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  Posted on February 17, 2010 00:30
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Just post an album that you think everyone should listen to. All S-B rules apply, and don't post a CD that someone already has. You are allowed to comment on someone else's choice, but if it's something like "that sux" or "i love that", you'd better recommend a CD yourself or you'll be warned for spam, unless your comment has some substance.

Okay, my first CD I'll recommend is

De-Loused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta

Genre(s): Prog rock, art rock, jazz fusion
Tracks: 10
Length: 60:59
Description: A concept album detailing the journey of "Cerpin Taxt", a suicidal drug addict, leading up to his suicide. If you're a fan of Robert Plant's voice, you'll dig TMV's vocals. The sound is very experimental, but that doesn't detract from its genius.

Recommended tracks: Inertiatic ESP, Drunkship of Lanterns


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  Posted on February 17, 2010 00:50
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Artist:Thousand Foot Krutch
Genre:Rock
Album:Phenomenon and Welcome to The Masquerade
Song Examples: Scream, Phenomenon, E for Extinction, Bounce
Extra info: they've been around for about 10 years i think.
Phenomenon's gotta be their best song, its amazing.
  Posted on February 17, 2010 01:00
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Travelling Without Moving - Jamiroquai
Genre(s): Funk, Acid Jazz, Dance
Tracks: 12
Length: 62:50
Description: This album has quite a few instrumentals. Songs like Cosmic Girl and Travelling Without Moving are influenced by the electronic sounds of dance music. The album is a pleasant mix of Acid Jazz and synthesizers, and it's worth listening to.
Recommended tracks: Cosmic Girl, Virtual Insanity, High Times, Travelling Without Moving
  Posted on February 17, 2010 02:56
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Incubus - Make Yourself (Japanese Edition)



Year: 1999
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative Rock
Tracks: 14
Length: 48:12
Description: The japanese edition of Make yourself (whose original version appears in the list/book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die") which features an extra track: "Crowded Elevator", one of the album's best.
With Make Yourself, Incubus set themselves appart from the mainstream rock sound of those days, wandering in and out of a more classical and alternative Rock sound characterized by heavy guitar reefs, funk-influenced and rythmic basslines, tight percussion, flawless mood-shifts ("Nowhere fast"),impeccable lyrical content and a great vocal performance by mr. Brandon Boyd that does never age. An album that will definitely get you hooked if you have a minimum of taste for rock music.
Recommended tracks: Nowhere Fast, Crowded Elevator, Clean, The Warmth.
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  Posted on February 17, 2010 06:20
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Fux wrote:
Incubus - Make Yourself (Japanese Edition)



Year: 1999
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative Rock
Tracks: 14
Length: 48:12
Description: The japanese edition of Make yourself (whose original version appears in the list/book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die") which features an extra track: "Crowded Elevator", one of the album's best.
With Make Yourself, Incubus set themselves appart from the mainstream rock sound of those days, wandering in and out of a more classical and alternative Rock sound characterized by heavy guitar reefs, funk-influenced and rythmic basslines, tight percussion, flawless mood-shifts ("Nowhere fast"),impeccable lyrical content and a great vocal performance by mr. Brandon Boyd that does never age. An album that will definitely get you hooked if you have a minimum of taste for rock music.
Recommended tracks: Nowhere Fast, Crowded Elevator, Clean, The Warmth.
I'm actually going to take a listen to this. I couldn't find the Japanese version though, so I'm not gonna get Crowded Elevator.

