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Postby kira » Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:32 am UTC

In my idle time today (on my drive home from school), I was listening to Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins and I realized that I haven't picked up on any good new music lately. You know all those recommendations in Best Buy's Sunday ad? Haven't heard of any of them.

So, in the same vein, I figured that people who share a similar sense of humor, a similar intellect and a similar age range (for the most part) might also share a similar taste in music. So, let's find out.

I am a huge fan of Jenny Lewis (both in Rilo Kiley and not), the Aislers Set, the Decemberists, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the music from Lazytown and a couple of Britney Spears songs.

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Postby Sitnaltax » Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:32 am UTC

Man, I just couldn't get into The Decemberists. I like music I can sing along to, which means punk and metal, if I turn up the music really loud to hide my terrible singing voice, and folk, if I sing quietly.

Current favorite bands include Green Day, They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies (although their recent album is a disappointment), Live, Bad Religon, Gin Blossoms. Favorite lesser-known bands/singers include Girlyman, Dragonforce, Dar Williams, Josh Ritter, The Weakerthans, Immaculate Machine.
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Postby ZenBearClaw » Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:58 am UTC

Solution to the music detatchment problem:

go to the local university and sign up for a rotation show. The rotation show will let you hear and experience all sorts of new music from bands you've never heard. Also my studio at least gives away old disks after they go stale.

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Re: Attention Music Aficionados

Postby rlo » Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:58 am UTC

kira wrote:In my idle time today (on my drive home from school), I was listening to Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins and I realized that I haven't picked up on any good new music lately....
I am a huge fan of Jenny Lewis (both in Rilo Kiley and not), the Aislers Set, the Decemberists, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the music from Lazytown and a couple of Britney Spears songs.


Kira, I thought Jenny Lewis's solo work couldn't surpass Rilo Kiley, and was so surprised that it did.

OK, those are my credentials. ;) Here are a few recommendations: American Analog Set (any of the last four albums), Sufjan Stevens, and reaching way back, the Feelies. I'm also very partial to Aimee Mann, though I'm hesitant to recommend her - her stuff mostly appeals to an older crowd, I think.

Best tip I can give you: pandora.com. Type in "Jenny Lewis" or "Rilo Kiley" and they'll recommend more good music than you know what to do with. And they'll play it for you too.

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Postby rattlehed » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:00 am UTC

Clutch

The best rock band around currently, very diverse, jazz blues funk metak punk and hardcore influences.

awesome

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Postby Jesse » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:21 am UTC

Rather than Pandora, which can be way off. I suggest last.fm

It can take a few weeks to really get to know your music personality, but when it does it's brilliant.

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Postby rlo » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:40 am UTC

Jesster wrote:Rather than Pandora, which can be way off. I suggest last.fm.


Last.fm: download an app; let it watch everything you play.
Pandora: go to a webpage and type in a bandname, or two, or three.

I chose pandora because the interface is so simple, and I'm pretty satisfied with the music it chooses. You may be right, though, about last.fm giving superior results. But it does seem pretty intrusive?

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Postby Vyathx » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:23 am UTC

Unethical as it may be, i suggest my band, Solstice Coil

but other bands include in no particular order of genre: Oceansize, The Mars Volta, Animal Alpha, Paatos and Pain of Salvation
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Postby Jesse » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:12 am UTC

I listen to no music I'm embarassed of, so I don't mind it being up there for people to see and give me results they like.

I tend to find Pandora is fine if you're after something general. But when you already know the specific things you like, say vocal range, then last.fm is a greater help.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:14 am UTC

I'll probably be the odd one out here; unless there's any other h@rdc0r3 underground hiphop fans hiding in here somewhere.

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Postby Frankeinstein » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:20 am UTC

Low.

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Postby xhuxus » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:28 am UTC

maybe give a listen to kimya dawson, the kings of convenience, ben kweller, the eels ('specially Mr E's Beautiful Blues).


