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Have you unearthed from your mountain of CD's lately something you forgot about or never gave a really good listen to?  I've been on this kick lately of primarily listening to stuff I never play, with surprising results.  So far here's what I got:

Ian Boddy--- the DiN label download series.  Man, much of this material should have been on CD and is even better than the regular releases.

Cell--Live at Kumharas 2006.  This is simply a psy trance masterpiece,from this Ultimae artist.  Can't believe I let this one gather dust for so long.

What are your dug up treasures?

Marketplace / Ishqamatics Spacebound, Autumn of Communion 3 for sale
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:20:58 AM »
Only 150 pressed on each, both released on ...txt label, been sold out for awhile.  I am selling them for $15 each, plus shipping.  If you want both and you live in the US I will ship for free.  Let me know if interested.

All $7 each, plus applicable shipping.  PM me if interested.

Steve Roach--At the edge of everything
Steve Roach--Spiral Meditations
Mathias Grassow--Tamanoshima
Rapoon--Psi transient
Stormloop--Arctic Conditions

Other Ambient (and related) Music / King Crimson reforming
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:49:21 AM »
Guess this was announced last September.  Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto back in the band (see my other post about Stick Men).  I thought Fripp said a couple years back he was retiring from music.  Hmmmm.  Well that's what Harold Budd said too and he's still releasing music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:02:48 PM »
Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Markus Reuter (whoaaaa!!) Playing together in San Francisco on January 23.  Must check this out.  This is a rare chance to see these masters in person.  Years ago when I went to see Karn, Torn and Bozzio as Polytown it was an amazing experience.  This looks to be the same.

Apparently this just came out about 10 days ago.  Available from Gterma (label) or Databloem.  Leans toward the "dark ambient" side. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Where is Thom Brennan?
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:42:45 PM »
No new album since Stories from the Forest, which was at least several years ago.......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best of 2013
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:39:43 PM »
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

Ken Camden- Space Mirror (Kranky)
Steve Moore- Light Echoes (Cuneiform) Technically a 2012 release, but I didn't discover it until recently.
Bvdub/Loscil- Erebus (Glacial Movements)
ASC- Time Heals All (Silent Season)
Adam Michalak- Returning to Essence (Silent Season)
Segue- Pacifica (Silent Season)
Closing the Eternity- Superstring Paradigma (Infinite Fog)
Enh- Body of Blue (Gterma)
Hakobune- If it were to Fade (Gterma)
Ashtoreths Gate (Gterma)
Alexander Saykov- Mistral (Gterma)
Autumn of Communion 3 (txt)
Oophoi- I Hear the Woods Whispering (Practising Nature)
Oophoi- I Hear the Wind Singing (Practising Nature)
Steve Roach- Live Transmission (Projekt)
Aglaia- Centurion (Hic Sunt Leones)
Richard Formby- Sine (Preserved Sound)
Solar Fields- Origin #02 (Ultimae)

Because I should not have to count down myself to find a track title.  One of my biggest peeves related to music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Closing the Eternity
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:48:24 AM »
I don't know much about this Russian artist, but my growing collection of his work is really impressing me.  I just got "Nearby Being" with Ad Lux Tenebrae.   Their previous release Skywards the Infinity will cost around $65 if I order it.  Is this worth it?  I cannot find any sound samples.  The label is Infinite Fog Productions, the 2cd was limited to under 100 copies...

Everything and Nothing / My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:28:20 AM »
Hey all,

Have you ever experienced a coworker who suddenly stops talking to you or stops being friendly, for no apparent reason?  This woman used to go out of her way to say hello and now ignores me while speaking to everyone else.  She will walk by my workgroup and greet the others yet act like I'm not there.  A couple weeks ago I asked her about it and she said she had been "depressed" lately.  Yet she was still cheerful with everyone else.  Despite assuring me there was nothing wrong, she continues to ignore me.  Any ideas?  I googled this and the usual answers are that she heard some gossip about me, or is jealous for some reason, or was offended by something I did or said.  How would you deal with this situation? 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Lycia
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:33:26 PM »
Their first in 13 years called Quiet Moments, ltd to 1000 copies.  Really looking forward to this one!!!

