mandysee_mandydo: (Pat Benatar Sings)
Last night I had a great time hanging out in the studio with my friend Sean during the Charred Pencil Radio Show on WKNH 91.3. The theme was songs from 1967 and I was tasked with picking five songs from 1967 I couldn't live without. This morning one of the songs that didn't make either of my lists was stuck in my head.

My original list turned out to be all white male. Mind you they're good bands and good songs from great albums, but this just wouldn't do. The first list I came up with:
The morning of I decided that what I really needed to do was honor the kick-ass ladies of 1967, so I tossed the original list and came up with a new list:
As it turns out it was good that I switched things up because my original list had some overlap with his playlist. He already had A Natural Woman on his list so he ended up adding in Astronomy Domine for me. He also had time to fill so Zappa and The Mothers made it on air, too. Unfortunately Leslie Gore didn't make the cut.
Sean picked a song that is near and dear to my heart because it reminds me of Kathy, so he sent it out as a dedication from me to her (she was at home listening with our son).
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

So much fun listening to great tunes with a friend and having conversations about our similar experiences with music from our childhood!
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Cool)
Okay, so I went through my cassettes and set aside all those that I already have in another format. So... here's the list of cassettes that I'm giving away. If you still listen to tape, here's your chance!

"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" by Van Halen
"Pieces of Eight" by Styx
"Document" by R.E.M.
"Substance" by New Order
"Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue
"Raised on Radio" by Journey
"Garbage" by Garbage
"Waiting For The Sun" by The Doors
"Strange Days" by The Doors
"L.A. Woman" by The Doors
"Violator" by Depeche Mode
"No Need To Argue" by The Cranberries
"Cosmic Thing" by The B-52's
"The B-52's" by The B-52's
"Permanent Vacation" by Aerosmith
"Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" by Aerosmith
"Licensed To Ill" by Beastie Boys
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So after all that listening and identifying purges, now comes the time for the actual purge. Here's the list! All of these CDs are up for grabs. I would love to trade, but I don't expect anything in return. I'm just as happy to see them go to a new home with nothing in return as I am to take in someone else's unwanted music in return (provided it isn't something I already have or already know I don't want). My only stipulation is that I'm going to give priority to local folks (in state) because I can get stuff to them without shipping. I don't have a lot of spending money these days.

Here's the list:
"311" by 311
"Damn Yankees" by Damn Yankees
"Who Made Who" by AC/DC
"Live Without Dead Time," a compilation by Adbusters
"Astrosheen" a compilation from DGC & Geffen
"BBC Classic Tracks: The Week of March 7, 1994" by Westwood One Radio Networks
"Around the Next Dream" by BBM
"Re-Rapped Gift Vol. 1" by The Cadavor
"Ferociously Stoned" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
"The Christmas Organ: Volume 1" by Kenneth Abbott, Organist
"The Best of College and Indie Music: Volume 1" a compilation by CollegeWeb
"355" by Culper Ring
"Smoking Guns in our Hands" by Dark Minions
"Summer LP" by ESP
"Exclusive Bonus Disc" by Everclear
"Gas Food & Lodging" by Gas Food & Lodging
"Futuristic Triangle" by Horizon
"Reelin' in the Years: Weekend of Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 1997" by Global Sattelite Network (radio program)
"Halls of Illusion (single)" by Insane Clown Posse
"The Jerky Boys" by The Jerky Boys
"The Jerky Boys 2" by The Jerky Boys
"Jim Crow" by Jim Crow
"Smashes, Thrashes & Hits" by Kiss
"One Woman Army" by Landoon
"Marty Keystone with Sarah Smith" by Marty Keystone with Sarah Smith
"Crash" by Dave Matthews Band
"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Sampler" by various artists
a mix disc of various songs downloaded from (before it went corporate)
"TNT" by Natay
"Native Spirit" by various artists
"Definitely Maybe" by Oasis
"Particle Theory" a compilation of alternative artists from Warner/Reprise
"The Prince of Egypt: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"
"Rock Classics" a compilation by CBS and K-TEL
"Coloring Outside the Lines" by Sandy Ross
"Skyfish" by Skyfish
"Independence Day: The Best from Science Fiction Movie & TV" a compilation from Space Sounds Unlimited
"Mad Hatter" by Bonham
"Some Things Never Change" by Supertramp
"Sweet Jayne" by Sweet Jayne
"Special 4-Track Sampler" by Tower of Power
"Highlights - The Who's Tommy: Original Cast Recording"
"World Wrestling Federation: The Music Vol. 5" by World Wrestling Federation
2 four-song sampler 3" CDs
"Broadcast" by Cutting Crew
"Humungously Yours" by Cutting Edge
Demo by Melodeego
"Keep Your Good Boots On" by Turtlebone
Demo by The What Not
Demo by Tsyphur Zalan
"Milkboy Sessions" by Tar Beach
"The World As Best I Remember It Volume One" by Rich Mullins
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Original Canadian Cast Recording" by Andrew Lloyd Webber

I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone has about any of these discs, including providing track lists, giving opinions on them, et cetera. Feel free to ask and/or claim!
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Here it is, the last post of the series. I finally made it through all the music and have a stack of purges that towers atop the computer! It's pretty much the equivalent of one shelf of CDs purged. Nice!

