Brian Eno - C or D?

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I went through the archives, and I don't see this one anywhere.

So, have at it.

James Morris (HorrayJames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic because he was the 70s avant-garde. Classic for Another Green World and Before And After Science, classic for his collaboration in Bowie's Berlin trilogy, classic for his record label which released the likes of Gavin Bryars, classic for so many things.

Jonathan Z., Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:41 (seventeen years ago) link

here come the warm jets is the best pop album made by anyone (as of today).

Phoebe Dinsmore, Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:44 (seventeen years ago) link

yesterday i opened up the copy of here come the warm jets i had out of the library to find that in addition to the actual cd was a cdr copy of it. which was nice.

i remember the ambient stuff being way better than i expected, too, though i haven't heard it in a while.

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Love 'another green world' and 'before and after science' (the last track on the latter was the last thing I heard that made me all warm and fuzzy inside). Like the ambient stuff.

Didn't care for 'heroes' from the one listen I gave it a couple of years ago.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Absolutely classic. Love his music (95% of it), love his productions (not just Talking Heads but also U2 and, damn it, James!), love his collaborations (with Bowie, John Cale, Harold Budd, Daniel Lanois...). Lately his ambient work has been a little bland but it's no less theory-based than some of the stuff in the '70s. His work with self-generating music may be more interesting than the results, but who knows what application it may have in a few years?

And I'm a sucker for the Wall of Eno vocals he adds to everything he works on. For a somewhat limited singer, he harmonizes with himself really well, from his one man band "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to more recent stuff like "Someday" (that beautiful James song from the very underrated "Laid").

Anyone ever hear the NPR piece on "Once in a Lifetime," which details just what Eno brought to the track? He basically added the call and response chorus, worthy of the co-write credit. Eno also gets co-writer credit on "Heroes."

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic....if only for "Backwater" and "Needle in the Camel's Eye".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic. It's hard for me to get interested enough in the question to argue the point, because I kind of take it for granted. That doesn't mean everything he has touched has turned to gold, but here are some reasons I rate him highly:

1. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (the only solo Eno album I am enthusiastic about in its entirety), as well as individual tracks on some of his other albums (especially Before and After Science).

2. His touch as producer on what are often the best albums of the bands he's worked with: Remain in Light, Bowie, Devo (I forgot this--using allmusic as a cheat-sheet now), etc.

3. Collaborations with: Fripp (although I would say say that Fripp carries most of the weight there--but still, I think Eno's presence counts), Jon Hassel, etc.

Etc. because I have to go.


Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:26 (seventeen years ago) link

4. Even some of his theoretical musings are worthwhile, especially that talk on using the recording studio as an instrument.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Didn't he admit to drinking his own urine recently? The man's not well.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic, of course! "Julie with..." and "By This River" remain two of the prettiest songs I've ever heard.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Takign Tiger Mountain, Another Green World, Before and After Science, the synth climax on Virginia Plain, Remain in Light, Low, On Land and providing most of the redeeming features to make U2 a thousand times more bearable than every other vague anthem-monger are enough to qualify him as utter classic no matter how over-rated Warm Jets and Airports are and how crappy his solo output has been for about 20 years.

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:41 (seventeen years ago) link

He drank his own urine in the "A year with swollen index" (or whatever) book from 1995, he'd watched a film, had a bottle of wine and couldn't be bothered to move to take a leak, so peed in the empty wine bottle, then wondered what it tasted like. As you do. I seem to remember this was related to his tale of finding a way to piss in Duchamp's toilet, or something like that.

Of course, the man and the vast majority of his music, and his influence, is classic. Couldn't live without "Taking tiger mountain" or "Music for airports" amongst others. Those two boxed sets are two of the best investments I've ever made.

Rob M (Rob M), Thursday, 22 January 2004 15:44 (seventeen years ago) link

That Passengers album ain't so bad either. Of its time 'n' all but still...

