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« Reply #1950 on: 28 May 2009, 23:52 »

The Honorary Title - Indie Rock band that has its roots in Brooklyn, like so many others.
I recently saw a show of theirs in Grand Rapids and was blown away.  Download this album - Anything Else but the Truth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorary_Title

I uploaded it all retarded and shit with individual tracks - here's the link

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« Reply #1951 on: 29 May 2009, 08:59 »

Haven't posted much in a while but I'd thought I would throw up this awesome new Post-rock album.

Codes In The Clouds - Paper Canyon (2009)
These guys are getting all kinds of great reviews for their debut album and I can definitely understand why. They produce some very enjoyable post-rock music.



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« Reply #1952 on: 29 May 2009, 09:26 »

those k'naan albums are great! i recomment anyone into a bit of rap to check 'em out!
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« Reply #1953 on: 29 May 2009, 09:38 »

I wanted to post this back around page 153 where everyone was posting chiptune stuff but I could not get the registration email until today.
Nevertheless, here is some more chiptune-style goodness.

Patric Catani - The Horrible Plans of Flex Busterman (1997)


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the cheese factor on these beats are way off the muthafucken richter. made on an amiga 500 and commodore 64, the atmosphere of this album makes you feel like you are in an oldschool video game. it gets pretty intense at times, kind of like on level 8 dungeon of supermario bros with one life left.. its like a buncha different boss level songs -sounds all dramatic and suspenseful. the last track features some hillarious vocal samples by Gina V. along with abuncha spacey sound effects.
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« Reply #1954 on: 29 May 2009, 11:42 »

i wish this link worked :/

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« Reply #1955 on: 29 May 2009, 12:17 »

i wanted to make a post, but as of late, itoons is completely destroying my music experience in so many ways.  and now it destroyed my hopes of uploading an album here.  i'm mainly speaking of the itoons 8 point 1 point 1 update.  has anyone else had terrible luck after doing this upgrade?  i've read other horror stories on the apple forum, and i'm really hoping for another update with a fix soon. it now will no longer let me add or remove files from the itunes library, and will cause my machine to need a manual reboot.  it won't even let me force quit.  i've never had anything like this happen, as i stand by apple products on a pedestal, but this has become such a headache, and even a bigger headache for things such as rearranging songs on my ipod, or other external devices.

anyway, sorry for such a huge rant on this, obviously i spelled things like an idiot to avoid specific off topic names from finding their way into search engine features... if anyone has any insight on what i can do to help remedy this, please pm me, i've tried to downgrade back to the older version and it won't allow me.  blaaaaaaa
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« Reply #1956 on: 29 May 2009, 13:31 »

those k'naan albums are great! i recomment anyone into a bit of rap to check 'em out!

I STRONGLY disagree.

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« Reply #1957 on: 29 May 2009, 15:15 »

The validity of your opinion depends on whether you like rap as an genre.
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« Reply #1958 on: 29 May 2009, 15:18 »

i wanted to make a post, but as of late, itoons is completely destroying my music experience in so many ways.  and now it destroyed my hopes of uploading an album here.  i'm mainly speaking of the itoons 8 point 1 point 1 update.  has anyone else had terrible luck after doing this upgrade?  i've read other horror stories on the apple forum, and i'm really hoping for another update with a fix soon. it now will no longer let me add or remove files from the itoons library, and will cause my machine to need a manual reboot.  it won't even let me force quit.  i've never had anything like this happen, as i stand by apple products on a pedestal, but this has become such a headache, and even a bigger headache for things such as rearranging songs on my ipod, or other external devices.

anyway, sorry for such a huge rant on this, obviously i spelled things like an idiot to avoid specific off topic names from finding their way into search engine features... if anyone has any insight on what i can do to help remedy this, please pm me, i've tried to downgrade back to the older version and it won't allow me.  blaaaaaaa

I actually have 8.1.1, and nothing like that is going on for me. Granted, it runs slow as shit, but i think you should try an unintstall/reinstall.
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« Reply #1959 on: 29 May 2009, 15:53 »

Grabbed it off a whim from this post.

I'm not sure hot to describe it, so perhaps you should simply listen to it (buy it). I would suggest buying it; the $9 is more than worth it. Really can't put my finger on what makes it so compelling. At times it reminds me of Marnie Stern. At other times, it's much more melodic than that.

Black Cock - Robot Child with a God Complex (320kbit)

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Stripped to bass and drums, Black Cock could be mistaken for another Jesus Lizard knockoff. Like Black Flag's Damaged, however, Robot Child derives its power from a stark, terrifying musical vision that subsumes and transforms an otherwise unremarkable rhythm section. Bandleader Chico Jones treats rock riffs as only the basic foundation of Robot Child's songs, most of the disc's compositional force coming from ingeniously produced vocals and a wide variety of keyboard sounds. Jones makes use of an incredible array of microphones and mixing techniques to turn the band's voices, layered into simple but darkly beautiful three-part harmony, into a hellish and unstable chorus, at times approaching something between Mike Patton's screeching randomness and a B-grade sci-fi version of Animal Collective. It's an extremely unconventional approach to punk rock, which yields the most unique disc Austin's Australian Cattle God has released so far.

