Listen to new music, show off your library, whine about your backlog, tell us what you have been listening to today and what you will listen to in the following year, just let the memes in.
>chart your listening quota
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>Site with templates, OP covers, archive, & random shit
Most importantly: get taste u fkin nerds
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Hunting after Sn, Jimbon and Terminus for Tourney recs
make it postmodern my guys
Listening to the Music for the Quiet Hour disc rn; probably not hearing both in one sitting. Maybe I'll listen to it on the train tonight.
I seem to have listened to the wrong record today
>Sparks - Kimono My House
the perfect 6/10 record, so perfect that I should name my 6/10 scores Kimono My House instead
Enjoyable record that I can see myself revisiting a couple of tracks from. It does it's own thing and it does it well and it could be highly enjoyable if I was in the mood for some alt glam rock but not much more than that
>tfw been working in a warehouse over christmas getting crazy money and now I feel like Viper in this song
Peter Christopherson - Time Machines II
I suppose it sold better than it would have if it was marketed as New Age Synth Wankery.
Casey Kasem says: ... who gives a shit...
Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra - ONJO
Casey Kasem says: ... this is American Top 40...
I didn't like any of Yank Crime. It just sounded like hardcore punk with a little math.
Nomeansno's "Wrong" is next. After that maybe some more Don Caballero. It's gonna be another mathrock day!
The Sperm - 3rd Erection
Tape hiss and feedback never sounded so psychedelic.
Casey Kasem says: ... who gives a shit...
could whoever is in charge of handling the OP pics on the weebly, could you add my SUNRISE pic?
If you do it with the same standards you did the rest of the pic with you could pick pretty much anyone.
>that off colour "d"
>that spacing on "/daily/"
Would not bang tbqh.
Relgob I need your rec :)
I wanna finish this tourney already desu
>I didn't like any of Yank Crime
seem like you're not looking for the post hardcore kind of math, you'll probably be better off listening to This Town Needs Guns
>a little math
>a little math
I think discogs warped your idea of what is math rock. By the by, I have to mention how math rock isn't a genre you should actively be mining, since math rock describes a way of playing rather than a fixed sound, so there's little chance you will find albums similar to your favourite math rock albums by looking for more math rock records.
Also, Wrong isn't math but it's NoMeansNo's best, if the lack of math bothers you then you're listening to it incorrectly.
Anyway, since you seem to dislike all good "math rock", maybe you should try the things I don't care for. These bands include BATS, Hella, Battles, and U.S. Maple (kinda similar to Oxbow except I don't like U.S. Maple too much but maybe you will). Also, listen to Rodan if you're looking for Spiderland but not nearly as good.
Gimme a bit to think of a good listenalong candidate.
Melt Banana - Charlie
Don Caballero - What Burns Never Returns
Hella - Hold Your Horse Is / Tripper
Fugazi - The Argument
It's Fugazi man, one of if not the most consistent bands to ever produce music... This album is no exception to this consistancy..
Some of the songs dragged out a bit
still need the recs from Terminus, Jimbon and Transcendental Black God
I've realized that discogs has sometimes been dead wrong with categorizing something, so when I post something to listen to, it's not that I believe it belongs in that genre/subgenre. I also understand that mathrock is kind of a sloppy term like EDM, but it's what's helped me to find things that DO sound different than what I've heard before, so I'm only going off what helps.
I didn't mean to send the impression that I was dismissing an album because it wasn't what I was expecting. Yank Crime is a decent album, there's nothing really "wrong" with it, I want to stress that.
alrighty, I have tomorrow to get these recs, otherwise I can't get them for the next 2 weeks
Iz dank, but I haven't had the time to give a full relisten
did you mean me, because of the super vague Fugazi review?
I listened to it, overall I would say that it's not their weakest effort I've heard; I'd place it somewhere 3rd or 4th
going to bali, not going to download there, got a chart though
good work with the chart
I'm sure these ratings will change once I got some more knowledge about the genre and know what to focus on etc.
I can't even put in words what I liked and disliked
ratings out of 10; no edgy postive scale; 5 = 'average' enjoyment
Incredibly Stupid Tourney needs recs
1. Singles only
2. Music can only be from US (a non American artist who recorded the single in the U.S. Is accepted)
Also is the tourney template on the website? If not can someone post it?
