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#191 | Posted: 01/08/2019 23:16 | Post subject: Reply with quote
i have 424 albums marked "listened" from 2014, my personal record. i'm hoping to shatter that in 2019. so far, i'm at 11 (admittedly, i've only added a few of those to the database) ... so it's looking doable. i wonder how much those numbers are skewed by how much databasing i did that year..... i know lately i am less inclined to add stuff because of all the moderation involved.
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#192 | Posted: 01/12/2019 05:43 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Dear Diary (re: Uyulala / the Floundering / et al.),

A couple years ago, I released Wither w/o Her, an album I put so much into, but one I ultimately gave up on prior to release (see: Withheld w/o Her). My friend Zeke, who plays drums on Clothesure and Angel (at Dawn), has rightly pointed out to me time and time again that you need to let other people in to help with quality control. In the end, I didn't take his advice, and I probably missed a couple opportunities to make Wither w/o Her something ... better.

After I gave up on recording that album, I started a band with Zeke, Chewbacca and a rotation of other musicians. We were working on an alternative rock album that we were all very excited about. Over time, after practicing hours on end, weeks on end, months on end and gigging at dive bars to no one in particular, I found myself totally worn down on guitar, and it got to be very difficult to play anything, let alone write anything worthwhile. During that time, I realized Wither w/o Her was probably never going to get revisited, so I released it with little press or adulation from me. Consequently, it got little fanfare. I didn't tour the album. It dropped off the face of the earth. My fault, but the album didn't get the anything I was hoping it would, and I got more down on the whole process.

That led me down the train tracks to Uyulala, an ambient-inspired album involving more time on a computer than on a guitar. I brought fiddles and samples into the mixes. The majority of the guitars that got cut for the record were reverb'd out, pitch-shifted, re-sampled and mostly unrecognizable. There was also some acoustic guitar. The record was helpful for me to make though, and while I recognize it's much less accessible than Wither w/o Her was, it was a step forward for me. It challenged me to think outside the boxes I was so fond of, and I got to create something that surprised me.

But I was still in a rut, guitarically speaking, and I found myself struggling to sing anymore, so I went further into my weird places, and I created The Floundering, an instrumental album that I finished recording in December 2017, sending the tracks I had to Sasha for vocals. And then I took most of last year off, releasing some stuff along the way but engaging very little with the songwriting and recording processes. And that distance has been great. My attitude and general outlook are so much better now.

Most people who've listened to Wither w/o Her have liked it, loved it or at least tolerated it. Uyulala has been quite more polarizing. And although a number of people have liked it quite a bit, the general consensus among everyone is that they miss Wither w/o Her. Last week, I published the b-sides to the album, myself listening to them for the first time in years, and I've come to realize that I miss it too. So tonight, I sat down in my closet with my digital four-track, the one I used for all of Wither w/o Her, I went at it for two hours, and it was incredible. This was - without question - the most fun I've had recording something in years.

To all of you who have encouraged me or shown support in some way, thank you. And for those of you waiting for a proper follow-up to Wither, I think you'll get what you want before the year is out... I think. That's the goal anyway.

Chuffed to have you here. Cheers!

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#193 | Posted: 01/17/2019 23:37 | Post subject: Studying Studiously to Study. Reply with quote
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one year, twenty years, forty years, fifty years down the road in your life, you'll look in the mirror and say, "my parents are still alive."

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my thoughts were so loud i couldn't hear my mouth

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all the mosquitoes know i love you

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through all the stubborn beauty, i start at the dawn until the sun had fully stopped never walking away from...

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i've changed my mind so much i can't even trust it. my mind changed me so much i can't even trust myself.

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someday you will die somehow and something's gonna steal your carbon.

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i built your cupboards out of my bones, shoveled your snow with an ice-cream cone... i asked if you would be my own. you said "leave me alone."

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love scares me like chandeliers: pretty shards of glass tickling my ears, hanging from a single wire, waiting plaster to crack.

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boys in first class don't know they're born little

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you wasted life. why wouldn't you waste death?

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i'm always dumbin' up the smart things and smartin' up the dumb things and knottin' up my shoe strings and messing up the good things.

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what did you do those three days you were dead? 'cause this problem's gonna last more than the weekend.

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well, i'll go to college, and i'll learn some big words, and i'll talk real loud. goddamn right, i'll be heard. you'll remember the guy that said all those big words he must've learned in college... and it took a long time til i came clean with myself. i come clean out of love with my lover. i still love her. i loved her more when she used to be sober, and i was kinder

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in the center stands Ego- looking for attention, and over there's Self Pity, always crying, "poor, poor me!"
lock up the liquor, or they're gonna get juiced. i've got each of these in me... part of me is the Hang Man, looking for a scape-goat, and part of me is the victim, always crying, "why you pickin' on me?" lock up the gun cabinet, or it's gonna get messy. i've got each of these in me... there's Mr. Self Conscious, carrying too much baggage, and over there's the Chameleon, always crying, "who you want me to be?" let's end the charade. this game is over. i've got each of these in me.

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did i see tenderness where you saw hell?

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we made ourselves a pillow. we just used it as a crutch.

