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  • XTC's Greatest Songs   1 week 6 days ago

    Great you included XTC in your listcollection. What about This is Pop?, Ten feet tall or respectable Street. You added the most known tracks.

  • Top 50 Punk Songs of All Time   1 week 6 days ago

    Great List, but I wouldn't consider Marquee Moon as a Punk Song although Television is of course a Proto-Punk band. They had punkier songs. Cherry Bomb as well, it's more Hard Rock than Punk and Pump it up, maybe Art-Punk but more New Wave. You added In the City what is a great choice.

  • Best Trance/House/Rave/Techno from 1990-1996   2 weeks 9 hours ago

    Nice one on the tattoo front:) I never got anything like tattoo's, just the vinyl. I may make a listing one day soon of what lurks in the back of my collection, a lot of white labels etc. I do have a youtube channel though full of mixes with all sorts of stuff :)

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 10 hours ago

    This article is interesting. So Yankovsky was as invested in the candle scene as his character was, and it only required one take? Not sure if I'm reading it right.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 10 hours ago

    And "Michael" is even more mind-blowing when you take all of this into account: he hears his "friend" has gone mad, leaving "the mother of three sons" (ambiguous whether it is his mother or his wife); his friend is old and juvenile like him; he fondly remembers taking public transportation; he remembers swimming, again, like in "Medicine Bottle," but it's "lighter" this time; and his calling his pierced nose ridiculous is ironic because he is more "female" than he knows...and also because he feels the need to call it ridiculous because of the self-consciousness around his old friend ("and some long forgotten high school fears")!

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 14 hours ago

    I think Down Colorful Hill is the musical equivalent of Nostalghia, not Rock Bottom, by the way. I've made a list of similarities to prove my point :)

    1. He is painting a story that is both personal and anthropological ("out of the box, down colorful hill...").
    2. The guitar in "24" sounds like church bells, introducing the album's "devout" element in an ambient way.
    3. The environment around him often holds the trauma (especially the bitter guitar pattern in "Medicine Bottle"), while he is calm and philosophical.
    4. He embodies alternate egos of calmness and antisocial behavior, as in Andrei and Domenico.
    5. In "Medicine Bottle" he describes his rejection story as an act of swimming across the sea to get to an island, as if his representations of society and his memories are superimposed with nature.
    6. The title track's martial drumming evokes the male soldier or would-be soldier stereotype, which relates to moving to a different country: the sitting alone on the sand in "Japanese to English" builds on this.
    7. "And if it was done, I'm sure it would have killed our hour" is breathtaking because of how wise it is given his failure and romantic it is given the abuse he has taken. Also, he is equating a foreign lover with a lover from home. He is sensitive to ruining the hour. He sees the pleasure of the new as being forbidden, being (himself) unable to integrate the picture ("Above the water the awful grey our current from Japan didn't sweep away").
    8. The female identity is implicitly being discussed in addition to the male identity, as it is in Nostalghia: his romantic finale is dedicated to "Michael," implying the tragedy of his "personal" incompatibility with females and the "anthropological" isolation of genders. However, male and female are not separate, as he sounds more and more like the female, who finds "Love is found on the inside, not the outside" profound, whereas superficiality is a classic male problem. He is providing the philosophy while the woman is providing the sensibility, but they are separated.
    9. He reminisces about his hometown (which he wants to burn down) and taking the subway. His memory of his friend without a shirt on is reminiscent of the "A soul without a body is like a body without a shirt" line in Mirror: it's spiritual. But that's insignificant.

    I think this album is underrated.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 17 hours ago

    No problem. As a note, by emotion I am also referring to "evocation of an experience or situation" -- really anything that is a "state or condition of being or action" -- that would probably cover it. I use the word emotion or emotional to stress that the artist (in my criteria) would successfully convey said "states or conditions of being or action" in an emotionally effective way.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 18 hours ago

    Yeah, I see what you're saying. I just felt that associating an instrument or melody with a culture, or anything similar, kept me distracted from focusing solely on the emotion itself. I'm glad that the problem I am having is described well-enough.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I would sure hope you could improve on it, especially with it at your disposal! I just went back through it myself and there's plenty that could be added, but I'm not sure if I ever will or not, unless I decide to go for broke with a full scale analysis (such as with Citizen Kane), but then there's this thing called time...

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    It's definitely been life-changing for me. I might also write a review of it some day (I think I could improve upon yours). Mirror almost pales in comparison. Almost.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Thanks. He was a true artist. For him, the autobiographical was the anthropological.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Great interviews, straight from the man himself!

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    No problem! I have had the good fortune to have seen it several times. Its one of those films that feels "life-changing" while watching it, due to the level of profundity and emotional immersion.

  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I simply listen to the songs/piece closely and, while doing so, assimilate its emotions/themes and how amazing I find these (with attention also given to the singularity of its expression). So yes, definitely experience and a historical context comes into play while doing this.

  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I got that part. I was just wondering about your (and my) mental process when it comes to evaluating music.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Thanks. Your review was very helpful. It filled in some things I missed.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 1 day ago

    To me, the type of music is only as important as its emotional significance. For instance, its not the fact that its dub/reggae, but the fact that The Pop Group uses these huge rhythms and scarred textures to cast a violent, militant storm through the work, increasing its "war zone/jungle-like" atmosphere.

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Tarkovsky's interviews are invariably fascinating, and this website has four of them on Nostalghia. He deals with personal, interpretive and methodological matters. The interview with Gideon Bachmann is the best of them.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Take The Pop Group's music, for example: there is an obvious reggae/dub influence, so should I take that into consideration or listen to the music and treat it as if I don't know what reggae/dub is, trying to experience emotion through the music itself?

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Agreed. I dont know of any, however... At the risk of sounding self-serving, I do think my own review/analysis (on my "Guide to Greatest Films" list) does a good enough job in detailing the most significant aspects of the work and is, frankly, the only one I know of -- though I am sure there's a book on it somewhere or something.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Can you please clarify/elaborate some more on what you mean?

  • Favorite movies   2 weeks 1 day ago

    The most complete film I've seen, squeezing everything that ever mattered from its container, resulting in a single, humongous drop of water. Can't wait to watch it again. Any reviews/essays on it you recommend?

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Something has been crippling me as of late: whenever I am trying to "get" music, I don't know if I should take into consideration the cultural background / iconic use of certain instruments. Basically, I don't know if I should listen to music as if I am not familiar with the roots of instruments or take them into account, when I am trying to focus just on the basics. Is what I am saying making any sense? Any advice?

  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   2 weeks 1 day ago

    All I meant is that I dont rate something based on genre. Your previous posts seemed to expect me to rate The Beatles higher on a pop list than I would on my greatest albums one, but my ratings for any genre or art are based on the same all-encompassing criteria. A 9/10 pop album is every bit as amazing as a 9/10 classical work, etc (though amazing for different reasons/through different means).

  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   2 weeks 1 day ago

    It's interesting you say you don't care about the genre when you're listening to music. Is that even possible? By genre I mean the craft and the tradition of a certain kind of music. Even subconsciously one usually takes these into account when listening/evaluating music. I should read more about this topic but for all I know music (like every other art) needs to be somehow recognizable and follow some kind of pattern for us to understand or enjoy it. And also for us to recognize how revolutionary it is. Citizen Kane won't appear half as impressive today if I'm not familiar with the filmmaking tradition that preceded it. Do you really strip every work of all its context when you judge it? Is it a kind of tabula rasa competition between avant-garde masterpieces?