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TownOfDalem

posted on 7-23-2019 at 06:52 PM

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
T of D - Are you Canadian pal? Because that’s a lot of CanCon. New and old Teagan & Sara are awesome. Billy Talent’s one of my least favourite bands. Same with Alexisonfire. They were just so overplayed on MuchMusic and the radio.


Not from Canada, just somehow a large number of my favorite bands seem to have been from there. It's funny seeing the overplayed complaint since I've never heard either band on the radio in my life. To me knowing they actually did get play on Canadian radio and Canadian MTV just made me jealous. Both bands are excellent live.

Tegan and Sara did become an excellent pop group, pop just isn't my thing.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Man, I love Duke Ellington. I got a CD of Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook at a garage sale a couple of years ago, and it was probably the most-listened to CD on my cross-country road trip a few years back. Everyone who even half-way appreciates jazz should listen to this CD.


I went to a place near me that has a good used CD selection and picked up an Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington combo album. Not the one your describing, but I'm looking forward to it just the same. Also picked up a Stan Getz album because I think I've only heard him on random compilation albums. Haven't gotten a chance to listen to either (or the handful of other random stuff I got) as my wife wanted first dibs by buying the Wicked soundtrack. Such is married life.

[Edited on 7-23-2019 by TownOfDalem]


the goon

posted on 7-21-2019 at 09:39 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
quote:

Shawn Smith (I'm cheating and including him for his work fronting the Seattle bands Satchel, Brad, and Pigeonhed, all of which I was hugely into in my early high school days)


Did you hear he recently passed away this year? While I never knew him, a lot of folks I'm friends with in the Seattle music community were friends with him, as he was still quite prolific in the local scene. It was a pretty big deal when he passed.


Yeah, I was bummed out when I heard he passed away earlier this year. He definitely looked like he had put on some weight over the years based on some live clips I've seen on YouTube, so I don't know if that contributed to his death or not.

And it's kind of sad that a lot of his work seems like it's out of print at the moment. I subscribe to Google Play Music, which has a zillion bands and songs, but the only Shawn Smith stuff that's on there are Pigeonhed's albums and one Brad album. No Satchel stuff, no early Brad stuff, none of his solo stuff...I'm not sure if it's a licensing/legal rights issue or what, but it's hard to find a lot of his stuff on legit streaming services.


bigfatgoalie

posted on 7-19-2019 at 04:15 PM

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Jenny Lewis was also in a project with Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie called The Postal Service which only had one album. I liked it more than anything I heard from Death Cab (and I actually like Death Cab somewhat).



Lewis and Death Cab actually were/are touring together this summer.

Whenever anybody mentions Postal Service, I’m reminded that Gibbard has admitted that Iron & Wine did the better version of “Such Great Heights”, to the point that when he plays it, he does Sam’s version instead. Speaking of that:


salmonjunkie

posted on 7-19-2019 at 04:02 PM

Count me in with enjoying Rilo Kiley quite a lot. I haven't listened to them in a long time, but when I did, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think the last album I listened to from them was Under The Black Light.

Jenny Lewis was also in a project with Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie called The Postal Service which only had one album. I liked it more than anything I heard from Death Cab (and I actually like Death Cab somewhat).

I noticed I didn't mention very much female or female fronted bands, outside of Blondie, but there are some that I think deserve mention in here:

The Knife - Swedish electronic duo - they're not together anymore, but the singer Karin had a solo project Fever Ray. You may not have heard of either band, but songs from both projects pop up on TV and movies a bit, including Breaking Bad, Entourage, Girls, and The Handmaid's Tale. If you are curious, go listen to the album Silent Shout.

Crystal Castles - loud and weird electronic duo who is also not together anymore. They did a song with Robert Smith of The Cure that got some radio play.

The Bangles - I'm an 80s kid, and every time I hear them on the radio or show up in a playlist, I fucking get joyful.

and while we're throwing out huge pop stars, I can honestly say I've really liked most of Madonna's stuff from her beginning years all the way up to the Ray of Light album, and seem to like her music more as I get older.

I notice that a lot of my favorites as far as women goes towards pop or electronic. I mean, I like Lita Ford, Joan Jett, and Heart, but I can't think of a "favorite" female fronted band in the hard rock arena. Isis was really cool, Halestorm are good, but they aren't favorites either, and there's not a lot more I can even think of. Any suggestions, bring them my way.


