The Crossroads of the Aether
Inspired by a popular thread on Brass Goggles, I thought we could have a similar thread here where people post their musical likes and suggestions.
I suggest we try to stick to music that has some sort of steamy quality to it.
To get things started, here's Madness, all dressed up as Victorian explorers and being very musical hall about it. Steamy or not steamy? You decide:
I can pretty much recommend anything I play while DJing Dorian's Parlor, which consists of a lot of neo-swing, cabaret, gypsy, tribal fusion, and what I guess most folks would tag as "Steampunk" music. I'll also throw in songs that have a sound that seems to fit well with the overall aesthetics. For the most part modern dance music (like Synthpop) is a hard sell, but it really depends on the event. What works for Dorian's Parlor may not work for The Steampunk World's Fare, which in turn may not work for the SteamWerk Ball.
So long post short, some suggestions, in no particular order, of music I think fits a Steampunk "sound" would be:
I'd highly recommend everything by The Dreadnoughts from Vancouver, they've got three albums and an EP so far and it's all top notch.
Punk covers of sea chanties and old whaling songs? Yes please!
Another group that's been successful when played is Gogol Bordello, especially this particular song "Start Wearing Purple," which has an amazing gypsy sound. Mind you, not all of their songs will work at a Steampunk event, but a vast majority of them will. Great band to see live as well if ever you have the chance.
Philly's own Nicki Jaine has been layin' down the dark cabaret for years. And she puts on quite the live performance.