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akaCG
As of the last two days or so, I've been bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Fiona Apple's version of "Why Try To Change Me Now?". I'm almost pretty sure that I'm almost ready to decide that I almost like her version of it better than Frank Sinatra's.

...

Aw, heck. Enough pussyfooting. 'Far as I'm concerned, hers blows Frank's version away.

So, without further ados, ...

Here she is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uf1n1wUfxE


Anyways, ...

Question(s):

Have you been "obsessing" about any songs lately? If so, care to share?


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moif
I never stop obsessing about music. There is always a track thats playing in the back of my head , often I stick them in my signiture but thats only when I'm obsessing about it as I write a post. Today I'm currently obsessing over a techno remix of Ghostbusters, I particularly like the middle bit from circa 1:05.

I'm also rather dippy about some really cheap, but very jolly remakes of old 1980's hits by a German team known as Novaspace. The originality is mediocre, but the speed and energy is brilliant and this stuff just makes me want to dance. Beds are burning & Dancing with tears in my eyes.

Its not all techno however, yesterday evening I was floating on waves of sound as I listened to Carver's 'The Minotaur'
Julian
Just lately I've been most keen on the recent album releases by:
Skunk Anansie, particularly the opening track Your God Loves Only You and Over the Love
Irish Rockabilly revivalist Imelda May; particularly the internet-only remix of the track Inside Out on her new ablum Mayhem
Paloma Faith, particularly the tracks New York (Radio Edit) and Upside Down, which has a ridiculously catchy sampled intro.

Typing them out like that, I notice they're all female vocalists. I can't remember the last time my earworm of choice came from a male-fronted band - it was probably the track Kingdom of Rust by Doves two years ago
lo rez
Janelle Monae is topping my list right now. This one's called Tightrope.
Mrs. Pigpen
My favorite band is Social Distortion. Lately I've been listening to their latest release. Mike Ness remains awesome. I can't believe how long they've been around, and they're still doing tours.
BoF
I have about 900 LPs. Over thr past 12 years I have ben digitizing them in a program called DART.
http://www.dartpro.com/index.html

Recently I've completely restored LPs by Jimmy Reed (one of his Bluesway efforts “Soulin’” and as far as I can tell one that hasn’t appeared on commercial CD) and Howard Roberts's "Guilty."

Last week I restored an early of Roomful of Blues effort simply called "Roomful of Blues," and this week I'll be finishing another early RoB album, "Hot Little Mama."

The late Porky Cohn, my favorite trombone player, was on the second LP.

Restoring a song makes it necessary to listen to a song at least twice - once while recording and again after running the restoration tools. I usually listen to all the songs again in the car, after burning them to CD.

So, I’m always obsessed with whatever I’m working on in DART.
entspeak
My most recent music purchase is a remake of The Psychedelic Furs "Ghost in You" by Matthew Puckett - trying to figure it out on guitar.

Most of the music I listen to is somewhat electronic in nature and I'm a huge fan of remixes and remixing (a hobby).

I love this remix of Silversun Pickups "Lazy Eye" as well as this remix Trent Reznor did of his own "The Frail" - should I ever direct Shakespeare's The Tempest, this will be the opening song.

I am also listening to:

Sigur Rós

Peter Fox and Seeed

Stars

Ray Montagne

Yann Tiersen

Mumford and Sons.
pheeler
As far as new music goes, Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon is a better album than the one that got the Grammy. I especially love the song Pony Up. The singer's voice is so perfectly hoarse and soulful to contrast the almost prog instrumental. The Immortals is another noteworthy song.

I'm always obsessed with a Zeppelin riff, right now it's Heartbreaker. I'll learn the rhythm part, try the solo and give up as usual I predict.
quarkhead
Well right now I'm in the final tracking stage of my next release, to be titled Division Street. So I'm listening to my own tracks rather a lot right now. As I get to the mixing stage, I will throw on some reference material, chosen not for its place in my musical pantheon, but for its engineering brilliance. Aja by Steely Dan is a perfect record for referencing mixes, it's almost perfectly recorded and mixed.

Some of the material for my album is available for listening - with songs in various stages of completion - here.

I'm excited tonight because I just found out one of my songs is being considered for placement in a reality TV show - I don't know which one, but could be an opportunity for some royalties! I just hope it's not one of those bottom-of-the-barrel shows. Oh, who am I kidding, aren't they all? But hey, if it gets my music out there, I don't mind!

