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I'm always looking for bands I missed along the way... if anyone has a really good band (no techno, rap, pop crap) that I would have probably missed, pleaseeeeeeeee, mention it and I'll search the name up on the barnes and noble music system since I was forbidden to download because of those damn rules going around.
It is better to be pissed off than pissed on.
My best suggestion is to buy mix-cds, like Absinthe, Ibiza Chill-out, Clubber's Guide to (X), Buddha Bar, Eye-Trance, and Nirvana Lounge are my personal favorites, but you can pick up loads in any style. In Munich, I bought a 3-cd collection called Punk in BRD that catalogues evolution of punk in Germany from the 70s to the 90s (I think), that has Daily Terror, Die Toten Hosen, alongside less well-known punk groups from the time. In any case, they'll usually be in easier-to-identify cases (Buddha Bar's little boxes are extremely easy to notice) because they're bigger, and they'll invariably have at least one band that you'll find interesting, unless you buy music in a genre you just don't like.
I spend almost all day every day listening to music, it fills my life and provides a soundtrack to my antics and my work. Because I listen to (and spend so much time looking for) so much music, I always jump at a chance to recommend some new music to someone. My tastes are pretty varied, but to give you an idea of what I like here are some of my favorite bands: Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tool, Soundgarden, Jeff Buckley, The Band (the list so goes on).
I'll figure that you've hit on most of the good mainstream stuff, so I'll try and just limit my recommendations to the more off-the-beaten-path stuff, and I'll break it up into categories so you can find what you want. :)
a group on the ninjatune record label, this is some really cruisy, fantastic jazz beats. A band of UK jazz musicians is sampled and given an awesome atmospheric quality. I would recommend their album Everyday to get you started. If you like these guys check out some other instrumental acts on the ninjatune label such as Jaga Jazzist, RJD2, or Bonobo.
a Chicago-based band that records some really great tunes with a regular band (guitar, bass*, drums*) augmented by marimbas and vintage studio toys. Best album to start with would be TNT. * sometimes several
this band is made up of four of the most talented live musicians on the planet. They play a style of jazz-bluegrass-fusion and the band consists of a banjo player (Bela Fleck), a ridiculously sick bassist (Victor Wooten), a horn player, and a drummer. Even though "jazz-bluegrass-fusion" doesn't sound that hot, these guys are definitely worth a listen, and if you ever get a chance to see them live, take it. Their best album is Live Art (it won a grammy several years back). If you enjoy them, you might wanna check out similar bands like String Cheese Incident.
the brainchild of indie guitar god Doug Marsch, this is one of the best indie acts of the 90s. Their album Perfect From Now On is my pick for the modern day Dark Side of the Moon. If you like these guys, check out another group called Modest Mouse, they sound almost exactly the same (but not quite).
an often overlooked band from the 70s, these guys were Bob Dylan's backing band for years until he went solo, hence the name The Band. Despite being relatively obscure nowadays, these guys recorded some of the best songs of their day, including The Weight, The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, and Up On Cripple Creek. I would recommend their first album, Music From Big Pink, or their greatest hits album, To Kingdom Come.
often described as the Jeff Buckley of the 70s, Nick Drake dropped out of Oxford with only one semester until graduation to be a musician. After releasing three brilliant but unsuccessful records he committed suicide because he simply couldn't get his music out. The media coverage of his suicide was enough to propel him into post-mortem fame, similar to Jeff Buckley in the 90s. His best album in my opinion is Five Leaves Left, where he plays with a band, although others claim that Pink Moon is his best album, as he recorded it all by himself as he teetered on the brink of madness.
a great band comprising of drums, an upright bass, and a horn section, as well as a singer with a great deep voice. The music is really quality, and some of the lyrics are really great. Their best album would be Cure for Pain, although their last release, The Night, is also quite good. They broke up when their singer died and have released a few other albums under the name Orchestra Morphine.
another brilliantly depressed artist, Elliott Smith committed suicide earlier his year (sadly). I'm never sure quite how far from mainstream he is, seeing as he did most of the soundtrack for Good Will Hunting and toured with many famous musicians. You've probably heard of him, but if you haven't you should definitely listen to his album XO to find out if you like him or not. He is compared to Ben Harper and Jack Johnson a lot, but I think he's closer to Badly Drawn Boy.
These are just some of them gems I've picked up along the way, so if you like any of this stuff I can definitely recommend some more. Sorry this post was so long, I really tried to only include what I thought was important! On one final note, I smoke a lot of pot, so even though this music sounds great when you're sober, these are some of the best groups to listen to when you're blazin (esp. Cinematic, Bela Fleck, and Built to Spill). :) Please, enjoy, and let me know what you think!
I like the Sun.
This post was edited by RagingMaxx on Oct 28, 2004.
Thanks, I will check those bands out. I already knew Eliott Smith (great) and Nick Drake (not as fond, but the friend who gave this to me to listen too, got high also... i don't, so that's probably why i couldn't enjoy it as much) though.
I don't know exactly what kind of bands you like, but you should try: Cake, They Might Be Giants, Steriogram, Dandy Warhols, Jamiroquai, Kill Bill Soundtrack, Queens of the Stoneage, and Tom Waits. ...just a few
It is better to be pissed off than pissed on.
This post was edited by Demiurgic on Oct 28, 2004.
I love Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Nick Drake, and Morphine. I heard Bela Fleck once in concert, and absolutely loved the band. I purchased his Perpetual Motion CD, where he set classical tunes to banjo. I don't know much about composing music, but I'll bet kylebellamy does. Anyway, it sounds as if it was really difficult to rewrite all of the music for banjo.
The CD is lovely. The fact that Joshua Bell, the reknowned violinist is on it, makes it even better. Apparently he was used to reading banjo tablature, rather than conventional notation, but found a friend who put the music into a computer program that transposed it into keys to fit the banjo, and the computer program also had a feature that turned the music into tablature. He says in the flyleaf that he almost hurt himself practising Paganini's Moto Perpetuo/Perpetual Motion.
One day when I was extremely stoned, and all my friends had left, I started going on a bad trip. I plunked down Bela Fleck's Perpetual Motion CD, and scooted my ear right up next to the speakerbox. I was in heaven, and it didn't take long to drift off to a soft place. It is truly a beautiful piece of work. I am assuming that you have already heard it, and would love to hear your thoughts on it.
I have not heard String Cheese Incident, but I will give them a listen. I just purchased Modest Mouse, and have not listened to it yet, but after reading your post, I am excited!
I also love Nick Drake's Pink Moon CD, and particularly the songs 'Things Behind the Sun', 'Parasite', and 'Ride'. The acoustic guitar and the feeling one gets that it is like having a friend playing guitar in your living room is perfect for smoking a spliff. Hello, fellow potheads... have you met zen?
I didn't know all that information about Nick Drake's albums and his death, but I really love what I have been exposed to of his work. Your post was very enlightening.
Morphine, I haven't listened to very much yet, but was recently introduced to them by a friend, and liked them quite a bit.
Your post was 'eye candy' to read for someone who loves music too. I enjoyed reading some of your other posts, quite a few of them, and think it is way cool that you are here. Pass the pipe please. ;P
If mountain goats like living at high elevations, why do none live in high rise apartment buildings?
This post was edited by rosyxxx on Nov 17, 2004.