OoO highlights great but under-appreciated music albums, mostly from the 21st century, as selected by host DJ Poseur and a rotating brigade of fellow obsessives. Each co-host chooses an album pick to discuss at length, including consideration of why we think it’s awesome but woefully unknown to the listening public. All picks meet stringent criteria for obscurity (Under 50 user reviews in All Music Guide, Under 100k streams on YouTube). Features include games for the listener to play along with, like “The Obscurity Quiz” (in which albums are ranked by a contestant from most obscure to most famous), “Score the List” (in which cohosts compare their knowledge and music collections to online “Top 10” lists), “Stump the DJ” (in which the cohosts challenge one another’s knowledge of obscure bands), and the occasional “Scheduled Digression” (in which we tackle a specific topic in music or the music industry). See also the companion subreddit (www.reddit.com) for links to all the albums featured in OoO episodes if you'd rather skip our yakking: r/MusicNobodyElseLikes Who should listen to OoO? Anyone dissatisfied by contemporary pop music. Anyone unfamiliar with but interested in independent music of the 21st century. Fellow obsessives who want reviews of beloved but obscure albums and find existing online resources limited. People who want something totally out of left field to spice up their music listening experience. Anyone who enjoys a contentious dialog about art. Rather than being the kind of podcast whose any given episode will be of general interest, it is hoped that with time, with an accumulated body of work, we will hit upon an album or at least a very specific style of music that is beloved by potential listeners as much as by us. Welcome to the wild, weird, and wondrous world of OoO!
Sunday Jul 18, 2021
Sunday Jul 18, 2021
Sunday Jul 18, 2021
Purchase album picks on Bandcamp: https://thefaint.bandcamp.com/album/danse-macabre-deluxe-edition-remastered
Nurses’ 2017 follow-up is on Bandcamp on a “name your price” basis and should be owned by everyone w/ the faintest interest in experimental, electronic pop music or edgy music in general: https://nurses.bandcamp.com/album/naughtland . The music video for the “single” from the album, “Fortress”, is excellent, involving a Portland queer art collective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq2zcdjA7Ps
Structure: Ced’s thoughts on “Danse Macabre” (up to 2:36); Songs versus albums, owning versus streaming (2:36-4:10); Ced’s consideration of song themes & genre on “Danse Macabre” and an explanation of the appeal of the controversial “Agenda Suicide” & his legal background/rejection of capitalism (4:10-8:37); Does dance music age well? Ced’s nostalgia & general taste in music (8:37-10:30); The possibility of dying before 40 & how “successful” are The Faint as a band? Oberlin memories & Beach House connection. Ced the indie rock partisan was there before the bands hit the big time. Recommending music to friends & loved ones. Selling out as a hipster concern (10:30-19:14). Black and dark but not goth. Electronic dance punk as a style of music w/ consideration of imitators & “derivative” sounds. Cel’s current musical interests & uses for music, his appreciation of Spotify, and his intensity. (19:14-24:40) Side projects of The Faint & Wolf Parade, thoughts on the discography (or at least other favorite songs). Leaving it to Spotify & what makes a good or bad song, thoughts on very popular music. Artist compensation on streaming services (24:40-33:50). The deluxe version’s additional tracks. Spotify playlists as an existential threat to the album. Relative concerns of artist compensation versus existential threats to humanity, democracy, etc. (33:51-37:35). RIYL The Faint (37:35-40:56). Ratings for “Danse Macabre” (40:56-41:42). Transition between album picks & Cel’s initial thoughts on “Dracula” (41:42-45:02). The importance of a good live show and whether we’d ever go to a concert “blind” today (45:02-48:04). Basic specs for “Dracula” & hypotheses for the ongoing obscurity of Nurses. Music Ced doesn’t like and reasons to remember names of musicians/bands (48:04-52:53). “Best-of” lists on Pitchfork & elsewhere, favorites from the 2010s (52:53-58:45). Ced is a fan of Dracula. Reviews of the album. DJ Poseur heaps praise on “Dracula”, albums where songs connect to each other (1:03 ish). Nurses discography, Spotify’s algorithm & the lure of the obscure for DJ Poseur, putting the kibosh on Kanye conversation. RIYLs (1:04:01-1:09:05). Ratings for “Dracula” (1:09:05 to end).
RIYL The Faint - Supersystem, Mobius Band, The Fever, The Faux, Out Hud/!!!, The Rapture, The Show Is the Rainbow (also NE)
1.3-hr. mix of 20 songs for fans of The Faint: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQa3K0yjwO9ZlvZgxSgLsjW5
Nurses is RIYL - We Ragazzi; Dios (Malos); Shimmering Stars; Animal Collective; Fredrik
I mention that “Dracula” is #2 on my list of favorite albums of the 2010s, in full here: http://www.omnifoo.info/pages/Favorite%20Superlatives.html#2010s
The vampire rock band movie from Canada (starring Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and many more) “Suck” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323605/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5