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Heart of Dorkness
01-23-2014, 12:10 PM
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Straight Dope Message Board Music Appreciation Society! As the founding (and currently, only) member of the Society, I hereby cordially invite each and every one of you to join the SDMBMAS. Membership is free, and requires just a few simple steps.

Please do:
1. Listen to the song in the last post in the thread, even if you've heard it before. Listen to it all the way through, and try to give it your undivided attention.
2. Comment on it. You can say anything: you loved it, you hated it, you found/lost your religion because of it, all of the above, and so on. But you have to say why. Your reason can be brief and totally subjective, but you have to at least have a reason. "That sucked," is not sufficient. "That sucked because the singer's voice was like pouring Sriracha in my ear holes," is fine.
3. Post your own song. It can be anything: something very similar to the previous song, or something completely different. It can even be a song you don't particularly enjoy, but want to share for whatever reason. If it includes a NSFW video or lyrics, that's fine, but please warn folks and follow the two-click rule.
4. Tell us what the song is (artist and title - no blind links, please), and why you chose this song.

As long as you do these four things, you're set. You can also comment on previous songs or other people's comments, or say whatever else you want. However, in order to keep the conversation from totally derailing, I have a few simple rules.

Please do not:
1. Post more than one song per post, even if it's just for illustrative purposes in a discussion.
2. Post consecutively, unless no one else has posted for 48 hours.
3. Post without one of the "do-list" items: comment without adding a song, add a song with no comment on the previous one, etc.

Sounds like fun, right? Okay! Let's get started!

As I have no previous song to comment on, here is my submission: "Who's Lovin' You" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2xc8xZ0tV0), sung by Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5). Every time I hear this song, I'm blown away by his voice and his musical ability. He displayed an incredible virtuosity, but it wasn't done to a ridiculous degree, in my opinion. He put in some stunning flourishes, but balanced them with plenty of simple phrases where he just followed the tune, but always with feeling and beauty. In short, he absolutely nailed it. But what really gets me is that he recorded this a couple weeks before his 11th birthday. It's amazing to hear a kid that young convey such emotion, with such clarity and subtlety. From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Lovin%27_You): When the group performed the song during their concerts and live performances, Michael usually gave an intro about being really young but knowing about the blues, usually stating how he met the girl during sandbox and sharing cookies, and ended in "I stepped up to her and i said..." the song started from there.

woodstockbirdybird
01-23-2014, 01:15 PM
Love it, always have. That song has always been Michael Jackson's finest vocal moment, IMO. All the versions I've heard are great - the original Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Terence Trent D'Arby's cover - but then, it's a strong song to begin with, and a good opportunity for singers to show off their range.

My pick is Tonight We Fly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnY9ea_q3nI) by The Divine Comedy, because I think it's the most beautiful pop song on Earth (the lyrics add a lot, for me - previous to this one, my choice probably would have been "Nightswimming" by R.E.M.).

harmonicamoon
01-23-2014, 02:00 PM
Nice selection Woodstockbirdybird. Didn't know the group/song (I don't get out much). I enjoyed the orchestration and the lyrics. Very nice. Thanks for the link.
My selection is Arrow by Cheryl Wheeler. Probably the best love song ever written. I have seen her live a few times. She always talks about her female friend, so she may lean that way. Which just goes to show that love is for everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM6uTPPf0Bk

A great thread! I love music.

AskNott
01-23-2014, 03:01 PM
I had never heard of Cheryl Wheeler, but she brought out the big guns for that one. It's a beautiful song.

My song is an old one, recorded in 1988 by Ry Cooder, with backup by Bobby King and some other guys. Always Lift Him Up is an inspiring song that still makes me feel good, though I have heard it many dozens of times. The bridge and the outro is a hopeful Hawaiian song, Kanaka Wai Wai.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYo3byPgC5o

scabpicker
01-23-2014, 08:55 PM
Wow, I got pretty lucky. I'm a fan of Ry Cooder's playing, but didn't know this song.

It's pretty representative of the sound he's known for from the mid-70's to the late 80's. It's laid back, with clean guitar sounds. Beautiful playing by Ry and his band, without moving into show-off territory. Very nice harmonies - Oddly for a Ry Cooder song, I'm most impressed by the vocals, rather than the guitar playing.

And I was very happy to hear "Who's Lovin' You". I wasn't familiar with it, thankya!

I'll keep us in a southwest U.S. feel, and add The Meat Puppets - "Up on the Sun"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNAJFNd8Lk

harmonicamoon
01-24-2014, 09:58 PM
Super-duper scabpicker! Never heard of these guys. Loved the guitar work. Got me rocking! Gracias!
For my next selection, gonna do another from Cheryl Wheeler. She is an independent singer-song writer that needs the play. And this one's gotta be a hit with the cat lovin' Dopers. It is called My cat's birthday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4jTFQRDr0I

Maserschmidt
01-24-2014, 10:16 PM
Super-duper scabpicker! Never heard of these guys. Loved the guitar work. Got me rocking! Gracias!
For my next selection, gonna do another from Cheryl Wheeler. She is an independent singer-song writer that needs the play. And this one's gotta be a hit with the cat lovin' Dopers. It is called My cat's birthday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4jTFQRDr0I

This song didn't work for me, even though I'm all in favor of a song dedicated to a birthday cat. My biggest complaint that she was singing at the back of her throat in such a way that I kept wishing she would clear it...sorry harmonicamoon. :(

Next up: Andrew Bird's "Dark Matter".
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tH-sgldqcD4

Hodge
01-25-2014, 09:32 AM
Next up: Andrew Bird's "Dark Matter".
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tH-sgldqcD4For the most part, I'm a fan of Andrew Bird but he makes so many stylistic hops that I run hot and cold on his stuff.

I've always found his whistling haunting and evocative and that's how "Dark Matter" starts off before the guitar and then drums build to a pounding accompaniment to his singing, occasionally breaking the building tension with quiet passages. The interest for me is in these dynamic contrasts between loud and soft, fast and slow but the droning melody leaves me cold. Not one of my favourites. I prefer his follow-up album "Noble Beast".

My pick is a sadly underrated singer-songwriter: "You Know I Won't" by Sam Phillips. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6jQBCl5XZw)

scabpicker
01-25-2014, 10:49 AM
My pick is a sadly underrated singer-songwriter: "You Know I Won't" by Sam Phillips. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6jQBCl5XZw)

Over a sketchy internet connection:

Is it that Sam Phillips? No, most certainly not. Singer songwriter? Hmm this could go either way.

<youtube finally finishes loading and the song starts the first verse>

Aww, hell yeah! Rockin' beat, and I mean a rockin' rockabilly beat. Country chord changes, a sweet whiskey voice, love gone wrong lyrics without getting sappy, a country/rockabilly vibrato lead guitar part, with a psychedelic moment in the solo, and fiddle? I love everything about this song. Thankya, I have something new to look for when I visit the record store. Even my wife liked it, and she's a lot pickier about female singers than I am.

My contribution? Let's keep it rocking:
Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lch0o4wwGyw)

WordMan
01-25-2014, 12:00 PM
My contribution? Let's keep it rocking:
Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lch0o4wwGyw)

Love that song - covers get used in commercials from time to time. Bo brings his own brand of boogie.

Next - perfect power pop, The Merrymakers, Monument of Me: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zttT0mH31p4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DzttT0mH31p4

Note that this is a mobile link - I'm on an iPad.

Thudlow Boink
01-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Next - perfect power pop, The Merrymakers, Monument of Me: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zttT0mH31p4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DzttT0mH31p4It is, indeed, perfect power pop: bouncy, hooky, catchy, vocal harmonies... If there's anything wrong with it, it's that it's too much in the standard power pop mold. But it does interest me in hearing more by the band.


Okay: "Film at 11 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-YFUvqwuLk)" by the 77s. It's my favorite of the ones I can find currently on YouTube, by one of the best bands no one's ever heard of (though it doesn't show their rockier, bluesier side).


And if I'm allowed to go back now and comment on earlier songs:

Hodge, thanks for the Sam Phillips pick. I have and love a lot of her older work but haven't gotten around to checking out that album yet.

scabpicker: thanks for the classic early rock and roll by an artist (Bo Diddley) I've certainly heard of but am not as familiar with as I should be.

And I've been enjoying some of the other songs people have posted.

Chefguy
01-25-2014, 01:55 PM
I don't know why I never heard that MJ song. The voice control he had at that age was phenomenal. Some good stuff here. Cheryl Wheeler's style makes me think of Canadian artists like Ian and Sylvia and Neal Young for some reason.

My contribution is Hurricane Season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoZhBKZhmT4), by Trombone Shorty and his band. He's a major contemporary jazz talent out of NOLA, and you can certainly hear the New Orleans sound in his music. But more than that, he just comes at you full on with that wall of sound. Enjoy.

not what you'd expect
01-25-2014, 04:18 PM
That was fun Chefguy.

I saw these guys in concert and this became one of my favorite songs. It never got much, if any airplay because it's so long, but the end is my favorite part.

Poco: Rose of Cimarron.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF91ul0ZR64&feature=kp

It still gives me chills.

scabpicker
02-05-2014, 04:09 AM
Poco: Rose of Cimarron.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF91ul0ZR64&feature=kp

It still gives me chills.

Ok, I think I let this thread sit long enough, and I'm not willing to let it die yet.

I've listened to this many times now. I was unfamiliar with Poco before you posted this. Rusty Young is a damn good dobro and pedal steel player. I wasn't aware of him before. He makes me want to like this song. However, the recording's (over)production (string part, I'm looking at you) gets it most of the way out of my happy zone. I'm also not crazy about the vocal harmonies. The 70's were a different time though, that style sold well. I'm pretty sure that song was why the Eagles picked up Mr. Schmidt later.

I expect the live version was probably pretty good, but that recording wasn't really for me.

I liked Trombone Shorty, nice jazz/funk. If I had one complaint, it's terribly tight (yes, a weird complaint). So tight that I had to look up and make sure it was a band, and not a creation of a sequencer. Damn, they're tight.



My contribution in return: Pierre Henry "Psyche Rock" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qssa6ec7faQ).

If you don't know it already, it'll probably seem really familiar. It's an old song, but I wasn't aware of it until just a couple of years ago.

Esox Lucius
02-05-2014, 09:41 AM
Now that was happy and upbeat. I liked it. The intro sounds like a desolate Sergio Leone film, and then it breaks into that happy three-chord pattern, Louie Louie with a rock beat instead of the halting rhythm of The Kingsmen. Three chords and The Truth has always worked for me. At six and half minutes long, you'd think it would be repetitive but he breaks it up enough that it doesn't get tedious. I couldn't keep from tapping my fingers on the desk along with it. Thanks for that.

For my contribution, I'm semi-embarrassed to offer Je Suis Une Dolly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp_D1AtN1fc), a cover of a Bill Wyman song by a silly girl band from Britain, the Dolly Rockers. I have no excuse other than it's just plain bouncy and infectious.

AnthonyElite
02-05-2014, 10:07 AM
Well Esox, I loved watching the women dance around! The tune was jaunty, electric, and I feel, although it is not my type of music, that I would certainly be caught singing along if it were in my language. Oh...wait...it is? Hmmm...UK English in pop music is undecipherable to me. I liked the production of the music - if you know what DDR is (Dance Dance Revolution) this would be a FUN song to dance to!



I've been consuming massive amounts of prog rock lately and just discovered this band. Since discovery, two weeks ago, I have listened to this album at least 50 times. The song, Pain from the album The Human Equation by Ayreon is day 3 of a character in a coma. Prog rock opera. Never though I'd listen to this as a kid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdBsmeDbQQ&list=PL8A8716CBA1EDC1B0

ultrafilter
02-05-2014, 11:23 AM
That's a good one, but it's not the track from the same album featuring Devin Townsend, so it comes off a little weak in comparison.

After some deliberation, I'm going to go with Therion's Wine of Aluqah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX6ljncmukk). It's ostensibly heavy metal, but it's unlike any other work in the style that I've ever heard, and I'm curious to hear what someone else thinks.

Chefguy
02-05-2014, 05:52 PM
That's a good one, but it's not the track from the same album featuring Devin Townsend, so it comes off a little weak in comparison.

After some deliberation, I'm going to go with Therion's Wine of Aluqah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX6ljncmukk). It's ostensibly heavy metal, but it's unlike any other work in the style that I've ever heard, and I'm curious to hear what someone else thinks.

I'm an old fart and I actually like that. The combination of heavy guitar with orchestral sound is interesting. An update of what The Moody Blues were trying to accomplish back in the stone age.

I'm a big fan of West African music. This is Diaraby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6IDmiKz7ic), as played by Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder from the album Talking Timbuktu (Grammy winner). The singing is in Bambara, not English. To my ears, this is very soothing stuff.

scabpicker
02-06-2014, 02:38 AM
I'm an old fart and I actually like that. The combination of heavy guitar with orchestral sound is interesting. An update of what The Moody Blues were trying to accomplish back in the stone age.

I'm a big fan of West African music. This is Diaraby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6IDmiKz7ic), as played by Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder from the album Talking Timbuktu (Grammy winner). The singing is in Bambara, not English. To my ears, this is very soothing stuff.

Ha! I heard that almost every day as the sound bed intro for "The World" on PRI, and never knew who it was. I'd get it caught in my head all the time, so I'm very pleasantly surprised to find out Ry Cooder is playing on it. He and Ali Farka do dual leads all over the song, and never step on each other. Loved it. I agree it's got a soothing sound, but there appears to be a weariness, worldliness to the song. I wish I understood the lyrics.

Thankya for letting me know what it was I had caught in my head so many times.



And for those of you who prefer theater, we have more slide guitar: Blind Willie Johnson "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_o4omd8T5c).

Why? Because it's easy to get behind for a religious song, even for an atheist-whatchamacalit like me. It's full of personal responsibility for educating yourself. Plus, I still can't play it on guitar. Who's fault is that?

Mixolydian
02-06-2014, 12:37 PM
And for those of you who prefer theater, we have more slide guitar: Blind Willie Johnson "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_o4omd8T5c).

Why? Because it's easy to get behind for a religious song, even for an atheist-whatchamacalit like me. It's full of personal responsibility for educating yourself. Plus, I still can't play it on guitar. Who's fault is that?

This one's not new to me, but I never tire of it. Big difference from Zep's ripoff. BWJ makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck because of his sheer conviction. I know many folks that can't deal with such a gravely voice (see Charley Patton, Howlin' Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits...); I found Blind Willie Johnson's music needs repeated listening to truly appreciate the genius. Sorely underrated.

Next up...a semi-obscure Band tune, "Sleeping" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQGgzN4TPc), sung by the late great Richard Manuel. Chosen because Richard has the same hair-raising ability. (I was looking for a live video of him singing "You Don't Know Me", but the quality is subpar.)

Snowboarder Bo
02-06-2014, 03:02 PM
Next up...a semi-obscure Band tune, "Sleeping" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQGgzN4TPc), sung by the late great Richard Manuel. Chosen because Richard has the same hair-raising ability. (I was looking for a live video of him singing "You Don't Know Me", but the quality is subpar.)
An excellent non-hit example of early-70s country-ish rock, but a non-hit for a reason: it's just not that strong a song. The chorus isn't catchy and while the melody is pleasant enough, there's no underlying fire or passion that makes me sit up and take notice of the song. That's prolly why The Shape I'm In, from the same album, is remembered so well and this song isn't. Still, it's so similar to so many other things going on at the time that, as I said, it's a terrific example of the early-70s country-tinged rock that was being made by The Band, Skip Spence, Moby Grape, The Allman Brothers Band, etc.

Sticking with the "a little bit country" theme but updating it to the 21st century, here's Moonshine Bandits with a catchy, fun little barn-stomper: Get Loose (link spoilered because this prolly won't win you points with the boss; no nudity just a hottie in a bikini dancing)Get Loose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnDQHevsdA) by Moonshine Bandits

Snowboarder Bo
02-06-2014, 09:35 PM
I've been consuming massive amounts of prog rock lately and just discovered this band. Since discovery, two weeks ago, I have listened to this album at least 50 times. The song, Pain from the album The Human Equation by Ayreon is day 3 of a character in a coma. Prog rock opera. Never though I'd listen to this as a kid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdBsmeDbQQ&list=PL8A8716CBA1EDC1B0

Ayreon is really just one guy, Arjen Lucassen, plus a bunch of guests, who are pretty much all heavy hitters in metal of one sort or another. The material strays close to power metal at times, but overall, it's a terrific listen; the album seems to fly by if I listen to it in my car. You should check out his older stuff, too.

Dag Otto
02-07-2014, 12:25 AM
Get Loose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnDQHevsdA) by Moonshine Bandits

In the first few seconds I thought of C.W. McCall, and then right after that of course I immediately though of the Gourds cover of Snoop Dog's 'Gin and Juice". Unfortunately, it lacks both the cleverness of C.W. McCall and the sensibility of the Gourds. It might be fun to listen to a few times, but ultimately it is simply banal. Sorry.

I'll toss out My Morning Jacket's 'Circuital' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsD8-Sx2QKw). When I first heard this band (though not this song) I really didn't like them. This track changed my mind. Their contribution to the Red Hot + Fela compilation 'Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC0xNeM8f5M) cemented that for me.

Edit: added a link to the second song. Not in the spirit of the thread, but I thought it would be easier for anyone who might be interested.

Gedd
02-07-2014, 01:37 PM
I'll toss out My Morning Jacket's 'Circuital' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsD8-Sx2QKw). When I first heard this band (though not this song) I really didn't like them. This track changed my mind.

Not too shabby. Kinda upbeat but not too hyper, guitar and vocals, could be my kind of music. Might have to look up a few more of theirs. My only problem was sometimes I coudn't quite understand what he was singing. :)

For my song, I decided to pick whatever came next on my very large and random mass of music I was listening to when I started reading this thread, so the next person needs to listen to their "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmmKzEKYvdM) Might be a familiar one to some people, others maybe not.

scabpicker
02-07-2014, 03:43 PM
For my song, I decided to pick whatever came next on my very large and random mass of music I was listening to when I started reading this thread, so the next person needs to listen to their "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmmKzEKYvdM) Might be a familiar one to some people, others maybe not.

Ahh, I know this one well. It's one of only two songs off that album that I still like as an adult. I'd say it's probably their best song released after Animals. Roger generally wrote pretty good lyrics, and this one doesn't disappoint at all. Unlike a lot of lyrics off of the album, they work well outside the narrative of his Pink character. As a bonus, Gilmour turns in some nice solos without wearing you out.

Bits about other tracks:

I liked both of the songs by My Morning Jacket. I hadn't heard either before. If I have a complaint about their original track, it's that the production is heavy. I followed a link to a live version of it, and I liked it much better.

I liked "Sleeping", too. It is guilty of the sins that Snowboarder Bo accused it of. But when The Band was in their slot where country, rock and soul meet, it's hard not to like them.

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Ok, I won't post anything ancient this time. It's at least from the last decade. Dan Deacon playing "Ohio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eMb_kh_glw)" on Costal Sunrise!

It's the performance that introduced me to him, and I was completely sold. I still like it better than the album version. I think that morning show had no idea who they had booked, and were not prepared for this guy who had picked Radio Shack as an instrument.

Peanuthead
02-07-2014, 06:55 PM
[QUOTE=scabpicker;


Ok, I won't post anything ancient this time. It's at least from the last decade. Dan Deacon playing "Ohio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eMb_kh_glw)" on Costal Sunrise!

It's the performance that introduced me to him, and I was completely sold. I still like it better than the album version. I think that morning show had no idea who they had booked, and were not prepared for this guy who had picked Radio Shack as an instrument.[/QUOTE]

Well that was...........different. Don't really know how I feel about that one. Probably not something I'd buy but the video was worth watching.

My pick is Ay Se Fue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSZcA-bV7gc) by Groupo Mojado. I don't speak much Spanish but I often listen to the Spanish radio station in the car. I would hear this song but never could pick up on the title. One day while driving it came on again while I was at a stop light. Seeing that the guy in the car next to me looked Mexican I cranked it up and motioned for the driver to roll down his window. I asked him if he knew the name of the song and he told me Ay Se Fue. Ahhh, what a relief. Went out and bought it the next day. Hard to sit still through this one.

NiceGuyJack
02-09-2014, 05:34 AM
Well that was...........different. Don't really know how I feel about that one. Probably not something I'd buy but the video was worth watching.

My pick is Ay Se Fue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSZcA-bV7gc) by Groupo Mojado. I don't speak much Spanish but I often listen to the Spanish radio station in the car. I would hear this song but never could pick up on the title. One day while driving it came on again while I was at a stop light. Seeing that the guy in the car next to me looked Mexican I cranked it up and motioned for the driver to roll down his window. I asked him if he knew the name of the song and he told me Ay Se Fue. Ahhh, what a relief. Went out and bought it the next day. Hard to sit still through this one.

I've always enjoyed Mariachi music and as it goes, this was quite entertaining. Don't know that I would go out and buy the album, but certainly good for radio.

Sticking to the Mexican theme, my selection is Jessy Bulbo with Maldito (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTL6Vyng_4&list=FLIKSaFKHIthJP6sl3EQ8Prw&index=4).
I actually heard this one for the first time while playing GTA5. I used sound hound to find out who it was. I loved it! Mexican hard rock!

Maserschmidt
02-09-2014, 07:17 AM
I've always enjoyed Mariachi music and as it goes, this was quite entertaining. Don't know that I would go out and buy the album, but certainly good for radio.

Sticking to the Mexican theme, my selection is Jessy Bulbo with Maldito (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTL6Vyng_4&list=FLIKSaFKHIthJP6sl3EQ8Prw&index=4).
I actually heard this one for the first time while playing GTA5. I used sound hound to find out who it was. I loved it! Mexican hard rock!

I'm not 100% sure what that was, but IT WAS AWESOME! Tons of energy & fairly comprehensible Spanish...I'll definitely be buying that song.

In the same vein, and some of you will know this, I offer El Matador (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mdAS7EDuF6Y) by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

Trick Rider
02-10-2014, 12:37 AM
I'm not 100% sure what that was, but IT WAS AWESOME! Tons of energy & fairly comprehensible Spanish...I'll definitely be buying that song.

In the same vein, and some of you will know this, I offer El Matador (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mdAS7EDuF6Y) by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

That's pretty good. I always like hearing horns used like that, and I love that driving, pounding drumbeat. If only I spoke Spanish, so I could know what was being said. :)

I found out about these guys in a small record store near my house. The album cover caught my eye, so I decided to pick it up.

Trans Am - Futureworld (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrK05cNYfdg)

Snowboarder Bo
02-10-2014, 02:42 AM
I found out about these guys in a small record store near my house. The album cover caught my eye, so I decided to pick it up.

Trans Am - Futureworld (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrK05cNYfdg)

That totally fucking rocked. Utterly. That was freaking fantastic. Thank you.

In a similar vein, please allow me to present an Italian duo I found last year (drums (yes, a real drummer) and synths/drum machines/programming/keyboards: Satelleti with Transister (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP31BGAmDkI).

california jobcase
02-16-2014, 07:22 PM
That was interesting, but the siren-ish parts kinda didn't do it for me. The drumming was good. I'd probably like it better if I could still wash down Sudafeds with strong coffee.

Here's "Shoot to Kill" by 1994. I like it because of the guitar work, especially the bridge at about 2 minutes in. I always thought this band should have gotten more attention than it did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ru0peeaF74

Just Ed
02-16-2014, 11:15 PM
Here's "Shoot to Kill" by 1994. I like it because of the guitar work, especially the bridge at about 2 minutes in. I always thought this band should have gotten more attention than it did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ru0peeaF74Thanks, california jobcase; I'm completely unfamiliar with 1994:, but I think I'll have to get more acquainted. I like the basic rock structure of the track, and Karen Lawrence's vocals are reminiscent of Ann Wilson. Too bad that band was so short-lived, maybe that's why they didn't get more attention.

My contribution: The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (http://youtu.be/sVzvRsl4rEM). I have no idea how well-known these guys are (I discovered them via Letterman's Late Show; one of the few band appearances where Dave asked for an immediate encore). I posted this video to Facebook a while back with the note "Apologies to the The Black Keys, but this is the most badass piece of music released in the last five years." They have a great sound that amalgamates soul, rock, blues (and I'm sure other influences) into a sort of "Modern Garage" that just rocks.

NiceGuyJack
02-22-2014, 11:44 PM
Thanks, california jobcase; I'm completely unfamiliar with 1994:, but I think I'll have to get more acquainted. I like the basic rock structure of the track, and Karen Lawrence's vocals are reminiscent of Ann Wilson. Too bad that band was so short-lived, maybe that's why they didn't get more attention.

My contribution: The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (http://youtu.be/sVzvRsl4rEM). I have no idea how well-known these guys are (I discovered them via Letterman's Late Show; one of the few band appearances where Dave asked for an immediate encore). I posted this video to Facebook a while back with the note "Apologies to the The Black Keys, but this is the most badass piece of music released in the last five years." They have a great sound that amalgamates soul, rock, blues (and I'm sure other influences) into a sort of "Modern Garage" that just rocks.

Fantastic! I loved the Heavy. Went through every video I could find of them. I'm a new fan and they are definitely going to be added to my itunes collection. You are right Ed, it is a mix of soul, rock and blues. Modern garage describes it well. Thank You!

I'm getting a sense that we want a bit more obscure, not so mainstream stuff. In that vain, my next pick is a Francophone classic. I heard this one when my Dad took me to Paris in 1978. This song was playing on the radio where ever we went. So, I picked it up as a single (vinyl), and played it over and over, driving my mother crazy. Years later, I found out this was pretty much a one hit wonder, and the guy was actually Belgian. And the lyrics are nonsensical.
It is Rock 'n' Roll in its most basic sense, very simple, but it rocks. This is Plastic Bertrand with Ca Plane Pour Moi (http://youtu.be/bVDfmn_TMkI).

ultrafilter
02-23-2014, 03:01 PM
I'm getting a sense that we want a bit more obscure, not so mainstream stuff. In that vain, my next pick is a Francophone classic. I heard this one when my Dad took me to Paris in 1978. This song was playing on the radio where ever we went. So, I picked it up as a single (vinyl), and played it over and over, driving my mother crazy. Years later, I found out this was pretty much a one hit wonder, and the guy was actually Belgian. And the lyrics are nonsensical.
It is Rock 'n' Roll in its most basic sense, very simple, but it rocks. This is Plastic Bertrand with Ca Plane Pour Moi (http://youtu.be/bVDfmn_TMkI).

I like it. The singer definitely seems to be having fun, and that's really all there is to it.

In return, here's a very large and hairless German man singing about the sea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw6HMaGk6T4).

kayT
02-23-2014, 04:37 PM
Loved that, ultrafilter, but I wish I spoke German. The bird sounds at the beginning sent my cat off looking for the birdie.

ETA forgot to post mine. BeauSoliel "Zydeco Gris-Gris" here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwRddleQJ8). Chosen because: Zydeco!

scabpicker
03-05-2014, 01:12 PM
Loved that, ultrafilter, but I wish I spoke German. The bird sounds at the beginning sent my cat off looking for the birdie.

ETA forgot to post mine. BeauSoliel "Zydeco Gris-Gris" here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwRddleQJ8). Chosen because: Zydeco!

Good lord, I was not prepared for that by the word "Zydeco".

There's a community radio station in town. They play a lot of blues, and are well supported for it. However, while a good proportion of their catalog is well performed, it's not innovative, and therefore kind of forgettable. They have Zydeco shows, and they have the same problem of adherence to a form. You absolutely will hear at least one gem every half hour of music programming on the station , no matter what the format, because they are allowed to write their own playlist. But it will probably be in 20 minutes of a 50/50 mix of greats and pretenders.

This song would outshine the best song on the Zydeco shows that I've heard. That violinist works the Persian/Arabic scale as well as any guitarist or violinist I've heard in years, and then the band mixes in plenty of elements of bluegrass and outright jazz while they're in the Zydeco song proper. I've listened several times, and am surprised by the changes on each listen. I'm not surprised to see it was recorded on Bluegrass Underground, that show almost rivals Austin City Limits for a guaranteed good show. Very nice, thankya.

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Well, I've been meaning to update this thread with a mega-post and catching up with posting positive things about every linked song that I liked. I really do listen to every song posted to this thread several times, even if it's not the last post in it. But inertia and a long, well-composed post being eaten by fat fingers made that a problem.

Either way, I love this thread, and want it to go on forever.

One of the things that was eaten was my opinion on whether the music posted should be "obscure" or not. I feel that the question is moot. There are things that some posters take for granted, and have never really heard. That might be the song that you live by. By the same token, there's some songs that people think are widely heard, but just don't penetrate into another person's bubble. I swear that for every song I've posted so far, I can say that the majority of my friends knew of it around I when I first did, and probably have an opinion on it today. I cannot say that about every song in this thread. Even if it's from an artist I'm familiar with, it may be new to me.

Even then, if you feel like making me listen to Bach's "Toccata y Fugue in D minor" closely 3 of 4 times, have at it. I can already honestly play the Toccata on bass, and fake the Fugue, but I could always learn from a few more listens. DO IT!

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But by now, you're probably asking: "Enough rambling, old man! what actually got you off your butt and broke your inertia, scabs?".

Well, my Texas music thread got resurrected (I swear, it's not a zombie!), and that got me listening to things this morning. And, I ended up on Rapeman - "Just Got Paid" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABiKcjM3wXE).

Why post it? Well, it's due to a combination of a lot of things that have been percolating in my mind grapes. It's a guitarist that shaped my playing a lot*; covering a band from my home state, who also did a great deal of shaping what my idea of what music should sound like. In Albini's production style, it's presented warts and all. For anyone who ever thought "I want to hear what a band really sounds like, before all the overdubs and production", my advice is to listen to Albini recording himself with a band. Everything is mic'd as perfect as it's going to get, and if they flub things, they flub things. But don't listen to that artsyness, at least not at first. Even though Albini probably does engineering it in its purest, best sounding form; listen to the guitar playing. Listen to him love that guitar riff. The solo is the definition of meltdown. In In the end, it's evidence that in even Punk Rock is an extension of The Blues. If not strictly harmonically, then surely thematically. Don't even begin those silly arguments about who's punk or not, if your band's name is Rapeman, you're in at least the top 10% of punk rock.



*I am an Albini worshiper to the point that I've had his band's album cover painted on the back of my jacket for literally 20 years. I have made close lifelong friends because of it. That jacket no longer seals out the elements, and I now have a new jacket. What to paint on there as its successor borders on an existential dilemma, as I don't think that repetition is the answer.

Dag Otto
03-05-2014, 08:31 PM
I like that. I don't play and don't know shit about music, so my range of critique for the actual playing is almost a like it/don't like it rating. But I like that.

Speaking of things I like, here is Bombino - "Aman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOD_cGdAL6k). I just love the way the guitar sounds.

NiceGuyJack
03-15-2014, 02:49 AM
I like that. I don't play and don't know shit about music, so my range of critique for the actual playing is almost a like it/don't like it rating. But I like that.

Speaking of things I like, here is Bombino - "Aman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOD_cGdAL6k). I just love the way the guitar sounds.

That was fantastic. Incredible guitar and I do love that Middle Eastern sound. I'm going to have to put this in my collection. Awesome!

From the Middle East, let's go further East...(and West?), to the Indian subcontinent.
I confess I like Indipop and whenever I go to India, I always try to get to a music store and I buy the top three best sellers off the rack. It's a bit of a hit and miss, but once I came back with Bally Sagoo's Greatest Hits and I loved it. It's a mix of Indipop and western rap. In this particular example, it's even got a bit of Jamaican reggae in it.
I later found out that his popularity wasn't limited to India, but he apparently gets a fair amount of radio play and popularity in the UK. In fact that's where he lives now and he's moved on to becoming a music producer. What a life!
Enough said. Here is Bally Sagoo with Mera Laung Gawacha (http://youtu.be/79FUyAg_GpY).

