More and more I find that my musical tastes aren't average. From Chopin to Godsmack, my musical tastes vary more than anyone I know. I also spend a significant amount of time trying to find new music. I absolutely love the “download lots, try it out, buy what you like” model - though my sources for it have dried up. I have found some great new music since graduation, but it's been via the “buy several CDs, hope they're good“ method. On top of all this, not since college have I been able to trade music finds with people as musically obsessed as I. This post is dedicated to finding some of those people.

Here are some of my favorite groups/artists from some of my favorite genres. Fans of some of the more unknown bands on this list - talk to me. We need to exchange finds...

Downtempo/Acid Jazz/Trip-hop:

  • EtroAnime
  • Esthero
  • Soulstice
  • Portishead
  • Lamb
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Zero 7
  • Nightmares on Wax


  • Radiohead
  • Weezer


  • Cave in
  • Dredg
  • Jimmy Eat World (can't forget the old stuff)


  • Dashboard Confessional
  • The Get Up Kids
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • The Juliana Theory
  • Idaho
  • Doves
  • The Belles

Light Alternative - this stuff is not unknown at all, really. :0)

  • Coldplay
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Jack Johnson
  • Phish


  • Alkaline Trio
  • New Found Glory
  • Boxcar Racer
  • Goldfinger
  • MxPx