Crowdsourcing

(A fluffy departure from Eileen’s more serious post from earlier today.)

Every now and again I worry that my musical tastes are getting stale. I’ve always considered lack of interest in new music as a sign of getting old, so whenever I go on an 80s and 90s music bender, I start to worry that I’m stuck in the past. Today, to break out of the rut, I decided to turn to the Internet for recommendations. That, surely, must be a a sign I’m not that old, right? That I turned to Facebook and Twitter?

I got a couple of suggestions for artists I already like (Brandi Carlile and Adele) as well as quite a few who are new to me. Among the recommendations were:

  • Fleet Foxes
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • I’m From Barcelona
  • Josh Rouse
  • Wild Flag
  • The Fruit Bats
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Josh Ritter
  • Mesomena
  • Wanda Jackson

(I’m now wondering if animal-related band names are to the 20-teens as band names with numbers in them were to the late 1990s/early 2000s.)

I’ve heard of a few of these groups/singers, but not many, so I’ll have plenty of new stuff to listen to at work this week, provided I can find them on Spotify or Last.fm. I’m really looking forward to it!

Of course, the first couple of bands I opted to listen to today (Fleet Foxes and Frightened Rabbit) were pretty mellow, which just wasn’t working for me on what was a draggy, slow Monday, so I ended up listening to Eminem to get me through the end of the day. Not my usual, that’s for sure, but sometimes rage with a beat is just what it takes to power through the to-do list. And after I copped to the Eminem on Twitter, I did get Korn and Tool as suggestions for other harder-edged options.

I’d be happy for any additional suggestions, of course, so have at it in the comments. I like a little of everything, but pretty much not all of anything.

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* The fact that Ten is turning twenty this week isn’t helping me feel like I’m not getting old.

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11 thoughts on “Crowdsourcing

  1. sprite September 19, 2011 / 11:24 pm

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

    • Sarah September 20, 2011 / 2:30 pm

      Not to be dense, but is that one band (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) or two, (Grace Potter, the Nocturnals)? Either way, it/they will now be on the list. Thanks!

      • sprite September 20, 2011 / 5:48 pm

        One. Grace Potter is the front woman. Like Bruuuuuce!

      • Sarah September 24, 2011 / 11:08 am

        Gave them a listen on Spotify and liked them. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Mom September 19, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Sorry, darling! I am stuck in the “oldies” rut, I guess, given my age and all !! I hope some of these “artists” achieve that status. What will you be listening to 20+ years from now ??

  3. Shannon September 19, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    Um, I cannot get past the idea of you listening to Eminem!

    • Sarah September 20, 2011 / 2:23 pm

      I don’t listen very closely to the words, because they’re awful. But I bought the album because I really like that song he did w/ Rhianna.

  4. Mom September 19, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    Oh, I meant to mention, the monikers of some of these newbies are so unique … Will they endure ??

    • Sarah September 20, 2011 / 2:24 pm

      I dunno, Ma. I bet back in the day “The Beatles” sounded like a pretty odd name too…

  5. Common Loon September 20, 2011 / 8:10 am

    Rage with a beat…nothing says I love my coworkers more, my cubicle is your cubicle more than that! 😉

    • Sarah September 20, 2011 / 2:25 pm

      Haha. I actually really like my coworkers. I think I was more angry at my to-do list than anything else.

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