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Dusty Chalk
06-19-2006, 09:38 PM
Listen of the week? Mine was the new O.S.I. -- I really dig it. It's not Chroma Key, but you can tell that it's got something in common with them. Killer track is "Bigger Wave". I love the combination of electro and guitars -- of course. But I also dig the combination of "groove" and "headbanging" rhythms. Makes for a unique combination, methinks.

Also really digging the new Placebo. Glad they got over it and got back together.

Feel free, also, to discuss whatever else you've been listening to for the past week, in traditional "Tunesday" thread mode.

MasterCylinder
06-20-2006, 04:23 AM
For some reason, John Wetton's CHASING THE DRAGON has had my ear for the last ten days.............then I go home and watch Hackett's DVD,THE TOKYO TAPES, which has much of the same material.........all very good.

bobsticks
06-20-2006, 05:09 AM
When I'm at home lately, which is an increasing rarity, I can't seem to get ohGr's Sunny PsyOP out of the player. The former frontman of Skinny Puppy has produced a dark album, predictable in its desolation and electronic thrash and discord...

ForeverAutumn
06-20-2006, 05:48 AM
Listen of the week? ... feel free, also, to discuss whatever else you've been listening to for the past week, in traditional "Tunesday" thread mode.

Nice thread Dusty. I don't know about the rest of you, but I got tired of posting the same old listens on the Tuesday thread. Maybe an overhaul to reviewing just one or two listens is what's needed to get Tuesday's hopping again.

This week, I've been spinning the new Three Days Grace disk, One-X. I was really excited about this one and have been anticipating it's release for months. There are a couple of outstanding tunes on this disk that fall into the same core sound of their first CD. But then on other tracks they start to sound too much like Nickelback. I am soooooooooo sick of Canadian rock bands trying to sound like Nickelback. Even Nickelback sounding like Nickelback has become tiresome. Blech!

Anyway, the tracks that are good are really, really good. The rest is mediocre. This doesn't really compare to their debut s/t CD which I love. One-X has only had three spins so far. It'll be interesting to see, after a few more spins, whether the rest of it grows on me or whether I just tire of it.

Davey
06-20-2006, 07:18 AM
Been listening a lot to "Dogs" by Nina Nastasia lately. Love this CD. Quite a debut. The followup "The Blackened Air" is kind of smokey, folky, alt-country leaning music, with Steve Albini crafting a wonderfully evocative soundscape for her beautiful songs to live and breathe in. Lots of shimmer to add to the odd tales and metaphors. Gentle, yet sardonic, and sometimes biting lyrics. The debut was just on the tiny Socialist Records label and went out of print almost as soon as it was released, back in 2000. So became kind of a mystery ater she became more well known with the release of the excellent "The Blackened Air". But Touch and Go reissued it a couple years ago, and I just picked up a used copy a couple weeks ago, and it is a bit less eclectic, and not as folky as the second, nor as quietly introspective as the third, but still very loveable. In some ways I think it's her best. A bit more jazzy at times. The acoustics are really nice in all of them, and lots of room for the natural dynamics. She's a big favorite of Steve Albini, so he does a great job recording, especially the cello and acoustic basses. Love the musical saw too. Nice touch. And Albini works with Steve Rooke to master them at Abbey Road, just like the very nice Electrelane records he does that I also love.

I had a dream about a dog
I was walking
In an amusement park
With people all around me

We rode the roller coaster rides
And he was laughing as we
Jumped in the sky
And I saw that I looked just like him

It's a dog's life
I wanna lead a dog's life
Run in the woods, dig a hole
Just him and me

Troy
06-20-2006, 07:52 AM
Yeah, that OSI is the best album I've bought in a while. For me the track "Once" is the mind-blower. I love the way it relentlessly pulses and plucks along, building by layers until it's a thick swirling tapioca of sound. Fantasic rhythm and pace for driving.

Snowbunny
06-20-2006, 03:25 PM
Oh, this should probably be here:

http://forums.audioreview.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=147919

Hey Dusty, remember when I first came to this board I thought you were a school teacher?

:lol:

Swish
06-20-2006, 03:48 PM
It's going to be seeing a lot of my cd players in the coming weeks. Great stuff.

Swish

Dusty Chalk
06-20-2006, 06:24 PM
Nice thread Dusty. I don't know about the rest of you, but I got tired of posting the same old listens on the Tuesday thread. Maybe an overhaul to reviewing just one or two listens is what's needed to get Tuesday's hopping again.Yes, that was exactly the intention.
Hey Dusty, remember when I first came to this board I thought you were a school teacher?Yes...yes I do. Now you know better, right?!?
When I'm at home lately, which is an increasing rarity, I can't seem to get ohGr's Sunny PsyOP out of the player. The former frontman of Skinny Puppy has produced a dark album, predictable in its desolation and electronic thrash and discord...I love that album. I love the staggering swaggering grooviness that Mark Walk puts on much of that. I'm trying to remember, but there was another album that he did right around the same time, and I used to listen to those all the time. (wanders off, looks it up) Nope, that was Welt, never mind.

Dusty Chalk
06-27-2006, 03:29 PM
Definitely listen of the week, contender for listen of the year, quite possibly listen of the decade:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000FILWF4.01._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V66493434_.jpg

Camille, Le Fil

I got so into it, I wrote a review (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FILWF4/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_1_txt/002-6960249-2900833?ie=UTF8) over at amazon.com.
This album is wonderful. First of all, and foremost, the foundation of any album is the music, and this album has catchy songs from beginning to end -- perfect little pop gems that are exactly as long as they need to be, no longer, no shorter. One should be in love with the human voice to fully appreciate this album, as it is used not only for the lead instrument, but percussive, harmonic, and many other instruments -- including "raspberry" as a percussive element -- but personally, the human voice is my favourite musical instrument, and I am very enamored of Camille's, specifically. Her timbre reminds me of a place somewhere between Kate Bush's high young-girly voice, Bjork's fearless vocal gymastics (although, not quite yodeling), and perhaps Mike Patton's sheer insane versatility. The overall production is somewhat sparse, with only the occasional bass, piano, drums and whatnot accompanying her multi-layered voice. She sings in French, so for those of you who feel you must understand the lyrics, this may not be for you. I don't understand French, and I do feel I am missing something, as she strikes me as clever enough to write interesting lyrics with the occasional brilliant turn of phrase, but I guess I will just have to learn French. She's also very adventurous, and without confidence, experimentation can fall flat on its face, but Camille has so much charisma it brings a tear to my eye. I would recommend this album to fans of Todd Rundgren's A Capella, Jean-Michel Jarre's Zoolook, Beth Gibbon's Out of Season, and the works of Les Paul and Mary Ford (e.g., "Mr. Sandman").

