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    Jake's Awesome List of Criminally Unappreciated Bands!

    THESE ARE BANDS THAT ARE STUPIDLY OBSCURE AND ARE DEEPLY DESERVING OF MORE RECOGNITION!!! PLEASE ACTUALLY LISTEN TO SOME OF THESE BANDS, I SPENT HOURS TYPING AND THEN RE-TYPING THIS NOTE!!!

    Actually some of these are quite well known here...

    I determined obscurity through the amount of listeners on Last.FM. Really anything under 500,000 listeners is pretty obscure, but for the purpose of this note I limited the amount of listeners to 55,000. As you can see some are much more obscure than others, but they are all equally deserving of support! I annotated a sub-genre for further classification. Note: there are many cross-overs in the genre lists so I'm sorry if my placement is slightly controversial, I don't want arguments like, "Hey that bands so not metal!" or whatever... Also, I could list much more but I don't really have the time so I just picked my favorites. I'm sorry for not listing website or album information, you have to just look these guys up. I know for sure that albums by all of them are available on various parts of the web (to buy of course though some are out-of-print and/or very, very hard to find). If you have a certain request then ask me.

    Rock

    Änglagård (32,382 listeners | Progressive Rock | Sweden)
    Alcest (25,153 listeners | Shoegaze | France)
    Amon Düül II (54,474 listeners | Krautrock | Germany)
    Anekdoten (50,267 listeners | Progressive Rock | Sweden)
    Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (24,704 listeners | Progressive Rock | Italy)
    Crippled Black Phoenix (46,761 listeners | Post-Rock | UK)
    Earthless (11,546 listeners | Pure Facemelting Awesomeness! | USA)
    Il Bacio Della Medusa (1,262 listeners | Progressive Rock | Italy)
    Indukti (20,780 listeners | Progressive Hard Rock | Poland)
    Mothlite (1,163 listeners | Post-Rock | UK)
    Premiata Forneria Marconi (39,534 listeners | Progressive Rock | Italy)
    sleepmakeswaves (11,665 listeners | Post-Rock | Australia)
    Three (6,325 listeners |Progressive Pop/Rock | USA)

    Metal

    A Forest of Stars (4,029 listeners | Prog/Ambient/Post-Black Metal | UK)
    Amesoeurs (15,599 listeners | Shoegaze Meta | France)
    Antaeus (16,493 listeners | Black Metal | France)
    Atheist (50,692 listeners | Jazz Metal | USA)
    Deathspell Omega (21,178 listeners | Technical/Avant-Garde Black Metal | France)
    Esoteric (20,845 listeners | Funeral Doom Metal | UK)
    Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects (17,671 listeners | Math Metal | Sweden)
    Giant Squid (14,877 listeners | Post-Metal | USA)
    Ikuinen Kaamos (3,595 listeners | Progresssive Black Metal | Finland)
    In The Woods... (26,525 listeners | Avant-Garde Metal | Norway)
    Nachtmystium (17,753 listeners | Progressive/Psychedelic Black Metal | USA)
    Ne Obliviscaris (2,709 listeners | Progressive Black Metal | Australia)
    Negură Bunget (7,868 listeners | Progressive/Spiritual Black Metal | Romania)
    The Pax Cecilia (8,793 listeners | Post-Metal | USA)
    Ved Buens Ende (4,982 listeners | Avant-Garde Black Metal | Norway)
    Wolves in the Throne Room (32,888 listeners | Atmospheric/Post-Black Metal | USA)
    maudlin of the Well (11,496 listeners | Avant-Garde Metal | USA)
    uneXpect (23,299 listeners | Avant-Garde Metal | French Canada)

    Jazz

    Bar Kokhba Sextet (1,625 listeners | Klezmer | USA)
    Exivious (1,662 listeners | Prog-Metal/Jazz Fusion | Norway)

    Folk

    Comus (21,401 listeners | Avant-Garde/Acid-Folk | UK)
    Tenhi (34,684 listeners | Neo-Folk | Finland)

    Ambient

    Æthenor (2,611 listeners | Ambient/Drone | Multi-National)
    Jääportit (6,327 listeners | Cold... | Finland)
    Jacaszek (8,103 listeners | Modern-Classical/Ambient | Poland)
    Lustmord (39,581 listeners | Dark Ambient | USA)

    Other

    Asva (8,504 listeners | Drone | USA)
    Dün (937 listeners | Zeuhl | France)
    Kayo Dot (27,686 listeners | Avant-Garde Post-Metal... arguably | USA)
    Magma (40,086 listeners | Zeuhl | France)
    Secret Chiefs 3 (43,836 listeners | Middle Eastern, Surf Rock, Western Movie Soundtrack, Grindcore, Electronic, and more all in one! | USA)
    Shub-Niggurath (347 listeners | Zeuhl | France)
    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (42,757 listeners | Avant-Garde Rock/Metal | USA)
    Univers Zéro (8,195 listeners | Rock-In-Opposition/Avant-G
    arde | Denmark)

