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    2014 NHC Summer Music Showdown (Voting thread! Results!)

    Well, it's been a week and we've collected over 60 songs, so it's time to get to the voting. Let's listen to those songs! Overall, we had 66 songs nominated by 25 NHC'ers. Here are the participants who submitted songs.

    1. @Jims

    2. @Smiling Politely

    3. @Shaunbadia

    4. @Lionel Hutz

    5. @Insomnia

    6. @Frightened Inmate No. 2

    7. @parklife

    8. @Matty

    9. @Kaos

    10. @zach

    11. @Old painty-can Ned

    12. @kupomog

    13. @Elliot74

    14. @cloneasaurus

    15. @hammster

    16. @The Spruce Moose

    17. @Somewhere Man

    18. @box elder

    19. @NoDeerForAMonth

    20. @The Thompsons

    21. @xapirion

    22. @Malaise Forever

    23. @Squeaky Voiced Teen

    24. @Malfunctioning Eddie

    25. @Tromboon


    Because we only needed 64 songs for our bracket, two songs ended up getting cut, which ended up knocking off @Shaunbadia and @Squeaky Voiced Teen's third nominations. But everyone's else's are intact. We did have a few songs get rejected during the process, mostly for being too well-known and famous already. That being said, there are a few songs that made it through despite having a Wikipedia page and/or being a famous artist. The general rule I used was that the more famous the artist, the deeper cut off of an album that would be needed. And the more recent the song, the more obscure it needed to be. We did get a couple really old songs that could be considered old standards, but are probably not regular staples in today's music scene. There were also some "internet underground hits" where the popularity can be sort of arguable. Basically, there were a lot of borderline calls so please don't hit me if you see something you deem too mainstream.

    I randomized the matchups completely to eliminate any sort of bias and arranged the 64 songs in groups of 8 matchups each. In the Round of 64, each round of voting will be 3 days long.

    Here are the results of each round for archival purposes.


    Round 1A Results

    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title (17)
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too (6)
    Eliminated - Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone (12)
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour (11)
    Eliminated - Sabina - Viva L'Amour

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning (11)
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone (12)
    Eliminated - Future Islands - Sun in the Morning

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money (10)
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates (13)
    Eliminated - Jelleestone - Money

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky (10)
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama (13)
    Eliminated - Woods - Impossible Sky

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You (19)
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina (4)
    Eliminated - Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch (5)
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season (18)
    Eliminated - KMFDM - Bait and Switch

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep (11)
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons (12)
    Eliminated - School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep

    Round 1B Results

    1.
    The Pillows - Carnival (11)
    vs.
    The Cat Empire - Til the Ocean Takes Us All (12)
    Eliminated - The Pillows - Carnival

    2.
    Parov Stelar (feat. Klaus Hainy) - Promises (16)
    vs.
    Dave Matthews Band - Song That Jane Likes (7)
    Eliminated - Dave Matthews Band - Song That Jane Likes

    3.
    Dubmood - Stupefied (11)
    vs.
    Two Steps From Hell - El Dorado (12)
    Eliminated - Dubmood - Stupefied

    4.
    Roy Orbison - (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (8)
    vs
    The Hitchhikers - Mr Fortune (14)
    Eliminated - Roy Orbison - (All I Can Do Is) Dream You

    5.
    Crimpshrine - Second Generation Junkies (8)
    vs.
    Janelle Monae - Q.U.E.E.N (feat. Erykah Badu) (14)
    Eliminated - Crimpshrine - Second Generation Junkies

    6.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - Psychic Love Damage (9)
    vs.
    Jay Electronica - The Pledge (Eternal Sunshine) (12)
    Eliminated - Black Moth Super Rainbow - Psychic Love Damage

    7.
    Silver Jews - Pretty Eyes (9)
    vs.
    Collective Efforts - All Alone (12)
    Eliminated - Silver Jews - Pretty Eyes

    8.
    Steel - Say Goodbye (to Love) (4)
    vs.
    The Woodpile - Frightened Rabbit (17)
    Eliminated - Steel - Say Goodbye (to Love)[/QUOTE]

    Round 1C Results

    1.
    Beardfish - South of the Border (9)
    vs.
    Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview (14)
    Eliminated - Beardfish - South of the Border