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« Reply #1960 on: 29 May 2009, 19:00 »

Their debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse, is also an amazing album. It may be a lot less extravagant than what I expected, but it's in no way marred for it. Their reverence is now seemingly replaced by a more wistful, more introspective understanding.   

Bowerbirds - Upper Air (2009)
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Bowerbirds’ debut album, Hymns for a Dark Horse, was nearly one hundred percent focused on the thesis that the earth is a sacred place with merit beyond us, and that humans are just visitors here. Its contrapuntal harmonies documented a moment in the life of the songwriter and the life of the band – Beth Tacular and Phil Moore living in an airstream in rural North Carolina, building a cabin of reclaimed boards by hand in the woods – but did so without, as far as we could tell, delving into their lives at all. While these weren’t protest songs, per se, they had the wry anger of a “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.” The songs were interconnected, both musically and thematically, a musical whitepaper of the very best, most listenable kind.

So it was a big surprise when we heard the songs collected on Upper Air. Bowerbirds were revealing more, writing from a personal voice, exploring love and human emotions in ways that have never been fully fleshed-out in their songwriting before. They have not abandoned their worldview from Hymns, but the lyrics are no longer just observational. These are songs written from a personal place, examining the contradictions inherent to a conscious life, and this emotional depth makes for an undeniably powerful collection of songs.

Upper Air is the product of months spent away from nature and away from home, touring endlessly with the likes of Bon Iver, Phosphorescent and John Vanderslice and on their own, on both sides of the Atlantic. The fodder for songwriting has changed, and so have the songs. Upper Air moves away from the singular sound and sentiment; each and every song on Upper Air is a journal entry that stands on its own, each a unique, beautiful piece. The arrangements are subtle: acoustic guitars, organ, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass and more are used throughout the recording. Usually though, it is just a few of these instruments delicately supporting Moore’s voice, the anchor of every song. Everyone struggles when they try to describe this music, including us, but we’ll try: it has the spirit of Richard and Linda Thompson, the currency of Devendra Banhart, the addictively sweet melodicism of Iron & Wine, but it churns with an underlying energy closer to a Beirut or something farther out, more raw, more wild.

The most notable part is this: The songs don’t hide behind the instrumentation, the deontological conviction, or, frankly, anything; and that is what makes Upper Air undeniable, simple, and breathtaking.


So this is down, can i get a re-up? This sounds awesome
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« Reply #1961 on: 30 May 2009, 02:46 »

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« Reply #1962 on: 30 May 2009, 11:13 »

i wish this link worked :/

You have done the !/i switch, right?



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« Reply #1963 on: 30 May 2009, 11:34 »

...you.. you press shift+1

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« Reply #1964 on: 30 May 2009, 11:44 »

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« Reply #1965 on: 30 May 2009, 12:49 »

How do you do the upside down i?

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« Reply #1966 on: 30 May 2009, 12:53 »

Casiostone for the Painfully Alone - Vs. Children

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Sweeping in with the majestic title track -- a drone fanfare that swirls into the main song just so -- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's second album of 2009 (but first that's a full album as such instead of a compilation) shows that Owen Ashworth's talent continues to pay lovely dividends. His singing is of a piece with the music, at once clearer and more conventional than ever before and still touched with the reflective spoken-to-oneself melancholy that defines his work. His ear for sharply observed details and sly comparisons similarly holds true; if it's a sign that he's long since established his métier then it's equally clear he knows how to play to his strengths. The tale of "Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended at Ace Hardware in Libertyville, IL" might seem to say everything in the title itself, but the song's lyric, telling Bonnie and Clyde reference and all, is of a much more dramatically, sadly observed bent. Musically Casiotone here fully approaches the elegant showy avant indie-pop from the U.K. in the early ,90s, rich keyboards and dramatic, downbeat chords aplenty. "Natural Light" in particular is easily a Pulp song from 1993 reset into a new context. If the barrelhouse roll of "Optimist vs. the Silent Alarm" with the concluding flourish of "When the Saints Go Marching In" seems a little out of place, the lyric about a desire to "raise a little family on Schlitz and Mickey Mouse" isn't at all. Meanwhile "Northfield MN" might be the only song yet to have both gently bouncy piano and a lyrical comparison to an exploding dye pack. Admittedly the song title "Harsh the Herald Angels Sing" pushes things on the overly clever front but the duet "Man o'War," with its downer tale of a Christmas morning, and the clever Bowie reference at the end of "Killers" are among the many reasons Vs. Children is, yet again, another stellar Casiotone album.
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« Reply #1967 on: 30 May 2009, 14:35 »

How do you do the upside down i?

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« Reply #1968 on: 30 May 2009, 15:19 »

Casiostone for the Painfully Alone - Vs. Children

Yes, yes. So many times yes.
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« Reply #1969 on: 30 May 2009, 16:38 »

That Black Cock album truly is a fine release. I have to admit I only downloaded it because the name and album cover made me laugh, but this shit is right.

Cheers for the up!
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« Reply #1970 on: 30 May 2009, 16:45 »

http://www.myspace.com/fanfarlo

Fanfarlo - Reservoir (2009)

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With little or no fanfare, London’s pastoral folk newcomers Fanfarlo have done just that with ‘Reservoir’. Following years of clasping to a DIY ethos – an understandable move for any band writing songs this personal – it’s now time to let the talent do the talking.

