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    Played the latest from Willard Grant Conspiracy a few times. Regard The End is the name. Released last year in Europe on Glitterhouse and a couple months ago in the USA on Kimchee. Beautiful album, and probably the first one to realize their full potential for the whole CD. And it doesn't sacrifice anything to do it since it still has a couple real standouts like on all their albums. Really starting to grow on me. "The Ghost of the Girl in the Well" is a big highlight that comes 4 songs in. Usually have to put it on infinite repeat for awhile - spacey use of the saw gives it a touch of the Black Heart Procession (another big favorite) while the mournful violin brings to mind the Dirty Three - worth it for that song alone - Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses fame in for backup vox duties - kind of a mix of Nick Cave and Calexico on some of the songs. Southern gothic americana.
                                

    Paul K & The Weathermen Love Is A Gas also found its way to the player for a spin or two. One of the best of the 90s, even if only a few people bought it - destined to be a cult classic if I have any say - nice production by VU's Maureen Tucker and competent drumming by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, but K's songwriting and voice and guitar playing are still the big attractions.
               

    Honeydogs 10,000 Years still gets regular spins and did this weekend too. Already talked about it once or twenty times around here, but probably the best album of the year so far for me.
                                    

    Canonball Adderley et al. - Somethin' Else
                       

    Played my stupid new Half Gone 2004 comp a few times while making copies and all the assorted printing and cutting and folding and labeling and beer drinking that goes with it. Beer drinking? Huh? Oh yeah, mostly Hollande 1620 Lager, but I think there were a coupla Sam Adams Lagers in the mix too. Finally sent the comps out today. Wound up doing 11 copies, oops, I thought I said there would only be 5. Hope you lucky duckys enjoy it
                                                                   

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    Bought four new CDs last week so have been listening to them along with some old standards for me.

    New:

    Donovan Frankenreiter's self-titled - A guy kinda like Jack Johnson. I think JJ might have even gotten this guy signed. The record label is named Brushfire Records so could JJ's label. Both were apparently surfers from HI who also played guitar and wrote songs. Good disc, not really anything bad about it.

    Owsley's "The Hard Way" - Another singer/songwriter. Been compared to Ryan Adams, but i'd say better. Another disc with nothing really bad on it.

    Sam Roberts' "We Were Born in a Flame" - Maybe two bad tracks out of 13 or 14. Not bad. Lots of good tunes on it.

    Edwin McCain's "Scream and Whisper" - This will be the last Edwin album i buy. Hard to understand how a guy can go from his incredible debut album to this pop drivel. The only redeeming factors are a good tune with a guest vocal by Maia Sharp and a very good cover of Maggie May.

    Also some Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley to celebrate summer. And a couple of jar's excellent reggae comps...



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    Lots of new(ish) vinyl, like...

    The Decemberists - The Tain/5 Songs
    ...and You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead
    Yo La Tengo - Electro-O-Pura
    Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
    The Constantines - Shine A Light
    TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth Bloodthirsty Babes
    McLusky - McLusky Does Dallas
    Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
    The Strokes - Room On Fire

    Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    The Poll Winners
    John Coltrane - Ballads

    and some silver discs too...

    Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Like Bad News
    Steve Earle - Train A Comin'
    Pavement - Brighten the Corners
    Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
    Toots & the Maytals - Funky Kingston

    almost forgot Jim's excellent new comp that I've been spinning a lot lately, the name of which escapes me. Lots of great stuff. Is the whole Wheat album as strong as that track you included?
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    Couple of new things:

    The Killers - Hot Fuss. Read all the hype from last week so I took a chance. S'not bad. Sorta reminds of the Simple Minds, in a way. Has an 80's synthy, new wavish style about it. Well, kinda sorta. Love that first track. This one has possibilities.

    Jet - Get Born. I'm late to the party on this one being it was released in 2003. It's pretty good. Nothing earth shatteringly, make me play it over and over again good though. I don't recall much talk around here about Jet. Or maybe there was and I just overlooked it.

    Wilco - YHF. Well, I'm really late to the party on this one. Anyway, I finally broke down and bought this on the strength of two songs. Jesus, Ect and I'm The Man Who Loves You. Both are very good songs. The rest is a mixed bag of "not bad" and "this sucks" with "this sucks" winning the vote. It may be a couple of years before I pick Wilco's new release.

