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Much of the music I listen to these days is stuff I have never heard before, thanks to some really good sources of recommendations and, of course, the incredible facility that is Spotify. Rightly or wrongly I assume these are relatively unknown, or at least outside mainstream consciousness.

 

Seeing as I rarely listen to the radio or visit music shops or buy music press some of these might well be extremely well known so at the risk of (vaguely) embarrassing myself I thought I might share the occasional one on here.

 

Here's one for starters.

 

Frank Turner - an alternative folk/rock singer songwriter, born in Bahrain, educated at Eton he used to be lead singer with a punk band, Million Dead.

 

This album knocked my socks off on 1st listen yesterday - this is the 1st track.... "I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous"... (Personally I find video gets in the way of music, and this one's not up to much but the song is really strong.)

 

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Any recommendations from other BGO-ers will be gratefully received!

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Check out Robot Hive/Exodus by the band Clutch if you haven't already! They're southern tinged groove rock with some fantastic lyrics. Burning Beard is one of my favourite songs ever.

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That's the stuff - never heard of them, but Jeez...! Earache Records is their label and that does sound rather apt.

 

Spotify only has Impetus which looks like it's an early release but isn't it basically grunge/thrash/punk combined? That whole growling/screaming/distorted vocal thing just ain't music to my particular lugholes I'm afraid.

 

Just found another track - Willie Nelson "...one thing's for certain, Willie Nelson only smokes killer weed". That sounds a little closer to my taste so I'll look out for updates on Spotify.

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I noticed there isn't much of their stuff on spotify the other day. Definitely check out the albums Slow Hole To China, Elephant Riders, Pure Rock Fury, Blast Tyrant, Robot Hive/Exodus and the latest onem From Beale Street to Obvlivion (this is more blues oriented than their previous albums). The next album is due out in July. The video for Burning Beard can be found on youtube, Neil Fallon (lead singer) is an incredibly charismatic chap.

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Great idea for a thread. Funnily enough, I would have recommended both Frank Turner and Clutch, had they not already been mentioned. Instead I will suggest a couple of Brooklyn based bands that I've been enjoying on Spotify recently.

Try:

 

Stay Positive by The Hold Steady (alt rock/ post punk)

 

or

 

Still Night, Still Light by Au Revoir Simone (Synth based indie/pop)

 

Keep the recommendations coming guys.

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Having pretty much steered clear of folk for most of my life I find myself attracted to gentle modern folk more as the years go by.

 

Karine Polwart is a Scottish singer-songwriter who has released 4 solo albums, of which I have now heard 2 - both are very pleasant (if you like this sort of thing).

 

This track is a live recording of "Follow The Heron" a track taken from the album Scribbled in Chalk which is well worth a listen.

 

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Stay Positive by The Hold Steady (alt rock/ post punk)

 

Thanks for that (not heard of them so that's good!) - part way through the album at the moment - not bad at all. Very Springsteen-esque in places.

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"Here's Where I Belong: the Best of the Dunhill Years 1965-1967" by P F Sloan. A fabulous collection of songs from a legendary song writer. From A Distance is a song I've never heard before, but its beauty and simplicity brought a lump to my throat on my way into the office this morning.

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Never heard it before either MFJ (actually I've never heard of P F Sloan but there you go!).

 

Very nice song though.

 

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Andrew Bird - Darkmatter

 

This guy is a real talent, and somewhat unusual. Good looking dude, great voice (somewhat reminiscent of Jeff Buckley). He whistles on a fair number of tracks, he plays violin and has some very unusual songtitles and subjects.

 

Here are the 1st few lines of the lyrics to this song:

 

When I was just a little boy

I threw away all of my action toys

While a I became obsessed with Operation

 

With hearts and minds and certain glands

You gotta learn to keep a steady hand

And thus began my morbid fascination

 

Tore the spines from out of all of these self-help books

Made myself a gun that not only shoots but looks

So real

It shoots through steel

With rays of dark matter

 

Other track titles are Scythian Empires, Imitosis, Spare Ohs, Cataracts, A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left, Fake Palindromes...

 

There are loads of live recordings on YouTube but all bootleg so not really the best way to illustrate what he's about; this is just a still picture of the album cover from which the track is taken which was titled Armchair Apocrypha.

 

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Never heard it before either MFJ (actually I've never heard of P F Sloan but there you go!).

 

I didn't think you would have, that's why I mentioned it on this thread!

