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Old 08-02-2005, 10:05 PM   #21
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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!
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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!
Likewise, I also considered recommending MIA, Hope of the States, Interpol, and Death Cab. Glad some others did.

I agree, this was a fun "exercise" if you can call it that. HG can confirm this, it took me over an hour to type up my list..... Fun to read other people's lists and get some other recommendations and insight into albums/bands you dont know of!
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Instead of reccomending 5/5 - I will do 4/4 because I feel so strongly about the three albums per catagory I have selected. I have selected mostly compo's for the mainstream - and hidden gems for the obscure.

1. Midnight Oil - 20,000 Watt R.S.L

This compilation is awesome. Very up-tempo, guitar driven rock - with unique vocal work Peter Garrett. Definatly the best rock group to come out of Australia. Their catalogue is sooooooo much deeper than Beds Are Burning I promise you.

2. Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of... - Crowded House (Best Complitation Ever)

I worship this album. This album is the greatest collection of songwriting ever put on CD. Neil Finn is the worlds most under rated singer/songwriter & the Crowdies are the most underrated band of all time. See the samples I have posted in the Crowded House thread no the last 2 pages.

3. Pacifier - Pacifier

This 2002 release is IMO the pinacle of popular rock post 1993-4. The album does die slightly towards the end - but the opening 9 or so tracks more than make up for it. Thougtful lyrics being driven by what is generally regarded the best live act in the southern hemisphere.

4. Hunters & Collectors - Living In Large Rooms & Living Rooms

One of my favourite live compilations ever. This is Australia's answer to Crowded House. It's an okay attempt. Holy Grail is wicked. Throw Your Arms Around Me is one of the top 10 songs ever written.


1. Split Enz - Second Thoughts (Mental Notes in Northen Hemisphere)

Produced in 1974 by Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music. Trying to play anything of this album is difficult because of the artistic nature everything is bizzarely tuned and has about 7 different time signature changes. It still blows my mind every time I listen.

2. Crowded House - Together Alone (Best Album Ever)

I know I said them before. This is a completely unpoppy record. Full of atmospherics - produced by Youth (Killing Joke) it is an absolutely breath taking record. If I reccommend anything this is it. It is my favourite album of all time.

3. Neil Finn - One Nil (One All in America)

Wicked. Thoughtful, exploritory, experimental yet still secretly melodic. This album is droolworthy.

4. Shihad - The General Electric

4 Hardcore rockers trying to be experimental... they succeed. The songs Pacifier, The General Electric & The Brightest Star. They are slightly Museish... but a helluva a lot better.

Hopefully I have helped
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Copeland - Beneath Medicine Tree

Incredibly emotional album, amazing lyrics, outstanding vocals. It was written after the guys grandmother and girlfriend had just died, and all the emotion pours through, but it still is hopefull and uplifting at times.

Death Cab for Cutie - The Photo Album

This has most of my favorite songs from DCFC on it, from Blacking Out The Friction to Styrofoam Plates to Movie Script Ending. A collection of fantastic indie rock.

Sleeping At Last - Ghosts

If your a fan of U2, you'll probably like this. I know the guys personally and they're huge U2 fans and the influence is obvious, they're music is very atmospheric and has anthem like choruses.

Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

A breakthrough CD for the indie pop world. Beautiful lush atmospheres. Sonically one of my all time favorites. Don't judge Jimmy based on their recent "pop songs", this cd is amazing!

Sufjan Stevens - Illinios

It's been mentioned before on this thread, but I can't stop talking about this CD. It'll probably be near the top of my list of favorite albums for a long time.

Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary

Want some intense, early 90's, cutting edge, indie rock. I'd start here, they influenced so many bands.

