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07/13/05 04:22 PM
Top 10 of the 00s new [re: Marquis]  

1/2. Radiohead: Kid A and Amnesiac

I don't care to distinguish these albums from each other - they are so close in sound and overall quality. Hail to the Thief does very little for me though. Standout songs: 'Kid A' and 'Pyramid Song'.

3. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

This album has been spoken about enough in TW history - so I'll just add that it's brilliant and leave it at that. Standout song: 'Heavy Metal Drummer'.

4. David Bowie: Heathen

Standout song: Heathen (The Rays)

5. Darren Hanlon: Little Chills

These songs have unexpected and charming lyrical turns and are a breath of fresh air when you've had enough with run of the mill love/hate/angst songs and limited vocab of almost all other artists. As Hanlon sings "Why do I bother I don't know. I'll turn off my radio. Day after day. The airways are awash. With songs of ones in love. And those who are out of. There's just not enough songs about squash".

Standout song: 'Brooklyn Bridge'

6. Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue 2

I rate it slightly less than the first volume but nevertheless this is marvelous, especially the Wilco portion. Standout song: 'Remember the Mountain Bed'.

7. Darren Hanlon: Hello Stranger

Great debut album (he only has two in total). Standout song: 'Hiccups'.

8. Momus: Folktronic

Folk meets electronic. Add some suitably funny, witty lyrics. I love about half of this album and that's enough to secure a possie in the Top 10 seeing it's 20 songs long.

9. Des De Moor and Russel Churney: Darkness and Disgrace

All Bowie fans should get hold of this.....and fans of the chanson tradition. Standout song: 'We Are The Dead'.

10. David Bowie: Reality

Standout song: 'Bring Me The Disco King'

11. GFried: The Best of Ben

Well since Sysiyo's listing eraserhead albums (which I am yet to hear!), I wanted to chime in having heard the music of TW's GFried. The final track, 'After The First Day', I rate alongside 'Suppers Ready' (by early 'good' Genesis) as the best 17 minute plus epic in rock music. This song has so many melodies and music parts, it's transfixing for the entire length. And there's plenty of other good songs too.

The Last of the Disco Kings MP3 by Adam D Versus David B

(stardust savant)
07/13/05 05:00 PM
I Wish/Maladjusted/Tori new [re: RabbitFighter]  

In reply to:

the Skee-Lo I Wish a capella bit at around 40:00. Brilliant.

I love Skee-Lo/"I Wish". Best song of 1995. I wonder what happend to him. Have you ever heard him since, Chris? (Your nickname is too hard to spell, so I prefer to call to you Chris.)

Rabbitfighter - I just recently re-discovered Maladjusted, especially the song "Ammunition", where he sings "I don't need more ammunition / I've got more than I can spend". That's the chorus. Also, one of the songs on this album was co-written by Moz and his drummer only. I found that interesting. And people say Morrissey can't write music. That he's only a lyricist. Sure, it's possible that the drummer came up with the music, but, then, he's a drummer. I doubt drummers come up with vocal melodies. Though, this album was released in the late 90s, so it doesn't qualify for this thread, which means I'm currently off-topic.

So, Adam, didn't Tori make any good/great albums between 2000 and 2005? What about this latest Beekeeper album? I listened to some samples, and they reminded me (a bit) of my all time favourite Tori album Under The Pink.

GFried: What aspect of your personallity do you think makes you post at a David Bowie message board?
Dara: For me it's pretty much an interest in David Bowie.

07/13/05 05:13 PM
Offtopic or not... new [re: eraserhead]  

...If it's about Mozz, I don't give a rat's ass.
You know, these days Morrissey very much composes his own songs, by humming the melody on tape and giving it to one of his collaborators. Or atleast that's one of the possible processes involved making a new Morrissey album. Some of the songs are built around his bare lyrics but the times when Mozz just wrote lyrics for otherwise finished music died with the Smiths, or atleast that's how I've understood it all.

And yes, Maladjusted is incredibly good. Papa Jack is slightly on the shitty side but excluding that, there isn't a single song on the disc that deserves anything less than adoration. Trouble Loves Me is among the finest Morrissey penned songs ever, including the stuff he wrote with Marr...

A friend in need is a tubgirl indeed

(stardust savant)
07/13/05 05:50 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

In no particular order:

The Fall, The Unutterable, 2000. A fabulous release from The Fall because it still had all the acid of Mark E. Smith's vocals, but also weaves in new techno sounds not heard from them before.

