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obscurantist
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posted 19 August 2005 02:20 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Continuing from here....

Sheryl Crow - self-titled ('96)

"So what if right now everything is wrong?"

Sitting in the small, empty basement theatre, February 1997. Feels more like someone's living room or den. Took the bus across Vancouver from the university. Waiting around for other people to show up for the technical rehearsal.

One of the other crew members is working in the sound booth, and she puts on a couple of albums and goes out for some errands while I sit and read in the poor light. Okay, I recognize Sarah Maclachlan, but I'm not sure who the other album is by. Probably Sheryl Crow. Or maybe Joan Osborne. It's good, anyway.

Some albums just hit you in the right way at the right time.

Half a year earlier, back home for the summer on a humid Saturday in July, after my family learned some very bad news about my mom's health that would spawn progressively worse news as the summer went along, found myself alone in the house. Went on a cleaning binge and played three albums I'd just bought, and the first one, Stevie Wonder's Talking Book, hit me right between the eyes the same way the bad news had.

I thought, okay, I don't know what's gonna happen. Things might never be the same again. It's just a question of how bad they're gonna get. But what this music's saying is that life will go on in one form or another. There'll come a time when you'll lose each of the people around you, slowly or suddenly. Could be next week, could be twenty or fifty years from now. But there'll be new songs that you'll associate with new people and places, new songs that will leave you gobsmacked in some cases at how mind-bogglingly good they are, and you'll still have the old songs (along with other things) that'll prevent you from completely losing the people who are gone.

Okay, as so often is the case, the Beatles put it much better than this, and with a bloody great harpsichord solo to boot.

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posted 19 August 2005 04:38 PM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Its interesting the way that certain albums just fit into a period of your life/experience.

My current musical crush has no larger meaning or associations, but I am finding muself obsessed with Martha Wainwright. Not really a fan of Rufus, or the rest of the clan, but she hits me in just the right spot. Gorgeous voice.

Cleaned my apartment to Peter Gabriel's So last night, and to Elvis' gold album. Good times.


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posted 19 August 2005 04:49 PM      Profile for spatrioter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Not really a fan of Rufus, or the rest of the clan
Heresy! What about the Log Driver's Waltz?!

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posted 19 August 2005 04:57 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's where babbler log-drivers learn to step lightly.
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posted 19 August 2005 05:02 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, now I know what tune I'll have on my brain for the rest of the afternoon. At least it might provide an antidote to the Gypsy Kings and their ilk when I go to lunch.

I've heard one of the Wainwrights - Loudon - oddly on the same day that I went on the cleaning binge and listened to Talking Book. Never played the Loudon Wainwright CD again, and later sold it. But my dad has albums by Kate and Anna, Rufus, and I think maybe also Martha at home, and I mean to listen to some of them soon.

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posted 19 August 2005 05:05 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...and please the girls completely...


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So, what are the regular CBC listeners listening to, anyway?


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posted 19 August 2005 05:30 PM      Profile for chester the prairie shark     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
FM 90.5, community radio in saskatoon.

Just talked to my CBC buddy on the picket line at noon, evryones doing ok but its still the first week.


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posted 19 August 2005 06:25 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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I used to be a big fan of Our Lady Peace in my teenage years, and considering the fact that they're coming out with a new CD after a three year break from the last one, I decided to start listening to their older stuff. I think my favourite album is still probably 'Spiritual Machines', this one is far more creative and varied in the types of music that they play than their other ones. Anyways I was looking for some of their stuff that I've never heard yet and there were a few random rare songs that aren't on any of the major albums that I've come across and they include the songs: ‘Dirty Walls’, ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, ‘Whatever’ (which isn't that rare as it was used as a WWF wrestler's intro theme music, but I don't care since I haven't watched the WWF in years and like the song anyways), and my favourite Julia which was apparently written by Sarah Slean. It combines a (very) light rock sensibility with Sarah Slean's preference for the piano, and Raine Maida's varied vocal arrangements (his voice goes from grainy, slow and deep sounding to high and what I've heard described as paranoid).
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posted 20 August 2005 09:14 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Arrogant Worms - Gift Wrapped (Best of)

For Canada Day a few years ago, went out on Victoria harbour with a group of people in a boat that was rented for the evening.

The self-appointed DJ for the evening brought along a CD of all-Canadian music. "We're Here for a Good Time", "Life is a Highway", and some tracks she elected not to play, like "Painted Ladies and a Bottle of Wine Mama" and "O Siem". If you're a DJ, you have to have a gut sense of what is and what isn't going to work in any given context (or in any context at all), and she did.

Among the selections was the entirely apropos "Last Saskatchewan Pirate" (not on this particular Arrogant Worms album, but never mind that).

Wanted to show off my knowledge. "Arrogant Worms are great," I said to the DJ. "I really like 'Pandas' - 'die, they must die, the pandas must die....'"

"That's Radio Free Vestibule."

Ah. Well, now I know.


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posted 20 August 2005 09:18 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Then there's Corky and the Juice Pigs, who I love for their dead-on parodies of Lou Reed and Michael Stipe (and for their name, of course), but who I'm always mixing up with the Arrogant Worms, myself.

Did I mention elsewhere I've been listening to A.C. Newman's The Slow Wonder while eagerly awaiting the latest from the New Pornographers? It gets released this Tuesday, the 23rd. I'm seriously thinking of sneaking off at lunchtime to get a copy.

