I've decided because I've been so busy lately that I've not discovered anything new (to me) for a while, so this next week or three I'm going to spend some time expanding my horizons, finding some new and exploring old music. To do this I'm going to trial the logic of crowds in this web2.0 world, so to guide me and also guide anyone else whose reading if you reply publicly, in the various places I've posted this. I'm after little known new stuff, more recent things which may have slipped me by and also please help educate me on older stuff.
Here's the sorta things I'm looking for...
1. I'm a sucker for anything space-rock (Spiritualized, Dandy Warhols, Warlocks, new Icarus Line, etc) and have been obsessiving for quite a while over things which blend in a bit of electronica like Cut Copy and Radio Dept. And also My Blood Valentine-inspired lushness like Blonde Redhead and Deerhunter. Or in a more soaring pop territory like Stills and Postal Serice is freaking great too. I need more or oneday I'm gonna get bored!
2. I gave up listening to most post-rockist stuff after walking out of a Silver Mount Zion gig a while back but I still listen to far too much Explosions in the Sky, Jeniferever, Mum and more recently L.Pierre. Feels, however, like I need some more lovely material for insomnia-listening, suggestions please... Especially anything really special like Broken Social Scene's 'Anthems for a 17-year Old Girl'
3. Words, words, words... Where are all the great lyricists? Anything that's overly visually stimulating, full of crypticism or that weaves a narrative in a few minutes is pretty much all I ever want. Be it Tom Waits, Bright Eyes, Arab Strap, Shins or Magnetic Fields, or new "talkin'-songs" types like Adam Gnade or George Pringle. I'm sure there's a whole world, nay, bookish galaxy of stuff I'm missing out on here... I don't even know where to start with Leonard Cohen...
4. Apparently I only listen to girl-rock!? Metric, Howling Bells, Land of Talk, PJ Harvey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Azure Ray, Cat Power, Feist, Emily Haines, Emmy the Great, Laura Marling, Adele, Patti Smith, Martha Wainwright, etc, etc... Ok, okay, maybe I am guilty of liking the palette of the female vocal as well as the perspective but that doesn't mean I have enough. More please! Oh and don't be sexist, don't be afraid to suggest anything Elliott Smithy too!
So, 1-2-3-4, over to you, what should I be listening to on MySpace/Mp3-blogs or buying off of iTunes this week? Or are there any sites/blogs which specialise in any of these areas? Don't worry about patronising me or stating anything too obvious, I'd rather that than be missing out on something.
My ears are in all of your hands...
p.s. sorry for posting this everywhere, I'm also curious where has the best response.