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MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 07:25 PM
I get asked a lot about what other bands I like.

I know that this is largely because I spend so much time huffing over one particular band - like a creepy pervert - that people find it hard to imagine that there's anything else on my MP3 player. But yes, I do like other bands. Lots of them. So let's try a bit of give and take.

I'm going to post a bunch of bands, and songs, that I love very much and would like other people to enjoy. Afterwards, I would like people to listen to, and comment on, these songs, before themselves following suit and posting some songs of their own selection. Because experience has proven that we need rules to control the fun, and in order to prevent this from turning into another thread where everybody silently posts their youtube history at each other, these here shall be the guidelines.

Babbling about previously posted songs, whether you've posted your own or not, is strongly encouraged.
I like chatter. However-


Before you post your own selection you must listen to, and comment on, at least four other songs from other posters.
Make an effort to hear as many as possible, but at least four. And read old pages, lazy-asses. It's all about the exchange, people.


Songs must from youtube, and be embedded.
Use the following format, please.

Band Name - Song Name

Youtube Link goes here
I like this band because they remind me of all those murders I did, etc.


Post your selections in reasonable sizes.
Don't post in bits and pieces all over the thread, don't post a giant impenetrable doom block.


Please throw in a quick comment with each video to sell it to us.
Why you like it, trivia about the band, where you heard it first, whatever. Just something to spark a conversation about it.


One song from each band. ONE SONG FROM EACH BAND.
No more. If somebody else has posted from a band and you think you've got a better song or better version to recommend them, that's fine, just don't pimp the same band endlessly. It would be nice if you could pick something unexpected.


Play what we wanna hear, yo.
I'm looking for great songs and bands that you love, and think we might have overlooked unfairly. But they are not necessarily your favourite or the best; nor the most obscure. Just good stuff that you think deserves to be heard, and great stuff we might have missed.


Please bear in mind that I'm going to listen to every single song that's posted here unless I've heard it before.

By which I mean "Please don't post shite."

So here goes.

MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 07:30 PM
Parenthetical Girls - Song For Ellie Greenwich

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I saw them play in a tiny pub last year largely because a friend of mine was opening for them. I had no idea what they were about, and wasn't overly interested, until they started playing and I had a total "Holy fucking shit" moment. I'd never heard anything like it, and it was easily one of the best shows I've ever been to. Disarmingly sweet melodies, with really nervy raw lyrics that make me wince a little, which I think is the point. If they ever play near you, kill to get there.

Cass McCombs - I Went To The Hospital

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I'll make a confession right here and now - I know next to nothing about Cass McCombs, and only heard this because Win Butler called it one of the best albums he'd ever heard. He was right, and I've listened to this song about four billion times since I heard it first. When I listen to it, I think I can hear what other people can hear when they listen to Neutral Milk Hotel.

The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health

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The Knife are weird. Really good though. Um. I'm not really sure what you can say about them beyond that. "Really Good" and "Weird" are kinda the key concepts though. That video is not recommended for those of a delicate or chemically-induced oversensitive disposition.

Feist - I Feel It All

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I used to work in a shop that sold iPods, and it took a long time before I could listen to 1234 without an involuntary nervous twitch. Thing I keep forgetting is, regardless of how eager Feist is to sell her music to literally every ad company on earth, she's still a fantastic singer, tremendous songwriter, and cracking guitarist. She never fails to make a tremendous video, neither - the pyrotechnics would leave the IRA themselves feeling inadequate and ashamed.

Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights

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Yeah you've heard of them. But have you listened to them? 'Cause they're great. Were great, whatever. This song has my favorite intro of any song, ever, and I wish Youtube weren't such a pain in the ass about killing the real video.

Land of Talk - Speak To Me Bones

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Elizabeth Powell has my favourite voice in rock music. When I'm playing Guitar Hero, I'm secretly pretending to be her. Land of Talk are nice, snarly rock with lots of hooks, and it's a matter of sheer consecutive misfortunes that they aren't a lot bigger than they are.

Bell Orchestre - Water/ Light/ Shifts

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I was kinda resistant to Bell Orchestre, because I'm not usually a huge fan of instrumental stuff and I had, foolishly, written them off as a side project of a load of other bands. Great though, really great.

Gutter Twins - All Misery/Flowers

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Saw them play at Electric Picnic last year. Dulli looked disinterested and Lanegan looked exhausted. They just looked like they didn't give a shit, and not in a cool, badass kind of way. And you know what, they were still biblically epic. I was totally and completely obsessed with Saturnalia for a couple of weeks, and this song in particular. It was perfect right then, because I was listening to it at the same time as I was reading The Road. What a beast bastard of an album that is.

I was gonna throw in something by LCD Soundsystem, but EMI have blocked embedding on all their shit, so fuck 'em.

Now then, show me yours.

Still-ill
04-25-2009, 07:33 PM
Parenthetical Girls - Song For Ellie Greenwich- Awesome melodica intro haha
Bell Orchestra - I just bought that little EP thing they made awhile back, and I cackle that you submitted an AF side project.
Land of Talk - Speak to me Bones - I agree, I love her voice! Kind of smokey and deeper, I appreciate that.
Gutter Twins - All Misery/ Flowers -I'll keep listening, although it didn't really jump out to me.


MewithoutYou - Bullet to Binary pt. 2

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These guys deserve so much more, just because they happen to be a religious group people tend to throw them aside... anyways, this is technically a leak, but it seems like their most accessible stuff. Check out "In a sweater poorly knit"

stuporfly
04-25-2009, 07:46 PM
I quite like Parenthetical Girls, though I'd not seen that video - Thank you for posting it.

MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 07:52 PM
Damn, busted. Didn't include Final Fantasy for that very reason.

Bullet to Binary (pt. two) - mewithoutYou - This really reminds me of something, and I'm not quite sure what. Like... if Nick Cave had weird mutant children with the B-52's and Cold War Kids and Man Man? I really like from 4.10 on.

zenidogx
04-25-2009, 07:57 PM
okay, MP, first of all, i'm swooning over you for making this thread.

Parenthetical Girls - An excellent choice. Seeing them live was incredible to observe.
Cass McCombs - Sorry, but i got bored
Land of Talk - They seem pretty awesome. I'm getting on that.
Death from Above 1979 - That song may get me interested.
Gutter Twins - Not feeling it.

Still-Ill,
Mewithoutyou - They sound like an over energized Okkervil River with a punk influence. However, the singer's voice is really turning me off. Although, the last minute of the song sounds quite nice.

expect some familiar posts from me soon . . .

Still-ill
04-25-2009, 07:58 PM
Damn, busted. Didn't include Final Fantasy for that very reason.

Bullet to Binary (pt. two) - mewithoutYou - This really reminds me of something, and I'm not quite sure what. Like... if Nick Cave had weird mutant children with the B-52's and Cold War Kids and Man Man? I really like from 4.10 on.
Yeah I'm glad to here it, they seem to be really influenced Neutral Milk Hotel. Their album Brother, Sister was one of the best of 2006 easily... and Catch for us the foxes, was really top notch too. The new album just sounds like a story book put to music.

MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 08:00 PM
Parenthetical Girls - An excellent choice. Seeing them live was incredible to observe.

When I'm old and incontinent, I will still be trying and failing to describe how mind-expanding that experience was, in terms of the music I listen to.

I had no idea, I had absolutely no idea.

EDIT:
Somebody actually asked me to review the show afterwards, and I eventually had to decline; simply because they were so amazing that I just couldn't think of a fucking thing to say that would do them justice.

zenidogx
04-25-2009, 08:04 PM
When I'm old and incontinent, I will still be trying and failing to describe how mind-expanding that experience was.

I had no idea, I had absolutely no idea.

We're on the same page. I just wanted to watch Los Campesinso! and then Parenthetical Girls were just there to fuck with me for a good forty-five minutes. It was a great night.

hawkingvsreeve
04-25-2009, 08:05 PM
You're ambitious, which is fun and all, but come on. You know this forum. I predict derailment by page 3.


Also I think it is fair to assume that some of these bands are going to be well known by the general populous here and therefore dont need to be highlighted (The Knife, DFA, etc). Speaking of The Knife (who coincidentally I happen to be listening to at the time of this writing), saying they are really good and weird doesn't tell me or others much about them. Maybe highlight what kind of music it is, mood/feel, instrumentation if it is something out of the usual; you get the idea.

I'm not trying to shit on your thread here, I just think it can achieve more with slightly less regulation. I am going to break your commenting rule and amount rule and post a video and then gtfo.




Shivaree - Goodnight Moon

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You may remember this track from the Kill Bill soundtrack. It was introduced to me by a fellow board member a few years ago and I fell in love with it then. Sadly I feel this is the only notable track from the band, but that's their fault. Goodnight Moon is a sexy, shuffling alt-country/americana/ spooky western sounding kind of tune with wonderfully haunting backing vocals and a lead vocal that doesn't quit. It's one of those songs that makes me want to take my clothes off.

Enjoy.

Still-ill
04-25-2009, 08:06 PM
If you don't mind I'll keep it rolling

Jellyfish - The King is Half Undressed

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I saw this band for free in San Francisco Golden Gate Park in '94... I was just a kid but they have always stuck with me a bit. I'm glad for this thread because I hadn't listened to them in years : ). With a sound that infectious I don't know how they didn't make it...

MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 08:11 PM
You're ambitious, which is fun and all, but come on. You know this forum. I predict derailment by page 3.

I know, I've steeled myself for it.


Also I think it is fair to assume that some of these bands are going to be well known by the general populous here and therefore dont need to be highlighted (The Knife, DFA, etc). Speaking of The Knife (who coincidentally I happen to be listening to at the time of this writing)

Fair, but neither are headliners or subheadliners, and I find myself consistently surprised at how many people haven't actually listened to both/either of them.


saying they are really good and weird doesn't tell me or others much about them.

Point taken. But... eh... it's The Knife.


Goodnight Moon is a sexy, shuffling alt-country/americana/ spooky western sounding kind of tune with wonderfully haunting backing vocals and a lead vocal that doesn't quit. It's one of those songs that makes me want to take my clothes off.

I wore a hole in my KB2 soundtrack for this song, and for the Malcolm McLaren one. Always had a feeling it might be a one off though, yes.

hawkingvsreeve
04-25-2009, 08:19 PM
Point taken. But... eh... it's The Knife.

How about:

We Share Our Mothers Health from Sweden based brother-sister duo The Knife sounds like an evil Toys-R-Us come to life after the store has closed. With a bass line that sounds like a swarm of wasps and a break from traditional dance oriented percussion, this band crafts a new kind of electronic dance music.



