Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

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Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby LSK » Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

Post a band you really like but that nobody knows of. Also, post a song of theirs.

Personally, I'm a fan of Animal Collective (and Grass.)

2009 EDIT: When I posted this, they were still obscure.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:00 pm UTC

Mayfield Four
Noise Therapy
Rumsfield
Grady
Armored Saint
Rainbow Butt Monkeys
Finch
Five Horse Johnson
The Bakerton Group
Esthero
American Head Charge

And the band no-ones heard of that everyone's heard of:

Steve Burns

Free Steve Burns Music.... LISTEN TO IT!

Steve Burns - My Eyes Are Full
Steve Burns - The Unbeliever
STeve Burns - The Lords Of Cobble Hill
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Postby Kawa » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:05 pm UTC

One band:
Asobi Seksu.

Not bands, but individual people:
* Jamie Barnes
* Vienna Teng (possibly more mainstream but I never hear people mention her)
* Katie Davis
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Postby damienthebloody » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:46 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Esthero

I love esthero. I evangelise her work everywhere, for it is fantastic.
I think Ren is a fan as well, so we aren't alone here.

I could make a great big list of bands, but I can't help but feel it would be rather futile :(
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Postby German Sausage » Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:43 am UTC

ok. lets find the most obscure music i have, to make up for the 'take this, credibility' thread.
boris.
sunn o)))
custard
drowning pool
faker
jens lekman
the knife
royksopp
kimya dawson
the music
neko case
the postal service
spoon
utada
tegan and sara
warren zevon
and to plug people i know
Quick on the Draw
Miss White and the Diamonds
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Postby Jauss » Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:37 am UTC

@Mighty Jalapeno: I haven't listened to my Finch cd (What It Is To Burn) in too long. It came out the year before, but it makes me think of 2003.

German Sausage wrote:ok. lets find the most obscure music i have, to make up for the 'take this, credibility' thread.
boris.
sunn o)))
custard
drowning pool
faker
jens lekman
the knife
royksopp
kimya dawson
the music*
neko case
the postal service*
spoon*
utada
tegan and sara*
warren zevon
and to plug people i know
Quick on the Draw
Miss White and the Diamonds


Italics - Bands I've heard of
Bold - Bands I've listened to
Bold* - Bands I've listened to a lot at one point or another

General:

The Jealous Sound "Hope For Us". *Happy sigh*
Now It's Overhead Electronic/Rock/Pop. If you can find their song "Hi" you should download it. One of my favorite songs ever.
stellastarr* Alternative/Pop/Rock. "My Coco", "In the Walls", etc.
Thursday They're not obscure, but what the hell. Screamo/Post-Hardcore/Rock. My heart belongs to these boys. "Steps Ascending", "Running from the Rain", etc.
The Velvet Teen Sometimes rockin', often mellow or chill. Play videos for "Radiapathy" and "The Prize Fighter".

Local:

Barons in Trees Folk/Jazz/Other. "Song 97", "City of Stones", etc. Guitars, cello, keyboard, clarinet, bass, plastic bag, and pleasing, warm vocals. Nice folk.
Crosstide Pop/Rock/Alternative. "Opposite Day".
Kind of Like Spitting Acoustic/Punk/"Emo"
Point Juncture, WA This is where I cop out and call them "Indie". :)
Talkdemonic Electro-acoustic/Experimental/Instrumental. Viola, drums, & computer. "Indian Angel", "Cascade Locks", etc.
Menomena Three wondeful, funny, weird guys who love to ugly up a website. Experimental/Pop/? Keyboard, guitar, drums, bass, sax, xylophone, etc. Watch video for "Cough Coughing". Also, "Wet and Rusting".
The Helio Sequence Pop/Rock/Electronic


My friends/bands that my friends are in:

Abandon Ship Pop/Alternative/Rock. 3/5ths of the amazing Lester Bros.
Carsie Blanton Great folky acoustic stuff. "Ain't So Green".
The Bills "Global Acoustic Roots" These guys are seriously brilliant at what they do. Their live show is like whoa. :) Guitar, mandolin, fiddles, upright bass, accordion, piano, and strong vocals. "When the Bucket Runs Dry" (instrumental), "Old Blue Bridge", etc.
The Funkistadors Hip-hop/rock/funk. "Mind Blow'n".
Adam DiCarlo Pretty songs — instrumental stuff, vocal stuff. Sometimes acoustic, sometimes classical, sometimes not.

Distant acquaintances:

pennylane Rock/Pop. "Violent Remedy" is my favorite song of theirs.

