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« Reply #2225 on: December 28, 2014, 04:03:48 PM »

Ryan Adams' self-titled album, Love Is Hell, and 1984 x 598359385, as well as a bunch of his other songs. Since mid-September. I'm finding I like a lot of his weirder/heavier stuff over his usual folky/country fare, although some of that stuff's really cool, too. Someone plz tell me they like him, too.
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« Reply #2226 on: December 29, 2014, 12:32:55 AM »



...has been my all-time favourite album for quite some time now.

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My last.fm page will show how much I've listened to it on my computer alone. I'm obsessed.
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« Reply #2227 on: December 29, 2014, 12:56:33 AM »

I only heard it yesterday! The Who aren't usually my sort of thing, but I was very impressed with Quadrophenia. It's such a huge album.
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« Reply #2228 on: December 29, 2014, 01:14:32 AM »

It's the way the musical themes come through that make it so good. You don't quite realize what has been pushed through until the album finishes and you have all those little pieces that appear in multiple songs spinning around in your head. A lot of double albums have the problem of starting strong and losing momentum towards the end, but side 2 starts almost immediately with "5:15" and that ridiculously good horn part, which pops up again later.

I'm also looking at all these incredible songs and ideas that Pete Townshend put together, completely on his own. Tommy had two songs written by Entwistle, Who's Next had one, and Quadrophenia has none. I have so much respect for him being able to disappear into his room with a tape recorder and write everything without any help - lyrics, melody, arrangements and all. I believe Brian Wilson to be the most creative musical mind in pop music, but he had collaborators on many of his greatest and most accessible songs. It's interesting to me how different artists capable of creating incredible things work differently, and how they differ as a result of their methods.

anyway, props to Townshend for his songs and ideas. I'll be seeing a Who show in September. Looks like it'll be a greatest hits show and not a show where they do the entire Quadrophenia album live like they have been doing recently, but that's okay. I was checking out recent setlists and they played some cool stuff, like playing "A Quick One, While He's Away" for the first time since 1970. Maybe I'll get lucky and get some stuff like that.
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« Reply #2229 on: December 29, 2014, 03:09:03 AM »

A lot of double albums have the problem of starting strong and losing momentum towards the end, but side 2 starts almost immediately with "5:15" and that ridiculously good horn part, which pops up again later.

Totally, and what a monster of an ending. Love Reign O'er me has got to be their A Day in the Life, their You Set the Scene. Only less pretentious and more humble.

I'm also looking at all these incredible songs and ideas that Pete Townshend put together, completely on his own. Tommy had two songs written by Entwistle, Who's Next had one, and Quadrophenia has none. I have so much respect for him being able to disappear into his room with a tape recorder and write everything without any help - lyrics, melody, arrangements and all. I believe Brian Wilson to be the most creative musical mind in pop music, but he had collaborators on many of his greatest and most accessible songs. It's interesting to me how different artists capable of creating incredible things work differently, and how they differ as a result of their methods.

Well put. It's no wonder that Quad is the album Pete is most proud of, given the work he put into it. It definitely is the band's most complete rock opera - on Tommy they were supposed to add strings and the album works 10 times better when performed live anyway, while Who's Next lost so many great songs when it was reduced to a single album. But there is not a single thing I would add or modify on Quadrophenia.
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« Reply #2230 on: December 29, 2014, 02:31:25 PM »


I'm also looking at all these incredible songs and ideas that Pete Townshend put together, completely on his own. Tommy had two songs written by Entwistle, Who's Next had one, and Quadrophenia has none. I have so much respect for him being able to disappear into his room with a tape recorder and write everything without any help - lyrics, melody, arrangements and all. I believe Brian Wilson to be the most creative musical mind in pop music, but he had collaborators on many of his greatest and most accessible songs. It's interesting to me how different artists capable of creating incredible things work differently, and how they differ as a result of their methods.

For me, Townshend is the next best thing to sliced bread (sliced bread being Brian Wilson) - I've really been getting into Pete's work with the who, and even dabbling in a few (but not all) of his solo pieces in the last year.  The guy's energy is incredible and just blows my cotton socks off everytime (well nearly eveytime - I'm looking at you, Iron Giant)

Hope you have a time at the gig.

Anyway, I'm sitting back spinning this totally unexpected but highly appreciated christmas present - funky, dippy, trippy, proggy early 70s stuff.  Freedom will come your way.

Morning Of The Earth Complete Original Soundtrack


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« Reply #2231 on: December 31, 2014, 02:36:05 PM »

As I spend New Years Eve alone, I listen to Artie Shaw New Years Eve 1938...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYDFogmwOzI
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« Reply #2232 on: January 03, 2015, 04:54:45 PM »

Buddy Holly. Imagine what he might have done if not for his premature death. Such gorgeous songs.
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« Reply #2233 on: January 04, 2015, 07:35:48 AM »

Jascha Hoffman. I heard an interview with this artist--whom I'd never heard before--on NPR this morning and really enjoyed the character-driven (actually obituary-driven), semi-orchestrated (sometimes) indie pop sung by this Ben Foldsish voice (especially on "The Atom Bomb"). Turns out the album, The Afterneath, is available for purchase at any price from his website.

Here is a brief story and some links. I'm really enjoying this.

