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What Contemporary Music Do You Recommend?? Break Out Of The Classic Rock Rut!!
vanity | 7 Feb 2013 | Notary Sojac

Posted on 01/07/2014 7:02:12 AM PST by Notary Sojac

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To: Yaelle
Great pick. I like that cover better than the original.

I prefer this cover to the original, too.

51 posted on 01/07/2014 7:56:48 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: discostu

Please don’t be so condescending... I am a musician or I was... I have played small clubs and huge arenas... I know what I like and what I do not like. There are a few modern bands that are good. I enjoy Nickleback, Audioslave and some others but I also enjoy everything from original Classic music through Swing, the Crooners, Rock and Roll, Folk, Jazz, Fusion Jazz, Blues, Blues Rock, Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Gospel, Old Time Country and even modern Country Rock. That does not excuse the vacuous wasteland of pop music today. Pop may be entertainment... maybe for some... but much of what is sold as music today is something else entirely.


52 posted on 01/07/2014 7:59:33 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: OftheOhio

Do you like Guided by Voices and/or Pere Ubu (classic Ohio bands)?


53 posted on 01/07/2014 8:01:41 AM PST by oblomov
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To: ETL

Problem is you’re limiting yourself to the top end of popularity, which has always been a questionable section of the culture at best. The creative section has always been that area that lacks the mass appeal (lowest common denominator) to become extremely popular. Sure periodically something really good (like say David Bowie’s late 60s/ early 70s output) manages to become popular, but that’s an accident of the masses grabbing onto something actually good. The experimentation needed to spawn truly new and creative things tends to self limit the audience. The good part with the internet age is that self limited stuff is easier to find than ever, it’s somewhere on youtube or pandora, all you gotta do is look up something you already like and pay attention to the “recommendations”, you’ll find new stuff that you like in short order.


54 posted on 01/07/2014 8:02:02 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: discostu

Oh and Motown... where is that kind of creativity today?


55 posted on 01/07/2014 8:03:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Notary Sojac
You simply cannot beat Amy Macdonald no matter how hard you try. From Scotland. Great singer. Great melodic song writer. She is the best.

Amy Macdonald in Concert - Germany"

Amy Macdonald in Concert - Zermatt

56 posted on 01/07/2014 8:03:54 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Notary Sojac

I own a CD by Chatham County Line. I like it.


57 posted on 01/07/2014 8:04:14 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Mad Dawgg
Talk about better than the original
58 posted on 01/07/2014 8:04:29 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Life is way too short to suffer fools long.)
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To: Notary Sojac
“Break Out Of The Classic Rock Rut!!”

You can have my classic rock vinyl albums when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

Today's "music" is nothing but a bunch of research formula driven noise that has no emotion, no feeling, no passion and is as empty as a federal bureaucrats head.

59 posted on 01/07/2014 8:04:33 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: I cannot think of a name

Great selections.

Also, unlike the author of the original piece, I like quite a bit of electronic music, such as

Boards of Canada
Luke Vibert/Wagonchrist
Mouse on Mars

None of these bands are dance/techno, although some people consider all elctronic music to fit into this category).


60 posted on 01/07/2014 8:05:54 AM PST by oblomov
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To: John 3_19-21

Yeah about 7 levels of epic better...!


61 posted on 01/07/2014 8:07:36 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: discostu
Or you can shut your brain to the world and live a sad boring sheltered life.

Your arse is sad and boring. I and a LOT of people I know still love listening to all the great songs of the past. How can you, in all seriousness, compare the absolute junk today to The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Allman Bros, The Band, Grateful Dead, The Who, CCR, Cream, Doobie Bros, Eagles, Doors, Moody Blues, Tull, Lynyrd Skynrd, Journey, Foreigner, on and on and on.

62 posted on 01/07/2014 8:07:54 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
We took our boys to see him live. What a performance! All age ranges. I had "UHF" before it came out on DVD. I sent my VHS copy to my daughter who was in college at the time and all her dorm mates watched it together at least three times per semester for the last two years before she graduated.

He posts his own videos on youtube.

Weird Al is the man.

