Thursday, December 31, 2015

Listening Party Album Of The Week #5: The Avalanches - Since I Left You [Alternative Dance-Pop] (2000)

Welcome to /r/music's weekly album discussion thread.

Every week we discuss an album nominated by the users. The album chosen will be featured on top of the page. Users can nominate albums for the next week and the highest rated comment will be the next week's AOTW. However, in order for a nomination to be valid, you must contribute a relevant and thoughtful comment to the current album discussion.

This Week's Album: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

This Week's Selector: /u/alvinrxxx

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Background

Since I Left You is the debut studio album by Australian electronic music group The Avalanches, released on 27 November 2000. It was issued on Modular Recordings and produced by The Avalanches' members Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann (under the pseudonym Bobbydazzler). The album uses sampling extensively, containing an estimated 3,500 samples from various genres of music. The album was created in two separate near-identical studios by Chater and Seltmann, exchanging audio mixes of records they sampled.

Guidelines

This is your opportunity to be a critic. Don't just say you like the album or hate it. Mention why or how and avoid vague statements of praise or criticism. How has this album impacted music as a whole? What were it's influences? Any glaring flaws? Any remarkable traits? Be elaborate.

If you're late to the thread, don't worry. Comment sorting will be set to new so everyone has a fair opportunity to share their thoughts. Discussion throughout the week is encouraged!

For nominations, we will be discussing music across all eras, genres and regions. Unless explicitly stated that we have a theme for the following week, feel free to nominate any album you feel deserves discussion. The only restriction is that you can not nominate an album that has been discussed previously or one by an artist in the /r/music hall of fame.

DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE AN ALBUM

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Justice - D.A.N.C.E. [Disco House]

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Underoath - A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White [Post Hardcore]

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Open letter to Weird Al Yankovic and his band

TL;Dr

Had the ultimate Weird Al fan experience, I met him and his band, and he even asked me to sing during the chorus of the finale. Just wanted to say thank you to Weird Al and his band.

Please excuse my rambling but I felt I had to share this with all of you.

I am a HUGE Weird AL fan. I have been since as long as I can remember. My first music album was Weird Al’s Food Album on cassette. The first Concert I ever attended was Weird Al Yankovic in Vancouver back in 1996 I even found it on youtube . I have every album and have seen him every time he came to town with the only exception being the time he toured Vancouver on my wedding day. So you get it, I freaking love the band and the music. I have always wanted nothing more than to meet him, shake his hand and tell him how much I appreciate his music.

Back in September I finally got that chance and so much more.

My wife knew I was a die hard fan so when the tickets were put on sale for the Vancouver show, she went ahead and bought me the VIP Mandatory Czar Package! It even fell on our wedding anniversary but she didn’t care because it meant so much to me. When she surprised me with the tickets she told me I would be going with my brother who was also a huge fan.

I can’t even begin to describe just how awesome this day was. My brother and I went down to the Venue a bit early to walk around downtown and enjoy ourselves. When we got near the venue I couldn't help but notice the tour busses there parked outside. Even tho I was going to meet the man himself after the show, I thought I’d hang around in hopes of catching a glimpse of him before as well.

While waiting, we did meet several members of the band, Steve Jay , Jim West, and Jon Bermuda Shwartz. All Class acts who took the time to take a picture with me and say hello. Seriously, these guys do not get enough credit for how awesome they are.

Then it happened, I spotted Al heading for the door. I yelled out “ AL?” and he turned around with a smile on his face. I felt a pang of guilt bothering him. I know some musicians like to just head into the venue to prepare for the show. Al did come over and sign a few autographs for some others who were waiting patiently. I thanked him profusely for taking the time to say hello and snap a picture with myself.

At this point I was totally fangirling (yes I’m a dude), my hero shook my hand and took a picture with me. I was on cloud 9 and the concert had not even started.

After the pre show festivities I settled into my seat. This was not just any seat. This seat was front row centre. Dead centre. WOW!

I have never sat so close for any concert in my life and what an amazing show. He played every favorite and the crowd went wild for it all. The man is an entertainer in every sense of the word.