    Simple Minds - The Best Of. Two CD 2001 Virgin records release. Great songs. I really dig the Simple Minds.

    Al DiMeola - Land of the Midnight Sun. Mid 70's guitar rock/jazz fusion.

    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime

    Yes - Talk

    Dire Straits - On Every Street

    Marley - Exodus. Yup, I played it again. Just couldn't help myself.

    Henning Pauly's 13 Days was in the player again.

    Picked up the new Rush Feedback EP. I liked it and thought they did an outstanding job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex Lion Tamer
    Lots of new(ish) vinyl, like...

    The Decemberists - The Tain/5 Songs
    ...and You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead
    Yo La Tengo - Electro-O-Pura
    Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
    The Constantines - Shine A Light
    TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth Bloodthirsty Babes
    McLusky - McLusky Does Dallas
    Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
    The Strokes - Room On Fire

    Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    The Poll Winners
    John Coltrane - Ballads

    and some silver discs too...

    Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Like Bad News
    Steve Earle - Train A Comin'
    Pavement - Brighten the Corners
    Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
    Toots & the Maytals - Funky Kingston

    almost forgot Jim's excellent new comp that I've been spinning a lot lately, the name of which escapes me. Lots of great stuff. Is the whole Wheat album as strong as that track you included?
    That entire Wheat album is freakin' awesome. Can't remember who turned me on to that one, probably Swish or Allears and I'm sure Davey metioned it at least a few times along the way. Definetely one of my faves from last year. Glad you liked the comp, which was basically made up of tracks ripped off others comps with a few of my own as well. I think I called it the Best of Rave Recs 2003. Made mainly for some local friends, none of whom seem to care for it much. Go figure.

    Been playing some:
    Snow Patrol
    Gary Numan-live
    Killers
    my original best of 2003 comp which was universally dissed.
    Lali Puna

    A Rainmakers boot along with a Bob Walkenhorst boot that was posted on the Live Archive site Swish posted a couple of weeks back. I like the fact that they use lossless compression but these things do still take a very long time to download. I see a Spoon bootleg that I'm gonna grab next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Played the latest from Willard Grant Conspiracy a few times. Regard The End is the name. Released last year in Europe on Glitterhouse and a couple months ago in the USA on Kimchee. Beautiful album, and probably the first one to realize their full potential for the whole CD. And it doesn't sacrifice anything to do it since it still has a couple real standouts like on all their albums. Really starting to grow on me. "The Ghost of the Girl in the Well" is a big highlight that comes 4 songs in. Usually have to put it on infinite repeat for awhile - spacey use of the saw gives it a touch of the Black Heart Procession (another big favorite) while the mournful violin brings to mind the Dirty Three - worth it for that song alone - Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses fame in for backup vox duties - kind of a mix of Nick Cave and Calexico on some of the songs. Southern gothic americana.
    Yeh, I'm still all over the WGC, and don't see it going far away from the disk drawer anytime soon. Superb stuff. I got only one new-to-me thang this week and it came in the mail last from our friend from the Midwest- Twilight Babies: Love it from start to finish. I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of, musically, but whatever it is, I like it a lot too. Great stuff, and my hat goes off to the Kansan with much appreciation............

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenH
    Jet - Get Born. I'm late to the party on this one being it was released in 2003. It's pretty good. Nothing earth shatteringly, make me play it over and over again good though. I don't recall much talk around here about Jet. Or maybe there was and I just overlooked it.

    Wilco - YHF. Well, I'm really late to the party on this one. Anyway, I finally broke down and bought this on the strength of two songs. Jesus, Ect and I'm The Man Who Loves You. Both are very good songs. The rest is a mixed bag of "not bad" and "this sucks" with "this sucks" winning the vote. It may be a couple of years before I pick Wilco's new release.
    Hmm. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is something of a grower, similar to Radiohead's OK Computer in that respect (also similar with the electronica aspects). I myself didn't enjoy it very much at first, until I got to "Pot Kettle Black," which is a mindblowingly great song. More listens and I was quickly enjoying the whole record. Awesome songwriting, not to mention some great lyrics and those beautiful acoustic guitars mixed with weird electronic blips and bleeps. Keep at it and you may dig it just as much as I do. Also check out the previous album Summerteeth, which is also quite good, and a bit less experimental. Don't bother with their latest, A Ghost Is Born--word is that it's pretty mediocre, but then again almost any album after YHF was going to be a letdown.