The Good Life - Black Out

This is some really experimental, indie stuff coming out of Omaha from the singer of Cursive. Lots of electronica going on and its really bleak at times, but its a very rewarding listen. Give it a try!
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glad to ssee some of the ones i was going to recommend are already listed saves me time

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springstee
for those who haven't heard it or disregard it because they're not a springsteen fan i really do recommend you give this album a listen...don;t expect to like it right away give it a chance and it might just grow on you. Lyrics are very very good..in style of storytelling, very working class perspective, stories about hope, loss, love, streets and the people who navigate through them. Great variety of fast energy songs and also slow, darker ones. one of my faves. wonderful blend of guitars, powerful drums, cool saxaphone, piano, organs and more guitar


I'm wide awake it's morning by Bright Eyes
came out at the beginning of this year and definitely one of my all time favorites. A folk/alternative/indie album by Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst who is constantly compared to Bob dylan due to his eloquent, flwoing words. But he's no dylan jr. he has definitely crafted his own unique bittersweet writing style.


Deloused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta
i didnt know what to think of this album at first, i had been an At The Drive-In fan so when I heard a sound that was completely different I was dumbfounded. sure enough this album slithered through my pores to where i couldnt get enough of it. very very different from other music, i've heard it described as "led zeppelin meets rush meets santana"..but even that doesnt cut it.


Five leaves left by Nick Drake
I think drake only made around 3 albums [this one i think came out 1967] before he tragically commited suicide, but regardless in my opinion is one very good record. beautiful, mornful lyrics and nice music to accompany it. to me it's like a blend of iron&wine, elliot smith & norah jones.

The queen is dead by the Smiths
oen of my all time favorite artists, wonderfully written cynical & mournful songs by none other by the mopey Morrissey but still nicely filled with driving simply guitar melodies and a sweet, crooning voice. one of the best bands of the 80s.

Marquee Moon by Television
a big influence on U2, very noticeable in Boy..especially The edge's guitar playing.
very cool punk album.

Proxima Estacion by Manu Chao
though most of his songs are in spanish there are also songs in english and french....im not a reggae fan but this is as close as i get to it. in my opinion one of the coolest 'world' music out there, great simple driven melodies, great voice & atmosphere. for anyone willing to expand their music library this is a good place to start.

Blood on the tracks by bob dylan
my fave dylan album, full of those wonderful long, elaborative lyrics..wonderful stuff here, for anyone who hasnt given folk music a try this is a good place to start.

a bit of electronic/hip hop w/o the lyrics kinda music

Entroducing by DJ Shadowjust give it a try
Deadringer by rjd2 listen to this, good beats
Play by Moby one of my fave albums ever



more obvious recommendations but im lazy
kid a - radiohead
joy division- closer
elvis costello - king of america
kind of blue - miles davis
exile on main st- rolling stones
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wow i reread the first paragraph and i must apologize for the horrible grammar/typos etc...
i swear it's this laptop's keyboard it's much tooo smooth and the letters aren't raised so it's like one big buttong and also I'm too lazy to search through my post and edit
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Rammstein
Herzeleid :: Sehnsucht :: Mutter :: Reise, Reise

Queens Of The Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf + Lullabies To Paralyze

Morrissey
Southpaw Grammar [] You Are the Quarry

T.Rex
Electric Warrior () The Slider
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Mainstream Classics:
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
The greatest album ever, by a mile. If anyone doesn't get it, read Jack Kerouac's On The Road and then listen. Best tracks are Like A Rolling Stone, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, and Ballad Of A Thin Man. Wonderful music.

Led Zeppelin - IV
Just because, no matter who tells you it's cliched and old, it's still magnificent, if only for the drum at the start of When The Levee Breaks or the guitar on Black Dog and Rock n Roll.

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
I'm not a Stones fan really at all, but this album is just pure class. To start with the riff from Brown Sugar and end with a song as weird but wonderful as Moonlight Mile is just excellent. Plus Wild Horses and Dead Flowers along the way. Touch of class.

The Band - The Band
I'd forgotten how much I liked this until I listened to it again the other day, but if you say you like a touch of country, then pick this up. It's their second album and though people say Music From Big Pink was more influential, I prefer this one. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, King Harvest, and Rocking Chair are classics.

