Perhaps the best part of my week-long podcast fast was exploring all the music recommendations. I don’t listen to the radio anymore because I have contracted The Old and everything I hear there sounds like garbled synthmess to me. Taking in new music hasn’t happened in well over five years, and I didn’t know where to start, so I posted an all-call on social media.
And, boy, did you guys deliver.
Below, I’ve curated a list of my favorites, in no particular order. Give them a listen, see what you dig, then leave even more recs in the comments!
Oh! A quick note before we get to that.
What made this exercise so precious wasn’t actually the music itself—I would have been fine listening to the same stuff I’ve listened to since high school—it’s that, because humans’ musical preferences are so keyed into their identity, I feel closer to each person who shared with me. I’m getting a peek into their private worlds, what makes them happy and sad, the kind of thing that moves them. Until this, I hadn’t realized how much we reveal about ourselves when we share music with others. How intensely personal! So I want to give extra thanks to everyone who let me see them a little more clearly by sharing with me.
On to the music! Crank it to 11!
The Dirty Nil (NSFW): punk
Durand Jones & The Indications: soul/ R&B
Putamayo Presents: Gypsy Caravan: world
Chumped: pop punk
Tenement: alt rock
The Shakes: soul/punk
The Struts: glam rock
Got any other music recommendations for me? Share them in the comments!