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Friday Discussion: When Solo/Side Projects Are Better Than The Main...

Posted by - 12:53 PM on 08/30/13
Earlier this week, Tim Kasher released the first single from his upcoming album, Adult Film. Kasher is, of course, better known as the leader of Cursive and while I love that band, I've always preferred his solo work. So that's the inspiration for this week's discussion leading into the holiday weekend. In what cases do you prefer a side project or solo effort over the more-known or popular full band act? Do you prefer The Eraser over anything in Radiohead? Is Desaparecidos the superior Conor Oberst product? Are you a Horrible Crowes fan or do you stick by The Gaslight Anthem? Let us know in the replies.
 
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12:56 PM on 08/30/13
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Radiohead is amazing, so I can't say I enjoy Eraser more, but Eraser is close to the top of my favorite "Tom Yorke" albums.

Team Sleep is similar. I like the Deftones more, but I would love to hear more out of Team Sleep.

Michael Jackson's solo career was way better than anything Jackson 5 did.

I'm sure I'll think of more...
12:57 PM on 08/30/13
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I love The Horrible Crowes. But TGA is my fav.

Hmmmmm, thinking ... thinking.

I think I like Aaron Sprinkle's solo work better than Fair. That's all I got.
12:58 PM on 08/30/13
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I love The Horrible Crowes. But TGA is my fav.

Hmmmmm, thinking ... thinking.

I think I like Aaron Sprinkle's solo work better than Fair. That's all I got.
for me, it's definitely the aforementioned Kasher over Cursive argument. Same with Desaparecidos and Conor.

Morrissey or The Smiths is a tough one haha
12:58 PM on 08/30/13
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Ace Enders over The Early November. Charlie Simpson over Fightstar.
12:59 PM on 08/30/13
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I love everything The Gaslight Anthem has done, but Elsie is Fallon's best album.
12:59 PM on 08/30/13
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also give reasons why!!! haha
01:01 PM on 08/30/13
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for me, it's definitely the aforementioned Kasher over Cursive argument. Same with Desaparecidos and Conor.

Morrissey or The Smiths is a tough one haha
Yeah ... I mean, Morrissey is one of my favorites ever ... but I love Morrissey (I'd say) because of my love for The Smiths. So can I really say I love Morrissey more? Hmmmm, to some degree maybe because of the vast amount of catalog under one vs the other.

Ok, I'll bite ... Morrissey counts.
01:03 PM on 08/30/13
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Jon Foreman over Switchfoot.
01:03 PM on 08/30/13
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I like Jack's Mannequin a lot better than SoCo if that counts.
01:04 PM on 08/30/13
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Yeah ... I mean, Morrissey is one of my favorites ever ... but I love Morrissey (I'd say) because of my love for The Smiths. So can I really say I love Morrissey more? Hmmmm, to some degree maybe because of the vast amount of catalog under one vs the other.

Ok, I'll bite ... Morrissey counts.
For me and how I decide is I ask myself which discography would I take if my life depended on it or I was pulling a Cast Away. Would I want The Queen Is Dead and Meat is Murder over You Are The Quarry and Years of Refusal, etc ?
01:04 PM on 08/30/13
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I like Jack's Mannequin a lot better than SoCo if that counts.
It does count!
01:05 PM on 08/30/13
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The Smiths are clearly superior to Morrissey on the basis of album-to-album consistency. Not even an argument.

Desparecidos over Bright Eyes for that same reason. But Fevers & Mirrors and The People's Key get pretty close to Read Music/Speak Spanish.
01:05 PM on 08/30/13
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01:06 PM on 08/30/13
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I think it might be because I discovered Jack's Mannequin first, but I just like his work better in Jack's Mannequin. It feels a little more "grownup" compared to SoCo I guess. (Not to say I don't love SoCo though)

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