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Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

Match 25:

The Jayhawks- "Will I Be Married"

I'm definitely not a prog-hater and really like what I've heard of Rundgren, but it was kind of funny to listen to a 30 minute "song" and compare it to something else, especially given the fact that many albums from the 1970s were just a little bit longer than that. I think the Jayhawks song was solid enough to give it a win over a listenable but still sprawling song.

Match 26:

The Stone Roses- "Elephant Stone"

I'm also not an instrumental hater, but I'm having trouble choosing these impersonal songs that sound like extended musical cues over vocal songs. But that previous sentence was pointless, because I had no idea that Elephant Stone was not an original part of the 1989 album and I really like everything on it.

Match 27:

Deerhoof- "Milk Man"

It's great to see a lot of love for my 2nd choice, and that people can get past the off-kilter voice and appreciate it for the gleeful masterpiece that it is. Google - Maine, School, Deerhoof, Milk Man, musical sometime. Most of the album was made part of an elementary school musical a few years back!

I must recognize "The Puppet" as a strong opponent though.

Match 28:

Nirvana- "Rainbow Chaser"

I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) bootlegs so this was a surprise to see that there was another Nirvana. Really interesting... it sounds like it would fit right in with the soundtrack of a trippy 60s movie.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

Match 25 Winner: Utopia, "The Ikon"

I was apprehensive going in. I find Rundgren to be very hit or miss, and I don't like particularly long prog rock workouts. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that "The Ikon" was a fairly focused suite. Only occasionally did it lapse into being boring. THe parts where there was a strong groove o loud guitars were really good. I did not care for "Will I Be Married" as much. The song didn't do much for me.

Match 26 Winner: Serge Gainsbourg, "Cannabis"

I think the Stone Roses are pretty overrated, and this song did not change my mind. On the plus side... strong drums throughout. But the rest of the song left me cold. I loved Cannabis, though. Nice dirty feeling instrumental. I've said before how much I dislike Gainsbourg's vocals, which often ruin some incredible background compositions. Nice to not have that problem here.

Match 27 Winner: Deerhoof, "Milk Man"

Somehow I missed Lisa Germano, even though I was very into all of those mid-90's alt rock women. Fair song by her. I'm not that into the hushed vocals here, though. Like the crisper production on the Deerhoof number, and the more adventuresome instrumentals.

Match 28 Winner: Rob Dougan, "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Remix)"

Matchup of two interesting but only partly successful examples from their respective genres. Nirvana was a little too heavy on the pop-psychedelia without enough charisma from the vocals. But interesting, nonetheless. The Dougan remix wins by a hair, because I'm always a sucker for some piano and strings.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

I always hear this songs with vocals. I put le link without intentionally because I know non english vocals can pose problems, if you want to hear with vocals, this is the link.
Serge Gainsbourg - "Cannabis with vocals"

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I like it even better with vocals, makes my choice a little easier.

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Sorry, I don't have time to listen to the 30-minute song.

"Cannabis" def. "Elephant Stone"

I always thought "Elephant Stone" was part of the Stone Roses' debut album; a quick check at Wikipedia confirms it was not on the original release but has been on most releases since (including the one I have). Anyway, it's never been one of my favorites from the album, lacking a strong hook and suffering from the dated production plaguing most other Stone Roses songs.

"Cannabis" was solid both with and without vocals, though I must say it pales in comparison to the best material I've heard from Gainsbourg.


"Milk Man" def. "Puppet"

My first exposure to both of these artists was a disappointment. "Puppet" simply didn't create the atmosphere necessary to sustain interest in a song with such muted vocals. The vocals on "Milk Man" were a huge turn-off, but there were enough interesting things going on in the instrumentation to give it the win here.

"Rainbow Chaser" def. "Clubbed to Death"

This was by far the best matchup of the week; I'll be happy no matter which of these two gems advances. In the end, I chose "Rainbow Chaser" because of its blend of psychedelia and early prog that must have sounded innovative at the time. "Clubbed to Death" was excellent in combined moments of explosive power with restrained beauty, but given the choice right now, I'd rather hear "Rainbow Chaser" again.

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Match 25
30-minute suites starting off this week’s nominees can’t help the dwindling voter turnout for this game (especially if voters only plan on spending just over 30 minutes listening to all of the week’s entries). I will admit, I only listened to the first 13 minutes (5 minutes more than I was planning to listen to), before I wished that I would hate the Jayhawks song. I did enjoy them both, but I would say I enjoyed (what I heard from) the Utopia song more.
Winner: Utopia, “The Ikon”

Match 26
I am not very familiar with the Stone Roses, but I enjoyed this song. I also liked the Gainsbourg number, but it’s a bit more forgettable.
Winner: The Stone Roses, “Elephant Stone”
EDIT: I would have voted for the Gainsbourg song if the one with vocals had been posted. I have no problems with songs in languages I don't understand. The vocals in this song make it far more interesting.

Match 27
I really liked both tracks, but Deerhoof takes it.
Winner: Deerhoof, “Milk Man”

Match 28
Not AT ALL what I was expecting. I was totally expecting another unreleased song found on Kurt Cobain’s answering machine that he had left for himself from a payphone. Never realized there was another Nirvana (and from so long ago), but I really enjoyed this song. I also expected “Clubbed to Death” to be a death metal song (thankfully it wasn’t).
Winner: Nirvana, “Rainbow Chaser”

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Match 25:
Utopia- "The Ikon": (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Not really a fan of either genre here,but Utopia stood out more,even if I may never listen to it again...

