OPEN THREAD: What Are You Listening To?

Have you ever looked flipped through your record collection/iTunes playlist/music device and sighed and shaken your head and chosen to sit in silence because there’s nothing you want to listen to and you know that if you play your favourite record/s just one more time this week then you won’t want to listen to it ever again? Have you ever done that? I have, approximately 20+ times in the past 48 hours.

I need new music. I want to listen to what you’re listening to.


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  1. the song An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail by Lovers is great

    in fact their entire album Darklight is really great (the linked song is not on it)
    and the song Winter Takes a Lover by Lovers has the best line: “So I lay in my room and I dream of the colours that make water move and a body discover why so many choose to lay with a lover”
    Though I’m truly in love with Athens Boys Choir.

  2. According to my ipod, I’ve had the following people on repeat:

    Linkin Park
    Lupe Fiasco
    Nas And Damian Marley
    A Perfect Circle
    Sarah McLachlan
    Wisin y Yandel
    Wiz Khalifa

    Enjoy :)

  3. This thread is lacking in Canadian Content. Good thing that’s pretty much all I listen to:

    Mother Mother
    Tokyo Police Club
    Joel Plaskett
    Dan Mangan
    Hannah Georgas (soo cute!!!)
    Hey Ocean!
    The Dudes
    Sam Roberts Band
    The New Pornographers
    Oh, and this little band called Tegan and Sara, you may have heard of them before.

  4. I’d recommend: simple plan (alternative rock/punk) anything by them is great as long as it doesn’t “feature” another artist. you may recognize their singles “perfect” or “welcome to my life”
    the moody blues (’60’s-’80’s rock) I only know the songs from “the best of the moody blues” album. top singles from them would be “the voice” “I’m just a singer ( in a rock n roll band)” “gemini dream”
    paramore (alternative) new single “monster” is awesome
    any disney songs or movie/musical soundtracks
    dionysos (french band) im pretty sure their music was inspired by tim burton movies. “le jour le plus froid du monde” reminds me of “edward scissor hands”
    “tais-toi mon coeur” is my favorite of theirs.
    O-Zone (romania band) “dragostea din tei” trust me you will recognize it when you hear it


    I’ve been listening to tUnE-yArDs, some Supremes, Beirut, the Civil Wars, some classic rap/hip-hop, Sleater-Kinney, Sleigh Bells (always), Eleanor Friedberger, Gossip, and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” which has been on constant repeat on my iPod since I discovered what an awesome song “Gold Dust Woman” is.

  6. I’ve been listening to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the original version for piano, since I’m currently in the process of arranging it for wind ensemble. If you’ve only ever heard Ravel’s orchestral version of it, it’s definitely worth a listen:

    (The uploader has all the other movements on their page, and they’re linked in the sidebar.)

  7. This thread is overwhelming, like it’s gonna take me months to listen to everything (and I want to)
    here’s my contribution:
    Dessa (she’s a part of the Doomtree collective which was mentioned above). There’s something so wonderfully queer about this song/music video:


    Umphrey’s McGee
    Their music is hard to categorize, other than awesome!

    Greensky Bluegrass (this vid’s from Halloween which is why they’re all in costumes)

    Other than that this summer I’ve been listening to a lot of the Autostraddle playlists, they helped me discover Modest Mouse and Passion Pit who are fab.

  8. I’ve gotten really into Matt and Kim all over again, that band brings back awesome memories for me! I had a friend who’s dad manages them and one night when I was at her place I got to hear a bunch of tracks from Sidewalks before they were released to the public.

  9. Oh! So many good ones already mentioned (Wye Oak, anything Thao Nguyen-related, YACHT, basically everything else), but I have to add:

    Those Darlins and
    Samantha Crain
    Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
    Eliza Rickman
    i hate you just kidding
    Dum Dum Girls

  10. washed out-

    mr. little jeans-
    the suburbs (arcade fire cover)


    wolfy & projections-
    neeve(the time and space mix)

    happy up here
    vision one
    so easy

    peter bjorn & john-
    second chance RAC remix

    jeff buckley-

    Grand popo football club-
    men are not nice guys

    always so many more songs, but heres a few that have been playing on repeat all summer

  11. garbage
    no doubt my first 3 cassete tapes hehe
    new year’s day,eatmewhileimhot,paramore,tonight alive,enter shikari,hawthorne heights, and devil wears prada,underoath,renfue and acoustics and whole lot more