"No River City" by No River City
"The Screen" by The Screen
"Allegiances Demo" by New Blood
"Raise High the Roof Beam" by Michael Thibodeau

I almost tossed "Allegiances Demo" because as good as the music is, the vocals were either flat or off key in places. Overall it had great promise that, for the purposes of approximating the sound, was like a mix of Live and A Perfect Circle. There's a shortage of good violin in rock music. It would be a shame to lose theirs. "Raise High the Roof Beam" was a great album! I definitely recommend it, if you're able to find it. He's a local-ish artist (next state over).

"Milkboy Sessions" by Tar Beach
"Demo" by Tribe Describe
"The World As Best I Remember It Volume One" by Rich Mullins

"Milkboy Sessions" was pretty much your typical college blues/funk/rock band around here, so... meh. Tribe Describe sucks. I'm sorry but I just couldn't stand it. I don't usually say that about bands, but they deserve it. Gah! Rich Mullins is a Christian musician and, while I have no problem with Christianity or the teaching of Christ, Christian music is definitely not for me. Most assuredly not.
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This morning I made it about halfway through the unfiled pile of discs that I picked up from WPCR giveaways, the local thrift store, friends, and elsewhere that I just hadn't managed to listen through yet. Here are the results.

"Sweet Home Translyvania" by The Bronx Casket Co.
"Live at the Art Barn" by The Jim Tyrrell Trio
"Relish" by Joan Osborne
"Raven Spirit" by Gerry Ouellette

I was pleasantly surprised by the horror metal album "Sweet Home Transylvania," which was a thrift store find. It had a sound that to some extent reminded us both of Type O Negative. This one was definitely a keeper only just a couple of songs in, but we listened with great interest through the whole disc. There was no doubt about the Jim Tyrrell Trio. I'm just sad that it took so long to get around to it. "Relish" is actually a great album that I think gets underrated a lot thanks to radio stations overplaying One of Us to death on the radio. It's a great album that I was excited to find for $1 at the local thrift store. Great bargain! We picked up "Raven Spirit" at this year's PSU Earth Jam from Gerry Ouellette's booth. He makes some very beautiful Native American flutes and flute music, so if you ever have a chance to meet him and buy one of his flutes, please do!

"Broadcast" by Cutting Crew
"Humungously Yours" by Cutting Edge
Demo by Melodeego
"Keep Your Good Boots On" by Turtlebone
Demo by The What Not
Demo by Tsyphur Zalan
"3 Tracks from the Album 'Flow'" by Ten Mile Tide

"Broadcast" has one of the classic 80s pop rock songs (I Just) Died In Your Arms, which was probably the only great song on the album. The music in general was good, but a lot of it we found ourselves saying "Oh, that sounds like a lighter version of 80s Yes," or "Oh, that sounds like Labyrinth-soundtrack David Bowie," or "That sounds like (insert 80s band here)," so we decided to pass it on since we have a lot of the stuff it sounds like already. "Humungously Yours" is an album full of mostly "chat rap" political songs which, unlike RATM, doesn't really offer any constructive political commentary, just repetitive dreadful music proclaiming that politicians are criminals and the system is broken. We're passing it on, if anyone is really interested in crap music with repetitive complaining and a couple of sappy ballads thrown in. This was a not-so-good thrift store find, and most likely will end up donated back to the same thrift store. The demos aren't necessarily bad, but these are all two- or three-songs demos of indie local bands that we can rip and pass on.
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On Friday, while cleaning and preparing for guests for graduation the next day, we listened to more music and finished off the last of what was on the shelves.

"The Hidden Light" by The Andy Statman Quartet
"A Decade of Steely Dan" by Steely Dan
"Core" by Stone Temple Pilots
"Stone Temple Pilots" by Stone Temple Pilots
"The Grand Illusion" by Styx
"Sublime" by Sublime
"Suicidal for Life" by Suicidal Tendencies
"Breakfast in America" by Supertramp
"1812 Overture & Pathetique" by P. I. Tchaikovsky
"The Best of Tchaikovsky" by P. I. Tchaikovsky
"Songs from the Big Chair" by Tears for Fears
"Raoul and the Kings of Spain" by Tears for Fears
"Tenacious D" by Tenacious D
"Doctorin' the Tardis (single)" by The Timelords/The KLF
"CrazySexyCool" by TLC
"Lemon Parade" by Tonic
"Opiate" by Tool
"Undertow" by Tool
"Aenima" by Tool
"Lateralus" by Tool
"Psychoderelict" by Pete Townshend
"Vancouver Seeds 13" by various artists (including Wayside!)
"1984" by Van Halen
"5150" by Van Halen
"Four Seasons" by Vivaldi
"Music from the Motion Picture Wayne's World" by various artists
"Music from the Motion Picture Wayne's World 2" by various artists
"... Until Now" by Wayside
"La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One" by White Zombie
"Tommy" by The Who
"Soundtrack from the Movie The Kids Are Alright" by The Who
"Who's Better, Who's Best" by The Who
"Endless Wire" by The Who
"Go Ahead." by Wicked Automatic
"The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite from the Original Motion Picture Score" by John Williams
"Songs in the Key of Life" by Stevie Wonder
"The Yes Album" by Yes
"Fragile" by Yes
"Close to the Edge" by Yes
"Relayer" by Yes
"90125" by Yes
"Union" by Yes
"The Ladder" by Yes
"Magnification" by Yes
"Hellbilly Deluxe" by Rob Zombie
"American Made Music to Strip By" by Rob Zombie
"The Sinister Urge" by Rob Zombie
"Beautiful Vienna Waltzez" by People's Opera Orchestra - Vienna

