Sunday, June 21, 2009

Music Recommendations

I am getting old.

I say this not because I just had a birthday, or another kid. Not because I can't keep up with the kids on the facebook, or even that I don't understand what they're watching on the TV these days (do they still watch TV? or just web shorts?)

Nope. I'm getting old because my list of music to purchase is pretty much stale. I got an iTunes gift card for my birthday, and have nothing good to spend it one. So I ask you, oh internets for recommendations for albums (remember those) or songs I just MUST get. Otherwise, I'm plopping down $20 eBucks to hear Rufus Wainright's version of Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall show, which just doesn't feel birthdayish enough. I'd rather something new.

So....Here are a few artists/ albums that have gotten me going over the past few months/ years to guide your recommendations...Let's see if you can inspire me more than Amazon or iTunes genius...

Rufus Wainright: Want One and Want Two
Jolie Holland (Formerly of Be Good Tanyas)
New Pornographers: Twin Cinema and Challengers
REM: Accelerate
Punch Brothers
Andrew Bird: Noble Beast and Armchair Apocrypha
Regina Spektor (I'll probably get her new album once it comes out)
Elliott Smith (XO and Figure 8)
Hem (which releases in August original settings from this summer's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night)
Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine
Fleet Foxes

What's missing? what MUST I hear? Please help me figure out what's missing on my iPod!


Anonymous said...

If you like New Pornographers, you should check out Neko Case's solo work. I like it all -- can't really recommend any single thing to start with. Regardless of what you choose, you'll get strong vocals and powerful imagery in the lyrics.

Jenny said...

Nobody ever likes my music recommendations, but I really like The Weepies.

Sisyphus said...

How can you not have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? They have a new album out.

Also, in the course of procrastinating by watching cute animal videos, I was struck by the music on this little one:

I've been likin' The Ting Tings, and Eva Maria's single "I like you so much better when you're naked," but haven't checked out their albums.

Horace said...

i shoulda put Neko Case up...I have her last four releases all of which I love.

The Weepies are definitely promising, and of COURSE I should have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Thanks...

YourFireAnt said...

The new Girlyman album that just came out.


Mary said...

It's few years old and maybe hard to find, but I still adore Daisy May's Heart Song album (I have and enjoy your whole list, so I think Daisy's got a good shot!)

Scrivener said...

Jose Gonzalez, Veneer. Not a new album, but fantastic.

I've been really into A.A. Bondy, American Hearts, recently. It's more alt-country/Americana than anything on your list here, but give it a listen and see if you like it.

Okkervil River, maybe.

Check out MGMT's Oracular Spectacular.

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