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2012-04-19 01:53:58 AM

Gunderson: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

It's sad when the cover of Gotye's best song is better than the original:

WalkOfTheEarth


And the parady of the cover is even better than the cover:

TheKeyOfAwesome


Nope. Gotye's best song is The Only Way from an earlier album.
Strangely enough, there's a cover of that which is arguably better than the original too (especially if metal is your thing). Karnivool - The Only Way
 
2012-04-19 01:55:37 AM

ADHD Adult: This list fails without *any* metal. Subby, you are not alone. Go see some farking Iron Maiden.


I was just saying, this list has no Nightwish, therefore it is FAIL. With a new album (Imaginaerum) just out last year, now touring to support it, and the movie of the album set to be released this year, they're doing quite well for themselves.

For a metal band you can "discover" before they hit big outside their native Australia, listen to Divine Ascension. Their first album, As The Truth Appears, is a strong piece of work.
 
2012-04-19 01:57:34 AM
Still the best............Suck it hipsters


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2012-04-19 02:05:26 AM
sad list is sad

i recorded a song 25 years ago

on a cassette tape

that blows half of them out of the water

and i'd be happy to play it live
 
2012-04-19 02:06:29 AM
25 here. Not that it matters, but I have never heard of A$AP Rocky, Jake Owen, Azealia Banks, Calvin Harris, or Kimbra. Not like I trust EW for my music views. EW has their fingers FAR from the pulse of the matters of music.

FTFA: Why we love her What's not to love? Yes, she dominated the Grammys and almost single-handedly reversed the music industry's long, slow slide with her massive-selling 2011 sophomore triumph, 21 - a stunning account of heartbreak, loss, and romantic recovery that appealed to everyone from gurgling toddlers to your Sinatra-loving grandma.

Because I trust my gurgling toddler and Grandma to have the best taste in music.

What's not to love? How about the fact that for all the caterwauling vocal gymnastics, the music itself is tragically boring and makes me want to hang myself, to a point where I avoid going to the nearby 7-11 for some Half and Half, so I can avoid hearing "Someone Like You" there, or on the way there.
 
2012-04-19 03:18:09 AM
30. Hot
29. Not
28. Hot
27. Hot
26. Not
25. Hot
24. Hot
23. Hot
22. Not
21. Who?
20. Who?
19. Who?
18. Not
17. Really? Still?
16. Who?
15. Who?
14. Hot
13. On the fence
12. Not
11. Hot
10. Hot
9. Hot
8. Dear Christ Not
7. Hot
6. Hmm. Perhaps.
5. Not
4. Not
3. Hot
2. Not
1. Hot
 
2012-04-19 06:17:19 AM
25 for me. Interesting to see that The Civil Wars are getting more buzz. I assume it's just from their shows, and them opening for Adele. I don't know why, but for some reason their actual studio album sounds like absolute ASS compared to how they play live. I honestly can't figure out how they got such a crappy, bland sounding album put out when they are consistently amazing live.
 
2012-04-19 07:23:33 AM
List fails without Zombie Tupac.
 
2012-04-19 08:10:43 AM
This list was fine, except that old fart Bruce Springsteen shouldn't have been on the list... he's about as relevant as MC Hammer these days.
 
2012-04-19 08:17:37 AM
Heard of 17.
Heard maybe 11
 
2012-04-19 08:34:38 AM
I've heard of 14 of those, but only because I was stuck in a tire shop this winter and picked up a Rolling Stone. I do own some Bruce, two or three Fiona Apple tracks from Napster, and saw Jack White in that civil war movie and that Jim Jarmusch movie.

We need a stricter definition of "musical acts" methinks.
 
2012-04-19 08:34:58 AM
Key-riste what a shiatty list! Mumford & Sons
Here's a good one nobody's heard of
a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXrwqS1aDYY">Link (Over The Rhine)

More
Link(The Little Willies)

Link( Butch Walker & The Black Widows)

Link(Heartless Bastards)

And it doesn't get any better than tese guys (Going to see them next Thursday)
Link(Tedeschi-Trucks)
 
2012-04-19 08:35:03 AM
I'll watch Snooki if I want to watch an insincere douche bag from New Jersey pretending to be a regular, ordinary everyday person.
 
2012-04-19 08:46:35 AM
No Porcupine Tree???

Horrible list.
 