I had a punk/ska phase in my early 20s. These bands are the ones I love and still listen to to this day and probably deserve to be in that "favorites" list on my first post.
The Clash - The Beatles of punk rock, IMO. Including the part that after they broke up, they all continued to release great music, especially Joe Strummer's solo stuff.
Bad Religion - I really love this band. I love that lead singer Greg Graffin wears his political heart on his sleeve with his lyrics, but is also a science professor at UCLA.
Rancid - I know Op Ivy is the historical band to love in this genre, but I truly believe Rancid's catalog is superior. In their later years, they have become repetitive, but their first 3 or 4 albums were fantastic. Matt Freeman's bass solo in Maxwell Murder is probably the most kick ass bass solo in punk rock ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bimNMiz250

I also loved:
Pennywise, Face To Face, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Misfits

Here's a list of my favorite rap and hip-hop favorites not mentioned above.
Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, 2Pac, Biggie, The Pharcyde, The Fugees, Public Enemy, Common, old Mos Def, Talib Kweli.I also had a phase in my mid 20s where I was all about underground hip-hop, but we don't need yet another list.

More bands I love that have hovered in the "favorites" category for long periods of time:
Pantera, Anthrax, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, System of A Down

quote:

Shawn Smith (I'm cheating and including him for his work fronting the Seattle bands Satchel, Brad, and Pigeonhed, all of which I was hugely into in my early high school days)


Did you hear he recently passed away this year? While I never knew him, a lot of folks I'm friends with in the Seattle music community were friends with him, as he was still quite prolific in the local scene. It was a pretty big deal when he passed.

Also, did you know that his biggest radio play was a remix of a Pigeonhed song?



quote:
Originally posted by G. Jonah Jameson
quote:
Originally posted by the goon
As a lifelong gamer, video game music has been almost as big of an influence on me as "regular" music, so kudos on listing Uematsu. Shit, maybe we should do a whole separate thread about favorite video game music, because I could go on and on about it.



I'd be way the hell on board with that. I've been making lists of my favorite video game music for what feels like forever. The Final Fantasy games are up there, but there's also some amazing stuff from Castlevania, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden...


We kinda need to start this thread. I'll do this in the Tech section.



[Edited on 7-19-2019 by salmonjunkie]


G. Jonah Jameson

posted on 7-19-2019 at 03:29 PM

In case anyone's curious about some of the more obscure stuff on my list, here's more on a few of them:

"My Way," Butch Walker's first solo single and one of my favorite songs by him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvt9fc8SQKw

"First Date," my favorite Ninja Sex Party song (and a solid video, too): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvgcLTzwjVM

"Show Me What You've Got," more post-relevance Powerman 5000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy7PdZoHRa0

I've seen a few people mention Ghost. I've not heard enough of their stuff to rank them among my favorites, but I dig the hell out of what I've heard. They're completely different from everything else on rock radio right now.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
A few years ago, I'd have put Michael Jackson on my list as well,but his kid-diddly shit makes him a little bit harder to listen to now. His music was still fantastic.
[Edited on 7-18-2019 by salmonjunkie]


Yeah, I have the same problem with Michael Jackson. "Beat it" is still an all-time favorite for me, and I have a lot of positive memories related to "Thriller." But where a lot of his work used to be perfectly acceptable to me, now I find myself changing the station or skipping the song when "Billie Jean" or "Black or White" or "Rock With You" comes on. I still love what I used to love, but I have a harder time liking what I used to like, if that makes sense. And given what's come out recently about his personal life, I'd be OK if I never had to hear "PYT" again, because if any of his songs takes on a more sinister meaning now, it's that one.

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
GJJ - The News are awesome. Whenever I go down the 80 s music video YouTube time suck, I spend a lot of time on Huey and the gang.



I still find myself discovering Huey Lewis & the News songs that I wasn't aware of as a kid, or even when I started getting really into them as an adult. I stumbled on one called "Give Me the Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)" about a month ago, and although it's not exactly all-time-great quality, I still found it entertaining. It helps that Huey Lewis seems to have a pretty good sense of humor; Funny or Die redid the "Hip to Be Square" scene from "American Psycho" with Huey Lewis and Weird Al a couple years back, and it's still one of my favorite things.

quote:
Originally posted by the goon
As a lifelong gamer, video game music has been almost as big of an influence on me as "regular" music, so kudos on listing Uematsu. Shit, maybe we should do a whole separate thread about favorite video game music, because I could go on and on about it.