Match 26:
The Stone Roses- "Elephant Stone"

I didn't realize so many people knew this from being a bonus track on their debut album,if I did,I never would have nominated it. But anyway,if there is one song in my collection that I would happily play at any given time,this would be it. Cannabis is OK,but nothing special. The song that is...

Match 27:
Lisa Germano- "Puppet"

The Deerhoof track was interesting but the vocals were a bit of a turn off. I enjoyed the Lisa Germano track much more,and sounds better than that Liz Phair track a few weeks ago.

Match 28:
Rob Dougan- Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Remix)

'Rainbow Chaser' just sounded like an average 60s psych track to me,there was loads better. Clubbed to Death was much less boring than I expected,and I quite enjoyed it.

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"The vocals on "Milk Man" were a huge turn-off, but there were enough interesting things going on in the instrumentation to give it the win here."

Jackson, if the vocals of Deerhoof are a turnoff, I think Satomi's vocals get more refined and fuller after the 2004 album Milk Man, where this track is from. Runners Four, the 2005 follow-up is Deerhoof's expansive follow-up where they throw every nuance of their sound out there, and nearly all of it sticks well. It also involves vocal contributions from at least 3, if not all, members of their band, which might be easier for your to listen to. Chris Cohen, member of Deerhoof at the time, also had a side band called the Curtains which is worth digging up.

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*Utopia - very ambitious, surprised they actually delivered it.

*Elephant Stone - one of the first albums i've ever bought was the Stone Roses debut album and this track was there, and it was really one of my favorites, so it was actually pretty easy to pick.

*Puppet - I like Deerhoof, but this was my pick and of believe it is a better choice. Germano is the most underrated singer/songwriter of the 90s, even Lisa freakin' Loeb gets more mentions than her. Geek the Girk is a masterpiece and Happiness is a hell of a alt pop album, this is one of the most accessible tracks in a album full of highlights.

*rRainbow Chaser - loved the melody, better than the other track that surfaced during the first weeks.

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Im posting from my cellphone, cause in at school and the deadline is close, so:

My first vote goes to Utopia. I really wasnt expecting vote for this, it was so long, but i loved it. Different from everything i've heard, i will check more of their material, cause it seems worthy of my time and this very long and terriifc track proved it it was no waste. My secind vote goes to The Stone Roses because they are simply my favorite british band of the 80s excluding the Smiths. I've always seen this song is part of the album, never a bonus track or something like that, cause it is on pair, in my opinion, to some of the material there. I really like the instrumental and a friend of mine used to play this during the night while we were camping, it was terrible but it is a nice memory. My third vote was the hardest. I adore females like these two and in a fan of both, so it was pretty hard to me. But Puppet takes it cause it has this awesome atmosphere and production that totally matches Lisas vocals and direct, honest writing. My fourth and last vote goes to the most surprisingly good match of this week. Im a huge fan of this obscure nirvana song, it is so good, better than some tracks that actually made other albums of them before and some darker material that came after Cobains death and the bands end.

These are my picks and forgive me for the bad english or not being organized, and if some of the words didnt make sense, blame the cells automatic correction, i hate them... But i needed to vote, i love this game

Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

Match 25:

The Jayhawks- "Will I Be Married"
Utopia sounds like Rush, that's not a compliment coming from me.

Match 26:

The Stone Roses- "Elephant Stone"
Sorry but I won't support my fellow-citizen here, found Gainsbourg's piece boring

Match 27:

Deerhoof- "Milk Man"
More in a childish mood than in a creepy one today, but I guess some other day it could have gone the other way

Match 28:

Rob Dougan- Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Remix)
Madeleine de Proust FTW

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I also don't have time for "The Ikon".

Serge Gainsbourg - "Cannabis"

I do quite like "Elephant Stone", but I also feel it is flawed. Serge on the other hand sounds like a French Ziggy Stardust, and that's a great thing.

Deerhoof - "Milk Man"

Weak matchup. "Milk Man" isn't great, but it is quirky and interesting whereas the Lisa Germano song was overlong.

Nirvana - "Rainbow Chaser"

The other Nirvana is surprisingly good, as was "Rainbow Chaser". The other song didn't do anything for me.

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Voting for this week is now closed.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

Here are your results for Week 7!

Match 25:

Utopia - "The Ikon": 13
The Jayhawks - "Will I Be Married": 4

Utopia jumped out to a quick lead and cruised to an easy win.

Match 26:

The Stones Roses - "Elephant Stone": 10
Serge Gainsbourg - "Cannabis": 9

This was close all the way. Serge Gainsbourg led early, but The Stone Roses quickly closed the gap. It went back and forth until The Stone Roses managed a slight lead. Serge closed strong, but not strong enough to win.

Match 27:

Lisa Germano - "Puppet": 8
Deerhoof - "Milk Man": 11

In another close match, Lisa Germano took an early lead, but it was quickly erased and Deerhoof looked to grab an easy win. But Lisa Germano came back strong, but not strong enough to win.

Match 28:

Nirvana - "Rainbow Chaser": 12
Rob Dougan - "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Remix)": 7

Nirvana took the first 4 votes, and Rob Dougan claimed the next 4. Nirvana seized momentum thereafter and never looked back.

The winners advance to the Winners Bracket 1 (W1), while the losers can take heart in the fact that they are not out of the game yet, and move to Losers Bracket 1 (L1).

Up-to-date brackets are available here.

Re: Unacclaimed Week 7

Nice to see long lost masterpieces like Ikon getting a go in here. Great site!