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2012-10-25 01:57:14 PM
1 out of 5. Shovels & Rope are fantastic
 
2012-10-25 01:58:34 PM
Congress needs to cut CPB funding to NPR
 
2012-10-25 01:59:14 PM

karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB funding to NPR


I don't think the fish can swallow a hook that big.
 
kab
2012-10-25 02:04:41 PM
media.npr.org

Oh look. It's this thread. Again.
 
2012-10-25 02:06:50 PM
Rapmaster2000

karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB funding to NPR

I don't think the fish can swallow a hook that big.


It's a big fish.
 
2012-10-25 02:24:07 PM

karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB PBR funding to NPR


Needed fixing.
 
2012-10-25 02:26:00 PM

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB PBR funding to NPR

Needed fixing.


i was going to make that correction

/honestly don't know what CPB is
 
2012-10-25 02:28:13 PM
i have not so much as even heard of any of these people in this top 5
and i listen to the local npr music station

there are 100s of bands/artists i've HEARD OF yet know nothing about...but these on this list are complete mysteries to me
 
2012-10-25 02:29:53 PM

bungle_jr: Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB PBR funding to NPR

Needed fixing.

i was going to make that correction

/honestly don't know what CPB is



cockpunch bureau
 
2012-10-25 02:31:04 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: bungle_jr: Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB PBR funding to NPR

Needed fixing.

i was going to make that correction

/honestly don't know what CPB is


cockpunch bureau


ahhhh makes sense
 
2012-10-25 02:31:21 PM
yeasayer i know, the others, not so much
 
2012-10-25 02:33:06 PM

bungle_jr: there are 100s of bands/artists i've HEARD OF yet know nothing about...but these on this list are complete mysteries to me


Me too for 4 of them, but one of our local NPR stations is excellent for finding the good ones

Link O be Joyful

and the girl, Carria Ann Hearst, helps out Hayes Carll on Another Like You
Link


bungle_jr: /honestly don't know what CPB is


Corporation for Public Broadcasting
 
2012-10-25 02:37:41 PM

Crewmannumber6: bungle_jr: there are 100s of bands/artists i've HEARD OF yet know nothing about...but these on this list are complete mysteries to me

Me too for 4 of them, but one of our local NPR stations is excellent for finding the good ones

Link O be Joyful

and the girl, Carria Ann Hearst, helps out Hayes Carll on Another Like You
Link


bungle_jr: /honestly don't know what CPB is

Corporation for Public Broadcasting


i liked the cockpunch bureau answer better
 
2012-10-25 02:41:12 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: yeasayer i know, the others, not so much


Came here to give a big shout out to Yeasayer. I love 'em, and all three of their albums are constantly on my portable rotation.

Their bass player is fantastic. It's too bad their performance on Jimmy Fallon has been taken down from NBC and Hulu, but they played an awesome version of 'Devil and the Deed' live on Conan, better than what eventually ended as the album version, IMHO.
 
2012-10-25 02:42:16 PM

bungle_jr: Crewmannumber6: bungle_jr: there are 100s of bands/artists i've HEARD OF yet know nothing about...but these on this list are complete mysteries to me

Me too for 4 of them, but one of our local NPR stations is excellent for finding the good ones

Link O be Joyful

and the girl, Carria Ann Hearst, helps out Hayes Carll on Another Like You
Link


bungle_jr: /honestly don't know what CPB is

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

i liked the cockpunch bureau answer better


I did too - I vote for that.

CSB: When I read the headline I leaned over to my lunch companion and said: "I'll bet lunch it's a handful of hipster bands that write love songs in minor keys and a black artist or two to prove that NPR isn't entirely filled with pasty white suburbanites."

Got my lunch paid for.
/CSB
 
2012-10-25 02:42:27 PM
None of those bands are Grimes or Nerd Revolt, so f*ck 'em.
 
2012-10-25 02:43:56 PM
Someone is trying to share music to people and everyone complains that they haven't heard of the band. Gotta love Fark's old, curmudgeonly base.
 
2012-10-25 02:46:40 PM
Never heard of any of them, but gave them all a listen.

