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What are your favorite genres/themes of music?

BTW this has been posted before but it was a year and a half ago sometime around when tildes itself became a thing so a new post is definitely due.

My favorite genres are hip-hop and electronic but lofi and synthwave songs like resonance and HOME are just as good.

Edit: Seems most people here (at least most who replied) like a variety of metal and rock genres. Pretty interesting.

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  1. [6]
    Hidegger
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    I'm big into Rock and Metal genres and more specifically Stoner Metal, Psych Rock, Post Rock, Grunge and things that blend multiple elements in like Prog, Thrash, Electronica or even Jazz and...

    I'm big into Rock and Metal genres and more specifically Stoner Metal, Psych Rock, Post Rock, Grunge and things that blend multiple elements in like Prog, Thrash, Electronica or even Jazz and Funk. I've found that I can't go searching for that second set of genres, they just have to be included with one of the first set otherwise I get terrible results.
    And for the metal genres I'm not a big fan of all the inaudible growling and cheesy screaming that 90% of metal seems to have. I'd rather have a singer that can mostly be understood or simply just instrumental music. That said, I'm still picky as fuck about singers, for example I loathe AC/DC or the old hair metal styles along with operatic singers.

    A top 10 Artists for me would be something like;
    Elder - https://beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com/album/lore
    We Hunt Buffalo - https://wehuntbuffalo.bandcamp.com/album/living-ghosts
    The Smashing Pumpkins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibAaypsYC48
    Boris - https://boris.bandcamp.com/album/noise
    Elephant Tree - https://elephanttreeband.bandcamp.com/album/elephant-tree
    Mastodon - https://relapsealumni.bandcamp.com/album/remission-remastered
    Does it Offend You, Yeah? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygtNdUuC84U
    If These Trees Could Talk - https://ifthesetreescouldtalk.bandcamp.com/album/above-the-earth-below-the-sky
    Mutoid Man - https://mutoidman.bandcamp.com/album/bleeder
    Greenleaf - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJjfZ8hw3GM

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      scrambo
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      Oh wow, you've got a list there that's after my heart. I LOVE Elder, Mastodon. Haven't gotten into Greenleaf as much yet, but I've liked what I've heard so far. As mentioned by @pseudochron,...

      Oh wow, you've got a list there that's after my heart. I LOVE Elder, Mastodon. Haven't gotten into Greenleaf as much yet, but I've liked what I've heard so far. As mentioned by @pseudochron, Truckfighters are also pretty great.

      I have a couple bands to add to the list you might enjoy:

      • The Sword (any of their first 4 albums, most recent one is a little slower)
      • Sheavy (Their singer sounds like an early Ozzy, not sure if you'd like that or not)
      • Prong (Early albums are great thrash, most recent ones are heavier metal)
      • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (You might enjoy a couple of their albums. Newest one is thrash-y, but earlier ones are very Jazz and Rock oriented)
      • Pomegranate Tiger (Interesting prog-metal, some orchestral work as well, all very nicely blended imo)
      • The Cat Empire (Latin Jazz? I'm actually not sure what they would be classified as really.)
      • Gama Bomb (New wave Thrash metal. Absolutely one of my favorites)
      • White Denim (Fantastic relaxing rock, very soft per-se. Also have some great musicians)
      • Wo Fat (I only have one or two songs in my playlist, they're Stoner Rock / Metal)
      • Blind Dog (Only song I have is "Let It Go", I enjoy it a lot)
      • Sir Lord Baltimore [ "Helium Head (I got a Love)" is an AWESOME old school rock song]
      • Earthless (Violence of the Red Sea is another fantastic old school rock song. Instrumental and 12+ minutes)
      • Damageplan (Is made of Pantera members after the singer died. Only one album but it's pretty good)
      • Tauk (Mostly instrumental Prog Rock, all of their albums are great)
      • Red Fang (Another Stoner Rock / Metal Band)
      • Electric Wizard (Another x2 Stoner Metal Band)
      • Graveyard (A contemporary Old-school rock group)
      • Black Tusk (Stoner Rock / Metal)
      • High on Fire (Nice mix of Stoner metal and Thrash metal maybe)
      • The Atomic Bitchwax (Just some CRAZY musicianship, i'd consider them hard rock converging on metal)

      None of these are in order of importance, I made a trek through my "Thumbs Up" playlist in google play and picked the artists I thought you might enjoy the most. I have more to recommend, but that'd take a much larger time commitment and would be branching out across multiple genres at that point.

