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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    The youtube does give some interesting music at times
    It showed me recently.
    Caroline Polachek

    King Princess

    A few months ago it showed me
    Sunflower bean which I do like

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    Caroline Polachek is good times in Chairlift as well

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    There's a Dutch show called Beste Zangers that translates as either "Best Singers" or "Dear Singers" (and both are appropriate). The format is interesting: each year they recruit a selection of singers from various styles of music, and each week for the duration of the show one of the singers is honored and the other singers sing their own interpretations of songs that are meaningful to the singer in being honored (so it may mean songs they've written, songs they've performed, or songs that were otherwise important to them). There isn't a competition, other than that at the end of each episode, the singer being honored chooses one performer who touched them the most. They have one week to prepare their selections with the studio band (who are also incredible) and then they perform together in a one hour segment that intersperses interviews and context with the songs. Denise Hofs as provided English subtitles for us, so we can enjoy not just the songs, but also the full interview. It's by turns interesting, adorable, and tear-jerking. The chemistry and gentle friendliness of everyone is beautiful to watch.

    Here's the first episode for 2019.

    I found out about it because Floor Jansen is on the show this year (ex After Forever, ex ReVamp, current front-woman for Nightwish). She of course is incredible in her interpretations of other people's songs:





    What surprised me was how good everyone else was.

    Henk Poort's take on Disturbed's cover of Sound of Silence is amazing:


    Floor Jansen and Tim Akkerman's duet version of Shallow is sublime:


    Emma Heesters makes me cry (no seriously, I was literally sobbing after listening to this song an hour ago):


    And Samantha Steenwijk just rocks:


    Bonus Beauty and the Beast (classic Nightwish fare) but with Henk Poort playing the part of the Beast:


    I'm slowly working my way through the episodes, and while many of the songs aren't in English, the skill and emotion of the singers and the band is palpable and make it all worthwhile. We need something similar here in America.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    edited October 2019
    Agreed, I posted the solo Shallow cover right after that episode aired in the Netherlands, but none of the other awesome shit that went down. I find myself unusually drawn to this one:



    Seeing an opera/classical god decked out in jeans and a cowboy hat doing Your Man is a juxtaposition that my brain still doesn't fully accept.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Agreed, I posted the solo Shallow cover right after that episode aired in the Netherlands, but none of the other awesome shit that went down. I find myself unusually drawn to this one (snipped to avoid quote spam)

    Seeing an opera/classical god decked out in jeans and a cowboy hat doing Your Man is a juxtaposition that my brain still doesn't fully accept.

    And it's so well done! Country isn't really my thing, but that performance I find compelling in all the right ways.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited October 2019
    I'm a big fan of Helynt's remixes. They kill it at every front, and Game Chops just released another album by them in the same vein of the '& Chill' series called Super Lo-Fi World. It has a bunch of different game remixes in it and it's sweet.

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    This is actually fire

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    New Anamanaguchi album is pretty good. Been like 5+ years since the last one.



    As is the new Caroline Polachek album. Sounds kinda Imogen Heap-ish on some tracks.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Solar wrote: »
    This is actually fire


    These are fire


  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    I'm really enjoying the new Anamanaguchi as well. It's funny I first saw them at PAX East way back in 2010, after playing their lone EP released at the time to death.

    I went up to their merch booth after to buy the album and they were super nice to me. Glad to see those guys are doing well.

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    I'm really enjoying the new Anamanaguchi as well. It's funny I first saw them at PAX East way back in 2010, after playing their lone EP released at the time to death.

    I went up to their merch booth after to buy the album and they were super nice to me. Glad to see those guys are doing well.

    Yeah, they've definitely branched out/grown beyond just straight chiptune stuff into a more interesting fusion with EDM. Hardly feels like the same band that put out Dawn Metropolis.

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    The boys even did a thing with Hatsune Miku

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    The boys even did a thing with Hatsune Miku

    It's a great song!



    She's hiding in your Wifi.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited November 2019
    I found my newest favorite YouTuber. He is a great pianist named Karim Kamar, and he doesn't have a large following so check him out!





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    edited November 2019
    Man, there was a Reddit thread on underrated 10/10 songs and ELO's Twilight came up. First time I ever heard it and now I'm diving through a bunch of their discography. So good <3 Such a great song, too.



    Also led me to discovering the DAICON IV animation, which is blowing my mind a bit. Hand animated by fans and led to them starting Gainax. So cool!

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    Album update!

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  • flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    Cedric & Omar (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta) with Travis Barker (Blink-182). These songs are still unreleased, which is a real shame because they are KILLER:

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  • RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    Cedric & Omar (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta) with Travis Barker (Blink-182). These songs are still unreleased, which is a real shame because they are KILLER:


    I'm a huge At the Drive-in fan, seeing them a few years ago is easily a top 3 musical experience for me. This shit is great and as totally off my radar but I gotta wonder how they pitched this to Travis Barker.

