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QotD: 40 iTunes

Question: As well as you might know me, how would you recommend I spend a $40 iTMS gift certificate?

My Answer: I'm looking to discover some new music. I like R.E.M., Live, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and bands like that. I'd rather not explore entirely new realms of music, but tunes along the lines of those or only slightly different might be nice.

BTW, thanks Aaron. A more formal "thank you" will follow, but "yes, I got my email" now. 🙂

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10 Responses to "QotD: 40 iTunes"

  1. You should check out O.A.R.

  2. Billy Joel, new Gorillaz album, Jack Johnson. 🙂

  3. Rebel, Sweetheart by the Wallflowers is a really great album. Anything from Tom Petty is good. The Vanity Project is also good.

    I also really like REM and if you know anything about them you know that they have a backup band to fill in keyboards, drums, and backup guitar. That band is called The Minus 5. In fact Peter Buck helps on their records every so often. They are on iTunes and seem to be pretty good.

  4. I am not one for recommending new music... but you should check out . Its a visualization search system for like music. Stick in REM, and it will produce a visualization of all the music that people who liked REM also enjoyed.

  5. And yes I know I didn't really answer the question.

  6. My Recommendations: Damien Rice, The Frames, Weakerthans, Snow Patrol, Postal Service, Iron and Wine, Mountain Goats, M.I.A., Death Cab for name but a few of my most liked recent CDs.

  7. Based purely on the artists you just mentioned, I'd say try the Decembrists, and if you don't own Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea you might want to give it a try.

  8. Since it's iTMS, and you can download a single song rather than an entire album if you want, I recommend Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well by Mike Doughty. He's the vocalist formerly of Soul Coughing, but his newer stuff is more poppy/accessible (at least, I mentally associate it with the bands you mentioned, Toad, REM, etc). That one song is really good, but the rest of the album has its ups and downs. I liked Soul Coughing better, overall.

  9. Hey Erik, try Glen Phillips solo stuff it is cool and if you already like toad it's the same singer/songwriter with different musicians. Also try a scottish band called Idlewild they worship REM and are kind of a mix of them and Coldplay.

  10. I like those bands too, so you might like Fountains of Wayne. Stacy's Mom and Bright Future in Sales are particularly good tracks. $2 down...