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Poll: Favorite Track?
Itty Bitty by Eyes Lips Eyes
50%
 50%  [1]
Oak Tree by Desert Noises
0%
 0%  [0]
LV Blvd by Na-G
0%
 0%  [0]
Motivation by Jamesthemormon
0%
 0%  [0]
Trash by Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees
0%
 0%  [0]
Luhmabae by Mimi Knowles
0%
 0%  [0]
Silver Tongue by The Moth & The Flame
0%
 0%  [0]
Tourniquet by My Fair Fiend
50%
 50%  [1]
I Could Be With You by Chase Baker
0%
 0%  [0]
Swept Away by Fictionist
0%
 0%  [0]
Semen Samples Pt. 3 by Officer Jenny
0%
 0%  [0]
The News by Try Try Try
0%
 0%  [0]
Topanga by Athiest
0%
 0%  [0]
Nashville's Full by The Cold Year
0%
 0%  [0]
Micky Macali by Sego
0%
 0%  [0]
Total Votes : 2

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sethmadsen
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#1 | Posted: 09/20/2016 00:26 | Post subject: SLP #26: The Heart of Timpanogos Reply with quote
More about the Ute tribe legend.


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link to spotify:
SLP #26: The Heart of Timpanogos.

I put this together of local artists because 1) I love them as people and 2) because any other idea I had for a list probably would have bored you all to death (probably would have ended up being my top 10 Beatles songs or something like that Laughing

Note: YouTube doesn't always match Spotify cause of availability of material. Also if you replace open with play in the Spotify URL it will open up as a web player, if you so choose.

Spotify Tracklisting:
1. Itty Bitty by Eyes Lips Eyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvjn9IsC96o)
2. Oak Tree by Desert Noises (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165msBbDaAU)
3. LV Blvd by Na-G (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfSDZdHZUi0)
4. Motivation by Jamesthemormon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9RWmZ_lGlo)
5. Trash by Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqnLdX4TM8)
6. Luhmabae by Mimi Knowles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brW7XgpJueQ)
7. Silver Tongue by The Moth & The Flame (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WhbieBClG0)
8. Tourniquet by My Fair Fiend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzszHFxbC9w)
9. I Could Be With You by Chase Baker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqSQEWXIYGg)
10. Swept Away by Fictionist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn-FKF9Gc-Q)
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#2 | Posted: 09/20/2016 00:30 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Expanded edition: (Bolded worth it, I swear)

TLDR version:
Here's a collection of music coming mostly from Provo, UT, which is home of two universities (Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University). I think this is one of the reasons why its a melting pot of young talent as opposed to SLC. Of the roughly 200k living here, 70k are college kids. Utah is notorious for tough crowds/getting a crowd to begin with, but it's a growing community of music.

Some like to claim that national acts like Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees came from Utah, and while yes, they did form their bands in Provo, UT, the members weren't born and raised here. It'd be like saying Beethoven was from Vienna, Austria because he got famous there or something.

I tried to represent the scene with a diverse list. Most importantly is the growing rap/hip-hop scene (if you know Provo, Utah, you know this would be laughable 10 years ago). For a moment there was a team up with "two black mormons and an Athiest" (white boy only one with a fro... ahhaa)... it was fantastic to see them rap together.

Interested in your feedback! I'll probably re-cap some of this from my perspective later.

And of course I geek out too much on this.

People have different tastes, so I just put together a bunch of other tracks from the area to see if anything else peaked interest. Take 45 seconds into it and if you're bored move on, at least give em a chance.

11. Semen Samples Pt. 3 by Officer Jenny (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5OodWNLv4g)
12. The News by Try Try Try (band I play for) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERpIHlz-z_w)
13. Topanga by Athiest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiFpz3edLGg)
14. Nashville's Full by The Cold Year
15. Micky Macali by Sego (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Phdx0vuMOo)

16. Hot Legs by Breezeway
17. Bear Claw Tracks by Grizzly Goat
18. Heavy by Mojave Nomads
19. We Are the Ones by Spirit City
20. Back to You by Johanna Johanna
21. Fire by Foreign Figures

You know these songs already, but these bands formed in this valley:
22. The Taste of Ink by The Used
23. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
24. Everybody Talks by Neon Trees

Not on Spotify:

Regal Beast
https://regalbeast.bandcamp.com/track/orcas-magnus

Queenadilla
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37v1C5vkmuA

Lost in Bourbon
https://www.reverbnation.com/lostinbour...-the-world
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#3 | Posted: 09/27/2016 06:56 | Post subject: Reply with quote
My useless thoughts:

1. Itty Bitty by Eyes Lips Eyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvjn9IsC96o)
These guys are now Sego, but this iteration of this band is my favorite. It's like Talking Heads meets RHCP. Probably my favorite music out of this area.

