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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:35 pm

Voivod - The Outer Limits (1993)

Yup, more Voivod on the musical menu tonight. Holy crap, this is good stuff! Sounds kind of like the mutant offspring of BOC and Alice Cooper with a dose of prog metal and thrash. Oh, and there's a headbangin' cover of Pink Floyd's "The Nile Song" which sticks surprisingly close to the original other than upping the heaviness and tempo a notch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qwgb3 ... udNJRQFE3e

Edit: Hey, @Captain Ned - Voivod has covered King Crimson too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13sZcS4mwuA
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:21 pm

I think I have a Voivod addiction.

Target Earth (2013) is also excellent (cheesy album cover aside). Dan Mongrain, who was brought in to replace original guitarist Denis D'Amour (who passed in 2005) is just as demented and really keeps things interesting in the guitar department. No idea how these guys managed to fly mostly under the radar for decades, they are really amazing.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:55 am

Intronaut - Prehistoricisms (2008)

Some whacked out jazzy prog metal to listen to while banging out some Python code.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:29 pm

Another I'm With Her concert, this at the House of Blues in Boston:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2xFAzPz6wk

So, so good.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:26 pm

Budgie - (self-titled) (1971)
Budgie - Squawk (1972)

Like Voivod, another band that's been around practically forever that I knew of, but had never knowingly listened to.

This is decent (if unpolished) bluesy hard rock (or proto-metal, depending on your viewpoint), with some clear Led Zep influences. Occasional Mellotron washes on the second album make me wonder if they were also listening to some King Crimson.

These albums could've almost been the blueprint for the first Rush album - Led Zep flavored songs from a power trio with a vocalist who often sings in a similar range to Geddy (but when he does he generally sounds more like a woman than a man singing falsetto).

Oh, and you just gotta love a band that gives their songs absurd names like "Hot As A Docker's Armpit" or "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman". I have no doubt that altered mental states were involved.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... _UUV1jiAsA
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:27 pm

Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations (2011 Remaster)

This is such a good album - originally it came out in 1980 I think. The remaster is a bit cleaner sounding, and they did a decent enough job keeping the dynamic range intact

I remember this from back in the day... this is the one where... remember all those covers Metallica did back in the early 80s? A few of them came off this album, and for good reason. Seriously underrated album.

Ah, nostalgia.
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:52 pm

Children Of Bodom - Skeletons In The Closet (2009)

An album of covers. This may be the most eclectic collection of songs to get covered by a metal artist short of a Leo Moracchioli playlist, with choices ranging from the fairly predictable (Scorpions, Iron Maiden) to the bizarre (Kenny Rogers, Britney Spears). Hey, I guess if Ghost can cover Abba and The Eurythmics, why not...

Does it actually work? Eh... that's debatable. But it certainly has amusement value, they don't seem to be taking themselves too seriously here, and these guys are solid musicians.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:06 pm

Okay, it was an hour ago.

Supertramp, Crime of the Century. That band could really jam!

And why does nobody actually use stereo anymore? So many old songs have a cymbal in one ear, snare in another. Or a guitar solo is about 75% in this ear or that ear. And yet the mix isn't hurt by that; it's made better!

Sometimes I just want to say, "Music today sucks!"

But I know that is not true. Plus, I'd be sounding like that guy we all knew as kids, "Get off my lawn!"
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:39 pm

BIF wrote:
Okay, it was an hour ago.

Close enough for me!

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Supertramp, Crime of the Century. That band could really jam!

That is a fan-damn-tastic album. Not only were they a great band, the recording and mixing on that album is better than 99% of what you hear today. They actually cared about what it sounded like, and took the time to do it right.

BIF wrote:
And why does nobody actually use stereo anymore? So many old songs have a cymbal in one ear, snare in another. Or a guitar solo is about 75% in this ear or that ear. And yet the mix isn't hurt by that; it's made better!

I bet it has to do with the fact that most people listen on headphones/earbuds these days. A "wide" mix like that can sound a bit unnatural unless you're listening through loudspeakers. I agree each instrument should generally have a well-defined, identifiable location... though I might disagree on the cymbal/snare thing - a real drum kit isn't spread out across the entire stage!

And the early stereo era (1960s) "half of the instruments panned hard left, the rest panned hard right" thing is even worse; a mono mix is preferable to that.

BIF wrote:
Sometimes I just want to say, "Music today sucks!"

A lot of it comes down to excessive dynamic range compression ("loudness wars"). Many recordings from the past couple of decades are even mastered such that they're driven into hard clipping, which sounds like absolute garbage. It's one thing to drive a guitar amp into controlled clipping, to give you that sustain and over-driven tone; it's another thing entirely to push the entire mix past the clipping point, which just f*cks everything up. It's a pet peeve.

