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  • The Greatest Dystopian Movies (1990-Present)   5 weeks 6 days ago

    who says its not my list?

  • Greatest Rock Albums   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Something I greatly enjoy about their discography is that they're consistent as hell. In their case being consistent means that they have delivered 4 great original post-punk/post-pop albums in a row. Crazy Rhythms is the famous debut but those who have heard the other 3 usually have a hard time choosing the favorite because they're so great and different from each other. The Good Earth is the polar opposite of Crazy Rhythms in terms of mood and has zero sharp edges. It almost passes as country rock or REM indie rock before you start to pay attention. Only Life has half a dozen of their best songs and remains the most interesting take on the VU's third album's sound that I've heard (while keeping the beautiful melodies and the airy trance, they take the compositions and arrangements to symphonic levels). Time For A Witness is another winner that I haven't gotten around to assessing it yet. Long story short, thanks for the response and the Feelies are unspeakably underrated.

  • The 100 best skijumpers of the 21st century   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Climbers and newcomers


    After season 2015/2016:
    Simon Ammann (Up 1 place, from 4 to 3)
    Severin Freund (Up 5 places, from 12 to 7)
    Peter Prevc (Up 8 places, from 17 to 9)
    Noriaki Kasai (Up 2 places, from 13 to 11)
    Robert Kranjec (Up 4 places, from 22 to 18)
    Daiki Ito (Up 1 place, from 27 to 26)
    Roman Koudelka (Up 2 places, from 30 to 28)
    Richard Freitag (Up 3 places, from 32 to 29)
    Stefan Kraft (Up 6 places, from 36 to 30)
    Michael Hayböck (Up 9 places, from 42 to 33)
    Anders Fannemel (Up 5 places, from 40 to 35)
    Taku Takeuchi (Up 4 places, from 46 to 42)
    Jurij Tepes (Up 3 places, from 47 to 44)
    Andreas Wellinger (Up 8 places, from 57 to 49)
    Andreas Wank (Up 7 places, from 70 to 63)
    Andreas Stjernen (Up 18 places, from 86 to 68)


    Kenneth Gangnes (New on list, from xx to 47)
    Johann Andre Forfang (New on list, from xx to 50)
    Daniel Andre Tande (New on list, from xx to 65)
    Domen Prevc (New on list, from xx to 86)
    Joachim Hauer (New on list, from xx to 100)

    After season 2014/2015:
    Simon Ammann (Up 1 place, from 5 to 4)
    Anders Bardal (Up 1 place, from 7 to 6)
    Kamil Stoch (Up 1 place, from 12 to 11)
    Severin Freund (Up 12 places, from 24 to 12)
    Noriaki Kasai (Up 1 place, from 14 to 13)
    Peter Prevc (Up 9 places, from 26 to 17)
    Roman Koudelka (Up 7 places, from 37 to 30)
    Richard Freitag (Up 3 places, from 35 to 32)
    Stefan Kraft (Up 29 places, from 65 to 36)
    Jernej Damjan (Up 1 place, from 38 to 37)
    Anders Fannemel (Up 32 places, from 72 to 40)
    Michael Hayböck (Up 27 places, from 69 to 42)
    Taku Takeuchi (Up 2 places, from 48 to 46)
    Jurij Tepes (Up 9 places from 56 to 47)
    Rune Velta (Up 26 places, From 75 to 49)
    Piotr Zyla (Up 4 places from 57 to 53)
    Marinus Kraus (Up 10 places, from 83 to 73)


    Markus Eisenbichler (New on list, from xx to 77)


    After season 2013/2014:
    Gregor Schlierenzauer (up 1 place, from 3 to 2)
    Anders Bardal (up 2 places, from 9 to 7)
    Kamil Stoch (up 12 places, from 24 to 12)
    Noriaki Kasai (up 6 places, from 20 to 14)
    Robert Kranjec (up 2 places, from 22 to 20)
    Severin Freund (up 3 places, from 27 to 24)
    Peter Prevc (up 12 places, from 38 to 26)
    Jernej Damjan (up 8 places, from 46 to 38)
    Taku Takeuchi (up 5 places, from 53 to 48)
    Andreas Wellinger (up 35 places, from 89 to 54)
    Jan Matura (up 2 places, from 57 to 55)
    Jurij Tepes (up 5 places, from 61 to 56)
    Piotr Zyla (up 2 places, from 59 to 57)
    Maciej Kot (up 16 places, from 76 to 60)
    Anssi Koivuranta (up 10 places, from 78 to 68)
    Anders Fannemel (up 20 places, from 92 to 72)


    Thomas Diethart (new on this list, from xx to 61)
    Stefan Kraft (new on this list, from xx to 66)
    Michael Hayböck (new on this list, from xx to 70)
    Marinus Kraus (new on this list, from xx to 83)


