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Really? How the fuck don't you have Hunky Dory? Oh yeah, I forgot, I also listened to HUnky Dory today.

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My list is shorter only because I'm moving offices and didn't really get a chance to sit and listen yesterday.

1/11/16

Blackstar
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Heroes
Scary Monsters
Let's Dance
Hunky Dory
Tin Machine

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The Cure - Disintegration

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Steve Lubin - Beethoven Piano Sonatas
George Harrison - Let It Roll
Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
Chris Tomlin - Love Ran Red
Newsboys - Go
Zac Brown Band - The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1

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Still on a Bowie kick:

Lodger
David Bowie
Alladin Sane
Heathens
Reality
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Miles Davis - Quiet Nights
Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven
Miles Davis - E.S.P.
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
David Bowie - Earthling
Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

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Bowie goes through a few lousy periods in his career -- Young Americans is especially awful, for instance, and I think much of his '80s work was less than good -- but he always comes back strong. The Berlin trilogy is a personal favorite span, and Outside and Earthling, the two electronic records he made in the mid '90s, are fucking brilliant.

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MOST of his 80's work was less than good, but Scary Monsters (1980) ranks in my top five. As electronic music is one of my least favorite types of music, I can't agree on Outside or Earthling, though they are better than the late 80's output.

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I would agree with you two on most of his 80's output, however I was pleasantly surprised at how strong of a pop album Let's Dance is. I remembered most of the hits obviously, but forgot how great a pop song "Modern Love" is. That song gets stuck in my head instantly.

However, he goes from Let's Dance to Tonight which is pretty awful except for the single "Blue Jean". That song is by no means great but it's better than everything else on the album.

I have to say though, I'm really enjoying both Blackstar and The Next Day (which I didn't pick up until Monday on a friend's recommendation).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:26 am 
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Kimfair wrote:
MOST of his 80's work was less than good, but Scary Monsters (1980) ranks in my top five. As electronic music is one of my least favorite types of music, I can't agree on Outside or Earthling, though they are better than the late 80's output.

I count Scary Monsters as the capper to his '70s work, so for me I think of it in those terms.

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Public Image Ltd. - Greatest Hits So Far
Run DMC - Tougher Than Leather
David Bowie - Earthling

1/15/16

Miles Davis - Sorcerer
Miles Davis - Miles in the Sky
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Icicle - Under the Ice
Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

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Casting Crowns - Hymns
Adele - 25
Crowder - Neon Porch Extravaganza (Live) EP
Celtic Woman - Destiny
Johnny Cash - American V
MercyMe - All That Is Within Me

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Kari Jobe - Majestic
Yo-Yo Ma - Vivaldi's Cello
Casting Crowns - Glorious Day: Hymns Of Faith
Newsboys - God's Not Dead
Big Daddy Weave - Love Come To Life
Big Daddy Weave - Beautiful Offerings

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Big Daddy Weave - What Life Would Be Like
Big Daddy Weave - Every Time I Breathe
Taylor Swift - 1989
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Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
Calexico - Convict Pool (EP)
Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
The Who - Face Dances
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Wild Flag - Wild Flag

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David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
Faces - A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
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Miles Davis - Filles De Kilimanjaro
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Queen - A Night at the Opera

And so my Miles Davis marathon finally enters the fusion stage. I've generally been a lukewarm fan of his 1970s work at best, and outright disliked a lot of it, so much so that I haven't listened to any of it in many years. I adore the three records above, but the stuff that comes after was too hard, freeform funk for me.

Going to give it another whirl, though. It's been a lot of time, tastes changed, and I've learned a lot in the intervening years.

Need to get my Sonic Youth marathon started again soon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:21 am 
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Shoe wrote:

And so my Miles Davis marathon finally enters the fusion stage. I've generally been a lukewarm fan of his 1970s work at best, and outright disliked a lot of it, so much so that I haven't listened to any of it in many years. I adore the three records above, but the stuff that comes after was too hard, freeform funk for me.

Going to give it another whirl, though. It's been a lot of time, tastes changed, and I've learned a lot in the intervening years.

Need to get my Sonic Youth marathon started again soon.


