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51  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 08:59:23 AM
Minneapolis-based musician Jeremy Messersmith--whose mid-60s-Beatlesque album The Reluctant Graveyard a few years ago was absolutely fantastic--has a new album out today, too: 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukelele: A Micro-Folk Record For the 21st Century and Beyond. Sound a bit twee for your tastes? Well, yeah. But he's good, and it's $7, so whatever. He also put out the songbook for it first, a couple weeks back, encouraging fans to record and post their versions prior to the album's release. (I got the songbook but never got around to looking at it.) Kind of interesting approach.

I like this song best so far (of the four I've gotten through), "Love Sweet Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PutswpbiikU
52  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:55:02 AM
In all honestly, I would be willing to put together a pretty substantial package to get Butler--one that honestly would help Chicago rebuild, if that's what they want to do. I'd probably do Dunn, the 1st rounder, and LaVine, for example. And that's a fucking amazing package of potential, right there. It's a PG with more potential than Payne, Grant, MCW, or any of the other 500 PGs on that team; it's an immediate 20+ ppg scorer on the wings; and it's a promising piece to supplement the core through the draft. The money doesn't work except the Wolves are far enough below the cap that they could do it anyway, just by absorbing Butler's salary into their space. (Alternatively, they could include Pekovic's contract; since he's almost certainly never playing again, that's recoverable through insurance and comes off the books anyway.)

You could also create a blockbuster by making it include sign-and-trades, such as Mirotic (RFA) coming on board and something like Baz (RFA) or Dieng to Chi.
53  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:30:31 AM
Shabazz Muhammad (restricted FA) for Butler, even-up.  Grin
54  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 08:27:45 AM
I agree with your sentiment, but maybe my problem is that half the time the tragedy albums feel every bit as fake and belabored as a Taylor Swift post-performance "surprised gratitude" face. ("Oh my gosh, you're clapping for li'l ol' me!?") I hear less honesty than many people seem to hear. Actually I think I was saying something like that to Smile Brian not that long ago: I think the "authenticity" people hear isn't usually there.
55  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:25:11 AM
I actually find that the drinking hurts it, because my attention to detail (and reality) starts to fade by the second round. And sober, I'm all about those second-round picks.

The Wolves are probably picking in the 6-8 range, which unfortunately seems--consistent with the vast majority of Wolves' history--just outside of the top tier of talent. Some people are saying Malik Monk of UK could slip, but otherwise the names I see most often are Jonathan Isaac of FSU, Lauri Markkanen of Arizona, Zach Collins of Gonzaga, and a few point guards (DeAaron Fox of UK, Dennis Smith of NC St, Frank Ntilikina of France). None of those really excite me. I'd actually prefer to see the pick and Kris Dunn (and maybe more) packaged for as good a young vet as is available. Maybe a PF, maybe another wing. (Hello, Mr. Butler, how are you today?)
56  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 08:14:12 AM
And everybody raves about Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me. Has anybody here heard it (captain?)

This will sound a bit tactless, but is that the one by a guy whose wife died (about his wife's death, etc)? If so, I literally just sampled the iTunes free snippets of a few songs and didn't know what to think of it quite yet. (If not, then no.) I'm always a little hesitant to embrace "tragedy art." It's almost as if the listener is guilted into liking it. I've referenced it a thousand times over the years, but there was an interesting controversy about the choreographer Bill T. Jones's piece "Still / Here" when I was in college. If I recall the controversy properly, it was a dance piece in which (non-dancer) AIDS sufferers were featured. Some prominent critic refused to review the piece, basically saying that it was unfair: a critic who too-heavily criticized the (again, non-dancer) performances would be seen as a heartless asshole; yet from a technical perspective, how could it be otherwise? I believe the non-reviewer called it "victim art."

That concept has stuck with me since that time. Whether I see mentally ill artists (Daniel Johnston ... or sometimes, Brian Wilson) seemingly trotted out, or see the inevitable "breakup album," or whatever other variation on the theme, I always feel a bit queasy and want to proceed with caution.

But all that said, art is and always has been inspired by tragedy as much as, if not more than, by triumph. And of course there is a difference between someone unprofessional or incompetent being (potentially) used versus a talented professional taking inspiration from the dark side. So there's nothing absolute here. It's just something often in my mind.
57  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 08:07:27 AM
Nebraska
I think it's his best, though there is stiff competition (primarily from the other albums you named, really). To me, that's his greatest masterpiece.
58  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:06:24 AM
I'm excited for the playoffs, even sans the Wolves. Opening round, not all THAT excited. But even that will be pretty fun.

And it isn't long until the #1 holiday: NBA Draft.
59  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:03:09 AM
Too bad I couldn't give two shits about hockey or baseball.  Undecided
60  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 08:02:41 AM
I've been trying to keep up, but it has been hit and miss. There are a few things out there I meant to check out (Your Old Droog, Conor Oberst) that I haven't even gotten around to sampling yet. So much music, so little time. Especially when work gets in the way.

