What's your favorite obscure music?

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    Sep 03, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    I was recently talking to my friend about that Rebook commercial that uses Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song" as the background song, and he said that if he hadn't seen it, he never would have known about that artist. I think it's a great song, and it made me think about all the good music out there that I don't know about because it's not well known.

    So can you recommend good obscure songs/artists that may not be very well known?

    And sorry if this message has already been posted. I made a quick search and I didn't find a match.
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    Sep 03, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    I'll start it off myself. I don't know how obscure they are because I think their last album did pretty well, but I'd recommend checking out indie band Band of Horses.

    Some youtube videos of their songs:
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=band+of+horses&search_type=&aq=f
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    Sep 03, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    The Dead Kennedys



    The Dead Milkmen



    The Screaming Trees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLvwVO8Fh04

    sorry, embedding was disabled on that one.
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    Sep 03, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    dowal saidAnd sorry if this message has already been posted. I made a quick search and I didn't find a match.

    No, you're not
    tee hee hee *snort*
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    Sep 03, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    Anggun rocks. She's much better in French than English.

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    Sep 03, 2008 4:55 AM GMT
    I'll mention two that were once rather popular but have since fallen into obscurity:

    Michael Nesmith, from The Monkees. Some of his work from the 1980's is some of the most interesting, eclectic, and thoughtful music/lyrics I've ever heard, such as "Lucy and Ramona (AKA Cruisin')" which was his homage to the gay community. A bit of those lines...

    CRUISIN'Lucy and Ramona cruisin' thru the jungles of L.A.
    Hopin' to promote a dream somewhere along the way.
    (They're) Rollin' thru the streets looking for a disco,
    Passin' up the treats from a kid named Cisco
    Trying to make connections
    With their blemish-free complexions.
    And just as fate would have it,
    They ended up with Sunset Sam.

    Sam was sellin' watches from a suitcase on a TV tray,
    And Lucy and Ramona were tryin' to figure out if he was gay.
    The three of them were standing staring at each other,
    When the light behind their eyes blew each other's cover.
    The ancient code was branded.

    And each of them was handed
    A ticket to their kingdom
    'Cause they saw their brother Sunset Sam.


    And also the music of my single all-time favorite artist, C.W. McCall, famous in 1976 for his C.B. radio trucking song CONVOY. But don't let that fool you...He's made about 7 albums, all of which contain songs which are highly intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and/or inspirational. The musical group who did his back-up went on to become the well-known Chip Davis group Mannhiem Steamroller, who creat the music known as FRESH AIRE.
    Here are the lyrics to one of C.W. McCall's best songs, Old Glory.

    She was old, and beautiful, and wise, and She taught the young boy everything he needed to know. All about the land, and the woods and the rivers, and what had happened there even before he was born. She taught him what was good and what was bad. And most of all, the difference between right and wrong.

    And so, every morning he stood beside his desk, with his hand over his heart, and promised to respect Her for the rest of his days.

    When times were hard, and the grain elevators stood empty against the black Midwestern sky, She gave him praise for a hard day's work, and hope for his father. And She promised there would be better days to come.

    And he sat by the radio and cried angry tears one gray December day, when he heard that She'd been betrayed. She was hurt; She needed help. He was only twelve, but he gave Her all he could: scraps of paper and tin cans and even the rubber tires from his wagon. He followed Her across the sea, on the maps in the newspaper, wishing he was older, old enough to fight back.

    Then after four long, dark years, he heard the church bells ring and the noon whistle blow long and high. And he was part of one brief moment when all the world paid respect to Her.

    And then he was grown up; and suddenly, the world had changed. And there were questions. About Her! Some thought She was old-fashioned, useless. Some thought She was dead. But then after all, maybe they hadn't known Her as he had.

    And now everyone has grown older. The boy, and his children, and She too. He saw Her again just the other day: it was one of those bright, summer mornings and the church bells were ringing again. The bands were playing, and even the noon whistle was blowing... early!

    He stood and watched proudly as She passed by. The sunlight catching the flash of crimson and white, stars blazing in the clear blue sky.

    And then She was gone.

    And he looked down through three generations into his grandson's eyes, and said, "There she goes, son. We used to call her Old Glory."


    Here's a video I made of my mountain property using one of C.W. McCall's best songs, WILDERNESS. You can clearly hear the early sounds of Fresh Aire in the music.

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    Sep 03, 2008 4:57 AM GMT
    Dare I say, I liked Nancy Sinatra's version of Bang,Bang, as much as Cher's.

    It had such a sincere, femininity but still conveyed the hurtful sorrow.

    Good choice Muchmore!
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    Sep 03, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    anton webern is my favorite composer to choreograph to. i couldn't find a performance of opus 5 to share, but opus 6 and opus 10 are also some of his more accessible works, along with his passacaglia

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    Sep 03, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    RBY71 saidThe Dead Kennedys

    The Dead Milkmen


    The Screaming Trees


    Wanna get married?

    I'll add Q and not U, The Faint (although they've become better known lately...), Awesome Colors, Once a Pawn, Coyote Bones, Sebadoh (and, hell, Dinosaur Jr), Tad, and finally Mudhoney.

    Oh, and the Distillers. Brody Dalle is one of the few women I'd willingly sleep with.