    Like they came up to him one day and said, "Sure you've sold millions of albums and have played in front of huge crowds and made a fortune over the last 20 years, but how would you like to work harder then you ever had before?"

    These songs fuck.

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  • QanamilQanamil life cheated us all and i'm full of angst Registered User regular
    Man, there was a Reddit thread on underrated 10/10 songs and ELO's Twilight came up. First time I ever heard it and now I'm diving through a bunch of their discography. So good <3 Such a great song, too.



    Also led me to discovering the DAICON IV animation, which is blowing my mind a bit. Hand animated by fans and led to them starting Gainax. So cool!


    This is my favorite album! The whole album, Time, is a concept piece on, predictably, time and it's real real good.

    Known about the Daicon III/IV stuff forever and it's real good too, yup! It uses two songs actually, 'Prologue' then 'Twilight'.

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  • flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    RedTide wrote: »
    I'm a huge At the Drive-in fan, seeing them a few years ago is easily a top 3 musical experience for me. This shit is great and as totally off my radar but I gotta wonder how they pitched this to Travis Barker.

    Like they came up to him one day and said, "Sure you've sold millions of albums and have played in front of huge crowds and made a fortune over the last 20 years, but how would you like to work harder then you ever had before?"

    These songs fuck.

    Relationship of Command is an all time favorite album for me. I saw them a couple years ago too and it was nuts. Based on Travis Barker's various side projects he seems like the kind of guy who's into all kinds of different shit. This was back in 2015 and I don't think there's been any word really since then, I hope the album gets released some day even though I'm sure they're busy with ATDI and supposedly bringing back Mars Volta too. And Travis is probably touring with Blink for the foreseeable future.

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  • RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    RedTide wrote: »
    I'm a huge At the Drive-in fan, seeing them a few years ago is easily a top 3 musical experience for me. This shit is great and as totally off my radar but I gotta wonder how they pitched this to Travis Barker.

    Like they came up to him one day and said, "Sure you've sold millions of albums and have played in front of huge crowds and made a fortune over the last 20 years, but how would you like to work harder then you ever had before?"

    These songs fuck.

    Relationship of Command is an all time favorite album for me. I saw them a couple years ago too and it was nuts. Based on Travis Barker's various side projects he seems like the kind of guy who's into all kinds of different shit. This was back in 2015 and I don't think there's been any word really since then, I hope the album gets released some day even though I'm sure they're busy with ATDI and supposedly bringing back Mars Volta too. And Travis is probably touring with Blink for the foreseeable future.

    Last I checked ATDI is broken up again so I suppose there's more room for antemasque

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Who knew opera singers could drop bombs? Maria Fiselier just knocks it out of the park with her version of Eminem's Lose Yourself:


    Trijntje Oosterhuis with a beautiful, soulful version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face:


    And Glennis Grace can do justice to Whitney Houston:


    I tend towards metal more generally, but some of these performers are phenomenal.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    Man, I love me some dumb mashups.

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    Man, I love me some dumb mashups.

    Mash ups you say:



    This one is more akin to a remix:

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    Nice!

    Also, TIL Art Garfunkel did an English cover of Águas de Marco. It's pretty alright!



    Getting to hear it in English lets you appreciate how beautiful the lyrics are, which is lost when listening to the original Portuguese.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited November 2019
    I saw Tool in Philly at the Wells Fargo on Monday and they were fantastic live. If you have the chance, put up the money, it's worth it. They asked security to have a strict policy on no cameras including phones, so people weren't distracted with their devices until Maynard gave the okay to record the last song (which was Stinkfist). I actually appreciated that because it made me respect the performance and visuals more. They have amazing lighting and background visuals, and Dana Carey is a beast. The set was greatly varied as well with a good mix of old and new, they played Swamp Song (first live performance since 2007) and now I'm listening to Undertow again a bunch.

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  • VanguardVanguard A wretched country of duskRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2019
    I saw Tool recently as well

    they were eating dinner next to me last night

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  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    This is a bit of a hefty post and a very mild sort of puzzle; each song I've linked is a musical clue that can help "solve" the question at the end. And please note that in discussing songwriting/hitmakers, I don't want to diminish the contribution of performing artists in any way. That said....
    One of the more amusing things about the music industry is when you pull back the curtain a bit and realize someone you're familiar with in one context is also responsible for writing a pile of recent hits in disparate genre (for other artists). One such hitmaker is Eric Frederic, frontman for "frequently on hiatus" Bay-area rock group Facing New York:

