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post #251 of 989


A pretty spectacular album. Florence Welch is a quite extraordinary songstress in the vein of Kate Bush, Bjork and PJ Harvey.

Loving this right now.
post #252 of 989


The Darren Fletcher of Get Up Kids albums.*

* Under-rated.
post #253 of 989
Currently blowing my mind:

post #254 of 989
I think I've listened to the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack at least 7 or 8 times in the last three days. Not only is the music iconic but when listening to it, I can actually visualize the exact scene the song is set to. It does help that it's also one of my favorite movies but regardless, the score is outstanding. The version I have has some extra additions a fan put on there, pulling from the audio of the movie and except for about 5 seconds in one song you can't tell he did so.
post #255 of 989


Best guitar pop rock album in a long, long time.
post #256 of 989
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Best guitar pop rock album in a long, long time.
That sounds tantalizing. It's been getting rave reviews. On my current must-listen list.
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post #258 of 989
Holy crap.
post #259 of 989
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Best guitar pop rock album in a long, long time.
I have to check this out for the album cover alone.
post #260 of 989
Yeah, it's pretty fucking good.
post #261 of 989
If this isn't in my top ten by the end of the year, then it will have been a GREAT year.
post #262 of 989
It's super catchy, and certainly well-crafted, but it doesn't really have much personality since it's just pastiche. It's basically early Weezer/Bossanova-era Pixies with reverb-drenched vocals in the James Mercer/Animal Collective/etc vein.

And that's fine, but what gets me are the annoying similarities to other works: I get taken out of "Floating Vibes" when it starts out with something as iconic as the riff from "Roadrunner," just slowed down. "Harmonix" feels practically like a lost Interpol cut. But the really shameless one is "Fast Jabroni," which totally cribs from "Rebellion (Lies)." Won't stop me from listening to it, though.

Lately, I've mostly been listening to the new Four Tet, There Is Love in You, which is pretty good, if a little generic for Kieran Hebden. It's obviously made for the dance floor, dumbed down for easy mixing. The new Titus Andronicus record, The Monitor, is a bit of a disappointment, but it's as good as a 65 minute-sophomore record-loose concept album concerning the Civil War can be. Could have been tightened. Beach House and Liars are definitely the best records I've heard so far this year.
post #263 of 989
Another one that I'm listening to a lot right now is Bear in Heaven's BEAST REST FORTH MOUTH. I'm really not sure how I'd describe it or what to compare it to. It's like psychedelic ambient indie rock.
post #264 of 989
Surfer Blood is amazing, great recommendation.

I finally got around to listening to Vapours by Islands and whilst it's a little synth heavy (seems all my favourite bands are busting out the synths) it's a surprisingly upbeat and playful album for Islands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRmv0Gl8FG0
post #265 of 989
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons - Death Won't Send a Letter

Great mix of Nebraska era Springsteen and gospel influenced pop. Love the mix.
post #266 of 989
Laughin' and Cryin' With The Reverend Horton Heat
post #267 of 989
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Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons - Death Won't Send a Letter
Wow.
post #268 of 989
I'm kind of in love with Kate Nash's "Made of Bricks" at the moment, especially "Merry Happy". Doo doo doo da doo doo...
post #269 of 989
Love "Made of Bricks." She needs to release another album already. Favorite song on that album's "Mouthwash," and I love how "Dickhead" is the exact same riff from "Change the World."
post #270 of 989
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Wow.
I'm hoping that's a good wow.
post #271 of 989
I'm checking out more songs by him Ryan. So far so good. I'm a folk fan, so much as to name Mumford and Son's album my favorite of 2009. And Chisel sounds good.
post #272 of 989
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I'm hoping that's a good wow.
Yes, an excellent wow.
post #273 of 989
I've been listening to the Devin Townsend Project albums Ki and Addicted. Really nice and melodic stuff, I'd say probably some of the best work he's done. The sap in me really likes "Ih-Ah!"

"Ih-Ah!"
"Supercrush!"
post #274 of 989
You know what's fucking awesome? The full album of Astro Coast by Surfer Blood. So good. Thanks for putting them on my radar, Brad.
post #275 of 989
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The Darren Fletcher of Get Up Kids albums.*

* Under-rated.
I hadn't listened to GS since high school, but after seeing this post I grabbed the CD out of a box I hadn't unpacked in three moves and I'm glad I did. It's no Four Minute Mile or Eudora, but still a great album.
post #276 of 989
Thanks to Eyeball Kid's Album of the Month thread, I've got both Talking Heads live albums, plus Byrne's Catherine Wheel and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts on endless repeat here at the office.
post #277 of 989
^Yay!

I'm deep into obsession with the new Spoon.
post #278 of 989
Main Source --Breaking Atoms
post #279 of 989


Beach House's Teen Dream is a must. Just.... wow...

