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The SE++ Listening Party Thread. Now Playing: Fox and the Bird - Floating Feather

joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prizeRantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
edited May 2012 in Social Entropy++
When discussing music, particularly music you've never heard before, there are two major problems:

1) There are so many recommendations, it's tough to sift them them all, or remember, "Hey, this band was recommended to me. I should really listen to them." etc.

2) Discussion ends up being all over the place, and there's no guarantee you'll get a really in-depth conversation about the album you want to with your favorite people on the Internet (in this case, SE++ folks).

Okay, so here is how this works.
RULES

To sign up, post the following: !checkthisout. It helps if you put a @joshofalltrades in there too, so I get a notice and don't overlook you. If I do overlook you by accident, shoot me a PM.

If you want to be safe, put it at the start or end of your post. If you've intentionally buried it somewhere deep inside a wordy paragraph or under spoilers or something, chances are I will either miss it or decide you aren't being serious.

The first nine people (my own damn self making the first entry) who sign up will be entered into a random draw for who gets to pick the album first. After the first ten, it will be first-come, first-served on the list. You're just going to have to trust me to be honest about the randomness of the selection.

You can pick any album you want. It can be rap, comedy, folk, rock, metal, whatever. The goal here is to broaden our horizons and listen to things we would not ordinarily listen to. Technically, you can waste your turn on Kevin Federline's CD, but that would a) be really sad and b) most likely result in people either ignoring the selection or spend the whole time making fun of it.

We're not going to be super formal about turns. I'm saying right now that everybody gets at least 24 hours, and more if we all agree we need more time. This is subject to change.

This thread goes Monday through Friday. Too many people are busy having lives/not posting at work to do this on the weekends, so we'll use the weekends to talk about all of the selections for the week and allow people to catch up on anything they missed.

NO PIRACY ALLOWED. Don't even talk about it. There are several legit legal channels through which you can enjoy the recommendations. We don't want to hear about anything less than totally legal.

When it's your turn, please be prompt about either sending me a PM with your selection if you know you're not going to be around on the day it comes up or posting it ahead of time. I really prefer the PM method so we can focus on one piece at a time and not get ahead of ourselves.

I reserve the right to skip your turn if you do any of the following:

-Use this thread as a way to mock others' taste in music (if someone ironically selects something they know is bad and makes this explicit, feel free to mock)

-Never post in the thread unless it's time for you to give a recommendation. Be considerate of others! It's not all about you here!

-Are banned when your turn comes up

-Are a goose in general about anything

Let's get this thing started and listen to some tunes together!



How to legally listen to some tunes:

Download Spotify. You'll get ads every now and then, but this thread would get really expensive if we all bought every album we listened to in it.




Goose! has been kind enough to set up a turntable room for Listening Party people who are interested here:

http://turntable.fm/4f8f03d0aaa5cd22fd000038

Hope to see some of you there! We won't necessarily be listening to the selection there, but if you see us talking about going to the turntable room... well, there you go.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Turn order:

    1. joshofalltrades
    2. Reginald
    3. Goose!
    4. Uriel
    5. NeoToma
    6. facetious
    7. Sweeney Tom
    8. Noisymunk
    9. Coffee
    10. Hullis
    11. Rock Lobster!
    12. Arang
    13. dbrock270
    14. Oghulk
    15. cabsy
    16. QuantumTurk
    17. Fearghaill
    18. Doctor Fink
    19. Lilli

    Albums we've already listened to: (today's selection is bolded/underlined)

    Agalloch - The Mantle
    Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
    Astronautalis - This is Our Science
    Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite
    Cibo Matto - Viva! La Woman
    Das Racist - Relax
    Doomtree - No Kings
    Dumbfoundead - DFD
    The Fox and the Bird - Floating Feather
    Fun - Some Nights
    Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
    Hanggai - He Who Travels Far
    I Shalt Become - Poison
    Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount - Is There Room For Me?
    N.E.R.D. - Nothing
    Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    Ratatat - Classics
    Slow Club - Yeah So
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
    Susanne Sundfør - Take One

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    ElJeffe wrote: »
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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    !checkthisout

    Totally dig this idea.