I admit I almost purged "The Empire Strikes Back," but reconsidered since it's yet another orchestral disc and it might be fun to have for Ian after he sees the movies when he's a little older. I didn't much care for the Rob Zombie stuff (he's much like Boston in that the first album was good for the sound of it, but everything after is pretty much the same old stuff over and over and... well it gets boring), but Kathy likes his stuff so we kept it. Personally my thoughts were that Rob Zombie was much better when he was part of White Zombie (well, up until Astrocreep, which is pretty much the same as his solo stuff).

"Mad Hatter" by Bonham
"Some Things Never Change" by Supertramp
"Sweet Jayne" by Sweet Jayne
"Special 4-Track Sampler" by Tower of Power
"Highlights - The Who's Tommy: Original Cast Recording"
"World Wrestling Federation: The Music Vol. 5" by World Wrestling Federation
2 four-song sampler 3" CDs

I picked "Mad Hatter" up at the local thrift store for $1 recently because I had never heard the album and wanted to hear it. I knew it was going to be unsatisfying when the first song sounded like a 80s hair band trying to sound like Led Zeppelin. It's funny, because Julian Lennon spent so much time trying to distance himself from his father's work and, while his musical style was decidedly different, his voice was still so similar but you could get past that and enjoy him as Julian Lennon. Jason Bonham seemed to have no trouble embracing his father's band's sound, but it's too bad because if I wanted to listen to Led Zeppelin I would just listen to Led Zeppelin, not an 80s hair band imitation of Led Zeppelin. "Some Things Never Change" had some signature Supertramp sound to it, but Supertramp without Roger Hodgson was rather wanting and for the most part just another sort of adult contemporary album that was vaguely progressive and very much bland. The "Tommy" from Broadway is good, but if I'm in the mood to listen to Tommy it's going to be the original every time. The WWF CD, well... it was fun to listen to once or twice, but it's just a bunch of wrestler themes and a couple of funny songs thrown in, so it's time to pass it on. The sampler CDs are good, but I have half the songs already on other albums and what I don't have I can rip from these and pass them on. Plus 3" CDs are kind of an annoying novelty in that these days, since the format never really went far, it's getting more challenging to find players that will accept them aside from computer optical drives.
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I was able to get some listening and sorting in before work today, so here are the lists with commentary.

"Shelter from the Ash" by Six Organs of Admittance
"Sixpence None the Richer" by Sixpense None the Richer
"Divine Discontent" by Sixpence None the Richer
"Zero" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Big Willie Style" by Will Smith
"Grave Dancers Union" by Soul Asylum
"Let Your Dim Light Shine" by Soul Asylum
"Badmotorfinger" by Soundgarden
"Superunknown" by Soundgarden
"Break Like the Wind" by Spinal Tap
"Up for Grabs... Live!" by Spin Doctors
"Pocket Full of Kryptonite" by Spin Doctors
"Homebelly Groove... Live!" by Spin Doctors
"Turn it Upside Down" by Spin Doctors
"You've Got to Believe in Something" by Spin Doctors
"Here Comes the Bride" by Spin Doctors
"Wetlands 9/7/2001" by Spin Doctors (David Landsberger recording)
"MIT 4/26/2002" by Spin Doctors (David Landsberger recording)
"Nice Talking to Me" by Spin Doctors (special edition with DVD and autographed even!)
"The Inevitable" by Squirrel Nut Zippers
"HOT" by Squirrel Nut Zippers
"Break the Cycle" by Staind
"Night Flight" by Stephen Standing Owl (autographed even!)

Most of this was known territory. I listen to Sixpence None the Richer, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, Spin Doctors, and Squirrel Nut Zippers pretty frequently. "Zero" is an okay album, but certainly not the best from Smashing Pumpkins. "Big Willie Style," which is probably very out of style for youth who enjoy hip hop and rap these days, is still good listening for me. It even has a nice cover/rewriting of the song Just the Two of Us. While I have the two Spin Doctors live recordings from David Landsberger on the computer (from which I burned the discs), I kept the burned copies because I like to pull them out and play them in the truck or elsewhere on CD and it's easier than doing the unsafe thing and fiddling with iPod playlists while driving (not that I'm doing much driving these days, but...).

