Help Me Spend My iTunes Money *UPDATE*

Posted: January 14, 2009 in music
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itunesThankyou so much to all of you who have taken the time to give me your suggestions for what albums to get.  I’ve been listening through them on iTunes – the 30 second previews at least – and I’m giving some of them some thought.  They all seem like “good” picks, but I haven’t heard anything that really blows me away yet.  Maybe I’m just being too picky, but I’m really hoping to get something outstanding with this final $30.  Whiskeytown and Elliot Smith interest me, I’ve always enjoyed Oasis, I’m not a huge electronic music guy, I already have  Miles Davis/Diana Krall, and Ellis Paul sounds like quality listening, but it seems as though I have a lot of music that already sounds like most of that stuff.  I guess I’m hoping for something different and new that will shake me to my musical core.  Something that will break my heart all over again like when I heard Damien Rice for the first time 2 years ago, or blow me away with sheer power like DragonForce did to me a year ago.  I know it’s a lot to ask.  Maybe I’ve finally reached the point with 600ish albums now that there isn’t anything new and different out there, but I still haven’t found what I’m looking for (thankyou Bono).  Is there nothing new under the sun?

This doesn’t necessarily have to be a new album, it could be something that is older that I haven’t heard before or the like.  Don’t feel like it needs to be cutting edge music, I’m just in the mood for a new musical experience is all.

Some albums that I had been considering previously (but am not totally sold on) are:

Alterbridge – Blackbird
As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us
Ben Harper – (I don’t even know where to start there)
The Cab – Whisper War
Demon Hunter – Storm the Gates of Hell
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
Lacuna Coil – Karmacode
Pete Yorn – Musicforthemorningafter
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
Ryan Adams – (there’s a lot to choose from here)
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
She & Him – Volume 1

Thoughts?

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  1. jonkramer says:

    I still think that Elliott Smith is the right decision… if you want, instead of an album, I could just give you a suggest of 9 or 1o of my favorite ES songs.
    Here’s a few more cd choices though:
    1) Nick Drake – Pink Moon.
    2) Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
    3) The Postal Service – Give Up

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  2. benyamen says:

    You may well be right about Elliott Smith, but I’m still a little on the fence here. I’ve only heard “Somebody that I Used to Know” from him and it was alright. What other songs should I hear to get a feel for what he’s like?

    Anyone have any thoughts on Rufus Wainright? I’ve enjoyed “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” and “I Don’t Know What it is” from him.

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  3. jonkramer says:

    1) musicforthe… is Pete Yorn’s best album.
    2) Illinoise and Michigan are both real gems from Sufjan.
    3) If you don’t already have much Ryan Adams, get Heartbreaker
    4) I have Rufus’ first album with “Cigarettes…” – it’s ok…
    5) As far as Elliott Smith goes, his career went from “eerie acoustic” at the start to “orchestral/experimental” at the end – a real shift. I’ll upload one from each album to my .mac site: http://web.mac.com/pastorjonkramer/Jons_Site/music.html

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  4. Daryl says:

    Okay then go get these one…. I know you won’t have them.

    Andy Shauf – Darker Days
    http://tinyurl.com/7cedo2

    Zachary Lucky – Common Dialogue
    http://tinyurl.com/8zetq9

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  5. Daryl says:

    Oh, and I too recommend “The Postal Service” or anything with Ben Gibbard’s name attached. ie. Dntel, or Death Cab for Cutie

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  6. Jared says:

    Maybe you are limiting yourself to a specific genre? Go crazy and buy something out of a genre you normally don’t buy from.
    If you are open to some old-school stuff, I’ve really got into Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan (his early folk stuff).

    +1 for Death Cab for Cutie

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  7. benyamen says:

    I’ve been accused of a lot of things in my life – and been guilty of a few of them – but limiting myself to a specific genre of music is not one of them. I’m willing to consider anything, but I’m not about to buy something I’ll never listen to just to have something different.

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