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Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 847)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 9:59 AM


Seems this group would be a fine opportunity to make recommendations for new music. I'm always looking for something new and interesting, so pass on your recent favorites.

We have a radio station (college alternative) in our department, so I have access to tons of new stuff. I just don't have time to check them all out. I usually pull out stuff I recognize, and sometimes I just go by the name or the cover illustrations. Anything you can recommend I'd be glad to check out if we have it.

Here are some recent finds that I think are pretty good. Most, if not all, can be sampled on the web:

Blue Grass: Believe it or not labels do send us blue grass music. I grabbed The Devil Make Three solely for the cover blurb: "The jug-band-meets-punk-rock sound is alluring and wild like an untamed bull." I wouldn't go that far, or call it punk, but it is kind of fun. Most of the songs are about drinking and getting drunk, if that bothers anyone.

World: Bajofondo Tango Club, Mardulce. We get some world music, but I don't think the students even bother to check it out. I'm no dancer, but this seems like legitimate tango. An 8-piece band from South America. Smooth.

Instrumental rock: The Rambling Ambassadors. Recommended this to Al a month or so ago. If you like Dick Dale and/or the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, these guys are quite good.

Female Alternative: Charlotte Sometimes sounds a lot like Fiona Apple but not quite so dark. I like the cover illustration, but the music is nice as well.

Rock/Metal: Story of the Year's Black Swan. This used to be one of my son's favorite bands. But now that they've toned it down a bit I rather like them; less screaming, more harmonies.

Rock/Metal: The Matches. Their second album (A Band in Hope) is somewhat lighter than the first album. A keeper.

Jazz: Verve Remixed. This won't be to everyone's taste; kind of hit and miss. Classics remixed to modern music. Sarah Vaughn's Tea for Two and Ella Fitzgerald's I get a kick out of You are nicely updated but won't make anyone forget the originals.

Rock: I actually bought an album this week. Alkaline Trio's Agony and Irony. So far I don't like it as much as previous albums. I like their macabre observations of life, but they seem to have lightened up for this album.

Looking for your recommendations.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 10:04 PM

Having a teenager is a great way to get exposed to new music. Some of my daughter's stuff I don't like at all, but some is really good.

I have really grown to love The Killers, Keane, Snow Patrol, and Coldplay. I also like Sufian Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, The Bravery, and Joshua Radin.

These bands are way different from the classic and hard rock I normally listen to, but it's also a nice change of pace.

I absolutely LOVE Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' album (yes, I know the term "album" completely dates me, but I can't help it) "Raising Sand." I don't listen to country at all, but Alison's voice is amazing and the combination of the 2 is beyond belief. They'll be playing 2 nights at the Fox in St. Louis in late September. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be back to work by then so I can go!!!

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 847)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 7:43 PM

Of the folks you mention, Radin is the only one I'm not
familiar with. I'll look for him. Big thumbs up to Keane and
Snow Patrol. The Killers and Stevens...meh.

I have 3 Wainwrights on my iTunes. Loudon and son
Rufus are on a double album of sea chanteys, Rogue's
Gallery. It's surprisingly good. I will warn, though,
that I use one of Loudon's songs as an example of music
that is indecent (can't be obscene because it has artistic

Martha Wainwright (Rufus' sister) has gotten good reviews
on her new album. I have her self-titled album. She packs
emotion into her lyrics.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 5th Jul '08 9:40 PM

I had no idea Rufus was from a musical family. I'll have to check out the others. Thanks!

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 847)
Sun, 6th Jul '08 1:14 PM

You're close enough to my age that you may remember
the Loudon Wainwright classic, Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road.

Another R n R family is the Thompsons. Richard and Linda did
some great albums together, then their divorce inspired Richard's
songwriting (and some real dark songs) during a solo career, and
now their son Danny Thompson is getting good reviews for his
album, though I can't think of the name of it off the top of my head.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Mon, 7th Jul '08 9:05 AM

And of course dont forget the famous Loudon Wainwright III song 'I Wish I Was A Lesbian'

Absolute genius

Kimoira  (Level: 215.2 - Posts: 1201)
Tue, 8th Jul '08 5:28 PM

This child of the 70s can boast Keane and Tragically Hip as "new" music I love. And there is no experimentation going on here- when I hear something that I absolutely love, I go out and buy the CD.

