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Posted on Nov 1, 2012 6:31:37 AM PDT
Alexis says:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9rsB9IRoRM&feature=related

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 6:36:05 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
Alexis:

Yes it was very sad. But more than sad, it was unrelenting...a slow motion breakup happening before your eyes and with no escape (other than shut off the dvd player).

I am reminded of Sophie's Choice. I remember not liking it. Why? I gave up trying to figure out why so I chose "pacing". The pacing was not to my liking.

So, Gosling and Williams both did a wonderful job depicting their characters realistically.

It was bad pacing.

ed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 11:42:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 11:43:41 AM PDT
I just discovered the 33&1/3 series of books when I stumbled across Franklin Bruno's book "Armed Forces" about Talking Heads. I'd never heard of him - or his band Nothing Painted Blue so I
went to youtube to listen to a few of the band's tracks... nice!
This led me to Jenny Toomey.
The fact that he was a professor of philosophy piqued my interest in his songwriting so I grabbed one of his solo efforts 'A Cat May Look At A Queen", though I haven't given it a listen yet.

I'm presently listening to Toomey's "Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings the Songs of Franklin Bruno".

Two songs into it I went to Amazon and grabbed her Antidote album after reading the reviews.

Next on my gotta' buy list will be Tsunami and Grenade, two bands she was the vocalist for, followed probably by more of Bruno's solo albums.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:22:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 9:02:51 PM PST
E. Dill says:
My latest "find" was, of course, already in my possession awaiting some attention.

J*Davey - The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost.

What can I say? I haven't a clue who J*Davey is other than Miss Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau. This is a sexy album (vocals/lyrics that I can understand) but mostly it is an inventive album, musically. It has those beats I like that I never hear when hearing about some album/group that gives GREAT beats. It's off-center and I love it. Right now I'm addicted to "Divisions of Joy" and "Private Parts" from the first album....we'll get to the second one eventually.......I think those two songs are on youtube. I was there and elsewhere looking for some lyrics. One video DID have the lyrics to "Divisions".

ed.

ps. I know, I know. To each their own.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 3:06:04 PM PST
Alexis says:
Come on Ohio....it's all up to you now....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TiXUF9xbTo

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 8:50:53 PM PST
Steve K says:
Alexis,

I thought tat was serious for a second. Vey funny lol. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 6:57:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:32:35 AM PST
Timot-Rex says:
I did my part (as a Cincinnati, OH denizen.) With any luck we'll all wave bye bye to Willard and Scrappy-Do by evening's end.
By the way, don't Mitt and Scrappy look like they belong to that weird pervy Teutonic fraternity from the movie Animal House? "Thank you sir may I have another?"

Speaking of cranky old codgers I listened to Neil Young and Crazy Horse's "Americana" on the way to the polls. Kind of shabby ... what the hell ...

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:54:21 AM PST
E. Dill says:
Well, I voted. And as I voted, I looked around and felt like I always feel. I could see 20 votes for Romney to every vote to Obama. But at least they weren't wearing Nazi swastikas. Hell, even the blacks in line looked Republican to me.

I'm not saying that my very white suburban/country neighborhood is conservative or anything (there ARE pockets of blacks within a few miles of here) but on the way to my voting place I saw a house that had put up a cluster of Romney signs up in a circle with a sign which said something like "SAVE AMERICA".

In a neighborhood about 2-3 miles from here, I once was going down a side street and saw a sign on the front lawn WITH a Confederate Flag. The sign said, rather candidly, "If you support Obama you can kiss my arse".

I know I'm wrong, kind of. I mean, you begin to think that not only are YOU on the right side but you're the only one who sees the truth. It's arrogant and if I don't quit it I'm going to punch myself in the face.

ed (tough guy)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 8:37:49 AM PST
Timot-Rex says:
Ha ha Ed .. and you live in the BLUE part of Ohio! Try Southwest Ohio sometime. You know ... the district that gave the world Jean Schmidt!

What really kills me is this whole false equivalency the mealy mouthed media keeps trying to sell. Namely, that both parties are now dominated by either extreme leftists or righties. This is utter hogwash. There are no extreme leftists in the Democratic Party. The whole country edges more rightward all the time. Obama's record is more to the right than Eisenhower's and they call him a socialist. Depressing. By the way, as I enter my retirement I can only hope that we get a little bit more "socialism" in this land of the 1%.

