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    Default 50 Must Hear Overlooked Albums per Decade 70s-00s.

    We're talking about it in the Music Lounge Default Thread, so let's just do it. Anyone that feels like it, pick 50 albums from each decade from the 70's through the 00's that you think should the rest of the board should be familiar with but perhaps are not. It would be more interesting than just telling everyone how great OK Computer is for the 100th time. You don't have to write an essay about each album, but a brief sentence would be nice telling us what kind of music it is or why it's worth our attention. This is a huge undertaking, so feel free to take it slowly, break it down however you like.
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    I'm not sure how to really define "overlooked," but let's just say it can't be on Rolling Stone's All Time Top 500 Albums list. http://www.archer2000.net/sbs/awardsrs500.html
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    Not sure I can come up with 50 from each decade, but I'll give it a shot.
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    Love the idea. Not sure if I have the attention-span for 200 records, but I'll certainly start putting something together.
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    Default Re: 50 Must Hear Overlooked Albums per Decade 70s-00s.

    Why not just one album per year? Might be easier for all.

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    Default Re: 50 Must Hear Overlooked Albums per Decade 70s-00s.

    I wouldn't have the attention span to read a list of 50 albums, let alone put one together.

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    Well. We could reduce it to 25 per decade. I don't like the one album per year thing, it's far too limiting on something fairly arbitrary (I mean, yeah, this whole thing is, but at least you can get more range this way).
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    I can come up with something for th last 2 decades for sure
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    How about we all write about as many as we all feel like writing about. If you have a lot to recommend or talk about, go for it; if you don't, at least the list will be comprised of the things which the person honestly enjoys rather than being padded with a bunch of filler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosurprises12 View Post
    How about we all write about as many as we all feel like writing about. If you have a lot to recommend or talk about, go for it; if you don't, at least the list will be comprised of the things which the person honestly enjoys rather than being padded with a bunch of filler.
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    Boooooooo more discussion about unified, unilateral procedure! What is this liberal leaning flexibility do whatcha want hootenanny?

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    Cara has to come up with 50 albums per year that make excellent use of the mandolin.
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    Ha, didn't see this when I put my thread up. Lets do all of it!
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    I've got my 70s list, but I have free time like woah right now, so I'm writing blurbs for all the albums. Expect the post in the next few days.
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    I've realized that most of my submissions will be TV theme songs and IDGAF

    8/16: Anthony Naples, Maxmillion Dunbar @ f8
    8/18: Man Man @ The Chapel
    8/23-8/24: FYF Fest
    8/30: Peaking Lights @ The Chapel
    9/3: Bear in Heaven @ The Independent
    9/24 - 28: Decibel Festival
    10/5: The War on Drugs, Cass McCombs @ The Fillmore
    10/18-19: Treasure Island Music Festival

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    Roxy Music - Stranded (1973)

    Roxy Music are often overlooked when talking about great music of the 1970's. The best band to come out of the "Glam Rock" movement. When people do mention Roxy Music's 70's catalogue, they seem to only talk about the brilliance of For Your Pleasure, which is an amazing record, but this is the finer album i think. Every song is great. The album contains possibly my favorite Roxy song "Psalm".. which is an 8 minute long masterpiece. Apparently Bryan Ferry's first song he ever penned, which says a lot about his songwriting... A+
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    We should have people throw in their choices until it reaches 50.. that way it's also a collective thing. 'Cause I think 50 albums, or 25, is pretty daunting for one person.

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    Violent Femmes- Hallowed Ground (1984)

    Their best album but usually ignored.

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    Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now (1988)

    A little dated but still beautiful.
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    The Lemonheads - Come on Feel the Lemonheads (1993)

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    Bran Van 3000 - Glee (1998)

    Such a great, eclectic, and fun record.

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    Happy End - Happy End (1973)

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    Default Re: 50 Must Hear Overlooked Albums per Decade 70s-00s.

    I'm debating whether or not I'll even go past the 2000's since it's not really my expertise, so here are my Must Hear Overlooked Albums from 2011 - 2006. I'll put up 2005 - 2000 later.



