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« on: October 27, 2007, 02:38:25 PM »

So with my new Zune I signed up for the $15 a month Zune Pass music subscription which basically gives me access to... almost everything out there.   eek  It's pretty slick and I'm listening to stuff I might never have bought outright (like Kratz's Hellacopters recommendation).

Which brings me to this post.  I need to fill up this 30 gig bad boy with some new music.  So recommend me a couple of albums you like that I should listen to.  Other than country I'll listen to most anything so don't worry about the genre.  I'm open to most anything.

Fill my mp3 player please!
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 02:41:30 PM »

Weird Al: White & Nerdy!

Do you like rockin guitar instrumentals? Check out Joe Satriani and Gary Hoey.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 03:04:53 PM »

First off, I think it's only appropriate for you to at least list a few of your favorite bands so we can get an idea of your taste.  Tongue

Upon receipt of my Zune I've also been ripping and downloading a bunch of music both new suggestions from friends and some of my own stuff.  Lately I've been listening to Spoon, Built to Spill, The Futureheads, M. Ward, The Black Keys, Califone, The Good, The Bad & The Queen (Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillaz), Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, DeVotchKa, The National, Wolf Parade, and lots of other stuff. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 03:24:20 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 27, 2007, 03:04:53 PM

First off, I think it's only appropriate for you to at least list a few of your favorite bands so we can get an idea of your taste.  Tongue

Seriously just about anything.  Last night I downloaded some Earth, Wind & Fire, Iron Maiden & Tito Puente, Mastodon's Remission, a bunch of Beck and Belle & Sebastian, some Outkast and some Abba, Sign O' the Times by Prince, some old REM, some Dream Theater, Spoon's newest, some New Pornographers, Payin' the Dues by the Hellacopters, a bunch of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, The Blakes, The Search by Son Volt, some Depeche Mode, Chaosphere by Meshuggah, some Clash, Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree, everything by Coheed & Cambria and a lot of Dixie Chicks.

Like I said, just about anything.
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007, 03:24:59 PM »

Quote from: PaulBot on October 27, 2007, 02:41:30 PM

Weird Al: White & Nerdy!

Do you like rockin guitar instrumentals? Check out Joe Satriani and Gary Hoey.

Will do!
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007, 03:48:13 PM »

You have purchased:

Earth, Wind & Fire
Prince

Based on these, we recommend the following:

Maxwell
D'Angelo
Ohio Players
Van Hunt
Robin Thicke
The Commodores
Curtis Mayfield
Dishwater Blonde
Larry Graham/Graham Central Station
The Isley Brothers
Sly and the Family Stone
The Time
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM »

Here's a few random suggestions from a quick look at my music list.  No idea if they're on the Zune music service or not:

-  Andrew Bird - Mysterious Production of Eggs (mellow, folk-ish stuff)
-  Assemblage 23 - Failure (Industrial with techno stylings)
-  Dark Tranquility - Damage Done   (These guys are my current metal fave. headbang)
-  Download - The Eyes of Stanley Pain (electronic craziness from cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy)
-  I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (if you can listen to this without a smile on your face, you truly have no soul)
-  Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley (dirty, grungy, stoner-rock)
-  Legendary Pink Dots - 9 Lives to Wonder (experimental, moody, great chill-out music)
-  Noise Unit - Drill (industrial side-project from the Frontline Assembly guys.  Awesome stuff)
-  Peter Murphy - Unshattered (the last solo album for Bauhaus' singer.  He has one of my favorite all-time voices.)
-  The Jesus Lizard - Down (insane, brilliant, bizzare, in-your-face, rock & roll)
-  VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007, 04:17:15 PM »

Three albums I heart from this year:

Tegan and Sara - The Con:  Identical twin Canadian singer/songwriters.  Classified as "indie rock", I'm sure, the new album is produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie.  Just fantastic.  Purchased on the same day as the new New Pornographers album, but has received 20x the play in my car...

Grayskul - Bloody Radio:  Seattle area hip hop artists (part of the Oldominion collective), this is their new release on Rhymesayers.  Bizarre in a very good way, with a sort of goth feel.  And I'm a guy who usually uses "goth" as a pejorative.

Blue Scholars - Bayani:  First major label release for Blue Scholars, who are now signed to Rawkus.  These guys are currently the hottest thing on the Seattle hip hop scene and are, as far as I know, the only Filipino/Persian duo in rap.  Song topics include the '99 WTO protest and the experience of being an immigrant in the United States.  Not at all preachy.

