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03-03-2009, 10:05 PM
Light week for me...

Frank Zappa - Them Or Us
Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III
Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Step
Frank Zappa - The Lost Episodes
Paul Weller
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europa Express (German version)

How 'bout youse?

Monkey Bones
03-04-2009, 09:05 AM
Never got as far into Zappa as some of you, mostly just the more well trodden path, couple from the 60s, couple from the 70s, probably ending with Sheik Yerbouti. Leaves me with a lot to explore one of these days, though going by what I listen to these days ... that time may have passed me by on a one way trip. Civilization Phaze III, eh? Kind of a silly title, but guess he wasn't around to see that one. Or maybe that was the name he wanted.

Tuesday come Wednesday, but the song remains the same. Just got the new Neko Case and Animal Collective, but haven't listened to either yet. Instead, listened a couple times to Journey to the End of the Night by Mekons, a big favorite from almost 10 years ago now. And that recent Dodos Visiter record that I talked about in the recent Dodos thread, that's been pretty addictive the last few weeks. And kinda forgot how much I love Bjork, and especially the first side of Homogenic. Been playing that whole record a lot lately. And times like this morning were made for Brian Eno On Land, which I've found myself listening to on a lot of mornings like this. And a very old favorite from the way back machine, Give Me Take You by Duncan Browne. Kind of got lost in the late 60s explosion, but a wondrous debut, and I've always loved it for that. Heard it might finally get reissued this year.

Oh yea, and lots of Arcade Fire. Just got Neon Bible, so been listening to that a lot, and of course that led to pulling out Funeral, and now I'm gonna have a hard time moving on. But in the meantime, while I realy liked it from hello, I mighta dismissed some of the fawning over Funeral at the time as over exuberance by 20-somethings that never heard first-hand any truly visionary music they could call their own, but hey, I mighta been wrong too :)

03-04-2009, 09:12 AM

Light month over here and the anticipation of getting the big rig out of mothballs is, among other things, starting to chafe.

I've delved into the metal scene a bit as of late, more out the distraction of social obligation and boredom than anything else, but this week I've come back home. Some wander by mistake...

03-04-2009, 10:36 AM
And times like this morning were made for Brian Eno On Land...

Let me guess.

Foggy. Right?

Mr MidFi
03-04-2009, 11:10 AM
A steady rotation of my latest well-gotten gains...

The new Animal Collective (very trippy, me likey)
The new U2 (no opinion yet, but some interesting soundscapes)
The new Neko Case (sounds a lot like Neko Case, who I like a lot)
The new Steven Wilson solo disc (very dynamic...gonna need a few more listens...1st track is flat-out awesome)
The "new" Rush retrospective ('89 thru '08...a pretty good collection, actually)

Plus 3 other recent ceedee acquisitions...
Cowboy Junkies -- Black Eyed Man (swell)
Instant Karma, 2-disc John Lennon tribute (hit & miss)
Dire Straits -- Brothers In Arms (replacing old cassette)

NP: The Ramones: "I'm Against It"

Monkey Bones
03-04-2009, 11:21 AM
Let me guess.

Foggy. Right?

Dark gray and rainy, alternating with brilliant sparkles of sunshine as the occasional (and very short-lived) cloud-filled blue holes pass over. Eno really captured what the best ambient music is all about on this one, like a painting you can get lost in over and over, amazing imagery. As the port at Dunwich Beach finally erodes away into the sea... I remember Eno talking at one point about how some of his compositions came from gauzy youthful memories he had of places, maybe just imaginings of places. But yea, there would be lots of fog in those English memories....

03-04-2009, 11:30 AM
It's been all about shaking off the blues this week...

Augie March – Moo, You Bloody Choir

More of Elbow’s Seldom Seen Kid. I just found out that they’re opening for Coldplay this summer. I may just have to go to that show.

Some assorted Bowie songs on shuffle

Fleet Foxes

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Make a Little Noise (ep)

Melissa McClelland – Thumbelina’s One Night Stand

Pink Floyd – Meddle and Wish You Were Here

Rose Cousins – If You Were For Me

Scissor Sisters

The Trews – House of Ill Fame

And if we run this Tuesday thread over into Wednesday, I received a lovely little package from Amazon yesterday, so I’ve also been spinning:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Foxboro Hot Tubs – Stop, Drop and Roll (anyone else notice that these guys sound an awful lot like Green Day? ;))
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast. I’m really looking forward to finally seeing a live Bird in April. Just in time for migration. Hehe.

03-04-2009, 11:43 AM
Mostly Jeff Rutili and Rob Crow related stuff for me this week. . . .

03-04-2009, 01:37 PM
Let me guess.

Foggy. Right?

The sun went down and the ground started sort of grinding
A blinding light tore across the sky
A cyclone swept the landscape out
and left it completely flattened out
And several twirls of smoke unfolded like gigantic flowers

The way the morning broke was quite unusual

I should have wakened up at once,
but this was no concern of mine,
so I kept on dreaming

My eyes roamed over the burning ruins

In less time than it takes to tell

And I felt like
And I felt like being numbed,
I felt like mesmerized

The way the morning broke was quite unusual
More than words can say

In less time than it takes to tell

Foggy like a hookah, I'd imagine...

03-04-2009, 01:45 PM
Today's random shuffle playlist. It's just the last couple hours worth:

03-04-2009, 01:53 PM
I remember Eno talking at one point about how some of his compositions came from gauzy youthful memories he had of places, maybe just imaginings of places.

I remember Eno talking specifically about how On Land was intended to evoke powerful memories of just that sort. The interviewer pointed out that most people associated their past with bad emotions but Eno countered that it didn't necessarily have to be thought of in that manner, that a lot of strength could be drawn from the past.

I've noticed that Suffolk (where Dunwich is located) and Essex just to the south have produced some moody works of art over the years. J.G. Ballard is from Essex and is probably a close literary equivalent to Brian Eno (although I think Eno is from Wales). Ballard is also sort of moody and ambient yet very powerful. On a non-foggy note, I specifically think of Eno's Possible Musics album w/ Jon Hassell as the soundtrack to Ballard's Vermillion Sands stories. Instead of a fog enshrouded beach, think of a desert resort where the protagonist gets involved in a series of episodes at a house or location, each involving an art project of some type and a beautiful "lost woman". Those are the recurring themes in Vermillion Sands and Eno would be a perfect soundtrack. I could direct a series for HBO with Troy designing the houses and lose millions. Awesome.

03-04-2009, 02:00 PM
Today's random shuffle playlist. It's just the last couple hours worth:

Ah, The Tarleks. A Rheostatics classic (even if it is only a few years old). Great tune!

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03-04-2009, 09:18 PM
Holy crap...The Tarleks? First time listen for me...and FA's right, what a great ****in great tune!

03-05-2009, 06:24 AM
Holy crap...The Tarleks? First time listen for me...and FA's right, what a great ****in great tune!

By a great ****in great band! A staple of Canadian pop culture. I'm surprised that more people on this site aren't into this band. Their last (and final) album, 2067, was excellent. They disbanded shortly after it's release. It was a sad, sad day.

03-05-2009, 11:33 AM
1. "Throw Down Your Arms" - Sinead O'Conner.

2. "It's Afrolistic" - Jocamo.

Don't look for the second one it's our current album we're just finishing up post production on.


Sugar Beats
03-05-2009, 12:09 PM
This week, not much new from last...

A little of the new Animal Collective,
Tokyo Police Club
No Doubt
Metallica (ride the lightning)
Metro Station
Notrious Big
The Clash, rock the Casbah
Kevin Rudolph, In the City
Van Halen, 1984