  12. Klimt 1918 discography = my soundtrack for tonight. Awesome indie band out of Rome, Italy.

    Ghost Of A Tape Listener –

    Nightdriver –

    Undressed Momento –

    I dig all of their releases, but their latest one “Just In Case We’ll Never Meet Again (Soundtrack for the Cassette Generation)” is quite good :)

  13. –Wye Oak- Civilian (Live), Hot as day (Live)
    –Seeker Lover Keeper- Even though I’m a woman, Light all my lights
    –Lykke Li- Tonight (live acoustic take), I’m good I’m gone (acoustic version)
    –Duffy- Syrup and honey, Mercy, These arms of mine, warwick avenue
    — Dani Shay- What the hell, Superheroes, The ebb the flow
    — Tegan and Sara- His Love, Feel it in my bones (acoustic), Give Chase, Nineteen, I Know I Know I Know, Call it off, Dark Come soon
    –The Cliks- Nobody else will, complicated
    — Lucas Silveira- Nobody else will (solo version), Bad Romance (cover), Mercy
    –Girl in a coma- The Cell
    –City and Colour- The girl, Sometimes (I Wish), Forgive Me, Hope for now
    –Lissie- When I’m alone (original version)
    –The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow
    –Grace Potter and the nocturnals- That Phone, Medicine, Tiny Light, Low Road, Oasis
    –Hayden- The Place Where We Lived, Dilapidated Heart
    –Hunter Valentine- Typical, Break This, Staten Island Dream Tour, Judy
    –Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More, Roll Away your stone, After the storm
    –Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed

  14. My current favorite band is Germany Germany. They’ve gots some great free stuff on their bandcamp page and i highly recommend their album radiowave. (actually i think the band is just one dude…not sure) and they do awesome remixes!! check out their remix of a death cab song called New Year.

    also, love Geographer, The Head and the Heart, Joe Purdey, Darwin Deez, Pretty Lights, Kids of 88 (i love their song called San Fran), Twin Shadow, and S.carey

  15. songs to listen to:
    two by the antlers
    sea of love (cover) by cat power
    young blood by the naked and famous
    sweet caroline by emily haines (if you can find it)
    ice cream by muscles
    animal by miike snow
    juicy (cover) by emily wells (yeah this is a biggie smalls cover)
    perfect machine by big spider’s back
    lemonade by braids
    nosummr4u by OoOOo
    oh my god by cults
    daughter by yu(c)k
    good ol’ fashion nightmare by matt & kim
    azz klapz by teengirl fantasy
    boring horror by gobble gobble
    lately by memoryhouse
    368 by jamie t




    T & The Wonder
    fantastic dream pop/baroque rock band Im just getting into.

    They recently released a new EP which is free to download and their debut (and only) album is free to download for this month… so get on this shit ASAP.

  17. Today i’m listening to a lot of green day and deftones. it’s like 1998 in here.

    Has anyone heard Theophilus London’s new album, ‘Timez Are Weird These Days’? I didn’t think I’d dig it but I kinda did, it’s a decent jam. except for track 8. also it has vocals by sara quin and holly miranda, which is nice.

  18. My summer would not be complete without a heavy rotation of Lucero. (The Southern punk-influenced rockabilly band, not the Latina actress/singer.) They just write such awesome lyrics of drunken grit and heart, like this:

    “life is short, in spite of your plans
    so tell the girls they’re pretty while you can
    ’cause one day they’re gone
    and all you got left
    some empty bottles and an old country song”

  19. Red Baraat, Funk Indian Brass Jazz

    Meg and Dia, Indie Awesomeness

    Missy Higgins- Bisexual Goddess of the piano (Check out Scar, Sound of White)

    Ke$ha- Duh she’s a total feminist, you just don’t realize it yet.

  20. I’ve been listening to a lot of Green Day’s live stuff off of their ‘Bullet in a Bible’ and ‘Awesome of F**k’ discs. They’re an fantastic live band.

    Placebo – “Pure Morning”, “The Bitter End”, “Bright Lights”

    Altan Urag – “Blue Mark”, “Ikh Mongol”

    SJ Tucker – “Firebird’s Child”, “Neptune”, “City of Marrow”

    2NE1 – “I Am the Best”, “Clap Your Hands”, “Ugly”

    f(x) – “Nu ABO”, “Lachata”, “Pinocchio (Danger)”

    Morning Musume – “Renai Revolution 21”, “Only You”, “Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~”

    Gogol Bordello – “Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground”, “Start Wearing Purple”, “Occurrence on the Border”

    E.via – “When You Have To”, “Hey!”

