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nature morte vivante by salvador dali (1956)

 

--- bands/musicians/songwriters (this list is constantly being added to)

for a more current list, check out my page @ myspace.


instrumental post rock / trip-hop / dreampop / out there / shoegaze / folktronica:
1 mile north, air, album leaf, amstrong, antarctica, archive, astronaut wife, baby fox, beth orton, bitstream dream, bowery electric, broadcast, chicane, cocteau twins, craig armstrong, cranes, delerium, dido, DJ shadow, dj signify, dot allison, esthero, everything but the girl, frou frou, godspeed you black emperor!, goldfrapp, hooverphonic, ivy, kikiwest, l'altra, lamb, nyles lannon (aka n. lannon), lift to experience, love spirals downwards, lush, lux, mandalay, massive attack, mercury program, moby, mogwai, mono, morcheeba, my bloody valentine, nightmares on wax, olive, ollano, ova looven, poe, portishead, red snapper, saint etienne, sarah cracknell, sarah fimm, sarah mclachlan, saru, sigur ros, slowdive, solar twins, soulstice, stars, supreme beings of leisure, the starseeds, telefon tel aviv, tex la homa, thievery corporation, tricky, TRISTEZA, vanessa daou, violet indiana, wagon christ, weed, zero 7, the list is endless (it's my favorite style of music).

indie rock and all derivatives (punk, folk, indie pop, whatever):
ALL, and you will know us by the trail of dead, bad religion, BODYJAR (probably my favorite melodic punk band), bouncing souls, britta phillips & dean wareham, buzzcocks, codeine, coheed and cambria, dag nasty, dance hall crashers (one of my favorite bands EVER), death cab for cutie, down by law, nick drake, enemy you, face to face, fugazi, gloria record, goldfinger, green day, guitar, hammell on trial, hot water music, hum, husky rescue, ida, iron and wine, jawbreaker, jets to brazil, jimmy eat world, the killingtons, lagwagon, ben lee, the lillingtons, luna, magnetic fields (and everything stephin merritt does), MEW, millencolin, mineral, nada surf, national skyline, no use for a name, NOFX, noise addict, onelinedrawing, operation ivy, pele, pennywise, the postal service, potential getaway driver, radio 4, rancid, satisfact, screeching weasel, shades apart, shelter, the shins, elliott smith, stars, the stereo, sunny day real estate, teen idols, trans am, travoltas, unwed sailor, the usuals, useless ID, zolof the rock and roll destroyer

jazz & blues / bossa nova / easy listening / soul / country:
chet baker, john coltrane, ry cooder, miles davis, billie holiday, sonny rollins, charlie parker, dexter gordon, john lee hooker, etta james, skip james, robert johnson, nina simone, and basically everything on blue note records..... stan getz, astrud gilberto, bebel gilberto, joao gilberto, antonio carlos jobim, arto lindsay, claudio ragazzi, smoke city.......... frank sinatra, bobby darin, connie stevens, linda scott, lots of oldschool doo-wop (the depressing stuff)...... marvin gaye, otis redding, joss stone, countless more....... hank williams I, johnny cash, patsy cline, willie nelson, etc.

female vocal alternative / indie / pop:
the GODDESS juliana hatfield & blake babies, abra moore, alana davis, astaire, belly, bjork, chantal kreviazuk, concrete blonde, discount, echobelly, eisley, erykah badu, frente!, garbage, heather nova, helium, jen trynin, joan jett and the blackhearts, joss stone, norah jones, lisa loeb, liz phair, madeleine peyroux, madonna, mary timony, mazzy star, michelle branch, moa, no doubt, pat benetar, pocket size, red delicious, republica, save ferris, siouxsie and the banshees, stretch princess, suddenly tammy!, suzanne vega, tegan and sara, the bangles, the corrs, the cranberries, the donnas, the innocence mission, the pretenders, the rocking horse winner, the SUNDAYS, tori amos, velocity girl/sarah shannon.