    2011: John Vanderslice & The Magik*Magik Orchestra - White Wilderness

    Recommended songs: "Overcoat", "Convict Lake", "The Piano Lesson"

    I harped on this record for ages when it came out, as I think it's Vanderslice's best work, because it defies the old "singer-songwriter/band works with an orchestra but the orchestra is complimentary instead of integral to the songs" trope of collaboration records.



    2010: The Thermals - Personal Life / Kelley Stoltz - To Dreamers

    Recommended songs: "Your Love Is So Strong", "A Reflection", "I'm Gonna Change Your Life"
    Recommended songs: "I Remember You Were Wild", "I Don't Get That", "Pinecone"

    Maybe because I got around to the Thermals when this record was released and not circa The Blood, The Body, The Machine, I could not understand the lack of love this record got. I guess people wanted the Thermals to keep on writing politically-charged anti-establishment punk anthems instead of slow-burning, bass-driven tunes about relationships, but I'm not one of those people.

    As for the Kelley Stoltz record, just click the link for "I Remember You Were Wild". If that song (which was my favorite song of 2010) doesn't convince you to listen to the record, then it ain't for you. It's basically a tribute to the Velvet Underground, if that helps.



    2009: The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules / Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day

    Recommended songs: "1517", "Courage", "High on the Heels"
    Recommended songs: "Consolation Prize", "Heavy Snow", "Spill Yer Lungs"

    While everyone (seemingly) was going apeshit over Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, I was obsessed with Erlend Oye's (of Royksopp's "Remind Me" fame) second album under the monicker The Whitest Boy Alive. Great, jazzy riffs, crisp drumming, the whole thing just comes together amazingly well. I made it a point to bring this record to the Bay Area Record Club meetup I went to last summer because of how much I love this record. It also remains the only album I've bought online from another person because it's impossible to find in America.

    As for the Julie Doiron record, well, I tend to see Marnie Stern and St. Vincent always mentioned when the conversation concerns Women Who Rock (and with good reason) but with her 2009 record, Julie Doiron deserves to be recognized all the same. On this record, Doiron manages to balance out heavy riffs and sweet acoustic melodies across 12 songs in a way that really impressed me and inspired me to check out her back catalog.



    2008: The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead / Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night

    Recommended songs: "Can't Say No", "Keep Your Eyes Ahead", "Hallelujah"
    Recommended songs: "Departure", "Prismatic Room", "The Sinking"

    I came across the Helio Sequence record while I was just starting out working at my old college radio station, and it was a coin flip between it and the self-titled Grand Archives record as for which of the two I'd include alongside the Crystal Stilts record. It's just chock full of anthemic indie rock, can't get more simple than that.

    As for the Crystal Stilts record, I had always loved "Departure", and happened to come across a used copy of the record on vinyl about a year ago. I put it on and the whole thing just blew me away, what a great debut record. Gothic, dreary surf rock at it's best.



    2007: Okkervil River - The Stage Names

    Recommended songs: "Plus Ones", "Unless It's Kicks", "Savannah Smiles"

    Honestly, it's a testament to the amount/quality of music that came out in 2007 that The Stage Names wasn't AOTY. This is definitely one of my suggestions that is borderline "overlooked" since it did receive some attention, but not nearly enough IMO. It's the standard by which I compare all other Okkervil River records.



    2006: Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye / Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

    Recommended songs: "In The Morning", "The Equalizer", "So This Is Goodbye"
    Recommended songs: "Rabbit Fur Coat", "You Are What You Love", "Handle With Care"

    Seeing as the stupidest thing I've ever written on this board concerns this Junior Boys record in question, you'd expect me to avoid mentioning it. Lucky for you, and unfortunately for me, either I think this record is too good to avoid mentioning or I'm not particularly bright. I'd say it's probably a combination of the two, as I can't name an electronic artist this side of the DFA family that can get you to move and feel at the same time. So This Is Goodbye is my favorite record of 2006, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    As for the Jenny Lewis record, well... I'm an unabashed Rilo Kiley fan, but Under the Blacklight fucking SUUUUUUUUCKS. I basically look at this record, which is a bit more alt. country / classic rock than the direction Rilo Kiley was in (and indicative of the mediocre direction Jenny would take her subsequent non-Rilo Kiley records). Still, I love this record, and I think you should give it a shot.
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    A few to consider off the top of my head that feel every bit as good as celebrated classics

    From the 2000s to now...