Maserschmidt
03-15-2014, 06:50 AM
There's a community radio station in town. They play a lot of blues, and are well supported for it. However, while a good proportion of their catalog is well performed, it's not innovative, and therefore kind of forgettable. They have Zydeco shows, and they have the same problem of adherence to a form. You absolutely will hear at least one gem every half hour of music programming on the station , no matter what the format, because they are allowed to write their own playlist. But it will probably be in 20 minutes of a 50/50 mix of greats and pretenders.

Why that can only be the Mighty 'NON you're talking about. :). [/tangent]

not what you'd expect
03-16-2014, 06:42 AM
That was fantastic. Incredible guitar and I do love that Middle Eastern sound. I'm going to have to put this in my collection. Awesome!

Enough said. Here is Bally Sagoo with Mera Laung Gawacha (http://youtu.be/79FUyAg_GpY).

I enjoyed that quite a bit.

It's been awhile since I've visited this thread. I've just spent almost two hours getting caught up! This is a time consuming thread.

Scabpicker, that recording of the Rose of Cimaron isn't the best, I admit. I really appreciate your comments, it's making me listen to the music in a new way.

I'm planning to buy the Get Loose song Bo linked. It's perfect for my walking playlist. I loved it.

I'm also going to give Morning Jacket some more of my time. This has serious promise for me. Also Probably going to buy some music from The Heavy, I like their sound.

And lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed Plastic Bertrand. I bet I could learn those lyrics in no time.

So here's my addition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOellGm2OS8. This is the Kings of Leon, Talahina Sky. I love everything about this song. This man has the sexiest voice, especially when it cracks.

NiceGuyJack
04-17-2014, 01:29 PM
I enjoyed that quite a bit.

It's been awhile since I've visited this thread. I've just spent almost two hours getting caught up! This is a time consuming thread.

Scabpicker, that recording of the Rose of Cimaron isn't the best, I admit. I really appreciate your comments, it's making me listen to the music in a new way.

I'm planning to buy the Get Loose song Bo linked. It's perfect for my walking playlist. I loved it.

I'm also going to give Morning Jacket some more of my time. This has serious promise for me. Also Probably going to buy some music from The Heavy, I like their sound.

And lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed Plastic Bertrand. I bet I could learn those lyrics in no time.

So here's my addition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOellGm2OS8. This is the Kings of Leon, Talahina Sky. I love everything about this song. This man has the sexiest voice, especially when it cracks.

I'll be honest. I was hoping somebody would jump in here, but having waited a month I was hoping there would be some more contributions, So despite the fact that there is only one contribution between me and the last posted, here is my assessment and contribution:
Kings of Leon are great, I do like their music and the video was good, but I didn't really feel it. I wish I could describe it. Not something I would put in my favorites.

In my next contribution is something I thought everyone may know. But I soon realized it was not so commonly heard. I heard it first on the new Hawaii 5 0.
Lykke Li with Get Some. (http://youtu.be/-TTPGAy5H_E)

Gatopescado
04-17-2014, 03:15 PM
Never heard that. Kinda catchy at first, but doesn't really go anywhere. The video was kinda cool but distracting. Any song that works the word "prostitute" into it can't be all bad however. :D

Here's an earworm with no visual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ZS0qw5Hc4

Hodge
04-17-2014, 07:53 PM
Here's an earworm with no visual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ZS0qw5Hc4
Man, I'm getting a powerful sense of deja vu with this song and it's driving me crazy since I've never hear of Pinback before. Anyway, I really like this. They really lock into the groove with an awesome baseline and hooky melody. However, this song is screaming out for a Tom Morello-style guitar solo.

My own choice is this pair (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT9hvyDvKHA). For a couple of guitar players, they sure are awesome drummers!

shunpiker
04-17-2014, 09:50 PM
Just found this thread, and I'm looking forward to playing along.

Loved the Rodrigo y Gabriela. Certainly skilled in playing, but they are much more than that. The song kept me moving and waiting to hear where it was going to go next. The percussion was a nice touch and well-done. I'd seen them on ACL a few months ago and was impressed. I usually watch Dave and hate i missed it then, but so glad you shared it.

Speaking of ACL (and somewhat keeping in-theme), i stumbled upon Calexico (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lWrq1-XEE) a few years ago. This isn't necessarily what i would call their best, but it gives some insight into what these guys do. To me their sound is almost dirty, in that dry desert sort of way, but their original approach to the arrangements adds a bath of cool, freshness to what might be an otherwise familiar sound. I was drawn to hear more and discovered that their appearances w/ Mariachi Luz De Luna are full of sound and power, letting me appreciate a genre that i would have probably overlooked. Hope you enjoy.

To the OP… Man, you can feel the soul pouring off that track. I'd never heard it before. There's little doubt why many consider MJ to be one of the masters. I often wonder when I hear a young artist putting his/her heart and soul into a recording, just where does it come from? Was it coached by the producer or does the kid have the ability to let-loose and feel it? Maybe a little bit of both, and one feeds from the other.

Looking forward to catching up with a lot of the above posts, too !

Trick Rider
04-18-2014, 02:52 AM
Just found this thread, and I'm looking forward to playing along.

Loved the Rodrigo y Gabriela. Certainly skilled in playing, but they are much more than that. The song kept me moving and waiting to hear where it was going to go next. The percussion was a nice touch and well-done. I'd seen them on ACL a few months ago and was impressed. I usually watch Dave and hate i missed it then, but so glad you shared it.

Speaking of ACL (and somewhat keeping in-theme), i stumbled upon Calexico (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lWrq1-XEE) a few years ago. This isn't necessarily what i would call their best, but it gives some insight into what these guys do. To me their sound is almost dirty, in that dry desert sort of way, but their original approach to the arrangements adds a bath of cool, freshness to what might be an otherwise familiar sound. I was drawn to hear more and discovered that their appearances w/ Mariachi Luz De Luna are full of sound and power, letting me appreciate a genre that i would have probably overlooked. Hope you enjoy.

To the OP… Man, you can feel the soul pouring off that track. I'd never heard it before. There's little doubt why many consider MJ to be one of the masters. I often wonder when I hear a young artist putting his/her heart and soul into a recording, just where does it come from? Was it coached by the producer or does the kid have the ability to let-loose and feel it? Maybe a little bit of both, and one feeds from the other.

Looking forward to catching up with a lot of the above posts, too !

I'd heard of the band, but never got around to listening to them for some reason. The guitar gets the song off to a good start and I love that trumpet part. The drummer does a great job of keeping the song moving forward without being obnoxious like the ones I've heard in some other bands. I'll have to check out more of their stuff, because this is really good.

This is from an album that Gord Downie and The Sadies released just the other day. It's the opening track, and does a great job of setting the mood for the rest of the album.

Crater (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7dE78uZQFQ)

scabpicker
04-22-2014, 12:20 PM
I'd heard of the band, but never got around to listening to them for some reason. The guitar gets the song off to a good start and I love that trumpet part. The drummer does a great job of keeping the song moving forward without being obnoxious like the ones I've heard in some other bands. I'll have to check out more of their stuff, because this is really good.

This is from an album that Gord Downie and The Sadies released just the other day. It's the opening track, and does a great job of setting the mood for the rest of the album.

Crater (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7dE78uZQFQ)

Wow, that reminds me of the Wedding Present, just enough space rock and psych to keep the rock interesting. I'll have to listen to more, and I'll have to check out the Tragically Hip, too boot. They're a band I've heard of forever, but never consciously listened to. Thank you!

My contribution was actually decided by a non-member of the board, but I had narrowed it down to two before they decided. My next post will probably be the other one, unless I am captivated by something else.

It's Cécile McLorin Salvant's "Nobody" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO0p6uZXSpc).

Why? Because after seeing it, I was blown away. She shows off a great versatility in delivery. I'm surprised to find out the song is not contemporary, it's from 1905. I've never heard anyone else perform it, but one of it's credited composers said:

Before I got through with 'Nobody', I could have wished that both the author of the words and the assembler of the tune had been strangled or drowned... 'Nobody' was a particularly hard song to replace.

Which I couldn't really say for any songs I've composed, but I've been close to those who have dreaded their own work. I understand the complaint.

shunpiker
04-23-2014, 08:01 PM
That was beautiful. I've listened to that 4-5 times now and damn, that girl can sing. I liked how the song stepped along at it's own pace for most of the time, and she used her great range of tone and pitch to accompany the style. And yes, a nice arrangement that probably is tough to keep track of during a performance. I'm going to have to listen to more of that young lady.

Speaking of young ladies (and staying with the British theme), i'll submit Corinne Baily Rae (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZfp7Txyk_Y). This is a song that she composed (as are most of the songs on her second album) and shows her talent as both a songwriter and a musician. This particular song's a little more serious, but the girl certainly has a fun side!

In an effort to catch-up:
Enjoyed the cover of Just Got Paid that Mr. Picker shared with us. I liked the simplicity and bareness of it. It's rougher than the "original" and that made it more enjoyable in a way. Additionally, I liked the sound of the guitar riff and fill "cascading" through the song by the Meat Pups. Interesting arrangement with this light fluffy (guitar) sound transposed against the dissonant chords that come at you (haphazardly) through the tune. Did he sing off-key in this song for effect?

And KayT, i gotta say, that BeauSoleil was fantastic! It pleasantly surprised the heck out of me. I've searched around to hear more from these guys and i'll just say, wow! I really appreciate you sharing that one.

Ponch8
04-23-2014, 08:50 PM
Speaking of young ladies (and staying with the British theme), i'll submit Corinne Baily Rae (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZfp7Txyk_Y). This is a song that she composed (as are most of the songs on her second album) and shows her talent as both a songwriter and a musician. This particular song's a little more serious, but the girl certainly has a fun side!


I thought it was good...a nice melody. Her voice is a bit scratchy during the loud high notes towards the middle of the song, but otherwise she does a good job putting feeling into the song.


You probably knew this was coming, but my selection is a Kesha song: Animal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDPNGX6UMl8). It's the title track of her debut album, and it's her favorite song that she's ever written.

OneCentStamp
04-23-2014, 09:05 PM
You probably knew this was coming, but my selection is a Kesha song: Animal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDPNGX6UMl8). It's the title track of her debut album, and it's her favorite song that she's ever written.

I'll jump in and join the thread by taking this one, unless I get ninja'd by the time I'm done typing.

I'll come right out and say I was not favorably disposed towards Ke$ha based on the several songs of hers that I've heard, and her general image. In fact, if I'd known the song (and known it was one I didn't like), I would have passed. In the interests of giving her the fairest shake possible, I decided to listen to the song without watching the video. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised! The main vocal melody was beautiful and memorable. The lyrics were much more to my taste than, say, those of "Tik Tok."

Most impressive were the arrangement and production choices, which are things that usually pop out to me (for good or bad) as a longtime musician myself. The arrangement decision not to have the big dance beat come in until over halfway through the song was surprising in its restraint, and gratifying. Production-wise, the absence of obvious vocal pitch correction (pauses to spit on what the Black Eye Peas have wrought upon the last 8 years of dance music) was refreshing.

Basically, it just felt pretty organic and real (speaking relatively, of course, given the genre) as opposed to just another club track that pounds the same two beats for six minutes and piles on the auto-tuned vox. Pleasantly surprised by this all around. I'll probably never be a big dance pop guy, but I wouldn't change the channel if this were on when I started my car. :)

Next up, how about a rock track from a few years ago that really took me by surprise: Brand New, "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgtkPKZ2OPk)

ultrafilter
04-23-2014, 09:46 PM
Next up, how about a rock track from a few years ago that really took me by surprise: Brand New, "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgtkPKZ2OPk)

I don't hear anything that really distinguishes this from all the other pop punk radio fare that came out in the mid-2000s. I certainly didn't mind listening to it, and I wouldn't dive for the controls if it came on the radio, but I don't think I'll remember it in a week.

I'm going to throw out Fjara (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6j7mUxGz20) by Solstafir. I don't really know how to describe it, but this one of those rare songs that still sends chills down my spine every time I listen to it. It's a little slow to start, but the payoff is worth it.

scabpicker
04-24-2014, 11:26 AM
Damn, I love it when this thread revives. I get so much new (to me) to listen to! Thank you guys.


I'm going to throw out Fjara (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6j7mUxGz20) by Solstafir. I don't really know how to describe it, but this one of those rare songs that still sends chills down my spine every time I listen to it. It's a little slow to start, but the payoff is worth it.

Wow, I have no idea what they're singing about, but that is a nice piece of (checks wiki page) Icelandic psychedelic rock. Wikipedia calls them metal. I think that's a stretch for this song, at least. As a bass player, I can say those bass chords come out exceptionally nice in the intro, and they set a great mood for the song to build from. It takes advantage of that with the nice echo-y guitar and electric piano they use to build the song. They even sneak in a chorus of children's voices at the end without making my eyes roll. Thankya, I just wish I understood Icelandic now.

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shunpiker, I'm flattered that you liked my selections. Ever since a close friend once asked, with derision, "What the hell are we listening to?" and I had to answer "Umm, my favorite album from my favorite band."; I've known that my tastes aren't for absolutely everyone. If you liked Rapeman, and can handle a drum machine pounding out your rock, check out Big Black. I'm still fairly convinced that every metal or industrial band pales in comparison to them.

As far as Curt Kirkwood's singing with the Meat Puppets is concerned...hmm. He sang like that fairly consistently for the first three records. So, I'm not sure if it was a choice on the first three. After that, he's on key when he wants to be, but he doesn't always want to be. For what it's worth, he sings them consistently that way live. Personally, I like how loose his vocal stylings can get.

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Ok, I've been pretty sedate so far, no people playing screen door springs through 100W half stacks (that's coming someday), no hour long metal songs (really, I wouldn't be that mean). But I can't hold back any longer. This isn't a traditional "song". However, it does have some elements of one.

It's the Boredoms' Super Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC2vqPHUw7s).

Why? Because it's a work of music that defies comprehension for me, but is captivating. I don't have any idea what it even might be about. All of the lyrics are in Japanese, a language I do not understand. It's as complex as a short orchestral work, but it's nowhere near that tonality. It's dense, and it appears to be written in advance. At the time, I would not have believed that it could have been composed and not constructed, but Yamatsuka Eye's work since then has me convinced that he did exactly that.

Before you click on that link, remember that a formative moment in my life was: "What the hell are we listening to?". If you haven't heard it before, you probably will think the same at some point of that song. No one is prepared to listen to the Boredoms for the first time. If this is yours, enjoy it.

Ponch8
04-24-2014, 09:33 PM
Ok, I've been pretty sedate so far, no people playing screen door springs through 100W half stacks (that's coming someday), no hour long metal songs (really, I wouldn't be that mean). But I can't hold back any longer. This isn't a traditional "song". However, it does have some elements of one.

It's the Boredoms' Super Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC2vqPHUw7s).

Why? Because it's a work of music that defies comprehension for me, but is captivating. I don't have any idea what it even might be about. All of the lyrics are in Japanese, a language I do not understand. It's as complex as a short orchestral work, but it's nowhere near that tonality. It's dense, and it appears to be written in advance. At the time, I would not have believed that it could have been composed and not constructed, but Yamatsuka Eye's work since then has me convinced that he did exactly that.

Before you click on that link, remember that a formative moment in my life was: "What the hell are we listening to?". If you haven't heard it before, you probably will think the same at some point of that song. No one is prepared to listen to the Boredoms for the first time. If this is yours, enjoy it.

Definitely not my cup of tea, especially the beginning that sounds a little like the instrumental break in Styx's "Come Sail Away." It did get a bit more interesting when the electric guitar and the percussion kicked in, but I just don't know what to make of the whole thing.


My next contribution: "Bye Bye Baby Blues (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PAnstZ2MUM)" by George "Little Hat" Jones. It's a recording from 1930.

Peanuthead
04-24-2014, 10:49 PM
My next contribution: "Bye Bye Baby Blues (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PAnstZ2MUM)" by George "Little Hat" Jones. It's a recording from 1930.

Thanks for that one Ponch. Never heard of him before. I like the old blues tracks. And here's another old timey song that'll get you jumpin'. Wahboard Sam - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PREaivgAIm8)

Snowboarder Bo
04-25-2014, 01:02 AM
Thanks for that one Ponch. Never heard of him before. I like the old blues tracks. And here's another old timey song that'll get you jumpin'. Wahboard Sam - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PREaivgAIm8)
I am of course more familiar with The New Duncan Imperials version of this song, but the fact is that it's a great song and Washboard Sam was one of those guys who set the standards for Chicago Blues and his version is eminently enjoyable. Put it back to back with his version of Diggin' My Potatoes (his best electric blues song, IMO) and you've got a pretty-damn-near-perfect pick for your next Twofer Tuesday.

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It's the Boredoms' Super Are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC2vqPHUw7s).



Boredoms totally fucking rock!

Of course, I'm also a huge fan of lots of Japanese artists and their various takes on noise, rock and metal stuff: K.K. Null (and his various bands, especially Zeni Geva), Acid Mothers Temple, Boris, Maximum The Hormone, Church Of Misery, Merzbow, Sigh, Rovo, Boom Boom Satellites... and of course, Ruins.

Can I assume, scabpicker, that you are a fan of Unsane? Perhaps Minsk, or Rwake? Botch? How about Pelican? Sunn 0)))? Sleep?

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I'm going to throw out Fjara (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6j7mUxGz20) by Solstafir. I don't really know how to describe it, but this one of those rare songs that still sends chills down my spine every time I listen to it. It's a little slow to start, but the payoff is worth it.

A good song, but I liked their previous album Köld better; 78 Days In The Desert is a great tune.

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This last part is hard for me.

I'm reluctant to just pick one of my favorite or most beloved songs and bands because my tastes generally are so far out of the mainstream; many of y'all have excellent taste in music but prolly wouldn't find much of my love for really loud screechy amorphic atonal music to be exactly pleasant, and I'd rather help people find stuff they like than show people what I like, so I look for a compromise thinking that maybe I can help people stretch their ears like an athlete stretches muscles, thus enabling an ability to appreciate more kinds of temporally ordered noises.

Of course, sometimes I just wanna say "fuck it" and post something fun.

Evil Superstars - Oh Girl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuRo3CR68cg)

OneCentStamp
04-25-2014, 05:40 AM
Hah, this song was a lot of fun. I liked the beat cobbled together out of cheesy electronic drum sounds and what appeared to be a key tone from an old telephone. The lo-fi beat, the sneakily catchy melody, and the willfully weird lyrics worked perfectly together. The thin, funky guitar line that came in later was another fun surprise.

I don't think I could handle a whole concert- or album- length experience of this music very well, but this song was clever, made me chuckle out loud to myself, and the melody is stuck in my head. :)

Next up, let's bring the power pop, why don't we? Cheap Trick, "She's Tight" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADWG6EXrbcE)

shunpiker
04-25-2014, 10:46 AM
That’s one of the powerpop Masters, there. And that video was certainly a relic, but fun to relive. I’ve spent many hours with Cheap Trick in my headphones, but oh goodness... I had forgotten how cheesy that was! An enjoyable song, but damn that was some lame songwriting right there. Every line is predictable, and the song doesn’t really even go anywhere. Well, technically, I suppose he does get off the phone and meets her at her home so she’s not alone any longer, but c’mon. I guess Robin did a good job looking cute, however. I may sound like I didn’t enjoy this, but quite the contrary... thanks for sharing. Oh, the Brand New made more of an impression on me than this CT. I’ll agree w/ the other poster that said there’s not a whole lot going on there, but I like the groove and the effect of the fill vocals.

I’m enjoying playing off the previous post, so I’ll submit Watershed’s, Fifth of July (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS2BnD2hX7o). These guys have been around for years, but this song got me to open up and listen to more of them. I love how the little backing vocals help the crescendo fall back to the chorus/melody. And I like the picture the composition paints; I can feel myself hanging out in this story. This whole album is a powerpop gem (if you’re into that sort of thing), actually. I’d never seen the video until today, and found it unremarkable.

Good to hear the Boredoms. Not that it necessarily tickled my ear, but glad to expand my horizons. I did enjoy it, but it’s going to be tough to spin that one at my next dance party, ha! Actually, I’ll listen to that again to find the things I’m missed.

The Little Hat Jones and Washboard Sam were refreshing this morning. It’s back to the basics. The sweet playing and singing from Little Hat was smoooooth. That was contrasted with the more rough and horny sound from Washboard Sam’s song, but Sam’s lyrics were a hoot ! When I hear older songs/artists I wonder about the music “scene” they were surviving in. My only frames of reference are the 70s forward, and I like to think there was a kinder, gentler time in music.

Listened to Fjara a couple of times and didn’t fully get it, yet. I’m interested, so I’ll give it another listen.

I was glad that Mr SnowBo said, “fuck it”, and posted something for fun. I really liked that. It reminded me of an old IceCreamHands song, but more catchy and dynamic. I’d almost parrot what the OneCentStamp said (nice deconstruction), but could probably handle an album or 2.

To Mr. Picker; I have heard a few of the MeatPups songs, and I noticed that he’s got his own unique style. I like how you put it... (paraphrasing) he’s on key when he wants to be, but he doesn’t always want to be. And that’s damn fine because it fits the music. I’m not a MeatPups fan or anything, but I can appreciate what they’re doing.

Okay, I’m gonna run before I get ninja’ed.

woodstockbirdybird
04-25-2014, 11:01 AM
Oooh, power pop! I'm down with this.

I enjoyed "Fifth of July", though I was a little wary at first with the kind of mall-punk guitar and drum sound. But the melody's infectious, which is all you can ask from the genre. The vocals in the chorus sounded a little strained, but it didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the song.

My submission: The Names, It's A Miracle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h44fcDuq-bM). Definitely the best Cheap Trick ripoff/homage I've ever heard.

shunpiker
04-25-2014, 12:37 PM
Well, those guys sure knew what they were trying to do, and they did it. It sounds slightly sophomoric, but still a good example of the genre. It got off to a good start... had me interested. Then it lost me a little in the middle, but brought it back when they reminded me, “it’s a miracle, it’s a miracle, etc” during the bridge. Cool tune.

Since we’ve just hit a few PP songs in a row, I’ll submit one of our local groups, The Beast, with their song, Translation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57691mrileY). The headman of the band is the son of Jazz’s great, Nnenna Freelon. The song starts as ~Hip-Hop, but I’m not sure that’s where it finishes.

Snowboarder Bo
04-26-2014, 12:15 AM
Cheap Trick is awesome.

Watershed was waaaay better than I thought it was gonna be when it started. I really appreciated the vocalist NOT pushing himself out of his 5 note comfort zone. Sometimes greatness comes from knowing your limitations and working within them; this was one of those times.

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My submission: The Names, It's A Miracle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h44fcDuq-bM). Definitely the best Cheap Trick ripoff/homage I've ever heard.

Aye, that was some solid late '70s FM radio rock right there. Not particularly memorable, but one of those "perfect example" type tunes like we had back on page 1 (I think).

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Since we’ve just hit a few PP songs in a row, I’ll submit one of our local groups, The Beast, with their song, Translation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57691mrileY). The headman of the band is the son of Jazz’s great, Nnenna Freelon. The song starts as ~Hip-Hop, but I’m not sure that’s where it finishes.
This was excellent. Truly excellent. Creative storytelling with both music and lyrics, all with a kick-ass rhythm. This totally fucking rocks!

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I'm glad so many people enjoyed my last pick. One of the things I like and admire about it is it's restraint.

My pick this time is Yakuza - Be That As It May (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRe3cpjtrRc).

Snowboarder Bo
04-26-2014, 01:30 AM
Hey shunpicker, congratulate yourself: you sold a copy of The Beast's album.

OneCentStamp
04-26-2014, 07:26 AM
My pick this time is Yakuza - Be That As It May (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRe3cpjtrRc).

I've been listening to all the songs, and figuring I'll jump in for ones I really like or really dislike. This is right in my wheelhouse. I'll take it.

Sounds like droning, black-metal-inflected trip-hop. Willfully weird, but not just for weirdness' sake. Like Massive Attack and Celtic Frost locked in a small room together...with a slightly drunk Nick Cave (my wife's words, as she walked by) throwing in a few guest vocals. I happily devoured all eight minutes, and it's spinning for a second time as I type. I'll be checking out more Yakuza for sure. Thank you!

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Next up: one of my favorite covers of all time. Heavy metal renditions of folk songs don't usually tend to be respectful or sensitive, but this one is reverent and beautiful. And Rob Halford is one of the best singers of all time in any genre. Judas Priest, "Diamonds and Rust." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLDazyvMMGw) For comparison, it would be easy to find the (Joan Baez) original on YouTube.

Maserschmidt
04-26-2014, 08:50 AM
My pick this time is Yakuza - Be That As It May (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRe3cpjtrRc).

I like this a lot, it reminds me of Swans. I'll be listening to more of it.

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That Dan Deacon clip up above? Loved it. Shades of Harry Partch, and The Residents.

Teuton
04-26-2014, 10:09 AM
Next up: one of my favorite covers of all time. Heavy metal renditions of folk songs don't usually tend to be respectful or sensitive, but this one is reverent and beautiful. And Rob Halford is one of the best singers of all time in any genre. Judas Priest, "Diamonds and Rust." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLDazyvMMGw) For comparison, it would be easy to find the (Joan Baez) original on YouTube.

I really enjoyed this one, more than I expected to really, since I remember not being a fan of Judas Priest back in the day. I think that was back when I spent more time worrying about how *cool* a song was, rather than how good it was.

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For the next one, how about another cover. The White Stripes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS60oTRxh0g) cover Jolene.

ultrafilter
04-26-2014, 02:09 PM
For the next one, how about another cover. The White Stripes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS60oTRxh0g) cover Jolene.

The White Stripes are one of those bands where I can totally understand why people like them and their music is good, but it just leaves me cold for some reason. It's a good song, but it just doesn't work for me.

Here's Opeth with Dirge for November (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB63LLuVMVQ). They got lumped in with the progressive death metal scene after their early work, but I don't know that that was ever accurate.

shunpiker
04-28-2014, 05:41 PM
Found the Opeth interesting. I was really enjoying the light guitar work then, wham! I found it a little monotonous in the middle where he's singing with the 40-fathom low grinding voice, but then it changed again, and had a nice, clean finish. I appreciate a group w/ these dynamic changes when they can pull it off like Opeth did here. My assumption is that this is but one tune off of a story/concept album.

Which reminds me of another story/concept album, the current effort from San Fermin. These musicians have been around a little while, but this is their first effort together. TBH, I’ve not had the patience or desire to listen to, or understand, the entire piece of work, but I found this linked song, Sonsick (and a couple of others), catchy. Warning, there is a “fuck” or two in this tune (though difficult to pick out), so I’ll break the link (below). I’m not sure what value the video brings to the tune.

https://www.you tube.com/watch?v=Ld81Y6Em3NM&feature=kp

Well, SnowboarderBo, that’s about the best compliment you can give a brother... a shared appreciation of his taste in music. I too, was blown-away the first time I heard it. Next time I see them, I’ll let the Beast guys know that I sold an album for them you bought one of their albums.

I was intrigued by your selection from Yakuza; I liked the smoky, mysterious feel to it, but was looking for it to develop into more. In contrast to the Opeth, it did not have the milky-smooth finish, but did wrap things up well, ha! I should hear more from the group before really settling my mind.

shunpiker
05-19-2014, 05:30 PM
Wow Shunpiker... another hit. I especially liked the heavy oboe and high-hat work throughout the coda. I hope you can keep the good tunes coming our way.

On a serious note, I had reservations that the San Fermin might not be a stellar selection, but didn’t think it was a thread-killer. Perhaps this one will hang here for a month, too (what have i got to lose?). It’s Saint Motel’s, Puzzle Pieces (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7bQGM14mJI&feature=kp). I was relieved that the video did not follow the “story” told in the song, because I think the lyrics tarnish an otherwise original and fun piece of music. Your thoughts?

OneCentStamp
05-20-2014, 06:20 AM
Perhaps this one will hang here for a month, too (what have i got to lose?). It’s Saint Motel’s, Puzzle Pieces (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7bQGM14mJI&feature=kp). I was relieved that the video did not follow the “story” told in the song, because I think the lyrics tarnish an otherwise original and fun piece of music. Your thoughts?

Nope, won't hang for a month. :)

This song was indeed a lot of fun. It seems to fit right alongside a lot of the upbeat radio pop of the last few years, with its surprising sophistication beneath the fluffy/shiny exterior. I was unsurprised to hear these guys are touring with Arctic Monkeys; they'd do equally well on a bill with someone like fun. or Fitz and the Tantrums. The suspenders, glasses, and mustaches may be ironic, but the music is earnest, and it's nice to hear sweet, pretty music being done with heart.

This one got my wife, who's more into this style of music than I am, to crane her head around my laptop to see who it was. That's a stamp of approval. :p

Next up: Animals as Leaders, "CAFO." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmfzWpp0hMc) All I will offer up by way of introduction is that 99% of people in attendance at any given AAL show are musicians themselves. :D

ultrafilter
05-21-2014, 01:04 AM
Next up: Animals as Leaders, "CAFO." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmfzWpp0hMc) All I will offer up by way of introduction is that 99% of people in attendance at any given AAL show are musicians themselves. :D

This is nice. These guys have some pretty serious technical chops, but they've got the songwriting skills as well, which is something that's too often missing in this genre.

I have a bunch of things I could choose from, but I think I'm going to go with some Knorkator, who really need some more love in the English-speaking world. You could kinda describe them as Rammstein if Rammstein were silly, but I think that doesn't quite describe the range of their work. Have a listen to Alter Mann (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD36GsRheEY) and see what you think.

scabpicker
05-21-2014, 06:18 AM
I have a bunch of things I could choose from, but I think I'm going to go with some Knorkator, who really need some more love in the English-speaking world. You could kinda describe them as Rammstein if Rammstein were silly, but I think that doesn't quite describe the range of their work. Have a listen to Alter Mann (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD36GsRheEY) and see what you think.

YEAH! I really like Knorkator :)

I first saw them on Adult Swim's Off The Air - Dance, where they were wearing, umm, shag carpet? It disturbed me a little then, and "Alter Mann" does more of the same, with a little more humor. It's a pity I don't understand German. They're somehow menacingly silly, with console organ!

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Snowboarder Bo, you seem to know exactly what I want to throw down in the quarry, but I'm not familiar with any of the Japanese bands you mention. I will have to spend an afternoon checking them out.

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My submission this time is relaxing and comfy. Leon Redbone performing Irving Berlin's Marie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXvOmtqmyE).

Why? I love every bit of the performance. To me, each instrument's part is a gem in and of itself, and their ebb and flow is wonderful. On top of that, the production is great. The violin parts sound tinny enough to have come from a 78, but the other parts have a nice, lush bass to them. Somehow, the whole thing comes together and sounds like it's all being done in a nice living room somewhere.

Plus, throat trommet!

OneCentStamp
05-22-2014, 09:49 PM
My submission this time is relaxing and comfy. Leon Redbone performing Irving Berlin's Marie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXvOmtqmyE).

I love Leon Redbone. :D

He's an outsider to and a revivalist of his chosen roots music, but never sounds as though he's being arch or ironic. He's a Cypriot by way of Canada, but you would never know it from his records. And his voice is like the high-end whiskey I only treat myself to a bonus time at work: smoky, dark, sweet, rich, effortlessly complex.

I had not heard this particular song, and appreciate you throwing it out.

