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Looks like the old one got lost. If not, I'm an asshole and I apologize.

Anyway, Stars' "Take Me To The Riot" is a real face-melter. When did Canada start producing bands that know how to do a great anthemic rock song?

Also, Rufus Wainwright's cover of "Over The Rainbow," because that flute, holy shit, and "Dickhead" by Kate Nash, because I'm immature and she uses the exact same guitar line from "Change the World," which only adds to the hilarity. I'm sure it won't be funny the next time I hear it, though.
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After reading "The Night Gardener" by George Pelecanos I got some Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson. "Together Forever" by the latter is one of the finest songs Iv'e heard.
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Anyway, Stars' "Take Me To The Riot" is a real face-melter. When did Canada start producing bands that know how to do a great anthemic rock song?
Canada probably does anthemic rock better than we do in the States, at this point. Stars and the Arcade Fire may have some of the most straightforward Romantic (in the old-fashioned sense) songs of the bunch, but the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Broken Social Scene, and the Constantines* have all had some pretty anthemic moments, as well.

If we're to assume big dramatic pop music is something endemic to the country, you could probably trace a line back through Celine Dion and Bryan Adams to Rush, but we might not want to go down that road...

* Since you're a Springsteen fan, you should give these guys a listen, probably starting with Shine a Light. The music is more jagged and harsh than anything E Street would ever try, but the singer has an earthy earnestness that's somewhere between Bruce and Joe Strummer.
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Broken Social Scene's that Canadian indie supergroup, right? One of their songs was on a podcast. I dug.

And I'm basically a sucker for all this anthemic, romantic, sounds like a fourteen year old girl wrote the lyrics shit, as long as it's well-done and there's good phrasing (I love not just the words, but the way the singer says them). Stars definitely feels a little less mature than Arcade Fire, but that didn't stop me from tracking down the rest of their stuff.

There's this only moderately lame podcast I listen to that does all cover songs, because I am a sucker for cover songs. Anyway, they did a Smashing Pumpkins themed one this weekend and played an acoustic cover of "Disarm" by Mara & David. It was really simple and pretty. Much love.
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Broken Social Scene's that Canadian indie supergroup, right? One of their songs was on a podcast. I dug.
Yeah, that's them, although the band's probably outgrown the label of supergroup (if it were ever truly applicable), since it's more popular at this point than any of the artists comprising it, maybe with the exceptions of Feist and the folks from Stars. You Forgot It in People is definitely the album to get by them.

The New Pornographers are kind of in the same boat, with A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar (AKA Destroyer), and Neko Case all having had some success in other bands or as solo performers. Certainly a debatable point, but I find them a much better and more consistent band than BSS, who churned out one amazing album, and a few so-so ones (depending on what you count as BSS releases).
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Go Places and Challengers by the New Pornographers have been getting pretty heavy rotation on my iPod and car CD player lately.

The same goes for Club Thing and Beautiful Lie by Yoav.

Of course, pretty much the entirety of the Once soundtrack has been owning me since I saw the movie, so there is that as well.
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The validity of this came up in chat, but I really like some of the arrangements on the Swell Season of a couple of the Once songs. Falling Slowly is almost identical, but I dig the hell out of the way they do "When Your Mind's Made Up."
post #8 of 1296
(F)lanigan's Ball by the Dropkick Murphy's
post #9 of 1296
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Canada probably does anthemic rock better than we do in the States, at this point. Stars and the Arcade Fire may have some of the most straightforward Romantic (in the old-fashioned sense) songs of the bunch, but the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Broken Social Scene, and the Constantines* have all had some pretty anthemic moments, as well.
It's the winter. Does strange things to us.

Or it could be the influence of early Canadian anthem icons like Rush, Saga and Triumph only, y'know, good this time. Earlier attempts to emulate that anthemic sound produced Aldo Nova and Trooper and I don't think any of us want that happening again.
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Songs that currently own me are:

1) Make It Happy - Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Stupendously awesome use of his band plus the usual Lovett weirdo lyrics.

2) Strong Man Holler - Taj Mahal and Big Bill Morganfield. An original song by Mahal song by himself and the son of Muddy Waters. Big Bill is the real thing when it comes to carrying on the blues traditions set out by his dad.
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Songs that currently own me:

Sunshine Superman - Donovan

"I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind"
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Salute Your Salution-Raconteurs
Lucky Ones-Kevin Drew
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Songs that currently own me:

Sunshine Superman - Donovan

"I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind"
Donovan is so underrated it's ridiculous. Be sure to check out his folkier songs "Young Girl Blues" and "Colours".

Right now underground folk-favorite Redbear has a new song on his Myspace called "My Body that I've been listening to on repeat all morning.
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The validity of this came up in chat, but I really like some of the arrangements on the Swell Season of a couple of the Once songs. Falling Slowly is almost identical, but I dig the hell out of the way they do "When Your Mind's Made Up."
Don't know if I've heard that version, but I'll have to check it out.
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Fake Empire by The National just won't get the fuck out of my head this week. A few others...

