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    Current Favorites?

    Anybody wanna take a stab at listing let's say a top five of favorite bands or performers you would consider current? I don't wanna make things difficult or anything, so I'll make the guidelines only that they must have released a recored within the last 2 years and their first record should be from the 90s at the earliest. I'll list five in no order...

    The White Stripes
    Erykah Badu
    Massive Attack
    Beck
    Handsome Family

    Just a starting point. I'm sure there are active artists I just haven't heard enough of or that have pretty smallish outputs that would otherwise make the list. Some of my favorite recent records are from people that I've only heard the one record from and would have to hear them put something more out before I'd add them. I should I could probably pretty easily expand the list to a top ten or more even of folks with decent output, but I wanted to make it limiting so I'm not even gonna mention 'em.

    Who else wants to make a list?

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    Well, my list is considerably different from yours . . . but what else is new, right?

    Porcupine Tree
    Grandaddy
    Calexico (they get progressively better with each release)
    Ben Folds (especially his solo stuff)
    Yazbek

    There are many others.

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    I do like Grandaddy. If I wouldn't have limited myself to five, I may have used them, although I think I should hear more beyond Sunday before I really praise them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    Anybody wanna take a stab at listing let's say a top five of favorite bands or performers you would consider current??
    I assume they still have to be performing (thus, no Dismemberment Plan or Elliott Smith) and off the top of my head:

    The Shins
    Clinic
    Destroyer
    Sleater-Kinney
    Built To Spill
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Excellent question (and sound criteria)!

    Five off the top of my head:

    The Strokes
    Outkast
    Jay-Z
    Radiohead
    The White Stripes

    Honorable mention goes to Grandaddy for being a sentimental fave, as I love seeing them live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    Anybody wanna take a stab at listing let's say a top five of favorite bands or performers you would consider current? I don't wanna make things difficult or anything, so I'll make the guidelines only that they must have released a recored within the last 2 years and their first record should be from the 90s at the earliest. I'll list five in no order...

    The White Stripes
    Erykah Badu
    Massive Attack
    Beck
    Handsome Family

    Just a starting point. I'm sure there are active artists I just haven't heard enough of or that have pretty smallish outputs that would otherwise make the list. Some of my favorite recent records are from people that I've only heard the one record from and would have to hear them put something more out before I'd add them. I should I could probably pretty easily expand the list to a top ten or more even of folks with decent output, but I wanted to make it limiting so I'm not even gonna mention 'em.

    Who else wants to make a list?
    Right now, today, my list of five that more or less fit the litmus test looks like this, not in any order:

    Handsome Family
    John Vanderslice
    Songs: Ohia
    British Sea Power
    Decemberists
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    I think my 5 would all be from the jam band scene.

    Derek Trucks Band
    moe.
    Widespread Panic
    Galactic
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band

    T-

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    Current artists that I'd probably buy any new release right now include
    Califone
    PJ Harvey
    Modest Mouse
    Wilco
    Moonbabies

    ...and if I had five more picks, although most of these are now at the iffy point since I probably already have enough....
    Laika
    Built To Spill
    Bjork
    Cat Power
    Portishead

    ...and another five new to me ones that I would very likely buy any new release but only have a one album history with so far...
    Notwist
    Broken Social Scene
    Over The Rhine
    British Sea Power
    The Libertines
    Last edited by Davey; 02-11-2004 at 09:48 PM.

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    One correction:

    One correction to my earlier list: Delete White Stripes from my list and add Wilco instead. Davey reminded me; I had forgotten about them for some reason. White Stripes is an Honorable mention but I don't 100% love Elephant.

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    Good thread. Interesting how many people have listed British Sea Power. I have to check this one out some more. The one song that I've heard (was that Davey's comp?) I liked.

    Anyway, my list is totally different.

    The Trews
    Three Days Grace (who totally rocked in concert last night!)
    Porcupine Tree
    Dream Theater
    IZZ

    Honourable mention to Jack Johnson whose CD, On and On, I'm really enjoying.

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    Off the top of my head........

    I'm sort of infatuated with these groups at present:

    Strokes

    The Vines

    Interpol

    British Seapower

    ......trail of dead

    5 is kind of restrictive though cause I could easily add 20 more.

