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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:49:57 AM »
Imprints - Data Trails   -
Land Observations - The Grand Tour   -
Tiny Isles - The Long Seasoned Sleep   -
Rusted Sun Collective - Communicate EP  -

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:58:00 PM »
Thanks Mike!  Downloading now.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:54:04 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:52:43 PM »
Eno & Hyde - High Life  -  I like this one much more than their first release(only a few months ago).  This feels looser, more improvised.  It definitely has a few tracks with an old talking heads vibe.  Good stuff.
The Antlers - Familiars  -  Beautifully melancholy.  Piano, guitar, trumpet & vocals combine for long slow tunes.  This will be an end of the year favorite.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun  -  great psychedelic rock from Sean Lennon.
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence  -  Some really good tunes but everything ends up sounding the same.

Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer 2014 - pretty awesome.
Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Deupree - Captiva  -  very nice.
The Dead Texan - The Dead Texan  -  an all time fav.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:53:28 AM »
According to Fox news the ratings for soccer in the US are high because "the news about our country, our economy and our standing in the world is overwhelmingly negative...we don't want any part of that, we want to escape, so here comes the World Cup, how convenient."  Huh?  Also more people are watching the World Cup because we've started legalizing weed.  Huh?

From Thursday's Colbert Report...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:46 AM »

I finished Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie a few weeks ago but forgot to post anything here.

I enjoyed it very much, one of my favorites this year(along with the Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey.)  It's a bit confusing at first, there's no initial explanation about what an ancillary is, the main character uses the pronoun "she" to describe everyone, the story shifts perspectives and time periods and it unfolds slowly.  But struggling to figure exactly what is happening is what makes the book so rewarding.

About halfway through the book I heard that there will be a second book, Ancillary Sword, so I was worried that Justice would not be satisfying.  But it was and that is just one of the reasons it's an excellent read.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:50:10 PM »

Percival Pembroke - a course in the theory of drones - nice Bandcamp find.  Subtitle is "works for tape machine, sampler and reverb.'  Lots of nice tape degradation on this.  And it's free!
DeepChord - Lanterns
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek - Bird, Lake, Objects

"normal" music:
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun
Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:45:01 PM »
Playing some older stuff...

Laurie Anderson - United States I - IV
Marconi Union - Distance
rf (ryan francesconi) - views of distant towns
Saul Stokes - Burning Igloo

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:41:52 AM »
Spheruleus - Selected Works - Spheruleus Bandcamp
Purl - Behind Clouds  -  Purl Bandcamp
Prins Thomas - Prins Thomas III
Taylor Deupree - lost & compiled

And then there's this puzzle...

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - Someday World  -  Being an Eno fan & an Underworld fan I was excited for this release but I can't figure out how I feel about this album.  I like some parts of it, other tunes, like Daddy's Car, could have been so much better with different instrumentation or production.  I guess that's my biggest problem with the record - the production - it feels cheap & thin.  The absolutely horrible synth horns of the first single, Satellites, is one example.  I'm assuming they are synth horns cuz they sounds so 80s-Casio like.  Were they going for some sort of retro, kitschy sound?  I know mimicking 80s synth sounds is in vogue but it falls brutally flat here.  That song is indicative of the production & feel of much of the album.  As I said before it feels cheap and thin.  That being said, I like parts of it & I think the album will grow on me.

Anybody else have any opinions on this one?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 18, 2014, 08:57:04 AM »

Thanks for the heads up on Annihilation, I just bought it & am looking forward to reading it right after I finish Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:50:22 PM »
I know most of the posts in this thread are for ambient music but I thought I'd post a few of my favorite "normal" releases from the first few months of this year.

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
Gem Club - In Roses
Wye Oak - Shriek
The Horrors - Luminous
EMA - the future's void
St Vincent - St Vincent
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

When friends or co-workers bitch that there is no good music anymore I usually just punch them in the face.  Seriously, there is a ton of great music being released constantly.  You just have to look & listen.

Need I say more?

