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Drip Drip Drop There Goes An Eargasm

I've been listening to the same ol' stuff for a while now. Anybody got anything they think I may like? An artist? An album? A track? Link away. In exchange for the favor I'll throw down what I've got.

Jolie Holland

Heartless Bastards
Fave track: ALL THIS TIME

Nouvelle Vague
Fave track: HEART OF GLASS

Arcade Fire

Fave track: WHAT LIGHT

Beta Band
Fave track: DRY THE RAIN

Flaming Lips
Fave track: FIGHT TEST

Frank Sinatra
Fave track: SUMMER WIND

Cold War Kids

Arctic Monkeys

Sam Cooke

TV On The Radio
Fave track: WOLF LIKE ME

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Bruce Springsteen
Fave old album: Darkness On The Edge of Town

Reader Comments (46)

Band of Horses, David Dondero, Regina Spektor and Josh Ritter are my current favs.

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Josh Ritter
Fav Track is 'To the Dog or Whoever'

Patti Scialfa
Fav Track is 'Bad for You'

The Kooks
Fav Track is 'Sofa Song'

Gogol Bordello
Fav Track is 'Alcohol'

Bruce Springsteen
Fav Track is 'Girls in their Summer Clothes'

Marah *not sure if you have heard of these guys*
Fav Track is 'Hard Up'

The View
Fav Track is 'The Don'

Jeremy Fisher
Fav Track is 'Cigarette'

Just a few of the current obsessions!

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle

Yeah, I've been hearing Ritter on satellite radio a lot. I also like 'To The Dog or Whoever' the best. Dude is from a small Idaho town. Go figure. Scialfa's voice is really coming along. Haven't bought her album but have listened a bit and the pipes sound all gin-soaked and cigarette dreamy. Like it. Thanks for the tips.

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Who

Ryan Adams Easy Tiger
Fav Track: Halloween Head

The National 3 of their recent albums

Leona Naess- I love all of her stuff, new one coming soon

Radioheads new album is pretty good already some things getting stuck in my head

Have fun with all the new music!!

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Comments! Yay! I have missed the funny people who post here. I am currently obsessed with The Hold Steady. Anything by The Hold Steady. Please write more posts, dammit! I love hearing about your "boring life".

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I love that Jolie Holland track! I also recommend Regina Spektor and you can never go wrong with old Wilco albums

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKiley

You have comments! All these months of reading your blog and I could never tell you how much I love your writing. Your stories are heartfelt and hilarious and I'm just now finishing up the girl who chapter section. I don't have any music to share, just wanted to tell you to keep writing.

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

Hey! Long time no comments!

I was going to recommend Josh Ritter too. I never really got into "The Animal Years", but his new album is fantastic - I play it over and over...

Same with the new Iron & Wine album. Some of the tracks sound the same, but it has some cool eastern influences.

Also, I'm not sure if you know about the Brooklyn band, Earl Greyhound, but they have an incredible sound. Great rock band.

Let's see...oh, the Cat Empire is great - really different sound...and I can never get enough of Lucero. I think their newest album is the best. (can't remember the title)

Anyway, that's just off the top of my head. Great topic, cause I've had the same cds in my car for awhile now too...

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterktphotog

I'm really into Kanye West's new CD. Good stuff.

October 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJib

Brandy Carlile. KT Tunstall.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe Domestic Goddess

i'm thinking we have different tastes in music (i'm listening to sara bareilles and one republic right now) but i did want to say i love your writing and find it refreshingly honest.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjen

i'll think of a few, but i just needed to tell you that dry the rain by the beta band is my cheer up song when driving. i think it's because it reminds me of high fidelity.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commentershanti it
*Broken Social Scene
i'm pretty sure you've quoted anthem for a seventeen year old girl on here before, but my fave song is Swimmers
the new stuff is awfully catchy and being used everywhere, but the old stuff tops my list.
*Pete Yorn
specifically the music for the morning after album
*rilo kiley
*cat power

that's just a bit of what i've been listening to lately.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commentershanti

This is the only girl blog I ever read. Just wanted to drop you a line. And I agree with whoever said The Hold Steady.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Feist is that song on the commercial, right? Ever listened to Lucero? I'm kind of on a Lucero kick. Rilo Kiley is very good too.

I had to laugh about your cabbage soup diet. I do that every now and again also. My husband even likes it and he's not trying to lose weight or cleanse his system.

