The Ten: Bands/Albums You Should Check Out

So this is just going to be a quick little article (not really) about some of the bands I have really gotten into. These are not necessarily my favorite bands or albums, but just ones that effected me at some point in my life that some of the readers of this blog may not know about. They are in no particular order nor are they in one specific type of genre of music.

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Soulwax- “Any Minute Now”

It still surprises me that more people don’t know who this band is. In Europe they are as big as fucking Michael Jackson. As far as Electronic music goes, in my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than this. They have a bunch of albums out before this but to me, the one that really kills it is “Any Minute Now”. They were more of a “Rock” band before this album. I guess you would say say that this would be their “transition” record. It’s the perfect blend of “Rock” and “Electro”. They also did a “Remix” record of this record called “Nite Versions” that is totally radical too. They also are huge DJ’s as well. Their Dj name is “Too many DJ’s”. At this time they are more busy with that. They have also done countless re-mixes for huge artists such as MGMT and LCD Sound system. Just go buy the record. It’s ridiculous.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- “Baby 81″

I know it’s not cool to bring up the latest record from a band and say it’s the best, but in my opinion, it is. I own all of their records and they are all good. They are kind of a cross from “Americana” and “Stoner Rock”. Some of their stuff even has a little bit of a “Gospel” feel to it. This is just the most consistent record they have put out. They also put on a great live show too. Check it.

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Brazilian Girls- “Brazilian Girls”

Brazilian Girls is a band from New York City known for their eclectic blend of “Electronic/ Dance” music with musical styles as diverse as “Tango”, “House” “Reggae” and “Lounge”. They have a super hot singer that sings in like 10 different languages. This is just a band that is always bringing something new to the table. Super fun music that has a bit of mystery behind it. The self titled record is their first and their best. They had a hit with the song called “Pussy”. Great album. I still listen to this shit almost every day.

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Vaux- “Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vise”

This is one of those bands that broke up right before they got big. That shit broke my heart. They are very different from most of the rest of the bands on this list. They are basically a punk band but have tons of other stuff going on. Their first record is a lot heavier but they really hit their stride with “Beyond..”. Even seems like some of the stuff almost has a Radiohead influence to it. Just a really great “Punk” record with a great singer. Good luck finding this one though. I don’t even know if it officially got released. I bought a burned copy from the band when My old band opened for them in 2006. I’m sure you can find it on itunes.

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8MM- “Songs To Live And Die By”

This is another band that not a whole lot of people know about, but should. The band consists of Sean Beaven (who just happened to mix our record “Love KIlls”) and his wife. If your a fan of bands like “Portishead” and “Massive Attack”, then you will love this. It’s just really good loungy, Trip Hop stuff. Great music to fuck to. Seriously. You can’t ever have to many albums like that.

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Jeff Buckley- “Grace”

Another guy who died before his time. I firmly believe that if he was still alive he would have ended up being the next Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix or something. He had a voice of an angel and could play the fuck out of the guitar. He was working on an album before he died called “Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk” that I almost put up instead. The only reason I didn’t is he didn’t finish it. I actually love the rawness of it but it’s not what he would have wanted. So, “Grace” it is. You have probably heard the song “Hallelujah”. I think it was on the “Shrek” soundtrack or something. Anyway, if you take one band to check out on this list, check him out. I was seriously obsessed with him for years. Jeff, you will be missed.

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The Presets- “Apocalypso”

This is the second album by this awesome “Electro” band from Australia. What can I say, just a great band with soaring synth lines and great hooks. One of the best dance records I have heard. They are a direct influence of our band for sure. Check out their videos too. They definitely have a great grasp of what they are doing. Can’t wait for the next record to come out by these guys. Love em.

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Blonde Redhead- “Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons”

I discovered this band on accident in 2001. I have all of their records but for some reason this one just sticks out to me as being my favorite. I can’t really even begin to explain this band. They are definitely “Artsy Indie Rock” I guess. They use some off time signatures and some stuff is kind of heavy. A lot of it is really pretty. The stuff they’ve been doing as of lately is definitely more atmospheric. They have both a guy and a girl singer. If you like bands like “Sonic youth” (who apparently discovered them) and “My Bloody Valentine”, you will love it. Just really good Indie rock.

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I AM X- “Kiss and Swallow”

It’s really not even fair to pick a favorite album here. All of them are SICK. This is the mastermind behind “SNEAKER PIMPS”. They were around for a while in the 90’s. They just so happened to make one of my favorite albums of all time, “Becoming X”. Get it? IAMX? Anyway, if you like super sexy, dark as fuck, dancy trip hop, then this is your shit for sure. In my opinion, this is the best of this genera. Every album is great. “Kiss..” is the first one so start there. This is all you need to know. Just go buy all of them. They will make you a better person.

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Refused- “The Shape Of Punk To Come”

I can honestly say that if it weren’t for this record, I would not be who I am today. I have listened to punk since I was a little guy. I had their first record which was released on victory when I was 16. This was a good album. But when they released “The Shape..” in 98 it not only changed my life, but anyone who listened to punk or hardcore at this time. It literally made every band who was doing this type of music just want to quit. It was like there was no way that anything this good was ever going to be made in this genera so why even fucking bother? I guarantee that anyone who plays heavy music and is doing anything, has and loves this record. I can’t even go into it because I would probably end up writing a fucking novel. I met the singer once and almost peed myself. These guys are all jazz musicians that changed the face of punk and they knew it. I mean look at the name of the record! Sometimes things happen for a reason and this record… was supposed to happen.

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