Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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What should I be listening to?

I've hit an interesting wall: I'm running low on interesting music that I know I want to listen to. For quite a while, I was coasting on Columbia House, buying all the stuff I've heard over the years and said, "Gee, I really ought to get that someday". But I've largely mined them out (not to mention getting annoyed at the stupid cards), so I quit that. I'm graudually broadening my horizons a bit: Rhapsody (a combination MP3 radio/download) service is helping with that, but their selection is moderately limited, and it's haphazard. So it occurs to me to ask my various musically-literate friends: what's out there that I should be listening to? In particular, what's current and interesting?

My tastes run toward the strident. I like strong beats or complex harmonies, preferably both. Genre doesn't matter much -- I have favorites that range from kicky folk to rock to metal to rave to dance. I tend to be less interested in mellower music: while I can appreciate a ballad or an ambient disc, they're not what I gravitate to.

Some specific examples of performers and groups I particularly like, culled from my inventory (demonstrating that my tastes have tended to be simultaneously pedestrian and eclectic):

ABBA
AC/DC
Aerosmith
Art of Noise
B-52s
Bangles
Barenaked Ladies
Beatles
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The Bobs
Boiled in Lead
Bond
Broadside Electric
C & C Music Factory
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Cirque du Soleil
Alice Cooper
Depeche Mode
Duran Duran
Eurythmics
Robin Hitchcock
Billy Idol
Jefferson Airplane
Jethro Tull
Billy Joel
Jez Lowe
Ricky Martin
Meatloaf
Midnight Oil
Aldo Nova
Off Kilter
Queen
Roxette
Rush
Rusted Root
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Smithereens
Steeleye Span
Styx
They Might Be Giants
VAST
Weird Al
Yes

So -- opinions? I'm not particularly looking for classics here: while I'm sure that there's good stuff from the 70's and 80's that I don't own yet, my collection is pretty comprehensive. I'm more interested in groups (and specific albums) that are more recent and worth checking out, especially the more obscure groups that don't get big radio airplay...
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