How about a little off-topic discussion? I’m looking for some interesting music, so in an effort to cull some ideas, how about we post what’s been in heavy rotation recently? I’ll start:
Curse Your Branches, David Bazan
My Maudlin Career, Camera Obscura
Everything All the Time, Band of Horses
Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem
In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a sucker for good indie pop.
Black Monk Time, the Monks
First Daze Here, Pentagram
Scrabbling at the Lock, The Ex
Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy
Clandestino, Manu Chao
Aladdin Sane, David Bowie
and as always, lots and lots of Minutemen and Woody Guthrie
Haven’t rotated much in recently.
Aether Shanties: Abney Park
Greatest Hits: Fatboy Slim
Demon Days: Gorillaz
The Legend of Johnny Cash: (guess who?)
Some glam compilation picked up at Starbucks
Good Times, Bad Times: Godsmack
plus a few fave individual tracks from Moby, Linkin Park, Social D, Charlie Daniels
Here is my list of bands from today so far
Pearls and brass(from PA)
Hound dog taylor
For something a little heavy, recommend anything by The Black Angels, esp “The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven”.
Bouncy pop, Mint Royale – “Show me”
Excellent soul, Raphael Saddiq – “100 yard dash”
+1 on the LCD Soundsystem, too.
Here’s my feb/march playlist:
West Coast, Junk Culture
Flotilla EP, Flotilla
Black Noise, Pantha Du Prince
Heartland, Owen Pallett
Plastic Beach, Gorillaz
The Golden Archipelago, Shearwater
Measure, Field Music
One Life Stand, Hot Chip
Heligoland, Massive Attack
Psychic Hearts, Thurston Moore
Mars Audiac Quinet, Stereolab
lol… classic rock!
oh, and I still throw on the new Midlake album, “The Courage of Others” fairly often.
There’s lots of sets from defunct Pgh clubs like the Electric Banana, The Decade, etc. in my earlier link.
lol… classic rock!
was that directed at my thin lizzy post?
dude, they rule…
Check out “Six feet under”. They do a metal cover of jailbreak.
return of the rentals – the rentals
downward is heavenward – hum
random old school b-sides – radiohead
a bunch of random songs by a buffalo-area band called the gifted children
blondertongueaudiobaton – swirlies
yank crime – drive like jehu
bizarre ride ii the pharcyde – pharcyde
all balls don’t bounce – aceyalone
washing machine – sonic youth
hmm. my taste is a bit old, huh?
+1 for curse your branches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPtONN2BiPo
the weakerthans – live at the burton cummings theatre (released 2010-03-23)
Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam was awesome, although I can’t get behind MPP like everyone else.
I’ve been doing a lot of lo-fi Youtube music.
I really liked the Band of Horses soundtrack to the Danny MacaSkill vid:
The music in this is cool. Even pole dancing can be made into art. If this woman and Danny MacAskill ever had kids? The rest of could just surrender now. (note “butterfly ribs” at 2:10)
I’ve been net surfing up my knowledge of music.
One example is that when the DC Trip a bunch of bands I didn’t know (Mogwai, Melvins, Sage Francis), I could check them out. Heard about the Melvins for decades, now.
Learning the history of early jazz (jazz rocked in 1927. Really.), ragtime, and blues, by reading Wiki and catching the tunes mentioned on Youtube.
Jelly Roll Morton claims to have invented jazz music. Who’s to argue?
Blues: Son House, because someone had to teach Robert Johnson.
Rock: Nirvana’s here for the dancing guy. I bet he rides.
I guess I’m a geezer now, cause I’m getting to be a sucker for gorgeous tunes. Here’s three for the sweet side.
Hello Saferide: I can’t believe I’m posting something called “Twee pop” here.
Cure: Someone has to wear black and break hearts.
To us geezer boomers, “Beck” means this guy. Tal looks like she’s cutting 9th grade algebra to play surf-punk, but she plays like Charles Mingus.
These are the tunes/vids I’ve sent people recently.
Houndog Taylor ROCKS.
He’s why I have chairs in my living room
Indie rules! 4 CDs I recently downloaded:
I’m a Sirius XMU Listener – great indie station, great DJs, listen online, not just your car.