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    Sep 03, 2008 6:01 AM GMT
    Animal Collective
    Anja Garbarek
    Beirut
    Bikeride
    Bitter:Sweet
    Broken Social Scene
    Cortney Tidwell
    Cursive
    Cut Chemist
    Dani Siciliano
    The Delgados
    Dengue Fever
    Devotchka
    The Earlies
    Federico Aubele
    The Go! Team
    Guillemots
    Hercules and Love Affair
    Honey Ltd.
    The Hours
    Jose Gonzalez
    The Kills
    Love
    Love Grenades
    Martina Topley-Bird
    Son of Dave
    Sound Team
    Space Raiders
    The Standard
    The Submarines
    These New Puritans
    Tosca (not the opera, but the downtempo duo)
    Tricky
    Wax Tailor
    Wolfmother
    Zofka
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    Sep 03, 2008 6:16 AM GMT
    Random iTunes bands time!I'll do five songs on shuffle and give you the five bands.
    chicken payback; by the Bees.

    No Children; by The Mountain Goats

    Frankenstein; Edgar Winter Group

    Mutha uckers; flight of the conchords

    Pretty Girls; The Kids of Widney High



    there ya go.
    (and I didn't even put any metal in there! icon_razz.gif)
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    Sep 03, 2008 6:42 AM GMT
    I'd say a majority of the work of Bright Eyes, and the soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream. Imogen Heap isn't too bad as well.
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    Sep 03, 2008 7:12 AM GMT
    I heard some 10 year old girls singing 'Paper Planes' over the weekend in Culver City, so I guess she's now officially pop, but M.I.A has been consistantly delivering some of the most infectious and unusual stuff i've heard for the past few years.

    I'm also falling back in love with The Start, since hearing their newest a few weeks ago. The record actually came out a while back, but it hits all the same sweet spots as their debut, while venturing into some more sophisticated time transitions and the production aesthetic is richer.

    Finally, I'll do a plug for my buddies Krystle Warren and the Faculty. They signed to Because a while back, (Charlotte Gainsbourg/ Manu Chao) and their new record, produced by Russell Elevado (D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Nikka Costa, Blackalicious, The Roots etc) will be released in the UK and France in November. Check them on iTunes they're truly brilliant!
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    Sep 03, 2008 7:51 AM GMT
    I can't help but post at least 7 of my favorites... sorry for the long post!

    First and foremost, Nick Drake:


    Animal Collective - controlled and choreographed chaos:


    The Slits!


    Destroyer; a short clip from a movie w/ Dan Bejar, the singer/songwriter of Destroyer:


    Jolie Holland:


    Joanna Newsom:


    Faun Fables:


    Jose Gonzalez:
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:48 AM GMT
    homonculus. I don't want to creep you out too much more, but you reminded me: i think i'd do it to Joanna Newsom's "Swamsea" too.
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    Casey Scott. As far as I know she's only had one album,called "Creep City" ,but it's amazing.

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    Sep 03, 2008 12:51 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Funkapottomous said[/cite]Random iTunes bands time!I'll do five songs on shuffle and give you the five bands.

    Mutha uckers; flight of the conchords


    I loved it! Thanks for sharing that. lol.
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    Sep 03, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    I quite like an artist most people have never heard of, Lloyd Cole. There's a quality to his voice that just appeals to me.



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    Sep 03, 2008 1:10 PM GMT
    My first boyfriend turned me on to Red Red Groovy, and '25' is still one of my very favorite albums.
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    Sep 03, 2008 1:18 PM GMT
    Jean-Michel Jarre


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    Sep 03, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    I think to most people, most of the stuff I listen to would be considered obscure. That's why I usually only list bands that I think people have heard of on my lists of favorite music.

    Kudos to both RBY71 and GwgTrunks.

    Lately for me it's been a band called Stars. I totally dig them, and can't get enough.

    When I get back from San Francisco, I'm going to see Motorhead in concert again. I never really though of them being obscure, but when I mention the concert to friends, a lot have no idea who I'm talking about.

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    Sep 03, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    Mine are really obscure, can't even find a youtube vid. LOL

    Salt Tank - Ritual

    Heart-thumping tribal techno. Recommended playing on speakers with good bass. icon_razz.gif

    Tape 5 - Suitcase No.347

    Nujazz, really good in an 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'No One Lives Forever' kinda way. Here's a youtube vid I found:



    Juno Reactor

    Not really obscure, but no one always seem to know them when I mention them. Made a lot of movie soundtracks, the most notable is from The Matrix Trilogy.

    Trance techno. One of my favorites is 'God is God' featured below



    Jonathan Coulton

    Not very well known outside of geek circles. The famous composer of the Portal theme song, Still Alive. Has really really funny songs. But most wouldn't make sense to anyone not born less than 30 years ago. icon_razz.gif

    Suggest you check out his song 'Tom Cruise Crazy'. His music is GPL I think (totally free, for you geektards icon_razz.gif)

    E.S. Posthumus

    Again not well known although they have made a crapload of movie and video game soundtracks. My favorite is the surreally beautiful track Nara (named after an ancient japanese city):



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    Sep 03, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    I'm going to second Flight of the Conchords, along with *every* band on Sub Pop.

    Great lable.
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    Sep 03, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    As far as obscure goes...



    and



    !!!!
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    Sep 03, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Right now:

    Jill Jones "Fuck You Till You're Groovey"