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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Stereogum's done a couple of write-ups on these guys, but I didn't follow up until today:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3L0NI8vcMg


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpLMc6nWtJw

Debut album released on 6/2. I'm super-psyched.

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Dec 25, 2008

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Trig Discipline posted:

Loving the first one. The second one not quite as much.

I kinda prefer the second, but it's a close call. So far, their singles more along the lines of the first than the second.

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Dec 25, 2008

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The REAL Goobusters posted:

If you don't like the new Grimes because its "too mainstream" or way too "pop" then you're just an idiot imo. Personally her old stuff was like ok at best but it was missing something, like some intense energy and she delivers that with spades on this album (and her live show, just saw her this weekend and she loving killed it).

Let's not revise history. Art Angels owns, but Visions owns too and was legitimately one of the best albums the year it came out. Like, we wouldn't be debating this album if there weren't so many expectations and concerns about how she would follow up the last one (compared to how Visions kinda appeared "out of the blue" after the actually okay Geidi Primes).

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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detectivemonkey posted:

Indie Rock/Pop/Folk/Electronic Megathread: Just kidding about the pop part

Meh, it's all been a flat circle since Kelly Clarkson, anyway. Throw in Annie, Robyn, and the New Wave revival...

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Snark aside, this is pretty specifically what "California" is about.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Can we throw in some Spanish-language indie pop? I think they're doing some really interesting things:

Dream-poppy sound (more Beach House than MBV)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-2slEtzHQ

Psychedelic downtempo coffeehouse electronica.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQTnMZ5iztc

Closer to pure pop, but fits in the current trend of New Wave-era synth sounds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUCZG09ehLM

Edit: One more cause this track owns. 50's-era Rock and roll rhythms with disinterested female vocals are my poo poo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jLYP1RzOPE

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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resident posted:

This reminds me of a Spanish Paranoid Android for some reason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uAT0Ru3r-Y

Haven't checked out the Japanese indie-rock song above, but this is pretty cool. I guess it might be problematic to look to foreign language music as "throwback," but I really dig how a lot of these Spanish-language alternative artists seem to be running with that late 90s-early 2000's, pre-Strokes sound (though that Enfantos song I posted reminds me a lot of the Raveonettes). It's sort of the same way that I dig K-Pop that's explicitly using 90s R&B as a touchstone.

Fake EDIT - I remember a few years ago they were running a bunch of ads on MTV claiming that Cafe Tacuba were the "Mexican Radiohead." That claim was not borne out by their sound, as I recall, though you might want to check out the band Zoe if that type of electronic-influenced alt rock is your thing.

Real EDIT: I generally like my indie rock with softer edges, but those Backdrop Cinderella tracks go hard.

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Queen Gnome posted:

Yeah they are a bit hard. I wasn't sure what thread to put them in - is there one that would be a better match?

I think it fits. The thread title leans more toward a Chvrches/Father John Misty space, but a) I don't live here and b) I've seen grittier stuff discussed. I wouldn't call it punk, but it might be something that a punk thread would also like it.

Speaking of NPR-approved: NPR Music's Austin 100 playlist for this year's SXSW festival has been out for a week or so. Haven't found anything that's sparked my passion like last year's list (which included Laura Cantrell, Vince Staples, and a bunch more), but I've only scraped the surface.

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Dec 25, 2008

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bowser posted:

I love me some Spanish-language music, even though I don't understand the language at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CreEuaS8QY
El Guincho (Spain) - Bombay (:nws: music video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiQ4ScIAU2Y
Astro (Chile) - Colombo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeSdfg48_JU
Lara Pedrosa (Argentina) - Fuego Blanco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUG83soBbfc
Carla Morrison (Mexico) - Vez Primera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7V9lFouC94
Camila Moreno (Chile)- Libres y estúpidos

Spotify's been pushing Carla Morrison and El Guincho a lot in their Latin playlists, but I'm less familiar with the others Thanks!

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Ratios and Tendency posted:

Their big breakout was released 87 so it's not that crazy.

In the Name of Love came out in 84, Sunday Bloody Sunday came out in 83. Joshua Tree was a breakout album, but they were already huge.

Not a huge U2 fan, but genuinely curious about their legacy. The Gen X consensus was that they were uniformly great through Acthung Baby, but I wonder how those earlier songs sound to younger generations.