Most depressing to me personally is complete lack of courage to talk honestly about climate change. It's ironic that all these anti-abortion activists don't care about the planet's ability to sustain human life. I suppose they're waiting for the "rapture" so they'll be whisked up and settled into an air-conditioned heaven.

When the time comes when we have to build domes over the cities just to stay alive I think we'll have to deny entry to the descendants of these climate change deniers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 11:13:44 AM PST
E. Dill says:
@Timot-Rex:

I was going to add to your post but you said it all. I'm depressed too. We have a major party literally becoming the "anti-science" party because it suits their strategy. They seem not only to be mocking of climate change but anti-education. This is, of course, because they feel that our universities are nothing but a haven for radical/communist professors excepting, of course, the one's founded by the religious right.

The interesting thing that will play out if Romney loses is, what have they learned? Will it be that they went too far to the right or will they decide that the candidate they chose wasn't truly, sincerely, right enough, with those moderate tendancies he seemed to show in Massachusetts. Don't tell that to the 41% though (or was that 47%?)

A great post.

ed.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 11:37:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 11:44:55 PM PST
Val H. says:
I hope you both sleep easier tonight. Well done Ohio! Well done women of America! Great result!

Edit: I should say what I'm listening to - One Day I'm Going to Soar by Dexys. I love Kevin Rowland - he just does what he feels like regardless of trends. This album has so many familiar musical phrases in it, it's almost like playing "What's That Tune?" Good fun as usual.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 11:41:32 PM PST
SteveMor says:
I have only one question e Dill, WHO IN THE HELL ARE ALL THOSE ARTISTS! Other than a couple, nobody popular or well known, lol!

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 4:43:08 PM PST
E. Dill says:
@SteveMor:

<<I have only one question e Dill, WHO IN THE HELL ARE ALL THOSE ARTISTS! Other than a couple, nobody popular or well known, lol! >>

You must have relatively mainstream tastes. Your perogative, of course. I only mentioned a few of the artists on the 3 cd comp I was listening to at the time (267 pages of posts ago!). I'm sure other artists on the collection may have been a bit better known than, say, My Bloody Valentine.

What can I say? Musical tastes are quite subjective and personal. I'm all over the place. I straddle between pop/rock to experimental rock/jazz and stuff in between. It's helped keep me interested in music for the past 66 years. (Ok, maybe I was REALLY interested for about 58 of them.)

ed.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 2:50:11 AM PST
Alexis says:
http://www.prefixmag.com/news/watch-cat-power-perform-cherokee-on-conan/71696/

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 3:23:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 3:26:05 PM PST
Alexis says:
I like to thank Daniel Taylor for alerting me to this great band. I'm listening to We Are Augustines "Rise Ye Sunken Ships over and over (as I am Angels & Airwaves).

Pay attention to David Letterman's comments at the end of the performance....I love these guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vluAVy66peE

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 4:04:24 PM PST
D. Taylor says:
Huh. First time I tune into this blog in several months and my name shows up.

So quick update on my life: I've just started college for the first time ever, and it's super busy (which is why I've been not present on any online blogs for practically a year). I've also gotten much more into Jack White's stuff (I LOVE Icky Thump as well as Broken Boy Soldier), and I've started to get more into learning songs on the guitar. It's good for winning over girls I've found.

Couple more recent release worth looking up:
Wilco, the Whole Love
Grizzly Bear, Shields
Muse, The 2nd Law (it's very different from earlier albums)

And not that this fits into a pop forum, but my German professor is making us listen to classical music and write papers on specific pieces. It's been a very worthwhile experience. Despite all the rock music I've purchased in the last 10 years, the best CD I've bought so far is probably Beethoven's complete symphonies.

Another classical gem that most people don't know (but I grew up playing baroque music so it was a good find for me):
Bach, Musikalisches Opfer (English: Musical Offering)

Sorry this is super scatter-brained. I've been, as said, very busy with school.

Cheers,
D. Taylor

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 4:06:19 PM PST
D. Taylor says:
And in response to We Are Augustines: I'd completely forgotten about that album. I'll have to give it another listen. Though my roommate has excellent taste in music and has gotten me into all sorts of weird directions. I keep thinking I should look up certain bands but always forget. So much music, so little time...

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 2:40:56 AM PST
Steve K says:
Gday All !,

This weeks library pick ups are,

Nightwish/Imaginaerum
Sarah De Bono/No Shame
The Rubens/ST
Regina Spektor/What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Xavier Rudd/Spirit Bird
Kate Martin/Hand Me My Bow and Arrow
Gotye/Making Mirrors
Of Mice and Men/The Flood
Anathema/Weather Systems
Skipping Girl Vinegar/Keep Calm Carry The Monkey
Thievery Corporation/Culture Of Fear
Kimbra/Vows.

