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post #51 of 1036
My comparisons were weak, and I admitted it to let it go. I'm with you, man. The Beatles were great and they also were somewhat known.

I actually stopped reading Spin when I was eighteen. I wasn't aware I'd come off as trying to be edgy when saying "Fuck Billy Joel". A scary world we live in.
post #52 of 1036
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dreary louse, this song is dedicated to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKu2QaytmrM
post #53 of 1036
"Owned" might be too strong a word, but I was listening to Rocket From the Crypt's Circa Now and it's really a great fucking album you never hear mentioned anywhere.

Iggy Pop is owning me right at this moment, but it's an anthology/greatest hits, so it doesn't really count. But "Iggy Pop owns us all" is demonstrable scientific fact, so I probably shouldn't have even bothered mentioning it.
post #54 of 1036
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dreary louse, this song is dedicated to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKu2QaytmrM
I think THIS is probably more fitting.

Right now, it's Johnny Winter's Second Winter that's kicking my ass, he's a one man arsenal of guitar licks, Highway 61 Revisited is just astounding, I'm Not Sure is funky goodness and just great blues-rock all over.
post #55 of 1036
I would never own a Billy Joel album, but I like classic Elton John. Is that weird?

George Harrison's first two solo albums got heavy rotation today. "Run of the Mill", "I Live For You", "Let It Roll", "Art of Dying", "Be Here Now" are faves.
post #56 of 1036
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I would never own a Billy Joel album, but I like classic Elton John. Is that weird?
Nah, I think classic Elton is pretty defensible...any era of Billy Joel is suspect (though I do love his late-period "Downeaster Alexa")
post #57 of 1036
Down on the Upside is an underrated album. It's a bit overlong, but it was a fitting final album for a great band.

I've been on an early 90's rap kick of late so I've been listening to Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Snoop's Doggystyle and Biggie's Ready to Die. M.I.A.'s two albums are also getting heavy rotation on my stereo.
post #58 of 1036
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Nah, I think classic Elton is pretty defensible...any era of Billy Joel is suspect (though I do love his late-period "Downeaster Alexa")
I guess I'll have to out myself as a fan then, his seventies output is pretty outstanding.
post #59 of 1036
When Elbow's Leaders of the Free World was new, I listened to it so many times that I "killed" it for myself, i.e. overplayed it so that nothing about the album was exciting anymore. But after some time away I got it out again recently: even better.
post #60 of 1036
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I guess I'll have to out myself as a fan then, his seventies output is pretty outstanding.
The best take on Joel I've read was by someone who is not me (Klosterman, perhaps) who pointed out that as a singer/songwriter or cabaret singer, he's just fine (probably even better than "fine") but when you try to shoehorn him into the "rock" canon it's fucking preposterous.

I'd stand by that argument even though it isn't mine.

EDIT - More thoughts on Joel that aren't mine but come pretty close to delineating my feeling on one Piano Man.

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oel is one of pop's special cases: The essence of his badness lies in his squandered excellence. He is a fluent pianist, a singer of deceptive versatility and range (listen to his vocal overdubs on the doo-wop homage "The Longest Time"), and one of the more gifted tunesmiths of his generation, right up there with Elvis Costello. The least of his album tracks are catchy little melody bombs; his big singles—"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "My Life," "Uptown Girl"—have the same savant's knack for hooks and harmonies that you hear in Paul McCartney's best.

For some musicians, virtuosity—and upward of 78 million albums sold—might be accomplishment enough. But Joel's tragic flaw is a classic one: hubris. The guy desperately wants to be an artiste.

The truth is that Joel was born at the wrong time. Were he a decade older, he might have wound up in the Brill Building crafting perfect little pop songs and gone down in history with Burt Bacharach, Carole King, and company. But Joel came of age in the post-Beatles era, when songwriters grew self-conscious about rock's aesthetic and social significance, and felt compelled to make statements. Alas, Joel is a leaden lyricist with nothing to say; the result is songs like the 1989 hit "We Didn't Start the Fire" - Joel's self-seriousness has been painfully evident on his recent co-headlining tours with Elton John, who never lets artistic pretension stop him from donning a feather boa and throwing a party. Which Lite FM legend would you rather have over to dinner?

