Various music recommendations
Old Roommate asked me for some music recommendations. He also suggested that my responses might make a good blog entry. And he's right.
I'm rapidly finding that my tastes aren't **everybody's** tastes. So, just because I like this stuff doesn't mean that you will.
Here's what's on my recent playlist (so to speak) -- plus a few things that I like, but haven't listened to for a while. In stream-of-consciousness order:
For some reason, female solo acts have been the "new bands" that I've been listening to.
Lisa Mitchell (song "Coin Laundry")
Jem (Welsh singer-songwriter) (song "They" and "Just a Ride")
Regina Spektor ("Fidelity", "Eet", "Better")
A lot of Aimee Mann's stuff -- but not all of it.
Material Issue is one of my favorite bands (1990s). Sadly, the singer/songwriter/guitarist guy killed himself after the fourth(?) major label album; so, that was that.
Guided By Voices no longer exists (1990s?) -- but they did a lot of quirky, catchy, lo-fi short little songs.
The Outfield (late '80s?) ("Since You've Been Gone", plus others you'll probably recognize from the radio)
Rush (Canadian; not for everyone) ("Tom Sawyer", "Temple of Syrinx")
Spiderbait is an Australian band (3 piece); sometimes the guy sings, sometimes the lady sings; they cover lots of different styles ("Black Betty", "F**ken Awesome")
The Ting-Tings (duo) ("That's not My Name", "Shut up and Let Me Go")
The Grates (Australian 3 piece, no bassist) ("19-20-20", "Trampoline", their breakthrough hit "The Message") (I only like their first two albums)
Operator Please (Australian, all were in high school when they did their breakthrough album) ("Just a Song About Ping-Pong")