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Post by crumbsroom » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:53 pm

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Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:00 pm
David Bowie's Blackstar is wonderful. I'd been putting off listening to it for obvious reasons, and while it was hard to get through as a result, I'm glad I did. Besides this album, Queen's Innuendo and J Dilla's Donuts, are there any other memorable albumls involving the musician(s) facing their mortality?
Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker'

Skip Spence's "Oar" isn't one but sounds like it should be
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Post by Torgo » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:26 pm

Anyone who is interested in the history of music show read this thread:
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:36 pm

Torgo wrote:
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are there any other memorable albums involving the musician(s) facing their mortality?
Warren Zevon's My Ride's Here/The Wind. George Harrison's Brainwashed. And I will always believe that this was the crux behind Dylan's John Wesley Harding, however mythical his bike accident or not.
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Post by Torgo » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:44 pm

If there's a stranger music video, I'd like to see it:

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Torgo wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:44 pm
If there's a stranger music video, I'd like to see it:
Reminds me of Dan Deacon, neat stuff


By the by Dan Deacon just released a new album, it's what I've been listening to recently
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:26 pm

Torgo wrote:
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If there's a stranger music video, I'd like to see it:
I don't know that it's stranger, but:
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Post by Rump » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:57 pm

Ennio Morricone - The Complete Edition - 15 box set

This may take some time :shock:
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Post by crumbsroom » Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:31 am

Rump wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:57 pm
Ennio Morricone - The Complete Edition - 15 box set

This may take some time :shock:
I briefly had it in my mind that I would buy every Morricone soundtrack I could find, but they just kept popping up and were always expensive so that was a short lived project.

Ended up with:

The Great Silence
The Iron Prefect
The Humanoid
Almost Human
Violent City
Teorema
Bird With the Crystal Plumage
The Master Touch
Space: 1999

and a basic compilation with the obvious stuff
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Post by Jinnistan » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:46 am

Going through the new deluxe Elektra reissues of Stereolab, and I've found something relevatory in the demos for what I'd usually consider a minor effort, Sound Dust. These early takes are spare and delicate, and they're better representations of Sadier and Hanson's harmonic beauty. Part of the criticism of later Stereolab is their tendency to really pile on the synthetic goop and loops and sometimes bury some lovely songs in lattices of digital dross. That's probably why I tend to prefer the relatively minimalistic stuff like "Velvet Water" or "Black Arts". It's nice to embrace what could have been a more placid Stereolab LP.








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Post by Jinnistan » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:24 pm

After spending the last couple of weeks in a Stereolab stew of sweet fuzz and nostalgia, my overview hasn't changed radically, but subtley enough. Fans of their later cut/paste swish can fight me.


Switched On Stereolab - 9
Peng!/Lo-Fi - 9
The Groop Played Space Age Bachelor Pad Music - 7
Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements - 10
Refried Ectoplasm - 10
Mars Audiac Quintet - 8
Music For the Amorphous Body Center - 8
Emperor Tomato Ketchup - 10
Flourescences - 6
Dots And Loops - 7
Aluminum Tunes - 8
Cobra and Phases Groop Play Voltage in the Milky Night - 9
Future of the Microbe Hunters - 7
Sound Dust - 8
Margerine Eclipse - 7
Fab Four Suture - 5
Chemical Chords - 6
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ABC Music (BBC) - 9
Oscillons From The Anti-Sun (EPs) - 10
Not Music (etc) - 8
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Post by Torgo » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:43 pm

Good scores, but I'd give Dots and Loops a higher one. It was the first Stereolab album I listened to, so there may some "introduction bias" (if such a thing exists), but I think it's on par with my other favorite, Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
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Post by Jinnistan » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:18 am

Torgo wrote:
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Good scores, but I'd give Dots and Loops a higher one. It was the first Stereolab album I listened to, so there may some "introduction bias" (if such a thing exists), but I think it's on par with my other favorite, Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
I may have introduction bias as well, but I still prefer the earlier focus on kosmische, drone and trance tones, like My Bloody Valentine if someone had (mostly) switched their guitars with a palette of fuzz organs. ETK features the best balance of these aesthetics, but Dots was the polarizing point where older fans felt they had put the cut/paste collages to the fore.

Around the same time, there was a similar polarization with the band Tortoise, whose TNT went well beyond the more organic group-play of their first two LPs, relying on the same kind of digital permutations that fans had hoped would be reserved for their 12" remixes. TNT is also a stronger album than it was received at the time, but it arguably doesn't measure up to its predecessors either.
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Post by Torgo » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:19 pm

I've been revisiting Neil Cicierega's mashup/remix albums Mouth Sounds, Mouth Silence and Mouth Moods. They're still hilarious after all these years. They're all on YouTube.

These are probably my favorite tracks:







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Torgo wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:19 pm
I've been revisiting Neil Cicierega's mashup/remix albums Mouth Sounds, Mouth Silence and Mouth Moods. They're still hilarious after all these years. They're all on YouTube.

These are probably my favorite tracks:

Just seeing this now, and heck yes. Neil's fantastic.

This is my favorite. Simple, epic, hilarious, weirdly moving:

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Post by Slentert » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:28 pm

I don't know where else to post this, so I'll just do it here.

A friend of mine co-produced this doc a couple of years ago about the Belgian New Beat movement called The Sound of Belgium. You can now watch it online for free, until the fifth of April at least. I recommend it.

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Post by Torgo » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:20 pm

Cool, as a Front 242 and dEUS fan, I should watch that. I hope they're featured.
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Post by DaMU » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:44 am

Depeche Mode - Ultra

Listened to this ages ago and thought I didn't like it, but no, that was Exciter (probably my least favorite from the Mode that I've heard), but Ultra's got some tracks that still slap. "The Bottom Line" and "Barrel of a Gun" and "Home" and "It's No Good" especially.



That funky bassline at the start! Gah!
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Post by Torgo » Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:05 pm

Marillion performed a live version of one of their best and one of my favorite songs, "Easter." It's the perfect spirit-lifter.

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Nancy Sinatra Discography
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Not the best versions, but the only vintage ones on Youtube.
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Post by Torgo » Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:10 pm

If you're as much of a Devin Townsend fan as I am and are itching to go to a concert while quarantined, he's doing some virtual ones on StageIt.
The link is in this tweet. The proceeds go to hospitals.
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Not the best versions, but the only vintage ones on Youtube.
I"m such a John Prine ignorant.

I once saw the manager I hate have one of his CD's so my immediately reaction was 'fuck this John Prine guy'. Probably not me at my most level headed. Or, at least for me, no better than medium level headed.
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crumbsroom wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:31 am
I briefly had it in my mind that I would buy every Morricone soundtrack I could find, but they just kept popping up and were always expensive so that was a short lived project.

Ended up with:


Bird With the Crystal Plumage
:heart: that one :up:
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Post by crumbsroom » Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:27 pm

Rump wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:53 pm
:heart: that one :up:
They are all mostly really good. But it does start becoming pretty apparent that he reuses the same melodies and arrangements a fair bit. But he did compose hundreds of scores so it is only fair he cheated a little.
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Post by Jinnistan » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:09 pm

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I"m such a John Prine ignorant.
Start early, skip the 80s, maybe augment with Missing Years. I don't know much about his more recent efforts. I may give his last one a try myself.
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Post by crumbsroom » Sat May 02, 2020 9:23 pm

Incredible, intense, otherwordly French chanteuse music. To be played over and over until all of the cats hide under the bed.

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Jinnistan wrote:
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Start early, skip the 80s, maybe augment with Missing Years. I don't know much about his more recent efforts. I may give his last one a try myself.
Like....first album early?
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Post by Torgo » Tue May 05, 2020 2:48 pm

I'm not sure if this is the best thread for this post - I guess it is since I saw Lilo and Stitch for the first time recently - but why is there so much Alan Silvestri hatred? From Jerry's speech in the Rick and Morty season 3 finale to various podcasts I listen to saying "oh God, Silvestri" or something to that effect, he gets a bum rap. I mean, he's no John Williams or Hans Zimmer, but he's also no Marc Streitenfeld (the Prometheus composer).
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I'm sure you can guess. Dylan just dropped his Blackstar
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Post by The Nameless Two » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:23 pm

I listened to probably 6 albums today and now it's The Go! Team time
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:37 pm

RTJ 4 and What's Going On have been on constant rotation lately.
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The Nameless One wrote:
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I'm sure you can guess. Dylan just dropped his Blackstar
The longer I live, the more he becomes the only artist that really matters.

