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12 hours ago, Sméagol said:

R.I.P. Henny Vrienten.

Sad day! Such an iconic band, and as a bass player myself Henny was an example, the way he played and sang at the same time. Plus he did a ton of other music work for tv shows, collabs with other artists etc.

I saw Doe Maar live once (at the show @Sméagol's video is from). I actually had tickets for a show in 2020, which got postponed to 2021, which got cancelled because of Henny's illness. Also a shame for the band that they never got to do their farewell tour.

One more just because:

 

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Bloc Party were a huge influence on my musical tastes for the best part of a decade from the middle of the 2000s. You never quite knew what to expect from each new album but there was always something to appreciate and enjoy about each new release.

When Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong left and were replaced, it seemed to me like my interest in the band was likely to drop and this was proved when Hymns was released a few years ago. Some of the songs have grown on me since then but it just wasn't the Bloc Party I knew from before!

I'm not one of those people who continues to clamour for a return to the 'Silent Alarm' days, something that gets brought up any time Bloc Party release any new music. I largely appreciated the evolution of their sound over the years, to a point, but I did feel like it was probably over.

It's with great surprise and delight that the new album, Alpha Games, is actually very enjoyable :hehe:

Bloc Party - Alpha Games | Reviews | Clash Magazine

The singles that were released in the run up to the album coming out, namely Traps, The Girls are Fighting, Sex Magik and If We Get Caught, hinted that there may potentially be something here but even then I suspected that if this was the best Alpha Games could offer, it still wasn't likely to reach the heights I would hope.

Thankfully, songs like Rough Justice and By Any Means Necessary have proved themselves to be early highlights so far but I find myself enjoying pretty much everything on the album. Even songs where some of the lyrics and singing can feel a little uncomfortable for me (I'm looking at you, Callum is a Snake :blank:) there's still great stuff in those songs and I wouldn't skip them on a playthrough!

I know @Fierce_LiNk was also a bit of a fan of Bloc Party back at the beginning so I'd be intrigued to see how you find their latest effort!

 

 

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On 2-5-2022 at 1:02 AM, nekunando said:

Bloc Party were a huge influence on my musical tastes for the best part of a decade from the middle of the 2000s. You never quite knew what to expect from each new album but there was always something to appreciate and enjoy about each new release.

I have to say I kind of forgot about Bloc Party, only ever listened to Silent Alarm. But this post made me put on the new album and it's definitely enjoyable! What's more, I put on Silent Alarm for the first time in years and hearing songs such as Like Eating Glass, Helicopter and Banquet again brought back memories!

Looking back 2005 was a good year musically, with albums such as Silent Alarm, Employment by  Kaiser Chiefs, The Back Room by Editors and You Could Have It So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand coming out. It was also the time I started going to festival so having seen these acts live definitely helps with the positive memories!

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Does anyone else really like a song, and think about recommending it to someone else, but then wonder if the song is actually any good, or if it's just the circumstances around the song that they like, and the song is actually trash?

I listened to 'In The Blood' from the Hades soundtrack on repeat for weeks, because it's a banger, and it reminded me of the game, which was also a banger. And i recommended it to my mum, who has a similar taste in music to me, and she said it was ok, but not really her thing. Was it the song? Did I just like it because of the game? Is my mother trash with trash taste? 

I find it really difficult with music to step back and see it for what it is, which seems to different to film and other media, where you can usually tell if something is actually good or not, or if it's your own preferences or bias that make you love it.

This song as another example, I love, but would someone else like it who hadn't seen AoT? 

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:o I know, as a huge Muse fan I'm biased, but their new album is shaping up to be incredible :D 

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23 hours ago, drahkon said:

:o I know, as a huge Muse fan I'm biased, but their new album is shaping up to be incredible :D 

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Did you see them at any of the German dates?
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8 minutes ago, darksnowman said:

Did you see them at any of the German dates?

No :( And I probably won't be able to see them anytime soon. Their tickets are a tad too expensive (and their upcoming shows aren't really close to my location :p).

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On 14-6-2022 at 1:04 PM, drahkon said:

No :( And I probably won't be able to see them anytime soon. Their tickets are a tad too expensive (and their upcoming shows aren't really close to my location :p).

Thanks to festivals doing proper livestreams there is a ton of live material out there, including this proshot show from their gig at Tempelhof Sounds:

Behold, the Power Glove lives @53:00 :grin:

I've been enjoying a lot of the Hellfest Content on that channel, plus saw some streams from Graspop and Pinkpop over the weekend.

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Rediscovered Protest The Hero.

loved their album Fortress back in 2008 (fuck me, that was 14 years ago...).

That album still holds up.

:cool: 

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