It's interesting to see the kind of bands I'm remembering right now, seeing as I like many other genres too.
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Postby rachel » Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:52 pm UTC

I have yet to find anyone who has heard of the Spacemonkeys. I'm sure there are more bands, but that one trumps them all because they are wonderful and amazing and I want to make children with them. I am also willing to marry anyone who has heard of them before right now and enjoys their music.
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Postby Peshmerga » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:02 pm UTC

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Postby 2DMan » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:05 pm UTC

rachel wrote:I have yet to find anyone who has heard of the Spacemonkeys. I'm sure there are more bands, but that one trumps them all because they are wonderful and amazing and I want to make children with them. I am also willing to marry anyone who has heard of them before right now and enjoys their music.


Spacemonkeys just makes me think of Firefly. Which is a good enough reference, actually - I'll go and look 'em up. I must admit I hadn't previously heard of 'em though.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:18 pm UTC

German Sausage wrote:drowning pool

Uhm.... they were huge and mainstream famous before the lead singer died.
Peshmerga wrote:Cake

They are still mainstream famous.

And no takers on the Rainbow Butt Monkeys? That's.... thats just wrong :(
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Postby H.E.L.e.N. » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:19 pm UTC

German Sausage wrote:the postal service


No way does that count. (And I own some Spoon and some Tegan and Sarah, and they're pretty great, but not "obscure.")

[I'm not going to post a more-obscure-than-thou list, because that would make me a jerk. I don't think anything I'm listening to counts either.)

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Gifrants
http://myspace.com/gifrants (yuck @ the third and fourth song in the player)

Carol Cleveland Sings (related to, but not exactly the same as, The Spinto Band)
http://www.songfight.org/artistpage.php ... rtkey=date

State Shirt
http://www.stateshirt.com/music/new/Fel ... %20Sky.mp3
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:01 pm UTC

thefiddler wrote:!!!
Econoline Crush

They had, like, six number 1 hits. I guess if you aren't Canadian, they're obscure...

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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

What's with people and not posting links? And consider Telefon Tel Aviv very seconded, although I'm not sure they're obscure enough for this thread's title.
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Postby thefiddler » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
thefiddler wrote:!!!
Econoline Crush

They had, like, six number 1 hits. I guess if you aren't Canadian, they're obscure...

Probably, yeah.

Not many people in my area knowingly listen to Canadian bands and when they find out bands they like are Canadian, they start mocking them. Ah, close-minded idiots, how fun you make life.

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Bakemaster wrote:What's with people and not posting links? And consider Telefon Tel Aviv very seconded, although I'm not sure they're obscure enough for this thread's title.

I'm not posting links because I don't have time. I'm about to run away again for a while, and maybe I'll edit links in later. I usually do.

Anyway, Telefon Tel Aviv is fairly obscure...

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:27 pm UTC

man i love this thread.... But sadly i have nothing useful to contribute...
When you love techno as much as i do, real music just.. doesn't exist anymore XD.

O wait...

Death in Vegas. Try them.

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Postby japanese_jew » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:47 pm UTC

Uh . . . Oh no, Oh my?

I second the "The Postal Service" denial. I'm pretty sure they were featured in a pretty well known commercial. Cake is just huge, quiet, fool. (Unless it was a joke, a tease, a prod, in which case it incited my wrath, so you were quite successful, congrats.)

Pretty As Puke, and the Whomping Willows (roflcopters, wizardrock) are basically all I can think of right now.

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Postby Jauss » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:44 am UTC

Yeah, I was gonna say something about Drowning Pool, Cake, the Postal Service, etc, but what's mainstream for some people is obscure to others in different cities/regions/countries (or for those who are just surrounded by people who listen to stuff that sucks :),) so whatevs.

@Bakemaster: Cool stuff. I added everything you posted to my ever-growing music notes. I've heard of State Shirt before, but just listened to them via the link and they're really good.

Speaking of The Spinto Band, I happen to know one song by them (Trust vs Mistrust, which is great) because a friend put them on a mix for me. Mixes make the world go 'round. Like a record baby, right 'round, right 'round. ;)

On a tangent, one of the things I like most about myself is how varied my interests and likes are, in music and pretty much everything. The downside of this is knowing I will never, ever, ever get to it all, or even more than th tiniest of fractions. Were there but world enough, and time...