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my thoughts were so loud, i couldn't hear my mouth

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i am drearily bloodletting this bedwetting cosmonaut

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if i wanted to die before i got old i should've started some years ago digging that hole

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a heart that beats is both siphon and reservoir

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there's always a siren singing you to shipwreck

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well, we didn't need the water, but we just built that good-god dam

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everybody knows that you love me baby. everybody knows that you really do. everybody knows that you've been faithful, give or take a night or two. everybody knows you've been discreet, but there were so many people you just had to meet without your clothes, and everybody knows.

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try to teach my children to recognize excuse before it acts

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the roof is pulling off by its fingernails

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once a man, and like the sea i raged. once a woman, like the earth i gave. but there is in fact more earth than sea.

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#194 | Posted: 01/18/2019 13:03 | Post subject: Reply with quote
craola wrote:
So tonight, I sat down in my closet with my digital four-track, the one I used for all of Wither w/o Her, I went at it for two hours, and it was incredible. This was - without question - the most fun I've had recording something in years.

To all of you who have encouraged me or shown support in some way, thank you. And for those of you waiting for a proper follow-up to Wither, I think you'll get what you want before the year is out... I think. That's the goal anyway.


Can't wait. Happy you've re-discovered your muse.
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#195 | Posted: 01/19/2019 03:24 | Post subject: Reply with quote
carpents wrote:
craola wrote:
So tonight, I sat down in my closet with my digital four-track, the one I used for all of Wither w/o Her, I went at it for two hours, and it was incredible. This was - without question - the most fun I've had recording something in years.

To all of you who have encouraged me or shown support in some way, thank you. And for those of you waiting for a proper follow-up to Wither, I think you'll get what you want before the year is out... I think. That's the goal anyway.


Can't wait. Happy you've re-discovered your muse.

thank you, man.
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#196 | Posted: 03/07/2019 20:57 | Post subject: Reply with quote
[mafia hacked this comment to shreds]
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#197 | Posted: 03/19/2019 21:32 | Post subject: Reply with quote
life in the long-play:

i'm finally getting around to listening to the long as a cup[board] release, elseq 1-5. not sure why i put it off so long. but my, my, my so far so grand. a nice change of pace for an outfit that looked to have backed itself into a corner, abstract as it was.

this'll be one of the longer releases i've listened to. william basinski's disintegration loops come to mind as another. and of course there's the dementia album that i will be listening to hopefully this week. so i'm reconsidering this run of long-longs.

how do they stack up against each other? what are the other essential [you're going to need to take the day off for that one]s are there? i'm sure there are more .. possibly one or two i've listened to and henceforth forgotten. hard to keep someone's attention for hours on end. but this autechre release .. i think it'll. the length on this and basinski .. both a strength and a weakness. a marvel. but a tad indulgent. excessive. prog-rocky, perhaps. and so .. panabrite is doing a series, isn't he? does his count. i should ask him.

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speaking of long-plays - radiohead - holy *****************. i didn't know what to expect from this 18ish hours of material, but i guess i expected underwhelming takes of no surprises ad nauseum. granted, the eight billion no surprises takes are there, but there's so much more than that, and it's actually incredible. even as a huge radiohead fan, i was not expecting to enjoy this as much as i have.
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#198 | Posted: 5 days ago | Post subject: Reply with quote
i try really hard not to add jazz to my year charts. a couple reasons:

a: any time i add a jazz album, it's 90% likely i have to do all the modding, and i'm lazy.

b: as soon as that jazz record shows up on my chart, i get super confused about how it stacks up against the other albums on the chart. a good pop record might get a 90 from me but be waaay less sophisticated, athletic, counter-intuitive, creative, or nuanced than a jazz record i gave a 60. immediately thereafter, all my jazz records ascend to the top of the list and destroy what was shaping up to be an interesting, albeit flawed, year chart. so i take the jazz out... unless i find myself listening to it pretty non-stop, which is admittedly less common for a jazz record than a good post-punk record. or even something in that adult contemporary / singer songwriter field.

these things don't matter. not to you. not to anybody else. but to me, they do.

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all of that is to say that i've decided to give the jazz-fused chart another go. 2019, here we go. i added a couple dozen jazz records i've listened to this year, and i left a lot of them in my year chart while i sauce out where everything pans out. no... bad pun. it comes down to the fact that there really has been some great jazz this year (last few years have been pretty rockin, if i'm honest), and i hate that people get stuck on davis-era when there's still incredible, creative work being released every week.

currently listening to ruby rushton, and this is a phenomenal example. if this was released forty years ago, it'd be so far ahead of its time that it'd supplant a lot of those bloody classics. love those classics.... but come on. that piss is so old.
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#199 | Posted: 5 days ago | Post subject: Reply with quote
and on that note, i think this is going to overtake holly herndon for album of the year, which i didn't expect anyone to do:


Adventurine by Linda May Han Oh

mind-guzzling in every way. buzzing to the brim with creativity. captivating compositions. wide variety of sounds. from smokey-lounges to summer-city-walks. from old-television-nostalgia to edge-of-your-seat-concert-halling. this record has everything.
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