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OT: What should I be listening to?
The new Lonely Island CD - Turtleneck & Chain
It's amazing. Plenty of catchy and hilarious songs, like "No Homo" and "Jack Sparrow"
High quality stuff
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
the new decemberists album is awesome. I would also suggest sister hazel, who you may remmeber from the nineties. they have recently become my favorite band.
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Sister Hazel has one vote for the good (yours) and one vote for the bad (and that's putting it lightly).
Eh, I'm not making anyone listen to it. Just giving suggestions. There will be people who have arguments with every type of music.
I just found it funny that it was the second time I heard Sister Hazel mentioned today. I haven't heard them anywhere in about 15 years. Weird coincidence, that's all. I agree that music is a very personal taste and to criticize someone for what they like is stupid. No offense intended.
Steel Panther's album "Feel the Steel" is great for having a good time and laughing uncontrollably. It is not meant to be taken seriously
I gotta say thanks. I don't think you meant it like this but your post gave me an idea. I created a new station on Pandora by entering FTW and chose f.t.w. radio. I must say it isn't too bad. The bands they play have a Blind Melon type vibe
But if your into rap/hip-hop, Childish Gambino is pretty legit.
That's just because of your epic bromance.
Posted 3 of his links below, and he's great. You might also know him as Troy from Community or the black guy in Derrik Comedy.
at the magic stick. Great show. He did half comedy and half childish gambino.
Been listening to him for the last 15 minutes. Thanks.
I really only have rap suggestions, sorry
I listen to everything. Eminem, DMX, Dizzee Rascal, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and MF Doom have all been in my playlist at various times...
Kanye West's new album My Beautiful Dark Fantasy is pretty good if you havent heard it. Some other stuff I've been listening to:
Big Sean (From the D)
Wiz Khalifa (Rolling Papers, Cabin Fever mixtapes)
Tyga (Black Thoughts, Black Thoughts 2)
J. Cole (Best artist I've heard within the last couple years)
Curren$y (Sounds kinda like a mix between Wiz and Big Sean)
Mac Miller (Best white rapper right now on the mixtape circuit right now)
Edit: Hopefully you can find a few gems that you like in there.
LOS. Everything he has put out has been fire. His best song is Fall For Your Type remix. I think both you and Magnus should give him a listen.
here are some songs worth listening to:
this one is off the chain and really shows his talents http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCK-26Z9Qo0&feature=related
Mac Miller is on fire right now. I say throw some Lupe in there too. His new Lasers cd is solid. I havent heard of 90% of the music being suggested here, so Im going to sit this one out. But you said you like DMX, so really any DMX cd/song should get you through the day or at least make you want to do 1000 push ups. lol
DMX doesn't really make me want to do push-ups. He just makes me want to bark and bathe myself in blood.
Agreed. J. Cole is legit, and I really enjoy me some XV.
I like J. Cole and Mac Miller, although watching Mac Miller rap reminds me of too many smart-ass kids I've known. It would be better if I didn't know what he looked like.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I just saw Mac Miller in concert at a small liberal arts college in Maine called Bowdoin. He performed for only about 1000-2000 people. I honestly don't remember much of it since it was the biggest drinking weekend of the year for the college students, but the next day, I heard it was good.
Im sorry man, but Wiz Khalifa is a turrible rapper. In some songs he sounds like a 90s pop band.
Big Sean is phenomenal. Check out Finally Famous, real solid mixtape.
If you're not turned off by Southern twang in your hip-hop, check out Big K.R.I.T.'s Return of 4Eva, it's one of the better albums I've heard in a long time (reminds me of old Outkast). Also, download Kendrick Lamar's O.verly D.edicated, and The Kendrick Lamar EP if you like that. Also, J. Cole is fantastic, and if you don't have The Warm Up, The Come Up, or Friday Night Lights (not the TV show or movie), get those too.
I've heard good thing about Big K.R.I.T but its not really my style. I've downloaded every mixtape J. Cole has ever made haha. DJ Khaled and Drake just came out with a new song in the last couple days "I'm on One" thats tight, J. Cole's "See it to Believe it" is the new song he just dropped and it is already one of my all time favorite Cole songs. If you haven't heard of Los, he's been doing some big things lately.