I mean sure it's a little pretentious, but you said to sell the videos. What I wrote makes me want to invest the time.

zenidogx
04-25-2009, 08:25 PM
Andrew Bird - Fake Palindromes
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This is a song I don't see him ever not performing. It's very thunderous. Yeah, thunderous is the best word to describe this song. Andrew Bird is a real treat. His quirky whistling, clever violin plucking, and incorporating that into some jazzy compositions makes him something of a joy to watch live. Although, listener beware, he does tone things down on some his songs and often can take a while to build them. However, he does have songs like this one that can be in your face.

The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I'm Yours
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Here's a shortened version of one of my favorite songs. Along with Bird, I will never stop trying to convince people of the Decemberists. This is an awesome song with some pretty funny, poetic, and appropriate imagery.

Dungen - Det Tar Tid
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I couldn't find the song I was looking for, but this one is a good showing of Dungen's stuff. Psychedelic Swedish music. That's it. I mean, they can get into some jazz and they can add some classic rock riffs, but I like it for its trippiness. Plus, Swedish vocals are just so friggin' cool.

Balmorhea - Settler/ March 4 1831
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I just got into this band. They're an instrumental band and are a delight to fall asleep to. It's very calming and gentle. I think liking this band could get me into Belle Orchestre and I think liking Belle Orchestre could get you into this band.

MissingPerson
04-25-2009, 08:30 PM
I'm off to bed, shall catch up tomorrow, don't take the piss in the meantime.

stuporfly
04-25-2009, 08:33 PM
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I'd not heard of Mink Lungs before they opened for Luna at CBGB on New Year's Eve a decade ago. Maybe it was the complimentary plastic flute of champagne talking, or the fact that one of the guys in the band gave me a free 7-inch single (which I promptly lost in the apartment of a friend of a friend), but I fell in love with their unhinged indie mess that night. They weren't long for the world, but maybe it's better that way.

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The Make-Up were a pretty spiffy psychedelic band from Washington DC with lots of dark stabbing organ noises and cool hair and shit. And all those kids look like they're having fun, and it makes me wish I'd heard of them when they were still around instead of having to go back and trace a line from Weird War...

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...who I only discovered because they played this song live on a Pancake Mountain DVD a friend of mine gave my daughter when she was three. I like Weird War, though maybe not as much as the Make-Up.

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I can't even remember where I first heard the Stairs, but it was so long ago, they were still actually a band. An excellent approximation of early '60s British R&B, right down to the trousers. And trousers are really what rock & roll is all about. Just ask the Rutles.

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The Third Wave was five sisters from Stockton, CA making gloriously light (and sorta strange) music around 40 years ago. According to the YouTube info, the album (which is well worth seeking out) was re-released a decade ago on Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records. What I wouldn't give for a t-shirt from that label!

I do agree with hawkingvsreeve - I'm not sure I'm naming anyone that hasn't been heard by many of the far cooler folks on the forum than myself.

PassiveTheory
04-26-2009, 01:24 AM
Alrighty...

The Helio Sequence

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A northwestern pacific indie band out of Portland, the Helio Sequence are a two-piece featuring a former member of Modest Mouse. They do not sound like Modest Mouse. The lead singer damaged his voice before the recording of their last record, 2008's severly underrated Keep Your Eyes Ahead, and the results, as you can experience above, are staggering. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys, who I didn't realize were a two-piece before hand, open for the Dandy Warhols last fall and they filled the Warfield to the brim with their sound. It was fucking impressive.

Grand Archives

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Also a northwestern indie band with members from other more popular indie bands (the lead singer used to be in Band of Horses), Grand Archives' self-titled release last year set them apart in the fact that they weren't afraid to draw upon gorgeous vocal harmonies akin to Fleet Foxes and follow it up with the rapturous rock of a near-Hold Steady-like track (in terms of energy). Definitely a band worth checking out, also very sad that GV didn't pick up on them and book them for Coachella this year; when I saw them at the Echo last summer, the backup singer/second guitarist told me they'd love to play it if asked.

James Rabbit

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I don't usually shill local bands because, let's face it, both Santa Cruz and San Diego have been perpetual shit holes for decent music since music's ever had a continuum for decency. That being said, Santa Cruz's own James Rabbit are a band apart. The video I posted doesn't nearly do the group's raucous live performance justice. Working in motown covers and cult classics before snapping back into a frenzied assault of punk energy and guitar-driven madness, James Rabbit, hopefully, will have people talking about Santa Cruz's local music scene in the future. Doubtful, but these guys deserve to be successful regardless.

Julie Doiron

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For a better, non-live version of the song, listen here: Consolation Prize (http://stereogum.com/mp3/Julie%20Doiron%20-%20Consolation%20Prize.mp3).

Basically, Julie Doiron is what happens when you take sweet, Canadian female singer-songwriter indie music (Feist) and combine it with kickass guitar badassery that hasn't been seen on that side of the border since... Uh... The chick who worked with Godspeed. She lures you in with the graceful tone of her voice and just devastates you with her confident and emotional delivery. Her 2009 release, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day, is among my favorites of the year thus far.

seandlr
04-26-2009, 08:25 AM
Thank god for this thread. I'll reply and post later on in the day :)

rage patton
04-26-2009, 10:53 AM
Death From Above 1979's You're A Woman, Im A Machine is definately one of the best albums of the 2000's. Front to back, that album is incredible. Everytime I listen to them I want to cry because I am most likely never going to see them.

pancakespancakes
04-26-2009, 12:09 PM
Land of Talk.
LAND OF FUCKING TALK!




Elizabeth Powell has my favourite voice in rock music. When I'm playing Guitar Hero, I'm secretly pretending to be her. Land of Talk are nice, snarly rock with lots of hooks, and it's a matter of sheer consecutive misfortunes that they aren't a lot bigger than they are.