Avant, 'You & I': Didn't like it. I can't stand contemporary R&B.

Yeasayer, 'Reagan's Skeleton': Didn't like it. Very bland.

Shovels & Rope, 'O' Be Joyful': Liked it a lot. By far the best of the 5 songs. I may pick up one of their albums.

The Stray Birds, 'Dream In Blue': Didn't like it. Very, very bland.

Robert Francis, 'Perfectly Yours': Liked it.
 
2012-10-25 02:49:08 PM

OldManDownDRoad: bungle_jr: Crewmannumber6: bungle_jr: there are 100s of bands/artists i've HEARD OF yet know nothing about...but these on this list are complete mysteries to me

Me too for 4 of them, but one of our local NPR stations is excellent for finding the good ones

Link O be Joyful

and the girl, Carria Ann Hearst, helps out Hayes Carll on Another Like You
Link


bungle_jr: /honestly don't know what CPB is

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

i liked the cockpunch bureau answer better

I did too - I vote for that.

CSB: When I read the headline I leaned over to my lunch companion and said: "I'll bet lunch it's a handful of hipster bands that write love songs in minor keys and a black artist or two to prove that NPR isn't entirely filled with pasty white suburbanites."

Got my lunch paid for.
/CSB


kxt, the dallas npr music station, plays tons of great stuff...but there is an overwhelming bias, if you will, toward hipster/indie music. not that it's bad music...much of it i do like...and much of it isn't being played on the mainstream stations...but i can always guess before i google these bands i'd never heard of that they contain many beards, thick frame glasses, and/or chicks with bangs
 
2012-10-25 03:02:42 PM

bungle_jr:
kxt, the dallas npr music station, plays tons of great stuff...but there is an overwhelming bias, if you will, toward hipster/indie music. not that it's bad music...much of it i do like...and much of it isn't being played on the mainstream stations...but i can always guess before i google these bands i'd never heard of that they contain many beards, thick frame glasses, and/or chicks with bangs


BWAH! I like your explanation better.

Yeah, I listen to internet radio all day at work (Radio Paradise, RadioIO, KCRW, etc) and the hipster/indy stuff just sort of fades into the background. It's not terrible, but it's not memorable either.

However, there are a couple artists (Florence + The Machine, Amanda Farking Palmer, etc) who drive me up a wall and have me reaching for my "PSD" script (play something different) every time. Yeesh. Yoko Ono was bad enough in the 70s, why do we have to listen to her musical descendants in the 2000s?
 
2012-10-25 03:06:10 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: None of those bands are Grimes or Nerd Revolt, so f*ck 'em.


I love the totally hipster lets go to sporting events (especially motorcross) and film a video. so ironic.

I like two of her songs...and the video for Genesis is nuts too....the chick Brook Candy does dirty rap. Check it if you wanna.

/off to check out Nerd Revolt
 
2012-10-25 03:06:22 PM
 
2012-10-25 03:08:50 PM
 
2012-10-25 03:12:15 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: yeasayer i know, the others, not so much


What he said. I'm slowing down a little in my old age. Which is fine. I never want to stop discovering new music, but I've got a huge backlog as it is. I don't need to have my finger on the pulse of every band sporting beards and tight t-shirts.
 
2012-10-25 03:17:55 PM
Curious as to what would happen if I left this here.

/Not that obscure an artist; just under-appreciated.
 
2012-10-25 03:20:42 PM
I'm still catching up on the whole neo-swing thing from the 90's. I figure I'll get to this stuff in about 2035 or so.
 
2012-10-25 03:27:14 PM

OldManDownDRoad: bungle_jr:
kxt, the dallas npr music station, plays tons of great stuff...but there is an overwhelming bias, if you will, toward hipster/indie music. not that it's bad music...much of it i do like...and much of it isn't being played on the mainstream stations...but i can always guess before i google these bands i'd never heard of that they contain many beards, thick frame glasses, and/or chicks with bangs

BWAH! I like your explanation better.

Yeah, I listen to internet radio all day at work (Radio Paradise, RadioIO, KCRW, etc) and the hipster/indy stuff just sort of fades into the background. It's not terrible, but it's not memorable either.