    2.
    Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) (8)
    vs.
    The Normals - Almost Ready (15)
    Eliminated - Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)

    3.
    Caro Emerald - Just One Dance (13)
    vs.
    Replacements - Take Me Down to the Hospital (10)
    Eliminated - Replacements - Take Me Down to the Hospital

    4.
    Moloko - Fun for Me (9)
    vs.
    The Vapors - Sixty Second Interval (14)
    Eliminated - Moloko - Fun for Me

    5.
    Eleven Pond - Watching Trees (16)
    vs.
    Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (7)
    Eliminated - Sleater-Kinney - One Beat

    6.
    Misteur Valaire - Bellevue Avenue (6)
    vs.
    Lilys - Claire Hates Me (17)
    Eliminated - Misteur Valaire - Bellevue Avenue

    7.
    Johnny Burnette - Train Kept A Rollin' (11)
    vs.
    The Weakerthans - Pamphleteer (start at 10:34) (12)
    Eliminated - Johnny Burnette - Train Kept A Rollin'

    8.
    Charles Mingus - Better Git It In Your Soul (16)
    vs.
    The Subhumans - Firing Squad (7)
    Eliminated - The Subhumans - Firing Squad[/QUOTE]

    Here were the first set of matchups for Round 1.

    Round 1A

    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons (alternate link)


    Voting for Round 1A will close on Thursday, June 12th at 8 PM Eastern time.

    Have fun!

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    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title: I'm not a fan of disco, or interludes.
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too: Not again, jesus mary and joseph stalin another interlude. This one is slightly better.

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone : Props for not doing in the aeroplane over the winning song. I really like it.
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amou: Not my thing

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning: it's ok, a little not me
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone: Best picture yet, I like rockabilly, I like the lyrics, this is a great songs! Second best song this round I should look into these guys.

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money: I'm not gonna sugarcoat anything, this sucks.
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates : I already know,like, love the song. It has a wiki page though.

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky: I IV V IV called.... . It's a pretty good song though.
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama I love the production, and it's pretty good jazzy rock. There is no way the singer doesn't have a beard.

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You : I already used my anti sugarcoating line, but this is not for me.
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina : Not enough of anything. The other song got a lucky break.

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch : Industrial is an ok genre, I like Big Black and well thats it. Not for me.
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season: This is going to win the game, I don't think it's a great song and I'm not going to check into the band though.

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep : Half asleep would be a compliment in this situation.
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons : This production is horrid, good lyrics though.

    Overall: Ehh

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    1. Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title (I'm not a big fan of disco, but I outright disliked the other one.)
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone (Didn't like either, but this one is slightly better.)
    3. Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone (The other one didn't stand a chance. Wild Saxophone is probably the best song of these 16.)
    4. The Smiths - Cemetery Gates (This one's all right. The other one is not my taste at all, arguably the worst song of these 16.)
    5. Chase - Run Back to Mama (Another really good one. To be honest, Impossible Sky stood a chance against plenty of other songs here, but not this one.)
    6. Kleer - Close to You (I guess I don't appreciate meditative music. This one wins by default.)
    7. The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season (Bait and Switch is the other bad one from this list, just not my style. High Hawk Season is decent.)
    8. School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep (Didn't like either, but this one's tolerable.)

    Some great ones and some awful ones, but the rest was pretty mediocre.
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    1.Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title

    2.Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone

    3.Future Islands - Sun in the Morning

    4.Jelleestone - Money
    Can't say I liked either but I went with this one

    5.Chase - Run Back to Mama
    I have a feeling this one might win

    6.Kleer - Close to You
    No wait, this one will win. It's fucking great.

    7.KMFDM - Bait and Switch

    8.Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons
    I didn't care much for either but this one was a tad better

    Overall it was a decent round.

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    Ah, shame my 3rd song didn't make the cut, but I'll just keep it on reserve for the next one we do of these. Still got two dogs in this fight.

    Anyway, votes for Round 1-A.

    1. Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    3. Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    4. Jelleestone - Money
    5. Chase - Run Back to Mama
    6. Kleer - Close to You
    7. KMFDM - Bait and Switch
    8. School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep


    The first face-off was the only one I had any trouble deciding between, as both were very good. Black Moth Super Rainbow only came out on top because I enjoyed how relaxing it was. Future Island isn't exactly something I'd listen to of my own accord, nor can I say it was all that good, but it was better than Stray Cats. Same reasoning can be given to my picking of Neutral Milk Hotel, as the other song was fucking horrid (Sorry @hammster, I know that was your pick since your AV is from the video).

