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What Music Do You Listen To?

I recently got this sweet email from a reader:

Hi Joanna,
What music do you listen to? I was recently asked this question in a mom group I’m in. They were going around asking what kind of music everyone was into. When it came to me, I totally drew a blank. My first thought was, ‘Uh…The Itsy Bitsy Spider?’ My pulse on the music scene is pretty non-existent these days. My one-year-old son loves music, so I find myself listening to a lot of Caspar Babypants and Raffi these days. But there are times I need a mom moment to enjoy music that I Iike. Something other than my classic tunes I’ve been listening to forever. There’s so much music out there, it’s daunting. I’m curious, what are you listening to these days? Do any of your friends have a knack for compiling great playlists?
xo Lacey

I wished I had a million recommendations to give her, but here’s my response:

Hi Lacey,
What a good question!!! I, too, am so lame at music right now and listen to the same things over and over…although I do love them (God Help the Girl, The Left Banke). I never know the new bands or singers and am always out of the loop! This might be a great question for me to ask CoJ readers and see what people say. People always have amazing feedback, and I have made so many real life choices based on reader comments. Thanks so much, and have a great day with your cutie,
Joannaxo

So, we are turning to you, lovely readers! What are you listening to these days? Old or new? We need to know! I swear I was so cool about music in my twenties but now I know nothing.

We do listen to the God Help the Girl album ALL the time at home that it has become almost a family soundtrack. I’ll overhear Toby singing, “Is your heartbeat racin’? Is this your soul you’re facin’?” and he’ll ask me to call him James (the main guy). Here are the boys rocking out—I love that Anton’s headbanging to indie rock :)

P.S. Toby dancing as a three-year-old.

  1. Hi Joanna, great post! I recently created a series of four mixes with my favorite female singers. It covers old and new music and different genres as well. So if you like some inspiration I welcome you to my blog: http://thisistopa.wordpress.com/category/foryourears! Have a wonderful weekend! :-) Corina

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  3. She’s not new or anything, but I don’t think Neko Case knows how to put out a bad album. “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” is my fave if you want to start somewhere.

  4. There’s so many great suggestions in the comments! It’s funny that all your readers have a similar taste in music.

    Some of my favorites are Andrew Bird, Foxygen, Bowerbirds, Little Joy and Joel Alme

  5. I love the girls of “Boy”

    Kind of cool, effortless Euro songs.

  6. Arthur Russell, The Band, Horacio Guarany, Neil Young, Hall and Oates, and always…Beyonce !

  7. There are so many comments on here, but I really hope the mommies and daddies read this one: Just because you have kids, there is no reason to regulate yourself to ‘kid’ music. I have two girls, and they are girly girly, pink and sparkle girls age 2 and 5. And they LOVE Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Paul Simon, Santagold, Feist, Sweet, Zeppelin, Beastie Boys, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Cyndie Lauper, Vampire Weekend, Etc, Etc. I expose them to whatever I’m listening to, as long as there isn’t anything inappropriate. Everyone’s happy. xo Daisy in Portland OR.

  8. What about a CoJ Spotify playlist to capture all these suggestions? I’d love to subscribe to them especially if they were themed: indie music for kids to fall asleep to, music for mom while shes cleaning, etc…

  9. Joanna!-
    it would be so interesting of you wrote a post based on the music you checked out and what you liked!

  10. The new Hozier album is AMAZING. There hasn’t been anyone as great as him in years, so you haven’t been missing too much! I can still never get tired of Ben Folds or Coconut Records. The Goat Rodeo Sessions and Aretha Franklin are my go to playlists for the house.

  11. C2C is great if you need an upbeat vibe…and right now I’m digging Jose Gonzales and iron and wine for a mellow mood. I find new tunes by looking up songs from the ends of TV shows (Bones has great ones!) and looking up a YouTube mix with that song in it. Some retail stores and coffee shops have great music which the workers are usually happy to talk about. A lot of them are music buffs and they’ve already done the work to find awesome music! Certain yoga teachers will put together interesting mixes too. Let us know what new stuff you end up liking!

  12. I listen to Pandora a lot and I can’t say I’ve ever heard an explicit song. So you could plug your classic favorites into that and see what comes up.

  13. Oh crap! These suggestions are amazing and I just spent over $150 on itunes. Cracking up over this and so excited about all this new, amazing music! I’m not even through half the suggestions and fear I will be broke soon!

  14. My new boyfriend thinks the music I listen to is so weird… I love old music, especially French jazz! It’s soothing and transports you. I have a lot of Billie Holliday, Etta James, Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and Judy Garland. That’s all the ladies, but also love Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and Louis Armstrong. Slightly less old oldies include Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Al Green, Barry White, The Beatles, Frankie Valli, Chicago… Maybe she meant new stuff, but sometimes it’s good to listen to the old stuff!

  15. Avett Brothers! They are incredible. Have your kids listen, too. They are an Americana band that will give you everything you want and more!