However, there are a couple artists (Florence + The Machine, Amanda Farking Palmer, etc) who drive me up a wall and have me reaching for my "PSD" script (play something different) every time. Yeesh. Yoko Ono was bad enough in the 70s, why do we have to listen to her musical descendants in the 2000s?


geez i cannot friggin stand florence's wailing!

i am not familiar with amanda palmer
 
2012-10-25 03:27:56 PM

scarmig: I'm still catching up on the whole neo-swing thing from the 90's. I figure I'll get to this stuff in about 2035 or so.


i still dig the neo-swing stuff
 
2012-10-25 03:31:58 PM
I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfo3NJ3El70&list=UU_mpJJw4yy87kZZ4mO7m 5 wQ&index=7&feature=plcp
 
2012-10-25 03:33:00 PM

Mobutu: I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfo3NJ3El70&list=UU_mpJJw4yy87kZZ4mO7m 5 wQ&index=7&feature=plcp


Try this again...

Link
 
2012-10-25 03:33:37 PM

Mobutu: Mobutu: I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfo3NJ3El70&list=UU_mpJJw4yy87kZZ4mO7m 5 wQ&index=7&feature=plcp

Try this again...

Link


I'm really terrible at this :(

Boom
 
2012-10-25 03:45:58 PM
Avant's 'You and I' sounds an awful lot like Marvin Gaye's 'If I Should Die'

Same chords for the same 16 bars or so.
 
2012-10-25 03:57:39 PM
You mean to tell me NPR employees listen to something else besides Gillian Welch?
 
2012-10-25 04:00:01 PM

Eunuch Provocateur: You mean to tell me NPR employees listen to something else besides Gillian Welch?


They seem awfully fond of Allison Krauss.
 
2012-10-25 04:02:15 PM
So I'm clickin' youtube links and find this:

Bucketheah

Sheesh...That makes 3 new albums from him this year alone....sh*t maybe I even missed one...that guy is prolific. and fantastic.

Buckethead's a psycho, he's a total psycho
 
2012-10-25 04:04:04 PM
Geeeze...I did miss one...The Shores of Molokai.

My god man, there aren't gonna be any notes left to use...
 
2012-10-25 04:15:48 PM
NPR should never talk about music.
 
2012-10-25 04:23:15 PM
I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.
 
2012-10-25 04:30:06 PM
Heel It Down The Drain

I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.



I'll take Pompous Asses for 20, Alex
 
2012-10-25 04:31:50 PM

Heel It Down The Drain: I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.


Yep, those are the only two style choices in the world of music.
Classical or Autotuned. Yep.
 
2012-10-25 04:34:51 PM

Heel It Down The Drain: I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.


Nice work, though I think you'd have gotten even more bites if you had used less well known composers.
 
2012-10-25 04:36:58 PM

Huck Chaser: Heel It Down The Drain: I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.

Nice work, though I think you'd have gotten even more bites if you had used less well known composers.


I'm easy to catch
 
2012-10-25 04:39:38 PM

busy chillin': Huck Chaser: Heel It Down The Drain: I only listen to classical music. True artistry came from Mozart and Beethoven. I can't even listen to the collection of noise funneled through an Autotune.

Nice work, though I think you'd have gotten even more bites if you had used less well known composers.

I'm easy to catch


I won't pretend I've never gotten fooled.
 
2012-10-25 04:40:01 PM
I will never get the hipster "I heard it first" music cred.

I'm terribly behind the times in music, and get very little exposure, except for the things I hear repeatedly at work (a college bar, so you can imagine what it is) and the once in a while times friends will put something on. Here and there I throw Pandora on and mix it up, or jump around iTunes starting from a band I like and jumping from band to band by association.

But I rarely buy music (I don't pirate it either), and I feel like everyone around me is in a race to buy it first and have the most diversified taste. Why does it seem so forced? It's almost like it's a drug and people have to constantly be first to get their fix, jumping from band to band.

And here I am, spinning a cd from 3 or 30 years ago that was either looked over or came and went in popularity. And truly the best times I've enjoyed music was when an album really spoke to me, or I was playing music with others and we meshed well.
 