Edit:

Yes, I did mention it elsewhere. Well, it's still good.

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posted 20 August 2005 11:05 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Vansterdam Kid:
I used to be a big fan of Our Lady Peace in my teenage years

Heh, that's gonna sting for some people...


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posted 21 August 2005 09:12 PM      Profile for Vansterdam Kid   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know something that'll sting a lot more, I have a guilty pleasure appreciation of the new Nickleback song, Photograph.

Hopefully that'll be corrected once I hear it a few more times, since admitting, let alone liking that has got to be some sort of crime against good taste. And, yep I'm ready for the rebuke that I know I deserve.


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posted 22 August 2005 02:13 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Soup Dragons - Lovegod (1990)

Decent ripoff of Pop Will Eat Itself (who you've probably never heard of anyway) and other late-'80s Brit bands.

But don't go out of your way to find this album. What you SHOULD go out of your way to find is the single, or maybe it's an EP, containing the remix of "Mother Universe". On Lovegod, it's a mediocre song, but the remixed version, which I heard first, is a sprawling, sneering, interstellar-party-rock masterpiece, like something by Primal Scream, only better.

Okay, maybe it's not THAT good, and I just associate it with my discovery of rock music in grade 8. Whatever. It samples the movie Dark Star, and that should count for something. ("They just glow, and drift around the universe. Glow with all the colours of the rainbow....")

Other songs I can think of where the remix kicks the original's ass: "X, Y, and Zee" by Pop Will Eat Itself (also from 1990), and "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, the latter of which I associate with many alcohol-fuelled evenings on the UBC campus. Nice little sing-along tune, that.

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posted 22 August 2005 09:39 AM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Vanseterdam -

The OLP version of "Needle and the Damage Done," I assume that was off Borrowed Tunes, the Neil Young tribute album?? At one point I went on a small, mad search for it, in large part because of Crash Vegas' version of Pocahontas (god, it was incredible!) Very difficult to find - I eventually just settled for a cd sampler with that on it.

I'll admit that Rayne is totally hot, and totally pretentious and annoying. I wanted to smack him at the Live 8 concert (not that there wasn't a lot of competition for who I wanted to smack most).

quote:
Heresy! What about the Log Driver's Waltz?!

Okay, I will admit to heresy. Burn me at the stake! I was too ignorant to realize that Louden Wainwright was the man responsible for the Log Driver's Waltz.

And, moving on, am currently listening to Jim Cuddy's "All in Time" - saw him on Friday at Ottawa Folk Fest - he was great, a fantastic performer and HOT, and had Luke Doucet on guitar *sigh*.

Will move on to Matt Mays tommorow I think, as he plays the Ex on Wednesday. Which I suppose brings us back to the Neil Young type discussion.


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Yeah he's totally pretentious or when a new album is coming out pretty popish which is what I'd say their music is like either pretty pretentious (heck just look at his name) or popish. I remember watching the Tsunami benefit concert and he was supposed to sing a few duets with his wife (Chantal Kreviazuk). He was 30 minutes late and looked like he hadn't taken a bath in weeks. And yeah the Needle and the Damage done was from that Neil Young tribute album, but I didn't get it from there.

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quote:
I was too ignorant to realize that Louden Wainwright was the man responsible for the Log Driver's Waltz.
Oh, I don't think Loudon wrote that song. Some guy named Hemsworth, I believe.

But the singers of the Log Driver's Waltz in the NFB short were Kate & Anna McGarrigle, the mother and aunt of Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

There's an NFB documentary about Kate & Anna where you see miniature versions of Rufus and Martha walking around with their family.


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Wade Hemsworthwas a great songwriter. Not only the logdriver and the blackfly song, but a bunch of other brilliant music, in all kinds of styles.

Kate and Anna worked hard at getting him back in the public eye late in in his life. I am pleased and proud to have been at some of those events.

quote:
Some guy named Hemsworth

Sheesh.


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posted 22 August 2005 07:03 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Vansterdam Kid:
I know something that'll sting a lot more, I have a guilty pleasure appreciation of the new Nickleback song, Photograph.

Hopefully that'll be corrected once I hear it a few more times, since admitting, let alone liking that has got to be some sort of crime against good taste. And, yep I'm ready for the rebuke that I know I deserve.


I hope you didn't think I was putting OLP down... I was simply pointing out that you could make some people feel very old by being an OLP fan in your teenage years. Sort of like in that old thread about what was the number one song on your birthday... I posted what was number one on my eighteenth. There were a number of fogi... I mean, babblers born well before me, who were not impressed


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posted 22 August 2005 07:39 PM      Profile for Vansterdam Kid   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, I never thought of that. But considering the fact that we're the same age, I never thought that I'd hear that from you in the first place.
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posted 22 August 2005 07:41 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Vansterdam Kid:
Oh, I never thought of that. But considering the fact that we're the same age, I never thought that I'd hear that from you in the first place.

Yeah that's why I said "for some people" instead of giving you the "when I was a kid and had to walk fifteen miles..." routine


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Well, I TRIED to listen to Spoon's new album, Gimme Fiction, but my CD player was having none of it.