Fanfarlo retreated to Connecticut last year to assemble their orchestral cannon, and
in doing so have produced one of the most soul-bearing albums you’re likely to hear all year. ‘Reservoir’ collects their songs into a debut built on necessity and outright sincerity, essential fundamentals that grace all the best bands’ works.

Opening with ‘I’m A Pilot’, ‘Reservoir’ instantly packs a familiar punch, and will do so for anyone who remembers being dazzled by Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’ upon its release. It’s an inescapable comparison that can be heard throughout – not that it’s likely to put you off. With its dusty piano strikes and Simon Balthazar’s David Byrne-circa-‘79 vocals leading what sounds like a rhythmic chain gang march, ‘Reservoir’s openings build and build.  more...
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« Reply #1971 on: 30 May 2009, 17:28 »

Historian Himself - Earth Beasts Awaken

This is an album by a friend of mine. It's his first effort and I really dig it. It's a solid independent rap record, but more importantly, if epic yarns about monstrous creatures, mythical beasts, and ancient civilizations float your boat, then this is the shit.

His lyrics are fantastic and he's produced a lot of sweet artwork that goes along with the album.

I hope you enjoy it. I lurk here a lot and have only posted a little. I'm really happy to finally offer something more.




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« Reply #1972 on: 30 May 2009, 17:42 »

Son Volt - American Central Dust

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« Reply #1973 on: 30 May 2009, 22:25 »



From Wikipedia:

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"Dokaka is a Japanese beatboxer who performs music solely by multitracking his own voice, generally with one instrument per track. (That is, he records himself mimicking the bass part to a song, then records himself mimicking the drum part in sync with the first recording, and so on.)  He has distributed his recordings primarily as free downloads from his website; these include interpretations of works by King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Wes Montgomery, Slayer, the Rolling Stones, and Miles Davis, among many others. He largely records covers of heavy metal, prog, jazz and videogame theme music, though he has also written and recorded original songs. Dokaka also appears on Björk's Medúlla (2004) and Katamari wa Damacy, the soundtrack to the video game We Love Katamari (2005)."



He's been around for quite a while, but this is his first commercial release, 88 mostly very short tracks with a few long songs thrown in, including bizarro covers of music from Legend of Zelda and Pachelbel's Cannon in D.
anyway, can't guarantee you'll like it, but i can promise you don't have anything else like it, so give it a shot, ok?  It's in two independent parts so you can check out half before deciding if you want the whole thing.

Mp3 @ 256kbps (as averred on the cd itself on the track "encode jingle")


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« Reply #1974 on: 31 May 2009, 04:57 »

The Honorary Title - Indie Rock band that has its roots in Brooklyn, like so many others.
I recently saw a show of theirs in Grand Rapids and was blown away.  Download this album - Anything Else but the Truth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorary_Title

I uploaded it all retarded and shit with individual tracks - here's the link

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do you know how to make a zip file....? sort of a rhetorical question.
are you using a pc or mac?
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« Reply #1975 on: 31 May 2009, 10:47 »

i have been looking all over the net for these and cant find them.  can anyone post em here?

make believe - of course
tim kinsellas - He Sang His Didn't He Danced His Did
joan of arc - live in chicago 1999
joan of arc - How Can Any Thing So Little Be Any More?
joan of arc - orchard vale soundtrack
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« Reply #1976 on: 31 May 2009, 10:50 »

NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO
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« Reply #1977 on: 31 May 2009, 10:56 »


Fanfarlo - Reservoir (2009)


This seems quite good from the description, but alas, the link isn't working for me right now. Perhaps the fault lies with mediaf!re.
It appears to work at the this time?
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« Reply #1978 on: 31 May 2009, 11:02 »

i have been looking all over the net for these and cant find them.  can anyone post em here?

make believe - of course
tim kinsellas - He Sang His Didn't He Danced His Did
joan of arc - live in chicago 1999
joan of arc - How Can Any Thing So Little Be Any More?
joan of arc - orchard vale soundtrack

try HERE, fool.
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« Reply #1979 on: 31 May 2009, 11:57 »

ahoy hoy, longtime lurker turned poster.

Kenneth Higney- Attic Demonstrations
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Kenneth Higney was a truckdriver who wanted to be a pop star. He played all of the instruments himself and it is far from pop music. At times it is evocative of Beefheart-ian weirdness, all accidental as Higney was playing music he believed to be catchy and melodic. He released a small run of records to find himself a band and faded into obscurity.


Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train and Other Folk Songs
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Yumi Arai - Hiko Ki Gumo
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The Elizabeth Cotten is great though.
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« Reply #1980 on: 31 May 2009, 12:07 »




Caïna-Temporary antennae

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Coming a long way from previous releases, Temporary Antennae sees Caïna finally grasping cohesive song writing skills and Mr. Curtis-Brignell able to organize his concepts and ideas into a much more fluid and rewarding album. Unlike previous releases the listener is not subjected to a large amount of inconsistency, flooding of ideas, and disruption of mood; rather the listener is treated to an exceptional album of somber beauty and power which flows right along.