    Picks 4 -7 were all fantastic and I was super into them. The best of which IMO was "Bait and Switch" by KMFDM. What in the fuck was "Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina" though? It was like ten minutes of depressing nothingness.

    "Half Asleep" started out a bit weird but it got decent overall. I've never been a fan of Two Door Cinema Club.
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    1. Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title
    2. Sabina - Viva L'Amou: Not my thing
    3. Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    4. Jelleestone - Money
    5. Chase - Run Back to Mama
    6. Kleer - Close to You
    7. The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season
    8. School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep


    Meh. Nothing I would add to my digital collection

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    1. Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too
    I guess. Fairly difficult choice, neither of them immediately jumped out at me as my obvious favourite but enjoyed both of them and will be happy to have another excuse to listen to either again.
    2. Sabina - Viva L'Amour
    Neutral Milk Hotel song was fine but Viva L'Amour is more my thing.
    3. Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    Not crazy about either.
    4. The Smiths - Cemetery Gates
    Find it difficult to vote against the Smiths.
    5. Woods - Impossible Sky
    I really wasn't crazy about either of these.
    6. Kleer - Close to You
    7. KMFDM - Bait And Switch
    The best song (excl. my own ) vs. the second best song in the set.
    8. School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
    The link for the Two Door Cinema Club song is apparently blocked in my country on copyright grounds so I listened to it elsewhere and liked it a lot. I really liked the other though and it might have just rendered my last sentence redundant.

    And *shakes fist threateningly at @Shaunbadia*

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammster View Post
    The link for the Two Door Cinema Club song is apparently blocked in my country on copyright grounds so I listened to it elsewhere and liked it a lot. I really liked the other though and it might have just rendered my last sentence redundant.
    Just Google search it. That's what I did. Got a version with some stupid Radio 1 thing at the start saying "HOTTEST RECORD RIGHT NOW!".

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    He said he listened to it.
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    ugh, work is killing me right now so i'm not sure i'll be able to listen to all these by thursday. will try though

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    1.Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too
    I enjoyed both songs, but I found this one a bit more to my tastes.

    2.Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour
    I liked both songs a lot, but I prefer Neutral Milk Hotel. And I appreciate that it wasn't an "obvious" NMH track.

    3.Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone
    This is the first match-up so far where I wanted to go and listen to more of what was chosen and I felt that way about both. I especially liked Future Islands, it just really clicked for me.

    4.Jelleestone - Money
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates
    I like both songs but The Smiths is more along my tastes.

    5.Woods - Impossible Sky
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama
    I enjoyed Chase, but I adore Woods and was pleasantly surprised to see them here. Such pleasant stuff.

    6.Kleer - Close to You
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina
    I liked Kleer. But this other stuff was just lovely.

    7.KMFDM - Bait and Switch
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season
    I found the Mountain Goats really soothing and pleasant. I don't mind stuff like KMFMD but it's the sort of thing I really need to be in the mood for.

    8.School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons
    I really like Two Door Cinema Club, but I prefer School of Seven Bells which is new to me and really pleasing.


    Overall there was not anything I disliked, but not a lot of stuff I really got into. There was a couple of them that were close and probably could have gone either way based on my mood.

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    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title - zach wins this round...
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour - hamm wins this round...

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone - harry wins this round...

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money - actually didn't mind this, but...
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates - the spruce moose wins this round...

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky
    - jims(?) wins this round...
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You - groovy
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina - 11 minutes? Christ! anyway pretty desolate, not for me

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch - wasn't bad
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season - nice acoustic number but the backing harmonies are annoying to me., by a hair

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep - liked it
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons - liked it. by a hair

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    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title
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    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too

    Man, the Budy-Maglione track is so funky. Love the horns and bass guitar combo, especially in the chorus. Never heard of this movie at all, but I definitely want to check out the soundtrack for sure. The Black Moth Super Rainbow track is solid too. I like ascending riff (not even sure what instrument it is) and the general feel of it. The vocals don't quite do it for me style-wise, however.

