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    Hey everyone - here is my unofficial music list. I've included any music that I would recommend to someone regardless of it's popularity (the people who I recommend to have never heard of the Shins before).

    (List can also be found at http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=evansmusic)

    NOTE: These are only bands that I would recommend for others. Some of these I wouldn't dare to suggest become an official band. And quite a few of these bands I've heard from you 3 . Some of these are only songs. These are mostly the types of bands I'd like to have on EMS's official list. Tell me what bands should be dropped from this list and what bands should be added. (Make sure they're the same type of music - if someone suggests Dream Theater I'm going to die.)

    1979 Death From Above

    1984

    22-20's


    The Arcade Fire - this is one of my favorite bands of the year. It's not accessible AT ALL. Don't let it turn you off. Listen to them some more and you'll absolutely love them. Songs: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Neighbordhood #2 (Laika), Rebellion (Lies), In The Backseat, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), or anything else really!

    Arctic Monkeys - dumb name, insanely good band. If I had to predict any band being famous and acclaimed in 20 years, Arctic Monkeys would be my guess. "Mardy Bum" is the best song of 2005. They're signed by Domino Records (the same as Franz Ferdinand) and will not be 'unheard of' or 'underground' much longer; they're going to be huge one day. They carry an original sound, thoughtful lyrics, and incredibly accessible and deep tunes. Songs: Mardy Bum, A Certain Romance, Scummy, Fake Tales of San Francisco, Cigarette Smoke

    Ash - Girl From Mars - it's years old, but I still love it.

    BATTLE - Tendency - greatness

    Bloc Party - If you haven't heard these guys, what the hell is wrong with you? If you're interested at all in alternative music, Bloc Party is a must on your musical belt of knowledge. They haven't gotten too popular here in the States, which seems unbelievable to me (I'm thankful). They're "on fire" and should be able to scrape up a few wins at the Brits and other award festivals this year. Songs: Banquet, Helicopter, Positive Tension, So Here We Are, Price of Gas, Luno, Like Eating Glass, This Modern Love, Plans, Staying Fat

    The Bravery - Does anyone else prefer them immensely to the Killers?

    Bromheads Jacket - you want underground? I don't think you can get any more underground than this without getting local. They're from the same area as the Arctic Monkeys. They've got stingingly punchy vocals, killer riffs, and humor. Give them a try. (Get anything you can by them).

    Caesars - Don't Fear the Reaper - It's a cover song by a less than perfect band. But the song is (an) awesome (excuse to listen to some hip 70's music).

    Clinic - I haven't gotten as many songs as I'd like out of these guys (girls). They sound like the only thing stopping them from becoming massively popular is a larger label contract. They're original, cool, and fun. They feature a bizarre mix of 60's sci-fi with 00's dancy beats. Songs: Walking With Thee, The Equaliser, Come Into Our Room, Harmony, Distortions

    Cold Play

    The Coral - In The Morning - Steel drums, 60's rock, new wave alternative. Great.

    The Cribs - sound a little bit like the Shins. Certainly worth listening to. Songs: You Are Always the One, The Light Went Out, Another Number, Mirror Kissers (<3), Hey Scenesters.

    The Dead 60's - British ska that sounds more like the Clash mixed with reggae. Songs: Soul Survivor, You're Not The Law, Riot Radio, Saturday Night Dub

    The Dears - Canadian Brit Pop? How cool! There's something melodically mellow about these Kanucks and it's great. And, at least in my book, the vocalist sounding a bit like Morrissey is quite a worthy feat.
    Songs: Never Destroy Us, Lost in the Plot, Warm and Sunny Days, Who Are You Defenders of the Universe, Anything on their album No Cities Left

    Death Cab For Cutie


    The Departure - Great, great, great Interpol-sounding band. Great, great, great. Songs: Dirty Words (<3), She's In Stereo, Be My Enemy, All Mapped Out

    Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Ska/alternative did work, all those people who doubted me. And Dogs Die In Hot Cars (yes, a completely random and long name) is the talk of the town. Their single "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" shows off much of their originality. Listening to their music will make you in a happy mood. Think of it as the cure to emo. Songs: I Love You 'Cause I Have To, Lounger, Godhopping, Eighties, Somewhat Off the Way

    Elliott Smith

    Franz Ferdinand - If the Killers make the list, Franz Ferdinand most definitely deserves a spot.