I'd be way the hell on board with that. I've been making lists of my favorite video game music for what feels like forever. The Final Fantasy games are up there, but there's also some amazing stuff from Castlevania, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden...


the goon

posted on 7-19-2019 at 05:07 AM

So many things I want to reply to, so hold on for probably the longest post in the history of the music forum.

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
8 - Jenny Lewis

I’m cheating here and will lump Rilo Kiley and Jenny and Johnny with Miss Lewis’ solo stuff. Not a wide range of styles, but I love what Jenny does.


I'm not a big indie rock guy, but I loved me some Rilo Kiley when they were around. And I've only heard bits and pieces of Jenny Lewis' solo stuff, but have dug it for the most part.

And a fun fact: Rilo Kiley is one of those bands where I can truly take the hipster "I knew them before they were big" stance. I rented The Wizard back around 2001 for some childhood nostalgia kicks and after watching it looked up the actors on IMDB just to see what else they had done since then. I saw that Jenny Lewis played in a band called Rilo Kiley, and being that this was in the days of Napster/Kazaa, looked them up on there, liked what I heard, and the rest is history. I think at the time they had only released one indie EP and hadn't even put out a full-length album yet, so it was cool to see them steadily get bigger over the years after being this random band I had discovered online that nobody had ever heard of.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Megadeth - Dave Mustaine is an asshat, but man they have some great music


My philosophy has always been that while Dave is a dickhead, when you're the one responsible for the Peace Sells and Rust In Peace albums, you kind of get a lifetime pass for being a dickhead.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Guns N Roses - GNR was my gateway from Motley Crue and Metallica - and the GNR/Metallica tour was my 3rd concert ever.


Guns 'N Roses would definitely be on my honorable mentions list and I'm of the semi rare breed that kind of prefers the Use Your Illusion albums to Appetite (and don't get me wrong, Appetite is fucking classic, but I think it's more a case of hearing songs like "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child 'O Mine" a zillion times in my life and always skip them when listening to that album).

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Motley Crue - My first concert ever. They actually have a fair amount of songs I don't like, but the ones I do like are fucking awesome


I love me some Crue and they would probably make my honorable mentions list as well. Their first two albums are awesome and it kind of bums me out that they went in a glam direction after that with Theater of Pain, because they could have been this kind of cool Iron Maiden/hair metal hybrid if they'd stuck with their Shout At The Devil look and sound. With that said, I think the "Girls Girls Girls" direction was much more in line with who those guys are in real life, so I don't fault them for it (plus they did still crank out some great tunes throughout the rest of their career).

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Baroness


I've gotten really into Baroness over their last two albums and they're one of my favorite current bands. I think my only minor qualms with them is that their production doesn't seem to be the best (it kind of has that compressed/high gain sound that Death Magnetic has) and the singer kind of does the same shouty vocals on every song; even on a slower track like "Would You Stop the Rain" (which I love), he's still basically shouting over it. With all that said, Baroness kicks ass.

quote:
Originally posted by G. Jonah Jameson
Nobuo Uematsu: Otherwise known as the composer behind most of the Final Fantasy games. There's no other video game composer whose work I appreciate more.



As a lifelong gamer, video game music has been almost as big of an influence on me as "regular" music, so kudos on listing Uematsu. Shit, maybe we should do a whole separate thread about favorite video game music, because I could go on and on about it.

quote:
Originally posted by TownOfDalem
Though I a do ride for Alien Ant Farm. Glow, Courage, tons of good songs. They were excellent and I was happy to got to see them live once.


Hell yeah man, always nice to see a fellow Ant Farm fan. I caught them live here in Charlotte about ten years ago and ended up hanging out with them for a couple of hours in a private room at a bowling alley (long story, but definitely one of the more surreal moments of my life). They were all super cool and I think a bit surprised, but appreciative, of my deep knowledge of their song catalog, dating back to their pre-major label stuff.

quote:
Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Also, someone mentioned Prince and that's someone who should be on my list as well, along with David Bowie. I don't think of either of them much when I think of "favorites" but man, a decent amount of their catalog are just some of the best music ever.


That's kind of where I stand on guys like Prince and Bowie. I respect the hell out of them and love some of their stuff, but I can't say I listen to them very often in my everyday life.

quote:
Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Goon - King X would have been my jam back in 89-91 when I was getting in to GNR. But I likely wouldn’t have stayed with them very long, as the YouTube videos I saw had a dated late 80s sound.


