Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

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Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:26 pm

Thought I'd create a new topic since I finally got through all 256 albums and got to the field of 64.

I will be listening a little different here in that I will use these matchups to also seed albums into my ranking system. So I will be listening to 10 albums, the 4 in the matchup, 1 from 2017 not seeded in yet, 1 from 2016 not seeded in yet, and 4 ranking between 400-700.

Albums in this game will be commented, others will not, each will have its consequent new ranking in my program.

Currently there's some clumping going on so rankings for same matchups will seem close together, this will be fixed when they get more integrated with more heavily ranked albums.

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The first matchup:

Arzachel - Arzachel (#644)
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds (#647)

Have you ever listened to an album where you were hoping you would hate it? Justin Timberlake is somebody I associate with kind of douchey ‘club poser’ culture. And his lyrics fit right into that image of him. He’s the kind of person who would start a business with Tom Haverford from Parks & Recreation. But unfortunately, the music on this album sounds good. It gets into these nifty dance grooves, smooth enough that you don’t care it’s obnoxiously trendy. Maybe I need to add Sexyback to my guilty pleasure ballot.

Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm (#651)
Bill Evans - Sunday At The Village Vanguard (#650)

Nice quiet conversational jazz.

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (#652)
Nick Cave - Tender Prey (#653)
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (#658)
Mac Demarco - Salad Days (n/a)

I like this kind of simple laid back indie rock, but it needs just a little more to be special rather than just pleasant.

Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears (#657)

The National - The National (N/A)

I like the National style and singing style anywhere, but they just hadn’t found a songwriting groove here yet. They hadn’t yet zeroed on the themes of alienation and the tone of resignation that makes their later work so special.

So FutureSex/LoveSounds is the first album to move on to the semifinals.

Next:
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights
The Housemartins - The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
Velvet Underground - 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed
Saint Etienne - Tales From Turnpike House

Against:
Fever Ray - Plunge
Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
Bjork - Vespertine
Cowtown - Paranormal Romance
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
The Who - The Who Sell Out

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Re: Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:18 pm

The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights

This is far and away the winner here. Jack White sounds amazing live, he virtuousically riffs on the source material and gives every song a new separate life of its own. I’m looking forward to seeing him at the New Orlenas Jazz and Heritage festival in a couple weeks.

Cowtown - Paranormal Romance
Fever Ray - Plunge
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
Bjork - Vespertine
Velvet Underground - 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed

Good raw sounding live album. Lou Reed’s singing style injects a hint of irreverent sarcasm to every song he performs.

Saint Etienne - Tales From Turnpike House

Lately I’ve been finding a lot of music like this, indie pop with airy female vocals, I’ve really gotten into. Whether it be Saint Etienne, Julia Holter, Fever Ray. There aren’t quite the magically beautiful hooks there are on So Tough but an all around strong album.

The Who - The Who Sell Out
The Housemartins - The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death

You can’t go wrong with this kind of power pop with catchy happy melodies.

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Winner: Under The Great White Northern LIghts

Next:
Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters At Newport 1960
Bob Marley - Exodus
The Jam - In The City
The 2 Bears - The Night Is Young

Against:
Blanck Mass - World Eater
Frank Ocean - Blonde
Neil Young - Hitchhiker
These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy

Current semifinal bracket:
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights

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Re: Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Fri May 04, 2018 2:38 am

Neil Young - Hitchhiker
Frank Ocean - Blonde
The Jam - In The City

Can’t get enough of the energy and rawness of the post punk movement.

Blanck Mass - World Eater
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
The 2 Bears - The Night Is Young

The 2 Bears have a cheeky kind of electropop, but somehow it works really well.

Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
Bob Marley - Exodus

Good consistent album that sounds how you expect Bob Marley to sound.

Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters At Newport 1960

A good live blues album, though a little more on the pop side of blues than I prefer.

