Sunday, 31 December 2017

My 2017 Spotify List

Here is my traditional list of favourite albums and songs of 2017. (Click link to listen here)

Like every year, the first 5 songs of the list represent my preferred albums. Slowdive is all the way up there with their comeback album. Their nice concert on Rock en Seine added to making them the #1 this year.

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There are 3 funny things about this list:
  1. From my Top 5 albums, I only knew Mount Eerie before 2017 started - it has been a year of discovering a lot of new bands.
  2. I think this list is the least in line with what everybody else has in their list this year (No Kendrick, War on Drugs, Vince Staples or SZA for me).
  3. Almost all my preferred music this year was released in the first half of the year.
What follows are my preferred songs of this years. Some lesser work from The XX, The National, Iron & Wine, Lana, Benjamin Clementine this year unfortunately.

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Many thanks to den Humo, Spotify's 'Discover Weekly' and Dalons for tips and discussions.

Hope you enjoy the 2017 list, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

My 2016 Spotify List

Here is my list of favourite albums and songs of 2016.

2016 was a good year, I have to say. Not a brilliant year, but it was strong. We also saw some nice concerts of Gregory Porter, Yeasayer (a pitty about that album), Hot 8 Brass Band and Spain.

Beyond any doubt, my favorite album was 'Demain est une autre nuit' of Essaie Pas. Dark, ecclectic, stealing with proud until you get something original. Amazing.

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My list continues with a selection of songs from albums I liked, or just nice songs.

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Enjoy listening and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2015 Spotify List

Here is my yearly list of songs of 2015. You can listen to it by clicking here: Lista 2015 Stefvanef

This year, I've changed the set-up of the list. It's not longer first my Top 5 Albums and then some nice songs. It's just nice songs this time.

It's been a bit of a funny musical year. I can't remember a year where everybody was so full of some albums (Kendrick, Courtney Barnett), except for me. Even the entire Sufjan album didn't move me the way he did when Illinois(e) came out.
But still enough to make a nice list for a nice year. Beginning with Jamie XX, who I've listened to over and over and over again. Best song was in my opinion Natalie Prass beautiful single.I haven't done much concerts this year, but Dawes with just a few here in Paris was great to see: a not-near perfect sound made for some anachronistic nostalgia. Very happy also that Ms. Lauryn Hill has finally returned to the studios, to make a tribute to Nina.

I'm looking forward to discovering new music newt year - especially hoping for new good stuff from Yeasayer and The National.

Enjoy listening and enjoy 2016.

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

My 2014 Spotify List: new and newer.

Here is my traditional list of songs of 2014 I really like. You can listen to it by clicking here: Lista 2014 Stefvanef

The set-up of the list is as any year: first 5 songs come fgrom my favorite albums. Afterwards there are some songs I really enojoyed as well.

Maybe 2014 was not the best of years when it came to music, but there were still some fine new tunes. Besides Ed Harcourt and Mogwai, not so much great stuff from the oldies. So 2014 was the year of discovering new and newer things, with notable mentions to Strand of Oaks ans FKA Twigs. Hippie Sabotage provided for the perfect summer soundtrack, and I'll be listening to them again as soon as temperatures start rising again. There was also a very nice concert by Peter Broderick, which is more or less why he's in this list.

Enjoy listening.

Big thanks goes this year to Dalons from Burgetto for pointing in the right direction at times.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My books in 2013

This is what I've read in 2013:

Adapt by Tim Harford (2011)
I'm Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards (2011)
Wie Gelooft die Coureurs Nog? by Hans Vandeweghe (2013)
De Man zonder Ziekte by Arnon Grunberg (2012)
Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes (2008)
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (2008)
Black Hole by Charles Burns (2005)
Drive: The Surprising Thruth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (2009)

Monday, 23 December 2013

My 2013 Spotify list: I'm getting old

Here's my list of songs for 2013. You can listen to it clicking here: Lista 2013 Stefvanef

It's the same set-up as every year: the first 5 tunes are from my favourite albums of this year, the others are a list of nice songs. 2013 hasn't been the incredible year like 2012 was, but there has been some wonderful stuff to listen to.
When I was making the list I realised that neither Iron & Wine nor The National would have been on this list if I were 15 years younger. Guess I'm getting older, since they are going top. Even during The National's concert I was thinking: what happened with all the rock-bands I used to like so much?

But there is still that younger Stefvanef within this list, with some great noise and desturbing music, like tunes from M.I.A., Madensuyu, Death Grips and - hell yeah - Fuck Buttons.

Enjoy listening.

Big thanks to DJ Yolapongo, his friend Deniz and den Humo for the tips.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Ryanair and Conversion Rate Deconstructing

This year we are not flying Ryanair, even if it was cheaper to fly with them. I left the buying process on their website at one particular place without finishing the process.

Everybody who works in e-commerce deals with the same problem: lots of visitors start your on-line buying process, but a lot of these visits don't end with a completed sale. We spend a lot of time and energy trying to optimize this buying funnel to get more people to finish their sale. It often comes down to a specific step.

The last time I tried to buy our flights on, I knew exactly when I decided not to finish the buying process and buy somewhere else. So I'm writing this post for the guy responsible for Conversion Optimization for the ryanair website: this is the step where it went wrong.

When I wanted to add pieces of luggage to my flight, I saw a combo indicating 2 options. I didn't look too careful (nobody reads on the web, we all just scan), so I thought I had the following 2 options:

1 piece: 50€
2 pieces: 70€ 

This sounded OK: the second piece came with a discount

Of course I wasn't thinking clearly, this is nothing like Ryanair. So I looked again and saw what it realy was:

1 piece of 15 kg: 50€
1 piece of 20 kg: 70€

Say what?

So this combo summed up the whole Ryanair experience: I already saw how I would be checked and re-checked and then be asked by some unpolite and unhelpful groundstaf to pay more, just because I came with 20,9 kg. So no humiliation for us this year: we paid more with another airline and get spared the Ryanair-way.