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Next up: In Flames, "Cloud Connected." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAXtDPKkOlA) Maybe the best-known song by one of the most influential heavy metal acts of the last 20 years. The apotheosis of the "Gothenburg sound." An early landmark by a band that would go on to influence not only their own scene, but most of the "verb the noun"-named metalcore bands in the US and UK 10-15 years later.

And if you're hovering over the link, reluctant to click after all the impenetrable genre-splitting and use of the word "metal," please give it a shot. You'll find that it has elements of electronic music, a monster riff, a hummable melody, an epically huge chorus, yet is still undeniably heavy. :D

ultrafilter
05-22-2014, 11:19 PM
I'm not officially responding, but "Cloud Connected" was one of my favorite songs when I was first getting into metal about ten years ago. I hadn't listened to it in forever, and it still sounds great. I think if they'd released it a few years earlier that it could've gotten some radio airplay in the US.

GargoyleWB
05-23-2014, 02:05 PM
I second the bumping of this thread, I'm finding wonderful off-beaten-path stuff here to listen to :D

Since I see a lot of nice cover interpretations, here's a couple I love from Nena:

Big Yellow Taxi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHnnBAI1Zp8) and After the Goldrush (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31J5tqy01y4).

And for good classic power-pop, Belly "Star" came and went in a blink, but is packed solid with unstoppable riff-hooky power pop bouncy goodness. A great singer with perfectly punchy guitars.

Snowboarder Bo
05-23-2014, 05:03 PM
:confused:

:eek:

:rolleyes:
Please do:
1. Listen to the song in the last post in the thread, even if you've heard it before. Listen to it all the way through, and try to give it your undivided attention.
2. Comment on it. You can say anything: you loved it, you hated it, you found/lost your religion because of it, all of the above, and so on. But you have to say why. Your reason can be brief and totally subjective, but you have to at least have a reason. "That sucked," is not sufficient. "That sucked because the singer's voice was like pouring Sriracha in my ear holes," is fine.
3. Post your own song. It can be anything: something very similar to the previous song, or something completely different. It can even be a song you don't particularly enjoy, but want to share for whatever reason. If it includes a NSFW video or lyrics, that's fine, but please warn folks and follow the two-click rule.
4. Tell us what the song is (artist and title - no blind links, please), and why you chose this song.

As long as you do these four things, you're set. You can also comment on previous songs or other people's comments, or say whatever else you want. However, in order to keep the conversation from totally derailing, I have a few simple rules.

Please do not:
1. Post more than one song per post, even if it's just for illustrative purposes in a discussion.
2. Post consecutively, unless no one else has posted for 48 hours.
3. Post without one of the "do-list" items: comment without adding a song, add a song with no comment on the previous one, etc.
I'm just saying'.

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Lemme pick up where we got offtrack and get this thread rocking and rolling again:

I liked the In Flames video but not the song. And that's more a reflection of my tastes than of the song's merits. I recognize the excellent chunky guitars and the sweet brutal riffage, but the Gothenburg sound is too dependent on keyboards and vocal melodies, IMO. It's a style that is echoed in screamo, emocore, etc. and it's not a style I really like. I admit that once in a while I hear a truly excellent song in those genres, and I think this song was better than most, but every time it started to float my boat with riffage it would start me sinking again by retreating to some bombastically onerous melody. (Okay, that was a horrible bunch of metaphors; I hope y'all get what I meant.)

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Leon Redbone is awesome.

I didn't care for the Knorkator. Too goofy for metal plus I didn't get any of the jokes because I don't speak German.

I've seen Animals As Leaders; they opened for Meshuggah last year I think it was. Anyway, AAL live sound pretty much exactly like they do on their recordings. They are very impressive and a lot of fun to watch; they actually incorporate a small multimedia/lighting show into their performance to add to the fun. If you like them you might also want to check out bands like Chimp Spanner and Scale The Summit. Maybe Blotted Science if you want something more distinctly metal.

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I'm a sucker for a solid bassline and a punk attitude; I hope y'all are too: The Icarus Line - Up Against The Wall Motherfuckers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhGKxXEtXYU).

Meurglys
05-24-2014, 06:49 AM
OK, that wasn't bad, as you said, it had a good bassline. Not really what I'm into and I fear I'd lose interest after a few songs if they didn't mix it up a little... Actually, I just listened to Feed a Cat to Your Cobra, which was fun and Dark Circles but it faded just as it seemed to be getting going; was intrigued by the video although I had thought it was a brick the bloke was carrying! I've just clicked on a link called Live in London part 1, so I'll see how it goes. Sounds more like heavy rock so far. AS you can tell, they're growing on me a bit!

And now I'll put my foot in this thread's water for the first time and suggest a couple of Ole Lukkoye tracks - Charms (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86d7MfQRMw) and Melting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZODpleq7-k). Both from their Crystal Crow-Bar cd, which a mate at a record shop sent me years ago out of the blue because he guessed I'd like it. And I did.

Snowboarder Bo
05-24-2014, 10:24 AM
And now I'll put my foot in this thread's water for the first time and suggest a couple of Ole Lukkoye tracks - Charms (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86d7MfQRMw) and Melting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZODpleq7-k). Both from their Crystal Crow-Bar cd, which a mate at a record shop sent me years ago out of the blue because he guessed I'd like it. And I did.

Ok, seriously. I just posted the OP's directions for the thread in my previous post, which you read and replied to.

IMO, folks, if you can't participate properly, please just read along.

Meurglys
05-24-2014, 10:38 AM
Sorry Bo.
One follows the other on the cd and I couldn't choose. Won't happen again.

Snowboarder Bo
05-24-2014, 12:15 PM
Sorry Bo.
One follows the other on the cd and I couldn't choose. Won't happen again.

Thanks. I didn't start the thread, but I am an avid participant and I think the ground rules laid down in the OP are good rules and help the thread keep moving.

And since you were polite about being contrite, I went ahead and listened to Ole Lukkøye's Charms. Very good tune. I've been listening to a lot of music from Russia the last 2 years or so (lots of good metal being made in Russia and other former Eastern Bloc countries nowadays) and was surprised that I hadn't heard of this band. The folk-ish elements almost threatened to overtake the song, but they always seemed to restrain it from actually happening.

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After much thought, I'm gonna go with a pick that could be seen as sticking with a theme, but the truth is that I just bought this band's latest album and while I like it a lot, I still like the very first song I heard by them best. This band started as a side project for 16 Horsepower's frontman David Eugene Edwards but since the demise of 16 Horsepower it's become his focus. Originally conceived as a way to celebrate and share his faith, DEE has kept true to that while subtly exploring new musical territories. The music he and his bandmates have been putting out is intense without being overbearing, focused without being blindered, and most of all it seems to feel joyous underneath, IMO. Check it out: Wovenhand - The Threshingfloor (http://youtu.be/KsvNWEmb27U).

Ponch8
05-25-2014, 03:15 PM
"The Threshingfloor" has a nice beat. The singer's voice reminds me of David Bowie's. The use of a sitar was kind of weird, but it did work well. Finally, the rhythm near the beginning of the song kind of reminded me of Dick Dale's version of "Miserlou" (the stereotypical surfing song in Pulp Fiction).


Next: "Get Off This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9JiZ-iJgKk)" by Cracker, David Lowery's band. It did get some radio airplay in 1994, but not nearly as much as their hit "Low" from the same album (Kerosene Hat).

Mr. Nylock
05-25-2014, 03:49 PM
Next: "Get Off This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9JiZ-iJgKk)" by Cracker, David Lowery's band. It did get some radio airplay in 1994, but not nearly as much as their hit "Low" from the same album (Kerosene Hat).


I remember this song from the 90's. I like it, it has a catchy beat. I was a teenager then and the lyrics remind me a lot of people going on and on about their white people/first world existential problems without ever really doing anything about them fro some reason.

Here's another song from the 90's Stay together for the kids. It's just a pop song by blink 182 so it should suck, but I actually find it to be kind of moving.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BFHYtZlAU

OneCentStamp
05-27-2014, 08:50 AM
Here's another song from the 90's Stay together for the kids. It's just a pop song by blink 182 so it should suck, but I actually find it to be kind of moving.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BFHYtZlAU

I always have the same problem with any Blink 182 song: they have two singers and both of those singers suck. :p

I remember seeing Blink on Warped Tour in the late 90s - this would have been the Dude Ranch era. Before Travis Barker joined. They were a really fast, really catchy pop-punk band with two really awful snotty-sounding vocalists.

Ten years later, they were a fast-when-they-wanted-to-be, ultra-tight, surprisingly creative, catchy pop-punk machine...with two really awful snotty-sounding vocalists. :D

I don't know why I have such a hard time with Mark and Tom. You'd think, as a fan of NOFX and Screeching Weasel, that I would have no problem stomaching them. Having said that, this is one of their very best compositions. And Blink 182's later albums (including this one) have fantastic production.

Next up: The Replacements, "Bastards of Young." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl9KQ1Mub6Q) For my money, Paul Westerberg belongs on the Mount Rushmore of American rock and roll songwriters along with people like Springsteen, Dylan, Wilson, and Fogerty.

Snowboarder Bo
05-28-2014, 12:46 PM
Next up: The Replacements, "Bastards of Young." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl9KQ1Mub6Q) For my money, Paul Westerberg belongs on the Mount Rushmore of American rock and roll songwriters along with people like Springsteen, Dylan, Wilson, and Fogerty.

I've been listening to people praise this band for more than 30 years now, but every time I listen to them, all I hear is like lesser versions of other bands. This song had just enough melody to peg it as mid-'80s and not enough fire of any kind to peg it as rockin'. This was the type of music that gave rise to College Radio back then; we can only consider ourselves lucky that things like Mojo Nixon and Soundgarden and King Missile slipped through.

My pick is from an album that caught my eye in the store (ouch!) for no reason whatsoever except the album title; I now own all three of their albums and find that they annoy and thrill me by refusing to fit neatly in any single genre (or 2 or 3, even). From The Audio Guide To Happiness, Part 1 here's Jolly - Where Everything's Perfect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoVgMvHMaGk).

ultrafilter
05-29-2014, 12:31 AM
My pick is from an album that caught my eye in the store (ouch!) for no reason whatsoever except the album title; I now own all three of their albums and find that they annoy and thrill me by refusing to fit neatly in any single genre (or 2 or 3, even). From The Audio Guide To Happiness, Part 1 here's Jolly - Where Everything's Perfect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoVgMvHMaGk).

They strike me as trying too hard to be weird. The parts where they're actually doing a straight up song are nice, but it just doesn't quite hold together.

I don't feel like thinking very hard, so here's Circus Contraption with Hot Potato (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdUKUQv0s38).

Teuton
05-29-2014, 09:34 AM
I don't feel like thinking very hard, so here's Circus Contraption with Hot Potato (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdUKUQv0s38).

I thought it was a bit too odd to start with, but once it got going I really enjoyed it, and the trumpets were awesome.

This was a bit of an internet sensation a few years back, but I think the song itself is actually worth a listen. Guitar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOzkN8dHnjk), by Peter Nalitch.

Gedd
05-29-2014, 12:35 PM
This was a bit of an internet sensation a few years back, but I think the song itself is actually worth a listen. Guitar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOzkN8dHnjk), by Peter Nalitch.

Guess I missed it then. Wish I could roll my "Rrrr"s like them. I actually have been learning guitarrrr recently, but I never thought of using it to get my wife into the boudoirrr morrre. I should try it! I'll probably have this funny little song stuck in my head the rest of the week though.


Hmm . . . we seem to be drifting to the odd and comical. I'll go all in.

P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schickele) - "New horizons in music appreciation" Beethoven's 5th (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0vHpeUO5mw)

I'm not sure if that counts as music or sports radio though.

shunpiker
05-29-2014, 12:54 PM
Hello All. A nice, new collection of tunes was waiting for me... thank you. I wasn’t as impressed as I have been in other rounds, but that may be due to the heavier fabric that the thread is needling through lately. I have trouble hearing past the perceived “noise” in a lot of the thrash-oriented tracks, and sometimes I don’t hear the art as I should. I’m very forgiving of bad singing and playing, and I don’t usually critique with that ear, but I crave good writing, composition, and arrangement. I think that’s what was going-on with the Animals as Leaders track. I lost interest quickly, but I hung around because it had something. Not sure what, though :) Same comment for the In Flames. And I never underestimate the value of a second (or third) listen.

I’m kinda glad that Meurglys posted 2 tracks. I didn’t warm-up to the first track they presented, but liked the second one. Had more of a groove to it; something I could feel and move to. I liked the poppy submissions from the Gargoyle. The Joni Mitchell song is sorta cliché, but the Neil Young cover kept me interested. I was familiar w/ 16 Horsepower (love the name) and recognized the talent of the guys early-on. But I was slightly out-of-sync with them at the time. And I wasn’t able to sync-up with the Wovenhand either, but I enjoyed it for its unique sound. I think Cracker is almost there, but they have historically come up just shy of what I’m looking for. The Blink182 tune was a good song, but (IMHO) weakened by the “shouting” lyrics. However, that’s the style that fits the music, so I don’t know what I would have done differently; if anything. I thought it overshadowed the selection from The Replacements, and I’ll put that on the fact that Blink182’s power was better-presented and more-precise. Liked the Jolly! It had some minor blemishes and I thought it was a nice presentation... until I got to the finish. I think they confused me... I liked the light-poppy, and didn’t see how the heavy really added to it. But maybe I should have perceived it as heavy and then the poppy would have added something, ha! The Circus Contraption was a nice study in originality, with a nice composition. It’s gave me a slight feeling of anxiety, though that may be part of their plan. Overall... I liked it a lot. The Guitar song from Nalitch is still cracking me up!

Mr. Picker... thank you for pulling that Leon Redbone out of the vault. Love it when you shoot from the unknown or forgotten trenches like that... keep `em coming.

My submission: It’s those Cold War Kids with We Used to Vacation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rfDvpfC2bw). Makes me crave a Gin & Tonic every time I play it. I liked the raw sound of the tunes that they put on this album, but had trouble digging the slick production of their latest effort. Hope they keep going, though

Whew... a lot to catch-up on, and I hope I didn’t forget someone.

oops... ninja'ed by Gedd. I've got some listening to do.

ultrafilter
05-29-2014, 10:11 PM
My submission: It’s those Cold War Kids with We Used to Vacation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rfDvpfC2bw). Makes me crave a Gin & Tonic every time I play it. I liked the raw sound of the tunes that they put on this album, but had trouble digging the slick production of their latest effort. Hope they keep going, though

The opening and the verses are nice, but the choruses just aren't working for me. Too slow and preachy. I think if they had gone with a little more standard song structure that this would've worked really well.

I'm going to throw out one of my favorite tracks of all time, Christiania (Edvard Munch Commemoration) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvPZrvWM2Xc) by Solefald. It takes a little while to get going, but the bit from 5:00-6:30 or so is one of my favorite moments in music. I guess you'd describe it as neoclassical or post-black metal, but that doesn't really nail down a whole lot.

shunpiker
06-04-2014, 10:36 AM
I'm going to throw out one of my favorite tracks of all time, Christiania (Edvard Munch Commemoration) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvPZrvWM2Xc) by Solefald. It takes a little while to get going, but the bit from 5:00-6:30 or so is one of my favorite moments in music. I guess you'd describe it as neoclassical or post-black metal, but that doesn't really nail down a whole lot.

Though I’m not fully-immersed in the genre, this tune had a sweet, calming feel to it (relatively speaking). It changed-around a bit to keep my interest, and I appreciated the structure. It’s not something I’m warm to, but I'm glad I listened to it a second time. At one point it reminded me of Type O Negative (just reminded me of... it’s not similar), but I never felt the oomph that I kept expecting. There were moments that my brain was inserting a powerful drum fill or heavy bass+guitar chorus to charge us up before pulling us back to the main vein.

Next up; something else from Shunpiker’s box of wtf. Sure it’s silly, but there’s an air of truth and honesty to it, too. This isn’t a wonderful song that’s going to end-up in your heavy rotation, but this will be especially befitting to any of the songwriter dopers tuned-into this thread (or our true Fountains of Wayne fans). It gets a little long, but there’s a story going on here that takes a moment to tell. Robbie Fulks, "Fountains of Wayne Hotline". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vVJ2Om-QVg

And a slight hijack/question... What’s a boy to do if the tune you want to share isn’t already to be found on the ‘net?

Snowboarder Bo
06-04-2014, 02:27 PM
And a slight hijack/question... What’s a boy to do if the tune you want to share isn’t already to be found on the ‘net?

I make my own vids.

I make them for my blog if a band a or fan hasn't already posted them to youtube and I've done the same to share them for this thread.

ETA: I'll also make a vid if the only one online has shitty audio.

Snowboarder Bo
06-05-2014, 01:44 AM
The Robbie Fulks song was fun. Not very catchy, but fun as hell to listen to nonetheless. "Oh, that Jerry" made me Let's go to the quarry and throw stuff down there, actually. I confess my own songwriting process is, um, less nuanced and cerebral than what was depicted, so that made it extra funny to me.

My pick is from a band I just discovered; I think I found their album on sale at Zia and just bought it just because and now it's destined to be the Soundtrack To My Summer™ 2014. I like the band because they are raw and loud and funny and because they teeter on the brink of exhaustive collapse at all times; they don't really seem to have any intensity other than "all the way up" and I admire that in a band. I chose this song over another on the album that I like better because a) I didn't have to make this vid, b) their other official video is a good song but I think the nightmarish seizure-inducing video would put people off and c) as I said before, I love a song that starts off with a kick-ass bass line. Here's Oozing Wound - Call Your Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-f0gAk568) (Have to add: not sure why they did it, but the spoken title in the video is not part of the actual song. Frankly I think it kinda ruins the intro, but since it's quick, it's forgivable, I guess.)

shunpiker
06-06-2014, 08:58 AM
... Here's Oozing Wound - Call Your Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-f0gAk568) (Have to add: not sure why they did it, but the spoken title in the video is not part of the actual song. Frankly I think it kinda ruins the intro, but since it's quick, it's forgivable, I guess.)

Ha, that group cracked me up. Or maybe it was the video cracking me up, I loved it! I didn’t mesh with that track so much, but I did listen to a couple more of their offerings that I could find. I understand what you’re saying about being them being “all-the-way-up”.

Oh yes, the RobbieFulks song is funny. I get a kick out of it because I think he is making fun of the FOW guys, while at the same time admiring their ability to throw most any idea together and make a catchy song out of it. And the radical dynamic shift was but one plan of attack, ha! So glad you got a chuckle out of it Mr. Bo.

Okay, I’m going to hit you with some tUnE-yArDs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ1LI-NTa2s). This is "Bizness" from the yArDs' sophomoric effort, w h o k i l l. I love the originality expressed here, along with the use of digital loops and playback. It doesn’t hurt that the lead character is rocking out on the ukulele, and it’s got a good groove to boot. I think it just starts to get long and monotonous about the time they start to wrap things up, so no big harm done. They put on a good show on ACL last summer... check it out if you get a chance.

woodstockbirdybird
06-06-2014, 02:53 PM
Okay, I’m going to hit you with some tUnE-yArDs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ1LI-NTa2s). This is "Bizness" from the yArDs' sophomoric effort, w h o k i l l. I love the originality expressed here, along with the use of digital loops and playback. It doesn’t hurt that the lead character is rocking out on the ukulele, and it’s got a good groove to boot. I think it just starts to get long and monotonous about the time they start to wrap things up, so no big harm done. They put on a good show on ACL last summer... check it out if you get a chance.

I'm not a fan of tUnE-yArDs, and though I've heard this before I didn't remember it, and, to be honest, I still barely do after listening. Can't really say why - I have tons of post-punk in my collection that's less tuneful than this - but the music comes across as too mush-headed/hippie-ish to me. Just not my thing.

My pick is another '80s indie rocker: Husker Du - Divide and Conquer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suP2J-C8ek0). Not only ferocious and fast, but the lyrics predict the world wide web!

ultrafilter
06-07-2014, 12:11 AM
My pick is another '80s indie rocker: Husker Du - Divide and Conquer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suP2J-C8ek0). Not only ferocious and fast, but the lyrics predict the world wide web!

I like everything I've ever heard by Husker Du, but I never find any of it terribly memorable. I think I'd get a lot more out of it if I listened to the lyrics, but that's just not my style.

For my pick, I'm going to go with Ghost's Jigolo Har Megiddo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKxkj4OaAq4). It's such a catchy tune, and then you listen to what's being sung, and it's different....

Made in Macau
06-07-2014, 08:34 AM
Big fan of Robbie Fulks but never heard that before. He's a smart guy and that was funny . I like F of W too, but he nailed it.

I've been keen to contribute but so many to choose from that I got gridlocked! Then this song came on the ipod in traffic last night and it had to be the one. 'The Name of the Game' by Abba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z47i0paX4Qg

Of course you know it but please really listen to it. The craft in the writing; the interlocking lyrics of the bridge and chorus; the Sly and Robbie influenced backline; the guts to pull everything out but vox and kick drum in the pre-chorus; the harmonies!! Man, I could go on. I adore this song but pretty much the rest of their output I can take or leave.

Thanks for this thread - I've heard tons of new stuff.

MiM

shunpiker
06-10-2014, 09:19 PM
Ya know, that Abba tune was alright. I haven't really listened to much of them, but they've been in my musical background almost as long as I've been on the planet. I hadn't heard that song (or didn't remember), and i enjoyed it. In fact, it was my weekend ear worm. Nice layering and enough of a refresh at each of the choruses to keep it interesting. Got me and my fiance doing a little Abba flashback hit-and-run the last few evenings. If Momma's happy, we're all happy.

I often get HuskerDu confused w/ REM. Sure, they're different, but there's enough similarity (in my mind) to make crazy comparisons like that. I kinda liked the tune once i started to look deeper than the sound. I found the music heavy with the lyrics thoughtful and telling. But i wasn't able to get over the heaviness. Yes, i'm getting old and pussified, i guess. In re-reading ultrafilter's take on it, i'd wimp-out and simply say, "+1".

Mr WoodyBird, I do get your comment on the mush-headiness/hippiness; i can hear that. I still find it fresh and enjoyable right now, but it may not have the staying power. I'll be investigating the new album and may report back.

The Ghost song was catchy but at your advice, i didn't listen too deeply at the lyrics. I thought it had a good sound, yet i was hoping for a change-up or other mechanic to keep me there. Even so, I'm happy for the introduction to a new group.

MadeInMacau, I'm very glad to hear that you and others liked the Robbie Fulks. He's my favorite musical artist, as well as one of the most-talented, IMHO. Any of you folks that live in Chicago have an opportunity to hear the genius of Mr. Fulks most Monday nights at The Hideout. Me, i've got to wait until he makes a rare trip back to his homeland and graces the locals w/ a performance.

Okay, get to the point Shun... I've got this little gem to share from some of the greats of country/bluegrass music... the Stanley Brothers. The tune is "Purple Robe (https://vimeo.com/97483256)", and it's a gospel piece. Regardless of any religious priorities you may or may not have, i ask you to put those aside and not let that that keep you from hearing this song. I find the simple melody, combined with the haunting harmony and timing within the chorus, all conspire to make me feel a little closer to the story (IANAC).
https://vimeo.com/97483256

p.s. I listened to Mr. Snowboarder Bo, and made my own (kick-ass :p) video for this tune.

Snowboarder Bo
06-15-2014, 12:31 PM
Okay, get to the point Shun... I've got this little gem to share from some of the greats of country/bluegrass music... the Stanley Brothers. The tune is "Purple Robe (https://vimeo.com/97483256)", and it's a gospel piece. Regardless of any religious priorities you may or may not have, i ask you to put those aside and not let that that keep you from hearing this song. I find the simple melody, combined with the haunting harmony and timing within the chorus, all conspire to make me feel a little closer to the story (IANAC).
https://vimeo.com/97483256

p.s. I listened to Mr. Snowboarder Bo, and made my own (kick-ass :p) video for this tune.
Ralph Stanley's voice is like a magnet, always drawing my attention closer and closer. Carter's voice was, of course, the perfect complement to Ralph's. I know they took a lot of hard knocks early on for basically copying Bill Monroe's style, but to me it was just the first steps in the evolution of that style, not a simple aping of it. This song is a terrific example of how good Appalachian bluegrass can be when it isn't being cornball as hell.

Nice job with the video, too. I like the opening shot; Bryce Canyon, wasn't it?

For my pick, I listened to my iTunes on shuffle until something came up that seemed like it was "epic"; this was the next song that played: Eruption by Tobacco (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3E4xtbV9AM). :D

Ponch8
06-17-2014, 09:15 PM
For my pick, I listened to my iTunes on shuffle until something came up that seemed like it was "epic"; this was the next song that played: Eruption by Tobacco (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3E4xtbV9AM). :D

I'm not too crazy about the singer's voice, but I do like the melody (particularly the chorus) and the instrumentation. If it came on the radio, I wouldn't change the station.

Next: "The Breaks" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAqoy2U0E6g) by Kurtis Blow. It's an early rap song (c. 1980) that was a minor hit.

ultrafilter
06-17-2014, 11:12 PM
Next: "The Breaks" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAqoy2U0E6g) by Kurtis Blow. It's an early rap song (c. 1980) that was a minor hit.

I'm sure it was a good song at the time, but I don't think it's aged well.

Here's a cover of "Royals" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmCJEehYtU) sung by a seven foot tall sad clown.

Snowboarder Bo
06-18-2014, 01:25 AM
Here's a cover of "Royals" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmCJEehYtU) sung by a seven foot tall sad clown.
That was excellent! I know that is a current pop tune because every freaking trade show/convention has played it at some point for many months now. And that version fucking NAILED it. Thanks for that one!

Up next is my all-time favorite blues song; from 2001's Sweet Tea, here's Buddy Guy - Baby Please Don't Leave Me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vi2JrjRy6Y).*




*This song was written by Junior Kimbrough and is the second song on the album. Curiously, my 2nd favorite blues song is Buddy Guy covering another Junior Kimbrough tune, Done Got Old, which happens to be the first song on this album.

OneCentStamp
06-18-2014, 06:49 AM
Up next is my all-time favorite blues song; from 2001's Sweet Tea, here's Buddy Guy - Baby Please Don't Leave Me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vi2JrjRy6Y).

Oh man, I love Sweet Tea. I usually cringe at attempts to marry blues with updated production ideas, but this whole album is just insane. And Buddy's singing is totally on point the whole time: like B.B. King, you can almost argue he's a better singer than he is a guitar player. Almost. Anyway, this song kills. It has an atmospheric, creepy menace to it that makes me think of Jimi Hendrix doing "Machine Gun" on Band of Gypsys.

Next up: Guided by Voices, "Game of Pricks." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLINRoC4f1k)

GBV's Bob Pollard took the shotgun approach to creating music, cranking out hundreds of songs on dozens of albums and EPs during the late 80s and 90s. Because of that, his output is uneven to say the least, but when he was on, he was fucking on. There are at least three recorded versions of this song, but this version, off the Tigerbeat EP, is my favorite.

shunpiker
06-18-2014, 02:09 PM
Next up: Guided by Voices, "Game of Pricks." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLINRoC4f1k)

Good, standard pop song... my favorite genre. I listened to it a couple of times because I felt that if it came from OneCentStamp, there's probably something there. Subsequent listens gave me a feeling of pretty / calm chords and verses, but I didn't ever hear anything special. What was I missing?

That clown has some pipes... good voice and nice shtick. When I opened it I thought... oh no! A creepy clown... wtf? But man, I really dug it. It sounded familiar, but I couldn't fill-in any of it w/ the original version... I'm just not that familiar w the tune. But I will be now.

That KurtisBlow was dated. That's not a bad thing, but it was obviously from rap's "age of discovery". I didn't hear him poppin' caps or slappin' hos, and I take that as a + in this instance. Also gets a +1 for music I can shake my booty to... for > 6minutes!.

Very cool stuff, Bo. I dug the groovin' blues track from Buddy (especially the "dueling" guitars), and the Tobacco was okay, too. I think that “Eruption” was my favorite of the ones I listened to. I liked the female vocals and what they added to the mix. I’m gonna spend some time checking him and BMSR out, too. BTW, are you familiar w/ Pretty Lights? Similar feel and I was going to link to it, but this time I gotta give some love to another (somewhat) local group.

This song has been out a while, it’s "Daykeeper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAT9ZsbIh30)". It almost won a grammy (I'm not so concerned @ about the award, but I'm sure they were) for The Foreign Exchange and Muhsinah. I liked it the minute I heard it (years ago) and then kinda forgot about it. I got re-introduced to tFE in listening to WeFunk radio last week (WeFunkRadio.com (http://WeFunkRadio.com)), and have been exploring their work. I like the “off-time” drum sample on this song as we start off, and then her finishing the song singing, “And when the sun rises...” overlaid with his, “she loves me... she loves me...”. It's a wonderful composition with a good, dreamy feel.

Postscript: Thanks for the kudos on my vid, ha! I can probably do better, dontchathink? The shots were taken ~ 70 miles from Bryce... Zion is one of the most energetic places on earth; but that's another thread.

kayT
06-18-2014, 07:12 PM
I had a hard time listening to "Daykeeper" all the way through. I think it just bored me: I like some tension and didn't find any in here but maybe I just missed it. Too pretty, I think.

My choice this time is Jimmy Buffett. I used to think he was just a lightweight but after hearing the album Take the Weather With You I have totally changed my mind. He covers "Wheel Inside the Wheel" and has a really fine song about Katrina ("Breathe In Breathe Out Move On"). But my choice here is his Elvis song, if only for the one line ("he took it all out of black and white") which sort of sums up Elvis to me. Here's "Elvis Presley Blues" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LotyJxpXqM). (It won't hurt if you listen to the whole album.)

scabpicker
06-19-2014, 08:58 AM
My choice this time is Jimmy Buffett. I used to think he was just a lightweight but after hearing the album Take the Weather With You I have totally changed my mind. He covers "Wheel Inside the Wheel" and has a really fine song about Katrina ("Breathe In Breathe Out Move On"). But my choice here is his Elvis song, if only for the one line ("he took it all out of black and white") which sort of sums up Elvis to me. Here's "Elvis Presley Blues" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LotyJxpXqM). (It won't hurt if you listen to the whole album.)

I must admit, I never liked Jimmy Buffett. In fact, I had a girlfriend for a short time where her love of him was the first indication that it probably wouldn't work out.

But, this is a Gillian Welch/David Rawlings song. Buffett does know who to cover, it seems, and is able to make the song something different. The opening is pretty much a straight cover, but after that it comes together as an upbeat country song, rather than the Welch/Rawlings original, which has more downbeat folk/country vibe. This version's nice, the original can make me a little weepy after a few drinks. I usually don't feel that way about Elvis. It's a good song.

Ok, my contribution this time is short and sweet. TWX in 12 Bars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHc4Ge_HZLc) (it's the Wall Street Week theme). 48 seconds of a teletype machine, horns, and I think electric piano. It gets stuck in my head fairly often, and I've come to think of it as THE T.V. theme song. It begins all serious, marching along about the importance of the economy, then has a fairly tender, human twist. That's pretty close to how Rukeyser ran his show.

And well, the video has sexy pics of Louis Rukeyser. You have been warned.

ETA: TWX in 12 Bars is by Donald Swartz. Sorry, forgot to credit the guy.

Snowboarder Bo
06-19-2014, 02:54 PM
Ok, my contribution this time is short and sweet. TWX in 12 Bars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHc4Ge_HZLc) (it's the Wall Street Week theme). 48 seconds of a teletype machine, horns, and I think electric piano. It gets stuck in my head fairly often, and I've come to think of it as THE T.V. theme song. It begins all serious, marching along about the importance of the economy, then has a fairly tender, human twist. That's pretty close to how Rukeyser ran his show.

