In light of a few other threads, I thought it might be nice to have one reccomending some really excellent music or musicians people like. Given the way record labels and mainstream radio works, the truth (sadly) of the matter is that really good musicians rarely get heard because it's harder to market an excellent musician than a more pliable, marketable one. As a trained musician, I always feel it's really important for people to hear a wide range of music, and to be exposed to very skilled and original musicians.
So, here are a few things that have been in my CD drive lately I thought some of you might enjoy.
Shakira, Donde esta los ladrones? Shakira is basically Cuba's answer to incredible feamle pop music. If you mixed up Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morisette, turned down the angst and put it in Spanish, you might wind up with Shakira.
Jeff Buckey, Grace Sadly, Jeff Buckley died a year and some ago in an accident, but he made incredible music and had one of the widest male vocal ranges I have ever heard in popular music.
Ani DiFranco Anything by Ani is worth hearing. I've been following her music since the early nineties, and while I prefer some of her earlier albums best, I do like them all. She's an incredibly skilled musician with a great attitude.
Fatboy Slim, Better Living Thorugh Chemistry or You've Come a Long Way, Baby Fatboy Slim does techno/eclectica fabulously, and it is GREAT dance music, or just something to rev you up when your mood is dragging.
Fiona Apple[ -- either of her two albums As far as young female singers who really do have talent go, Fiona is pretty much the cream of the crop, IMO.
Tin Hat Trio Anything by Tin Hat Trio is incredible. They do mainly instrumental music, a combination of strings and a few eclectic instruments, and it's very moody music with a slightly tango-feeling to it. Excellent music for a dinner date.
Shannon Curfman, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions Here is another young artist (she recorded this at 13) who really kicks butt big time. Somewhat bluesy, she sounds a little like a young Bonnie Raitt and has amazing vocal power.
So, that's what I can think of right now that I think most of you would enjoy as an alternative to some of the more mainstream offerings.
Realy, really good for what I'm feeling right now.
Everything else is coming off Mp3 playlist, most of which is CDs that I own that I ripped, and its' currently at 40 hours right now. I have it set on random play, so it'll go from Indigo Girls to Lo Fidelity All Stars to Bach.
Dave Matthews Band - [Crash, Under the Table and Dreaming, Before These Crowded Streets, Live at Luther College etc etc]
Dave Matthews, as well as Carter Beauford, Leroi Moore, Boyd Tinsley Stefan Lessard make up this amazing band. They are so prolific and have such a unique lovely calming sound. So amazing...i can't ever get enough...sucha dmbjunkie.
Being a musician....i get totally inspired listening to them.
Everyone...should also listen to...
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue Copland's Overture to Candide Resphigi's Pines of Rome Holtz's Suite in Eb cos well...i love classical...
ANYONE WHO LIVES IN THE NYC AREA...GO SEE BLAST! It's like drum corps meets broadway. marchingband on stage...sooo amazing. it really is. go see it. you will enjoy it.
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Kiri Te Kanewa - Maori Songs A great soprano goes back to her roots.
Norbert Kraft - Guitar Concertos Concierto de Aranjuez (Rodrigo), Guitar Concerto (Villa Lobos), Guitar Concerto No.1 (Castelnuovo-Tedesco) Great performances by a rising Canadian star.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" St. Petersberg Philharmonic cond. by Vladimir Ashekenazy A great concert pianist takes up a conductor's baton to lead a peformance of great sorrow and beauty in the city in and for which it was written.
------------------ The most exciting phrase in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" ("I found it!") but rather "Hmmm... that's funny...."
I listen to a really wide variety of music, lots of it coming from my guy’s homecountry, Australia….so here some recommendations:
Gomez - “Liquid Skin” The second album by the Brits offers a good view on what those guys are best at – simply damn good music that really doesn’t want to fit into any real scheme. “Blues” (the real kind, not R&B) fits pretty well sometimes, but then, they also use electronics on their EP “machismo”. Gomez are best live, so if you ever get a chance to see them, hurry to get tickets, those guys have fun at their concerts. Songs to check out: “Blue Moon Rising”, “Rosalita” and “We haven’t turned around”, which was featured on the “American Beauty” Soundtrack.
