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Zane Oct 8, 2013

jb wrote:

It's so good. Again. Incoming Grammy.

Seriously, dude. I enjoy part 2 more than the original 20/20. What do you think? I feel like it's more balanced and consistent throughout.

Zane Oct 16, 2013 (edited Oct 16, 2013)

Tons of house/trance/techno/dub/whatever you want to call it. Here's what has been in my headphones recently:

BT - "A Song Across Wires (Continuous Mix)", "Laptop Symphony", "These Re-Imagined Machines"
Swedish House Mafia - "Until Now" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckvr7r-HbaY)
Porter Robinson - "Language" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsy1URDYK88 ... amazing song that makes me feel so alive)

EDIT: Also, Glassjaw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odNEq-0BIiQ

jb Oct 16, 2013 (edited Oct 16, 2013)

A Song Across Wires is such an amazing album. Everything he does is GOLD. I can't say I'm really listening to anything new at the moment. I am looking forward to the new Caspian EP and seeing Mono in b-town in november.

Speaking of Mono, they're scoring the WOWOW series "かなたの子", which I think is awesome and I can't wait to hear it.

http://www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kanatanoko/

Adam Corn Nov 4, 2013 (edited Nov 4, 2013)

Record Collection by Mark Ronson is pretty great.  Better than even his previous album Version.

GoldfishX Nov 20, 2013 (edited Nov 20, 2013)

Catching up on some classic Dokken. Tooth and Nail and Under Lock and Key are scary good albums for classic 80's metal (Back for the Attack is good too, but a step below those two, IMO). The newer Lightning Strikes Again (2008) is a successful spirtual successor as well.

Adam Corn Nov 22, 2013

Lorde's album Pure Heroine is so good.  Would have never ever thought the person singing was only sixteen with that voice.

Ashley Winchester Nov 27, 2013

Kind of going off of Goldfish's post of good oldies does anyone like a good cover tune once in a while...? Covers are kind of a risky proposition as I'm very particular in what works and what doesn't but there have been two that have gotten a lot of love from me recently:

"When the Rain Begins to Fall" is a cheesy-ass love song by Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora that French band Heavenly covered on their album Virus. The ironic thing is it is the only track from the album I listen to anymore... I kind of got sick of the original music by the band.

"Winner Takes It All" is a classic ABBA song that At Vance redid on the Dragonchaser album. Again it's the only song I like on the entire album.

A lot of the non-VGM music I liked during the last decade has kind of died a slow death with me. I can take bands with 200-300 song libraries and easily pair it down to just a few tracks anymore. That really sucks in some respects...

GoldfishX Nov 27, 2013 (edited Nov 27, 2013)

I'm down with "Feel this Moment" which is a Pitbull song featuring Christina Aguilera...or is it a Christina Aguilera song featuring Pitbull? Amazing how much bad a good chorus can eradicate from a song. Pitbull just sounds like a generic wannabe rapper on his parts, but Aguilera's vocals are downright heavenly. Heard it on the radio and thought it was some kind of mash-up.

Jay Nov 28, 2013

Thanks Ballin' Oates is fantastic! Thanks for linking it.

GoldfishX Dec 18, 2013

Fun bunch of non-VGM listens today (busy day at work = lots of headphone time)

Christina Aguilera/ST - Great voice, keeps trying to add soul and isn't really effective. Really wanted to like this, but I liked the voice more than the songs.

Christina Vierra/ST - Madonna wannabee, but a good one. Very 80's album. According to discogs, her only album.

ELP/Brain Salad Surgery - I have heard these were one of Uematsu's influences. I can hear it in the bass/synth/guitar combinations. I'm not really into the whole progressive rock thing, so a lot of the songs tended to drag too much, but bits and pieces were awesome. Karn Evil 9 didn't disappoint, aside from the last part of it (I have a copy with it broken into 4 tracks).

Berlin/Count Three and Pray - Nothing on here as great as "The Metro", but solid 80's pop/rock. Vocals are kinda drowned out by everything, not unusual for these guys. The love theme from Top Gun is far from this group's highlight.

Bryan Adams/Into the Fire - Between this and Reckless, I enjoy Bryan Adams way more than I should. The dude knows how to do hooks.

Yaz/Upstairs at Eric's - I love Alison Moyet's voice. I love the synthpop production on this album. Have been sitting on this one for months and it didn't disappoint.

Zane Dec 18, 2013

I've been digging into Foals' back catalog. Currently exploring the hell out of Total Life Forever. Dare I say I like this one even more than Holy Fire?

weekeong Dec 18, 2013

alot of techno remixes such as Taylor Swift - I knew you were trouble (Techno+Electro) and Beautiful Monster (Kronix Remix).

It's interesting to see how they modify the original songs and add techno bits into it

Ashley Winchester Dec 18, 2013

Actually these past few days I unearthed my backup music DVDs with all my old music on them. Man... I really did fall out of love with a lot of bands (especially European Metal acts) but I wanted to try and re-introduce some of these tracks into my listening rotation.

Additionally, I really wanted to clean up the tags on a lot of these files... they really needed it. I really like it when my tags are all in order.

Ashley Winchester Dec 20, 2013

Still going through all my music... but when you look at all the music you've accumulated am I the only one that is kind of amazed at how many cover tracks you end up with? Like I said above cover tracks are usually make or break with me - they are either great or just terrible. Still, I'm surprised how many I have.

Ashley Winchester Dec 28, 2013

Is it just me or does Disturbed kind of suck? I'm listing to The Sickness and I'm having trouble wondering how I use to listen to this...

GoldfishX Dec 28, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Is it just me or does Disturbed kind of suck? I'm listing to The Sickness and I'm having trouble wondering how I use to listen to this...

Yes. Nu-metal generally does tend to suck.

longhairmike Dec 28, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Is it just me or does Disturbed kind of suck? I'm listing to The Sickness and I'm having trouble wondering how I use to listen to this...

i hate nu metal, but i recently learned that the guy from that band is the same guy that was in hair-metal band VANDAL in 1990.
i remember buying their 6-song tape back in high school from Coconuts records in Oak Lawn , IL. i think it was only available locally.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ncFTL2gMT4

Ashley Winchester Jan 13, 2014

This is kind of a weird question... but how do you feel when you have an artist that has, for the sake of argument, like 300+ songs and over the years you've narrowed it down to a small handful you want to hear on a consistent basis?

I feel sad because when I delete those songs I feel like I'm discarding where I've been in the past in some way

however...

I also feel good because my library is much more streamlined.

The whole thing kind of feels like a musical oxymoron in some ways.

GoldfishX Jan 13, 2014

Ashley Winchester wrote:

This is kind of a weird question... but how do you feel when you have an artist that has, for the sake of argument, like 300+ songs and over the years you've narrowed it down to a small handful you want to hear on a consistent basis?

I feel sad because when I delete those songs I feel like I'm discarding where I've been in the past in some way

however...

I also feel good because my library is much more streamlined.

The whole thing kind of feels like a musical oxymoron in some ways.

It's normal. I tend to rate tracks within an album, then when I make an overall best-of list, I find I'm always putting the same handful of songs from them on. If I'm testing a headphone set-up or need to concentrate, I like having those familiar songs in one playlist. But then again, sometimes I want something new, so I'll just grab all the highly rated stuff I don't know by name and *BOOM* instant playlist. I delete anything I don't like and anything with an average score, I'll probably just keep around for the hell of it.

When everything is thrown together, you really get to see how those tracks you pegged as favorites hold up.

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