  16. Download spotify and listen to their playlists, it’s a great way of getting into music.

    Outside of Spotify my favourites are:

    Train
    Missy Higgins
    Alt J
    Damien Rice

  17. As another commenter pointed out that, I’m really in the minority here with a love of rap! I recommend kendrick lamar to anyone who will listen though. He is the best rapper in the game, and tells these gut wrenching stories about growing up as a black man in South LA. His music is really some of the smartest and most interesting out there – and I mean the whole music industry, not just rap/hip-hop. His album good kid mAAd city is an instant classic, and I can’t wait for his next one.

    To see something just amazing, check out him free styling for 6 minutes. So crazy! http://m.pitchfork.com/news/56843-kendrick-lamar-freestyles-for-six-minutes-on-power-106-gets-interviewed/

  18. My favorites now:
    Al Green
    Led Zeppelin
    Billie Holiday
    Beirut
    Verve Remixed albums
    Thievery Corporation

    I have fond memories growing up listening to Tears for Fears every time we’d cook dinner at my house, and rocking out with my dad to classic rock and even metal. In the car, he’d repeat every line of the opening monologue in Black Widow by Alice Cooper to me when I was like 6! I like to think these memories have helped shaped my taste in music, and made me realize I never grew up listening to “kid” music (as that seems like a relatively recent trend), so I don’t think I’d ever play such music for my kids… only quality music!

  19. With our new baby in tow, I’ve rediscovered James Taylor, Carol King, and the Carpenters. Sooooo relaxing. Especially on a record player. What a great post! I’m excited to look into all of these recommendations.

  20. Great recommendations, but I must add Jessie Ware, Sam Smith, Maxwell, Postal Service, and Nick Jonas his new album (Nick Jonas is pretty good). Already mentioned but Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, Iron & Wine for sure!

  21. If I ever need new music to listen to, I go on folk festival websites and look at past performers… Especially the Newport Folk Festival- they have such amazing people who pick the performers, always knowing the ‘up and comers’. You will see a lot of the artists people are listing here on C of J…

    Also attending an awesome folk festival is fun- it doesn’t matter who you are watching- when you see it live you will fall in love. Take the kids too! Toby would LOVE IT! I go every year and this was my first with my new baby, she was 5 months old at the time and loved it. Every year we count down the days until the next summer’s festival- amazing traditions.

    You can’t go wrong with folk- it’s modern twists on deep roots. And you feel good supporting it because they are doing it for all the right reasons.

    To name a few: The Great Lake Swimmers, Deep Dark Woods, Elliot Brood, Old Man Canyon

  22. I don’t actively try to stay updated on the latest in music.. But somehow every year I stumble upon a new-to-me favorite band.. And that group becomes my obsession for a year until Christmas music comes on the radio.. Then New Years hits and then I find another band! It’s a weird cycle.

    Three years ago it was Sondre Lerche. Two years ago, it was Brandi Carlile. Last year it was Wilco. This year it has been Jason Collett. We’ll see what 2015 brings!

  23. Jack Johnson is my happy pill! His music is just so relaxing, something I definitely need when things get hectic.

  24. My 3 year old happily sings along to the good ol’ Beatles (Come Together, a favourite) and Simon & Garfunkel (The ZOO!!!!). Also, we watched the Vimeo film called The Bus (by Joey Schulzer) together (so fun for little and big people!) which has a great soundtrack (3 or 4 songs only) and they are now referred to as “the Bus songs”. Worth a listen and watch!

  25. Some of my favourites: Matt Corby, London Grammar, High Highs, Daughter. All of them are pretty chill :)

  26. Oh my goodness, if you like God Help The Girl, you would probably really dig Camera Obscura — their song “Hey Lloyd I’m Ready To Be Heart Broken” is the best and you can’t help but smile when listening to it!

    Perfume Genius’ new album is phenomenal.

    Also, as a fellow New Yorker, I love listening to The Jonathan Channel on WNYC. You can stream it anytime of the day and he plays all the great American Standards and has some amazing obscure versions of songs you have heard a millions of times. I love it.

    Someone mentioned Over The Rhine — I second! Their Christmas Albums are fantastic.

  27. I love this post! I am loving Asgeir, an amazing Icelandic artist – you should check it out! And Taylor Swift’s new one – very poppy but so fun! The kids love it! Also, I hope it’s okay for a little self promotion but I just released a kids album with my indie pop kids band Kikeriki! It’s available on iTunes. You should check it out if you have littlies, it’s pretty fun (and we are making it into a tv series!)

  28. I listen to electronic dance music (like tiesto, nadia ali, calvin harris) & i absolutely LOVE gwen stefani and i listen to all of her music (old: tragic kingom style to new: more reggae-feel)

    Love this post! Thanks for sparking such fun conversation !!