Saladin wrote:I'll probably be the odd one out here; unless there's any other h@rdc0r3 underground hiphop fans hiding in here somewhere.



nah, dude. hiphop all the way. sage francis, kool keith, saul williams, jedi mind tricks, cannibal ox, the arsonists, jean grae, etc etc. dunno if those're "hardcore" or "underground," but they're... not softcore or above ground! :D
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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:42 am UTC

Hmm, well, i would have to recomend loads

The Hidden cameras (missussiaga goddama or something like that, in particular,crazy title :P)
Sufjan Stevens (Illinois in particular, that album is just ... BEST, fairly slow tho)
The Hives (Your new favourite band in particular)
Silvebullit (Citizen bird and Archlight in particular, mght be hard to find tho)
The Knife (Silent Shout, and Deep cuts, might be too electronic for some, but i think most people love 'heartbeats' even if some prefer the cover by Joze Gonzales you might have heard on the bravia advert
Suburban Kids with Biblical names (best band name ever, only have one album: 3#)
Architecture in Helsinki
Bear Quartet (awesome pop/rock, best album is Angry Brigade tho)
Bright eyes (great lyrics and songs ... a bit too depressive tho, but me loves)
Junior Senior (best happy hip hop ever ^_^)
Marit Bergman (happy pop music)
and this one håkan hellström song
yes it is in swedish but it ROX MY SOX...

Yeah I think tha would do for now...
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Postby Treabhar » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:14 pm UTC

Ok my list goes:

"Bright Eyes"----Best Band Ever.
"The Decemberists"---But you already know that
"The Arcade Fire" ----Funeral is one of the best albums i've heard in a while
"Metric"---Canadian Chick Rock....yes i am male
"Iron And Wine"---So soft and mellow
"Modest Mouse"---I had to.
"Sunny Day Real Estate"--- You think you know Emo...but you don't.
"Sufjan Stevens"---Just found him, not too bad. Reminds me of Iron and Wine

"Cursive"--- I haven't heard their new stuff, but Ugly Organ was great.
"Brand New" ---Deja Entendu...let's not talk about Favourite Weapon.
"Sorry About Dresden" --- I love this band. Pick up "Let It Rest".
"Death Cab For Cutie"---How can you NOT love this band?
"The Shins"---Pink Bullets...great.
"The New Pornographers"--They're pretty good.
"The Postal Service" --- Same singer from Death Cab...Great

Ok, i think that's about it.

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Postby xhuxus » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:18 pm UTC

ooh. seconds on metric and modest mouse. and i can take or leave bright eyes, personally, except bowl of oranges, which is pretty much the best song ever for cheerin' you up when you ain't so cheerful.

and i've never heard Sorry About Dresden, but that reminded me of the Dresden Dolls, though i'm not really sure if that'll fit in with the rest of the musical collection specified in the original post.
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Postby myoumyouou » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:32 pm UTC

yeah, i love dresden dolls, and i'm really likin sick puppies atm
death cab are fantastic, as are postal service. hot hot heat are also something rather special atm
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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:37 pm UTC

Treabhar wrote:Ok my list goes:

"Bright Eyes"----Best Band Ever..


You know it is pretty much just one guy right?
Still awesome tho ^_^

Also what Iron and Wine album you like? I tihnk i have one lying around somewhere, but i don't remember enjoying it.
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Postby rachel » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:50 pm UTC

I am going to have to second all of the bands in the above three posts for being awesome (the three above xhuxus'). I would reccomend:

The Rapture
Dressy Bessy
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Dresden Dolls
Emotron (which is fun, but strange)
Blood Brothers
Rapider Than Horsepower
Interpol
The Space Monkeys (who, for some reason almost no one has heard of and whose CDs I found in the used bin at a small record shop in Clemson by accident)
Gravy Train!!!!
The Cure (who doesn't like the Cure, though?)
The Pixies
The Mars Volta
The Smiths
The Occasion
Oh No! Oh My!
Aqualung
Frou Frou (is alright)
Badly Drawn Boy
Ima Robot
Aquaduct (which may be spelled Aqueduct, I'm not sure)
Belle and Sebastian

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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:13 pm UTC

rachel wrote:I am going to have to second all of the bands in the above three posts for being awesome (the three above xhuxus'). I would reccomend:


you've heard all of em? If so i am mightly impressed

rachel also wrote:Yeah Yeah Yeahs..
The Pixies...
The Smiths


Seconded

Also, the space monkeys, a song from fight club? :S

Ill also have to add
Jens Lekman (best song ---> Black cab or You are the light)
Radiohead (because no one else said it right?)
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Postby Epoch » Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:47 pm UTC

Saladin wrote:I'll probably be the odd one out here; unless there's any other h@rdc0r3 underground hiphop fans hiding in here somewhere.


