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    Simply stated - It's Tuesday.

    Snow is in the forcast and I’m trying to put in a 550 square foot cobblestone patio this week. Talk about your bad timing. In the meantime I’ve had some time to listen to some toons, some good to downright dreadful in the list.

    New spins:

    The Legends – Public Radio. A guy on the Obner forum YSI’d this to me while I await the proper release. I’ve only found one site that has it and it’s gonna take 27 bucks to get it to me. Yikes, this 192 bit rate MP3 version will tide me over nicely. The first listen revealed that this guy can do The Cure better than The Cure did last time around. With the most excellent “Up Against The Legends” excelled in the happy snap, clap, and slap wall of sound, this is decidedly darker but still hangs on to the Spectorish feel. A weird amalgam of The Cure, JAMC, The Smiths, and The Lightning Seeds. I think this may be the winner of the retro wars as it’s pure 80’s through and through. They (he) even have a drum machine instead of the real deal this time for most of the tracks. I think it was a poor decision. Some great songs but barring a gigantic revelation it’s gonna fall short in a quest for my top 10 list in whatever year it’s actually released.

    Andy Bell- Electric Blue. To get an album from both Erasure and Andy Bell in one year should be cause for me to celebrate but it’s not to be. Nothing on it grabbed me save for the powerful synth intro. Dance floor fodder, but in truth it may not be much better than Madonna’s effort. Night Bird rules while Electric Blue is not what I was hoping for.

    Maddonna-Confessions From The Dance Floor. In my own defense the only reason I wanted to hear this was due to comments on how Electro Clashy this was. As it was another of the nefarious MP3 downloads, I’m only out the time spent listening to it. Yeah you can dance to it, it probably takes your mind off of how bad it is, at least a little bit if you’ve got a good looking enough partner.

    Still liking that Editors CD quite a bit.

    Others,

    Flaming Stars – Ginmill Perfume
    Wolf Parade- Apologies To The Queen Mary
    De/Vision – Six Feet Underground
    Wall Of Voodoo – Dark Continent ( I dunno Davey, still sounds pretty good to these ears)
    Stars – Accoustic performance at Amoeba records this year.
    Stars – Live at SXSW this year
    Never did get the Live Kraftwerk CD but I have a 2 disc boot from a 2005 show that’s killer.

    Well, that’s a start.

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    Ah Tuesday

    Here's a few from me

    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    The Editors - Editors
    Mojave 3 - Spoon and Rafter
    Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
    Kings of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street

    and some comps
    Elvis Costello - Best
    Welly Top Mary
    Seal -Best

    and some DVD's
    John Lennon - Legend
    Rolling Stones - Circus

    and some freebies
    Finchy's Concord Jazz/R&B thing - wacky packaging but great content.
    plus one of his comps which is sat in the car player right now AND get this - it's pretty good, thanks Finch appreciate it. Yours should be with you any day now.

    Cheers
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    A few new things of late, probably of minimal to zero interest here:

    Sun Kil Moon/ Tiny Cities- I'm not a Modest Mouse fan, so the fact that this is an album of MM covers diddn't put me off in the least. Whatever they sounded like originally, they sound like Kozelek here, and I like this. If there is a negative anywhere, it's the fact that I paid full cd price for only 30 minutes of music.

    Bobby Bare/ The Moon Was Blue- I've read some criticism of the song selections on Mr. Bare's first studio release in ages. Screw the detractors- at 70, his voice is as engaging as ever. I like this one, too.

    Elliot Murphy/ Murphy Gets Muddy- From what little I had read prior to ordering this, I was expecting all Muddy Waters covers, but that isn't the case- there's a few Muddy tunes, a couple of other old bluesman tunes, and several Murphy originals. Also, a 5 song DVD recorded in Murphy's apartment that I haven't watched yet. I'll continue being a voice in the wilderness for Elliot- he's a gem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Wall Of Voodoo – Dark Continent ( I dunno Davey, still sounds pretty good to these ears)
    I think you guys know I was just kidding. They did have a very unique sound as evidenced by how none of us could really come up with something comparable, even now. That combination of punk and edgy new wave quirkiness and the rough edges, but combined with a good sense of melodicism and great musicianship - hard to compare. That Ghoultown album I mentioned in that thread does have occasional similarities, although they're a bit more rough and ready. And I still think the Braniac/Enon guys have some too.I was heavy into bands like the Blasters and X and Talking Heads and Costello and Graham Parker and so many others at the time, that I didn't really explore WoV. But there's really a lot of sympatico amongst all those guys. Til this day I still only have one WoV LP, and one Stan Ridgway CD. Say I wanted to pick up a WoV CD, are there any decent collections available? Or are the original CDs the only way to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tentoze
    A few new things of late, probably of minimal to zero interest here:

