Originally Posted by tbacos
Changing gears a little bit...
I'm wondering if you all have some favorites / suggestions for stream-able music to pipe through new speakers just to showcase their capabilities. I know the easy answers like "it depends on what you like" and "new speakers won't be broken in yet" and "most streaming music is too compressed", etc.
But putting all that aside, if you were at a friend's house who just picked up some new front speakers, and he asked you to find a few songs from YouTube or Spotify (or elsewhere) to see how the speakers sounded, what would you choose?
Topics like these are always near impossible to me. I understand what you are asking but I'm always left with several thousands of artists and songs from several decades to choose from and no real way of narrowing it down to a small list other than to pick some favorite songs which again would number into the thousands so how do you do that?
But so as not to be a total thread party-pooper, I'll give you something
. These are semi-random & idiosyncratic off the top of my head and different than the "usual-suspect" obvious artist choices that you tend to get in response (not that there's necessarily anything wrong with those). A few songs I like and might sound cool cranked up on good speakers, though not necessarily clinical exercises in bringing out speaker faults and testing their limits, per se.:
Massive Attack - Live With Me
(a band often name-checked for this sort of thing, particularly for their Mezzanine album, though this song isn't on it. Video is worth checking out too but kind of a bummer.)
The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next To Me
(side project of Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys, has a retro 60's pop feel to it. Irresistible.)
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
(From their first album and still a fave. Much prefer their evocative material like this to their cheeky-pop stuff.)
The Stooges - Down On The Street
(funky swaggering hard rock delivered with a punk glare. Can't help but crank this one.)
PJ Harvey - Send His Love To Me
(PJ in her achingly-raspy vocal period with strings and acoustic guitar carrying it along. One of the more accessible songs from a genius album.)
Nick Cave & the Dirty Three - Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Rivertentum
aka 0 Is Also A Number
(Warren Ellis' lyrically quirky violin-playing style just slays me on this one. Wish the song kept going & his violin riff didn't trail off at the end.)
Ladytron - Ambulances
(atmospheric synth pop. One of several of theirs I could pick out of a hat)
's (Hall) House - Heart of Stone
(probably not on streaming service but love this live version of Stewart's minor rocking disco-y hit post-Eurythmics.)
More broadly, artists like Air, Aphex Twin, Thievery Corporation, would give speakers a good workout (some of their remix work especially). If subwoofers were part of the equation, some choices might be substituted here. Above all else, choose what you would love to hear the most.