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New Music Needed

Isolated White Boy in Central Illinois needs new muscial influences - All suggestions welcome.

Whenver I travel I realize how isolated I am musically where I live. We don't get much of an iflux of music that would not be considered mainsteam here. We have Jazz and Blues festivals and we get many of the mainstream pop/hip hop/rock n roll acts coming through to play at the civic center and other local venues. Our radio stations are entierly predictable with not much variety. Here is the list of stations we can get her both FM and AM:

88.5 7kW religious
89.9 25.5kW public/classical (Bradley Univ.)
91.5 35kW contemporary Christian
92.3 6kW CHR-rhythmic
93.3 41kW oldies
94.3 6kW smooth jazz
95.5 7kW classic rock
96.5 4.3kW active rock
97.3 23.5kW country
98.5 6kW contemporary Christian
99.3 3kW classic country
99.9 1.5kW modern rock
101.1 6kW religious/black gospel
102.3 6kW 80's Rock
102.9 100W religious
103.1 10W new
103.3 13W public/jazz
104.9 3kW country
105.7 33kW hot pop
106.9 50kW pop
107.9 25kW soft pop
1020 1kW/0W religious
1140 5/3.2kW religious/black gospel
1290 5/5kW classic country
1350 1/1kW standards
1470 5/5kW talk
1560 250/0W standards
90.3 [c/c] alternative

So when I was in Seattle I was often embarrassed by my lack of knowledge of other musical styles and artists. My brother has literally thousands of CD's and vinyl and exposed me to lots of African and Indian influenced performers. Kirsten kept asking me if I'd heard anything from Soul Coughing and others. And while I'd heard of them, I had to reluctantly admit I'd never heard their music. So I'm determined to expand my musical horizons a bit.

Could you comment on this entry and give me a list of 5-10 artists, musical styles, CD's albums etc that you like to listen to. I'll sort through these for things I've never heard and start looking them up and listening to them so I can get a better feel for what is going on in the world musically.

I'll start it out by listing some of the things I'm listening to right now:

1. Blind Willie Johnson - Gospel Blues
2. Molasses Creek - American Folk Music
3. Ego Likeness - Goth/Industrial
4. David Bowie- his 60's and 70's stuff
5. Jeff Danna - Instrumental guitar - sort of Jazz stuff
6. Taj Mahal - Blues
7. Eva Cassidy - Blues/RnB
8. Bill Frisell - Jazz
9. Miles Davis - Jazz
10. Michael Brook




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Mar. 30th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Randomly found your journal while wandering through nativeamerican's friends list, and I wondered, where are you from in Central Illinois?
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I work in Peoria though I don't claim to actually live here. I do have a house here. But I escape on the weekends to my farm in Rushville, which is 85 miles away in Schuyler County. You?

Mar. 30th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm actually something like 45-50 minutes away from Peoria... I live in a tiny little town (we don't even have our own elementary school) southwest of Bloomington-Normal.

I'm always excited to see other central illinois people.
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
So what is your tiny little town called? I've probably travelled through there. I go that direction a lot plus I used to run the weekly newspaper in Clinton and had to travel that area a lot for stories.

Mar. 30th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
McLean... we're in the area with Heyworth and Atlanta, not far from Lincoln.
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, the home of the famous truck stop where my family has stopped for meals for at least two generations. I know it well. I'll honk next time I go through just for you. I'm actually down that way quite a bit shooting photos of old barns and such. Nice to meet you.

Mar. 30th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
AH, yes, the Dixie. Yeah, the Dixie's gone downhill in the past... couple of decades and all, but it's still an icon and all that.

You ever shoot the one-room schoolhouse that's still out in the country outside of town? I've always really liked that place.

Nice to meet you too!
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
No I've not shot it. I'll have to get there soon. Can you give me general directions? A few years ago we were travelling to NC to do a fireworks shoot and I won over $400 from IL Lottery scratcher tickets at the Dixie. Yeah I'd have to agree the food has gone downhill in the last 20 years or so. Still it's just in the right place to stop if you are travelling along that highway.

Mar. 30th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. If you start at the Dixie and head out into the country, towards San Jose (the opposite direction than Heyworth), you'll drive for a short while before seeing a sign that says "Moore's Mill Road" or something similar. It'll be a right turn. Take the turn and if you just stay on the road for a short while, you'll see the old one-roomed schoolhouse on the left side of the road.
Mar. 30th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Cool, great. If you are into photographing old stuff or just want to tag along sometime you are welcome. I shot a nice of farmhouse outside El Paso last fall that was a lot of fun.

Mar. 30th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
you like blues, so you totally have to check out the Imperial Crowns

see if you can find any Edna Swap, epsecially the self-titled album. it's... um... punkish, but not really. they're the original writers and performers of Torn, and do it much better.

you've seen the Greenskeepers video for Lotion, right? if not, do a google search. awesome.

Valerie and the Vibe Tribe are pretty hot, but I don't know if you can find anything online, musically, for them (electronica)

if you like drums, check out Mutaytor

it's faire season, so i'm all about The Poxy Poggards. bawdy acappella renaissance irish stuff. they headlined at The Galaxy on st paddy's day this year

i know this meakes me all mainstream and boring, but i really dig Nickelback's new album. edgy blues rock.
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Nickleback. I'll check out the rest. I'm hoping since my friends list is so varied I'll get lots of regional stuff to check out. This is a good start and I've got about $50 worht of iTunes gift certificates.


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Mar. 30th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: my top picks
I've heard the Flaming Lips and like them, I'll check out the rest. Thanks!

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Mar. 30th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
I love Tull as per my icon ya know. Yeah see this is the kinda stuff I need to check out. When I lived in New Mexico I was always hearing this Sotuh of the border rock fusion stuff that you just don't hear everywhere. I'l definitely check all these out.


Mar. 31st, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Y'all have too many religious stations.

Here's some of the more esoteric-ish stuff from my own playlist, in alphabetical order because that's how I have it arranged:

*Apocalyptica: Metallica with cellos. Literally.
*Assemblage 23: Techno with a Melody
*Boukman Eksperyans: Hatian band. The only place I've found their mp3's is on their website.
*Christine Lavin: She's hilarious. I recommend "The Piper" and "Shopping Cart of Love."
*Covenant: see Assemblage 23
*Dropkick Murphys: Angry white boy Irish ballads.
*E.S. Posthumus: rockin' orchestrals
*Hung Dynasty: This is the band that stacebass plays in. You can find a couple of their songs on their website.
*Joanne Shenandoah: I have no idea what language she sings in, but it's beautiful.
*Rasputina: another cello band. Good stuff.
*Spike Jones: The Weird Al Yankovic of the 1940s.
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