There’s a place off Ocean Avenue…

I think if you palm mute your guitar while you are playing it, I’m approximately 17% more likely to enjoy your song.  If you do a pick slide, I’m intrigued.  Strum above the nut with a boatload of overdrive?  I’m down, especially if you also integrate some squealing feedback.  I wish pick harmonics were a sign of quality, but just as often they mean men in spandex pants and make-up singing songs like “Every Rose Has It’s Thorns.”  That song makes me want to spit up, or laugh, depending on the day.

If you’re from the U.K., you’re statistically more likely to be in my music library.  This can be partly explained by the population difference between the USA and the U.K.  There are many, many more people here, so we are more likely to produce crap bands, and we do (see Creed, Nickelback, Korn, etc.).  Sure, the U.K. has it’s share of crap bands, but they can more easily slip through the cracks.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t like Coldplay.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call them a crap band, but I don’t have to sweat it because there are so many other U.K. bands I love. Recently that has included Foals, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Lady Sovereign, Scroobius Pip, Radiohead, and so on.

If you’ve been featured in the game Rock Band or headlined an arena rock show, I’m probably going to need some convincing.  The music I tend to gravitate to seems to not get too far beyond the club venues.  There are exceptions, of course.  Muse, for example.  The Beatles, for example.  Metallica, for example.

I enjoy country music, but not automatically.  My brain needs some convincing.  The same goes for worship, jazz and blues.  These are all styles I’m a big fan of…if it’s the right song, the right sound, etc.

I like weird stuff (Battles, Rush, Primus, Yeasayer, Cursive).

I like loud stuff (Blood Brothers, Underoath).

I like angry stuff (but more in the Derek Webb or Rise Against sense than the Disturbed sense).

I like political stuff (Rage Against the Machine to Bob Dylan).

I like drug-influenced music despite my own sobriety (Sublime, 311, Pink Floyd, etc.).
I LOVE LOVE LOVE fast stuff (Rancid, NOFX, Protest the Hero).

I like classic or classic sounding stuff (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix).

I like the blues (Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf).

I like some hip-hop/rap (Jay-Z, Mos Def).

I like some country (Reba McIntire, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings).

I like emo (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New).

I like jazz (The Bad Plus, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius).

I like some hair bands (Motley Crue).

I like some new wave (The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode).

I have an AFI tattoo.

I like 1940s Hawaiian music a lot.

I like tons of other stuff.  I like listening to songs and well, just liking them.  I shouldn’t like drivel like Ocean Avenue, but I do.

What kinds of music do you like?  Why?

I ask myself every day, and I can’t really say.  I just know that if I didn’t have it, I don’t think you’d like me.


6 thoughts on “There’s a place off Ocean Avenue…

  1. Matt, you mentioned Primus, Johnny Cash, and Motley Crue in the same blog post.

    You kind of get at the same thing I have always felt, that as a musician myself I feel a little influenced by all the music I hear. And the only thing that’s certain is that if it’s written in 6/8 I’ll probably like it.

    BTW, not to date my age, but I saw Primus at the 9:30 club (the one they tore down to build the Verizon Center) back in the “Tommy the Cat”/”Spaghetti Western” era.

    Cool Post… Thanks for sharing


    1. I’m super jealous that you saw Primus at the old 9:30 club. They tore that down before I was allowed to go to club shows.

  2. Interesting… Interesting indeed…
    Sounds like something a college adviser once told me, but I like to think in response to a HELLUVA point such as what you’ve nailed to the wall. I’m with you on all but the Jazz… I’ve never gotten it. And if this is all America has as a completely domestic export; then shame on us… It sucks!
    Here’s the honest truth. I’m not a musician and for that, you may choose to question my taste. The drug influenced music in particular speaks to me and I’m not even cool enough to have a storied past!
    If I may make one suggestion to the fast or hard categories; let’s not leave out “Slipknot” and for the love of all… Buy “Stone Sour”
    Good ol’ Midwestern stuff brutha and a spin off for Corey Taylor who is a genuinely good guy.


  3. I like a lot of stuff, and some of the interests don’t make sense. I like things from the 3 Tenors to Avenged Sevenfold to Enigma to Cypress Hill to Darude. I have a huge interest in the Blues (SRV, Albert King, ZZ Top, Albert Collins, etc). In my car I almost always surrender to my standbys; SRV, 311, A7x, The Doors, Cake and RATM. On Pandora, I surrender to my mood. I’ve recently gotten into 80s Glam Rock/Metal (Motley Crue, Def Leopard, Poison) which I hated forever. But, there are many genres I definitely have not explored: emo, punk, country, jazz, new wave to name a few. I typically have to hear something really good before I get further into a genre. After my Hawaiian trip, I’m looking at exploring more contemporary Hawaiian music. Who doesn’t enjoy the sound of a Ekulele??? It’ll slip me back into the joys of cruising the coast on route 83 aka Kamehameha Highway. Although I’m not really into R&B/Pop, I am a huge fan of Lady Gaga. Does it make sense? not really, but you like what you like.

  4. Based on the first few lines of this post, statistically speaking, you will enjoy Wicked End by Avenged Sevenfold, and in addition it also incorporates strings and a boys choir.

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