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for the love of god. it will probably make for more interesting reading than everything else on this board.
Cover the full spectrum of music I want to hear and they do it so well...guitar songs, synthy/keyboard songs, quiet songs, loud songs, funny songs, sad songs. They just get it. And they play a LOT so even though they've been around for a long time you can always go and see them live, which is an experience in itself.
plus one of them has cool hair
Their lyrics are excellent and have an uncanny knack of reflecting episodes in my life. There's always a wistful humour or a come gag lurking close by in even the most seemingly vicious moments - the humanity always shines through the cynicism. They're not too big and have no ambitions to become so. They're nice, approachable people with no pretentions and a good sense of humour. They make the music they want to make regardless of fashion.
Are maybe my favourite band right now. Everything I have heard from them is just sonic bliss. Wether you put them on headphones or play it loud it's like getting in a warm bath of sound. Live Deerhunter are wicked too the rhythm section is an absolute beast and drives the songs forward brilliantly.
I like mine because I got into them when I was 13 (they were supporting Beck) and they disturbed me and excited me in a way I'd not known before. Then a week later I read the singer had died in a car accident - a bit dramatic I know, but the point is that their career was frozen at that point in my life, so I can always listen to them and feel young. Unlike other bands I listened to at the time though, they still sound completely fresh, the producation hasn't dated at all, and I still hear bands ripping them off now. And obviously I rip them off too! They were also fronted by an extremely imaginative and twisted lyricist. Overall I suppose the best thing about them is that I can simultaneously enjoy them as a contemporary sounding band AND have them remind me of high school and all the nostalgia associated with that.
Am I supposed to tell you who they are or are you supposed to guess?
I'm only 25! And did T-Rex ever support Beck?
Guessing could take hours.
they're called Brainiac and there's absolutely no chance they'll live up the expectations I've sewn into you all with that description - but here's a myspace fan page for you:
One of my favourites too.
I get the feeling I've droned on about this lot to you before actually. I'm glad you like them.
'Bonsai Superstar' at the bus stop aged 16.
or, well, perfect sound for their first four records. After that they sort of went downhill. But they're still my favourite band because those first four records are SO good, and just... I dunno, they've been a big part of my life ever since I got my first album by them and I can't really imagine a world where they AREN'T my favourite band.
guess Pavement or not because of the subject line.
Best-case scenario: someone gets confused and thinks Perfect Sound Forever is the name of a band.
seeing stephen malkmus in a few hours. aaaiiieeee.
both musically and lyrically its like some one is playing me my mind back to me.
Aereogramme covers the musical scope of mind-bending brilliance, incorporating an array of emotions, enabling them to turn on you without warning. Sometimes their sound could be compared to an explosion produced from a shockwave wave of guitar driven brutality, guarded in white noise, wrapped with the sharp piercing screams from singer Craig B's reflective lyrics; then after things have finally reached their peak, Craig is able to blend his timid falsetto voice into a serene sedation which can come across as a barley audible whisper, so soft, it exhibits childlike simplicity and sureness. It's almost incomparable as they change in an instant, weaving a gentle embrace as to astonish and enchant the listener into a humble guise of breathtaking complications, not only through the tender strum from a guitar, but the vast wall-to-wall blankets of cinematic orchestral maneuvers and programmed mechanical noises -all without blinking. It is some of the most astonishing music I have ever heard.
Sorely missed. Well. Not missed really cuz it took them four years to release their second album so I technically shouldn't miss them for four years but still. Aaah. Last album was SO nice despite not being Pre-Tour, Post-Judgement.
You morningtheft ;-)
I have a mental association of them with your name
I have their debut but was never that into them. You may have me mistaken for another cat.
I like how they sound, I like their folkyness because it evokes a mythical america small town homeyness that probably doesnt exist but makes a nice ideal. I like the sound of loads of different instruments together and the communal everone join in approach it reflects. I like how they experiment enough to stand out from all the similar sounding bands. I like the sound of his voice and the emotion it conveys. Lyrically I find it comforting to wallow in self pity, but I also like the glimmers of hope shot through the songs and think overall their worldview is a positive, hopeful and admirable one. I like the themes they deal with, uncertainty, friendship and family, ontological insecurity, self doubt etc. and relate to the feelings and views. I like the language they use and their ability to capture moments and feelings in such a clear and vivid way. I like how he sings about what he feels regardless of how negatively he is percieved, and believe he is just trying to be as upfront and sinscere as possible about his own failings. I like the level of ambition, how much they try and cover and how well crafted the songs are lyrically and musically, whilst not always successful makes most other bands look like theyre not even trying. Simply the best band ever and if someone doesn't like them chances are I dont like them. This post is pretty embarassing.
It sounds like something I'd enjoy.
but maybe not
Actor, musician, whatever: everything he does is handled with effortless cool. His lyrics are heartbreaking and romantic and vivid and funny in every sense. He's made the transition over 30-odd years from jazz crooner (which he was brilliant at) to beat poet (brilliant) to vaudeville screecher (again, brilliant) to sombre voodoo sort of preacher (finally, you guessed it, brilliant).
He has one of the most distinctive voices ever and he knows how to write a proper song. Like, with actual chord changes and harmonies that work, and whatever instrument he's using - guitar, harmonium, bongos, horns etc - he uses it perfectly in that song.
I just think he's phenomenal. He just seems to write the most perfect and beautiful songs that flow and stomp and make you cry and scream and everything. I love him the most out of anyone at the moment I think, mostly cos i'm listening to him NOW. I could talk about morrissey or nick cave or elliott smith another time.
and it sounds eerie and beautiful at the same time. it's just perfect!
I couldn't write such a good description/tribute though
I liked it!
good use of Tom Waits.
I have a big fat teenage girl crush on them - to be uber lame, they're nearly everything I'd like to be. I love the range in their music, from acoustic Neil Young-aping teen angst songs, to electronic experiments and perfect cheery "pop rock", for want of a better genre. They're sweet and hilarious live, they're always lovely to meet, and don't at all bask in their fans' attention - I like the way that live, they're not afraid to express that they find it weird that some of the crowd are so obsessed with them. They're intelligent and eloquent, stylish without being fashion victims (and not afraid to rock a mullet), and politically informed and motivated. They're both strong gay women who don't skirt around the issue, dedicating the third persons in their love songs to "she", but similarly never go on about the fact or attempt to use it to their advantage. I love love love them, and don't care if that's not cool. I've been listening to them for about 5 years now, and they're simultaneously comforting and surprising.
but I guess everyone's a fangirl/boy about something.
Because they're loud, obnoxious and have a sense of humour. Because they riff bigger and solo harder than everyone else. Because they're smart enough to steal ZZ Top riffs and hide them in a wall of fuzz and bass. Because they're dumb enough to have a massive fucking crescendo in every song. Because they're goofy enough to break into I Vow To Thee My Country in the middle of the song. And because I was stupid enough to have never yet managed to see them live.
They reflect my own outlook on life, they've written at least 3 of my favourite 10 songs, they constantly try something new, and even the bits that I don't like I can at least appreciate what they're doing. Their first album was the first one I bought on the day of release (pre-internet downloading, kids!) and I've looked forward to every release. And, y'know, they're good. Like.
This is the band that got me interested in music. They are a band from my home town who are bullshit free and have never felt the need to pander to various media fads and have continued to write songs which have influenced my own music collection. They're not what they were but will always be the band that started my love of music