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    Default Re: Who Is More Pretentious?

    A buddy of mine opened for Mogwai in Jersey back in 97, apparently. He was like, "I'm pretty sure it was Mogwai. No singer, just really fucking loud guitars, right?"
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    First time I saw Mogwai, I had heard that they played really long songs. They played their first three songs in a combined 15 minutes, and I didn't know what people were talking about. Then they closed with My Father My King, which lasted for almost 40 amazing minutes. As soon as they were done, I searched the crowd to find someone who could tell me what that song was because it was so good.
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    Mars Volta is more pretentious, but also the better band IMO, sooooo
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    God I hate TMV

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    I completely understand what you mean, Josh. I know what point you are trying to get across. Recorded Mogwai is an acquired taste. It's great for reading or studying, though.

    Mogwai is in my top five best performances though. If you EVER get the chance to see them live, don't hesitate. It is seriously one of the loudest things I have ever heard, but the cleanest at the same time.

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    At least TMV makes, you know, music. Instead of just boring noises.

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    When I saw TMV at the Berkeley Greek in '05 they postponed the show until Cedric and Omar finished shopping at the Amoeba Records on Telegraph, it was all good, since they then played for 2.5 hours straight.
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    Default Re: Who Is More Pretentious?

    Quote Originally Posted by NicoDread View Post
    At least TMV makes, you know, music. Instead of just boring noises.
    That shit is not music. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
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    I think MV has a problem all playing in the same key....each band member is soloing the entire time, and to me it doesn't sound like any of it fits together
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoDread View Post
    At least TMV makes, you know, music. Instead of just boring noises.
    Wow.

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    Default Re: Who Is More Pretentious?

    As I am someone who loves both bands, this argument is kind of hilarious to me.

    I don't really see how either band is really pretentious. So, here is the Webster definition:

    1: characterized by pretension: as a: making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing) <the pretentious fraud who assumes a love of culture that is alien to him Richard Watts> b: expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature <pretentious language> <pretentious houses> 2: making demands on one's skill, ability, or means : ambitious <the pretentious daring of the Green Mountain Boys in crossing the lake American Guide Series: Vermont>
    I guess I don't see either band as trying to exaggerate their importance, worth or stature.

    But, maybe definition #2, similar to "ambitious" might actually fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWatcher View Post
    I guess I don't see either band as trying to exaggerate their importance, worth or stature.
    This is the very description of TMV! They make 40 minute shit fest songs because they think they are doing something important and worthy of adulation.
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    Default Re: Who Is More Pretentious?

    mogwai, all the way
    even though i prefer them over tmv
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    Easy decision for me. I don't mind Mogwai, but The Mars Volta has always gotten under every nerve.
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    Default Re: Who Is More Pretentious?

    this thread is far more pretentious than either of these two awesome bands.

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