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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:49 pm UTC

Cai wrote:liars is good too, can't wait for their new album


it leaked about a month ago... not that i recommend stealing music from the internet, but it's totally out there.
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Postby taggedunion » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:41 am UTC

kcr wrote:So a friend put a song on a mix CD for me by a local artist .. Vandaveer. The song is "Roman Candle" and it's good. The other ones are nice too. Check it out.


Heh, I knew someone by the name of Vanderveer in high school... kind of weird. :)

Man, this "Roman Candle" song is rockin'. Totally reminds me of the Beatles. :D
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Postby dansez dansez dansez » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:16 am UTC

I felt so uncool because I didn't think I liked anything no one had heard of, making me a total poseur, but no one has mentioned Annuals. Very good band. Only one studio album so far, Be He Me.
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Postby Gladjaframpf » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:01 am UTC

Not a band, but a single person: Bjørn Lynne. He does several different styles of music; I mostly listen to his electronica-type stuff. He also composes ambient music for movies, TV shows and video games.

Most of his music is available as free previews on his website if anyone wants to check it out.

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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:12 pm UTC

oh i failed to mention animal collective earlier. they're super awesome.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:44 pm UTC

Have you heard Strawberry Jam yet. It is amazing!
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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:49 pm UTC

it's way more electronic than i'm used to from them. i'm still getting used to it.
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Postby screech » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:24 pm UTC

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Postby aisling » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:12 pm UTC

dansez dansez dansez wrote:I felt so uncool because I didn't think I liked anything no one had heard of, making me a total poseur, but no one has mentioned Annuals. Very good band. Only one studio album so far, Be He Me.


Yeah, I bought that for my mom for Christmas. She's really into indie/obscure music.

Sorry, I just had to rain on your parade. They are VERY good, though.


EDIT: I really love Amos the Transparent. They did a song featuring Amy Millan, which I think is pretty cool. Their album is "Everything I've Forgotten To Forget".

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Postby lowbrass » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:31 pm UTC

refreshingapathy wrote:My vote for "excellent unknown band" goes to:
Behold... the Arctopus, a crazy three-piece shred/tech/death metal group out of NYC.


I've actually listened to them, and they are most excellent. Maybe it has something to do with my roommate being the metal music director at our college radio station.

Onward. Sorry in advance for bold button abuse.



You may have heard of some of these bands:

No Trigger: Excellent hardocre punk.

Ion Dissonance: crazy math-metal in the vein of Dillinger Escape Plan.

3 Inches of Blood: amazing metal band that sings about pirate battles and cyborgs from the future. One of my favorite bands.

The Agonist: New to the scene female-fronted melodic death metal.

Venetian Snares: awesome breakcore/electronic madness similar to Squarepusher and Four Tet, which I think someone else mentioned.

Mono: Japanese post-rock.

Shai Hulud: hardcore punk. Interesting fact: they get their name from the Fremen word for the giant sand worms in Dune.

Xploding Plastix: acid jazz/electronica.





You probably haven't heard of:

Volta Do Mar: Awesome instrumental math rock. Also one of my favorite bands.

Eastern Youth: Japanese indie-rock.

Psyche Origami: hip hop. They did some of the music for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim commercials.

Send More Paramedics: Zombie-core. That's right.

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: all-acoustic side project of moderately well known ska band Streetlight Manifesto. (I actually saw someone mention this earlier, you are win).

Whole Wheat Bread: a skate punk band consisting of 3 black guys. totally catchy songs.





Local music, you most likely haven't heard of them:

Optimus Rhyme: Seattle based hip hop band that raps about robots, ping pong, and forum moderators. One of my favorite bands.

Mon Frere: electronic/indie rock. Sadly broken up :(

Sleep Terror: INSANE technical death metal. Melts faces.