Anyway, my album is

Music Has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada

Year: 1998
Genre(s): IDM, Ambient, Downtempo
Tracks: 18
Length: 70:42
Description: Oh man, where to begin. Boards of Canada are one of the most influential groups on a genre most of you have never even heard of. The album is one of the most relaxing, calming, and deep things I've ever heard. The group uses extensive warping and modulating to make their music evocative of old nature documentaries, as well as simply incorporating recordings of nature into their music.
Honestly, it's almost impossible to describe, other than this: It's a trip. I know it may not come over as such, but this is easily one of my favorite albums of all time, if not my favorite album ever.
I can't really recommend any tracks as the "best" ones since the album works so much better as one full listen, but here are some of the ones that work better on their own:
An Eagle in Your Mind
Sixtyten
Turquoise Hexagon Sun
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  Posted on February 17, 2010 07:34
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Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space by Digable Planets

Genre: Jazz rap
Tracks: 14
Length: 56:35
Description: DP's debut album is what rap could be. Funky, relaxed, and almost never serious, this CD is perfect if you just feel like chilling out. Subject matter varies from song to song, but usually it's just about chilling out on the weekend, though there is one track where it get's somewhat serious; "La Femme Fetal" is a pro-abortion song, but it's still fun, in a way. There are a trio of rappers here: Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca. Butterfly seems to be the lead MC, which is fine, he's the best performer.
Recommended tracks: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), It's Good to Be Here
  Posted on February 17, 2010 17:36
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Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come



Year: 1998
Genre(s): Hardcore Punk, Experimental Rock
Tracks: 12
Length: 55:11
Description: Holy fucking shit! This album is just too fucking awesome and this is not a joke: if you don't own it you're missing what's probably the best album of punk music since London Calling, and honestly, one of the bests albums of all times.
But while being a punk album (at a very fundamental level) on The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused sound nothing like any other punk band you've heard, they challenge the limits of the genre, incorporating elements of Drum n' Bass with Jazzy breakdowns and electronic parts.
In a nutshell, The Shape of Punk to Come is a piece of smart and experimental (hardcore) punk music that you just HAVE to listen to, even if you're not into this particular genre of music as it's just great MUSIC.
Recommended tracks: New Noise <- That should be enough to get you hooked.


Ps: This is also Refused's last album as they're no longer together; yet another reason to get it, or at least, download it.

@Pilaf: If the authorities of S-b don't mind, I can upload the album and PM/Post it here. I honestly don't know what S-b's policy is regarding this stuff.
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  Posted on February 17, 2010 18:20
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Coming of Age by Breaking Point

Year:2001
Tracks:11
Description: Musical debut of Breaking Point. It's great! I can listen to this constantly, and I am never tired. As for the other infos = Most popular of the tracks, One of the Kind served as the entrance theme of WWF professional wrestler Rob Van Dam in 2001 and was included on the compilation album WWF Forceable Entry. Rest of them was used as soundtracks in two Dragon Ball Z Movies.
Recommended tracks: Almost all, but Phoenix and Falling Down rocks

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  Posted on February 20, 2010 18:35
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Bmth Suicide Season
Year:2008
Tracks:10
Genre: Deathcore
Description: a pretty heavy metal style album for fans of death or lamb of god
Song topics vary from slutty girls to missing your loved one. The intensity behind this album is pretty awesome and is perfect if you in a pretty aggressive mood
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  Posted on February 21, 2010 23:37
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Fux wrote:
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come



Year: 1998
Genre(s): Hardcore Punk, Experimental Rock
Tracks: 12
Length: 55:11
Description: Holy fucking shit! This album is just too fucking awesome and this is not a joke: if you don't own it you're missing what's probably the best album of punk music since London Calling, and honestly, one of the bests albums of all times.
But while being a punk album (at a very fundamental level) on The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused sound nothing like any other punk band you've heard, they challenge the limits of the genre, incorporating elements of Drum n' Bass with Jazzy breakdowns and electronic parts.
In a nutshell, The Shape of Punk to Come is a piece of smart and experimental (hardcore) punk music that you just HAVE to listen to, even if you're not into this particular genre of music as it's just great MUSIC.
Recommended tracks: New Noise <- That should be enough to get you hooked.


Ps: This is also Refused's last album as they're no longer together; yet another reason to get it, or at least, download it.

