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04.08.11 My Wife Hates New Music08.23.10 What I'm listening to (Rec's Please)

What I'm listening to (Rec's Please)

This is the stuff I've recently discovered and why it clicks with me. Please feel free to rec me anything that comes to mind if you are perusing this fine list.
Diamond Eyes

They came to Madison... and they are one of the best bands on the planet. Chino's voice is some kind of a gift, and he and his band are fantastic live.

Have to represent this one as these guys are a hometown product. They have a really unique feel and sound that is immensely percussion-driven. And the sheer amount of instruments and orchestration is sick.
In On The Kill Taker

The best Fugazi album for me, the REAL start of their experimentation, and I don't skip a song (well, maybe the end of 23 beats off). This album will ALWAYS be with me.
We Were Exploding Anyway

Their best album I'm convinced. These guys are WAY more enjoyable to me when they focus on an electronic sound vs. a rock one. Some of the coolest rhythmic stuff I've found.
16 United Nations
Nevermind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures

Much better than their full length, more energy and cohesion. And wow, the drummer... just wow.
15Sweep The Leg Johnny
Tomorrow We Will Run Faster

Simply one of the best instrumental (almost completely) albums of all time for me. Got me into instrumental, post rock and post modern rock. Fantastic!
Foreign Tapes

Just a breath of fresh air. Gorgeous male and female vocals and solid musicianship. Could be a young Radiohead in the making.
13Modern Life Is War

Missed the boat on this one too, got into it after it got posted on a lot of best of the decade lists. A great hardcore album that even though somewhat monotonous, still has a ton of emotion and brings me back to the good ol' days.

Can a band be melancholy and care-free at the same time? Yup.
11Maps and Atlases
Perch Patchwork

Fantastically original, from the voice down to the instrumentals, and completely unexpected. I love the soft production and almost folky sound. Totally not what I usually dig but they do it so well.
10Haste The Day
Attack Of The Wolf King

It's good metalcore, and I'm a sucker for it. I needs some melody with my brootal. And it doesn't get boring for me. But I'm not a fan of the production at all!
9And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar

One of my favorite instrumental albums of all time. It's so energetic, loud and raucous. Great rhythm section too.
8The Ghost Inside

I know, I know. Write your "derivative metalcore" comment below. I know it's not groundbreaking, or original, or even that technically impressive, but it brawls! Everything they try they do well.
Total Life Forever

I cannot shake this album. It keeps coming back. It's so damn good. This may be my album of the year unless something blows it away (new Interpol?).
6Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain

I know I'm frickin' three years late on this one. I'm old. I really like the clean vocalist in this band and the band is very competent and pretty technically savvy. Also the choruses are catchy as all hell.
5Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

All the Springstien comparisons aside, this album grew on me like a fungus and is really great. Not super happy with their condensed feel, less instruments this time around and all, but a different great feel for them.
4American Football
American Football

This is some beautiful, loose, low-key indie rock. With a singer that's not annoying. Oh and the songs aren't boring. So it's very non indie-rock indie-rock.
Fake History

This came out of left field for me, and holy crap was it worth it. It's an amalgamation of most of the musical styles I've ever liked.
2Lights Out Asia
In The Days Of Jupiter

These guys are one of my favorite post-rock acts for the atmospheric nature of their music and ethereal vocals. Just sick.
1Adebisi Shank
This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called...

This is one of my favorite live bands and one of the few performing groups in the world I'd consider traveling to see. Oh and this album is tits.
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