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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-11 12:37:58 Reply

hello again plebs

http://www.last.fm/user/twigletng for anyone who ain't got it

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 10:29:22 Reply

Sun Kil Moon's Benji is pretty good, but I think over hyped. What did you guys think?


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 12:32:15 Reply

At 4/13/14 10:29 AM, Slint wrote: Sun Kil Moon's Benji is pretty good, but I think over hyped. What did you guys think?

I love Ghosts of the Great Highway and all of Kozalek's work with Red House Painters, but his most recent stuff is starting to get just a little samey and sleepy. Like you said it's still pretty good, and I always look forward to a new Sun Kil Moon album, but yeah.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 12:49:11 Reply

At 4/13/14 12:32 PM, Dr-Worm wrote: I love Ghosts of the Great Highway and all of Kozalek's work with Red House Painters, but his most recent stuff is starting to get just a little samey and sleepy. Like you said it's still pretty good, and I always look forward to a new Sun Kil Moon album, but yeah.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 14:02:47 Reply

Didn't get a chance to listen to #1 Record until just a minute ago, so these are some super underdeveloped first impressions right here.

It's definitely a solid record. Some very memorable hooks and melodies combined with very tight harmonies. I'd say the vocals are by far the strongest part of the album, but the instrumentals are performed pretty well too. Without a doubt I'd say that the highlight track was Thirteen, the lyrics really do stick with you on that one. The lyricism across the whole record and simple, easy to grasp, but still very strong and relatable.

And now for this week's picker. Since he's the only one who participated this week and hasn't gone yet, it looks like @Slint gets to choose this week's album! Your choice should be from a different genre, decade, and if you want to be a really cool dude, a different country. Have fun with it or whatever.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 14:34:05 Reply

Aww shit, the time has come.

Here goes then:

Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas

I first heard of this post-hardcore gem thanks to a NME issue regarding lost classics - great records not many people heard of. I happily went throught them all and it would all be worth it just to find this one album (I found plenty).

Mclusky would never be this good again, unfortunately, and some of you might have heard of Future of the Left, the frontman's next band. None of this comes close to this album, which I'd rate a 9.5/10

I try not to inflate ratings and I have stellar taste, so keep in mind that score is well deserved.

I went through last fm to check if any of you had listened to this and apparently not so we're good.

There it is folks, tell me your favourite songs off it, what you thought about it, etc. I'm purposedly not talking about how it sounds, so go listen.

Check out that sweet cover too, and the title is a reference to the porno Debbie Does Dallas.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 15:04:42 Reply

At 4/13/14 12:49 PM, Slint wrote: Why are 24 and Medicine Bottle so perfect, Worm-kun?~

They just are. Deal with it. lol


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 17:36:52 Reply

At 4/13/14 02:34 PM, Slint wrote: There it is folks, tell me your favourite songs off it, what you thought about it, etc. I'm purposedly not talking about how it sounds, so go listen.

alright here we go

I was almost going to skip over this because I generally don't like post hardcore but I trusted you, Slint...I trusted you...and dear god am I happy I did. This was a pleasant surprise and I give it a solid 7/10. It's not as overbearing as most of the post hardcore I've dwelled into but it's definitely got me interested in finding more bands like 'em, might even check out the frontman's other band despite your warning. The beginning of the album is great, really drew me in, but towards the middle, specifically "Fuck this Band" it kind of drops off and just barely picks up to the pace it was at before. For me it's not a perfect album but I really like it.

As for favorites, fucking loved No New Wave No Fun and Collagen Rock. No New Wave No Fun reminded me a lot of Death From Above 1979, but edged out to be a little better.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-13 17:53:23 Reply

At 4/13/14 05:36 PM, beheadedbymuslims wrote: I was almost going to skip over this because I generally don't like post hardcore but I trusted you, Slint...I trusted you...and dear god am I happy I did. This was a pleasant surprise and I give it a solid 7/10. It's not as overbearing as most of the post hardcore I've dwelled into but it's definitely got me interested in finding more bands like 'em, might even check out the frontman's other band despite your warning. The beginning of the album is great, really drew me in, but towards the middle, specifically "Fuck this Band" it kind of drops off and just barely picks up to the pace it was at before. For me it's not a perfect album but I really like it.