And well, the video has sexy pics of Louis Rukeyser. You have been warned.

ETA: TWX in 12 Bars is by Donald Swartz. Sorry, forgot to credit the guy.

That was awesome! Dated as hell but awesome! I especially like the typewriter hammering rhythm that ends the piece. But most awesome is how perfectly precise and concise it is and how it, IMO, showcases that often curiously blended middle ground between 1970-ish artistic and commercial sensibilities.

My pick is an old favorite, but prolly not familiar to most Dopers. This band had quite a good run back for about 10 years from the late '80s thru the late '90s in their native New Zealand and even now I'm not entirely sure why they broke up. They did a handful of shows 5 or 6 years ago but didn't make a habit of it and they never recorded anything new. From their second album, 1991's Body Blow, here's Headless Chickens - Gaskrankinstation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4topF9qZSjs).

kayT
06-19-2014, 06:30 PM
I really liked "Gaskrankinstation" Bo. I need to listen to it without the video since I don't know how much I was liking the video. I'll listen to some more of the group; the singer has a great sound. Thanks for the introduction.

Now here's a Slim Harpo tune; I had a hard time picking one but this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvL5_6BFd8) is my favorite as of today. If you like him, try "I'm a King Bee" too.

Snowboarder Bo
06-20-2014, 01:10 AM
I really liked "Gaskrankinstation" Bo. I need to listen to it without the video since I don't know how much I was liking the video. I'll listen to some more of the group; the singer has a great sound. Thanks for the introduction.

You're welcome. And yeah, I almost made my own video for it, because I actually think the seeing the "narrator" takes away from the impact of the song. But I finally decided that since this is the record company's official Youtube channel and it's the actual video they made back in the day, I'd go ahead and give them the hits, however few they may be. At any rate, I'm glad you liked the song.

shunpiker
06-20-2014, 11:18 AM
Now here's a Slim Harpo tune; I had a hard time picking one but this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvL5_6BFd8) is my favorite as of today. If you like him, try "I'm a King Bee" too.

All good works there, folks. That Slim Harpo was slick. "You're working w/ it now... doin' that chicken scratch"... ha!

That Buffet surprised me, too. I know he has a few gems, but his name is often tarnished by his frat-boy-party reputation.

TWX in 12 Bars, what a unique and appropriate submission. Though the hot photos of Rukeyser distracted me a little.

Bo, you've got a special ear for the tunes. I found this one interesting, too. I didn't listen too closely to the lyrics; was busy dancing along w/ the little xylophone highlights in the song. That was, until the guitars awoke me from my trance to fall on the floor and squiggle around a bit.

I heard this next submission on our local college station a few months ago, and will spin this every-so-often for a groovy, dreamy, bluesy track. This is Tinariwen with "Imidiwan Ma Tennam". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iorfsFAJJsI) I like the melding of the Tuareg and Western-blues styles here. I can't understand what they are saying, but I still like the feel and the veridity it has. I understand that one of the Wilco boys helped them out here. Now, I know that Wilco can both do it right, and fuck-up a good thing, but I think keeping Tweedy out of it saved this track (sorta kidding... Jeff's ok, I guess).

StJoan
06-21-2014, 10:21 AM
A thread that was long overdue, IMO.

Regarding Tinariwen - Imidiwan Matanam -- what a curious rythm. I sort of guessed it had some sort of a folksy arab/nomadic feel to it, even before I read the description. Too slow for my at-this-very-moment liking, but I do get the dreamy vibe mentioned by shunpiker.

Here's my submission:

Cent mille chansons (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRVl13GPD4) by Frida Boccara. I came upon it quite by chance on youtube. Even if you don't understand the french lyrics, the romantic music, and Boccara's voice set the stage for a theme to eternal love.

Snowboarder Bo
06-23-2014, 04:42 PM
Here's my submission:

Cent mille chansons (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRVl13GPD4) by Frida Boccara. I came upon it quite by chance on youtube. Even if you don't understand the french lyrics, the romantic music, and Boccara's voice set the stage for a theme to eternal love.
Wow, what a voice! This lady exhibits tremendous control and range, but it was the obvious joy she felt singing that made this a winner. Mind you, this isn't my kind of music so I don't think I'll be seeking her out for more but this was a pleasant interlude in my day.

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Tinariwen totally fucking rocks! I first heard of them when they won a Grammy in 2012 (for Tassili, the album that contains the song you linked for us). They released a new album back in February, Emmaar; I think it's even better than Tassili.

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Slim Harpo is Slim Harpo. 'Nuff said.

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I'll tell you what: let's stick with the theme; here's Sweden's Garmarna with Gamen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_dJjJ2H-i4).

ultrafilter
06-23-2014, 09:33 PM
I'll tell you what: let's stick with the theme; here's Sweden's Garmarna with Gamen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_dJjJ2H-i4).

I like it. It reminds me a lot of the dance remix of "Mummer's Dance" that was all over the radio about sixteen years ago.

I'm going to throw out Babymetal's Headbanger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Tu-g-_rEE). It's probably best if you go into this one without expectations.

shunpiker
06-26-2014, 10:18 PM
I'm going to throw out Babymetal's Headbanger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Tu-g-_rEE). It's probably best if you go into this one without expectations.

Expectations, ha! The Babymetal was a little heavy for this old man, but I liked it. It was dynamic and offered some subtle changes within to keep going.

Liked the Garmarna, too. In fact, subsequent listens have confirmed that it rocks. That song's got a cohesive groove all the way through, and driving with a kick-ass beat! Not sure what different instruments are being used but there's shit going-on throughout the whole tune. Good stuff.

Very impressed w/ Frida Bocarra. I listened to the clip w/o the video a few times, but I'm glad I finally watched her performance. It helped keep me engaged and able to appreciate the piece much more.

Speaking of songs that rock, here's something that doesn't. I’ll throw this one out there if only to stay w/ the "Female Singers I Can't Understand" theme. It’s Yelle w/ C'est Pas Une Vie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw0NWiQxcYI). I'll add that it's catchy and poppy -and i love a good pop song- but there's honestly not a whole lot going on here. What hooked me was the silly chorus; all they add is the those little drum fills and it becomes something else for a few seconds. And it sounds all light and happy. I sure hope she's not singing about murdering kittens or anything.

Hodge
06-27-2014, 06:35 PM
It’s Yelle w/ C'est Pas Une Vie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw0NWiQxcYI). I'll add that it's catchy and poppy -and i love a good pop song- but there's honestly not a whole lot going on here. What hooked me was the silly chorus; all they add is the those little drum fills and it becomes something else for a few seconds. And it sounds all light and happy. I sure hope she's not singing about murdering kittens or anything.As you say, there's not a lot of depth or complexity, here, but I enjoyed it just the same. Bright and fluffy ear candy. As soon as it started, I flashed back to my adolescence listening to long forgotten 1980s new-wave synth pop bands. I wonder if the little hand-clapping interlude was an intentional reference to Tony Basil's "Hey Mickey!". I also enjoyed the drummer's high-hat work.

My own pick is Beneath the Brine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywIgQBnBndI) by orchestral pop collective "The Family Crest". In contrast to the previous song, there's a LOT going on with this song. A huge orchestral ensemble and a classically trained vocalist go all out in this piece. I still can't decide whether it's lush and melodramatic or bloated and histrionic. Regardless, I can't stop listening to it.

OneCentStamp
06-27-2014, 09:04 PM
My own pick is Beneath the Brine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywIgQBnBndI) by orchestral pop collective "The Family Crest".

Holy shit, this thing kills. I love the intro with the really close-miked cello, closer than a traditional classical recording would do it. It's more like "Eleanor Rigby" strings. Which works for me, because that gritty, woody attack of a bowed stringed instrument gives me fucking chills. One of the few sounds that makes me wish I'd given the last quarter-century of my life to a different instrument than the electric guitar. ;)

I dig the main vocal track. High, keening, heartfelt (whether truly so or merely affected, I have no idea) indie pop vocals do the trick for me.

The mix in the last third of the song (before everything drops out) is dense. as. fuck. I'm into it. Either they're really good, I'm really drunk, or some combination of the two, but this is what The Arcade Fire wishes they were. Really awesome track. Thanks for sharing.

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Next up, Veruca Salt, "Volcano Girls." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyVSKydUxKk)

I feel almost embarrassed, serving up one fairly conventional rock song after another in the face of all the avantgarditude in this thread, but I will bring the variety.

This is a catchy as hell song, of course, but what I'm really focusing on is the production values. The sound.

Bob Rock is a fucking wizard. (Whether he's Gandalf or Saruman is a matter of personal taste.) I loved what he did to Motley Crue in the late 80s. I hated him for what he did to Metallica in the late 90s.

On this song, I cannot believe what big shiny sounds he got out of this group. He took a group that had been a muddy, female-fronted, Beatles-and-Bowie-by-way-of-Nirvana post-grunge group on their first album, and made them HUGE. I listened to this song on headphones ten minutes ago (and I suggest you either do the same, or at the very least crank the shit out of it), and I can't believe how perfect every individual instrument sounds, yet how good the whole mix sounds without brickwalling everything. It's pretty damned cool.

Also, I have such a 1997 crush on Nina Gordon and Louise Post. :p

shunpiker
06-30-2014, 08:58 AM
Next up, Veruca Salt, "Volcano Girls." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyVSKydUxKk)

That Veruca Salt was great! Not only had I forgotten about them, I realize I didn't ever give them the credit they deserved. I wasn’t much into them in the 90s, but now I’m wondering if I may have missed out. And you're right... I did crank it up and found it refreshing. It's good, clean power-pop done right. That particular song is catchy and throws enough energy to power a small chocolate factory. I found the video distracting, b/c the girls are cute and it glosses-over the music they are making. They don’t need the pretty faces... that shit kills by itself.

The Family Crest was fantastic, too. As the song began, I was concerned that it may not bring a lot to the table, but damn, was I surprised and mistaken. I found it dynamic with a good focus. It went on for a while, but still held my interest with the sweeping vocals. I had no idea there was such a genre, so i really appreciate the introduction. And OneCentStamp referenced ArcadeFire in his reply... that got me thinking; “surely this isn’t what AF is trying to do”. Admittedly I’ve listened to very little AF because I find it “meh”, but this FamilyCrest moved me right away.

I'm going with The Toadies (http://vimeo.com/99306025) for my next pick. I love these guys, but I'm not really sure why. Their sound differs from what i am usually drawn to, and I question what it is about them that I appreciate. I think it's because they know how to write/produce a good rock song. Yes, they punk* it up, but I like that it’s so simple and minimalist, yet still delivers everything it needs to (similar to Scabpicker’s “Just got Paid” submission on page1). I picked Motivational (http://vimeo.com/99306025) from a live cd that I have because it demonstrates what I think of the Toadies. It's not necessarily pretty - especially Todd's vocals and (purposely?) mishandled guitar- but it's got power, groove and feeling combined w/ somewhat crafty lyrics.

*punk isn't really the word I want to use, but it works here.

sittininlab
06-30-2014, 12:23 PM
I never got into The Toadies before, but not for lack of exposure, I just never got that into them. Listening to this song all the way through, it has many of the elements of songs that I like, lead by drum and bass, driving beat, soft and loud dynamic sections, garage band sound...good stuff, maybe I never got into the band because I have a library of similar sounding music, and didn't need just one more. A different set of circumstances, and they could've been my favorite band, for awhile.

I have my music player on random 99% of the time..My Name is Jonas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoAnLHSLHGQ) by Weezer happened to come up. I liked Undone, then didn't like Buddy Holly, but have liked most of their catalog from that point forward, saw them live once, less than 10 years ago, with Foo Fighters. I enjoyed the Weezer set much more. But, hey! This song also has loud and soft sections, just like I like.

OneCentStamp
06-30-2014, 09:25 PM
My Name is Jonas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoAnLHSLHGQ) by Weezer happened to come up.

I'm glad it came up!

That whole debut album by Weezer is totally iconic now, two decades later. And that's one of the best leadoff tracks of an album ever. It has everything that made Weezer startling in 1993: catchy melody (Rivers loves him some Brian Wilson), HUGE fuzzy guitar, and a well-scrubbed innocence that stood out in stark contrast to all the heroin-addled bands that had paved the way for Weezer to actually make their way to the radio.

Also, I love the Toadies. I spent a few years thinking of them as Southern-fried Nirvana, based on "Possum Kingdom." Then I finally heard that whole album, and realized they were more of a Southern-fried Pixies, which, as a Pixies fan from forever back, was even cooler to me. I saw them live in Houston in 2008. They kill.

Next up: Rush, "Dreamline." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYCOCIHObtg) It's one of the catchiest, most anthemic, most straight-ahead songs by this legendary prog band. It's also one of their most underrated songs on one of their most maligned albums. I disregarded it completely until they opened with it on tour in 2005, with me in attendance. Turned me around completely. Great song, IMO. See what you think.

Snowboarder Bo
07-02-2014, 01:43 PM
Next up: Rush, "Dreamline." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYCOCIHObtg) It's one of the catchiest, most anthemic, most straight-ahead songs by this legendary prog band. It's also one of their most underrated songs on one of their most maligned albums. I disregarded it completely until they opened with it on tour in 2005, with me in attendance. Turned me around completely. Great song, IMO. See what you think.
I don't think this song is underrated; I think it's rated right where it belongs. It's a fairly forgettable track with a chorus that sounds like a 14 year old girl still enamored of unicorns wrote it as poetry just before she enters her goth phase. The chimey guitar is at least 6 years out of date for when it was recorded, the drums are largely cardboard and the bass line is, amazingly, boring. It might be the best track off Roll The Bones, but it isn't by any measure I use a great song. Rush has and still can do better than this (my cite is the title track off their last album, for one).

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Babymetal is so weird and manufactured that the metal community is having a hard time dealing with it, except as a humorous novelty act. Frankly, I'm not sure that most of the world is ready for the kind of suppressed pedophilia that passes for a lot of Jpop, and putting it in the metal context is a bold marketing move but little else. The song itself isn't terrible but the chorus gets old before the 2nd time thru and musically the producer/songwriter has pulled out all the tricks just for this one 5 minute song: siren guitar, loud/soft dynamic, blastbeats, etc. It's the only way to keep anyone interested I guess: keep throwing stuff at them. As a novelty act, for me, this wears thin about as fast as Steel Panther.

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I liked the Yelle song. A simple pop/dance song, but very pleasant and the arrangement, particularly the drums, helped make it a much better song than it might have been. A little creativity in the right place can go a long way and this song exhibited that, I thought.

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The Family Crest is an interesting project and this track is awesome. I don't know that I'd want to listen to the album over and over and over, but just hearing this song once I was impressed by the songwriting, the performances and the production. A big, big sound that didn't compromise any instrument is a huge plus and the vocal performance, along with that cello, really stood out and benefitted from the engineering and production. Terrific track.

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Veruca Salt was terrific. As noted, a perfect example of pop-rock. And yeah, Bob Rock is good at what he does, but he also sucks all the passion out of performers and performances. What he leaves behind is very, very good white bread, if you get my meaning.

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Toadies are a very good live band. This song was okay but for me didn't really get interesting until the last :40 or so, when it turned into a repeating/drone thing. That ratcheted up the tension nicely.

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Weezer is terrible. Sorry, sittinlab; they've just never been my cuppa. I tried to give it an open ear, even tho I'm pretty sure I'd heard this song before, but it just didn't impress me. Everything I've ever heard by them sounds like something that a 15 year old would have written in his bedroom; I often think of them as a whole band of Weird Pauls without his sense of humor and an utter conviction of their own brilliance.

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My pick this time is one that I've been waiting to throw down; this is one of my two favorite songs by this artist. Typified by wrecking ball beats, phat fucking bass lines and some of the craziest verbiage ever laid down, he's one of my favorite rappers. His new album is almost 2 hours of music, most of it excellent; none of it sucks. This is an old song, tho, recorded about 15 years ago for his Black Elvis/Lost In Space album; turn it up, yo: Kool Keith - Supergalactic Lover (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH5e4Rh9mBQ).

Jim Bow
07-06-2014, 04:55 PM
If I was surfing the FM dial and came across that, I would continue on with the search function.

"Dixie Chicken:Little Feat, Emmylou, Bonnie, Jesse Winchester. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z-GwdaKrn8)

OneCentStamp
07-06-2014, 05:00 PM
My pick this time is one that I've been waiting to throw down; this is one of my two favorite songs by this artist. Typified by wrecking ball beats, phat fucking bass lines and some of the craziest verbiage ever laid down, he's one of my favorite rappers. His new album is almost 2 hours of music, most of it excellent; none of it sucks. This is an old song, tho, recorded about 15 years ago for his Black Elvis/Lost In Space album; turn it up, yo: Kool Keith - Supergalactic Lover (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH5e4Rh9mBQ).

I am suitably chastened for my drunken praise of an underwhelming Rush song. I still love it, though. :D

I love Kool Keith, and I love this song. Granted, I am his target audience (culturally white rock fan who nonetheless loves a lot of hip-hop; hell, I saw him on Warped Tour one summer), but this whole album is great. Listening to this track now, not having heard it in a few years, it's interesting: the beat and music sound dated (not in a bad way; just very 2000), but his flow is pretty timeless. Thanks for stirring this back up to the surface of my brain.

Next up: Spain, "Because Your Love." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW3X0z8GtrA)

My band has been covering this song live for the last year or so, because my drummer is a bit of a hipster. This is Spain's most rockinest song, believe it or not. Ice cold lounge-pop, lazy slacker vocals, a surprisingly sticky guitar solo. I dig this song lots.

OneCentStamp
07-13-2014, 03:20 PM
OK, I see what happened. :smack:

I was about to come in here and say, "Wow, tough crowd, my song sits here for a week untouched?!" Now I see that I was ninja'd by five minutes by Jim Bow. Sorry! I was the thread-killer here.

Little Feat feat. Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Jesse Winchester, "Dixie Chicken.": I'm really only familiar with Little Feat by name, Bonnie Raitt by her glossy 90s "comeback" albums, and Emmylou Harris through her collaboration with Bright Eyes on I'm Wide Awake It's Morning. This was a great introduction. Really good country-rock in the sense that it was pretty much a straight-up country song, just with a lot of added oomph - especially by 70s standards. Great vocal performances all around, and I was really grooving on the honky-tonk piano playing. Thanks for sharing this!

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OK, let me try again...next up: Spain, "Because Your Love." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW3X0z8GtrA)

My band has been covering this song live for the last year or so, because my drummer is a bit of a hipster. This is Spain's most rockinest song, believe it or not. Ice cold lounge-pop, lazy slacker vocals, a surprisingly sticky guitar solo. I dig this song lots.

OneCentStamp
07-14-2014, 07:17 AM
Also it's topical now in a way that it wasn't a week ago, because Charlie Haden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Haden), free jazz bassist extraordinaire and father to Rachel Haden (The Decembrists), Petra Haden (That Dog), Tanya Haden (Silversun Pickups, wife of Jack Black), and Josh Haden (Spain), passed away on Thursday. :(

scabpicker
07-16-2014, 02:18 PM
OK, I see what happened. :smack:

I was about to come in here and say, "Wow, tough crowd, my song sits here for a week untouched?!" Now I see that I was ninja'd by five minutes by Jim Bow. Sorry! I was the thread-killer here.



Nah, it's probably not a tough crowd. I think it's just summer, people are off doing stuff, and it's a long thread to keep up with. I've personally been on a binge of my record collection in my off time. Plus, you followed the rules, you couldn't have killed the thread. :)


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OK, let me try again...next up: Spain, "Because Your Love." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW3X0z8GtrA)

My band has been covering this song live for the last year or so, because my drummer is a bit of a hipster. This is Spain's most rockinest song, believe it or not. Ice cold lounge-pop, lazy slacker vocals, a surprisingly sticky guitar solo. I dig this song lots.

That is a pretty sweet groove. It's probably groove overpowering the lyrics, but there's nothing wrong with that. And yeah, that's a pretty sweet guitar solo. If my band were young enough to be sexy, I might suggest we cover it.


Ok, my contribution in return is Siouxsie and the Banshees Sin in My Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-04xYFjnNB4), the live version from Nocturne. Why? Because they're a truly great band you don't hear much about these days, and that was probably their pinnacle. Robert Smith is playing guitar at this show as a favor, and he helps them to a better place than they ever were at on record. I forever thank an old girlfriend for leaving a tape of it with me. The album justifies live records all by itself.

ultrafilter
07-16-2014, 11:33 PM
I like some stuff from Siouxsie, but for whatever reason that song just doesn't do anything for me.

I'm going to throw out The Mountain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcu1AHaTchM) by Jucifer. The combination of the downtuned sludgy riffs and the airy female vocals creates a very interesting effect.

shunpiker
07-25-2014, 10:33 AM
That link sent me to the Flight Facilities, BTW. While I'm all down and good w/ some Flight Facilities (I dig "Crave You"), I'm not sure you wanted to link there.

So I googled "The Mountain" from Juicifer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf5HfPsnceU) and… Whoa… what was that going on? I liked the drum intro, and it kept me hooked. And there's something to be said about the sludginess... simple but still soulful. But I couldn't get away from the sad, or erratic groove the girls offered-up. The drums did deliver throughout, but the vocals -for better or worse- reminded me of CocoRosie.

I didn't know what to lay down for you kids this time, but this tune's been in my head a few days now. It's Butch Walker with "Closest Thing to You" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9D1ZByJyXw) (music starts at 0:39). This song has a sweet and lonely feeling to the lyrics, but the tune reaches out to grab you with a big, energetic hug. I don't know that it's gonna light your world on fire; but here's a good, basic rock tune with a background that's easy to relate to. Butch is a great songwriter; one of my favorites and most-respected. Though you may not be familiar w/ him, I'm sure you've heard one of the tunes he's written or albums he's produced for others during his years in the music business. This clip is from Daryl's Place (http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/), and it can only help when you've got DH backing you up. Also I just want to add that... damn, he's a cutie!

Catching up:

I never gave Siouxie much of an ear, historically. From the first time I heard them they just didn't light me up. I don't know... I just can't grab the feel of it. I'm glad for the short trip down memory lane, though. I have a friend who loved Siouxie and Kate Bush years ago and i couldn't visit w/o us rocking to them.

The Kool Keith was a nice piece. It was smooth and stumbly at the same time. I've been looking for more Hip-Hop in my library, so I listened to a few of the ones he had out there. Your selection was catchy. I read a little about his history, so i appreciate the introduction.

The Weezer was okay, but I found it really simple. Also, maybe it was the production that had me losing interest. I did listen to it a couple of times looking for the irony but I think I missed it.

"Dixie Chicken" is such a tired song. I used to love it and sing and dance to it often, and now I'd be satisfied if I never heard it again. But kudos for this particular find; it was cool to see Bonnie Raitt and EmmyLou Harris as young ladies. Thanks for sharing.

Spain was both interesting and confusing. I likened it to some of the 70's, maybe Jeff Beck, kinda sound. I dug the solo, but the rest of the tune didn't offer much to grab me. And -this is strange- the apparent infatuation that Spain has w/ the cover girl had me thinking that everything is written about her and it gave the music an inherent cheesiness. I know that's not fair, but that's what happened this time. I'm torn w/ the value of visuals in music, and i think i let it get me again this time. Overall it was good, but it fell short for me personally.

Oh, almost forgot about the Rush. I'll give it to you that the tune has an infectious quality. I still hear that refrain, "were only immortal... for a lim.mit.ted time" running through my head. And I guess as far as Rush is concerned, this isn't bad. I don't want to be one of those, "Rush was great until..." guys, so I'm probably going to conclude that Rush was never as good as I thought they were. They've managed to strike a couple of nails on the head though, but lately what I hear sounds like they're putting in a lot of effort trying to create something mediocre.

shunpiker
08-01-2014, 09:11 AM
This thread has been sitting here and simmering for a week and I thought I’d stir it a little. Today is Funk Friday on my local radio station, so I’m going to hit you with some Aerosmith; "Mother Popcorn" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdHQk-yQEKc). This is a mostly-unknown track from the rock giants recorded in some club in the 1970s. I love Tyler’s broken voice and way the `Smith is able to add a little more ass-shakiness to the original masterpiece. The recording/production is lacking somewhat, and you’ll appreciate the subtleties more when you have a chance to listen to it w/o distractions. Alternatively, you could crank it up and get all funky straight-away.

Aerosmith with a live cover of James Brown’s, “Mother Popcorn”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdHQk-yQEKc)

Made in Macau
08-01-2014, 03:00 PM
Thanks for all the great stuff here boys and girls! Never heard Veruca Salt before nor the Aerosmith - both great.
I truly love My Name is Jonas too. (Miss Sweeney is my fave Weezer song though)

So here's my contribution today, Radar Detector by Darwin Deez. It's a few years old now and his second album was really enjoyable too, but this knocked me out when I first heard it (after a recommendation on the Dope too!) A great pop tune with a startling arrangement and production. He's a huge talent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pbdLqTh_x4

There's a Bose advert from summer 2012 that stole this signature sound wholesale. Guitar one recorded too hot; guitar two dampened picked with tons of reverb; retro lo-fi drum machines, tr-707 handclaps and odd squeaks. Ripped his sound right off.

Just found it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaQ8S5to_0w

Anyway - hope you enjoy it!

MiM

Snowboarder Bo
12-24-2014, 01:18 PM
I miss this thread; it has sat dormant for too long. And since I'm part-zombie, who better to resurrect it? :D

So here's my contribution today, Radar Detector by Darwin Deez. It's a few years old now and his second album was really enjoyable too, but this knocked me out when I first heard it (after a recommendation on the Dope too!) A great pop tune with a startling arrangement and production. He's a huge talent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pbdLqTh_x4

Okay, this is most definitely not my kind of thing: it's almost the textbook definition of "Indie Pop". That said, the production is excellent, the hook is omnipresent (but bland, as typifies the genre, IMO) and the "happy-feel-good-aw-yeah" vibe is cranked to 100% and never dips. If I knew someone who liked this genre that was looking for new tunes, I would recommend Mr. Deez with no hesitation.

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Okay, so this band is a bunch of Japan-born people who somehow all hooked up in London. It's hard to describe them because they kind of have a loose framework they work with and even tho they sound kind of jam-y they are actually a tightly controlled group. They wear their influences on their sleeves, yet somehow they transcend them all with the way they put it all together. Think Can + Gang of Four + Acid Mothers Temple + Swell Maps + Boredoms + Gong + Jane's Addiction + Sun Ra + Yakuza + Wall Of Voodoo = Bo Ningen - Slider (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXXpLHKWlVA).

ETA: Yes, I like that fact the band has my name in it. I wish it was 'cause they knew me, but they don't. Yet. :D

OneCentStamp
12-24-2014, 08:35 PM
Okay, so this band is a bunch of Japan-born people who somehow all hooked up in London. It's hard to describe them because they kind of have a loose framework they work with and even tho they sound kind of jam-y they are actually a tightly controlled group. They wear their influences on their sleeves, yet somehow they transcend them all with the way they put it all together. Think Can + Gang of Four + Acid Mothers Temple + Swell Maps + Boredoms + Gong + Jane's Addiction + Sun Ra + Yakuza + Wall Of Voodoo = Bo Ningen - Slider (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXXpLHKWlVA).

ARISE, ZOMBIE MUSIC THREAD!

"Tightly controlled" is definitely a good term for this particular brand of noise. I listened to this song (laptop, headphones) three times: once without watching the video, because my wife was watching an episode of X-Files on the overhead TV; once while watching the video; and once again through the middle section because I was figuring out the time signature on that weird break (a fast 5/4, I think).

The interesting thing is what a different experience it was just listening vs. watching and listening. Listening loudly through headphones, it struck me as a very solid, surprisingly heavy crew of professional musicians laying down a cool churning groove with some Can-esque noise on top.

Then watching it, with the bewigged Japanese guys going nuts on their high-strapped instruments and crazy-mugging the camera, I was like: oh, Boredoms.

It makes me think of Jane's Addiction, as well as early Muse, in that it's a bunch of guys with seriously solid chops (and a drummer, in each case, who clearly has some metal in his background), providing a surprisingly conventional backdrop to some crazy avant-noise.

Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hell, I listened to it 2.5 times, didn't I? :D

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Next up: The Pogues, "Lorelei" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPlBBx0KIY)

One of the rare Pogues songs not sung by dissipated frontman and amazing poet Shane MacGowan. Instead, the band's considerable power is placed behind guitarist and backup singer Philip Chevron, in a song so beautiful (IMO) and so beautifully, classically Irish, that it's hard to believe he wrote it. This song used to be a favorite of mine at open mic nights, except for the part where I had to confess that no, it wasn't mine, and no, it wasn't an Irish folk song. :)

ultrafilter
12-24-2014, 10:06 PM
Next up: The Pogues, "Lorelei" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfPlBBx0KIY)

One of the rare Pogues songs not sung by dissipated frontman and amazing poet Shane MacGowan. Instead, the band's considerable power is placed behind guitarist and backup singer Philip Chevron, in a song so beautiful (IMO) and so beautifully, classically Irish, that it's hard to believe he wrote it. This song used to be a favorite of mine at open mic nights, except for the part where I had to confess that no, it wasn't mine, and no, it wasn't an Irish folk song. :)

It sounds like an Irish folk song. It's nice, but a bit out of character for the Pogues.

I'm going to throw out Weightless Again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdjbk_G6pw) by the Handsome Family.

Snowboarder Bo
01-02-2015, 10:02 PM
I'm going to throw out Weightless Again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdjbk_G6pw) by the Handsome Family.

That song is country as fuck. Awesome. I loved the stripped down arrangement. I would not have minded if the bass had been recorded differently and was more prominent in the mix, but it's a very minor quibble with a freaking great song.

I'll keep it country with Whiskeytown - Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhUji_YKHJw).

shunpiker
01-17-2015, 11:16 AM
Hey Bo, sorry to leave you and and the interested parties hanging so long. Great to see some action w/ the SDMBMAS.

I’ve been a fan of my homeboys, Whiskytown, basically since their inception. Too bad Ryan was still searching for himself during those last years, but it’s what we all go through at some point. That song has a good country feel with a freshness that a young group of guys can bring to the party. It’s a good example of what those cats can do/did. And did well. I still like what Ryan's done through the years, though some of my friends call me a pussy because of it, ha! That Whiskytown "era" was a great time for local North Carolina music and the alt-country genre in-general.

I’ve been waiting for this thread to take a country turn, and I’ve almost (a couple of times) started a Country Music Appreciation thread, but feared it wouldn’t catch on. So, I’ll stay w/ the theme and submit a song from one of country’s great songwriters, Toy Caldwell. "This Ol’ Cowboy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHq87F2fS-s)" from the Marshall Tucker Band. MTB is/was a band that almost defies classification with their unique approach to country music. I like this one because it has an almost jazzy arrangement; unheard-of in country music at the time it was recorded.

shunpiker
01-28-2015, 01:44 AM
Well, that really didn’t go anywhere, did it? I hope it was enjoyed, even if not commented-on.

Up next from Shunpiker’s vault of musical bliss is “The Game of Love (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bwsw_santana-michelle-branch-the-game-of_music)” from Santana & Michelle Branch. This tune disappeared from my radar for years while I was thinking it was too candied to be taken seriously (and maybe it is, ha!), but i really dig it. It really has little to do w/ Santana. In fact, I think Carlos tarnishes the song with his endless (and pretentious), “let’s put a guitar fill here” shit throughout the song. Michelle does her part with heart and her vocals are what made it a hit, IMO. I don’t know enough about her to showcase her; this is to give some love to a couple of veteran songwriters. I instantly likened it to one of Alexander & Nowels’ other hits with the New Radicals. I’m sure you’ll know what song i’m talking of and I dare not link to it. Maybe when no one replies to this post, I’ll run it by you next time.

jovan
01-28-2015, 04:11 AM
In fact, I think Carlos tarnishes the song with his endless (and pretentious), “let’s put a guitar fill here” shit throughout the song.
I agree, Santana has a very bad habit of bringing out his trademarked Santana licks and just pasting them all over the place.