I am not discarding the entire history of art to just make room for only Dylan, only saying that as an artist who has a lifelong career that had consistently mattered, even when it didn't, he is the embodiment of an artist being a lived life. The only others off the top of my head I can think of are Picasso and Miles Davis. Maybe Fassbinder if he'd lived longer. Cassavetes if he'd done more. Kubrick if he wasn't busy being so perfect.

I don't have this yet. But I will eventually. As I will eventually have everything he's released (well, maybe not eeeeverything). He's my guiding star.
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crumbsroom wrote:
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I don't have this yet. But I will eventually. As I will eventually have everything he's released (well, maybe not eeeeverything). He's my guiding star.
Well said. I don't disagree, even if I am a complete novice when it comes to Dylan. This is the only time I have ever sat down by myself and paid attention to what he is trying to say. It worked. I think this album might just rise to the top of it all
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:32 am

I love Dylan. Luckily, I got to go see him a year or so ago. It was an odd experience as much of my favorite music of his was 4 or 5 transformations ago so even when he played a song I love, it often bore little resemblance to the version I know. Still, there's something to be said seeing a legend in action.

I always show my students The Times Are A Changin' coupled with Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come when we're introducing finding connections in poetry. Happy to bring more Dylan into people's lives. I'll save this album for a day I can give it complete attention.
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crumbsroom wrote:
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As I will eventually have everything he's released (well, maybe not eeeeverything).
I will probably never own a copy of Empire Burlesque, and have long taped over my cassettes of Dylan & The Dead and Under the Red Sky.

But I do have quite a bit that he hasn't released.


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Post by The Nameless Two » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:47 pm

Yeah, it feels like I'm calling out to every sentient being in the universe right now. Make it happen, Bob Dylan. Cheers for the tune
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crumbsroom wrote:
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Like....first album early?
Absolutely, it has his signature numbers "Illegal Smile", "Sam Stone", "Hello in There". Might be his best one.
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I learned music on the tenor sax

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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:16 pm

I'm not a big fan of Leonard Cohen's New Skin For the Old Ceremony (Yes, Death of a Ladies' Man is better!), but it does have one unmitigated classic, which you don't need the record to hear because this version, from the excellent Bird on a Wire concert doc, is the superior version that drops the smug kiss-off last line for superb extra lyrics ("Racing the midnight/train, I can't catch you"). *eternal sigh*


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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:26 pm

Also, an RIP for Tony Allen

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Wooley is a real one, damn that was good. More!
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Jinnistan wrote:
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I'm not a big fan of Leonard Cohen's New Skin For the Old Ceremony (Yes, Death of a Ladies' Man is better!), but it does have one unmitigated classic, which you don't need the record to hear because this version, from the excellent Bird on a Wire concert doc, is the superior version that drops the smug kiss-off last line for superb extra lyrics ("Racing the midnight/train, I can't catc :up: h you"). *eternal sigh*


I love New Skin. In a mood I may even think it is my second fav after his debut.

Death of a Ladies Man is the only early to mid period Cohen I don't think I've ever owned or even heard
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I love New Skin. In a mood I may even think it is my second fav after his debut.
I don't know which universe where New Skin could be better than Songs of Love and Hate.

I think most of the songs' arrangements are clunky, and the melodies stale, but at least the lyrics still sting (except "Chelsea #2"). Maybe the best thing about the album is that a line like "I guess you call this love/ I call it service" manages to succinctly eclipse the entirety of Blood on the Tracks. If only Cohen's odes had the longing of a "You're a Big Girl Now" to go with those lyrics. Instead, it sounds like a very spiteful record to me, and not in a tastefully spiteful fashion.
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crumbsroom wrote:
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Death of a Ladies Man is the only early to mid period Cohen I don't think I've ever owned or even heard
It makes a great chaser for Nilsson's Pussycats, if you're into that sort of carousing (which I tend to be).
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