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Roll of Honor Belegurth
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If you consider a band both "good" and rather "unnoticed by the mainstream", feel free to post them here. That said, I also encourage you to post bands that once were famous but now forgotten. Bands that need no introduction should rather not be advertised here, there are other places for that. Let's keep this a bit alternative and interesting.

If there is a band that you have created a bond to, or that has shown you another perspective upon life in general or certain aspects, please post them as well with a short elaboration, or introductory text.

The main goal of this thread is to discover rather unknown bands, that definitely should get some credit, and bands that exceed normal boundaries and add to the magic of music.

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I'll start off with a band that I have discovered some time ago. I will return with other bands I have in mind, but have patience. []

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

short GY!BE, is a band from Canada. However, the term "band" is rather not appropriate here, it is rather a collective of approximately 10 persons that play percussions, guitar, cello, violin, glockenspiel, and use other effects (like sucking on tapes...). This group transcends what is common today, and is a strange brew with the ingredients of a rock band, a classical orchestra and prerecorded samples of Apocalypse. It is rarely spoken on the CDs, and never ever sung. The songs, or rather compositions are 20 minutes long and create an inner image of a world falling to pieces, not without signs of a rebirth and precognition of change to come.

The artwork of their latest release, "Yanqui U.X.O." discovers how music labels collaborte with the weapon-creating industry. The songs with cryptic titles like 09-15-00 link apocalyptic to events in the past, like Ariel Sharon attacking al-haram ash-sharif.

Undoubtedly, this group combines the end of the world and rebirth, despair and hope. The intensity rises, and one might think how the final climax approaches, but the culminaton point is something GY!BE do not intend to present. Lyrics is also something GY!BE seems to avoid whenever possible - they speak through the music, and leave all the work to the listener.

[ 09-04-2004, 06:09 AM: Message edited by: Belegurth ]

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Scared of Furniture

Absolutely nobody has ever heard of them, and they were great. They have disbanded now, and it is heavy metal's greatest loss. Two of the members were my students, and I went to all their gigs. They wrote all their own songs, and they were brilliant, absolutely superb! I have their one and only album, their demo tape, and listen to it often with great pleasure.

Your moment of immortality is here, guys. Scared of Furniture rocked my mind. You were the best!

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Besides myself and the bands I am involved with . . . []

Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets were best not-quite-famous blues band touring the South in my college and post-college years. I have no idea what happened to them, but here's to them!

*raises glass*

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Cowboy Mouth

This might have been heard of by few but definately aren't on the mainstream. Cowboy Mouth is one of my all-time favorite bands who instigated a mix of alternitive, country, rock and every so often, ballad.

They are a great GREAT band so if you get a chance, check them out. I've got tickets to see them in October and I am just extatic about it.

Songs you might know:
"Jenny Says (turn off the radio)"
"What'cha Gonna Do?"

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Tom McRae
Absolutely brilliant singer-songwriter from the UK. I've been obsessed with him for over a year now. I believe he's quite known in Britain, but not really outside of the country... He makes music i can only descibe as silent, but incredibly beautiful...

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Bijelo Dugme - a bosnian band.

I don't really listen to them, but a certain bosnian I know does, and he loves them.

PS: They're not quite sane..

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King's X

A band started in Texas, and haven't received much attention at all, but do have a following. I highly recommend their CD, "Dogman" and a few songs from it, including "Pillow", "Shoes", and "Sunshine Rain". These are personal favourites, but meh to you too.

Dream Theater

By no means 'unheard of', but are sadly not mainstream for the fact that their is based more upon skill than making a tune sound catchy. They have been known to re-record songs from artists such as Metallica, Jimmy Hendrix, and Elton John to name a few. My personal favourite is a song called 'A Change of Seasons', which is 23 minutes and 5 seconds long. It catalogs the changes of seasons in one's life, or so I think it does.

I'm a fool, so take whatever thoughts you want.

Strapping Young Lad

Canadian based Trash Metal band, their lyrics do not make much sense but their skill belongs in the fact that it can easily make one's blood begin to pump. I haven't heard anything similar to them, but I am not exactly an expert upon music.

Oh yeah, *cough*System of a Down*cough*Bad Religion*cough*Nightwish*cough*

Had something stuck in my throat. Sorry folks.