Art Brut Probably not obscure at all anymore (especially for UK folks,) but I (sadly) haven't been listening to radio and stuff for a while, so...yeah. Saw them last year, fun times.
Architecture in Helsinki. Same boat as above, but Aussie. I have one of their previous albums, but just now checked out their stuff. Also fun live. "Lazy Lazy"
The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up. "Double Negative", etc.
The Most Serene Republic See if you can find "Relative's Eyes".
The Manchester Orchestra They opened for Brand New a few months ago and I bought their cd. "Now That You're Home", "Where Have You Been?". (Cuz when you look at me I'll be digesting your legs.) :)
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Postby thefiddler » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:41 am UTC

japanese_jew wrote:Uh . . . Oh no, Oh my?

I thought about Oh No! Oh My!, but I didn't think they're too terribly obscure. They aren't... are they?

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Postby japanese_jew » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:46 am UTC

Well, I'm sure it depends upon where you live. Cat Empire is huge in Australia, but barely anyone knows them in the US, and the Matches are absolutely splendiferously huge in CA, and I only know one person on the East Coast who knows them.

Edit: Holy crap, wikipedia says
The group moved to Nashville, Tennessee to continue with their music, where they played several local shows, experimented with their lineup, and released their debut, self-titled album. In fall of 2006, the trio left Nashville to play a series of shows across the U.S., including opening for The Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley.


FL and Gnarls Barkley aren't small in the least. My apologies.

But, yeah, where I live, Art Brut and Architecture in Helsinki are becoming pretty big with the indie crowd.

Uh . . . I suppose you guys have probably heard of them . . . Le Tigre?

Edit: The Fiery Furnaces! Unless you read Questionable Content religiously, or live somewhere where they're big. Presumably New York.

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:01 am UTC

O yea!

Moldy Peaches!

:D

prolly not very obscure though.... so good ....

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Postby Jauss » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:11 am UTC

japanese_jew wrote:Well, I'm sure it depends upon where you live. Cat Empire is huge in Australia, but barely anyone knows them in the US, and the Matches are absolutely splendiferously huge in CA, and I only know one person on the East Coast who knows them.


Note: Look up those bands. (I've heard the names mentioned, but have no idea how they sound.)

Edit: Holy crap, wikipedia says
The group moved to Nashville, Tennessee to continue with their music, where they played several local shows, experimented with their lineup, and released their debut, self-titled album. In fall of 2006, the trio left Nashville to play a series of shows across the U.S., including opening for The Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley.


FL and Gnarls Barkley aren't small in the least. My apologies.


It's okay. :) Besides, sometimes the Powers That Be come across and hand-pick an obscure band, so just because someone opens tours for the big boys doesn't mean they're not "small" themselves (though possibly not for too long after.)

But, yeah, where I live, Art Brut and Architecture in Helsinki are becoming pretty big with the indie crowd.

Uh . . . I suppose you guys have probably heard of them . . . Le Tigre?


Yup. *Checks* Actually there's some on my computer from when my friend dumped part of his collection on my then brand new laptop. *Listens to it* "My My Metrocard". Hehe, they're bitchin' out Giuliani a bit. Energetic stuff.

Edit: The Fiery Furnaces! Unless you read Questionable Content religiously, or live somewhere where they're big. Presumably New York.


Again with the bands I know of, but haven't listened to. (There are a lot of those. I used to read the blurbs/listings of every single band coming to town in two of our cool, free, weekly papers.)

Some more local goodness:

March Fourth Marching Band Yes, they are an actual marching brand. A marching band that brings the awesome and the weirdness. Check out the pics and videos and stuff lower on the page.

Sexton Blake They make kind of ethereal Pop/Rock/Electronic music. Looks like they did a cover album recently. Check their rendition of "Bette Davis Eyes". :)
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Postby Stickmaster » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:17 am UTC

Built to Spill
Bullets and Octane
Kyuss - Also known as the precursors to Queens of the Stone Age
Nada Surf - a former one hit wonder with "popular" that still plugs out great music.
Prong
Staggered Crossing
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Postby japanese_jew » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:19 am UTC

This Island was probably the best album of that year, in all honesty. Le Tigre's self-titled was amazing, but This Island just blew it away. I didn't really think of them as small--apparently, half the lesbian community is in love with Kathleen Hanna.

Edit: Nada Surf is decently big, I hear one of their singles every so often. Not currently at <i>my</i> computer, but I know I have at least one song other than Popular by them.

I feel like I've heard of Built to Spill a million times, but I don't know where.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:50 am UTC

Everyone in my circle's heard of Kyuss (but we're all rockers).... the best modern spacerock, now that Monster Magnet pussied out.

Pussies.

Also, Ashley MacIsaac... proof that you can headbang to an Irish pedophile fiddler.
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Postby ! » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:03 am UTC

The Receiving End Of Sirens
The only people I've ever talked to who had even heard of them were people who went to a concert on their tour.
But as emphatically as I can say, they totally rock.

