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25 Jun 2009 14:13 #33030 by Michael Barnes
Shouldn't you be off listening to a Scofflaws or Toasters album?
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25 Jun 2009 15:40 #33043 by Ska_baron
Michael Barnes wrote:

Shouldn't you be off listening to a Scofflaws or Toasters album?


Hah! Try Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto! BOOYA!

Geez, your third wave examples are STILL older than what I listen to... Though I do like the Toasters and the Specials, who just apparently got back together (again).
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25 Jun 2009 16:15 #33052 by Hex Sinister
Michael Barnes wrote:

I saw the Breeders once at Tower Records, right before "Pod" came out. That was a cool show.


Ooh sweet. I got to see them first when Kim's sister joined up. She was still learning the songs, Kim would have to coach her onstage. That makes it sound bad but it wasn't, it was pure awesome.

Hex, you should listen to some current black metal...


I think I should too. I will definately check some out.

His name is Famine, and the best picture of him he's wielding a crossbow. He claims that he is a nationalist (but definitely not a Nazi) and his nations are medieval France and Hell.


I do not have words to express how amusing that is.
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25 Jun 2009 19:08 #33063 by mjl1783
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Random stuff I'm listening to tonight:

George Harrison Brainwashed - His last, and IMO best, album.

Dog Fashion Disco Committed to a Bright Future - Wierd jazz/showtune/metal/techno/funk concoction with songs about porn and John Wayne Gacy. Interesting, twisted, and fun.

Victor Wooten Soul Circus - Can a man be one of the funkiest people on the planet, and also a huge douchebag at the same time? Yes.

Primus The Brown Album - When they reign in their atonal bullshit a little, they're pretty enjoyable.

The Monks Black Monk Time - Wow, pretty good 60s punk. I wonder why you don't hear that much about them.
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25 Jun 2009 19:28 #33068 by Merkles
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Reading through the list of bands (about which I know nothing--which is great, though bewildering), I've several times gotten the feeling that this thread is an old Steve Martin routine being played upon me:

STEVE MARTIN: "OK, I don't like to gear my material to the audience, but I'd like to make an exception, because I was told that there is a convention of plumbers in town this week—I understand about 30 of them came down to the show tonight—so before I came out, I worked up a joke especially for the plumbers. Those of you who aren't plumbers probably won't get this and won't think it's funny, but I think those of you who are plumbers will really enjoy this. This lawn supervisor was out on a sprinkler maintenance job, and he started working on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch gangly wrench. Just then this little apprentice leaned over and said, 'You can't work on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch wrench.' Well, this infuriated the supervisor, so he went and got Volume 14 of the Kinsley manual, and he reads to him and says, 'The Langstrom seven-inch wrench can be used with the Findlay sprocket.' Just then the little apprentice leaned over and says, 'It says sprocket, not socket!' [Worried pause.] "Were these plumbers supposed to be here this show?"
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26 Jun 2009 00:29 - 26 Jun 2009 00:57 #33075 by Not Sure
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mjl1783 wrote:

Victor Wooten Soul Circus - Can a man be one of the funkiest people on the planet, and also a huge douchebag at the same time? Yes.

Even a cursory glance through the icons of funk show that the two are strongly correlated.

People keep telling me I'm an asshole, maybe I have a funky side I don't know about?

(but yeah, Victor Wooten is un-fucking-believable on a bass. Saw the Flecktones a few times in the 90s. Smokin' act.)

I've been listening to a lot of wefunkradio.com shows, and supplementing it with extra doses of 80s-90s hip-hop.

I definitely respect Merkles for calling "WTF?" on a bunch of the super-obscure black metal, and throwing down the Texas alt-country gauntlet. Before this funk period, I was listening to a lot of Robbie Fulks and such. There's a lot of great music that gets written off as redneck crap, or Nashville twangpop. However, a lot of it is redneck crap, or Nashville twangpop. Digging deep is a great reward, though.
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26 Jun 2009 00:42 #33078 by OldHippy
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On Mastodon- I've seen them a billion times since they're Atlanta-based. I have to say that I'm not really that crazy about their last two records like everybody else is. I love the first EP and the first album, and I think they've actually gotten too good for their own good. There's a rawness and a level of sheer power that's gone missing, replaced by technical prowess and complexity. They don't sound hungry anymore.

I think the first time I saw them was when they opened for Eyehategod. That was a great show. About 30 people were there. Now, Mastodon opens for Metallica and Slayer.

I've also seen those guys in their earlier bands...Today is the Day, Acid Bath, Four Hour Fogger...and I've had Brann check my bag at this store called Junkman's Daughter, where he was still working a couple of years ago.


I could see how you would think that. Personally I think almost the opposite. Their earlier records sound unfocused and a little sloppy, but show promise... not expertise. I think they have perfected their approach, learned to sing, and learned that not every song needs to be 240 bpm.

They may not sound as hungry but they certainly sound much, much more ambitious and too many bands are afraid to sound that way these days. The complexity is still just as emotional... no one practices that much because they don't feel it... they just want to have a larger vocabulary... so should every musician. No one wants to be limited in what they can say. They also sound more well-rounded these days, as if they understand that not every song should be as brutal as the last. Leviathan is when I first noticed them. A heavy metal album based on Moby Dick.. cool idea. What's interesting is that each album sounds like an almost different band then the last, that's something I really appreciate.

As far as opening for Metallica and Slayer is concerned. Good for them, I'm glad there is at least one modern music act that I can point to and say these guys are good (better then either band ever was in their day I think).

It's pretty cool that you saw them back then, but I think they're better now then they ever were.

It certainly sounds like a case of "they've gotten to popular for me to like them now, they're no longer my local band."

