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Balain
2012-03-12, 01:31 AM
Was just wondering if people had some favorite local bands. Maybe we can share some good music that doesn't get in the spotlight too often.


From here in Calgary My favorite is Mocking Shadows. (http://www.mockingshadows.com/)

Favorite cd has to be Out of the Blue

Favorite Band from Edmonton, 3 hours north of here, and I thnak my second most favorite band of all time is Captain Tractor (http://www.captaintractor.com/)

Favorite cd is toss up between North of the Yellowhead and Bought the farm

Kindablue
2012-03-12, 02:52 AM
Austin's got a psychedelic rock band called The Black Angels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmqwr8RMCdI&feature=related) that I've been digging on a lot lately. Saw them live last year; hope to do it again soon.

DomaDoma
2012-03-12, 08:19 AM
All my favorite obscure musicians are local to the Pacific Northwest where I don't live, pout pout. But for what it's worth, Leslie Fish and Alexander James Adams top my list. If I knew any local folk artists, it would help.

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2012-03-12, 10:53 AM
Oh boy. I live in Toronto. You know what this means?
It means I have more favourite bands from Toronto and surrounding areas than YOU HAVE BANDS.

Alexisonfire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JNO5nJ0L0U) aren't from Toronto, but St. Catherines is pretty close. They're a post-hardcore band. I've seen them live.

Bedouin Soundclash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOwnRQPA3XA) are a reggae/ska band from Toronto, who I have yet to see live.

Billy Talent (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPg63uxYwN0) used to be my favourite band ever, but I'm not really into them anymore. Again, kinda post-hardcore, screampunk kinda thing. Started in Streetsville, but they live in Toronto now. Seen them live.

The Birthday Massacre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLOfluH8mgQ) are synth-goth, they're pretty amazingly awesome. A friend of mine's uncle directed the video I linked to. Have yet to see them live.

Caribou is also from around here, but I've never really listened to him... He's kinda electronica psychedelica pop, I dunno.

Death From Above 1979, or DFA1979, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahe9BPmMJAc) are an AMAZING dance-punk band from here, that I will be seeing live in July, which I am so amazingly excited for. You cannot imagine how excited I am to see them.

The Demics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwfkpW63Nj8)WERE from London, Ontario, which I'm going to count. Straight-up punk.

Die Mannequin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSuYMgq8TQ) are very local garage grunge punk noisy stuff, but I've managed to completely FAIL at seeing them live. Despite me bumping into Care Failure oh so very often, on account of she works not far from my house.

EDIT: MISCLICKED. Not close to finished, only on D! :smallamused:

EWWW DRAKE. Disapprove. Not going to mention Justin Bieber, despite his going to school here. We are talking GOOD music, after all.

Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzEoIuGNX4) is one of the best violinists I ever heard. He puts his violin through pitch-shifters, delay-pedals, and loops to create the most wonderful and original sounds. He would also be amazing to see live. He's also worked with several other great artists: Arcade Fire isn't going on this list, on account of being Montreal not Toronto, but F***ed Up are on the list.

F***ed Up are one of my favourite bands of all time. They are like, the world's single experimental hardcore band. It actually took me so long to decide which song to show. Ended up doing 2 songs, for the two different "versions" of the band. Their live show (WHICH IS AMAZING AND BLOWS MY MIND) is very different from their studio performance.
In studio, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7J4yKS9i6c) the tracks are layer after layer of feedback and guitar, masterfully interwoven by guitarist 10,000 Marbles.
Live, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_7iqc6tbHs) the band is the Pink Eyes show, as the singer, Pink Eyes, spends almost the entire concert in the audience. I was actually at the gig I posted, right up at the front. It was intense! Got big bear-hugs and chatted with Pink Eyes after the show.

Gordon Lightfoot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzo6Otpgj-E) is a great Canadiana artist, great folksinger. His Canadian Railroad Trilogy, which I linked, I always felt, is like a second Canadian anthem. It was written for Canada's 100th Birthday in 1967. I really think it completely encompasses so much of what Canada IS. Also, I can play the entire thing :smallbiggrin:

Holy F*** (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfDwMbtBgfU)is the second F*** band on this list. Why is my city so potty-mouthed? They're an awesome electronica band.

illScarlett are another band that for some reason I've never seen live. They're ska (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBzkdA4s1UE&ob=av2n)-punk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaYF0IBsABE). Again, couldn't decide which song to post, so posted both.

