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12-29-2009, 12:06 PM
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Jan Garbarek Group: Dresden--former Keith Jarrett sideman who I like more than Keith Jarrett--8/10
Egberto Gismonti: Saudacoes--new recording from one of Brazil's most distinctive guitarists--7.5/10
Muse: The Resistance--skipping the weak cuts, but what else is new--6/10
Portishead: Third--a band (and a singer) that seems to get better with age--8.5/10

and a lot of Bach, Faure and Haydn

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Alicia Keys - The element of freedom 8/10

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12-30-2009, 01:30 PM
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Snow Patrol/Eyes Open: this is competent but very bland stuff--6/10
Interesting take - I actually found it amateurish while still being at least marginally listenable. Very clunky approach to music, mechanical. Lyrics are nothing great, but one or two of the songs aren't all that bad, and the rest isn't bad enough for me to turn it off. Still, I'd have given it a 4/10.

Grant-Lee Phillips - Little Moon
Another solid solo effort from Grant-Lee while not having much that's Earth shattering. Catchiest track is The Sun Shines On Jupiter which really comes across as a childrens' song to me, but very enjoyable. I think when I was at his show in October he'd said the lyrics came to him in a dream or some such. Rest of the album is great typically rustic Americana music that Grant-Lee excels at with the little twists of electronica and electric guitar that he mixes in here and there. It's a sleepy little work, very light and wistful, mostly memorable while not having anything you would ever say will be one of your favorite songs of all time. 8.5/10

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12-31-2009, 11:21 AM
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Interesting take - I actually found it amateurish while still being at least marginally listenable. Very clunky approach to music, mechanical. Lyrics are nothing great, but one or two of the songs aren't all that bad, and the rest isn't bad enough for me to turn it off. Still, I'd have given it a 4/10.
"Clunky" is a good word for Snow Patrol. But who would have thought that someone would find "competent" too high praise? Let's compromise and give them a 5/10.

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just loaded a ton of music on my new ipod & The Beatles Sgt.Pepper is always a fav of mine.

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01-05-2010, 09:41 AM
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Brother Ali - Us

Got it for Christmas, best album I listened to all year. 9/10

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01-06-2010, 12:23 AM
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I'm listening to the debut 7" from Shorebirds for the first time now, finally. What the hell was I thinking putting this off for so long. It's one of the dudes from Latterman with Jawbreaker's bassist!

Score: freaking Latterman and Jawbreaker, dude! / 10

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01-12-2010, 10:50 AM
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Lightning Bolt - Ride the Skies: 8.2/10
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm: 7/10
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet: 8.5/10
Mum - Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK: 7.7/10
Mastodon - Leviathan: 7.5/10
Brian Eno - Ambient 4: On Land: 7.8/10

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01-12-2010, 12:43 PM
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Vains of Jenna - The Art of Telling Lies

9/10. If you're a fan of 'sleaze' rock (Appetite for Destruction), then you'll love this. I love it because not only is there a bit of 'sleaze', but Enemy In Me has a bit a punk feel to it and 'Everybody Loves You When You're Dead' is a stadium anthem. Just a solid overall album that has a touch of something for everyone.

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Durutti Column/The Return of the Durutti Column: lovely ambient-ish guitar/vocal music--8.5/10
Brian Eno/Music for Airports: Eno's a master at this sort of thing--9/10
Uakti/Aguas da Amazonia: Brazilian percussion group beautifully plays music composed by Philip Glass--9/10

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Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues: 8.7/10
Spoon - Transference: 6.5/10
Miles Davis - Round About Midnight: 7.4/10
Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind: 6.2/10
Japandroids - Post-Nothing: 7.5/10
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief: 7.8/10
Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II: 7.8/10
R.E.M. - Reckoning - 8.3/10
R.E.M. - Green: 7.7/10
The Replacements - Tim: 9.1/10
Tim Buckley - Starsailor: 7.8/10
John Coltrane - Crescent: 8.6/10
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl: 8.2/10
U2 - Achtung Baby: 8.4/10
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky: 7.7/10
Don Caballero - For Respect: 7.4/10
Interpol - Antics: 6.5/10
Charles Mingus - Black Saint and the Sinner Lady: 9.0/10
Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun: 8.6/10
Pixies - Doolittle: 8.7/10

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03-21-2010, 01:09 PM
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I don't understand why this thread doesn't come close to staying on top and always gets buried in like page... 30 compared to the "Last Movie You Saw and Rate it" thread.