Elton John, in addition to being infinitely gayer and more fabulous than Joel, seems at peace with his status as a god of the adult contemporary charts, which Joel decidedly is not. He recorded Glass Houses (1980) in a fruitless attempt to answer his detractors and prove that he was a real rocker, undeserving of relegation to soft-rock radio, a format he's referred to as "soft-cock." The irony is that Joel was running away from his strength: He makes good cheese. A comparison with McCartney is revealing. Sir Paul is at his finest when he gets arty and ambitious. The Beatles' songwriting experiments and sonic questing brought out the best in him; when he writes sweet and sentimental, the results can be gruesome. (All together now: We're simp-ly hav-ing a won-der-ful Christmas time!) But Joel is actually quite good at writing saccharine love songs, big lush ballads, and lounge music.

The ur-Joel ballad, of course, is "Just the Way You Are," which is an expertly constructed song, the kind of thing that urbane Tin Pan Alley types were writing back in the 1950s. Joel has said that when he wrote the song, he envisioned Ray Charles singing it in Yankee Stadium, and, sure enough, "Just the Way You Are" has become a standard. And the song really is artful: If you can get past the production dreck of Play MediaJoel's original, you just might find yourself surrendering to its dreamy tiptoeing between minor sixth and seventh chords and to the spare elegance of its lyric. Joel croons those words—a plea not to put on airs—to a lover. But the old-fashioned balladeer who fancied himself a poet-genius-rebel-rocker would have done well to heed them himself: "Don't go trying some new fashion/ Don't change the color of your hair."
Basically, when Joel moves away from his strengths, he goes from very good to subpar. And he has shown a tendency to move away from his strengths FAR more often than he should.
post #61 of 1036
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Queens of the Stone Age's Era Vulgaris

When this was first released, I didn't give it the chance it deserved. There isn't a clunker to be found, and it rocks from front-to-back, like a good, old-fashioned hard-rock album. No bullshit. Just a barrage of kickass riffage and walloping choruses.
post #62 of 1036
Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like A Wheel. There's that middle section of the album, from "Heart Like A Wheel," to "When Will I Be Loved," to "Willin'" that just blows me away every time. I've been listening to a lot of Ronstadt lately, and she's pretty goddamn talented.
post #63 of 1036
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And to go back on topic, lately it's been Torche's 'Meanderthal' that I can't get away from.
Great little debut album. After a few listens, it's growing on me. Reminds me of a lot of heavy music from the '90s that wasn't always playing in the insular metal sandbox exclusively. But there are nods to current bands too (which seem to embrace retro aesthetics a lot more freely.)
post #64 of 1036
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Great little debut album. After a few listens, it's growing on me. Reminds me of a lot of heavy music from the '90s that wasn't always playing in the insular metal sandbox exclusively. But there are nods to current bands too (which seem to embrace retro aesthetics a lot more freely.)
It's actually their second. There's a self-titled from a couple years back and a 10" EP as well that isn't quite as good as either of the full-lengths.
post #65 of 1036
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The best take on Joel I've read was by someone who is not me (Klosterman, perhaps) who pointed out that as a singer/songwriter or cabaret singer, he's just fine (probably even better than "fine") but when you try to shoehorn him into the "rock" canon it's fucking preposterous.

I'd stand by that argument even though it isn't mine.

EDIT - More thoughts on Joel that aren't mine but come pretty close to delineating my feeling on one Piano Man.



Basically, when Joel moves away from his strengths, he goes from very good to subpar. And he has shown a tendency to move away from his strengths FAR more often than he should.
Fuck Billy Joel. Still.

I could go on a tirade, but this Slate column put it best already.

http://www.slate.com/id/2209526/
post #66 of 1036
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Queens of the Stone Age's Era Vulgaris

When this was first released, I didn't give it the chance it deserved. There isn't a clunker to be found, and it rocks from front-to-back, like a good, old-fashioned hard-rock album. No bullshit. Just a barrage of kickass riffage and walloping choruses.
Both Era and Lullabyes to Paralyze are real growers. The Queens' earlier stuff is right in your face, their last two are more subtle.
post #67 of 1036
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Both Era and Lullabyes to Paralyze are real growers. The Queens' earlier stuff is right in your face, their last two are more subtle.
Definitely. I think I listened to Era like twice when it was released before I put it on my CD shelf. Now it might be my fave album of theirs.
post #68 of 1036
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Fuck Billy Joel. Still.

