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I’m pretty sure this song is frontman H.R.’s answer to the D.C. clubs banning them from playing in the 80s. The band’s shows were usually very frenetic, occassionally erupting in violence. Strangely enough, the very reason that the clubs banned The Bad Brains is the very reason that their live show was so great.
Bloc Party does an excellent job of blending dance and pop without sounding overly produced, or even ordinary.
All is what The Descendents became. Still a great punk band though they seem to have a little more of a polished sound to them which makes them seem a little more rock.
This song comes from one of my favorite compilation albums, Welcome to Hell’s Lobby: A Tiptoe Through the Denton Underground. Record Player was one of the many standout Denton bands featured on the album. Unfortunately, I can’t find any links to the band or their music outside of the One Ton Records link and The Welcome to Hell’s Lobby link. I’ve uploaded the song for easier listening, but if anyone knows anymore details about the band please email me and let me know.
Record Player “What If I Gave Your Poison”
Today is Thanksgiving, and I’m thankful for hitting the 1/3rd mark of this project. 122 days of sketching, and I’m still enjoying it just as much as when I began. I can only hope that everyone visiting the blog is enjoying the music, ideas and sketches as well. This song comes from the first Black Eyed Peas album, and it’s one of my favorites.
I first heard this song on a Barsuk Records sampler. Since I loved the song so much I listened to a few samples of other songs from the album, and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t care for “Popular” which was overplayed too much in the early 90s, so I assumed that the rest of their music had a similar taste. I’m glad that I gave them a second chance, because I’ve discovered that they are a band that writes really great music and has a lot of depth.
Nada Surf “Your Legs Grow”
Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat fame was just one of the members of this influential band. Aside from writing great music and intense live performance, Fugazi strongly regulated the price of their CD’s often printing the price directly on the artwork to prevent retailers from price gouging fans. They had a huge, dedicated fan base despite the fact that they sold no merchandise at live shows or received any notable radio-play outside of college stations. They were dedicated to the music, and that’s what they did well.
Vampire Weekend has revived the South African guitar sound that Paul Simon incorporated in late 80’s. The fresh, clean sound is infectious and danceable which has made the band sky rocket to success. I’ve heard 1 track off of the forth-coming album, and it sounds like it’s in-line with the bands debut sound. I can’t wait to hear the album in it’s entirety.
Lift to Experience came to prominence when Thom Yorke became a fan, and began to speak highly of “The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads.” The double disk was a deeply personal concept album for lead singer Josh Pearson. The Denton band only put out 1 album in 2001 before calling it quits, but that 1 album is phenomenal. If you can find it, buy it.
The layers of guitars has always reminded of Smashing Pumpkins, though I think Silversun Pickups has put their own twist on the sound.