As for favorites, fucking loved No New Wave No Fun and Collagen Rock. No New Wave No Fun reminded me a lot of Death From Above 1979, but edged out to be a little better.

Glad you liked it mang. And it's really all I could hope for, someone who doesn't really enjoy post hardcore, and still handing out a 7 I think that's really good. I'm looking at the album right now and I understand what you mean about after Fuck this Band... I don't quite feel that way but I get it! But still I think the album goes out with a bang, that whole "COCA COLA" segment in Who You Know is fantastic. Honestly the only time I feel there's a slight drop on quality is on Review the Reviewers.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-14 03:51:50 Reply

At 4/13/14 05:36 PM, beheadedbymuslims wrote: The beginning of the album is great, really drew me in, but towards the middle, specifically "Fuck this Band" it kind of drops off and just barely picks up to the pace it was at before. For me it's not a perfect album but I really like it.

As for favorites, fucking loved No New Wave No Fun and Collagen Rock. No New Wave No Fun reminded me a lot of Death From Above 1979, but edged out to be a little better.

This is pretty much exactly how I summed up the album. It started off brilliantly and I was really looking forward to going through the album, but once it hit Fuck This Band it kind of dropped down unexpectedly, and like you say, didn't really pick back up until Whoyouknow and even then it wasn't much.

The songs from Fuck This Band onward weren't bad by any means, but it was just a strange direction for the album to go I felt. I'll definitely be listening to this through a few more times at least, I can see myself really getting into this band.

I agree also with your score, 7/10 is pretty spot on for this album.

Definitely one of the better AOTW's so far. Great choice.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-15 14:53:35 Reply

At 4/13/14 05:53 PM, Slint wrote: But still I think the album goes out with a bang, that whole "COCA COLA" segment in Who You Know is fantastic.

oh yes the end is really good.

At 4/14/14 03:51 AM, Snuff wrote: Definitely one of the better AOTW's so far. Great choice.

speaking of AOTW's, can someone explain to me how this thread works now?


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-15 16:30:29 Reply

At 4/15/14 02:53 PM, beheadedbymuslims wrote: speaking of AOTW's, can someone explain to me how this thread works now?

Each week we listen to an album that someone picked and talk about it, then on Sunday another person that participated that week is randomly chosen to pick the next record. That's about all there is to it, pretty much just a book club for albums. Regular ol' Last.fm Club conversation still sorta goes on here, though. We still sometimes post charts or just talk about whatever new releases we've listened to. This is just something we've been doing to keep some fresh conversation going, we're on our 8th week now and it's been pretty fun.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-16 03:53:57 Reply

At 4/15/14 04:30 PM, Oolaph wrote: we're on our 8th week now and it's been pretty fun.

Shit it's been 8 weeks already?

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-19 20:57:22 Reply

So, Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas. I put this on, and 15 seconds into the opening track I knew that I was going to love this album. The record is genuinely intense. I know that Twilight and Snuff think it drops off towards the second half, but I think even on the more laidback tracks it has a certain raw aesthetic that keeps them from feeling out of place, and instead it feels like they're catching their breath before coming right back.

The bass playing on this is really nice, it's not too flashy and really gives the songs a certain flavour that really helps it feel dirty and raw. The sloppy and whiny guitar leads are nice too, they fill in the high end without being ear-piercing like a lot of other post-hardcore guitars can be. The drums are pretty straight forward and simple, but there's nothing wrong with that. They hold down the tracks and give them a strong foundation and that's really all I can ask for. Overall, I'd definitely say the highlight is Falkous' vocals. He's just plain incredible across the entire album. If I had one complaint about this record, it would probably be the lyrics. They didn't "rub me the wrong way" or anything, but at times they just didn't click with me at all. Luckily the vocal delivery is so good that he could only be singing the word "watermelon" in every song and I would still love it.