They definitely had an 80's look and production style for their first few albums, but musically I think they were on a whole different level from what a lot of other bands around that time we're doing. My personal favorite album from them would be their self-titled one from 1991, but those guys have had a career spanning 30 years so I'd definitely recommend checking out some of their 1990s/2000s stuff if you weren't as into their 80s work. If I want to get really specific, I'd say the self-titled album and Dogman are their best 1990's work and Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous (weird title) and Black Like Sunday are their best 2000s work.

And since I mentioned my honorable mentions earlier in this post, I thought what the hell and why not list ten of them just for fun (in alphabetical order, since I'm too lazy to put the thought into ranking them in proper order):

Ben Folds Five
CKY (though I'm really more a Deron Miller fan, as I think that guy is a riff god and his work with his more recent bands like Foreign Objects and 96 Bitter Beings is kickass)
Guns 'N Roses
Jellyfish
Motley Crue
Mr. Bungle
Pantera
Queen
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Shawn Smith (I'm cheating and including him for his work fronting the Seattle bands Satchel, Brad, and Pigeonhed, all of which I was hugely into in my early high school days)


bigfatgoalie

posted on 7-18-2019 at 10:46 PM

Goon - King X would have been my jam back in 89-91 when I was getting in to GNR. But I likely wouldn’t have stayed with them very long, as the YouTube videos I saw had a dated late 80s sound.

Junkie - I too forgot Bowie. I’ve always appreciated Prince, but not my cup of tea. Prince and Janet (Miss Jackson if you nasty) are two of the bigger names on my “I should like this artist more than I do” list. Side note, Bad (along with the wrestling album) was one of my first ever records. Not tapes. Not cds. But pressed vinyl. Man I wish I still had those.

GJJ - The News are awesome. Whenever I go down the 80 s music video YouTube time suck, I spend a lot of time on Huey and the gang.

T of D - Are you Canadian pal? Because that’s a lot of CanCon. New and old Teagan & Sara are awesome. Billy Talent’s one of my least favourite bands. Same with Alexisonfire. They were just so overplayed on MuchMusic and the radio.

But speaking of CanCon...

I really want a Drake greatest hits album. He’s probably my favourite rapper at the moment. Mostly because RIP MCA, but also because I didn’t latch on to Eminem’s latest stuff.

Also...Bryan Adams, Sara McLaughlin, and BNL also deserve mentions.


salmonjunkie

posted on 7-18-2019 at 05:41 PM

Man, I love Duke Ellington. I got a CD of Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook at a garage sale a couple of years ago, and it was probably the most-listened to CD on my cross-country road trip a few years back. Everyone who even half-way appreciates jazz should listen to this CD.

Also, someone mentioned Prince and that's someone who should be on my list as well, along with David Bowie. I don't think of either of them much when I think of "favorites" but man, a decent amount of their catalog are just some of the best music ever.

A few years ago, I'd have put Michael Jackson on my list as well,but his kid-diddly shit makes him a little bit harder to listen to now. His music was still fantastic.


[Edited on 7-18-2019 by salmonjunkie]


TownOfDalem

posted on 7-17-2019 at 08:13 PM

I always find the music thread super interesting because my tastes don't really align with anyone else on the board. My formative Rock years are 2002-2010 which means most of these bands never made it. Though I a do ride for Alien Ant Farm. Glow, Courage, tons of good songs. They were excellent and I was happy to got to see them live once.

1. Funeral For A Friend: Welsh band most distinctive for their dueling Rhythm and Lead Guitar.
Roses For the Dead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsaamq0E964

2. Thrice: They are probably the band I'm most surprised never got serious radio play.
In Exile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrTkd1618Q

3. Alexisonfire: Were huge in Canada for a few years. So glad they starting releasing a few new songs after being gone for 9 years.
Familiar Drugs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA9Te_KPg3c

4. Emery: The layered and dueling vocals with in-your-face guitars is what appeals to me.
Pink Slip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spLUWPi1ufc

5. Billy Talent: The lead singers voice is never going to be for everyone, but they are the modern masters of memorible guitar riffs with catchy choruses
Devil in the Midnight Mass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv5kkI5X1QM
Kingdom of Zod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsnmUdGnJhc

6. Anberlin: The actually did have a brief run of radio success. The lead vocals are really the driving thing for them.
Feel Good Drag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4sqFmSqrSc
Also love their cover of True Faith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT1ctDuxXgc

7. Trombone Shorty: Bit different then the prior artists and Trombone Shorty is more modern Jazz/R&B. You've probably heard Hurricane Season somewhere, but The trombone solo on Fire And Brimstone just blows my mind
Fire and Brimstone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLfsLx04GjE

