Sunday, July 16, 2006


Hey, I got an iPod nano couple of days ago but there is not much I can listen to these days. I'm done with my good old stuff which are basically of the 1970s & 80s or late 60s.

I mean I can't find any good music any more. Today's music is just consisted of crappy rap, trash-metal or hip-hop music which ain't my cup of tea at all.

What do you suggest I should listen to? What's the best place to download music? ;-)


Chester said...

Just stay a way from Disco ; )

VW said...

Do you not have a CD collection? Since I normally listen to movie soundtracks and lounge stuff, I just use iTunes to transfer CD tracks to the hard drive and upload to my iPod shuffle. (Oh, and try searching your favorite singer / composer's name in the iTunes store; some tracks are bound to show up.)

Tamara said...

It's hard to make recommendations unless we know what you already like!

Who are your favorite artists and what are your favorite albums?

Surecure said...

It all depends on your flavor... I tend to listen to everything in terms musical genres, so I'm more than satisfied by modern offerings.

Do you like lighter, more acoustic based stuff? If so, you might try Death Cab for Cutie. Of course, you could always try Jeff Buckley, though he's more 90's based (he died just before the release of his second album). And then there's always Ben Harper

If you like groovy, blues/rock based stuff you might try Rocco Deluca and the Burden, a band that Kiefer Sutherland produces (he even goes on the road and acts as a street team for them). Or try Badly Drawn Boy, who did the music for the movie "About a Boy" w/ Hugh Grant. And of course, the Dave Matthews Band is often a good choice, though I haven't really listened to their more recent stuff.

Of course, if you would like something really different you should really give William Shatner's last album "Has Been" a listen. It is without a doubt one of the best produced albums of the last 20 years as far as I'm concerned and the material is actually fantastic.

If you're more into straight up rock you could give Queens of the Stone Age a try... or even the Foo Fighters. Of course then there is the more alternative based rock stuff like the Tea Party or Big Wreck / Thornley.

If you're into Zappa-esque experimental stuff you could give Mr. Bungle a try which melds together rock, punk, jazz, funk, blues, synth pop, middle-eastern and just about every other style of music you can think. And it is one of the former side projects of ex Faith No More singer Mike Patton.

If you like early Pink Floyd with all the experimental bits and long instrumental parts you could try Godspeed You Black Emperor. If you've seen the movie 28 Days Later you would have heard their music when the main character first gets out of the hospital and is wandering the streets trying to find people. It's ambient and multi-layered with fantastic instrumentation. They have a few offshoot bands as well that are worth checking out like the Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

If you're more into pop oriented music, Coldplay is always a safe bet. Though I couldn't stand their first hit "Yellow", the rest of their stuff has been quite enjoyable. Or for less commercial stuff you could try Chroma Key which is the side project of ex Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore (no, the stuff isn't metal at all). He writes some really interesting pieces.

If you want a female-pop style, I've loved everything that Paula Cole has done. I first her when she was the backup vocalist on Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live album and I have been thoroughly impressed with her stuff since then. Dido's stuff is really enjoyable if you like a more pop-based feel.

And if you like world music then you should definitely check out Dead Can Dance. Lisa Gerrard who did vocals on the scores for Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Man on Fire is one side of the duo that is Dead Can Dance. And then there is always form PIL bassist Jah Wobble who writes some fantastically groovy world music. His band in the 90's the Invaders of the Heart had some great albums.

Hope this gives you something more modern to listen to.... of course, if you want some suggestions for older stuff you might like as well, I can do that too... :-)

Andrew said...

this middle-aged guy knows EXACTLY how you feel... the last album I bought was in 1983.

Anyway, go to and download it (a peer-to-peer sharing application with no spyware, ads, or extraneous crud) is great.

Anonymous said...

They have one mandatory "anti-Bush" song but I can deal with that if the music is good enough.

Anyway, as a regular reader of your blog this is the band I have been liking quite a bit lately.

Anonymous said...

They have one mandatory "anti-Bush" song but I can deal with that if the music is good enough.

Anyway, as a regular reader of your blog this is the band I have been liking quite a bit lately.

Another_Sean said...

I used to rely on for their library of unsigned artists. They were classed as "similar to..." so that you could search for your favorite artist/band, and these artists would be suggested. What a great way to discover new talent! Unfortunately, that service no longer exists. Now that CNET owns the name, all that is there is another I-tunes/Bonfire competitor.

Surecure said...

Another thing you could do is go to the Pandora website here:

It allows you to enter the names of a band you listen to and it will do a shuffle of a bunch of different artists that are along the same line as the band you enter. I've been introduced to some fine bands through that site (though you have to say you're an American to get on it).

Winston said...

Thanks every one!

TimeForJimToGo said...

I suggest some mid 1950s early rock and roll such as Bill Haley and the Comets, Buddy Holly, The Cadillacs, the Four Knights, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley.