Music Recommendations

A while back, I solicited input on what bands a lover of classic rock should be listening to from the last 10 years.  I got about 40 responses.  Here are some of the more popular recommendations:

First, several people suggested, an internet radio station that will play music based on songs or bands you like.  I have used Pandora for a while and really like it.  I have found a number of albums I really love from this source.  For example:  Frank Zappa's "Shut up and play yer guitar" series of live guitar solos. also had a number of supporters, and I am running it right now as I type.  It streams a fairly eclectic mix of old and new music.

Several bands / albums got multiple votes.  Those included:

White Stripes
Corrosion of Conformity
Dream Theater
Queens of the Stone Age

I will try a selection and let folks know. 

Lot's of support for the most recent Rush efforts, which I already own and enjoy.  Ditto Stone Temple Pilots and the Black Crowes, though I am not sure their best work quite clears the 10-year-old hurdle.  Someone suggested Days of the New -- I own their first album and really enjoy it (acoustic grunge?).  I also own and enjoy both "Burning for Buddy" CDs that several folks recommended, if you are looking for something jazzier.

Lots more recommendations I will check out over time in the comments here.

Update: I asked my college roommate and CATO-ite Brink Lindsey the same question, because I know from several years of living in a confined space that he shared many of my musical tastes.  He writes:

From the mid 90s to the present, my favorite albums are:

Soundgarden, Superunknown
Garbage, Garbage
Kula Shaker, K
The Offspring, Smash
Beck, Odelay
Audioslave, Audioslave (this one's actually from after 2000!)
Kid Rock, Devil Without a Cause (yeh, it's rap but it rocks)
Green Day, Dookie
Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory (from 2000!)

Going back to the early 90s, Metallica's black album, Blind Melon's
self-titled album, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik, U2's
Achtung Baby, Nirvana's Nevermind and Unplugged, and Pearljam's 10 and
Vs. are all favorites.

None of this will allow you to claim you have current musical tastes.

Among current rock bands that I know of, I like the White Stripes.  But
that's about all I know.

Soundgarden / Metallica / Nirvana / Pearl Jam sort of represent the new end of my music collection, beyond which I am attempting to fill in the white space.


  1. The Rick:

    Hey, I was the one who suggested Days of the New -- and their first album was pretty good, but you need to get their SECOND album. Not the third (it sucks) but the 2nd. It is by far their best. Only one song from it got any radio play (enemy) but it's one of the few albums that is good all the way through.

  2. LabRat:

    Soundgarden / Metallica / Nirvana / Pearl Jam sort of represent the new end of my music collection, beyond which I am attempting to fill in the white space.

    If that's the case, then you might like to try Audioslave, at least their earlier stuff. The Strokes are a newer band that has a sound you might like, too. (Confession: I cannot STAND the White Stripes.) Kings of Leon is another that might be a hit with you.

  3. Mesa Econoguy:

    Zappa’s Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar (Vols. 1 & 2) is good, and if you like that, try Them Or Us – early Steve Vai and Dweezil on that one, as well as a great cover of the Allman Bros. “Whippin’ Post.”

    Joe’s Garage is the logical next step.

    If you’re really into guitar pyrotechnics (I’m a guitarist), try Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare, Joe Satriani’s Surfing With The Alien, Flying In A Blue Dream, The Extremist. I also have his newest Supercolossal, but I’m struggling to get into it.

    As I write this, I’m trolling thru the new Eagles double album, Long Road Out Of Eden. Okay so far. Production sound quality has gotten noticeably better over the past 5-10 years (Q Sound – not sure if they’re using it, but this sounds noticeably better than stuff from even the early ‘90s).

  4. Mesa Econoguy:

    DVD concert recommendation (September ’07 release):

    David Gilmour’s Remember That Night: Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD is really good. It’s kinda Pink Floyd Lite (Richard Wright is on, as well as Dick Parry, Jon Carin and Guy Pratt from the 1994 Division Bell tour, just no Nick Mason, tho he is on some of the footage) with some cool backup vox from David Crosby and Graham Nash.

    Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music guitarist, and Gilmour’s next-door neighbor) and Steve DiStanislao (CSN’s drummer) round out the ensemble.

    Outstanding sound, and filmed in hi-def I think. Looks great in standard def (16:9) too.

  5. mith:

    "First, several people suggested, an internet radio station that will play music based on songs or bands you like."

    Something else you might be interested in, similar to Pandora, is Works for music and movies, though I've mostly only used it for music recommendations.

  6. Highway:

    Hmm, I thought I had commented on the other thread, but apparently not. If you're still looking for more music, you might try listening to Muse. It's awesome music, but might be a little bit out of your range, but worth a listen.

    BTW, Muse has one song on Guitar Hero III: Knights of Cydonia. The video's pretty awesome too (look on Youtube).

  7. MV:

    Andrew WK
    The Darkness
    (see links in the original bleg)

    -- MV

  8. napablogger:

    I like these kinds of threads because it gives me a lot of new music to check out. But you forgot the Plain White T's, 2007!!! dude!.

  9. Ann:

    Pandora I really like it.Thanks for your view.