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brian j
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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

Fantasies, Metric

Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem

In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a sucker for good indie pop.


erok
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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


reddan
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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


Willie
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Here is my list of bands from today so far

Pearls and brass(from PA)

kimono draggin’

Into another

Hound dog taylor

minor threat

The melvins


edmonds59
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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.


dmtroyer
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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


sloaps
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Psychic Hearts, Thurston Moore

Conumber, Squarepusher

Maxinquaye, Tricky

Mars Audiac Quinet, Stereolab

lol… classic rock!


Marko82
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dmtroyer
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oh, and I still throw on the new Midlake album, “The Courage of Others” fairly often.


edmonds59
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Midlake, yeah, just started hearing that!


Marko82
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There’s lots of sets from defunct Pgh clubs like the Electric Banana, The Decade, etc. in my earlier link.


erok
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lol… classic rock!

was that directed at my thin lizzy post?

dude, they rule…


Willie
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Check out “Six feet under”. They do a metal cover of jailbreak.


HiddenVariable
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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?


asobi
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+1 for curse your branches. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPtONN2BiPo

the weakerthans – live at the burton cummings theatre (released 2010-03-23)

http://www.kingsroadmerch.com/the-weakerthans/view/?id=1257&cid=85

Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam was awesome, although I can’t get behind MPP like everyone else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TswM9XcGd7g


Mick
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I’ve been doing a lot of lo-fi Youtube music.

I really liked the Band of Horses soundtrack to the Danny MacaSkill vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

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?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n20U8hWHSE

Blues: Son House, because someone had to teach Robert Johnson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jN5vqEyV7g&feature=related

Rock: Nirvana’s here for the dancing guy. I bet he rides.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKI8d2ZeCOQ&feature=PlayList&p=173196A2BBFBF1A5&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=57

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEqHN4nyJc4

Cure: Someone has to wear black and break hearts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbFD0xQtjS4

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIFFRHBCPzA

These are the tunes/vids I’ve sent people recently.


Mick
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@ willie

Houndog Taylor ROCKS.

He’s why I have chairs in my living room

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX9UG8rqRRQ


Team Decaf Weekend
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Indie rules! 4 CDs I recently downloaded:

Beach House

Broken Bells

JJ (chill!)

Yeasayer

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.


sloaps
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was that directed at my thin lizzy post?

no, no. my weak list looks like i haven’t bought a record since 1995…

I’ll add

Sugarcubes, Stick Around for Joy

Polvo, Exploded Drawing


rachel_ding
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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.


scott
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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


brian j
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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.


greenbike
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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.


Willie
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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0fmkSA80o


greenbike
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Awesome! Haven’t listened to Jelly Roll Morton in a while.


asobi
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since no one’s brought her up…maybe the best live act I’ve ever seen was Neko Case.

http://www.last.fm/music/Neko+Case/_/Knock+Loud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DucDgbLPYUI


salty
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+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!


Team Decaf Weekend
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Local Bands:

Donora is fun – nice to know you agree Salty.

Blindsider kicks butt

Other Great indie:

Fleet Foxes

The Big Pink

Surfer Blood

Besnard Lakes

Best Coast

Arctic Monkeys

Atlas Sound – yes!

Band of Horses – me too.

Classic, older, but still great Indie:

Sigur Ros

Midlake – yes, thanks for reminding me.

Interpol

The Arcade Fire

Sonic Youth, of course

Gotta mention Radiohead


Mick
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Burst of ego here.

This is me:

http://web.mac.com/john_caldwell/MRS/Rehearsals/Michael-Eve-JCC/Michael_Young_Rehearsal-20090203.zip

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.


StuInMcCandless
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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.


spakbros
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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


brian j
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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!


dmtroyer
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beach house is playing at Diesel southside on june 16


Marko82
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@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!


edmonds59
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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.


Mick
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@Marko82. We’ve likely been at the same shows. Maybe slammed into each other on Flagstff or the Banana.

RANT:

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.

Mick


Marko82
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You can’t have concerts in the parks anymore because there’s nowhere to hang the corporate logos…


alnilam
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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.


edmonds59
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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. ?


Erica
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lately I’m all about

The Black Keys

The Racounteurs

Portugal.The Man

Beck

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Selah Sue

Chiddy Bang

Angels and Airwaves

and or course the regulars

The Beatles

Rush

Radiohead

Vampire Weekend

Sufjan Stevens

The Gaslight Anthem

Los Campesinos!

And I’ll always have a soft spot for Coheed and Cambria

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