Powderfinger – “Odysee #5” While this Aussie band finally went very commercial with their latest album, it’s still good music, melodic, well done. Songs to check out: “My kind of Scene”, “The day you come” (from the much better album “Internationalist”)
Something for Kate – “Beautiful Sharks” Another not so well known Aussie band that delivers good, hand-made, multi-layered guitary-music with great lyrics. Songs to check out:”Beautiful Sharks”, “Back to you”
Directions in Groove – DIG This EP by the Aussie Acid Jazz Project “Directions in groove” shows well what they do best – very nice 90’s style Acid Jazz. Grooooove. Songs to check out: “Heaven on earth”
tab two – “Between us” On their third album, this German acid Jazz duo added some more spice to their music by having Sandie Wallsch come in for some vocals. She adds another dimension to their music and adds “tranquility”, if that makes sense. Lovely. Songs to check out: “No way no war”, “Between us”
Endorphin – “Skin” Great electronics album by French-gone-Aussie DJ Endorphin. Simply fabulous. Excellent if you’ve listened to your “Fatboy Slim” and “Moby” albums one too many times.
Kruder & Dorfmeister – “The K&D sessions” This Austrian DJ Duo is yet another alternative to all those DJ albums you’ve gotten enough off already.
The Avalanches – “Since I left you” This Melbourne formation makes awesome, awesome multi-layered, partly very funny, sampled, melodic remixes. Still good, even though MTV Europe has discovered them and started showing their videos. Songs to check out:”Frontier psychiatrist”, “Since I left you”
Alex Lloyd – “Black the Sun” Yet another good act coming out of Australia. Alex Lloyd makes partly electronically enhanced guitar heavy songs with good lyrics. He was the warm up for Gomez on their last Aussie tour, and it was only him, his guitar and his voice and it rocked. Very much. Very sad and very good. Songs to check out:”My way home”, “Snow”
Augie March – “Sunset Studies” Sunset Studies is “Augie March’s” debut album. As the Melbournians proclaim themselves, this album will give you “a narcotic sonic adventure with unexpected twists and turns, meditative jams and glorious melodic moments.”. Do I need to say more? It simply is one glorious album. Songs to check out:”There’s no such place”, “Asleep in perfection”
Tex Perkins – “Dark Horses” Tex Perkins is usually the lead singer of famous Aussie band “The Cruel Sea”. Last year however, he published his second solo album "Dark Horses", which offers, above all, slow, dark hypnotic songs, whose atmosphere is generated by Perkins dark raunchy voice. It’s music for evenings of seduction. And yup, that’s partly due to the lyrics (it’s got one of these cute “explicit lyrics” stickers). Songs to check out:”To us”, ”Please break me gently” From The Cruel sea the albums “The honeymoon is over” and “Three legged dog” are worth to be checked out
David Gray – “White Ladder” The brits latest record (from 1999) was called “a record that makes your life feel better by its mere existence” by the Times and “A remarkable piece of work..literate, heartfelt, bittersweet” by the Daily Telegraph. I can only agree. And the little bit of kitschiness shall be forgiven. Songs to check out:”Please forgive me”, “This years love”
...and of course....U2, Radiohead and Dave Matthews, but you all know these, I s'pose.
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Grant - "Duct Tape Aesthetic" & all the rest
Mmmm... the musician I have to recommend more than any others right now is my boyfriend's friend Grant. Start at http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/8/grant.html if you can play MP3s. He's so wonderful. I love sweet, simple music with touching geeky lyrics. My very favorite song of his is "Gravity Song." I hope he plays at our wedding someday. Other Favorite Songs: "SuperHiWay", "Angels Watch Over Me".
Thomas Dolby - "The Flat Earth," "Astronauts and Heretics", & all other albums
Thomas did SO much more than 80s hit "She Blinded Me With Science." His music covers a very wide range of styles, with the five albums following a noticable progression. The lyrics tell vivid stories (one of them even has a sequel)... poppy little techno sounds mix up with piano and guitar and his mesmerizing voice. Mmmmmm. If you want to hear my personal song, it's the title track from "The Flat Earth." His music introduced me to lots of other music, including Prefab Sprout (try "Jordan: The Comeback") and Fiorella Terenzi, who I wish would produce an album with lots of her singing. I do have her album of recordings of galaxies, and her book, and I really want to see her on tour. I want to see Thomas, but he's been wrapped up in his computer company and his kids for years. Favorite Songs: "The Flat Earth," "Cloudburst on Shingle Street," "That's Why People Fall in Love," "The Beauty of a Dream," "Valley of the Mind's Eye"
Keali'i Reichel - "Kawaipunahele," "E O Mai," & the other two
This kama'aina of Maui does a masterful job of celebrating my favorite language. His albums are about half covers of sometimes sappy soft rock in English and half original and traditional compositions in Hawaiian. The latter are my favorite. It's so beautiful. I close my eyes and I can almost imagine I'm on the islands. Favorite Songs: "Kawaipunahele", "E Ho'i I Ka Pili", "Toad Song", "E O Mai".