      3 votes
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        Hidegger
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        I've got albums or whole discographies for 10 of the 20 you mentioned and have tried to get into KGatLW with 3 separate albums including the latest thrash one and just can't seem to get behind it....

        I've got albums or whole discographies for 10 of the 20 you mentioned and have tried to get into KGatLW with 3 separate albums including the latest thrash one and just can't seem to get behind it.
        I've heard of Down from seeing them open for another band but was unaware the guys from Pantera did anything else. I only got into Pantera back when I was really young (10-12). I'll make a point to check out something from every one I haven't heard of before, let you know if anything popped out at me.

        Check out Monte Pittman - The Power of Three album.

        1. scrambo
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          Holy crap this album is GREAT! The acoustic guitar is a great intro for "A Dark Horse", that lead in was fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation!

          Holy crap this album is GREAT! The acoustic guitar is a great intro for "A Dark Horse", that lead in was fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation!

          1 vote
    2. [2]
      pseudochron
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      I'm also into stoner rock and I love Greenleaf. Agents of Ahriman is my favorite album of theirs. Do you listen to Dozer and Truckfighters?

      I'm also into stoner rock and I love Greenleaf. Agents of Ahriman is my favorite album of theirs. Do you listen to Dozer and Truckfighters?

      1 vote
      1. Hidegger
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        Truckfighters, yes, pretty sure I got into them a few years before I heard greenleaf. Dozer sounds familiar but I don't have anything by them currently, will have to take a minute and check them...

        Truckfighters, yes, pretty sure I got into them a few years before I heard greenleaf. Dozer sounds familiar but I don't have anything by them currently, will have to take a minute and check them out. I'm one of those people who checks out maybe 1000 bands a year but only download between 50-150 of them so it's hard to place anything I don't directly remember a specific song or album of.

        1 vote
  2. [11]
    aymm
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    I'm a pretty big fan of mixing different genres, especially rock/metal mixed with something else. Some examples: Russkaja - Love Revolution: Hard to classify. They call it "Russian Turbo Polka"...

    I'm a pretty big fan of mixing different genres, especially rock/metal mixed with something else. Some examples:

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      moonbathers
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      Maximize is so good. I think the rest of the album and the next one aren't as great because they haven't mixed it up at all, but Massive Addictive is a masterpiece.

      Maximize is so good. I think the rest of the album and the next one aren't as great because they haven't mixed it up at all, but Massive Addictive is a masterpiece.

      2 votes
      1. aymm
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        I liked all of the Maximize album, and loved Massive Addictive. But I agree, Helix isn't great Edit: Helix is the current one I'm not that much into, The Nexus is perfectly good :)

        I liked all of the Maximize album, and loved Massive Addictive. But I agree, Helix isn't great

        Edit: Helix is the current one I'm not that much into, The Nexus is perfectly good :)

        2 votes
    2. [6]
      FatherGlucose
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      For anyone who likes the rap + rock mix, I'm going to have to recommend Dangerkids - Light Escapes For me it's such a hit or miss genre I find—but when it's a hit, it's so good.

      For anyone who likes the rap + rock mix, I'm going to have to recommend Dangerkids - Light Escapes

      For me it's such a hit or miss genre I find—but when it's a hit, it's so good.

      2 votes
      1. aymm
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        Finally got around to listen to the song. It's pretty good, thanks for that!

        Finally got around to listen to the song. It's pretty good, thanks for that!

