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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.35
I don't often feel compelled to share my favorite music here, largely because I always feel stupid when talking about music because I don't really think I'm good at articulating WHY I like certain songs, artists or albums. Luckily, this time, The New York Times did it for me.

The National is one of my three favorite artists of the past decade, and this album was very highly anticipated by me; it lived up to the expectations. I really have no idea how likely it is that many of the posters here have heard of them, but if you haven't heard them I recommend with all I have to offer that you do so.

The Times wrote this great review and profile of the band and their newest album that was published this morning, including a stream of the album in question, High Violet. Long, but interesting. I love that they put this really long, thoughtful review and profile up, then accompanied that with the stream so readers unfamiliar with the band could listen immediately and form their own opinions. I often read about a band or album that is made to sound interesting, and then forget to revisit it later when I have time to find some of the relevant music.

This has been a GREAT year for new music (and it's only April!), with loads of my favorite artists releasing new albums that have been excellent. The National's High Violet was easily the one I've anticipated the most, and it more than met my expectations. Great stuff.

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Interesting that they'd stream the whole thing - is that to keep people from trying to otherwise... uh... acquire it online in advance of the release?

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.09
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Interesting that they'd stream the whole thing - is that to keep people from trying to otherwise... uh... acquire it online in advance of the release?
I don't know why, exactly, but it's starting to become more common - the Guardian is streaming Heaven is Whenever, the new album by The Hold Steady (out May 4 - only $7.99 at Amazon (The W at Amazon) if you order it now).



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.35
    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Interesting that they'd stream the whole thing - is that to keep people from trying to otherwise... uh... acquire it online in advance of the release?
    I don't know why, exactly, but it's starting to become more common - the Guardian is streaming Heaven is Whenever, the new album by The Hold Steady (out May 4 - only $7.99 at Amazon (The W at Amazon) if you order it now).


I had no idea about this stream, but this is another fantastic album and people should check them out too. The National, the Hold Steady (who, coincidentally, are also from Brooklyn, like the National), and Scottish band Frightened Rabbit are my three favorite bands of the past decade.

I can't imagine this is done to prevent online trading of music, as this in fact just makes it more possible. For example, High Violet leaked on the Internet on Monday, with a very poor quality version being distributed. Today, a higher quality one became available when someone ripped the album off the Times' stream, and it's being distributed all over again.

If I had to guess, it's simply a way to get more exposure out of the media coverage. I've got to imagine there are a bunch of people hearing these bands for the first time on these streams, as the Times and the Guardian are both pretty widely read obviously and neither of these bands has previously enjoyed the kind of mainstream attention those papers have to offer. And allowing the stream is going to result in more listens than simply a written review would.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.99
    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Interesting that they'd stream the whole thing - is that to keep people from trying to otherwise... uh... acquire it online in advance of the release?
    I don't know why, exactly, but it's starting to become more common - the Guardian is streaming Heaven is Whenever, the new album by The Hold Steady (out May 4 - only $7.99 at Amazon (The W at Amazon) if you order it now).


NPR is streaming the Hold Steady too and the new LCD Soundsystem (npr.org). They also streamed the new Gorillaz last month.



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Thanks for the heads up; I new the new album was out soon but I didn't realise quite how soon.

TheBucsFan seems to share my musical taste with a good shout for Frightened Rabbit who are really beginning to come on as a live band.

I would also recommened Twilight Sad who are amazing live and incredibly loud.

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My quick take (sorry, it's not favorable):
The vocalist sounds like he's been drugged or something. There's no emotion to his singing except maybe boredom. The instrumentals are similarly monotonous, though there are high points in many tracks. My musical tastes trend towards the soul, folk, and blues styles, so that's where I'm coming from.

Thanks for sharing though. It'd be cool if others found pieces highlighting some of their favorite little-known bands and posted them. I'm always on the prowl for new music.



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I'm always keen to find out about new music so I'll share some of the bands I've discovered recently. I don't know the best place to find streams but generally Myspace have a few songs:

The Knife - They are a Swedish electronic group who my wife thinks sound a bit like early Bjork; the girl in the band has just released a solo album under the name Fever Ray.

http://www.myspace.com/​theknife

Twilight Sad - A Scottish band who create a fine (and loud) noise although the accent may be difficult!

http://www.myspace.com/​thetwilightsad

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - An album of duets songs that are in a blues style; can be a downbeat but a good listen.

http://www.myspace.com/​isobelcampbell

With regards to soul I still listen to Otis Redding Sings the Blues almost every day so I don't know anything new.

I would recommend persevering with The National as it took a while for it to 'click' with me.

(edited by MoldyP2000 on 30.4.10 2256)
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While we're recommending bands, try Clogs. The National member and collaborator Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome (respectively), plus two other dudes. They just put out their fourth album (first with vocals), The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton. I first heard of them from KCRW's Top Tune podcast (kcrw.com), which posted "Last Song" a few days ago. This song uses someone a wee bit familiar to Dessner and Newsome... uh, National vocalist Matt Berninger.





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