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bblackwood

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What are your current favorites?
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:45:09 am »

What are your current favorite release? What do you find yourself listening to over and over again? Whether it be for the engineering and/or musical qualities, what do you love to listen to right now?
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2004, 06:01:40 am »

Hi Brad,

My Current fave´s..are

Lyle Lowett "Joshua Judges Ruth", and Jennifer Warnes "The well"

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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2004, 06:19:28 am »

All the old Rainbow records. Which is remastered at sane levels by the way.  
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2004, 07:21:42 am »

Currently in most frequent rotation:

Candlemass: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2004, 10:53:40 am »

Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice. Super loud and compressed in a totally appropriate rocking kind of way.

T.Rex - Electric Warrior. Great tunes.

Michael Jackson - Dangerous. Better than Bad, it's good.

I guess most of these aren't current...
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2004, 11:28:03 am »

that hot snakes record RULES.  i'll have to pull it back out now that you mention it.  it's good to have "drive like jehu" back in action....sorta.

John Vanderslice = Cellar Door, incredible record.  john goes a slightly different direction with his writing, and nails it.  production is simply superb, and the detail given to each song makes it a record worth owning ona sonic level alone.  the imagery john paints with lyrics always leaves you wondering what hand of cards he was delt, of if he's just a great story teller.

Bjork = Homogenic, when bjork opens her mouth, she has my attnetion.  her voice, melodies, counter melodies are so infectious and brilliant you just can't stop listening.  i'll back up a bridge part just to try and figure out how she came up with that (and i never fast forward or rewind).  only peter grabriel can bend my emotions to his will like brjork can.  truly brilliant artist she is.

Juno = a future lived in past tense, i haven't stopped spinning this disc since i got it three years ago, that should say enough!

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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2004, 12:32:21 pm »

My favourite record for some years now:
Dave Mattews' Band: before these crowed streets.

Great songs, great musicians and great sound!

Greetings,
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2004, 01:12:52 pm »

Discordance Axis - the inalienable dreamless

Although I'm not too fond of the production on this record, it's one of the few grind records that I've heard where the drums aren't all smashed to hell. The snare gets a litte quieter during blast beats, but hey, that's ok. That's how it works. It's called dynamics. Dynamics in metal? Wha happan? It really works well for this album. Of course, Witte is an unbelievable drummer, so that helps too...


Tortoise - it's all around you

One of the only bands doing anything exciting these days. This record is by far the most subtle of their catalogue, some people are calling it "boring", but for us audio geeks it is a feast. So many little audio treats! John McEntire is by far the most innovative engineer out there these days (in my opinion). Keying the cymbal comp with the high hat? Fucking genius! If you like clever studio trickery then check this shit out.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2004, 02:58:54 pm »

I've spent more time in the last few weeks listening to "Etta James Rocks The House" (a live recording from about 1963) and Hayseed Dixie's "Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love" than anything else. It's all about the performances.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2004, 03:14:18 pm »



Acoustician-dad-in-law took one look at the old stereo setup in the apartment and cringed, so now there's a  KEF/B&O/NAD/Apt/Holman/Nakamichi/Advent/Dolby/Ariston/et c. two-racks-wide monstrosity with four power amps, commercial-install power sequencers, a Sony broadcast monitor, outboard Dolby boxes for the cassette decks, and two turntables. In an apartment.

So I've been going back and listening to all my old vinyl recently, and, um...uh...er...


...I still think the second a-ha album, "Scoundrel Days", is one of the most underrated albums of all time.


Aside from embarrassing 80's stuff, my favorite 'new stuff' is all at least a year old, but it's what I've been listening to lately, along the lines of:

Alpinestars "White Noise"
The Faint "Danse Macabre"
Panjabi MC "Beware"
Primal Scream "Evil Heat"
etc.


...while anxiously waiting for a good 'rock' album to come out, and I don't mean "The Darkness".  Very Happy



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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2004, 04:57:58 pm »

1) Scholastic Deth (s/t? - it's their last one) 7" LP (it's long for H/C)
Awesome songs, Awesome band, Awesome record. Sounds BAD in a really cool way.

2) Gangstarr "The Ownerz"
DJ Premier has a formula, and he should NEVER stop using it. Overall, not as strong as the earlier records, but some damn good songs to be had.

