What Are you Listening to Right Now?

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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 15 Nov 2017, 4:40pm

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Three of TCS just completed a low-level tour of North America, intimate acoustic sets covering their entire catalogue. A friend of mine was at one of them and bought a copy of the show from the band (one of those usb, instant recordings) and shared it with me. Tho I've grown a bit uninterested in them in recent years (tho out of nostalgia and loyalty, I've kept ponying up for their various crowdfunding efforts), listening to that show and how relaxed and happy they sounded, I pulled out their first album for the first time in years. It still sounds overproduced to me (way too many layered strumming guitars and echoes), especially compared to those acoustic version I just heard, but it's still a wonderful slice of lyrically mopey, jangly guitar pop in the vein of early Aztec Camera.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Marky Dread » 15 Nov 2017, 4:44pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
15 Nov 2017, 4:40pm
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Three of TCS just completed a low-level tour of North America, intimate acoustic sets covering their entire catalogue. A friend of mine was at one of them and bought a copy of the show from the band (one of those usb, instant recordings) and shared it with me. Tho I've grown a bit uninterested in them in recent years (tho out of nostalgia and loyalty, I've kept ponying up for their various crowdfunding efforts), listening to that show and how relaxed and happy they sounded, I pulled out their first album for the first time in years. It still sounds overproduced to me (way too many layered strumming guitars and echoes), especially compared to those acoustic version I just heard, but it's still a wonderful slice of lyrically mopey, jangly guitar pop in the vein of early Aztec Camera.
That's a really fine album.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 16 Nov 2017, 2:40pm

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Mostly instrumental, slightly electronic, moody, vaguely sinister, hypnotic, groovy, not really melodic in any way.

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And Silo's first album, Instar, gets a spin, too, because why not.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by gkbill » 21 Nov 2017, 12:43am

Hello,

Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo to Anywhere. Solid. Guitar. Rock. More consistent than the Libertines and a bit more energetic. I hadn't listened to this in quite a while but I need to keep it in a higher spot in the rotation. It's good plus "No one gives a f*ck about the values I would die for".


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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by muppet hi fi » 21 Nov 2017, 3:59am

Bob Dylan, 'Together Through Life', 2009.
Properly viewed as a stop gap album between the latter-day classic 1-2 punches of 'Love & Theft' and 'Modern Times' and the magnum opus of 'Tempest', it's still very tough - what with his crack band and bare bones production. The acordian gets a bit much, but two songs - "It's All Good" for its classic Dylan scarifying vibe and "Shake Shake Mama" for its hardcore funky American roots-music libidinous joy - are definite classics IMO.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 21 Nov 2017, 3:57pm

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Sufjan Stevens is very hit and miss for me, but this is one of the most effectively devastating albums I've heard in some time (not to suggest that I've just heard it). He was abandoned by his bipolar mother at a young age and then had sporadic contact with her until her death a few years ago. The album is him trying to come to some kind of understanding with a mother who rejected him and now has left for good. Really, it's a seance in song. I had a distant relationship with my father—he was a responsible family man, but mostly cold and closed—and this album never fails to resurrect memories, good and not but fully charged emotionally, about him.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by coffeepotman » 21 Nov 2017, 5:30pm

I don't know if I can ever listen to Sufjan Steven again. The last time I listened to it was when my mother was dying and it just broke my heart, the line every road leads to an end still brings tears to my eyes. I was listening to it when I got the call

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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 21 Nov 2017, 5:57pm

coffeepotman wrote:
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I don't know if I can ever listen to Sufjan Steven again. The last time I listened to it was when my mother was dying and it just broke my heart, the line every road leads to an end still brings tears to my eyes. I was listening to it when I got the call
Ooof. I hope you get to the point where it can be associated with more positive feelings and memories. That's one of the things about the album that impresses and affects—there's a lot of pain and regret there, but it's guided by a desire to find forgiveness and happiness. While I don't stew over my relationship with my dad or anything like that—I had made my peace with that even before his diagnosis—I do sometimes wonder whether I'd be more confident, less self-badgering if we were closer when I was growing up. The album really jabs at that.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by coffeepotman » 21 Nov 2017, 8:33pm

Maybe someday I'll listen to it again, I really loved it when it came out and I do love his earlier stuff

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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Wolter » 22 Nov 2017, 11:08am

On a lighter Sufjan note.

"There's something more honest, he believed, about traditional methods of mass starvation, labour camps, and machine gunning millions to death. Stalin was a vinyl guy who sneered at Truman converting everything to compact disc." - Thomas Jefferson

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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 22 Nov 2017, 11:14am

*slight guffaw* SS considered the thought of writing albums about both Dakotas and Nebraska and realized he'd made a dreadful error. How many songs about grain crops, flat terrain, and crippling isolation can one man be expected to perform?
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Flex » 22 Nov 2017, 11:33am

I desperately want that shirt.

I've been listening to Jerry Lee lewis' albums from the 2000s and they absolutely smoke.
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Flex » 22 Nov 2017, 11:33am

*double post*
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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by gkbill » 24 Nov 2017, 9:57pm

Hello,

The Ramones - Rocket to Russia 40th Anniversary Edition. Fantastic. Tremendous. Music. They have done a really great job with this series. The original was probably my favorite Ramones album and this is a exponential leap forward. Go get this.

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Re: What Are you Listening to Right Now?

Post by Wolter » 24 Nov 2017, 11:29pm

gkbill wrote:
24 Nov 2017, 9:57pm
Hello,

The Ramones - Rocket to Russia 40th Anniversary Edition. Fantastic. Tremendous. Music. They have done a really great job with this series. The original was probably my favorite Ramones album and this is a exponential leap forward. Go get this.
Oh dip.
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