Speaking of music recommendations, here’s a few things I’ve been listening to recently that I’ve liked:
- Neko Case – I saw Neko Case at SXSW this year, and I’ve since gotten all of her albums. Listening to her is like watching a Southern version of All the Real Girls. And, all her songs are in eMusic (as are the rest of the bands in this list), so you can stick the finger to all the DRM Devil.
- Soul Position – the only thing I’ve been listening to more than Niko Case is Soul Position. I also heard Soul Position at SXSW; clearly SXSW is a fantastic way to find new music…aside from being a week long, rockin’, music buffet on it’s own.
- The Octopus Project – after seeing that Matt Ray was listening to The Octopus Project, I started listening to them again. I went to a show of theirs back in May and it was awesome. Several years ago when Josh was a big-wig in AMODA and later ran his own shows, I went to several — for lack of a better generalized term — electronica shows: very rarely did the crowd get as excited and jumpy as at that Octopus Project show. It made the show super fun.
- Girl Talk – a saw Girl Talk a couple years ago at one of Josh’s shows, and it was a crazy show. I somehow noticed that Girl Talk had increased in popularity on last.fm, and I thought I should check him out again. It’s fun music, heavily laced with crap-hop and samples from top 40 music. The album is like listened to all the pop, hip-hop and R&B 40 top hits from the last decade all at once. A mashup they’re calling it now-a-days.
As always, if you’re really interested in what I’m listening to, check out my last.fm page. It’s a cool service that (through a small agent on your desktop that talks to iTunes and other music players) tracks what songs you listen to and tells you your favorites. It’ll recommend other music and let you see what your friends are listening to. It’s like a time-shifted version of looking through your friends record/CD/MP3 collections, and you know what a nut I am for time-shifted anything.