    Love from Dallas,TX,
    Miyan

  29. Jungle is my favorite band right now. Such great upbeat music.

  30. This is hilarious! I feel like I could have written that letter. I was just commenting to someone that my iPod is filled with music all circa 2011 and before. Ha! Will have to check out some of these bands I am not familiar with. :)

  31. Someone might have said this but I use 8tracks (on the web & app) & itunes radio (also web & app) for new-to-me music. Otherwise, I have wide & varied tastes & ppl do come to me for suggestions as happened to you. I love nearly every genre so that’s not much help.

    YouTube, believe it or not, has great ppl who have put together some fab playlists of new, classic, obscure, indie, etc.

    I really recommend the free 8tracks website for help here.

    Cheers.

  32. Manu Chao, Got a Girl is really good and almost anything from Mike Patton

  33. God Help the Girl sounds like She & Him! I personally listen to EVERYTHING, right now I’ve been playing loads of jazz, jazz fusion and jazz hip-hop; namely Esperanza Spalding, Little Dragon, Avishai Cohen and A Tribe called Quest.

    I’ve also been listening to The Stones, Kinks, Dylan, Velvet Underground etc. (but that has a lot to do with Mad Men.) On the more techno/rock end some Sylvan Esso, Blue Foundation, TOOL and of course my nineties favorites like Toni Braxton, Brandy and Aaliyah!

  34. James Bay and Sam Smith, have them on repeat!

  35. Hozier! Hands down my current favorite. “Cherry Wine” and “From Eden”. Seriously…listen! You will love!

  36. Recently saw The Mowgli’s in concert with The American Authors in NYC. Really fun show!

  37. First Aid Kit, Foster the People, HAIM, Fleetwood Mac, and Beck this week!

  38. Spotify!!! They have a radio setting so you can let it feed you music. You like the songs you hear and soon your spotify station will start playing songs that it might think you like.
    I love music, I was definitely one of those people in school that was a music snob. My husband and I love going to concerts. But when I had my son I stopped listening to music for the first few years. The question of what music are you into used to be how you categorized a person. Now as a mom it’s a lot different.
    Music is a huge stress relief for me. Whether it’s mellow and spacey or angsty and loud.

  39. Caro Emerald is my current favourite. She has a wonderfully jazzy sound, I feel I’m transported to a smoky Parisean bar when I listen to some of her songs. Definitely worth a listen if you’ve not heard her music.

  40. Airborne Toxic Event, High Highs, Wild Cub…recent faves.

  41. Tom Petty’s wildflowers, Miles Davis in general, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark, Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto, My morning jacket, Dave Matthews are all my standby’s when I can’t think of who else to listen to. BUT, once Thanksgiving hits, its a no brainer- CHRISTMAS music 24/7… <3

  42. I like listening to ‘old’ French music: Yves Montand, Françoise Hardy, Barbara and Jacques Brel. Very nice to work to at home…
    And I also love Stromae, very different. He’s been called the new Jacques Brel. He’s also from Belgium and I love his lyrics (in French) and his music is super fun to dance to! :)

  43. Everyone has such great suggestions! I’m making notes of those I haven’t heard.

    I also just wanted to share…
    when my music-savvy older brother (by 3 years) went away to college he started sending me mix cd’s pretty frequently. I loved them because it introduced me to all kinds of new music and made me feel connected to my bro. Even now I play some of those mixes, and when I hear those songs elsewhere it’s comforting. So I hope that can be something Toby and Anton share as well! :)

  44. Recently I cannot get enough of Alabama Shakes(soul) and Lianne La Havas (jazz)

    I learned about Lianne Havas through NPR and Alabama Shakes was the best music recommendation a friend can make.

  45. Joanna I used to be SO on top of what was new and cool in music, up until 2.5 years ago when my first daughter was born ;) Seems to be a common theme around here!

    Thankfully my husband is on top of this so he gives me good recommendations. Some of my current new (new to me, that is!) favorites are: The War on Drugs, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Kurt Vile, Mac DeMarco…

  46. Washed Out
    Deer Hunter
    Caribou
    ..and yeah, my 13 month old and I have an afternoon ritual of dancing around the house to Bob Marley.

  47. Songza is a great app where you can pick out playlists to listen to. You can choose playlists based on your mood (angsty, gloomy, happy), an activity (road trip, making out, relaxing), genres, and decades. I really recommend it for trying to find new music, or just trying to access music that you’re in the mood for. It’s also great if you don’t want to put too much effort into finding everything :)

    http://songza.com/

  48. we loooooove Over the Rhine, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Weepies, Katie Hertzig and Ray Lamontagne over here. My 14 month old listens to what I do (screened for bad words) plus a good dose of the Beatles, classical radio and his Kindermusik CDs. I want him to have a varied palate, just like with food! Plus I’m a musician so I just CAN’T listen to kids’ music all day. I would go crazy.

  49. The War on drugs, Kongos (kids would love this band), Bleachers, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jungle, Spoon, and Alt-J are the bands I have on constant rotation. Fun post! Great to hear what all the fellow readers are listening to.