Yeah I was gonna update that soon. I have a folder on my desktop where I put the most recent ones that people make/post and that was in it. Also you did a good job Bear! Ignore the memers.
Actually it was already on the weebly. You have to click on the Machine Gun cover image for this mega to open, sorry if that's not clear.
Choking Victim - No Gods / No Managers / No Discernible Talent
Casey Kasem says: ... this is bullshit...
let's update this shall we?
>Michael Gira - The Milk of M Gira
How Much Gira is too much Gira?
I think that Gira needs a band with him, or at least someone with whom he can bounce Ideas off, preferably with access to more than a guitar and a kick-drum.
It's jarring, I'm used to hearing Gira sing against maximalist soundscapes, not just a guitar; there's no reprieve from his intensity, which I learnt through listening to this becomes stale after 5 tracks or so. It is very interesting seeing the threads of songs that he reassembled into later Swans recordings though.
>Panopticon - Roads to the North
This was pretty bad, the bluegrass/trad folk feels really shoehorned in there, like they went to the markets and picked up panpipes or some shit and brought it into the studio to mess around with, and one dude in the band thought it was a good idea so the rest just went along with it...
On top of that, the Black meal isn't really that great either, it's confused, trying to be super furious guise but also atmoshit, nothing is new here, everything feels either dated or out of place
This Album is trying to land a headshot from a kilometer with a shotgun, too much is here, it's overproduced and too dense
>never trust Fantano for genre fusion albums
here's my rec
>After Dinner - Souvenir Cassette
>rec'd by Transcendental Black God of /mu/
it was nice to say the least, fun at parts but just not very interesting.
>Watkin Tudor Jones - Memoirs of a Clone
>recc by Nyarlathotep
south african hip hop turned out to be pretty neat. the first two thirds of the album were pretty mediocre, but when the title track kicks in, shit starts getting pretty good. that 4 song streak from Memoirs of a Clone to It's All Over was really fun, but he kinda ruins it with the last song. there were some short skits between a few of the songs,
which at first were kind of annoying but towards the end i found them to be a little charming.
gg nyarlathotep, you win. make sure to read the restrictions before you recc your next album
i dont get it either, but ratings are a meme anyway so who cares
It's just a three point scale, "American Top 40" is good, "who gives a shit" is meh, "bullshit" is bad. Fairly straightforward. If you're curious about how that translates to my usual rating system take a look at my recent ratings on rym.
Almost halfway through, this is their best album yet.
Anyone have this? Didn't find shit on slsk
Also here are the current ratings, I think we should stick to the places our avatars have in the central pic meaning I'm center top, Kanzler is bottom right and Ice Wizard is bottom left
>there were some short skits between a few of the songs,
>which at first were kind of annoying but towards the end i found them to be a little charming.
i'm glad you came to like the skits. the Ziggurat, which I am woefully up against this round, is a sci-fi concept album with a lot of story and skits, and he does different voices like on memoirs- it's a little like being read a book as a child.
ok, which sounds better to you:
brazilian pop music
cuban jazz improvised jam sessions
pls gibe those last two, they sound like good holiday music
this album plays between huge instrumentation and very atmospheric lulls
it's a freeform chart, although I have a finite amount of time and space on my various devices with which to bring tomorrow, so at this stage albums under an hour and a half would be great
esdichee i need to ask you about The Scalp Lock Singers - The Canadian Blackfoot Indians.
I've found this download on a blogspot but it says it has surface noise and clicks. Let me know if there is a better version of it, and if there is, if you could up it :3
blogspot's name's "a hell on earth"
I actually really enjoyed this, despite the negative RYM rating. Maybe it's really average? Idk I enjoyed the first track the most, they all seem to follow the same structure but were all satisfying
Alright! Every track on Don Caballero's third album was pretty good, but "Delivering The Groceries at 138 Beats per Minute" and "Room Temperature Suite" were my favorites.
Listening to this now. This first track is kind of neat with the pseudo hip-hop and hardcore punk mixed with that bass.
first track was the best, I agree
it had some nice ideas, and the structure was well done, seemed average to me as well
Somebody in this thread knows me well, because I liked SIX of the fourteen tracks on that Melt-Banana album, favorite being "Chipped Zoo On The Wall, Wastes In The Sky...".