Caïna is one of those bands that is impossible to categorize, and doing so only hinders the band's goal by giving false pretenses. Mr. Curtis-Brignell synthesizes the black metal aspects of the band perfectly with the non-metal aspects, every piece of the puzzle fits in the right place. The music is often melodic and atmospheric, many times it also finds its way to being catchy (especially with the poppy attitude of "Larval Door"). The first three songs are completely flawless and well executed. The warm production picks up on every nuance of the music and does not allow for anything to be lost.

"Ten Went Up River" starts on a harsh note but dissolves into a supremely blissful post-metal/rock affair with a glorious and powerful atmosphere. This song brought about a wave of relief, but still left me skeptical as to whether or not some stray idea would be brought in to ruin the song; much to my luck no such thing happens. Most songs are enticing and gripping, and offer so much to the listener, creating a truly rewarding experience. " Larval Door" was my first sign of doubt, and truthfully I could do without the first minute and fifty-two seconds (to be exact) of the song, but the rest is great. From here on it feels like the songs get a bit more spacey and less involved. None of the second half of the album can compare to the genuine excellence of the first three songs, but they come quite close.

Caïna has found an exceptionally unique and individual approach to melding elements of post-rock, and folk music with black metal. There really isn't much metal to speak of on this album, but regardless the synthesis of the directions in music is perfect and quite pleasurable. The mood generated by this album is similar to that of Alcest's Le Secret (but no where close in terms of repetition and method), at times mournful and somber, but overall pleasant, maybe even optimistic?

With this release I find myself extremely appreciative to the band for creating the music I had wanted them to create since I first heard them. One of the best albums of 2008, and an excellent album in its own right. One can only hope Caïna continues down this path.
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« Reply #1981 on: 31 May 2009, 14:38 »

Harrys Gym - Harrys Gym



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« Reply #1983 on: 31 May 2009, 15:11 »

A few of these were posted for another thread I made, but it doesn't seem impertinent to post them here too.

Mark Olson - The Salvation Blues

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It seems odd that Salvation Blues is Mark Olson's first true solo recording. After his tenure with the Jayhawks, Olson left the band to spend more time in Joshua Tree with his then-wife, fellow singer/songwriter Victoria Williams. Olson released a quartet of recordings with the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers (aka the Creekdippers), always with Williams either sharing the billing or in the band. Olson and Williams divorced in February of 2006, and he lost the home he built in Joshua Tree as a result. He took off on a solo tour of Europe where the sketches for a number of the songs on Salvation Blues were written. Produced by Ben Vaughn and released on the aesthetically brilliant HackTone label, the CD contains 11 songs; the first edition of the CD comes in a small, book-shaped digipack with slipcover and notes, lyrics, and photographs by Ingunn Ringvold and Krissie Gregory. Former bandmate Gary Louris co-wrote "Poor Michael's Boat" and "National Express," and Williams co-wrote "Winter Song." Sonically, Salvation Blues is pristine if simple. Vaughn keeps things uncluttered and clean, allowing just enough of a mix for Olson's beautifully impure voice to rise to the top unfettered. Musically, while Olson's been following his muse -- that weds country-rock, folk, and other American roots forms -- since the very beginning of his long career, there are few surprises in composition. His sidemen on this session include the great, undercelebrated guitarist Tony Gilkyson, pedal steel and dobro boss Greg Leisz, bassist David J. Carpenter, Michele Gazich on violin, Zac Rae on keyboards, drummer Kevin Jarvis, with Ringvold playing acoustic guitar and Louris and Cindy Wasserman contributing backing vocals.

Ultimately, it comes down to the songs, though. And Mark Olson has them here in spades. with the presentation being so utterly simple, a lot of weight rests not only on the singer, but on the lyrics and melody. And Olson delivers, though the often shining optimism of his offerings has been tempered in places by grief, loss, and the workaday living of everyday life that blends dream and reality as time rushes forward; still he champions humble human nobility in choosing life over death each and every morning. It's a choice for Olson's protagonists, and it needs to be made each and every day without forgetting -- to forget is to choose one of them anyway. "My Carol" opens the set brightly enough. It's a country waltz that could have been written by the Bob Dylan who gave us the words to "Love Minus Zero/No Limit": "I have come to fetch my Carol/I have wandered in the muck/Dirty sheets outside the windows/Lies that poor folks never tell rich ones/Louder still is the sound of love....I know the beauty of her song/The blood of priests runs in her veins...My love for her is a speckled bird/An animal bleeding in the snow/Slink back under the fallen step/Of black rites and crooked sticks/Unforeseen victims of modern sin/I walk the dark rain and then no more/Daylight rings the bells of joy." The guitars entwine and ring gentle together, the beat slips and shimmers, and Olson delivers his words so easily, as if his observations were plainly seen by everyone -- yet held in secret.