I think I've only heard that Michelle Branch songs a few times. Ever since I've moved to Japan, I've been more or less cut out from mainstream western pop music. If I hadn't sought them out, out of nothing but curiosity, I would never have heard anything by Justin Bieber, or Rihanna, or really any big name from the last ten of fifteen years. Santana's comeback is one of the first musical events I sort of missed.

I remember this song, though, for some reason. I heard it on the radio, in my car. I forget where I was going, but I got lost, I was somewhere in northern Mie, or maybe southern Gifu. It was dark and I was driving along what I knew was the wrong road. There were rice paddies around, though I could only guess them through the darkness. Fuel was running low. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find a gasoline stand open this late. This was before self-serve stands became common here.

I don't remember where I was going, but I remember that at one point I decided I was seriously going in the wrong direction and decided to make a u-turn somewhere. I was probably swearing. Almost certainly I was. The radio was on, and this song came up. I don't know why I remember this, or why I even remembered Michelle Branch's name.

I see that she is very pretty. And so, I'll use this as my cue for my song. It's a live performance by Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. She looks like a fashion model, and I think she might be one, but she's mostly a very talented musician and songwriter. I find the live versions of her songs better than the studio versions, which sound a bit flat.

Alama (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9QKl7zg2JI)

Snowboarder Bo
01-28-2015, 04:38 PM
Hey Bo, sorry to leave you and and the interested parties hanging so long. Great to see some action w/ the SDMBMAS.

I’ve been a fan of my homeboys, Whiskytown, basically since their inception. Too bad Ryan was still searching for himself during those last years, but it’s what we all go through at some point. That song has a good country feel with a freshness that a young group of guys can bring to the party. It’s a good example of what those cats can do/did. And did well. I still like what Ryan's done through the years, though some of my friends call me a pussy because of it, ha! That Whiskytown "era" was a great time for local North Carolina music and the alt-country genre in-general.

I’ve been waiting for this thread to take a country turn, and I’ve almost (a couple of times) started a Country Music Appreciation thread, but feared it wouldn’t catch on. So, I’ll stay w/ the theme and submit a song from one of country’s great songwriters, Toy Caldwell. "This Ol’ Cowboy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHq87F2fS-s)" from the Marshall Tucker Band. MTB is/was a band that almost defies classification with their unique approach to country music. I like this one because it has an almost jazzy arrangement; unheard-of in country music at the time it was recorded.
Well, that really didn’t go anywhere, did it? I hope it was enjoyed, even if not commented-on.
I listened to it twice now; once when you posted and again just now. I apologize for not posting earlier, but frankly I like the thread better when I'm not every other post. :p I was trying to give someone else a chance to listen and share before I popped back up in the thread.

Anyway...

The first thing that struck me about the MTB song was the jazzy intro passage; it was as advertised in your post. Then I was gobsmacked by the impeccable production: this is a gorgeous recording! The song is similarly excellent. A truly talented and refined group of musicians playing at the absolute top of their collective game, this is an album-opening worthy track. I love how it incorporates that jazz vibe all the way down to the rhythm section. The flute is awesome as well but the thing that makes it fucking rock is that bassline: that's some amazing walking going on there! A very enjoyable 7 minutes; thanks!

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Up next from Shunpiker’s vault of musical bliss is “The Game of Love (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bwsw_santana-michelle-branch-the-game-of_music)” from Santana & Michelle Branch. Not my thing; sorry.

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I'll use this as my cue for my song. It's a live performance by Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. She looks like a fashion model, and I think she might be one, but she's mostly a very talented musician and songwriter. I find the live versions of her songs better than the studio versions, which sound a bit flat.

Alama (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9QKl7zg2JI)
Fucking awesome! Great guitar, excellent bass and phenomenal drumming! And a terrific and enthusiastic performance by both vocalists, but especially by Miss Diawara. It's a very good song with a pleasant rolling rhythm but it's really the joy present in the performances that makes this so much fun. Congrats on being the first person this year to sell me an album (and my thanks for it, too)!

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Let's get back to the rock!

My pick is a song that incorporates a unique blend of EDM, techno, funk, searing arena rock guitar leads (courtesy of guest Kim Thayil) and smoldering soul/R&B/choir vocals: Pigeonhed - Battle Flag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xB0zgtTxzM). (NSFW but TAGITTTVWUWYR2R*)

*Totally A Good Idea To Turn The Volume Way Up When Yer Ready To Rock :p

ultrafilter
01-28-2015, 10:20 PM
My pick is a song that incorporates a unique blend of EDM, techno, funk, searing arena rock guitar leads (courtesy of guest Kim Thayil) and smoldering soul/R&B/choir vocals: Pigeonhed - Battle Flag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xB0zgtTxzM).

This was cool, but it went on a bit long. I think it would've worked a lot better if they had cut it down to 3-4 minutes.

Interestingly, it turns out the vocalist there was the frontman for Brad, which was one of my favorite bands in high school. The Day Brings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g3raY1tYm4) got some airplay around 1998, but I think that it's pretty obscure for most people.

jovan
01-30-2015, 07:34 AM
Fucking awesome! Great guitar, excellent bass and phenomenal drumming! And a terrific and enthusiastic performance by both vocalists, but especially by Miss Diawara. It's a very good song with a pleasant rolling rhythm but it's really the joy present in the performances that makes this so much fun. Congrats on being the first person this year to sell me an album (and my thanks for it, too)!


I'm happy you like it. If you haven't already, please do check out her performance at a festival called "Au fil des voix."

The Day Brings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g3raY1tYm4) got some airplay around 1998, but I think that it's pretty obscure for most people.
Not really what I expected after hearing Bo's track. Also, I didn't know Jack Black, Obama and Robert Webb used to be in a band.

Here's my next pick: Takumi Iwasaki, a.k.a. Takumi. This is a Japanese musician who started out in a synth pop in a band called Films. This is a track from his first solo album, titled Meat the Beat, from 1983. This record isn't available on iTunes, or on Amazon, or on CD, nor have I been able to find vinyl copies on line. It's a pretty good synth pop album, though, with just a nice hint of punk influences.

Two of the songs on Meat the Beat are in German, the rest are in English. I've chosen one of the German tracks, because, hey, it's a Japanese guy signing in German but mostly because it's just soooo 1983.

Takumi -- Mein Schatz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCFUVVocysA)

SlackerInc
01-30-2015, 01:35 PM
"So 1983", agreed. Appropriate after I just saw the season premiere of The Americans (which is heading into '83) last night.

I am open to this sort of music (I am still fond of Howard Jones, Talk Talk, Alphaville, etc.) so I am sympathetic to this track. I wouldn't call it the greatest example of the genre, but I'm glad to have been introduced to it. Interesting, thanks.

Hearing that actually made me switch to a different track than I otherwise would have shared. This would have to be my favorite '80s synth song of all time: "Your Silent Face" by New Order. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so-L12LFRR8) Unlike many songs from that long ago, I never get tired of this one.

InsomniaMama
02-08-2015, 07:03 PM
Ah, New Order, reminds me of college. I used to listen to them, Joy Division, and Bauhaus at breakfast and then wonder why I was so depressed. Good times.

For the last year+ I've been obsessed with The National. They are great in concert. I love nearly all their songs, so it was hard to pick one, but this fit in nicely with the New Order.

Anyone's Ghost (http://youtu.be/s1-Yxx6KXak)

Snowboarder Bo
02-09-2015, 11:00 PM
For the last year+ I've been obsessed with The National. They are great in concert. I love nearly all their songs, so it was hard to pick one, but this fit in nicely with the New Order.

Anyone's Ghost (http://youtu.be/s1-Yxx6KXak)

This did fit in well with the New Order, and had it come out in 1983, it might have had some commercial legs. Myself, I didn't care for it much. I felt it lacked a solid hook and the mix, especially the ultra-heavy low end featuring a terrible sounding bass guitar, made this mildly unpleasant to listen to.

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New Order was never my thing either. I was also in college during the mid-late '80s, and I remember a few of their more energetic songs were regular party music but this song wasn't one of those.

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The Takumi track was good, IMO. Not perfect, but that slinky, complicated fretless bass line reminded me so much of Mick Karn's work from around the same time that it made me interested in hearing more. I particularly like the song Myron. Thanks for introducing me to another engaging artist, jovan.

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The Brad song was pretty good, but I really like Shawn Smith's voice, so I started from a biased position. :D

And yeah, I can see where that particular Pigeonhed track might have seemed to go on too long, especially with the vocal sound collage thing that sort of served as the bridge, but remember that funk music has a looooong tradition of indulgence and excess. :cool:

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Okay, that's enough synth-pop and fake funk... let's REALLY get back to the rock: this band formed in 1985 and was supposed to be a goof, but the album they created (recorded and mixed in just 3 days) has had more influence on metal since then than anyone can quantify. Featuring Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, ex-Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker (also Nuclear Assault & now United Forces), and fronted by the formidable Billy Milano (M.O.D., also now in United Forces), the band created music that was even more intense, more in your face, more "fuck you" (and more laughs) than damn near any music before (or since, to be honest); it was & still is the perfect blend of hardcore punk and thrash metal: Stormtroopers of Death - Kill Yourself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFsr2cybfk8).

OneCentStamp
02-10-2015, 04:31 AM
Okay, that's enough synth-pop and fake funk... let's REALLY get back to the rock: this band formed in 1985 and was supposed to be a goof, but the album they created (recorded and mixed in just 3 days) has had more influence on metal since then than anyone can quantify. Featuring Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, ex-Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker (also Nuclear Assault & now United Forces), and fronted by the formidable Billy Milano (M.O.D., also now in United Forces), the band created music that was even more intense, more in your face, more "fuck you" (and more laughs) than damn near any music before (or since, to be honest); it was & still is the perfect blend of hardcore punk and thrash metal: Stormtroopers of Death - Kill Yourself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFsr2cybfk8).

I'll leave the actual reviewing/reaction to someone to whom this is new, but I'll offer up Kirk Hammett's words: "The first time I heard S.O.D., it made me sick to my stomach...it was so heavy." :D :cool:

shunpiker
03-01-2015, 11:35 PM
Ha, I picked the right time to come back in here to play.

STD… wtf was that?! :) I guess it rocks in that it’s heavy and loud, but there’s not much there, really. Well, I take that back. Upon further analysis, it does encompass many themes of the death-metal genre; foremost death and metal (yes, i understand that Scott’s supposed to be giving us more than that, but I don’t hear it in this song). And there’s even a bridge/coda with a different groove in which to ram/bang ones head. But it goes on to suggest to the listener they’re a piece of shit that we’d all be better-off without, too. That can be a tough argument, but these guys were quite convincing and even gave some ideas/suggestions to make it easier. Glad the lyrics were there, ha!

Loved the Alama… it was fantastic.The song was catchy yet simple. And that mix was great; we’re able to hear all the subtle sounds of each player, which is good because it’s each of the little parts that bring it all together. I really did like this and have “rocked it” quite a few times since you posted it.

I immediately recognized Shawn in both those tunes. The Pigeonhed did go on a little long but i could feel Kim breathing life into it there at the end. I always liked Satchel and Brad and wore-out my EDC and Shame discs years ago. I started to lose touch with them and The Day Brings was a refreshing re-introduction.

The Takumi kept my old-rear shakin’ with a good groove. Neat sound.

The New Order was much-more subdued. I was looking for something more in there with subsequent listens.

I was familiar w/ The National but not this song. I initially wanted to listen-past some of the darker parts, but I liked the dreaminess of the song and that kept me involved. I’m glad I know more from those guys now.

Speaking of rocking, here’s a forgotten cut from Mother Love Bone, "Holy Roller" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylkcJAhefEs). MLB, one of the pioneers of the Seattle sound in the 90’s had a short life but its members went on to gain employment in many well-known bands. I loved MLB and was very disappointed when Wood died and the band never had a chance to get its walking legs. So this is a tribute to MLB -partly in response the the Shawn Smith tunes above- but more because this song rocks. And I love the break in the middle; especially when he says’ “they’re like, nothing bad, let me tell you that much…”, still cracks me up.

ps: C’mob, Bo. I expected more from you than a curt response to my pop song submission. Can’t I even get a "That sucked because the singer's voice was like pouring Sriracha in my ear holes,”? :D

Snowboarder Bo
04-03-2015, 07:27 PM
Speaking of rocking, here’s a forgotten cut from Mother Love Bone, "Holy Roller" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylkcJAhefEs). MLB, one of the pioneers of the Seattle sound in the 90’s had a short life but its members went on to gain employment in many well-known bands. I loved MLB and was very disappointed when Wood died and the band never had a chance to get its walking legs. So this is a tribute to MLB -partly in response the the Shawn Smith tunes above- but more because this song rocks. And I love the break in the middle; especially when he says’ “they’re like, nothing bad, let me tell you that much…”, still cracks me up.

ps: C’mob, Bo. I expected more from you than a curt response to my pop song submission. Can’t I even get a "That sucked because the singer's voice was like pouring Sriracha in my ear holes,”? :D
Ah yeah... Mother Love Bone... in my mind there's no doubt that Andrew Wood was what kept the rest of this band off-kilter enough to have that "falling down stairs with style" feel to them. This song is okay. Very heavy on '80s-style shouted chorus, but the guitar parts, rhythm and overall joyous angry disdain present in the song make it fun to listen to.

I hate that this thread has devolved into just a few of us participating, but it's still more fun to share than not, so this time I'm sharing something just because it's a ton of superfun: here's crazy-ass psych-rock weirdos Fumaça Preta - Fumaça Preta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHwPvIevg_k)!

Snowboarder Bo
04-03-2015, 09:40 PM
Ha, I picked the right time to come back in here to play.

STD… wtf was that?! :) I guess it rocks in that it’s heavy and loud, but there’s not much there, really. Well, I take that back. Upon further analysis, it does encompass many themes of the death-metal genre; foremost death and metal (yes, i understand that Scott’s supposed to be giving us more than that, but I don’t hear it in this song). And there’s even a bridge/coda with a different groove in which to ram/bang ones head. But it goes on to suggest to the listener they’re a piece of shit that we’d all be better-off without, too. That can be a tough argument, but these guys were quite convincing and even gave some ideas/suggestions to make it easier. Glad the lyrics were there, ha!

I forgot to comment on this earlier: that's the first time I've ever heard the lyrics interpreted as being directed at the listener.

scabpicker
04-10-2015, 12:28 AM
I hate that this thread has devolved into just a few of us participating, but it's still more fun to share than not, so this time I'm sharing something just because it's a ton of superfun: here's crazy-ass psych-rock weirdos Fumaça Preta - Fumaça Preta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHwPvIevg_k)!

Jesus Hell, YES! Groovy, heavy, the coherence of Puzzle Punk, and has all the craziness of the Surfers at their height. The phone started ringing during the song, and I thought it was part of the song. Perfect. Gotta buy it.

Keep posting. I'm listening.


I'm going to kind of give a lame one. Been thinking too much about Husker Du lately, so here's them doing a cover of Eight Miles High (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBKyBlJ_JN8). I'd say it's pretty faithful, but you'll never mistake it for the Byrds. Bob's guitar is probably at it's big, shimmery best.

journeyman_southpaw
04-14-2015, 12:53 AM
Anything hardcore is a blind spot for me, and this is additionally daunting because it's considered one of the great singles of the '80s and all-time great cover versions. But there are no other takers so I'll try.

I never got into Husker Du apart from a few of their more melodic singles (and I like some of Bob Mould's recent solo stuff as well), but I appreciate what they were doing here. A lot of punk covers of non-punk songs are done for ironic effect, but this was no joke. It's the best kind of cover: a song re-interpreted for a different place and time, utterly transformed so the same set of lyrics paint a completely different image in the listener's mind. So, respected.

OK, so the other reason I wanted to jump in now is because I have a timely pick - it's been slowly climbing the charts for months and as of this writing has reached #12 on the Hot 100: Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCLY0Rlx6Q). I kinda think that mainstream music has gotten a little better lately as the success of that Daft Punk album a couple years ago seems to have made retro-'80s pop like this a viable thing, and it's been making looking at charts kinda fun for me again for the first time in forever. I have the album this song from and there are about five other tracks on it that sound like potential hits. I will pick an older, non-pop song next time :)

Snowboarder Bo
04-14-2015, 02:32 AM
OK, so the other reason I wanted to jump in now is because I have a timely pick - it's been slowly climbing the charts for months and as of this writing has reached #12 on the Hot 100: Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCLY0Rlx6Q). I kinda think that mainstream music has gotten a little better lately as the success of that Daft Punk album a couple years ago seems to have made retro-'80s pop like this a viable thing, and it's been making looking at charts kinda fun for me again for the first time in forever.
Wow that was a lot of fun! It's like 1986 all over again, only with a more modern drum sound! The video was a ton of fun and also echoed the '80s vibe, from the hairstyles all the way down to the solid colors in the clothes.

This is the song that that Ronson guy wanted to make: it recalls the '80s without ripping anyone off.

I don't think I'd want to hear this song a thousand times but it was fun.

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Loved the Hüsker Dü; I agree completely with journeyman_southpaw's analysis, but I wanted to add that I loved that guitar sound that Mould had back then... it's fucking raw.

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I'll tell ya what: let's keep it '80s for one more. My pick is a band that I saw when they opened for Big Country back in 1984. They blew me away with their thick, lush sound and inscrutable lyrics. I rushed out the next day and got a copy of their album on cassette (those being all the rage at the time, much like tying an onion to your belt was the fashion once... but I digress...). Anyway, that cassette bit the dust long ago, but the songs on it were seared into my brain from love and repetition. Thanks to the interwebz, I was able to secure a copy of the CD re-issue of their first 2 albums that was done in the mid-90s. Here's Wire Train - Slow Down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYYetIQSeek&t=21m09s).

journeyman_southpaw
04-20-2015, 11:55 PM
I see it's going for $75-100 on the secondary market these days, good thing you got it before it gets any scarcer.

I'd not heard of this band before and my first instinct was to think they were British! But nope, San Franciscan. I found the lyrics hard to make sense of, and while searching for them online I found an interview (http://wiretrain.co.uk/2012/04/30/) with the singer where he explains the meaning of the song as a helpful cheat :) Ah, so it concerns a musician's ambivalence about his art being commercialized. The monotonous beat and general sense of unease make sense now. The middle of Side Two is where the weakest songs are usually buried but in this case I guess it's more that it's too personal and not commercial enough to get a more prominent place on the album. I imagine the best way to experience it would be if you played it while commuting alone.

Awright, well, I didn't want too many '80s-themed songs in a row, so how about going way back to 1969. Grand Funk Railroad is a band that critics absolutely hated, and most Gen Xers like me only know them from a monologue by Homer on The Simpsons in which they came off as a joke. But... well, their early stuff sounds fine to me. It was a bit later when they became less heavy and more of a poppy singles band that, yeah, they weren't as good anymore. But their first few albums are full of solid early hard rock jams if you like that kind of thing. So this is Grand Funk Railroad - Mr. Limousine Driver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF_mgIQRWwU), lip-synched on Playboy After Dark so you can dance on your staircase along with all the beautiful people if you feel so inclined.

shunpiker
04-28-2015, 10:02 AM
Wow, some Grand Funk… I love it! Those guys really knew how to rock it and this tune shows their soulful side, too… a good cut. And I like the visuals in that link. That’s really a sign of those times. Thanks for that

It can be tough to find something note-worthy from the 80s but you guys have done it. I’d never heard of Wire Train and, though my first foray with the linked song didn’t paint my walls or anything, I gave it a few listens. It’s subtle but I like it.

The Walk the Moon was catchy. I found it a very basic tune that didn’t offer a whole lot, but was still a good piece and (as Bo said) a lot of fun. I could listen to it again. And I did.

The Husker Du was a nice reminder of some older times and that tune reminded me why I wasn’t much of a Du fan. Sure, they’ve got the chops, but it just didn’t meld w/ me. I will say that it was a great and unexpected interpretation of the Byrds’ song. Also, want to give a shout-out to Mr. Picker… glad to have you stopping in. Please come back more often.

The Fumaca was a little… hmmm not sure how to categorize it. I could feel the groove, but the overall product got lost in the slaughterhouse-like :D screams . Putting-aside the lyrics, I could hear something there, though.

Well, I had a couple of things in-mind to pitch-out here, but I’ve decided that I’m going off-path a bit. I didn’t hear this one when it came out in the 90s, but discovered it while falling-in-love with Jellyfish at the turn of the century. This tune isn’t one of their hits and it’s hard to find it on one of their albums, but it’s an interesting little ditty; especially to anyone familiar w/ Mario and Bowser. I dig how the tempo picks up as the song goes on.

Jellyfish, Ignorance is Bliss. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdwze-Wj6_4)

Snowboarder Bo
05-10-2015, 04:38 PM
Well, I had a couple of things in-mind to pitch-out here, but I’ve decided that I’m going off-path a bit. I didn’t hear this one when it came out in the 90s, but discovered it while falling-in-love with Jellyfish at the turn of the century. This tune isn’t one of their hits and it’s hard to find it on one of their albums, but it’s an interesting little ditty; especially to anyone familiar w/ Mario and Bowser. I dig how the tempo picks up as the song goes on.

Jellyfish, Ignorance is Bliss. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdwze-Wj6_4)

This reminds me a lot of the Jolly song I posted a while back, but it goes all indie pop/Braodway musical instead of indie rock/metal. Not my cuppa, but there's quite a bit of talent on display there.

The GFR tune was awesome. I'm a big fan from way back in the very early '70s and I pretty much always enjoy the guitar tone, the vocals and the awesome fun rhythms that they delivered. The holy-crap-is-that-dated video was fun too.

My pick is a drum and bass duo that just released the best album of their career so far. This is highly charged technically precise experimental rock (if that's a thing) at it's finest IMO: Lightning Bolt - The Metal East (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9T0ICrAzqU).

shunpiker
06-01-2015, 12:29 PM
Bo, you do have some interesting tastes in tunes. This one hit me as “meh” upon first listen. But as suggested, i gave it a second, and then a third ear. Then i researched these kids and started to warm-up a bit. It’s a lot of sound from 2 dudes. It doesn’t meld into my psyche or anything, but i can hear something there. I dug the video… the visuals were interesting.

I’m going to hit you with another local group; Wylie hunter and the Cazadores (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx106nO49oU). This is an acoustic bit from them/him, though they plug-in quite often. I hear a lot of things when i listen to this one. I’m sure many of us have been in a similar situation, and Wylie sings it (and writes it) with tons of feeling. Hope you enjoy Jordan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx106nO49oU).

journeyman_southpaw
06-01-2015, 06:39 PM
I liked it musically, he has a real good voice to carry such a sparse acoustic tune and it was a nice move to have the chorus never repeat itself. That sparseness also puts the lyrics really up front, however, and I find them, to sum up in a smiley.... :dubious: They evoke a specific kind of person who would sing them that I would politely call a "chill bro" although a less courteous term (https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=sensitive+acoustic+douchebag) is widespread on the net.

The lyrics just sound to me like humblebragging about having drunken stranger nookie with a hot blonde while throwing a veneer of sensitivity over everything, being all sad that she won't stay and be exclusive with him (because young studly guys HATE when women just want to keep it an open relationship fling, I mean, what a drag). I also found the couplet about the glasses to be unintentionally funny because it calls to my mind nothing if not the Beautiful All Along (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BeautifulAllAlong) trope as featured in "She's All That", which is the one thing everyone remembers about that movie because it was mocked and parodied in the years following.

But look, I have a bunch of hair metal where general skeeviness and ballads of questionable sincerity are pretty much the order of the day, so I might not be the best person to be writing this. The song was musically good enough that I looked around for other stuff by the same person, and found a few songs I did like unqualifiedly.

So now I'm going to throw out a song called "Karaoke" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoLPbF1bUDY) by a new group called Smallpools, because it just seems like a perfect song to play in early June just before sunset (do we need warnings for four-letter words? Song has one repeated a couple times, anyway).

Snowboarder Bo
06-04-2015, 12:41 AM
So now I'm going to throw out a song called "Karaoke" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoLPbF1bUDY) by a new group called Smallpools, because it just seems like a perfect song to play in early June just before sunset (do we need warnings for four-letter words? Song has one repeated a couple times, anyway).

I had high hopes when this song started; persistent thudding is a great way to open a song. Once the bass started I could tell it wasn't gonna be a rock song tho, and the vocals surely destroyed any inkling of rocking. Too much melody for my taste in the vocals, and bit too much of a happy-shiny feel to the whole song. It's very polished, and even has a sort of '80s patina to it, but ultimately isn't something I'll listen to again.

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The Wylie Hunter tune was kind of blah. The melody felt pretty generic and there just wasn't any real dynamic to the song to hook me in. Another very polished recording, but not anything I'd seek out.

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My pick this time around is Daikaiju - Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MktnXIz7U). Enjoy!

OneCentStamp
06-04-2015, 10:33 AM
My pick this time around is Daikaiju - Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MktnXIz7U). Enjoy!

I dug it, enough so that YouTube is currently playing more Daikaiju for me as I type this. Lots of energy, and a surprisingly straightforward surf rock sound. I love the guitar tones. There's no way this band doesn't kick all kinds of ass live. Every time I hear this kind of music, I want to do a similar project myself.

Next up: Wire, "Ex Lion Tamer" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nE8DFaxd94)

Feint of Spades
06-04-2015, 10:54 AM
My pick this time around is Daikaiju - Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MktnXIz7U). Enjoy!

Wow! I haven't heard these guys before. This song reminded me of Quinten Tarrantino films. I found my head bobbing in time with it as I listened, and it went pretty quickly for me, as it ended earlier than I thought it would (even though it's over 5 mins).

Love the throwback guitar sound, thought I heard some infuences of Chuck Berry, and Fugazi. Really enjoyed it, I'll have to check out more.

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OK. Check out some Coheed and Cambria - "The Camper Velourium I: The Faint of Hearts"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCqNcl-HAzw

Feint of Spades
06-04-2015, 11:14 AM
Going back through some random older posts (and apparently the one I jumped by writing too slowly).

Juscifer - The Mountain: Just OK to me. I kinda get what they are going for with the intro/outro thing, but too droning and repetitive for my taste. The singer has a killer sound to her voice though, I really liked it and may need to check out some other stuff.

Wire - Ex Lion Tamer: Romones-ish tune I could really get into these guys. Not over-complicated, straight-forward. I liked this alot.

OneCentStamp
06-04-2015, 08:19 PM
OK. Check out some Coheed and Cambria - "The Camper Velourium I: The Faint of Hearts"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCqNcl-HAzw

I like to call Coheed and Cambria "Jimmy Eat Rush" for their seamless blend of the most accessible prog and the most accessible emo. And I mean it as a compliment! And this album is my favorite of theirs - a cryptic mashup of space fantasy and nerdy high school drama. Great song. Thanks for bringing one of my 2003-2005 perpetual car CDs back into my consciousness. :D

Next up: Faraquet, "Cut Self Not." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o3_iq_ZcZs)Clean math rock.

Feint of Spades
06-05-2015, 06:48 AM
Next up: Faraquet, "Cut Self Not." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o3_iq_ZcZs)Clean math rock.

Wow, a cleaned up Dillinger Escape Plan here! Good stuff, also reminds me of Spoon and Pinback. I really liked this and will add some into my rotation of Spotify randomness I have going while working. Love the offbeats!

Ran across these guys a little while back and was TOTALLY impressed. Very cool sound mixed with technical instrumentation. Tesseract - Nocturne (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=get0cXOsSXg)

scabpicker
06-05-2015, 02:22 PM
My pick this time around is Daikaiju - Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-MktnXIz7U). Enjoy!

I dug it, enough so that YouTube is currently playing more Daikaiju for me as I type this. Lots of energy, and a surprisingly straightforward surf rock sound. I love the guitar tones. There's no way this band doesn't kick all kinds of ass live. Every time I hear this kind of music, I want to do a similar project myself.



OH HELL YEAH! We opened for Daikaiju a while back, and I didn't know anything about them going into the show other than they were a touring surf band. I was so blown away, I bought their entire catalog and the t-shirt. Their live show kicks ass times a million. I won't spoil it (you can find it on Youtube if you must), but it rules. They have a mystique, and they totally pull it off. Seriously, here (http://www.bandsintown.com/Daikaiju) is a page that'll list their tour dates. They look like they just finished a tour (and I had to work when they were last here), but they'll probably be out soon again. Go see them, give them all of your money.


Next up: Wire, "Ex Lion Tamer" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nE8DFaxd94)

A great band, a band that I don't hear very often these days. But they influenced lots of folks, so you hear their mark all over.

I like to call Coheed and Cambria "Jimmy Eat Rush" for their seamless blend of the most accessible prog and the most accessible emo. And I mean it as a compliment!


Hehe, that may be the best description of them I've heard. Work in someone who loves pinch harmonics in there, and it'd be complete.

I liked the Faraquet, esp the jazzy ending. Not something you always hear in math rock.


Ran across these guys a little while back and was TOTALLY impressed. Very cool sound mixed with technical instrumentation. Tesseract - Nocturne (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=get0cXOsSXg)

Hmm. They're all skilled as hell, and they obviously put a lot of work into that song, but it comes together as a whole to remind me of Evanescence. Not a bad thing, but not really my thing.

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Ok, my submission this time is Jack Thunder and the Road Soda - Captain Adaptive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJMoH_AoAk). Pure caveman psychedelia from Texas.

Snowboarder Bo
06-08-2015, 03:38 AM
Ok, my submission this time is Jack Thunder and the Road Soda - Captain Adaptive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJMoH_AoAk). Pure caveman psychedelia from Texas.

Very good. Definitely has the Texas psych rock vibe; Roky would have liked this. I did find myself annoyed by the main riff because I recognize it from some other song; at first I thought it was from Sky Saxon (The Seeds) but after checking I couldn't place it. I even went and listened to the entire Black Angels catalog thinking maybe they had also used it, but no luck. Anyway, that DUM-dum-da-dum rhythm and the chord progression were already in my head somehow, so the song started off with an immediate "familiar" feeling. I thought the song maintained an excellent pace, loved the fuzzed out guitar sound, thought the vocals were appropriately reverbed, the delivery impassioned and obscured, and loved the freak out at about 2:00. All-in-all, despite being derivative as hell (seriously, I've heard every riff in this song before), it was enjoyable and I hope the band can build on an excellently chosen and executed foundation. I gather you've been fortunate enough to see them quite a bit, scabpicker?

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Wire is, to me, like a polished version of Swell Maps crossed with Gang Of Four. If you listen outside the mainstream and can handle aggression in your music (punk rock, art rock, kraut rock, experimental rock, etc.), you should own Pink Flag. Good pick, OneCent.

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Coheed & Cambria doesn't do it for me; sorry Feint. I once paid over $140 to see Clutch open for them at the Warfield in LA. Clutch was awesome (of course), and I was really interested in C&C because they are fairly popular in metal circles and known for their sic-fi comic book saga, but I had never heard them before. I lasted less than 3 songs before I split. I will say that I do love one song by them; The Hard Sell is a masterpiece. And yeah, Claudio Sanchez's voice is one of the things I don't like about this band. It works for that one song because he's singing like 2 octaves lower than usual or something, but other than that I find him very unpleasant to listen to.

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Faraquet was a great band. I loved that they did math rock that had a pleasant vibe. I've never been sure why they broke up, but I was pleasantly surprised when 2 of them surfaced again in the mid 2000s with Medications.