  50. Currently:
    First Aid Kit
    Sylvan Esso
    PHOX

    Always:
    The Avett Brothers
    Wilco
    The Beatles

  51. I have to second The Head and the Heart. Also, Nada Surf’s Lucky album. It’s just so very good.

  52. My 4 & 6 year old also love a lot of the bands already mentioned. My 6 year old has already been to 2 concerts: Wilco and Arcade Fire.
    Question: I love a lot of the French music I hear playing in stores and boutiques. I have no idea if it’s old or new music, any ideas on those bands/singers?

  53. When I am looking for something instrumental, I love listening to The Goat Rodeo or The Piano Guys!

  54. The soundtrack for the new “Annie” movie has good decent songs from Sia.

    Also, Johnnyswim, Vance Joy, Ella Fitzgerald, and T-Swift’s new album is soooo good. every song.

  55. The Head and the Heart, Of Monsters and Men, Fleetwood Mac, and Ben Howard – specifically “Old Pine” it reminds me of friends and Summertime.

  56. Oooooh my gosh… that video!!! So stinkin’ cute.

    I’m also embarrassingly behind on good music but Bastille is one of my current favorites. I asked a friend who lives in Williamsburg if she’d heard of them and she just rolled her eyes. But they’re new to me! And fantastic.

  57. Spotify is great for new music listening, with a ton of categories it’s fun and easy to find new sounds.

    Haim, Florence and the Machine, Grimes, Santigold are some of my new group favs.

    Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and Elton John are my go to classics!

  58. My current favorite is 1940s radio on Pandora!

  59. Living in the city I don’t have a car or cable anymore, which used to be my main resources for keeping current when it came to music. These days I get a clue from my adventures out of the house… The stores I go to, the restaurants, shows I watch or movies I see. Shazam comes in handy for these instances. Also, Spotify radio has been awesome for this. I always make at least a few great new discoveries to add to my playlist. Most recently I’ve been into ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack and my favorite radio station on Spotify is ‘Mellow Indie’. It never disappoints! :)

  60. Four little letter to help all of you in need of new music to listen to. I promise you will all thank me if you are unfamiliar with this.

    KCRW.com
    or stream on itunes under public station

  61. There are so many great songs you can dance to and sing to your toddler. I am known to dance around the living room to the latest guilty pleasure pop songs (Shake It Off), but also love Blackbird (Beatles), Hallillua (Jeff Buckley), Moondance (Van Morisson), anything by Lorde, Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding), Sitting on The Dock of the Bay, Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters), Major Tom (David Bowie), some Coldplay, light Radiohead, Depeche Mode, and the list goes on. Basically anything sort of light sounding is ok – I guess it’s really up to the parents but I would personally prefer to play classical music and stuff that isn’t really loud (heavy metal/punk/hard rock). They also sell classical baby versions of your favorite rock albums! They’re called Rockabye Baby!

    I also find that I’m not as aware of all the latest songs and bands as I once was, so whenever I hear a song on Pandora or anywhere (using the app Soundhound) I find out who performs it and write it down in the notes on my phone – that way I basically have a playlist of songs ready to purchase on iTunes and listen to.

    Here are some songs I’ve been enjoying lately: Safe & Sound (Capital Cities), Sweater Weather (The Neighborhood), Riptide (Vance Joy), Cigarette Daydreams (Cage The Elephant), Times Like These Acoustic version (Foo Fighters), Undesclosed Desires (Muse), Cool Kids (Exhosmith), Stolen Dance (Milky Chance)

    I really think it’s great to introduce your kids to a variety of styles of music. I was watching the Memorial Day concert live from Washington DC (keeping the volume on the low side), and my one year old seemed very curious when different bands played (he seemed to find Dave Grohl’s acoustic set and Metallica the most interesting!) the best part was when Rihanna came out with Eminem and played a song where the lyrics are literally “ah ooo ah ooo” and my little guy was singing along, Joanna you would have died, it was that adorable!

    We’re also part of a wiggleworms Kindermusik class that meets up a couple times a week. The teachers are all fantastic and know how to play guitar and at least a couple instruments. We seem to have the cool teachers because they’ll play cool songs for the parents and introduce the little ones to new music – he’ll play Pharrel’s Happy, Queen’s We Will Rock You, Oasis Wonderwall…and once played that song from Ghost when another toddler came over to my little guy and kissed him on the lips. First real kiss at 10 months, haha!

  62. Depends on the mood – when I need a wake up I try and look for EDM remixes of popular songs out now which are so fresh and you can’t help but tap your foot (or shake them hips! Anton and Toby know!)

    That said, when all else fails I throw some Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix into spotify and am never ever disappointed.

