Bands I plan to review some day

  • 10/10/12: Alright - time to update this list, as it's 2012 and I'm not really interested in half these artists anymore. Instead of breaking things down into seperate categories, I'll just list the artists that you may see sometime in the future. I know that realistically, these are not all going to happen. But if you comment below, I may wind up getting to whoever you request sooner. Because I really have no direction. Lets go:
  • Adrian Belew: I only knew this guy from King Crimson but wound up liking his Side One/Side Two/Side Three albums a decent amount. Plus his earlier solo work gets tons of props. So I may get way into him someday.
  • Akiko Yano: Ryuichi Sakmoto's ex-wife put out dozens of albums worth of piano-based pop. In addition to this she possessed one hell of a voice (if you're into voices that sound really nasally, that is)
  • Amon Duul II: Like the first three or so albums plus Wolf City, kind of reluctant to get into too much more. Still, I guess if I'm going to cover all these other German rock bands, I might as well be complete.
  • Andrew W.K.: Is there more to the guy than I Get Wet? You'd be surprised. I really liked the Close Calls With Brick Walls album and consider it one of 2006's unheralded masterpieces, especially with the career-spanning extra disc that my copy came with. He's better than you think!
  • Aphex Twin: I'll definitely get his main albums on here at some point, though I don't know how much of his multiple alter-egos I really want to delve into. You know what they say, once you've heard 15 albums of AFX acid, don't bother with the other 15.
  • Aphrodite's Child: The non-666 albums are surprisingly okay. I will also get around to Vangelis at some point though I may have to stop before reaching "Chariots of Fire". Demis Roussos's solo career may have to wait a while. Though I actually like what I've heard of it. (kind of triggers my gag reflex though)
  • Autechre: Slowly getting into these guys. There's "difficult" music, then there's stuff like this that doesn't sound good until you've heard it a dozen times. And I haven't even heard the later albums yet. No idea how I'm going to review them. They are really beyond words.
  • Barnes and Barnes: Another artist I want to extoll the virtues of, even though they A) sing in cartoon voices and B) will never be known for anything other than "Fish Heads", even though NOTHING else they've done sounds like it. Oh well.
  • The Beatles: A bunch of dudes from Liverpool who wrote some good stuff, a while ago. It is necessary that I comment on every one of their songs.
  • Bjork: I have some fascination with her for essentially getting a free pass to be weird and sell millions of records. I am not really crazy about her songwriting skills but she definitely seems to hook up with some top-notch talent. I recently found out that yes, that is actually her speaking voice as well.
  • The Books: "I decided to put currency from every nation into a dryer, turned it upside down, and filtered the sound through a Johnson modulator. The resulting sound was perfect for a two-second snippet I was trying to fill in the bridge of 'There is no There'." -actual excerpt from Zaummto's blog
  • Boredoms: One of the all-time great noise bands turned into one of the all-time great Kraut-revival bands.
  • The Bran Flakes: I really do love this "plunderphonics" band and am kind of obsessed with the name of its leader, Otis Fodder. Great name, Otis! Basically, this is what I wish Negativland sounded like.
  • Brian Eno: Big fan of the Eenman, but here's the problem - his four vocal albums are all absolute classics, but anyone who stumbles upon this site probably knows that already, and it's really hard to write reviews for two dozen albums that feature nothing but a couple plonking piano keys for an hour straight.
  • Can: Apologies to Neu! and Faust, but this has got to be one of the greatest German groups ever, if not the greatest. Their 2012 Lost Tapes release gets mega props for not only being an incredible box set but one that is ACTUALLY made out of tapes that were lost, unlike a zillion other "lost" albums.
  • Cardiacs: One of my favorite bands ever. I feel like they were created specifically to appeal to everything I like in music. Almost all their fans feel this way as well. I've never met anyone lukewarm on Cardiacs. If you like them, they're pretty much your favorite band. If you don't, well, what's the difference, because how many people are going to try to force THESE guys down your throat?
  • Cluster: Including solo works, particuarly all 400 Roedelius albums. Both of these guys were incredible innovators who never really enjoyed the same re-appraisal as say, Can or Neu!, but their influence can be felt everywhere all the same.
  • Colonial Cousins: "Something in the way you smile, you may never know the reason why". Yep. Those guys.
  • Cornelius: He's one of the few guys out there working today with a totally unique approach. Yes, he draws on a dozen influences, but who doesn't these days? I love how you can instantly pick out any one of this guy's remixes because he tends to use the same sounds over and over again.
  • Daft Punk: Disclaimer - I do not really like these guys, outside of Discovery (through about track 5) and Alive 2007. But then I get to remark about how much better Underworld is.
  • Daler Mehndi: The King of Bhangra demands I review all his sweet, soul-enlightening music. Who am I to say no?
  • Dan Deacon: One of my favorite "new" composers. I always thought his public persona short changed him quite a bit. In reality he's Neil Cicierega with loads of musical talent. Lately, I feel like he may be the next Steve Reich.
  • Datarock: A personal favorite of mine, despite the fact they've only released two albums so far. As far as New Wave revival goes, this is one of the few bands that I feel really gets it right, perhaps because they don't try to capture the soul of it as much as they do make you want to wiggle your ass.
  • David Bowie: Kind of approaches "why bother?" territory but maybe, someday.
