What does everyone listen to?

October 21, 2008 at 04:48 PM · I'm really curious what everyone listens to when not listening to symphonies, concertos, operas, etc etc...

Lately I've been really into several different bands:


Red Hot Chili Peppers


Lynyrd Skynyrd (it's fine if you judge me for that)


Van Halen

Velvet Revolver (because Slash is a genius)

Anyone else want to share their "dirty little secrets" of what they like to listen to?

Replies (61)

October 21, 2008 at 05:01 PM · Bob Dylan



Greek Folk Music

Medieval & Renaissance music

Neil Young

Guns 'n' Roses

Peter Gabriel


October 21, 2008 at 05:14 PM · I do listen mostly to classical, but when I'm not:

Alarm Will Sound

Friends of Dean Martinez

Arcade Fire

The National

The Shins

Ryan Adams

Joseph Arthur

A.C. Newman

Matt Nathanson

The National

Amos Lee

Ben Harper

Lucinda Williams

Elvis Costello


The Jayhawks

Jesse Malin

Rhett Miller

Fountains of Wayne

Brad Mehldau

Kenny Barron

Cedar Walton

Wes Montgomery

Joe Pass

Geoff Keezer

Ella Fitzgerald

Frank Sinatra

Modest Mouse

Richard Thompson


and many more...

October 21, 2008 at 05:45 PM · Jazz, baby.

October 21, 2008 at 05:58 PM · news.


October 21, 2008 at 06:10 PM · Mostly classical, but I could always go for The National, or Radiohead.

October 21, 2008 at 06:26 PM · Podcasts

APM's 'The Splendid table'


Killer Innovations


TVO's 'Big Ideas'


Plus some NPR choices

October 21, 2008 at 06:28 PM · Country and occasionally Jazz...but I always end up trying to understand Jazz when I'm listening and then I get frustrated and turn it off. LOL!

October 21, 2008 at 06:31 PM · Grateful Dead, The Clash, Beatles, Bill Evans, Celtic fiddlers of all persuasions, Doc Watson...

October 21, 2008 at 07:03 PM · I rarely listen to anything outside of classical. Once in a while, some oldies (Ian & Sylvia, Carousel, Gershwin, Victory at Sea, some traditional folk music, etc.), but only once in a while. Even in the classical realm, anything after Shostakovich doesn't thrill me that much. I could never get into Rock'n'roll or jazz; not enough melody or rhythm or structure for me; I just find it boring. My taste in music has always put me in a minority, and that has never bothered me, but I don't consider myself better than anyone else because of it. It's just the way I am.


October 21, 2008 at 07:57 PM · james morrison

amy winehouse

nelly furtado

the a-sides

boys like girls

plain white t's

fall out boy

cobra starship


maroon 5

we the kings

October 22, 2008 at 01:22 AM · tommy peoples

chris stout

neil young

liz carroll

mary gauthier

christy moore

arty mcglynn

leonard cohen

martin hayes

bonnie rideout

keb mo

maeve donnelly

iron & wine

cat stevens

bruce molsky


athena tergis

bothy band

the rolling stones

papa john creach



bonnie rait

le vent du nord

madeleine peyroux

October 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM · The comedy channel on XM radio.

October 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM · This is really interesting!

I also have to admit that I'm a big audiobook nerd - 2 of my most recent favorites are "Born Standing Up" by Steve Martin and "Waiter Rant"

October 21, 2008 at 10:18 PM · Well, classical music can embrace all my emotional state... if I'm listening to Shostakovich it's different from a Mozart's day...

But I like Jazz, Jazz offers a wide range of things to an obssessive/compulsive listener...

October 21, 2008 at 10:25 PM · Jazz/Blues

Classic Country


Traditional Fiddle Music

World Music

October 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM · "Talk Of The Nation", especially "TOTN Science Friday".

October 21, 2008 at 11:58 PM · Andrew Bird!!!

October 22, 2008 at 12:46 AM · GUNS.



October 22, 2008 at 12:48 AM · Limiting it just to music (i.e., not PBS news & features):

* Traditional (not modern) jazz - a lot of similarity to chamber music. Especially Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.

* Broadway musicals (evolved from operetta).

* Classic American songs, by people like Kern, Fields, Styne, Loesser, Hart, Ellington, Warren, etc. (the Smithsonian's "American Songbook" series gets a lot of use).