  • NeoTomaNeoToma Registered User regular
    This seems like a really cool idea.

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom The dream is dead Gummy bears are foreverRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    I agree. This seems like a fantastic idea.

    !checkthisout

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    NeoToma: Did you want to sign up, or are you just going to hang out and comment on the selections?

    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I get by on the knowledge that I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time mucking about inside of my asshole anyway
  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    !checkthisout

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  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    Also a good way to check out albums without having to buy them is Spotify.

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  • NeoTomaNeoToma Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    NeoToma: Did you want to sign up, or are you just going to hang out and comment on the selections?

    I'm scared people will think the music i choose is dumb. But fuck it.
    !Checkthisout

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom The dream is dead Gummy bears are foreverRegistered User regular
    Goose! wrote: »
    Also a good way to check out albums without having to buy them is Spotify.

    Also Youtube, just for those who lack Spotify.

    I have Spotify, but don't use it as often as I should. Luckily, this is a thing!

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    Also, I know a lot of independent artists who make their CD freely available to listen to online as well. That sort of thing is encouraged, since we can all talk about the music and there is usually presumably some way to obtain a physical copy if I like it enough.

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  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    When I discovered Spotify, I made it my default listening program.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    Goose! wrote: »
    Also a good way to check out albums without having to buy them is Spotify.

    Yeah, I put it in the OP even though I've never tried it myself. It seems to be completely legal, though, which is a plus.

    ElJeffe wrote: »
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  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    Oh whoops I must've glanced right over that part.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    NeoToma wrote: »
    NeoToma: Did you want to sign up, or are you just going to hang out and comment on the selections?

    I'm scared people will think the music i choose is dumb. But fuck it.
    !Checkthisout

    Mockery of you personally ain't cool. If there is something subjectively that we don't like about a selection, I'm hoping the fine folk here are cool enough to be constructive in their criticisms.

    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I get by on the knowledge that I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time mucking about inside of my asshole anyway
  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    Halfway there. Five more entries and I'll begin the random draw, and we will hopefully have our first selection for tonight/tomorrow!

    ElJeffe wrote: »
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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    If I check the thread tomorrow and we have less than 10, I'm going to go ahead and get this started anyway.

    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I get by on the knowledge that I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time mucking about inside of my asshole anyway
  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    !checkthisout

    I love music.

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

    Steam: Chagrin LoL: Bonhomie
  • ReginaldReginald Registered User regular
    !checkthisout

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Okay, the second post will contain the turn order. I used random.org to do the randomization of the list. I tossed out the first result, since it ended up with me going first. You know what? Uriel and Reginald aren't around, so I'll go with the first result just to get this thing going.

    Here it is:

    1. joshofalltrades
    2. Reginald
    3. Goose!
    4. Uriel
    5. NeoToma
    6. facetious
    7. Sweeney Tom

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    ElJeffe wrote: »
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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    The first CD we'll be listening to is Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite.

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    EDIT: This is available on Spotify, which is free!

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  • ReginaldReginald Registered User regular
    Yes! I am listening to Ben Kweller now and pondering my selection. It's good summer music!

  • NoisymunkNoisymunk Tungsten body, glowing mind! Rhode IslandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    !checkthisout

    I love music.

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King arf arf Registered User regular
    I would totes do this but well Canada doesn't have spotify and I probs would just hurt every ones ears.

    But I will follow along when possible.

  • ReginaldReginald Registered User regular
    Ok, my selection is: Cibo Matto- Viva La Woman

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    Also available on spotify. It's these 2 girls who moved to New York from Japan, and this album has a really interesting mish-mash of styles/concepts.

    You guys should listen to Ben Kweller first though. It's good happy morning music. Kind of reminds me of Matthew Sweet from way back, in that it is modern with sort of a 70s garage twinge.

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    For future reference, please restrict the reveal of your selection until it's time to listen to it, just so discussion doesn't veer between selections when people skip ahead in anticipation.

