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I am trying to expand my musical horizons but I have a problem. I don't have money to spend on music I might not like. So I will write down some stuff I like and some stuff I don't like and see if someone can suggest stuff I might like based upon what I already like.

What I like

1. Pink Floyd. I LOVE Pink Floyd. My favorite band. Though I don't care much for the Syd era stuff.

Edited for clarification - I think Echoes is the definitive Pink Floyd song. Sure. I think all of their stuff is great but Echoes just puts the whole Pink Floyd experience in one song.

2. Suzanne Vega - There's just something about her that I love. It seems like she almost can't make a bad song.

3. Tracy Chapman - I think much of her music is a bit samey but I still like her. She reminds me a little of Vega but she's not as creative.

4. John Mellencamp - He's not my favorite and he's kind of lightweight but his stuff is usually fun.

5. Tori Amos - So far, the only thing I've heard from her is Boys For Pele and I love it. It's just........weird. But in a good way.

6. Just about every "top 40" radio hit from 1988

7. AC/DC - They're almost too hard for me but I like them sometimes when I'm in an "up" mood

8. Journey - OK. Maybe they're cheesy but I like them anyway. Mostly for Steve Perry's voice. I'm big on really talented and powerful vocalists. You don't get much more powerful than Steve Perry. That guy they replaced him with really does sound similar but it bugs me because it isn't Steve.

9. The Eagles - Seven Bridges Road, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Lying Eyes, Take It To The Limit, Sad Cafe and more. I like most of their stuff but I tend towards the slower more country sounding stuff.

10. I LOVE "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls

11. Jewel's "Foolish Games" was an amazing song but I sampled some of her other stuff on Amazon and it didn't hit me the same way. Same with Dido's song from that same year. I can't remember the name of it but it was a great tune.

12. Natalie Merchant is cool for a few songs but after a while, her songs sound so much alike I can't listen anymore. I also like her voice but I think it's what I call a fake voice. In other words, she could sing with more range than she does but for some reason, she seems to deliberately sing everything the same way.

13. I like a lot of the slower stuff from Crosby, Stills and Nash (Young). I have a "Best Of" album around here somewhere that I can listen to just about all the way through.

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14. I've just realized that I really like Spanish guitar instrumentals.

15. I like SOME techno and trance. Enigma (and similar) is pretty cool

What I don't like -


1. Just about anything that's really hard and fast. Metal, for instance.

2. Rap. Don't get me wrong. I'm not prejudiced or anything. I like some hip hop and rap but it's basically just not my cup of tea

3. I don't like bands that sound like Radiohead (even though some people say they remind them of Pink Floyd, I don't hear it).

4. I hate Coldplay and anyone who sounds even remotely like them.

5. I don't like Jeff Buckley

6. Don't like Hendrix. I know. Sacrilege. I still don't like him.

I hope someone can give some good suggestions. I've given a lot of popular stuff at least a test listen. I haven't found much that really appeals to me. I may try and update this post as I think of more stuff to put in here.
 

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This is nothing like what you mentioned but I have to say-ever tried Josh Groban? His music is so beautiful it's almost painful!
 

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Dave Matthews. I love the primal way he sings.
 

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Check out Neko Case or David Garza. I think you would enjoy their type of pop. Neko Case is like

Neko Case is a songwriter from the indie band The New Pornographers, but her solo stuff is way better. It's like alt-country, she's has a really beautiful, soulful voice with blissful cascading tracks.

David Garza style is one of a folksy, romantic, tex-mex style of rock. This guy is definitely one of the best artists out there that no one has ever heard of, most of his stuff sounds very poppy, but if you are a romantic, no one does it better than David Garza.
 

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Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Aimee Mann.
 

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It sounds like your musical tastes lean towards traditional American rock. You might like music along the lines of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, The Shins, Neko Case and the New Pornographers. Its like indie rock/folk/alt-country watered down somewhat for the 30 something professional crowd. The magazine, 'Paste' caters to this demographic. It comes with a free CD so you can sample some of the artists featured in the magazine. This would be a good place to start.
 

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Ween! Outstanding songwriters/musicians/overall talented & funny guys. They are also the sh** live. I'd say their most "Pink Floydish" sounding album is "quebec"(2003). Here's a brief sampler of 3 songs that remind me a bit of Pink Floyd songs & yes they have a song called Zoloft which i've included here for obvious reasons:





www.ween.com
 

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Thanks to everyone who responded so far. AliBaba, that comparison of Ween to Floyd is very interesting. I could definitely see it and hear it. Especially in the top one. I believe I will check out the Ween album you recommended.

Brightpaperwarewolf - I checked out some of David Garza's stuff on Amazon's music sampler. Some of it was OK and some of it was a little "loud" and hard for me. Neko Case seemed kind of interesting from what I heard.

whiterabbit - I haven't checked out The Aliens yet but I will. They sound interesting

Kyaa - Yeah. Steve Winwood has always seemed interesting just judging by his mainstream hits but I never really got around to checking him out at a deeper level. He's one of those guys kind of like Mellencamp where I like him but not sure I like him enough to spend money on an album.

Frankie_Lee (Forgot you) - I've never heard of some of those you suggested but will check them. Tom Petty is OK but something about him is really, really bland.

Also, thanks for the recommendation to last.fm. I ran across that site one time before but had totally forgotten about it. Often, stuff goes on my Firefox bookmarks and is never seen or heard from again.

Keep the suggestions coming if you got 'em. I'm definitely (slowly) progressing from where I was before this thread started so you guys have been helpful.
 
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