I Don't Want to Grow Up by Tom Waits

Ophelia by The Band

Brighter Days by Gov't Mule
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"The Jeep Song" by the Dresden Dolls

I've been going ba-badada-bump-bump-badadada in my head all day.
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"Dirty Diana" from Michael Jackson.

Mostly because there's a bartender at the local watering hole I frequent named Diana who's cuter than a baby koala and the song makes me think of her. It's too bad I'd have more of a chance with a baby koala than with her.
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Songs that currently own me:

Sunshine Superman - Donovan

"I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind"
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Donovan is so underrated it's ridiculous. Be sure to check out his folkier songs "Young Girl Blues" and "Colours".
Right now, I've been listening to "Season of the Witch" from Sunshine Superman like crazy on my iPod (it's the song played at the end of To Die For as Illeana Douglas figure skates over the spot where Nicole Kidman "disappeared").

I'm also revisting an old favorite of mine from about 14 years back, "Glycerine" by Bush. I have the CD, but haven't listened to it in a few years. I recently put the song onto my iPod, and have just been playing it like crazy all over again.
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"Jody" - The Dodos

The band appeared out of nowhere and delivered this tune off of their new album. I love this song. So fucking energetic.
post #20 of 1296
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I just listened to Visiter this week. So very good.
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I Don't Want to Grow Up by Tom Waits
Ahahaha, I was just listening to this the other day. His voice makes it hilarious.
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"God Damned Me" & "Pills I Took" by Those Poor Bastards.
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The Bones of You, Elbow. Must have listened to it 20 times in the last two weeks and without fail these lines give me chills each time:

"Do I have time - A man of my calibre,
Stood in the street like a sleep walking teenager - No.
And I dealt with this years ago,
I took a hammer to every memento.
But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pull through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits: I can work til I brake
But I love the bones of you, that I can never escape."

Sure, its the delivery, but man that's some good writing.
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"Many Shades of Black" - The Raconteurs
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Donovan is so underrated it's ridiculous. Be sure to check out his folkier songs "Young Girl Blues" and "Colours".
Oh man, that's so true it's not even money right now.

Check out "Sunny Goodge Street" from Fairy Tale. It's subtly catchy and that lush accompaniment is just icing on the cake.
post #26 of 1296
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Pretty much anything off the Pipettes' We Are The Pipettes, but mostly "Because It's Not Love (But It's Still A Feeling)". I'm crushing big time.
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Pretty much anything off the Pipettes' We Are The Pipettes, but mostly "Because It's Not Love (But It's Still A Feeling)". I'm crushing big time.
"I Love You" is 96 seconds of perfection.

edit: Rath, it's not on the album, but you should def check out "I Like a Boy in Uniform (School Uniform)" if you haven't heard it.
edit 2: YouTube link (with stupid anime vid)
post #28 of 1296
Saul Williams is gaining in popularity as the song List of Demands has creeped into the sports world a la the new GATORADE Commerical. I've since heard it at many of NHL broadcasts. Its an old song, but its gained new life.
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Saul Williams is gaining in popularity as the song List of Demands has creeped into the sports world a la the new GATORADE Commerical. I've since heard it at many of NHL broadcasts. Its an old song, but its gained new life.
I thought it was a Nike commercial I heard it on, but it doesn't really matter - what strikes me the most about the song being in a sports-oriented commercial is that it's kind of an edgy song, at least in the realm of songs in commercials.

Cool video though.

*Edit: I guess this is the thread where everybody posts really cool songs and post a reply commenting on each one. Sorry for being that guy.
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Right now, I've been listening to "Season of the Witch" from Sunshine Superman like crazy on my iPod (it's the song played at the end of To Die For as Illeana Douglas figure skates over the spot where Nicole Kidman "disappeared").

I'm also revisting an old favorite of mine from about 14 years back, "Glycerine" by Bush. I have the CD, but haven't listened to it in a few years. I recently put the song onto my iPod, and have just been playing it like crazy all over again.
Oh, Season of the Witch, my friends and I were playing that constantly for awhile. At this point I'm pretty sure I need to buy a Donovan box set or something. At first I'd only heard Hurdy Gurdy Man and Atlantis, and I was like okay, he's done a couple good songs. Then someone played Season of the Witch and I fell in love with it, but still didn't listen to more for quite awhile. And now my new boy toy is sending me all this stuff and I'm completely and utterly obsessed. He's so underrated!!

As for Bush, I just listened to Razorblade Suitcase for the first time in awhile. It's a really good album. I guess you can't really call them great, they can be repetitive and I don't know about their lyrics, but damn are they fun to listen to!

Songs I'm obsessed with at the moment (besides the Donovan):

New Blue Moon and Handle With Care by The Traveling Wilburys. Summer is coming! (Slowly)
post #31 of 1296
Rath: I just found the trump card. Anything you post after this will pale in comparison.

I ask only that you watch this video in it's entirety. And at 2:37, your life will change.

