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Music of the Kuro5hin Community

By mystic in Culture
Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:16:07 PM EST
Tags: Kuro5hin.org (all tags)

Kuro5hin has grown in membership and its sense of a community. A community has all sorts of members, from all walks of life. I have always felt that the music that a community member enjoys reflects on the mood and nature of a community.

Keeping this in context, what I would like to ask is this :
What is the kind of music that you like.

I have read from different weblogs including /. on the different kind of music that programmers listen to when they code and invariably 90% of the population would answer that it is some kind of hard rock or trance music.

But what I want to ask is different. My question is more general:

"What kind of music do you like."

Since it is so general, I guess the answer would be like :
When I am sad I like XXX
When I am coding I like YYY
When I am enraged I like ZZZ

For me my answer wil be

I like Thrash metal when I code. My favourite band being Sepultura.
I like Thrash metal when I feel enraged/unhappy, the band being Machine Head.
I listen to Qawwali music when I need peace. The favourite musician being Nusrat Fateh ali Khan.
I listen to My Dying Bride when I am in a "gothic" mood.
I like Kitaro, Jimmy Hindrix, Guns 'N' Roses, Richard Marx, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Hed(Pe) generally.

Since I am on the topic of music, let just add that I hate Spice Girsls, Ricky Martin, Back Street Boys, NSync and other boy/girl band around !


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I listen to ___ music mostly
o Classical 14%
o Country/Soul 3%
o Hip-Hop/Reggae 3%
o Devotional 0%
o Pop 7%
o Rock 32%
o Metal/Thrash/Gothic 19%
o Trance 18%

Votes: 182
Results | Other Polls

Related Links
o Kuro5hin
o Sepultura
o Machine Head
o Nusrat Fateh ali Khan
o My Dying Bride
o Kitaro
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Music of the Kuro5hin Community | 217 comments (207 topical, 10 editorial, 2 hidden)
Only one kind? (2.80 / 10) (#1)
by Signal 11 on Fri Nov 24, 2000 at 11:49:48 PM EST

Like myself, there are alot of geeks who have a range of musical tastes that leaves most people's jaws on the floor.

Its scary... I have almost 60GB of mp3's on my drive, and I download more every day. I listen to classical, hard rock, alternative, alot of techno and a *very small* amount of pop. About the only genres I definately do not like are: folk, country, rap, and most of the music labelled "pop".

And like alot of computer geeks, I honestly do not care what the RIAA, or even the rest of the world, thinks. I listen to what I think is good, not what the charts or the pundits or the analysts or the magazines or the talking heads say is the "in" thing to listen to. My tastes in movies are likewise wide-ranging.

Entertainment for me has to be stimulating and get me in the mood for something. If I'm going to be coding for 8 hours straight, I whip out Orbital and Juno Reactor (good techno bands). If I'm gonna play a game of quake, alittle Econoline Crush, Rammstein, Rob Zombie, and ACDC's Shoot to Thrill. If I'm doodling in Photoshop or hacking away at a circuit board, I tune into alternative... if I need to study Geometry some more, gettin' down with Stravinsky is definately the way to go.

You see, unlike the mainstream public, geeks in general (not all of them by any means) tend to have an absolutely stunning range of music that they enjoy... the mainstream population generally focuses on one, maybe two genres. I rarely meet a normal person with more than 20 CDs, whereas my friends all have hundreds.

Ironic that the RIAA is targetting the one group that could give them the most money. :)

Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.

i would have to agree there (3.00 / 2) (#3)
by bse on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:05:45 AM EST

yep.. my music tastes are a wide range too..

we have the dark sound of the sisters of mercy and type o negative.. then theres the punky green day.. then onto the industrial of skinny puppy, nocturne, nin, manson verging into the metal/techno/industrial of fear factory and some slayer in there too. not forgetting good old british, underworld to death in vegas.. and many, many, more =D

havent even started on my mp3 collection!

i like a bit of nin or underworld when hacking on code or html. games, i like a bit of green day, apoptygma berzerk, or fear factory. though, most of the time i just have my playlist on random going from manson to kmfdm/mdfmk to vac to the eels to moby and thers even some weird al in there too. there's more than just that though.. project pitchfork, atari teenage riot, the prodigy, pitchshifter, cocteau twins, my bloody valentine, etc, etc, etc. =)

i could say my taste is mostly industrial/techno/dance. of course, i could say that, i could also say wibble.

just my 2penneth =D

"Please sir, tell me why, my life's so pitiful, but the future's so bright? When I look ahead, it burns my retinas." -- Pitchshifter - Please Sir
[ Parent ]

Rap (2.50 / 2) (#24)
by antizeus on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:24:32 AM EST

I hate most of it but there is some that I like. Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Public Enemy, and Digable Planets come to mind. Have you given them a try?
[ Parent ]
Fave Music (3.00 / 1) (#2)
by FelixTheCat on Fri Nov 24, 2000 at 11:57:19 PM EST

Hrm. As you say, it depends on what mood I'm in at any given moment. Usually I can be found rockin' out to anything by Rush (I swear that if CD players could burn grooves into the CD, Different Stages would have been toast a _long_ time ago). Yes, Boston, or just about any kind of guitar rock make an adequate substitute. This is what I usually code to.

If I need a little less motion in my life, I find that Enya is great for slowing things down. If I _really_ need to slow things down (or keep things mellow), Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi or just about any other Baroque-era chamber music work just fine. I also find myself coding to these quite a bit.

For a weird mood, two names: Tom Lehrer and "Weird Al" Yankovic. 'Nuff said.

Finally, just to keep things a little bit odd, I also like Mannheim Steamroller, Neil Diamond and (just about) anything with a techno beat to it.


Pool's missing option (3.00 / 3) (#6)
by Pac on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:12:45 AM EST

I mostly listen to Inoshiro music. No such an option in the poll, so I had to choose rock.

I also like [english, american, german, brazilian] rock (not all of it but from all periods anyway), jazz, classical (also romantic, barroque, mordern, but this is another discussion). Mostly nothing pop. New age makes me itch.

But I have no genre preference connected to a particular mood or activity. I can listen to Dead Kennedys while coding or to Mozart while enraged. Very weird.

Evolution doesn't take prisoners

random rules my world (2.33 / 3) (#8)
by Justinfinity on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:23:00 AM EST

i put my mp3 player on random and let it fly.

i have a little of everything including classic rock, alternative, modern rock, "rap/rock", old skool rap, old skool hip-hop, techno, trance, ambient, punk, ska, reggae, and some stuff that isn't really pop but would get tossed in there anyway, and unclassified stuff like Guster, Jimmy Buffet, or the Warcraft2 soundtrack :-).

my current all-around favorite is sort of techno/hip-hop/rock/metal, my favorite example being Linkin Park. check out the songsOne Step Closer, Crawling, High Voltage and In The End). Their "Hybrid Theory" CD is burning up my car CD player right now.

eventually i'll have all of my 70+ CDs ripped and encoded (i usually encode at 192 Kb CBR for speed or VBR 4 with 224 Kb MAX for space saving), stored in an SMB share on my server and just play it on random :-)


I could post them all, but that would be a DoS... (3.33 / 3) (#9)
by Nick Ives on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:32:54 AM EST

Both my sister and I have quite literally hundreds of CD's between us. We listen to such a wide range of music and are always on the lookout for new music (where "new" is anything we havnt heard before, not necessarily the latest & greatest band the press are publicising). Not only that but we also have a habit of going on almost random nostalgia trips and listening to music we havnt listened to in months or even years.

If I were to pick a "fave band" though, it would have to be Nine Inch Nails. I hardly listen to them at all these days, although I have heard the clips from their new album and also the 2 tracks they put up recently on nin.com. Other than that its been months since I actually listened to anything by them. Having said that they are still my most favorite act because I feel as though they have had a bigger impact on my life than any other band or artist.

As for what im actually listening to at the moment, well, useually I have a habit of focusing on one style or genre or a theme of genres, but currently im flicking between such a variety it would appear to jarr. It doesnt, really. I cant stand it when the cuts are too rough.

I'm on a nostalgia trip with Ministry and listening to their most excellent Psalm 69, though I think im nearing the end of that one for another 6 months or so.

One of the most shocking things (for me at least) is that im listening to the Powerpuff Girls album Heroes & Villans. By all rights it should be a peice of commercial trash, but its as good as the show itself (which I happen to **love**). Its got tracks by Bis (who do the shows theme), Frank Black (who I love along with his earlier work with the infamous Pixies) and The Apples in Stereo.

I listened to the King Crimson album "In The Court Of The Crimson King, an observation by King Crimson" for the first time in a good few months today aswell. I have a love for acid rock, its one of my more favourite genres, which means I also love Pink Floyd. I have a friend who's dad saw Pink Floyd, King Crimson and many other classic 70's acts during that period. Most of the time on acid too. Thats just an experience thats never going to happen again, and in fact I think we can use it as proof that time travel will never be invented. If it had been the 70's would be flooded with tourists from the future. Actually, that could explain the entire "in the future we'll all wear clothes made of bacofoil and live on the moon" thing. Maybe they were right and were just deliberatly mispredicting the timeframe to fool us? Hurm, oh yea, back to music....

When im relaxing I sometimes like to listen to light jazz & world music. A really cool album that my sister found is 'Making Music' by Zakir Hussain, its a very relaxed album who's only bad point is that it finishes far too soon. Other times I like to relax to electronic music, getting stoned and listening to d'n'b, trance or classic acid house can be a really trippy experience.

All these genres of music tend to mish to me, I dont just listen to certain types when im in a certain mood. Sometimes I use music to actually put myself in a mood. Music is such an integral part of my life, just about every song I listen to has an attachment to something in my life. Be that because of the subject matter of the song, the place where I first heard that song or simply because of the vibe of the song.

So, I guess the answer to your question "what kind of music do you like?". Well, lots. And lots. But if you press me, I'll say NIN.

But thats just a vast understatement.

PPG rocks! (none / 0) (#10)
by Justinfinity on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:43:00 AM EST

i also have the Heroes & Villians CD. it's great. the Frank Black track is my fav on the disc, but the whole thing is great, only problem is that because of the way they made it like a musical show, random does funny things to it :-P

[ Parent ]
I love the whole 'concept album' thing (none / 0) (#11)
by Nick Ives on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:57:39 AM EST

The way they've done it as a musical episode is one of the most fantastic things about that album IMO. As a fan of acid rock I'm well used to concept albums, the way the PPG album brings the concept album to such a new audience in such a varied fashion is just utterly amazing.

Again I just have to reiterate, its utterly unheard of for a commercial merchendise type album to actually be any good. For it to be as good as Heroes & Villans, well, man...

Oh, as for random, well, I hate doing songs on random. Random album selection, yea, but individual songs just gets to me most of the time. The track order of an album is very important, its as much an artistic statement as the songs themselves. The inter-song connections are especially important, like I said in my previous comment I dont like rough cuts between songs.

Anyway, thats just one of my 'things'. You can tell im the type of person who spends hours agonising about the order of songs whenever I make a mix tape for someone.... =P

[ Parent ]

Inter-album connections (none / 0) (#41)
by evvk on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:22:28 PM EST

> The inter-song connections are especially important, like I said in my previous comment I dont like rough cuts between songs.

Let us not forget inter-album connections. The Ayreon albums: (Ayreon is not really a band but a one man project recently with famous guest musicians. Although it is basically metal, one cannot really describe the musical style, and all the albums are still quite different.)

1. Final Experiment
2. Actual Fantasy
3. Into the Electric Castle (2CD)
4. Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
5. Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator

All but the second are concept albums. I have discovered references to 1 and 2 in 4 and to 3 in 5. In addition, 5 continues where 4 left.

Any other discoveries of inter-album connections?

[ Parent ]
Lots (4.00 / 2) (#12)
by FlinkDelDinky on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:58:01 AM EST

My favorite band is Blue Oyster Cult. My fave album by them is Cultasaurus Erectus, their heavyist album.

My definition of excellence is Beethovens 9th Symphony. When I need inspiration, fortitude, or courage theres nothing better. The humanity and strength of it is amazing. I love this symphony.

Like most here I like pretty much anything that happens to catch my fancy. I could say i don't like country except there are some songs that are really good like Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Kline or I Don't Want to Fall in Love by Chris Issac.

I could honestly say I'm a metal head but I think most metal sucks.

Oh yah, other faves are Hall of the Mountian king by Edward Grieg and Carmina Burana (mostly O fortuna). Gotterdumirung and the Valkery song by that Nazi scumbag are also good.

I made no sense whatsoever but I enjoyed writing the post!

I prefer Non-Lyrical (4.00 / 2) (#13)
by Scooby on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:58:09 AM EST

Personally, I like more non-lyrical music. (I can't really say instrumental, because a lot of Techno isn't based on instruments).

When I'm coding, I generally either listen to nothing, or Ambient. Especially early Aphex Twin. Sometimes I'll listen to Trance, but mostly Ambient.

Otherwise, it varies from instrumental rock (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, etc.) to Techno (Aphex Twin, Paul Oakenfold, Mu-Ziq, etc.) to Classical (Holst's planet suite thing(TM) is a favourite on my list, to everything inbetween (Techno-Rock in Engines of Creation by Joe Satriani, to Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar by Yngwie Malmsteen).

Generally speaking though, if I were to listen to music with lyrics, they'd better be funny or odd, like Weird Al, or The Misfits.

Looking at the poll though, only trance? Seems a bit odd to me with so many other kinds of techno. Maybe Electronica would be a better choice. Oh well :)

Good stuff.. (4.00 / 1) (#15)
by smartbomb on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:24:22 AM EST

..that's been in heavy rotation lately:

- Hellacopters (vive la rock)
- Backyard Babies (ditto)
- Al Green (no, not because of Ally McBeal)
- Bobby Womack (no, not because of Tarantino)
- Elton John (WHAT? yeah but his old stuff rocks!)
- Aretha Franklin (the early 60's stuff)
- Choclair (Ok, I did some promo work for him)
- Pharcyde (old I know, but it's been in heavy-rotation for YEARS)
- Armand Van Helden (that dude can write a tune - "Full Moon"!)
- Sly & the Family Stone (always in heavy rotation)
- Faze Action (neat)
- Cassius 1999 (one of the few House discs that never got old for me)
- Del tha Funkee Homosapien (I missed this the 1st time around)
- Jr. Walker & the All Stars (what a find!!!)
- Souls of Mischief (again, missed em back in 92, now I understand)
- Macy Gray (I like that stuff)
- Who let the Dogs Out^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H

And many, many more but I'm tired of typing and out of snappy comments. :)

Wow, this could be tough... (3.00 / 1) (#16)
by djkimmel on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:24:40 AM EST

Let's see...

The music I like really depends on my mood and what I'm doing.

If I'm going out for a walk, I need something fast paced, like Metallica, Rob Zombie, some Rush, some Queensryche, The Offspring, Splendourbog, and others.

If I'm coding at work, the local classic rock station suffices. That and they broadcast a RealAudio stream too, so I don't even need a radio! This is good because its not objectionable (Hey, *I* didn't pick the music!), its good music, and its not censored. :-)

If I'm coding at home, like I am right now (well, I'm taking a break), its pretty much the same deal as walking, but I pick slightly slower paced stuff intermixed with faster paced stuff.

Let's see... If I'm listening to music for the pure musical enjoyment, I'll pick music that has some kind of meaning behind it. Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche and Scenes From a Memory by Dream Theater are both complete albums, not just a collection of songs. They both share an intricate plot, complete with various sub plots. Scenes From a Memory, in particular, made for very good listening with good headphones in a dark room. Rush has a few albums and songs that are good for this too - the 20 minute song, 2112, for example, has a plot based on Anthem by Ayn Rand.

That's about it off the top of my head - there's lots more though.
-- Dave
aha! finally something i can talk about... (4.00 / 1) (#19)
by cybin on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:34:38 AM EST

i'm a music major, playing cello and mandolin (in private study) and also guitar and keyboard on my own...

i hate almost everything i hear. i'm tired of going to tower records and listening to everything in the listening stations and realizing it all sucks.... but, that being said, i do like:

western art music: beethoven (7th symph esp.), sibelius (2nd symph esp.) i'm not religious but i do like the Masses of Mozart and Bach, they're beautifully crafted. i like stockhausen (anyone who hasn't heard the Helicopter Quartet: string quartet on REAL helicopters, go buy a copy), gorekci (still living -- symphony of sorrowful songs -- buy it!) haydn string quartets are great... anything by stravinsky, vivaldi (good HTMLing music :), boccherini, milhaud, and of course my compositional idol: oliver messien. i hate wagner, and i do not care for anything yo-yo ma has done (or at least his recordings of those pieces).

techno: moby (diety), psykosonik, front 242.

rock n stuff: radiohead (the greatest band ever), the beatles, sleater-kinney, david byrne (with or without talking heads), john hiatt, del amitri, morphine, beck, etc.

assorted stuff: wyclef, john cale, lester flatt & earl scruggs & the foggy mountain boys, eileen ivers, ashley macisaac, the Legendary Marvin Pontiac, north mississippi allstars, the list continues.

i generally don't listen to music when i code, because i find it distracting.... listening is an activity unto itself in my odd universe. and oh yeah: check this out, my band.

i am never happy, so i don't know what i listen to when i am happy...

Hey, I'm also a 'cellist! (none / 0) (#27)
by jsmaby on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:41:49 AM EST

...I guesse that make us geeks, eh?

I listen to pretty much only classical music. My mp3 directory is partitioned off into early (palestrena, morley, etc.--good for afternoon relaxing), baroque (bach, boccherini, vivaldi, etc.--I listen to this stuff in the early morning), classical (mozart, haydn, beethoven--while doing homework, helps me think), romantic (tons, had to add a couple more gigs for dvorak, schubert, and sibelius--generally puts me in a good mood; fun to just listen to), and modern (quite extensive, especially in neoclassicism--late at night while coding to keep me awake; since I really need to blast shostakovich, it's best that I'm the only person at work).

I've thrown a little jazz in the modern section, and I suppose I would like to extend my horizons a little. I guess one of these days I'll leach napster for some blues and so on.

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
[ Parent ]
What would be neat... (4.50 / 2) (#20)
by skim123 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:44:46 AM EST

Perhaps we could have some sort of separate submission queue that would have stories related to the community. I like these every now and then, but if I am not in the mood, I don't want to be reading through something like, "What is the favorite color of the k5 community... mine is teal!"

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum

Colour? (none / 0) (#59)
by ragabr on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:14:36 PM EST

I like green... I like green alot... my fingers don't want to type green right, they keep trying to do "grean"...

And my tongue would be made of chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate.
[ Parent ]
Teal (none / 0) (#147)
by FunkyChild on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 11:32:30 PM EST

Hey, I love teal too! :) Grey-ish Blue/Greens with little saturation are the only colours I wear.

-- Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. And now, you know why.
[ Parent ]
Music Tastes (none / 0) (#21)
by logout on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:59:06 AM EST

I rarely listen to music alone; I am usually doing something else while listening to the music. That being said, there are two main activities I perform during which I enjoy music:

Programming - just about any style will do here. I usually perfer non-lyrical, but sometimes listen to lyrical as well. I like the music to be very interesting and encompassing, so that I can get all caught up in it as I code. I like game/movie soundtracks, as they tend to be quite good. Also, I enjoy some very different bands, like Circumference)

Gaming - for gaming, the music must fit the game. For example, while playing a 3d shoot-em-up, pounding Industrial Electronic works best. In a more mysterious game like Myst, more abstract music works well.