The Strokes - Is This It
Why the hell not buy it? Great album. It was a toss up between this and Arcade Fire for the more recent classic recommendation, but since someone else recommended Arcade Fire, I'll go with this. Yes, it's derivative, yes some people think it's very samey throughout, but who cares. It's a great album full of tunes and, at only 36-odd minutes, not a burden in any way. Stand-outs are The Modern Age, Someday, and Hard To Explain.


Left-of-Centre Rcommendations:
Richmond Fontaine - The Fitzgerald
By far and away my favourite album of the last few years, and one of my favourites in my entire collection. Released on their own label, and based around a fictional American town about which they've written 11 songs of pure genius. The words are wonderful, particularly The Janitor, Making It Back, and Welhorn Yards. Paints a story in a song. Sounds a bit like Springsteen's Nebraska just because it's quiet, but is definitely superior.

Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate - The Heart of The Moon
The latest album in which Toure and Diabate collaborate. Toure's a legendary Malian guitar player while Diabate plays the kora, a kind of harp-like instrument that sounds absolutely beautiful. There's twelve tracks on this, all recorded in one take in a mobile studio on the banks of the river Niger in Bamako, Mali... well you can see where I'm going with this. Absolutely brilliant and leads me to...

Tinariwen - Amassakoul
Another great Malian album by a band of former guerrilla-fighting nomads with electric guitars, amazing percussion, great vocals, and some really cool approaches. Again the atmosphere is amazing, and the percussion just keeps the songs driving along. The stand-outs on this one are definitely Amassakoul n Tenere, Amidinin and Chet Boghassa (which has one of the best basslines I've ever heard).

Lambchop - AwCmon/NoYouCmon
Double album from Lambchop last year (or two albums depending on what you read) that's full of great tunes and great song-titles. Steve McQueen, Something's Going On, and Four Pounds In Two Days are my stand-outs on this. It's got a very unusual sound and the vocals are either like em or not, but it's definitely worth at least one listen. Sounds like chilled-out country topped with a string-quartet and played by whatever number of members there is in the band (13 I think). Very cool.


And a compilation to top it off:
Meridian 1970
Compiled by British music journalist Jon Savage, this is a collection of non-hits from bad albums or by relatively unknown bands from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Has some great tracks on here from The Doobie Brothers (Nobody), The Move (Message From The Country) and Loudon Wainwright III (Black Uncle Remus). Some great stuff that I'd never have heard elsewhere, including, amazingly, an excellent version of Man Of Constant Sorrow by Rod Stewart!

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Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate - The Heart of The Moon
The latest album in which Toure and Diabate collaborate. Toure's a legendary Malian guitar player while Diabate plays the kora, a kind of harp-like instrument that sounds absolutely beautiful. There's twelve tracks on this, all recorded in one take in a mobile studio on the banks of the river Niger in Bamako, Mali... well you can see where I'm going with this. Absolutely brilliant and leads me to...


one of my favorite albums ever. Good selection. I have all your mainstream albums, but I will check out a few of the "left" of center albums.

Keep em coming....
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4. Federico Aubele - Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
An Argentinian guitarist whose music is produced by some of the top players in the electronic scene, D.C.-based Thievery Corporation. Gorgeous Spanish lyrics sung over a tapestry of guitar and tight beats. You can't beat it for something new to listen to.
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Good selection. I have all your mainstream albums, but I will check out a few of the "left" of center albums.

Keep em coming....

Pfft!!!! Thanks for completely blowing off all of the rest of our lists, Dr. Jerkenstein!!!!

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I just bought something yesterday that's been on my wish list for years:

Urban Hymns by The Verve

I love it so much already I can hardly stand it.
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good recomendations so far

I'm too lazy to do a list
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After briefly reading over this thread I think that my list is going to stand out a little from the rest. I’m not going to bother to break things up into unknowns or knowns because different people are exposed to different music. Also, please excuse my capital letters, I am typing this in MS and the red lines annoy me. Trust me, I do in fact hate capital letters.

