"5 bands you should know but probably don't"
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|Band: VHS or Beta
Recommended Album: Night on Fire
Record Label: Astralwerks
Official Website: www.vhsorbeta.com
If the Killers were less like the Strokes and the Cure more like the Pet Shop Boys, VHS or Beta would be an imitation. Luckilly, they've created the sound themselves.
But most of the bands pioneering the onslaught of synthesizers and sexy male voices only show hints of 80's influence.
VHS or Beta have not only made 80's lovers feel nostalgic, they have literally transported them 20 years into the past.
Night on Fire
Vhs Or Beta: Solid Gold (Rmxs) [CD-SINGLE]
|Band: Folk Implosion
Recommended Album: One Part Lullaby
Record Label: Imusic
Official Website: www.folkimplosion.com
They're not as cool as Cake, nor are they as dark as the Sneaker Pimps and similar to the lead singer of Cake, Folk Implosion's singer doesn't actually sing, instead, he takes advantage of his calming voice and simply speaks in tune.
One might compare this style of voice to the Pixies or Modest Mouse, but the difference is that both those bands have vocal patterns completely different from the instruments' melody, while Folk Implosion follows that melody exactly.
In the case of Folk Implosion's laid back groove of fingerpicking and steady drumbeats, the melodic flow is perfect.
One Part Lullaby
Folk Implosion [EP]
|Band: Mercury Rev
Recommended Album: "Deserter's Songs
Record Label: V2 Records
Official Website: www.mercuryrev.com
Walt Disney and Salvador Dali would have been proud. Their concepts became the ideals behind which a generation of musicians followed and has brought about some of the greatest music this world has ever heard.
Bands such as the Flaming Lips and the Polyphonic Spree have reeped the benefits of such a psychadelic vision.
Although, the first band to acquire the genius of Dave Friedmann, the producer behind all the wonderful orchestrations, was Mercury Rev. In case one doesn't recall such a name, just take a look at the NME archives.
NME is the biggest selling music magazine in the United Kingdom and every year the magazine votes an album of the year. Coldplay, Radiohead, the Strokes and the White Stripes have all received the award, and so has Mercury Rev.
Their masterful 1998 album, "Deserter's Songs" was everything Dali and Disney would have wanted in an autobiographical collection of music and everything the Flaming Lips tried to emulate on their previous two albums.
All Is Dream
|Band: The Coral
Recommended Album: Magic and Medicine
Record Label: Columbia
Official Website: www.thecoral.co.uk/
Some songs are creepy, some are worthy of a waltz. Other songs should be sung during Hanukah, while many songs seem to praise Phish's nursery rhyme approach to songwriting.
A few songs interlap and others sound like a completely different band. But their originality only goes so far; some songs sound very similar. An example of such an approach is
Beck's multi-platinum, award-winning album, "Odelay." The variety of songs are very different, yet the songs of similar nature sound alike. Like Odelay, the Coral's greatness is not lessened by it, it's magnified.
Magic & Medicine (Bonus CD)
|Band: The Avalanches
Recommended Album: Since I left you
Record Label: Toy's Factory
Official Website: www.theavalanches.com
The Avalanches are to music as multi-pack cereal boxes are to food. Instead of listening to one type of music, why not have the option of listening to all of them?
Such is the mindset of Australian duo the Avalanches, who have managed to put their entire childhood music collection onto one 60-minute cd. The group even had the support of Madonna, who allowed them to sample the bass line to "Holiday" -- the first time she okayed such a thing.
Finally, background music that can be enjoyed in a club, on a pothead's computer and everywhere in between.
Since I Left You
2003 - 5 bands you should know,
but probably don't
By David Krell
"My Morning Jacket"
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