Jai Uttal & the Pagan Love Orchestra - "Beggars & Saints", and others
I first heard this during warm-up at bellydance class, and I knew I had to find out what it was and have a copy. Indian music with other influences from techno to hillbilly. Powerful stuff. Favorite Songs: "Lake of Exploits", "Gopala", "Radhe Radhe".
Chumbawamba - "WYSIWYG" & others
While this group of anarchists is on a fairly big label, if you can't find them at Wal-Mart, it's 'cause they've been writing press releases telling people to steal their album. But what can I say. It was worth paying for. If you like lush music and clever, cynical lyrics and albums that form a cohesive whole, you'll love them. My Favorite Songs: "Dumbing Down", "Pass it Along", and "Celebration, Florida."
Empty Hats - "The Hat Came Back" and others
Formerly Double Indemnity, they're the very best show at the medieval fair that comes through here. Great audiance dynamic, clever/raunchy celtic inspired music. I want to be like Loony Lucy when I grow up. They're best live, but I like their album. Favorite Songs: "Beggars to God", "Two Magicians"...
I love Weird Al. I'm a big Erasure fan too. Laundry List: Tom Lehrer, Information Society, Moby, Kraftwerk, The Last Emperor, U2, Eiffel65, The Arrogant Worms, The Moody Blues...
My favorite things to play on the piano are "Fur Elise," Kuhlau sonatinas, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" (particularly, of course, "The Gates of Kiev"), Tchaikovsky... Brahms... Mmmmmmm...
I've been relearning children's songs on my bamboo flute and harmonica. My favorite song to play on a new instrument is "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
I listen to a lot of albums with dolphin noises in them. I really like "Music and Magic", the children's tape of songs from Fraggle Rock. It's one of my all time favorite TV shows. Actually music from Henson works in general. The first MP3 I ever downloaded was "The Rainbow Connection".
Oh, I absolutely adore music! It's about 3/4 my life!
The following, in my opinion, are beautiful works of art:
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile * This is from my personally favorite band. It has plenty of instrumentals, and if you are a real listener of music who likes to dig down to the nitty gritty and find the real meanings of songs, you'll love this album.
Tony Iommi - Iommi * The ex guitarist from Black Sabbath. He collaborates with many current vocalists to create amazing songs.
Recoil - Unsound Methods * This album is more of a poetic expression. Some of the lyrics are simply spoken. It really is interesting.
Saliva - Every Six Seconds * Just a jammin' CD for every metalhead fan. They seem to resemble a bit of Sevendust... The vocals aren't as rough as those of Sevendust though.
shedding skin sucumb defeat this machine is obsolete
Third Eye Blind I love them. Love love love love them. There music really has something to say, and it's conveyed in a sensible manner.
Incubus is really good, as is Buckcherry, Everclear, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, SUM 41, Alien Ant Farm, The Offspring, A New Found Glory, Blink 182, Coldplay, Supergrass, Josh Joplin Group, American Hi-Fi, and the Foo Fighters. Can you tell I like alternative/punk rock?
Oh, and can't forget the Queen! Aretha Franklin all the way, baby!
I love music.
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Pink, are we related by any chance? The list of music you put down is almost exactly the same as my current playlist!
Currently in Danny's MP3 playlist:
Third Eye Blind - Wounded Third Eye Blind - Slow Motion Alien Ant Farm - Movies The Doves - Catch the Sun 10,000 Maniacs - Noah's Dove 10,000 Maniacs - Few and Far Between Powderfinger - My Happiness Sublime - April 29, 1992 (my 13th birthday!) Sublime - Badfish Guttermouth - She's Got the Look Red Hot Chili Peppers - Parallel Universe Red Hot Chili Peppers - Undr the Bridge Foo Fighters - Big Me Everclear - Santa Monica The Cure - Boys Don't Cry The Cure - Mint Car The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want The Smiths - Back to the Old House The Smiths - Well I Wonder The Smiths - Queen is Dead The Smiths - Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before Morrissey - Jack the Ripper Morrissey - Alma Maters Morrissey - Suedehead Morrissey - The More You Ignore Me the Close I Get
I guess my choice of music depends on the mood I am in at the time. With all the Morrisey here...I guess I'm currently feeling "broody," or something.
I love music, I don't think I'd be able to get by without it. In our police cars at work, they recently began installing radios in them (not police radios, actual car radios!) My very first lights-and-siren run was with 311's song "Flowing" blaring from the patrol car's speakers.
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My list of favorite obscure -- if strange -- music. And because I like Alaska's format so much, I'm going to copy it. The songs of note are favorites of mine that I think, altogether, give a fairly good idea of the artist.
Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, The Serpent's Egg, and others Unusual world music, which can get dark enough at times that it's classified under "gothic." Half of the songs don't have lyrics, and of those that do, a number of them are in languages other than English (including Latin, and some fairly exotic things that I can't identify). I've been able to pick out Middle Eastern, Medieval, and Native American influences, although I'm know there's more than that in the songs. Definitely very different from anything you'll find on the radio, although it's not for everyone. Songs of note: "Xavier," "Cantara," and "Summoning of the Muse" (on ...Dying Sun); and "The Host of Seraphim," "Chant of the Paladin," and "In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings" (on Serpent's Egg)
The Changelings - Anything The Changelings are similar to Dead Can Dance in that they play some world music, but they also branch out into other styles, most of which I have a hard time naming. To give examples, they've done a sea shanty-type song, something that I've heard described as "post-apocalyptic Baroque," dreamy mood music, as well as relatively normal pop/rock. Their songs are very lovely (even though the lyrics -- when they're there -- are sometimes odd), and they're currently my favorite band. Songs of note: "Season of Mist" and "Earthquake at Versailles" (off of The Changelings); "Flowers Cover Your Eyes" ( off of the Mercury-ep); "Melusine," "Frog Song," and "Port Royale" (off of Amphibian); and "Stalingrad" and "Johnny Ether's Great Escape" (off of Terra Firma)
Loreena McKennitt - Elemental, The Visit, The Mask and Mirror, The Book of Secrets, A Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season, and others Probably the second most well-known artist on my little list. Loreena does Celtic and world music (sense a trend here?), with her earlier albums (Elemental, and Parallel Dreams) being mostly the former. Her work is just beautiful. Sadly, I don't think she's making music anymore, due to her fiance being killed. Songs of note: "Stolen Child," "Blacksmith," and "Lullaby" (off of Elemental); "All Soul's Night," and "The Old Ways" (off of The Visit); "The Mystic's Dream" (off of The Mask and Mirror); and "Marco Polo," and "Dante's Prayer" (off of The Book of Secrets). Also, her version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is one of the best and most unique I've ever heard.
Lisa Gerrard - The Mirror Pool or Duality Lisa used to be the lead singer of Dead Can Dance, until they broke up. Her work is lovely, although it isn't quite as eclectic as Dead Can Dance's -- my one complaint with it is that some of it sounds the same. She uses a lot of made up languages. If you've liked the rest of the stuff on this list, give her a listen. Songs of note: "Sanvean (I am your shadow)," "Glorafin," and "Violina (the last embrace)" (off of The Mirror Pool); "Shadow Magnet" and "The Human Game" (off of Duality)
Tori Amos - Anything The most emotional artist on my list. You've probably heard some of her stuff, so I'm not going to go into too much detail, just list some of her more obscure and unique songs that I think are worth a listen. Songs of note: "Little Earthquakes" and "Winter" (off of Little Earthquakes); "Icicle" (which you'd never hear on the radio, as it's about masturbation and religion) and "Baker, Baker" (off of Under the Pink); "Blood Roses" (off of Boys for Pele); "Cruel" (off of From the Choirgirl Hotel); and "Juarez" (a very dark song about girls being murdered, from To Venus and Back). Also, there's a cover she did of "Losing My Religion" that is just gorgeous; it's very slow and pretty and sad. You'll probably have to get that from the 'Net, though, as I don't think it's available on any CD.
There. I think I've rambled long enough.
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Dead Can Dance Into the Labyrinth, Toward The Within, Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun... anything they've done is wonderful. Lisa Gerrard (one of the bandmembers) worked on the Gladiator soundtrack with Hans Zimmer, and did the vocals for the Mission Impossible II score, but other than that, they're not very well-known. Kind of a Gothic Middle-Eastern / Irish sound. "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", "The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove", and "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" are really easy to find on Napster and will give you an idea of what their music is about.
Switchblade Symphony Another band that can do no wrong.
Mors SyphiliticaYet another great band. I just started listening to them. It's very beautiful music.
This Is Goth! A 3-CD compilation of goth music, including well-known bands such as The Mission, Switchblade Symphony, Alien Sex Fiend, and Gene Loves Jezebel. It's all good.
The Unquiet Grave 2000 Another compilation of music from the Gothic, Darkwave, Industrial, EBM, and Ethereal underground. Some of you may know the song "Marilyn, My Bitterness" by Cruxshadows if you're into the goth 'scene', but other than that, it's lots of obscure bands.
Apocalypse Theatre A nomadic band whose homebases have included Washington DC, Saint Louis, and currently, Minneapolis. They do an absolutely delicious cover of Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time". And the best part is, they're always looking for vocalists, dancers, bass-players, etc. to go on tour with them.
Afro-Celt Sound System Impossible to describe exactly what their music sounds like. One of their songs, "Release", was featured on the Stigmata soundtrack.