John Cale, Hobo Sapiens, 2003. I love John Cale, especially lps like Carribean Sunset. HS sets a mood and sustains it throughout this release.

Michael Franti and Spearhead, Everyone Deserves Music, 2003. Franti has come a long way since Disposable Heroes of Hiphopracy. This album tones down his anger, but not completely. Great summer day listening.

Liars, The Threw Us in a Trench and Built a Monument on Top, 2002. One of the few east coast bands that grabbed me and shook my head off my neck with their raw guitars and disco grooves. One fine original band.

Robyn Hitchcock, Spooked, 2004. Hitchcock's work with Gillian Welch is superb and it makes me happy other audiences might hear Robyn due to Welch. That man just has a way with lyrics solo or Softboyed.

Underworld, A Hundred Days Off, 2002. My first exposure to Underworld. A techno band that breaks the repetitive mold of techno. Shades of Steven Reich are even on a tune. Plus, it's a fabulous driving album. (Hi SLC!)

Cheapglue, Sexy Horses, 2002. Johnny Glue hails from England (anyone? anyone over there know of him?). It's a pop album all about love and life stuffs, but it has its own identity... think '60s psych pop and '80s wave and smush 'em, then you're close to their sound.

Once More with Feeling, s/t, 2002. Yup, the soundtrack to the musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It makes me laugh and cry, plus it has bonus score tracks by Christophe Beck, which is just fab. (And I do not care if this is not a band/solo artist release, so there!!)

Drums of Death, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid and Dave Lombardo Present..., 2005. Hands down fave release of this year so far. I've already babbled on this one, but it must be noted that Chuck D and Vernon Reid appear and, DAMN!! some fine jam tracks too.

Honorable mention: Radio 4, Stealing of a Nation, 2004.

Gang of Four will have a brand new release this year and I predict that I will add it to my fave list, I've got a gut feeling.

P.S. Bauhaus and Bloc Party both played the Coachella festival this year, both bands were on at the same time. From what I read, Bauhaus blew Bloc Party outta the water when they opened with Bela, complete with Peter Murphy hanging upside down like a bat while singing the entire song. The writer then said, who needed Coldplay after that wayback Bauhaus thrill. Looks like the grey-haired/walker using bands still rule.

It is my opinion and I am unanimous in this, because it is my opinion, which is, in fact, mine.

(stardust savant)
07/13/05 06:13 PM
Re: Moz, PE and Gwen new [re: eraserhead]  

May I just point out that I am a huge Morrissey fan. I own both Earls Court and You are the Quarry and think they are great. Now we are even, I didn't know you were an atheist and you didn't realise I was a Morrissey fan.

The only band I can currently think I'd put on my list would be Turin Brakes. Brilliant band. I'll have a ponder and get back to you with a proper list.

"The Alan Bennett Appreciation Society wants YOU."

(cracked actor)
07/13/05 06:27 PM
Re: I Wish/Maladjusted/Tori new [re: eraserhead]  

In reply to:

I wonder what happend to him. Have you ever heard him since, Chris?

Nope. Not a peanut. But then again, I did only actually come across him last year. I came to most non-classical music quite late, actually, so I'm still discovering. But I Wish is my favourite hip-hop track by a country mile, and comfortably makes my top ten of all time.


I could stay if you asked me,
So for God's sake don't ask me to stay

(wild eyed peoploid)
07/13/05 06:52 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

!!! - Louden Up Now
Pardon My Freedom makes me dance anytime of the day, year, etc.

Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock'N'Roll
The title is self-explanatory.

Madvillain - Madvillainy
As expected, Marquis said all that needs to be said about this gem.

Dresden Dolls - Dresden Dolls
Yes, I love them. I love them. I love them! They're gorgeous. They're gorgeous. They're gorgeous!

The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Daddy said it's great, so I suppose it is. Well, I'm quite sure it's even better than great.

Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs Of The 1979 Post Disco Crash
This thing is a riot & you can dance to it & it's so wonderful I'm gonna cry. On the dancefloor.

Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
I used to hate this record. But I still find the band unique and repeated listens + the hot hot hot DVD from Paris made me change my mind. Nothing new, but with my favourite active band, I can accept it. And to paraphrase The Ig: Molko's still an asshole, although a beautiful one.

Ladytron - 604
I find Ladytron the perfect score to the life of a computer geek who doesn't want to be known as dull. And I'm a game journalist, y'know.

The Kills - No Wow
Can't-get-them-out-of-my-head. Hotel is my current favourite guitarist.

