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Post  Matinee on Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:30 pm

A topic to let you say: "recommendations, please!".

Lately, I've found that the best music to listen to while I'm trying to work is something upbeat with non-English lyrics. I've particularly been enjoying Bollywood tunes, but I unfortunately have a limited knowledge. So any recommendations for fast-tempo Bollywood music would be great. Three examples I like, which are, of course, also pretty well known in the west, would be Chunari Chunari (from Monsoon Wedding, though I think originally from another film), Chaiyya Chaiyya (from Dil Se and the Inside Man intro) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).

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Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:08 am

More than anything else I've heard in the last two years, Gorilla Manor by Local Natives is the one album that I heartily recommend. I love it so much that it almost hurts. The awesomeness that is Michael C. Hall is a huge fan of it, too, so I'm in good company!

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Post  xyzzy on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:37 am

This is old, but you might like Songs of Sanctuary by Adiemus. It's just made-up chorals with vaguely tribal/world music. Newer is Azam Ali--I like Elysium for the Brave & Portals of Grace. Not all the music is super upbeat, but I'm not dissolved into goo like I am by, say, most Lisa Gerrard. Azam Ali sings in Latin, Spanish, Arabic, and some made up languages. Tribal Derivations by Beats Antique is sort of nouveau belly dance--quite tribal but with some vague electronica influences. No lyrics that I can recall, though.
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Post  Matinee on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:07 am

Thanks for the recs! Beats Antique in particular is quite pleasing. :)

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Post  whatthedeuce on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:36 pm

Anyone know of artists similar to either Lana Del Ray or Florence + the Machine?

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Post  jaraga on Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:30 am

whatthedeuce wrote:Anyone know of artists similar to either Lana Del Ray or Florence + the Machine?

I'm thinking Kate Bush, Goldfrapp, Cocteau Twins, The Sundays, Massive Attack, Portishead?

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Post  whatthedeuce on Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:10 am

Whoa, thank you so much for all those recs, Jaraga!

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Post  Instant Monkeys on Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:09 pm

Imogen Heap (or Frou Frou) too, I'd say.
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Post  whatthedeuce on Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:21 pm

I like what I've heard from Imogen Heap and Frou Frou in the past, so maybe I oughta try more of her/their stuff. Imogen Heap has such an otherworldly quality about her that I find so intriguing.

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Post  Raksha on Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:38 pm

My mom is taking French this semester and I'm looking for bands that sing in French. She already discovered one band called Noir Desir. She likes pretty much anything but rap and hip hop.
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Post  big chicken on Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:10 am

How about Carla Bruni? I don't any French so I have no idea about the quality of the lyrics but her voice is pretty.

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:26 pm

Does she like musicals? If so, there are three cast recordings of Les Miserables in French: Original Concept Album, Paris Cast, and Quebec Cast. There's also a French recording of Cats.

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Post  Raksha on Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:29 am

Thanks guys! I'll pass these on to her!
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Post  Raksha on Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:56 pm

I want to do a special rap and hip hop episode of my radio show, but I know very little about what's good or what's considered classics.  Help?
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Post  whatthedeuce on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:25 pm

I suppose you could start with "Rapper's Delight" by Sugar Hill Gang, which is a classic everyone probably recognizes. I'd throw in some Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J ("Around the Way Girl" is one of my fave songs ever) for the '80s cuz those were widely known hip-hop artists. For the '90s, I say bring on looooots of Biggie, Tribe Called Quest, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac. I'd throw Busta Rhymes in, too. Towards the end of the '90s, Jay Z and Eminem began blowing up in a major way so definitely highlight them, too. There are so many incredible rap groups and artists, but those are what I recall off the top of my head cuz they were the huge stars when I was growing up.

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Post  eventide82 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:30 pm

Raksha, Christophe Mae is great. We have a few of his albums and he's sort of like a French Jack Johnson or similar, and his music is super catchy. We also like a young singer called Pauline, who has a lovely, sweet voice.

ETA: Sorry, this was in reply to your request for French music, not the post about rap. My quotes didn't work!
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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:46 pm

Raksha wrote:I want to do a special rap and hip hop episode of my radio show, but I know very little about what's good or what's considered classics.  Help?
Don't forget the female rappers of the time. I'd also highlight Salt-n-Pepa (they were pretty steady in the 80s and 90s -- Push It and Let's Talk about Sex is classic as well as the 90s Shoop and Whatta Man); Missy Elliott was also hot in the beginning of the 00's -- Get Your Freak on is still a hot jam as well as Gossip Folks (I miss the hell out of her); Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown were also hot in the late 90's but I'm not a huge fan of theirs, so I can't speak to them. 

I also love MIA (she's more recent, but damn is she good) and Nicki Minaj. 

I just wanted to highlight them because Salt-n-Pepa were formative in my rap experience. I love the hell out of that group.
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Post  whatthedeuce on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:55 pm

Wow. I am so ahamed that I totally forgot about female MCs. I lived for Salt-n-Pepa's stuff when I was a kid. "Shoop," "Whatta Man," and "Push It" were my jams growing up, and Missy is a brilliant musician and producer. Nicki is half insane, but man, I think her rhymes and split personalities make her work memorable. There some vulnerable tracks on her debut that took me by surprise.

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Post  blixie on Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:06 am

Yeah MC Lyte, Queen Latifah's Ladies First, Roxanne Shante/UTFO's "Real Roxanne", Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance".

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Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:11 am

I recommend "UNITY" by Queen Latifah. That song is awesome and empowering. I love it!

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Post  Raksha on Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:27 am

These are great suggestions, everyone!  Thanks!


And I'll definitely pass those suggestions on to my mom, Eventide82.  Thanks!
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Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:04 pm

Have fun with the show, Raksha!

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