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Postby ZenBearClaw » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:42 pm UTC

Along with Frou Frou there is Imogen's Solo work of which the 2nd album was quite happy inspiring.

Also Sing Sing was fun

Its hard for me to remember a band if there isn't an interesting female voice or blatantly awesome lyrics such as Bad Religion, NOFX, and antiflag

The latest Metric disk (were there others) was awesome

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Postby Jack Saladin » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:13 pm UTC

nah, dude. hiphop all the way. sage francis, kool keith, saul williams, jedi mind tricks, cannibal ox, the arsonists, jean grae, etc etc. dunno if those're "hardcore" or "underground," but they're... not softcore or above ground! Very Happy


sup.


Yay. Other nerd-hiphoppers. Yeah, I'm a big fan of JMT, especially their new album where Vinnie Paz seems to have ditched his "preach to you about Islam then shoot you in the face" approach.

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Postby rachel » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:29 pm UTC

fjafjan wrote:
rachel wrote:I am going to have to second all of the bands in the above three posts for being awesome (the three above xhuxus'). I would reccomend:


you've heard all of em? If so i am mightly impressed

rachel also wrote:Yeah Yeah Yeahs..
The Pixies...
The Smiths


Seconded

Also, the space monkeys, a song from fight club? :S

Ill also have to add
Jens Lekman (best song ---> Black cab or You are the light)
Radiohead (because no one else said it right?)


Yep, I have heard at least one song by every band mentioned except maybe two or three, although I've not liked quite a few of them. I come across bands by chance and since I know a lot of very different people I am exposed to a lot of very different music.

The Space Monkeys very well may have taken their name from Fight Club, I don't really know. There isn't much information around about them but from what I gather they were a semi-popular band for a while. They officially released one album (The Daddy of Them All) and also an EP or something that I had the pleasure of finding and randomly buying a while back. A friend bought The Daddy of Them All for me. They were set to release another CD, but their record label went bankrupt or something before they could. They aren't together anymore. They're pretty wonderful, though.

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Postby Epoch » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:36 pm UTC

Saladin wrote:
nah, dude. hiphop all the way. sage francis, kool keith, saul williams, jedi mind tricks, cannibal ox, the arsonists, jean grae, etc etc. dunno if those're "hardcore" or "underground," but they're... not softcore or above ground! Very Happy


sup.


Yay. Other nerd-hiphoppers. Yeah, I'm a big fan of JMT, especially their new album where Vinnie Paz seems to have ditched his "preach to you about Islam then shoot you in the face" approach.


I'm going to add Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Optimus Rhyme, Fogatron, the Native Tongues, and (hometown) Madgesdiq [majestic], Oregonized Savages, the Sand People.
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Postby Taylor » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:38 pm UTC

Music that makes me feel awesome, and might make you feel awesome, too:
The Sounds
The Aquabats!
Freezepop
The Dead Milkmen
Beck
SADS
The Faint
Bad Credit
Quarashi
Rammstein
Witches
Radiohead
Shiina Ringo
GO!GO! 7188
Nick Drake
Daft Punk
Infected Mushroom
Say Anything
Brendan Benson
Creeper Lagoon
Her Space Holiday
Electric Six
Cibo Matto
The Brunettes

Bleh. Long list, even with trying to avoid listing bands already mentioned. I feel lame.
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Postby Epoch » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:43 pm UTC

Taylor wrote:Music that makes me feel awesome, and might make you feel awesome, too:

The Aquabats!

The Dead Milkmen
Beck


Quarashi
Rammstein

Radiohead


Cibo Matto

Bleh. Long list, even with trying to avoid listing bands already mentioned. I feel lame.


don't feel lame even thinking of cibo matto makes me happy

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Postby Verysillyman » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:56 pm UTC

I haven't read everything suggested already, since i read a few and didn't know them (mostly) but i will next time i'm looking for new music.

I love David Bowie, Franz Ferdinand, and Frank Sinatra.

