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Best new band/artist of the 21st century

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 7:47:27 AM PDT
John H. Otto says:
I certainly second the nomination of JACK Quartet. What they are doing in Bali next week with traditional Gamelan groups is fantastic. (I admit I'm prejudiced; I'm related to one of the quartet members.)

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 12:51:27 PM PDT
Darth Wader says:
House Of Heroes are really good, too!

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 1:24:56 PM PDT
D. Mok says:

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 4:21:29 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
I know this question is asked in the singular but I can't help myself. I've been ranting forever about how good/great music is still being made and here's some of it that I think is damn good....

1. All artists mentioned released their FIRST full album in 2000 or later....
2. I have album(s) by all of them...
3. I've listed them chronologically by the year of their first album release...

Sufjan Stevens
Deltron 3030
Explosions in the Sky

J. Dilla
The National
The Strokes
Tim Hecker
Brand New

Broken Social Scene

Mars Volta
Sun Kill Moon
Colin Stetson

Arcade Fire
Joanna Newsom
Steven Wilson


Beach House
Flying Lotus

Bon Iver
Cannibal Ox
St. Vincent

Tallest Man on Earth
Fleet Foxes

Janelle Monae
Big Boi

More later.....


Posted on Jun 21, 2012 4:43:10 PM PDT
@E.Dill: what, no Iron & Wine, Mew, Minus The Bear, Wolfmother, Res, MGMT, Thee Spivs, Dungen, The Decemberists, Franz Ferdinand, Midlake, Kasabian, Transatlantic, Johnny Flynn, The Eagles Of Death Metal...?


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 11:21:32 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Michael Topper:

Aw shucks, I was trying to break up my lists into groups so as to not put people to sleep.....all except Mew who I think first released an album in 1997.

As a matter of fact, my next "installment" DOES/DID include a couple of those missing artists, namely, Iron & Wine, Dungeon and Decemberists. Of those others I hadn't yet mentioned, I'd say that Minus the Bear, Franz Ferdinand and Eagles of Death Metal are particular favorites.

So, here is/was my 2nd installment:

And more...again, artists whose first full album was released 2000 or later...

A Silver Mt. Zion
Antony & the Johnsons
The New Pornographers

The Shins
Carissa's Wierd
Reigning Sound
Richard Hawley

Iron & Wine
Okkervil River
Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Neko Case
TV on the Radio
The Streets
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Anais Mitchell

Animal Collective
Kayo Dot

Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots
Kanye West
Micah P. Hinson
Grizzly Bear

LCD Soundsystem
Mono & the World's End Girlfriend
Nine Horses
Magnolia Electric Co.
Wolf Parade
The King Kahn & BBQ Show
David Thomas Broughton
The Dear Hunter

Gaslight Anthem
Crippled Black Phoenix

Have a nice life


Shabazz Palaces

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 11:34:13 PM PDT
@E.Dill: I forgot Mew's debut was in the late 90s. I was thinking of their international debut "Frengers" which was 2003, but I suppose strictly speaking they started in the 90s. Can't believe they've been around that long!

So if Minus The Bear, Franz Ferdinand and Eagles Of Death Metal are also faves, why aren't they in this installment? Or are you waiting for installment #3? :) BTW there are a lot more bands in this second list that I don't recognize, as compared to the first. You've already got me into several bands here like both Deer/Dear Hunters and Alcest, I'll have to check some of these other ones out now...

I see you list Magma as 2004. Are you talking about Christian Vander's Magma? Their debut album was 1970, I'm afraid! 2004's "K.A." was a reunion album, their first since 1984...but the group is hardly new.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 12:01:34 AM PDT
Tisdale says:
Hmm, a lot of great mentions in year, but I see no mention of the of Norwegian "pop-sensation" that is Jarle Bernhoft. Absolutely remarkable musician who has definitely earned a spot on my list of this century's greatest musical talents.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 1:50:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 1:52:05 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Michael Topper:

I see you caught my glaring Magma inclusion. I find it particularly deflating since I was so precise in my mention of NOT including Mew in my list because they'd made an album in 1997. But, hey, Magma's release in 1970 wasn't going to stop me. "Beware of man with long list and short memory". Actually, I knew who Magma was....I simply was compiling a list and came upon Magma's K.A. as one of the best of 2004 and didn't think. (Actually, the only Magma album I now own is their 1975 Live album. ) This HAS led me to do some research in sites like,, etc to see if anyone has K.A. on the cheap. Fat chance. I found one copy for $21.00. I'll pass for now. But I did find a 10 disc box for $333.00. I may just get that right after I buy that 50 disc Merzbox collection.

