View Full Version : You all listen to music? Don't you? Recommend some !

11-03-2010, 10:54 PM
I haven't noticed any "music recommendations" threads around here - doesn't every community have one? I mean, don't all cartographers listen to music while they map? Well... here's some of my current favorites. Be warned, even though I mapped the birth of hip hop, I have a very eclectic taste in music. I hope you all share some of your favorite songs. I'm always on the search for new music.

Frightened Rabbit: Foot Shooter - this is such a great band, and this song really gives me goosebumps.


Metric: Help I'm Alive - very alternative and poppy. I rarely like female vocalists, but this one gets me. Sort of like the Pixies mixed with Garbage!


Aval Penworth
11-03-2010, 10:58 PM
I normally listen to the radio in the car, top 100 stuff.

But if I want to get nostalic...

An old favourite (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3m-19tUnCI)...I now do the house work to it, but I used to do something esle to it.

I also like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZa1A033-E)

And of course this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ChjLMbXVrU)

I'll think about my favourites from other genres and post them later in the thread. Sorry I'm not as savvy as RJ and I don't know how to embed the videos here.

11-03-2010, 11:09 PM
Currently exploring Marcel Wood's music, here are three tracks I'm cycling through currently(Music Is The Answer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxz9oTOSLlY), Cherry Blossom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzD4VGDaOZY&feature=related) and Advanced (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdB8w12w2_g)).

Aval Penworth
11-03-2010, 11:18 PM
Currently exploring Marcel Wood's music, here are three tracks I'm cycling through currently(Music Is The Answer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxz9oTOSLlY), Cherry Blossom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzD4VGDaOZY&feature=related) and Advanced (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdB8w12w2_g)).

Yep I dig all that. I especially like the beat in Music is the Answer.

Mark Oliva
11-04-2010, 12:32 AM
If you really want to get the creative juices flowing, tune your Internet music player to:


for WFMT in Chicago (USA).

It's always all you need.

11-04-2010, 06:40 AM
A very long time ago we had a big thread with a lot of members fav music.

11-04-2010, 07:20 AM
right now I'm big on americanized - celtic punk, such as flogging molly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjcHxl8NyrU), Dropkick Murphies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uYST9R9Z58), and Flatfoot 56 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmCL4gUmDl4)

I also have a ton of christian music of.... varying quality. Namely hiphop/pop bands, including risen tunes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrwmLr7H5DU)(a lesser known band), Tobymac, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTqNj8YnQV4)and the very gospelish band Newsboys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V8--zqq68&feature=related), as well as a variety of metal, rock, and folk.

but mostly the celtic punk atm.

11-04-2010, 08:28 AM
Sorry I'm not as savvy as RJ and I don't know how to embed the videos here.

Not too hard Aval ;)


I'm blocked from youtube at work - damn corporate america! but I'll check out your links tonight.

11-04-2010, 09:18 AM
I am currently into old Mike Oldfield records, when I sit and draw. My 9-year old boy sits next to me and paints his Warhammer Orcs.

We particularly enjoy The Songs of Distant Earth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDs_cm1bDWk), with its ambience and such. Very meditative.

11-04-2010, 10:50 AM
I acutally prefer to listen to film soundtracks when I'm mapping or whatever. Something that has the right atmosphere.

But as for bands etc. I'm kinda opposite to RJ in that I seem to prefer to have a female vocalist in the music I like, although they have to have a voice that stands out from the normal pop crap. I love a characteristic voice. So with that in mind here are a few of my favourites...

Frou Frou - Let Go. I first heard this when I saw Garden State. I couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman singing it and I was so intrigued I fired up the net and searched it out.


Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It. Imogen Heap was the singer with Frou Frou (above) and this is my favourite of her solo songs.


The Sundays - Goodbye. I always loved the Sundays and saw them in concert at Notts Polytechnic. Unfortunately they only made three albums. :(


Portishead - Roads. To me, all of the above songs can and have given me goosebumps at one stage or another. But this one probably even more so.


11-04-2010, 11:56 AM
I tend to stick to Radio 4 shows (Friday night comedy, From Our Own Correspondent and In Our Time) to catch up with British radio an current events. But for actual music I use classical for work, and some electronica (Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Mr Scruff) for mapping. Obviously Gershwin and Ella for mapping New York :)

11-04-2010, 12:21 PM
It's a dirty secret, but I have a sordid affair with trendy American Pop...I railed against it all through Middle/High School but now in my later years I've simply come to accept that my musical tastes are generally shallow. As it is, I only really listen to music while I drive, and something with a driving bass line and an upbeat tempo compliments my speedy bob-and-weave approach to driving.

