I picked up an iPod for an early birthday present, and it was love at first sight. In fact I’m listening to it now even though I’m sitting at my computer that has a decent pair of speakers and all the same songs.
Anyhoo, I crammed my music collection on to this bad boy (which is more substantial than I thought - 2322 songs, about six days worth of music) and I’m wondering what else I should grab. So I thought I’d see what my fellow dopers have been downloading.
Lately I’ve nabbed the following:
Tori Amos – A Tori Amos Collection - Tales of a Librarian (album)
I’ve never really been into her, but “A Sorta Fairy Tale” turned me on to her big time. I bought this album to hear a little more of her older stuff. I especially enjoy “Winter” and “Cornflake Girl.” Oh, and “Bliss” and “Pretty Good Year.” I also liked that it was only twelve bucks for 22 songs.
Nelly Furtado - Try (single song)
I never would have heard this song had it not been featured in Apple’s “The Next Best Thing” collection for March. All I knew about Furtado was that she was responsible for that abysmal “I’m like a bird” song not too long ago. I listened to “Try” however and loved it. It doesn’t sound like her old stuff at all. I pulled her up on the music store to check out the rest of the album, and it turns out “Try” doesn’t sound much like her new stuff either. Nothing else in her collection sounds remotely survivable to me, but I do like this one.
Switchfoot - Live EP (partial album)
I’m not a big fan of live recordings, but I pretty much have to own anything that’s Switchfoot-related so I downloaded the three songs from this one. They’re all excellent too; these guys really rock live (I saw 'em a couple of years ago here in Dallas and they were great). It’s cool to see Switchfoot getting some mainstream recognition finally. They’re way too good for Christian-rock-band-obscurity.
Liz Phair - Insanity (song)
I think this one is an iTunes exclusive. Cool song too, if you like her new stuff. If you hated her new album (from what I understand a lot of her fans did) you probably wont like this either, but it’s getting some playtime on my iPod.
10,000 Maniacs - More Than This (song)
I had this song stuck in my brain after seeing Lost in Translation so I did a search for it looking for a decent version (I’m not terribly keen on Roxy’s original). I found this version by the 10,000 Maniacs, and it’s awesome. The Maniacs weren’t the same after Natalie Merchant left, but the singer who replaced her is good enough to make this one a keeper.
So… anyone else?