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The first single by The Damned, “New Rose,” featured as the B-side a double-speed rendition of The Beatles’ “Help.” I think about that, sometimes, when I listen to this album. What is it? Biscuits is a 1991 previously-unreleased-tracks not-an-actual-album by Living Colour, the band best known f

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Please allow me to present to you an exercise in saying nice things about a record while saying unkind things about the band. Remember the “parabolic enjoyment arc” thing last week? Here’s the other case of that problem I mentioned. What is it? War is the 1983 release from U2, who at the time had […]

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Some bands improve with age. Some bands start off strong, then fizzle out. Some bands follow a parabolic trajectory arc of enjoyable quality. Let’s talk about a couple of acts from that last category there, shall we? What is it? Black Holes and Revelations is the 2006 big hit record from Muse, three quarters of [̷

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I done goofed up. I reviewed this album already. Somehow in the process of putting together the spreadsheet and assembling the preview sampler mix late last year I completely and totally forgot about the existing review post. But, I’m forcing myself to stick with the roster as written. So here we are. The good news [&

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I owe you all an apology. I just looked at the roster of the last handful of posts and realized, wow this has gotten grim and depressing. I am so, so sorry about that. Let’s lighten things up. A lot. What is it? Aliens Ate My Buick is Thomas Dolby’s third studio record, released in […]

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The last one was all because of a music video. This one’s all because of a girl. What is it? Darkest Days is the third album released by Stabbing Westward, another of those 1990s post-grunge angst-and-woe bands that made a bit of a splash for a brief moment. It’s a whopping 16 tracks long, most […]

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Nine months ago I took a scroll through my music library to select records to write about throughout 2018. Later, when I sorted my choices by release date, some interesting pairings caught my eye. Let’s talk about some late-90s post-grunge angry gloomy whiny alternative stuff, shall we? Yeah, apparently I was into tha

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This, right here, is a near-perfect example of an artist who gets better with time, who most assuredly did not peak with their first couple of efforts. What is it? Compass is the 2009 album release from Assemblage 23. Its normal, official form consists of ten tracks, with five more (two remixes and three additional […

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The names on the sleeves of the albums in my library range from the household names to the dreadfully obscure. As ones skims along the shelf, occasionally, one spots a name which tends to elicit a response along the lines, of, “Him? Seriously?” What is it? Tao is the 1985 studio record from the actor-musician [&

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We are a family of hermits. We don’t get together much, we don’t chat often, etc, etc. This week, though, my sister (with teenage daughter in tow) is making the grand tour of the western USA to spend time with as many of these hermits as she can. Wednesday, my son came over to join […]

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I have my late great-grandfather George to thank for this one, as he introduced me to the music of Vangelis at a very young age. I kept some of the cassette tapes he made for me until only a few years ago (purged in the last move, as I no longer even own a cassette […]

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Just to really, really break the formula, I threw in one of those “soundtracks” which are really just an excuse to package a bunch of songs from various artists into one presumably-appealing market-friendly slice of the current state of the pop music industry. The movie could have been a blockbuster, but more li

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It’s not very often that you run into an album where the stuff they recorded but left off is both as plentiful and as high quality as what made it onto the released record. What is it? The Broadsword and the Beast is the 1982 record from Jethro Tull, a band named for a guy […]

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I wonder what, in the coming post-CD age, will replace the gimmick of the “hidden track” at the end of the disc, found after waiting through several minutes of silence. What is it? Title of Record is the 1999 sophomore album release by Filter, the band mostly and forever known for that “Hey Man Nice [̷

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The nice thing about having soundtracks in the year’s project roster is it gives me a chance to take a bit of a break. Think of them as sort of like a “bottle episode” of a TV show. What is it? It’s the soundtrack to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released in 1984. […]

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Against what might be called my “better judgement,” had I any to speak of, I decided to try out one of Right Stuf’s monthly loot box “Anime Haul” deals. They had my number this time, the theme being Music. (It was a rough week; I decided retail therapy was as good as any other kind.) […]

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I had the day off. I had plans fall through for the day. I recently figured out how to make the AR camera work again in the Pokémon GO app. (Turns out, it needs permissions to store files. Derp.) So I went to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a place with a staggering amount of […]

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I made some mistakes while selecting the album list. That’s fine, mistakes happen. Two of the mistakes boil down to, “but I’ve already written about this one!” Ha ha, too late, I made a big sampler mix late last year and everything. I’m committed. Here’s the first of those mistakes. IR

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Let’s put on a little play, in one act. To set the scene you need to know that my employers use a service called Backup Radar to track successes and failures across our suite of supported backup products. Backup Radar uses APIs to connect to some services and relies on emailed reports for others. CrashPlan […]

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For the record: This week I got rid of the Piwigo gallery in favor of just cramming galleries into the main site via plugin. Note the “Galleries” menu above. In case any Piwigo fans/devs read this? Vanity-searching your project name on Twitter just to tell a random person how wrong they are about the problems [&

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Yes, I could’ve placed this self-titled release up against a couple of the others. I decided against that in favor of honoring the anniversary of its release. What is it? Toy Matinee is a one-off masterwork of pop music released this week, twenty-eight years ago. In its original form it’s only nine songs long, b

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That’s right, I’m picking an album from the highly-regarded woman who composes anime soundtracks who isn’t Yoko Kanno. Sorry, Cowboy Bebop fans. What is it? Fiction is a 2003 album from Yuki Kajiura, whose initial claim to fame was being involved in the Noir and .hack soundtracks, generally speaking. How d

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Look, if you think I was going to type out the band’s name twice just to see how far I could push WordPress’s post title boundary, you’ve got another think coming. What is it? Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe is the quite-literally self-titled 1989 release by four guys who might have been called Yes but could

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In the grand scheme of things, some bands are simply destined to be remembered for that one hit song from their first record. In this particular case that’s a damned shame. What is it? dada is the third studio album by the band dada (lowercase intentional, for artsy-fartsy reasons), released in late 1998 to almost [&#

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The overwhelming majority of the music in my library came to me via other media (movies, TV shows, fan-made videos) or recommendations from friends & acquaintances. Occasionally I dabble in letting online services suggest things, and nearly always I’m disappointed. And then there’s this oddball thing. What i

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Remember last year when one of the running themes was a giant-robot content warning? Ah, those were the days, weren’t they? What is it? The Pacific Rim Soundtrack is the 2013 release of Ramin Djawadi’s marvelous accompanying music for the delightful mechs-versus-monsters film we all know and love. We do all know

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So much for big, popular records by recognizable bands! This week, we’re going for something rather obscure. What is it? Shine is a late-1999 electronica release by one of those European acts who like to change their name based on which way the winds are blowing, or the change of state of a subatomic particle, […

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After nearly twelve years in the same office at work I have shuffled over to a slightly larger, somewhat newer office. It features a standing desk and a window taking up almost one entire wall. (My old office could best be described as a “lightless cave.”) While we were figuring out what furniture should go [

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Apparently the theme for this stretch of posts is “music by acts I’m only somewhat into.” It wasn’t intentional, I assure you. What is it? Revelations is the 2006 album released by don’t-call-it-a-supergroup Audioslave, the amalgamation of Soundgarden’s singer and the everything-else of R

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It occurred to me, after I clicked the “schedule” button on last week’s post, that there is in fact a relevant and natural follow-up subject in the spreadsheet. Queensrÿche’s Promised Land is often referred to as their take on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, so why not bring out the selected

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