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BEAT
03-26-2012, 08:05 AM
DO AS MANY SONGS AS YOU WANT.
ALSO FEEL FREE TO SHUFFLE A SINGLE PLAYLIST OR ARTIST OR WHATEVER.
OR DO AN ALBUM SHUFFLE IT'S ALL GOOD BRO

Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man (http://youtu.be/KE_hDWMftgc) - The Essential Bob Dylan
Like anybody knows what any Bob Dylan song is about. The dude was a god, but he was also completely incomprehensible.

NoFX
Electricity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkLdUp9jRmg) - 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records
Having gone through a variety of opinions on NoFX over the years, I have concluded that they're a pretty rad band that happens to have a total douche as a frontman.

Johnny Cash
Home Equipment Company Advertisement - Bootleg Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood
Old recording of Johnny Cash selling you quality air conditioning substitutes in between songs on a live radio show from forever ago. That's just the way things were back then.

The Misfits
Some Kinda Hate (http://youtu.be/G7Ecump3mDo) - Static Age
Aw yesssssss. I need to listen to more of these guys.

The Von Bondies
The Fever (http://youtu.be/HRrekqx_cdw) - Pawn Shop Heat
Oh nooooooo. I liked "Comeon Comeon" but that was the only song on the album worth listening to, and I'm not sure how much of that enjoyment would still exist, so many years after the initial purchase.

Octopus Prime
03-26-2012, 08:19 AM
Christopher Tin
Baba Yetu

Blue Oyster Cult
Burning for You

Weird Al Yankovic
Gump

Def Leppard
Rock of Ages

They Might Be Giants
Twisting

I think that sums me up pretty succintly, really...

Loki
03-26-2012, 08:41 AM
Yoshino Aoki
Yet the Merchants Will Go (http://youtu.be/b6RKoOqErWE) - Breath of Fire IV OST
I hope the shuffle spirits don't play cruel and only bring up game music. I swear my tastes are more varied. Still, as it goes, this is a pretty good song. I like BoFIV's world-music inspired soundtrack and this song has a nice middle-eastern/rustic feel. Very merchant-y.

Akihiko Mori
Patheique (http://youtu.be/YyUUeSddATs) - Mystic Ark OST
This is not going well. Patheique is Mystic Ark's sad profound theme. Mystic Ark has a great and varied soundtrack. This and a couple other songs really remind me of FFVII's score. Wonder if Uematsu was a fan...

Yoshino Aoki
First Emperor (http://youtu.be/xtxz0k97rRs) - Breath of Fire IV OST
Damn it iTunes! All of Fou Lu's themes are rad. Discordant tones all sweet and menacing.

Elf Power
Spiral Stairs (http://youtu.be/NOmwK57Awqk) - In A Cave
I don't know what this is or why it's on my computer. But I like it! Kinda Belle & Sebastiony. I can dig it.

Cloud Cult
Everybody Here is a Cloud (http://youtu.be/awTaN_1gQk4) - Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornados)
Eh. This album's kinda middling. This is one of the better songs on it I guess. More butt indy-rock. I guess I'm a hipster?

Steven Sondheim
It Takes Two (http://youtu.be/iuiKujsm-5k) - Into the Woods
We want four we have none we've got three we need one it takes twooooooooo!

TheSL
03-26-2012, 08:48 AM
Black Sabbath
A Hard Road (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrq1UGFL-w) - Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978

Can't really say its a favorite of mine. I mean, other than the solo because Tony Iommi is fucking awesome.

Machine Head
Imperium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPFPRSZDXp0&ob=av2e) - Through the Ashes of Empries

One of those slow burn heavy intros which just makes the actual song feel even heavier. This is Machine Head at their finest as far as I'm concerned. Once again, a kick-ass guitar solo.

Megadeth
She-Wolf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbBz59lIQo) - Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

My brother loves this song, but I think its pretty forgettable Megadeth? I can't help but think of that stupid Shakira song every time I see the title. Awesome guitar solos, though.

KYNG
Pushing & Pulling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfVzP-70nGE) - Trampled Sun

A band I was introduced to fairly recently when they opened for another show I went to. Its kind of a hard rock band but with a slightly thrashy kind of drum sound to it.

Judas Priest
Evening Star (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhN-SwPA3Hs) - Killing Machine

Not quite as heavy as I like my Priest, but K.K. Downing still pulls out a pretty great solo despite Rob Halford being kind of "meh" with the vocals.

Knight
03-26-2012, 09:55 AM
Ratatat
Germany to Germany (http://youtu.be/kJYgJPCD59s) - Ratatat
My second favorite Ratatat song. I really like the minimalism of just two dudes with a guitar and a synthesizer/drum machine. FOr some reason this song makes me think of riding on a train and staring out the window at the countryside.

Kyuss
Black Widow (http://youtu.be/mv6l1PS7yUc) - Wretch
Fuck yea, Kyuss! They were good, but I like Queens of the Stone Age better. Blasphemy, I know.

Sublime
What I Got (Reprise) (http://youtu.be/2yfrRyLYAF0) - Sublime
The Reprise version is so much better than the original, I don't know how anyone could not prefer it.

Van Halen
Panama (http://youtu.be/w-NshzYK9y0) - The Best of Both Words
David Lee Roth era Van Halen is the only Van Halen for me.

Dead Kennedys
Night of the Living Rednecks (Live) (http://youtu.be/Z14iLqis5sw) - Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
East Bay Ray's guitar breaks at the end of Chemical Warfare, so Jello fills time by telling a story about the time some jocks in "tolerant" Portland, Oregon call him a faggot.

Fall On Your Sword
Shatner Of The Mount (http://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ)
Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain?

Soundgarden
Burden in My Hand (http://youtu.be/XmIqIVxUuKs) - Down on the Upside
Hey, Soundgarden! I don't know what else to say, other than I like this song, and Chris Cornell's screamy but still melodic vocals.

The Offspring
Demons (A Mexican Fiesta) (http://youtu.be/nFEqbEzaXk8) - The Offspring
I'm not really sure what a Mexican Fiesta has to do with a song about human sacrifice, but The Offspring's first album has this great sound that sadly isn't replicated on any later albums.

Jet Set Radio Medley #02 - Benten Boogie (http://youtu.be/b0I56Z-A9fU)
Deavid Soul - Miller Ball Breakers
B.B. Rights - Funky Radio
Toronto - Electric Tooth Brush
Probably one of my favorite stage medleys, and I can't help but be reminded of how the port coming to XBLA will be missing some of the music, and how disappointing that is. When I hear Miller Ball Breakers, I can instantly picture Benten-Cho's neon nighttime atmosphere, and it just won't be the same without it.

MCBanjoMike
03-26-2012, 10:51 AM
My music collection at work is a kind of a weird subset of my regular music, and it tends to skew more heavily toward game soundtracks - especially ones that I've downloaded through various bundles in the last year. Well, let's see what it has to offer today:

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans

This was the first Sufjan song that I ever heard, via Nich's CD in the first Listening Time exchange. I went on to become a pretty big fan of the guy (Sufjan, I mean, although Nich is cool too), and this is a really great example of his dynamic, epic arrangement style. Starts out really, really spare, then builds up in a huge crescendo that's all the better for being nothing but acoustic instruments.


Oisin Mac Diarmada - Aughamore/Hughie's Cap (reels)

Man, there ain't a lot of dudes what can play the fiddle like Oisin here. The first track is played solo, the second has some light (yet oddly muffled) bouzouki accompaniment to it. Dead brilliant in its simplicity, and I love the sound of the fiddle, it's a very warm recording.


Joni Mitchell - My Old Man

Uh, I guess I have a bunch of Joni Mitchell on my work computer? I had forgotten. I like some of her stuff, but sometimes she rubs me the wrong way. This track I could probably live without, but I don't feel very strongly about it either way.


The Strokes - The Modern Age

The Strokes can also be annoying sometimes, but when they're good, they're pretty good. This track falls on the right side of the line, although it doesn't really stand out in any particular way. I probably would have skipped this and the previous track if I hadn't been doing this writeup.


La Bottine Souriante - Je voudrais changer d'chapeau

Here's a catchy track from the excellent album of the same name. Chapeau is the album where La Bottine went from being a more straightforward traditional group to the trad/jazz juggernaut hybrid that the world knows today. This album is a bit more restrained, since they had only just added the brass section, and is easily one of their best as a result, with some incredibly tasty arrangements and chord progressions. This particular track is good, but I have a better live version of it from some old recordings that aren't available to the public.

Eh, I think I'll stop for now.

BEAT
03-26-2012, 11:08 AM
ALSO FEEL FREE TO SHUFFLE A SINGLE PLAYLIST OR ARTIST OR WHATEVER.Thanks me from 10 seconds ago editing a post from a few hours ago! I think I'll do just that!

The Arrogant Sons of Bitches
...And the Flame Dies Out Again (The Inevitably Glorious Exhumation Of Daylight) (http://youtu.be/otktkLlbPMw) - The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches
You can't actually get this one the quote unquote website, I found it somewhere else, and put it in this playlist because, well it's A.S.O.B. I think it perfectly sums up exactly what sort of band A.S.O.B. was: a bunch of kids playing really lo-fi punk music with a sad theme that's kind of easy to overlook when everthing explodes into them rocking as hard as they possibly can.

Bomb The Music Industry
Stuff That I Like (http://youtu.be/433o4r522IY) - Scrambles (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur022.htm)
It has more of an impact when you listen to it on the album, where It is preceded by Cold Chillin (http://youtu.be/433o4r522IY). BTMI! is basically ASOB 2.0, doing everything they did, only more so. Scrambles was a very important album for me because it it mirrored my life at the time so perfectly: It was about getting close to the middle of your 20s and not really knowing what the hell you were doing, and somehow managed to put a happy face on all that. This song drives that whole thing home, combining lyrics about being kind of freaked out by all that stuff that scares you, with an attitude that it's gonna be fine, try to enjoy life you idiot.

We Versus The Shark
Head Over Heels (Tears for Fears Cover) - Murmurmur (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur017.htm)
I don't think I've ever really listened to this one before, and I'm not sure I will again. Still, it makes for tolerable background noise.

Shinobu
Tomorrow's Here - Exhaustive Exhaustive (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur043.htm)
This album was way, way long, and the only song on it that really made an impact on me was Shoot the Sky Down. This one's kinda slow and kinda mournful but it doesn't really grab me.

O Pioneers!!!
Cool Kid City - Neon Creeps (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur021.htm)
I guess the singer's not a cool kid or something. Not feeling this one.

Bomb The Music Industry!
(Jeff disapproves of this bonus track) SUPERTALK! (2005-2008) - Others! Others! (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur027.htm)
45 Mins of BTMI!'s various members annoying each other in between songs at live shows. Most people wouldn't enjoy this but I'm not most people. It's so great.

Droewyn
03-26-2012, 11:49 AM
Roxette
The Look
One of several "best of the 80's" collections on my iPod. I always get Roxette mixed up in my head with Prince, but otherwise this song doesn't have much impact on me.

Fozzie and Kermit (Muppet Movie Soundtrack)
Movin' Right Along
In my "Car" playlist always, and singing along is mandatory with the windows rolled down!

Indigo Girls
Shame On You
I went though a period of collecting albums from LGBT artists in my late teens. I never really became a fan, but this is a good song.

Julia Ecklar
Timmain: The Calling
ElfQuest filk. This album hasn't aged well (these days I prefer my filk to sound more produced and less bunch-of-people-with-guitars-in-a-circle), but it's nice to remember a time when finding music for a fantasy series I liked was the coolest thing imaginable.

Nightwish
Romanticide
I love the melodic line in this song. Nightwish is always fun to listen to.

David Bowie
Let's Dance
The goblin king commands you.

christoffing
03-26-2012, 11:53 AM
DO AS MANY SONGS AS YOU WANT.
ALSO FEEL FREE TO SHUFFLE A SINGLE PLAYLIST OR ARTIST OR WHATEVER.

Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man (http://youtu.be/KE_hDWMftgc) - The Essential Bob Dylan
Like anybody knows what any Bob Dylan song is about. The dude was a god, but he was also completely incomprehensible.
.

Uhm, that's not exactly one of his most incomprehensible songs though is it really?

BEAT
03-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Uhm, that's not exactly one of his most incomprehensible songs though is it really?I dunno.

DemoWeasel
03-26-2012, 12:11 PM
The Beatles - Something (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrW7dlDHH28)

I've got to say, George is my least favorite Beatle, but he's made some really fantastic songs with the group. "Something" Is def. one of his better tunes.

Ugly Casanova - Ice on the Sheets (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si-gt-i-gDc)

I discovered Ugly Casanova back around sophomore year of high school. It's Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock's little side project band that's a bit more experimental and dirty than its older brother, and I totally love it. I've forever attached this album to moving, because it was practically playing non-stop when my family and I were moving into our first real house. UC's discography is incredibly small, but they've made some great stuff lately. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkn-4yIlhPw)

Modest Mouse - Education (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw6yPRmAKF4)

You can probably tell that I'm a huge Modest Mouse fan! I love vocalists with strange voices, and Isaac Brock fits that bill 100%. I would say WWDBTSES is one of my favorite albums Modest Mouse has ever put out, but it's hard to make a decision like that when I love all of them so much.

Franz Ferdinand - Come On Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n86L0HidFpM)

As disappointing as FF's latest album was, their first still holds up really well. This and "40'" are my favorite songs on there. Here's hoping their newest bit is better than their last!

Moonface - Return to the Violence of the Ocean Floor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8md5Qo77Nyo)

Spencer Krug's music just makes me smile. I've been listening to this album practically non-stop since I heard of it this past fall.

Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM&ob=av2n)

More Spencer Krug! My late grandfather was being hospitalized for his then-recently-diagnosed terminal cancer at the same time I really got into Wolf Parade, and this album of theirs will always make me think of him.

ajr82
03-26-2012, 12:32 PM
The National- Runaway
I tend to enjoy The National's more propulsive songs, but this is one of their best swoony songs (the best of those is Daughters of the Soho Riots, incidentally).

The Damned- New Rose
Considering how early a punk song this is, it's amazing how full and modern the production sounds.

Kelis- Milkshake
This is still a phenomenally weird pop song.

Blur- Girls & Boys
I was never a big Blur fan. Too tongue-in-cheek for me. Catchy song, though.

Smashing Pumpkins- 1979
A little Billy Corgan goes a long way for me. I would have liked the band a lot better if they had done more songs like this, and less spoken word odes to how God wrote his songs for him, or whatever it was on their last pre-breakup album.

Spoon- The Government Darling
Listening to early Spoon stuff has its charms, but it mostly reminds me how much better they got on A Series of Sneaks.

Abominable K
03-26-2012, 12:45 PM
CYNE - Interlude
Not much to say about this. It's a minimalist hip-hop instrumental consisting of little more than wah guitars and some congas.

Judas Priest - Leather Rebel
AWWWW YEAH. Painkiller is of course, an essential metal album. I wouldn't call it Judas Priest's best album (that goes to Unleashed In The East), but it's definitely their most fun release, with Screaming For Vengeance right behind.

Squarepusher - An Arched Pathway
I have a lot of music on my MP3 player, some of it I haven't quite gotten around to yet. While I've listened to Feed Me Weird Things, I hadn't listened to Ultravisitor yet. This track is IDM with a lot of noise, and what sounds like free-form Jazz buried underneath.

Cyne Ft. Daedalus - Elephant Rome
Seems that my player's fond of Cyne today. The song starts out with some guitar arpeggios, while the guys from Cyne rap over it. Eventually, the beat settles into a pretty bouncy bass-line.

Radiohead - Pyramid Song
I think of all the songs from Amnesiac, this is my favorite. I originally wrote off Radiohead, because my only experience with them had been their rather generic grungy material from Pablo Honey. But I eventually gave OK Computer a shot, and really enjoyed it. I'm a weirdo though, so I actually prefer Kid A/Amnesiac's experimental stuff.

