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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:08:37 PM »
We had a home console version of Pong - a couple later we got an Atari 2600...   Woo hoooo!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2008, 05:22:19 AM »
Watched a few Vonfrickle videos on youtube... hilarious (in a great way).   I used to be in a band with one of the guitarists in Von Frickle.   It's instrumental prog stuff - really worth your time if you like prog!    Check out their myspace page...

Also - continuing the trek through my cd's I had tossed in the basement...  all about the 80's at the moment...

Cabaret Voltaire - Eight Crepescule Tracks
Swans - Holy Money
Church - Remote Luxury
Robyn Hitchcock - Uncontrolled Personality Traights


Continuing the tangent... that commercial for Robot Commando was hilarious!   I love stuff like that.  As far as my toys went... I was born in '70 - so mid to later 70's is more my time for toys...    I still have the original 12 Star Wars figures.   Used to have the Death Star...   Also had the Guns of Navarone mountain - so it was often the Death Star vs. Navarone with a support from some matchbox cars and hot wheels...   uhhhhh ... back on topic...

On the Indy movie - we saw a preview for it last night and I went "oh that looks like it might actually be cool!" - and Heidi's reaction was blah.   But she's never really watched any of them.       

Probably 700 vinyl in the basement... mix of mine and my wife's (although she purged about 100 out of her collection - I just can't "let go").

Mostly 80's era synthpop - Depeche Mode (huge collection), Erasure, Blancmange / industrial - Einsturzende, Test Dept, Foetus, Throbbing Gristle / mopey Cure Smiths stuff / Cabaret Voltaire, etc... 

And then there's a lot of Bowie, Roxy Music, type stuff... and then there's a few jazz albums tossed in.

My wife's a few years older than me so most of her collection is 70's - some great Kiss, Stones, Cheap Trick, etc...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 14, 2008, 07:36:51 AM »

In my quest to clean, purge, and organize - I've been going through all of my cd's - pulling out the artwork and tossing the jewel cases.   To my somewhat surprise... I found I had a lot more cd's in tubs in the basement than I thought (I thought most of those tubs were already empty jewels!)  In fact - I have 100+ of those cd's I just 'rescued' from the basement. 

It's like they're all new again!    Some ended up there for a reason - they're just not as great - but some just ended up there accidentally due to a hurried cleaning up in my studio...  :)

now:   add n to x - I don't remember the title because they didn't see it as necessary to putting their band name or album title on the disc... however, I remember the cover art so I know it's them...  what a wild disc this is.   Lots of crazy analog synth punkish stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:09:01 AM »
Outfolding is truly gorgeous.   Zo Pilots is still (and probably always) a favorite as well.

np:   Muse - Absolution

was:  Rufus Wainwright - mix.

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 12, 2008, 03:18:13 PM »
the Listening Booth would be a perfect place to put info on the album... 

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:33:39 PM »
To say I really "know" a lot about classical would be a stretch - but it's always been in the background all my life and I've had deeper dabbles here and there.   My high school music teacher got me into Mahler.    I've love Debussy since I was a kid - Claire de Lune was my mom's favorite song.   I always loved the lack of tonal center - but not drifting into harsh atonality either...    I studied some of the Schoenberg stuff in college - played some Bartok from time to time.  I had a fantastic piano teacher that had me play lots and lots of more 'modern' classical that I have no idea who they were - wish I did.

I always enjoyed the 'biggie's' playing piano - Bach, Beethoven, etc...

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:46:52 PM »
Jim - Sorry to hear about your friend.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2008, 09:19:21 AM »
I like IO quite a bit - love that cover art.

I've been listening to

  Peter James - Holding On Letting Go

Also on Atmoworks.   I've been diving through Peter James' and Dean Richards' work all week long and loving it.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:12:49 AM »
Time of the Earth is very nice!  I had that on a few months ago (I play it about once or twice a year...).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:40:36 AM »
I was going to recommend the Paul Vnuk release, but see it's already been mentioned - there's some nice bits of rain in there. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:39:37 AM »
Hey - is that bit of blue gum on the top step?

*  Yes, it is "international pick on Wayne" day!

I hope to get my studio torn apart and rearranged over the next couple of weeks.  I just got my new Firestudio Project in the mail (woo hooo!) and I'll snap new photos after I get it all sorted out.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Releases
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:19:26 AM »
The work of Peter James and Disturbed Earth (and 'Still Earth', their collaborative project) is very strong. I rate these blokes highly.

Good on Atmoworks for making their music available.

I've been listening to several of these releases this week - wow - yeah, really good stuff.  I admittedly had never heard of these two until John pointed them out.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:17:08 AM »
I'm still listening to the Run Lola Run soundtrack in the car between listening to Bob and Tom and NPR stuff...   The soundtrack is mostly good - it has the same themes throughout the disc so it gets a bit weary to listen to all the way through - but in short bursts it's quite nice.

Enjoying Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich at my desk.  Some brilliant stuff on this 2-discer.   Also - Underworld - Pearl's Girl was also on the player yesterday.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: February 08, 2008, 05:03:43 AM »
I taped it (wow - that's weird - I recorded it to dvd-rw... taped seems so 'right' though...) - anyway.   Both of us are a bit sick and went to bed.  We'll watch this weekend - can't wait!

I have to agree... Pete deserves some sort of award for that comment...  ;D   

I always enjoy Alan's writing and posts... but his vocabulary is clearly 9x greater than mine.

It's a fine line between a label promoting the artist and release in a way that excites people - and tripping over the line and saying things like "best artist in the whole universe - stars and planets weep at the magnificent sounds coming from this brilliant young artist".   

Hana - don't worry too much about not speaking English too well - my Korean and French is, well, horrible.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Beatport... Basic Channel mp3's - remastered
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:41:08 AM »
I just saw a thread on discogs about the entire Basic Channel catalog being remastered and mp3's being availiable for sale though Beatport...  since these are all vinyl only releases, this is kind of an exciting thing.   I don't know if I'm willing to plunk down the money for them (at least until I actually buy an mp3 player... :) )    Have you bought from Beatport before?   Experiences?

Here's the thread...

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:06:29 AM »
I really need to order some of this "much-overlooked ambient duo's" work!   I'll fire up the credit card later on.  :)

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