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New album from Ghost is decent at first listen.

I was confused for a minute. I'm only familiar with the Japanese band Ghost, who've been disbanded for years.


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I picked up a Charles Earland LP, Intensity recently. Mid-tier for the era, but a nice groove for a June evening.



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During my recent viewing of Stunt Rock I was enjoying myself so much that I impulse-purchased the soundtrack CD before the movie was over.
It's about as great/terrible as expected with very, shall we say, Tufnel-esque lyrics. Still I admit that this riff inspired some head-bobbing on my way home from work.


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My friend turned me onto Izumi Kobayashi who makes music you want to drive really really fast to



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Oh, we're going there, are we?



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You bastard. Because of that link, I was at my local trying to find it, right after vowing to give record storing a rest for at least a month. Couldn't find this particular record by them, but found another later one fairly cheap that I bought anyways. Because, why not.

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I've also recently been getting back into Van Morrison pretty heavily, particularly Veedon Fleece. Have been looking to sample some 'past peak' Van, and recently bought Beautiful Vision, which I think is a pretty damn good album, even if the cover is painfully awful. Was wondering if anyone has any insight on good Morrison albums from the late 70's and up. Already have my eyes on Common Ground and No Guru, but any suggestions would be wonderful.


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Are you a fan of This Heat?


Absolutely. I'm Team Post-Punk in the whole punk schism thing. It's the punk for people who know how to play their instruments.

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I've also recently been getting back into Van Morrison pretty heavily, particularly Veedon Fleece. Have been looking to sample some 'past peak' Van, and recently bought Beautiful Vision, which I think is a pretty damn good album, even if the cover is painfully awful. Was wondering if anyone has any insight on good Morrison albums from the late 70's and up. Already have my eyes on Common Ground and No Guru, but any suggestions would be wonderful.

First of all, Veedon Fleece is outstanding, probably his last true classic among the handful he made.

I think Wavelength and Into The Music were strong albums to close the 70s. After that, oof, I'm less sure. I kinda agree with Greil Marcus that his 80s period was pretty but boring. Avalon Sunset is the only one I own, and I never play it. I know that there are fans of this period, like there's fans of stuff like Empire Burlesque, Steel Wheels, Press To Play or whatever else late midlife smack from classic rockers. I've tried them all, but no dice. The Van that sticks out to me are the 90s ones where he collaborates with John Lee Hooker, Georgie Fame and Pee Wee Ellis. Healing Game, Too Long In Exile, Tell Me Something. Like a lot of farts of the era, there's usually at least a couple gems on most of his albums.


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Absolutely. I'm Team Post-Punk in the whole punk schism thing. It's the punk for people who know how to play their instruments.


First of all, Veedon Fleece is outstanding, probably his last true classic among the handful he made.

I think Wavelength and Into The Music were strong albums to close the 70s. After that, oof, I'm less sure. I kinda agree with Greil Marcus that his 80s period was pretty but boring. Avalon Sunset is the only one I own, and I never play it. I know that there are fans of this period, like there's fans of stuff like Empire Burlesque, Steel Wheels, Press To Play or whatever else late midlife smack from classic rockers. I've tried them all, but no dice. The Van that sticks out to me are the 90s ones where he collaborates with John Lee Hooker, Georgie Fame and Pee Wee Ellis. Healing Game, Too Long In Exile, Tell Me Something. Like a lot of farts of the era, there's usually at least a couple gems on most of his albums.


I was mainly asking because I recently read a book about Morrison and it was the rare (actually only) musical biography where I became more interested in it the more his career began to dissipate. Watching his artistic obstinancy calcify over the years is kind of fascinating. It made me feel that there must be something to find in his almost completely ignored later career. Avalon Sunset excluded. I keep coming across that one for sale and just can't muster enough interest to buy it.


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I was mainly asking because I recently read a book about Morrison and it was the rare (actually only) musical biography where I became more interested in it the more his career began to dissipate. Watching his artistic obstinancy calcify over the years is kind of fascinating. It made me feel that there must be something to find in his almost completely ignored later career. Avalon Sunset excluded. I keep coming across that one for sale and just can't muster enough interest to buy it.

Which book is it, may I ask?

I think you'd probably be safer with either Common One or No Guru at this point.


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Which book is it, may I ask?



Can You Feel the Silence.


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Italian prog rock maestros Barock Project:


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The best albums of 2018 so far

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I recognize about...3 of those bands. I guess I'm an old man now.

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I recognize about...3 of those bands. I guess I'm an old man now.
Tell me about it. It's like...the Carters? Who the fuck are they?

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Tell me about it. It's like...the Carters? Who the fuck are they?

