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  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 1   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Well, I will only be able to listen to the albums after 12 May.

    So I need a specific date.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Perfect from Now On
    Fun House

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 4   3 weeks 5 days ago

    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Tago Mago
    Fare Forward Voyagers

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 2   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Spirit of Eden
    Good

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 1   3 weeks 5 days ago

    For now my votes go: Ramones/Exile on Main St./Songs of Leonard Cohen/Call Me/Horses/+Taking Tiger Mountain/Escalator Over The Hill/Revolver/Hosianna Mantra/Junkyard

  • The 100 Greatest Albums Ever   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Sounds awesome. They seem like a really fascinating band. I'm guessing I'll go through a long Sonic Youth phase in the near future. I need to hear all this awesome stuff!

    What about A Thousand Leaves? Christgau thinks the world of it, and I kinda agree with him. It's fascinating.

  • Favorite movies   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is a psychological horror about alienation born of losses in one's faith in trust, identity, and knowledge. Each of these, socially constructed, shatters in the face of a different nature. It is both a moral nightmare and a spiritual (demonic) journey through the socially dignified and confirmed, generational ego, which is shocked by artifacts of the previous generations.

    First, the film assaults the female identity and her dignity and victimhood. The horror that lies under the floorboard of the expected preferential treatment is the unexpected mistreatment, with its slowly recognized onset, coming from all angles. Therefore she is the victim of political correctness and a victim of her egotistical acceptance of it. The witches are a metaphor for people who are supposed to provide, or do provide, this plausible kindness: doctors, husbands, neighbors, friends, etc., and everyone else in society who is a pretentious vehicle of misinformation. The weapon they use is the myth, the attraction to which perpetually creates these "trustworthy" or "untrustworthy" identities and influences the pool of factors for our physical, psychological, and spiritual health, deemed better or worse. Our babies are handed directly to these witches.

    Second, it assaults the dichotomy between reality and dreams. Reality only feels more real because of the sense of control, but one is equally at the will of one's brain's architecture, its automatic calculations. In fact, Rosemary's psychological dreams are more representative of her reality than her waking perception of the physical world. Her dreams pour into her reality as water pours into a room with no water. This breakdown of everything that seemed consciously important is met with a second horror: it is her actual responsibility to accept the baby. She (and the baby) is one part self, one part environment: the terror in the environment is something she has to accept, as part of herself. One leg is within; one leg is without. Metaphysically, she cannot separate herself from the environment. The fight is ultimately an egotistical one. The acceptance involves overcoming the trauma (based on the overloaded dignity of the female and the mother) and losing the prejudice surrounding the word "witch." The witch and the female should be put together. Hence the film is in a way a criticism of the female with her self-hatred.

    The idea of the myth itself protects the witches: they can't be real, they are just a myth. And it encourages us to fight until the very end against them because of their negative connotation. The movie forces us to see, after convincing us of the opposite, that a witch is not always a witch. When presented with something totally real and pure, the baby, having heard the entire story, she cannot accept it, as she cannot accept tannin root in her tea as an equally stigmatized object. The story is in a way one of sympathy for witches, whose name prevents them (if they were real) from procreating and participating in society. The horror story about witches therefore is both a serious discussion on not taking malpractitioners and corrupt representatives seriously enough (the horror of this moral negligence or confusion) and a satire on our taking them too seriously, as if they are out to kill us, when they are only different. It is a constellation of social criticism and metaphysical suspense, a dissection of all our socially constructed belief.

    It is comparable to Brazil in its dizzying array of terrible morally decaying sights and also compares to Wings of Desire in its rendering of the myth of the witch like the rendering of the myth of the angel: utterly human, anthropomorphic. Mia Farrow provides one of the greatest acting performances.

  • Songs about Texas and/or its cities   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Really can't believe they haven't caught this one..

    Going through the Big D (and don't mean Dallas) - MARK CHESNUTT

  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Books are a door to another world!

  • Greatest Horror Movies   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Do you recommend it?

  • Classical Music - Greatest Piano Sonatas   3 weeks 6 days ago

    I've heard that sonata a couple of times but I know nothing about Berg or Schoenberg or atonality. It's a language I don't have the tools to understand. No point in including it here.
    I don't know that many bad Mozart compositions but I'm sure that particular sonata isn't one of them. Playful, naive, heavenly - some of the best Mozart qualities.
    Op. 111 is no mess. It's complex, euphoric, spiritual, transcendental music. The first movement is purposefully brutal and menacing because the gorgeous arietta wouldn't work so well without this contrast. I've had the pleasure of hearing both op. 109 and 111 played live by András Schiff. Left breathless in both cases. Op. 111 is just more impressive in how it transcends the constraints of the traditional sonata structures and the bland physicality of the piano keys. Never heard anything like the second movement.
    Waldstein is not boring. It's a highly revolutionary and imaginative composition for the keyboard with the most brilliant interplays between themes and motifs. Its beggining is the definition of anti-boring.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 4   3 weeks 6 days ago

    I've played that, the opener, the cover, L Dopa, Precious Thing, Tiny and a couple of others so many times. Albini is a genius. I wish Shellac had one or two albums in this tournament.

    Novus Magnificat is an extraordinary new age album. Probably the genre's masterpiece.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6   3 weeks 6 days ago

    I hope so too. I love Battisti but he got unlucky with the pairs.

  • Greatest Horror Movies   3 weeks 6 days ago
  • Classical Music - Greatest Piano Sonatas   3 weeks 6 days ago

    U forgot Berg's first and only Piano Sonata. Wagner chromaticism meet Schoenberg's free atonality.
    Imho: Mozart 545 is one of the worst sonata from the Austrian composer
    Schubert 959 shows one of the most recognizable slow movement of all time. And the Scherzo is a gem, too.
    Op. 109 by Beethoven is way better than Hammerklavier and op.111. The first movement from 111 would want to be a sum of the heroic period from LvB but is just a mess. First movement from op.109 is one of Beethoven's most audacious moment, despite its rhapsodic flow.
    Waldstein is boring like hell. All Beethoven's first 18 sonatas are way better. Expecially op.26-28-31,1-31,2-31,3.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6   3 weeks 6 days ago

    I refuse to vote before listening or re-listening all the albums. I hope everybody will do this. U cannot condemn Battisti without giving him a chance!

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Remain in Light beat Transformer.
    The others.. dunno

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3   4 weeks 4 hours ago

    Modern Dance
    The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 1   4 weeks 4 hours ago

    Down Colorful Hill
    Twin Infinitives
    Songs of Leonard Cohen
    Hosianna Mantra
    +Dolmen Music
    Haven't heard the other pairs

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 4   4 weeks 4 hours ago

    Rock Bottom

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 2   4 weeks 4 hours ago

    Doors
    Good

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 5   4 weeks 6 hours ago

    Metal Box/ A Love Supreme/ Let it Be/ Daydream Nation/ Double Nickels on the Dime/ Live/ Irrlicht/ A Tribute to Jack Johnson/ Velvet Underground & Nico/ London Calling

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3   4 weeks 6 hours ago

    Y/ Karma/ Creature Comforts/ From Her to Eternity/ Astral Weeks/ Absolutely Free/ Black Saint/ Geek the Girl/ Starsailor/ Remain in Light

  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die   4 weeks 6 hours ago

    In the days, weeks, and months to come, I will be adding to this list. Please feel free to share your comments or compose a commentary on your favorite novels...