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ooh ooh ooh! I'm such a slow poke!!! here goes:
Radiohead entire discography, but if you have to start somewhere, let it be 'The Bends'
Black Lab Your Body Above Me Remy Zero Villa Elaine Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go Stereophonics Word Gets Around Placebo Without You I'm Nothing Idlewild 100 Broken Windows Gomez Liquid Skin BT Movement in Still Life (Hong Kong Edition) Underworld Beaucoup Fish Third Eye Blind Self-Titled REM Up U2 Best Of Super Furry Animals Radiator Gay Dad Leisure Noise Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream Nirvana Nevermind The Beta Band Three EPs The Wallflowers Breach The Mr. T Experience Love is Dead The Cure Galore Badly Drawn Boy The Hour of the Bewilderbeast Fuel Sunburn Supergrass Self-Titled Filter Title of Record Bush Sixteen Stone
np: Liz Phair "Supernova"
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First off, I would like to mention the Almighty God of the Guitar: Jimi Hendrix Anyone who doesn't know who this is, really needs to see more purple haze. In particular, try Angel or Little Wing.
For those of you with heavier tastes: Sepultura - Chaos AD (years old, but still a regular inhabitant of my CD player...) and Roots. These guys do some awesome metal fused with tribal beats. Its a pity that their latest stuff hasn't been so good.
Fear Factory - Soul of A New Machine and Demanufacture. Ignore all the remix CDs. These guys do some awesome techno-metal. I've never heard anyone mix thrash, metal, techno, and industrial together so superbly. Burn your sorry NIN CDs, and get these guys instead!
Ministry: Ditto my above comment about NIN. These guys are incredible. "Psalm 69", and "Jesus built my hotrod" are their best, in my opinion. If you like weird, disjointed samples, interlaced with some nice heavy riffs, you'll like these guys.
The Exploited. Scottish thrash-punk? If you can handle the accents, you'll love em. And the old Thatcher-era songs are funny in their anachronisms. "Don't pay the poll tax!"
Napalm Death. The name says it all - brutal, evil sounding riffs, with a wonderfully grindy edge. I don't like the vocals so much (too screamy), but the lyrics, drums, and guitar are awesome.
Faith No More - everything after Mike Patton joined. Not in the same genre as the rest, but probably one of the most under-rated metal bands ever. Their flexibility ranged from slap-bass through to deep ballads, to head-bangingly good rock. If you like Mike Patton's vocals, also try Mr. Bungle.
I'll also mention a grab-bag of the obvious: Soundgarden, Radiohead, early Pearl Jam, and the aforementioned Jeff Buckley.
On the lighter side of things: The composers Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Mahler, Beethoven, Handel, and Ludwig von Strudel. (Ok, so I made the last one up...) In particular, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Beethoven's 5th (Choral) Symphony.
Let's face it, any idiot can program a computer to make a bad techno album. A true master can create the music in his mind, then score it so that a hundred instruments play as one.
Just to show you how strange I am... I like everything!! I do work at a music store, so I listen to everything - maybe that has something to do with it. Anyway, mostly I listen to rock (alternative/heavy/and yes, pop). My favorite group right now is Linkin Park They're awesome! Also, a heavy metal liking friend of mine apparently also likes not so heavy music, because he recommended David Lanz to me. Cristofori's Dream is a beautiful song!!
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Ok this is a VERY serious topic for me, lol... I listen to hard rock, alternative, grunge, some gothic stuff, pop, r & b, country, and rap... oh yeah, techno also... I listen to mainly everything, but my fav would have to be alternative or hard rock... my favorite artists are: Creed, Lifehouse, Fuel, Oleander, 3 Doors Down, Tantric, Full Devil Jacket... the list goes on and on! Music is my life! ------------------ "There's a peace inside us all, let it be your friend, it will help you carry on, in the end."- Creed (the song,"Inside Us All")
"And how can I stand here with you, and not be moved by you? Could you tell me, how could it be, any better than this?" Lifehouse (the song, "Everything")
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Tori Amos She is my favorite and has been since about fifth grade. My next door neighbor and friend was obsessed and she passed that obsession onto me Tori's music and ideas have made a huge impact on ly life in the best ways possible. Though I like her earlier stuff better I also enjoy the more recent music.
The Cure- I like this band a lot and I kinda have a crush on the young Robert Smith hehe My older sister loved them when she was younger, and still enjoys them.
R.E.M.- The first cd I ever bought was by them. I like them a lot Again this was the work of my neighbor hehe.
Concrete Blonde- Good band I found the album Bloodletting in a bunch of old tapes my sister gave to me. The first time I listened to it i didnt really think much of it. So I put it away. The second time I came across it months later I fell in love instantly. Johnette Napolitano is awesome on vocals and bass guitar.