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Postby lowbrass » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:35 pm UTC

Also, I've found that a good way to judge a band's popularity, or in this case, their "unknown-ness", is to see how many listeners they have on last.fm. If a band has < 300,000 listeners, I'd consider them somewhat unknown, but music elitists have probably heard of them. If < 50,000 there's a good bet they're fairly unknown.

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Postby thefiddler » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:07 pm UTC

lowbrass wrote:You may have heard of some of these bands:
No Trigger: Excellent hardocre punk.
Ion Dissonance: crazy math-metal in the vein of Dillinger Escape Plan.
3 Inches of Blood: amazing metal band that sings about pirate battles and cyborgs from the future. One of my favorite bands.
The Agonist: New to the scene female-fronted melodic death metal.
Venetian Snares: awesome breakcore/electronic madness similar to Squarepusher and Four Tet, which I think someone else mentioned.
Mono: Japanese post-rock.
Shai Hulud: hardcore punk. Interesting fact: they get their name from the Fremen word for the giant sand worms in Dune.
Xploding Plastix: acid jazz/electronica.

I've heard most of these bands and actually have "Minus the Herd" by Ion Dissonance. As in, I bought it. Wow. I never buy stuff. :)

lowbrass wrote:You probably haven't heard of:
Volta Do Mar: Awesome instrumental math rock. Also one of my favorite bands.
Eastern Youth: Japanese indie-rock.
Psyche Origami: hip hop. They did some of the music for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim commercials.
Send More Paramedics: Zombie-core. That's right.
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: all-acoustic side project of moderately well known ska band Streetlight Manifesto. (I actually saw someone mention this earlier, you are win).
Whole Wheat Bread: a skate punk band consisting of 3 black guys. totally catchy songs.

Well, the only two I don't know are Send More Paramedics and Whole Wheat Bread. It would also be me that mentioned BotAR. I love both them and SM, but can't really stand Catch 22. :)

lowbrass wrote:Local music, you most likely haven't heard of them:
Optimus Rhyme: Seattle based hip hop band that raps about robots, ping pong, and forum moderators. One of my favorite bands.

Actually, I have. >.> I don't know where, but, yeah...

lowbrass wrote:Also, I've found that a good way to judge a band's popularity, or in this case, their "unknown-ness", is to see how many listeners they have on last.fm. If a band has < 300,000 listeners, I'd consider them somewhat unknown, but music elitists have probably heard of them. If < 50,000 there's a good bet they're fairly unknown.

You think <50,000 is obscure? Most the ones I was posting, I was looking for under 10,000, and most of them were closer to 3,000.

But I'm, apparently, a hardcore music elitist.

Like the fact that Alesana has 24,000 listeners and a shirt at Hot Topic made me cringe.

Oops.

EDIT:
Following lowbrass's definition of unknown, here are a few really good bands:
Braid
The Promise Ring
Mineral
The Gloria Record
Christie Front Drive
Texas is the Reason
Paris, Texas
Sunny Day Real Estate
Cap'n Jazz
Rites of Spring
Rainer Maria
Jets to Brazil
Embrace
Joan of Arc
Hopesfall
Blessthefall
Kaddisfly
Portugal, the Man
As Tall as Lions
Local H

And that's all I can do off the top of my head. :)

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Postby lowbrass » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:26 am UTC

I have been shamed. :(

Okay, maybe it should be closer to 10,000. Mose of the bands I listed were closer to 100,000. So much for me trying to sound like a music snob.

Also, BOTAR, yay!. I went to a SM concert and bought the BOTAR t-shirt instead, haha.

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Postby ICDB » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:38 am UTC

Harry and the Potters?
Around Boston where I'm situated they're relatively popular, but other than that I don't know.

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Postby lowbrass » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:41 am UTC

ICDB wrote:Harry and the Potters?
Around Boston where I'm situated they're relatively popular, but other than that I don't know.


They recently played at my university's bookstore! Apparently there's also a band called Draco and the Malfoys, too.