I knew I loved Missing Person.

MissingPerson
04-26-2009, 02:13 PM
Land of Talk.
LAND OF FUCKING TALK!

I love them so hard it wears me out sometimes. I posted it a few times I know, but the song she did with Bell Orchestre is beautiful, and I wish they'd record it properly some time.



I do agree with hawkingvsreeve - I'm not sure I'm naming anyone that hasn't been heard by many of the far cooler folks on the forum than myself.

Aw, that's not what this thread is necessarily about though. I'm less concerned with hearing new music than I am about having a bit of a chat about songs or bands that wouldn't otherwise come up in conversation. On the one hand, you needn't bother posting Smells Like Teen Spirit - but on the other hand, no way everybody's heard every one of the bands on your iPod.


I just think it can achieve more with slightly less regulation.

I've started a few threads along similar lines, and without fail, they always end the same way. I mean, check it out, we're less than a page in, and already I think the point has been missed more than once.

Take note - This is not a playlist thread. I am going to listen to everything posted so far, but for future reference; if you aren't going to bother listening to stuff that's already been posted and offering some feedback on it, you can't expect anybody to do that in return. If you haven't posted about something that's been posted already, I'm not going to bother listening to your tracks.

Give and take, folks.

MissingPerson
04-26-2009, 02:57 PM
If you don't mind I'll keep it rolling

Jellyfish - The King is Half Undressed


Uh, this video is currently sending me to a National Geographic documentary about swarms of Jellyfish unbalancing the ecosystem.


Andrew Bird - Fake Palindromes

This is cool. I was kind of expecting it to be a bit more mellow, 'cause I usually only hear of the guy in the context of conversations about Owen Pallett, and his Dark Was The Night song was a lot more chill. This is fun. Swirly?


The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I'm Yours

I have mixed feelings about the Decemberists. The guy's voice drives me nuts, and sometimes their themes are just cartoonishly miserable. This is fairly jaunty though, and the punchy guitar is distracting me from the damn voice.


Dungen - Det Tar Tid

This is bizarre. And reminds me, you guys don't have the Eurovision song contest. I... it sounds kinda like Air and Malajube?


Balmorhea - Settler/ March 4 1831

This is nice. More like Efterklang than Bell Orchestre, I think?


Mink Lungs

This is so Nineties my jeans are stonewashing themselves even as I wear them.


The Make Up - Save Yourself

Reminds me of Clinic. A lot. Oh, and the Julie Driscoll version of This Wheel's On Fire.


Weird War - Girls Like That

I think Fun Lovin' Criminals would have sounded like this, if things had been different. Having done a bit of homework on them after hearing this, I'm kind of surprised; they sound like nutjobs, but this is wholly listenable. Indeed, pleasingly funky.


The Stairs - Weed Bus

The 90's?!?! This was the 90's?!? Their attention to retro detail is eerie.


Third Wave - Waves Lament

When I own a sexy red velvet-clad mansion with loads of rotating beds, this music will be playing always.

rskapcat
04-26-2009, 02:58 PM
HvR: Nice call on "Goodnight Moon". The rest of their CD was forgettable, but that was a damn good song.

Lee: I :pulse the Helio Sequence. The husband and I saw them for 10 bucks at a 300-capacity club in Dallas about a year ago. :)

MP: I had never listened to DFA 1979 before because the descriptions I'd read of their sound didn't appeal to me. Not sure if I'd want to listen to them on record, but I bet they put on a helluva live show. Get back together, please.

Guster - Come Downstairs & Say Hello

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I don't necessarily think this clip will win Guster any new fans, but it's one of my favorite songs ever.

Ben Folds - Still Fighting It

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I love Ben Folds, solo and with the "Five". This song breaks my heart.

Old 97s - Timebomb

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I just did some math, and I have loved this band for half of my life. Scary. I've seen them at least 5 or 6 times, and they never disappoint live.

Hum - Green To Me

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The fact that Hum reunited for a couple of Chicago shows gives me hope that they will tour. I guess I should just be thankful that I saw them before they went kaput.

Jeremy Enigk - Abegail Anne

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Gorgeous song from Jeremy Enigk's gorgeous record Return of the Frog Queen. I love his voice so much.

Sunny Day Real Estate - Seven

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Hey...this guy sounds familiar. Could it be...Jeremy Enigk?! :p

Dismemberment Plan - Time Bomb

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Breaks my heart that I didn't see this band live before they broke up. The drummer owns.

The Format - Dog Problems

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Why do all the good bands break up, damn it? Saw them open for Guster. Loved them.

roberto73
04-26-2009, 04:04 PM
MP, I wholeheartedly support this thread and I promise to respond and post some favorites of my own in the coming days. I will say, though, that I love that Gutter Twins song. I was a middling Screaming Trees fan in the 80's and 90's, but I was a huge Afghan Whigs fan. When Lollapalooza was still a traveling fest, Dulli somehow ended up sitting right in front of me at a stop in Cincinnati. I played the drooling fanboy and he was totally cool. I didn't have anything else for him to sign, so he autographed a $1 bill for me. Anyway, yeah. Gutter Twins seems like such a logical pairing, and this song captures that perfectly.

Also, as much as I hate to say it, Bell Orchestre still hasn't clicked with me. I want to like them, and it seems like I should, but the song you posted kind of clarifies why it hasn't worked for me. It seems like a slightly watered-down version of other largely instrumental bands that do this kind of thing much better.

