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What's your favorite album we never heard of?
« on: February 23, 2011, 08:52:52 pm »
In this thread, let's talk about our favorite albums....But don't bother to tell us about well-known stuff.  Let's assume that we already know about anything from REM or Garth Brooks.  This could be lesser-known artists, or maybe artists who were big long ago, but most KB members won't have heard of.  If there are any Perry Como fans out there, this is your chance to come out of the closet!  Tell us about the album, what type of music it is, and why you like it.  Talk about an individual song or two if you desire.

And here's my contribution!

Songs for the Forgotten Future, Volume 1

by Pinataland


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I would never have heard about this group or this album if it hadn't been featured on NPR back in 2004.  Wikipedia describes Pinataland as "alternative rock", though I'd say they have a strong component of folk music.  Most of their songs are about obscure but interesting historical events, and on this album they also began each track with a historical audio clip appropriate for each song.  These are things like a humorous song from 1912<!>, an interview with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on his way to the Moon, a railroad tracklayers drinking song from the 1800s, and one clip from the Red Army Choir!  The music and performance are pleasing (and I really like the music in one song, "Sleepwalker") but the real draw is the interesting lyrics and backstory.

It's interesting to try to figure out the event the song is about.  I never did figure out a couple of them through listening, but fortunately their website has the lyrics for each track, and an explanation of what the introductory audio clip is:

http://www.pinataland.com/catalogue/songs-for-the-forgotten-future-vol-1

You can also listen to the songs themselves on their website<!>.  But you really ought to buy the album!

My favorite songs are "The Devil's Airship" about a historical "flying saucer" craze, and "Sleepwalker" about the American railroads.

There is a second album "Songs from the Forgotten Future, Volume 2" which I also like, though not as well.  And alas, they didn't do the introductory audio clips.  Two of the songs, "Ota Benga's Name" from this album, and "The Fall of Sam Patch" from the second volume, actually inspired me to get and read books on the subjects of the songs!

So what is your favorite album we never heard of?
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 09:37:55 pm »

    Oooh, you beat me to it!   Just yesterday I was thinking that this would be a fun new topic.   Kind of like a challenge, to name something that almost nobody has ever heard of.

    I have to go dig through the LPs to find a good one to post....
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 09:48:21 pm »
    Easy choice for me: "Symbiosis" by Bill Evans.

    My Amazon review:
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    I first had this album on vinyl when I won it from my college's radio station back in the late '70s. I knew next to nothing about Bill Evans and absolutely nothing about the composer. I played it the afternoon I got it, then immediately played it again - I was totally entranced by it. Years later I replaced it with another vinyl copy when my original had become worn out. A couple years ago I was ecstatic to find it on CD and ordered it immediately.

    This music is a very successful integration of jazz and modern symphonic styles and idioms. Evans' playing is impeccable and always tasty, the rhythm section complements his playing well, and it is all beautifully wrapped up with a string orchestra augmented by some talented jazz horn players. This recording would make my *very* short list of music I'd want with me if stranded on a deserted island. The finale never fails to leave me totally satisfied with its wonderful climax and resolution.




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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 10:31:12 pm »
    This one may be well-known by some Harry Potter fans that frequent the board, but then again, maybe not, so I am giving my vote for "Fave album no one's ever heard of" to ...

    Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock ,the 2nd album from Harry & The Potters. WHO?! You may be asking yourself, well, I'll tell you. Harry & The Potters are basically the punk rock band that Harry Potter would have formed if Quidditch hadn't been an optional after school activity for him. The band is made up of brothers,  Paul & Joe DeGeorge & a few other rotating members & they both portray themselves as Harry from different years of his school days. They were the first Harry Potter fan-band and have been followed by groups like The Whomping Willows, Draco & the Malfoys,Tonks  & The Aurors & many more. Harry & The Potters music is infectious, FUN and will make any Harry Potter fan want to rock out!   

    I've seen these guys perform twice at my local public library (yeah, I said they do concerts in libraries...lol) and they are FANTASTIC! This album in particular has some of their best stuff on it, in my opinion. "The Human Hosepipe", an ode to Cho Chang & her constant water works will have you laughing, singin along and shouting AMEN! Fave line in the song has to be, "...because I'd rather not talk about your dead, ex-boyfriends over coffee.."  The title track, "Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock!" & "Dumbledore's Army" are both total anthems for every Potter fan or anyone that just kind of wants to sing about sticking it to the man. Their first album, aptly titled, Harry & The Potters, is also wonderful & contains what is probably my favorite Harry & The Potters song of all time, "The Foil" ... it's a tune about Draco & his hatred of Harry, and yes, it sort of rules! If you love Harry Potter & think you could love Wizard Rock, give them a listen.             



