Things I am Interested In

My next big thing is music. I like lots of different styles of music, and my opinions of how to classify various artists sometimes clashes with what they are being marketed as. I see a few main genres - C&W, R&B, Rap, Rock, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Electronica, Folk, Traditional, Alternative. There is a fair bit of crossover in these groups these days, and many subgroupings exist below them. Note that I use the term Alternative in a slightly different meaning to the popular music media: alternative is something that does not fit into any of the other groups easily. Bands like Matchbox 20 and Third Eye Blind are not alternative; they are pop-rock bands.

I consider most of my collection to fall into the classification of Pop, with some Rock, Classical, Electronica and Alternative. I also enjoy Jazz and Blues, of which I have a few recordings.

If one wants to be a little more picky, I like Brit Pop, Guitar Pop, Goth Pop, Goth Rock, Industrial, 80's Pop, Ethereal, Shoegazer, Rave, Traditional-based Alternative, Angst Rock, Ambient, Synth Pop.

The following is an incomplete list of artists that I own CDs of (which is probably the best indication of my tastes):

808 State, 10000 Maniacs, Barry Adamson, Afghan Whigs, Tori Amos, Apoptygma Berzerk, Ash, Atari Teenage Riot, Babylon Zoo, Erykah Badu, Bailterspace, The Bangles, Bauhaus, Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Belly, Ben Folds Five, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Bikini Kill, Bis, Björk, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Frank Black, Blur, The Boo Radleys, Billy Bragg, The Breeders, James Brown, Buzzcocks, Cabaret Voltaire, The Cardigans, Cast, Catatonia, Nick Cave, The Changelings, The Charlatans, The Chemical Brothers, The Chills, Ciconne Youth, The Clash, Clawfinger, Cocteau Twins, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane, Chris Connelly, Julian Cope, Elvis Costello, Covenant, Crowded House, The Crystal Method, Cure, Curve, The Darling Buds, Miles Davis, Dead Can Dance, The Dead Milkmen, Depeche Mode, Devo, The Dirty Three, diVinyls, Tanya Donnelly, Duran Duran, Elastica, Electrafixion, Alec Empire,Evil's Toy, Faith No More, The Fall, The Farm, Brian Ferry & Roxy Music, Filter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong , Fluke, Fonda, Front Line Assembly, Fuel, Funker Vogt, Garageland, Garbage, Lisa Gerrard, Woody Guthrie, PJ Harvey, Juliana Hatfield, Headless Chickens, Hellbent, Kristin Hersh, His Name Is Alive, Billie Holiday, Huggy Bear, Human League, Hüsker Dü, Billy Idol, Natalie Imbuglia, Incubus, Inspiral Carpets, Jane's Addiction, Jesus & Mary Chain, Jewel, Tom Jones, Joy Division, JPS Experience, Judith, Nik Kershaw, Killing Joke, Kraftwerk, The Lark Quartet, Level 42, Linkin Park, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Love and Rockets, Luna, Lush, Madness, Madonna, Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Massive Attack, Mazzy Star, Meat Beat Manifesto, Men At Work, Natalie Merchant, Metalheadz, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Ministry, The Mission, Moby, Monaco, Moonshake, Bob Mould, Mr Bungle, Peter Murphy, My Bloody Valentine, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Nitzer Ebb, Nothing Inside, Oasis, Offspring, Orb, Orbital, Beth Orton, Ozzy Osbourne, Pale Saints, John Parrish and PJ Harvey, Path of Allyson, Pearl Jam, Pet Shop Boys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Photek, Gene Pitney, The Pixies, Placebo, The Pogues, The Police, Pop Will Eat Itself, Portishead, The Pretenders, The Primitives, Primus, Prince, Prong, The Psychedalic Furs, Public Image Ltd, Pulp, Radiohead, Ramones, Lou Reed, Reel Big Fish, REM, Renegade Soundwave, Revolting Cocks, Ride, Henry Rollins, Bic Runga, Savage Garden, Severed Heads, Sex Pistols, The Shamen, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Sigur Ros, Simple Minds, Frank Sinatra, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Roni Size, Skinny Puppy, Sleeper, Slowdive, Smash Mouth, Smashing Pumpkins, Jill Sobule, Soft Cell, Son Volt, Sonic Youth, Sophia Run, Soundgarden, Space, Specials, Spice Girls, Spiderbait, Split Enz, Stereolab, Stiff Little Fingers, Sting, The Stone Roses, Strawpeople, Suede, Sugar, The Sugarcubes, Suicidal Tendencies, Supergrass, The Sundays, Swervedriver, Tad, That Petrol Emotion, Therapy?, They Might Be Giants, This Mortal Coil, Thompson Twins, Tool, Type O Negative, Underworld, Velvet Acid Christ, Velvet Underground, Veruca Salt, Violent Femmes, VNV Nation, Ween, Weezer, Wilco, World Party, Paul Young