You know, Miles Davis is one of those artists who I have five albums that I listen to and enjoy but have never explored his entire catalog. Aside from Bitches Brew, Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Someday My Prince Will Come and Birth of the Cool, I know nothing. Part of it is just that the catalog is a little daunting but maybe this year that's what I'll dig into. I usually pick one thing each year that I've never really explored and jump down that rabbit hole.

When you decide to do your Sonic Youth marathon let me know what albums you'll be listening to and maybe I'll try to follow the same order and we can compare notes. That's a band that I have almost everything they've done. I used to LOVE it all but I don't find myself going back to the well over and over anymore. I need to rectify that.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:40 pm 
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I'm already well into my Sonic Youth marathon. :)

I've been doing it since December. Going chronological, and am just about to do SYR4 Goodbye 20th Century and NYC Ghosts and Flowers.

Good headphones listens, too, while out taking a walk, so I'm listening closer than usual.

I'm including all albums and EPs, including the independently released stuff, but I think I'm excluding the B-sides collections and their self-released mixtapes.

With Miles Davis, yeah, the catalog is daunting. That's especially true because he changed so often. There are very distinct eras, and depending on what you like it could mean avoiding entire lengthy periods of work (like the rock and funk focused stuff he did from 1970-1975). There is a lot to get from each era, and each era can lead you to TONS of work by other artists, so yeah ...

It's jumping down a well.

For what it's worth, you have most of the essentials. I'd for SURE say you need In A Silent Way, and I'd recommend Filles De Kilimanjaro as a good transitional album between his work with Coltrane (like Kind of Blue) and the Bitches Brew stuff.

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My favorite period for Sonic Youth is actually not the classic era from Daydream Nation to (I argue) Washing Machine, it's the era that immediately followed, the highly fertile period roughly from just before A Thousand Leaves to Murray Street.

It looks like period that spans only three records -- NYC Ghosts and Flowers is the misunderstood 'tweener -- but in reality they did a TON of stuff during that period, most of it self-released on their SYR series.

This is their most experimental stuff by far, making their first few records look tame by comparison. They released something like 8 albums and EPs surrounding those three main records, and while the stuff can be all over the map, when it's good it's REALLY good.

The first three SYR released are epic freeform experiments. They demand that you dig in, but what is there is gold.

And A Thousand Leaves might be my favorite Sonic Youth record. If it's not, it's in a three-way tie with Daydream Nation and Goo. And Murray Street then pulls a solid second. Also love that one.

I see four Sonic Youth eras:

Early period: all the early stuff through Sister
Classic period: Daydream Nation through Washing Machine, with the song "The Diamond Sea" heralding the dawn of the new era
Experimental era: roughly 1997 to 2002
Late era: Sonic Nurse tobreakup.

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Wow. You're the only other person I've ever met who agrees with me about A Thousand Leaves to Murray Street being the best era for Sonic Youth AND I 100% agree with your assessment of "The Diamond Sea" being the transitional song.

The thing that I love most about that era is you have the really dense, experimental stuff that unfolds over and over the more you listen to it and at the same time (often on the same record) you'll have a perfectly written rock song with a catchy melody and chorus that embeds itself in your brain ("The Empty Page" is a great example).

While some of my favorite Sonic Youth songs come from the Goo - Washing Machine era (my all-time favorite SY song being "Teresa's Sound World" off Dirty), the albums I tend to revisit are the ones from that later era, including SYR3.

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The thing that I love most about that era is you have the really dense, experimental stuff that unfolds over and over the more you listen to it and at the same time (often on the same record) you'll have a perfectly written rock song with a catchy melody and chorus that embeds itself in your brain ("The Empty Page" is a great example).

I agree completely, and The Empty Page is a perfect example of that. They had really matured as songwriters by this point, but paradoxically had also expanded their experimental repertoire and gotten REALLY bold and wide-ranging in what they were willing to try.

I tend to look at SYR 1 + 2 combined as a "forgotten" album. Saw them perform that material in NYC prior to A Thousand Leaves being released. It was a purely instrumental set, all the songs were 10- to 15-minute jams. Great show.

