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Ok, how about some music recommendations? This thread can be for any type of music, but lemme state what I'm looking for in case you have similar tastes as I do...

I want underground bands - no mainstream crap. I like funk, rock, hip hop, punk and just about anything as long as it's done well. I like baselines, ala KMFDM, but it's not a required trait.

I prefer hardcore lyrics, most of the time, and anything with a radical tilt is good, though I'm a sucker for a non-regurgitated harmonious love song.

My recommendations:

Michael Franti/Spearhead (Black power, hardcore, radical hip hop/funk)

311 (before they became mainstream, their early **** is pure genius)

KMFDM (hardcore techno-ish basey badass music)

I also dig quality sorta-mainstream/60's/80's/even some 90's bands, like Simon and Garfunkel, Live, Red Hot Chili Peppers, even The Bangles.
 

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I'm not really into punk or goth myself, but some of my friends are big fans of Living Sacrifice. They tell me that the concerts are so intense that their minds feel overwhelmed, and this is coming from people who are normally very intense and deep.
 

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there's a music recomendation thread on the arts/entertainment board if you want to check that out too...

my favorite is folk rock type stuff, but it there is a talent there i can normally appreciate and respect and sometimes even like the stuff.

my favs are the waterboys, deacon blue, new order, world party, poi dog pondering, jackopierce, sonvolt, and the boxing gandhis and st germain

but i also like sly and the family stone, willie nelson, kula shaker, u2, bill laswell, and recently i've gotten into electronic stuff (hows that for you max, i got it again!). i like a select amount of country..older country, not so much modern. love bluegrass.

seadolphin - i dont know keith urbans stuff, but i met him and nikki taylor when i was working at the vet in nashvillle. really really nice people (although n. taylor kinda lived up to the model airhead stereotype). he's the only country dude i've met but i've seen a lot of them around...joe - what about you? they are all in b'wood and pop up here and there.
 

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oh my goodness- I have found another country music lovin' fool here! i knew if i hung out here long enough, another person who is as crazy and as geeky as i am would appear!

my favourite country singer is, of course, George Strait. i am fully in love with him
and wouldn't hestiate to go see him in concert and act like a 12 year old girl at a backstreet boys concert if he ever makes an appearance in this cold country of mine!

(well, maybe not quite like a 12 year old boy band groupie wantabe....
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i used to really like Shania Twain, but not so much anymore due to her sounding more like pop then country. i like more twang than her new songs have. and shes way too over played.
 

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and recently i've gotten into electronic stuff (hows that for you max, i got it again!).
Excellent. You brainwash... er... learn well


A few rawk recomendations, Meradin... Umm... Interpol? Not so hard core or even rawk, but they're so good I have to throw them in. Raveonettes, out of Britain, are pretty tight in the electr-rawk category.

Hey I can say I like country now! I really don't, but there's a few groups, specifically Freakwater and The Be Good Tanyas, that I have recently been getting into. Good stuff!
 

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For starters

Kiwi Dub/Downbeat, specifically:

* Salmonella Dub

* Pitch Black

* Rhombus

* The Nomad

* Strawpeople

Kiwi Jazz:

* Nathan Haines

* The New Loungehead

You should be able to download MP3's by these artists on the various music download programs, purely for educational purposes only of course
 

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Here's a list of non-mainstream (not in the U.S. anyway) artists that i like quite much & would recommend to others:
  • Sacred Raisin Cakes* - i'm not sure how to catagorize the music, but you have a strong female vocalist that ranks right up with Tori Amos here
  • Wolfsheim - ah... some sort of electronica? they used to have plenty of samples at cdnow until they merged with amazon
    ... anyway, i'm in love with the voice of the vocalist of this group! mmmm, sexy!
  • David Z* - really damn good techo/trance/dance, I especially love the song "Meant for Me" - featuring Aimee Bernard (the vocalist from Sacred Raisin Cakes)
  • the Cynic Project* - more good techno/dance/trance, "Eurodance Megamix" has to be my favorite song from them
  • 7.1* - another great techno/dance/trance group - this time from Russia!
  • Yuko Ohigashi* - A genius 15 y.o. piano composer from Japan
  • Bluemchen - a pop/dance artist out of Germany.. I think she's pretty mainstream there.. and if anyone's going to check her out - avoid the english versions of her stuff like the plague - it's horrible!
  • Adenosine Tri-Phosphate* - a very different, very interesting group out of Japan
  • Less Than Jake - perhaps they were mainstream for a while, but i think there 15 min of fame is over... anyway, i like 'em! They're really good punk w/ a touch of ska.. their older stuff has a lot more ska influence in it.
  • Propagandhi - you just can't go wrong with a vegan punk band! although, their newer stuff is a lot more hardcore, which i don't particularly care for.
  • Nobuo Uemastu - japanese composer of sorts. Composed most of the songs for the Final Fantasy games.. I really like his stuff. you can find some samples here: http://ffsymphony.gamerznet.com/mp3s.htm
  • Wolfstone - erm, celtic grunge, perhaps? They have some traditional sounding celtic stuff too. Good stuff.
  • Solas - another celtic group i rather enjoy
  • Seven Nations* - celtic rock.. not a favorite, but still good.
yeah.. that should be enough for now, before i get really carried away


