Name a Band / Song We Should Know About

I really like the new song by Glass Animals

What is this? Industrial rock, electropunk, and/or digital hardcore? I don't know but I like it.

I didn’t want to like that, but I did. I have a friend who listens almost exclusively to music that sounds like that, only the songs mostly suck. I’m not sure what to call it either.

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Rina Sawayama is a new discovery for me. I really love her new album. It’s clearly inspired by Gwen Stefani, TLC, Madonna and others but is still incredibly unique in how it pays homage to those artists.

Yep. I’m definitely a fan.

RawkGWJ wrote:

STFU

I could take or leave the music, but that intro sketch

I lost it at "literally either".

I've been listening to Jason Isbell's new album at least twice a day since its release. If I was forced to choose, I'd still say Southeastern is his best work, but this comes closer to that masterpiece than anything else he's done.

High praise for sure, re Isbell. Saw him preform in Madison a couple years ago on a ticket that included Frank Turner. That was a fantastic evening of music.

Oh nice! Isbell's only been to Western Australia once - I believe it was his first ever post-sobriety show when he supported Ryan Adams. I didn't know Isbell back then, so didn't go. I've seen Frank Turner a bunch of times though, he always puts on a great show.

According to Google these guys are "an English art rock band". I really like this one. It hooked me immediately. A friend sent it to me without context. That is a good friend.

While browsing around videos on YouTube I came across this song and now I have to look up more of their stuff. They call themselves ugly pop and art rock. Google described them as having a few styles including riot grrrl, grunge, and piano-based indie pop. Apparently they are 3 siblings.

Just a couple of relevant protest songs.

Well, I can’t NOT share this one too.

The revolution will be live

Gil Scott-Heron was 22 years old when he recorded that.

Twenty-two! Amazing.

Most people that age are staying home, plugging in, turning on, copping out, losing themselves on skag, and skipping out for beer during commercials.

Lindsey Stirling virtual Concert.

She did some music for Lord of the Rings. She is one of those people that started out on youtube. Kind of odd concert. She is wearing a virtual suit to move her avatar. Must be hard playing music and wearing that gear.

RTJ4 is exactly what I needed today. Thanks Run The Jewels!

All my life, whenever I look through a list of Best Albums of All Time, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is right up there... if not at the top, near the top. And every time I see that, I say to myself... huh?

The Beach Boys? That surf music band?

I never listened to it. I’d heard enough of their songs to know it was probably crap, and all those boomers were suffering from rose colored... earbuds. Then I watched a video deconstructing Wouldn’t It Be Nice. I was awestruck. I couldn’t believe I had pooh-poohed this music for decades.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice is a two and a half minute pop song. It was a top ten hit internationally. I think most people would agree that it’s a pleasant, memorable tune with some pleasant harmonies, and a nice lyric about young love. It’s a good pop song. But it is so much more.

Pet Sounds is Brian Wilson’s magnum opus. In it, he created not only several major pop hits, but he also snuck a lot of experimental arrangement, instrumentation, unusual key changes, weird time signatures, and overdubbed harmonies. It was the mid-1960s, after all, the time when being subversive was de rigeur. He created not only a bunch of criminally short pop songs, but also a cohesive album with a signature sound and flow. All accessible, nothing avant-garde, but still full of unusual features for songs of that decade.

I realize this message seems maniacal. If I were able to somehow give it to 20 year old me, that guy would be sad to think that he would be living in a mental institution before age 60. But I’m really not crazy.

Give Pet Sounds a listen. It begins with the song below. Listen carefully, and hear all the sounds that don’t seem to belong in a 60s pop tune. Listen to the immediacy of the vocals and the arrangement of the harmonies. The first clue that something strange is going on is the opening guitar riff that jarringly explodes into a pretty standard pop verse, complete with doo-wops. But then about halfway through the song, the magic starts to happen. Listen for the bizarre and frequent key changes that are really out of place in a trivial pop tune. Listen for the unusual rhythms not only of rhythm section, but also of vocals.

If you can hear all the subtlety packed into this radio-friendly 2:33 single, check out the rest of the album, too. Yeah, it’s not 100% awesome, and bits of it are not very experimental at all, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t really belong on all those top ten lists.

If you went that route you may appreciate watching the movie Love & Mercy.

Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out. It's on both Prime and Hulu.

pandasuit wrote:

RTJ4 is exactly what I needed today. Thanks Run The Jewels!

