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I Keep Listening To The Same Stuff [Music suggestions, please?]

An-DAn-D EnthusiastAshevilleRegistered User regular
edited October 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So, recently, I've found that I'm listening to the same stuff over and over and over. I like to think I have a broad taste in music, but seriously, I'm listening to the same bands/albums/songs over and over and over.

Can I get some suggestions for new music (but along a similar vein)?

I Listen To and Love:
Butch Walker
Arctic Monkeys
The Hold Steady
Matchbox 20
Kid Cudi
Kanye West

Sometimes (but I still like a lot):
The Refreshments
Regina Spektor
Ben Folds
Jamie T

Youtube/other links are super appreciated. Whatdya got for me?

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    faerielaurelynfaerielaurelyn Vancouver, BCRegistered User regular
    I'm not sure if you have already, but you should try a site like Pandora (or Jango if you're outside of the US) and you can put in the bands you listen to, and it will play other bands that are similar in genre. It's a great way to expand your library while still sticking with your own tastes.

    Personally, some of the bands I've come across or been recommended, and would pass on to others are:

    Fair To Midland (Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes, April Fools and Eggmen, A Seafarer's Knot, Say When)
    VNV Nation
    Sunny Day Real Estate

    No guarantees you'll also like it, but it never hurts to give it a listen :)

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    chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    Here are just a few suggestions do with them what you will.

    If you like gorillaz the you are sure to love deltron 3030 basically the gorillaz before they were the gorillaz.

    You might like tom waits or hate him it's usually one or the other.

    Portishead is another great band

    warren zevon would also probably be some one you could get into.

    Along hip hop lines you should look up Aesop Rock as well as dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip,
    Sage Francis is another great act.

    For more laid back music try the antlers and Elliott Smith.

    Any way just a few suggestions. .0

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    Gorillaz is a great way to discover music related to them. Deltron 3030 was already suggested (he mostly does the beats, I believe), some of the vocals are done the guy from The Good The Bad and The Queen.

    And the big brain behind Gorillaz is Damon Albarn, who used to be the lead singer of Blur and plays keyboard and sings for The Good The Bad and The Queen. You've probably already heart Song2, but they also have other music that is enjoyable.

    The producer of Demon Days is DJ Dangermouse, who has produced so much music that it makes me wonder when he sleeps. He's the producer behind Gnarls Barkley and he had made Rome, along with Daniele Luppi,

    etc etc. If you pick a song you like by Gorillaz and check who does the vocals and the beats, you often end up with two other artists who have done a lot of interesting stuff over the years. Your tastes seems to be pretty broad, so I'll just stop here. Do you check out sites like , ? Lots of new music on there that you won't hear on the radio very often.

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    Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
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    PhantPhant Registered User regular
    Here are just a few suggestions do with them what you will.

    If you like gorillaz the you are sure to love deltron 3030 basically the gorillaz before they were the gorillaz.

    Just because I'm a pedantic fark, I'm going to have to point out that this is not true at all. Del himself was on the first Gorillaz album(rapping on Clint Eastwood and Rock Da House) but otherwise he hasn't had much hand in Gorillaz since, nor I think have Dan The Automator or Kid Koala(I may be incorrect on those two though).

    That said, if you are enough of a geek to be on the PA forums at all and are receptive to hiphop, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien is always a solid suggestion.;feature=related

    Miho Hatori has also had a hand in some of the Gorillaz work(Noodles is, after all, her apish counterpart);feature=fvsr

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    KharnastusKharnastus Registered User regular
    edited October 2011

    Sorry that this isn't in a similar "vein" but you said you were in a rut of listening to the same music, and you can only get out by listening to music with different lineages of styles and cultures. oh and this is cool to

    if you haven't seen this yet you should :)

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    BradicusMaximusBradicusMaximus Pssssssssyyyyyyyy duckRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Amanda Palmer - My gf listens to her and even though its not really my thing I still enjoy her music. Her and Ben Folds have done a lot of stuff together.
    Ronald Jenkees - This guy is crazy. The stuff he throws together is amazing. I think he has two cd's out.
    Modest Mouse - You just have to listen to these guys. You either love 'em or hate 'em.

    I'm not really one for hiphop/rap aside from Jay-z unless its remixed by someone like Nero or other noteable remix artists.
    When I listen to Gorillaz I usually think of RJD2 - his stuff is amazing imo.

    E: Also gonna throw in Beck.

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    finnithfinnith ... TorontoRegistered User regular
    I would create an account on It is pretty good for recommending music. There is even a Penny Arcade group on it.

    Typically what I will do is mine my music junkie friend's playlist for recommendations.

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    IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Might want to check out U.S Royalty, they are sorta Kings of Leon ish, but you might find the vocals easier to listen to

    If you like that, you might like Phil ade rapping all over it

    I hate everything else on the album, but I like this song, if you dont listen to the radio maybe it hasnt gotten played out for you

    Childish Gambino is Donald glover rapping, because hes my hero. Not as smooth as kanye and Cudi but kinda funny and self aware while still being about sex and money.

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    chuck steakchuck steak Registered User regular
    The new album by jay z and kanye west is very good.

    I'm also loving the new album by Elbow. Lippy Kids is one of the best songs ever written.