It didn't give me any problems when I put on a burnt copy of If You're Feeling Sinister, by Belle and Sebastian (urf off eef oof). Already heard their earlier album Fold Your Hands, Child, You Walk Like a Peasant. This group sounds like a collaboration between - I don't know, Nick Drake, Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey, and Ray Davies from the Kinks, perhaps?

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posted 24 August 2005 12:46 PM      Profile for The Hegemo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the car at the moment -- Stiff Little Fingers Anthology
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Today the following bands:

- Kinski
- King Black Acid
- Archive
- Dungeon
- Neumeier genrich schmidt

All heavy psyche bands.


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posted 24 August 2005 02:48 PM      Profile for island empire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
yeah, so as per my little post there, sufjan stevens' new record for sure.

also a bit of each of these:

calla's 'televise'
the 6ths' 'wasps nest'
bedhead's 'transaction de novo'
clap your hands say yeah!
the arcade fire
old jesus and mary chain
vitesse's 'chelsea'


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Depeche Mode vs Erasure - Megamix

I guess I'm just feeling extra fabulous today.


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posted 24 August 2005 09:28 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
At one point I went on a small, mad search for it, in large part because of Crash Vegas' version of Pocahontas (god, it was incredible!)

That's a great track. I haven't heard it in years; not since I hosted "Green Eggs and Ham" on (Hey Chester!) CFCR 90.5 FM.

I listened to WFUV's "The Big Broadcast" today.

http://www.wfuv.org/


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posted 24 August 2005 10:57 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Yst:
Depeche Mode vs Erasure - Megamix

I guess I'm just feeling extra fabulous today.


I love that mix too - crank the headphones!

Right now I'm listening to The Waterboys - everything I can get my hands on. Great stuff - Whole of the Moon; This is the Sea, etc.


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Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony ('79)

When my parents got this album, I "couldn't've been much more than one or two", like Paul Simon (or Simon's character) in the first song, so possibly it is the "first thing I remember". Though I don't remember whether it is or not, so I guess it doesn't count.

Still, his music has been "seeping through" ever since. The living room in our house when I was a little kid, the car ride down to California one acrimonious teenage summer, the picture window of the church with me on the outside staring in and pounding at the glass yelling "Elaine! Elaine!" (Okay, that last memory isn't my own.)

Paul Simon writes songs that worm their way into the mind, with their mix of confidence and vulnerability, sentiment and wit, horn sections and gospel choirs. They're the most memorable songs I can think of. The Beatles' tunes have a greater ubiquity, but their lyrics have less of a connection to real life. Even Bob Dylan, who pioneered the art of rock-as-autobiography - his lyrics seem to be connected with life in a way most pop isn't, but they're more poetic where Simon's are more observational. Dylan cultivates more of a distance between himself and the listener than Simon does. Paul Simon's songs are postcards from different parts of the musical world, of the real world, of his life, of my own.


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I've picked up some really good stuff recently, old and newer:

TV on the Radio - totally loving these guys...'Staring in the Sun' is one of my fave songs right now!

Magneta Lane
The Zombies
Buzzcocks
Feist
The Fall 2-disc collection


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quote:
Originally posted by dazzle me:
yeah, so as per my little post there, sufjan stevens' new record for sure.

also a bit of each of these:

calla's 'televise'
the 6ths' 'wasps nest'
bedhead's 'transaction de novo'
clap your hands say yeah!
the arcade fire
old jesus and mary chain
vitesse's 'chelsea'



I LOVE that 6ths album!! I used to own it many moons ago, but during my starving student years had to let it go for grocery $$.


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yeah, wasps' nest is just sooooooo good.

my guess is that you've heard it, but for those who haven't, i also just absolutely love the magnetic fields' "holiday" record - i think the last song on there, "take ecstacy with me", is probably the most addictively sweet thing i've ever heard. everything about it is flawless, like the planets seriously aligned for that one. you have to get the one with the female vocals though, because stephin sings one of them himself, and it's not quite as brilliant, though it probably makes more sense given the homoerotic theme.

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Comedy is Not Pretty by Gurn Blanston.

I haven't listened to this in 25 years. It's still funny, just because of Steve's delivery (his TI-ming is flawless), although the Farrah Fawcett and Jackie Onassis jokes are a wee bit dated.


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Ace of Base "The Sign"


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quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
Ace of Base "The Sign"



OK...I've got to come clean...

Ace of Base is a guilty pleasure of mine (as is ABBA).

I'm particularly found of "It's a beautiful life."

So embarrassing..........


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quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
Ace of Base "The Sign"



It wasn't that interesting thew first time I posted it. No need to post it twice!

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Shivaree: I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head For Making Me Live In This Dump
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"Heaven Can Wait" Iron Maiden


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The Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer (rest in joyful noise, Ibrahim)

Rufus Wainwright - Poses

Petra Haden Sings the Who Sell Out (what, you mean you've never heard the daughter of a jazz musician do an entirely a capella cover version of a Who album before?)

Killers - Hot Fuss

France - unreleased recording of recent jam session (they're big in Japan. Okay, they aren't just yet, but they're in Japan, and that's a start. Metal / punk, with a lively cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven.")

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While I still listen to "Dead Can Dance" compulsively, I did come up for a bit to check out Peter Gabriel's "Up" and I think it's the best thing he's done since the late 60's with Genesis. I also have some mid 60's Genesis demo bootleg MP3s which make me giggle with their charming if inept attempts at psychedelia and bubblegum love ballads.
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posted 28 August 2005 04:45 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Stars, "Set Yourself On Fire."

