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Anyone have a favorite band or artist to rec?

(I feel like i've been listening to the same ten Leonard Cohen and Gaslight Anthem songs for a year. My taste in music is both eclectic and terrible (really, i'm completely tone deaf and the only thing I can sing so people even recognize it is the Internationale. And I have to accompany that with hand gestures) and it's pretty good odds I've never even heard of that really famous artist everyone has heard of. I mostly listen for the lyrics, but my idea of good lyrics stretches from Cohen and Springsteen straight through to Lady Gaga.)

Anyone? Literally anything?
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The schedule said "culture evening." I have been to, like, millions of seminars, and god knows how many culture evenings. Culture evening means silly games where you line up according to height and try to summarize your activism in interpretive dance, along with off-brand fanta, dry sponge cake and maybe someone with a guitar while we try to recall the words to Israeli pop songs from the 90s. (Israeli culture 101.)

It does not mean a live jazz band, nice nuts, fruit platters, good wine and moody lighting. WHAT IS HAPPENING? Seriously, the room looks like a wedding where all of the guests are slowly arriving at the realization they're at the wrong wedding. I am currently surrounded by 80 left wing activists staring at one another and confusion and mouthing "why are they spending this much money on us? What do they want? Couldn't they have given us the money for stuff? Are they going to eat us later?"

So weird.

ETA - I'm sorry, it's not Jazz, it's what we believe to be the world's first and only Judeo-Yemeni funk band. ("Bint al-Funk.") 

ETA2 - This is the most erotic Tu Bishvat seder i've ever heard.

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From Lost_Spook:

Choose fifteen characters. Then put your playlist on shuffle. Your first song with lyrics is your first character, and so on. For each song, choose lyrics that resonate with the corresponding character.

Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
Remington Steele (Remington Steele)
Melli Grant (Scandal)
Kira Nerys (DS9)
Sarah Connor (The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Dean Craig Pelton (Community)
Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)
Aang (The Last Airbender)
CJ Cregg (The West Wing)
Alec Hardison (Leverage)
Pete Campbell (Mad Men)
Beka Valentine (Andromeda)
Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife)
Lorne (Angel)
Maggie O'Connell (Northern Exposure)

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That was fun! Very Dada, random association, etc. Some of them line up very nicely, though I did wonder if it's really that I like the same sort of thing in characters and in lyrics anyway, so they would?
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Well, and laziness.

I randomly found Live Aid: Against All Odds - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQWs23NtRas - a documentary about the Live Aid concert of 1985. This is outside my temporal and geographic scope, so i'm learning about it for the first time.I guess some of this is iconic or at least familiar if you're closer to it? It's like some kind of insane crossover, with bonus 80's everything, (so it might as well be set on a different planet). Like, U2 and Queen and David Bowie and Margaret Thatcher all in the same story. So weird. And, hey, the technology stuff: really cool.

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