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour

    Like the heavy bass sound in the Neutral Milk Hotel track and the vocal performance really clicks for me too. The only downside for me is that it doesn't really have any peaks or valleys, just kind of a constant sound all the way through. It's a good sound, though, so I'm not sure what I'm really complaining about. I feel like I've heard the Sabina song before... Maybe in a commercial or something? I really enjoy the bouncyness of this track and the syncopation of the vocals. The vocals are actually pretty minimalist which I don't usually care for, but it sort of works for this song in an odd way. Like the saxophone too.

    Really close, but I find the Sabina track a little more interesting, so I'll go with it.

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone

    The Future Islands track is so... unique. It kind of feels 80s to me, with its underlying bass groove and airy synths. But it's a very modern track too. I really enjoy the inflections in the vocals, how much they just fly up and down throughout it. When I previewed this track during nominations, I just thought, "Good track" and nothing else. But on a re-listen, I really like this a lot. I was actually expecting to vote for the Stray Cats when I saw what the matchup is. The Stray Cats track is just great rockabilly stuff... Reminds me a ton of their more famous hit. I love the rock-rock-rock of the chorus with the saxophone. Definitely a toe-tapper. Probably the biggest bummer of a match-up for me in this round.

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money
    vs.
    The Smiths - Cemetery Gates

    Haha, the Jelleestone track is so late-90s Will Smith music. I feel like Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It is going to break out at any moment. But the lyrics are still very interesting and very clever and really lifts the song from just being a knock-off. I can't say enough good stuff about this track... It's just really fun. Makes me want to look up this guy's other stuff. The Smiths track is nice too, it's just a little overshadowed by the other one for me. The swift guitar work is endearing and it has a nice chord progression to boot.

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama

    The very opening hit of the Woods song makes me immediately think of that old song, Crimson and Clover. Both times I've listened to it now. Much like that song, it's got a nice hooky little guitar line. I like that the melody kind of moves around, not sticking to one hook the entire time. The vocals don't do a lot for me, though. The Chase track... Wow, I should have turned down my speakers at the beginning. I was a little worried there would be too much trumpet at first, but I really started digging the track when the guitar took over and the vocals came in. This is just quintessential 70s jazz-rock, something I am a horrible sucker for. Reminds me of the Budy-Maglione track from above.

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina

    Oh, speaking of the 1970s, hello Kleer. I feel like I sure am nailing down my musical preferences in my voting here. This was another one of those tracks I adored immediately when it came in for nominations. My only tiny nitpick is that maybe it goes on for a verse/chorus too long. The Arvo Pärt track just isn't my bag, unfortunately. It's just a little too lifeless for me.

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season

    I'm a little familiar with KMFDM and The Mountain Goats but not familiar with these tracks. I like the heavy, grindy clubhouse feel to the beat and the vocals work well with it. My only potential issue with it is that, like a lot of this kind of music, it drags on a little too long for my tastes. The Mountain Goats track sounds a lot like every other song I've heard from the band. Not necessarily a bad thing; I generally like their minimalist style. The harmonies of this particular song is the highlight for me. I like the build-up toward the end with the guitar changes and stuff too. Not super-wowed by either but I liked them both enough. Just barely giving the edge to KMFDM.

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons

    The School of Seven Bells track is neat. Very airy and wispy, kind of trance-y. Really nice layering of the vocals, almost reminds me of a full-fledged organ by the end of it. I kind of feel like I'm watching Lost in Translation while listening to it. The Two Door Cinema Club track sounds sooooooo Top 40ish in terms of its structure, but I dunno, it's more endearing than a lot of that stuff. Maybe it's the galloping beat and the super-optimistic vocals. Those vocals are so optimistic, they approach Christian pop-rock territory. This matchup is also extremely close and is probably the biggest bummer of all of them, the way the random matchups shook out. I'm more inclined to vote for the first track, but the cheerfulness of the Two Door Cinema Club one won me over.

    Also, @Lionel Hutz, I'll never tell which song is mine.

    I actually ended up re-arranging the order of the matchups a little, as all three of @Insomnia's tracks initially ended up in Round 1A. I kept all the matchups intact, but tried to space out people's nominations a little between groups. I'm going to randomize them all again in the next round anyway, so it doesn't matter.