I wish I read your comment before posting mine, but LOS has been doing HUGE things. He murdered all of YoungMoney's beats. He may be the best our right now next to J. Cole, I love that guy's flow its so smooth.
I absolutely agree, its all good though I'm glad to see someone else who listens to Los. Not sure why you got downvoted...
If you're looking for some more bizarre and interesting rap I gotta say Tyler the Creator and the rest of Odd Future (also known as Wolf Gang and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them all). Here's a link to Tyler's first single off of his first true album (all the rest of his and OFWGKTA stuff was done by themselves)
Also very NSFW
Based on your list, probably not your thing at the moment, but ...
... this is even older than Jasper, but it soothes the savage (Jasper) beast:
You'll have to imagine richer bass sounds.
I would have upvoted that video....purely amazing!!
+1 to you sir. I had no idea what the name of this song is, and as a result I've been looking for this for YEARS. Many Thanks.
my favorite band of all time is "A day to remember" if you haven't heard them, you should
I posted this below before I saw your post, but if you like "A Day to Remember" you might want to try "Bullet for My Valentine", specifically "Tears Don't Fall" and "All These Things I Hate"
ADTR is truly excellent. What Separates Me From You has been firmly entrenched in my car radio for months, only occaisionally replaced by Slash's solo album and the Best of Foreigner.
Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Dr Dog, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys
I'm not a big fan of the Black Keys, but I like the other four. I just discovered Fleet Foxes a couple months ago and really started digging them.
Probably not based on what you've said so far but if you need advice on some country i'm your man
I'm not a big fan of new country, although Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash were pretty sweet.
That they were. Can't beat some classic Johnny
great, if you like funk read back by great contemporary musicians through 70s Nigerian funk, S. African township jive, Studio 54 disco, AACM jazz, and Ethiopian police music:
On Avery Island camp though I appear to be in a minority as NMH fans go. Aeroplane gets monotonous at times--more highs and lows.
New PJ Harvey, Pains of being Pure at Heart are two faves based on the songs played by KEXP in seattle. John in the morning rules.
And whenever I see his name I think of Nmh and their recluse lead singer. Truly some amazing stuff that defies categorization and is the root of a million bands and is actually good to listen to and sing along with.
as i lay dying, lamb of god, and pantera
Also this assortment of metal: Amon Amarth, Born of Osiris, All That Remains
live it was amazing
I love them live. Everyone should have their face melted by ATR at least once.
the new album wasnt that good they were looking to be more radio friendly. ive seen after the burial and as i lay dying live too and that was by far the best concert ive been too
Childish Gambino is the only one off the top of my head I can think of that you might not of heard before.
Also like this song
The CDs in my current rotation
Cold War Kids-Mine is Yours
TV on the Radio-Nine Types of Light
The Kills-Blood Pressure
The Joy Formidable-The Big Roar
from the Kidz Bop collection.
If you like rap, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) are like the hottest thing out there right now, but it's unbelievably vulgar. Tyler, The Creator's new CD Goblin is their first per pay CD. Their website has 12 albums for free download, the Hodgy Beats and Earl Sweatshirt stuff is probably the best.
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
Cage the Elephant - Thank you, Happy Birthday
The Limousines - Get Sharp
The Strokes - Angles
The Kills - Blood Pressures
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Cake - Showroom of Compassion
Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
The Black Keys - Brothers
also agree with Arcade Fire, Decemberists and Panda Bear - maybe add Florence and the Machine to the list. Anyone hear the new Death Cab album yet? I've tried to like Cut Copy, Deerhunter, and Beach House but not my thing at this point...
beat me to it. Nice selections!
This is a cool thread and has given me some groups/albums to look into. I'm wondering about the new Foo Fighters and Beastie Boys albums as well - seems like a lot of good music coming out.
I am very much liking the new Foo Fighters.
I'm going to see Bright eyes in a couple weeks. Pretty excited about it.
You've got some good suggestions in there. I'm not a big fan of Beach House, either, although Cut Copy is kind of catchy...