        1 vote
      2. aymm
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        Thanks I'll look into it! Yeah, it's very hit or miss to for me, so I'm always glad to see new suggestions

        Thanks I'll look into it! Yeah, it's very hit or miss to for me, so I'm always glad to see new suggestions

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        0lpbm
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        Isn't rap+metal just nu-metal, genre which has a pretty long history?

        Isn't rap+metal just nu-metal, genre which has a pretty long history?

        1. [2]
          FatherGlucose
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          I think there could be a distinction made between rap rock and nu metal, as far has you're willing to distinguish between rock and metal. The lines are blurry obviously, but isn't nu-metal a genre...

          I think there could be a distinction made between rap rock and nu metal, as far has you're willing to distinguish between rock and metal. The lines are blurry obviously, but isn't nu-metal a genre that emerged in the 90s? I'd consider that fairly recent wrt most other genres.

          1. 0lpbm
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            Seeing that's 20 to 30 years ago, I wouldn't really call it recent. :)

            90s

            Seeing that's 20 to 30 years ago, I wouldn't really call it recent. :)

            1 vote
    3. [2]
      0lpbm
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      BABYMETAL I think is the best representation of improbable genres to mashup with metal, K-Pop. But I think that most of these novelty mashup bands suffer from having very unconvincing (non-trü)...

      BABYMETAL I think is the best representation of improbable genres to mashup with metal, K-Pop.

      But I think that most of these novelty mashup bands suffer from having very unconvincing (non-trü) metal sections, unlike BABYMETAL which is pretty good.

      1 vote
      1. aymm
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        Oh yeah, Babymetal are wild. I don't care much about true metal, metalcore, or nü metal, although for some reason people seem surprised when they hear that and usually put me into the true metal...

        Oh yeah, Babymetal are wild. I don't care much about true metal, metalcore, or nü metal, although for some reason people seem surprised when they hear that and usually put me into the true metal camp. Might be the looks

        1 vote
  3. [7]
    asoftbird
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    Anything progressive metal, towards the black/melodeath end, preferably hifi which is non-standard for black metal. One of my favorites is Moonsorrow; Finnish 'blackened pagan/folk metal' band...

    Anything progressive metal, towards the black/melodeath end, preferably hifi which is non-standard for black metal.

    One of my favorites is Moonsorrow; Finnish 'blackened pagan/folk metal' band with good production and overall just a really good sound.

    Moonsorrow - Pimeä

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      KapteinB
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      Prog metal here as well, though I lean towards the softer end. Haken is my favourite band, and lately I've been listening to Ayreon a lot. Tool is about as hard as I go.

      Prog metal here as well, though I lean towards the softer end. Haken is my favourite band, and lately I've been listening to Ayreon a lot. Tool is about as hard as I go.

      3 votes
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        Dobbie03
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        Haken are solid. You may like Voyager. Worth a listen at least.

        Haken are solid. You may like Voyager. Worth a listen at least.

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      Dobbie03
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      Moonsorrow are incredible. Utter perfection.

      Moonsorrow are incredible. Utter perfection.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        asoftbird
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        l bought their White vinyl Boxset a few months ago, it wasn't cheap (€450) but it's so worth it. All albums up to Tulimyrsky remastered. Pity the newer ones (VKKM and JA) are so hard to find....

        l bought their White vinyl Boxset a few months ago, it wasn't cheap (€450) but it's so worth it. All albums up to Tulimyrsky remastered. Pity the newer ones (VKKM and JA) are so hard to find.

        There's a few bands that come close to them in terms of style (Havukruunu) but none in terms of production quality :/

        3 votes
        1. Dobbie03
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          I'd love their stuff on vinyl. They are a special band.

          I'd love their stuff on vinyl. They are a special band.

          1 vote
  4. [3]
    Aerolfos
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    Gonna be the odd one out: I like dubstep. Specifically complextro, glitch hop, and electro house. For example: Teminite - Break Free Teminite - Unstoppable Teminite - Mutant Camellia - Arcology On...

    Gonna be the odd one out: I like dubstep. Specifically complextro, glitch hop, and electro house.

