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#1 Posted on 2.3.02 1317.15
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Mine be Kill Hannah. Mix Garbage and the Cure....
Anyone else like indie stuff?
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#2 Posted on 2.3.02 1343.34
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The Fall! The Fall! As in from Heaven! Bang fucking bang, the mighty Fall!
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#3 Posted on 2.3.02 1657.00
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i'm-a have to go with nil8, a midwestern sorta punk band. they're on fuse records out of chicago, a mid-sized label and one time home to wesley willis.

they still play around, mostly chicago and st. lous, but i doubt they'll come out with another record. "...doug", thier last one, was a classic though.
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#4 Posted on 13.3.02 0937.36
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Definitely Screeching Weasel. If you don't know who they are, they are a midwest punk band that has been around since around '88. They are the best pop-punk band since the Ramones. I highly recomend picking up some of their stuff, especially their older albums like Boogada Boogada Boogada.
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#5 Posted on 13.3.02 0944.54
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Screeching Weasel is hella fun.

I also dig:

MU330
Teenage Idols
NOFX (unsigned by choice)
AFI (unisgned?)
the Dwarves (unsigned?)

the best band in Maryland, PA, VA or DC is the Chernobyl Kids. they own it. check 'em out at www.chernobylkids.net
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#6 Posted on 13.3.02 1024.31
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Louisville has a few local bands that are pretty cool.

Cooler's "Oh Happy Day" is an awesome disc
The Rumors new one sounds pretty good too.

And I wish the New Duncan Imperials still hit town every once and again, but they stay in Chi-town nowadays.

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#7 Posted on 13.3.02 1039.14
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    Originally posted by Travis
    AFI (unisgned?)


AFI is actually on the punk label Nitro, have been pretty much for all of their albums. But I did read in a recent issue of AP that Davey Havok wants(!) to sign with a major label soon, to get more exposure. If its as good as the last album, its fine with me.

As far as my favorite underground band... tough call, and depends on what level of "underground" you mean. But right now I'm digging The Faint... techno-goth, very very cool stuff. Impossible to describe, just check it out.
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#8 Posted on 13.3.02 1043.29
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Well, I think the post was referring to "big" labels. Nitro doesn't really qualify as such. Davey Havok's a sell out. They're my favorite ex-punk band. (The new album I'm hoping was just a fluke and not the beginning of a trend.)

The Faint is my favorite Flock of Seagulls cover band.
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#9 Posted on 13.3.02 1103.14
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as someone who has listened to AFI since the days of "Answer That and Stay Fashionable", I'll have to say that I really liked the last one. it was a nice change of pace and created some of the best lyrical imagery Davey has come up with. maybe its not "punk" anymore, but good music. as far as being a sell-out, why why WHY does everyone have to become a "sell-out" for wanting to expand to a larger audience??? i'll give him the benefit of the doubt until it comes out - if its an overly produced sack of shit, then i'll figure the major label thing was a bust. but lots of bands have been able to make the jump to a major without compromising the music, check out the recent Interscope debut by And You Will Know Us by the Train of Dead. i guess being a long-time punk fan, i'm sick of the cries of "sell-out, sell-out" every time a band tries to expand. whats the point of making great music if only 20 people hear it in a quest to be "underground"? granted, i don't want to see AFI all over MTV and backing car commercials anytime soon, but i'm all for the jump to a major. it'll be interesting to see what Davey can do with proper financial backing.
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#10 Posted on 13.3.02 1123.44
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NOFX has never been on MTV or the radio. Fat Mike is a millionaire and they headline major venue tours. AFI's abandoned their original audience in favor of the Hot Topic/Dashboard Confessional deomgraphic. Which is cool, I'm all about 18 year old girls too. Except I think Davey is gay. But I digress...
The last album is still decent, I listen to it a lot, but it pales in comparison to "Black Sails" or "Shut Your Mouth". The rage is gone in favor of *shudder* ballads.

I like my music like I like my women. Angry, hatefull and fast. I guess I'm just too "1997" for my own good.

I just need a new Downset or CIV album tp placate me. Or booze. Sweet, sweet booze.
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#11 Posted on 13.3.02 1129.04
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    Originally posted by Travis
    I like my music like I like my women. Angry, hatefull and fast. I guess I'm just too "1997" for my own good.quoteend]

    *grin*
    i understand. i don't think the new AFI is as good as the older stuff either, but i like the change of pace seeing as how there are numerous bands imitating the old AFI sound. Tiger Army for one... i like them, but its striking how similar to Davey that Nick 13 sounds. of course my opinion is probably voided by the fact that i *like* dashboard if i'm in the right mood. and after recently becoming single.. what better place to pick up some cute, young, emo chicks than the dashboard concert next week?
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#12 Posted on 13.3.02 1136.08
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Marx is so correct on the Trail of Dead album. All the anarchy of their indie stuff, but with better equipment to destroy.