Ladder song is great off the new album. I'd love to see Connor in concert. Is this in AA?
Nah, I don't live in Michigan anymore. It's over in Pennsylvania.
I think The People's Key is the best album I've heard this year (but maybe that topic is for another thread).
Cut Copy is good, but it just takes me back to the 1980's too much I think. You might like Peter, Bjorn and John (Gimme Some). If you like trippy electronica, then check out Baths (Cerulean). Another one on the electronica front that's not bad is Gold Panda (Companion).
I have every Bright Eyes album except "The People's Key" - and I like every one - so that's good to hear.
I thought the same thing about Cut Copy. They're good, but their sound isn't anything new.
I do like Peter, Bjorn and John. I'll check out Baths and Gold Panda...
If you like Bright Eyes, you might like a band called Son, Ambulance. Those two bands actually share an album called "Oh Holy Fools" that's amazing. And Monsters of Folk includes Conor Oberst, along with some other well known musicians.
I'll definitely check those out as I've really been into Bright Eyes lately.
currently in my player is a Soundgarden CD but you should check out the Black Keys. I mostly listen to older stuff though. I get into some of the newer bands like Cage the Elephant but don't like most generic mainstream stuff. Call me boring :)
The new Kris Kross album is pretty solid.
Could say Muse, Eminem, and Coldplay - all who are headlining at Lollapalooza this year- but here are some that I've recently discovered:
Young the Giant - Alternative Rock. Pretty good.
Macklemore - Rapper from Seattle. Has some good stuff especially "My Oh My" and "Wings"
Mac Miller - 19 year old rapper on the rise from Pittsburgh
Young the Giant - Young the Giant
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Miike Snow - Miike Snow
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Brendan Benson - Lapalco
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
Young the Giant (YTG) are actually personal friends of mine, and they are a fantastic young band. I grew up in Ann Arbor with their lead singer (yes, he's from Michigan), until his family moved to the OC. They're touring Europe right now, having just finished their first headline tour in the US. They're all from SoCal, and put off college to focus on the band. You've probably heard their single, My Body (its been used on FSD for a Pistons hype video), but their debut album has so much more. It's the perfect CD for driving on a sunny summer day with the windows down.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is my favorite effort from Phoenix thus far. Think a non-stoner version of the Strokes with a bit more treble. It's one of the few albums where I like every song. Literally.
Miike Snow is also a debut effort, and is similar to Phoenix's new album. The two go together very well.
Brendan Benson is one of the guys in the Detroit rock group, the Raconteurs (famous for Steady As She Goes). He's from Royal Oak. The album is a great rock album with some fantastic tracks.
I really enjoyed listening to Lasers. It gets a bit too poltical at times for my taste, but Lupe is a master of intelligent raps melded with great beats. High quality production makes this a very easy album to listen to and enjoy.
I don't need to say anything about the Foo Fighters other than that critics are calling this their best album in a decade.
I've been a huge fan of Brendan Benson and Foo Fighters for years. I saw Foo Fighters several years ago in Toronoto, and I met Brendan Benson at the Magic Stick in Detroit several years ago. Good stuff.
I'll check out the other stuff.
Also liking them right now. Got a chance to hang with Payam (bass guitarist) last time they were in Grand Rapids. He is a good dude and really down to earth, just happy to be doing what they all like. I could see them getting bigger and often use the comparison to Kings of Leon when describing them. Glad to see others supporting them.
If you like more hard rock I am a huge fan of "Bullet for My Valentine" and "A Day to Remember".
I really started to get into A Day To Remember recently. Great stuff.
Sublime with Rome has a new single called "Panic" which is making waves on the west coast. Their new album drops July 12
I also like Dirty Heads album Any Port in a Storm. If you like the reggae rock stuff like me, the the bFoundations album "souvenirs and novelties" is top notch.
Tegan and Sara, Brand New, Midtown, Hank Williams Jr.
I find that following people on 8tracks.com is the best way to find new music for me. Some of these kids find some pretty great stuff. pseudochild is a kid from England who makes some cool mixes.