    For example:

    Teminite - Break Free

    Teminite - Unstoppable

    Teminite - Mutant

    Camellia - Arcology On Permafrost

    Virtual Riot - Energy Drink

    Virtual Riot - Fuck Gravity

    Virtual Riot - Earth and Sky

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      Kuromantis
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      Hey, I also like electro/dubstep and glitch hop! (Although I can enjoy practically any song as long as the melody seems good to me and your voice and lyrics aren't obnoxious or lazy, like a lot of...

      Hey, I also like electro/dubstep and glitch hop! (Although I can enjoy practically any song as long as the melody seems good to me and your voice and lyrics aren't obnoxious or lazy, like a lot of pop, trap, some metal and anime music)

      I thought we would be more popular than this, especially considering most of us used newgrounds, which was dominated by techno and dubstep I think.

      2 votes
      1. Aerolfos
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        Can't say I ever used Newgrounds particularly much, but what little I do remember was a lot of electronic for sure. Though reddit seems to like metal, so I guess that has an effect?

        Can't say I ever used Newgrounds particularly much, but what little I do remember was a lot of electronic for sure.

        Though reddit seems to like metal, so I guess that has an effect?

        2 votes
  5. [5]
    Akir
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    I have been taking a more critical look at my tastes in music recently. I don't care for genre - I think it's a nearly useless label. The music I tend to listen to is mostly from Japanese...

    I have been taking a more critical look at my tastes in music recently. I don't care for genre - I think it's a nearly useless label. The music I tend to listen to is mostly from Japanese composers. Video game music is generally pretty high on the list. I listen to domestically-produced music too.

    Anyways, after thinking for a while, there are two basic types of music that I love.

    1. Complex melodies. Especially if they come in fast phrases in a progressive rock style. Motoi Sakuraba is the master of this, and he goes crazy with them on his live performances, arrangement albums, and his relatively small collection of "original music" (AKA the stuff he composes specifically for albums, not games). This song by Ryu Umemoto is a perfect example because the entire song is made up of these phrases. It doesn't have to be like this, though, and most of Umemoto's music is a good example

    2. Layered melodies. Sure, it's a basic part of music theory to layer sounds together to make a more complex arrangement, but I like it when it's pushed to extremes. Here's another Umemoto track to demonstrate: Queen in the Dark Night. Loop the song and try to listen to what each instrument is doing. This song does a lot more than just layering a bunch of strong compositions; just trying to follow the main melody has your mind constantly shifting between the instruments. It feels like if you had each channel separate, you could have two or three different songs, but this song has it all going on at once!

    3. Songs in waltz time that are not waltzes. There is nothing I can do to explain why I love them so much. They just make me feel like moving. Sometimes it feels like I'm flying. As a change of pace, here's a Yuki Kajiura song as an example: Storia.

    4. Vocal Harmony and simple synthetic instruments (especially with female vocals and FM instruments). They just have a very pleasing texture to them. They aren't quite as common in music as they should be, I feel. The two previous examples in reverse order are excellent examples.

    5. Key changes in quick succession. It's best if it's not built entirely around it though. It's a technique I've only seen in some of the most talented composers. The best example is Gotta Knock a Little Harder by Yoko Kanno. The specific part to listen to is at the climax of the song, right before the choir starts repeating the same phrase repeatedly (at "Suddenly it occurs to me"). This is another song you'll have to listen to a number of times to fully understand the effect; the keys change very quickly and parts being played by the individual instruments are deformed to fit these keys creating a familiar but new tune that compliments the key changes. It's like the key changes themselves are a brand new instrument being introduced into the song. When you finally 'get' what's happening, it's like a musical orgasm; it's just an incredible experience.

    So, uh, in conclusion my favorite kind of music is "good music." Thank you for listening.

    4 votes
    1. [4]
      scrambo
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      Have you taken a look at Ryo Fukui? I've listened to his album Scenery through at least 10 times to this date, it's absolutely incredible.

      Have you taken a look at Ryo Fukui? I've listened to his album Scenery through at least 10 times to this date, it's absolutely incredible.