8. Story of the Year: Most famous around these parts for doing the mostly hated cover of Christian's Just Close Your Eyes theme. I know them for being incredible live.
And the Hero Will Drown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgzb_PVjC-I

9. Tegan and Sara: Their late career turn to pure pop seems to have worked from a popularity perspective but I'll miss the half a dozen
Walking With a Ghost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtCGODjuRq0

10. Monty Are I: They only released two albums before dissapearing, but they were great while they lasted.
Break Through The Silence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mLKvU5xuOk


Because I appreciated Salmon tossing out his favorite Jazz artists I'll do the same. I tend to combine Jazz and Big Band in my listening so my top three:

1. Cannonball Adderley
Mercy Mercy Mercy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7jqyBq9hes
2. Duke Ellington
3. Buddy Rich (minus when he decides it's time for a 7 minute drum solo)

[Edited on 7-17-2019 by TownOfDalem]


G. Jonah Jameson

posted on 7-17-2019 at 07:23 PM

All right, why not? I always appreciate the opportunity to share my terrible taste in music with others. These are in no particular order, but I'll make it clear which of them I consider to be No. 1.

Aerosmith: Aerosmith isn't necessarily a band that would jump to mind as a "favorite" per se, but they have so many songs that I love -- and so few that I dislike -- that they have to be on here. I appreciate their goofy stuff -- "Love in an Elevator," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Walk This Way" -- a lot more than I appreciate their more serious stuff. And for whatever reason, recently, I've really taken a liking to "Line Up," which you might recognize from the "searching for the missing gemstone" montage in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

Butch Walker: Butch Walker is a singer-songwriter known much more for the latter than for the former. He wrote a lot of pop/punk stuff you might recognize from the early 2000s, including "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling for Soup, "Right Now" by SR-71 and "My Happy Ending" by Avril Lavigne. But I like a lot of his own stuff; the music is fairly basic, but he's a really clever lyricist, and I tend to pay more attention to the lyrics than to the music (you'll see more evidence of this later). I'm also lumping in the band he fronted in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Marvelous 3 ("Freak of the Week"), which not only introduced me to his solo work, but helped me get over a breakup years later.

Huey Lewis & the News: Yeah, now we're getting into the stuff I'm going to get mocked for. No apologies. Huey Lewis is, again, a pretty clever lyricist -- with a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor, as Patrick Bateman might say. The band's music is far catchier than it has any right to be. "Hip to Be Square" is highly entertaining, "I Want a New Drug" is goofy fun, "Couple Days Off" is great for ranting about work and "The Power of Love" is my all-time favorite song. HEY PAUL! (whack!)

Ninja Sex Party: These guys are a more recent addition. If you like goofy nonsense, I highly recommend them. The band has a really 1980s-themed, heavily-produced sound, and although a lot of their songs follow the misadventures of frontman Danny Sexbang and his woeful inability to woo the opposite sex, they're a lot more fun when they address other topics. They actually performed their biggest hit, "Danny Don't You Know," a message from the singer to his hopeless younger self, on Conan O'Brien. My personal favorite, and the song that got me into them after only being aware of them for a year or so, is "First Date," a normal-sounding song that slowly escalates in insanity.

The Offspring: I can hardly think of a single Offspring song that I don't love. OK, I don't love "California Cruising (Bumpin' in my Trunk)," but everyone else is consistently great. They've managed to remain great for decades, which is impressive, from "Self Esteem" and "Come Out and Play" to their more recent "Coming for You," and they actually had their biggest hit in the late 2000s with "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid." Of course, since I gravitate toward goofy shit, "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" is my favorite.

Powerman 5000: Yes, really. Sci-fi themed pop-metal is my jam. They may have ceased to be relevant in the early 2000s, but they're still putting out music, and a lot of it is highly enjoyable; "How to Be a Human," from 2014, is great fun. They tried to refine their sound a little in the mid-2000s, and no one cared, so now they're doing the same stuff they were doing in 1999, and I'm totally OK with it.

Prince: I wish I'd properly appreciated Prince while he was alive. He's a great musician, but an absolutely unbelievable songwriter, easily one of the best of all-time. And as distinctive as he is, his sound varies so significantly from song to song. Change the vocalist, and you might never realize "Kiss" and "Purple Rain" are by the same artist. The guitar solo from "Purple Rain" is all-time great, and even some of the stuff he contributed to the "Batman" soundtrack is incredible, "Trust" and "Partyman" in particular.

