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    Tunesday Tunes

    Whatcha been listening to this past week?

    Got the new Silver Jews Tangleweed thing and listened to that some. Nice album. And a bunch to the latest from the National. Just gets better. A few other of my favorites from the year like Andrew Bird as I was putting together a year end comp.

    That's about it.

    EDIT: Boy, this is embarrassing! Not a single response in 4 hours on a Tuesday thread? Guess it is me. Same thing happened last time I started one of these. Should've learned my lesson, eh?
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    here's a pity click

    I bought my wife an MP3 player, so I spent the better part of the weekend listening to music that I otherwise could go the rest of my life without ever hearing again. Oh...that may be a tad overstated, but you get the drift. She'll use her player mainly for her workout. I myself had no desire to do the "shuffle", ever since I saw that gawd-awful Chicago Bears video. But this little thing will spare me hours of trying to buff scratches from CeeDees, or CD-Rs (usually, and luckily, not my own).

    I did hear some new stuff this weekend (on CD):

    A couple of 'Disco' comps (no need to list tracks and artists)

    A six-CD set called The Circuit Party Mix, a set of remixed dance tracks that I've never heard before, from artists I've never heard of, by self-infatuated DJs who seem hellbent on making an already banal collection of cookie cutter techno even more redundant by over mixing the dance tracks to the point were they all sound like one long contiguous song, for all six discs...seriously, you couldn't have discerned one disc from another. Some of the songs repeated, but had different titles! These guys might be DJs by night, but their day job must be cutting & pasting porno films. Mercifully for me, this set was at a reduced price ($13.99) presumably because, upon first inspection, there was some superficial damage to the jewel case (yes, the jewel case). One of the discs though was actually damaged, so I took it back to CC and blessedly enough, it was the only one in stock, so I was able to recoup my 14 bucks. There is a God.

    I washed my ears out with Rush:All The World's A Stage, a King Crimson comp of their Larks period, and some Captain Beyond:Sufficiently Breathless.

    I did manage to pick up Coheed & Cambria:Keeping Secrets.... - their second album for a mere $9.99. Other than the ungamely long titles, I really have taken a liking to this band. Yes, the vocals are higher pitched than their latest one, with an even more efeminate lilt, more like a young Wayne Newton than Geddy Lee. But these guys have a way of wrapping unconventional lyrics, story lines and complex song structures in a highly melodic power pop and metallish aesthetic. Still remind me of Rush to a degree. This is a group I actually took a chance on and am very glad I did; eclipsing RPWL as my 'find' of the year.
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    We need a separate column: Last Post; Replies; Views; Pity Clicks.

    LOTW: Foetus, Love -- yes, that Foetus, Jim Thirlwheel. He's still using the same samplers he always have been (sounds like Emulators, possibly v. 3) -- they have a characteristic grittiness, and he doesn't spend a lot of time refining the realism of said samples, but that's not the point. The point is the songs. And he's really back in fine form on this one, quite possibly his best release in years (but I vaguely remember feeling that way about his previous releases). And it's not that he makes bad use of the samples -- the samples that he uses fit together like puzzle pieces that weren't meant to fit together, and yet still accidentally do. It's a talent to find those pieces and make them fit together, and make them look like a collage and one big picture both at the same time.

    Lots of Carina Round -- just can't get past her in my MP3 player, every time I get to the end of the second album, for some reason it goes right back to the beginning of the first one.

    Lots of Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom's The Days of Mars -- mesmerizing, hypnotic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
    We need a separate column: Last Post; Replies; Views; Pity Clicks.
    Yeah, I should've set it up as a poll, like a clicker suggestion box. Wonder if I can edit in a poll?

    1. Keep the spirit alive Dave! Love the Tunesday threads!
    2. Love reading them but don't often post in them.
    3. Pity Click, but I still enjoy reading these
    4. Pity Click, that's all, nothing more
    5. Really bored so clicked on the only active thread. Not even for pity. You people suck.

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    6. Everyone has avian flu from all that turkey mongering last week.
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    6. Everyone has avian flu from all that turkey mongering last week.
    Yeah, thanks. As bizarre as it may sound to others, there for a minute I thought it was something to do with me. Glad to know that you're all just deathly ill

    7. Not enough cowbell in music today for my taste
    8. Next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Whatcha been listening to this past week?

    Got the new Silver Jews Tangleweed thing and listened to that some. Nice album. And a bunch to the latest from the National. Just gets better. A few other of my favorites from the year like Andrew Bird as I was putting together a year end comp.

    That's about it.

    EDIT: Boy, this is embarrassing! Not a single response in 4 hours on a Tuesday thread? Guess it is me. Same thing happened last time I started one of these. Should've learned my lesson, eh?
    Awww... you're so cut and adorable I can't resist giving you some! Pity click action!!!

