Some music I listen to
This is a very-infrequently updated list of some songs which wedge themselves in my psyche so thoroughly that I want to listen to them many times in a row. They're not necessarily new songs, nor is it always the first time I've heard them--they just fit the receptors in my brain at a particular point in time.
From recent to less so:
- Let Go by nada surf
- lots of techno, specifically The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method
- Third Eye Blind (first album)
- Flair for Darjeeling by the Loch Ness Mouse
- the Seal first and second albums
- Ready, Steady, Go! by Holiday
- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins
- Kamakiriad by Donad Fagen
...again with the gap...
- The Universe of Geoffrey Brown by Captain Sensible
- Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- high/low by nada surf
- The Slow Crack by Steve Kilbey
- Of Skins and Heart by the Church
- File Under Easy Listening by Sugar
- Songs to Learn & Sing by Echo & the Bunnymen
History of my musical tastes
When I was in high school, I started listening to all this music that
nobody else I knew had heard of. I remember clearly the steps involved:
I stopped really collecting music in 1987 when our downstairs "neighbor" stole half our record collection (it was in boxes that he pilfered at random, so big chunks of the alphabet are missing...) It took me a long time to get over that and I've never gone back to being the music fanatic I once was. Simultaneously I started trying to cut way back on our expenditures. Over the past decade I've bought CDs less and less frequently, mainly when I see them used and cheap. My brother Matthew, brilliant songwriting and musician with Nada Surf, gives me stuff I'd never find around here, but my collection is still a lot more mainstream than it used to be.
- Brother gives me Zenyatta Mondatta as a birthday present.
- I buy an issue of Trouser Press with the
Police on the cover.
- In it I read a review of the
of Four's first EP, and buy it.
- I love it! I get a subscription to Trouser Press.
- I start listening to NYC's best college station, WNYU.
- I hear a song by
Robyn Hitchock, "The Cars She Used to Drive."
- I buy the album, Groovy Decay.
- I move away to college and try to join the radio station (
- To get on the station you have to pass a test, which consists of
making up a sample playlist.
- I put "The Cars She Used to Drive" on my playlist, and the rock
director, Geoff Weiss, is impressed because only a handful of people in
the US know who Robyn is at that point.
- I become a DJ at WHRB and proceed to spend all my money on "new music."
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