I could go on a tirade, but this Slate column put it best already.

http://www.slate.com/id/2209526/
Love this about the column on Billy Joel:

Ron Rosenbaum is the author of The Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler.

Rosenbaum knows evil.
post #69 of 1036
A Paper Cup Band's "Midwestern Post-Sarcastic". Saw them at the Southwest Folk Fest, and was impressed, but this album is really really fucking good. It's like a folk rock Bee Thousand.
post #70 of 1036
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Love this about the column on Billy Joel:

Ron Rosenbaum is the author of The Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler.

Rosenbaum knows evil.
Y'know, I even kind of like some of Billy Joel's early stuff (and probably stick more closely to the points made in Chavez's post), but I have to admit that Rosembaum makes a fairly strong argument about Joel's tendency to mock others (if Springsteen evenhandedly sings about guys just trying to get by, Joel hypocritically slams those same guys for aspiring to something greater than just getting by).

But he's coming at it from a strictly lyrical point of view with abslolutely no regard for music. Not entirely fair, especially when so many cherished rock and pop albums would suffer when analyzed minus their musical components. If Pet Sounds were just a lyric sheet with no musical context, no one would pay it much attention.
post #71 of 1036
That was a big advantage for Elton John. He had his own lyricist partner. Once they split, he got pretty awful.

(Being a good showman doesn't hurt either)

Owning me right now:

Neil Young's :Tonight's The Night, Zuma, and On The Beach

("Cortez....what a killer")
post #72 of 1036
Tonight's The Night is a great (though depressing) album, and most of the cuts are scorching live. Especially the title track.
post #73 of 1036
I've been on a classic Aerosmith kick over the past few days. 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks' are essential 70s albums.
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That was a big advantage for Elton John. He had his own lyricist partner. Once they split, he got pretty awful.

(Being a good showman doesn't hurt either)
Arguably, he got kind of spotty before he split with Taupin, but that was a killing blow. And then, mysteriously, he got pretty good again when he hooked back up with Taupin (Songs from the West Coast, etc.).
post #75 of 1036
Ten Silver Drops by Secret Machines. It's a belter.
post #76 of 1036
Umphrey's McGee - Mantis

God this album is AMAZING. If you havent heard Umphrey's before...you need to. They're one of a kind.
post #77 of 1036
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Umphrey's McGee - Mantis

God this album is AMAZING. If you havent heard Umphrey's before...you need to. They're one of a kind.
This is hilarious. The girl that sits behind me at work told me that she is in their new video, but has never seen it. Do you have a link? I have no idea what it is called, but she is supposed to be dancing in the crowd?
post #78 of 1036
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Arguably, he got kind of spotty before he split with Taupin, but that was a killing blow. And then, mysteriously, he got pretty good again when he hooked back up with Taupin (Songs from the West Coast, etc.).
If only we could somehow figure out what the key component was.
post #79 of 1036
The Lonely Island's "Incredibad" is seriously good.

There's something about these mock albums (The Dethalbum - another owner) that stand up musically. You could easily rewrite the lyrics and they would work as more serious fare.

This isn't some dude dropping beats with a Casio or anything, there's something to admire about really well produced mockery.
post #80 of 1036
I had been rocking out with my cock out to "Level 42:The Definitive Collection" for quite some time but then i received "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart" yesterday so now thats on constant rotation, wonderful album full of quality pop melodies.

I'm very tempted by Incredibad but i can imagine the novelty wearing off quite quickly even if it is musically sound.
post #81 of 1036
I'm letting Cynic's Traced in Air wash over me for the first time in months, and while I really liked the album before, I'm fucking in love with it now. Much more beautiful and less cold than Focus. If I'm going to spend 35 minutes with an album, I want it to be this one. So fucking great.
post #82 of 1036
This year (uh, last two months) I have been getting 'owned' by:

Nomak's latest instrumental hip hop masterpiece 'Musiq and Foto'.

Mayumi Kojima's discography. Awesomely addictive jazz from a delicious voice. Recommendation: 'A Musical Biography 2001 - 2007'.

Hajime Yoshizawa's discography and his work with Sleep Walker. More quality jazz from Japan.

