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Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 7:14am

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After seeing the conversations in the Muse thread I thought I'd make this topic.

This past year I've put my filmmaking on a bit of a hiatus to focus more on music. I didn't start seeing live shows until last year actually. This year my goal was to discover, play, and experience live music as much as possible.

I made this thread to just talk about relevant music. Whether it's who you've been listening too lately, or the shows you've seen this year.

Shows I've attended this year: (By order of dates I saw them)
Bassnectar
Coachella Festival (one of the single greatest experiences of my life biggrin )
Pretty Lights
Arcade Fire (they played a random free show in Montreal!)
Sleepy Sun
Outside Lands Festival
Rusko
The Black Keys

My favorite albums of the year:
(in no particular order)
The Suburbs (Arcade Fire)
Brothers (The Black Keys)
Shame, Shame (Dr. Dog)
This is Happening (LCD Soundsystem)
Broken Bells (Broken Bells)
Go (Jónsi)
Transference (Spoon)
Miike Snow (Miike Snow)
Heligoland (Massive Attack)
Distant Relatives (Nas & Damian Marley)
Immersion (Pendulum)
American Ghetto (Portugal. The Man.)
LP4 (Ratatat)
Contra (Vampire Weekend)

I'll be attending the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco this weekend. Any Bay Area FXhomers going too?

Also going to see Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation in November and Bassnectar (for fourth time this year!) in December.
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Haven't heard the new albums from Spoon or Massive Attack, will have to give those a try!

Favourite new albums this year:
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
The Drums - The Drums

Haven't been to any shows to be honest, I'm not big on those unless I know some of the acts, or they are smaller/local bands who put on a good show.
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 11:52am

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These threads always make me realise how little I know about music, even though I listen to it a lot. smile

Some albums I've enjoyed this year so far (hang on, it's October already? How did that happen?), in no particular order:

/\/\ /\ Y /\ (M.I.A.)
Scott Pilgrim Versus The World (score AND song CDs, as inventive as the film itself)
Inception score (Hans Zimmer - return to form!)
The ArchAndroid (Janelle Monae, pleasantly bonkers)
Tomorrow Morning (Eels, not grabbed me as much as their previous stuff though)


I don't really 'do' gigs these days, due to being old and decrepit.
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 4:10pm

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I went to Muse for the first time this year and had a blast, was a long time coming. The Decemberists were also fantastic. At least I think those were 2010, it may have been '09, this year's gone pretty fast I suppose.

As for albums this year, I love 'Congratulations' by MGMT, enjoyed 'American Ghetto' by Portugal, the Man, and have liked what I've heard off of 'Recovery' by Eminem so far.

I'm not much of a 'listen-to-new-music' kind of person though.
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 4:18pm

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Serpent wrote:

I'm not much of a 'listen-to-new-music' kind of person though.
No, me neither. And I have almost no idea what's in the mainstream charts - sometimes people ask me what I think of a particular current song, and generally I'll never have even heard it.

The main thing that's got me listening to music this year has been Spotify. It's a listening/paying model that suits my style of listening far better than having to buy songs/albums from iTunes (let alone in a high street store - yeuch!).

The great thing is that with my Spotify sub, if I read an interesting article about an artist, I can check them out straight away. Hence I discovered M.I.A. and Janelle Monae, who otherwise I'd probably never have risked a purchase on. Plus it's given me access to rare and live albums from the likes of Eels, Muse and Smashing Pumpkins that I wouldn't have known even existed, despite being a fan of the bands.

Can't recommend the service enough for people that like to listen to a wide variety of music.

The only downside is that Spotify has now been banned from the FXhome offices due to about 5 Spotify subscribers taking up about 80% of our bandwidth. Ahem. Still, offline sync mostly solves that issue.
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 4:51pm

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Is Spotify like Pandora? I don't know if you get Pandora in the UK, but if you don't know what it is Google it real quick, basically creates radio stations based on an artist of your choice, underground to mainstream, and it allows you to pause, skip, go back, etc. with a brief commercial every 10 songs. It's like having all the music you'll ever need on the go or at your desk/home, then if you really like something you can click "like" or "dislike" so it can learn and you can remember.

Usually, though, I just listen to folks who are really into music exploration (usually musicians) and what bands they recommend, at least that's what I was doing when I was off at college, with a grain of salt. Discovered a lot of fantastic music.

I'm betting a lot of it isn't on something like this though, so if I did listen to new music, there'd be a slim chance I'd know it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_albums_released_in_2010

Though I bumped into a lot of obscure bands on that list.


EDIT - Ah yes, that's unavailable to us Amuricans, apparently.