3) Bob Marley "songs of freedom" box set.
I originally bought the "catch a fire" CD for the song "concrete jungle".
But somebody re-mastered all the Bob Marley Lp's and it SUCKS!
So I bought a $50 box set (the only one that hasn't been remastered) to hear one UNSMASHED song. I suppose loudness DOES sell records in a roundabout, rip-you-off kinda way.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2004, 09:15:33 pm »

On Repeat:

Talk Talk:
- Spirit of Eden - (Raucous)
- Laughing Stock - (Spacious)

Mark Hollis
- Solo Album - (Just how big is this room exactly?)

Fennesz
- Venice - (Lush Green Soundscapes, with a sense of rot underneath)

Xiu Xiu (Warning! Avoid if feeling vulnerable!)
- Knife Play - (Drums on "Hives Hives")
- A Promise - (Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" like you have never heard it)
- Fabulous Muscles (This guy just progresses in his songcraft)

Fugazi
- 13 Songs - (Always rocks!)
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2004, 11:41:24 pm »

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing.

It`s a live Taj Mahal album.

I could listen to the 2nd tune (instrumental with whistling) all day long. Just beutifull mellodies and incredible soloists.

It`s starting to make me want to throw out my compressors.

The things that jump out at you intentionally because the instrumentalists intended it to is making me wonder why we feel the need to squash things so much.

Everything on that album just bubbles in such a natural fluid way even though it`s really rhythmical as well.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2004, 10:52:13 am »

Hey Sui-city, If you like Fennesz, check out an album he did called Endless Summer. It's fantastic, totally mellow sleepytime music.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2004, 11:16:32 am »

Hey Mid-Fi!

Thanks, but already got that one. It is indeed great, but this newest one of his is doing my head in. Loving it.

There is always "Live in Japan", solo guitar and laptop. Brilliant!

Glad to find a place loaded with music-lovers!
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2004, 01:26:04 am »

Kind Of Blue

Wrecking Ball

Buena Vista

Peter Gabriel - US

Duke Ellington (many)

Willie Nelson - Teatro

Lanois - Shine

Pete Croissant

Homogenic

and in the car - Audioslave
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2004, 08:07:01 pm »



Someone mentioned Taj Mahal, love TM but haven't pulled any of his out in awhile. Lately it's been:


AW Group - AW II cd set

The Doors - The Complete Studio Recordings

Mud and Marshgrass Band - Shrimpboats, Mud & Marshgrass

Allman Bros. - Hittin' The Note

Dicky Betts - Live At the Georgia Theatre (unreleased)

The Cleavers - Television Mind
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2004, 11:41:27 pm »

Depeche Mode - Violater

Dresden Dolls - Dresden dolls    [or whatever they called the disc]

Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

The Clash - London Calling

Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt

And my all time favorite album-

The Muppet Movie soundtrack    I'm not kidding, it's my favorite


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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2004, 02:23:25 pm »

mid-fi wrote on Fri, 23 April 2004 18:12


Tortoise - it's all around you

One of the only bands doing anything exciting these days. This record is by far the most subtle of their catalogue, some people are calling it "boring", but for us audio geeks it is a feast. So many little audio treats! John McEntire is by far the most innovative engineer out there these days (in my opinion). Keying the cymbal comp with the high hat? Fucking genius! If you like clever studio trickery then check this shit out.


i need to get this record. "millions now living.." is a masterpiece musically/production wise (you can't really separate the two with this band).

the new Beauty Pill record is good. not as good as the ep and the last smart went crazy album, but better than most stuff out there.

not too knew, but Dead Meadow's last record is brilliant, and is the most unsmashed new record to come out in years (thanks to Greg Calbi).

of course, the real highlight this year is probably gonna be the new Mission of Burma record. i hear it's coming out on SACD too. can't wait!
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2004, 06:00:45 pm »

Been pulling out old favorites to get my head around my new monitors. Not that many current releases unfortunately sound all that.
Roxy Music "Avalon" remastered
Toy Matinee "Toy Matinee" special edition remaster
Fiona Apple "The Pawn....."
Los Lobos "Kiko" and "This Time"
assorted old stuff I've done
Man, it's been fun to listen lately.
Dave

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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2004, 12:01:14 am »

Hello to all!
1)Face up - Lisa Stansfield
2)Mindfields - Toto
3)Tambu - Toto
4)Greatest Hits Vol.1 - Whitesnake
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2004, 02:28:54 am »

I don't buy to many cd's lately. Probably due to the lp archiving I do. Here are a list of some of my favs.

Dick Hyman/Mary Mayo-MoonGas
The title of this one says it all...Here is one of the greatest proto-futuristic space lounge records of all time...Theremin, Lowery Organ, tape splicing, fuzzed  for this one....period masterpiece...  