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 16:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Been enjoying the hell out of Eno/Cale Wrong Way Up recently. It's a little dated in that 80s-ish "Let's Incorporate African Pop into Western Pop" kind of way, but all the simple songs get to me.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 22 January 2004 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link

"The Big Ship" from Another Green World puts me in a trance. Don't drive to it.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Thursday, 22 January 2004 17:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Plus there's all that stuff I enjoyed a lot at one time, even if I'm not into it now, like My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

Plus the Obscure Music series, which has some good titles.

Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 22 January 2004 17:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I think one of the reasons i like him so much is that I am a child of Napster and the incessant dilettantism and boundary-pushing is something I can realte to.

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 17:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic. Here Comes The Warm Jets is the REAL Alien rock. Fuck Ziggy.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:11 (seventeen years ago) link

If for nothing else "Another Green World"

Its just so coool. Weird pop and ambienty bits floated against each other in the nicest way, and my four year old loves to sing "I'll come running" which has got to get him some points somewhere.

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:17 (seventeen years ago) link

1972-1985 inclusive, everything he touched. including the interviews, many of which are up on enoweb, but I'd buy a book that compiled them.

then, suddenly, like a switch being thrown...

when 'wrong way up' came out an interview disc was distributed to radio, where he's sounding and dull, then at the end he begins talking about the recent birth of his daughter and how unimportant the theoretical side of music had become to him, and how now he just wanted to relax and play tunes. which makes me happy for eno the man, but keeping up with the last decade of releases has been a punishing experience.

'spinning away' from 'wrong way up', still excellent though

(Jon L), Thursday, 22 January 2004 19:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Unbelievable songwriter--I was in a one-off Eno cover band a couple of months ago, and we could not BELIEVE how much mileage he got out of incredibly simple structures. I mean, "The True Wheel"--that song has _four chords_ in it, and it sounds like the lushest deepest most complicated thing ever. "Third Uncle" has one.

Douglas (Douglas), Thursday, 22 January 2004 20:16 (seventeen years ago) link

already embarrassed about my grumbly post. if I ever say anything about the 90's output, it's only because the 72-85 stretch is so bafflingly inspired. if I ever lost my record collection I'd be buying most of these back first.

(Jon L), Thursday, 22 January 2004 20:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean, "The True Wheel"--that song has _four chords_ in it, and it sounds like the lushest deepest most complicated thing ever.


Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 23 January 2004 02:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Strange, I've just sung through "The true wheel" in my head and can only count three... oh, just got to the end part where the fourth chord comes in. Sorry. My God, what a song!

"Ding ding!"

Rob M (Rob M), Friday, 23 January 2004 08:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Anyone that even cosiders sayind "dud" is loco. Amazing, influential, smartest man in music, etc. I want him to be my dad.

anode (anode), Friday, 23 January 2004 12:27 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
One thing I don't think I've said about Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy is that I got a copy* around the time that I had just about lost my belief in Christian doctrine, so it took on kind of a heavy symbolic weight of the scarey, uncertain, world of religious disbelief. (Obviously I hadn't only listened to Christian music up until then. That's not the point.) I want to exmphasize, this is a symbolic purpose I was giving it: I don't think it has much to do with the album itself (although it is kind of interesting in light of some things I've read by him essential outlining an anti-fundamentalism--of whatever source--stance). Just the cover itself took on a certain weight, and I wasn't totally happy about it. It didn't look like an especially happy world (and I've never been unambivalently attracted to hipster jadedness, if I've ever been attracted by it at all), but it seemed somewhat inevitable that I would be joining it. Graphically, it was: the cover of Taking Tiger Mountain vs. the dull blue cover of Cornelius Van Til's Defense of the Faith (given to me by my brother-in-law). I think I was more visually oriented then. Anyway, book covers or album covers could easily become suffused with an emotional coloring.

*I can't remember if I bought a copy or received it as a gift, but probably the latter. I used to get my older brother to buy me "weird"** records for my birthday and Christmas.

