music rec's

Discussion in 'Community' started by jxyama, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i recently got an ipod and that revived my interest in music...

    i'd like some recommendations on a band (or two or three...) that can "shock" me with a type of music/sound unlike any i've heard.

    several points:

    1) i'd like recommendations. please don't hijack the thread and start arguing about other people's recommendations. and no snobbish attitude please. i'm quite open and also believe popular != bad.

    2) let's stick to rock/alternative (whatever that means these days) and techno/electronica. no classical, country or "serious" jazz. no rap/r&b or pop.

    3) availability on iTMS a big plus because i'd like to be able to sample songs before purchasing. (via iTMS or otherwise... iTMS is a really handy preview station.)

    my current fav's: radiohead, chemical brothers
    bands i've liked for quite a while (but are quite "commercial"): dave matthews, u2, rem
    bands i'd like to get to know better: floyd, rolling stones

    the last band to "shock" me was chemical brothers a few years ago. i really like their stuff and i'd love to get some rec's on that genre of music. (techno/electronica -ish)

  2. Ugg
    macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    Highly recommend Jack Johnson. Although he may not be the genre you're looking for, here are my reasons for liking him.

    He seems to be non-commercially oriented without being defensive about it. His voice is not always perfect but he obviously loves what he does. He tries to push the boundaries a little. It sounds as though he is in your backyard sitting at the picnic table playing for a small group of friends. He projects an intimacy that is, IMO, missing from so much of what is released today.

    He is, btw, one of the top sellers at iTMS.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Hmmm GG Allin will shock you, but I highly doubt you'll find him on iTMS. I bought some Jack Johnson recently, very cool stuff. R.L. Burnside's recent "Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down" is very cool. He's one of the last original delta blues men, and that album has some nice collaborative work with some DJ's and a great remake of "Chain of Fools".
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Try something from the Mr. Bungle album, the one with the clown face. Get "Squeeze Me Macaroni". Yowza. It's Mike Patton singing (of Faith No More fame) and it's a "shocking" song. Heh...

    and yea, its in the iTMS.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Try something from the Mr. Bungle album, the one with the clown face. Get "Squeeze Me Macaroni". Yowza. It's Mike Patton singing (of Faith No More fame) and it's a "shocking" song. Heh...
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Massive Attack- Mezzanine will blow your mind.

    buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social club. Will make you relax and wanna makea lovvvve. Slow Sweet Love.

    Thievery Corporation- Richest Man in babylon. Bliss on CD. Mellow grooves, fat bass, slick sounds and awesome orchestrations.

    Sarah Harmer- You Were Here. Great pop sensibilities. Great songwriting. Top performance and Production

    Morcheeba- Charango. Some don't like it. Me? I think it's a sexy album with a sonic palette that is alternatively sexy, funky, fun, provocative and political.

    Verve/Remixed- Probably the most groundbreaking album in recent memory. Take some hip DJs and production teams and let them run amok in the Verve Jazz label's archives. Glistening Genius ensues. Old Jazz standards like "Strange Fruit" take on a whole new light. A+++++. BUY IT NOW! (its on iTMS)
  7. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003

    thanks for the rec's, guys...

    now only if i can fast-forward time 5 hours so i can go home and listen to these bands...
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Oh. and if you partake in any mind altering chemicals (or if you don't ;) ) Stereolab's Sound Dust album is a masterpiece IMHO.

    Very spacey, lots of texture and layering of sounds. And absolutely haunting vocals.

    Also, an album by a chick name Gretchen Lieberum is TIGHT (sultry jazzy vox with some badarse scratchng by the dude from Jurassic Five.)

    And grab "If you're feeling sinister" by belle and Sebastian. Pure catchy literate pop
  9. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    no chemicals for me... but i do like "mindless" rhythmic music at times, so i'd definitely like to get more into techno-ish stuff. (what's trance?)

    i've heard of stereolab. i remember how they came up around the same time as radiohead, i think... you've revived my curiosity! i should go check it out...
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Stereolab is totally the new "chillout" music. Awesome. Very pulsating and rhythmic, ethereal.

    trance: (from

    Breaking out of the German techno and hardcore scene of the early '90s, Trance emphasized brief synthesizer lines repeated endlessly throughout tracks, with only the addition of minimal rhythmic changes and occasional synthesizer atmospherics to distinguish them -- in effect putting listeners into a trance that approached those of religious origin. Despite waning interest in the sound during the mid-'90s, trance made a big comeback later in the decade, even supplanting house as the most popular dance music of choice around the globe.