    It's cool for now though. I know what I'm listening to tomorrow. :)

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    The thing I like about Ben Kweller is that it's unashamed to be pop. And that's okay! Some of the tunes are catchy as hell. My favorite on Go Fly a Kite so far is Gossip, just because I like bouncy piano tunes. And the Beatles-esque harmonies don't hurt either. In fact, a lot of Kweller's stuff channels Lennon/McCartney.

    EDIT:

    Oh, and by the way, if you happen to like it enough to buy it, the CD comes with all of the chord charts so you can play along with your own guitar. Fuckin sweet. I wish every artist did this. If you get a digital version, you get a PDF with the charts!

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    If there was one thing I could say I dislike about this CD, it's that it gets a little repetitive and slow towards the end, with the exception of You Can Count on Me. Also he could have taken out about 16 of those "Time will save the day"'s at the end of that tune, but I guess that would cut the track's time in half.

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  • ButtlordButtlord Fornicus Lord of Bondage and PainRegistered User regular
    i wish i were ben kweller, cause he plays those cool tunes
    he uses those cool minor chords and you love the way he croons

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  • CoffeeCoffee Registered User
    edited April 2012
    !checkthisout

    I am a music nerd

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  • CoffeeCoffee Registered User
    Oh I just noticed we will be using albums! Excellent! Makes it a lot easier to get a feel for the artist.

    Now I will refrain from picking two hour long albums.

  • HullisHullis I have special eyesRegistered User regular
    !checkthisout

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    Yeah, I don't like to hunt and peck songs for the most part. I like to look at an album as a singular effort. Even if I might like individual songs on a CD better than the whole thing, I feel like the whole thing is mostly intended to be listened to in order.

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  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    So wait we're doing this one a day? That's going to take forever.

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  • CoffeeCoffee Registered User
    I typically spend a ton of time on individual albums before passing judgement. I actually find that typically the albums I immediately found gratifying are not always as impacting as albums that grew on me through repeated listens. Some music just needs time and attention.

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Well. What do you suggest? Maybe three albums a day? Can people listen to that much music consistently?

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  • Goose!Goose! Yeah, I wrote that. Its called, "I Wanna Rock Your Body"Registered User regular
    I thought the way it worked was the person who's turn was next had to listen to the album, and then post one.

    I figure you can just collect album names in the 2nd post or OP.

    Most likely people won't be able to get here everyday and there should be enough lulls to catch up if someone is following this thread closely.

    Mean to Me is the cheesiest song ever btw.

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  • HullisHullis I have special eyesRegistered User regular
    I am going to try -extremely- hard not to post only local albums*

    and fail

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  • CoffeeCoffee Registered User
    Well. What do you suggest? Maybe three albums a day? Can people listen to that much music consistently?

    I waste tons of time sitting in front of my system with what ever new CD(s) or LP(s) that just came in the mail, but I can definitely see why that may not be the best idea for this.

  • pookapooka Registered User regular
    josh, have you heard of turntable.fm? (sorry, non-US friends.) i've hooked some of tinychat on it, but it's a social site that allows up to 5 people to DJ for public or private chatrooms of up to 200. you have to have at least 2 DJs to hear your own songs, though.

    you can skip your own songs, or if it's unpopular enough, it'll get voted off; the DJs can voluntarily step down at will, or a mod can boot any user from the room (or just the DJ decks.) you have to sign up with twitter or facebook right now, but it's pretty fun.

    and i don't understand why i sleep all day, and i start to complain when there's no rain.
    all i can do is read a book to stay awake; it rips my life away, but it's a great escape.
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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades His love is a prize Rantin' and RavenRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    If enough people really want it to move faster than one new album/day, we can do that. The suggestions are supposed to be listened to by everybody who has signed up, though; to really be a "listening party", we should all be listening to the same thing or same few albums at a time.

    The reason I picked one/day is because I know with a lot of the selections, I'm going to want to listen through multiple times. My first impression isn't always my final impression.

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