K-os (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSzpKiARrI) might live in Vancouver now, but he's still a Toronto boy, through and through! Great hip-hop artist. I mean, his greatest hit song even has him walking along various Toronto city streets, and has the line "Walking down Yonge Street on a Friday". Seen him live, and he's DOPE.

Also, when I'm talking about hip-hop, let's take a little deviation from alphabetical to talk about three other notable rappers/rap groups.

Anybody remember Maestro Fresh Wes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzull7scV2Y)? I've had the good luck of seeing him live. He's so good!

Tom Green Organized Rhyme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ctc4daiIZU) were another great white-boy-rap group.

One last rapper from way back when that I loved was Snow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StlMdNcvCJo). He's thus this white guy, but he grew up with all these Jamaican guys, and listened to their music, so when he sings, he has their accent, because that's just where he grew up.

Metric (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEz8N8AT-yo) I've seen live twice, actually, and are pretty damn awesome. Straight-up Toronto indie rock. Fantasies, their 2009 album, is damn near perfect, no lie.

Neil Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd3oqvnDKQk&ob=av2n). Need I say more? The man is a hero to generation after generation.

Our Lady Peace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiB7bEj34-k&ob=av2n) used to be a great alt-rock band in the 90s, but they've really gotten stale since then.

Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rCzCAJJcA)are straight-up glam rock. Love'em. Also, Robin Black also does martial arts pretty well, actually, oh, and for a while he was my mum's hairdresser.

Does this count? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhGu2CDqQqo) :smallamused: Well, Sex Bob-Omb technically are from Toronto, even if all the music is actually by Beck...

The Spoons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJvlNjy6U-M) were from Burlington, but that's kinda close to Toronto, so I'll count them. They were a great New Wave band.

Stan Rogers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI)was from Hamilton, but I'm going to count that too. This song is just amazing.

Tokyo Police Club (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1yS7Jnq7qw) are another great indie band, though I like their first album a LOT more than their later stuff.

Tracenine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgLVNW0CI4M) I've actually played WITH before, their a great local metal band. I don't usually like metal, but I do make exceptions.

Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, or USS, I have seen 2 times already, and aim on seeing them a third time in July. THEY ARE SO AMAZING. How was it they described themselves? Like a campfire after-party with a jungle-rave vibe, progressively two-stepping their way to a dance folk cuddle. Pretty certain Nirvana comes in there somewhere as well. Again, couldn't decide what songs to link. Yo Hello Hooray (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kblj3AEjykM) is off'f their latest album, and is one of the happiest songs I've ever heard. Hollowpoint Sniper Hyperbole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpmC3tVfK2g) was the first song they ever made, which magically picked up radio airplay, so they had to make more songs. They just made it as a one-off, they didn't expect to become a band! Lastly, Laces Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVcUDDlXAHQ), the video gives... a bit of an idea of what their live shows feel like. I could go on for HOURS about the crazy stuff I've seen them do onstage!

The Weeknd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9PuAm7d0PA) has put out god-knows how many songs in the last year, and I still love him. Great local Somali-Canadian kid with one awesome voice.

If I missed anything from Southern Ontario, I apologize.

Moff Chumley
2012-03-13, 01:23 AM
San Francisco Bay Area. There are a ton of well-known bands I could list but I'll just say Dead Kennedys and leave it at that.

As far as small bands go, I don't go to many shows aside from the ones where my band's on the bill... some of my favorite bands we've shared bills with have been Rin Tin Tiger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N8BqDVryCw), Picture Atlantic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpIpOQxk9uo), Fierce Creatures (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58CsP9uPh6c), Ghost and the City, and Owl Paws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqcLninWnY0).

Krazzman
2012-03-13, 05:27 AM
I would say for Aachen there WAS Vişnu (or Visnu The ****) but sadly they broke up before they got any fame or finished mixing their second record...
It was a Thrash Metal Band. Their first release contained only 4 Songs. I even made a Backpatch from their Logo since I'm still don't know what band I should take for my Backpatch...I still walk around with theirs.

Other Bands from Aachen (or surrounding area) would be Decay, Dark Crusade (c***y bas***ds) and Legacy of Vidar (or Vydar?) but I don't really know/like them.

Gensh
2012-03-13, 09:52 AM
The Protomen (http://www.protomen.com/act2.htm)

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2012-03-13, 07:03 PM
I forgot Broken Social Scene, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl3PyTqsc5c) the Barenaked Ladies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch84fmOa414), and Feist, though for some reason I've never really listened to that much Feist, despite liking most everything by her I've heard...