During the finale, something incredible and life changing happened. Weird Al was belting out the final chorus to Yoda when he called on the audience to sing for him. During that portion he looked down at me, beckoned me to the stage and held out the microphone for me to sing.

That moment, the greatest moment of my life (sorry kids).

I will always remember it, I sang with everything I had, Al nodded in appreciation and the crowd went wild after I sang. I returned to my seat and the show finished. I was lucky enough that a few people caught it on their cell phones and uploaded it to youtub starts at 3:30 if the link doesn't work for you and this one here as well starts at 11:30 if the link doesn't work

I was elated, and the meet and greet was still after the show. When my turn in line came up to meet Al, He laughed as I thanked him for tossing me the mic. I asked him to record a quick hello to my daughter who is also a big fan. This means a lot to me as my daughter is about the same age I was when I started getting into his music. It makes me so proud that I can share the music with her.

If you have read this far, then thanks for letting me share this story with you.

If anyone knows of a way to share this story with Al or the guys from his band, then please do. I want them to know that they made this superfans life complete. There will never be another band who tops this for me.

Thank you to Al and his band. Thank you for your years of work and entertainment and for everything you do.

EDIT

Here are the pics from before and after the show

a few more with the guys from the band, missed Rueben tho :-(

Edit #2

I thought I'd include a bonus story here, during the pre show party, I nearly broke my ankle during a polka party dance competition. Here's a few photos, but fair warning one of the pics is of my ankle all swollen and messed up

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Bjork - Pagan Poetry [Trip Hop / Electronica]

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Burnt my dad some CD's for xmas, ended up being one of the best gifts i've given him.

I told my dad i'd burn him a mix cd for xmas, he wound up giving me a list of a hundred songs he wanted. That's no big deal to me since I download music everyday but to him he seemed like he worked hard just to come up with a list like that. He just started getting back into music in recent years. He mostly listens to old-timey country music.

I gave it to him and we immediately put the cd's on and started listening and his reaction was priceless. He was hit with a wave of nostalgia over the songs. He started telling me some really interesting stories about where he was when he first heard that song, learned a lot of things I never knew.

Then he started talking about my mom and said she used to be a popular professional singer at some big name DC Nightclubs a long time ago. And how she gave up her career because she didn't want to tour on the road and wanted to be with my dad instead.

tl:dr I tried to cut this post down so it wouldn't be too long, he told me a lot of interesting things I never knew about my 60+ year old parents that his nostalgia for music reminded him of. Thought it was really interesting.

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Radiohead - Spectre (Rejected James Bond Theme)

Radiohead just released their song Spectre https://soundcloud.com/radiohead/spectre

"Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Listening Party Album of The Week #4: Watsky - Cardboard Castles [Slam Poetry] (2013)

Welcome to /r/music's weekly album discussion thread.

Every Wednesday we discuss an album nominated by the users. The album chosen will be featured on top of the page. Users can nominate albums for the next week and the highest rated comment will be the next week's AOTW. However, in order for a nomination to be valid, you must contribute a relevant and thoughtful comment to the current album discussion.

This Week's Album: Watsky - Cardboard Castles

This Week's Selector: /u/lettheidiotspeak

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Background

Cardboard Castles is the second studio album by American spoken word artist and slam poet Watsky. The album was released on March 12, 2013.

Guidelines

This is your opportunity to be a critic. Don't just say you like the album or hate it. Mention why or how and avoid vague statements of praise or criticism. How has this album impacted music as a whole? What were it's influences? Any glaring flaws? Any remarkable traits? Be elaborate.

If you're late to the thread, don't worry. Comment sorting will be set to new so everyone has a fair opportunity to share their thoughts. Discussion throughout the week is encouraged!

For nominations, we will be discussing music across all eras, genres and regions. Unless explicitly stated that we have a theme for the following week, feel free to nominate any album you feel deserves discussion. The only restriction is that you can not nominate an album that has been discussed previously or one by an artist in the /r/music hall of fame.

DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE AN ALBUM

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The Beatles hit Spotify

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Run The Jewels - A Christmas Fucking Miracle [Hip hop]

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RJD2 - Ghostwriter [electronica]

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Madonna has been shameless pasting her face on the artwork of unknown artists without credit or permission.