You know when someone middle-aged tries awkwardly to fit in with young people, and usually just causes cringes all around? Most new pop music makes me feel like that gyu, but not this band. I can listen completely without embarrassment.

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I also have some mid 60's Genesis demo bootleg MP3s which make me giggle with their charming if inept attempts at psychedelia and bubblegum love ballads.

Sounds giggleworthy, indeed. When I was in high school in the 70s, several of my friends were Genesis fans. I could never get it. Then again, this was the post-Gabriel Genesis.

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I have to say I'm more a fan of Genesis with Phil Collins as lead singer than I am of what little I've heard of the original combo. And I liked what I think is Genesis' first full-length album, From Genesis to Revelation, possibly because it's an attempt to copy so many other groups, like the Bee Gees. I started listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but got tired after three songs.

Now I'm listening to Blue Rodeo - Greatest Hits, vol. 1. Really don't think I could call myself a "rock snob" - I have almost no musical boundaries, or sense of irony about what I listen to.


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posted 28 August 2005 05:50 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Really don't think I could call myself a "rock snob" - I have almost no musical boundaries, or sense of irony about what I listen to.

No, I was only pulling your leg in the other thread, there. Didn't mean nothin' by it.


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posted 30 August 2005 12:06 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Now listening to 'Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now (1988), and Keane - Hopes and Fears, a new bloodless Coldplay ripoff (but you can do worse than rip off bloodless Coldplay).

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posted 30 August 2005 01:42 AM      Profile for Pr0m37h3iu5     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Elliot Smith - Fond Farewell.
Elliot Smith - Twilight.
Elliot Smith - Passing Feeling.
Elliot Smith - Miss Misery.
Elliot Smith - Strung Out Again.
Shenna Easton - Morning Train.

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posted 30 August 2005 02:12 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My neighbours in this duplex are gone for the week, so I'm listening to these, very loud:
Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz
Sam and Save - Soul Man
Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour
Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Aretha Franklin - RESPECT
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Rascals - Groovin'

Good music, comrades


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Recently listening to lots of blues from the '20s & '30s. Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red, Ma Rainey, Skip James.....
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Be Good Tanyas - Blue Horse

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And you never turn a stranger out
On the lakes of Ponchartrain....

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New Orleans is Sinking
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Jughead, you beat me to it.
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Miles Davis - The Complete Birth of the Cool

Eels - Electro-Shock Blues


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Oooo.... Borrowed Time is one of my favorite themed cover albums.

I'm a pretty big Neil Young fan (though I mostly concentrate on Harvest, After the Gold Rush, and Everybody Knows...) but I do think that a few of those covers actually beat the originals. In particular, Big Sugar kicks some serious rock-ass on When You Dance (one of my fave songs already). Fuck Big Sugar can really rock. And Wild T and the Spirit shine as well.

Come to think of it, I'm gonna go start another thread specifically on cover albums.
Done.

What am I listening to now? Reverend Horton Heat: Liquor in the Front. Kinda hyper, and I can see why someone would find the music obnoxious, but it's all in good fun. Good psychobilly. Maybe I'll listen to The Cramps next. Bad Music for Bad People.


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I've been reading the newish Simon Reynolds book on post-punk, so its mostly been The Pop Group, PiL, and the No New York compilation chronicling the No Wave scene. I work at a record store, so'll probably be abusing my employee discount with each chapter.

There's been a lot of Mingus lately too, especially 'Oh Yeah,' which for some reason has always gotten short shrift from me. And of course New Pornographers 'Twin Cinema.' I can't wait for the live show in September.

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I just bought the new Death Cab for Cutie album and have been lsitening to it none stop for two days. I think the guy who shares an office with me is getting pissed. Anyways, it kicks ass. I Will Follow You Into the Dark is song of the year so far. Go buy it.
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Louis -- Armstrong, of course -- from a CD collection called "Pure Louis."

At the moment he's just singing "Hello, Dolly," but when he gets to one of the oldies, I'll be back to hum it for you.

Here's to New Orleans. We all owe them -- a lot.


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I found my old cassette collection. Weird Al Yankovic's Alapalooza and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell appear to be sufficiently annoying to my family
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I'm checking out billy idol in Saskatoon tonight. Yeehaw! My fiancee has threatened to flash him, which I have mixed feelings about.
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Of my private N'awlins concert, I would say that the duets with Ella were the most fun -- boy, that is one of the longest versions of "Let's Do It" I have ever heard. (Writing further lyrics to "Let's Do It" would actually be a good babblethread some day, no?)

Ella sings "Summertime" and he trumpets. Superb.

But the funniest duet is with Velma Middleton, who, to my amazement, turns out to have been Louis's wife, but a secret wife -- ?!? "Baby, It's Cold Outside," full Basin Street rhythm and treatment, lots of fun.

What really moved me, though, was his recording of "When You're Smilin'." He sings a bit, but the rest is trumpet, running through several styles, ending very Basin Street. Oh, yeah.


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Emiliana Torrini - Sunny Roads

Northern State - Nice With It

Decemberists - Red Right Ankle

Jesse Dangerously - Conspiracy Is Us

Nellie McKay - David

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posted 02 September 2005 10:33 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
hits - Joni Mitchell

Includes: Urge For Going; Woodstock; The Circle Game; Carey; Raised On Robbery; Help Me; Both Sides Now.

Joni is one of my favourite artists of all time; I started listening to her as soon as her first LP came out. I bought her first jazz recording, none afterwards. Love her early stuff, but Urge For Going and The Circle Game I just absolutely love. I play this album in my truck a lot, almost as much as Willie's greatest hits album.


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posted 03 September 2005 07:13 PM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Kanye West - Diamonds From Sierra Leone (remix)

quote:
Good morning, this ain't Vietnam still
People lose hands, legs, arms, for real
Little was known on Sierra Leone
And how it connect to the diamonds we own
When I spit the diamonds in this song
I ain't talkin' 'bout the ones that be glowin'
I'm talkin' 'bout Roc-a-Fella, my home
My chain, this ain't conflict diamonds
Is they Jacob? Don't lie to me, man
See, a part of me sayin', "Keep shinin'"
How? When I know what a blood diamond is
Though it's thousands of miles away
Sierra Leone connect to what we go through today
Over here it's a drug trade, we die from drugs
Over there they die from what we buy from drugs
The diamonds, the chains, the bracelets, the charmses
I thought my Jesus piece was so harmless
'Til I seen a picture of a shorty armless
...

So yeah his new record is dope.

Canadian rap is really good right now, too. I just picked up Sweatshop Union's album, United We Fall and it's not perfect but it's not bad at all. Locally here in Halifax Mr Bix from Alpha Flight Crew just but out an EP that's really fantastic, you can check that link for clips.

Moka Only's new album is kinda wack but it has this one track featuring MF Doom and produced by Sixtoo that's just great.

What else? There's a lot good this year.


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Wow. Billy Idol was pretty cool up close and personal. Although some of the new stuff is a little, and I hesitate to say "shitty," shitty. But when he played the oldies and told a story about his finger in madonna's bum, oh dear!
Check him out if you can.

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Just heard Hank Snow singing "I'm Movin' On." Ya-hooo! Hand-clappin' and foot-stampin' went on.
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quote:
Originally posted by byzantine:
Wow. Billy Idol was pretty cool up close and personal. Although some of the new stuff is a little, and I hesitate to say "shitty," shitty. But when he played the oldies and told a story about his finger in madonna's bum, oh dear!
Check him out if you can.

How old is Billy now ?. I saw him at Castle Farms, Michigan in younger years.. I think ?. I was really bombed at the time. Those were the days. People say I don't look like Billiam at all. Puh!

"Well, memories will burn you.
Memories grow older as people can
They just get colder
Like sweet sixteen"


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T.Rex - Electric Warrior
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Cockney Rebel - Tumblin' Down

"Oh dear look what they've done to the blues."


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Hmmm. Only Cockney Rebel track I know is "Come Up And See Me."

Finally got the new New Pornographers. My life can resume.


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quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
Louis -- Armstrong, of course -- from a CD collection called "Pure Louis."

At the moment he's just singing "Hello, Dolly," but when he gets to one of the oldies, I'll be back to hum it for you.

Here's to New Orleans. We all owe them -- a lot.


Someone should start a thread...

The day before Katrina struck I played an all-New Orleans show: Louis, Kid Ory, ODJB, NORK, Boswell Sisters, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bunk Johnson, some country (Hank Williams has a song about Lake Ponchartrain), Delta Blues, etc.

New Orleans is home to the greatest contribution to human culture that has ever come from the USA. Why did that country's leadership allow it to be destroyed?


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Currently enjoying the Stones, A Bigger Bang. Another fine effort from the worlds greatest rock n roll band. 16 tracks of guitar and drums driven rock n roll, topped with lots of irreverent attitude.
The new Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds,is a great rock n roll effort. Rocks as good as the Stones in parts, but with a dash of Alice's bizarre stories and characters. Ballad of Jesse Jane is classic Alice. Story of a transvestite trucker and his battles with red necks.
The new Clapton, Back Home. Doesn't rock like the Stones or Alice. The master has mellowed with age, but there's plenty of great bluesey guitar bits and a talented core of backing vocalists.
These three albums have all been released within a month of each other. Manna from heaven from the legends.

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Listening to: Bizarre Ryde II The Pharcyde
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^^^ Sweet. One of the best. Even the skits sre funny!

Rough Guide to Highlife.


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Cuff the Duke by (not surprisingly) Cuff the Duke.
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Oh, I *like* them (Cuff the Duke). Very interesting sound.

Right now, in the iTunes shuffle:

Speed of Sound, Coldplay
Hold On, Sarah McLachlan
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), Etta James
Respectable, The Rolling Stones
Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles
America, Betty Wand (for Rita Moreno) and George Chakiris
You and Your Friend, Snake River Conspiracy
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Make Your Own Kind Of Music, Mama Cass Elliot
Fumbling Toward Ecstacy, Sarah McLachlan
Embraceable You, Charlie Parker
Mixed Emotions, The Rolling Stones
Pie Jesu, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Mystery Train, The Band
Don't Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston
I Want You, Melissa Etheridge
J'aurais quelqeu chose a dire (I Would Have Something to Say), Barachois
Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones
Shut Up, Black Eyed Peas
Like the Way I Do, Melissa Etheridge
Ruby Tuesday, The Rolling Stones
Cheating in the Next Room, Etta James
Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones


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quote:
Hmmm. Only Cockney Rebel track I know is "Come Up And See Me."

