I go through music buying-and-listening phases. I will suddenly stop listening to everything I currently listening to, start a new itunes playlist, and start buying new music. It's refreshing and absurd and nostalgic, because with all the moving I have done in the last decade, I start to associate music with times and places. Most playlists have names things such as "tronto09" or "eville05," meaning they have the music I bought while living in a particular place in a particular year. Here's a run-down of the current spree:
Lady Gaga is 80's Genesis. Yeah, that seems kind of absurd, but in my head, they're the same. Both are well written pop music. Have have many things I don't much care for. And each is written in a very different style, they're people who really get pop music and push its form around in interesting ways. Oh yeah, my having this is Tom's fault.
LCD Soundsystem: The only reason I started listening to LCD soundsystem has to do with mentions in print by both Trent Reznor and Stephen King (although they were made years apart). I picked up Sound of Silver while reading Under the dome, since King uses it as a soundtrack in an early part of the book. I once read a review that called LCD Soundsystem "electropunk hipster nonsense," which is about the best description I've heard. But it's fun. "You wanted a hit" is my favorite.
Weezer: They took off when I was in high school, and I was listening to them a lot during the blue album/Pinkerton era, so they're one of those bands whose music I buy without ever hearing it first. And "Tired of Sex" was covered by Wild Willy and the Wonder Weevils. Enough said about Wild Willy and the Wonder Weevils. I just picked up Hurley, and while it's really irreverent in parts, I really like it. It also has the obigatory "Viva la Vida" cover. Every popular band should cover Viva la Vida. Especially if they don't like it.
Aphex Twin: I bought two Aphex Twin albums about 10 years ago, and they've come and gone, but been regularly played, since then. I just picked up Selected Ambient Works 85-92, which is the best I've heard. It sets a certain mood extremely well. I think it's my new favorite music to have on while on public transit.
Brian Eno: Music for Airports. It's music for airports. I've been playing with Bloom and Trope, his iPod app collaborations.
Tom Petty: Feels very classic. New Order Joe was visiting in town, and laughed when I told him it was Tom Petty's "new" album (Mojo). It reminds me of David Bowie's Heathen, going back to what a particular musician does naturally, but in a fun way.
Also picked up: Jack Dangers, Nusret Fateh Ali Khan, Orbital, more Aphex Twin, Gorillaz, and new music by Meat Beat Manifesto, Marcus Eaton, and Trent Reznor & his Happy Fun-Time Band of the week. But I haven't listened to them enough to say anything meaningful yet.