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Postby Cai » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:45 am UTC

heh, a good portion of thefiddler's bands are kick ass emo bands. REAL emo bands! Not this stupid mall punk crap bands that get me so angry I wish to break things. I heard CFD are doing a reunion show in Denver... I would love to go to that.

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Postby kcr » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:26 am UTC

ICDB wrote:Harry and the Potters?
Around Boston where I'm situated they're relatively popular, but other than that I don't know.

Oh god, all my friends love them. BUT all my friends are Harry Potter nerds.. the sample may be skewed.

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Postby SkaBassist » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:28 am UTC

Eh, didn't feel like reading everything, so I figured I'd just post ones that I doubt have been mentioned. Also, thank Odar for mentioning Cake and some ska.

-Raptors Away! (No need to hide. They have a Pirates v. Ninjas song I think they might be spies)
-Bear Vs. Shark
-The Thermals
-200 West
-Ambo (It has the guy who created the Myst games in it)
-The Busiest Bankruptcy Lawyers in Minnesota
-Deathray (Refuge for people who aren't in Cake any more)
-Defiance, Ohio
-Don Caballero
-Hazmat Modine
-Iron and Wine
-Killradio
-Liquid Tension Experiment
-The Magnetic Fields
-Self

Lemme know if you want me to send you any of them.

And purely for the purpose of obscurity battles, here's my obscurer than thou playlist:
-24 Elsinore
-Fighting Chance
-The Bucket Club
-The Jolly Good Fellowa
-19th Hole
-Johnny Socko
-Yes Have Some
-Shortchanged
-Skankin' Homer
-The Antix
-Mothermania
-Critical Mass
-Right Turn Eddie
-Olive Lucy
-Dimples Malone
-Link 80
-Red Session
-The Skatterbrains
-Los Executivos
-Aqua Calentes
-Blindspot
-The Kinetics
-Butumbaba
-Punch Drunk
-The Pillagers
-Fair Ground
-The Glg Twenties

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Postby thefiddler » Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:26 am UTC

ICDB wrote:Harry and the Potters?
Around Boston where I'm situated they're relatively popular, but other than that I don't know.

Oh. My. God.
I went to three HatP shows this summer. Chicago, IL. Deforest, WI. Bensenville, IL.

Draco and the Malfoys played at the last two.

I saw The Remus Lupins in December. Alex is all sorts of fantastic.

Other really good Wizard Rock bands:
Harry and the Potters
Draco and the Malfoys
The Whomping Willows
The Remus Lupins
The Moaning Myrtles
Roonil Wazlib

There's loads of other good ones, but those are my favourites. :)

@SkaBassist - those are some really good bands. I wholeheartedly agree!

Cai wrote:heh, a good portion of thefiddler's bands are kick ass emo bands. REAL emo bands! Not this stupid mall punk crap bands that get me so angry I wish to break things. I heard CFD are doing a reunion show in Denver... I would love to go to that.

Yes, they are. I'm glad somebody recognized them. I adore emo-core, as opposed to emo-pop, which is a travesty to mankind.

It's a pity I'm so far away from CO. I would love to see that. It's the only show they're doing, right? I think that's what Dan had written in a blog.
Same with Rage's reunion tour -- that would have been amazing to go to. Alas! I'm a poor college student with no money.

@lowbrass - there's nothing to be ashamed of. I've been called kind of the Indie Music Guru and music elitist, and also a snobby bitch.

General consensus is that I listen to music too much.
I think even I have to agree on that one. :)

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Postby SkaBassist » Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:34 am UTC

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: all-acoustic side project of moderately well known ska band Streetlight Manifesto. (I actually saw someone mention this earlier, you are win).


As I sit here typing, I'm wearing my BOTAR shirt.

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Postby lowbrass » Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:06 am UTC

SkaBassist wrote:
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: all-acoustic side project of moderately well known ska band Streetlight Manifesto. (I actually saw someone mention this earlier, you are win).


