Of all the dates, this is the one I get faced with daily, while browsing though my user page. Reccomendations generated via Last.FM weren't, in retrospective, as fruitfull as my own research on the web or the ones I got from friends and acquintances. Anyways, looking a year back, what evolution - and where - took place with music I('ve) listen(ed) to?1. I've learned to appreciate metal.
Which is, in a way, something that could've happened long ago. My Iron Maiden
-ish intro in metal eventually got upgraded by progressive vibe and I've learned I can get as much kicks from Opeth
or In Flames
as from my beloved Maidens. Completed discographies of the named bands make my days alot more fun. Favourite album
: My Arms, Your Hearse
, a "peak" I like to view the world from.2. My folk-rock passion is undying.
All related to this genre started 5 years ago with the discovery of Ryan Adams
. Then came the discovery of Whiskeytown
, and the previous fall made me deeply in love with the fabulous craftsmanship of Okkervil River
. Nowadays, to listen to any of those bands is a rare treat, but a one I enjoy immensely. Favourite album
: Faithless Street
, one heard long ago but re-discovered during the many hazy days of 2005.3. There are some decent pop-tunes out there.
Almost anybody I've met had a passions for pop of some sort at a time in his/her's life. During the last 12 months, bands like Frou Frou
and Kings of Convenience
(here because I consider their music a high-level art unable to be placed in other major "genre") provided some great acoustic padding for various, hard-to-live-with traumas. You can call it utilitarian, but music that helps one fight though the darkest of days with a smile, is, for me, immortal. As are my memories of experiencing it.Favourite album
, still feels like an October's diary when I listen to it closely.4. Lack of vocals > greater magnitude of mind-shaking?
This one intereferes closely to the previous point I've tried to make. Music can be life-changing. And not many artist can induce the feeling of living to the fullest while being stuck in one's own room. This happened every single time I listened to any of the albums by the geniuses called Explosions in the Sky
. Equally good and reccomendable is the work done on The Last Samurai
. Some songs done by Isis
fit right in, too. So if music can speak without words, I consider the ones named here really good PR's of this idea!Favourite album
. 5. Weird IS good.
Not much to say, other than name the bans that made me fall in love with the brilliant execution of folly & joking while playing quite catchy tunes: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
, Art Brut
, and an upcoming treat to discover further, Paul Anka
: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
, one I used to scare metal-lovers with. =))6. Old idea, new outfit.
As with folk-rock, there are numerous artists I listened to in the past months, but not nearly as much as I did before. Few examples: Soundgarden
, Chris Cornell
; Mark Knopfler
, Dire Straits
; Jeff Buckley
; Mark Lanegan
, Queens of the Stone Age
, Robert Miles
... You got the picture. =)
Some new ones, somewhat in the veins of the ones mentioned here, include Paul van Dyk
, Porcupine Tree
, Antony and the Johnsons
, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
, plus the whole "indie-pack" seen on my charts, too long to type.
Favourite album: as per charts, Turn on the Bright Lights
It pays off to get familiar with things yet unkown that appeal to you. As does opening the mind to that which shakes it. Myself, I am sure of that now, am not using music to spice up my life: I internalize it, it fuels me, and my days are so much fuller to live through. Definitely, I'm a junkie. But it's a niiice drug. =)))