: Check This Album Out


PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Has Been by William Shatner with Ben Folds. Seriously, just give it a listen if you haven't yet. Don't worry, he's not so much singing, but it's well written and arranged, and also very personal. If nothing else, check out the songs That's Me Trying and Familiar Love, about his daughter and wife respectively.

Seriously.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:06 AM
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Give Up by The Postal Service is easily one of the best albums we bought last year. Checkit out if you like good music.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:10 AM
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Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. If you have not heard of this album, or worse have not heard of Miles Davis, you need to find this album right quick. It's a fantastic piece of jazz.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:13 AM
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The Sky is Crying by Stevie Ray Vaughan &amp; Double Trouble. You've never heard the guitar played until you've heard this album. The man could play two guitar parts for a song <i>at the same time</i>. It's crazy good.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:15 AM
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Songs About Jane by Maroon 5. Cool blend of pop, funk, and rock. You've probably heard at least one or two singles on the radio, they've been a touch over played lately, but the whole album is worth hearing.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:19 AM
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DECKSANDDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL by Propellerheads. Drum and Base. If you like electronic music at all, then this album is pretty much sure to please. If you have seen The Matrix you've heard one of their songs. Spybreak! plays during the scene where Neo and Trinity assault the lobby of the government controlled building in their attempt to rescue Morpheus.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:23 AM
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By the Way is, IMO, the best album that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have put out to date. Songs like Can't Stop, I Could Die For You, and By The Way make it pretty much a must have if you ask me. <i>Yes, I know you didn't</i> :p

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:25 AM
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The Mayor may want to contest me on this, but I think that All That You Can't Leave Behind is the best album U2 has made so far, with The Joshua Tree being a very, very close second.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:29 AM
So by now you have figured out what I am doing here, but probably are wondering why. Simple: I'm bored and I like music. I thought it'd be a neat idea to point out a few good albums for you all to check out. Maybe there is something here that you haven't heard before, maybe there is something that you know about but haven't heard yet. Hopefully this'll point you in the direction of something you'll like.

If you want to post your own recommendations, go ahead, too. I am grabbig the images from Amazon.ca. Please include them if it isn't too much trouble.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:30 AM
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Tourist by St. Germain. Modern Jazz. Worldly and interesting. Great music for reading/studying/whathaveyou.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:33 AM
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K.D Lang, who has an amazing voice, singing Canadian songs on this album, Hymns of the 49th Parrallel. It's a pretty good selection of tunes, and she sings them all really well.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Joyful Rebellion by K-OS is another of the best albums we bought last year. What I really like about this album is that it's hip-hop, but instead of th music itself being just a pre-recorded beat it's actualy music, made with real instruments. It's a freakin' amazing album.

MaxPower
Mar 3rd, 2005, 10:36 AM
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For me the best CD of the year is Green Day's "American Idiot". yes it's a very anti-American (or Bush) album, but aside from that the songs are very well composed. It really shows how much they have matured as musicians. In my opinion it is to date, the best Green Day CD yet. Check it out if you haven't already.

used to be jwoodget
Mar 3rd, 2005, 11:04 AM
PB, Haven't gotten the new RHCP album yet but bought the Propellerheads from the iTMS.

The new Moby album sounds pretty good (being released this month - there's a free sampler on the iTMS/USA site). Currently on my shuffle: Linkin Park, Clash, Joy Division, New Order, Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Carex
Mar 3rd, 2005, 12:34 PM
PB and Maxpower, good recommendations. got them all except Shatner and K'os.

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is the jazz album for people that don't listen to jazz.

Ramboman
Mar 3rd, 2005, 01:02 PM
Many good recommendations Posterboy! I have been listening to that Stevey Ray tune for many years (many fond memories there).
Although I agree that By the Way is the easiest RHCP's CD to listen to, one must give a listen to Mothers Milk and even Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic to really appreciate this band.
Maroon 5 has caught my attention over the radio and from the Grammy's this year. I am usually picky about CD purchases (they must have a complete CD worth listening too) and I was worried that Maroon 5 was another 5 for Fighting but I think I will finally break down and buy this CD.

Here is a pick for you:

Best CD of the 90's: Moby, Play! (Radiohead, The Bends a close second)

GreenBastard
Mar 3rd, 2005, 01:31 PM
I really enjoyed alice in chains, (secretly I judged a book by a cover an never listened to them knowingly), SoundGarden, Audioslave, Velvet Revolver, The late great Nirvana, The Flies, Queen, Pink Floyd, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Triumph, Meatloafs "bat out of hell"... The Music has to fill the room, but not loud

agent4321
Mar 3rd, 2005, 03:50 PM
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If anyone's into electronic music might want to consider picking up the latest Chemical Brothers - Push The Button.
There's some great tracks.

Here's a great write up (http://scenestars.net/2005/01/chemical-brothers-hold-tight-london.php) on the album at scenestars (http://www.scenestars.net/) a website I frequent to find out what's new and obscure. They had a couple of mp3 tracks that you could download but they're 404 now.

autopilot
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:16 PM
this=everything by national skyline is one of my all-time favourites.

hard to describe... rock with a bit of electronic stuff. very atmospheric. if you like u2's the unforgettable fire you will find the same melancholic guitars on this album.

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thejst
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:28 PM
Anything by Pinback is worth checking out. Great band

adb_ii
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:31 PM
my favourite cd's of last year/now are Arcade Fire - Funeral, and The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart. and best of all...both are canadian

We'reGonnaWin
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:35 PM
Arcade Fire - Funeral
They put on a great show when they were in Vancouver.

iMatt
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:39 PM
I stumbled upon the <a href="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=39338952">Culver City Dub Collective</a> in iTMS. A truly excellent way to spend $4.95. I don't know much about dub, but this sort of thing makes me want to know more; if you've heard it and can recommend anything comparable, I'd love to know about it.

I also found my way to <a href="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=3446481">Wonders of the World by The Long Beach Dub All-Stars</a> based on a foggily remembered recommendation from a friend. This is a very varied and accessible record, with everything from So-Cal pop-punk to reggae to pop.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:45 PM
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One of my all time favourite albums. Whatever and Ever, Amen by Ben Folds Five. Fantastic music the whole way through. Kind of cool that they don't have a guitar in their band, too, just a piano, drums and stand-up bass.

PosterBoy
Mar 3rd, 2005, 04:50 PM
I agree that By the Way is the easiest RHCP's CD to listen to, one must give a listen to Mothers Milk and even Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic to really appreciate this band.

Let's not forget about Californication. ;)

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agent4321
Mar 3rd, 2005, 05:16 PM
This album made my top ten list of favourite CDs of 2004. I had this on heavy rotation on my iPod for 3 straight months.

Ambulance Ltd. (http://www.ambulancenyc.com)

Band Biography (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:tjjw7ia3g72r~T1)

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agent4321
Mar 3rd, 2005, 05:34 PM
Another album that made my top ten list of favourite CDs of 2004.
These guys are playing the Commodore this Tuesday coming up...just waiting for my free tix from the record label :D

The Music (http://www.themusic.co.uk)

Band Biography (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:8217gjer36ia~T1)

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Mrs. Furley
Mar 3rd, 2005, 08:53 PM
my favourite cd's of last year/now are Arcade Fire - Funeral, and The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart. and best of all...both are canadian

Yes, I agree with both of these - great albums! I'm going to see Arcade Fire in April and I'm very excited! I've heard their live show is excellent.

