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General / Re: Jazz appreciation month
April 08, 2015, 07:35:08 AM
A few of my favorite jazz albums:

Black Woman-- Sonny Sharrock  Sharrock was avant-garde but still very accessible.  His wife, Linda, sings on a few of these songs in a noisy, atonal way that sounds a bit like Yoko Ono but far better.

Liberation Music Orchestra  Another one that blends melody and noise in a very listenable manner.  Many of the songs are derived at least in part from Spanish Civil War tunes, or are tributes to leftists/leftist movements.

Cecil Taylor-- Conquistador  Not Taylor's most beloved record (that would be Unit Structures), but despite usually being relegated to "second-best" status it is by far my favorite.  Sharp, jagged piano on on two side-long pieces.

Various Coltrane albums  Aaron recommended some of his earlier albums, but I'm more into his mid- to late-era stuff.  Ascension is maybe his most out-there and controversial and polarizing record.  I, for one, really like it.  Stellar Regions is a really beautiful record that has no chordal instruments, contributing to a much freer feel.  My favorite of his earlier albums is Live at Birdland.

Black Saint and the Sinner Lady To be honest, I'm not into most of his other albums that I've heard, but this is a masterpiece
Birthright doesn't make sense to me-- basically, isn't it just a free vacation to a settler colony based on ethnic identification, complete with extreme racist, right-wing indoctrination?

If I, as an Anglo-American from a Protestant family, were given a free trip to Northern Ireland by a Loyalist paramilitary in the height of the Troubles, wouldn't that be seen as an endorsement of oppression at worst and in extremely poor taste at best?
General / Re: band you hate that everyone seems to love
January 27, 2015, 01:13:14 PM
Quote from: Eugene on January 27, 2015, 10:15:55 AM
I cant like lucero, people love lucero right?

The best Lucero songs I've heard fall into the "not terrible" category.  I can't understand their appeal.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
General / Re: band you hate that everyone seems to love
January 22, 2015, 04:34:35 AM
Quote from: James Anarchy Scallywag on January 21, 2015, 11:40:30 PM
Death in June

I think you should have started a "bands that you hate that Nazis seem to love" thread for this post.
General / Re: band you love that everyone seems to hate
January 19, 2015, 06:19:32 PM
I absolutely adore Pearl Jam.  I used to think they were cartoonishly awful about six or seven years ago, so I learned some of their songs on guitar so I could play them during practice to annoy our singer.  The deeper down that rabbit hole I got the more I realized that I completely unironically love a lot of their music.
The Hold Steady
Mumford and Sons
The Shins
Fleet Foxes
New Pornographers (caught the last few seconds of one of their songs on the Best Show a while back, still haven't heard a full song)
Scott Walker
Agnostic Front
Mark Lanegan
Depending on how much: pay off some student loans, move somewhere else, donate to abortion funds, buy the rights and re-release out-of-print Young Pioneers albums.
General / Re: New Years Resolutions
January 02, 2015, 04:35:01 AM
Mine is basically the same as last year-- get full-time work that pays enough to get by in a better city than this one.  Other than that, I made a couple of false starts at learning Turkish in 2014, and I'd really like to get back into it and make it stick this year.  Additionally, I want to keep up some of the good habits I acquired over the past year or so: exercise, a healthy vegan diet, a little Spanish each day, and mindfulness meditation.
General / Re: Music 2014
January 01, 2015, 10:00:13 AM
I just heard my favorite album of 2014 last night-- I don't know why I hadn't listened to the Ex Hex record sooner, but it's absolutely phenomenal.
General / Re: I got married
December 27, 2014, 02:56:27 PM
Congrats, Blake!
General / Re: band you love that everyone seems to hate
December 22, 2014, 06:56:05 PM
Elvis has become synonymous with cultural appropriation and white supremacy and to a large extend that's understandable and not entirely wrong.  Having said that, he's not the worst offender, he didn't invent stealing others' popular culture, and he made a fair amount of fun music and had a few genuinely powerful and moving moments as well.
First songs I learned on bass as a teenager (I don't remember which one was the very first):

Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young
Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
Boxcar by Jawbreaker
Fucked Reality by Choking Victim
General / Re: Registration temporarily disabled (12/14)
December 15, 2014, 03:15:23 PM
...but if I want to offer people payday loans in Russian, that's still cool, right?
Quote from: thujone on December 13, 2014, 02:25:41 PM
Donnie Darko is the dumbest thing i've ever been forced to watch more than once

I feel like a ton of people loved Donnie Darko for a couple of years after it came out, but isn't the fact that it's horrible basically the unanimous consensus in 2014?
I am a Nicolas Cage fan.
Quote from: BlakeK on December 12, 2014, 04:05:40 PM
Quote from: Anna Karina on December 12, 2014, 04:15:04 AM
Agree with all of these except the original 3 Star Wars movies. I hate the prequels.
If you don't like Jar Jar Binks and podracing, you aren't a real Star Wars fan.
Quote from: Anna Karina on December 11, 2014, 06:03:56 PM
99% of comic book movies are complete garbage. Not an exaggerated percentage on my part.

I haven't seen too many comic/superhero movies, but just about all the ones I have seen were terrible.

Tarantino movies, especially Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
General / Re: +/- Thread
December 09, 2014, 05:11:00 AM
Aaron, I just wanted to reiterate what Becca and Blake have said.  Please feel free to email me any time, and don't be afraid to seek out professional help.
Quote from: lindsey on November 26, 2014, 04:26:40 PM
oh ps i am not nate rainey

A throbbing dick playing bass and drawing with a voice bubble reading, "Who do you think I am, Nate Rainey?!"
General / Re: Music 2014
November 22, 2014, 03:23:34 PM
Chumped's ep and new record are amazing.  I still haven't listened to the new Caves album, but I'm sure I'll love it.
General / Re: Guns
November 20, 2014, 11:17:57 AM
Quote from: jer on November 20, 2014, 09:22:08 AM
And yeah, it bums me out any time i've gone to a shooting range or or anything because it's full of the type of kooks you're talking about who are so detached from reality. The 2nd amendment has been so perverted from what it was intended to do.

Considering that the "well-regulated militias" mentioned in the text of the 2nd Amendment were meant to police Blacks and carry out acts of genocidal aggression against Indians on the Appalachian frontier, I don't think we can look to the supposedly good intentions of the founders to help us to arrive at more sound gun policies.  But basically, I'm pro guns and pro gun regulations.
General / Re: the best song ever written
November 16, 2014, 02:22:55 PM
General / Re: What other websites do you frequent?
October 05, 2014, 12:43:03 PM
Do you speak/are you learning a different language?  I spend a lot of time reading news articles in Spanish.  Also, I've become pretty fascinated with Turkish and Kurdish current events and politics, so I trawl a number of websites pretty often looking for relevant articles. 

Was it you or someone else on the board that works the night shift at a hotel?  I definitely know what a pain it can be some nights to find something to do to stay awake.
Chattanooga consistently puts out the best music in the country.