"Skyfish" by Skyfish
"Independence Day: The Best from Science Fiction Movie & TV" a compilation from Space Sounds Unlimited

"Skyfish" was one of those CDs I picked up from a WPCR giveaway and kept because it was okay. On the latest listening I decided it really wasn't worth keeping, especially with songs with classy titles like "You're the One I Wanna Do." Yeah. Lyrically they're almost as bad as AC/DC, Ted Nugent, or Kiss, and the music isn't even that interesting or innovative to put up with that kind of felgercarb. The "Independence Day" CD is a fun compilation of disco and orchestral versions of classic sci-fi music. It's amusing but not worth keeping. I might rip the disco Star Wars theme just for laughs, but it doesn't compete with Bill Murray's lounge Star Wars from SNL.
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It's another big one, so again I'll just give the lists and answer any questions.

"First Band on the Moon" by The Cardigans
"Tragic Kingdom" by No Doubt
"Return of Saturn" by No Doubt
"Transitions" by Now is Now
"Tenderland" by Leslie Nuchow
"Intencities in 10 Cities" by Ted Nugent
"The Rocky Horro Picture Show: Original Soundtrack" by Richard O'Brien
"I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" by Sinead O'Connor
"Smash" by The Offspring
"Americana" by The Offspring
"Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison
"Candyass" by Orgy
"Blizzard of Ozz" by Ozzy Osbourne
"Diary of a Madman" by Ozzy Osbourne
"Randy Rhoads Tribute" by Ozzy Osbourne
"Down to Earth" by Ozzy Osbourne
"Ten" by Pearl Jam
"Vs." by Pearl Jam
"A Picture of Nectar" by Phish
"The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" by Pink Floyd
"Music from the Film More" by Pink Floyd
"Relics" by Pink Floyd
"Meddle" by Pink Floyd
"Obscured by Clouds" by Pink Floyd
"Ummagumma" by Pink Floyd
"Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd
"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
"Animals" by Pink Floyd
"The Wall" by Pink Floyd
"The Final Cut" by Pink Floyd
"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" by Pink Floyd
"Pulse" by Pink Floyd
"The Division Bell" by Pink Floyd
"Is There Anybody Out There? - The Wall Live 1980-81" by Pink Floyd
"Manic Nirvana" by Robert Plant
"Concert of March 19, 1998" by Plymouth State College Guitar Ensemble
"Volo Volo" by Poi Dog Pondering
"Ghost in the Machine" by The Police
"The Presidents of the United States of America" by The Presidents of the United States of America
"II" by The Presidents of the United States of America
"Frizzle Fry" by Primus
"Pork Soda" by Primus
"The Fat of the Land" by Prodigy
"Projekt: The Arbitrary Width of Shadows" a compilation of goth artists from Projekt
"News of the World" by Queen
"Jazz" by Queen
"Classic Queen" by Queen
"Greatest Hits" by Queen
"Five Live" by George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield
"Queensryche" by Queensryche
"The Warning" by Queensryche
"The Push" by Quick Fix
"The Randy Rhoads Years" by Quiet Riot
"From One" by Ra
"Pablo Honey" by Radiohead
"OK Computer" by Radiohead
"Rage Against the Machine" by Rage Against the Machine
"Sehnsucht" by Rammstein
"Blood Sugar Sex Magik" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"One Hot Minute" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Automatic for the People" by R.E.M.
"New Adventures in Hi-Fi" by R.E.M.
"You Eediot!" by Ren & Stimpy
"Skyscraper" by David Lee Roth
"2112" by Rush
"Chronicles" by Rush
"SadieHawkins" by SadieHawkins
"Greatest Hits" by Santana
"Savage Garden" by Savage Garden
"Hall of the Mountain King" by Savatage
"Seven Nations" by Seven Nations

"Definitely Maybe" by Oasis
"Particle Theory" a compilation of alternative artists from Warner/Reprise
"The Prince of Egypt: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"
"Rock Classics" a compilation by CBS and K-TEL
"Coloring Outside the Lines" by Sandy Ross
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Here are the lists. No time for summaries since I have to run to a meeting. Feel free to ask questions if you like!

"Ray of Light" by Madonna
"Victim Oblivion" by Manifest Nexto Me
"Antichrist Superstar" by Marilyn Manson
"Back to the Light" by Brian May
"Flaming Pie" by Paul McCartney
"Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf
"Forbidden Places" by Meat Puppets
"Too High to Die" by Meat Puppets
"So Far, So Good... So What!" by Megadeth
"Ride the Lightning" by Metallica
"Dreamland" by Robert Miles
"The Immortal Glenn Miller" by Glenn Miller
"Greatest Hits 1974-78" by The Steve Miller Band
"Blue" by Joni Mitchell
"Play" by Moby
"Days of Future Passed" by The Moody Blues
"Seventh Sojourn" by The Moody Blues
"Sur La Mer" by The Moody Blues
"The Story of the Moody Blues... Legend of a Band" by The Moody Blues
"A Night at Red Rocks" by The Moody Blues
"Moondance" by Van Morrison
"Mother Love Bone" by Mother Love Bone
"2005 Demo" by NeverSayNever
"Broken" by Nine Inch Nails
"Nails in my Head" by Nine Inch Nails (bootleg)
"And All That Could Be" by Nine Inch Nails
"Bleach" by Nirvana
"Nevermind" by Nirvana
"Incesticide" by Nirvana
"In Utero" by Nirvana
"Foma" by The Nixons
"No Alternative" by various artists