 

Sloan's best-known song was "Eve of Destruction," a hit for Barry McGuire which was slated at the time for (i) sounding like someone trying to sound like Dylan and (ii) containing lyrical contradictions. I've always felt that the contradictions were the whole point of the song.

 

He was also a founder member of the Grass Roots (big in the US (226th most successful chart act between 1955 and 2006)) but moved on after their first album. As a Grass Root, he co-wrote "Where Were You When I Needed You," which was recorded many years later by The Bangles.

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Terry Reid (nickname "Super Lungs")

 

Never heard of him until recently - could have been Led Zep's vocalist if things had taken a slightly different turn. Well worth reading up on, and certainly catching up on his music.

 

This is a brilliant live clip of a performance at Glastonbury Fayre 1971 - informal, no stage to speak of, but you can almost smell the dope as you watch it; it catches the atmosphere superbly. Linda Lewis joins him on stage near the end, and, I'm not convinced to be honest, people believe it is Phil Collins on drums. (Edit: in fact I've decided it's definitely NOT Collins.)

 

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If you are interested, this album is superb.

 

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I have heard some Kinski and quite liked them - never followed up the interest - I shall do so later.

 

Sleep, from Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor (It's a 20 minute piece so this is just half, but if you are not familiar with them and like instrumental rock "suites" then I urge you to have a listen....)

 

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i have tickets to see these guys in Dublin in November :)

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I heard a few Mew tracks a couple of year ago, interesting experimental almost prog rock I thought, liked it a lot, so tuned into a whole album (can't remember which one) but it was pretty disappointing, lacking any real punch or substance.

 

What album would you recommend to re-ignite my interest in them?

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Animal Collective - My Girls (from AC's most recent album Merriweather Post Pavilion)

 

If the Beach Boys were of the modern generation this is quite possibly what they would sound like...

 

They are a very inventive lot and have built up a huge (if somewhat cultish) follwing but a lot of their stuff has been rather difficult to get into. I haven't heard all of their albums but this one is the most accessible. Anyway, although most of their instrumentation seems to be by way of samplers and computers it actually has a very fresh and real feel to it.

 

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Merriweather Post Pavilion

 

I've been listening to this album a lot recently. It's one of those albums where every time you play it, you hear something new. 'Summertime Clothes' is probably my favourite song of 2009.

 

I'm also enjoying 'Post Nothing' by Japandroids. If you can get over the awful band name, then there's a great album full of fuzzy guitars, stoner rock grooves and catchy pop hooks and melodies. It's not particularly big or clever, but it will make you feel like you're 16 all over again!

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My Luminaries is a band I nominated on here about 3 or 4 years ago as possibly destined for big things.

 

I know the band leader's Mum quite well so have kept an eye on them and they have finally released their 1st album.

 

It's a real grower. This is one of the stand out tracks from the album "Order From The Chaos" - great stuff imo.

 

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Righto, it's been a while - during the last 11 months I have "discovered" numerous bands that I feel duty bound to share with anyone who enjoys music...

 

My descriptions of bands and their music are as bad as my Book Reviews but I'll try to impart a bit of what they are like, or not bother as the vids will probably tell you what you need to know. (Thing is, because I take absolutely zero interest in the charts these days I wouldn't know whether any of these bands already sell well - if I tell you about a band that has been top of the Album Charts recently then I apologise - but I suspect these are not in that league. As we all know, that makes them no less worthy / good.)

 

So, I'll start with this...

 

Official Secrets Act - the album is "Understanding Electricity"

 

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Thank you for reviving this thread, RR. As usual, I'd totally forgotten about its existence. I guess with my new mod hat on I'm going to have to sharpen up about these things.

 

As a self-confessed aging Goth, I was rather pleased to stumble across Esben and the Witch supporting The Big Pink back in May. Saw them again about a month ago doing a headline show. Recommended for all Banshees fans. Debut album out the end of January.

 

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I'm also going to get in ahead of all those Sound of 2011 type things next month and put in a good word for Chapel Club, who were on NME's autumn new bands tour thingy.

 

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Kind of cool vid to Esben and The Witch.

 

One of my favourite new albums of 2010 is "Existence" by Detroit Social Club. This is a very strong track.

 

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I really like the sound of this lot... (album "Yuck" by Yuck due out in February.) Kind of low-fi grungy sound a la Velvet Underground / My Bloody Valentine I suppose.

 

This is a rather beautiful and unusual vid (featuring a little bit of female nudity).

 

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Brilliant song, great video. Looking at their other stuff I realised that I had heard talk of them but not heard their music. I want the album.

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