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    What you been listening to recently?

    Haven't been able to post for a while, suffering from problems with a new pc but here's some new stuff I've been listening spinning recently.

    Grandaddy - Whatever Happened to the Fambly Cat, it maybe their swansong but they can still cut it in my books. From reviews I've read people say happily it's a move on from their last, but to me it sounds similar, which is ok by me cos' their last was one of the best CD's I've acquired over the last few years.

    Kepler - Attic Salt, pretty mellow stuff in the vein of Wilco.

    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open, pretty much like their last which is ok, although the singers voice sounds a little stronger now.

    Tunng - This is Tunng, folk electronica which works!

    Cheers
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    Hey Mike, have you heard Dogs Die In Hot Cars? This is a band that I think you would totally dig. Very much along the same lines as The Kaiser Chiefs or Maximo Park. Maybe a little more pop sounding than Maximo, but good fun tunes.

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    Didn't you mean to ask "What is spinning"...

    so you'll get thousands of responses like our buddy Bernd?

    Well I'm very pleased to be the second respondent, so hear goes:

    Neko Case
    - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - she can do no wrong to my ears

    American Pop: An Audio History From Minstrel to Mojo - what a collection of tunes! All mp3s on a CD, making for over 200 tracks. A big thank you to J for this baby.

    Marc Jordan - this is how men cry - a gift from Barry L. - not quite what I would expect coming from one of our resident prog fans, and pretty good if I must say so myself. Mellow stuff, with a jazzy vibe

    On deck: I just got three new ones thanks to Audio Bill and will get to them soon -

    Drive By Truckers - A Blessing and a Curse
    Pearl Jam - S/T - I was never a fan of this band, but I'll listen without prejudice
    Tool - 10,000 Days

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    If you say the word 'gullible' very slowly it sounds just like oranges.

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    A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

    Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
    This isn't doing a whole lot for me yet.

    Built To Spill - You In Reverse
    This isn't doing a whole lot for me yet, outside of a few songs. The songs are too long and don't seem to do much except display guitar work. Sometimes it works, like in "Conventional Wisdom", where the guitar is basically used as the chorus instead of lyrics, but in most of the songs, the guitar noodling just gets tiring, at least to these ears.

    The Damned - Damned, Damned, Damned
    Classic.

    Kim Fisher - Follow Me
    Never heard of her? Neither had I, but the disc was a buck, so I splurged. It's not bad. It's basic dance pop, with all of the songs but one sung in German.

    Propagandhi - Less Talk, More Rock
    It does rock, but I never have liked this one as much as Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes, which is just blistering.

    The Pipettes - Meet the Pipettes EP
    Girl groupy sounding trio that is a lot of fun. Their full length comes out later this year (in Europe at least).

    Slayer - Haunting the Chapel EP
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Been listening to a few newer things lately...

    A bunch of stuff from Morr Music, one of my favorite current record labels.

    Including, Electric President, sugested by someone around here, and it really is great...another in a Notwist vein, probably even more so than Ms John Soda, which I also listened to. B. Fleishman's the Humbucking Coil is another new one off that label that's sowing the same ground that I had some fun listening to.

    Also listened to the new Gotan Project, another great electronic release from them with a nice Latin flair tossed in. Along with the new Nightmares on Wax, which is nicely funky and soulful although it can get a bit repetitive, its probably my favorite of the newer stuff I heard. I'd also have to toss in the new AFX, a compilation of selections from the vinyl only Analord series, as something to get a listen to.

    Also took a litsten the new Springsteen, which sounds great...and I thought I was long done with Bruce. The new Morrissey is pretty good, although I preferred his last one. I like the new Streets, but if you didn't like their last one, skip it.

    Also listened to some older stuff, but I've rambled enough for now, so I'll stop for now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike
    Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat, it maybe their swansong but they can still cut it in my books. From reviews I've read people say happily it's a move on from their last, but to me it sounds similar, which is ok by me cos' their last was one of the best CD's I've acquired over the last few years.
    Yeah, now it's my second favorite album of theirs, just behind Sumday but ahead of The Sophtware Slump and Under The Western Freeway (and the earlier EPs). The whole thing is excellent but the second half is extemely strong IMO. Is it just me of does "Elevate Myself" sound like it could have been a Devo song? [Code]http:www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=EC8F62991581423F[/Code]