(Quickly donning the chilly rock snob sneer) I think you mean "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)."

I suspect you'd like some of Steve Harley's stuff, he's quite good. Kind of Roxy Music glammish, kind of Alan Price "O Lucky Man", he was often cited as an influence by a early eighties bands that I liked which is how I found him. Psychomodo and The Best Years of Our Lives are the albums you want. Some crap songs on them, but some real treasures too. Like "Tumbling Down" for instance.


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Nick Drake, Pearl Jam, Beck, 54/40, Pearl Jam, Violent Femmes, Ron Sexsmith, Pearl Jam, Richard Ashcroft, Ben Harper, Miles Davis, and Pearl Jam.
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Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live, an excellent chance to hear Paula Cole (on backing vocals) before Dawson's Creek got ahold of her.
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quote:
Originally posted by kingblake:
Oooo.... Borrowed Time is one of my favorite themed cover albums.

Yeah, I like it too... except my version is called Borrowed Tunes


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The Essential Pogues.

I believe that's what we call a redundancy.


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Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

Never really liked Fleetwood Mac that much, but I've only ever heard the songs that get played on the radio. Which unfortunately are the same 4 or 5 songs that I heard this morning.

So if I DON'T particularly like "Rhiannon", "Don't Stop", "Everywhere," and "Go Your Own Way", is there a particular album that would give me a good introduction to the rest of their songs, or is there no hope for me?


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My advice: Tusk was their only really experimental album (and, coming on the aftermath of Rumours, it was savaged for being experimental). If you want something different, try that.

Or, simply don't listen to Fleetwood Mac.


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Ani Difranco - Dilate

As Tegan and Sara might say: Alanis Morrisette stole this sound from Ani. We're stealing it back.


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Currently listening to

Chiasm - Isolated.

Emileigh Rohn's one-woman dark industrial electronic music project.

A mix of industrial and synth influences that in the end sounds kind of like a melodic death metal band who forgot their guitars at home and had to make do with a Moog instead. I'm far more a fan of synth virtuosity than guitar virtuosity, so that works perfectly for me. Wonderfully layered. I get the sense that perhaps I should have grown out of my youthful gothiness years ago. It doesn't seem to be happening. Oh well.


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Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang

From Ani to the Stones. Hmmm. So maybe that's how I've worn out my CD player -- with all those musical U-turns.


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Rollin Stones A bigger bang
Afican Guitar Sumit

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Just finished: Funkadelic, Maggot Brain.

Up next: Sly & the Family Stone, There's a Riot Goin' On

The gods of chance seem to be on a murky-early-70s-funk kick here. (I listen to my albums by random selection; it's the only way I can manage my huge collection without going insane.)


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- art blakey, "a night in tunisia"
- maximo park, "a certain trigger"
- sufjan stevens, "illinoise"

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The Evens - The Evens

Ian MacKaye on baritone guitar and Amy Farina of the Warmers on drums - sharing vocals. A nice change of pace from Fugazi

The Complete Sloan

Self burned CD of all of Sloan's full lenth studio albums. Picking up some stuff particularily how good Between the Bridges was (Pretty Together and Action Pact are a big drop off). BTB is definately better than Navy Blues and probably on par or above OCTA.

Juliana Hatfield - Total System Failure - Juliana's Pony

Incredibly intense angry record. Juliana released this and Beautiful Creature at the same time as the height of nu-metal crap. This album kicks Fred Durst and Korn's ass. They could only record write something this intense at. Songs about the environment (Metal Fume Fever), road rage (Road Wrath), marriage/family (Lets Get Married, Breeders), drug abuse (Total System Failure, The Victim). As with any Juliana record, its fun to guess which songs are about Evan Dando (Total System Failure?, Leather Pants?)

Sample lyric:

I was passed out
On the factory floor
I couldn't feel my legs
I couldn't swallow
I'm burning metal
For motherfuckers
I'm making weapons
For southern lovers


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posted 19 September 2005 09:29 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My Weird Al mix tape that I made when I was 6.

It's god damned hip.


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posted 19 September 2005 10:32 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow, I think I just felt a new liver spot bursting onto my hand while reading that post, PB. (With apologies to Billy Crystal fans for that blatant stealing of his line.)
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posted 20 September 2005 07:19 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Creep". This song prejudiced me against Radiohead for almost three years, until I accidentally heard The Bends and realized I'd been kinda stoopeed.

I'm not sure now why I disliked "Creep" so much. Not that it's brilliant or anything. Perhaps in late '93 I'd just decided to hate a lot of songs, like "No Rain" by Blind Melon. Evil bastards had just killed my favourite radio station after three short years (well, okay, so they were actually three long years for me, but the radio station had kept me company through some pretty nasty times), and I had retreated to my They Might Be Giants and Morrissey cassettes, playing them over and over again.

I'm not even sure why I'm ranting about this now. It could be there's something else I'm trying not to rant about. Something that I don't even know whether it's true or not, and if it is, there's nothing I can do about it, no legitimate reason to complain about it, and I'm best off just being nice and pretending to be happy about it. In fact, I'm not really even supposed to know about it. If it's true. Damn Radiohead. Those wankers.