Another good Canadian album from last year is Feist-Let It Die. I've been enjoying that one lately.

adb_ii
Mar 3rd, 2005, 10:03 PM
agent4321, both the music and ambulance ltd are awesome. i've seen the music live twice...i strive to dance like the lead singer...lol.

i like feist too, but the cd is a little mundane for my liking...although the title track is amazing. you'll probably like stars too if you like feist.

two cd's i've been listening to constantly on my ipod are two cd's that i wouldn't think i would like at all. jakalope - it dreams, and metric - old world underground. i bought both the cd's at shows i went to. i thought jakalope would be a little too "out there" for my liking, but it's amazing. katie b's voice is a beautiful thing. as for metric, i thought it would be too poppy. but being a huge fan of broken social scene, i gave it a listen. it is poppy, but it grows on you. and emily haines voice is almost as sexy as katie b's. both bands are awesome live, and the music is worth investing in...again both bands are canadian :)

live4ever
Mar 4th, 2005, 12:51 AM
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Here's one of my favourites from last year.

http://www.kasabian.co.uk/kasabian/

talonracer
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:28 PM
I am in love with this girl, and the album is really, really great as well:

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She's playing here on Friday, and I get to meet her. Another perk of my job...
Here's hoping I don't turn into a drooling idiot...

talonracer
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:33 PM
I got the new Jack Johnson a week before it came out, and have been playing it steady since then. It's been our best seller this past week:

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The single "sitting waiting wishing" is soooo good - at first I really got caught up just in the groove of it, but when I focused on the lyrics, my appreciation of the song grew tenfold. A sample:

I sang your songs I danced your dance
I gave your friends all a chance
But putting up with them
Wasn't worth never having you

Noooo doubt. I have been there.

talonracer
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:37 PM
Can't grab album artwork for these two, but an advance notice to you all:

David Usher: New album out late april. Really mellow. The new single is the most hyper song on the album by far, but it is all musically very compelling. I dig it, even if I did wish he'd get angry again!

Theory of a Deadman: Don't laugh at me. This album ROCKS. It's out in late march, I believe. I got a preview copy in January, and it quickly became my favorite album. They've outgrown the Nickelback shadow and really came into their own with this disc.

PosterBoy
Mar 7th, 2005, 02:52 AM
talonracer, have you heard Sarah Slean's version of the Our Lady Peace song "Julia"?

talonracer
Mar 7th, 2005, 03:07 AM
No! Where would I find it!?

PosterBoy
Mar 7th, 2005, 04:43 AM
Not entirely sure. I only know about it because Raine Maida mentioned it right before he sang her arrangement of the song when we saw them on their Clumsy tour.

I heard it once on the radio, but never realy looked for it in earnest anywhere.

däycüs mäximüs
Mar 7th, 2005, 05:02 AM
cutting my teeth on this right now.

the mars volta is amazing.

däycüs mäximüs
Mar 7th, 2005, 05:03 AM
oh and btw, i dig sara slean too talonracer!

she used to play all the time here in hamilton if i recall correctly.

Ohenri
Mar 7th, 2005, 06:15 AM
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Joyful Rebellion by K-OS is another of the best albums we bought last year. What I really like about this album is that it's hip-hop, but instead of th music itself being just a pre-recorded beat it's actualy music, made with real instruments. It's a freakin' amazing album.

Glad you like this record PB. Though there is some great instrumentation, there is a good portion of drum programming/loops as well. BBoy stance is one that I think of....

BTW, he's been shutout of a few Juno categories/was only nominated for a few... A bit of an outrage @ his label/management.

H!

Ohenri
Mar 7th, 2005, 06:27 AM
Not sure if anyone has heard of this group, but Jazzanova is one of my faves. German cats who do some progressive music, what some like to call Blacktronica. Anyhow, let alone the music - the packaging is so awesome. This record is called "In Between..."

http://www.dustygroove.com/images/products/j/jazzanova~~_inbetween_101b.jpg

For the advanced hip hop listener: Jay Dee. Cat out of Detroit. Highly regarded in these circles...

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H!

talonracer
Mar 10th, 2005, 08:50 PM
Just got an advance copy of Mushroom Jazz 5 by Mark Farina.

Ohhhh so good!! It's out on March 22 - check it out and lose yourself for an hour!

PosterBoy
Mar 15th, 2005, 02:54 AM
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Details by Frou Frou. Has a whole bunch of great tracks including "Let Go" and "Psychobabble". Unfortunetely it does not include the cover of "Holding out for a Hero" that they recorded for the Shrek 2 Soundtrack, but this album is very solid.

PosterBoy
Mar 15th, 2005, 02:57 AM
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Ray Charles doing duets with a whle bunch of other fabulous artists, including Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Rait, B.B. King and Van Morrison. It's almost worth the money just for the duet of "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones.

PosterBoy
Mar 15th, 2005, 03:01 AM
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Happiness is ot a Fish that You Can Catch is easily Our Lady Peace's peak album. Every song is good, and they hadn't been made radio friendly by Bob Rock yet. It's the lst, and best, time that Raine Maida used his whole vocal range, and the second to last one on which he could actually sing. Seriously, his voice has gotten worse pretty much every time I've seem them live, which sucks. But this album is fantastic.

One should still listen to Clumsy and Naveed to appreciate the band in full, though.

PosterBoy
Mar 17th, 2005, 08:03 AM
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Billy Talent's debut album. While I didn't like "Try Honesty" when they first released it, I have liked all the other songs they've released and I am pleased to say that the album is incredibly consistent. Worth checking out!

Eukaryotic
Mar 17th, 2005, 07:27 PM
I've been listening to a whole lotta Belle & Sebastian:

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talonracer
Mar 17th, 2005, 08:42 PM
Yeah, I hated Try Honesty when it first came out. But when I heard The Ex... oh yeah, I was diggin that!

PosterBoy
Mar 18th, 2005, 03:01 AM
Talonracer, the one that <i>really</i> got me hooked was River Below :)

talonracer
Mar 19th, 2005, 07:13 PM
Disturbingly enough, I'm really liking the latest from Sum 41 - Chuck.

I liked the first single "All to Blame", but the current single, "Pieces", is what sold me on the album.

PosterBoy
Mar 20th, 2005, 03:20 AM
Sweet. I've liked a lot of Sum 41s stuff, but I've never picked up any of their albums. I can't tell if I am missing out or not.

Meantime, I've been listening to Our Lady Peace again.

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On of my all time favourite bands. It's too bad that Bob Rock radiofied their sound for their latest album, and how Raine Maida doesn't have the same vocal range he used to.

The Great Waka
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:32 PM
Awesome thread. Lots of great stuff up here. Allow me to add.

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The Faint - Danse Macabre

Amazing album. Everyone of any musical taste can appreciate it. Unique music with awesome songwriting. One of my current favorites, and definitely the best album by The Faint.

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Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

For those who like something a bit harder, check this duo out. The whole thing is composed with only drums and a bass guitar. Some catchy riffs on here for sure.

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30 Seconds to Mars - 30 Seconds to Mars

This is Jared Leto's band. It's pretty cool, although I think they took the space theme a bit too far with the lyrics. Haven't heard any more from them lately.

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A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

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A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step

One of my favourite vocalists, Maynard James Keenan. I prefer APC over Tool I think due to the more chances Maynard has to exercise his vocal gymnastics. Great stuff.

Also, check out

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A Perfect Circle - Emotive

If only to hear his cover of Lennon's Imagine. And Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?

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Alright, that should hold you for a while.

PosterBoy
Mar 30th, 2005, 04:29 AM
Almost forgot about this thread I started!

Waka, I agree about Maynard with Tool vs. Maynard with APC. APC puts out much more interesting and listenable music. That said, I am not so fond of their cover album. Not sure why yet. I will need to give it a few more listens before I make any kind of final judgement on it.

To carry on the thread, I am going to recommend that everyone check out a band called Zero7 (http://www.zero7.co.uk/). They've got two great albums out:

"Simple Things"

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And "When it Falls"

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Personally I prefer the former (which is older) but they are both chock full of good music. It's great stuff to have on in the background while reading/studying/writing/whatever.

PosterBoy
Mar 30th, 2005, 04:41 AM
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Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight. If you ask me, these are Matthew Good's two best albums (with or without the band). They are loaded with great tunes for driving to or walking to or partying to or, you know, whatever.

If you can find it, there is an import version of Beautiful Midnight that was released in the US that has a couple of their better older songs on it, too. Here is it on Amazon.ca (http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000056K2V/qid=1112175256/sr=8-5/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i5_xgl15/701-9092026-5745904)

There is also Matt Good's solo stuff to consider. I like his first effort quite a bit:

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Avalanche is good start to finish, and features such great tracks as "In A World Called Catastrophe", "Weapon" and "21st Century Living."

PosterBoy
Mar 30th, 2005, 04:46 AM
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Eminem third album, "The Eminem Show." Obviously, it's rap and therefore not for everyone, but it has a lot of good songs on it not the least of which are "White America" and "Sing for the Moment."

Of course, being a rap album it suffers from it's share of short and stupid skits, too, but they aren't enough to stop me from listening to the rest of the album (plus, once it's in iTunes you can either delete or deactivate the skits).

