Aug 11, 2005

Open Thread on GOOD Music to Check Out...

Okay - so after trying a thread for bad music to continue the hater brigade, I quickly realized that this would be a better idea (thanks, DD). So go at it, folks. Share your passions, your finds, your secret faves, your oldies but goodies...

38 comments:

DesiDancer said...

Nickel Creek- a "newgrass" trio of smokingly gifted classically trained musicians that just rock out and have some beautiful material

Rage said...

Interesting! My addition for now is Kevin So, a folksy Asian American singer-songwriter who sings from the heart and has been doing it for a long time.

DesiDancer said...

Cool, I'll have to check it out!

I recently refueled my love of Tears For Fears. Man, those guys were ahead of their time...

Rage said...

true, true.

You can check out kevin here. There should be some songs on the music player. I like his style and stuff. Wrote about him here, too.

burnedouteyes said...

I'm at work right now.... and the tindersticks' 2nd album is just *killing* me right now.

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:cln8b5z4nsq4

these guys have been around for awhile, maybe you know 'em already...

someone else said...

I'm a little loopy right now, so I'll do my best to offer something constructive--i.e. what i've been listening to lately:

luna, belle and sebastian, joshua tree, m.i.a., liz phair (a little bit) , cake, and some fun things that i can play with on audacity.

i would recommend "my number" by tegan and sara if anyone's into rockin' women.

Rage said...

Interesting stuff, and I'll definitely check it all out. I have been grooving to Zap Mama a lot lately, as well as some old beasties... other than that, nothing too bright, bold, or brash...

though I *have* recently acquired the first 8 Sabbath albums, but my cd burner seems to be having problems, so it's all in MP3 format...

DesiDancer said...

Nancy Wilson's acoustic cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes"

(shivers, absolute shivers)

someone else said...

willing to share it, dd? :)

Rage said...

yes - pretty please??

I have a mix that Prodigy did of beats that's actually really good. I think that it was called Dirtchamber sessions, and they got all kinds of shit in there - including jane's addiction, old school beats, and some garage/breakbeat. I can share a burned copy, since I bought this one...

DesiDancer said...

Definitely can share-- what format do you guys prefer?

someone else said...

um, musical? :)

sorry...shouldn't antagonize people doing favors. mp3 would be great :)

Rage said...

MP3 or AAC is good for me! :)

DesiDancer said...

no problem! Let me get the India Day show out of the way (shameless plug and reminder) and I'll get to it.

Rage- that $$ counter on the sidebar is truly horrifying!

someone else said...

bah AAC. stupid proprietary format, no?

DesiDancer said...

the sooner you profess your love for Itunes, the easier your life will be, Saurav ;)

someone else said...

oh, i'm using iTunes. I just resent that I don't know how to use it properly so I can't do the things that I could do with Windows Media Player.

plus converting songs from one proprietary file format to another really is ridiculous.

Rage said...

Cool. thanks, dd. Yeah - the $$$ thing really got to me, so I thought I should share it. Plus I feel like I'm not finding enough links to put up so this is at least something.

Can't you convert from AAC to MP3 on iTunes? That's what I thought, but can't remember.

DesiDancer said...

I know you can convert MP3 to AAC, but I'm not 100% sure about the reverse. I *think* so, but I'll check this weekend...

Rage said...

okay. not sure either - but will definitely look forward to it in any format!

saurav - you need a ballad or something after the treatment over at SM? Alternadesi time!

DesiDancer said...

I ought to make you guys meet me in the city to get the song ;)

A ballad? Hm, I would have recommended a nice power-anthem for Saurav. Something like Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It" :D

or we could write haiku for you?

Rage said...

I rather like "You Can't Keep Me Down" by Suicidal Tendencies... but that's just my opinion. So when are we kicking it with Alternadesi already? Not that I have time to post much - as you can tell from this spot in the last month...

someone else said...

Sadly, I think this is more appropriate. It's what rings in my head when I wake up and walk around, at least.

someone else said...

I don't know man. I feel like we need to develop some other way of being alternadesis. Like finding lots of people who like things and doing them. Blogging seems inherently limited to me. And unhealthy. For me anyway.

But I think the existence of an alternadesi blog would be good and we already kind of have an ad hoc network of alternadesi sites and what not.

Of course, if you all answered my e-mails in which I threw out suggestions and asked for feedback, it would be easier :)

Rage said...

I definitely hear you on that...