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Riders in the Sky
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My family listened to these guys a LONG time ago - probably twelve years. At first they just released regular recordings, but in the early '90's they actually had their own children's show on Saturday mornings. Recently they have won two Grammy Awards associated with Pixar films (Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.), but it seems that most people have still never heard of them! They're great yodelers! []

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bomby - Anson Funderburgh is still around, I saw him in New Orleans last year. []

E: and Cowboy Mouth the year before (I go to the Jazz & Heritage festival every year)

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Tevesh> I haven't heard of anybody mentioning those bands in a long time! I saw Kings X in concert in...um...1991, I believe. Good stuff. And I used to listen to Dream Theater's Images and Words CD all the time. Then it disappeared when one of my roommates moved (back when I was single). []
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*is hopelessly lost in list mode*

Top 5 + others

  • Elliott Smith-- Brilliant songwriter. Winning music composition contests since he was 10. Nobody knew who he was when his song on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar, and everybody forgot about it until he did another one for The Royal Tenenbaums.
  • Jeff Buckley-- Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk is the most amazing double album ever produced. But can anybody answer whether he or Leonard Cohen got a hold of "Hallelujia" first?
  • Nick Drake-- Nobody under the age of 25 would probably know about this guy at all if not for that confounded VW Bug commercial.
  • Unwound-- They've known what's up for 17 years (and 14 albums), and they still do.
  • Frodus-- just because they break up is no excuse to shelf all their music!...
  • At the Drive-In
  • Antioch Arrow
  • Jawbreaker
  • Twothirtyeight
  • Karate
  • Sinker
  • Ida
  • Braid
  • The White Octave


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Funktion - a swedish funk unit of 18 year olds playing funky music; some rap, some r & b/soul and a LOT of funk. And they are very talented.


www.funktion.cjb.net

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His Infernal Majesty is a really good band. They're from Finland I think.
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About two months ago I would have been in here raving about Switchfoot. They've been around for about 7 years and about a month or two ago they got their first real recognition. They're still probably under-appreciated, but they are now played on mainstream radio a good bit and are getting a lot more notice.

But still, there's plenty of deprived people who haven't heard the amazingness of Switchfoot. If you've never heard their music, go out and buy their CDs, download them, I don't care what! Just hear it! []

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Anson at the New Orleans J&H Fest?!? WT, check your PMs.
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Anyone here for Guided By Voices?

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quote:
Anyone here for Guided By Voices?

Tell us about it! I haven't heard of them, and downloading is immoral [] [] .
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Hey GtW, I've been a listener of Switchfoot
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Quick, GtW, tell me a Switchfoot song to download!
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Meant to Live, Learning to Breathe, I Dare you to Move, New Way to be Human, Gone, More Than Fine, Let That Be Enough, You, Chem 6A...

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Thanks!


TO KAZZA LITE!!!!!!!

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Belegurth,

I have actually seen God Speed! in concert, an evening I will never forget to be sure. If you can get ahold on some of their vinyl works, you will be pleased. Such musicians are rare. Have you read any of Tolkien's works while listening to God Speed? The two, in my opinion, blend beautifully.

Herendil,

How would you describe HIM 's sound? The name sounds familiar.

I bring to you all, Sparklehorse.

Their latest album is entitled It's a Wonderful Life. Unfortunately the title song off the album will be featured in yet another zombie movie due out sometime soon. *sigh* I won't describe the group (technically one man mostly) but will simply say this, listen.

As far as "once famous now forgotten," an entire genre has been lost on modern day culture, that being jazz. Modern music is boring, the last pioneer of rock being Led Zepplin. If typical jazz measures (like 6/8 as opposed to say the usual rock/blues 12 bars) were incorporated into today's instrumentation and sound, the face of music as we know it would change, and that's just beat measures. Dave Matthews Band in their earlier years played around with these things, a prime example being "Drive In Drive Out". Perhaps people are too engulfed in Good Charlotte to enjoy Good Music.

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jeez, I don't know what all to mention in here. I'll just put out the bands ive been listening to and noone in this area talks about.

-Shai Hulud (broke up but still good stuff)
-The Suicide File (also broke up) []
-The Hope Conspiracy (similar to Suicide File... and still together too!)
-Anti-Flag (political punk)
-ZAO
-As I lay Dying
-walls of jericho
-Avenged sevenfold
-the faint
-nightfall
-alexisonfire
-unearth
-thrice
-river city rebels (punk)
-atreyu

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raiders in teh sky, where on a barney vidieo...scary, eh?

but
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
best old timeish jazz youve heard....cant say much else i think they play the super bowl three or four years ago....not sure....

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I agree with JJ Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy is the best jazz group they actually came from Oxnard or Ventura or something like that near LA...
I steal my cousin's cd all the time... I have yet to give it back...

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