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TripleGK

Aside from video gaming, music is one of my biggest down times to just relax and chill to listening to music. Even though consoles make it quite hard for your own music to be integrated properly unless you have spotify on the PS4, its everywhere so I figured it would be a nice idea for a thread about music. I'd like to see the various music tastes, discuss about music, what you think about certain albums etc...

I'll start things off with saying that my music tastes are quite diverse. A recent group I have gotten into are called BEAST which is a k-pop group but in the past I used to listen to bands such as Pantera, Megadeth and Nightwish.

So feel free to show your music tastes, recommend songs/groups/albums you like and keep it civilized i.e. no bashing someone for liking music that you don't particularly like.

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Churchy

I'll keep it as brief as possible. I like a few different things including:

  • Classical (Chopin, Mozart)
  • Blues (Leadbelly)
  • Jazz (John Coltrane)
  • 60s music (Hendrix, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Classic Rock (Zeppelin, AC/DC)
  • Hip-hop/Rap (Public Enemy, Saul Williams, Eminem, Blockhead)
  • Electronic/Ambient (Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin)
  • Prog (Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Steven Wilson)
  • World music - mainly from classical Chinese/Japanese instruments but also Indian influences too.
  • Country western (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson)
  • Soundtracks

And I seriously love metal. I mainly like the more industrial/noise stuff like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry or the progressive stuff like Tool, Mastodon, Opeth and Devin Townsend.

Put it this way, there is too much good stuff out there!

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Octane

@TripleGK: I was thinking about a thread like this myself! We have a favourite 80's music thread on NintendoLife, but not a general music thread like this one. I approve!

Favourite genre is probably rock. Anything from the early rock 'n roll from the 50's to the Beatles or Status Quo with psychedelic rock and AC/DC with hard rock. Synthpop and new wave are also enjoyable from time to time, but also country and traditional pop music. I like stuff from CCR, Bruce Springsteen, early stuff from Bob Dylan and The Police, but also Buddy Holly, 38 Special, The Doors and Simon & Garfunkel. It's all over the place really...

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themcnoisy

I love music but am always disappointed watching big live events. Wherever that's Ian Brown, Prodigy, Tiesto, U2 or JLS (don't ask). I don't find the atmosphere good at all. I've always found small venues with a great sound system more my scene. My dislike for big events also extends to festivals, Glastonbury is depressing - that's meant to be the best one!!!

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TripleGK

@Churchy: Strapping Young Lad is like my music go to if I'm really annoyed at something or just not in a great mood, signals like the leave me to get over it atmosphere and stops me from taking those emotions out on anyone. You listen to so many genres, that's awesome. I used to love metal growing up but nowadays I just prefer to have chill music.

@Octane: Glad you approve . My parents play old rock like the police and dire straits in their car along with reggae and indian music. It's probably why I just listen to any genre now lol.

@themcnoisy: I just go for the alternative, livestream at home with decent sound. Get all the music and none of the live event stress. I didn't realize big festivals were like that- that's sort of put me off more than it did more.

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DerMeister

I can honestly listen to almost anything. I've always had a slight preference for rock, but I'm not too picky when it comes to music. I guess the only real exceptions I can make are dubstep and some rap.

I grew up listening to some country music (in Illinois of all places), and whatever rock I heard at the time was either from video games or the internet. I thank Gran Turismo 3 for introducing me to more diverse music since it had (on the US soundtrack) guys like Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, Motley Crue, Judas Priest and the like.

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Churchy

@TripleGK: Good old Strapping Young Lad. I know the feeling indeed and therefore think that "aggressive" music is actually very cathartic. Cheers man, it's mainly because I play/played a few instruments so my teachers would introduce me to new things, that I'm a music nerd too (although I don't like everything!). That's fair, I could always get behind Pantera and Nightwish though! I shall give BEAST a try as I do like a bit of J-pop so I imagine it's not too far away in terms of sound.