I also enjoy: just about any 80's or early 90's music, early alternative, neutral milk hotel, the doors, Arlo Gutherie, the beatles, radiohead, depeche mode, siouxsie and the banshees, and the list goes on and on.
Hoo-boy, did you guys ask me the wrong question... I could go on and on, but I'll try (try) and keep this brief. Stereolab are the kings and queens of the moog. I've heard their music described as easy listening for hipsters. godspeed you black emperor gives listeners the music for the apocalypse. Long, grand instrumental tunes that sound like they come from a movie score. They sometimes have as many as 11 people in concert. Eric's Trip is sorely missed by me. Lo-fi grungy angst-ridden pop at its best, they played. The New Pornographers are not much to see live, but they do put together great recordings. Cow-punk Neko Case sings. Zumpano is a close relative of the New Pornographers. Sleater-Kinney are what I listen to to get, or stay angry. Braid is rough-around-the-edges emo with a strong social conscience. De la Soul is my hip-hop pleasure. Their early stuff is so nice and cheerful and bouncy, but even the recent stuff gives me hope for rap music. Lambchop blasts straight outta Tennessee with a fantastic mix of country and indie-rock sensibility. The Left Banke left us long, long ago but I've only recently discovered their beautiful, complex melodies. You might know their song 'Walk Away Renée.' The Promise Ring puts a smile on my face. Happy emo kids from Milwaukee. (All the great emo seems to come from the American Midwest and the Canadian Prairies.) The Old 97s are all that country music could be. An anti-Bush country music band from Texas? You must be kidding! The Weakerthans give me my signature, and help me prove my theory about great emo.
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Ooh, ooh! PLAYLISTS! This is going to be fun, but before I start... I'm going to see Blast next week when I go to NYC. I saw clips of it and it looks awesome! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is going to be so much fun! I'm going to list songs and artists instead of albums, so here goes:
"All I Need" by Air - It's just so relaxing. I have one of their albums and it's really good. It's laid back techno.
"The Underworld" by Aphrodite - This is a good song by Aphrodite; it's great to dance to.
"Elephunk" by Baby Mammoth - It's also relaxing, but really cool. It just makes you want to sway back and forth.
"Symphony No. 7: Allegretto II" by Beethoven - Whenever I'm angry or depressed, I listen to this song. There is so much emotion in this piece of music that I feel much more refreshed afterwards.
"It's Not the Spotlight" by Beth Orton - This is some good alternative. I have one of her albums and this is one of my favorite songs. She's a really good singer.
"Sometimes" by Brand New Heavies (Dimitri remix) - This is just uplifting! Not to mention upbeat and fun too.
"Dreaming" by BT - I don't know what to say about this one, it's just cool.
"One More Time" by Daft Punk - Woo hoo, get your dancing shoes!
"Isobel" by Bjork (Dimitri remix) - Good song, even if you don't really like Bjork.
"Let You Down" by DMB - I love this song! I like to sway to this one too. It might be my favorite song off his Crash album, but I'm not sure. I LOVE DMB!!!
"Appletree" by Erykah Badu - SHe sings so smoothly. I feel so sly after I listen to this song.
"Hatfield" by Everything But The Girl - They're just cool.
"Bones & Joints" by Finger Eleven - I lot of their songs are depressing, but it's realistic. It's some pretty good metal.
"Bittersweet (acoustic)" by Fuel - You can never leave out Fuel! This is their best song, I think.
"Whatever, Whenever" by Groove Armada - This is another one of those so-smooth songs. Listen to it!
"Acid Milk" by Gus Gus - I don't know how to explain this group other than cool.
"2Wicky" by Hooverphonic - Well, talk about laid back!
"Stellar (acoustic)" by Incubus - If my boyfriend and I had a song, this would be it. The lryics are so cool!
"Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin - You can never forget about Janis and this is a good song!
"Yours Forever" by John Mellencamp - It's from The Perfect Storm, what else can I say?
"Dream Catcher" by Keoki - Yup, folks. This would be the origin of my screen name. DANCING TIME!!!
"Wake Up" by Laurent Garnier - Who stole my dancing shoes????
"My December" by Linkin Park - SAd, but beautiful.
"Feel Your Body Talkin'" by DJ Sneak (Mark Farina remix) - Smooth, sleek, and sexy.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Everybody should know the words to this song, it's classic!
"BLue Lines" by Massive Attack - It's another sexy song.
"I'm a Bitch" by Meredith Brooks - It's my theme song! Haha, it's not a joke either.
"The Time Is Now" by Moloko - This song is just fun and upbeat.