  • Dschingis Khan: Okay, I just put this on here to see who was paying attention. Can you believe they have FIVE albums of original material, the latest of which was released in 2007?
  • Echolyn: American prog from the 90's? Sometimes two wrongs do make a right!
  • Elvis Costello: Awesome lyricist, good songwriter, kinda crappy singer. But man, those first six or so albums are great.
  • Falco: The pride of Vienna will one day come to this webpage. Einzelhaft is really a classic album that nobody's willing to give any credit to. Come on, folks.
  • The Fall: I swear I won't turn into Mark Prindle and review all fiftysome live albums/bizarro comps/bootlegs. I'll just stick to the insane amount of studio albums, thank you.
  • Fantastic Plastic Machine: Relatively unknown Japanese DJ who does right by the old lady of Shibuya-kei. Early albums are surprisingly well made. Later albums are, uh, well they exist.
  • Fatboy Slim: If only because I really did have all this guy's albums as a kid. Shouldn't take long.
  • The Feelies: Have some pretty strong memories of doing community service and listening to The Good Earth all day. Crazy Rhythms used to be my go-to pick for "classic album that nobody knows about", except everyone kinda knows about it now.
  • Field Music: A modern group that's invoked comparisons to XTC, Todd Rundgren, and even the freakin' Beatles. I assure you they are not quite that exciting, but I dig their albums anyway.
  • Fluke: What if there was an Underworld with only half the talent? Don't get me wrong, these guys can write melodies, and I even enjoy their "singer" from time to time, but their good stuff seems to work in spite of itself. With only what, five albums or so, I can quickly run this down.
  • Fragile: This Japanese fusion group strikes me as a hell of a lot better than most jazz-fusion I've heard. Big shout out to whoever it was that gave me a copy of Phantom all those years back.
  • Frank Zappa: I have a love/hate relationship with Zappa. I don't think anyone can really deny how brilliant the guy is when he's on, but I'm a little scared of venturing past say, 1970 with this guy. I've been there and it's not always pretty. Still, my site would be incomplete without him.
  • Funkadelic/Parliament: Okay, are you really going to get around to covering fifty or so George Clinton albums too? Not at this rate, but a man can dream. Another band that's really great but I kind of have limited time to tell you about them.
  • Future Islands: I do find their singer to be oddly charming, and I've met him in person a few times. Luckily I happen to like their music as well.
  • Gary Numan: Here's a little Numafact for you; it only took me a month to devour those first four albums. The next four took me several years. Now I'm on his Outlands period. But you want to be comprehensive, so you put yourself through it. What I'm saying is, should the Numan page appear, it probably means I've put myself through some bad times.
  • Genesis: More classic prog. Another band that I was obsessed with back in '05, now just begrudgingly going through the later albums (which are really not as bad as they could have been).
  • Gordon Lightfoot: Dedicated to all the nights I would drive down the highway and just "Gord out". This man's vibrato deserves a page of its own. Makes me proud to say I live in the North.
  • Har Mar Superstar: Thank my uncle for this one.
  • Harry Nilsson: Has a serious claim as "greatest singer of all time". Plus, the way he intentionally tanked his career following his biggest album is fascinating.
  • Haruomi Hosono: This guy is the bassist from YMO and creator of some of the most cerebral music I've ever heard. My favorite of all the ex-YMO solo careers.
  • Ippu-Do: Pretty good Japanese New Wave group that few have heard of.
  • Jean Michel Jarre: I was about to disown this guy for going all New Age on us until I realized that his later albums are actually embarrassing technophilic nightmares, which if nothing else keeps my interest.
  • Jun Togawa: Plus Guernica and Yapoos. One of the greatest singers I've heard from any country, though you have to build up some tolerance for her rather eccentric style. Kind of a current obsession (on this 11th day of October, 2012).
  • Junior Boys: Slick electropop for the new millenium. Last Exit is still a real gem and maybe one of the decade's best.
  • The Kinks: I admit, I was one of those "Ray Davies is a better songwriter than Lennon and McCartney!" guys before I even really got into the Beatles. I still stand by that a little, but man you really have to pick and choose with these guys. Another band I'd review sooner if there weren't so many damn albums.
  • KLF: I like them more as a social experiment than an actual band, but at least their discography is small and they're fun to talk about.
  • Klaus Schulze: In theory, I will review this guy's albums one day. As soon as I can tell them apart.
  • Kurtis Blow: On the "I might as well" pile, since I've (unfortunately) heard all of his albums.
  • LCD Soundsystem: Isn't it weird how everyone instantly forgot about this guy as soon as the final concert was over? James Murphy has technique, I'll give him that. Just not a whole lot of original ideas. That said, even at three albums, his former band's legacy is really something. I appreciate his obsession with "doing things the right way, according to James Murphy".
  • Lemon Demon: AKA Neil Cicierega, a guy I've been following since we were both 15.
  • Lo-Fidelity All-Stars: Because someone has to rep for them.
  • Magma: I've been getting into Zeuhl in a big way. Wondering what I've been missing this whole time. Mad at myself for ignoring that one guy who was telling everyone how great this band was.
  • Mano Negra/Manu Chao: I like these guys up to the point where I realize that they're kind of the Spanish version of Sublime. But they do have a lot more style.
  • Max Tundra: I would really love to see this guy's record collection. He's a big prog-head and Cardiac-booster, but his music is something else entirely. He's built a career out of making those wonky little moments that stick in your head.