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My pick this time around is a hardcore band. This was the first song I heard by them. I remember when this came on, I had to jump up out of my seat and start moshing and breaking shit and yelling and I swear to Bob I listened to this like eleventy kajillion times in what ended up being a glorious 6 day weekend of non-stop agro moshing in my living room. When it was all over, my furniture was destroyed, my cats were afraid and I had no choice but to go snowboarding for a few days to cool down. Here's 400 Blows - The Root Of Our Nature (https://youtu.be/Ct9hyQ4mt5A).

Feint of Spades
06-08-2015, 09:03 AM
Ok, my submission this time is Jack Thunder and the Road Soda - Captain Adaptive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJMoH_AoAk). Pure caveman psychedelia from Texas.

Love the bass line carrying this tune. Definitely has a psychedelic Ramones-on-acid feel to it. This is a pretty cool groove that I could carry in rotation, but not enough of my style to handle more than a song or two at a time I think.


Here's 400 Blows - The Root Of Our Nature (https://youtu.be/Ct9hyQ4mt5A).

OH YELL YEAH!! Did I ever need that on a Monday! When the guitar drops, it's such a deep growling tone and total bang riff! Loved this, so hard not to move your head to. Nice choice Bo!

All right, I'm throwing a curveball out here. Prepare yourselves for Foxy Shazam - "Oh Lord" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg4CPaKzSUU)

Hodge
06-12-2015, 07:34 AM
All right, I'm throwing a curveball out here. Prepare yourselves for Foxy Shazam - "Oh Lord" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg4CPaKzSUU)OK, I couldn't let this one slide...I freakin' enjoyed the hell out of this! Spoofing 1970s arena rock is like shooting fish in a barrel but it's clear these guys totally love the stuff and have the musical chops to back it up. Dang if that vocalist doesn't just ape Freddie Mercury but actually give him a run for his money! I LOL'd when he bit the head off the microphone. I'm definitely going to check out more from these guys.

Here's another one in a similar spirit: Ex Hex - I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSXZe1C6kw8).

Mixolydian
06-15-2015, 09:52 AM
Here's another one in a similar spirit: Ex Hex - I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSXZe1C6kw8).

Very cool...an all-female power trio. I hear an interesting mix of influences that I can't pin down yet, but they have a great rock n'roll ethos. Will be checking out more....

This now defunct band from the '90s definitely deserved more exposure/fame while they still were trying. Some of their tunes don't quite have it, but lots are right on the mark. Started in DC, then moved to Philly...wished I would have caught them live.

Go To Blazes - Messed Up Again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHwn-qXnTmQ)

journeyman_southpaw
06-15-2015, 03:21 PM
This now defunct band from the '90s definitely deserved more exposure/fame while they still were trying. Some of their tunes don't quite have it, but lots are right on the mark. Started in DC, then moved to Philly...wished I would have caught them live.

Go To Blazes - Messed Up Again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHwn-qXnTmQ)

Nothing wrong with the song, apart from feeling like a kinda generic radio tune with no surprises to it... the kind of thing you'd hear a lot in '94 if a record label thought they had the next Black Crowes on their hands. Not bad though. Liked the bridge part the best.

I'm going to throw out my own pick for an underrated band in the hard rock vein, Y & T. I think they just made their best albums a little too early to capitalize on the whole MTV hair metal thing. From 1983 this is Y & T - Lonely Side of Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIwQqYeXRUQ).

Snowboarder Bo
06-16-2015, 01:34 AM
I'm going to throw out my own pick for an underrated band in the hard rock vein, Y & T. I think they just made their best albums a little too early to capitalize on the whole MTV hair metal thing. From 1983 this is Y & T - Lonely Side of Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIwQqYeXRUQ).
Ah yeah... 1983... :)

Y&T, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Accept, Blue Öyster Cult, Def Leppard, Dio, Ozzy, Savatage, Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, KISS, Krokus, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Zebra, Gary Moore, Mötley Crüe... that was a pretty fucking good metal year.

Y&T were never my thing; they were a little too much like Journey in their metalocity for me. But I had friends who loved them and they don't suck, so I heard them (and this song) plenty. I thought this sounded good today, too. The vocal parts seem slightly dated (he always reminds me of Steve Perry for some reason), but it's a very minor taint to an otherwise serviceably good melodic/power metal/heavy metal song.

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I really admire the commitment that the guys in Foxy Shazam showed. They clearly love the style of music they are playing, even as they recognize that it's way overblown and even narcissisticly bombastic. I think they have a lot of potential to produce truly memorable songs, even if I didn't think this one was particularly noteworthy. It wasn't bad at all, it just never rose above what it was aping for me. Thanks for bringing them to my attention, Feint.

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I really liked the Ex-Hex song, Hodge. I heard Ramones, Bush Tetras, Cramps, Bangles, Go-Gos, and especially I heard Pylon in their sound. Excellent song, great musicianship, nice tight arrangement; this was terrific.

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Go To Blazes wasn't bad at all, but as JS noted, it didn't stand out much either. My thought is that the band fukt up by moving to Philly; they should have moved to Austin.

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In 2012, this band's debut album knocked my fucking socks off. 2 of the 8 songs are instant classics, monster riffs pounded into songs that I have never been able to get out of my head since the first time I heard them. In total they are more than 25% of the album by time elapsed and they are AWESOME. That's an astounding achievement from any band, let alone from a first effort by mates from tiny Didcot (population 27,000). I'm sure I'll revisit them in a later post; that's how good their riffs are! This is groovy stoner rock in the tradition of Acrimony and Slo Burn and Dozer and Sixty Watt Shaman and... well, y'all get the idea; here's Mother Corona - Nuclear Winter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAK7W9dwxM).

Snowboarder Bo
06-16-2015, 01:54 AM
...and Kyuss... can't forget Kyuss...

:D

Mixolydian
06-16-2015, 09:17 AM
As a slight aside, this long-running website makes non-intrusive music rec's based upon bands you like. Not perfect, but good for lots of obscure bands you may not have found otherwise.

Gnod - Music Map (http://www.music-map.com/)

Gnod also has similar book/movie/art recommendations too.

Feint of Spades
06-19-2015, 12:11 PM
I really admire the commitment that the guys in Foxy Shazam showed. They clearly love the style of music they are playing, even as they recognize that it's way overblown and even narcissisticly bombastic. I think they have a lot of potential to produce truly memorable songs, even if I didn't think this one was particularly noteworthy. It wasn't bad at all, it just never rose above what it was aping for me. Thanks for bringing them to my attention, Feint.

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here's Mother Corona - Nuclear Winter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAK7W9dwxM).

You're welcome Bo, I love Foxy, puts me in such a happy mood.

Mother Corona, cool guitar sounds, love the jam through the middle 3 mins! So good. Remindes me a lot of Queens of the Stone Age. Who I ma have to spend the afternoon listening to now, haha. Good choice, these guys are some great psych/chill/jam rock.

Here is The Dear Hunter - In Cauda Venenum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liBZsEe3u0k)

Hodge
06-20-2015, 01:25 PM
First of all, I'm glad you guys liked Ex Hex. I love their Ramones meets the Go-Gos vibe. The whole album is worth picking up.

Here is The Dear Hunter - In Cauda Venenum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liBZsEe3u0k)Fascinating neo-prog rock. Complex and operatic (bordering on bombastic) with some lovely vocal harmonies. I'm hearing all sorts of influences ranging from Faith no More to Iron Maiden to The Beach Boys. I've never heard of these guys before but I'm not surprised to read that this is one of a series of concept albums. I'm definitely motivated to listen to more of their stuff to put it all into context.

Okay, let's move from prog to hardcore, what to you guys think of "Queen of Hearts" by Fucked Up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhgOt7YFN0I)

Snowboarder Bo
07-12-2015, 09:39 PM
Okay, let's move from prog to hardcore, what to you guys think of "Queen of Hearts" by Fucked Up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhgOt7YFN0I)

I thought this one started off all wrong. I was really thrown by the punk rock vocals over the new wave guitar and rhythm, but the song actually got better as it went along, adding elements that, for me, served well to tie it all together and make the whole thing greater than just the sum of it's parts. But then, Fucked Up are pretty good at that, aren't they? If there's a punk band around today that can give The Bronx a run for their money, Fucked Up is it.

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I hear a lot of talent in The Dear Hunter, but I also hear a lot of melody, and I'm not a big fan of melody. I also hear a lot of influence from Coheed & Cambria, and I'm not a fan of theirs. While I recognize the talent and hard work that went into the writing and recording, this isn't my cuppa.

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My pick is a little less, ah, subtle in their approach; this is an example of what is becoming known as Neo-Monlithic Rock. Basically, what the moniker means is that this music is going to be typified by a hugely heavy sound (very bass-oriented, if you will) and utilize repetition to pound each song's limited number of awesome riffs into our thick skulls. Imagine if 1980s Jesus Lizard and Helmet decided to team up and form a supergroup and then Rick Rubin produced them and worked on a really stripped down sound for them and you might hear something like Whores - Tell Me Something Scientific (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHw4hsMzAWk).

shunpiker
07-13-2015, 02:06 PM
Bo, your tastes are typically heavier than I prefer, but I often find your picks somewhat artful within their genre. I always listen to them a couple of times, though I frequently move on after that. This one; I was not familiar with (these particular) Whores. I dug the relative silence and melodic guitar overlaid with the grind there in the middle of the tune. Then the metal and (eventually) the distorted vocals come back to remind us that we're still in heavy-land. Thumbs up from me.

I was pulling out of the work parking lot on Friday evening as this came on the radio. It's Tahiti 80 with Call Up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WN8uCRmeqg). Tahiti 80 doesn't, generally, have much to offer but this song is fun. I like the little bits of "screaming" guitar they throw in here, and the pause before the second helping is like the barb on the hook.

journeyman_southpaw
07-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Link says "video not available" but I found the song streaming elsewhere.

Tahiti 80 sounded pretty close to the way I'd hoped based on their name. I feel like I should have heard of this band before as it turns out they've been around for a while, but I've missed them until now. I liked the song. A nice summer cruising tune even though it's not exactly breezy in the sense of happy. That road/squashed toads rhyme though, I'm not sure about that, but whatever.

Sticking with French artists because why not, here's Madeon feat. Passion Pit - Pay No Mind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQweR2QH1Io). This electronic DJ stuff isn't a genre of music I know a ton about, but this one stayed with me. The video looks like it cost a fortune too, I thought at first it was a fan edit set to a bunch of scenes from one of those movie adaptations of YA novels, but it isn't.

Snowboarder Bo
07-15-2015, 09:32 PM
Sticking with French artists because why not, here's Madeon feat. Passion Pit - Pay No Mind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQweR2QH1Io). This electronic DJ stuff isn't a genre of music I know a ton about, but this one stayed with me. The video looks like it cost a fortune too, I thought at first it was a fan edit set to a bunch of scenes from one of those movie adaptations of YA novels, but it isn't.

I didn't care for the song but I loved the video! The song was, to me, tepid. I thought it was timeless, in the sense that it could have been recorded in 1983 or 1993 or 2003 or 2013; this sounds like a textbook example of "pop music" in the post-guitar age. It's not bad, it's just unremarkable, IMO.

But that video was the fucking BOMB!

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I was surprised by how much I liked Tahiti 80. Then I figured out why I liked them and it made sense: they sound like a 1970s pop-rock oriented version of TV On The Radio, but with even madder songwriting skills. Excellent dynamics, cool retro vocals that didn't annoy me and a kicking bass line. Nice pocket drummer there, too. Thanks for posting this one; I actually like it more and more. I think I've listened to it like 6 times now.

Aye, my tastes are heavy. Very heavy. And aggressive. I like loud, aggressive, harsh, bass heavy music. And I know that is, oh, most people's least favorite kind of music, so I do try and moderate myself and not only post fairly agro stuff.

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In light of that, I'm gonna go ahead and give y'all something to listen to that isn't as aggressive as the last track. I first heard of these guys when they played the Doom In June fest here in Las Vegas last year. This song, although not necessarily any of their other songs, reminds me a lot of Sister Double Happiness and just Gary Floyd in general. Each of the songs on this album is unique, tho. No song sounds like any other, genre wise, and that makes the album a fun listen that encourages repetition. Anyway, I'm gonna stick with a theme too. No, not that French theme; well, not directly anyway. I'm gonna stick with my own theme of posting songs by bands with the word "whore in their name: Whores Of Tijuana - Pig Country (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIO3-9QQjFc).

shunpiker
07-29-2015, 04:37 PM
Okay, I’ll admit that upon first reading that you were sticking w/ the “theme”, I sorta rolled my eyes (tongue-in-cheek, that is) and thought, “uh-oh” :) But wow, that was great! I dug the smoky, smooth feel coming off that cut. It was almost bluesy. I listened to more Whores' tracks and they consumed a large part of my morning. I like that some of their tunes are heavy without being superfluous, while others mix in a solid dose of jam… good stuff.

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The Madeon song was fun. I didn’t have any part of it really jump out and grab me but it did keep me engaged. The video was interesting, though I found it to be a strange marriage between the video and the tune.

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I’ll keep up my trend of posting tunes from bands that don’t have a lot to offer (for me), but manage to hit the nail on the head a time or two. This has been one of my earworms for the last week or so. I appreciate the quick, subtle bass line but, even more so, I like the way the sounds are arranged in this one; most-notably the vocal track. Little Dragon – Ritual Union (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yeb3q5nqWA).

Snowboarder Bo
09-05-2015, 11:32 PM
I’ll keep up my trend of posting tunes from bands that don’t have a lot to offer (for me), but manage to hit the nail on the head a time or two. This has been one of my earworms for the last week or so. I appreciate the quick, subtle bass line but, even more so, I like the way the sounds are arranged in this one; most-notably the vocal track. Little Dragon – Ritual Union (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yeb3q5nqWA).

This song annoys me because I know the bassline and the melody are from at least one other song, but I can't remember which song(s)... something from a musical like One Night In Bangkok or something... really annoying because I hear it as an undercurrent while I'm listening to Ritual Union, but it's never loud enough for me to hear distinctly.

Getting past that, this is a decent enough little song. Well-produced with a nice arrangement; a little flat on dynamics but the genre isn't exactly known for setting the world on fire, causing tears to fall or anything like that.

If it wasn't for me hearing at least one other song in there, I'd enjoy this quite a lot.

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Well, I'm sorry to see that this thread has turned into a duet (duel? ;)), but as long as we're both still here, lemme try and ply you with this little gem from an unlikely source: Insane Clown Posse's fellow Juggalos Twiztid - Stardust (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl4aGT0nLUE).

shunpiker
10-01-2015, 12:02 PM
That tune was cool. I dug the refrain about “It only costs what you’re spending on it”. A fun song and I've enjoyed listening to more of their stuff than just what you linked.

I, too, am disappointed that this thread has been given-up to just the two of us. I’ve heard a lot of cool stuff through this portal and I wish more folks would participate. You think it’s the requirement to post a “comment” that’s got folks looking (hearing) the other way? Maybe it’s all the crappy music you’re posting, ha. :p I’m just fuckin' with ya, Bo. Though it could be all the crappy music that I’m posting.

I find a lot of my stuff on Austin City Limits and these guys shared an episode with Spoon. I’ll tell ya, if you watch that one you can fast forward through the Spoon, b/c White Denim swept the floor up with those guys. I find their tunes well-written and artfully arranged, and their live performances eclipse the studio efforts that I’ve heard. I like this song and even though I find a bit “poppy” *, it does well to reveal some of their talent. White Denim with "Pretty Green" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5UAfiNIUVI).

* everything's relative and all that

journeyman_southpaw
10-01-2015, 05:02 PM
My first reaction was that it's cool to see that Al Madrigal sings in a band when he's not on the Daily Show.

Kidding aside, I dug it. It sounded kind of like "That's Alright Mama" as performed by a jammy '70s Southern rock band, which is A-OK by me.

Here's Roman à Clef, a new band (though it has members who have been in other things) from Brooklyn mining that '80s English synth pop sound. See what you think of PSBTV (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_x9GCK3-Kg).

Snowboarder Bo
10-01-2015, 10:08 PM
Here's Roman à Clef, a new band (though it has members who have been in other things) from Brooklyn mining that '80s English synth pop sound. See what you think of PSBTV (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_x9GCK3-Kg).
Howdy, journeyman! Great to see you back in this thread with shunpiker and I!

You pretty much nailed the description of this band. They clearly are channeling Haircut 100, ABC, Bucks Fizz, etc. and they do it pretty damn well. This song was light and fluffy and relentlessly upbeat; the video pretty much matched that with all the bright colors and happy dancing. The only fault the song has is a lack of a big hook to make me want to listen to it again and again and again. Since they are prolly a serious niche band, tho, I doubt that will work against them; the fan base they are seeking will love this song and their oeuvre, I'm sure.

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I find their tunes well-written and artfully arranged, and their live performances eclipse the studio efforts that I’ve heard. I like this song and even though I find a bit “poppy” *, it does well to reveal some of their talent. White Denim with "Pretty Green" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5UAfiNIUVI).Excellent guitar work by the singer; I wish I could play finger-picking like that. His vocals were very good, too. He knows how to play the mic and knows how to growl a bit, which as y'all know I like a lot. The bass and the rhythm guitar were solid, and the rhythm guitar player's solo at the end was polished and suited the material well enough. The drummer, tho... that guy is fantastic. There's no doubt in my mind that he and the singer are the heart of the band.

Overall, I thought the song was fine but I noticed that I liked all the non-singing parts best. The singer was really able to lay down some nice textural melodic accompaniment and the piece really seemed about to go from shining brightly to burning during those parts. Every time the drew it back I kinda went "awwwwwww, that's a shame."

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A note on a previous post by you, shunpiker: I have about 10 years of CMJ CDs and I was going thru them a couple of weeks ago. The July 2000 CD's track #7 is Tahiti 80 - I.S.A.A.C.! I didn't mark it as one of my favorite songs (songs I liked have a dot next to them), but I thought it was cool that I had heard them before your post, I just didn't remember them. Small world and that, eh? I popped the CD in and while I still didn't think I.S.A.A.C. was nearly as good as Call Up, I found it a passably pleasant song nonetheless.

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So let's take things in a different direction.

Lately, I've been indulging my love for jazz more and more. Many of you prolly don't know that one of the best, liveliest, most exciting jazz scenes in the world is in Japan. It's true! There are a number of excellent bands and artists, but since we only do this one song at a time, please allow me to introduce you to Sleep Walker - Eclipse (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5bugcZKyvA).

Snowboarder Bo
10-01-2015, 10:18 PM
When Heart of Dorkness started this thread, he laid down some excellent ground rules: 4 "do"s and 3 "don't"s. The second "don't" rule (so rule #6) is:2. Post consecutively, unless no one else has posted for 48 hours.I'm going to make a motion, 2nd it and then call the vote in favor for adding Rule #6a: If no one has posted in more than 2 weeks, the previous poster can and should go ahead and post a new song; the next poster may comment on any of the prior songs to which no one has yet replied.

Hopefully we won't have too much getting lost in the shuffle this way, but I know I always think it's a shame to have to wait weeks and weeks for someone to reply to my post. I can never be sure if it's just because the thread fell off the main Cafe Society page or because the song I posted repulses people or what. At least this way people will have a choice of what to reply to and it will keep the thread bumped a bit more often than we've been seeing.

SlackerInc
10-03-2015, 05:24 PM
Fair enough.

shunpiker
10-08-2015, 12:14 PM
Okay, I dug that Roman a’ Clef, "PSBTV"… what a great, energetic tune. I didn’t read Bo’s review until after I’d listened a couple of times, & I think he had a point about the hook. But the head-bobbin’ beat with the various tempo switches has me wanting to hear it more. I really dug it. I also like how the female vocals lay just under the main’s at times; accenting those little parts.

Japanese Jazz… I’ve not thought/listened to that in a while. Cool tune, though. Nothing here really grabbed me with the exception of that thumping’ bass line. I also enjoyed the song that youtube kept rolling-on to when Eclipse finished ("Brotherhood").

And your song reminded me of someone I got turned-onto quite a few years ago. For some reason, I wasn’t interested in her at the time. I’m still not, much, but she’s got neat stuff. Hiromi’s Sonicbloom with “Time Difference”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYUU19Cnf-0


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Bo, that’s a fair call. That’ll keep the thread moving, at least. Would like to have more participants, still. I also think it'd be okay to comment w/o posting a tune. But if ya want to post, you have to comment.

CMJ, ha! I enjoyed a few years of those. Good source of good tunes, I always thought. I used the dot identifier, too. I agree with your words on ISAAC, and thanks for sharing. July 2000… those guys must be 40 year-olds these days!

Snowboarder Bo
10-09-2015, 07:49 PM
And your song reminded me of someone I got turned-onto quite a few years ago. For some reason, I wasn’t interested in her at the time. I’m still not, much, but she’s got neat stuff. Hiromi’s Sonicbloom with “Time Difference”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYUU19Cnf-0
Hiromi Uehara totally fucking rocks! She always ALWAYS appears to be having the time of her life playing and performing. In this song, it helps that she is joined by some equally awesome musicians. Tons of fun here!

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Okay, so let's stay with Japanese artists. Avant-garde metal/punk/noise rockers Boris have released at least 23 albums of their own, plus at least a dozen collaboration albums (at least half of those with fellow noise rocker Merzbow, natch). They aren't afraid to experiment, that's for sure. Their 2011 album Attention Please included the first vocal performances from guitarist Wata, and she totally nailed it, IMO. Here's the title track: Boris - Attention Please (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQNtI-X8yBI).

nachtmusick
10-10-2015, 06:34 AM
Y&T were never my thing; they were a little too much like Journey in their metalocity for me. [/url].

Y&T were never like Journey. They shared a region and a manager, but I don't think this sounds anything like Journey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7W6UGcncY


Not that there is anything wrong with sounding like Journey, dammit.

OK, I'm done being grumpy - please continue with your previously scheduled metalocity narrative.

Snowboarder Bo
10-10-2015, 08:28 AM
While I know that we all appreciate your contribution to the SDMB Music Appreciation Society, nachtmusick, the thread does have some ground rules (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=17040714&postcount=1) for participation.

shunpiker
10-15-2015, 10:35 PM
Y&T were never like Journey. They shared a region and a manager, but I don't think this sounds anything like Journey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7W6UGcncY


Not that there is anything wrong with sounding like Journey, dammit.

OK, I'm done being grumpy - please continue with your previously scheduled metalocity narrative.

Hey, that Y&T was cool. I thought Y&T (yours and up-thread) reminded me way more of Whitesnake (or something like that) than any Journey I ever heard. But yours certainly had a Journeyesque intro.

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I liked the Boris. Cool groove throughout that kept my interest. Her vocals left me thinking they’ve got more to offer, though. But I did like the composition of it; dreamy with a taste of spacey, too. Yea.

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I posted this because it’s Japanese and I first heard it on CMJ. Oh, and I think it’s catchy. Cibo Matto w/ “Know Your Chicken”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4RUZqNq9C0

scabpicker
10-17-2015, 04:44 PM
I posted this because it’s Japanese and I first heard it on CMJ. Oh, and I think it’s catchy. Cibo Matto w/ “Know Your Chicken”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4RUZqNq9C0

Cibo Matto RULES! Viva! La Woman is one of my favorite records, with "Birthday Cake" being the catchy song that sticks in my head. "Know Your Chicken" is from that record. A trip-hop/noise rock masterpiece, and it still holds up. Hopefully someday it'll be taken more seriously, because it's far from a gimmick record.


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I'm torn between submitting something new or something old. Since the old thing is from the same era as Cibo Matto, it's going this time.

Crust - (NSFW lyrics, so spoilered link)


Bumblebee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrV-Q3QV0ak)


Lots of bands have alternative instrumentation/found objects, but Crust really tried to make it come across as rock. The "bass" on this song (and a lot of other Crust songs) is a screen door spring stretched on a board, with a pickup. It's tuned to around an octave below low E on a bass. He struck it with a drumstick and controlled the pitch with a steel tube from a piece of drum hardware. The results were pumped through a Chandler BlueTube preamp, a rack of effects and out (IIRC) through a bass amp and cabinet. An awesome sound. Sometimes the singer would play guitar, sometimes keyboards, and sometimes a two-string, tenor door spring that he picked, sometimes an electro engraver. On this one, he's playing the two-string door spring.

Snowboarder Bo
10-17-2015, 11:35 PM
I'm torn between submitting something new or something old. Since the old thing is from the same era as Cibo Matto, it's going this time.

Crust - (NSFW lyrics, so spoilered link)


Bumblebee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrV-Q3QV0ak)

I was a huge fan of late-80's Austin music back in the late 1980s, but I figured that by now the few people who knew anything about the Trance Syndicate catalog had prolly forgotten about Crust (and Ed Hall and Pain Teens, etc.). Good to know that I'm not alone in remembering and appreciating (and owning) stuff from that time and place.

This song definitely rocks. Straight-ahead, damn the torpedoes, "fuck it" rock and roll. Fantastic choice, scabpicker!

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I own a bunch of Cibo Matto on various comps, and while I think they're listenable and all, they never really rise above and stand out, for me. Know Your Chicken was pretty good, tho. Decent hooks, lots of enthusiasm and that particular brand of gleeful sloppiness that I associate with the band.

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For those that don't remember/never knew: Morphine was an odd trio, consisting of Jerome Deupree on drums, Mark Sandman, who played a single-string bass (he later added a 2nd string) and Dana Colley, a sax player who would often play an alto and a baritone sax at the same freaking time. They were one of the most consistently awesome oddball groups ever, producing what they themselves termed "low rock" and what I recall one writer praising as "the sound of pure sex". I was fortunate to see them three times before Mark Sandman died of a heart attack in 1999 while performing in Rome, Italy. The shows I saw were all excellent, all memorable, but the one I saw at the Huntridge Theater here in Las Vegas on July 18, 1998 stands out as one of the 10 best concerts I ever saw. Here's my favorite track from the band: Morphine - Thursday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ek6jL4zF4c).

scabpicker
10-18-2015, 01:43 AM
I was a huge fan of late-80's Austin music back in the late 1980s, but I figured that by now the few people who knew anything about the Trance Syndicate catalog had prolly forgotten about Crust (and Ed Hall and Pain Teens, etc.). Good to know that I'm not alone in remembering and appreciating (and owning) stuff from that time and place.

This song definitely rocks. Straight-ahead, damn the torpedoes, "fuck it" rock and roll. Fantastic choice, scabpicker!


Thankya, it's really nice to know the Trance Syndicate made a mark outside of Texas. Some of the best records ever came from the acts associated with that label.


For those that don't remember/never knew: Morphine was an odd trio, consisting of Jerome Deupree on drums, Mark Sandman, who played a single-string bass (he later added a 2nd string) and Dana Colley, a sax player who would often play an alto and a baritone sax at the same freaking time. They were one of the most consistently awesome oddball groups ever, producing what they themselves termed "low rock" and what I recall one writer praising as "the sound of pure sex". I was fortunate to see them three times before Mark Sandman died of a heart attack in 1999 while performing in Rome, Italy. The shows I saw were all excellent, all memorable, but the one I saw at the Huntridge Theater here in Las Vegas on July 18, 1998 stands out as one of the 10 best concerts I ever saw. Here's my favorite track from the band: Morphine - Thursday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ek6jL4zF4c).

As a bass player, Morphine is a pure treat. Even with just two strings (and you rarely need more than that on a bass), Sandman played a hell of a bass, and easily proved you can write/propel a song with it. He was a genius. Even though I own that record, and have heard that song hundreds of times, it still pulls out a reaction of hard nipples and my hair standing on end. The music sets up the tension, and the words and delivery practically let you see the scene. Beautiful song, I should make my band cover that song with the guitars doing the sax parts, with a pitch bender for the bari.

--And, it's a story song!--

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Ok, I'm still going to post something old this time. Glenn Branca, Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus) Movement 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5rEAxlPHpQ). Why? Because besides one person, I've never known anyone IRL who's listened to Branca without me foisting it on them, and the exception gave me a copy of a symphony I couldn't find at the time. Plus, the closest description of it is: think Stravinsky wrote a rock symphony, with taiko drums (ok, trash cans, but they sound like taikos). It annihilates, it can totally beat up your rock band. I get parts from it and the other three movements stuck in head for days at a time. I like his other works, but that's the one that sticks with me.

nachtmusick
10-18-2015, 08:25 AM
Hey, that Y&T was cool. I thought Y&T (yours and up-thread) reminded me way more of Whitesnake (or something like that) than any Journey I ever heard. But yours certainly had a Journeyesque intro.


Call it a Santana-esque intro, and now you've got a real connection between Y&T and Journey.

Snowboarder Bo
10-18-2015, 04:04 PM
Ok, I'm still going to post something old this time. Glenn Branca, Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus) Movement 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5rEAxlPHpQ). Why? Because besides one person, I've never known anyone IRL who's listened to Branca without me foisting it on them, and the exception gave me a copy of a symphony I couldn't find at the time. Plus, the closest description of it is: think Stravinsky wrote a rock symphony, with taiko drums (ok, trash cans, but they sound like taikos). It annihilates, it can totally beat up your rock band. I get parts from it and the other three movements stuck in head for days at a time. I like his other works, but that's the one that sticks with me.

scabpicker, I hope you're sitting down: I own The Ascension.

I knew who Glenn Branca was because he was the guy who brought us Sonic Youth. But it wasn't until the mid-80s that friends of mine in college introduced me to The Ascension via cassette tape. I had a copy of it for about a decade before it degraded and wore out. When the internet happened, I bought a copy of it on CD (I have the one made by New Tone Records, an Italian company).

Branca fits right in between my love for Philip Glass and for Roger Miller. This piece you offered us was new to me, tho. Harsh as hell start with what sounds like actual industrial noise a la Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, the minimalist rhythm soon grows more complex and frenzied. I liked how it paused a few times to allow other elements to come forward. This is a very aggressive composition. By the time an actual drum kit is discernible, along with some seriously distorted guitar drones, the whole piece has settled into a trance-like pounding that spends several minutes trying to resolve itself. I really liked this; thanks for posting it.

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Many people know who Philip Glass is, even if they don't like his music. Many fewer know who Roger Miller is. Roger Miller first came to light as a guitarist and songwriter with a band from Boston called Mission of Burma. MoB were widely known for making unbelievably dense music and for being loud as fuck. They were so loud that Roger developed tinnitus as a result of the volume at their live shows, which eventually led the band to break up. The sole studio album from that time, Vs., is a watershed album, signaling the beginning of the post-punk sound and movement.

Roger didn't bother to stop making music, tho. He took to wearing gun-range earmuffs and recorded with MoB-mate Martin Swope as Birdsongs of the Mesozoic and he also recorded a bunch of solo albums. One of these is one of my favorite albums of all time and contains one of my all-time favorite songs. I was fortunate to see him perform songs from The Big Industry when the album came out. When YouTube came along, I made a video for my favorite song and emailed Roger to make sure it was okay with him. Not only was it okay, we have been corresponding irregularly ever since (which is why I feel comfortable referring to him by his first name and not as "Mr. Miller" :)). Here's the slightly disturbing industrial-tinged, prepared-piano song that is like no other: Roger Miller - Boil Away (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL2hhBWFNM4).

Snowboarder Bo
11-05-2015, 03:51 PM
As per Rule #6a (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=18735600&postcount=177):

A few posts back I introduced y'all to Mother Corona a stoner/doom band from the UK. I promised/threatened to bring them up again, if y'all recall.

Since this tune is quite a change of pace from the first one I presented, as well as a change of pace from what we've been appreciating lately, I thought it would be a good time to present for your listening, headbanging and grooving pleasure: Mother Corona - Hedonist King (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyQr5ONZrrk)

shunpiker
11-23-2015, 11:24 AM
That Mother Corona was great. Lotsa well-placed power. The sound was familiar, but different, too. I dug it.