Yo bjanaszek, I saw Metric at Mr. Smalls sold out show – awesome! Proud owner of a Metric hoody.
For online listening free, try radioio.com – select the indie station – nice.
If you like MGMT, they have posted their entire CD online. Stream it at whoismgmt.com It’s worth a listen.
was that directed at my thin lizzy post?
no, no. my weak list looks like i haven’t bought a record since 1995…
Sugarcubes, Stick Around for Joy
Polvo, Exploded Drawing
I highly recommend last.fm. It’s like Pandora radio, but British and better. It’s much more user-generated than Pandora, so the range of music is way more insane. I’ve been rocking out to some radio station tags… bhangra, aniceto molina (columbian-via-mexico cumbia awesomeness), afrobeat radio, and the slits radio is really good.
As far as bands.. pixies (“doolittle” and “bossanova” in particular, fever ray (solo project from the lady from the knife. if you like metric you may like both the knife and fever ray), gang gang dance (half melodic/half freak-out indie/electro/world), prince’s “purple rain,” heart’s “dreamboat annie,” dark dark dark, and manu chao. I cannot recommend manu chao enough to everyone in the world.
St. Vincent: Actor
Aloha: Home Acres
Hieroglyphics: Third Eye Vision
Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3
Talk Talk: Laughing Stock
I’d really like to hear those new Beach House and Yeasayer records.
Sloaps, I love Polvo. I got to see them live a year and a half ago in Seattle and it was amazing. I only wish they had played more songs from Today’s Active Lifestyles.
I’m also addicted to this Liars video. Good song. Better video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1813626064?bctid=66845385001
Whoa. Polvo is still around? I was listening to them in the early 90s Yes, I am that old.
I just discovered Metric via someone’s reviews from SXSW. Me likey.
I should add that thanks to my kids, we rock out to They Might Be Giants. We just saw their kids show at the New Hazlett theater last weekend, and it was awesome. Easily one of the top five shows I’ve seen, perhaps just right behind Pavement during their Wowee Zowee tour.
Mick, the Band of Horses/Danny Macaskill flick is really amazing. I could watch that all day.
Hounddog Taylor = great. My boyfriend LOVES his music.
I’ve had my classical/Pink Martini-like music Pandora station on heavy rotation as I’m working on a long paper with mind-numbingly long citations.
Pink Martini = a musical group from Portland, OR, not an alcoholic beverage.
Oh, and I forgot…I’ve also been listening to a bluegrass-ish station on Pandora.
Mick thank you for that amazing video. I think I might grab my folding chair from my basement and practice my geetar tonight.
as far as jelly roll morton
Awesome! Haven’t listened to Jelly Roll Morton in a while.
+1 for Neko, I’ve seen her a few times and she’s always amazing.
I saw these guys opening for Donora a few weeks ago and thought they were great: http://www.myspace.com/savoiradore
There are a lot of Pittsburgh bands (and bands they pull in from the area) well worth checking out… go do it!
Donora is fun – nice to know you agree Salty.
Blindsider kicks butt
Other Great indie:
The Big Pink
Atlas Sound – yes!
Band of Horses – me too.
Classic, older, but still great Indie:
Midlake – yes, thanks for reminding me.
The Arcade Fire
Sonic Youth, of course
Gotta mention Radiohead
Burst of ego here.
This is me:
I was surprised to find this was still out on the net.
Unfortunately, it requires a download – it won’t play live. I tried. And you might have to mess with the files to get them to play.
The folks I played with have a much higher level of musicianship than I’m used to, but I like to think I rock more – rAndomNoIsE-and-brEakdoWns, but this is way prettier than other things I’ve done. My favorite parts are where I was seriously lost.
People tell me my voice is unique. That’s the nice thing they say.
@Marco82 – Damn. I used to hang with some of those bands, sometimes do a tune or too. I looked for soemthing I was on, but no – I couldn’t even find any shows that I know I was at.
I never felt the vibe of Pittburgh bands back then transferred to recordings well. Tapes and records I had of bands I loved were only marginally listenable.
Is that your site Marco? Were you part of Repunk? (that folder is empty) I was the guy who rode to South Park with a Telecaster strapped to may back.