    Sun Kil Moon/ Tiny Cities- I'm not a Modest Mouse fan, so the fact that this is an album of MM covers diddn't put me off in the least. Whatever they sounded like originally, they sound like Kozelek here, and I like this. If there is a negative anywhere, it's the fact that I paid full cd price for only 30 minutes of music.
    Ah not so, that last Sun Kil Moon album spent about a month solid in my player, I love all that Red House Painters stuff got Masonjar to thank for that. Someone mentioned this latest release a few weeks ago so I've kept my eyes open - but at thirty minutes sounds a tad short and kind of puts me off. Of course there would have been a time when 30 mins was the norm...maybe I'll take the plunge.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike
    Ah not so, that last Sun Kil Moon album spent about a month solid in my player, I love all that Red House Painters stuff got Masonjar to thank for that. Someone mentioned this latest release a few weeks ago so I've kept my eyes open - but at thirty minutes sounds a tad short and kind of puts me off. Of course there would have been a time when 30 mins was the norm...maybe I'll take the plunge.

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    In the 'new to me' group,

    Screaming Headless Torso's: Live!
    KiF
    I read an online article about Dave Fiuczynski when looking for something different to listen to. Both these are his projects. Very talented guitarist from what a read and hear. I liked both these albums. Kif, I suppose is middle eastern influenced jazz/fusion/metal/funk...? Kind of reminded me of Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien... lot of artistry but maybe lacking a little art. It's growing on me more though and is more engaging on repeat listens.No vocals which is sometimes a plus. Live! is probably the better disc. Still getting into it. Jazz/Punk/Funk but all over. Would've been real fun to see live.

    Others

    Beethoven: Emperor Concerto, Brendel
    Shostakovich: Piano Trio No2, Ahn Trio
    David Bowie: Space Oddity
    The Cult: Love, Electric
    Jane's Addiction: Kettle Whistle, Ritual De Lo Habitual
    Jacqueline Du Pre: A Lasting Inspiration

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    Quote Originally Posted by tentoze
    Bobby Bare/ The Moon Was Blue- I've read some criticism of the song selections on Mr. Bare's first studio release in ages. Screw the detractors- at 70, his voice is as engaging as ever. I like this one, too.
    I picked that one up as well Toze and I like it. It is as Bobby has always been - real.

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    I've sampled just about everything Mark Kozelek has done and I really like all of it, but my favorite is still SONGS FOR A BLUE GUITAR. There's just something about that album.. Mark sounds so relaxed and at ease with his music, nothing is forced or awkward. The mix is perfect, his voice is never too low or too boomy like it is on some of his earlier recordings. And the covers are pretty cool too. "All Mixed Up" has just go to be one of the most brilliant covers of all time. He's definately made an art of reinterpreting other folks songs. Now I just got to get my hands on some of his AC/DC covers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    The Legends – Public Radio. A guy on the Obner forum YSI’d this to me while I await the proper release. I’ve only found one site that has it and it’s gonna take 27 bucks to get it to me. Yikes ...
    Hey, that new Legends does sound like a good one. 27 bucks, eh? But you can buy it postpaid from their Swedish label for under $18, which is still a tad high for me. Won't it get a US release? Didn't the last one? Or you just gotta be first on the block?

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    Stars - Set Yourself On Fire

    Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft; (nice surprise. Bit of a hippy vibe. Reminded me, in an abstract way, of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, except more "earthy". I liked it a lot!)

    Animal Collective - Feels; (had trouble getting through this one. Take the quirky side of XTC & mix it with the annoying side of Polyphonic Spree and you get this album. Not happenin' for me).

    Tom Waits - Closing Time

    Kansas - Masque

    Seal - s/t

    Led Zep - HotH

    Bruce Hornsby - Harbor Lights

    Genesis - Calling All Stations; (someone gave me this disc. First listen….not good)

    Comps:
    A Beastie Boys collection
    A Lenny Kravitz comp

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    Like Anybody Cares?

    Probably the same as last week, as I've been too lazy to change disks, although I did insert:

    Kate Bush - Aerial. It's sounding better. Disk 1 is still essentially useless.
    Marillion - Brave. Actually I put in disk 2 of bonus tracks this week. Nice background music.
    Steve Hackett - Please Don't Touch. Includes two vocal tracks from Kansas' Steve Walsh and one from R&B singer Randy Crawford. I'll have to check out some her solo work.
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Nightengales & Bombers.

