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    This forum needs a thread about music. It's an important part of one's self- and outward- image.


    Anyways, here are some of my current and classic favorites:

    Castlecomer, just discovered them and I'm hooked. I hope they become big: http://open.spotify.com/track/5wwkmw3CNrfc9i3ZvFNkAT

    The Cat Empire, definitely my favorite band. It's an acquired taste, but I love their upbeat style and jazz horns - it just makes you want to dance. http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Rhythm/vre1z?src=5

    The Head and the Heart, a more recent addition to my collection, but they're good: http://grooveshark.com/s/Ghosts/4g9mfb?src=5

    The John Butler Trio, best guitarist around: http://grooveshark.com/s/Losing+You/4yKRR4?src=5

    Jack Johnson, I'm sure you know him already: http://grooveshark.com/s/Breakdown/ETIJY?src=5


    However, occasionally you have to slow things down and keep it classy:

    http://grooveshark.com/s/Jammin+On+H...y/2FcIGa?src=5

    Movie/TV scores also make great ambient music: http://grooveshark.com/s/Neverland+P...ue/gEIp2?src=5 (this one almost makes me start balling it's so pretty)


    Honorable mentions: Beethoven piano sonatas, Billy Joel, Jon McLaughlin, Josh Ritter, Amos Lee, Young the Giant, The Format


    How about you guys? Any bands we need to hear, or just music that you love?


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    thmage: I love me some Billy Joel and The Format


    I was punk-rocker by nature back in the day (well, late 90s, early to 2000s). Raised on Classic Rock and Country (Zac Brown Band, Garth Brooks, Aldean, Jamey Johnson, Alabama, Toby Keith). I still lean rock most of the time. Some Minnesota hip-hop.


    Thrice - early stuff was punk/metal, later stuff was mind-blowing (check out The Alchemy Index)

    Motion City Soundtrack - synth pop-punk

    The Decemberists

    Cursive (and vocalist Tim Kasher's side project The Good Life)

    Saves the Day - Early and middle stuff (Stay What You Are)

    Green Day - my first "favorite" band

    Atmosphere - Minnesota hip-hop (jazzy influence)

    Doomtree - Minnesota hip-hop (punk influence)

    P.O.S. - Minnesota hip-hop (REAL punk influenced)

    FELT - Slug from Atmosphere and Murs from Living Legends. (Check out FELT 3 - Tribute to Rosie Perez)

    Aesop Rock - NYC hip-hop (recently relocated to San Francisco)

    Diana Krall - Jazz pianist, amazing vocalist (Personal favorite: Live in Paris)


    + many others I'm forgetting or too lazy to type out.

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      #3


      In keeping with your selections, it sounds like you should check out a new band called Of Monsters and Men. Their debut album just came out last week I believe, but the EP has been out for 6 months or so, and it was great.


      Also, if you are ok with leaning a little towards the Folky side, I would recommend The Tallest Man on Earth.


      Other recommendations - Dr Dog, Hospitality, Frightened Rabbits, Gotye (yes, the one song is getting overplayed, but there are other great songs on the album)

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        #4


        @Jb - Ha, my little brother keeps telling me to check out Of Monsters and Men. I'll give them another listen for sure.

        @Todd - Thrice and Atmosphere sound pretty good.

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          #5


          @Todd, I love The Decemberists, and the Alchemy Index is amazing. I really like mellow music, and the "water" part of the alchemy index is amazing.


          I have a broad range of music I enjoy. I actually enjoy good Hip-Hop (not the mainstream crap), some rap (again not the mainstream garbage), reggae, rock, prog-rock (prob my favourite genre when I am really in the mood to listen to music), folk, accoustic, etc...


          Broad I know, but my most listened to artists are probably:

          City and Colour

          Ed Sheeran

          James Vincent McMorrow

          Arcade Fire

          Mumford & Sons

          Dream Theater

          Bob/Ziggy/Damian Marley

          Shad (local hip hop artist)

          The Weeknd (also local hip hop artist)

          Eminem (but mainly his older stuff)

          Nas

          Blackmill (I usually listen to this while doing work. Not 100% sure how to explain it, but it is mellow relaxing ambient electronic music I guess? haha)


          A little bit of everything :P

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            #6


            here goes...


