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    2014 Winter Music Showdown - WINNER: INSTRUCTIONS (S.F.D.P. ANTHEM)

    Okay, cool. Most the nominations are in so thanks to all the participants:
    1. Me
    2. @kupomog
    3. @Kaos
    4. @cloneasaurus
    5. @The Thompsons
    6. @chinese weatherman
    7. @Smiling Politely
    8. @Shaunbadia
    9. @Frightened Inmate No. 2
    10. @Lionel Hutz
    11. @Jims
    12. @Steve
    13. @Dobbie
    14. @Tromboon
    15. @parklife
    16. @NoDeerForAMonth
    17. @xapirion
    18. @The Spruce Moose
    19. @Jerkass Homer
    20. @box elder
    21. @Insomnia
    22. @Ryan
    23. @Zombies Rise from the Sea
    24. @LoyalStonecutter
    25. @Elliot73

    We've got a mixed bunch of songs here. One returner from the last tourney, a couple of silly entries and some gems. The voting phase will initially be split into two groups "Round 1A" is below. The as-yet-unnominated songs will be placed in "Round 1B". Vote for your favourite in each match up and the ones with the most votes will go through. Anybody can vote (whether you participated or not). Please give each song your time and your thoughts are always fun to read. Round 1A will last a few days (will play it by ear but will give you a 24 hour warning that the round is about the end). If you notice any dead links etc, let me know and I'll get on it asap.

    ROUND 1A
    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out
      vs.
      Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins
    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel
      vs.
      I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals
    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
      vs.
      Younger Generation – John Sebastian
    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
      vs.
      Great Escape – Mike Dignam
    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
      vs.
      Snakes - Joey Bada$$
    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
      vs.
      People are Crazy – Billy Currington
    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
      vs.
      I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead
    8. Clean Sheets – Descendents
      vs.
      Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp


    Round 1A

    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out (12)
    vs.
    Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins (9)

    Eliminated: Neverlost (chosen by @Jerkass Homer)

    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel (12)
    vs. 
    I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals (9)

    Eliminated: I Don't Wanna Die Anymore (chosen by @Tromboon)

    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (14)
    vs.
    Younger Generation – John Sebastian (7)

    Eliminated: Younger Generation (chosen by @Lionel Hutz)

    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits (15)
    vs.
    Great Escape – Mike Dignam (6)

    Eliminated: Great Escape (chosen by @Elliot73)

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter (11)
    vs. 
    Snakes - Joey Bada$$ (10)

    Eliminated: Snakes (chosen by @cloneasaurus)

    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy (19)
    vs. 
    People are Crazy – Billy Currington (2)

    Eliminated: People are Crazy (chosen by @Elliot73)

    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian (16)
    vs. 
    I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead (5)

    Eliminated: I Got You Babe (chosen by @Shaunbadia)

    8. Clean Sheets – Descendents (10)
    vs. 
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp (11)

    Eliminated: Clean Sheets (chosen by @NoDeerForAMonth)



    Round 1B

    1. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting
    vs.
    Green Gloves – The National

    2. frenzy - screamin' jay hawins
    vs.
    Whats Gods are These? - My Federation

    3.True Rulers - Common Rider
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost

    4.Kickapoo – Tenacious D
    vs.
    Bombay - El Guincho

    5. Bonnie the Cat – Porcupine Tree
    vs.
    See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants

    6.Objects of my Affection – Peter Bjorn and John
    vs.
    King Shiv - Man Man

    7. The One – Garbage
    vs.
    Ožys 2 – Žalvarinis

    8. I Don't See You – Camper Van Beethoven
    vs.
    Black Car - Black Tambourine

    Round 1B

    1. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting (12)
    vs.
    Green Gloves – The National (7)

    Eliminated: Green Gloves (Nominated by @LoyalStonecutter)

    2. frenzy - screamin' jay hawins (10)
    vs.
    Whats Gods are These? - My Federation (9)

    Eliminated: What Gods are These? (Nominated by @Dobbie)

    3. True Rulers - Common Rider (8)
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (11)

    Eliminated: True Rulers (Nominated by @NoDeerForAMonth)

    4.Kickapoo – Tenacious D (9)
    vs.
    Bombay - El Guincho (11)

    Eliminated: Kickapoo (Nominated by @Steve)

    5. Bonnie the Cat – Porcupine Tree (8)
    vs.
    See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants (10)

    Eliminated: Bonnie the Cat (Nominated by @The Thompsons)

    6. Objects of my Affection – Peter Bjorn and John (6)
    vs.
    King Shiv - Man Man (12)

    Eliminated: Objects of my Affection (Nominated by @Jims)

    7. The One – Garbage (7)
    vs.
    Ožys 2 – Žalvarinis (11)

    Eliminated: The One (Nominated by @Steve)

    8. I Don't See You – Camper Van Beethoven (11)
    vs.
    Black Car - Black Tambourine (7)

    Eliminated: Black Car (Nominated by @box elder)

    Round 2
    I'd advise everyone to relisten to each song before casting their votes for this round!