As I sit here typing, I'm wearing my BOTAR shirt.


Kick ass, dude.

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Postby jack » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:30 pm UTC

E-Town Concrete

I heard them on a mountain bike video and love a few of their songs.

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Postby dansez dansez dansez » Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:00 am UTC

aisling wrote:Sorry, I just had to rain on your parade. They are VERY good, though.

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Postby ICDB » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:49 am UTC

lowbrass wrote:[HATP] recently played at my university's bookstore! Apparently there's also a band called Draco and the Malfoys, too.

I've never heard their songs but the titles just crack me up. I.E.
My Dad is Rich, Your Dad is Dead

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Postby celine » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:33 am UTC

i love the BMX Bandits. they're from Glasgow, in Scotland. one of the founding members was more notoriously the drummer for Teenage Fanclub. i have no way of posting a song by them, but i highly recommend the "Star Wars" and "Theme Park" albums and more recently, "Bee Stings" (i'll be glad to send someone a song over the channel or soulseek)

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Postby thefiddler » Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:09 pm UTC

ICDB wrote:
lowbrass wrote:[HATP] recently played at my university's bookstore! Apparently there's also a band called Draco and the Malfoys, too.

I've never heard their songs but the titles just crack me up. I.E.
My Dad is Rich, Your Dad is Dead

Or the lyrics to Potions Yesterday.
You messed up in potions yesterday
But everyone still thinks you're really great
Except Snape
Except Snape
Except Snape and me
'Cause we see you for what you really are
A stupid little dork with a stupid dorky scar
And it's OK
It's really great
'Cause I hate you
And so does Snape
You crashed into the Whomping Willow tree
No one else would kick you out and make you history
Except for Snape
Except for Snape
Except for Snape and me
'Cause rules are rules no matter who you are
And you're the stupid jerk who wrecked a flying car
And it's OK
It's really great
'Cause I hate you
And so does Snape


etc.

I giggle every time I listen to it.

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Postby Leliel » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:38 pm UTC

My favorite band is The Cruxshadows
Darkwave, gothic rock with an electic violin. I wouldn't call them obscure, though they aren't mainstream enough that you would hear them on the radio or any such (at least not around here). But it's DragonCon this weekend, so they are playing and I'm excited! ^_^

Also got introduced to Ego Likeness through them, and they're obscure enough I guess, that half the duo was standing in the audience at a Cruxshadows concert and most people didn't recognize him.

As for stuff already listed I've liked
Ashley MacIssac
Subway to Sally
Dropkick Murphys - I heard some of their music and liked it, so I bought one CD of theirs and didn't like it. >.< Need to find a sample discography and try again.
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Postby thefiddler » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:49 pm UTC

Leliel wrote:Dropkick Murphys - I heard some of their music and liked it, so I bought one CD of theirs and didn't like it. >.< Need to find a sample discography and try again.

Which CD? 'Do Or Die' is the only CD I actively like by them. The rest are good but not great.

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Postby AltoidAddict » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:53 pm UTC

Man Man defies description. They're all multi-instrumentalists, I think, and they all sing. Playing live, they're all in white t-shirts and warpaint. THey've toured with Modest Mouse, but I think they're still pretty obscure.

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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:49 am UTC

7 Mary 3
Mary Beats Jane
Wilt
Kerbdog
Ugly Mustard

The first four aren't that obscure but Ugly Mustard, I picked their cd up at a record fair on a whim and have never found anything else by them :(

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gulnare wrote:Melt Banana!

japanese thrashy stuff with awesome guitar noises and the cutest yelping singer girl ever!

best band i've ever seen. it was so great, i vomited. seriously. so much fun.

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Postby Tomservo » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:18 am UTC

Ozric Tentacles? I'll be impressed if anybody has heard of them.