For some reason, there are different reviews for all the different copies of this disk. On one of the other reviews, someone wrote simply "...sounds like a little girl turned loose in a studio..."

Actually, now that I think about it, that's kind of true. One just has to decide for one's self whether or not that's a bad thing. I do realize it might be for some people, but to me, I truly enjoy the occasional wide-eyed innocence/innosense/?sp. Especially when it's carried off with the bravado this recording is....erm...with which this recording is carried off...erm...whatever...

ForeverAutumn
06-27-2006, 07:14 PM
In the future, can we start a new thread each week? I really hate having to start at page 20 and work my way backwards to find the new posts on an ongoing thread. I know it's not a big deal, but just a little pet peeve of mine.

I've been spinning John Denver a lot this week. Not much new to say about him. Man, that guy could sing. I'm still saddened by the loss. :(

Davey
06-27-2006, 07:49 PM
<img src=http://members.mailaka.net/davey/manger.jpg align=left hspace=5 border=0>Back to 1997 for me with some of the future Califone guys. There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight. Probably written half a novel about these guys already, so maybe I'll just turn it over to good ol Piero Scaruffi to set the stage ...

Chicago's Red Red Meat started from similar premises but evolved towards a more intellectual exploration of music. Red Red Meat (1992) and Jimmy Wine Majestic (1993) unleashed the dirty, feverish and unstable vibrations of all the blues irregulars of the past (the Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Pussy Galore, etc), but the atmospheric Bunny Gets Paid (1995) veered towards desolate free-form "pieces" that felt like scarred remnants of pop songs. This, in turn, led to the abstract framework of There's A Star Above The Manger Tonight (1997), replete with synthesizer and other sophisticated arrangements, which was, de facto, a postmodernist exercise in stylistic deconstruction, bordering on trip-hop and ambient music while retaining the cacophony of Captain Beefheart and Pussy Galore.

Red Red Meat guitarist (and original founder) Tim Rutili, drummer Ben Massarella and bassist Tim Hurley set out to further investigate this unfocused sea of sounds as Califone. The brooding acid-blues sound of their Roomsound (2001) and Quicksand Cradlesnakes (2003) absorbed jazz, post-rock, samples and loops into the canon of blues depression and gospel ecstasy.

Dusty Chalk
06-27-2006, 09:13 PM
In the future, can we start a new thread each week? I really hate having to start at page 20 and work my way backwards to find the new posts on an ongoing thread. I know it's not a big deal, but just a little pet peeve of mine.If you hit the little http://forums.audioreview.com/images/buttons/firstnew.gif button on the main RR page, it will take you straight to where you left off (as long as you're signed in). Did you not know that?

And: this thread only had 7 posts, I didn't feel like spreading myself too thin.

Dusty Chalk
06-27-2006, 09:16 PM
So Califone used to be Red Red Meat? Would this be a good place to start, or Bunny Gets Paid (for Red Red Meat -- I'm already started on Califone)?

audiobill
06-28-2006, 04:15 AM
This week there have been several highlights:

Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People -- this one is still giving me great joy. What a great jumble of styles.... "Shampoo Suicide" is my current favourite from the album.

The Kinks Are The Village Green Society -- Pure classic story-telling. All time faves.

Grey Delisle's The Graceful Ghost -- If you dig country, you have to give this vocalist a chance. This is my chillax disc of the week.


Also, gave two RR group comps compiled by Davey and Mike a spin. Great work guys!! The transitions from track to track are very impressive.

Cheers,

audiobill

Stone
06-28-2006, 04:49 AM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Society -- Pure classic story-telling. All time faves.


It doesn't get much better than that. Nice one.

For me, I've been listening to a lot of new stuff, but after a family discussion about Blue's Clues, I pulled out this:

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drg000/g005/g00534panv0.jpg

I don't think I had listened to it in a couple years, but it is a very nice album, and really is enhanced by Fridmann's production. It's not one of my faves of the '00s, but has some very nice and fun pop songs.

ForeverAutumn
06-28-2006, 06:36 AM
If you hit the little http://forums.audioreview.com/images/buttons/firstnew.gif button on the main RR page, it will take you straight to where you left off (as long as you're signed in). Did you not know that?

I did not know that. Thanks for the tip.


And: this thread only had 7 posts, I didn't feel like spreading myself too thin.

Oh sure, it only has 7 posts now. But it's young. Look at Bernd's "spinning" thread...on it's 18th page already!

Davey
06-28-2006, 06:50 AM
So Califone used to be Red Red Meat? Would this be a good place to start, or Bunny Gets Paid (for Red Red Meat -- I'm already started on Califone)?
Depends on how resourceful you are to a certain extent, and how much you like that sound. None of their records are in print anymore and Bunny copies get some pretty good cash. That one is my favorite, but I'm kind of a patient guy and had it on my djangos alert list for quite awhile before snagging a cheap copy. Looks like Jimmywine Majestic and There's a Star are both available used for pretty cheap at places like amazon marketplace. I prefer the Tim Rutili dominated sound on Bunny and the later ones after guitarist Glenn Girard got fed up and left, but Jimmywine has some excellent stuff, and many prefer the earlier sound. I like the looser and more experimental feel of the later ones. But it's all good to me.

How do you like Black Tape for a Blue Girl? I just picked up Remnants of a Deeper Purity recently and it's good. Maybe a tad pretentious, but that title track does rule.

Dusty Chalk
06-28-2006, 01:16 PM
I love Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Too much reverb, though; other than that, medigs.

Pat D
06-29-2006, 12:01 PM
We drove down to Saint John yesterday to meet my wife's nephew and his wife, who were coming off a cruise ship to see the sights. And we had a really nice few hours with them.

