What's on your iPod? (and what should be on mine?)

On mine: collection best described as “eclectic” (see below). So help me pick some new music - kinda at random. I promise I’ll acquire at least a couple of songs/albums the Dopers recommend! Odd / silly / funny stuff (if I can get it on iTunes) will please me best, apparently :slight_smile:

My current library includes an odd variety of stuff - albums by/containing/featuring:
Bruce Springsteen
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Who
Dan Fogelberg
Mike Cross (NC-based country/folk/bluegrass mix)
Da Vinci’s Notebook
Couple of local a cappella groups
Alan Parsons Project
The Beatles
Canadian Brass
David Byrne
Fleetwood Mac
A Mighty Wind (movie soundtrack)
The Guess Who
Harry Belafonte
Fred Penner (Children’s music)
Carole King / Really Rosie
Hootie and the Blowfish
Scott Joplin
The Magic Numbers
Man of La Mancha
Pete Townshend
Peter Gabriel
Peter Schickele / PDQ Bach
Snow Patrol
They Might Be Giants
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Verve
Weird Al Yankovic
A Toolbox Christmas / Toolbox Classics (Toccata in G Minor on a circular saw, anyone?)

My current library includes an odd variety of stuff - albums by/containing/featuring:
Allan Sherman
The Andrews Sisters
Aretha Franklin
The Beatles
The Bee Gees (pre-Disco stuff)
The Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Bill Cosby
Billy Joel
Bing Crosby
Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio
Bobby McFerrin
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
C.W. McCall
The Carpenters
The Charlie Daniels Band
Children Sing for Children (Christmas music)
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Cyndi Lauper
Dave Brubek
Disney (Christmas music)
The Doobie Brothers
Eva Cassidy
Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper
Frosty the Snowman (soundtrack from the TV special)
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Grateful Dead
Harry Belafonte
Harry Connick, Jr.
Hayseed Dixie
Henry Mancini
The Holly Singers
The International Childrens’ Choir (Christmas music)
The Irish Rovers
Jim Freeman
John Denver & The Muppets
John Fogerty
Jonnny Horton
Jon Bon Jovi
Kevin Johnson
Kim Pensyl
Legendary Shack Shakers
Lifetime Classics (Christmas music)
Mannheim Steamroller
Mary Hopkin
Maura Sullivan
Meat Loaf
Mike McClellan
Mitch Miller & His Orchestra
The Moody Blues
New Kids on the Block
The Oak Ridge Boys
Oscar Peterson
Pink Floyd
The Platinum Strings Orchestra (Christmas music)
Porky Pig (or someone who sounds like him)
Robert Downey, Jr.
Rosemary Clooney
The Royal Guardmen
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (soundtrack from the TV special)
Spike Jones
They Might Be Giants
Tracy Chapman
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Young Fresh Fellows

Hmmm…seems my “All” list doesn’t list all of 'em. I know I have a bunch more.

Odd/Silly/Funny: I can only think of Dan Bern. He sounds like Dylan & Springsteen, even makes fun of himself for obviously ripping them off. “Tiger Woods” is good (you have to make it to the end though) and “Marilyn” cracks me up. I’m a bit new to his catalogue but he’s definately odd, funny, and silly, as requested. Tenacious D is more well-known, a bit on the vulgar side, but hilarious as well.

Other than that, it seems like you have rather eclectic tastes but wouldn’t enjoy, say, a Cannibal Corpse or Captain & Tennille. I’ll go with what I’ve been listening to lately, with a song worth checking out afterwards…if you enjoy it, maybe you can go for the album…

-The Band (Night they drove old dixie down)—I’m sure it’s not news to you, but goddamn do I enjoy these guys. This song always gets me too.
-Cloud Cult (The Man WHo Jumped Out the Window)—I saw these guys last week & this song is still in my head. Slow, epic, heartfelt—a great CD too.
-Ryan Adams (anything off Heartbreaker…actually, the whole CD)—amazing folky/country guy—if you like Bruce Springsteen, I figured this was worth a try. Not incredibly similar, but incredible.
-Talking Heads: You’ve got David Byrne on there, so why not?
-Bowie: Young Americans…because it should be on everyone’s iPod. I feel very strongly about this.

That’s good for now. Oh, and I’m on there. But that seemed shameless. Wait! I just said it. I AM shameless.

