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#21 hoon

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE(cloudpost @ Mar 12 2008, 02:31 AM) View Post

Silent Alarm is one of my favourite albums mainly because it's an album from my time, one that somehow i feel connected to. The edgy, urgent tracks are as catchy as anything (Like Eating Glass, Helicopter, Banquet, Luno), but the more emotional-based tracks are just as good (Blue Light, This Modern Love, So Here We Are). The album is also incredibly solid all the way down to the last track (with maybe the exception of Price Of Gas). The lyrics may seem pretty inconsequential at first, but upon further examination Kele's lyrics are pretty exceptional for a debut album (take a look at Pioneers especially.)

A Weekend in the City was slightly disappointing, as they seem to lose their edgyness, as well as some lyrical subtlety. I still find myself listening to that album a lot though, as despite the obviousness of those lyrics, they contain some really great stories/messages that i can connect to. For example, the post 9-11 media based paranoia in Hunting for Witches and the critique on modern youth culture in Uniform. Kele struggle with his own sexuality in Kreuzberg and I Still Remember is both brave and touching.

I'm not sure what the problem you have with Kele's voice is, but i find it's perfectly fine. I mean it's not a great voice by any means, but it's not exactly a focus of their music most of the time.

In the music blog scene, they'd be one of the most remixed artist (probably just behind Justice), with a plethora of fantastic indie dance remixes.  Silent Alarm Remixed, rather than a mere cash in on the originals' success, is almost as good as their debut, with some of the tracks in fact strengthening already great tracks and making them totally dance-able.

Bloc Party are probably my most played artist because of the sheer broad appeal of their music. Look in one of my dance playlists, Bloc Party will be there (or at least a remix of them.) Rock? Helicopter and Banquet are staples in there too. Mellow emotional playlist? Bloc Party: check. All of these things make Bloc Party one of my favourite modern rock bands.

To be honest I haven't given them a real look on an album-to-album basis, so that will certainly be something to do.  My opinion is largely based on overview of the band, so I very well could be forming unfair opinions about certain things (based upon which album I've heard more from).

Their lyrics have always just seemed so heavy-handed to me.  I understand that he's trying to touch on things that you can relate to, and things that are real to them, but it just seems to come out so artlessly on too often a basis.  I know I touched on this before, but it feels like it's simply ready to break out, the lyricism and band as a whole, but just gets too clumsy.  I'll be sure to follow these guys, because they really do seem too promising to give up on - and, to be fair, I'll look back at Silent Alarm to see if it makes me feel any differently  wink.gif .

You mentioned Banquet there, and just as an example, I think it's a perfect illustration of why I'm not a fan of Kele's voice.  The instrumentation is outstanding, and then he hammers into it with a voice whose tone just doesn't suit the band, at least in my opinion.  Is it awful? No - but I truly do believe it could be better.

Their catchyness is something I can appreciate - and lord knows they have that down pretty well.  Based on that, the remixes you were talking about sound pretty promising.

QUOTE(-The-Observer- @ Mar 12 2008, 01:54 PM) View Post

^ yeah i noticed that bloc party has a wide array of fans

I listened to "illinoise" and "black sheep boy"

great albums - and i listened to aeroplane

i like it - just not my fav i guess.. it's hard to relate to
In the Aeroplane can be somewhat of a challenge to get into, but it's so rewarding.  It's extremely quirky: from the instrumentation of blaring, fuzzy bass and clear, whining horns, to the unique quality of the lead singer's voice (which I believe corresponds pretty well with both the instrumentation behind it), to the sprawling, cryptic, abstract, downright-uncanny lyrics.  Maybe try out the other folk a little more before giving it another shot? I have to go with Joymonger on this one - it really is a masterpiece.


Also Andrew Bird. Gotta second that suggestion. Absolutely.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:53 PM

i live near andrew bird (chicago)

i was gunna just walk up to his house one day and just say

dude andrew bird you are amazing


but say what you will of bloc party - i can't get helicopter out of my head



edit: also thanks guys a lot

i could tell you put a lot of thought into it and i got some great music out of it - keep it commin!

if i could recommend some of my own

Regina Spektor - seriously she's amazing
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - you either love or hate them
Cloud Cult - one of my fav bands of all time. The music and lyrics are just.. simply amazing. just great music
Interpol - they are more alternative, but not a lot of ppl have heard of them - turn on the bright lights is one of the best albums i've heard in my life


Edited by -The-Observer-, 12 March 2008 - 07:04 PM.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:02 PM

i'll give andrew bird a chance.  seems he's a popular guy in this thread.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE(joymonger @ Mar 12 2008, 11:02 PM) View Post

i'll give andrew bird a chance.  seems he's a popular guy in this thread.


