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Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:09:42 AM »
I have to say a lot of it is very samey - so much angst ! (and so little dynamics and colour). I think a 'heavy ambient' band would be most welcome - loud/soft/loud etc :)

I agree; all that angst is a bit annoying.   :)  I think that's partly why I prefer bands with minimal vocals - just shut up and jam. 

Isis and Opeth both have an ambient side to them (depending on how you define 'ambient' I guess.) 

I've never cared much for the more song-oriented rock bands; I much prefer the total freakout freeform jam style bands.  Skullflower's early stuff hits that sweet spot:  drums and bass creating the scaffolding on which the feedbacky guitars hang.  Enough structure to keep things from completely falling apart, but it always feels like it's gonna go completely off the rails at any time...



Earthless hit the spot too; much less 'noisy', but man can these guys jam:



And of course, High Rise:




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Now Playing / Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:45:38 PM »
The way I see it, there are only two kinds of music:  good music and bad music.  And good music comes in many flavors, not all of it tranquil and soothing...  So who else on this board likes the occasional blast of heavy?  And I don't mean Poison-esque cheeze-metal; I mean HEAVY heavy.  Bands that would stomp Poison into the ground like insignificant ants.

I, for one, enjoy the sonic assaults of High Rise, Mainliner, Earthless, Heavy Winged, etc.  There's something about a band teetering on the edge of control, everything as loud as it will go, just letting loose...  which brings me to one of my favorite heavy bands ever, Skullflower.  It seems their early catalog has finally been re-released in a very deluxe way.  I have most of this stuff (I managed to rip my CD's before the infamous cd-rot set in), but I am psyched for unreleased stuff from their earlier sessions, and remastered versions of the rest:

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold card cover and inner sleeve with newly unearthed artwork by Matthew. Booklets feature extensive notes and previously unseen flyers, posters and photos."

Kino I:  Birthdeath comprises the remastered first 12" EP, available in its entirety for the first time since 1987, plus six previously unreleased, unheard and undreamed of tracks.

Kino II:  Form Destroyer includes the remastered first album - the best it's ever sounded, two 'bonus' tracks from Shock's long out of print RUINS and two previously unheard pieces. A truly monstrous disc of heavy, f*cked up music.

Kino III:  Xaman includes the most requested early Skullflower release, the original CD rendered unplayable by disc rot for 20 years and the subject of endless drivelsome internet speculation... Finally remastered, with new cover art from Matthew's archive.

Kino IV:  Black Sun Rising rounds up the first three 7" releases on Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, the bonus track from THE PORTABLE ALTAMONT, plus six previously unreleased tracks including three from the XAMAN sessions.



So who else likes the RAWK?  What other essential gems need to be in any heavy music fan's collection?

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Marketplace / Re: For Sale: A ton of Rapoon CDs
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:18:34 AM »
Check PMs; still have it.

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Marketplace / For Sale: A ton of Rapoon CDs
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:14:32 AM »
Selling off my Rapoon collection; if interested in any of these, shoot me an offer.  Help me avoid eBay!

vs. Kinder Atom
The Kirghiz Light 2xcd
Darker by Light
The Fires of the Borderlands
Tin of Drum
Easterly 6 or 7
D-LEM
New Cult of The Sun Moon
Messianic Ghosts (reissue)

(SOLD) Fallen Gods/Cidar 2xcd
(SOLD) What do you suppose?
(SOLD) Just Say the Faith
(SOLD) Cold War: Drum 'n Bass
(SOLD) Errant Angels
(SOLD) Raising Earthly Spirits - die-cut digipack version
(SOLD) Vernal Crossing
(SOLD) Recurring (Dream Circle)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: SF record stores
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:21:44 PM »
Aquarius.  My favorite records store, bar none.

http://www.aquariusrecords.org/


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 29, 2013, 12:27:33 PM »
Recently saw this "Rookie's Guide to Lovecraft" which I consider a pretty good overview and starting point for anyone interested in learning about H.P. Lovecraft:

http://www.sundriesshack.com/2013/04/02/the-rookies-guide-to-h-p-lovecraft-in-1500-words-or-less/
Interesting site. Lot's of good info.

If anyone's interested, I'll sell you "The Road to Madness", "Dreams of Terror and Death", and "The Best of HP Lovecraft:  Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre" anthologies.  All are paperbacks, in good shape.  $20.00 gets you all three shipped.

I'll also sell my copy of Peter Clines' "14", $10 shipped.