63 posted on 01/07/2014 8:10:25 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Yaelle

The new Monster Magnet album is pretty good, much more laid back and space-rocky than the last few.

Freegards


64 posted on 01/07/2014 8:11:08 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: LibLieSlayer

It’s not condescension so much as sadness, that’s an attitude that’s just depressing. Yes the majority of the new bands stink, but that’s been the case forever, just look at the charts from 1973, arguably the greatest year in the history of rock with Quadrophenia, House of the Holy and Dark Side of the Moon all released and yet Tony Orlando had the #1 song of the year. And we see something similar now, tons of crap at the top of the chars yet there’s still good new music being made. Just because 99% of everything in the top 10 is crap doesn’t mean everything new is crap, there’s lots of great stuff not hitting the top 10, especially last year which for my money seriously challenges 1973.


65 posted on 01/07/2014 8:11:50 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Oh and Motown... where is that kind of creativity today?

Motown, plus "Philly" (Stylistics, Delfonics, Dells, etc), and the enormous amount of great black music from earlier, such as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, also the great doo wop groups. It's laughable to even attempt to compare today's absolute trash to all the great music from days gone by, in just about any genre.

66 posted on 01/07/2014 8:12:17 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Yaelle

Sorry, somehow I hit the wrong number, my post was meant for #26.

Freegards


67 posted on 01/07/2014 8:13:00 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: I cannot think of a name

The Decemberists are a bunch of Communists. I’d rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard.


68 posted on 01/07/2014 8:13:14 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Janelle Monae is doing some great stuff that hails to a lot of the motown sound. And if you like the Wall of Sound I highly recommend Monster Magnet, yeah they’re a dope-metal band but they’ve got an amazing fat sound, and a lot of great nerd references in their lyrics.


69 posted on 01/07/2014 8:15:06 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Notary Sojac

My favorite CDs released in 2013

Paul Burch — Fevers
Scott Miller — Big Big World
Howe Gelb — The Coincidentalist
New Country Rehab — Ghost of your Charms
Danny and the Champions — Stay True
Hem — Arrival and Departure
Brandy Clark — 12 songs


70 posted on 01/07/2014 8:18:04 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Dr. Thorne
The Decemberists are a bunch of Communists. I’d rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard.

I don't know if the links are still good.

May 27, 2008

Communist band opens for Obama
'How many of 75,000 came to hear music?'

A hip rock band that features the Soviet national anthem and communist-inspired lyrics was on stage to open for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at his record-breaking Portland, Ore., rally that attracted 75,000.

The Decemberists, a Portland-based group with a large local following, also closed the May 18 event.

The Decemberists typically begin their concerts with a Russian-language recording of the USSR's national anthem.

A YouTube video shows the Decemberists beginning an April 31, 2007, concert at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., with the anthem.

"Decemberists" refers to an uprising at Senate Square in St. Petersburg Dec. 14, 1825, when a group of Russian army officers led about 3,000 soldiers in protest as Nicholas I assumed the throne, after Czar Alexander died without an heir.

The Decemberists have posed for publicity photos in period Russian costumes with the red flag of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 waving behind them.
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=65510

_________________________________________________________

The Soviet National Anthem / Гимн СССР
English translation (of the 1977 version)

Unbreakable Union of freeborn Republics,
Great Russia has welded forever to stand.
Created in struggle by will of the people,
United and mighty, our Soviet land!

Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!

Through tempests the sunrays of freedom have cheered us,
Along the new path where great Lenin did lead.
To a righteous cause he raised up the peoples,
Inspired them to labour and valourous deed.

Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!

In the victory of Communism's immortal ideal,
We see the future of our dear land.

And to her fluttering scarlet banner,
Selflessly true we always shall stand!

Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!
http://www.marxists.org/history/ussr/sounds/lyrics/anthem.htm

From the Decemberists' website:
See May 16, 2008, "Decemberists to play Obama rally in Portland"
http://www.decemberists.com/news.aspx

YouTube video of Decemberists concert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCCTe87IxfU

71 posted on 01/07/2014 8:19:43 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Dr. Thorne

...then again, many of the classic rock artists are or were far left as well.