    The Sunset Tree - The Mountain Goats
    Blinking Lights And Other Revelations - The Eels
    'Sno Angel Like You - Howe Gelb
    Black Cadillac - Rosanne Cash
    Children Running Through - Patty Griffin
    Hadestown & Young Man In America - Anais Mitchell
    The Woods - Sleater-Kinney

    Skipping the 80s and 90s

    From the 70s

    Third - Soft Machine
    So Far - Faust
    Brain Capers - Mott The Hoople
    12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus - Spirit
    Rock 'n' Roll Animal - Lou Reed
    Lodger - David Bowie

    From The 60s
    Gris-Gris - Dr. John
    Moby Grape
    Love, Da Capo, Forever Changes - Love
    Steppenwolf The Second
    Mott The Hoople
    A Salty Dog - Procul Harum
    Ogden's Nut Gone Flakes - The Small Faces
    The Replacements - Bryan Ferry - Outkast - The Knife - Dum Dum Girls - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Broken Bells - Haim - Neko Case - Jagwar Ma - Goat - Waxahatchee

    Queens Of The Stone Age - Pet Shop Boys - Chvrches - Mogwai - Warpaint - Washed Out - Future Islands - Ty Seagall - Darkside - Foxygen

    Beck - Neutral Milk Hotel - Superchunk - Arcade Fire - Bombino - Daughter - Surfer Blood

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    It's a '60s album, but it must be heard so I'm posting it in here. I've mentioned it on here before, and I'll mention it again. Traffic's self-titled album. Not as trippy as their debut Mr. Fantasy - much more pop-oriented and with catchier tunes. It's absolutely amazing, and if I hadn't discovered this message board it'd probably still be in my top 10 all-time albums, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlliniQ View Post
    A few to consider off the top of my head that feel every bit as good as celebrated classics

    From the 2000s to now...

    The Sunset Tree - The Mountain Goats
    Blinking Lights And Other Revelations - The Eels
    'Sno Angel Like You - Howe Gelb
    Black Cadillac - Rosanne Cash
    Children Running Through - Patty Griffin
    Hadestown & Young Man In America - Anais Mitchell
    The Woods - Sleater-Kinney

    Skipping the 80s and 90s

    From the 70s

    Third - Soft Machine
    So Far - Faust
    Brain Capers - Mott The Hoople
    12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus - Spirit
    Rock 'n' Roll Animal - Lou Reed
    Lodger - David Bowie

    From The 60s
    Gris-Gris - Dr. John
    Moby Grape
    Love, Da Capo, Forever Changes - Love
    Steppenwolf The Second
    Mott The Hoople
    A Salty Dog - Procul Harum
    Ogden's Nut Gone Flakes - The Small Faces
    lists like this are what ruin these threads... at least write a couple sentences for each album. jeez

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    That, plus the fact that Forever Changes, So Far and The Woods get plenty of recognition in indie circles (read: the people who post here) and wouldn't be considered overlooked. Probably Lodger too, although I'd accept the argument that it's overlooked in Bowie's catalog.
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    Stars of the Lid - ...And their Refinement of the Decline (Kranky, 2007)



    This album is certainly not overlooked in the ambient community - some might call it the crowning achievement of the genre - but it is, sadly, overlooked everywhere else. Hauntingly beautiful, gorgeously bright, and entrancing in the best way possible, ...And their Refinement of the Decline is a real triumph of ambient drone. It can be a bit long at 2 hours, but no one says you have to listen to it all in one setting.

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