Friday, April 18, 2008

Tunz, I Needs Dem!

Hey!

So in about a week or two, I am getting my long-time-coveted iphone. I've never had an ipod at all so I am really excited. However, because I don't have an ipod or any other kind of personal listening device, AND I have kids as well as an oft-studying husband, I've gotten used to working in relative quiet. Now, with an ipod all my own, I can crank my tunes!

Just one problem.

I don't have any tunes.

Or, more appropriately, there is a major shortage in my kind of tunes.

My husband and I share many (even most) tastes and even in music our tastes align pretty closely. However, there is one genre of music that I adore and that my husband . . . well . . . less than appreciates.

Loud.

Oh, yeah.

Because of that, I haven't bothered to have him download much loud music for me because, well, they're on the desktop and he's usually the one at the desktop. (I work on my laptop which is about six years old. That's like six million in computer years.) So I haven't really been in touch with the loud music of late.

I need music suggestions!

I want there to be much loud music on my ipod so I can really crank it up when I'm struggling with a hard scene. (I listened to this one song at my mom's house over and over again for about three hours at top volume last week. But the scene rocks!)

So tell me what loud music out there is awesome! Now, to specify things a little, loud does not mean just noise. I like loud with tune and preferably awesome lyrics. Sung, not rapped. Think Muse and Linkin' Park. (Mmmm, love Muse.:)) I feel like I'm totally behind on the times music-wise, so your mission--should you choose to accept it--is to catch me up!

Groups, specific songs, bring it!! I'm counting on you!! (*koffkoff* Saundra.)

Ciao!

20 comments:

Kiersten said...

I'm way out of touch with music (two small kids'll do that to you), but one thing you should definitely do is head over to pandora.com. It's the greatest thing ever--you enter a song or a band you like (for example, Muse) and it plays songs from them and then songs that are similar from different bands. It's a great way to find new songs and bands before you buy anything. Also, it's nice to have on in the background while writing. You can also say whether or not you like the songs, which helps it pick things for you.

Reviewer X said...

Oh god.

You need Zeromancer. I'm telling you. Need You Like A Drug is great, as is Send Me An Angel and Eurotrash.

Look for industrial rock--that kinda stuff is great.

Kat said...

Hello! I'm a new reader to your blog and just wanted to say that I love how you say "Tunz, I Needs Dem!". Reminds me of all the amazing pics on icanhasacheezburger.com... (For example, google image "Eated cookie)

Anyway, like you, I adore Muse and Linkin Park. Especially Muse, because Matt Bellamy is without doubt the god of rock...

I think Placebo ("Infrared" especially) and Radiohead are both quite excellent, too. Flyleaf has some intense songs - just watch out for the occasional scream but the choruses are really catchy. The Chemical Brothers have some interesting songs, but they don't have half the beauty of Muse's stuff. I'll have to go through my iPod for more ideas, but I hope that these will be a good start for you.

Keep up the awesome blog!

Marcella said...

Hi, I see on your profile that you love country music (which my husband and I love also), so I'll give you different recommendations since you're probably set there. Here are a few great bands--the Decemberists, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. Have fun picking your tunes!

JKB said...

I'm voting for the White Stripes. Anything, but Elephant and Get Behind me Satan are great. And if you don't mind classic rock, there's a great compilation of Led Zeppelin out that Rockz. :))

Shari said...

I know this isn't rock, but one of my favorites is the soundtrack from "Wicked." And I don't know that "loud" is perfectly applicable but you can always turn it way way way up. Anyway, it's awesome if you're in the mood for something different.

Maprilynne said...

Thank you so much for the suggetsions guy! (And for that website, Kiersten.) My Mom and Dad and Brother actually went to go see Wicked in LA two weeks ago and loved it so I do want to pick up that soundtrack too. I'm also a musical theatre junkie. (I guess I'm a music junkie all-round.:))

Thanks again!!!

Helen said...

Hmmm. You'd probably like Modest Mouse, Placebo, and, slightly older, maybe Depeche Mode? I'd also recommend Last FM - it can give you suggestions for similar artists like Muse and such, and listen to some of the songs on the online radio to see if you like them. :)

If you're willing to try artists who don't sing in English, you might like Stillste Stund? They border between classical and rock, with some forays into metal. I understand limited German, and I like them more for the music (and they have this amazing Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme going on which I love, including a trilogy of Alice songs), and their music has helped a lot with my writing in the last few months.