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Editing to add one of my favorite (and underappreciated) albums of ALL TIME:

Afghan Whigs - 1965:  The Amazon description uses the word "lustful" when describing this album.  Exactly.  Sample lyric from 66:  "You walked in, just like smoke, with a little come on, come on, come on, in your walk, oh, come on.  So tell me baby, can you shake it?  If I can move it with you, will you let me take it?  I'd be down on my knees screaming take me, take me, take me, I'm yours."
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2007, 04:39:03 PM »

The Dengue Fever  a rock/lounge music band fronted by a bunch of Cambodians.
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2007, 06:58:28 PM »

Albums that always seem to make it onto my iPod (mostly older stuff) :

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77
Garbage - Beautiful Garbage
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
The Libertines - The Libertines
Blur - Parklife
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
The Sundays - Static & Silence, Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
Veruca Salt - Eight Arms to Hold You
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2007, 07:07:34 PM »

Well I'm downloading a bunch right now (sorry Nth Power - I'll get to yours this evening):

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
Weird Al - Straight Outta Lynwood (not sure about this but we'll see...)
The Good, The Bad and the Queen (great name!)
Tegan & Sara - The Con (Dr. Who companions!)
Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (seriously big afro!)
Joe Satriani - Greatest Hits (always wanted to listen to him)
I am Robot and Proud - The Electricity In Your House Wants to Sing (I'm smiling just with the name)
Grayskull - Bloody Radio
Gary Hoey - Best Of (never heard of him)
Dengue Fever - Escape From Dragon House (looks interesting)
Dark Tranquility - Damage Done (I've been needing some new metal)
Blue Scholars - Bayani
Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Afghan Wigs - 1965

I'll get back to you guys with my thoughts once I digest some of this.  I'm really pleasantly surprised Zune Pass has all these available.
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2007, 08:35:46 PM »

Some of my favorites...

A New Found Glory (Sticks and Stones)
Ingram Hill (June's Picture Show)
Jimmy Eat World (anything)
Three Doors Down (anything)
Bowling for Soup (A Hangover You Don't Deserve)
Juniper Lane (Sirens From a Mile Back)
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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2007, 11:41:05 PM »

My latest obsession:

Sara Bareilles: Little Voice

Go get it!
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2007, 12:33:34 AM »

That Tegan and Sara album is great. Some recent-ish stuff that I've really enjoyed:

Carina Round - Slow Motion Addict
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
Datarock - Datarock
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Lily Allen - Alright, Still
The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2007, 12:41:11 AM »

Santana is always fun.
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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2007, 03:23:57 AM »

Van Halen, ZZ Top, Boston, The Cars, Duran Duran the 70's and 80's list goes on and on and on
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2007, 03:32:01 AM »

Quote from: PaulBot on October 27, 2007, 02:41:30 PM

Weird Al: White & Nerdy!

Do you like rockin guitar instrumentals? Check out Joe Satriani and Gary Hoey.

Joe Satriani is amazing smile
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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2007, 03:45:57 AM »

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 28, 2007, 03:32:01 AM

Joe Satriani is amazing smile

Somebody brought in his "Flying in a Blue Dream" album at work and I played that thing over and over the entire day. Don't miss the song "Can't Slow Down". Trivia tidbit: Up until this album he had never done any vocals.

The Best of Gary Hoey will keep you rockin for hours with 18 tracks!
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« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2007, 06:10:42 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM

-  Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley (dirty, grungy, stoner-rock)
-  The Jesus Lizard - Down (insane, brilliant, bizzare, in-your-face, rock & roll)

Agreed... but I'd say 'Blues for the Red Sun' is a better Kyuss pick...

Some suggestions that fit into a few different categories... in order of ascending 'weight'.
Firewater
Hot Snakes
Demonics
Year Long Disaster
High On Fire
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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2007, 06:51:28 AM »

Glenn Miller Orchastra
Sam Roberts
Opeth
Yes
Dreamtheater
Porcupine Tree
Rush
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« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2007, 08:15:02 AM »

Sia - Colour the Small One -- I just got done seeing her live and she is amazing.
Feist - The Reminder -- Nearly every song is great.
Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War -- It's my avatar for a reason.  Best album of 2007 (and maybe the 2000's thus far).  Go to http://www.myspace.com/stars and listen to the whole CD that way, if you would like.  "Personal" is touching.
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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2007, 01:27:23 PM »

A few power metal suggestions!

Dragonforce - Valley of the Damned, Sonic Firestorm, Inhuman Rampage
Heavenly - Dust to Dust, Virus
Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild, Reckoning Night
Dark Moor - In The Hall of Olden Dreams, Gates of Oblivion
Avantasia - The Metal Opera, The Metal Opera Part 2
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2007, 04:38:39 PM »

Do we get a report so that we can tailor our future recommendations to your preferences? slywink
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2007, 04:47:24 PM »

There's always that band "Verbal Warning".
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« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2007, 07:31:25 PM »

Verbal Warning sucks.  So does that Paul Warning guy.

Quote from: Brendan on November 01, 2007, 04:38:39 PM

Do we get a report so that we can tailor our future recommendations to your preferences? slywink

Sure but I haven't worked my way through everything yet.

So far I really liked Tegan & Sara but I thought the album dropped off toward the end.  I wish it had been about 4-5 songs shorter.

I really liked Dengue Fever.  Very trippy and cool.

Joe Satriani was great but I liked it better when he didn't sing.  Frank Zappa's album "Shut Up and Play the Guitar" comes to mind.

Weird Al is just not for me.

I was doing great with Dream Theater until the singer tries to hit high notes.  Then his voice just becomes shrill and grates on my nerves.  I like his voice for lower pitched songs a lot though.

CSL's got some good recommendations but I'm already a big fan of Yes, Opeth, Rush and Porcupine Tree.

I'll report back when I listen to some more.  Today I downloaded Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back".  I'd never heard anything by them and it was just awesome.
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« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2007, 08:19:16 PM »

Quote from: warning on November 01, 2007, 07:31:25 PM

Today I downloaded Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back".  I'd never heard anything by them and it was just awesome.

Yeah, it's a fantastic album, and blew my mind when it was first released.  Certainly, it helped to awaken my political consciousness back in '88.  Apocalypse '91 is also great, and has stuff like "By the time I get to Arizona..." which was somewhat controversial.

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« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2007, 09:11:28 PM »

I also suggest Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
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« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2007, 11:00:17 PM »

Quote from: warning on November 01, 2007, 07:31:25 PM

Joe Satriani was great but I liked it better when he didn't sing

Agreed. He rocks at playing the guitar, and should just stick to that!
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« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2007, 02:09:15 AM »

I don't think Satch has sung (sang?) on any of his other CDs
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« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2007, 02:38:39 PM »

Have any of you tried Pandora Radio?  It's supposed to meter what you like, and tailor recommendations based on that.
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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2007, 02:46:13 PM »

Quote from: Laner on November 02, 2007, 02:09:15 AM

I don't think Satch has sung (sang?) on any of his other CDs

I think the proper word in this case is singded or mayne sangded.
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« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2007, 02:48:11 PM »

Quote from: unbreakable on November 02, 2007, 02:38:39 PM

Have any of you tried Pandora Radio?  It's supposed to meter what you like, and tailor recommendations based on that.

I like using Pandora! I went on there and started with Satriani and it kept feeding me other rockin' guitarists! It even included instrumentals by groups that don't do them on a regular basis. Great stuff!
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« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2007, 05:50:40 PM »

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 28, 2007, 03:32:01 AM

Joe Satriani is amazing

ly cheesy.
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Quote from: Kratz on November 03, 2007, 05:50:40 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 28, 2007, 03:32:01 AM

Joe Satriani is amazing

ly cheesy.

I think you have him confused with Weird Al.
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« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2007, 09:23:19 PM »

I've been listening to a lot of Otis Taylor lately. Particularly the Truth is not Fiction disc.
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« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2007, 11:00:12 PM »

Quote from: lildrgn on October 27, 2007, 11:41:05 PM

My latest obsession:

Sara Bareilles: Little Voice

Go get it!

Okay just listened to it today and that's an awesome album. She reminds me of a cross between Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann.  Very cool suggestion!
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2007, 08:26:21 AM »

So how are you liking the Marketplace subscription thing, warning?  Do you think it's going to be something that you continue?

For me it seemed like it would be really cool for a little bit to fill up my Zune, but after that I don't know that there would be enough new music for me to want to keep it up.  Also, I would like to own any albums that I really like so I can listen to them anytime and not lose them if I unsubscribe. 
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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2007, 02:44:53 PM »

I love it.  Now I've only been doing it for a couple of weeks but it's only $15 a month and has a pretty awesome selection.  As far as new music, I'm mostly listening to a mixture of new stuff and old stuff so there's always something there for me.  My problem is I won't ever have time to listen to all I want to.

I like having the CD's too but I've got probably 300 or more and they take up space, get lost, etc.  I'm really not missing dealing with them.  Stuff that I already own on CD I thought I'd take the time to rip to mp3 and transfer to my Zune but it's just ten times simpler to download them from the Marketplace.
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« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2007, 09:07:04 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM

-  I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (if you can listen to this without a smile on your face, you truly have no soul)

Gratch you are a man among men.  I Am Robot and Proud is awesome.  The Electricity is such a cool album and just perfect for mellowing out at the end of the day.
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« Reply #39 on: November 05, 2007, 09:59:42 PM »

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Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM

-  I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (if you can listen to this without a smile on your face, you truly have no soul)

Gratch you are a man among men.  I Am Robot and Proud is awesome.  The Electricity is such a cool album and just perfect for mellowing out at the end of the day.

I have yet to find anyone that doesn't like that album at least a little bit.  smile

If you want something in a similar vein, check out Goddamn Electric Bill - Swallowed by the Machines or The Postal Service - Give Up (one of my all-time favorite albums).
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