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Entries in Alternative (213)

Saturday
Jun142014

Weird Sounds

I am going to take a short break from the indies this week, and highlight a couple songs from the 1980s and one from the last decade, the only thing in common they share being odd vocalizations or weird music riffs. We'll start off with the newest tune in the bunch--this one from 2006--titled Fuel on Fire. The song is performed by The Old Haunts:

 

Saturday
Mar082014

Saturday Finish

I quit listening to this band for a long time, mainly because the guitarist seemed to be a 9-11 truther, but the music Muse produces is still pretty good. This song is titled Supremacy:

 

Saturday
Mar012014

Wrapping It Up

Our last song of the morning is also my pick of the day. The band is The Afghan Whigs and the song, Algiers:

 

 

Saturday
Feb012014

Head of the Class

We are going to wrap up with my pick of the day from a band I recently learned about,  Blonde Redhead, although the group has been active musically since the mid-1990s. I have a thing for female singers, so having Kazu Makino front the band doesn't hurt either. The song is titled 23:

 

Saturday
Feb012014

Something of a Standard-Bearer

Radiohead has been 'out there' musically since the release of Kid A . They've toned things down somewhat since, but can still be called 'experimental. This number is titled Lotus Flower:

 

Saturday
Feb012014

A Three Heads are Better than One Saturday

We have three songs from three bands this morning, all of them leaning on the spacier side of experimental, and oddly enough, all of them have 'head' in their name. We'll start the morning with this song by Portishead, titled Glory Box:

 

Saturday
Aug172013

Acid Summer

Our final tune for the morning is a spacey little number and is also my pick of the day. This is Kula Shaker performing Tattva:

 

 

Saturday
Aug172013

Saturday's Lost Cause

Next up, we have this classic from Beck, which is appropriately titled Loser:

 

Saturday
Aug172013

Songs from an Earlier Decade

We are going back to the 1990s this morning to listen to two groups and a solo artist from that 'end-of-history' period, starting with this tune from Nirvana, titled In Bloom:

 

Monday
Jun102013

My Woshin Mashin Triumph Over Evil On "Evil Must Die"

Eccentric and downright fun electronic rock straight from Russia, My Woshin Mashin manage to unite potent social and political messages with healthy doses of strangeness on their new 2013 full-length CD "Evil Must Die". While some of their industrial-infused material may remind the listener of acts like KMFDM and Front Line Assembly, such as the full-on charge of "Riders On The Storm", other tracks, such as the hauntingly beautiful "Eli", are much harder to peg. Part of the reason behind this is the truly original voice of lead vocalist Bibi Tulin, who sits somewhere between Lady Gaga and Bjork sonically - that's meant as a compliment. Hugo Simons backs her up with growling vocals and instrumentation, and Wolfgang Scherman (who also wears a dinosaur mask) adds keyboards and other instruments.

From pop and electro to chill and industrial rock, My Woshin Mashin have it all, and they're just odd enough to stand out in today's music world. "Evil Must Die" is recommended to any fans of these genres.

Saturday
Apr202013

Something of a Classic

It is not their best tune but probably one that often comes to mind when a music fan thinks about Radiohead. Our last tune of the morning is called Creep:

 

Saturday
Apr202013

Above the Waterline

Our next number from Radiohead this morning is quite a bit mellower than the preceding song but is still something of an intense experience. This is titled High and Dry:

 

Saturday
Apr202013

Old Favorites

I say 'old' mainly because I have not listened to Radiohead in years. I do like their older tunes though. This is a live cut of The Bends:

 

Saturday
Feb162013

Close Enough

Well, since I mentioned The Cardigans at the onset of the day, it would be silly not to play one of the group's songs. It wasn't the tune I was looking for, but is still rather pleasing and is my pick of the day. The song is titled Hanging Around:

 

Saturday
Feb162013

More Mellow Meanderings

Our next number, like the first tune of the day, is rather mellow and is performed by Belle and Sebastion. The song is titled Sleep Around the Clock:

 

Saturday
Feb162013

Saturday Indie Pop

So...I was out grocery shopping the other day, the market's public announcement system playing bland, light pop, when this sweet little tune comes on that catches my attention. I stop and try to decipher the lyrics hoping that I can go look up the song later but have no luck with that strategy, getting only the unhelpful line 'wishing for a sunny day.'

The singer sounded a lot like Nina Persson, so when I got home, I had a listen to some tunes from the Cardigans, of which Ms. Persson is a member, but again came up empty handed. The exercise did give me some tunes to showcase today,  however,  from the indie pop genre. We will go ahead and start off with one such song, from The Field Mice, who perform If You Need Someone:

 

Saturday
Dec292012

The End

Well..not really.  But it is a time to close  this theme, at least until some errant asteroid ambles over. We'll wrap up the morning with It's the End of the World (And We Know It) from REM:

Have a happy New Year's...

Saturday
Dec012012

Not So Very Different

Finally, we have the short-lived The Wondergirls, the so-called supergroup fronted by Scott Weiland who provides us with still another similar-sounding tune, titled Drop That Baby:

 

Saturday
Dec012012

Closely Related

Next, we'll have a listen to this song by Elastica that uses the same opening guitar riffs as the preceding song, although the tune as a whole is somewhat different. It is titled Connection:

Lawsuit or no, this tune is my pick of the day.

 

Saturday
Dec012012

Sounds About the Same

We have three bands performing three songs today, all of them similiar in tone, and one of them so closely resembling this tune that it brought about legal action. So, let us start off the morning with it, Three Girl Rhumba, performed by The Wire: