posted on Sep, 1 2007 @ 01:08 PM
diseria, i don't listen to the radio either. i usually just listen to my collection.
also, most don't like what i listen too cause they think it is 'far out'....musically though, it's top shelf.
frank zappa would be my first recomendation. covers damn near every genere and was a genious.composed/recorded/played on/edited/and mixed more than
471 original songs so there is a wealth of material out there.
hot rats, zoot allures, we're only in it for the money, over nite sensation, shiek yer bouti, tinselltown rebellion would be good ones to start
that is 90% of what i listen to.
others stuff i like
buckethead--pretty heavy guitar...improvisation and virtuosity....if you like metal you should like the bucket.
jackson browne---singer songwriter/troubador from back in the day. beautiful music. political stuff..great guitarist named david lindley that works
david lindley--multi instrumentalist..plays guitar, pedal steel, bouziki, ode, violin, etc....very rad
phish/trey anastasio----2nd fav guitarist in the world..a 'jam' band. trey is heavily influenced by zappa..lots of structured yet free form
improvisations. lots of dexterity to control the feedback of his hollowbody...sick melodies and extended solo's.
hilary hahn--mid 20's violin virtuoso...'they' call her the most accomplished violinist to ever pick up th instrument, including the great
anoushka shankar--sitar virtuoso. ravi's daughter..kinda the world music deal..simply amazing music.
norri bucci---up and coming female guitarist...plays on local joints in texas i think...youtube her and you'll pop up some stuff. she is amazing.
tony mcalpine--guitar and keys virtuoso...guess he fits into the progressive category..works with steve vai a lot.
eric johnson--another virtuoso..a madman when it comes to intonation and such...his music is beautiful.
gary moore--friggin sick 'blues' guitarist from the other side of the pond...hit him on youtube and check him out playing little wing/red
now, other 'rock' stuff
again, FRANK ZAPPA..dream theater, allen holdsworth, dweezil zappa(i have to say here that i don't say that just because dweezil is franks
son..dweezil is a monster man..i have seen him live twice and he melted it both times...very influenced by eddie van halen...sick with the tapping and
such...i 'think' he is the future of rock guitar), mike keneally, mary black, the chieftans, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, neil young, allman brothers, derek
trucks, doyle brahmall III,...
like i said though, most of what i listen to is frank. i am a zappa maniac and have not even come close to hearing all his stuff yet, even though i
he would chop as many as 12 songs upo and then edit them together to make one song. he had this whole conceptual continuity thing going on. many of
his songs are upwards of 12 minute or more cause of the extended solo o rthat it is an instrumental. then you have albums like lumpy gravy that have
no songs. it was a double sided album that was more of a 'sound collage'. then of course the jazz, blues, doo wop, and guitar only stuff. his
orchestral works and the work he put out on the synclavier.
THEN, there are 30 years of live shows that are full of spontaneous playing and improv and it's enough to keep you busy for some time.
when i need to take a break though, i dive into some of the stuff i mentioned up there.
of course, i have gigs of stuff from robert johnson to the beatles to zepplin to tori amos but i don't listen to it much anymore.....