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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 09, 2011, 02:06:29 PM »
Been listening a lot to Encomiast- Winter's End; a terrific disc, one of those that you forget for a few years, then you put it back on, and say WOW.  A strong sense of yearning and... abandonment? Isolation?

I ordered this as well. The sound samples are terrific!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2011, 11:04:12 AM »
Nunc Stans- The Palm At The End Of The Mind; the title track is fantastic
The Circular Ruins- Invisible Cities; It's all good
Andrew Hargreaves- Fragments, and Defragments; glitchy and melodic piano-synth-keyboard soundscapes. Dirty and echoey and lo-fi. Excellent...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 20, 2011, 05:07:03 PM »

Stupidly expensive at about $14.50 for a download !!!!!!!!!!!!
Major ripoff.

You're right about that! In fact it kind of pisses me off that I was dumb enough to buy it!   ...but we're probably paying extra for all the hype and dramatic description you get with this release ;-)  ...all in all though, it's a great album. Yeah, let know what you think.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 20, 2011, 02:55:49 PM »
Here you go Anthony, in case you're interested:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 20, 2011, 04:08:08 AM »
Hey Anthony, are you talking about Our Fearful Symmetry remixes, or the original? If you're talking about the remixes, I wasn't impressed at first either, but I'm starting to like it more and more...

and I'd love to know who Hummingbird is!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:01:02 PM »
Joe mentioned recently...
Grouper- Way Their Crept; This is the foggiest, reverbyist (I know it's not a word, but it should be), and ghostliest of Liz Harris' discs, and also her best.

I'm on this wagon (Grouper) a bit late, and it's unfortunate as this one looks tough as nails to find.  Was reissued on Type a few years back and a quick check on discogs reveals a hefty price for the LP.  Oh well...

Don't fret, Jason. Apparently Liz has a new one out called Dreamloss that's every bit as murky and elusive as Way Their Crept. I'm thinking of getting it, but really, how much of this stuff does a guy need...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2011, 05:38:25 PM »
Grouper- Way Their Crept; This is the foggiest, reverbyist (I know it's not a word, but it should be), and ghostliest of Liz Harris' discs, and also her best.
Konntinent- Opal Island; Love this one, don't know how to describe it. Every note is sharp and clear with hard edges. Pianos, keyboards, guitars, noises, voices, and even some harmonica, all coming together into slow and oddly mysterious landscapes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 15, 2011, 03:55:46 AM »
Hummingbird- Our Fearful Symmetry Remixes; this one is definitely a "grower" for me. At first I wasn't sure, but now all those subtle details have revealed themselves in all their splendor...  a really fine release!

Hell Bill, I'm not offended, just puzzled. I guess I should have mentioned that I get on facebook occasionally, it's not ALL bad. I got caught up in criticizing aspects that I DON'T like, without mentioning the positives.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2011, 04:37:43 PM »
Silence Speaks In Shadow is one of the great ones, along with Sola Translatio's Mother Sunrise, and several of the Vidna Obmana discs...


Description Without Place- Filaments.

I truly don't understand the hatred and vitriol for Facebook. I certainly find some people's overuse of it a bit puzzling, but what harm does it do to you if you don't participate? Why mock it if you can instead choose simply to ignore it? What is the point of posting sarcastic and demeaning comments about a system that allows people to connect with others who, for whatever reason, they enjoy doing so? If it's mundane and vapid and banal, what difference does it it make to you if you aren't forced to read or participate? Just like this forum...god knows there is enough mental masturbation taking place here as well, to be honest.

Honestly...there are plenty of folks on Facebook that make me scratch my head and ask "Do they have a life?" but who the hell am I to judge them? Don't like Facebook..fine, leave it alone. I would say that 9/10 of the time I could dispense with it altogether, but just recently, Facebook enabled me to find out that a good friend and former co-worker of mine had to put his beloved dog to sleep so that when I saw him next in person I could give him a big hug and tell him how sorry I was. IMO, that's enough justification of a system that, by and large, may be nothing but a lot of "look at me" shit.

Sorry for the rant, but honestly...shit, there are more more important things to get worked up about, IMO...gas in the US is about to hit 4 bucks a gallon...fuck that, IMO.

No offense meant, by the way...but...oh what the hell...


The only person who expressed hatred and vitriol was the author who's message Mike posted. The rest of of us just made comments along the lines that there is too much empty blather on facebook. That's hardly "hatred and vitriol".

I don't see a lot of opinion-oriented coversations on facebook. What I DO see is a lot of meaningless blather between people.  Example-  "Im enjoying my morning cup of joe right now." Well no shit! Almost EVERYONE drinks coffee in the morning. Is it worth posting on a website? 

Not much for me on facebook I'm afraid. My wife, for some reason, set me up with a facebook page a few months ago. After the initial novelty wore off  --about two days--  I rarely visit it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2011, 06:54:21 AM »
This gray Sunday Morning:

The Humble Bee- Morning Music;  ...very good morning music indeed. Very intimate and warm instrumental loops (synth, keyboard, pianos, occasional guitar), enveloped in crackle and fog. Wonderfully slow paced and relaxing...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2011, 05:34:27 PM »
Tonight, a few Coil CDs that I haven't heard in a while:

Live 4, Musick To Play In The Dark, and The Ape Of Naples; Hmmm... morose, doom laden, creepy, occasionally downright evil, and sometimes darkly humorous:

"Wise words from the departing
 Eat your greens, especially broccoli
 Wear sensible shoes
 And always say thank you,
 Especially for the things you never had"

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2011, 05:22:42 PM »
Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner- Post Piano 1;  Kirschner's looped and treated piano tapes, layered and constructed into minimal and spacious landscapes. Lots of echo, reverb and static added...  excellent!

Anthony Kerby & Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; The very definition of "minimal and spacious" 8)

Dag Rosenqvist & Rutger Zuydervelt- Vintermusik; by far my favorite disc by either Jasper TX or Machinefabriek. On this disc they go by their real names and create a surprisingly solid and well-constructed album. By turns dense and dark, then airy, fragile and brittle.   

...I suppose I should mention that I'm not ordinarily a fan of either one's brand of experimentalism. Too often to me, the results seem haphazard and unfinished, as though the artist lost interest halfway through. But this one is really nice!

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Vidna Obmana - The Surreal Sanctuary
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:38:48 AM »
Is The Surreal Sanctuary out of print? That's too bad, it's such a good one too...  best of luck finding one, nuun.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:50:17 PM »
I think I prefer the original Hummingbird to the reworked one. But it's hard to say until I get more accustomed to it.

Fine with me...    I'm thinking others are really gonna like the disc too.

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