That pretty much sums it up

Wide Variety (1.00 / 1) (#22)
by Scrag on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 02:56:56 AM EST

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, and it doesn't really correlate with what I am doing. I can listen to about 90% of the music that my friends play, and even enjoy it to some extent. I don't like most rap and country, there are however exceptions.

Some of my favorite bands/artists are:
They Might Be Giants
Smashing Pumpkins

I like music that *feels* full of emotion. I'm not quite sure how to describe exactly what I mean; try listening to some Weezer if you don't know what I'm talking about.

"I'm... responsible for... many atrocities" - rusty
My Music (none / 0) (#26)
by douper on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:42:51 AM EST

When I am sad I like Moby,Eminem,Black Eyed Peas,Blink 182,Nirvana
When I am happy I like The Tragically Hip, Foo Fighters
When I am coding I like whatever is on Xfm, or if Rhona is on XFM.The BEAR
When I am driving in rush hour I like Moby - Play
1 hour before an exam I like Korn (it pumps me up, it actually helps.. or at least I think it does, and that's all that matters=) )
When I'm drunk I like anything I've heard before

Another list (none / 0) (#28)
by evvk on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 05:45:05 AM EST

Here's a list of some of the music I currenly mostly listen to, ranging from moody progressive metal to power metal, including music one cannot really classify (like Ayreon). Although it is mostly metal, I sometimes listen to music such as Tangerine Dream, classical music and old .mods as well. I don't listen to what is on radio, it is 99% commercially filtered crap.
I haven't noticed to listen to certain bands or kind of music when I do something particular, it mostly depends on the mood.

- Ayreon
- The Gathering
- Fates Warning
- Dream Theater
- Pain of Salvation
- Shadow Gallery
- Queensrÿche
- Transatlantic
- Spock's Beard
- Symphony X
- Liquid Tension Experiment
- Savatage (including Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
- Rhapsody
- Blind Guardian
- Kamelot
- Angra
- Edguy
- Nightwish

This list is not exhaustive and even then there must be many more good bands that I don't know of (or just haven't much listened to). This sort of discussion could even work to promote bands to people who listen to same kind of music.

Pain of Salvation? (none / 0) (#186)
by eddy on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 02:33:35 AM EST

How about that, I like them too. Not that they are my most favourite band in the world (that would have to be Paradise Lost, for now) or anything, but they are very good. Also, I grew up with Johan (drummer), so I've taken an interrest in following their path to success. All the best to them, they're worth every bit of success.

Now, for my list, in no particular order:

  • Paradise Lost
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • (the old) Metallica
  • Darkseed
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Oysterband
  • Elegant Machinery
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Sarah Brightman
  • Bad Religion
  • Skunk Anansie
  • No Doubt
  • Guano Apes
  • Iron Maiden
  • Clawfinger
  • etc, etc..

I use the same music for work/programming as I do at home. As you can see, I'm into the hard-rock/metal to folksong kind of thing -- if there only where more bands combining the two.. :-)

[ Parent ]
Almost forgot... (none / 0) (#187)
by eddy on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 02:44:57 AM EST

Here's another band that isn't much known (at least not over here), they are the Afro Celt Sound System and very cool. Modern dance/trance meets folk. Check it out. Get their "Volume 2" CD for some great body-moving beats.

For those wondering, Pain of Salvation is a progressive hard-rock band (you know, like Dream Theatre). Dark, moody, changes of pace, advanced vocals, long tracks -- that sort of thing.

Darkseed is German metal in English, I like them very much. Only wish they could bring in more of those female vocals.. oh, well. I can't really pinpoint why I like them so much, the vocals aren't great and neither are the lyrics, but there you are -- there's some kind of power in it, like in all good metal.

[ Parent ]
nothing seems to satisfy. (none / 0) (#29)
by greentea on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:12:50 AM EST

music is awesome. I don't have nearly enough music to listen to, and I don't get to listen to it as much as I'd like to.
My music tastes are all over the spectrum. I like a little hip hop, some classical, some old grunge stuff from when i was in high school.
But, i scanned the comments, and I'm surprised that nobody brought up Tool . Coolest band currently in existance. Really neat cerebral psychadellic stuff. Psychadellic? King Crimson is really neat, and of course.. Pink Floyd. God bless hippies. and speaking of hippies... I dig on the zepplin and rolling stones and Jimi and all that stuff. Not a big doors fan, though. I think they're overrated.
when I started working at my current job, I dind't listen to much electronic music. Most of the stuff that I had been exposed up to up to then was lame 80s synth pop or booty house (ugh). Now I listen to all sorts of stuff. Portishead, bjork, lamb, aphex twin, future sound of london, orbital. Alot of stuff I can't think of offhand right now. I'm really into stuff that I've heard called Intelligent Dance Music. I don't really know what it's called. Just lush soundscapes like FSOL does. They blew me away whe I first heard them. Trance is cool, but I have like three of four friends that spin trance, not to mention the other ones who listen to it alot. It's alright. I just need a break.
and I'm not ashamed to admit that i like alot of disco. it's funky! it makes me smile.
But i've got this unhealthy, crazy obsession with limp bizkit. I hate fred durst. I think his band is pretty lacking in the technical talent department. and the lyrics are pretty childish. BUT I CAN"T STOP ROCKIN TO HIS SONGS. I don't understand why. I think it's a testosterone thing.
What I like (none / 0) (#30)
by jmcneill on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 08:48:19 AM EST

I listen to quite a variety of music. Here's a small list of what I listen to most often:

The Offspring
System of a Down
Marilyn Manson
Stompin' Tom Connors (Great stuff!)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Pearl Jam
I Mother Earth

And sometimes (don't laugh) I listen to Jewel when I can't sleep.
``Of course it runs NetBSD.''
My two cents (none / 0) (#31)
by Sheetrock on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 09:52:55 AM EST

I usually listen to Tool, Beck, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, Chemical Brothers, and the like when I'm coding. When I'm doing program design, I tend to listen to Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Children of the Bong, the Beatles, Air, Tangerine Dream, the Grateful Dead, etc. It's easier for me to think creatively with music in the second category. I'll listen to pretty much anything in my collection regardless of my mood, though my favorite CDs are Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and Sirius Sounds by Children of the Bong.

I'm always open for more suggestions of music to listen to. I'm having a harder and harder time finding decent music to buy, though my local used CD store does an OK job of getting what I want when I can come up with something. Can anyone suggest a band or two that falls into a similar style of the music I mentioned above?

Zappa. (none / 0) (#32)
by DeadBaby on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 10:44:33 AM EST

You've probably heard of him before, possibly even some of his humors songs but you've gotta leave that all behind.

He did it all. Jazz. Rock. Satire. Guitar improv. Orchestral, humor, fusion, etc, etc. Each genre he mastered. It's really amazing hearing a part time jazz musician construct albums that blow always 95% of the other jazz you've heard in your life. He was very prolific, 70 albums, movies, a book, etc. All this by the age of 50.

It's really hard to explain just how great Frank was. I'm not really a fan of rock music so I'm not really in touch with the tastes of most people here but if you like good MUSIC then you'll love Zappa.

A few tracks to check out:
Peaches En Regalia

Tell me you love me
Anything from the One Size Fits All album

Sexual Harassment In the Workplace
Black Napkins
Watermelon in Easter hay

"Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us." - Carl Sagan
Zappa (none / 0) (#58)
by ragabr on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:10:56 PM EST

Man, I *was* going to put Zappa, right next to The Cramps in their own style section in my post... and somehow it totally jumped my mind, I suppose cause I've only got Joe's Garage on MP3, running all of Zappa's stuff from CD... maybe I should fix that.

And my tongue would be made of chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate.
[ Parent ]
Re: Zappa (none / 0) (#72)
by Scooby on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 05:57:00 PM EST

Dangit! I forgot Zappa on my list :( His sons do some awesome music too. Dweezil just released an album Tuesday, Automatic. It's sweet. I highly recommend it :)

[ Parent ]
you must not forget mothers of invention!! (none / 0) (#78)
by AtomZombie on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:25:58 PM EST

the genius of zappa really comes out in the mothers of invention. you can't listen to "billy the mountain" without being amazed that someone could be so damn creative! all the mothers stuff is crazy!

some really neat zappa:
billy the mountain
hot rats
freak out!

other really neat songs (my favourites):
the muffin man
i'm so cute
return of the son of monster magnet (i think that's what it is called)
and my favourite song when i was like 5 years old: saint alfonso's pancake breakfast. :)


"why did they have to call it UNIX. that's kind of... ewww." -mom.
[ Parent ]
Uncle Meat (none / 0) (#108)
by DeadBaby on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:39:45 AM EST

One of the great things about Zappa is the range. Some weeks I listen to nothing but early Mothers albums and some weeks I keep Guitar and Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar in heavy roatation (All 5 disks)

Just great stuff.
"Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us." - Carl Sagan
[ Parent ]
music, i like (4.00 / 3) (#33)
by Holloway on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 10:50:59 AM EST

When programming I like great big rolling cacophony tunes, deftones do it well but maybe holst (the mp3) does too. For pretty pictures I prefer hisses and sparks pop aphex twin wires; also music I heard when I was 13 like funky town. CDs Online

um, two years ago I did a realaudio soundtrack on my website.

== Human's wear pants, if they don't wear pants they stand out in a crowd. But if a monkey didn't wear pants it would be anonymous

Forget genre, let's talk artists (none / 0) (#35)
by speek on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:08:18 AM EST

Kansas, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Angra, Superior, Sieges Even, Shadow Gallery, Jesse Cooke, Al DiMeola, Larry Coryell, Claude Bolling, Metallica, Nevermore, Sanctuary, Nuno Bettencourt, Rimsky-Korsikov, Beethoven, Bach, Thought Industry.

Uh, there's more where that came from....

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees

.sig (none / 0) (#66)
by Holloway on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:44:33 PM EST

I wonder if Mr Hammerton would think fat people have more guaranteed freedom.

== Human's wear pants, if they don't wear pants they stand out in a crowd. But if a monkey didn't wear pants it would be anonymous

[ Parent ]
More tattoos (none / 0) (#123)
by speek on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:24:04 PM EST

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

I like pop (none / 0) (#36)
by Eloquence on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:15:15 AM EST

I admit it .. I like many songs I find in the charts. I also like rock, metal, and much of what is labeled "alternative". I don't like rap, techno, electro, which I all find too mechanical and cold. Sometimes I like to listen to classical music, but haven't developed a sophisticated taste for it. I find it difficult to assign different music to different moods; as I'm often not fully aware of what mood I'm actually in :). Anyway, here's the list of my favorite bands, copied straight from my E2 home node:

  • REM (definitely my favorite band)
  • The Cranberries
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Alanis Morissette (yeah, really!)
  • Jewel (if I ignore her religious lyrics)
  • Tori Amos
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • The Bloodhound Gang
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Bad Religion
  • Die Aerzte (German ; rock)
  • Die Toten Hosen (German ; punk)

Re-reading this list, I find that I love most of these bands because they really sound unique, especially their vocals. I would recognize all of them pretty easily (except, perhaps, for TMBG, whose strength is variation of vocals for fun effect).

I also listen to some bands I don't especially like only because of the great lyrics of some songs, like XTC's "Books are Burning", or "Dear God". (I am usually happy when I discover a better cover version.)

I realize that my taste may be pretty mainstream, but hey, that's what I like. I would love to hear about bands -- "professional" or not -- with similar qualities like the ones listed above.
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hmmm (1.00 / 1) (#37)
by maketo on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:32:52 AM EST

I hate modern shit. 80s were good. When I was 15 I listened to punk. Now I am more seasoned and enjoy classical music. I piss on everyone who listens to baskstreet and co. and all those whores on the scene today.
agents, bugs, nanites....see the connection?
Oh, yeah... (none / 0) (#177)
by trhurler on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:40:10 PM EST

Please, let's be honest. The "punk" bands were every bit in it for the money, just like the Back Door Boys and their friends, and all that matters is, do you like their music or not? I hate the latter, and like some of the former, and I also listen to a wide variety of other things, but how about we quit trying to define ourselves as superior to other people based on our musical tastes? That's just ridiculous. I have a friend, a real nice guy, but all he listens to is classical and jazz, and basically he does it because it makes him feel snooty. When he hears Pink Floyd or other good music, he enjoys it - but he'd never buy it, because that would mean admitting that snob appeal isn't necessarily quality. Here you are, bragging on your classical tastes; guess what? Most of the people I know who listen to classical and actually know anything about it also listen to a variety of other stuff, and the rest are the sort of stuffy assheads who honestly think a Rolls Royce is actually worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. You'd think music was an operating system from Finland, to hear guys like you go on about it!

(Note for the humor impaired: that last line was a joke. Get over it.)

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
underground hip-hop and others (none / 0) (#39)
by DJ_ill_Wil on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:57:14 AM EST

i usually listen to a buncha different stuff but right now it's mostly underground hip-hop like j5, beat junkies, and a number of artists that are mentioned on okayplayer
depending on what mood i'm in all also listen to everything from punk/ska to trance and stuff like that including artists like less than jake, oakenfold, tony devit, as well as a bunch of other stuff

The List (4.00 / 1) (#40)
by GreenHell on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:19:12 PM EST

Personally, I prefer earlier post hardcore stuff (Husker Du (who are my favorite band), Minutemen) emo (Juno, Fugazi) with some heavier stuff thrown in for good measure (Chevelle, Tool, Helmet).
But that's not too say I don't like folk (Dylan), alt-country (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Steve Earle), 'classic' punk (the Clash, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, early X), some punk revival (Rancid, U.S. Bombs, Dropkick Murphys), proto-punk (Velvet Underground, MC5, the Stooges. New York Dolls) and a whole lot of others thrown in (Pogues, Bob Mould, Sugar, Mike Ness, and more)

On the don't like front we have:
Rockin Country/New Country/whatever they want to call that stuff that tries to pass for country today (Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, etc), Boy Bands/Girl Bands or perhaps better described as those groups which then record execs put together to sell albums of pure pop trash. As well, I dislike most hip-hop and rap (although I do like some, I am very picky as to waht I listen too from this genre), I dislike almost all of the current wave of 'punk' bands (Blink 182, NOFX, Lagwaggon, Gob, etc) all techno and electronic music with the exception of trip-hop/brit-hop/whatever they want to call it, basically, if it gets over played on the radio, I hate it... good 'nuff?

This .sig was my last best hope to seem eloquent. It failed.
I'll keep this simple. (none / 0) (#42)
by ksandstr on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:29:44 PM EST

Band list (in no particular order):
aphex twin, autechre, download, enya, front line assembly, future sound of london, garbage, portishead, the prodigy, skinny puppy, switchblade symphony, einstürzende neubauten, orbital, nine inch nails, enigma, lamb, astral projection, front 242, rammstein, squarepusher, delerium
also quite a bit of finnish stuff that you probably wouldn't recognize.

Monotyping (none / 0) (#43)
by durian on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:33:17 PM EST

Well..I think every music genre has something good...right now I'm listening to Indian raags. Also like guitar noise...baroque. Wait, I don't like soft-soul and boy bands..ok, not every style has something good. Maybe I just like extreme music... -peter

Music (4.00 / 2) (#44)
by overcode on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:46:19 PM EST

Blue Man Group, definitely.


Blue Man Group (none / 0) (#149)
by tayknight on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 01:01:55 AM EST

I'd give alot to see them live. Any band that plays PVC pipes can't be all that bad :)
Pair up in threes - Yogi Berra
[ Parent ]
Blue Man Group (none / 0) (#204)
by Mad Hughagi on Thu Nov 30, 2000 at 09:46:29 AM EST

My Girl saw them in Las Vegas, she said that it totally blew her mind!

If I ever get the chance I won't be missing it! They definately got a unique style of music and their live shows are supposed to be visual works of art.


We don't make the products you like, we make you like the products we make.
[ Parent ]

Rock (2.00 / 2) (#45)
by fvw on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:50:46 PM EST

Everybody likes to bore everybody else with what music they like, so this topic is a sure success (for the people writing anyway, nobody'll read).

Anyways, most of the music I listen to is rock, in all it's forms and incarnations. From glamrock to classic rock, from rock 'n' roll to hardrock (actually, those are all quite close. Aw heck, I'm not good with categorizing this stuff).

Obligatory list of artists/bands I listen to often:
  • Queen
  • David Bowie
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Kula Shaker
  • Radiohead
  • Placebo
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Beatles
  • Rolling Stones

Surprising... (none / 0) (#46)
by scottg on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:54:01 PM EST

For some reason, I assumed that most geeks listened to techno/trance/house.. Anyway, my list:

General listening (i.e. what I'd pick if I'm not in "a mood", what I like to hear at clubs, or when I'm coding): Incubus (science is a great album), Slipknot (so much energy.. wicked), Soulfly, Spineshank, Deftones, Korn, Nirvana, Pumpkins, Coal Chamber, I Mother Earth, Econoline Crush, Blink-182, RATM, Slaves on Dope, System of a Down... so many more I'm sure. Basically alternative/rock, but mostly only the harder stuff.

When I'm a little bummed, or entertaining "regular people": The Cure, The Beatles (I'm surprised no one listed them..), Tool, Stabbing Westward, Amon Tobin, Morrissey, Erasure...

And, like every other sane person over 12, I can't tolerate BSB/NSync/SCLUB7/whatever. And, though I feel like I ought to like them, I don't like Radiohead.

Rap and hip-hop are out.. modulo RageATM (if they count), Eminem (funny how worked up people get...), and Tribe Called Quest (no particular reason.. just doesn't suck).


all the time... (none / 0) (#47)
by madbilly on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:55:02 PM EST

dune, scooter (earlier stuff), blümchen, atb, sash, paul oakenfold, paul van dyk, enigma, moby, robert miles, william orbit to name a few :)

My music... (4.00 / 2) (#48)
by pdubroy on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 12:56:18 PM EST

I don't care what anyone says, you are just plain lying if you don't get down with Britney every now and then.

That being said, I listen to a lot of indie rock, such as:
Belle & Sebastian
Built to Spill
Modest Mouse
Sunny Day Real Estate

I also enjoy country-ish stuff (call it "alt-country" if you want);
Son Volt
Uncle Tupelo
Blue Rodeo/Jim Cuddy

And I also love a lot of straight-up mainstream rock:

And my all-time personal favourite: REM

Also like to spin some Beach Boys every now and then, esp. Pet Sounds.

Best CD to code to is any Looper CD.

Britney Spears (none / 0) (#73)
by Scooby on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:03:36 PM EST

If you like her, then check out the cover done by Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa of Hit Me Baby One More Time. Everyone that I've talked to says it's so much better then the original. The song is on the Ready to Rumble soundtrack.

[ Parent ]
I like music (none / 0) (#49)
by chinesebongboy on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:03:22 PM EST

I like music. Music makes me happy.
- Good punk, not that ugly hardcore stuff like Korn,Insane Clown Posse whatever.

- Dropkick Murphys
- Frenzal Rhomb
- Bad Religion
- Rancid
- Ataris
... The list goes on- get "Short Music for Short People" as compilation by Fat Wreck Chords Records with 101 bands playing 30 second songs and you'll get a feel of the diversity of punk. Some more poppish stuff is ok because it sounds a lot more happy. - Christina A (is hot)
- Blink 182
- SR-71
- Third Eye Blind
- Chili Peppers
blah blah blah.
Why dont you get your hands out of your pants and go change the world?

Very Eclectic... (none / 0) (#50)
by djpotter on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:04:53 PM EST

Well, mine is mostly geared towards the "abusive" end - Korn, Limp Bizkit, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Godsmack, Orgy...but there's also Beethoven, Mozart, and George Winston in my playlist too.