I'm moving and have waaaaay too many books!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:43:29 PM »
I'm a huge Lovecraft fan; his early works are kinda cheesy, but he has written some true classics.  "At the Mountains of Madness" is a real standout for me. HIGHLY recommended.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:57:05 PM »
- Namlook  & Montana :: Labyrinth   (there is some excellent music on this Labyrinth set of albums)

I had all five discs in this series in constant rotation all last week.  Great stuff. 

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CNN is reporting that post offices that are currently open on Saturdays will continue to be open; it looks like it just eliminates delivery.

Personally, I would be fine with delivery one day a week.  All my bills come via email, so the only things I get are junk mail and magazines.  Most of my packages come Fedex or UPS.  I know that plenty of people do rely on daily mail; but for those of us who don't, couldn't we 'opt out' of daily service?  It might save a few pennies...

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On a related note, I was told at the post office yesterday that the USPS is coming out with an "international stamp" that will be valid for postage to any part of the world, eliminating the need for the USPS to look up individual postage for every letter overseas.  Not sure how that's gonna work, especially for packages...

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:11:42 AM »
I'm intrigued, mainly for the remote backup functionality.  My main concern is bandwidth and data usage.  I have satellite internet (no choice where I live; too remote even for cellular), which means I have a data cap of 25GB a month up/down.  Uploading all 400GB of my library would be impossible; even if I could get it all uploaded, the mere act of listening would quickly use up my data allotment.

But the idea still interests me...  if I ever move to a place with unlimited DSL or cable internet, I might take the plunge.

One thing that I don't get.  If I have a copy of "John Tesh Live at Redrocks", and my friend Skippy does too, why do we both need to upload it?  Can't the system somehow recognize our files and see that we both have complete, legit versions, and just let us both access one file?  Yeah, this would mean a large database of indexes; but surely that's less processor and HD intensive than making all 5,000,000* owners of this masterpiece upload it on their own?

*this figure might not be factually accurate...  ;-)


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If you act quickly, you'll get number -1.

 :P

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Remember the Merzbow limited edition of one CD, which came "packaged" in the CD player of a Mercedes-Benz car, which was included?

Austere and I have discussed doing an ultra-limited release of zero copies.  We'd think about the music, map it all out in our heads, then never record it.  We never got around to doing it, which means, I guess, that we DID do it.  If you don't want a copy, paypal me $9.99.   ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Cloud Atlas
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:42:39 AM »
Our local NPR movie reviewers all liked it, but they said its reach far exceeds its grasp.  Just enjoy the flow, and don't try to make sense of it.  It sounds like "The Fountain" for Dummies.

 :o

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Around our house, it was The Pogues, Skinny Puppy, The Feelies, Big Black, Killdozer.

Then, in a thrift store, I found a cheesy, beat-up album called Cycle Psychos by the Scramblers.  It cost me a quarter; I think we listened to it ten times a day until it finally got so scratchy it wouldn't play anymore.  Really cheesy, early 60's rockabilly with hilariously bad lyrics about motorcycles, helmets, race tracks:  so so good.


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Me, jokingly, to stranger leaning on bar, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt:  "So, what are you supposed to be?"
Him, totally deadpan:  "A serial killer.  We look just like everybody else."

 ;D :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Speed of light ?
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:27:17 AM »
 ;D  So, he's younger now than when he jumped?   ;)  Gotta say, that guy's got some serious balls.

On a light-related note, check this out:

http://blog.ted.com/2012/06/28/photographing-the-speed-of-light-ramesh-raskar-at-tedglobal-2012/

Watch the first film clip; absolutely amazing.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:23:21 AM »
We watched "In Bruges" last night; good stuff.  Starts out as a mellow little sleeper of a film, then gets more and more intense.  Collin Ferrel is excellent, as is Ralph Fiennes.  Recommended. 

Saturday we were bored, so we went to see "Taken 2".  Mindless action flick; not bad, but we were laughing through much of it, pointing out the absurdity of just about every decision the characters made.  You know how some movies stick with you long after you've seen them?  Well, this one left my brain the minute the credits rolled.

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Here's a track from the late 90's; I was waaay into Skullflower at the time.  I have hours and hours of stuff in this vein; overdriven guitars, feedback, slow plodding rhythms buried low in the mix: psychedelic improvised noise rock.  The polar opposite of SunDummy stuff. 

This track starts off meandering along aimlessly; then a rhythm kicks in, and it takes off... 

http://soundcloud.com/forrest-houle/06-hovering-again

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Exotica / Lounge / Tiki Classics
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:57:25 AM »
http://www.ultralounge.com/

Pretty cool collections based on various themes, and a great place to sample tons of artists to see what you like.

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