PosterBoy
Mar 30th, 2005, 04:51 AM
More music that isn't for everyone, but is good none the less:

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Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile" is a two disc album that is fantastic basically from start to finish, with a few minor hitches along the way. Those hitches aren't so much <i>bad</i> songs though, they are more songs that seem (or seemed at the time) out of place where they are on the album.

On a related aside, NIN put on one of the best concerts I have been to, ever when they played GM Place on the tour supporting The Fragile.

talonracer
Mar 31st, 2005, 12:47 AM
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Todd Kerns - Go Time!

SUCH a good album... my favorite track is "It's not you it's me"

Sample clips available online as well....
http://www.hrmrecords.com/toddkerns/music.html

I got to meet Todd and hung out with him backstage for over an hour a few months ago - TOTALLY nice guy, very cool.

PosterBoy
Mar 31st, 2005, 04:22 AM
Wow, I didn't even realize that Todd Kerns was still around. Cool!

agent4321
Apr 1st, 2005, 12:30 AM
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I was listening to this album yesterday during my commute (great driving music) and thought of this thread for some reason. Anyways, if you haven't heard of them definitely check them out.

There from Australia and are described as a 21st century AC/DC.

SpiderBait (http://spiderbait.com.au)

Band Biography (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:j5rp283y055a~T1)

Take a listen: MP3s (http://spiderbait.com.au/listen.html)

The Great Waka
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:02 AM
Posterboy, thanks for the heads up on Zero7. Checking them out. Also, I agree on NIN. Still waiting for the Tapeworm project to be completed, if ever. No, I will not say that it is never happening. It will. Trent was actually quite upset that Maynard released one of their songs on Emotive.

Have you heard Rev 22-20 by Maynard and Danny Lohner? Check it out, it's on the Underworld soundtrack.

In the mean time, let me also recommend The Postal Service's 'Give Up'. Awesome, mellowish stuff. Again, great lyrics. Good as background music, but the first few times it will draw your attention to listen to the words. Great stuff.

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PosterBoy
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:19 PM
Yeah, the Postal Service makes good music. If you like them, chances are you'll like Death Cab For Cutie, too. Same vocalist/lyricist in both groups.

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Transatlanticism has a lot of god tracks on it, including "Transatlanticism" which was featured in a Olympic TV ad this past Olympics. It's good stuff.

jicon
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:00 PM
On the alternative end, I'd give a thumbs up to:

Arcade Fire - Funeral ("Neighborhood #3")
Beck - Guero ("Girl", "E-Pro")
Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Addicted to "The Good Times Are Killing Me")

talonracer
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:06 PM
PB, I'd argue your claims about Matt Good. I've always been fondest of Last of the Ghetto Astronauts. Underdogs is an amazing album as well, though.

PosterBoy
Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:00 AM
talonracer, I like Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, but Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight are far more consistent albums, and a lot less rough around the edges.

That's just my opinion, though.

I've been meaning to pick up Modest Mouse, is it really worth it?

talonracer
Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:45 AM
The new Modest Mouse is a great album. I finally got it two weeks ago, but haven't been able to listen to it much because I'm grooving on the advance copy of David Usher's new album.

talonracer
Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:01 PM
Staying in today and working on a drawing. Got the go-ahead from my boss to use my Epson 7600 to create some prints to adorn the walls of my new office. This printer is simply stunning - can go up to 2' wide and 150' long.

So, I'm going through my CD collection while I draw. Currently listening to a classic from the 90s - Mollies Revenge.

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I'd forgotten about this band until I somehow they came up in a conversation last week. Highly recommended. The big single was track #3- Humble.

RatsOnMacAttack
Apr 5th, 2005, 10:46 AM
I recommend:

Explosions in the sky - spacey, instrumental guitar stuff (they did the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights)

DNTEL - the "other" half of the Postal Service

Choke - Slow Fade, or How I Learned to Question Infinity (just picked it up, alot less technical than their older stuff)

Stars - Set yourself on fire (just nice music)

talonracer
Apr 13th, 2005, 05:50 PM
The new Garbage album is soso sweet.

Shirley Manson makes me allllll atingly.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0007Y8A06.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

autopilot
Apr 13th, 2005, 09:37 PM
keep on pushing by the black seeds:

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drg600/g657/g65732da3pb.jpg

my brother gave me this album for my birthday. it's classified as reggae but it's sort of a cross between that, ska, and dub. great driving music for summer. mellow and very listenable.

i would recommend this album to just about everyone. :)

coyote
Apr 13th, 2005, 10:39 PM
Modest Mouse "Good News for People How Like Bad News" is an excellent album. Remind's me a bit of Violent Femmes.

I just picked up Oasis Masterplan. It's a collection of B-sides and most of the tracks are as good as any of their A-Side releases.

A great bluesy guitar album is Chris Whitely's 1991 release, "Living with the Law". Solid throughout.

For U2 fans, check out Daniel Lanois "For the Beauty of Wynonna" from 1993. He's produced many of U2's and some Peter Gabriel works. He's from Hamilton. He's also on Robbie Robertson's self title album (along with U2) and Peter Gabriel's "Us".

PosterBoy
Apr 14th, 2005, 03:02 AM
I picked up Modest Mouse the other day, and Moby's new album too. Modest Mouse is pretty good stuff, but given the rave reviews I've heard from friends I must say I am a bit underwhelmed. It's good, just not as good as I was expecting.

I haven't had a chance to even unwrap the new Moby yet.

PeterBarron
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:38 AM
Support some more Canadian's bands:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006SNKTY/qid=1113478565/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/104-2727818-8347161?v=glance&s=music&n=507846
Once everyone gets bored of The Arcade Fire and The Stars, Black Mountain is sure to step up to the plate.

PosterBoy
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:44 AM
Black Mountain is good stuff. One of the band members day job happens to be my day job, too. :)

Mrs. Furley
Apr 14th, 2005, 08:36 AM
I just bought The Stars-Set Yourself on Fire and Beck-Mutations. Neither album has changed my life yet, but I am enjoying them both. I also recently bought Brian Wilson-Smile but haven't managed to get too into it yet...I guess I'm saving it for the right moment.

talonracer
May 23rd, 2005, 04:38 AM
Well, I just got back from the Collective Soul concert, and I got to meet the band, so I've nothing but good things to say about them. AWESOME show!!

Also, the new Audioslave (in stores this Tuesday) is super happy good fun times great. It's rocknroll, baby!!

PosterBoy
May 23rd, 2005, 04:42 AM
Dammit, I still need to buy the <em>first</em> Audioslave album.

Ena
May 23rd, 2005, 12:06 PM
Have to recommend 'Talking Timbuktu' with Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder.

talonracer
May 23rd, 2005, 03:02 PM
The new album from former Big Sugar frontman Gordie Johnson is REALLY good.

The band is called Grady, album is Y. U. so shady?

Just a simple, straight-forward southern-rock album. Awesome guitar work.

agent4321
May 24th, 2005, 03:44 PM
At the moment I am diggin' the new Dave Matthews Band: Stand Up. If you're a DMB fan I think you will like the album it took me a few listens to get into it but it is very good. :D

http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/82/87/66/87/0082876687962_150X150.jpg

däycüs mäximüs
May 25th, 2005, 10:56 PM
ugh, really? i'm a dmb fan too (saw them in TO a while back) and i was really disappointed with the new album.

nonetheless, i'm gonna give it another shot, only because ehmac told me so.

agent4321
Jun 1st, 2005, 11:20 PM
http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/72/43/47/47/0072434747862_150X150.jpg

Well I got my grubby hands on an advanced copy of the NEW Coldplay album X&Y.

I must say that I'm impressed.

It has a gloomy/dark feel overall, more than their previous albums but in a good way. :confused:

If you like the new single Speed of Sound that was released a few weeks ago then you will most likely dig the new album. I myself didn't like the single when I first heard it, it sounded too produced and like something you might here in a car commercial but it has since grown on me.

If I was to compare it to another album I would say that this is their (Pink Floyd) Dark Side of the Moon stage in their musically career. :)

http://posters.westbalkanonline.com/speedlist/LP0897%20COLDPLAY%20Group.jpg

talonracer
Jun 2nd, 2005, 12:06 AM
We have a bet running at the office as to which will do more in first week Canadian sales - System of a Down or Coldplay.

