Help me's music that matters to me...who else might I dig?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jon_Are, Oct 6, 2001.

  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

    Jun 25, 2001
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    I no longer have the time or energy to aggressively seek out new music, but I feel that I'm in a rut. Here's a list of some of my favorites - as well as some recent discoveries I'm fond of. Based on this list, I'm counting on y'all to steer me toward some new pleasures.
    All time faves: Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Paul Simon.
    Also like: Liz Phair, Joe Jackson, Cowboy Junkies, Violent Femmes, The Beatles, Robert Gordon, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Wallflowers, Talking Heads.
    Recently discovered: Beck, Ben Folds...cripes, that's about it (hence my problem)!
    As you might notice, I value: originality, real musical ability, lyrics of depth and/or cleverness, and variety. What I despise most is lack of originality.
    Thanks for any input!
    "This one goes to eleven." (Nigel Tufnel)
    [Edited last by Jon_Are on October 06, 2001 at 08:59 PM]
  2. Kevin Leonard

    Kevin Leonard Supporting Actor

    Mar 11, 2001
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    Well, here's a partial list of some reccomendations; these are mostly little-known or obscure musicians that I always push onto my friends when they look at my music collection. If I think of any more (and I will), I'll post 'em. The format goes like this:
    Name of Band/Musician (Reccomended Album(s))
    Big Star (#1 Record/Radio City--two classics for the price of one!)
    Captain Soul (they only have one album out--Beat Your Crazy Head Against the Sky--but damn, is it one hell of an album)
    The Feelies (Crazy Rhythms)
    Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend, 100% Fun)
    Velvet Crush (Teenage Symphonies to God)
    XTC (Drums and Wires, Skylarking, English Settlement, Nonsuch...hell, buy 'em all!)
    The Zombies (The Singles)
    The Jayhawks (Hollywood Town Hall)
    Gram Parsons (GP/Grievous Angel--two classics for the price of one! (again))
    Son Volt (Trace, Wide Swing Tremolo)
    T-Bone Burnett (Truth Decay, Talking Animals, Proof Through the Night)
    Hamell on Trial (Choochtown)
    Robyn Hitchcock (Element of Light, Globe of Frogs, Eye, Jewels for Sophia)
    Aimee Mann (I'm With Stupid, Whatever, Bachelor No. 2, Magnolia)
    Nick Lowe (Basher, Jesus of Cool, The Impossible Bird)
    Beth Orton (Trailer Park, Central Reservation)
    Graham Parker (Passion Is No Ordinary World)
    Michael Penn (MP4, March)
    Jennifer Trynin (Cockamamie, Gun Shy Trigger Happy)
    Frank Zappa (200 Motels, Sheik Yerbouti, Freak Out!)
    Dinosaur Jr. (Bug, Without A Sound, You're Living All Over Me; there's a recent compilation named Ear-Bleeding Country that's a pretty good sampler)
    fIREHOUSE (If'n, Fromohio)
    Husker Du (Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig)
    The Minutemen (Double Nickels on a Dime, Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat)
    Pere Ubu (The Modern Dance, Picnic Time, Dub Housing)
    The Pixies (Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Trompe Le Monde)
    The Replacements (based on your choices, you'll probably enjoy some of their more mainstream work--Tim and Pleased to Meet Me)
    The Soft Boys (Underwater Moonlight, and if you can find it, A Can of Bees)
    Have you ever noticed anyone driving slower than you is an idiot? And anyone driving faster than you is a maniac!! - George Carlin
    ICQ: 55259446 (or just search for "John Shaft"...can you dig?)
    [Edited last by Kevin Leonard on October 06, 2001 at 10:13 PM]
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Jan 18, 1999
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    Sounds like you're a singer-songwriter fan.
    Maybe try:
    Mary Lou Lord
    Jeremy Enigk
    Matthew Sweet (his first "rock" album GIRLFRIEND specifically)
    Freedy Johnston
    Nick Drake
    Elliott Smith
    Aimee Mann
    Pete Droge
    And if you're adventurous:
    Neutral Milk Hotel
    The Silver Jews
    Yo la tengo
    Daniel Johnson
    Shawn Smith (solo album)
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  4. Kevin Leonard