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Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
Miles Davis - Live-Evil
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Hammock - Raising Your Voice... Trying To Stop An Echo
Nine Black Alps - EP

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First I finished up my Donnas run that I started on Friday:

The Donnas – Skintight
The Donnas – Turn 21
The Donnas – Spend the Night

Then I started the Sonic Youth mini-marathon. I’m going to take mine in a slightly different order than Shoe did. First, I don’t have everything but I do have all the albums, all the SYR stuff and some of the Eps. Second, I’m not sure about the chronological order of some stuff, so I’m totally guessing in places outside the main releases. Ratings are out of a total of five stars and only represent my love of the album, meaning I may still love it in the context I first heard it but you may hate it.
Today:

Sonic Youth – Sonic Youth (***)
Sonic Youth – Confusion is Sex (***)
Bad Moon Rising - (****) - this is the reissue that includes the Flower EP.

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Miles Davis - On The Corner
Miles Davis - Big Fun (disc 1)
Miles Davis - Big Fun (disc 2)*

*yeah, when each disc is over an hour long, I count them separately. Sue me.

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Shoe inspired me. I’m taking on both Sonic Youth and Miles Davis despite his warnings about the latter being tough because of all the stylistic changes.

Today in Sonic Youth:
EVOL - ****
Sister - ***
Daydream Nation – *****
The Whitey Album - ** ½
Goo - *****

Today in Miles Davis:
1951 - Dig - ****
1951 - Conception - ****
1954 – 1956 - Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants - *****

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Miles Davis despite his warnings about the latter being tough because of all the stylistic changes.

I think if you work chronologically, it all makes sense and the evolution of his work will be clear. If you jump around, that's when you can be hit with some WTF moments.

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1/26/16

Labradford - Labradford
Life Without Buildings - Any Other Cities
Miles Davis - Get Up With It (disc 1)
Miles Davis - Get Up With It (disc 2)
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie - Hunky Dorey
Leftover Salmon - The Nashville Sessions
Leningrad - Ryba
Video game Soundtracks - Medal of Honor Allied Assault
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I worked in two more Miles Davis albums while on a last minute project.

Blue Haze - ****
The Musings of Miles Davis - ***

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Sonic Youth EP’s
Death Valley 69 - **
4 Tunna Brix - ***
In The Fishtank 9 - ***
Sensational Fix - **

Sonic Youth Albums
Dirty - *****
Experimental, Jet Set, Trash & No Star - ****

I will likely go back through the Miles Davis stuff once I finish reading the biography, but the ratings below are just based on first listen enjoyment. Also, I've had to work while listening to almost all of these so I'm not getting a headphone experience. Still, these two albums today were absolutely stellar.

Miles Davis Albums
Walkin’ - *****
Cookin’ - *****

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Miles Davis - Pangea
Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
David Bowie - Blackstar
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Tom Petty - Greatest Hits
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia EP
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

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Sonic Youth Albums

Made in USA - ***
Washing Machine - ****
A Thousand Leaves - *****
NYC Ghosts and Flowers - ***1/2

Miles Davis

Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet - *****

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Miles Davis - Agharta (Disc 1)
Miles Davis - Agharta (Disc 2)
Miles Davis - Water Babies*
The Huntingtons - High School Rock
Hum - You'd Prefer An Astronaut
Live - Throwing Copper
Lotion - Nobody's Cool
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless**
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Miles Davis - Dark Magus (disc 1)



*Weird listening to Water Babies in this spot. I may have to move it in my library. It was released in 1976, but it was recorded

in 1967. Needless to say, it sounds WAY out of place here.

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David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie - Earthling
Box Car Racer - Box Car Racer
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
Eric's Trip - Peter EP
Eric's Trip - Songs About Chris EP

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Miles Davis - Dark Magus
Sonic Youth - SYR 4 Goodbye 20th Century disc 1
Sonic Youth - SYR 4 Goodbye 20th Century disc 2
Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Sonic Youth - In The Fishtank

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Miles Davis - Circle in the Round disc 1
Miles Davis - Circle in the Round disc 2
Miles Davis - Directions disc 1
Miles Davis - Directions disc 2
The Dead C - Secret Earth
Huskey Du - Candy Apple Grey
Lenola - Treat Me To Some Life
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports

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