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Monday, July 24, 2006

Suggestions wanted

So I got a $50 iTunes gift certificate from Pokersavvy, because Matt that runs the joint is a stand-up guy and looks out for me. But I have most of the boogie that I want, so I'm looking for suggestions.

I just got a $25 iTunes gift card last week and used it to buy the new Darrell Scott album (highly recommended), the first Old Crow Medicine Show album (also smoking) and some singles from Miles Davis and My Morning Jacket after reading Tony's blog last week.

So what's out there that's cool? I like lots of bluegrass, Americana, singer-songwriter stuff, old hair bands, old punk, old-school hip hop, basically anything. So hit me with some songs or albums that you think are must-haves, and I'll let you know in a bit what I get with my $50 worth of boogie.


TripJax said...

I can't stop listening to The Mars Volta lately. I've never heard anything like it before. One of their newer albums, Frances The Mute, has been stuck in my rotation for months now. One second it is extremely fast and jamming and the next it is a strange, but smooth emptiness. I don't know, it might not be anywhere near your kind of music, but it is at least something different...

That's all from me for now.

Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

Little Big Town: Boondocks...The Rooster says, nuff said.

BG said...

I sent Matty my old iPod and he and I both had the same reaction to the same guy - "Where has this stuff been my entire life?" The two albums, in order of preference, are JJ Cale's "Troubador" and "Really." He's the guy who wrote "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" (both on "Troubadour"), and should really appeal to your laid back folksy side.

I've also been listening off and on to Beck's "Sea Change," as I really dig his more mellow stuff. Great album.

I've got dozens upon dozens of recommendable jazz albums or songs for you if need be, so hit me up offline (er, off comments) for those.

Stan said...

You are probably already well aware, but my boys from Milwaukee, the Violent Femmes, used to be kind of a punk-bluegrass fusion in the 80's, and of course, me likey the religious overtones in the music. Best two albums are the first and second, Violent Femmes and Hallowed Ground (by far the best). And for something completely different, I like The Cars first album, especially "all mixed up" and "Moving in stereo". Also, David Bowie's "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars." Beastie Boys "Licensed to Ill" and Pearl Jam "Yeild" - oh, and Stone Temple Pilot's first album is great.

Stan said...

Well... 'great' is an overstatement for STP, but do check out the Femmes.


BadBlood said...

I would start off with Doomsday Machine by Arch Enemy. The always accessible Clayman by In Flames is also something you can dance to.

Joe Speaker said...

Bad Blood is funny.

If you don't have The Raconteurs (new-ish) album, your life is a vast wasteland of suck.

Prentiss Riddle said...

Let's see -- since you like bluegrass, try the Austin Lounge Lizards, in particular their album Highway cafe of the Damned.

Dunno if iTunes carries it, though. As far as I can tell their claims to carry a lot of independent music are exaggerated.