While the ladies were shopping for the kids (who weren't along!), I dropped into Backstreet Records and looked around a bit--not much classical. But in the stack of classical LPs, there it was, an old Fine Arts Quartet recording of of a couple of Mozart's "Haydn" quartets, K. 421 and 465 ("Dissonance" quartet), on a Concert-Disc CS-227. And only 97 cents! Well, I only have a few of their recordings, but the Fine Arts Quartet always played wonderfully. They weren't as dramatic as many, but they were very precise even in rubatos, and they shaped each note and phrase very nicely. Not only that, the sound is fabulous. It perhaps harks back to an older way of playing, but it's very enjoyable, definitely the best of the week.

The FAQ did as fine a recording of the Debussy and Ravel Quartets as I've ever heard, too. I haven't yet heard them over the Signature S2's.

I picked up a few other things, too, and I've listened to a couple already:

Verdi Overtures, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli, on Philips Eloquence.4681832. This is a worthy enough addition to my collection of overtures.

Who Do We Think We Are? Turtle Island String Quartet, on Windham Hill Jazz 01934 10146-2.

I must say doing the listen of the week is a lot easier than putting together a whole list. Good idea, Peter.

Dusty Chalk
06-29-2006, 01:04 PM
Thanks! And nice to hear from you, too, as always -- you're always listening to interesting things.

Mike
06-30-2006, 04:46 AM
For me it's Sol Seppy - Bells of 1 2, a female vocalist in the folk/pop/electronica style, it's a really nice album from a lady branching out on her own, I think I read somewhere she's worked with Sparklehorse in the past.

She's got that kind of delicate little girl lost voice matched with lots of acoustic instruments like piano and cello it's an album which you can come back to and each time and hear something fresh.

Cheers
Mike

PDK
06-30-2006, 11:37 AM
This past week has found me listening to some releases from the past six months. Probably the best (and most listened) is The Kooks: Inside In/Inside Out. Highly recommend if you like your music to be British pop inspired by XTC. Others this week include: Giant Drag (excellent cover of Wicked Game), the Paddingtons (breakneck and ragged Babyshambles influence), and the latest Zutons and Dirty Pretty Things releases. I'm going to have to dig out See How We Are from X over the weekend to hear Fourth of July a few dozen times next week...

ForeverAutumn
06-30-2006, 11:59 AM
This past week has found me listening to some releases from the past six months. Probably the best (and most listened) is The Kooks: Inside In/Inside Out. Highly recommend if you like your music to be British pop inspired by XTC. Others this week include: Giant Drag (excellent cover of Wicked Game), the Paddingtons (breakneck and ragged Babyshambles influence), and the latest Zutons and Dirty Pretty Things releases. I'm going to have to dig out See How We Are from X over the weekend to hear Fourth of July a few dozen times next week...

There's a latest Zutons? I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads-up.

Snowbunny
06-30-2006, 02:04 PM
HEAD'S UP!

I was just thinking about where that saying came from. LOOK OUT!

There's a new Ed Harcourt. Don't think its out here yet.

LOTW for me was The Beatles - Rubber Soul

What must it have been like to have heard this for the first time when it was originally released?

Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood
You Won't See Me
Nowhere Man
The Word
Michelle
Girl
In My Life

All those great songs and its not even a Greatest Hits? Did anyone really need the drugs?

Hippy Friday!

Snowie

ForeverAutumn
06-30-2006, 06:49 PM
DUCK!

Why "duck"?

Seagull, I could understand. But, duck? :confused5:

Actually, it's funny that you bring that up...where meanings of phrases came from, that is. We were just talking over dinner about the phrase take it with a grain of salt, and wondering how that originated.

And no...this post is not music related. :prrr: ...unless you count the two margaritas that I had with dinner as I hummed Margaritaville.

Davey
07-01-2006, 08:25 AM
Depends on how resourceful you are to a certain extent, and how much you like that sound. None of their records are in print anymore and Bunny copies get some pretty good cash. That one is my favorite, but I'm kind of a patient guy and had it on my djangos alert list for quite awhile before snagging a cheap copy. Looks like Jimmywine Majestic and There's a Star are both available used for pretty cheap at places like amazon marketplace. I prefer the Tim Rutili dominated sound on Bunny and the later ones after guitarist Glenn Girard got fed up and left, but Jimmywine has some excellent stuff, and many prefer the earlier sound. I like the looser and more experimental feel of the later ones. But it's all good to me.
Yeah I know, replying to my own posts is kinda pitiful, but gotta add that I've been listening to Jimmywine Majestic a lot the last couple days and it really is a good album. A bit heavier and harder rocking than the following Bunny or anything that came after. Back in those early days they were opening for bands like the Smashing Pumpkins and had a louder sound without as much complexity, much closer to the Stones Exile-era blues-rock sound, just slowed down a bit. Fairly simple drumming and percussion, mainly just a backbeat, but solid album and I can appreciate why many point to it as their best. In some ways, so do I. It's a more accessible package than much of what came after. And still has subtle hints of the Appalachian charm that would get fleshed out later in Califone.

I was snooping around for the latest Califone news after hearing that the new album was gonna be out this year, great news, supposed to hit the stores in early October and already glowing reports. Roots & Crowns. Sporting a new avatar in anticipation. Can hardly wait. Brian Deck is back. The world is right. Should sound great. And also downloaded a song called "Dreamless" by Temistocles H. Rutili, the man also known as Tim Rutili of Califone, and formerly Red Red Meat fame. From the unreleased score of The Lost, the soundtrack draws from some personal favorites too such as the song "Dowser" from Rutili's old band, Red Red Meat, as well as cuts from Boris, Black Heart Procession, Baseball Furies, and the Black-Eyed Snakes, among others. Free download from The Lost's website below ...

http://www.thelostmovie.net/soundtrack.html

But what I really just wanted to add is that I saw at the SubPop site that Jimmywine Majestic is apparently still available on CD new and There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight is available on LP from the label. But like I said before, both easily had for cheap used on CD. And of course, from itunes or napster or other download places like that. And then there's all the family of bands like Sin Ropas and Fruitbats and Loftus and oRSo that flowed from those beginnings as members splintered :)

bobsticks
07-01-2006, 11:20 AM
Is it a new week?
This week I went in a different direction and bought some old Stones and Marley. That said the real LOTW was Buddy Guy's Bring 'Em In. Alot of older tunes rerecorded, with a vastly superior sq to most blues offerings. Highlights include "Aint no Sunshine" with Tracy Chapman and "Cheaper to Keep Her"--which unfortunately a couple of my friends are discovering right now...