SOAD did something like 48,000 in their first week - I can't see Coldplay doing that, especially since Black Eyed Peas are out the same week as well. And Coldplay fans are too busy crying and lighting candles to rush out and buy an album first week.

;)

agent4321
Jun 2nd, 2005, 02:43 AM
SOAD did something like 48,000 in their first week - I can't see Coldplay doing that, especially since Black Eyed Peas are out the same week as well. And Coldplay fans are too busy crying and lighting candles to rush out and buy an album first week.

I'll go out on a limb and predict that Coldplay will do 75,000–100,000 in sales in Canadian sales in the first week :eek:

talonracer
Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:51 AM
1) Agent - you're drunk.

2) I just got the new Black Eyed Peas. It's vurrrrry good.

agent4321
Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:48 PM
1) Agent - you're drunk.
I wish!

What I've seen and heard of the new Black Eyed Peas not my cup of tea...too much bubble gum *yawn* :eek:

jicon
Jun 3rd, 2005, 07:40 PM
Of the choices, I'd buy the Coldplay album.

Black Eyed Peas are beyond me, and SOAD are barely tollerable...
(Before someone calls me Grandpa, I swear, I'm only 28!)

If one british act, Def Leppard can sell 12,000 for a double CD offering only one new song, I have absolutely no doubt that Coldplay can at least sell 45,000 for a new, highly anticipated album.

I have very little belief that those buying Black Eyed Peas will buy a Coldplay album and vice versa.

ArtistSeries
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:59 PM
TalonRacer, what ever happened to talent?
Black Eyed Peas latest album is their weakest yet.
System of a Down was their best.
Coldplay?

PosterBoy
Jun 4th, 2005, 04:24 AM
I have very little belief that those buying Black Eyed Peas will buy a Coldplay album and vice versa.

I'll more than likely end up with both. In fact, when I make my next run to the record store (probably on or about June 7th) I'll likely buy Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas and System of a Down.

On another note, we recently picked up the Killers album "Hot Fuss." It's actually quite good. So is the Perishers album "Let There Be Morning." I also picked up a copy of Johnny Cash's "American IV: The Man Comes Around," which is easily one of the best albums I've heard all year.

Carex
Jun 4th, 2005, 01:14 PM
I'm with you on The Killers PB. It harkens back to my mod/new wave 80's days very nicely.

As for the Coldplay, BEP, SOAD debate. I'd go with the Coldplay and SOAD album long before the peas. The BEP's have some catchy, poppy tunes, but not enough to make me buy and album. Coldplay's live and bootleg stuff is much more enjoyable than their ablums which were both very much alike.

talonracer
Jun 7th, 2005, 03:51 PM
Yeah, after several listens the new BEP is definitely not as strong as Elephunk. Still, some very good tunes on there (don't phunk with my heart, don't lie, and the collaborations with jack johnson and the one with james brown), but I do find myself skipping some songs.

The new oasis is disappointing. Still blasting out the new audioslave regularly.

Mrs. Furley
Jun 7th, 2005, 04:07 PM
I'll go out on a limb and predict that Coldplay will do 75,000–100,000 in sales in Canadian sales in the first week :eek:

I agree. This album is being hyped a lot, plus they cracked a whole new market when Gwyneth and Apple came into the picture. I think this album will be huge. Of all the albums mentioned here in the last few days, this is the only one I *might* consider buying, although I have yet to buy one of their albums.

Someone was trying to compare X and Y to OK Computer, but I can't see it ever reaching the musical heights that Radiohead did with that album. Maybe I'm wrong though...we'll see.

Carex
Jun 7th, 2005, 04:29 PM
I don't know if I read the OK Computer comparison in the same place but there was a "I hate Coldplay" putdown article in the NYT on the weekend. I don't think I would make that between those two bands except superficially.

PosterBoy
Jun 8th, 2005, 03:35 AM
I picked up the new BEP today (among others), and so far it's good. Not sure yet if it is as good as Elephunk, but it's good none the less.

I plan on listening to Coldplay tomorrow.

Carex
Jun 8th, 2005, 10:33 AM
I have been groovin' to Jack Johnston lately and just picked up 2 live tunes from iTunes (Live at the Kokua Festival). They came with videos and a booklet. The videos are just concert footage but they can be set to play full screen and they are surprisingly good. I can now imagine having a machine full of these videos just playing away full screen. The booklet is very good too, in PDF format. Drawbacks are the size; the videos were 40-48 Mb and the booklet about 8.

agent4321
Jun 8th, 2005, 11:36 AM
I concur the new Jack Johnson is an excellent album! :)

talonracer
Jun 8th, 2005, 01:05 PM
Okay, I gave it a listen, and the new Coldplay is actually quite good.

I don't know if I'd buy it, but it's a good album. I'm happy I got a promo copy. =]

gmark2000
Jun 8th, 2005, 03:08 PM
Hi folks,

I listen to many different genres but am partial to ambient and electronica (and variants of acid jazz, chillout, drums 'n' bass, etc...). My favourites include Moby, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Fat Boy Slim, Underworld, Paul Oakenfold, Morcheeba.

What other artists would I be interested in?? Thanks!

talonracer
Jun 8th, 2005, 03:32 PM
gmark, have you checked out the Mushroom Jazz series, or dephazz?

Carex
Jun 8th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Gmark, how about Fischerspooner?

moonsocket
Jun 8th, 2005, 07:19 PM
Check out any Elliot Smith albums. Fantastic.

The first three Dinosaur Jr. have been re-released. 3 of my faves of all time.

Check out this band I heard of called Eric's Trip. Lots of great stuuf. ;)

iMatt
Jun 8th, 2005, 07:43 PM
Someone was trying to compare X and Y to OK Computer, but I can't see it ever reaching the musical heights that Radiohead did with that album. Maybe I'm wrong though...we'll see.

I don't mind Coldplay, and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" was very good, but OKC is not the kind of album that comes along every day. The chances of Coldplay coming anywhere near it with "X and Y" seem vanishingly small to me...hell, I'd be surprised if <i>Radiohead</i> ever bested it, never mind Coldplay.

theonly_bandever_
Jun 8th, 2005, 09:10 PM
http://www.rockhard.de/images/againstmeAs%20the%20Eternal%20Cowboy_g.jpg

Against Me! - As The Eternal Cowboy

Pure, great, notafraidtosayanything typed music by a punk band from Gainsville, Florida.

Parental Advisory!

gmark2000
Jun 8th, 2005, 10:31 PM
Gmark, how about Fischerspooner?
Had a listen to them on iTunes Music Store and they are very electronic. Actually retro-sounding like Kraftwerk, OMD, New Order -ish. Not bad but not outstanding either. Thanks though.

gmark, have you checked out the Mushroom Jazz series, or dephazz?
Mushroom Jazz is awesome. Very funkadelic acid jazz. Couldn't find dephazz at iTunes.

Carex
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:21 AM
Jamiroquai (for gmark)

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 08:33 AM
I don't mind Coldplay, and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" was very good, but OKC is not the kind of album that comes along every day. The chances of Coldplay coming anywhere near it with "X and Y" seem vanishingly small to me...hell, I'd be surprised if <i>Radiohead</i> ever bested it, never mind Coldplay.

Well I have fairly high hopes for Radiohead's next album since it seems as though they are taking their time making it, but I agree that they probably won't ever match OK Computer. And I just don't think that Coldplay are even in the same league, although I do think they're great at what they do.

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 08:34 AM
Hi folks,

I listen to many different genres but am partial to ambient and electronica (and variants of acid jazz, chillout, drums 'n' bass, etc...). My favourites include Moby, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Fat Boy Slim, Underworld, Paul Oakenfold, Morcheeba.

What other artists would I be interested in?? Thanks!

You might like Esthero...

iMatt
Jun 9th, 2005, 10:00 AM
Well I have fairly high hopes for Radiohead's next album since it seems as though they are taking their time making it, but I agree that they probably won't ever match OK Computer. And I just don't think that Coldplay are even in the same league, although I do think they're great at what they do.

