Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

It's only cool if no one's heard of it.

Moderators: SecondTalon, Moderators General, Prelates

Yor
Posts: 13
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Location: Anch, AK

Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby Yor » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:48 pm UTC

Slight drums are permitted, and people like KT Tunstall are fine, but I don't want too much clutter. My library consists mainly of trance, hard rock, and classical, and I need something calming to listen to that's not too rock-y and not too fast-paced. I need some raw music, if that means anything.

User avatar
Phenriz
I'm daaancin' like a monkey!
Posts: 2450
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
Contact:

Postby Phenriz » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:52 pm UTC

i like Days of the New, they use alot of acoutstic guitars in their music, and most of their best stuff isn't the crap you may have heard on the radio when they were "new".

although it is kind of "rock-y", i s'pose.
I loveded you piggy, i lovded youuuu!!!

User avatar
thefiddler
The Fora's Prophetess
Posts: 4041
Joined: Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:07 am UTC
Location: The-middle-of-bumfuck-nowhere

Postby thefiddler » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:59 pm UTC

My personal favourite would be Bright Eyes and all of Conor Oberst's other projects (e.g. Desaparecidos, Commander Venus, Park Ave.).

I'd also recommend Iron and Wine.

You could look into some other related genres like indie folk and piano rock.
Indie folk: Elliott Smith, Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes
Piano rock: Tori Amos, Ben Folds Five, Something Corporate, Coldplay, Regina Spektor, The Dresden Dolls, Keane, Jack's Mannequin, The Fray, Ingrid Michaelson

User avatar
Phenriz
I'm daaancin' like a monkey!
Posts: 2450
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
Contact:

Postby Phenriz » Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:16 am UTC

Ben Folds Five always struck me as very "Weird Al Yankovich"-ish.
I loveded you piggy, i lovded youuuu!!!

@trophy
Posts: 1684
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
Location: Springfield, MO
Contact:

Postby @trophy » Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:40 am UTC

Damnit someone beat me to Iron & Wine.
Fine then... Dave Bazan.
Insignificant Deification wrote:Because, sometimes, you've gotta have a taste of vulva

Cai
Posts: 229
Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:21 am UTC
Location: Anywhere, USA
Contact:

Postby Cai » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:20 am UTC

Elliott Smith is great for when you're depressed, because he led a very depressing existence. Doug Martsch (of Built to Spill/indie rock god status) released a solo album Now You Know that features AMAZING acoustic guitar, and that's almost it.
Dreamers never live, only dream of it.
first.am

User avatar
Mathmagic
It's not as cool as that Criss Angel stuff.
Posts: 2926
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:48 am UTC
Location: In ur fora posting in teh threads

Postby Mathmagic » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:57 am UTC

Damien Rice.

Also, Luka Bloom.

Search for more on YouTube and you'll get a good number of hits.
Axman: That, and have you played DX 10 games? It's like having your corneas swabbed with clits made out of morphine.
Pathway: cocks cocks cocks

User avatar
Eitel
Posts: 50
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:55 am UTC

Postby Eitel » Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:22 am UTC

Neutral Milk Hotel to an extent or Elliott Smith. Neutral Milk Hotel isn't quite pure acoustic, but they definitely have quite a folk vibe going.

User avatar
Victorkm
Posts: 317
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:51 pm UTC
Location: Florida
Contact:

Postby Victorkm » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:26 am UTC

Nikolah Sarcevic

strangeparallel9
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:20 am UTC

Postby strangeparallel9 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:36 am UTC

ELLIOTT SMITH. most definitely. his music is so lovely.

User avatar
taggedunion
Posts: 146
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Location: BEHIND YOU

Postby taggedunion » Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:42 am UTC

Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes I agree with. I used to like Dashboard Confessional (and like[d] his band before, Further Seems Forever, but they weren't acoustic), but he can't be called acoustic or solo anymore, it seems. I like a local guy, Danny Weber, who's more of the has-too-much-fun-with-a-Jam-Man type of one-man act.