    Full disclosure, I know every word to the new TSwift album…and my husband knows many as well…

  63. I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this but Songza is an awesome way to find new music. You can listen to something based on your mood, and a pre-curated playlist will match perfectly. It’s amazing and can introduce you to artists you may have never heard before, or artists you already love.

    x

  64. There are so many great songs you can dance to and sing to your toddler. I am known to dance around the living room to the latest guilty pleasure pop songs (Shake It Off), but also love Blackbird (Beatles), Hallillua (Jeff Buckley), Moondance (Van Morisson), anything by Lorde, Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding), Sitting on The Dock of the Bay, Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters), Major Tom (David Bowie), some Coldplay, light Radiohead, Depeche Mode, and the list goes on. Basically anything sort of light sounding is ok – I guess it’s really up to the parents but I would personally prefer to play classical music and stuff that isn’t really loud (heavy metal/punk/hard rock). They also sell classical baby versions of your favorite rock albums! They’re called Rockabye Baby!

    I also find that I’m not as aware of all the latest songs and bands as I once was, so whenever I hear a song on Pandora or anywhere (using the app Soundhound) I find out who performs it and write it down in the notes on my phone – that way I basically have a playlist of songs ready to purchase on iTunes and listen to.

    Here are some songs I’ve been enjoying lately: Safe & Sound (Capital Cities), Sweater Weather (The Neighborhood), Riptide (Vance Joy), Cigarette Daydreams (Cage The Elephant), Times Like These Acoustic version (Foo Fighters), Undesclosed Desires (Muse), Cool Kids (Exhosmith), Stolen Dance (Milky Chance)

    I really think it’s great to introduce your kids to a variety of styles of music. I was watching the Memorial Day concert live from Washington DC (keeping the volume on the low side), and my one year old seemed very curious when different bands played (he seemed to find Dave Grohl’s acoustic set and Metallica the most interesting!) the best part was when Rihanna came out with Eminem and played a song where the lyrics are literally “ah ooo ah ooo” and my little guy was singing along, Joanna you would have died, it was that adorable!

    We’re also part of a wiggleworms Kindermusik class that meets up a couple times a week. The teachers are all fantastic and know how to play guitar and at least a couple instruments. We seem to have the cool teachers because they’ll play cool songs for the parents and introduce the little ones to new music – he’ll play Pharrel’s Happy, Queen’s We Will Rock You, Oasis Wonderwall…and once played that song from Ghost when another toddler came over to my little guy and kissed him on the lips. First real kiss at 10 months, haha!

  65. Boy and Bear’s Harlequin Dream album – its addictive and so lovely! Stranger is my favourite track.

  66. My husband and I are originally from Detroit (we’re in Texas now) so I have this need to make sure our son listens to a lot of Mowtown (Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes etc…). Keeping in this tradition of needing to expose my kid to classics, there’s also a lot of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd… building blocks if you will. I’ve tried listening to country but it is not my thing so I’ve settled for folksy stuff. Right now it’s Shakey Graves, The Districts & Typhoon. Always welcome: James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Eat World, almost any music from the 90’s and whatever Pandora thinks I’d like on the pop station.
    Music is so personal but I think limiting yourself and your kids to just “kid music” would be terrible.

  67. I’m so into Lake Street Dive these days, still loving the sisters of HAIM, Holly Williams is also lovely. I’m addicted to Spotify and am always on the search for my favorite new tune. I still love Dale Earnhart Jr Jr (and bet the kiddos would too). Also, Taylor Swift is actually fun and Whitney Houston’s new (!) live album just came out… #iwillalwaysloveher

  68. Anything from Radio Paradise, a California-based radio which i love. Their broadcasts reach us, over the pond (yes, to France !)and they are great for new discoveries or savvy oldies.

    Other than that, my tastes go along with the seasons. I love the comfy feeling of fall and tune to Chris Cohen’s Overgrown Path, Agnes Obel’s Philarmonics among others. Also love Kings of Convenience and Madrugada, Fiona Apple and Elbow.

    Joanna, thanks for God Save the Girl – I love them ! You should try Dave’s True Story – kinda the same vein, hope you will like it.

    Last but not least, thank you, THANK you Ladies for these sweet suggestions, this will open up to new bands/songs !!

  69. I don’t think Lacey is alone! My parents always say they have no concept of 80s music because that is the decade in which they were having/raising little kids. Generally, I think it’s OK to not be in tune with the latest and greatest music. My husband and I love exploring music from decades and generations past: American folk, 50’s and 60’s groups, etc! As long as you like it, it doesn’t matter if it’s current and popular.

  70. I love this post! Sometimes finding new music can be such a daunting task. Here are a few artists that I’ve been listening to lately:

    BANKS – I recently saw her in concert and her voice is incredible. She’s also beautiful and has great style.

    Glass Animals
    Majid Jordan
    London Grammar
    St. Lucia
    Movement
    Mo
    Little Dragon
    Local Natives

  71. This list is amazing.

    I love Lady Antebellum, Train, Hozier.