So, have you heard X&Y yet? Any opinion? (As an obvious Radiohead freak, I'm inclined to give your view more weight. :D)

As for Radiohead's next taking a long time...honestly after "Hail to the Thief" (which also took a while, didn't it?) I don't really have high hopes. I mean, I can think of two relatively obscure EPs that are (IMHO) better than "Thief"...(Airbag/How am I Driving and My Iron Lung), so I've been lowering my expectations and I'm certainly not waiting as eagerly as I have in the past.

talonracer
Jun 9th, 2005, 10:54 AM
gmark, another suggestion is St. Germain

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 11:11 AM
So, have you heard X&Y yet? Any opinion? (As an obvious Radiohead freak, I'm inclined to give your view more weight. :D)

As for Radiohead's next taking a long time...honestly after "Hail to the Thief" (which also took a while, didn't it?) I don't really have high hopes. I mean, I can think of two relatively obscure EPs that are (IMHO) better than "Thief"...(Airbag/How am I Driving and My Iron Lung), so I've been lowering my expectations and I'm certainly not waiting as eagerly as I have in the past.

Hail To The Thief was quite disappointing for me, although not a throw-away by any means. I think there are a few tracks on there that are quite magical (2+2=5, There There, Wolf at the Door...) but some of them make me want to rip my hair out, they irritate me so much. OK Computer is one of those albums I can listen to from beginning to end and then start all over again. I recall buying Hail To The Thief and Think Tank (Blur) at the same time and expecting Think Tank to take second place, only to find that I couldn't stop listening to it, while Hail To The Thief sat there, practically ignored.

Airbag/How Am I Driving is great, I agree.

As for X&Y, I haven't heard it yet. The first single sounds good and I do like Rush Of Blood To The Head quite a bit, but it'll be awhile before I consider buying it. I need to hear a few really good songs to convince me. Coldplay are just a little more fluffy and a little less complex than I normally like...but if I'm in the mood for that sort of thing, I'll invest.

What about you, iMatt? What are your thoughts?

joltguy
Jun 9th, 2005, 11:16 AM
http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/72/43/47/47/0072434747862_150X150.jpg
If I was to compare it to another album I would say that this is their (Pink Floyd) Dark Side of the Moon stage in their musically career. :)


Wow, now that is a serious recommendation, my friend! I will have to check this album out... to the iTMS I go!

farfisa
Jun 9th, 2005, 11:23 AM
So, have you heard X&Y yet? Any opinion? (As an obvious Radiohead freak, I'm inclined to give your view more weight. :D)

As for Radiohead's next taking a long time...honestly after "Hail to the Thief" (which also took a while, didn't it?) I don't really have high hopes. I mean, I can think of two relatively obscure EPs that are (IMHO) better than "Thief"...(Airbag/How am I Driving and My Iron Lung), so I've been lowering my expectations and I'm certainly not waiting as eagerly as I have in the past.
I've heard X&Y all the way through a few times, and I have to say it's a bit disappointing. It sounds more like the album which would have come after Parachutes and before Rush--it's a lot softer, like it's Chris Martin's love songs for Gwenyth. (I got the same feeling that I did after listening to U2's follow up to the excellent All That You Can't Leave Behind).
Coldplay is the media's new "biggest band in the world" after Radiohead, and I think they're compared more on that level than on a musical level. Rush of Blood was like The Bends in many ways--first it rocked, and second it was a breakout album (and an album in the true sense, not just singles and filler), showing that the band had more in them than a single ("Yellow" and "Creep"--yes I realize there are more singles off each album, but I'm talking public perception here).
But where OK Computer went to new ground, X & Y seems to go to back to familiar territory. Now, it's not a bad album, but in a non-music-history sense, you can't really liken it to OK Computer. Ah, you'll know when you hear it.

iMatt
Jun 9th, 2005, 11:47 AM
What about you, iMatt? What are your thoughts?

Until now I've (perhaps unfairly) considered Coldplay kind of a Radiohead-lite, and seeing them live a couple of years ago only reinforced that impression. They were good, but not stunning. I'll leave it at that, because I know I'm already sounding like a horrible Radiohead snob. :) So I'm also going to wait until I've heard it, but I do expect we'll have it around the house sooner or later, probably as an iTunes download.

Pink Floyd has been mentioned by other posters, and I find that intriguing: favourable comparisons to "Dark Side of the Moon" won't tip me to buying. I actually like Pink Floyd up to and including "The Wall," but for my money "Wish You Were Here" is their peak achievement. It's strange, but the more I listen to the early material, the more DSOTM begins to sound like the odds-and-sods collection that it was initially. IMO it's a much better album without the context of their first few albums with Gilmour (though still excellent).

jicon
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:09 PM
X & Y is Coldplay's best album in my opinion. I really like half of Hail to the Thief by Radiohead, but the only comparisons I'll make between the two, is that both bands don't sound that great live and both albums are very layered.

Greats on the new X&Y:

Square One
White Shadows
What If
Fix You
Talk
Low

Greats on Hail to the Thief:

Where I End and You Begin(I label it the corporate takeover song)
Backdrifts
There there.
Sail to the Moon
Sit Down. Stand up.
2+2 = 5

farfisa
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:17 PM
Until now I've (perhaps unfairly) considered Coldplay kind of a Radiohead-lite, and seeing them live a couple of years ago only reinforced that impression. They were good, but not stunning. I'll leave it at that, because I know I'm already sounding like a horrible Radiohead snob. :) So I'm also going to wait until I've heard it, but I do expect we'll have it around the house sooner or later, probably as an iTunes download.

Pink Floyd has been mentioned by other posters, and I find that intriguing: favourable comparisons to "Dark Side of the Moon" won't tip me to buying. I actually like Pink Floyd up to and including "The Wall," but for my money "Wish You Were Here" is their peak achievement. It's strange, but the more I listen to the early material, the more DSOTM begins to sound like the odds-and-sods collection that it was initially. IMO it's a much better album without the context of their first few albums with Gilmour (though still excellent).
I can't really understand the Dark Side of the Moon comparison. Like not at all.

I'm definitely a big fan of Wish You Were Here and Animals--of their epic tunes in general, I guess (like the earlier "Echoes"). I think that's what I loved so much about OK Computer, was that they weren't afraid to have a song that went somewhere, like Paranoid Android, how it has the shift in the middle. (of course "Fitter Happier" was also the first Radiohead song I ever hated--I guess they weren't afraid of that either).

The one thing I've started to notice about Dark Side is that the sound effects (especially in "Time") can be a little irritating if you're just trying to listen to music. It's the only album of theirs where that stuff bugs me, though I remember the first time I listened to Wish You Were Here all the way through, I was terrified that I messed up my dad's stereo at the end of Have a Cigar! ;)

iMatt
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:23 PM
BTW, those of you who like that good old angsty, cerebral English rock ought to check out The Dears. Not plugging because they're part of the Montreal hype, and I haven't even heard all of their new album yet, but I really like what little I have heard. (The Montreal factor does have significance for me, because there's a sense of place to the music that shines through when listening to it while strolling around town.)

Here's what's available at the iTMS:http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=58199769

You have nothing to lose but $3.96...or just drop .99 on "Heathrow or Deathrow." :)

jicon: I adored Radiohead's live shows. I thought they did a marvelous job with sound and performance, especially for a large outdoor venue. (Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, twice.) Coldplay, on the other hand, sounded fine but didn't really do anything remarkable on stage, IMO.

jicon
Jun 9th, 2005, 02:14 PM
jicon: I adored Radiohead's live shows. I thought they did a marvelous job with sound and performance, especially for a large outdoor venue. (Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, twice.) Coldplay, on the other hand, sounded fine but didn't really do anything remarkable on stage, IMO.

Sorry, Radiohead's music is very distorted and complicated in the recording, and I haven't quite hit the moment where I appreciate their live renderings yet. I'm sure a version of Fake Plastic Trees will sound sound fabulous, but their newer stuff seems to suffer.

Coldplay suffers a similar issue with complicated song structures. They might also start to sound a bit better live once they quit layering Chris' voice on their recordings. However, I'm sure he could record a mean version of "Something in the Air Tonight".

agent4321
Jun 9th, 2005, 03:01 PM
I can't really understand the Dark Side of the Moon comparison. Like not at all.
The track that totally reminds me of a Pink Floyd sound is in the track X&Y during the main chourus Martin sing's "You and me are floating on a tidal wave-together- you and me are drifting into outer space…" The guitar riff during that part is very Pink Floydesque.

it's a lot softer, like it's Chris Martin's love songs for Gwenyth.
I have to disagree with that statement I think it's the total opposite. If you listen to the songs and the titles of the songs (Square One, What if?, Fix You, Hardest Part) they are more about not being sure about love, life etc...