Edit: I have to accept that I just don't care about Broken Social Scene anymore. Like, I can't even tell if the new album is objectively well done because it feels so far from what I'm interested in hearing in 2017.

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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EDIT: I don't have a clever text. Just not.gonna bury the man before he's dead.

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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I just finished listening to Wildflowers. It's from this amazing period where all these Boomer artists started putting out gorgeously produced comeback albums. I really think VH1 was part of the reason, as they began to pivot from cheesy adult contemporary to something closer to Adult Album Alternative.

A few months ago, I also rediscovered "Don't come around here no more," which is just a fantastic headphones song and another mindbending video.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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He was reportedly taken off life support after showing no brain activity. I don't know what the gently caress either, but deleting the original post.

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Dec 25, 2008

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Thom and the Heads posted:

this voidz album feels like it's 8 tracks too long

I haven't heard the album yet, but I don't feel I need to because I've already read this: https://www.stereogum.com/1988829/o...sounding-board/

Also, new Arctic Monkeys album in May.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uGQ_ypTw08

Little to work on other than some pretty synths and an ugly guitar riff. So yeah, an Arctic Monkeys album from the last 8 years or so.

EDIT: Looks like this may violate the rule about talking too much about well established bands, so here's some El mató a un policía motorizado. Sonically, they're sort of a Spanish language (Argentina) version of the last two Spoon albums, with some more emphasis on big, arena-ready choruses. Even if you don't speak Spanish, you'll know when the emotions swell. They're pretty big in South America, I gather, but who can tell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NX7LPvIUrs
El Tesoro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuSX8tP34s
El mundo extraño

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Maybe too tentative to share, but it sounds like they may have found Scott Hutchison. Official identification to come later today, but they’ve reportedly notified the family.

https://www.stereogum.com/1995774/search-for-frightened-rabbit-body-found/news/

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob3X77TwqEw

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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All signs suggest that Ed Droste would be pretty lukewarm on still playing his biggest hit almost ten years after the fact.

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Dec 25, 2008

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Nahoj posted:

Honestly biggest album of the year imo

US Girls for me, but yeah. I don't know if there's been an embarrassment of riches like 2016 was, but there have been some tremendous works.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Don't imagine I need to introduce this thread to them, but just a reminder as we head into fall that the newest Horse Feathers album is pretty great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37FBPEF9zMM

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Jesus Christ, I did not participate in this decade at all, musically.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Yeah, I never understood Pitchfork's adoration for Oblivion over, say, Genesis, which is right there and is such a better song.

I think they latched onto the "upbeat tune/bleak lyrics" aspect of it and collectively never let go.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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emdash posted:

I like it a lot but it doesn’t feel like a standout single lyrically, or maybe in the vocal arrangement. Very curious what the rest is like

It seems to be a rework of an earlier song, so the songwriting may not be as mature as what she's been doing now. I'm totally down with it though, and love the musical arrangement. The little background vocal and saxophone wails throughout, plus the lyrical content, rub my itch for "tightly controlled emotional breakdown" music.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Adam Schlesinger (Ivy, Fountains of Wayne, That Thing You Do, Josie and the Pussycats, Tinted Windows, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is on a ventilator with COVID-19. Reports of a coma have been debunked, but it doesn't sound good.

https://www.stereogum.com/2078677/fountains-of-waynes-adam-schlesinger-hospitalized-with-covid-19/news/

Needless to say, this is terrible news. Stay safe, everyone.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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To each their own, but I don't even know where you would've gotten this. NPR:The Band (especially around this time) would have been Animal Collective or Dirty Projectors, or more likely the third album by Fela Kuti's former kalimba player.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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It's worth reading his statement (EDIT: Looks like it was the following year, after he contributed to another ad). I think he sent it to Stereogum--the link is dead, but there's an extended excerpt on avclub that's pretty choice.

https://news.avclub.com/of-montreals-kevin-barnes-selling-out-isnt-possible-1798212793

"In the art industry, it's extremely difficult to be successful without turning yourself into a cartoon. Even Hunter S. Thompson knew this. God knows Duchamp and Warhol knew it. Some artists are turned into cartoons and others do it themselves. I prefer to do it myself, at least then I can control how my cock is photographed."