These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

Semifinal Draw:
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights
The Jam - In The City

Next:
The Doors - Strange Days
Kevin Coyne - Case History
Fennesz - Venice
King Sunny Ade - Juju Music

Against:
Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
Sonny Sharrock - Ask The Ages
Perfume Genius - No Shape
Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave
Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks

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Re: Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Tue May 15, 2018 12:15 am

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
Sonny Sharrock - Ask The Ages
Perfume Genius - No Shape
The Doors - Strange Days

A good Doors album, filled with the kind of playful takes on alienation you now see from The National. A little more catchy and less hard rocking than their biggest albums.

Fennesz - Venice

Fennesz albums are somehow entrancing, with textured ambiance that somehow just draws you in.

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave
King Sunny Ade - Juju Music

I like African pop in general, and this is a good album, but not one that to me particularly stands out within the genre.

Kevin Coyne - Case History

I like the quirky folk and often mental health related lyrics of Kevin Coyne. This album in particular criticizes the experience of having mental health problems and the way people were treated in the early 1970s.

Semifinal draw:
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights
The Jam - In The City
The Doors - Strange Days

Next: John Mayall - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Bjork - Medulla
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun

Against:
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Savages - Adore Life
Wishbone Ash - Argus
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil
Cream - Disraeli Gears

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Re: Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Thu May 17, 2018 9:46 pm

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

I love this kind of jazz that doesn’t conform to any structure and never quite lets you get your brain set to fully anticipate the next measure.

Wishbone Ash - Argus
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun

Noone has that smooth spiritual groove quite like Erykah Badu. Her songs are personal, spiritual, and about the black experience in America without a hint of pretention.

Savages - Adore Life
Bjork - Medulla

The weirdest Bjork album and that’s saying something. The only one I’ve heard that invokes a chorus of other voices chanting. It almost has the function of the backing rhythyms in Afro-pop only has a little more of a hymnal tone and instead of establishing the groove it broadens the emotional context.

John Mayall - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton

The guitar in this album is amazing, but I find the song selection a little constrained. Not that there’s anything wrong with blues albums that mostly play standards and play them extremely well, just I want to see a little more of the performer’s unique personality. When artists are extremely technically skilled but mostly play standards I tend to like them a lot more live than on studio albums.

Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

Semifinal draw:
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights
The Jam - In The City
The Doors - Strange Days

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Next:

New Order - Low Life
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Roy Harper - HQ
Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal

Against:
D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
The Gun Club - Fire Of Love
St Vincent - Masseduction
The Psychadelic Furs - Forever Now

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Re: Jirin's Music Listening Discovery Game - Round 2

Postby Jirin » Mon May 21, 2018 10:25 pm

St Vincent - Masseduction
Roy Harper - HQ
New Order - Low Life

This is a good consistent album that sinks into a nice groove and stays there. It does unfortunately suffer from a lack of variety. Every track evokes the same feelings.

Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal

I love live albums that are unique from the studio source material, and do something you can’t quite get from any other recordings.

Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey

Good raggae. Though as I mentioned the first time around I would have liked to hear the original version before it was diluted for commercial viability.

Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
The Gun Club - Fire Of Love
D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
The Psychadelic Furs - Forever Now

I’m not connecting with this one was much in this round. It has the same basic aesthetic of Talk Talk Talk but songwriting is less focused.

Ironically, HQ lost in the first round to Murder Ballads. If it were in this 2nd round matchup it would have advanced.

Semifinals:
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
The White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights
The Jam - In The City
The Doors - Strange Days

John Coltrane - Giant Steps
New Order - Low Life

Next:
Suicide - Alan Vega/Martin Rev
Basement Jaxx - Remedy
Fela Kuti - Sorrow Tears and Blood
James Brown - Sex Machine

Against:
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
Ben Harper - Call It What It Is
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
Tame Impala - Innerspeakers
Quilt - Held In Splendor
Damien Jurado - Maraqopa


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