Other music Currently in rotation (or bands with sounds you'd like to hear more of): Been listening to ALOT of later Blur (13 and Think Tank), Smokey and Miho, Cibo Matto, Shiina Ringo, Tokyo Jihen (Shiina's band), Medications, The Kinks and Tom Waits
What makes you love an album/song/artist: Creativity, treating music as art, albums that flow perfectly (I almost always listen to full albums, not random songs). I like all genres but it better be fun or beautiful.
What are you a sucker for?: Songs about the end of the world, soulful voices, wierd noises in not so wierd music, emotion that pierces the singers voice
What are you are looking for? (genre, country, type of lyrics, instruments used): Right now I'm feeling alot of music that has a pop sound but experimental undertones (see Currently in Rotation). I'm also looking for international music (Japanese, French, Brazilian).
Any recomendations for us?: 3 (www.purevolume.com/3), one of the most talented bands I've heard with such accesible music, genre hopping, and sincerity. Also the singer Joey Eppard. Apollo Sunshine (www.apollosunshine.com), Fun poppy music, lo-fi pop rock (maybe?), a band that could fit in to the indie scene and the jam band scene, or end up on the radio one day