"L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole - Oh, it's so sweet! It's a classic too.
"Pipes Honour" by Nightmares on Wax - Smooth, relaxing, and laid back. Mm...
"Smile" by Olive - I don't even know why I like Olive. It's just so addictive.
"I Just Want You" by Ozzy Osbourne - You can't forget about Ozzy!
"Street Spirit (acoustic)" by Radiohead - Need I say more? They just rule!
"Bussing" by REd SNapper - Now this is something I just discovered. It's really good trip hop!
"Rare Duet" by Robert Miles and AFX - I can't believe I lost my dancing shoes!!!
"Scorccio" by Sasha and Darren Emerson - This has got to be the best song ever! I'm serious. I don't need to explain because it's Sasha.
"Never Been the Same" by Extreme Beings of Leisure - It's slow, cool, and sexy. I just love the name too!
"Fukamachi" by Swayzak - Oh, who needs shoes anyway?
"Central Industrial" by The Future Sound of London - They're just so cool.
"Erase and Rewind" by The CArdigans - It's the song that the prom king and queen danced to in Never Been Kissed. It's just so awesome.
"Fingertips" by They Might Be Giants - Aw man, this song is hilarious!!!!
"Cups" by Underworld - They're just so cool!
"Mambo 1000" by Ursula 1000[b/] - It's like the tango meets techno. Awesome!!!
"Low Rider" by [b]War - Do I really have to explain? I mean, everyone knows that the low rider goes a little slower. Duh!
"Capriol Suite: II. Pavane" by Warlock - We're playing it in school and it is just so moving. It's simple, but I love to close to my eyes and play like in Mr. Holland's Opus.
Well, that's a few songs for you. I've missed a lot of people because I didn't want to end up naming 200 songs. I don't even know how many I named. I just love music!
------------------ "You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older... You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older And now you're older still..." -Older by TMBG
"There's only one thing that I know how to do well and I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself, and so I'm having a wonderful time..." Whistling in the Dark by TMBG
"Everyone looks naked when you know the world's address.." The World's Address by TMBG
People think I have a rather funky collection of music, because it spreads over so many different genres
At the moment I'm listening to a lot of hardcore / happy hardcore / trance / trancecore music, since my SO DJ's the stuff, I can't escape it, but learned to love it! It's happy music, cheesy music, it gets me bumping along every day
For a taste test, open Napster (or whatever) and download some:
Brisk + Trixxy (Eyeopener; Thunder + Rain; Eurolove) Breeze (Let's Fly) Anabolic Frolic (Every time I close my eyes) Alphaville (Forever young) DJ Sakin (Braveheart theme remix) Slipmatt + Scott Brown (Eternal Flame)
Then theres my rather industrial / gothic stuff, i.e the Type O Negative Summer Breeze remix..
Bands and artists I can recommend are Day One, who do this beautiful song called "Doing Fine".. and MJ Cole, whose album "Sincere" has got to be one of the best of all time. Listen to the songs "Sincere" and "Crazy Love", they rock my world
For a bit of craziness, you can't go past Japanese rockers Shonen Knife, who did a great cover of The Carpenters "Top of the World" and "Daydream Believer"; and (The) ZooBombs who played at the Big Day Out this year. Also check out Ween, who write songs such as "Mister Won't You Please Help My Pony" and "Spinal Meningitis".
Matchbox 20...'Yourself or someone like,' and 'Mad Sesson'
Christina Aguilera...'Mi Reflejo'
Limp Bizkit...thier first album but I can't think of the name right now.
And right now I'm really REALLy into musicals so probably I'll have:
The Phantom of the Opera
Once On This Island
Fiddler on the Roof
The Full Monty
The Lion King
When Pigs Fly
Baby baby baby
Little Shop Of Horrors
That's it for right now. Interesting eh?
------------------ If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home There's an awful lot of breathing room But I can hardly move If you're gone - baby you need to come home 'Cause there's a little bit of something me In everything in you ~Sexy Rob Thomas, 'If You're Gone.'
radiohead- ANYTHING by them / everyone knows of radiohead, and almost everyone who's been exposed to their stuff knows it's amazing. they qualify for the title of my favorite band ever- i first got into them at the age of 11, and my obsession has been going strong since. any of their albums are completely spotless (well, possibly excluding "pablo honey" but that was a debut album...so..), and i recommend starting with "ok computer" or "the bends".
pj harvey- stories from the city, stories from the sea / i'm a big pj fan, and her newest album is wonderful. i think a lot of you here would really like it.. a lot of the lyrics are relating to coming to terms with her sexuality, and she writes about it in such a vibrant way it's hard not to love her.
bjork- selmasongs / i love bjork! while not everyone will adore selmasongs (i do believe you have to watch "dancer in the dark", the musical/movie which it is the score for, to fully appreciate the album), i know bjork fans will, as will fans of musicals. the songs play out like a wacky musical, and go from incredibly upbeat and happy to melancholy in one album. beautiful.
talking heads- talking heads '77 / while a lot of you fellow 80's kids out there probably know them for "burning down the house" and "don't you forget about me" they have even better stuff on their debut album. more than that, you can see so much influence that they've had on recent bands.
tori amos- under the pink / i've heard a ton of tori lately. "under the pink" features a ton of pianos, and tori's amazing lyrics and vocals.