Dusty Chalk
07-01-2006, 01:52 PM
Yeah I know, replying to my own posts is kinda pitiful...Not at all. At least you're having an intelligent conversation.

J/K...screams "follow-up" to me.

Slosh
07-02-2006, 05:21 AM
Calexico - Hot Rail
Makes my turntable happy.

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
Took forever but I recently came across this at a local indie record store. No more awful 128 kb/s mp3 for me :)

ForeverAutumn
07-02-2006, 05:34 AM
There's a latest Zutons? I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads-up.

I've been searching around the 'net and can't find any news of a North American release date. :(

audiobill
07-03-2006, 06:53 AM
First official day of the holidays, for me. Woo hoo!!

Listening tons to "Stadium Arcadium" by the Red Hots.

The guitar work on this double disc is imho the best that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have put to disc.

A summertime grower.

Cheers,

Bill

Dusty Chalk
07-18-2006, 08:59 PM
Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

Contender for hard rock/pop album of the year.

The Radiohead comparisons will continue, due mostly to their experimentation with electronica in a rock context, but to my ears, they end up sounding completely different. In fact, if I said anything, I'd say Queen. Tracks 1-4 go by way too quickly; tracks 7 and the last track, the first US single, blow me away.

Hey, FA, I think you'd like this.

Mike
07-19-2006, 04:42 AM
Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

Contender for hard rock/pop album of the year.

The Radiohead comparisons will continue, due mostly to their experimentation with electronica in a rock context, but to my ears, they end up sounding completely different. In fact, if I said anything, I'd say Queen. Tracks 1-4 go by way too quickly; tracks 7 and the last track, the first US single, blow me away.

Hey, FA, I think you'd like this.

Yeah I'm enjoying it too, it's ott in places but that's their style and there is a definite Queen comparison there. I'm not sure Radiohead will ever sound again like the Radiohead people remember and make comparisons with.

Next contender for LOTW is Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser which extends his electronica dabblings, it's a real grower and even a bit funky in places.

Cheers
Mike

ForeverAutumn
07-19-2006, 05:08 AM
Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

Contender for hard rock/pop album of the year.

The Radiohead comparisons will continue, due mostly to their experimentation with electronica in a rock context, but to my ears, they end up sounding completely different. In fact, if I said anything, I'd say Queen. Tracks 1-4 go by way too quickly; tracks 7 and the last track, the first US single, blow me away.

Hey, FA, I think you'd like this.

Thanks Dusty. I had it in my hand the other day, but put it back on the shelf pending finding some reviews. I really dig their first CD, although I haven't listened to it all that much relative to some other disks that I bought around the same time. Based on your comments and Mike's I'll pick up the new one this week.

My LOTW this week has been Sam Roberts. He giving a free show on Friday night that we're probably going to go to (it's a hour's drive from here so what we save on tickets we spend on gas). But The Trews are opening for him and that's a hard show to turn down.

Anyway, I've been listening to Robert's first CD and his latest. I've decided that if I took half the songs from each disk and put them on one CDR, it would be one hell of a killer album! I'm not sure how much, if any, of Sam Roberts you guys hear in the US. But he has a very unique sound to my ears...a good blend of rock, pop and indie sounds. When you hear a Sam Roberts song, there's no mistaking who it is. A nice change to all the Nickelback wannabe bands that are flooding the Canadian airwaves.

Davey
07-19-2006, 07:43 AM
made a machine by describing the landscape

Ya ever get one of those weird, inspiring lines like that stuck in your brain for days and days on end? Happens all the time with me, especially with this band. That line has even become the title for a new tour film about the band. And not to be left out, it's become the most recent subtitle link at my website. Been listening almost compulsively to last year's live album that collects some of their career highlights going back to the early 90s and forward to just a coupla years ago. They really get my noodle wigglin' when they work it out in the jam section second half of the Leon Spinx song, of which Tim says ...

"Leon Spinx actually did move to my town. He worked as a doorman at this bar called the Pink Pony. The words to that song are very, very weird, but it's all about thoughts becoming completely different. In the song, two people are having sex and that becomes a separate person that happens to be this weird retired, toothless, scary, crack-smoking boxer. That's what their sex life becomes – you still kinda want to hang out and explore it a bit, but you don't want to get too deep because it might turn on you and you might get hit."

Yeah, definitely a LOTW on my back porch. Very limited distro at the time with one-of-a-kind hand painted (or some might say doodled) cover and cd-r - mine looks a bit like a cave painting of some woolly bully kinda slow-movin carnivore thing ...

http://members.mailaka.net/davey/califone_mothers.jpg

Dusty Chalk
07-25-2006, 07:23 PM
This week, there is a tie:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000B86564.03._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1131631609_.jpg

Anthony Phillips, Field Day

All instrumental music, mostly short pieces, somewhere between Michael Hedges, Steve Hackett's more acoustic albums and...well, early Genesis (he was only on the first album). First album in way too long. If this is what he has in him, I sure hope there's more coming.

http://harpmagazine.com/img/news/20060514_yorke.jpg

Thom Yorke, The Eraser

I didn't like this album the first time I heard it, but for some reason, I kept putting it on. It's grown on me. Started discovering repeated themes (like the train references), and a dark undercurrent to the "bedroom boffin" electronica coupled with Yorke's plaintive lyrics and singing. This is not a Radiohead side project album...alright, yes it is. Audibly so.

nobody
07-25-2006, 08:15 PM
Just got done listening to that Thom Yorke, and really dug it. I head it refered to as Kid B, and I can see why. If you liked Kid A, I'd expect you to like it. A little more song based though and some guitar creeps in now and then. I like it better than the last Radiohead. And, if you're a vinyl fan, the packaging is fantastic, absolutely up there with the very best. All grooved where those swirly lines are and an inner cover that blends right in and slides out the top, nice heavy pressing too.

Before that, listened to ISAN: Plans Drawn in Pencil. If you like them, as I do, its a great listen...nothing to convert a non-fan though. Their last one branched out a bit more than usual as far as instrumentation, but this one is more back to all analogue synths, mellow, floating kinda stuff. Great late night or early morning music. Another nice pressing, which is typical for Morr Music releases, perhaps my favorite label these days. Comes with a poster and catalog.

