What do you listen to? Is there some band out there I've probably never heard of that really excites you? If so, drop me a link in the comments here, or just a name and I'll look them up on youtube or myspace.
I've asked this favor of my readers before and I got a couple interesting new groups to listen to. For example, Michael (MPhil) turned me on to Cynic:
Cynic - Adam's Murmur
Cynic - Evolutionary Sleeper
Cynic - Integral Birth
Cynic - Traced in Air
sinned34 turned me on to Opeth:
Opeth - Circle Of The Tyrants
Opeth - In My Time Of Need
Shadowstreak turned me on to Mortification and Paramecium:
Look Away - The Paramecium
Just reading Bear McCreary's blog I found a couple interesting groups named, Muse and Ozric Tentacles:
Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Ozric Tentacles - "Coily"
I don't know what the odds are that you've heard any of those bands but I think I can come up with some groups you've never heard of. For example, here's an interesting little Christian Death Metal band called "The Drama Scene."
They're just now putting out their first album it seems and you won't find them on youtube. They've just got thses samples on myspace. I liked "The Devil's Among Us" and "My Razorblade."
And what are the odds you ever heard of Hawkwind:
Hawkwind - Master of the Universe
Hawkwind - Space Is Deep
Hawkwind was a group I liked when I was in high school but never listened to again after I got to college... until recently when I looked them up on youtube.
Another group you may not have heard of, Eyehategod:
Eyehategod - 99 Miles Of Bad Road
Eyehategod - Lack Of Almost Everything
Of course, obscure groups aren't the only kind I listen too, they're just the only ones I'm noting in this post. But I will mention Ozzy because Ozzy's music has been with me since I first heard Black Sabbath in high school and I've never stopped listening:
So, tell me what music you listen too.
Wow! Lots of music to check out thanks to all you people. And following your links on youtube and myspace leads to yet more related bands. If you're a Death Metal/Black Metal fan the numbers of groups out there is overwhelming. It's a world wide phenomena.
There is Russian Black Metal and also Death Metal:
There is also Japanese Death Metal and Chinese Black Metal:
And does any of this look and sound familiar?
And here's an interesting artist you can find on Kompoz.
This band recommendation comes from Bear McCreary:
Captain Ahab - This guy works with me all the time, but his records are incredible. In fact, I’m actually doing orchestral arrangements on his upcoming album. But, the last two are outstanding. It’s crazy, insane, occasionally very offensive techno and dance music, but there is a sadistic sense of humor to all of it. Like songs by the South Park guys, his music is funny and also intelligently satirical all at the same time.
A summary of Bear's other recommendations with semi-relevant links (see the comment on his own website for more details but no links): Boingo, 1994 album by Danny Elfman’s band Oingo Boingo, also their previous album “Dark at the End of the Tunnel” (1990). (A lot of “BG” musicians (Bartek, Avila, Vatos, Doug Lacy) playing on both these records). Ozomatli, 2001 release “Embrace the Chaos,” especially “Vocal Artillery.” Warning: their most recent record is to be avoided though. Bt4, his brother. Raya Yarbrough, his wife. Buckwheat Zydeco, and then of course bands we all should know: Queen, Pink Floyd, Guns n’ Roses (not so much the new record), Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Al Green, Supertramp, The Specials, Elvis, Michael Jackson and The Band. Film and TV scores, his stock in trade, favorites are: Elmer Bernstein: To Kill a Mocking Bird and / or his RPO Pops “Best Of” CD. Jerry Goldsmith: Alien, The ‘burbs, Gremlins 2, Stark Trek: The Motion Picture. Bernard Herrmann. Lalo Schifrin: Enter the Dragon. John Williams, Temple of Doom and Empire Strikes Back were always my favorites.