    The Futureheads - real punk. Not any of the teenie bopper ***** that all these Plano kids try to listen to that give punk a bad name. These guys might be the coolest guys in history. Honestly. Songs: Le Garage, A to B, Hounds of Love (<3333)(try to get the live version), Meantime, Decent Days and Nights (the OC had it), Stupid Shallow

    Hard-Fi - My Brit friend/critics have extremely mixed opinions about these guys. Either you love them or hate them. I love them. Songs: Hard to Beat, Middle Eastern Holiday, Move On Now, Cash Machine, Feltham is Singing Out, Better Do Better, Living for the Weekend, Stars of CCTV (<3), Tied Up Too Tight

    Hot Hot Heat - Out of the great british indie/alt bands this year, Hot Hot Heat is making it's way up the ranks. The vocalist's got a poppy voice that I wouldn't normally like, but the music makes up for it. It's campy, humourous, and just fun. It'll make you feel good listening to it. Songs: Middle of Nowhere, Goodnight Goodnight, Le Le Low, Running Out of Time, Talk to Me Dance With Me, Island of the Honest Man,Bandages

    Imogen Heap - Chick band. Very cool. Listen to them if you like Frou Frou's Let Go (great song btw)

    Interpol

    Kaiser Chiefs - far from perfect. Some of their songs are quite good though. Songs: Everyday I Love You Less and Less, I Predict a Riot, Na Na Na Na Naa, Oh My God, Modern Way, Saturday Night

    Kasabian - Very cool band. Heavy rock sound without the metal-sounding crap that usually comes with it. Songs: LSF, Club Foot, Reason is Treason

    ?Keane

    ?The Killers

    Kings of Convenience - Very talented Norwegian band. Probably inspired by all the amazingly hott chicks there. Probably. Any of their stuff is cool, but I'd Rather Dance With You is a masterpiece!

    Kings of Leon - Don't quite know what to think of them. Some good songs though. Songs: Four Kicks, King of the Rodeo, The Bucket

    LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House - such a cool song.

    The Libertines - bloody good band. Pete Doherty has quite a voice despite all his drugs and assault, etc etc. Songs: What a Waster, Can't Stand Me Now (<3), Don't Look Back Into the Sun, What Became of the Likely Lads, What Katie Did

    Louis XIV - Pretty cool stuff. American band that finally can compete a bit with them Brits. Songs: Me Me Me Me, The Grand Apartment, God Killed the Queen, A Letter To Dominique, Finding Out True Love Is Blind

    M83 - Bizarre French people! It's still cool though.

    The Magic Numbers - Love You Like Me - simply addicting. Listen to it a few times and you will fall in love.

    Mando Diao - words cannot describe the awesomeness of Mando Diao. Songs: Sheepdog, God Knows, Mr. Moon (<3), Motown Blood, Paralyzed, She's So

    Maximo Park - I'm not sure what makes these guys so great, but they definately are. I devoured their album A Certain Trigger and thought that it was a four star album (out of five - all my ratings will be out of five). I took a week's break and listened to it again once, and it's better than four. "Postcard of a Painting", "Limassol", and "Apply Some Pressure" will all make my top 25 songs of 2005 list (unless some seriously great songs are produced in the remaining months). Songs: Postcard of a Painting, Limassol, Apply Some Pressure, Fear of Falling, Now I'm All Over the Shop, The Coast Is Always Changing

    Moving Units - Hip reggae-ish alternative. Upbeat, fun, and just nice to listen to. Songs: Between Us & Them, Available, Bricks and Mortars, Emancipation, I Never Wanted Anything

    Muse

    The Music - Okay, imagine the Sex Pistols singer + Muse. Orgasmic? Oh yes. Songs: Cessation (<333333), Karma, Welcome to the Night, I Need Love, Into the Night, One Way In No Way Out, Breakin', The People

    Nine Black Alps

    The Pixies

    Pitty Sing - After hearing their song Radio, I thought they'd just be another boring 1-hit-wonder British band, but I was incredibly wrong. Songs: We're On Drugs, CTWYL, Hanging on Me, Bleeding Hearts, actually, everything by them is great.

