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coke_a_holic
02-12-2007, 09:21 PM
For those of you who like Streetlight Manifesto-esque ska-esque music and freebies, BTMI is the band for you! I know they've been mentioned a few times, but no thread has ever been made to call attention to them.

It's basically this guy named Jeff Rosenstock (who is in a band called The Arrogant Sons of Bitches), like 2 other guys, and his laptop. He makes all this crazy good music with just a guitar, sax, midi-keyboard, a drum machine, and some other small instruments, then he gives it away for free over the interblag. It's really good stuff; though, some of my friends think his vocal style is a little grating. I, personally, really like his lyrics and music, though his voice can get a little screamy; it's sort of like ska/punk with some weird avant-garde and synth elements. It's fantastic

I suggest downloading the cd "To Leave or Die in Long Island" first, then "Goodbye Cool World." The latter was voted as the #3 best cd out this year by Mitch Clem, which means that you guys have to get it. I still have yet to listen to "Album Minus Band," but I'll tell you how I feel about it when I get to it.

If you want single songs,

To Leave or Die in Long Island: "Happy Anterrabae Day!!! (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur004/001.mp3)," "Dude, Get With The Program (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur004/005.mp3)," "Stand There Until You're Sober (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur004/004.mp3)"

Goodbye Cool World: "Even Winning Feels Bad (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur002/003.mp3)," ""Side Projects Are Never Successful (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur002/004.mp3)," ""Sorry, Brooklyn, Dancing Won't Solve Anything (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur002/007.mp3),"

The three cds are:

Album Minus Band (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur003.htm) (do not start with this one!!!)
To Leave Or Die In Long Island (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur004.htm)
Goodbye Cool World (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur002.htm)

Enjoy the free tunage, it's quite good.

Little_Miss_1565
02-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Eh. The music is fine, I suppose. Let me couch my next statement in putting it out there that I am jaded industry fuck at the ripe old age of 22: It is not "cool" or "edgy" to come out against the industry. Most of the industry hates the industry, too. But what really kills me is that if you really don't like the music industry, stop cribbing your song titles from Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, and Panic! At the Disco.

Autonomist
02-13-2007, 12:01 AM
I wasn't exactly blown away by Album Minus Band. In fact it almost seemed like there was something off about the CD, which made it hard to listen to more than a couple of times. I can see the potential though, so maybe I'll check out some of their other stuff.

opivy21
02-13-2007, 07:52 PM
I don't really care about their music because I'm big on third wave ska, or it's branches, but I think that these guys (or guy, I guess) is doing something pretty cool. When they tour, they let kids who play the instruments and if you bring them a blank shirt, they'll spray on their stencil for free. It's a pretty cool philosophy.

coke_a_holic
06-22-2007, 10:21 PM
New cd for download on 7/31! Here's a song/funny video some kids made for said song that will be on the new cd!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qhlYp10om-Y

Srsly, it's free music, people should check it out because it's fantastic AND free!

Llamas
07-01-2007, 07:13 PM
Your post in the dave grohl thread made me check this out. I watched that video. It was very lol, and the music was pretty decent. It wasn't anything that was particularly original or special, but I liked it and would listen to it. I may look into downloading an album sometime later.

As for the bitching about the music industry, I don't have a problem with people who are against it, as long as they're trying to do something about it. Bitching about the music industry as you act like everyone else capitalizing on it is more annoying (read: korn's song ripping on the music industry)... but I have no problem with this.

I really just think it's a cool thing to make music and give it away. I understand that people need to make livings, but way too often, music really does become too focused around money.

coke_a_holic
07-01-2007, 07:17 PM
I really just think it's a cool thing to make music and give it away. I understand that people need to make livings, but way too often, music really does become too focused around money.

It's really so much more than that, which makes it even cooler. He works as a dishwasher at some pizza place or something and records his music in his apartment when he's not working. As opivy said, rather than selling shirts, he brings stencils and spraypaint to spray shirts at the shows. The shows themselves I think are never more than $10; it's really noble... an a bit stupid, but still. He lives for it, I guess.

Also, the music quality starts out as "eh," but becomes better as you listen, as far as I've noticed. When I first heard Album Minus Band, I thought it was the worst cd ever pressed by a man who's made such good music, but I've been listening to it a lot lately.

EDIT: lol @ me being making half of the posts in this thread =(

nieh
07-01-2007, 07:25 PM
I actually listened to them before and wasn't terribly thrilled, but the song you posted in the Dave Grohl thread and the music video are both very yay.

Llamas
07-01-2007, 07:28 PM
It's really so much more than that, which makes it even cooler. He works as a dishwasher at some pizza place or something and records his music in his apartment when he's not working. As opivy said, rather than selling shirts, he brings stencils and spraypaint to spray shirts at the shows. The shows themselves I think are never more than $10; it's really noble... an a bit stupid, but still. He lives for it, I guess.
It's funny, because I'm more of the belief that concerts should be free, but the music itself should be what you sell. But that's just me, and it obviously doesn't matter. I like that he doesn't sell merchandise, though, like shirts.