    1. I Don't See You – Camper Van Beethoven
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
    2. Bombay - El Guincho
    vs.
    Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants
    vs.
    The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    4. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel
    vs.
    Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    5. King Shiv - Man Man
    vs.
    Feel It All Around – Washed Out
    6. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost
    7. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp
    8. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting
    vs.
    Ožys 2 – Žalvarinis

    Round 2
    1. I Don't See You – Camper Van Beethoven (4)
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy (11)

    Eliminated: I Don't See You (Nominated by: @Frightened Inmate No. 2)

    2. Bombay - El Guincho (7)
    vs.
    Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian (8)

    Eliminated: Bombay (Nominated by: @Kaos)

    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants (8)
    vs.
    The Tank – The Dear Hunter (7)

    Eliminated: The Tank (Nominated by: @The Thompsons)

    4. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel (5)
    vs.
    Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (10)

    Eliminated: Two-Headed Boy (Nominated by: @The Spruce Moose)

    5. King Shiv - Man Man (10)
    vs.
    Feel It All Around – Washed Out (5)

    Eliminated: Feel It All Around (Nominated by: @kupomog)

    6. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits (7)
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (8)

    Eliminated: Big Black Mariah (Nominated by: @cloneasaurus)

    7. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (10)
    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp (5)

    Eliminated: Time Out From the World (Nominated by: @Shaunbadia)

    8. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting (11)
    vs.
    Ožys 2 – Žalvarinis (4)

    Eliminated: Ožys 2 (Nominated by: @Smiling Politely)

    Round 3
    1. Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    vs.
    King Shiv - Man Man
    2. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    vs.
    Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting
    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    4. Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine ComedyRound 2
    1. I Don't See You – Camper Van Beethoven (4)
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy (11)

    Eliminated: I Don't See You (Nominated by: @Frightened Inmate No. 2)

    2. Bombay - El Guincho (7)
    vs.
    Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian (8)

    Eliminated: Bombay (Nominated by: @Kaos)

    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants (8)
    vs.
    The Tank – The Dear Hunter (7)

    Eliminated: The Tank (Nominated by: @The Thompsons)

    4. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel (5)
    vs.
    Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (10)

    Eliminated: Two-Headed Boy (Nominated by: @The Spruce Moose)

    5. King Shiv - Man Man (10)
    vs.
    Feel It All Around – Washed Out (5)

    Eliminated: Feel It All Around (Nominated by: @kupomog)

    6. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits (7)
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (8)

    Eliminated: Big Black Mariah (Nominated by: @cloneasaurus)

    7. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (10)
    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp (5)

    Eliminated: Time Out From the World (Nominated by: @Shaunbadia)

    8. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting (11)
    vs.
    Ožys 2 – Žalvarinis (4)

    Eliminated: Ožys 2 (Nominated by: @Smiling Politely)

    Round 3
    1. Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    vs.
    King Shiv - Man Man
    2. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    vs.
    Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting
    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    4. Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy

    Round 3
    1. Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (5)
    vs.
    King Shiv - Man Man (12)

    Eliminated: Frenzy (Nominated by: @parklife)

    2. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian (9)
    vs.
    Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting (8)

    Eliminated: Spitfire (Nominated by: @hammster)

    3. See the Constellation – They Might Be Giants (8)
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (9)

    Eliminated: See the Constellation (Nominated by: @Ryan)

    4. Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (9)
    vs.
    Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy (8)

    Eliminated: Tonight We Fly (Nominated by: @hammster)

    Round 4
    1. King Shiv - Man Man
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost
    2. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack

    Round 4
    1. King Shiv - Man Man (8)
    vs.
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (9)

    Eliminated: King Shiv (Nominated by: @xapirion)

    2. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian (7)
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (10)

    Eliminated: Lay it On Your Head (Nominated by: @zach)

    GRAND FINAL
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack

    GRAND FINAL
    Instructions (S.F.D.P. Anthem) - Funkghost (8)
    vs.
    Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack (6)

    WINNER: INSTRUCTIONS (S.F.D.P. ANTHEM) - CHOSEN BY: @Zombies Rise from the Sea
    RUNNER UP: EURO ZERO ZERO - CHOSEN BY: @Insomnia
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    Glad you decided to do keep doing 2 rounds for the opening set. I feel like I can devote more attention/thought to these 16 songs this way. I look forward to listening to all of these!

    I wonder who picked that Divine Comedy song?

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    Was debating FOUR rounds for the opening set but decided against it.
    And yeah, I guess the mystery is part of the contest.

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    Cher with Beavis & Butthead

    Can't wait
    facebook / twitter / tumblr
    round and round let the city turn party in the hills we can party in the burbs roof on fire let it burn champagne in my hand I'm not concerned

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    I sighed incredibly loudly when someone sent me that.