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    hmm, guess it wasn't yours unless you're being extremely modest..
    I'm on to your dirty tricks @Jims!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kupomog View Post
    He said he listened to it.
    Well, it's pretty fuckin' late here. Can't be on the ball all the time.

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    Oh, can someone send me a link to the alternate site for the Two Door Cinema Club track for those outside of the U.S.? I'll add it to the first post as an alternative.

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    wtf Cemetery Gates isn't considered a popular song? Also bummed that Fur Alina is all but eliminated seeing as how it's one of the prettiest compositions ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old painty-can Ned View Post
    wtf Cemetery Gates isn't considered a popular song?
    That one was a difficult call. I don't really follow The Smiths very much so I had to consult Wikipedia for that one. That track redirects to the album on Wikipedia, and it listed 3 other songs as being the singles from that album, with another fourth song having a separate article. In the end, I reasoned that a non-single from that album would be unfamiliar to at least a decent number of people here. Also, by that time, I had literally been looking up over 50 songs at that point, so it's a little tiring after awhile.

    Also I figured, if I screw up and people hate a song's inclusion (because of its popularity), there would eventually be a voting backlash against it anyway. Or it'll cruise to an easy win and everyone will hate me. Either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel Hutz View Post
    1.Budy-Maglione - zach wins this round...
    haha, i didn't nominate the cannibal ferox track. i laid off soundtracks since i did one last time. anyway, what the hell? who submitted this track and why aren't we talking about music. disco tunes from sleazy films is the main thing i listen too. that theme kills by the way. too bad the rest of the soundtrack doesn't have any other tunes like that. if my memory serves me right, the rest of the movie was pretty much mostly just dramatic cues. they put that on vinyl not to long ago, but can't really justify paying the high price, since i basically wanted that one track.

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    haha, somebody stole your niche, but who!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoDeerForAMonth View Post
    interlude.
    they're not interludes, completely different thing. the word you're looking for is instrumental. not really sure how you can like music and not like instrumentals, but okay.


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    1. Budy Magilone- NYC Main Title- A really good funky soundtrack piece. I like electronic music but Black Moth Super Rainbow was a bit much for my tastes.

    2. Neutral Milk Hotel- Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone- Neither track impressed me but the guitars and overall grove of the NMH song got the nod.

    3. Future Islands- Sun In The Morning- Rockabilly/Swing revival never really appealed to me. Sun In The Morning is a fantastic song so this really wasn't close.

    4. The Smiths- Cemetery Gates- The Smiths have a more upbeat approach than Pantera's completely different song with the same title which I'm more familiar with. Money is also very catchy, this was the toughest one to pick.

    5. Woods- Impossible Sky- Woods did have a Velvet Underground feel as the comments stated. The main riff really reminds me of Sweet Jane. Chase meanwhile has a lot of Blood, Sweat and Tears influence with the horns and husky vocals. Impossible Sky gets the slight edge though, a little more of an interesting track.

    6. Kleer- Close To You- I'm all for long songs and it took guts to submit an 11 minute song but it was kind of boring and almost put me to sleep. Close To You was the wake up call I needed.

    7. KMFDM- Bait And Switch- A great blend of electronics and guitar and very good female vocals as well (ooh a bad word). The Mountain Goats is a good acapella band but Bait and Switch was the more dynamic track.

    8. Two Door Cinema Club- Changing Of The Seasons- Another tough one but as mentioned Changing Of The Seasons had some good lyrics while the other track kind of droned on.
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    I listened and chose and wrote it all down at work

    and left it at work. D'oh.

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    1.
    Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title - can't put into words how deliciously immaculate this piece of excellent, energetic and stylish dance music is. the breakdown at the minute mark is such a wonderful brief disco-y aside from the tense cop drama vibes of the rest. so killer. this is basically perfect. thank you whoever nom'd this. excellent find.
    vs.
    Black Moth Super Rainbow - I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too - this I love as well. sounds like Boards of Canada's effortless grip on organic sensations through synthetic sounds, only more skewed and psychedelic. all of the textures here feel like nature. the gooey, sticky kaleidoscopic heart of nature. evocative and runs the color spectrum.

    my heart tells me BMSR should take it, but my ears say otherwise. point goes to Budy-Maglione.

