We don't appear to have dedicated section to random randomness, so here this goes. Don't know how much any of you are into music, but I listen a lot. I know a few of you, like me, are off to the Foo Fighters in summer. I have a wide range of tastes, but my mainstay is pretty much guitar rock; the usual suspects, Foo Fighters, Led Zep, Floyd, Hendrix, Motorhead, Radiohead, U2, Clapton... then there's The Clash, Eels, Hawkwind (I'm a bit of an old hippy and showing my age), some old blues and 70s rock etc. Although I prefer Clapton as he's mellowed and gone back to the blues, and collaborating with the great JJ Cale, who's virtually unheard of and that's just the way he likes it. Clapton had massive hits with a couple of Cale's tunes; Cocaine and After Midnight. So what I'm listening to now is a bit commercial and out of the box for me. This is an odd choice for me to start off a music thread, as the material is a bit broken heart and girly. Couldn’t help it, this girl's voice is just magnetic. She’s the antithesis of Mariah Carey, who’s typically American; showy, overblown, overdramatic, but not over herself. She’s more about vocal pyrotechnics and volume than soul. Adele is typically Brit; classy (not wiv her accent tho) understated and reserved, but you can tell there a pedigree there, that she can sing just about anything, but prefers subtelty to showing off. She is going to be massive, as if she wasn’t already. She can really sing, and I’m not just talking about hitting the notes. Plenty of karaoke singers can do that well, and half of them are on the X factor. This album has a brit feel to the R&B too, reminiscent of the 60s sound. I got the CD with a couple of bonus tracks and she shows she’s got an exceptional Blues voice too, and slipped in a nice reworking of an old Cure track. I’m thinking what Amy Winehouse did for Jazz, she can for R&B, in it’s purer sense. What the yanks class as R&B is an excuse to stick anything and everything Poppy and rappy, in the same basket. This however, is more my sort of listening style. I first heard Gary Moore as a kid and really only liked his rocky stuff. I didn't get into the blues, but the man was good as I came to appreciate later; rapier fast frets when he wanted to be, but a fine blues voice and exponent of the genre. Died this year of a heart attack, only in his early 50s. This album was one of his biggest sellers, even though the 80s wasn't really the era for blues guitar players. All this sound pretty good on my gear too. Like PJ, I've accumulated a good headphone set up. I've got a digital/analogue converter connected to my Mac, a headphone amp to that, and a few phones, with a couple costing me $3-400. My $400 Grados are stupidly priced here, costing about $800, but I picked mine up in LA a couple of years ago. That sounds like a lot for headphones, but when you compare what a similar quality speaker/CD set up costs, it's a no brainer, and I prefer listening via headphones most of the time. Anyone else listening to anything interesting?