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  • "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Hi guys, I've updated the list for the 2014 edition. Thanks to Anarcisos for the heads up. nharlowg I cross-checked the new entries against 1001beforeyoudie.com so there's no doubt. I expect to get back up to date pretty soon. Good luck everyone.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Miscellaneous Art of the Week (2014)   6 weeks 1 day ago

    The Marble Index at the top... I can only imagine what insanely amazing week you must be having :D

    As a starting point, what website or list would you recommend to someone who basically knows nothing about the art of painting but is very enthusiastic to know about it? I have decided not to check out your greatest paintings list yet, I don't think I'm ready to view such a list.

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Although sometimes it's very tempting to create a very precisely rated list, I've decided not to create one. One reason is that if I created such a list, I would have to change the ratings and rankings almost every day, which would in fact make the precision somewhat pointless. The more important reason is that I don't believe everybody needs to know how I exactly feel about the albums and their differences. Everybody has their own taste and criteria so the most useful information I can give about an album is that it's not worth their time , good , great or a masterpiece .
    The only albums that I try to rank very precisely are the masterpieces. Other than the ratings of those albums, my other ratings simply reflect my taste. I believe all the albums rated between 7/10 and 8.5/10 are great. If the reader's taste is very similar to my own taste in music, he/she might find the 8/10 and 8.5/10 albums very fascinating. If our tastes are very different, he/she might enjoy the 7/10 and 7.5/10 albums more than I do.

  • Songs With Women's Names in the Title   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Don`t forget Oh Denise by randy and the Rainbows!

  • "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks, Anarcisos! Question for you, though - Where did you get this list? I've seen this same exact exchange at another place on the net, but I want to try to get multiple sourcing on these before I take it as Scripture.

  • "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks, Anarcisos! Question for you, though - Where did you get this list? I've seen this same exact exchange at another place on the net, but I want to try to get multiple sourcing on these before I take it as Scripture.

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Miscellaneous Art of the Week (2014)   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Yes, of course! :) Though it's close ... could go either way.

  • My Favorite Music   6 weeks 2 days ago

    I bought it a couple days ago, but haven't listened to it yet. I really liked Lady from Shanghai, and what I've heard from this I like even more.

  • My Favorite Music   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks.

    Hey have you heard the new Pere Ubu album? They released it yesterday. I haven't heard all of it yet but the first song sounds freaking great!

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Miscellaneous Art of the Week (2014)   6 weeks 2 days ago

    So Strange Days and Happy/Sad better than Suicide's debut now? I guess you're now willing to stand up to Johnny despite him looking so mean and feeling so tough.

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I agree with you to some extent; indeed, that's the only reason I rated The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady 10/10. I think maybe my previous rating of 9.8 might've been more suitable if I were, like AfterHours, working my way from an ideal. But even the ideal is vague so I choose to just make it simpler and have it at the highest possible rating. There's no right or wrong way for rating in my opinion. One has the complete freedom, after all, to keep changing the scale.

    Half of these ratings are probably not even that reliable since I've been focusing more on movies for the past two months. And I'm still exploring the rating system so I don't think I have any answer that I myself would be sure about.

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I can see it either way and agree with either system. One (mine) could be said to be based on a perceived ideal. One could say Beethoven's 9th is a 10/10 because it's the greatest work of all time -- and this would be fine -- but also, how could it be a true 10 if its 1st and last movements are so much better than its (albeit great) middle movements? Wouldn't they all have to at least be on that level to be a 10/10? An easier one is VU's WL/WH. Obviously it's not a 10 (in my system) if one half of the album (Sister Ray) is so much better than the first half...

    On the other hand, if nothing has ever been better than [insert work of art], maybe it should be rated 10/10.

    How do I assign such precise rankings? I just start from that ideal and work my way down, such as: If Beethoven's 9th is a 9.5 and Black Saint is an echelon lower, it's a 9.4, and so on. The exactness of it is refined over repeated experiences with the works. But first you have to start with deciding what your overall criteria is, what your greatest work is, how (if) that differs from one's ultimate "ideal", and work your way back from there. Then successively rate other works relative to that. Then, as you build the list you can use others that are more relate-able and easier to compare (example: comparing The Doors debut to Strange Days). One can get even more thoughtful and "scientific" with it when you start rating songs and comparing the albums more intricately.