2012-10-25 04:41:53 PM
Oh, and out of all that, I guess I meant to say 4 of those songs were "Meh" and the Shovels & Rope was listenable but didn't stand out (might grow on you after enough listens).

But then again, I may not be the best judge of music based on my tastes.
 
2012-10-25 04:47:58 PM

NaziKamikaze: I will never get the hipster "I heard it first" music cred.

I'm terribly behind the times in music, and get very little exposure, except for the things I hear repeatedly at work (a college bar, so you can imagine what it is) and the once in a while times friends will put something on. Here and there I throw Pandora on and mix it up, or jump around iTunes starting from a band I like and jumping from band to band by association.

But I rarely buy music (I don't pirate it either), and I feel like everyone around me is in a race to buy it first and have the most diversified taste. Why does it seem so forced? It's almost like it's a drug and people have to constantly be first to get their fix, jumping from band to band.

And here I am, spinning a cd from 3 or 30 years ago that was either looked over or came and went in popularity. And truly the best times I've enjoyed music was when an album really spoke to me, or I was playing music with others and we meshed well.


Just like what you like. F*ck it. Some one somewhere will always hate something you love or love something you hate. In the end...they're your ears. Of course it is nice to find common ground...but in the end it probably doesn't mean sh*t. Listen to what you like.

I mean, yeah, I'm chasing the dragon...so what?

*taps vein* searches for more new music

I still listen to old stuff, too. I'm addicted.

man, I love this stuff

Just heard it for the first time about 8 minutes ago. Neat!

to me
 
2012-10-25 04:53:09 PM

NaziKamikaze: Oh, and out of all that, I guess I meant to say 4 of those songs were "Meh" and the Shovels & Rope was listenable but didn't stand out (might grow on you after enough listens).

But then again, I may not be the best judge of music based on my tastes.


That is the most disappointing yet satisfying thing of all. Some one posts a new band they love and you get excited and and and it doesn't do sh*t for you because it doesn't fit your taste. The freedom of not having to like music is great.

People get on bandwagons and that is fine...but if you are driving around alone listening to something you don't like just because someone thinks it is cool and the new in thing...well....stop. Or don't.

/sorry for the ramble...YMMV
 
2012-10-25 04:57:33 PM
 
2012-10-25 04:57:40 PM

kab: [media.npr.org image 666x500]

Oh look. It's this thread. Again.


perfect, in just about everyway something can be.
 
2012-10-25 04:59:10 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: bungle_jr: Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: karnal: Congress needs to cut CPB PBR funding to NPR

Needed fixing.

i was going to make that correction

/honestly don't know what CPB is


cockpunch bureau


holy cow, I really need to only visit fark once a day for about ten minutes a day. You guys are hilarious...
 
2012-10-25 05:01:22 PM
www.xojane.com

/Hot
 
2012-10-25 05:17:45 PM

Crewmannumber6: 1 out of 5. Shovels & Rope are fantastic


^ This. Saw them open up for Butch Walker and they absolutely rocked. A gal and a guy. And it was GREAT.
 
2012-10-25 05:29:03 PM
Cool! Cary Ann Hearst used to play at least once a week in the CD store that I worked at in college! (remember those?) Glad to hear that she's making it!

Also, I love Yeasayer... Saw them live a few years ago and it was really fun.
 
2012-10-25 05:45:00 PM
Guessing the ladyfriend will have at least one of these bands, er groups downloaded by the end of the week.

Why can't everyone just listen to the Melvins and be happy?
 
2012-10-25 06:08:05 PM

WhiskeySticks: Guessing the ladyfriend will have at least one of these bands, er groups downloaded by the end of the week.

Why can't everyone just listen to the Melvins and be happy?


Cuz they suck?
 
2012-10-25 06:09:29 PM
I feel like my taste in music was pretty cool for a while, but then I stopped looking for new stuff. I should be less lazy.

I just moved to South Dakota, and all the "cool" places play my favorite music. Everything is 5 years behind. It's wonderful.
 
2012-10-25 06:15:32 PM

assjuice: NPR should never talk about music.


s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com

Would disagree with you strenuously but politely.
 
