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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
Krill.Minima - Sekundenschlaf
I'm really enjoying this release. Nice dub electronic ambient. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:15:54 PM »
All of your dreams may be coming true. Perhaps they'll also deliver mail for cheap on their US tour. ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:30:23 PM »
I'm really looking forward to this. Based on the tracks the band posted to youtube, I think you're right: they haven't skipped a beat in over 20 years.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:28:48 AM »
Dave: I'm not familiar with Boingboing. I'll take a look at that later today; thanks for the suggestion. I typically explore things that friends recommend or, in the case of The Postmortal, things that Amazon recommends based on other books I've ordered.

A friend of mine is encouraging me to explore the Wheel of Time series, but, honestly, the sheer bulk of that series looks overwhelming!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 02, 2013, 06:43:26 AM »
Recently read two Lee Child (the Jack Reacher author) books after being prompted repeatedly by my mother-in-law: Killing Floor and The Affair. The first was a decent mystery/thriller; the second one was a bit trashy (characters making out at midnight so they could capitalize on the vibrations of the midnight train).

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. This was fantastic. The story focuses on a young web designer who is out of work and ends up taking a non-tech, night job at a 24-hour bookstore. Lots of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a few thought-provoking insights about the interface of analog and digital cultures.

Now reading: The Postmoral by Drew Magary. So far, so good. In the future a "cure" for aging has been invented. It is still possible, of course, for people to die, but not via growing old. This is a work of fiction, but I love the way the author explores the implications of this for the way society functions, how it impacts marriages, and the impact it may have on religion.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Lithea" CD by 36
« on: January 30, 2013, 05:37:28 PM »
If anyone missed this the first time around (such as myself), CDs from a second limited pressing went on sale today.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Video awesomeness
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:29:29 PM »
That was incredible!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:27:19 PM »
Aus - Light in August, Later
Nice mix of acoustic and digital, glitchy textures. A few nice vocal flourishes too.

Resonant Drift- Full Circle
A perfect album in many respects. Soft, gentle ambiance that gradually and non-obtrusively builds to some rhythmic soundscapes. There are some wonderful melodies embedded in the tracks too. Highly recommended.

Taylor Deupree - Faint
This is growing on me. My first reaction was that there was too fine a line between this release and Shoals. But now I'm loving it--especially the first and last tracks. I splurged on the box set and haven't yet digested the extra disc.

CD Baby
Quick (and well packaged!).  ;)

This release is absolutely fantastic.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:37:36 AM »
I've been slowly uploading my entire collection to the Amazon cloud player(it's taking  f o r e v e r). . .

Dave had mentioned this the other day. What are your thoughts on it after having time to upload things, Dave? Anyone else explored this? I'm curious.


8 Shades of Sound - Formaria is one of my top 10 favorite releases ever. I also love OXANA.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Dear Ann Landers...
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:29:16 PM »
Yep, seems reasonable to be a bit upset by this ... but that's the way it is with those people and it's probably not going to change is it, so unless you want to remain upset (and thereby lose twice) I think it's best to follow Harry's advice, and move on.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:29:52 PM »
I've been playing an odd mix of new and old things this week in the office. Here is a sampling of some of the older things that struck me as deserving of repeated listens:

Donnacha Costello - Awake on the fifth floor
Piana - Snow Bird
Anderegg - Anomia
Nest - Nest (Retold)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:24:05 PM »
Just finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  A fantastic book on many levels. I won't say much about it since it got plenty of press via the film. (I haven't seen the movie, but I hope to see it on DVD in Feb.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Explicit Loscil
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:00:56 PM »
Play it backwards.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Music similar to Gas ?
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:32:01 PM »
... Deepchord presents Echospace...

I'll second that.

You might also like The Sight Below.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2012
« on: January 01, 2013, 07:03:27 AM »
If I had to flee the country and could only take 3 releases from 2012 with me, they would be:

Alio Die ‎ Deconsecrated and Pure
Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
Brambles - Charcoal

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2012, 04:14:33 PM »
Max Corbacho - The Ocean Inside
I see that this release has been a disappointment for some and a source of joy for others. I'm enjoying it. It provides a nice deep space (or ocean, I suppose) atmosphere, full of smooth, 'wash over your spirit' synth work. It is great background music for sleeping, reading, or writing. I agree with Drone On--there isn't much reward to be had in deliberate, deep listening. But I'm okay with that. ;-)

Pleq - My Life Begins Today + The Metamorphosis
Love this guy. I finally bit the bullet and ordered two more releases from U-Cover. (The Fallen Love by Pleq is one of my favorite albums.) I'm usually reluctant to order CD-Rs, but I like the samples from these discs so much that I couldn't hold back. I have no regrets.

Happy New Years all!


I think some of his contradictions stem from the fact that his career has evolved in a relatively successful way over the last few years. He is at a point now where he doesn't necessarily need to go on tours to promote his work. He's amassed a decent fan base and those fans do a lot of the ground work (e.g., generating press, recommending books to friends).

But, for a new writer (or musician), creating and seeking publicity is an absolute must if you want to gain an audience.

It would be wise of him to qualify his advice and to note that managing visibility is something that artists need to scale as a function of their current visibility.

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