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Best American Idol Winner

Kelly is the most talented winner -- though Adam Lambert is the most talented contestant they've ever had.

8/5/2014 View
Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul] (in-progress)

AfterHours,

You should check out XTC's 'Skylarking' at some point. It may well be the psychedelic pop masterpiece of the '80s.

7/16/2014 View
Favorite Movies

Yeah, Ebert trashed a lot of Lynch's early output. I don't think it was until 'Mulholland Drive' that Ebert realized Lynch was a mad genius. :-) I'm sure I'll come across 'Lost Highway' at some point. I might have to get Netflix again.

6/23/2014 View
Favorite Movies

Nice. 'Citizen Kane', 'Pulp Fiction', and 'Raging Bull' are among my favorites, too.

I've been meaning to check out 'Lost Highway' for a while now, as I'm a big fan of Lynch's. I've heard mixed things about it, but I can't imagine it being anything less than fascinating.

6/23/2014 View
My Music Performance Repertoire

Man, that sucks about Soundcloud being filtered. Yeah, hopefully you can find a way around that. If you do, let me know what you think of some of the tunes.

5/24/2014 View
Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul] (in-progress)

'Funeral' is undoubtedly a force of nature, but I think, song for song, 'The Suburbs' is Arcade Fire's most consistently enjoyable (and most mature) record -- full of great pop melodies and focused songwriting.

I'd rank their albums something like this:

1. The Suburbs (A+)
2. Funeral (A)
3. Neon Bible (A-)
4. Reflektor (B+)

5/16/2014 View
Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul] (in-progress)

Nice to see Arcade Fire here. Have you heard 'The Suburbs' yet? Personally, I think it's their strongest record.

5/16/2014 View
My Music Performance Repertoire

I have "Your Love", in addition to a bunch of electronic music I produced, on Soundcloud. Check it out... https://soundcloud.com/zach-dufrene

5/15/2014 View
The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums

I agree, 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' is an underrated masterpiece and one of the most important experimental records ever made. Yeah, start with the Top 20. Eventually you'll make your way to one of my personal favorite albums of all time -- 'The Fat of the Land'. :-)

I'm not the biggest fan of Kraftwerk's early material, but "Vom Himmel hoch", "Klingklang", and "Elektrisches Roulette" are certainly classics. The first three albums do have a bit of influence on experimental and progressive electronic music, and I would say that they were visionary in their own way, even though the band would break significantly more ground with their later work. If I were to expand the list to 200 entries (and I might one day), I'd imagine at least a couple of those early albums being included.

5/15/2014 View
Leonard Maltin's 4 Star Movies (2010 Edition)

Yeah, a lot of his picks from the 1990s and 2000s are somewhat baffling.

5/10/2014 View
"1001 books to read before you die" COMPLETED

My God... you averaged about 166 books read per year? I probably haven't read much more than that many books in my lifetime. LOL.

5/10/2014 View
"1001 books to read before you die" COMPLETED

Impressive!

5/8/2014 View
The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums

That's interesting... I didn't know Spring Heel Jack ended up going in a free jazz direction. I had heard some of their drum & bass productions in the '90s. They always seemed like a talented duo. I'll give the 'Live' album a listen soon -- I see it's on Spotify.

'Ray of Light' is definitely Madonna's high-water mark, as far as electronic music goes. William Orbit's production on it was quite top-notch and hasn't aged much at all. You might like it.

And, yes, 'Trans-Europe Express' is wonderful. It's a very groundbreaking record but also highly accessible. Glad you've taken to it. I think I enjoy 'The Man-Machine' even more, though. Really, most of Kraftwerk's discography was visionary and influenced the whole of the electronic genre; that's why I have three of their albums in the Top 10. :-)

So are you just going down the list in order for your listening?

5/7/2014 View
NME 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013

That's one godawful list. It's almost like they just listed a bunch of acclaimed albums at random.

5/5/2014 View
The 100 Greatest Electronic/Dance Albums

Well, thank you, Amirkhosro. I'm glad to hear you've made use of the list. My aim was to be as objective as possible with the ranking, so that the list would not only accurately reflect history, but act as a primer of sorts for people new to the electronic genre.

I'm admittedly not the biggest jazz fan, generally speaking, but I can appreciate some stuff. Jazz with synthesizers is nice from time to time. People like Herbie Hancock and Paul Hardcastle have certainly released some noteworthy tunes. Also, the acid jazz scene produced some great outfits like Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies, both of whom utilized some electronics on their records.

4/30/2014 View