January 31, 2010
I wrote this post in 2010, and this project won’t work anymore.
Recently, I have been consuming a lot of music through Spotify, a desktop application that gives you instant access to millions of songs. As well as listening to music at home, I try to go to as many live gigs as possible. Living in London, there are so many touring bands to chose from that it is sometimes difficu lt to keep track. For the last year or so, I have been helped by Songkick.com, a fantastic online database and community for live music fans. Through the site, you can track your favourite artists, receive email notifications when they are playing near you, and mark any gigs you are going to (which in turn gets fed into my Google Calendar so I don’t forget). When I go to a gig, I like to listen to the music of the performer beforehand, which I usually do using Spotify. I find, however, that I frequently forget to do this, and end up not enjoying the gig as much.
To help me keep up to date, I decided to put together a little app to generate Spotify artist links from my Songkick gig calendar. Thanks to Spotify’s relatively new Metadata API, Phil Nash’s meta-spotify ruby wrapper, and a little bit of Sinatra, Hpricot and Haml, this was pretty simple.
You can see the result by clicking on the image: