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Title: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Cosmic Muse on October 31, 2009, 09:08:34 PM
I would like to set this thread up as a forum for artists and groups you've discovered that are actual musical talents, not some assembly line produced cookie cutter studio product. The artist I would like to bring to your attention is a Canadian singer/songwriter called Shiloh. She's around Miley Cyrus' age and vastly more talented. She's what you'd call a free spirited girl who knows who she wants to be as a performer. She released her debut album this year called Picture Imperfect. I highly recommend you guys check her out. Here are a few links to some of her videos and songs:

You're Not Alone -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3uNrWkL4EY

Alright -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pumvz8mxew8&feature=related

Goodbye You Suck -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OXUDLX8gng

And as a bonus, here's a link to song that's my personal favorite that Shiloh did when she was 13 called All I Want.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmJphe9fgdY
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Nekrose on November 03, 2009, 05:43:26 AM
I vote Garden of Shadows.
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Cosmic Muse on November 05, 2009, 11:54:41 PM
I vote Garden of Shadows.

Have any links to their stuff?
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Piobman on November 06, 2009, 01:05:35 AM
This kinda leaves a lot of room for pretty any much musical style. Here are a couple lesser known commodities in very different genres I am a huge fan of.

Floater (http://www.floater.com/ (http://www.floater.com/)) - Local Oregon rock/alternative group. They have an enormous fan base up here and have already turned their heads at a larger contract with a major label in order to do the music the way they want. They have a distinct sound and all their albums are quite different from each other. Plus, they put on one heck of a live show. Very talented musicians who have fans that are more dedicated than a lot of mainstream artists out there!

Julie Fowlis http://www.juliefowlis.com. Traditional Scottish gaelic folk singer who is considered one of the best scots-gaelic singers out there (next to karen matheson). Its a little-known language that is overshadowed by its irish language counterpart. She is quite good at the whistle and bagpipes also.

Another artist I always recommend... who has had some popularity, but never really reached the mainstream audience that much is Loreena McKennitt. Her music defies any one music category although her later albums have a more Mediterranean flavor and her earlier works are primarily celtic. Beautiful voice and she tends to have a ridiculous amount of world instruments for each song. I've met very few people who did not fall in love with her stuff. (and no... she is nothing like enya)

Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Cosmic Muse on November 06, 2009, 03:17:59 AM
This kinda leaves a lot of room for pretty any much musical style. Here are a couple lesser known commodities in very different genres I am a huge fan of.

I generally set up this thread for any style of music you want to post about. In my mind good music defies being labeled. In my eyes it's either good music or bad music.
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: ScottotD on November 06, 2009, 05:31:08 AM
Wow, I'll be adding about 50 Australian bands to this very soon.
 :)
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2009, 04:41:03 PM
Last Christmas my sister gave me a CD by Gogol Bordello.  Great band, a nice fusion of gypsy and punk.

Also, this isn't a musician but as a musical find, here's a great out of print CD:

Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains.  Basically the shows creator got a bunch of his favourite bands to make an album based story that has a song for each character and plot point.  It also helped me find great bands I hadn't heard before:

Apples in Stereo
Bis
Optiganally Yours (a band that uses an Optigan).
Dressy Bessy
Komeda
Shonen Knife

Also, a friend showed me a cool music video directed by Eric (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job)

The band is The Bird and The Bee.

Strange, beautiful, fun and cool.

http://www.youtube.com/v/jB2RgDQrHgI
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: carlobee on November 25, 2009, 10:35:47 PM
oh. Shiloh is really a talented girl I see. thanks for sharing. Great music :)

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Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Moleman on November 26, 2009, 01:42:32 AM
Not a band but the best unknown solo bass player on the internet: http://www.youtube.com/user/propea (http://www.youtube.com/user/propea)

http://www.youtube.com/v/GExNHMqXjes&hl=en_US&fs=1

http://www.youtube.com/v/RAxfTg3h_mY&hl=en_US&fs=1
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 26, 2009, 01:22:47 PM
Thanks, Moleman. I love shit like this. Dude's got skills. t's nice to see some actual melody along with the shredding.

And now for the master...

http://www.youtube.com/v/LHTA8VZGoMs&hl=en_US&fs=1&

And if you're a fan of false harmonics...

http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw8ytGHTbNc&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 26, 2009, 01:24:19 PM
Edit error!
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Moleman on November 26, 2009, 02:08:51 PM
And now for the master...

I use to always think Wooten was the master too but if you look deep enough there are guys with unbelievable talents who are completely unknown.  Like this guy for example:

http://www.youtube.com/v/LcunoeIhPl0&hl=en_US&fs=1

http://www.youtube.com/v/1QwgkrG0N4k&hl=en_US&fs=1

I'm also very impressed with this guy who can sing at the same time:

http://www.youtube.com/v/bXImi2etl7I&hl=en_US&fs=1
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Nekrose on November 27, 2009, 02:03:27 AM
I vote Garden of Shadows.

Have any links to their stuff?
Sorry, I can't really search for links whilst at college but I'll try and remember to get on here when I get home. If you are actually interested, they played rather epic melodic death metal. Probably the most underrated band I know of.
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: ScottotD on November 27, 2009, 04:23:39 AM
Robert Pattinson, he sounds like a mix between Damien Rice and Bon Iver.


....yes, that Robert Pattinson.
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 01:03:21 PM
And now for the master...

I use to always think Wooten was the master too but if you look deep enough there are guys with unbelievable talents who are completely unknown.

You're completely right. I should have referred to Wooten as a master, not the master.

Wow! Unbelievable playing. Thanks for the ripping links!
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: D.B. Barnes on November 27, 2009, 03:19:30 PM
Michael Hedges R.I.P.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-We1kDAxp8g&hl=en_US&fs=1&

http://www.youtube.com/v/JE7eVfIAkkE&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Oh, and how insanely good is that bassist in the middle video?!? And how the hell is that guy singing and playing like that?!?
Title: Re: Your Really Good Musical Finds
Post by: Moleman on November 27, 2009, 04:24:20 PM
Oh, and how insanely good is that bassist in the middle video?!? And how the hell is that guy singing and playing like that?!?

I don't know if you play bass but that type of technique is called double thump.  Basically you hit the string up and own with your thumb like a guitar pick and pluck up with your middle finger in triplets so its 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3 really really fast.  Now on top of that he's doing hammer-ons so at times its actually in quadruplets 1-2-H-3.  And every once in a while he's tapping with his playing hand.  So to answer your question, EXTREMELY insanely good.

Singing and playing is a skill that you have to learn like everything else and I think some people simply can or can't do it.  There are guys who can do these amazing guitar solos but if they try to sing at the same time the can't play crap because they can't worry about two things at once. Other people can't play better than a few guitar chords but can sing at the same time with ease.

With this bass playing, it looks WAY harder than it really is because its all about playing a certain technique that has a pattern.  Like I said, down thumb->up thumb->pluck in a triplet.  You just learn that slowly first and then over time you build up speed and get used to it.  Eventually it becomes no different than strumming because it really isn't.  Really your hand just goes up and down up and down like regular strumming except when you're doing it you're making sure your thumb hits going down and then your thumb hits again as well as your middle finger plucking going up.  Your hand is still going up and down but because of the way your hitting the strings it causes what I'm going to call an "auditory illusion" (yeah I did just make that up).  Its like how a drummer does a drum roll, he's not actually moving his arms up and down to hit the drum that fast it just sounds like it by the way the drum sticks are vibrating off the players hand.

Don't know if you play any or can follow anything I just said but there you go.