On the very next cut, "Clinton Bridge," that optimism gets pushed further, though it takes into account the weight of the decision. A lone acoustic guitar acts as the spine for his vocal before the band enters. While they shore up the body of the tune: "I woke before the sun/Which is the way between the heart and the soul/You spoke with my words/Tangled up here inside/Some people came here to die/We came here to live..." Gazich's violin takes the instrumental break and brings the tune to near soaring levels, but the singer is repeating that refrain for a reason, it's conviction tested by tragedy. The gorgeous harmonies of the Jayhawks are brought to mind on "Poor Michael's Boat," as Olson and Gary Louris sound together on the refrains. Their voices seem earthy and timeless, and the track shuffles with fine B-3 playing and Greg Leisz on mandolin. It's a bittersweet tune that chooses trust in very doubtful circumstances. There are deep overtones to both "National Express" and "Winter Song," written with Williams. Both are love songs, but the latter, a dobro-fueled country two-stepper is heartbreaking: with the sliding six string and Olson's acoustic keeping time with the snare, he sings: "I remember our winter song/Slipping on a frozen lake/There I miss you when you're gone/Oh this winter song/Another cup of brutal wine/Dreams that once seemed so sweet/Are silent empty streets....." The title track is a killer country rocker, done mid-tempo with edgy Telecasters a Hammond B-3, acoustic six-strings, mandolin, and popping snare, whispering hi hat and kick drum. Olson sings of a truth so profound and glittering in the ashes, we almost dare not think of it: "There's such joy and sweet moments/To be found in this world/We know they'll come to an end/Just how makes our hearts hurt/Salvation blues and these blues will help us all/No light like your light/until we do something good..." The guitar solo bites down with clipped, short phrases, reminding the listener of the lyric and sending her back into a reverie of the very moments Olson sings of. The set closes with "My One Book Philosophy," another song steeped in the kind of simple man's Either/Or that Soren Kierkegaard had to nearly sweat blood to write. Olson doesn't need the rhetoric; he has the life experience that proves the mettle. Accompanying himself on the Wurlitzer, he takes it out in a nearly mournful whisper that acknowledges the previous; it's sweet memory disguised as a judge and jury; a ballad that covers a life sentence, but there's no bitterness, only regret, as much by the coming apart of dreams as by remembering them. It's a melancholy ending to an utterly moving, and deeply poetic recording that finally brings Olson out from the comfortable shadows, first as a member of the Jayhawks, and then as part of the husband-and-wife team that were at the heart of the Creekdippers. Salvation Blues is the kind of contemporary singer/songwriter record that we need more of: poetry as part and parcel of life itself, captured in a music so utterly simple and convincing, it is almost impossible to separate it from the artist who made it -- except that it recalls our own experiences so closely in places we have no choice but to give thanks to the man who exposed our inner selves even as he exposes his own. Salvation Blues is stripped down, modern desert country music at its very best.

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Americana with attitude is the best way to describe the Avett Brothers' music, a sublime blend of folk, country, hillbilly, and blues, swirled through with pop, rock, and a touch of wry punk. In their dreams, it all sounds perfect, but not so much so, they think, when they awake. "Yeah, you deserve the best," they bemoan, not just some "Hand-Me-Down Tune." Well, regrets, we've all had a few, and the Avett Brothers more than some. But if you're going to be filled with "Shame," best to offset your remorse with an incredibly infectious melody. Besides, life is short, and since we're all going to "Die Die Die," we might as well live and love while we can, even if that does just occasionally mean the band must shrug off "All My Mistakes." And love is the paramount emotion of Emotionalism, be it too young (the bouncy "I Would Be Sad"), Spanish-flavored ("Pretty Girl from San Diego"), blues-flecked ("Living of Love"), or exuberant (the British Invasion-styled "Will You Return?"). However, of the many marvelous romantic-themed numbers, the most striking is the romantic tale "The Ballad of Love and Hate," whose opening line, "Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate," immediately grabs your attention. Elsewhere, the band explores other emotions, like the nervousness that infects the otherwise jaunty "Paranoia in B-Flat Major," or the amusing attempts of the band to shrug off the attentions from cities around the country: "Salina" begins in fingerpicking style but ends with evocative classical piano and cello, and "Pretty Girl from San Diego" also shifts tactics from Spanish guitar to a big rock finish. From lullabies to the contrarily rousing singalong party piece "Go to Sleep," the Avett Brothers pick their way through America's folk styles, and deliver them in ways you'd never expect, all wrapped around lyrics, sometimes wry, sometimes dead-serious, but all delivered with the band's signature intensity. A fabulous album from a band that just keeps getting better.

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Geoff Berner (myspace wiki) is best described as jaunty klezmer (read: Jewish), Romanian, fiddles n' accordion music. It's sort of wry, witty, and tongue-in-cheek though, and has an overal playful--albeit sometimes bitter--tone to it. 

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Geoff Berner is rude, crude, blasphemous and brilliant. His unique style and subject matter has him 'categorized' as klezmer-punk-folk. The category fits him well. He is an acerbic poet and a stand-up comic who loves to shock in the tradition of a Lenny Bruce. He carries on a natural, easy banter with his audience. He accompanies himself on accordion, the perfect wandering minstrel’s instrument. On this night, Bridgette Dajzcer’s violin and Wayne Adams on djembe and cymbals completed the musical component with inebriating crescendos of discord and insistent beats.

