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I've been collecting these La Vie Electronique releases for the last couple years.  They are reissues of material from some of those massive limited edition box sets from the 90's like "Ultimate Edition," "Historic Edition," "Jubilee Edition," etc.  The first four LVE were released by SPV/Revisited in Germany.  Only the first two were available domestically.  Now a label called MIG (Made in Germany) is releasing the remaining volumes (5 and 6 recently released, 7 and 8 in the next couple months).  I received volumes 5 and 6 yesterday.  Same gorgeous, high-quality digipak foldout packaging (3 discs per set like the others), except....they are on CDR'S!!!??!  The disc labels are similar to the previous sets, yet the playing surface is BLACK (CDR).  What's up with this? Anyone have these and noticed this?

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Everything and Nothing / I Hate Paypal
« on: July 02, 2010, 02:07:40 PM »
Here we go again...as we all know eBay and Paypal are in CAHOOTS, I see Paypal is now going the way of E(vil)Bay by giving the buyers ALL THE POWER and the sellers are treated like criminals!  Now if a buyer opens a dispute with you (the seller), Paypal will automatically withdraw your funds from your account or if you don't have funds in your account make your account have a NEGATIVE BALANCE.  They will restore your funds once you provide a shipping tracking number and proof of delivery!! Selling a few CD's a month here and there on EvilBay has now cost me $25 a month in seller fees, and now Paypal is TAKING MY MONEY because the postal system in a sketchy country lost the package.  NO MORE EBAY SELLING AND NO MORE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FOR THIS DUDE EVER AGAIN.   >:(

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Everything and Nothing / Car CD player problem--any ideas? Thanks!
« on: June 30, 2010, 11:15:03 PM »
My new car (3 mos. old Mazda3) stock CD player (single disc, not a changer) is malfunctioning.  When I play live CD's (today it was Kiss "Alive"), the player shuts off when reading data between tracks where the time display counts in reverse.  For example, after a song ends, there is performer/audience banter which is in between songs.  The discs display this "nether region" of data by counting back to zero before the next official track (song) starts.  My car's CD player only shuts off in this "in between tracks" situation.  Never seen this or heard of this happening in CD players in general.  I saw a similar question on a Mazda online forum and the only ideas were "take it back to the dealer."  I'm doing that, but wondering if anyone has any idea what could cause this.  Can't be a dirty lens as I've done regular lens cleaning and Cd's have never skipped or done anything else strange.  Any help is GREATLY appreciated!   

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This is a limited edition (I believe of only 100 copies) on the great Slow Flow Rec label in Japan.  Haven't seen any reviews on it but I think it's really great stuff.  Shadowy drone experimental piano would be the best way to describe it.  Anyone else have this?

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Computers, Internet and Technology / I Hate eBay
« on: June 13, 2010, 11:55:51 PM »
I have been paying about $25 a month in eBay seller fees.  I didn't sell that much.  My discogs monthly billing have been about $2.  On eBay, as a seller I cannot leave any negative feedback for a buyer, yet the buyer can leave negative feedback for me.  What the hell is up with that? And some of these buyers are real deadbeats, don't pay for a week or more, ignore emails, and then complain to eBay when they don't get their item right away.  Some total wanker just did this to me and this, coupled with the outrageous $ eBay is making off me, is making me not want to ever return to eBay as a buyer or a seller. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Another essential Fax re-issue
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:09:48 PM »
Fax just reissued Tetsu Inoue/Carlos Vivanco "Zenith" ('94 or '95?), a true highlight of the whole Fax catalog.  "Ambiant Otaku" always gets all the attention but this one was, IMO, a better release.  Highly recommended if you don't have it!

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Everything and Nothing / "The War" in Iraq
« on: May 16, 2010, 01:13:29 AM »
Every time I see this phrase ("the war in Iraq") I cringe and cough uncontrollably.  Isn't a "war" supposed to be a conflict between two or more countries that can't be resolved peacefully? This "operation" should be referred to as "the hostile takeover of a country to ensure the socio-economic status quo."  The sickest part is that so many US citizens are buying into the brainwashing about democracy (when it does not even exist in the United States).  Who's really in control? Certainly not the president of the United States (puppet) or even the US government.  There are satanic forces at work on this planet exploiting the world's population with deception, fear mongering, and manipulation.  These criminals must be exposed and brought to justice.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Alien prequel
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:54:53 PM »
Saw a "preview" of the first Alien prequel (there will be two films) for 20th Century Fox.  No footage except scenes from the original, probably because shooting hasn't started.  Guess they've already decided on the title: "Alien Origin." Guess they HAD to use the word "Alien" in the title for marketing purposes. Yuk. Simply "Origin" would have been better IMO, or another title a bit more mysterious and less obvious.   

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I recently bought the DVD's of Alien and Aliens.  I think the first one is a masterpiece from a directorial standpoint, and it's in my top five all-time movies.  The sense of claustrophobia, nightmare, and dread is thick.  The camera shots, imagery, and overall atmosphere is mesmerizing. The fact it was made in 1978 still amazes me.  Aliens (1986) was excellent in its own right--great special effects, good acting & script (although Sigourney Weaver tends to overact in spots).  But it is IMO such a different movie--much more an "action" film than a psychological horror film.  James Cameron is a great director and he has his own style, but the "Hollywood" factor is all over Aliens whereas the original played almost like an independent film.  When I talk to people about the two I often hear the opinion that "Aliens" was better (and I cringe and try to explain gently that they are gravely mistaken!).  Any opinions on this?

