• RIP Rick Wright

    15. Sep. 2008, 21:35

    Sad news that Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd has died today at the age of 65. Rick, your vibes are unmatched by anyone, your mellow synth will be sadly missed. I'm marathoning Floyd and Wright songs as a memorial... :-(
  • So, I'm hooked on...

    13. Apr. 2007, 0:21

    That Much Closer to the Sun. The grooves on this album are simply infective. I love the way each track flows together, and if you haven't heard Nightwalker, you are in for a treat. The chilled out guitar riff from All Along the Watchtower that plays through is perfect. One of the absolutely best tracks I've heard in years.
  • Some new fixations

    6. Jun. 2006, 3:43

    So I'm hooked on Signs of Life and Carnival of Rust. Both have gotten heavy play from me this past week. It took forever to get my copy of CoR, but it was well worth waiting for. The songs aren't quite as instantly catchy the way Late Goodbye or Stay are, but they have the same hypnotic melodies, soaring vocals, and impressive sound for a 3 man group.

    Also playing a lot of Laugh Now, Cry Later and Taking The Long Way. Perhaps an odd combo, but that's the way my tastes run. Both are well worth repetition listens, my favorites being Go To Church, Not Ready To Make Nice, and The Long Way Around.
  • Like A Breath

    30. Mär. 2006, 0:36

    Was just listening to Chord Sounds and Maya Gold and the breath-y ambience of both brought back a short memory. A few years ago, a friend asked me why Pink Floyd? He was mostly into urban music, such as funk and hip-hop. The obvious answer was "I just love the music", but I could really say that about a lot of artists. So, why Pink Floyd.

    As I later explained to him, it really comes down to the music being more than just an organized series of tones, rhythms, and words. There is an 'organic' quality that Floyd songs have in every track. Each song is like a breath, fully ordered and structured, but completely 'alive'.

    When I listen to Dark Side of the Moon, I hear the album that set the standard for epic theme music. It is the prime example of a music set that takes on a life of it's own, and that is unequivocally intentional.

    But other albums from Floyd are just as organic, a perfection infusion of soundscapes and narrative. Animals and Wish You Were Here continued the tapestry of sound that is familiar to far too few music fans. The Wall took the basic themes behind DSOTM and pulled and twisted them into the biting commentary many of us admire and enjoy.

    Most bands set out to produce 'music'. Some aspire to use music to tell a story. Few, like Pink Floyd, use music and storytelling as tools in bring to life this ... 'complex organic entity' that really isn't easily broken down into the sum of its parts.

    So Chord Sounds and Maya Gold brought all that back. Both tracks are soothing and spatial, great for mellow background or relaxing moments.
  • Wil Wheaton blogs Pink Floyd

    28. Mär. 2006, 4:16

    Neat post by Wil up earlier, thought I'd share it with you. He picks my second favorite album from Pink Floyd, Animals.

  • Some lyrics for the evening...

    28. Mär. 2006, 0:26

    Smoke Two Joints

    (she was living in a single room with three other individuals.
    One of them was a male and the other two, well, the other two were females.
    God only know what they were up to in there.
    And furthermore susan, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that all four of them
    Habitually smoke marijuana cigarettes... reefers)

    I smoke two joints in the morning.
    I smoke two joints at night.
    I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright
    I smoke two joints in time of peace, and two in time of war
    I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints,
    And then I smoke two more

    Smoked cigarettes ’til the day she died
    Toke a big spliff of some good sensimillia
    Smoked cigarettes ’til the day she died
    Toke a big spliff of some good sensamill...
    Easy-e were ya ever caught slippin’? hell no!

    Daddy he once told me son you be hard workin’ man
    And momma she once told me son you do the best you can
    But, then one day I met a man who came to me and said
    Hard work good, and hard work fine but first take care of head

    (guitar solo)

    Whoa, rock me tonight,
    Whoa-oh, jah sake,
  • The Thorns

    21. Mär. 2006, 22:28

    A little known project (outside of folk/alt-rock guru circles) called The Thorns brought together a tasty combination of Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, and Pete Droge in 2003. A bit more laid back on the whole than Mullins' or Matthews' usual sets, it still has a nice folk-rock feel to it with crisp acoustic work and well-placed vocal harmonies. The remake of Blue is well done, though little different in style than the original.

    I just found out yesterday that Mullins has a new album out as of February, 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, which I hope to pick up soon. Clips are available on his website at shawnmullins.com. I've heard a couple interviews with Shawn, and he sounds greatful to have gotten away from the big Sony production and back to his folksy, alt-rock roots. Can't wait to get this and give it a good listen.
  • Been A Bit Off

    21. Mär. 2006, 0:23

    Had a sinus headache all day, so I've been mostly unproductive. Maybe a bit of a 'hangover' of sorts after four days of basketball. Regardless, did get some things accomplished.

    Been mostly in a chill-out mood, so I gotta thank SubWolf for turning me on to Chill Out, which I mixed in with David Gilmour, Paul Oakenfold, and some random downbeat trip-hop I'd collected.
  • Thunderball -- Ambassadors of Style

    19. Mär. 2006, 22:32

    Just rediscovered an album I've had stashed away for awhile and which was forgotten. Thunderball -- Ambassadors of Style is a dub down-beat, trip-hoppy collection of chill music and effects. Quite nice as background tracks for most any mood, but especially those for when you're buzzed on your favorite vice.

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  • Claiming Your last.fm Journal on BlogShares

    19. Mär. 2006, 0:32

    Yes, the Journal here does meet the blog requirements. To claim, you need to first add the blog (only the http://www.last.fm/user/(nickname)/journal/ page is acceptable. Your profile page is not the blog).

    Claim it as normal in the game, then adjust the claim code to UBB.

    It will be in the form:

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    (removing the extra spaces in the tags shown)

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