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  1. It's okay, Of Mumfords and Men, The Mumfordneers, Mumford Mumfords, et al are still around. Same thing, right?
  2. I love Tommy too, but it pales in comparison to Quadrophenia
  3. A lot of the bands listed don't belong on the list. DMB *fans* can be a major pain in the ass, but they are all incredibly talented musicians and Dave is a decent songwriter.
  4. Since this thread is all about the obscure-o-meter now... I got a 99.1% and a 94.0% on local musicians - a good friend of mine Ben Sultan, and a band called Lifted that formed on my campus. is one of Ben's songs that I actually recorded the drums for. Inspired by Jessica Watson, the youngest person to ever sail solo across the world: and is a song by Lifted - they sound a bit like John Mayer Trio in this one: 93.6% for one of my favorite jazz vocalists, . She is a former backup singer with Steely Dan, and in addition to her solo career she teaches at Berklee. One of the finest voices in jazz, IMO Yggdrasil only fetched 84.7%, but that's because it was the wrong Yggdrasil - the stats are based on the metal band, not the single-album psychadelic/electronic artist (very similar in sound to Shpongle) by the same name. I'm convinced that the proper one would have had a much higher obscurity rating. One of my favorite living classical composers, , fetched 89.0% He's well-known in the classical world for his conducting, but his compositions are relatively obscure. , a band made up of the former members of Kaddisfly, scored a surprisingly high 93.2% For the curious, Rush is 41.2% obscure, Geddy Lee is 79.8% obscure, and Alex Lifeson is 84.3% obscure.
  5. Every year is a killer year if you know where to look.
  6. http://rateyourmusic.com/collection/fledgehog/oo and these are the ones I own on an actual physical CD: http://rateyourmusic.com/collection/fledgehog/oo,fmt.CD
  7. If kids could be named after musical passages, my firstborn would be named after the D major theme in the first movement of Tchaikovsky 6
  8. I've just started listening to Hector Berlioz's music, thanks to studying the in a class a couple weeks ago. Great early romantic composer - I'd suggest listening to the first 4 movements of the Symphonie Fantastique as well. A friend of mine told me to check out Dntel's solo output -- the downtempo musician whom Ben Gibbard collaborated with on The Postal Service's album. I have one of his earlier albums downloaded, but haven't listened to it all the way through. The link I linked to are the first two tracks from the album my friend played for me. They have a very ambient feel to them. Hotel Lights is an acoustic-y/folk-y band led by Ben Folds Five's drummer, Darren Jessee. A very different feel, but you can still tell the influence he had on BFF's music. Pleasant to listen to, although I have to be in the right mood to, say, listen to an entire album all at once. I discovered an album of a performance by piano legends playing music for two pianos, including a loose interpretation of Brahms's Haydn variations. Unfortunately, the Haydn variations are nowhere to be found on Youtube. I've linked to a video from a different concert of them playing Zawinul's tune, "Volcano for Hire" -- a shorter take of which is included on the CD. Despite having to hear it ad f*cking nauseam on the radio at work, I still found Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" to be a good, catchy song. I went ahead and downloaded her first solo release, "Bella Donna", and it is a great listen. I've linked to a video of her singing "After the Glitter Fades" in the studio. Not a recent discovery for me, but since this thread is all about discovering music, perhaps it'll be a discovery for someone else. One of my favorite unheard-of bands, . A great mix of rock, pop and jazz, and all incredibly talented musicians with a great sense of rhythm and harmony. here, you can listen to the entirety of their second full-length release for free in decent sound quality (change the video quality to 720p!), at the price of a few seconds of the band members talking over the introductions of the songs. They deserve far more credit than they've been given.
  9. I've got a lot of catching up to do on 2012 releases -- been too busy to keep up! My favorites so far have been Flying Colors' self-titled, Circa Survive's newest, Ben Folds Five's return album, The Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten, John Mayer's Born and Raised (barely left my car CD player for the entire month of June), Metric's Synthetica, the new Rush (obviously), and The Tallest Man on Earth's There's no Leaving Now.
  10. QUOTE (Akron162 @ Sep 15 2012, 06:22 PM) QUOTE (fledgehog @ Sep 15 2012, 04:47 PM) QUOTE (Akron162 @ Sep 15 2012, 12:04 AM) There is no drummer as important or influential in the world of rock as [Neil Peart] ??????? Am i lying? not so much "lying" as "misinformed"
  11. QUOTE (Akron162 @ Sep 15 2012, 12:04 AM) There is no drummer as important or influential in the world of rock as [Neil Peart] ???????
  12. QUOTE (invisible airwave @ Sep 5 2012, 11:55 AM) It's sad when he's the most popular drummer just because of his personal life. Too many musicians are famous for the personal life instead of talent these days. This is what happens when Maroon 5 is the biggest "rock" band now. They're just a teenybopper boy group with a rhythm section and a bad one at that. Maroon 5 has taken a turn for the worse, with horrible songs like Payphone, but there is some talent and musical content underneath it all...remember this song from back in the day? They know how to groove when they want to. They just don't want to any more because that's not where the money is. The same has happened to other once-viable pop acts such as Train and Kelly Clarkson, who have all become sellouts within the last 5 years or so.
  13. I try not to have blanket/generalized opinions. I also try not to say stupid things in serious discussions. Didn't really consider that to be an unpopular opinion before, but this thread has made me see that it is.
  14. gets in the way when i'm trying to eat, drink from water fountains, or drive with the windows down too.
  15. you're clearly missing the point of why the beatles are regarded so highly. Sure, they did a lot of amazing, influential stuff musically, but even more important than that is the cultural impact they had. Can you think of musical act, before or after The Beatles, that has ever gotten the public reception that they received when they came to the United States for the first time? When you think about classical albums like Sargent Pepper and Abbey Road in the context of 2012, yeah, they don't seem all that much like breakthroughs (although I still consider Abbey Road to be one of the most musically genius albums ever written). But think about them in the context of the mid to late 1960s...orchestration, composition, and broad form of that caliber had been more or less reserved for orchestral or "classical" composers up to that point, not mainstream rock bands. Each album (perhaps there is some redundancy in the first four, and maybe not Let It Be either), had a significant impact on music and musical culture when it came out. Think of what it must have been like hearing Sgt. pepper's for the first time in 1967 -- unifying composition, brilliant songwriting, a full orchestra, and PRISTINE sound quality (even pre-remasters). THAT is why The Beatles are held in such high regard. It's not because their music is the end-all-be-all of music, or that they have set some sort of musical standard, but because they are such an icon of 20th century culture. It's like saying Lincoln or FDR, for example, is an overrated president. You may not agree with their political views or their actions, but you can't deny that they had a huge impact on our country's culture.
  16. taken from my rateyourmusic stats: http://i.imgur.com/wVsCC.png
  17. or 70s big band and swing, 70s post-rock, 70s hardcore, 70s rap, or 70s any other genre that has been invented between 1980 and now.
  18. INDIE is short for INDEPENDENT, which refers to the production and distribution (independent label vs. major label), and it has absolutely nothing to do with musical style (though years ago many indie bands did sound similar). Alternative, on the other hand, is a musical genre, but it is an incredibly vague one. The only way in which they are connected are that some alternative bands are also indie, and vice-versa.
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