**I think he thought it was weird anyway (judging by his response to what I listened to on the radio), but I think he was a little amused to watch me growing up and getting into punk and new wave, and new bands he hadn't heard of, or other stuff that seemed esoteric to him. I think he may have bought me this album, the first Psychedelic Furs album, and Fripp's Let the Power Fall, and some a John Coltrane collection, all at my request. Now I'm getting all sentimental about my older brother. I miss being close to my family, and it's all Brian Eno's fault--well, not exactly.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 01:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Inspired by o. nate, sort of.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 01:46 (sixteen years ago) link


James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:32 (sixteen years ago) link

that was a great post, rockist. thanks.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:36 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost Interesting story rockist. Still, Taking Tiger is Brian Eno at his worst/most/annoying (lyrically) to me. What about the lyrics hit home for you?

artdamages (artdamages), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:38 (sixteen years ago) link

It wasn't the lyrics, it was more the entire package (literally). I don't have a functional copy of the album right now, so I haven't heard it for a while.

Possibly the fact that I often couldn't make out the lyrics or didn't know what he was talking about contributed to my liking the songs. "With Burgundy, Tizer and Rye/Twelve sheets of foolscap: don't ask me why." I'm still largely in the dark about these lines, for example. I think I only found out what foolscap is in the last few years and I've already forgotten the details.

I kind of like the lyrics to "True Wheel." I am looking at a lyrics page now, and I find myself saying, oh, is that how it goes? I really am not even hearing what he's saying a lot of the time.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 02:51 (sixteen years ago) link

The lyrics are not the first thing I noticed about TTM(BS) either. I mean some of the lines (e.g., "burning airlines give you so much more") kind of stick in my mind, but I think that's more a function of being wedded to a good melody. I was in a bar where this guy I know works and he was playing songs from his iPod over the stereo. At one point I asked him, Is this the Thinking Fellers? And he said, no it's Brian Eno. Then later another song came on, and I asked him if it was the Swell Maps. Again it was Eno. It turns out both songs were on TTM(BS). That's when I knew I needed to hear the rest of the album.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

wow, yeah, hearing eno (after soo much indie stuff) really is amazing (and it seems like he just pulled half of it out of his ass) xpost

artdamages (artdamages), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic, for all his instrumental music from the start to the end, and for 'A year With Swollen Appendices' (in my opinion anyway)

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 03:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm curious: is there anyone reading this thread who's never listened to Eno? Anyone been inspired to after all the hosannas here?

Douglas (Douglas), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 04:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I really haven't heard enough !!

Sonny A. (Keiko), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 04:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I find "Put A Straw Under Baby" hilarious (as a fallen catholic). Taking Tiger Mountain is the only of his solo/pop records I like. for his ambient work - Music For Airports, Discreet Music, and the Fripp/Eno ones are great.

sherm, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:31 (sixteen years ago) link

i have two eno records.

music for airports = nice but forgettable, put aside after a couple of listens.

apollo = stunningly beautiful, one of my most played albums in recent times.

with this in mind, what next?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I had only heard some of his ambient stuff up until a few months ago! (not couting roxy music!)

artdamages (artdamages), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:47 (sixteen years ago) link


try no pussyfooting, with fripp.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I rate his first 4 rock LPs classic. "Tiger Mountain" contains some of the best words I know. "Before and After Science" is very strong, esp. the "rhythm" side. As for the later stuff, I like "Nerve Net" and his collab with Cale "One Way Up." Not such a big fan of a lot of his ambient music, fine as it is. I'd put "Green World" and his Jon Hassell collab from '80 at the top of the list myself. Reading his diary I do get the impression he's a pretentious little guy, but he's done a lot so I suppose he earned it.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic, for most of the reasons already stated. If you're interested, there is an excellent, but long, article by Lester Bangs on Eno. You can read it here:

erv (Abe Froman), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link


a musical genius, the godfather of Ambient, the mastermind of warm synthesis, although the cause of a lot of shit (ie damp snares in 80s music from Low) still one of the true heads!

A let me emphasize his Ambient series - i don't understand why anyone hasn't yet. On Land, man! and lets not mention the second side of Day of Radiance with Laraaji (the first side i admit being...well). Most of my feelings on Before and After Science, Another Green World have meen mentioned.