    On the other hand, Get Born struck me as one of the most sickeningly derivative things I've ever laid my ears on. That "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" song is a total ripoff of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life," and "Cold Hard Bitch" is the most blatant AC/DC bite in recent memory. The album fell firmly into my "Use Once Then Destroy" category.


    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenH
    Al DiMeola - Land of the Midnight Sun. Mid 70's guitar rock/jazz fusion.

    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    I've been looking to get some DiMeola myself. What I've heard of his axework amazes me. Elegant Gypsy has been on my list for a while now.

    Nice taste with Operation: Mindcrime. Great album.

    Here's what I've been playing:

    Metallica: Master Of Puppets
    Iron Maiden: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    In Flames: Colony
    Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun
    Operation Ivy: Energy
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Joy Division: Closer
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    Cure & Join the Dots
    listening to some Ravel right now (on MFSL SACD)
    was listening to Kinks earlier (on MFSL SACD)
    Homesick for Space, Unison -- someone on Head-Fi mentioned this in the same breath as Radiohead, and other spacey stuff, and it's very good.
    Lots of Strange Boutique -- went and saw them Saturday night for their reunion concert, and they were phenom, live. Better, I think, than the records convey. Got one of the drumsticks, handed to me by Monica herself.
    Karl Bartos with his delightful synthpop blend (is it really a blend if it's pure synthpop? I dunno...).
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    The first They Might Be Giants album. Love it. Quirky as hell, bizarre amalgamation of dub, indie rock and polka with a dash of soundtrack art-rock. Great semi-nonsensical lyrics.

    XTC- Black Sea. 5 star classic.

    Group 87- A Career in Dada Processing. 2nd mediocre album by ex Zappa and future newage stars O'Hearn / isham. Without O'Hearn.

    Dave Matthews- Every Day. A handful of great songs tinged with Steely Danish jazz arrangements. Try track 4. Lots of BS radio crap too. Still, using the skip button liberally, a rewarding spin.

    Conspiracy- Sherwood and Squire. Went down like cranberry sauce and milk. Not right.

    Utopia "Oops, Wrong Planet". The pop album put out by Todd Rundgren's mid-70s prog band. A few great TR songs by a very tight and competant band. Creative, sometimes very funny, stuff.

    Spocks Beard- "Kindness of Strangers". My favorite SB release, it's their most pop and accessible too. Should have been the second Ambrosia album.

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    I started out the Independence Day bash with crowd-pleasing 70s-90s classic rock comps (mostly deep cuts, however) and worked in Perfect From Now On, Girls Can Tell, Emergency And I, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (give it some time, Darren), a Radiohead comp, and even Inches with surprisingly no complaints! See? Get people good and drunk and they'll not care what's on the stereo

    The rest of the week:
    Roxy Music - Avalon (SACD) - very nice content-wise and sonically
    Elvis Costello - North (SACD) - um, I knew EC married Diana Krall but I had no idea he became her as well Guess I should have done a bit of research first
    Chris Whitley - Weed (NP)
    Chris Whitley - War Crime Blues
    Richard Davies - Telegraph
    McLusky's latest
    Wilco's latest
    Modest Mouse's latest
    Alice In Chains - untitled

    also a couple of Timemasheen comps that arrived out of the blue (thanks G.J. Jr. - I'll give 'em more spintime this week)
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    I had a lot of time to myself this past week, so I got a fair amount of vinyl listening in:

    Vinyl:

    Circle Jerks - Group Sex

    Celibate Rifles - Turgid Miasma of Existence

    Young Fresh Fellows - The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest

    Stiff Little Fingers - See You Up There!

    The Damned - "Alone Again Or" 12"

    Devo - Live EP

    Kirsty MacColl - s/t

    Rickie Lee Jones - Girl At Her Valcano EP

    Alphaville - "Big In Japan" 12"


    CDs:

    Slade - Get Yer Boots On

    Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing In the Hands
    A little different from the debut, and my initial impression is that this one's better. Not as lo-fi, but still no frills which is good for his style. Good stuff.

    Lucksmiths - Why That Doesn't Surprise Me

    Sekiden - Junior Fiction

    A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
    This is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the year. Great, catchy pop songs and a little more personal and (it appears) more attention to detail than the New Pornographers.

    Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs
    Jury's still out on this one.

    Gang of Four - Entertainment!
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Oooh.

    Ahhhhhhh.

