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My musical tastes

I just wrote this in a comment to slipjig, but wanted to put it in a separate journal entry, too, since I spent quite a bit of time thinking about it and would like to put it in my LJ memories. (It's slightly edited.)


As for me, my tastes are pretty eclectic. I listen to stuff from lots of different eras, for example. I'm a big Beatles fan; I'm not big on jazz, rap, techno, or country, but love some country-influenced stuff like the Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival and jazz-influenced stuff like Jamie Cullum (ETA: And even occasionally rap, such as The Beastie Boys or Eminem, but only very rarely); I'm big on stuff that's funny (like Jonathan Richman, Christine Lavin, They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Da Vinci's Notebook, Stephen Lynch, Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, Moxy Fruvous's "King of Spain," and Weird Al); I adore Dar Williams and R.E.M.; I'm a big 80s New Wave buff; I like a lot of a capella (such as The Bobs, though I don't have any of their stuff -- I've just seen them in concert); I'm most fond of folksy-leaning stuff, but I also like some harder rock stuff like Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, The Clash, Queen, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; I love fiddles and mandolins and bodhrans, but sometimes overdose on Celticness if it isn't cut with at least a little bit of something else (such as Ashley MacIsaac's excellent "Sleepy Maggie"); Sarah McLachlan mostly leaves me cold for some reason; and I have an embarrassing weekness for boppy pop stuff like Ace of Base, Right Said Fred, Hanson (though they're less poppy now than when they were kids), and Pink.

The "Top 25 Most Played" songs on my iTunes are:

Penny & Me (Hanson)
Drops of Jupiter (Train)
White Flag (Dido)
Dragostea Din Tei (Original Romanian Version) (O-Zone)
Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
I Was Dancing At The Lesbian Bar (Jonathan Richman)
With You In Your Dreams (Hanson)
A Long December (Counting Crows)
Straight To...Number One (Touch and Go)
Wo Qui Non Coin (Aoi Tada & The Seatbelts)
The Gates (Da Vinci's Notebook)
Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls)
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (R.E.M.)
Losing My Religion (R.E.M.)
Every Morning (Sugar Ray)
Iris (The Goo Goo Dolls)
So Far Away (The House Jacks)
Sleepy Maggie (Ashley MacIsaac)
Speed Racer (Porno Mix) (DJ Keoki)
Inside Out (Eve 6)
100 Years (Five for Fighting)
Landslide (Dixie Chicks)
Mi Gustas Tu (Manu Chao)
King of Spain (Moxy Fruvous)
Trapped By Love (Manu Chao)

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webmacher
Mar. 25th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to "I Was Dancing At The Lesbian Bar" right now! Hee.

And I'm joining the club on the not-into-Sarah McLaughlin thing. She has a beautiful voice, but I just can't get into her. (Missing a gene?)
webmacher
Mar. 25th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
And now I'm listening to....

(hint:

Maaaya, HEE
Maaaya, HOO
Maaaya, HO
Maaaya, HO HO! )
kimberly_a
Mar. 25th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ha!
rachelmap
Mar. 26th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie!

Sqeeeee!

*wanders off singing 'Every OS Sucks'*
daev
Mar. 26th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
OK, this is a really good mix disc I just got from you.

You like acoustic/a-capella a lot, don't you? And lots of funny songs!

I think I had a mental block against Ryan Adams for years, because, you see, I thought he was Bryan Adams.

There's so much good stuff on there, I'm going to have to steal lots of songs from it, put them on mixes for other people, and pretend I was always into that band....

And now I promise not to make fun of Hanson anymore. I liked what you put on.
webmacher
Mar. 26th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
Guys, I just found some new (well, new to me) Ryan Adams! A whole album of them.

http://www.tobeyoung.org/destroyer.php

kimberly_a
Mar. 26th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer. I've downloaded the whole thing and will listen ASAP. :)
kimberly_a
Mar. 26th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
You like acoustic/a-capella a lot, don't you? And lots of funny songs!

Yep. And it's stuff I figure you'll like, too, so it was stuff I was leaning toward.

I think I had a mental block against Ryan Adams for years, because, you see, I thought he was Bryan Adams.

Very different animals. One of them actually doesn't suck.

There's so much good stuff on there, I'm going to have to steal lots of songs from it, put them on mixes for other people, and pretend I was always into that band....

I have never ever ever done this. Seriously. Ever. *eyes shift back and forth*

And now I promise not to make fun of Hanson anymore. I liked what you put on.

Glad to hear it. They get a bad rap because of the whole "MmmBop" craze 8 years ago.
daev
Mar. 26th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
And how could I forget to mention the acoustic Tears For Fears cover? You rule!

Stephen Lynch, Three Dead Trolls In A Baggie, Jon Brion, Da Vinci's Notebook, The Shins ... what the hey, I like all of it.

The best comparison I have for Rebecca Riots is an old Champaign band called Dear Connie,, but since I just sent all of my DC, tapes to slipjig I'll have to count on him to fill you in there. Since he and rafaela don't believe one mix disc will do when five will do better, he'll have plenty of room.

Do you still like pop rock? Most of what you put on that CD leans towards acoustic/jazzy/bluesy.

Now I'm scribbling responses and more song ideas... expect something in the mail within two years! :-)
kimberly_a
Mar. 26th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Do you still like pop rock? Most of what you put on that CD leans towards acoustic/jazzy/bluesy.

Definitely. I list some of them in the body of this post. I'm currently particularly fond of the Barenaked Ladies (though they've been a favorite for several years now), Hanson (obviously), R.E.M. (another longtime favorite), and Michelle Branch.

Some other recent pop stuff I've really liked is Maroon 5's "This Love," Train's "Drops of Jupiter," The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go," and a few random things by John Mayer. I think Modest Mouse is overrated, but I love Franz Ferdinand (I don't know if they really count as pop rock ... do they?).

I don't listen to the radio, so I only get exposure to new pop via infrequent random urges to watch videos on VH-1. :-)

And I'm already working on another mix for you, as well, so make sure to be honest about what stuff you like. :-) I've been trying to pick stuff that you're unlikely to have heard before, but that may be sending me into the more ... alternative of my favorite music. You aren't seeing much of the mainstream, because I figure you've already seen it.
odheirre
Mar. 26th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, the Bobs. I have some of their stuff. Did you want an a cappella mix? Send me an address.
wolfieboy
Mar. 26th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: mix cds
So, any mix cd should likely not contain McLachlan. Got it. :)
acid_raine
Mar. 28th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
I like your mix. Especially "King of Spain". Now that's classic! =)
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