    Postal Service

    Prosaics - They're from New York and have an EP out. The music is very hard, but for some reason it reminds me a bit of the Smiths. Get all 5 of their songs, especially Teeth.

    Radiohead

    The Rakes

    Say Anything - Alive With the Glory of Love - American band. Thought it'd get really popular. Didn't. Still great song.

    Simian - La Breeze - Sounds like the Gorillaz but better.

    Sleater-Kinney

    Spoon - If I told you that there was actually an amazing band that hailed from Austin, Texas, would you believe me? I wouldn't either. But there is, and they go by the name Spoon. Their single "I Turn My Camera On" can't be described in words of coolness - it's just incompabulable. That song along with "The Way We Get By" were featured on the OC (which, as much as I don't want to admit it, has great music). Songs: I Turn My Camera On, Believing is Art", "Fitted Shirt, Lines in a Suit, Everything Hits the Walls, or any other song by them

    The Stills - Slightly older (like a year I think), but very cool. I think their Canadian. Yay! Songs: Killer Bees, Love & Death, Ready for It, Lola Stars And Stripes, Retour A Vega

    The Subways - Oh Yeah - Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. It's great

    Supergrass

    The Thrills

    Tom Vek - Very different. But different is good. Songs: If You Want, A Little Word In Your Ear, Aint Saying My Good Byes


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    Insert radiohead, reject Kasabian.
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    (Original post by Phonicsdude)
    Insert radiohead, reject Kasabian.
    Done (also added Muse, going on your signature)
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    I would add (if we're neglecting popularity status): Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, Interpol, Camera Obscura, Elefant, Editors, Everclear, The Verve, Coldplay, Blind Melon, Turin Brakes, Weezer, The Dandy Warhols, Low Millions, Doves, Embrace (possibly), Day One, The Rakes etc.
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    Nice list so far. Oh and perhaps: The Thrills, Athlete, The Killers, The Bravery, Bright Eyes, Damien Rice, Counting Crows...
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    I saw this idea some time ago and liked it. So, here's a list of bands/artists that I think might be worth adding. Let me know what you think.

    Tom Waits
    One of the few people to have changed style completely and pulled it off. Hardly unknown, but still horribly underappreciated.

    The New Pornographers
    A sort of indie supergroup. Neko Case is probably the best known member.

    Elliott Smith
    R.I.P. - A horrible waste of talent.

    American Music Club (also Mark Eitzel solo)
    There are times when I feel like a one-man lobbying organisation for this band, but do check them out. They've been around since the mid-eighties (they split for ten years 1994-2004) and no one seems to have heard of them. I'd be genuinely interested in what people think of their stuff, so if you do get hold of it let me know.
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    Oh, and Imogen Heap isn't a "chick group". It's just one person; Imogen Heap.
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    because they don't really fit on the New Bands Thread, and because i feel like bigging them up...i'll suggest Pretty Girls Make Graves...awesome band.
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    Soulwax
    White Rose Movement
    Nine Black Alps
    Test - Icicles
    New Rhodes
    Metro Riots
    Stereo Total
    iForward,Russia!
    The Futureheads
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    What is this list exactly?

    I could list hundreds and hundreds of alternative and indie bands that are considered great by many fans of music that isn't too mainstream.

    You haven't even started considering singers/songwriters which are critically-acclaimed. This list is endless: Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Mark Kozelek, Tom Mcrae, Stephen Fretwell, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, Howie Day, Badly Drawn Boy, Kathyrn Williams, Tom Waits, Emiliana Torrini.

