I've been listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley over the last couple of months. The most recent addition to my collection is the Legacy Edition of Grace. The second disc has some alternate versions of some of the songs on Grace as well as some cover songs and other material. My favorite CD, and the one that I've been listening to the most is Live @ Sin-e (double CD). It is a one-man show recorded before Grace was released. Disc Two has a wonderful cover of a French song entitled "Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin" - I've probably listened to it 100 times. It is credited to Edith Piaf, so I ordered one of her CD's, Souvenirs. I like the Jeff Buckley version better, both versions are great though. The rest of Souvenirs is pretty good, probably something that I otherwise might not have picked up on my own - it is a nice change of pace to my normal listening habits.
One of the other cover songs on Sin-e is Strange Fruit by Nina Simone. I've got two Nina Simone CDs, neither of which contain my favorite song of hers, Feeling Good, which I remedied by ordering Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone. If you've never listened to her, this is a great introduction to a wonderful talent... this CD also has Sinnerman on it, which is an amazing tune.
Another band I've been listening to a lot lately is Muse. I was instantly addicted the first time I heard them - the first CD I bought (last year some time) was Absolution. Every song is fantastic, from start to finish. I bought Showbiz during my spring travels and it is almost as great as Absolution - I just ordered two more of their CDs - Origin of Symmetry and Hullabaloo Soundtrack. I can't wait to get the second one, it is a bunch of B-Sides and a live concert (that is really highly rated on Amazon).
I got a nice surprise last week when I discovered that Butch Walker, the singer/songwriter of Marvelous 3 (who broke up a couple of years ago), has released two solo records! I picked up Letters earlier this week at a local store and ordered Left of Self-Centered with the two Muse CDs that evening when I got home. Letters is supposedly a bit softer then 'Left of..' - overall I love it and have been listening to it non-stop for the last couple of days. It makes me really anxious to get the other one! If you haven't heard Marvelous 3, they released three (huh - I didn't put that together before...) CD's: Math & Other Problems, ReadySexGo!, and Hey!Album. They are all filled with just great Rock & Roll.
The other purchases have been for the wife, including Antics & Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol. Both have some great tunes on them. If you like The Cure and The Smiths, I suggest checking out Interpol. My wife heard them on one of the Music channels on Cable. The others are Breaking Benjamin, Mudvayne and Theory of a Deadman. I love the Breaking Benjamin CD, so we got tickets to see them this summer.
Speaking of concerts, the show I really wanted to see was The Killers & Keane at Merriweather Post Pavilion was sold out by the time I heard about the show. Oh well, I'm going to have to get tickets to see Oasis at Merriweather in September. We did get tickets to Duran Duran, which was (surprisingly) a great show. A friend of mine got us seats 10 rows back, center stage - talk about spoiled! That was nice.
So, what are you listening to? What was the last CD (or 2 or 3) you bought? How did you discover them?