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thefiddler wrote:The lyrics to "Potions Yesterday"


I LOVE wizard rock! I have most of Harry and the Potters' albums, and I absolutely love Draco and the Malfoys. "Your Family Is Poor" might be my favorite.

The Parselmouths are also a pretty good and hilarious Harry-Potter-themed band.
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Postby Mikeski » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:05 am UTC

Tomservo wrote:Ozric Tentacles? I'll be impressed if anybody has heard of them.

You're impressed.

They've released, like, 40 discs. Even if some are re-releases and compilations and live sets, I count at least 17 proper "albums". That's a lot of output, even for a band in the psychedelia/jam-band corner of the world. They can't be that unknown... :?

Slightly-more-obscure jam band to check out: Particle. "Road's a Breeze @ 3AM" is an excellent track, that I need to go put on the stereo now...

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Postby Tomservo » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:56 pm UTC

Mikeski wrote:
Tomservo wrote:Ozric Tentacles? I'll be impressed if anybody has heard of them.

You're impressed.

They've released, like, 40 discs. Even if some are re-releases and compilations and live sets, I count at least 17 proper "albums". That's a lot of output, even for a band in the psychedelia/jam-band corner of the world. They can't be that unknown... :?

Slightly-more-obscure jam band to check out: Particle. "Road's a Breeze @ 3AM" is an excellent track, that I need to go put on the stereo now...


Damn your ears sir. Understandably with the many odd and bizarre space rock jam bands out there Ozric Tentacles are somewhat fairly well known underground, known as the biggest 'Word-of-Mouth' band. Kangaroo Moon?

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Postby rob insurgent » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:03 pm UTC

Mikeski wrote:
Tomservo wrote:Ozric Tentacles? I'll be impressed if anybody has heard of them.

You're impressed.

They've released, like, 40 discs. Even if some are re-releases and compilations and live sets, I count at least 17 proper "albums". That's a lot of output, even for a band in the psychedelia/jam-band corner of the world. They can't be that unknown... :?

Slightly-more-obscure jam band to check out: Particle. "Road's a Breeze @ 3AM" is an excellent track, that I need to go put on the stereo now...
particle is awesome if its the disco biscuits side project im thinking of

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Postby Aleril » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:07 pm UTC

Cai wrote:liars is good too, can't wait for their new album



I almost went to see them until I realized I had no one to go with :x


Great band by the way.
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Postby Balrog Boogie » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:55 am UTC

Peshmerga wrote:No one I know has ever heard of Cake : (

I presume those are the boys that did 'Short Skirt Long Jacket'? There's a pretty groovy tune, one hit wonder?

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Postby SecondTalon » Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:22 am UTC

... right. One hit wonder. Just like their previous one hit when they covered I Will Survive. And their one hit of Sheep Go to Heaven.

Total one hit wonders. ;)

Heh.. see, I figure a one-hit wonder has to pretty much get an incredible amount of airplay for one song and are subsequently never heard from again, many times because they broke up, but occasionally just because they don't play stuff that appeals to a wide variety of listeners, so it dries up completely. Then there's the backlash idea.. where one song gets so overplayed that people refuse to get anything else by that band...

But.. no, Cake's no one hit wonder.
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Postby Aperfectring » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:21 am UTC

Cake is not a one hit wonder. Cake is not obscure. Cake is a great band. CakePie is delicious.

On to my list:
Jets to Brazil: I know its been mentioned by others, I really like them, and are not that well known.
Division of Laura Lee: I love this band. I did a search, and found the only reference was one of my own.
The Black Heart Procession: Pretty good, and once again a search provided no results.
Say Hi To Your Mom: I find his songs amusing, and once again, not that well known, but getting larger.


I am sure I have a ton of other ones, but can't think of them off the top of my head, so they don't count. Mostly any others which may be on the list are ones which I am familiar with the name, and I have heard a couple songs they did, and thought they were ok/good.
Odds are I did well on my probability exam.


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