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I’m not going to do one (getting over the flu, have to save my breath), but I assume there’ll be oodles of Well Actually to be found here.

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Hey “First Day of My Life” got liked. It’s interesting, I would have guessed that was the over-exposed song, I haven’t heard much else from “Bright Eyes”.

(Guess that’s what I get for first hearing the song in a UK insurance ad.)

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Didn’t like the garage rock? You probably won’t like the noise piece either. Oh, well; I’ve still got 3 songs in the game.

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Glad you liked the Brother Ali, I agree a second verse would be nice, but then again I would listen to him flow over that beat all day. His other stuff is hit or miss. HE’s always good, and while I agree with his politics they’re occasionally overly packaged or a good song ruined by a heavy-handed chorus.

If I had known you didn’t have any Atmosphere, I would’ve just given you five Atmosphere titles. Everything from “You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having” is gold.

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Well, no one likes “Hemingway”, but it’s a song that will get stuck in the corner of your mind and then pop up two years later while you’re waiting for a bus and you suddenly cannot get that horrible, horrible chorus out of your mind and all you can think is “pistol? I thought he used a rifle…”

Basically, it was a trap.

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Cookie McCool said on January 29th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

You need to get ALL the Atmosphere and Brother Ali, and while you’re throwing Rhymesayers a couple bucks you may as well go on ahead and pick up some POS too, because he is damn fun. I don’t know if you can still get Atmosphere’s Strictly Leakage album for free on the Rhymesayer’s website, but if it is still available I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t download that.

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I feel dumb for not including a Bomb the Music Industry song in my five, because everyone needs to listen to BTMI. Glad someone did, though.

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I’m glad to see other people recommended Bright Eyes/Aesop/Atmosphere, and I remember seeing Streetlight Manifesto in the comments on the previous post… all good stuff I’d wished I could fit on my list.

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If you’ve got a thing for indie hip-hop, are you aware of The Herd or Hilltop Hoods?
I’m not sure if either still count as “indie” as far as Australia goes, but I doubt that they’re that well known elsewhere*. If you can deal with strong Aussie accents in your hip-hop, then they’re both worth a listen.

The former is often described as “gypsy hip-hop”, although this usually leads to an argument about whether it is or not, and then music genre classification in general.

*Possibly. I’m a bit out of touch these days.

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Didn’t know you dug ABBA – sorry about that. Of course, that makes you not a bad person, and that’s always a good thing.

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olfactory_ninja said on January 29th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Youch, some of that hit a little hard. But you’ve reviewed 2 of the 5 I posted favorably (with one not yet posted), so that’s not too bad I suppose.

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… and now having watched a few of those mentioned, I have to give particular props to that dude in the “My Machines” clip.

Ask any stunt performer what the shittiest part of their job is, and they’ll usually answer that it’s the “falling down stairs” stunt. Doing it for most of a 4 minute film clip takes some serious dedication.

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Um…I had a B artist in my list (Beats Antique) and I notice they’re not on here. Are they coming up (maybe you parsed the song title, Extra Extra, as the band name?) or did they slip through the cracks?

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Speaking as a guy for whom Peter Gabriel and Bowie are eternally tied for all time favorite artist (and now I’m kicking myself for not sticking some of his more obscure stuff on my list, nor even anything from Robert Palmer’s Clues), that’s not a totally inaccurate observation. Personally the artificiality/ability to see the gears has always been one of the things I’ve always loved about Bowie; that said, “Space Oddity” is nowhere near his masterpiece, man, that’d be Station To Station (song and album).

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Aww. Had you mentioned that dislike of instrumentals in the initial post, I probably would have rethought my recommendations entirely. At the very least I would have went a different Beltaine song – their takes on Foggy Dew / Ye Jacobites by Name, for example.

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Tim O'Neil said on January 29th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

It’s NOT an EP, it’s the A side of an EP that shares the name.

I can’t imagine ANYONE dancing to it – it’s late headphone music if anything ever was.

And while no one has used the phrase “trip-hop” in YEARS, good job picking up on the two-step influence – not a lot of people on this side of the Atlantic even remember two-step, let alone it was a thing. Of course, fewer people would recognize Burial as dubstep, because this is what dubstep sounded like before the bros got to it.

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Like Funkula, it looks like one of my suggestions (Apocalyptica) fell through the cracks.

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Wow.

I guess as the Televisualist snarky reviews are your actual *job*, MGK, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m kinda glad I didn’t get around to suggesting any music before that post got locked. Some of your reviews seem a little… harsh as a response to people being kind enough to reply to your request for recommendations of songs.

I admit that I’m not familiar with the person/blog you took the idea from, so I may have misunderstood the concept. But I thought it was intended more as a “Hey, share some songs you think I might like” and less as a “Hey, toss up some songs you want me to go all Yahtzee on.”

At the very least, this tells me that you and I have very different taste in music. :)

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“Fun stupid country songs that avoid most of the huge country clichés” describes most of Big and Rich’s song library.

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Candlejack said on January 30th, 2014 at 1:05 am

Now I’ve got a better idea of MGK’s tastes, I’m expecting negative to extremely negative reactions to the songs I recommended. And that’s okay. His disdain will in no way influence my own love for them. (If he hates Heart of Steel, though, he has no soul, so that will be good to know.)

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Delighted you liked Butcher the Bar (though not so glad as I am you come down on the right side of the Arctic Monkeys debate RE whether they are any good or not.)

“Bloodied Up” = Sum 41, though? You might as well say The Unforgiven is like Butch Cassidy… because they both involve a shitload of horses.

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Having read some of these, I feel like I should’ve broken my Australian-songs-only theme and rec’d you some William Elliot Whitmore. Ah well, there’s always next time?

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“Ghost of Smokey Joe” is a link to the other Big Bad Voodoo Daddy song

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@Greg P, “kind enough to reply to your request” — I think the kindness is more on MGK’s side — most people are slathering for the chance to advocate for some of their favorite songs in a public forum. (I’m thinking a little harshosity is just par for the course, but I’ll see how I feel when gets to songs I posted that he dislikes.)

Over the years I’ve grown to realize how much “interesting, high contrast, possibly funk-influenced percussion” is to what I dig. So many genres get by on such simple beats- but different strokes for different folks. So of the stuff listed here, thumbs up for the Fitzpleasure and the Brother Ali.

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Holy crap, that Jen Buxton track is really good. I’ll buy what MGK isn’t.

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Just a heads up: the Beware of Darkness song is actually “All Who Remain”, not “Orthodox”. Just so you don’t go looking for the wrong tune if you decide to get it.

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Loved you liked alt-J MGK! They’re doing pretty good in Australia but not sure if they’re doing good overseas yet. I like a their songs but Fitzpleasure is definitely my fave

Hey Thornae, I was considering recommending an Australian hip hop song from Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Bliss n Eso or Drapht but am always hesitant to recommend to people from different countries because of the whole Aussie accent thing

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