Yeah, I'll keep making lists until they come get me and take me away screaming. And, I'm sure that Minus the Bear, FF and EODM will be on one of them. But NO MAGMA.


Posted on Jun 22, 2012 2:13:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 2:15:45 AM PDT
@E.Dill: that's OK, you can make up for it by putting Magma at #1 on your all-time best live bands list, like I do. :) "K.A." is one *heck* of an album, I'll give you that--the last song with the "Hallelujah" climax, there are simply no words to describe that kind of intensity!!!!!! It blows my head clean off every time. That being said, I think I love 2009's "Emehntehtt-Re" even more. Magma is like the only band I can think of, who has made reunion albums every bit as good as their heyday decades ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 7:37:37 AM PDT
Yes - Shara is amazing!!! I love her debut EP Born Tonight. Best New Artist Grammy next year - NO DOUBT!!!

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 8:28:02 AM PDT
@ Ed & Michael: Musically, Magma is an amazing band. I struggle to listen as I am trying to listen to the lyrics and of course they are in German so I can't understand a word. I can feel the emotion regardless. Does that bother you at all or do you understand Deautch?

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 9:04:46 AM PDT
The Alabama Shakes are pretty groovy, but they only put out one album so far.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 1:02:36 PM PDT
@Daniel E.White: the lyrics to Magma albums are not in German--they're in an entirely made-up language called Kobaian. The language is based on an entire sci-fi mythology that leader Christian Vander invented when the group formed in 1970; the albums tell the story of that mythology in bits and pieces. So don't worry if you don't understand it--noboby does. Although the group admitted that they made Kobaian sound Germanic as they wanted a really harsh, guttural kind of tone to complement the music.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 1:08:33 PM PDT
Thank you for the information. It sounds really intresting and I am going to study this some more.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 1:21:42 PM PDT
@Daniel E.White: what albums do you have/have you heard?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 1:36:11 PM PDT
@Michael: I don't own any yet. I saw the back and forth between you and Ed and I did a search on Amazon. I previewed Live 1975 and MDK. The music sounds amazing but I have never owned any music that isn't in English so I wasn't sure if I could get into it.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 1:50:11 PM PDT
@Daniel E.White: ah. I wouldn't let that stop you! "Live Hhai (1975)" is one of their definitive albums and large portions of it are entirely instrumental, so that would be a good place to start. The language becomes quite compelling after a while if you give it a chance to marinate in your head. To this day I don't understand what they're saying (there apparently *is* a Kobaian dictionary out there, but I never bothered to read it LOL), but I don't care because it just sounds amazing to me. Give 'em a try! Especially if you liked what you heard in the samples.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:28:25 PM PDT
Avalon Don says:
Wilson Phillips - They don't Yell

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 5:37:59 PM PDT
Steve Vrana says:
She's only twenty-one, but Sarah Jarosz has released two solid albums. She's definitely an artist worth watching.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:32:50 AM PDT
Zaplightning says:
Huntress, a new traditional heavy metal band featuring Jill Janus on vocals.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 9:00:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2012 10:16:30 AM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:
#1-Katherine Jenkins

A runners-up:

Melody Gardot
Norah Jones
Jack Johnson

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 6:14:38 AM PDT
DFWTexan42 says:
In no particular order-

Emily Elbert
Ruby Jane Smith
Sierra Hull
Sara Niemietz
Nikki Yanofsky
Jackie Evancho
Emily Bear

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 11:25:13 AM PDT
Darth Wader says:
Airborne Toxic Event

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 4:00:06 PM PDT
Severin says:
The only new band/artist I've found to hold my interest is Florence & the Machine. Finally someone who writes from the heart. Florence reminds me of '60s artists who went into music because the HAD to, not as an alternate business career. Check out her cover of the Beatles' Oh Darling:
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