If You Have a Playlist… Your Music Collection is Simply Too Small

The music playlist, now that’s a concept I never understood outside of the radio paradigm. Why do you want to listen to the same music over and over again? To get you out of your rut, here are a few impressions from things I listened to recently that might get you to sample something new today:

  • Deus – In a Bar, Under the Sea. I saw this Belgian band 9 years ago in France, but never really paid attention since then. I should have, because it’s good.
  • Soul Coughing – Irresistible Bliss. Don’t know why I knew them by name but never listened to them. I like it.
  • A Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step. Not bad.
  • Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium. Excellent, and distinctive from At the Drive-In.
  • Clan of Xymox – The John Peel Sessions. The "cold" in Cold Wave. We’re not getting any younger, are we?
  • Catfish Keith – Cherry Ball. Good ole acoustic blues for the 21st century.
  • Afro Blue Band – Impressions. Well executed latin jazz.
  • Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band – Kogun. Samurais can jazz too.
  • Alphonse Mouzon – Back to Jazz. Fast fusion drumming (watch my feet).
  • George Benson – Absolute Benson. Benson won’t be remembered as a pop singer, but as a great jazz guitar player.
  • Irakere – Bailando Asi. I’m just getting into Cuban music, so excuse my late discovery of obvious classics.
  • Wayne Toups – Back to the Bayou. Zydecajun is fun.
  • Cesaria Evora – Cafe Atlantico. For some reason she’s huge in France right now, but I don’t know about how well known she is in the US. Anyway for once the French have good taste (we sure have the worst pop music in the world which I can’t hear without foaming at the mouth, but since the export level is 0, I’m not exposed to franco garbage anymore).
  • Onyx – Triggernometry and DMX – Champ. Disappointing 2003 releases by good 90’s rap acts. Where did the hardcore go?
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Facts and Fictions. Fact is, this rox.
  • Ben Mono – Dual. German electro, impressive for a first album.
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