Crystal Spheres

Ah yes, the music of the Heavens… Anyway, I’m curious about music. Specifically, your music. Even more specifically, your recent purchases (or downloads, for your P2P kids). I’ve found some good (old) music recently, and was surprised by what I liked. But I’m always interested in finding out about the new (or old) sound.
My tastes lately seem to be plumbing the depths of the 60s, 70s, and 80s– musical eras that i had always mostly snubbed in favor of more recent music. Specifically, I’ve become a huge fan of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a mid-60s group responsible for such hits as Summer in the City, Do you believe in Magic?, and Did you ever have to make up your mind?. I’ve also become enamoured with John Mellencamp, which surprised me as much as it might you… Some of his songs, like Paper in Fire are just wonderful, though.
Li recently reminded me of Afro Celt Sound System, which has a good sound, and my own fond memories has got me back into early Pennywise, even though I don’t really like their recent stuff.

So, what music are you listening to, what’s new and good, and what am I a blasted heathen for not knowing about? Bonus if I can buy it on iTunes Music Store, since that’s where most of my music comes from these days.

5 Responses to “Crystal Spheres”

Of late, I’ve been thirsting for good soul. Otis Redding, Joss Stone (who, on top of having the soul of an old black woman, is a hot British blonde), et al. I keep thinking of hunting out some Japanese drum groups, but wouldn’t know where to start. Same with some decent bluegrass (and not this cashing-in-on-“O Brother Where Art Thou”-crap).
Also, did you know you can download Terry Pratchett books-on-mp3? And others!:

Owen - October 26th, 2005 at 1:22 pm

*squeel* Bluegrass! 😀 Check out Hit & Run Bluegrass and Hot Rize. Both Boulder groups…both AWESOME! I also like John Hartford..but I don’t know how widespread he is. Makes me feel like a hick everytime I listen 😛

Otherwise, I can’t help you Andrew. I listen to everything but Hip Hop and Rap. Some of my favorites: Weezer, The Eurythmics, ABBA, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Aqua, Bad Religion, Living End, oo! Peter Schilling, Unsung Zeroes, Vengaboys, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton….the aforementioned bluegrass groups. Umm, that’s all I can think of for now. 😛

Mallorn - October 26th, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Johnny Cash – Take This Job and Shove it (He also scored Number 4 with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down)
Sonny Rollins – St. Thomas
Charlie Parker – Bloomdido
Gustav Mahler – Symphony #3, Mvmt 1
Paul Desmond – A Foggy Day
Kinky Friedman – Ahab the Arab
Billie Holliday – All of Me
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
Rolling Stones – Can’t Always Get What You Want
Flogging Molly – With a Wonder and a Wild Desire

Owen - October 27th, 2005 at 1:52 pm

I’d do this, but it seems that if you haven’t rated a song, it plays it at random, nullifying your ratings’ effect on the random playing list generated. I currently only have my Beatles’ songs and a few other favorites rated, so I don’t think it’d be too accurate. But, these would be probably my favorite bands would be (and you can see where Andrew got that random 60’s/70’s/80’s music influence 😛 ). I’ll put them in chronological order, just because that’s how I think about music…
My very top three: The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones.
And other stuff by decade:
Other 60s groups: The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Mamas and the Papas, the Turtles, Simon and Garfunkel, and many others.
70s: Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and others.
80s: Queen, Oingo Boingo (and other Danny Elfman stuff), REM, Bad Religion.
Others/more modern: White Stripes, Blue Man Group, Ben Fold’s Five, They Might be Giants, Flogging Molly, Triples of Belleville 🙂

Clearly you can see that I haven’t been the only one influencing my significant other’s music tastes… That’s all I can think of for now, but I honestly don’t think that can be too amusing for you all 🙂

Teisha - October 27th, 2005 at 3:01 pm

On another forum I frequent, someone proposed that a more interesting way of gauging someone’s musical tastes then asking “what bands do you like” would be this exercise:
1. Open iTunes (or your music player of choice)
2. Set it on random play, and start the music
3. Write down the first song that plays (with Artist)
4. Hit “next” and repeat for a total of 10 songs
5. Share your list

Assuming people can be at least somewhat honest (I didn’t record when three Bad Religion songs came up, so I could show more bands I liked, for instance), it gives an interesting insight into your musical tastes.

Here is my list:
Duke Ellington — Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me)
Incubus — Pardon Me (acoustic live)
Beatles — Strawberry Fields Forever
Propaghandi — Head? Chest? Foot?
Bad Religion — Incomplete
Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack — Making Christmas
Squirrel Nut Zippers — Hell
Vandals — An Idea for a Movie
The Lovin’ Spponful — Summer in the City
They Might Be Giants — Purple Toupee

Paradoxdruid - October 26th, 2005 at 4:47 pm

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