what are you currently obsessed with/feeling/digging/exploring (11/17/2017)

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wondering what is really interesting to people at this point in time. are you thinking about anything a lot? music-wise.

i can't say that i am thinking much. which is one of the benefits of old age. the death of more and more brain cells.

BUT i feel like i'm in a really good place right now and everything sounds so good to me. i've been a glutton all fall.

i'm listening to more music than ever. my 14 year old kid has been helping me at the store on Saturdays and it's fun to

to listen with him. to hear how he hears things. And to talk about music with him. i feel like if I have an obsession

right now it's just focusing intently on sound. deep listening! old things sound new to me. I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Trans-Europe Express blew my mind last week. the structure of the title track. architecture/sound/production. I'm all about

it.

But enough about me. What about you?

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 15:41 (two years ago) link

Armand Schaubroeck. Webern.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:44 (two years ago) link

"A Lot of People Would Like to See Armand Schaubroeck... DEAD!" that is. His other albums not so much.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:45 (two years ago) link

bought this this week, was trying to find out what it was for a long time, it's now out as a reissue, prob my favourite discovery in a long time, tho it's not new. incredible disco record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8kecKpXH7U

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:46 (two years ago) link

from s africa in the late 70s i think.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:46 (two years ago) link

Acido/SUED label stuff

Asmus Tietchens reissue series

new Husker Du box set

Jandek LP-era recordings

filling in some gaps in my Sun Ra collection

Mdou Moctar

"Robyn Nice" and all his anonymous records

sleeve, Friday, 17 November 2017 15:47 (two years ago) link

Currently into devising my yearly mix of my favourite tracks. Usually I put together a mix edited in audacity to have seamless transitions between tracks and try to match moods- tempos. Also ILM is really inspiring for filling in the gaps for artists I've yet to get into, like OMD.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:52 (two years ago) link

wow, i had no idea about all that robyn nice stuff. that's something you could definitely obsess over.

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:07 (two years ago) link

totally

I started a thread but no one saw it

Robyn Nice C/D, S/D (a.k.a. Jim Collins, Terry, Tommy Roundtree, Arian Sample, Gary K, TSA, Boots, Snake & Remus, etc. etc. etc.)

sleeve, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:09 (two years ago) link

maybe nobody here knows it! i don't. and i know everything.

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:14 (two years ago) link

must be hard to track down all that stuff though. unless it's all online. crazy how much some of the records go for. i should always be aware of latter-day freaky record prices...

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:15 (two years ago) link

the blogspot link in that thread has all the records as MP3 downloads so I've listened to them, I tracked down a few in the $40 range but they are getting scarcer

Boots/CC/Snake & Remus box is still pretty affordable on Discogs

but yeah several of them are close to $200 online

sleeve, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:20 (two years ago) link

i've been totally immersing myself in disco and boogie and wondering why i had neglected this music for so long. like yesterday while i was out walking in the sunshine, i was listening to john morales playing some of his disco mixes and the beauty of it hit me so hard i had to stop and cling on to a tree because i thought i was literally going to pass out with joy.

also lots of ambient, fourth world and other electronic stuff

damian green is people (NickB), Friday, 17 November 2017 16:21 (two years ago) link

Last year's convergence of Bowie, A Tribe and Rough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz left me with a jones for nonstandard use of jazz, so this year I'm into the jazz-rock-etc. power trio Harriet Tubman(frequently x Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet)'s Araminta, Jane Ira Bloom's Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson, Jaime Branch's Fly or Die, and Allen Ginsberg's The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience (with input from Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Arthur Russell, Bob Dylan). Some takes on HT and others (incl. Willie Nelson, Grace Jones, Whitney Rose) in the comments posted here (also enjoying the African entries in Frank's singles round-up, preceding my stuff):
https://koganbot.livejournal.com/367967.html?thread=5196383#t5196383

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:21 (two years ago) link

Also Les Amazones d/Afrique, Jon Langford's Four Bold Souls (cosmic punk in Muscle Shoals), new Lee Ann Womack, Rolling Coastal Blackout Fever/BFs?

