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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2016, 02:07:07 PM »
David Bowie- Lodger.  For some reason I never got this, until now.  It contains one of my alltime fave DB tracks, "Look Back in Anger."  And besides "DJ," I didn't know any of the other songs.  My first impression was this is a pretty weak album overall, a sentiment shared by many fans.  However, many repeat listens later I'm warming up to some of the other songs.  I never knew Bowie was involved on this album. 

Rush- R40 Live.  3-disc set recorded a couple years ago on 40th anniversary tour.  I would recommend this to fans based on some great versions of songs not played live much recently, or even at all:  Jacob's Ladder, Camera Eye, Cygnus X-1, Hemispheres prelude, Xanadu, Losing It (never played live previously).  My gripe with this album is the track selection.  Disc 1 is made up of almost all recent music, which bores me because I pretty much lost interest after "Power Windows" in 1985.  Disc 2 is all prime, classic era.  Disc 3 is about half old/half new.  This set could have benefited from substituting older songs for new.  Some albums were even skipped over, like Power Windows, which is just pretty dumb.  The set could have been edited down to 2 CD's.  Sound quality is quite good, if maybe bass heavy.  Another downside is Geddy Lee's vocals.  Range from fair to awful.  Mainly awful.  He just can't hit the high notes anymore, but he gets an "A" for effort for at least trying (without much success).  Interesting to note, the final track on the set is "Losing It."  I think in many respects (vocals and songwriting ability) Rush has "lost it," although they can still play as if they're in their prime. 

Tangerine Dream- Ricochet.  I think this is one of their best.  Good mix of sequencing, guitars, ambience and sound fx.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Glenn Frey
« on: January 19, 2016, 05:00:13 PM »
Yes, more sad news.  Three music pioneers in their respective genres passing much too soon.  Don't normally pay attention to the "comes in threes" theory, but it is a bit eerie.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Endless" CDr by Jaja
« on: January 18, 2016, 11:50:23 AM »
Her new CD release Sparkle is out next month.  Only 20 copies available this time, compared to 40 for the previous ones. 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 18, 2016, 11:43:19 AM »
Ahhh, much better...thanks

Other Ambient (and related) Music / RIP Lemmy
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:58:15 PM »
Of Hawkwind/Motorhead fame, died from an aggressive cancer, age 70.  He'd also been dealing with other health issues including heart disease (as did David Bowie) and diabetes.

I say this not as any kind of personal judgement on Lemmy or David Bowie, but this brings up the issue of the consequences of living the rock n roll lifestyle for decades.  Long term drug and alcohol use WILL affect your vital organs, as does being a heavy smoker, the most insidious drug, for 40 plus years (and this is the main culprit, IMO).  Bowie smoked almost until the end, and Lemmy as well I believe. 

More than anything, it just pisses me off and makes me sad.  :'(

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:10:15 PM »
Hate to say it, but this song Blackstar is awful.  And the video is creepy as f***.  What's this all about?  Looks like some occultist illuminati swearing in ceremony.  Seriously.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:23:58 PM »
David Bowie--Heroes and Scary Monsters.  These are probably my two favorite because this period   corresponds to growing up in the late 70s early 80s.  I had the heroes cassette in high school and wore it out from playing it so much.  The ambient instrumentals with Eno are incredible.  The title track simply one of the most amazing rock songs ever written.  Scary Monsters is very underrated IMO.  Fashion and Ashes to ashes get all the attention, and rightfully so, but there are a number of great tracks. 

Hakobune & Dirk Serries--Obscured by Beams of Sorrow.  This album sounds like, well, Hakobune and Dirk Serries.  Pastoral, melancholic guitar drones.  Not groundbreaking, but very nice stuff, especially for fans of early Vidna, Alio Die, Aglaia, etc. The soundtrack to gardening at dusk after a light rain.   I wonder who titled the album?  Hmm, let me think...

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:58:17 PM »
Ok, ok...LUCIFERIAN.  Is that more clear?

PS:  Diatonis is not a newbie.  Been releasing music since the 90s. 

On my immediate wantlist of the Japan CD pressings is David Bowie's "Heroes," because I listened to the 1999 remaster last night in my car and it's just horrible.  The volume is cranked to 11 and crazy on the compression.  Just really unlistenable.  I originally had it on cassette in the mid-80's and then I believe I had the early CD back then too.  I'll have to go after the Europe or USA discs from the 80's on RCA that were made in Japan.  These are supposedly the best versions.  But my "Scary Monsters" 1999 remaster sounds very good.  The volume is cranked but not to the level where it ruins the sound, which is overall very good.   

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 10:17:42 AM »
Most of the critical/questioning comments following my initial post are just not worth responding to.  So I won't. 

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Endless" CDr by Jaja
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:12:07 PM »
Jaja is indeed an excellent artist.  I have her two previous CDs (CDR) , Stellamare and Starlight.  The packaging is phenomenal.  Very high quality music and packaging.  You can tell a lot of time and effort went into these productions.  I encourage all to visit her bandcamp page.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:01:29 PM »
I heartily disagree.  The number symbolizes the antichrist, destruction of God's creation, and hell on Earth.  Not exactly nature loving peacenik from what I can tell.  Also a Satanist and atheist are two completely different belief systems.  But again, no one is accusing here.  It's just an extremely odd number to choose as the price of a download, which could elicit unintended responses from some.  That's all.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:52:35 PM »
I wonder if there's a "backward masking" bonus track if you pay the $6.66.  8)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:36:18 AM »
Flip is right.  Get a clue about what?  So the "666" was a joke?  ???

I never accused anyone of being a devil worshipper.  I asked the question if he was a Satanist.  Freedom of speech says express your opinion and believe what you want to believe, and release music if you want to release it.  That's fine.  If you want to worship the Devil, knock yourself out.  But if an artist was a Satanist I would not support anything they do. 

Because there was no denial to my question, I will not even click on the track previews.  Good luck.   

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:39:56 PM »
"I've never done good things
I've never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue"

--my favorite line from my favorite Bowie song, "Ashes to Ashes" (1980)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:25:04 AM »
I was afraid to open this, just as with the Pete Namlook death announcement a few years back, hoping it wasn't true or some kind of weird joke.  Wow, I'm truly shocked.  A master artist and true innovator.  I'm sure he lived a richly rewarding and incredible life.   Rest in peace Mr. Bowie. 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 09, 2016, 01:46:39 AM »
You priced this at $6.66?  Is that a joke?  Because I would never support any artist that is a Satanist. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 04:09:23 PM »
I love Black Sabbath too.  Careful with those remasters, though.  To me the originals are best, save for Master of Reality.  Some of the albums just got butchered.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: FAX Re-issues
« on: January 07, 2016, 04:01:52 PM »
As long as they don't f*** wit my boy Pete, it's all good.

I must say, that Dark Side of the Moog box looks nice, although the bonus disc is very gimmicky because  you really aren't getting rare or unreleased music.  Just to prod you into buying it basically.  I've noticed people selling their Moog discs on eBay lately so you  know they're buying it.                 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:44:54 PM »
What and when is the next Hypnos release? 

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