    After season 2012/2013:
    Gregor Schlierenzauer (up 2 places, from 5 to 3)
    Anders Bardal (up 3 places, from 13 to 10)
    Anders Jacobsen (up 5 places, from 17 to 12)
    Noriaki Kasai (up 1 place, from 20 to 19)
    Tom Hilde (up 1 place, from 24 to 23)
    Kamil Stoch (up 6 places, from 30 to 24)
    Severin Freund (up 9 places, from 37 to 28)
    Michael Neumayer (up 3 places, from 33 to 30)
    Richard Freitag (up 14 places, from 49 to 35)
    Peter Prevc (up 21 places, from 60 to 39)
    Taku Takeuchi (up 9 places, from 62 to 53)
    Piotr Zyla (up 15 places, from 76 to 61)
    Jurij Tepes (up 29 places, from 92 to 63)
    Anders Fannemel (up 1 place, from 96 to 95)


    Jan Matura (new on this list, from xx to 58)
    Jaka Hvala (new on this list, from xx to 75)
    Maciej Kot (new on this list, from xx to 76)
    Andreas Stjernen (new on this list, from xx to 83)
    Andreas Wellinger (new on this list, from xx to 92)


    After season 2011/2012:
    Anders Bardal (up 11 places, from 24 to 13)
    Martin Koch (up 4 places, from 20 to 16)
    Robert Kranjec (up 3 places, from 25 to 22)
    Daiki Ito (up 8 places, from 34 to 26)
    Kamil Stoch (up 18 places, from 48 to 30)
    Roman Koudelka (up 11 places, from 45 to 34)
    Severin Freund (up 16 places, from 53 to 37)
    Denis Kornilov (up 5 places, from 60 to 55)
    David Zauner (up 3 places, from 61 to 58)
    Peter Prevc (up 20 places, from 80 to 60)
    Taku Takeuchi (up 36 places, from 98 to 62)
    Andreas Wank (up 20 places, from 85 to 65)
    Maximilian Mechler (up 5 places, from 99 to 94)


    Richard Freitag (new on the list, from xx to 50)
    Lukas Hlava (new on the list, from xx to 66)
    Rune Velta (new on the list, from xx to 71)
    Vegard Haukø Sklett (new on the list, from xx to 72)
    Anssi Koivuranta (new on the list, from xx to 74)
    Piotr Zyla (new on the list, from xx to 78)
    Jurij Tepes (new on the list, from xx to 92)
    Anders Fannemel (new on the list, from xx to 96)

  • The 100 best skijumpers of the 21st century   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Jumpers climbing the list this season:

    Simon Ammann (Up 1 place, from 4 to 3)
    Severin Freund (Up 4 places, from 12 to 8)
    Peter Prevc (Up 8 places, from 17 to 9)
    Noriaki Kasai (Up 2 places, from 13 to 11)
    Robert Kranjec (Up 4 places, from 22 to 18)
    Daiki Ito (Up 1 place, from 27 to 26)
    Roman Koudelka (Up 2 places, from 30 to 28)
    Richard Freitag (Up 3 places, from 32 to 29)
    Stefan Kraft (Up 6 places, from 36 to 30)
    Michael Hayböck (Up 9 places, from 42 to 33)
    Anders Fannemel (Up 4 places, from 40 to 36)
    Taku Takeuchi (Up 4 places, from 46 to 42)
    Jurij Tepes (Up 3 places, from 47 to 44)
    Kenneth Gangnes (New on list, from xx to 47)
    Andreas Wellinger (Up 8 places, from 57 to 49)
    Johann Andre Forfang (New on list, from xx to 52)
    Andreas Wank (Up 6 places, from 70 to 64)
    Daniel Andre Tande (New on list, from xx to 65)
    Andreas Stjernen (Up 20 places, from 86 to 66)
    Domen Prevc (New on list, from xx to 83)
    Joachim Hauer (New on list, from xx to 99)

  • Favorite films in rough order   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Agreed :-) Tarkovsky's cinematography is second to none, the "symbolism" of the film is very compelling and profound, and Josephson's performance is extraordinarily moving (not to mention the rest of the superb cast).

  • Only Portuguese Music Worth Listening To   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Their discography is very limited - they only have an album and an EP. Check out the songs Go West Céline and El Pasao. Noise Rock maybe is a misleading classification, more like post-punk.

  • Only Portuguese Music Worth Listening To   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Late 80s noise rock sounds like my taste. Which songs/albums by SMGETV! should I check out?

  • The Greatest Dystopian Movies (1990-Present)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Some pretty good choices there. I know its not your list, but I think the likes of City of Lost Children, Twelve Monkeys, The Fifth Element and 2046 are better than any of those. And Minority Report is about as great as Children of Men, and probably better than all the rest. Surprising (sort of) that they missed all of those.

  • Favorite albums of 2016 (so far)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    That's what it seems like so far. I've been having difficulty finding anything to put on here.

