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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:35:52 PM »
Okay, my choice is "The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard". This one seems to get raves everywhere you read. I would've started with "Sunday at the Village Vanguard", but the prices for that are:  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:29:56 PM »
I got rid of my turntable years ago. CDs are easier to use, last longer, no hisses & crackles... and I never thought vinyl sounded better, though some people swear it does.

What exasperates me is that in some cases vinyl is the ONLY format available for a given piece of music. GRRR... what are these artists/labels thinking?! It HAS to be limiting their sales and exposure.
Vidna's Fear Falls Burning project and the Type label are two notable offenders here.

Once I e-mailed a complaint to the Type people, but all I got back was a spiel about the "superior quality of vinyl", and, blah blah blah... what's ironic about this is that the music in question was by Grouper, who purposely release ultra lofi, hissy, crackly stuff to begin with. ???   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:52:20 PM »
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Hey, Joe. Talk Amongst the Trees is my fave Eluvium too. I know others here who prefer Copia, but I found that release a little over-precious with all its post-classicisms (a bit like how I feel about SotL's drift from their early-mid period to their more recent post-orchestralisms), and though Copia's a nice enough disc, I prefer the grittier more particulate textures of TAtT.

"Precious". Yes, exactly. I thought several of the Copia tracks were plagued by piano playing that was too-sweet, too-prominent, and too predictable. I also thought it sounded kind of "crowded"- no room for the instruments to breath. Having said that though, it's still a half-great disc.

And thanks for the tip on "Time Travel". :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:02:47 PM »
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 05:16:10 AM »
That is so cool! I have a friend who decorated the ceiling in his rec room the same way.

Lots of Pink Floyd, Ramones, Clash, Devo... I like it!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:26:44 PM »

If you don't have Miles Davis' Kind of Blue... Evans is playing piano on most tracks and, wow, you need this album.  And it's only $8 on Amazon...

I agree with you all the way about Kind of Blue. I heard this years ago at a friend's house, and I was impressed enough to buy it, even though I wasn't even a jazz fan at the time. It's one of those incredible discs that you can't help but love, regardless of your musical preferences.

Undercurrent does indeed sound like a beautiful disc. And what an album cover! :o

Sunday At The Village Vanguard sounds great as well... and I'll definitely do some research on that Tomasz Stanko disc. In fact there's a CD called Trio, by Stanko's band, that I'm gonna get -a piano, bass, drum combo that sounds awesome.

And The Necks do some really interesting long-form jazzy type stuff that apparently gets quite hypnotic, judging from the MP3s and reviews...

Thanks for the suggestions, guys! :)

The jazz discs that really have me going now are:

Vassilis Tsabropoulos- Achirana; Breathtaking!
Arild Andersen, with Vassilis Tsabropoulos- The Triangle; almost as good
Tord Gustavsen Trio- Being There; very nice, but a bit too much structure for my preference.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:01:14 AM »
Hi Alan! Thanks for the "Necks" recommendation, I'll have to check it out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bill Evans
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:15:21 PM »
I've recently fallen in love with several "minimal" jazz albums that consist of a trio of piano, bass, and percussion. For some reason this stuff really hits the spot for me. Although I'm unfamiliar with the music of Bill Evans, I know that he played a lot of music in this very same format. So can anyone suggest a good starting point in the Bill Evans discography?

I prefer laid back jazz, with lots of spaces, and not too much melodic structure.

I'm sorry about your loss, Somnia. I'm sure it's a difficult time for you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 09, 2008, 07:59:59 PM »
I have no problem with the karma feature, even though it seems that only the administrator/moderators receive the karma votes (hmmm...).

I only used the karma feature once -Jim, and everyone else who posted on the "my best freind" thread received a + karma.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:09:01 PM »

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!

Actually, from what I heard on the (admittedly too brief) MP3s, it sounds pretty good! I guess I was expecting something more dissonant and abrasive, but this sounds like slooowww jaazzzz...
very smooth & serene, nothing harsh about it at all.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2008, 03:23:38 PM »
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Daumen
Still one of my all time favourite bands. Really relaxing stuff. Not as dark and haunting as Black Earth. For the ones that are not familiar with Bohren: they play a very, very slow style of jazz. It could be called the 'funeral doom of jazz'. :)  Recommended to everyone!
Sunset Mission is the love of my life. really. there is nothing that comes
close to this beauty. i adore it. if i had to choose one CD that i would
need my whole life, then i would pick the Sunset Mission.

But i would rather call the music "ruhr bar doom jazz". :)

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:32:53 PM »
The year's best:

Oophoi- Arp Di Sabbia

Runner up:

The Circular Ruins- Falling Into The Sky

And in no particular order:

Chris Short- The Garden
Jonathan Block and The Circular Ruins- Shadows On Water
Darren Tate/Paul Bradley- Sometime Today
VidnaObmana- Act 4: The Bowing Harmony

And there's more, but I can't think of 'em right now because I REALLY need a nap. They'll come to me later.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:21:15 PM »
While I'm still into the synth stuff, I'm liking guitar-based ambient more and more, simply for a new variety of sound & texture. I know I'll be increasingly exploring the likes of Paul Bradley, Andrew Chalk, Fear Falls Burning, etc...

And I notice that Anthony's been sneaking more and more guitar into HIS CDs lately. Only a matter of time before he drops his synths altogether and starts strumming his way to fame & fortune. ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:13:29 PM »
Oh great, now I'm able to post. A minute ago, for some reason, my posts wouldn't appear.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:11:52 PM »


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You tease! ;)

I'm really liking theLahto, and the Apalusa is beginning to click for me. Looks like Martin's got a good thing going here. 8)

You know me well, Alan- "eerie" floats my boat every time.
...and a direct hit! -it fell off the lorrie and bounced straight into my hard drive. Thanks. :)

And I see you're gonna carry your "little dot" secret with you to the grave.

Thanks for the tip on the Lahto, dudes. Quite impressive.  8)

I'm equally impressed with your ability to place little dots above the "a" and the "o". How do you do that?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:27:25 AM »
Hey Mark- glad you enjoyed the Tord Gustavsen! If you're looking for more slooowww jazz, I'd recommend "Vassilis Tsabropoulos-Achirana", which I enjoy as much as "Being There". I remember someone suggesting these 2 discs in the forum, and I stored it in my memory bank until I bought them last week.

I always loved "Astral Weeks", but never did care for "Moondance". It's nice to know that "Veedon Fleece" is similar to "Astral", I'll have to pick it up now. 8)

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