What you're about to read is a collection of pointers to some of the music I've discovered on the iTunes Music Store, music I like enough that I want to share it. If you're an iPod owner and an iTunes fan (and if you aren't, what are you doing here?), maybe you'll find something new. Click on any of the CD covers to bounce over to the store and sample a few tracks. And then maybe stop by my other blog for a few well chosen words (and maybe a random snark or two).RSS feed
All the music (502)
  Alternative (67)
   Audiobook (10)
    Blues (3)
     Children's Music (5)
      Classical (28)
       Comedy (10)
        Country (21)

  Dance (4)
   Easy Listening (2)
    Electronic (13)
     Folk (27)
      French Pop (1)
       German Folk (1)
        German Pop (1)

  Hip-Hop/Rap (2)
   Holiday (5)
    Jazz (35)
     Latin (4)
      New Age (8)
       Podcast (5)
        Pop (72)

  R&B/Soul (4)
   Reggae (4)
    Rock (105)
     Soundtrack (32)
      Spoken Word (1)
       Vocal (15)
        World (15)

Have some music to recommend? I can always use a few pointers. Use the comments link at the bottom of the page.
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Fri, 22 Sep 2006

Ananda / Paulina Rubio
Is it hot in here? Or is it just her? Ananda
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Wed, 21 Dec 2005

Haydée / Haydée Milanés
The last time I wrote about a Spanish language album, I mostly talked about trying to work my way through automated translation. But not this time, both because I'm older and wiser (yeah, right!) and because this performer's record label was thoughtful enough to include a handy English translation on her website. Which doesn't leave me much to say, really, beyond how much I like the sound of Haydée's voice. Which I do. A lot. And perhaps to wonder if not having a clue what she's singing about is actually a good thing. Haynée
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Mon, 15 Aug 2005

Incidents of Travel / David Correa & Cascada
Incidents of Travel A few days ago I wrote about Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass. Okay, not really; all I talked about was the sexy cover of one of their albums. But that got me thinking about the other mock-Latin bands of that period: groups like the Baja Marimba Band and Sergio Mendez & Brasil '66 who took sophisticated music and strained and processed it for mainstream consumption.

Incidents of Travel is kind of like that. These Northern California musicians evoke the sounds and rhythms of Mexico and Central America. It's less like strained peas than its predecessors but, in my own limited experience, rather less passionate than the real thing. Nice without being challenging. Me, I like a challenge now and then.

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Wed, 20 Apr 2005

Canta Roberto Carlos / Tamara
Canta Roberto Carlos Tamara Canta Roberto Carlos is a tribute to a composer I don't know by a performer I'd never heard before in a language I don't speak. And to make matters even more confusing, the iTMS seems to have a little identity problem, confusing the Tamara who sings Roberto Carlos with another Tamara who recorded an album called My Life, as well as an R&B singer named TaMara. Fortunately for me, all I had to do was consult Google; if I could read the page, this wasn't the droid I was looking for. (Sorry, I seem to be channeling Obi-Wan.)

Good thing I have Google to translate from Spanish to something resembling but not quite English. From which I learned that Tamara is the twenty year old granddaughter of a famous flamenco singer who became a Spanish pop sensation at age fifteen, that Carlos is a great Brazilian romantic composer and that my hovercraft is full of eels. (Oops, sorry; now I'm doing Python.)

Anyway, none of that has anything to do with the fact that Tamara has a wonderful voice and that the songs she performs here take full advantage. And not understanding a word hardly seems to matter.

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