Feytalist
2012-03-14, 06:05 AM
The main problem with me posting in threads like this is no-one will ever have heard of any of the South African bands or musicians I mention (and no, Gwyn, Die Antwoord doesn't count. They're loathsome. :smalltongue:).

But anyway, here goes:

Lark (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FdJFThwnS8) - experimental electronica. I want to marry this woman's voice.
aKing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z5PZJNmZE4) - melodic rock. Has a bit of recognition out of S.A.
Silex - gothic rock. Produced one album and then disbanded. Still one of the greatest examples of the genre I know.
Tonik (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVFUJqUVULU) - atmospheric instrumental percussion world fusion something something. Mixes minimalistic piano with tabla drums and didgeridoo. Pioneered "silent gigs".
Ashton Nyte (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWh9ILBPpkU) - the glam vamp. glam rock / gothic rock / darkwave. Think South African David Bowie.

SlyGuyMcFly
2012-03-14, 06:38 AM
The Protomen (http://www.protomen.com/act2.htm)

The Protomen are a local band for you? So jelly right now :smallbiggrin:

Gensh
2012-03-14, 10:38 AM
The Protomen are a local band for you? So jelly right now :smallbiggrin:

Yeah, I got to go to the Act 1 vinyl release. Managed to snag a drumstick while I was there.

Mo_the_Hawked
2012-03-14, 03:11 PM
Detroit. Hellmouth. Founded by the former frontman of the Suicide Machines.

JabberwockySupafly
2012-03-14, 05:27 PM
Katabasis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVhCVJQA7fY&context=C4277688ADvjVQa1PpcFNlN9hrnGYYPBB9NVrP3gbk HKJbW2KNrYU=), a local Atmospheric Metal band from Central Coast, NSW. I'm actually friends with the band as well, but bonus points for the fact they're crazy talented. Spewing that I missed them last night, they were playing with Anno Domini & Sybreed.

They're working on their second album right now, and I'm itching to hear it.

The Extinguisher
2012-03-15, 02:13 PM
I'm not too familiar with Edmonton's punk scene, unfortunately. I wish I had more to share with you guys.

Look up Mike Headache on YouTube. It should be the first video "pick of the litter". I can't really link to it on my phone right now. I used to work with the guy, and he's fantastic. Take a listen.

Creed
2012-03-16, 03:54 PM
Here in Cincinnati there's a band called Bad Veins which is made up of a few guys and, I kid you not, some sort of music-robot-keyboard thing.
Most of their songs sound the same, but it's a good sound.:smallcool:

Snares
2012-03-20, 12:38 AM
There are probably tons of really great little bands in London that nobody knows about, but worth mentioning are Bleeding Oath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nKcuB9r1LU) (prog metal, I know the guys and they're solid), Talvihorros (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM6MAgVwAYE) (beautiful ambient stuff, just as good live), and Suffer Like G Did (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcRZGz5U47E) (math rock, and have been going away at it for years but not received much attention. The boom in that sorta stuff seemed to pass them by).

I'm spending most of my time up in Lancaster at the moment, though, and by far my favourite Lancastrian band is Demdike Stare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5tGnUKs4VE). I'm really not sure how to describe Demdike Stare, but you should listen to Demdike Stare. Demdike Stare is good.

Moff Chumley
2012-03-20, 12:41 AM
SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARES!

*ahem*

Bleeding Oath's facebook presence amuses me greatly. Wish I could say I liked their music more, but I've almost found myself putting in Bleeding Oath (official) on polls, just for giggles...

Snares
2012-03-20, 12:57 AM
Hi Moff.

And yes, they do have a kinda unique online presence. Only Bleeding Oath could get voted into winning the Best Unsigned Band award in Terrorizer magazine completely by accident.

eyeofsaulot
2012-03-20, 02:31 AM
Austin's got a psychedelic rock band called The Black Angels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmqwr8RMCdI&feature=related) that I've been digging on a lot lately. Saw them live last year; hope to do it again soon.

That was cool. I'll be checking them out.

Anywho, Austin's also got Mother Falcon ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoadDo7YZuw). They're pretty all over the place musically, so the particularly jazzy number I just linked isn't exactly representative of the band's style. Not much would be. They don't use guest musicians or cheap keyboard effects. All the numerous instruments you hear are played by full-time band members.

So give them a listen. I specifically uploaded that track for you guys.

Kindablue
2012-03-20, 08:42 AM
That was cool. I'll be checking them out.

