“Life Beyond The Minimum Safe Distance” by “The Matthew Good Band” is the best song ever…
It’s actually a B-Side… Clearly, I am indy rock and therefore cool.
However, “Radiohead” is the best BAND ever.
But everybody’s heard of Radiohead, so if I praise them it doesn’t really do anything for anyone. I mean, I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s reading this thread in hopes of finding new bands.
So… (Warning: some of these bands may be extremely successful. I don’t pay that much attention to pop culture. This are all just bands that, as far as I know, are obscure.):
Cat Power: Like Tori Amos, except she uses the guitar more than the piano instead of the other way around. Psycho-depressing music.
Godspeed You Black Emperor! A cross between Classical and Rock. 20 minute average song length.
A Silver Mount Zion Members of Godspeed on a side project.
Set Fire To Flames: Another Godspeed side project.
Mogwai: Instrumental rock, for the most part. Unlike Godspeed, they sing every now and then. Unlike Godspeed, they mainly use standard instruments. But both bands are generally the same idea. (Actually, I think they’re kind of famous in the U.K., but the rest of the world hasn’t heard of them, so they’re still worth mentioning.)
Hayden: Somewhere in between Alternative Rock and Folk. At first he was mostly Alternative Rock, but with each CD he becomes more and more pure folk. He has, in my opinion, the perfect voice for folk music.
Kupek: *Acoustic Radioheadish band. Indie, as in no record label. I, like most of his fans, only know he exists because of his art website. *
Thursday: Slight change of pace her. Heavy Metal. They sound like Sparta, who are essentially At The Drive In, who are accused of basically ripping off Rage Against The Machine’s style. Thursday sounds NOTHING like Rage Against The Machine. Basically, they have a melodic singer and some guy who screams a lot to accompany him.
… And misc. notes on bands that are sort of popular but still need some of their more obscure factors noted:
I think most people have forgotten that acoustic guitar-obsessed musicial genius Elliott Smith exists.
Sigur Ros is not, to my knowledge, obscure. However, my friends only know they exist because I force their music upon them. Therefore I feel it is my civic duty to tell you that if you don’t know who Sigur Ros is you’re missing out big time.
Coldplay is not an obscure band by any definition, but it should be noted that they’re probably the only band on earth where the B-Sides are actually BETTER than the A-Sides. So get the song “I’ll See You Soon” NOW.