ForeverAutumn
07-28-2006, 11:28 AM
Muse, Black Holes and Revelations

Contender for hard rock/pop album of the year.

The Radiohead comparisons will continue, due mostly to their experimentation with electronica in a rock context, but to my ears, they end up sounding completely different. In fact, if I said anything, I'd say Queen. Tracks 1-4 go by way too quickly; tracks 7 and the last track, the first US single, blow me away.

Hey, FA, I think you'd like this.

I picked this up this morning. Only one spin so far, but I liked what I heard. I'll definately be spending more time getting to know this disk. Just from the initial listen, I may even end up liking this one better than Absolution. I'm with you on the Queen influence. I said that about their previous CD also.

Dusty Chalk
07-28-2006, 04:40 PM
Eh-gsellent! (rubs hands together gleefully)

bobsticks
07-30-2006, 09:52 AM
What a rotten week at work, accentuated by the fact that I was supposed to be on vacation. Anyway, yesterday was the first opportunity for any sustained listening sessions in a while, so I put off continuation of my downloading project and fired up the big rig!!
Here are some of the highlights:
1) Bizarre and unsettling tecno-industrial comp given to me by a goth girl. Contributors include Noise Unit, Laibach, Kill Switch and Psychopomps and is filled with electronic angst.
2) While searching out recs from the "Classical Recs" column, I came upon a different version of Wooch's recommended Gershwin:An American in Paris. The disc is by the San Francisco Symphony/ Seiji Ozawa (DG-463665-2). While I didn't really care for the Gershwin performance it was the accompanying piece that stood out. William Russo~Street Music for Blues Band and Orchestra was at once soulful and ethereal if that's possible. This is not my first exposure to "modern classical" or "modern music" or whatever, but it was the first experience that I found thoroughly enjoyable. Classical purists should abstain. In retrospect the Russo was almost like the Blues Travellers doing a soundtrack for a David Lynch movie.
3) Calexico~Garden Ruin I love this album completely. Except for track 5, Letter to Bowie Knife which I hate. Am I the only one that thinks this track ruins the continuity of an otherwise superb offering?
4) Leon Botstein/London Symphony~Franz Listz's Eine Symphony zu Dantes Divina Commedia. This was the "Listen of the Week". Another great Telarc release highlighting a superb performance. Thunderous tympany in the first movement and mournful instrumentation abound while superior spatial imaging and mastering complete a strong packeage. Played at appropriate volume (read LOUD) this is chaotic and powerful and baleful...

Cheers

Mike
07-31-2006, 05:23 AM
Never mind LOTW this is more like LOTY (year) for me with the excellent debut album by The Guillemots Ė Through The Windowpane fronted by the aptly named Fyfe Dangerfield. Iíve had it for a week or two and wasnít too impressed at first just nothing grabbed me, itís a brave thing to have a string piece as your opening track, but recently Iíve been playing it a lot and now itís taken its hold. Imagine The Decemberists and Jeff Buckley meets Mercury Rev and you get the idea.

Featuring strings/horns and just about everything else that comes to hand itís a wonderful grandiose blend of sounds that sounds like a band in full maturity. But best of all is the lovely spacious recording with loads going on in the mix and itís all allowed to breathe.

They are nominees for the Mercury Prize this year and I wouldnít be surprised if they took the title.

Cheers
Mike

Swish
07-31-2006, 05:51 AM
Never mind LOTW this is more like LOTY (year) for me with the excellent debut album by The Guillemots Ė Through The Windowpane fronted by the aptly named Fyfe Dangerfield. Iíve had it for a week or two and wasnít too impressed at first just nothing grabbed me, itís a brave thing to have a string piece as your opening track, but recently Iíve been playing it a lot and now itís taken its hold. Imagine The Decemberists and Jeff Buckley meets Mercury Rev and you get the idea.

Featuring strings/horns and just about everything else that comes to hand itís a wonderful grandiose blend of sounds that sounds like a band in full maturity. But best of all is the lovely spacious recording with loads going on in the mix and itís all allowed to breathe.

They are nominees for the Mercury Prize this year and I wouldnít be surprised if they took the title.

Cheers
Mike

I just checked deepdiscountcd.com and they want $22 for it, or about $10 more than most new releases. Yeah, free shipping and no tax are an incentive, but I'm not sure I can spend that on a cd. Well, actually I can, I just don't really want to, you know what I mean?

Swish-y Washy Swish

Mike
07-31-2006, 06:47 AM
I just checked deepdiscountcd.com and they want $22 for it, or about $10 more than most new releases. Yeah, free shipping and no tax are an incentive, but I'm not sure I can spend that on a cd. Well, actually I can, I just don't really want to, you know what I mean?

Swish-y Washy Swish

Well I can't guarantee you will like it, but lots of others do like Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/guillemots/throughthewindowpane
and Pitchfork http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/37562/Guillemots_Through_the_Windowpane

Dave posted a link (which I think still works) for CDWoW where you can get it post free for $13.95 http://www6.cd-wow.us/promotion.php?promo_refcode=14282_1&affid=14282

Cheers
Mike

musicoverall
07-31-2006, 09:19 AM
Hello Dusty et al:

Since I just sold most of my expensive audiophile gear for what else - more music, I'll probably be spending more time here instead of discussing cables and such. :)

My LOTW was "Salt Marie Celeste" which is Nurse With Wound's vision of what the abandoned ship the Marie Celeste and the surroundings must have sounded like during its lonely vigil, thereby giving lie to the old "if a tree falls in the forest" schtick.

Anyway, I listened to it twice and thought "hell, it's just another disc of repeating the same old thing over and over and over". On the third listen, my mind wandered until something within the music snapped it in place. It's a very disturbing piece, although now I'm not totally sure that all of what I heard was actually in the recording or if my mind was filling in some spaces. And no, I wasn't wasted! :)

I also spent a bit of time rediscovering The Soft Boys along with Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians and Merzbow's "The Last of the Analog Recordings". The latter solves the problem of unwanted guests, to be sure.

