I’m really into music, and so a lot of times people will ask me what kind of music I listen to, and sometimes I get crazy reactions for the things people see me listening to on Rdio on Facebook (‘cuz apparently it just shows everything you listen to, but I don’t see it) — well, here’s a bit of a description in case you, too, were interested:
when I was a KID/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I was really into:
R.E.M., Madonna, U2, Mariah Carey (up to Rainbow), 2 Pac, Tom Petty/Heartbreakers, Michael Jackson (post-early disco stuff), NKOTB, Enrique Iglesias, Oasis, Green Day’s “Dookie”, No Doubt, Gloria Estefan, 90’s alt./rock (Bush, Garbage, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crowe, Collective Soul, Paula Cole, Natalie Merchant, etc.)
as some point in JUNIOR HIGH I was aware of and pretty much enjoyed pop music, but never got any of the albums, mainly the singles/hits: *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98º, 5ive, Spice Girls, Celine Dion…etc., whatever else was similar to this stuff
and also a bunch of Miami freestyle like TKA and stuff like that.
in HIGH SCHOOL I was into three main genre’s:
ingesting an insane amount of classic rock knowledge, specifically the Beatles, but also:
Clapton, Cream, Hendrix, CS&N, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, etc.
some contemporary stuff:
Old 97’s, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Stereophonics, Ash
and a lot of pop-punk stuff, these got heavy mtv2 rotation:
Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day, Thursday, Coheed & Cambria, Brand New, All-American Rejects, Something Corporate, Rooney, Phantom Planet, Hot Hot Heat, Kenna, Finch, Linkin Park, Yellowcard, Jimmy Eat World, etc.
in COLLEGE I was still into the pop-punky stuff — but my musical experience definitely opened up to some of the most important bands/music that is still with me, I suppose you can call a lot of this “indie”:
The Replacements, The Pixies, The Cure, The Smiths, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Mercury Rev, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paris Texas, Peter Gabriel, Modest Mouse, The National, The New Pornographers, Neko Case, A.C. Newman, The B-52’s, Blondie, Television, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Buena Vista Social Club, Celia Cruz, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, The Knife, Bob Dylan, The Supremes, Motown, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Liz Phair, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sam Cooke, old soul stuff, Moby, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Brian Eno, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Cocteau Twins, early blues (Ma Rainey, etc.), British Sea Power, Morrissey, Beirut, Feist, Cat Power, Xiu Xiu, !!!, Magnetic Fields, Daft Punk, the Decemberists, The Dismemberment Plan, Red House Painters, Helen Stellar, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, Matt Costa, Pavement, Son Volt, Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, Maria Mena, Beastie Boys, Jack’s Mannequin, Jamie T., Lilly Allen, Ryan Adams, Deerhunter, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer, Coldplay, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Babasónicos, Shakira (spanish), Serge Gainsbourg,
I also got into country music for a bit in college:
Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, stuff like that.
most of this period has just been expanding on all the stuff from college and finding new bands, and also grew a fondness for feel-good pop music again:
Vampire Weekend, Palma Violets, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, My Mortal Coil, Katy Perry, Japandroids, Sharon Van Etten, El Canto del Loco, One Direction, DyE, Two Door Cinema Club, Lana Del Rey, Metric, Wilco, Kid Cudi, Telekinesis, Andrew McMahon, (some) Lady Gaga, Whiskeytown, Deer Tick, Lotus Plaza, Lumineers, Miranda, Beyonce, Rihanna, Robyn… and the list keeps growing.
a musical journey/ THE END.