    T(Tasha) – “Black Happiness”, “잊었니”

    Nancy Ajram – “Ah We Noss, “Akhasmak Ah”

    Also, Bonnie McKee’s previously unreleased stuff.

    • The Softies!! TWEE AS FUCK.

      And in the same breath: Aisler’s Set, Go Sailor, Tiger Trap, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Marine Girls, Heavenly, Beat Happening, Halo Benders, Built To Spill, Vaselines.

  21. It appears that you all have great and interesting tastes! I cannot wait to waste all day tomorrow listening to everyone’s music.

    I’ve been listening to:
    Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone
    a track from it:

    This one song by Brenton Wood (catchy piece of awesome)

    The Beatles White Album (always)

    Porgy & Bess by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    magnificent example:

  22. Guh. This is the best.

    I gotta second the tune-yards and sleater-kinney movements and would like to propose:

    1. The Slits
    2. Rome, the spaghetti western soundtrack Danger Mouse put out this spring
    3. and Owen Pallett’s cover of The Strokes’ “Hard to Explain” on stereogum’s Stroked tribute album

  23. Radical Face
    Murder By Death (female cellist ;) )
    Builders and the Butchers (PDX boys, they have two drummers so their beats have galloping pace)
    The Dodos
    Avett Bros.
    Neutral Milk Hotel
    Swell Season
    Dresden Dolls
    Amanda Fucking Palmer
    Fleet Foxes
    Florence and the Machine
    Mumford and Sons
    Flogging Molly

  24. Here’s a few songs (Alternative Indie and Jazz)
    Some Constellation by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
    Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off by Ella F. & Louis Armstrong
    Dreaming In Color by Dame

  25. Some pretty good bands up here. Crazy that nobody has mentioned the Jezabels, my favourite Australian band. Especially their EP Dark Storm. Hurt me is such a good song! They are really wonderful musicians, too.
    Loving Jamie Woon, Austra, Kings of Convenience (and the Whitest Boy Alive), Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Jonathan Jeremiah at the moment.
    Kaki King has become my sort of all-time favourite. Especially her instrumental songs are really great, and she has such funny song titles sometimes.
    Also, some movie soundtracks (500 days of summer, Anyway the Wind Blows (Belgian movie) and sometimes Chicken Run, but that can be annoying :) ).

  26. Chet Baker
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Frank Sinatra
    Iron & Wine
    Jeff Buckley
    John Pizzarelli
    Joni Mitchell
    Kings of Convenience
    Mario Biondi
    Nat King Cole
    Nicola Conte
    The Radio Dept
    The Weepies
    The Whitest Boy Alive
    Yves Montand

  27. I just have to mention the very talented singer September, a gorgeous chick with super cool icy blond hair. She’s from sweden but does most songs in english so you guys can understand :P

    She sports an alternative haircut which has become rather popular… Otherwise i would have it right now ^^

    Nice pic of her:

    Interesting futuristic/ 80s inspired video with her in a spandex / cat suit: …. ^^

    Children’s song about a teddy bear named Fredriksson: <3

  28. recommending music is possibly one of my favourite things, even if no-one likes what i suggest… they’re just not listening right haha here’s a few that i’ve been listening to lately:

    abbe may (just released a newbie… here’s a rather enjoyable video, even if her music isn’t your thing :P)

    little dragon

    the heron and the fox

    other lives (awesome chamber folk, if you’re into that kind of thing…)

    lia ices (a collab with justin vernon [bon iver] >>

  29. Los Campesinos! –

    Alex Winston


    Why? –

    Ladyhawke –

  30. Hurray for the Riff Raff []
    Alela Diane []
    Dark Dark Dark []
    I Blame Coco, SHE’s STING’s DAUGHTER! []

  31. the sounds of my summer ’11 are: ducktails, atlas sound, braids, born ruffians, fleet foxes (loving their new album), high places, akron/family, etc.

    i’ve always loved caribou’s swim but lately i’ve really been getting into andorra.

    also, my dream girl listens to as much animal collective as i do, which is probably an unhealthy amount.