  • Michael Jackson: Was gonna do this to honor his death, but I suppose I am getting late. He may have a pretty substantial post-mortem discography by the time I get around to it.
  • Modest Mouse: As a tribute to my younger self, sure.
  • Moonriders: Their album Christ, Who's Gonna Die First? came out 20 years ago. And they're still going. Keiichi Suzuki is one of those odd musicians whose work many people are a *little* familiar with, and yet, almost no English-language information exists on him.
  • Moxy Fruvous: Irritating as hell, but I didn't listen to all their albums for nothing.
  • Nick Lowe: I guess I don't really have anything to say about him.
  • OMD: I tried to get brushed up on all sorts of "classic" New Wave like Depeche Mode and New Order, and yet these guys wound up the only one I actually wanted to listen to. That said, would it kill these guys to crack a smile now and then. You're not the goddamn Swans, okay?
  • P-Model/Susumu Hirasawa: This one is going to be my thesis, the one page on which my entire website is judged. Because Hirasawa is virtually unknown in the Western world outside of his soundtrack work, and by ignoring him I think they're making a huge mistake. So it's my duty to the ten or so regular readers of this page to let them in on this guy. Easily one of my favorite musicians ever.
  • Pet Shop Boys: Despite their slick, easily digestable synthpop sound, it took me like three tries to get into the 'Boys. And now I just can't get enough. This is technopop for grown ups.
  • Plastics: Often called the "Japanese B-52's", except their lyrics are better (and they don't even really speak English!)
  • Porcupine Tree: Hmmm, just typing this out I realize their name is a pun on "pine tree". I'll be honest, this isn't *really* my style, but Steven Wilson is such a perfectionist in everything he does that I can't help marvelling at the records.
  • Presidents of the United States of America: An old favorite. Seeing them live in 2009 was one of those deep "circle of life" type moments.
  • Primal Scream: My opinions on these guys are going to be totally boring and predictable, but nonetheless, I plan to write them.
  • R. Kelly: I'd have this page up already if all his albums weren't 50% longer than they needed to be.
  • Randy Newman: Five stars, one star, it's all the same to me.
  • Rip Slyme: If they made better videos, then they would probably be doing what PSY is doing now with "Gangnam Style".
  • Robert Wyatt: Another musician I can't help but respect the hell out of. May legitimately be one of the nicest people in the world. This is truly a five star person (the music, however, ho ho ho !!)
  • Roxy Music: I wonder why these guys aren't talked about as much as the Heads. Way, way ahead of their time, and they made about as many great albums too. A big "hell no" to Ferry's solo career though.
  • Ruins: Boy, you wouldn't think a bass/drums/vocal duo would be the most irritating band on the planet, and yet here they are. Yoshida is something of a combination of Christian Vander and Carl Palmer, which can only mean I want to listen to every single thing he's done.
  • Rush: No, really!
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Sock it to me, Sakamoto!
  • Scooter: Sure, they shameless copied everyone around them who achieved any modicum of success and made millions in the process, and yeah, maybe their albums are all badly effected by tight deadlines, but if you can't enjoy "I'm Raving" or "How Much is the Fish?" what kind of person are you really?
  • The Sea and Cake: An old favorite. Still going too. I'll probably get Prekop's solo career and Shrimp Boat in there too.
  • Simon Bookish: Maybe when he releases another album...
  • Soul Coughing: They were one of those bands that was about so much more than just their frontman. So naturally Doughty is doing everything in his power to convince people just how much better they would have been had they just listened to him all along. Not that he isn't a good songwriter but I don't think he really understood the appeal of his former band.
  • Squarepusher: Though I'm really getting sick of him lately. Still, I know all his albums...
  • Stone Roses: Why not?
  • Sufjan Stevens: Should you buy Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas Vol. III or Songs for Christmas Volume 8: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage? Tune in and find out!!
  • Swans: Christ, these guys make Trent Reznor look like Bill Cosby. I'd like to thank the 1990's for that reference.
  • Talking Heads: Because everybody likes them, and what kind of review site would this be without a Heads page?
  • Tangerine Dream: Okay, this will never happen.
  • Telex: What are they, the Kraftwerk of Belgium? Come on folks. You need some more Telex in your lives.
  • TLC: I want to cover a couple of the 90's bands that I loved so much back in the day. Curiously I never liked TLC that much until now. *shrugs* Okay, this review page is a 100 to 1 shot.
  • Todd Rundgren: I can definitely see what it is about this guy that irritates so many people. Like the Beatles, you get the feeling that by the time he hit 30, he really had nothing left to prove. (and it kind of shows, unfortunately)
  • Van der Graaf Generator: My current favorite "classic prog" band. Yes, I will probably cover the 30-some solo Hammill releases as well. I'm really sick of all the "they weren't as talented as King Crimson/Yes/Genesis" talk. First of all, they were incredibly talented. Secondly, their music did not really invite much guitar and they didn't need someone with the jazzy touch of Billy Bruford. This is a peerless band.
  • Wall of Voodoo: Devo fans really need to get Call of the West.
  • Yes: I don't trust anyone who doesn't like Yes. It's like, come on!
  • Yukihiro Takahashi: I don't assign extra stars for handsomeness, but I may change my mind.
  • 808 State: Not sure how much I really like this band, but they're important enough that I feel I should mention them.
Author Comments: 