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“The Avenging Angel of klezmer”— Canada ’s Globe and Mail
“Geoff Berner might be klezmer’s saviour.”—NOW Magazine.
"5/6" Oslo Dagvisen
"Cherish him, cherish him, for there really is no one like him.  Fantastic."--Billy Bragg

Geoff Berner's latest album, “Klezmer Mongrels” released October 24 on the 9pm label in Europe, and January -- 2009 in Canada , is the ultimate expression of his aggressive kind of klezmer.  It's a klezmer punk folk dance album about mixed-breeds of all kinds.

This is the third album of his "Whiskey Rabbi" trilogy, all recorded with the rough sound of blaring accordion, the virtuosic, scraping fiddle of Diona Davies, and the thumping, insistent rhythm of Wayne Adams' percussion.

This trilogy declares that the 'klezmer revival' is over.  There's no need to revive. Klezmer is alive and infectious, and voracious, and mutating again.   The evidence is there in the international radical klezmer scene that's sprung up in the last few years, with artists like Berner, Montreal's Socalled, Daniel Kahn in Berlin, Klezmic Zirkus in Belgium, Michael Winograd's band Jewish Princess in NYC, and literally scores more popping up in the wake of bands like these.

“Today there's a cultural battle going on between the boring forces of purity, fundamentalism and monoculture, and the fun forces of mixed-up, messed-up diversity. This album is a celebration of the triumph of mixed-up fun."

"'Whiskey Rabbi' was mainly about booze, 'Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride' was mostly about women, and 'Klezmer Mongrels' is about the natural consequences of combining the two."

"I believe in this approach, because at the height of its powers, this music, the folk music of Eastern European Jews, was a constantly changing brew of Turkish music, sacred Jewish music, Tango, jazz, and the music of whatever country the Jews were living in at the time."

Berner's message is evident in songs like "Half German Girlfriend", "Luck in Exile", and the ironic "Authentic Klezmer Wedding Band".  The music and lyrics are a raw assault on purity that will make listeners, laugh, bang their heads, cry, and feel absurd, all at the same time.

Berner began his klezmer journey with a research trip: In 2004, the trio of Berner, Diona Davies (violin) and Wayne Adams (percussion) travelled to rural Romania to investigate the roots of the music with their guide and guru, Bob Cohen, leader of Budapest band Di Naye Kapelye.  They returned with a deeper understanding of the culture, and quite a few stories to tell.

Now, after courting Olympic controversy at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, numerous international tours, festival appearances, airplay on national radio in 7 countries, and slots on tour with artists such as Billy Bragg, Kaizers Orchestra, Balkan Beat Box and the Be Good Tanyas (who covered his song "Light Enough to Travel", selling over 100,000 copies), he's garnered critical acclaim and a fast-growing cult following for his sharp songwriting and cabaret performance style.
"It was weird on this last tour, to play places like Amsterdam , Berlin , even Nuremberg , and have people I'd never seen before singing along, not just to the choruses, but the verses.  Something strange is happening out there.  But it's good."

Geoff Berner - The Wedding Dance Of The Widow Bride

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With "Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride", Geoff Berner continues with his mission to "Drag klezmer music into the bars kicking and screaming".

This is a project that began with the 2005 release "Whiskey Rabbi", which received rave reviews in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.  "...Widow Bride" is all at once dirtier, prettier, more deeply rooted in klezmer scholarship, and more transgressive. The lyrics are sometimes humourous, sometimes frighteningly dark, and often both at the same time.

"Because klezmer is largely wedding music, I decided to write a wedding album.  But it`s my wedding album, so it`s a bit fucked up." observes Berner. "It`s not a `concept` album, but all the songs are linked to a general theme.  The theme is this idea of wondering how much of our happiness is built on the misfortune of others."

The album features 9 original klezmer punk songs, and a blistering, discordant cover of Leonard Cohen`s "Queen Victoria".  Several of the originals are based on song concepts that appear in the Jewish wedding ritual, such as "Weep, Bride, Weep"--a re-imagining of the traditional "Song to Make the Bride Weep", and "The Fiddler Is A Very Good Woman", based on the folk tune "The Fiddler Is A Very Good Man".  But with their explicit sexual and political lyrical content, it`s unlikely that these new songs will ever be mistaken for their source material.

The trio of Berner, violinist Diona Davies and percussionist Wayne Adams returned to the Factory studio in Vancouver, with Adams also running the board, recording live off the floor to create a raw, emotionally powerful, acoustic sound that emphasizes a mix of "joyfullness and despair" of traditional Jewish music, combined with a raging energy.[//quote]
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« Reply #1984 on: 31 May 2009, 19:01 »

The complete discography of Motor Humming:

1999: Musical Aluminum


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That's from the breathless PR on the obi strip of the album.  Really, this is a modest, tightly played and tightly wound disc of instrumental rock 'n' roll.  For my money, a lot of fun to listen to.  The band is still together and play shows in Japan to this day, but to my knowledge, this is their only album.

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« Reply #1985 on: 31 May 2009, 19:43 »

So I found this floating around on the internet.  I downloaded and re-uploaded it myself, just because I didn't know how old the link was.  It's a bunch of demo's by Chuck Ragan, mostly of stuff off Feast or Famine.

Chuck Ragan - the Blueprint Sessions

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« Reply #1986 on: 31 May 2009, 22:40 »

CLOUDC - CLOUDC (2009)



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This “dynamic” one-man-perfomance is focusing on creating a honest and scape-ish sound, that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your stomach. Cloudc forces you to start exploring music by the spectrum of colors.


