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« on: July 03, 2005, 10:41:41 am »

We've had threads on books and movies, and a bit on music here and there, mostly bodhrans and tin whistles, and now PenquinsScareMe is jonesin' on metal.

So I figured I'd ask what folks here like, music-wise.

Myself? Well, my tastes are pretty eclectic. Easier to list what I don't like, which comes down to some of the more twangy/whiney Country&Western music, rap/hip-hop or whatever it's being called these days, and "easy listening". Of course, within the various genres, there are artists I just can't stand. For example, I like Hank Williams Sr., but Billy Ray Cyrus -- ugh. I'm not all that much into metal -- speed for the sake of speed doesn't impress me. But I do like much of Metallica, and enjoy various tracks by some of the other groups, such as Iron Maiden. Really, I'm just not all that familiar with the various bands who play it.

I'd say that I'm pretty much a late bloomer music-wise, although even in high school I was starting to expand my tastes outside of pop/rock. And I can even credit rock music for helping in that regard. Some here might recall that on the flip side of the StyxII album, the first track starts with a segment from Bach's Little Fugue in G-minor. (IIRC, I haven't listened to that one for years.) And then there's all the borrowing Rick Wakeman did from baroque/classical composers. Speaking of Rick Wakeman, on the Yessongs album, one of the album sides starts off with excerpts from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

Yes, I own vinyl. :)

I had some early prejudices re. both C&W and big-band type stuff due to childhood overexposure to the Hee-Haw program and the Lawrence Welk show, but I've gotten over it. I now really enjoy Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, et. al. from that genre. It's only been the past 10 years or so that I've found I like it. What happened was I got sick and tired of commercial radio. So I found my way over to KUVO and the rest is history. Discovering jazz is a worthwhile thing to do.

More recently, I've discovered a taste for Opera. One of my favorite recordings is a collection of Enrico Caruso. A lot of arias, I can take or leave, unless the performance is especially good. More or less out of this I've come to be a fan of Sarah Brightman, who's doing things other than opera these days, including a cover of Whiter Shade of Pale which is about as good as the one by Annie Lennox. Of course nobody can do it like Procul Harem did.

Somewhere along the line, I got a bit into Celtic stuff too. Silly Wizard, Planxty, The Tannahil Weavers. I think that happened when the Tannahil Weavers played the Highland Games at Estes Park. And speaking of highland games, how can I forget the bagpipes!  :)

So that's my thumbnail sketch.

Oh, BTW, CLAPTON IS GOD[/size]
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2005, 11:03:46 am »

80s hair metal for me.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005, 11:12:02 am »

My musical elevator never did go anywhere near the top.

In the past few years I've gathered more CDs, since I like to have something coming out of the speakers when I drive and I can no longer stomach most talk radio.  But it's pretty much all "best of" re-releases from the '70's and late sixties.  The Hollies, The Moody Blues, C-S-N, Jim Croche, that sort of thing.  

My daughter just rolls her eyes.  Now, she's gotten into "celtic" music lately, but it's mostly just faux-irish drinking songs.

Opera?  I worked for a guy in Texas one time, whose daughter was an up-and-coming soprano doing guest stints at the Met.  He used to drag me to the nearest tape player all the time, to listen to her latest demo.  Always sounded like a catfight to me.  I've been to a few operas over the years, but only the noise keeps me awake.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2005, 11:43:42 am »

Rockchucker, you and I have almost identical musical tastes.
I've been listening to some Steve Earle lately.. most of his stuff is pretty good but he slaughtered "poncho and lefty" to name a few LOL.... Copperhead road rocks, as does F*CK the FCC..
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005, 11:48:25 am »

When I'm drawing I listen to classical music. I especially like J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, as performed by Andras Schiff, as well as Bach's Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, performed by Peter Wispelwey. If you like Yo Yo Ma, Mr. Wispelwey will blow you away with his soulful interpretations which, in my opinion, far exceed Ma's abilities.

Right now I'm downloading a 25 album bittorrent of the Beatles!