The Black Mages - Force Your Way
This is, of course, the Black Mages' rocked up treatment of the boss battle theme from Final Fantasy VIII. I think in terms of the FF series, VIII may be in my top 3 simply for how abstractly you have to think to efficiently play through it. It was one of the most unique experiences I had with the series. Ironically, it's the same reason I don't replay it often. The guitar solos, while not as flashy, remind me a lot of Joe Satriani.

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Sahara
I love these guys, I really do. I would burn down an orphanage to see them live, and then turn myself in, because I'd have fulfilled my life's goals, and there's no point in running at that point. This is one of their calmer songs, starting off with some light keyboard chords, and settling into a groove with their horn section. Eventually, the horns drop out, leading to a piano solo. Afterwords, the horns come back for a reprisal of the main melody.

Bolt Thrower - War Master
Bolt Thrower is my favorite Death Metal band. One of the earliest bands of the genre, their British origins gave them elements that shaped their sound into something different from their American peers. While in America, Death Metal evolved as a more extreme version of Thrash Metal, the British bands took influence from their extreme scenes, combining influences such as Crust Punk and Grindcore.

Soren Highwind
03-26-2012, 01:27 PM
Iron Maiden
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIzUTgtZ9_Q) - Powerslave
I have Yes to thank for turning me on to long-ass songs like this; otherwise I might have missed out on Iron Maiden rocking out for thirteen-and-a-half minutes. I'm glad it slows down around the five minute mark, though, since it makes the part at 7:34 or so onwards that much more awesome.

Jun Senoue
Soarin' Over Space (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGGpZ6rVbOA) - Multi-Dimensional: Sonic Adventure 2 Original Soundtrack
Eggman had some pretty rad stage music, this song included. I think this is one of the few game soundtracks I have on my mp3 player, largely for nostalgia reasons. It's still pretty good, though!

Gorillaz
Dirty Harry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBie-xdbLeM) - Demon Days
Damn, I haven't listened to Gorillaz in a while. I've never known what genre to classify them into, but I still enjoy them quite a bit. I like how funky this particular track is, that bass pedal especially.

Akihiro Honda
Bloody Tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynKponE-qQ) - Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Probably the most rockin' rendition of Bloody Tears I've listened to; hell, the soundtrack in general for this game is pretty damn rad. I just wish the song itself was longer.

Tomoya Ohtani
Starlight Carnival Act 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAK-PQTAAJs) - Vivid Sound x Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack
I listen to more things than game music, I swear! But anyway, I really love the synth in this track; that combined with the drums makes for a pretty energetic tune.

Tomoya Ohtani & Hunnid-P
Dive Into the Mellow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6i9dhtX4Ns&list=PLED23451637D96A4A&index=27&feature=plpp_video) - Muti-Dimensional: Sonic Adventure 2 Original Soundtrack
Yeah, yeah, I know the lyrics are dumb. Still, though, the underlining song is pretty chill, and I have a soft spot for the Knuckles stage music anyway so I don't mind.

The Lonely Island feat. Rihanna
Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_W_xLWtNa0) - Turtleneck & Chain
I've noticed that Lonely Island songs with a guest tend to be funnier than when it's just them (though that isn't always the case). What else can I say? I think it's funny.

David Wise
Snakey Chantey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_wTAw9L4Fo) - Donkey Kong Country 2 Original Soundtrack
David Wise is a talented man, and this soundtrack is no exception. This isn't my favorite song in the game, but I enjoy it anyway.

I think I'll try this later; hopefully some stuff other than game soundtracks will pop up next time.

Kirin
03-26-2012, 01:46 PM
Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why is he climbing the mountain?

Damn you.


(I'll maybe do this later if I have some free time near iTunes. Though I wouldn't be surprised if I also get hit by the "only game music" shuffle curse.)

Googleshng
03-26-2012, 03:05 PM
(I'll maybe do this later if I have some free time near iTunes. Though I wouldn't be surprised if I also get hit by the "only game music" shuffle curse.)

Bet I'll get that. Let's see!

Yasunori Mitsuda
The Girl Who Stole the Star - Chrono Cross Music Selection
Yup. Came with the game. Everyone here already loves Mitsuda, so yeah.

Isao Mizoguchi
Brave Warriors - Lunar 2 Eternal Blue Complete Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack again. I like how the music in this series is this odd mix of super sappy and cheesy 80's power rock stuff though.

_ensnare_
The Lock - Impeccable Micro
From Frozen Synapse's soundtrack wad. Big pile of nifty techno.

Billy Joel
Don't Ask Me Why - Glass Houses
Oh hey! Look everyone! This one's not from a game! It's from my mother giving me a giant wad of everything Billy Joel ever did! Not a bad song. I've always found it weird that Billy Joel's popularity isn't a more regional thing. A decent portion of his songs are just him hanging around bars in my general vicinity and name dropping nearby locations and random people he's talked to. So I totally get people here being all "Woo! Long Island Sound!" but, nope. Proper mainstream popularity too.

Herbie Hancock
Rockit - Future Shock
This one isn't game music either. Although it is on Vice City's soundtrack. Yay for jazz dudes playing with synthesizers.

Romain "Ninomojo" Gauthier
Debrief - Edge Original Soundtrack
Francisco Cerda
Farewell - Jamestown OST
Francisco Cerda
Defeat - Jamestown OST
Let's quit pulling up Humble Bundle soundtracks for games I haven't even downloaded yet iTunes...

Yoshitaka Hirota, Yasunori Mitsuda
Opening Demo Mix II - Shadow Hearts Original Soundtrack
OK! At least this one is from a game where I actively sought the soundtrack out. I love the music from this series to death, although this might be the least interesting track. Complex weirdness with unexpected instruments doing unexpected things.

KONAMI
Bloody Tears - Castlevania 20th Anniversary: Premium Music Collection
Which handheldvania was it that came with this again? Anyway, someone already tossed out the best version of this song, so moving on.

ATLUS
Burn My Dread - Persona 3 Original Soundtrack
... I honestly do have music in here that isn't from pack-in CDs with games. Seriously if the next thing to come up is off a Silent Hill soundtrack I'm just skipping until I hit something I actually sought out. Anyway, I really do dig P3's soundtrack, particularly all the bizarre weird J-Pop/Jazz/Rap fusion tracks. You really need a really interesting soundtrack you can listen to all day for this sort of long same-y slog of an RPG.

Meat Boy, Shadow Hearts, Cave Story, Hammer Fight, a friend's FF4 remix...

Bond
Libertango - Shine
FINALLY! So OK Bond is awesome. They're this classically trained string quartet who basically just play various remixed bits of classical music with a techno backing. Here's something more generally representative. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfCz69Vx3S8&feature=related)

FRIENDS
Sorry - (Unreleased)
OK, I was going to stop after that last one, but this started before I was finished typing this up, it's my cousin's band, and one of her few songs where I can toss up a youtube link with decent audio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOP6n5A7A3c). She's still dragging her feet on an American contract, but they're getting absurdly popular in Europe lately apparently.

ArugulaZ
03-26-2012, 03:31 PM
Caravan
Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss [US Mix]
For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night

Likely the defining song from this group, which walked the tightrope between psychedelic and progressive rock for most of its career. It's driving yet upbeat; packed with variety, yet with an overarching theme that holds it all together. If you're new to Caravan, this is your best introduction to the band.

Rush
Middletown Dreams
Power Windows

There's a sense of gloom and resigned defeat in Rush albums released throughout the 1980s, particularly in Signals and Grace Under Pressure but also in 1985's Power Windows. There's a sense of deep pain in the songwriting that makes tracks like Middletown Dreams a bittersweet treat, like a bar of dark chocolate.

Yes
Harold Land
Yes

Okay, so Yes's first two albums weren't all that hot, loaded to the point of breaking with covers and fully immersed in that psychedelic sound that has aged about as well as raw hamburger. Nevertheless, there were a few standouts in the band's early catalog, with this earnest war protest song being one of the best. I'd love to hear Yes tackle this one now, with the benefit of forty years of experience.

Tears for Fears
Mad World
Tears Fall Down: The Singles

Many covers of this song have been released in the twenty five years since its debut, but this remains the definitive version of Mad World. It's haunting, complex, and keeps just the right pace, unlike the supremely morose version recently used to sell edgy Xbox shooters. The chilling lyrics are a highlight... "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" makes you wonder what kind of screwed up nightmares the singer has on an off day.

Rush
Dreamline
Different Stages Live

I loved this song when I was a kid. In fact, love might not be a strong enough word... I was absolutely obsessed with its intensity and futuristic vibe. (Parish can vouch for this!) The live version is almost as good as the original on Roll the Bones, although it's prefaced with Thus Spake Zarathustra... and what sounds like Goofy falling off a cliff for reasons I have yet to determine.

Soren Highwind
03-26-2012, 03:42 PM
Caravan
Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss [US Mix]
For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night

Likely the defining song from this group, which walked the tightrope between psychedelic and progressive rock for most of its career. It's driving yet upbeat; packed with variety, yet with an overarching theme that holds it all together. If you're new to Caravan, this is your best introduction to the band.

Damn, this is kickass. Thanks for telling me about these guys, dude. =)

ArugulaZ
03-26-2012, 05:02 PM
Hey, no problem! Glad you're enjoying it... these guys deserve more fans. For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night is a really strong album; arguably Caravan's best. I'd recommend the whole album if you can afford it, but if you'd rather pick and choose, go for Hoedown, C'thulu Thulu, and Be Alright/Chance of a Lifetime. Auberge du Sanglier is also a really good instrumental with a variety of styles.

Soren Highwind
03-26-2012, 05:10 PM
Hey, no problem! Glad you're enjoying it... these guys deserve more fans. Most of For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night is a really strong album; arguably Caravan's best. I'd recommend the whole album if you can afford it, but if you'd rather pick and choose, go for Hoedown, C'thulu Thulu, and Be Alright/Chance of a Lifetime. Auberge du Sanglier is also a really good instrumental with a variety of styles.

Duly noted. I might track down a copy on Amazon if I get the chance, but YouTube will do just fine until then. Thanks again, man!

CaptBlasto
03-26-2012, 07:11 PM
Johnny Winter
Central Park 7-27-1980
Hideaway

I have not listened to this in a long time, but Live Johnny Winter is always a treat. The sound quality is pretty good for a bootleg recording. Great solos from Johnny and his band.

Stephen Lynch
Superhero
What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys

Pretty silly song, I remember not understanding it too much when I first heard it. Then I proceeded to listen to more Smashing Pumpkins and it got a lot funnier.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band
American Legacies
The Band's In Town

What an awesome collaboration, the two groups end up playing really well with each other. I really enjoy how most of the songs from this album are in this format: Preservation Hall 1st Verse, Del McCoury 2nd Verse, Combined for the rest. So neat to swap back and forth and then combine it together.

Gov't Mule
2007/06/02 I Hunter Mtn., NY
Mr. High & Mighty

Another good live recording in my collection. I found out about Gov't Mule from listening to the current Allman Brothers lineup and looking up Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule's frontman) on Wikipedia. Solid Jam Band, but I really need to be in the mood to listen to the slow groove style of the song.

John Mayer
July 21st 2007 - Hershey Park Stadium
Waiting on the World to Change

Heh, I have a lot of live recordings. I hold the opinion that if you can't play live, you are not worth listening to. That opinion has been waived for certain genres of music over the years as my tastes change, but still holds true for the bulk of my collection. I really like John Mayer's album with his Trio, as it has a much more raw blues sound. This song however is just alright. Also, there is about 3 minutes of talking at the end of this track :(

Yoko Kanno
Cowboy Bebop OST 1
Waltz for Zizi

This song sounds like "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Also reminds me of a Spaghetti Western Soundtrack. I cannot picture where this song comes up in Cowboy Bebop though...


Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti
Black Country Woman

Not one of my favorite Zeppelin albums, but still really good. I was waiting for them to just start ripping into the song (Bring it on Home style), but it never happened. When John Bonham gets going three quarters of the way into the song though its pretty awesome.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Everything You Want For Christmas
Is Zat You, Santa Claus?

Well, its out of season, but Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is still great. Their trumpet player is always a treat to listen to.

Muse
Showbiz
Uno

Showbiz is not one of my favorite Muse albums, but at least shuffle did not force me to listen to The Resistance, which is my least favorite album by them.

Little Sampson
03-27-2012, 11:39 PM
They Might Be Giants - "They'll Need a Crane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XdqMGBZjGM)" - Lincoln

This track is awesome. That is not surprising considering it's TMBG, and they tend to do awesome things. Lincoln is my favorite album of theirs.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Nothin' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpg5_NH8ug)" - Raising Sand

I really like this album, but this isn't one of my favorite tracks. Kinda slow and lumbering, which isn't inherently bad, but it never really achieves anything for me, it's just kinda there.

Xiu Xiu - "Mousey Toy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIVuWHSnFDA)" - La Forêt

I prefer when Jamie's vocals aren't all whispery and shit, but musically this track is aces. Classic Xiu Xiu with the right balance of beauty and clanging dissonance.

Streetlight Manifesto - "Watch It Crash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFEYPXheiiM)" - Somewhere In the Between

Totally solid track. Probably a little long for its own good, but it's catchy and gives you what you'd expect from a latter day Streetlight song.

Arcade Fire - "Modern Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gxAYuiqOEU)" - The Suburbs

Really like this track. I know most of the love for The Suburbs usually goes to a couple of other tracks, but this one always stood out to me. Fairly simple, but effective.

Thundercat - "Fleer Ultra (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THcaEKOLZNY)" - The Golden Age of Oblivion

One of the most overlooked albums of last year, I thought. This isn't one of the best track, but it's a good example of his bass playing and electro/funk sound.

Heems - "Desi Shoegaze Taiko (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0haHlK8lK8)" - Nehru Jackets

First time listening to this track, but really like it. Fits into the typical Das Racist mold with his lyrics and lazy sounding rapping, but the beat is tight, and his flow is really on point here.

BEAT
03-28-2012, 07:17 AM
Y. Minobe, T. Maeda
Dungeon Cave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP_fR0Kk0hQ) - Skies of Arcadia OST
Nice and atmospheric! If this game gets the rumored HD remake I will buy it so hard. It's seriously one of my most favorite ever. I won't even care that it suffers from every single thing I whine about RPGs having.

The Misfits
Night of The Living Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo0IitJhG_c) - Misfits Collection 1
I'm fairly certain the misfits actually re-recorded all these songs for the collection album, but I'm not sure. The Vocals are really hard to make out, but it's still totally great.

The Clash
Washington Bullets (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1LhlVtbW_U) - Sandinista!
I'm not smart enough to describe this song, or any song on this album really. It's got a great vibe that makes me think of the music found in the islands of the Bahamas or in the general vicinity of the gulf of Mexico but that's inexact at best.

Archipelago
Have Here - Have Here (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur039.htm)
I love this song. Like seriously love it. Especially the harmonica. It's way, way softer than Quote Unquote's standard fare, but that's not a bad thing. It feels like it's not trying to beat you over the head with its message.

ThePlasmas
Opening (Sunday Night Slam Masters) - 16 Fighting Bits
My favorite VG metal Dude playing 20 seconds of intro. Okay. Cool.

NashVille Pussy
Ain't your Business - From Hell To Texas
I recall totally digging this album, but I can't remember this song at all. Still, it's a good reminder to listen to more Nashville Pussy. These guys are great.

Harvey Danger
Incommunicado - Little By Little
I got nothing. Nobody remembers these guys for anything other than flagpole sitta anyways.

Rancid
The Bravest Kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXr1ejOREi8) - Let The Dominoes Fall
I wated FOREVER for this album to come out. It's not as good as Rancid (2000) but then what possibly could be? This song never stuck me as one of the standout tracks though. I'm much more about New Orleans.

Albert Hague
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch - A Pointless Christmas
Don't go looking for that album, it's just a mixtape a totally awesome friend made me a few years back. But yeah. Best Dr. Seuss adaptation that wasn't the butter battle book.

Alpha Werewolf
03-28-2012, 10:48 AM
The Black Mages
Grand Cross (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msbiZ6VLK_U) - The Black Mages III
I don't actually remember which FF this is from and don't feel like looking it up. I like the start - it's pretty weird, and the rest of it is Usual Cool Black Mages Riffs.

Yuu from Dark PHOENiX
Immortal Terror (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dGJKh9hLTs&list=FLuvBx4Xok4UMjL7T0Y8SItw&index=7&feature=plpp_video) - オオイナル
Mokou's theme is awesome; This arrangement is very powerful and I especially love the horns (is that what they are?).

Mediastudio
Town Fight - Painkiller OST
The Painkiller soundtrack's always pretty cool.

The Black Mages
Hunter's Chance - The Black Mages II
You know, they may be fun to listen to, but there's not much to say about most of their stuff beyond Usual Cool Black Mages Riffs.

Nier
Emil Remix - Nier DLC
I love this song, but that's probably because it reminds me of the original Emil song which is very emotional.

Evil Dead Junkie
03-28-2012, 11:15 AM
Left Of The Dial, The Replacements: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8hn5O7eBk4) Sweet I get to start off looking cool.

Back To You, The Riverdales: The streak continues! Though Ive never been able to figure out why I like this song so much and the rest of their work not at all.

Redbelt, Tegan And Sara: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3qm0hg41XU) Not my favorite song off of Sainthood. Three for three.

New York City, They Might Be Giants: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSS_ty5o7x4) One of my favorite TMBG songs. One of the happiest songs I have ever heard. Genuinely lovely.

Shore Leave, Tom Waits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv8IM_-Bam0): This is creepy Waits at his best.

Grey In LA: Loudon Wainwright: I love the lyrics, to this. Clever and sardonic without being overly insistant.

Virginia Avenue: Tom Waits: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs4FAJRncMM) Not the best off of Closing Time, kind of repetitive. I would probably like it better if there werent a bunch of similar Waits songs that sound much better.

Rebellion, Arcade Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-8nQw-oV5o): One of my favorite Arcade Fire songs. So driving love listening to it when I run.

1,000,000, NIN: Eh it was free.

Last Stop This Town, Eels: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TfqbuTBqX8&ob=av3e) Its one of the Eels suicide songs. So yeah it is pretty damn affecting. ” dont know how to let you in/And I cant let you out.”

MCBanjoMike
03-28-2012, 02:01 PM
The Beatles - Penny Lane
Well, it's hard to argue with The Beatles, especially when it's a top-tier track like this one. I like the exultant horns near the end of the song.


Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
This track kicks so much ass. That bassline, man, that bassline.


High Frequency Bandwidth - Hundred Forty Billion (Don't Breathe/Explosive Mix)
Pixeljunk Shooter has such an amazing soundtrack, probably because most of the music wasn't actually written for a game in the first place. This remix, like most of the HFB ones in the Pixeljunk games, cuts out most of the vocals of the original version, transforming it from a decent hip-hop track into an excellent trip-hop one. The Pixeljunked album is definitely one of the ones that I've listened to the most in the last two years, and I can't wait for them to put the new music from PJ Sidescroller up on iTunes.


Led Zeppelin - We're Gonna Groove
Ok, I will admit that there is a disproportionately large amount of Led Zeppelin on my work computer, but I wasn't expecting iTunes to go back to the well this soon. I don't know much about Coda as an album, but as far as I can tell there's actually less to recommend it than there is for In Through the Out Door. which, like, ouch. This song is probably the best thing on there, though, so it's actually pretty decent.


Nobuo Uematsu - Umaro (Final Fantasy VI Soundtrack)
Funny little number, this one, a kooky waltz that brings to mind broadway musicals and ballroom dancing. Not one of my favorite tracks, and not one that you hear all that often in the course of the game (what with Umaro having basically no speaking parts or character development). So we've gone from a strong track off a weak album to a weak track off a strong album, I guess.


Danny Baranowsky - Chapter 2 Cutscene Score (Super Meat Boy Soundtrack)
I should probably uncheck this in my iTunes library. There's a lot of fantastic music in Super Meat Boy, but this isn't it. Just some pizzicato strings to accompany a cutscene that I've never made it to.


The Tragically Hip - It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken
This is a somewhat lesser known track from the Canadian rock icons, a slow-tempo rock ballad that isn't too cloying. That said, I prefer my Hip more on the catchy side of things. Still, it would make a good choice for a slow at the high school dance, if you were to go back in time some 15 years or so.


Miki Higashino and TAPPY - Heart-Softening BGM 3 (Suikoden II Soundtrack)
I have the entirety of the Suikoden I and II soundtracks on my computer at work, and that is a LOT of music. I should really pare this down to the best tracks, since there's a lot of fluff in between my favorites. This is a fairly inoffensive number, at least, a quiet bit of music that probably played in some town, or during a sincere converation between two lesser characters before a big battle. It does have a pretty hilariously generic name, at least.


Alec Holowka - Fly Away (Aquaria Soundtrack)
You can copy and paste most of what I said for the previous track and stick it here, minus the bit about conversations (there aren't a whole lot of conversations in Aquaria). There's some very good stuff in the soundtrack, but it is surrounded by a lot of filler music, and this is prime example of that.


Susan McKeown - A Mhaire Bhruinneall
Yeah, I have no idea what that means, what with it being in Irish and all. This is a pretty good track, though, a driving traditional song with bouzouki and percussion...as well as some cheesy keyboard pads. I'll forgive those, though, because they're not very intrusive, and the rest of the arrangement is quite good.


The Tragically Hip - Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park
Man, iTunes does some weird things when it's in suffle mode. I only have the one Tragically Hip compilation, 37 tracks out of the 3496 in my library, but here we are again. I don't know this song very well and it doesn't really stand out in any way, aside from having a silly name.


I guess I'll stop here, since shuffle only seems to want to play classic rock and videogame music right now. (For the record, the next track was Won't Get Fooled Again. So, yeah. Or, rather, YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!)

Ted
03-28-2012, 03:26 PM
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - The Final Challenge I dunno. It fits it's purpose, but I don't find it very listenable.

Old 97's: Too Far to Care - Timebomb This might be the definitive song of the y'allternative rock genre.

Chrono Trigger - Determination I know it's my favorite background music for catching a second wind.

Arcade Fire: Funeral - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) Solid opener to a solid album.

Super Mario World - Vanilla Dome Twinkly!

Ghost Trick - Track 111 I have no idea what this is really called, but Ghost Trick is good stuff.

Red Hot Chili Pepper: Mother's Milk - Higher Ground I didn't learn that this was a cover song for quite a while.

Mystic Ark - Re... Regrettable... Uh oh. Sounds like I just died. I should play this some day.

Plaid: P-Brane EP - Coat It has a lot of what I love about Plaid: spacy instrumentals combined with syncopated beats. The best thing Nothing Records ever did for me was to introduce me to Warp.

Okami - Northern Country Kamui I & II I knew it wouldn't be long before an Okami track popped up. It's just a statistical guarantee. The Okami soundtrack is interesting in how, for a handful of themes, it separates movements into separate tracks. I never noticed anything from CD playback or during playback on Rockbox via gapless formats such as FLAC and Ogg Vorbis, but man was the gap annoying with MP3. So I had a fun little project in Audacity merging some of the tracks together.

Balrog
03-28-2012, 04:10 PM
The English Beat - Save It For Later (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k) For some reason I thought I got this song because it was in that movie Empire Records but I must be thinking of something else. /shrugs

Elastica - Connection (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilKcXIFi-Rc&ob=av2e) Hmmm...I do love some 90s Brit-Pop and this is a pretty rockin' example.

Daft Punk - Digital Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjli3hj0ZkM&ob=av2e) One of my favorite songs off of Discovery which is one of my favorite albums. The bridge always makes me think of Final Fantasy airship music for some reason.

Harry J All Stars - Liquidator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmLDf9XKMfk) I picked this up based on the Gorillaz iTunes recommendations and it's a pretty cool song. It's probably the only instrumental reggae song in my entire library.

Johnny Gill - My, My, My (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Var4AQWRL2o) This song is like a poster child for late 80s/early 90s R&B and I love it. The video is pretty ridiculous and it just makes me like it more.

Saban & Levy - Snakes to Feathers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unbspLW6EUE&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL850D772E5417844B) This song is from The Mysterious Cities of Gold soundtrack which is really fantastic all around. It sounds like something that only a crappy 80s synthesizer could produce. I remember being kinda spooked by this song when I was a kid because I thought it sounded evil or something.

MagFlare
03-28-2012, 04:12 PM
I wanted to participate in this thread.

The first five songs on my iPod were four videogame remixes capped off by Free Bird.

I just don't think I'm ready for this, you guys.

mr_bungle700
03-28-2012, 07:23 PM
Likelihood of Japanese Artists: 99%

Likelihood of Any of Them Being Related to Video Games or Anime: 3%

Likelihood of Any of These Songs Being On YouTube: Increasing every day, amazingly! But still, not so good. I'll just link to other songs by the same artists if I can so I can share the love.

...of course, I say that and then the very first thing I hear is from the Napple Tale soundtrack and is, in fact, on the YouTubes (http://youtu.be/gw7T-3hHKnc). I'm not complaining though! It is a superlative soundtrack.

BUT ANYWAY

Let's do this because I am too tired to do anything else right now.

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - "Turkey"

I can't help but love these guys. Their nonsensical name and gasoline-fueled, hard rocking style (http://youtu.be/3qY8SwTY96k) made them one of the very first Japanese bands to win me over all those years ago, and I still have a soft spot for them.

Fuchigami to Funato - "Boushi ni Chuui!"

Yay! This is Junko Fuchigami from the crazy avant-garde group Bidziliba teamed up with bassist Hiroshi Funato to make strange and beautiful things (http://youtu.be/K2aB6nLbp2g). I've certainly never heard anything like it elsewhere.

Mayumi Kojima - "Kazari Mado no Shoujo"

Exceptional jazz pop lady. You should listen to her (http://youtu.be/hxScapnXClE). Especially the album Sayonara Cecile.

Kazuki Tomokawa - "Issai Gassai Yomosue Da" (http://youtu.be/a1xry5szUKk)

Ah, the "Screaming Philosopher." Dude's been rasping at audiences like a crazy man since the 70s. You can't say he doesn't express his emotions (http://youtu.be/p5aSZGGRh84)!

Anonymass - "Kaikou" (http://youtu.be/U_CdIRHJNQY)

Lavish, dreamy pop backed by strings and horns. They're super great and produced the best cover of the inherently silly "Kimi ni Mune Kyun" ever recorded. It's on the fantastic album Anonymoss, just like this song! And this other song (http://youtu.be/USx8u5CuPuE) I'm going to link just because.

CaptBlasto
03-28-2012, 07:50 PM
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Learn How to Love (http://youtu.be/sZOBUcnNp04)
Revelator

This may very well be my top album of 2011. While I am saddened by Mike Mattison not having lead singer duties anymore, the combination of Trucks's and Tedeschi's band into one has produced some really great blues. Derek's slidework is fantastic in this one, and I especially like when he follows Tedeschi's voice in the chorus.

Beach House
Silver Soul (http://youtu.be/iqA6Xh1rKmc)
Teen Dream

Ugh. I think this was left on my iPod when I got it, and I ripped it off to check it out. I don't care for this song at all.

Poets Of Rhythm
North Carolina (http://youtu.be/9nkgVikIg7g)
Practice What You Preach

Pretty decent Funk tune, I like the bass line a lot. Just a groovy song. Lyrics are a bit repetitive.

The Beatles
Ticket to Ride (http://youtu.be/FY_6b4-N9Uo)
Help!

I took a class on the Beatles in college, it consisted mainly of just listening to every album and writing little blurbs on each. I think Help! is my favorite song off the album, but this is a very close second.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Jumpin' East of Java (http://youtu.be/eovIVF8IgE4)
The Ultimate Collection

I really enjoy the Swing Jazz Revival, and BSO is definitely the best of the bands that came from it. The trade offs from the Lead Trumpet and Setzer in the solo section are so very good. His lead trumpet has a great range!

Grace Potter
At Your Request
Original Soul

Grace's early solo album before she formed up her band, The Nocturnals. A slow soulful song, its good, but doesn't do anything special for me. It's a good listen though.

CaptBlasto
03-28-2012, 08:13 PM
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - "Turkey"

I can't help but love these guys. Their nonsensical name and gasoline-fueled, hard rocking style (http://youtu.be/3qY8SwTY96k) made them one of the very first Japanese bands to win me over all those years ago, and I still have a soft spot for them.


The song you linked (Smokin Billy) is good stuff Bungle! Its very in your face rock with nothing too special about it, but enjoyable to listen to.

To Magflare: That just means you need to expand your library, which is never a bad thing :) Also now I'm curious as to your opinion of Free Bird.

Matchstick
03-28-2012, 09:13 PM
Lounge Lizards - No Pain for Cakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGYeg9r5hNI)
No Pain for Cakes
Out there jazz band lead by John Lurie. Guitarist Marc Ribot is my favorite element in the band. He had a big hand in Tom Waits' Rain Dogs. What more could you need?

Mike Keneally - Top of Stove Melting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHCzVkwcxUQ)
Boil that Dust Speck
Another musical enigma in my library. Mike's output can get really weird. This is probably one of his more accessible tracks.

Gallows - Black Heart Queen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTLQN57cORg)
Orchestra of Wolves
Damn fine British hardcore. Folks that participated in Listening Time 3 got this particular song on my mix.

Marillion - Warm Wet Circles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GD3jr7-5yg)
Clutching at Straws
From Marillion's last record with original singer, Fish. As discussed in another music thread, I have always preferred the output with Fish to the following stuff. This album is pretty dark and downbeat as evidenced by this track.

UFO - Dance Your Life Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmH6HDiIRU0)
The Chrysalis Years
I actually don't know this song at all. I recently picked up this compilation, because I wanted to check UFO out since they're a pretty legendary hard rock band, but I haven't gotten a chance to give the whole thing a listen.

The Semantics - Jenny Won't Play Fair (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9STN_iQT-Y4)
Powerbill
On the Stick listeners are well aware of my love for power pop and the band Owsley. The Semantics is the power pop band Will Owsley was in prior to striking out with his own band. Their debut album, which they spent four years recording, ended up never getting released in America, so this is a Japanese import. The notable other band members are Millard Powers (now playing with Counting Crows, has also worked and toured with Ben Folds) and Zak Starkey (Ringo's son).

Daniel Lanois - JJ Leaves L.A. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHKMmkhvLsk)
Shine
Daniel Lanois is an amazing musician, producer, and musical shaman. He's helped produced some of my favorite records (like U2's The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree, Peter Gabriel's So, and Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball). His own records are pretty universally great as well (at least those that I've heard to date).

The Pogues - Navigator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh0F41AvO_Q)
Rum, Sodomy, & The Lash
My favorite Pogues record. This is a bit less of a drunken brawl than other tunes on this record, but it's still great.

Znowhite - Pure Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PgaYsoJ6ZY)
Act of God
Chicago thrash band from the 80s with two members who were pretty unusual in that arena at the time: a black guitar player and a female singer. I don't know anybody that's ever heard of these guys, but I dug their one and only release. It was competent thrash that wasn't super flashy, but got the job done.

Rush - Tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI0w7X2Swl4)
2112
I like the guitar line in this, but it's probably my least favorite track on 2112.

Soren Highwind
03-28-2012, 09:49 PM
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q)
Who's Next
One of my favorite Who songs, and possibly the one that got me into the band in the first place. The bit from 7:32 to 7:47 or so is still incredibly awesome no matter how many times I listen to it.

Iron Maiden - The Prisoner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7LH__BPqSY)
The Number of the Beast
Damn it, I still haven't gotten around to watching that show. Still, though, it must be pretty sweet for Iron Maiden to make a kickass rock anthem about it! The guitar solo towards the end is especially awesome.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJGDC10lZw)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Huh, I forgot I put this in my mp3 player. I should probably give the rest of the Beatles stuff I have a listen to see if I still enjoy it. If this song is any indication, though, I think I'll be fine.

