Artists of various note who you should consider listening to if you haven't. Tried to steer clear of artists who I figured a decent portion of you'd already heard of, or the ones I already shill in day to day conversation (or in my promos, because really I'm a one note human being). Of course, keep in mind this entirely in my opinion, my tastes are not the same as yours, but I've tried to describe each artist's music to give people an idea of who they would or would not enjoy.
Laurel Halo - Experimental electronica, apparently this is on the fringes of what is considered avant garde in the electronica genre so perhaps not for everyone, but it always manages to be incredibly fascinating to listen to, even if at times not overly melodic. She only has one album out so far and it's excellent, so if you like electronic music, this is worth looking into.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH7R9Y-fC54
Harry Nilsson - Infinitely clever pop musician from the 60s-70s. Masterful application of melodies and an incredible sense of humor backed by a 3 and a half octave vocal range (for reference Mariah Carey has less vocal range than him). Any of his early work through Son of Schmilsson can be called unqualified successes (except maybe The Point!
which is a children's story with musical interludes, although he managed to get one of these interludes on the charts so who knows). Well known songs include "Coconut", "Without You", and "Everybody's Talkin'". He also had a song that went "You're breakin' my heart, you're tearin' me apart, so Fuck You", eat your heart out Cee Lo Green.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QghwNqlCRE
Richard Thompson - Admittedly I have shilled RT in the past in various places, but if there was ever a musician who deserved to be heard, it's him. Self-trained guitarist, also the best guitarist I've ever heard (look up his album More Guitar
to prove it. "Can't Win" is a nine-minute song off it that absolutely dazzles). He's also gifted with a tremendous voice (see "A Love You Can't Survive" and "Guns Are the Tongues") and a tremendous knack for writing clever, dark lyrics. He got his start in the english folk-rock fusion band Fairport Convention so he's got a very European element to his sound, this can take some getting used to, but if you do, it's well worth it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdvi8cB2Pt8
The Caretaker ~ An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
- This album, by The Caretaker, is conceptually based around the idea that Alzheimer's patients are able to remember details in conjunction with music. To this idea, the album is essentially a series of loops, doused in vinyl noise, sounding like someone trying desperately hard to remember the song through a memorized smokescreen. Haunting, beautiful, soothing, also cheap. His other work is also good but even less accessible than this album which, coincidentally is regarded as his best work thus far.http://thecaretaker.bandcamp.com/album/an-...yond-this-world
Lou Reed - Alright so I've kind of shilled him before, and he's pretty well known, but god damn he's the best liar in music since Bob Dylan and not enough people know him for more than "Walk on the Wild Side" and the Velvets. New York, Street Hassle, Berlin, The Blue Mask, Coney Island Baby,
and several other albums would be considered masterworks if released by someone else. Listen to them, they're more human than many humans are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPHbbvQEA1E
Timber Timbre - Canadian band that sounds like Nick Cave + Elvis + Remarkably soothing reverb. One of the coolest sounding vocals in music today, if you can get past the occasionally uninteresting instrumentals, you'll find one of the best Canadian contributions to music since Feist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlfJlllq5EA
Gear Daddies - Country-ish music by a band from the middle of nowhere. It doesn't get much closer to the heart of rock music than this, a bunch of guys getting together and having fun making music. The music is very often sad, but the sympathy and redemption in the lyrics and singing make it all worthwhile. They've only got two studio albums but they're both great. They do tend to sound like they're copping from Tom Petty, but Tom Petty was just copping from the Byrds and they were just copping from Dylan and he copped from everyone. Like I said, as true to the heart of rock 'n' roll as you're gonna get.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7mMgVZswwM
Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Tile ~ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
- Classical fused with country/folk music. It probably won't do anything for you unless you're already fond of at least one of those genres, but if you enjoy both of them, you'd probably enjoy this exquisitely rendered merging of them into a piece of work that seems so vibrantly alive yet historical. The musicians are all basically as good as it gets.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtAITPpMzWI
Dustin Wong - Dude really knows his way around a guitar. Uses pedals for loops and effects to build large washes and walls of sound. While this isn't exactly unique in and of itself, his talent makes it work. He can single-handedly replace an entire band with the help of a few pedals. Very interesting synthesis of sounds as well, getting vaguely electronic, vaguely rock, even the occasional smidgen of punk. I've seen him live too, he can build up these songs from the bottom up, the top down, or some strange point in the middle. Very impressive Dustin, if only you weren't afraid to look at the audience.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkjwCEG0zzs
Warren Zevon - You've probably heard "Werewolves of London" before. But did you know that Warren Zevon (the artist behind "Werewolves") also made other songs? Did you know that those songs could easily be called the best product of 1970s singer-songwriter boom? If no, then you lack education and should listen to more Warren Zevon. Wickedly intelligent, morbidly funny, and yet still capable of being tremendously touching. This is what singer-songwriters should have sounded like.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9L8jLPE84g
Public Image Ltd. (PiL) - This was John Lyndon's second band. His first band was this group called the Sex Pistols. Who you may have heard of. This is what came after that, and fittingly, it's post-punk. It can be minimalist to the point of discomfort. The band's strongest offering was the Metal Box
album, released in the US as Second Edition
, which you should get. It's a monument to Lyndon's attempt to destroy his own career, the antithesis of what a rockstar should be, and of course, it's a masterpiece.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEToKGfjlmM
There's more, obviously, there's always more, but I don't want to overwhelm people or take over the thread with my rambling, so this will do for now.