Now, discogs *claims* this one to be mathrock, lounge (!), funk metal, AND avante-garde jazz. If that's true, I have a feeling this is going to be really fuckin cool. Whoever categorized this better have been right this time, because my hopes are up.
Did you think I made a blog, uploaded Musical Abortions as that album, somehow edited the metadata so it shows that I did all that back in 2012, then recommended it knowing that that's the only valid search result that's going to pop up so you'll listen to Dead thinking it's dank trad? Because that's something I'd totally do if I had the time and the knowhow.
well after the Sue track Blackstar was a pretty big disappointment. I only really liked 3 tracks, but I like Blackstar and Lazarus too much to score this album low.
dont know what I should rate it desu
Paula Temple - Colonized
definitely Techno, not my thing
at least at home while sitting in front of my PC
and I guess it doesn't make too much sense rating it based on that, but I'll do it anyway
Okay I actually took a break then started listening to this Eskimo album.
Still waiting for the funk metal to kick in, if anywhere, but it's fun so far! The important thing is that it doesn't sound like shitty ska or, god forbid, the swing revival. The lounge and avant-garde is definitely front and center.
>They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
Wew lads this is aboslutely most heinous. This album sounds like it was entirely recorded and mixed on a Speak & Spell. Seriously, the instrument tones here made me want to gouge my ear drums and the entirety of my auditory cortecis out.
Albums very rarely make me physically wretch from musical decisions made therein, but I was practically dry heaving from wall to wall of this shit. The music constantly breaks into completely incomprehensible randomness, with absolutely no care taken to build any semblance of musical sense. Shit just happens. This is the least musical album I have ever heard. There is no development, no care taken to build interesting structures, even the hooks feel at best like being repeatedly bludgeoned in the back of the head with a wiffle bat.
This album nearly drove me to misanthropy.
Weird Al Yankovic except without the wit.
Violent Femmes except without the charm or talent.
Good music except without the good.
Bad music except without the music.
fugg, noticed I ignored the US rule, harder than it seems
use this instead
hey doggy you liked long compilations right?
listen to this
you definitely should
Helter Stupid is probably my favorite by them, mostly because of it's neat concept, their s/t is decent as well, especially if you like NWW
they're not, most people seem to be oblivious to the fact that dance music is supposed to be repetitive and simplistic
>industrial banger central
at least it's not a rating between 4 and 6
slept on the streets last night...
music for this feel?
also i'm working on rating the of Montreal discography... (http://replayrecordings.com/eldursson/Discography_of%20Montreal/cal.html)
latest listen from it was "thecontrollersphere" EP. 6/10 would recommend False Priest for pretty much the same stuff but much better
you have the opposite view to me it seems
I thought there was gonna be more to it, that Eskimo album got real old, real fast. Shame.
Well, onto the next.
Sometimes the subtleties of noise and free jazz are sometimes completely lost on me. In this case they were not. The album starts with the slow build of noise, a repeated bass strum, and some drum cymbals that slowly roll in like a thunderstorm lead by some very enjoyable saxophone wankery. After it peaks, the instrumentation slowly disappears and slows until there's just a small amount of quiet feedback and guitar noises. These sounds come in and out of focus and are joined by saxophone and possibly the guitar. One of the reasons I really enjoyed this album is because the distinction between one instrument and another is frequently blurred. Eventually the saxophone, drums, bass, and guitar come back, tamer than before, while the noise slowly takes on the sound of water. From here the sense of tension slowly fades until there’s a period of just guitar and noise, and then all the instruments come back in full force over an intense guitar groove. Finally, it turns into Merzbow’s classic harsh noise with Sakata yelling over it. I think the album went on a little long, but the interplay between the different instruments and the seamless transitions from one idea to another were wonderful and I would definitely recommend checking it out. Give it a listen, it's got two great meme musicians on it.