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    RderdallRderdall Registered User regular
    edited October 2011

    It seems we have similar tastes in music. I give these artists regular rotation on my iPod, perhaps you will like them too. Spoilered for size.

    Atmosphere - Someone above recommended Sage Francis. You need to check him out. Look up Sage's song Keep Moving up on Youtube. Atmosphere is similar in that he's also white, and he can also tell a story in his lyrics with an immense amount of skill. This song Little Man is not only one of my faves, but it's probably one of the best hip hop songs of all time.
    De La Soul - No need to describe. My favorite hip hop group of all time.
    Handsome Boy Modelling School - Hip hop group made by super-producers Dan the Automator (gorillaz, Deltron 3030) and Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz) featuring other artists such as Miho Hatori and Del the Funky Homosapien and Jack Johnson
    I Mother Earth - One of my favorite bands from up here in Canada. Their album Scenery and Fish is a cover to cover album for me, and is a staple on any road trip. Check out this song, Shortcut to Moncton. It's long, and it's got a big ass instrumental in the middle of it, but it's worth it. It may take a couple of listens to truly appreciate it, but it'll grow on you.
    Manchester Orchestra - Don't know much about them, just know I love their album Mean Everything to Nothing
    Medeski, Martin and Wood - One of the most hip-hop like jazz groups you'll find. They had a weird abstract phase, but they got past it and went back to what works for them.
    Mike Doughty - Former lead singer of Soul Coughing - He's got an unmistakable voice, and great songwriting skills.
    Parachute - I just saw them perform Something to Believe in on Leno a couple of months ago. Blew my freaking mind. They're a bit pop-y, but great nonetheless.
    Propellerheads - Big Beat band from the early 2000's. This album got a LOT of play in my car stereo when I was a teenager.

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    BeckBeck Registered User regular
    If you listen to Modest Mouse start with their earlier albums. The Moon & Antarctica is awesome but, probably their last great record.

    Beck is really awesome. Midnight Vultures is a really underrated record.

    If you like The Hold Steady you should listen to Guided By Voices. I think Bee Thousand is a perfect record.

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    WhacktoseWhacktose Registered User regular
    Newer Stuff I'm listening to and enjoying: Artist - Album (note the genres are very general):

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (Rock)
    St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (Rock)
    Matt & Kim - Sidewalks (Rock)
    Mastodon - The Hunter (Metal)
    Four Tet - FabricLive.59 (Dance)
    Katy B - On a Mission (Dance)
    Kendrick Lamar - Section.80 (Hip-Hop)
    Spank Rock - Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar (Hip Hop)

    Hope you find something you like.

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    peticanoepeticanoe Registered User regular
    You'll probably like Radiohead's OK Computer album, very probably their The Bends and just possibly Kid A (though that one tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it for most people).

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    An-DAn-D Enthusiast AshevilleRegistered User regular
    I haven't abandoned this thread. There are just a ton of suggestions and I've been trying to give it all a fair listen.

    I dig:
    - Deltron 3030
    - The solo Gorillaz stuff is cool, and nice to know, but I'm not sure if its going to be something I listen to a ton.
    - US Royalty'll grow on me. I know it.
    - Childish Gambino = *thumbs up*

    Right away, I'll say, Radiohead is super hit or miss with me. Mostly a miss. *shrug*

    I'm catching up on the rest.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    Grooveshark is an excellent website. You can put on a song and then enable Radio mode and it will just keep filling your playlist with similar songs. I've found a number of excellent songs that way.

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    AsheAshe Registered User regular
    Dhalphir wrote:
    Grooveshark is an excellent website. You can put on a song and then enable Radio mode and it will just keep filling your playlist with similar songs. I've found a number of excellent songs that way.

    This works a treat. Love Grooveshark.

    Also seconding the IAMX recommendation above. Wonderful stuff.

    Warning that the below video has the potential to make you a bit motion-sicky, but fitting for upcoming Halloween!
    Also, definitely worth checking out IAMX's Simple Girl plonked over the top of a Requiem for a Dream video on Youtube. Brilliantly done. Can't stick it here as it does a smidgeon of nudity at the end.

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    EncEnc A Fool with Compassion Pronouns: He, Him, HisRegistered User regular
    Ally Kerr is pretty fantastic for a folk group.
    The Weathervanes are also pretty great.

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    ZenitramZenitram Registered User regular
    The Presidents of the United States of America's self-titled debut album is really along the veins of Cake. Lower production values, but they are just having a good time in the studio and you can tell. You're familiar with many of the tunes on the album, I'm sure. The Flaming Lips remind me of them too.

    For newer stuff, I took a liking to Cold War Kids. It's a bit darker at times, but the piano adds a lot to the sound.

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    BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    Since you like rock/alternative go with Metric or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and maybe Vampire Weekend.

    Id highly recommend The Decemberists since you like Regina. They do a lot of folky story songs with a more band sound. The hazards of Love is one long story or The Crane Wife is several different storys. Both are really good albums if thats your thing.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    as the best/most ambitious musician in my local scene has finally released an album, which is available to stream in full, I feel obliged to link it:

    Rich Aucoin - Dying to Live

    Think upbeat orchestral/electronic pop. Occasionally the complexity of the arrangements puts me in mind of The Arcade Fire, but for the most part he's his own creature.

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