Mickey Baker-But Wild
On sabbatical from his new home in Paris, Baker returns to the USA for a short run in '62 to merge gritty blues based intensity with kitschy danceable surf-type arrangements for a period…..classic..indispenseable


Albert Collins-The Cool Sound Of Albert Collins
Texas truck driver and Telecaster slinger Collins started out on the highest of notes with a classic
first lp..This record smokes from start to finish with blasting runs and flurries of tasty notes backed by the beefiest funkiest horn section this side a Tuscaloosa....One of the 1960's greatest blues
records...PERIOD...


Pierre Cavalli-Sitting On My Guitar
Obscure European Guitar Master Cavalli created a masterpiece of diverse styles in this recording...culminating in jaunts into Bossa Nova, Psychedelia, Western Swing and Jazz... one is struck by not only the highly competetent technique but the ability to transform a lifetime of musical experiences into one very coherent work...Brilliant


Grassela Oliphant-The Grass Is Greener
One of the sleeper jazz recordings of the '60s..This session merges straight ahead jazz with some sass and wit and grooves so phat you can launch the Spanish Armada to the new world in less than a day(usually a 3 month trek).... Organist John Patton, Guitarman Grant Green and Session lead New Orleans drummer Oliphant are massive and then Clark Terry..whose done it all from Elington to Monk and BEYOND..is simply a marvel... unselfconscious sophistication and Pure FUN


SOOO many More.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2004, 06:24:17 pm »

I also don't buy many new albums.

I can only think of two that I have bought in the last 6 months that have impressed me:

White Stipes - Elephant,  beautifully produced and mastered

Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles (single)

Neither of these is very recent. I tend to listen to old music and these are my current favorites:

Joni Mitchell - Blue
Tory Amos - Little Earthquakes
Leonard Cohen - Greatest Hits
Doors - LA Woman, DCC mastered by Steve Hoffman
Elvis - 24 Karat hits, DCC mastered by Steve Hoffman
Beatles - Rubber Soul
Pat Metheny/Charley Haden - Beyond The Missouri Sky
Frank Sinatra - Live at the Sands (Remastered)
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
Dire Straits - On Every Street
Janis Ian - Between The Lines
Diana Krall - When I Look In Your Eyes
Crowded House - Woodface
Jackson Browne - The Pretender, DCC mastered by Steve Hoffman
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
Cat Stevens - tea For The Tillerman/teaser and the Firecat
Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues


All these are the original versions unless stated.

I could go on and list another twenty or thirty. Sorry if this is off topic.

Best Regards

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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2004, 08:03:28 pm »

Phoenix - Alphabetical.

The best album I've heard in years. French pop with a twist. Extremely bright songwriting, with nods to Todd Rundgren and Dr. Dre

Steely Dan - Katy Lied.

I listen to this album A LOT. Fantastic songs, incredible drumming and perfect production. Years of inspiration.

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration/Information

The guy who turned down the position as rhythm guitarist in The Rolling Stones.

Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2004, 02:35:31 am »

davidc wrote on Wed, 05 May 2004 15:24

I also don't buy many new albums.





I don't know who this other David C is, but we must both be old guys, as I like most of the same stuff.....

DC

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« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2004, 05:46:24 am »

dcollins wrote on Thu, 06 May 2004 07:35

davidc wrote on Wed, 05 May 2004 15:24

I also don't buy many new albums.





I don't know who this other David C is, but we must both be old guys, as I like most of the same stuff.....

DC


From one old guy to another, see if any of these push your buttons:

Don Mclean - Best Of
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd - The Wall
REM - Automatic For The People
John Lennon - Legend
Peter Gabriel - Us
Lou Reed - Transformer
Johny Cash - Wanted Man (best of)
Willie Nelson - Stardust
John Denver - An Evening With John Denver
Massive Attack - Protection
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By (best of)
Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl
The Beatles - (everything)
Frank Sinatra - September Of My Years

Now where did I put my teeth?

Best Regards

David C
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2004, 07:08:47 pm »

Nina Nastasia's "The Blackened Air" is one of my favorites, as is her newer release "Run to Ruin".  The last two Beck albums and "Talkie Walkie" by Air seem to be my most listened to albums.
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Re: What are your current favorites?
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2004, 02:23:18 pm »

Another exceptionally well produced record that is sadly overlooked is "Point" by Cornelius. This thing sounds fantastic no matter what you're listening on.
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