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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?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Classical Lute Music
« on: July 11, 2010, 02:06:06 PM »
I'm a recent lute convert, too.  Just picked up Paul O'Dette's "Marco dall'Aquila: Pieces for Lute" on Harmonia Mundi.  Great disc. It was recorded live in a castle so there's  tons of natural reverb on this recording. The classical purists are poo-pooing this recording for this reason but being an ambient fan I think it adds rather than takes away. Highly recommended CD.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: July 10, 2010, 10:22:41 PM »
Although not due out until 7/13, my local store had a copy which of course I purchased!  Sounded real good on the drive home.  Track 4, "Morning of Ages" is a stunner, very inspired piece.  Lots of repeat listenings ahead this weekend.

Very cool cover image. Looks like an EBE.

I knew the Kiss joke was coming.   ;D

Everything and Nothing / I Hate Paypal
« on: July 02, 2010, 02:07:40 PM »
Here we go 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.   >:(

Took it into Mazda today and they found an "internal error." They're replacing the unit. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mysterious 1/3 of SOTL
« on: July 01, 2010, 12:35:00 AM »
Bleak drone bliss is my favorite! That Ultrasound release is super hard to find, and one of the "holes" in my Mystery Sea collection. 

np: Brand/Disturbed Earth-"Broken Gold" BDB (bleak drone bliss) all over this one, like drowning in some murky lake and falling slowly to the bottom

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!   

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?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: June 24, 2010, 07:13:10 PM »
I like Vidna's comments about Diliberto, this is my assessment as well.  Back in 1999 I wrote a "complaint letter" to Tower Pulse (Tower's free magazine) about Diliberto's reviews, wherein he had stopped reviewing space music and incessantly talked about/reviewed Lisa Gerrard.  She's great, of course, but his review column was turning into the Lisa Gerrard shrine. Anyways, to me he was never what I would call a "hardcore" supporter of E-music and his reviews were always somewhat geared toward the "consumer" instead of the "fan."  A much better music critic was Linda Kohanov, who used to write for Pulse.  Her reviews usually got at the heart of the music in an intuitive way.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:36:07 PM »
Chihei Hatakeyama-The River. Beautiful drone album.
Terje Rypdal-Crime Scene.  Late night freakout jazz with Rypdal's amazing guitar.
Seefeel-ChVox. Trippin' ambient gee-tar.
Future Sound of London-Environments 3
Pat Metheny-Bright Size Life. Great first album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2010, 12:04:19 AM »
Steve Tibbetts-Natural Causes
William Basinski-Melancholia
Rapoon-Recurring Dream Circle
Erik Wollo-Gateway
The Reegs collection
Lycia-Empty Space

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. 

Computers, iPods, downloads, etc. have totally revolutionized the music industry, while ironically at the same time leading to its downfall.  I don't hold anything against an artist for partaking in the available technology, but I am more likely to spend the time and money on a physical product.  I'm an old-school music fan--I like record stores, CD's, and home stereo systems.  I know the "end" is somewhat near, so I'm savoring these final moments until movie theaters and CD's disappear from the planet. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: June 12, 2010, 11:29:56 PM »
Thanx for the link to sound samples.  No revelatory groundbreaking vibes do these samples impart to mine ears; however, I will definitely be ordering it!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 09, 2010, 07:29:02 PM »
Agreed on Shades 2 by Inoue/Namlook, one of my fave spacemusic albums...

The Cure-Disintegration Deluxe reissue.  Nice remaster of the original album, nice n' loud and dynamic sound, definitely an improvement.  The demos--there's some gems, like the RS demo of Fascination Street.  Just wish there were more gems in the bunch, so a bit disappointed overall with Disc 2.  The live disc "Entreat" gets remixed and remastered with four additional tracks, sonically an improvement over the original release.  A good enough live album but not the best live stuff from The Cure over the years.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: June 06, 2010, 04:03:43 AM »
I've seen plenty of rock gigs in my life where four people were strumming, plucking, and banging away and it was about as interesting as watching paint dry.  A successful live performance occurs when the music is good and you're diggin' it.  Doesn't matter to me whether someone's sitting behind a bank of electronics or a drumkit, if what they're doing sounds good and there is an emotional connection to it, it's going to be enjoyable.  It's strange to me John Diliberto is knocking Robert's live gigs or live EM gigs in general, after all these years of supposedly being a supporter of the genre.  But then again, he is not a musician himself, and so when he states an opinion like this, I say "consider the source."

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 31, 2010, 09:09:00 AM »
KISS Ace Frehley solo
Pretenders II
Tetsu Inoue-Slow & Low, ElectroHarmonix, Zenith

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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