    2.
    Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone - NMH songs shouldn't have drums. I love drums, I play drums, I need percussion in most of my music and the more diverse the better but gah it's just making this seem less potent. the more intimate and minimal NMH tunes are heavenly but the drums ground the songs too much for me. less droning fuzz rock, more desperate yearning vocals and frail loose jangling guitars. this band has some high notes, this ain't really one of 'em. thumbs sideways.
    vs.
    Sabina - Viva L'Amour - delicate watery guitars ,tight but well-enough layered percussion and smooth female vocals? ticks a few of my boxes pretty quickly. a modest but deserved win. the horn burbles at the two-minute mark feel tacked on but don't last long enough to do damage, and I don't like the echo on the shouts of "amour" in the chorus because the sound is far too tinny and rather disruptive texturally. still, small qualms there.

    so yes, point to Sabina.

    3.
    Future Islands - Sun in the Morning - hello, indie pop tune #8898 or so. nothing unfamiliar or truly gripping here, but totally listenable. soft beachy vibes are a plus. sorta feels like delicate waves pushing onto the shore. soft, inoffensive.
    vs.
    Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone - perhaps just because I'm not as familiar with rockabilly in general, but this feels so fresh and full of energy. the "rock rock rock" barks are an excellent raw but poppy hook, supporting by an excellent grooving rhythm section and yes, wild saxophone. killer tune.

    point goes to Stray Cats.

    4.
    Jelleestone - Money - no words for this one really, but it's a jam. i see myself returning to this alot, the sing-songy chorus especially is great. beat is that good kind of late 90sish cheese. kinda wish both verses were rap-sung like the first, and the shift is mildly jarring and doesn't flow as well. mild issue, this is insanely catchy. i know this isn't a very convincing description, but I already fucking love this. I just can't find the words to express that s'all.
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    The Smiths - Cemetry Gates - just exited a recent Smiths kick but this reminds me why it's so easy to get sucked into their music. obviously the foundation of Joyce's drumming is a definite aid to the persistant and focused pop craftsmanship and Morrissey's vocals are an always welcome layer (maybe less maybe MOOOOORE) but yeah it's always about Marr, who delivers so many little jangles and melodies that evoke so many flavors in such a precise tight space. the dude was (is?) a master. the Smiths have gotten their love though...

    really really difficult pick, but since I haven't stopped spinning it and just feel it deserves the respect (you people who hated this are nuts), gotta go for Jelleestone.

    5.
    Woods - Impossible Sky - initally felt some friction with the juxtaposition of the lovely, folksy instrumentation and weirdly overproduced frail vocals that feel more suited to something like say, that Future Islands track, but I'm making peace with it because this is just simplistically lovely. just a nice, well written little tune. I'm a sucker for a softly swaying folk tune though, so chalk this one up to bias.
    vs.
    Chase - Run Back to Mama - so electrifying, so 70s. not my wheelhouse at all, but as far as jazz-rock goes, this is good stuff. need more solid expressive 70s stuff in my life, so thanks to whoever nom'd this.

    again, very hard, but I'm giving this one to Woods. one of the closest matches in the end.

    6.
    Kleer - Close to You - starting to wonder how I'm not already stockpiling groovy and emphatic 70s rocks records of this nature, because this is just clinging to me so effortlessly. another jam. better than Chase even.
    vs.
    Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina - I haven't' the actual musical knowledge to properly dissect this, but it's easliy the most thought-provoking piece here. it encourages an open sense of patience, an eagerness for every individual note, a fascination in the negative spaces, notes lightly ringing out. it's an easily inhabitable space, but it's understandable if some can't withstand it's length. for me, it's like being in a room where the notes are materializing from the ether, into my ears and then turned to vapor. it doesn't feel "composed" if that makes sense. I may not "love" it in the way I would most things I like here, but I really admire it and it leaves me curious. most unique entry here.

    gah, my immediate sensiblities tell me Kleer, but my appreciation for a song here has reached no higher peak than what has been evoked by Arvo. it's like one side of myself voting against another here, but I think the vote is deserved by Arvo Pärt.

