What are you listening to?

Joe Pemberton's picture

If you like the Strokes, you'll like The White Stripes even more. Happy and delicious.

hilda moucharrafieh's picture

Currently listening to cocoRosie, Lou Reed, red house painters, sigur Ros...
I recently discovered CocoRosie actually, and i'd like to always be all ears for creative musical experimentation. so let me know what you think of as creative experimentation!

exist,
Hilda

Quincunx's picture

I'm listening to Kate & Anne McGarrigle at the moment.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Jazzanova
Jaga Jazzist
Heroes & Zeros
Erik Satie
Beck
The Knife
Magnet
Ryan Adams
Sondre Lerche
Rufus Wainwright
Anthony and the Jonhsons
Talib Kweli

To mention just a few;o)

Quincunx's picture

Nice coincidence, Rufus Wainwright is Kate McGarrigle's son. Totally unimportant detail, but okay. But I don't really like his music too much.
I do like Kweli's music though.

blank's picture

I’ve had Rhianna on repeat for two days now. It never gets old. I need to go buy the CD and stop streaming the video from YouTube—this THX system does not do good things for Youtube audio.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Jelmar you should check out the knife if you haven't heard them. Check out their Deep cuts album. Of topic you should also have a look and give me some feedback on my new typeface in the making in the critique section;o)

paul d hunt's picture

I’ve had Rhianna on repeat for two days now.
that's what i said, breakin dishes. :P
but now i've moved on to "sealion woman" mmmmm.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

For Quincunx: The McGarrigle sisters!

I first heard about them through Linda Ronstadt covering some of their songs... Their albums are pretty hard to find in record stores these days... Maybe I should try online. :-)

jupiterboy's picture

I like the first Rufus recording but it has something to do with the Van Dyke Parks arrangements.

Quincunx's picture

Ricardo: Yeah, I would try online. You can also search on youtube for a couple of live songs (especially the ones recorded for Transatlantic Sessions are great). No good sound quality, but nice songs nonetheless.

Endre: I will check The Knife out. And also your typeface, asap. :)
I've also got something in the pipeline to post on the critique boards.
Probably later tonight or tomorrow.

Nick Shinn's picture


Weather Report Live In Tokyo.

Sad news that Joe Zawinul has died.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Nice spread Nick!

fontplayer's picture

Sad news that Joe Zawinul has died.

At least he had a good long ride. But when I think of Weather Report, it is hard not to think of and be saddened by the tragic direction Jaco's life took. In his short span he influenced just about all bass players, whether they know it or not.

nkwiatek's picture

man i've seen Sigur Ros about a million times, I really recommend them but not if you're going to see them in NYC

you guys should really pick up The Big Bang; an introduction to the hottest chick in the game is also in order.

Get low, Bus

nkwiatek's picture

also double-post

John Hudson's picture

James: John’s organum recordings sound fascinating, but I’m on a loud, fast, and distorted binge right now.

Ah, in that case I recommend Penderecki's string ensemble piece 'Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima'. A friend of mine always takes this CD with him when he goes speaker shopping: it's a great test piece, and always frightens the sales guys. You can hear a WMA sample here (pop-up window).

I have to admit that I massively prefer Penderecki's later music.

Endre Berentzen's picture

A man! (John;-)

I played that snippet just before crawling to bed and now I cannot sleep. Probably the first time I've been really scared by sound alone. It sounded like it was recorded in hell.

Any music that can create a feeling so strong in a person deserves our respect.
Awesome....

I don't want to stop typing: It will be dark when I turn this off and right now the blue light from my Macbook Pro is the only thing keeping me safe!

option3's picture

i've been listening to lots a afro-latin stuff. here's a mix i put together

http://www.discobelle.net/2007/08/30/afro-latin-hiphop-disco-funk-house-mix
people like: Tom Ze,Red Astaire, Quantic, Makossa Man and mashups in that style

hilda moucharrafieh's picture

haha, after hearing the test piece 'Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima' (John) my body hair stood on its tip, then i went into a hyterical fit of laughter. Luckily Andre, i'm in daylight now! i dont think i've ever been captured so quickly in a music piece as i just had. it was so instant.

on the other hand, currently listening to soap kills and Scrambled Eggs from LEBANON

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Nick -- awww, I liked Weather Report too! Sorry to hear about Zawinul passing.

blank's picture

The Threnody is definitely interesting, emotional, and powerful. Unfortunately I can tell it’s one of those pieces that loses quite a bit of power as a recording. I’ll have to keep watch for a performance.