PokeRemixStudio - Dark Cave (2nd Remix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a8UXXEArw4)
theme originally from Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal Version
This guy makes some seriously good Pokemon music remixes - I think I have around twenty or so on my mp3 player. I like this one a lot - it takes the cave music and makes into a... trance song, I guess? I'm not well-versed in electronica by any means, so someone feel free to correct me on that.

Queen - You're My Best Friend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaZpZQG2z10)
A Night at the Opera
Ah, Queen. Listening to this song always manages to put me in a good mood. I haven't listened to as much Queen as I would like, though; I need to see if I can find their earlier stuff on YouTube or something.

Deep Purple - Highway Star (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh0iihjANPc)
Machine Head
My mp3 player is determined to make me listen to classic rock today, it seems (not that I mind). This is tied with Child in Time as my favorite Deep Purple song (not that I've listened to much, unfortunately; anyone have any recommendations?); everything is just friggin' incredible.

AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKhTk0IynHM[)
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Damn it, this is getting silly. But anyway, wow, I haven't listened to AC/DC in a while. I wonder why...? Ah, well, they're still awesome. I usually listen to one of their songs when I feel like dancing like a loon.

Dark PHOENiX - Fires of Hokkai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trFD6G0tjvw)
theme originally from Touhou 12: Undefined Fantastic Object
I've never actually played a Touhou game and probably never will (bullet-hells don't really interest me), but I do quite enjoy the series' music and, by extension, the myriad remixes thereof. I dig the mix of guitar and piano in this one.

Jun.A - The Grimoire of Alice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PthLBh_0WtM)
theme originally from Touhou 5: Mystic Square
Oh hey, another one. Jun.A has this way of mixing synth, crisp drums, and rockin' guitars that makes pretty rad remixes more often than not. Case in point, this song!

Kenichi Tokoi - Terminal Velocity - Act 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QXHW8CYeFU)
Vivid Sound x Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack
Goddamn, this track kicks ass. It's probably my favorite theme from the game, besides the Act 1 music for Aquarium Park or Planet Wisp. The trumpets just make it even better.

Ten's probably a good limit for a post in this thread. Speaking of, this is a good thread! I'll be sure to post in here more often.

mr_bungle700
03-29-2012, 04:46 AM
The song you linked (Smokin Billy) is good stuff Bungle! Its very in your face rock with nothing too special about it, but enjoyable to listen to.

TMGE is as straightforward as as band can get, but they write catchy tunes (http://youtu.be/vIlsdGPsxeA). My tastes lean toward more experimental and complex music, but I can't not like those guys.

MagFlare
03-29-2012, 07:30 AM
To Magflare: That just means you need to expand your library, which is never a bad thing :) Also now I'm curious as to your opinion of Free Bird.

My opinion of Free Bird is this: if archaeologists a thousand years from now find that the first four minutes and forty five seconds of Free Bird have been lost to the ravages of time, they'll have a somewhat better opinion of our civilization than if they'd managed to recover the entire thing.

But, since I've gone and given the impression that I listen to nothing but videogame music and Skynyrd -- and, holy Jesus, that's not how I want to be remembered -- I'm going to roll those bones again and see if I can't engage in a little damage control.

Ah. here we go.

Hit the Lights' cover of the Gin Blossoms' Hey Jealousy: This is one of those covers that doesn't really need to exist, cleaving as closely as it does to the source material. There's a little extra guitar noodling here and there, and the vocalist is doing the Standard Nasally Pop-Punk Voice, but apart from that it may as well be the original song played about 15% faster. Still! I like it.

Mustard Pimp's remix of Motörhead's Ace of Spades: Confession: the only reason I haven't deleted this song is because I never want to be in a position where I go, "Hey, I'm probably just misremembering how terrible this song is; I'm going to redownload it." This remix is a nightmare realm of pitch-bent horrors, and whatever Lemmy's voice is good for -- startling nervous dogs, etc. -- it's no good for French techno.

This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home from the Doctor Who soundtrack: Murray Gold's incidental music for the Who relaunch has been uniformly phenomenal, and this track is among the best of the lot -- an almost seamless fusion of electronic and symphonic music, in turns imperious and nostalgic and alien and almost cloyingly sweet. A couple of highlights: what is apparently an unamplified electric guitar used as a percussion instrument (and producing, appropriately, a clocklike sound), the pitch-bending (used for good rather than evil!) at around the one-minute mark.

Steppenwolf's Born to be Wild: If I were a music critic, I might be able to cast around and come up with something to say about this song that hasn't already been said a thousand times by people who're better at talking about this sort of thing than I am. But I'm not. So: good song.

Enter the Haggis' Another Round: I really enjoy Canadian Scot-rock band Enter the Haggis, and while this is far from their best song, it's notable as it's their first (only?) foray into Appalachia-style country music, and it's quite a nice bluesy tune that evokes plucking a battered six-string in a smoky bar.

Metallica's The Call of Ktulu: Guys, I know it's hard to spell, but you're way off. Still, this song is among my favorite things Metallica's done, because I'm a.) a big fan of Lovecraft and b.) not a big fan of Hetfield's voice.

Mokrap of Croton
03-29-2012, 10:01 AM
So, now I know about filk. Not something I want anything to do with, but I like knowing stuff about things.

SHUFFLE ENGAGE:

1) Discordance Axis - "Mimetic" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l3m9VrfYSA)
Some of Discordance Axis's earliest material. Three piece grindcore band that really pushed the boundaries of what grind could be with skronky guitar weirdness and amazing, effortlessly badass drumming from Dave Witte. Even a lot of grinders stop at DxAx's magnum opus The Inalienable Dreamless, but I also enjoy looking at the band just waking up.

2) Pig Destroyer - "4th Degree Burns" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TO1AR9nNvE)
From Phantom Limb, Pig Destroyer took their razor sharp, metallic take on grind and threw in a lot of Slayer riffs. Less esoteric and atmospheric than Terrifyer, and possibly my favorite album of theirs. Scott Hull's guitar tone is simply monstrous!

3) Dungen - "Intro (Tio Batar)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=535LIvtClJM)
Normally "intro" tracks just annoy me. However, this works as a standalone song. A slow build of fuzzy, bubbling noise that builds to wailing guitar righteousness and ebbs into a cool, breezy groove. This whole album is pretty cool, and perfect for warm summer nights, even if I can't understand the language.

4) Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus - "Last Words Can Be So Cliche" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSBMFGYnXZ0)
Gnarled, nasty music caught somewhere between tech-death and grindcore, this sole LP is killer. The production quality seems to alternate between songs from a scuzzy punked up blur to (relatively) crisp metallic sheen. Noisy, scatterbrained, but capable of locking into some headbangable moments. Members of this band would go on to form the very polished (and, to me, less interesting) Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky. So, whoever named the band the first time apparently stuck around...

5) Celtic Frost - "Circle of the Tyrants" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvPY5BH38B8)
Stone cold classic. Thrash, doom, black metal, death metal all owe Tom Warrior and co. a debt. DAT GUITAR TONE. Also, Tom had some of the best "Unh!" grunts ever. It's like he's doing pelvic thrusts with his voice.

6) Obligatorisk Tortyr - "My Prey"
No video for this one, sorry. Thrashy grind from Sweden. Blastbeats are separated by mid-paced, hardcore/thrash sections. This is from the first album, which features some insane high vocals which they cut for the second album. I know the guitarist from another forum.

7) Suffocation - "Images of Purgatory" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrKD7UXOhIQ)
It's neat when old guys continue to release killer shit. Suffocation slowed the average BPM down a tad for this album and focused a bit more on heavy grooves. Frank Mullen still sounds like a beast on the mic. Apparently drummer Mike Smith just quit (again). That just means Dave Culross can come back again, I suppose.

8) Wizard Smoke - "Panama II" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBAj3bUpjpY)
Awwwww yyyyyyeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhh. Spaced-out stoner rock from Atlanta. As Stephen put it, "That name already tells me what they sound like, the only question is 'Are they any good at it?'" Yes, they are. Very. I think you can still get this from them for free. Great for cruising around in your space Cadillac.

9) East/West Blast Test - tracks from s/t (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtGJp7FRPtU)
I could not find a video for the specific 26 second burst of the bizarre that came up, so that should give you an idea. Drummer Dave Witte and guitarist Chris Dodge mailed demo tapes back and forth to one another, coast to coast, until they had something together. Jazzy shitstorm of metal/punk whatevercore.

10) Nasum - "Worst Case Scenario" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPPv513wL-I)
Swedish grind legends in what many consider their finest hour. Nasum had an uncanny knack for making short songs seem much longer. They shoehorned melody, hooks, breakdowns, and the like into cluster bombs of gnarly grind so seamlessly that there really isn't anyone who has succeeded at replicating their sound since (although many have tried).

I was using my collection as a whole here. I hope some of you find something that you dig, but I'm not really expecting you to (I was sort of hoping more non-metal stuff would come up). Most of the guys in the Metal Thread don't even like a lot of the grind stuff I listen to.

BEAT
03-29-2012, 10:57 AM
OR DO AN ALBUM SHUFFLE IT'S ALL GOOD BRO
Thanks me! Don't mind if I do!

Tenacious D
The Pick of Destiny
Someone told me these guys were making a new album. That kind of surprised me, considering that their second album got an entire movie to go with it. Meat Loaf as Jack black's father is especially wonderful, and the showdown against the devil is pretty rad, but I don't think it's quite as good as their first release.

Chamillionaire
The Sound of Revenge
Chamillionaire is actually pretty high on my list of favorite rappers, at least partially due to his dedication to releasing tons of mixtapes. The one song on this album everybody knows about would be Ridin' (thanks Weird Al) but I'd say No Snitchin' is a far better song.

A.F.I.
All Hallow's EP
I'm never sure if I like or hate A.F.I. but on the off chance I do, this would be a good reason why. I love punk rock that sounds suitably low-fi, and the boy who destroyed the world is pretty awesome.

The Flaming Lips
At War With the Mystics
Do I have the patience to sit all the way through this thing without skipping everything?
...
Naaaaaw.

Various Artists (OC Remix)
Summoning of Spirits (http://tales.ocremix.org/)
And this is where I'm calling it today because oh my god this album is like 3 hours long. It's also completely great though. You should totally download it.

mr_bungle700
03-29-2012, 06:50 PM
I dunno why these threads are so compelling to me!

Downy - "Zouge no Tou" (http://youtu.be/6x7DVDdIpvY)

Downy is weird! They're obviously heavily influenced by the Velvet Underground, what with their aggressively simple composition and marriage of multimedia with music. They actually take the simplicity even further though, with each instrument playing only one thing through the entire song. Surprisingly, it actually works, I think.

Jimsaku - "Firewater" (http://youtu.be/NUaXB2LkSPc)

Mmm...smooth, delicious jazz fusion. Akira Jimbo is one of the best drummers in Japan, or anywhere. Dude possesses a ridiculous level of limb independence (http://youtu.be/hs6LvqvctaE).

Bonnie Pink - "Joy" (http://youtu.be/BjaPvjwM9GM)

I'll admit it: I love Bonnie Pink. There's nothing inherently wrong with pop as a genre. The real problem is that, more often than not, it's soulless, assembly-line garbage about banal or silly subjects, and it's not even written by the performers themselves.

But there's no actual rule that prevents pop artists from writing good songs, and Bonnie Pink is proof of that. Not only that, but she often does her own production too. And she's excellent! Through her composition, production and lovely voice, she creates a wonderful mood that I find very pleasant. She's actually a big part of the reason why I stopped automatically dismissing all pop in general. One of my goals as a musician is to understand why every genre appeals to people, and it's largely thanks to her that I was able to begin that exploration with pop music.

John Barry - "Goldfinger" (http://youtu.be/WgN50uAp4pg)

What can I say, I have a major soft spot for old Bond films and their intros.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - "Suriko"

It's a terrible shame that so few people know anything Geinoh Yamashirogumi has done outside the Akira soundtrack!

Matchstick
03-29-2012, 09:50 PM
5) Celtic Frost - "Circle of the Tyrants" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvPY5BH38B8)
Stone cold classic. Thrash, doom, black metal, death metal all owe Tom Warrior and co. a debt. DAT GUITAR TONE. Also, Tom had some of the best "Unh!" grunts ever. It's like he's doing pelvic thrusts with his voice

Fuck. Yes.

I was using my collection as a whole here. I hope some of you find something that you dig, but I'm not really expecting you to (I was sort of hoping more non-metal stuff would come up). Most of the guys in the Metal Thread don't even like a lot of the grind stuff I listen to.

Actually, you picked a couple of tunes I dig, but I already knew them. ;)

My next run.

The Cavedogs - Leave Me Alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LPks6qJYAE)
Joy Rides for Shut-Ins
Probably my second favorite tune from this record from the way too short-lived Boston power-pop band. I actually bought this record because I saw this actual video on 120 Minutes back when MTV still played music.

The Darkness - English Country Garden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I41pAAPrGZo)
One Way Ticket to Hell....And Back!
Overall not as fun as the first Darkness record, but does contain my favorite tune ("Growin' on Me"). Lots of folks hated on them for the falsetto vocals, but they're write tuneful little hard rock ditties with a great sense of fun.

Sigur Ros - Untitled 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDa62Pu27rA)
( )
These days I do most of my music listening in the car or at work. It can be hard for me to know song titles and such until I've listened to a record a few times and can catch them in the lyrics or whatever. Sigur Ros is just one big shoegazey blur of goodness. I couldn't have told you the name of this tune or even which of their records it was on, for sure. But I still like it.

Mastodon - Call of the Mastodon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNfhb_uL3s0)
Call of the Mastodon
Title track from a compilation of early tunes from the Atlanta metal gods. Less sludgey than their first record, but not as spacey and psychedelic as their later stuff. Not bad, but I'll take "March of the Fire Ants" as the proto-early Mastodon flagship.

Bernhoft - On Individuality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKEFZaC6zno)
2: Band
The video is not the actual tune, but I couldn't find a version on youtube that wasn't a cover. I found this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxoiZZ8UBEY) on the net at some point a year or two ago. I dug the tune and decided to look into Norwegian Jarle Bernhoft's music further. I bought this double release from his site. It's a double live record. Part 1 is more like the C'mon Talk video: solo with a sampler doing loops. Part 2 is with a band. I haven't listened to it a lot, but it's got some good tunes on it.

Stray Cats - Rumble in Brighton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F3uEQGj5mk)
Stray Cats: Greatest Hits
What can I say? It's Stray Cats, and they're awesome.

American Music Club - Nevermind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjvDOsIvkH4)
United Kingdom
AMC are a band that could make you want to kill yourself both from the content of their lyrics and the beauty and melancholy of their music. A decent tune, but I prefer the title track from this one.

DJ Shadow - Building Steam with a Grain of Salt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32X-ieCav-M)
Endtroducing
Stephen browbeat me into buying this record. I'm glad he did.

Racer X - Sunlit Nights (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swGhN1twO4g)
Second Heat
A stellar slab of 80s metal. Over-the-top twin guitar histrionics in the best possible way.

Chopin - Etude No. 11 in A Minor, opus 25 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLclIy-c_g8&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL769161F5D31B6E31)
Chopin is one of my favorite composers for piano. I have a ton of his stuff in my library from all different pianists.

BEAT
03-30-2012, 08:00 AM
Jedi Mind Tricks
Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story (Feat. R.A. The Rugged Man) (http://youtu.be/7r0KpWMNxnM) - Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell
Vinnie Paz's verse comes first and honestly it's nothing special. Rhymes are simple, a few obvious punch ins, a little too obvious. The sort of thing I would honestly roll my eyes at. Then R.A. does his verse and holy crap you can't even really compare the two. What makes it even more powerful is the fact that he's not really making any of it up. R.A.'s father was a Vietnam war veteran who was exposed to agent orange, and both of his siblings were born with severe physical deformities.

Jun Senoue
Still Invincible - Sonic Adventure 2 OST
Okay like a full minute of invincibility jingle. Alright cool whatevs.

The Misfits
The Haunting - American Psycho
Everybody knows these aren't the REAL misfits. This is them post Danzing. Not bad though. Not, you know Danzing but not bad.

