Monday, January 03, 2005

The Post About Music

What? HUH? I can't hear you! Oh, yeah, lemme turn down the speakers.

My new fun innovation: iTunes radio. I downloaded iTunes and have discovered they have some kick-ASS radio stations just there for the listening. Click on the kind of music you want (I always go straight to electronica) and then find something within that category to listen to. I stole the speakers from Rich's desktop (he never uses them anyhow) and man they CRANK.

So right now I am listening to "spiderpower" on the net. It's all Goth and Industrial, all the time.

I guess I never told y'all about my musical tastes have I? I get teased, but whatever. It's too late now, you like me already, so here goes:
If it's goth, industrial, angry techno-dance type of stuff, I like it. Yeah, I know. Go ahead and tease. You won't be the first. I mostly only listen when Rich is not around. Or when I am in my car. Cranked LOUD.

In the 80's it was all about Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Killing Joke, Nitzer Ebb, Revolting Cocks, Front 242, etc. I'd also listen to Depeche Mode (always did like them) and Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Gary Numan. Rammstein, KMFDM, ThrillKillKult, Apoptygma Berzerk, Coil, blah blah blah. Think 80's- 90's evil bad ass dance club stuff. I was Reznor when Reznor wasn't cool.
Wax Trax vinyl baby!, 12Inches, all rough dance, all the time!! I actually have quite a collection of valuable Wax Trax stuff. The best of that being the "Black Box" on cd.

In my golden years (now, being older and all) I've mellowed a bit. I'm more into techno-trance. John Digweed, Sasha, the Tranceport mixes, Massive Attack, still Gary Numan, always NIN.
I'm still trying to figure out the European scene. The German stuff, I understand. The rest? Not so much. I tried delving into hardcore trance/dance, from some cd's that I got at Cyberdog at Camden Market in London, but it's a little too revved up and not enough melody. Just really really fast beats, and that's it, and that gets kind of boring and repetitive after a while. Maybe my old bones just don't DO that anymore, maybe I like a bit of melody, who knows. We did see Marilyn Manson live here in Oslo. That was fun. Silly but fun, theatrical and fake-shocky-schlocky. I love to watch people take it so seriously."Look how Goth I am!" Rich just liked the girls in the very short skirts. Peaches opened...that was interesting to see how the Norwegian audience took it. They mostly booed.

I also, to avoid pigeonholing myself, love Morphine, Led Zep and treasure my old Adam Ant stuff. (When I was learning bass, I enjoyed playing Adam Ant and Love&Rockets. Awesome bass lines.) I have stolen a bunch of my dad's world music albums from the early 60's, so have some really great Arabic traditional music, Spanish Flamenco, experimental percussion stuff and so on. I love Moroccan and Indian music. Then there is Neil Finn and Dead Can Dance, (..and holy crap they are going on tour in Europe in 2005!!! Holy CRAP!), two big favorites for road trips. I have to be careful with what I listen to in the car, though. I have found myself going waaaay too fast when listening to particularly good stuff. Which is why I have pretty much banned NIN from the car stereo when driving, I get too keyed up.

(In 7-8th grade I was a big fan of Ozzy Osbourne and heavy metal music. We called ourselves Ozzers. Imagine my glee when for SXSW 2001 I was assigned to take care of Sharon and Jack Osbourne for their visit to Austin! Driving Sharon and the Spawn of Ozzy in my Subaru? Wicked! She's just as cool in person as she is on TV, though this was before the TV show started.)

I haven't yet found much in current Euro Pop that I like, (see the Gunther Pleasureman post) though when I hear Kylie Minogue's stuff I don't barf. I'm starting to accept Robbie Williams. At least he looks like a man, and not a hairless boy-wonder. There is also a Danish band called Puddu Varano that is really good.

I think I want an iPod. Didn't really see the point until I downloaded iTunes...but now, looks pretty tempting. All my freaky music in one place, no digging for the right cd? Yes please!

1 comment:

  1. My favorite iTunes radio station for when I'm working is under "Eclectic" and it's called Radio Paradise. It's somewhat mellow, but really good stuff.


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