2. LV Blvd by Na-G (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfSDZdHZUi0)
Dude's name is actually Najee', and while he hasn't gotten as much attention as others, he might be Utah's best rapper.

3. Oak Tree by Desert Noises (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165msBbDaAU)
This band has an Osmond in it, which if you remember were one of those family acts from the 70s. I've always liked this song, but other than that the band is ok.

4. Motivation by Jamesthemormon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9RWmZ_lGlo)
He actually had a number 1 album spot on iTunes and hit #1 on Billboard's heatseekers album chart. He's a son of a diplomat. Message has been he's not a rapper similar to John Lennon saying he's not a musician. He wants to promote the lifestyle of the church (as this song has themes of family being a major motivation) without being too overtly Mormon in the music.

5. Trash by Tyler Glenn of Neon Tress (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqnLdX4TM8)
Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is not techinically from Utah, but now calls it home. Salt Lake City is home of the 7th highest percentage of LGBTI residents in the United States, yet this is the headquarters of the LDS church, who since 2008 (California's Prop 8 ) has politically and religously went from a culture of "hey we have gay bishops" to a culture of hate to this group. This song also encapsulates a growing trend of what I call Martin Luthers of the LDS church who at a time were wanting reform within the church, but were then excommunicated, hence the "you keep throwin me out like [trash]". Anyway I could go on forever about this massive culture shift in Utah. A visiting professor at BYU once said, the reason there are no famous Mormon artists/writers/musicians is they are afraid to tell the truth (not really as facts, but as what's really bothering them)... well I think this video and these lyrics are a huge breakthrough in that regard.

6. Luhmabae by Mimi Knowles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brW7XgpJueQ)
He's got this Kanye West meets Prince (he plays a mean guitar) meets Bruno Mars (sass and funk) meets Lenny Kravitz (versatility). He's part of the 2 Black Mormons and an Athiest trio that got together a few times, building Provo's rap scene into something no longer laughable. There was a joke of a beginning with this Bee Money...I mean literally a joke. But I've had the pleasure to share the stage with this guy and he's quite the performer.

7. Silver Tongue by The Moth & The Flame (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WhbieBClG0)
Video is for the song Sorry, and actually is a fantastic video.
This band is possibly the most artistic out of Utah. You knew they were playing that weekend at Velour because they'd set up XXXX art (forget what it's called!) around college housing. Riding the coattails of Fictionist and Imagine Dragons on national and international tours, these guys are at times more interesting musically.

8. Tourniquet by My Fair Fiend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzszHFxbC9w)
Phenomenal bassist and a female artist who in Utah's culture does a fantastic job refusing to be put on a pedestal. Feminist in Utah - Fetch yeah (total utahism)!

9. I Could Be With You by Chase Baker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqSQEWXIYGg)
Phenomenal guitar tone matched with your typical easy jazz vocalist comes out of BYU's "Synthesis" jazz program.
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#4 | Posted: 09/27/2016 20:27 | Post subject: Reply with quote
First things first, I was under the impression that nothing interesting ever happened in Utah. Or really that nothing at all ever happened in Utah. Seems I'm mistaken, because Eyes Lips Eyes have some math rock staccatos going down and that's definitely something. And not a single reference to Mormonism! Amazing!

The Desert Noises track didn't do a lot for me, but I will say, I see no reason these guys aren't every bit as big as Fleet Foxes. That Na-G track was cool. Super smooth, kinda jazzy boom bap. Nothing groundbreaking, but fresh as hell so I'm way down. The following track was decent too, though in the world party-oriented trap, it's not 100% my speed. That Tyler Glenn track was fairly interesting. Almost like if Black Keys were less boring. I kinda hated the chorus, but I dug the plodding rhythms interspersing the thing. Not sure about the Mimi Knowles track. Something about it really turns me off, but something else about it really makes me feel like I should revisit it in a different mindset sometime later. Will let you know if anything changes when that eventually happens. There's something here for sure, I'm just not sure what...