More to come. Oh, and people: follow the rules. Respond to previously posted songs before you post songs of your own. I'm looking at you, Passive.

MissingPerson
04-26-2009, 04:07 PM
Bell Orchestre are, to be fair, the kind of band that I think only ever work an album at a time. And I do think - sh, don't tell anybody - that their first album was uh, better.

Lanegan and Dulli never quite captured my imagination in their other projects, but something about Gutter Twins just seizes me. I think it's the giant sense of doom.

My headphones are busy just now, but I will catch up in a bit, folks.

hawkingvsreeve
04-26-2009, 04:12 PM
Becca, I didn't know our music tastes ran so parallel. Love Old97s, love D-Plan, love Hum, Love Sunny Day.

We both suffer from the same love for late 90s indie bands who are since broken up.

Also for the record, D-Plan were great live.

rskapcat
04-26-2009, 04:21 PM
Becca, I didn't know our music tastes ran so parallel. Love Old97s, love D-Plan, love Hum, Love Sunny Day.

We both suffer from the same love for late 90s indie bands who are since broken up.

Also for the record, D-Plan were great live.

Aww...that's awesome! Soooo jealous you saw D-Plan. I'm happy I saw Hum & Sunny Day back in the day. :)

hawkingvsreeve
04-26-2009, 04:34 PM
Indeed. We are even, sorta. I'd say you have a slight edge.

I only like SDRE's later stuff though, after Jeremy finally learned how to sing. Rising Tide is ace. How It Feels... is great as well.

Pixiessp
04-26-2009, 04:44 PM
Becca, you turned me on to Guster a while back. Thanks for that.

I will post some stuff and give my opinions of a few of the posted vids later on tonite. Right now work beckons. :(

mountmccabe
04-26-2009, 04:52 PM
Responses:

Parenthetical Girls - "Song for Ellie Greenwich"

I am a big fan of this band. I saw them July 2006 in a tiny local venue called the Trunk Space. I think I had heard good things via another forum. Oh man. His voice is crazy emotional. They played "I Was The Dancer" and that would be high on a list of best live performances.

I don't think I had heard this song; it is good... but I tire of them somewhat on CD.


Cass McCombs

I vaguely remember him from his opening slot on the 2005 Modest Mouse tour. He played 1st, before Mason Jennings. I don't remember him doing much for me there; this song doesn't do much for me either.


The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health

OK, I know who they are but, well, I might not have listened to them. I mean, other than well, a few tracks (including this very song) from a couple mixes posted here over the years.

This song is big and bassy and has a good groove. I bet I could like them if'n I became invested in doing so - like, say, if they were coming to town or a festival I was attending, etc - but that's not terribly likely, now, is it. But maybe.


I like Feist, don't really like DFA and will skip them. For now, at least.


Land of Talk - Speak To Me Bones

Umm. Wow. This is high energy, dynamic rock. She does have a good voice and the song has a good build. I want to hear more.


I am a fan of both Bell Orchestre and Gutter Twins (though I've heard little of the latter) and will skip them for now.

mountmccabe
04-26-2009, 04:57 PM
Also I loved the Dismemberment Plan live. I only saw them on their last tour and apart from their opening three songs and their closer it was all audience requests.

Also what are the thoughts on the Fire Theft? I never saw SDRE and don't want to see Enigk solo but I did like that album and did manage to see them open for Grandaddy (after Dios, before Saves the Day.)

MissingPerson
04-26-2009, 04:59 PM
The Helio Sequence - I like this, but I wouldn't be nuts about it. I can imagine some of my horrible local bands playing something not dissimilar, just doing it worse.

Grand Archives - Also nice. Like a million bonus points for quality use of Llamas. Umm. To be honest, I think the llamas are probably the most memorable element for me, but it would be good music to drive to. If I had a car.

James Rabbit - Think these guys would be fun live, and I really like a bawdy singalong. I find it hard to imagine listening to a whole album along these lines, but I'd definitely go to this show.

Julie Doiron - Half way between a bunch of Seattle bands and a kind of surf-rock vibe? Cool though.

Guster - I think I might go looking for more of this. This is great.

Ben Folds - Folds' stuff is always very nice, but I find it very hard to pay attention for long. I listened to a lot of his stuff after he covered a Neil Hannon/ Divine Comedy song
that's very dear to my heart (Songs of Love), but he just doesn't hold my interest.

Argh, laptop freaking out, continue soon.

EDIT:

Old 97s - Sound exactly like I imagined they would from the name.

Hum - Remind me of all the bands my older sister used to love during her angsty teenager phase. What with her being my older sister, I thought she was just about the coolest person I'd ever known, so I spent a lot of time listening to her music.

Jeremy Enigk - This is uh, Decemberisty.

Sunny Day Real Estate - I prefer this one. Dig those band-in-a-garage drums.

Dismemberment Plan - I love this. Video's pretty annoying, but I love this.

The Format - Is this... like.... honky-tonk? Oh, no hang on. The ending's lovely, bit unexpected.

mountmccabe
04-27-2009, 09:32 PM
I'll bump.

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The Wrens - Everyone Chooses Sides

They're from Jersey. Their stuff is Pixies-inspired rock. It's better than that, but I'm trying to not write a novel. Here, at least. One this track, from The Meadowlands you can hear some of that rock but there's a broader, sweeping side to it. This is rich stuff. I can't find official videos for "Happy" or "Hopeless" or those'd be up here. At any rate it they had label issues and troubles trying to get that record out - documented on the album itself, even - and didn't manage to get the album out until 2003, which was 7 years after their previous album. They just released a live version of a new song for download; it is good. Maybe they will release an album soon. They are playing Sasquatch. I want to see them sometime.


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Sodastream - Wedding Day

They were a duo from Australia. They released four albums and a bunch of EPs over about a decade and broke up in 2007. Their songs are laid back, plaintive, mellow pop. Yes, really. Think the sleepy side of Belle & Sebastian. "Wedding Day" is from their glorious debut album Looks Like A Russian.

Two is enough from me for now.

MissingPerson
04-29-2009, 05:02 PM
Just noticed the bump, but youtube isn't working for me right now.

Also, curse y'all and your lazy ears.

suprefan
04-29-2009, 05:43 PM
Jeremy Enigk = Sunny Day Real Estate singer, look at it that way....

seandlr
05-03-2009, 12:40 AM
first off, (1) i listened to the knife. i have heard of them before but never bothered to listen to any of their music, but i wasnt very interested, but with so much praise they get, if anyone has any other reccomendations other than the song that MP has posted, im willing to give it a shot (no disrespect to MP)
(2) Land of talk. they sounded like a mixture of the gossip+ sleater-kinney + pj harvey. and i actually sort of liked it. i would also like to take reccomendations for Land of Talk as well.
(3) death from above.. nothing special IMO
(4) the wrens- same as above. sorry :/

PLEASE READ DESCRIPTIONS FIRST
ATMOSPHERE - GUARANTEES
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now for those that dont know, i am a huge atmosphere fan. but i am not a sterotypical atmosphere fan. in this song (which is a single of his latest album: When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold) i feel that this song shows Slugs (the MC, Rapper, Writer etc. in the group) his great writing. not only are his rhymes passionate and easy to cope with, but they are definately thought evoking; "and my neighbors aint doin much better, and we make it competiton instead of sticking together." ive been an atmosphere fan for some time now, and i give you guarantees because i feel its one of atmosphere's best. please enjoy. this song means a lot to me.

Broken Social Scene - Stars and Sons
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Broken Social Scene really is a great band, and if they stay at the same pace that theyre at, they'll headline some day. i really think they have the potential to be great. i dont have much to say about them, besides the fact of how good they are, but this is your chance to be blown away (if you havent already)

Julie Ruin - I Wanna Know What Love Is
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ATTN. ALL LE TIGRE BIKINI KILL RIOT GRRRL LISTENERS
for those that havent known, Kathleen Hannah (main vocalist for bikini kill and le tigre) had a solo project called Julie Ruin and she recorded an album with a beat machine in her apartment somewhere in New York i think. any way, this song is really great, a great inspiration for me as a male to push gender equality. last i heard, kathleen hannah said she would record another julie ruin album before the next le tigre album.
if you havent listened to them yet, you have missed out. i think if this band stays at the same pase or if progresses even more, they are heading towards coachella headliner material. as for the song, i can just never get enough of and i really hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers
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if you didnt know, the golden gate bridge is the worlds suicide capital spot, in which this is what that song is about. Sleater-Kinney in my opinion is the best girl rock group of all time IMO. they really do have a lot of talent. if i can reccomend another song it'll be "Steep Air". right now they are on a haitus, but there are rumors of them getting back together soon. i figure the more fans they aquire over time, the better chances of catching a live show. enjoy

Against Me! - Reinventing Axl Rose
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AM! recently signed to warner bros. little brother label sire records, in which that is what ruined AM! as a band musically. a lot of people like their new album (New Wave: summer 2008) but it really is different than their older stuff. all of their songs are very "sing along as load as you can" and their live shows are always the best, guaranteed. this song in particular is an acoustic version, but it is one of my favorite, and its pretty much talking shit on axl rose. when axl rose heard the song, he made vodoo dolls of the band and starting doing rituals and some weird shit like that. this band really inspired me both musically, culturally and politically.

Wingnut Dishwasher Union - Fuck Shit Up
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Pat the Bunny (singer of the band) is as DIY as it gets in music. has his own record label (spare change records) sells all cd's for $1 and tours the country as long as fans can contribute to gas money. to me, his lyrics are great and his shows are fun, and he's a really nice guy too. he's gonna be big in the folk punk scene soon, i know it. enjoy

I am so passionate about all the bands i just posted that if you really like what you heard and want more of it, PM me, give me a mailing address, and i will make you a mix and send it to you ASAP

Thank you for your ears
Sean

rskapcat
05-03-2009, 04:38 AM
first off, (1) i listened to the knife. i have heard of them before but never bothered to listen to any of their music, but i wasnt very interested, but with so much praise they get, if anyone has any other reccomendations other than the song that MP has posted, im willing to give it a shot (no disrespect to MP)
(2) Land of talk. they sounded like a mixture of the gossip+ sleater-kinney + pj harvey. and i actually sort of liked it. i would also like to take reccomendations for Land of Talk as well.
(3) death from above.. nothing special IMO
(4) the wrens- same as above. sorry :/

PLEASE READ DESCRIPTIONS FIRST
ATMOSPHERE - GUARANTEES
now for those that dont know, i am a huge atmosphere fan. but i am not a sterotypical atmosphere fan. in this song (which is a single of his latest album: When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold) i feel that this song shows Slugs (the MC, Rapper, Writer etc. in the group) his great writing. not only are his rhymes passionate and easy to cope with, but they are definately thought evoking; "and my neighbors aint doin much better, and we make it competiton instead of sticking together." ive been an atmosphere fan for some time now, and i give you guarantees because i feel its one of atmosphere's best. please enjoy. this song means a lot to me.