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2005, 01:16:24 pm »

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Bach's Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, performed by Peter Wispelwey.
I liked those played by me in the High School solo "competition" where I kicked some serious violincello hiney.
If you like cello (I know somewhere on this board I have said this before) you without a doubt have to check out Bloch's Schelomo masterfully played by soloist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Right now I am listening to Smooth Jazz 103.5/104.3 WJZA.
The current cds in the car are
Zoom/Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson, Lake & Palmer/Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
The ultimate collection/King, B. B.
Shoes for industry! the best of the Firesign Theatre
Waiting for the electrician or someone like him/Firesign Theatre
Divine light/Santana, Carlos
The very best of John Coltrane/Coltrane, John,
Tales from the Hudson/Brecker, Michael
Now that I've found you a collection / Krauss, Alison
Jerusalem/Earle, Steve
The Yes album / Yes
Blow by blow Jeff Beck
Atom heart mother Pink Floyd.
Dark side of the moon Pink Floyd.
A momentary lapse of reason Pink Floyd.
The Wall Pink Floyd.
In search of the lost chord The Moody Blues.
On the threshold of a dream Moody Blues.
This is the Moody Blues The Moody Blues.
To our children's children's children the Moody Blues.
Forty greatest hits /Benton, Brook.

Since the question was not what music do you like, but what are you listening to. :blink:
 
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2005, 02:03:06 pm »

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Since the question was not what music do you like, but what are you listening to. :blink:
Oh, just run with it, Ragnar.  :P

Right now, I'm listening to the fan noise on my computer. :(

To my chagrin, I'm not actually listening to much these days, partially because I have roommates, and I'm not going to infringe on their earspace, particularly consider how kind and generous they've been to me. Also, I typically don't do "background noise" music. I actually like to kick back and really take in whatever I choose to play. And right now, I don't have the stereo system to do that to my satisfaction.  Nor do I have a decent listening arrangement here in my bedroom/office/living/dining/room here in the basement.

The stereo in my beater car is crap. Didn't much matter until yesterday, when I finally put on a new muffler. Usually I have it on the jazz station I mentioned. I generally don't listen to tapes or CDs in the car, because I don't like to carry them back/forth between there and the house. When I next buy a car stereo unit, I'll get one with a jack for an MP3 player, except I'll get one that does Ogg Vorbis, since that's the format I use for tunes on the computer (yes, I do sometimes have the 'puter play tunes while I'm surfing).
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2005, 02:14:56 pm »

Looks like we're all eclectic.

The WFMU blog at

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/

has got me hooked with their wide-ranging variety of music and commentary. Just one of the great links I've found there recently is the 365 Days Project at

http://www.ubu.com/outsiders/365/

 I can and will listen to just about anything, but one of my favorite bands of all time are TISM (This Is Serious Mum):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TISM

occasionally for their music, and always for their lyrics and perpetually irreverent attitude.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2005, 02:16:34 pm »

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Opera?  I worked for a guy in Texas one time, whose daughter was an up-and-coming soprano doing guest stints at the Met.  He used to drag me to the nearest tape player all the time, to listen to her latest demo.  Always sounded like a catfight to me.  I've been to a few operas over the years, but only the noise keeps me awake.
 :lol:

Yeah, some of it has that sort of tone to it. I'm guessing that demo tapes for an up-and-coming soprano would feature the more famous and difficult arias, which, particularly when taken out of the context of the entire piece, can get tiresome.

Opera is, or was for me, something to work into. I can't actually tell you what got me started on it. Perhaps a good way to learn to appreciate it is to start with What's Opera Doc? (Warner Bros.; Featuring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, et. al.)  :D Actually, that's not all that far offbase, since it's likely that anyone who appreciates good music will be able to find excerpts from various operas which are appealling. I wouldn't start anyone off with the full performance of Madame Butterfly (which I haven't listened too) or Der Ring des Neibelungen (also haven't done the whole thing). But there are light operas, such as The Bartered Bride and The Barber of Seville, and more approachable works, such as Bizet's Carmen. Metalheads might enjoy Carmina Burana, or at least parts of it.