he's good


my brother is practicing to try and whistle like him

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:08 PM

QUOTE(-The-Observer- @ Mar 12 2008, 08:53 PM) View Post

Interpol - they are more alternative, but not a lot of ppl have heard of them - turn on the bright lights is one of the best albums i've heard in my life

If you dig Interpol then I think you would really really enjoy Joy Division.  Give them a look.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:23 AM

one of the few band tees i still wear is a joy division one.  i love those guys.  i think interpol was really put off by the joy division rip-off accusations after their first album so they tried to expand their sound.  but joy division definitely still kicks their ass.

even though i like joy division better, the version of "ceremony" by new order is my favorite.  or maybe the one by xiu xiu...

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 01:45 AM

Here are some of my recommendations.

One band that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is Broken Social Scene, a fantastic indie supergroup from Canda. Lead by Kevin Drew and Brendon Canning, and drawing on contributions from Feist, Amy Millan (Stars), Emily Haines (Metric), even K-Os, they play your typical indie rock/pop in the vein of say, Arcade Fire. Their album, You Forgot It In People would have to be one of my favourites.  They create some amazing musical soundscapes, great lyrics and some serious emotional impact. Their follow up, a self titled album, was a more pop rock based and not quite as solid as You Forgot It In People, but still an incredible follow up.

Another awesome band i've been listening to lately is Cut Copy. Based in Melbourne, Australia, these guys specialise in retro 80's synth pop. Their only album so far, Bright Like Neon Love, is very chilled, with good beats and catchy synth. They've got a new album coming very soon, and the singles released so far (Hearts on Fire, So Haunted and Lights & Music) have all been excellent. I can't wait.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:49 AM

i recommended them in my first post.... sad.gif
mistakenly put them in the electronic section, but still.  'you forgot it in people' is definitely a top ten album for me.

Edited by joymonger, 13 March 2008 - 02:51 AM.


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Posted 13 March 2008 - 01:25 PM

checking out joy division and Broken Social Scene

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:02 PM

thanks guys for the andrew bird recommendation.  i listened to "the mysterious production of eggs" a few times, and was definitely impressed.  i can't wait to check out his 2007 offering and his back catalogue.  

if you guys like andrew bird, i definitely suggest both okkervil river and the national.  they're in the same vein of music (at least for "production of eggs," i haven't listened to other albums of his yet) and i love them both.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 03:32 PM

zomg i can't believe i forgot

Kaki KING!

dude she is amazing on the acoustic guitar.. now she friggin sings amazingly too!!

everything is amazing!

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 04:50 AM

after reading this thread i ended up downloading 20 albums or mb more.
<3 indie.



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Posted 16 March 2008 - 12:47 PM

QUOTE(toffel__``_ @ Mar 16 2008, 08:50 AM) View Post

after reading this thread i ended up downloading 20 albums or mb more.
<3 indie.


<3


i got the new cloud cult album (for those who care)

but i was sadly disappointed.. if you want to get into cloud cult, i suggest 'The Meaning Of 8' or 'Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus'

good albums

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:25 AM

Good indie bands that others failed to mention:

Tellison, Rocket Uppercut, The Moonbabies, The Snake the Cross the Crown, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Polyphonic Spree, Secret Lives of the Freemasons, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Daphne Loves Derby, We are Scientists.

Ryzo'll prolly hate me for this, but man, Arcade Fire sucks.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:04 PM

huh never heard of any of corrupted's bands

but if you like folk indie - you will love Iron & Wine

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:28 AM

The only indie folk I listened to, and I've thoroughly enjoyed, is Flogging Molly. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah gets boring after a while.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:42 AM

clap your hands isn't folk.  flogging molly isn't folk.  they aren't even indie.

on topic:
i've been meaning to give iron and wine a chance, but from what i've heard, i'm not sure i'd like it.  recommend a place to start?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:52 AM

The one with the ugly dog on the cover art.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:08 AM

Indie = Individual

i.e. Not mainstream labels. SOMEONE (or some people) decided to make it completely different.

Bloc Party is most definitely my favorite indie rock band. Godspeed You! Black Emperor and World's End Girlfriend are also great post-rock indie artists as well. The Pax Cecilia is an okay post-rock group too. Saltillo/Sunday Munich has his stuff is sold on an individual record label, and it's pretty epic. Peter, Björn and John is nice too, Young Folks, Objects of My Affection and Amsterdam are nice. Those are the first three from Writer's Block that I think of.
Edit: And Interpol, how could I forget you. There are rumors they might be signing onto a major record label though, so...

Edited by Frightful, 20 March 2008 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:41 AM

i think interpol signed to capitol for their last album already.




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