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:26 (two years ago) link

Oh and that headshot is of Frank, not me!

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

i pulled out the first three REM albums and listened to them again. so so great. chronic town hit me harder than before.

i want to hear more Zouk

i have come to terms with my enjoyment of lofi house

will post more later

brimstead, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:30 (two years ago) link

Not sure what it’s called, but essentially everything on Clay Pipe. Maybe it’s called Place music? Albums specifically about a specific place and time. I know these are already overstaying their welcome for people but I love several of these albums.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:31 (two years ago) link

never heard of that Clay Pipe label, although some names look familiar - thanks!

sleeve, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:33 (two years ago) link

String quartets, mostly Beethoven and Emerson String Quartet. I'm gonna dig into Haydn soon.

jmm, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:34 (two years ago) link

XXXXXXpost of course I meant these guys: https://rollingblackoutscoastalfever.bandcamp.com/

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:35 (two years ago) link

i've also been enjoying an album by h takahashi - really minimal introspective ambient melodies, i keep coming back to it.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 17 November 2017 16:38 (two years ago) link

its these lads still!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRul8JmDvKE

saer, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:38 (two years ago) link

It's been a slightly slower year than previous in terms of new acquisitions. I've checked out absolutely tons of stuff via Spotify, though, so I feel like I'm plugging away at hearing new stuff even if I don't love it. I'm still exploring krautrock and have picked up the entire Kraftwerk back catalog and albums from Roedelius and Harmonia. Psyched about the upcoming Soul Jazz compilation, too.

But I've been curating my music library for 40 years, this year I've taken more time to dig back into it, listening to entire back catalogs all in a row (Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, 70s Richard Thompson) and reviewing bands I haven't spun in over a decade (Sisters Of Mercy, Clearlake, 80s King Crimson, early Bats and other kiwi goodies).

It's good to stop and smell the roses.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:41 (two years ago) link

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. I can't think of a guitar band I've liked this much in many, many years.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:46 (two years ago) link

thanks to don's link above now i just want to listen to lady leshurr, nadia rose, paigey cakey, honey cocaine, and stefflon don. i've never heard any of them before!

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:58 (two years ago) link

Vaporwave !
Trying to make my way through the entire genre piece by piece
And have ILX to thank for the discovery : )

calstars, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:02 (two years ago) link

Non-league is very healthy for music at the moment. A lot of the grounds aren't as well secured as those higher up the pyramid, you can basically just walk in and absorb the latest in genial adventures. My current go-to's are Seel Park, Ironworks Road, and Llanelian Road. But you can go up even as high as league one and still score a decent haul, Boundary Park being the obvious one, just ask I'll point you in the right direction

saer, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:02 (two years ago) link

Scott, you should listen to Melkbelly's Nothing Valley if you have not yet:

https://melkbelly.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-valley

(And aren't there already enough threads with a similar theme? Still, I will take advantage for my own current obsession.)

I am thinking about how much longer I can put off cleaning my shower curtain liner. I am thinking about whether or not the new allergy treatment I am going to try next week will work. I am thinking about whether what someone told me about local geographic cutters makes any sense (I suspect it doesn't).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:03 (two years ago) link

Rock the way it was meant to be according to me (not much of a rocker).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

Ben Webster and assorted ECM stuff now that it's on Spotify.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:06 (two years ago) link

Hovhaness

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Friday, 17 November 2017 17:26 (two years ago) link

saer, what is that?!

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 17 November 2017 17:34 (two years ago) link

Ben Webster was an awesome talent, he should get raved about just as much as Coltrane imo.

calzino, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

Rudipherous, you might like Madeline Kenney - a thread was started which turned me onto it. Melkbelly is great!

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 17 November 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

"And aren't there already enough threads with a similar theme?"

this thread is just for today. that's why i dated it.