    Get Hot was their second album, released in 2007, and shortly afterwards the band took a break for folks to raise families and finish grad school (etc, etc...); Frederic used this break as an opportunity to team up with drummer Arjun Singh and start making tongue-in-cheek lo-fi pop/funk under the moniker Wallpaper. From 2007 - 2012, much of their output was a lot like attempts at reproducing very specific sounds (e.g. "lets re-rewrite MJ's "Baby Be Mine"), and then slathering it in some Ariel Pink Special Sauce and mutilating it with heavily auto-tuned vocals. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but often super catchy:

    Around 2012 they started getting some attention from Sony (through Epic), who helped them make a couple singles with heroes Too $hort and George Clinton ("Butt 2 Butt" and "Put Ur Attn on Me" respectively):

    Now, I want to point out that since the start of Wallpaper, Frederic was operating under the alias of Ricky Reed, going so far as to have distinct credits for the contributions of both his work as himself and as Ricky Reed. After the previous pair of singles, Wallpaper gets pick up by Sony/Epic and they release one more album, Ricky Reed is Real, which I guess saw some decent play on radio and TV. It pulls a bit harder from his work with various rock artists in the sphere of Imagine Dragons, as well then popular club sounds, and it's much less enjoyable but still pretty interesting:

    Presumably they toured for a bit (I think they played at one of the early Pitchfork festivals), but the band is shelved and Ricky Reed moves fully into the realm of songwriting. Which brings us to "the now", in which Ricky Reed is a multi-platinum songwriter and 2-time Grammy nominee. Before you go google his credits, I want you take some time to try and guess the "Ricky Reed" hit spoiled below:

  • flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    According to Spotify Wrapped, my most-listened-to artists of the decade are The National, The Mountain Goats, Big Thief, Pinegrove, and Kool AD. I front like I'm a metalhead, but turns out I'm just a basic indie bitch (with some weirdo rap thrown in for fun (yes, I know Kool is cancelled now, this was from before all that)).

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    Tyler the Creator is hands down one of the most impressive artists, as someone who started out as an angry kid and blossomed into a LGBT icon, makes amazing music and in general make me smile. I'm also still a big fan of Kid Cudi, got me through a lot of tough times. I've cooled on Drake recently, but his older more ambient sounding albums are still amazing

    Tomppabeats is the best lofi producer and I listen to him no lie every week doing chores/cleaning, at work or in the shower.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited December 2019
    My year is pretty biased because I listened to Oh Sleeper and Slipknot's album repeatedly since both have come out, and whenever I listen to The Dear Hunter I end up listening to all of the Acts.

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    Pretty good list of artists except for Attila which are trash haha. Guilty Pleasure and all that.

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    Apparently I listened to 17 hours of PUP this year. That checks out, Morbid Stuff was amazing.

    Also, I don't know if I should be embarrassed or not that my most listened to song of the decade was Werewolf Bar Mitzvah. Damn good song.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    In 2015 my most listened to song was liquid swords and artist was John Williams

    Lol

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    There's just something incredibly relaxing about sitting on a beach in the shade and listening to a song about the sea (which is what I'm doing as I post this, hah!):



    In a more ambient vibe, We Are All Astronauts is a great band name who also do great ambient songs:

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    edited December 2019
    Woo, so, ages ago when AV Club had this thing where artists would come in and do a cover from a list of songs, Wang Chung came in and did Third Planet by Modest Mouse. And then for some reason AV Club took down like all of their videos. Some of them got reuploaded by friendly internet souls, but some of them were seemingly lost to time. Someone on reddit tipped me off that there was this unlisted copy of it! It's not like, an amazing cover or anything, but I still think it's pretty good and enjoy it.



    Edit: Huh, I guess it can't be linked/embedded? Tis a sad state of affairs.

    Double edit: They also put it in a streamable format! Woo!

    https://streamable.com/8qgfq

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  • VanguardVanguard A wretched country of duskRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2019
    Cross posting my best of 2019 list from the hesher thread

    There is a lot of good metal on here

    Most Played: Earth - Full Upon Her Burning Lips

    Best King Gizzard Album: Infest the Rats’ Nest

    Best Black Metal Album: Mizmor - Cairn

    Best Album With Tomb in the Title: Ossuarium - Living Tomb

    Best Pop Album Masquerading as A Metal Album: Inferi - End of an Era (Rebirth)

    Best Death Metal Album: Witch Vomit - Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave

    Best Punk Album: Mannequin Pussy - Patience

    Best Folk Album: Big Thief - Two Hands

    Most Cinematic Album: Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

    Best Album That Sounds Like it was recorded 10 years ago: Vivian Girls - Memory

    Best Album to Come from #metoo: Lingua Ignota - Caligula

    Best Stoner Doom Album: Marijannah - Instanah

    Best Psychedelic Album That Will Make You Wish for Warm Weather: Khana Bierbood - Strangers from the Far East

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