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who knew that old music could be this cool?

man… i’ve been listening to an mp3 of steely dan’s “janie runaway” a lot recently – sounds really cool. i first heard it (but never any other steely dan song… odd…) over the radio station that we used to listen to at work over the summer. so, lately i’ve been meaning to broaden my musical horizons and get myself some mp3s to listen to. so, i look to see what else that steely dan did and there’s this song called “dirty work”. it’s not that bad; it grows on you, i suppose… at first i thought it was carly simon singing along and was like “yuk, i don’t really like carly simon!” but then i realized that it wasn’t carly simon so then i said “yay, it’s not carly simon”. so, maybe i’ll go and buy myself some cds in the near future and get me some cool cds. ^_^

hmm… lemme make myself a wish list so i can see what there is that i wanna get myself..

(in no particular order):

Apollo 440 (really want more of their stuff)

Blue Oyster Cult (t’would be cool to hear more of their stuff)

Cowboy Bebop soundtracks (if i can find them cheap ^^;;)

Frank Zappa (curse you megs getting me hooked on him too! ~_^)

Dynamite Hack (maybe… would help to have a cd of theirs for my next music vid idea ^_^)

Steely Dan (woo!)

Mephiskafeles (just for that bumblebee tuna song! ^^)

Electric Light Orchestra (only heard one of their songs, though…^_^;;)

Moxy Fruvous (YES! i am most definitely going to get some of their stuff… a pox on them for not putting “spiderman”, “king of spain”, and “michigan milita” on the same cd -_-;; they’re really similar to “They Might Be Giants”, too… ^^)

Power of Seven (if they come out with the Oni soundtrack on cd ^^)

Queen (good music and i’m using their stuff for my music vid in progress)

Soundtrack to “Run Lola Run” (neato techno songs)

Styx (i need me some “mr. roboto” and “renegade” ^_^)

Zaireeka by The Flaming Lips (if i can find it ^^;;)

They Might be Giants (there’s always room for They!)

Thomas Dolby (woo for “she blinded me with science”!)

Violinist of Hameln sountracks (yah, right, i’d need to sell my kidney or something to get the money ^_^;;)

anybody have any cds by these bands, or know of any other really good bands? i like almost anything music-wise. could you tell me what you think in a response to my journal? ^_^

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    I uhhh, wrote a really long response. Then when I went back, it was gone. I’ll rewrite it now, just thought that should be brought to the attention of all those involved…

  2. I’ll skip commenting on current bands, go to the recommendations.

    If you wanna go for the whole “dark ska” thing, you’d be much better off with Choking Victim. The epitome of dichotomy, ska beat with scratchy vocals about stealing being a fun game, suicide being the best way out, and cop-killin’. Probably the least offensive song they have is 500 Channels, so start with that one. Then edge your way in with Five Finger Discount, and by the time you hit Crack Rock Steady, this verse won’t shock you-
    don't ya know that satan is the man
    so listen very close cuz we got a little plan
    we're gonna have to execute some rich important people
    we're gonna burn down all the churches and topple all the steeples
    see a frown? turn that cross upside down
    grab a gun or baseball, bat let's go to fuckin town
    let's kill the police, I'll be saying little more
    but when the cops come to your door
    don't forget the choice is yours!

    About TMBG, one must check out the “We Might Be Giants” disc which is currently out, and anxiously await the “We Might Be Giants 2” disc Skanker is working on. Covers of TMBG songs by other artists.

    Radiohead is a strong suggestion for new music. They follow a very evident change from guitar-centric to more ambient as their albums progress (“Pablo Honey”, “The Bends”, “OK Computer”, “Kid A” and “Amnesiac”), so if you’d like some choice lyrics with original and expertly delivered guitar tracks, the earlier stuff’s for you. If you like amazing ambient music that absorbs every sound around it into itself and adds to the song, you’d like “Kid A” or “Amnesiac”.

    the pillows are next. A Japanese band who do the music for the latest GAiNAX anime OAV “FLCL”. Their musical range varies greatly from song to song, and they’ve been around for qite a long time. My song recommendations would be Blues Drive Monster, Advice, I Think I Can, Little Busters, Runners High, and Ride On Shooting Star among others.

    Next, I’ll recommend Rancid. They used to play on MTV back when Epitaph records were kings of the world. The idea of Rancid or Bad Religion on MTV nowadays is almost laughable. Rancid has been touted as the “punk/ska revival”, rising pheonix-like from the ashes of the ill-fated Operation Ivy. I don’t know if someone can listen to Rancid and not like them. If you get one Rancid disc, get “…And Out Come The Wolves”, trust me on this. Song recommendations- Ruby SoHo, Junkie Man, I Wanna Riot (collaboration with the Long Beach Dub Allstars), The Harder They Come (Tibetan Freedom Concert), California Sun (South Park “Chef-Aid” album) and many, many more.

    To suggest some “neato techno”, I must mention the following artists – ATB, Paul van Dyk (PvD), Orbital, and Bl

    • If you wanna go for the whole “dark ska” thing, you’d be much better off with Choking Victim….

      hmm, i like almost all types of music, except for this – i think i’ll pass on them, thanks ^_^;;

      About TMBG, one must check out the “We Might Be Giants” disc which is currently out, and anxiously await the “We Might Be Giants 2” disc Skanker is working on. Covers of TMBG songs by other artists.

      Cool! I’ve got “Flood”, “Severe Tire Damage”, and “Apollo 18” already – looks like I’ll have two new ones to add to my collection soon. ^_^

      Radiohead is a strong suggestion for new music….