    Oh, that's a nice one.

    Isn't that what you're supposed to do when you see fireworks?


    I bought a bunch of new stuff this week that I've been really enjoying....and not a prog disk in the bunch.

    Rush, Feedback - I already posted on this one so I'm not going to say anything more about it here.

    Finger Eleven, S/T - This is a Canadian band who have become pretty popular locally. Their big hit here is a pretty mellow pop tune which reminded me a little of Fastball. I bought the disk based on hearing that one song, and was surprised when the rest of the songs totally ROCKED! This is one kick-ass disk. Kind of post-grunge without the grunge. A very pleasant surprise for me.

    Thornley, Come Again - Post-grunge with the grunge. Another Canadian. Ian Thornley was the singer for Big Wreck. Now fronting up Thornley, you would never recognize him. The voice sounds the same but the music style is totally different from the one Big Wreck disk that I've heard. This was a blind purchase, based on reviews. On first spin I wasn't too impressed, but after three spins it's totally grown on me. This will be in regular rotation for a while.

    Matchbox 20, More Than You Think You Are - Quit yer groaning. This is band that I've always liked, but they get so much damn radio play that I get sick of the songs before I ever get around to buying the cd. Since I don't listen to the radio (much) any more, I thought that I'd be safe with this one. I love the song Bright Lights. For the longest time, I thought this song was Elton John.

    Secret Machines, Now Here is Nowhere - After all the talk on this board and Davey's comments about crossing genres, I had to try this one out. I need more time with this before making a final decision. I like it a lot, but after listening to my more rocking purchases this week, I guess my blood was revving and I found this a little boring. It's not that I didn't like it...I did...a lot. I think I'm just in the wrong mood to really appreciate it this week. I'll put it away for a week or two and try it again when my mood changes.

    I've also watched one disk of my two disk DVD of the Stones SARS concert. The sound quality is quite good for an outdoor venue. The mix slips a bit here and there. The mix on the Rush songs isn't very good, but if I remember correctly, we made that comment during the concert as well, so it may have nothing to do with the DVD itself. My only complaint is the editing. Somebody in charge must have said, "no shots longer than 3 seconds please". The edits jump all over the place and are actually pretty annoying.

    The funniest moment on the disk was Justin Timberlake on stage with the Stones and singing with Jagger. Someone in the audience starting throwing water bottles at Timberlake and Keith Richards walks over and just starts giving the guy ****! Then Richards walks past Timberlake and they high five. I don't know why exactly, but I found this very amusing.

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    Hello mad rhetorik

    Quote Originally Posted by mad rhetorik
    Hmm. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is something of a grower, similar to Radiohead's OK Computer in that respect (also similar with the electronica aspects). I myself didn't enjoy it very much at first, until I got to "Pot Kettle Black," which is a mindblowingly great song. More listens and I was quickly enjoying the whole record. Awesome songwriting, not to mention some great lyrics and those beautiful acoustic guitars mixed with weird electronic blips and bleeps. Keep at it and you may dig it just as much as I do. Also check out the previous album Summerteeth, which is also quite good, and a bit less experimental. Don't bother with their latest, A Ghost Is Born--word is that it's pretty mediocre, but then again almost any album after YHF was going to be a letdown.
    OK Computer was the same way with me too. It took a few listens and then one day it all clicked. And now I think it's damn good album. I haven't given up on YHF.


    Quote Originally Posted by mad rhetorik
    On the other hand, Get Born struck me as one of the most sickeningly derivative things I've ever laid my ears on. That "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" song is a total ripoff of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life," and "Cold Hard Bitch" is the most blatant AC/DC bite in recent memory. The album fell firmly into my "Use Once Then Destroy" category.
    Yeah, this one is gonna wear off quick. It already has begun to and I've only listened to it twice.


    Quote Originally Posted by mad rhetorik
    I've been looking to get some DiMeola myself. What I've heard of his axework amazes me. Elegant Gypsy has been on my list for a while now.
    Elegant Gypsy is the one you want. I'm not dissing Land of the Midnight Sun as I did enjoy it but it was DiMeola's debut as a band leader and not as refined or as explosive as Gypsy. Elegant Gyspy is considered by many to be his masterpiece.


    Quote Originally Posted by mad rhetorik
    Nice taste with Operation: Mindcrime. Great album.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad rhetorik
    Iron Maiden: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    I gotta say that SEVENTH SON was the beginning of the end for me and Maiden.. our relationship lasted around 6 to 7 years.. during that time they were hands down my favorite band.. until a couple pesky upstarts called Husker Du and the Replacements kicked my head in.. but I regress..

    I just wasn't thrilled by SEVENTH SON. I thought the production was stale and wooden, the songs, while catchy (yes, "Clairvoyant" and "Infinite Dreams" are quite good), just didn't seem to have much magic. I think actually, side 2 of SOMEWHERE IN TIME really kind of was the start.. though side one of that album is one of my favorite Maiden sides.. it's just about perfect. I dunno.. I guess I sort of turned into a music snob of sorts, I all but abandoned metal for several years after that.. bands like the Jesus Lizard and Helmet gave me the fix that metal once did, though I must admit I never abandoned thrash.. I got "back" into metal due to bands like Carcass and Entombed, I guess the more melodic stuff just didn't appeal to me anymore. Of course, by virtue of working at a college radio station, I was able to keep up with what Iron Maiden was doing (and the Scorpions, Def Leppard, Metallica, etc) but none of them were making music that interested me. I mean, I had access to the entire history of alternative music.. hearing stuff like Can and Faust and Neubauten for the first time.. mindblowing.. FEAR OF THE DARK? didn't hold my interest at all. I can't fault them, they stuck to their guns and kept at it all those years.. (I even saw them with Blayze.. in a small club.. but boy was he a crappy singer compared to Bruce). I heard BRAVE NEW WORLD when it came out, I got it from the library.. I have to admit.. it was a damn fine Iron Maiden album.. best I'd heard since SOMEWHERE.. but, I'm just not the fan I used to be.. though hearing them play "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Revelations" last summer was pretty kick ass ;-)

    whoa.. did I type all that.. sheesh.

    I spun a few comps.. MidFi's META COMP 6.. nice :0)

    Troy's "TRIP" - that Bozzio/Levin/Stevens cut just rocked my socks off.. normally I see a project so named (prog drummer/keyboard god/guitar whiz or some combination) I usually run the other way.. but this cut "Endless" from their SITUATION DANGEROUS album was really killer. Well done, tasteful, rocking progish stuff that totally held my attention and didn't turn me off with plasticy bright shiny sugary production or fancy orchestral crap. This was 3 dudes rocking out, when they weren't rocking, they were playing some pretty cool mellow stuff two. Is the rest of the album this good?
    I really like this comp, esp. the first half.. a few of the songs near the end lose my attention a little, but heck, a lot of my comps are like that too. Oh, and that wild prog-metal Ayreon.. I could listen to them too! Kind of a weird combination of The The and The Gathering. I wonder if there's any on one of Demetrio's comps. I'll have to look.

    Massive Attack - Protection
    My Hotel Year - The Composition of Ending and Phrasing

    that's it, tired of typing.

    -jar
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    Quote Originally Posted by tentoze
    Yeh, I'm still all over the WGC, and don't see it going far away from the disk drawer anytime soon. Superb stuff.
    Yeah man, Regard The End is incredibly good. Glad you sent it to me cause I was almost ready to skip this one since I already have a couple others. This one is just so freakin' good, at least half the songs are real standouts and none are weak. Not often a band makes their career statement this far into it, but this is the one. I'm just loving it to pieces right now. Album of the year in the USA. One for the ages. Guess that's enough slobbering for one post

    Hey, I put together a little Concrete Blonde comp for you since we talked about them the other day. Kind of cool and made me realize that I actually like the later Mexican Moon probably the best, but each album has a set of great songs. Unfortunately they never quite made a really great album but how many bands do? Enough of the really good stuff to fill up a CD-R without any problem. Added a couple of the best songs from the Pretty & Twisted project that they put togther after the band broke up. Really nice comp. Gotta be careful to turn down the volume after the first few songs because they hadn't yet discovered how to compress the shit out of the music and I didn't feel like screwing it up by adding a bunch of compression to get the volume to match the later stuff. Ahhh, longing for the old days of the early 90s before it was decided there was no need for more than a couple dBs of dynamic range

    Hehehe, also threw in some David Kilgour and some Walkabouts along with my Half Gone comp. Just a small token of appreciation for all your generosity. And don't send anything else until I give you a new addy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey












    I love those cool thingies!

