Cowboy Bebop's [amazing] soundtrack was heavily inspired by American music. What should I be listening to?
So yeah, what's good music to listen to for someone who doesn't know a thing about pre-80s American music but loves Cowboy Bebop's soundtrack to death? Admittedly Bebop's soundtrack is pretty diverse, but I'd specifically love artists who do jazz, chillout and so on (I don't really know the rest of the genres involved, sorry!)
Here's some of the Yoko Kanno tracks I love:
Words That We Couldn't Say
The Real Folk Blues
[too lazy to link at this point]
Yo Pumpkin Head
Don't Bother None
...and pretty much everything else, too
In general, I like the quieter, chill-er songs more than the louder, action-based tracks.
This question has been covered before some 4 years ago
, but didn't get enough worthwhile answers, hopefully this one will turn out differently.
Also, please no check-on-Pandora/Last.fm suggestions - Kanno's Last.fm page recommends anime soundtrack artists who don't sound anything like her work, yay for tags.
Finally, recommendations off of the Wolf's Rain
and Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex
soundtracks are also good.