      I’ve heard a lot about Radiohead but have never heard their music (knowingly, at least ^^;;)

      the pillows are next. A Japanese band who do the music for the latest GAiNAX anime OAV “FLCL”….

      Ah, so that’s their name? I’ve got a copy of the FLCL soundtrack as mp3s, but didn’t know what the band that did the soundtrack was called. ^^;;

      Rancid has been touted as the “punk/ska revival”, rising pheonix-like from the ashes of the ill-fated Operation Ivy….

      Hehehe, I’m not much of a ska fan, but recently for no apparent reason I remembered about hearing the “Bumblebee Tuna” song by Mephiskafeles. Dunno where I heard it before. *shrug* If I do get whatever cd they have with that song on it, I’ll see how much of a taste for ska I have, and maybe I’ll be looking into Rancid then. ^_^

      To suggest some “neato techno”, I must mention the following artists – ATB, Paul van Dyk (PvD), Orbital, and Bl

  3. dude! i loooove steely dan! i have their first two albums. dirty work is one of my faves on the first one (can’t buy a thrill)- the singer for dirty work quit after that album (they had THREE singers for CBAT) and then comes the awesome (though jazzier and less hit-sounding songs) “countdown to ecstasy”, which has two of my favorite songs on it (bodhisatva and my old school). those two are the albums to get! (and “pretzel logic” too, so i’m told) i’ve also got a double disk greatest hits i got for $5 with some other great SD tracks- kid charlemagne, rikki don’t lose that number. i got hooked on SD by listing to my classic rock station. i already knew all the words to all the songs on CBAT when i bought it ^^.

    Styx! (geez, i sound like such an old school rocker… woo! dinasour rock!) styx is one of my “i don’t listen to that.. oh yeah, i do.. heh…” bands. like um… journey. but i don’t listen to journey! really!

    i have one styx album on lp- don’t remember which one. not the one with mr. roboto. ;_; ah well. i can’t remember any reccommended song titles- mostly listen to them on the radio.

    i used to have a flaming lips album, but i think i sold it ^^ i never listened to it anymore, and i needed new stuff ^^

    as for ELO, they did “you ain’t seen nothingyet”, right? hmm… no, never really did anything else of importance. not nearly as cool as ELP. that’s emerson lake and palmer, yo! hee hee.. i have this cd i made of two different lps i own called “ELP vs CSN” ^^ crosby stills and nash ^^ it’s an odd disk… hmm… showdown between ELO, ELP, CSN (and sometimes Y) (neil young), CCR (creedence clearwater revival), U2, UB40, and INXS… o.o;;; i think ELP would kick everyone’s butts. ^^ hee hee… they were the most punk rock band ever in terms of energy, but they played progressive (art) rock. very cool.

    enough music out of me… shouldn’t get me started ^^

    • *surveys megs’ response…* wow, lookit all the alphabet soup! ~_^ looks like we share lots of the same taste in music… ^_^

      dude! i loooove steely dan! i have their first two albums….
      cool! if you’ve got it on cd, mind if i preview them next weekend? ~_^

      Styx! (geez, i sound like such an old school rocker… woo! dinasour rock!) styx is one of my “i don’t listen to that.. oh yeah, i do.. heh…” bands. like um… journey. but i don’t listen to journey! really!

      i have one styx album on lp- don’t remember which one. not the one with mr. roboto. ;_; ah well. i can’t remember any reccommended song titles- mostly listen to them on the radio.
      I read a month or two ago in our local paper that the band members of Styx really like my hometown of Annapolis ^_^ In fact, they wrote “come sail away” after visiting here over the summer one year. ^_^

      i used to have a flaming lips album, but i think i sold it ^^ i never listened to it anymore, and i needed new stuff ^^
      yeah? the only work of theirs that I really heard was Zaireeka, and that was because of an article in my “Games” magazine a year or so ago that had a 15-18 albums that seemed to be fake, but they were all real but three of them. they had “Zaireeka”, by The Flaming Lips, Wesley Willis, and The Shaggs as some of the unbelievable albums. hmm… I wonder if I can find that article anywhere… ^^;;

      as for ELO, they did “you ain’t seen nothingyet”, right?
      hmm… only song i’ve heard that they do is “yours truly, 2095”, and that was ‘cos i saw a music video to it at otakon last year. ^_^;; but even though that’s the only song i’ve heard by them, i really like it! ^_^

      not nearly as cool as ELP. that’s emerson lake and palmer, yo! hee hee.. i have this cd i made of two different lps i own called “ELP vs CSN” ^^ crosby stills and nash ^^ it’s an odd disk… hmm… showdown between ELO, ELP, CSN (and sometimes Y) (neil young), CCR (creedence clearwater revival), U2, UB40, and INXS… o.o;;; i think ELP would kick everyone’s butts. ^^ hee hee… they were the most punk rock band ever in terms of energy, but they played progressive (art) rock. very cool.
      … yes. ^_^ i’ve heard various songs by most of those bands, so i guess i’ll have to sample them all! ^__^

      enough music out of me… shouldn’t get me started ^^
      hehehehe ^_^ thanks for the suggestions! ^__^

    • ooh! i forgot to put down oleander too! ^_^;; i really like that “why i am here” song that that one hameln music video was put to… ^_^

    • oh yeah- i started listening to oleander jsut because of jerrin’s mv. ^^

      i don’t remember what the title of my flaming lips album was, but it had “she don’t use jelly” on it, which was their one big single back in early 90’s. come on, you’re not that young, right? you remember? ^^

    • hmm… i’m terrible at band names and their corresponding songs that i hear on the radio – i’ll have to listen to it and see if i recognize it… ^^;;

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