POWERLIFTER
Title Screen - Gang Plank
Supposedly these guys got signed to an actual for-dollars label and left scrub club. I haven't heard of them since, and it's not for lack of searching. Hope they made it.

Issun
03-31-2012, 12:08 AM
Megadeth
She-Wolf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbBz59lIQo) - Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

My brother loves this song, but I think its pretty forgettable Megadeth? I can't help but think of that stupid Shakira song every time I see the title. Awesome guitar solos, though.

You should hear the live version on Rude Awakening. The drum solo will melt your fucking face with awesome.

Loki
03-31-2012, 03:44 AM
Hey, what do I have on my ipod right now?

The Mountain Goats
Orange Ball of Peace (http://youtu.be/aRemd1lmZWg) - Taking the Dative
Short, sweet, kinda inconsequential. Still, Darnielle is a hell of a poet.

Belle & Sebastain
Like Dylan in the Movies (http://youtu.be/GCTK4gX23CM) - The BBC Session
This has never been one of my go to B&S songs. But I guess it's got a nice groove. I prefer this version to the original album cut. Nice piano at the bridge.

Ryo Yamazaki
Ruins (http://youtu.be/0Fbgho32K4A) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Crystal Bearers has an outstanding soundtrack. This is the creepy/mysterious underground city theme from near the beginning of the game and it's wonderful.

The Mountain Goats
Cotton (http://youtu.be/eI7pmIKn9dw) - We Shall Be Healed
I literally gasped the first time I heard this song. It's beautiful and tragic and so defeating I can't even describe it.

Iron Horse
Know Your Onion (http://youtu.be/r5Xhex-KGoA) - The Shins Bluegrass Tribute
It's ridiculous how well The Shins and bluegrass go together. Total chocolate peanut butter situation here. Modest Mouse too.

Soren Highwind
03-31-2012, 05:34 PM
Hooray, I'm finally caught up with everything in this thread!

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Sahara
I love these guys, I really do. I would burn down an orphanage to see them live, and then turn myself in, because I'd have fulfilled my life's goals, and there's no point in running at that point. This is one of their calmer songs, starting off with some light keyboard chords, and settling into a groove with their horn section. Eventually, the horns drop out, leading to a piano solo. Afterwords, the horns come back for a reprisal of the main melody.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Everything You Want For Christmas
Is Zat You, Santa Claus?

Well, its out of season, but Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is still great. Their trumpet player is always a treat to listen to.

Mayumi Kojima - "Kazari Mado no Shoujo"

Exceptional jazz pop lady. You should listen to her (http://youtu.be/hxScapnXClE). Especially the album Sayonara Cecile.

Lounge Lizards - No Pain for Cakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGYeg9r5hNI)
No Pain for Cakes
Out there jazz band lead by John Lurie. Guitarist Marc Ribot is my favorite element in the band. He had a big hand in Tom Waits' Rain Dogs. What more could you need?

Jimsaku - "Firewater" (http://youtu.be/NUaXB2LkSPc)

Mmm...smooth, delicious jazz fusion. Akira Jimbo is one of the best drummers in Japan, or anywhere. Dude possesses a ridiculous level of limb independence (http://youtu.be/hs6LvqvctaE).

Between these posts and the Baccano! soundtrack, I'm gaining an appreciation for jazz I didn't know I had!

Bonnie Pink - "Joy" (http://youtu.be/BjaPvjwM9GM)

I'll admit it: I love Bonnie Pink. There's nothing inherently wrong with pop as a genre. The real problem is that, more often than not, it's soulless, assembly-line garbage about banal or silly subjects, and it's not even written by the performers themselves.

But there's no actual rule that prevents pop artists from writing good songs, and Bonnie Pink is proof of that. Not only that, but she often does her own production too. And she's excellent! Through her composition, production and lovely voice, she creates a wonderful mood that I find very pleasant. She's actually a big part of the reason why I stopped automatically dismissing all pop in general. One of my goals as a musician is to understand why every genre appeals to people, and it's largely thanks to her that I was able to begin that exploration with pop music.

A... a pop song I actually like? I'm honestly surprised!

DJ Shadow - Building Steam with a Grain of Salt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32X-ieCav-M)
Endtroducing
Stephen browbeat me into buying this record. I'm glad he did.

Uh... goddamn. And here I thought hip hop wasn't for me. Guess I was wrong!

I'll actually participate in this thread and give the mp3 player another go in a minute.

Soren Highwind
03-31-2012, 06:38 PM
I'll actually participate in this thread and give the mp3 player another go in a minute.

Here we go!

Untested Methods - Into Underworld
Black Mage's Boombox (http://scrubclubrecords.com/free-music-albums/untested-methods-black-mages-boombox/)
I think BEAT linked to this a while ago in another music thread. I'm glad he did, because I really like this album! It takes various FFI songs and turns them into hip hop instrumentals. There's no reason to not download this album since it's free; who knows, you might be surprised!

PokeRemixStuidio - Rival Battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpwyaq5XQKg)
theme originally from Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal Version
A sweet drum-n-bass remix of my favorite rival theme in the series. He eventually made another version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-OsQyCrhic&feature=relmfu) that's faster-paced; which one I like more depends on my mood.

Nobuyoshi Sano - Exhausted ~ On the Holy Land (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzL7KDzvR00)
Drakengard 2 Original Soundtrack
Shitty game, great music. If this track makes you curious anyway, go read The Dark Id's LP of the game instead (http://lparchive.org/Drakengard-2/). It's a great read (much like all of his LP's), and you can listen to the sweet tunes without having to wade through the shit yourself!

Anamanaguchi - Penpal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDjk1SFeyIE)
Airbrushed (Single)
Not one of my favorite Anamanaguchi tracks, but I like it well enough. If you've never heard of them before, they basically combine chiptunes and high-energy rock music. Aurora (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WqQFjtHKHA&feature=relmfu), My Skateboard Will Go On (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHRpdgVyjjw&feature=relmfu), or Densmore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ezMsH4l8CM&feature=relmfu) would probably be a better introduction to them.

Kenichi Tokoi - Planet Wisp - Act 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I8g1Y5b7wU)
Vivid Sound x Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack
This is a more funky version of the Act 1 music; I really dig the bassline and percussion. Man, I have a lot of Sonic music on my mp3 player...

The Lonely Island feat. Norah Jones - Dreamgirl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmD69tqNUs4)
Incredibad
Did this song ever get an official music video? I don't think it did... that would've been hilarious. I like how the lyrics get increasingly ridiculous as the song goes on. Chex Mix!

Iron Maiden - The Trooper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBo0s4CbvM)
Piece of Mind
I think this might have been the first Iron Maiden song I ever listened to. Pretty sweet introduction to them, too; four minutes of awesome is rarely a bad thing.

Rush - Limelight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwXjnVICb3I)
Moving Pictures
Rush is the band that got me into progressive rock before I even knew that was a thing. I bought this album in WallMart, of all places, about a year ago, since I was starting to track down more of their stuff back then; I'm glad I did, since Moving Pictures is one of my favorite albums. Hell, there's even a thread (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=12863) about how awesome an album it is!

Led Zeppelin - Custard Pie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6807g0Ce7k)
Physical Graffiti
Fuck yes, my favorite band ever. I have my dad to thank for listening to them for so many years; otherwise it might have been a long time before I heard them for myself. Actually, my dad is to blame for my love of classic rock in general; the man has good taste. I could go on and on about why I think they're great, but it's probably all been said before, so I'll stay silent and let you enjoy the music.

〆G (Spielraum) - Little girl Big barrage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HLb7DmMYro)
themes originally from Touhou 12: Undefined Fantastic Object
A remix of Nazrin's stage and boss theme. I find it weird that a mouse-demon-lady gets one of the better themes in the series, but oh well. I like how the gentle opening just gets thrown out the damn window around the 0:53 mark.

innerlogic
03-31-2012, 07:20 PM
The Weakerthans – A New Name For Everything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juClIfm3bkY)

Not my favorite Weakerthans song, nor the best one on Reconstruction Site, but it’s still a damn good song. To me, lyrics are more important to a song than the instrumentation, and John K. Samson's lyrics are so good.

Honest Bob And The Factory-To-Dealer Incentives – Whatever You Know You Know You Don’t

I’m a fan of Honest Bob, but this song? Ehh… They have better.

Leftover Crack – Jesus Has a Place For Me (Rock The 40oz) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igtHi47B6JU)

The original version of Rock The 40oz. I loved Leftover Crack in High School. They had just the right amount of punk, hardcore, and “totally piss off your parents”, and this song pretty much exemplifies that. It also has the best music video of all time.

Bad Religion – Progress (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-WNA0vF2RQ)

From my favorite Bad Religion album, No Control. Not really sure what to say about this one. Again, it's not my favorite song from the album, but it does have a really nice build up.

Stephen Egerton – Funny Face (Feat. Chad Price) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PpSC9a1x3s)

Stephen Egerton is the guitarist from the Descendants and ALL, and his guitar work really defines those bands. We haven’t had any new ALL or Descendants albums in a few years, so this was the substitute. Like all Descendants/ALL songs, it’s a very simple and straightforward pop-punk jam, as it were. It has a hook, goes with it for a few minutes, and then ends. Works for me.

Nine Inch Nails – Sunspots

I like NIN, I really do, but With Teeth is not a very good album. This song exists, but it’s not very special.

ALL – Copping Z (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqbSg87-vQk)

Speaking of ALL… I’m not really sure why people like the Descendants more than ALL, considering they were the exact same band apart from the lead singer. This one’s pretty good.

Pennywise – Wouldn’t it be nice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBDT82wAyg)

I remember writing about them from some other music thread here. They are a “My First Punk Band”, which you might get into when you first start listening to punk music, but then grow out of.

That being said, they are not a bad band by any means. The song is simple, and gets in and out.

Yuzu – 始まりの場所 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksD5c3A590s&feature=youtube_gdata)

There are only two Japanese bands I really listen to at the moment, and this is one of them. They have some of the most catchy songs I’ve ever heard, and are usually simple enough that a thick man (like myself) can understand them easily.

Stephen Malkmus – Loud Cloud Crowd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bnOET9vaEU)

Hey, another Stephen! How about that! Pavement does hold a special place in my heart, and I do also like Stephen Malkmus’s solo work. Quite beautiful.

The Apples In Stereo – No One In The World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-lXi4N4_FI)

Off of their newest album, this song is all right. Rob’s lyrics have really become more simplistic over time, and this album and song really showcase that.

Black Flag – I’m the one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ2DOMgQAn8)

By the time this song came out, Black Flag had moved from Punk to a sort of Punk/Metal hybrid. It’s not bad, and it’s a big improvement over songs on My War, but it does not hold up for me.

mr_bungle700
03-31-2012, 07:26 PM
I find it weird that a mouse-demon-lady gets one of the better themes in the series, but oh well.

A good theme with a super awesome name.

Soren Highwind
03-31-2012, 08:23 PM
A good theme with a super awesome name.

Indeed! I kind of wonder where ZUN comes up with all these long-winded song titles.

Matchstick
03-31-2012, 10:41 PM
Speaking of ALL… I’m not really sure why people like the Descendants more than ALL, considering they were the exact same band apart from the lead singer. This one’s pretty good.

Because they like Milo, I presume.

Issun
04-01-2012, 03:15 AM
Tom Petty
A Higher Place (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx6lDK1h6wI)
Wildflowers

There's a lot of songs in my collection I haven't heard, and this is one of them. It's pretty basic nineties Petty, and that's okay!

Van Morrison
It's All Right (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aMe3TLT910)
Bang Masters

In fact, it's a good bet I own more songs I haven't heard than songs I have. I guess I've actually heard this song before, I've just never really listened to it. My opinion: Van Morrison is a better Rolling Stone than The Rolling Stones.

Guns N Roses
14 years (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBjCKKEe_E)
Use Your Illusion II

In which Axl wants to be Jim Morrison. I've always been a big fan of this album, but this is definitely one of the weaker songs on it.

Korn
Clown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1AjGjBDd-8)
Korn

It's easy to forget that, despite all their self-indulgence, Korn were one of the most innovative bands of the nineties, and this song is a prime example of how they were willing to bend the rules musically, though lyrically it's dumb even for them. Also, I hate it when songs begin or end with "we're fucking around in the studio cause we're wacky!" nonsense.

John Denver
Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiNDKVLj7Hs)
Reflections: Songs of Love and Life

No I will not apologize for loving John Denver.

Letters to Cleo
From Under the Dust
Aurora Gory Alice

I love this band so much, but they never got very big, as evidenced by the lack of this track on Youtube. Catchy melodies and brilliant lyrics is what I can say about them.

U2
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8opuBUjkcbU)
The Best of 1990-2000

All That You Can't Leave Behind was U2's last truly great album, but I can't say I ever cared much for this song.

This was fun! I'ma do this again sometime!

Matchstick
04-01-2012, 03:00 PM
Letters to Cleo
From Under the Dust
Aurora Gory Alice

I love this band so much, but they never got very big, as evidenced by the lack of this track on Youtube. Catchy melodies and brilliant lyrics is what I can say about them.

Yeah, I dig Letters to Cleo and have always been sad that they never broke through. Probably more people have heard Kay Hanley's work through the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack than any of the Letters to Cleo output.

BEAT
04-03-2012, 09:30 AM
The compilations playlist is where an Ipod will automatically stick any album that is listed as a compilation. For me that just means any album with more than one artist, like splits, Samplers ect ect. Also video game music since those things always have more than one dude working on them.

Like, lots of video game music.

Way too much.

Let's see where this takes us.

Maros
Sky Hill Zone - Noncents Vol. 16 (http://scrubclubrecords.com/free-music-albums/various-artists-noncents-vol-16/)
A very unusual hip-hop instrumental. I'm fairly certain it's sampling Sonic 2 somehow, but I have no idea how.

Digital Coma
Cellular Dog - Repercussions of Foul Lamentation (http://duck.thasauce.net/plutonium/)
OC Remix's fake album about duck hunt! Man I love this for no good reason.

Lucas Park
Mystery of the Starry Hills - Heavy Troopa is Ready To Launch (http://gamemusic4all.com/heavytroopa/main.html)
Short little instrumental re-imagining from an RPG I haven't really played. Pretty nice though. I haven't checked on GM4A in ages, so this serves as a reminder to fix that.

Jun Fukuda
Pizza Deli Let's Go! - No More Heroes 2 OST
4 seconds of bleep. Okay then.

And then I got bored and hit skip until I reached

Brendon Small
Beware The Wolf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM92qvRUxF4) - Perfect Hair Forever
Fuck. YES.

Untested Methods - Into Underworld
Black Mage's Boombox (http://scrubclubrecords.com/free-music-albums/untested-methods-black-mages-boombox/)
I think BEAT linked to this a while ago in another music thread. I'm glad he did, because I really like this album! It takes various FFI songs and turns them into hip hop instrumentals. There's no reason to not download this album since it's free; who knows, you might be surprised!

I did Indeed link it ages ago, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

CaptBlasto
04-03-2012, 05:51 PM
My opinion of Free Bird is this: if archaeologists a thousand years from now find that the first four minutes and forty five seconds of Free Bird have been lost to the ravages of time, they'll have a somewhat better opinion of our civilization than if they'd managed to recover the entire thing.

But...then it would just be jamming nonstop! Not that I don't like bluesy jam sessions, but the whole point of the first part of the song is to build up to becoming a "free bird". The anticipation leading up to the end section is what makes the song for me.

Anyway, going a different direction for this post. I do landscaping for a living, so much of my working time is spent on a commercial lawnmower. I use a 512 MB iPod Shuffle while mowing so I have a few playlists of around 70 songs that I swap between every couple days. These next songs are from "Shuffle 4", my most recent creation. Also, I have no shame and will admit I enjoy listening to top 40 songs from time to time. They are catchy, senseless, and they don't require your full attention, which is good when you are playing it over the drone of an engine. Now you can all judge me :).

DJ Format feat. Abdominal
The Hit Song (http://youtu.be/wIrXSrDx7u4)
Music for the Mature B-Boy

Abdominal has some crazy breath control, and I really like the underlying beat of this song. The lyrical content is pretty meh though.