As far as other artists, there are a few I've been listening to more than others:

Tinariwen - these guys are simply awesome.

Devotchka - from Colorado, their music was in Little Miss Sunshine and in Gears of War II

Anais Mitchell - great acoustic guitarist, wonderful songwriter, she's just awesome. Great lyrics.

Brother Ali - this guy has an outrageous flow.

Joanna Newsom - Amazing harpist, songwriter - she's the whole package.
Belshazzar
QUOTE(quarkhead @ Feb 15 2011, 01:14 AM) *
Joanna Newsom - Amazing harpist, songwriter - she's the whole package.

I have a love/hate thing with her. I think I could get into Newsom if her voice didn't sound like the lovechild of Bjork and Bob Dylan getting run over by an 18-wheeler. BTW, the Fela avatar is awesome. Water No Get Enemy and Roforofo Fight are two of my favorites.

I am still obsessed with the Chicago Underground Duo right now.
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akaCG
In another thread, I made a recommendation to "kmsouthern", to check out the musical film "Latcho Drom".

I thought I'd include some YouTube selections therefrom in this thread, for anyone interested.

Starting with my favorite, ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teKeUmQC2dI

... following with ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SbnIO4fcCI

... and, finally, one especially for "kmsouthern":

"A Train Stop in Hungary"

Enjoy.

Curmudgeon
What am I currently listening to?

I am sitting in the church office, listening to the choir rehearse. (No way to link that I am aware of...)

As usual when I first sit down at a computer, I turned the speakers off so that I would not have to listen to the Microsoft version of "We're in the money." every time the screen changes...
BoF
QUOTE(Curmudgeon @ Feb 2 2012, 05:24 PM) *
What am I currently listening to?

I am sitting in the church office, listening to the choir rehearse. (No way to link that I am aware of...)

As usual when I first sit down at a computer, I turned the speakers off so that I would not have to listen to the Microsoft version of "We're in the money." every time the screen changes...

It seems you prefer “The Sound of Silence.” laugh.gif

Here is how you turn Windows sounds off.
moif
I am currently listening to...
akaCG
"Thank you" for your "contribution" to this thread, "Curmudgeon".

You were listening to a church choir while you wrote that?

Hmmm ...



QUOTE(moif @ Feb 2 2012, 08:41 PM) *
I am currently listening to...

Etta girl!

smile.gif

That was a nice one, "moif".

entspeak
Currently listening to Innerpartysystem.
Paladin Elspeth
QUOTE(akaCG @ Feb 3 2012, 01:11 AM) *
"Thank you" for your "contribution" to this thread, "Curmudgeon".

You were listening to a church choir while you wrote that?

Hmmm ...

Curmudgeon was listening to our church choir, in which I sing. The choir was practicing as we always do on Thursday evenings. We were singing one of the many renditions of "Gloria In Excelsis Deo" as he was using the church's computer. It's an old church, and sound carries.

We are clearly home now. It's nearly 2 a.m. When I listen to music, I like traditional stuff, mostly songs with a Celtic flavor, or a Simon & Garfunkel song, like "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7aUNZQVpQ
Curmudgeon
QUOTE(BoF @ Feb 2 2012, 07:29 PM) *
It seems you prefer "The Sound of Silence." laugh.gif

Here is how you turn Windows sounds off.

Thanks, I may look up the directions someday and follow through, but at the moment we have five computers at home that are shared by three people, and three computers at church that are shared by about 40 people.

When I was first trained on how to operate a factory with computers in 1974, they were industrial computers which used the 60 cycle AC power supply as a "clock" that enabled the program to restart once per second. It was a decade later that I purchased a Commodore 64 for one of my daughters, and another half dozen years before I purchased a "functional" home computer. That computer, and every one that I have owned since, came with speakers. My family has learned to turn the sound back on if I have been using a computer...

By the time I retired, I had done the hard wiring on many computers as we built a worldwide control network. Later, as a maintenance man, I checked out the wiring loops on numerous computers installed by "outside contractors."

On the job, I was trained to listen to the sounds of the factory and notice when something stopped. If I need an alarm clock to wake me up, I set the television to turn off when I need to wake up.

The last time that I had my hearing tested was likely 15 years ago, and I had suffered over a 50% hearing loss. It annoys me when I am playing Freecell or Sudoku and every mouse click or key stroke is accompanied by a random uninformative noise. I was harassed on the job for over thirty years by people who enjoyed seeing me jump when they spoke to me from behind me.