2.5 and up is anything I like, 5s are my must-haves. The only things I hate will be 1.5 and down

4.5 - The Glow: Part II by The Microphones
4.5 - Young Team by Mogwai
4.5 - Ayrton Senna EP by Delorean (it isn't mindblowingly amazing, but there's only 4 songs and I love each of them and can't complain about anything at all)
4.0 - Psychic Chasms by Neon Indian
4.0 - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (they're the wussiest band I've ever seen, but still)
3.5 - Set Yourself on Fire by Stars
3.5 - f#a#∞ by Godspeed You Black Emperor! ("Providence" blows my mind but the others will need some time, probably)
3.0 - Hymn to the Immortal Wind by Mono
3.0 - Fantasies by Metric (probably one of those that I'll like less and less with time, though)
3.0 - Where The Wild Things Are OST by Karen O and The Kids
3.0 - Xx by The Xx
2.5 - We Started Nothing by The Ting Tings

2.0 - Swoon by The Silversun Pickups (Ehh.. I don't know why)

Currently Listening to:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah


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03-21-2010, 01:45 PM
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Serena Maneesh - Serena Maneesh 8.5/10
The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Roaring Night 7/10
The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Dark Horse 8.5/10

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03-21-2010, 02:49 PM
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My rating scale:

9.6-10.0 - a true masterpiece of the genre (it's not fair to rate a rock album on the same scale as Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, for instance)
9.5-9.1 - has achieved greatness, but just lacks that dosage of genius that puts it over the top
9.0-8.6 - Overall very good, but with some minor flaws; or, an inconsistently great album
8.5-8.1 - Good and effective, but never or rarely makes the leap toward being great
8.0-7.6 - Above average, good enough to get my interest but not much more
7.5-7.1 - Just kind of "there"; average; some good moments mixed in with some bad ones
7.0-6.6 - Bland, unimaginative, but not quite terrible
6.5-6.1 - Bad
6.0-5.6 - Worse
5.5-5.1 - Real bad
5.0-4.0 - Offensively bad
3.9-0.0 - You suck.


What I listened to last night:


Maria Schneider Orchestra - Sky Blue (2007) - 9.2 - Uplifting, surprising, memorable, free-flowing yet wonderfully structured new-age big band progressive jazz. Definitely a "must listen" even for non-jazz fans.

Tine Bruhn - Entranced (2009) - 8.4 - Seductive, smoky, sultry vocal jazz from a Berklee graduate now making her trade in NYC. Tremendous voice with a talented and in sync backing trio, but some misguided songs weigh down the great ones. Definitely a young artist to look out for in the future.

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03-21-2010, 03:53 PM
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Corinne Bailey Rae/The Sea--for the most part, the breeziness has been replaced by a much more melancholy feel, no surprise considering 8/10
Teenage Fanclub/A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub--best of collection 8/10
John Coltrane/My Favourite Things--one of his best albums 10/10

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03-22-2010, 02:43 PM
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My rating scale:

9.6-10.0 - a true masterpiece of the genre (it's not fair to rate a rock album on the same scale as Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, for instance)
9.5-9.1 - has achieved greatness, but just lacks that dosage of genius that puts it over the top
9.0-8.6 - Overall very good, but with some minor flaws; or, an inconsistently great album
8.5-8.1 - Good and effective, but never or rarely makes the leap toward being great
8.0-7.6 - Above average, good enough to get my interest but not much more
7.5-7.1 - Just kind of "there"; average; some good moments mixed in with some bad ones
7.0-6.6 - Bland, unimaginative, but not quite terrible
6.5-6.1 - Bad
6.0-5.6 - Worse
5.5-5.1 - Real bad
5.0-4.0 - Offensively bad
3.9-0.0 - You suck.