    7.
    KMFDM - Bait and Switch - finally an easy round. this clunky nu-industrial metal shit has never been for me, not even as a dumb nu-metal loving adolescent. pass on this'n.
    vs.
    The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season - I've in the past been mildly split on this particulate Mountain Goats tune. the backing vocals are a nice fresh touch from a typically intimate songwriter, but they only assist the mood and haunting weight of the chorus, whereas the rest they're just sorta needlessly plastering in a disruptive texture. it doesn't quite work, not fully. still, John Darnielle is nigh-untouchable and that chorus is a highlight on this record, truly enrapturing.

    obv it's the Mountain Goats.

    8.
    School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep - song/title. I don't think I can really "do" School of Seven Bells, I've tried in the past and for my money, it's indie lullaby music but without the soothing charms of say, a good Yo La Tengo song. no energy, no hook, just drowsy textures. the guitar that arrives at the two-minute mark is awful too, like they went for a wall-of-sound shoegaze thing but it sounds so clumsily tacked on, like a last minute addition. not really for me.
    vs.
    Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons - really whatever indie pop group with a few earworms, usually they don't click for me, but Madeon sorta saves this one, making it a triumphant blurry summery banger. this definitely far surpasses the majority of the EDM I hear on the radio nowadays, for what little that's worth.

    point goes to Two Door Cinema Club.

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    1. Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title: Both were pretty zzzz but gotta go with this one.

    2. Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone: Not the best NMH but the other song was blah

    3. Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone: I guess

    4. The Smiths - Cemetery Gates: One of the best songs ever written vs. a pretty horrible song.

    5. Woods - Impossible Sky: This was pretty swell

    6. Arvo Pärt. Fur Alina: Knew this one didn't really have a chance but I think it's the best song of this round and it just does so much for me every time i listen to it.

    7. The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season: Even if the other song was good(it was horrible) this wold kill it. JD is a genius.

    8. School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep : Both very indie and both kinda bland. This one was a bit better though.

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    didn't care a lot for this round. few tracks i liked, few tracks i disliked, most were average.

    budy maglione vs. black moth super rainbow
    not super keen on either. BMSR was a little too twee for my tastes and the budy maglione one almost sounded like budget funk. BUT it gets marks for being shameless, fun and out there. so budy maglione wins.

    neutral milk hotel vs. sabina
    sabina quite easily. i've got nothing against sludgy 90s lo-fi but the nmh track was very bland to me. not a lot of progression in the track as a whole. i don't really have much to say about sabina except it was a good pop song. insightful!

    future islands vs. stray cats
    some nice production on the future islands track, i like how the drum machine beat mixes with the the synths and the horns. but in terms of the actual hook and melodies, i feel like it's kind of weak. so i'll take the rock n roll/sax mashup of the stray cats here, which i enjoyed a surprising amount.

    jelleestone vs. the smiths
    money was a fun track, i liked some of the synths and the chorus, but it felt a little lacking as a whole. i was tempted to give it the edge over a smiths track i've heard a few dozen times before, but i feel that would be a little dishonest.

    woods vs. chase
    i've heard better woods tracks (their new album is pretty good) but it was decent on the whole. the chase track i half hated half liked. half hated because the vocals during the verse and some of the horn hooks are just so cheesy... but half liked because the "run back to mama" chorus bit was alright. eh, woods wins this quite easily for me.

    kleer vs. avro part
    a tough matchup. kleer was excellent. great funk/soul stuff and good basslines are my weakness. my favourite of this (so far pretty lacklustre) round. i liked avro part and appreciated its submission (we need as many genres as possible) but i would be lying to myself if it affected me that much in this very moment. seems like more of a slow burner to me. so i go with kleer.

    kmfdm vs. the mountain goats
    mountain goats easily. kmfdm was not my thing at all.

    school of seven bells vs. two door cinema club
    both were not very good. TDCC are way too hyperactive for me. that's a poor explanation of why i dislike them but that's all i can be bothered to muster up right now. it was like one step away from shitty soulless dance music. the school of seven bells track wasn't much better, lacking a lot of personality, but i'll give it some credit for good production.

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    1. Budy-Maglione - NYC Main Title
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    3. Stray Cats - Wild Saxophone
    4. The Smiths - Cemetery Gates
    5. Woods - Impossible Sky (Reminds me a bit of Wild Thing by the Troggs but oh well)
    6. Kleer - Close To You
    7. The Mountain Goats - High Hawk Season
    8. Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons



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