Broken Social Scene - Stars and Sons
Broken Social Scene really is a great band, and if they stay at the same pace that theyre at, they'll headline some day. i really think they have the potential to be great. i dont have much to say about them, besides the fact of how good they are, but this is your chance to be blown away (if you havent already)

Julie Ruin - I Wanna Know What Love Is
ATTN. ALL LE TIGRE BIKINI KILL RIOT GRRRL LISTENERS
for those that havent known, Kathleen Hannah (main vocalist for bikini kill and le tigre) had a solo project called Julie Ruin and she recorded an album with a beat machine in her apartment somewhere in New York i think. any way, this song is really great, a great inspiration for me as a male to push gender equality. last i heard, kathleen hannah said she would record another julie ruin album before the next le tigre album.
if you havent listened to them yet, you have missed out. i think if this band stays at the same pase or if progresses even more, they are heading towards coachella headliner material. as for the song, i can just never get enough of and i really hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers
if you didnt know, the golden gate bridge is the worlds suicide capital spot, in which this is what that song is about. Sleater-Kinney in my opinion is the best girl rock group of all time IMO. they really do have a lot of talent. if i can reccomend another song it'll be "Steep Air". right now they are on a haitus, but there are rumors of them getting back together soon. i figure the more fans they aquire over time, the better chances of catching a live show. enjoy

Against Me! - Reinventing Axl Rose
AM! recently signed to warner bros. little brother label sire records, in which that is what ruined AM! as a band musically. a lot of people like their new album (New Wave: summer 2008) but it really is different than their older stuff. all of their songs are very "sing along as load as you can" and their live shows are always the best, guaranteed. this song in particular is an acoustic version, but it is one of my favorite, and its pretty much talking shit on axl rose. when axl rose heard the song, he made vodoo dolls of the band and starting doing rituals and some weird shit like that. this band really inspired me both musically, culturally and politically.

Wingnut Dishwasher Union - Fuck Shit Up
Pat the Bunny (singer of the band) is as DIY as it gets in music. has his own record label (spare change records) sells all cd's for $1 and tours the country as long as fans can contribute to gas money. to me, his lyrics are great and his shows are fun, and he's a really nice guy too. he's gonna be big in the folk punk scene soon, i know it. enjoy

I am so passionate about all the bands i just posted that if you really like what you heard and want more of it, PM me, give me a mailing address, and i will make you a mix and send it to you ASAP

Thank you for your ears
Sean

I quite liked Atmosphere, Julie Ruin, & Sleater-Kinney. I always tried to get into Sleater-Kinney, but for some reason it never stuck. I already love BSS...they were supposed to play Dallas a while back and canceled the show. :(

PM sent. :)

BobCaygeon
05-03-2009, 07:12 AM
Feist: I can see how it is easy to start disliking Feist on account of her ubiquity, especially up here in Canada with all the Junos she won. But, I still have a spot for her in my heart because of where she came from. She started out in a very noisy band here in Calgary called "Placebo". Apparently she damaged her vocal chords singing like this, and this is why we have a more soft-spoken Feist today.

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Remembering this Leslie Feist, I can still hear that "I Feel It All" is a good song no matter how many times it is played.

Alchemy
05-03-2009, 08:40 AM
Reviews


Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights

I've always wanted to get into this band, because it seems like everybody is into them, and I remember I listened to an album once, but I didn't like it... I think it was this album on the youtube, actually. I listened to it a long time ago, and with the evolved taste in music that I have now, I actually like this song "Romantic Rights," so maybe I should give them another chance.


Bell Orchestre - Water/ Light/ Shifts

I like the name of this band/group/artist. I'm a big fan of acts like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, ect... Post-rock and instrumental music. This sounds like a band that I would like.


Balmorhea - Settler/ March 4 1831

Another instrumental band, hmm... They sound pretty cool. I think I liked the Bell Orchestre song better, but I need to look into Balmorhea.


Cass McCombs - I Went To The Hospital

This song sounds really good. Mrs. Alchemy would probably appreciate Cass McCombs if his other stuff sounds like this. The guitar work on this sounds like something else I've heard, another song, but I can't put my finger on it. The vocals are really good.

Alchemy's songs coming very soon...

SoulDischarge
05-03-2009, 09:08 AM
All these rules are making me not want to share my enviable wealth of musical knowledge, so I'm just going to violate them as I please. (Although I did listen to a couple of songs MP posted; Parenthetical Girls were different from what I was expecting and that Cass McCombs song was pretty infectious).

The Phantom Limbs - Shake A Baby live
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The Phantom Limbs were a Bay Area synth-punk band that caught the ear of Jello Biafra, landing them on the Alternative Tentacles label. They were active from 1999-2004 and released two full lenth albums (Applied Ignorance [2001] and Displacement [2003]) and one EP (Random Hymns [2005]). They play a sort of horror punk with organs that wouldn't sound out of place on the soundtrack to a movie about a demented carnival, similar to what the Horrors did on their first album, but less polished. The song I posted can be found on their first album, but I think that version might be off a live/demos disc as it sounds just slightly sloppier than the one I'm familiar with.

