Thanks to jasmine13 for recommending Amy Winehouse! She is a torchy jazz vocalist who's music reminds me of Motown and other 60's songs like "leader of the pack" except she sings about pot and fucking.
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Amy Winehouse - Addicted
Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
I think this song is underrated considering it is sampled by every independent hip hop artist on earth! Someday it will be remembered as a classic.
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
I took some shit the last time I posted an Akon song in a music post! I don't care. I love him!!! I'm going to fight, fight for my right to love Akon.
Akon - Don't Matter
Another treasure uncovered from the overwhelming troves of mp3's available at the Live Music Archive- this band opened for Uprite Dub last year and they are super awesome, as anyone would have to be super awesome to do a bluegrass cover of an R. Kelly song...
Blue Turtle Seduction - Ignition
Here's my selection from The Thermals' 2004 album "Fuckin A"
The Thermals - Let Your Earth Quake
The Thermals - God and Country
The Thermals - Our Trip
The Thermals - A Stare Like Yours
Discovered on the Myspace profile of a aspiring ethnocultural archaeologist who smokes a lot of weed:
Balkan Beat Box - Bulgarian Chicks
This is yet another artist I managed to find out about before anyone else. If you want to get my attention fast, remix one of your songs with Busta Rhymes, seriously!!!
Collie Buddz - Come Around (Remix feat. Busta Rhymes)
Collie Buddz - Drop Leaf
reminds me of my childhood in the best possible way:
Paul Simon - Born at the Right Time
and of course, some reggae to get you through the most miserable last several weeks of winter...
Sonic Boom - Painful Dub
The Skatalites - Coconut Rock
Ernest Ranglin - Surfin
Justin Hinds and the Dominos - Save a bread
Augustus Pablo - Thunder Clap (instrumental version of "ain't no sunshine")
Leslie Butler - Ashanti Ganja Dub (instrumental version of "stand by me")