    Just a busy day and way too many Yes fans around these parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowybuns
    Awww... you're so cut and adorable I can't resist giving you some!
    Thanks! You're the only one who has ever called me cut so I know it must be special! Whatever it is! Back at ya! Indeed!






    Soon to be found in a Christmas card near you, if you've been a good girl this year (but extra points if you've been bad) ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    6. Everyone has avian flu from all that turkey mongering last week.
    Hmmmm...have you been hanging around another board, Sloshmaster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Thanks! You're the only one who has ever called me cut so I know it must be special! Whatever it is! Back at ya!
    Just acknowledging your awesome six-pack abs, Davey! Woohoo! Long live the Internet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Thanks! You're the only one who has ever called me cut so I know it must be special! Whatever it is! Back at ya! Indeed!






    Soon to be found in a Christmas card near you, if you've been a good girl this year (but extra points if you've been bad) ...

    Oh sure. Just assume that nobody listened to this the first time and send it out again, eh?

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    Only thing of note (and mebbe not even that to some or all)- Born To Run 30th Anniversary Box Set. The 11/75 London concert DVD is nothing short of amazing, performance wise. Video-wise, must have been the most poorly lit Springsteen concert ever. The 24 track 2-channel sound is pretty damned good, with some tape hiss evident. The performance is awe-inspiring, similar to the first time I saw them a few months after this show was taped. Way over 2 hours of a non-stop assault of swaggering, supremely confident musicians going for broke. It will exhaust you.

    The remaster of the BTR cd is also very fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    Just a busy day and way too many Yes fans around these parts.
    and yer such a ray of sunshine

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    and yer such a ray of sunshine
    Heheheh... bet you're wishing for a little ray of sunshine. How are the roads? They're supposed to be even worse tommorow. I'm glad I can walk to work. Drive carefully - I care!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    Heheheh... bet you're wishing for a little ray of sunshine. How are the roads? They're supposed to be even worse tommorow. I'm glad I can walk to work. Drive carefully - I care!
    I work nights to boot, when it freezes over. Wasn't but a couple of inches (the snow) and it cleared pretty quickly, but now its dark

    We'll see

    Thanks for your concern

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    I work nights to boot, when it freezes over. Wasn't but a couple of inches (the snow) and it cleared pretty quickly, but now its dark

    We'll see

    Thanks for your concern

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    Not much listening time this past week, but I did listen to a couple albums:

    Ted Leo/Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets (on iPod)

    Weezer - Pinkerton (on cassette)

    Hopefully later in the week I'll get an opportunity to listen to some CDs.
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Sorry I didn't get around to it yesterday, but it's still a worthwhile thread. Not this one perse, but overall. I think I mentioned I'm putting in a new patio, yesterday I moved 10 tons of AB3 by wheelbarrow. That's 19.5 tons of crushed rock for the base and yesterday my hands just didn't feel like typing. Not too much better today, but they work, at least until I get the Whacker plate compactor fired up in a bit.

    I listened to a handful of really cool bootlegs. Two Wheat discs stood out. One is a 2003 show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, very cool. The other a 2003 compiliation of Wheat live doing rare live songs or different versions live. Both are awesome but the Lawrence disc features the better and most consistent on key singing.

    Got a chance to listen to a couple of new to me discs, the first ...Introducing the Concussions. This is a very good little surf band pretty standard in what you'd expect them to sound like but it's very, very competent and a load of fun to listen to, especially useful to forget about cold winds outside.

    Also played the new Of Montreal album and enjoyed about 75-80% of the songs on that disc right off. My very first Of Montreal experience, and it was a good one. You know who-thanks a million.

    Like Davey, I too busted out the old National disc and enjoyed it greatly. I really need to find out what the song "Looking For Astronauts" is about. I know it's not about looking for Astronauts. Must find time to go over the lyrics soon.

    Also grabbed one skip button enhanced listen to Slosh's YEC. Mainly just to hear the songs I didn't already have, but also because a couple of tracks I just didn't want to sit through knowing there was something better ahead(there just had to be something better!). That AmAnSet song is killer, plus one I was going to use you bum. Snooze and loose I guess! While I still don't get the almost universal appeal of The Decemberists, that was the best song by them that I've heard. PT track started out really awesome, then by about 20 minutes into the track it kind of devolved into what drives me nuts about prog bands. Thanks a ton for the disc Slosh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Like Davey, I too busted out the old National disc and enjoyed it greatly. I really need to find out what the song "Looking For Astronauts" is about. I know it's not about looking for Astronauts. Must find time to go over the lyrics soon.
    It would be fun sometime to pick a song like this, except one that more people know and like, and try to analyze what it means. And ya know, in a way, I think this song is about looking for astronauts. Kind of an abstraction for sure, but it reminds me of that old Simon & Garfunkel song from Bookends, "America". You know, the innocent one with the lilting closing line, "They've all come to look for America, all come to look for America". Same sense of being lost, except this one in the post-911 world with everyone questioning our values and wondering what we really stand for as a country anymore. The National (as a band) is very popular in Europe, much more so than here, and so they probably get a lot of those questions. And they probably feel that sense of disconnection from America. Longing for an earlier time, with a better defined vision. "You know you have a permanent piece of my medium-sized American heart." Remember that David Bowie song "1984" from Diamond Dogs? Had a great line where he sings, "I'm looking for a party, I'm looking for a side, I'm looking for the treason that I knew in '65." Different perspective, but kind of means the same to me. But don't quote me on any of this because I'm notoriously bad at reading my own meanings into other people's lyrics.

