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Pretty much all of us will know some music that we feel is under-appreciated in the wider world. This perceived under-appreciation may simply be in general, might be outside of typical listeners to that genre, or may even be due to the music not being fully appreciated beyond a limited geographical area (like the band on the first item of this list).

Here is your chance to make a pitch for your favourite band, musician, singer, duo or composer (I think that ticks all of the boxes) that you feel people on BoardGameGeek might be missing out on!

Here's what to do if you'd like to contribute:

1) Simply post a Geeklist item as a tribute to your choice (see number 4 for a thrilling mini-game!).

2) Add any description or background that you feel is necessary (or can be bothered to type).

3) Add a link to a sample for us lazy types to more quickly fall in love/grow to detest your choice.

4) Congratulations on reading this far! You may also wish to choose an item that somehow links to your choice of music, and offer a small prize (e.g. one ) to the first poster who figures out that link.


Don't forget to thumb the items that you have enjoyed and post a comment thanking (genuinely or sarcastically) the poster for introducing you to new music!
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1. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:16993]
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The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip (or, commonly, 'The Hip') is a Canadian rock band that just hasn't got the appreciation they deserve outside of Canada (although many Canadians are happy thank-you-very-much to keep them playing festivals in Canada instead of buggering off around the world).

I once saw them play in London, England (of course, if I didn't include the country I obviously would have meant London, Ontario) and the audience must have been about 75%, at least, Canadian! Hockey jerseys and baseball caps everywhere, it was like I traveled 3,000 miles when I went through the doorway of that theatre.

Why do I love them? Their mixture of rocking riffs, pleasant-through-to-epic acoustic tracks and so-layered-you-often-need-to-Google-them lyrics. I'm also a huge fan of lead singer Gordon Downie's singing style, but could see why he's not for everyone.

I'll never forget Gordon Downie at that concert in London, southeast England, when he drunkenly started sparring with his mic near the end of 'Grace, Too' (an absolute tune). Apparently he's always a great stage presence.

Tl dr - some videos!

Ahead By a Century is one of those 'epic acoustic tracks' mentioned above. Great sound. If you're put off by it being a bit soft, skip ahead to number 2!


New Orleans is Sinking, written in 1989, totally foreshadowed a later environmental disaster and has the previously-alluded to 'rocking riffs' and Googleable lyrics.


Bobcaygeon Named after the cottage-country Ontario town, Canadians would have strangled me with their toques if I didn't add this one to the list. 2:00-2:30 sends chills through me.


Poets I had to choose just one more. It was a hard choice! I went with 'Poets' because it reminds me of what Gordon Downie is like on stage and is a happy median between their more acoustic and more rocking tracks.


Other recommended tracks. What, you mean besides nearly all of them from their 14 studio albums?
38 Years Old - Tricking listeners into thinking they're about to hear Eagle Eye Cherry's Save Tonight since that latter was released in 1997.
Grace Too
So Hard Done By
Looking For a Place to Happen
Cordelia
Blow at High Dough
Fifty-Mission Cap - how many songs are there about hockey, anyways?
Fully Completely
Fireworks - oh. Another song about hockey!
Boots or Hearts
Gus: The Polar Bear from Central Park - whose subject is recently deceasedcry
At the Hundredth Meridian
Poets

Like what you've heard? I recommend the older and more blues-tinged albums 'Road Apples' or 'Up to Hear', or their Greatest Hits double album 'Yer Favourites'.

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2. Board Game: No Peace Without Spain! [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:3477] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Are we specifically limiting ourselves to Canadian Bands? I'm ok with that. I mean I met my wife at a Moxy Früvous concert.

I tend to like their lighter stuff...







But they have a lot of good serious songs too...



Also, 2 GG if you figure out the game's relevance.
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I also really like the Corb Lund band which is really strange because they are way outside my normal musical tastes. We are still limiting ourselves to Canada, right?







Also, 5 GG if you figure out the game's relevance.
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5 prize to the first person to comment with the reason this game was chosen.

I give you... Porcupine Tree - The Sound of Muzak

(Apropos to this list in more ways than one.)



EDIT: Not Canadian... but I figure most people have already heard of Rush.
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5. Board Game: Penny Arcade: The Game – Gamers vs. Evil [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2784]
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Arcade Fire is an awesome Canadian band. Pretty well known though. Their album Funeral is one of the all time greats. Hoping they tour around VA with their new album.
No links. I'm lazy too.
 
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I saw the Sam Roberts band in a small nightclub and hardly anyone was there. I bought "We Were Born In A Flame" and ended up really enjoying it.



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7. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:895]
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Rediscovered these guys a few years ago. Many, many awesome songs!meeplemeeple
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OK, how about something non Canadian. Great songs from Frank Turner. Discovered him while watching some Social Distortion videos.



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9. Board Game: The Exciting New Game of the Kennedys [Average Rating:3.88 Unranked]
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an oldie, but a goodie. from what was imo their best album

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The Boredoms,
here in the later years which are more 'psychedelic', if you will.
The art work in this board game reminded me of them.
They have evolved much over the years. Earlier stuff, a bit more 'rockish'

WARNING
SEIZURE WARNING

longer song


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purely beautiful
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US Maple

managed to see them in Milwaukee around 2000 or so.
They opened the show the same way. I had thought the guitar
player was tuning up because I wasn't familiar with this song yet.



That's a live one,
here is a recorded song, which doesn't have the live sounds
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St. Germain - 'Tourist' is one of my favourite albums of all time, and certainly the most versatile e.g. I could play it for/in the background with the biggest range of people. It's a synthesis of electronics with jazz soloing, and I've played it on many a lighter board game evening. Check out these tracks, and let me know if it's for you!

Kids these days may call it 'downtempo' this or 'house' that, but to me it's just great music!

Favourite track HAS to be So Flute!:

First track:

Honestly I love every track. Here's my final choice:



1 gold for the correct link made (hint: first linked track)
 
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13. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:103]
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"We Will Be A Factory" by Yelsin from the album "A Closer Walk With Yeltsin"

 
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14. Board Game: Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:4020] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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CIRCLE

Such an amazing band.

Their back catalogue is pretty extensive and varies widely from ambient to Loop-like repetitive psychedelia to NWOFHM (New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal) to shamanic folk. If I had to pitch it I'd say Can meets Judas Priest.

Their albums can sometimes be patchy and all over the place but there are always some guaranteed bangers in there! Live they are incredible - totally hypnotic.

There are also various different lineups and side projects to be taken into consideration. Most recently they have an AOR/soft rock style album (Frontier) credited as FALCON (EX-CIRCLE) and at the same time there is a CIRCLE album (Incarnation) with the band comprised of members of various Finnish death metal bands. Confused?







 
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Two songs that are excellent in their own regard and so completely different...but put together so expertly that you'd think they should have always been together.
I've been listening to this all day...

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