I am 100% legal in my music purchasing now (it honestly never occurred to me in those early days I was doing anything wrong, as if I liked them I bought the album, and if I didn't I deleted it....!) but somehow Spotify and iTunes Genius just don't get me, man!
In a bid to sort of half get myself out of my rut (and teach iTunes my tastes!), I have been buying the latest albums of the people I listened to in my teens, which explains this month's listening.
1. Barenaked Ladies - Grinning streak. The Barenaked Ladies were on every movie and tv soundtrack when I was at school and I absolutely loved them. This album is a perfect slice of nostalgia in that I can't say they have moved on massively since their early albums but this provides more of the same, which lets face it, is exactly what I want. Bouncy indie-pop with a slice of depression.
2. The Be Good Tanyas - A collection. I went through a huge female singer-songwriter phase The Be Good Tanyas fitted my folksy, alt-country lady music phase perfectly. They are so relaxing to listen to, the whole album leaves me feeling mellow and happy.
3. Stars - No One is Lost. Stars are probably my favourite band ever, discovered through an accidental Napster download. They have a bit of a Belle and Sebastian vibe, but I prefer them, somehow I feel like the songs have a bit more variety and interest to me. Not that I don't love B&S to bits as well.
4. Little Jackie - Queen of Prospect Park. Little Jackie had a brief moment of fame for slagging off Amy Winehouse (while she was still alive, so it's not quite as bad?!) but if you can get past that I absolutely love love love them. They are a cross between rap and pop, and are fantastic for running to, and just generally getting up and dancing around the house. I have listened to their first album 'The Stoop' approximately a million times, so it's probably about time to branch out.
Are you a new music lover or do you stick to the same bands you liked as a teenager? What is in your headphones at the moment?