A few friends asked me what I’ve been listening to recently, so I thought I’d share my response in case you’re looking for some new tunes.
- Wilco. Chicago band that makes music that’s kinda like Southern rock meets Radiohead. I haven’t heard their latest album but Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of my all time favorites.
- Calexico. Like their name sounds, the music is a mix of southern Cal/Mexican style folk rock. I like pretty much everything they’ve made.
- Beck – “Guero”. This came out a few years ago but it’s still high on my list. I haven’t heard much from his most recent album “The Information”, but what I’ve heard has been pretty good. He’s got an amazing ear for hooks.
- The Weepies – “Say I Am You”. Kind of a melancholy Six Pence None the Richer or Shawn Colvin sound. This was on heavy rotation in my iPod last year (just one of those years).
- CÈU – a Brazillian female vocalist. Latin American lounge with hints of hip-hop beats (her band includes a turntablist).
- DJ Shadow – “In Tune and On Time”. A live album from 2004 that’s a pretty good mix of all he’s done in the past (of which I’m a big fan). I haven’t heard his latest album but I heard it’s more of a hard-core hip-hop album so I haven’t had much interest in checking it out.
- MixMaster Mike. DJ for the Beastie Boys. I recently picked up Eye of the Cyklops and it’s pretty good albeit short (it’s an EP).
- Easy Star All-Stars – “Radiodread”. A well done reggae cover album of Radiohead’s “OK Computer”.
- Ashton Allen – “Dewdrops”. Very Elliot Smith-sounding indie artist.
- Camera Obscura – “Let’s Get Out Of This Country”. Another indie band with a female vocalist. The album has a optimistic, vintage sound if that makes any sense.
- Bonobo – “Days to Come”. Loungy, (mostly) instrumental downtempo trip hop. Nice relaxing music after a day of work.
- “Cinematic”. An album of remixes of a bunch of classic film scores.
- Jack Johnson – “In Between Dreams”. I’m sure you’ve heard his stuff on the radio. This is a good album for making breakfast to on weekends (or any day of the week really).
- Putumayo Presents “A New Groove” – Latin-American influenced groove compilation. Lots of catchy tunes.
- Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Virtuoso Spanish guitar street busker duo. You can check out some cool videos on YouTube.
- Radiohead – “In Rainbows”. Not their best album, in my opinion, but a decent showing. Good to hear some fresh material.
Other artists that I’ve recently come across and like but haven’t bought any music from yet:
- Basia Bulat – quirky folksy Canadian female vocalist. Check out the video for In The Night [Quicktime req]. She’s like Bjork with an autoharp.
- Bishop Allen – band from Brooklyn with a semi-retro and/or folksy sound
- Feist – another quirky Canadian female vocalist. You may be familiar with her song “1234” from the iPod commercial.