You shut your mouth about Jimmy and Rosemary!

Also, Greedo lol

EDIT: Fuck, Carter's wife was named Rosalynn, not Rosemary. I stand by my post.

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Love Niko Case & No Age. The rest.....*shrugs*


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I refuse to be an old man. I enjoyed these:

Electronic
Daniel Avery
Jon Hopkins
Oneohtrix Point Never
Rival Consoles

Rock/Metal
Screaming Females
Zeal & Ardor

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I'm currently going through a Oingo Boingo phase.


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I'm currently going through a Oingo Boingo phase.


I'll help!



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I'm currently going through a Oingo Boingo phase.


I saw them in concert on Halloween. A very memorable show.


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I saw them in concert on Halloween. A very memorable show.
Pretty amazing that he has now become the John Williams of modern day film.


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This is Toronto based band Weaves. This sat unlistened to in my pile of vinyl for two years and I'm not sure why. Dismissed it as yet another weirdo guitar pop band, and moved on. While it is that, it also has some incredible moments.


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The scam industry: How the hip-hop boom sets hopefuls up for failure

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I've had King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard in heavy rotation recently. It took a few tries for me to pick up what they were putting down.

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Watch out Live at Leeds.


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Variety says "the audience falls like plums at his feet".

This may well be exactly how Neil Diamond makes me feel.

I am a fallen plum.


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50th Anniversary reissue of The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow is a bit slim on extras, but sounds great. Having undercut The Who by releasing a fully narrative concept LP (with a strongly operatic structure) at the same time as Townshend was in the studio laboring over Tommy, this album (of which Townshend was a big fan) has to stand along with the other great but somewhat unsung classics of 1968 British psychedelia - Ogden Nut's Gone Aflake, Odyssey & Oracle, Shine On Brightly, The Soft Machine, Move, ect.



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Watch out Live at Leeds.

My all-time favorite Neil Diamond.

I still doubt that it would crack my top ten live albums of the 70s.


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I still doubt that it would crack my top ten live albums of the 70s.

Now that I mention it, this has become a dilemma. I thought I would automatically exclude later reissues; only LPs released at the time. Then I wanted to eliminate those records notorious for post-production "doctoring" (Song Remains the Same, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out), and I find that I'm left with a pretty slim catalog to choose. Totally off-the-top:

Live At Leeds
Revolution of the Mind
Metallic K.O.
Amazing Grace
What You Hear is What You Get
Full House (J. Geils)
Hard Rain
Take No Prisoners
Stage
Lotus

The closest comparison to Diamond that I can see would be Van Morrison, and although generally I find Van to be a much more interesting and dynamic performer/writer, I've never been very satisfied with It's Too Late to Start Now, an amalgam of different shows, and not one of my favorite performances of any single song.


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post-production "doctoring"

Over the years I've come to realize how common that was, and so I just assume it about all of my favorite albums now.

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Band of Gypsies and Nighthawks at the Diner are huge oversights on my part.

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Over the years I've come to realize how common that was, and so I just assume it about all of my favorite albums now.

Leeds is a good example of a less-doctored LP. There's a few seconds on the second side medley where they inserted some of the backing track in reverse, but all of the rest - the vocals, guitar licks, drums - all original from the performance, as can be compared using both the straight from raw tape acetates (a sizable trove of these live acetates from the Who's 69-70 shows have been booted) as well as the available audience tapes, which obviously have not been overdubbed at all. Or Gypsies, where "Machine Gun" is a pure live performance, with no edits, overdubs or FX-tampering.

But, yes, it was actually pretty common, and in a lot of cases I'm largely unfamiliar with the alterations. Very rarely (specifically in terms of Zeppelin or the Stones) have I found such enhancements to be improvements over the original performance.


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Ogden Nut's Gone Flake, Odyssey & Oracle, Shine On Brightly

Three of my favorite albums, heh.

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Back in 2016 I was replacing a hardwood floor and ended up in a discussion with the homeowner about music. I had an idea about what he liked based on some CDs he had, so I mentioned how much I liked Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and asked if he had heard it; it happened to be his favorite album. I ended up getting another $25,000 worth of work out of him.

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Back in 2016 I was replacing a hardwood floor and ended up in a discussion with the homeowner about music. I had an idea about what he liked based on some CDs he had, so I mentioned how much I liked Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and asked if he had heard it; it happened to be his favorite album. I ended up getting another $25,000 worth of work out of him.

