I just said I saw Bowie 3 times that very tour, and each show was spot on.
This thread is overrated. I don't get it. There're some funny bits but it's mostly the same old annoying "I don't like this great album because it isn't how I want it to be" nonsense. That does not make an excellent thread. Average, maybe.
He wasn't bad at all....that was just when he went through his mini wannabe industrial phase....and I thought his set was a poor imitation of what Trent did to open the show
anything by interpol
9/4 Superchunk - El Rey
9/10 Pixies- El Rey
9/12 Titus Andronicus- Eagle Rock
9/28 Herbert Grönemeyer- Henry Fonda
All the Beck talk in the Coachella 2011 Headliners thread made me realize that there is one album that always gets praise that I simply don't understand.
I'm a huge Beck fan and this record has a couple amazing songs but overall this album just makes me sleepy. zzzzzzzzzzzzz
I am neither foxy, nor a lady.
Neil Young - Kanye West - Beck - PJ Harvey - The Knife - Basement Jaxx - Tom Waits - Shpongle (Live) - Flying Lotus (Live) - The Avalanches - Autechre - Eels - Fat Freddy's Drop - Liquid Liquid - OFWGKTA - Freddie Gibbs - Big K.R.I.T. - Phantogram - Christian Scott - Nosaj Thing - Gold Panda - James Blake
Being a heavy influence is a double edged sword. On one hand your imitators can dilute your sound by copying it, making your albums age poorly. In some cases you develop a tastes for certain things by hearing who they influenced. I definitely worked backwards on Floyd, Iggy, Eno, Beatles, Zepplin, and in some ways the Wu.
Most days that's my favorite Beck album. It's full of such beautiful, simplistic melancholy, and he really effectively cops the style of Serge Gainsbourg on Paper Tiger, which is definitely my favorite Beck song and an absolutely great track. It's the opposite of goofy upbeat Beck, but it's great music in its own right.
Fucking love Odelay.
love love love.... I will listen to it tonight just to spite the haters.
Meanwhile I haven't really managed to get into any of his other albums.
He shifted his sound to something other than what I wanted and I just never gave his newer stuff a chance really.
I have a hard time not loving all of Beck's albums.
Ron Paul 2012!
Death Cab for Cutie/Magik Magik Orchestra
some other bands
Phoenix and Vampire Weekend are two of the most bland bands I've heard in a long time yet they get props for some reason.
I actually haven't really gotten into Sea Change too much. I think part of it is that I'm so familiar with his early, lo-fi stuff that was still kind of goofy but had these extraordinarily melancholy moments that this album doesn't quite compare to. But I think I just need to give it more time is all.
Sea Change really is fucking brilliant. Possibly Beck's best.
My intention with this thread was to get more specific than that, to actually highlight individual albums. The feedback I got re: Pet Sounds is exactly what I was looking for. Patrick, James and Bryan all gave their two cents in regards to the album and it makes a good bit more sense to me now. And there were a good amount of others that followed suit and some informative points of view were given.
I really just wanted to get some good, solid musical conversation going. Keep in mind, you don't have to dislike the band that wrote the album you pick. It can just be an album from a good band whose popularity (the album, not the band) was always a head-scratcher for you.
Exile on Main Street. It's a really good album. And the Rolling Stones are a great band. I just don't understand why this is considered their masterpiece by so many. Sticky Fingers and even Beggars Banquet are superior in my book.
interpol hasn't even put anything out in such a long time. what a cheap shot. they still rock (2007's release was full of integrity, can't wait to hear more)
i think the emerging thesis of this thread is that only the first half of a musical artist's career are deeply influential. hence the radiohead, beck, rolling stones, vampire weekend hype/collapse. it's like everything else that picks up tremendous speed in america, it becomes a bubble, and then it bursts, and can't nobody put the pieces back together again. Michael Jackson, as the best example to date.
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gary coleman. who cares wtf
but albinos are severely overhyped. although some are truly special...
[albino animals @ bored panda]
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For me, what works best about Exile... is its seamless blend of taut emotion, simple songs and ridiculous excess. It's that rarest of double albums on which nothing feels superfluous. That they managed to put it together at all is nothing short of miraculous, though that shouldn't necessarily impact your appreciation for the album. To put Exile... in contemporary Coachella forum perspective, think of it as a mixtape, with a wide range of styles and emotional arcs that somehow come together to form a singular, wonderfully chaotic (and often lovely and understated) experience.
Also trying to use one model to cover the hype/collapse of both the Rolling Stones and Vampire Weekend is wonderfully hilarious.
Also Pablo Honey has been mentioned for this thread and while there's more love for The Bends it's hard to say it gets anywhere near the reverence of OK Computer and Kid A, so you're looking at a middle period sort of thing here.
And Beck, Beck's first releases were nothing and then he hit MTV big and has been bouncing back and forth, stylistically, since. There's no model there, there's no sense at all.
That being said we are a little doomed to, in most instances, be at least slightly disappointed by all new releases by artists we know and love. To fall in love with a band takes something serious and creates expectations. Even if you catch a band on the upswing - while they're figuring things out - in many cases their growth does not run in parallel with your tastes and you slowly drift apart. This probably could be its own much better thread but I can only think of one band that released my favorite album after I already loved them.