    But that song is a bit obtuse and more metaphoric than a lot of his lyrics, I guess. Some of them come off a little shallow or forced at times, but pretty good overall if you ignore the ones that seem a little too obvious

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    Quote Originally Posted by tentoze
    Only thing of note (and mebbe not even that to some or all)- Born To Run 30th Anniversary Box Set. The 11/75 London concert DVD is nothing short of amazing, performance wise. Video-wise, must have been the most poorly lit Springsteen concert ever. The 24 track 2-channel sound is pretty damned good, with some tape hiss evident. The performance is awe-inspiring, similar to the first time I saw them a few months after this show was taped. Way over 2 hours of a non-stop assault of swaggering, supremely confident musicians going for broke. It will exhaust you.

    The remaster of the BTR cd is also very fine.
    I, too, viewed this concert in its entirety, at full volume, and was blown away. To see the 25-year-old Springsteen and the original E Street Band "going for broke" as a bunch of unknowns is to understand why he became a superstar in the first place.

    My newest acquisition is the Red Devil Dawn album from Crooked Fingers. Hard to describe. Sorta like Steve Earl covering Wilco...except completely different. Still evaluating, but favorable so far.

    I took some time to revisit Interpol's Turn On the Bright Lights disc. I didn't really care for it the first time or two I heard it, but I'm beginning to see the error of my ways. But there still is a certain...sameness to these songs. At least to my ears. The opening untitled track and NYC are both awesome tracks, though.

    Other spins included (but not limited to):
    Deadwing - PT
    Twin Cinema - New Pornographers
    Open Season - British Sea Power
    Kill the Moonlight - Spoon
    Stevie Ray Vaughn compilation
    Moondance - Van Morrison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    It would be fun sometime to pick a song like this, except one that more people know and like, and try to analyze what it means.
    Interesting idea. Anyone want to take a crack at "Ashes of American Flags" from YHF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    Interesting idea. Anyone want to take a crack at "Ashes of American Flags" from YHF?
    Hmm, good one. Kind of an abstraction for sure, but it reminds me of that National song from their recent album, "Looking For Astronauts." You know, the innocent one with the lilting refrain, "We're out looking for astronauts, looking for astronauts". Same sense of being lost, everyone questioning our values and wondering what we really stand for as a country anymore...

    Hehehe, Wilco is tough because most of the lyrics are so fragmented and don't mean much as a whole. At least that's my impression. Lots of unique imagery in the lines, but not with much development or foundation. Some of the songs show that approach more than others, but when he sneaks it out in that creaky voice, "Oh, all my lies are always wishes", I feel like I know just what the song is about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    Interesting idea. Anyone want to take a crack at "Ashes of American Flags" from YHF?
    Hi Mid! Didn't we talk about that one in the past.

    I remember that it came out just before 9/11 and we noted that the words seemed premonitory. I believe the song was on one of Davey's Comps, and I remember listening to it a lot as I painted my bedroom a beautiful, periwinkle blue.

    Good idea though...

    Snowbunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    And ya know, in a way, I think this song is about looking for astronauts.

    But that song is a bit obtuse and more metaphoric than a lot of his lyrics, I guess. Some of them come off a little shallow or forced at times, but pretty good overall if you ignore the ones that seem a little too obvious
    The main reason I picked that one is I have this bootleg (wouldn't ya know?) and he specifically says it's not about looking for astronauts! Other than that I have no specific insight or knowledge. It's probably my least favorite song by The National so I'm hopeful that there's something deeper there that continues to elude me. That obtusness gets me every single time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    Hi Mid! Didn't we talk about that one in the past.

    I remember that it came out just before 9/11 and we noted that the words seemed premonitory. I believe the song was on one of Davey's Comps, and I remember listening to it a lot as I painted my bedroom a beautiful, periwinkle blue.

    Good idea though...

    Snowbunny
    Hey, Snowie. I don't remember that discussion, but 'premonitory' does sound like something I would say.

    To me, that song sounds like directionlessness and missed opportunities for success or happiness or even greatness, buried under the choking rubble of the mundane. And, ultimately, inertia.

    But I'm probably just projecting again...
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