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        Akir
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        You know, I'm really happy that you were able to pick up Jazz music out of my rambling. All of my favorite musicians have at the very least experimented with Jazz. That being said, I find that the...

        You know, I'm really happy that you were able to pick up Jazz music out of my rambling. All of my favorite musicians have at the very least experimented with Jazz.

        That being said, I find that the more "pure" jazz a song is (and I have a hard time figuring out what exactly that means), the more ephemeral my enjoyment is. I don't know why. I could spend hours listening to a wide range of Jazz performances and just not have much drive to listen again. Perhaps I am just too addicted to the verse chorus verse structure of pop music.

        That being said, I really like your recommendation, and I will almost certainly be listening to it again. It really deserves a better listening experience than my phone speaker can provide. 😺

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          scrambo
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          Hey thanks! Honestly, feels like it was more like dumb luck than me deconstructing what you were looking for, but I appreciate it all the same. If you're willing to go out on a limb, these next...

          Hey thanks! Honestly, feels like it was more like dumb luck than me deconstructing what you were looking for, but I appreciate it all the same. If you're willing to go out on a limb, these next ones aren't from Japanese artists.

          • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
            • They an "Australian Art Rock" group. Their album "Quarters" is closest to what I think you might enjoy. It's not as musically complicated as "Nonagon Infinity" but still impressive. I also enjoyed the album "I'm in your Mind Fuzz". Haven't done much listening to their other albums yet.
          • The Cat Empire
            • A Latin Jazz group, similar to Snarky Puppy if you've heard of them. Personally, their self-titled album is where it's at for me, a nice mash up of great songs, singing, and some technical playing from all members involved.
          1. Akir
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            I actually love King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards! You can't find out about an album called Flying Microtonal Banana and not listen to it, can you? Nonagon Infinity is probably my favorite of...

            I actually love King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards! You can't find out about an album called Flying Microtonal Banana and not listen to it, can you? Nonagon Infinity is probably my favorite of theirs, but I haven't bought all of their music yet.

            1 vote
  6. ibis
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    I like a lot of different genres, but I tend to keep returning to artists with very powerful, story-like lyrics eg. Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, etc.

    I like a lot of different genres, but I tend to keep returning to artists with very powerful, story-like lyrics eg. Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, etc.

    3 votes
  7. Staross
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    I don't really have one, as I consider that to be an error in taste. The only genres I don't like are the ones I don't know enough, and bad pop music.

    I don't really have one, as I consider that to be an error in taste. The only genres I don't like are the ones I don't know enough, and bad pop music.

    3 votes
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    pseudochron
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    I'm into: stoner rock - Monster Magnet, Truckfighters, The Atomic Bitchwax doom metal - Electric Wizard, Ufomammut, Church of Misery industrial metal - Nine Inch Nails, Chemlab, My Life With The...

    I'm into:

    Here is my last.fm: https://www.last.fm/user/PseudoChron

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      blake
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      Heck yeah, if you like Portishead, check out Crustation - Bloom. Great album, came out a few years after Portishead's Dummy.

      Heck yeah, if you like Portishead, check out Crustation - Bloom. Great album, came out a few years after Portishead's Dummy.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        pseudochron
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        Thanks for the recommendation, I like it! It looks like Bloom is their only album though? That's disappointing.

        Thanks for the recommendation, I like it!

        It looks like Bloom is their only album though? That's disappointing.

        1. blake
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          It is their only album and it is extremely disappointing. It's gotta be in my top 3 albums, wish they did more. They did do two early EPs, but that was before the vocalist came on board.

          It is their only album and it is extremely disappointing. It's gotta be in my top 3 albums, wish they did more. They did do two early EPs, but that was before the vocalist came on board.

  9. wervenyt
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    Hip-hop, jazz, and post rock are my favourite genres, though I really haven't explored jazz as much as I need to. Albums like: Outkast - ATLiens Mac Miller - Faces Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus...