Do Flight of the Conchords count?
Yo tengo un gato en mis pantelones.

Yor
Posts: 13
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Location: Anch, AK

Postby Yor » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:01 am UTC

I'll definitely check out Elliott Smith. I have a couple Bright Eyes songs, and I like them, so I'll probably get more. If they don't satisfy my hunger, I shall return to this page and try Iron and Wine and some of the others.

Thanks. :)

strangeparallel9
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:20 am UTC

Postby strangeparallel9 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:14 am UTC

GODSPEED.

User avatar
damienthebloody
the most metal thing EVER
Posts: 2370
Joined: Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:25 pm UTC
Location: under a rock

Postby damienthebloody » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:26 am UTC

Lisa Ekdahl.
German Sausage wrote:Is that an EMP in your pants, or are you just outraged by my sexist behaviour?
liza wrote:When life gives you a wife made of salt, make margaritas?
Dance like you're stamping on a human face forever.

notallama
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:28 pm UTC

Postby notallama » Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:45 pm UTC

feist
devendra banhart

and second damien rice

siren on is good too, but it's piano stuff.

User avatar
Alisto
Crazy like a BOX!
Posts: 3998
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:14 pm UTC
Location: South Jersey
Contact:

Postby Alisto » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:48 pm UTC

Jack Johnson
Donovan Frankenreiter
Tristan Prettyman
Tegan and Sara (the older stuff is far more acoustic)
G. Love
Bad grammar makes me [sic].
Crazy like a BOX!
<Jauss> Because karaoke, especially karaoke + lesbians = Alisto, amirite?
<rachel> Old people ain't got shit to do but look at clocks.

User avatar
ArchangelShrike
Rodan's Title
Posts: 1533
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:39 am UTC
Location: Waikiki

Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:21 pm UTC

Jack Johnson, like above. If you want the full faux-musical classification, it's some kind of isle-pop-alt-rock done by surfers. He also has a green festival, which is a plus if you're looking for that. His work with his friend G. Love is good as well, and mostly everyone associated with him for nice soft accoustic guitars. Try Brushfire Fairytales or In Between Dreams for Jack Johnson, particularly Belle or Banana Pancakes on Dreams.

User avatar
Droooo
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:40 pm UTC
Location: Tomorrow, Scotland
Contact:

Postby Droooo » Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:30 am UTC

Noel Gallagher's acoustic performances are pretty good if you can find them.
Like Drooo but 10x better.

User avatar
Jesse
Vocal Terrorist
Posts: 8635
Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 6:33 pm UTC
Location: Basingstoke, England.
Contact:

Postby Jesse » Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:08 am UTC

Damien Rice *Love so much*

Also I really enjoyed KT Tunstall's first album and Acoustic Extravaganza; I am not sold on the latest album though.

User avatar
CorranH
A-dork-able
Posts: 1514
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:43 am UTC
Location: Stockton, CA
Contact:

Postby CorranH » Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:41 am UTC

I picked up a couple Colin Hay CDs the other day, I'm really diggin' him lately.

EDIT - A few of my favorite Colin Hay songs:

Are You Lookin' at Me? - the single from his newest album, with the same name (also, I don't know if it's just me, but this video took an absurdly long time to load for me. If it does the same for you, just stick in in the background on another tab or window for a while. Trust me, it's worth it).

Overkill - probably his best-known song; Overkill was featured in the first episode of the second season of Scrubs (as seen in the clip).

Waiting for My Real Life to Begin - another Hay song that was featured in an episode of Scrubs. That one, though, was sung by the cast members.

In case you feel like downloading some of his music, some other really fantastic songs that I couldn't find on Youtube are Maggie, These are Our Finest Days, and Wash it All Away.
It's a muon, you cunt - Robin Williams

User avatar
Alisto
Crazy like a BOX!
Posts: 3998
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:14 pm UTC
Location: South Jersey
Contact:

Postby Alisto » Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:07 pm UTC

Yes, Colin Hay is good stuff. He has a song on the Garden State OST, too.
Bad grammar makes me [sic].
Crazy like a BOX!
<Jauss> Because karaoke, especially karaoke + lesbians = Alisto, amirite?
<rachel> Old people ain't got shit to do but look at clocks.