PS - How do I make the video show up in this post, rather than just the link?

(APK ... below)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:03:31 PM »
The Plague Forge: The Dire Earth Cycle: Three by Jason M. Hough

I'm just finishing the third book in this series.  What started out as a promising story has come to a grinding halt, buried under repetitive scenes in an effort to make a trilogy out of a single book.  There are only so many battle scenes I can handle over the course of 450 pages before I just start skipping some all together.  There are some interesting characters & ideas in this series but it should have been one book not three.

This has become a common problem with a lot of science fiction - can't anybody just write a stand alone book anymore?  What's the point of having an editor if every idea balloons into an unwieldy monster?  I know money is the reason for this behavior but, c'mon man!  Knock it off!

Well, I guess I'll go back & try to finish this book.  I can see the finish line, but my legs are dead and my will is gone.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:39:42 PM »
Thanks to Julio & Chris for the heads up on two more Bandcamp releases.  I just picked up :

Disturbed Earth - Castles in Spain - sounds very Fripp-like.
Purl - Behind Clouds  -  hits the sweet spot of dubby ambient that I've been craving lately.

And of course while at Bandcamp I found something else...
Twelve - MAGIK - this one is new electronic music that sounds like old Kraftwerk, couldn't resist.  Find it here...MAGIK.

Lastly, a buddy at work gave me a jump drive with some random music he thought I'd like but probably not know about.  And my fav from it is The Giallos Flame.  It's kinda hard to describe it's part Italian horror movie music, part prog rock and part awesome!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:26:54 AM »
One of my favorite ambient records from the last ten years is Disturbed Earth - Butterfly.  If I remember correctly Butterfly was originally recorded in 1977 with guitars, fx & two reel to reel decks.  It's a wonderful album that breathes & ebbs & flows.  You can now get it on Bandcamp here... Butterfly.

I bring up Butterfly because I today I just discovered that Disturbed Earth(Dean Richards) has a ton of releases, at only $3 each, available on Bandcamp here...Disturbed Earth.

I tend to like some of the older stuff so I started with these releases...

Disturbed Earth - A Crack in the Past
Disturbed Earth - Sleep Of Wonder
Disturbed Earth - Flowers of Goodness
Disturbed Earth - With This Night

Here's a couple that might work, each with a Bandcamp link...


Scott Solter - One River

Christopher Short

Also some of my favorite mixes of all time are the Great Axescapes series of guitar ambient done by one-time Hypnos forum member, Alan Lockett.  He used to have them available for download but it looks like the files are no longer there.  Here's a link to his Mixcloud page... Albient Mixcloud.

Scroll down to find the Great Axescapes series.  Each name is a variation of "while my guitar gently sleeps" with titles like "Great axescapes vi: guitar wetly sleeps" or "Great axescapes 3: guitar feltly creeps."  Highly recommended.

I love ambient guitar so I'm looking forward to other folks' recommendations.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:41:12 AM »
VA - I am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950-1990  -  I'm generally not a big fan of "new age" music but this collection is pretty darn good.
Blamstrain - Selected Ambient Dub Works  -  I've been on an extended ambient dub kick & just picked of this fine release on Bandcamp  -
Oxycanta III - Curated by Mahiane  -  a nice collection of more ambient dub.  Also on Bandcamp -
Benoît Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes  -  as long as I'm talking Bandcamp, here's another from there.  One of my favorite albums of the year so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:43:43 PM »
At work today, some random choices courtesy of my "Instrumental Music for Work" playlist on Spotify...

Arve Henriksen
- Chiaroscuro
Gavin Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic
Svalastog - Woodwork
Labradford - Mi Media Naranja

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:58:15 PM »
I've been loving True Detective.  I really like the storytelling format used for most of the show.  I was a little worried at first that it would be a parade of gruesome murders.  But it's been a great ride.

I agree with you Mike, there are a lot of choices for good tv.  I'm looking forward to the new season of Veep & the new series Silicon Valley, both starting in April on HBO.

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