And there's always Rammstein, who are assuredly loud, though with some dubious lyrics, I suppose... ;)

Heidi the Hick said...

Well, if you like loud...

My kids have just discovered a crazy band from Finland. They're called Apocolyptica, and they play heavy metal... with Cellos. I kid you not. Their newest album is called Worlds Collide and there are only four songs with vocals, but it is a very cool piece of work.

Also check out one of my favourite bands: Alexisonfire.

Have you ever listened to AFI? They're pretty loud too. And sometimes very quiet in a totally creepy way.

And of course, I echo Jkb's suggestions!

I think there's something wrong with me though, because I can't listen to tunes when I write anymore.

Maprilynne said...

Metal with Cellos!! Whoa!!

kiddle97 said...

Hi,
This is Genny's cousin again. First of all, have you ever heard the group Drop Kick Murphys? (Or is it Murphies?) You start out thinking you're listening to Riverdance or something, and then BOOM. My brother-in-law adores it.
Anyway, I was wondering if I could ask you another question regarding query letters for my children's picture book? I have just written mine, finally (what a pain in the neck that was!), and have thrown in this little tidbit that I'm not sure I should keep or not: "My greatest accomplishments have been the births of my two sons, though I wouldn’t mind having a daughter thrown into the mix, just to even things out a bit." I know the letter should be "professional and serious", so does that bit cross the line into unprofessional and obnoxious, or is it something that will catch the agent's eye in a good way? What is your opinion? Thanks ever so much.

Maprilynne said...

*Love* Drop Kick Murphys!!!

Honestly, it depends on simply whether or not it fits in your query letter. I always tried to keep my queries to less than 250 words and since was unpublished, I didn't put *any* personal information about myself in. But I am a minimalist, if you're not, then include it. It's just your call.

kiddle97 said...

Yea, I think I'm going to leave it out. Just to err on the side of caution. Thanks for the advice!

Rose said...

How about some nice Michael Buble or Josh Groban. Not only are they cuties but their music is very relaxing and won't interrupt your concentration while writing...

Demon Hunter said...

Evanescence and My Chemical Romance. Evanescene's two CD's that are currently out. Every song is great! With my Chemcial Romance, I'd recommend, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. :*)

David L. McAfee said...

OBOY! Loud! Woo!

OK, lessee...

Three Days Grace is one of my new favorites, as are Hinder and Avenged Sevenfold (Avenged Sevenfold has a song called Almost Easy...awesome tune!). Linkin park has a third CD out. Chris Daughty's CD is pretty good.

More loud? Hmmm...Audioslave has a new CD out (I gotta get that one!). Then there are classics, like Queen (I want It All, We Will Rock You, etc) and Led Zeppelin (no one screams like Robert Plant. No One!). Oh, hey, I think Offspring has a new CD out, too.

Then there's Seether (another new favorite) and a new puddle of mudd CD... and...and...

Sheesh, my fingers are tired just thinking of it. :)

Hope ya score some good LOUD, Aprilynne!

David L. McAfee said...

Man, how could I forget Evanesence and My Chemical Romance? Both GREAT selections. I have to disagree with Tyhitia and recomment Welcome to the Black Parade (LOVE the song Teenagers).

Elizabeth said...

heheh... So I totally shouldn't say this one, but Bloodhound Gang is loud!

They're lyrics are wonderfully terrible though. :( Some are disturbingly hilarious. Seriously, though, VERY heavy with swear words.

Daryn's favorite band is Offspring. They're pretty loud, and not nearly as disturing as BG.

Also, if you like Dropkick Murphys Daryn says Flogging Molly is great, too.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, and BTW a small tidbit of random history - Chester from Linkin Park went to Greenway, and painted a mural on one of the walls in our theatre building. :)

Michelle Zink said...

OMG! This is SO my department!

You need brand New, Sick Puppies, and 30 Seconds to Mars for starters. Try The Spill Canvass and Augustana when you're in the mood for something softer.

If you go to Myspace and click on music, you can search for these bands and hear entire songs...

Have fun! I bought my iPod when my first check came in and now I don't know how I lived without it (I have a car adapter, too, and it's so nice not to have to fool around with CD's)...