72 posted on 01/07/2014 8:20:28 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Dr. Thorne

You might have noticed I listed only one (1) album.

Not an accident.


73 posted on 01/07/2014 8:20:40 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: ETL

I like all of that music too, as well as the other music that you mentioned. I do like some recent music, if Diana Krall counts. :)


74 posted on 01/07/2014 8:21:50 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ETL

Because there’s great stuff coming out now. Some of it even by them. You put Tull in your list, are you aware that Anderson did a follow up to Thick as a Brick in 2012 that’s really really good (including performing both albums in their entirely on the tour) and he’s in the studio again expecting a late spring release? You list The Band, who to me were always hit or miss, they’ve got some amazing songs but when not being amazing were generally pretty bad, Robbie Roberton’s 2011 entry How to Become Clairvoyant (like all of his solo stuff) doesn’t suffer from the lows, it’s just the good stuff. Meanwhile right now I’m listening to the latest from Planet P Project, Steeltown a great story album about a small Scandinavian town in WWII which I’ll hold up to anybody on that list (most of whom I have their entire catalog).

New great music is being made, you just gotta go find it.


75 posted on 01/07/2014 8:23:48 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: ETL

The Decemberists are so lame and pretentious. Even their name is wrong. The movement they named themselves after was the Decembrists.


76 posted on 01/07/2014 8:24:58 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Notary Sojac

Reference bump - Thanks! ;-)


77 posted on 01/07/2014 8:25:07 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Notary Sojac

Whole heartedly agree with you! It seems that every generation gets stuck in time while really great music passes them by. But we do need some guidance. The same happens with contemporary Christian music.


78 posted on 01/07/2014 8:26:06 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: left that other site
That's a nice list, but this 53 year old Def Leopard, Loverboy and Springsteen rocker got tired of hearing the same old songs.

I put on radio Disney and found that there's some pretty good music these days. It has a techno beat. Not from radio Disney, but I love Pit Bull. He's a strong, commanding male. Not a sissy.

Put me down for Pit Bull. Timber.

79 posted on 01/07/2014 8:26:33 AM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: GSWarrior
The movement they named themselves after was the Decembrists.

And it was pre-Soviet. Yet the dopes play the Soviet national anthem before their shows, or at least used to.

80 posted on 01/07/2014 8:29:04 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: I cannot think of a name

I love Gillian Welch and since you recommend her I will check out your other suggestions.


81 posted on 01/07/2014 8:30:58 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: trisham

Sorry, not familiar with her. I gave up on popular music and many aspects of pop culture a long time ago. Gave it plenty of chances. But it just seemed to get worse and worse with time.


82 posted on 01/07/2014 8:31:37 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Notary Sojac

My favorite song from 2013: Paul Burch — Couldn’t Get A Witness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDQ7AaaLsk


83 posted on 01/07/2014 8:32:48 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: ETL

Have you ever listened to anything by Drive By Truckers? Totally fits into the classic rock genre, IMHO.


84 posted on 01/07/2014 8:34:32 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: discostu
New great music is being made, you just gotta go find it.

And there lies the problem. Talk about looking for a needle in a haystack!

In any case, I'm perfectly content with the thousands of great songs I have in my collection now. I see no reason to go crazy sorting through all the crap that's out today.

85 posted on 01/07/2014 8:40:00 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: GSWarrior

Sorry, I haven’t. I’ll give a listen later. Thanks.


86 posted on 01/07/2014 8:41:44 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

My unsolicited comment is that as long as you are convinced there is no good music being made today, you won’t find any of the good music that is being made today. : )


87 posted on 01/07/2014 8:45:56 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Notary Sojac
I am kind of disappointed by this thread. I expected to see a lot of FReepers with varied tastes that would chime in with all sorts of recommendations. Instead, the theme of this thread seems to be:

“New music categorically sucks.”
“Classic Rock was the pinnacle of music.”
“I have no need to further my listening breadth.”