    What's more likely tho is that the best stuff just hasn't surfaced yet. Only time will tell I guess.

  • Favorite albums of 2016 (so far)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Is it just me or did 2015 have way more good albums than 2016? I mean, yeah, there's a lot to be released but so far only The Life of Pablo and Animals have shown replay value for me.

  • The 50 Greatest R&B Artists   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Let's break it down per criteria:

    In terms of influence, I would give Prince a slight advantage. While both artists were important players in the shaping of contemporary R&B, Prince was also particularly significant in helping popularize the synth funk (and Minneapolis sound) that came into vogue in the '80s. Additionally, Prince is one of the key figures in introducing explicit sexuality to popular music.

    In terms of impact, I would give MJ the upper-hand. MJ is a cultural icon on par with Elvis Presely and The Beatles after all. Most music circles would consider him the preeminent entertainer, and he is among the most (if not the most) awarded recording artists of all time. Consider Thriller, the Moonwalk, his immense impact on the music video medium... his contributions to music and culture go on and on, really. As for Prince, he's also heavily lauded for his many talents (multi-instrumentalist, exceptional vocalist, innovative producer) as well as being a culturally significant persona and respected trendsetter, so he undoubtedly scores very well in impact, too -- and he actually slightly surpasses MJ in critical acclaim, believe it or not. His accomplishments, while impressive, just aren't quite enough to eclipse MJ in this criterion overall.

    Now in terms of popularity, MJ basically crushes Prince. We're talking approximately 400 million records sold to 100 million records sold (and honestly, no other artist on this list comes close to MJ's sales). Even on the Internet, MJ has trended far more than Prince -- especially after his death in 2009.

    Tally it all up and Michael Jackson is the more significant artist fairly comfortably.

  • 2016 Reading Log   6 weeks 5 days ago

    Thank you. They are mostly selected by serendipity. "Gosh, I think I'd like to read ... " Sometimes it's a re-read. And when it's extensive, I create a goal.

  • 2016 Reading Log   6 weeks 5 days ago

    I find your goals very interesting. :) How do you choose them?

  • Best Visuals (Color) in Film History   7 weeks 21 hours ago

    Yes, very interesting. Gorgeous northern landscapes, a curious affection for functional communities, not just individuals, sparse (or concentrated) use of violence, unusual sub-plots, a lovely choreographed house-building scene. Maybe not as together as Stars in my Crown but definitely worth seeing.

  • Best Visuals (Color) in Film History   7 weeks 21 hours ago

    Thank you, never seen it, but now I have to at least give it a shot :-) Is the film good as a whole?

  • Best Visuals (Color) in Film History   7 weeks 21 hours ago

    Suggestion: Tourneur's Canyon Passage. Most tasteful technicolor ever in my opinion.

  • Favorite films in rough order   7 weeks 1 day ago

    The first real art film I saw. I didn't and haven't analyzed it whatsoever. It's a super powerful experience.

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 1 day ago

    Much concureage here! I love the Feelies' debut, just haven't gotten around to assessing it. It's like a missing link between new wave/postpunk and the alt-rock era of REM (whose guitarist produced The Good Earth, which I haven't heard), as was true with the Soft Boys and the Dream Syndicate (and to some extent the dB's). Note that none of them sound anything alike. And the Feelies don't even sound like their neighbors, Yo La Tengo, who I think they influenced. There are SO many ways to spin the VU sound (the Stooges, the Violent Femmes, Bowie, Neu!, the Cars...). In the Feelies case it's like a folky teenage Talking Heads/Modern Lovers mixed with an extra-"lunar"-y Television and some Beatles.

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 1 day ago

    Marquee Moon might be the most underrated album among rock's certified classics. It's nice to see it getting the recognition it deserves.

    I'm very interested to know your thoughts on the Feelies and their position in rock history. Despite sharing the VU influence, their aesthetics share nothing with Sonic Youth and to me their 80's discography sounds as good as the Sonic Youth classics.

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 2 days ago

    I listened to Scum a couple of years ago, but to be honest I didn't hear it all the way through. I remember it being extremely slow and experimental.

  • Favorite films in rough order   7 weeks 2 days ago

    Great to see this. Several of my favorites on here. Love seeing the likes of Tarkovsky's Sacrifice well represented. For you, what makes it your #1?

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Oh gawd yes, that's a pretty disorienting progression too!

    WL/WH ---> Daydream Nation would be pretty natural, but with H61 and Horses sandwiched in between, that group would perk some ears up.

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Interesting how "rockist" (and American) my 8.2's are: H61R, White Light/White Heat, Horses, and Daydream Nation make a great guitar/bass/drums chronological primer

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Ahhh yes!

    Daydream Nation is quite a hurdle for most any album to leap over :-)

  • Greatest Rock Albums   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Down a hair, just swapped places with Daydream Nation. The very same nation where this highway is found, mind you.