User avatar
CorranH
A-dork-able
Posts: 1514
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:43 am UTC
Location: Stockton, CA
Contact:

Postby CorranH » Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:09 pm UTC

Alisto wrote:Yes, Colin Hay is good stuff. He has a song on the Garden State OST, too.


Yeah, Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You. Good stuff. Awesome fuckin' movie, too, since ya mention it.

Christ, now I wanna watch it again.
It's a muon, you cunt - Robin Williams

Dark Ragnarok
Posts: 1406
Joined: Sat May 05, 2007 9:12 pm UTC

Postby Dark Ragnarok » Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:32 am UTC

Er... i don't know the name off hand but i do know he did an acoustic solo song. And he's one of the members from Smashing Pumpkins. I love the drum and bass remix....

:D Hooray for pendulum live sets.

jgrabyan
Posts: 16
Joined: Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:11 am UTC

Postby jgrabyan » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:40 am UTC

Scott Matthew (shortbus soundtrack and many songs on Yoko Kanno's work).

User avatar
Mighty Jalapeno
Inne Juste 7 Dayes I Wille Make You A Hero!
Posts: 11265
Joined: Mon May 07, 2007 9:16 pm UTC
Location: Prince George In A Can
Contact:

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:21 am UTC

Phenriz wrote:i like Days of the New, they use alot of acoutstic guitars in their music, and most of their best stuff isn't the crap you may have heard on the radio when they were "new".

although it is kind of "rock-y", i s'pose.

Technically, it's heavy metal set to blues drum and acoustic guitar, and before he went insane, fired the band, and became Tantric, it was awesome. Dirty Road... Touch Peel and Stand... Shelf in the Room... excellent stuff.

My favorite, though... Neil Fallon in his 'serious' voice, in the song Regulator.

See it live here! SEE IT!!! (See the album version here if you want the produced experience.)

User avatar
dubsola
Posts: 2327
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:55 am UTC
Location: Sunny Snakeville

Postby dubsola » Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:22 am UTC

How has nobody mentioned Jose Gonzales yet? Acoustic guitar and voice, for the most part. It's raw.

EDIT: I just bought this album (In Our Nature).
Last edited by dubsola on Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:34 pm UTC, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
yellie
Posts: 494
Joined: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:24 pm UTC
Location: Ireland

Postby yellie » Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:15 pm UTC

Damien Rice has been mentioned already, but he needs to be mentioned again and again and again. So much love for Damo.

Joshua Radin, Matt Kearney, Priscilla Ahn, Maria Taylor, Ingrid Michaelson, Jem (to an extent), Ray LaMontague, Fionn Regan and Rufus Wainwright. Ben Folds is brilliant, too.

I must stress Damo and Fionn though. I've seen them live a few times now, and they never fail to impress -- if you're a fan of acoustic music you have to look them up. (I uh, may be a bit biased due to the fact that they both live within twenty minutes of my house and whenever possible I plug their music to whoever is closest, but whatever. They're amazing.)

JR
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:49 am UTC

Postby JR » Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:59 am UTC

No-one has mentioned Nick Drake. :(

I registered just to fix that. Also, for piano stuff, check out Casey Dienel, daytrotter session here.

User avatar
dubsola
Posts: 2327
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:55 am UTC
Location: Sunny Snakeville

Postby dubsola » Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:44 am UTC

Oh, I meant to say Nick Drake!

User avatar
thisisdavid
Posts: 53
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:11 am UTC
Contact:

Postby thisisdavid » Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:31 am UTC

bob dylan!

