February 2010 Recommendations

    • Zer0_II said...
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    • 17 Feb 2010, 17:20

    February 2010 Recommendations

    This group has been dead for far too long. I'm going to make a major effort to revive it, and hopefully all of the members will help to maintain the activity level once I've done that. I don't see the point in having a group on last.fm if the members do not actively participate in discussions and interact with one another on some level. If this attempt isn't successful then I will probably make the decision to delete the group, although I would prefer not to.

    All that aside, I've been listening to a lot of genres that I've ignored for a long time, and have discovered some amazing artists in the process. I've come across a few great gems that I would like to share with those of you, although I'm sure some of you are already familiar with these artists. You may have noticed that I've been listening to a lot of obscure doom metal bands. If you're interested, you can find the majority of the albums listed on the following blogs: Sludge Swamp & Stonerobixxx So without further ado, I present you my first recommendations for Feb. 2010

    Down - Supergroup composed of members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod and Kingdom of Sorrow. Start with the album NOLA

    DJ Chaos X - Turntablism meets punk rock, side project of Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms fame

    DJ Pica Pica Pica - Another side project of Yamantaka Eye, only he mixes every genre of music under the sun on this. I would recommend listening to this before the DJ Chaos X project. I recently posted the only album he released under this alias on the Digital Meltd0wn blog

    Karp - Very underrated and often overlooked sludge band who were highly influenced by the grunge movement

    Fall of the Idols - Amazing up and coming doom metal band from Finland

    Sahg - Another great new doom metal band

    Kylesa - Sludge group with a very unique approach to the genre

    Ras G - Out of this world instrumental hip-hop, a mixture of hip-hop, psych, and space rock

    Bile - Venomous industrial metal

    Terror Visions - Side project of Jay Reatard which is much more extreme than his previous projects. He abandons his customary pop-punk approach for one of abrasive synth-laden punk rock

    The Walruz - Yet another great new doom metal band

    Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight - This is tagged as doom metal, but I would say that it falls more within the lines of stoner rock. Regardless this is killer stuff, and they released their debut album for free

    Venomin James - Amazing new doom metal band

    Kitchen & The Plastic Spoons - This blurs the line between new wave and deathrock

    The Almighty Defenders - Members of Black Lips and the King Khan & BBQ Show create an amazing amalgam of lo-fi gospel music with a hint of punk

    I - One of the few black metal bands that I find tolerable, although some would say that this isn't black metal at all, although I'll be the first to admit that I'm far from an expert on the matter

    That's all for now. Please participate in this discussion by recommending your own recent musical discoveries, and let me know if you enjoyed any of the bands I listed.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 17 Feb 2010, 23:47
    this month i've been listening to Antipop Consortium quite a bit, the album Arrhythmia is their best imo, well worth checking out. "alt" hip-hop with very interesting and inventive beats, featuring the best use of a ping-pong ball in music (i'm only aware of one other such instance).

    outside of their spell as a Dr. John backing band i know very little of The Meters but having stumbled into my stereo/laptop/zen this month their eponymous debut has been on heavy rotation, That album isn't well represented on last.fm so i'll direct you here instrumental funk.

    finally, i recently attended a gig performed by The Ex backed up by "brass unbound" an ensemble of horn players. An amazing night, the Ex's abrasive punk sound (complete with one of the best drummers i've heard in a rock context) backed up by some big names in avant-garde jazz. example:
    If you enjoy this, I advise checking out - among others - this album Scrabbling at the Lock a collaboration with cellist Tom Cora.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 18 Feb 2010, 10:05
    zero, are you familiar with Electric Wizard (doom metal)?

    Dopethrone is a good place to start


    • Zer0_II said...
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    • 20 Feb 2010, 16:36
    Yes, I am familiar with Electric Wizard. I actually just finished listening to Come My Fanatics about an hour ago.

    I've been listening to some "gothic country" recently. I can't remember if I shared them here or not, but 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand are both amazing bands and completely different from the shitty mainstream country that you're going to hear on the radio.

  • From my /mu/ list, with download links. (I might have posted some of these before)

    Haydamaky - Kobzar
    >ukrainian ska-folk-punk-rock



    Metallic Falcons - Desert Doughnuts
    >baby metal, psychedelic



    Jelonek - Jelonek
    >instrumental/symphonic metal



    CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
    >lesbian freak folk



    Koenjihyakkei - Angherr Shisspa
    >avant-garde japanese progressive rock with operetic influences and elements of japanese folk



    Achillea - Amadas Estrellas
    >new age, world music



    Jenson Rhodes
    >alternative/grunge from 1969



    The Coconut Monkeyrocket - With Birds

    only one I could find but please get the album it's fucking amazing


    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - White Lunar
    >avant-garde, instrumental


  • I'll post a link to a massive archive of free music from one of my all-time favourite bands, as they are pretty specific to Canada, and not many people outside know of them. The Rheostatics, absolutely magical rock group which dabbles in virtually all genres, explore and enjoy! They are at their best live, download a show and go! www.rheostaticslive.com

    • Lagash said...
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    • 20 Feb 2010, 19:06
    Giraffe Incognito - The Pursuit Continues.
    I discovered this album last week surfing randomly on Last.fm: you can download the whole album following the link. Not a bad work.

    • Zer0_II said...
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    • 20 Feb 2010, 20:26
    Thanks for the recommendations everyone, and please keep them coming. I'll add all of these to the list on the group's main page sometime tomorrow. I'll have to create a new page for the archive since Geocities no longer exists, and they took the old group recommendation's archive page down with it when they went offline.

    I have another great gothic country recommendation for you all:

    Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots - They only released one self titled album before Jay Munly left to focus on his solo project and Slim Cessna's Auto Club

  • Just recently someone on LastFM reccomended The Yellow Dogs to me. They are an edgy sounding Iranian group who are currently touring the US.

    (Starts 1:35)

    If you like 60s Brittish R&B give The Graham Bond Organisation a listen. Bond was a pioneer of the keyboards who was supported by Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce (pre Cream).

    A keyboard lick along with the overall tone reminds me of Break on Through. I wonder if Ray Manzarek ever listened to this.

    • chetsky said...
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    • 22 Feb 2010, 07:02
    Good to see the group is active again.

    Bit different from the recommendations so far but hey, that's what makes recommendations themselves so good, all about exploring innit.

    There's been some great funky electro coming out of mainly France lately, a fair lot of 80s-inspired synths that are inspired by the Atari as much as more recent technology.

    Another favourite of mine lately -

    Somehow this great H&A song remixed by legend Frankie Knuckles eluded me for ages until recently.

    A great remix of a popular PNAU song -

    Fun tune to get mental to -

    And a modern house classic from German producer/DJ Boys Noize -

    • Zer0_II said...
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    • 25 Feb 2010, 16:59
    I've been trying to find some raw southern born gospel music, but haven't had much luck. I did manage to discover one promising album though, which I will be posting on my blog tomorrow for those interested:

    The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir - Shakin' The Rafters

    If any of you know of any gospel albums in a similar vein, please let me know. I'm only looking for gospel of the very energetic type, preferably even more so than the album above.

    • Zer0_II said...
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    • 28 Feb 2010, 19:34
    With one more day left I hope that some of you will chime in at the last moment with some end of the month recommendations. Rather than use a hosting service to put up the previous months recommendations, I'm just going to post them on the blog and use a global tag so that you can pull up all of the previous recommendations at once. I had a page set up on geocities with all of the previous months recommendations, but Yahoo discontinued the service and took down everyone's pages without so much as a courtesy e-mail to inform me.

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