EDIT2: Looks like Spotify is a bit different, with a Pandora-like feature. Still not exactly sure how it works. Can you listen to anything? If so, why buy anything?
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 7:18pm

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As I understand it, Spotify is a legal and free music streaming service that basically replaces your music library - you can listen to what you want, when you want, but it also suggests stuff to you based on your listening habits. As Tarn mentioned, there's an offline mode where you temporarily store songs on some form of storage, be it iPod or computer, to listen when you can't stream it directly from the internet. Spotify isn't available in North America because of industry pressure from some music execs and, most notably, Apple.

Pandora, on the other hand, is an online radio. So you can tell it what you like, and upvote or downvote songs, but it's the one that decides what to play. Pandora is pretty much 100% music discovery.

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Anyway, my top 5 this year in no particular order:

-Foxy Shazam
-Hot Hot Heat "Future Breeds"
-M.I.A. "MAYA"
-Vampire Weekend "Contra"
-Hans Zimmer "Inception"

Kind of a slow year for music, what with Muse and Them Crooked Vultures and so on last year, but it allowed me to discover a lot of old music smile

I only saw two shows this year: Muse and Eels. Both on completely opposite ends of the spectrum, with Muse's gigantic life-changing stadium gig in contrast to the Eels' complete domination of a small packed venue in a hidden corner of Montreal. Foxy Shazam and Hot Hot Heat are coming up, though, and then Muse again, all in the next week. So that should be fun smile
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 8:58pm

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http://www.grooveshark.com
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 9:06pm

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Grooveshark is considered to be a pirate service, though, because all of its content is uploaded by its users, hence the multiple duplicates, abundance of poor quality-files, lack of proper organization of everything, and strange disappearance of certain artists when a complaint is filed. There is also no iOS application, and Grooveshark doesn't pay the rights holders like Spotify does. Also, their site's use of flash is sluggish and annoying to me.
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Pooky wrote:

Kind of a slow year for music, what with Muse and Them Crooked Vultures and so on last year, but it allowed me to discover a lot of old music smile
If you think this was a slow year, you've been listening to TOO MUCH older music. smile This year kicked ass for new music.

My top five (or so) so far are (in no particular order)

Fang Island - S/T (This is probably my favorite of the decade)
Of Montreal - False Priest
Broken Bells - S/T
Janelle Monáe - The Archandroid
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Marnie Stern - S/T
Arcade Fire - Suburbs
Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Their best album in AGES)

And so much more awesome stuff. Just about to listen to the new Avey Tare, which had a promising single. So yeah, basically, 2010 has been huge for music. Can't wait for next year! smile
Posted: Tue, 12th Oct 2010, 11:34pm

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Those are all sterotypically uber-indy albums overly reliant on repetitive guitar chords (Fang Island, Arcade Fire) or weird nonsensical notes and lyrics (the latest Of Montreal album, who I normally love) for my tastes, I'm afraid. sad
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 12:42am

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Yet you liked Contra... Hmm.

Anyway, point is, there were a lot of great albums released this year. Just maybe not as many "play it til they hate it" mainstream radio hits as last year. Which is a good thing.
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 7:38am

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Oh my GOD. I didn't know Avey Tare leaked, that was amazing. That was the best album I have EVER heard in my life, excluding Magical Mystery Tour.

I also finished Eminem today. Kind of consistent in a bad way, couple of great tracks and verses, good overall lyricism. Not as original as some of his other work.
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 7:44am

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I bought like 2 CD's this year and one of them was from 2009 - the "Mummy 3: Tomb of the dragon emperor" score which is great and the other is by a filmcomposer I know personally.

Other then that, I didn't think there was much interesting coming out this year. And I'm not much interested in radio music, pop or indie, myself.

But somehow, the time of big, musically complex, orchestral pieces has come to a halt at the moment. Shame.

Maybe next year.
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 8:06am

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Sollthar wrote:

or indie, myself.
OK, radio music is a generalization, but I'm sure it's fairly accurate given what's new on the radio these days. The term "indie" though, can apply to literally any genre of music. I wouldn't write out all genres that aren't film scores. wink
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 8:13am

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I mean music that's generally played the radio - I'm aware that there's classical radio frequencies and even streaming radios that play film scores, so those are obviously exceptions. smile

I'm just very into orchestras. Classical music, classical concert pieces, orchestral pieces - doesn't HAVE to be filmmusic. But analyzing my taste it has to be:

- orchestral
- somewhat dramatized
- have no one singing any sort of lyrics unless it's a choir and a language I don't understand that sounds funny.