User avatar
drunkmunky
Posts: 32
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:01 am UTC

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby drunkmunky » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:28 pm UTC

Jeff Buckley - not sure if he quite fits your requirements but he is pure orgasm in my ears. It sends a shiver down my spine every time I listen to his first album.

User avatar
apricity
almost grown-up but not quite
Posts: 3983
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:28 am UTC

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby apricity » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:37 pm UTC

The Decemberists, Guster, Dispatch. I'm pretty sure they all fit your specifications exactly... and they're 3 of my favorite artists.
LE4d wrote:have you considered becoming an electron

it takes just a little practice to learn to be
(she/her/hers)

User avatar
ThorFluff
Ursus Onanis
Posts: 988
Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:53 am UTC
Location: Stockholm - Sweden
Contact:

Re:

Postby ThorFluff » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:40 am UTC

damienthebloody wrote:Lisa Ekdahl.


Lisa Ekdahl ey?
I'll raise you one Cornelis Vreeswijk and a Lars Winnerbäck
EsotericWombat wrote:You're... calling the Rolling Stones emo.

It might take a while to gather the lynch mob. no one really planned against this eventuality.


krynd wrote:That'd make an awesome sig. Unfortunately, I'm sure self-sigging isn't allowed...

danb
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:00 pm UTC

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby danb » Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:54 pm UTC

Bob Dylan is the obvious choice here. You might also try Simon & Garfunkel, although I don't know if I'd call them "raw," exactly. (I'm personally a bigger fan of Simon's solo work, but much of that isn't in the guitar-and-voice mold.)

More recently, I'm really into Ryanhood. They may be on the verge of making it big, so if you can see them live, do so sooner than later!

User avatar
mrcheesypants
Posts: 408
Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:59 pm UTC
Contact:

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby mrcheesypants » Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:15 pm UTC

does Jonathan Coulton count?
(11:20:42 PM) NapalmCornflak3s(Parkaboy): organizing porn is easy at my house. there are two folders: "tentacle" and "other"

Kadomox
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:55 pm UTC
Contact:

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby Kadomox » Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:56 pm UTC

Obadiah Parker
amazing stuff
Image

User avatar
__Kit
Posts: 1576
Joined: Tue May 08, 2007 5:12 am UTC
Location: 16/M/NZ
Contact:

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby __Kit » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:06 pm UTC

Paul Simon.
=]

User avatar
scowdich
The Hedgehog
Posts: 771
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 4:55 am UTC
Location: University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Contact:

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby scowdich » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:10 pm UTC

Harry Chapin. Has a lot of story-ish stuff, very nice easy-listening type music. Love's labors lost and all that.

Lambic
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:04 pm UTC

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Postby Lambic » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:13 pm UTC

Elliott Smith, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Jeff Buckley are all favorites of mine that have been mentioned.

Someone who hasn't is Ted Leo, one of the most accomplished acoustic guitars I have seen perform rock in the past few years. His acoustic/solo album is called:

Image

I know a fair number of fans of Tyrrany of Distance, Hearts of Oak, and Shake The Sheets who have never heard of this album. Definitely worth a try if you fall into that category.

User avatar
Pobega
Posts: 103
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:50 am UTC
Location: Staten Island, NY
Contact:

Re:

Postby Pobega » Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:04 am UTC

Dark Ragnarok wrote:Er... i don't know the name off hand but i do know he did an acoustic solo song. And he's one of the members from Smashing Pumpkins. I love the drum and bass remix....

:D Hooray for pendulum live sets.


Billy Corgan? Because if that's who you mean, that's who I was going to mention; I think Billy Corgan has an amazing voice when coupled alongside a guitar (Alone his voice is pretty bland though).

Two others who I love to listen to are:

Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
Trent Renzor (Nine Inch Nails)

All three of them are very depressing though; But in a lot of situations acoustic guitars are associated with depressing/sad songs, so I guess it makes sense to pick artists that sing down-styled music.

Edit: And of course how could I forget Paul Simon! Thanks for the reminder Kit.


Return to “Music”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests