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 Thief's Journey into the Musical Unknown 
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I'm glad that you got something out of it. I don't think there's actually that much electronics here (especially compared to Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Kluster, etc from the same "kraut-rock" scene), but it follows a similar formula - hypnotically repetitive patterns - as later electronic dance music.

Speaking of Negativland, it inspired the name of a later group of audio-anarchists who had famously gotten a song into legal trouble for combining samples of U2 mixed with some hot-tempered Casey Kasem outtakes.



Yeah, I really shouldn't have written "electronics". What I meant was "ambient" sounds and the likes.

I'll check out that group later. Thanks!

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Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:20 pm
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This was a fun listen. I like rap, but is not my forte. Still, I enjoyed the throwback to those 90s years. The lyrics were solid, even if I couldn't catch all of them, but I liked how they used their rhymes. I wasn't blown away, but I dug it.
I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of "gangsta rap", but according to Wikipedia the first big hit album in the style was in 1988. The Notorious B.I.G. put out his first album in 1984. Before that happened, and the biggest incident in the whole east coast/west coast gangsta rap violence nonsense happened this album came out both satirizing and giving heft to the reality of what those others were glamorizing: killing random people, getting caught up in the violence yourself, getting thrown in jail - even HIV from (failed safe) sex - and that's all in one song.

It's a reminder that the period wasn't all anti-intellectual machismo and materialistic glorification of violence - there were people seeing the illusions of that world for what it was, telling intricate stories, and delivering it all with humor and putting it into a rhyme scheme. At the same time, they understood the temptations. That time wasn't the dark ages - but the bright lights didn't always sell. Unfortunately. The album also one of my favorite hip hop albums to listen to, lyrics aside - but part of that is because I don't cringe at the lyrics.

"Tell Me Who Profits"

Dough?
The education will get you further
than murder and drugs, with thugs
you're better off being a nerd.

That's absurd
life don't mean nuthin' without phat pockets
that's the only way to get paid
you tell me who profits.

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Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:08 am
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This one is for you Thief. Danny Gatton was an incredible guitarist and this album displays it with elements of jazz, country, rockabilly, and blues. This is from '91 and consider it his best work. Sadly he took his own life three years later.

Best cuts:

"The Simpsons"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ugA1FtQig
"Pretty Blue"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePqfASNBKNE
"Slidin' Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc6zdr23cZs


Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:48 pm
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John Dumbear wrote:
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This one is for you Thief. Danny Gatton was an incredible guitarist and this album displays it with elements of jazz, country, rockabilly, and blues. This is from '91 and consider it his best work. Sadly he took his own life three years later.

Best cuts:

"The Simpsons"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ugA1FtQig
"Pretty Blue"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePqfASNBKNE
"Slidin' Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc6zdr23cZs


Thanks! I'll check it out.

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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:09 am
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I haven't jumped back into this, but I swear I will. In the meantime, here's another recommendation from me to you.

Marvelous 3 - Hey! Album and ReadySexGo



I think the first time I heard this band was during an episode of Dawson's Creek back in the late 90's or early 00's. The song was either "Freak of the Week" or "Sugarbuzz" and I liked it so much that I went on the Internet to look them up. I listened to all their music and loved it. Hailing from Atlanta and fronted by Butch Walker, the trio got some airplay with some of the songs from their second album, Hey!Album. After a third album (ReadySexGo), the band had a bitter breakup with Elektra and decided to part ways as a band altogether. I decided to include both albums because they are quite similar and I think they play well off each other. Walker's vocals are pretty good, the music is catchy, and the lyrics are witty. If any of you like it, check out some of Walker's solo albums as well, especially his first one (Left of Self-Centered), which also has some pretty good songs.

Favorite songs: "You're So Yesterday", "Cigarette Lighter Love Song"

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