>Being - Battery Cages II
I like this, it's a harsh wall of noise that's just oppressive and intimidating with its rather large monstrous sounds. Though if you heard of any noise before then nothing much in this tape will stand out, its the kind of noise that is sort of typical for the genre and breaks no boundaries. Just straight 18 minutes of harsh noise, which I'm fine with, but doesn't leave much room for discussion.
the novelty of listening to japanese synthpop from 1980 wears off fairly fast when it's not good
i guess i'm spoiled when it comes to 80's japanese pop because i've already heard tatsuro yamashita. which reminds me, i need to check out more of his discography
>tfw listening to minimal techno at the launderette
>mfw the final level of this game had me fight four pairs of bosses and then a trio of bosses and then all eleven simultaneously
>tfw listening to minimal techno while vacuuming lampshades
Decided to check out Mal Waldron's One-Upmanship after seeing it in the sharethread that's up. I don't listen to as much free jazz as I would like to, so I was pleasantly surprised by said album. The piano-work by Mal is the right mix of improvisation and minimalism, almost Reich-esque at times. Overall, it's an 8/10 record.
looks like i'm not sleeping tonight
catching up on yesterday.
Public Service Broadcasting- Inform - Educate - Entertain
this album bordered on offending me with how safe and average it was. Uninteresting in all regards. I don't understand why anyone would sample so many boring things, and so extensively. the instrumentation sounded overly clean; sterile. that's the word I think I needed.
This is a sterile album.
Safe to play at parties, but not at good parties.
1 spot left grab it while it's hot
man i just don't feel like finishing the term and s chart, the remaining albums are real long and scary. in the meantime, clearing out my backlog!
also PSA: take an afternoon nap to mojave 3 at least once. dear god is that band improved about 10x if you sleep to them.
Everyone Asked About You - Everyone Asked About You (1997)
Really cute and wistful emo with a great vocalist, but it /might/ be the most forgettable thing I've ever listened to this side of 3F=C. Not much more to say about this one, its a solid but insubstantial listen. The synths are nice though.
Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings (1996)
>delta blues, piedmont blues
I guess I like my blues a bit more desolate with more throat-shredding vocalists. Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff, but its just a bit too upbeat and melodic, but I guess that's par for the course with piedmont blues. Really pleasant, but not as memorable as other bluesmen from this time period.
Also was this remastered or is the recording quality just incredibly good for 1928?
>tfw up against one of my favorite songs
holocaust is one of the best songs of all time and 3rd is one of the best albums of all time, i fucking love big star.
like try and listen to that with your heart intact
>13th Floor Elevators - Psychedelic Sounds of
I like a lot of psychedelic stuff, and I was excited to hear this one, as I've heard a lot of good things about it. Although I thought it was good and solid, it didn't stand out too much for me compared to other psych-rock I've heard, especially after listening to The Parable of Arable land yesterday. The vocals sort of reminded me of Safe as Milk sometimes weirdly enough, and sometimes I got hints of Zappa. I'll listen to it more and see if I need to soak it in a bit more, but I still don't feel too impressed by this album. Favorite song was either Fire Engine or Reverberation. 7/10 overall.
Cool stuff. What does your daily chart look like friend?
Cool stuff man. Hope you enjoy Sung Tongs, it's one of my all-time favorites.
i'm looking forward to it, I listened to feels for the first time some weeks ago and it blew my tits off
New to Anco? Excited for you if so...
new-ish. I never really liked MPP so i've been easing my way in since I heard (and absolutely adored) Prospect Hummer back in february
Prospect Hummer is my shit. You'll totally dig Sung Tongs if you liked Prospect Hummer, it's actually outtakes from Sung Tongs. MPP is definitely overrated though. I still like it much though, but their early stuff is where it's at.
Sorry if this actually happened to you m8. All women are terrible.
naw man, don't say shit like that. people of all genders are great, putting down women like that doesn't make things better for me or anything.
i'm in another relationship now and i have friends and family who care about me, i'm really not too fussed about those fuckups, it just weirds me out that they're going to talk to people about their exes (incl. me) and tell them how terrible i was when i did nothing that was actually terrible.
like, i've been crappy in relationships when i was younger, but i own up to my mistakes and learn from them. i take responsibility for ever shitty thing i've done but now i have to live with the thought that i can't even own up to whatever mistakes they think i made in this relationship because there was nothing i could have done to prevent their feelings.
Unfortunately, Vashti is not on it, but it's still fantastic. Listen to her material if you haven't already. And here's another.