Speaking of, I'm "working from home" at the moment. Which means fucking around here and listening to music. And people wonder why I don't post under my real name...
61  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 08:00:20 AM
Yeah, you really have my sympathy. Our kids'-nuts-ripping RB was pathetic the few games he played and our to-be-star QB tore the sh*t out of his leg, while our uber-talented basketball team somehow improved by a whopping TWO GAMES when it hired one of the best coaches in basketball. So yeah ... I feel SO BAD for you!
62  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 07:58:53 AM
You take the art, I'll take the income.
63  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: WIBNTLA on Surf's Up on: April 14, 2017, 07:58:31 AM
Absolutely. I'm not the biggest Dennis fan--and in fact among hardcore fans, I seem to be the least Dennis fan--but WIBNTLA was pretty dang good, as was a lot of the material from everyone during those years. Al's best stuff, Carl started writing cool stuff, Brian's few but great songs, Mike contributing some good stuff, Bruce contributing music instead of mic stand adjustment...to me, '65-'73 is really special.

I know, I know. I'm really out on a limb there... LOL
64  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 07:56:10 AM
Heh, I think Conde Nast's financials would prove that to be inaccurate.
65  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: April 14, 2017, 07:55:09 AM
Which is ABSURD. They should be fired. I'm not one to hope for people to lose their jobs, but I believe they're financially secure, so I'm not too worried about it. What they've done to dismantle that team--a conference contender not long ago!--is just terrible.
66  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 07:51:30 AM
By the way, since we're about a quarter of the way through the year, here's my little recap of what's been going on from my perspective.

Best albums (alphabetical order):
Aimee Mann, Mental Illness
Cotton Mather, Wild Kingdom
Craig Finn, We All Want the Same Thing
Dirty Projectors, s/t
Thundercat, Drunk

Also pretty good and/or too soon to tell (also alphabetical):
Jens Lekman, Life Will See You Now
Jesca Hoop, Memories Are Now
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Laura Marling, Semper Femina
Valerie June, The Order of Time

Most disappointing:
Magnetic Fields, 50 Song Memoir
The Shins, Heartworms

Most anticipated:
The Mountain Goats, Goths
any potential albums rumored coming from Earl Sweatshirt and Neutral Milk Hotel
67  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 07:44:19 AM
To be fair, I don't know whether it's explicitly a narrative, or just thematic. But it is to some extent, from what I've read, a concept album. (See how I'm withholding the concept to avoid polluting your mind, pre-listen, though? Respecting your preferences!)
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 06:44:49 AM
Actually--and I am not kidding--I understand that her album is a concept album.
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 06:40:19 AM
Well I think that's just wrong and proves you're not a real music fan.  LOL
70  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: April 14, 2017, 06:38:06 AM

Of course, as has occasionally been speculated, it's quite possible those early-era ProTools digital files don't exist anymore, and/or would not be usable. I'm curious if Melcher saved the multi-tracks to a more stabile physical digital format.

Not to derail the thread, but quickly, that's why engineer/producer Steve Albini talks a lot about insisting on providing physical tape masters to any artists he works with: he talks about while we consider digital products to be permanent, both hardware and software actually change relatively quickly (and can be hard to recover over time), whereas tape lasts at least decades (if well preserved) and tape machines can always be repaired or recreated, at least.
71  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 06:35:22 AM
I haven't decided whether I'm excited about it or not. I've listened to the two songs she's released so far and while I don't dislike them, neither have I thought all that much about them. I am certainly going to listen to it when it's out, though.

I've managed to avoid both of them. I prefer to hear them within the album. Same with Kendrick's singles. It reminds me of when he released i two years ago as the leading single and everybody thought he'd gone commercial because it was too happy and anthem-like. But then we heard it within To Pimp a Butterfly and it made so much sense as the conclusion.

Makes sense, but I suspect the artists actually want you to hear pre-release singles outside of the album context (or they wouldn't release them early!). That's not to say you have to, naturally. But I don't think it's betraying their intentions or anything.
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2017 New Music. on: April 14, 2017, 06:17:17 AM
I haven't decided whether I'm excited about it or not. I've listened to the two songs she's released so far and while I don't dislike them, neither have I thought all that much about them. I am certainly going to listen to it when it's out, though.
73  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: April 14, 2017, 06:00:58 AM
I have to admit stupidity on this: do you mean the person being named moderate is the rabid reactionary, or the person doing the naming?
74  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: WIBNTLA on Surf's Up on: April 14, 2017, 05:49:41 AM
It's possible--and this is just speculation--that there's some truth in both, and it's a matter of incomplete perspective. There might have been some squabbles that Desper didn't witness or hear of. And so from his perspective it might have seemed like a track just being worked on and then set aside. On the other side of it, it's possible that whatever squabble there may have been was exaggerated by Rieley, who (as Malc correctly points out) was prone to a bit of myth-making here and there.
75  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love You Re-Appreciation Thread #6: All Things 'Good Time' on: April 14, 2017, 05:38:12 AM
"Good Time" never struck me as out of place on Love You until I learned it ought to, like how a little kid doesn't cry when he falls down until his mother rushes over to ask if he's OK. Yeah, the vocals were oddly good compared to everything else, but its quirky style seemed about right to me. And while I'd have loved it on Sunflower, I also love it on Love You. It's actually one of my favorite (I mean, not TOP-TIER favorite, but say top 25) Beach Boys songs. I love it.
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