Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm sick of all my music

Somebody help me! I'm bored with my music! I've been listening to the same ten CDs for weeks now in my car. I need to take a break and listen to something else. Now, I don't want any suggestions for outrageous purchases (like an ipod or an MP3 player because I need to buy a TV, I desperately need new glasses, and my cat will eventually need medical treatment for her hyperthyroid thingie). I reach out to my music-loving friends to give me some advice.

This is dangerous, I know. I've always hung out with people who know infinitely more about music than I do. My family never really listened to music so my tastes developed rather late. My friends in college were very much indie, punk, new wave, whatever, as well as local music. They still do a lot with the scene in Atlanta. Here in CT, I seem to have the same knowledgeable friends who are or have been in bands or just have a lot of music in their lives.

The caveat -- To give you a sense of what I like, here are the CDs I've been listening to (and listening to and listening to):

Gorillaz -- Demon Days
Suzanne Vega -- Beauty and Crime
Neko Case -- Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Deee-lite -- World Clique (I know it's old but it makes me happy)
Soundtrack for Paranoia Agent (anime)
Cake -- Fashion Nugget
David Byrne -- Grown Backwards
Art of Noise -- The Seduction of Claude Debussy
Daft Punk -- Discovery
Black-Eyed Peas -- Monkey Business
Pixies -- Bossanova

I had asked a pal in Atlanta to make me a mix but he has yet to do it. I need to prod him because he's always steered me in the right direction. I know the above list is a mix of recent (and one pop album) and stuff from my college days so no sneers, please. I don't make fun of your music, do I? (well, maybe I do, I dunno).

I've been dying to buy this album from a Brazilian artist because I heard him on the Lehrer Newshour and LOVED the song I heard, but paying 30 bucks for an import album which may take six weeks to show up?? (see, I'm not that much of a music lover -- btw, it's Celso Fonseca's Feriado).

So, anything you can suggest given what I've listed above? I mostly want newer things. Lat time I was in a music store, I thought about filling in some of my classic punk collection, but it just depressed me, because, well, I don't know why.


Cranky Yankee said...

Looking at your list, I see you need Three Chords and an Attitude in your life.

I'm on it...

Wendy said...

Yes, please! Thanks!

K. A. Laity said...

Well, hey -- got a lot of suggestions and we can bring some to Rosh Hashanah (if I make a note now, but remind me!).

K. A. Laity said...

Have you heard any Duffy or Amy Winehouse? The latest Tori rocks! Plasticines, Pierces -- got them from Marko, good stuff. For listening in the car, we might be able to run off copies of the radio show Bleak Expectations which is a hoot of faux Dickens pastiche.

Wendy said...

I have been looking into Duffy and Winehouse but wasn't certain that I would like the whole album. That's the problem. I may like a song but I want to enjoy an album. Can you make me a mix with some Amos? Shockingly, I haven't listened to much. Thanks, Kate! Bring some for me to hear!

K. A. Laity said...

Will do!