31 Dec 2009, 15:03 by itravelSo the 00's wasn't generally a great decade for music. Yes, the music industry complains about the lack of CD sales, but honestly, that is due to the fugacious nature of music the past several years. The most popular tracks have more often than not, been about the immediate sales of singles. With iTunes coming to fruition in this decade, it saw the rise of those with little pocket money (and sometimes little music taste either) deciding what the 'top tracks' are. However, with the internet becoming a big source for more independent new music, this saw the rise of several great bands. Call this the 2000's, or the Naught'ies, or whatever you will, but hidden amongst most of the rubbish out there were some brilliant music groups that came into existence, and established themselves well in the past 10 years. Some of the following bands had EP's out previously, but this list is from album releases beginning in 2000. You may agree, or disagree, though more often than not I tend to disagree with most countdowns. …
21 May 2008, 16:03 by TruthAndOnly1. Radiohead
First Heard: Creep
Fell In Love With: Karma Police
Current Favorite: Subterranean Homesick Alien
2. The Mars Volta
First Heard: The Widow
Fell In Love With: Viscera Eyes
Current Favorite: Cassandra Gemini
3. Portugal. The Man
First Heard: Kill Me. The King
Fell In Love With: Shade
Current Favorite: Sun Brother
4. The Blood Brothers
First Heard: Laser Life
Fell In Love With: Giant Swan
Current Favorite: Crimes
5. The Shins
First Heard: Sleeping Lessons
Fell In Love With: Caring Is Creepy
Current Favorite: Split Needles
6. Modest Mouse
First Heard: Float On
Fell In Love With: 3rd Planet
Current Favorite: The Devil's Workday
7. The Format
First Heard: She Doesn't Get It
Fell In Love With: On Your Porch
Current Favorite: Oceans
8. Circa Survive
The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In The Dose
Fell In Love With: The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In The Dose
Current Favorite: Mandala
9. Sigur Rós
First Heard: Hljomalind
16 Feb 2008, 18:01 by Adthey
25 May 2007, 16:11 by brighterorangeIt was a close call between Phantom Limb and Split Needles, both from The Shins's new (at least it was in March when I picked these) album Wincing the Night Away. (Don't you hate how when you link up a track or album in this thing you have to put the artist there? I am just going to pretend that it doesn't keep saying The Shins except when I write it myself.) I got this album on my way to Germany for a conference and it was pretty much the only thing I had with me, so I listened to it a crapload of times. IMO these pups have been straight downhill since their first album Oh, Inverted World, but it has been a nice gentle decline, like a relaxing 0.5° downslope, and I think they've got a couple more good albums in them still.
I like these songs pretty much the same but I decided to go with Split Needles because of the slightly weirder production and Official Ironmen Rally Song fingerpicking ethic.
Also I believe I more-or-less directly ripped off the melisma in this song on my album-a-day song recorded shortly after…
2 Mar 2007, 22:52 by brighterorangeThis month was a toss-up between Split Needles and Plasticities, but the latter has a better story so I'm going to go with that one. When Andrew Bird was here in Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Arts festival last summer I went to see him; it was more or less the first time I had heard his music. I thought he was pretty good as far as singers whose tortured emotions and waiflike femininity put them at a level of indie groupie-datability that i can only wet dream of go, but I was especially into this song Plasticities that he then unfortunately informed me would not be available for me to internet-pirate until the beginning of 2007. So I stuck that thingy in my "music to listen to" text file and then sat around waiting for it to come out and forgetting what it sounded like. And then, lo, in the beginning of 2007 I saw the song pop up in my last.fm friends list, alerting me to its pre-release pirate availability status, and I soulsought it forthwith. …
26 Jan 2007, 20:46 by AkoladeHere's a problem with using CDDB and the like: one person enters the song title wrong and all of a sudden 90% of people have the song spelt wrong in their music players.
It's "Spilt" not "Split".
I just noticed this. No ones fault but the original track title submitter (or however that works), but I wonder if Last.fm could do something about it.. like keep a list of common mispellings and correct them in the Last.fm entry? Probably not feasible but boy, it's annoying.
For example I just noticed my Smiths album listed a song as "Never Hand No One Ever"... that's right, HAND.
8 Jan 2007, 18:32 by teebeeNo deliberations this week, it's The Shins.
They are probably most famous for the song New Slang which is a very good song used in Zach Braff's Garden State.
My dad came acrossan article on them in the Guardian the other day about them and their new album (which I didn't know about) and so immediately went and downloaded it.
It didn't disappoint. It's definately at least on a par with Chutes Too Narrow and Oh, Inverted World, if not better. For those who don't know, the new album is called Wincing the Night Away.
It's more of the same from the American outfit; although they can make the perfect sunny pop song (a la The Beach Boys), but they are lyrically superb, often rather depressing, yet the music never drifts that way as a whole.
Let's carve my aging face off
Fetch us a knife
Start with my eyes
Down so the lines
Form a grimacing smile
Reads pretty grim, but it sounds so good!
Kissing the Lipless
30 Nov 2006, 18:47 by discoDriveThis album is awesome, but it seems very different to usual Shins stuff. The first half is quite quirky and similar to the previous Shins albums, happy and upbeat, the album takes a turn, for the best in my opinion when it reaches Turn on me. The style of music is suddenly more downbeat and darker than usual. The song Black Wave is a good example of this, and Split Needles follows in the same style. Id recommend the album to Shins fans, but also to people who might have listened to them before. Its a very different sound to the previous efforts.
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