A favorite of mine as well. Have you gotten any of the deluxe versions? Seems like they release one every couple of years, so I've avoided getting any of them. This latest one comes with a DVD of a BBC performance, so I'm considering buying this one.

http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/small-faces-ogdens-nut-gone-flake-3cddvd-unsigned-edition/

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A favorite of mine as well. Have you gotten any of the deluxe versions? Seems like they release one every couple of years, so I've avoided getting any of them. This latest one comes with a DVD of a BBC performance, so I'm considering buying this one.

http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/small-faces-ogdens-nut-gone-flake-3cddvd-unsigned-edition/

I don't have any of the deluxe versions, but that BBC performance looks interesting.

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Now that I mention it, this has become a dilemma. I thought I would automatically exclude later reissues; only LPs released at the time. Then I wanted to eliminate those records notorious for post-production "doctoring" (Song Remains the Same, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out), and I find that I'm left with a pretty slim catalog to choose. Totally off-the-top:

Live At Leeds
Revolution of the Mind
Metallic K.O.
Amazing Grace
What You Hear is What You Get
Full House (J. Geils)
Hard Rain
Take No Prisoners
Stage
Lotus

The closest comparison to Diamond that I can see would be Van Morrison, and although generally I find Van to be a much more interesting and dynamic performer/writer, I've never been very satisfied with It's Too Late to Start Now, an amalgam of different shows, and not one of my favorite performances of any single song.



The reality for me is that nothing is likely to ever top Leeds in my mind (easily my favourite Who album as well). The only reason I was even teasing the claim is my enthusiasm for a number of the tracks on August Night, preferring many of these to the studio versions. This is a rarity for me since I'm generally not much of a live album person, but if anyone out there thinks that the studio versions of Sweet Caroline or Holly Holy or Cracklin Rosie even come close to the beautifully overripe, melodramatic versions here, they're nuts. The album also introduces a lot of good deep Diamond cuts that one might otherwise have to wade through his generally terrible albums to get to.

I've been considering getting the Morrison album for awhile now, but it is stupidly overpriced at the moment, and so have just instead been continuing on with my goal of filling up my collection with more of his overlooked gems.

Nighthawks at the Diner would definitely be another one that would be in contention for me. Almost certainly a top 5 Waits album, and that is saying something.


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The concert that ended up being cut down for King Crimson's decent USA is damn good. The released the full recording on their site a few years back as June 28, 1974 - Casino, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their best live work until Absent Lovers in 1984.

Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74 is an all-timer.

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Three of my favorite albums, heh.

I'm fond of the era. I would also toss the Incredible String Band's Hangman's Beautiful Daughter in there.

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I ended up getting another $25,000 worth of work out of him.

Almost like it was the afterglow. Of his love.


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I've been considering getting the Morrison album for awhile now, but it is stupidly overpriced at the moment, and so have just instead been continuing on with my goal of filling up my collection with more of his overlooked gems.

If you choose, I would get the more recent 3CD edition that came out, which restores the three full shows with the Rainbow show being pretty great.

All of my very favorite Van shows are on bootleg, so I'm not sure if you care to seek them out. As a legendarily tempermental performer, he can flucuate in quality even within songs. If anyone finds In My New World Crystal Ball, a '71 late show from a small San Francisco club, it's exceptional in every way.



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Somebody I know who totally isn't me tried to illegally download one song the other night, but could not find it online. The CD is out of print, and it's not available to download legally from Amazon, etc. Where would this not-me friend go to accomplish this? Last thing I knew about was Limewire and that seems to be defunct.

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If you choose, I would get the more recent 3CD edition that came out, which restores the three full shows with the Rainbow show being pretty great.

All of my very favorite Van shows are on bootleg, so I'm not sure if you care to seek them out. As a legendarily tempermental performer, he can flucuate in quality even within songs. If anyone finds In My New World Crystal Ball, a '71 late show from a small San Francisco club, it's exceptional in every way.



I'm not opposed to Bootlegs I just don't seek them out, considering I already have enough on my hands without having to start buying those too.


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I'm not opposed to Bootlegs I just don't seek them out, considering I already have enough on my hands without having to start buying those too.

"Buy"?


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I'm interested in songs that are about dark subject matter, but don't seem like they are if you're not paying attention, such as Suzanne Vega's "Luka" (about child abuse) and The Bolshoi's "Away" (about child prostitution). Are there any others?
The exact opposite is also interesting, such as Type O Negative's cover of "Summer Breeze."

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I'm interested in songs that are about dark subject matter, but don't seem like they are if you're not paying attention, such as Suzanne Vega's "Luka" (about child abuse) and The Bolshoi's "Away" (about child prostitution). Are there any others?
The exact opposite is also interesting, such as Type O Negative's cover of "Summer Breeze."

"Oh Candy" by Cheap Trick
A song about a friend's suicide that happens to be catchy as hell.



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