    Given my weekend thrill over the new T4F DVD, tomorrow's new rotations will include:
    T4F - Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
    Oleta Adams - Evolution
    Oleta Adams - Circle of One
    Oleta Adams - Moving On
    Star One - Space Metal

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    I gave a quick, incomplete listen to a friend's copy of Kasabian's album and I mostly like what I heard.

    Listened to the excellent Bedhead album Transaction de Nuovo, what a great mood piece. Also put on a couple of favorites from this year from British Sea Power, Bloc Party and The Arcade Fire. Also listened to that great Pinback album Summer in Abbadon, and a few other older faves like Streetcore, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, Strange Times and High Land, Hard Rain
    "I don't know. A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." The Right Honourable JC.

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    There is a weird sort of synchronicity that happens on this board, and I've noted it before. For whatever reason, I ended up listening to Tom Waits' Closing Time for the first time in, oh, I don't know...maybe 10 years...just a couple of days ago. And for whatever reason, newtrix1 spun that one too. And dude, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Anyway, just an interesting coincidence.

    Nothing else unusual to report in my listening this week. Except to say that Spoon's Gimme Fiction sounds even better when you turn it up a little more, which I finally did yesterday. A little tip there, free of charge.

    Next week will be different, as I just spent triple-digits of American greenbacks on CDs and DVDs about 3 hours ago. For me these days, that's a full-on binge.
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    Rutti

    NP: "Rutti" from Slowdive's last album PYGMALION.

    Just read a few days ago that the Slowdive catalog is set for remaster/reissue. Much to be excited about here. I knew it was a good idea to hold off on buying that Best Of comp that came out last year. Now I can finally get my hands on the extra tracks without laying out tons of jack on eBay. JUST FOR A DAY and SOUVLAKI are getting the bonus disc treatment, but PYGMALION will stand alone. The cd has always sounded fine to me, so I doubt I will re-purchase this one. The other two however, high on my wish list, just for the bone-us tracks alone. The good news about PYGMALION is that it will just be available again. Along with Talk Talk's LAUGHING STOCK and Bark Psychosis' HEX, this is one of the cornerstones of the early daze of post-rock.. The 4th? Maybe SPIDERLAND, though it kind of stands on its own as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryL
    Given my weekend thrill over the new T4F DVD, tomorrow's new rotations will include:
    T4F - Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
    Oleta Adams - Evolution
    Oleta Adams - Circle of One
    Oleta Adams - Moving On
    Star One - Space Metal
    Don't tell us what you're going to listen to. Now there won't be any surprises for us next week .

    I listened to some of my most recent binge this week.

    British Sea Power - Open Season - I like to think that this is what Bowie might sound like if Bowie were still recording good music.

    Kathleen Edwards - Back to Me - This is better than her first CD. The songs are a little more diversified and melodic. Although, her voice still falls a little flat to me in places.

    Hot Hot Heat - Elevator - I like this a lot and was even surprised to realize that I knew one of the songs on this disk. Although, I have no idea where I know it from since I don't listen to the radio anymore and I'm not sure that this is getting radio play anyway (is it?).

    New Pornographers - Twin Cinema - This was the real surprise of the binge for me. It was on the wall in a listening station so I put the 'fones on and hit play. It sounded kinda fun so I took it home. I LOVE THIS DISK! This has to be the most refreshing disk that I have heard since The Kaiser Chiefs took me by storm. And as you all know, I'm not a fan of too many female vocalists, but the female voice on here is unbelievably good. This is top 10 territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    New Pornographers - Twin Cinema ... And as you all know, I'm not a fan of too many female vocalists, but the female voice on here is unbelievably good. This is top 10 territory.
    Yeah, Neko is a genuine charm. Haven't heard the latest New Porno, but her own Blacklisted from a couple years ago is a dreamy collection with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand and the Calexico boys giving her a great backing and very nice production too. Might be a bit too country for you at times, not sure, but man is she sweet.

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverAutumn
    British Sea Power - Open Season - I like to think that this is what Bowie might sound like if Bowie were still recording good music.
    I thought a lot of people said the latest Bowie was pretty nice? No? Didn't pay much attention, I guess.
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    John Vanderslice ~ Pixel Revolt

    Gary Jules ~ Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets.. a great cd

    Sun kil Moon ~ Tiny Cities

    Luke Doucet ~ Broken

    Vienna Teng ~ Warm Strangers


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    Quote Originally Posted by opt80
    John Vanderslice ~ Pixel Revolt

    Gary Jules ~ Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets.. a great cd

    Sun kil Moon ~ Tiny Cities

    Luke Doucet ~ Broken

    Vienna Teng ~ Warm Strangers


    Alan
    That Luke Doucet CD has been a hard one for me to find. I might just have to order it from Amazon.