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Until now I've (perhaps unfairly) considered Coldplay kind of a Radiohead-lite, and seeing them live a couple of years ago only reinforced that impression. They were good, but not stunning. I'll leave it at that, because I know I'm already sounding like a horrible Radiohead snob. :) So I'm also going to wait until I've heard it, but I do expect we'll have it around the house sooner or later, probably as an iTunes download. .

It's okay, I think I'm a Radiohead snob too. :)

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 04:17 PM
Sorry, Radiohead's music is very distorted and complicated in the recording, and I haven't quite hit the moment where I appreciate their live renderings yet. I'm sure a version of Fake Plastic Trees will sound sound fabulous, but their newer stuff seems to suffer.

Coldplay suffers a similar issue with complicated song structures. They might also start to sound a bit better live once they quit layering Chris' voice on their recordings. However, I'm sure he could record a mean version of "Something in the Air Tonight".

I've seen both bands perform live on TV and I just wish Thom and Chris would both stop moving around so much when they sing live. I think it really takes away from the experience of it (audio and video). Thom Yorke used to move a lot less on stage - I read that he feels much freer now that he can move more to the music, but it sure changes the sound. Don't get me wrong though, I still think Radiohead is wonderful live! And one of the differences, for me, is that I feel all 5 members of Radiohead are top knotch musicians whereas the other guys in Coldplay seem to just fade into the background.

Mrs. Furley
Jun 9th, 2005, 04:21 PM
BTW, those of you who like that good old angsty, cerebral English rock ought to check out The Dears. Not plugging because they're part of the Montreal hype, and I haven't even heard all of their new album yet, but I really like what little I have heard. (The Montreal factor does have significance for me, because there's a sense of place to the music that shines through when listening to it while strolling around town.)

Here's what's available at the iTMS:http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=58199769

You have nothing to lose but $3.96...or just drop .99 on "Heathrow or Deathrow." :)

I've been meaning to check out more of the Dears. I hesitate because the singer sounds so much like Morrissey, but I'm sure if I heard more songs, I would hear the similaries less...? The second single they put out (can't remember the name of it) reminded me so much of the Smiths' "Reel Around The Fountain" that I was turned off. But I love Lost In The Plot!!
I will try them again soon.

Hey iMatt, are the Hidden Cameras part of that Montreal Hype? What do you think of them?

farfisa
Jun 9th, 2005, 06:34 PM
The track that totally reminds me of a Pink Floyd sound is in the track X&Y during the main chourus Martin sing's "You and me are floating on a tidal wave-together- you and me are drifting into outer space…" The guitar riff during that part is very Pink Floydesque.
Ah, gotcha. I can see it a bit there, with all arpeggios in that part and the slide guitar in the beginning it has a David Gilmour thing going on. That end chorus bit totally reminds me of Oasis though (or to be kinder, the parts of the Beatles ripped off by Oasis).

I have to disagree with that statement I think it's the total opposite. If you listen to the songs and the titles of the songs (Square One, What if?, Fix You, Hardest Part) they are more about not being sure about love, life etc...
It's the "I'd be lost without you, don't leave me" kind of love song. Like, "you're Christie Brinkley to my Billy Joel" kind of love song. I think the song "rush of blood to the head" was so heavy and almost seedy, that almost anything is a step back towards syrup. But hey, why shouldn't he be happy?
I have listened to the lyrics and that's where I have most of my issues, but for some reason I found "The Scientist" to be a great twist on the love song and "I will try to fix you" to be leaning further toward the cheese. So far, however, I haven't done better myself, so that's all I'll say ;)

All in all a good listen, but I can't say it's a step forward for them, that's my opinion anyway.

farfisa
Jun 9th, 2005, 06:47 PM
I saw Radiohead's Bends tour at the Spectrum in Montreal and it's still one of my favourite concerts ever. Even then Thom Yorke was a bit anti-social, but at least he stayed behind the mic. That was before they needed loops and stuff to recreate their studio work. It was just a wall of guitar.

I've been meaning to check out more of the Dears. I hesitate because the singer sounds so much like Morrissey...

I'll be seeing the Dears tomorrow night at the Phoenix--they're known to put on a great show too. The guy does sound a lot like Morrissey which is actually what made me buy the album for my wife, then I got into it myself (though maybe if you saw him live you might not make the Morrissey connection as much--he's a black guy with a beard). They put together some great tunes, mixing so much music of the past few decades together. They're a staple in our house now.

talonracer
Jun 9th, 2005, 08:38 PM
Been rockin out to an older album: Fun lovin criminals - 100% columbian


good stuff!

agent4321
Jun 9th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Just gave the NEW White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan a spin and it's not bad, it has a rockabilly twang to it. The Loretta Lynn album Jack produced a while back must have rubbed off on him a bit.

I'm going to give it another spin on the commute home. :cool:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00097A5H2.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg

iMatt
Jun 10th, 2005, 01:04 PM
Hey iMatt, are the Hidden Cameras part of that Montreal Hype? What do you think of them?

Never heard of 'em, but my days of taking in a steady stream of unknown bands ended about two or three years ago. As luck would have it, only a very few of the many bands I saw from 1997-2002 are now part of the hype.

The High Dials (formerly known as the Datsons) were terrific under their former name (kind of a throwback to mid-period Who-style "maximum R&B," Motown influences and all); I haven't yet heard their two albums under the new name. I also saw Les Georges Leningrad once or twice. Wacky, and definitely an acquired taste.

I guess I never hung around the right venues on the right nights to see the Dears, Stars, Arcade Fire, etc. when they were unknown.

talonracer
Jun 10th, 2005, 01:29 PM
New Foo Fighters rocks. The copy protection on it blows, but once you get (if you get) past that, it's an awesome album.

Out this coming Tuesday.

agent4321
Jun 14th, 2005, 04:53 PM
New Foo Fighters rocks.

I agree with you on that TR. I just got my hands on the new Foos and it's rockin' I haven't listened to the softer CD (disc 2) yet but I'm sure it's going to be good.

The Foos were on Letterman last night did you happen to catch it? They played track 6 on disc 1 "The Last Song" it was excellent :D

talonracer
Jun 14th, 2005, 06:05 PM
I've only listened to the second disc once. Too sleepy for my liking, but I will admit it's really good.

Think I'll have disc 1 just blaring as I drive back to BC this weekend!

iMatt
Jun 14th, 2005, 07:44 PM
I love the first two FF albums, the third one not so much (though it's OK), and haven't even heard the fourth. So, how does the new one compare to those? Is it as strong as The Colour and the Shape?

ArtistSeries
Jun 14th, 2005, 10:53 PM
I love the first two FF albums, the third one not so much (though it's OK), and haven't even heard the fourth. So, how does the new one compare to those? Is it as strong as The Colour and the Shape?

Yes it's as strong.
One By One was average.

This is a double album (as pointed out) and each as it's own flavor. There is more experimentation and arguable their best so far.

www.allmusic.com has a great review if you need more details.

talonracer
Jun 15th, 2005, 11:00 AM
Well, we got our behinds handed to us on the Coldplay/SOAD wager. Coldplay did 105,000 in Canada in first week sales.

Guess there's a lot of depressed people out there!! ;)

agent4321
Jun 15th, 2005, 04:49 PM
I'll go out on a limb and predict that Coldplay will do 75,000–100,000 in sales in Canadian sales in the first week :eek:

Hey I hit the nail on the head! It even did 5,000 more than I predicted!

talonracer
Jun 17th, 2005, 12:09 AM
I am STILL rockin the new Foo Fighters! So good!

Also got White Stripes today- debating whether to bring it with me for the drive to BC... I think it will wait in Calgary for me. Gotta have good driving tunes!

Carex
Jun 17th, 2005, 01:00 AM
TR, let me know about the White Stripes, I'm thinking of picking up the CD. Driving tunes? Why not take them all with you!! iPod + FM transmitter = driving pleasure.

talonracer
Jun 17th, 2005, 11:51 AM
Why not take them all with you!! iPod + FM transmitter = driving pleasure.

Heh. Honestly, a lot of times I turn my stereo off completely and just listen to the sweet sweet sounds of my car.

Yes, I have issues. I know.

thejst
Jun 17th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Well, we got our behinds handed to us on the Coldplay/SOAD wager. Coldplay did 105,000 in Canada in first week sales.