2012-04-19 08:49:25 AM
What I TRIED to say is Mumford & Sons are less than Boyce Avenue, Springsteen is more of a Rocker Emeritus by now, I like The Black Keys more and more and Florence and the Machien suck ass
Now let's try that Over The Rhine link again
Link
 
2012-04-19 08:54:05 AM

dang sure: Fear, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Skrewdriver, Mau Maus, Wasted Youth, Youth Brigade,X Mentors,Descendants, Social Distortion, Dead Boys, Ramones,DOA, Adolescents, Misfits,
Cramps, China White GoGos, TSOL, MDC, Gun Club, Bangles, Motels, fibbonaccis, plugz
discharge, alley cats, gbh, exploited plimsouls subhumans 20/20,fff, ssd, angelic upstarts


I like all those bands but alot of them arent playing anymore.
 
2012-04-19 09:05:24 AM

GAT_00: 18 here, very few of which deserved to be on the list.

I'm also going to learn to resist the temptation of pointing out who is still touring and making albums and isn't on the list.


I have no idea what you're talking about. (^)

/or do I?
 
2012-04-19 09:15:15 AM
Metric needs to be on that list. They've been in my MP3 rotation for a couple of years now, and they're one of the few bands that seems to get better and better each time I listen to them.
 
2012-04-19 09:22:04 AM

FeedTheCollapse: turbidum: Beach House are indie darlings in the genre of "surf rock" (I've only heard of them because they placed high on Pitchfork's albums of the year last year). I think they're boring and overrated.

I've never heard Beach House referred to as surf rock... Dream Pop is probably the closest approximation.


I really like Beach House; they've been coming up on the DirecTV music channel and it's great house-cleaning music.

I'm totally considering buying some MP3s.
 
2012-04-19 09:26:25 AM

sotua: I have no idea what you're talking about. (^)



Nice.

I'd heard the other two songs they released a while back and was sort of ambivalent about Clockwork Angels because they sounded just like what they did on Snakes and Arrows but that's...fantastic. Looking at the track list there's a number of songs that are 7 minutes are longer which is always a good sign.
 
2012-04-19 09:38:03 AM
I have heard of all of them...

Obviously EW has never seen these guys live:

www.austinchronicle.com
 
2012-04-19 09:39:15 AM
It's a cover, but if you like mandolin and acoustic guitar check these two guys out...

Chris Thile & Michael Daves - "Rabbit in the Log"
 
2012-04-19 09:42:12 AM
some psychedelic rock for breakfast?

Pond - "Moth Wings"

the whole album is solid...
 
2012-04-19 09:42:34 AM
I am also truly shocked that people that hang out on Fark have never heard of ASAP Rocky. You guys know that metal hasn't been cool since...ever?
 
2012-04-19 09:45:57 AM
Punch Brothers - "Movement and Location"

Those guys were recommended by some farker a few months ago, and quickly became one of my favorite bands...
 
2012-04-19 09:47:47 AM
 
2012-04-19 09:50:03 AM
 
2012-04-19 09:58:05 AM

Snapper Carr: sotua: I have no idea what you're talking about. (^)


Nice.

I'd heard the other two songs they released a while back and was sort of ambivalent about Clockwork Angels because they sounded just like what they did on Snakes and Arrows but that's...fantastic. Looking at the track list there's a number of songs that are 7 minutes are longer which is always a good sign.


I thought it was a nice tune, but about two minutes too long. I don't mind long songs, but this one was overly repetitive. You need to go somewhere in those extra two minutes :)

All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about this album. All the songs released so far are consistent, so it isn't like Snakes and Arrows where Far Cry was the first single, which was pretty good... also bore little resemblance to the rest of the album, which, for me, grew stale in an alarmingly short time.
 
2012-04-19 10:13:32 AM

sotua: I have no idea what you're talking about. (^)


damn. Best isht I've heard from them in ages.


/good to know that old mens can still RAWK.
 
2012-04-19 10:21:38 AM

Treygreen13: I do take issue with the idea that the members of Fun were in groups that were "non-starters".

Nate Ruess was in The Format for 7 years and they had 2 good albums. Dog Problems is one of my favorite albums.


Who?
 
2012-04-19 10:31:32 AM
E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease

"Richard Thompson - if he's not on the list, it is BOGUS"

He's not... But Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Katy Perry & Taylor Swift are.

But everybody knows they're much better than this old fart.