At any rate, I think I'll lurk about to see if I can find some leads on newer rock that is suitably interesting. I've recently discovered a few bands that I should have picked up on years ago but missed such as the Dog Faced Hermans and The Cramps. I'm mostly into jazz, modern classical and noise (Merzbow, solo Mike Patton, Controlled Bleeding) but also listen to a fair amount of rock. The trouble is my rock education barely makes it past 1982 or so. Rock musta sucked back then - or I did! :D

musicoverall
07-31-2006, 09:22 AM
In retrospect the Russo was almost like the Blues Travellers doing a soundtrack for a David Lynch movie.

Cheers

Great line! Sounds like an interesting pickup. Thanks for sharing.

Dusty Chalk
07-31-2006, 09:52 AM
Hey musicoverall, welcome. I'm into a lot of music that make others think I'm an alien, too (NWW, Desiderii Marginis, Lull, et al). Every once in a while, you may not get much of a reaction -- don't let that dissuade you, we're just like that sometimes.

I'll definitely check that NWW out.

musicoverall
07-31-2006, 10:32 AM
Hey musicoverall, welcome. I'm into a lot of music that make others think I'm an alien, too (NWW, Desiderii Marginis, Lull, et al). Every once in a while, you may not get much of a reaction -- don't let that dissuade you, we're just like that sometimes.

I'll definitely check that NWW out.

If you haven't heard NWW's "An Awkward Pause", that's one to look into. It's my favorite of theirs.

I understand the alien comment! Most of what I hear is something like "...and you like that why???" :)

Another good record of a "minimalist" persuasion is Morton Feldman's "Piano and String Quartet". It's a wonderful example of what just a few notes, a lot of spaces, and ever so grudging and subtle motif alterations can do.

Dusty Chalk
07-31-2006, 11:37 AM
I have some NWW (Sylvie and Babs, Thunder Perfect Mind...I think An Awkward Pause is one of them -- if not, I'll make sure it gets put on the list).

musicoverall
07-31-2006, 12:27 PM
I have some NWW (Sylvie and Babs, Thunder Perfect Mind...I think An Awkward Pause is one of them -- if not, I'll make sure it gets put on the list).

My local citadel of used CD's wanted $40 for a preowned copy. I've been holding back on it as a result... and I'm not too concerned about someone else buying it while I'm thinking about it. :)

Dusty Chalk
07-31-2006, 01:00 PM
I honestly don't remember. It's considered seminal amongst NWW fans, I remember that's why I got it, and remember enjoying it, but I'm not sure I would want to pay US$40 for it...I'll see if I can find my copy.

Dusty Chalk
08-15-2006, 02:29 PM
http://www.938live.sg/administration/cms/pic/A%20Slice%20of%20Life/Psapp.jpg

Psapp, The Only Thing I Ever Wanted

Indiepoptronica in the vein of Morr Music with femme vox. There's something singer/songwriter about it that I am thoroughly enjoying, despite its obviously manufactured arrangements. (Yes, I know, you'd expect me to enjoy obviously manufactured arrangements -- as well you should, and I do, even in this case -- it's just that I think the songwriting is stronger than it would suggest. It sounds like it was written, rather than just having lyrics sung on top of loops, which is what the production reminds me of.)

The videos are worth seeking out online (they have them on their home page), if you're not on dialup.

RIYL: Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda

Dusty Chalk
08-22-2006, 10:26 AM
Okay, this one is a little out of character for me:

http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000GFRJ80.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V63539243_.jpg

Under the Influence of Giants

It starts off with the perfect mix of groove fun alt and indie in the Franz Ferdinand vein, but then takes a few detours through Bee Gees/Alan Parsons Project ballads territory. I been digging it, but I know a lot of people are going to say, "hey, cut it in half, and it's a good EP".

So, to those people, I give you this week's bonus LOTW:

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000AGTQG8.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1132051028_.jpg

Plumb, Chaotic Resolve

Now this is more typically what all y'all picture me listening to: heavily produced hard pop with female vocals and a lot of darkness and sarcasm. Lots of synths, too. So yeah, I dig this. Muchos.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled slumber.

Dusty Chalk
09-06-2006, 01:57 PM
My Listen Of The Week this last week was this (http://cdbaby.com/allmp3/votds.m3u) (alternate less-broadbandy link (http://cdbaby.com/allmp3lofi/votds.m3u)). Just listen to it before you ask what it is, I'll divulge later (next week). It's more fun if you don't know what it is. Let me know if/when you recognize it, but don't state it until everyone has had a chance to listen to it without spoilers.

ForeverAutumn
09-06-2006, 05:17 PM
My Listen Of The Week this last week was this (http://cdbaby.com/allmp3/votds.m3u) (alternate less-broadbandy link (http://cdbaby.com/allmp3lofi/votds.m3u)). Just listen to it before you ask what it is, I'll divulge later (next week). It's more fun if you don't know what it is. Let me know if/when you recognize it, but don't state it until everyone has had a chance to listen to it without spoilers.

My brain is having much difficulty comprehending this. And for some reason...I feel a little sad. :confused5:

Dusty Chalk
09-06-2006, 07:53 PM
Click on the first link. What do you get? It should be a playlist (I use winamp, myself), which is just a californication of four mp3 files:

http://audio.cdbaby.com/v/votds-02.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/v/votds-04.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/v/votds-06.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/v/votds-07.mp3

Alternately:

http://audio.cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/v/o/votds-02.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/v/o/votds-04.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/v/o/votds-06.mp3
http://audio.cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/v/o/votds-07.mp3

Listen, feel free to react, but don't identify (don't spoil the surprise).

Oh, and for you -- I was listening to some rocking good prog metal with clean vocals the other day -- Wolverine? Have you heard of them? Somewhere along the way, they came out with a third album, and I missed it: Still -- recommended. I really liked Window Purpose, and didn't enjoy Cold Light of Monday as much. Here (http://www.wolverine-overdose.com/material.php) is their web page with samples. RIYL Fates Warning, Dream Theater, et al.

richmon
09-07-2006, 06:33 AM
Thanks for rec on that Wolverine, they were praising it at the Dutch Progressive Rock Page, but I value your opinion more. Shades of the heavier side of Riverside ?

Also, Amazon's got it. Here's a link to the dutch review :
http://www.dprp.net/reviews/200640.php

Dusty Chalk
09-07-2006, 11:02 AM
Shades of the heavier side of Riverside ? Yeah, I hear a little bit of Riverside, too.

