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From the year 1985, some musings on whether the microchip will free or enslave us all, as we finish up The Day The Universe Changed… (12 June 2014) “Maybe everything was all joined up once, then drifted apart. Hmm?” – James Burke, The Day The Universe Changed If you watched the new rendition of Cosmos recently,

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We’re almost all caught up with my gifsets from Tumblr for The Day The Universe Changed… (12 May 2014) “But then, Edison didn’t just switch on. Edison SWITCHED ON. “Typically, Edison did it on a grand scale, producing everything needed from switches, to cables, to generating plant.” – James Burke,

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The gifsets didn’t turn out too well on this one, for various reasons, but it’s still one of the best episodes of any of Burke’s television programs and I recommend it highly… (24 April 2014) “Here, this limestone is full of them, anywhere you look. “Only, these have been off the menu for som

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The Tumblr archival work continues… (13 March 2014) “See, in 18th Century terms, this is where the elite meet. And at the time, the salon for all the name-droppers was run by the lovely widow of a late leading liberal called Helvétius.” – James Burke, The Day The Universe Changed Yep, it’s been a while.

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So I’m avoiding Fridays, the better to not bump up against my other scheduled posting thing, the 3WA. Which, hopefully, this archival project will not distract too much from. And this is one of those cases where my site’s format differing so much from Tumblr’s dashboard makes my image layout choices seem a

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You thought we were done with the soundtracks, perhaps? Oh no. One more time, folks. What is it? Last Exile O.S.T. is the first of two soundtracks for studio Gonzo’s Last Exile anime series from 2003. It consists mostly of instrumental material by the trio called Dolce Triade, plus the voiced opening and closing theme

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Both of these were posted on the same day… kind of. The first was actually my original “trial balloon” months earlier, but archived here is the “official” entry… (27 Nov 2013) “The Earth moves, although the Bible says it doesn’t. It’s no longer at the center of God’s universe, alt

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I’m spacing these Tumblr gifset archival posts out day by day, but not at a particular time. Hey, at least it’s more stuff on the ol’ journal/blog/thingy, right? (21 Sept 2013) “Okay, first, you think of an ordinary house. Then you walk through it in your mind, putting in bizarre reminders of what it is

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Another of the archival James Burke gifsets I made for Tumblr starting in 2013, again from The Day The Universe Changed: (21 Aug 2013) “See, after years of hard times and no money and living in tinpot brick churches and fighting off the competition from the anti-Popes in France, by 1417 the Roman Papacy was […]

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I’m archiving the James Burke gifset project I posted to Tumblr years ago, since if Tumblr goes away I’ll have no record of what I did there, and this was really the only original content I posted. I went through most of the episodes of The Day The Universe Changed and, later, the original Connections […]

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Deciding the roster for this year’s project required a number of decisions regarding artists who appear under more than one project. David Bowie could’ve been represented in the roster by Tin Machine. Several people were represented by Genesis. Robert Plant could’ve been represented by Led Zeppelin. Chris

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And now for something that became more popular than I expected. What is it? Lunatic is the 2012 not-actually-a-debut record from the band KONGOS. How does it sound? They’re playin’ sex on the sampler mix: Why this pick? It’s an astonishingly good record, really. Also, I already did a full write-up for the

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And now for an artist who serves as a good metaphor about fishes and the size of the ponds they inhabit. What is it? Movement In Still Life is the late 1999 album release by the electronica artist who goes by his initials, BT. For the purposes of this entry I should clarify I’m talking […]

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And now for an artist who I found through a video game demo, lost track of, then found again by accident not realizing until a while later that the new project was run by the guy who did that video game music years ago. There isn’t too much; I’ll sum up. But first: What is […]

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Sometimes, what an established band really needs is a change of scenery to shake up the creative flow a bit. What is it? Presto is the 1989 studio album release from Rush. It’s their first under the Atlantic label and with a different producer from their previous couple of records. How does it sound? Girls […]

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I double-checked this website’s archives to make absolutely certain that I haven’t reviewed this Garbage record before. Whew. What is it? Bleed Like Me is the 2005 release from Garbage, a band everyone insists peaked with their Version 2.0 album seven years previously. (They’re still going strong, by the w

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Was it a great movie? Maybe not. Did it look amazing? Mostly yes. Did it sound fantastic? Oh, indeed it did. What is it? Tron: Legacy (Soundtrack) is, as one can surmise from the name, the soundtrack to the sequel movie released in 2010 that nobody really expected to ever get made. But if it […]

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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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