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30 minutes ago, Shoxthemonkey said:

Kerosene put me to thinking of Camper Van Beethoven and "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart". "Tania" and "Eye of Fatima" are great songs.

 

Interesting factoid about David Lowery:  he recently earned his PhD at UGA and is a lecture there in music business.  He's a bit of a math whiz.

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20 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

Interesting factoid about David Lowery:  he recently earned his PhD at UGA and is a lecture there in music business.  He's a bit of a math whiz.

I tried to audit his class and they wouldn't let me.  Said they had too many requests from old fuckers like me.  

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I remember buying this album out of a bin I picked at Canton First Monday on the suggestion of a friend.  I distinctly recall the first time I heard it and being blown away.  I accidentally put it on Side 2 first.  The slide/wah combo on "Crazy Momma" knocked me out.  

Since then, I've probably bought it at least ten times, as I keep giving it away to friends or loaning it out and never getting it back.  It's full of great songwriting and it's kind of a weird anomaly considering it also used some of the first drum machines ever.  Yet it still has this down home front porch groove to it.  Anyhow, I put it here for those who haven't been turned on to it.  

Great thread btw.  Always love hearing new stuff and getting reacquainted with some I haven't heard in a while.

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This could also go in the covers thread, but I'll post it here in light of the posts above.

This is "Run" from Spiritualized's debut album, Lazer Guided Melodies. It's a mashup - before mashups were a thing - of JJ Cale's "Call Me the Breeze" and the Velvet Underground's "Run Run Run".

The video is kinda like Spiritualized's live show - lots of strobes. Don't watch if you're epileptic. 

 

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Maybe a product of my generation but always loved this, and guessing most people that know who Fall Out Boy is have never heard it (their first album):

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It's a little pop-punk, a little metal, a little alternative, and unlike anything they did since (unfortunately). 

Very talented band that has sold themselves out multiple times over (oh well).

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11 minutes ago, Patricio Swayze said:

Negatory.

Made me double take on the thread title. I don't think it's "incredible" just never see it discussed and it's an interesting listen. 

Then again, you have to be able to tolerate that genre and I understand why a lot of people don't. 

His voice is a bit grating but the guitar/bass/drum work is very, very good. 

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Made me double take on the thread title. I don't think it's "incredible" just never see it discussed and it's an interesting listen. 
Then again, you have to be able to tolerate that genre and I understand why a lot of people don't. 
His voice is a bit grating but the guitar/bass/drum work is very, very good. 

Yeah, most definitely my cup of tea. Something that I expect to hear when they become teenagers. I suppose it’s better than that Korean boy band.
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15 minutes ago, Carl Spackler said:

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Auntie Ramos' Pool Hall by the Sidewinders.  I love this album.

Yeah, that's a great one.  That band just sounded like Arizona to me.  (I don't even know what that means, other than there seemed to be a sort of regional sound to those bands like Sidewinders and Meat Puppets, even though they weren't very similar.)

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14 hours ago, hullabelew said:

They were a fantastic live band as well.  

 

On 4/23/2019 at 7:56 AM, Ogie Ogilthorpe said:

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Still do not know why the Hip never made it big outside of Canada. Some say it by choice

 

14 hours ago, hullabelew said:

They were a fantastic live band as well.  

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One of my favorites and hulla is right.  Great live band.  Saw them in Vancouver in '95.

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I feel that the first Queens of the Stone Age is both forgotten and underrated. In fact, I still think it is their best. I think most fans of theirs jumped on board with Songs for the Death (music video and oooh ooooh Dave grohl!!).

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Then continuing along the Josh Homme resume, I think Kyuss ‚ÄúWelcome to Sky Valley‚ÄĚ is also under appreciated. Perhaps it is over appreciated within the stoner rock scene/community, but very much overlooked by the larger rock audience.

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2 hours ago, Patricio Swayze said:

I feel that the first Queens of the Stone Age is both forgotten and underrated. In fact, I still think it is their best. I think most fans of theirs jumped on board with Songs for the Death (music video and oooh ooooh Dave grohl!!).

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Then continuing along the Josh Homme resume, I think Kyuss ‚ÄúWelcome to Sky Valley‚ÄĚ is also under appreciated. Perhaps it is over appreciated within the stoner rock scene/community, but very much overlooked by the larger rock audience.

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Great post. I love that Kyuss album and haven't listened to it in awhile. 

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"Starfish" by The Church.  

Not necessarily overlooked, as it did have a couple radio tracks ("Under the Milky Way," and "Reptile"), but a band that never made it to the mainstream.   

Produced by Waddy Wachtel, and it has a bunch of great songs.  Dreamy garage rock.

Their album-in-entirety tour goes through Texas this week:  https://www.thechurchband.net

 

 

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It's weird to say this since it won a Grammy and was pretty highly acclaimed at the time, but I think Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is actually underrated. 

I know everyone holds up Funeral or Neon Bible as their best, but I think The Suburbs is their masterpiece.

 

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On 4/24/2019 at 8:53 PM, jimmyjazz said:

Yeah, that's a great one.  That band just sounded like Arizona to me.  (I don't even know what that means, other than there seemed to be a sort of regional sound to those bands like Sidewinders and Meat Puppets, even though they weren't very similar.)