Bobby Fuller Four - Let Her Dance
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
Radical Face - Welcome Home
Ronald Jenkees. Different sound. Check out his YouTube videos too.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes
fuck yeah, how about some In Flames or Soulfly?
in flames is one of my favorite bands cant wait for their new album. have you ever listened to Acacia Strain they are some hardcore shit but JFC by them is great. and dont forget shadows fall
i havent hear them, ill deff give them a listen. you ever listen to sepultura or fear factory? I love me some double bass
their drummer wears huge boots and doesnt even move his legs its awesome. the begginning of powershifter is crazy
Ive been loving Mash's revenge with Dilla and the excellent Guilty Simpson. Detroit's own Paradime is also set to drop his next album this summer, its heat.
Ummm...Billy Ocean of course.
If Billy doesnt do it for ya I suggest Deftones Diamond Eyes..killer
white pony is better
riding white pony is even better!
Off the top of my head: Sufjan Stevens, James Blake, Explosions in the Sky, Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, Caribou, Chiddy Bang, Wale, Titus Andronicus, Fleet Foxes, Noah and the Whale, The National, Sleigh Bells, Ratatat, The Tallest Man on Earth, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and Yeasayer
That should keep you occupied.
I love explosions in the sky. It reminds me of dewey mornings in late summer before double session football practices. Nostaligia...
Mumford and Sons and Bon Iver, yes! I hear Bon Iver is coming out with some new stuff. Can't wait for that.
Oh, and toMagnus - I also like some Matt Waddle (Obadiah Parker) has a pretty sweet Live Album where they cover "Hey Ya" by Outkast. It was on the Finale of Scrubs I think like 4 years ago or something. The rest of the album is pretty good. You really can't go wrong with a little Pearl Jam to cleanse the eardrums every now and then either.
FYI if you know where to look and aren't morally opposed to downloading music illegally Bon Iver's new album is already on the internets.
Just downloading it now as a matter of fact...
No moral opposition here. I have been looking for a new site to download some music from. If you don't mind sharing, I'd love to hear where your grabbing the new Bon Iver from now. If you'd rather do it off the board, I'll give you my email.
I found my copy from btjunkie.org. Run a search for Bon Iver and it should be on the top. It just leaked today and there weren't any ratings on it but I dowloaded fairly quickly and ran my anti-virus on it and it came out clean.
If you're worried about privacy, programs like "peerguardian" work well in my experience
Your musical tastes sound right up my alley. Sufjan Stevens, Explosions in the Sky, Fleet Foxes, the National, and Sleigh Bells are already in my repertoire. I'm not a fan of Bon Iver (his voice drives me a little crazy), but I'll check out some of the others.
What if I told you that you could listen to a Bon Iver song sung by a girl with a beautiful voice, would that be something you might be interested in?
yeasayer is awesome, ambling alp is a really catchy song
Just started getting into mumford and sons. Really good stuff.
I'm too cool for just about everything.
However, the blue album is one of my top ten favorites of all time.
You think you're too cool for school? Well I've got a newsflash for you, Walter Cronkite...you aren't
I love the blue album
Check out some Black Keys, but go with their older stuff, or some live stuff. Some of their best stuff is live on Youtube:
Their latest album is a bit over produced, in my opinion.
Can't go wrong with Muse either:
Brothers was probably still overproduced, but it was still solid. This is off a mashup album with Big Boi which I loved called "The Brothers of Chico Dusty"
mac miller, chris webby enough said
i hope i dont get negged for this but chris webby's la la la song is awesome
A few years ago, he was Sonny Moore and singing for these guys...
I'm not sure most people are physically fit enough to play like he does. Hell I start to hurt after playing drums on guitar hero for half an hour, and he probably manages more hits in one song than I do in said half hour.
if you like electrotechno music, I would recommend Deadmau5.
If you like electropop too then you should check out Calvin Harris. Great mixes with Deadmau5 too.
1. Smith Westerns, Dye it Blonde
2. The TuneYards, WHOKILL
If you like Arcade Fire/ Black Keys type shit, you'll love this. Way more talented bands, and not as poppy. Middle schoolers aren't jamming this shit.