As an aside, recovering disc jockey Jim Quinn (of Quinn and Rose fame) hosted a conservative syndicated morning radio show out of Pittsburgh until this past November. He's a terrific conservative voice - and he'll undoubtedly be back on the radio after a 6 month no-compete clause plays itself out.

But as a former disc jockey, his music knowledge and tastes are really wide. And one day on his show, he postulated something I wholeheartedly agreed with.

People's music tastes are formed and solidified based on the era of the popular music that was dominant at the time they last went to school. He posited that this would be true even if you're only a high school grad, or college grad, or if you went to school late in life.

His theory was that your final years in school were the last time in life where you had time to sit around and listen to music in a social setting or even if you listened to music in the background as you crammed for tests or did hours of homework.

Once you leave school, the music you listened to becomes set or ingrained as your preferable music.

So my question to the FReepers on this thread, are your music tastes tied to the last years of your educational experience?

I went back to school right around the turn of the 21st century and I will admit, my musical preferences seemed to update from classic rock to newer, alternative rock. Instead of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Cars, The Eagles, and so on and so on, I became a fan of bands like Blink 182, OK GO, Good Charlotte, Sugarcult, Bare Naked Ladies, and so on. I became very bored with the classic rock as it seemed no stations played what used to be album-oriented music to just the same 50 rock rotation. As an example, Dire Straits is an awesome band. But the stations only ever played Sultans of Swing. Great tune, but if I am going to go digging for deeper cuts (which I did), then I was going to dig for other music variations as well.

88 posted on 01/07/2014 8:46:45 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: ETL

But again, the internet. Really finding new stuff you’ll like is easy now, there’s dozens of websites that WANT you to find more stuff you’ll like. You can go to All Music and look up your favorite band or album and over on the far right there’s a “similar” tab where you can find other things. Or go to Pandora and plug in your favorite song and listen to the “radio station” they build on that, which will eventually get to stuff you’ve never heard that builds off of similar structures, and some of it will be new. Look up a song on youtube and on the right there’ll be a list of other videos watched by people that liked that one. You don’t have to sort through anything, it will be spoon fed to you. Or just look up the new stuff by your favorite old bands, most of them are still making music and with decades more experience and significantly better technology to work with a lot of them are putting out some of the best stuff of their careers.

Staying stuck with the past is how you stop growing as a person. Discovering new things keeps you alive and vital. If you’re not growing you’re rotting.


89 posted on 01/07/2014 8:51:25 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Thanks for the post! I’ve already created 7 new Pandora stations based on recommendations to check out!


90 posted on 01/07/2014 8:51:43 AM PST by folkquest (I plan on being cranky for the next 4 years. Hope to crack a political smile at the midterms!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Try Matt Kearny.


91 posted on 01/07/2014 8:55:57 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: GSWarrior
My unsolicited comment is that as long as you are convinced there is no good music being made today, you won’t find any of the good music that is being made today.

I never seriously claimed there wasn't ANY good music being today. It just seems too extremely rare to justify looking for it. Besides, I simply don't need it. I'm perfectly happy sticking to the thousands of great songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s that I already have. I can't imagine ever getting tired of hearing them. I'm not going to waste time trying to find the 1 out of 100 new songs today that I can only tolerate listening to for a minute or less.

92 posted on 01/07/2014 8:56:02 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I have this one:

Diana Krall, from her album “Quiet Nights” (2009)

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Where or When” Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 4:10

2. “Too Marvelous for Words” Johnny Mercer, Richard A. Whiting 4:05

3. “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face” Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner 4:48
4. “The Boy from Ipanema” Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel 4:54

5. “Walk On By” Burt Bacharach, Hal David 5:03

6. “You’re My Thrill” Jay Gorney, Sidney Clare 5:47

7. “Este Seu Olhar” Jobim 2:45

8. “So Nice” Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle, Gimbel 3:52

9. “Quiet Nights” Jobim, Gene Lees 4:45

10. “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn 4:59

11. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (bonus track) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb 4:30

12. “Everytime We Say Goodbye” (bonus track) Cole Porter 5:18

As you can see, she does “classics”.


93 posted on 01/07/2014 8:57:20 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: discostu

Yes, it is. Closing ones mind to new music is really a shame.

