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  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Hmm, I can't really think of any albums similar to the style of MBDTF. Its maximalist, all-over-the-place vibe hasn't been matched (at least, as far as I know of). At the most, Death Grips' Exmilitary crosses genres and loud production is in your face. Madvillainy incorporates a lot of sounds and production elements. Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma's use of live instrumentation is used uniquely; not the same way as MBDTF, but it's definitely an element of the album. I'm listening to M.I.A.'s Maya and it's pretty trippy and industrial-esque. Other than that, I don't know.

    I'll just name some other albums that are acclaimed by the public, Scaruffi and/or both: Danny Brown's XXX and Old; Shabazz Palace's Black Up; J Dilla's Donuts; Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury and Tackhead's Friendly As a Hand Grenade (which, for whatever reason, is piled with rap albums by Scaruffi).

    Have a merry Christmas!

    P.S. Sorry for the late reply.

  • My 100 Favourite Songs (One song of one Artist)   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Nice. Some great choices here - This Magic Moment, Surrender, The Kinks' Shangri La, September Gurls, Great Balls of Fire, A Day in the Life. Plus, your bottom 10 is just as good as your your top 10 (if you switch Bad Moon Rising with Jump).

  • Greatest Cover Versions   6 weeks 5 days ago

    That one I consciously left out, but in retrospect I guess it deserves a spot for originality. Devo, though they have some outstanding songs, annoy me for the most part.

  • Greatest Cover Versions   6 weeks 5 days ago

    How about Devo - Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   6 weeks 6 days ago

    You seem to be quite familiar with hip hop. Are there any excellent albums in the genre that remind you of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Sure, no problem, feel free :)

    Re: "Comes naturally" ... Yes, to an extent, but I've definitely become better and better at it the more comprehensive my experiences in assimilating music works across classical, rock, jazz -- and really other arts too like film and visual art. The common denominator of all of them (and all art) is that the artist is always attempting to relay a conceptual and/or emotional experience (real or imagined). Once one has developed an ability to observe and assimilate that, really experiencing art is at his/her fingertips so to speak.

    With my ratings/rankings I figured: "If that is the common denominator of all art then wouldn't the greatest works be those which had done so to the most significant degree?" ... And thus my lists...

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Geez, this is actually really insightful! Thank you. I'm sure this level of diverging comes naturally to you, but, still, it doesn't seem like I could have found what you found in these parts of the song (at least, not now). Even the record scratching was given the full treatment.

    Thank you! I guess I'll continue with the questions about the rest of the album.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Yep, that's an excellent choice, if I find another selection for Exile, or decide to go with the same alternative selections more than once.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Clash--> New York Dolls?

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 1 hour ago

    Note: I added a line at the end of my author comments that summarizes what Im most looking for with the alternative selections.

  • Music Ratings & Notes   7 weeks 8 hours ago

    What do you think of the Matrix Sister Ray? It surpised me by being probably the most "extroverted" sounds they ever did. After several sly funky verses it just explodes into a high energy storm of legitimately Hard Rock drumming.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 11 hours ago

    I think I'm going with Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins -- which seems like a better choice than I ever would've thought before a few moments ago. Still, I'm open to further suggestions.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 11 hours ago

    Note: Queen is Dead is a fairly lazy alternative to The Bends. Though The Smiths were an influence, The Bends is much more anthemic and guitar driven than Queen is Dead. If anyone has a better fit for The Bends that is also at least 7/10 on my lists or Scaruffi's, please let me know.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 13 hours ago

    Also, I may comb back over these and add additional choices for all, like I've done so far with Pet Sounds. In that case, there is an excellent chance Wire would also be included with Unknown Pleasures. Even without that, I might switch it out with Swans if it were to upgrade to an 7.8/10+ for me.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 13 hours ago

    It's been several years since I listened to Modern Lovers, thank you for the reminder. Same with Richard Hell. I would have to revisit them both to get a better grasp of the comparison though I don't doubt it's correct. I just revisited Slanted and Enchanted a few weeks ago and it was better than I remembered! It's an interesting choice for The Strokes that I'll give some more thought. I also considered Slanted and Enchanted for The Pixies albums but decided against it because it was inferior to each, and if possible, I prefer to choose an improvement over the "most acclaimed" selection.