A few other little gems that are just not big in America, which is my only field of reference for "underground"

-New Pornographers: "Mass Romantic" was the best pop album of the last 18 months. Listen to "Letter From An Occupant" and tell me you don't want to become Neko Case's love slave.

-Randy: Holy SHIT! I saw these guys at a music festival while visiting Stockholm, and they may have been the most intense live band I've ever seen. Socialist speed punks who make ears bleed and minds think. And one guy looks JUST like the late Terry Kath from Chicago, which I find kinda funny.

-Edson: I pimp these guys a lot on this and other boards, but it's only because they deserve it. Beautiful melodic pop that tends a bit towards mopery, but not always. They might be even cooler than Belle & Sebastian, and they use a glockenspiel sometimes.

-Tea Party: How the hell did Nickelback bust out here in America, but these guys are still anonymous in the Lower 48? Just shows that music is unfair sometimes.

-Tortoise: Post-Rock Gods, the last album "Standards" is an amazing album which brings some funk I never would have guessed from such chin-scratching sorts. It's a geek album even your Top 40 listening friends can appreciate.
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#13 Posted on 13.3.02 1154.48
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I'll second the Randy recomondation. They've had a few songs on spinner and what I've heard is good, if not a little too European and Dickies influenced.

How could I forget Lagwagon? Lagwagon and the aforementioned Teenage Idols are usually my favorite Spinner bands. That and the Pivot cover of REO Speedwagon's "Take it on the run"

"I heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend, who heard it from another you've been messin' around...."
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#14 Posted on 13.3.02 1237.32
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    Originally posted by Travis
    NOFX has never been on MTV or the radio. Fat Mike is a millionaire and they headline major venue tours.


NOFX actually got a decent amount of play on the big alternative rock station here in Chicago (Q101) when Punk in Drublic came out. "Leave it Alone" was in, what seemed to me, heavy rotation for a few weeks. And I distinctly remember them playing short clips of interviews they had done with Fat Mike. He talked about how they have been around for so long, but never broke out.

And I've never seen them headline a major venue tour 'round these parts. They usually play at one of the smaller, but popular venues in Chicago (Metro, The Riv or Aragon). Unless, you're counting Warped Tour, but that's in parking lots with like a zillion other bands.
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#15 Posted on 13.3.02 1351.33
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yeah Eradicator... i remember that, back when Q101 was also playing Bad Religion a lot when they opened up for Pearl Jam at Soldier Field... now that was an interesting concert :)
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#16 Posted on 13.3.02 1358.25
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    Originally posted by Marx_of_Death23
    yeah Eradicator... i remember that, back when Q101 was also playing Bad Religion a lot when they opened up for Pearl Jam at Soldier Field... now that was an interesting concert :)


Oh yeah. I totally forgot about Bad Religion opening for Pearl Jam. I remember being somewhat disturbed by that. I think Bad Religion is playing here again soon. I should check that out. They are one of those bands that I've always wanted to see, but have yet to get around to it.
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#17 Posted on 13.3.02 1806.53
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bill and wendy from the loop sent someone to that show with a cel phone to give reports. when they called her, the girl said greg had just gone of on a tirade against the crowd and said they were never going to play chicago again.

when i got to my boy's house and told him the news he said "god damn it - eddie vedder ruins EVERYTHING!"
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#18 Posted on 14.3.02 0759.41
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A more comprehensive list of punk/hardcore bands you need to hear as of yesterday (old and new bands):

Caliban
Heckle
98 Mute
59 Times the Pain
No Use for a Name
Millencolin
Lagwagon
ALL
Bracket
Pulley
Pivot
Self
Midtown
Mephiskapheles
Bigwig (playing Baltimore tomorrow)
Digger
Diesel Boy
Samiam
Dillinger Escape Plan
Dillinger 4
Butter 08
Nerf Herder
Sicko
Funeral Oration
Fifteen
the Goons
Ann Beretta
Longfellow
the Distillers
Rocket From the Crypt
the Jesus Lizard
the Explosion
Gorilla Biscuits
Youth of Today
Bold
Better Than a Thousand
Limp
(old) Pietasters
Dag Nasty
CIV

I'm sure there's more but I'm...ya know...lazy.

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#19 Posted on 14.3.02 0823.08
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    Originally posted by Eradicator
    Oh yeah. I totally forgot about Bad Religion opening for Pearl Jam. I remember being somewhat disturbed by that. I think Bad Religion is playing here again soon. I should check that out. They are one of those bands that I've always wanted to see, but have yet to get around to it.

yeah... they are playing with Less Than Jake and Hot Water Music next week at Aragon... i *really* wish i was able to go, but i have a meeting that night, dammit.

(edited by Marx_of_Death23 on 14.3.02 0624)
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#20 Posted on 19.3.02 0122.47
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I'm quite fond of the San Francisco based psychedelic surf band, The Mermen. Mermen site. Another fine surf band is Slacktone.
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