I saw you’d linked to Roger Miller, and my expectations went somewhere else altogether. That cut was interesting and moved-along well. I liked it.

Bracha. At first, I found it hard to listen all the way through it. But then I listened to Movement 1 from the same symphony, and it opened my ears a bit to what he’s trying to do. I’d probably have to have it foisted upon me to listen to more of it, but I can appreciate what he’s doing. It had a very mechanical, industrial sound to it and I pictured assembly lines and large diesel power sources when listening.

Crust. I wasn’t sure… was he saying “dick”? For me, that particular cut didn’t have much to offer past the story he was telling. I kept assuming he had it tattooed and consequently I wondered, “what girl is worth that”? But I hear now that it’s nearly written there. In redi-whip, perhaps.

Morphine rocked! I remember Morphine but I’ve not heard much of their music. After hearing your cut, I went searching for one of their tunes... didn't they have a “hit”? Oh, found it… “Honey White”. “Thursday” was much better than that.

Y’all remember King’s X? These guys should appear in any music appreciation thread. Heavy grooves, fine musicians, superior songwriting, positive messages… what’s not to appreciate? And in appreciation of music itself, I want to hit you with “We Were Born To Be Loved” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0cEtyQjz7g).
As far as individual King’s X songs, this one’s somewhere down the list. That is until a little more than 3 mins into it. From here, the timing of the music is tough to keep up with and I find it fun trying to anticipate what's coming next.

Charlie Wayne
11-23-2015, 03:01 PM
NM.

shunpiker
11-24-2015, 12:30 PM
I suppose this thread was due for one of those.

journeyman_southpaw
11-26-2015, 01:46 PM
Y’all remember King’s X? These guys should appear in any music appreciation thread. Heavy grooves, fine musicians, superior songwriting, positive messages… what’s not to appreciate? And in appreciation of music itself, I want to hit you with “We Were Born To Be Loved” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0cEtyQjz7g).

That song had more endings than the third LotR movie :D

I can see why critics and musicians liked this band so much but the general public didn't catch on. They don't really fit in any one genre, I'm hearing funk, metal, prog, the chorus sounds kind of psychedelic, it's all pretty original and interesting. I should probably get some of their stuff, I didn't know this band existed at the time.

Anyone remember the Virgins? Donald Cumming put out a solo album this year and this was the single, "Game of the Heart". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN_vAZnjpHk) I hope y'all don't find the song too Dire just because Straits away you should recognize who one of his big influences are.

Snowboarder Bo
11-29-2015, 12:29 AM
Anyone remember the Virgins? Donald Cumming put out a solo album this year and this was the single, "Game of the Heart". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN_vAZnjpHk) I hope y'all don't find the song too Dire just because Straits away you should recognize who one of his big influences are.That guy was Knopflered right into Springsteen! Then he got Elvis Costello'ed like a motherfucker! :D

Not my cuppa, but not unenjoyable either. He totally wears his influences on his sleeve. And his shirt ands hat. And prolly on his jacket as well. :p

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King's X is awesome. I'm not a huge fan because of their insistence on harmony and melody and that, but I don't actively dislike them. This song had a killer riff and was fun once it was fully underway.

Doug Pinnick, by the way, is a fantastic drummer. His work with Pinnick Gales Pridgen is terrific; check them out if you want to hear what it might have sounded like if Stevie Ray Vaughn had wanted to really rock hard instead of just play the blues (hard).

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My pick this time is from a band that never seems to quite put it together enough to vault into the big time. They've managed a bunch of albums that are, on the whole, good and they've also managed a small handful of tunes that are, to me, utterly awesome. They're a bunch of weed-smoking, booze-drinking doom rockers from London who somehow managed to become better by losing one of their guitarists and soldiering on as a 4-piece. This is my favorite song they've yet written; here's Orange Goblin - Beginners Guide To Suicide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEEo-smePjc).

shunpiker
12-09-2015, 10:15 PM
That Orange Goblin was okay as long as they kept their mouth shut :D I could find something to enjoy during the bluesy/jammy parts, but they lost me when they mixed in that death metal (or whatever it is). I found the steel guitar to be more gratuitous than really adding anything of substance to the tune. Of course, I’d also put some value that the steel at the beginning grabbed my attention and had me wanting to hear what was coming next. Admittedly, I didn’t listen deep enough to see if there’s a story being told that the steel accentuates. I’ll reserve that that could be the case.

I listened to a couple more tracks from OG, to see what they’re trying to do. Not bad and I like their approach, though their fine words are buttering none of my parsnips. Was Orange Goblin named in response-to/homage-to/middle-finger-to Rob Zombie?

Thanks for the suggestion of Pinnick Gales Pridgen. I wasn’t aware of this project. Bo, I think you meant to say Doug plays a mean-ass BASS, or something like that :)

The Donald Cummings was good, though i wasn’t familiar with him. I didn’t note anything magical, but after about ½-way, I really dug it. The beginning has a serious feel which held me back, but he lightens it up with the deliberate guitar picking and the quick little drum beats added from there to the end. And the refrain is catchy enough too; “Somebody wiiiiiins, everybody else… everybody else loses.” The song ends just as it’s getting fun.

I’m heading off-base here to hit you with a real classic. I’m going to throw-down with “We’ve Only Just Begun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VQX2Xn7tI)” from the mighty, mighty Carpenters. Though the vocalist in this group was phenomenal in her sound and ability, I want to bring some appreciation to Paul Williams’ songwriting. Williams wrote or co-wrote a lot of things that we’ve heard and/or loved, and I think this is one of his best. But it may be the music (from Roger Nichols) and the collaborative arrangement that make this one shine.

The opening verse brings a happy, serious, and solemn feel to the song. Then we’re hit with the first bridge which gives an almost celebratory intermission as the narrator dreams about and looks forward to some of the joys that lay ahead. Then we revisit that solemn verse to keep things serious and in-scene, quickly to be followed by the energetic bridge again. One more abbreviated verse that has us building to the bridge again, but instead it finishes by bringing it back to the soft, warm feeling of the original verse and the subjects staring a new life together. I know many couples use this in their wedding ceremonies and I think it’s a little cheesy. But it’s also incredibly appropriate. Speaking of cheesy… the linked video could be a commercial for Kraft.

shunpiker
12-23-2015, 12:47 PM
We watched The Sound of Music this weekend. It was the Karaoke episode, where they display the words as the songs play. Since I heard (and sang-along with) Maria singing “My Favorite Things” to the kids, I’ve had this next song stuck in my head.

The points that stick for me with this tune are the relatively quiet beginning of the second chorus, building the tension. It’s like they’re winding-up the trebuchet before hitting us with their well-grouped musical shrapnel. Then the refrain, “…I’m so happy”. It really does have a joyful feeling, even as it’s trying to punch your eardrums. “Favorite Things” from Incubus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl5_2OetVfA

Snowboarder Bo
01-01-2016, 11:28 AM
We watched The Sound of Music this weekend. It was the Karaoke episode, where they display the words as the songs play. Since I heard (and sang-along with) Maria singing “My Favorite Things” to the kids, I’ve had this next song stuck in my head.

The points that stick for me with this tune are the relatively quiet beginning of the second chorus, building the tension. It’s like they’re winding-up the trebuchet before hitting us with their well-grouped musical shrapnel. Then the refrain, “…I’m so happy”. It really does have a joyful feeling, even as it’s trying to punch your eardrums. “Favorite Things” from Incubus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl5_2OetVfA
I love this song! I'm a big fan of the album this is from, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.; there's not a bad song on the whole album and there's a few that are fucking awesome. I like the weird fuzzy guitar tone and how they buried it deep in the mix (fantastic production work on this album); I like the catchy percussion rhythm that drives the song, and I like the vocals (he sings and he sings well but he doesn't fucking diva us with showy bullshit). The song that precedes this, A Certain Shade of Green, is another particular favorite.

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Sorry you didn't like the OG more. [/shrug]

Mea Culpa re: Doug Pinnick. :smack:

I've been listening to that Carpenter's track for nearly my entire life; it's like chilling with an old friend.

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My pick this time is a band from Louisiana. Their music is difficult to categorize because they mash so many styles at once into everything and because they vary wildly from song to song to song; suffice to say they were a kind of a sludgey southern death prog blues doom thrash metal kind of band. Their lyrics were dark, dank, gloomy, misanthropic; their 2 album covers were artwork by serial killer John Wayne Gacy and euthanasia doc Jack Kevorkian. They were great at being fascinating and off-putting, creepy and enticing at the same time. I think their music rewards repeat listens, Anyway, when their bass player was killed by a drunk driver, the band folded and members moved on to other projects and bands. Their two albums are now highly regarded in the metal community and since the shuffle on my phone played 2 of their songs back-to-back this morning, I thought I'd start the new year by sharing Acid Bath - Graveflower (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_BOgSD6a0Q).

SlackerInc
01-02-2016, 06:21 AM
The Acid Bath sounded to me like Soundgarden and Tool's love child. Which might be great if you like either of those antecedents (I don't, though I used to have friends who really did). I think this is probably legitimately good music--just not for me.

I just finished up my list of the Top 40 tracks of 2015 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/best-of-2015/idpl.2a9e840ef4874827825e6a9b9d529d98) on Apple Music, so I'll nominate my #1, "Jack Knife" by Little Racer.

If you don't do Apple Music you presumably Spotify, so I made a shortened version (https://open.spotify.com/user/122659357/playlist/0Bl953uSWvKTiS09Pd767K) (Top Ten only) there for your Spotification convenience.

shunpiker
01-15-2016, 09:21 AM
Bo, I agree about S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That is a great piece of work; so tight and always hitting hard. Those guys put together some unique songs in their early years as they integrated the funk, turntables, and samples into their heavy, white-boy rock. Genius.

SlackerInc said some nice things about the Acid Bath. The singer’s voice sounded familiar, but I didn’t recognize the guy. As far as Bo’s tunes, this one was very, meh. It sounds like they took something mediocre and added some death in an attempt to brighten it up a bit.

Little Racer has that dreamy, foggy production. I often wonder what bands are covering-up with the fog, but reasoned that these guys just used the effect on this nice tune. Though from listening to other tracks on the album, they insist on using it. It sounded like they took something mediocre and added some fog in an attempt to brighten it up a bit. :p

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I listened to a few more of the selections on your list, SlackerInc, and I really liked “Classic”. It was a very simple, sorta bubble-gummy piece without a lot of substance, but I found it fun and catchy. And i don't often appreciate the visuals, but the redhead's performance was stellar. It really kept that video alive. Thanks for turning me on to that one. Ibeyi was cool, too. Some Lucius would fit that list nicely.
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Since S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was a favorite, I want to stay w/in the same time period and throw some Blind Melon your way (NOT that bee song). I don’t think they had the chops that Incubus did, but were unique in their own right. Shannon Hoon (may he be in peace) couldn’t sing his way through an 8th grade talent exhibition, but he was a valid creative link in the band. With most of their songs, it’s the drums and bass that pull me along. And sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the bass. It was tough to choose a track to represent in this post, though it, undoubtedly, had to come from the Soup album. “Toes Across the Floor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j_ps7ylddE)” arranges the turmoil from Hoon’s head within the tight grooves of band’s musical talents to make this one of the highlights of the album. But I think either "Dumptruck" or "Galaxie" are its best offerings.

Snowboarder Bo
01-15-2016, 11:07 PM
Since S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was a favorite, I want to stay w/in the same time period and throw some Blind Melon your way (NOT that bee song). I don’t think they had the chops that Incubus did, but were unique in their own right. Shannon Hoon (may he be in peace) couldn’t sing his way through an 8th grade talent exhibition, but he was a valid creative link in the band. With most of their songs, it’s the drums and bass that pull me along. And sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the bass. It was tough to choose a track to represent in this post, though it, undoubtedly, had to come from the Soup album. “Toes Across the Floor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j_ps7ylddE)” arranges the turmoil from Hoon’s head within the tight grooves of band’s musical talents to make this one of the highlights of the album. But I think either "Dumptruck" or "Galaxie" are its best offerings.
This was in interesting. I really liked the dynamics, the dramatic pauses in the instrumentation and the fact that the song felt like a journey, like a mini-prog song. Hoon's voice is kind of grating to me (said the death metal and hardcore fan) but I think he does have the ability to carry a tune. The band is tight as hell but also tightly controlled. It sounded like something my buddy would play during a road trip; all-in-all I enjoyed this but I won't be ordering the album any time soon.

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Let's stick with 1992, shall we? I didn't listen to Blind Melon back then, but I did listen to this band that released their 2nd album, Blues For the Red Sun in 1992. I bought this only because a friend had made me a mix tape with an awesome song from their first album that had the kick-ass title Son of a Bitch and featured lots of yelling of the title phrase with added profanity. I went home and popped it in the CD player and heard Kyuss - Thumb (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TR2m4IfqPI).

SlackerInc
01-19-2016, 08:46 AM
Once again, the kyuss came across as kind of Soundgardenesque (perhaps I am partly being influenced by the word "sun" in the title) but very competent and fairly complex musically, even if it's not so much my taste. I did like it better starting at about 3:18, when the guitars began to take on a sound more reminiscent of L7.

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I listened to a few more of the selections on your list, SlackerInc, and I really liked “Classic”. It was a very simple, sorta bubble-gummy piece without a lot of substance, but I found it fun and catchy. And i don't often appreciate the visuals, but the redhead's performance was stellar. It really kept that video alive. Thanks for turning me on to that one. Ibeyi was cool, too. Some Lucius would fit that list nicely.
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Since S.C.I.E.N.C.E. was a favorite, I want to stay w/in the same time period and throw some Blind Melon your way (NOT that bee song). I don’t think they had the chops that Incubus did, but were unique in their own right. Shannon Hoon (may he be in peace) couldn’t sing his way through an 8th grade talent exhibition, but he was a valid creative link in the band. With most of their songs, it’s the drums and bass that pull me along. And sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the bass. It was tough to choose a track to represent in this post, though it, undoubtedly, had to come from the Soup album. “Toes Across the Floor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j_ps7ylddE)” arranges the turmoil from Hoon’s head within the tight grooves of band’s musical talents to make this one of the highlights of the album. But I think either "Dumptruck" or "Galaxie" are its best offerings.

I actually always kind of liked the Blind Melon singer's voice, though admittedly I had previously known it only from that one smash hit they had. But here, his voice and some of the guitar was reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins from the same era, and the latter is one of my all-time favorite bands. I would call this a poor man's version, to be sure; but still pretty good.

The Little Racer reverb may be kind of a cheap trick (no pun intended), but the way it interacts with the vocals and guitar is really what I love about their music.

You can probably tell I don't listen to a lot of bubblegum pop, but that song "Classic" was the occasional one that comes along and gets me obsessed with it for a while (in this case, for a couple weeks last summer). I overplayed it, which like overdoing it on most candy-sweet things has created a bit of an aversion, but it still deserves a spot in my top five, even if I still can't listen to it just yet. :-)

The Ibeyi song ("Ghosts") made the list chiefly on the strength of the rhythmic chanting they start only in the last 42 seconds of the song. I don't know why they didn't bring that in earlier, but I'm not a music producer.

Good call on Lucius! One of their songs ("Two of Us on the Run") did make my Best of 2013 list, and that album cover (for Wildewoman) is super hot sexytimes. I will go ahead and make that my next submission to the thread:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p3pkdFE_JVY

shunpiker
01-19-2016, 11:28 AM
Maybe I shouldn’t have beat-up on Hoon so badly but he’s let me down. All of the live (recorded) performances I’ve ever seen/heard of theirs have me pouring siracha in my ears to dull the pain of his voice. I think they did well to capture it in the studio, but it had to be hit-or-miss on the road. Glad you both liked the tune, too.

Kyuss. This looked familiar. Even felt familiar. But I was sure I hadn’t heard it before. I kinda dug the second half of it more than the first and like the groove presented at about the 3½ mark. That song was okay but I had to hear something more to put things in-perspective. I left u-tube to play its robotic mix in the background when “1 inch Man” started spinning. Ok... that’s where I’ve heard them. I musta had that song in the library on my older Macbook. And I’m not sure why, when or how. Perhaps I heard Homme doing it with The Queens (of the Stone Age)?

Wow… Lucius. Now you’re talking. That’s a great tune. I find I’m just losing interest when it breaks with the quippy vocals, “it’s no race, it’s only the runner…” that brings it to a nice, clean finish. I loved those girls almost from the minute I heard them. What I appreciate most is their simplicity and how they often manage to chart new waters with it. Probably too much harmony for Bo :p

I don’t know that we’ve double-shot any artists in this thread yet. I’ll risk the ridicule and post another from Lucius. “Turn It Around (https://youtu.be/8Pk_2dVPjms?t=483)” from their NPR Tiny Desk concert. It's simple, yet captivating, too. Everything about this short show is performance gold. Dig the dresses and note the placement of the hair bows. The link here is s’posed to start at “Turn it Around”, but if you go so far… the last song is a fun improvisation, of sorts.

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You can probably tell I don't listen to a lot of bubblegum pop, but that song "Classic" was the occasional one that comes along and gets me obsessed with it for a while (in this case, for a couple weeks last summer). I overplayed it, which like overdoing it on most candy-sweet things has created a bit of an aversion, but it still deserves a spot in my top five, even if I still can't listen to it just yet. :-)
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Preach it, brother. Yes, "Classic" is EXACTLY one of those songs. Right now it sounds so fresh yet it's painfully sticky. I've got to listen to it very sparingly. In fact, one dose and the little hooks keep playing in my head for hours... damping my best efforts to contain the beat.

wguy123
01-20-2016, 07:13 PM
I don’t know that we’ve double-shot any artists in this thread yet. I’ll risk the ridicule and post another from Lucius. “Turn It Around (https://youtu.be/8Pk_2dVPjms?t=483)” from their NPR Tiny Desk concert. It's simple, yet captivating, too. Everything about this short show is performance gold. Dig the dresses and note the placement of the hair bows. The link here is s’posed to start at “Turn it Around”, but if you go so far… the last song is a fun improvisation, of sorts.



Never heard of Lucius but I did enjoy that whole performance (and I'm a fan of the Tiny Desk concerts). Love their look and enjoy seeing someone else using a Harmony Rocket beyond Alabama Shakes (although she is now solely using her SG from what I've seen). I have an H54 which is what I think this guy is using and it also has the gold foil DeArmonds. They are some hot single-coils that sound great.

And to post a mainstream artist, I give you Bruce:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBIZozq7PfM

Great solo recording/video that he makes seem so easy - the strumming and picking. Wish I could play like that and sing as well.

Charlie Wayne
01-20-2016, 07:54 PM
Bruce does a fine job on that song. I don't know what else to say. I have most of Bruce's albums but for some reason, I haven't listened to any of them for about ten years now. I don't know why.

I recently discovered a new artist. He is a Swedish man who performs under the name Avicii (pronounced A-Vee'-Shee). The song "The Nights" is one of my favorites. He often is content to just mix the music and let some other artist do the singing. His music sounds fantastic over good headphones and played LOUD.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=youtube+avicii+the+nights&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=TjugVqKmG6rfjwTep6GIDA

By the way. I'm not sure what the OP meant by the "two click rule". I would guess it means that if anyone wants to hear a song, they should be able to listen to it without having to click more than twice. Is that correct?

Snowboarder Bo
01-21-2016, 12:12 AM
I recently discovered a new artist. He is a Swedish man who performs under the name Avicii (pronounced A-Vee'-Shee). The song "The Nights" is one of my favorites. He often is content to just mix the music and let some other artist do the singing. His music sounds fantastic over good headphones and played LOUD.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=youtube+avicii+the+nights&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=TjugVqKmG6rfjwTep6GIDA

Not my cuppa at all. Banal beyond belief. A well-off young-ish guy showing everyone what a great time he's having spending a shitload of money. I do agree with you that the generic Eurosong pop music is well produced, but it doesn't help; if anything it made this even more shallow. I hope to never hear of this guy ever again.

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The Springsteen track was okay. I'm not a fan of his, altho he does have a handful of great songs. I thought this performance was really good tho. His voice sounds terrific: strong and nuanced at the same time and his signature timbre is still intact.

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The first Lucius song, Two On The Run, was awful. The second one started out making me want to drill a hole in my skull, but got better as it went on. If I ignored the handclapping and the singing, it was pretty good. I liked the drum part and the lead guitar, and I want whatever kind of guitar he's playing (not the H54, the one with the lipstick pickups).

-------By the way. I'm not sure what the OP meant by the "two click rule". I would guess it means that if anyone wants to hear a song, they should be able to listen to it without having to click more than twice. Is that correct?
The two-click rule:(2) LINKS SHOULD BE WORKPLACE-SAFE
This means in terms of sounds as well as visual content. A site that is not safe for workplace is sometimes called "NSFW." Note that being "workplace safe" doesn't just mean that there's no nudity or explicit visible sex. A page with a flashing banner in large, bright colors that says "Hot Nubile Young Teens" would NOT be workplace safe. The criteria is: if your boss walked by while that was on your screen, would it cause her/him to stop and stare, and would it potentially cause problems at work? If yes, then don't provide a direct link.

Please understand: we're not trying to impose censorship. We just don't want anyone inadvertently clicking on a link to something that could be career-limiting if their boss happens to walk by. Lots of our members read the boards during work hours, and it's easy to accidentally click a link when you're scrolling or mouse-over-ing or whatever. We basically don't care where you link as long as no one can get there accidentally.

The goal is to set things up so that no one gets to such a website unintentionally; it requires TWO clicks, rather than just one click, to get to a site that is not safe for workplace. That's our two-click rule. (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?p=7697028#post7697028)
We're not always good about that in this thread; we usually just flag something with (NSFW) and most of us know that many songs have curse words in the lyrics so it's not exactly an unexpected phenomena. However, as luck would have it, I can show you an example of conforming to the 2-click rule:

This horribly-named Belgian band began their recording career when the 4 members had an average age of just 15½ years old. Nearly every song they write sounds different from every other song. They are often described as a post-sludge band, but I don't that signifies. They are more of a stew band, throwing lots of different elements together to create their own sound, the sum being more than the parts might seem to indicate. I found out about them when Metal Hammer included a free copy of their 2nd album with an issue back in 2012. Since then, they've only gotten better, but the first thing I ever heard from them is prolly still my favorite:Steak Number Eight - Dickhead (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvQDfl0PuqA)

Charlie Wayne
01-21-2016, 06:33 AM
OK. You didn't like the video. But what did you think of the music?

I had never seen that video before and I didn't care anything about it. I thought the point was the music.

I'm willing to agree the video was pretty juveneille and silly. I sure do wish I could have linked to the music without showing any video at all.

But I thank you for your opinion. I respect your right to your opinion.

wguy123
01-21-2016, 09:47 AM
I liked the drum part and the lead guitar, and I want whatever kind of guitar he's playing (not the H54, the one with the lipstick pickups).


Looks like a Danelectro but wrong headstock. It is a nice looking vintage style.

scabpicker
01-21-2016, 10:18 AM
Looks like a Danelectro but wrong headstock. It is a nice looking vintage style.

It is a Dano, under an assumed name. It's a Sivertone Amp-in-case (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelectro_Amp-in-case) guitar, made by Danelectro, reissued recently as a Dano '63 without the amp.

I love that this thread still lives on. I still listen, even if I haven't had time to contribute something.

scabpicker
01-21-2016, 11:56 AM
Wait, that Steak Number Eight business is still just sitting there waiting for me to comment? I cannot resist.

Oh Fuck Yeah! That rules. Heavy as hell, with hints of Don Caballero and Drive Like Jehu in it, for 2 minutes before the distorted, sparse snarly vocals start up. I'm gonna have to buy it. They have an odd name, yes. They're Belgian, the same folks who make delicious, odd perfume-y beverages and still call it beer. What are you gonna do?

BANANA!

I liked the Lucius more than I expected to. Quirky, kinda neat. Thankya.

To be honest, I didn't reply for awhile because every time I read the name Roger Miller in conjunction with Mission of Burma, my brain kind of went on vacation. I've owned and loved their Rykodisc CD for something like 25 years, and never realized there was a name collision with the country singer, who I also own a few records by. drad_dog brought him up in another thread around the same time, so I kept getting a breaker tripped for awhile.

And for my contribution, I'll pull out yet another oldie. I bring it up because Steak Number Eight reminds me of them. Plus, I opened for them ages ago. One of my bandmates asked the guitarist about writing the guitar parts for this record, and he replied "I just wanted to write a bunch of guitar parts that people wouldn't be able to figure out easily". He could probably say that again.

Spoilered for naughty words and simulated Marcia Brady orgasam:



Steel Pole Bathtub - Bee Sting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir1j-EW4yxI)

Charlie Wayne
01-24-2016, 08:19 AM
Well since Snowboarder Bo didn't answer my question, I'd just like to say that I think it's a shame it seems to be so difficult to recommend a song by itself - without tying it to the video portion. Does anyone know a way I can link to a song on Youtube without the video portion?

Seems to me that Snowboarder Bo made it clear the thing he disliked most about that Avicii song I recommended was the video more so than the music. I must agree the video was indeed silly and - sad to say - it did indeed detract from the enjoyment of the music.

Snowboarder Bo
01-24-2016, 06:10 PM
Spoilered for naughty words and simulated Marcia Brady orgasam:



Steel Pole Bathtub - Bee Sting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir1j-EW4yxI)

This is criminally under-produced, is the first thing I noticed. The second thing I noticed is that the drummer rocks. Overall a very good punk/post-punk song; had the production been better the fact that it's quite catchy would have stood out more. I've been wracking my brain to try and think if I ever saw them, but to the best of my recollection, I did not. Pity that; I bet they were terrific live.

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Charlie, I described your song in the second sentence of my post: banal beyond belief. IMO it is musically devoid of any interesting or catchy or musical aspects. The lyrics are a paean to privilege. It is formulaic, boring, and self-congratulatory. It isn't even good pop/dance music. Deaf children with developmental disabilities have created better songs with eJay.

It seems to me that I was clear in my first post, but since it wasn't clear to you, I hope that clarifies what I thought of Avicii and his "song". The video didn't detract from the enjoyment of the song because for me there is nothing to enjoy in that song.

Two other things: if you'd like to continue participating in the thread (which would be great; the more the merrier), please post according to the rules in the OP.

And you can link to a song without any video by a) finding one on YouTube or b) making one yourself. A lot of the videos I link to are ones that I made specifically for this thread because I listen to a lot of music that isn't very popular. A simple scan of the album cover with the song playing is how a lot of YouTube music videos are constructed.

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I'm gonna stick with my "awesome opening song on an album that has a music video featuring people in animal costumes running" theme. From the best rock album yet made, 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts, here's Refused - New Noise (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkAe30aEG5c).

SlackerInc
01-24-2016, 09:18 PM
I thought the Refused song was so-so for the first 45 seconds, then starting to sound pretty cool with the introduction of the electronic sounds at the 46 second mark...but at 1:07 the vocals kicked in, and words cannot describe the hate I feel for those vocals. Both for the screaming, and the talk-singing (as from 2:04 - 2:17). The instrumentals got interesting again around 3:25, but of course the vocals had to return. Definitely would not want to hear them again unless they ditched the singer.

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Charlie Wayne, the song you shared is not really my style, but I certainly did not hate it. It was pleasant enough, and I didn't even mind the video.

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Lest anyone get the idea that I am automatically allergic to any music with guttural, "roaring" style vocals, I will share one of my all-time favorite live performances (I saw the band not at this show but on the same tour, as well as again a couple years later). Spoilered for explicit lyrics and images some might find disturbing:

Ministry - "So What"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TjzdbNwTCY

ETA: Please try to listen to this one LOUD for proper effect.

Charlie Wayne
01-25-2016, 09:34 AM
Hey Slacker,

I tried to like the song you posted - Ministry - So What.

But, I just couldn't relate to it at all. It's like it comes from an entirely different world. I suspect the reason is that I'm a 65 year-old Caucasian and I'm guessing that most fans of Ministry are under 20 and usually listen to Rap Music or something similar. I do like some forms of Rap - but they are usually the type of Rap for squares - like me - like Run DMC. Isn't that awful?

However I would like to suggest a song called Grenade by Bruno Mars. The reason I am suggesting this song is because I love its fabulous heavy bass "beat". It begins to thump almost right from the beginning of the song and the tune is also really nice as are the vocals. I hope you will like it.

Someday I hope to find a song to recommend that will hit on all cylinders - meaning ... the video, the audio and every other component will all be good.

As you suggested, I did listen to your song "LOUD" and I would like to likewise recommend that people try to listen to this Bruno Mars song the same way - LOUD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

I've got to tell you that I find the music as played on Youtube in the above link just does not compare very well to the same song played over headphones from a CD or a FLAC file. So, I'd like to suggest that if you can listen to this song from a CD or a FLAC file, it would be a whole lot better than listening to it from Youtube.

scabpicker
01-25-2016, 02:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

I've got to tell you that I find the music as played on Youtube in the above link just does not compare very well to the same song played over headphones from a CD or a FLAC file. So, I'd like to suggest that if you can listen to this song from a CD or a FLAC file, it would be a whole lot better than listening to it from Youtube.

Hmm, I actually like the song. Catchy chorus, nice build up done with primarily the drums and bass. I thought it was terribly over-produced until I followed your advice and found a copy that wasn't the official video. That song's a lot better (and sounds a lot tighter) without the thunder and other "atmosphere" of the video added.

But I'm not crazy about his falsetto. I think I'd like it more if it was sung in a lower register. Really, I'm not crazy about falsetto unless it's convincingly seductive. He's basically channeling Michael Jackson, which is probably a good play commercially, but it doesn't win me over. Maybe I'd like it more if he channeled Prince instead.

If I could make a request, Charlie Wayne, since you're the most long-lived person who's actively participating in the thread (as far as I know), what's the oldest song that you think still rocks?

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Yep, Bo, Steel Pole Bathtub was a force to behold. Opening for them and Killdozer was the best show that band ever got booked for. Almost every good record was criminally under-produced back then. Sonic Youth's Sister, for example.


SlackerInc, that's my favorite ministry record.

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Ok, for my current bout of submission/foisting, I'll stop giving you oldies (ok, it's released in the last decade). I give you Bob Log III - My Shit is Perfect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76NeaxNpfQ) . I'm not going to spoiler it, if you're clicking on a song titled "My Shit is Perfect" at work, there's nothing I can do for you.

Why? Because he's damming himself with faint praise, and I don't think I've forced anyone in this thread to listen to him yet. He's a one man band who plays guitar (yep, that's one guitar, the lowest string is somewhere around low B) better than I do, and his feet play drums better than I do (ok, a drum machine is doing the claps). The combination makes for a looser/tighter combo than you could ever get from a band that didn't share a brain. He sings into a telephone glued to a motorcycle helmet, and it's awesome sounding. Plus, he doesn't need instructions to know how to rock, and he's my hero. Go see Bob Log III. I can almost guarantee that if you're living in a non-Islamic country (he's got a song named "Boob Scotch", I don't think he can play where alcohol is verboten), he's going to be playing near you soon.

"I'm a professional, God damn it. I live in a car." - Bob Log III

Charlie Wayne
01-25-2016, 07:04 PM
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If I could make a request, Charlie Wayne, since you're the most long-lived person who's actively participating in the thread (as far as I know), what's the oldest song that you think still rocks?
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LOL!

Way to make me feel like an old geezer. Heh. Heh. Just J/k.

I will tell you that I may be 65 years old. But I sure don't feel 65 years old. I still feel like I'm 17 and I have no idea what that means. Probably means that I never grew up.

