used rym, but little has bummed me out as much as looking up my own music on there (although the cure is looking at the reviewer's profile and seeing that they're casually trawling through a huge amount of music and actually love jam bands or whatever).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 16:59 (two months ago) link

i don't like patting myself on the back but if it'll goad flopsyduck into trash talking me it's worth it, man that shit is validating

and those little hearts and stuff right back at you austin, thanks :)

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 17:57 (two months ago) link

I've been meaning to get back into reviewing there but just never do.

I still refer to the number of ratings per album in a band's discography to help decide which I get next. Sometimes that's not helpful at all and sometimes it is a fair gauge.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:05 (two months ago) link

My ratings on there started with giving 5/5 to my favourite LPs and ended a few hours later with my giving 0.5/5 to a few things I hate. Engaging with it further in an era when I won't buy music until I've heard it and already like it, that just doesn't make sense to me and I can't understand listening to music just to rate it - either your judgement would be premature or you'd waste ages listening to stuff you don't really like, and for what?
I use the site as a directory quite a bit, but that's enough for me.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:14 (two months ago) link

'Note: This user has not visited Rate Your Music in the past 60 days'


Are the rating edgelords slowly going extinct?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:54 (two months ago) link

I think it's different from that. 77ships' profile reminds me a lot of how I rated and reviewed back in '08 and '09. I think if they were still around they'd probably have more interesting things to contribute than this image of 2008 RYM in amber.

Poody Mae Bubblebutt, Miss Kumquat of 1947 (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:52 (two months ago) link

I only started using RYM a couple of years ago so I'm still a little taken aback when I come across these kinds of profiles. I guess it does have museum-like value.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:00 (two months ago) link

just registered and went through and rated some things.

this is fucking boring jesus christ.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:48 (two months ago) link

we all go through that stage

imago, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:49 (two months ago) link

As long as you don't grant full marks to the most banal recording of Beethoven's 9th imaginable whilst sneering at everything else, you're golden.


pomenitul, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:59 (two months ago) link

this is probably pretty obvious to all of you, but i legitimately don't think i "get it."

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:25 (two months ago) link

You don't have to rate anything, you can just check out people's lists and discover cool new stuff.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:28 (two months ago) link

but, like. . . that's what i do here.

and you guys are much more fun.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:41 (two months ago) link

I suppose there is some community in rym forums but it’s pretty much just a tool.

brain dead operatus (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:38 (two months ago) link

Yeah there's no lack of tedious admin in my life. And how I rate stuff changes every day anyway, I could never keep up.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:45 (two months ago) link

it’s pretty much just a tool

i know what you meant here, but i like my interpretation better.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 22:29 (two months ago) link

As long as you don't grant full marks to the most banal recording of Beethoven's 9th imaginable whilst sneering at everything else, you're golden.


― pomenitul

i mean i dig the fricsay over the karajan but you know, it's not actually _wrong_ for "kind of blue" to be your favorite jazz album

i love this place for discussing music but for finding new stuff, honestly, i don't find a lot of stuff from the rolling threads compared to rym lists. and even though the relative inaccessibility of 2009-era ilx spares us a lot of unpleasant bullshit, i bet there were some good recommendations in some of those threads.

Poody Mae Bubblebutt, Miss Kumquat of 1947 (rushomancy), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 23:44 (two months ago) link

Can't say I agree with the comparison. Kind of Blue mops the floor with Karajan's Beethoven 9, and I don't even hate Karajan (his Bruckner was nonpareil).

And re:

honestly, i don't find a lot of stuff from the rolling threads compared to rym lists

This is true for me as well. There's just so much more to pick from on RYM due to the sheer numbers.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 08:15 (two months ago) link

how I rate stuff changes every day anyway, I could never keep up.

I've made peace with that. It's not perfect, but there's some underlying consistency (when I revisit an album I rated a year ago, I'll be in tune with my initial assessment 8 times out of 10).

pomenitul, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 08:17 (two months ago) link

I pretty much only use it to keep track of stuff I like, so usually the only thing I have to decide is whether to rate it 4 or 5 stars. Generally I reserve 5 stars for things I’ve liked for a long time.

o. nate, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 13:38 (two months ago) link

randomly ran across lovelyanimal's rym page again, they use spotify a lot and i don't so much of what they listen to is mysterious and inaccessible to me but such an amazing listener, have no idea how they manage (well ok they use spotify and i don't that probably helps)

Poody Mae Bubblebutt, Miss Kumquat of 1947 (rushomancy), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

For someone who's rated that many albums (26,431 as of this writing), his *15* five star picks are not quite what I expected:


pomenitul, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:35 (two months ago) link

Black Holes and Revelations only gets 3.5 stars!? he may have rated 26,000+ albums, but I'm willing to bet that he's never ~heard~ a single note of music in his life

chips moomin (unregistered), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:26 (two months ago) link

And while recording all of Liszt's music for solo piano is an imposing achievement in its own right, Leslie Howard's performances are some of the most cursory I've ever heard.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:31 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm consistently astounded and more than a little worried by my inability to even so much as vaguely recall some of the albums I've rated, especially those that didn't make it to 3 stars.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:09 (one week ago) link

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