I'm alternating Vampire Weekend, Midlake and this.
post #280 of 989
Yeah, Teen Dream is pretty great. I segued into it after my brief obsession with Camera Obscura's My Maudlin Career and still can't bring myself to delete it for other stuff.

The album that's been owning me lately, though, is Reverend Bizarre's In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend. They're a pretty awesome Finnish doom-metal outfit that I missed the boat on.
post #281 of 989
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I hadn't listened to GS since high school, but after seeing this post I grabbed the CD out of a box I hadn't unpacked in three moves and I'm glad I did. It's no Four Minute Mile or Eudora, but still a great album.
Absolutely. It's like 1965; sure, it's no Black Love or Gentlemen, but it's a nice change of pace every once in a while. "Wouldn't Believe It" to "Holy Roman" to "Martyr Me" is an excellent run. I love that "How Long Is Too Long" is, essentially, the culmination of all their earlier songwriting delivered with "finished article" flair and chops.

Would you have Four Minute Mile in your top two, then? It'd probably sneak bronze for me (Something To Write Home About and On A Wire all the way.)
post #282 of 989
So in a bid to recapture my angst teen years I've been listening to a lot of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Let Love In is just ruling my soul right now.
post #283 of 989
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison Deluxe Box Set
post #284 of 989
Thread Starter 
Astro Coast by Surfer Blood

Everything you heard is true. For a debut that's so sonically reminiscent of many other albums, this is incredibly consistent and, yes, fresh. The true gem of this band is singer John Paul Pitts' pristine vocals. Reminds me of a rockier version of James Mercer from The Shins.
post #285 of 989
Yeah, it's really good.
post #286 of 989
Johnny Cash: American VI-- Ain't No Grave. Admittedly, it carries extra weight for its exploitation of the ultimate career move; virtually every song deals with death and/or farewell pretty directly.

But, still... there's surprising energy in the title song, acceptance in "Satisfied Mind," and a typically gravelly, but still beautiful, version of a favorite of mine: Tom Paxton's deconstruction of the myth of the road, "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound":

Quote:
Now if you see me passin' by,
And you sit and you wonder why,
And you wish that you were a rambler, too...
Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor,
Lace 'em up and bar the door,
And thank your stars for the roof that's over you.
Such a great song that I can even forgive him the "Frisco."
post #287 of 989
"Chemistry of Common Life" by Fucked Up. Their music can be described as moody hardcore punk.

EDITed to add another video.
post #288 of 989
My mp3 player right now could only consist of two albums, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and Middle Cyclone. Seriously, I keep listening to these over and over again.
post #289 of 989
I've been getting double teamed (in a gentle, loving way) by the new albums from Spoon and Yeasayer. So far I am really digging both of them a lot.
post #290 of 989
I still hate the first track of the Yeasayer album and Ambling Alp is starting to become grating, but yeah, it's still pretty good. Better than I initially gave it credit for, at any rate. I just keep comparing it to All-Hour Cymbals (which blew me away), which isn't entirely fair.
post #291 of 989
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"Chemistry of Common Life" by Fucked Up. Their music can be described as moody hardcore punk.

EDITed to add another video.
Best band. Perfect lifting music.
post #292 of 989
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Best band. Perfect lifting music.
Ha. The vocals sound like Dicky Barrett.
post #293 of 989
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Ha. The vocals sound like Dicky Barrett.
Is that a bad thing?
post #294 of 989
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Is that a bad thing?
No, sir. No, it is not.
post #295 of 989
Confession: I thought it was either Barrett or the lead singer from the Dropkick Murphys on a new project the first time I heard "Crooked Head".
post #296 of 989
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No, sir. No, it is not.
Excellent. My sarcasm detector was just reading "inconclusive."
post #297 of 989


Warehouse: Songs and Stories. Hüsker Dü.
post #298 of 989
Fucked Up has a new singles compilation that just came out (Some Tracks) that's pretty good if anyone is interested. It mostly compiles a lot of their 45 singles and a couple of songs off their first LP.

And Warehouse is great!!! Love that album, an underrated one from Husker Du.
post #299 of 989
Ice Cold Ice is one of my favorite songs of all time. Top 20, without question.
post #300 of 989
I copied Warehouse for a friend who'd never heard HD before. He wondered if it was some kind of best-of collection because it was so consistently good.

I'm on a power-pop kick lately. The four Raspberries studio albums, the Plimsouls, Artful Dodger (whom I discovered on the power pop kick I went on last year around the same time), Blue Ash, Pezband. And some later stuff like Redd Cross and Material Issue.

Unfortunately, I'm falling behind on new releases. Haven't heard the new Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Peter Gabriel, or Owen Pallett albums.

I'm kind of surprised by the lukewarm-to-bad reviews that Midlake's The Courage of Others is getting, though. It's same-y, but it's a fantastic kind of same-y - like it's one long, well-conceived song. You can hear that they've been listening to Fairport Convention, but it still sounds like Midlake.
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