David Guetta
Where Them Girls At (Feat. Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj) (http://youtu.be/p4kVWCSzfK4)
Nothing But the Beat

Haha, and here is why I put the disclaimer earlier. The beat is great, even if the "singing"/rapping are not. Its catchy and doesn't require you to pay attention to it at all, which is perfect for when I'm at work. Also, I watched the music video for the first time ever when I was searching for it to make this post....I would not recommend watching it, it's terrible.

Aloe Blacc
I Need a Dollar (http://youtu.be/nFZP8zQ5kzk)
Good Things

I found out about Aloe Blacc from someone playing it on Tyrant Radio. This song is awesome. His voice is great, and I like the backing horn parts a lot.

Foo Fighters
Long Road to Ruin (http://youtu.be/308KpFZ4cT8)
Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace

I really enjoy listening to the Foo Fighters, their music is pretty straightforward and enjoyable. This song is one of my favorites.

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Don't Let Me Slide (http://youtu.be/8_zaV95XbEQ)
Revelator

I've pretty much said all I have to say about the Tedeschi Trucks Band in my last set, so all I will say is this song is great.

The Black Crowes
Hard to Handle (http://youtu.be/Acmb6tk0Yj4)
Shake Your Money Maker

Ahh the Black Crowes. They embody that Blues-Rock combo I love to listen to. This song is great, even if what Chris Robinson is saying is hard to decipher at times. Another great album from them is their live collaboration with Jimmy Page. Some good takes on Zeppelin songs intermixed with Page lending a hand on Crowes numbers.

Clutch
Mice and Gods (http://youtu.be/u29RCnsIZqY)
Robot Hive/Exodus

I came upon Clutch by Song ID'ing the music in the Left 4 Dead commercial. Their sound is that raw bluesy style I love, and their lead singer has a pretty sweet voice.

And I think thats it for this one. Might be dropping the DJ Format song from the overall playlist; it can be hard to hear at times while at work. Others will probably be kept in the 2nd iteration.

chud_666
04-03-2012, 07:33 PM
Amon Amarth - Abandoned: Some awesome old AA. I actually like their new stuff better, but for some reason it seems like they are in viking drag. Old albums seem more 'legit'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFhN487D_7g

Dayglo Abortions - Old School: Pretty weak song tbh. But still funny. They usually are. Apparently these old fucks are doing a new album. Must be tired of getting unemployment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lur90-_kz0c

Louie CK - Currency: From 'Hilarious'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP7dcizzuZM

Kvelertak - Nekroskop: Your new favourite band.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBeUx1d2pWU

Judas Priest - Painkiller: You know the drill I'm sure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM__lPTWThU&ob=av3e

Carcass - This Is Your Life: New into the whole Carcass thing. They are totally fucking boss.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NDUetY-VEM

Satyricon - Mother North: Not crazy into Satyricon, but this song is great.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNu8RSDPiwE

GWAR - Let Us Slay: a pretty swell track from Lust in Space. Flattus Maximus RIP. Enjoy this dire video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlZQYZZtAHk

Frank Zappa - Dancin' Fool: Rock Solid Zappa.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI0SIg4njx0

X-Cops - Highway Star: Cover of Deep Purple!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weJglOxiFvY

Mokrap of Croton
04-03-2012, 07:47 PM
Kvelertak and Carcass. Two great tastes that fuck yeah

BEAT
04-16-2012, 10:07 AM
FELT LIKE DOING SOME OF THAT NICE ALBUM SHUFFLE AW YISSSSS.

Johnny Cash
American IV: The Man Comes Around
God dammit Cash, I miss you. Hurt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go) is the song on here that everybody knows about, but Hung My Head (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcmbFKstspk) strikes me as more powerful just because of the sheer gut wrenching horror of the whole situation.

I know my taste in music is widely regarded as horrible, but this is seriously one of the most incredible albums I have ever heard. I really must stress the importance of everybody seeking it out and giving it a full listen at least once.

AC/DC
Powerage
I think I like AC/DC, but I never really listen to them, and would have trouble rattling off more than a few song names if asked. Still this is all pretty cool in that distinctly classic rock sort of way.

Final Round
Newgrounds Presents Final Round
A bunch of punk songs from some newgrounds music account I found like 3 years ago and threw into an album together. They're not bad, but they're way, way too "standard 00's punk band". There's just nothing here to differentiate them from a million other bands that never got anywhere.

Various Artists
Devil May Cry - Dante's Selections
Really short 3 song EP to promote Devil May Cry (Thanks GameMp3s. Damn I am excited for the HD re-release.

Oh, I guess the songs are pretty rad too.

Rev Run
Distortion
I really liked this album when i first got it, but my tastes in Hip-Hop have mutated several times over since then. I wonder if I still like it.
...
Yeah, I do.

The Raider Dr. Jones
04-16-2012, 10:24 AM
The Ramones - "Palisades Park" - Loco Live
The interesting thing about Ramones live albums is that you can watch them perceptibly playing their set faster as the years went by. A song that was two minutes on "It's Alive" in 1979 will be down to just over 90 seconds on Loco Live from 1992.

Adryan Russ - "Save the Earth"
This is the theme from Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster. Somebody did a god-fuck-awful techno mix I downloaded somewhere along the line. I love it very much.

Ice Cube - "Doing Dumb Shit" - Death Certificate
From the Life side of the Death Certificate album. I think I still like the Bomb Squad production on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted more, but the concept shit on Death Certificate is pretty fucking solid still.

DJ Khaled - "I'm So Hood" - We the Best
DJ Khaled is like the hip-hop equivalent of really bombastic silly 70s-80s arena rock. I like it. Sue me. Trick Daddy has the only remotely good verse on this track though. The success of Rick Ross will probably always remain a mystery to me.

Slaine - "It Ain't Happenin" - The Devil Never Dies
One of the tracks from the mixtape Slaine threw together after his album got delayed. Pretty fucking good record for shit he wrote and recorded in the space of like three days. Nice hook on this one especially.

Hideki Naganuma of Wave Master - "Vela-Nova (Part 2)" - Sonic Rush Original Groove Rush
I love the Sonic Rush soundtrack. The only Game Boy game with Public Enemy samples on it.

Dr. Know - "Fist Fuck"
OH GOD EL DUCE I LOVE YOU YOU'RE MY HERO

teg
04-16-2012, 11:48 AM
I'm not using all of my music here, just my infinitely more manageable mp3 player selection.

Credits for Metroid Prime 3 - Various Nintendo Staff

Hey, I finished this game last month! So close to the amazing opening theme, but with that damn Aurora Unit voice narrating. oh well~

Once Upon Your Dead Body - Coheed and Cambria

This is one of those tracks on Good Apollo I'm Buring Star IV that is pretty good but I have no real desire to listen to at any time.

Credits for Metroid Prime 1 - Various Nintendo Staff

That's, uh, kind of a spooky coincidence. Also I love this song as it is both awesome and contains a theremin.

Boss Battle Song 1 - Various Nintendo Staff

okay seriously what's the dealio
Like the rest of the Subspace Emissary this is okay but ultimately forgettable

Day Fifteen: Betrayal by Ayreon

The Human Equation: Great album, or greatest album?

ajr82
04-16-2012, 12:02 PM
Joy Division- "Gutz"
This is from their early recording, when they were still going under the name "Warsaw". It's basically just generic early punk, without even Ian Curtis' typical voice to elevate the proceedings. It's astounding how quickly they improved, but this isn't really worth listening to.

Codeine- "Tom"
Codeine has always seemed to me like the purest of the slowcore bands, and this is a good representative example, even if it doesn't do much that's specifically interesting.

Pet Shop Boys- "West End Girls"
It's hard for me now to hear this song without thinking of Flight of the Chonchord's "Inner City Pressure", but it's still a good, cold synthpop song.

Wire- "Song 1"
A very slight and Talking Heads-ish instrumental from the bonus tracks to one of the reissues of 154. It's my favourite Wire album, but I can't say this song has anything to do with that.

Art of Noise- "Beat Box (Diversion One)"
There's a reason this song is such a sampling classic. I kind of prefer "Close (To The Edit)", but they're both excellent.

Black Sheep- "The Choice Is Yours"
Sure sounds like 90s rap to me. Doesn't seem like anything too special to me.

The Advantage- "Contra- Snowfields"
Contra isn't a game I know very well, but being that this is The Advantage, I'm sure it's a great re-working of the original track.

New York Dolls- "Personality Crisis"
It's weird hearing such a punky song with so many piano rolls.

MCBanjoMike
04-16-2012, 12:27 PM
Laurence Nugent - Brauch Na Carrige Baine
Not to be confused with Ted Nugent, Laurence Nugent is an Irish-American flute and tin whistle player who plays with a punchy Northern Irish style. I really like the arrangements on his albums, putting original instrumentation on his generally bubbly sets of jigs and reels. This piece is a fairly straightforward air, accompanied by bowed bass (I think) and some light percussion. It's nice, though not really what I'm looking for when I put on one Laurence's CDs.


Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky
Ha ha, OK, I'll talk about this. I only discovered Dark Side of the Moon about two years ago, and while I absolutely love the A-side of the album, this one track drove me batty when I first heard it. The singing is just way too intense for anything else in the first 20 minutes of Dark Side, and I found it really grating upon first listen. I was later chewed out in the prog rock thread for saying as much, because apparently some people are big fans of extended improvised warbling. Now that I've had time to get used to the track, it doesn't bother me as much as it used to, but I can't say that I love it. Still my least favorite part of a brilliant A-side medley. Then again, with prog rock, you just have to learn to live with the parts that you don't like, since they all make up the whole of the album or track.


Miki Higashino (Suikoden Soundtrack) - Aventuneiro Antes Lance Mao
As I mentioned last time, I have both of the first two Suikoden soundtracks in their entirety on my work PC, which is probably a bit more than I really need. I can't really remember when this piece comes up, it's an orchestrated number that references the main theme of the game in a film-score kind of setting. Lots of strings, and a modulation about halfway through that adds in a choir. Nice enough, but not particularly memorable, and certainly not one of the first pieces from that game that I think of. The Japanese lyrics at the end are a bit too in your face, considering how light the rest of the track is. I will rate this three stars in iTunes, I think.


Genesis - The Chamber of 32 Doors
Another prog album that I only listened to for the first time fairly recently, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway has become one of my favorite works in the genre. There are only a few tracks that I don't like, which is pretty impressive for a double album. This is one of the more theatrical numbers, but I quite like it. Something about the line "I'd rather trust a man who works with his hands" resonates with me, even though I'm not sure I actually feel that way. A solid end for the first disc of Lamb.


Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)
My brother got me just this song from BSS' self-titled album because he thought that the bassline sounded Geddy Lee inspired. And it probably is! This is a fairly proggy track from a more indie band, and it's one of my favorites from the group. One thing that I took away from Forgiveness Rock Record is that these guys are all over the map, stylistically, so I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have another song that sounded remotely similar to this one. I love it when they lay into the 4 chord at the bridge, that's my kind of music.


Danny Baranowsky (Super Meat Boy Soundtrack) - Chapter 1 Menus
This is the menu remix of the Forest Funk theme from SMB, which isn't on the regular version of the soundtrack. I actually sprang for the special two-disc edition of this soundtrack, partly because I liked the menu music (which is a collection of similarly-remixed versions of the world themes that all fit together fairly well) and partly for the awesome cover art inspired by Wish You Were Here. Short track, but it's nice.


Nick Drake - Road
Only discovered Pink Moon quite recently, and this is one of the better pieces on it, though it's pretty short. Sounds like Drake is playing in DADGAD, which is the tuning that I used all the time, and he does some beautiful things with it. His low-key singing is amazing, and the close sound of the guitar gives the album a feel that you won't get out of a modern recording. Mellow stuff, but really impressive nonetheless.

EDIT: I just looked up Drake's tuning on Road, and apparently it's EADEBE. So, not even close! Actually, what I was hearing was a lot of use of the open B and E strings, which is more or less what you hear in a lot of DADGAD playing, only a tone higher. Ah well, at least I get this opportunity to talk real guitar.

Issun
04-17-2012, 12:12 AM
Laurence Nugent - Brauch Na Carrige Baine

This fellow sounds like something I would like. Which album should I buy first?

MCBanjoMike
04-17-2012, 07:48 AM
Two for Two is probably his strongest album overall, but you can't really go wrong with any of his CDs. The music is pretty traditional stuff, but some of the arrangements are a bit more out there and the playing is, of course, killer. Unfortunately, I honestly have no idea if his CDs are still being actively distributed and I can't find a website that offers them (including the artist's own page!). If you're in the US, there are some copies up on Amazon that are very reasonably priced, I'd grab one of those before they disappear.

mr_bungle700
04-17-2012, 04:28 PM
Wha-Ha-Ha - "The Ondow" (http://youtu.be/nlpTCLq00bI)

Wha-Ha-Ha is a super obscure avant-garde new wave band from the early 80s, who actually did manage to get a modicum of exposure in the West thanks to a compilation released on Recommended Records (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recommended_Records). They are amazing (http://youtu.be/k7NvfWhfu5k). They're also a band that keeps on giving, as the various members have been involved with tons of great projects over the years. Saxophonist Akira Sakata has done a bunch of crazy jazz stuff, and vocalist Mishio Ogawa was the go-to singer for many interesting and out-there bands during the 80s and 90s. Like the fantastic Chakra (http://youtu.be/Z9BB9vXwoTg), for example (http://youtu.be/47JubTDjm8g), and Killing Time (http://youtu.be/T36N8PqZGYM).

She's also worked with guys like Haruomi Hosono (of Happy End and Yellow Magic Orchestra fame) and Kiyohiko Senba (of "being awesome" fame), and had a bunch of solo albums.

Basically, she was one of the major voices of the underground and new wave scenes in Japan in the 80s and 90s, which means that she's fabulous and precisely no one has ever heard of her.

Here she is (http://youtu.be/cv2tS46rl1k) singing one of her own songs with Kiyohiko Senba conducting and Akira Sakata on sax (and a bunch of other major people on other instruments). But that's the Haniwa All Stars, and that's another subject entirely.

And...yeah. I was talking about Wha-Ha-Ha. Wha-Ha-Ha is totally rad.

Ogre You Asshole - "Pinhole" (http://youtu.be/bNC7VusxNHs)

Still one of my favorite band names. I like these guys!

Pizzicato Five - "Drinking Wine" (http://youtu.be/u_3dYnTtO6Y)

Pizzicato Five probably doesn't really need an introduction. As the definitive Shibuya-kei group and one of the very few Japanese bands to ever get any real exposure in the U.S., they're actually fairly well known.

Anyway, you should listen to them. They're good.

Asakusa Jinta - "Sky Zero" (http://youtu.be/Ds2JxNEa0fA)

Asakusa Jinta is a rustic/ska type group that makes entertaining, high-energy music. I prefer Hot Honey Bunny Stompers for this kind of thing, but these folks are definitely worth listening to.

Bazra - "Doukasen" (http://youtu.be/6NDiWLCZzGk)

Forgive the clips from what looks like a not-particularly-high-quality anime series, but I couldn't find a better video for this song.

Anyway, Bazra is fun. They're a straight-up rock band that wants to get your butt moving, and I think they're good at that (http://youtu.be/cX8IOQGyEFk).

Issun
04-18-2012, 02:04 AM
Sleater-Kinney
Heart Factory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt7FsggLQf8)
Dig Me Out

Dig Me Out is the best album by a band named after a road. Seriously though, I have a strange relationship with this band. I don't listen to them often, but whenever I do hear them, the combination of them being local, their catchy melodies and Corin Tucker's wonderfully warbly voice makes for a pleasant surprise.

Don McLean
American Pie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu7hxguhFfI)
Amplified: The Definitive Double CD Collection of Classic Rock

Do you believe in rock 'n roll? Can music save your mortal soul? There's not much to say about this song, given its canonization as one of rock's great anthems, but damn does it get weird around verse two or three.