I will agree: Britney Spears looks great, but can't sing; and all the other boy/girl bands need to be muted.

"Anyone remotely interesting is somehow mad." - Dr. Who
No Industrial on the Poll. (none / 0) (#51)
by kmcmartin on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:34:29 PM EST

When I am coding, I prefer to listen trance-ish stuff like Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, etc, although anything energetic will do.
When I am sad, I like listening to Nine Inch Nails, or Gothic type music.
When I am angry, I like listening to Death metal, like Cradle of Filth.
When I want to listen to some good tunes, NIN, VAC, Moby, Machine Head, Soulfly, Sepultura, Metallica, or other music like that.
Kyle McMartin kyle@achilles.net
bah. (2.66 / 3) (#52)
by fluxrad on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:41:38 PM EST

blues and jazz (coltrane, davis, SRV, van morrison, john lee hooker). that's about all that's worth listening to anymore. Some of the indie rock out is allright (Pavement, Soul Coughing, Ben Folds Five (when they were indie)).

i think the reason this topic gets so many different responses is that even geeks make too many assumptions about geek culture. While alot of geeks i know listen to classic "geek" music - this includes genres like ambient, trance, and just plain' old techno, in addition to hard-rock for some of their various moods, most of us just listen to everything.

being the musical eletist that i am, i find most of the music my fellow geeks listen to deplorable. Either way, we all listen to different genres, and we all have different likes and dislikes.

idunno - it seems to me that assuming all geeks listen to the same or near-same styles of music is like saying all mechanics like to watch the same or near-same TV shows. there's no real relationship between the two.

"It is seldom liberty of any kind that is lost all at once."
-David Hume
My music... (none / 0) (#53)
by Rand al'Thor on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 01:47:45 PM EST

Anything and everything.

When I'm in a somber mood and want to start doing something, I'll start playing some Disney music to get my endorphines firing. I love the soundtracks to Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and the Lion King. Great music on them.

Once my brain has enough adrenaline I'll put on something like No Doubt or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers [usually from the Blood Sugar Sex Magic CD]. I love the songs Just A Girl, Ex-Girlfriend, Sir Psycho Sexy, Apache Rose, Peacock, and most others by either group.

Don McLean's American Pie is a good one that usually gets me ready, as does Bryan Adam's songs Summer of '69 and Everything I Do.

Something nobody has mentioned is musicals. I love listening to Gee Officer, Krupkee from West Side Story and most songs from Hair [Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, etc].

God, this is the worst formatted message ever. Pure Stream of Concious style writing. I'll end off with a list.
    Misc Artists
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Matchbox 20
  • Tom Petty
  • Shania Twain
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Moby
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Everclear
And as far as pop music goes, it's about half-and-half what sucks and what is good.


Lots of different types (none / 0) (#54)
by paulerdos on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 02:43:45 PM EST

When I'm coding, about half the time I like to listen to Orbital, Enigma, NIN, something like that. The other half, I need silence, when I need to figure something out and music is just distracting me. Other than that, I really enjoy listening to foreign music (i.e. languages I don't understand, for the most part). I'm not exactly sure why, but IMHO english doesn't really sound that good sung. Of course, this could be because I *understand* english, so it loses some of the... mystique (?) the other languages have; and it's possible that if I actually learn those other languages, I wouldn't like the music as much. In particular, I like listening to French rap, Brazilian Jazz (Gilberto/Jobim, Nascimento, Veloso, etc.), Brazilian Pop (Bebel Gilberto, Djavan), Cantonese/Mandarin Pop (Faye Wong is my favorite), Japanese Pop (Namie Amuro, Hikaru Utada), and Spanish Jazz.

Good Stuff (none / 0) (#55)
by strawser on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 02:49:01 PM EST

I can't say I like a 'type' of music. I like stuff I like, and I prefer it live. If it sounds good, I like it.

For instance, there was a very generic and very small Jazz club around the corner from my old apartment. Sometimes it would be classic jazz, sometimes some bluegrass or dixieland, sometimes some experimental stuff where they had a Randy Rhodesesque lead guitar with a bluegrass crazed banjo backing him up. The question is: did it sound good? Did it 'talk to me'?

Some classic rock, some jazz, some blues, even some pop. Lots of other stuff - I've even enjoyed listening to the locals play at a redneck bar in Florida, because they were good at what they did. They weren't just making noise, they were telling their story - ya' know?

So, there's my indecisive answer 8^)


"Traveler, there is no path. You make the path as you walk." -- Antonio Machado
My preferences (none / 0) (#56)
by strlen on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 02:55:39 PM EST

Let's see. I like: trance (although trance is getting way too popular and some of trance is becoming overly boring and needs more variety), techno (more of the purist, Orbital type), d&b/jungle, hip-hop (not main stream rap though), rock (classical generally), other. Here are some of the recent musicians / albums I've been listening to:

Autechre: LP5, Sounds of machines our fathers used
Gus-gus: Northern Lights
Orbital: In Sides
RATM: Guerilla Radio, bulls on para
The Roots: Things fall apart
Pink Floyd: DSOM, Final Cut, The Wall
Metallica (yes, the one that sued napster): Ride the lightning

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
Two-tone (none / 0) (#57)
by ragabr on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:00:49 PM EST

I love getting down the ska types, especially the rootsy stuff, but punk-ska is great too. Any music you can dance to I enjoy, though most of the stuff played at school dance events doesn't really fall into this category for me. Basically anything involving Trent Reznor I love. NIN and Pigface are both great. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Rasputina, Marilyn Manson, Tool, APC are all great for down moods, late at night.

Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, Guttermouth, Jughead's Revenge, AFI, Butt Trumpet, Ataris, The Crucifucks, Ghoti Hook, Falling Sickness, Bouncing Souls just some of the punk I listen too.

George Clinton, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield are all great funk.

Dune, DJ Shadow, The Dust Brothers, The Chemical Brothers, Lords of Acid are the main dance/trance/technoey groups I listen to.

Tori Amos, Charlie Parker, Brak, 2nu, and The Cramps all fall into their own great category...

If you were wondering I just went through my xmms playlist and listed my favorites, except for the ska-reggae groups were too many to list.


And my tongue would be made of chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate.

Early 80s hardcore and japanese thrash (none / 0) (#60)
by xslavesx on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:25:25 PM EST

I listen to the same thing all the time, early 80s hardcore (Poison Idea, SSD, Void, Septic Death, Raw Power, almost anything from Sweden or Finland, etc) and crazy japanese thrash (Gauze, Lipcream, Total Fury, Gism, SOB, etc). I'd much rather see a live band than put on a record though.

music (none / 0) (#61)
by dleal on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:51:12 PM EST

It's hard to classify my taste... I'm sure I belong somewhere in the mainstream. I prefer a certain, more -- how can I put it? -- 'melodic, easier listening' kind of music, whatever that means.

Favorite artists include Paul Simon (I think I like 99% of his music), Pink Floyd (Atom Heart Mother and Meddle being my favorite albums, I think), Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits. I also very much like African Zulu kind of music (Only voices, usually only males -- e.g. Ladysmith Black Mambazo). I like classical music but I don't know a lot of it. I prefer the adagio style (btw Adagio by Charles Barber -- remember Platoon? -- is my favourite classical piece), and I like very much of Chopin.

Music where an accoustic guitar is well played (Tea Party -- Edges of Twilight -- Shadows on the Mountainside), or strings (violins, cellos, the whole stuff) are well combined with a less classical kind of music (wish I had a good example, can't remember any) makes me very, very happy.

Also, a very important part in a good song are the lyrics. That's why I like Paul Simon so much, not only the music is excellent, but the lyrics are somewhat phenomenal.

Sooo... Anyone with similar tastes care to recommend more music for me to listen to? :)

smart lyricists (none / 0) (#134)
by beertopia on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:15:35 PM EST

None of these guys are *exactly* Simonesque; they're all really good lyricists/songwriters, who sometimes use acoustic guitars. Big caveat: most of them tend to be edgier, sometimes, than Paul Simon ever is. You might or might not like any of them, but if you do, you'll probably like 'em a lot.

Adrian Belew, Richard Thompson, (Grateful Dead lyricist) Robert Hunter, T-Bone Burnett, Peter Blegvad, (u2, Dylan, Emmylou, etc. producer) Daniel Lanois. You probably might also like some of Van Morrison's stuff; in the spacier vein, try Brian Eno's Another Green World, and/or Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. I've recently gotten over my prejudices about the Beach Boys enough to *really* get into Pet Sounds and Smile, the conceptual/weird mid-to-late 60's stuff from before Brian Wilson went from genius to wacko. The reconstructed versions of the never-finished Smile are as weird as any early Pink Floyd, and Pet Sounds is maybe the best pop album ever- highly recommended. Obviously, YMMV.

[ Parent ]

Good taste! (none / 0) (#194)
by Kyrrin on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 05:37:20 AM EST

If you like Paul Simon, I think you might also like Bruce Cockburn, particularly his more recent stuff. Bruce's lyrics are *really* good, and his sound includes that well-played acoustic guitar a lot of the time. I suggest _Charity of Night_ or _Dart to the Heart_ to start with; his old stuff is good too, but it's a different sound entirely.

Also very good is Richard Shindell -- Richard's lyrics look fairly commonplace on the surface, but usually on the second listening or so, I'll realize that the song is really completely about something else -- something subtle and beautiful. And Richard's voice is *godly*.

"I'm the screen, the blinding light; I'm the screen, I work at night. I see today with a newsprint fray, my night is colored headache grey, don't wake me with so much..." -- REM
[ Parent ]
would you believe I only read this yesterday? (none / 0) (#214)
by dleal on Sun Mar 25, 2001 at 08:30:20 AM EST

I'm hearing Bruce Cockburn right now. It's pretty nice. Started with some songs from 'charity of the night' (via Napster) and I guess I'll have to buy the cd prety soon. :)

I still have to hear Richard Shindell, though.

[ Parent ]
Hard Rock mixed with medevial elements (none / 0) (#62)
by jum on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 03:55:29 PM EST

I have been listening to rock mostly, with tendency to hard rock. Recently I have been listening to InExtremo quite often. This is hard rock mixed with medevial elements, this is really nice. One of my favorites is Spielmannsfluch.
Jens-Uwe Mager <pgp-mailto:62CFDB25>
Hmmm Hard Question.... (none / 0) (#63)
by cvisors on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:00:47 PM EST

Well this is one of my fav' queations, I like it because it gives you an idea of what people are like. I allways feel that music tastes give a good idea of personality. Well for me here is my list In no apparent order :) (listening to now) The Smiths (the queen is dead) the Beatles, the Clash, the Sex Pistols, Juno Reactor, The Cure, Einstuzende Neubauten, Bauhaus,Sex Gang Children, Custard (and their new band The Titanics),David Bowie, Sisters Of Mercy Jerry and the Pacemakers, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Cocteau Twins, Bob Dylan Patti Smith. and heaps and heaps more..... BenJamin

taste (none / 0) (#64)
by DraX on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:19:24 PM EST

I must say, when i'm coding i listen to Stravinsky, it's incredible music to do something while you listen to it. If you can get Fantasia and don't know who Stravinsky is, his work is used alot during the movie.
For most other purposes i listen to Metal, Techno/Industrial, etc.

Re: Music of the Kuro5hin Community (none / 0) (#65)
by mutende on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:35:12 PM EST

Lemme see if I kin find some links... ..., then Simon & Garfunkel, Take 6, Acappella, Ernie Toppin, Sade, ...

Unselfish actions pay back better

my tastes (none / 0) (#67)
by gunner800 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:47:24 PM EST

For coding, classical or trance are tops, the idea being to block out distractions without actually being a distraction. Anything that doesn't have (inteligible) lyrics works. Mozart is very good coding music for me, but I can't stand it in other circumstances.

For general purpose, you can't beat Black Sabbath and Ozzy. Especially considering how modern their old stuff sounds; it's been downhill for the whole metal music scene since Ozzy left the band (mostly kidding).

Sometimes it's odd music. Like an a capella (sp?) cover of "Mr. Crowley", or RISC doing the theme to "Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers". Sigh, I'm gonna miss Napster.

---Ignore poorly-chosen handle for purpose of gun-control discussions.

you can see what i listen to at (1.00 / 1) (#68)
by zephc on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 04:50:19 PM EST

http://zephc.2y.net/music/ :) feel free to grab whatever you want Zeph

Music I Like (none / 0) (#69)
by FigBug on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 05:29:36 PM EST

My playlist is always in a random order and consists maily of:

Iron Maiden
Binary Finary
Black Box
Disney Soundtracks
Dr. Dre
Eiffel 65
Jennifer Lopez
Maestro Fresh Wes
Paul Oakenfold
Positive K
Robert Miles
Utah Saints

and the only and only BRITENY SPEARS!

The music I would like to listen to... (none / 0) (#70)
by darthaya on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 05:31:40 PM EST

Is the sound of the nature, birds, insects, winds, even occasionally passing-by vehicles, those can relax my mind and as well repel all the possible distractions.

I basically to hear any music at work, well, of course, if the sitting next to me doesn't start calling her mom again. :)

My Personal Tastes (none / 0) (#71)
by sydlexius on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 05:39:34 PM EST

I like a wide variety of music, but in the recent years, my focus has been on Christian-oriented music. I'm not really into the usual "blah" stuff, in regards to those dusty old pop songs, and prefer stuff with a bit of an edge, and certainly plenty of energy. These groups are a cross-section of many of the groups I listen to, and I feel all worth a listen.

In genre- and alphabetical order:

Christian Rock Contemporary Christian Gospel Industrial Praise and Worship Ska and Swing Synthpop

pxtianpunkska (none / 0) (#135)
by mike on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:28:52 PM EST

what about MxPx, Ghoti Hook, Supertones, Five Iron Frenzy, etc?
. . . . . . . . . . . . .
[ Parent ]
Musical tastes (none / 0) (#74)
by Mr. Excitement on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:06:37 PM EST

I like:

  • "Cheesy 80's Shit" - Dead or Alive, Modern English, Wall of Voodoo, AC/DC, Scorpions, Styx, Duran Duran, etc. The sort of classics you can never give up.
  • Rock - All kinds of rock... the style doesn't matter; the quality does. Metal, old-style punk (none of that faux-punk/Ska crap, unless it's really, really good!), early Alternative, some hybrid rap/rock (especially if it's great, or funny. E.g. Beasty Boys, Bloodhound Gang, etc.), et cete-raa, et cete-raa, et cete-raaaa.
  • Techno - Mmmmm... Trance... trance is good...
  • Humor - BHG (Again!), Tom Lehrer, "Weird Al" Yancovic, the soundtrack from the Southpark movie ("Without Evil there could be no Good, so it's got to be Good to be Evil sometiiiimes!"), and songs from Simpsons episodes ("See my vest", "Let's keep the spring in Springfield", "Boy Scoutz in the Hood", etc.)
  • Annoy-the-neighbors-at-3-a.m.-when-cranked-to-max-volume-music - Haddaway ("What is Love"), The Rednexx ("Cotton Eye Joe"), etc.
  • Classic Americana (At least, the good ones) - Mostly Righteous Brothers and Don McLean.

And quite a variety of other types of music. Yes, some of the above categories overlap. Genres that I hold to the strictest standards include rap, country, and classical, since there's a whole lot of crap in each of these genres, but the small fraction that makes the cut can be pretty damn good.

1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]

Trance, but not trance. (none / 0) (#75)
by locutox on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:11:58 PM EST

I spend most of my time listening to the soothing sounds of my Commodore 64's SID Chip. While it only has 3 voices the music it produces is astounding. My friends have often referred to it as "shitty trance" so I guess that's the catergory it fits into. Still if you start playing some dance music i'll have to control myself from not dancing! :)

So in answer to the questions..

When I am sad I like the soothing sound of easy listening and basic electronic (not techno or dance etc.)
When I am coding I like good old SID music :) It loosens my mind and brings out creativity!
When I am enraged I like.. me engraged?????????????? HUH??GRR! When i'm pissed I like listening to anything harder then usual.

Re: SID Chip (none / 0) (#122)
by esonik on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:12:45 PM EST

you might be interested in this group (pay attention to the lower right corner).

enraged ? need it harder than usual ? -> go here.

[ Parent ]
The music I listen to (none / 0) (#76)
by Lance on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:23:57 PM EST

I tend to listen to a fairly wide variety of music, although I mostly like folk. I usually like music that says something constructive. Some of the artists I listen to are:
  • Bob Dylan
  • Phil Ochs
  • Harry Chapin
  • Leonard Cohen
  • John Denver
  • Alanis Morisette
  • Jewel (anthing not religious)
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • And when I'm coding I don't mind a bit of classical (like Bach, Beethoven, etc.)

    i notice my profession is definitly a minority... (none / 0) (#77)
    by el_guapo on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:25:54 PM EST

    i don't code so i can't answer that part ;). but mostly i just like classic rock. fave bands are the doobie brothers, boston, 38 special, lynrd skynrd (totally butchered that spelling, but are you starting to see a trend in the bands i like?)
    mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
    My answer (none / 0) (#79)
    by Skippy on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:31:15 PM EST

    I primarily listen to more modern punk/skacore stuff. (Bad Religion, NOFX, Offspring, Operation Ivy, etc.) Talent is optional, but you get huge points for enthusiasm.

    When coding I like anything without lyrics.
    When I'm upset its either Ministry if I wanna stay pissed or Bob Marley if I wanna calm down.
    Lately I've been really liking older vocal artists. I enjoy singing along and it's much easier to sing along to Nat Cole than to sing along with Rancid.
    # I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #

    Agree (none / 0) (#193)
    by a humble lich on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 03:07:27 AM EST

    I agree completly, although I would add that you lose points for using to many cords "negative punk points man" blake from Jawbreaker

    [ Parent ]
    Eclectic Harmony (none / 0) (#80)
    by jfb3 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:32:29 PM EST

    I've found that the music I listen to actually influences the software and databases I've designed. These days I tend to listen to complex vocal harmony when I have a particular thorny DB design issue: "The Manhattan Transfer - "The offbeat of avenues".

    When I'm coding up a storm and just need to pound out code I understand how to create I usually crank up something fast: Go-Go's, Blondie, Beach Boys, 8 1/2 Souvenirs

    (But lately that function has been taken over with swing: Indigo Swing, Blue Plate Special, Mighty Blue Kings...)

    When I have to fire someone I crank up some female singer who sounds like they've been whopped up 'side the head one too many times and is pissed: Sheryl Crow, Alanis, etc. /J

    Thank god..... (none / 0) (#100)
    by ChannelX on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 10:56:39 PM EST

    ...someone mentioned swing music. One post so far ;) Btw...Indigo Swing kicked ass....the new incarnation minus Boyd and the piano player sucks ass.

    [ Parent ]
    ooo ooo i like.... (5.00 / 2) (#81)
    by shellac on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:38:00 PM EST

    stuff i like:
    autechre, boards of canada, ween, pizzicato 5, broadcast, bjork, puffy (the japanese group), a lot of japanese pop in general, the pixies, frank black, modest mouse, built to spill, banco de gaia, plaid, portishead, leila, stereolab, talvin singh, aphex twin, front 242, old metallica, min xiao-fen, zoroofchi, older skinny puppy, tortoise, cannibal corpse (it amuses me), eminem (he amuses me also, the first album more so), mos def, de la soul, dr. octagon, kool keith, the roots, two lone swordsman, older 311, shahram nazeri (persian sitar music), i-f, peeshy, mu-ziq, luke vibert, blonde redhead, jega, jon spencer blues explosion, r. l. burnside (go see him at jazzfest in new orleans), natacha atlas, nilufer, a lot of turkish pop in general, amon tobin, pan sonic, pole, cornelius, the smiths, big black, steve albini shit in general (yeah i know he is an asshole), nirvana, some guns n roses, beastie boys, daft punk, newer funkstorung, mogwai, squarepusher (tom jenkinson is incredible), marumari, scanner, bob dylan, jimmy buffett (but only at crawfish boils), miss kitten and the hacker, kraftwerk, tricky (haven't heard anything recent though). thats all i can think of right now.

    i am not embarrassed to admit that i also like juvenile and stuff on cash money records. :)

    the first music i ever owned was a def leppard tape. nine inch nails is the group that really got me into music, though i don't listen to them much anymore. i have not heard their latest stuff, but i did not like the nin singles they played on the radio off that last double album thingy. it sounded like sell-out crap.

