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Everything and Nothing / External drive always running
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:07:22 PM »
Got a question for the experts.  My 1 TB external HD constantly spins.  I've researched this a lot and there's not a ton of info other than a handful of threads of people complaining of the same but no real solution.  I have done things like turn off indexing, anti-virus, etc.  No programs are active and nothing downloading.  The drive is just always spinning and I can hear (what I think is) the head reading data.  This HD is about 800GB full, stores my iTunes files and other stuff.  Most of it is backed up.  Just would like it to hibernate when not in use.  Anyone experience this?  Any solutions?  This is a Windows platform.

Yeah, this is a fairly frequent problem.  What gets me is when I order things from Europe and their bubble mailers are wimpier than the typical ones you find in the U.S., or so it seems.  I wouldn't normally shed a tear of a cracked case except one album I picked up there was a unique title sticker on the case and the cover had cracked right through the sticker all because it was just the disc inside a really thin mailer.  My bigger complaint is that nearly every double-CD set with the flip-tray arrive broken and the all-clear 2-sided flip trays are not easy to find (I suppose if you buy in bulk, but can't find them locally, only solid black flip trays)... however, I figured out a way around this... thrift stores! There's almost always a really bad religious 2-CD set that's in near perfect condition with those clear 2-disc trays and I buy them for a couple bucks when I need one.

For my Numinamusic orders that I ship out, I buy these cardboard boxes specifically designed for CD sales.  I have ones that hold 2 CDs at a time and use them for 1 or 2 order sizes. If it goes up to 3 I'll use a bubble mailer with some cardboard inserted on the two ends and for more I recycle boxes I have and/or cut out my own cardboard mailer - which is kind of a pain in the ass and can take 20 minutes to size it up and cut it just right and tape it all up, but it beats wasting more cardboard by buying a lot of oversized boxes and stuff.  If I was high-volume I would do that, but it's just not economical for me at this time.

Hypnos, Roach, Rich, and Projekt have always had perfect packaging from my experience.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:58:27 PM »

I absolutely LOVE Lowlife, they are one of the most underrated (criminally underrated) bands ever.

Oh gosh, I don't remember that!  Old age!  :P

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:37:07 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:33:27 AM »
"Sleep at home for free."  Ha ha!!

Whenever a rocker says "putting you on the guest list," don't count on it.  I interviewed Steve Kilbey of The Church by phone around 1994 and he said the same thing.  When I went to the venue (surprise) I wasn't on the guest list.  But things have a way of evening out, when, years later, I went to a Chameleons show and got invited to hang out with the drummer in SF, and then into the club early to watch the soundcheck.  If I hadn't had tickets no one would have noticed and I probably would have gotten in for free.... 

I met Guthrie and Raymonde back stage on the Heaven or Las Vegas tour.  I had gotten a temp job as a load in/out person for a SF concert hall, and luckily my first job was the CT show.  They were both friendly and signed my "Moon and the Melodies" CD.  Guthrie couldn't believe I liked that album and Raymonde said he "couldn't play bass to save (his) life" when I offered a compliment about his bass playing!  Good times (the 90's)...

A friend of mine's band had opened up for the Church here in the 90s.  Apparently it was a tour where they weren't playing "Under A Milky Way" and I guess backstage my friend had commented on missing that song or something and Kilby and Wilson-Piper apparently had a shit fit and got in his face about how they hate playing the song.  LOL. It got kind of nasty apparently, like shouting at each other.  I dunno, I wasn't there though.  I was never a huge Church fan.  I do have a few of their albums... really tried to like their stuff, not dynamic enough for me, though I probably like them more now than I did in the 90s.

Cool story about meeting with Robin & Simon!  Have you ever listened to Lowlife?  Will Heggie was in this band (who is the original bassist on "Garlands").  I LOVE Lowlife.

I was on the 8-year plan so my list encompasses a lot of music... listened to just about anything depressing and introverted.

Dead Can Dance
Cocteau Twins
This Mortal Coil
Love Spirals Downwards
Jane's Addiction
Pale Saints
Siouxsie & the Banshees
Skinny Puppy
The Orb
Nitzer Ebb
Echo & the Bunnymen
The Verve
Sisters of Mercy
Clan of Xymox
The Smiths
Revolting Cocks
Mazzy Star
Kitchens of Distinction
Ocean Blue
Smashing Pumpkins
Soul Whirling Somewhere
The Judybats
80s - Depeche, New Order, Duran, TFF, TT, Cure, Simple Minds, Human League, A-Ha
College study sessions - Steve Roach, Robert Rich, vidnaObmana

Most important?  Probably a tie between Dead Can Dance, Lycia, and Cocteau Twins

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:16:17 AM »
I do think he played a show here, but I didn't go. Haven't gone to live music much at all, lately. Why should I, when I can sleep at home for free?


Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 09:09:51 AM »
Man o man o man... I so wished Robin Guthrie had made a stop here in Denver on that Guthrie/Perry tour.  I think they went through Portland Mike.  Did you go?  I know they did a thing for KEXP in Seattle.  Great live radio set on YouTube to watch with both Robin playing guitar and Brendan Perry singing. Badass set.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 09:05:11 AM »
Funny you fell asleep. The first gig I saw of theirs everyone was sitting down and many likely eyes closed except this random drunk girl that was schmoozing me and sitting on my lap and dancing IN FRONT OF 2,500 people who were all sitting down.  I think I had my first anxiety attack at that show because of the embarrassment.  The venue was standing for the 4CC gig but I was glad for that as myself and my buddies were in our mopey shoegaze phase, very drunk and with long hair I got my shoegaze on that night.  Remember very little of it frankly... except I made sure to tell my friends that Robin was wearing the watch I sold him, yet not only was he not wearing the watch, but I also didn't get those free tickets... my friends probably thought I dreamt the whole encounter.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:21:17 AM »
I should say though that Liz's live vocals have a lot to be desired. There are some truly dreadful examples on YouTube and some bootlegs I have/had. Probably best left as the iconic band they are than have them reform and make a mess of an album.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:18:07 AM »
Cool topic. I'm a hardcore CT fan as well and would love to see the band reform though I am aware that Elizabeth, in addition to whatever bandmate issues there are, doesn't like to perform live - or so I've read a few times. It is too bad though. I've seen the band live twice, once with front row center seats to the point I was staring up at Liz's chin (HoLV tour) and I met Robin Guthrie (and later Liz) on the 4CC tour in a funny situation. Robin was super nice. I sold him a watch at a downtown watch shop I worked at. He couldn't believe I knew who he was. Later Liz and Simon walked by and I said something all fanboy (I was 23) and just got a nod back - no smile or "thanks", but whatever, they are gods. I was nervous as hell too. Was the day there were in town for the 4CC tour.  Robin told me to sell my tickets and he'd put me on the guest list. Needless to say Robin forgot to put my name on the guest list and he wasn't wearing the watch I sold him on stage. good thing I hadn't sold my tickets!

Robin's solo stuff is really incredible. I particularly like Bordeaux.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stephen Phillips
« on: September 29, 2012, 01:33:38 AM »
I was hoping to see Stephen this year as his wife has family here in Colorado and we've managed to connect 3 times in the past and jam a little in the studio. Hopefully he'll be out here next year. As was mentioned "real life" is keeping his mind and spirit busy with other things than music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Galas of Lycia
« on: September 29, 2012, 01:28:24 AM »
Hey Drone On, Lycia was huge for me in the 90s. I'm pretty sure I listened to Burning Circle more than any other album. Cold is a close second. Without a doubt Galas' input on those albums made a positive difference. I only have one of his solo albums but how you describe his work is accurate. It's fantastic stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
« on: September 29, 2012, 01:23:38 AM »
I'm a longtime DCD fan and got lucky with a surprise presale for tickets to their show here and ended up with front row seats directly in front of Lisa's dulcimer rig about 4' in front of me.

I'm not good at detailed reviews of concerts or albums but I will say without question the performance was fantastic! They did play the entire new album (I think) which is fine with me as it's the best thing they've done since Serpent's Egg IMO. Lisa's voice is still solid and mesmerizing. Brendan hasn't lost it either. That said, I would have loved to hear some of their earlier works from the first 3 albums but no reason to complain. After the show I managed to snag Lisa's set list - her foot actually touched it. :)

Actually I think Richard's was the most glowing, but mine was more glowing than Bert's.  But, I think to some degree they were all glowing.  :)


Don't forget my 8/7 review.  Guess it wasn't "glowing" enough for a comment from the artiste.  ;D

Drone On - I'm so sorry! I didn't see your review until you just mentioned it here. Thank you for a more than glowing review! :) I will be posting your review on my reviews link at when I get a chance to do so.

You're the "glowing" man!


Thank you for such a glowing review of the new album! I am very happy you are enjoying it.

Incidentally, I also received another review posted today by Bert Strolenberg with Sonic Immersion:

The Deception of Reality
CD, Hypnos Recordings, 2012
From the labels notes on Jesse Sola’s concept release "The Deception of Reality" I learned it’s about introspective escapism while balancing light and dark themes, with the music transporting the listener to wherever they wish the music to take them.

Jesse’s previous two albums already opened the doorway to a much deeper and darker-flavoured sonic environment, something that nicely continues on the five lengthy, uninterrupted pieces on this 75-minute album. We’re talking about spacious, slighty melodic but overall expansive soundscapes here that venture into alternate realities with lots of mystic caverns and longform dwellings into the vast unknown.

Besides occasional undercurrents of mourning and melancholy, Numina’s expressive, constantly evolving and overall emotive textures paints beautiful pictures, all fitting in a grand, transparent design. I though can imagine the drifting flow making up the rather Roach-oriented 19-minute "Empire of Nothing" may be a bit too minimal for some. Fortunately, the smooth, warm and dreamy waves of the final track "Translunary Return" again pull things in a different direction.

All in all, if you love imaginary and in-depth ambient soundscape music, the excellently mastered "The Deception of Reality" won’t disappoint the least.


Review link:

I just listened a couple times and this a great CD.  Nice job Jesse!


Thank you to Mike & Lena for all of their hard work and investment you put into this release. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Record Store Day 4/21/12
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:06:28 AM »
Cool thread I missed it earlier. RSD seems pretty big here as well. I went last year and the line was about a half-block long. I don't know how Waterloo handled things but at Twist & Shout (Denver's equivalent to Amoeba, Waterloo, etc.) they filed everyone in like an assembly line with all the records on the walls in easy-to-grab ways and then to the checkout. Only took about 10-15 minutes. Granted I didn't pick up much. Anyway, I'd never been to an RSD up to that point. Was fun.

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