U2: Another example of "not an intuitive favorite, but has made an enormous amount of stuff I like." They just have too many songs I love not to rank here. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" is probably my favorite, but I love their 1980s stuff, I like most of their 1990s stuff and even a good amount of the 2000s stuff is solid. And, as others have noted, they have an incredible live show. I almost never go to concerts, but I lucked into one of theirs -- a friend of mine had tickets, and the person he was going to go with canceled -- and it was almost indescribably good.

Weezer: Yeah, they can sound kind of repetitive over time, but repetition doesn't bother me, so I like most of what they have to offer. The recent covers album was ... OK, but prior to that you have tons of great stuff. The blue album was more or less the perfect compromise album from college when nobody could agree on what to listen to.

"Weird Al" Yankovic: Yeah, he's No. 1. His parodies are spot-on, but he's so much more than a parodist, and I actually enjoy his originals, on average, more than I enjoy his parodies. Obviously, as someone who listens to the lyrics, I appreciate basically everything he does, because the lyrics are always front and center. But I'm always impressed by how he's able to not only write for different genres, but, effectively, for different bands -- his most recent album had wacky-lyrics style parodies of the Foo Fighters, the Pixies, Crosby Stills & Nash and Southern Culture on the Skids, just to name a few. And he also writes on topics that I can appreciate; "Word Crimes," his grammar-themed parody of "Blurred Lines," speaks to me on a deep level. Weird Al isn't everyone's cup of tea, but even if you don't dig his sound, it's easy to appreciate the work that goes into his music.


A couple of honorable mentions that I don't think fit into the theme here, but deserve to be spotlighted:

Nobuo Uematsu: Otherwise known as the composer behind most of the Final Fantasy games. There's no other video game composer whose work I appreciate more.

Pete & Wayne: For my most obscure choice, I present a cheesy comedy bar band. They were based out of Key West, but would tour from time to time. Most of their stuff was parodies, comedy songs by other artists, etc., but they were a hell of a lot of fun to see live. Anytime I was in Key West on vacation -- my wife and I are both big fans -- or anytime they'd visit near where I live, I'd try to see them. Unfortunately, Wayne died this past year, so the band is no more. But I can still appreciate such, uh, hits as "The Fuck You Song," "Monkey Pox" and "The Rectum of Ella Fitzgerald."


salmonjunkie

posted on 7-17-2019 at 12:18 AM

I'm not going to do it in a top 10 format, because I can't rank them and I'm bound to forget someone. I'm just going to have tiers. And I'll try to keep the total number reasonable.

The All Time Triumvirate:

Alice In Chains - This was my favorite band for a long long time - since Dirt came out. They hold a special place in my heart and I bawled my eyes out when I saw on the news that Layne died. I even love a lot of their new stuff and William Duvall is a worthy replacement to Layne Staley's shows, especially with how he and Jerry Cantrell harmonize.

Metallica - This was my favorite band before Alice In Chains was, from the first time I saw the video for "One" in the 8th grade, to going back through their catalog right after falling in love with And Justice For All. The Black Album came out during the summer of my freshman to sophomore year in high school, and that tour was my second concert I had been to. They had their shit years, St. Anger in particular, but they've come back to greatness with Death Magnetic and Hardwired. I play in a Metallica tribute band now, and have gotten to know their music in a different manner than when I was just listening and dissecting lyrics and such.

U2 - I always liked U2 back in the 80s and 90s, and the Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby are still my favorite albums from them. However, I didn't really fall in love with them until I finally saw them in concert, which was during their Vertigo tour. U2 is hands down the best live band in the world, they bring forth an experience like no other. There is nothing that rivals the feeling of hearing "Where The Streets Have No Name" in concert.

My very favorites:
The Beatles - You know who they are. Help! is my first musical memory
Megadeth - Dave Mustaine is an asshat, but man they have some great music
Guns N Roses - GNR was my gateway from Motley Crue and Metallica - and the GNR/Metallica tour was my 3rd concert ever.
Def Leppard - I love almost every song off their first five albums. Probably my favorite group to sing karaoke songs of.
Motley Crue - My first concert ever. They actually have a fair amount of songs I don't like, but the ones I do like are fucking awesome
Daft Punk - easily the best electronic act of all time, partly because they refused to stay within the confides of their genre, and partly because their live Pyramid was mindblowing
Linkin Park - I call them a guilty favorite, but I really don't feel guilty about it.
Beastie Boys - I miss MCA.
Faith No More - a lot of evolution with them, and their newest album was great too.
NWA/Ice Cube/Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg - I'm lumping all these guys together because they're pretty much are my junior and senior year of high school and (along with grunge) were what got me to finally broaden away from hard rock and heavy metal.
A Tribe Called Quest - I miss Phife Dogg. Tribe is what ushered me into my "conscious hip hop" days, which for the most part I left behind years ago, but man I still love Tribe.
The Roots - the best live hip hop band, hands down

Honorable mention
Cypress Hill - This is the group I have seen in concert more times than anyone else, mainly because they played so many So Cal festivals and I used to smoke a LOT of weed.

