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« Reply #1800 on: July 12, 2014, 09:07:09 PM »

I loved Electric Warrior the first few times I heard it. Now I kinda hate it. Mambo Sun and BAG are great, but I just can't listen to anything else on there.
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« Reply #1801 on: July 13, 2014, 07:33:31 AM »

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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #1802 on: July 13, 2014, 07:40:38 AM »



One of my 10 favorite albums of this century.
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« Reply #1803 on: July 13, 2014, 07:52:41 AM »

It's a great one for sure. I'm not the world's biggest Of Montreal fan, but some of the melodies are fantastic. Do you rank it higher than 'Hissing Fauna...' ?
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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #1804 on: July 13, 2014, 08:10:09 AM »

It's a great one for sure. I'm not the world's biggest Of Montreal fan, but some of the melodies are fantastic. Do you rank it higher than 'Hissing Fauna...' ?

That's a difficult question for me. The musical highlights of Hissing Fauna... are as high as anything the band has ever done, with "Heimdalsgate" to me the undeniable gem. Obviously it is also their real commercial breakthrough (if you can call going from small cult following to substantial indie following a breakthrough ... it got them into larger venues anyway), and its personal-confessional lyrics seem to have brought something a lot of people value. But personally I don't value confessional lyrics any more than storytelling: autobiographical art is no better than third-person art. And while I enjoyed the foray into funk and electronics--begun with a little bit of controversy on Satanic Panic, actually, with people flipping out over the drum machines on "Disconnect the Dots" when it was released in advance of the album!--I'm a popster at heart.

Further, there is also one's own experience with the music. It was special seeing the first Satanic Panic shows at First Ave ... 7th Street Entry, not mainroom. There were maybe 50 people there, which was a HUGE improvement over their Adhils Arboretum or interim tours, so I was pretty excited. I remember asking Kevin before the show (easy to do in those days) whether they'd be doing "Lysergic Bliss" and being astonished he said yeah, they'd do it all, including the vocal breakdown. (And they did, though the second time around on that tour they did it mostly instrumentally.) BP was newly back in the band. It was just great.

So yes, I'd say I rate it higher than Hissing Fauna, but they're probably both in my top 15 of the century, so it's no critique on the latter. (And no, my top 15 albums of the century isn't all of Montreal...)
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« Reply #1805 on: July 13, 2014, 09:21:21 AM »

It's a great one for sure. I'm not the world's biggest Of Montreal fan, but some of the melodies are fantastic. Do you rank it higher than 'Hissing Fauna...' ?

Agreed - I can't go very long before needing to hear, say, "Climb The Ladder" again.  Some great stuff on there.
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« Reply #1806 on: July 13, 2014, 08:18:12 PM »

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« Reply #1810 on: July 14, 2014, 05:56:49 PM »



Incredible album.
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« Reply #1812 on: July 15, 2014, 12:15:27 PM »

prettiest man, you've got some cool stuff there!  Smiley


Reminded through the "Greatest live albums"-thread I'm listening to this double set right now:




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« Reply #1813 on: July 15, 2014, 01:04:48 PM »

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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
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« Reply #1814 on: July 15, 2014, 01:12:40 PM »

^ I like the sound and the direction the band adopted with this album. Too bad they forgot to write more memorable tunes to go with it.
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And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #1815 on: July 16, 2014, 02:28:16 PM »



Incredible album.
Most interesting. Thanks for the tip. :=)
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« Reply #1816 on: July 16, 2014, 04:55:18 PM »

prettiest man, you've got some cool stuff there!  Smiley


Reminded through the "Greatest live albums"-thread I'm listening to this double set right now:






  Awesome. "This Is the Story" (studio set) has a nice layered sound.

 I'm listening to THE BEST OF SLEEPY JOHN ESTES on Yahoo. A distinctive singer with an insightful perspective. Sleepy John was from West Tennessee; wonder if he ever crossed paths with Elvis?
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« Reply #1817 on: July 17, 2014, 02:02:13 PM »

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« Reply #1818 on: July 17, 2014, 02:06:32 PM »

RICHARD MANUEL - YOU DONT KNOW ME
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGrucjh971k

JONI MITCHELL - COYOTE (THE LAST WALTZ)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz0RUWBzQJ4
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« Reply #1819 on: July 17, 2014, 08:34:26 PM »

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« Reply #1822 on: July 18, 2014, 07:20:57 AM »

So far this morning:

American Werewolf Academy - "Everything Is Alright So Far"


Dressy Bessy - self-titled


The Eames Era - "Heroes and Sheroes"
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« Reply #1823 on: July 18, 2014, 08:19:10 AM »

This week: The Boys (mature stuff  Evil ); The Band - a comp I made - mostly well-known stuff but no Dixie, an overblown lachrymose racist little number; some piano jazz - Evans, Peterson, Monk, Tatum; Ellington; Paul Simon; Walter Becker; Paul Buchanan, Van the Man, Miles Davis.
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« Reply #1824 on: July 18, 2014, 08:35:03 AM »




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