I've listened to a couple songs by each, and I like them both. Thanks. The Smith Westerns might be my next purchase...
For sure knew you were jamming them already. Keep your suggestions coming man.
Some favorites in that same genre are 764-HERO, Apples in Stereo, Caviar, Fig Dish, and Owsley
you should listen to OFWGKTA, don't worry about what sara and teegan say, they are awesome. Also listen to some of their members solo albums, like earl sweatshirt - earl and tyler the creators new album.
A new TOOL album will be coming out this year, enough said
check out Animals as Leaders also, their song CAFO is pretty awesome if you like prog metal......don't worry there are no vocals so no screaming or growling if you aren't into that, it is some of the best guitar ever though
If TOOL comes out this year, Denard wins 2 Heismans!! They are due but I would wager 2012!!
it was supposed to be out late last year, it looks like it will be out this fall......you know what that means, a tour. I don't know if you have seen them but i strongly encourage you and any other member reading this to see them when they tour for the new album, they are AMAZING. in fact i needed my maynard fix so bad that i sat by the computer at 10 am when APC tickets at the fox theater went on sale and got 1st row balcony seat, so stoked
I feel ya brother!!! Saw them at the Fox when they released 10000 days!!! Amazing face melting experience. I have seen them several times over the years both in Detroit (DTE, Palace, Milan) and in Portland. I too have APC tix for the Schnitzer auditorium out here to get my Maynard fix. I can not wait to hear TOOL's new stuff, though!! Enjoy the show my man!!
Milan? i was at the palace show and i saw them after that at van andel. i wish they played more stuff off of opiate, but i cant complain, if they played every song i wanted them to the concert would be 5 hours long. enjoy your APC show too
Tool rocks live...I have seen them in Pontiac, DTE, Toldeo, Albuquerque, El Paso, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Vegas...they know how to put on a show.
Loosely related to TOOL (through A Perfect Circle) is Troy Van Leeuwen's other former band, Failure. They're effing amazing. Basically, anything Ken Andrews does is awesome.
didnt failure originally do the nurse who loved me? I love the APC version
The Postal Service
Mad Caddies: Keep it Going
Streetlight Manifesto: Everything Goes Numb
Rise Against: Revolution Per Minute
Hieroglyphics: 3rd Eye Vision
The Pharcyde: The Bizzare Ride II
Deltron 3030: 3030
Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagonecologist
Soul of Mischief: '93 Til Infinity
Mos Def: The Estatic
Some good choices. Although for Rise Against, not as big a fan of Revolutions as Siren Song or Sufferer and the Witness.
Revolution is as good as it gets from Rise Against. Siren Song and Suffer had some good moments but doesn't have the staying power and consistency from Revolution.
But Revolution is different from both albums so it depends on your music taste
Punk Bands (or at least a sub-genre of punk) - these are mostly fairly new bands
Polar Bear Club - particularly the album "Sometimes Things Just Disappear"
Gaslight Anthem - "Sink or Swim" is one of my favorite albums ever, regardless of genre
Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) - His solo stuff is awesome
The Weakerthans - Every album is just plain brilliant
The Lawrence Arms (or most other chicago punk bands - alkaline trio, smoking popes, etc.)
I like all old punk bands, for the most part. But those are some (relatively) new bands that i apreciate.
Other Bands (non-punk) currently listening to, and also ones I have not seen listed.
Band of Horses, Broken Bells, Matt and Kim, The National, One Day as a Lion, Phoenix
I would agree with you that I prefer Rise Against's older stuff much better. For me it would go "Revolutions Per Minute" then "The Unraveling." Their new stuff sounds like Nickelback. Also, Tim is a preachy mofo. I like listening to music at shows, not to the frontman spew about how much he hates meat. If I wanted to hear some punk rocker talk for an hour, I'd go see Henry Rollin's spoken word tour.
EDIT: I also like most hipster stuff played at the neighborhood Chicago bars.
No offense, but I giggled at The Postal Service being listed as "rock," and then I full out laughed when I read further and saw you had a "chill" cateogry you left them out of.
I don't know why I put them in that category.