And on a last note, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is fucking ingenius record :)

Rob McD (Rob McD), Thursday, 22 July 2004 04:58 (sixteen years ago) link

1st three solo albums are indespencable, punch your mom in the throat and steal money from her purse to buy these records, you need them. solo album #4 before and after sicence was an over considered creative disaster and not worth your hard earned record money, this record was why he stopped making rock records. after this you need anything he did with Harold Budd, you need Low by David Bowie, Oh Jesus Christ do you need Low by David Bowie, rob a bank get Low by David Bowie, pilfer from the sunday collection plate, knock over an old lady, buy a copy of Low by David Bowie, assasinate George W for Al Queda bounty money, decapitate a government contractor... whatever you need to do, get a copy of Low by David Bowie, you need Ambient 4: On Land, and Apollo, AM2 Plateau of Mirrors. Buy copies of Brian Eno and the vertical color of sound by Eric Tamm, and A Year With Swollen Appendices by Brian Eno, as these books will make your life infinitely more mysterious and interesting and delicious. Do what you need to do, I cannot force your hand, but seriously get the books, you will thank me later.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 22 July 2004 08:24 (sixteen years ago) link

christ, I drink a bunch of alcohol and then a bunch of coffee, and all of a sudden I cannot spell.

seriously, listen to the title track from Taking Tiger Mountain or the first track on Warm Jets and get back to me, you will be a convert y0.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 22 July 2004 08:27 (sixteen years ago) link

You know what else I think? I think Kate Bush's The Dreaming bears a strange resemblance to Taking Tiger Mountain, thematically (all the secret agent drama, the Asian references). The lyrics aren't goofy the same way as Eno's, and the albums certainly don't sound the same, but the imaginary scenarios seem a bit similar (even if Eno's are more indeterminate).

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 22 July 2004 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I like The Dreaming again. I like almost everything at the moment. My brain may be overheated.

My neighbors must wonder what's up when they walk by my apartment door and hear me playing music with English lyrics.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 22 July 2004 20:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't understand how anyone could be so hostile toward before and after science. I don't much like the first couple songs but c'mon, the second side is beautiful. julie with? by this river? these are undeniable!

kyle (akmonday), Thursday, 22 July 2004 21:10 (sixteen years ago) link

absolutely, anthony. the second side of before + after science is the music i'd like to hear in my dreams.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Thursday, 22 July 2004 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

BTW, I know this has been posted, too, but if anyone missed it, here's footage of Eno at work in 1973:

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:13 (one year ago) link

Eno and Cale "One Word" -- this whole record is great, and "Spinning Away" is the Eno classic here, but this is probably the best fusion of the two's sensibilities -- they harmonize brilliantly together, the lyrics are great, the call and response chorus is killer and the "miles and miles away" climax

so otm

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:16 (one year ago) link

Remember this oil by Augustus John?
These are the ones I found in Rome
Very few things I keep for long
When does your plane leave for Cologne?

is one of my favourite lyrics by anyone ever

felt jute gyte delete later (wins), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:19 (one year ago) link

"Lilac" on High Life is another high point along the same lines

those Eno/Hyde records are interesting b/c Hyde has done very little as a solo artist. I don't hear any Underworld at all in those albums.

frogbs, Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:24 (one year ago) link

Eno is an underrated lyricist, possibly because so much of his stuff is surreal and/or seemingly random. But then you hit something like "Spider & I" and it's just so concise and evocative:

Spider and i sit watching the sky
On a world without sound
We knit a web to catch one tiny fly
For our world without sound
We sleep in the mornings
We dream of a ship that sails away
A thousand miles away.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:27 (one year ago) link

always loved this part of "Kings Lead Hat"

Splish splash I was raking in the cash
the biology of purpose keeps my nose above the surface BUHHHHHH

frogbs, Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:55 (one year ago) link

Agreed – his lyrics on Before and After Science are an esp. good juxtaposition of the surreal and evocative.