    Aside from Fool's Gold (which is really a bonus track anyway) and Don't Stop, I don't think I'd lump Screamadelica with Stone Roses, critics be damned :) I think you're on the money with noting the comparison's laziness. Primal Scream's rave/kaleidoscopic-psychedelia/dance is a bit closer to My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything, even with the two songs that are the most indebted to the Stones (Moving on Up, Damaged). In a way it could be viewed as a newborn version of Isn't Anything that isn't yet as riveting/electric/intense.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 13 hours ago

    I went with California by American Music Club for the alternative to YHF. Though Third/Sister Lovers still has a shot, particularly if I consider it better than YHF when I revisit it.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 14 hours ago

    I haven't heard Inflammable Material yet, thank you. For Joy Division, Wire's 154 is a great choice for sure. I just went with Swans not only because of the similarities but also because it's superior in every way (while I'm not sure if I would consider 154 better than Unknown Pleasures). Finding a superior alternative is preferable... Wire certainly matches the aesthetic of their post-punk sound a bit better, while Swans' Children of God could be called a (much) more magniloquent, vibrant version of Unknown Pleasure's emotional/conceptual content. I also considered The Doors' debut, which was clearly a blueprint.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 15 hours ago

    I think better matches for the Strokes urban vibe might be the Modern Lovers (although their classic isn't a true "album"), Richard Hell & the Voidoids debut, and Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted. Dream Syndicate is big on the "psychological hell" feeling that comes with urbanity, whereas those others line up with the Strokes jadedness.

    Also, something to consider: I notice that critics usually match Screamadelica with the Stone Roses based on the rock plus rave cross-culturalism. But it might be a lazy comparison because soundwise Primal Scream are Stonesy and the Stone Roses are Beatlesy (to extremely simplify). Stone Roses seem to have a deeper interest in rave and have the psychedelic element more deeply ingrained in their songwritring, whereas for Primal Scream both aspects were producer/remix-driven.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 17 hours ago

    Well, at least it's similar, in parts, from a technical perspective which is better than I'd thought of up to that point. Attempting to think of an album that sounds similar to Marquee Moon has only fortified my admiration for how unique a work it was, so it hasn't been a total failure so far :)

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 17 hours ago

    For the Clash's debut, maybe Inflammable Material by Stiff Little Fingers? For Joy Division's Unknown Pleaures, Swans is an excellent choice, but I'd also recommend Wire's 154.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 17 hours ago

    Yeah, on second thought, it's probably not the best alternative. But it's the best I can think of, for the moment.

  • Best Canadian Stuff   7 weeks 17 hours ago

    "Overstayed it's welcome" about sums up Guy Maddin, from what I've seen. Although, I haven't seen The Forbidden Room; just a couple of his earlier films. A little bit goes a long way for him. He just seems like a bizarre, Canadian (Winnipegian?) institution that should be mentioned.
    I'm a fan of James Cameron's action movies, too, but he doesn't have any real ties to Canada (aside from being born there), unlike the other directors mentioned in your list. But, if I had to pick, I'd go with the first Terminator movie.

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   7 weeks 19 hours ago

    Update 35 - 20 December

    After this, two updates remain, one on December 27 and the other, final catch-all update on January 17.

    LukeRobot rocketed to 15th place and nyybella broke the tie and claimed 24th place alone.

    Top watchers (alphabetically) guaranteed to not fall out of the 1 or more movies per day rank remain: dashforcover, guardianryoga, mightysparks, Puzzgal, schwabe, te18 and Ultimo Lee.

    As a group we logged 219 movies since the last update for a total of 6589 films. For the next update on 27 December, the number for 1 film per day is 361. Happy viewing and see you next time! God willin' and creek don't rise.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 19 hours ago

    Ok thanks, I haven't listened to it in years so I'll get back to you on that one.

  • Most Acclaimed Albums of All Time: Alternative Recommendations   7 weeks 20 hours ago

    Cool..Yep the Big Star one