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    Haha I would have preferred their version of "It's So Cold in the D"

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    1. Feel it All Around - Washed Out
    Just much more my kind of song. I was honestly happy to have a legitimate musical reason to vote down the boring repeated song.
    2. I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals
    Very VERY close. Liked both a lot. Already knew the Neutral Milk Hotel one quite well so might be that I was a bit more open to the less familiar piece.
    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    Other song was nice but I'd listen to the Massive Attack song anyway and I don't think I would the other so.
    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    Was really bored by the other one. Easy choice.
    5. Snakes - Joey Bada$$
    The Tank was not really my thing. Decent but yeah. Also I got impatient waiting for it to finish so it was probably too long. Whereas, I love the other song. The start reminds me of the fucking Chao Garden from Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Gamecube so I'll show myself out... (that isn't WHY i love it). just a really good tune.
    6. Tonight We Fly - The Divine Comedy
    Come on now. No contest.
    7. Lay it On Your Head - Don Julian
    The early contender for find of the tournament vs. Cher with Beavis & Butthead... Erm...
    8. Time Out From the World - Goldfrapp
    Other song REALLY not my type of thing whereas Goldfrapp is absolutely my kind of thing. Goldfrapp.

    some terrible stuff in that first batch but i really genuinely like every song i voted for so that is good

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    Well, here we go.
    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out
    This is a nice relaxing chill out song. There isn't really much I can say about it other than that.
    vs.
    Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins
    I don't really like the Zeitgeist album in general, but this is one of the better songs on there.

    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel
    I've been meaning to listen to some Neutral Milk Hotel, as I've heard nothing but praise for them. This really is a great acoustic song, with nice singing.
    vs.
    I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals
    Really really good, even if it's a bit slow for my taste.

    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    Massive Attack are great, and this song is more proof of that. And it's a b-side?!!
    vs.
    Younger Generation – John Sebastian
    A pleasant folk song. Yay.

    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    This guy has the best voice ever. Seriously, I love this guy. Not much happening here musically apart from a couple of cool guitar licks, but this song is all about dat voice.
    vs.
    Great Escape – Mike Dignam
    This one's a total meh for me. Pleasant, but nothing I haven't heard 100 times before.

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    This is amazing. Yeah, I fucking love this one.
    vs.
    Snakes - Joey Bada$$
    Better than I expected from a guy named Joey Bada$$. Still nothing special though.

    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
    Quite a nice song. Not exactly my cup of tea though, if I'm honest.
    vs.
    People are Crazy – Billy Currington
    A pretty nice song here as well, but still nothing spectacular. Quite a few of this songs have been acoustic so far. Hmm.

    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    Hell yeah. I really like funk for some reason. This song is cool.
    vs.
    I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead
    Erm...yeah. OK, I'll admit this is kinda funny. Pretty annoying though, to be honest. (Even though that is kind of the point.)

    8. Clean Sheets – Descendents
    Punk doesn't get much better than this. This is a great tune.
    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp
    Not a fan of this to be honest. I'd take the Descendants over this any day.

    Not a great round, really, but I'll definitely keep listening to some stuff on here, like The Tank, Two-Headed Boy and Euro Zero Zero.
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    1. Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins
    This was hard as i liked both songs but I liked the SP one a little better

    2.I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals

    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    obvious answer, the other song really bored me

    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    I really liked this song, I'm gonna have to listen to more from this band. This was really good. I need to know who submitted this one.

    6.Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy

    7.I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead
    It's Cher with Beavis & Butthead

    8.Clean Sheets – Descendents

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    My votes for Round 1A

    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out
    2. I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals
    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    5. Snakes - Joey Bada$$
    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
    7. I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead
    8. Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp


    I found both songs for the 4th match-up pretty weak, so picking "Big Black Mariah" was more of a "Lesser of two evils" situation than anything else. Both songs for the 1st matchup were pretty strong but Washed Out just got head and shoulders above for me. As for the final matchup, Descendents was really good, but I'm afraid my own personal bias led to my picking Goldfrapp, which I personally think is an amazing song. Major props to "Clean Sheets" nonetheless though.

    Oh, and yeah, Cher with Beavis and Butt-Head is clearly a pure novelty track more than anything else that was submitted just for the fun of it, but I love it all the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insomnia View Post

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    I really liked this song, I'm gonna have to listen to more from this band. This was really good. I need to know who submitted this one.
    Agreed, whoever chose that one gets respect from me.

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    Ugh, Matchup #5. They are both sooooooo good.

    Can we re-arrange all of the matchups?

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    My Vote

    1: Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins (Easy + Props for choosing from the less popular pumpkins albums).

    2: Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel (Hard)

    3: Younger Generation – John Sebastian (Easy)

    4: Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits (Hard)

    5: Snakes - Joey Bada$$ (Lesser of two Evils + Hard)

    6: Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy (Easy)

    7: I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead (Easy, I dislike interludes/no singing in songs)

    8: Clean Sheets – Descendents (Easy)

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    let's have a listen:


    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out
    boring as all hell. simply picking cause of the other being a repeat from the last showdown.

    vs.
    Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins
    boring as all hell too. why did you even let this be picked again hammster?