Well, they earned it, and in my opinion they're delivering a better product thanks to the time and energy they put in thus far.
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26 Jun 2009 00:44 - 26 Jun 2009 00:46 #33079 by OldHippy
Replied by OldHippy on topic Re:The F:AT Listening Room
mjl1783 wrote:

Victor Wooten Soul Circus - Can a man be one of the funkiest people on the planet, and also a huge douchebag at the same time? Yes.

Primus The Brown Album - When they reign in their atonal bullshit a little, they're pretty enjoyable.


Wooten is the epitome of awesome talent with no taste... It's really too bad because I love is bass style.

Good thing you mentioned Primus too because Les Claypool is almost as good technically but has much better taste. I've been listening to Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains recently and it's a pretty smokin' disc.
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26 Jun 2009 04:51 #33083 by Citadel
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Silent Shout is a brilliant album I have to dig it out every couple of months. Haven't got into the Fever Ray album yet.

I went to see Andrew Bird last month. Great concert. I was impressed by how fantastic a musician he is. With that soft indie stuff D.M. Stith's Heavy Ghost is amazing. A lot of it is so whimisical it is barely even music.



Funny someone mentions the Breeders. I have been listening to them and early Sleater-Kinney and early PJ Harvey recently. I am on a bit of an early nineties trip at the moment. I rediscovered Tindersticks first album.
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26 Jun 2009 07:36 #33085 by mjl1783
Replied by mjl1783 on topic Re:The F:AT Listening Room

Wooten is the epitome of awesome talent with no taste... It's really too bad because I love is bass style.

Good thing you mentioned Primus too because Les Claypool is almost as good technically but has much better taste. I've been listening to Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains recently and it's a pretty smokin' disc.


Wooten can go a little overboard sometimes, but he is tasteful. This isn't a bass shredding album, it's just laid-back Clinton style shit. His lyrics are awful, I'll give you that.

A little of Claypool goes a long way, and he's nowhere near as good if we're talking straight-up technique. I know a lot of people who shit their pants at the sight of someone slapping 30,000 muted notes in a row through a synth pedal, but I can only take a little of it before I get bored. Back in the Seas/Punchbowl days, when he was playing the 6 string and doing his tapping stuff, he was pretty impressive. Then he got into the "jam" scene, and now it's all this aimless noodly crap coming from him. "The Big Eyeball in the Sky" is a great tune though.
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26 Jun 2009 10:36 #33101 by OldHippy
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mjl1783 wrote:

Wooten can go a little overboard sometimes, but he is tasteful. This isn't a bass shredding album, it's just laid-back Clinton style shit. His lyrics are awful, I'll give you that.

A little of Claypool goes a long way, and he's nowhere near as good if we're talking straight-up technique. I know a lot of people who shit their pants at the sight of someone slapping 30,000 muted notes in a row through a synth pedal, but I can only take a little of it before I get bored. Back in the Seas/Punchbowl days, when he was playing the 6 string and doing his tapping stuff, he was pretty impressive. Then he got into the "jam" scene, and now it's all this aimless noodly crap coming from him. "The Big Eyeball in the Sky" is a great tune though.


Wooten is defintely an amazing player, better then Claypool, sure. But Claypool is probably more unique... especially when he's focused. I could see how his jam band stuff would be irritating, I have no time for that scene personally.

I guess what I mean by Wooten having no taste is that the one album of his I have is fascinating due to his virtuosity but the songs are so cheesy that it's only worth a listen or two, not much more. He is a great player and he can be pretty groovy, not many people can stand next to him in that style...

Except Jonas Hellborg, he's my favorite bassist by far. And Edgar Meyer on stand-up... he blows me away still to this day. Anyone who wins a fiddle championship on a double bass scares the shit out of me. His intonation is awesome.
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26 Jun 2009 12:36 #33121 by mjl1783
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But Claypool is probably more unique... especially when he's focused. I could see how his jam band stuff would be irritating, I have no time for that scene personally.


Don't get me wrong, Claypool can play, or at least he really could at one time. "Is it Luck?" is one of the hardest things I've ever seen for bass. I'll be able to play "Sinister Minister" note-for-note before I can play that one. But the last few years, he's gone waaaaay overboard with the percussive qualities of the instrument.

Meyer is pretty crazy. I bought one of those Stagg electric uprights last summer, and I gained a whole new respect for upright players. It's a lot harder to play even the simplest things on an upright.
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26 Jun 2009 12:43 #33124 by Michael Barnes
Listening to Les Claypool play bass is about like listening to a bowl of spaghetti.

The Monks Black Monk Time - Wow, pretty good 60s punk. I wonder why you don't hear that much about them.

You do if you listen to The Fall. They've covered a couple of Monks songs and there's a track called "Black Monk Theme" that's awful Monks-ish.
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26 Jun 2009 13:09 #33131 by OldHippy
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Michael Barnes wrote:

Listening to Les Claypool play bass is about like listening to a bowl of spaghetti.


You do if you listen to The Fall.


Funny because listening to the Fall is kind of like listening to someone throw all their dishes down the stairs... it's their all right, but man where is the aesthetic appeal?

Anti-msucianship for the sake of itself is the hallmark of punk... cool ideas but awfull playing. The notion that you can't be technically proficient and emotional is an anti-intellectual load of garbage. They're just afraid of having a musical vocabluary of more then four words.
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26 Jun 2009 13:36 #33136 by Michael Barnes
Funny because listening to the Fall is kind of like listening to someone throw all their dishes down the stairs
They're just afraid of having a musical vocabluary of more then four words.


"The Fall don't play fancy music"- Mark E. Smith

"If your band can't turn it out like a garage band, then it's time to hang it up"- Mark E. Smith
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