Guess there's a lot of depressed people out there!! ;)

Or a lot of easily manipulated ones ;)

PosterBoy
Jun 17th, 2005, 06:24 PM
So I have listened to the new Black Eyed Peas album all the way through a few times now, and while I agree that it is generally not as strong as Elephunk (if only because it's not as consistent), I will say this: Fergie is starting to get less useless. She's not trying so hard this time around, and the music flows a lot better because of it.

Also, "Gone Goin' (featuring Jack Johnson)" is a freaking awesome song.

AppleAuthority
Jun 17th, 2005, 10:57 PM
Heh. Honestly, a lot of times I turn my stereo off completely and just listen to the sweet sweet sounds of my car.

Yes, I have issues. I know.
I think I share your issues...;)

talonracer
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:29 AM
I picked up the new album from Trevor Hurst, former lead singer of Econoline Crush. His new band is called Hurst (imaginatively enough), album is Wanderlust.

It's really good - of course sounds a bit like Econoline Crush, but just a nice, quick rock album. Sounds really good at ~120 km/hr... or so I have been told. :D

nino
Jul 5th, 2005, 12:14 PM
alexisonfire' first album

Mrs. Furley
Jul 5th, 2005, 12:47 PM
I picked up the new album from Trevor Hurst, former lead singer of Econoline Crush. His new band is called Hurst (imaginatively enough), album is Wanderlust.

It's really good - of course sounds a bit like Econoline Crush, but just a nice, quick rock album. Sounds really good at ~120 km/hr... or so I have been told. :D

...and what an intelligent man he is. I always liked Econoline Crush but never to the point of buying an album...but when he spoke, I sat up and listened! And I looked too...he's a nice looking fellow. ;) I'm glad he's still out and about.
I thought I saw him working in a futon shop here in Toronto once...I guess it wasn't him! ;)

talonracer
Jul 14th, 2005, 12:00 PM
Two albums to suggest:

Sophie Milman (self titled)
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000637XN8.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
A really good jazz album - smooth, sultry and kinda sexy! I'm diggin it.

All-American Rejects - Move Along
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0009W5JD2.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
Wicked album - listened to it back to back as soon as I got it and was really impressed. If you heard their first album, you'll definitely recognize the sound. It's matured a bit, but is still awesome.

PosterBoy
Jul 14th, 2005, 12:26 PM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000641Z9K.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Kevin Spacey singing the music of Bobby Darin. It's freakin' great.

Vexel
Jul 14th, 2005, 12:55 PM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000641Z9K.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Kevin Spacey singing the music of Bobby Darin. It's freakin' great.
That movie was friggin awesome! Spacey out-did himself in that one.

talonracer
Aug 14th, 2005, 09:40 PM
Just got advance copies of two great Canadian acts..

First up is The Trews - Den of Thieves. What a great album. If you liked the first one, or even just the singles you heard off of it, you will adore this new album. It's out this Tuesday.

Next, Our Lady Peace - Healthy in Paranoid Times (available August 30)
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000A3Z6JC.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
Holy cats, one of the best OLP albums in AGES. There's none of the whinyness that Raine usually slips into, instead, he seems to have learned some new vocal style that he uses to great effect on a couple of songs. A brilliant, brilliant album.

PosterBoy
Aug 15th, 2005, 01:05 AM
Regarding OLP:

Are we talking Clumsy good, or Happiness... good?

Still kind of sad to see their album covers sans Sol.

talonracer
Aug 20th, 2005, 12:37 PM
Uhhh... I'm afraid I couldn't answer that properly, other than to say I bought Clumsy & loved it, and didn't even bother to pick Happiness up.

I can tell you that I've played the new album about 10 times now, and I am still digging it.

talonracer
Sep 4th, 2005, 12:24 PM
Speaking of OLP (err, as I was, a few weeks ago!)..

I'm really excited - I get to meet them this wednesday.

cheshire_cat
Sep 4th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Give Cat Power and The New York Dolls a listen. I found them to be really good.

cheshire_cat
Sep 4th, 2005, 04:40 PM
tr...I liked Spiritual Machines.

The Arcade Fire is really good too.

talonracer
Sep 5th, 2005, 11:03 AM
Guess I'll plug a hometown boy...

Has anyone heard that song "Bad day" by Daniel Powter? I got the album last week and it is surprisingly good. Kind of in the "maroon 5 meets john mayer" style of music.

Oddly enough, he's from Vernon, BC. And here I thought the only good things to come out of Vernon were apples (well... and an ex gf..!)

Check it out, tell me what you think.

PosterBoy
Sep 5th, 2005, 02:03 PM
Speaking of OLP (err, as I was, a few weeks ago!)..

I'm really excited - I get to meet them this wednesday.

I picked up the new OLP the day it came out and man, is it good. It's nice, too, after their last album was so weak.

I'm annoyed, though, they are playing here tomorrow and I won't be able to go. It'll be the first OLP concert in Vancouver that I've missed since 1998. :S

tikibangout
Sep 5th, 2005, 08:43 PM
http://www.thefalloftroy.com/media/falloftroy-evr112.jpg

the Fall of Troy - Doppelganger

I'm not into most emo/hardcore, but this deserves a listen. These guys were only 17 when they recorded this album. Very talented, even if you don't like the type of music.

Carex
Sep 12th, 2005, 12:39 AM
Interesting opinions about OLP. I heard one of the songs and was not impressed, but others here have given me an excuse to try out the rest.

Recently picked up Superbeautifulmonster by Bif Naked. I am enjoying it very much!!

yatko
Sep 12th, 2005, 12:50 AM
This is for one of those gray days of the year:
http://www.branfordmarsalis.com/branford/pbuild/linkbuilder.cfm?selection=dn9.9.31
http://images-jp.amazon.com/images/P/B0000026EH.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg


http://children.ofthenight.org/albums/images/6128f.jpg

Mrs. Furley
Oct 12th, 2005, 08:41 AM
I've finally found an album that is interesting enough to distract me from the Arcade Fire album...it's Sufjan Stevens-Come On Feel The Illinoise.
I've heard about this guy for awhile and finally checked out his newest album - it is really, really great.
teeterboy3 and iMatt, I think you might like it.
Great voice, lots of cool instruments, good production (but not over-produced). There is an eerie song about John Wayne Gacy that has been haunting me for the last few days.

Here's the album:
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009R1T7M/qid=1129120518/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_3_1/701-3497133-2277928

Mrs. Furley
Oct 12th, 2005, 08:43 AM
I've also been listening to Antony & the Johnsons. It's quite dark and sad sounding. It's not something I would go really crazy for, and it's not for everyone, but it's definitely interesting and different.

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000777J2S/qid=1129120896/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_3_1/701-3497133-2277928

Mrs. Furley
Oct 13th, 2005, 01:34 PM
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009AM5JK/qid=1129224838/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_3_1/701-3497133-2277928

Damon Albarn might just be my hero!

iBrodie
Oct 13th, 2005, 02:23 PM
I have to agree with you all on saying The Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters and Coldplay albums are great. I saw all of them in concert this summer and they all put on some amazing shows!
So being in England right now here are some great albums from over here:
http://www.bandmad.com/upload/product/large/1918_30.jpg
Bloc Party:Such a great album, they have also released a remix of it and that also is well worth a listen too.

http://www.franzferdinand.co.uk/cms/asset_store/image/b_200509143100020.jpg
The new Franz Ferdinand is amazing if you enjoyed there first one then you will like this one as well, if you thought the first one was too heavy give this one a try as they have mellowed it out a bit

http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/f/images/futureheads-st2004.jpg
The Futureheads: Great sound, check out Hounds of Love and Decend Days and Nights

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B0007ULKG6.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
Check out It Ended On An Oily Stage

Mrs. Furley
Oct 14th, 2005, 08:19 AM
iBrodie, thanks for reminding me that I still have to check out Bloc Party - I've been meaning to for awhile.

It Ended On An Oily Stage is a great song!!

Mrs. Furley
Oct 31st, 2005, 11:43 AM
I am really enjoying the new Gorillaz album. It's kind of like having a new Blur album, only a little different. Feel Good Inc. is so much fun!! I love it all.

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009AM5JK/qid=1130776871/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_3_1/701-3497133-2277928

Carex
Oct 31st, 2005, 12:48 PM
I'm a little hot and cold about the Gorillaz. Some songs I really like. Others I could do without.