Or this. (which contains possibly the most stunning guitar solo at 3:35 ever recorded.)

Mostly, people are farking stupid and they have no depth at all. But I must admit am looking forward to the Starbuck's latte with full release.
 
2012-04-19 10:36:35 AM

Nick Spiceyweiner: Treygreen13: I do take issue with the idea that the members of Fun were in groups that were "non-starters".

Nate Ruess was in The Format for 7 years and they had 2 good albums. Dog Problems is one of my favorite albums.

Who?


The lead singer of Fun, the band that has that song "We Are Young" that's currently getting played into the ground because the pop stations finally wore down their copies of 'Pumped Up Kicks'.
 
2012-04-19 10:39:40 AM
Was going to note that anyone that hasn't heard of at least half has been hiding under a rock, but I think everyone else beat me to it.

But seriously- getting a good chuckle out of those that say they've heard Gotye, but NOT Kimbra. Way to pay attention...
 
2012-04-19 10:49:32 AM
Also noticeably absent: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
 
2012-04-19 10:55:37 AM
GibbyTheMole

Also noticeably absent: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Nice!
 
2012-04-19 11:10:35 AM
Meh. I saw The Magnetic Fields the other night in a little theater. I think I'd go see that same show before I bought a ticket to the ones on this list that i recognized. Because the magnetic fields rock the house. They just do it quietly.
 
kab
2012-04-19 11:22:10 AM

kliq: I am also truly shocked that people that hang out on Fark have never heard of ASAP Rocky. You guys know that metal hasn't been cool since...ever?


Dammit, I keep forgetting that I'm supposed to base my musical choices on what someone else will think of them.
 
2012-04-19 11:48:23 AM

Loucifer: Brokenseas: My personal top 30 right now, give or take a few and in no particular order:

Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Iron & Wine, Paul Westerberg, Corb Lund, Cracker, Sarah Harmer, Mark Lanegan, Rush, Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst, Tom Petty, Neil Finn, Great Big Sea, the New Pornographers, Neko Case, Justin Rutledge, Tegan & Sara, Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, Old 97s, Spoon, Ron Sexsmith, the Shins, Frank Black, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards.

If I had to spend the rest of my life listening to their discographies, I would be okay, if not happy.

Good playlist. You might like this place:

Radio Paradise


I highly recommend Radio Paradise to anyone who has eclectic taste in music. If you check out their Playlist page each song has it's own comment section and there are some troll extraodinaires (even by Fark standards) holding court there. I post as Deadwing in the song comment threads.

List fails without Porcupine Tree, The Shins, Elbow, Muse, Riverside, Tool, Radiohead (I could go on...)
 
2012-04-19 01:14:48 PM

Soulcatcher: Loucifer: Brokenseas: My personal top 30 right now, give or take a few and in no particular order:

Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Iron & Wine, Paul Westerberg, Corb Lund, Cracker, Sarah Harmer, Mark Lanegan, Rush, Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst, Tom Petty, Neil Finn, Great Big Sea, the New Pornographers, Neko Case, Justin Rutledge, Tegan & Sara, Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, Old 97s, Spoon, Ron Sexsmith, the Shins, Frank Black, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards.

If I had to spend the rest of my life listening to their discographies, I would be okay, if not happy.

Good playlist. You might like this place:

Radio Paradise

I highly recommend Radio Paradise to anyone who has eclectic taste in music. If you check out their Playlist page each song has it's own comment section and there are some troll extraodinaires (even by Fark standards) holding court there. I post as Deadwing in the song comment threads.

List fails without Porcupine Tree, The Shins, Elbow, Muse, Riverside, Tool, Radiohead (I could go on...)


I just saw Steve Wilson's Grace for Drowning tour. An amazing show. Go see it if it has a date even near you. Marco Minnemann alone is worth the ticket price.
 
2012-04-19 01:48:29 PM

Igor Jakovsky: hbk72777: [encrypted-tbn1.google.com image 227x222]

MaidenCooper.jpg

touring this summer, will sell a shiatload of tickets

That, I would go watch...off to check dates


Good luck on those. There might be some of the cheap seats left.

/Got 4 tickets in the pit in Massachussetts.
//Iron Maiden Fan Club pre-sale
///Up the Irons!
 