    Ali Khoobehi
    aka dr ludicrous on WTUL 91.5 fm

    Similar tastes (none / 0) (#114)
    by erotus on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:46:12 AM EST

    I like your taste in music....
    I also like Shahram Nazeri. In fact, I have five of his CD's, my favorite being "Motrebe Mahtab Rou." As far as persian classical artists go, I also like Shahjerian and Omoumi. As far as pop persian artists go, I like Sandy, Leila, some Shamaezadeh, and various others.

    You mentioned Pizzicato five. I also enjoy this group. You should listen to Malice Mizer for a sample of some different kind of Japanese music. Listen to the songs "Bel Air" and "Le Ciel". Get them off Napster and listen away!

    If you like min xiao-fen, give Trisan or the Guo Brothers a listen also. Anyhow, happy listening!

    [ Parent ]
    best of each category (none / 0) (#82)
    by AtomZombie on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 06:49:16 PM EST

    so much music out there.... so much to like!
    so here is a best-of style list. forgive me if i miss some categories.:)

    goth theatre of hate, sisters of mercy, virgin prunes, march violets, new gary numan, the birthday party, bauhaus, the children (ok so there are a lot!)
    industrial coil, einsturzende neubauten.
    new wave (dark) the fixx, gary numan.
    new wave (not dark) b52's
    hip hop/rap slick rick, pharcyde, fugees, a tribe called quest, nwa.
    ambient perfume tree, biosphere.
    rockish type stuff tea party.
    soul marvin gaye, aretha franklin (needs no microphone!)
    chill dark stuff tear garden, swans.
    punk (new) anti-flag
    punk (old) ramones, sioxsie and the banshees (way more punk than goth!), stooges (any iggy pop!)
    folk steeleye span and all related projects, john renbourne group.
    medieval hildegaard von bingen and like composers.
    blues robert johnson, buddy guy, cocoa taylor.
    surf man... or astro-man?
    spoken word lydia lunch, duncan wilder.
    weird rock stuff sonic youth (goo especially), old babes in toyland, helicopter helicopter...

    ...ok, enough of this typing! if you care check out my full music collection
    oh, and anything ZAPPA


    "why did they have to call it UNIX. that's kind of... ewww." -mom.
    oh my bloody god! (none / 0) (#84)
    by AtomZombie on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:02:06 PM EST



    "why did they have to call it UNIX. that's kind of... ewww." -mom.
    [ Parent ]
    oh my bloody god! (none / 0) (#85)
    by AtomZombie on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:03:13 PM EST



    "why did they have to call it UNIX. that's kind of... ewww." -mom.
    [ Parent ]
    If it's from Seattle, it's good (none / 0) (#83)
    by Raunchola on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:00:06 PM EST

    Perhaps I should say "anything not affiliated with Lou Pearlman." :)

    But seriously, here's my picks for music...

  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • Soundgarden
  • Nirvana
  • Deftones
  • Rage Against the Machine (although I'm against most of their views)
  • Goo Goo Dolls (anything pre-"Iris")
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • P.O.D.
  • R.E.M.
  • Green Day (*ducks to avoid flames*)
  • Pennywise
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Doors
  • The Byrds
  • Mannheim Steamroller
  • Elvis Presley
  • Alice In Chains
  • The Fastbacks
  • Mudhoney
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Junior Brown (IMHO the ONLY good country musician out there)
  • Fuel

    And so much more :)

    I am an American, not a "USian." Get it right.
  • On fire or under-fire? Damn prepositions! (none / 0) (#86)
    by NullStream on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:28:51 PM EST

    Depends on coding behavior. When in a code rush (ala concept of time is lost, thinking completely in the language i'm in, and visualizing data structures and i/o in my head) no music helps because hearing is one of the senses I lose. When coding for fun and research and profit, usually techno mainly Orbital, William Orbit, The Orb, Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers though Apocalyptica helps too.

    • When I'm happy: Korn, Limp Bizkit, various metal, whatever power97 (www.power97.com) is playing, Our Lady Peace, Eminem, GodSmack, Incubus, REM.
    • When I'm sad: Korn, Apocalyptica, Our Lady Peace, and anything which enforces the mood.
    • When I'm enraged: Sepultura,Megadeath,Danzig,Korn, etc.
    • When I'm in FUCK DA MAN mood: Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Korn.

    These are just a small sampling of what I listen too... Thank the god of currency that I haven't purchased a CD since i aquired my minidisc recorder!

    Copy-right: one has the RIGHT to COPY anything copy-righted. If it's not true then change the terms!

    SP (none / 0) (#87)
    by mattx on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:29:38 PM EST

    Smashing Pumpkins, no others. ; )

    -- i fear that i am ordinary, just like everyone

    A tough one... (none / 0) (#88)
    by Gurney on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:41:10 PM EST

    I try to listen to all types of music, but here is a sampling.

    When I need to get work done: Paul Oakenfold essential mixes until work is done

    When I want to sleep: Enya (laugh all you want), slow paced tragic opera (mad scene from Lucia, etc.)

    When I am drinking: Sublime, NWA

    When I feel like rock: Smashing Pumpkins (all albums), Nirvana (hey I'm from Seattle).

    As far as what music I don't like, well to hell with wasting time not like other people's tastes, let them enjoy what they enjoy.

    --I'm Gurny on slashdot, who stole my name?

    Everything (4.00 / 1) (#89)
    by flieghund on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 07:55:43 PM EST

    Prior to coming to college, I used to be rather millitant about the type of music I did not like... mostly rap, country, "acid" metal, and punk. I now believe that my preferences were due to lack of exposure to the less "mainstream" genres of music. These days, I don't think there is a genre of music that does not contain at least one song that I enjoy. I credit this to everyone I met while at college, who more often than not exposed me to music that I would never had listened to otherwise.

    I don't have any one type of music that I like to listen to for a given activity, except that I cannot listen to classical when I drive. (I'm pretty sure I'd fall asleep if I did...) It's generally whatever I want to listen to at that given moment: lyrics or no lyrics, strong bass or not, regardless of what I happen to be doing at the moment.

    My tastes go through cycles. I was (and still am, to a large extent) hooked on pop rock (think more 80s than 90s). I went through a country phase a little over a year ago. (Gotta love GB's live "Friends in Low Places," especially when you're intoxicated...) I have a deep punk streak (Rancid, some NOFX, Blink 182, I really like Fenix TX). I think I'm emerging from my trance phase (trance[]control is a favorite). I like a lot of Eminem, but more for humor value than anything else. Speaking of humor, you can't beat the A--hole song by Denis Leary, though The Downtrodden Song comes really close. I really like Felix Mendelssohn (classical), though I find that classical music in general is difficult for me to distinguish. (I have an entire CD of Wagner, but I've decided that the "Valkyries" song is the only composition of his that I really like.)

    Oh, and anything from the Matrix soundtrack... though for a lot of the artists featured on it (like Manson), that may be the only song of theirs I like.

    As for the 90s pop bands... most of them make me fairly ill. I can't stand any of the Boy Bands. Most of the female artists get on my nerves after their songs play for more than a minute or so.

    If I had to choose my "all-time favorite" bands, I'd say the Cardigans, Blink-182, Real McCoy, and Def Leppard -- not necessarily in that order. But my favorite CD is Deadeye Dick's "A Different Story."

    (I love to tango, but I'm finding it difficult to track down a decent album. If anyone knows of a great tango CD, please let me know!)

    Using a Macintosh is like picking your nose: everyone likes to do it, but no one will admit to it.
    Music... (3.00 / 2) (#90)
    by Anonymous 6522 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 08:01:40 PM EST

    I like to listen to

    Pink Floyd
    Jimi Hendrix
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Pearl Jam
    Blind Melon
    Dave Matthews Band
    Foo Fighters
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Goo Goo Dolls
    Led Zeppelin
    3 Doors Down (Kryptonite is a very good song)

    Almost anything goes... (none / 0) (#91)
    by escherIV on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 08:10:42 PM EST

    ...when it comes to my average everyday enjoyment. My favorite bands, however, are Nine Inch Nails (I'm a bit of a collector of all things NIN), Tool, Stabbing Westward, A Perfect Circle, Dream Theater, Rush, and Pink Floyd.

    Now, when it comes to coding, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, beats The Wall. Coming in a close second are once again the bands listed above.

    When I'm feeling kinda mellow or down, Sponge is awesome (Rotting Pinata), R.E.M. (Automatic for the People), Enigma (just about anything), Phil Collins/Genesis (anything), or Billy Joel (anything up to and including Stormfront).

    I also like a little bit of OLD rap now and then (none of this Jay-Z/Puff Daddy crap). Old Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Public Enemy, NWA, and anything from Cypress Hill (even though I don't smoke pot. ;) ). I also like Everlast, who I guess kinda falls into this category too.

    As a bit of an aside, some other bands that I really like, not just listen to, would Blue Oyster Cult, Faith No More, Bad Religion, Mighty Mighty Bosstones (mostly older stuff), Reel Big Fish (almost comedy), and some harder rock (old Metallica, G'n'R up to UYI 2, and Ozzy).

    Well, I guess that about sums it up. Though these are the things I like most, I find it hard not to like almost any music, though the stuff I dislike makes me want to kill someone. =)

    metallica (none / 0) (#92)
    by najt on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 08:38:45 PM EST

    Metallica all the way. HELL YEAH!!

    Music (none / 0) (#93)
    by Phaser777 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 08:58:47 PM EST

    Just looking over my playlist, here's some of the bands on it:
    Barenaked Ladies
    Blink 182
    Cirque du Soleil (technically not a band, but some good instrumental stuff)
    Green Day
    Limp Bizkit
    Lunatic Calm
    Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Rage Against The Machine
    Reel Big Fish
    Rob Zombie
    Smash Mouth
    The Ataris
    The Suicide Machines (my favorite right now)
    The Who
    Third Eye Blind

    I also listen to some classical stuff when I'm working, but I can't remember exactly what right now.
    My business plan:
    Obtain the patents for something (the more obvious and general the better)
    Wait until someone else adopts the idea and becomes rich off it.
    Sue them.
    where to start? (none / 0) (#94)
    by beertopia on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 09:04:36 PM EST

    Ever since I got DSL, I've been downloading several albums a day worth of mp3s from usenet, probably 90 percent of them bootlegs (except in the rap & blues categories). So, in the last couple of months


    Neil Young
    Bob Dylan
    Richard Thompson
    Frank Zappa
    Captain Beefheart
    the Stooges
    Tom Waits
    Elvis Costello
    Sonic Youth
    Sinead O'Connor
    Tori Amos
    PJ Harvey

    nearly anything recorded before 1940, especially
    Skip James
    Robert Johnson
    Bukka White
    Son House
    Mississippi John Hurt
    Mississippi Fred McDowell
    Tampa Red
    Sleepy John Estes


    Lyle Lovett
    Emmylou Harris
    Steve Earle
    Townes Van Zandt
    Johnny Cash
    Jimmy Dale Gilmore


    Tribe Called Quest
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Mos Def
    Kool Keith (aka Dr Dooom, Dr Octagon)
    Soundbombing & Lyricist Lounge comps


    Charles Mingus
    Thelonius Monk
    Miles Davis
    Sonny Sharrock
    John Zorn

    Well, that's enough, I suppose.

    Decals Monday! (none / 0) (#95)
    by anonymous cowerd on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 09:16:20 PM EST

    ...Captain Beefheart

    So they tell me over the email, my CD of Lick My Decals Off Baby is in and will be shipped Monday!

    Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net

    "This calm way of flying will suit Japan well," said Zeppelin's granddaughter, Elisabeth Veil.
    [ Parent ]

    my choices (none / 0) (#96)
    by mbell on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 09:27:59 PM EST

    Well, I mainly listen to rock/nu-metal shit, though I do have some hip-hop and techno in my playlist. When I'm coding, I HAVE to listen to music. It doesn't really matter what genre it is, as long as it's something I like. I love going to shows whenever a good one comes through town, but all the good tours seem to skip over St. Louis. But last night, I went to see (hEd)pe, Linkin Park, Project 86 and POD. That show was fuckin tight. I really can't wait to see the Deftones/Incubus/Taproot show in about 2 weeks though.

    Anyway, here's a bunch of bands that I'm listening to currently in no particular order:
    Factory 81
    Finger Eleven
    Jurassic 5

    I am surprised.. (none / 0) (#97)
    by mystic on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 09:38:21 PM EST

    I had always thought that most of the Kuro5hin members will be hardcore rock/metal/ genre liking guys. When I wrote up the post on "Music of the Kuro5hin Community", I was wondering whether even one guys would say that he liked soothing instrumental music. I was surprised when someone mentioned Zakir Hussain. Wow ! I am impressed.

    But as expected, most of you have an inclination for "heavier" genre of music. That set me thinking.. Why ? Why is it that people who are coders like to listen to heavy music ?? I can understand the liking for a particular style of music for playing Quake or Doom (you need to get the environment/mood right !), but what about coding ??

    Anyone has any take on this ??

    Why? (none / 0) (#103)
    by jfb3 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:17:30 PM EST

    I think not that most coders listen to "heavier" music. But that the crowd here at K5 does.   In part (I think) due to the relatively young age of the participants.

    In all the shops I've worked in, and yes some have been ~very~ geeky, I can count on one hand the number of people who listened to heavy metal and the like.

    Most of the hard core designers/coders/developers I've worked with have tastes that tend more to jazz (like my other 300 CDs that I didn't mention before), bluegrass, country, and classical.

    BTW, the perfect music (for me) for playing Quake is NONE. It's hard to get that sneaky feeling if your brain is pulsing to the beat of a soundtrack. (Makes it harder to tell which direction that last blast came from too!)

    [ Parent ]

    me too. (none / 0) (#113)
    by erotus on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:36:08 AM EST

    Zakir Hussain is also on my personal list of favorite artists.

    [ Parent ]
    uh, maybe they're mostly white guys? (none / 0) (#129)
    by monkeyfish on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 01:05:27 PM EST

    although, i do know a few black people that will throw on ELP or Rush or even Slayer and dig that stuff, i'd say if you put Pantera, Dreamtheater, or anything else in the metal/prog-rock on your list, there's a 99% chance you're a honky. ; )

    plus, if we're looking at lots of coders here, something's got to keep your adrenaline up a little bit when you're sitting staring at a screen and puzzling out fairly abstract issues. otherwise, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    [ Parent ]

    Well I am not a honky ! ;) (none / 0) (#140)
    by mystic on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 08:15:27 PM EST

    >>here's a 99% chance you're a honky. ; )

    Looks like I fall in the 1% category. I do not actually agree with you when you say that music depends on color of skin. I am brown skinned and I listen to Pantera, Mr. Big, Machine Head, (Hed)Pe and all sort of weird combinations ..


    [ Parent ]
    hmm, yeah (none / 0) (#201)
    by monkeyfish on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 09:38:44 PM EST

    in preparing to respond, i started thinking about all of the people encompassed in the category "not white". i realized my generalization was doomed to failure. lesson learned.
    ; )

    [ Parent ]
    Mental Environment (none / 0) (#205)
    by Mad Hughagi on Thu Nov 30, 2000 at 10:02:43 AM EST

    First, I got to say that Zakir Hussain is an amazing musician! I had the pleasure of seeing him about 2 weeks ago in Toronto, he was absolutely stunning!

    While I code all day, I try to listen to a variety of music (everything except country and pop) however the majority of what I listen to is techno/trance/D&B. I find that in order to focus I need a constant, steady beat to drive me. As such it might be the same thing with the metalheads (I listen to Metallica at work too!) since lots of metal has jackhammer-like beats. I think that when you code you need to be very aware of what you're doing, so that is why people tend to avoid distracting music. The best would probably be some kind of ambient, but I guess in the end it all comes down to personal preference and if you are familiar with the music then it won't distract you that much - one thing I've noticed is that I hardly ever hear anyone listen to the radio when they code.


    We don't make the products you like, we make you like the products we make.
    [ Parent ]

    My Music (3.66 / 3) (#98)
    by GregMiller on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 10:19:37 PM EST

    I like to listen to a bunch of different genres of music. It's mostly punk and ska with a little industrial, 80s pop and some other stuff mixed in for flavor. It really doesn't matter what mood I'm in when I'm listening to it.

    Here's a list: Artist (favorite album)
    • Misfits (anything, esp. older stuff)
    • Screeching Weasel (BoogadaBoogadaBoodaga)
    • Dead Kennedys (Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
    • Ramones
    • Rollins Band (Weight)
    • Bad Brains (I Against I)
    • Danzig (all of it)
    • Nine Inch Nails (Broken) (my absolute favorite band)
    • Aphex Twin (beautiful stuff)
    • Disturbed (one of the few new bands I like)
    • Marilyn Manson
    • NOFX (The Decline)
    • The Pixies (great, great rock 'n' roll)
    • Frank Black (see above)
    • Radiohead (The Bends)
    • Kottonmouth Kings (rap yes, but I like it too...)
    • ...and lots of other stuff

    What I like and what I think :) (none / 0) (#99)
    by Maxthree on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 10:47:11 PM EST

    I go through periods. At the moment I'm very into house, progressive house, acid jazz and other 'dance music' genres. Although I don't particulary like the traditional techno/trance style of music, I'm more 'housey'.

    A personal thing of mine is the annoyance I feel when people automaticaly disgard the possibility of liking dance music because they see it as 'not music'. It is music, under the dictionary definition at least :). But I know by 'not music' they mean in general terms, i.e. along the lines of the computer/mixer is creating the music and almost anyone can do it - it requires little skill. Personally, I think this is a load of BS. This line of thought is ignorant and just stupid, as any DJ will tell you.

    What is natural and 'musical' about pluging an electric guitar into an electric amplifier and most probably through a digital mixing desk into speakers with electronic circutry? This is one example and is fairly generalised, but it is a valid point to bring up with those who think modern rock/metal music is more musical than dance music.

    Personally I think there is good and bad music in all genres. There _are_ bad DJs, just like there are plenty of bad rock groups out there. Quality of 'music' is NOT genre-specific. Also, people are fully entitled to their own opinions on what they like and don't like of course, but discarding an entire subset of music because of misinformation and society-induced ideas is totaly stupid.

    Just in case your thinking I'm some sort of anti-rock 100% pro-dance E-taking hippy I'll type out some other musical ideas of mine :P

    Dave Grohl is most probably my favourite living musician. I adore the Foo Fighters as well. He has been quoted as saying something along the lines of "your always going to look a fuck load cooler standing on stage with a guitar than behind a computer/mixing desk". I totally agree with this in the context that in terms of live music, live rock will always have that mystique and 'coolness' factor that you can't emulate standing behind turntables :)

    Basement Jaxx would have to be labelled as my favourite artists of the year - their album Remedy is absolutly awesome.