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:45 (two years ago) link

Vaporwave !
Trying to make my way through the entire genre piece by piece
And have ILX to thank for the discovery : )

same, I've spent like the entire year going through Vektroid's discography and much of the Orange Milk catalogue

frogbs, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:45 (two years ago) link

okay, its not JUST for today. i just wanted fresh obsessions...

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:46 (two years ago) link

x-post (too late)

this thread is just for today. that's why i dated it.

Okay, it better be locked once the day is over.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

saer, what is that?!

― Susan Stranglehands (jed_),

its a little bit of estate hoofball magic picked up on a detour, there's few more here before some of them are aleady beginning to erode!

Half Price Cheese Pasties at Boundary Park - Winter Jams 2017

saer, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:51 (two years ago) link

Today I've been a little obsessed with forgotten country(?) singer Sandy Harless. He shows up on a Wayfaring Strangers comp but there's not much talk about him barely anywhere at all!

I think his album is beautiful but maybe it isn't that special? I don't have a super deep knowledge of 70s folk/country after all.

https://fromthestacks.bandcamp.com/album/sandy-harless-songs

Evan, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:54 (two years ago) link

Deep knowledge is for the birds, and what do they do with it? shite everywhere

saer, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:55 (two years ago) link

i definitely gorged on Orange Milk this year. via Spotify.

x-post

scott seward, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:56 (two years ago) link

The Madeline Kenney album is good so far. I think it's something that I will need to listen to a few times before forming a definite opinion. (I'm kind of relieved it isn't noisy rock like Milkbelly, because then I'd be saying, yes, it's similar, but not really as good, etc.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 17:57 (two years ago) link

Not sure the songs are there (on the Kenney album), and the sounds aren't quite enough to carry it all if not. Still better than average and still interesting enough that I will probably give it a few listens. Some of the vocals remind me of Lowly's Heba, but maybe that's because it just happens to be another 2017 album I've heard.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:09 (two years ago) link

Struck by this--- mostly just bits of voice, drums, electronics duh, that's all she needs:https://jlin.bandcamp.com/album/black-origami
Though her previous might be even better: https://jlin.bandcamp.com/album/dark-energy

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link

Same sort of appeal in this brief, intriguing Melkbelly track: https://melkbelly.bandcamp.com/track/r2pcm Though much (not all) of the rest will have to grow on me: like the vox, but guitarss tend to fall back on lots of ye olde durrdurrdurr.

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

meant "guitarrs"

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

That's the Chitown indie-inflected (a tad clinical/grunge pedal) version of durrdurrdurr.

dow, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

since the weather shifted i have resumed my obsession with death/doom

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 17 November 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

Durrdurrdurr will never die.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link

0:50: could complain about the guitars sounding too much like "To Parter" (not a sound that's overused), but not much durrdurrdurr to be had there. Maybe too clinical for some tastes. Maybe I want my punk clinical at this point. I don't really know Chicago indie, current indie, current rock, rock music in general, however.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:49 (two years ago) link

Deep knowledge is for the birds, and what do they do with it? shite everywhere

― saer, Friday, November 17, 2017 12:55 PM (fifty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And yet, none humor me with even a nugget!

Evan, Friday, 17 November 2017 18:51 (two years ago) link

I've been tasked to build a music collection for a friend of mine who's fairly musically ignorant but wants to learn more about techno and ambient. These are genre's im not super well versed in (though more than he is) so I'm trying to get a handle on it. Suggestions always welcome. The only two touchstones he gave me to start with are Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and a single Booka Shade song he likes ("in White Rooms")

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 17 November 2017 22:30 (two years ago) link

so yeah that's what I've been listening to and seeking out.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 17 November 2017 22:31 (two years ago) link

there are few on here!

Techno/House Bobbins of the past

saer, Friday, 17 November 2017 22:43 (two years ago) link

thanks for the tip! There goes my evening!