A list of all my CDs can be found here.

Of course, there's even more that I would like to add to my collection, but time and money have as yet precluded more from joining. And I am always on the lookout for new and interesting things to listen to.


September 30, 2008 20:00

Tegan and Sara

Fairly entertaining Canadian indie-chicks. The politicking got a little annoying.

September 24, 2008 20:00

Gogol Bordello

Awesome show, full of enery. These guys were all over the place and just kept on going.

September 15, 2008 20:00


Brilliant show, very loud, twisting and turning melodies and noise.

May 17, 2008 14:00


A bunch of bands playing at Estoria. Very cool. Highlights included Rizzudo, and the Liverhearts.

November 16, 2007 21:00

Standard 8

Lenny's. My friend Owen's band. Very fun.

July 14, 2007 13:00

Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park. Lots of good music.

July 13, 2007 18:30

Slint - Sonic Youth

Union Park. Awesome. Slint were really good, and Sonic Youth were simply brilliant

June 24, 2007 22:00


Drunken Unicorn. Good stuff. Loud. Distorted. Loud.

June 07, 2007 20:00

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Roxy. Awesome show. Thay played for two hours and took requests at the end. Loud, distorted, lovely.

May 31, 2007 20:00

Bloc Party

Tabernacle. More or less alternating between new and old tracks, this was a good show.

May 25, 2007 20:00

Shiny Toy Guns

Loft. Didn't make it.

May 22, 2007 22:00

Pretty Girls Make Graves

EARL. Lots of fun. The warm-up bands were also good. PGMG put on a great farewell set.

May 19, 2007 20:00

Artcic Monkeys

Tabernacle. A great show, if short. They didn't play Vampires but did play everything else I wanted to hear.

April 27, 2007 22:00

Drive By Truckers

Georgia Theatre, I was in Athens for work and Jon VW had tickets. This was an accoustic show, and it impressed me a lot. I really enjoyed it (but that didn't surprise me a whole lot).

April 22, 2007 20:00

The Killers

Fox Theatre. Absolutely brilliant. All the good stuff from the old album, which I danced a lot to. Lots from the new album, which I don't really know, but did enjoy. And the surprise play which I bounced around exuberantly flor - Joy Division's Shadowplay

March 13, 2007 21:00

can't remember

Masquerade. Amy invited me to check out some localish bands. All pretty derivative, modern rock stuff. A couple of the musicians showed talent.

February 03, 2007 20:30

Yo La Tengo

Variety Playhouse. Wow. Simply "wow." From the delicate nuances and subtle melodies in their slower and gentler pieces through to the full-on aural assault of their bigger songs (still not devoid of intricacies) this was a feast for the ears. They played no less than three encores and could have stopped after the first and I would have felt that I had received my money's worth.

January 26, 2007 20:30

The Dears

Variety Playhouse. After listening to their CD again, I decided that I wasn't interested and didn't go.

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