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  • Music Rankings & Notes   3 weeks 4 days ago

    What did you think of Madvillainy? Ive been meaning to revisit it.

  • Read of Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Anything on here particular outstanding? I feel pretty out of the loop with sci-fi writing.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 4 days ago

    No Now is ridiculously awesome

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Thanks. I'm also interested in No Now by Clarence Clarity from your description.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Along somewhat the same lines as Beefheart (though more Residents): the experimental, freak, "noise-folk" (or something) album, Croce by Father Murphy, is JAW-DROPPING. Otherworldly, haunting foray into the occult. Highly recommended.

  • Favorite Jazz Albums   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Sounds great, I think Ill have to check her out!

  • Favorite Jazz Albums   3 weeks 5 days ago

    The list is not in order of preference (should keep alphabetical). Sarah Manning is a saxophonist who plays in an earthy, dreamy style, while her songs have distinct and hypnotic patterns. On this album she doubles her alto saxophone with a viola for a lot of it (similar sounding instruments), and she rounds out her personnel with a bass, an electric guitar, and drums. She crafts all her songs with dynamic emotion, as palpable as singing (like in The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady), especially in her saxophone melodies and solos. I also like that since I bought the CD directly from her, she addressed it herself and signed the inside cover.

  • Favorite Jazz Albums   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Nice! Didnt realize you were already really into jazz. Looking forward to future additions. I haven't heard Sarah Manning. How would you describe it? Is this list in order of how great you feel they are?

  • New Albums (for Me) I Like but Have Shelved   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Cool, makes sense. Looking forward to how What Would the Community Think fares for you.

  • Greatest Music Videos (in chronological order)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Ah, fair enough.

  • Greatest Music Videos (in chronological order)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    The idea of this list is to approach music videos like a real artform, which I feel (most) other lists don´t really do. So yeah, I looked at a few OK Go videos and I don´t really think they would fit here.

    That Cyriak video is very good, though. I don´t think I´ve ever seen that one before. It might be his best.

  • New Albums (for Me) I Like but Have Shelved   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've been meaning to give that album another try.

    As for the other two on the list, I've heard them both all the way through and enjoyed them, but I haven't felt like listening to them again recently. That's important for my favorites list, that I actually still listen to those albums.

  • Favorite Jazz Albums   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Agreed, there are many jazz masterpieces. However, I have listened to much less jazz than rock, so this list is in its infancy. Tim Buckley said he wanted to break down boundaries between genres and styles of music, so a lot of his music could be called jazz as much as rock. Perhaps rock is a larger umbrella term, that can include jazz styles. However, even someone like Sarah Manning includes rock elements in her songs, meaning that jazz can include rock styles, too. Maybe the difference is a set of conventions, that jazz musicians can invent, follow or bend, that are distinct from those in rock.

    I wonder that I prefer rock music over jazz and classical. I certainly know much more about rock than jazz and classical, based on my history. However, I really enjoy at least these three albums, and I have gone to a good number of jazz concerts.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Oh okay, yeah, not to worry, I am pretty familiar with the album, its just been a couple years. Ive never been sure what to rate it. It is perhaps as experimental and as equally offbeat as TMR. Arguable just how successful it is. I dont remember it being nearly as successful as TMR but pretty much nothing really is anyway. I'd be a very disappointed man if I expected albums to match up to that! I would be more than thrilled to add it to my 8s or 8.5s like you. I've wondered from time to time if it will make my list (7.3+). It has a better shot than most.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Ok sounds good. Looking forward to it. Ill give this Vampire Rodents mystery album a spin.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Makes sense. He is probably feeding it to fans of theirs before it gets an actual release.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I asked him. He's the manager and sound engineer for Vampire Rodents.

    I once saw the profile of a member of the band Green on RYM.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    What you see in my "Gallery of 2-D Visual Art" is all I got for the moment. I'm mainly focusing on music right now, but I plan on taking another plunge in to 2D visual art in the future.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    I was just saying that in case you were under the impression that Decals is perhaps not as exploratory or ambitious as TMR.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Yeah, length doesn't matter to me. Just accumulation of emotional/conceptual depth -- which takes time -- but not necessarily a long time. Off the top of my head, I imagine any of the sections of my list have many varied lengths of albums on them. For instance: A Love Supreme, Desertshore, Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Diamanda Galas self-titled, Spiritual Unity, are all short, basically EPs, yet near the top. Not much longer, one finds The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady, Rock Bottom, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Faust, Lorca, Suicide, Improvisie, and so on. I suppose "medium length" might be around 45 minutes, such as VU and Nico, The Doors, Astral Weeks, and so forth...

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Great. And don't be fooled by the length, it's as ambitious as a 40-minute album could possibly be. Maybe more XD

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Ok cool, Ill add it to my "Please Recommend..." list shortly.

  • Listening+Viewing Log 2016 (Started: 11 July)   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Safe as Milk is a different beast altogether and pretty amazing by itself (8/10 for me). I was just saying that for a TMR fan, Decals is heaven. Mirror Man is awesome, I need to revisit it.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Maybe its some dude looking around for Vampire Rodents fans and wanting feedback on an unreleased album (looking to see what you guys rate it or say about it?).

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    No worries, maybe try listening to Music for Airports simultaneous to listing :-)

    I look forward to hearing this out-of-nowhere Vampire Rodents album. Ill post a rating on my "Top 10 of the Week" list, or, if I think it's below-7/10, Ill update you here only.

    Have you discovered an visual art that you feel could be as good or better than any of my 7.3+ list? I wouldn't mind filling that section up some more if possible.