    Looks like the CD is not available on Amazon at the moment, but the MP3 can be downloaded & the CD is available (along with all their others) via the band's website,  http://harryandthepotters.com/
    Their music is also available for download through iTunes.

     
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 10:50:04 pm »
    Ghost Reveries by Opeth.

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011, 01:27:22 am »
    modwheelmood - pearls to pigs

    http://www.amazon.com/Pearls-To-Pigs-Explicit/dp/B002BWUQR2

    modwheelmood is Alessandro Cortini (best known from his stint with Nine Inch Nails from 2004-2008, which is how I found out) and Pelle Hillstrom (guitarist from Abandoned Pools). Together they make some really unique and beautiful music. The coolest thing about pearls to pigs is that it is a collection of three eps plus an additional disc of outtakes/demos that almost flow as well as the eps (also it is 37 songs for $9).

    It's hard for me to explain so check out this video of Alessandro doing a live show...by himself (from the first EP, the video is missing part of the beginning)

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itoD-IwyoXI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itoD-IwyoXI</a>

    Or this (from the second EP)

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eChtxpjxgVw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eChtxpjxgVw</a>
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011, 01:36:47 am »
    I don't know about favorite but here are some I really enjoy that I don't think get enough recognition.

          
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #7 on: February 24, 2011, 06:20:49 am »
    One of my favorite albums to listen to is sort of folksy, by Circe Link:



    One of my other favorite album I can almost guarantee nobody's heard of is Open Mind, by Open Mind.  I only have one CD by them and it's not available anywhere online.  DH compares it to Indigo Girls.  I'm sooooooooo glad this thread exists, because I was looking for a link to their music (hey, you never know) and found out they just had a 15-year reunion and released a new CD!  I'm going to have to buy it.   :D  They also played one of their original songs - so this isn't the original cut, but this is one of the songs on the album:
    http://www.youtube.com/openmindoveroceans#p/u/1/Khu6__aPpH8

    And here's a link to their new album/website:
    http://www.openmindtunes.com/

    Off to go buy their new album now!  THANKS!

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 06:56:10 am »
    Congac and Balogna by Doug and The Slugs

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 06:58:51 am »
    Wardruna--Runjalod-Gap Var Ginnunga

    In fact, I think I'll listen to it right now!


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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #10 on: February 24, 2011, 08:34:59 am »
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 08:54:08 am »
    Days of the New II - Days of the New

    I think a lot of people under-appreciate this album. Very different from the first, but in a good way.

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 09:19:00 am »
    Here are a few for you:

    Psykosonik - "Unlearn":  Very atmospheric psybient mildly electronic album.  PLEASE don't be fooled by this group's first terrible "techno" record.  Blech.  Unlearn is without adoubt my favorite album ever and NO ONE has heard of it.

    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - "selftitled"  - dark jazz with a creepy almost-gothic vibe to it.  Great for writing.

    Brian Eno - "The Shutov Assembly" - Probably his best ambient album that got VERY little respect.
            

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #13 on: February 24, 2011, 10:20:28 am »
    WHY2KEILIDH by Howie MacDonald.
    He's a Cape Breton fiddler and very, very funny. I listen to this album when I need a pick-me-up and it never fails to do the job. :)  Kind of hard to get if you live in the US, but available from online sources.

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     Howie MacDonald - is one of the most beloved fiddlers in Cape Breton for both his winning personality and his fine fiddling. Exposed to millions as a fiddler with The Rankin Family (alternating on fiddle and piano with John Morris Rankin), Howie also has some fine "solo" albums. The dance last night is a whimsical journey that has Howie playing 8 instruments and doing the voices of several local characters on the drive to the dance, the music, the dancing, the fight, the drunken dancers leaving...In an amusing way, it puts the music back in the context in which it is generally played and heard.
      WHY2KEILIDH (1999 self-produced) picks up where The dance last night left off. Seems like the boys didn't go straight home to sleep, but ended up at a post-dance house party. This all has to be kept secret from various bosses and acquaintances which is tricky given the party line on the phone. Howie has his loving finger on the foibles of our dysfunctional friends. The musical arrangements are under no better control than the neighbors, and trad artists like J.P. Cormier and Gordie Sampson are sitting on the couch playing trad tunes on electric guitars to arrangements that the Spice Girls might use... J.P. ripping through some strathspeys and reels on banjo...Sets titled "Old Scotty Stuff"...watch out, the dancers are getting their second wind... It's parties like this that give the Cape Bretoners their reputation. Howie's answer to the Why 2 Keilidh question is simple --it's irresistible fun. This CD is not for straight-laced traditional music purists, though there is plenty of traditional music on this CD, but a fun romp through some tunes from some very fine musicians--that is if you don't hurt yourself laughing too hard. (Highly Recommended)
           