L7
Diet Pill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtuM0VcjEG8)
Bricks Are Heavy

Up until recently, I had only listened to Wargasm, but recently, songs from this album have been popping up on iTunes shuffle, and holy fuck were these girls heavy. This song really reminds me of The Thing That Should Not Be, except it's about the Lovecraftian dangers of caffeine pills.

Paramore
When it Rains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK6qfepzrCk)
Riot!

I really enjoy Paramore. They did a killer live show at Bumbershoot back in 2008. But this song is pretty much just enjoyable filler. They've got much better tracks than this.

Bob Seger
Old Time Rock and Roll (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62diHTKQ-N8)
Greatest Hits

As far as Bob Seger goes, I'm much more into Mainstreet or Night Moves, but I guess as cliched classic rock songs go, this isn't to bad. Also, my first exposure to this wasn't Risky Business, but the parody on Alf. And then the parody on Step by Step. And then the parody on South Park. And then the parody on the Rock Band commercial.

Blue Oyster Cult
This Ain't the Summer of Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwwrZKbJNxM)
Agents of Fortune

This has been pretty heavy on the classic rock tracks I'm not terribly fond of. Oh well.

DemoWeasel
04-18-2012, 02:50 AM
Arcade Fire
My Body Is a Cage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhhZdune_5Q)
Neon Bible

Oh boy, it's one of my favorite Arcade Fire songs! I love the organ in this, and it's a pretty great way to cap off the album (which I happen to like quite a bit). Sometimes you just need bleak-sounding music to get your day going!

The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing (every version of this song on Youtube is either the wrong version or some jerk filming himself play Rock Band)
Revolver

Revolver is bit lower on the spectrum of my favorite Beatles albums, but songs like this make it a worthwhile addition to my music collection! Fun fact: if it weren't for The Beatles: Rock Band, I probably wouldn't ever have become a fan.

The Offspring
Hammerhead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02ygH6cbvqk)
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

I have somehow managed to continue unironically loving The Offspring, even though I typically can't listen to loud music anymore. They were the first band I ever listened to with any sort of regularity, and it was all because that one game about insane cab drivers used some of their tunes in its soundtrack. Hammerhead is one of the best songs on this album, and it has a lot of that old-school Offspring feel that makes me feel nostalgic for driving people to the FILA store.

Sunset Rubdown
Magic vs. Midas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aNxq0pNCqc)
Random Spirit Lover

Man, I love this album so, so much. It helped me get through some of the toughest times of my life, and for that there's been this sort of emotional connection I've established with it that'll remain for a long time. Magic vs. Midas is so soothing and encapsulates pretty much everything I love about Sunset Rubdown and Spencer Krug's greater body of work.

Ugly Casanova
Diamonds on the Face of Evil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c49HIT-EWUE)
Sharpen Your Teeth

As much as Isaac Brock's little side project sounds like Modest Mouse, I think there are enough differences in the instrumentation of Ugly Casanova's tunes that they feel like their own separate thing. I've always wanted Brock to release another Ugly Casanova album since I first discovered Sharpen Your Teeth back in 2007, and I sort of got my wish when they filled up a lot of the soundtrack for some movie I've never heard up with original songs. GOOD STUFF.

Stephen
04-20-2012, 08:05 PM
Revocation - Cradle Robber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwjzUDFelVs): A killer melo-death riff, a chorus for the neck tatto crowd, a guitar solo that's straight out of 1986 and death metal lyrics about SIDS. Revocation does whatever the fuck they want and I love them for it.

The Kinks - Love Me Til the Sunshines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUBSZJCASdQ): I give Something Else... a shot every now and then, because I feel like I should be into them. I'm not, but I try. I love the first 6 seconds of this song, but the rest is just a catchy little tune that doesn't excite me at all.

Killing Joke - The Wait (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MylitUsCPds): KJ has the shock value aesthetics of early industrial, the keyboards and dance beats of post-punk/new wave, some heavy metal riffs and Jaz Coleman's one of a kind voice. He hadn't really developed as song writer or a singer on the debut, but like a lot of bands the rawness and earnestness of the early KJ stuff more than makes up for the lack of expenerience. They're one of my favorite bands, they've been making great music for over 30 years, they've influenced the likes of Nirvana and Metallica and no one's ever heard of them.

Gojira - The Heaviest Matter in the Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMmSc75sAqU): Appropriate title. Lots of dive bombs BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW From Mars to Sirius is easily the best album about space faring whales teaching the last human to fly to Sirius to get some aliens to rebirth the Earth and give humanity a second chance.

Marvin Gaye - God is Love (album version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5jc9mY6v-U): I really like the album version of this song--The tempo is faster and it has a lot more energy than the single. What's Going On is so damn good.

Pungent Stench - Blood, Pus and Gastric Juice (Rare Groove Mix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL0U94b-nMQ): Groovy death metal with juvenile, off the fucking wall, broken english lyrics. They're Austria's greatest gift to music, and this EP has the best album art in the history of album art. (NSFW only click here (https://flacforthemasses.com/sites/default/files/cover/pungent-stench-dirty-rhymes-and-psychotronic-beats-1993.jpg) if no one is looking)

Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Sp500ZVI0): Is it Dre? Is it Dre? That's what they say, every single motherfuckin' day. Yo, but I ain't trippin', I'm just kickin' it, while my deez keep spinnin' and deez hoes keep grinnin' I'll be

(Rollin in my six-fo') Wit everybody sayin'...

Falselogic
04-20-2012, 08:52 PM
Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't - Brand New (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punkmNPEgl4&feature=plcp&context=C47f4ad3VD8glD4KUhXPMaYzF_g4Uba1iySDvrBFgL LqJt_p2DBuU=)

Shadrach - Beastie Boys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Y87LNw26U)

Linger - The Cranberries (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s&ob=av2n)

Pump it Up - Elvis Costello (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1COFO_DCcQ)

Another Bad of Bricks - Flogging Molly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8CssNP2RnQ)

The Oxidising Angel - Blutengel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asfex0mTSwQ)

Smiler
04-20-2012, 09:38 PM
Machinae Supremacy - Killer Instinct (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Ed1S69JEU) Hey it's Machinae Supremacy before their songs got a little too rah-rah fight the system. Good rock band that uses a lot of bleep-bloops from the C64. They did the music for Jets'n guns, which was a good game.

Leningrad Cowboys - Those Were the Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh_h-KdbBrE): Everyone's favorite Finnish cover band. This song has a lot of great versions with the Red Army Choir, but they did not show up this time.

Naglfar - A Swarm of Plagues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L_NO3Vdim8): Death Metal. I haven't kept up on Naglfar after the album this song is on: Pariah. This was the first death metal band I have ever listened to. For some reason, its one of the only ones I like.

Boom Boom Satellites - Intergalactic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yharihc_2Cs): Why do I like this band? I dunno. I really like a lot of their songs despite the fact that the lyrics are in English sung by a Japanese man.

Therion - In the Desert of Set (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eegv66yP3c): Huh, I've never heard this song before. I really need to clean out my music folder, but that really isn't related to this at all. This song is pretty boss. I think I really like Therion's music because I lot of the songs sound like they were ripped right from some of the music of the Tribes games. I used to use their albums as backround noise when I played the original Red Orchestra, and it was pretty great.

Capsule - Super Scooter Happy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmiGP8mKo3I): jakdlgsdgsdaggasdg. I was getting some normal music, but then this. I have a lot of crap like this that I need to get rid of as well, but I can actually stand Capsule's music. Usually not right after Therion, though. This is also why I usually don't use shuffle all that much.


THANKS FOR PRAYING THIS IS NOT A TRUE ENDING

Queen Possum
04-26-2012, 08:17 PM
Horse Feathers - Curs in the Weeds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBPO9Kun_9A)
One day I discovered that a bunch of indie labels put free samplers on Amazon for download. This was on one of them. It is sufficiently Americana for my tastes.

Original West End Cast - The Phantom of the Opera (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FmGtCIOwB4)
There was a time I was a teenage girl who did choir, and we were doing a Phantom show and I was supposed to do the Christine parts for this song, so I practiced and practiced and practiced and had that effin solo beaten into submission. Then, the day of the concert, my teacher changed her mind and switched the solo to some other girl who had never sung it before and was an alto for chrissakes. But I'm not bitter!

Oasis - Morning Glory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7MSSPNH9o)
I really didn't like this album when I first got it in high school, and pretty much just kept it for Wonderwall, but it's aged pretty well.

Original Broadway Cast - The Last Supper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjOvk7RFYTU)
Uh...guess my iTunes is in an Andrew Lloyd Webber mood. Jesus Christ Superstar was our get "drunk and sing" music in college - we'd put the album on and have mini performances on the porch. It's a pretty bitchin album.

The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend of Mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlOqXcPkUis)
There are few bands that I feel like have wasted their potential quite like the Killers. This album was in non-stop rotation in my cd player my first post-grad year. The follow up albums had their moments, but I could just never like them anywhere near as much.

Yo La Tengo - Sometimes I Don't Get You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxrhARrXzYM)
It actually doesn't look like I've ever listened to this track before. Its...ok. YLT is very hit or miss for me.

Belle & Sebastian - Dog on Wheels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9AKgGFlQzY)
Another hit or miss band. I seem to have a lot of their stuff depsite being largely "meh" about them. Maybe it's the modern day indie mp3 equivalent of every cassette you leave in a car turning into Queen's Greatest Hits.

Outkast - We Love Deez Hoes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxXsEFajtrI)
Big Boi and Dre were warning us of the dangers of gold diggers years before Yeezy.

The Killers - When You Were Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkkE7yDXr6g)
...ok, iTunes. Anyway, this is one of the few non-Hot Fuss Killers songs that I love.

That's probably enough for now, since it seems like I'm getting a lot of repeats tonight...

Matchstick
04-26-2012, 10:31 PM
The Killers - When You Were Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkkE7yDXr6g)
...ok, iTunes. Anyway, this is one of the few non-Hot Fuss Killers songs that I love.

Every time I play this song in Rock Band, I have a big grin on my face.

Pajaro Pete
04-27-2012, 06:15 PM
The Allman Brothers Band
Whipping Post (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv3RWqFlvJs)
It is a classic full of emotion and great solos.

Ed Alleyne Johnson
Red (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAlIJadKsBw)
I like it and all, but it does kind of drag on a bit longer than I would like. "Orange" is a more appropriate length that doesn't wear out its welcome.

Sanders Bohlke
'Til My Days Are Through (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmH67zYYrBI)
This is kind of a bummer, but I suppose it comes with this artist.

Kasabian
By My Side (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbRuHlxHOhs)
Honestly I wouldn't like Kasabian nearly as much if it weren't for the vocalist's heavy accent.

3OH!3
Touchin' On My (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iGQ2JydtRk)
It is a song about sexual intercourse. Being that it's a 3OH!3 song, the lyrics are insipid and annoying but it's ridiculously catch. I am a fourteen year old girl.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Toxic Toast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1cASSJ0_R8)
It still makes me smile.

Joy Zipper
Transformation Fantasy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Ul5_iC-Ig)
One of those really catchy songs that you like and then you listen to the lyrics and it makes you really depressed.

Foster the People
Houdini (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEVa3jAaweE)
I actually really like this band and I'm sad that they're gonna fade away because no one will pay attention to their followup albums.

Ai Otsuka
Chu-Lip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1F_n4YYRPQ) (I can't find a full version of the song on Youtube)
This song is really catchy and fun and the video is basically what I imagine a non-SD Mother game would look like.

Sir Sly Ry
04-27-2012, 07:47 PM
L7
Diet Pill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtuM0VcjEG8)
I actually didn't hate this.

Ok I'll play:

Metalla - Metal Militia. Not a bad tune from not a bad album. Kill 'em All is really the only album worth listening to besides Ride the Lightning, which is superior.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - The Sixth Day of Sodom: Boston Hardcore Caligula. This track is about six seconds long.

Motorhead: Devils. The last track from "Bastards". I think it's a good way to end the album. I need to listen to this album again soon.

Nile: some track from Darkened Shrines. It's an Egyptian styled instrumental, no metal to be found.

Marduk: To Redirect Perdition. Wormwood is a pretty good album but it flounders in spots, unfortunately this track's driving riff is one of those spots.

Napalm Death: Silence is Deafening. This comes from The Code is Red. Not my favorite album of their more recent stuff but it still has its moments.

So forth and so on, more metal shows up, some track from the Symphony of the Night soundtrack, yadda yadda. Despite the enormous amount of metal in my collection I'm kind of on a funk kick right now. Takin' a break, takin' a break.

ShakeWell
04-28-2012, 12:42 AM
Alkaline Trio - "Hell Yes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlqTMFSTZAs) is a song about Matt Skiba turning his back on God. Which, you know, is a thing I personally identify with. In spite of this, for a long time I thought it was actually about an ex-girlfriend, dressed up in a religious metaphor, but I've since heard him explain it, and, yeah, actually about becoming an atheist.

Reggie and the Full Effect - "Megan is My Friend to the Max" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6dDcXL0fuQ) is actually a song about an ex-girlfriend (ex-wife, technically, but whatever). This is one of the weirdest fucking bands, being a project by former Coalesce drummer/Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees (he also played with My Chemical Romance for a couple tours, but we don't talk about that). Anyways, this band rules and does some really weird shit (like performing as Finnish death metal band Common Denominator).

The Minutemen - "Don't Look Now" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fco85857N8g) is from one of the seminal punk records of the '80s. This is a record you should own. It's called Double Nickels on the Dime.

Fiona Apple - "Love Ridden" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsO0Lds94yU) is Meggan's. Our iTunes libraries are shared... Mmmyep.

Love & Rockets - "Dog End of a Day Gone By" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQM4Igl5AqY) is from the first L&R album, The Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven. This may be my favorite low-key album. Either way, it's one of my favorite albums period. And while the cool kids might tell you otherwise, Love & Rockets is actually better than Bauhaus.

Econoline Crush - "Elegant" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzbe9jgNRtc) is a song that came in that industrial rock crush of the late nineties. I still quite like a lot of these bands (see also: Gravity Kills, Orgy (at least their first album), etc), but I think it has more to do with liking them at the time. If I heard this for the first time now, I'd probably be unimpressed at best.

Less Than Jake - "The State of Florida" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qalD-qylUO8) is a rockin' good tune, like pretty much all of their songs. Goddamn, I love me some LTJ.

Issun
05-02-2012, 06:24 PM
Johnny Cash
A Boy Named Sue (Live) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-hYLL7Gpos)
The Legend of Johnny Cash

The Man in Black warns of the dangers of giving boys girlynames.

Metallica
Low Man's Lyric (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If1vafTxHjw)
Reload

James Hetfield's ability to write gripping lyrics is on full display here. Too bad most "purists" dismissed this and everything after 1986 as sellout garbage. They don't know what they're missing.

Michael Giacchino
World's Worst Beach Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrCV05FDvWE)
Lost Season 1 Soundtrack

Everyone remembers the moment Jack became the savior, and this is it. I could get into how all the people that hated the finale are wrong, but this is not the place.

Def Leppard
Lady Strange (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfiOxDd-dhM)
High N' Dry

It's pretty basic Def Leppard. Nothing to see here.

George Thorogood
Bad to the Bone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlwRNCnsbUg)
Bad to the Bone

Yeah, not much to say about this song. It rocks, it's a classic, it's cheese. Wonderful cheese. Like gruyere.

Avril Lavigne
My World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC0RDbfqH1Y)
Let Go

Avril Lavigne is not the greatest songwriter ever, but she's still better than she gets credit for. Her tribute to the crappy Canadian town she grew up in is middle-of-the-road pop rock, but it's still fun.

Giampi
05-08-2012, 05:46 PM
Kaki King
Magazine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7npEI5zIGk)
Legs to Make Us Longer

Kaki King is amazing. She takes one instrument, the guitar, and wrings from it every sound it can possibly make. She's had loads of underground success and critical acclaim (she's the only female on Rolling Stone's list of "Guitar Gods"), but not much mainstream success. I'm linking this video of the live version of this song, which includes an extended intro, because the album version is nowhere to be found on YouTube. This is just as well, because it shows you the manual gymnastics King pulls off to play this song.

