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Old 05-07-2009, 08:36 AM   #91 (permalink)
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yeah, byrne's personality comes out more in everything but remain in light. guess its the density of remain in light that gets me. also, the entrancing polyrythms : )
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:33 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Two suggestions:
Death from Above 1979 ~You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

....And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead ~ Source Tags & Codes
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:06 AM   #93 (permalink)
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timiscute, you're fantastic. thank you for reminding me about those two albums!
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:35 AM   #94 (permalink)
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LOW DAVID BOWIE




David Bowie is a music loverís musician. The man has more diversity in his discography than a Toronto neighbourhood, and the best part is that nothing in it is terrible. The down side to this fact is that itís almost impossible to recommend one Bowie album to someone who has not heard a full Bowie album before. There are the obvious ones: Letís Dance, Station to Station, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory - but for some reason, main stream media usually ignores the Berlin Trilogy, of which Low is part of. And thatís too bad, because if one is truly a music lover it is Low that they should start with.

Itís not just that Low is arguably Bowieís most influential album, itís that itís his most influenced. Taking cues from German krautrock and marrying it with the glam rock he was defined by at the time, Low is a funky, sometimes disorienting, always thrilling roller coaster ride. The albumís influence is defined by the pitch enhanced drumming that to this day is regarded as one of the most important innovations in rock music. You can hear its influence all over the ď80s rock sound.Ē Then there are the vocals. Bowieís own are reinforced and harmonized by Iggy Pop, whose own definitive album The Idiot was recorded during the production of Low. And thatís just Side A. Side B is a completely different beast. Itís important to note that though Brian Eno did not produce the album he did co-write Warzsawa, the first song of Side B, and one can tell. Itís immediately apparent that he had something to do with the track once the dense, creepy ambiance kicks in and sets it for the remaining four tracks. For many, Side B is the best of the two sides, for it creates an unavoidably moody atmosphere thatís perfect when youíre inebriated. But arguing which of the two sides is better is literally like choosing between a pair of scissors and a garbage bin: youíll need them both at one point.

And thatís Low, an transcendent masterpiece by a mastermind. If you have not heard it yet nowís the time.



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Old 05-10-2009, 01:47 PM   #95 (permalink)
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YELLOW
SKA-MOTION IN SKA-LIP-SO THE HILTONAIRES




Iíd be surprised if anybody outside grown men and women in and from Jamaica have heard of The Hiltonaires. Iíd be even more surprised if anybody outside the above camp have listened to Ska-Motion in Ska-Lip-So, an unarguably ethnic Jamaican album released in the 60s when Stereo was a big deal and production equipment outside more developed nations was barely passable.

First thingís first: though the word Ska is all over the albumís title, this is not the saxophone heavy, frantically Sublime Ska most kids in the west have come to know and love. This is Mento music, sometimes considered Jamaican Country. No matter the genre, It may not even resonate with the youth of Jamaica anymore, and it has all to do with the production. The album is surprisingly low fidelity, with vocals often smothering beats resulting in an album that feels slightly anemic and flat. That said, Ska-Motion in Ska-Lip-So does have its moments. Itís pretty catchy at times, and the inclusion of beloved lullabies as lyrics (ďLondon bridge is falling down, falling down, falling downĒ) can be endearing.

Overall, Ska-Motion in Ska-Lip-So is a forgettable experience, marred first by disappointment. Itís worth a curious listen, and with the ride crowd it could work, but for all intents and purposes do stick to something more modern.


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Old 05-12-2009, 06:26 PM   #96 (permalink)
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CLOSE TO THE EDGE YES




Yes will forever be marred by their massive hit Owner Of a Lonely Heart, which catapulted them as high on the charts as their dignity fell to the fan conjured sell-out bottom. But before that artistic disaster was Close To The Edge, an album that at first seems like an unforgiveably progressive album, judging by the impersonal album cover and 8 to 18 minute epics, but then you open the album sleeve - a colourful, avant-garde painting of waterfalls on a hill; and then you listen to the songs and realize that you do have the patience for another half-hour-or-so of this immaculately produced record.

This fact is in no small part due to Yes’s amazing ability to bring rhythms and sounds back, often enough to be familiar but not so often that one gets bored. This is key in a progressive album, for it gives an otherwise disparate track a necessary foundation. We’ve all heard bad prog before; albums with tracks so self possessed they drone without creating an immersive atmosphere, or rock with no felt end in sight, or are too psychedelic - inaccessible. Sure, prog is defined by its general inaccessibility, but bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson and Jethro Tull have proved that it is a vital and essential genre capable of mainstream acceptance. Yes carefully balance between both worlds (inaccessibility and listenability) during the entirety of Close To The Edge, catering to both die-hard prog fans and newcomers. This is the reason why Close To The Edge is considered a masterpiece by most.

Expect to listen to Close To The Edge from beginning to end. It’s alive with funky rhythms, powerful guitars, sometimes sobering sometimes inebriating vocals, and expect it all to create one unforgettable musical experience.



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I've got a rather good red album for you: Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped. I'm pretty sure that's red enough to qualify. I'm not really sure what type of music you're interested in but this is really a great album and I'd be interested to see you're review. Sadly, I don't have enough posts with this account to put up pictures yet
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:11 PM   #98 (permalink)
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I've got a rather good red album for you: Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped. I'm pretty sure that's red enough to qualify. I'm not really sure what type of music you're interested in but this is really a great album and I'd be interested to see you're review. Sadly, I don't have enough posts with this account to put up pictures yet
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queued : )

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Old 05-16-2009, 09:58 AM   #100 (permalink)
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BLUE
NOWHERE RIDE




Nowhere constantly makes it into any Top Shoegaze Albums list, and with good reason. In what is arguably a very limited genre wherein bands have no choice but to copy each other, Nowhereís just a solid album that set the standard for a few of its peers, namely Chapterhouse. Itís a powerful, hook filled record that admitedly has not aged extremely well, but perhaps thatís best. By now itís a relic of a beloved sound - it doesnít matter if itís not the most technically awe-inspiring shoegaze album. We already have Loveless for that.

Nowhere is gripping from the very beginning. Opener ďSeagullĒ is so powerful itís transcendent, so much so that no other song on the album comes close to its power. I donít mean that other songs are not powerful, but that no song is as frantic, as thundering, or as smothering. Most of the songs that follow have emotional power, granted by pop-worthy deliveries and rhythms. The highlights are: ďIn A Different Place,Ē ďPolar Bear,Ē ďVapour Trail,Ē and ďTasteĒ - essentially the longer the track the better you can expect it to be. If thereís any criticism I can think of itís directed at the albumís relative forgettability. If you arenít already a shoegaze fan, or if you arenít paying attention to it as you listen, then its sound, its subtle vocal delivery, will melt and blend into itself and shy away into the background. After ďSeagull,Ē there isnít a song that really pushes itself. This grants Nowhere the title of a shoegaze loverís album, traded for its ability to be a newbieís first beloved album.

But who are we kidding? Everyone who listens to Nowhere is already a shoegaze fan.

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