  72. Ed Sheeran.
    enough said.

  73. Joanne Hogg – Uncountable Stars
    and The new albums by
    Neil Diamond
    Luka Bloom
    Dolly Parton
    Darius Rucker
    James Taylor
    Van Morrison
    The Fureys and Davey Arthur

    http://www.saltandsparkle.com

  74. I love Ivan & Alyosha, The Head & the Heart, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Some mellow music and some dancin tunes.

  75. Haim is so fun, I never get sick of them!

  76. Jenny Lewis has been my go-to for a few weeks now. Particularly “Acid Tongue.”

  77. Music is soul to my body! A wise Vince Gill once said, “Music is the real place where democracy lives. Every note is equal”.

    Right now I am loving—-

    Begin Again Soundtrack

    You + Me (pink and Dallas Green come together to create a folk band)

    Vance Joy

    Phantogram

    St. Vincent

    Lykke Li

    Michael Kiwanuka

    Ben Taylor (James Taylor’s son)

    Ryan Adams (he never gets old)

    Jack White (his new album is just great!)

    Johnny Swim

    Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack

    Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    Wake Owl

    Valarie June

    Mandolin Orange

    Delta Spirit

    Shovels and Rope

    Shakey Graves

    Buddy Guy

    Iron & White

    Gregory Alan Isakov

    Odessa

    Jim James

    Bibio

    Peter Bjorn and John

    Band of Heathens

    Into the Wild Soundtrack

  78. some lovely, breathy little bands from your most devoted twenty-two year old reader…

    breathe owl breathe (from Michigan)
    the rest (from Hamilton, Ontario!)
    ola podrida (from Austin!)
    tiny vipers (seattle!)
    jai paul (UK artist, something a bit edgier, less folk-y)
    sylvan esso

    and some more well-known ones, but still lovely & expressive

    the national
    grizzly bear
    florence & the machine
    stars
    arcade fire
    regina spektor
    carla bruni (french & perfect)

    some favourite soundtracks –

    before sunrise/sunset/midnight
    500 days of summer
    Drive
    the breakfast club (classic!)
    her (the most heavenly!)

  79. Ryan Adams is my forever favorite. So good.
    I also love Mark Kozlek and all his projects (red house painters, sun kil moon). But he might be better for when the kids aren’t around. He loves the F-word.

  80. Frankie Rose
    Deerhunter (not to be confused with The Dear Hunter – completely different bands)
    Bill Callahan
    War On Drugs
    Neko Case
    Joanna Newsom
    Dinosaur Jr
    Tame Impala
    The Bats
    Best Coast (I personally only like her first album)
    Beach Fossils
    Kurt Vile
    Grizzly Bear

    Some of these are not terribly new, and some are older bands that are still releasing great music.
    I also love The Left Banke! :)

  81. I love, love, love Lake Street Dive. The lead singer, Rachel Price, has this incredibly powerful and soulful voice that just engulfs you when. And the 3 other band members are uber-talented. I listen to them in the car or even when I go running. But (sigh) when my kids are in the car with me it’s Disney tunes or Star Wars theme songs on pandora.

  82. mellow amazing singer/songwriter types:
    james blake
    james vincent mcmorrow
    agnes obel
    basia bulat

  83. Hi Joanna,

    Have you tried Songza? http://songza.com/

    They have a ton of different genres, great to figure out what you like. They also have an app, so you can listen to it on your iphone or tablet.

    Enjoy!

  84. The best place I find music is just turning on Pandora where you can type in any type of genre and a huge assortment of music becomes available.
    On my blog I started doing #musicmonday posts and list a new artist every week. I would love for you to check it out, hopefully it sparks some ideas.
    http://www.southernfolly.com
    Enjoy the music journey!

  85. sondre lerche, belle and Sebastian, jack white, and janelle monae.

    I absolutely LOVE God help the girl. Sondre lerche and belle and Sebastian are in the same vein- soul baring indie pop. Jack white (of the white stripes) is much more rock. And janelle monae is an amazing hybrid of many musical styles.

  86. Buy a Sonos. It has been a great addition to our home for NPR, Classical, bluegrass, indie you name it! Great suggestions from your readers: First Aid Kit, Neko Case, Jose Gonzalez, Father John Misty…so many…but honestly the best is when my husband and 7 yr old daughter rock out to Wolfmother blasting in the truck. Not always my cup of tea but guaranteed when she is 30 that is the music she will remember.

  87. Currently been listing to You + Me (a band that conists of City and Colour and Pink…City and Color is also amazing solo)

  88. I’m loving Tracy Chapman right now for more mellow, chill around the apartment moods. And I love The Smiths for more upbeat moments!

  89. Working at a coffee shop is surprisingly what’s gotten me to pay attention to music again. (i don’t even have the excuse of kids or being in my 30s.)