Oh, I also missed the iTunes requirements. :smack: Some of my Christmas music isn’t on iTunes.

i just have been an ipod owner for a couple of days, so i have just started adding.

lydia pense and cold blood
mavis staples
bonnie raitt
the commitments

soon to be added:

the stax records boxed set volume 1: the singles 1959 to 1968
jimi hendrix’s blues
clapton’s blues

My collection can also best be described as eclectic. I like everything that I have on my ipod and do listen to all of it, but some things I will more readily recommend than others.

My first two recommendations are compilation albums that many of the stranger names in this list come from: ** De Dakar a Cuba: on Danse La Rumba**. Fantastic Cuban music that came out of Africa. One of the best albums I have purchased all year.

The other recommendation would be: As Good as It Gets: the Best of Country Blues. You get great old school blues artists like Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, and the recordings sound great. No question, pick up both of these collections.
Below is my iPod artist list in alphabetical order.
Recommendations are in bold. Like I said I like everything, these are the ones I think that people other than me will like. I am also not going to recommend Super main stream stuff (Stevie wonder, The Beatles) unless it is an artist I hold very close to my heart (Ray Charles)

Rockish stuff will have a * next to it
Hip Hop (instrumental and rap) will have a #
Jazz will have a +

(I am only going to categorize the recommended artists)

Blues and World Beat are for the most part covered in the above recommendations. Electric blues (muddy waters etc) will fall under rock. Unfair I know, but I am trying to keep things simple.

If it is just in bold with no symbol, it means I wasn’t sure how to classify it.

I might occasionally recommend a specific album or song in parenthesis next to the artist.
The 5 Royales With Charlie Little Jazz Ferguson & His Orchestra
A.C. Newman *
Aesop Rock
Albert King
Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha
The Allman Brothers Band
The Animals
Antonio Carlos Jobim
April Stevens
The Arcade Fire *
Art Brut
Art Tatum
**Avenue Q Soundtrack **
The Band ***
Barbeque Bob
The Beach Boys
(Pet Sounds)
The Beatles
Beck & The Flaming Lips Live
The Bees
Belle & Sebastian

Bembeya Jazz National
*Bessie Smith ***
The Beta Band
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bill Broonzy
Big Joe Williams
Billy Bragg
Billy May
The Black Crowes
The Black Heart Procession
(2 … the name of the album)
Blind Blake
Blind Boy Fuller
Blind Gary Davis
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Willie McTell
*Blur ***
Bo Diddley
Bob Dylan
Bobby Darin
Boogie Down Productions
The Breeders
Brian Wilson
Bright Eyes

Broken Social Scene
Brownie McGhee
Bruce Springsteen
Buddy Guy
**Buena Vista Social Club **
Built To Spill * (Keep it like A Secret)
Cannibal Ox
Cannon’s Jug Stompers
*Cannonball Adderley Quintet +
Charles Mingus +
Charley Parker +
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Clash
common #
Company Flow
Copper Box
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Curley Hamner
Cut Chemist and Numark
Da Franco
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
Danger Doom
The Dave Brubeck Quartet+
David Bowie
De La Soul
Dead Kennedys
Dean Elliot & His Big Band
Dean Martin
The Decemberists

Deltron 3030
Dinah Washington
Dixieland Jug Blowers
Dizzy Gillespie
DJ QBert
DJ Shadow # (Entroducing, even if you think you don’t like hip hop)
DJ Spooky
Django Reinhardt
The Dominoes
The Doors
Dr. Octagon
Elliott Smith

Elvis Costello

Eric B & Rakim
Eric Clapton
Faith No More
Fantastic Plastic Machine
The Fiery Furnaces
The Flaming Lips * (The Soft Bulliten)
Flogging Molly
Frank Zappa
Furry Lewis
The Futureheads
Gang Of Four
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
**Gogol Bordello ** (Gypsy Punk rock nothing but fun, get any of their stuff)
Grateful Dead
The Halo Benders
Hawksley Workman
Howard Roberts
Howlin’ Wolf
Hüsker Dü
Iggy Pop & the Stooges
Jack Constanzo
Jackie-O Motherfucker
James Brown
Jane’s Addiction
Jay Z ft Dangermouse The Grey Album
Jedi Mind Tricks
The Jesse Powell Orchestra With Fluffy Hunter
Jim Jackson
Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
Joe Walsh
The John Buzon Trio
John Coltrane+
John Mayall
Joni Mitchell
Joshua Bell
Joy Division
Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
Julie London
Jurassic 5
Kanye West
Kid Koala# (Some of My Best Friends Are Dj’s)
King Kurtis
**King Missile ** (especially the track "Jesus Was Way Cool)
The Kinks
Kruder & Dorfmeister
Laba Sosseh
Larry Williams
Leroy Carr
Leroy Holmes
Les Bantous De La Capitale
Les Baxter
Little Brother Montgomery
Lonnie Johnson
Louis Armstrong
Louis Prima
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra With Myra Johnson
Ma Rainey
Martin Denny
Max Roach +
Medeski, Martin And Wood
Memphis Jug Band
Memphis Minnie
MF Doom
Miles Davis
Minor Threat
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Mississippi John Hurt
*Modest Mouse ** * (The Moon And Antartica)
Moose Jackson With Tiny Bradshaw’s Orchestra
Black Star
Mr. Bungle
Muddy Waters
My Bloody Valentine
My Morning Jacket
Neil Young
Neko Case