I also like Beck, Modest Mouse, Panic! at the disco (Which I'm going to start abbreviating to "P! at the D"), White Stripes, Cake, Robbie Williams, The Cure, Placebo, Dresden Dolls, Rufus Wainwright, Dandy Warhols, The Hives.

I guess most of those aren't really very new.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:56 pm UTC

I'm going to add Del Tha Funkee Homosapien,


I have heard only small amounts of his work, but he is undoubtedly very funkee. I must grab some of his albums some time...

I'm mostly into New Zealand hiphop, which I'm sure no one here would know about. :)

Edit: Oh yeah, sillyman, I'm a big Sinatra fan.

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Postby Verysillyman » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:03 pm UTC

My music pretty much falls into three categories, being Sinatra, Bowie, and everything else :P

I'm so damn sick of New Zealand hip-hop! I don't like hip-hop anyway, but...

And now that i thik about it, I do kinda prefer New Zealand stuff. But don't tell anyone i said that... I don't want them thinking I like scribe.

On New Zealand bands, Split Enz are incredible awesome, Darcy Clay was the greatest rock star we ever had, Elemeno P count as a guilty pleasure for me (too popular with 14 year olds), and Flight Of The Conchords are quite possibly the funniest band we've ever seen.

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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:35 pm UTC

rachel wrote:
fjafjan wrote:
rachel wrote:I am going to have to second all of the bands in the above three posts for being awesome (the three above xhuxus'). I would reccomend:


you've heard all of em? If so i am mightly impressed

rachel also wrote:Yeah Yeah Yeahs..
The Pixies...
The Smiths


Seconded

Also, the space monkeys, a song from fight club? :S

Ill also have to add
Jens Lekman (best song ---> Black cab or You are the light)
Radiohead (because no one else said it right?)


Yep, I have heard at least one song by every band mentioned except maybe two or three, although I've not liked quite a few of them. I come across bands by chance and since I know a lot of very different people I am exposed to a lot of very different music.

The Space Monkeys very well may have taken their name from Fight Club, I don't really know. There isn't much information around about them but from what I gather they were a semi-popular band for a while. They officially released one album (The Daddy of Them All) and also an EP or something that I had the pleasure of finding and randomly buying a while back. A friend bought The Daddy of Them All for me. They were set to release another CD, but their record label went bankrupt or something before they could. They aren't together anymore. They're pretty wonderful, though.


*bow* impressive .... most impressive...

So is there any place one might be able to find these monkeys of space?
other than obscure stores in australia or something :D

Also i can't believe i forgot
Broder Daniel (Broder Daniel forever and Broder daniel ze best ones)
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Postby rachel » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:24 pm UTC

I've never seen any of their records anywhere except that one shop and my friend got the one he bought be from a small local record store here and both times they were just hanging out in the used bins taking up space. You could maybe find it on the internet. If that doesn't work I will make copies and send them to you or something, We will work something out. It's very good music. Crazy pop-ish, weird, fun, get up and dance type music. Oh, it's lovely.

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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:40 pm UTC

any "X meets Y with a blend of Z" from any of the bands previously listed? :D
Becase "crazy pop-ish weird (fun) get up and dance music isoccasionally how i would describe My Bloody Valentine (strawberry wine most so)

You could send a sample to my email if you can be bothered :)
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Postby rachel » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:09 pm UTC

fjafjan wrote:any "X meets Y with a blend of Z" from any of the bands previously listed? :D
Becase "crazy pop-ish weird (fun) get up and dance music isoccasionally how i would describe My Bloody Valentine (strawberry wine most so)

You could send a sample to my email if you can be bothered :)


I'm not going to do an "x meets y with a dash of z" because then you might have expectations. I did send you a couple of songs, though.

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Postby Jesse » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:10 pm UTC

Taylor, kudos on the Aquabats. I can't decide which I like better from them 'I Fell Asleep On My Arm' or 'The Cat With Two Heads'.

Also, in line with my newfound love of ska, I Voted For Kodos are great.