    Haerts, Headlights, Arcade Fire, Chvrches, Hannah Georgas, War on Drugs, Gold Motel, Hooded Fang are a few I’ve been listening to lately.

    http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

  90. Haha, I’m 25 years old, but working with high school kids has made me feel so old and uncool!

    But I do listen to a lot of music. I recommend Bleachers, Ben Howard, Lykke Li (especially her new album), Foster the People and Interpol’s new album. That should get you through the weekend! :)

  91. Cory Branan is my forever favorite. His lyrics can swing from complete heartfelt honesty to sarcastic absurdity in a matter of a few lines, he always keeps the listener on their toes. I also couldn’t stop listening (or dancing) to Sylvan Esso’s debut album this year as well as Jason Isbell’s Southeastern, which just won every Americana music award out there. Lastly, I just discovered Joan Shelley this week and her music has been on repeat ever since. I highly recommend checking out her video for Electric Ursa with the amazing Nathan Salzburg on guitar and back up. SO good.

  92. I’m in love with Spotify radio – generates a playlist based on the song/artist/album/playlist of your choice. So clever, so easy! x

  93. Years ago I used to listen to OST. I like movie soundtracks, what can I say.
    Now I walk on the street while singing softly my little one’s lullabies- We have to put on that CD everynight. Lullabies- They are my life’s OST right now, haha! :)

  94. I love Babylon Circus, which I discovered because it was playing on a stereo at our local farmer’s market and my daughter loved dancing to it (it’s not “kids music”, but kids do enjoy it).

  95. First Aid Kit, The War on Drugs, Arcade Fire, Alvvays, Metronomy, Taylor Swift (!), Chvrches xx

  96. currently loving….. Alabama Shakes, Lumineers, Milky Chance, Vance Joy

  97. i’m listening to a band called Oh Honey – i love all their songs :)

  98. Aha! Well I run a little music site and as per above, actually use 8 tracks to curate monthly playlists for my readers! you can give them a whirl if you fancy via. http://www.daisydigital.co.uk – lots of great stuff out there! X

  99. Lovely post! I’d probably have a whole different answer as I am an unofficiall music addict.
    Love Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, The Civil Wars, Passenger, Ed Sheeran, Kina Grannis, Gabrielle Aplin, Joe Purdy & Ryan Star, but than again my taste can be somwehat depressing :)

    http://www.RainyAllie.com

  100. My husband has our daughter (and me) totally hooked on Burl Ives’ children’s music. Sweet and perfect for her to dance to!

  101. I don’t have children, but what I loved about growing up was my parents played their favourite music around me. This was Elvis, The Supremes, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones and so on. Now I have a total love of all music and when I hear those tunes I totally start foot tapping. And even though I wasn’t alive when the music was made it makes me all nostalgic!
    An added bonus is the lyrics are slightly more profound than those on the radio these days! No anacondas or guns in purses or sitting on laps (oh wow I’m 26 and I sound like my mother!).

  102. I have the same problem! There are so many good bands, and it seems harder than it used to be to keep current. I listen to the KCRW Morning becomes eclectic podcast on the tune in radio app. I used to listen to KCRW when I lived in LA, and now that I’ve moved to Dublin, I still have to get my fix! You’re pretty much guaranteed to love it.

  103. The Beatles! Always and forever. The first song Georgie learnt off by heart is I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Oh and he can sing Imagine by John Lennon too.

  104. I read through many of the comments, but not all them so I don’t know if this has already been mentioned….but- itunes radio based on your favorite bands is a good way to find new music that you might like. Also, old news-but still great, Pandora stations based on current favorites. I have found so much good music this way! The best thing for me is to keep a pen and paper handy while I listen to the stations and write down any new artists/songs that sound good and then look them up later (after kids are in bed!).

  105. Christmas music! All kinds. Old school, religious, country, pop…love it all.

  106. we have 2 kids the age of yours and since we love music and want to stay kind of “up top date” we keep the radio on at home instead of the tv. also we try to go regularly to concerts and to at least one big music festival every year. we are into indie music (i think it’s what you call “alternative” in the us), and just to name some names i’ll add my vote to those who already mentioned hozier and the war on drugs as new bands. my favourite band of all times is muse!

  107. I commute by car which is a great chance to listen to what ever is played on the radio. That has helped me discover new music. However I always love lisening to old Motown classics. My boyfriend will find some random 60s playlist on Youtube and that I will recommend. Easy way to find music which never goes out of age Also actually a lot of bloggers write and recommend new music. Even more Facebook friend will share different pieces of music online. Good luck!

  108. I’ve been listening to Dash radio (online radio) a lot lately. They have a great app so I can listen on my iPhone. My newborn seems to love jazz so we listen to their jazz station a LOT. We also listen to my husband’s weekly new music radio show on Dash, but he also posts his favorites on dandigs.com.

