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Old 08-04-2005, 01:18 AM   #46
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lmj and mofo should be album reviewers! What vocabulary!

I'm glad y'all put Death Cab and Bjork on there. I considered them and would also endorse the purchase of anything by them. Like mofo said, 'Homogenic' is great. I'd also give big ups to 'Post.' 'Dummy' by Portishead and 'Antics' by Interpol also rate highly in my book. Y'all are some awesome music fans!
how did i miss this post? thanks HG!

i considered the shins, but knew it would be on mofo's list, and big time props to you for including hope of the states and mcr. and yeah, i put the arcade fire in the mainstream group, thinking that everyone on a U2 board must know who they are by now, even though they technically may not be mainstream.

but hey, it was good times coming up with the list, although typing it out took a lot longer than i'd care to admit. glad you enjoyed it! i am loving reading what everyone else considers to be the essential cd's in their collection.

and JintheB, i hope to see your list as soon as you're feeling better!
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:23 AM   #47
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Might I recommend some good dutch music (will probably fall into the 'obscure' category):

Nits - I like the live double CD (called Nits). Very original, laid back music

Urban Dance Squad - Killer band. Hard guitars with hard raps (with a dutch accent, but I really can recommend this). Their albums vary a lot. The oldest "Mental floss for the globe" is a more mellow kind of album. "Persona non grata" is probably the best known of the lot with tracks like "good grief" and "demagogue". The last I've heard of them "Planet Ultra" has some strong tracks as well. "Life 'n perspectives of a genuine crossover is somewhat less inviting to listen to (in my opinion of course). I'd suggest you go with either "Mental floss for the globe" or "persona non grata".

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buy japan: gentlemen take polaroids. it's an awesome album and you'll love it, i swear. i guess it would fall under obscure because most people haven't heard of them. they broke up over 20 years ago.

another good one (if you can find it in stores) is stimulator: stimulator. they're a great up-and-coming band. i saw them open for another band a couple weeks ago and had the opportunity to meet the band. they're awesome.
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- Bjork - 'Homogenic' or 'Greatest Hits'
Such a unique voice and style, such great music. Everyone needs to have some Bjork in their collection. The greatest hits is an extremely good place to start, but if you dont like compilations 'Homogenic' is probably my favorite album at the moment.
the head when I first heard it, amazing.
Seeing Bjork at Red Rocks was one of my all-time favorite shows. I can still get chills remembering "Bachelorette" with those powerful drums, strings, and bursts of flames onstage...it was astonishing. And me, cold and wet, and totally in awe in the 5th row. I went with no expectations and had my puny little mind blown to smithereens.

I think I love Homogenic and Post equally. Can't go wrong with either one.
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Old 08-05-2005, 03:19 AM   #50
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The Cure - Disintegration as u2popmofo said.
It is a great album, even if you don't like The Cure
Plainsong is one of the best opening song for an album.

Chage&Aska - Very Best Roll Over 20th
A Japanese band. I think they are now more of a cash cow.
Their earlier music was fantastic though.
I think they are the first Asian artist featured in MTV Unplugged in New York.
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I really don't know what is mainstream and what is "obscure"... so, I just picked 10 albums I enjoy...



Red Sparowes – At The Soundless Dawn
Possibly my favorite album of this year, so far. Repetitive Post-Rock tunes without lyrics, guitars very close to a Stoner Metal sound. An amazing debut from this band. It’s a trip, you can see magic, beautiful places, you can feel something filling your lungs, it’s too much beauty.

Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
Doom Metal, Stoner Metal and (but of course) Post-Rock, another great release of this year. This is darker, even deeper than the Red Sparowes album. Every song is perfect, it has very well defined structures, these guys are great musicians.

Xiu Xiu – La Foret
Why not Fabulous Muscles or A Promise?, they are maybe better, but La Foret it’s more accessible, more melodic or something. Here, Jamie Stewart experiments with new sounds and styles, Muppet Face has the original Xiu Xiu sound, but Clover it’s a creepy but beautiful acoustic tune, Pox it’s more like a Space Rock, and Bog People it’s the climax… a cacophony with beauty and sadness.

Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co.
Some Folk. This band/guy is one of my new discoveries. It’s like Progressive Folk (if you like Sufjan Stevens, you may like Songs: Ohia). Has a Country vibe (because a recurrent pedal steel), but it’s more complex than that. Hold On Magnolia it’s a beautiful song.

Iron and Wine – Woman King EP
Possibly his best work, and it’s just an EP. I will always love his lyrics, he has an unique sensibility. Acoustic, intimate, warm Folk. I’m a big fan of this guy, so, what can I say?

Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing In The Hands
Ok, this is the last Folk album on this list. I like Devendra because his humor, that makes his tunes more playful, but still has the original feeling of Folk music. Nino Rojo, released the same year it’s also great, but this album has Fall, my favorite song by him.

Patrick Wolf – Lycanthropy
This kid (It's a kid! he's so young) sounds to me like Xiu Xiu but coherent, or something like that, it’s more melodic music, but synthesizers approximate him to Xiu Xiu. This is his debut, Wind In the Wires (released this year) it’s also good, but here you can listen his freshness, that catch you completely. A Boy Like Me is a perfect pop tune with ironic lyrics.

Deftones – White Pony
Someone called them sometime the Radiohead of Metal, I’m not sure of that. Yes, they experiment a lot in their area (Metal), just like Radiohead, but… I don’t like comparisons. Their first two albums are good, but you can’t find anything new in them, just powerful, brutal Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Whatever, here are more variety. Passenger reminds to Tool, Back To School is basically Defones making their Nu Metal music, Change (In The House of Flies) is awesome, slow and melancholic... and so on. Yes, it’s Nu Metal, but it’s good Nu Metal.

Jim O’Rourke – Insignificance
Maybe you know this guy because Sonic Youth, but his solo stuff worth a listen. Here there are Pop/Rock tunes with interesting structures, songs are like sonic implosions. Knocked down music and reconstructed again. And the lyrics are awesome (and funny sometimes).

Café Tacuba – Cuatro Caminos
Rock en Espanol. Café Tacuba is the best Mexican band and best band in Spanish (ever). In this album you can find some funny, dancey tunes like Eo (El Sonidero), with Latin rhythm, but also songs like Encantamiento Inutil, a beautiful, tender tune. They have everything.
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Passenger reminds to Tool,
that's because it features maynard.

i hate the deftones in general but i totally this song!
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I really don't know what is mainstream and what is "obscure"... so, I just picked 10 albums I enjoy...

wow, great list JintheB!!

looks like i have some investigating to do! i'll definitely check into red sparowes.
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thanks

I express myself better in Spanish, but... anyway
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That Deftones album is so good.
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