Nell Hannon & Yann Tierson
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
**Neutral Milk Hotel ** *
The New Pornographers *
**Nick Cave ** * (Get the Best of Collection or Live Seeds)
Nine Inch Nails
Oingo Boingo
The One AM Radio
Operation Ivy
Orchestre Baobab
Otis Redding
Paris Combo
Paul Kelly
Peanut Butter Wolf
Philip Glass
Pinback ***
Pink Anderson / Simmie Dooley
Pink Floyd
Pixies *
PJ Harvey
Plas Johnson
The Pogues * (Celtic rock, get ** Rum, Sodemy, and the Lash
recommend more highly)

The Postal Service
Queens Of The Stone Age
Radiohead *
Rage Against The Machine
Ray Anthony
Ray Charles
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Replacements *(Let it Be)
**Rjd2 ** # (Dead Ringer)
Robert Johnson ** * (The Complete Recordings)
The Rolling Stones
Roosevelt Sykes
The Roots
Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men
Roy Orbison
The Royals
Sex Pistols, The
Shel Silverstein
The Shins *
Sigur Rós
Simon & Garfunkel
Skip James
Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon
Slim Harpo
Sly & The Family Stone
The Smiths
Social Distortion
Son House
Sonic Youth
The Specials
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Star Band De Dakar
Steve Miller Band
Stevie Wonder
The Strokes
Sufjan Stevens
The Sundays
Super Furry Animals
The Swallows
T-Bone Walker
Talib Kweli
Talking Heads
Tampa Red
Texas Alexander
Todd Rhodes & Orchestra With Connie Allen & The Band
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Waits
Tommy Johnson
Tommy McClennan
The Toppers With Orchestra
Van Morrison
The Velvet Underground

Viktor Vaughn
Violent Femmes

The Walkmen
Warren Zevon
Was (was not)
Wes Montgomery
The White Stripes
The Who
Wilco * (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, or Kicking Television)
Wolf Parade
Wu-Tang Clan
Wynonie Harris
Yesterday’s New Quintet
Yma Sumac
Zero 7
The Zombies

I know this was a long list and that I recommended 50 things to listen to. But I PROMISE you will like something in those recommendations, if not most of them. Try the Jazz and Hip Hop, especially Dave Brubeck and DJ Shadow. Wilco and The Pogues are both great bands also. Gogol Bordello is strange and interesting in a totally fun way. Pinback and Blackheart Procession are local(ish) bands that are huge in SoCal, but almost unknown elsewhere. All those folks should be on iTunes. Feel free to email me if you have questions. Enjoy!

Check out “Sneaky Snake” by Tom T. Hall. Really cute, kids love it. I remember it quite fondly from my youth. ahhhh…youth…wasted on the young, totally!

Some artists I recently downloaded from iTunes:

Les Girls
Shaggy & Rayvon
Shaggy & Olivia
Shaggy & Natasha Watkins
Kelly Rowland
Ruff Endz & Memphis Bleek
Black Eyed Peas
Destiny’s Child
Craig David
Tito Puente Jr.
Chanté Moore
Donell Jones
Jordan Knight

Now that it’s working again, you can check out my profile at Last.fm.

Slipknot, ICP, Eminem, and most of Korn belong to a girl who likes to use my computer to check her email.

If you like Snow Patrol, you’d probably like Athlete. Great band from the UK.

I’d also recommend some Butterfly Boucher, old Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, and maybe some **Dan Band ** for fun.

Oh, and get some Wilco, Old 97s, and **Rhett Miller’s ** solo work