  109. RUSH! Nothing loosens the kinks from my mind like this band (album: Moving Pictures is on repeat). For what it’s worth, I only become a RUSH super fan after becoming a mother. Some people say pregnancy changed their palate, well it changed my hearing :-)
    Also, my whole family loves David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

  110. The boys are so cute dancing in the video!

    You might like the new song “Peaches” by In the Valley Below.

    Take care!

    Jenn

  111. I recently discovered Stacey Kent. She sings in English and French and has this awesome chilled old school jazz sound like Ella Fitzgerald or Nat Cole. Plus her lyrics (well the English ones I understand!) are so beautiful:

    Then think of things
    Like far off isles
    And blue-green isles
    And sunlit smiles
    And in your hand
    The wishing star
    The one you thought too far above

    It’s nice to listen to when you need to just CALM DOWN sometimes.

  112. The Decemberists! Love all kinds of music but they consistently deliver and put on amazing live shows.

  113. Try listening to First Aid Kit :)

  114. The band Alvvays is pretty cool. I say them preform recently in Brooklyn.

  115. I too have been out of the loop, and many other good bands and singers/musicians have been mentioned already in other comments, but I will mention the Punch Brothers again, they are my favorite. I have also randomly loved listening to the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, the Shins, Marching Band, and musicals like Les Miserables, Annie, Grease, Wicked, West Side Story, Rent, etc.

  116. I’m absolutely loving The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson right now. All of them are just so, so good.

    This comment thread is a fantastic way to learn about new artists! Thanks for posing the question, Joanna! :)

  117. Love this question! I just started a new job in the music industry and am discovering all kinds of new things. I am a huge fan of the Generationals — two friends from New Orleans who have a quirky, fun, and slightly retro indie rock sound. Also digging Princeton, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Ben Howard, Fleet Foxes, and Milky Chance lately.

  118. I just discovered Vance Joy and thought I was ahead of the curve, until I read that he’s touring with Taylor Swift this summer. Also really liking Milky Chance and Hozier right now. My long time go to’s are Andrew Bird, Phoenix, TV On the Radio, Alt-J, Alex Clare and my all-time favorite Neko Case.

  119. Oh I love this topic, and already have a list of bands from reading the comments!

    I’m from Seattle, so I have to give a shout out to some Seattle artists:
    Head and the Heart, Hey Marseilles, Noah Gunderson, Shelby Earl, And my brother- Matt Brown (check out the acrobat online)
    And for a few more:: Richard Hawley, Andrew Bird, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dry the River, Kishi Bashi

  120. James Bay. Especially his 5 song EP Let it Go (and, no, it has nothing to do with Frozen)

  121. I LOVE that you posed this question to your readers! The answers are all wonderful! We listen to Pandora Radio in our house and our boys (4-year-old twins) love all kinds of music. I put in artists that we love (Tom Petty, The Black Keys, Jack White, Led Zeppelin, Mumford & Sons, etc.) and we have discovered so much great new music because of what Pandora plays on those “stations.” I especially love creating holiday stations. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the boys’ favorite movies and when I plugged that into Pandora, we got the most wonderful Halloween station! It’s too much fun. :)

  122. I’m married to a MAJOR music snob and he gets very irritated when I hear of cool new artists/bands that he hasn’t heard of. I get them all from the NPR All Songs Considered podcast. They feature all types of new music, some a little bizarre but some are amazing. It’s how I discovered Laura Marling and Frazey Ford – who I’m totally obsessed with lately. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts also have some really great new music.

  123. I have found myself listening to a lot of Rhye, Washed Out, Tokyo Police Club, Sea Wolf, Hundred Waters, Delta Spirit, and Hundred Waters. Lord Huron, The War on Drugs and Banks are also all very good. I would also highly recommend the National. Sorry, I have so many suggestions!

  124. I love music by Zoe Keating. Her music has such a natural sound to it, it sounds like wide open spaces and forest. After a long day in the city, coming home and listening to her music in a living room lit by twinkle lights while drinking tea or cider is quite lovely.

    Lisa Hannigan’s album “Passenger” is quite good.

    Rachel Sermani, Basia Bulat, and Katie herzig are also favorites.

  125. Drowners is one the best, up-beat bands I know and they are criminally underrated. Totally worth a listen, their whole album is less than a half hour but all the songs are great.

  126. Spotify is awesome for finding new music – I just try different playlists until I find things I like! Most of the music I listen to regularly has already been mentioned, but particularly for kids, the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman “Not for Kids Only” album is THE BEST THING EVER!!! (and I’m now 24 and can still enjoy it…)

  127. I love Daughter and The Staves. They are so calm and help me to chill out at the end of the day. Regina Spektor is my all time favorite because of how unique she is. I also like All Sons and Daughters and Page CXVI for getting my soul calmed down and set straight.

  128. Switchfoot and JJ Heller are my top played. I think they are both uplifting and I like their sounds. :)

  129. dc says...

    And Hozier and Milk Carton kids, so much great music out there!!

  130. dc says...

    Oh, Shovels and rope were a great show too!