In no particular order:

Stone Temple Pilots – Purple
alt.rock
An absolute classic of the 90s hard rock scene. I don’t care what you think about Velvet Revolver, because this album is the best thing Scott Weiland ever did. (His solo album is quite interesting though.)
Highlights include: Vasoline, Interstate Love Song, and Big Empty

Ours – Distorted Lullabies
goth.alt.rock
Gnecco’s voice is a perverted combination of Jeff Buckley, Marilyn Manson, Bono, and Thom Yorke. Dark and mysterious rock’n’roll.
Highlights include: Fallen Souls, Sometimes, and Here Is The Light

Jeff Buckley – Grace
alt.rock
Wow. Just wow. It’s too bad that Jeff died so young.
Highlights include: Last Goodbye, Grace, and Hallelujah

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
alt.rock
Don’t laugh. It’s a great album. Manson takes a left turn after Antichrist Superstar and turns out a very unique album.
Highlights include: Great Big White World, The Speed of Pain, and Coma White

Tool – Aenima
alt.metal
A masterpiece of alternative rock, pure and simple. MJK is one of the best vocalists and most intriguing lyricists around.
Highlights include: 46 and 2, Eulogy, and Aenema

Guster – Keep It Together
alt.pop
What pop rock ought to be. The band adds a member, expands its instrumentation, and delivers. Look for their new album in the spring of 2006.
Highlights include: Diane, Come Downstairs And Say Hello, and I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today

Jimmy Eat World – Futures
alt.rock.emo haha
I hated Bleed American but JEW totally won me over with this album. Great songs and great production. One of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time.
Highlights include: Kill, Polaris, and 23

Peter Gabriel – So
alt.pop.elec
I don’t really know what to say about this one. A total classic from the 80s. Everyone should own this album.
Highlights include: Red Rain, That Voice Again, In Your Eyes

Third Eye Blind – Out Of The Vein
alt.rock
You probably remember them for such hits as Semi-Charmed Life and Deep Inside Of You, but the band’s most recent effort is by far its best to date. Catchy alternative rock never sounded so good.
Highlights include: Faster, Danger, and My Hit And Run

Toad The Wet Sprocket – Dulcinea
alt.rock
Ah Toad, a fond memory of the early 90s. Dulcinea is their best effort in my opinion and is a wonderful addition to any music library.
Highlights include: Fly From Heaven, Windmills, and Stupid

I’m having second thoughts about a lot of what I included in this list so I’m going to hurry up and post this before I start arguing with myself. I may not be an indie-hipster but there are some good albums on this list that I don’t think anyone has mentioned.
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nice.

i hadn't thought about toad in years, until you brought it up in the other thread. i actually bought 'dulcinea' when it first came out. i believe 'windmills' was the song i liked on it as well. i hate to say, i have no idea where that cd ended up.

nice to see you included interstate love song, peter gabriel's 'so' , and you know i'm a sucker for 'futures'.

and i'm still working on hearing guster, i swear!
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nice.

i hadn't thought about toad in years, until you brought it up in the other thread. i actually bought 'dulcinea' when it first came out. i believe 'windmills' was the song i liked on it as well. i hate to say, i have no idea where that cd ended up.

nice to see you included interstate love song, peter gabriel's 'so' , and you know i'm a sucker for 'futures'.

and i'm still working on hearing guster, i swear!
i'm glad i earned a thumbs up from you, my love. i think my list is a little more mainstream than the others here. i purposely left out the classics as well (beatles, stones, zep).

you would be doing yourself a favor to go dig up dulcinea. what a great album! i love glen phillips.
also liz, i really think you would like Ours. i don't know why but it's something i can picture you enjoying. check out a song or two if you can - realize, sometimes, here is the light, and leaves are all good introductions. they're a band i just got into again recently after letting their 2 albums collect dust on the shelves. i love when that happens.

the list was pretty hard to do. here is a little addendum (did i spell that right?):

pearl jam - yield
r.e.m. - monster
superdrag - last call for vitriol
eminem - the eminem show
nine inch nails - the fragile
a perfect circle - 13th step
red hot chili peppers - blood sugar sex magik

lol, it's hard to stop!

i'm off to go listen to the sigur ros leak.
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hmmm, you're not the first person to recommend ours to me. i'll put them on my list as well.

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