October 22, 2008 at 02:57 AM · #1-classical

#2-public radio

#3-silence...we need some of that everyday too

October 22, 2008 at 03:42 PM · Nightwish and other metal music

October 22, 2008 at 03:59 PM · Metallica. If you guys haven't checked out their new album, it's probably their best since ...And Justice.

Jazz (Bebop era..Rollins, Pass, Davis..)

NPR podcasts (Radiolab, This American Life)

CCM (Christian Contemporary)

various artists/genres (coldplay, onerepublic, weezer, a. keys)

October 22, 2008 at 07:56 PM · Beatles (but not the Stones)

Other classics (Chicago, Simon&Garf, Fogelberg (sp?))

Manhattan Transfer (ultimate ensemble group)


Crooners - Sinatra, Martin, etc.

1940's Big Band


Even country occassionally in the car, but prefer the likes of Bob Wills - Texas Swing.

Lot's of others...

October 22, 2008 at 08:07 PM · If I'm not listening to classical music, I'll pop one of my Beatles or Collective Soul CD's into the player, or tune my radio to a classic rock station. I do like jazz and bluegrass, as well.

October 22, 2008 at 11:11 PM · The Avett Brothers

Jenny Lewis

Billy Joel

The Beatles

George Harrison (particularly "All Things Must Pass")

Neil Young

Ben Folds

Joanna Newsom

Gabriel Kahane

Elvis Costello

Nellie McKay

Aimee Mann

Regina Spektor

The Dresden Dolls

The Clash

Hot Chip

Bruce Springsteen

Josh Ritter

Bob Dylan

Katy Perry

Brandi Carlile

And I'm sure there's way more, not to mention my casual jazz list!

October 23, 2008 at 02:54 AM · While I don't listen to it every day, I do have a CD wherein Stravinsky's Firebird is rendered on pedal steel guitar(!). It's a remarkable performance, though personally the Eric Satie cuts seem to me to work better.

Recent playlists have included Greek Rembetiko (Vamvarakis), Velvet Underground, pre-76 Rolling Stones, mandolin quartets, Ry Cooder (mostly the early stuff), a few Gilles Apap discs (some classical, but since he's so hated, it doesn't count), and some early blues featuring the violin.

October 23, 2008 at 06:13 AM · Most recently:

Kathy Mattea

Jay Ungar

Mark O'conner

Little Shop of Horrors sound track

Dougie Maclean

Larry Carlton


October 23, 2008 at 05:57 PM · the beach boys, the beatles, celtic women, alison krauss and union station, Johnny Cash, Gershwin, Ryandan, Casting Crowns, Third Day,


October 23, 2008 at 06:46 PM · alison krauss and union station

nickel creek


bap kennedy

October 23, 2008 at 07:23 PM · radiohead. and then stuff like, cat stevens.

October 26, 2008 at 03:43 PM · Jazz, and in particular, jazz organ.

(Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Joey DeFrancesco, et al)

Old soul music

Old funk music

And, just to blow people's minds, I'll tell you that I mostly hate jazz violin! Some exceptions made for Grapelli and Venuti, who are usually smooth enough.

October 26, 2008 at 03:44 PM · P.S. -

And, how is it possible that a guy who loves classic violin music could also have a passion for playing and teaching jazz organ(?), I hear you asking.

The commonality is, I think, soul, IOW, passion. Also, virtuosity is always exciting.

October 26, 2008 at 08:04 PM · there are two local (german) bands who play irish folk:

Across the Border and

Paddy goes to Holyhead

other music i listen to:


Within Temptation



Lynyrd Skynyrd

Iron Maiden


October 27, 2008 at 04:47 AM · My wife playing stride piano

Pinetop Perkins

Willie the Lion Smith

James P Johnson

Bob Wills

Billy Jack Wills

Asleep at the Wheel

Stéphane Grappelli

Joe Venuti

Mark O'Connor

Merle Travis

Joe Maphis

Doc Watson

Frank Vignola

Howling Wolf

Koko Taylor

Hound Dog Taylor

Big Mama Thornton

Marcia Ball

Oteil Burbridge

John Patitucci

Victor Wooten

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Lola Beltrán

Javier Solís

October 27, 2008 at 08:38 AM · Hmmm, it changes here and there, but lately:

Cheb Khaled


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (yay Aaron!)