Many years ago I worked for a small company in which most of the employees were Baby Boomers. The only music they listened to was classic rock - thats it.

Whenever the two youngest people tried to introduce something new into the playlist at work these people would become unglued, frothing at the mouth lunatics. ( same reaction whenever politics came up - you can’t imagine how much they loved Bill Clinton )

I never understood how a group of people who experienced an entirely new style of music when they were teens could turn their backs on that approach to music. When did they just stop trying new music? Who knows but I swore I’d never do the same thing and so I’ll listen to just about anything new or a style I have never heard.

Personally, I hate classic rock. Can’t stand any of it with the exception of Pink Floyd and even then I like the later material. I walked out of a liquor store three days ago because Led Zepplin playing. Greatful Dead, Cream, Doors - can’t stand any of it.

I have been listening to a lot of electronic / chill out / ambient and trance music for some time now. Very limited amounts of lyrics if any at all. I’ve posted a few examples below.

Emancipator - When I Go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIHLo4tFfEk&list=FLsUa50GpxwrPy3sXSgfDQpQ

Conjure One - Into the Escape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl8E8UDIbKg&list=FLsUa50GpxwrPy3sXSgfDQpQ

Carbon Based Lifeforms - MOS6581

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtPTvyjtx3g&list=FLsUa50GpxwrPy3sXSgfDQpQ

Babylon of the Occident - The Shanghai Restoration Project

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSHTEH1kT1A


94 posted on 01/07/2014 9:01:23 AM PST by warsaw44
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To: Notary Sojac
I detest Oldies Stations!

For about two years now I have been studying art full-time. Surprisingly the young people in the 3 hour model drawing sessions like oldies. I am sick of them! These stations play the same tunes over, and over, and over, and over,....and BARF!

I drown it out by putting buds in my ears and listening to books on tape.

NEW MUSIC !!!! ........PLEASE!

95 posted on 01/07/2014 9:03:30 AM PST by wintertime
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To: I cannot think of a name

your list is a good list. Thanks for taking the time to list the bands out with your own notes. Very helpful.

I will follow your style and add a few more.

Jack Johnson: Guitarists at bars and beach destinations will play his single guitar/melodies as much as they’ve played Jimmy Buffet for years.

Fall Out Boy: Extremely complex (maybe even confusing) lyrics and hard rock rifs. Fun band with a unique sound.

The Offspring: A one-of-a-kind voice fronts this band. Their music is often a bit irreverent. They’re a 90’s band (you gotta keep ‘em separated) but they’ve continued to make music.

Paramore: Very young group (I think they were teenagers when they formed) with a solid female vocal lead who belt out edgy lyrics and hard rock beats. They also have some ballads.

Cake: They use a lot of different instruments in their music (trumpets, violins) and their lyrics are often hilarious. They make exceptional use of 2 channel sound, with competing instruments playing right and left channels against and with each other. Another band with a unique vocal sound as well.

Weezer: These guys are musical geniuses but they don’t take themselves too seriously.


96 posted on 01/07/2014 9:07:04 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: I cannot think of a name
And as much as I love the WHO and the Rolling Stones, etc, you have to find something new or you go stale.

Maybe that's the case with you. It certainly isn't with a whole lot of us. I guess you can describe us as "musically conservative", as opposed to "musically liberal", or "musically progressive". In short, if it works, don't 'fix' it.

97 posted on 01/07/2014 9:08:08 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: usconservative

“Today’s “music” is nothing but a bunch of research formula driven noise that has no emotion, no feeling, no passion and is as empty as a federal bureaucrats head.”

I believe Seger said it best: “today’s music ain’t got the same soul”.


98 posted on 01/07/2014 9:08:53 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Notary Sojac

Given the crap state of contemporary music (admitted generalization) i would welcome suggestions for new little known rock and blues acts. I am sure they are out there.


99 posted on 01/07/2014 9:11:51 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Notary Sojac

Amos Lee
Belle and Sebastian
The Wailin’ Jennys
Greg Brown

You won’t be sorry.


100 posted on 01/07/2014 9:12:07 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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