Blondie - Easily my favorite of that whole late 70s post-punk scene.

There are some "newer" favorites I have that I'd like to lump with the bands above but can't for whatever reason
Ghost
Mastadon
Baroness
Kendrick Lamar


Jazz favorites - I specifically have this separate category because I really just listen to metal, rock, hip hop, and pop, but I also have moments at least once a month where I only want to listen to jazz. These three are my all time favorires:
John Coltrane
Stan Getz
Ella Fitzgerald


I noticed that I didn't list any New Wave above, and I definitely love The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure, and Duran Duran but I don't think I'd ever say they were my favorite bands of anything. However, I had to give them mention because I've found myself listening to a lot of New Wave on SiriusXM in the last two years while I've been driving, I bet I've heard more songs from those five bands in the last two years then most of the bands on my above "favorites" list, even though New Wave is not what I would call my favorite genre.

Ok, that was way more groups then you care about. I'll shut up now.


bigfatgoalie

posted on 7-16-2019 at 07:34 PM

Get ready for lots of “dad rock” people! Also...yes my list is lacking diversity. But I have a strong leaning towards rock, and that’s mostly white dudes. What can you do?

Honourable Mentions: Beastie Boys, Beatles, Cash, Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, Eminem, Misfits, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Teagan & Sara.


10 - Ghost

I love the whole act. The humour (“Jigolo Har Megiddo” I’m looking at you) doesn’t seem forced, not does Forge seem to care if they are too heavy, not heavy enough, or have songs that are equal parts ABBA and Judas Priest.

And to respond to Papa, I am on the level.


9 - Norah Jones

“It’s Gonna Be” is such an amazing song and a great example of how what you think of when you think of Norah Jones is only part of the story. Don’t get me wrong, songs like “Don’t Know Why” and “Come Away With Me” are all over her albums. Just as she gets older, and sadly less popular, she has gotten weirder.


8 - Jenny Lewis

I’m cheating here and will lump Rilo Kiley and Jenny and Johnny with Miss Lewis’ solo stuff. Not a wide range of styles, but I love what Jenny does.


7 - Joh Mayer

He is one of the top guitar players living today. If he played metal, he’d still be a douche, but a lot more people would accept him as a guitar god.


6 - U2

Yes, Bono is pretentious. Yes, The Edge is silly and flew a hat first class. But man they have an amazing catalogue of songs. From softer ballads like “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” to heavier stuff like “Bullet The Blue Sky” and weirder things like “Lemon”. Plus I hear they are amazing live. Would likely be higher if I could afford to see them live.

Also, Bono wrote my favourite Roy Orbison song “She's a Mystery to Me” so I can forgive him for a lot of his flaws.


5 - REM

I stood inline overnight THIS April to get Bingo Hand Job “Live at the Borderline” on vinyl. I love REM. Bill Berry, Peter Buck and Mike Mills are just terrific musicians, and Stripe is one my favourite front men. From Murmur to Collapse Into Now, I love it all. Hope they cave and do a reunion tour, as I’ve never seen them live.


4 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Again, I’m cheating here and will lump Tom’s solo stuff, Mudcrutch, and the Wilbury’s along with the stuff the Heartbreakers did as a band. Greatly missed.

Also, I saw the Heartbreakers perform “Tweeter & The Monkey Man” live.


3 - Foo Fighters

You know who they are and what they do. Guitar based rock. It’s been great to see the band grow over the decades. And they are great live.

Also, Chris Shiflett is an underrated guitarists.


2 - Lights

I love pop music, and won’t apologize for it. Lights Poxleitner-Bokan, is a Canadian indie pop artist. She’s also a legit geek, who featured a song about the World of Warcraft on her first album, and followed it up on her 2nd album with an song about the pits on a CD. I also love that she does pure pop, EDM, and other electronic music, but also acoustic versions of her songs. She’s also written and drawn her own comic series, Skin & Earth. And to make that even cooler, her videos and music from her last albums (Skin & Earth and Skin & Earth Acoustic) are based on the story of the comics.