Here's a list of bands that someday, I plan to review, along with a few comments on them. If you see a band you like here, feel free to post a comment and I'll review it sooner.

Glad to see you'll be writing articles on Aphex Twin and Underworld (the latter being one of my favorites bands ever).

Indeed, UW are just fantastic. I've been into them for nearly 10 years, when I was just a kid listening to Beacoup Fish every day on his paper route. dubnobass and Everything, Everything were pretty much the soundtrack to my last two years of high school. It'll probably be hard to be real objective ;)

Heheh...I've only been listening to them for the last 3 years. I actually still need to listen to Everything, Everything as well 100 Days Off. I haven't heard their earlier synth-pop stuff either.

This is how I'd personally rank the other albums:

-Dubnobasswithmyheadman - 10/10
-Second Toughest in the Infants - 10/10
-Beaucoup Fish - 9/10
-Oblivion with Bells - 8/10

I absolutely love A Hundred Days Off. I didn't think very much of it until I recently relistened to it and realized how fantastic it really is. There are 10 great tracks without a filler. The best for me are: Two Months Off, Little Speaker, Dinosaur Adventure 3D and Luetin, although as I already said all of them are great. Even that guitar interlude is good.

Oblivion With Bells is also growing on me with every single listen, and I kinda changed my mind - I think they can function very well (or even better) without D. Emerson.

I'd also love to do an Orbital list, although I want to do some others first. I wanted to start with Mouse On Mars, what do you think abou them? I think they're great, especially their early stuff.

The problem for Underworld is that their early stuff is so great that any album they put out that's just 'good' would be a disappointment. I bought AHDO when it came out and it took 2-3 years before I really started to like it. It's much more subtle than their previous work. OWB I feel is pretty great as well. I think the biggest reason why most UW fans think the band has 'lost it' since Emerson left is because they don't get to hear all the good stuff. I admit the Riverrun series got off to kind of a rocky start (although "JAL to Tokyo" still rules), but the second and third releases were fantastic, taking the band in a direction we haven't really heard before. There's a number of really great but unreleased tracks floating out there that for some reason weren't on OWB, the kind that are just as good as their early work. They're still a band to be excited about.

Orbital should be coming soon. I don't listen to them so much anymore but I really really thought that a few of their albums were just fantastic. I was very excited for the Glastonbury live collection, and the performances were ace, but the sound quality's a little off. I think I might relisten to all their albums again soon.

As for Mouse on Mars - I've only listened to Vulvaland, which I didn't really get into yet - it seems like a nice album, but it's subtle. I do have the Von Sudenfed album and I really like it. I've heard a lot of great things about them so no doubt I'll be picking up their albums soon.

Cheers for the comments on some of my TMBG stuff - hope to see some reviews of their albums from you at some point soon :-)

It's coming, but their discography is huge (I have pretty much everything that's ever been available), and besides all I would do is rave about how great the early stuff is.

It's now done...check it out :)