"The worst kind of person is the one who sucks the dick of the man during the daytime and then draws pictures of themselves slitting his throat at night. Jesus Christ, make up your mind!"

2007, y'all!

Fake edit: found the original piece - https://www.stereogum.com/7208/of_montreal_art_brut_do_tmobile/video/

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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https://twitter.com/aaron_dessner/status/1267148649307541508

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Dec 25, 2008

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captainOrbital posted:

I've recently started becoming obsessed with this album



It's a very good album, but it looks she's a very restless artist. She's on her third album, and not one has sounded much like the other two. Your mileage may vary once you go past this one.

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Dec 25, 2008

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foutre posted:

Maybe it's kind of basic but Vampire Weekend honestly had 3 very good first albums as well.

Yeah, this is a really good answer. They followed the perfect arc of "good first album that shows promise, second album that builds on the strength of the first, third major breakthrough"

Too bad they stopped making music after that, though. :pseudo:

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Dec 25, 2008

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thrilla in vanilla posted:

Hannah hunt is transcendent but I feel like it would be real real boring live right up until the good part so I get why they wouldn’t play it.

And yet:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v38ld7jN6L0

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Dec 25, 2008

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:yikeseroo:

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Dec 25, 2008

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Cemetry Gator posted:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4395143

It sounds like the art reflects a lot of problematic views as well.

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Dec 25, 2008

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I just thought it was funny that you'd posted the video after there had JUST been a discussion about this.You're acting really angry and personally defensive over what's basically a smilie and a callback to a same page article post. You might want to take a step back and think about why that is.

EDIT: "contrarians"

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Mr Ice Cream Glove posted:

Woah! I had no idea Death From Above was releasing a new album today

:yikes:

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Dec 25, 2008

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Disco Pope posted:

I've tried to crack Radiohead a few times, but beyond Kid A, just can't do it. Its not the drearyness (I'm fine with dreary) as much as the worthy Bansky-mural-Black-Mirror-what-if-phones-but-too-much-what-if-Ronald-McDonald-had-a-bottle-of-poison vibe that I can't get past. Kid A is really good, but I've bounced off OK Computer several times now and think I need to call it quits. I'd be open to trying other records, but there's a lack of colour to their music for me for want of a better term.

In Rainbows and (despite the counterintuitive title), Hail to the Thief.

This just came up in a discovery playlist. Straight ahead fuzzy guitar rock, with close vocal harmonies.


https://youtu.be/SUxul45sh8U

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Dec 25, 2008

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TV on the Radio and Mac Demarco are both absolutely still going concerns. I think we should distinguish between bands that are past their heyday big still "major label" active (Interpol, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab) vs. bands that are basically in a "State Fair" phase of their career vs. bands that broke up/artists that went back to accounting/etc.

Also Santigold's last album ("mixtape," whatever) was pretty great.

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Dec 25, 2008

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I feel like I'm just not hearing what a lot of people here are hearing re this Chvrches album. Other than How Not to Drown and, like, Final Girl, most of these songs are just bouncing off of me.

None of them are bad, but they just feel like perfectly solid album cuts that aren't necessarily greater than the sum of their parts. The album basically ends for me with "Good Girls" cause I just fatigue out on the general vibe.

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Dec 25, 2008

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Flayer posted:

Screen Violence is better than the last Chvrches album (not hard when the tracks on that were largely indistinguishable). It still suffers from Mayberry having no range on her voice so the only variation you get on the vocals is when they chuck in some auto-tune effects. Makes the album a bit of a chore to listen to but maybe it will improve after a few spins. The first 2 albums still favourites of mine.

Open Every Eye is my favorite of their albums, but the songs that hit me from that album prove your point: the little breakdown in the second verse of "Leave a Trace," the musical tension and release of "Clearest Blue," and the whole back end of "Down Side of Me" all add little bits of novelty that I connect with.

It's interesting that they don't really do many (any?) songs where Mayberry and Doherty sing against each other like she and Robert Smith do. I think it would help in terms of dynamics, but maybe they would just become Human League at that point?

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The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

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Stereogum is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Wilco leaked the album on this day, but the album didn't actually come out until April 2002.

Happy YHF day (Orthodox), to those who observe:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RQcPC8KY_g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USMsgVbf8Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPqukZXplVs

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