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fluxrad 12-29-2005 02:35 AM

Recommend me some music.
I was feeling pretty out of the loop musically, so I downloaded the last edition of NPR's "All Songs Considered" a few days ago and went throught the two-hour podcast pretty quick. They mentioned a few albums I had, noteably Beck's Guero, and a few albums that I simply can't get into - I'm looking at you, Jack White. But otherwise, most of the stuff I'd heard just didn't interest me that much aside from Sufjan Stevens' Illinoise. Otherwise, the last few things I stole from the RIAA or otherwise obtained include some stuff from The Shins, Stephen Malkmus' Face The Truth, Ben Folds, and a great first effort by Ray Lamontagne.

The only other real standout that I'm going to have to pick up, sound-unseen as it were, is the newly discovered Carnegie sessions from Coltrane and Monk.

So help me out, people! I'm a fan of indie rock, techno, and just about anything good except hip-hop and country. What else came out this past year that I'm completely missing out on.

ccrazy88 12-29-2005 02:41 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
I just went through whatever I had from 2005, here are my favorites (forgive me for any duplicates from your own collection):

Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Archer Prewitt - Wilderness
Brendan Benson - The Alternative To Love
British Sea Power - Open Season
Devin Davis - Lonely People Of The World, Unite!
Doves - Some Cities
Fruit Bats - Spelled In Bones
Hal - Hal
Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt
Matt Pond PA - Several Arrows Later
Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
My Morning Jacket - Z
Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
Son Volt - Okemah And The Melody Of Riot
Soulwax - Any Minute Now
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
The Decemberists - Picaresque
The Lucksmiths - Warmer Corners
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
The National - Alligator
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Orange Peels - Circling The Sun
Turin Brakes - JackInABox
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Youth Group - Skeleton Jar

fluxrad 12-29-2005 03:14 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
Ah...The Decemberists was one I forgot about. I think I'm going to have to pick that one up tomorrow. They've got this sort of less polished Harvey Danger sound going on.

kenberman 12-29-2005 03:18 AM

Re: Recommend me some music. stole my thread and even my title

uw_madtown 12-29-2005 07:11 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
Copy and pasted from my AIM profile:

favorite... not necessarily "best"

1. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
2. Kanye West - Late Registration
3. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
4. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
5. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
6. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
7. Nada Surf - The Weight is a Gift
8. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
9. The National - Alligator
10. Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
11. Broken Social Scene (self-titled)
12. Dangerdoom - The Mouse and the Mask
13. Sigur Ros - Takk
14. Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
15. Fatlip - The Loneliest Punk
16. Black Mountain (self-titled)
17. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
18. LCD Soundsystem (self-titled)
19. System of a Down - Hypnotize/Mesmerize
20. Oranger - New Comes and Goes
21. Edan - Beauty and the Beat
22. Annie - Anniemal
23. Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyse
24. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
25. British Sea Power - Open Season

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Bird, Isolee, Animal Collective, Deerhoof, Fiona Apple, Common, Sleater-Kinney, and many others

kbfc 12-29-2005 08:08 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
Malkmus - Face the Truth is right up there with Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse of Reason as "most apt album title of alltime." That record sounds like SM smoked about 15 bowls, then jerked off all over the tape deck. He lost it somewhere in the middle of Pig Lib, and it doesn't look like he's ever going to find it again. Such a shame, since Pavement (the SM songs, not the spiral crap) is probably one of the best 4 or 5 rock bands ever.

Anyway, music sucked this year. Some things that didn't suck:
Spoon - Gimme Fiction. not quite as good as the 10.0 Kill the Moonlight, but still pretty damn incredible.
Doves - Some Cities. give it a few listens....this record is all over the place, so it takes a little while to settle in, but once it does, it's a real treat.

One that hasn't been mentioned yet...
Giant Drag - Hearts and Unicorns. Like the Breeders with a touch of My Bloody Valentine, and a lot of snark. They're better live, and their best track isn't on this album, but the record is still pretty damn good.

siccjay 12-29-2005 08:44 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
Immortal Technique

soko 12-29-2005 10:19 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
The Killers - Hot Fuss

It's not even close, best new rock album of the year

SL__72 12-29-2005 11:52 AM

Re: Recommend me some music.
Some that I didn't see listed above:

Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (self-titled)

Worth mentioning again:
My Morning Jacket - Z
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Bright Eyes - they are all pretty good
The National - Alligator

I'm finally getting Sufjan Stevens - Illinois... hopefully I find it to be as good as everyone else seems to think it is.

Georgia Avenue 12-29-2005 12:13 PM

Re: Recommend me some music.
When I was trying to legally fill my wife's new ipod with free junx I came across INSOUND music store. They have hundreds of free and legal downloads of bands even *I* in my infinite wisdom had never encountered. [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
My favorite obscure-ish discoveries from this site:
Call and Response
Dr. Dog
Coco Rosie
John Vanderslice
the Cribs
the Aislers Set
Gene Defcon
Starlight Mints
Appolo Sunshine
Dios Malos
Royal City
Norfolk & Western
Hidden Cameras
Julie Doiron

It also has singles by bands I'd been meaning to check out for a while like National, Of Montreal, Stella*, Beulah, Pinback, etc...

Free is good,

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