"Marty Keystone with Sarah Smith" by Marty Keystone with Sarah Smith
"Crash" by Dave Matthews Band
"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" by various artists
a mix disc of various songs downloaded from (before it went corporate)
"TNT" by Natay
"Native Spirit" by various artists
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Today's listening and purging was actually quite productive. The numbers are huge because once again I hit huge patches of known good music and things we listen to rather routinely. It was a record day for purges thus far! Since the lists are so long, I think I'll skip talking up or down certain discs from the lists, except to say that there's some weird damage with the "Smashes, Thrashes & Hits" disc, like the metal in one small area just disappeared, but the plastic is fine. That's okay, though, because half the disc was crappy 80s Kiss. Let's not put the X in sex and say we did. Okay? Actually, on second thought, let's not even say we did.

"Festival of Irish Music" by Golden Bough, Noel McLaughlin, Tara, Sean Talamh, and Pied Pipers
"Hold Your Fire" by Firehouse
"Sexy Singers" by Natalie Flanagan
"Rumors" by Fleetwood Mac
""Zone Unknown" by Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
"IRM" by Charlotte Gainsbourg
"Sacred Cow" by Geggy Tah
"Selling England by the Pound" by Genesis
"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by Genesis
"The Great Gershwin" by The 101 Strings Orchestra
"New Miserable Experience" by Gin Blossoms
"The Glen Echoes Quartet" by The Glen Echoes Quartet
"Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Skeletons from the Closet" by Grateful Dead
"1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" by Green Day
"Kerplunk!" by Green Day
"Dookie" by Green Day
"Insomniac" by Green Day"
"Guitar Classics from Latin America" by Marcelo Kayath
"Use Your Illusion I" by Guns N Roses
"Use Your Illusion II" by Guns N Roses
"The Spaghetti Incident" by Guns N Roses
"Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie
"Over the Horizon" by Human Zoo
"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
"Vital Idol" by Billy Idol
"Ab I Reisa" by I Gitanos
"Groove Family Cyco" by Infectious Grooves
"Exit the Blue" by In June
"It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers
"An Eternity of Blood" by Jeff Wagner's Tunnel of Love
"This Was" by Jethro Tull
"Thick as a Brick" by Jethro Tull
"Aqualung" by Jethro Tull
"Living in the Past" by Jethro Tull
"Minstrel in the Gallery" by Jethro Tull
"J-Tull Dot Com" by Jethro Tull"
"Don't Get Smart" by Jim's Big Ego
"Y2K Hooray" by Jim's Big Ego (autographed even!)
"They're Everywhere!" by Jim's Big Ego
"Support the Truth" by Jim's Big Ego
"free*" by Jim's Big Ego
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John
"Greatest Hits" by Journey
"Alive!" by Kiss
"Naive/Hell to Go" by KMFDM
"Sin, Sex & Salvation" by KMFDM vs. PIG
"Nihil" by KMFDM
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz
"Puttering About a Small Land" by Land of the Loops
"The Great Cyndi Lauper" by Cyndi Lauper
"Novo Brasil" by Nando Lauria
"Led Zeppelin" by Led Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin II" by Led Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin III" by Led Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin IV" by Led Zeppelin
"Houses of the Holy" by Led Zeppelin
"In Through the Out Door" by Led Zeppelin
"The John Lennon Collection" by John Lennon
"Psychoschizophrenia" by Lillian Axe
"Throwing Copper" by Live
"Voodoo U" by Lords of Acid
"Fever In Fever Out" by Luscious Jackson

"Gas Food & Lodging" by Gas Food & Lodging
"Futuristic Triangle" by Horizon
"Reelin' in the Years: Weekend of Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 1997" by Global Sattelite Network (radio program)
"Halls of Illusion (single)" by Insane Clown Posse
"The Jerky Boys" by The Jerky Boys
"The Jerky Boys 2" by The Jerky Boys
"Jim Crow" by Jim Crow
"Smashes, Thrashes & Hits" by Kiss
"One Woman Army" by Landoon
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I listened to some stuff at work today, but I also hit a very large section of obvious keepers, so it looks like I was a lot busier listening than was the case.

"Margot Day" by Margot Day
"Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" by Dead Kennedys
"Commencement" by Deadsy
Assorted works by Claude Debussy
"Hysteria" by Def Leppard
"Exciter" by Depeche Mode
"Greatest Hits" by Devo
"The Sickness" by Disturbed
"Believe" by Disturbed
"The Soft Parade" by The Doors
"The Best of The Doors" by The Doors
"In Concert" by The Doors
"Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors" a tribute by various artists
"Good American" by Drazy Hoops
"Bring on the Hate" by Drazy Hoops
"When Dream and Day Unite" by Dream Theater
"Images and Words" by Dream Theater
"Awake" by Dream Theater
"A Change of Seasons" by Dream Theater
"Falling Into Infinity" by Dream Theater
"Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory" by Dream Theater
"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" by Dream Theater
"Live Scenes from New York" by Dream Theater
"Train of Thought" by Dream Theater
"Sinner" by Drowning Pool
"Greatest" by Duran Duran
"Greatest Hits Volume 2" by The Eagles
"Greatest Hits" by Duke Ellington
"The Best of Duke Ellington" by Duke Ellington
"The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
"Watermark" by Enya
"A Day Without Rain" by Enya
"Extreme" by Extreme
"Extreme II: Pornograffitti" by Extreme
"III Sides to Every Story" by Extreme
"Rest in Peace (single)" by Extreme
"Waiting for the Punchline" by Extreme
"The Real Thing" by Faith No More

