One of the earliest influences on Math Rock and pretty much all other forms of experimental music. Elements of their sound can be heard in bands such as Ruins & Hella. Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 and is one of the best examples of the Prog rock scene that was happening in France at the time. Drummer and band leader, Christian Vader, created his own language called Kobaian that was often used for Magma's lyrics. The most stand out feature of their music is the incredibly layered choral style vocals (aka Operacore). Check it out.
Short lived and super underground(they don't even have a wikipedia page), this Clovis, California band only existed from about 1987-1990. However, in that time they created some awesome music. Very quirky and often not fitting into any specific genre, their songs share a lot of similarities with The Residents. At the same time, Big Butter is much more approachable and probably easier to understand. Check out the spoken word section of "Bearded Horses", hilarious.
It's a safe bet that any band who likes The Birthday Party enough to cover one of their songs is going to be pretty cool. It's an even safer bet that an album full of bands covering The Birthday Party is going to be cool as hell.
Classic live bootleg of amazing and obscure Japanese noise rock gods, Les Rallizes Denudes. If any band has been ahead of their time, it was these guys. If this doesn't blow your mind, you don't like music.
One of the absolute greats of the Psych Folk genre. Exuma was part of the whole Greenwich village folk revival in the '60s and '70s. His music combines a great deal of influences and defies category. Maybe the most infectious album I've heard in quite a while. It has a way of getting under your skin and making you want to listen to it again and again.
This is for all you outsider free jazz banjo fans. As for the rest of you, listen to this anyways. It's good for you. Daniel Higgs is the former and sometimes current lead singer of Dischord post hardcore band Lungfish.
That's right. Another crazy band with a saxophone player. I can't help it. It's just so damn good. Uj Jsme Doma hail from Prague, Czech Republic and have been playing their own brand of genre defying music since 1985. This band has been labeled many things and none of them are completely accurate. You're just going to have to listen for yourself.
One of the most ridiculous albums from an already very ridiculous band. Acid Mothers Temple are the reining kings of Japanese psychedelic music. Generally preferring improvisation in place of structure, these guys have been a big influence on many bands. Most notably, Sonic Youth. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and has featured a constantly revolving lineup since 1995. If you like this, have no fear. There's plenty more where it came from.
Power trio that hails from Rome, Italy. Bass, Drums, Baritone Saxophone + lots of effects. Signed to Mike Patton's Ipecac Records. This album also features guest spots by Mike Patton. Sounds like a jazzy version of Lightning Bolt. Maybe the best album of 2009.
Two sisters that create dark pop songs with elements of Cabaret, Folk & Circus Music. Sort of like a combination of Bon Iver and Squirrel Nut Zippers. This is a collection of two EP's of the same name.
Japanese Math Rock/Post Punk band. Just listening to them, you would never know they're from Japan. It Sounds exactly like the American Midwest math bands. Some of the most introspective and beautiful music I've heard from the genre. Killer drums.
A great example of the later cleaner sounding Don Cab. On this album they turned down the distortion pedals and went for more precision and melody. An excellent decision, in my opinion. This is the best place to start if you've never heard the band before. Enjoy.
1. Don Caballero 3
2. In The Absence Of Strong Evidence To The Contrary, One May Step Out Of The Way Of The Charging Bull
3. Delivering The Groceries At 138 Beats Per Minute
One of the main bands in the whole "tappy screamy" Post Punk scene. More emphasis on the tapping than the screaming. In fact these guys don't really scream at all. They're still incredible though. And they have influenced a bunch of bands. Just listen to it. Could possibly change your life. Or not. Make up your own damn mind.
This is one of my favorite albums to play in the car on a nice warm day with the windows rolled down. Yeah.
One of my favorite albums from the whole Midwest Math Rock scene. Chicago four piece featuring drums, bass, guitar and saxophone. The band existed from about 1996-2002. Their sound is incredibly dynamic. A single song can easily go from quiet minimalist jazz into high energy technical punk. If you're like me, and you can't help but love a punk band with a saxophone, then this album is absolutely necessary.
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