    Jake

    p.s. I think there's a trend if you look on here... The French just make damn awesome music!
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    Metal:

    Melechesh (22,732 listeners)

    Other:

    Stuart Chatwood (9,323 listeners)

    Jesper Kyd (29,304 listeners)

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    High on Fire is not underrated, and they have over 50,000 listeners... Plus I met Matt Pike when he was piss drunk and he was GROSS!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Kobrin View Post
    High on Fire is not underrated, and they have over 50,000 listeners... Plus I met Matt Pike when he was piss drunk and he was GROSS!!!
    Alright then, I'll edit. Tell more about the Matt pike story.
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    I met Mike Patt after a Mastodon concert (which he was in the audience for) and he was soooooo wasted. I told him that I saw them recently with Opeth and he leaned on me and said into my ear "I'm so glad you could make it to the show... it means so much to have your support"... I think he thought he had just come from a High on Fire gig hahaha. He kept saying to me "don't judge me like this man". But yeah, he was drenched in sweat and was rubbing himself all over me... it was nasty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake kobrin View Post
    i met mike patt after a mastodon concert (which he was in the audience for) and he was soooooo wasted.!
    Quote Originally Posted by jake kobrin View Post
    high on fire is not underrated, and they have over 50,000 listeners... Plus i met matt pike when he was piss drunk and he was gross!!!

    which one is it????
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    Any band with 500,000 listeners is pretty effing huge. For example, Arcade Fire and Phoenix have around that many. 50,000 is a bit more obscure, but still pretty well known. Anyways, here's some to add to the list (tags taken from lastfm, there's a lot of "experimental," but all that means is people are too lazy to classify it more specifically).

    Clann Zu - 22,058 listeners (irish experimental alt rock)
    Club of the Sons - 81 listeners (funk, glam, soul)
    James Blackshaw - 19,835 listeners (folk accoustic, instrumental)
    Animals as Leaders - 2,388 listeners (progressive metal, jazz-fusion, Jake, if you like Exivious you'll like this group)
    Hecq - 13,164 listeners (dark ambient, idm, experimental)
    Ametsub - 2,225 listeners (idm, glitch)
    Giuseppe Lelasi - 2,935 listeners (experimental, ambient, glitch)
    The Antlers - 16,433 listeners (indie rock, slow core)
    Karl Sanders - 11,647 listeners (dark ambient, instrumental folk, experimental)
    Sir Richard Bishop - 13,176 listeners (folk, experimental, guitar, instrumental)
    Allen Toussaint - 22,073 listeners (new orleans, rythym & blues, funk)
    Black Cock - 372 listeners (experimental rock)
    Nels Cline - 4,558 listeners (free jazz, guitar)
    Sholi - 3,593 listeners (psychadelic, indie, math rock)

    this list goes on and on :/
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    Here are a bunch of bands/artists/albums everyone must check out -

    The Deviants - Ptooff!
    Wackier than hawkwind, frank zappa and captain beefheart combined, a punkish band from the 1960s..yeah much much before the pistols!

    Dr. John - Gris-Gris
    I think he used to be pretty popular, but long forgotten now. If anyone is interested in a voodoo version of tom waits, this is it!

    Jean-Claude Vannier - L'enfant assassin des mouches
    The guy who did all the arrangements on melody nelson, umm...well...just listen and be stunned by the creepiness. Goodluck finding it though :p

    Glenn Branca - The Ascension
    Along with every other no-wave band, just get the No New York compilation.

    Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
    I don't think anyone could come even close to mastering the acoustic as this man.

    Moondog
    - S/T
    What's cooler than a viking who lived on the STREETS of new york, playing an awesome mix of classical, viking and jazz?! Of course, nothing!

    I do have quite a few more wacky, obscure stuff but no one in the right mind would listen to it, so nvm
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    I think more people should listen to nursehella, (1,578 listeners, nerdcore) Bôa, (9,113 listeners, alternative) and susumu hirasawa. (22,863 listeners, anime soundtrack guy)

    EDIT: angela aki (18,370 listeners, above average j pop) kotoko (46,663 listeners, j pop)
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    Michigan has some pretty wild metal acts that no one seems to care about...

    but I'll list them anyways, two of my favorites

    Sauron (Blackened Thrash metal w/ LOTR themes of morder and Poser-bashing)
    www.myspace.com/sauron666

    Wastelander (Apocalyptic Mad Max metal punx)
    http://www.myspace.com/thewastelander

    enjoy!
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