Also, the music quality starts out as "eh," but becomes better as you listen, as far as I've noticed. When I first heard Album Minus Band, I thought it was the worst cd ever pressed by a man who's made such good music, but I've been listening to it a lot lately.
Well, the quality of the recording seems really great. If he records it in his living room, that's pretty awesome. But that particular song was just kind of a typical ska song. I'm not assuming all his music is going to be generic just cause of that one song, though. No artist has nothing but spectacular songs.

coke_a_holic
07-01-2007, 07:43 PM
Well, the quality of the recording seems really great. If he records it in his living room, that's pretty awesome. But that particular song was just kind of a typical ska song. I'm not assuming all his music is going to be generic just cause of that one song, though. No artist has nothing but spectacular songs.
That song, along with all the new ones wasn't recorded in his house; the new cd has a whole real band and is being recorded in a real studio. whatta selloutz.

And by quality, I meant that the music grated on my ears when I first heard it, so I decided I didn't want to listen to it again. Then I saw that he had a new cd out, and Mitch Clem rated it as the #3 album of the year or something, which prompted me to give it a second shot. Since then, I have pretty much not stopped listening to him/them except for a few changes of obsession.

Jebus
07-02-2007, 03:50 AM
I actually listened to them before and wasn't terribly thrilled, but the song you posted in the Dave Grohl thread and the music video are both very yay.
Eh, same over here, except I listened to the song in the Dave Grohl thread first. I didn't find the songs in this thread quite as fun as the one in Grohl thread. Not bad, but they didn't really grab my attention.

Nineteen Seventy Nine
07-02-2007, 09:50 AM
Is it any coincidence that when I finally started to listening to Bomb The Music Industry! (I must have downloaded Goodbye Cool World months ago), this thread gets bumped?

Anyway, yeah, I'm really starting to get into these guys (err.... guy). And the fact that they have a new album coming out, makes it even better. I still have yet to love Album Minus Band, but it will come sometime soon.

coke_a_holic
07-02-2007, 03:11 PM
Album Minus Band is still a little shaky for me, but there are some fucking awesome songs on it. I'm A Panic Bomb, Baby; Ready... Set... NO!!!!; and Future 86 are the three that I liked before I could stomach the whole cd. The only ones that still suck as far as I care are Funcoland vs. The Southern Electorate and "I'm Too Coooooool For Music," but they're slightly better than when I first tried to listen to the cd. The Arrested Development intro to I'm Too Cool... is great, though.

Josh: You'd probably like the Arrogant Sons of Bitches more than BTMI, they're more like traditional ska (I actually like them a bit more than Streetlight Manifesto, but don't tell Tomas Kalnoky). I can upload their cd later today, if you'd like.

Jebus: That song is probably my favorite that he does, especially for that keyboard part during the second verse. The songs that I picked as the best ones are hardly my favorites anymore, except for Stand There Until You're Sober and Even Winning Feels Bad, which is are fucking awesome.

coke_a_holic
07-30-2007, 09:26 PM
Omg guys, the new cd is out.

It's free music, you might as well get it. It's also fantastic.


www.bombthemusicindustry.com

I love it so far, but I'm only halfway through.

EDIT: here's the .zip of the whole cd for those who just want it without clicking around: http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur013/qur013.zip

Nineteen Seventy Nine
07-31-2007, 05:40 PM
So I downloaded it, but still haven't listened to it.

I'm hoping it will be pretty good.

If it is, I think I'll donate money.

coke_a_holic
07-31-2007, 10:16 PM
It's totally awesome, seriously. I love it.

I have no idea if it's my favorite, but it's damn awesome.

Apathy
08-02-2007, 07:01 PM
is the song 'I'm Terrorfied!!' on an actual Cd?

Because that song is some awesome stuff.

coke_a_holic
08-13-2007, 01:52 PM
I'm Terrorfied!!! is not on the cd, but it's actually worse than all of the songs on the cd. Seriously. For people who are iffy on downloading the cd, here are three songs that should persuade you to change your mind in either direction, depending on how awesome you are:

I Don't Love You Anymore (http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur013/008.mp3)
493 Ruth (http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur013/002.mp3)
Never Trust A Man Without A Horribly Embarrassing Secret (http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur013/010.mp3)

Every time I listen to the cd, I love it more.

Apathy
08-28-2007, 08:10 PM
I've listened to Goodbye Cool World in it's entirety now, and small portions of Get Warmer and TLODILI.

So far I can say that my favorite song is still I'm Terrorfied!!

I was also wondering if Mike could provide me with two of their songs I'm missing. They don't seem to work on their website anymore. "I'm Too Cooooooooool For Music" and "Pike St. - Park Slope (Harvey Danger)".

coke_a_holic
08-29-2007, 02:58 PM
You'd probably like the whole Get Warmer cd more if you like I'm Terrorfied!!!; it's got real horns and the most ska-like sound. My favorite from it is probably Never Trust A Man Without A Horribly Embarrassing Secret.

I'm Too Coooool For Music isn't that great, but Pike St. - Park Slope is great. In general, Album Minus Band is almost unlistenable until you actually like the band as a whole.

Here are the songs; they're on the website, just the URL was bad.

http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur003/009.mp3
http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur003/010.mp3

EDIT: OH YES. The beginning Arrested Development quote of "I'm Too Cooooool For Music" always makes me lol. Too bad the song is so repetitive that it's sadz.