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311 – Stereolithic
- The band's 11th album is their first on their own label after leaving the major labels.
Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit
- New album from the soul singer/rapper best known by me as the singer of "I Need A Dollar", but apparently known best to the rest of the world as the singer on Avicii's "Wake Me Up", which was a #1 song in 22 countries.
Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham
- ex-Galaxie 500/Luna/Dean and Britta singer/guitarist's first solo album.
Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
- UK alt.rock band's sixth album.
kxm – kxm
- Hard Rock super(?)-group featuring Korn's drummer, George Lynch on guitar and Dug Pinnick on bass and vocals, which makes it sort of worth a small shot.
OST – After The Dark [Soundtrack]
- This is mostly score work by Korn's (there they are again) Jonathan Davis, however, it also features four new (?) songs by Glen Phillips. Note: I do not like Korn.
Ozomatli – Place in the Sun
- Sometimes I feel like a sucker because any band that puts out an album as good as Ozomatli's 1998 self-titled debut hooks me into listening to everything they ever put out after that.
Rough Francis – Maximum Soul Power
- Debut album from the band formed around the children of Bobby Hackney, who was one of the members of Death. As featuring in one of 2013's best films, A Band Called Death.


http://open.spotify.com/user/12127541144/playlist/7lmkcfHzmFRxD7MqlZoGjC

(Can't figure out how to embed this).

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.14
YEAH YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY

I'M THE MAN

Neat.

Thanks for this.




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    Originally posted by theremin

    Ozomatli – Place in the Sun
    - Sometimes I feel like a sucker because any band that puts out an album as good as Ozomatli's 1998 self-titled debut hooks me into listening to everything they ever put out after that.


Awesome band - and yeah, that self-titled album is terrific. Back then, they did have two unfortunate issues: 1) An appearance on Sex & The City, and 2) A horrible frat-bro following that made no sense given the political overtones of their music. I saw them live-in-concert 3 or 4 times after that album came out, and there were always drunken idiots fighting at their shows (during which they would stop playing to tell them to knock it off, but still...).

Anyhoo... I will be picking this up.
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I need to add some code to allow their embeds through, looks like. All the kids are using iframes these days! (I had to rewrite the Dailymotion code just today for the same problem) I do plan on listening to the Spotify playlist (because I'm getting too lazy to program my own tunes at work) and hope to be inspired to respond.

EDIT: Wow, I can't even use the string of characters i-f-r-a-m-e on this board? I probably knew that.

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The Spotify web player works in Linux, which is pretty neat.

HEY GUYS I'M USING LINUX

Ok, I'm sorry... I'm done. Maybe.




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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I do plan on listening to the Spotify playlist (because I'm getting too lazy to program my own tunes at work) and hope to be inspired to respond.
Initial response: wow, I wish I hadn't committed to listening to this entire playlist and I wonder if Aaron still likes 311 wayyyyyyyy more than I do



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Oh god, even I don't commit to listening to the whole playlist. I try to hit a couple of tracks and if it sucks, screw it. If I'm lucky, I like one out of twenty. Although probably ten out of twenty I will find ok enough to make it all the way through.

I thought about expanding the 311 to say, "released on March 11 - 311 Day, but I still expect this to suck".

And yes, that's why I called them interesting releases, and not good

Ozomatli clearly suffered mortal injuries by the departure after the first album of Chali 2na and Cut Chemist. I'm surprised that they have been soldiering on with their injuries for a decade and a half.
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PS. The spotify playlist just has what's actually on spotify. There are usually one or two that aren't on spotify, in this case, KXM.

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I listened to all of these!

311 – Stereolithic: This got less annoying as it went on! But still not really my bag.

Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit: This was pretty good! Definitely not deserving all the hatred I built up for "The Man" after seeing it in a zillion commercials over the past few months.

Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham: Good! Reminded me of Peter Gabriel's more Adult Contemporary moments (which I'm sure is EXACTLY what he was going for)

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything: Probably my favourite out of all of these (not saying much for this list)

kxm – kxm: I couldn't find it online either

OST – After The Dark [Soundtrack]: OK, but pretty sparse - fine as background music but not a lot there.

Ozomatli – Place in the Sun: Just OK - really not my thing except for a track or two

Rough Francis – Maximum Soul Power: Not my thing - which surprised me, because I think the title raised my expectations.

I will probably listen to none of these albums again - MAYBE the Elbow album. I should probably listen to the Aloe Blacc album again but I know I won't.

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Another album that you might want to check out that came out on 03/04 is Thrash Rock Legacy, the debut by Mounties. A Canadian indie-rock supergroup of sorts (my favourite guy Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat, and Ryan Dahle from Limblifter and Age of Electric), Mounties has (have?) released a few tracks online over the past year (I don't know how they haven't got a cease-and-desist letter over their name yet) and finally put out their first record. It's catchy dancey pop, closer to Hot Hot Heat than any other the other acts listed.

It was streaming online on the CBC site prior to launch but it looks like that's gone now, so here are a few videos instead (embedding is disabled, BOO):I don't know if it's on iTunes outside of Canada yet, but you can buy MP3s, CDs, and vinyl from the Light Organ Records store.



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kxm is up on Grooveshark (for now): http://grooveshark.com/​album/​KXM/​9599861

No Mounties album yet, though

EDIT: Finished the kxm album - it's OK! Hard rock but almost radio-friendly (except for a couple). Not a bad sound for just three dudes.

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CRZ: since you'll apparently listen to anything, this is one of my favorite songs of the 70's. One of the parents of the kids in Rough Francis is responsible:



Listen LOUD!

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Pretty disappointing that the four tracks billed as Glen Phillips is the same boring mood music as the rest. I probably wouldn't have bothered listing this.


But I guess that's why this is an interesting list, and not a good list.

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