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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2007, 10:05:10 PM »
Merri, I can't listen to the new Sigur Ros enough. That said, I've spent the day listening to Stars of the Lid's 'And Their Refinement of the Decline'. Great music while it snows outside.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: December 15, 2007, 10:01:35 PM »
I recommend Trentmoller's 'The Last Resort', the new Burial album called 'Untrue', and Lusine ISL's 'Language Barrier' as good representatives of what is happening in electronic music today.  None of it is big beat, but those days are, sadly or not, over.

Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 07, 2007, 08:00:05 AM »
What no curry?  ??? ;D

As requested...  :)

I need to change my vote then... subtract one from Mother of Pearl and add a Curry!

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 09:42:27 PM »
Anyone having any access problems at all?  It's worked fine all day, and I just experienced a few glitches, and received an email from someone who said they tried to sign up, and couldn't connect.  Now it seems completely fine again.

I registered and left a few posts without encountering any problems. Everything seems to be working as intended.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:55:26 PM »
Oh no, I feel like a goofball... I'm watching the first season of The Flight of the Conchords and the third season of Arrested Development. Comedy series, unusually funny for American television.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:51:02 PM »
For me it's...

- Vidna Obmana: An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 3, Reflection on Scale). All four volumes have their merits, but I love the intentional static on this disc; I miss the pops and scratches of vinyl, and this, in addition to being interesting, sparse, well-constructed music, sounds oddly nostalgic as well.

- Mathias Grassow: Himalaya
- Mathias Grassow: Morpheus. I love Mathias's music and I never tire of it. Some might say it's one note droning on forever, but there are layers of music here and I feel after years of listening to these releases that there is so much yet to hear in them.

- Saul Stokes: Fields. This is the only release from Saul that I'm familiar with, though I've been told to check out others. Ambient? IDM? Something like that.

- Sigur Ros: Hvarf-Heim. 'New' release from Sigur Ros, half studio, half live performances. The studio tracks are apparently rerecordings of older tracks and the live tracks are acoustic performances which rival their studio counterparts. It might be old stuff, but it's new all over again. If you like them and haven't heard this album, don't write it off as a rehashing.

- Radiohead: In Rainbows. Better than 'Hail to the Thief', more song-oriented than 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac', I think this is a great record.

- Bill Laswell: Dub Chamber 3. Like the title says, it's dub. Bill Laswell rarely does wrong as far as I'm concerned. This is a mellow dub album.

- Trentemøller: The Last Resort. Electronic music, sometimes driving beats, but well-conceived and composed. Sample the tracks on iTunes if you can - I think this is one of the best electronic music albums ever. Really.

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