Givin' this album an 8.5/10, and people usually think I hate everything because of how conservative I am with my ratings so that's p good yo.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-20 06:31:26 Reply

I don't know how many Brand New fans are in here but I feel the need to boast about my success last night because I've never gotten anything at a concert before so ignore me

ps it was both jesse's pick and setlist

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-20 17:24:03 Reply

I actually kind of hate punk but I thoughtMcluscky Do Dallas was actually pretty alright. I'm not one who usually cares about lyrics but punk's whole 'anarchy, down with the system' stuff always made the fact that they were groaning and whining like angsty kids even worse.

But Mcluscky Do Dallas was funny and not abrasive so I ended up liking it a lot more. Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues, To Hell With Good Intentions, and Whoyouknow were highlights

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-20 18:14:06 Reply

So I listened to the Mclusky album and I really dug it! I don't really know what to say specifically, this kind of music is pretty much right up my alley but I'd never heard of this band before. So thanks!

As far as the back half of the album taking a dip in quality goes, I don't know what you guys are talking about, pretty much all of my favorite tracks come near the end of the album, the biggest standout for me being the Pavement/Pixies-ish "Alan is a Cowboy Killer."


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-21 00:46:17 Reply

The randomiser chose me this time around. There were a few records that I went back and forth between, but I just couldn't deny this one. This week's album is:

Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day (1970)

[Full album on Youtube]

Everyone needs to hear this record. I don't care if you take one look at the Wikipedia page and say "countryside? horse-drawn wagon? folk music? that's not my bag, yo." Listen to it, but don't just throw it on in the background, really give this a proper try. I do regard this as a 10/10 album, and if I had an organized top 10 albums list, it would be well ranked on it. Make some tea, sit down, give this record a spin, and tell me what you think of it.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-21 02:58:25 Reply

At 4/21/14 12:46 AM, Oolaph wrote: Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day (1970)

Vashti Motherfuckin' Bunyan! That's some brutal shit right there, I don't know if this thread can handle it.

Seriously though, this is also one of my all-time favorites, and a perfect album choice for the beginning of spring (I mean, technically it's been spring for like a month, but whatever, you wouldn't know it from where I'm at). So if you guys really want to get the most out of this album, then listen to it outside. Really, it makes a difference.


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At 4/21/14 02:58 AM, Dr-Worm wrote: So if you guys really want to get the most out of this album, then listen to it outside. Really, it makes a difference.

It just so happens that it's bank holiday and the weather is fantastic but I think I'll settle for opening my blinds.

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At 4/21/14 12:46 AM, Oolaph wrote: Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day (1970)

Keep getting too lazy to listen/review these albums, but man this one caught my ear pretty hard. I've heard the name before, but I was not familiar with Vashti Bunyan's work before.

This album is perfect for a lazy spring day like today was for me. I really like the tone of her voice and the way she sings; it's subdued and unornamented. It kind of fits in a similar way with Nick Drake's albums. The orchestrations are nicely arranged, and very tasteful. The songs "Glow Worms" and "Swallow Song" are definitely my knee jerk favorites.

I'm not sure if I'd say it's a perfect album (really though, what is?) but, if I could find one fault is that songs become very samey by the latter half of the album. To be fair, that's what folk music is, and it's not really a problem if you're just trying to relax and chill out.

Thanks for sharing this one Oolaph, I'm digging it hard

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-21 19:32:01 Reply

I know I'm going to be 'that guy' but I have to say the album wasn't particularly appealing to me. I will admit the opening to the first track made me (quite literally) say "oh I'm gonna dig this", but alas it was not meant to be.

The songs seem to blend into one another, and not in the good way, and I couldn't find anything to pick up on and enjoy such as particular instruments which made it more of a drag to really listen through. Though I did listen all the way through despite the 18 tracks.

As always though it wasn't all bad, in the right circumstances I would happily listen to it, though only as background music I imagine. I can absolutely understand why people would enjoy this album, it's incredibly uplifting and very laid back. I imagine I wouldn't refrain from calling it the perfect album for a certain scenario (like sitting outside on a spring morning), but it's definitely not something I would listen to on the way to work in the morning.