Does anyone else feel that experiencing certain artistic events sort of turns down the volume on everything else? Between Wagner operas and seeing a 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia, everything else seems smaller—especially experienced at home.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Sounds like you need to stop playing records on your 299$ stereo and buy a real hifi system James;o) lol

No, joke aside, you are absolutely right. Nothing can beat a well produced, well performed masterpiece experienced live or in the original format.

John Hudson's picture

The trouble I have with concerts -- and I'm talking here about serious music performances, of course -- is that they almost always want to give the impression of value for money, which means that there is usually two or more pieces on the programme, depending on the overall length. And not only am I usually only interested in hearing one of the pieces, but that's usually all I can manage if I'm going to really pay attention to the music. It's tiring to really listen to something!

Nick Shinn's picture

The trouble I have with concerts is when they tell you all about what you're about to hear.

blank's picture

I know exactly what you mean about long concerts. It’s hard enough for those of us who appreciate the music but in limited doses, but it can be really hard to get friends and family to go along knowing that before they get to the one really great work they have to sit through a debut from some new composer almost nobody has ever heard of and one or two other minor works. It doesn’t help that concert halls also have the most uncomfortable seats around.

pattyfab's picture

Cat Empire - ska-like band from australia

Nouvelle Vague - 80s covers in bossa nova style

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Gus Gus- Northern Lights!!!

John Hudson's picture

Tonight, the Be Good Tanyas' first two albums

[Just in case anyone was thinking that I only ever listen to mediaeval choral and 20th century orchestral music.]

Yesterday, James Macmillan's percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. Really loud. I've got the Evelyn Glennie recording too, but prefer the Colin Currie performance even though the recording quality isn't as good. Still, Glennie is a remarkable musician, despite being profoundly deaf since the age of twelve.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Hmmmm, Patricia!
Did Cat Empire make it to the States?
They were a small local band in Melbourne, Australia back in 2003. A friend of mine from my Melbourne days; Jumps is on the decks. I haven't heard of them since 2003. American tour hmmm, Good on them! Hope they come to Norway.

Stefan Seifert's picture

Smashing Pumpkins.
Done my best sensitive fonts listening to them

Stefan

blank's picture

I’m starting off with Muse this morning. Reminds me that hockey season opens soon.

pattyfab's picture

Endre - Cat Empire played in Central Park this summer and a friend of mine saw them, bought the CD. I'm sorry I missed the show, he said it was phenomenal.

jupiterboy's picture

The Damned—Strawberries

Gus Winterbottom's picture

Vladimir Godar: Regina Coeli (you have to hear this; it's sung by Iva Bittova).

Pelecis: Conversation with a Friend; Concertino Bianco.

Mark Connor: Fanfare for the Volunteer.

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2.

Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture; Three Symphonies.

Bertrand's orchestral version of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (my favorite piano music).

Roussel: La Poeme de la Foret.

Alwyn: Piano Concerto No. 2.

Kremer: Hommage a Piazzola.

Saluzzi: Ojos Negros.

Bill Frisell: Good Dog, Happy Man. His version of Shenandoah is on my list of music for my memorial service.

In preparation for Christmas, Rick Sowash's Piano Trio #3, A Christmas Divertimento.

When I want to scare stereo salespeople, I use the last movement of Hovhaness' Mount St. Helens.

John Hudson's picture

Right now I'm listening to very good Persian traditional music on iTunes.

fontplayer's picture

I'm falling in love with the shuffle feature in iTunes. With over 700 mixed genre CDs, some of the mixes can be startling.

Some I've heard today:

George Jones (Country), Norah Jones (Pop), Dan Tyminski (bluegrass), Sam Cooke (soul/R&B), Kitka (Bulgarian/Eastern Europe), Beatles (Pop), Canadian Brass (Classical), Pedro Infante (Mexican), Miles Davis (Jazz), Astrud Gilberto (Brazilian Jazz), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (a capella African Vocal), Marty Robbins (Country), Jimi Hendrix (Rock), Stan Kenton (Big Band), Arturo Sandoval (Jazz), Swingle Singers (a capella Classical), Bob Dylan (Folk), Altan (Irish), Al Green (soul/R&B), Dolly Parton (Bluegrass), Los Tres Diamantes (Mexican Trio), John Lee Hooker (Blues), Connie Smith (Country), Beatrice Adriana (Rancheras), etc. mixed in with some that I didn't know I had, or who it is.