When I retired, I suffered a series of brain seizures...

About once a month, I will plug in the speakers on my computer, turn on the volume, and listen to A Prairie Home Companion rerun.

If I am checking my bank balance, reconciling the budget, or posting to America's Debate, the constant click of the keyboard is more than enough sound to keep me awake.

I am fortunate enough to be married to a young woman whose voice I have often described as being so soothing to me, that it feels like fingers untying the knots in my brain as it gently strokes my nerves. When I hear her sing, her voice strikes me as what I would want an angel to sound like.

Over a lifetime, I owned about three records, but never purchased a record player. I have a couple of CD's, and I listened to both of them at least once. When the remote for the DVD player got misplaced a couple weeks back, I tried to play the movies on one of my computers. I usually have two monitors turned on at a time if I am at home. I found that watching a movie locked the mouse on the screen that was showing the movie as if I would not be trying to multi-task while I watched a movie. It was a Charlie Chan movie that was playing in Chinese with Chinese subtitles... As I gave up and returned the video, I realized just how much I expect a computer to do real work for me rather than entertain me.

The television is playing behind me, and I watch the moving picture about as frequently as I watched the vibrating speaker on Dad's radio as a child...
CruisingRam
http://www.nativefm.com/

When you live "on da big Island"- it's all you got really.
kmsouthern
I'm teaching a dance funk class in just under an hour, so I'm listening to my playlist and jammin'. Got a little Isley Brothers (Shout), More Bounce to the Ounce for my Soul Train line at the end of class, Atomic Dog, and some non-funk songs spanning 50s to today (gotta throw in stuff to reach all audiences)!

Since I teach Zumba now, I tend to listen to a lot of Latin rhythms (cumbia, bachata, merengue, salsa...) more frequently than anything else. I'm a music lover, so I'll listen to just about anything (techno and hard core metal/rock is about the only things I don't like at least somewhat), but I'm an old soul when it comes to my favorites: Michael Jackson, Motown and smooth R&B, with a little bit of early 90s intellectual hip-hop/rap...oh and musicals smile.gif
Raptavio
"Vale Decem." Anyone who looks that up will know what a tremendous nerd I'm being at the moment.

Anyone who doesn't need to look that up is also a tremendous nerd.
lo rez
still not ginger!

I'm enjoying David Bowie's 'Stage' right now.
vsrenard
Right now, Billy Talent (Canadian punk).
entspeak
Also currently diggin' on Fink.
skeeterses
Over the past few weeks, I came across some old NES tunes on youtube, and at this moment am listening to the Treasure Room tune from Gauntlet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txvhKtDF1SA...feature=related
sten to.

If anyone here has a good ear for recognizing music, I am wondering if you might be able to write some of the old NES songs onto sheet music so that people like myself who are learning about music can play the songs on guitar or piano. Other people have already written out the music sheets for Super Mario, Zelda, and Metroid.
BaphometsAdvocate
Thanks to Spotify a lot of different things but The Eagles of Death Metal and Danko Jones keep showing up on my Queue
akaCG
The "Brasil Project I" version of the Toots Thielemans jazz classic, "Bluesette". Toots (harmonica and whistling) is accompanied by all of the artists on the album.

Enjoy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0KkkHtxS4Q

Mrs. Pigpen
Rise Against. They are amazing, I like everything they play.

One of my favorites.
nighttimer
I'm on the job and listening to the new Esperanza Spalding album, Radio Music Society.

Not loving it either. wacko.gif
pheeler
QUOTE(Mrs. Pigpen @ Mar 18 2012, 08:48 PM) *
Rise Against. They are amazing, I like everything they play.

One of my favorites.

Amen! I have loved Rise Against since Siren Song of the Counter Culture came out. Appeal to Reason is far and away the best punk album released in the last decade (American Idiot is not punk, sorry).

I know you also like Social D and Mike Ness, have you heard anything by Nothington or Red City Radio? They have that punk/folk feel. Gaslight Anthem is another band you might absolutely love, basically Springsteen turned into punk songs.

QUOTE(quarkhead)
Brother Ali - this guy has an outrageous flow.

"If I'm a die whether or not I try I might as well let the dice fly"

Outrageous is spot on. He and Sage Francis are neck and neck in my mind for the most profound lyricists in hip hop.