No particular order whatsoever. Except for #1, which, for me, is:

Blur - Think Tank
I've never been a Blur fan, which might be one of the reasons, why I find this album - a masterpiece.

I should've mentioned names like Franz Ferdinand and Radiohead, but others did that already, so why bother.

Coin-Operated Boy

07/13/05 07:42 PM
Half Top Albums of the 00s new [re: Adam]  

When I initially saw this thread, I thought I wouldn't come up with one album worth mentioning. After reading some entries, some albums started popping up in my mind. So, in no particular order:

Radiohead - Kid A
I've read that this is the perfect stoner's album. It musically transmits the feeling of isolation and detachment that OK Computer sends lyrically. I think it's just perfect for when you want to let your mind wander off into new landscapes.
Stand-out track: Everything in it's right place

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Although many regard their previous album The Soft Bulletin as their best, I prefer this 2002 effort. Themes range from Robots and the girl who fights them to questions of life and death and the reality in which we live in. Production-wise and sonically it's one of the albums I enjoy the most.
Stand-out track: Do you realize?

Reveal - REM
I'm including this one for, in my opinion, showing that there could be an R.E.M. post Berry. Although I enjoy UP very much, it was until their second album as a trio that REM rescued their harmonious ways and ability to make simple songs sound cool.
Stand-out track: Imitation of life

The White Stripes - Elephant
At first listen, I didn't like this album but it eventually grew on me. The strength sent through their music regardless of a minimalistic style used, proofs the hability they have. Also, a good return to good ol' rock.
Stand-out track: The hardest button to button (love the energy in that one)

Audioslave - Audioslave
The singer from Soundgarden with the guys from Rage? I thought it would never work, specially after the amount of problems they had just putting the band together and coming up with a name. Probably because of that the album is a good one. This gets repeated play on my PC and I admit I've only recently started paying atention to the occultish lyrics.
Stand-out track: Like a Stone

Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely album. 60's pop + ambient + 007 + beautiful voice = Groovy album for the 00s, baby.

`Would you tell me which way to go ?' said Alice
`That depends on where you want to get to,' said the Cat
`I don't much care where --'
`Then it doesn't matter which way you go'

(electric tomato)
07/14/05 00:33 AM
The List new [re: Adam]  

Here is my list. I can't rate them from best to worst, unfortunately. It's like rating your children!(cheesy)

Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" I love this album. Chesire Cat is correct when the album deals with the big issues. Plus it brings in robots, a black belt Japanese heroine wailing on a song, and a bunch of other surprises! This album has made me cry more than a few times, just for the emotional release it provokes. You need to get this album. Plus, you all need to see the new Lips documentary "Fearless Freaks". It's fantastico!
Highlight: There are so many, but I will go with the 'One More Robot Symphony' just for kicks. It's about a robot that starts to feel human emotions and falls in love with a girl. It's wacky but there's a metaphor there somewhere. They have a 5.1 version out there that I need to get my hands on

Puffy Amiyumi "Nice" If you hate the sterility of American pop, then go to Japan(more Japanese?). These girls sing in perfect harmony over crazy hooks with great synth and guitar sounds and awesome sound collages. The lyrics go from love lost to flying in space over 'Planet Tokyo'. All of the songs are great, even if you don't understand the language and it is just a fun, feel good record.
HighlightThe chorus to 'Planet Tokyo' is so big sounding, it makes all things insignificant. For real.

Massive Attack "100th Window" I like electronica and stuff, even if I don't know the name of the artist making the cool blippy-boopy sounds. I do know this band because they are tight. They must have spent hours making some of these snippets of sound on this record, because it all just sounds so seamless.
Highlight The song 'Name Taken' is a great example of this perfection. The rythyms, skittery bleeps and such, envelop you in a great bubble of aural ecstacy.

Roger Waters "In The Flesh" I like the Floyd and I like Roger's solo stuff. In this live album, he brings some great, and often not heard Pink Floyd stuff along with some outstanding stuff, post-Floyd. His musicians are tight, and his songs are timeless.
Highlight "Dogs". This is a great song from 'Animals' and his guitar player pulls off the Gilmour solos with nice form.

David Bowie "Heathen" I could have gone with the with "Reality', since I like that one, too, but... I will go with this. It was the first album I got after I got into him. Cool sounds, nice melodies, spaciousness and some rockin' guitar....all in the same album! His voice regains the confidence and cool he lost with ..hours and his lyrics are always fresh sounding. The production from Visconti makes the guitars melt your eardrum, the drums making something more than a drum sound, and gives the over all atmosphere akin to floating around the world, listening to a wise Martian speak to you.
HighlightMy favorite part is when the verse comes back in "Sunday".....'This is the trip.." It's a nice snap back into the song after being carried away through clouds.


07/14/05 00:33 AM
these are a few of my favourite 00s [re: ChesireCat]  

Title TK - The Breeders.
Kim Deal back with a vengeance, this was even better than the superb 'Pod' and 'Last Splash'. Standout tracks for me are "Off You" and "Sinister Foxx". Deep, dark, bass driven melodies and divine harmonies.
Have a listen here

The Lyre of Orpheus/Abattoir Blues - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
This is in strong contention for album of the decade, and the bonus is it's a double!! As Marquis said here a while back, there's not a bum note on the album, even the packaging is to divine. Impossible to pick outstanding tracks, it's just an outstanding piece of work. And so was the live tour that followed it.
Listen Up

Since I Left You - The Avalanches
Quite simply the most amazing use of samples i've ever heard to create a very unique album. They didn't take a popular riff and throw their own lyrics on, no way. They took songs apart instrument by instrument and created whole new pieces of work. Clever. The best thing was, it was recognised with an industry award (ARIA) which never really happens to the really good albums.
Listen Up

Who Killed.... The Zutons
This album was sent to me by a mate in the UK and I can't get over the diversity of it, it's great! Rocky, folky, melodic, makes me get up and dance, makes me sing along with the ballads (which is very rare for me!!). Interesting and quirky songs and needs a lot more attention than it seems to be getting so far. You heard it here!!
Listen Up

Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
I don't own Elephant or any other White Stripes stuff, but this album is doing for me indeeed. The lead single "Blue Orchid" rocks, "My Doorbell" is so damn catchy it's been stuck in my head for a whole two weeks. "Take Take Take" is fab (the bell catches everyone out, EVERY time!) and "As Ugly As I Seem" is just heartbreakingly divine.
Listen Up

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots - Flaming Lips
This was the first Lips album I ever got. It was weird. But I kept playing it. And kept playing it. And kept playing it. And I wanted to listen to it all day every day. "Do You Realize?" is just incredibly beautiful, but the whole album is amazing and is almost worthy of Uncut's 5 1/2 star rating - the best album they've ever reviewed.
Listen Up (And while you're there, read the first 'spotlight review' further down the page, I could have written that myself!!)

Never Never Land - UNKLE
I first heard this in JB Hi Fi when I was shopping with Adam one day last year. The album initially jumped out at Adam, but I was the one that ended up buying it (at a later date). I didn't own Psyence Fiction at the time - I do now but still prefer the elctronic melodies of the followup, I need to spend more time with PF. It's all good, but standouts for me include 'In A State' and 'Reign'.
Listen up

A Hundred Days Off - Underworld
Underworlds last release and 5th official studio album is wonderful. Some very jazzy techno (Little Speaker) which has not been on previous releases, some slower ' techno balladry' (Sola Sisitim) and, of course, Leutin, one of their best tracks ever. This is the sort of stuff that should be played in groovy bars and cafes instead of that watered down chillout rehash stuff which is so popular at the moment. Underworld are the true pioneers of elelctronica, creating amazing songs that no-one can match. (Hi backatcha Nat )
Listen Up

Scissor Sisters - Sissor Sisters
This album divides everyone, but I love it. Great party tunes, trashy and fun. A couple of flat tracks towards the end but picks up again with Return to Oz. Cool and fun glam for the 00s. (You've already heard this one, if not, what rock have you been under??!! )

Lesbians on Ecstasy - Lesbians on Ecstasy
The girls from Montreal got a lot of airplay with their "Tell Me Does She Love The Bass?" - a bassy and very funky reworking of Melissa Etheridge's "Tell Me Does She Want You" on Melbourne community radio last Christmas, and I just had to have the album. They've taken a few of the lesbian iconic songs and invented their own versions like that and Kunstandt Kroving (KD Lang). "The Pleasure Principal - ("Miss Pope, please report to the Principal's Office - Miss Pope) is just hilarious.
Listen Up. Bonus points for the indie packaging, made me think I was buying an 80's indie album all over again.

Also loving at the moment the newy from Turin Brakes "Jackinabox" (it's a bit sort of accoustic and country but very catchy and not very corny at all!) as well as MIA's "Arular" (this album to me right now is what Neneh Cherry's "Homebrew" was in the early 90's - passionate, creative and fresh beats coming from the UK underground) but not sure if these two will make best of the decade list so far.

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