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    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel
    one of the most over-hyped records i could think of (at least ten years ago). i wasn't even aware this album was still relevant, i thought the popularity died years ago. still picking it, even though i like that holland song on the record more. meh.

    vs.
    I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals
    not a fan. something's not right about it.

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    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    lame, barely sat through it.

    vs.
    Younger Generation – John Sebastian
    this one put me to sleep, still picking it.

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    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    hated it a lot.

    vs.
    Great Escape – Mike Dignam
    just lame. both awful, guess i'm picking this one.

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    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    hated it. couldn't listen to the whole thing.

    vs.
    Snakes - Joey Bada$$
    eh, nothing grabbed me here. still picking it though.

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    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
    didn't like it at all, still picking it though.

    vs.
    People are Crazy – Billy Currington
    awful. too much god.

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    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    finally, something great. funky as can be. love a funky flute more then anything. hits ya like a stack a bricks. the theme is even better, like 12 miuntes of constant funk.

    vs.
    I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead
    this is a music showdown. why the hell would anyone pick this? awful choice, awful video. awful.

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    8. Clean Sheets – Descendents
    not a fan of when the descendents went the pop punk route. they used to be so great. their first 7" is one of my favourites of 70s punk. their second 7" is great too, leaning towards straight hardcore punk. their first 12" gave a glimpse as to what was to come. some good songs on it, but some really lame stuff. still picking it.

    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp
    bored the hell out of me. awful.

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    really bad round, most of them were just extremely boring or lame. don't get me wrong, i love lots of lame stuff. it can still be lame but catchy with great drive. tons of late 70s powerpop come to mind, like the shivver's teen line or something. now that's great. anyway, weak round, onto the next.

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    Alrite, cleared my mind and listened to each song from beginning to end once all the way through
    only #2 gave me any serious trouble. could have gone either way really

    1.Feel It All Around – Washed Out - it was close, but this one interested me
    vs.
    Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins

    2.Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel - I was really torn on this one. both really great, but only one can get a vote
    vs.
    I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals

    3.Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    vs.
    Younger Generation – John Sebastian - my type of tune, other one not for me

    4.Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    vs.
    Great Escape – Mike Dignam - more my thing

    5.The Tank – The Dear Hunter - more my scene, tho the other one was pretty solid
    vs.
    Snakes - Joey Bada$$

    6.Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy - it pains me to do so, but this was the best Divine Comedy song I've heard so far. You win this round hamm
    (assuming it was you)
    vs.
    People are Crazy – Billy Currington

    7.Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian - this HAS to be Zach, good stuff
    vs.
    I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead - better than I thought it would be

    8.Clean Sheets – Descendents - not fussy about either, but this one was more my style
    vs.
    Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp
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    My votes:

    1.Feel It All Around- Washed Out vs Neverlost- Smashing Pumpkins
    Both weren't all that impressive, the Pumpkins changed chords though and Corgan's lyrics weren't that bad so that gave them the edge.

    2. Two-Headed Boy- Neutral Milk Hotel vs I Don't Wanna Die Anymore- New Radicals
    Two more slower offerings and a tough one to call, the vocalist for Neutral Milk Hotel grew on me and I really wanted to vote for it. The New Radicals is a blast from the past, this song had a nice build up to the vocal crescendo at the end which gives it the edge. A much better song than "You Get What You Give" which I heard ad nauseum on the radio in the late 90's.

    3. Euro Zero Zero- Massive Attack vs Younger Generation- John Sebastian
    This is tough, it really depends on what kind of mood I'm in as I like both styles. I guess I'm just in a Massive Attack mood today.

    4. Big Black Mariah- Tom Waits vs Great Escape- Mark Dingnam
    Tom Waits, a true American original, what a voice! Going up against a somewhat generic vocal performance that I'm sure several other popular singers have but I can't quite place. A nice tune though, it just didn't grab me like the Tom Waits song.

    5. The Tank- The Dear Hunter vs Snakes- Joey Bada$$
    Love the doomy show tune vocal section in The Tank combined with a great overall melody and a few twist and turns which I like, awesome song. Snakes had a nice beat but after about the 5th n-word I droned out.

    6. Tonight We Fly- The Divine Comedy vs People Are Crazy- Billy Currington
    What a turn around from The Divine Comedy! After being almost bored to tears from the track submitted in the last showdown this was a breath of fresh air. I might have to check more out from these guys as they seem to have a nice variety. Yeah, I don't do much country (a select few from Alabama, Brooks and Dunn and Garth Brooks that's about it.)

    7. Lay It On Your Head- Don Julian vs I Got you Babe- Cher With Beavis and Butt-Head
    How did the Cher song get in? I think it has a Wikipedia page, I'm not sure though . Lay It On Your Head wins by default for actually following the rules. I also really dig the bass too, I'll have to find out who is slappin' it.

