May 19, 2010 2 Comments
So, I just posted the following note on facebook. Want to make sure I get all the good suggestions I can, so I’m posting here, too.
So, I’ve not been entirely happy with my musical choices for a while. I suspect there’s some really great music out there that I would really like, but I just don’t know about it. I strongly suspect this because it’s been the case in the past. For example, Neutral Milk Hotel is one of my favorite bands. They disbanded in 1999, but I discovered them in 2005 or so. I’d love to discover a band that is actually still making music I love, that I just don’t know about yet.
One way to do this, of course, is to put the music I like into Pandora, and see what else comes up. I’ve been listening to a lot of Pandora, and mostly I’ve found a few songs here and there I didn’t know about and have now downloaded and really enjoy, but I can’t say there’s a new band I was unfamiliar with but now really like (though, I didn’t realize just how much I like Weezer until they kept popping up. I have a Weezer station now, that’s my favorite).
So, anyway, my idea was to describe my musical preferences here, and see what suggestions my facebook friends might come up with. I tagged a bunch of people, just because I wanted to make sure they saw this note (some people don’t check facebook a lot; others I happen to know are really into music), I want anyone who sees this and feels like they have a good suggestion to fire away.
Alright then, not exactly sure the best way to do this, but I’ll start by opening my Itunes to remind me of my favorite artists. In rough order of artists that I’ve enjoyed listening to lately (i.e., not a statement on overall artistic merit): Nirvana, U2, Neutral Milk Hotel, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Who, Cracker, Weezer, Radiohead, Hole, Aimee Mann, R.E.M. I’ve also got a soft-spot for good Irish Rock, most notably, the Pogues. Definitely could use some good suggestions here (haven’t been all that pleased with many of Pandora’s suggestions here).
As for a more stylistic description, I really like hard-driving, yet catchy, guitar-driven music, e.g., Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day. I appreciate more minimalist sounds, i.e., White Stripes (because of Jack White’s amazing guitar licks), Spoon (great catchy tunes), but I’m somewhat partial to more of the fuller, Wall of Sound, approach. All else being equal, I definitely favor up-tempo.
It also occurred to me, that there’s some bands people might suggest that I already am familiar with and like, just not love, that I didn’t mention here. Those include Coldplay, Muse, pretty much all classic rock (Beatles, Eagles, Stones, Clapton, etc.)
Alright, that’s more than enough, suggest away!