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Old 10-11-2018, 05:38 PM   #911 (permalink)
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0028 Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (USA, 1998, indie folk / indie rock)


The most beloved darling of hipsters everywhere, this album is a musical document I came to without knowing any of the cultural baggage surrounding it. It wasn't until after I'd heard and loved this album that I found out it was the darling of other music nerds, thus making me more hipster than them. Oh, and just for the record, I love Jesus Christ, too.

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0029 Miles Davis - Nefertiti (USA, 1968, post-bop / modal jazz)


Not my favorite of Davis' albums, but I feel like I've just scratched the surface. I have only 11 of his albums in my collection, and it looks like he's got about 60 studio releases. It's just kind of daunting. Anyway, this album--maybe it's because it's not got any Davis compositions on it is why I don't rate it as highly as I do his later jazz fusion stuff. We got Herbie Hancock on piano, so that's a plus. After a re-listen to this, I'm going to have to check out some of Anthony Williams' and Wayne Shorter's music. I enjoy how the lazy horns are juxtaposed with the drum-roll type percussion on the title track.

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Pretty great Miles record. If you haven't checked out Shorter's Juju, definitely fix that since it's full of simply sublime themes and improvisation alike.

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I've got Juju and Speak No Evil on my wishlist.
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0030 Renaissance - Turn of the Cards (UK, 1974, symphonic prog / progressive rock)


The poetic atmosphere created by the melodic lyricism with touches of darkness of this 70s gem comforts me more with each listen. This is a very wintry album, and in my mind, the whole document is a build up to the last, epic track, "Mother Russia", which veers away from the delicacy of most of the album and brings the hammer down. I don't know anything about Solzhenitsyn other than the fact that he was an exile from his homeland, but man I really feel for the guy when I hear the lyric, "Red blood white snow, He knows frozen rivers won't flow, So cold so true, Mother Russia he cries for you." I'm glad he was able to die on his native soil.

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0031 Kenso - Kenso II (Japan, 1982, symphonic prog)


This album comes at the end of prog's heyday, but it's still a worthy addition to the genre. You can tell which decade this one fits into, though, because of the moments of strong 80s synths. 空に光る is generally considered to be the strongest track, but I think I prefer 麻酔パート1 and 麻酔パート2 together.

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0032 3 Hür-El - Hürel Arşivi (Turkey, 1974, Anatolian rock / psychedelic folk)


First listen. See, I was putting together a playlist of songs from my wife's birth year and came across this gem, so though I didn't add anything from this album, I added it to my queue, and here it is! This album has a lot of energy; it's bright and fun, especially because of its--strangely enough--honky tonk-sounding piano. There are a lot of different styles here, though, and I love the tribal-esque percussion, especially when they pair it with a groovy bassline.

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0033 Fabio Frizzi - L'aldilà (Italy, 1981, film score / horror synth)


I've never seen this Italian slasher/horror flick, and I'm not sure I even want to. Looks cheesy af. But the music is cool. Not too spooky, but very atmospheric. It actually has a lot of symphonic prog elements to it, which ends up making the music rather cozy. Track 9 sounds like the "too horny to live" scene of a horror film.

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0034 Сергей Курёхин (Sergey Kuryokhin) - Опера Богатых (Russia, 1992, experimental rock / progressive electronic / progressive rock)


This is the album just before Kuryokhin's masterpiece, Воробьиная оратория (Sparrow Oratorium), and you can hear among the experimentation on this album the seeds of the next album, even containing parts of the finished tracks to be finished later. Track 2, "Аль-Кадбар буги", has a stronger electronic feel than the other stuff on Sparrow, mixed with some weird jungle vibe, making it a good highlight.

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