    8. Clean Sheets- Descendents vs Time Out From The World- Goldfrapp
    This is another mood one for me, been listening to a lot of Kate Bush lately which this reminds me of so I got to go with Goldfrapp. Maybe tomorrow if I voted it would go the other way.


    Tell us how you really feel Zach, I think someone needs to broaden their pallet because I'm really not sure which song you submitted .
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    I'm gonna edit this as I go, so I don't lose anything.

    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out vs. Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins

    My first reaction to Feel It All Around was "I've heard this before, but can't place it." My second thought was, "This sounds like a @kupomog song." Then about a minute in, I realized it was the Portlandia opening song. The song has a similar feel to the Memory Cassette one from last year that I also really dug. Very breezy, washed out sounding, etc. I think I like the hook in this one better than the last showdown's song. My first reaction to Neverlost was also, "I've heard this before." I didn't realize until I read the comments here that this song was nominated in the last round. So I'll just defer to my last review of it.

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    Never been the hugest Smashing Pumpkins guy... I sometimes wanna punch Billy Corgan after listening to his voice for too long. I can appreciate his vocals to some degree, but he's never been my cup of tea. Like a lot of Smashing Pumpkins songs for me (like, say, "1979") I usually enjoy them for the bassline and the pacing of the thing, which is certainly true for this song. It's weird, though, after complaining about the vocals, I still can't imagine any different ones being in this song. I guess I'm just destined to feel kinda hot-and-cold about this band.
    (Although I'm a little more used to the vocals this time.)

    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel vs. I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals

    Honestly, I can't see the name "Neutral Milk Hotel" anymore without thinking of that silly re-name idea they had for B&R awhile back. For this particular track, I really enjoy the pounding acoustic guitar throughout it... Sometimes acoustic guitar gets a little boring and aimless for me, so the constant beat works for me. I'm less crazy about the vocals in general, but it's nothing to make me dislike the song or anything. The beginning of I Don't Wanna Die Anymore made me think we were getting a treacly emotional boring romp, but it picks up really nicely. My favorite part is around the 2:30 mark where the thing gets really, really big. The song in general reminds me quite a bit of the band's more famous song, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just loses a little bit of its novelty. Also, ew, fade-out at the end. Never been a big fan of fade-outs for this kind of song.

    Think I'll go with the New Radicals here, but it's super close.

    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack vs. Younger Generation – John Sebastian

    The opening hook to Euro Zero Zero alone makes me want to vote for it. I am just such a sucker for this smooth, muted kind of bassline. I was tempted to call it "dope" but I realize I can't pull off that word. Aside from the general tone of the thing, the song does go to a lot of different places with its melodies, with a lot of quiet moments and stuff. Vocals were good too, and fit the vibe well. Was really impressed with this song on the re-listen. I also enjoyed Younger Generation too, which makes this matchup difficult to choose. The song is much more straightforward, but its message is interestingly told, and the chord structure gives it a very pleasant delivery. "Charming" is probably the best way to describe it.

    Will go with the Massive Attack overall because I think it's the more interesting one musically. And because of that bassline.

    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits vs. Great Escape – Mike Dignam

    Ugh, those vocals in the Tom Waits song. This kind of song has never done anything for me, unfortunately.

    Great Escape was another pleasant little song, kind of in the same vein as the one in the previous matchup. The banjo or whatever gives it an obvious Rainbow Connection kind of sound. The chorus builds nicely through it, and the progression to a more bouncy second verse is nice. My main critique is that the song feels a little derivative to me, resembling a number of other pleasant guitar songs I've heard on the radio. Maybe that's an unfair critique. I dunno. Still a fun little ditty.

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter vs. Snakes - Joey Bada$$

    Man, The Tank should not work as a song at all, but it just does. It's so theatrical and ridiculous and overwrought in almost every single way. I feel like this band probably listens to a lot of Queen because of the way the song builds and backs away, and how the lead singer just belts those choruses out unashamedly. Snakes is another one of those smooth hip-hop jams that, once again, panders to my musical tastes. Anyone who has watched my 60 Second Simpsons series and heard the song I use there, would probably understand that I would dig this kind of bassline. It's so good. The vocals work pretty well for me, especially having two vocalists on the track. The actual cadence of the rap doesn't knock me out of the park, I guess, but it fits the general tone well.

    I wouldn't really mind if either of these songs moved on. Thought they were both great. Going with The Dear Hunter, because it feels like a slightly more complete song.

    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy vs. People are Crazy – Billy Currington

    I've actually heard Tonight We Fly before, as I had been poking around The Divine Comedy's back catalogue when me and @hammster were talking about doing another one of these. Realized I never went back and checked out his recommendation. This was one of those where I could tell I would enjoy the song from the very first few measures. The galloping-sort of backbeat with the strings works very effectively, giving it a very unique (and bouncy!) sound. My only criticism would be that the actual melody kind of goes on autopilot at times, basically making their way down the musical scale in consecutive order.

