Over the last couple of years, especially since subscribing to Rdio, I've been falling in love with music that's been around for ages, but that I somehow had missed. This is playlist of "old" music I've recently discovered, which has made my life better.
Daft Punk: Robot Rock/Oh YeahI mostly dismissed electronic and rap music for a long time, with some rare exceptions. Not getting into Daft Punk earlier has meant 5 years without hearing Alive 2007, which just makes me sad. The album is awesome to work to, and this is killer opening track.
Azealia Banks: 212This breaks from the theme a little: I did't miss this track when it came out. It is, however, a song I wish had been around longer. Completely fun and addictive. Plus, you know, cunnilingus.
The Black Keys: Next GirlThis kinda dirty, rock-y blues competely does it for me. Excellent for Sunday mornings, or any time, really. It feels so effortless and graceful, while being rough and funky. So good.
Bill Withers: Who Is He? (And What Is He To You?)I can't remember how I stumbled across Bill Withers. I think I had Lean On Me stuck in my head and looked it up on Rdio. In any case, I now adore him. This track in particular is just perfect.
Broken Face: PixiesOf all the music on this list, the Pixies are the band I least understand missing. I had friends in late primary school whose parents were into them; they're referenced everywhere as the precursor to grunge; hell, I even had/have a crush on Cannonball-era Kim Deal. I dunno, it's a mystery.
Suffice it to say that they're now firmly on my shortlist of all-time favourite bands.
Jay Z & Kanye West: OtisAs I said, I dismissed rap for a long time. I've been listening to a lot of Jay Z and Kanye's albums, but Watch The Throne is up there as a favourite. I know SFA about rap, but I know I like this.
The Dresden Dolls: Half JackI vaguely remember hearing Girl Anachronism and thinkiing it was cool, but didn't bother checking out the band because it didn't seem like the sort of thing that could fill a whole album well. Fast forward a few years and everyone in my Twitter feed is losing their shit about Amanda Palmer touring. I decided to see what the fuss was about....
Punk Caberet is such an accurate description. High energy, messy, dark but also showy and inescapably entertaining. As with the Pixies, the Dolls have cemented their place in my all-time favs.
The Dillinger Escape Plan: Dead As HistoryBack in the day on alt.music.tool (usenet kids, remember that?) a lot of people were going on about this DEP band. I still wasn't really into metal, and because they were heavier than Tool I never bothered looking them up.
I like to describe DEP as Faith No More cross Straping Young Lad, on speed. This is challenging music if you're not used to it; complex, wall-of-sound insanity that takes some patience to get through. But man oh man, once you get there...
This is an easier track to listen to, but you'll stil get the idea. DEP are probably my favourite "metal" band (so long as NIN don't get pulled into that genre).