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Old 09-12-2009, 06:01 PM
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I shall now rave about my favorite band ...

... or at least my favorite band of the past few months: Muse. They have a new album out Monday and have made it available in its entirety on the Web. These guys are, in my opinion, grossly underrated in the United States, often written off as unimaginative Brit Pop or a Radiohead knockoff. Their catalog however is incredibly diverse and this latest album just blows my mind ... most notably a three-part symphony at the end composed by frontman Matt Bellamy. Not many rock bands draw on a Chopin/Rachmaninoff influence and do it well ... Bellamy is a classically trained pianist who also has an incredible vocal range and does quite well on the guitar, too. They kind of go off in a wild direction on their new album and the result is quite spectacular, in my not-at-all-musically-expert opinion: (Sorry for misspelled "simphony" ... that's courtesy of YouTuber, not Muse ... it's hard to find these on YouTube w/out getting something other than the song named)
Exogenesis Pt I
Pt II
Pt III

Most people in the U.S. would know them for their radio hits, Starlight and Time Is Running Out. Good songs, but doesn't scratch the surface of their repertoire. My friends give me trouble for having bad music taste (I like Coldplay, sorry), but I grew up listening to Rachmaninoff and Pink Floyd, so I must know something.

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Old 09-12-2009, 07:16 PM
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Muse is pretty good, that song Time is Running Out was playing at the club I was at last night in NYC.
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:56 PM
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I've liked Muse and I've known about them for quite a while now, but never really got into them. Saw a recent performance of them live on Later with Joos Holland (best music show ever, on BBC) and that got me hooked. Brilliant stuff. They did Map of the Problematique.

I think they've also had a massive boost from the Twilight trilogy. The author Stephanie Meyer credits them in her author's notes...
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:06 PM
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They get my approval....which is something extremely difficult for a modern artist to do.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:11 PM
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We had a west coast band stop at the shop last week,,, their van needed a hitch but the frame was rusted out so we repaired it and installed the hitch. Their name was Suffokate,,, I think. Nice guys, but way out of my culture for sure.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:16 PM
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never heard them. I get ragged at work for listening to some pretty gay stuff, but I dont care. I am proud to like a band called bright eyes. I will have to check out this band muse
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:27 AM
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You had it right when you were listening to Rachmaninoff.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:01 PM
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They get my approval....which is something extremely difficult for a modern artist to do.
Well that seals it, they're going into my rotation!
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:42 PM
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I've liked Muse and I've known about them for quite a while now, but never really got into them. Saw a recent performance of them live on Later with Joos Holland (best music show ever, on BBC) and that got me hooked. Brilliant stuff. They did Map of the Problematique.

I think they've also had a massive boost from the Twilight trilogy. The author Stephanie Meyer credits them in her author's notes...
Yeah I like the Jools Holland show ... I don't get BBC but used to be able to get a few shows on In Demand. I've not seen Muse on his show, though, I'm sure it was great. I'd love to see them live but they're initial "tour" in the U.S. this fall is as support for U2. Nothing against U2, but I think I'll pass on paying U2 prices. I'll wait for the next go-round.

I think Muse's Supermassive Black Hole was in the movie Twilight, although I never saw it. My sister would know.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:50 PM
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They get my approval....which is something extremely difficult for a modern artist to do.
Yeah I'm not terribly impressed by a lot of modern artists. I like a lot of modern songs, but don't tend to find artists that present an entire spectrum of works that I like. It's pretty much Muse, Coldplay, Keane, James Blunt and Nine Inch Nails (who have more dimensions than most people know). I do hear some more offbeat or indie artists I like, but to be honest I'm often too lazy about writing down the name and looking them up. If I had more nights off I'd probably enjoy exploring the local music scene more.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:00 PM
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You had it right when you were listening to Rachmaninoff.
I don't believe there is a right and wrong in music. And I do still enjoy Rachmaninoff. There's room in my life for multiple genres. I also like Ennio Morricone very much, a whole nother style of instrumental. I do enjoy modern artists that can incorporate subtle (or not-so-subtle) elements of that music into something that's based in rock or even pop. I'm not saying Matt Bellamy is Rachmaninoff by any stretch ... but as a 27-year-old who likes classical and likes rock, I really enjoy hearing something that takes a bit of influence from the former and blends it into the latter.

Incidentally, my dad, the one who blared Pictures at an Exhibition from his home office all the time when I was a kid and let me borrow all his classical CDs when I got older, very much enjoys the Muse "mix CD" I burned for him.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:24 PM
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I've found that sattellite radio helps open more doors to good music before the radio does.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:17 PM
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I admit I like Coldplay. I'll check out Muse. Maybe there's something in there my "geezer rock" band can cover just to keep the younger audience listening.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:03 PM
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Bodhi -

Here is the clip from Muse on Jools Holland...solid performance. Vocals are spot-on. They've got some synth in there (extra player in the background) but it sounds great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04xt1Z6OHGM&feature=related

What I love about Jools' show is that he always showcases a variety of music (Gypsy Kings were on recently and they were fantastically talented), and he usually chooses only the best. The top talent really shines in this format, and the few populaire-du-jour bands he slots in like Snow Patrol really stand out for the meagre talents they truly are.

There was an episode a while back with John Fogerty on it. I think Richard Ashcroft played right before him. You're thinking 'Man, Ashcroft is pretty good!' and then Fogerty just blasts into 'Fortunate Son' and he obliterates everyone on the show instantly. It's like...the young bands are good and all but a legend like that...doesn't show up often, and the contrast is stark indeed. Fogerty plays and sings like a man half his age.

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