    In my system I (a) experience the content of the work in all its parts (or as much as I can dependent on my present understanding of it); (b) rate based on what degree I found it to be emotionally expressive (any emotion -- whatever the work is expressing) and how compelling it's expression(s)/idea(s) are. It doesn't necessarily have to have a high degree of both emotional expression and compelling ideas to rate high (for instance, Coltrane's Ascension mainly specializes in "emotional expression" -- and this is true for most free jazz), though specializing in both gets more necessary the higher one goes on the ratings. And, one becomes more necessary if the work has shortcomings in the other. In the case of Coltrane's Ascension is is one of the most intensely emotionally expressive albums of all time, so doesn't "need" to be compelling as much as a less emotionally expressive album might need to be, in order to rate high.

    There is a certain degree Beethoven's 9th accomplishes "(b)" for me, which is a "9.5", and so on down the list. Whatever degree a work does "(b)" for me, I assign it that rating.

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    :-)

    RE: sounds so fucking huge ... yes, one could say this is when Mingus brought jazz up to the same massive intensity as classical symphonies (which was one of his intentions starting, I believe, with Epitaph)

  • Rock : The Greatest Male Vocalists   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I take my comment back after relistening to the S/T and Fun House.

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I've always thought that having a rating scale where one's highest rating isn't the max possible rating made little sense. Suppose according to a scale, no 10/10 actually exists or ever will exist. Then wouldn't the highest assigned rating be, de facto, a 10/10? And because one can never know whether something will be the greatest thing they will ever experience, doesn't it make more sense to scale one's ratings based on what you currently consider the best?

    But then again, because my musical preferences change all the time, I have little use for ordered lists, which is why I pretty much divide my favorites into "those I like" and "those I like A LOT". I'm curious; how do you (and others who want to answer) assign such precise rankings?

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I think it's called Let the Black Saint Hear Music, that's the one you're talking about right? Anyway, man, gotta say I totally agree with you. It's like, there's so many fucking instruments man, and it sounds so huge. It makes me feel like Mingus is inviting me to get the hell out and kick some ass, dance like crazy, rule the world yo. It's nice background music too. FOR WHEN I AM THINKING ABOUT HOW AWESOME I AM HELL YEAH <3 MINGUS

  • My Favorite Albums (8.25+/10)   6 weeks 4 days ago

    So ... that Mingus album ... what's its name? Black Saint ... or something? ... Well, anyway, it's not too shabby. Some solid notes here, some nice drum rolls there...

  • "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Here it's the 20\4 edition!

    The 13 films added to the list:

    12 Years a Slave (2013)
    The Act of Killing (2012)
    American Hustle (2013)
    Blancanieves (2012)
    Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
    Gravity (2013)
    The Great Beauty (2013)
    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    Nebraska (2013)
    Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
    A Touch of Sin (2013)
    Wadjda (2012)
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    The 13 films removed from the list:

    1080. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    1083. The Departed (2006)
    1096. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1116. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
    1125. Of Gods and Men (2010)
    1127. The King's Speech (2010)
    1134. Le Havre (2011)
    1135. Shame (2011)
    1139. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1140. Bridesmaids (2011)
    1148. Les Miserables (2012)
    1150. Argo (2012)
    1152. Skyfall (2012)

  • The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Yup, those two albums are among my all-time faves; unfortunately, they just don't quite measure up to the albums in the Top 100 in a more objective sense. Of Autechre's albums, I'd say 'Tri Repetae' comes closest to inclusion here, since it's the group's most acclaimed and popular release. When I expand the list to 200 entries (no telling when I'll get to that), both 'Tri Repetae' and 'Incunabula' will be here. Thanks for asking, my friend.

    By the way, here's a sample of some of the contenders for the next 100 (in alphabetical order):