    The second song, I have to apologize for again. I just can't do country music. At least not this kind of country music. This example seemed very by-the-numbers-stereotypical-country to me, completely with a "beer is good" line. Oh come on, song.

    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian vs. I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead

    I really like funk, the more 70s the better. Although, I was kind of unsure about Lay it On Your Head at the beginning because it starts out so slow and so repetitive. But I enjoyed it much more when it picked up later, and mixed things up a little. I'm a little disappointed by the promise of the track overall, though, because it ends when before it gets really interesting to me. Maybe I've heard too much flute-y funk stuff already. Wanted to like this one more.

    Not a fan of Beavis and Butthead, personally, (would anyone here expect me to be?) but the song could've been worse.

    8. Clean Sheets – Descendents vs. Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp

    The guitar in the Descendents song is great... Very high energy. Nice bass progression too. And the vocals are solid. I have a little bit of genre problems because I've never been a punk guy (although I'm not against it, like country), and this leans on the edge of it. But the song still comes off a really solid effort in a less favorite genre. Not the song's fault, more of a personal preference thing. I like the spacey quality to the Goldfrapp track. The track feels a little aimless during the verses, but it always blooms nicely when it hits that chorus. The acoustic guitar and strings are just gorgeous when they hit around the 3-minute mark. Was planning on voting for the other song, but the way the song builds through to the end won me over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Thompsons View Post
    Tell us how you really feel Zach, I think someone needs to broaden their pallet because I'm really not sure which song you submitted
    i have an extremely broad pallet. i love tons of stuff. funk, punk, powerpop, hardcore punk, disco, motown, doo-wop, sixties british invasion, hip hop, hillbilly stuff (bluegrass), 90s one hit wonders. tons. the only stuff i really don't like is classic rock.

    all these songs just happen to be boring. to me anyway.

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    just stick your fingers in the fan @chinese weatherman

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    Ok, I hope round 2 is more enjoyable for you.

    I agree @Jims, Feel It All Around had a Ghost In The Boom Box vibe to it but the notes just looped. Maybe if I need to relax someday I'll put that one on

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    Some of these songs were so so hard to choose between.

    1. Feel It All Around – Washed Out
    This was a bit difficult. I like Smashing Pumpkins and I like the song chosen from them. I liked this better (maybe?) and it was something new.

    2. Two-Headed Boy – Neutral Milk Hotel
    This was hard. I like Neutral Milk Hotel and New Radicals both a lot. Both songs chosen are excellent. Neutral Milk Hotel was a very very slight preference.

    3. Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack
    John Sebastian was great. I prefer Massive Attack.

    4. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
    I enjoyed Mike Dignam a fair bit and went looking for some other stuff from him, but Tom Waits all the way, yo.

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter
    I love the Dear Hunter, so this was pretty easy for me. Didn't mind Joey Bada$$, would probably listen again.

    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy
    I really like The Divine Comedy and Billy Currington isn't really my cup of tea--not something I entirely dislike, I tend to listen to that kind of thing (and that particular song) around my grandma.

    7. Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian
    Really cool track and the other one wasn't really all that serious of an option (although I like Cher more than I care to admit). This was one of the easier choices.

    8. Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp
    Descendents was pretty good, would be into hearing more. I liked the Goldfrapp song better though, I like Goldfrapp a fair bit in general.

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    1. washed out - feel it all around
    2. neutral milk hotel - two headed boy
    3. john sebastian - younger generation
    4. tom waits - big black mariah (kills that other song)
    5. joey bada$$ - snakes
    6. the divine comedy - tonight we fly
    7. don julian - lay it on your head
    8. descendents - clean sheets

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    1. both songs were pretty boring to me, but washed out gets points for style
    winner: Feel It All Around – Washed Out

    2. i saw this song played live last thursday. one of the best experiences of my life. yeah i'm a little biased.
    winner: Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel

    3. both songs are decently catchy but a little dull, but younger generation is just too obnoxious lyricwise for me
    winner Euro Zero Zero – Massive Attack

    4. not one of tom waits best (that goes to clap hands), but good enough.
    winner: Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits

    5. i've heard of this album, but never listened to it. if the other songs are as good as this one, this is a damn fine rap album. much better then the other song (it wasn't bad tho)
    winner:Snakes - Joey Bada$$

    6. that other song is basically everything i hate about music
    winner:Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy

    7. no contest (i want this to win the whole thing)
    winner: Lay it On Your Head – Don Julian

    8. goldfrapp was nice, but it just seemed to float on by without leaving much of note.
    winner:Clean Sheets – Descendents
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    Quote Originally Posted by xapirion View Post
    2. i saw this song played live last thursday. one of the best experiences of my life. yeah i'm a little biased.
    winner: Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
    my friend was at one of their toronto shows yesterday, i passed up this time round. i met jeff mangum back when i was in high school. one of the best nights of my life. unfortunately the same friend i just mentioned was at that show with me and the picture he took of jeff and i was on a terrible holga camera and the film didn't turn out

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    I'll drip my votes in throughout the day as I listen to them, super pumped for this.

