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Hawkins
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posted 29 August 2003 04:40 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What are the CDs that have just come out that people want/have recently bought and would recommend?

My wanted list is pretty much Can-Rock allstars, though a few American bands:

New Pornagraphers newest
Dandy warhols newest
White Stripes - Elephant
Hot Hot Heat's newest
Sloan- Action Pact
The Trews House of ill fame (i think thats the title)
Sam Roberts - We were born in a flame
Coming soon: Pilate and maybe Billy Talent (Try Honesty is a good song going to be ruined)

I recently just went out and got these three CDs (had to knock a few off the list with all the great CDs out there):

Danny Michel : Tales from the Invisable Man. Danny is such an amazing song writer. The album is diverse and so very beautiful and amazing. It is never heavy, some times popish other times folk/country and usually some where between the great expanse of alt rock and pop-folk. The sound is very rich and the songs are well crafted and extremely personal. Classic Danny Michel but IMO better then his last 3 outings, which were already stunning.

The Weakerthans : Reconstruction Site. Wonderful CD. Its Canadian alt rock at its finest, with intelligent song writing and catchy toons. I love it. If you know anything about the weakerthans and like any of their music then go out and get this cd its a good listen and never disappointing.

The Constantines - Shine a Light. Guelph rockers produce the best rock to sleep to i have ever heard. Its beautiful and raw. Im not a music expert so its hard to define because it sounds heavy but isn't and I don't know enough to compare it to. Certainly give them a listen because its like all your favourite ROCK bands when they play that one beautiful, strong, and emotional slow song. Its simply beautiful.


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posted 29 August 2003 05:05 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I want Thirteenth Step from A Perfect Circle
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Catchfire
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posted 29 August 2003 11:30 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Definitely recommend the Constantines. They are the next big thing. Not in Canada. In Rock n' Roll in general.

The new Dandies, though it has some good hits, is disappointing. It lacks too much substance and is far too forgettable. A let down from '13 Tales.'

Coming out soon: The new Spiritualized 'Amazing Grace.' It's leaked on the web, but buy it anyways!

The Brian Jonestown Massacre's '...And This is Our Music' is coming out in a month or so. These guys are the greatest Rock band in the last ten years.

The new Mars Volta record is pretty cool too, although it has the worst cover art I've ever seen.

That's all I'm excited about for now, though. And also: I'm broke, so that's all I can afford to be excited about.


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Sara Mayo
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posted 29 August 2003 12:27 PM      Profile for Sara Mayo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great music pics, I've been meaning to pick up some of the aforementionned artits.

Has anyone heard of Flux A.D.?

They're a great Hamilton band, both live and on CD. Their newest CD, transatlantic toughts, is a complete package, no duds, all great songs.

Their music sometimes reminds me of New Pornographers, but their lyrics make a bit more sense.

I'm really bad a describing music, so I'll cheat and quote this from their website:

quote:
A firm foundation in pop, a healthy allegiance to rock, frequent nods to electronica, and a continuing fascination with the excitement of experimentation has coloured Flux AD’s musical outings both live and in the studio to date. The new record builds on the band’s solid bedrock but, as [lead singer Julie] MacDonald says, more love and time went into its creation resulting in inspired instrumentation and polished arrangements that are so seductive they have their own gravitational pull.

Take a listen.

In a completely different genre, I am also a huge Be good tanyas fan. Their latest CD, Chinatown is excellent, even better than Blue Horse. If you like folk or blues or roots or bluegrass you have to check them out.

Oh, yeah, I have to add a plug form one of my alltime favorite artists: Jean Leloup. His latest (La vallée des réputations) is has fewer pop-friendly songs than his second most recent (Les fourmis), it is much more subdued almost bluesy. But it is yet another excellent Jean "The Wolf" (as he sometimes refers to himself in his songs) album. Even if you don't know French, you should check him out.

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Lima Bean
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posted 29 August 2003 12:46 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey sara, if you like the Be Good Tanyas, you oughtta check out Gillian Welch. She is really really great. And of course, Lucinda Williams--who's coming to town in October to play at Massey Hall.

Yay music!


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posted 29 August 2003 02:19 PM      Profile for Section 49     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Definitely agree with The new New Pornographers, the new Dandy Warhols, and Gillian Welch. I am looking forward to getting the new Hawskley Workman album as well. I would highly recommend Broken Social Scene's "You Forgot it in People", one of the best album's put out in a while, and the Kings of Leon's "Youth and Young Manhood".
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Hawkins
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posted 29 August 2003 02:43 PM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some beautiful female singers are Sarah Slean, Sarah Harmer and of course Kathleen Edwards. Word going around is that Sarah Harmer is coming out with a new album soon, I hope anyways.
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posted 29 August 2003 02:44 PM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Most of my new cd purchases have stemmed from my recent folk fest experiences - Kathleen Edwards "Failer," a few more Elvis Costellos (they're all good people!), and Buck 65's "synethesia" and "squares" (I think that's the title) - all highly recommended. As well, my interest in classical music has resurged, so a bargain bin Vivaldi's four seasons is making me pretty happy right now.
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posted 29 August 2003 04:29 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i've been avoiding buying CDs for the last while because i noticed that of collection of 400, there's a good 100 that i haven't played in over a year.
but to anyone who likes good studio-one era reggae, i just got "Feel Like Jumping" a collection of obscure reggae singles all sung by women artists, the vast majority of whom you've never heard of. get this CD
i also need to reiterate Sara's point. Jean Leloup should be mandatory listening. Just avoid his first album (Le Menteur). In fact, i'm going to listen to "Isabelle" right now!