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« Reply #1987 on: 01 Jun 2009, 00:09 »

Jacques Brel-24 grootste successen

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« Reply #1988 on: 01 Jun 2009, 01:21 »

The Honorary Title - Indie Rock band that has its roots in Brooklyn, like so many others.
I recently saw a show of theirs in Grand Rapids and was blown away.  Download this album - Anything Else but the Truth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorary_Title

I uploaded it all retarded and shit with individual tracks - here's the link

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are you using a pc or mac?

I do. I prefer .rar though.  I was *really* drunk at the time of upload, listening to the album, and decided to be generous.  Now that I am sober, and conscious of my actions:

The Honorary Title - Anything Else but the Truth



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« Reply #1989 on: 01 Jun 2009, 06:56 »

2 albums by Sambomaster.  

Yes this band is unfortunately named, and its three principal members look a little... unremarkable.  Yes, their songwriting scope is limited and they have a few too many syrupy ballads to make any one album a five-star affair... wow.  I'm really talking them up, yes?  If you think you might like to hear some catchy, noisy, rambunctious, high-spirited joyously screamy rock 'n' roll, these are your guys.  They're like a no-nonsense workmanlike band who hit it kinda big in Japan- I think by having a song picked as the title for a Naruto cartoon.  If you played the second Ouendan game for the DS, their song was used for the "end-of-the-world" final challenge- and this is how I heard of them.

I'm posting their second and third albums, which are for me their high-points.  There's a bit of filler on each, but the good songs are all pretty great.

Sambomaster is Talking To You



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« Reply #1990 on: 01 Jun 2009, 11:59 »

Crippled black phoenix-200 tons of bad luck

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After releasing the underground classic “A Love Of Shared Disasters” Crippled Black Phoenix have regrouped and spent the best part of a year recording “200 Tons Of Bad Luck”. Although not strictly a concept recording, the thoughts and moods of founding member Justin Greaves(Electric Wizard / Iron Monkey / Teeth Of Lions Rule Devine) re-occur throughout and link the songs in a film like way.

Once again the CBP crafted the songs at Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead) State Of Art Studio. The band is made up this time of Joe Volk (Gonga), Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai), Kostas Panagiotou (Pantheist) & Charlotte Nicholls. Joining the band on all live dates will be Joe Allen & John Langley of Saturation Point. The end result will no doubt have folk scrambling for descriptives and in the midst of the relative chaos Crippled Black Phoenix will be oblivious to it all, again giving you 200 tons of music that, if you let yourself have time to be immersed in, you shall be rewarded. Think of these albums like the moment when your life flashes before your eyes just before the inevitable conclusion.
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« Reply #1991 on: 01 Jun 2009, 14:43 »

Both full-lengths by one of my favourite bands, Ladyhawk. RIYL Silkworm, beer, black metal.

Ladyhawk - s/t (2006)

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« Reply #1992 on: 01 Jun 2009, 14:50 »

And You Shall Call All that Passes Between Us "Rock n' Roll"

Haha, I didn't know that was the translation. I love this band's music and their energy. Good, good stuff.
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« Reply #1993 on: 01 Jun 2009, 15:48 »

Ladyhawk have such awesome album art.
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« Reply #1994 on: 02 Jun 2009, 02:49 »

Okay, so as I have spent the last year or so finding out about wicked bands and generally leeching of this board I was feeling a little guilty.. so here is a few great albums on a breakcore, electronica, and postrock tip:

The Flashbulb - Kirlian Selections



Making even Jean-Paul Satre look work shy, The Flashbulb’s (aka Benn Jordan) follow up to 2004's 'Red Extensions of Me' is a whopping, full-fat 28 tracks of break(core) attitude, stunning compositions and splintered IDM which will go down a treat with anyone who has ever fantasised what a Michael Nyman/AFX death match would sound like (see 'Passage D' and it's piano/'Girl/Boy' structure). Picking individual highlights is (to paraphrase Lester Bangs) a bit like dancing about architecture, with each track adding to the whole and best consumed with the broader coherence in mind. Yet this isn't to say 'Kirilian Selections' cannot delight in autonomous chunks, with particular highlights being the rigid beats and analogue nebula of 'Kirlian Choices', the throaty Warp drum & bass and Wyld Stallion guitars of 'Lawn Wake IX' and the vocoder drenched, sweeping acoustica of 'Miles and Miles'. Add to this a cover of 'California Dreaming' that does to The Mamas and The Papas classic what Squarepusher did to Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', and you've got yourself an album that refracts huge amount of influences and talent into a gem studded delight. Like a Yasuijro Ozu for the ears... - Boomkat

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Project Serendipity - Linear Lullabies



Pleasant soothing instrumental post-rock flavoured organic electronica and time and space and refined glitch, crackle, buzz and scratch. Relaxing energizing game arcades and sixtyfivedays of electronic warmth and creative glow.  Clever, rewarding, complex without ever becoming cluttered, a healthy example of less being more. Gentle guitars, bright glokenspiel, warm melodica and all flowing in such an easy to listen to manner. Inviting, glowing, welcoming, delightfully creative and just right – in fact, rather highly recommended – all 32 precise concise glitching twitching jumping slices of it. - Organ