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These covers look almost identical.   ???

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Everything and Nothing / Peter Steele of Type O Negative Dead at 48
« on: April 18, 2010, 01:48:41 AM »
An incredible musician and lyricist, a true rock n'roll genius.   :(

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jonn Serrie "Thousand Star"
« on: March 30, 2010, 12:08:20 PM »
I bought this last night and it's really great.  Always liked Serries' floating space music, esp. Planetary Chronicles Vol.2.  Lots of deep space drift on this Thousand Star disc, with some "new agey" passages too (melodic piano/synth), but not enough to detract from the overall experience.  Liner notes indicate Serrie's an Air Force pilot.  Never knew that about him.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:06:44 PM »
All my emails to atmoworks (sales@atmoworks.com) are returned undeliverable.  I'm trying to contact about an order not received. Please advise if you have any info. Thanks.

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Everything and Nothing / December 21, 2012 Theories
« on: March 16, 2010, 04:38:36 PM »
What are your beliefs on what may happen 12/21/12?  Here are some scenarios currently being postulated:

1) UFO/alien disclosure by benevolent beings. Change in universal consciousness on Earth, followed by release of previously secret technologies like electro-magnetic energy/anti-gravity.
2) Takeover of Earth by hostile aliens.
3) Planned hoaxed "alien invasion" by shadow government to create New World Order (one government)
4) Alignment of supposed "Planet X" aka Nibiru, an extra-solar planet the size of Jupiter, with Earth that will cause tidal waves, floods, earthquakes and kill off most of the population.
5) Book of Revelations will come true, vis a vis one or more of the above scenarios.

Lots of interesting clips on YouTube on these topics.  Every theorist claims to "know" what will happen on this date.  Some of these conspiracy theorists are convincing up until they start saying we never went to the Moon, that's when they lose me!


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I just got these two live Grassow and Alio Die discs on Nextera.  Front covers proclaim "live in Prague 23th of May 2009".  23th? What is UP with that??? I saw the same thing on the Groove Unlimited website for a concert listing once, think it was E-Live.  Something like "3th of February." Or was it "4rd of March."  Look, if you're going to write dates in English even though it is your second language, PLEASE do it RIGHT and get your st's, rd's, and th's STRAIGHT(he said half-jokingly).... ;-)

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Recently I started revisiting my huge Umbra/Penumbra (Oophoi's limited CDR label for a brief several years) collection, and by God if this isn't the finest ambient/drone label of all time, I don't know what is.  The artwork on most releases was stunning, and musically the quality for the most part was consistently top-notch. Artists: Oophoi, Klaus Wiese, Tau Ceti, Busso de la Lune (who I absolutely LOVE, a genius! Well actually they're ALL geniuses), L.E.M., Netherworld, Perceptual Defence, Seconds in Formaldehyde, Solyaris, Sostrah Tinnitus, Seren Ffordd...I think the only release I didn't like at all was Re:Drum "Four Whispers for the Bees." Also some of the best compilations ever: "Lightnoise," "The Other Side of the Sky," "Threshold of Silence," (highly recommend these if you can find them) which featured other great artists like Paul Bradley, Tomas  Weiss, Mathias Grassow, MajaLe, Temps Perdu, Troum...

Most of this music is so excellent it'd be a shame not to reissue it on CD in the future (Hypnos got it right by reissuing the Seren Ffordd, hope more will follow!)

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This is a compelling and fascinating work of microsound/ambient drone, and the second release on this new sublabel of Mystery Sea, limited to 250 (these are CD's, BTW, not CDR's).  "Tactile.Surface" has more in the way of subtle electronics compared with Mathieu Ruhlmann's Unfathomless release, which was a pretty "dry" recording of mainly field recordings.  Excellent work here, highly recommended to all lovers of organic drone music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:24:00 PM »
For those unaware, Pete Namlook has been selling a bunch of FAX rarities on Discogs.  They are all new, sealed, "from my personal archives." The rarer ones ain't cheap (although compared to what I've seen them go for on ebay and Discogs, fairly reasonable).   Although it's probably hypocritical of me to say this (because I bought some), if some of these releases were really "sold out" (and many of them subsequently reissued on the Ambient World sublabel of Fax), how have these copies miraculously emerged after 15 years?  Is it "ethical" (maybe too strong a word) to sell albums as a "limited edition," but then keep 10 or 20 to save and make a killing later on?  I can't recall an artist/label owner doing this before (especially with their own music), so if you can think of one post it here...Just playing devil's advocate here, I'm not necessarily saying it's right or wrong, but just posing a question...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Live Alio Die and Grassow on Nextera
« on: January 25, 2010, 01:00:47 AM »
Does anyone have these? Haven't found too much info. online about these.  I notice many track titles on the Alio Die sound like familiar pieces.  Is the live stuff much different than the studio versions? Any help is appreciated!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Parks "Hidden" on Infraction
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:34:25 AM »
Another excellent addition to the Infraction catalog.  Don't think it's as good as "Umber," which had a more classic mid-90's feel to it (Hidden has more modern electronica style and more "song oriented" due to vocal samples), but still very good.  What's the consensus of people who have it?

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