    To not include any of them would be a huge mistake.

    I'm sorry spikdboy, I like a lot of the bands on your list (I even love quite a few of them!) but even on your list, there are bands that would be considered rubbish by music critics, who are, after all, music elitists: bands like Louis XIV and the Subways have a had quite a few really bad reviews.

    Plus it's a bit silly to include bands just because you heard one mp3 of them and found it cool. Bands like Simian or the Subways really aren't that great, in total objectivity.
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    is this all indie crappy stuff?
    Think kasabian should go back in personally - just because pd doesn't like the doesn't mean they shouldn't be there.
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    Insert Million Dead, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Lose the MTV2 pushed gash like The Subways, The Futureheads, Maximo Park.
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    (Original post by zhivago)
    Oh, and Imogen Heap isn't a "chick group". It's just one person; Imogen Heap.
    That really confused me for a while. Still i was quite impressed to find out that she remorgaged her house or got into a similar amount of large debt to make her second album which is now doing pretty well mainly due to it's appearance on the O.C. and is a tad average in my opinion but hey credit where credit's due she stuck her neck out to make music.
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    (Original post by SamTheMan)
    What is this list exactly?

    I could list hundreds and hundreds of alternative and indie bands that are considered great by many fans of music that isn't too mainstream.

    You haven't even started considering singers/songwriters which are critically-acclaimed. This list is endless: Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Mark Kozelek, Tom Mcrae, Stephen Fretwell, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, Howie Day, Badly Drawn Boy, Kathyrn Williams, Tom Waits, Emiliana Torrini.

    To not include any of them would be a huge mistake.

    I'm sorry spikdboy, I like a lot of the bands on your list (I even love quite a few of them!) but even on your list, there are bands that would be considered rubbish by music critics, who are, after all, music elitists: bands like Louis XIV and the Subways have a had quite a few really bad reviews.

    Plus it's a bit silly to include bands just because you heard one mp3 of them and found it cool. Bands like Simian or the Subways really aren't that great, in total objectivity.
    Well I mentioned Waits and Elliott Smith. As to the rest of your list you can count on my vote for Loudon Wainwright III and Kathryn Williams. But Ryan Adams can get behind Paul Westerberg before he's even considered.
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    My thoughts:

    The Futureheads - real punk.
    - dude, go listen to Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Reagan Youth.. that is real punk.. not The Futureheads.

    Hot Hot Heat - Out of the great british indie/alt bands this year
    - they're Canadian.

    Kaiser Chiefs - far from perfect.
    - Utter horsemeat.

    The Music - Okay, imagine the Sex Pistols singer + Muse.
    - what?! Their singer is from Leeds, and singing indie. He sounds nothing like Johnny Rotten.. nor does the music sound like Muse.

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    (Original post by Tonight Matthew)
    Insert Million Dead, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. Lose the MTV2 pushed gash like The Subways, The Futureheads, Maximo Park.
    Entirely agree (except I listen to The Futureheads now and then). Jeff Buckley especially deserves to be on the list! Death Cab For Cutie's new alb is amazing.
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    "Elitist Music Snobs" yet you say things like The Futureheads are real punk. Oh dear.
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    Ditto on Nick Drake.

    If we're talking punk how about the Ramones, and the Dead Kennedy's for that matter.
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    Insert Queens of the Stone Age. They're easily one of the best new Rock bands out there in the past ten years.

    Pixies. They arguabley started the grunge movement in the early 90s, fantastic band.

    Flaming Lips They're more strange than most bands, but definitely in a good way

    Rage Against the Machine Don't think I need to say anything else

    The Killers They could feature on the list, they've become a recent sensation in the alternative music scene but can get tiresome after listening to them for a while (read: over a year)
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    [QUOTE=Pav27]Insert Queens of the Stone Age. They're easily one of the best new Rock bands out there in the past ten years.
    QUOTE]

    ...and throw Mark Lanegan in with them.
 
 
 
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