I'm not a huge fan of cello, although I've enjoyed things I've heard from Yo Yo Ma. He did a sort of Latin Jazz collaboration CD from which I heard a really fun cut a couple weeks ago. It was, IIRC, Yo Yo Ma and Rosa Passos. The track was "Samba", from the CD Obrigado (Sony Y46).
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2005, 02:22:04 pm »

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occasionally for their music, and always for their lyrics and perpetually irreverent attitude.
My fave for that is TMBG.

Not to put too fine a point on it,
say I'm the only bee in your bonnet.
Put a little birdhouse in your soul.


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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2005, 02:46:53 pm »

What am I listening to?
The new System of a Down CD--Mezmerize
The Ataris
Rollins Band
Minor Threat
Mindless Self Indulgence
X
John Doe's newest thing--Forever Hasn't Happpened Yet
Authority Zero

My tastes run from Punk, to Indie rock, Some Electronica, Jazz, son Country (Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III (his gandson--damn good)
Sometimes I listen to classical--I like Rachmaninov, Beethoven, JS Bach, and Vivaldi.  
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2005, 02:53:21 pm »

My favorite music is punk and ska music.  I don't have much of a collection anymore, because when I became a mother, I didn't figure that punk and kids mixed, so I gave all my albums away.  What I didn't realize is that punk is a way of being, not just a music style.  I've been a punk all of my adult life (I don't mean a criminal, but a rebel-outlaw).

I also really like the Beattles, SRV, older Alanis Moirsette, Jack Johnson, Tom Petty, swing music and alternative.  My radio is either set to the alternative station or the station that plays fusion, blues, oldies and new music.  

Favorite bands:  
X
Violent Femmes
Ramones
Everclear
Sublime
Beattles
No Doubt
the Police
 
B) You get the idea.

My husband is a musician in his spare time.  He loves Jerry Cantrell and Alice in Chains.  I've grown to like them quite a lot.  Layne Stayley was an incredible singer, and it is so sad he gave his life to herion.  My husband also is a huge metal fan, which I haven't embraced much.  I can tolerate it-- I just tend to tune it out  :lol:  
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2005, 02:54:53 pm »

Snokrash-- we were writing our posts at the same time.  Hello fellow X fan.  I haven't checked out John Doe's latest project.  I'll have to listen to it!  
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2005, 04:18:52 pm »

My big 3 are Johnny Cash, Rush, and Mike Ness.

Also:
Pink Floyd
Sublime
Alice In Chains/Jerry Cantrell
Pearl Jam
Leonard Cohen
The White Stripes
Dropkick Murphys
Mike Ness
Suicidal Tendencies
Tool
Megadeth
Metallica
ZZ Top
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Faith No More
Danzig
Ministry
Pantera
Mike Ness
Loretta Lynn
Weezer
Stray Cats
System of a Down
The Cult
The Church
Audioslave
Soundgarden
White Zombie/Rob Zombie
They Might Be Giants
Social Distortion (Mike Ness' old band)
Creedence Clearwater Revival/John Fogerty
Foofighters
Chuck Berry
Neil Young
Jerry Lee Lewis
Mike Ness
Everlast
The Beastie Boys
Jimi Hendrix
The Georgia Satellites
The Eurythmics/Annie Lennox
Sarah McLachlan
Deftones
POD
Jethro Tull
Lenny Kravitz
Mike Ness
Garbage
Radiohead
Cake
The Pixies
The Police
Tom Petty
The Offspring
Violent Femmes
Rage Against the Machine
Beck
Aerosmith
Traveling Wilburies
Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne
Matisyahu
Tenacious D
Mike Ness

...and Mike Ness.
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2005, 04:27:52 pm »

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Rush
Hey, I was a Rush fan before it was cool to be a Rush fan -- at least where I went to school. Then 2112 came out, and all of a sudden everyone was listening to it. But did I get any cred. for being the only guy on campus with a copy of Fly By Night? No!

Given your other tastes, I gotta ask. Have you heard of Mike Ness?  :D  
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