Anywho, Austin's also got Mother Falcon ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoadDo7YZuw). They're pretty all over the place musically, so the particularly jazzy number I just linked isn't exactly representative of the band's style. Not much would be. They don't use guest musicians or cheap keyboard effects. All the numerous instruments you hear are played by full-time band members.

So give them a listen. I specifically uploaded that track for you guys.

I saw them at SXSW last week--really impressive band. They're all really young, too.

eyeofsaulot
2012-03-20, 09:41 AM
I saw them at SXSW last week--really impressive band. They're all really young, too.

Hah yeah, they were all finally in their 20s (pretty sure 24 is the oldest) and then they added a couple younger siblings who are still in high school.

I was helping run the merch stand at their first Scottish Rite Theater show. We may have seen each other! But then again, they played like ten SXSW shows, so that's pretty unlikely. :smalltongue:

Kindablue
2012-03-20, 01:22 PM
Hah yeah, they were all finally in their 20s (pretty sure 24 is the oldest) and then they added a couple younger siblings who are still in high school.

I was helping run the merch stand at their first Scottish Rite Theater show. We may have seen each other! But then again, they played like ten SXSW shows, so that's pretty unlikely. :smalltongue:

Yeah, I talked to one of them (he was a 6'6" blond violinist, I think; I can't for the life of me remember his name) and he said they were mostly students at UT, but that they were all in high school when the band started. They seemed like really cool people.

I saw them at the South By San Jose show. Alejandro Escavedo, Billy Joe Shaver, Barbara Lynn, David Garza, and a lot of other great local acts were there too. It was a lot of fun.

eyeofsaulot
2012-03-20, 07:21 PM
Yeah, I talked to one of them (he was a 6'6" blond violinist, I think; I can't for the life of me remember his name) and he said they were mostly students at UT, but that they were all in high school when the band started. They seemed like really cool people.

I saw them at the South By San Jose show. Alejandro Escavedo, Billy Joe Shaver, Barbara Lynn, David Garza, and a lot of other great local acts were there too. It was a lot of fun.

You might be referring to the one conveniently named Austin. But they've got two tall blond violinists so I can't say for sure. I'd have to look up the other's name and I'm too lazy right now.

Not to go too off the rails. How about another Austin band? I give you the chamber music/post-rock/folk/whatever of Balmorhea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j32VMZDQL0).

Kindablue
2012-03-20, 09:02 PM
You might be referring to the one conveniently named Austin. But they've got two tall blond violinists so I can't say for sure. I'd have to look up the other's name and I'm too lazy right now.

Not to go too off the rails. How about another Austin band? I give you the chamber music/post-rock/folk/whatever of Balmorhea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j32VMZDQL0).

Yes, that was his name. Probably still is. And thanks for the suggestion; I hadn't heard of them and really enjoyed it.

Das Platyvark
2012-03-20, 09:34 PM
Not from my area, but local to the friend who introduced me, is the Petrojvic Blasting Company. (http://www.theblastingcompany.com/)

Moff Chumley
2012-03-20, 11:40 PM
Hot damn, what a coincidence. A good friend of mine's been shoving PBC down my throat nonstop for the last couple months. They've grown on me tremendously, we're planning a roadtrip down to LA at some point just to fanboy at them. :smallbiggrin:

Raistlin1040
2012-03-21, 09:02 AM
Fences (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTvY615lxQw)
Campfire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqZguNNEQys) OK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksLT0Tq4M7E)
The Mansions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPjN-t_m2y0)
The Moondoggies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsrt8LJhGkk)
Fleet Foxes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3L_FAVB0hU)

Kindablue
2012-03-21, 11:01 AM
The Fleet Foxes are from Hawaii?

Raistlin1040
2012-03-21, 11:28 PM
No .

Jimor
2012-03-24, 06:47 AM
There are just so many, and considering I have a YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/jbailey66) where I post live clips of bands and musicians I take, I have a ready source of material for this thread. :smallsmile:

But to pick 2 that folks might find interesting, I'll choose:

Exquisite Corps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFjtAvWKSbw). A full 6-song set from the area's music awards show. Frantic acoustic guitar/vocals, cello, 2 violins, bass, and drums. Even some ballet out front for a few songs. Lush sound that's almost cinematic while still rooted in rock/pop.

Sister Crayon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOfDR0seuHE). Another full-set clip where they headlined the largest club in the area. Terra Lopez fronts this group with high-energy live performances. Hard to describe, maybe a bit of trip hop?, I really haven't ever experienced music quite like this before, so I don't have any good "sounds like" references. But hopping around the video I posted should give you an idea.