------------------ "i need to wash myself again to hide all the dirt and pain, 'cos i'd be scared that there's nothing underneath"- radiohead
wow...lots of music here... my list may not be as good...but here goes
the more classical type stuff or whatever...you know the things that aren't advertised on radio or tv: carl orf? i think that's his name: carmina burana- love this song, so powerful and moody
george gershwin... i have nothing more to say than "this man is great!" about him...his wife ida too, she wrote lyrics... but i'm really diggin rhapsody in blue...that's a good one
there's 1812 overture, ride of the valkyries, the hut on fowl's leg, ooh! beethoven's fifth is a popular favorite, oh so much more and i thank my band director for all of these because i would not know them!
now for the more recent stuff...
my favorite cd right now is incubus make yourself. i love it to pieces! i listen to it all the freaking time!
i really like AFI's the art of drowning
sublime's self titled cd is great, one of my alltime favorites including "what i got" that's a classic! haha love it...
weezer, it's older but i just got it last week!
our lady peace "clumsy" awesome cd! awesome! haven't heard their new one yet though
fuel "sunburn" i think it's called... love that one
talking heads from back in the day...they're just fun...along with the violent femmes!
beastie boys, dependant on people's age, they only know certain times of beastie. if you're younger i suggest checking our "ill communication" or the one before that... i don't remember the name... but i like all their stuff!
blah... i can't think of any more, if anything else comes.. i'll post again!
------------------ " Life move pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
Yeah, Tori Amos rules! I agree, her earlier stuff is better. I like the fact that it was all her-- piano and vocals. Some of the songs with other instruments are good, but I don't like the sort of electronic-dancy direction she's taking.
Anyway, I guess I usually like female solo artists, especially when they take a big role in defining themselves (e.g., they can sing, write and play as opposed to just being a pretty face with puppet strings...)
Yay!! I love music Favorite bands (in no particular order, except that SUBLIME is the greatest, of course ) -Sublime (good songs--40 0z to freedom, Boss DJ, Greatest Hits, What I Got, Wrong Way, Santeria, Date Rape) -Blink182 (good songs--Wasting Time, Dammit, Carousel, Peggy Sue, Voyuer) -The Offspring (Smash, Bad Habit, Come out and play, Want You Bad, Pay the Man) -The Ramones (RIP JOEY RAMONE!!! anyway--i wanna be sedated, do you wanna dance, hey ho let's go, spiderman) -The Misfits (last caress, scream, static age) -The Red Hot Chili Peppers (blood sugar sex magik, around the world, suck my kiss, give it away now, under the bridge) -Rage Against The Machine (bulls on parade, revolver, vietnow, renegades of funk) -Reel Big Fish (Beer, Everything sucks, thank you for not moshing, first of all, somebody hates me) -AFI (sacrifice theory, a single second, total immortal, high school football hero) -Incubus (the warmth, antigravity love song, drive, make yourself, i miss you) -Linkin Park (run away, in the end, papercut, crawling) -Green Day (FOD, welcome to paradise, longview, when i come around) -Bowling For Soup (suckerpunch, close to you, the bitch song, thespian) -Jimmie's Chicken Shack (spiraling, trash, what do i do right, lazy boy dash) -Operation Ivy (bombshell, unity, take warning, jaded, gonna find you, sound system) -311 (come original, down, transistor) -(hed)PE (bartender, killing time, i got you, boom how you like that) -MxPx (without you, doin time, my mom still cleans my room, cristelena, bad hair day) -NoFX (please play this song on the radio, the decline, it's my job to keep punk rock elite) -Staind (it's been a while, mudshovel, home, raw, just go, outside) -Weezer (buddy holly, say it ain't so, name is jonas, suzzane) -Goldfinger (superman, disorder, i'm down, still counting the days) -The Living End (staring at the light, prisoner of society, bloody mary, pictures in the mirror)
------------------ It's sickening how comforting the privacy of the mind can be...
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At the moment, my favourite album has to be Dido, no angel. It's really relaxing to listen to, especially when you're stressed out
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