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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!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2010, 06:36:26 PM »
Slowdive-The Shining Breeze
Rush-Different Stages Live
Steve Roach-Dynamic Stillness (this one finally growing on me)
Type O Negative-Least Worst Of
Move D/Namlook-Stranger I

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2010, 11:40:43 AM »
Steve Kilbey-Monsters n' Mirages
Band of Horses-Infinite Arms
Dead Can Dance-Selections from Europe 2005
Klaus Schulze/Lisa Gerrard-Dziekuje Bardzo
Carbon Based Lifeforms-Interloper

Everything and Nothing / "The War" in Iraq
« on: May 16, 2010, 01:13:29 AM »
Every time I see this phrase ("the war in Iraq") I cringe and cough uncontrollably.  Isn't a "war" supposed to be a conflict between two or more countries that can't be resolved peacefully? This "operation" should be referred to as "the hostile takeover of a country to ensure the socio-economic status quo."  The sickest part is that so many US citizens are buying into the brainwashing about democracy (when it does not even exist in the United States).  Who's really in control? Certainly not the president of the United States (puppet) or even the US government.  There are satanic forces at work on this planet exploiting the world's population with deception, fear mongering, and manipulation.  These criminals must be exposed and brought to justice.

Just once I wanna see a review here that just totally shocks me.  With everything being "pleasant," "solid," or "beautiful," it's starting to sound like an edition of the old Backroads "Hearbeats" catalog where not an ill word is ever uttered.  C'mon, there must be something you don't like.  Like the interviews, but the reviews are too generic. Just sayin'.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: May 12, 2010, 06:39:18 PM »
I saw Robert back in '94 at a little church in San Francisco for the Propagation album (Noe Valley Ministry), twas a fan-frickintastic concert (with Lisa Moscow on sarod), but very low turnout, even for this little place.  I think back then before the Internet caught on it was even harder to advertise shows like this--you'd find out about it via small flyers, local freebie papers, or word of mouth.  Nowadays I'm sure the turnout is bigger with his performances, but probably still not that big, and I think this is due to the nature of the music.  EM is not popular in the US compared to Europe, where people buy more CD's and attend more EM concerts. Meanwhile, Britney Spears sells out at the HP Pavilion or Oakland Coliseum.  Sad! Just shows the majority of the population has the worst taste in music imagineable...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 07, 2010, 01:02:23 AM »
I don't think we have to worry about a CGI fest w/Ridley, he's critical of it being overused.  I'm hoping the prequels will be shot in the spirit of the original, w/models and other more "natural" techniques.  As for a Blade Runner revisit, of course it would be nice; just hope if one is made down the line it isn't some awful "remake" like Hollywood is so entrenched in right now. 

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