I'm just being dumb. I don't hate women but I'm just frustrated at the moment. Can't really get a relationship off the ground and really it's mostly because of my shit social skills, but (I'm being honest and I 100% believe this is part of the reason) the girls I've been interested have all had shit parents in the past and wouldn't let me date them:(
go on okcupid. okcupid is a savior for people who have no social skills (incl. me). tinder can be alright too.
apart from one relationship with a girl I flirted with in one of my classes and a boy in my engineering student society, all of my relationships/friends with benefits in the 2.5 years (~8 people) have been through okc/tinder.
way to hype it up
aw. I heard just another diamond day once, it was ok. must relisten some day.
>All women are terrible.
>All women are terrible.
was pic related you?
Lol no but that pic is a riot. I'm just being a moron.
Distance (Row 2 column 4) was the dubstep that we Americans took the wub wub from and turned into WUBWUBWUB. A little too sedate/''dark'' for my taste
Jay-Z's Unplugged set might be the best thing he's ever done. Combining his hits from that point into one live setting with backing by The Roots highlights just how effective his lyricism and ear for production is. Nas lost the battle (and the version of Takeover incorporating the beats to Nas' own hits is killer) not because he was the weaker lyricist, but because he simply wasn't as fully formed a musician as Jay-Z was. Yes, commercial appeal was a huge factor for Jay-Z winning, but crossover appeal didn't fall into Jay's lap- he had the talent to stay true to the core fanbase and the business savvy to appeal to the casual listener's ears on the exact same songs. He's lost his way a bit since then (and who can blame him- what rapper has been consistently strong over the course of 20+ years?) but this is a testament to his ability and legacy within the genre.
I can't deny that Viet Cong was good but it just felt so safe somehow. Every variation that made it stand out felt like it was culled from a connect-the-dots of post-punk.
Kasra V's The Persian Prince was some sleek groovy house
Octa Octa was the right buttons for me that their previous EP I'd heard hadn't
Mall Grab had some serious jams going on. Great techno and I coincidentally heard one of the people I know with the best taste in music using it in a DJ set a few days later so that solidified to me that it wasn't me having shit taste in tunes
Lipelis was some very unexpected disco revival. Really well crafted, and I'm very interested to see if 2016 will bring more from them
A Year with 13 Moons had a load of tags to it but I was expecting more on the experimental/noise side but instead got a layered mix of ambient and drone that I quite enjoyed
i'm cautiously optimistic
Vibing Up the Senile Man was phenomenal. This is the kind of post-punk I really enjoy where they truly push beyond the boundaries of what punk was conceived to be. Truly ahead of its time
Drinkin My Own Sperm was surprisingly classy. I expected heavy left-field avant-garde experimentation and got very grounded psychedelic folk rooted in Southern America
From Here to Eternity probably would have had more teeth had it not been from 1999
Live Killers didn't really capture the band's live energy as I had felt it from their Live Aid appearance
Cyrus (Random Trio) was bland dnb to me
Alan Sondheim was enjoyable but didn't make me want more from him
DMX's Redemption of the Beast is disavowed by him because the label had him contractually obligated to a release and rather than work with him to put out what he wanted they just put together the material they already had and released it against his knowledge. There's actually a point in the album where one song has the exact same lyrics from DMX as the one before it, just with a different beat and a guest on the second version. Come for the trademark energy, stay for the trademark energy only
Kat Dahlia is fucking shit and I knew that before I downloaded her album yet I went along and downloaded it anyway for some reason and sure enough it was one of the most soulless things I've ever heard
Nacho Picasso has punchlines that are witty I guess but they come across as madlibs and are more eye-roll worthy than anything else. Never been a big fan of him but Blue Sky Black Death prove good collaborators for his style of rap
Also: it's gone by surprisingly quickly but Coin Coin Chapter Three is the best work in the trilogy to me. Dense and hazy yet focused at the same time, it feels like a bottling of her worldview for the purpose of closer examination
dreamend- And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave
what a letdown. it was really good, but I wanted another So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite. i'll definitely listen to it a lot more.
I bet it grows on me.
Time for a laugh
Why do you guys use synctube instead of dubtrack? I know synctube technically has more features but dubtrack is where the rest of the plug.dj community migrated to and I think the layout is much nicer than synctube.
after a bit of effort, I am the first person to ever have more than one Even Oxen recording in my library
and in glorious 128kbps!
After skipping halfway through several tracks, the last track of Limp Bizkit's album, creatively called "Outro", is nine minutes of them fellating themselves, complete with an annoying laugh looped for minutes on end. Jesus Christ. Never again.