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    all I can think of

    Only heard 1 cut but 1 deserving starving young artist:

    One Man Army

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    Super Furry Oxes
    Modest Mastodon
    Built To Spoon
    The Death Cab Procession
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Pharmacists

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    My five:

    Beck
    Eminem
    The Hives
    White Stripes
    David Johansen & The Harry Smiths


    Then I have a few honorable mentions:

    Bebel Gilberto, Electric Six, Green Day, Wilco, D4, the Strokes.

    And since the artist must not have released anything prior to the 90s, this disqualifies a few noteworthy artists, one of whom (Nick Cave) certainly would've eked onto my list:

    Nick Cave, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams

    Edit: add Steve Earle to that, also.
    Last edited by MindGoneHaywire; 02-12-2004 at 10:28 AM.

    I don't like others.

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    My current 5 are...

    In no particular order

    The Strokes
    Tosca
    Beck
    The Stills (thanks JC they came yesterday)
    Joe Henry

    If I had to pick one it might be Beck I don't think I've stopped playing Sea Change at least once a week since it came out.

    Cheers
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    I just have to toss out one more since I've been really diggin their newest and let it slip my mind when I was making the list yesterday.

    Air

    Also wanna agree that Sea Change never gets far from me, likely one of my most played discs since I got it. And, I really should have included OutKast somewhere too.

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    Built to Spill
    Luna
    The White Stripes
    Spoon
    P.J. Harvey
    "I don't know. A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." The Right Honourable JC.

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    Damn I must be getting old and cranky because I can't think of anybody with a free pass at the moment... music ain't what it used to be, blah blah.

    Massive Attack did have one but then so did Tricky.

    Prefuse 73 probably has had one but whether he's worth it... Cannibal Ox I'd definitely be interested in again, El P, RjD2 the whole Def Jux thing. I'd definitely be interested in Dalek's next production.

    Jeff Mangum/NMH, now there's a guy worth supporting.

    Mostly I guess I let you guys filter the airwaves ;-)

    Chris.

    PS Four Tet and Manitoba are worth another go round.
    Last edited by chrisnz; 02-12-2004 at 08:11 PM. Reason: Ops I fergott

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    Cool These 5 Do It For Me....

    Many suggestions above would be on this list, too.

    Nevertheless, I thought I'd add a few that have not been mentioned, yet:

    Gomez
    The Flaming Lips
    Yo La Tengo
    Ani Difranco
    Twilight Singers

    Ani's latest is 'da bomb.

    Cheers,
    audiobill

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    Lightbulb Five Faves (still making albums)

    Opeth
    Porcupine Tree
    Meshuggah
    King Crimson
    Fugazi

    I hate being limited to five. Here's a few more:

    The White Stripes
    John Spencer Blues Xplosion
    The Mars Volta
    Cave In (kinda mixed on this one, though; Antenna wasn't too great)
    Jerry Cantrell
    Wilco
    Modest Mouse
    The Shins
    Sigur Ros
    Neil Young
    My Morning Jacket
    Mastodon
    Queens Of The Stone Age (assuming they are still around)
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    uh yea..

    Flaming Lips
    Mercury Rev
    Tool
    Radiohead
    Cave In (yes, ANTENNA was step back.. but I have faith)
    Mojave 3 (haven't heard the new one yet though)

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    The Replacements

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    Curve
    Garbage
    Beborn Beton
    Project Pitchfork
    The Crown
    Porcupine Tree
    Opeth
    Alpinestars (might be of the "current infatuation" variety, since I only just discovered them)
    Third Eye Foundation/Matt Elliot

    I don't know, I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
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    Portishead
    Also, I don't think they quite qualify as current, anymore, since they broke up. I mean, yeah, that live thing they won't out with might have been laika 6 years ago...
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    Pineapple Tree
    Korai Orom
    Circle
    Salvatore
    Porcupine Tree

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    Nice list Slosh, but how about these...

    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    Super Furry Oxes
    Modest Mastodon
    Built To Spoon
    The Death Cab Procession
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Pharmacists
    The Flaming Wrens
    Broken Social Distortion
    The Twilight Mints

    just to name a few.

    Swish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    The Flaming Wrens
    Broken Social Distortion
    The Twilight Mints

    just to name a few.

    Swish
    just one more:

    A Perfect Tool

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