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Mergatro1d

@Churchy: We share very similar tastes! Have you listened to much MF Doom (or his various alter egos)? Best hip hop out there in my opinion.

There's so much amazing music around the world. Off the top of my head, I'd recommend anyone to listen to these:

Mike Patton- and any band he's been in
Herbie Hancock
Fela Kuti
William Onyeabor
Father John Misty
Jon Hopkins
Animal Collective
Death Vessel
ESG
Nils Frahm
Orkestra Del Sol

I could go on and on!

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Churchy

@Mergatro1d: Awesome to know. Great minds think alike. I haven't heard much MF Doom but what I have heard, I like. I do like alternative hip hop like Aesop Rock and El-P too. And when it comes to instrumental hip-hip you really can't go wrong with Blockhead.

Also, a huge yes on Mike Patton. The man is a total genius. I especially love Faith No More and Tomahawk (along with Mr Bungle, Fantomas and his soundtrack work). I seem to be the only person who likes Anonymous by Tomahawk, I dig the native American influences.

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Mergatro1d

@Churchy: anonymous is one of my favourite albums, love the Native American vibes too. Have you heard Nevermen yet? Not totally sold like I was with peeping Tom but as its patton with dose one (Subtle- another good band!) and that dude from tv on the radio, it's got to be worth a shot.

Feels like we should start a mike patton thread!

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TripleGK

@Churchy: It's the best solution to that sort of situation. I'm absolutely awful with musical instruments but I just like listening to new things (I get bored of the same songs quickly)

It might not be to your liking but if you don't like it then its all good

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Churchy

@TripleGK: It goes in ebbs and flows with me - sometimes it helps, sometimes I like more chilled out stuff too. Hey, that's cool man. I'm not precious with my tastes and I like to hear things I don't know about just to experience it.

@Mergatro1d: Yes! Thank you! You're the only person who has expressed that. I haven't dug into Nevermen yet but am intrigued by it. Haha, why not? It may just be us two but there's no harm in trying right?! All hail Lord Patton.

A random album recommendation from this year would be Hand.Cannot.Erase by Steven Wilson. It's like modern prog rock and tells the story of a young woman who feels isolated living in the city. It's loosely based on the story of Joyce Carol Oates. It's got a lot of different things in there, from catchy melodies, longer musically fulfilling songs and even bits of industrial and electronic moments too. Check it out!

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TripleGK

@Churchy: It all depends on the mood. I'm the same I'll listen to anything to see what it's like even if it ends up not being to my tastes.

I'll try and get that album done soon, my music backlog is stacking up so much.

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get2sammyb

My first introduction to music as a young teenager was all of the pop-punk stuff - I really got into the old Drive-Thru records bands like The Starting Line and New Found Glory. As I became older my tastes got way more eclectic: The Smiths, The Beatles, The Cure, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Blondie, Texas, Imogen Heap...

I was really into music at high school and was very close to studying music production at university, but I pulled out for a number of reasons - one of which being that I didn't really think I was talented enough to "make" it. Push Square actually was born as a direct result of me finding a "new" hobby.

I fell out of love with music a little bit, but my interest in music production drove me to enjoy straight-up pop music more and more. A lot of people say pop artists are talentless - and in some cases that's true - but I came to appreciate the immense talent and musicianship that goes into creating Top 40 hits, and I like the exploration of different instruments and styles that you find in the charts — I burned out on two guitars, drums, and bass in my teen years.

I listen to a lot of different artists these days, but I find myself falling back on Taylor Swift and Michelle Branch a lot — I really like that "country pop" stuff. I went through a massive K-pop phase at university as well, where I was importing tons of CDs from overseas. The packaging was always super cool!

/ Life story.

TripleGK

@get2sammyb: That's one hell of a introduction to your music tastes. Surprised to hear that Push Square was created as a result of music in some shape of form. I couldn't play an instrument to save my life when I was younger, I used to play an Acoustic but only very simple things.