    NP: A faux punk playlist (non-punk bands' punky songs . . . like Grandaddy's "50%" for example )
    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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    Hey old buddy, nice to see you around. Funny that your leadoff listen is some of that good ol' American indie rock that usually saturates my time, and mine is some good ol' British indie rock. Worlds in collision, but the Gallagher wanker brother that sings, as opposed to the stoic drunken guitar strummer wanker brother, in a surprisingly lucid move, signed my favorite modern scouse band Shack, headed by the always loveable and charming Head brothers, themselves also not known to bypass a trip to chemical-induced nirvana earlier in their shaky but laudable career, to his Sourmash record label for their new album, and quite an amazing record it is. Just released in your own merry old England, and my copy has only just now been secured courtesy of the good Singaporeans at cd-wow, along with application of the obligatory $2 discount.



    Hey, also been just starting the journey of discovering the new Scott Walker The Drift, this one too from over the Atlantic, because you know that's where all the best things come from, although I think he was born in our own great midwest, but you really have to move to the UK before you can get strange enough to make music like Scott Walker makes. Looks like the US release has been once again delayed, so I was right to let cd-wow have my biz.

    And lots of Red Red Meat. Steady diet. Jimmywine Majestic is making me very happy this week. 1993. Fits in very well with my favorites from that time period. Still wish I had known about, and had the chance to love these guys, way back when, and ever since, but it's also kind of fun to discover bands so much later and condense all the years of waiting for the new albums to come cranking out of the mill into just a couple months of bliss-filled listening. Anyway, that's my story. Rutili and Deck and Hurley and Bunny Gets Paid and Jimmywine Majestic and There's A Star Above the Manger Tonight are now all classics in my distorted catatonic blues view. What a long strange trip ...

    Oh yeah, as already over reported and overplayed, the Deadstring Brothers continue to make happy the jack with Starving Winter Report. Class act. One of the best of 2006. And Stone is crazy, Built To Spill gets really really good when the timer gets turned off. We love ya, Doug. If it takes a few extra minutes to get the magic flowing, take the time, and make the time, and in the meantime, when no one's home and the weather's fine, I'd rather wait for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Hey old buddy, nice to see you around. Funny that your leadoff listen is some of that good ol' American indie rock that usually saturates my time, and mine is some good ol' British indie rock. Worlds in collision, but the Gallagher wanker brother that sings, as opposed to the stoic drunken guitar strummer wanker brother, in a surprisingly lucid move, signed my favorite modern scouse band Shack,
    Hey thanks for the word on this you sent me something of theirs a while back and I've been meaning to check them out further. I like to think I'm up on bands and albums but would you believe before you sent me something I've never heard of them before.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    Been listening to a few newer things lately...

    A bunch of stuff from Morr Music, one of my favorite current record labels.

    Including, Electric President, sugested by someone around here, and it really is great...another in a Notwist vein, probably even more so than Ms John Soda, which I also listened to.
    Hey that would be me I mentioned them a few weeks ago. They make some neat sounds in the vein of the Notwist, a little poppier but good nonetheless. I'll have to check out Ms John Soda too I think Dusty mentioned they have a female Notwist style which sounds interesting. Also that Nightware on Wax sounds ok I didn't realise they were still producing stuff.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    Hey Mike, have you heard Dogs Die In Hot Cars? This is a band that I think you would totally dig. Very much along the same lines as The Kaiser Chiefs or Maximo Park. Maybe a little more pop sounding than Maximo, but good fun tunes.
    I've heard the name and I think there might have been something on one of those throwaway Finchy comps, which of course I didn't throw away, I'll have to have a listen again.

    Cheers
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    Kino - Picture
    And some of my own comps too.

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    Propagandhi - Less Talk, More Rock
    It does rock, but I never have liked this one as much as Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes, which is just blistering.

    Have you ever heard the Weakerthans? It is one of the guys from Propagandhi. A lot more mellow and not preachy. But it is really good.

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    I have been listening to a speed metal band called Dragon Force which I like and I don't generally like metal.
    Saw a band called Film School which I guess is something like modern prog
    also Switches who will be the next big power-pop group

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike
    Hey thanks for the word on this you sent me something of theirs a while back and I've been meaning to check them out further. I like to think I'm up on bands and albums but would you believe before you sent me something I've never heard of them before.

