I'm looking for songs with pro-environment themes to celebrate Earth Day with. Genre/style don't matter much... I'm pretty inclusive with my musical tastes, so feel free to give weird and crazy suggestions if you've got them.
I'm looking for more hip-hop to listen to. I've enjoyed some albums by Common (Be and Like Water for Chocolate), Kanye West (The College Dropout and Late Registration—I used to like Dark Fantasy and Graduation, but not so much nowadays), and DJ Shadow (Endtroducing). Also fond of Gil Scott-Heron's jazz poetry (Small Talk at 125th Street and Lennox and Winter in America), if that helps.
What would be some good music in that vein?
well, maybe you should just drink a lot less coffee, and never ever watch the ten o'clock news.
Does anybody know any good groups similar to The Cat Empire? I fucking love that band, but they've only got so many songs. For those who don't know them (AND YOU SHOULD), it sort of a jazz/ska sound, from what I know.
My two favorites:
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
If you're looking for a solid basis in prog though, you might want to check out these - they're basically essential listening early prog.
King Crimson - In the Court of King Crimson
Yes - Fragile
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Moody Blues - Days of Future Past
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
Add a Rush record in there, and you basically have the foundation of classic prog. But I hate Rush, so I won't recommend an album, as I haven't found one I like yet.
I will second the King Crimson, ELP and Moody Blues LPs mentioned here. If you want a bit of a more... adventurous look at the origins of progressive rock, I would also suggest the following:
Pink Floyd, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!
The Soft Machine, The Soft Machine
P.S. I missed the Pink Floyd exception. Still, if you've not heard their first LP yet, it's quite different from most of their later work and well worth listening to.
P.P.S. My favourite prog-type albums are probably Super Ć by Boredoms, In Praise Of Learning by Henry Cow, Ege Bamyasi by Can, Hérésie by Univers Zéro, and Faust by Faust, but none of those are what I would call "beginners' material."