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Old 07-22-2008, 07:24 PM
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Don't you think we ought-a have a master thread for discussing the musics we are currently consuming?? S..sure we do!!

Please come back.

Note that these don't have to be new albums. Just talk about whatever you're enjoying at the moment, offer a description or critique...whatever you feel like.

My current listenings:

Beck- Modern Guilt: I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It can best be described as 60s rock meeting modern day hip hop production and looping/sampling goodness. This is probably Beck's best album since Midnite Vultures in my opinion.

PJ Harvey- Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea: I often feel male guilt for neglecting female artists, but PJ Harvey is the kind of artist you can set your watch to. I haven't heard a bad album from her yet, and this piece from 2000 is her self described "melodic/pop" album, though from her usual skewed musical vision. Come for the duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, stay for the...well, everything else. 'The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore' is one of the best songs she's ever written, and it almost makes me want to grant her the title of the female Nick Cave. Yeah, I know they dated, shut up.

Comets on Fire- Avatar: Surprise, they went even further away from spastic noise-rock and more toward late 60s/early 70s classic rock/power trio this time out!! Funny story: when I bought their Blue Cathedral album, a female record store employee with crazy huge green punk hair told me she loved the band and asked if this one was as noisy as their early stuff (of which I had Field Recording From The Sun). I told her that no, apparently it was a little more reserved and classic rock-y. She looked genuinely sad about it. It was the first time a girl liked music that was more crazy and/or noisy than me.

Belle & Sebastian- Tigermilk: I don't know if this album will ever shake its reputation as the band's hard-to-find debut. I kind of feel like it's been overrated as a result of its former scarcity, but now that it's easy to find I hope more people realize that the band has gotten better since. If You're Feeling Sinister is still probably their best 'classic' twee-pop album, but you'd be remiss if you didn't give their newer, more overtly power-pop albums a try, especially Dear Catastrophe Waitress and The Life Pursuit.

Guided By Voices- Live From Austin, TX: A double disc affair that condenses their performance on Austin City Limits before their break-up at the end of 2004. Or something like that; I'm none too clear on the particulars. Still, this may make you a believer in ex-school teacher Bob Pollard's band, a ridiculous prolific man inside and out of Guided By Voices. He really is (or maybe was; I don't follow his new stuff) the kind of artist who writes and throws out more good songs in a day than most bands release in their lifetime, and the band's scattershot, album hopping, booze soaked, banter filled live sets are the stuff of legend. Please go buy their The Electrifying Conclusion DVD, which is the full 4-hourish last concert they ever played, and a testament to a man who made a career out of being a drunk genius who turned a 4-track/lofi loving indie rock band into an arena rock, beer fueled, swaggering force to be reckoned with by sheer force of will.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:31 PM
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I don't think so. We have several threads devoted music, recently one devoted to classical. I am currently listening the sounds of screaming children.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:32 PM
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Apparat - Walls: I've been seriously digging this Icelandic band lately. It's pretty trippy electronic stuff that fans of Radiohead can certainly get behind, and the single-strength track, "Hailing from the Edge," is definitely MTFT.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:30 PM
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Aw, I thought this was going to be a mix-exchange revival. Oh well.

Been listening to a lot of Flight of the Conchords, Spoon and and since I just saw "The Dark Knight" a bit of the "Batman Begins" soundtrack as well until I can pick up the new movie's score.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:07 AM
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Aw, I thought this was going to be a mix-exchange revival. Oh well.
We should definitely bring that back.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:13 AM
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Subdivisions? In our Talking Time?

Conform or be cast out!

Seriously though. I love to hate Rush. How could such talented musicians make such consistently bad decisions?
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:44 AM
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I like Rush. Working Man is my only favorite song from them though. I'd rate them on the same level of AC/DC and Boston. I can only tolerate that music for so long before I must listen to Hannah Montana.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:45 AM
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Destro: The new Melvins is awesome. Listen to those fucking drums!

Relatedly: Recently I've been really in the mood for albums where people just go insane on some drums. I'm particularly interested in African/Indian/Middle Eastern stuff but I'm open to any crazy awesome drum records. Suggestions?
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Old 07-27-2008, 04:08 PM
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Subdivisions? In our Talking Time?

Conform or be cast out!

Seriously though. I love to hate Rush. How could such talented musicians make such consistently bad decisions?
There is a level of badness that only true genius can achieve. See also: Pink Floyd, Ummagumma.

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Destro: The new Melvins is awesome. Listen to those fucking drums!

Relatedly: Recently I've been really in the mood for albums where people just go insane on some drums. I'm particularly interested in African/Indian/Middle Eastern stuff but I'm open to any crazy awesome drum records. Suggestions?
Tatoom has some of my favorite drumkit work.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:02 PM
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Seeing as I consume more music than video games, I wholly endorse this thread. Oh, and the thread dedicated to new music where I posted some release dates and stuff has fallen off the first page.

But holy crap what am I listening to get to the point pence!!

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
Scuzzy punk kids who have food fights and stay out late every night drinking. Lead singer gets two songs about ditching her boyfriend, more about dissing her peer group in general, and her male bandmates shout things like UNLEASH THE BEAST! and SUCKS TO BE THE JANITOR! Catchy as hell, too.

DJ Yoda - Fabriclive 39
It's a mix cd, a bit of a mashup even; the Violent Femmes, old school hip-hop, grime, drum and bass, calypso. Like Girl Talk if he'd relax and let the songs do the work, or DJ Shadow in a world of hypersaturated colorful party people.

Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
I can't really make an informed judgement because I just heard it for the first time, but I'm still buzzing from the first listen. So it merits special mention. Standout moment: hardcore blastbeats, Elvis, and Bad Brains in the same song.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:31 PM
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Apparently the new Sigur Ros album is out, so I need to pick that up here sometime this week and then probably listen to that nonstop.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:02 AM
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I have been trying to get into hip-hop more because the blinding whiteness of my usual tastes got boring. As such I am pretty deep into Saul Williams' back-catalogue (it's awesome, you pretty much need Amethyst Rock Star) and I have tried some other things but they haven't tended to work out as well. The Nicolay/Kay collaboration Time:Line is only interesting as long as you can pretty much ignore the rhymes and focus on the production, for instance, and I am extremely disappointed by Tribe.

Also I just got the new Bodies of Water album. No verdict yet as I haven't actually gotten to listen through it. But you see what I mean? So fucking white.
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:03 AM
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UPDATE: Yes the new album is great. I read something about Gobbledigook being poppy and "betraying the sound" or whatever, but I freakin' love that song, empowers me to want to go out and DO things.

EDIT: Also I'm back to listening to Newsom's "Ys" regularly again. You! Yes, you. You were going to make a trite comment about her singing voice. Please come over here so I can gut you like the stupid flesh-blob you are. Everyone else who either had nothing to say, which is fine, or who wanted to also express appreciation, you may now do so!

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Old 07-26-2008, 11:49 AM
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I never feel cool enough in these threads.

I mean shit, the only thing I can write in these is that I listened to OK Computer for the first time ever last month, which isn't a joke.
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Old 07-26-2008, 12:06 PM
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"Introducing" by Foxy Shazam which is holy wow just watch.

TEN MINUTES LATER OPINION: This is not very good.

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Old 07-29-2008, 03:33 PM
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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - My favorite band. Draws from extreme metal, 20th Century avant-guard classical, industrial, and performance art. Uses no synths or samplers for their variety of odd sounds and textures but instead a wide variety of instruments they have built (such as a 7 foot long table mounted bass guitar thing strung with piano strings they play with both mallets and a bow). Very polyrhythmic percussion (they have both a drummer on kit and a percussionist on a wide variety of percussion...things...they have built). As far as the more traditional instruments go the violin is typically just as prominent as the guitar. The lead singer has a tremendously rich, deep, operatic voice. Of Natural History is their best album.

Battles - KCar already recommended Don Caballero so I'll suggest the band former Don Cab guitarist Ian Williams is now in. Weird, wild wonderful math rock, a lot of fun live. Its quite common for members of the band to be playing both a guitar and a keyboard at the same time, tapping a guitar part with the left hand while playing a keyboard part with the right.

Comus - Somewhat proggy folk from the early 70's. The most wonderfully evil sounding folk band I've ever heard, they do folk with the musical and lyrical intensity of metal. Guitars, violin, flute, bass, hand drums (all acoustic but the bass). Their initial album First Utterence is the one to hear and is fantastic, not a bad song on it; the second album is kinda meh (reportedly even the band doesn't care for it).

Also I fully agree with all the love for Joanna Newsom, she played here last year with the Atlanta Symphony and it was such a great show. My favorite response to people who dislike her is <a href="http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=3434">this</a> post on Warren Ellis's blog. I like her voice.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:44 PM
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There's this music that plays during this scene:
At a luncheon later that day, however, Miranda announces that it is Jacqueline instead of Nigel who will leave Runway for Holt. Later, when the two are being driven to a show, she explains to a still-stunned Andrea that she was grateful for the warning but already knew of the plot to replace her and sacrificed Nigel to keep her own job.
In The Devil Wears Prada. Does anyone know the name of the song?
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This is a thread that should have never died.

I'm listening to the Bubbleman Stage from Mega Man 2.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:20 PM
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I'm currently listening to The Sufferer and the Witness from Rise Against.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:48 PM
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I'm listening to Royksopp's Melody A.M..

Poooooor Leno,
Where you'll be, I'll goooooooooooo
Where you'll be, I'll knoooooooooow
Where you'll be, I'll find yooooooou
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:08 PM
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I just listened to Ponytail (from Japan, means they almost fall within the purview of this board!), and now I'm listening to The B-52's self-titled album because it's unflaggingly excellent.
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Why does Merriweather Post Pavilion sound way better in my room than in the car? And it's not like it didn't already sound good in the car.
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The Headphone Effect? Music that sounds better in headphones than in a free sonic space?
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I'm not using headphones. Maybe it's just a quick grower.
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Embryonic by The Flaming Lips and High Violet by The National are both totally great.
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Together, the new album by The new Pornographers, is a real improvement on Challengers, which I found way too staid for its own good, and I think I might even like it more than Mass Romantic. It's not as good as Twin Cinema, or especially Electric Version, but I wasn't expecting it to be.

The title is pretty apropos, because the band feels way more cohesive as a unit on this than on any of the other albums. I'm also surprised it took them this long to have Neko Case and Dan Bejar share vocals on one song, which works spectacularly well.

It's definitely got three all-time New Pornos classics in "Crash Years", "Silver Jenny Dollar" and "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk".
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Kate Bush's voice is the sexiest little thing.
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Embryonic by The Flaming Lips and High Violet by The National are both totally great.
Best Flaming Lips album since the Soft Bulletin.
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Best Flaming Lips album since the Soft Bulletin.
I actually enjoy it more... Soft Bulletin is good stuff, but Embryonic just has so much going on.
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Best Flaming Lips album since the Soft Bulletin.
My enjoyment of Embryonic improved even more by deleting "I Can Be a Frog" and swapping in the Amazon MP3 exclusive track at the end.
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