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Like me, you've probably met some famous musicians over the years of going to shows, record signings, or in-store appearances  Most I've met were of course at concert halls, backstage, outside venues, etc.  Anybody run into musicians in a place where you least expected to ever see them?

Over the weekend I was in a tiny record store in San Mateo, CA (SF Bay Area) when in walks Dave Murray (guitarist) of Iron Maiden!  I've been a huge Maiden fan for 30 years, and this was totally surreal.  Turns out he was visiting some family here.  Not having any IM discs in my car, I re-bought their "Powerslave" CD, which he graciously signed.  I acted like a teenage fanboy, gushing superlatives at this metal guitar god. 

So let's hear your brushes with greatness (in the unlikeliest of places)!     

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 11, 2010, 11:41:54 PM »
Felt-Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
Felt-Me and a Monkey on the Moon
Ben Fleury-Steiner-Keep a Weather Eye Open
Visions-Summoning the Void
Sleep Research Facility-Nostromo
Durutti Column-Circuses and Bread
The Verve-This is Music
Curve-Cuckoo and Doppelganger
Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu-Chiaroscuro

On the way:
Expo 70-Sonic Messenger
David Parsons-Akash
Create-Biospherical Imagery

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 09, 2010, 11:48:49 PM »
A few things from Aquarius Records in SF:

Inside-Celestial Telepathy. 3" CDR, 20 min. space guitar drone, with more emphasis on the "space."  Similar to the Viridian Sun sound.

Expo 70-Animism (full-length CD), Psychic Funeral (two 3" CDR's). Yet more space guitar drone, using guitar, Roland synth, gongs, Moog.  Harkens from a Krautrock point of view (Ashra, T.Dream influences evident). Neat packaging.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 08, 2010, 10:58:56 PM »
Nightbloom also surprised me and exceeded my expectations.  Roach fans should not pass on either this or Dream Tracker....

Van Halen-first five albums (remaster CD's).  Forget "Jump" and VanHagar, these dudes were the real deal.  Who rocks as hard as classic VH nowadays?? Not many, if at all.
Les Claypool-Live @ GAMH, San Francisco, Vol.2: great live cover of the entire "Animals" album by Pink Floyd.  Sweet!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:57:26 PM »
Create-From Earth to Mars.  His second album, on Groove.  Very good.

Roach/Metcalf/Khalsa-Dream Tracker.  Quite a bit better than I expected.  A solid tribal ambient release, nice to hear Roach in tribal mode again.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:27:27 PM »
Roedelius-"Der Ohren Spiegel" (Multimood). Got this for $4.  I like his early 90's stuff.  Psychoactive classical electro-ambient.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 03, 2010, 10:23:05 PM »
Tracks left off Plays Live highlights were Rhythm of the Heat, Not One of Us, Intruder, and On the Air.  All the tracks on Plays Live are amazing and blow the studio versions away.  I would have personally chosen to replace No Self Control, I Don't Remember, and Family and the Fishing Net (the somewhat darker/stranger tracks, along with Intruder) with Rhythm of the Heat (absolutely phenomenal opening track to the album, gives me goosebumps EVERY time), Not One of Us and On the Air, but guess PG had his reasons. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: vocoder songs
« on: October 03, 2010, 12:42:25 AM »
Steve Kilbey-"Freaky Conclusions"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: October 03, 2010, 12:09:20 AM »
Solitaire was a project that produced some of the best ambient of the 90's; unfortunately they seemed to remain in (undeserved) relative obscurity, possibly due to their releases not being widely available or lack of label support(?)  Whatever the reason, it's criminal! :-)

I hope the reissues do happen and that the unreleased music over the years is finally made available as a CD album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Namlook losing steam?
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:58:31 PM »
What's happened to Pete Namlook?  He keeps releasing these totally boring "experimental" CD's and limit them to 300 copies.  The trio "Pearl" was pretty horrid.  I didn't like the first two and didn't even bother with the third. A project with Move D called "Stranger" had a decent first release, but the second one was just godawful weird.  Now a new one called "Permutations," also 300 copies.  The description sounded like another experimental noodling project.  I'm still waiting for something epic to come along that's powerful and emotional  like many of his past glories.  C'mon Pete: Shades of Orion 4, Dreamfish 3 anyone? 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:48:13 PM »
Now have all the SFF.  Ammerland (minus drummer Schicke) is awesome, lives up to its glowing reviews online.  Symphonic Pictures is good but I don't know about being one of the best mellotron albums.  "In the Court" by KC is still hard to beat.  Or classic Moody Blues or...

Travis & Fripp-Live at Conventry Cathedral.  Clarinet and flutes are a strange mix with Fripp's soundscapes, but on this live disc it works pretty well. 

David Sylvian-Sleepwalkers.  Compilation of his "late" period stuff. Some real gems here, and overall flows nicely.  Much better than "Manafon."

Peter Gabriel-Plays Live highlights (the best remaster of this incredible live album, in fact possibly the best live album in history, but cutting four essential tracks to facilitate a single disc is annoying).  Also Birdy and Security remasters.

The Smiths-The Sounds of The Smiths (deluxe 2-disc). Probably the best comp. available of this excellent band, even if you don't like Morrissey you have to admit these guys were great musicians!

Felt-Stains on a Decade compilation.  Amazing UK cult band, highly underrated.

Roxy Music-Flesh+Blood.  Comes close but doesn't beat their masterpiece "Avalon."


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:07:03 PM »
Hurry up! I need to blow some more bux at the Hypnos store.  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with singing bowls?
« on: September 28, 2010, 11:33:00 PM »
Much of Mathias Grassow's catalog has them, usually sourced from Klaus Wiese.  Anything by Wiese is also recommended.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: September 26, 2010, 11:30:35 PM »
Schicke Fuhrs and Frohling-"Ticket to Everywhere" (Cherry Red reissue).  Rush meets Klaus Schulze, sort of.  Very cool 70's prog rock. I need to pick up the two preceding albums, Symphonic Pictures and Sunburst, also recently reissued.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2010, 03:09:52 PM »
Slowdive-Pygmalion demos!!! Awesome.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2010, 05:19:12 PM »
James McDougall-"Dispossession of Periphery" (Mystery Sea).  Very good and nice addition to the MS catalog. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundQuest Fest 2010
« on: September 24, 2010, 12:10:26 PM »
Probably not, but maybe some didge dueling.  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:25:29 PM »
yes that's true of Tibbetts, some can be quite noisy and aggressive. That new one Natural Causes is great, I recommend it highly!  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: PHOBOS - MONOLITH
« on: September 22, 2010, 12:06:09 PM »
Uggghhh  :(

See my Dark Duck thread...

Check your copies when it gets manufactured!  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: PHOBOS - MONOLITH
« on: September 20, 2010, 05:06:55 PM »
Will this be on Ambientlive?

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