Either way a nice choice to mix it up a little with the AOTWs. I'm glad to see everybody else is enjoying it much more than me.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-22 00:14:21 Reply

At 4/21/14 07:32 PM, Snuff wrote: The songs seem to blend into one another, and not in the good way, and I couldn't find anything to pick up on and enjoy such as particular instruments which made it more of a drag to really listen through. Though I did listen all the way through despite the 18 tracks.

I'm glad to hear that you gave it a full listen, that means a lot. I think turning something off without finishing it is a terrible thing to do, because there could always be something you might enjoy past the point you quit at. I noticed you also listened to Dimension Intrusion in full when Sekhem picked it, so I'm really happy to see that you're not afraid to give things a full chance.

At 4/21/14 05:04 PM, SineRider wrote: I'm not sure if I'd say it's a perfect album (really though, what is?) but, if I could find one fault is that songs become very samey by the latter half of the album. To be fair, that's what folk music is, and it's not really a problem if you're just trying to relax and chill out.

I won't lie and say that the songs aren't very similar sounding, but like you said there isn't really anything wrong with that. There are definitely many subtle aspects that sets each song apart from the others, which is fitting because this is without a doubt a very 'subtle' album. I can really only say that those unique bits become clearer with more listens, which I guess can be said for any record so whatever. I've listened to this album a countless number of times, so each track really is its own separate experience for me and I love every single one of them.

Either way a nice choice to mix it up a little with the AOTWs. I'm glad to see everybody else is enjoying it much more than me.

I already knew Dr-Worm and Spooky were very familiar with the album, so I was a bit hesitant because I want to give something new for everyone, but sharing this record with you guys was just too important to me. I'm glad that you gave it a proper try, and if you have any interest in trying to get into her, you could maybe try her '05 album which has more interesting production and might be a bit more appealing to some, or maybe her more upbeat singles from the '60s.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-22 04:28:05 Reply

At 4/22/14 12:14 AM, Oolaph wrote:
I'm glad to hear that you gave it a full listen, that means a lot. I think turning something off without finishing it is a terrible thing to do, because there could always be something you might enjoy past the point you quit at. I noticed you also listened to Dimension Intrusion in full when Sekhem picked it, so I'm really happy to see that you're not afraid to give things a full chance.

I go seriously out of my way to finish albums or just songs. I absolutely hate it when people just listen to the beginning of a song. It literally makes me sad when I reach work without having finished the album. Occasionally I'll just go into the bathroom and finish listening to it there.

I actually do seem to recall not finishing Dimension Intrusion because it was just so damn long and my bus journey didn't account for that. Not only that but it was one of the others that I really found almost no enjoyment from unfortunately. But still, it's a chance to possibly branch out my music taste so I'm all for it.

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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-22 04:31:54 Reply

Oh I also breached 100,000 listens yesterday. Only took 3 years.

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At 4/22/14 04:28 AM, Snuff wrote: I actually do seem to recall not finishing Dimension Intrusion because it was just so damn long and my bus journey didn't account for that.

Oops, guess I remembered incorrectly. Oh well, my point still stands.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-23 12:06:49 Reply

i'll try and get this album after i get back from work tonight. i know everyone's all "listen to it when the birds are chirping and the grass is green and spring is humping winter away" and all that shit but some of us only have time in the dead of night, so take this atmosphere into account when i give any feedback.

At 4/22/14 12:14 AM, Oolaph wrote: I noticed you also listened to Dimension Intrusion in full when Sekhem picked it,

i definitely gotta hear this now


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-23 12:30:20 Reply

At 4/23/14 12:06 PM, beheadedbymuslims wrote: i'll try and get this album after i get back from work tonight. i know everyone's all "listen to it when the birds are chirping and the grass is green and spring is humping winter away" and all that shit but some of us only have time in the dead of night, so take this atmosphere into account when i give any feedback.

Having the right setting certainly enhances your experience if you already enjoy the album, but it's not necessary for enjoying the album.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-27 01:56:44 Reply

Just made a last.fm account

http://www.last.fm/user/Radiowned

Add me if you think I'm cool enough. I'll try to check out the album of the week sometime today.


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Response to Last.Fm Club 2014-04-27 21:01:18 Reply

This week's picker is @Spooky. Pick somethin' good, will ya?


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