Been listening to some of FMLYBND's new tunes on their soundcloud.
Indie rock/electronic group kinda like M83 or Passion Pit that are seriously good. Jeezus christ they should be on people's radar.
I listened to Symphony for a Genocide yesterday but my internet was out so I couldn't share onions. Basically, it reminded me of early tape Merzbow. I remember hearing it a while ago on YT or something and for some reason I had a vivid image of screams in some of the tracks. Only because of that I spent a couple of months trying to find the recording...
There's nothing there. Just tape wanking and early industrial noise of mediocre quality.
Today I might start on the Mozart Piano concertos.
No, I'm the Stockhausen of memeing, ushering in a new age of memes, raising the medium to new heights and ruining literally everything in the process.
Well today I've been listening to according to bandcamp, punk rock and Hardcore punk. I listened to a few deathcore bands but I might have to go back and check on them, see if I did actually like their music or if I just clicked "follow" for whatever fuck.
So, /mu/ recommend me punk bands from bandcamp or SoundCloud, please.
By the way I just recently started getting into punk. Other than entry level/baby's first punk, I'm new to the music.
Listened to this and it was great noise pop shoegaze type thing. The melodies are pleasant and well-crafted. The vocal fit it perfectly. Only 30 minutes long and it manages to stay fresh throughout the entirety of the album. Thanks for the(kinda) rec Kerr! Check this out if you're into dream pop, shoegaze and all that noise.
Not memeing here, can someone tell me what's great about this record? I love the stuff Florian Fricke has done for Werner Herzog's films but this does absolutely nothing for me
W H A T ' S N E X T ?
also; I need more sleepy, ambient-ish pop music in the vein of You'll Never Get to Heaven. Pls rec me some.
>no jimmy jazz in tournament
who cares loaf
like all new age it's for old people who smell of new age
do head on the door
or I guess you can do kiss me, too
>what are you guys listening to?
i took a break from the tourney to listen to pic related, so far its hella f*cking epic
>now Kanye single is actually borderline decent
pic related; it's surprisingly consistent for such a long and diverse album
scaruffi likes it
Rautavaara's 8th symphony and harp concerto
listen to the thing I rec'd you, I'm curious if you're going to hate it or be indifferent to it
>Camberwell Now - The Ghost Trade
I think I actually liked this better than This Heat. The music is more consistent than This Heat, at least. Good shit.
A mostly interesting album, but one that overstayed its welcome consistently. I get what this was going for, but I don't think it pushed its ideas far enough to really be stellar. This album is officially the greatest loser, though! Huzzah!
One of them outsider albums yaknow? Mostly fine, mostly casual music. Pretty okay, exactly what you'd expect out of an outsider folk album.
This album had some absolutely stellar moments. However, they were interlaced with a few cheeseball jazz fusion sections and some womping themes that are sounding straight out of a damn clown show. Certainly worth the listen, despite what I would consider quite large peaks and valleys in terms of how much I enjoyed the music as the album played out.
We done round 1! Get them recs in bois!
1 to go, will be happy to have finished this
>Fishmans - 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare
What is beauty?
What defines beauty?
What makes a piece of music beautiful?
I don't know. Those questions are way too complex to be answered by me, but I know what makes this record, this particular live album, beautiful.
Simplicity and sincerity. It doesn't seem that much, but Fishmans based their whole sounds on these two concepts. This album revisits their whole output, where they started, how they evolved, where they finished.
Fishmans created their sound, a unique mix of dream pop, reggae, dub, with a sweet, cute aesthetic that brings everything together. Again, it doesn't seem that much, if you read about it.
But you don't have to read about it, you have to listen it.
A four-chords-progression played on an organ, like the one present in 頼りない天使 may not seem that special, but the way it works with the minimalistic drum beat, the beautiful, beautiful voice of Shinji Sato at his best, the warm, deep bass, the guitar, the lead synth, it leaves you breathless.
Not only that, this works so smoothly and perfectly because of the melodies: they are simple, yes, but they are emotional, they feel human, they make you feel warm inside, they satisfy you, they change your mood. It's very hard to explain why, or how, but they simply are perfectly written. Fishmans could've easily tried to make something more intriguing, more complex, more deep, but I'm glad they didn't. Oh boy I'm so glad they took the simple route that yes, it is simple, but is incredibly effective.