Mariachi Cobre

Mariachi Los Camperos

Akwesasne Mohawk Women Singers

Joanne Shenandoah


Ojos de Brujo

Son Del Centro

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Sisa Pacari

Claude Chalhoub


Starlight Mints


Sparta/At The Drive-In

Les Savy Fav

Hot Hot Heat

Flogging Molly

Catch 22

Panjabi MC

And that's what you get when a little punk/rocker girl becomes a classical violinist and then an ethnomusicologist :)

October 27, 2008 at 09:02 AM · Black Flag, My Bloody Valentine, Francoise Hardy

October 27, 2008 at 09:11 AM · Andrew Bird:

Armchair Apocrypha ("Scythian Empires" --good fall hiking album)

The Mysterious Production of Eggs ("Tables & Chairs" pretty much sums it up for me)

Weather Systems (late night)


The Lost Take (chill at the gym with a magazine)


The Information (this is my winter mountaineering album)

Sea Change (wonderfully depressing)

Justice (good gritty techno)

A Night Out with Cut/Copy (hands down best non-stop techno album)

Death Cab for Cutie (thanks to my friend Britney)

November 29, 2008 at 01:37 PM ·

this is a good topic..LOL

linkin park, my chemical romance, david cook, rihanna


November 29, 2008 at 02:55 PM ·

 Rock--Chuck Berry up through Nirvana but most likely 60's  through early 70's

       I'll listen to newer stuff on the radio, but I don't have any in my collection

Jazz--mostly Bird, Miles, Coltrane, Mahavishnu

Ethnic.World--Indian, Irish, Flamenco

C&W--older stuff like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline


Blues--earliest stuff on  up through the 60's

November 29, 2008 at 03:58 PM ·

Wait....there's other music?

November 29, 2008 at 03:59 PM ·

Prog Metal, all the way.


Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X.

When I haven't had my coffee in the morning, I listen to Dragonforce. XD

November 29, 2008 at 04:23 PM ·

When I haven't had my coffee in the morning, I listen to the cappuccino maker in anticipation of that wooooosh noise ;-)

November 29, 2008 at 10:10 PM ·

.Silence is golden 

November 30, 2008 at 07:16 AM ·

Film scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Howard Shore, John Williams, Rachel Portman, John Barry, and a scattering of others.

Now playing:  Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1974 "Four Musketeers", Bernard Herrman's score for "Vertigo", John Barry's score for "Enigma", and Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Planet of the Apes".

November 30, 2008 at 01:49 PM ·

Don't forget film scores by John Corigliano!

December 1, 2008 at 05:18 AM ·

Remembering those scores is your job, since apparently you have some.  ;-)

December 27, 2008 at 02:35 AM ·

99% classical

1% Jazz

....I'm going to listen to some kreisler.....:)  

December 27, 2008 at 06:04 PM ·

I'd suggest to Laurie to make a poll, you know, divided by music genres so we could all see our musical tastes. The result could be interesting!

For me:

The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, and some good OLD jazz.


December 27, 2008 at 07:22 PM ·

Prog Rock/Metal: Rush, Styx, Uriah Heep, Kansas, etc. Z.Z.Top to Pantera (Miss ya Dime!!!)

As for the rest, pretty much what everyone else has mentioned. C&W, Rock from 50's to today, Heavy Metal (Blue Cheer to Rammstien) 60's-Now AM/FM, World, Trance, Dance, Folk, Jazz (soft and hot!) Mideval, Rennesance, name it.


December 27, 2008 at 08:10 PM ·

Audiobooks, lectures from iTunes U and podcasts.

December 27, 2008 at 08:34 PM ·

I have always liked to do things in my house listening to different types of music rather than only classical and since I'm mexican and my husband is brazilian, these are my choices:

-Cafe Tacvba (mexican rock band, the best!) and sometimes Aleks Syntek

-MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira or Brazilian Popular Music) like Ceu, Maria Rita, Vanessa da Mata, Caetano Veloso, Katia B

-Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova

-Steely Dan, Tears for Fears and Peter Gabriel (not as often as my other choices)

December 28, 2008 at 08:23 AM ·

Aside from Bach and Mozart, : )

My favorite band is LUNA SEA. They're a Japanese rock band that made lots of great music from 1989 to 2000. It's always refreshing to listen to.

Also from Japan I enjoy:

L'Arc~En~Ciel (great all around band to listen to with creative musicians and a great lead vocal. They are up there just behind LUNA SEA in my prefrences.)

Dir en Grey (only early stuff, vulgar CD and previous.)

FAKE? (Although creative, they have a mainstream type of sound. They do have a couple good songs though and sing in English.)