Reflection is amazing, one of my absolute favorites of his

I like it ... tho it hasn’t yet really locked in with me. I feel like it’s something I need to spend more time closely listening to.

Finding Shore is really good

Yes. It’s been a productive few years for Eno doing his treatment of pianist things again – this time manipulating MIDI instead of just audio recordings.

since 2000, my favorite things have been the Eno/Schwalm 2001 shows,

I just found one of these shows on Mixcloud:ãn-del-cuervo-lanzarote-festival-13-10-2001/

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:38 (one year ago) link

one of my favorite ever lyricists ~

but if you study the logistics and heuristics of the mystics
you will find that their minds rarely move in a line
so it's much more realistic to abandon such ballistics
and resign to be trapped on a leaf in the vine


reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:39 (one year ago) link

Even gibberish like "Miss Shapiro:"

All the peasants in the squares
At their tables and their chairs
Set to salvage certain numbers
From the wonder of the tundra
And the muses in the gloom
Counting needles in their rooms
On the carpet in the corner
In a kind of secret slumber
While the in formation rain
Slashed the dirty window pane to the square.

Smoky broads and smoky windows in the square
Come come charmer come on over for the day
Disappearing cocoa forests flash and die
Fortunes crumble all demolished in the bay.

Over forty pointed people
In the perfect pointed steeple
Looked to see the lucky number
Yes the wonder of the tundra
Had come up to fame and fortune
Singing his tune, my tune, your tune
Wooing daughters of the gifted
On the carpets of the courtrooms
While the tickets were expensive
The show was quite relentless in the square.

Smoky broads and smoky windows in the square
Come come charmer come on over for the day
Disappearing cocoa forests flash and die
Fortunes crumble all demolished in the bay

Dalai llama lama puss puss
Stella marls missa nobis
Miss a dinner Miss Shapiro
Shampoos pot-pot pinkies pampered
Movement hampered like at christmas
Ha-ha isn't life a circus
Round in circles like the archers
Always stiff or always starchy
Yes it's happening and it's fattening
And it's all that we can get into the show.

Smoky broads and smoky windows in the square
Come come charmer come on over for the day
Disappearing cocoa forests flash and die
Fortunes crumble all demolished in the bay

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:55 (one year ago) link

"Lilac" on High Life is another high point along the same lines

those Eno/Hyde records are interesting b/c Hyde has done very little as a solo artist. I don't hear any Underworld at all in those albums.

― frogbs, Thursday, March 26, 2020 bookmarkflaglink

"Lilac" in particular is the high point of both Eno/Hyde albums, in my opinion. That might be my favorite Eno thing of the last 20 years.

Trying to get into this new Eno/Eno album. Weirdly I like it on headphones at night, but when I listen to it during the day while working, it feels too retro, kinda hokey to me.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:20 (one year ago) link

I think I would not have liked it even ten years ago; Eno’s taste for midi glock, celeste & string synths can get treacly for me. Could not do that new Apollo album, and there are definitely a few tracks on this I left off the playlist, but it saves the best for the end

I’ve probably just made the decision to like it, but it has something to do with the fact that Eno’s midi tastes are now recognizably his as a person, that when he applies them to what are unmistakably his brother’s piano lines, which I find sentimental but not manipulative, then it becomes a record that only these two could have made. having Apollo / Voices / MFF3 in the bloodstream since they came out helps. Or maybe my nervous system is just shredded this week and music like this and Mozart are all I can take, even most Monteverdi is too aggressive for me right now

Milton Parker, Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:44 (one year ago) link

There's no question this record hits the spot right now (I would recommend you give the second disc of Apollo another shot however -- if you aren't comparing it to APOLLO, it's actually quite good on its own terms).

I think a big piece of why the new record works is that Brian's MIDI tastes have also gotten more processed and shaded as he's moved from hardware to softsynths. Thinking back to Nerve Net's "Pierre in Mist," where he dinks around on an M1 ROMpler sax sound ... or the entire sound palette on The Drop 5 years later ... those records sound like what they were: MIDI presets he treated with this Eventide H3000 signal processor. No matter how many swirling pitch-shifted reverb tails he would smother them in, it was still a MIDI conga, or tamborine or a piano.