Dusty Chalk
10-04-2006, 05:18 PM
Album Leaf, Into the Blue Again

http://www.cityslang.com/imglib/c5e645e0f7ae

There is definitely this whole "new instrumentalism" movement going on, and Album Leaf is one of the purveyors. That said, there is a song or two on here with lyrics, but they're non-intrusive enough that I can forgive him for that.

It's pretty mellow, definitely has that "recorded in the middle of nowhere so that there'd be nothing better to do than record" sound to it. And I love the organic feel of all the electric piano and such. Absolutely delicious on my Quad 12L's.

tin ear
10-04-2006, 05:30 PM
Click on the first link. What do you get?

404

:confused5:

Dusty Chalk
10-04-2006, 06:51 PM
Try it again later -- I was informed by CDBaby (yesterday, admittedly) that they were in the process of moving their server, and that sample downloads would be down for a while. They were hoping to have it back up by today, but...you know how that goes, "the best laid plans of mousy sysadmin" &c. Or something like that.

PeruvianSkies
10-04-2006, 07:54 PM
Wow, some really great stuff.....I checked out almost all of them and really dig a majority of the material. Thanks!

I have been listening to JOCELYN POOK's UNTOLD THINGS CD lately. Not sure why, but I just dig it.

Dusty Chalk
10-10-2006, 10:47 AM
Other people are still welcome to post their listens of the week.

LOTW was a metal album, Shape of Despair (their fourth album, lots of demos and stuff), not their best (I still like Angels of Distress and Shades of... the best).

Heywood Djahblomie
10-10-2006, 10:31 PM
Other people are still welcome to post their listens of the week.


You and Swishy are so jealous of Bernd ya can't stand it

This is funner than reallity TV

I remain,
Heywood
aka He whom we don't mention

ForeverAutumn
10-11-2006, 06:15 AM
I remain,
Heywood
aka He whom we don't mention

That's because he's not worth mentioning.

3-LockBox
10-11-2006, 09:52 AM
Been listening to Delerium - a trance-beat type thing featuring two members of Front Line Assembly and female guest vocalists; its the latest one called Nuages Du Monde and I think I like it; with vocal styles that range from operetic to pop, its very smooth, but edgier than new age music.

GPS - Window To The Soul - former, but not original, members of Asia...its OK, much in the same vein as the last Asia album; competant AOR rock.

Ayreon - The Human Equation - better than Into The Electric Castle, or should I say, less wince inducing, but overall, meh...I was so taken by the two Universal Migrator albums that I just knew I'd love this project, but its been a let down since the innitial intro.

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third - luscious symphonic rock and not at all as goth as the title might suggest; one of my faves so far this year.

Porcupine Tree - Up The Downstairs (reissue) - I only had a CD-R copy of this and I wasn't sure if I was concerned enough to own an actually copy, but then I noticed my CD-R had been scratched enough to cause skipping. I purchased the new reissue, the one with most of the drum loops replaced by their new fulltime drummer (Gavin Harrison); I like this one a lot better. There's some added guitar fill as well so this sounds like a proper PT album.

My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves - I liked Z so much I found this one (an earlier effort) and I find it it a tad boring; oh its good for the frist half, but really drags its arse the rest of the disc.

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House - This one is supposed to be a sorta acoustic SMiLE or Pet Sounds, what with its layered production and etherial aestetic, but at times it reminds me of The Beatles' White Album with its earthy approach, and at times I hear just a tad bit of Pink Floyd's more pastoral offerings on Atom Heart Mother or Ummagumma. It is, and at times it isn't, innovative. I wouldn't say that they've reinvented the wheel here, but I do find it entertaining.

Stephane Grappelli - Compact Jazz - got this one from the library and I like this alot; this is what I think of when I think of jazz fiddle, not that wank Ponty with his theramin sounding electro-violin.

Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - All The Road Running - A very good sounding CD, but nothing new as far as what we've come to expect from Knopfler; very easy going and folksy. Of course the draw here would be Harris, who like her Trio sisters, demonstrates her uncanny ability to harmonize with anyone and make them sound better. There are even passages that make me harken back (way back...way way back) to Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (yeah, I said it). If you like either or both (Knopfler or Emmylou) and haven't burnt yourself out on Knopfler albums, this is a good get.

I also got a few classical CDs to listen to, including a version of Four Seasons; I ordered the Ozawa/Telarc CD from Amazon (used-$9.98) and what I received was one of those ridiculous Naturescapes Cds, you know, the kind you find in drugstores and supermarkets, repleat with waterfalls and tweety birds...I will get my money back.

BTW: Speaking of classical, I will admit to having a narrow mind when it comes to classical music, for example, I find Dmitry Shostakovich boring as hell, even though he was supposed to be an important Russian artist subversive to the Soviet ethos...yawn...

Dusty Chalk
10-11-2006, 12:19 PM
Been listening to Delerium - a trance-beat type thing featuring two members of Front Line Assembly and female guest vocalists; its the latest one called Nuages Du Monde and I think I like it; with vocal styles that range from operetic to pop, its very smooth, but edgier than new age music. Are they both still there? I thought one of them quit.

That said, I was listening to some older Delerium the other day (the Spiritual Archives quartet of disks). I don't know, I think I'm done with the new Delerium. If you like this, you should check out Sleepthief. I didn't get it, but it was extremely reminiscent of the new Delerium from the samples I've heard.
Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third - luscious symphonic rock and not at all as goth as the title might suggest; one of my faves so far this year.I really like this from the samples I heard, and will pick it up eventually.
That's because he's not worth mentioning.Hey, don't quote him, I have him on ignore for a reason!

Mike
10-12-2006, 03:09 AM
Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third - luscious symphonic rock and not at all as goth as the title might suggest; one of my faves so far this year.

You get to pick up on things which otherwise would pass you by. Prog isn't normally my thing although I guess I dabble here and there but this by Pure Reason Rev is a great find and an album of the year contender. Seems strange that living in the UK I have to come to a US based board to hear about a British band but I'm glad I have. Better still I picked it up via a US based supplier for a ridiculous $1:24. Hows that work beats me, maybe they dumped a load on the US and couldn't shift them.

Just been listening and watching a live show by these guys on their myspace website and they put on a fantastic show. The album is superb, go get it.

ps I'm with you on the Grizzly Bear it's ok but nothing special, some tracks ok kind of get you interested but then they descend into musical chaos, kind of like the Arcade Fire go folk.