Why do I say that they could've done that? What are my proofs? Hell, just listen to how they play, to their performance! It's perfect, in every way.
Pay attention to the songs' structures: Fishmans are not afraid to experiment with them, they introduce new verses, they make the song evolve, they make the song change in subtle but clever ways, their instruments make the songs breathe, they make the songs feel organic, alive, and not just loop after loop.
This record is full of awesome arrangements and intense musical moments. I would try to describe them, or try to list them, but that would be completely useless, since they can't be simply explained like this, and can't be understood in this way.
The amount of variety is astonishing: upbeat jams, downbeat tracks, reggae, dub, unique compositions! No songs sound the same. But they all feel the same.
It's a very hard thing to do, but Fishmans completely passed this test.
So yes, this record is a pop masterpiece: the songwriting excels in every way, the performance is flawless, it has a unique, human feel, it's full of moments that will blow your mind, is always different, is entertaining as hell, it makes you feel something. It's fantastic.
And then there is Long Season.
Their masterpiece, perfected, played in its entirety, as a closer.
This is one of the few compositions that I would describe as perfect. Flawless.
In my opinion, this song never gets less than spectacular. There isn't a single bad, mediocre, just ok moment. Everything is mind-blowingly awesome. If this was released as a stand-alone piece, I would give this a 10.
The track starts with a gentle guitar and a deep, warm bass, that play together, that play with each other, and with a little, contemplative synth.
After this intro, the main motif start. The instruments work perfectly with each other to build some gorgeous and satisfactory climaxes. The track slowly changes, evolves, with subtle changes in the instrumentation, in the melodies, in the layering. It even has a fantastic guitar solo.
Then we are introduced to the break of this track, its middle point, that contrasts the other two. I've gotta say that I didn't really liked it in the original Long Season, because it felt out of place, and it broke the atmosphere.
But here is perfect.
The ostinato piano melody continues playing, while its sound is slowly altered, and we have a fantastic drum solo, over an amazing ambient soundscape designed by synths and the sound of a million bells. It's almost transcendental. Scratch that, it is transcendental. It's hypnotic, it goes on for a long time, it takes you and it never lets you go, until it ends.
We are then introduced to the final, that uses the initial part to build something new, to build a flawless climax.
Everything returns here: the instruments are perfectly layered, and everything continues to change, to disappear, to return, creating a fantastic, changing, satisfactory wall of sound.
All of this intensity explodes in a precise moment: two seconds, around the 39:30 mark. This little, precise moment, is the peak of this song. It's the peak of this live. It's the peak of Fishmans music, and because of that, it's logical to have it close their story.
After that, everything slowly fades out, the instruments stop playing, the Long Season ends.
Fishmans' story ends here, in the most perfect way possible.
This live is a tribute to them, a retrospective of the best thing they ever did.
It's an emotional journey in the music of Sato and his friends.
The songs are warm, relaxing, emotional.
Long Season is intense, is mind blowing, is life changing.
This record leaves you tired, it leaves you with something.
Fishmans will never return back together, Shinji Sato is dead. But their legacy, their work, what they have done, that will live forever.
Vince Guaraldi - In Person
Not bad for dinner music.
Casey Kasem says: ... this is American Top 40...
Perslav Literary School - Beautiful Was the Time
A hundred years late to the party but at least he's trying.
Casey Kasem says: ... who gives a shit...
Alright there we go
>The Necks - Mindset
>minimalist jazz, free improvisation
>Ulaan Khol - La Catacomb
A one man drone project that have this excellent psychedelic vibe that is lucid and spiritual. The guitars on here are feedback heavy and monolithic, sort of reminds me of early Earth but more primal and less intimidating.
did you make this system to rate albums of all genres? cause that doesn't work for a lot of stuff. and whatever the case I don't like these tries at objective ratings, but whatever floats yer boat
i don't know, I think vocals can be rated separately, they have a lot of influence on my perception of the music
multipliers weight certain categories, e.g vocal style can be very important on soem albums (3x) or play a minor role in otehrs (1x)
it's not for all genres, it's just a first try on a calculated rating system for some albums
still needs improvement, that's why I'm asking here
Let's give daily a good sendoff with some classic dank memes okay? It deserves a good finale!