    Hip-hop, jazz, and post rock are my favourite genres, though I really haven't explored jazz as much as I need to. Albums like:

    • Outkast - ATLiens
    • Mac Miller - Faces
    • Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
    • Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
    • Godspeed You! - F♯ A♯ ∞

    When laid out like that, the real themes of my taste are desperation (personal or societal) and moodiness.

    3 votes
  10. Icarus
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    Well, I would say funk in general for right now. I have a Vulfpeck playlist I have been putting together that is them and their individual music, plus others that sound similar. A sample of this...

    Well, I would say funk in general for right now. I have a Vulfpeck playlist I have been putting together that is them and their individual music, plus others that sound similar. A sample of this sound:

    I also like upbeat bluegrass songs. I have been listening to this Bela Fleck song since I discovered it 5-6 years ago.

    But I have enjoyed indie rock and indie pop in the past. Classic Rock has always been good in the right moment.

    2 votes
  11. [3]
    skybrian
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    Right now I'm mostly learning to play music and not doing all that much listening other than to songs I'm learning, but most recently I was into gypsy jazz. Also, I dressed up for Halloween as...

    Right now I'm mostly learning to play music and not doing all that much listening other than to songs I'm learning, but most recently I was into gypsy jazz.

    Also, I dressed up for Halloween as Weird Al so I listening to a lot of his stuff again and started learning to play some of it.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      hhh
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      what do you think of Caravan Palace?

      gypsy jazz

      what do you think of Caravan Palace?

      1 vote
      1. skybrian
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        It's interesting but too much House for me. I like rhythm guitar better than a pounding dance beat. Here's my gypsy jazz list on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7x8fu0tnFJOEYGEvOhl6ZU

        It's interesting but too much House for me. I like rhythm guitar better than a pounding dance beat.

        Here's my gypsy jazz list on Spotify:
        https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7x8fu0tnFJOEYGEvOhl6ZU

        1 vote
  12. Dobbie03
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    I am a Metalhead through and through. I love all facets of Metal ... with the exception of Power Metal. I just don't enjoy it at all

    I am a Metalhead through and through. I love all facets of Metal ... with the exception of Power Metal. I just don't enjoy it at all

    1 vote
  13. [2]
    thejumpingbulldog
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    Honestly I love anything that manages to cross genre lines and just become something entirely unique and original. So mainly that puts around the indie and alt scenes. Especially when bands go...

    Honestly I love anything that manages to cross genre lines and just become something entirely unique and original. So mainly that puts around the indie and alt scenes. Especially when bands go into completely new areas that I've never experienced before. That's how I really got into Alt-J, for example. However, I've also been into the whole neo-funk thing that The Internet and Steve Lacy did, as well as how it has interpreted by Anderson.Paak.

    1 vote
    1. blake
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      I feel you, I'm similar. I like hearing music and styles I've never heard before. And I love when you can tell a band nailed the sound they were going for.

      I feel you, I'm similar. I like hearing music and styles I've never heard before. And I love when you can tell a band nailed the sound they were going for.

      1 vote
  14. [5]
    anahata
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    I'm weird. I don't like music with lyrics in a language I understand. I'm autistic and have trouble differentiating voices I'm having a conversation with from background noise / other conversation...

    I'm weird. I don't like music with lyrics in a language I understand. I'm autistic and have trouble differentiating voices I'm having a conversation with from background noise / other conversation (going to bars and the like sucks; I'm asking people to repeat themselves after every sentence, and I wish I was exaggerating). In addition, I have a strong, constant internal monologue (except sometimes during deep meditation), so lyrical music is so "loud" I literally can't think.

    My tastes have evolved around this. These days it's a lot of lo-fi hiphop, neoclassical piano, ambient and electronic. I say "these days" because the genres I favor change over time. What I mean is that sometimes I'm really into jazz, sometimes I'm really into lo-fi, sometimes I'm really into ambient soundscapes.

    Some favorites:

    • Brian Eno: rightly recognized as the granddaddy of ambient. Ambient One: Music for Airports is a must-listen classic.