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 17 November 2017 22:58 (two years ago) link

I've been coming full circle and getting back into a bunch of 70s/ 80s/90s punk and indie rawk like Screaming Trees, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Mule, Laughing Hyenas, Shellac, Tar, The Effigies, Richard Hell, Gary Numan, The Damned etc.

earlnash, Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:20 (two years ago) link

I just got a 4CD box set of 1940s and very early 1950s stuff by Illinois Jacquet and have been kind of blown away by that. Some of the 10- and 12-minute live recordings feature solos where he's screaming as hard as Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp or Pharoah Sanders, 20 years before any of them. It's crazy.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:45 (two years ago) link

Going to try again to draw attention to this, the best song, which I'm needing to hear tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU0-CMdkgjk

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:47 (two years ago) link

wait don't close the gate before i toss this in

Persian music cassettes I found in a thrift store

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:43 (two years ago) link

Getting reacquainted and obsessed with "I Believe in You" by Talk Talk. I never knew it was about his heroin-addicted brother. Such a perfect song, that haunted vocal, the broken glass guitar, the way that dubby bass kicks in and the celestial choir (is it a synth or real voices?) at the end

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:56 (two years ago) link

I was investigating a lot of medieval music and stuff played on period instrumnets. That was a couple of years ago when I stopped listening to music, now wishing I was dead. Thanks.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:40 (two years ago) link

this article sent me down a nostalgic wormhole last week for Jane's Addiction:
https://longreads.com/2017/11/13/bootlegging-janes-addiction

Their early shows were so fierce, I'd just forgotten how potent they were.

Savage Young Du got me back deep into the Husker/Mould/Hart catalog for most of October. Same with the Replacements.

Am really into L.A. Witch for some reason. And Japanese Breakfast.

That Clientele poll also pushed me deep into their catalog, which I hadn't done in years.

Randall Jarrell (dandydonweiner), Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:32 (two years ago) link

I'm finishing off 1909 and getting started on 2017. Both seem like fairly average years.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:38 (two years ago) link

I was investigating a lot of medieval music and stuff played on period instrumnets. That was a couple of years ago when I stopped listening to music, now wishing I was dead. Thanks.

― xyzzzz__, Saturday, November 18, 2017

Why did you stop listening to music?

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:52 (two years ago) link

I don't know -- I read and watch quite a lot -- but find myself with little strength for the discovery these days :-(

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:08 (two years ago) link

That's too bad. What kind of medieval music were you exploring? I've been re-listening to Ensemble Organum's discography and it's always fascinating to hear them play up the Byzantine influence on Western European sacred music. Their ars subtilior disc (Codex Chantilly) is incredible as well. Solage's 'Fumeux fume par fumée', a paean to smoking, consistently does it for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqdJ6DFRk8c

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:20 (two years ago) link

Alex Chilton
Orchestra Baobab, particularly the albums Bamba and Pirate's Choice
Sparks Kimono
Hildegaard von Bingen Sequentiae box set

glumdalclitch, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:21 (two years ago) link

Pomenitul - When I first got into it I did a thread: Chantilly Codex -- A medieval music thread

I found at least half a dozen killer discs of this stuff over the years. I'll try and put a list together before the end of the year.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:37 (two years ago) link

this stuff = specifically Codex type music, that is...if you have more you should ofc revive sometime.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:43 (two years ago) link

contemplating the possibility of teaching music appreciation next semester
i should probably use youtube playlists?