Curmudgeon
QUOTE(nighttimer @ Mar 19 2012, 12:34 PM) *
I'm on the job and listening to the new Esperanza Spalding album, Radio Music Society.

Not loving it either. wacko.gif

If I were still om the job, and still sitting in an office next to the guy who used to be my boss (story for another day)... I would be listening to Rush Limbaugh.

Retirement is so nice. I am listening to the click of PE's keyboard...and a pet dove telling the cat, "I own the house! (The cat likes to lay on top of the dove's cage, and the dove likes to peck at the cat's paws through the cage.)
vsrenard
The Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. I love Bear McCreary. Up next: sound track to How to Train A Dragon.
Mrs. Pigpen
QUOTE(pheeler @ Mar 19 2012, 01:30 PM) *
Amen! I have loved Rise Against since Siren Song of the Counter Culture came out. Appeal to Reason is far and away the best punk album released in the last decade (American Idiot is not punk, sorry).

I agree on both counts. I'm actually surprised that Rise Against isn't more popular, they are so phenomenal...so many great original songs I didn't tire of hearing them again and again through virtually an entire cross country car trip.

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I know you also like Social D and Mike Ness, have you heard anything by Nothington or Red City Radio? They have that punk/folk feel. Gaslight Anthem is another band you might absolutely love, basically Springsteen turned into punk songs.


Social D is my favorite band thanks so much for the recommendations! I hadn't heard of any of those. Now that my son is a teenager, he's actually the one who turned me on to Rise Against, I'll steer him in the direction of those as well....

flowers.gif

Edited: Just started listening to Gaslight Anthem on Youtube and love it already!!
Alan Wood
Love Mark Knoffler especially the theme from "Local Hero" and listening now at 50w until she who must be obeyed gets home.
Queen...Van-Halen...and last but not least Bach.
My son sees me as a decrepid teenager.
My Wife sees me as deaf wub.gif

Regards...Roo
AuthorMusician
QUOTE(Alan Wood @ Mar 20 2012, 05:39 AM) *
Love Mark Knoffler especially the theme from "Local Hero" and listening now at 50w until she who must be obeyed gets home.
Queen...Van-Halen...and last but not least Bach.
My son sees me as a decrepid teenager.
My Wife sees me as deaf wub.gif

Regards...Roo


Yep, eclectic is good. I've been catching up on the various people who play during A Prairie Home Companion. Love or hate Keillor, he does attract a lot of different quality acts, and the archives have improved tremendously in sound quality and continuity. There are vids now too.

Think it was a couple of months ago that Leo Kottkey played with Pat Donohue, two monster guitarists from my neck of the woods (childhood and young adulthood). Neither can sing worth spit, but still they do. I can't sing worth squat either, so it feels like home.

Mostly though, I've been listening to the white sound of a space heater this winter. Can't write when music is playing; can't play music while writing -- not enough arms, hands and fingers.

Here's something interesting: Lydia is a classically trained pianist who can't play piano after working at the computer for hours, and vice versa. It takes time for the finger memories to clear. However, I don't have any trouble switching from computer to guitar and back again. I think that's because the guitar is nothing like a QWERTY keyboard, but a piano is. Sort of. Black keys, you know.
Trouble
Currently, I am exploring dubstep with mixed results. Some of the mixers aren't bad. Freestylers Cracks (Ft. Belle Humble) (Flux Pavilion Remix) is good and so is some of the Bassnectar stuff.

For more introspective moods I am listening to Sarah Blackwood - Drowning.
quarkhead
I've been digging The Barr Brothers.

I've been learning the art of flatpicking on my trusty old Martin, so I've been listening to a lot of Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and of course Doc Watson.

Then there's this guy. My wife is in love with him.
JohnfrmCleveland
(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it makes my girls smile, he's OK with me.

moif
QUOTE(JohnfrmCleveland @ Mar 21 2012, 04:01 PM) *
(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it makes my girls smile, he's OK with me.
I'm still battling the evil influence of children's TV with Gary Numan. So far so good.

Currently I am listening to a local band from my home city. They are called Analogik
pheeler
QUOTE(JohnfrmCleveland @ Mar 21 2012, 07:01 AM) *
(Those of you who don't have kids will probably find this pretty pathetic, so just skip to the next post. Thanks.)

