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  • Pulitzer Prize Winners - Fiction   3 weeks 3 days ago

    "Mambo Kings" was one of the books I had trouble with even more than John Cheever's short stories. Because of the sex. Seemed to be an obsession with it. (Cheever's stories were fine; I was simply not in the right frame of mind for them at the time.) I no longer feel I have to finish a book--or a movie for that matter--if there's a lot of sex.

  • Trout Mask Replica, best to worst   3 weeks 4 days ago

    For me the worst is the Blimp Frank! It's the Blimp! The mothership! The mothership! ...
    I love it though :D

  • Scaruffi vs. Beatles - please do all of your fighting here   3 weeks 5 days ago

    He kind of does, though: consider his article on them. And yes, Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road are rated 7/10, but look at his ratings of the other albums: 5/10 for Revolver (and Rubber Soul, though that's not very surprising)! Of the early albums, 5/10 for A Hard Day's Night is the only one I'd say doesn't seem harsh to me. Compare these ratings to his ratings of Byrds and Kinks albums, for starters.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Holy crap what a mess! Thanks I'm correcting it. This annoying mess at the bottom of the article happens at least once every week. I have no idea why.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Hey something got messed up in your Odyssey notes. It jumbles up 3 different artists.

  • Jazz Masterpieces   3 weeks 6 days ago

    I'm sorry for this late reply as well. The truth is I kept thinking about how I could explain why I find this live performance of repetitive solo piano improvisations to be a masterpiece. After much thought, my conclusion is that I just can't explain it properly. So here goes nothing: Jarrett has released a bunch of albums of live solo concerts (long solo piano improvisations typically named after the city he's performing at) and he's been performing this sort of thing since the early 70's (among various other things like normal jazz, jazz fusion, classical, etc). Personally I find his solo piano improvisations much more interesting than his other kinds of music (although they're good too). Three things greatly distinguish his solo improvisations from other musician's solo improvisations: he's an absolutely virtuoso pianist, he always improvises from scratch right at the moment and he keeps his massively long improvisations accessible and emotional. There are a lot of youtube videos of these performances that usually show him getting so immersed in the music that he starts to do really weird physical movements while playing these complicated-as-hell chords and melodies. Some youtube comments have called these videos "piano porn" :D

    Anyway, these performances can sound like nice repetitive background music (the fact that there's just a single piano also doesn't help) unless you're in the mood and want to focus on every sound. When I'm in the mood I find his music very psychedelic, unique and cathartic. The Koln Concert is the best of his live performances. The album has a very fascinating background story (check its Wikipedia entry for the whole story) and apparently it's the best selling solo piano album ever. My long rambling stops right ... now.

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   4 weeks 2 hours ago

    I need everyones help, I watched a movie as a kid in the 90s that i can not remember the name of. From what I can remember it was a bout a small Black child a long time a go who would crawl through a tunnel ( Maybe Mayan ) and there was a woman who was shirtless, who had necklaces covering her nipples. I think there were snakes in it but i could be wrong, this was a cartoon, and it was made a long time ago. This has been bugging me for a while let me know the name please!!!

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Soft Boys released two albums and hit their peak with Underwater Moonlight. It's a grower, like VU&Nico. The Feelies have released 5 excellent and unique albums since the late 1970's. They've shown a very high level of quality control. Their music has an alien pop vibe that brings to mind both the Velvet Underground and the Beatles. IMHO all of their albums are great and Crazy Rhythms and Only Life are the best.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    I completely agree, though some tracks are good enough so that with the replacement of the rest with a few Past Masters gems (Lady Madonna, Don't Let Me Down, You Know My Name) it could become a good one.

    I've heard Crazy Rhythms and most of Underwater Moonlight and they're great. Are there any other albums by those bands you like?

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    It's boring. I don't care about it at all. Not a big Beatles fan. I prefer the Feelies and Soft Boys over Beatles most of the time.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    "Dislike" is too strong of a word. He's very likable. I would have liked his vocals more if they were as consistently brilliant as what each song calls for (which, to be fair, is a very hard task with his compositions). Sometimes his voicals get very amateurish and are the worst part of the performance. Sometimes his vocals are fascinating. I'll Meet You In Poland Babe (obviously), the chorus of Don't Hide It Provide It , most of his vocals on Gash and some of his vocals on Nail . His collective of guest vocalists work wonders on Hide too.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    What is your opinion of the Beatles' Let It Be? (I talk too much about that band, I know -_-)

  • Greatest Rock Albums   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Aaaand it's out of the "Best" category again :(

  • Greatest Films - Extended List   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Whoops -- thanks, I'll add it as soon as I figure out where

  • Greatest Films - Extended List   4 weeks 1 day ago

    You forgot to add Dial M for Murder to the list!

  • Music Ratings & Notes   4 weeks 1 day ago

    I'm really surprised you dislike JG Thirlwell's (Foetus) vocals. He may be in my top 5 favorite vocalists, and most definitely top 10.

  • Favorite Movies   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Yeah, Ebert trashed a lot of Lynch's early output. I don't think it was until 'Mulholland Drive' that Ebert realized Lynch was a mad genius. :-) I'm sure I'll come across 'Lost Highway' at some point. I might have to get Netflix again.

  • Most Emotionally Moving/Devastating Albums (Rock/Jazz) [in progress]   4 weeks 1 day ago

    It's a possible inclusion. But I am uncertain of where it ranks right now and need to re-listen to it.

  • Favorite Movies   4 weeks 1 day ago

    It's a masterpiece. One of my favorite films to watch over and over and discover some unbelivably amazing detail/conncetion every time. The atmosphere, the logic, the soundtrack, the disturbing weirdness ... everything about it is extraordinary. I've heard some mixed things about it too (was it Ebert who gave it 1 star out of 4?) but this is the most perfect Lynch film IMO. I'm sure you'll like it a lot specially since you're already a big fan of his.

  • Favorite Movies   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Nice. 'Citizen Kane', 'Pulp Fiction', and 'Raging Bull' are among my favorites, too.

    I've been meaning to check out 'Lost Highway' for a while now, as I'm a big fan of Lynch's. I've heard mixed things about it, but I can't imagine it being anything less than fascinating.

  • Top 60 classic trance tracks, in order of best to...least best   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Brainchild - Synfonica
    Age - Doomsday
    Drax - Phosphene
    Tempestada - Illuminatae
    Nexus 6 - Tres Chic

  • Most Emotionally Moving/Devastating Albums (Rock/Jazz) [in progress]   4 weeks 2 days ago

    No Trout Mask Replica?

  • Greatest Rock Albums   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Nice to see the universally underrated Hex getting the recognition it deserves. I highly recommend This Heat's self titled. An absolutely wonderful album that's way ahead of its time (and our time). I think you'd really enjoy listening to it.

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