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#1 roskelld

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:12 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midlake

I've been a fan of Bamnan and Slivercork for a while, with its Grandaddy style keyboard and lyrical charm, but for some reason The Trials of Van Occupanther totally past me by, until about three weeks ago.

Seriously it has to be one of the best albums I've ever heard, I'd even go to say it's a perfect 10, with the track Head Home being one of the greatest songs ever. I don't think I've had an album on repeat so much since Antony and the Johnsons I am a Bird Now (another all time great album of mine).

I'm not the only one who gets goosebumps listening to Van Occupanther am I?

Pretty much the whole of the album is on Youtube, so if you've not heard it and want to, here it is.

http://uk.youtube.co...p;search=Search
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#2 Cuspidor

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:33 PM

I remember when this first came out I listened to the first track (Roscoe?) constantly. Great song. But the rest of the album kind of faded into an uninteresting mass for me at the time. Might give it another go now though.
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#3 Peter

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 08:18 PM

I agree, 'Roscoe' and 'Head Home' are great, great songs but miles ahead of the rest of the album. It's a pretty good album mind, love to see them live.
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#4 David Blunkett

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:19 AM

Love them. "Bandits" and "Young Bride" are personal highlights - but I can love the whole album.

I came across Bamnan and Slivercork after Trials ... and it took me a lot longer to get into - Kingfisher Pies being my stand out. They're just wonderful, mellow beautiful records.

I *hate* Anthony and the Johnsons though ...
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#5 roskelld

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:02 PM

Love them. "Bandits" and "Young Bride" are personal highlights - but I can love the whole album.

I came across Bamnan and Slivercork after Trials ... and it took me a lot longer to get into - Kingfisher Pies being my stand out. They're just wonderful, mellow beautiful records.

I *hate* Anthony and the Johnsons though ...


I wanted to rub up your leg till I reached the last line... Shocking twist in the plot!
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#6 Toblerone

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:04 PM

I agree, 'Roscoe' and 'Head Home' are great, great songs but miles ahead of the rest of the album. It's a pretty good album mind, love to see them live.


One of my most listened album from the past year.

Live, it's a bit meh, mind.
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#7 Roboplegic Wrongcock

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:59 PM

Love 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' the whole concept of the album is great.
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#8 David Blunkett

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

I wanted to rub up your leg till I reached the last line... Shocking twist in the plot!


Sorry - I think its his voice it drives me up the wall. Be interested in hearing any other bands that people think is similar to Midlake though.
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#9 Toblerone

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:53 PM

ELO.
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#10 roskelld

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 06:45 PM

Neil Young (The Trials of Van Occupanther album)
Grandaddy (Bamnan and Slivercork album)
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#11 David Blunkett

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:19 PM

ELO.


You know I was brought up on ELO along with Zep, Gabriel era Genesis, Jethro Tull and Rush (with a smattering of Cockney Rebel's magnificent Psychomodo).

How does ELO relate in anyway to Midlake ? Sorry but "Telephone Line", "Mr Blue Sky", "The Diary of Horace Wimp" etc whilst corking tracks aren't anything like Midlake ?

Neil Young (The Trials of Van Occupanther album)
Grandaddy (Bamnan and Slivercork album)


Cheers ears - I'll be looking up both of them. I've always "heard of" Neil Young but never "heard" him. Never heard of Grandaddy - but I'll check them out.
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#12 Toblerone

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 09:16 PM

How does ELO relate in anyway to Midlake ? Sorry but "Telephone Line", "Mr Blue Sky", "The Diary of Horace Wimp" etc whilst corking tracks aren't anything like Midlake ?


The lost art of soft-pop rock (and vice-versa) before it became an insult.

Try also the Posies. Or any rockers with a heart made out of syrup.

Even Guided by Voices.

Edit : By the way, Grandaddy frontman always said that ELO was a great inspiration - and it shows.
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#13 Cuspidor

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:06 PM

Yeah, if you like Midlake then I reckon Grandaddy should be essential listening.
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#14 roskelld

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:22 PM

Cheers ears - I'll be looking up both of them. I've always "heard of" Neil Young but never "heard" him. Never heard of Grandaddy - but I'll check them out.


Start at the beginning of Grandaddy's label releases and work on from there:
# 1997 Under the Western Freeway
# 2000 The Sophtware Slump

If you like those two, then move on to the later ones.

As for Neil Young, well, he's got tons.

# 1970 After The Gold Rush
# 1974 On the Beach
# 1992 Harvest Moon

Three albums I've listened to today which I'd highly recommend.
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#15 Gorf King

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 01:39 AM

Edit: load of bollocks.
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#16 Toblerone

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:31 AM

God I was drunk, and just had a bar argument about ELO...
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#17 roskelld

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:31 AM

God I was drunk, and just had a bar argument about ELO...