Mono (Really ambient music. It's inspiring at a deeper level.)



The Yoshida Brothers (Very fun to listen to! They play on Japan's stringed instrument, the Shamisen, and their music varies from cultural to even modern influence. They're style is more quick paced and exciting. )

Other stuff I like includes:

Sigur Ros - Icelandic ambient rock group.

Fugazi - punk rock band. (I like some of it)

Iron Maiden


Van Halen

Steve Vai

Andy McKee (Fantastic Polish acoustic guitarist. Practically a genius. You can check him out on youtube.)

Billy Joel

Some things in general are Heavy Metal (80's), Celtic, acoustic guitar, techno.

The ONLY time I enjoy country music is if I'm working outside or on the car for some reason. : )

Interesting topic,







December 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM ·

I listen to some dated J-pop and enka by virtue of my my mom being a middle-aged woman from Japan.  I also occasionally listen to some newer J-pop and jazz piano.   Of course I hear movie sound tracks a lot and on the occasion that I have time to play them video game sound tracks.  I get to hear some pretty ancient movie sound tracks because, again, of the age of my parents. 

My father used to sing a lot of country and du wop (sp?) when I was little.  He's tone-deaf so I now abhore those two genres more than anything else in the world except perhaps the most vulgar and pointless of rap. 

The use of delayed vibrato and growling in enka is very interesting to me by the way.  I notice that some of the great violinist  (especially Milstein) use delayed vibrato and it's very expressive and I notice that vary occasionally, when it's appropriate, they also make mild scratching sounds (sometimes in music that immitates gypsy music.  For example, though Kogan has a round and focused tone on the G string, in his recording of Symphonie Espagnole he has a great bite to his sound.  Cho Liang Lin also has a fantastic bite to his attacks but not during the note...ah I love that sound). 

Despite all that, probably 99% of music I listen to just to listen to it is classical.  Everything else usually is just played in the backround when I'm doing something else and can't have silence for whatever reason.  There's this great pop song with bagpipes that I like to use for an alarm during finals week to ensure that I WILL wake up which I hear often. 

December 28, 2008 at 04:06 PM ·

Till Brönner, RIO  (www.tillbroenner.com)

Bill Evans, 75th Birthday Celebration, 3 cd volume set (tip as to where to start -  his piano solo on disc 3 track 2 called Peace Piece!...Evan's roots and education were classical music!)

Miles Davis

Duke Ellington

December 29, 2008 at 11:36 PM ·

Probably 75% of my listening is classical violin literature, 20% other classical music and the remaining 5% is:

Yossele Rosenblatt

Roby Lakatos


The Dovells ("You Can't Sit Down") - - - - -It's the third selection here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH0Za4hXAT0      Starts at 4:39.   Check out the sax solo at 5:50 until 6:05!

Roy Orbison

Clark Terry


December 30, 2008 at 12:21 AM ·

The Dovells  "You can't Sit Down"-----I love it  !!!!!!!!

great groovin tunage !!!!

December 31, 2008 at 06:34 PM ·

I listen to as much classical music as possible - I try to continue to develop my likes and so forth by listening to myriad pieces and violinists, so as not to become so partial to one violinist that I can only listen to his/her playing.  There is much I have learned and continue to, in listening to many violinists.  Yesterday I listened to the Sinfonia concertante with Primrose and Heifetz.  I play classical music for my children all the time (I have 18 month old twins!) - they enjoy it, and it gives me some "peace" at times, in some otherwise "hectic" play days...

When they are asleep, and I'm in the mood for different music, I do listen to alternative rock, and when I'm working out, I have to listen to more extreme alternative rock (maybe to continue to propel myself on the treadmill...).  

Examples would be 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, The Heroin Diaries soundtrack, Incubus...lots!  Last Christmas I was given a new iPod and a great Bose speaker system/docking station, and it's a great sound quality.  I will admit too...I love 80s music... ;)

January 4, 2009 at 01:03 AM ·

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Flim & the BB's, Yellow Jackets, H Hahn, D Sandborn, Gov't Mule, Linken Park.   These folks are currently in my Volvo's CD player.


January 4, 2009 at 01:37 AM ·

Country..depends on what kind of mood I'm in ;)

January 4, 2009 at 02:55 AM ·

I'm more on indie artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Brendan Benson etc.


January 4, 2009 at 03:27 AM ·

The Whitest Boy Alive.

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