Yeah, that first EP is amazing. And agree that the second album is relatively weak (apart from "Love in Trashcan" and "Somewhere in Texas").
I've also lost track but their latest album, Observator is really solid.
In the wake of his death, I'd like a handful of recommendations of any Jason Molina project. I've been meaning to get into Songs: Ohia especially for awhile now.
farewell transmission is one of my favorite songs of all time
A very different recommendation is the solo, acoustic Shohola, part of the Sojourner boxed set (an actual wooden box). The Pyramid Electric Co. and solo records (oh man Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go) are in a similar vein.
You may also wish to try the CD-length playlist I made, trying to cover the full range from throughout his career.
I love their debut more than anything else they did. It's self-titled.
As a bonus, it was a 3" cd when it was released. I found it at a local antiques store that also sold CDs for some odd reason. Moth-Eaten Deer Head is a killer track.
EDIT: Bryan beat me to the punch! I have the 3" version of that. I saw them and Cattle Decapitation play together, once, at the Chain Reaction. Wow. That was a helluva show.
Going from Wolf Eyes to The Locust at Coachella 2005 was one of the single most bizarre and enthralling experiences I've had at a festival. Although, seeing them at Street Scene 2005 was even better: all the Dashboard Confessional fans were at their stage for some reason (an inordinate amount of Dashboard shirts attested to that) and they opened with about 10 minutes of pure white noise. After the horde of people with hands over ears fled the opposite way, one of them said, "Well, now that we got rid of them..." and they burst into an intense, hellacious set.
I love that band.
Ahh, ok. The DJs on KXLU a few hours ago were talking about the band and how much they loved them and how awesome their song titles were...the group you're talking about is The Locust, but there's also an EDM dude called Locust. Wasn't sure which they were talking about, but sounds like it was the former. Thanks, y'all.
Ha, yes, they were definitely talking about the synth-infused grindcore act from San Diego, who have song titles like:
Spitting In The Faces Of Fools As A Source Of Nutrition
Halfway To A Worthless Ideal Arrangement (An Interlude To A Discontinued Sarcastic Harmony...Yea Whatever)
Wet-Burse Syndrome Hand-Me-Down Display Case
Turning Your Merchandise Into A Ripped Wall Of Mini-Abs
Gluing Carpet To Your Genitals Does Not Make You A Cantaloupe
Yeah, they were onto something there...
So yeah, I'm familiar with tons of their work, but I figured this would be the best place to ask this question and participate in the discussion:
Queen - what is everyone's favorite album(s), which would you recommend starting with, which one(s) would you recommend avoiding?
Frank Sinatra? I have In The Wee Small Hours. Anything else I should get?
I know a few Beatles songs (mostly not by name. Even today, I'll find out a song I've heard before is by them and like O RLY). They just weren't on my radar growing up. I mean, I know who they are and stuff, but not so much for their music.
I had that same exact experience. As a kid they were just part of the ether of life, but I still remember the first time I heard their music in any kind of focused manner. My sixth grade drafting teacher played the "Red" album (a two-disc collection of early songs) as we worked.
If that's the case, I'd suggest starting with Rubber Soul and then slowly moving forward through their catalog. There are so many gems in their catalog that it's worthwhile to really take in everything they released. The first time you become a Beatles fanatic is really a great thing, and the reason so many music lovers adore them so much is really quite simple: they just wrote lots of good music.
It is to my understanding that Sgt Peppers and the white album are their greatest works, yes?
But yes, I'll take you up on your suggestions.
I don't really know Queen, Queen II, A Night At the Opera or Hot Space (or Made In Heaven, I guess) but I will vouch for literally everything else. Though I suppose not everyone loves the move Flash Gordon as much as I do. Same may be said of Highlander and the songs on A Kind of Magic. There is a lot that is cheesy and silly but that is half the fun.
My favorite albums might be Jazz and The Miracle, but they also may be Sheer Heart Attack and A Day at the Races. Or News of the World.
I might start someone new with A Day at the Races, then go to The Works before heading back for Sheer Heart Attack, etc.
I don't have any recommendations of my own, but I have found that AllMusic's top albums/artists lists for genres like that are usually spot-on and might give you some good suggestions: http://www.allmusic.com/style/french-pop-ma0000012177
The one that immediately comes to mind is France Gall. She had some great songs written by Serge and some stuff from other people as well. The type of music you're looking to get into is referred to as Ye Ye usually, so that might help as well.
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