17 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread: Musical Edition

  1. On a graph, it would be the triple point of alt-country/folk, indie rock and ambient electronica. Petracovich, Rob Dougan, Orenda Fink, UUVVWWZ, the Watson Twins, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Handsome Family… I find it hard to specialize when it comes to music appreciation.

  2. oy, i am schizophrenic with music. depends on my mood, but i have been told my music is depressing. pbbth. i like old country blues, classical, prefer solo instrument pared down. love dead can dance and dean martin. love the oud. i have music of most eras. swing, 50’s standards. bulgarian choral and 1 madonna CD. if i had money i would be drowning in CDs. but my favorite is bach.
    but there is NO COUNTRY, older blue grass or skirting it, but NO COUNTRY. and little jazz.

  3. I’m a 20th century American and my taste in music reflects that. I also play, and when I play, it’s almost always blues. Piedmont blues, Texas blues, Delta blues, Chicago blues, Swing and Jump, it all comes out. And as Muddy said, “the blues had a baby, and they named it rock and roll.”

  4. Blues. It’s not only a fine genre in its own right, it’s also at the root of other American genres — rock and roll, obviously, but you often hear it in country and bluegrass. Just listen for that pentatonic scale.

  5. The original prog rock bands. King Crimson, ELP, Gentle Giant, Van Der Graaf Generator, pre-top 40 Yes and Genesis, a certain period of Jethro Tull. A wonderful melange of rock, classical, jazz and folk, with no lame white boys pretending to be black sharecroppers, drummers and bass players who refused to play repetitive “grooves”, great visual sense and some of the very best live bands ever to trod the boards.
    ELP: Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery
    King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King, Starless and Bible Black, Red
    Gentle Giant: In A Glass House, Free Hand
    VDGG: H to He Who Am The Only One, Still Life
    Yes: Close to the Edge, Relayer
    Genesis: Nursery Cryme, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick, A Passion Play

  6. I’ll second Daptone and Sharon Jones, but I live for funk, especially George Clinton, Funkadelic, and Parliament. “Maggot Brain” is one of the best songs EVAH.

  7. I can’t really say I have an absolute favourite, other than that I tend to like music that’s fast and loud (I’m the odd one out here apparently): I like 1980s punk (Dead Kennedys, Dead Milkmen, Dayglo Abortions, DOA), techno (Infected Mushroom, Aphex Twin, Orbital), and electronica (Nine Inch Nails, Metric, Dragonette, Ladytron, Basement Jaxx), and German industrial (Einsturzende Neubauten, Rammstein, KMFDM), Middle Eastern pop (Hadorbanim, Hadiqa Kiyani, Shotei Ha’Nevua, Izabo), and disco, disco, disco. I also like a lot of just plain weird stuff, like Feeling B and Inchtabokatables and Hebrew hip-hop…
    Like most of you, I do listen to old blues, but a very limited subset of same. If those of you blues fans out there haven’t heard Geeshie Wiley yet, you’re screwing around. 😀
    Right now I have a theme playlist on (female-vocalist electropop) of “Fixin to Thrill” by Dragonette, “Hippychick” by Soho, “Playgirl” by Ladytron, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue, “Dead Disco (Kylie Kills Mix)” by Metric, and “Get the Party Started” by P!nk. So you (and I) just never quite know…

  8. Until I hear all the music ever made, I’ll reserve judgement. But I will continue my attempt to hear all the music ever made.

  9. I like good music. Of all kinds. There’s good & bad country, good & bad rock, good & bad jazz (I’m lookin at you, Kenny G!) I have a very eclectic music collection.
    If I had to pick just one, it have to be rock.

  10. No particular “favorite,” but I’ll second Liprap’s nod to soul right now — was given the Rhino Records Box collection a while back and it gets serious play…well, on my iPod.

  11. What a ridiculous idea! “Favorite” music! Ha!
    It’s hard to point to any one thing, but let me take this opportunity to give a shout out to the Dead, the Who, the Stones, the Doors, the Allman Brothers and, inevitably, Little Feat.

  12. Considering I just spent a week listening to some of the best barbershop in the world, I obviously love the stuff (though it’s even more fun to sing it than to listen to it).
    Beyond that, I have really eclectic tastes. It’d be easier to say what I *don’t* like, but even then I’d have a hard time (I used to say I hated rap and country, but I love Queen Latifah and Eminem (at least Mosh) and Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Kathy Mattea (who I saw live Friday night–wow… Ever been at a concert where the performer invites the crowd to sing on a chorus? Imagine that with an arena full of 2000 very well-trained harmony singers.)).

  13. 50’s era Jazz is a particular fav of mine, along with Blues. But like most folks here my tastes are all over the board. With a whole wall of CDs I can feed my habit pretty well.

  14. I’m big on power pop and bands influenced by the Beatles, Kinks and Who. Some faves: Squeeze, XTC, the Smithereens.
    I also like alt country rootsy stuff like Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Carlene Carter and Dwigh Yoakam.
    Then there’s UK folk-rock: Richard Thompson, Fairport, Pentangle, Jez Lowe.
    I like a lot of different stuff. Me head is full of earworms…

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