    Cheers
    Mike
    Yeah, that was Waterpistol I sent out to a few people. Great stuff. Apparently the latest Uncut has a feature on the new album and you can listen to the whole thing at the Uncut site ...

    http://www.uncut.co.uk/music/shack/s..._features/8750

    Also been getting in a lot of time with the new Willard Grant Conspiracy record. Love these guys. Love how the review at americana-uk called it the, "Triumphant and viscerally powerful return for the Dark Lords of Americana". The leadoff song is very moving, almost a tear jerker, about a soldier's thoughts on the night before battle, knowing he won't be coming back. Driven along by piano and violins and viola, and that siren-like trumpet by the guy from Lambchop that made the last album so good too, and that deep baritone voice of Fisher's. Called "From a Distant Shore" (click on it for 1.7M partial mp3 or visit the label site to watch the video and/or hear some other songs).

    If you were a friend, I‘d want to save you pain
    If you were a lover, well I’d do the same
    If we were joined, I’d want to capture stars
    Let them loose inside your chest
    Forever keep you warm

    Tomorrow I’ll meet my maker, my body broken on the shore
    I’ll ask for my forgiveness, and then for nothing more
    Every night you lay awake, for now and ever more
    My breath will be the breeze you feel
    From a distant shore


    The amazing title track that follows the opener runs for almost 9 1/2 minutes, with a lot of the Doors and Nick Cave goodness. Quite an opening statement. It'd be near impossible to make a complete album at that high level, and they don't, but it's still damn fine by my standards. Did I already say that I love these guys? Kind of agree with tentoze about that inclusion of the Dylan cover they recorded for Uncut's tribute to Highway 61 Revisited, maybe would've preferred it as something tacked on the end, cause it was one of Dylan's shining moments as a vocalist and interpreter of his own words, and I don't know anyone who could top that amazing original, although I don't dislike this version, it's just that it is a little too reverential and doesn't play to Fisher's strengths as a vocalist since he kind of does it in Dylan's style, but without Dylan's style...

    But most of the rest is golden. Love the song he co-wrote with Steve Wynn...

    and I dreamed I saw the Angels flying low
    they encompass all that’s good, or so I’m told
    and I dreamed I saw the Angels flying low
    they encompass all that's good, or so I'm told
    so I'm told

    Sheri has an itch that needs to be scratched
    Carlos has a contract where he watches her back...
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    The new Tool disk, 10,000 Days, has been spun several times now. It's a keeper.

    I also have been playing a pair of the new Moody Blues SACD's--On The Threshold Of A Dream and A Question Of Balance. These are my first purchases of this band, and I'm liking what I'm hearing. I may go for one or two more.

    Also, I've been investigating the band Procol Harum. I just bought Broken Barricades (which was their last release to feature Robin Trower on guitar), and it definitely has its moments. These guys could rock when they wanted to. Simple Sister kills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddL

    Have you ever heard the Weakerthans? It is one of the guys from Propagandhi. A lot more mellow and not preachy. But it is really good.
    Yeah, I have Fallow, which I like, but not well enough to seek out their other albums. I haven't listened to it in a while, though. I need to pull it out and spin it soon. Do you have their other albums?
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    I been listening to a strange variety of newer and older...

    Alan Parsons Project I ROBOT
    Nada Surf THE WEIGHT IS A GIFT
    Erasure UNION STREET
    The Flaming Lips THE SOFT BULLETIN
    Beck SEA CHANGE
    Jack Johnson ON AND ON

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    now playing: Loretta Lynn w/Jack White: "Van Lear Rose" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1ScI...loretta%20lynn
    nice Sunday morning music for a rainy day.

    lately I have been into a 60's revival:
    Burt Bacharach "Look of Love" box set
    Phil Spector "Back to Mono"
    Brian Wilson "SMiLE"
    Nuggets: Artyfacts from 60s psychedelic era
    Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
    Elvis Presley "Sunrise" Early sessions at Sun Records
    Dusty Springfield "Dusty in Memphis"

    also:
    Pavement "Crooked Rain..."
    Beth Orton "Central Reservation"
    Pearl Jam - s/t
    David Gilmour "On an Island"

    happy listening...