            Minus the Bear - my favorite and without a doubt one of the best sounding bands I've ever heard

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAoVj0-bZkI

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHidc7nE-iM

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDeiI79Hglc


            Deer Tick - recently started listening to them. sort of indie rock/folk/country

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrrwckzksig


            Smith Westerns - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKRRDmug9c4


            Punk/Hardcore/Alt/?:

            Portugal The Man, Circa Survive, Emarosa, Saosin, Dance Gavin Dance, Sky Eats Airplane, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Saves the Day, Blink 182, Silverstein, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, A Day to Remember, Four Year Strong, Free Energy


            I also looove 80's inspired synthpop. Basically the soundtrack to Drive

            Chromeo, Kavinsky, Desire, M83, Metric, Black Kids, Delorean, Computers Want Me Dead, Crystal Castles, Depeche Mode, DyE, Toro y Moi, The Limousines, The Naked and the Famous, Kindest Lines, Miami Horror, Miike Snow, Neon Indian, Robyn, Starfucker, Washed Out, 80kidz


            Indie folk rock:

            Boy & Bear, Okkervil River, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Local Natives, [Peter, Bjorn, and John]


            and Creedance Clearwater Revival. Always.

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              #7


              I used to be more into experimental/underground music, and I ran a microlabel called Mars Pyramid for a few years that specialized in drone/ambient/noise type of stuff. I burned out pretty hard on that scene though & I don't really listen to stuff that is much more experimental than Fever Ray or Burial these days.


              All time favs: Bob Dylan, Joy Division, Radiohead, Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Rolling Stones, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, The Ramones.

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                #8


                At the moment I'm quite fascinated with the music of Kaija Saariaho. I'd also recommend checking out Toru Takemitsu.

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                  #9


                  Good topic. Really enjoy a lot of what has been posted already. I will second The Tallest Man on Earth. I have seen him many, many times including one of his first US shows at a tiny book store. Amazing how far he has come.


                  I enjoy anything that's not bland and overproduced but I typically tend to skew indie, or what I like to call the genre "hipster bullshit." Favorites include -


                  The National

                  Frightened Rabbit

                  Andrew Bird

                  Cloud Nothings

                  Neutral Milk Hotel/Jeff Mangum


                  etc...

                  Dress for style, live for results.

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                    #10


                    Justin T: Minus The Bear is awesome.

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                      #11


                      I'm a bit of a music junkie so here goes:


                      Folk: Avett Brothers, Damien Rice, Head and the Heart, Horse Feathers, Iron & Wine, Joe Purdy, Mumford & Sons, Ray Lamontagne, William Fitzsimmons


                      Bluesy awesomeness: Gary Clark Jr., Black Keys, Brown Bird, William Elliot Whitmore


                      Indie/alt rock/whatever you want to call it: Adele, Ben Harper, Ben Taylor, Bon Iver, Decemberists, Emiliana Torrini, Fleet Foxes, Florence + the Machine, Frightened Rabbit, Jakob Dylan, Mike Doughty, The Shins, The Strokes


                      Hip Hop: Atmosphere, Brother Ali (mostly older stuff), Dessa, Doomtree, Mac Lethal (a little bit), Heiruspecs, P.O.S., Safe Francis, Aesop Rock, Sims


                      Things I can't seem to leave in the past: Incubus, Wallflowers, OAR, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis

                      "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                        #12


                        Hey cool thread guys.


                        In the past I've listened to a lot of classic rock. My favorite band of all time is The Beatles. I also like stuff like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, etc.


                        Lately though my genre of choice has overwhelming been indie music of some sort.


                        Some favorites: Iron & Wine, Arcade Fire, The Shins, Bon Iver, Beirut, The Decemberists

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                          #13


                          Interesting to see multiple Atmos fans in one place.

                          @kinojay, that's a pretty incredible list. I've never gotten into Radiohead, but I understand their talented. Interesting to see the Heartbreakers instead of the Dolls.


                          I have a pretty eclectic taste in music.

                          I was raised on 60's/70's blues rock, hard rock and prog rock as well as early 60's doo wop, so I grew up listening to/still listen to Cream, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Early Alice Cooper (Love It To Death might be my favorite album of all time), Traffic, Stones, CSN etc.

                          I'm also really into golden era/underground hip hop - Wu, Atmos, Gang Starr, Nas, Big L, Reks, Snowgoons, basically anything with good lyricism and dope beat.

                          I went through a punk rock phase when I was younger, but still listen to the Clash, the Buzzcocks, the Boys, the Vibrators, the Undertones, etc.

                          I have a pretty narrow group of active bands I like, Alkaline Trio, Blink 182, the Fleet Foxes and some others.

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                            #14


                            @Justin- minus the bear is awesome. All great, but still love the older stuff the most. I've seen them live a few times and the guitarist is one of the craziest I've ever seen...his use of effects pedals, and delay, is amazing


                            As for another indie recommendation. Lately, I've been obsessed with a song named "Vomit", by a band called Girls. it has tastes of Pink Floyd, indie, southern rock twang, and a little grunge. Give it a shot

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                              #15


                              Forgot to add: Drive-By Truckers. Country/Southern rock.

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