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100% free music from some extremely talented artists, this site deserves a permanent ad in the magazine:





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good bands you probably have not heard of (for the most part anyways):

Bloc Party (pretty much their first CD is the only one that most of the songs are good)

Minus the Bear (i like pretty much every song that i have heard by them)

Pinback (a fair amount of their songs are good)

Keane (most of thier songs are good)

Kings of Leon (all their songs are good)

Does it Offend You, Yeah? (i only like 3 of their songs but they are good)

Disturbed (every single song is awesome)

Unwritten Law (almost all their songs are good)

We Are Scientists (all their songs are good)

Shiny Toy Guns (all their songs are good)




These days it depends on how lazy my wife and I are, or how tired we are of adverts.

If we're really lazy we'll put on the Radio, lots of music fast.  Of course, then the adverts come on and we usually switch to a recorded format after that.

 Over the past 2 years my wife and I have purchased roughly 30 LP's, 15-20 CD's, and the only album I can recall purchased digitally was Radiohead's "In Rainbows" which is actually quite good.


My main complaint with the "digital" era is compression.   Most forms of compression popular today are lossy, so you always loose something.   Yeah, I shoot with a DSLR now, but I always shoot in RAW.  I don't mess around with JPEGs unless they're going to my gallery online, and even then, it's only 2% compressed.


At any rate, LP's are the most "lossless" type of compression you can have on a recorded medium these days IMO.  CD's do have compression, albeit much less so than MP3's.     That, and I just love that "feel" of an old record playing on my turntable. ;)

 We do listen to Slacker occasionaly, it is our favorite of the online music sites.   However, when listened through the reciever, it just seems to have lost too much quality being broadcast over the internet in the type of compression required to fit the lowest common denominator of broadband here in the USA.



Anyway, Our favorite Music, and the medium it's stored on:


Eric Clapton: Slowhand

Fleetwood Mac:  Tango in the Night

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory



Snow Patrol: Eyes Open

Placebo:  Meds

Portisehead: Dummy


Other "obscure" music:

Moby,  Wyclef Jean, David Gilmour, Moody Blues.


But if you want really obscure?  And festive?  The Monks of Weston Priory: "Winter's Coming Home"

 Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but my father listened to this album on LP every year around the holidays since I can remember.   So, I bought my own copy on vinyl about a month or two ago.











If you are looking for some new music that you will almost never hear on the radio or MTV, check out the follwing for indie rock:

Modest Mouse, The National, Interpol, Cursive, The Faint, Cold War Kids, VHS or Beta, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Broken Social Scene, The Postal Service, TV On The Radio

For indie Hip Hop:

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Deltron 3030, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Kool Keith, Jedi Mind Tricks, RZA, Immortal Technique, Madlib, KRS-One, Mos Def, Eyedea & Abilities, Sage Francis

For electronica:

Squarepusher!!!!, High Contrast, LTJ Bukem, The Knife, Swayzak, Prefuse 73, Tosca, ILS, Koma & Bones, Boards Of Canada, Bonobo, and of course Aphex Twin.


This is a good start, and Amazon has some good tools to research further.





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