2012-04-19 02:06:20 PM
Treygreen13


The lead singer of Fun, the band that has that song "We Are Young" that's currently getting played into the ground because the pop stations finally wore down their copies of 'Pumped Up Kicks'.


people that listen to the radio problems.
 
2012-04-19 02:27:10 PM

toddism: List fails without Butch Walker.

http://butchwalkeroutoffocus.com/


I used to like Butch until I heard about how embarrassed he is by Left of Self-Centered and how he never wants to be known as "The guy who did My Way". Then he started doing more acoustic and piano stuff. I stopped buying his albums because they are so boring now.

Oh, and this list will change on September 7 once these guys hit the road again.

www.straight.com

/Headlong Flight is their best song in a decade
//Clockwork Angels will be a monster
 
2012-04-19 02:43:42 PM
List fails without Elbow and Radiohead...
 
2012-04-19 10:26:15 PM

Keywork99: toddism: List fails without Butch Walker.

http://butchwalkeroutoffocus.com/

I used to like Butch until I heard about how embarrassed he is by Left of Self-Centered and how he never wants to be known as "The guy who did My Way". Then he started doing more acoustic and piano stuff. I stopped buying his albums because they are so boring now.

Oh, and this list will change on September 7 once these guys hit the road again.

[www.straight.com image 588x462]

/Headlong Flight is their best song in a decade
//Clockwork Angels will be a monster



next wednesday. nashville. Butch Walker. I'm gonna be there and yes, it'll be acoustic. the black widows rock, by the way.
 
2012-04-20 06:19:34 AM

sotua: Soulcatcher: Loucifer: Brokenseas: My personal top 30 right now, give or take a few and in no particular order:

Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Iron & Wine, Paul Westerberg, Corb Lund, Cracker, Sarah Harmer, Mark Lanegan, Rush, Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst, Tom Petty, Neil Finn, Great Big Sea, the New Pornographers, Neko Case, Justin Rutledge, Tegan & Sara, Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, Old 97s, Spoon, Ron Sexsmith, the Shins, Frank Black, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards.

If I had to spend the rest of my life listening to their discographies, I would be okay, if not happy.

Good playlist. You might like this place:

Radio Paradise

I highly recommend Radio Paradise to anyone who has eclectic taste in music. If you check out their Playlist page each song has it's own comment section and there are some troll extraodinaires (even by Fark standards) holding court there. I post as Deadwing in the song comment threads.

List fails without Porcupine Tree, The Shins, Elbow, Muse, Riverside, Tool, Radiohead (I could go on...)

I just saw Steve Wilson's Grace for Drowning tour. An amazing show. Go see it if it has a date even near you. Marco Minnemann alone is worth the ticket price.


PT is my favorite band and I WISH I had the cash to go see SW with his new outfit. Apparently he is done with PT in favor of his new guys =[ I hope it's not true.
 
2012-04-20 08:21:57 AM

Soulcatcher: sotua: Soulcatcher: Loucifer: Brokenseas: My personal top 30 right now, give or take a few and in no particular order:

Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Iron & Wine, Paul Westerberg, Corb Lund, Cracker, Sarah Harmer, Mark Lanegan, Rush, Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst, Tom Petty, Neil Finn, Great Big Sea, the New Pornographers, Neko Case, Justin Rutledge, Tegan & Sara, Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, Old 97s, Spoon, Ron Sexsmith, the Shins, Frank Black, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards.

If I had to spend the rest of my life listening to their discographies, I would be okay, if not happy.

Good playlist. You might like this place:

Radio Paradise

I highly recommend Radio Paradise to anyone who has eclectic taste in music. If you check out their Playlist page each song has it's own comment section and there are some troll extraodinaires (even by Fark standards) holding court there. I post as Deadwing in the song comment threads.

List fails without Porcupine Tree, The Shins, Elbow, Muse, Riverside, Tool, Radiohead (I could go on...)

I just saw Steve Wilson's Grace for Drowning tour. An amazing show. Go see it if it has a date even near you. Marco Minnemann alone is worth the ticket price.

PT is my favorite band and I WISH I had the cash to go see SW with his new outfit. Apparently he is done with PT in favor of his new guys =[ I hope it's not true.


I hadn't yeard he's done with PT, but he did say that his next record is with those guys (Minnemann, Nick Beggs, Adrian Holzman and Theo Travis... Niko Tsonev played guitar but the original lineup he started the tour with had Aziz on guitar). And played a new tune that was very, very cool.