    1. Feel it all Around - Washed Out vs Neverlost - Smashing Pumpkins

    At first I thought I'd prefer Neverlost but honestly, it got quite samey and repetitive really early in, I like how it picks up at the end though. Some interesting ideas.
    Feel it all Around was... interesting. I'm never a fan of huge intros (one minute) especially when they don't have much build up but I'd be lying if I said I didn't prefer listening to this. The tone the song had was really nice.

    2. I Don't Wanna Die Anymore - New Radicals vs Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel

    WOW. This was hard, I really enjoyed both but for a song that I'd actually put on my iTunes or something, definitely I Don't Wanna Die Anymore. That chorus had such a big Oasis vibe to it.
    The latter was also great but a little generic, still good.

    3. Younger Generation - The Lovin Spoonful vs Massive Attack - Euro Zero Zero

    These weren't well paired for my tastes. The first one was extremely good, probably my favourite of the songs so far. Whilst I hated the Massive Attack one.

    4. The Great Escape - Mike Dignam vs Big Black Mariah - Tom Waits

    Whilst I liked the Tom Waits song more than some people, his voice was the best thing about it and after the novelty wore off, well, I didn't think it was that good.
    Great Escape provides a decent catchy tune that's a lil generic but still an awesome song.

    5. Snakes - Joey Bada$$ ft T'nah Apex vs The Tank - The Deer Hunter

    Well I first listened to The Tank and liked it then after seeing his name of the latter I was like "Yeah I know who I'm picking" but don't judge a book by it's cover. Very solid song.

    6. People are Crazy - Billy Currington vs Tonight we Fly - The Divine Comedy

    Well, seeing as it's certainly going to lose, I have no problem in admitting what song was one of my two choices, LOL.
    This song is like a classic in my family and between my old friends for several reasons, maybe nostalgia made it seem better in my head, I freakin' love it.

    As for the other, well someone I know IRL loves Divine Comedy so I was already familiar with them but this song was better than I expected from them, decent. Didn't think that someone on this board would like that kind of group though, y'know?

    7. I Got you Babe - Cher with Beavis & Butthead vs Lay it on your Head - Don Julian

    I know it was a joke song but hell I enjoyed listening to it more than the other one and isn't that what this is all about.

    8. Goldfrapp - Time Out from the World vs The Descendants - Clean Sheets

    I didn't think either were fantastic but Goldfrapp was pretty unique and soothing. It was decent.

    Songs I'll actually download and listen to them frequently because they were good:

    I Don't Wanna Die Anymore
    Tonight we Fly
    Younger Generation
    Snakes
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    1. Feel It All Around- Washed Out

    washed out had a nice groove to it, whereas neverlost was just kinda existing in nowheresville

    2. I Don't Wanna Die Anymore – New Radicals

    enjoyed listening to this one more than neutral milk hotel, which is definitely up april ludgate's lane: depressing and sort of aimless (though it wasn't terrible or anything)

    3. Younger Generation – John Sebastian

    this will so lose but I thought this was a very cute folk song with a nice melody and humorous lyrics. the massive attack song was kinda fun but I dunno, john sebastian stuck out to me more.

    4. Great Escape – Mike Dignam

    just like the previous, the tom waits song is funky but great escape is just far more enjoyable and upbeat... and I just prefer that over a tom waits song I've heard a billion times. this is, once again, so gonna lose

    5. The Tank – The Dear Hunter

    both were really great, but the tank wins out by being more of an overall enjoyable experience, as snakes kinda lost its luster towards the end. (great beat and rap, though) I do love how experimental and moody the tank was, but still rocking out an awesome chorus.

    6. Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy

    @hammster you're a lucky son-of-a-bitch to have your song be paired with a generic, white trash country song. it's a good song that is vampire weekend-esque in places and legitimately fun to listen to, but goddamn it's like a guarantee

    7. I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead

    ugh I can't believe I'm voting for this but I really liked don julian's 70s funk for like, two minutes and then it sort of bored me a bit, while the last one which was just more (intentionally) about making me laugh than being an actual, y'know... song (and it's a bizarre cover at that, so I have zero idea on how it actually made it in), it held my attention more. I mean, this is another "gonna fuckin lose anyways" so in the next round I'll be giving lay it on your head a definite re-listen to see if it improves for me.

    8. Time Out From The World – Goldfrapp

    both were great, but goldfrapp won me out with its dreamy, synthesized interludes and overall soothing quality. descendants will be a tough one to lose though.
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    1) the Washed Out song did feel pretty repetitive after a while and i'm not the biggest fan of the vocal style, but it works as what it is (i.e a relaxing chill song) because it got my chilled out. Neverlost was also kinda repetitive muscially for a lot of the song, it didn't have to go on quite as long and I didn't particularly like the vocals again, but it had better lyrics and a more interesting tune in my opinion.

