Saturday, March 19, 2005

Anyone have any music recommendations?

What have you guys heard lately that's any good. Right now, I have so much stuff that I can't listen to it all - so why you ask, am I looking for recommendations?

Funny you should ask. It turns out that I have so much, that I'm completely directionless. It may well be that you guys will recommend something that I already have, but that doesn't mean I've listened to it. What I really want is a point in the right direction.

Also, it doesn't matter what musical genre you recommend. I am pretty open-minded musically - I tend to like just about anything.

Kid Handsome


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Here's a list of the best stuff I heard last year.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Management said...

Thanks Bob.

As I suspected, I have a bunch of that stuff, but just never thought to listen to some of it. There is also some stuff I didn't know about. I appreciate the link.


9:21 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Hey, I've tried posting a few times, but blogger seems to be down every time I try. Here are some things I've been listening to lately, and some things you might have missed. They're in no particular order. Some of it Bob already told you about. Oh well.

Fela Kuti - Extremely political Nigerian guy from the 70's and 80's. Music is mix of jazz, rock, funk, and African. Kicks ass. Check out live disc w/ Ginger Baker

The Killers - Mainstream post new-wave, but it's very energetic. My favorite album of late.

Larry Levan's Classic West End - Much closer to what disco was actually about than anything the Village People or Saturday Night Fever ever did. You may not like it, but it's worth hearing, esp. track 8

Underworld, Beaucoup Fish or Second Toughest in the Infants - Don't know if you like dance music or not, but this is probably the easiest and best intro to the genre.

Amon Tobin - Electronic music, but not what you typically associate with dance music. So called "Intelligent Dance Music". In my opinion, much closer to John Zorn or someone like that.

DJ Spooky - similar deal to Amon Tobin.

Death Cab for Cutie - One of the best albums I heard last year, and I don't even like indie rock.

Faultline, Your Love Means Everything - I could only describe it by saying it falls somewhere between Massive Attack and Flaming Lips. Nice straddling of rock/electronic border.

Gov't Mule, Deja Voodoo - I've never liked this band, but some of the songs on this album are undeniably infectious.

Jeff Buckley, Grace - Assuming you already have this one, but if you don't, go get it.

Joss Stone, The Soul Sessions - If you can get past the fact that she was way overhyped, she's got a pretty kickass voice, and there are some great re-workings of songs here (esp. "Fell in Love with a Boy" and "Some Kind of Wonderful")

Mike Doughty, Skittish/Rockity Roll - I never expected the Soul Coughing singer to bust out with some simple, honest, heartfelt songs/lyrics.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets or Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead - More post-new wave, but it's really good. He has heart, which is something that was missing from most new wave the first time around. Much closer to Paul Weller or The Police than to Human League or Flock of Seagulls.

Talvin Singh, OK - Good intro to the Asian Underground, a group of musicians that have very successfully fused trad. Indian music with western electronic music.

Paris Combo, Living Room - Mix of jazz and French Cafe music. Very cool, very energetic.

Sam Phillips - I can't even recommend one. A Beatle-esque singer/songwriter who was always too quirky to break into the mainstream. Her newer albums are very stripped down, almost Tom Waits-ish. Her older ones are lavishly produced. Zero Zero Zero (best of) is a good starting point.

The Mars Volta - Bob says they're the next Pink Floyd. I hope they don't fuck that prediction up as badly as Radiohead did.

Twilight Singers - Side project that turned main project for Greg Dulli from the Afghan Whigs. Dark and depressing.

Pigeonhed, Brad, Satchel - If you like Twilight Singers, one of the vocalists is Shawn Smith, who sings for all three of these bands. Wildly inconsistent, but every album by these three have at least 2 or 3 songs that make them worth owning (or at least hearing).

Okay, that's enough for today. See what happens when you ask for music?

9:07 AM  
Anonymous The Hero of Canton said...

Hey KH Here is some stuff I've been rocking to.
The Killers - I see someone else listed this but it's worth the listen.
The Bravery - Simmilar to The Killers but more moody. The album just came out on Tuesday.
The Hellicoptors - Think if they froze AC/DC in their prime and thawed them out today.

11:37 PM  

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