    Kevin Leonard Supporting Actor

    Mar 11, 2001
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    Oh, another person you might want to look into is Marshall Crenshaw. He's a singer-songwriter who is sort of like Buddy Holly crossed with the Beatles, with a dash of Elvis Costello thrown in...his debut album Marshall Crenshaw (duh) is to me the definition of a perfect pop album.
    Have you ever noticed anyone driving slower than you is an idiot? And anyone driving faster than you is a maniac!! - George Carlin
    ICQ: 55259446 (or just search for "John Shaft"...can you dig?)
  5. Brian Bunn

    Brian Bunn Second Unit

    Oct 26, 1998
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    Jon--Don't know if you saw the post from an earlier similar thread but here is a list of some new music that I have been listening to the last several years. Much of it should fall in line with your criteria for musical enjoyment. In other words...there is some damn good stuff in this list! Most of them should be on where you can listen to sound clips and read reviews, etc.
    You want storytellers and lyrics that "mean" something? Here are a few names to check out:
    Freedy Johnston
    Tim Easton
    Ryan Adams
    Steve Earle
    Josh Rouse
    Vigilantes of Love
    Pete Yorn
    Man, I could make a huge list of some great stuff. I will list some of the stuff I have been listening to recently:
    Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (of course)
    Bob Dylan-Love and Theft
    The Waxwings-Low To The Ground (buy this album!)
    Neil Finn--One Nil
    Josh Rouse-Dressed Up Like Nebraska and Home (get these!)
    Vigilantes of Love-Summershine (don't miss it!)
    The Honeydogs-Here's Luck
    Whiskeytown-Strangers Almanac (maybe the best alt-country album ever)
    Pernice Brothers-The World Won't End (get it!)
    Chappaquiddick Skyline
    Travis-The Invisible Band
    Tim Easton-The Truth About Us
    Steve Ward-Opening Night (this one is a requirement!)
    Cherry Twister-At Home With Cherry Twister (as is this one)
    Freedy Johnston-Right Between The Promises
    The Choir-Flap Your Wings (outstanding Christian Pop/Rock)
    The Elms-Big Surprise (more outstanding Christian Pop/Rock)
    Teenage Fanclub-Howdy!
    Ryan Adams-Heartbreaker (don't miss)
    Ryan Adams-Gold (ditto)
    Ron Sexsmith-Blue Boy
    Pete Yorn-Musicforthemorningafter
    Old 97's-Satellite Rides
    Neilson Hubbard-Why Men Fail
    Map of Wyoming-Trouble Is
    Map of Wyoming-Round Trip
    Clem Snide-Your Favorite Music
    Clem Snide-The Ghost Of Fashion
    Ivy-Long Distance
    Longwave-Endsongs (definitely check it out)
    The Supers-Spklaang! (infectious pop/rock)
    Orange Peels-So Far (more infectious pop/rock)
    Adam Daniel-Blue Pop (even more infectious pop/rock)
    The Drowners-Is There Something On Your Mind? (and more!)
    The Apples In Stereo-The Discovery of a World Inside The Moone
    The Flashing Lights-Where The Change Is
    Quite a list! I ain't having no problem finding stuff I like. And even if you don't like music along these lines (pop/rock for the more "mature" listener) I am sure you can find other stuff to your liking with a little searching. Seriously, any of the above is a great place to start. But start with The Waxwings and Steve Ward...if you don't like these albums I will personally refund your money!
    Also, check out anything from The Innocence Mission, starting with their '95 album "Glow". Great stuff.
    And definitely check out The Waxwings "Low To The Ground" and Steve Ward "Opening Night". Hope that helps you some.
  6. Sam Hatch

    Sam Hatch Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 22, 2000
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    And don't forget to pick up a copy of Jeff Buckley's
    "Grace" while you're out buying all that other great stuff!
    "Negative. I am a meat popsicle."
  7. Christine Warren