Unfortunately it doesn't happen often enough so maybe I'll pick up a few leads here.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Tue, 8th Jul '08 7:11 PM

Seen as most of the people on this site are American, and I have no idea whether this band are even known in there. But I must say that The Zutons are one of the best modern bands.
They have just released there third album.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 9th Jul '08 12:52 AM

Okay, I don't know who any of these people are. I am kind of stuck in the 80s. I love just any hair band from that decade but I have been listening to radio and have been introduced to some that I like. I really like the Seether song "Broken." My husband swayed to listen to bands such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Savatage (saw the last 2 in concert a few years ago but my goal is to see DT). He listens to a lot of stuff that a lot of people have never heard because it's not mainstream but if you check them out you might find it enjoyable listening.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:39 PM

Doesn't Dave listen to a lot of Swedish metal online? I rarely listen to the radio because I can't stand commercials. One of these days, I'll have to get satellite radio. I imagine that's a really good way to hear new stuff.

Foogs, I remember the title of the song Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, but not the song itself.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 15th Jul '08 12:12 AM

Yes he does and a lot of it is really but a lot of it is just too much growl vocals for me. I hate that crap. I do like Kamelot quite a bit and Nightwish (their version of Phantom of the Opera rocks).

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 847)
Tue, 15th Jul '08 10:11 AM

Scifidwarf: If you like broken, you might like Evanescence. Amy Lee
is the vocalist on Broken and lead for Evanescence. Their first album,
when Ben Moody was still with the group, is better than the second.
You might also check out Within Temptation, a Dutch group with
similarities to Evanescence.

iTunes lists your other bands as Prog, which I don't know a lot about.
I sampled some and you might look into Cursive, Mars Volta or Muse.
Mars Volta is the hardest listen for me. They're a weird mix of jazz,
psychedelia and metal and they tend to go long. Muse and Cursive are
much more melodic.

One other name I'll throw out just because I like him and he's
accessible is John Gorka. He's pretty much a solo blues/rock singer
songwriter who sometimes gets filed with Folk at Barnes & Noble.
Out of the Valley (1994) is one of my all time favorite albums.
Jack's Crows (1991) is another good album to start with. His song
writing quality has dropped off in recent years, but If all he had ever
written was "Flying Red Horse" and "Talk about Love" I'd still be
recommending him.

has dropped

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 9:08 AM

My husband has several Within Temptation CDs. They are good. I am not a big of Evanescence but I do like Amy Lee's voice. I might check out the other bands you mentioned though. My husband opened my ears to a lot of different music after we got married. Before that I pretty much listened to 80s rock and country. I cringe now when I hear country but I still love my 80s. Actually I just the new Whitesnake CD not too long ago and I love it. I just got Journey's new one as well. Their new singer is awesome (I'm still kind of partial to Steve Perry though). If you like Whitesnake and Journey, check out the new CD's, I think you will pleasantly surprised.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 8:10 PM

I have two teenagers and their musical tastes are as far apart as the earth from the moon. My youngest is into Linkin Park, Green Day and AC/DC...My oldest likes the Christian Rock groups and the gospel quartets like Gold City and The Eternals. He also likes the new country that is out now...Mom here still likes her 50's, 60's and 70's music that she grew up with. Altho some of the newer stuff is pretty good I have to admit...I can understand now why my dad always turned the radio down in the car when I was driving and listening to Lynard SKynard and Three Dog Night! LOL....

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 2:31 PM

Could be worth trying out
which is an online radio station, just type in a band or song you like and it will play stuff that is quite similar in genre and style, you can unearth some good stuff there.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:19 AM

I may try that. Thanks. I am always up for trying new music.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 9:08 PM


Just listened to Loudon Wainwright's I wish I was a Lesbian on YouTube. Great video and song. Thanks for recommendations.


Mudkip201  (Level: 1.3 - Posts: 9)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 9:40 PM

I think that "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone is the best song.

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:39 PM

If you like Alt.Rock You will love "I Don't Care" by Apocalyptica! I just love it!!!!!!!

Dragonslayer96  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 25)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 2:41 PM

Ok Progressive rock is just the coolest rock your gonna find....Dream Theater is my favorite band...they are the best band on the band director at school, also a sploofuser, showed me them months ago...and i still love them.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Mon, 5th Jan '09 1:44 PM

Mitchy, I love that song - just heard it for the first time yesterday with my son. Did you know that the guy who sings that song is the lead singer of Three Days Grace - great alternative rock!

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 8th Jan '09 10:47 PM

Yes i know ain't that way kool? Check this out, The group Sevendust has a bad ass song called, "Ugly" I love it. BUT not only that the lead singer is....Black! Go to my space and in the search box type Sevendust make sure you are looking in music videos!
Way AWESOME!!!!! Let me know what you think!

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