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    jazz oriented

    erik truffaz-saloua and terrence blanchard-flow. this isnt your fathers jazz.
    ...regards...tr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone
    Slayer - Haunting the Chapel EP
    Are you ready for the National Day of Slayer on June 6th?

    http://www.nationaldayofslayer.org/


    If being afraid is a crime we'll hang side-by-side,
    at the swingin' party down the line..


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    Quote Originally Posted by -Jar-
    Are you ready for the National Day of Slayer on June 6th?

    http://www.nationaldayofslayer.org/


    Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for the tip.

    I've now officially begun gearing up for the big holiday on June 6.
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    I don't even like Slayer but am still looking forward to celebrating. I've already got a couple other people planning on calling off work with me so we can just go around all day and piss people off with really loud music.

    Wish I had a better car stereo for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey

    Also been getting in a lot of time with the new Willard Grant Conspiracy record. Love these guys. Love how the review at americana-uk called it the, "Triumphant and viscerally powerful return for the Dark Lords of Americana". The leadoff song is very moving, almost a tear jerker, about a soldier's thoughts on the night before battle, knowing he won't be coming back. Driven along by piano and violins and viola, and that siren-like trumpet by the guy from Lambchop that made the last album so good too, and that deep baritone voice of Fisher's. Called "From a Distant Shore" (click on it for 1.7M partial mp3 or visit the label site to watch the video and/or hear some other songs).

    If you were a friend, Id want to save you pain
    If you were a lover, well Id do the same
    If we were joined, Id want to capture stars
    Let them loose inside your chest
    Forever keep you warm

    Tomorrow Ill meet my maker, my body broken on the shore
    Ill ask for my forgiveness, and then for nothing more
    Every night you lay awake, for now and ever more
    My breath will be the breeze you feel
    From a distant shore


    The amazing title track that follows the opener runs for almost 9 1/2 minutes, with a lot of the Doors and Nick Cave goodness. Quite an opening statement. It'd be near impossible to make a complete album at that high level, and they don't, but it's still damn fine by my standards. Did I already say that I love these guys? Kind of agree with tentoze about that inclusion of the Dylan cover they recorded for Uncut's tribute to Highway 61 Revisited, maybe would've preferred it as something tacked on the end, cause it was one of Dylan's shining moments as a vocalist and interpreter of his own words, and I don't know anyone who could top that amazing original, although I don't dislike this version, it's just that it is a little too reverential and doesn't play to Fisher's strengths as a vocalist since he kind of does it in Dylan's style, but without Dylan's style...

    But most of the rest is golden. Love the song he co-wrote with Steve Wynn...

    and I dreamed I saw the Angels flying low
    they encompass all thats good, or so Im told
    and I dreamed I saw the Angels flying low
    they encompass all that's good, or so I'm told
    so I'm told

    Sheri has an itch that needs to be scratched
    Carlos has a contract where he watches her back...
    Davey thanks for the tip never heard of them before.
    Just got my copy and it's just great.

    Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernd
    Davey thanks for the tip never heard of them before.
    Just got my copy and it's just great.

    Peace

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    Good band. Kind of a collective of sorts. This new one is primarily written by the singer, Robert Fisher, and so veers a bit more off into the avant garde direction of John Cale, but I like it a lot. The last one Regard The End is probably even better, with Fisher's proclivity for writing long songs somewhat tempered by his long time partner Paul Austin, who has his own band now with his wife so isn't in WGC anymore. That last one also has some great guests on it, especially in the female singer category. Really like Flying Low too.

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    Anything and everything. We bought a pair of Paradigm Signature S2 speakers, with the PSB Stratus Minis going down to the family room for the HT system. So everything sounds different.

    Schubert's Octet, on LP with instrumentalists from the Boston Symphony, and on CD with the Berlin Octet.

    Scott Joplin's The Entertainer and other pieces with a group called the Southland Stingers on an EMI LP.

    Diana Krall, Love Scenes and When I Look Into Your Eyes.

    Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Liebowitz and the Royal Philharmonic (on Chesky), Karajan and the BPO (1962, on DG); and Suitner and the Berlin Staatskapelle (Denon).

    Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony, with Anissimov (Naxos), Previn (Telarc), and Ormandy (Sony).

    Mozart's Requiem with Colin Davis.

    Mozart, Piano Concertos Nos. 1-27 with Vladimir Ashkenazy--well, I haven't finished the whole set yet.
    "Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."
    ------Heraclitus of Ephesis (fl. 504-500 BC), trans. Wheelwright.

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