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Thursday, March 16

Hlp mee lurn abot muzic, Lolappalooza iz comeng sune...

The Lollapalooza line-up came out today. The lineup includes a bunch of acts I want to see like: Wilco, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Stars, Jeremy Enigk, Broken Social Scene, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Feist, The Go! Team, Eels, The Raconteurs, Of Montreal, The New Amsterdams, Sound Team, etc...

It also has a few that I've already seen but would enjoy seeing again: Death Cab for Cutie, Mates of State, Andrew Bird, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers.

And then there's the ones I have none to little desire to see: Queens Of The Stone Age, Umphrey's Mcgee, Coheed and Cambria, Kayne West (well, maybe a little), Nickle Creek, She Wants Revenge, Sparta...

But the ones, I'm most concerned about are the ones I hardly know anything about but still might want to see. I've heard alot about Matiyashu but only have one song. I have some but very little experience with Ryan Adams. Most importantly, I have practically nothing of Sonic Youth and would like to be educated about them (since they did play at Hullabalooza). Who is Manu Chau and Ween?

Can anyone help me out? Suggest me some songs.
posted by Taylor, 3/16/2006 12:22:00 PM | link 16 comments


You don't know Sonic Youth? Seriously? And you claim to like music?
commented by Anonymous lucky, 3/16/2006 02:46:00 PM  
Queens of the Stoneage are a band you should not "not" want to see, work on that, PRONTO!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/16/2006 03:41:00 PM  
Wow those were helpful. Lucky should have just written (with a french accent) "I turn my nose up at you and piss on your shoes, cuz you are uncultured!"

Anyway, as for Ryan Adams check out these songs.
Sylvia Plath
Strawberry Wine
His albums will grow on you. You may not fall in love right away, but his stuff will catch you.

As for Sonic Youth, I really like the album Dirty as well Experimental Jet Set...
commented by Blogger eyun, 3/16/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Oh yeah, Thuston Moore of Sonic Youth also has some great solo stuff.
commented by Blogger eyun, 3/16/2006 04:01:00 PM  
What you need to hear from Ryan Adams:
If you're a Grateful Dead fan, just go ahead and buy Cold Roses. If you're looking for his "alt-country" type material hit up random stuff from him suppose. Get ahold of me, I can get you some albums.

Tell us what you find out about SYouth, I'm in a similar boat since they're much older than I am.

Ween is really f'ing wierd and really cool. In a scary Frank Zappa style. I recommend the songs "bananas and blow," "push the little daisies," "baby bitch," "roses are free"(which phish loved to cover), and other than that I don't know much from them. I'd always love to hear more.

My personal small band pick for everyone to start hearing is a band I started listening to about 5 years ago, but just doesn't seem to be moving up quite yet. Pepper. Check out the album Kona Town, it's insanely good.
Check out "Chocolate and Cheese" and "Pure Guava" from Ween. Two awesome albums. I saw them at The Mero in Chicago around 1995. Great live act.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/16/2006 10:28:00 PM  
As for Ween? Check out anything from Chocolate & Cheese. Their sound varies from song to song and from album to album, so pointing you to a song that is representative of "the Ween sound" is almost impossible. They can sound like Bowie, Prince, funk, and country.
commented by Blogger Chag, 3/16/2006 10:51:00 PM  
Manu Chau is a great French singer/songwriter/guitar player. It's very hard to describe his music other than to say that it mixes a very latin flavor with French, Spanish, English and maybe even Portuguese lyrics. It's very fun and very playful and at times very beautiful.

Check out the album Clandestino. You may not be able to understand many of the lyrics but you can definitely understand the feelings.
commented by Anonymous Brandon, 3/17/2006 02:19:00 AM  
You youngins are so fuh-nee. Never heard Sonic Youth? Or Ween?

Sonic Youth: The big one, musically, is Daydream Nation. "Total Trash." "Teenage Riot." Then there's Goo with "Dirty Boots" and the big MTV hit "Kool Thing." And there's Dirty with "Sugar Kane" and Experimental Jet Set with "Bull In The Heather." And there's a lot more depending on your level of pretension. iTunes has an Essential Mix of SY.

Oh, and they went through a cover phase in the early 90s, first as Ciccone Youth, then a my-god-this-is-scaring-me cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar." Scaring me in the they nailed the stalker vibe sense.

As for Ween, Chocolate and Cheese is where to start. They were, for a time, billed as the "dirty version of They Might Be Giants," but that was such a stupid label it never stuck.

And on Ryan Adams, his great problem is that he's recording two great albums solo, but he's spread it across eight releases in the last four years. It may be better to start with Whiskeytown (where Caitlin and Phil kept him reined in).
commented by Blogger dw, 3/17/2006 09:12:00 AM  
sonic youth are overrated. ween is kinda like a dirty they might be giants but not quite as dirty as adam green. they follow odd themes sometimes, such as a mostly country twang album and a mostly seashanty album. they can change your life. ryan adams is great. his biggest seller is "gold", which most may claim is his sell out, but its pretty amazing. i hate with a passion his "rock n roll" album, but just about everything else he has done i totally love with most all my heart.
commented by Blogger wwjblog, 3/17/2006 09:39:00 AM  
You should search Manu Chao instead of Manu Chau. Manu was the lead singer of La Mano Negra. He worked with malian singers Amadou and Mariam last year if you know them. Even if you are not a big fan of "world music" (I hate this term), Manu concerts are great fiestas and he is a good man.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/17/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Wow. I must add myself to the lsit of shocked commentators - no previous knowledge of Sonic Youth or Ween?

Suggested Ween listening from Quebec:
"It's Gonna Be a Long Night"
"Transdermal Celebration"
"So Many People in the Neighborhood"
"The F**ked Jam"

That should give you a pretty varied taste of their many, many different styles and awesome songwriting abilities.
commented by Blogger tim, 3/17/2006 12:58:00 PM  
I saw Queens of the Stone Age a couple years ago at Lollapalooza at Nissan Pavilion and they were TERRIBLE. Don't know if it was a fluke or not, but I know that I'M with you on that front.
Manu Chao, oh man. I'm jealous of anyone who gets to see him live. I like his album "Proxima Estacion: Esperanza" better than "Clandestino", but if you want to get a feel for what he's like live, there's a live album called "Radio Bemba Sound System" (the name of his backing band) that is phenomenal too. I've also seen a concert movie of his called "Babylonia en Guagua" (I guess you could say I'm a fan). Tons of energy. Definitely see him if you've got the chance.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/17/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Act to be pumped for: Gnarls Barkley.

Best Ween song: "Voodoo Lady". It fucking owns.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/19/2006 04:41:00 PM  
hello young fresh Illinois fellow.
Ween is awesome. fucking awesome. some songs i highly, strongly reccomend="Ocean Man" (as heard over the closing credits of the Spongebob Squarepants movie)"L.M.L.Y.P" which stands for...nevermind i dont want to spoil the surprise, and my pesonal fave "Freedom of '76" which namedrops Boyz 2 Men and the movie manequinn and ho's hired for tricks, yet remains totally beautiful.
theres like a ton of other great Ween tunes. Enjoy!!!!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3/20/2006 07:27:00 PM  
ummm whats wrong with Nickel Creek?

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