    We've had visitors, grandchildren and their parents, so I haven't too much to report except some nature recordings (seashores, mountains, rain forests, winds blowing in the tree leaves) and soothing music CDs, and a little Diana Krall. Those nature CDs can be hard to reproduce properly, and the seashore ones enabled me to tweak the placement of my speakers to get the image right.

    When they all went out to see Shrek 2, I did get a chance to listen to Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Suitner on Denon. Turned it up pretty loud, but still within safe levels.
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    My listens

    The Killers - Hot Fuss, still liking this a lot
    Ash - Meltdown, this too
    Morrisey - You Are The Quarry, and this

    Jesse Malin - The Heat, in the alt country vein very similar to Ryan Adams in fact Adams produced his last effort. Got a ticket to see him this Friday at my small local venue.

    Hum - Downward is Heavenward, bought this after seeing Jar raving about it now I can hear why. A wall of swirling fuzzy guitars and drums me likes a lot.

    Red House Painters - Songs For A Blue Guitar, I've been after this for so long and finally picked up a copy.

    Jolie Holland - Escondida, fantastic voice which covers blues, country and folk in one fell swoop.

    Pulp - Greatest Hits, one of the finest greatest hits packages I've come across, what a great band in their day.

    And loads of comps but I can't think of them right now.

    Cheers
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    I'm moving at the end of the month also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Jar-
    Troy's "TRIP" - that Bozzio/Levin/Stevens cut just rocked my socks off.. normally I see a project so named (prog drummer/keyboard god/guitar whiz or some combination) I usually run the other way.. but this cut "Endless" from their SITUATION DANGEROUS album was really killer. Well done, tasteful, rocking progish stuff that totally held my attention and didn't turn me off with plasticy bright shiny sugary production or fancy orchestral crap. This was 3 dudes rocking out, when they weren't rocking, they were playing some pretty cool mellow stuff two. Is the rest of the album this good?
    I really like this comp, esp. the first half.. a few of the songs near the end lose my attention a little, but heck, a lot of my comps are like that too. Oh, and that wild prog-metal Ayreon.. I could listen to them too! Kind of a weird combination of The The and The Gathering. I wonder if there's any on one of Demetrio's comps. I'll have to look.
    Great to see one of my old comps still alive with someone other than me.

    The BLS track is pretty typical of all their stuff. That track is a bit mellower than most actually. Yes, 3 excellent musicians rocking out pretty much sums it up. There is no "plasticy bright shiny sugary production or fancy orchestral crap" on either BLS album.

    Ayreon is a Dutch progmetal band without an original bone in their bodies. On another board people were ragging on the unoriginality of the band and Arjen Lucassen, the mastermind behind them, came in and defended the band's creative principles. When I started to spell out all the different things the band stole from other bands he stopped posting . . . The band is fun, but a bit too metal and cornball rock-opera for my taste. YMMV

    That comp was designed for exactly what the cover looks like. A straight through spin on a long, late night Interstate run. Those last tracks ease you along til the next truck stop.

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    Wink A Musical Week in Audiobille....

    Been a rather enjoyable musical week, thus far.
    Really digging The Killers – refreshingly retro (in a very good way).
    The highlights are listed below.

    The Killers - Hot Fuss

    Wilco – Summerteeth

    The Who – Quadrophenia

    Midfi’s – Summer Turns to High

    Dido’s – No Angel

    Manitoba – Up In Flames

    The White Stripes – Elephant

    Franz Ferdinand – s/t

    Rae’s – Your Concussive Caress

    A Perfect Circle’s – Thirteenth Step

    Cheers,
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    my listens this week

    The Sreets....................A Grand don't come easy.

    Ronnie Earl...................Now My Soul

    Franz Ferdinand.............s/t

    War .............................World is a Ghetto

    Steely Dan...................Countdown to Ecstasy (my fave Dan)

    Patti Smith...................Land(anthology)

    Frank Zappa.................You are What you is and Live in New York

    Roxy Music..................Live(2002)

    Jar's.............................Reggae Comp's

    Chip's ..........................Tied Dyed and Fried Comp's

    That's it.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by tentoze
    I'm moving at the end of the month also.
    Which way you heading? Staying around LV or back to FL?
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    Did you buy my old sofa Davey? I mean, It's identical!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Which way you heading? Staying around LV or back to FL?
    This is just a cross-town move necessitated by the house I've been renting being sold. FL, I wish-from hell in the desert....................
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