I almost gave up Drazy Hoops after listening to "Good American," but listening to "Bring on the Hate" changed my mind. "Good American" is more folk than rock, and it wasn't as appealing to me, but part of it might have been because I was at work listening and distracted. Disturbed, Dream Theater, The Doors, and Extreme were all definite givens because we listen to those discs very frequently. It may seem silly to keep two best of discs for Duke Ellington, but each disc has 14 tracks and out of all of them only three songs appear on both discs. It gives a great sampling of one of my favorite jazz and big band composers. While I'm trying to get rid of singles from our CD collection, "Rest in Peace" once again survived the cut because it has the song Monica on it, and it's Extreme.

"355" by Culper Ring
"Smoking Guns in our Hands" by Dark Minions
"Summer LP" by ESP
"Exclusive Bonus Disc" by Everclear

Culper Ring is an interesting side project that is completely improvised music. It's neat stuff and might be good for background music or role-playing music. This one might get pulled back into our collection but for now it's a purge, with a certain person in mind to whom we might offer it. I like Dark Minions. They're good kids and musically they have promise, but I think I need to pass on this disc. I'll keep the songs on mp3 since it's not a disc that was for sale, and I can still scrobble them into and hopefully give them some exposure, but... time for this disc to go. The Everclear disc has two songs previously unreleased at the time, including a cover of Cheap Trick's "Southern Girls."
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I got a lot of listening in today and had a few purges, which is good.

"Grunt: Pigorian Chant" by Sandra Boynton & The Ad Hog Camerata
"Time to Say Goodbye" by Sarah Brightman & The London Symphony Orchestra
"Good Rockin' Tonight" by Roy Brown
"Sixteen Stone" by Bush
"Fashion Nugget" by Cake
"Flying with the Cows Again" by Dave Carroll
"Chauncey" by Chauncey
"Authorized Greatest Hits" by Cheap Trick
"Stricken with Spirit" by Cherokee Thunder
"Chew Thousand Chew" by Chewy
"Chicago's Greatest Hits" by Chicago
"Tubthumper" by Chumbawamba
"Unplugged" by Eric Clapton
"In Classical Mood: Reflections" by various composers
"In Classical Mood: Music for a Summer's Evening" by various composers
"City" by Client
"The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
"God Shuffled His Feet" by Crash Test Dummies
"Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream" by Cream

If you've never heard "City" by Client, I highly recommend it. It's a phenomenal album! "Grunt" still gets me. It's purely a novelty, I know, but I appreciate it more now that I have a child. It's essentially Gregorian-style chant in Pig Latin. Too funny! It was a pleasant experience listening to "Flying with the Cows Again after all these years and remembering college and being a music major. "Chauncey" is a really solid album with definite Beatles and Pink Floyd influence, but not sounding like a Beatles or Floyd knock-off. If you haven't heard Sarah Brightman's version of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever" on her album "Time to Say Goodbye," I also recommend that. It's almost as moving as the original.

"Re-Rapped Gift Vol. 1" by The Cadavor
"Wayward Angel" by Kasey Chambers
"Ferociously Stoned" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
"The Christmas Organ: Volume 1" by Kenneth Abbott, Organist
"The Best of College and Indie Music: Volume 1" a compilation by CollegeWeb

I'm getting rid of The Cadavor's disc even though it's local and I helped him a little with the mixing not because it's bad, but mostly because it really isn't my thing. I just can't get into it. He's good at what he does, which is the horror rap genre a la ICP, but I'm definitely not into it, and can't really appreciate the vocals. "Wayward Angel" is okay, sort of country pop, but it just wasn't compelling me to stay this time around. I never really cared much for Cherry Poppin' Daddies, especially their lyrics half the time. I kept "The Christmas Organ mostly out of my affinity for the pipe organ, but I don't celebrate Christmas and therefore never really listen to Christmas carols played on pipe organ. I usually get my organ fix through J. S. Bach. The CollegeWeb compilation is great, but I'd rather rip it and pass it on.
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I had a short listening day today and they were all keepers.

"II" by Boyz II Men
"Somethin' Ain't Right..." by The Brass Monkeys
"Last Splash" by The Breeders
"Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
"Live at the Apollo, 1962" by James Brown

There were really no surprises among this lot of discs. They're all solid albums. And if you think I would even consider getting rid of "Live at the Apollo," you're crazy! I didn't even have to listen to know that album is a keeper!
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I only had one purge today. I was expecting one other, but was pleasantly surprised.