    I'm into Hi-Fi as well as music and I am constantly looking to improve my set up :)

    - Liam

    Amen! (none / 0) (#142)
    by Tr3534 on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 09:09:23 PM EST

    Finally! Someone who actually gets the idea! As you say, most people never realize that it takes quite a bit of skill to make good electronic music, usually because a keyboard based instrument (read: practically all synthesizers) is not a easy thing to control effectively (ive tried, i should know). Even if you 'cheat' and throw it all together by tracking or with a seqencer, it still requires a fair bit of skill to make it sound good - just throwing some beats together usually gives you a load of crap that sounds cool to any mainstream pop freak but will probly make someone with my taste vomit in disgust. Im not saying the goal is to cater to fan's taste, but its quite obvious when someone wants to crank out some 'techno' and when someone actually tries to make a good sounding track. (a note on techno: most people would call anything with a synth techno... gimmie a break!) If anyone doubts me that electronic musicians, go listen to Astral Projection and try to replicate their sound. Do the same with Trance Control, Masters of Balance, etc. Not so easy, eh? Anyway, 'nuff with the rant, usually im listing to electronic stuff. Its all i listen too, mainly because im a total synthesizer freak. (I can tell you more about them then you ever knew you didn't want to know...) My favorite bands would include Trance Control, Masters of Balance, 303infinity, Astral Projection, Hypnotik, Thalassa, Expanded Galaxy, LP, The Cynic Project, Axiomis, Atomic Troop, Analytic Cubism, The LaserTrancer, Ghost in the Machine, Blue Tonic World, Digital Bonzai, RaverFX, (It is not a coincidence that all of the above are on mp3.com), Delerium, Front 242, Future Sound of London, Radiohead, and (of course) Nine Inch Nails.
    Sigmentation Fault: Post Dumped.
    [ Parent ]
    Progressive/Power Metal (3.00 / 1) (#101)
    by Kragma on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:01:08 PM EST

    That's about all I listen to these days. The obligatory list of bands:

    Dream Theater
    Blind Guardian
    Symphony X
    Shadow Keep
    Fates Warning
    Spock's Beard
    Old Queensryche
    And a host of independent bands from MP3.com

    For coding I like intrumental metal, like Liquid Tension Experiment, or some bubbly, cloying JPOP like The Brilliant Green or Speed. Lyrics that I can understand get in the way of concentrating.

    Progressive and Art Rock (3.00 / 1) (#102)
    by rush2112 on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:05:44 PM EST

    Anybody here a progressive rock fan? I love to listen to Rush, Yes or ELP when I'm programming.

    Here are my favorite bands to listen to while working, driving, or when I'm in a good mood:

    Rush (Favorites: Hemispheres, Signals, Power Windows,
    Caress of Steel, and Grace Under Pressure)

    Yes (Favorites: Going for the One, Close to the Edge,
    and Relayer; I prefer the Bill Bruford, Rick
    Wakeman, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Jon Anderson

    Emerson Lake and Palmer (Favorite songs: Tarkus and Take
    a Pebble: Keith Emerson is a

    Dream Theater

    When I'm sad or depressed, I love to listen to following music (preferably while reading Franz Kafka:)

    Pink Floyd (Favorites: Animals, Meddle *Echoes*, The
    Wall, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Obscured by
    Clouds; favorite member: Roger Waters)

    Classical (from the Romanticism: Franz Liszt, anything by
    Johannes Brahms, and Frederic Chopin)

    Alice in Chains

    yay! (none / 0) (#173)
    by jetpack on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 05:54:28 PM EST

    While I'm not big into progressive stuff anymore, I will still happily listen to alot of my old favourites for hours without complaint. I should have prefaced this by stating that I own about 700 pieces of vinyl ... afraid to show my age, I guess.

    Rush and Yes are definitely on my list, but I'd debate some of your choices, particularly where Rush is involved: altho I own post-signals Rush albums, I much prefer pre-signals. It's a bit hard to pick a favourite from pre-signals. As for Yes ... hrm, Relayer is definitely a good choice. "Tales From Topographic Oceans" would be another good choice.

    As for Dream Theater, when they suck (which is most of the time, IMO), they *really* suck. But when they are on, they are *massively* on! "A Change of Seasons" is bloody brilliant. You've just prompted me to rip that CD to mp3 :) Liquid Tension is quite good, tho.

    I'd have to go with "Wish You Were Here" for Pink Floyd. "The Wall" comes in a close second. And Water's "Amused to Death" is great. I hate his earlier solo stuff.

    Given the bands that you dig, have you listened to Max Webster? On the Anthem label (same as Rush). A bit hard to get outside of Canada, but it's doable. And if you are a first-time Max listener do *not* get any of the "best of" CDs ... they all suck. I"d suggest "Universal Juveniles" as a first listen.

    /* The beatings will continue until morale improves */
    [ Parent ]
    Any Rush is good Rush :) (none / 0) (#178)
    by rush2112 on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 08:23:53 PM EST

    I'm partial because I'm a guitarist in a Rush tribute band; we have to cover everything to keep the audience happy. We even do Geddy's new solo album.

    As far as post-Signals, I'm really into Moog as you probably guessed with my listing Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. The melodies, Neil's lyrics, and the abundance of 6/8 and other odd meters are enough to keep me interested in their 80's stuff.

    Max Webster, didn't he collaborate with Rush (Battle Scar I think?) I'll check him out, thanks.

    I agree with your oppinion of Dream Theater btw, the short-coming of technically proficient progressive rockers is they are arrogant; it comes out in their playing. Mike Portnoy is a perfect example, the guy does not know how to lay back and groove, I'll admit Neil Peart is busy at times but he's always tasteful.

    I just liked 6:00 and Erotomania.

    I'm sticking with Hemispheres as my favorite pre-Signals album, and I included Carees of Steel because of Fountain of Lamneth. I loved A Farewell to Kings also. I'm a little tired of Moving Pictures and 2112 though only because my band plays those the most at our shows.

    [ Parent ]
    Max Webster (none / 0) (#183)
    by jetpack on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 12:18:19 AM EST

    I should point out that Max Webster is the name of a band, not the name of a dude. Kim MItchell was the nominal front man for Max Webster. Speaking of which, if you dig Max, you should really check out some of Kim Mitchell's post-Max stuff. Just avoid the one or two albums that dont have Pye Dubois doing lyrics.

    And yes, you are correct, Max and Rush got together for Battle Scar. Great song. That one is on "Universal Juveniles".

    I don't quite agree that any Rush is good Rush, but I respect your choice :) "A Farewell to Kings" has long been the album I claim is my favourite Rush album if I'm really pressed.

    I'm also a guitar player (among other things), and I salute you for managing to do a Rush tribute. You probably do alot better job of it than I ever did. It's fun stuff to play, but it's a bitch to actually *sound* like Rush. Lifeson is a freak of nature :)

    BTW, I'm Canadian but currently living in Houston, Texas ... I couldnt believe how popular Rush is here. I swear they are bigger here than they are anywhere in Canada. It's insane.

    While we are on the topic of Canuck bands, you should also check out Frank Marino. Besides being a great guy (I've met him, beleive it or not), he's a freakin' incredible guitar player. Almost any Frank Marino or Mahogany Rush album is great, but for maximum effect, I'd suggest "Juggernaut" or "The Power of Rock and Roll". Even better, if you can see him live. He'll knock your socks off - no lie.

    Along the progressive line, I also really like old Styx. Styx got kinda a bad rap after they started doing that froo-froo crap in their later years, but check out earlier stuff like "The Serpent Is Rising", if you can get get it.

    I'll conclude by dropping a couple more names: King Crimson, and Frank Zappa. No doubt you've heard them (or even played their stuff), but the words had to be said :)

    /* The beatings will continue until morale improves */
    [ Parent ]
    did someone say nirvana? (none / 0) (#104)
    by badkarma on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:31:43 PM EST

    At any time, and in any mood, my music of choice is Nirvana. Other notable bands are:
    Black Sabbath
    Dream Theatre
    Foo Fighters
    Green Day
    Jane's Addiction
    Jesus Lizard - they toured with nirvana :)
    Jimi Hendrix
    K's Choice
    Led Zeppelin
    Less Than Jake
    Pearl Jam
    Rage Against The Machine
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Stone Temple Pilots

    But still, Nirvana is the greatest and most important band music collection.

    Me. (none / 0) (#105)
    by Runes on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:36:58 PM EST

    To Code: Janet Jackson When I am Sad: Janet Jackson When I am enraged: Janet Jackson. She is the cure-all. - Runes

    Music and the MP3 (none / 0) (#106)
    by kibomaster on Sat Nov 25, 2000 at 11:48:44 PM EST

    I love all sorts of music. I really like the classic Rock Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Steve Miller Band... etc. I also like Classic Music, instrumentals mostly, Mozart, Beethoven... you get the idea. I favor instrumentals though like Joe Satriani, Steve Vi and Gary Howie. I like some newer rock including Days of the New, Creed and Nickelback.

    I'm still a huge Metallica fan, even though they totally screwed over Napster. It's because of services like Napster and MP3.com that got me into my favorite music style Techno. I like bands like Trance Control, Lagoona, BT, and V.A.S.T. I also like a lot of the remixes that Paul Oakenfold does. I just saw live a couple of days ago :^) -- I highly recommend seeing his show. I would also recommend seeing BT. He was touring with hooverphonic. (also a good band) It was the best show I've ever been to, as good if not better than Metallica IMO.

    There are so many bands I've gotten into because of MP3's. If it wasn't for MP3's I wouldn't have half the CD's I do know. And a lot of kick ass bands would be one fan shorter. I like the system as it is... I get free samples of whatever I want, go out and buy all of the band's CD's and then go and see the band live. What is the problem with that? Everyone involved makes money, the band gets a new fan,and I get a lot of kick ass music. And as an added bonus my friends end up getting into the music because of MP3's I give them and the whole cycle repeats again. I see no problem here.


    My Music...if you consider it music. (none / 0) (#107)
    by Hypes on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:18:41 AM EST

    Most of the time, when I'm writing code, I don't even listen to music....I listen to archives of The Don and Mike Show (a syndicated afternoon talk show from Westwood One (CBS)) that I made. I hate listening to music when I code or I am at work...I dunno why. (OFFTOPIC: DON and MIKE = RADIO GODS!!) Other than that, for everything else it's a good mix of metal (Metallica), rock (Creed, Nickleback), comedy (Denis Leary, George Carlin, Bill Hicks), pop (Barenaked Ladies, U2), and classical; with some of that satanic country music whenever the special lady friend is around.

    prefs. (none / 0) (#109)
    by zencode on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 02:15:38 AM EST

    bt, hooverphonic and crystal method. it's something when you enjoy music, it's something altogether different when if feels like the music is coming out of you.

    my .02


    BT and hooverphonic (none / 0) (#151)
    by kibomaster on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 01:31:07 AM EST

    You're so right about the feeling of the music coming out of you. That's why I like BT so much, as well as hooverphonic and Moby. I like a lot of the piano solos like in BT's ESCM and Moby's Play.

    Did you get a chance to see BT and Hooverphonic live? They've been doing a US tour for a few months now. I think the last date was a week ago. Anyway... I saw them when they were in Detroit. It was in a small club, very loud and very cool. I have to say it was the best show I've ever been to. My friends and I got there really early and managed to get spots right up front... center stage. We also got some autographs from both bands after the show.


    [ Parent ]

    BT. Ow. (none / 0) (#157)
    by Cuthalion on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:45:07 AM EST

    Did you get a chance to see BT and Hooverphonic live?

    Yes. It was a painful experience for me. I love Ima. I adore ESCM (Nectar?!). But .. Movements In Still Life seems to be written for the charts. To me his live show (in San Francisco, at any rate) just confirmed this fact. "Are you ready to rock?!" No, thank you.

    If you like his older stuff, I recommend you check out the imported UK edition of Movements In Still Life. If only the typical North American consumer understood dance music. le sigh.

    [ Parent ]
    That is the problem (none / 0) (#164)
    by kibomaster on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 11:40:45 AM EST

    If only the typical North American consumer understood dance music.

    IMHO the average person in the US only knows music that's been jammed down his/her throat by MTV and the RIAA. (I give you britney spears, spice girls, BS boys, etc...) The clubs I've been to (in East Lansing, MI) reflect this. That's why I stopped going. I've never heard BT or Trance [] Control or any other good trance/techno/dance music at any party I've ever been to in this area. (I try to stay away from the Raves :^)-- drugs are bad mmmmmkay.

    I think Movement in Still Life is a great album. There is a lot of rock and roll influence throught most of it, however, having grown up on Rock and Roll I welcomed it. I'm still a big fan of his older stuff and I was quite dissappointed that he did not play as much of it during his show.

    I did take notice of the whole tone of the show. The "Are you ready to rock" took me off guard. I remember thinking to myself "This isn't a metallica show", but I don't think it took anything away from the entertainment. BT put on a great show. I do think BT knows his audience, his whole presentation during the show and the way he acted is edvidence of that.

    I've been to some clubs in London (a few years ago) A lot of music I heard then is just becomming popular here now. I think Dance Music is still very much underground in the US. When I say I like listening to Paul Oakenfold and BT most people give me a strange look and ususaly ask "WTF?". It's kind of heartwarming coming here (as well as going to the show) and seeing how many BT fans there are.


    [ Parent ]

    Places to hear live electronic sounds (none / 0) (#174)
    by Cuthalion on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 06:35:43 PM EST

    The clubs I've been to (in East Lansing, MI) reflect this... (I try to stay away from the Raves :^)-- drugs are bad mmmmmkay.

    I've never done any drugs that were not prescribed to me (with the sole exception of caffeine). I have however gone to a big pile of raves, back when I lived in the twin city. I was there to dance, not to tinker with my brain chemistry. Not all of them were fantastic, but there was definitely some really good parties with some fantastic electronic sounds, some of which were performed live. In Minneapolis there are but a few (2 or 3) clubs that even have electronic bands ever, and that only rarely.

    I have since (specifically, six months ago) moved to San Francisco, and can say that things are quite different. The clubs are where it's at (in the last 45 days I've seen Toby Marks (of Banco de Gaia), Juno Reactor & LX Paterson (of The Orb), and Coldcut. I didn't have time for Funkstörung), and the raves are mega-lame (think high-school-dance type lame.) I think these two facts are not unrelated. You're really doing yourself a disservice by not at least checking out your local rave scene. You don't need to wear big pants or eat lots of pills to have fun.

    [ Parent ]
    I have (none / 0) (#176)
    by kibomaster on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:18:08 PM EST

    I've been to a few around Ann Arbor. I completely agree with the high school dance anology. I just wish the clubs around here were as good as the ones in Detroit. I really don't see the fun in loading up on beer and swaying around like a fool. Drunkeness doesn't amuse me. Ahhh the life around a college campus.

    While I was home for thanksgiving I went down to detroit for a Paul Oakenfold thanksgiving-eve show. I've always loved a lot of the remixes he's done. New York Global underground and tranceport are two albums that I listen to quite often.


    [ Parent ]

    techno/trance/goth/etc. webcast -- (none / 0) (#195)
    by Kyrrin on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 05:45:17 AM EST

    The best webcast I've found so far of that kind of music is over at jwz's new nightclub -- right now, the club isn't open, so jwz is just streaming his cd collection. I want this man's cd collection.


    "I'm the screen, the blinding light; I'm the screen, I work at night. I see today with a newsprint fray, my night is colored headache grey, don't wake me with so much..." -- REM
    [ Parent ]
    punk, trance, industrial, EBM, random stuff (none / 0) (#110)
    by Delirium on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 03:25:11 AM EST

    Well to add some more comments to the fray:

    I've been into punk rock for a while: Bad Religion, AFI, Vandals, Agent Orange, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Rancid, Offspring, Pennywise, Guttermouth, NOFX, and a bunch more bands. It's good, energetic music, and often has meaningful lyrics. Bad Religion especially is excellent, from their early hardcore-ish stuff to their newer mix of rock and punk.

    Parallel to that I've always liked industrial - bands like Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Atari Teenage Riot, KMFDM, MDFMK, and Chemlab. Nine Inch Nails is a great mix of heavy industrial songs and soft melodic songs. I don't think there's much of NIN I don't like.

    Lately I've been getting into EBM a lot. EBM is a relatively unpopular (especially in the US) genre that's sometimes referred to as "industrial dance." It fuses elements of industrial with elements of dance music and synthpop. I especially like VNV Nation, Apoptygma Berzerk, Beborn Beton, Assemblage 23, and Front 242.

    is bad religion still on point? (none / 0) (#127)
    by monkeyfish on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:56:45 PM EST

    haven't listened to them since er, "the gray race" i think. i feel like they got into a creative rut. and of course, like the rest of the world, i definitely think that "suffer", and "no control" were the best ones.

    they definitely rival nomeansno for best lyrics, though. btw: everyone in the free world should go see nomeansno -- hands down sickest live punk rock band on the planet. they just hit nyc last week, so i imagine they're still touring.

    [ Parent ]

    lets see here... (none / 0) (#111)
    by m4dc0w on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 03:28:41 AM EST

    with the advent of mp3 and of course napster, my musical horizons have expanded immensely. don't worry; my cd-purchasing habits are reaching critical (monetary) mass too :) i can't possibly list everyone, so here's the abstract:

    autechre, aphex twin, boards of canada, etc.

    *goa trance*:
    hallucinogen, juno reactor, pleiadians/etnica, etc.

    *psy trance*:
    x-dream, growling mad scientists, spirallianz, etc.

    zeppelin, floyd, hendrix, etc.

    pantera, metallica, slipknot, etc.

    *somewhere in between rock and metal*:
    incubus, tool, alice in chains, etc.

    skinny puppy, front line assembly, front 242, etc.

    brian eno, coil, scorn, etc.

    philip glass, bach, chopin, etc.

    joe satriani, steve vai, eric johnson, etc.

    albert king, stevie ray vaughn, muddy waters, etc.

    coltrane, miles davis, joe pass, etc.

    *prog rock*:
    rush, king crimson, dream theater, etc.

    *other stuff*:
    underworld, future sound of london, dj shadow, etc.

    damn if i wasn't so tired and lazy, i'd fill in all the "etc.'s" :) i must say out of all the programmers, i only noticed one with autechre, none with hallucinogen, or glass. you guys are missing out on a lot, hehe. interesting discussion...

    Various artists (none / 0) (#112)
    by erotus on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:31:29 AM EST

    I'm from the US however, most the music I listen to is not. I'm a fan of many different styles of music. The only styles of music that I can safely say I don't listen to are Rap, Country, and Christian pop. The variety and diversity of music I listen to: Soukous from West Africa, Raga's from India, Scandinavian Troka music, classical persian, and on and on. I like modern minimalistic music such as ambient sytles - Plastik Man is one example. I also like pop music from the 60's/70's/80's. The 90's pop music really didn't do much for me really. I have written up a short list of some of my favorite bands/styles of music for your perusal.

    Moody but upbeat:
    Cocteau Twins
    Dead Can Dance
    David Sylvian

    Zoned out:
    Harold Budd
    some Philip Glass
    Mark Isham
    Djivan Gasparyan (zoned out!)

    The Orb

    Foreign Pop:
    Amr Diab - arabic
    Cheb Mami - arabic
    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - qawali
    Shahram Nazeri - classical persian
    Faye Wong - Chinese pop
    Mavis Hee - Singapore(chinese vocals)
    Malice Mizer - Japanese
    Pizzicato Five - Japanese
    Huun-Huur-Tu - Mongolian (totally off the wall)

    What I like... (none / 0) (#115)
    by sec on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 05:22:48 AM EST

    My alltime favorite (so far, at least) is Great Big Sea. Other Canadian celtic rock bands (Captain Tractor, Spirit of the West, Rawlins Cross) are also among my favorites.

    I'm also quite partial to classical, especially baroque, and especially harpsichord music. I don't think there's a more wonderful sounding instrument out there than the harpsichord, actually.

    Baroque music is about the only type of music that I listen to while coding; I find that any other type is too distracting.

    I'm also a big fan of anime, and I listen to quite a bit of anime soundtrack music. Some of my favorites here include the music from Revolutionary Girl Utena (which defies easy classification), Slayers, Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War (which has an absolutely wonderful medieval-sounding soundtrack), and Urusei Yatsura.

    As for the others, there are various individual artists and pieces that I like, but no real patterns.

    As for dislikes: Country. This is about the only genre I've found which doesn't have at least some music that I like. I also find that if it's on the top forty, I probably won't like it, but not necessarily.

    Music (none / 0) (#116)
    by floki on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 05:26:10 AM EST

    I just want to list a few CDs i own:

    Peace Orchestra (by Peter Kruder)
    Thievery Corporation - Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi
    Hi-Fidelity Lounge
    United Future Organization - 3rd perspective
    Rainer Trüby - rootdown 99
    Trance Groove - drivin' south
    Jazzkantine - In Formation (Remixes)
    Jay Jay Johanson - Poison
    Portishead - Dummy
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    Mouse on Mars - niun niggung
    Mouse on Mars - autoditacker
    Moby - Play
    the black heart procession - 2
    labradford - e luxo so
    Mikis Theodorakis - Requiem
    Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions

    on vinyl:

    Air - Les premiers symptomes
    Soundtrack to "High Fidelity"
    Björk - Selmasongs (soon)

    lots of MDs and MP3s from various German Hip-Hop groups, ambient stuff, Drum 'n Bass, Acid Jazz

    Here comes the Metal Meltdown... (none / 0) (#117)
    by YesNoCancel on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 06:20:30 AM EST

    As everyone should know, Heavy Metal is the only way of life. :)

    I mostly listen to:

    • Black Sabbath
    • The Kovenant
    • Children of Bodom
    • Rhapsody
    • Ayreon
    • Accept
    • Nightwish
    • Judas Priest
    • Stratovarius
    • Hammerfall
    • Rammstein
    For some strange reason, all these bands are European - I haven't found any American heavy metal bands that I like. Except maybe Marilyn Manson, but he's more industrial than heavy metal.

    Euro Bands (none / 0) (#143)
    by Kumba00 on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 09:09:51 PM EST

    I personally think European Bands rule... NightWish, Stratovarius, Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, and the one american band, Iced Earth, rule for a variety of tasks, like Coding, chatting, or just general work on a computer.

    Other noteworthy groups is the newly released album by Blaze Bayley (Silicon Messiah), some of the solo albums by Bruce Dickinson, Gamma Ray, and the Iced Earth/Blind Guardian mix album, Demons and Wizards.

    Some Links to the above bands for those that are interested:

    "Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb." --Pythagoras
    [ Parent ]
    Hair Bands/Heavy Metal of the 80's (none / 0) (#118)
    by mrkoeller on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 06:36:35 AM EST

    Oh Jeez. Doesn't anybody listen to cheesy 80's heavy metal anymore? Do any of these bring back any good memories for people?

    White Lion
    Stevie Vai
    Pantera (well...almost cheesy heavy metal)
    Bang Tango
    Vinnie Vincent
    Guns & Roses
    Bon Jovi
    Damn Yankees
    Bullet Boys
    Motley Crue
    L.A. Guns
    Faster Pussycat
    Dirty Looks
    Britney Fox
    Mr. Big
    Ugly Kid Joe
    Lita Ford
    Skid Row
    Ace Frehley
    Great White
    Judas Priest

    I don't think I could write a single lick of code if it weren't for all these rockin' piles of cheese.

    Music that moves the world (none / 0) (#119)
    by Steeltoe on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 09:39:22 AM EST

    I like music that has a purpose. Music that moves you when you listen to it. That being said, you can only listen to a piece of music for so many times until that piece has lost its effect on you. It's wise to spread your interest so that you don't get tired of hearing what you like.

    Here's my list of music that I like. It's mostly techno, because that kind of music more often than others has a tendency to play on new strings in you. However, after compiling this list I see there are pretty many non-techno pieces too:

    - Ayla (especially Dreamworld), a wakening-up call
    - Horizon, the CD by Pacific Blue (not very known, almost impossible to find but extremely good)
    - Dj Mystic/Dj Mystik has a few remixes that's absolutely stunning. He has a good musical ear.
    - Frozen, by Madonna. The only piece I really like from
    her. Very spiritual.
    - Apollo 1999 (I have no idea what this is, but it's a good MP3)
    - Bjorn Lynne and Mike Oldfield is good and calming.
    - Sandstorm is quite nice, has a good beat
    - Moby, Garbage and Morcheeba, for its originality and good music
    - Matrix and Pulp Fiction, alot of good music on these CDs.
    - The Conan CD and similar type of music are good during RPG games.
    - Orb is.. interesting

    Now, to truly enjoy other kinds of music it heavily depends on the atmosphere around it. For example, soul or gospel is perfectly allright in a church, club or youth choir. It's not my favourite type of music, but you can have excellent feelings with the right kind of people/atmosphere. This applies to all music I believe.

    That is why I usually don't like black metal/trash metal/rap(?) or similar music. It's a very negative kind music that I don't relate to very much. But then again, with the right people and atmosphere, I could enjoy that too.

    So it's very important to find music that harmonize with what you're doing at the moment, in order to enjoy it fully.

    - Steeltoe
    Explore the Art of Living

    Frozen (4.00 / 1) (#144)
    by Ranger Rick on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 10:34:32 PM EST

    If you like that song, check out William Orbit, he's the one that "produced" (i.e. wrote) that entire album. He's somewhere between ambient/electronic and (ugh) "world music". Frozen's a pretty good example of what his stuff sounds like, without Madonna singing over it, of course. :)


    [ Parent ]
    The song is the thing... (none / 0) (#120)
    by mrBlond on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 10:29:09 AM EST

    here however are some artists/composers responsible for multiple favourite songs: Soundgarden, Pearl jam, Sting, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Tom Petty, U2, Live (the best live show I've ever been to), Chris Cornell, Aerosmith, Metallica, Morissette (after a very cool live show), K's choice, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Enya (schwaaaaa), Clapton, FYC, Gipsy kings, Gn'R, Bach, Queen (disliked by anyone?), REM, Smashing pumpkins (saw the last show of their last tour - Cape Town), and The doors.

    My mp3s are played in random order, there's nothing like the Psycho shower sound, followed by Jesus Christ pose followed by a good Dulcissime from Orff's Carmina burana :). My fave song is Paint it black by the stones, and soundtrack: 3 colours blue. "1 cd on a deserted island": Soundgarden's Superunknown (sans She likes surprises). Flavour of the week is Creed's Higher from the Titan AE trailer.

    Top 5 songs with "black" in the title:
    1) Paint it - The rolling stones
    2) hole sun - Soundgarden
    3) gold - Soul asylum
    4) - Pearl jam
    5) Fade to - Metallica

    Anyone know of a good ID3v2 capable mp3 player?

    "mp3 killed the EmptyV star."

    Inoshiro for cabal leader.
    Winamp? (none / 0) (#121)
    by krogoth on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 11:25:15 AM EST

    I was looking at the information for an mp3 a few days ago, and they had an ID3v2 section... if you have winamp but haven't seen this, try the latest version, I think i've downloaded it in the last week or two.
    "If you've never removed your pants and climbed into a tree to swear drunkenly at stuck-up rich kids, I highly recommend it."
    [ Parent ]
    Which Live show? (none / 0) (#213)
    by slakhead on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 04:36:35 PM EST

    Did you see Live recently? That last tour with the Counting Crows and Unified Theory was kick ass.

    [ Parent ]
    It's got a good beat and you can dance to it (none / 0) (#124)
    by John Big Boots on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:31:52 PM EST

    Satanic Ska

    omnivorous (none / 0) (#125)
    by monkeyfish on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:43:32 PM EST

    • when i need mental focus (i.e., coding):
      autechre, squarepusher, stereolab, or oddly, slayer
    • when i need physical focus (gym, getting ready for skateboarding, etc):
      hip hop (del, black moon-1st album, wu, gangstarr, outkast), old hardcore (gorilla biscuits!), punk, thrash
    • when i'm feeling languid:
      sade, stereolab again, some good dub / roots reggae, portishead, massive attack
    • when i want to dance from 2am to 7am:
      old school house
    • when i want to ruminate on the injustice of the world:
      dead kennedys, circle jerks, clash, peter tosh, various hip hop artists

    oops, forgot -- BJORK 24/7 (none / 0) (#126)
    by monkeyfish on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 12:50:13 PM EST

    heh. gotta support my girl. yes, one day she'll recognize me as her true love and stop messing around w/ those high-profile international dj/photographer/artist types. doesn't she know her destiny is w/ a 20-something white-boy programmer in brooklyn? ah, one day. (hands clasped in fervent prayer)

    [ Parent ]
    Weblog for loud rock (MLP) (none / 0) (#128)
    by ed209 on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 01:00:45 PM EST

    Check out Loudwerkz.com to find out what kind of stuff I listen to. Alternative, Metal, Hardcore, Emo, Industrial.. heavy stuff :). The site itself focuses on weblog-style news for hard rock artists and I'd love to see what some of the k5 crowd thinks of it. It's not always that easy to find kindred souls who have a love for both technology and Machine Head ;). And if anyone has comments, suggestions, or would like to help out, drop me an email (contact info is in the FAQ)!

    Stuff I listen to... (none / 0) (#130)
    by batlock on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 01:56:52 PM EST

    These days, I mostly listen to music from anime. The soundtrack from Akira (by Geinoh Yamashirogumi) is my favourite, followed by stuff from Ranma 1/2 and Rurouni Kenshin.

    A rockin' techno-hippie (none / 0) (#132)
    by Wah on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 03:27:26 PM EST

    I started off with classic rock. I think I know every word to every song that every classic rock station plays. Stuff like Zeppelin, Floyd, Police, SRV, and others.

    Also a bit of old country. Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Robert Earl Keen, and a few other that can only be appreciated with large crowds of rednecks. This is stuff I don't actively seek out but still appreciate.

    Got into Phish in college. I still like their live shows. The parking lot and general scene must be seen to be appreciated. Other "jambands", String Cheese Incident, Karl Denson, Widespread Panic, Disco Biscuits, Jazz Madolin Project, DJ Logic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Most of these have lots of live shows that they let fans trade. Since they are mostly live music, recordings often tell only half the story. SCI even has special "pirates" that help promote local shows and organize other stuff. From their page "One of the more popular methods for spreading SCI's music to new fans has been handing out tapes of live performances at SCI shows. If you have a favorite live show on tape, make a few copies and hook up some strangers with some new music. It's an amazing way to get some new fans on board. So…interested in being a Pirate? Then send us an email with info on how to contact you, and in what town(s) you would like to help out." So, that explains some of my IP ranting...the idea of sharing things you like comes from a couple places.

    Lately I've been listening to a lot of electronic music. Mostly in the form of shout/icecast streams. Raves are fun. (OHMYGOD, I just heard a Dragonball Z reference during an NFL broadcast) Theivery Corporation, Aphex Twin, bt, Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Tranquility Bass are some of the early purchases.

    Never been a huge rap fun, but stuff like Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest are nice.

    I'm sure there's other stuff, I'm always open to new music choices. I have a little page about it and will have a domain dedicated to it fairly soon.
    Fail to Obey?
    My faves (none / 0) (#133)
    by Rainy on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 03:29:34 PM EST

    For listening: I used to like pink floyd alone (favorites are piper, wywh, animals and ummagumma live, but most of their stuff is good as well), but recently I found a great site that reviews and rates rock and pop bands - and I found alot more music on the level of PF: beatles, doors, mccartney, kinks, bob dylan, beach boys, zappa, brian ferry, fleetwood mac and so on. The site's called George Starostin's rock&pop reviews site, you can find it with google.

    I don't like vast majority of popular music now, and I think it's not just my taste but the quality of music is objectivly much lower. Compare any cd that came out in last 3-5 years to, say, doors' 'strange days'. Right now it seems that even the best available bands make one or two somewhat catchy tune (with banal lyrics) and the rest is filler, while the best bands of 60s/70s usually had 10-20% filler, and whats more important, the best songs were immeasurably better than what you have now! By the way, I think good lyrics and true emotion make for eternal songs: the rest is just music for one day that will be forgotten.

    As for dance music, I like paul oakenfold and dubtribe sound system, the former because his mixes are the only electronic music that has alot of feeling in it, and the latter because they got some very catchy beats (ie try 'bryant street').

    What I don't like: metal, country, most of new rap (some of the old is done with genuine feeling, and it shows), new pop (madonna, morissette, etc - oh yeah, remember this 'deep' line in madonna's 'frozen': 'you're frozen, when you're heart's not open'. Pure genius! heh).
    Rainy "Collect all zero" Day

    c'mon (none / 0) (#139)
    by monkeyfish on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 06:11:57 PM EST

    "objectively much lower" ?

    [ Parent ]
    yeah, why not? (none / 0) (#191)
    by Rainy on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 08:22:42 PM EST

    I make distinction between music that is of high quality that I don't like (ie CCR, clapton) and music that is, in short, crap (ie long hair metal I heard).
    Rainy "Collect all zero" Day
    [ Parent ]
    King Tubby (none / 0) (#136)
    by thePositron on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:53:13 PM EST

    King Tubby.
    Actually I own a collection of about 2,000 pieces of vynyl and hundreds of Cd's but I won't get into that.

    Let's see... (none / 0) (#137)
    by lastwolf on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 04:53:29 PM EST

    Mostly I listen to punkrock, such as:

    Bad Religion - All time favorite, excellent lyrics too!
    Most punk will do...

    Sometimes I go out and search for some music I normally would never listen to. Today I downloaded some ambient music, a genre which I never heard of, and I liked it. Some other stuff I listen too: Apocalyptica, the Matrix album, some normal rock and my dad's old CD's...

    I guess that's most of it,

    "Take your wings, go out and fly.
    Learn, read and soar the sky."

    stuff i listen to (none / 0) (#138)
    by alvin on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 06:08:26 PM EST

    I will listen to whatever takes my fancy at that particular moment in time, regardless of what task I'm doing. I mainly listen to Christian stuff.

    Christian: All Star United, Audio Adrenaline, Bleach, Common Children, dc Talk, delirious, Fanmail, Five Iron Frenzy, Kumquats, MxPx, Pete Stewart, Relient K, Seven Day Jesus, Skypark, Starflyer 59, Switchfoot, The Choir, Third Day, Wash

    Other: Blur, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and the Heartbeakers, U2 to name a few

    Non-music: Geeks in Space (*ducks*)

    On my 'to investigate' list: Brian Eno, POD, Ramones

    Wow, so much hard stuff. (none / 0) (#141)
    by Dast on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 08:37:26 PM EST

    I usually go for

    DJ Shadow
    Beat Junkies (esp Babu)
    Invisibl Skratch Piklz (esp Q-bert)
    The Roots
    Jurassic 5
    Kool Keith
    De La
    Dilated Peoples
    PB Wolf
    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
    Miles Davis
    John Coletrane

    And a bit of

    Ouch.... Doesn't anyone listen to anything else? (none / 0) (#145)
    by pistols on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 11:08:27 PM EST

    Ok, rock is cool, but can you really stand listening to it *all* the time? Doesn't that get kind of boring?
    • When in my dark shell: Happy Rhodes, Simon & Garfunkel
    • When need to focus on something: Cannon, or silence (only utter silence works. The sound of a central heater system or any other white noise completly destroyes the effect.)
    • When up past my bedtime: most any form of techno. It's gotta be fast though.
    • When around other people: pretty much anything described as 'classic rock'. Pink Floid, Beatles, Grand Funk Railroad (I think that's what it's called)
    • When I'm just listening to music: Angels of Venice, Alan Parson's Project, Michael Martin Murphey, Loreena McKennit, Nirvana, Weird Al, Dr. Demento, KBOO, Balkan folk music, Moody Blues, Crosby/Stills/Nash/andtherearesomemorenamesthatgohere, Final Fantasy III (US) midi's, ... which reminds me... does anyone else listen to midi's anymore? what about <shudder>ms q</shudder>basic modules?

    For the most part I like coding somewhere quiet. I can't multitask. Music requires my full attention when listening... If I code while listening to music, I either listen to the music and forget that I'm programming, or program and stop hearing the music.


    Depends, rock is pretty general (none / 0) (#146)
    by btlzu2 on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 11:28:21 PM EST

    I would have to say I listen to "Rock" without getting sick of it because rock, or pop/rock, encompasses (non-inclusively): The Beatles (The BEST Jerry, the BEST!), Pink Floyd, Radiohead (woohoo!), Blur, The Verve, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Oasis, 3EB, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Creed, Guns And Roses, Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Rolling Stones, The Who (KICK ASS!), etc. etc. What more do you need? :)

    Seriously, rock itself has a lot of variety, but I'll also pop in Tchaikovsky, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Mozart, Simon & Garfunkel, Gipsy Kings, Sarah McLachlan, Miles Davis, etc. However, rock is, and will always be, my primary love. It's the genre that's always stuck with me--and it always will (as long as Radiohead and Blur are around at least!).
    "This machine will not communicate the thoughts and the strain I am under." --Radiohead/Street Spirit (Fade Out)
    [ Parent ]
    My musical tastes (none / 0) (#148)
    by FunkyChild on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 12:24:50 AM EST

    I'll keep it concise and to the point...

    - Underworld
    - n.o.i.s.e
    - Anime soundtracks (Lain, Escaflowne, Eva, Mononoke Hime)
    - Assorted ambient music

    English music:
    - Bjork
    - Jamiroquai

    Japanese music:
    - Glay (I'm a huge fan)
    - L'arc~en~ciel
    - Utada Hikaru
    - Yoko Takahashi
    - X Japan
    - SES (only a few of their Japanese songs)

    Korean Music:
    - S#arp
    - Koyotae
    - J

    - And a whole lot of Miscellaneous other stuff..

    -- Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. And now, you know why.
    My Tastes (none / 0) (#150)
    by dyskordus on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 01:30:59 AM EST

    I don't know that I could be called musically diverse, as I mainly listen to metal. Lately I mainly listen to blackmetal (Old Mans Child, Arcturus, Helheim, etc). I also like <u> Old School </u> punk (Black Flag, Misfits, TSOL, no bubblegum shit), and some hardcore.

    I also like some of the more traditional metal bands (Sepultura, Slayer, Metalica), death metal (Deicide, Cannibal Corpse), and some classic rock (usually Pink Floyd or The Doors).

    Some others that I like but can't exactly define are Agalloch and Strapping Young Lad.

    I cannot stand pop garbage. I want all boy bands dipped in acid. I want Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (sp?) to realize that they need to get porn cariers and quit annoying everybody, or singing as they call it.

    I am also tired of hearing about Korn, and all these bands that sound like them. I am tired of hearing lyrics about being pushed around and never pushing back. I am also tired of sloppy, slow heavy riffs. Give whoever is making your life so horrible a steel-toed boot to the face and pick up some speed for fuck sake!

    "Reality is less than television."-Brian Oblivion.

    Here goes... (none / 0) (#152)
    by stuartf on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 05:16:17 AM EST

    I'm always partial to a bit of the mighty Led Zeppelin. I also love the Beastie Boys, nothing gets me going like a bit of hip hop. Current listening also includes Crowded House, Split Enz, Shihad (I'm a Kiwi), Ben Harper, Jamiroquai. Current favourite CD is "The Art of Zen Relaxation" on the Ninja Tune label - very tasty, especially the DJ Food remix of Irrestible Force "Nepalese Bliss". Lovely. Current favourite song is "Sinner" by Neil Finn - pure pop perfection.

    Mood musics. (none / 0) (#153)
    by Merekat on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 05:19:04 AM EST

    I tend to listen to music when I'm writing, when I'm lying in bed in the dark or when I'm bouncing around in a certain nightclub of dubious decor, so there's a fairly wide range I might listen to. Here are a few of my favourites:

    Writing - Usually something with vocals in the background, like some Massive Attack or Moby. There are exceptions to this. I wrote my dissertation listening to The Divine Comedy album Casanova. Word of warning - do not accidentally sing along to this in computer labs when you cannot hear yourself through your headphones. Some dance type stuff is also good for writing to, eg. the Prodigy, but only if I know what I'm writing already as the beat isn't conducive to thought.

    Chilling - Lying in bed in the dark, nothing except the music to concentrate on. Carl Orff's Carmina Burana works here. Most Radiohead is good for this, especially the new album, which yes, I like, although not in the same way as any of the previous. How to Disappear Completely is a beautiful song. This kind of attention also benefits David Gray and Bjork. Since I'm a bit of an 80s kid, A-ha, esp. Hunting High and Low is really atmospheric.

    Bouncing - Not dance music really, I'm more likely to chill to that and don't really like most of it, although Sonique is quite good at the moment. So I'm more likely to be found being a danger on the dance floor to Rammstein (Du Hast), some Radiohead, esp. Creep, Placebo, Tori Amos (Cornflake Girl), Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Metallica etc. You get the picture. Catharsis music.
    I've always had the greatest respect for other peoples crack-pot beliefs.
    - Sam the Eagle, The Muppet Show

    Its about why, not what (4.00 / 1) (#154)
    by ultrasoul on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 06:25:40 AM EST

    I'm sure many of us feel this way when posed a question like this. Haven't you heard so many different forms of music that sounded good? Haven't you heard some awesome pieces of song that destroy genre classification? There isn't such a thing as mood music as this post seems to define it. My mood doesn't dictate what I listen to, but the other way around. The quality of the music itself forms my mood, whatever that mood may be, into a better mood.

    As I'm writing this, its 6:09 AM EST. I've been awake all night (again), doing whatever it is that keeps me awake. In playlist right now is an album called "If You Can't Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Kitchen" by a group called Ninja Tunes. I don't know what genre it is, quazi-jazz crossed with simple ambient drum beats or something like that. The horn I'm hearing right now in this part of the song is provoking me to write about it, to tell you about it, to draw on my ciggarette, and keep going. I'm in a better mood because of it, yet on my way to school in a bit I'll put on some Moby or something, because hopefully that will improve my mood as I'm walking in the cold around the concrete through traffic to class.

    I don't want to sound like I'm pissing on the post as being unworthy of discussion. I'm not ;). I love music. It amazes me and brings me a feeling of inner quietness some Buddhist monks strive to have and at the same time inspires me to see new things. It transforms the two step process of meditating to remove the thoughts of the past and then looking at the world new into just one. Those two actions occur simultaneously when I listen to music that resounds with me. To bring this to the topic at hand, I've tried very hard to determine exactly what it is that makes some music provoke these feelings and others just come out as noise. Music that improves my mood comes from someone who cares about the music. That caring taps into a quality in the work that makes the sound come out much much closer to what the artist originally thought. This true view of the original thought, this direct connection between two minds is so much clearer then anything that could come through speech. This clarity is what enlightens me.

    So, to answer your question, mystic, I like music that comes from people who genuinely care about it, whatever that is. What I want to hear about is why others feel they resonate with music. Not what music you like, but why is it that you like it?

    Ninja Tune (none / 0) (#156)
    by Cuthalion on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:31:49 AM EST

    Ninja Tune is a record label, not a group. It sounds like you are actually listening to the Ninja Tune compilation If You Can't Stand Da Beatz, Git Outta Da Kitchen. Your description is consistent with this.

    [ Parent ]
    heh (none / 0) (#158)
    by ultrasoul on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:50:21 AM EST

    sorry, 6:09 AM ;)

    I had the CD for years but I never had the case, I only got the name of it when I ripped it to mp3's and freedb to the rescue.. Its been a long time, but if memory serves me right I saw a group called Ninja Tunes at Buzz in DC way back when, but it was probably just a group from that label.

    but thanks for the cluestick anyway. its good tunes, no? (what about the question I asked at the bottom of my comment?)

    [ Parent ]
    um. (4.00 / 1) (#175)
    by Cuthalion on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 06:49:10 PM EST

    (what about the question I asked at the bottom of my comment?)

    I don't really know why I like the music I like. There are definite traits I can isolate that I like, but why music that exhibits those traits speaks to me so, I have no grandoise insights into. My only thoughts are vaguely cynical - I like what I like because I've become trained to like it. My path to listening music started with an Ad Lib card and a couple hundred .ROL files, and expanded to .MODs before I even had anything to play CDs or tapes with. Is it any wonder that I'm now listening to Autechre, Biosphere, & Global Communication?

    I consider aesthetic appreciation to be merely an accidental artifact of the way our internal sentience machines work. Whether it's necessary or not for conciousness or not, I'm damn glad that it's present (er, mostly because having a sense of aesthetics appeals to my senes of aesthetics. Doh).

    np: WAP100 - We Are Reasonable People

    [ Parent ]
    Why I like music? (3.00 / 1) (#161)
    by mystic on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 09:57:39 AM EST

    Hm.. let me see, there are several reasons :

    • It strengthens me when I am weak
    • It give words to my emotions
    • It keeps me company when all others have left me
    • It pumps me up when I am down
    • It stays with me even when the song is over
    • It makes me what I am
    and oh yaa..
    • It is easy to get since there are MP3s !

    [ Parent ]
    I had to vote trance as it's closest... (none / 0) (#155)
    by Mashx on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 07:13:12 AM EST

    ...to what I listen to, but Trance is dead.

    It died about a year ago. It has warped into a hardhouse type thing, and is horrible. Witness 'Zombie Nation' by Kernkraft 400, mixed by Dave clarke, written to take the piss out of the sugartrance-loving masses (geddit?). Even a year ago, the amount of trance that was coming out that was originally released six or seven years ago was ridiculous.

    But there is better stuff out there. One label to check out is Circulation, and they have an album called 'Colours' which is excellent. For more breakbeat style of trance, try Distinctive Breaks 'Y3K'. There is also the Bedrock album, and the Tyrant album for some quality tracks.

    As for quality trance, have a listen to these tracks:

    Ultraviolet: 'Heaven'
    Subgod: 'Velodrome TV'
    Futureshock: 'Sparc'
    Hennes & Cold: 'The second Trip'
    Kraftwerk: 'Expo 2000' DJ Rolando and Orbital remixes

    How many of those are available on anything other than vinyl though I don't know.

    Other than trance though, I have a huge amount of mix Minidiscs that I have made up from my record collection, and this includes tribal house (like Ashley Beedle's stuff) , hip hop, drum and bass (Hype), ambient (Coldcut style), breakbeat, garage (London style), techno of all varieties, whether pure as in Detroit style, or Funky shit like Alien Funk or Abstract Dance (Colin Dale), or Acid (DJ Pierre- thankyou for Phuture).. I bring in old Reggae like Dillinga.


    ... (none / 0) (#181)
    by SpeedFrog on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 11:13:56 PM EST

    Hennes & Cold - The Second Trip...now that track rocks. I assume you're referring to the DJ Scot Project remix though? :)

    The original mix of Second Trip (released on the Kai Tracid label, I think, as a B-side to the First Trip) was nothing special; basically Hennes & Cold just replaced one sample with another, and did it poorly to boot. The Scot Project remix brings in that fat bass-line that he's reknowned for, and completes transforms the entire song :)

    Most of the (trance-related) world seems to be going crazy over Mauro Picotto, and the Nukleuz Green label to a lesser extent. It -is- understandable; he is a talented guy, but the majority of his tracks are very similar sounding:

  • heavy industrial/hard house intro and bassline
  • breakdown into a very uplifting synth line in the middle of the track
  • heavy outro combined with the synth line

    And even then, most of the synths sound similar.

    Ever compared "Gonna Get Ya" (Lizard Remixes) with Komodo? Or Pegasus?

    They're all pretty good tracks, but i don't think his work is too varied :)

    My two favourite tracks of all time would have to be:

  • Push! - Universal Nation
  • Parker & Clind - Generator [Power Club Mix]

    [ Parent ]
  • And so on... (none / 0) (#198)
    by Mashx on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 08:41:27 AM EST

    Hennes & Cold - The Second Trip...now that track rocks. I assume you're referring to the DJ Scot Project remix though? :)

    Most definitely. I didn't get the Kai Tracid release, although that is a label I have loads of tracks from, simply because I didn't think it was that good, but that bassline... Damn. The same goes for the Chris Zippel remix of Ultraviolet's 'Heaven', especially useful for mixing from other bass heavy tracks and just making it sound as though it is being warped: something like 'Subterfuge' by Noel Sanger on Limbo.

    Have to agree with you about Mauro Picotto, I bought Iguana but haven't wanted to buy anything else like the Lizard remixes or those you mention, simply because they sound the same: it is what I noticed with a lot of the trance, especially in the last year. It has moved from my trance rack to my hard house rack. And I think it is the only Green Nukleuz in there: plenty by DJ Gee etc., on the Red and Blue labels. ;-)

    The one person that seems to always be able to bring something fresh to his tracks is Pablo Gargano of Eve Records. I play his first release on Eve, and still it sounds better than quite a bit of the trance being released now. In fact, I play his Rabbit City releases and they sound better than some of it!

    Universal Nation was one massive tune, and something I was mixing with back in November 98 when I first heard it, and it had already been out a long time then I think: I was amused to see it get bigger and bigger once some of the big names started playing it... I think Oliver Lieb did one of the best remixes of it, although the original is still the best. I can remember Sasha playing it in Twilo, and the place erupting pretty spectacularly, and that was at 11 in the morning.. It was from there that I started listening to John Digweed and the Bedrock style, and now I have started creating a completely different sound. The last minidisc I did consisted of these tracks:

      1. Truelove Collective: Phuture [TLOVE5]
      2. Kristine Blond: Love Shy (?? ?? Mix) [Bootleg]
      3. Leftfield: Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix)
      4. Dave Clarke: Red 2
      5. Oliver Lieb: Subraumstimulation (Sander Kleineberg Mix)
      6. Journeyman: Useful Numbers: 0800
      7. Pob: Waah (Original Seismix)
      8. Ultraviolet: Heaven (Chris Zippel Sky Soaring Remix)
      9. Breakneck: Chapter Two (Side B) [White]
      10. DJ Hell: My Definition of House Music (Resistance D Mix)
      11. Circulation: White(Side A)
      12. Aphex Twin: Rabbit City*002 (Aboriginal Mix) [ie Digeridoo]

    Don't ask me where I got the idea to put those tracks together, I was just picking things out as I did it. I should be uploading it soon as an MP3, so if you want to have a listen, let me know.

    Have yet to hear that Parker and Clind track, but certainly will now,... Cheers.

    [ Parent ]

    Hennes & Cold (none / 0) (#190)
    by spiralx on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 08:04:30 AM EST

    Hmm, can't remember whether I've got that one... is it on Tracid Trax? Might have been licensed to TEC over here, but I'm not sure.

    You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey
    [ Parent ]

    Too Broad To Answer Effectively (none / 0) (#159)
    by mrnoodles on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 09:53:12 AM EST

    But here's a few CDs that are getting lots of attention from me recently:

    At work (coding, admin, etc)
    Deep Dish -- Renaissance Ibiza (house)
    Danny Tenaglia -- Global Underground 017 (house)
    Steve Lawler -- Dark Drums (house)
    Dieselboy -- 611 Mix Series Vol 1 (drum n bass)
    + various mp3s of DJ mixes (trance, techno, house, dnb)

    At Home (relaxing, partying, etc)
    Spiritualized -- Ladies And Gentlemen We're Floating In Space (rock)
    Belle & Sebastien -- If You're Feeling Sinister (rock)
    The Weakerthans -- Left And Leaving (rock)
    Nick Drake -- Bryter Layter (rock)
    Mark Farina -- San Fransisco Sessions Vol 1 (house)
    Herbie Hancock -- Headhunters (jazz)

    My take on music (as with most culture) is that there is something of worth in every kind of music. So I listen to mostly rock and dance stuff, but i love jazz and classical, and some country, and all kinds of other 'stuff'. Basically, if it's 'good' I'll listen (could I be any more vague? :-)


    Whoops (none / 0) (#185)
    by desfido on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 02:07:31 AM EST

    This is makes my own, later-posted comment redundent. Guess I'm too trigger happy with the posting of comments.

    But maybe I'm just saying that because I'm usually a lurker by nature. Oh well.

    Thus endeth comment the fourth.

    all fear the DEad Stick FIgures of DOom!
    [ Parent ]
    Music (none / 0) (#160)
    by ajschu on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 09:55:22 AM EST

    I'm a little late to this thread, but here goes:

    I don't generally listen to specific music during given activities. Favorite bands/artists include:

    I also listen to Eminem, Great Big Sea, Sister Hazel, Splender, Reel Big Fish, Cravin' Melon, and whatever my roommate's playing at a given time.


    Soemthing different (5.00 / 1) (#162)
    by Dakkon on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 10:01:22 AM EST

    I'm going to stick my neck out on a limb here. No one else seems to have mentioned Celtic and Folk music.
    <br How many of you like Loreena McKennit? I know there have to be a few of you out there. She has a stunningly beautiful voice. She definately falls somewhere under the category of Celtic/Folk.
    Some of my favorite groups in this category are:
    Woods Tea Company
    Alasdair Fraser
    Seamus Kennedy

    I also like some various lighter New Age type music.
    Ray Lynch
    David Lanz

    Of course I listen to other stuff as well. When driving to and from work I either listen to NPR or the local classic rock station. At home, when I'm in a hyperactive mood I tend to listen to various forms of Rock/Metal. When I'm just sort of sitting around doing nothing in particular but generally in a good mood I listen to Celtic/Folk. When I'm in a more reflective/peaceful mood and particularly when I'm reading I listen to classical (Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Mendelson(sp?), Pachabell (I happen to like his other works), and so on and so forth).

    I also happen to take a particular enjoyment in singing. I'm in one choir right now, and in theory a few friends and myself are going to be starting a quartet (if I can ever get a straight answer from them that is).

    Oh, and when I code? I listen to celtic or classical. Anything else distracts me too much. In particular, anything without vocals. If there is vocal accompanyment I will invariably start singing along with it and thats bad when I'm supposed to be doing something else.


    What's up with all the guitar based music? (none / 0) (#163)
    by spiralx on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 10:38:46 AM EST

    It certainly seems that "guitar-based rock" is far more prevalent in America than it is here in the UK, where the prevaling forms of music seem to be indie and dance music. Which is kind of funny, as a lot of the early influences on dance music came from places like Detroit, New York and Chicago, but are practically unknown even in their home cities...

    Anyway, I'm mainly into some of the harder forms of dance music at the moment, although I certainly still listen to a fair amount of other stuff. The genres I'm interested are techno, Detroit techno, acid techno, hard house, deep house, house, tech-house, drum and bass, nu-skool breaks, ghetto-tech and well pretty much everything except for UK garage, which sucks big time. As for specific DJs or artists, ones I've enjoyed are Fumiya Tanaka, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Dave Angel, Steve Thomas, Tony De Vit, Pure Science, Monkey Pilot, Tequilac, Inspekta Skratch, and waaay to many I can't remember off the top of my head...

    Still into death and black metal when I'm in the mood, I bought myself a new Satyricon album last week. I also enjoy At the Gates, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Primordial, Emporer, Bal-Sagoth, Hades, Hecate Enthroned, Burzum and many others.

    There's plenty of other stuff I enjoy as well, but it tends to be stuff I hear rather than buy, so I can't really say what it is :)

    You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey

    What? (none / 0) (#197)
    by Mashx on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 08:21:32 AM EST

    pretty much everything except for UK garage, which sucks big time

    You mean you don't like 'Out of my mind' by Tru Steppers???!!!??? Are you some kind of freak?

    Shame on you ;-)

    [ Parent ]

    Where's jazz? (none / 0) (#165)
    by Paul_F on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 12:35:22 PM EST

    You have like 20 different kinds of rock music to choose from but no jazz category.

    That being said if you like guitar music John Mclaughlin is a god! Also, look for him under Mahavishnu

    Great poll it's helped out my searches a lot.

    John Mclaughlin (none / 0) (#210)
    by stewartj76 on Fri Dec 01, 2000 at 04:27:52 PM EST

    I couldn't help laughing at that. I hope that's not John Mclaughlin from the Mclaughlin group. Just seeing the name made me think of the SNL skits with Dana Carvey as John M. "I'm not finished with your name!" "Issue number 4: what will issue number 12 be?" and, of course, "WRONG!"

    It's friday, what can I say?

    [ Parent ]
    A short list (none / 0) (#166)
    by DontTreadOnMe on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 01:09:15 PM EST

    Much depends on the mood, however

    1) Industrial (Pop Will Eat Itself, KMFDM, etc.)
    2) Punk (of various genres, including UK, west coast, east coast, German, Russian, French, and Finnish ... punk fans will realise just how different and diverse punk music really is)
    3) Goth -- sometimes it just fits the mood
    4) Classic Rock
    5) Heavy Metal
    6) Classical (Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, etc. -- strings and piano concertos preferred)
    7) Rap and Hip Hop

    What I can't stand:

    1) Country Wester
    2) House (one or two notable exceptions however)
    n) Brittany Spears
    n+1) Modanna
    http://openflick.org - Fighting Copyright with Free Media
    yay (none / 0) (#180)
    by tang on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 10:44:31 PM EST

    I would just like to say I love pop will eat itself, are there many other poppies out there? I can never seem to locate anyone else near me who listens to them:)

    [ Parent ]
    Ecclectic, like everyone else :) (none / 0) (#167)
    by HypoLuxa on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 01:12:27 PM EST

    Since I listen to a LOT of music, I thought I would just throw out some records I have been listening to in the past little bit:
    • Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
    • Roni Size and Reprazent - New Forms
    • DJ Icey - Essential Mix
    • Console - 14 Zero Zero 12"
    • Funkstorung - Post.Art
    • Massive Attack - Blue Lines
    • Chemlab - East Side Militia
    • Squarepusher - Budakhan Mindphone
    • Bjork - Selmasongs

    I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons.
    - Leonard Cohen
    Radio K5? (4.50 / 2) (#168)
    by sab39 on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 02:53:42 PM EST

    How about it? Upload an MP3, it gets voted on in the queue, after "n" votes it gets played or discarded. Set up an icecast server and keep a cache of songs that can be played in the absence of anything in the queue.

    Someone would have to look into the copyright issue. I suspect that most of the songs to be uploaded would be copyrighted, so at the very least each song would have to be discarded after being played. But even then, that could be considered a "performance" under copyright law, in which case someone would have to pay someone something...

    Just my thoughts...

    Stuart (http://radio.kuro5hin.org/ ?).
    "Forty-two" -- Deep Thought
    "Quinze" -- Amélie

    © issues ?? (none / 0) (#179)
    by mystic on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 09:04:07 PM EST

    I see big problems with your idea sab39. I would love to have something like this, but I fear that the © hassle will create more trouble than the music is worth. If we bring MP3s to the web server, poor rusty and party will be having endless nights with lawyers. Remembers MP3.com?