I don't like listening to people sing stuff, at all. neutral
Hence I have such a dislike for Rap and Hip Hop. It embodies all I dislike in music. It's musically very very simpple and bases on someone singing who doesn't even sing, but worse, talks! bah. wink
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 8:20am

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I know of some great instrumental independent and "underground." You may find it appealing.

Try Red Sparowes, DJ Shadow, Buckethead (not just his electric guitar work, he produces vast amounts of music, always complex and often beautiful, all kinds of genres), Aphex Twin, VHS or Beta, etc.

Keep in mind each song and album varies, but I bet you'd like each of those. Not much of that is orchestral, but it's all complex (mostly) instrumental.


And what Aculag is about to say.

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Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 8:30am

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Post-rock to the rescue! Try Explosions in the Sky, 65daysofstatic, Mogwai, Do Make Say Think, etc.
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 8:38am

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DJ Shadow is indeed excellent. I think DJ Shadow was probably the last gig I went to, in fact, many years ago.

Serpent - Pooky's mostly got it covered. Pandora sounds like Last.FM - whereby you put in a song, artist or genre tag and it constructs a 'radio station' for you of continuous music. Brilliant for discovering new music in any genre (including orchestral, Sollthar!).

Spotify, meanwhile, lets you play specific albums and songs that you choose. It's essentially identical to picking a CD off your shelf or an album off iTunes, except that it's subscription based, so you can listen to anything at any point. Works on computer and on mobiles. Basically means you have all* music with you at all times, without needing to maintain an actual CD/Mp3 collection.

* Except there's obviously lots of music that's still not on Spotify, but it's expanding its catalogue all the time. How much music you can find will depend on your genre tastes.
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Hehe. Kind of funny to see someone talk about Spotify. In scandinavia, everybody's had Spotify for a while, so nobody talks about it anymore.

This year has been a good music year for me.

Live, I've seen Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Rush, and a bunch of not-famous bands, wingbands, orchestras and solo-musicians.

We finnished our own EP: http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43125&highlight=kade
(had to mention it)

And, I discovered this british band called
Cardiacs
It's the craziest, most genius band ever! The songwriter is the biggest musical genius since Beethoven, if you ask me.
Check out the albums: A little man and a house and the whole world window, The Seaside, On land and in the Sea, Sing to God...
Posted: Wed, 13th Oct 2010, 1:50pm

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This year has been absolutely amazing for music and there's the possibility that Radiohead will drop their new album by the end of the year as well.

Flying Lotus "Cosmogramma"
Flying Lotus "PatternGrid+World EP"
The Roots "How I Got Over"
Panda Bear "Tomboy"
Massive Attack "Heligoland"
Jamie Lidell "Compass"
Daedelus "Righteous Fists of Harmony"
Teebs "Ardour" (doesn't actually come out for a few more days)
Vampire Weekend "Contra"
Tame Impala "Innerspeaker"

I'm probably forgeting a ton and there's a possibility not all of these came out this year smile
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Klut wrote:


We finnished our own EP: http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43125&highlight=kade
(had to mention it)
Saw that coming razz

Some nice mentions in these posts though, will have to check out some of these.
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2010, 3:58pm

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danielgwood wrote:


Saw that coming razz
But I assume you didn't see this coming.
CARDIAC

Trust me. For some/most people it will take time to like them, but it's the best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNdnOTvGbJQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxhuQWKwbqY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuqPWBLF9-M

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRZ2Xw_o6FY

(and if anyone knows what I'm talking about: I actually found them before Steven Wilson told everyone to check them out! :p )

Sollthar wrote:

I don't like listening to people sing stuff, at all. neutral
Do you ever sing yourself? If you don't, you should try it out. It's a lot of fun, an quite easy to get better.
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2010, 5:12pm

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Klut wrote:

Do you ever sing yourself? If you don't, you should try it out. It's a lot of fun, an quite easy to get better.
Interesting. After playing the piano and loving music for many years I am anything but tone-deaf. My piano teacher didn't know I couldn't read notes at all, I was just mimicking her by ear. She would pick up something and ask me to play it, I would say "Could you play it for me first?", "Sure", then I'd play it.