The sounds he uses today are all generated from and processed in his computer -- and while that's not everyone's cup of tea, for Eno the result is far more integrated. A track like "Wintergreen" starts off sounding like an electric piano but then shades of an acoustic piano sound joins in a few minutes in and ... well, it sounds great. (I've never been convinced, FWIW, that he was the master of the DX-7 we're told he was ... most of his sound design for that is bell sounds which are by far the easiest sounds to create).

I would also agree that Roger's melodic sensibility (like Tom Rogerson's or Harold Budd's for that matter) really jibes nicely with these sounds. None of those records are mawkish.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:34 (one year ago) link

those are two good posts, i welcome more eno(s) process talk. i have nothing to contribute since i've been using the new record as attempted toddler-lulling music (without much success) in these trying times

adam, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:36 (one year ago) link

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:38 (one year ago) link

Haven't dug into the making of this one yet, but the Tom Rogerson album was pretty High Concept.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:41 (one year ago) link

(xp) I've got one of those albums, maybe I should listen to it myself.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:41 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Looks like A Year With Swollen Appendices is getting a 25th anniversary (gah) reissue:

Fun little essay in there about how things are different today.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 12 November 2020 12:43 (seven months ago) link

Gah indeed... Nice though, pre-ordered!

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 12 November 2020 13:09 (seven months ago) link

During a recent house move, I found two copies of this. One completely knackered and held together with tape, the other pretty beat up, the binding really wasn't very good. I re-read and enjoyed it and would like to read another one, although not 2020 preferably.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 12 November 2020 13:44 (seven months ago) link

I have my old copy, is there anything new here but the intro (that's reproduced in that GQ link)?

Anyway, this is a really pleasant revive because I was going to bump this about 12 hours ago. I was talking with one of my kids about something, and next thing I know I'm streaming "An Ending (Ascent)." Then I dig up a repost of that unofficial "extended" version, an hour long version of the track. But as I listened I skimmed over the (recent) comments in all their earnest, honest, ridiculous glory and almost immediately got a little weepy. It's amazing the power certain piece of music can have, and what they mean to people. Stuff like:

I wish this world was a better place. I live here in Colorado and everyone hates each other here. I never see anything good anymore. This song just reminds me everything is going to be ok

This hits differently at night under the stars😔 life seems to slow down and you sit there and think how life is taken for granted every day, I wish I could go back to my child hood 😔😔 and see all my friends and family

Predictably the reactions to the original and "original" extended versions posted are just as sad and profound and appreciative and ott. One comment is simply "I miss my mum."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 12 November 2020 14:06 (seven months ago) link

what happened to slocki's sad youtube thread?

thought this revive would be about the Film Music compilation set to be released.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 12 November 2020 16:32 (seven months ago) link

I have his PDFs somewhere compiling them.

dan selzer, Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:26 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Roger and Brian Eno Announce New Album Mixing Colours🕸

Missed this. Roger and Brian have their first joint album out on Deutsche Grammophon, March 20. First track is up:


This received a deluxe expanded reissue in July that I wasn’t aware of. It’s on Spotify – but since the tracks weren’t all jammed onto the end (a good thing since the closer is amazing) I haven’t quite been able to discern what the new stuff is.

Loved this record when it came out – it will probably always be the record that helped soothe my nerves through the first few weeks of quarantine. As the weather turns colder it seems a good time to revisit.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 6 December 2020 13:48 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Funny, I've been relistening to this album today and it's even lovelier and more mysterious than I recalled. Made me very proud when my daughter came downstairs, listen to a second of the music, then asked me if it was Brian Eno!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 21:58 (four months ago) link

Josh, by this evidence, you are a father who’s doing it right.

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:00 (four months ago) link

This is a few years ago, and yes I know I glued Eno's synth on the wrong way, don't know how I made that mistake.

