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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2011, 11:19:46 AM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner - Keep a Weather Eye Open

Fitting the grey, windy wetness of an early coastal spring so far...

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I'm pretty much against anything that promotes shallow, facile, etc, social interactions.
And things that promote a dumb self-importance. Maybe its just me.

Yup. It's just you! ;)

FB is like anything else that is open to the public in that it well reflects societies weaknesses and strengths. Specific to the subject of writers, though, I must say that because I manage a literary/arts magazine's FB page, I see a lot of inappropriate spamming and clueless self-promotion that only serves to put us off. FB is not, primarily, a sales tool for writers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:24:13 PM »
Appreciate the Distant Shadows comment, Joe. Thanks  :)

I'm interested in this too. Will there be US/Canada distribution for hard copies?

And Darren, please let us know how Wire is in concert these days. They're here on the 14th!

np: Paolo Fresu / A Filetta Corsican Voices "Mistico Mediterraneo" on ECM

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Author James Ellroy (LA Confidential, Black Dahlia, etc.) decided he was fed up with Facebook and wrote this classic "goodbye" to FB.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584245276&v=wall

Dear FB Friends,
Fuck Facebook!!!!! -- It has proven to be worthless as a book-selling device, and is nothing but a repository for perverts, reparation-seekers, old buddies looking for handouts, syphillitic ex-girlfriends looking for extra-curricular schlong and hack writers begging for blurbs. For those looking for the REAL Ellroy shit, go to my wigged-out website: JamesEllroy.net.
Sayonara, Motherfuckers!!!


Further proof that writers are self-satisfied, cheap, self-involved, blinkered and deluded chronic masturbators.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 22, 2011, 08:45:01 AM »

Jan Bang- ...and poppies from Kandahar (Samadhisound). 
Superb.  Really evokes the fourth world ambience tag and has some contributions
from Hassell as well.  Not much else out there from Bang that I can see.

I've seen him live with Nils Petter Molvaer so the Hassell thread makes sense. Will check this one out!

np: Bordeaux by Budd & Guthrie - oddly it's taking awhile to click with this one.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:27:44 AM »
Biosphere - Polar Sequences

A mid-nineties live classic. Glad I found this at Seattle's Wall of Sound a few years ago.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2011, 12:07:26 PM »
Brian McBride - The Effective Disconnect

Gorgeous.

Louis Sclavis - Napoli's Walls

An atypical release for him with an interesting assortment of musicians and treatments.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:38:47 PM »
Stephan Micus - Bold as Light
Nik Bartsch's Ronin - Llyria

Both highly recommended!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 10:02:56 PM »

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 12, 2010, 11:37:34 PM »
Bernard Parmegiani - La Creation du Monde

And on the first day God said "Let there be electro-acoustic music to mimic my efforts in sound."


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Lovely! Needs its own full CD!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Brian Eno
« on: December 12, 2010, 12:58:54 AM »
Hmm. He's speaking here in January. I guess I should go.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sans Serif (Forrest Fang) update
« on: December 12, 2010, 12:57:05 AM »
I have completed a second Sans Serif project called "Unbound" that will be released on Projekt and has a tentative release date in May 2011.

And so far it's sounding delicious!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2010, 01:58:30 PM »
Exactly -- if you like 12k but you don't like minimalism, don't buy the Line sub-label stuff.

I'm just giving the Cortez another listen and I'm reminded of Discreet Music. It's quite lovely and soft. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:19:17 AM »
That Scott Cortez disc on Line has been hard to get into.  Talk about MINIMAL.  If you're expecting a Cocteau Twins-like wash of flanged reverb drenched chords you're in for a surprise.  Even on headphones it's hard to hear the "music."  A disappointment.

The Line releases are all about minimal though. The Clive Wright is the antidote! Or a Robin Guthrie chaser! ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 04, 2010, 05:45:09 PM »
I went to see loads of bands when I was younger and these were three of the most powerful gigs I've ever seen. Geordie Walker is a hugely under-rated and very powerful guitar player and of course, all of the KJ incarnations can play, they're not jazz-funk musos, but they certainly know what they're doing.

I've seen Led Zeppelin and many other great bands with great instrumentalists but the volume is so often inexcusable. The Buzzcocks were the worst. Great show...but even hearing protection failed several people that night. Most rock soundmen are deaf judging by the way they push the upper-mids at concerts. I will say that Prince and Roxy Music knew how to get the volume and live mix right...

KJ's volume in 1981 was not OK! If you listen to those first two LPs at comfortable volume you can still get the dense quality without tinnitus!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 04, 2010, 11:02:42 AM »
Killing Joke play here in San Francisco on Dec. 11.  So much good video on YouTube, think I'm gonna pass.  My eardrums will be much healthier, too.

I'm tired of ignorant rock bands assaulting their audiences with excess volume. I saw KJ in 1981 and it was one of the most irresponsibly loud gigs I've ever seen and I've see and heard plenty. If your music lacks power and authority through the majesty of its content...turn it up to 11 seems to be the motto.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 03, 2010, 12:56:47 PM »
Marcus Fischer - Monocoastal
Scott Cortez - Twin Radiant Flux
Clive Wright - Taqsim to Antlia

Three winners of treated/processed/played guitar atmospherics!

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And what does it say that they chose to come to Vancouver to seek refugee status? ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Brian Eno
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:18:31 PM »
I really like the quiet pieces on this release. Nothing new but at least they're gorgeous. The other tracks are as uninspired as the grungetronica tracks he cut with Byrne. For some bizarre reason I got the deluxe package which is at least a lovely artifact.

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