    Winner: Neverlost - The Smashing Pumpkins

    2) I'll admit I go into this one biased as Neutral Milk Hotel are one of my favourite bands, and this song is a genuine cracker. Love the frantic acoustic guitar style, the eccentric but poetic lyrics and most of the vocal work (some of the shouting was a bit much though). I Don't Wanna Die Anymore is a good song too, it's probably more catchy for starters, but I found it less interesting lyrically and in terms of the vocal work

    Winner: Two-Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel

    3) Euro Zero Zero has a real interesting opening hook at first with a funky beat, but it gets less interesting as it goes on with stuff being repeated. I thought i'd like the other one more since i'm a sucker for folky acoustic stuff but the melody felt pretty plodding, and although I do like the lyrics it wasn't quite enough.

    Winner: Euro Zero Zero - Massive Attack

    4) Big Black Mariah - um...well, that vocal work sure is...unique. The problem is this isn't the sort of unique like Dylan's nasal but angry voice or Springsteen's roar that just works. It does have a decent tune but I can't understand a single word Waits is saying so I can't comment on the lyrics. Sorry, I just can't really get over the weird vocals on this one, and it's strange because usually I enjoy Tom's voice (Singapore being a good example) but here it's overdone. That said the other guys voice is pretty generic so Waits isn't being blown away here, and the music is kinda generic if pretty catchy. I did like the lyrics and the catchiness though.

    Winner: Great Escape - Mike Dignam

    5) The Tank is very enjoyable, switching up the music while remaining memorable, though the vocals are again a bit meh compared to the music, at least from the lead singer, nothing I hadn't heard before from plenty of other bands. Really cool song though. I like the music in Snakes too but not as much as the OTT sort of alt-rock doominess of The Tank, and it might have been a little too long.

    Winner: The Tank - The Dear Hunter

    6) Tonight We Fly won me over from the cool fast-paced opening and the catchy tune, and I liked the vocals too. Could've done with a bit more variation muscially but a fun song to listen to. Meanwhile, People Are Crazy is pretty much country by the numbers, lyrically, vocally and musically. I almost laughed when 'God is great, beer is good' came up because it's like he's ticking things off a checklist here. I do feel a little bad for whoever submitted this because it's got slated so hard but come on man.

    Winner: Tonight We Fly - The Divine Comedy

    7) Lay It One Me's funk is just what the doctor ordered after such by the numbers music in the previous song, it's really catchy and cool. I didn't think the middle section was anywhere near as interesting though, and the first part isn't nearly as fun when it kicks in a second time either. Up against something as (admittedly dumb) as Cher, Beavis & Butthead it's looking good. To be honest I just found B&B kinda annoying here, although of course Cher knocks it out of the park.

    Winner: Lay It on Me - Don Julian

    8) I like Clean Sheets, it's catchy and memorable if a little by the numbers musically. Time Out from the World is more interesting musically but the sometimes a little too vocals switched me off in some places, but then her voice really worked in other places. Overall, I guess i'd rather chill out to Goldfrapp's music than dance around like a fool to typical rock.

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    some surprisingly close calls this round and some good finds

    1. /washed out/ v. smashing pumpkins
    was already a fan of the washed out track before so i guess i'm biased, but nonetheless easy choice. mainly cos of the chilled vibe of the washed out track.

    2. neutral milk hotel v. /new radicals/
    i can't believe i'm doing this, but despite the in-your-face lyrics and rock ballad cliches, i really had a soft spot for the new radicals track. i mean i really liked the neutral milk hotel track as well, i liked the sort of narrative it had, but.. yeah.. i liked the other one more.. i'm baffled

    3. /massive attack/ v. john sebastian
    got a real soft spot for good basslines/grooves so i just have to give this round to massive attack. the john sebastian track was alright but a little quaint.

    4. /tom waits/ v. mike dignam
    duh.

    5. the dear hunter v. /joey bada$$/
    i can appreciate elements of the dear hunter track but it seems very melodramatic and the over the top, stylistically. it's not bad but it's also a little obnoxious. loving the vibe of joey bada$$ though, also liking the lyrics.

    6. /the divine comedy/ vs. billy currington
    musically i guess the currington track is tolerable but the lyrics are so laughable and just horrible which tips it way over the edge. liked the divine comedy track, reminded me a lot of sufjan stevens.

    7. /don julian/ vs. cher and beavis&butthead
    i've been looking to get into funk recently so i really enjoyed/appreciated the don julian track. it makes me smile so much when that flute comes in after the quiet bit in the middle.
    allowing the c&b&b track seemed a bit like rule-breaking, i mean the cher version has a wiki page. everyone knows the song either way, and yeah it's a good pop song i guess but nothing really new. don julian wins fairly easily.

    8. descendents vs. /goldfrapp/
    bit of a tight round. the descendants track was okay but a little familiar for me, and i'm not a huge fan of pop punk on the whole. time out from the world was a more pleasant listening experience for me if maybe a little limp. but fun fact: my aunt styled goldfrapp's hair for the cover of her seventh tree album.
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    regret allowing the cher song through, yes.
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