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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 25, 2014, 06:19:44 AM »
Eloquently stated Nels.  Thanks for the comment.  I think some famous musicians are so used to people fawning all over them that they secretly dread another over-eager gushing fan who they just won't know what to say to.  Some, as in Levin, I think put on charm in front of an audience because it's part of the show.  Put them behind a table afterwards to meet fans and all their insecurities rear their ugly head. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / King Crimson reforming
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:49:21 AM »
Guess this was announced last September.  Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto back in the band (see my other post about Stick Men).  I thought Fripp said a couple years back he was retiring from music.  Hmmmm.  Well that's what Harold Budd said too and he's still releasing music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:18:07 AM »
Saw this show last night in San Francisco.  Amazing!!!  Tony Levin is just insanely good on Chapman Stick.  Pat Mastelotto is a prog rock powerhouse on drums.  And Markus Reuter totally ripped on his Touch guitar, going from Fripp manic soloing to pastoral ambient seamlessly. 

I was very disappointed when I met Levin and Reuter post show.  They mingled with the audience and signed CD's willingly, so it seemed.  Reuter was kind of standoffish and didn't seem too impressed when I mentioned his ambient projects with Ian Boddy, Ramp, etc and his Hypnos album.  Levin stood behind a counter meeting fans and signing CD's.  He's Mr. Personality on stage but was cold as a fish, at least to me.  When I asked him to sign my Peter Gabriel Plays Live CD and told him I think it's one of the best live albums ever recorded, he said quite rudely, "I don't even know what this is.". Even though there was a photo of him on the booklet.  Then I asked how old he was when it was recorded ('83) and he asked when Plays Live was released (!?). Am I missing something here?  He seemed offended or something.  He finally said he was 35 in '83.  Hate to say it, but if you are too self important to talk to fans then why bother signing CD's.  I've also seen him state in some recent interviews that he's "not that good".  False modesty stinks. 

Matthias Grassow I believe.  The first CD was on Weird Amplexus.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:53:51 PM »
Ahhhh, Elektronik II.  Think this was Peter's last really good release on fax.  Inspired music.

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:46:09 PM »
Yeah hard to part with but liberating too as now I don't have a mountain of stuff I'd probably hardly listen to.  I need tostop buying so much too and be more selective. 

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:35:39 PM »
Last night I sold about 150 cd's at Amoeba Music in SF.  I got rid of a lot of rock/pop from the 80's, and also a lot of ambient.  It's amazing how much ambient electronic stuff I have/had that was just gathering dust on my shelves, that is "ok" but not great or inspiring like the classics.  Artists who I had an abundance of titles from I sold off most and kept the 2 or 3 very best.  Trying to streamline my collection into only the very best.  The only label I will not sell anything of is Fax.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:22:49 PM »
Hmmmm, don't know if I'd call "Russian Spring" a FAX classic, as it's one of the more obscure projects, which didn't get a whole lot of press.  Nonetheless, it's a good album to chill out to.   8)

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:12:42 PM »
Wham bam thank you spam!  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:21:30 AM »
Phobos, thanks for that tip on Circular.  Awesome stuff!!!  Just placed my order for this...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:00:47 PM »
Mathias Grassow--Dagaz.  Need to add this to my best of 2013 list.  One of his strongest solo releases to date. 

Ishqamatics-- Spacebound.  Great CD.  Sold out at the txt recordings label site but you can still get it from Databloem...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:05:00 AM »
I liked District 9 a lot, too. Moon is excellent too.

For a great space travel film you gotta see Europa Report.  A mix of 2001, Prometheus, Gravity, Apollo 18..puts the science back in science fiction.  Great acting, smart, awesome visuals.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:19:43 PM »
Three great sci-fi films of late:  Oblivion, Elysium, and Europa Report.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:02:48 PM »
Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Markus Reuter (whoaaaa!!) Playing together in San Francisco on January 23.  Must check this out.  This is a rare chance to see these masters in person.  Years ago when I went to see Karn, Torn and Bozzio as Polytown it was an amazing experience.  This looks to be the same.

The REAL people in power are not the politicians, and these people have been orchestrating the collapse of US economy for years now.  This is not just a conspiracy theory.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Constance Demby
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
Don't forget Oophoi

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:39:55 PM »
Yes immersions OPINIONS may have upset people, but I didn't notice him personally attacking anyone.  When you start using the word "stupid" as was used against him, it just shows your immaturity and THAT kind of post should be banned.  I don't agree with immersion's opinion but just because the majority disagree with him does not justify a ban.  If someone here says something you don't like it's your choice to respond or ignore.  Keep arguing about it for two pages and people are going to get more upset.  Hope I don't get banned for saying this.  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:07:02 PM »
With all the billions of choices modern synths offer, can't understand why an em/ambient artist would need to sampleand then change someone else's work.  Laziness, yes.  Stealing, yes.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 03, 2014, 02:31:53 PM »
BOARDS OF CANADA--Tomorrow's Harvest.  Absolutely brilliant album!!!  Adding this to my list.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:55:06 AM »
I just bought Spacebound by Ishqamatics at Databloem.  If you want it I'd check to see if they still have it.

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