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Jun. 13th, 2003 @ 08:01 pm To heck with all of you.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Warren Zevon -- "Bad Karma"
I didn't mention on Wednesday I made another pilgrimage to Vintage Vinyl for a music purchasing orgy. I'm home alone for at least a few more minutes, so I'm going through them now.

First things first. An album that's been a pleasure to listen to is the new Styx album, Cyclorama. I'm gonna get clobbered for this one from both sides (people like kingfox who laugh at my taste for '70s and '80s American prog-pop, and people like origamislayer and stitchinthyme who think it heresy that there's a Styx album at all without Dennis DeYoung. But it's a good album. Great harmonies, good guitar work, solid musicianship, decent songwriting. And its got guests like Billy Bob Thornton, John Waite, Tenacious D, and Brian freakin' Wilson. I can't recommend it to anyone who's not already twisted like me, but I don't care. I'll enjoy it all by myself.

The other things I got:

Radiohead, Hail to the Thief: Okay, come on. How many of you really listened to Amnesiac more than 3 or 4 times? Don't be a poser. This album is actually listenable without being less musically interesting.

Mary Lee's Corvette, 700 Miles: She opened for Joe Jackson. 'Nuff said. Kind of a folky, country, clever pop singer-songwriter.

Warren Zevon, Wanted Dead or Alive and Sentimental Hygiene: Now that he's all dying and shit (although, at this writing, still alive) all his scummy record companies are rerelasing his material. I've never heard Wanted Dead or Alive so it's a strange treat--an early 70's rock album, but with touches of Zevonian greatness. Sentimental Hygiene never sounded so good. They did an excellent job on the remaster. I know understand why everyone thought this was such a great album.

Stuff I really haven't listened to yet include King Crimson's The Power To Believe, Steely Dan's Everything Must Go, Peter Gabriel's Rabbit Proof Fence, and 3 PG singles. But I'll get there. I also got in the mail a Marillion sampler from their live recording club, the 88-95 singles box set, and the DVD of their live performance of Afraid of Sunlight. Which, by the way, is awesome. Anyone who hasn't heard "Gazpacho" has not heard what is really a nearly perfect song.

I've babbled quite a bit. More music.
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From:mineral2
Date:June 13th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)
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You know, Hail to the Thief is sucha great album. I rank it up there with OK Computer then The Bends. I've listened to Amnesiac a few times, but not enough that I actually remember what's on it. It seems to me that those who like Amnesiac and Kid-A don't like The Bends and OK Computer, and thus probably won't like the new one as much either.
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From:mrfantasy
Date:June 13th, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)

Mostly true.

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I actually like Kid A a lot, it's just Amnesiac that's a little too much in my opinion. OK Computer is still my favorite though, but that's probably not a stretch, and the new one might surpass it on repeated listenings.
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From:origamislayer
Date:June 13th, 2003 07:22 pm (UTC)

Hey, back off man!

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Actually, I'm not so much the Styx purist. stitchinthyme, on the other hand, is even ambivalent about Brave New World because Dennis left halfway through producing it (or something like that) but I think it has some good stuff on it. So to heck with you too!
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From:mrfantasy
Date:June 13th, 2003 07:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey, back off man!

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Well, Kilroy doesn't really hold up, but I don't think it's because it's a theme album. The Grand Illusion is a theme album and well, it's great. Paradise Theatre I often forget about but it's also a really good set of songs. I think they were just a little creatively spent when Kilroy rolled around.

The trick about Cyclorama is that in many ways its a completely new band. I think you have to separate a bit from fact they're Styx to really appreciate it, and musically Burtnick, Sucherman and Gowan are pretty talented (Burtnick and Sucherman are probably better players than the Panozzo brothers, I'm forced to say, but Gowan isn't quite DeYoung although I found myself looking at the CD player sometimes when he was singing) so it's a set of really good musicians.
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From:origamislayer
Date:June 13th, 2003 07:30 pm (UTC)

While we're talking about music...

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I just checked out the link to John Wesley's website. What's Porcupine Tree like? And would you want to go see them?
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From:mrfantasy
Date:June 13th, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)

Re: While we're talking about music...

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I swear that I told you to check out Porcupine Tree before John Wesley was touring with them. Steven Wilson (songwriter, guitarist, lead singer) has produced albums for both Fish and Marillion. They're really good, they get called prog sometimes but that's not completely fair. You'd like them.

Perhaps I could meet you halfway in Philly for the July 20th show. Actually, aren't you seeing Weird Al up here that weekend?
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From:periol
Date:June 14th, 2003 11:51 am (UTC)

Radiohead

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Amnesiac is far and away my favorite Radiohead album. I listened to it exclusively for two months when it came out. Most of my friends who like Radiohead don't understand this, but that's ok. Radiohead moved into experimental and electronic music at the same time I did, and that made Amnesiac an instant classic for me. When I listen to it now, I still can't get over the amazing cohesion between the lyrics and the music. Case in point: the part in Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors when the bottom drops out of the song. Amazing.

But I'm trying to be less fascist about my musical tastes. If I like something that you don't, then I think you're probably missing out, but I'm no longer willing to berate someone for their taste in music. What's the point, really?
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From:mrfantasy
Date:June 18th, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Radiohead

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I'm going to listen to Amnesiac again.