Opal is almost 4 now and more inclined to listen to the Frozen soundtrack, but this was a proud parenting moment for me.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 06:10 (four months ago) link

Opal? Is her middle name Editions EG?

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:49 (four months ago) link

It’s Judith. The Opal is actually a Syd Barrett reference despite the different spelling.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 12:57 (four months ago) link

Dan, I was thinking of your post as soon as Josh posted his. I must be doing something wrong with my girls because they mostly think I’m a dork for playing this stuff.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 13:24 (four months ago) link

NTI, you are also a father who’s doing it right. Keep the faith.

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 13:40 (four months ago) link

Lol, to be fair, my older daughter is 16! She's learned that Eno can be good for studying.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 14:10 (four months ago) link

I did not come here for “my daughter” content :-/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 23:54 (four months ago) link

Just be glad Eno's not dead!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 January 2021 01:09 (four months ago) link

Fit as a fiddle that guy.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 January 2021 01:14 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

minute 13:22 of the Unforgettable Fire documentary, during the recording of Pride

edge: i didn't feel like we peaked, necessarily.

eno: you want to go out there and peak, then?


Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 26 February 2021 00:35 (three months ago) link

Heard someone suggest that True Thrush by Dan Deacon was a tribute to Eno’s vocal albums and now I can’t stop hearing it

frogbs, Friday, 26 February 2021 01:36 (three months ago) link

XP - Eno is gold all the way through that documentary, telling the little girl outside during the eclipse that his name is Quincy Jones.

a mix between Daft Punk and Daft Punk with the swagger of Daft Punk (Maresn3st), Friday, 26 February 2021 09:42 (three months ago) link

Anyone read his new book? It's in my Amazon cart but I've yet to pull the trigger

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 26 February 2021 12:54 (three months ago) link

I read it back when it first came out. Well worth your time, if only for his weird digressions (like, iirc, tasting his own urine out of curiosity, or, not unrelated, supposedly sneaking a vial of his urine to a Ducahmp exhibit to spray on his "Fountain," reasoning that Duchamp would have wanted that).

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 26 February 2021 13:56 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Brian Eno said WHAT?!?

— ClickHole (@ClickHole) March 12, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 13 March 2021 15:24 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

lol, I've been listening to the expanded reissue of Mixing Colours for a month or so now, and all this time I've been assuming it was initially recorded like 30 years ago... imagine my surprise when I looked at the liner notes and saw it's originally from 2020!

This is one of the finest examples of an ambient recording that can phase shift between inconsequential and arresting... like an optical illusion, sometimes you can compel this to happen with mysterious concentration, other times it seems beyond your grasp. I love it!

so tonight that I might ramona quimby (f. hazel), Monday, 29 March 2021 15:07 (two months ago) link

two months pass...


Brian Eno is pleased to share with you the launch of his new station, The Lighthouse, out now on Sonos Radio HD, which features decades of unreleased music from his extensive archive. ⁠⁠
The Lighthouse will serve as a living collection where Eno will premiere both past and new musical projects directly to fans across the world, giving listeners rare insight into an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years of creating, producing and redefining music.

The renowned musician will premiere 300 tracks on the new station, including unreleased, old and new work

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

Would prefer this as a gigantic SoundCloud dump tbh, but intriguing!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

I think he said that right now the earliest track is from 1990, which is slightly less interesting, because it probably just means tons of generative stuff, but who knows.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

his generative music is good

eisimpleir (crüt), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

I agree, but it's generative, so he could have his own station playing a song that is constantly changing forever if he wanted to.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 17:18 (two weeks ago) link

Brian Eno from the lighthouse
Brian Eno from the lighthouse
From the lighthouse
With Brian Eno
From the lighthouse
With Brian Arno

The 💨 that shook the barlow (wins), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

Yes, Arno, that is what I meant to type thx phone

The 💨 that shook the barlow (wins), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 17:35 (two weeks ago) link

I thought this revive was for the great new Eno interview on Rick Rubin's podcast.

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

Wow, that exists? Cool.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

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