Cheers
Mike

ForeverAutumn
10-12-2006, 05:33 AM
Hey, don't quote him, I have him on ignore for a reason!

I forgot about the ignore feature. Done. Thanks for the reminder. :)

It sounds like I need to check out that Pure Reason Revolution disk.

My LOTW is The Dears, Gang of Losers. I didn't like it at first, but it's definately growing on me. Some of the CD is kinda hum-drum IMO, but the song Whites Only Party makes up for it. This is one of the best songs that I've heard all year.

3-LockBox
10-12-2006, 08:55 AM
You get to pick up on things which otherwise would pass you by. Prog isn't normally my thing although I guess I dabble here and there but this by Pure Reason Rev is a great find and an album of the year contender. Seems strange that living in the UK I have to come to a US based board to hear about a British band but I'm glad I have. Better still I picked it up via a US based supplier for a ridiculous $1:24. Hows that work beats me, maybe they dumped a load on the US and couldn't shift them.

Just been listening and watching a live show by these guys on their myspace website and they put on a fantastic show. The album is superb, go get it.

ps I'm with you on the Grizzly Bear it's ok but nothing special, some tracks ok kind of get you interested but then they descend into musical chaos, kind of like the Arcade Fire go folk.

Cheers
Mike

Its why I come here (regardless of why anyone else does).

I'm a bit surprised that the PRR isn't getting more interest than it is, and yeah, I got mine for a ridiculous price as well. I have big expectations for these guys. But then again, there's Porky Tree, and well...

And I think the Grizzly Bear disc will be a good addition to my MP3 player, but it does make for a long listen as far as albums go. It reminds me of an artist (or artists) who is making an album for critical praise.

Dusty Chalk
10-18-2006, 01:07 PM
Went back to an old favourite for LOTW this week: Rob Dougan, Furious Angels

Orchestral music, technotic beats (and the occasional synthesizer), gravelly voice singing pop/rock songs -- pretty much like nothing else I've heard. But the fact that it's different isn't what sells me -- every song resonates to my very core. That, to me, is what makes for the best pop music: excellent songwriting. And he has that in spades.

ForeverAutumn
10-19-2006, 05:58 PM
I've gotta praise the new Scissor Sisters as my LOTW. Ta Dah is just as eclectic as their first disk without any bad Pink Floyd covers that I have to skip. There are a couple of tracks on the disk that I can't listen to without thinking of Queen a la A Night At The Opera. Just that kind of quirky sound with some fun lyrics. This CD is beyond description for me. It's so eclectic in sound and style that I would have to review each song on its own merits. If you liked their first disk, I can almost guarantee that you'll like the second one.

Dusty Chalk
10-31-2006, 09:45 AM
Anyone got any listens this week? Mine is pretty hard -- I haven't been listening to "in your face" music so much (pop/rock), more classical and jazz.

That said, I've been completely grooving on the myriad of Miles Davis boxsets. The Complete Studio Recordings of the Quintet being the one that I'm completely groovin' out on these days.

That, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I've been listening to several different versions, but Anne-Sophie Mutter's on DVD-A is easily my favourite (out of the ones I've been listening to). I love the way it goes back and forth between extremely patient and slow (the two Allegro non molto movements, for example), to "air violin" ultra-intense.

musicoverall
11-02-2006, 05:24 AM
Anyone got any listens this week? Mine is pretty hard -- I haven't been listening to "in your face" music so much (pop/rock), more classical and jazz.

That said, I've been completely grooving on the myriad of Miles Davis boxsets. The Complete Studio Recordings of the Quintet being the one that I'm completely groovin' out on these days.

That, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I've been listening to several different versions, but Anne-Sophie Mutter's on DVD-A is easily my favourite (out of the ones I've been listening to). I love the way it goes back and forth between extremely patient and slow (the two Allegro non molto movements, for example), to "air violin" ultra-intense.

This week, a nice mixture of old and new

1) Double vinyl LP of Rare Earth Live. Who IS that blue-eyed soul singer, anyway? I found this in the used bin for $2. Out of print going for much more on Ebay. I hadn't heard this since about 1975. Sounds (slightly) dated but still pretty powerful.

2) Ornette Coleman - Sound Grammar. First new OC disc in bleepin' forever! Jazz quartet with 2 basses. The cat can still blow. For the "old", I also FINALLY found a vinyl version of his "Crisis" disc which for some reason I can't fathom has never been released by Impulse on CD. They've released quite a few relative obscurities but no OC. Must be some contractual thingy.

3) Multiple Nurse With Wounds - The Rat Tapes, Large Ladies With Cakes In The Oven, Soundpooling, Shipwreck Radio (3 volumes). These guys are still my reference for "Sound Sculptors". This is probably the most interesting group that I've discovered over the last 10 years.

4) Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Heavyland. For those who have always wondered what might emanate from a stage containing both the Boredoms and Black Sabbath. I'm sure there are one or two of you out there! Surely I'm not alone here!!!! :)

Dusty Chalk
11-13-2006, 04:56 PM
http://www.timeoutdrawer.com/art/crl015_big.jpg

The Timeout Drawer, Nowonmai

This one is quickly going to the top of the heap. Too bad it's 2005, but I've only just discovered it. Bought it on a whim at Tower's Going Out Of Business Sale due to the description on the sticker.

Genre is what I've taken to calling "the new instrumentalism" -- Friends of Dean Martinez, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Tortoise, Album Leaf -- post-rocky instrumental music. Sweet guitar tones, Moog synthesizer, melodious music, long jamming freak outs with only slightly psychedelic overtones.

Listen for yourself: (long, legal) MP3 (http://www.timeoutdrawer.com/mp3/ttd_bursting.mp3) (direct from the artist's site)

Dusty Chalk
12-10-2006, 05:33 AM
http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000G2YD3C.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V64072386_.jpg

Pure Reason Revolution, The Dark Third

I love this stuff. A lot of extended instrumental sections; multiple lead singer, harmonized vocals (a la "Echoes" by Pink Floyd or "I am a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band" by Moody Blues)...kind of reminds me a little bit of Billy Thorpe's "Children of the Sun".

Oh, and indie poop snobsters look elsewhere -- this is prog, pure and simple.