"The Alternative to Love" by Brendan Benson
"Post" by Björk
"Headless Cross" by Black Sabbath
"The Best of Blondie" by Blondie
"One Fierce Beer Coaster" by Bloodhound Gang
"Greatest Hits" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Down Here" by Tracy Bonham
"Blink the Brightest" by Tracy Bonham
"Keep the Faith" by Bon Jovi
"Boston" by Boston
"Changesbowie" by David Bowie
"Starman: A Tribute to David Bowie" a compilation from Uncut

I was fully expecting to purge "Headless Cross," but opted to give it one last listen before I did. I'm glad I did! My memory of this album was far worse than my listening experience. It's certainly no match for Ozzy-era Sabbath or even Dio-era Sabbath, but it's a decent album. It's the first album with Cozy Powell on drums, who also played drums for Brian May's solo album. Brian May plays a guitar solo on the song "Call of the Wild."

"Around the Next Dream" by BBM

Okay, so Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker get together with former Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore on guitar and basically try to recreate Cream. And it's really kind of felgercarb. Waiting in the Wings borrowed heavily from White Room. City of Gold was pretty much Crossroads with different lyrics and melody. High Cost of Living was rather similar to Born Under a Bad Sign. There were a couple of decent songs on here, but not much worth keeping. It very much reminds me of the old joke: What do Ginger Baker and coffee have in common?
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So I finally got around to a third day of listening and purging. This one's big, but that's because I got to The Beatles and knew right off that none of that was going. Without further ado, here's the list:

"ALL ACCESS: Front Row. Backstage. LIVE!" a compilation from Verizon
"A Decade of Hits 1969-1979" by Allman Brothers Band
"Everything Under the Sun" by Alphatide
"All For One, Two For A Dollar" by Apartment 81
"Aquarium" by Aqua
"The Climb" by Aquahtenang
"Punk Mambo!" by Babaloo
"Brandenburg Concertos 1-4/Badinerie BWV 1067" by Johann Sebastian Bach
"24 Preludes & Fugues" by Johann Sebastian Bach
"The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach" with Professor Peter Schickele
"Stranger Than Fiction" by Bad Religion
"The Best of The Band" by The Band
"Please Please Me" by The Beatles
"Beatles For Sale" by The Beatles
"A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles
"Help!" by The Beatles
"Rubber Soul" by The Beatles
"Revolver" by The Beatles
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles
"Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles
"The Beatles" by The Beatles
"Abbey Road" by The Beatles
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
"Live at the BBC" by The Beatles
"Anthology 1" by The Beatles
"Anthology 2" by The Beatles
"Anthology 3" by The Beatles
"Mellow Gold" by Beck
"Best Shots" by Pat Benatar
"Whatever and Ever Amen" by Ben Folds Five
"The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner" by Ben Folds Five

I admit I waffled a little on P.D.Q.Bach. It's funny, but it isn't something to which I could listen often. Some of the funny you kinda have to be a music theory geek to get, too, or to fully appreciate. Good thing I'm a music theory geek! Even still, it's rather cerebral and much like any good classical or jazz it really requires time to sit and listen with some degree of undivided attention. Obviously we opted to keep it in the end. I couldn't give up "ALL ACCESS' because it has P-Funk and a couple of other good songs on it. I most assuredly am not giving up the Apartment 81 CD, even though it's recorded from the original demo tape, which I also still have. Those have obvious sentimental and personal history value.

"Astrosheen" a compilation from DGC & Geffen
"BBC Classic Tracks: The Week of March 7, 1994" by Westwood One Radio Networks

I almost kept "Astrosheen" because it has some great stuff from the early days of alternative and grunge becoming mainstream. In the end I opted to get rid of it not so much because I don't like it but because I have a pretty good cross section of alternative and grunge in our collection, even if not all of the artists on this compilation. I also have the "No Alternative" compilation which is a great compilation I will likely keep and includes some of these artists, as well. The "BBC Classic Tracks" disc is actually a weekly episode for a radio program, and I can't recall how I came into possession of it. It's not really worth holding on to it, but it isn't bad. It has some good songs on it like Manfred Mann's cover of Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light."
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Today I did some more listening and found yet a couple more potential purges. Here's the list of keepers and the list of potential purges.

"Classics Live!" by Aerosmith
"Big Ones" by Aerosmith
"Just Push Play" by Aerosmith
"Facelift" by Alice in Chains
"Dirt" by Alice in Chains
"Jar of Flies" by Alice in Chains
"Alice in Chains" by Alice in Chains

"Permanent Vacation" is generally considered the comeback album for Aerosmith and, while it also marks the beginning of their reliance on professional songwriters, it's one of my favorites. Beyond that there isn't much of an Aerosmith album worth owning except "Just Push Play." I love this album, even if Joe Perry says it's his least favorite. I was tempted to ditch "Big Ones" but then decided that it has most of the songs I find worth listening to from the release of "Permanent Vacation" to the release of this greatest hits album.

