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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. 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: May 06, 2010, 06:13:05 AM »
Is the Nebulae "Path of White Clouds" release still happening??

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 06, 2010, 06:10:30 AM »
As has been pointed out before, I think the wonder of the original was the mystery and unanswered questions.  It's what made 2001 so special as well.  I think what made all the Alien sequels so uninteresting was there was no real innovative story behind them.  Ridley Scott stated this is why he hasn't done sci-fi since Blade Runner, as a good story is very important to him.  I think a story about the origin of the alien could be very interesting, done right.  I think it's generally accepted by sci-fi fans this was an "alien race," but what about the possibility they were a genetically engineered biomechanoid weapon, a "supersoldier," by some other race of true "aliens"?  Scott has already suggested this by saying the derelict spaceship from the first film was carrying a cargo of the eggs as a weapon. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tetsu Inoue
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:54:28 AM »
Organic Cloud was reissued around 2004/2005 on Fax's Ambient World sublabel, but is now sold out.  AW releases are supposed to have no limitation, but some of them sold out and haven't been reprinted yet. Namlook may get around to it. 

Just reissued on AW is 62 Eulengasse from 1995, a classic and essential Inoue title, collaboration with Namlook.  Avail. at

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:46:14 AM »
Why would this be "very different" than his other albums??? Unless he's doing ambient ukelele, I tend to doubt it. ;-)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Alien prequel
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:54:53 PM »
Saw a "preview" of the first Alien prequel (there will be two films) for 20th Century Fox.  No footage except scenes from the original, probably because shooting hasn't started.  Guess they've already decided on the title: "Alien Origin." Guess they HAD to use the word "Alien" in the title for marketing purposes. Yuk. Simply "Origin" would have been better IMO, or another title a bit more mysterious and less obvious.   

Why are you so insistent on arguing Alien is not Sci-Fi, when I have presented irrefutable evidence it is considered so by the majority of the filmmaking community?  If this were a debate, you'd lose, & we've already won many posts ago.  I can see the next post now: the moon landing was a hoax, the holocaust never happened, etc. etc. Some people have to argue about everything... You're making too big a deal about this, which was not even the point of this thread, it was originally about comparing Alien and Aliens, not endlessly debating whether it was Sci-Fi or Horror.  I'm not reading any more posts on this topic, so if you want to debate it do it by yourself, and nobody will listen or care... 8)

American Film Institute in 2008 named Alien "Seventh Best Film in the Science Fiction Genre"

Alien received a Saturn Award soon after its release for "Best Science Fiction Film."

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