Gimme A Beat

Thanks to Lane, I’ve got a got an iTunes gift certificate to feed my—as Lane calls it—new “Apple crack habit.” However, while persuing iTunes, I took a look at their top 100 songs and albums of the year. I didn’t recognize any of the songs, albums, or artists.

It’s been a while since I’ve broadened my horizons with new music. I rarely ever listen to the radio anymore, since somehwere along the way I decided to listen to what I want instead of what they decide to play. It seemed like the right choice at the time, but I now find myself stuck in a bit of musical rut, with alot of the music I listen to regularly coming from previous decades.

Here’s the deal. In the new year, I’m thinking about purchasing new music on a monthly basis. However the requirement will be that it will have to be music from an artist I’ve either never heard before or whose music I haven’t purchased before.

Problem is, I don’t have a clue where to start. So, I’m hereby taking recommendations from readers here. My tastes are wide and varied, but I don’t want to limit recommendations by detailing them here. I’ll only draw the line at Heavy Metal and Bluegrass or anything similarly twangy in the country genre (some country, though, I like…like the Dixie Chicks). Whatever I pick, I’ll give it an open-minded listen, and post a review on the blog.

So, I’m all ears, folks. Got a music recommendation for me? Leave a comment with the name of the artist and/or album and any reasons why you think I should give it a listen. I’m looking forward to the seeing what comes in.

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7 Responses to Gimme A Beat

  1. You asked for it…..summat with an Aussie flavour….Vika and Linda. Two sisters whose harmony work gives Aretha Franklin a run for her money….try albums, TWO WINGS, TELL THE ANGELS, PRINCESS TABU [for the song GRANPAS SONG], and their self titled first album VIKA AND LINDA, THE BLACK SORROWS – LUCKY CHARM, and COLD CHISLE if you like it to rock.

  2. sennoma says:

    The spousal unit buys new music almost weekly, and finds a large proportion of it by listening to Launchcast. You can tailor the stream to play more new stuff, more stuff you know, or whatever you feel like.

    Spouse says to get the Premium version, it’s cheap and gets rid of ads. I quote: “I can think of few things more worth it”. I don’t use it myself because most of my day is spent away from the computer, but if you sit at a desk for long periods (as I imagine a “blogmaster” does!) then it seems like a perfect alternative to radio.

  3. Angela says:

    Hmmmm, guess you could check my profile here: http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/Twinmama

    I think those “Unknowns” at the top are David Arkenstone (New Age-y).

    You might like “Ghosts” by Dirty Vegas…?

    If it makes you feel better, I rarely recognize anything on iTunes either. (That’s ONE reason I get most of my music from Soulseek–more choices and less restrictions).

    For internet radio I listen to Live365.com and Rhapsody pretty much daily (no ads!). They have a ton of music, and it helps me figure out what might be good to download.

  4. ej says:

    I’ve been trying to keep up with the essential CDs of 2004, and I’ve got quite a few. Take a listen to that radio.blog and see if any of them are interesting to you.

  5. Dwight says:

    Not sure what music you’re into. But I’m a big fan of brit pop (Oasis) and lilith fair women (Natalie Merchant, Sarah Mclachlan) in the 90s and when the boy bands and brittany spear folks took over I turned off the radio. It’s been a dry time in the last 6 years or so for me, but I’ve been working off friend’s recommendation, reviews on the web, etc.

    It does seem within the last year though I’ve finally hit pay dirt, discovering a number of new artists. With brit pop discovered Keane, Snow Patrol and for women, discovered Rachael Yamagata and Sarah Harmer. Also for new cds I tend to be loyal to the arists I found in the 90s, getting their new work such as Afterglow from Mclachlan, etc. and haven’t been disappointed that way either.

    On a side note, given the times we live in, your site has been a must read, in trying to sort out for myself, on how one makes sense of the world after the election. Thanks

  6. Joey says:

    Hmmm, where do I begin? I mostly listen to Top 40 and Billboard, so I will go with that.

    Ashanti – Concrete Rose: Soulful, R&B. “Only U” is the current single. “Foolish” and “Happy” are singles from a few years ago.

    Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway: American Idol winner and her second CD. Much better than the first. Download/preview “Breakaway” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” If you want to hear songs from the first CD, look for “Miss Independent,” “A Moment Like This,” “Before Your Love,” and “Anytime.”

    Rod Stewart – The Great American Songbook: He has done three volumes so far. The CD’s comprise of remakes of classic songs and standards from many eras and genres. Very good.

    Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company: In my opinion, this is his greatest CD. He does duets with singers from many genres, such as Diana Krall, Norah Jones, B.B. King and Michael McDonald.

    Hope this helps! I can suggest more if you want me to! :)

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