I was going to try to describe their music in my first post,, but you pretty much nailed it by saying they "sounded like Arizona."

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I dont care for this genre, but I like this album. They did one album and broke up after being on the verge of success. This album was certainly a sign of the times; at the time, Linkin Park seemed like a Johnny-come-lately band, only to rise to the top of the heap. But enough of my commentary. 

 

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Wilco isn't underrated or ignored, but this album always gets glossed over when people talk about Wilco.  Most days, it's my favorite album of theirs (with A Ghost Is Born a close second - I realize that doesn't make sense).  "Box Full of Letters", "I Must Be High", "Casino Queen", "Passenger Side", and "Too Far Apart" are staggeringly good songs.  Brian Henneman of the Bottle Rockets is all over this album, and fucking smokes.

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King's X - Faith, Hope, Love

Thin Lizzy - Fighting

Trapeze - You Are The Music, We're Just The Band

Diffuser - Injury Loves Melody

American Bang - s/t

Sugarbomb - Bully

Cry Of Love - Brother

Moke - s/t

Army Of Anyone - s/t

Dittos on Jellyfish and Brother Cane mentioned earlier, though I prefer '"Seeds" from the latter.

 

 

 

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On 4/25/2019 at 3:56 PM, oSuJeff97 said:

It's weird to say this since it won a Grammy and was pretty highly acclaimed at the time, but I think Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is actually underrated. 

I know everyone holds up Funeral or Neon Bible as their best, but I think The Suburbs is their masterpiece.

 

Yeah I think it's one of those albums that was properly lauded but never gets brought up enough as an absolute powerhouse rock album. 

I agree that it's their best record and most critics don't hold that stance. 

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DBT is in that category of artist that isn't a household name, but any serious fan of rock music is probably aware of.  Among people who are into this band, it's almost universally panned.  However, I think it absolutely smokes.  It was recorded around the time Jason Isbell was divorcing Shonna Tucker, who was the bass player for DBT.  The band was about ready to implode, and you can hear that tension all through this album.  So many killer tracks on here that just never get much credit as DBT's better work, and the Isbell contributions have all but been forgotten.  The Truckers seem to have a lowish opinion of this album too, as only Gravity's Gone and World of Hurt make the setlist on a regular basis these days.

 

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On a similar note, this was recorded around the same time as the aforementioned A Blessing and A Curse, and was released about a year later, a few months after Isbell left.  This is my favorite Isbell solo album, but most people prefer Southeastern.  There's maybe one throwaway track here (Down in a Hole).  Dress Blues is one of the most gut-wrenching "protest" songs ever written, Shotgun Wedding is an insanely catchy track about a loner/weirdo type who's dream girl was knocked up by another guy; In A Razor Town is a brilliant look into a crumbling small town relationship.  Clearly influenced by the chaos in his life at the time, there's a raw vein that's struck here and a grit to the sound that he never really found again.  Most of these songs never make his current set lists, and seem left to the dust bin of time.

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15 minutes ago, MAUFRAIS said:

I like that feb 14 song

They usually slip that one into the Homecoming set, as it's often on or close to Valentine's Day.  

I'm a fan of pretty much every song on the album.  Wednesday, Aftermath USA, and Goodbye are some of my all-time favorite Patterson Hood songs.

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A random DBT song that I love is birthday boy. Is that one well liked by the fans? Last time I saw them was 2011 at Gruene hall. Seen Cooley at hole in the wall since then and isbell at ACL, but would like to see the proper band again, even though I thought things were getting a little too widespready for me back in 2011.

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1 hour ago, MAUFRAIS said:

A random DBT song that I love is birthday boy. Is that one well liked by the fans? Last time I saw them was 2011 at Gruene hall. Seen Cooley at hole in the wall since then and isbell at ACL, but would like to see the proper band again, even though I thought things were getting a little too widespready for me back in 2011.

I fucking love Birthday Boy.  It's a Top 5 Cooley song for me.  Pure brilliance.  I think it's generally well received.

If you thought they were getting too jammy in 2011 (and I kind of agree with you on that), see the current line up.  They've stripped down a bit since the Shonna Tucker/John Neff fiasco, and the new bass player (Matt Patton) comes from a punkier background.  Jay Gonzalez spends as much time on guitar as keys, and they're rocking out vs the more bloated jamming that was seeping in back then.

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1 hour ago, stc said:

the isbell songs on blessing and a curse really stand out as not fitting in with the rest of the album. they aren't necessarily bad...but they aren't great either. 

I think they were a clear sign that he was musically going a different direction.  I've always liked them more than most people, but they're clearly his weakest DBT contributions.  

The strange part is that he had written TVA, When the Well Runs Dry, and Crystal Clear at the same time.  All of those are better songs.

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On 4/22/2019 at 11:23 AM, PencilPusher said:

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Great Entry - thought "Stone Cold Sober" was a great song.....

I loved their first album and then in concert in 89 they acted like they were ashamed of it.  Deceive Yourself is a great fucking song. 

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Here is my submission:

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I got in trouble for playing it too much when working at a record store in 1985.  We didn't have it in the collection anymore and so they told me to just take it home. 

 

 

 

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