    Dskotek – If You Got It ft. Rick Elliss (Breekpunt Remix)

    Kazaky – Love

    Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (The Knocks Remix)

    Mastiksoul – Taking Me High (Bingo Players Remix)

    Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Crookers Remix)

    Faithless – Music Matters

    Sak Noel – Loca People

    Erika Jayne – One Hot Pleasure

    Private – My Secret Lover (Diplo Remix)

  33. My Chemical Romance
    The Rosebuds
    Bon Iver
    The Blackout

    The new Frank Turner album is excellent, and Kids In Glass Houses have a new album coming out like this week. If you like rock with a kinda metal edge, I Spy Strangers are a great new band.

  34. I’ve been getting really into the Duhks lately, also there’s this new Black Eyed Peas song that I’m totally obsessed with in a stupid way. Then there’s always the new Bon Iver and Adele CDs that have come out recently. :)

  35. I’m actually addicted 2 music and can never imagine 2 spend a second without! kind like a junkie 4 the sound. here R my current favorites:

    the whole TV On Radio record “Nine Types Of Light”

    The Good Natured, they have only EPs out. Album expected next year,
    ( “Skeleton”, “Wolves”, “Be My Animal”

    Any Color Black, “Answer” is my favorite Song (

    Deluka “We Are The Night” great record, (

    The Epilogues “Hunting Season” favorite song (

    Lovers Electric “Beating LIke A Drum”

    We Are Enfant Terrible “Filthy Love” (

    The Naked And Famous, the whole record “Passive Me Aggressive You”

    And of course my record of this year 2011: Foster The People “Torches”
    ( who wouldn’t? I will C them live in october in L.A.! I’m so excited.

    North ( I think, this is an insiders’ tip.

    can’t wait 2 put my hands on the new Shiny Toy Guns record and the new Uh Huh Her: “Nocturnes”.

  36. Angus and Julia Stone
    The XX
    The naked and famous
    Bon Savants
    Bon Iver
    of Montreal
    the big Pink
    animal collective
    the libertines
    band of horses
    james blake
    the postal service
    joe pug
    kate nash
    florence&the machine
    kings of convenience
    mumford & sons
    one night only
    the shins
    steel train
    vampire weekend
    washed out
    the drums

    …etc pp

  37. after writing this I went to itunes to look up my most played song and it said “waterfalls” by TLC ….WTF?!?!:D
    well, lets focus on the second most played: Today – Smashing Pumpkins:)

  38. Tender Forever! It’s indie pop and pretty adorable. The women who does it is also a queer lady so queer lady + awesome music = fucken rad.

    I’ve also been listening to a lot of Bratmobile and Pansy Division lately.

  39. can we get some jam band lovin’ in here?

    I’ve been on a Grateful Dead kick lately… they’re always amazeballs. I also highly recommend “Grateful Grass” which was Keller Williams, Jeff Austin from Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keith Moseley from String Cheese Incident doing bluegrass covers of Dead songs. It’s probably the most fun thing you will listen to all week.

    also also also Live Phish Volume 7 has been on repeat in rotation with their studio album Joy
    and you can’t go wrong with moe. my personal favorite song there is Mexico. though they have this new song called Paper Dragon that they played at All Good and in Lowell recently and it’s pretty sick CHECK IT OUT:


  40. If anyone likes classical music: I’m loving Emmanual Pahud lately. ;)

    Or, Gil Shaham’s Four Seasons (, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. An oldie but a goodie, and the best recording you can find of the Four Seasons anywhere. ;)

    Also, Amazon has these awesome collections of classical music that are 99 tracks for about 6 bucks. Totally worth it, because they have some good recordings. :)

    99 Darkest Pieces (

    99 Chillout Classics (

    And then they have some which are collections of major pieces by various composers.

  41. all of you need to check out Sea of Bees. Jules is from Sacramento CA, plays dreamy tuneage and has the most dreamy voice. i’ve saw them at least 6 times over the passed 6 months. her album ‘Songs for the Ravens’ is about the girls she’s lost, loved and longed for. check out their new vid for a song called Skinnybone:

  42. My favorites for this summer are:
    Oh land, self titled album
    Washed Out album: “Within and Without”
    Ellie Goulding: song “Lights” remix by Max Gordon
    Freestylers: song “Cracks” (Flux Pavillion Remix”
    Lighthouse Family: song “Ain’t No Sunshsine” (love this cover!)

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