I like anything that sounds interesting. Favorite by far is Rush.
Others include System of a Down, Foxy Shazam!, The Flaming Lips, The Birthday Massacre, Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk, The Beatles, Blind Guardian, Pink Floyd, all sorts of jazz, and some classical music, though I have not heard as much of it as I would like.
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At the moment, The Smiths, Elliott Smith, R.E.M. and Sigur Ros seem to be favourites. I've had Murmur by R.E.M. on repeat for several days..
I like anything with interesting lyrics and an original melody.
Sibelius, Lives In The Balance [Jackson Browne], Zulal [Armenian], the Bohnhoffs, Free will [Rush], Canon In D [Pachelbel], TM Sounderarajan [esp. Paattum Naanum], How Many Times aka Blowing In The Wind [Bob Dylan], etc.
I tend to learn songs I really enjoy.
I love music, and when I'm drawing or painting or just creating stuff in general, I tend to be listening to music. Summing up what I listen to isn't easy for me because I always feel like I'm leaving something out if I use a simple sentence to sum it up.
So... how about a long explanation?
I made a mix cd for myself a few months ago to listen to in the car...and I've enjoyed the mix so much that I've been using it as an example of what I listen to on various forums!
Leona Naess - Calling
The Magnetic Fields - Love is Lighter Than Air
Wilco and Billy Bragg - Hesitating Beauty
The Field Mice - Canada
Louis Armstrong - The Dummy Song
Nick Drake - One of These Things First
George Harrison - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Sam Cooke - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
The Features - The Idea of Growing Old
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
David Gray - Babylon
Brisa Roché - Dial Me Up
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Louis Prima - When You're Smiling/The Sheik Of Araby
Walter Meego - Forever
With music, I tend to have phases. When I leave a phase, I still enjoy the music, but I get "tired" and move onto something that feels more fresh to me and then revisit things from phases later on in a less obsessed way.
For a while I was huge into twee pop, listening exclusively to stuff like The Field Mice, All Girl Summer Fun Band, The Magic Whispers, Hello Saferide, The Snow Fairies, The Camera Casanovas!, etc.
Then I was hugely into trip-hop stuff like Bjork, Massive Attack, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Microbunny, Conjure One, Ruby, Rob Dougan, Moby, etc.
Then another time I was huge into weird folk stuff like Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Scout Niblett, Iron and Wine, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Vashti Bunyan, etc.
Back in high school and before, I was more into rock/punk/against the man stuff, like Weezer, Social Distortion, bis, Green Day, Rancid, MXPX, NoFx, Sublime, Everclear, Eve6, Third Eye Blind, Stabbing Westward, Matchbox Twenty, etc
I've also been in the general "indie" phase as well, including stuff like of Montreal, The Magnetic Fields, Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Marshmallow Coast, Essex Green, Cat Power, etc
And again I was into general pop type stuff, adult alternative, type stuff, including Poe, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick, Annie, Aimee Mann, Duncan Sheik, Trespassers William, Vienna Teng, Beth Orton, Darren Hanlon, Imogen Heap,
Also a shoegazey type phase including Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, etc
Also was into general country/folk type stuff as well, including Cat Stevens, The Innocence Mission, Hanne Hukkleberg,
Then there was the older stuff phase, including Sal Mineo, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Zombies, Chad & Jeremy, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, etc.
Inbetween all of these phases, I have these downtimes where I just listen to everything on random(shuffe if you use iTunes like I do), or I make playlists and mix CDs with specific songs that fit a theme or are in general just very enjoyable to me at the time. Then something finds me or I find it randomly, either via the radio, browsing the internet(forums, last.fm, songmeanings.net, friends, or otherwise) and I become launched into another theme related to whatever it is I've found and the cycle starts all over again.
I feel weird sometimes for having these themes/phases I go through, because I feel like I'm being too "into" one thing, but I think in general it's a positive, because I end up, afterwards, having more music to add to my library for later on when I enter another downtime of shuffling. I don't get entirely sick of whatever the phase was after I'm out of it, I just save it for later because I get enough of it after a while that I move onto something else. When stuff comes on shuffle later from previous phases I'm very happy to hear it again and will revisit it to some extent!
So yep, there's my taste in music. I hope you find some new stuff there...though I'm not sure how great I am at assigning genres to stuff.
my present mood:
New York Dolls- Vietnamese Baby (this is the kind of song that convinces me that the people who decide radio playlists don't know anything about music, because I don't think I've ever heard it on a classic rock station...much less a billion times everyday like I'd prefer)
Spacemen 3- Hey Man
Field Music- In Context
The Replacements- The Ledge
however, my favorite song ever is I Got A Woman, Crazy For Me by Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra.
My music style covers almost everything From Jazz,Bebop,Blues (Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles ...) to 60's rock (Rolling Stones, Beatles, The Animals, ..) to Radio head, The Kooks, Blur to indie rock (Sparkle Horse, Eels, ...) and some random songs like Cantaloup from US3
"We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever. "-Bruce lee
so i just read my lost post in this particular thread. an interesting time capsule of what i was listening not so long ago.
i shall approach the question a little different this time, by sourcing straight from iTunes play count itself never lies :P
in my 25 Top Played i have
1) The Killers
2) The Mountain Goats
4) Amanda Palmer
5) Fall Out Boy
6) Bif Naked
7) The Ramones
8) The Hush Sound
9) Kings of Leon
10) Lovers Electric
11) Nine Inch Nails
currently i am obsessed with Newton Faulkner, The Pretenders, Rasputina, Zoe Keating, and Belle and Sebastian.