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Thursday, December 08, 2005

New Music

After getting my new stereo, I have been thinking a lot about music recently. A few months ago, I wrote about Athlete and Nostalgia and I commented that I don't have the time or inclination to listen to music in the way that I used to. Well, I reckon that as I work from home, I actually do get a chance to listen to a fair bit of music and I also am keen to listen to some of the more interesting stuff that is out there. When I was waitressing as a student, I would sometimes go and buy a CD if I had got good tips that day and would sometimes buy stuff that I wasn't sure of just to find out about new groups. This often worked out well, cos I came across some great artists like Rae and Christian and Bent. Lately, though, as I don't buy so much, tend to go for safer options and I miss out on some of the more interesting new music out there. I don't want to start buying loads more music as it is all just more stuff and possessions, but I want to make sure that when I buy albums, they are diverse and well, interesting, really. As it was my birthday recently, I have got a plethora of CDs! Here's what I am currently listening to (or will do when they arrive from CD-Wow!

DJ Shadow - The Private Press. I have been a fan of Josh Davis and I have got the essential album Endtroducing, as well as his collaborative stuff with UNKLE and Quannum Spectrum. And a cool compilation of funk tracks called Funk Spectrum. However, I have only just got this album from 2002 and after a few listens, I do like it, although there is an acid- inspired track that I am not totally convinced by. It is good though. Thanks Dave and Sally...
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun. I feel cool just saying that I have this album - it is their first and best, apparently. The first listen has been good but I definitely think it needs a little more attention to fully appreciate its genius. Thanks Lewis and Jo
John Legend -Get Lifted. This is still on order, but is meant to be fantastic. I love the song Ordinary People.
Magic Numbers - Magic Numbers. Yeah - this is a bit of a chance buy as I have hear d a couple of tracks that I liked but don't really know much about them. Will have to wait and see as this hasn't arrived yet...

So, a few CDs to listen to and with Christmas just round the corner, who knows what else may turn up? Considering my indie/skinny white boys with guitars bias, does anyone have suggestions for good albums from 2005??


Blogger Helen said...

Magic Numbers are wicked - we saw them before they were famous in Foundry at Shef Uni - the best gig I've been to in ages. Album is great too, hope you like it.

Ben gets a lot of free downloads from 3hive.com where you can listen to lots of interesting things you haven't heard before for free thus not wasting any money (except perhaps on your electricity bill!)

have a nice Christmas love Helen

7:06 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Big Bands first:

The Arcade Fire are awesome.
Bloc Party and the New Franz Ferdinand CD are worth a listen too.

Smaller, more obscure stuff from Architecture in Helsinki, Animal Collective and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are all very good bands too.

Like Helen said, check out 3hive for lots of goodies.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks Ben and Helen.. Franz Ferdinand is already on the Christmas list but will look out for some of the others that you mentioned. Will check out 3Hive - thanks for the tip

1:31 PM  
Blogger scottytoohotty said...

Can back up the comment about The Arcade Fire - as Tony the tiger would say, they're grrrrreat.

Maximo Park are also v.good, as are Hard-Fi.

I can also highly recommend Jamie Lidell (if you're feeling soulful - Neil will def like) and Stephen Fretwell (if you're feeling mournful)

You should also check out Pandora.com it's such a cool concept and the more ppl that use and feedback it will only get better.

Have a great Christmas !

Scott (and Emma, Sam and Ben of course - Sam is also into The Arcade Fire at the moment !)

3:32 PM  

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