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The Monroe Transper - Vox Humana



At their most beautiful, The Monroe Transfer are able to lightly brush the places that so few other instrumental acts can. Primarily, the average person – the average listener – is touched by lyrics first and music later; they are, after all, our key communicator, the harmonised take on day-to-day conversation and social interaction. We’re raised to speak a certain language, to use particular lexicons in varied situations – a sit-down meal with your grandparents will have you using an almost entirely different set of words and colloquialisms to when you’re gutting back a kebab with your mates at 2am on a Sunday morning, eyes red and hair messy. So, it’s exciting when a band that features not a single singer is able to take you away to someplace other than the here and now on fabulous waves of orchestral sound. The Monroe Transfer, at their most beautiful, are that band. - Drowned in Sound

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« Reply #1995 on: 02 Jun 2009, 08:12 »

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« Reply #1996 on: 02 Jun 2009, 10:50 »

Found some quality music in this thread so far, so I figured I'd up a couple of things in return.

As there seems to be a fair amount of love for Silkworm on this board, here's an album by Joel Phelps, one of the original members of Silkworm. He left the band in 1994, and went on to release a music under the name Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio. This is an album of theirs called Customs. It also came with a bonus disk of sorts, so I've upped that as well, pushing it to 2 downloads.

I'm not too great at writing about music, but this is a brilliant album, and well worth the download. Especially if you're a fan of early Silkworm, like I am.

Joel R.L. Phelps and the Downer Trio - Customs



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The second album is by Sir Richard Bishop. One of the Sun City Girls, he also has a solo career releasing mainly instrumental guitar tracks. Has a lot of mid-eastern influences noticable in it, and is played exceptionally well.

Sir Richard Bishop - While My Guitar Violently Bleeds



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And then just because I can, a Sun City Girls album. This is fantastic.

The Sun City Girls - Grotto of Miracles



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« Reply #1997 on: 02 Jun 2009, 11:16 »

The validity of your opinion depends on whether you like rap as an genre.

It may be my most listened to genre.

I don't think this has been posted, my search doesn't seem to be working too well right now.

The Vaselines - Enter the Vaselines (2009) [320kbps I think]

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The Vaselines were a indie/rock/pop/whatever group from Glasgow, they achieved some notoritiy in the 90's though mostly due to Kurt Cobain being a huge fan / covering some tunes. This is a great place to begin if you've never heard any of their LP's.

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Enter the Vaselines is a compilation album by the indie rock band The Vaselines. The release date is May 5, 2009, on the record label Sub Pop.

The album is a deluxe reissue of their 1992 compilation The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History. Disc one compiles all tracks from their two previous EP's (Son of a Gun (EP) and Dying for It (EP)) and only LP record (Dum-Dum), in chronological order of release, with the exception of the previously unreleased track "Bitch", which is inserted after what was the fourth track on "Dum-Dum." Disc two includes demos and live tracks recorded in Bristol and London.

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« Reply #1998 on: 02 Jun 2009, 13:33 »

Sun City Girls - Grotto of Miracles

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sweet! i have been seriously missing this album since my last iPod broke and i forgot what it was called so i couldn't search for it.

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« Reply #1999 on: 02 Jun 2009, 16:03 »

The Little Ones- Morning Tide

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As I mentioned in the summer songs thread, this album is pretty sweet summer music.
Also, I love the album art



Cloud Cult-Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)

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It's hard not to root for Cloud Cult. A Minneapolis-based collective whose social conscience is as important as their music, the bandmembers have made a strong name for themselves in green circles for putting their money where their mouth is on the topic: not only do they tour in a biodiesel van and use recycled and sustainable materials in their CD packaging, the group's profits are donated to charity. This includes the proceeds from the work of the band's two non-musicians, painters Connie Minowa and Scott West: during each Cloud Cult performance, they paint original works on-stage as the band plays, which are then auctioned off from the stage at the end of the show. Furthermore, it seems nearly impossible not to be moved by the fact that since the 2002 death of Kaidin Minowa, Connie and singer/songwriter Craig Minowa's young son, the majority of the band's songs have dealt, sometimes explicitly but more often obliquely, with that loss. But while doing press for the band's fifth album in five years, Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes), Craig Minowa announced that this was quite possibly the last Cloud Cult record, or at least the last before a long break. Releasing an album a year -- especially while undergoing the processes of grief -- is exhausting for even the most prolific bands, and unfortunately, Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) shows the strain. Following the band's career high point, 2005's Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus, and 2007's more restrained The Meaning of 8, this has the undeniable feel of a songwriter and a band who have started running out of ideas. To cite the group's most obvious musical touchstone, the Flaming Lips, this is their Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, the album where they recycle the sounds and themes of the albums just previous with considerably less of the imagination and innovation they had previously shown. Even the most devoted Cloud Cult fans will note that while there are undeniable charms to songs like "No One Said It Would Be Easy" (which opens the album with a minute-long fugue for acoustic and electric keyboards that features some outstanding, Pink Floyd-like stereo panning that must be heard on good headphones to truly appreciate) and the Arcade Fire-style urgency of "May Your Hearts Stay Strong," the high points are fewer and farther between this time out than they were before.]
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