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'Some of my favourite songs: 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young; 'Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me' by the Smiths; 'Call Me' by Aretha Fanklin; 'I Don't Want to Talk About It' by anybody. And then there's 'Love Hurts' and 'When Love Breaks Down' and 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart' and 'The Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness' and 'She's Gone' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' and ... some of these songs I have listened to around once a week, on average (three hundred times in the first month, every now and again thereafter), since I was sixteen or nineteen or twenty-one. How can that not leave you bruised somewhere? How can that not turn you into the sort of person liable to break into little bits when your first love goes all wrong? What came first, the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?'
- Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

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posted 20 September 2005 07:25 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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"Creep". This song prejudiced me against Radiohead for almost three years, until I accidentally heard The Bends and realized I'd been kinda stoopeed.

Sigh. The Radiohead thing has always made me feel left out. I'd like to be able to like them, but have never managed it, somehow. I've just never found their music any fun.


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posted 20 September 2005 07:43 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I guess I can't call myself a huge Radiohead fan, even of the Bends, which is one of my favourite albums. The Bends slides back and forth between mopey sprawling grunge, energetic and tightly focused blasts of pop, and a few more ethereal ballads. The mopiness and ethereality have sort of taken over again as Radiohead have progressed, and I started losing interest around the time of Amnesiac. Not that there's anything wrong with making more experimental music. But you're right, it can be less fun.
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posted 20 September 2005 07:50 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I admit I haven't listened to The Bends. "Energetic and tightly focused blasts of pop" makes it sound worthwhile, though. An old friend of mine positively raves about that record -- in fact goes over the top (I'm sure) with phrases like "the last great rock album ever" and the like.
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posted 20 September 2005 08:23 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
KMFDM - Mini Mini Mini

Man, I so wanted to see these guys on the 4th of October, but it is 19+ and I can't see it

Apparently this is a cover, but it rocks so hard.


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posted 20 September 2005 11:35 PM      Profile for Amy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've been listening to two CDs constantly for the past few weeks... Leviathan by Mastadon, and Angel Dust by Faith No More. I will listen to other stuff, but it's very much those two CDs interspersed with whatever else I happen to be in the mood for.
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posted 21 September 2005 02:08 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Putting on my "rock snob" hat for a moment:

Keane = insipid Coldplay ripoff
Coldplay = banal Radiohead ripoff
Radiohead = pretentious Nirvana ripoff
Nirvana = caustic R.E.M. ripoff
R.E.M. = arty Soft Boys ripoff
Soft Boys = loopy Byrds ripoff
Byrds = superior Dylan ripoff
Dylan = literary Guthrie ripoff
...and so on....

[Edited to add that I've obtained albums by all of these musicians. The above adjectives should not be taken as judgemental. Sometimes I actively seek out pretension, sometimes banality, and sometimes I will settle for nothing less than insipitude.]

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Originally posted by 'lance:
An old friend of mine positively raves about that record -- in fact goes over the top (I'm sure) with phrases like "the last great rock album ever" and the like.

[ 21 September 2005: Message edited by: obscurantist ]


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posted 21 September 2005 05:06 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, lately I've been listening to MC Hawking. It is potentially the greatest rap ever made. Because apparently the Mighty Stephen Hawking is a fucking Quake god...

I've also spent a lot of time listening to Vivaldi. It's good.


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posted 21 September 2005 05:53 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Radiohead = pretentious Nirvana ripoff

Um no. They are pretty squarely in the column with The Velvet Underground and Can and the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Stone Roses in it.


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posted 21 September 2005 06:04 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Never really liked Fleetwood Mac that much, but I've only ever heard the songs that get played on the radio. Which unfortunately are the same 4 or 5 songs that I heard this morning.

Depends. There are at least 4 distinct versions of Fleetwood Mac. I happen to be a very big fan of the first two, the Peter Green ones. Then Play On is probably the zenith of that period. I once heard REM's bassist Mike Mills say that when he's at a loss for what to play, he thinks "What would John McVie do?" - excellent advice for any bassit, IMO.

The Bends was a very good record. OK Computer was nearly a perfect record.

Right now, I'm enjoying Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vangaurd.


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posted 21 September 2005 06:38 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ronb:

Um no. They are pretty squarely in the column with The Velvet Underground and Can and the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Stone Roses in it.



Fair 'nuff. I don't claim to be particularly knowledgeable as far as rock snobs go, so I'll defer to you on that point.

Out of curiosity... I have one Velvets album and one by the Stone Roses (the first album by each of them). I was thinking the other day of getting one by the J & M Chain, having heard them on a short-lived radio station in the early '90s. Where would you recommend starting with them? At the beginning?

And I may have heard of Can somewhere, but your reference to them shows up any pretensions I may've had of being a rock snob, because I don't know anything about them. Would it be hypocritical for an obscurantist to request enlightenment about something?

Finally, I do also like both the Bends and OK Computer. I agree with your assessment that the first was very good and the second near-perfect, although the Bends remains my sentimental favourite.

P.S. - thanks for the tip about Fleetwood Mac.


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posted 21 September 2005 06:48 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry, I was just pulling a rock snob on your rock snob - being a bit cheeky. I liked your six degrees of separation back to Woody Guthrie, BTW. I tend to like ones that go through Iggy Pop and end up at Little Richard me'self.

