Finally bought something from iTunes

I have mentioned once or twice, here and there [FRL], that I got a $10 gift certificate to iTunes back in December that I just never seemed to get around to using.

This morning, I finally did. I had a couple artists recorded in my little personal, local wiki [VoodooPad by Flying Meat (for Macs). Hey, I'm glad I pointed this out as I just got a free upgrade since I registered my copy after 5 May. There is a free version called VoodooPad Lite which I started wth. Try it, you may find it useful. I certainly did.].

Then I remembered Kurt playing something for me when we were discussing my move to WordPress. I did a bit of browsing by genre but quickly got bored with the iTunes interface, so I called on my musical “buddies.”

First, I turned to Anna, eclectic librarian, because she often recommends things that sound intriguing that I probably wouldn’t stumble over on my own. When Kurt opportunely came online, I IMed him and asked for some more recommendations. Within no time I had my 10 songs picked out and had them downloaded.

I haven’t listened to them yet, other than the preview snippets (and a video or two that Kurt pointed me to), but here they are (song title, artist, album title [recommender]):

  • Ai Du, Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu [me, see below]
  • I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Los Lobos, Just Another Band from East L.A. [Kurt, from a previous discussion re Louis Prima and Disney's The Jungle Book]
  • Country Mile, Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out of This Country [me and WEFT 90.1]
  • No Place Like Home, Jodi Jett, Revelations [Anna]
  • Quick, Painless and Easy, Ivy, Apartment Life [Kurt]
  • Conceived, Beth Orton, Comfort of Strangers [Kurt]
  • Some Other Place, Whisperado, Some Other Place [Anna]
  • Heart In Me, Cordero, En Este Momento [Anna]
  • Way You Walk, Papas Fritas, Buildings and Grounds [Kurt]
  • Cross Bones Style, Cat Power, Moon Pix [Kurt]

“Ai Du” is in the movie l’auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment). I have also definitely heard Beth Orton, Ali Farka Touré, Camera Obscura, and Cat Power on WEFT. Unfortunately, I am often using the radio as background music so I don’t really hear it. But, at least, I can file away an artist or song title in the back of my mind as something to check out someday.

I want to definitely say thanks to Anna and Kurt for helping pick out some stuff to get exposed to! And a definite thanks to Cheryl for the gift certificate in the first place!

I swear that taking 7 months to use it has absolutely no bearing on my appreciation of the gift! It just hasn’t been how I have operated musically. Yet. But thank you, thank you!

I am looking forward to checking all of these out and hopefully discovering new artists to love in the process.

6 thoughts on “Finally bought something from iTunes

  1. Thanks ranger! I have heard of them and, again, have heard them on my local community radio station when not really paying attention. I\\\’ll check them out.

    Music suggestions always welcome folks. The only radio show I intentionally turn off (because of the music played) is the ambient and noise show. That stuff…. Well, to each his own [Sorry washtublibrarian!]

  2. I’ve been scanning through my iTunes library and have a couple more suggestions for you:

    Vanessa Daou — Either Zipless or Slow to Burn
    Bettie Serveert — Lamprey (I know, most people prefer Palomine, but I got Lamprey first and absolutely love it)
    American Analog Set — Know By Heart

    That’s it for now, but I’m sure I’ll have more for you later. Hope you enjoy your new tunes!

  3. Other recommendations:
    Puffy AmiYumi – “Call Me What You Like”
    Susan Cagle – “Shakespeare”
    Wishing Chair – “Sidewalks”
    The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”

    The last one is my addiction of the week. Can’t. Stop. Listening. I’ve heard the buzz about the Postal Service, but until I heard an a cappella cover of “Such Great Heights,” I didn’t give them much thought. Now I’ve got a CD on the way with this one song to tide me over until it gets here.

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