What have you been listening to this week?
What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)
Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.
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Glad you're enjoying SAILORWAVE II! It's got such a good and unique feel. Great mood lift.
The bonus tracks on I Disagree More by Poppy - I can tell why these didn't make the main release of the album, which was the first truly great release of 2020 in my opinion. And I'm a little sad to see Poppy get away from the sort of hardcore/nu-metal influence she was playing with because I think she did a great job with it.
The new album from PVRIS, Use Me which continues the band's slide into alt-pop. They're kind of losing me a bit by getting rid of the rock and roll edge they used to have, taking a similar evolution to Bring Me The Horizon (which I also sadly stopped enjoying).
Dead Years by This Or The Apocalypse, which is a band I missed out on while they were together. Which is a real shame because this album is super good. I know some members of the band reformed under the name HAWK, but that doesn't quite hit the same way as this album, which is a lot of fun if you enjoy hardcore/heavy rock.
Glad to see I'm not the only PVRIS fan here! I agree with you on Use Me -- it's a definite step in the pop direction. I like it for what it is, but I wish it had kept some of that unique, discontented energy that All We Know of Heaven had.
Oh, yeah! I saw them a couple years back with Flint Eastwood and Lights opening and it may have been the best bill I've seen top to bottom just because I really dig every artist and had been into them before I even stepped into the venue. They put on a great show. And I guess Lynn has family in my city, so she did a special song just for them, which was cool as a unique experience.
I agree, they are kind of slipping away from what made them a kind of unique sound. But my wife really likes the new album, which is good because we don't always line-up on music and it's nice to have something we can listen to together!
Oh shoot, you love Lights too?! This is uncanny! I'm now going to have to look up Flint Eastwood, as I don't know them at all, but based on how our interests have aligned elsewhere, I'm sure I will!
And yeah, I think the new album has some great hooks and a uniquely dark feel that you don't find in a lot of electropop, but I think the fact that it's more electropop than alt rock is a bit of a departure from what I liked about them before. Not necessarily bad, just different. I would love to see them live like you have.
Flint Eastwood was very good in the one album she released under that name. Since then, she's rebranded as Jax Anderson (her real name, I believe) and I just haven't been able to get into it like I did Flint Eastwood's one album. But that one album is very good.
Lots of Radiohead of all eras. It's been a great week!
Just got the new album by The Beths, and what I've heard of it so far is rad af.
LOVE The Beths. Rad af indeed! I'm still grateful to @Loire for introducing them to me.
I've been a bit sick these last days and listened to King Woman quite a bit, it's some kind of brooding gray rock. Reviews complain that it's a bit uninspired and forgettable but sometimes it's exactly what I need, goes well with my mood.
Currently listening to Murder By Death; As You Wish covers album 3. There is a Radiohead cover and an Oingo Boingo cover that I keep repeating. Though the entire album really is exquisite.
Listening to a lot of Wagakki Band lately, I love sound of shamisens, specially in high tempo songs.
Also Molotov, mostly their early 2000s material, I'm not a big fan rock music from Mexico, but Molotov is a really good band.
: it's difficult to explain the differences of the musical scene from each latinamerican country, but rock music from Mexico isn't that great (at least for my taste), although they have great artists from other musical genres, but for latinamerican rock bands I'll always prefer the ones from Argentina.
S&M2 by MetallicaMetallica finally released the album for their Symphony and Metallica shows last year, and it's... fine. I was disappointed by how many tracks were repeated from the original, and how the arrangements haven't changed on that front either. There are some new additions which are welcome, and in particular Moth Into Flame is a standout track. But overall I found it dull.
I Disagree by PoppyWell this was a weird discovery. Industrial Pop Metal, reminiscent of BABYMETAL in the sort of cutesy vocal style. At times filthy and amongst the heaviest stuff I've heard in some time, and at other times approaching K-pop. It's very strange, but very, very fun. Highlights of the album include the title track, Anything Like me, and Bite Your Teeth.
Pray for Villains by DevilDriverDevilDriver have been putting out new singles ahead of an album release in October. The singles are pretty good, but it put me right in the mood to listen to my favourite of their albums again. This is melodic groove metal at its finest. I've Been Sober, Bitter Pill, Teach Me to Whisper, and the title track are just some of the highlights. There's a couple of filler tracks, but in general the album is a rager throughout. Thoroughly recommend for metalheads who like the groovier stuff.
Old Stock by Ben CaplanI saw Ben Caplan live at a festival last year, and was blown away by him. He looks like an old wizard you might meet in a Discworld novel, and has an utterly insane vocal range. This album is the soundtrack of his recent stage show by the same name, and tells the story of a couple of Jewish immigrants to Canada. The music is a madcap mishmash of klezmer, blues, country, rock, folk, and jazz... It's very hard to define, but absolutely, thoroughly enjoyable. It's been back in rotation this week, and it never seems to get old. My personal favourites are Truth Doesn't Live in a Book, Plough the Shit, You've Arrived, Widow Bride, and Lullaby. I cannot recommend this album enough.
The Race for Space for Public Service BroadcastingAnother old favourite that's back in rotation this week. I picked up the vinyl some months ago, and stuck it on over the weekend while I was stoned out of my mind. The band takes indie-rock style instrumentals, and uses publicly available recordings from the era of the space race, and layers them over the top of the music. It all comes together to create something that's slightly other-worldly, but completely original and memorable. Go! and Gagarin are the singles, and are of course excellent, but Fire in the Cockpit and The Other Side are stunning tracks as well.
I found this Youtube music channel The Marias. There rendition of Baby One More Time is really awesome. And this Carino (Spanish for Sweetie). Their videos remind of Lana's old retro music videos, one of my favorite,, Summer Wine.
Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas, fantastic album. Paradise Lost, Opeth. Metallica's ...And Justice for All (I found an amazing remix/remaster with bass that just sounds fucking amazing). Moonsorrow and Devin Townsend's Empath album.
I've been listening a l0t t0 metal stuff, I feel like when I was a teenager and was a t0tal metalhead. I have listened Savage Sinus0id by Ig0rrr, which is pr0bably 0ne 0f the best bands and albums in the hist0ry 0f music IM0, it c0mbines s0 many things t0gheter that it is bl0wminding; I've listened again The Anat0my 0f Addicti0n by G0d, which is als0 super n0isy and awes0me, and it c0mbines certain dub 0r reggae influences with metal and it makes it s0und really nice; and finally I've listened t0 Fil0s0fem by Burzum, which I t0tally l0ved except f0r the s0ng previ0us t0 the last 0ne which was really b0ring and repetitive, but apart fr0m that specific track, I l0ved the aesthetics 0f it.
Bef0re that I was listening t0 vide0game music and Anamanaguchi, because I felt n0stalgic.
Eu tô ouvindo alguém me chamar (instrumental version) (tildes thread)
My mother was watching someone review what the songs of Racionais' MCs were talking about and this song catched my attention. I listen to the instrumental more than (the lyric-ed version, but both are great.
Gangsta's paradise by Coolio
I already knew about this song (unsurprisingly? It is quite popular.) but I didn't know it's name. Found it via a YTPMV parody of the song.
I still lean towards the instrumental version, but far less so, probably because the song is far shorter and the lyrics, while not as dense/meaningful are more memorable.
I like these songs because their themes are generally dealing with permanent or systemic crisis, which is basically the theme of now.
It's not a a YTP, but somebody did "Gangsta's Paradise but every other beat is Amish Paradise" that was great. I think it served as a testament to Weird Al's ability to reproduce a track.