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Lots of weird ambient stuff like Gas' Narkopop, 2814's Rain Temple and Tangerine Dream's Quantum Gate. All recommended.

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John Renbourn - The Verdant Braes of Screen


Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:47 pm
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Relistened to Bathory's Hammerheart recently while writing my review of Thor, to give me some good 'ol "Viking Metal" to get me in that sort of mood; still a great, classic record, and probably my favorite from him. "Shores In Flames" is just SO fucking \ m /

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Haven't listened to that, but Under the Sign of the Black Mark has moved into my morning commute rotation.

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Oooh, you guys have a music-listening emoji!

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Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:59 am
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Haven't listened to that, but Under the Sign of the Black Mark has moved into my morning commute rotation.
Not really a fan of Bathory's earlier, rawer, "blacker" records, but that goes for me and most black metal, to be honest with you; I just cannot enjoy those shitty-ass production jobs in the genre. I prefer those bands that can get across the style's inherently evil, misanthropic essence without resorting to making their guitars sound like dentist drills, like these guys: https://youtu.be/3ihVtuw2n0c
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Oooh, you guys have a music-listening emoji!

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And no one ever uses it! :P

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Not gonna lie, a big reason I've been listening to more metal lately is because it makes good productivity music for when I have to tune people out at work, which is why I've been leaning towards more abrasive stuff. Which probably makes me a terrible metal fan, but whatever. :dt880: :polar: :twisted:

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Not gonna lie, a big reason I've been listening to more metal lately is because it makes good productivity music for when I have to tune people out at work, which is why I've been leaning towards more abrasive stuff. Which probably makes me a terrible metal fan, but whatever. :dt880: :polar: :twisted:
Actually, it probably makes you a better, more "extreme" metal fan then me, and I've been listening to metal fairly regularly for about 20 years now, so that's something :P Anyway, the metal I've found to be the best for productivity is either the kind that's good, and gets me in the mood for the task at hand (i.e. listening to "Viking Metal" while writing about a "Viking" movie), or just the real simple/repetitive, but still super-catchy material, like that Ministry song "NWO"; one time when I was pulling an all-nighter studying for a Final back in college, I just listened to that one single song all night long. Must have heard it a thousand times, but I never got tired of it as study music, as it gave me something motivating but not distracting to listen to all night long.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ijOlAR3zs8

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The new Slow Dive
ELO (something about this time of year)
Anderson .Paak (I'm not thaaat white)
Mars Volta - Nocturniquet (possibly their best, definity their most underrated)


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Fuzzy, Weird and Jazzy in equal measure, there is some really funky weird shit to find on this album by Italian 'pop composer' Gerardo Iacoucci.


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I'm addicted to a band that's probably very uncool to like these days: Pop Will Eat Itself. They're sort of a British Faith No More: politically-charged, experimental, cheeky sense of humor and they wantonly mash up genres, most notably rap, industrial and alt-rock. For those who don't know them, the band leader is Clint Mansell, the man who scored Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, etc.

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Torgo, have you checked out Stellardrone or Kubusschnitt?


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Torgo, have you checked out Stellardrone or Kubusschnitt?

No, but thanks for the recs! I'm also a fan of Klaus Schulze and Tim Hecker.
PopMatters posted this best ambient of 2017 list which I'm eager to explore: https://www.popmatters.com/best-ambient-instrumental-albums-2017-2513144740.html

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I bought the soundtrack for Good Time on iTunes recently, and have tentatively concluded that it's probably my favorite film soundtrack of the year. The only runner ups so far are the scores for Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 (the latter's OST has grown on me after listening through it again and rewatching the film).


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I bought the soundtrack for Good Time on iTunes recently, and have tentatively concluded that it's probably my favorite film soundtrack of the year. The only runner ups so far are the scores for Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 (the latter's OST has grown on me after listening through it again and rewatching the film).
Glad you found us, Longboat.
Yes, the Good Time soundtrack is awesome. It reminds me of a classic Tangerine Dream Score.

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Anyone a fan of Cluster? If so, Sowiesoso is one of their best, as far as I'm concerned.

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I recently bought the Cluster 1971-81 box and all of it is good. Personally, I gravitate to the early noisy stuff but the later stuff is certainly worthy as well. This box includes the Eno albums.

