I figure that one of the most exciting aspects of music itself is the discovery of something new. And since that's usually done best by simple word of mouth I thought we could start recommending some of albums for each other to check out.
John Frusciante - Shadows Collide With People (2004)
Many of you may know Frusciante from as the guitarist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but far too few recognize that he's also been releasing solo material since 1994. "Shadows Collide With People" is a fantastic double album, featuring some of my favorite tracks including "Carvel", "Second Walk", and "This Cold". A fantastic record.
Well If anyone here likes Rage Agianst the Machine... (one of my fav bands)
Tom Morello just came out with a new side group and they fuckin kick serious ass. heres a pic of the album cover... which is also very cool.
They sound very similar to Rage.
Im not even sure if the albums in stores yet, but Ive got a copy of the 320kps version if anyone wants me to upload it...
My most recent purchase is #3 by Antenne, a super-mellow throwback to '90s UK downbeat (Portishead, Lamb, et al).
And in a blast from the past (my past, anyway), I found Tool's Undertow in a $1 bin at my local "used and abused" store. I still have it on cassette, but haven't owned a cassette player in over a decade. I swear I can smell cigarette smoke and leather jackets while listening to "Sober."
I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile.
I will only complicate you. trust in me and fall as well.
I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave.
I will work to elevate you, just enough to bring you down.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada (1999)
This is a little out of the box for some, but if you're willing to stretch your boundaries you'll probably end up loving this band in every way imaginable. GYBE is a post-rock band from Montreal, Canada who basically put the genre on the map in the late 90's, and after 4 releases are currently on hiatus. It takes influence from classical music in the sense that the music is composed in an orchestral fashion, but there is also influences taken from progressive and experimental rock of the 60's and 70's. And well for those who know GBYE, they know it's something special and they treasure it close.
Speaking of Canucks, I've been listening to Nadja (Toronto) and Torngat (Montreal) lately.
And for another trip in Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine, I've had A Certain Ratio, Death and Funkadelic in the iPod rotation.
Regarding Godspeed You Black Emperor, I still love "East Hastings." Like a lot folks, I was introduced to the song and the band through the score from "28 Days Later..." Maddeningly, the song wasn't included in the soundtrack, and it took me weeks to figure out who the band was. Nobody I knew was familiar with them.
Dave Bixby - Ode To Quetzalcoatl (1969)
I saw this on eBay not long ago, and it was selling for $2000+ and I had never heard of it in my life. As a serious record collector it really surprised me. So needless to say I was very curious to hear this album and after some searching finally tracked it down in mp3 format. And I must say it is one of the best albums I've ever heard, honestly...It reminds me so much of the loner acid-folk psychedelia sound of Skip Spence's Oar, or Barrett's Madcap Laughs. Both of of those albums were very poor sellers upon release and over time have gradually been spread around and recognized as true masterpieces. Well this Dave Bixby album is in the same category but is just far more obscure. And if I do say so, much better than the others.
people should check out dark passion play by nightwish. their an orchestral rock group from finland
Orchestral metal hasn't quite grabbed me by the balls, although I think I would have been all over it when I was but a lad. I listen to Epica once in a while.
And not because Simone Simons is stunning.
Okay, not entirely because Simone Simons is stunning.
The National Lights
It's an interesting band I came across a few months ago, they only have one short album out, "The Dead Will Walk, Dear" the album mostly revolves around death (not in a morbid way) and in my personal opinion this band accomplishes more in 20 odd minutes then most bands do in years.