@Pilaf: If the authorities of S-b don't mind, I can upload the album and PM/Post it here. I honestly don't know what S-b's policy is regarding this stuff.
SB rules do not permit any form of piracy. (not my rules, and I wish I could change them, but what can you do?)
That said, the album wasn't half as good as I was expecting. Sure, it was good, and energetic, but it wasn't really omfg lifechanging or anything like that. Also, I couldn't stand the singer's voice.
Battlestar Scralachtica was by far my favorite song on it, btw.

Today's album:
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

Year: 1991
Genre: Shoegaze
Tracks: 11
Length: 48:36
Description: Guitars way the fuck up, everything else subtly and beautifully mixed in. The vocals are just another instrument, and I couldn't even tell you what any of the words are. Recorded for two years in nineteen studios and almost entirely by one man, this is the album that created shoegaze, this is pretty much a sonic masterpiece.
Recommended tracks:
Only Shallow
I Only Said
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  Posted on March 3, 2010 20:28
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Pilaf wrote:
That said, the album wasn't half as good as I was expecting. Sure, it was good, and energetic, but it wasn't really omfg lifechanging or anything like that. Also, I couldn't stand the singer's voice.
Battlestar Scralachtica was by far my favorite song on it, btw.

I've no idea what you were expecting but, in my opinion, MY is a 4 star album. Anyhow, what I do not get is what's the problem with Brandon's voice, technically he's one of the best (male) singers in rock music today. Of course, that's 1999 and he's improved a lot (check the vocals on Oil & Water).

Pilaf wrote:
Today's album:
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

Year: 1991
Genre: Shoegaze
Tracks: 11
Length: 48:36
Description: Guitars way the fuck up, everything else subtly and beautifully mixed in. The vocals are just another instrument, and I couldn't even tell you what any of the words are. Recorded for two years in nineteen studios and almost entirely by one man, this is the album that created shoegaze, this is pretty much a sonic masterpiece.
Recommended tracks:
Only Shallow
I Only Said

Vocals are always another instrument (except on bands that simply murder them) but I agree: that whisper-esque vibe/sound they've got fits perfectly.

Now, related to the whole vocals-instrument thing, my next recommendation:

Björk - Medúlla



Year: 2004
Genre(s): Avant-Garde music, A capella, Alternative.
Tracks: 14
Length: 45:40
Description: An album made almost entirely of human vocals with the collaboration of famous beatboxers and everyone's favourite whack job, vocalist Mike Patton (!). Although her music might not be easy to chew at first, you'll grow to appreciate this album in all its greatness, and if you haven't heard much of Björk before, her voice will definitely be a pleasant surprise (might I add she's probably my favourite singer).
Recommended tracks: Oceania Everything you hear in that song was created with human voice.
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  Posted on March 4, 2010 01:28
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Really? I think Bjork sounds like a drowning goose. <_< Not to say I don't like her, but favorite singer doesn't come close (that's probably PJ Harvey)
I did really like Oceania, though.
Now you're making me debate between one of three or four albums to review, all because of your album. :p
Whatever, gonna go for my original choice:
The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse

Year: 1997
Genre: Indie Rock
Tracks: 15
Length: 73:58
Description: Forget what you've heard or what you think: This is, hands down, Modest Mouse's best album. Even if you think Moon and Antarctica is their best and thought they were selling out with Good News, even if Float On is your favorite Modest Mouse song, you're wrong. Their second LP (and final non-major label one), this is probably the rawest thing they've produced without going so far as to just screaming into the mic (a la Bury me With it). It's catchy, emotional, and has one of my favorite songs of all time on it. If you like Modest Mouse but haven't listened to this album yet, you're really missing out. If you've never listened to Modest Mouse, they're a bunch of guys in seattle that hate god and write good music.
Recommended tracks: Trailer Trash (for some reason youtube removed the album version of this song, so this is a direct mp3 link)(this is my favorite modest mouse song by a longshot, just wait for the instrumental at the end)
Teeth Like God's Shoeshine (Yeah, the first 80 seconds are pretty terrible, but it's amazing after that)
Polar Opposites (The chorus is one of the best lines I've ever heard in a song)
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  Posted on March 4, 2010 02:06
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My Brother's Blood Machine by The Prize Fighter Inferno
Year: 2006
Genres: Folk, electronica
Tracks: 78 (66 4-5 second "empty" tracks,)
Length: 49:21
Description: A one-man band, Claudio Sanchez plays every instrument in this CD, and it sounds good. Some songs are dreamy and surreal, using a bare minimum of instruments and instead focusing solely on vocals, which are amazing (if you like high voices, although some songs are sung in a lower tone.) The songs are all part of a concept, but only if you really, really look into it, I can hardly figure out what's what. There are several characters, four of which are mentioned in-song and three have their own tracks. The sound of this CD is often very somber, although there are a few upbeat (sounding, not lyrically) songs. The prevalent instruments here are an acoustic guitar and Sanchez's voice, but some songs have some electronica in there which sounds really good, except when overdone (Going Price for Home, which also doubles as the worst track.) This CD is definitely worth a look. The lyrics are amazing, and there are some songs that play with your emotions and deal with serious themes (Our Darling Daughter You Are, Little Cecilia Marie). The real treat is at the end: the 78th track, aptly titles "78" is amazing and ends this CD on a good note.
Recommended tracks:
Who Watches the Watchmen (a feel-good song)
The Fight of Moses Early and Sir Arthur McCloud
Accidents
  Posted on March 4, 2010 17:01
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Hmmm, I guess I'll go with a "solo" project too. "Solo" because it was all written by Mike Einziger but played live with a (big) band he formed (Time Lapse Consortium) which consisted of current Incubus members Mike Einziger (guitar), Ben Kenney (bass), Jose Pasillas (drums), Neal Evans of Soulive (organ) with Suzie Katayama on string arrangements and other 30 people or something.

Time Lapse Consortium - Live at the Roxy



Year: 2003
Genre(s): Jazz, Funk, Psychedelic.
Tracks: 10
Length: 47:11
Description: Okay, I cheated, this is not exactly an album, more of an official bootleg of the Time Lapse Consortium's only live performance (Mikey thought it'd be more exciting if it was a 1 take thing - they only rehearsed 3 days before the show).

Mikey says: "Time Lapse Consortium is an idea that had been swirling around in my brain for quite some time. For years I've been fascinated by the great bandleaders and arrangers of the 50's and 60's. People such as Quincy Jones, Esquivel, Sergio Mendes, etc.... With all of those instruments, it's like being able to paint a picture with many different colors. It's a very different experience from writing music for a standard rock and roll setup."

All in all, while it might not be "da best fucking album/not-album everz!!!1!" or a 2nd "Bitches Brew" (album I'll probably post later) it's a good, maybe even great, listen if you enjoy funky Jazz music that can even get slightly trippy sometimes.

Note: It's all 100% instrumental except for "A certain shade of green", in which Brandon Boyd makes a guest appearance joining in vocals. It also sounds nothing like anything Incubus has done (although not even Incubus sounds like Incubus with each new album).

Recommended Tracks: I done already been up in there, Tres Puntos (it's a fun song).


Considering only 10,000 copies of this cd were made and sold out I don't think putting it up for download could be too bad...
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  Posted on March 6, 2010 03:18
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Deltron 3030 by Del tha Funkee Homosapien

Genre(s): Hip-Hop
Tracks: 21
Length: 60:00 including Skits
Description: Tells the story of "Deltron Zero" in the year 3030 over futuristic beats and sci-fi lyrics. The story progresses through skits and the theme of each track. There are alot of skits and I think they would've been more worthwhile with some Eminem level skit humor( Ken Kaniff ), but that's just me. The concept is weird but Del has the skill to back up his ambitions.

Recommended tracks:
Virus
Mastermind
Turbulence (Remix)
Spartania
your first kiss was not with Halil, but with me, Nico!!!!
BLeachX_X.
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