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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:03 pm

You either like atonal or you do not.

Mark, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Changes, wonderful tunes. When they try for commercial I dig them.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:04 pm

Mark didn't flinch when I posted Last Exit, ya gotta give him that.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:19 pm

FrankChurch wrote:You either like atonal or you do not.

Mark, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Changes, wonderful tunes. When they try for commercial I dig them.


I like atonal, just not all of it. Just like I like sweetly melodic...just not all of it.

Agreed about the tunes on 90125, great stuff. But not really as commercial as it might appear. Nevertheless, it was and remains their experimental work that endears me to YES.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Rick Keeney » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:52 pm

Dr. Dog
Black Sabbath
Deep Purple
Aerosmith
Beef. Heart.
Iggy
Zappa
the Dead

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:12 am

It's a writing day. So I have queued up:

Focus III
Hamburger Concerto (Focus)
Yundi---the Emperor Concerto (Beethoven)
Steve Joliffe "Hourneys Out Of The Body"
Pete Sinfield "Still"


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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Rick Keeney » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:06 am

bad ass motherfucken old school hard core rap, bitches

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:47 pm

I've been playing CDs on my new Blu-Ray external drive (see the Watchin' thread) just to see if I could tell any difference in the sound and Boy Howdy! You really can. I've been whipping out old familiar favorites.

RELAYER Yes

I was one of the fans who really liked Patrick Moraz's keyboard playing style although he only lasted one album before Rick Wakeman came back. Not their strongest set but contains one of the great Yes moments in the ending section of the sidelong title cut, usually just called Soon. A powerful vocal from Jon Anderson singing a simple love song backed by Moraz's lush mellotron strings and Steve Howe's weeping steel guitar. The BR drive brings out all the subtle details even in my little laptop speakers. Oh god now I have to turn into an audiophile.


INNER WORLDS Mahavishnu Orchestra

This was John McLaughlin's last MO release for major label Columbia and it has "you owe us one more album on your contract" all over it. It's a mess but interesting because of that. This is McLaughlin's "pop" album, containing several ballads and what are obviously outakes, and studio jams. (There is one cut, the infamous Planetary Citizen, on which JM does not even appear!) What makes this one worth checking out is it contains JM's first experiments with the guitar synthesizer. Back in the Stone Age of the early 70s his rig consisted of a guitar interfaced to six separate synths, one for each string! The sort of thing a 16 year old can do now with a $10 app on his Iphone. JM didn't do anything half-assed, mellow came later, and he let's it rip. There are a couple cuts where he just turns the thing up and has a noisy blow. But there are nice moments even on the ballads. The cut, In My Life, which has the sappiest Hallmark Card lyrics you'll ever hear also includes a short but really nice acoustic 12 string solo. Way of the Pilgrim is a blah funk tune that ends with a blissful guitar solo. JM probably cringes when people bring this one up now but it's nice if you're a fan to see someone you admire at three o'clock in the morning a little drunk and showing his ass. Kinda human.
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Rick Keeney » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:01 am

Has anyone seen this new Neil Young project? Audiophiles seem to love it.

http://www.ponomusic.com/#home

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:41 am

RIP Gerry Goffin who along with his then wife Carole King wrote some of the most beautiful and luminous tunes in the popular songbook.

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Goffin & King in the RCA recording studio circa 1959


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puM1k-S86nE

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvyOqKhKWQ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEWuAcMWDLY
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:49 am

Writing and listening to a lot of Chick Corea today.

Recently obtained a new CD from the Steve Wilson Band, The Raven That Refused to Sing. Really good stuff.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:14 am

Walking up the street at lunch and paused at the light and a car had this Talking Heads song blaring out of the radio and now I can't the frigging tune out of my head.

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

Now you can't either.

Yep if aliens from space invade the earth and take over the minds of hapless humanity, this is how they'll do it. One pop song at a time...

And she was...
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:26 am

Ezra, you are on point there fella. I note the irony of how the great black pop being written by white folk. I kinda wish they still had song writing offices giving good songs to artists who keep feeding us dreck. Some people should stick to singing or performing only.

Even greedy Barry Gordy thought that quality tunes made for commercialism.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:23 pm

Ezra, you are on point there fella.

I wasn't making a "point". Simply acknowledging the passing of a great American songwriter. But since you're so hung up on identity politics, consider this. The division of labor was consistent for the Goffin/King team. She wrote the music and he wrote all the lyrics. So the lyrics for two of the great "women's" songs, covered by dozens of female artists over the years, Natural Woman and Will you still love me tomorrow, were both written by a twenty something male.
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FinderDoug » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:16 pm

Ezra - I had a friend who sang lead on an a cappella version of "And She Was" back in college. Can't hear it - or Todd Rundgren's "Hodja" - without thinking of him.

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And I put little stock in the senseless lamentations over race-centric songwriting from someone who can't even get BERRY Gordy's name right while talking smack about him.


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