    • Thom Brennan: master of ambient soundscapes. Just released four new albums this year after not releasing anything for 10 years. Hard to pick a standout album, they all blend together (and I mean that in the best possible way; it's what he sets out to create and it works wonderfully)

    • Robert Rich: pioneered the sleep concert with his Somnium mega-album, followed it up with Perpetual. Sixteen hours of ambient sounds, great for putting on quietly while getting some rest or just for background sounds during the day.

    • Andy McKee: delightful acoustic guitar. Lots of variety and technical prowess here, focused in a different direction than, say, Buckethead or Joe Satriani, but more emotive. Art of Motion is the standout here.

    • Bill Evans: seminal jazz musician. Check out both his work and the Bill Evans Trio. Portrait in Jazz is a good cross-section. Lots of compilation albums available, too.

    • Nils Frahm: neoclassical pianist. I hesitate to use "new age" because that's not really what he does (there's no spiritual component to his work). His Ambre (part of the Winetrmusik album) is literally so beautiful it made me cry.

    • Georg Philipp Telemann: heading back in time, Telemann is my favorite composer. No one was as prolific, no one (in my opinion) had such mastery over the strings. His Tafelmusik (table music) is a great place to start, but don't miss his recorder (yes, recorder!) concertos.

    • Not a composer, but an orchestra. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (especially as directed by Sir Neville Marriner) produce beautiful music that I recommend to anyone.

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      krg
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      I saw Music for Airports performed live in an airport with a friend, once. It was worth the 3 hour drive into San Diego. I'll suggest some Steve Reich for ya.

      I saw Music for Airports performed live in an airport with a friend, once. It was worth the 3 hour drive into San Diego.

      I'll suggest some Steve Reich for ya.

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        anahata
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        That must have been a wonderful performance to see! Whenever I'm forced to fly, I play Music for Airports in the airport. Helps deal with all the stresses of flying in the US. Steve Reich...

        That must have been a wonderful performance to see! Whenever I'm forced to fly, I play Music for Airports in the airport. Helps deal with all the stresses of flying in the US.

        Steve Reich though... yeah. Minimalist classical is so hard for me to appreciate. I can understand that Reich's work is technically very capable, but it's hard for me to appreciate it aesthetically. This article really expresses my problems with modern classical.

        1 vote
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          krg
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          Damn, I'm surprised Reich is a no-go for you! To be honest, I don't find it much more complex than Brian Eno. In fact, I find Music for 18 Musicians quite soothing. Then again, I've stated my...

          Damn, I'm surprised Reich is a no-go for you! To be honest, I don't find it much more complex than Brian Eno. In fact, I find Music for 18 Musicians quite soothing.

          Then again, I've stated my thoughts on modern classical elsewhere in this thread and maybe I'm just different folk..

          1. anahata
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            Really? More complex than Music for Airports? There's so much going on in Music for 18 Musicians (which is recommended to not be performed with only 18 musicians!). The article I linked explains...

            Really? More complex than Music for Airports? There's so much going on in Music for 18 Musicians (which is recommended to not be performed with only 18 musicians!). The article I linked explains in part why I have such trouble with neoclassical / minimalist / neominimalist classical: it's atonal, noisy, abstract, and the harmonies don't work the way I expect. My own tastes, specifically, favor solo piano, and that's very different from Reich's work. Part of the issue for me is that I don't know enough about music to quantify what I like about, e.g., Nils Frahm or Ludovico Einaudi or Ólafur Arnalds. I think we're approaching minimalism from two different angles, here.

  15. krg
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    Whatever my ear happens to fancy is what I'm into, which spans many genres. But, if I had to point toward a genre that I feel somewhat alone in enjoying, it'd be contemporary...

    Whatever my ear happens to fancy is what I'm into, which spans many genres.

    But, if I had to point toward a genre that I feel somewhat alone in enjoying, it'd be contemporary classical/art/academic/whatever-you-call-it music. And "contemporary" would be kinda generous, as I'm referring to stuff 20th+ century (like 1900s and later). It actually annoys me that the biggest classical music station here (and maybe in the nation?) still plays common practice stuff for the majority of their programming. Literally 1 hour on Saturday nights is reserved for anything somewhat modern. And they'll lament that their listening base is dying out (maybe quite literally..). Play some living composers, dammit! ...or, at least, composers that have died in the past 50 years.

