January 23, 2004

Your Recommendations Please

I'm in the mood to buy some music but I'd like your recommendations. So fill up my comments with some musical goodness. Tell me what you like, what to check out. There are a few stipulations:

1. I own an ungodly amount of CDs so I might already have it. Don't be offended if I don't run right out and pick it up.

2. All purchases are subject to mood and availability.

3. No country, rap or hip-hop. Unless its actually country-hip hop. That I'd like to hear.

Posted by Chris at January 23, 2004 10:05 AM

How about Serena by Cousteau? They do a great job with a sultry jazzy sorta loungy thing. And the lead singer has a great voice. Very rich.

Posted by: Buzz at January 23, 2004 10:08 AM

I'd suggest "Lost Souls" by Doves. Excellent album... not too boring or overly speedy.

Posted by: Jesse at January 23, 2004 10:14 AM

I Highly Highly recommend Fisher.

Posted by: Cornelia at January 23, 2004 10:18 AM

If you want to support some local VA music, check out Carbon Leaf. Jam band with an Irish twang. Especially Echo Echo and 5 Alive, their live album. I was proud to contribute to the live album -- I think my distinctive clapping and "whoooo!" really shines through.

Posted by: amalah at January 23, 2004 10:27 AM

Since Buzz is sending a ton of people here, I'm sure you'll have plenty to purchase!

A range of my favorites, but maybe not your style, maybe you already own:

Pixies - Doolittle
Portishead - Portishead
Midnight Oil - 20,000 Watts R.S.L
Edith Piaf - The Very Best
Iggy Pop - Nude & Rude
Neil Young - Harvest Moon or Harvest or....
Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual
Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Best Of
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
Living Colour - Time's Up
REM - Murmur, Document or Life's Rich Pageant
Peter Gabriel - Passion (Last Temptation Soundtrack) or Shaking The Tree
10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
Bob Marley - Legend

Okay - I'll shutup now.....

Posted by: Heather at January 23, 2004 10:31 AM

Ohhh...a Virginia guy?

I HIGHLY recommend anything by the Pat McGee Band. "Shine", "Revel" or "General Admission" or "From the Wood"...they're all great stuff.

If you're looking for a good assortment of stuff, head over to www.awaremusic.com and pick up one of their compilations...you'll be introduced to a bunch of good bands there.

Let's see...what else?

Hard Candy...Counting Crows (my favorite one of their albums)

Films About Ghosts - Counting Crows

Glen Phillips - Live at Largo (he's the lead singer from Toad the Wet Sprocket)

Rockwell Church - Through the Fall

Now, bear in mind, that many of these may not be available at your local music store. But I'd think you could find Pat McGee Band since they are a Virginia-based band.

E-mail me for more ideas!

Posted by: Joe at January 23, 2004 10:44 AM

Snow Patrol -- Final Straw [huge surprise there, right? It's available cheaply through Tower Records online.]
Damien Rice -- O
Any Magnetic Fields stuff
Audioslave's album [whose name I don't have handy.]

Heaps more, which I'll think of later.

Posted by: Marie at January 23, 2004 10:53 AM

somebody does bluegrass versions of kiss songs,
but i forget who...

if you already have wings over america
and wingspan,
and liz phair
and sheryl crow
and no doubt
and big bad voodoo daddy
and zoot suit riot
and shakira
and melissa etheridge
then i don't know what to say...

and i like the dixie chicks,
even though you can smell the cornpone...

Posted by: stacy at January 23, 2004 11:05 AM


Aretha Franklin- Greatest Hits

James Taylor Live- 2 disc set

Annie Lenox- Diva

Everclear- So Much For The Afterglow

ALL good.

Posted by: feisty girl at January 23, 2004 11:12 AM

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Not country. Pop Honkey Tonk. Honkey Tonk Union is my favorite album of theirs. Also, The Refreshments, Roger's former band.

Afro Celt Vol.2 Release. House-mix Enya is a good way to describe this.

I just found Brian Jonestown Massacre and I love them so far. But Rob will recommend them to you. He is the one who turned me on to them.

If I think of any others I'll email them. Do you have any of these?

Posted by: Alicia at January 23, 2004 11:13 AM

Eventide by Grey Eye Glances
October Project (either their self-titled or Falling Farther In)
The Sensual World by Kate Bush
Egyptology by World Party
Some Devil by Dave Matthews (sorry - I had to do it!)
Avalon by Roxy Music

Posted by: Empress at January 23, 2004 11:30 AM

brushfire fairytales by jack johnson.