I watched this tonight on YouTube, and while I found some of the information very interesting, the guy came off as an arrogant wanker.  He kept saying so and so is "the greatest ambient musician since Eno" (he said this about Biosphere!! Come on, really???) and such and such is "the greatest ____ in the history of this planet."  He spent the first hour talking about classical music and early synthesizers, which was a bit much.  The most interesting part was the end where audience members got to ask questions.  The first person asked why Klaus Schulze was merely mentioned once.  He said he didn't have time.  Well why the hell did you waste an hour on Debussy and Satie and early dinosaur electronic instruments like the trautonium and theremin???  But the BEST question was by Mr. Loren Nerell, who so eloquently nailed Mr. Prendergast with his glaring omission of the Southern California (and Northern as well) ambient giants like STEVE ROACH, ROBERT RICH, MICHAEL STEARNS, both in his "comprehensive" book and in the lecture.  He said he "wasn't familiar with all ambient artists."  WHAT?? He mentioned a San Francisco DJ named DJ Shadow, and called Geir Jenssen the greatest ambient musician since Eno, but had never heard of Roach and Rich???  He talked about the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix and wasted 10-15 minutes playing their music, yet couldn't even mention the above.  What an IDIOT!  God, I'm glad I didn't attend that lecture, I would've had a fit.  No Tangerine Dream???  At least he paid tribute to Pete Namlook, but the glaring omissions were just unforgiveable.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Where is Tetsu Inoue?
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:17:47 PM »
Listening to some classic Fax albums tonight, I decided to do some research to find out the latest.  All I found was a blog by Phonaut asking the same thing, about a year ago.  He was concerned he's either dead or just being a recluse, as all his emails went unanswered and cards/letters never got a reply.  He was running tetsus website the last several years.  The man is a ghost.  Anyone know anything???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Remastering
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:55:16 AM »
Have you ever bought a remaster that had no discernible improvement over the original recording?  I've bought recently a rock album where the original could have used some significant bass and volume tweaking, and the remaster is totally useless.  This is a small independent label so I don't think they were just trying to extort more money out of the fans like the major labels are notorious for doing.   Any thoughts?

Marketplace / New batch of CD's for Sale Most $6
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:31:36 PM »
Buyer pays shipping.  PM me if interested:

Lovesliescrushing--Ghost colored halo (Projekt)
36--Shadow Play
36--Hypersona (sealed)
Harold Budd-- Jane 1-11 (Darla)
Robert Rich--Nest (Soundscape)
Yagya--Inescapable Decay of my Heart (Kilk)
Robin Guthrie--Fortune (Soleil apres minuit)
Robin Guthrie--Emeralds (Darla)
Parsick and Reuter--Lament (Gterma)
Steve Hauschildt--Sequitur (Kranky)
Thomas Koner--Novaya Zemlya (Touch)
Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell--Morphogenic
Autumn of Communion 2 (Anodize/Periphery)
Bvdub--All is Forgiven (N5md)
Bvdub--a Careful Ecstasy (Darla)
Bvdub--Serenity (Darla)

All cds above $6 each.  More to be added...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Should've called it "World War D"
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:11:57 PM »
D for DUMB.  I wasted several hours and $10.75 on Brad Pitts zombie movie.  Awful film, not scary or even suspenseful.  People in the theatre were laughing at the zombies and the stupid dialogue.  Save your money...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Oophoi discs
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:27:24 PM »
Just released on Databloem, two companion albums to "I Hear the Water Dreaming.". Haven't checked the soundclips yet.

Everything and Nothing / Flakiness and general wankery in CD sales
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:55:00 PM »
I much prefer physical CD's over downloads, but sometimes it seems the BS you have to go through with flaky or unprofessional sellers is not worth it.  In mid May I emailed a seller as I wanted to buy a new release they had listed.  After four days of no response, I write again.  I'm told they'll be ready at months end.  Fine.  A week later I receive a mailing list announcement of all the new releases, including the disc I want.  "Email to preorder" it says.  I do so.  I get a response--"when discs arrive next week ill let you know".  Never received followup that week.  Wouldn't it be so much EASIER to take my payment as a "pre-order" the way 99.9% of labels do, and just ship it out when product is available???  Though there's no obvious reason why, it seems this guy doesn't want to sell me any CD's. 

Had another issue with a seller who every time I order something I have to inquire why it has not arrived yet and they're always apologizing, making excuses, and sending me something extra free "for my troubles".  The date they say they sent it never matches the postmarked date. 

Downloads are starting to look more attractive...

Great recording, scorching performance!

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