Most recent additions are bolded:

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (1971) - 9.3 - Starts off with The Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time, and follows it up with 9 other tracks ranging from Extremely Funky to Extremely Psychedelic rock that do not disappoint after the initial high/low of the title track.

Maria Schneider Orchestra - Sky Blue (2007) - 9.2 - Uplifting, surprising, memorable, free-flowing yet wonderfully structured new-age big band progressive jazz. Definitely a "must listen" even for non-jazz fans.

Tine Bruhn - Entranced (2009) - 8.4 - Seductive, smoky, sultry vocal jazz from a Berklee graduate now making her trade in NYC. Tremendous voice with a talented and in sync backing trio, but some misguided songs weigh down the great ones. Definitely a young artist to look out for in the future.

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03-24-2010, 11:41 AM
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - 8.5/10

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Corinne Bailey Rae/The Sea--for the most part, the breeziness has been replaced by a much more melancholy feel, no surprise considering 8/10
Teenage Fanclub/A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub--best of collection 8/10
John Coltrane/My Favourite Things--one of his best albums 10/10
I've noticed that you numerically rate albums but never movies. Any reason why?

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03-24-2010, 12:32 PM
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - 8.5/10

I've noticed that you numerically rate albums but never movies. Any reason why?
I don't numerically rate books either. I have no defensible reason why, other than I feel comfortable doing the one, but not the other. Maybe it's my sense of the difference between pop culture and art (or at least the possibility of art). Pop culture is intended to be disposable so a quick numerical rating seems okay; I just can't see myself doing that with works that deserve a different level of respect, say, Children of Paradise, much less with Michelangelo's David or, you know,

The Sistene Chapel: 8/10.

What the hell would that mean? It just seems utterly ludicrous to me. To each their own--I'm not trying to start a trend or anything; it's just my own style and it's comfortable for me.

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Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf. 8.5/10
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival. 7.5/10
Phaseshifter - Redd Kross. 7.0/10


And for reference...you can figure out the <5 ratings.
5 = ok
6 = decent
7 = good
8 = excellent
9 = great
10 = should be considered classic (but albums I rate that way seldom are).

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I don't numerically rate books either. I have no defensible reason why, other than I feel comfortable doing the one, but not the other. Maybe it's my sense of the difference between pop culture and art (or at least the possibility of art). Pop culture is intended to be disposable so a quick numerical rating seems okay; I just can't see myself doing that with works that deserve a different level of respect, say, Children of Paradise, much less with Michelangelo's David or, you know,

The Sistene Chapel: 8/10.

What the hell would that mean? It just seems utterly ludicrous to me. To each their own--I'm not trying to start a trend or anything; it's just my own style and it's comfortable for me.
You feel that way about music? I would have pegged you for a 50/50 kinda guy.

Either way, that's interesting.

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You feel that way about music? I would have pegged you for a 50/50 kinda guy.

Either way, that's interesting.
I AM a 50/50 kind of guy: movies and tennis.


Pat Metheny
: Independance Day, one of the best fusion jazz guitar albums ever--9/10

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I AM a 50/50 kind of guy: movies and tennis.


Pat Metheny
: Independance Day, one of the best fusion jazz guitar albums ever--9/10
Yessssss, I'm not the only Metheny fan here. I saw him back in '06, my school's jazz band played a competition in Potsdam NY... Conveniently our conductor's favorite jazz musician is Metheny, and he just happened to be playing in the auditorium the night before the competition. It was awesome.


The only thing is, the album is called "Imaginary Day", not "Independence Day".

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The only thing is, the album is called "Imaginary Day", not "Independence Day".
Indeed, that is the right title. For some dumb reason, I always make that mistake.

I've got tickets for him later in the spring. I probably have seen him close to 20 times, and he has never been anything less than extraordinary, whatever the music he is playing or the band configuration that he is touring with. I swear he gets better with age, too.

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The Antlers: Hospice - 4/10
Yeah, other than "Two", I really wasn't feeling this, and even that I didn't love.


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Deftones - Diamond Eyes

9/10

Their best since White Pony IMO.

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