    Anyhow, The Rite of Spring was the punch to my face that got me into more modern orchestra timbres. Then comes the 12-tone stuff like Schoenberg and Berg and minimalists (which are relatively easy listening) and Cage, who should be known for more than just his meme piece... and also stuff that kind of straddles the lines of art/pop to true academic snobs, like Bang on a Can and their "house composers", Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon.

    Oh, and one of my favorites, Mingus experimenting with long-form composition.

    Well, anyway...

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  16. knocklessmonster
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    I kept meaning to comment, but put if off because I can't explain it briefly. I find I wind up in the "progressive" wing of most genres for some reason (progressive house, bluegrass, rock,...

    I kept meaning to comment, but put if off because I can't explain it briefly.

    I find I wind up in the "progressive" wing of most genres for some reason (progressive house, bluegrass, rock, whatever). I "listen to everyting," but find most popular music to be painfully boring. The main thing that keeps me listening to a track/artist is if they can make the back of my head tingle consistently, which is a weird metric, but that usually tells me to explore an artist further and hasn't failed me yet.

    I'll get specific, I guess:

    I like dense hip-hop with odd beats and rappers with deep vocabularies. I like when they play with language heavily and explore different themes. Dudes like Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Billy Woods, JPEGMAFIA, and Aesop Rock are on my regular rotation because they hit one or more of these. A lot of what I will say about electronic music applies because of the cross-over between the two these days.

    For electronic, I listen to a lot of IDM-style stuff, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, u-ziq. Drum and Bass, mostly Phace, Paradox (and his collaborators/pseudonyms), some techno (Juan Atkins, Gerald Donald lately), and Deadmau5 (he gets his own category, apparently). The stuff I go to has really thick, crunch synth sounds, wide chords, or is generally oppressive or impressive (Autechre's exai album, Deadmau5 when he's at his most self-indulgent on a 8-minute track, Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald's "Borderlands", anything Legowelt has done in the past decade or so).

    I'll generalize electro-acoustic music (Rock, folk, etc) because in this arena I'm generally attracted to the same themes and they operate similarly enough I can compare them. I like when artists make music that is heavily oriented around space, whether it's the claustrophobic sound of Meshuggah on "The Violent Sleep of Reason", or the near-ambient Punch Brothers on "The Phosphorescent Blues." There's a lot of space in between these artists, obviously, but I like them for many of the same reasons. I fell into Mastodon because they had an odd approach to music (Brann follows the guitar line, their earlier work was aggressive but intriguing). Sunn 0))) is crushing without being offensive, and occasionally uplifting (Kannon II).

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  17. Gaywallet
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    Trance, house, progressive Honestly I'm not too picky when it comes to electronic music. About the only kinds of electronic I don't like are those which are too repetitive. It's rare for me to...

    Trance, house, progressive

    Honestly I'm not too picky when it comes to electronic music. About the only kinds of electronic I don't like are those which are too repetitive. It's rare for me to like trap or heavy dub for this reason, but there are trap and heavy dub songs which aren't repetitive so it's not exactly a hard and fast rule.

  18. Tygrak
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    I am mostly into rock, more specifically into alt and indie rock, most of which is kind of emo adjacent. The World is a Beautiful Place, The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts, Brave Little Abacus (best...

    I am mostly into rock, more specifically into alt and indie rock, most of which is kind of emo adjacent. The World is a Beautiful Place, The Hotelier, Tiny Moving Parts, Brave Little Abacus (best band that ever existed) and stuff like that. Of course everything I listen to isn't just emo rock. I also like more popular stuff like Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Modest Mouse, Nightwish, Dragonforce and so on. Recently I also listened to some microtonal music, it's interesting that there's some actually interesting music being made this way. For example check out the song Gleam by Sevish. Sometimes I also like some ambient music, some more classical music and you know, a bit of everything, like everyone else.