10.03.2008

29 artists

For Friday, I offer this list of excellent musicians to check out
1. Nicolas Payton
2. Kurt Rosenwinkel
3. Attica! Attica!
4. Kurt Elling
5. Dinosaur Jr. (the albumn Beyond)
6. Sam Cooke
7. Foo Fighters
8. James Taylor
9. The Weakerthans
10. Criteria
11. Steely Dan
12. Thrice
13. Further Seems Forever
14. Clifford Brown
15. The Mars Volta
16. Boy Sets Fire
17. Piebald
18. Stevie Wonder
19. Zao
20. The Police
21. The Beach Boys
22. Cave In
23. Ben Folds
24. Lee Morgan
25. Earth, Wind and Fire
26. Sublime
27. Pat Metheny
28. Beck
29. Jurassic 5
Let me know what you think.

18 comments:

Christopher said...

Wow -- you don't see that many Catholic bloggers who have a taste for BoySetsFire and ZAO!!! (Very cool).

Zach said...

It's good stuff, what can I say! But I can certainly see how it's probably not to everyone's taste.

That'd be an interesting topic - a psychological/moral/cultural analysis of hardcore music.

Michael J. Iafrate said...

Zao were originally from my hometown, and my band(s) have played with them quite a bit. We were all buddies. A few years back, the last remaining original member left the band and they are a totally different band. I dig 'em though. "Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest" is probably my favorite record of theirs.

Michael J. Iafrate said...

Glad to see Dinosaur Jr. and Piebald on that list too.

Christopher said...

"Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest" is probably my favorite record of theirs.

Mine too (couldn't get into the later albums, beyond "Liberate te ex Inferis").

Favorite BoySetsFire album: "After the Eulogy." One of the first bands I saw in NYC when I moved here.

Do you like MewithoutYou?

Zach said...

Lately I've found it difficult to find some good new music, so I welcome the suggestions. This list is just some of the stuff I'm listening to now, it's not in any particular order or anything.

I have never heard of Mewithoutyou, but I will check them out.

That's pretty sweet about Zao - I think they used to play shows at the Protestant church in my hometown. I never saw them though, I was too young (I think). My favorite Zao album is "The Splinter Shards the birth of Separation".

I'm sad Piebald's not making music anymore, but I did get to see their last show a few months back.

After the Eulogy was the first BSF album I heard - I think it's a great record esp. "my life in the knife trade" and a few others on the disc. My other favorite would be "The Day the Sun Went out"

good stuff.

Michael J. Iafrate said...

Zach - I had a bunch old Zao stuff... demo tapes, a 7", the first shirt they ever made, etc., and I sold them on eBay a few years ago. :) Yep, I know all the dudes on "Splinter." Rob, the bass player on "Liberate," is a really good friend of mine. Among the many shows my bands have played w/ Zao, my first band played a show w/ Zao which was their second show. Hahah.

Boy Sets Fire -- Do you have their first record, "This Crying, This Screaming..."?

Michael J. Iafrate said...

I have not heard MewithoutYou in a long time. Good?

Zach said...

don't have that BSF record, never actually heard it.

I actually thought their first CD was In Chrysalis - I'll have to check out the earlier one.

i also really like the split they did with coalesce

Zach said...

I see now the vocalist from BSF has a new band - "The Casting Out"

full length cD out this month

awesome

Christopher said...

Coalesce did an album of nothing but Led Zeppelin covers -- very cool. =)

mewithoutyou -- I haven't really heard much since their first two albums, but both are very good. I actually got into an email theological discussion with the lead singer's mom some time ago, who happens to be a Sufi (he himself is Christian from what I know)

Christopher said...

Lately I've found it difficult to find some good new music, so I welcome the suggestions. This list is just some of the stuff I'm listening to now, it's not in any particular order or anything.