OK. Scabpicker,

I listened to "My Shit is Perfect" by Bob Log III and I'm sorely tempted to lie and say that I appreciated this song. But the truth is that it just went, "Whoosh" ... right over my head.

I didn't get it. Except maybe as a joke. It was kind of funny in an anti-establishment kind of way.

But now I will try to answer your question. What is the oldest song I think still rocks?

Well, I had to look at two sources. The first was Chuck Berry. Roll over Beethoven (1956) was an easy choice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT3kCVFFLNg

But then, I also had to check Phil Spector. He produced severl songs by The Ronettes. I think the "rockingest" of them all is Da Doo Ron Ron (1963):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqgtsai2aKY

Phis Spector must have liked The Ronettes a great deal because he married their lead singer.

But the OP said I can only pick one. So, I will have to go with Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven.

After all, how can I throw over Chuck Berry?

But you may still want to listen to The Ronettes. It's a great song.

I hope you will enjoy.

wguy123
01-26-2016, 11:25 AM
Why? Because he's damming himself with faint praise, and I don't think I've forced anyone in this thread to listen to him yet. He's a one man band who plays guitar (yep, that's one guitar, the lowest string is somewhere around low B) better than I do, and his feet play drums better than I do (ok, a drum machine is doing the claps). The combination makes for a looser/tighter combo than you could ever get from a band that didn't share a brain. He sings into a telephone glued to a motorcycle helmet, and it's awesome sounding. Plus, he doesn't need instructions to know how to rock, and he's my hero. Go see Bob Log III. I can almost guarantee that if you're living in a non-Islamic country (he's got a song named "Boob Scotch", I don't think he can play where alcohol is verboten), he's going to be playing near you soon.

"I'm a professional, God damn it. I live in a car." - Bob Log III

Not following the rules...just want to comment. I watched a couple videos of Bob Log III playing live and it was a very surreal experience. The playing, the interaction with the crowd, the beer drinking... I'll definitely go see him if he ever plays around these parts. He's an entertainer.

scabpicker
01-26-2016, 12:50 PM
Not following the rules...just want to comment. I watched a couple videos of Bob Log III playing live and it was a very surreal experience. The playing, the interaction with the crowd, the beer drinking... I'll definitely go see him if he ever plays around these parts. He's an entertainer.

He's almost certain to be there sometime. He puts on a hell of a show. Buy all of his merchandise, and buy him drinks. Plus, he's a really nice guy, if you can talk to him without destroying the mystique, I recommend it.

LOL!

Way to make me feel like an old geezer. Heh. Heh. Just J/k.

I will tell you that I may be 65 years old. But I sure don't feel 65 years old. I still feel like I'm 17 and I have no idea what that means. Probably means that I never grew up.

OK. Scabpicker,

I listened to "My Shit is Perfect" by Bob Log III and I'm sorely tempted to lie and say that I appreciated this song. But the truth is that it just went, "Whoosh" ... right over my head.

I didn't get it. Except maybe as a joke. It was kind of funny in an anti-establishment kind of way.


Hehe, it's absolutely not to be taken seriously. He thinks of rock 'n roll as party music. If you could shake your butt to it, you got it.


But now I will try to answer your question. What is the oldest song I think still rocks?

Well, I had to look at two sources. The first was Chuck Berry. Roll over Beethoven (1956) was an easy choice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT3kCVFFLNg


Ahhhh, I've watched that clip many times, and had to watch it twice again. An awesome live take. The whole set is available online, every minute is great. Berry in his absolute prime. I assume the backing band is the studio band for the TV station. I think they're better than the band that appeared on the studio recordings. If nothing else, the drummer is. He should have hired them as his touring band.

One thing that those live takes shows is: Berry was an extremely fluid guitarist, but he was totally willing to go crazy, let his hands land where they may, and bend it into the note he wanted. Those solos are crazed, and never safe. Love it.


I'm familiar with Spector and the Ronettes. I like them, but I can't explain how pleased I was that you decided to lead with Berry, and that particular clip.

And hey, I was just trying to mine your experience. If you're listening to Bruno Mars regularly, you're probably closer to 17 than I am. :)

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And to back up my fogey-ness, I'm gonna go pretty far back. It's more precise than Berry, but possibly more crazed in it's own way.

Les Paul is usually mentioned because he might have invented the solid body guitar. That's debatable, but he's as good a candidate as any. He didn't actually invent multi-track recording by himself, either, but he rocked it very hard. Lover (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl2s7m6sKKI) has him showing off what he could do in 1948. Extreme pitch shifts, with decades to go before you could correct it digitally. The first half is mellow, and lulls you into a relaxed state. Then it takes off. Listening to it for the umpteenth time, the second half still makes my frontal lobe feel like it's going to escape.

I believe he was still recording direct to acetate at the time, which was destructive. If he messed up a take, he had to start again at the beginning, with the first of 8 tracks to re-do. It's extreme stuff for 1948, but still a pop hit, that has the roots of a hell of a lot of the 20th century's music in it's technology. Without multi-track recording, the Beatles would have sounded a hell of a lot different, not to mention the studio manipulation Les Paul started (and obsessed about) that's still being used and expanded on today.

Get Off Les Paul's Lawn!

Charlie Wayne
01-28-2016, 04:33 AM
I listened to Lover and that is some pretty amazing guitar playing. He may not have invented the solid body guitar but he sure was a virtuoso.

But I'm going to try another tune in the line of "Rocking Tunes". This one does not have the strong bass beat that I love so much. But there is just something so very catchy about this tune.

I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.

It's called "I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6oYX1D-0w

Snowboarder Bo
01-29-2016, 02:51 PM
It's called "I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6oYX1D-0w
The first couple of minutes had an excellent bassline, fantastic vocals, meaty horn stabs and a terrific flow. Then it was completely ruined for me at the 2:35 mark or so when it stopped and restarted as a confused mess. I suppose one could argue that musically the song was emulating the plight of the singer, but for me it fell apart and never got back together again. It's a real shame too, as before that happened I was hearing all kinds of references to the music of Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Pendergrass (and of course Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes), Isaac Hayes, etc. I've never heard of Aloe Blacc before, but I'll keep an ear out and hope that the first couple of minutes were more representative of his work than the last 90 seconds. Thanks for the intro.

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Bob Log III totally fucking rocks!

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The Les Paul tune was cool and made even cooler knowing the technological limitations he faced and overcame. Les Paul was one of the coolest people to ever walk this planet, IMO; I'm proud to own a '73 Custom.

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The Ministry song is one of their best, but that live version just goes on too long, IMO.

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My pick is a band who formed from the ashes of NYC's awesome hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits. They recorded two albums and then broke up, even tho both albums are fantastic. Named after the lead singer, Anthony Civarelli, they enjoyed some airplay success but IIRC their sales never took off the way other breaking bands of the time like Offspring and Helmet did. I still think their music holds up well and enjoy pounding my steering wheel whenever one of their tunes shuffles it's way up on my iPhone; some of y'all may even remember hearing this on the radio yourselves; here's CIV - Can't Wait One Minute More (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngZXgBH7v9c).

Charlie Wayne
01-30-2016, 03:02 AM
The first couple of minutes had an excellent bassline, fantastic vocals, meaty horn stabs and a terrific flow. Then it was completely ruined for me at the 2:35 mark or so when it stopped and restarted as a confused mess. I suppose one could argue that musically the song was emulating the plight of the singer, but for me it fell apart and never got back together again. It's a real shame too, as before that happened I was hearing all kinds of references to the music of Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Pendergrass (and of course Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes), Isaac Hayes, etc. I've never heard of Aloe Blacc before, but I'll keep an ear out and hope that the first couple of minutes were more representative of his work than the last 90 seconds. Thanks for the intro.
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I reviewed the video at that link and you are correct. At the 2:35 mark is does stop and then restart with some confused mess.

But there must be something wrong with that link because the song that I have is 3:23 and it doesn't change to that mess around 2:35. It continues on in the same way. I can only think that whoever uploaded that link to Youtube never checked the entire video or that someone is playing some stupid trick.

I guess from now on I will have to check every Youtube link before I post it in this thread.

Sorry.

journeyman_southpaw
02-01-2016, 05:52 PM
My pick is a band who formed from the ashes of NYC's awesome hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits. They recorded two albums and then broke up, even tho both albums are fantastic. Named after the lead singer, Anthony Civarelli, they enjoyed some airplay success but IIRC their sales never took off the way other breaking bands of the time like Offspring and Helmet did. I still think their music holds up well and enjoy pounding my steering wheel whenever one of their tunes shuffles it's way up on my iPhone; some of y'all may even remember hearing this on the radio yourselves; here's CIV - Can't Wait One Minute More (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngZXgBH7v9c).

Not the radio but Beavis and Butthead (they thought they were watching Montel Williams :p) I know nothing about this band or Gorilla Biscuits but this is the kind of punk I prefer, the bouncy garage rock "Lust for Life" kind of stuff. I clicked on their album along the right side of the screen and didn't like anything else on it so I guess if that song was their stab at being commercial it worked on me.

I was on a twee pop kick the other day so here is something from a twee, somewhat folky artist from Sweden called Hello Saferide, I'm choosing not to describe anything about the song or the video for a reason that I expect will be understood when it ends. This is "Anna" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBILTiLIJM0).

SlackerInc
02-02-2016, 03:35 AM
Wow, nice. What a clever way to express [spoiler]wistful regret[spoiler]. I've heard a lot of [spoiler]heartbreak/breakup[spoiler] songs, but that's definitely a new take on that genre.

The last song I posted was admittedly pretty long. So let's take it the other way, with IMO one of the greatest all time high-energy pop-rock songs, that gets in and out in a svelte two and a half minutes:

The Primitives - "Crash" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Zw_M9L1yI)

Charlie Wayne
02-02-2016, 03:22 PM
Can anyone advise me as to how I can go about asking a question about this thread without breaking the rules set out in the OP by the OP?

I really liked the song "Crash" by "The Primitives". I know that I have heard that song many times before in many diff contexts. Probably in diff movies. Can anyone tell me just where I have likely heard that song before? I'd really love to know.

But, there is no way that I can hang around and discuss that. There's just not enough time.

In the future, I will have to be more careful about that sort of thing.

wguy123
02-02-2016, 05:07 PM
Can anyone advise me as to how I can go about asking a question about this thread without breaking the rules set out in the OP by the OP?

I really liked the song "Crash" by "The Primitives". I know that I have heard that song many times before in many diff contexts. Probably in diff movies. Can anyone tell me just where I have likely heard that song before? I'd really love to know.

But, there is no way that I can hang around and discuss that. There's just not enough time.

In the future, I will have to be more careful about that sort of thing.

Big fan of Dumb & Dumber I see. :eek:

Don't be ashamed...fellow fan here. :D

Charlie Wayne
02-02-2016, 06:15 PM
Big fan of Dumb & Dumber I see. :eek:

Don't be ashamed...fellow fan here. :D

Oh, my! Dumb & Dumber you say?

I will get right on that and check it out. Thank you ever so much. I will try to let you know if I find it.

Much appreciated!

:)

Charlie Wayne
02-02-2016, 06:26 PM
Big fan of Dumb & Dumber I see. :eek:

Don't be ashamed...fellow fan here. :D

Oh, my! Dumb & Dumber you say?

I will get right on that and check it out. Thank you ever so much. I will try to let you know if I find it.

Much appreciated!

:)

Thank you. Thank you.

I skimmed through the entire film (1994 version) and finally found that song right at the end - in the closing credits.

I was very happy to have found it. What a great song!

I will now post a link to A-Ha's song Analogue (All I Want). It has a nice strong bass which I love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Q04ZvzrjA

It is also very melodic and I enjoy listening to it very much. I hope you all will enjoy it too.

:)

Snowboarder Bo
02-04-2016, 12:46 AM
I will now post a link to A-Ha's song Analogue (All I Want). It has a nice strong bass which I love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Q04ZvzrjA

It is also very melodic and I enjoy listening to it very much. I hope you all will enjoy it too.

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Pop music. This track is kinda bland, the dynamics are fake (the overdriven guitar does not signify anything, for example) and the song just kind of meanders along until it finally draws to a close. The production does keep the bassline solid in the mix, aye. I know this band has had a good long career and I also know that their fans are very loyal, but they just aren't my style.

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The Primitives have a long history in my music collection; I bought Lovely and Pure while I was in college. Crash is a great song and was a great way to introduce them to the world (it's the 1st cut on their 1st album, if y'all didn't know). They got back together a few years ago and while I didn't think their new material was particularly compelling, I did appreciate the fact that they were at least still up-tempo, borderline psychedelic Britpop tunes, kinda like Dukes of Stratosphear without the weirdness. Good pick, Slacker.

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Hello Saferide was okay. Nothing I'd seek out on my own, but for a pop song it was passable. I thought the lyrical content was really good; it's always nice to see a pop song that is about something meaningful.

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CIV was a hardcore group, journeyman, no doubt about that, but they did also release a couple of Adam Ant-inspired tunes (did anyone else hear it?) like the one I linked. I like all their songs, but that one I'm especially fond of for some reason.

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Charlie, it's fine to pop in and ask questions; the rules are there to prevent drive-by postings, prevent linking to multiple songs in a single post and to encourage real analysis of the songs. This is a Music Appreciation Society thread, not just a "my turn; listen to this" thread.

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I'm gonna get away from the Scandinavia/Euro/Britpop theme we've been running lately and post a song from a band that has to date released only one album. Mind you, IMO it's a fucking fantastic album. These guys are from New York City (as the name conveys) but they traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2005 and worked with a bunch of awesome artists. Their music is a crazy blend of jazz, salsa, soul music, funk, R&B, bossa nova and rock. They are at the top of my list of people to seek out next time I am in NYC; here's Bronx River Parkway - Me Toca (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6l36GzVvQ4).

SlackerInc
03-25-2016, 12:28 PM
The A-ha video was taken down for copyright violation. I found the video on the band's official page, so this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_J5-gmhRA) should hold up. I thought it was a very pleasant, inoffensive song to listen to, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it again. It was interesting though to learn that they are still together (or still were as of 2010) and that their lead singer was still so handsome at age 50.

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The Primitives have a long history in my music collection; I bought Lovely and Pure while I was in college. Crash is a great song and was a great way to introduce them to the world (it's the 1st cut on their 1st album, if y'all didn't know). They got back together a few years ago and while I didn't think their new material was particularly compelling, I did appreciate the fact that they were at least still up-tempo, borderline psychedelic Britpop tunes, kinda like Dukes of Stratosphear without the weirdness. Good pick, Slacker.

Thanks!

"Dukes of Stratosphear without the weirdness" sounds pretty weird in its own way. Wouldn't that just be XTC? :D

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I really liked "Me Toca", as I kind of figured I would from the description (I tend to enjoy Cuban and Brazilian jazz, and classic funk). I am now listening to the album on Apple Music. Thanks for introducing me to this. Very cool. :cool:

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Funny how free association leads you to a song sometimes.

I saw a web ad for Burger King's new chili dog, and "chili dog" always makes me think of "suckin' on chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freez", the lyric from "Jack and Diane" by John Cougar (née Mellencamp). So I got that song stuck in my head (an "earworm", as they say these days). It struck me that there was something rather wistful and nostalgic about the song, and I thought I ought to create an Apple Music playlist called "Wistful/Nostalgic".

But what other songs could fit on such a list? I wondered. And the very first one that popped into my mind, despite the fact that I hadn't thought of the song in years that I can recall, was "'74-'75" by the Connells. I had never seen the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-ITv4OBV9c) until I found it just now to post here, but it certainly fits the label I gave it even more than the song on its own.

journeyman_southpaw
03-25-2016, 06:27 PM
My music triggered from hearing references to chili dogs is different from yours (do a search for 'pats chili dogs' on Youtube).

Anyway, never heard this song before although I see it was a hit in Europe. I would describe it as a non-metal version of Metallica's "Unforgiven" (and now I see that someone else on Youtube thought so too and did a mash-up of the two tracks). Well that's cool, I always liked that song. A memorable video as well, which probably helped the song become a hit.

To keep up the "wistful/nostalgic" theme I thought about posting The Kinks "Come Dancing" or the Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio", but those songs are already pretty well known. So instead here's one of the better Stones tracks of one of their lesser-loved albums (Goat Head Soup), this is 100 Years Ago. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrciVFFw3iQ)

SlackerInc
03-25-2016, 06:47 PM
Goats Head Soup is a great album (I just added "Angie" to the "Wistful/Nostalgic" list, actually) although I've never really keyed into that song in particular.

I had no idea the Connells song was a hit in Europe (especially Scandinavia). Weird! In looking up that info, I see that there is a new (2015) version of the video, going back and showing the classmates again, "UP" series style. TBH, when I read that, I thought "ohhh...that explains how they looked in the video" because I assumed that must be the one I already showed since the original video was made in 1993 and (IMO) the people in it looked a lot older than 36 for the most part.

But no, here is the updated version (http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/on-the-beat-blog/article44760318.html). I still think these people aged remarkably quickly, especially in their thirties.

bldysabba
03-27-2016, 08:17 AM
I didn't see a song in post 230, so I listened to 100 years ago. It's a Stones song that I hadn't heard before (I've really only heard their better known stuff), and was much more mellow than I'm used to from them, with a few nice changes of pace.

For my contribution to the thread, I'll give you something completely different.

Malhar jam (https://youtu.be/grHr39Ej7P8) by Agam, in Coke Studio India. The song is devoid of lyrics, so it should be pretty accessible. It's based on an Indian classical raga celebrating the joy of rain (if you lived in India, you would like rain too :) ), mixed up with rock.

More about the program Coke Studio - it started in Pakistan, basically an attempt at fusion of local folk music and rock. As good as the Pakistani version was, and it was very good, I always felt it was a little limited, which is why I was thrilled when Coke Studio India finally got its act together in its second season and brought in the diversity that the many different cultural traditions in India can contribute.

SlackerInc
05-17-2016, 11:12 AM
Is the Agam devoid of lyrics in any language (like, just using his voice as an instrument)? Or did you mean for most of us English speaking Westerners on this board?

I really loved the intro. I would have been happy just to bliss out on that sort of thing for a few minutes. But then I liked it much less once it started to "rock out". There was a pretty cool instrumental interlude in the middle that kind of reminded me of Dave Matthews Band.

My next contribution is a song that's four decades old, but brand new to me:

Flamin' Groovies - "Shake Some Action" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIcmk8WA10A)

I have no idea at this point what turned me on to it. At some point a few weeks ago, something I read or heard made me open up the Wiki page for this album on my phone, clearly as a reminder to "check this out". By the time I finally did indeed check it out, all memory of the source of the inspiration was gone. But in any case, I discovered a cool album and in particular, an awesome title track. Just a basic, pure power-poppy infectious groove. I think it should appeal to fans of Big Star in particular--in fact, if I had just randomly heard it somewhere, I might have thought that's exactly what it was.

I love the live-performance-style "whoo!" thrown in midway through. :)

jtur88
05-17-2016, 04:51 PM
My first try at this thread, let's see what happens.

Take some action is basically an insrumentl arrangement, not a bad one, the perdussion pretty tolerble, but not one Id add to my playlist. The vocal, well, there is no melody to speak of, and the vocalists do not demonstrate any passable skill as singers. Overall, I'd give it a negative, but the arrangement alone probably at least 5/10.

Now here's mine. I'm generally pretty uninterested in the modern sound of music, but I heard this in Central Asia, and it caught my attention. A Russian folk song with a totally non-traditional flafor, by Zventa Sventana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRJplGJhctM&index=26&list=PLA34046A4B9425E66

scabpicker
05-18-2016, 12:33 PM
Weird, so they re-worked a Russian folk song as an psychedelic R+B tune. It's pretty cool, even though I'm probably more in love with the production and arrangement than the song itself. I loved the heavy stereo tremolo on the electric piano at the beginning, and the individual instruments dropping in and out to make the song ebb, flow, and crash in waves.

Quite nice, really.

In a fit of unmitigated pleasantness, I'll offer Jorgen Ingmann's Echo Boogie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1cZ5zUacVQ) from 1960. It's a fluffy, sugary bite from the height of Rock's instrumental period, totally focused on how you can use a tape echo to dictate the tempo of a song and make it cascade. Plus, I've had the single for ages, and my brother had never heard it until last weekend. Folks should know about this thing.

jtur88
05-19-2016, 04:46 PM
I remember Ingmanns "Apache" from about the same time, which I hated.This Boogie is certainly a lot better. But quite honestly, I disliked all the instrumentals in that rock era. Echo Boogie does have a bit of class to it, though, and I found it starting to grow on me. But still, no pop instrumentalsl for me.

Let me introduce you to the most refreshing new singer Ive found in a decade. Marie Jo Therio is a French Canadian singer from New Brunswick, and has a timelessness about her recording session. She has a feeing to express, a story to tell, she winds her way through it, and it ends when she is finished. The French lyrics describe a girl with a wild spirit being courted by a man who would tie her down, and invites her to a (real life) cafe in her home town (Moncton) that specializes in quiche. "I want to draw birds that come from countries you don't even know." I think she accompanies herself on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC3eUxbMsrc

scabpicker
05-20-2016, 05:01 AM
But still, no pop instrumentalsl for me.


As a member of an instrumental surf band: THIS CANNOT STAND, I DEMAND SATISFACTION! Strap-on dildos at...is 3pm good for you...maybe after dinner? Ehh, we'll play it by ear.



Let me introduce you to the most refreshing new singer Ive found in a decade. Marie Jo Therio is a French Canadian singer from New Brunswick, and has a timelessness about her recording session. She has a feeing to express, a story to tell, she winds her way through it, and it ends when she is finished. The French lyrics describe a girl with a wild spirit being courted by a man who would tie her down, and invites her to a (real life) cafe in her home town (Moncton) that specializes in quiche. "I want to draw birds that come from countries you don't even know." I think she accompanies herself on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC3eUxbMsrc


Hehehe, the "Holy Shit" in the intro of a soft song that's otherwise in a language that I don't understand made me lean toward liking it immediately. To be honest, that I can't understand the rest of the lyrics is probably a feature. It sounds very earnest. I can stand earnest sounding songs, but not earnest lyrics. In fact, lyrics are more likely to drive me away from a song than any other aspect. However, the exclamation at the beginning makes me think she might be clever enough to pull off lyrics I could like even if I could understand French.

The musical portion is almost written so inoffensively that it could almost veer into inoffensively bland. But! There's a nice movement in mood and dynamics, and they contrast the rhythm of the vocals with the accompaniment in a way that reminds me of a Carpenters song. It's really well put together. If I have a complaint it's that they didn't take enough in the way of chances, even if they took some. At the very least, I'm thankful that it doesn't sound like it ends on the root note.

I'm not sure that I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I spent the time listening to it enough to digest it.
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Hmm, now I'm at this point, where I gotta decide to what to go with. In honor of jtur88's first submissions to this thread, I've been considering either posting a song I don't understand the lyrics to, or a song that is a vast re-working of the original.

(checks thread to make sure he's not repeating himself, drinks a beer (and a whiskey, too) and has a smoke to think about it, listens to both songs a few times)


OK, you guys get the vastly re-worked cover this time. Nope, nope, nope, nope. You get the song I can't understand the lyrics to. Pena Tras Pena (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1_dBoFFBIg) by Banda el Recordo.Why post it? I almost don't know. I don't understand the lyrics, They could be all about how they're gonna take me, personally, out back and kick my ass after they're done with the song - but it sounds so good, I still gotta love it. If I could figure out how to comp and build chords on a guitar like the ranchrera* horn section in this band (or really, most of the ones of this style) can comp chords when they blaze through the louder sections of this song, I'd be a very happy man. It's the heavy metal version of horns. Plus, that tuba!

AYA! HA HA HA!

scabpicker
05-20-2016, 05:09 AM
Umm, I left this off, and missed the edit window, but the asterisk endnote should have read:

* If anyone knows of a more precise word to refer to this particular loud style of ranchera, this particular gringo would be massively appreciative.

scabpicker
05-20-2016, 05:39 AM
Umm, Soy un idiota gringo. That should be Banda El Recodo.

jtur88
05-20-2016, 12:16 PM
You're tugging at my heart. I love Ranchero, but only in small doses, and I find this particular singer a little too gritty. Here in South Texas, I hear this kind of music all the time, on weekends I can open my door and hear it wafting in from a distance. Really good arrangement, nice polka. Did you know, theh polka originated in Mexican music from eastern European miners who came to make their fortuna and brought their instrument,s and the Mexicans fell i love with it.

Here's another foreign language song, but with helpful English lyrics onscreen. Soukous originated as a jazz form in the mid 20th century in Dar es Salaam, and still thrives as a popular form across Africa, now centered mostly in Kinshasa. African languages are ideally suited to rhythmic music, as all syllables are given equal weight in the phonetics. The effect is beautiful and hypnotic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD1x1qFqbxM

jtur88
05-29-2016, 11:55 AM
I like this thread, would hate to see it die.

Peanuthead
05-29-2016, 03:39 PM
Yeah, this thread is not only fun, but educational as well. I've discovered lots of good music here. So let's keep it going.
I enjoyed your Soukous cut. Love the African music so let's stay there with this cut from Ali Hassan Kuban (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5Yj5NTzXk&list=PL5ykZJtAcgR0WunMJfnD3Jss3WlrjZ88i).

jtur88
05-29-2016, 05:13 PM
Sorry,I think I have to go thumbs-down on Kuban. I lived in the Middle East long enough that my appreciation for Arabic music drifted downward, not upward. The two main defects of this particular piece are, the percussion dominates the melodic components, and the vocalist, who has probably had no voice training at all, chants rather than sings. Also, a little repetitious without much effort to add any flourishes.

Modern Chinese popular music, so far, gets almot no exposure in America, but has a huge audience. This video by Hebe, a singer from Taiwan, has 32-million hits, which exceeds the population of her country..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CcQDuuhdXA&list=PLqFb6h3EpWD_WYHrCYA9mkPL_SQ13Xh2t

SlackerInc
05-31-2016, 04:10 AM
I was enjoying the first twenty seconds or so of the Hebe. The production really brought the stringed instrument (whatever it is) up in the mix, very distinct, cool sound. But then the singing just struck me as very forgettable adult-contemporary.

I've been wanting to share some World Party for a while. They (really "he", I guess: it was at least originally a pseudonym for Karl Wallinger's solo project) have a lot of great songs, but this is my favorite, from their 1986 debut album Ship of Fools:

World Party - "Hawaiian Island World" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWgHwAY-4LU)

It's very lushly produced, borrows a nifty guitar sound from country (slide guitar, is it?), has all kinds of cool sounds in the mix, and features beautiful harmonies with a then-unknown 19 year old Sinead O'Connor, years before she released her own debut album. So I would love it even if (like the past couple songs shared in this thread) it were sung in a language I didn't understand. But maybe my favorite thing of all about the song is this stanza of lyrics, which seems all the more apropos in the angry political age we now inhabit:

The shopkeeper from Illinois came round
a freshly fired gun in his hand
He said he'd just shot a young poet
for writing something he didn't understand

jtur88
06-02-2016, 01:01 PM
Where do you find these professionally produced music videos that have only a few hundred views? They are certainly worth more than that, although personlly the music does not appeal to me. I love the idea of an arrangement that is nor force-fed theorugh the Sony monopoly. But I have a good enough sens of rhythm that I don;t need a high-gain metronome playing throughout. As for the singer, like before, just reading a lyric with an untrained monotone doesn't cut it. The qualities you like seem to be the lyrics, which is no doubt good poetry, but even great poetry read badly does not by itself make quality music.

Next, no matter how long you live, you will always keep finding hidden gems. I can't stop listening to this, I sent it to my sister, she loves it too. Beautiful woman, amazing voice, awesome stage presence, just a mind blower hidden under a rock in Switzerland:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OelvnFLC7U&index=52&list=PLA34046A4B9425E66

casdave
06-02-2016, 01:37 PM
This is a great live performance, and the lead singer makes it look effortless for her, but not - I'd guess - for anyone else.

Quite a lot of power in her upper range too.

It kind of reminds me of the real spirit of folk/country music, instead of the stadium country stuff that you get now, its this direct connection to the audience that makes it what it is, I hesitate to use the term 'peoples music' but really that's pretty much what it is - albeit very skilful.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47aZFoNGO0w

I'll offer you a bit of prog/classic with the voice of Annie Haslam

jtur88
06-02-2016, 03:51 PM
I'm not a musician, so I have no way to judge how "good" this is, as a classical performance. But I didn't hear anything bad. Atonal compositions always used to make me flaill for the reject button, but decades of exposure to Bollywood and other disciplines has mellowed me on that. There were times toward the end when I thought this selection was going to drift into formulaic rock, but thankfully, skirted around the edge. I like my vocalists a little smoother, but Annie still OK. I gave it the whole 11 minutes, which I was afraid I'd regret, but it did actually grow on me and I could listen to it again. Thanks for the introduction to a genre I was not very aware of.

Next: In the 50s, I started catching on to Blues, and Jimmy Reed was my fav. He somehow found a way to Carnegie Hall (without practice practice practice). I understand that he showed up so stoned, his audible wife was next to him on the stage, keeping him on task and coaxing the correct lyrics out of him. So here's my nomination for the greatest blues singer ever, Jimmy Reed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rvy8s3fpQo

SlackerInc
06-03-2016, 02:28 AM
As for the singer, like before, just reading a lyric with an untrained monotone doesn't cut it. The qualities you like seem to be the lyrics, which is no doubt good poetry, but even great poetry read badly does not by itself make quality music.

There's an old saying that "you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts". Your appreciation, or lack thereof, of a song is your prerogative. De gustibus non est disputandum. But you are saying things here that are just factually incorrect. "The qualities you like seem to be the lyrics"? Well, I guess you missed this part:

It's very lushly produced, borrows a nifty guitar sound from country (slide guitar, is it?), has all kinds of cool sounds in the mix, and features beautiful harmonies with a then-unknown 19 year old Sinead O'Connor, years before she released her own debut album. So I would love it even if (like the past couple songs shared in this thread) it were sung in a language I didn't understand.

In fact, I'd go further and say I'd love it even if there were no lyrics in any language. I would miss the harmonies with Sinead (how is that "monotone"?!?), but I was sold on the song in the first 50 seconds, all instrumental; and then there's the beautiful 30 second interlude of choral voices, no words, starting at 2:22 (https://youtu.be/mWgHwAY-4LU?t=141). Again, not understanding how that any of that can fit the description you gave of the song (which sounds a lot more like Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGxjIBEZvx0)). I almost wonder if you somehow got misdirected to a different song altogether, as you also described it as a "professionally produced music video" when there is no video at all, just music and a still image anyone could produce on a PC or probably even a smartphone. :confused:

jtur88
06-03-2016, 11:16 AM
"The qualities you like seem to be the lyrics"? Well, I guess you missed this part:


I guess you forgot this part:

But maybe my favorite thing of all about the song is this stanza of lyrics,I meant that the video was a vehicle for a professionally-produced studio recording, as are nearly all YouTube videos.. We're just talking about the music here, right?

SlackerInc
06-03-2016, 11:55 AM
So...if someone says "I really love A, B, C, D, and E, but maybe best of all is F", you read that as "you just like F"? Uhhh...ok.

I still don't understand what you are getting at with your "professionally produced" talk. The song was from an album produced by a major record label (Chrysalis Records (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysalis_Records), which no longer exists but at the time was the home of big names like Blondie and Huey Lewis and the News). This particular album (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Revolution), as it happens, just cracked the Billboard Top 40, peaking at #39 in 1987. So, yes: of course it was professionally produced. Is that what you mean?

jtur88
06-04-2016, 09:06 AM
I guess I misunderstood the intent of this thread. I'm sorry I revived it.

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