I can easily hear when I sing off key (which is a lot for the extremely limited amount of time I spend singing, mostly birthday-songs and the National Anthem on 17th of May), but my problems are that I have very limited range and I'm not that into the sound of my singing voice. I know that sounds horrible, but I'd like it to be deeper and more powerful. I have a big range of speaking voices, sometimes I hear a recording of my voice where it sounds high-pitched and other times it sounds deep (which is how I'd prefer it to be 100% of the time). I find if I try to sing in my normal talking range it sounds like a parent singing a bedtime song who's trying hard, but has no skills. You know, how most people sound who aren't tone-deaf, but still can't sing. Do you find that your vocal range opens up when you practice or does it just start sounding better within your range? It seems to me that most singers (who aren't on Broadway) sing the same way every time and have no range. Above all I would like to be able sing in any voice, like Weird Al. It isn't fun to practice singing if I'm unsure if I even have any potential. (I don't really find singing fun, but I'd prefer to be good at it for birthday songs and independence day.)
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Your range does expand a little with practice, but generally you have a certain vocal range that you can't really expand much beyond what you have.
I am lucky and have a 4 octave range, all of which is equally powerful and none of which is falsetto. I never practised to get that, just had it since I started singing and assumed that everyone had it, but it does get stronger the more you do it. Singing is a lot of fun and is something I really would like to start doing more of again.
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Rating: +1

My range is about 2 notes, both of which are off.
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There's a market for that.
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This year, as far as bands and their albums, I loved Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' and Murder By Death's 'Good Morning Magpie'. I'm a massive soundtrack geek, though, so I'd have to say it was pretty darn good year, with 'Inception', 'The Social Network', and... pretty much just those two, actually. But they're like soy sauce; they go far.
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Steel Train's self-titled Steel Train was pretty boss and Cloud Cult's Light Chasers probably the only album I consistently listen to all the way through from top to bottom...quite the audial journey. Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork also grew on me surprisingly. Oh, and Contra too. smile

Typically, I listen to single songs I hear here and there (rather than listening to entire albums/radio) so most of my best "discoveries" are pre-2010. Headlight's Wildlife and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' self titled album were both from last year, but I found 'em this year. Dug some older stuff too (Wilco, Bob Dylan, and Neutral Milk Hotel) that I never got around to listening before...

Interesting to see all the praise for The Suburbs... I felt it was rather middling besides the utterly amazing 'Sprawl II' and 'We Used to Wait'. Not bad, and I guess it'd rate highly for 2010 albums, but not too high on my own all-time list.

And somehow, Eels left me massively disappointed this year after a fine Hombre Lobo last year and masterful albums prior to that. Too bad.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Oct 2010, 10:58am

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rogolo wrote:

Steel Train's self-titled Steel Train was pretty boss and Cloud Cult's Light Chasers probably the only album I consistently listen to all the way through from top to bottom...quite the audial journey.
I can't help but hear this in the voice of Patrick Bateman.
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I get it for the 'audial journey' bit (which, admittedly, was a bit of intentional literary overindulgence), but I think you need to rewatch American Psycho if you think Bateman would say anything along the lines of 'pretty boss'. smile

As far as Light Chasers goes, check out the first song on the album if you doubt its storytelling-ness. Not sure if it appeals to the general FXhome community and their strong electronic/postrock tendencies (this song is mostly orchestral, with some slower singing, then faster guitar/drums/orchestra at the end). I'm sure you, with all of your elitist orchestral proclivities, will at least enjoy the first minute or two. biggrin

That being said, my range of music that I like is rather wide (death metal and polka being notable exceptions) and I will pretty much give anything a try.
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Staff Only: Take singing lessons. I was lucky enough to get singing lessons for free for several years. (Jeg gikk musikklinja, forstår du wink )

My range has increased a lot since I finally mastered proper singing teqnique, but people are different you know.

Buy (or download) Earmaster for your computer too, so you get to train your ear. Singing is actually a "shortcut" if you want to get better at playing by ear. And even achieve perfect pitch. ^^
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2010, 8:53pm

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This past week has been great.

Last weekend I went to San Francisco's Treasure Island Festival. Getting to see LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, Deadmau5, Die Antwoord (absolutely bonkers), and Holy F#ck in one day was definitely a treat. Also got to see some great bands I hadn't heard of like Phantogram and Wallpaper.

Then last Thursday I found out Minus The Bear was playing at a venue a few blocks from my house. I had only heard a handful of their songs and was far from being familiar with them. I decided to go on a last minute decision (only $20 too!). I haven't been able to stop listening to them since.

If anyone hasn't heard their latest album: OMNI... You should.
Posted: Thu, 28th Oct 2010, 9:10pm

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Some great inclusions. Klut, yeah Cardiacs are great!

Mine are below:

Broken Bells - ST
School of Seven Bells - Disconnect from Desire
The Veils - Sun Gangs
Parov Stelar - Coco
Menomena - Mines
The Like - Release Me
The Mynabirds - What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
Fang Island - ST
Beach House - Teen Dream
Alaska in Winter - Space Eagle (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)