I was yelling at the stereo in the car this morning.
It’s Peet’s Coffee, you see. My commute is just long enough for that large cup of black coffee to kick in which means as I near Cupertino, my mind is racing with a million caffeinated thoughts.
This morning’s thought, “I hate all the music on my iPod”.
It’s not my iPod’s fault. It’s the 80s. My iPod is full of 80s and early 90s crap and I’ve been so busy the past 20 years, I haven’t taken the time to explore anything else. This means when I look at my Top 25 Most Played songs in iTunes, it’s littered with Cure, Concrete Blonde, and movie sound tracks.
This has been an emerging problem and I really shouldn’t be yelling at my stereo. I’ve already taken some steps to free myself from English Pop and Glam Rock. It started a few weeks when the brother-in-law took me to the Hot Buttered Rum string band in San Francisco. Yes, Bluegrass. That’s a step in the right direction.
This weekend it’s The Waifs and I don’t even what kind of music they play… but, hell, I’m going.
This is a start, but I need your help. Please tell me the name of your favorite band (or bands) that no one has ever heard of. If they’ve got a particular song you think rocks, I’d like to hear that, as well.
To encourage a very long list that will save my stereo from additional humiliation, I’ll be selecting one submission as “The Best”. This will be an impulse decision based off hearing one great song. The winner will received a signed copy of Joel’s Best of Software I which includes one of my essays.
if you want to be considered, please make sure to supply a valid email. I’ll be picking and publishing the winner a week from this Friday (7/22).
[7/22/05 Update]: Right so, I didn’t expect this much music. As of earlier this week, I’ve received recommendations for over 200 bands and I haven’t even had a chance to scrub the new stuff. Please bear with me while I listen to a lot of music. There is no way I’ll listen to everything, but I’m trying to give each person who submitted a suggestion a fair shake. The goal is to pick a winner a week from today (7/29).
You are welcome to continue suggesting new music, but you will greatly improve your chances of being heard by suggesting a single favorite song.
[7/31/05 Update]: Still listening to music… will select a winner this week, I swear.