Can. Hmm. An acquired taste. Jazzy arty european space rock from the 70s. Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi are the records you want if you're looking for how they influenced the post punk artrock crowd, which they most certainly did do.


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Regarding the Jesus & Mary Chain, the album to go with is Psychocandy, their debut. A monster record, and one they spent the rest of their career trying (and failing) to live up to.

That was the album that blew apart my teenage mind when I first heard it on the SFU radio station in '85, my first introduction to what would end up being called "alternative rock", back when the term meant something. I'd been living in a fairly sheltered mainstream-rock world, bounded by Bryan Adams on one side and Dire Straits on the other. Hearing the J&MC's holocausts of feedback with yummy pop tunes buried underneath redefined my whole concept of what "rock" could be. I never looked back.

[ 22 September 2005: Message edited by: beluga2 ]


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posted 22 September 2005 02:13 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, ronb and beluga2!
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posted 22 September 2005 02:05 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Contrast - Fade Back In (2003)
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Fit to be Tied: Great Hits by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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The only guitarist worthy of holding the instrument is Robert Fripp. All others should thrown their instruments down, abase themselves thus upon and weep in shame.
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posted 23 September 2005 02:56 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The only guitarist worthy of holding the instrument is Robert Fripp.

I hate to be pendantic, chubbybear*, but I think you've mispledded Mick "The Clash" Jones, there.

You're welcome; any time.

(* "No, you don't," comes the weary chorus of the veteran babblers).


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posted 23 September 2005 03:23 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Although Mick "Foreigner" Jones would doubtless have something to say about that.

But seriously, after John Cage, why does anyone bother playing anything anymore? It's all been said.


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posted 23 September 2005 03:30 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Noam Chomsky - Hegemony or Survival [audiobook]

Lots of good stuff salvaged from the "memory hole" in this one.


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posted 23 September 2005 03:37 PM      Profile for chubbybear        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ronb:
But seriously, after John Cage, why does anyone bother playing anything anymore? It's all been said.
Hey, I do a great cover of 4'33''. Here, listen................................. ............................................. ............................................. .......................... so what did you think?

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posted 23 September 2005 03:37 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:

I hate to be pendantic [sic] [yeah, yeah, I know - ed.], chubbybear*, but I think you've mispledded Mick "The Clash" Jones, there.


By which you mean of course "Mick" pronounced "Mark", and "Jones" pronounced "Knopfler", yiss?


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posted 23 September 2005 03:38 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Hey, I do a great cover of 4'33''....

Not bad, but to take it in a radical new direction, you have to do something like my version.

Instead of the only sound being the piano cover opening (as in the original), the only sound is my guitar case opening and closing.

How's that for avant-garde, eh?

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By which you mean of course "Mick" pronounced "Mark", and "Jones" pronounced "Knopfler", yiss?

Well, not really -- but you of course must mean "Mark" spelled (and pronounced) "Richard" and "Knopfler" spelled (and pronounced) "Thompson," no?

(Oh, dear. Has this thread devolved into a Guys' Pissing Match already? If so, I concede and withdraw immediately. For once I'm wearing decent clothes today).

[ 23 September 2005: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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posted 23 September 2005 04:19 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm listening to cd's by some crooners I like: 'The Essential Tony Bennett'; 'come by me' - Harry Connick Jr.; and 'The Carnegie Hall Concert - 1971' - Carole King. Great stuff.
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posted 23 September 2005 11:40 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Hey, I do a great cover of 4'33''

Not as good as my cover of the title track of Sly Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On, which, according to the liner notes, has a length of 0 minutes and 0 seconds.

There. I just played it an infinite number of times! Whad'ja think?

And there, I just played it another infinite number of times again! And another infinity! And another!

In fact, if you think about it, everybody in the universe hears that song an infinite number of times during every single instant. And will continue to do so 'til the end of the universe. It's the most-heard song ever written.

Man, Sly must've been doing some good drugs in those days.


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posted 23 September 2005 11:43 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by beluga2:
Man, Sly must've been doing some good drugs in those days.

Yeah, but you don't need the liner notes to conclude that. Just that album would suffice.


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posted 24 September 2005 03:26 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sigur Ros absolutely awesome Takk...

If you don't have it...get it.

This album is the best thing to listen to when about to fall asleep. You just slowly drift into a beautiful state of thought. It is awesome.


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posted 24 September 2005 09:36 PM      Profile for Amy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Coroner's cover of the Beatles' "I want You (She's So Heavy)".

I'm pretty into covers right now. This band called Woven Hand (holy wierd band) does a super cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". I also just found out that a song I played over and over for a while -"Electricty" by Racebannon- is a cover of Captain Beefheart, and the original is really neat.

I took a long time to write that post... the playlist's on shuffle, so now it's Neutral Milk Hotel.


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quote:
Originally posted by obscurantist:
Nirvana = caustic R.E.M. ripoff

Wrong ripoff. They slurred a bunch of new words over "More Than a Feeling" and people were fooled into thinking that they had invented a new musical genre.

[Edited to add...]

I don't think it's fair to post to this thread without answering the question that it poses. I can't seem to take Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers out of my CD drive. Aside from the shocking shortage of Neko Case moments, it's a stunning piece of work.

[ 25 September 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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Started a new thread here.
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