    Inspired by acid house and Detroit techno, trance coalesced with the opening of R&S Records in Ghent, Belgium and Harthouse/Eye Q Records in Frankfurt, Germany. R&S defined the sound early on with singles like "Energy Flash" by Joey Beltram, "The Ravesignal" by CJ Bolland, and others by Robert Leiner, Sun Electric, and Aphex Twin. Harthouse, begun in 1992 by Sven Väth with Heinz Roth & Matthias Hoffman, made the most impact on the sound of trance with Hardfloor's minimal epic "Hardtrance Acperience" and Väth's own "L'Esperanza," plus releases by Arpeggiators, Spicelab, and Barbarella. Artists like Väth, Bolland, Leiner, and many others made the transition to the full-length realm, though without much of an impact on the wider music world.

    Despite a long nascent period when it appeared trance had disappeared, replaced by breakbeat dance (trip-hop and jungle), the style's increasing impact on Britain's dance scene finally crested in the late '90s. The classic German sound had changed somewhat though, and the term "progressive" trance gained favor to describe influences from the smoother end of house and Euro dance. By 1998, most of the country's best-known DJs -- Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Tony De Vit, Danny Rampling, Sasha, Judge Jules -- were playing trance in Britain's superclubs. Even America turned on to the sound (eventually), led by its own cast of excellent DJs, including Christopher Lawrence and Kimball Collins.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    i always recommend Jimmy Eat World.. great band!
  12. pEZ
    macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Okay, I have to recommend Coldplay, especially their newer album, if you like DMB. They have a very different sound, IMO, but there's something catchy about it.

    On the techno side of things, I've fallen victim to be listening to some pretty BAD techno, but one of my faves is Digital Droo. He won't be on the iTMS, but he's got some really good stuff, both moody and fast paced. Sometimes both.

    Also, older Moby is good techno, try the album Ambient - not on the iTMS either, but well worth a look. His new stuff is good too, but not as eclectic as his old stuff.

    I'll also recommend Counting Crows for good measure, especially the album August and Everything After.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    I'll second that. A friends band (antiskeptic) was supporting them on their Aussie tour, check out them too.

    I'm gonna have to rave about Sigur Ros - genius. Nuff sed. ok, a minirave will do.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Okay, I'm afraid this is violating your second rule, but you did ask for music that would suprise you, and if this doesn't then I would be extemely alarmed.

    Yma Sumac. She has the funniest songs ever. She was a great vocalist and most of her songs were from the mid 1900's.

    Warning: It isn't exactly...... mainstream music. ;).

    Good songs:
    Taki Rari
    La Molin (this song cracks me up :D)


    Trapt. Great, more mainstream band. According to what I've seen of your music taster - songs you would like are:
    other good songs:
    Still Frame


    Flaw. More hardcore than trapt (and certainly more hardcore than Yma Sumac :)....... well, you could actually argue on Yma Sumac's side).

    Songs I think you would like by them:
    My Letter
    Other good songs:
    payback (very hardcore.... I love it :D)

    argh I dont know song titles by flaw. Oh well.


  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    shocking, huh?

    how about jad fair or haf japaneese?
    yo la tengo is pretty good, too.
    guitar wolf
    built to spill (on iTMS)
    spoon (on iTMS)
    liz phair (on iTMS)

    try any of these.:)
  16. macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    First off Stereolab are in no way "new," they have been around since the earlier 90's.

    Second, by-pass that typical "techno" and trance stuff.

    Here are some rec's. (I doubt you'll find any of it on itms though at the moment):
    The Notwist
    Four Tet

    try those out, you can find mp3's online for Four Tet, Clinic and Hood at as well as plenty of other great bands. Check The Notwists site for their music,
  17. macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    most unique band i've heard in years:
    solex (my fave album is "pick up")

    most fun band i've heard in a while:
    stereo total (i like "my melody" and the self-titled one)

    my band has some free rough mixes:

    i'll also mention: oranger, the minders, the get up kids, new pornographers, catatonia

    edit: another unique band is "the real tuesday weld." dunno if they're signed and music is available yet, though.
  18. macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2002
    i second "Neon Golden" by: The Notwist - brilliant.

    for something stranger but also beautiful, i'd recommend checking out Asa Chang and Juaray.

    Also a very good album is "Finally We Are No One" by: Mum.

    if you would like more info/descriptions of these artists, a great resource is the all music guide (online) - the url is
  19. macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2003
    Chicago area
    Crystal Method
    Stereo MC's

    and for a change of pace

    Squirrel Nut Zippers
  20. macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I think you misunderstood how i'm relating Stereolab-- I'm comparing them to the chillout bands of the 60's.

    And in reference to that, they're new.

    Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz= old chillout music

    Stereolab=new chillout music

    I don't worry so much about when bands come out but more about ERAs.
  21. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2003

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