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Everything and Nothing / Re: "Big" NASA announcement?
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:05:18 AM »
NASA is probably run by aliens.  I am dead serious, mostly. 

I think NASA has found something more significant than a "microbe".  Anomalous artifacts on the moon, the "face" on Mars, extensive footage of UFO's, Martian probes inexplicably losing contact.  No, I don't believe the moon landings were a hoax.  I consider myself a "realist," not a "conspiracy theorist."  NASA's actions over the years have been suspicious and non-sensical as are most other "coverups."  Stuff just doesn't add up or make sense. 

I agree with Numina.  Like I said, they're giving us "scraps" when they've got the 5-star dinner in a vault somewhere marked "top secret."  What's most disturbing is the amount of taxpayer money being used in the space programs and yet they're not sharing the wealth while millions on Earth starve and live in poverty.  NASA is also so wrapped up in contracts and big business that it's actually corporations controlling the information.  If you think NASA is all about honest science with no hidden agenda then believe what you want.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 03, 2010, 03:03:17 AM »
Jeff Pearce-Daylight Slowly.  IMO the best Pearce album, just fantastic all the way through.

David Sylvian-Manafon.  Dusted this one off from the shelf for a late-night headphone listen.  This is not casual listening by any means, but very effective in small doses.

Pretenders I & II (reissues w/bonus discs).  Two masterpieces that hold up over time, especially the second album IMO superior to the first.  There just aren't bands like this anymore, sadly.  They were never the same after the deaths of JH Scott and Pete Farndon in '83.  RIP.

Namlook/Rehberg-The Putney (Fax reissue) This '93 Fax album went for insane prices on eBay for years (upwards of $200) as it was ltd. to 500 and never reissued until now.  The first track was part of the first Fax Compilation on Instinct.  A couple long trippy space pieces here augmented with a couple weaker "hard trance" tracks that seem out of place.  Still, highly recommended for the early Fax enthusiast.


Everything and Nothing / "Big" NASA announcement?
« on: December 03, 2010, 02:38:37 AM »
I don't know how "big" the NASA announcement today is.  I was hoping for some long-overdue truth about structural artifacts found on various celestial bodies over the past 30 years or so, but it turns out to be some microbes that use arsenic to regenerate.  This is supposed to indicate life can form from not-so-usual compounds, and hence extraterrestrial life on hostile places in space is more likely.  Well, considering how NASA is a major participant in the biggest cover-up in history, these "scraps" they're throwing to the masses just seem like more insults to our intelligence.   

Any VH fans here? I thought it was pretty lame Eddie, Alex and Dave did not even show up to their own R&R Hall of Fame induction a few years ago.  Poor Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, it must've been awkward at that awards show.  Then Eddie tours with his then teenage son on bass without inviting Mike (a "real", professional bass player who arguably helped define their sound).  Sorry but I would never pay $150 a ticket to see a little kid flop around on a bass.  I can't even figure out what the big "grudge" was about.  Apparently EVH was pissed MA and SH formed a new band (?)  EVH is a rock god but not much class from what I can tell... 

I've been on a Pretenders kick the past few days (the classic stuff--first two albums/demos/live, plus checking out YouTube footage from '79-'82).  They were my favorite band for a couple years when I was around 13 and 14.  Seeing how smokin' hot Chrissie Hynde was back then got me thinking: do you think most/all the "boys" in female-led bands (ie. Pretenders, Blondie, Pat Benatar, etc.) end up "boinking" the singer at some point?  Especially with all the tours, staying in hotels, and playing sweaty rock gigs each night.  Seems like this would be inevitable, even with all the wives/girlfriends involved. But I could be wrong.  Any thoughts?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:05:58 PM »
KILLING JOKE-Absolute Dissent.  Original line-up, doing what they do best--creating a cacophony of channeled rage.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Emeralds
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:07:29 AM »
Speaking of TD-inspired cosmic guitar drone, don't forget about Expo 70 if you haven't already investigated. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Emeralds
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:00:05 AM »
I did some research and notice James Plotkin has done mastering for their albums.  Plotkin is no lightweight amongst the ambient giants, so think I better order that first album and get in on the fun.

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:06:54 AM »
I just re-read my list from above and I should be FLOGGED for omitting what has rightly been included on others' lists: "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks" (Brian Eno, w/Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno). 

This album is just timeless.  The ultimate soundtrack to all things MOON.  I had it on LP around '86, then a cassette (remember those?), and it finally came out on CD but not until early 90's I believe.  I bought the digipak original master reissue in 2005, then replaced that with the Japanese CD issue in mini-LP sleeve.  I think this sounds the best.  I noticed the digipak version had some annoying distortion esp. when playing on a home stereo system, which the Japan version did not.  Don't know why this is, but it is noticeable. 