    Sep 19, 2000
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    I'd put Jeff Buckley's "Grace" at the head of the queue of purchases if I were you!!
    And also the latest "Live at Olympia" - a concert recorded in paris and worth having (ignore Mystery White Boy as it is rather piecemeal).
  8. Josh LeClair

    Josh LeClair Agent

    Sep 30, 2001
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    You might want to check out Kasey Chambers too.
    Also check out John Hiatt
    I should be getting in a new CD in the next couple days titlet "Sputnik and the Angel". Supposedly rather good, i'll let you know in the next couple days.
    [Edited last by Josh LeClair on October 07, 2001 at 11:49 PM]
    [Edited last by Josh LeClair on October 07, 2001 at 11:50 PM]
  9. isobel meldar

    Apr 7, 1999
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    a few bands you may like:
    Bright Eyes - honest, depressing, chaotic crybaby bedroom rock. one of the best songwriters around today(that no one knows about).
    The Calendar Hung Itself real audio
    Going for the Gold real audio mp3
    Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh real audio mp3
    Padraic My Prince real audio
    Son, Ambulance - refreshing
    An Instant Birth real audio mp3
    Brown Park real audio mp3
    Lullaby for the Working Class - Nebraskan sadgrass
    Show Me how the Robots Dance real audio
    Hypnotist (song for Daniel H) real audio
    [Edited last by isobel meldar on October 08, 2001 at 04:49 AM]
  10. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Aug 24, 2001
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    I haven't read through all the lists, so just in case no one mentioned my favorite singer-songwriters:
    Peter Gabriel ("Jeux sans frontier")
    Joni Mitchell ("I'm a country station, I'm a little bit corny...")
    Warren Zevon ("I went home with a waitress, the way I always do. How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?")
    Frank Zappa ("Poodle bites, poodle chews it")
    (I don't know if he counts, but he goes on every musical list I make)
  11. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer

    Feb 20, 2001
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    Livonia, MI USA
    Real Name:
    Kenneth McAlinden
    The new Jay Farrar album, "Sebastopol" has been competing with the 2-disc John Prine anthlogy for my car's CD player time over the past several days. It's more or less just like a Son Volt album with a little more varied instrumentation, as he was the primary singer-songwriter for that band. He was also one of the two main singer-songwriters for Uncle Tupelo. The other was Jeff Tweedy who formed Wilco. Their albums, especially "Summerteeth" are also highly recommended.
    Ken McAlinden
    Livonia, MI USA
  12. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

    Jan 23, 1999
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  13. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

    Jul 10, 1999
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    I think you might want a little more roots music in your diet.
    Check out early blues, swing, bluegrass, cajun and country.
    Costello, Prine and Dylan are all huge hard country fans.
    In Bluegrass, explore Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers.
    For Western Swing you can't go wrong with Milton Brown (our founder [​IMG] ) or Bob Wills. This is the music that consistanly gives me a smile and goosebumps.
    [Edited last by Jim Armstrong on October 08, 2001 at 06:46 PM]
  14. Rutledge

    Rutledge Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 28, 2001
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    For contemporty blues how about Keb' Mo' "Keb' Mo'", "Just Like You", "Slowdown", "The Door". "Big Wide Grin" is not as
    good as his earlier stuff.
  15. Chuck Parker