* = this band/artist has stuff available on mp3.com ... gotta love mp3.com
 

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A few rawk recomendations, Meradin... Umm... Interpol? Not so hard core or even rawk, but they're so good I have to throw them in. Raveonettes, out of Britain, are pretty tight in the electr-rawk category.

Actually, the Raveonettes are from Denmark.

And I second the Interpol suggestion.

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they used to have plenty of samples at cdnow until they merged with amazon.
Go here--it's the shopping section on Yahoo! They have the little clips like CDNow did.
 

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Any other country fans here?
I like some stuff by the classic country artists, like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. I listen to some bands that are country/bluegrass influenced, so the style comes out in their sound.

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my favorite is folk rock type stuff, but it there is a talent there i can normally appreciate and respect and sometimes even like the stuff.
If you like folk, you should check out Califone. They're a mix of blues, folk, and I can hear a bit of country, with hints of electronics. It sounds like an awful mix, but they make it work very, very well. They're really one of the most interesting and original I've ever heard.

It's pretty much just one guy's project, with help from outside musicians.

The electronics are limited to mostly looped samples and cool background noises, which really adds to their sound. The percussion in their songs is always interesting, they use just about anything that can be pounded, shaken, or scratched. Check these songs out: "On the Steeple with the Shakes," "Fisherman's Wife," "Slow Right Hand," and "Porno Starlet vs. Rodeo Clown" Perishable Records also has sound clips. All their bands are worth checking out.

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BWJ has good tastes. I like the mix tape he made for me a lot.
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

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Thanks! I guess I associated the Ravs' with Q magazine and thus Britain.
No prob. I think I saw that article. Some magazine I read had a one page article on them. They're starting to get a buzz as the next big thing to watch for.
 

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Nativity in Black I and II - A Tribute to Black Sabbath.

Includes Slayer, Corrosion of Conformity, Ugly Kid Joe, Megadeth, White Zombie....

I know they are old, but so worth it.

And I usually don't get into tribute CD's...but these 2 are so well thought out.

Slayer doing Hand Of Doom on II....

Black Sabbath's tunes hit home with me..I grew up with them. The covers give them a certain freshness without loosing the guts if you know what I mean.
 

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The best group of musicians I've heard in a long time and the most entertaining concert I've been to in years has to be Bela Fleck and the Flecktones....I'd decribe it as a cross between modern day and old blugrass fused with a hint of jazz. Awesome stuff. My favorite tunes are "Spanish Point" and "Stompin' Ground".

I also recommend Dale Ann Bradley...she covers a U2 that is better than the original..I swear "I still haven't found what I'm looking for"...

And along the same lines in the top of her class is Alison Krauss + Union Station....the cd "New Favorite" is great from end to end. She sings like an angel.

From my favorite song 'I'm Gone'..It's a hauntingly beautiful song.

When you came to me, you said love could not erase the ever present memory of another face. I tried to make you love me, how could I be so blind, to think I'd be the one to change your mind. And if I'm gone before you start, well you can find me in your heart. Who can say if it's right or wrong, I've waited for you too long. And if I can't hold on I'm gone. When you came to me, I said love will find a way. For every heart that leaves another heart must stay. I guess you couldn't see, as the shadows in the night..... it seems the time for us just wasn't right.

She is an awesome talent!
 

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As far as country goes, I don't really like it at all...but I do have exceptions, like Mary Robbins, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, but THAT'S IT!

I love music so much, especially underground stuff, but I always have a hard time finding it for some reason. Thank god for kazaa!

Mera'din......maybe you'll like Die Toten Hosen. If you find them, their song "Kein Alkohol" is great! I really like KMFDM too. Oh, what about Assemblage 23. You might want to check them out.

And not like Combustible Edison is underground, but they're certainly not mainstream....they are really fun.
 

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I would recommend the following albums, though the list changes from day to day...

Heavenly - The Decline And Fall Of...

Le Jardin De...

Marine Research - Sounds from the Gulf Stream

Tender Trap - Film Molecules

Kenickie - At The Club

Comet Gain - Realistes

Ladytron - 604

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung

Bearsuit - no albums out yet, but you can download their singles from www.bearsuit.co.uk

The Pixies - Doolittle

Joy Division - Closer

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
 
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