This is my favourite track out of this entire album. It starts out slow and unassuming, but at 3:30 (on the video) the entire thing explodes. How can so much music come from one person, on just one guitar? She's all over the place, changing tempos, playing variations on melodies, until the climax of the song at 4:35.

About that climax. The first time I heard it, I couldn't stop smiling even though I suddenly found myself unable to breathe. No music before or since has ever done that to me.

Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France
Sweet Georgia Brown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpO5xIltlyU)

Gypsy Jazz is my favorite kind of jazz. It's just so happy and bouncy, and the improvisation is still melodic, unlike some other styles. Django is, of course, the master of Gypsy Jazz (he did kind of invent it after all), and what better way to show it than with a cover of a familiar tune?

Django's music is a great reminder that sometimes great music just makes you feel good inside, without other artistic pretentions. It makes me want to grab his records, walk up to Bon Iver, and force him to listen to them while shouting, "THIS IS WHAT MUSIC IS, YOU PRETENTIOUS DOUCHE."

Jay Chou
Nunchuck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHrq3Ew0T-I)
Fantasy

This guy. HUGE DEAL in Asia. Plays the prince on Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower and also sings its ending theme. Couldn't hide from him in China no matter how hard you tried. It's not just that he's prolific, releasing one album a year and who knows how many other compilations, and TV shows and movies and whatever; it's that he's a consumate entertainer. He produces music for as many demographics as he can find. To wit: compare this song, about martial arts and kicking dudes and his favorite pair of nunchucks with which to beat said dudes up, with another track on this same album, "Simple love", which has the following lyrics:

我想帶妳回我的外婆家
wo xiang dai ni hui wo de wai po jia
I want to take you to my grandma's home

一起 / 看著日落 / 一直到我們都睡著
yi qi / kan zhe ri luo / yi zhi dao wo men dou shui jiao
Watching the sunset together until we fall asleep

This is par for the course for megastars like him, but slightly odd in the west, where singers cultivate personas and stick with them. So, you changed from bad-ass rocker to soulful crooner? Jay Chou is both of those things AT THE SAME TIME, and if you don't like it, he will beat you with his Ninja skills and Twin Swords while simultaneously advising you to Listen To Your Mother and teaching you about the traditional Chinese medicine in the Herbalists' Manual (seriously, those are four songs of his).

The Rolling Stones
She's a Rainbow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xva8bUd9j9g)
Their Satanic Majesties Request

Many of my male (and one female) friends dedicate this song to their girlfriends/wives, whether out of flattery or sincerity, I'm not sure. I, however, associate this song with a girl that I was deeply in love with many years ago, even though she did not love me back. Her favorite band was the Rolling Stones, and this was her favourite of their songs. Irony pulls no punches, it seems.

She never knew how I felt, and when I finally realised that it was not meant to be, I felt like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QetmmEARZU) for about a week.

Soda Stereo
Ella Usó mi Cabeza Como un Revólver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmaAX0ZOcNc)
Comfort y Música para Volar

FUCK YEAH Soda Stereo. Greatest Spanish-language act of all time. Not so fun fact: lead singer Gustavo Cerati fell into a coma a week after playing at my home town. He is missed.

Beastie Boys
Jimmy James (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZvHIadyoFU)
Check Your Head

You're being a real asshole today, iTunes Shuffle.

Matchstick
05-08-2012, 06:42 PM
Kaki King
Magazine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7npEI5zIGk)
Legs to Make Us Longer

Kaki King is amazing.

Hell yeah, she is.

chud_666
05-09-2012, 01:53 PM
Divinations - Mastodon: I just saw these guys. They were awesome, but this music doesn't really grab me these days, despite me knowing its still excellent and excellently performed. Oh well - another sweet track by this clan of hippie cavemen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrrFHq5v8iw

I Heart My Country - Maria Bamford: Maria is an excellent stand up and probably second only to Louis CK. Can't find this exact bit so here's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOtTl0UWsZM&feature=related

Modern Love - Bowie: Not the best Bowie song. Kinda annoying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hDbpF4Mvkw&ob=av2e

Sourheart - Pig Destroyer: These guys are from some post-apocalyptic future. Prepare your bodies for thunderdome, which is the new law.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIMxCgGLzP4

Solarfall - Immortal: Some awesome TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL. One of my favourite tracks, and the first Immortal track to really get my attention.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE4O39Ztrx8

BEAT
05-09-2012, 03:35 PM
NoFX - The Plan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiIA0QgxMxc)
It's a mildly political NoFX song about a better world. I didn't really pay attention.

Koji Kondo - Great Bay Coast (Majora's Mask) (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWBbe3w7HsE)
This is not what you would expect from beach music. It's slow and sad, and grim, much like the game itself.

Ween - The Fucked Jam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otOpMLUOvmE)
I get the feeling this song is a joke on me. Most songs are. Listening to it without looking at the Ipod slider thing, you hit these long pauses and assume it must be over, only for it to pick right back up again. Ween has been perfecting this sort of musical trolling for a long time now. It's their true art.

Less Than Jake - Growing Up On A Couch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNclOWHl_4Y)
Still love these guys. Pezcore had a sort of Maniac energy that their later albums didn't really capture. It's that whole "Back when they were AWESOME" thing everybody who likes music bitches about at one time or another.

Oh look time to go home from work LATER.

BEAT
05-10-2012, 11:19 AM
Bomb the Music Industry
Album Minus Band (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur003.htm)
This album has a sort of raw, frantic energy that you just don't see as much on their newer stuff. You can see it in a lot of songs. "It Ceases to Be Whining if you're still Shitting Blood" is probably my favorite from the album, but "Ready Set No" is the most infectious. "Future 86" is pretty much the saddest song ever.

Super Dragon X
Where the Fuck is Your Album
Got this on the former Rhymetorrents Years ago, but all I can find as for places to get it a forum thread with a megaupload link. It seems like he's dropped off the face of the earth, like so many other amature, hobby, or nerdcore rappers. Shame, because he's actually pretty good. The song about Jack Thompson sucks though.

Babes in Toyland
Fontanelle
I don't remember how I got this album and I don't think I ever listened to it before now.
It's okay I guess.

Rob Zombie
HellBilly Deluxe 2
I consider the original Hellbilly Deluxe a true classic, but for whatever reason this sequel never really grabbed me. Giving it an honest listen, it's really not bad. Just none of the songs really grab me like SuperBeast or Dragula did.

Chamillionaire
King Koopa (http://www.datpiff.com/Chamillionaire-King-Koopa-Southern-Royalty-mixtape.32382.html)http://edge-img.datpiff.com/mbaf612b/Chamillionaire_King_Koopa_Southern_Royalty-front-large.jpg (http://www.datpiff.com/Chamillionaire-King-Koopa-Southern-Royalty-mixtape.32382.html)God I love this thing. Chamillionaire has so many mixtapes out it's insane. The Nintendo theme isn't as prevalent as the cover would have you believe, but if the cover of Mixtape Messiah 1 is to be believed, he really does like Bowser (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/13/Chamillionaire-mixtape.jpg). Like most mixtapes it's mostly just a bunch of random things he did from all over the place, but it's good fun.

And it's also hella long so we'll just call it here.

The Raider Dr. Jones
05-10-2012, 12:34 PM
Hitting the shuffle button on my iPod here...

2pac & Dr. Dre (feat. Roger Troutman) - California Love
Fuck your auto-tune. FUCK your auto-tune. There is only ROGER TROUTMAN and the POWER OF HIS VOCODER. This song makes me forget that I actually hated living in California a lot.

M.O.P. (feat. Funkmaster Flex) - Ante Up
Probably M.O.P.'s most successful single, off the Warriorz album. Their new record they did with the Snowgoons is pretty good though. This is the original version, not as famous as the remix with Busta Rhymes on it, which led to this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pDF-OBJCt8), which is perhaps the only thing related to the Idol Master that is not pure evil.

Action Bronson - Ronnie Coleman
Chef turned rapper spits a lament about his overeating issues. The breakdowns between verses are awesome. "AAAAAAGH MARSHMALLOWS"

Immortal Technique - Goonies Never Die
From his mixtape "The Martyr" a couple months back. Tech's verse is great, so is Diabolic's, the others are kinda so-so, but the beat kills and the whole record was free anyway so what the hell. "Black Vikings" off the same tape with Vinnie Paz is somewhere on this pod too...

SEGAROCK - Planet Palma
The SEGAROCK album was a double-disc set of like...garage-rock covers of Sega music. This is from the original Phantasy Star, the cover has some brutal keyboard-organ melodies. Whole album was kind of variable as I recall, but the good tunes are really good.

Vinnie Paz (feat. RA the Rugged Man) - Nosebleed
From Paz's solo record. One of those tracks where Rugged Man comes on for one verse and just annihilates everything else on the whole album. He does that a lot.

BEAT
05-10-2012, 12:47 PM
Vinnie Paz (feat. RA the Rugged Man) - Nosebleed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_k7bSk5Tfk)
From Paz's solo record. One of those tracks where Rugged Man comes on for one verse and just annihilates everything else on the whole album. He does that a lot.Oh man that song. I almost feel bad for Paz on his verse because it's just so weak compared to RA's. But not too bad because he punches in like 30 times.

But the ur-example of RA just ruining Vinne Paz on his own album would have to be his verse on Uncommon Valor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r0KpWMNxnM). I hate Vinnie's verse on it because every line is so dull and obvious, while RA's is easily one of the most amazing verses I have ever heard. Someone must agree with me, because the video for the song skips Vinnie's verse entirely. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGZsGX3B_BY)

The Raider Dr. Jones
05-10-2012, 12:59 PM
I give Paz a lot of credit for progressing from "utterly unlistenably track-destroying awful" on the first couple JMT records to "pretty darn good" nowadays. But yeah. On a track like that he kinda suffers by comparison.

BEAT
05-16-2012, 10:48 AM
Snoop Dog
Ego Trippin'
I'm never really sure where Snoop fits into my general hierarchy of rappers I like. He's undeniably one of the most influential figures in the art form, but most of this is a little two low key for me to really enjoy.

Amiga Agia
Legendary Escape
Pour a 40 for awesome chiptune/sampling artists that were super awesome, and then just sort of dropped off the face of the earth.

Sonic Team
Sonic 3 & Knuckles OST
Oh hey 9 year old me. How you been? A lot of these were really great for the hardware and era, but Carnival night is not has has never been good.

Jay Tholen
Mud Pies or Bread And Wine
This is so weird and I love it and I think my brain is dead work is hard today guys.

Issun
05-23-2012, 12:14 AM
George Harrison
If Not for You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxO0t9ClfrI)
All Things Must Pass

George Harrison is my favorite Beatle. This song is gorgeous. Not much else to say.

Radiohead
Just (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTto5j32B-0)
The Bends

My least favorite song off my favorite Radiohead album.

Ella Fitzgerald
Church in the Wildwood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKGXTr9u-68)
Best of Ella Fitzgerald

This is a pretty boring hymn (is there any other kind? *lulz*), but Ella being Ella, she makes it listenable.

System of a Down
I-E-A-I-I-O (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKhEoytKk6U)
Steal This Album

Whoa, mood whiplash. Love the drum on the intro to this song. The lyrics are wonderfully nonsensical, as is SoaD's wont (Jimmy Carter fighting crime with his partner Lois Lane), and Serj's singing is always a pleasure to listen to.

James Gang
Walk Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmpJZ8hNZR0)
James Gang: Greatest Hits

Joe Walsh is the greatest Eagle, no discussion.

Linkin Park
Leave Out All the Rest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pMBxv7PTs4)
Minutes to Midnight

Yes, I know a lot (lot) of people despise Linkin Park, and I can understand why. But I don't care. I like Linkin Park and I like this song. So there.

StriderDL
05-31-2012, 07:33 AM
Alright, I'll play too

Chromeo - Don't Turn The Lights On - Business Casual (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkbpfPmqqbw&ob=av2n)
French electro-pop. One of my more favorite songs off the album.

Shearwater - Landscape At Speed - The Golden Archipelago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLRa8wTF13A)
Shearwater...I've really only listened to Animal Joy, their latest album, and Rook, which is the album before The Golden Archipelago. From the little I have listened to, though, they have been steadily improving with each album. This is a pretty decent track, but doesn't feature the epic, soaring vocals that first attracted me.

Jack Penate - Everything Is New - Everything Is New (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVBBc8R-bIY) (crappy cell phone recording video because apparently the studio version isn't up)
I recently grabbed this from the girlfriend's collection. Only know two tracks off of this album. This is not one of them. It's okay. Bouncy. British poppy. Somewhat forgettable though. Much like rest of the album.

The National - Green Gloves - Boxer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouO6bhN5rsM)
Not my favorite song by them, but then again they're all pretty good, so...yeah!

Jack Penate - So Near - Everything Is New (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hKTMBx6Shk)
fffffffffffffff. See above.

Maritime - Calm - We, The Vehicles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4E8e8H05So)
I like Maritime. They're indie pop/rock. There's nothing particularly stand out, but...I don't know, they're just good.

And that's all for now. This is time consuming!

Issun
06-03-2012, 10:53 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qu3TG4_xdM)
Rise of the Masters: Bach

Energetic without being frenetic. Anyone who can play violin like Bach demands deserves every good thing they get.

The Black Crowes
Hard to Handle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RchC6cNUAfE)
Greatest Hits 1990-1999

Hey little thing let me lightcha candle.

2Pac featuring Outlawz
Secretz of War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xIMfbjhw6k)
Still I Rise

This was the album where I realized that all these posthumous releases were cynical cash-ins using unpolished bits and pieces of 2Pac's work. I think that it's a testament to his talent that most of these songs are still better than 90% of rap out there.

The Who
I Can See for Miles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKGRijV8U3s)
The Ultimate Collection

There's not much to say about this song that hasn't been said. It's pretty freaking great, I guess?

I think there's no greater hit on my music cred than that I don't own Who's Next in any form, though. Need to get on that.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Brothers Cup (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0kbxQSwqJ0)
What Hits?

If the Chili Peppers ever got any funkier than this, I haven't heard it. Someday, though, I want an ultimate showdown between Flea and Les Claypool to find out who really is the greatest bass guitar player of all time.

George Harrison
Beware of Darkness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YELBLoOxfms)
All Things Must Pass

Wonderfully dark music from the greatest Beatle.

BEAT
07-17-2012, 08:05 AM
Felt like doing this this morning.

Rancid - Rattlesnake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHyK1VzygqE)
Rancid (2000)
I've always loved this album for how completely hardcore it is, but I've never really thought of this song as one of the standout tracks. This might be because I've always thought of this album as less of one where you pick individual songs, and more of one where you listen to the whole thing start to end, just enjoying the unfiltered power of the whole thing. Still, it's pretty great.

Chronically Ill - Ill Engineer
RhymeTorrents Vol 2.
A Nerdcore song from WAY BACK, when everybody in the "scene" wanted to be MC Fontalot. Given that I have no idea who ill engineer is, it's safe to assume he had this one song on the rhymetorrents album (which I must stress, were community projects that did not have any sort of quality control) and then promptly quit forever, the only reminder he ever existed this track on my iPod.

Las Vin Up - Pesadillas
Caminata Lunar China (http://leporkrecords.com/releases/las-vin-up-caminata-lunar-china/)
I'm not sure if there's ever a bad time for south American girl-punk in a language I don't understand.

Madcap - Bottles away
Stand Your Ground
Pretty sure I got this album for two dollars back at my college. It's almost offensively normal. There is seriously nothing about this track that will make me remember it, or go back and listen to it again or anything. Kinda tragic.

Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
Siamese Dream
This is pretty nice!
...
Fun fact Billy Corgan believes in at least 2 of the things in the bad politics thread! WHICH TWO I'LL NEVER TELL

D12 - U R The One
D12 World
Man these guys were actually pretty good! I wonder if they'll ever do another album.
Probably not, given that Emenim is off being Emenim and he's the only guy most people are even aware of.