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Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 10th 2010 at 5:06:20 PM

Okay, I ran this idea briefly through the Music board and it seems to have gone down quite well, but I think it belongs here, so here we are.

Welcome, one and all, to the TV Tropes Album Exchange Club. The basic idea of this coven is (I hope) to widen the musical horizons of all participants and encourage open and enlightening discussion about why we like the music we like, and how we react to music that we're perhaps not so familiar with. It's basically like a book club... but with music.

The Basic Rules (a few points still need sorting out):

  • If you're interested in joining, post here saying so, along with one (and only one!) album that you want the rest of the club to listen to.
  • After a decent number of people have joined, we can get the real process under way. One album will be chosen from the resulting list, either at random or just by alphabetical order/something similar. The person who recommended that album posts a link to a free stream or download of that album, and can say why they chose it or give a short description of it if they so wish. Preferably not Grooveshark links please, it's been causing a few problems.
  • All members of the group will listen to this album at least once over the course of a number of days (how many? We'll vote on that first!).
  • After that time's over, we reconvene in this thread and everyone gives their reactions, thoughts, what they liked, what they thought was awful, et cetera. At the end of the day, a new album is chosen.

So there we are. First things first then: Are you interested? If so, choose an album for the club to listen to, and welcome aboard.

Secondly, how long do you think would be a good amount of time to spend listening to each album? One day? Three? A week? Your opinions please! We need to come to a consensus before we get this show on the road.

I think that's it. Enjoy!

edited 19th Sep '10 7:42:31 AM by Saeglopur

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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Sep 10th 2010 at 5:28:41 PM

Sign me up. I'ma suggest Buena Vista Social Club's self-titled album. (Grooveshark playlist.)

Also, three days for listening to an album, I think.

edited 10th Sep '10 7:29:54 PM by MetaFour

I didn't write any of that.
Sep 10th 2010 at 5:39:29 PM

Sign me up. I'ma suggest Giraffes? Giraffes! and their album More Skin With Milk-Mouth.

You can listen to it on Bandcamp.

Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 10th 2010 at 5:40:12 PM

Awesomes. Thanks!

For the record, I'd agree with with three days being enough time, and the album I'm recommending is Owen Pallett - Heartland.

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Wicked223 from Death Star in the forest
Sep 10th 2010 at 6:52:23 PM

I'd like to submit None Shall Pass by Aesop Rock. Grooveshark playlist with all songs, in order.

Yeah it's a hip-hop album GOT A PROBLEM SUCKA

You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Sep 10th 2010 at 8:04:09 PM

*signs up*

I will come up with a suggestion when I can think of one findable online.

I vote the listening period be a week.

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
Neccy60 Resident Oreo from Chicago, IL
Resident Oreo
Sep 10th 2010 at 8:12:48 PM

Everyone should listen to Ben Frost's Theory of Machines album.

Shall I fetch appropriate links?

Also, this is the first time I've ever wandered to this neck of the woods.

http://www.last.fm/user/BlueGhost60
Lordnecronus dOOOOM from Wales
dOOOOM
Sep 11th 2010 at 3:52:04 AM

Sign me up. I'ma suggest Tiamat's Wildhoney; I'll provide a link and a boring-but-informative description of the album when/if it's chosen as the album to listen to.

Three days sounds good to me as well.

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arks Boiled and Mashed Relationship Status: Mu
Boiled and Mashed
Sep 11th 2010 at 7:21:18 AM

Interesting. I like that so far all the artists here are pretty obscure as far as I know. Hopefully I'll be able to do this justice.

I think to start I'll do Girl Talk's Feed the Animals

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SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Sep 11th 2010 at 12:37:08 PM

^oh hellz yeah.

How do we decide what album we're listening to?

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 11th 2010 at 4:24:41 PM

Well I've got each album so far recommended in a spread sheet, in the order they've been recommended. I'll probably just use a random number generator to choose each one. Or, I could just order them using something unbiased, like alphabetical order of the first track title.

Got any other ideas?

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arks Boiled and Mashed Relationship Status: Mu
Boiled and Mashed
Sep 11th 2010 at 4:38:13 PM

I like the random number generator. More fair, I think.

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Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 11th 2010 at 4:53:21 PM

Yeah, I guess it is the fairest way.

By the way, thanks to everyone who's taken part so far, I'm really looking forward to this! I reckon we can start listening to the first album on Monday.

So far, 3 days seems to be the most popular option for how long to listen to each album, but some people haven't stated either way, so if they could, that would be nice smile. Anyway, we shall see.