    2 Live Crew - As Nasty as They Wanna Be (1989)
    4hero - Parallel Universe (1994)
    808 State - Newbuild (1988)
    808 State - Ex:el (1991)
    Amon Tobin - Supermodified (2000)
    Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994)
    Autechre - Incunabula (1993)
    Autechre - Tri Repetae++ (1995)
    Basement Jaxx - Rooty (2001)
    Black Dog Productions - Bytes (1992)
    Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (2002)
    Bronski Beat - The Age of Consent (1984)
    Burial - Burial (2006)
    C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
    Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art (1997)
    Coil - Horse Rotorvator (1986)
    Cybotron - Enter (1983)
    David Holmes - Let's Get Killed (1997)
    Deee-Lite - World Clique (1990)
    Devo - Freedom of Choice (1980)
    Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded (1996)
    Exposé - Exposure (1987)
    Fatboy Slim - Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)
    Fripp & Eno - (No Pussyfooting) (1973)
    Front 242 - Front by Front (1988)
    Global Communication - 76:14 (1994)
    Hot Chip - The Warning (2006)
    Jean Michel Jarre - Équinoxe (1978)
    Lady Gaga - The Fame (2008)
    LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (2005)
    LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (2010)
    Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (1985)
    Lords of Acid - Lust (1991)
    M.I.A. - Arular (2005)
    Madonna - Music (2000)
    Mantronix - The Album (1985)
    Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey (1988)
    Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti (1995)
    New Order - Brotherhood (1986)
    Nightmares on Wax - Smokers Delight (1995)
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile (1999)
    One Dove - Morning Dove White (1993)
    Orbital - In Sides (1996)
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality (1981)
    Pet Shop Boys - Introspective (1988)
    Pet Shop Boys - Please (1986)
    Plastikman - Musik (1994)
    Plastikman - Sheet One (1993)
    Portishead - Third (2008)
    Primal Scream - XTRMNTR (2000)
    Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001)
    Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for Baby (1964)
    Röyksopp - Melody A.M. (2001)
    Shannon - Let the Music Play (1984)
    Silver Apples - Contact (1969)
    Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park (1990)
    Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven (1979)
    Stereo MCs - Connected (1992)
    Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return (1988)
    Sven Väth - An Accident in Paradise
    Tangerine Dream - Zeit (1972)
    The Chemical Brothers - Surrender (1999)
    The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms (1994)
    The Knife - Silent Shout (2006)
    The Postal Service - Give Up (2003)
    The Prodigy - Experience (1992)
    The Sabres of Paradise - Haunted Dancehall (1994)
    The Shamen - En-Tact (1990)
    Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report (1977)
    Tomita - Snowflakes Are Dancing (1974)
    Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants (1996)
    Vangelis - Blade Runner (1994)
    Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings (1972)
    White Noise - An Electric Storm (1969)
    Yazoo - Upstairs at Eric's (1982)
    Yello - You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (1983)
    Yellow Magic Orchestra - BGM (1981)
    Yellow Magic Orchestra - Technodelic (1981)

  • List of Must-Watch Movies   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Waar was reported to be Pakistan's most commercially successful film to date, so I would definitely want to watch it for this sake.

  • The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums   6 weeks 6 days ago

    I saw Incunabula and Tri Repetae among your favorite albums. Why no Autechre here?

  • Greatest Albums Extended List [rated 7.8/10+] (in progress)   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Though I'll also say that I've rated it an 8.5 at least as often as I've rated it a 9 so I don't necessarily disagree with you that it's not 8.8+.

  • Greatest Albums Extended List [rated 7.8/10+] (in progress)   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Interesting, I've always thought of it as one of the most climactic albums of all time, with its rhythm section slowing down some, but the bass and guitar climaxes becoming more focused and pronounced and the vocals only becoming increasingly intense/ferocious, and "evangelical". Are you listening to it on at a decent enough sound system that can handle the album and doesn't drown it out?

  • Greatest Albums Extended List [rated 7.8/10+] (in progress)   6 weeks 6 days ago

    LOL, not really though. I just don't think it's in the top 5 rock albums like I used to, or even in the 8.8+ range. It's probably an 8 for me. The songs are great and it's really cool if you think of it as the album equivalent of The Terminator, but the sequencing is off. The second side puts all the slower tracks at the end, and despite the intensity of I Want You Right Now and Starship it feels anticlimatic. Fun House for example may not necessarily have far better songs, but the sequencing on that album is brilliant.

    I guess I could be a passenger if the album's tracklist was like this:

    Ramblin' Rose
    Come Together
    I Want You Right Now
    Kick Out the Jams
    Rocket Reducer No 62
    Starship
    Borderline

    I'd have to try that tracklist to know for sure though.

  • Greatest Albums Extended List [rated 7.8/10+] (in progress)   7 weeks 3 hours ago

    Uh oh, poor MC5, lost another passenger in their Starship :-( .... :-)