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posted 29 August 2003 07:16 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The 4-CD set, Swing Tanzen Verboten has just been released by Proper Box. That's next on my list.

alternative to the dead link

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posted 31 August 2003 06:42 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i second the feelings about kings of leon and gillian welch ... kingblake, if you don't have a need for those extra 100 cds

others to check out:

"i'm coming home" - st. thomas
"too close to see far" - cosmic roughriders
"la revancha del tango" - gotan project
"power in the blood" - alabama 3


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posted 31 August 2003 08:07 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm rather unselective ... Pretty much any "dance mix CD" gets picked up by me since I like the dance/techno kind of stuff.
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posted 31 August 2003 01:36 PM      Profile for Amy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was just told about a new primus EP, coming out in october i think. I'm into getting that, and Mars Volta, which someone mentioned. If you all are into them, I would reccomend Sparta, composed of former members of at the drive-in, but pre-mars volta. They have two records I think, but "wiretap scars" is the best.

I'm mostly into spending my music money on shows lately... I missed APC in vancouver by 4 days (grr!), but I'm going to see the unicorns and mogwai, and maybe calexico in september.
(that's more live shows than i've been to in about 6 months)

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posted 04 September 2003 05:43 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Weakerthans-"Reconstruction Site"
The latest from Canada's best band (granted that's kinda damning them with faint praise, but hey...)

Kings Of Leon-"Youth and Young Manhood" '70s Southern boogie rock meets Iggy and the Stooges. Kicks ass.

The Starlight Mints-"Built on Squares" (?)
Pavement-esque indie-rock with a dash of Elephant 6 sunshine pop.


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posted 05 September 2003 01:13 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by black_dog:
The latest from Canada's best band (granted that's kinda damning them with faint praise, but hey...)
I take umbrage!

Faint praise? Not lately. Perhaps you've heard:

The Constantines
Hot Hot Heat
The New Pornographers
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Royal City
The Flashing Lights
The Dears
Sianspheric

These bands aren't 'good for Canadian' they're just plain good. Even great. And there's more where they came from.


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posted 05 September 2003 04:20 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The Constantines
Hot Hot Heat
The New Pornographers
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Royal City
The Flashing Lights
The Dears
Sianspheric

Constantines: saw them. My socks remained on my feet.
Hot Hot Heat: Entertaining, but rather superficial.
new Pornographers: Overrated. Their good moments are briliant, but there's an awful lot of filler in there.
Godspeed: Pretenious neo-Prog drivel.
Sianspheric/Royal City: dunno 'em.
Flashing Lights: kick ass, but on hiatus.
Dears: Pop goodness overshadowed by aimless nu-jazz wankery. Though I haven't heard the new record yet, so I'll reserve judgement.

None of 'em are as good as the Weakerthans.


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dee
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posted 05 September 2003 05:11 PM      Profile for dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Steve Malkmus & the Jicks - Listen to it daily and can't get enough.

I like the New Pornographers but find them a bit boring after a while. Most of their songs sound kinda the same. I find the same thing, though to a lesser extent, with the weakerthans. But I'll buy their next cd anyway...


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posted 05 September 2003 06:02 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How deftly ye dismiss bands of wondrous rock n' roll with one-liners meant for the CD review section of Maxim...

The Weakerthans are good, but not as. However, I certainly won't dismiss them with a casual three-word rebuff.

I'm suprised I didn't see the word 'transplendent' when I read your synopses. With terms like neo-prog and nu-jazz you're calling Godspeed pretentious? And that means that they're...bad, right?

Keep your socks on if you like, but mine are off with my shoes and I'm dancing in the streets...


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Bill Haydon
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posted 05 September 2003 10:27 PM      Profile for Bill Haydon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm off to see the oft-mentioned Weakerthans this evening. I'll pick up their disc at the show.

I would recommend the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Fever to Tell" as well as Rancid's "Indestructable" Both have not left my cd player for a while.


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posted 05 September 2003 11:09 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I bought Johnny Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around, after watching the MTV video awards.

It was well worth it. His cover of NIN's Hurt brought that song alive in a way that Trent Reznor never could have.


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posted 06 September 2003 02:44 AM      Profile for Marc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hurt is one of the most incredible songs I have ever heard. The emotion in his voice gives me goosebumps.
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posted 06 September 2003 12:35 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did you know that his wife, June Carter Cash, died suddenly, shortly after they released the video?
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