2012-10-25 06:24:37 PM
Yeasayer are really good.

Grizzly Bear, uber hipster. very talented.
 
2012-10-25 07:01:20 PM

assjuice: NPR should never talk about music.


acousticana.us

media.npr.org

si0.twimg.com

4 reasons I disapprove of your comment

/I know Carrie left, still not over it
//Grimes's album is my favorite of the year
 
2012-10-25 07:16:43 PM
Well, none of them were terrible, but I wouldn't listen to them more than this one time.
 
2012-10-25 08:19:51 PM
3 Moments that make me keep sending money to NPR.

Hearing "Zydrate Anatomy" as the intro to a section on campy movies (Made my week)
Hearing Emilie Autumn's "Fight Like A Girl" used during a recent story about feminists in Europe.
And hearing Tapping The Veins "Butterfly" used as bumper music on a story about butterfly migration. That one actually made me so happy I cried while driving, but I loves my TTV.
 
2012-10-25 08:33:31 PM
A band you've never heard


/and if you have we may know each other
 
2012-10-25 09:40:58 PM

tweek46420: A band you've never heard


/and if you have we may know each other


I like that....kind of a cross of The Gourds and The Bottlerockets ish kind of stuff..... Maybe a little Low Anthem thrown in.
 
2012-10-26 06:49:48 AM
Renegade Pervert:www.xojane.com

I think this crosses the line from hipster to Luddite
 
2012-10-26 07:35:49 AM
shovels and rope - live in the van
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEUWU_nihI&feature=relmfu

the real deal.
 
2012-10-26 09:54:21 AM

Lipspinach: WhiskeySticks: Guessing the ladyfriend will have at least one of these bands, er groups downloaded by the end of the week.

Why can't everyone just listen to the Melvins and be happy?

Cuz they suck?


Oh snap! I suppose I should put that in my corn cob pipe and smoke it after removing it from my bike messenger bag.
 
2012-10-26 10:08:54 AM

WhiskeySticks: Lipspinach: WhiskeySticks: Guessing the ladyfriend will have at least one of these bands, er groups downloaded by the end of the week.

Why can't everyone just listen to the Melvins and be happy?

Cuz they suck?

Oh snap! I suppose I should put that in my corn cob pipe and smoke it after removing it from my bike messenger bag.


I've actually never heard them. It was just too good of a set up to let pass.
II'll give them a listen later in atonement.
 
2012-10-26 10:14:45 AM

Lipspinach: WhiskeySticks: Lipspinach: WhiskeySticks: Guessing the ladyfriend will have at least one of these bands, er groups downloaded by the end of the week.

Why can't everyone just listen to the Melvins and be happy?

Cuz they suck?

Oh snap! I suppose I should put that in my corn cob pipe and smoke it after removing it from my bike messenger bag.

I've actually never heard them. It was just too good of a set up to let pass.
II'll give them a listen later in atonement.


www.badhaven.com
 
2012-10-26 11:22:31 AM
tweek46420

Re: A band you've never heard

I dig it! Good stuff.

As for the NPR link, I really liked the Shovels & Rope tune. I'll probably seek out more of their stuff. It's excellent.

Otherwise, I was underwhelmed. Those artists are good at what they do, it's just not my thing. Here are 5 you may or may not have heard, that you may or may not like, for no particular reason, from me:

The Pop Group / She Is Beyond Good and Evil

Bourbon Princess / Stretcher

Guadalupe Plata / Baby Me Vuelves Loco

Glass Eye / The Crooked Place "Hoedown (Life In The Oilfields") is the one I wanted to post, but couldn't find it. "Living With Reptiles" is another good one.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears / Mustang Ranch

Yeah, most of 'em are old... But if you haven't heard it, it's new to you! :-P
 
2012-10-27 09:48:49 AM

OldManDownDRoad: Eunuch Provocateur: You mean to tell me NPR employees listen to something else besides Gillian Welch?

They seem awfully fond of Allison Krauss.


Don't forget Sigur Ros and Bjork.

/This is IPR, Icelandic Public Radio
 
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