Excellent choice on The Pharcyde. I also want to add anything MF Doom as done especially his work with danger mouse as Dangerdoom on the album The Mouse & The Mask.
Do you watch Community? He plays Troy
Do you watch 30 Rock? He is a writer for the show
He does amazing stand-up comedy
...Oh, and he's also one of the best rappers out there. Check him out
A Flint Native who is getting some production help from Mo Cleaves, also a Flint Native (and Sparty :/ ). Jon Connor is a beast on the mic, and goes at every song with passion. Nice change of pace. Highly suggest you check him out.
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I'll say I feel bad for you for just NOW hearing the Neutral Milk Hotel album... one of my top 10's of all time. But here's some choices you will love. (And +1 for Fleet Foxes... good choice!)
1. Delta Spirit
2. Middle Brother
3. The Head and the Heart
5. Trampled by Turtles
6. Manchester Orchestra
7. Kevin Devine
8. The Avett Brothers
9. The Gaslight Anthem
10. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
I dare you to not like any of these!
there was some dude who came to the blind pig last year who was doing the neutral milk hotel album on a ukelele, don't remember his name though
Aren't they from Ann Arbor?
Should listen to Ella Fitzgerald.
DL Blues - The Baseball Project; Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads; Iko Iko - The Belle Stars; AM/FM - Chk Chik Chick; California Sun - The Dictators; G.T.O. - Ronny & The Daytonas; Future’s Bright - Richard Ashcroft; Amphetamine - Steve Wynn; Ring Of Fire - Social Distortion; I Saw Her Standing There - The Smithereens; Paperback Writer - Paul McCartney (Live - NYC); Help - Bananarama; Old White Lincoln - The Gaslight Anthem; USA - The Pogues; Who Do You Love - The Doors (Live); Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live); Wild Weekend - Rockin' Rebels; Past Time - The Baseball Project
I recommend "In Absentia" or the latest, "The Incident."
Vespertina the waiting wolf. Incredible album from Stoupe (Jedi mind tricks) and lorry doriza. Great album. Heavy metal kings ill bill vinnie Paz. The Left (from Detroit) their album Gas Mask was real dope. No pop rap for me
Marco Benevento, Velvet Underground, Ween, The Wood Brothers, Trombone Shorty, My Morning Jacket, Morphine, Garage a Trois, Medeski Martin and Wood, The Beatles, Allman Brothers Band, etc.
I just recently discovered XV, and I am glad I did. For being little known, and quite young, he has a TON of music out there. That alone obviously doesn't make him good, but if you like meaningful rap like Lupe Fiasco, I would suggest checking out some of his stuff. Lupe is great as well. Another guy I have been listening to a ton of is Blu. He is so much different than any other rapper I have heard.
But I also enjoy the yellow and blue, perry como and the hawaiian retro singers - their coverd by the muppets, hard to find lately.
They kind of remind me of Guggenheim Grotto. Not that well known her, but huge in Ireland.
If you like Sufjan Stevens and think you might like him even better if he were a little sleepier, check out Holly Miranda. She also gets bonus points for being from Michigan.
Also, epic soul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh9v41hx5hs
if you like explosions in the sky, check out caspian and glass america. they're pretty tiny right now, but very talented bands gathering some steam in the boston area.
since the name's only been mentioned, once, I'll second ratatat.
not exactly breaking new ground here, but lately I've been listening to a lot of cake, hadn't done that enough lately.
edit: almost forgot, auld lang syne. sort of a folk-rock sound? hard to describe. just seems very americana, so it's not everyone's cup of tea, but they're one of my favorite discoveries of the last 6 months. I'd recommend them to anyone who likes the avett brothers, since touring with them was their big breakthrough to this point.
Also just found "God is an Astronaut." Pretty good stuff.
In this one thread I have expanded my music collection about 2x. Thanks, Magnus.
Love the Gabriel-era Genesis...Nursery Crime (1971), Foxtrot (1972), & The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974) are all incredible albums, with The Lamb slightly edging out the other two, at least for me.