DesiDancer said...

maybe rather than a blog or similar format, it could be more of an Alternadesi Watch. Pointing the alternadesi masses toward cool and alternative things. Things that would make aunties and FOBs cringe, but that appeal to the alternative-walle among us...

Just a thought. Like you, Saurav, I worry that blogging is an unhealthy idea for me, at least right now. Check out angryasianman.com-- something along the lines of that, but with a bit more personal touch by the Alternadesi ground crew...?

and yeah, answer our emails, Rage :)

Rage said...

Hmm - I think that I can't commit to another blog space myself - really thinking about how to make this into something interesting that isn't altogether over-consuming at the moment. And I DO think that another space is necessary, if even to bring together more progressively minded folks, regardless of immigration history/status and age... Just don't know what the next step is.

Okay, ok. I'll read my email and respond more regularly! Sheesh!

someone else said...

I like that site desidancer, although the only drawback is that it's not participatory. I would want a commenting facility so obnoxious f@#ks like me could have at it :)

So maybe more like a forum? Or like fark? :) I think that would be something more along the lines of what I could commit to and would be more along the lines of what I like--decentralized, unconsuming, not prioritizing our own opinions too much while still letting us retain some control over the structure, and much, much, more enjoyable. Maybe something like Chowk?

And this would let us build a more communal, collective atmosphere to it so it's not a bunch of $hitty writing followed by $hitty commentts :)

By the way, I'm really happy that all of us feel transparent enough to have this conversation online without having to f@#king hide everything behind closed doors.

-s

Rage said...

I definitely want to have a participatory site - comments are important. Truly open dialogue is a good thing. Dissent breeds stronger movements.

I don't know fark. Decentralized is good, and just because we HAPPEN to post on a community blog doesn't mean that we have all the answers. Shit, we may have NO answers, but through the process of unearthing issues, be able to connect some folks to one another and work things through together. That's what I'm interested in.

Oh. that's what you wrote already, Saurav. Oh well. Agreed.

And definitely - let's just keep it public. though comments to this effect, on this particular post, may be hard to see. Still - not exactly closed doors. :)

DesiDancer said...

Yes, the downside to AAM is a lack of comment feature. I think he does it to keep the racist haters out, since it's just one guy, as opposed to a blog-panel. That is the personal touch, which I mentioned-- being able to interact and not just post without audience feedback.

I think comments are key, else there is no discussion.

someone else said...

Well, so far we're all agreed that we like comments and none of us want or have time to write :) I wonder what we do now :)

DesiDancer said...

i know i know, i've been less than helpful with my gift for stating the obvious. it's been a really excruciatingly heinous week. i'm chomping to clear my head for a few days.

will take lots of vitamins and hopefully be more useful next week.

Rage said...

Sigh - yes indeed. What do we do now. Conceptually, right there with y'all... but practically, almost over my head in work...

someone else said...

I think we're making headway, and yet, I still question how much any of us want a part of this :) I think we are all talk and no action, which is just fine with me--i'm hoping there's some 23 year old that wants to start a rad desi blog who will invite us each to guestpost once a year :)

-s

someone else said...

Okay, here's another idea:

short descriptive blurbs linking to informative or interesting items on the web (not narrowly desi, but i like hte thin brown line idea that dd had) + a discussion section somewhere (perhaps underneath each link or perhaps grouped in topics somehow? + a space where people can just socialize and be friendly and shoot the shit about random things and a way where we could see all these things at once--kind of a visal encompassing of the heterogenous desi world (the way newsmap gives you a graphical representation of google news).

feels like there's somethign missing though--some piece of community or something.

anwyay, check out chowk, which i linked before and i think is just www.chowk.com and also check out artsandlettersdaily.com which i'd been a regular visitor to for a year at the end of college and then haven't visited regularly for years.

-s

someone else said...

okay, sorry to jack this thread back to my site, but take a look at this comment/idea that i had just recently which is modeled on stumble upon. I'm not sure how easily implementable it would be, but it would address some of my concerns (and those of others) of just creating yet another "thought ghetto". It's kind of like the google approach (present the means to getting information) rather than the yahoo approach (choose and present the actual information).

-s

Rage said...

I think that's really interesting - I would have to get a more clear idea of it, to wrap my head around what it would mean and how it would look. And if we'd be able to kick people off for being too boring.

DesiDancer said...

so something like naachgaana, but not exclusively filmi topics?