    [ Parent ]
    Classical for programming , jazz the rest of times (none / 0) (#169)
    by Aldebaran on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 02:55:41 PM EST

    When I'm working , Bartok, Stravinsky, Prokoviev or Schostakovitch .

    After the work, Keith Jarett, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans ...

    No "pop" here (none / 0) (#170)
    by Mr. Piccolo on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 04:01:43 PM EST

    The one thing I can't stand is the utter tripe that the major labels market.

    As far as what I like the most, I can't decide between Orbital, Einsturzende Neubauten, or King Crimson what my absolute favorite is!

    Other than those, here's a list of artists I don't mind listening to but haven't gotten around to actually buying the CDs yet:

    Noise: Merzbow, Aube, Brutum Fulmen

    Hard Rock/Metal: AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Motorhead, all Megadeth except "Risk", pre-Bob Rock Metallica, the final Smashing Pumpkins album, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Fozzy, Spinal Tap, my brother's one-off project the Metalloids (doesn't really exist except as an assignment for his chemistry class, but their only song is pretty good nonetheless)

    Punk: Ramones, Sex Pistols

    Country: Johnny Cash's "Burning Ring of Fire" is about the only "country" song I like

    Rap: Anything with an actual DJ, which leaves out most everything since "gansgta rap" appeared

    Blues: Anything not involving Eric Clapton (the most overrated guitarist in the history of music), especially R.L. Burnside

    Classic Rock: Pink Floyd before "Dark Side of the Moon", Bob Dylan, Jimi

    Folk: Bob Dylan

    Funk: Sly & the Family Stone, George Clinton's various projects

    Electronic: Autechre, Atari Teenage Riot, Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, also old avant-garde tape compositions (the original electronic music)

    Industrial: Ministry, old true Industrial such as Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire

    Classical: J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Schoenberg and other avant-garde composers

    Other: Anything Robert Fripp touches

    There's probably tons that I left out here that I would like, but I don't want this to go on forever. Overall it's got to be beautiful, or convey real emotion, or technically difficult to perform properly, or completely unlistenable to the vast population. Preferably more than one of the above ;-)

    That leaves out just about anything on the Billboard charts these days, except maybe AC/DC.

    The BBC would like to apologise for the following comment.

    My taste ... (none / 0) (#171)
    by Dolphineus on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 04:38:44 PM EST

    Like a lot of the people here, I listen to a lot of different things, and most of it is stuff you will not hear on the radio (with the exception of the unbelievably cool stations like 88.5 WXPN out of Philly). But then again, I've gotten used to people saying "Who?" when I tell them what I listen to. About 10 years ago my music listening habits changed when I discovered jam/groove/improv rock, for lack of better terms. It was seeing Blues Traveler live for the first time that woke me up to what music could be. Basically, any band that lives on stage and is not afraid to experiment in a live setting does it for me I love the feeling you get when you go to a concert and have no idea where they are going, but you are enjoying the ride anyway.

    Current favorites include a lot of blues-rock or jazz-rock :
    The Derek Trucks Band - a fantastic collection of musicians schooled in blues and jazz who know how to let it flow.
    Gov't Mule (R.I.P. Allen Woody), possibly the best live band I have ever seen (and thats quite a few). A loud, hard cohesive jam band. Comfortable playing their own songs as well as covering everything from jazz (Coltrane, Miles, or check out their 1/2 hour version of Mongo Santamaria's Afro Blue on their latest live album, Live With A Little Help From Our Friends) to old blues standards to ZZ Top, Dylan, Dave Mason or even Black Sabbath.
    Susan Tedeschi, an up and coming blues star with a powerful voice.
    Indigenous, a quartet of Nakota Indians who must be making Stevie Ray Vaughan smile from beyond.
    Keb Mo. Coming from Compton, the blues is an unusual choice of musical styles, but he is a natural.

    Also, 88.5 WXPN has introduced me to many terrific acts, mostly of the singer songwriter variety, including Sinead Lohan, David Gray, Cowboy Junkies, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and Indigenous.

    WXPN rocks my world. (none / 0) (#196)
    by Kyrrin on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 05:57:27 AM EST

    I live *just* on the edge of XPN's range, and there are times I can get it in the car - bliss! I adore the fact that they're so *diverse*. They also get a great deal of respect from me for sponsoring the World Cafe nights; think MTV Unplugged, only, well, not sucking...

    The one thing I'm surprised is that no one has mentioned Moxy Fruvous yet! Fruvous -- "high-powered Canadian exports", as they tend to joke -- consists of four of the most musically talented men I've ever had the joy of hearing, and their music is so amazingly diverse that it goes from a-capella war protest songs to covers of old Tom Waits songs to goofy songs about literature, etc, etc. No two songs are alike.

    "I'm the screen, the blinding light; I'm the screen, I work at night. I see today with a newsprint fray, my night is colored headache grey, don't wake me with so much..." -- REM
    [ Parent ]
    more music. some obscure but good things. (none / 0) (#172)
    by noumena9 on Mon Nov 27, 2000 at 05:01:12 PM EST

    coding, admin:

    boards of canada, stereolab (peng!, switched on, transient random noisebursts), cocteau twins (live at BBC, heaven or las vegas), pale saints, boo radleys (everything's...), tortoise, oval, yo la tengo, spiritualized (lazer guided melodies), the telescopes, aphex twin selected ambient works 1 & 2, seefeel.

    listening to listen:

    miles davis's bitches brew, glen gould playing bach, squarepusher (feed me weird things), low.


    my bloody valentine (loveless), flying saucer attack, spacemen3.


    old dylan on vinyl. only.

    jazz- my favorites (none / 0) (#182)
    by _bandit on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 12:05:52 AM EST

    I listen to jazz and classical almost exclusively. I am open to other music forms, but jazz is by far the most satisfying music to me. Here are my absolute favorites. Hope you enjoy...

    Peter Erskine ("Time Being")
    John Coltrane ("Giant Steps")
    Wynton Marsalis ("Black Codes")
    John Pattitucci ("John Pattitucci")
    Brad Melhdua
    Joshua Redman

    I'd love to hear about the best jazz albums other kuro5hin readers have heard. Email me!

    My stupid opinion (4.00 / 1) (#184)
    by desfido on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 01:59:02 AM EST

    Personally, I don't have specific music that I like to listen to when I'm doing particular tasks or experiencing particular emotions. I just will suddenly feel, "I want to listen to x song or album by y artist." I listen to it for a while, and sometimes I do stuff, and sometimes I just listen. Eventually, either I get hit by the feeling to listen to something else (including nothing), or by my roommate, because he gets tired of listening to the same thing again quicker than I do :)

    I don't think that listing genres is a particularly good way to go about listing this sort of thing, because personally, though I mainly listen to stuff in rock and techno and their derivatives (which admittedly covers a lot), I listen to stuff because I think it sounds good, so I've been known to listen to rap, country, bluegrass, and basically pretty much everything at least a bit.

    I listen to a fair number of different artists:

    • David Bowie
    • DJ Spooky
    • Sleater-Kinney
    • The Greyboy Allstars
    • Aphex Twin
    • Nirvana
    • The Beatles
    • Blur
    • Liz Phair
    • The Sex Pistols
    • Ministry
    • Skinny Puppy
    • Chemlab
    • It's a Beautiful Day
    • Simon and Garfunkel
    • Bentley Rhythm Ace
    • REM
    • Pulp
    • Violent Femmes
    • Rolling Stones
    • Elliot Smith
    • Moby
    • Massive Attack
    • Man or Astro-Man?
    • Soul Coughing
    • Lords of Acid
    • Atom and His Package
    plus assorted Classical works, anime and movie scores/soundtracks, and so forth. In other words, I hate the same things as the writer of this article :) [I'm here for the rest of the week folks, enjoy the veal!]

    Thus endeth comment the third.

    all fear the DEad Stick FIgures of DOom!
    Short list (4.00 / 1) (#188)
    by farlukar on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 03:02:41 AM EST

    from memory:
    NoMeansNo Shellac Underworld Ministry Plaid Swell Red Snapper Ministry Speedy J Pitchshifter Kyuss This Mortal Coil Orbital The Orb Slint Tool Scorn Senser Beatles Solbakken Soundgarden Photek Einstürzende Neubauten Urban Dance Squad Biosphere μ-ziq Mr. Bungle The Ex PJHarvey Victims Family Soul Coughing Autechre Joy Division Sloan Grieg Tschaikovski Smashing Pumpkins The Black Dog The For Carnation Sigur Rós Queens Of The Stone Age Nils Petter Molvær ...
    But lots more.
    $ make install not war

    Primary artist (2.00 / 1) (#189)
    by Helmholtz on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 07:33:41 AM EST

    Primarilly I listen to Frank Zappa (including The Mothers Of Invention stuff).

    Also of interest:

    1. David Bowie (1969-1980,1998->present)
    2. Iggy Pop (including The Stooges stuff)
    3. The Velvet Underground
    4. Pink Martini
    5. Godsmack
    6. Faith No More
    7. Led Zeppelin
    8. Jimi Hendrix
    9. Bob Dylan
    10. Some techno stuff ... Orbital mostly
    11. Assundry other stuff ... don't want the list to be pages long

    ...everybody's pinned ya baby, but nobody cares ...
    Wow (3.00 / 1) (#192)
    by cloudnine on Tue Nov 28, 2000 at 08:53:19 PM EST

    What a wonderfully diverse musical crowd we have here! :-) I suppose I'll add to the list. I was a music major in school, so i must list J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, and Steve Reich as some of my favorites. I usually find myself listening to modern rock, though. For some reason, guitar rock is my thing. I guess being a guitar player encourages that.... My favorites of all time would be (in no particular order)

    -Smashing Pumkins (Corgan has quite the melodic gift)
    -Pavement (Wonderful, powerful, and off the wall songwriting)
    -My Bloody Valentine
    -Modest Mouse
    -Archers of Loaf (RIP)

    Recently, I've been listening to alot of Duster and 764-hero. OK, thanks for letting me share!

    Unorthodox tastes (none / 0) (#199)
    by Mandos on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 11:01:34 AM EST

    Considering what most people here have posted, it seems my tastes in music are a little unorthodox. I like

  • opera, particularly by Verdi, Rossini, and Bizet
  • musicals, especially Les Misérables
  • classical, especially Shostakovich, Bizet, Orff, Moussorgsky, Ravel, and several others.
  • Celtic, particularly Enya and Loreena McKennit
  • Sarah McLachlan-type stuff
  • Canadian east coast stuff (goes with Celtic)
  • Humor, like the Arrogant Worms, Tom Lehrer, the Vestibules, etc, etc.

    `o Mandos `o tyrannos tôn 'exoterikôn

  • nah... (3.50 / 2) (#207)
    by komisch on Thu Nov 30, 2000 at 07:54:12 PM EST

    I really like Mozart. The Marriage of Figaro has got to be one of the best opera's I have ever heard. I also have been listening to Brahams German Requiem quite a lot because I am going to be singing it next year. :-) That is such a beautiful piece of music. I like John Rutter and Tschaikovsky too. But then on the flip side a little Cypress Hill now and then helps me clean out the ol ears. I then go back to my classical and realize how impressive those people were when they created that music. I really like Moby though when I am not in the mood for Classical, there is something about is music that is very cool.
    "You are repose and gentle peace, You are longing and what stills it..." Friedrich Ruckert
    [ Parent ]
    Mozart (none / 0) (#208)
    by Mandos on Fri Dec 01, 2000 at 09:55:40 AM EST

    Oh, I like the Marriage of Figaro too, but I think that The Barber of Seville by Rossini is slightly better; I find Mozart occasionally soporific. My favorite opera, actually, is Verdi's Aïda (despite the Orientalism), because it really goes along with the sort of fiction I like, that being anthropological/culture-shock SciFi and fantasy. Tchaikovsky I also like, but haven't heard him in a while. Never heard Rutter, is he program music (my favorite sort of orchestral)? Oh, and I also really like Saint-Saëns, particularly the Danse Macabre.

    `o Mandos `o tyrannos tôn 'exoterikôn
    [ Parent ]

    Operas by Mozart, and how about Keith Emerson? (none / 0) (#209)
    by rush2112 on Fri Dec 01, 2000 at 01:27:24 PM EST

    What do you think of Mozart's Don Giovanni? That's my favorite opera. Getting away from Opera for a moment, I think Mozart's Requim was his most beautiful and impressive work.

    Besides that, my taste in classical almost completely resides in the Romanticism era (I love experimentation in music)

    Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt are the "big three" for me, and as a pianist myself, having played some of Keith Emerson's more classical work, I feel he is of the same caliber and deserves to be mentioned (although his style is modern-classical making it difficult to compare.)

    If you're unfamiliar with Keith Emerson's classically inspired work, I recommend the following (from Emerson, Lake and Palmer) I feel these best showcase his talent:

    from the album Works: Volume I -
    Piano Concerto No.1

    from the album Trilogy -
    The Endless Enigma (i strongly recommend this one, especially for the fugue in the middle of the song)
    The Sheriff (last 20 seconds are incredibly impressive)

    from the album Emerson, Lake and Palmer -
    Take a Pebble
    The Three Fates

    from the album Tarkus -

    from the album Brain Salad Surgery -
    Benny the Bouncer (best rag-time solo I've ever heard)

    [ Parent ]
    How about John Adams's Opera "Nixon in China& (none / 0) (#217)
    by artsygeek on Mon Dec 30, 2002 at 05:51:21 PM EST

    It's one of my favorites.

    [ Parent ]
    well... (none / 0) (#200)
    by Moghedien on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 01:59:24 PM EST

    I listen to music all day. Even when I really should be doing something else. Oh well... here's a selection:

    • Seigmen - relatively unknown outside Norway, but their unique sound and intelligent lyrics have embedded themselves into my feeble brain.
    • Subgud - another Norwegian band.
    • Madrugada - hm. Depressive rock. Another Norwegian band.
    • Bauhaus
    • The Cure
    • The Sisters of Mercy
    • My Dying Bride
    • Zeromancer - Norwegian industrial band
    • Lacuna Coil
    • Radiohead
    • REM
    • Faith No More
    • Bel Canto
    • Cocteau Twins
    • Alien Sex Fiend
    • Sex Gang Children
    • Black Sabbath
    • Recoil
    • Nine Inch Nails
    • Cybele
    • A Perfect Circle
    • Pink Floyd
    • The Doors
    • Curve
    • Depeche Mode
    • The Mission
    • Siouxsie and the Banshees
    • The Smashing Pumpkins
    • :wumpscut:
    • Placebo
    • Alice Cooper
    • Apoptygma Berzerk
    • Ashengrace
    • Bad Religion
    • Black Tape For a Blue Girl
    • Cinema Strange
    • Enstürzende Neubauten
    • Kraftwerk
    • Love and Rockets
    • Lycia
    • Ministry
    • Nightwish
    • Peter Murphy
    • Portishead
    • Psychotica
    • Rosetta Stone
    • Skinny Puppy
    • Stabbing Westward
    • Switchblade Symphony
    • Symphony X
    • Tapping the Vein
    • The Sins of Thy Beloved
    • This Ascension
    • Tones on Tail
    • Type O Negative
    • U2
    • VAST
    • VAC
    • You Shriek
    • Corvine
    • Gossamer
    • Filter
    • Dødt Løp
    • Garbage
    • London After Midnight
    • Moonlight Awakening
    • Neurepublik
    • Nirvana
    • Alice In Chains
    • Soundgarden

    ..that should cover some of it, at least.

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    zappazappazappa (none / 0) (#202)
    by satai on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 11:06:12 PM EST

    Frank Zappa is my primary listening. In addition to the prolific output of Mr. Zappa, I tend to listen to -- Dream Theater Spock's Beard Flower Kings (ok, hit all the "modern prog" bases) Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins Steve Vai (got the Zappa alums) SRV (of course) VAST NIN - all the albums, even the remix EPs The Guess Who Bruce Springsteen Blue Oyster Cult Phish Mourning Widows (Nuno's new band - AMAZING) Queen, the mother of all 'classic rock' bands. as a subcategory -- I listen to the solo stuff as well. Roger Taylor, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and I've even got the John Deacon song from the 80's... I've got a fairly large CD collection for my age (19) despite it being dwarfed by most 'professional' collectors, so I usually have a bunch of things to choose from. Lately I've also been picking up classical CD's *and* the scores, so I can follow along. I tend to listen to Dvorak, Varese and Stravinsky. I love music. "Music is the Best." - FZ

    zappazappazappa (none / 0) (#203)
    by satai on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 11:07:07 PM EST

    (Aw, CRAP, I posted it wrong the first time. There goes whatever semblence of Karma I had...)

    Frank Zappa is my primary listening.

    In addition to the prolific output of Mr. Zappa, I tend to listen to --

    Dream Theater
    Spock's Beard
    Flower Kings (ok, hit all the "modern prog" bases)

    Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins
    Steve Vai (got the Zappa alums)

    SRV (of course)

    NIN - all the albums, even the remix EPs

    The Guess Who
    Bruce Springsteen
    Blue Oyster Cult

    Mourning Widows (Nuno's new band - AMAZING)

    Queen, the mother of all 'classic rock' bands.
    as a subcategory -- I listen to the solo stuff as well.
    Roger Taylor, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and I've even got the John Deacon song from the 80's...

    I've got a fairly large CD collection for my age (19) despite it being dwarfed by most 'professional' collectors, so I usually have a bunch of things to choose from. Lately I've also been picking up classical CD's *and* the scores, so I can follow along. I tend to listen to Dvorak, Varese and Stravinsky.

    I love music.

    "Music is the Best." - FZ

    Muzak. (1.20 / 5) (#206)
    by srw1080 on Thu Nov 30, 2000 at 01:55:11 PM EST

    Trip Hop, Dub, AcidJazz, and mostly anything Downtempo. Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Lamb, anything released by Om.

    Rock alll the way (none / 0) (#212)
    by slakhead on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 04:31:50 PM EST

    Because I live so close to Vancouver, BC I get the Canadian rock stations really well. As a result, I listen to a lot of canadian rock like Matthew Good Band, Tragically Hip, Big Wreck, Our Lady Peace, and The Tea Party.

    I also listen to Sabbath, ACDC, Live, Foo Fighters, The Beatles (of course), Pearl Jam (current favorite), many other rock groups minus Creed.

    Some of the lesser known/regarded groups I like include Death Cab for Cutie, Harvey Danger, and Coldplay (who i guess are now hitting it big; good for them!)

    Oh and I almost forgot the amazing RADIOHEAD!
    Thats it.

    Lots of different stuff (none / 0) (#215)
    by ajdecon on Wed Jun 26, 2002 at 07:48:32 PM EST

    Rock, pop, classical, whatever, but especially jazz. Style varies depending on mood, but lately I've really enjoyed a lot of fusion; one band that comes to mind is "Charged Particles," a sorta local group. (They're centered in Toledo; I live in Michigan.)
    "Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself."
    -Richard Feynman
    Just about everything under the sun (none / 0) (#216)
    by artsygeek on Mon Dec 30, 2002 at 05:50:08 PM EST

    a brief gloss-over: Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan Dawud Wharnsby Ali Klezmatics Sleater-Kinney Wilco Our Lady Peace The Juliana Theory The Fugs Rusted Root Belly (Tanya Donelly's band, not that hideous movie) DJ Logic Freaky Flow Velvet Underground Bright Eyes Classical Composers John Adams, John Cage, Steve Reich

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