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

try early ben lee

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMIRIAM

Very chill spoken melody...sounds weird but you'll understand when you listen
Rock To It is a great song

and I"m going to get all Grey's Anatomy on you, but I love Kate Havnevik...favourite song is "Nowhere Warm"

Enjoy my favs!

October 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaMeisha

Check out some Fela kuti....'music is a weapon' for starters.. hope it helps you be the girlilla whose world is rocked

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdrsurd
Terra Naomi
Coco Rosie
Nancy Falkow
Barbara Morgenstern
Maria Peszek
Chicks on Speed
Mazzy Star
The Car is on the Fire
Neko Case
Cat Power

lately, that's my music on the radio.
i've already loved tv on the radio, thanks for the links, best regards ana.

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterana

Tricky without the internet, I know, but... wow. Joe Purdy and Brian Wright & The Waco Tragedies: not just for what they do, but for the grace and warmth and humour with which they do it. Also, they've both got charisma, cool and cinematic star quality to die for. Joe actually IS the guy that Brad Pitt clearly so believes he is. Brian is Kelly's Heroes-era Donald Sutherland crossed with the rabbit from the Magic Roundabout. I'll have to see if we can put together a little care package with their CDs in it and post it over to you...


October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Murff

'Sup, TGW!! Now playing on my iPod...

Pugwash: I want you back in my life

Pernice Brothers: Grudge F**k

Robyn Hitchcock: Ole Tarantula!

Elliot Smith: Waltz Number 2

Paul McCartney (yes, and Wings): I'm Carrying

And if you really want to reach back, try my fave Frank Sinatra track: "Oh, You Crazy Moon."

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWryter

Probably nothing new here, but here are a few of my go-to's:

Rufus Wainwright
The Art Teacher -- for the sugar pill week
14th Street -- for when i'm missing NYC

EmmyLou Harris/Mark Knopfler
This is Us

Tegan & Sarah

Ingrid Michaelson

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Ramones - Rocket To Russia
Randy Newman - Little Creatures
Tim Fite - Over The Counter Culture (Download is Free! Go Get It!!)
Badly Drawn Boy -Born In The UK (either this is the worst thing I have ever heard, or the worst. Can't tell)
The Rat Pack - Live At The Summit
Common - Be
LCD Soundsystem - The Sound Of Silver

October 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJB

Ahh love that Frank Sinatra - what a voice ...

October 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I concur on Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth. Love that track. You've probably heard it, but I think you will really like Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew - Spirit If... - 03 - F--ked Up Kid. I've been wearing out the grove on that one.

October 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

steve earle, brandi carlile, paul burch (an acquired taste), matthew ryan, tim easton, the damnwells, black rebel motorcycle club, camp lo, brendan benson, crooked fingers, eddie floyd, eels, gred dulli, lucero, the mooney suzuki (hate to be "that guy" but their first two records are the only two worth checking out), spoon, the teddy thompson country record is pretty good, the weakerthans.

oh, and that jagoff kasey anderson just put out a pretty fucking good record about a month ago.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkasey

cat power's good, but i only like that "the greatest" record. my buddy likes feist a lot, i don't hear it. the new alicia keys single is ridiculously good. black keys are alright, but early jon spencer stuff is more raw, in my opinion. the jason isbell record is so-so, but the good tunes are very, very good (razor town, for instance).

tough to pick a favorite tune from the new springsteen, but i'm leaning toward "you'll be comin' down" at the moment. favorite tune from the new steve earle record is "down here below."

and, if you're sick of music and want a decent stand-up record, patton oswalt's "werewolves and lollipops" is hilarious.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkasey

RAY LAMONTAGNE- Empty! You will love this song, guaranteed!

Also, I usually drink about 4 miller lites a night so I can relate

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

outside chance, heavy trash. slice.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterope

Maybe I'm dumb, but I've hardly heard of any of these bands. Where do you find this music?

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCedar

Ray Lamontagne is FANFRICKIN'TASTIC! Nice pick Jenn.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle

Cedar: Stop watching MTV and listening to the radio and maybe you can reprogram yourself to like decent music.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The Liquor Giants: anything...

October 27, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

I second Feist, Ingrid Michaelson, Ray Lamontagne, Mazzy Star, Ryan Adams.

Natalie Walker. (solo album is best. Start with "waking dream").

Loe (penny waltz)


Rosie Thomas (Much Farther to Go)

Cary Brothers

Damien Rice

Tom Waits never grows old.