"alternative" (well-known and not-so):
311, alice in chains, coldplay, dada, dambuilders, dinosaur jr., dishwalla, nick drake, elbow, everclear, FAT, green day, hoobustank (not "hoobastank"-- they were better in 1999), incubus, jack johnson, jeff buckley, john mayer, keane, lenny kravitz, daniel lanois, less than jake, love in reverse, p.j. olsson, pocket size, reel big fish, school of fish, self, senser, the shins, simon says, sky, soul coughing, stabbing westward, stone temple pilots, strokes, third eye blind, toad the wet sprocket, the urge, weezer, white stripes, zebrahead

music that shaped me when i was younger:
anthrax, bauhaus, beach boys, beastie boys, blondie, the cars, the cure, depeche mode, the doors, fleetwood mac, huey lewis and the news, james taylor, led zeppelin, nirvana, pink floyd, poison, the police, queen, rage against the machine, the ramones, red hot chili peppers, rush, smashing pumpkins, the smiths, squeeze, steve miller band, sublime, talking heads, thompson twins, tom petty and the heartbreakers, the who

synthpop/electro/new wave and techno:
chemical brothers, chicks on speed, client, depeche mode, erasure, howard jones, human league, joy division, ladytron, moby, naked eyes, new order, orchestral manouevers in the dark, propellerheads, tears for fears, the crystal method, the prodigy, thompson twins, underworld, yaz

intelligent/underground hip-hop & rap:
aesop rock, alias, alphabet soup, anti-pop consortium, anticon, atmosphere, beastie boys, bleubird, buck 65, cLOUDDEAD, de la soul, digable planets, dilated peoples, diverse, DJ Faust and Shortee, DJ Qbert, eminem, fermented reptile, five deez, illogic, jedi mind tricks, jurassic 5, madlib, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, MF DOOM, MF grimm, mix master mike, mos def, mr. lif, the nextmen, non-phixion, non-prophets, people under the stairs, Run DMC, sage francis, soul position, talib kweli, tribe called quest, Us3, x-men/x-ecutioners, countless more.

hardcore, metal, really good rock:
assfactor 4, atreyu, black flag, black sabbath, circle jerks, dag nasty, dead kennedys, deftones, the descendents, faith no more, fistfunk, minor threat, nine shocks terror, ozzy, pantera, prong, plutocracy, refused, senser, slayer, slipknot, stuck mojo, tomahawk, walls of jericho...

movie and tv composers:
adam fields (dawson's creek), jon brion (eternal sunshine, and countless others), thomas newman (american beauty, pay it forward, white oleander, etc.) and WG snuffy walden (my so-called life, felicity, the wonder years, etc.)

 

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--- films (this list is constantly being added to).
for a more current list, check out my page @ myspace.
also check out my movie poster gallery.

10 things i hate about you
100 girls
8MM
24 hour party people
a brief history of time
a bronx tale
a bug's life
a clockwork orange
addicted to love
a knight's tale
all over me
amelie
american beauty
american history X
american pie
american pie 2
american splendor
annie hall
anything else
as good as it gets
back to the future
back to the future 2
beautiful girls
before sunrise
before sunset
better off dead
big
big hit, the
bill and ted's excellent adventure
bowling for columbine
boys don't cry
brainscan
breakfast club
brokedown palace
brothers mcmullen
can't buy me love
can't hardly wait
career opportunities
chasing amy
chocolat
cloak and dagger
closer
clueless
confidence
contact
cooler, the
count of monte cristo, the (2001 version)
crazy/beautiful
crow, the
cruel intentions
cruise, the
dangerous lives of altar boys
dazed & confused
disturbing behavior
diy or die:how to survive as an independent artist
donnie darko
doors, the
dragon: the bruce lee story
dream for an insomniac
edward scissorhands
empire records
erin brockovich
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
an evening with kevin smith
exorcist, the
face/off
fahrenheit 9/11
falling down
fargo
fast times at ridgemont high
fear
ferris bueller's day off
fight club
finder's fee
floundering
following
forrest gump
garden state
gas food lodging
gattaca
ghost
ghost world
gigantic: they might be giants
gleaming the cube
go
good will hunting
goodfellas
goonies, the
gossip
grosse pointe blank
groundhog day
guinevere
halloween
halloween II
halloween 4: the return of michael myers
halloween 5: the revenge of michael myers
halloween 6: the curse of michael myers
halloween H20
happiness
heathers
henry fool
high fidelity
hours, the
in america
invisible mountains
jimmy show, the
josie and the pussycats
jurassic park
just one of the girls (aka) anything for love
karate kid, the
keeping the faith
kicking & screaming (1995, not the soccer movie with will ferrell!)
kill bill vol. 1
kill bill vol. 2
kissing jessica stein
leap of faith
license to drive
loser
lost in translation
love & basketball
love actually
manhattan
mannequin
matchstick men
matrix, the
mayor of the sunset strip
memento
mere aquaintance
moulin rouge
mulholland drive
my life
my life without me
next stop wonderland
object of my affection, the
office space
one hour photo
other sister, the
panic room
particles of truth
patch adams
pay it forward
personal velocity
philadelphia
playing by heart
point of no return
powder
pretty in pink
pulp fiction
pump up the volume
punch-drunk love
rainmaker, the
reality bites
real women have curves
red shoe diaries: the movie (no, not the porn series on showtime. this movie is one of the saddest movies ever made)
rent
repo man
requiem for a dream
rock star
roger dodger
romeo and juliet (1996)
rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead
sabrina (1996 version)
save the last dance
say anything
say it isn't so!
scratch
scream
secretary
secret lives of dentists, the
serendipity
sex lies and videotape
shakespeare in love
shape of things, the
shawshank redemption, the
she's all that
she's the one
sidewalks of new york
singles
sixteen candles
slacker
slc punk
sleepless in seattle
sling blade
some girl
some kind of wonderful
station agent, the
stigmata
stoked! the rise and fall of Gator
storytelling
strangers in paradise
style wars
summer school
swingers
sylvia
talk to her
tangled
taxi driver
terminator 2: judgment day
that thing you do!
there's something about mary
things you can tell just by looking at her
thirteen
thirteen conversations about one thing
three to tango
titanic
trust (indie film by hal hartley, from 1990)
twister
the unbelievable truth
under the tuscan sun
U-turn
waiting for guffman
waking life
walking and talking
wedding singer, the
welcome to the dollhouse
when harry met sally
you've got mail

