When I get bored, I do a little bit of blogging research. You know, how to get hits, how to make it look pretty, and other general information. According to the intarweb, you’re supposed to share an re-link other blogs that interest you, especially if the other blog is in your niche. Well, I really have no idea what niche this blog fits into.
On a high level, I’d say complaints and annoyances and other synonymous attributes pretty well fit the categorization of my work. However, whenever I go to blog directories like Technorati, MyBlogLog, etc., I fail to find a well-fitting category in which to put my links. Heck, even non-blog sharing sites (Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon) don’t have much in the way of this either (though Reddit does come close – the sheer number of community managed categories helps!).
Ultimately, I fit my things into the closest approximation, which in some cases is “Business” or “Life” (more like diet, family life), and I’m sure this is failing in earning me new readership. All I can do is hope to write some smashing account of something that really pisses me off, which also pisses other people off. I’m still trying for that in the meantime.
Fortunately for me, it is not necessary to fit into a niche to share the love. With that being said, I’d like to point you to a post by Dante on “Surviving the World.” By the way, I have a little blog roll on the right-hand portion of the site (the BlogSpot version, anyway) where you’ll find this very blog and a few others I find interesting in general. If you haven’t checked any of them out, I suggest you do!
Anyway, this other blog post got me thinking: I fit great into that category of people who like to know little-known artists, but I also like to share, usually when it comes up in conversation. However, right now I will take the time to share some just because. As I write this, I haven’t fully developed the list of little things, and I expect the genres to be quite varied. (I’m not a music critic, and I don’t pretend to be, so keep that in mind when reviewing what follows!)
- The first is a local (Tucson, AZ) band called Stop Tyler. I think they may be defunct, as I can’t find a working webpage for them. I got a CD from them that they were handing out outside the Rialto after another big ticket concert. (I think this may have been 2003-2004? I really can’t remember…) When I got in the car, I immediately popped the CD in and loved it. I still listen to their songs on the iPod. The lead singer’s got an interesting voice, which some don’t particularly care for, but I like it.
- Next, is Spinnerette, led by the Distillers’ lead, Brody Dalle. Haven’t heard of the Distillers either? That’s ok. Check Spinnerette out, or both if you like, though I much prefer the new project. Dalle’s got a raspy voice, a la Courtney Love, which gives her a somewhat unique sound. Mix that with relatively simple (based on how easy I could learn the songs on guitar), yet very pleasing music, and you’ve got yourself some awesome music.
- A relatively new artist, David Garrett, was just showcased on PBS (which is where I found him) with a concert he did in Berlin. He’s a very skilled violinist who’s taken some pop and rock and mixed in a classical ensemble. He’s not the first to do this, Metallica and the Scorpions both came out with albums of their music performed with a full orchestra, but he’s still very good, and it’s nice to sometimes hear a familiar song done in a new way. By the way, I’ve already picked up two albums.
- Then we have E Nomine, a German group with a little Latin flare. And no, I don’t mean Latin as in Spanish/Latino sound, but actual Latin singing. The music is all techno and dance style music, so it’s not for everyone, but the music is infectious. Add to that my personal love for language and the fact that the songs are sung in Latin, German, English, and possibly others that I have failed to indentify. And when I say ‘sung in these languages’, I mean simultaneously. Some songs are heavier in one than the other, but there’s usually at least 2 used in every song. Now for the twist, many songs are religious – some actually read directly from the bible. That doesn’t matter to me so much, as the music is just that awesome.
- Last today (maybe more in the future) is Spoken, another religious band that makes good enough music for me to not care. The lead singer is a heavy screamer, which I know some people really like. I don’t usually care for it, but this guy’s decent enough that I don’t mind. Spoken’s music is on the heavier side, which is again something I don’t usually jump up to go get. Oddly, despite all these things I usually don’t like, I really do like this stuff. *shrug*
Hopefully you’ll at least give these artists a listen, and even if you don’t love them, maybe you know someone else who will? If there’s anything out there you think I may not have heard of yet, please let me know! I love to hear new music, and my tastes are pretty eclectic, so I’m bound to like it if it’s really good.