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#217477 - 08/05/08 11:31 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? ***** [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 05/13/02
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 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
I was channeling JohnK and went with some classical music this evening. Before the kids went to bed, I put on Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3. It was a refreshing change of pace and the kids enjoyed it as much as I did -- even though they wouldn't sit still. ;\)

We went with a little Cafe del Sol this evening over a new found house wine.
(see wine thread for details...on the wine, not the music).



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#217504 - 08/06/08 09:18 AM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: chesseroo]
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In my car, during my 15-20 minute commute each way, I have been listening to about half of R.E.M.'s latest, "Accelerate". As my friend Beau blogged, the critics have been gushing about this one, and they are right. I love this album.

After years of drifting off into light, airy musical stylings, R.E.M. has made a true rock record, with catchy guitar riffs and lyrical, active bass. It probably helps that the drummer was formerly with Ministry. The lyrics are unapologetically (and angrily) politically liberal and often rip on W and his administration, so be aware if that's not your thing.

Stylistically, this one picks up right where 1995's Monster and 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi left off. The similarities sometimes jump out at me, and occasionally I hear a melody or line that could be from their 1980s work as well.

As usual, their videos are artful, too. Check out Supernatural Superserious or, even better, Man-Sized Wreath on youTube. Plenty more links on the R.E.M. channel on youTube.
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#217563 - 08/06/08 07:38 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: medic8r]
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 Originally Posted By: medic8r
In my car, during my 15-20 minute commute each way, I have been listening to about half of R.E.M.'s latest, "Accelerate". As my friend Beau blogged, the critics have been gushing about this one, and they are right. I love this album.

After years of drifting off into light, airy musical stylings, R.E.M. has made a true rock record, with catchy guitar riffs and lyrical, active bass. It probably helps that the drummer was formerly with Ministry. The lyrics are unapologetically (and angrily) politically liberal and often rip on W and his administration, so be aware if that's not your thing.

Stylistically, this one picks up right where 1995's Monster and 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi left off. The similarities sometimes jump out at me, and occasionally I hear a melody or line that could be from their 1980s work as well.

As usual, their videos are artful, too. Check out Supernatural Superserious or, even better, Man-Sized Wreath on youTube. Plenty more links on the R.E.M. channel on youTube.

Funny thing, for those very reasons you mentioned, i don't like the sounds of their new album. I thought tracks 7 through 9 had a nice new edge to them but maintained the melodic sounds that i really enjoyed from REM

I cant say i"m a huge fan of polysci lyrics but rather "i am superman" is more my cup of tea
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#217565 - 08/06/08 07:43 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: medic8r]
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Registered: 08/12/03
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Loc: Omaha, NE
Made a run to Amoeba with my housemate. Came back and loaded up the changer:

Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
- This one surprised me a bit in it's range - some of it is very poppy, some of it sounds like it could be on a Tom Waits album. Really dig it so far!
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes EP
- Playing now - Gorgeous harmonies and a very chill folksy vibe - good stuff!
PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

The last three I've only heard a couple songs and bought them based on online reviews and recommendations. Hopefully they live up to the hype!

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#217724 - 08/09/08 10:04 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: AdamP88]
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"Werewolf" by CocoRosie is one of my favorite songs right now. I mean, the whole album is pretty cool, but this song is really hitting me for some reason.
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#217727 - 08/09/08 10:27 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: CV]
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I'm detecting a pattern here. You like the kind of female voice that is sprightly and tinged with prepubescence.

I'm not making a judgment by saying that. Just an observation.
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#217728 - 08/09/08 10:57 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: pmbuko]
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I'll have to work on a curveball.
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#217765 - 08/10/08 10:17 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: CV]
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
I've got my digital collection (the "no kid stuff" playlist, to be exact) playing on the Axioms at a pretty low volume. I just heard Pink Floyd's When the Tigers Broke Free and now it Mark Knopfler's I'm the Fool.

Sometimes random shuffle gets in a great groove and hits a lot of great songs in a row. \:\)
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#217766 - 08/10/08 10:19 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: pmbuko]
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Case in point: now it's playing Save Your Best by Steve Reynolds. Great mellow Sunday evening music.

Now it's Eleanor Rigby, by ... I bet you can guess.

And next it's Peace and Love by Fountains of Wayne. The mellow train has yet to find the end of its track.

Still on board with Pete Yorn's Just Another....

and Yael Naïm's Far Far

and now Love and Some Verses by Iron & Wine. Can you tell I'm in a sharing mood?

Back to Knopfler with Why Aye Man

More (uncharacteristic) mellowness from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Rock of Gibraltar

Sting's Mad About You

Tom Waits Come on up to the House

Cake injects some energy into the mellow streak with Opera Singer
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#217768 - 08/10/08 11:06 PM Re: so what are you listening to tonight? [Re: pmbuko]
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Back to true mellow with Josh Ritter's Bad Actress.

Neil Young's Helpless (unplugged and very mellow version)

I just double-checked and the current playlist does include many non-mellow songs. "No Kid Stuff" just filters out children's music.

Perhaps the iPod is reading my mind! Ack, now it's Sarah McLachlan's Possession.

... and Rush derails the train with Tom Sawyer. Too bad I can't turn it up. ;\)
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