And, if you like that...I strongly recommend Fish-era Marillion; in particular:
Script For A Jester's Tear (1983)
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Clutching At Straws (1987)
Selling England By The Pound is just as good as the other three Gabriel albums, if not better.
Also, early Collins Genesis was excellent as well. Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering are both amazing albums.
How in the world did I forget to mention Selling England By The Pound? To use a Lloydism, that was a "tremendous" oversight on my part.
Magnus, it sounds like you're into some indie stuff so here's a quick list of things I didn't see mentioned yet that you may like. The first two tend to provoke strong responses (either positive or negative).
Animal Collective - My Girls:
Merriweather Post Pavillion, Strawberry Jam, and Sung Tongs are all good albums.
Das Racist - Who's That? Brown
Above is the best music video I've seen in a long time, but this song is maybe a bit better:
They've got two albums which you can download free from their website.
Also, this is just another great song with a sweet video:
Regarding Sigur Ros and other bands who sing in a language I don't understand, I sometimes wish I knew what they were saying. But the fact that I don't understand the words (or nonsensical syllables as Sigur Ros has been known to do) actually makes me appreciate the music more. There have been many songs I've listened to where, while I liked the music, I couldn't get around sloppy lyrics or lyrics that don't fit the music itself. It's also why I like Explosions in the Sky, because their music is outstanding and they don't have the lyrics that could screw it up.
If you have the ability to put together powerful, beautiful music, you better be able to write a good set of lyrics for or you can just as easily ruin the song.
I'm a lyrics guy as well. Don't know if it's your style of music, but I don't think anyone these days writes lyrics and tells stories as well as The Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady. They're probably my two favorite bands of the current decade.
Conor Oberst is the best songwriter/lyricist around.
I feel like I should plug the band Funktion since they are from Michigan and are good if you're into that kind of thing.
Billy Talent is my favorite band but I'm one of the three Americans to think that (though they are multi platinum in Canada)
You can never go wrong with 90's alt rock
Some of the ones I've been listening to lately:
The Naked and Famous
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Asteroids Galaxy Tour
There Will Be Fireworks
Jukebox the Ghost
I enjoy threads like these because I'm always looking to expand my musical collection. I've actually nearly filled up my 160 GB iPod with music (10 GB of space remains), though once I fill it that means I have incentive to actually take the time to go through my collection and delete the presumably significant number of duplicates I've acquired through the last 5-10 years.
Bill Callahan, Apocalypse
Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Bill Callahan, Woke on a Whaleheart
Smog, A River Ain't Too Much To Love
You should listen to Bill Callahan.
The Tragically Hip - "Phantom Power"
Linkin Park - "Live in Texas"
Pete Yorn - "musicforthemorningafter"
Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"
Gordon Downie - "The Grand Bounce"
He puts out real good stuff, socially concious rap. I didn't care for his lasers album, too much pop music in that for me. Other rap that is real old school and dope are the Outdoorsmen crew from Queens. If you like that old boom bap sound, you will love Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren, great rappers.
Drive by Truckers
My Morning Jacket
The Avett Brothers
If you're into MF, then you would probably like Slum Village. Fantastic Vol. 2 is an absolute MUST if you are even a casual hip-hop fan. J-Dilla (their producer) was just pure magic, and it hurt the hip-hop community like hell when he passed. He was virtually unheard of for the most part, but we was widely regarded as "your favorite producer's favorite producer".
Edit: Plus they're from the D.
Slum Village....J Dilla....Black Milk....Apolo Brown...The Left
My brother-in-law runs an indie music blog called, HearYa, that's great for discovering new music. They're always reviewing new music. And they also have a studio where they have bands come in and perform and they have them loaded on there as well.
Check it out...
Goodbye Horses-Q Lazarus
Thanks to everyone who has given me/us some music suggestions. I'm slowly sifting through just about every unfamiliar musician mentioned here, so it will take some time, but I've already found a few that I really like. Hopefully some other people found this useful, too.
One Less Reason
One Less Reason will be at The Machine Shop in Flint on Monday. They are my favorite band, and IMO can hold their own against most of the modern rock bands out there right now.
A classic with a new "very fitting" video for the times.