SPAM CONTENT: Anyone interested in a bike busker band please contact me. I’m going to do this.
If a single dude can be “Iron AND Wine,” I can be the Bicycle Busker Band. Some event will happen. I’ll invite you all.
Saw the OK Go concert at Mr. Smalls in November with two local bands, Meeting of Important People, and Donora. Had those bands’ tunes in my head for weeks.
If you want something a little heavier, I saw Nightwish in Allentown (as in, the eastern part of the state).
I’ll confess to not even having heard of 95% of the bands people mentioned above. I haven’t bought a record since about 1985. I’m more rooted in pre-1935, like at the Internet radio station Radio Dismuke.
will oldham aka bonnie “prince” billy aka palace bros. aka palace music is pretty much the best new artist I have heard
also +1 on that pentagram record erok
I’ve been mostly out of touch with the local scene (young kids will do that to you, I suppose), save for what I’ve seen at MoGlo. Pairdown is good stuff!
@Mick it’s Chris Koenigsberg’s site. He was with Carsickness until their internal strife. I was underage and using my brothers ID to get into the clubs for a lot of this(back in the day drivers licenses didn’t have pictures on them for you young’uns). As I remember it, there used to be a ton of free outdoor stuff happening back then too. Way more than there is today. It was awsome slam dance’n (think mosh-pit) to several bands on flagstaff hill before the movies on Sunday nights. Now all they do is show the movie. Too bad too, because it would give wanna-be’s a place to try their stuff. I’m the type that would rather hear a reall bad live band vs listining to a DJ.
Best show in the day – the Clash in the CMU gym!
No way – Clash in the CMU gym? ’82? I think I was there. Also saw King Crimson with Robert Fripp & Adrian Belew, same place, and Mission of Burma in Skibo Hall ballroom. Mission of Burma still kicking ass.
@Marko82. We’ve likely been at the same shows. Maybe slammed into each other on Flagstff or the Banana.
It’s a a damned shame that they don’t use the natural amphitheater of Flagstaff for more music.
I know of no other place outdoors, anywhere – in the world – that is as good for having a band with an audience into the thousands.
It’s way better than Star Lake. Station square is execreble.
Flagstaff is better than any of the bigger venues (Palumbo, Mellon Area, etc), and almost as good as a well-designed, well-built 3,000 seat auditorium like Heinz. (Nothing beats the Carnegie though. An OK band at the Carnegie Music Hall is as good as a great band anywhere else.)
The places the City and WYEP and others they use for outdoor concerts suck. Hard.
Muddy, bad-sounding, flatlands with echoey surfaces? Ugh.
Point Park takes pretty picture. I had a grilreind that was really pretty too, but like having concerts at Point Park, totally insane. WHY? Schenley Plaza? Gosh, maybe if we put up a few more large flat concrete surfaces a hundred yards from the stage we could make it worse! (But maybe not.)
With the exception of the north shore which seems OK and small, they are all bad. Not marginal or anything. Bad.
So we pay good tax money for excellent musicians and have truly mediocre shows – when we have the BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD languishing with 4 couples making out on blankets.
You can’t have concerts in the parks anymore because there’s nowhere to hang the corporate logos…
Any prog-heads here? I saw a mention of King Crimson a bit ago, but that’s about it.
King Crimson. Album: depends on what you’re looking for.
In The Court of the Crimson King – classic bebop-progrock-alongside-dramatic-mellotron-passages.
Red – Like above, but harder/heavier and less mellotron.
Starless and Bible Black – Schizophrenic mix of heavy prog and far-out, abstract softer tracks
USA – amazing live album (and I don’t even like live albums) that samples a bit of all of the above
Yes – Close to the Edge
Soft Machine – “Second” if you want what the band’s frontman would call ‘pop’ but is a far cry therefrom, “Third” if you want lengthy jazz odysseys
Can – Tago Mago
I could list prog bands all day, so I’ll keep it short and to the better-known ones.
It just occurred to me while thinking about all this good music, that I hope no-one is listening to the music, with ear-buds, while riding. ?
lately I’m all about
The Black Keys
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Angels and Airwaves
and or course the regulars
The Gaslight Anthem
And I’ll always have a soft spot for Coheed and Cambria
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