Also, I don't know how popular National Product is but they are pretty good too.

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Postby EradicateIV » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:12 am UTC

I don't know how I can really add to this, but I'll try.

Cave In
skycamefalling
nicotine
death piggy
aloha
genocide organ
say hi to your mom
Eucharist
Sigh
Craft
Kataxu
Abyssic Hate
The Telescopes
Swervedriver
Velvet Cacoon (Okay, only if you're not an avid black metalist)
Once Nothing

Other stuff:
The Receiving End of Sirens always tours around here (Pittsburgh), yet I have never seen them. I have listened to Built to Spill, Gatsby's American Dream, sun o))), and some of the other bands in this thread.

I used to be a music elitist about this kind of stuff, but if you're young and starting into music, it always seems that is the way you start. I'm just passive about music preferences of everyone now.
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Postby damienthebloody » Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:56 am UTC

EradicateIV wrote:Velvet Cacoon (Okay, only if you're not an avid black metalist)

...I was going to say.
I would add to the list, but I have no idea what counts as stuff no one has heard of. Generally speaking, someone else got me into all of the music I listen to, so it's kind of hard for me to claim that I am the sole fan, you know?
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Postby Nimblefinger » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:18 am UTC

Freak Kitchen, anyone?

They're an awesome Swedish metal band, think metal meets Zappa meets a man who plays guitar with a dildo.

Check out Speak When Spoken too on their site if you want a taste, the video is fairly plain (the guy doing the guest solo is Bumblefoot, anyone heard of Bumblefoot?).

I have others, but I'll post another sometime if people like FK.

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Postby damienthebloody » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:04 pm UTC

Nimblefinger wrote:Freak Kitchen, anyone?

That's MatthIAs Eklundh's band, isn't it?
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Postby chrispy1 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:08 pm UTC

OK, so the fact that I've heard of quite a few of the bands in this thread makes me think that either the stuff I listen to is **really** obscure, or I'm more of a music Geek than I realised. (Hey rachel - i've heard of the spacemonkeys - I really, really like the song Acid House killed rock and roll...

Obscure bands I like:
New Pornographers
Subway to Sally (German/Celtic mix)
Eisbrecher (Rammstein-esque)
Stephanie Cadman (fiddler from Prince Edward Island)
Ashley MacIssac (he's obscure???)
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (experimental jazz...he plays the banjo, and it just, well works)
Air (they did the soundtrack to that horrible movie The Virgin Suicides...)
Anuna (redoing ancient English songs...)
Birmhingham 6 (Industrial, have only been able to find 5 of their songs as downloads :-()
Charles Earland (jazz organist. some of the best damn jazz ever)
Ethyl Meatplow (really weird industrial)
K'Naan (Rapper from Somalia living in Toronto. Some of the most disturbing imagery in music, as he raps about the war in Somalia).
Lamb/Olive/Hooverphonic (trip-hop bands)
Sow/Pig (KMFDM-ish bands. Sow's an all-female band, Pig's an all-male band; the album they did against each other is awesome)

Ok, i think that's enough of your time wasted by me...
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Postby Hawknc » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:18 pm UTC

Gotye is probably obscure to anyone that isn't Australian, but I felt the need to plug him while I'm listening to Like Drawing Blood.
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Postby Jesse » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:19 pm UTC

My obscure bands:

Pink Hearse
Codes in the Clouds
Luke Pickett (To an extent, he is gathering a bit of fame to him now, and I love his voice).

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Postby thefiddler » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:02 pm UTC

Built to Spill and The New Pornographers aren't that obscure. >.>

Also, I love Cat Empire!

Ooh, I guess I forgot, here's some ska:

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution
Jeffries Fan Club
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Postby Hawknc » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:19 pm UTC

thefiddler wrote:Also, I love Cat Empire!


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Postby Peshmerga » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:21 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
German Sausage wrote:drowning pool

Uhm.... they were huge and mainstream famous before the lead singer died.
Peshmerga wrote:Cake

They are still mainstream famous.

And no takers on the Rainbow Butt Monkeys? That's.... thats just wrong :(


No one I know has ever heard of Cake : (
i hurd u liek mudkips???

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Postby chrispy1 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:25 pm UTC

I have!! (I don't have any of their stuff, but if I hear it on the radio, I'm like "Oh, hey - Cake!")
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:06 pm UTC

Peshmerga wrote:No one I know has ever heard of Cake : (

That sucks... they're regular rotation on Much Music, and every single person I know has at LEAST "Going The Distance", probably "I Will Survive", likely "Sheep Go To Heaven", etc etc.... they rock.


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