That being said, sometimes while I'm on my computer I'll wizz over to Youtube and bring up some great Orchestral music to feed the creative juices. Depending on my mood, it may be some John Williams (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, etc.) or some more classical composers (Orff, Tchaikovsky, etc.). All in all I don't really listen to music too often.

Aval Penworth
11-04-2010, 05:57 PM
Two great Australian bands are Powderfinger and Silverchair.


I was at this concert too.


Steel General
11-04-2010, 06:09 PM
I just cycle through my CD collection...everything from Andreas Vollenweider to Indigenous to Blue Oyster Cult to the Spin Doctors...

11-05-2010, 07:48 AM
Well... I really loved this news piece:


And then this turned into my new favorite song:


11-05-2010, 12:49 PM
RJ whenever I see that guys face I cry a little on the inside...

11-10-2010, 09:41 PM
I'm an old school power rock maven with minors in Alternative, vintage grunge, and classic metal - examples:

Stone Temple Pilots,
Pink Floyd,
Led Zeppelin,
Ronnie James Dio,
Cheap Trick,
Aerosmith (The early "not so trendy" stuff),
Counting Crows,
Some of the better vintage KISS stuff,
Bad Company (BADCO),
Some DEVO (The "catchy" tunes"),
Some Cinderella ("Last Train" and "Nobodie's Fool"),
Some Peter Gabriel,
Some Vintage YES,
Some Vintage RUSH,
The list goes on...

Also very fond of Stevie Nicks early stuff - but when I think of her in her "Hey Day", my face get's hot and I get a zit somewhere, lol.

11-11-2010, 02:21 AM
I'm glad to see someone mention Blue Oyster cult, they're one of the bands that got me through my convalescence :)

Additionally, i'd call this a short list of artists that haven't been mentioned yet that I consider worth a listen (as in could not live without). I'm nothing, if not eclectic. I could spend a few hours going through my list of "must listen to", i think I have a terabyte or so of music archived right now.. I have a **huge** music collection. :)

Mike Oldfield
Jarre (both of them)
Thomas Dolby
Afro-Celt Sound System
Deep Forest
Alan Parsons Project
Concrete Blonde
Leonard Cohen
The Moody Blues

11-11-2010, 03:06 AM
QUEEN!!! - Man - I thought I forgot something...
Also Sammy Hagar,
Lenny Kravitz,
Stevie Ray Vaughn (SRV - RIP)
Geeze ' O ' Pete - this is getting exhausting, lol.

Aval Penworth
11-11-2010, 07:27 AM
@ Coyotemax.

Wow, I just didn't see you as an alternative-emotional soundscape-days of future past-dance fusion-gay anthem-concept artistry-folk-rock-new wave-pop-electronica kind of guy.

11-11-2010, 08:59 AM
@ coyotemax.
Wow, i just didn't see you as an alternative-emotional soundscape-days of future past-dance fusion-gay anthem-concept artistry-folk-rock-new wave-pop-electronica kind of guy.

*rofl* ...

11-11-2010, 09:41 AM
Rj Beals > sounds good - not the type of music I listen most to
Aval > I remember those (and actually like scooter even though thats not allowed seing the comments below) and love the good old grandmaster - white lines one of my favorite :)
Geamon > yeah, I like some of Marcels music, and you gotta love those videos ;)
Rythal > very nice flogging molly (well, I don't know what Molly thinks *lol*)
MrMox > well, Mike Oldfield is always pleasant to listen too
Ramah > Frou Frou sounds good and she has a very nice voice. Love portishead too
ExMachina > you're not alone
RJBeals > *rofl* ... that took me by surprise

thanks for all these good songs, known and unknown to yours truly
I better share some of my music. Basicly I just listen to radio - so pop and rock are the most I hear. Love Queen, thats just classic, but also enjoy a good soundtrack now and then, my two favorites being "Blues Brothers" and "Little Shop of Horrors". And for my picking out some videos for you I better show you some danish music.