Posted by: r at January 23, 2004 11:45 AM

Anything by the Be Good Tanyas, but especiall Blue Horse.

Posted by: mindy at January 23, 2004 12:03 PM

Tower of Power - Oakland Zone (or anything by them)
One of my fav. groups.. It's a funk - rhythm n blues mix. I've listened to them since highschool and saw them in concert in Oct. Their horn section is just beyond words and they have more energy in their little toes then I'll ever have! I think there are some places you can take a listen online before you buy.. let me know if your interested.. I think I have some of the links! ...*

Posted by: starlite at January 23, 2004 12:08 PM

Anything by Diana Krall or Josh Groban, and of course Jimmy Buffett is always high on my list too. :-)

Posted by: Krush at January 23, 2004 12:37 PM

I think I mentioned 'La Peste' by Alabama 3 the other day.

Posted by: wlfldy at January 23, 2004 1:12 PM

You are going to let us all know what you got, with a picture of the new CDs, right? :)

Posted by: Alicia at January 23, 2004 1:53 PM

Wow! Thanks for the response so far everyone. Keep em coming! I'll let you know what I come up with.

Posted by: Chris at January 23, 2004 1:57 PM

I love Liz Phair, and have been hearing some new stuff by her on the radio lately, like "Extraordinary" -- which has been stuck in my head all week!!! Seek her out. And I love Sarah McLaughlin [sp?] as well. :-)

Posted by: *Dee* at January 23, 2004 2:04 PM

Let's see... anything Earlimart has ever released, specifically "Avenues" or "Filthy Doorways"; "Emotions", by Alaska!; Folk Implosion's "The New Folk Implosion"; Ryan Adams' "Rock And Roll" or "Love, Part 1" (I think that's the one); Shawn Smith's new one (forgot what it's called); anything the Pinehurst Kids have ever released; Paul Westerberg's "Stereo"; AAARGH my phone keeps ringing and I've lost track - I was on a roll. Anyway, those are many of the bands/discs I've been listening to recently on repeat.

Oh, and here's an obscure one: if you can find any Fury in the Slaughterhouse, they're one of my favorite bands... they're from Germany, and almost impossible to find in the US. I'm sure I can come up with some more obscure, almost impossible to find (in the US) music, but later... I have 85,000 things to do before 1pm now (that's two hours)...

Posted by: Tara at January 23, 2004 2:08 PM

Ok, I made a wonderful find recently, the Tiger Lillies. Now they are a three piece... counter tenor (who doubles on the piano, organ, accordion and ukelele), drummer (doubling on "toys") and double bass (helping out with the musical saw and horn). Think english transvestite on crack... n ot everyone's cuppa chai but definitely doing it for me at the moment. I would recommend the album "The Gorey End" a collection of songs based on the works of Richard Gorey.

You heard it here first!!!

Posted by: zeno at January 23, 2004 2:15 PM

Oh, last minute addition of mynew favourite band... Franz Ferdinand (Glaswegian and great)

Posted by: zeno at January 23, 2004 2:39 PM

I second the Carbon Leaf. They are a great Celtic inspired band. Echo Echo is the only album I heard, and saw them play at Cinco de Mayo in Richmond when I lived there.

New Jane's Addiction.

I personally like Jason Mraz, although he has a few songs that tend to sound alike. That's all I got.

Oh...and Evanesence

Posted by: Sarah at January 23, 2004 4:52 PM

I can recommend two New Zealand artists (you may have to surf the net and get them posted to you, but I reckon they're worth it)

Bic Runga (her latest album is called Beautiful Collision
Goldenhorse (their latest album, Riverhead)

Just gorgeous music.

Posted by: fi at January 23, 2004 5:34 PM

Who buys nowadays? Pirate the music from the high seas of the interweb.

Posted by: Agatha at January 23, 2004 6:35 PM

I tries to go through and make sure I am not adding a duplicate suggestion.. but I got bore d and scroll my ass right down here to the comments.

my favorite CD's right now are:
Nikka Costa and India Arie. YEah chick music but... YOU ASKED. ;)

Posted by: sphinx at January 23, 2004 7:32 PM

By the way, I have had 2 martini's... forgive the spelling and grammar. Apparently that's optional when your tipsy.

Posted by: sphinx at January 23, 2004 7:33 PM

Delerium. Delerium Delerium Delerium. Pink Martini's way cool, also. Balligomingo rocks. So does Sarah Brightman. Mm'kay?