When my girls were babies, I was able to inundate them with pretty much anything I wanted to. They were put to sleep every night - for years - with Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jim Croce, The Lovin' Spoonful, Chopin, and a great classical guitar sampler I got off Amazon for 99 cents. All quiet, sleepytime music, but good stuff. It was kind of my experiment to see if I could somehow skip over the kiddie music phase and maybe move directly into, I suppose, pop.

Now they are 5 and 7, and my experiment has failed, at least partially. They still like the artists who put them to sleep, but Daddy's influence has lost major ground to Nickelodeon, Disney, and the whole media machine. Now when I'm driving them around, it's Justin Bieber, the Yo Gabba Gabba album (which, actually, features some pretty cool artists), Taylor Swift, etc. They know the songs by Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, owing to their constant play on Nickelodeon. And last week, when they went to the library with Grandma, they came home with a Hannah Montana CD, which I consider the low point of this whole process. I really hope that one doesn't catch on.

But I have to admit, that Bieber kid can really sing. And if it makes my girls smile, he's OK with me.

They will come around. I don't think there's a way to counteract the fact that kids have, let's not say terrible but very different taste in music than adults. I used to groan when my mom put on Jim Croce in the car, but now I love him and pretty much all the classic bands my parents love (Lovin' Spoonful included).

For some inexplicable reason, my father missed the boat on Led Zeppelin, so I was able to return the favor and reintroduce him to some great music from his era.
akaCG
Paco de Lucia ...

Live at Leverkusener Jazztage 2010.

Note: It's a 1 hour and 40 minute long video.

akaCG
Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wTVLIZaxMk

J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

Aaaaah ... yeah, baby.

AuthorMusician
I'm a fan of Suits, and here's where the theme song comes from:

Ima Robot

Same thing happened with the Sopranos with me. I had to know where that lyric came from, got yerself a gun.

Yep, A3:

Got yerself a gun

Art as predictive of reality. Guess an Ima Robot album is in store. Already have A3 on the audio card through the bookshelf stereo.
akaCG
Anna Netrebko, singing "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (English, rough translation: "My lips, they kiss so hotly"):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUq8Q_b8Lg


ps:
Lyrics were written by this gentleman (do acquaint yourself with him, please; he's more than worth it): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Löhner-Beda

Bikerdad
Josh Turner's Icon.

It's going to be the first of my CD's that I rip so I can load it to my smartphone. Figure I might as well get some music under the helmet.
JohnfrmCleveland
QUOTE(akaCG @ Sep 15 2012, 11:39 PM) *
Anna Netrebko, singing "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (English, rough translation: "My lips, they kiss so hotly"):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUq8Q_b8Lg


That's not my kind of music - at all - but I couldn't stop watching the performance.

**************************

I recently downloaded Paul McCartney's Ram, plus Wingspan, a few weeks back when Amazon was putting his stuff on sale. My older sister had Too Many People/Uncle Albert Admiral Halsey on an Apple 45 rpm, and that was one of the few records I had to listen to as a kid. Those are two of the songs that bring me back in time. The old McCartney stuff really has a nice Beatles vibe to it, but unlike Beatles music I hadn't heard it a hundred times, so it was a nice find after all these years.
akaCG
A friend emailed me ...

Carly Rose Sonenclar, doing "Feeling Good":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJyoiQEQco...layer_embedded#!

No match for Nina Simone's version, of course. A bit hard to imagine that anyone could get there.

But she's got time to at least try to get close. After all, she's only ... 13.

Enjoy.

JohnfrmCleveland
Listening to Green Day's new "Dos!" Great record (why do we still call them "records," anyway?), a bit different than their usual stuff. (Only $5 for a few more days.)
Eeyore
Recently I have been enjoying my mellower Pandora Stations.

I think that Brandi Carlile and the Civil Wars (oddly they broke up) are very strong musical acts. The former draws me in and makes me listen to her style of singing and I find myself drawn into the lyrics by her unique style.

The Civil Wars have a transfixing style of singing that draws me in and I never know or care what the lyrics are doing.

Christina Perri is running right now. I find her to have a strong pop personality that is dramatic but of substance. I wanted to dismiss her as a one hit wonder pop star, but I find myself stopping and listening carefully with many of her tracks and now I root for a series of tracks to come out in future months and years.

I don;t really know what it is about Birdy, but her singing voice haunts me and lingers for hours when I hear one of her tracks.
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