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Earlier this week I went to see John McLaughlin in concert for the first time. (And last evidently, as this has been proclaimed his "Farewell America" tour) I approached this show with some trepidation, as I haven't been impressed with some of the footage I've seen of him from the past 20 years or so. I found he had a tendency to use cheesy 80s fusion effetcs and wasn't the J-Mac I loved anymore. I bought a ticket mostly just to say that I'd seen him live, but I'm happy to report that my fears were unfounded. He's not playing Gibsons anymore but his sound had the bite and muscle of his 70s recordings, and he's still playing well too. Granted it's not 1972 anymore and the show had sort of a concise safeness to it that a Mahavishnu-in-their-prime show wouldn't, but I'm still glad I went. I think the tour's almost over now but I'd recommend it if any of you are fans.

The tour features an opening set by jam band regular Jimmy Herring, who's very good, then a short set by JM, after which both bands take the stage and play Mahavishnu songs. Hearing all 9 musicians hit that opening chord of Meeting of the Spirits was a nice way to start the Mahavishnu portion. Good stuff.

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Saw St. Vincent the other day and wow, what a talent. Just a great show for the ears as well as the eyes. Great theatrics and solid sound. She can wail on the guitar and keys. If you get the chance to see her, I highly recommend it.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5eRyZPNj1w


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Just now finished listening to David Bowie's "Blackstar". Listened to it for the first time last year and, boy, does it leave an impression. One of the most haunting and mystifying song I've listened to.

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Motorhead - Covers

Lemmy and the boys cover Bowie, Sex Pistols and more on this 11 track CD. Good production. Too bad Lemmy isn't still around. I saw them once but they never did any covers.


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The new one from Fever Ray, Plunge. So sexy, love rollin' through the hood, head bobbin' steady. Catchin' the ladies when they pretendin' not to look. Mmmm... delicious.


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Cluster's awesome, btw. Heard their two albums with Michael Rother of Neu!? Good stuff.


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all damn day



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Can I get an amen?



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I discovered the classic heavy metal band Manilla Road. How could I have not known about them until now? They're awesome!
"Necropolis" from the album Crystal Logic

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It needs more attention, but the new Grizzly Bear is solid. Several legit gems here, but at least a couple tracks that should have been swept away after a stint on the cutting room floor.


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Morrissey - Low In High School. Another great one from the Moz.


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Where did you come across this? This is really good.


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Saw St. Vincent the other day and wow, what a talent. Just a great show for the ears as well as the eyes. Great theatrics and solid sound. She can wail on the guitar and keys. If you get the chance to see her, I highly recommend it.
That reminds me, I never wrote anything about seeing Metallica in concert in Atlanta with an old friend back in July (which was my first concert ever, in 29 years of life, believe it or not). Long story short, it wasn't a great concert, due to the rough-around-the-edges portable sound system the band brought with them, along with the less than ideal acoustics of the outdoor Atlanta Braves stadium, but besides that, it was still an entertaining worthwhile experience nonetheless. The band only played cuts off of their first 5 records (up through The Black Album) and their most recent, Hardwired, which seems smart, seeing as how big (and divisive) their body of work has become.

Unfortunately, the only thing they played off of Justice was "One", which is a shoe-in track anyway; I mean, I know it's their most ambitious, least concert-friendly album, but at least give us "The Shortest Straw", man! Besides that though, it was a pretty good show; lots of fancy pyrotechnics and old music videos of their's playing on the huge, in-stage screens behind them. At one point, they brought out these huge drums onstage, and every member of the band dropped their guitars and helped Lars bang on them for a while, and they even played a snippet of "Freak Out" at one point, which was fun. All in all, it was a good show, and I didn't regret going to it. I kind of want to see at least one concert a year from now on, now...

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Dave Grohl is a goddam national treasure.



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Eminem's Revival is such lame, dull "effort", and a new low from him, as before now, even his worst records had a handful of good songs on 'em (see: "Underground" off Relapse). This one can't even manage that, as I don't think I can remember it having one memorable standout that I'll still be relistening to a week from now. His new worst album, as far as I'm concerned.

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Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:46 pm
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Highly recommend the Kelly Lee Owens album from this year. Gets my booty shaking. The preceding EP is good as well. Trust meee


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Where did you come across this? This is really good.

Soundtrack to Fernando Di Leo's Caliber 9, which I think would also be very much up your alley.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q888PBtrWc0


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Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest Her latest solo album.


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You guys can go to the Pitchfork website and listen to a track from the score of the latest Paul Thomas Anderson film Phantom Thread right now. The movie comes out Christmas day. What a gift!!!!


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The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

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I only came across Guppy (#16) this past month and that's about 3 albums' worth of hooks in a 30 minute package. For a good two weeks I was addicted, waking up with 2-3 songs in my head simultaneously. My eardrums are probably diabetic at this point. If any of you are Power Poppers I recommend this one. Imagine a 90s Matthew Sweet record with vocals by Nina Persson and that's close.

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