October 27, 2007 | Unregistered

Anyone remember and/or like The Good Rats? Used to follow them about 25 yrs ago. Have been in the mood to hear them lately, but they're not on i-tunes. My kids have used other music sites that caused our computers to crash and get massive viruses. Can't get my Good Rats fix. Suggestions?

October 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Oh Michelle, sweetheart, are you dumb enough to think that most of what Monica has listed isn't as mainstream as what you'd find on "the radio" (apparently a monolith with no variation among stations)? Did you think MTV still played music? Or were you just a little too quick to be a judgmental bitch who hasn't earned it? Cedar, try looking at the front page of the iTunes store once in a while.

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

Whoa, Hollie. In accusing me of judgmental you've outted yourself as quite the music snob. Please, enlighten us with your amazing picks. Go on and cherry pluck some band you think we've all never heard of and we'll be blinded by your unbelievable musical knowlege.

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Also, I don't know what stations you're listening to but local radio that I know isn't that great and doesn't play even half of the stuff mentioned above. I wasn't trying to be rude to Cedar, I was making a joke about how bad MTV and local radio sucks.

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Oh, y'all. Let's not have the who-knows-the-most-obscure-music competition here. People, including me, like what they like or they just don't have the time to dig through the bullshit that does seem to top the charts (Umbrella ella ella) to find the good. Whatever floats your boat, y'know? Thanks for the list, folks - lotsa good stuff to go through here. If anything comes to mind - even if it is on the front page of iTunes, the radio or MTV, throw a link my way. I plan on updating the iPod as soon as I buy a new computer.

October 28, 2007 | Registered CommenterMonica

Hi Monica!
Well I think we have very similar tastes so for something a bit different that gives me that special twitch recently I love listening to: The Gossip, M.I.A. and Wolf Parade.
A bit different but powerful and catchy!!
Give them a go! go on!

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commentershazza

Does anyone realize this girl has a you tube page?

Take a look. She left her life in Utah. She was a news-caster on the way up. They cared enough about her to put her on TV. Take a look at the video. My gosh. Who cares enough to do that? Especially today. People come and go at jobs all the time these days. In my mind it proves how much they liked her.

Wow. Look at how many people go to college for broadcast journalism or communications and after graduating can barely get a foot in the door. And she was already there. The newscasters liked her! She could have kept working and going to college and ended up with a six figure salary by now.

Most of these stories I see about her dwelling in the past on this website would be unnessesary. Her classmates would have been the ones dwellign on her in the backs of thier minds, jelous and looking up to her. Oh look there's Monica on the news! I went to school with her!

She lives in that big house in Hidden Valley. As a traveling newscaster / local sex icon, interviewing all kinds of people, she could have had any guy she wanted. Even a "rockstar". I mean, it probably would have ended in divorce becuase of infidelity (what's new) but at least she would have been on more solid ground then she is now.

Instead she gave up on herself. This is sad and just shows you how important is it to really think things through and act logically for yourself.

Her you-tube video and life story on this blog, while very intersting and genorous, doesnt add up to much compared to what she could have been if she would have stayed in Utah. The proof is in her you Tube video.

I'm thinking this reminds me of one of these motivational posters. It shows a wrecked ship, on a reef.

"It could be that the purpose of your life in only to serve as a warning to others"

I mean it's bad. But not that bad. But close. What else can anyone deduce from this? Just look at "before and after". Look at her You Tube video. She was featured on the news. Now look at this blog. This is all very clear to me at least...This is very sad. 8( Am I the only one who sees this?

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLeftliberalsocal

Dear Dumb Ass,

If being on TV, being a "local sex icon" and owning a big home in Hidden Valley (huh?) is your idea of success, groovy. Never wanted to be on TV, ain't my cuppa tea. What I "could have been" is a successful news producer, which is what I am. A damn good one. What I want to be is a published author. Still working on that.

October 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTheGirlWho

Austin's homegrown band Ghostland Observatory nearly burned it down at ACL this year. I recommend "Piano Man" and "Midnight Voyage."

Have you heard of the Shout Out Louds from Sweden? "Very Loud" makes me very happy.

A great rock band I heard for the first time at ACL was Louis XIV, from San Diego.

October 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbinaross

Whenever I read your blog, the album Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River plays through my head. Especially the songs Black and A Stone. Listen to it. I promise that you'll find something there.

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTed

I watched Quentin Tarentino's Death Proof: a Grind House
feature the other night, and I've got to get my hands on that soundtrack.

November 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

blitzen trapper - country caravan
new spoon cd

November 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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