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Okay so we have recommendation threads, and we have the music club, but I want this to be kind of different.

In this thread, you are only allowed to recommend ONE ARTIST/BAND. You can post to discuss but you cannot post another recommendation. so choose wisely. 

- They are one of your favourite artists that you rate highly for one reason or another. Give us those reasons. 

- Suggest style / feel of the music, maybe give other artists as similar examples. really think about what you like about that artist, and explain that in your recommendation. 

- it doesn't matter if it's some tiny unheard of band from Tuscany or fuckin' Katie Perry, or if someone else has already recommended them. It's whoever you want! the only one I'd suggest (but not outlaw) putting down is blink. 

- You list (and link if you can) a maximum of 5 songs by said artist (helpfully in a spoiler if you're adding videos) in an order that you see fit as your ultimate "This is what you should try first" listens for others. 

-  Put thought into it! 

- Be respectful to other peoples recommendations. Don't like it? don't comment on it - it's clearly just not to your taste, but could be to someone elses. Let's keep it as positive vibes. 

 

I'll post mine as an example of what I mean in case I've lost anyone. Let's discover new music or re-try stuff we've previously pissed on! w00t. 

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My recommendation is Kevin Devine.

Kevin Devine, is an almost 40 year old ginger Brooklyn born singer songwriter. Those who do know him around here probably do so due to his musical linkings with Jesse Lacey of Brand New as well as his side project “Bad Books” with the dudes from Manchester Orchestra.

When I got into Brand New at around the age of 15, I heard Jesse had done a guest spot on a song called “Cotton Crush” which is one of Kevin's.

That song changed my fucking life. It is a raw mess of a song that frankly makes little to no sense and I fell in love with it hard. I had no idea who this dude was but as soon as I heard Cotton Crush I wanted to hear more, so I quickly started devouring his records. Behind Cotton Crush was a slew of acoustic led music that was either mild and melancholic, or aggressive and raw. A weird mixture that I still to this day cannot say I’ve found in another artist.

I have tried pawning Kevin off to many friends over the years and most don’t seem to hear what I hear. Kevin is a very slow burn dude… He’s had songs that I have just never gotten into. Heard them for years and just left me cold and then one day it’ll be on in the background and something will ‘click’ in my head and suddenly it’s all I can listen to for a full week. I really don't expect many people to be like "fuck yeah" but he is one of my biggest influences and greatest musical comforts. 

If you like acoustic led music but also love hearing raw passion and aggressive moments in music, as well as have a particular interest in individual lyrics (and you aren’t against political leanings in music) than I’d say give Kevin a whirl.

His influences (according to wikipedia) are Neutral Milk Hotel, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Pavement and Elliot Smith - but I’m not particularly a fan of any of those so take those as you will. 

My song suggestions, in this exact order, are in the spoiler. These aren't his best songs, or my favourites, but I think they represent his songwriting range quite well.  

Spoiler

 

Noose Dressed Like A Necklace

 

Cotton Crush

 

Brothers Blood

 

It’s Only Your Life


 

 

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But really, I always push people to rediscover Taking Back Sunday's catalegue, especially their more recent stuff, it's insanely underrated imo..considering most have heard them already I'm going with

TV On The Radio

Starter song: 'Happy Idiot'

 

I don't really know how to describe this band other than, it's exactly what you'd want Alternative music to sound like and what music should be in general.  Their videos are all very captivating, but don't fuck my brain up too much like let's say, Tame Impala.  I love the guys voice and the rythym of the songs.. considering there's not much Pop Punk music anymore, and definitely nothing relevant, I'd give this band a try.  I wish they had a little bit bigger of a catalogue, but they really hit the mark in some songs and can listen to on repeat.

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City and Colour (Dallas Green)  - Bring me your love

For me, this was exactly the right album at exactly the right time for me. I was heavily into my guitar at this point and suffering badly with my mental health.

I was only 16 had pressure on knowing what I wanted to do but had no drive or direction, I used to go walking on the nights with this album in my ears. 

Its an absolute masterpiece. Makes me sad listening to it now, and then listening to the crap they are putting out now.

For me this is the best album I own lyrically.

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The Menzingers. 

Currently the best punk/pop-punk band IMO. The band is incredibly genuine and honest, and you quickly get the impression that the majority of their songs and lyrics are coming from real experiences that the band has had. Their lyrics are the strongest part of their songs, but they also have great melodies. 

Hard to recommend just one song, so I'll just say that you should start with the album On the Impossible Past. If you prefer something more pop-punk or produced, go with After the Party

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I came home a broken mess of a failure from a Mormon Mission. I didn't know who I was or what I was going to do with my life. 

I discovered Say Anything 

I couldn't get enough of his music. I think their self titled record was the first thing I heard. I'd listen to it on repeat. Then I'd find an older album and do the same. Then I'd find old unreleased shit and obsess over that too. 

I blew half my two week paycheck on a song shop. 

Anything beyond self titled is garbage. Anything prior will change your life.

I cringe at myself for how ethan I was. 

 

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I love the idea of this thread! I'll put some thought into this and come back with a suggestion, and check out everything you guys have shared.

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6 hours ago, Alan Rickman said:

I came home a broken mess of a failure from a Mormon Mission. I didn't know who I was or what I was going to do with my life. 

I discovered Say Anything 

I couldn't get enough of his music. I think their self titled record was the first thing I heard. I'd listen to it on repeat. Then I'd find an older album and do the same. Then I'd find old unreleased shit and obsess over that too. 

I blew half my two week paycheck on a song shop. 

Anything beyond self titled is garbage. Anything prior will change your life.

I cringe at myself for how ethan I was. 

 

Can't help but agree with you on the SA front (although I actually like a handful of songs from Anarchy My Dear, but the album itself isn't good) their first few records are outstanding and Max had such a grasp of self hatred, anger, and mental health problems. I got into them around the time of In Defense, I was probably 19? fell in love with songs like "About Falling" and "Shiksa" and became quite obsessive. Max's fall is weirdly similar to Toms to me - both huge influences that I highly admired who turned into fruit bats. 

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9 hours ago, Kay said:

Can't help but agree with you on the SA front (although I actually like a handful of songs from Anarchy My Dear, but the album itself isn't good) their first few records are outstanding and Max had such a grasp of self hatred, anger, and mental health problems. I got into them around the time of In Defense, I was probably 19? fell in love with songs like "About Falling" and "Shiksa" and became quite obsessive. Max's fall is weirdly similar to Toms to me - both huge influences that I highly admired who turned into fruit bats. 

Maybe garbage is harsh. There's usually 2 or 3 solid songs on each album. Except "I Dont Think it Is". There is no hope there. 

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