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Neccy60 Resident Oreo from Chicago, IL
Resident Oreo
Sep 11th 2010 at 6:42:03 PM

Agreed, most people here will find the time to listen to an album within 3 days. Also means the others aren't waiting too long.

http://www.last.fm/user/BlueGhost60
Wicked223 from Death Star in the forest
Sep 11th 2010 at 8:53:57 PM

Three days is good for me, too.

Albums submitted, for convenience:

  1. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
  2. Giraffes? Giraffes! - More Skin With Milk-Mouth
  3. Owen Pallet - Heartland
  4. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
  5. Ben Frost - Theory of Machines
  6. Tiamat - Widhoney
  7. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
  8. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
  9. Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down

edited 12th Sep '10 7:37:09 AM by Wicked223

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Aondeug Oh My from Our Dreams
Oh My
Sep 12th 2010 at 12:02:41 AM

Huh. This might fun. I want to join.

As for a suggestion...Spiritualized's Lazer Guided Melodies.

If someone wants to accuse us of eating coconut shells, then that's their business. We know what we're doing. - Achaan Chah
HopelessRomance I'm not dead yet! from Minnesota, USA.
I'm not dead yet!
Sep 12th 2010 at 6:45:46 AM

I'll join! I suggest Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down. It's not religous so no one should feel uncomfortable. Most of the album is break-up songs.

We're going to spread this shit like Nutella.
SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Sep 12th 2010 at 5:42:27 PM

Alright, my rec is 1987 (What the Fuck is Going on?) by the Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu.

All but one of the songs are available on Youtube ("The Queen and I" is really hard to find, sorry) and if it gets picked I'll link to them in order.

edited 12th Sep '10 5:42:50 PM by SpainSun

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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Sep 13th 2010 at 4:29:17 PM

HAY SAEGLOPUR it's Monday. Which album will be first?

I didn't write any of that.
Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 13th 2010 at 5:14:19 PM

So it is! Don't worry, I hadn't forgotten, I was just leaving it as late as possible to see if we got any more members, but evidently not tongue.

So, with the 10 albums listed in the order that the titles were posted, the random number generator gives us... a 6.

Which means that the first album for the club to listen to is Tiamat - Wildhoney.

Lordnecronus, that means you're up! We'll be needing a link. And we'll have 3 days to listen to it from when the link's posted.

edited 13th Sep '10 5:14:51 PM by Saeglopur

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GuitarBizarre Rage Prone Muso. from Audionexus
Rage Prone Muso.
Sep 14th 2010 at 6:40:42 AM

I'm in. Album submitted is Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding.

"Worst thread plus Guitar Bizarre > Best thread" - Sporkaganza
Lordnecronus dOOOOM from Wales
dOOOOM
Sep 14th 2010 at 9:37:23 AM

Here's Wildhoney for you all to listen to:

  1. "Wildhoney"
  2. "Whatever That Hurts"
  3. "The Ar"
  4. "25th Floor"
  5. "Gaia"
  6. "Visionaire"
  7. "Kaleidoscope"
  8. "Do You Dream of Me?"
  9. "Planets"
  10. "A Pocket Size Sun"

The tracks segue into each-other seamlessly, with the exception of a brief gap between "Gaia" and "Visionaire", so it's best if you stick them all in a playlist in order.

As you've probably guessed by now (due to me being the one to recommend it), Wildhoney is metal; however, its focus is on atmosphere as opposed to being heavy/fast/whatever metal generally focuses on, and it has strong influences from psychedelic and progressive rock, particularly Pink Floyd and King Crimson. There are death growls on some of the tracks, which will probably be off-putting for some around here, but I feel they're used quite tastefully (ie. not like Cannibal Corpse) so hopefully they won't be too much of a problem.

Also, the cover art is awesome.

edited 8th Jan '12 7:17:14 PM by MetaFour

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SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Sep 14th 2010 at 4:09:45 PM

Track 8 wouldn't download, for whatever reason. But listening to the rest of them now.

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Sep 14th 2010 at 4:13:46 PM

'Kay so so far it's some very nice contemplative moments interspersed with "RAAAAARGH LOOK HOW SINISTER OUR CHORDS ARE, BLLLEEEEERRRRF" not liking it, not hating it, kinda meh right now.

on track four. Interesting instrumental thusfar, still don't like the singer.

edited 14th Sep '10 4:22:01 PM by SpainSun

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