I’d suggest checking out the following songs:
Lions
Flux and Flow
Banner (acoustic)
Runnings With The Boys
Meteorites (acoustic)
Savage
Love Me (Felix Cartal & Lights)

And her newest single, Lost Girls:



1 - Iron & Wine

Indie rock. Folk. Country. Just plain good. Iron & Wine is Sam Beam, and man I’m so glad I discovered his music. He has a voice suited for a lullaby, and has some of the best acoustic guitar work out there. But he also has a very eclectic sound, and is very funny. He is also amazing live, and is one of the few acts that I have seen live. In fact I’ve seen him the last two times he’s been in Toronto.

Some suggested listens...

“Monkeys Uptown” shows that indie rock with a lead guitarist playing an acoustic guitar can still have a funky and upbeat vibe:



And his most popular song, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”... and yes, it was featured in the Twilight movies:


the goon

posted on 7-15-2019 at 12:15 AM

Paddlefoot's "Musical Acts You Utterly Detest" was a lot of fun, so I thought it might be equally fun to go the opposite direction and discuss the musical acts that we love. I'm gonna list mine in a top ten format (in as close to a proper order as possible), but feel free to list as many/few as you like, in whatever format you like.

1. Faith No More: As some here on OO already know, Faith No More is my absolute favorite band of all time and has been for over 20 years. Not really much else to say about them that I haven't said a zillion times over my life, but yeah...Faith No More is my favorite band ever.

2. Type O Negative: I loved everything about Type O: great songs, awesome band image, and a wicked sense of humor while also being depressing as fuck. Plus I think Peter Steele was a pretty amazing songwriter and him and keyboardist Josh Silver were kinda the doom goth metal version of Lennon/McCartney.

3. King's X: King's X is kind of one of those untouchable bands to me, in that they're so damn good, there's really nothing bad you can say about them. Like, if someone were to tell me that Type O Negative weren't their cup of tea, okay, I can get it. But King's X? Everyone should love them.

4. Metallica: What the Beatles were to my parents generation, Metallica basically is to my generation. I can't tell you how many times my brother (the gooker) and I watched the "Year And A Half" and "Live Shit" VHS tapes growing up in the 90's and even though they've had several creative missteps in their career, they're still fucking Metallica.

5. Mother Love Bone: For a year or two in my early teen years, Mother Love Bone was my favorite band on the planet. The problem is that they only officially released one full-length album and one EP before Andrew Wood's untimely death in 1990, so there's only so many times you can listen to the same 17 songs over and over. But they still deserve a place on my list given how into them I was once upon a time.

6. Ghost: Part of me feels like it's too early to place them this high, as they still kind of seem like a "newer" band to me, but it's easy to forget that they've been around for almost ten years and have released four full-length albums at this point. To me, Ghost kind of fills the modern day void left by bands like Faith No More and Type O Negative and I love what frontman/mastermind Tobias Forge has created.

7. Megadeth: My second-favorite metal band only behind Metallica. While some of their later albums all kind of blur together for me, Mustaine and company are responsible for some of the absolute greatest heavy metal of all time. Also, Dave Mustaine has one of the greatest career stories of all time, in that he got kicked out of Metallica and still went on to be mega-successful.

8. Avenged Sevenfold: They tend to get a lot of flack in the metal community, but if you get past the "Hot Topic metal" image they once had, these guys are all legit musicians and songwriters. Not to mention that albums like Waking the Fallen and City of Evil are pretty classic in my opinion.

9. Alien Ant Farm: They sadly achieved one hit wonder status with their "Smooth Criminal" cover (which oddly enough is my least favorite song by them, even though it was their biggest hit), but they are so much better than that one song. And musically, these guys were a pretty big influence on me in the early/mid 2000s, as a lot of their songs always had these kind of weird riffs and chords that I found interesting, plus they wrote some really melodic stuff.

10. The Beatles: I'd probably be remiss to leave them off of my list and what I always say about the Beatles is this: they may not be my personal favorite band of all time, but they truly are the greatest band of all time. What they did musically, culturally, and even production-wise in the studio...no other band will ever top that.

Okay, I'll cheat and add one more just because I feel like I need to include them:

11. Opeth: Some of the best riffs/songs ever in metal, as well as an extremely eclectic album catalog that covers everything from death metal to acoustic stuff, up to their more recent 70's prog-inspired sound.




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