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Old 12-11-2011, 08:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I agree with you on both points. I used "standard" in the wrong context I think.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I tend to think of Standard as a band thats just going through the motions like the Foo Fighters, or U2, or as I said before - Coldplay. Like they've kept producing the same ol' song and you sort or know what you're getting when you listen to a track by them.

As for your other comparisons, I don't know if I'd compare acts like The Flaming Lips, SFA, or NMH to MGMT, FTP, or Passion Pit. To me theres a spacey-distant quality to the latter bands that I don't get from the former, and I think thats one of the aspects I really enjoy. I get the same sense from songs like: (All listed to triangluate my coordinates on what the hell I'm talking about)

"Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Trap
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Bands I like with a similar sound...? Quite tough. I really like Beach House's "Teen Dream" and I think I would by lying if I said I didn't really enjoy MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" at least when it first came out.

Best coast are a good example of a band that is hit or miss. I enjoy the songs "Boyfriend" and "When I'm with You", but the rest of the album is a slight drag because it is not focused enough. It's not bad by any means, but it doesn't stand out in any way.

One problem I have is placing bands like The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, The Breeders, The Polyphonic Spree, Animal Collective, Neutral Milk Hotel, Super Furry Animals etc. alongside the ones mentioned. If they are considered similar, I would say I enjoy them more.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:34 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Are we still talking about the same genre here? 30 Seconds to Mars are absolutely nothing like Foster the People...
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Are we still talking about the same genre here? 30 Seconds to Mars are absolutely nothing like Foster the People...
I know that. I didn't say they sounded like them.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:44 PM   #25 (permalink)
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How could animal Collective be considered in the same universe a these guys or other indie rock-pop bands? Especially when Best Coast comes into play.
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How could animal Collective be considered in the same universe a these guys or other indie rock-pop bands? Especially when Best Coast comes into play.
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One problem I have is placing bands like The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, The Breeders, The Polyphonic Spree, Animal Collective, Neutral Milk Hotel, Super Furry Animals etc. alongside the ones mentioned. If they are considered similar, I would say I enjoy them more.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:19 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Yeah, see that's not what I would call Standard. In truth, I don't think it would be possible to denote any music as standard, as there is no musical standard... There is standard within a genre, true. Had you said "Standard Alt/Indie-pop", or something similar, I would have been more inclined to agree out of hand.
best thing said is this thread... Came into this thread because I think Foster the people is an awesome band... from the name to the music.

funny story, In Toronto we have a major Alternative station and a bunch of top 40 stations, which all sound the same and play an awful set of urban trash and cornball chart music, besides the point. Edge, Alternative station , starts killing Pumped up Kicks and push Foster the people as this indie rock band. Then the album drops, and Edge pretty much erased Pumped up Kicks from memory as the rest of the world learned just how pop cultured the Torches album actually was. Was a funny summer end result being Pumped up Kicks being in heavy rotation for about half of the year .

I think the album is great tho. First listen I could tell they were from Sunny California. It's just so cheery, everything was so cheery. My favourite songs
have to be Hustling and Miss you but the whole thing is one collage of a general idea. Which is important to me with any album.

I also feel like Pumped up Kicks doesn't sit within the demographic of the sessions that made this album. Most likely it was the first recorded song. It was a great song but Torches is upbeat, electronic and poppy. I find it hard to call it alternative at all honestly. Still think it's great tho.
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I discovered them a while back now, I actually love Foster The People. Ill edit this later.
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funny story, In Toronto we have a major Alternative station and a bunch of top 40 stations, which all sound the same and play an awful set of urban trash and cornball chart music, besides the point. Edge, Alternative station , starts killing Pumped up Kicks and push Foster the people as this indie rock band. Then the album drops, and Edge pretty much erased Pumped up Kicks from memory as the rest of the world learned just how pop cultured the Torches album actually was. Was a funny summer end result being Pumped up Kicks being in heavy rotation for about half of the year .

I think the album is great tho. First listen I could tell they were from Sunny California. It's just so cheery, everything was so cheery. My favourite songs
have to be Hustling and Miss you but the whole thing is one collage of a general idea. Which is important to me with any album.

I also feel like Pumped up Kicks doesn't sit within the demographic of the sessions that made this album. Most likely it was the first recorded song. It was a great song but Torches is upbeat, electronic and poppy. I find it hard to call it alternative at all honestly. Still think it's great tho.
I'm still waiting on the aforementioned 'funny story'
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