Japan, home of jazzy instrumental hip hop, not just life-like sex dolls!
post #83 of 1036
I still can't believe there aren't more fans of P.O.S. on this board. P.O.S.'s never better has been in my car non-stop for 3 weeks now. One of the most solid hip hop albums I have EVER heard.
post #84 of 1036
Brad Mehldau-Live. Great mix of covers and originals. Reinventing Black Hole Sun as a jazz piece is inspired, Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier both propel Mehldau.
post #85 of 1036
Lift yr skinny fists like antennas to heaven! by Godspeed You Black Emperor has been owning me for a few weeks now. 90+ minutes and four songs of pure excellence. Plus it has a killer title!
post #86 of 1036
"Bubblegum" from Mark Lanegan. I encourage every man, woman & child to give it a spin. A true album, from start to finish.
post #87 of 1036
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I'm letting Cynic's Traced in Air wash over me for the first time in months, and while I really liked the album before, I'm fucking in love with it now. Much more beautiful and less cold than Focus. If I'm going to spend 35 minutes with an album, I want it to be this one. So fucking great.
Cynic? What? I can't f'ing believe it.
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"Bubblegum" from Mark Lanegan. I encourage every man, woman & child to give it a spin. A true album, from start to finish.
I've been out of touch with new music for a while, but as soon as I heard about the Gutter Twins I bought "Saturnalia", and after my first listen to the album I bought "Adorata" immediately. "Saturnalia" is the best album I've heard in I don't know how long. Lanegan is just amazing. And it's gotten me into his solo stuff, as well as Dulli's stuff too. Somehow I completely missed the Afghan Whigs when they were around (I was just a bit too young at the time and listening to completely different music). I've listened to "Congregation" and "Saturnalia" at least once everyday since I got them.

And I second the love for Local H's "Whatever Happened to PJ Soles". "12 Angry Months" is almost as good, but it's hard to follow up an album as good as the previous one.
post #89 of 1036
Glad to see some appreciation for Torche. I thought Meanderthal was one of the best albums of 08, and I'm hoping they find an audience. We need some more sludge metal in our lives.
post #90 of 1036
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See A Darkness

Silver Jews - American Water

The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs

Jeff Mangum - Live at Jittery Joe's

Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage Animation Music Vol. 1

The Doves - Lost Souls
post #91 of 1036
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I'm letting Cynic's Traced in Air wash over me for the first time in months, and while I really liked the album before, I'm fucking in love with it now. Much more beautiful and less cold than Focus. If I'm going to spend 35 minutes with an album, I want it to be this one. So fucking great.
Seconded.
post #92 of 1036
I don't have the greatest taste in music but I just bought "Talking Book" by Stevie Wonder and it is the funkiest piece of awesome I have ever heard.
post #93 of 1036
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I'm letting Cynic's Traced in Air wash over me for the first time in months...
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Cynic? What? I can't f'ing believe it.
Man, this just made my day. There was a guy down the hall from me during my freshman year in college that was always blasting Focus. I just about peed after hearing that robot-singing-into-a-fan voice on "Veil of Maya" (and practically every other song) just now. Fifteen year hiatus...

I was recently introduced to DeVotchKa and Beruit, so there's a smattering of their collective albums getting pretty heavy rotation.
post #94 of 1036
I've been over most metal for awhile now, but goddamn if Cynic doesn't stir the pot.

I immediately bought that motherfucker. Long songs make running seem less of a task.
post #95 of 1036
Los Angeles by Flying Lotus has been slowly creeping up on me for the last few months, until I got to know its every nook and cranny.

So now I'm at the point where I'm convinced that it's a goddamn masterpiece of electronica (which I wasn't at first). Guy knows how to turn every crackle, hiss and pop into a piece of the composition. That, and the deliciously 'just off' beats.
The more I listen to it, the more it resembles Miles Davis' Bitches Brew era jazz, too.
post #96 of 1036
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
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Ray Lamontagne - Gossip In the Grain
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Azure Ray - Burn & Shiver
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
post #98 of 1036
New Pornographers- Mass Romantic. I never really liked got into it, but after a few spins of Middle Cyclone I found myself digging it out, and I haven't returned to Miss Case's solo album.
post #99 of 1036
T. Rex - Electric Warrior

Jesus, why and the hell did it take me so long to finally listen to the full album, oh yeah classic rock stations suck, so I had no clue.
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I was recently introduced to DeVotchKa and Beruit, so there's a smattering of their collective albums getting pretty heavy rotation.
While cute, Beirut is trying so very hard to attain the awesomeness of Devotchka it's not funny.


I was recently introduced to 65daysofstatic. Holy shit.
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