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    FA, that is odd that it is hard to find,I bought mine @ MusiWorld. If Amazon wants too much $# drop me a pm and I'll pick it for ya and send it your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Snow is in the forcast and I’m trying to put in a 550 square foot cobblestone patio this week. Talk about your bad timing. In the meantime I’ve had some time to listen to some toons

    jc
    Me too, JC.
    Just got the snows put on the car and raked the last of the leaves.

    Perfect weather for major spins:

    Crooked Fingers - Dignity & Shame - really loving this one and I'm sure it will find a spot in the sweet list for 2005.

    Antony & the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now - digging this one (I know. Late to the party. Man this guy is a cross between Rufus Wainwright & Tiny Tim.)

    The Drive-by Truckers - Decoration Day - more of a staple in my household; any given week, it's any of their albums.

    Neil Diamond - 12 Songs - not sure, yet, about this one. Need to give it more time; too new to have any real impact, but it has tons o potential.

    Too many more iPod experiences to mention, but the above four formed a real focus to the week.

    Cheers,
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    God I love these threads....

    I haven't had much time to listen to my favourite toy this past week, but when I do it's been playin:

    Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage ( Rudy Van Gelder remastering)

    Murray Peraiah's Goldberg Variations -- as good as Gould's only different. Peraiah plays all repeats ( doesn't always work if you ask me) and does the "once de rigeur , now arguably gauche" by using ornamentation only during the repeats. I tend to find it gauche myself, but it doesn't detract from the overall quality. The playing is as good as it gets.

    Paco De Lucia's "Siroco" -- one of his best but not as accessible as others.

    I just ordered a bunch of old Gong albums on Amazon that will probably get heavy rotation next week.




    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Snow is in the forcast and I’m trying to put in a 550 square foot cobblestone patio this week. Talk about your bad timing. In the meantime I’ve had some time to listen to some toons, some good to downright dreadful in the list.

    New spins:

    The Legends – Public Radio. A guy on the Obner forum YSI’d this to me while I await the proper release. I’ve only found one site that has it and it’s gonna take 27 bucks to get it to me. Yikes, this 192 bit rate MP3 version will tide me over nicely. The first listen revealed that this guy can do The Cure better than The Cure did last time around. With the most excellent “Up Against The Legends” excelled in the happy snap, clap, and slap wall of sound, this is decidedly darker but still hangs on to the Spectorish feel. A weird amalgam of The Cure, JAMC, The Smiths, and The Lightning Seeds. I think this may be the winner of the retro wars as it’s pure 80’s through and through. They (he) even have a drum machine instead of the real deal this time for most of the tracks. I think it was a poor decision. Some great songs but barring a gigantic revelation it’s gonna fall short in a quest for my top 10 list in whatever year it’s actually released.

    Andy Bell- Electric Blue. To get an album from both Erasure and Andy Bell in one year should be cause for me to celebrate but it’s not to be. Nothing on it grabbed me save for the powerful synth intro. Dance floor fodder, but in truth it may not be much better than Madonna’s effort. Night Bird rules while Electric Blue is not what I was hoping for.

    Maddonna-Confessions From The Dance Floor. In my own defense the only reason I wanted to hear this was due to comments on how Electro Clashy this was. As it was another of the nefarious MP3 downloads, I’m only out the time spent listening to it. Yeah you can dance to it, it probably takes your mind off of how bad it is, at least a little bit if you’ve got a good looking enough partner.

    Still liking that Editors CD quite a bit.

    Others,

    Flaming Stars – Ginmill Perfume
    Wolf Parade- Apologies To The Queen Mary
    De/Vision – Six Feet Underground
    Wall Of Voodoo – Dark Continent ( I dunno Davey, still sounds pretty good to these ears)
    Stars – Accoustic performance at Amoeba records this year.
    Stars – Live at SXSW this year
    Never did get the Live Kraftwerk CD but I have a 2 disc boot from a 2005 show that’s killer.

    Well, that’s a start.

    jc
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    and Mike spun some Seal, as I did. I think you're right, we're psychically connected!

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    LOTW: Tie between Carina Round, The Disconnection (love Love LOVE that sequence of Monument/Motel '74) and Tiefschwarz, Eat Books. They're so completely different (the former being "organic" and the latter being synthetic), that I can't really pick one over the other.

    I really should get around to listening to some of that stuff I've downloaded. Damit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryL
    Star One - Space Metal
    Is that the same guy from Ayreon ...I could look it up...wait...ah yes, it's Arjen Lucassen

    anyway...how is it?

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