EL-LOL
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#18 David Blunkett

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:12 AM

Start at the beginning of Grandaddy's label releases and work on from there:
# 1997 Under the Western Freeway
# 2000 The Sophtware Slump

If you like those two, then move on to the later ones.

As for Neil Young, well, he's got tons.

# 1970 After The Gold Rush
# 1974 On the Beach
# 1992 Harvest Moon

Three albums I've listened to today which I'd highly recommend.


Fuck. Me.

How magical are Grandaddy ? I could only find "Just Like the Fambly Cat" - I'm going to have to spend some money methinks.

I was expecting to it to take a few listens before I clicked with them (a bit like Midlake) but I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck going. Definitely "heavier" than Midlake but lovely.

They're a lot heavier than Midlake - but thankyou. Gorgeous album - looking forward to hearing the rest of their stuff.

Sex up your arse indeed.
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#19 Toblerone

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:19 AM

I'd love to discover Grandaddy again. Enjoy, Mr. Blunkett.
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#20 larrydavidsanger

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:35 AM

Here's my Neil Young top ten from the Classics thread

Neil Young

The Needle And The Damage Done
Cortez The Killer
Down By The River
Hey, Hey, My, My
After The Goldrush
Old Man
Revolution Blues
Like A Hurricane
Don't Cry No Tears
Heart Of Gold
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#21 roskelld

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:52 AM

Fuck. Me.

How magical are Grandaddy ? I could only find "Just Like the Fambly Cat" - I'm going to have to spend some money methinks.

I was expecting to it to take a few listens before I clicked with them (a bit like Midlake) but I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck going. Definitely "heavier" than Midlake but lovely.

They're a lot heavier than Midlake - but thankyou. Gorgeous album - looking forward to hearing the rest of their stuff.

Sex up your arse indeed.


That post brought a big grin to my face. I too would love to discover them again.

Things should get better for you too, I love Fambly Cat, but the other albums I listed sit closer to me, maybe it's because they came first, and for you it'll be the other way round.

Tracks like "Everything Beautiful Is Far Away" and "So You'll Aim Toward the Sky" leave a sense of emptiness, and yet hope, that no other bands have been able to create. So haunting.
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#22 Cuspidor

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 02:17 PM

Yeah, the Fambly Cat, while not a bad album, is certainly the weakest. It's just going to get better from there :wub:
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#23 roskelld

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:39 PM

http://www.gigwise.c...ils-And-UK-Tour

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'The Courage Of Others', via Bella Union on February 1.

The track-listing is as follows:

Acts of Man
Winter Dies
Small Mountain
Core of Nature
Fortune
Rulers, Ruling All Things
Children of the Grounds
Bring Down
The Horn
The Courage of Others
In The Ground


Preceding the album's release, the band will be heading out on the road for a short jaunt around intimate UK venues.

They play:

Newcastle, The Cluny January 22
Leicester, The Musician 23
Cambridge Junction 2 24
Norwich Arts Centre 27
London Tabernacle 28

I'm hoping they put on a few more shows than that.
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#24 stefmcd

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:15 PM

so desperate to hear the new album - van occupanther is in my all time top 10.
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#25 roskelld

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:25 AM

Just had a re-read of this thread. It bring such joy to my heart, as Blunkett discovers the wonderful sounds of Grandaddy.

Anyway, The Courage Of Others, its beautiful. The music is so delicate and tender, its like the heady heights of prog pulled down from its high horse, grounded and wrapped in the wooden folds of folk roots.

The lyrics are so drawing, and inspirational, perhaps lacking the catchy poppiness of Van Ocupanther's sing-a-long charm, but instead they carry the vibe of a stronger more powerful set of messages.

Overall the album flows from start to end with hardly a break from its form, on the downside that means it lacks any truly standout tracks like Occupanther's Head Home. But that's no negative, it's a beautiful composition that comes across as equally delicate as it does powerful.

2010 has got a tough year ahead if it's going to try to beat this album.
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#26 Looper

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:28 AM

Whatever the Midlake single they're playing loads on 6Music is, I love it. Need the album bigtime.
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#27 FuzzyDunlop

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:52 PM

Re: Grandaddy chat. I thought Sumday was their worst album.
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#28 David Blunkett

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:09 PM

I love this place for Grandaddy I really do.

Is this "out there" then ? Will buy but desperate to hear.
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#29 roskelld

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:44 PM

It is...

I'm glad cause I like to know songs before I see them being played live and I presume they'll be playing some in their tour, which is only days away now.

Yikes.
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#30 ChrisBravoTown

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 02:10 PM

Anyone else think the album isn't all that? Listened to it a few times now and it's very samey.
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