So PT might be done? Maybe Wilson doesn't want to write with Barbieri anymore? If it's true... a pity, though I thought PT's quality had been dropping since Deadwing. Still great music, but I liked IA better than Deadwing better than FOABP better than The Incident... we'll have to be on the lookout for whoever snags Gavin Harrison. That guy alone saves a bunch of PT songs that would be pretty lame without him (e.g. The creator has a mastertape).
 
2012-04-21 02:30:05 AM

sotua: Soulcatcher: sotua: Soulcatcher: Loucifer: Brokenseas: My personal top 30 right now, give or take a few and in no particular order:

Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Iron & Wine, Paul Westerberg, Corb Lund, Cracker, Sarah Harmer, Mark Lanegan, Rush, Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst, Tom Petty, Neil Finn, Great Big Sea, the New Pornographers, Neko Case, Justin Rutledge, Tegan & Sara, Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, Old 97s, Spoon, Ron Sexsmith, the Shins, Frank Black, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards.

If I had to spend the rest of my life listening to their discographies, I would be okay, if not happy.

Good playlist. You might like this place:

Radio Paradise

I highly recommend Radio Paradise to anyone who has eclectic taste in music. If you check out their Playlist page each song has it's own comment section and there are some troll extraodinaires (even by Fark standards) holding court there. I post as Deadwing in the song comment threads.

List fails without Porcupine Tree, The Shins, Elbow, Muse, Riverside, Tool, Radiohead (I could go on...)

I just saw Steve Wilson's Grace for Drowning tour. An amazing show. Go see it if it has a date even near you. Marco Minnemann alone is worth the ticket price.

PT is my favorite band and I WISH I had the cash to go see SW with his new outfit. Apparently he is done with PT in favor of his new guys =[ I hope it's not true.

I hadn't yeard he's done with PT, but he did say that his next record is with those guys (Minnemann, Nick Beggs, Adrian Holzman and Theo Travis... Niko Tsonev played guitar but the original lineup he started the tour with had Aziz on guitar). And played a new tune that was very, very cool.

So PT might be done? Maybe Wilson doesn't want to write with Barbieri anymore? If it's true... a pity, though I thought PT's quality had been dropping since Deadwing. Still great music, but I liked IA better than Deadwing better than FOABP better than The Incident... we'll ha ...


As much as it pains me to say, PT might be done. Honestly though I felt "The Incident" was their weakest album ever. I really only liked Blind House, The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train, Octane Twisted, and Black Dahlia. The rest was meh. I thought that Riverside's ADHD wasv FAR superior.

They have been my favorite band since "Signify" came out in 96 (guitar solo at the end of Dark Matter is maybe the best constructed guitar solo of all time) and it breaks my heart that so few people ever got to hear them or see them, SW has always been so "what have you done for me lately?" influence wise and I think he has morphed into a jazz fusion/ King Crimson/ old school prog/ throw everything we have ever known or done out the window guy. I has a BIG sad.
 
2012-04-21 02:53:38 AM
Link

Read it and weep. The ending guitar solo is heartbreakingly beautiful.
 
2012-04-21 07:10:30 AM

Soulcatcher: As much as it pains me to say, PT might be done.


Last I heard, there were definite plans to get back together and do another album, just no definite timetable - Gavin's off doing stuff with KC and O5ric and just being an awesome drummer in general, and SW has his solo stuff (not really sure what the rest of them are doing but I've always considered those two to be the main guys anyway) so it might be another year or two before anything develops
 
2012-04-21 09:24:08 AM

Snapper Carr: Soulcatcher: As much as it pains me to say, PT might be done.

Last I heard, there were definite plans to get back together and do another album, just no definite timetable - Gavin's off doing stuff with KC and O5ric and just being an awesome drummer in general, and SW has his solo stuff (not really sure what the rest of them are doing but I've always considered those two to be the main guys anyway) so it might be another year or two before anything develops


I thought as much... that Wilson is not in any way exclusive on PT. He's always had his share of side projects like Blackfield, now touring Grace for Drowning, recorded Storm Corrosion with Mikael Akerfeldt last year, mixed Opeth's latest album... I feel that it's even better that he's taking a break, because I too felt The Incident was meh. Come back fresh and give us some good PT with Harrison.

And anyway, after seeing the GRace for Drowning show last Wednesday... if you want to record that kind of music with those guys, go right ahead! :)
 
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