    Chuck Parker Agent

    Mar 14, 1999
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    A great number of the above recommendations are great!
    to fuel the fire, here's a few more, mostly from the singer/songwriter categories:
    The Badlees (see also side projects Pete Palladino, and the Cellarbirds)
    Patty Griffin
    Emmylou Harris
    The Clarks
    Jeffrey Gaines
    Lucinda Williams
    Darcie Miner
    Gillian Welch
    a bunch of these are indies, but are easily found on the net -
    happy hunting! I'll be checking out a few of these recommendations myself - always on the lookout for new stuff!
  16. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Mar 21, 2001
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    I'll second most of Kevin's recommendations and add:
    T-Bone Burnett: The Criminal Under My Own Hat
    Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks; Howlin' Wind; The Mona Lisa's Sister; Struck By Lightning
    The Replacements: Let It Be; All Shook Down
    Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers
    Grant McLennan: Horsebreaker Star
    Grant Lee Buffalo: Mighty Joe Moon
    John Hiatt: Bring the Family; Stolen Moments
    Sam Philips: Martinis and Bikinis
    Billy Bragg: Talking With the Taxman About Poetry; Workers' Playtime
    Richard and Linda Thompson: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight; Shoot Out the Lights
    The Proclaimers: Sunshine on Leith
    Van Morrison: Astral Weeks; Moondance; St. Dominic's Preview; His Band and the Street Choir; Tupelo Honey
    Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited; Bringing It All Back Home; Blonde on Blonde; Blood on the Tracks; Infidels; Oh Mercy; Love and Theft
    Ryan Adams: Gold
    Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates; Flying Cowboys
    Patti Smith: Horses; Dream of Life; Gone Again; Gung Ho
    Lyle Lovett: Joshua Judges Ruth
    Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy
    The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers; Sweetheart of the Rodeo
    Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here; The Wall; The Final Cut
    Steely Dan: Gaucho; Aja
    And for the Canadian content:
    The Tragically Hip: Up to Here; Road Apples; Fully Completely; Day For Night; Trouble at the Henhouse; Phantom Power; Music @ Work
    Neil Young: After the Gold Rush; Tonight's the Night; Rust Never Sleeps; Freedom; Ragged Glory; Harvest Moon; Sleeps With Angels
    Hayden: Everything I Long For
    Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill; Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
    The Pursuit of Happiness: Love Junk
    Mary Margaret O'Hara: Miss America
    I'll add stuff as I think of it.
    "Imagine all the people, living life in peace..." - Imagine by John Lennon
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    [Edited last by Rain's evil twin on October 10, 2001 at 03:57 PM]
    [Edited last by Rain on October 10, 2001 at 03:59 PM]
  17. KrisM

    KrisM Second Unit

    Apr 4, 2001
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    Damn!! I'm a HUGE Uncle Tupelo/Wilco/Son Volt fan and I didn't even know Wilco and Jay Farrar had new albums out.I guess its off to the store to pick em up.
    Any disc by these bands are amazing.
    [Edited last by KrisM on October 10, 2001 at 06:23 PM]
  18. MatS

    MatS Screenwriter

    Jan 24, 2000
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    Kris -
    Jay Farrar's brilliant 'Sebastopol' is out in stores now (released Sept 25th). However, Wilco's new release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is being held up due to the fact the band left Reprise records and had not signed yet with a new label (though I have word they just have). Expect the new Wilco at retail sometime early next year. If you want to hear it I belive is streaming songs.
  19. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

    Dec 28, 1998
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    The Flaming Lips
    Theyre all good(except Soft Bulletin) but my favs are:
    In a Priest Driven Ambulance
    Hit To Death In The Future Head
    Transmitions From Sattelite Heart
    Clouds Taste Metallic
    This band is brilliant.
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    what the dawn of the new millennium shall bring forth-
    one thousand more years of the same old crap" Jose Chung
  20. Charles Gurganus

    Charles Gurganus Supporting Actor

    Mar 2, 1999
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    "As you might notice, I value: originality, real musical ability, lyrics of depth and/or cleverness, and variety. What I despise most is lack of originality."
    Well, with this in mind, you MUST try some Tonio K....specifically "Life In the Foodchain" and "Romeo Unchained". Check out this link for a great resource....
    Type in Tonio K (or whoever) and check it out.
    Also, with what you said you may like Peter Himmelman. I like "Synesthesia" and "From Strength to Strength" the best. Top notch lyrics and originality.
    Also Split Enz "Time and Tide" and fantastic and fits the bill.
    Lots of great suggestion already so I'll keep mine short.

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