Posted by: Christine at January 23, 2004 9:27 PM

Holy Christmas! 28 comments?! Just for that, I'm not reccomending anything. You suck. lol. ;)

Posted by: Jessica at January 23, 2004 10:01 PM

Go buy Rufus Wainwright "Want" RIGHT NOW! It's fabulous. Really.

Posted by: christine at January 24, 2004 12:51 PM

NOFX - The War on Errorism
Dashboard Confessional
Mazzy Star


Posted by: Kimmie at January 24, 2004 1:33 PM

Throwback is one of my new favorite bands. Also, the Afterglow album by Sarah is great as well as John Mayer's Heavier Things, which you own, right?

Posted by: katherine at January 24, 2004 1:34 PM

Hmmm, lets see. I myself like...
Type O Negative
3 Doors Down
Good Charlotte
Collective Soul
Big Sugar
Stevie Ray Vaughn

And yeah, lots of other stuff but I'll stop there lol

Posted by: Jaded Angel at January 24, 2004 2:00 PM

It's hard to recommend music bcause I don't know what you like :) I'll give it a try:

Lately I'm into the groovy jazz club thing. I like the cd "Statues" from Moloko.

My looks & age wouldn't tell you I really like Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin. There's a British artist called Robbie Williams. He's made an excellent cd called "Swing when you're winning". I really love it, but I've heard that Robbie isn't that popular in your country. But if you like that kind of music, it's a good purchase ;p

Posted by: Sweety at January 25, 2004 5:24 AM

the new Get Up Kids is fantastic. I don't know if it's been released yet. if it hasn't then... uh... i've never heard it, what are you talking about? it's called guilt show.

i've been on a real alkaline trio kick lately, so any of their stuff is always good. plus, one of the singers, matt skiba, has some stuff that is also excellent.

i'm always pimping stupid hero, but you can only get that CD from me. HA.

and... well, the ataris, always. blue skies, broken hearts is an excellent CD as is so long astoria.

Posted by: kelly at January 25, 2004 1:26 PM

i haven't seen anyone suggest "Forty Foot Echo" yet, but they're a band I just happened to stumble across tonight and i'm really enjoying them! i'm going to buy their cd as soon as i can! =) hope i could contribute. i know you have, like, 9827928374 CD's. hehe

Posted by: tiffanie at January 25, 2004 11:42 PM

Cheryl Crow's greatest hits. Yup, I like that one.

Posted by: seger at January 26, 2004 7:21 AM

Jamiroquai - Synchronized
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
Jamiroquai - Funk Odessey

but you already knew I would suggest this...

how about...

Kid Rock - (self titled album)
Really good songs on there. Much much MUCH more rock than his previous music.

that's all I can think of momentarily... I'm drawing a music blank.....

Posted by: Irma at January 26, 2004 11:53 AM

Oha nd I agree with the person who wrote Nikka Costa..... I bought that album when it came out.

Think Lenny Kravitz funky with a Janis Joplin voice..she's amazing ;)

Posted by: Irma at January 26, 2004 11:55 AM

I like music a little bit :)

Today, I'm listneing to, and would suggest anyone check out:

Luna, "Bewitched"
Grant Lee Buffalo, "Mighty Joe Moon"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, "Methodrone"

You can email me if you want more info. TBJM is especially great, as in I'm obsessed. And the best thing is, if you go their official website, every single song from every single album is available to download for free. They believe the music is for everyone...

What a freakin' concept, man.

Posted by: Rob at January 26, 2004 3:14 PM

I'd have to say Granian and Bic Runga. John Mayer is good, too. =)

Posted by: Heather at January 27, 2004 11:41 AM

-the colour and the shape, foo fighters
-morning view, incubus
-the mambo kings soundtrack -- no seriously, it's great, especially as background music for dinner parties
-the matrix soundtrack (first one is best)
-anything pearl jam, but especially vitalogy
-hoobastank, either cd
-buffalo tom -- i can't remember the name of the album, it might be sodajerk - sodajerk is at least on the album
-the miseducation of lauryn hill
-sheryl crow, the globe sessions

if you choose Evanesence i will have to kill you.

Posted by: laura at January 27, 2004 3:04 PM

What is this??? NO country??? Oh boy.... ::::shaking my head:::: I can understand no rap, no opera, hard rock. Personally I like being able to understand what the artist is singing about....

Posted by: Rachel in Alaska at January 27, 2004 9:08 PM