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Old 06-23-2010, 12:51 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The Residents are actually mentioned on the first page, just not in elaborate detail. I guess you didn't catch the mention of their eskimo album .. Snakefinger sometimes played with them by the way.

What I've heard from Swans was also a bit boring. I get a bit tired of the fact that weird almost always means eerie or spooky. That's not necessarily a feeling which is very hard to evoke in people, I think. Neither do I think it really requires vast amount of creativity compared to other ways of being creative with music.
Oh, I totally missed the mention of Eskimo, apologies to Skaligojurah. Should've read more carefully.

Well, of course, the weird doesn't have to be spooky. To me it's always something that I can't quite compare to anything else, not just formally but through the feeling it brings in me, unrecognized before. In that sense Swans were very strange when I've heard them, not in a spooky way but through the almost unbearable darkness. Like all the other gloomy music I heard before was just romantically playing with dark and they were fully there with no way out.

And I think it takes a lot of creativity for such a slow, minimal and repetitive music to hold the attention of the listener. Well, since you find it a bit boring, maybe it doesn't hold your attention, but it certainly holds mine.

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I'm not sure what do you mean by this. Why wouldn't they count?
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #22 (permalink)
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dankrsta you really need to look into Caroliner......i am positive they are right up your alley....

Swans and Michael Gira's work in general...in my opinion are sheer bliss...although i completely see how they come off as boring and pretentious...i don't feel they are in way....i also think you should explore their latter albums....Gira stated in numerous interviews that he was tired of being lumped into a "aggressive noise" group....and in the later albums found new ways to explore noise and i guess pain through melody and instrumentation versus pounding guitar and drum....it's just a much more fluid sound while achieving the same feeling and message

i also think that Crispin Glover should be mentioned here....his one album is beyond weird
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....i also think you should explore their latter albums....Gira stated in numerous interviews that he was tired of being lumped into a "aggressive noise" group....and in the later albums found new ways to explore noise and i guess pain through melody and instrumentation versus pounding guitar and drum....it's just a much more fluid sound while achieving the same feeling and message
I have their whole discography, I'm a big fan. And I like their later albums as much as earlier ones. (EDIT: ^^If that was addressed to me)

I'll look into Caroliner, thanks.
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Shpongle have a talent in which they can be very strange, but also very accessible and easy to listen to. They combine eastern musical influences with dub, psychedelic, and whatever else they decide to throw in there.


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Shpongle have a talent in which they can be very strange, but also very accessible and easy to listen to. They combine eastern musical influences with dub, psychedelic, and whatever else they decide to throw in there.


Sigh- Japanese Post-Black-Disco-Metal. Guaranteed to emotionally confuse any stereotypical metalhead!
I love both of these. I only got into Sigh a couple months ago, but have been listening to them a ton. I've been a Shpongle fan for ages.

I'm not saying someone just listening to Shpongle couldn't like them...they are intensely talented and creative and make some of the best electronic music I've ever heard...but let's face it that music is made for drugs.

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I too need to check out Caroliner.

I think some of the Sun City Girls' music is also some of the strangest I've heard. I should've included them in my first post, but for some reason forgot all about them despite my avatar!
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^^ I never got into Sun City Girls. I know, unexplainable. I've heard some of their songs and liked them, but never heard the whole albums. I will change that as soon as possible. What would you recommend me for the start?
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i had never even heard of the Sun City Girls until today....i looked at their site and they have quite an impressive discography.....i 2nd suggestions

i saw Sigh open for Thrones years ago....great live band....just never really caught on to their recorded stuff
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I think the best place to start (that I know of) would be either Torch of the Mystics or Horse Cock Phepner ... those are probably my two favourites, and they're more accessible than some of the other stuff I've heard as well.

They have lots of releases but not all of them are particularly good, they released some jams they did which are basically just improvised guitar noodling sessions, and they're not very good at all. Quality control has never been Sun City Girls' strongest area, but when they're at their best, they are one of my favourite bands.
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