I like a variety of stuff, so I'm just going to throw some of my favorites albums out there from past and present. Check them out on Amazon, read the reviews, listen before buying because it's an eclectic mix:

amazing albums -- classics; the kind that I'll dig out an listen all the way through:

Ride - "Nowhere"
Soundgarden - "Badmoterfinger"; "Louder than Love" (actually, really the first three songs on LTL)
Neurosis - "Times of Grace"
Twilight Singers - "Blackberry Belle"
The Verve - "A Storm in Heaven"
Scaterd Few - "Sin Disease" (early 80's groundbreakers in 'Christian punk' -- think Bad Brains meets Janes Addiction accompanied by a manic David Bowie);
Bob Mould - "Notebook"
Fugazi - "13 songs"
Cure - "Disintegration" (there is a hardcore compilation called 'Disintegrated'; it's hit-or-miss as most cover albums are but Converge is awesome; also Cave-In covers 'Plainsong')
Quicksand - "Manic Compression";
Barkmarket - "Gimmick"

bands or albums worth exploring

Nadja (and/or Aidan Baker) -- "Thaumogenesis" (for starters -- they are drone / experimental / 'dark shoegazer'); from CANADA, Mike. heard of 'em?
Mogwai -- "My Father, My King" actually incorporates some traditional Jewish melodies from the Rosh Hoshanah liturgy;
Colour Haze -- self-titled; psychedelic jam band with amazing guitar;
National Skyline -- "this = everything"
Pink Floyd -- "Meddle"; "Animals" or "The Final Cut" (I know most would say "The Wall" but so cliche; worth exploring the others)
Rosetta - "The Galilean Satellites"
Isis - "Oceanic"
Earth - "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull";
Jesu - self-titled; also "Silver" and "Conqueror"
Refused - "The shape of punk to come"
Living Sacrifice - "Reborn"; "The Hammering Process"
Black Crowes - "Southern Harmony & Musical Companion"
Metallica - "Master of Puppets" ... the new album is a return to form as well;
Tool - "Lateralus"
Wolves in the Throne Room - "Diadem of 12 Stars" and "Two Hunters"
Stavesacre - "Friction" or "Absolutes" (rock/hardcore)
Primus - "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" -- my first and favorite album by them;
Rollins Band - "End of Silence"
Melvins - "Stag"; "Stoner Witch" or "Hostile Ambient Takeover"
TV on the Radio - "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes"
Yo La Tengo - "When nothing turned itself inside out"
Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew" (a milestone in jazz-fusion; long jams)
Fugazi - really pretty much anything
Low - ditto
Longwave - both albums
Starflyer 59 - "Americana"
Johnny Cash - "Live at Fulsom Prison" and Rick Rubin's 'American' series (in which he covers everything from Soundgarden to Danzig to Tom Petty)
Townes Van Zandt - folk / blues / country -- a legend;

Zach said...

Christopher thanks a bunch man I'm going to check a lot of that stuff out.

Michael J. Iafrate said...

Fugazi is my favorite. I'm actually working on a paper about Ian MacKaye's "ecclesiology." :)

Also check out Godspeed You Black Emperor. (RIP)

BSF frist record was "This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice is Being Born." Six songs. I can send mp3s to you. Their second record was "The Day the Sun Went Out." I think the Chrysalis one was after that.

Christopher, I don't know that Canadian band you mentioned. Have you heard the metal bands I was in?
www.theminustide.com
www.thisiscobra.com

Christopher said...

Oh -- one more album/band to add to the list: "Calculating Infinity" by the Dillinger Escape Plan.

Christopher, I don't know that Canadian band you mentioned. Have you heard the metal bands I was in?

I like what I hear on your MySpace pages -- though I think Cobra is more my speed these days.

Christopher said...

I'm actually working on a paper about Ian MacKaye's "ecclesiology."

What's his religious background (if any)?

Michael J. Iafrate said...

Christopher - I dig that Dillinger album. Then they went all to shit with a crappy vocalist!

COBRA's more my speed too... it's the most current project, although on hold while I'm in Canada.

Not sure Ian's religious background, though I know his father was a religion reporter for one of the Washington D.C. newspapers. Ian never speaks negatively about religion, in fact he often compares Fugazi and Dischord Records to churches in the Anabaptist tradition. I think their DIY approach to music is analogous to radical Christian ecclesiologies, which is the point of the paper.

Zach said...

absolutely about dillinger

43% burnt sounds awful with the new vocalist.