Strange to think my K-Pop phase started at university as well in my 2nd year- I was more into just buying the MP3's as student on a budget but I have a couple of K-Pop albums and the packaging for it is definitely value for money- I'm just hesitant on buying from abroad sites.

I might as well give a brief overview over my music history.

As a kid, I listened to alot of different music mainly reggae like Bob Marley, Dire Straits, The Police, Tom Jones, Michael Jackson, Simply Red, Phil Collins, Eminem that sort of stuff. Then through middle school I discovered Motorhead from hearing them on a WWE show on TV which then led into getting into heavy metal. The first few bands were mainly thrash metal such as the Big four (Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax) then it breached into metalcore with bands such as Trivium and Killswitch engage. Then I found one of my favorites in Pantera and Sepultura which is mainly trash metal. This carried on until the end of highschool where I got bored of the genre and that coupling with my highschool issues sort of made me do a total change in the music I listened to.

During Sixth form I started getting into trance and electronic dance music with artists such as Tiesto, Armin Van Burren, Swedish house mafia, Hardwell, Tommy Trash, Pendulum and many others. I was interested in music but I knew that I would never be suited to getting into it and studying it for a career and I was just getting my act together then I had to decide what to do at university so I went to my strong suit which was business.

At University, I fell out of love with EDM and dance music in general after a year or so because it was always the same sort of stuff that was being released and played everywhere so that's when in second year I had a music recommendation because of the trending gangnam style on youtube which suggested bigbang.

Little did I know how much they were going to change my music tastes as they led to me getting into K-Pop big time. From there I listened to groups such as 2NE1, Shinee, Miss A, Sistar, Ailee, Block B and Jay park but the story doesn't end there. During my final year at university I got into Korean Hip Hop from the artist called Dok2 which made me get into that genre even deeper than K-Pop as it just clicked with me more and if I were to name all the artists from that genre I would have a mini essay.

The ones that I really got hooked to were Leessang, Epik High, Paloalto, Primary (more R&B), Dynamic Duo, Supreme team, Vasco, Drunken Tiger and many more. Now currently, I'm getting back into hip hop alongside the previous KHH going through the old school stuff like with 2pac , Biggie and NWA whilst listening to a bit of the latest stuff like Dr Dre's Compton album.

I always try and listen to different music and finding out new artists but at the moment the artists I'm falling back on are Gary (one part of the duo Leessang), Turbo (K-Pop group in the 90's) and Wonder Girls which is another K-Pop group. I just dig energetic music but ask me who I'm falling back on in a week's time and it will probably be a bunch of different artists.

/Life Story of mine ended XD

P.S I didn't mean for this post to be this long but Sammy's post just made it happen

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Woke up to the very sad news that David Bowie has died. Loved so much of his music from the early work to the latest. He could always reinvent himself and adapt to new styles. The news of his death almost brought me to tears this morning that's the first time that has happened in relation to a celebrity.

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David Bowie was for me an artist in the truest sense. His music and profile went beyond conventional criticism and praise. I will be forever grateful that I lived in an era where I could experience his body of work.

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TripleGK

The news came out of the blue for me. Although I couldn't get into his music I respect what he's done for it. This and with Lemmy of Motorhead dying as well this year is quite sad already in the music industry ://.

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@mcnoisy I understand your feelings about big venues they often disappoint. More intimate gigs are far better. The best small gig for me was Moby in 2008 he played in strip club which he had rented out minus the strippers. He did a acoustic set with one of his singers.

Worst band I ever saw was Radiohead it felt like they did not even want to be on stage and were just going through the motions. I have enjoyed 2 larger gigs the best of them was Oasis in Manchester just before they split up. Also Blur in Hyde Park 2009. The larger the venue the more the quality of the sound suffers its more about the stage presence of the band.

Only ever seen DJ's at nightclubs most of them were decent and the venue not too big.

JLS never saw that coming we all have skeletons in our cupboards.

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Octane

It came out of nowhere indeed. I really enjoy his music. It's always sad to see another legend go.

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