I'm a serious fan of music and have a pretty expansive collection. I like pretty much everything from Alternative, Industrial, Rap and Electronica to Classical, Folk, Big Band and even Country. Sometimes I surprise myself because of my collection, since I never listen to the radio, but discover new bands all the time. Back in college, I used to pride myself on my musical knowledge because someone could tell me a couple bands they liked and I could suggest at least 5 bands that they'd never heard of. I'm hoping that I can carry on that skill for the masses. Below is a living list of music that I listen to. Hopefully you'll find something that you'll like too. And, based on what's here, maybe you can make some suggestions for me.

The Faint

The Faint

Wet From Birth (featuring Symptom Finger)

I used to think the only thing good to come out of Omaha was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. However, I recently had to update my thinkings because Omaha is the birthplace of The Faint, a dance-punk/new wave band. The Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer and included Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes, who left the band shortly after it formed. I have many of their albums, but this is my favorite because of “Symptom Finger”. A really tight, danceable track full of energy. Capable of making you nod your head right before you start rocking your face off.


Infadels

Infadels

Universe In Reverse (featuring Make Mistakes)

On first play, I felt that The Infadels sophomore album sounded very similar to the direction of The Killer’s follow-up. But, I was immediately proven wrong. This album signals a growing in the band from the dance-tent sounds of the first album We Are Not The Infadels.


Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon

Only By The Night (featuring Sex On Fire)

This album is such a happy accident. Lisa originally suggested this because of “Sex On Fire”. When she said it was Kings of Leon, I originally thought I had some of their older albums. However, I had my bands mixed up, thinking instead of Kings Of Convenience, which I’d picked up nearly a billion years ago, much to my disappointment. I wish I knew how to play drums because my air drumming on “Sex On Fire” is lame. So much energy in this song. I haven’t bothered listening to the lyrics, so I have no idea what he’s saying, but it’s a tight track none-the-less. I’m also a huge fan of “Use Somebody” which kind of has the vocal stylings of Gavin Degraw. All-in-all, a great album.


KMFDM

KMFDM

Brimborium (featuring Tohuvabohu (MS 20 Mix) By Combichrist)

KMFDM has many translations for their name. Amongst them is the best Industrial band around. Even though their lyrics can be a bit cheesey, the beats and crunching guitars are always tight. I first got into KMFDM because I was a fan of the album art which has been done by Aiden Hughes, who goes by the name BRUTE ever since their inception. Brimborium is chocked full of incredible remixes that are guaranteed to rock your face off.


Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson

Version (featuring Stop Me Ft. Daniel Merriweather)

Mostly known as a remix artist and DJ, this album is full of covers. Some of the gems on this album include "Toxic" covered by Tiggers, "The Only One I Know" by Robbie Williams and a couple Coldplay covers. The real standout is Stop Me featuring Daniel Merriweather. Now, this is an awesome cover of The Smiths’ "Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before" with a litte taste of "Keep Me Hanging On" by The Supremes masterfully worked in.


Mary J Blige

Growing Pains (featuring Just Fine)

I’m pretty much a closet MJB fan. I don’t have many of her albums, but do find myself really liking a lot of her music. I got this album for the song "Just Fine" alone. Upon watching her move in the video, I was instantly hooked and couldn’t stop listening to it. The beats are infectious and this is such a fun song. I’m going to proudly log this as one of my guilty pleasures.


Metro Station

Metro Station

Metro Station (featuring control)

I have to admit, I’m a fairly new fan of Metro Station, even though they’ve been around since 2006. I briefly caught them on GMA (Yeah, that’s right, Good Morning America). Unfortunately, I was running late for work, so I had to go before they performed. I did, however, use my time at work to look them up. I gave them a test spin and from the first notes in “Seventeen Again” to the fade out in “Disco”, I was hooked and got this album immediately. You can hear the youth in the voice of singers Trace Cyrus (yeah, Hannah Montana’s brother… I know!) and Mason Musso (another Hannah Montana sibling). The energy on the album is contagious with a merging of pop and synth rock, sort of reminiscent to HelloGoodbye. The big song is “Shake It”. But, even though “Control” failed to top the charts when it was released, it’s easily my favorite from the album.


MGMT

MGMT

Oracular Spectacular (featuring Kids)

MGMT originally started as The Management in around 2005. The album is an experimentation of noise rock and electronica. I discovered this band through a mix disc from a friend. So far, my favorite songs on this album is "Electric Feel" and "Kids". Both are very catchy and full of synthesizer pop.


Placebo

Placebo

Sleeping With Ghosts Bonus Covers (featuring Running Up That Hill)

Placebo and their high-pitched androgenous style has been around since 1994, but I hadn’t heard of them until their cover of Kate Bush’s "Running Up That Hill" appeared on an episode of CSI. Sleeping With Ghosts is a departure from the band’s fairly straightforward guitar playing, often influenced by the style of 1970s British and American rock, and lead-singer Brian Molko’s high-pitched vocalss. It’s more adventurous, experimenting with dance tunes, electronic music influences and a less polished rocky guitar sound, though keeping the traditional sound for several songs.


Santogold

Santogold

Santogold (featuring Lights Out)

Santogold started out as lead singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock band Stiffed. She went solo and in 2007 recieved internet media attention for her singles "Creator" and "L.E.S. Artistes". Her sound is similar to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and M.I.A. due to similar influences. Her sound also has notes of reggae, New Wave and 80’s pop.


Sia

Sia

Color The Small One (featuring Numb)

I first heard Sia’s "Numb" in an episode of CSI: Miami and loved it immediately. Her voice seemed very familiar, and upon repeated listening, I realized that she’s the female voice of Zero 7. Her jazzy voice goes straight through the skin and touches the heart. Color The Small One is good background music and even though it’s very electronically charged, everything on it is very trip-hop.