Wednesday, August 5, 2009

But I don't feel like dancin', no sir, no dancin' today

I've always been bad at first dates and meeting new people. My small talk is lacking. The worst possible question to come up during these times is the dreaded "So, what kind of music do you listen to? What's your favourite band?" The times that I mumble "I like everything", because I really, truly do. The times where the recipient also can't narrow down their favourite music because "music is my life!" I'm totally not like that. I used to think that was the case, but it was such a lie. Music is not my life.

If I cared enough to have favourite musical acts, they'd totally be the Beatles, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, and Journey.

I never know new music. I'm never very particular about what I listen to (some people would argue that's how Whitesnake and all that country fit into my playlist). I enjoy jazz, terrible 80's and 90's tunes, anything that makes me lamely attempt to shake my shoulders (I can not do it for the life of me) and move my feet. Country music makes me happy because it reminds me of home, and of summer. I'll dance around the house to Madonna or Britney. I've gotten into some music through B (Blackfield, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, etc.), but most people don't get the Metal (not that Blackfield and Porcupine Tree are metal). Every football game is a dance party for me.

I used to be good at keeping up on things. I went through so many music phases through university... probably because I was away from the nothing but country! confines of the farm. Cows like country music, what? I went through phases of jungle, drum and bass, classic rock, hipster tunes... and now I'm at a loss.

For my birthday, Kitty replaced my broken iPod with a shiny new green one. As I went through my iTunes, populated by things I like and a lot of crap (so maybe I like some music more than others) that the old roomie downloaded onto my Mac, I realized I need help. I need some music that doesn't suck.

Give me suggestions. Pretty please?


Lindsay said...

Here are some of my favorites:

Ben Lee ("Awake is the New Sleep")
Rilo Kiley
Jenny Lewis (lead singer of Rilo Kiley, she has great solo stuff)
Ben Folds
Mandy Moore (I want to hate her but I can't, her album "Wild Hope" is one of my favorites)
The Decemberists

I also love classic rock and could pretty much listen to Fleetwood Mac 24-7.

Elle Bee... said...

Thanks Lindsay!

I could also listen to Fleetwood Mac 24-7.

mieletcannelle said...

Yup - ditto on a few of the above -
Rilo Kiley "Under the Blacklight"
Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Howl"
Black Keys - Just about anything.. but their most recent (which escapes me) is pretty awesome
Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
Robyn Hitchcock - Just about anything
CocoRosie - (an oldie but goodie) Maison de Mon Reve
Harry Manx -"West Eats Meet"
Jens Lekman - Anything
M. Ward - "Transfiguration of Vincent Ward"
Black Mountain - "In the Future"
Midlake - Whatever album has Roscoe on it
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Eating Us"
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - "Out of Season"
Danny Michel - "Welcome Home"
Devendra Banhart - Anything
TV on the Radio - "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes"

mieletcannelle said...

that's pretty much the last time you ask me that question. *laugh* I didn't realise how long my brainstorming got..

Princess of the Universe said...

Confession: I was in the Bon Jovi fan club in high school.

My recent loves:
Great Big Sea
Norah Jones & Jesse Cook for my jazz fixes
My Chemical Romance

Old School - but a new love for:
Mamma Cass
Ella Fitzgerald


Elle Bee... said...

Dude, I totally have Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on my pod.

Also, Princess of the Universe, we can be friends... I have much of those things. The amount of Ella on my playlist is ridiculous.

AJ said...

Kate Voegele - easy to listen to
Kings of Leon - hot boys, hot music
Chickenfoot - good rock and roll
DMB - "Groogrux" is fantastic

AJ said...

Also, you don't strike me as an Opeth girl but you might give a listen to The Gathering. They're very Evanescence/Lacuna Coil type stuff. If you're into that...

Kyla Roma said...

Oh! I have to open up my iTunes for this one. I love...

The Weakerthans
The Hold Steady
Ryan Adams
City & Colour
Tilly and the Wall
TV On The Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeah's
She & Him
Jenny Lewis
Death Cab For Cutie

Kaye Bee said...

Oh boy!
Johnny Paycheck - Take this job and shove it
Roger Miller - Trailer for sale
Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden
Charley Pride - Kiss an angel Goodmorning

Not to worry.. I have more.. I also have them all.. so you can just steal them! GAH! LOVE THEM!

Elle Bee... said...

Dear Kitty, you and your old school country music are hereby banned from this post.

I love you... and will no doubt sing along.

Daisy said...

I'm a hip hop girl - so I listen to people like:

flo rida
gorilla zoe

but when I'm in the mood for chill I love:

Lykke Li
Ingrid Michaelson
Regina Spektor
Joshua Radin

And some dance favorites of mine:

Shiny Toy Guns

sleepyjane said...

I know some of the other bloggers have listed some which I am about to list but whatevs.

From my iPhone:

Blue October
The Airborne Toxic Event
Band of Horses
Bloc Party
City and Colour
Death Cab for Cutie
Elephant Parade
Gregory & The Hawk
Imogen Heap
Ingrid Michealson
Iron & Wine
Muse (!!) LOVE
Owl City
Regina Spektor
The Shins
We The Kings
The Weepies

Elle Bee... said...

Thanks ladies!

The Dutchess of Kickball said...

Some of my current favorites are:

Lacuna Coil
Kings of Leon
Sick Puppies
Cage the Elephant
Papa Roach
Airborne Toxic Event
Silversun Pickups

Hillary said...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Killers
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
Ingrid Michaelson
David Usher
Arctic Monkeys
The Fratellis
The Kooks
Regina Spektor

Mandy said...

I love just about all types of music --Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Flo Rida, Adele, Taylor Swift, Matt Nathanson, Sugarland, Bon Jovi, musical soundtracks like Wicked, Chicago, Gypsy.

willtherebecake said...

Has anyone said Aerosmith? I vote Aerosmith.

Robyn said...

I'm with you. I like the old stuff.
But sometimes it's fun to browse through the music playlists on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Gossip Girl". Lots of stuff you probably wouldn't have heard otherwise.

dreamsandschemesandcircuscrowds said...

Florence and the Machine are fantastic!

Dionne said...

I am not in-the-know with the latest and greatest either! I don't even know how to use an ipod, hahahaha. But here are some songs that I like (mind you, they are old):

- Coldplay "Viva La Vida"
- Coldplay "Clocks"
- Coldplay "Yellow"
- Robin Thicke "Lost Without You"
- Eisley "Just Like We Do"
- Eisley "Marvelous Things"
- Michael Buble "Save The Last Dance for Me"
- Maria Taylor "Speak Easy"

amber said...

Kate Nash
The Promise Ring
Death Cab for Cutie
The Format
Alkaline Trio
The Weepies
Tegan & Sara

Single Girl said...

I have a recent obsession with Joshua Radin - very mellowish.

I also love Great Big Sea (I saw someone else mention this).

Jason Mraz is also a favourite.

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