SoyMac
Oct 31st, 2005, 02:07 PM
Excellent thread and posts here, Friends!
I especially appreciate the descriptions/mini reviews so I know whether I want to check stuff out. And you've given us lots to look into.
Thankee!

EDIT:
On a related note(Hahaha!), if you have fave web radio stations, you may like to post them on the Web Radio Recommendations thread here:
https://www.ehmac.ca/showthread.php?t=32973
:)

agent4321
Nov 5th, 2005, 01:03 AM
Can't stop listening to this album...

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000B66H64.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg

Saw them in concert too last week...amazing! If you ever get the chance to see them, don't hesitate to go!

ilovemetric.com (http://www.ilovemetric.com)

talonracer
Nov 5th, 2005, 02:04 PM
Gavin Rossdale (formerly of Bush)'s new band, Institute.

Great cd. I love Gavin's voice.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000ALM4EY.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Mrs. Furley
Jan 11th, 2006, 01:58 PM
Albums I've recently been enjoying...

Eels:
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007Y8AMO/qid=1137005596/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/701-3497133-2277928

Death Cab For Cutie:
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000AADYRQ/qid=1137005678/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/701-3497133-2277928

Sufjan Stevens:
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009V7TZ/qid=1137005728/sr=2-3/ref=sr_2_3_3/701-3497133-2277928
(I like his newer one (Illinois) better though)

Jennifer Scott (amazing Vancouver jazz singer - holy smokes what a voice):
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jenniferscott4

Carex
Jan 11th, 2006, 03:05 PM
I really like the new Death Cab album.

We received James Blunt (Back to Bedlam) for Christmas. A thumbs up from me and a thumbs down from my wife.

LaurieR
Apr 20th, 2006, 10:00 AM
I picked up the newest Imogen Heap album this week. If you haven't heard of her, she had a song on the Garden State soundtrack with the group Frou Frou. Anyway, she did everything herself on this album and it was all done in her little home studio.

If you're into good production, I would recommend this. There are lots of cool sounds and her voice is amazing - like nothing I've heard before. Very original. The only influences I can maybe hear a *little* bit of is the Sundays and Bjork.

http://www.imogenheap.com/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B7BZM4/sr=8-1/qid=1145541510/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7068407-5718244?%5Fencoding=UTF8

32bitJesus
Apr 20th, 2006, 11:16 AM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0002RUPH4.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Has Been by William Shatner with Ben Folds. Seriously, just give it a listen if you haven't yet. Don't worry, he's not so much singing, but it's well written and arranged, and also very personal. If nothing else, check out the songs That's Me Trying and Familiar Love, about his daughter and wife respectively.

Seriously.

This is a FANTASTIC album - I say that carefully, being a music performance major :D

LaurieR
Apr 20th, 2006, 11:47 AM
This is a FANTASTIC album - I say that carefully, being a music performance major :D

I love Shatner!!

jicon
Apr 20th, 2006, 02:48 PM
The second the Shatner album came out I bought it. I loved the butchered up 'Lucy in the Sky', and 'It Was A Very Good Year' from moons ago. I thought this album would carry on in the same way.

Was I wrong... Absolutely fabulous album. I end up getting caught up in the music at times, others, I'm seriously listening to Shatner's message. Ben Folds is a genius.

fellfromtree
Apr 20th, 2006, 05:57 PM
I agree, the Shatner album is fantastic, smart on many levels.

For you Sarah Slean fans, give Joanna Newsom's The Milk-Eyed Mender a listen. (on a radio guest spot, Slean chose a Newsom track as her music pick.)
Joanna Newsom- harp and vocal singer/songwriter. You'll either love it or hate it. Like Kate Bush on helium, and more.

iMatt
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:33 PM
The Dears' new album, Gang Of Losers, is fabulous.

iTMS link if you don't want to hunt down a CD:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=183105118&s=143455

Review:

http://www.montrealmirror.com/2006/083106/disc.html

Band site, including a video (haven't watched it) and links to free online listening opportunities and online CD orders:

http://thedears.org

And catch 'em live if you can. There's a Toronto date Sept. 9.

PosterBoy
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:14 PM
http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0006FMBWY.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1116405542_.jpg

KT Tunstall's "Eye to the Telescope" is a _great_ album. The only "bad" thing about it is that it doesn't include her live cover version of "Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 (which you can find on the internet).

PosterBoy
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:18 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000CEGW2E.01._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V56733243_.jpg

Carpark North is a Danish electropop band which I've been quite enjoying for a while now. the album "All Things to All People" is fantastic, with the best song by far being "Human", which has an awesome video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_QuZx--9N4).

PosterBoy
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:21 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000BCHJ2E.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1135126821_.jpg

Indie band "We Are Scientists" album "With Love and Squalor" is a rockin' good time. Check out their video for the song "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spy9gCibCvQ), and then go get the album.

PosterBoy
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:25 PM
http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000J3FDRI.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V36924827_.jpg

"Oh No" by OK Go. You have probably seen one (or both) of their awesome home made music videos ("A Million Ways" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bav63MWNUKg) and "Here It Goes Again" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI)) on the internet. The whole album (which is their second) is good, my favourite track being "Oh Lately It's So Quiet."

Check it out.

iMatt
May 2nd, 2007, 12:47 PM
I'm learning to hate genre pigeonholing. Despite positive press on its release six years ago, I basically ignored this album because I associate terms like "dance", "house" and to a lesser extent "electronica" with music that's either terminally lightweight or downright irritating. And having "Disco" anywhere in the title doesn't help.

Then I stumbled on a copy of Discosis at a moving sale last year and paid a loonie for it. Ripped it to my collection, then ignored it some more. I knew one song -- a great tune called "Speed" -- from an Uncut Magazine sampler CD a few years ago, but for some reason I assumed the rest of the album couldn't possibly hold a candle to it, so I ignored it again.

Then I gave it a good listen and it turned out to be an eclectic gem that repays repeated listens. "Speed" is still my favourite cut, but there's all kinds of great stuff here, notably the opening track, "Astounded".

There is no genre here. Pop in the best sense, I guess.

CubaMark
May 2nd, 2007, 02:04 PM
Time for some latin flavour in here...

http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/513Wyk+cHqL._SS500_.jpg (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=251550132&s=143455)

Famous to North American audiences from the "Buena Vista Social Club," here's Ibrahim Ferrer's latest, Mi Sueño (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=251550132&s=143455)

And maybe it's due to my finally gettin around to watching the latest Bond flick (awesome!), but Ferrer's Cada Noche un Amore totally has the recognizable guitar plucking of the Bond theme.... ;)

CubaMark
May 2nd, 2007, 02:47 PM
...and here's a very nice album from a cool Canadian chick: Serena Ryder (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=202901587&s=143455)

http://www.thehumm.com/images/2005/11/Serena_Ryder.jpg

...and here's a review from The Humm (http://www.thehumm.com/music_to_our_ears/)
November 22, 2005

Serena Ryder in Perth


“Tonight offers a rare opportunity to see a singer on the cusp of stardom.”
— Brisbane Mail Courier

Armed with a riveting stage presence, powerful three-octave range and songs of intense passion, Peterborough’s Serena Ryder is set to captivate the Perth Performing Arts Committee audience on November 25. Belying her 21 years, Ryder has already sung with the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland and Texas legend Jimmy LaFave. She has played festivals in every part of Canada, appeared in dozens of alternative music clubs in major cities and been part of the Toronto Women’s Blues revue.

Over the last year, she has toured across Canada (including a stop in McDonalds Corners!), France and Australia, honing her skills and working on a new live CD. Live in Oz is a 6 song ep recorded at the Basement in Sydney, Australia. It includes an incredible duet with Hawksley Workman, and will be available at her Perth show.

PosterBoy
May 2nd, 2007, 02:57 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/61NwnC2uG9L._SS500_.jpg

Mika. He sounds a bit like Freddie Mercury, except as one of my friends said, without the substance. Damn catchy though.

PosterBoy
May 2nd, 2007, 03:00 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Ulwv5WRfL._SS500_.jpg

Modest Mouse. Just as strong as their Debut Album. Check it.

PosterBoy
May 2nd, 2007, 03:03 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PEP1AATWL._SS500_.jpg

I don't think I can describe Scissor Sisters. So catchy. Hard not to dance to.