I was investigating a lot of medieval music and stuff played on period instrumnets.
the thread on early music has lots of good stuff in it if you are interested in that stuff. i haven't found an ensemble i like better than EMC of London. and i have tried! if there are better ensembles with a more interesting repertoire/interpretation of early music on period instruments, i would like to know about it.

mostly these days i am obsessed with to express my own musical ideas. someone asked me recently at a show if i "have other musical ideas" outside of the duo i played in when he and i played a show together. i had to pause and then i said yes, i do. i have many ideas. this may sound self-involved but under my circumstances i feel that i deserve to feel good about expressing my own ideas.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 18 November 2017 16:03 (two years ago) link

mostly these days i am obsessed with to express my own musical ideas
*trying to express
the emphasis is important because i am not able to express my musical ideas as well as i would like but i have been obsessed with trying

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 18 November 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link

My jam at the time (thanks to some googling its all coming back to me) was working through the Musica Antiqua Koln's catalogue. I was looking for all the early stuff, and was looking for this record:

Early Italian Violin Music (Gabrieli, Rossi, Fontana, Marini, Farina, Buonamente) [1979]

Then it all went Kaputt for me.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 November 2017 16:55 (two years ago) link

this may sound self-involved but under my circumstances i feel that i deserve to feel good about expressing my own ideas.

If I were making music, or just working out musical ideas, I would never apologize for wanting to focus on that.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:28 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Not sure if this is the place, but...

I'd always liked Windy & Carl, but for whatever reason had never heard Drawing of Sound. It turns out it's an ur-text* for a whole bunch of things I really like: gauzy, swooping drones, warm bass tones - even that trilling guitar motif that Godspeed nicked and ran with. It also makes me think of the Verve at their most ecstatic ((Reprise), basically).

That and Talons', who are one of those bands I've loved in the past, but, due to my current listening habits, I'd sort of forgotten I loved. Coming back to that creaking, wheezing misanthropy - sort of a Scott Tuma on downers, or what Will Oldham might burn in his backyard in a dream purge session - has been magnificent.

*this sound must have a more nuanced continuum. Please holler with stuff I've missed.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:04 (one year ago) link

have you heard the cocteau twins? kidding. but i think i probably thought of robin guthrie when i first heard drawing of sound. i think of it as their best album but i have not heard a lot of later albums. totally true about the godspeed thing!

scott seward, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:24 (one year ago) link

currently trying to figure out why the only version of righteous brothers' "you've lost that lovin' feelin" on apple music seems to be a shitty stereo mix

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:33 (one year ago) link

have you heard the cocteau twins? kidding. but i think i probably thought of robin guthrie when i first heard drawing of sound.

I totally get the connection but Guthrie seems more baroque and intentionally soothing, somehow. I made that statement about it seeming like an ur-text kinda glibly, but now I'm wondering...

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:33 (one year ago) link

Electric Miles Davis always a constant, but have really been obsessing over the live stuff for the last couple of months - getting it all in chronological order, working out when personnel change etc. Seems like there's lots more radio broadcast dates out there now to supplement the official live discs, too.

I always underestimate how long Gary Bartz was part of the band, and forget how relatively late into proceedings Pete Cosey/Reggie Lucas joined.

Agharta Christie (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:44 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I wasn't sure where to ask this but have frequently wondered and it's impossible to search so this is as good a place as any: what are your main sources for finding new/old music? Obviously, this could stretch a long way so maybe your top 3 sources, and if an answer is the 'internet' can you be more precise?

I reckon mine are: (now and increasingly) here, a select few mates, Spotify (with RYM a close 4th). Until 18 months or so ago, it would have been a few specific people on Twitter, but I can't bear the place so have pretty much abandoned it.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Sunday, 1 December 2019 21:17 (one week ago) link

My answer would be the same as yours tbh - here, mates with good taste and Spotify

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 1 December 2019 21:54 (one week ago) link

bandcamp daily, resident advisor, my youtube subs, a subreddit called /r/vintageobscura, rym lists and the lower reaches of their genre charts

that's a bunch of it, but sometimes... sometimes i just fucking _wander_. i see something that looks or sounds interesting and i spend a little time exploring to see where it takes me. mostly it's not a question of "where" but "how". it's like a variation on the question all writers seem to hate - "where do you get your ideas?"

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Sunday, 1 December 2019 22:40 (one week ago) link


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