Alchemy
05-03-2009, 09:17 AM
The Reindeer Section - Cold Water

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I know a lot of you aren't fans of Snow Patrol, but I think this is one Gary Lightbody project that everyone should pay attention to. Even if you don't like Gary Lightbody's voice, there are a handful of songs that he doesn't sing in. I picked "Cold Water," though, because I feel it is a good representation of the band. A lot of bands that the board DOES like are included in The Reindeer Section; such as Alfie, Belle & Sebastian, and John Cummings (Mogwai).

Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Plateaux of Mirror

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Those of you who followed the Create-A-Festival contest might remember my festival Yellowstone, and some might remember that Brian Eno and Harold Budd were on my first tier on Friday. These two gentlemen represent the greatest forces in ambient music. A lot of you know Brian Eno from his work with David Byrne, David Bowie, U2, and Roxy Music. Some of you might know Harold Budd from his work with Cocteau Twins (more recently with Robin Guthrie). I would recommend people take a look at all of Brian Eno's Ambient albums (Harold Budd is on Ambient 2: Plateaux of Mirror), and there is a really great collaboration between the two called The Pearl.

Psapp - Tricycle

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I looooove Psapp. They use a lot of chromatic bells and things in their music, and they have a lot of interesting little noises (like toy sounds and things like that). In my opinion, they always make great quality music. I could listen to their albums forever without getting tired of it.

tweaker - Take Me Alive

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There are two excellent albums made by Chris Vrenna as tweaker, who many of you might recognize from Nine Inch Nails. I think that Vrenna makes the most amazing music ever. His tweaker albums consist of his music (a lot of industrial-pop) with guest musicians like Robert Smith and Johnny Marr and many others. Another amazing thing that Vrenna has done is the soundtrack to American McGee's Alice, but that isn't under his tweaker moniker.

Graham Coxon - Bittersweet Bundle of Misery

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It's not always all about Damon Albarn, you know... Blur would never be Blur if it weren't for Graham Coxon. He is an essential piece of the puzzle, actually. He is also my favorite guitarist of all time (alongside Johnny Marr). I think that this song is as good as any Blur song. Coxon's solo stuff also has a more youthful, exciting spirit (more akin to Blur) than any of Albarn's projects. When you listen to Coxon's music, you realize that he was responsible for most of Blur's greatest work.

Thank you.

SoulDischarge
05-04-2009, 06:57 AM
I Am Spoonbender - Replaced By Toys
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I Am Spoonbender (http://www.iamspoonbender.com) are an unusual multimedia band originally formed in San Francisco in 1997. They play a kind of electronic music that doesn't have too much in common with the popular styles of electronica (EBM/dance music, synth pop, ambient), although they do borrow a few elements from those genres. They have more in common with the musique concrete composers of the '60's and post rock bands from the last 20 years, although with a much stronger pop sense. This is the type of music science fiction writers of the '50's imagined would be popular in "the future." While they conjure all kinds of strange digital noises, it's all grounded by the strong rhythmic foundation provided by a live drummer. In addition to their distinctive sound, the band sets themselves apart by maintaining a certain visual and conceptual element based around ideas like ESP and forms of control. They have two albums (Sender Receiver [1999] and Buy Hidden Persuaders [2006]) and two EPS (Teletwin and Shown Actual Size). The song I posted is off their first album and is one of the few tracks featuring prominent vocals on the record. The title of the song is a pretty good indicator of their sound: equal parts novel whimsy and vague menace.

Add N To (X) - Barry 7's Contraption
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Probably the most obvious predecessor to I Am Spoonbender's sound would be Britain's Add N To (X). They also play retro-futuristic avant-pop performed on analogue electronic instruments and refer to themselves as "avant-hard," which I think is a little misleading. While their music can be dark and slightly abrasive at times (especially their earlier stuff), for the most part they bring a strong sense of fun to the world of experimental electronic music. They have five full length studio albums (the first of which I didn't realize existed until just now), and they get more accessible as they go on, eventually becoming kind of boring and aimless. I'd say the best compromise between their harsher earlier works and their more pop minded later material is 1999's Avant Hard. The track I posted is the opening song on that album.

MissingPerson
05-05-2009, 04:31 PM
I haven't forgotten, I haven't forgotten.

dorkfish
05-05-2009, 05:14 PM
The Wrens - Everyone Chooses Sides
Great song. The Wrens are a truly fantastic live band. They provide for me what everyone else says that they get out of watching the Hold Steady live.

The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
Probably the best song from the Silent Shout LP.

MewithoutYou - Bullet to Binary pt. 2
It's almost embarrassing that I like this band. I thought Catch For Us the Foxes was one of the best albums of 2004. I can never go see them live, because the youthful crowd would wreck my experience.



The Soft Pink Truth - Promofunk
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Matthew Herbert dared Drew Daniel from Matmos to make a house record. This was the fruit of that dare.


Secret Hate - Kevsadic
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This was prominently featured on my "songs to listen to while I was having to mow the lawn" mixtape in high school.


Uncle Slam - Dominant Submission
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Another high school band. Bought this CD because it was a quarter and the back mentioned that it was a Suicidal Tendencies side project. The lyrics are pretty stereotypically over-the-top, but I always loved this album. There's a cover of Zeppelin's Dazed and Confused, too, if you're so inclined. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKS7UFYBSYY)


Bobby Bare Jr. - Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost)
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Not in as big of a shadow as Jakob Dylan, but being the Junior to Bobby Bare can't be that easy. I've enjoyed Bobby Bare Jr. since I've first heard him. His sound is somewhere in between My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, and his father. This song is a piano ballad, so it's a bit of an outlier, but I enjoy it.