For the enjoyers of electronic music: Hampenberg - Skub til taget (push the roof)


A great young singer who unfortunatly died in a car crash in 2007 - reggae


Private - Crucify My Heart


Celina Ree - Når du rør ved mig (when you touch me) ... a dark song about a violent relationship


Alphabeat - 10000 Nights of Thunder - great pop :)


I could just go on for ever - but I won't :)
happy listening :)

Greason Wolfe
11-11-2010, 10:09 AM
I'll keep this list short . . . Yeah, right!

B.B. King
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Muddy Waters
Sister Hazel
Faster Pussycat
L.A. Guns
Dee Snyder's House of Hair (every Sunday morning)
Midnight Syndicate
Bethoven (on occasion)


Steel General
11-11-2010, 10:42 AM
Geeze ' O ' Pete - this is getting exhausting, lol.

Your taste in music is quite similar to mine... My lastest favorite (tho the band has been around awhile)... Buckcherry

11-11-2010, 10:40 PM
Dig that Hampenburg. Reminds of 20 years ago when I'd dance all night at raves. This kinda makes me want to be 20 again, goin out, dancin, recreational chemicals, wakin up in strange places with strange people. Don't miss the hangovers before baseball practice, though. :)

Aval Penworth
11-11-2010, 11:15 PM
Dig that Hampenburg. Reminds of 20 years ago when I'd dance all night at raves. This kinda makes me want to be 20 again, goin out, dancin, recreational chemicals, wakin up in strange places with strange people. :)

Don't get me started on THAT train of thought. It's too dangerous>:)

11-11-2010, 11:59 PM
@ Tilt - That "dude"? from Private is one ugly sucker. I liked the Celina Ree song.

I'm all over the board as well and some of the old school lists mentioned that have Queen and so on are pretty close to my tastes.

A few I didn't see that I like right now:

Within Temptation - What have you done


Kamelot- The Human Stain


Pretty much anything by Apocolyptica while doing artwork - seems a perfect match

3 days grace (My wife likes just about everything of theirs)


Breaking Benjamin - Like a bunch of their stuff

Plumb - Good to work to


Muse - Uprising (just a great new song)


A smattering of Indie bands I pick up here and there.

Dream Theatre - I like a lot of their stuff.

NIghtwish - Nemo (The song that hooked me on these guys)


Paramore - Decode (Note: I don't know jack about Twilight and I could NOT care less about it)


Disturbed - Indistructable

I do get sick of rock sometimes and listen to Country or Jazz for a couple hours then I go back.
Phantom of the Opera has a bunch of good songs as well.

Fair to Midland - Dance of the Manatee


Ok, I'll stop but I'm willing to listen to a lot of stuff except for Rap, sorry but I just can't get into it (there are maybe 5 songs I enjoy but I couldn't name them). I seem to be on a bit of a gothic power rock kick lately. When I'm working though I tend to go on www.pandora.com and listen to the Apocolyptica station for a while, then Plumb, etc...

I have to stop myself or I could go on for a long time.

11-12-2010, 05:15 AM
@Ascension - yep it has a very catching beat, last week I was at a red light listening to it on the radio, and when I look to the car beside me I could se the guy singing along :)
@Jax, yep... not a pretty boy - but very talented. And some good songs in there - and a note about twillight - I've seen 1 and 2 and I'm not impressed - its definitly chick-flicks :)

here are some rock that brings me back to them high school days :)
They used to be called Disneyland After Dark, but some little theme park in the US got angry, so now they are D.A.D :)

I won't cut my hair


Sleeping my day away


11-12-2010, 12:57 PM
some songs in my current playlist:






and one from the good ol' days ...



11-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Death Denied, by Axenstar


Tears of the sun by Axenstar


Avantasia - Another Angel Down


Freedom Call's Warriors - The video is gameplay from this game I play. And thats me playing the bird.


Lost Prophets' Everyday Combat - Another Video of me playing. I use songs I like for these.


Niave New Beaters' LA Trumpets. To throw you guys off of my tastes.


11-25-2010, 08:41 PM
I'm going to be unashamedly biased, and link this:

It's the music that I write.

These songs:
(And all of the above available under the CC by-nc-nd 2.0 UK license, so feel free to share)

Would be very good for any fantasy setting, as they're written with acoustic instruments and sounding all epic and stuff.

01-14-2011, 06:02 PM
Wonder why I created the Hip Hop Map?