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Thanks.  Yeah, being butt-hurt about it isn't getting me anywhere.  I'm going to bring it up and try to think of the right thing to say.  I don't like to let things linger without clearing the air if I can.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:42:42 AM »
Lots of Bernd Kistenmacher, especially his My Little Universe box and his very good new album Paradise.

Alio Die/L. Montana--Holographic Codex.  I had the opposite reaction, thought the first track didn't really fit as their styles are so different.  Montana's beats sound too much like his collabs with Namlook.  The rest of the album is more Alio and is pretty good, typical Alio drones. 

Alio Die/Parallel Worlds--Elusive Metaphor, Aglaia--Intangible Opacity.  Gotta love these esoteric album titles!!  Well since Projekt took over a month of pre order status, I got a refund and download ed from iTunes.  Elusive is quite good, nice analog synths to add some interesting texture.  The Aglaia is typical highly atmospheric organic droneage.  I always look forward more to his albums than anything else on Hic Sunt Leones.

I really want to like this new Roach/Metcalf album but I just can't get past Metcalf's intrusive drumming.  Never really cared for their collabs or Metcalf solo albums. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:56:07 PM »
Another EM icon gone.  RIP Edgar.  Gonna play Epsilon tonight in your honor

A female coworker and I had been getting more personal and friendly recently after 6 years of simply cordial greeting and sporadic smalltalk.  Recently she asked me to help her lose weight because she noticed I had really slimmed down.  I was flattered and really wanted to share my knowledge and what worked for me.  I suggested meeting at Starbucks after work for privacy and curbing nosy coworkers.  I had copies of some great material to give her and planned to help her write out a program she could use to start losing weight.  She said sure, thanks for being willing to help me...but she said she was too busy that week and could we do it the next week.  I emailed asking if she worked the following Friday as it would be a good day for me. 

I never got a reply and she acts like it never happened.  (She did receive and read the email.). No mention of it.  Really pissed me off because I had already invested time in this, gave her a protein drink and a few helpful tips. I think it's really rude not to respond at all and suddenly drop it.  My theory is she thought I had romantic ulterior motives, especially since her female coworker buddies are very catty and gossipy and maybe they gave her this idea.  Or she got cold feet attempting to diet. Who knows.  But it's made it weird for me because I feel she ignored me and was inconsiderate.  So I've been avoiding her and keeping conversations to a minimum.   How would you handle this?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:29:42 PM »
Amen to The Chameleons!!  Been listening to remastered Peel Sessions and using the nifty free key chain that came with it.  The vox tour is not until the fall.  I hope their album is finally released because I think the band will just end up being a nostalgic trip ad infinitum.  Mark must have some more good songs to unleash.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:11:05 PM »
Silent Lucidity by Grassow is one of my very favorites by him, just released on bandcamp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:53:44 PM »
"Violin based ambient"--now there's a phrase I never thought I'd hear.   ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:10:04 AM »
Cabaret Voltaire--The Crackdown.  If Joy Division morphed into an electronic dance rock band, it might've sounded like this.  You can hear the influence these guys had on groups like Front 242.

Pixies--Doolittle 25.  3 disc set with peel sessions and demos.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:29:15 AM »
John Foxx--The Virgin Years 1980-1985.  5CD box of early studio albums with lots of extra tracks.  For some reason I didn't have these albums even though I'm a fan of his later material.  Lots to explore here.  Should keep me busy.

Bauhaus--5 Albums Box Set.  Remastered studio albums, extra tracks, singles, etc.  Goth heaven.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2015, 12:46:00 AM »
The sticker on the shrinkwrap states it's remastered, yet there are no credits inside for who, if anyone, remastered the recording.  I didn't have the original and don't remember what the sound quality was. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:04:20 PM »
In addition to the new Alio Die on Projekt, there's also a new Steve Roach/Byron Metcalf.  I dunno, is it just me or does Metcalf's drumming sound like someone pounding on the hood of a car?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:18:18 PM »
Shaded Explorer--Between the Blue.  Another limited (300) CD release on Silent Season that sold out quickly.  This is nice subtle, relatively quiet ambient dub techno without the often annoying "doof doof" beats.  Nothing groundbreaking but a nice album.  As usual, Databloem has copies of this sold out stuff on its website, if you want one.

Expo 70--Corridors to Infinity/Star Colored Clouds.  More spaced out improv guitar and Moog from Justin Wright. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: All the Best for 2015
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:03:10 PM »
Happy New year to all.  My new year's resolution is not to buy so many CDs that I have to eat Cup o Noodles for dinner every night.  And go out on at least one date this year.

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: January 03, 2015, 01:28:11 PM »
Little known fact:  Beethoven used synthesizers. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:35:49 AM »
Forgot the last two:

Aglaia--Intangible Opacity & Primeval Nebula

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:33:25 AM »
My favorite ambient/electronic albums of 2014:

Nacht Plank--Echo Ark
Autumn of Communion--AOC 4
ASC--Truth be Told
Reverberant Evenings--After the Silence
Ishq--The Invisible Landscape
Rapoon--Fall of Drums
Seetyca--lieder zum summen
Urenga--Mu, the Lost Continent
Ethernet--Tanuki Dreams
Lee Anthony Norris/Porya Hatami--The Longing Daylight
Cosmic Ground--s/t
Circular--Moon Pool
Experiments in Silence--Hidden Harmonic
Roach/Reyes--The Ancestor Circle

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:20:00 AM »
Wow Chris, we agree completely on the new Aglaia.  I ordered the Opacity CD from Projekt only as Nebula sounded a little too experimental.  I used a gift card to later purchase Nebula, and on close inspection it's excellent and now I wish I'd ordered both CDs. ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2014, 11:09:28 AM »
Dr Atmo--Quiet Life.  Comeback album for this ex-Fax label pioneer.  Have to say I'm pretty disappointed with this.  There is one great track but the rest sometimes leans perilously close to new age.  Lots of flutes, so it sounds like Robert Rich in spots.  Pleasant but not terribly exciting music.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 28, 2014, 02:00:37 AM »
Pink Floyd--The Endless River. Is it non ambient?  Dunno.  But if it is, that's all I can think of, apart from a couple reissues like Shriekback "Jam Science" and The Chameleons "John Peel Sessions" (complete with very cool keychain as a free bonus if ordered from the UK label). 

Everything and Nothing / Amazon sucks!!(?) + tons of Midwest Photos
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:53:57 AM »
Is it just me or is Amazon a crap source to buy music?  Got a gift card for Xmas and I decided what to order.  3 of them (CDs) weren't even listed and they were all available in my local record stores.  A box set import that could be had for $30 new on eBay was $45!  Add to that the disorganized, confusing descriptions and often totally wrong information. 

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