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Postby xhuxus » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:17 pm UTC

Epoch wrote:I'm going to add Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Optimus Rhyme, Fogatron, the Native Tongues, and (hometown) Madgesdiq [majestic], Oregonized Savages, the Sand People.


also del's work in/as deltron 3030, though i don't like that area of his work nearly as much as del tha funkee homosapien... i'm down with the dystopic futuristic sci-fi thing, i just think the way they do it comes off pretty contrived, and the scientific mumbo-jumbo he spills doesn't.. actually.. the words don't mean anything.

also the Coup.

and as far as local hiphop, i forgot i have to pimp the Headroc Warmachine, from dc, which was the closest big city to where i grew up.
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Postby Treabhar » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:38 pm UTC

Treabhar wrote:
Ok my list goes:

"Bright Eyes"----Best Band Ever..



You know it is pretty much just one guy right?
Still awesome tho ^_^

Also what Iron and Wine album you like? I tihnk i have one lying around somewhere, but i don't remember enjoying it.


Conor Oberst is my hero.

And i have In The Reigns with Calexico. but i did find thissitewith a lot of his live work.

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Postby Matt » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:04 am UTC

Saladin: go get everything by Edan if you haven't already
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Postby kira » Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:26 am UTC

I have read your recommendations! I will not be replying because I will be too busy listening to awesome new music.

You guys rock.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:07 am UTC

I'm so damn sick of New Zealand hip-hop! I don't like hip-hop anyway, but...


Please don't judge New Zealand hip hop by Scribe, Fast Crew, Tyree, and whatever else you see in the Top 40 countdown or hear on ZM.

May I recommend looking into nearly all the artists on local label Breakin Wreckwordz. Tourettes' album "The Misadventures of Johnny Favourite" is spectacular, my favourite NZ album of all time, very sinister, cynical, and poetic. Terrific album.

Also, Breakin Wreck CEO Cyphanetik has just released his debut album "Commercial Suicide". I implore you to buy it. ;)

If nothing else, check out Tourettes. Very different to other hiphop.

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Postby schmod » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:30 am UTC

I don't normally post here, but I'm compelled to post on a thread like this one.

If you like the Decemberists, be sure to check out their latest album, The Crane Wife. It's easily their best work to date. Also be sure to listen to The Tain, a single they put out two years ago (yes, it's 18 minutes, but a single nonetheless).

I also believe Ted Leo has a new album coming up. Make sure you get all of his older albums too. They're quite good, although you can skip the first few. Hearts of Oak, The Tyranny of Distance, and Shake The Sheets are alll great.


And now for the list:

Sufjan Stevens -- probably one of the most widely renowned singer/songwriters today. His album Illnois is amazing.
Andrew Bird -- similar to Sufjan, but a little more subtle and toned-down. Easily compared to Iron & Wine
Calexico -- Like the above, but with a southwestern/latino flair.
Josh Ritter -- Another singer/songwriter with some western influences (he's from Idaho). Many obvious comparisons to Bob Dylan apply.
Feist -- If only for her song Mushaboom....
Belle & Sebastian -- Great Scottish chamber-pop. A bit more upbeat and lively than everything here so far.
Neutral Milk Hotel -- An oldie, but goodie. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is probably one of the most influental albums of the past 10 years. Many argue that they led to bands like the Decemberists and just about everyone above.
Bright Eyes -- If you're depressed..... this will make you moreso. But seriously. He's a great musician, and writes great songs. I'm Wide Awake It's Morning isn't as depressing as much of his other stuff, and stayed in my car's CD player constantly for about 4 months last year.


If you're looking for something a bit more lively, I'd reccommend
Of Montreal -- Their past two albums, Sunlandic Twins, and Satanic Panic in the Attic are great. Indie-synth-pop.
The Arcade Fire -- Funeral is a great album. Not for everybody, but personally, they're one of my favorites.
TV On the Radio -- Impossible to describe. Go listen to their song, 'Staring at the Sun'
VHS Or Beta -- Glammy techno-rock. Great compositions, and incredible 80s-esque vocals.


If you want to try something new and completely different:
Final Fantasy -- No. Not the video game. He's a part-time violinist for The Arcade Fire, and has his own solo project, where he continuously loops his violin to create songs that sound like they're set to a much larger band. Unique and amazing.
Patrick Wolf -- Not particluarly well known. An eclectic mix of Violin, Techno, and Emo. Go listen to his myspace, and see if it's for you. I personally like it a lot.


Just stay far, far away from anything in the mainstream ;-)


Wow. I listen to a lot of music.


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