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But I know that is not true. Plus, I'd be sounding like that guy we all knew as kids, "Get off my lawn!"

Every era has had some music that sucked. But you'd think that by now we would've at least gotten the engineering side of it down, and wouldn't be releasing recordings that sound like they were mastered through a cheap '60s era transistor radio.

Edit: I should mention I listened to the album while typing this post. It's actually a FLAC rip of a near-pristine original vinyl copy. Sounds really good. :wink:
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:42 am

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Children Of Bodom - Skeletons In The Closet (2009)

An album of covers. This may be the most eclectic collection of songs to get covered by a metal artist short of a Leo Moracchioli playlist, with choices ranging from the fairly predictable (Scorpions, Iron Maiden) to the bizarre (Kenny Rogers, Britney Spears). Hey, I guess if Ghost can cover Abba and The Eurythmics, why not...

Does it actually work? Eh... that's debatable. But it certainly has amusement value, they don't seem to be taking themselves too seriously here, and these guys are solid musicians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Rz79S ... 1AB9BFB381

Nice, I'll have to check that out. I saw Children Of Bodom open for.....I think it was Black Label Society about 10'ish years ago. I hadn't heard much of their stuff prior to that, but they were excellent. Speaking of which, the main stage at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee is one of the best sounding venues I've visited. Probably because it was designed for acoustics, back when that was a thing they did.
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:28 am

just brew it! wrote:
Children Of Bodom - Skeletons In The Closet (2009)

An album of covers. This may be the most eclectic collection of songs to get covered by a metal artist short of a Leo Moracchioli playlist, with choices ranging from the fairly predictable (Scorpions, Iron Maiden) to the bizarre (Kenny Rogers, Britney Spears). Hey, I guess if Ghost can cover Abba and The Eurythmics, why not...

Does it actually work? Eh... that's debatable. But it certainly has amusement value, they don't seem to be taking themselves too seriously here, and these guys are solid musicians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Rz79S ... 1AB9BFB381



I really dig the banjo in Lookin' Out My Back Door...
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:03 pm

Mozart - Symphony No. 40 (1788)

My favorite Mozart composition, and one of my favorite classical pieces overall. I've loved this symphony since I was a child; it was one of the factors which motivated me to take violin lessons back in grade school. I like how bright the violins sound on this particular version (a 1995 recording by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra); on many other releases the violins sound a bit dull and muddy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6XyEzDOCFRxmbcoMSd4BKN (first 4 tracks only... the rest of this album is not part of the symphony)
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Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:04 pm

Scott Henderson - People Mover (2019)

Fast-forwarding 231 years... :wink:

Henderson is one of my favorite guitarists. Best known as the leader of legendary fusion band Tribal Tech, he's released a number of other collaborations and solo projects over the years as well. If you draw a triangle with jazz, rock, and blues at the 3 corners, he's all over the place within that space, often coming up with a tasty stew of all 3. Good stuff.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6xmjUFsLhGrgFjZZA9gDRR
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:10 pm

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Mozart - Symphony No. 40 (1788)

My favorite Mozart composition, and one of my favorite classical pieces overall. I've loved this symphony since I was a child; it was one of the factors which motivated me to take violin lessons back in grade school. I like how bright the violins sound on this particular version (a 1995 recording by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra); on many other releases the violins sound a bit dull and muddy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6XyEzDOCFRxmbcoMSd4BKN (first 4 tracks only... the rest of this album is not part of the symphony)


I can't help thinking of Bugs Bunny when I hear the first track, but I can't remember what cartoon it was from :D

(But yeah, I like this one too)
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:29 am

Billy Strings in concert:

https://youtu.be/EizzlMqIWfg?t=1087
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:57 am

cphite wrote:
I can't help thinking of Bugs Bunny when I hear the first track, but I can't remember what cartoon it was from :D


This one? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhapsody_Rabbit
 
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Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:13 pm

Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:20 pm

It's been a good day for listening to lots of Rush albums. Here's a Neil Peart solo for you: It's amazing how fast his feet are at around 5:30 to 5:45.
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Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:48 am

Recently found out about Michael Kiwanuka, really dig his stuff so far
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Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:23 pm

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Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:39 pm

Steve Perry, Neil Schon, Ross Valory and Jonathan Cain... with a 19-year old German girl on drums.
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:26 pm

The Who - Eminence Front - I like the funk.
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Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:15 pm

Stone Sour - Song #3
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:10 pm

Early college years. They even had a bunch of different videos (remember those?) for "Leave It".
What we have today is way too much pluribus and not enough unum.

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