"Who Made Who" by AC/DC
"Live Without Dead Time," a compilation by Adbusters

It's not so much that I don't like the music on the Adbusters disc, but that I think this is one of those discs that should be passed along to share the message. AC/DC on the other hand was an easy choice. It's essentially the soundtrack for Maximum Overdrive and with exception of the title track and one other song is somewhat of a mediocre hits album. There isn't much beyond Bon Scott's death of theirs that I find interesting or particularly good or inventive. Most of their stuff beyond "Back in Black" is tired AC/DC cliches with a lot of adolescent lyrics that frankly are degrading to women. "Back in Black" was the only decent album featuring Brian Johnson, whose voice grates on my nerves. Even then I'm only half-hearted in my like of "Back in Black."
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Yesterday I did some listening and found a couple of potential purges. Here's the list of keepers and the list of potential purges.

"Songs of Resignation" by 101 Crustaceans
"Coast to Coast" by 101 Singers (a Native American drum group from the area)
"Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" by 4 Non Blondes
"Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos
"Boys for Pele" by Tori Amos

101 Crustaceans was a chance find in the discount used bin in a music store in Vermont. It was a band from New York that was kind of like The Clash goes avant-garde. I found this around the time Kathy and I started dating and at the time it was weird for me, but had a quirkiness that prompted me to keep it. It's aged well in the 21 years since it was written and recorded. It was pretty much the musical genius of Ed Pastorini, who went on to perform with fellow Fang Records artist Church of Betty. 101 Crustaceans has since reformed.

"311" by 311
"Damn Yankees" by Damn Yankees

My problem with 311 was that there were only a couple of songs that I liked. The rest of the album was pretty much just a "theme and variations" sort of album, which is to say much of it sounded too similar. Damn Yankees... how did I ever enjoy that album? The only song worth anything on it was "High Enough." A lot of it was either Tommy Shaw's signature vocal harmonies (which I can get from Styx) or Ted Nugent recycling his licks from his back catalog. Otherwise it was pretty much standard hair band with a southern twist.
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For a while Kathy and I have discussed tiny living and getting rid of more possessions. One of the topics that came up is my massive collection of music CDs, how to better store them so the collection is more compact, and if there might be more CDs with which I could part. After listening to CDs at work on Saturday and realizing I kept the Damn Yankees CD but really don't much care for it anymore, I decided I would listen to every single CD in my collection (with few exceptions) and purge the discs that I really just don't enjoy anymore. Certain bands are off limits because we agree we like every album of theirs that we have, such as Pink Floyd and Jim's Big Ego. These are albums we listen to frequently enough to keep without listening.

And so today it begins. I'm listening and purging the music I just don't like. This will take a few days, but I plan to post the results of each day of listening, which discs I kept, and which discs I purged. This also forces me to actually listen to all of this music instead of just collecting it. Some of these discs haven't been touched in years, and that's a shame. If we're not going to listen to them, we may as well send them to a more appreciative new home!
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You can learn a lot about someone from the music they listen to. Here's the game: hit shuffle on your music player, and write down the first 25 songs that come up. No cheating or skipping songs.

01 - "I Wanna Be There" by Blessid Union of Souls
02 - "Down in a Hole" by Alice In Chains
03 - "Watch T.V." by Rasputina
04 - "Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
05 - "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else" by Type O Negative
06 - "I need I Want I Will" by Auf der Maur
07 - "T.N.T." by AC/DC
08 - "The Fever" by The Von Bondies
09 - "Railroad Lullaby" by The Twilight Singers
10 - "Devil's Night Out" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
11 - "The Ides of March" by Iron Maiden
12 - "James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman Orchestra
13 - "Walkin' on the Sun" by Smash Mouth
14 - "Can't Stop Lovin' You" by Van Halen
15 - "Disneyland" by Five For Fighting
16 - "No Place To Hide" by Korn
17 - "Son" by Jethro Tull
18 - "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera
19 - "Passage to Bangkok" by Rush
20 - "Waste of Time" by God Lives Underwater
21 - "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys
22 - "Worcester Mass." by Henry Rollins
23 - "Dear Christine" by Klaatu
24 - "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)" by Ramones
25 - "The Star Spangled Banner" by U2
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Recently I've been listening to Charlotte Ginsbourg's new album IRM, produced and mostly written by Beck. It has inspired me to really get back into the kind of solo music I've long wanted to do, and this time I really want to get serious and experimental with it, especially quirky instrumentation (long inspired by psychadelic and progressive rock, Rush, Brian Wilson, Beck, and now Charlotte Ginsbourg.

If you have old or unwanted musical instruments, I am most likely interested if it's free or really, really dirt cheap. Think of your unwanted instrument in a rock/pop song. Does that seem odd to you? I may be very interested! Kids instruments aren't entirely out, either (for example toy pianos/glockenspiels, penny whistles, recorders, toy drums, et cetera) but I might be a bit choosier about them.

Items I am especially interested in:
  • Old-school (read 1980s era) Casio keyboards, especially the PT-180. I want to do some circuit bending with one (possibly more). If you have one that does sampling, even better! Caveat: I don't care if it's dinged up, painted, covered in stickers or the like, but it must be fully functional. I must be able to turn it on and use every last key, button, knob, and feature.
  • Percussion instruments
  • Stringed instruments that aren't guitars (banjos, mandolins, ukeleles, balalaikas, lutes, Asian stringed instruments, et cetera)
Let me know if you have any of these and want to get rid of them, please!


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