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/obituaries-set-song-jascha-hoffmans-album-afterneath/
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« Reply #2234 on: January 08, 2015, 08:57:26 AM »

Justin Bieber's "U Smile" 800 times slower: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidHnEekXpE
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« Reply #2235 on: January 08, 2015, 09:25:37 AM »

Interesting John.  I'd never found any of these 800% slowed down tracks.  I didn't stick around for the full 35 minutes, but did sample the "Strawberry Fields" 800% slower while I was there.
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« Reply #2236 on: January 08, 2015, 01:00:29 PM »

Interesting John.  I'd never found any of these 800% slowed down tracks.  I didn't stick around for the full 35 minutes, but did sample the "Strawberry Fields" 800% slower while I was there.
I love the stretched Bieber track. I think it's an advantage not to know these songs beforehand. I've never listened to "U Smile" and i don't intend to.

Another fantastic slowed down track (whose original I'm not familiar with) is the theme from Jurassic Park, which lasts something like 55 minutes!
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« Reply #2237 on: January 08, 2015, 07:10:23 PM »

As I spend New Years Eve alone, I listen to Artie Shaw New Years Eve 1938...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYDFogmwOzI

Sorry you were alone bro!  If you were near by, I'da had you over for some dranks!  But awesome pick for tunes.  This is by far my favorite era of music!
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« Reply #2238 on: January 08, 2015, 07:57:29 PM »

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« Reply #2239 on: January 09, 2015, 05:33:00 AM »

  The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson (Yazoo)  They've really cleaned up the sound. It's no longer such a struggle to hear Lemon underneath a big ball of noise and static!

   Plus the Yazoo comp for Sleepy John Estes

   And some Elvis here and there.
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« Reply #2240 on: January 09, 2015, 09:52:27 AM »

As I spend New Years Eve alone, I listen to Artie Shaw New Years Eve 1938...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYDFogmwOzI

Sorry you were alone bro!  If you were near by, I'da had you over for some dranks!  But awesome pick for tunes.  This is by far my favorite era of music!

Cheers Bean Bag! Yeah I absolutely love that particular era of music. Today, though, has been a Sun Records kinda day for me. Maybe because yesterday was Elvis' birthday. I love Mystery Train.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5HErVE9oI
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« Reply #2241 on: January 09, 2015, 12:49:08 PM »

Stuff I'm listening to a bunch this week:





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« Reply #2242 on: January 09, 2015, 08:06:05 PM »

As I spend New Years Eve alone, I listen to Artie Shaw New Years Eve 1938...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYDFogmwOzI

Sorry you were alone bro!  If you were near by, I'da had you over for some dranks!  But awesome pick for tunes.  This is by far my favorite era of music!

Cheers Bean Bag! Yeah I absolutely love that particular era of music. Today, though, has been a Sun Records kinda day for me. Maybe because yesterday was Elvis' birthday. I love Mystery Train.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5HErVE9oI

Yup -- I'm with you again.  Elvis' b-day had me playing EP Boulevard late last night.  Danny Boy, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain... amazing stuff.  Blue Eyes being one of the last songs he played.  But since it was his birthday yesterday... you probably had the right choice!  To make up for it, I'm going to bust out the FTD Boy From Tupelo tonight.

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« Reply #2243 on: January 09, 2015, 10:30:57 PM »

Trying this for the first time...

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« Reply #2244 on: January 09, 2015, 11:12:02 PM »

I saw Peter Hook play Unknown Pleasures and Closer last year in Hong Kong. I got there early and was in the front row.

AMAZING show. He tours a lot - go see him if you get the chance. I'm pretty sure he spends most of his time playing shows around Britain.
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« Reply #2245 on: January 10, 2015, 07:23:45 AM »

 The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson (Yazoo)  They've really cleaned up the sound. It's no longer such a struggle to hear Lemon underneath a big ball of noise and static!

   Plus the Yazoo comp for Sleepy John Estes

   And some Elvis here and there.


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« Reply #2246 on: January 11, 2015, 02:55:48 PM »

Trying this for the first time...



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« Reply #2247 on: January 12, 2015, 02:19:36 PM »

Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland. Surely this has to be Bruce's own Stairway to Heaven. At least in terms of ambition.
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« Reply #2248 on: January 13, 2015, 10:09:51 AM »

The Three Window Coupe lp.  The Rip Chords?  Ya...if the Rip Chords were primarily Bruce and Terry.  [and often...the Wrecking Crew...or the Fantastic Baggies or other Beach Boys or Jan and Dean associates...]  Some good stuff here.  Well done.  And IT SAYS ... reading the extensive liner notes ... that 'they' had a recording of Help Me Rhonda in the 'can'... that it was pressed and ready to be delivered to radio and to the stores ... when Brian walked into Terry's office and said that he had re-recorded the 'Today' version and was going to release the new Rhonda as a Beach Boys single.  That said...Brian wanted to know what Terry "could do for him"?  Terry killed the release...and he and Brian basically became friends as a result of that meeting.

Funny that Bruce kind of hid as a KEY component of the Rip Chords...and then went and hid as a member of the Beach Boys for a couple of years...at least on record. [contractual stuff]

Album highlights include...
Three Window Coupe
This Little Woodie
Hot Rod USA
Beach Girl
My Big Gun Board
One Piece Topless Bathing Suit
Wah-Wahini

"The whole thing started back in '63...with Jan And Dean, The Beach Boys and Me."

True.

So those who don't give Bruce the credit he deserves...should take note.  His 50 years with the Beach Boys [mostly on/occaisionally off] began in '65 with California Girls.

I would go so far as to suggest that the Beach Boys could [especially considering their association, as well, with Terry] and should incorporate Rip Chords songs into the set.  Hey Little Cobra, 3 Window Coupe, and One Piece Topless Bathing Suit for sure.

Not a bad album.  REALLY good harmony group...if you only consider the interlopers...and some outstanding songs which compare favourably with the BB's and J&D material of the era.  [late 63...1964] Cool Guy
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« Reply #2249 on: January 16, 2015, 02:48:48 AM »

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