Hopefully something good in this lot. Ill be sure to let you know if Ive found myself a gem. ! Cheers.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:04:47 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 3:12:17 PM PST
Alexis says:
Oh darn it, Steve. I have Vows and Making Mirrors already waiting for you but I know I've taken too long (again) to post them. Anyway, hope you enjoy them all!

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:06:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 5:07:14 PM PST
Steve K says:
Alexis that's ok.. if you've already made them that's fine.. please send them thru when you can and I'll hold off copying these two... we can't be wasting good blank cds now can we!

:)

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 6:00:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 5:31:52 AM PST
Timot-Rex says:
The last few weeks ....

Fleshtones - Roman Gods - Certainly a "desert island" choice if ever there was one. Good to listen to when I run.
I think this album is the template for a certain kind of sleazy garage rock album that never fails to get my feet moving. I can hear its echoes when I listen to bands like the The Ponys, the Oh Sees, and others.

Our great public library keeps collecting awesome adventurous recordings:

Metric - "Synthetica" I quite like this band despite their retro feel.

The Fresh & Onlys - "Long Slow Dance" They keep getting better.

ty Segall Band - "slaughterhouse" Another one for keeping awake while driving. I'll be listening to this kind of noise in the old folks home one day I swear. I pledge to never mellow!

Crocodiles - "Endless Flowers" Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) should be a hit single. An I-Pod mix tape staple.

Dean & Britta - "13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests." Mostly good but a tad repetitive due to remixes that are not dissimilar from the originals. Still .. it's Luna, eh? I missed their traveling museum show here in Cincinnati but snagged the cool concert poster.

Guided By Voices - "Class Clown Spots A UFO" - Does anyone come up with better song titles? I think Pollard needs Tobin for their above average records.

Neil Young - "Americana" Very disappointing lazy effort consisting of poorly chosen cover songs. One giant snooze fest. His new record is supposed to make up for this awful mess.

Tamaryn - "Tender New Signs" Very pretty record. This made me dig out my old Flying Saucer Attack Records "Distance" and "Further"

Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/Dream - Raunchy crunchy rock that makes you want to start your own garage band. Perfect for your Halloween party.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 5:35:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 10:59:11 AM PST
Timot-Rex says:
Another visit to the library during lunch and I spot the latest CD by Deerhoof 'Break Up Song.' I nearly let it remain. Great as they are Deerhoof releases an album frequently and I thought "I love them but I've heard it all before." Fortunately I got it. There's no mistaking it as another Deerhoof record but somehow this one sounds fresh. The distorted sounds of the opening track have me checking my car's bass setting. It's fine. They're doing that on purpose. The murky rumbling rhythm section is underwater and yet remains as tight as ever. Their music compositions are a notch up and the playing (including what's her names vocals which are really like another instrument in the mix) is like some avant-garde jazz combo doing Tom Tom Club by way of Mark Ribot and Sir Coconut. That is to say it might be experimental and complex yes but also a lot of fun.

FYI
There's a really good essay at Slate.com on the Beatles' 50th anniversary of the release of 'Love Me Do.'
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/12/03/the_beatles_love_me_do_rises_up_the_charts_blogging_the_beatles_50_years.html
I might have to get that book.

Also, The Sunday New York Times published a good story on Graham Parker. He is reuniting with 'the Rumour' 30 years and they're appearing in Judd Apatow's new movie as "washed-up rock stars looking for one more shot." Interesting.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 6:36:56 PM PST
Alexis says:
Currently I'm listening to Gillian Welch's "The Harrow and the Harvest". Now back to soaking th fruit for the Christmas cake (hic)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 5:58:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:29:28 AM PST
Timot-Rex says:
I'm enamored with The Fresh & Onlys "Long Slow Dance." I've read reviews comparing the record favorably to R.E.M. but I think their influences are more diverse. This album DOES remind me of other mid-1980s records. I'm thinking of the Stranglers 'La Folie' or 'Golden Brown' era. Throw in the Go-Betweens and maybe some Echo & the Bunnymen circa 'Ocean Rain' and you can get a good idea of the sounds of this record from the song writing to the studio production tweeks. In fact it sounds like a record that's been sitting around in a album record crate for 30 years (in a good way.) This is definitely one of my very favorites of 2012.
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