So. Fucking. Welcome.
post #32 of 1296
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The Bones of You, Elbow.
I really like the album. It really is a grower. One Day Like This is just plain awesome.
post #33 of 1296
Sing Me Spanish Techno and Miss Teen Wordpower by the New Pornographers (as you can see, I've been on a bit of a kick as of late, but that's because I'm going to see them on the 21st in Madison. WHOO HOO!)

Munich by Editors also gets heavy rotation on my music devices, as does Spitting Venom by Modest Mouse.

Oh, and I find myself restarting Saturday's Child by the Monkee's as soon as it finishes. Don't ask me why.
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Munich by Editors also gets heavy rotation on my music devices
You should give Smokers Outside the Hospital Door a try. The album is average, but there's a couple of great tracks, and this one is pretty neat.
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Sing Me Spanish Techno and Miss Teen Wordpower by the New Pornographers (as you can see, I've been on a bit of a kick as of late, but that's because I'm going to see them on the 21st in Madison. WHOO HOO!)
Same here. Even better, it's a double-bill with Okkervil River. Even better still, Neko Case will be with the NPs at the Madison date (probably not Dan Bejar, though).
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You should give Smokers Outside the Hospital Door a try. The album is average, but there's a couple of great tracks, and this one is pretty neat.
Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors is good, but I prefer the next track on the album, An End Has a Start. Both are undoubtedly striving to be Interpol, but they're good songs nonetheless.
post #37 of 1296
Racing Rats is the other great one from the album. And yeah, they're all Joy Division's grandchildren.
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You should give Smokers Outside the Hospital Door a try. The album is average, but there's a couple of great tracks, and this one is pretty neat.
That's a very good one, too, and I do have it on my iPod (thank you KEXP Song of the Day!), but Munich gets more rotation. I NEED to get An End Has a Start...that song is fantastic. Those few songs were enough to make me want to pick up some Editors albums, though. They're so great.

And Dave B, it's awesome that you're going to the show. Maybe we should have a Chewer get together before or after the show or something. I'm possibly going to have a small group of people with me, so it could be fun. Can't wait to see Neko and Okkervil River.
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Stars' The Night Starts Here pretty much owned the month of November. I honestly don't think I've ever listened to a song so many times in succession...

except maybe Richard Buckner's Rafters. That single song got me and my car stereo through a particularly protracted PBS pledge drive recently.

Right now, I'm finding The National's Apartment Story particularly intractable.

I'm debating whether or not to even bother downloading the new Destroyer record because of my girlfriend's hatred of same. To hear her tell it, Bejar's voice sends her into seizures*. Though it might be a small price to pay.

*yet she loves the New Pornographers. WTF?
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Speaking of Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War (the song and album) is playing non-stop these weeks, along some Elbow.

Speaking of The National, Boxer is one of these album whose entire setlist is amazing. A true cohesive force, but each song has it's own identity that's fitting for one mood or another. Still, the most played on my part is Ada.
post #41 of 1296
"Fiona" by Lyle Lovett.

Hell, that whole album (The Road to Ensenada) and Emmy Lou's Wrecking Ball have suddenly made their way back into heavy rotation at my place.
post #42 of 1296
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Andrew: Seen it. Late pass. The walrus on drums always cracks my shit up.

That video is pretty much the most perfect interpretation of one of those songs you could do, so points to whoever directed it.

Other good things about that video: The concert looks like they shot it at a Hitler Youth rally. The Heil salute doesn't help.
post #43 of 1296
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Speaking of The National, Boxer is one of these album whose entire setlist is amazing. A true cohesive force, but each song has it's own identity that's fitting for one mood or another. Still, the most played on my part is Ada.
I was so happy once Boxer finally sunk in with me. Alligator had me worried, because while it was the first of theirs which received heaps of attention, it left me cold (aside from the stellar All the Wine, still my favorite song of theirs. It took me a while to get into Boxer, but once it hit me, it was a gut punch I'm still feeling every time I put it on.

Have you heard of The Clogs, a side project of some of the members? They've put out some good stuff, really nice background music, which I mean in a Music for Airports way--that is to say, not dismissively.
post #44 of 1296
Glycerine strikes me as one of those songs that better artists than Bush heard and said to themselves "man, I really should've written that song."
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REIGN OF THE TYRANTS (The Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat version) - Jag Panzer


Under the KNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! !!!
post #46 of 1296
Palace Songs aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy aka Will Oldham's "Werner's Last Blues to Blockbuster" is killing me. The combination of the lyrics, his voice, the production, the sound of the piano, it comes together beautifully.
post #47 of 1296
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I really like the album. It really is a grower. One Day Like This is just plain awesome.
I posted a track by track review of the album a couple of weeks back where I feel I was overly harsh. Its a good album, no doubt, but I'd say An Audience with the Pope and One Day Like This are my two least favourite tracks.

I love Starlings and The Bones of You and I really get into Some Riot and, of course, Grounds for Divorce. The Fix has really grown on me. I love me some Elbow, but its nowhere near Leaders of the Free World overall.
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What difference does it make? Jesus...
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As someone who proofs grammar and punctuation for a living, flouting conventions like that one in a messageboard gives me just as much satisfaction as those who get their kicks in policing them.

But if it bothers you that much, I can change.
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