I was blown away by "An Ending: Ascent" back in '86 when I first heard it.  Funny how it finally got the recognition it deserved by being used in the closing credits to a movie almost 20 years later. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday season movie review thread
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:45:18 AM »
Thanks for that review of Unstoppable.  Love Denzel. I'll probably wait for DVD though.  These days I rarely go to theaters because my time is taken up trying to keep up with all the DVD's on Netflix. 

Speaking of which, I saw this weekend the Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner from the last Oscar's called "The Secret in their Eyes."  It was absolutely fantastic, one of the best movies I've seen in quite awhile.  Just reaffirms my belief foreign films on the whole are so much better than American films. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient version...
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:37:28 AM »
No, because players would fall asleep or into a coma and never wake up to buy the next version.

Everything and Nothing / Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:36:02 AM »
This is what I keep reading (as I'm sitting down at my computer, ha!)  So does anyone have a job where stand-up work stations are an option?  I know the management where I work would never approve this, they are cheap bastards and could probably care less if I died early anyway!  (they can always hire someone younger and pay them less.  Do I sound bitter?)

I think if you sit on your ass too much you are more prone to things like heart disease, colon cancer, and lazy-itis. 

For those who have stand-up work stations, how do these work for you compared to the sit-down version?  Do you have the urge to just sit down and do nothing like most of the rest of us???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Emeralds
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:28:35 AM »
I'm curious about this project.  Never heard their music yet.  They are filed in the "experimental" section of the local record store, but always out of stock.  But you say they are electro/ambient? Who would you compare them to?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:24:22 AM »
Namlook/Inoue- 2350 Broadway (AW reissue from the 90's, found used).  I had this already on a CDR but such a great album need this on real pressed CD's.  2-disc set, first released in 1993 (first edition was ltd. to 500 and I've never seen one up close that's how rare it is, then reissued around '96 on Fax's reissue sublabel, then again several years ago on an MP3 CD with the second and third chapters of this project), of some of the most outer space, ethereal stuff EVER done, by these two or ANYONE.  Tetsu's Ambiant Otaku and Organic Cloud always get the most attention, and they are great in their own right, but THIS one is just spectacular and criminally under-rated!  The second 2350 Broadway (also 2-disc) was almost as great, followed by a pretty good 3rd release, and quite disappointing 4th (and I believe final) edition a few years ago.       

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 29, 2010, 12:04:20 AM »
More money burning a hole in my pocket:

Krystian Shek-Israfil (Fax) Trancey beaty technoid style Fax (w/some female vox), but I like it.

John Foxx-The Complete Cathedral Oceans (Edsel UK) Already had the three COs but this comes with the DVD of CO3 and a beautiful package of artwork with writing by Foxx.  Awesome music, highly recommended if you don't already have the CO stuff, and also recommended if you do!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Peter Challoner
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:23:03 PM »
I first heard this UK synthesist's stuff on one of the "Awakenings"compilations on Ambientlive label and was highly impressed.  I have Lunar Tide and Beneath the Ice Flow, both excellent.  Oophoi, Thom Brennan, and classic Eno fans take note!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bored Man Ganesh
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:42:22 PM »
The name has got to go.

My apologies for the non-specific "review" in my last post.  This is what makes this album great, IMO:

As I saw in one of the reviews, it is true the music is not as dark and aggressive as other Malignant albums or other "typical" dark ambient albums.  It's very shadowy, ethereal and tranquil, which is why I mentioned the Robert Rich/Oophoi connection.  Another reviewer mentioned Mathias Grassow.  Again, a good comparison.  Grassow fans will love the floating immersive atmospheres and organic feel.  The artist, however, has his own distinct sound from the others and mention of them serves as merely a signpost for newer listeners.  One reviewer said it might benefit from vocals or melodies(??) Sorry, this isn't a pop album.  If you don't like immersive ambient drone music, please move on, there is something wrong with you! ;-) 

I thought the production and mastering here was FANTASTIC and highly above average, and it's evident great care was put into the overall sound quality of this project. 

As mentioned by everyone else, artwork and packaging is superb, from the glossy digipak design to the extensive booklet.  I liked the discussion of each track about recording techniques.  Nice! A+ 10/10 ***** 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Which is it??
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:43:43 AM »
Gee that was cheery.

Highly recommend this to all.  One of my best of 2010 picks (see thread).

About the bonus for clever fans...I am dumb as a box of rocks so I may need help uncovering it.  Might it have something to do with the cryptic coded message on back of the booklet?

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