 

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--- TV shows / channels

six feet under
unscripted
russell simmons' def poetry
real time with bill maher
sex and the city
northern exposure
dawson's creek
felicity
my so-called life
mad about you
family guy
south park
aqua teen hunger force
trading spaces
knock first
full house
a dating story
a wedding story
perfect proposal
VH1 best week ever
VH1 i love the 70s/80s/90s
VH1 Classic
TLC
The Discovery Channel
Animal Planet
Sundance Channel


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--- books

EVERY book by henry rollins
prozac nation - elizabeth wurtzel
bitch - elizabeth wurtzel
more now again - elizabeth wurtzel
scrapbook - adrian tomine
sleepwalk and other stories - adrian tomine
32 stores: the complete optic nerve mini-comics - adrian tomine
requiem for a dream - hubert selby jr.
last exit to brooklyn - hubert selby jr.
song of the silent snow - hubert selby jr.
the perks of being a wallflower - stephen chbosky
brain droppings - george carlin
napalm and silly putty - george carlin
when will jeszus bring the pork chops? - george carlin
rock this! - chris rock
sein language - jerry seinfeld
planet joe - joe cole
the celestine prophecy - james redfield
wouldn't it be nice - brian wilson
morrissey and marr: the severed alliance - john rogan
$30 film school - michael w. dean
$30 music school - michael w. dean
how to write songs on guitar - rikky rooksby
how to write songs on keyboards - rikky rooksby
songwriting sourcebook - rikky rooksby
inside classic rock tracks - rikky rooksby
melody - rikky rooksby
chord master - rikky rooksby
riffs - rikky rooksby
tenactiy of the cockroach - by the editors of the onion
retro hell - by the editors of ben is dead magazine
the passionate eye - suzanne vega
becoming light - erica jong
betting on the muse - charles bukowski
ham on rye - charles bukowski
everything you know is wrong - disinfo series
replay - ken grimwood
the other side and back - sylvia browne

many more to be added later...

 

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--- directors

richard linklater
kevin smith
nora ephron
hal hartley
michel gondry
michael moore
todd solondz
jim jarmusch
tiffanie debartolo
edward burns
woody allen
david fincher


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--- painters / artists

salvador dali
m.c. escher
john pugh
kurt halsey frederiksen

 

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--- authors / writers / poets / graphic novelists

henry rollins
michael w. dean
erica jong
sylvia plath
adrian tomine
harvey pekar


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--- stand-up comedians

george carlin
dana carvey
louis c.k.
the late bill hicks
greg fitzsimmons
dane cook
nick swardson