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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?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:28:55 PM »
Interesting perspective on the Aglaia trio--I thought Reverberant Skies was by far the best and the other two I couldn't get into at all.   :) 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Roger Waters - The Wall Tour 2010-2011
« on: September 17, 2010, 01:54:49 AM »
I don't know about Comfortably Numb being the best PF song.  Maybe in the context of The Wall, and it's the most radio friendly and well known song, but I think there were tracks on Meddle, Dark Side, and Animals that were better and more definitive of the band as a whole.  Definitely Gilmour's best guitar solo, though (although I always thought the song "Final Cut" had a guitar solo that equals it). 

I supported Rog in the 80's and 90's--there was no Pink Floyd without him.  I could just never really get into all those studio and live albums without him.  Sorry to sound like a PF snob, but it's just my opinion...   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« on: September 13, 2010, 02:53:30 PM »
Mark Dwane is cool, although 90% of his stuff doesn't sound like a guitar at all, so I wouldn't put him in this category. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
« on: September 13, 2010, 02:46:47 PM »
Who is Kunaki?  Never heard of them.  The only two players in this issue were Dark Duck and "2 Check", the company that ships the product.  All the communications were with Dark Duck.  DD ignored my request for a refund if they were not able to send me an error-free CDR.  It is only when I went to Paypal that I got a response from DD, which was a promise to get back to me the same day. 3 days went by.  Interestingly, I finally received a refund today, shortly after I posted my previous forum post above!  Just coincidence? Who knows.  DD also emailed saying all I had to do before was ask for a refund, without going to Paypal, WHICH I DID before going to Paypal.  Also said I didn't need to be "so mean and rude."  In my communications w/DD I was never rude.  What was rude was being ignored and hoping I would just go away.  As I've said before, if you run a small label and can't handle legitimate complaints in a professional way, and have a begrudging attitude because you HAD to issue a refund, you're probably in the wrong business.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:57:58 AM »
I might add, never dealing with Dark Duck again.  My sole order from them (one CDR) was a complete waste of $17.50, as I received a defective product (eventually two defective products) without any resolution or refund.  When I initially brought it up with the label, I got a response about how it's "rare" their CDR's are ever defective.  Then was informed that after "checking the master file" the errors were on the master and they would be "reissuing" the release.  I received the corrected disc where all the many errors were removed except now there was one very loud error, and when I reported this I was completely ignored, until I brought it up with Paypal.  I was then promised by Dark Duck they'd "check on it" and get me an answer that night.  I never heard back, now two days later...Incidentally Paypal refuses to issue a refund based on a defective/broken product; they will only refund if item was never received.

If you cannot sell a reliable product and are too cheap to issue a refund based on a legitimate complaint, your "business" is gonna fail.  Good luck.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: September 08, 2010, 07:33:23 PM »
Well if they're selling them now they didn't really need them after all, right?

If I were asked to give advice on running a label (from a customer's point of view), I'd make these suggestions:

1) Use good quality media/manufacturing of whatever you sell.  Lately I've been running across so many defective products (that were either mastered wrong and then pressed, or CDR's that mistrack/skip) that it makes me not want to even deal with those labels again.  Music consumers dont want to pay for or waste their time on unprofessional products.  If you're in the business of releasing music, better make sure the product's solid before putting it on the market. 
2) Don't release too much music.  Release only the best material.  Some of the smaller "bedroom" labels (run by one person) tend to release literally hundreds of titles of filler with only a few being "Grade A." Assuming most small labels aren't doing it for the money, why release so much stuff if a lot of it is only going to sell a few copies, anyway?
3) Avoid "download only" releases.  If they're not good enough to issue with a physical product why bother?
4) Get others' opinions on possible releases.  If you (the label) think it's amazing but few others do, it might not be a good idea...
5) Don't release stuff as "a favor to a friend." I'm sure this advice could've saved some labels the embarrassment of bad reviews and selling only two copies.
6) Listen to your listeners. Take constructive criticism.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: September 08, 2010, 06:52:03 PM »
I don't think I insinuated that Namlook was RE-PRESSING old albums.  I know for a fact he doesn't do this.  My point was that titles that were declared "sold out" years ago emerging 15 years later for sale at $80 a pop means they weren't REALLY "sold out" back then. 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: September 08, 2010, 12:11:18 PM »
Hypnos digipaks--great idea!!  ;D

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