       



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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #14 on: February 24, 2011, 12:09:10 pm »
    When DH and I were in college, we went to a little bar and heard a guy singing with his guitar. He was wonderful, and I immediately fell in love with his music. His name was Bill Wilson. He died young of a massive heart attack. I doubt you can even get his music in mp3 format.

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #15 on: February 24, 2011, 12:17:52 pm »
    How about Quiet Village by Martin Denny.
    He first recorded Exotica which then became the name of the music genre.



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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #16 on: February 24, 2011, 12:34:35 pm »
    I love anything by Gary Morris, and the album entitled "Bring Him Home and Other Prayers" is wonderful.

    I also love anything by Tom Jones, with "Move Closer" being a lesser known, but great, album.

    When I lived in Monterrey, Mexico, I became acquainted with Jose Jose's music, and I have "Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor" and "Serie Platino 20 Exitos: Jose Jose, Vol. 2 on my iPhone and iPad.




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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #17 on: February 24, 2011, 01:02:35 pm »
    How about Quiet Village by Martin Denny.
    He first recorded Exotica which then became the name of the music genre.



    Just sayin....

    Oh, Geoff. My DH collects Exotica and has a HUGE collection of albums (and reel to reel). When we went to Oahu last April, we actually saw the Shell Bar which is the birthplace of Exotica. It was in the Hilton complex and was about to be torn down to make something else of that space. We managed to get pics before they gutted it and when standing there on the stage, I could just imagine how it looked and sounded in its prime.
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #18 on: February 24, 2011, 01:11:15 pm »
    The Indelicates.  They're probably better known in the UK than they are here in the US. 



    They're a sort of indie/alt/punk (but not nihilistic) band that's heavy on piano and guitars linked with clever lyrics.     
     
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #19 on: February 24, 2011, 03:07:40 pm »
    Hinewehi Mohi's Oceania. Absolutely gorgeous contemporary Maori music.

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #20 on: February 24, 2011, 04:07:35 pm »
    Since I suck at picking just 1 favorite anything, I wanted to add another album to the thread.  My taste in music is pretty all over the place, and as much as I do love Wizard Rock (see above post) I am also a complete and utter Clannad fangirl! I've loved them since I was in Jr. High (back in the early 80's) but they've ben around since the early 70's making the MOST amazing fusion of traditional Celtic music & pop that you will ever hear!

    I'm sure many of the board members from the UK will have heard of them, but they're not that well-known stateside, so I am giving you the heads up. They are just brilliant! In all honesty I love all of their stuff, but I think the album,  Macalla , released originally in 1990, really contains some of their best stuff. There is literally NOT a track on this album that I don't love. The music is haunting and soothing and the Gaelic tracks will still get under your skin even if you don't speak the language. I'd also recommend the albums "Legend", "Magical Ring" & "Sirius"  as three others that really capture the rich flavor of this band.
     

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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #21 on: February 24, 2011, 04:13:09 pm »
    Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project.  Great 70s concept album and macabre poetry all in one!


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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #22 on: February 24, 2011, 08:56:29 pm »
    Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project.  Great 70s concept album and macabre poetry all in one!



    Oooh, that is indeed a good one!
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #23 on: March 06, 2011, 12:39:38 am »
    Really liked this band from late sixties and very early seventies with their self titled album, Frijid Pink.
    They were so popular in their native Detroit at that time,  a fledgling, no name group called Led Zeppelin (just getting started with what was left of the Yardbirds) opened for them in the Grande Ballroom of that city.
    Their cover of House of the Rising Sun, is my favorite version of the song.
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    Re: What's your favorite album we never heard of?
    « Reply #24 on: March 06, 2011, 05:11:21 am »
    Just one?


    How about The Smiths - Louder than Bombs ...



    and, just for good measure, Lords of Acid - Lust



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