Yes! After all the delays, I didn't think I could hold out until Friday.

ranalin wrote:

If you went that route you may appreciate watching the movie Love & Mercy.

I'll second this. I'm not even much of a fan of Beach Boys or the Pet Sounds album, but I loved that movie.

Yeah, Pet Sounds is a masterpiece. I first realized the crazy genius of Brian Wilson when I encountered Smile.

It's pretty well documented that Brian Wilson heard the White Album and decided that he had to make the Beach Boys equivalent, which is what Pet Sounds turned into. I was exactly the same as you BadKen, I had seen it on lists for decades, and when I finally gave it a listen after falling in love with the acapella rendition of God Only Knows in Bioshock Infinite I had the same reaction. I did a pretty deep dive on it and was blown away by the sheer amount of artistic effort that went in to every single song on the album.

BadKen wrote:

All my life, whenever I look through a list of Best Albums of All Time, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is right up there... if not at the top, near the top. And every time I see that, I say to myself... huh?

The Beach Boys? That surf music band?

I never listened to it. I’d heard enough of their songs to know it was probably crap, and all those boomers were suffering from rose colored... earbuds. Then I watched a video deconstructing Wouldn’t It Be Nice. I was awestruck. I couldn’t believe I had pooh-poohed this music for decades.

Oh boy, did you ever light a fire under my Pandora’s box!

I too had been mostly pooh-poohing Pet Sounds. I bought it on CD about 20 years ago, listened to it a few times and promptly forgot about it. The truth is, the genius of that album went whooshing right over my head... until I read your post.

It turns out, I was listening to it wrong. It’s not an album to listen to while reading, cleaning, or hanging out. To fully appreciate Pet Sounds, you need to listen with intention.

I will keep this as short as I can. I don’t want to dissect the whole album at this time. In fact, I’m only going to comment on the first four measures of the first song, Wouldn't It Be Nice. After listening to the whole album twice, I became completely engrossed with those first four measures, listening to them repeatedly.

I’ve always gotten the impression of the tape being slowed down on the fourth measure. That may have been Brian’s intention but I can’t be sure. The tape is not slowing down, though. There’s is a cool misdirection technique that happens on the first beat of the fourth measure. On that beat, a very loud and awkwardly placed snare hit happens. That snare hit is obscuring the fact that there is a key change for that fourth measure. The effect is that your “ear” is thrown off balance and the music seems to warp for beats 2 through 4 of the fourth measure. That wasn’t an accident. Brian did that on purpose.

The only other comment I want to make at this time is that one of my absolutely most favorite song writers, John Linnell, was clearly inspired by Pet Sounds in a huge way. I never realized that. In fact, I realize now that Linnell’s genius is mostly Brian Wilson’s genius, filtered through John Linnell’s own personal songwriting style. So many of my favorite things about John Linnell’s music can be heard on pet sounds. Awkward yet brilliant pop songs. Accordion. Bass clarinet. Baritone saxophone. Quirky melodies and harmonies.

My mind is blown!

Now go check out Smile!!!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Now go check out Smile!!!

Definitely!

That new Run the Jewels is so f***ing good. I wish I had seen them after I had listened to this album. I saw them open for Lorde well over a year ago now. They had not particularly grabbed me until this album.

very nice piano cover

That Run the Jewels album is still perfect.

Blackmore's Night

This band sounds awesome.... it has a big impact on my FFXI days... give it a go

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

That Run the Jewels album is still perfect.

Ok, ok, I give up! You’re right. It’s dope as eff. The profanity, though. It’s hard to blast this around my wife and kids. It’s great tho! I love it!!!

RawkGWJ wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

That Run the Jewels album is still perfect.

Ok, ok, I give up! You’re right. It’s dope as eff. The profanity, though. It’s hard to blast this around my wife and kids. It’s great tho! I love it!!!

This is why I like having both an explicit and non-explicit version on streaming services.

My wife still hates it but at least she can’t claim it’s because of the profanity.

Ok. Thanks for that. I’ll check out the “friendly” version. Usually though that means that the profanity is muted and is super awkward sounding.

I miss how back in the day there was a completely different recording for the radio version.

We gotta party for the, party for the right to fight.

Astronautalis is one of my favorite artists and I really like this song, but this music video is going to give me nightmares.