In my car I am locked out of the iPod controls, so I wait until I get home to see who it was.

This is such a blast. Sometimes the mix gets so incongruous I have to laugh out loud while driving down the road. It would be fun to make a radio station using this shuffle feature, just to imagine people all over the place going, "What the H...?"

Stefan Seifert's picture

Hey Fontplayer,

in my ears is John Lee Hooker right now.
Damned! He IS cool.

Stefan

Quincunx's picture

John Lee Hooker is cool indeed

mili's picture

Fontplayer,
thanks to the iTunes shuffle I had this amusing playlist some weeks ago, the song names in a row almost make sense:

Nothing’s Impossible (Depeche Mode)
Straighten Out (Stranglers)
Touched By The Hand Of God (New Order)
A Touch Of Henry Moore (The Nits)
Writing To Reach You (Travis)
Rainbow Flows (Husky Rescue)
Carry Me (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Where The Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Smile Like You Mean It (The Killers)
Blame It On Me (Barenaked Ladies)
What You Meant (Franz Ferdinand)
Mercy In You (Depeche Mode)
Unconditional (The Bravery)
The Seething Rain Weeps For You (Mew)
Starz In Their Eyes (Just Jack)
Coming Home (The Crash)
Aerial (Kate Bush)
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (The Smiths)
Dress Up In You (Belle & Sebastian)
Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) (Moby)
Now My Heart Is Full (Morrissey)

chiefdzp's picture

kenny garrett
spyro gyra
david sanborn
ramsey lewis
keith jarrett
larry carlton
chillout lounge
hill street soul
bb king
feeder
carmen (opera)
stan getz

fontplayer's picture

I've spent some time tonight at uTube listening to Feist, the lady with the quirky voice singing on the new iPod Nano commercial. Her delivery is so unusual. Sort of like Melanie mixed with a touch of Marc Bolan. I finally had to look up who was doing it. She has some other nice songs. I will probably have to buy something of hers.

I bet that commercial is a nice boost for her career. I can't be the only one checking her out.

blank's picture

Right now I’m hooked on Trent Reznor’s remix site: http://remix.nin.com/.

Posting his master tracks online for people to remix was brilliant. I can’t wait to see what he does without a record company holding him back.

paul d hunt's picture

junior boys: so this is goodbye {special edition}
i highly recommend this one.

will powers's picture

Every day, Thelonious Monk. For 45 years, every day, Thelonious Monk.

Keeps the blood thin, filters contaminants out of the air, calms the nerves. There's never enough.

powers

Paul Cutler's picture

Django Reinhardt at the moment. Love the guitar tone - so tinny.

pbc

blank's picture

Are jazz labels generally RIAA members, or can I buy jazz without feeding the RIAA legal machine?

jupiterboy's picture

Every day, Thelonious Monk. For 45 years, every day, Thelonious Monk.

Ever listen to Herbie Nichols? Highly recommended.

Paul Cutler's picture

James - the RIAA keeps labels honest as well as serves as their police. Some of the biggest rip-offs in the music industry were perpetrated by "independent" labels, of course there is no shortage of stories about the majors, but at least they have to more or less play by the rules and pay me my royalties.

Young bands get taken advantage of a lot. The first single from one of my bands was put out by an "indie". I have never received one penny even though I wrote both of the songs and played guitar. The person running the indie has declared bankruptcy several times over. Ironically one of the songs from that single was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, resulting in a really good last couple of years royalty wise. Even more ironic is that I have never listened to their version of the song.

So unless you are buying a Sun Ra CD from Sun Ra himself - someone is in the middle and chances are they are up to no good.

pbc

Miss Tiffany's picture

I'm listening to Christmas music. I can't help myself. http://www.last.fm/user/typegirl

John Hudson's picture

Milanese liturgical chant. It's the feast of St Ambrose, after all.

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