Ah man that Fair Fiend track was a banger. Serious bite to the thing, and I love the vocals. Gonna show my girlfriend this one, this is the kind of thing she loves.

Ok there are a lot of tracks on this thing, and while I listened to all of them, forgive me if I kinda gloss over a few.

Aight so that Officer Jenny track was pretty neat and had some cool lyrics (even if that dude's omnipresent bleating got on my nerves a bit after awhile).

Ok I hate using this as an insult because it's lazy and usually doesn't mean shit, but that Atheist / DJ Skratchmo track sounds really white. Heh, I like The Cold Year's whistling. And their liberal use of symbol crashes. Haha that Sego track... I can't tell if I love it or hate it. It's either disgustingly self-indulgent or deliciously campy and I can't decide which.

That Johanna Johanna track was pretty nice. A little cookie-cutter, but struck me as a tad above a lot of this kind of hyper-melodic indie-folk sorta thing.
Not gonna lie, these last few songs did nothing for me, and fuck you for making me listen to Imagine Dragons Laughing .

Y'know despite an unfortunate ending segment, I dug a lot of this. Not sure I'll revisit a ton, but you've definitely given me some names to remember. Good work Seth
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#5 | Posted: 09/27/2016 23:44 | Post subject: Reply with quote
dividesbyzero wrote:
First things first, I was under the impression that nothing interesting ever happened in Utah. Or really that nothing at all ever happened in Utah. Seems I'm mistaken, because Eyes Lips Eyes have some math rock staccatos going down and that's definitely something. And not a single reference to Mormonism! Amazing!


Totally agree. When I first heard the Eyes Lips Eyes record, I was like finally, a band that doesn't sound like a drab local band. They broke up and became Sego. Like em both.

dividesbyzero wrote:

Ah man that Fair Fiend track was a banger. Serious bite to the thing, and I love the vocals. Gonna show my girlfriend this one, this is the kind of thing she loves.


Indeed!

dividesbyzero wrote:

Haha that Sego track... I can't tell if I love it or hate it. It's either disgustingly self-indulgent or deliciously campy and I can't decide which.


The music video might help you love and/or hate it even more... I love it. But I know what you mean.

dividesbyzero wrote:

Not gonna lie, these last few songs did nothing for me, and fuck you for making me listen to Imagine Dragons Laughing .


Laughing

Somehow I shit myself laughing at this. Well not really, but you know...

I was partly thinking nobody needs those last three songs... everyone has heard it, but hey, how can you leave out the "biggest hits" of Utah County? I was consulting a friend on what to put on here and he said for the love of puppies don't put The Used on it. haha.

Thanks for the review! But yeah, the point was to put together a playlist that embodied those that live underneath that beautiful mountain range and I had a hard time keeping it to 10 songs partly because I'm kind of active in the music scene here. I also noticed the last few playlists have been longer as well... so I was like eh, whatevs here's a bunch of it. Sample size 200k population.

Also I didn't quite get the Tyler Glenn is like Black Keys being less boring... like that song reminded you of Black Keys? By the way Tyler Glenn is of Neon Trees. He went solo for that track because the rest of the band doesn't really share his views portrayed in the song (they are from Utah and he is from California to my knowledge).

And yes, Utah was/is the most boring place on the planet. There's Mormons and well... one of the biggest college libraries in the nation... and cows... and a growing world of technology (Adobe's headquarters are now here, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Ebay... blah blah... they are calling it Silicon Slopes now). But 10 years ago, I don't even think the cows were here, it was just Mormons.

But I'll never forget that Jewish visiting professor saying Mormons (and therefore basically Utah) will never have a respectable piece of art because they can't tell the truth. Really hit home for me. And if you understand what's going on with Mormonism today and Tyler Glenn's track... holy shit.

Anyway, thanks again for the discussion/review.
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#6 | Posted: 09/28/2016 00:21 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah I just went back and read the stuff you had said about each track, and being able to contextualize the Tyler Glenn track I think did get me to appreciate it more. Still a fair bit that didn't resonate with me musically but I liked it more than any Neon Trees I've heard. Also tbh I think the black keys comparison was just because of the use of that same vocal filter on the verses (and also maybe the chord progression of the verses to an extent).

Oh and I forgot to mention, even though the song wasn't particularly my jam, the bass work on "The News" deserves a hi-five Wink
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#7 | Posted: 09/28/2016 01:09 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Hehe, thanks. Garage bands 4 ever.
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