It's the second time I've seen her do it, and in light of the recent debacle with Taylor Swift I figure it might be worth it to bring this to light as well.

Artist Danny Quirk (who's a local from my area) first started seeing madonna using his artwork on instagram which didn't spark much of a reaction untill he started seeing the images being used on her Rebel Heart tour.

Here's the side by side comparision of his artwork next to Madonnas atrocity.

This is not her first time doing this either, she's also done this to artist Jonas Jödicke, where she again copy and pasted her face on his original piece of art.

Their efforts to contact her have lead to a brick wall, and they've heard absolutely nothing back.

Danny Quirk isn't even looking for compensation so much that he's looking for recognition. He's not a wealthy artist and like many of us - has tons of student bills from college. Recognition from madonna and getting his name out their would do wonders for his career.

I wonder if this is an unspoken business strategy; big artists praying on smaller artists for material without providing compensation.

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Death - Spiritual Healing [Death Metal]

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r/metal is holding their Top 10 of 2015. Celebrate the end of the year with black, death, doom, and other scary genres.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Listening Party Album of The Week #3: Barenaked Ladies - Stunt [Alternative Rock] (1998)

Welcome to /r/music's weekly album discussion thread.

Every Wednesday we discuss an album nominated by the users. The album chosen will be featured on top of the page. Users can nominate albums for the next week and the highest rated comment will be the next week's AOTW. However, in order for a nomination to be valid, you must contribute a relevant and thoughtful comment to the current album discussion.

This Week's Album: Barenaked Ladies - Stunt

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Background

Stunt is the fourth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. By far their most successful album, it entered the US charts at #3 and sold over 4 million units by the end of its chart run. Its first single, "One Week" became the band's breakthrough single in the U.S. market by hitting #1 (selling over 5 million copies). It received a perfect score from Sputnikmusic.

Guidelines

This is your opportunity to be a critic. Don't just say you like the album or hate it. Mention why or how and avoid vague statements of praise or criticism. How has this album impacted music as a whole? What were it's influences? Any glaring flaws? Any remarkable traits? Be elaborate.

If you're late to the thread, don't worry. Comment sorting will be set to new so everyone has a fair opportunity to share their thoughts. Discussion throughout the week is encouraged!

For nominations, we will be discussing music across all eras, genres and regions. Unless explicitly stated that we have a theme for the following week, feel free to nominate any album you feel deserves discussion. The only restriction is that you can not nominate an album that has been discussed previously or one by an artist in the /r/music hall of fame.

DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE AN ALBUM

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I understand how important The Beatles were and are in the modern music, but I do not personally enjoy most of their work.

I can't even voice this out lud amongst my friends anymore because i get shouted down but I stand by it. I didn't listen to them until, like properly listen to them, until I was about 17 and by then I'd listened to a lot of 70's rock, blues, jazz and I played in wind bands and orchestras so I listened to a lot of classical music.

So by the tme I got about to listen to them, all their most loved and well known music, that I naturally started with, sounded like I'd heard it all before. It's because I had heard it all before. their harmonies ad chord progressions were perfect, in the classical sense of the word. Their structures sounded good to everyone because they followed the rule of composing that the composers of the classical era had perfected.

After that all the other bands followed suit so all the bands and artists I, we, have been listening to have been doing variations of their style because of their significance of being the first Pop band. So all the music I had studied and all the music I loved to listen to , had been in someway related to the Beatles because of their paramountcy in modern popular music.

So in summary, I know they have many fantastic songs but by the time I really sat down to listen to them, there was nothing really new to hear and everyone else had built them else so much, I just felt a bit disappointed.

This all happened because I tried to post New Order - Blue Monday and realised it was discussion day and I could not just post a link. It's your reward for listening to my random spiel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYH8DsU2WCk

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Hi, I'm Joe Dart, bassist in Vulfpeck. Ask me anything! [xpost /r/bass]

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bass/comments/3x9fmv/ama_hi_im_joe_dart_bassist_in_vulfpeck_ask_me/

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