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  1. Fourteen doorstops.

    Fourteen doorstops.
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    Well, and then there's Tony Bennett, who's, what,...

    Well, and then there's Tony Bennett, who's, what, 92? 93?, and still performing and recording with the likes of Gaga (who, whatever you may say about her songwriting - and I like a lot of it - has a...
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    Ummm. Does the Mahavishnu Orchestra count, or is...

    Ummm. Does the Mahavishnu Orchestra count, or is that too rock-ified?
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    Sleeper is the one that still breaks me up every...

    Sleeper is the one that still breaks me up every time. Note-perfect slapstick.
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    Mars Attacks!

    Mars Attacks!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HlSbzU1IiI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HlSbzU1IiI
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    That video hurts my 61 yr old braims. On the...

    That video hurts my 61 yr old braims.

    On the other hand the song reminds me of "Discipine". In a good way.
  8. Right next to the one about musicians who made...

    Right next to the one about musicians who made money playing music...
  9. Despite the growing crankiness and misogyny I...

    Despite the growing crankiness and misogyny I managed to finish Cerebus, mostly by waiting to buy the last hundred issues in the "phone book" editions without Sim's horrid editorials. I mean, the man...
  10. So glad things are going well for your dad!

    So glad things are going well for your dad!
  11. John Lennon.

    John Lennon.
  12. Ooooh. Gotta see this. Yoshi's is like 15 min...

    Ooooh. Gotta see this. Yoshi's is like 15 min from my house!
  13. That averages to $14.20 a disc, which is a little...

    That averages to $14.20 a disc, which is a little heavy but not very. Throw in the goodies and I think the price is reasonable.

    I mean, I'm not interested enough to buy it, but it seems reasonably...
  14. Wow, this thread has turned depressing. ...

    Wow, this thread has turned depressing.

    Renate, I'm praying for your father. (If you don't like prayer think of it as "good vibes.")
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    That's a pretty cool graphic...

    That's a pretty cool graphic...
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    Miéville writes a lot of different things: mostly...

    Miéville writes a lot of different things: mostly fantasy, mostly urban, but at least one straight science fiction novel (Embassytown), at least one historical SF novel (Kraken), and at least one...
  17. Brian Eno has a technique called "Skysaw Guitar",...

    Brian Eno has a technique called "Skysaw Guitar", which was used on the track of that name and also on "Red Sails" (from Bowie's Lodger album) - basically, have the same guitarist record solos in the...
  18. We just moved my mother-in-law out of assisted...

    We just moved my mother-in-law out of assisted living and into board-and-care/hospice. It's sad, even though I never really liked or got on with her. She was a proud intelligent woman who worked...
  19. As near as I can tell, his only Genesis work...

    As near as I can tell, his only Genesis work (other than the Lamb) has been "Supper's Ready" and an early storyboard for "A Trick of the Tail" (the song, not the album).
  20. that was ... different. I like it though.

    that was ... different. I like it though.
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    Now that I've had a day to digest this news, let...

    Now that I've had a day to digest this news, let me rephrase that.

    Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, baked beans, shit, shit, and shit.
  22. Hail and farewell, Ed's Mom; may I be as good a...

    Hail and farewell, Ed's Mom; may I be as good a son when my parents' time comes.
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    Damn ... it's well done but leaves out the good...

    Damn ... it's well done but leaves out the good part of the song (which would be really well adapted for violin).
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    Shit.

    Shit.
  25. ^^^Sounds like a lost line from The Lamb

    ^^^Sounds like a lost line from The Lamb
  26. I wonder what it is so many people have against...

    I wonder what it is so many people have against "Billy the Mountain". To me, it's one of Zappa's finest toons - or, rather, it contains several of them.
  27. Actually, Christopher Tolkien did release the...

    Actually, Christopher Tolkien did release the story of Túrin as a book unto itself, notably expanded from the Silmarillionversion. It's called The Children of Húrin.
  28. Not blasphemy, and a very good question. The...

    Not blasphemy, and a very good question.

    The Silmarillion is actually a collection of five parts.

    The first part, "Ainulindalë" is (as Dark Elf noted) an exquisitely beautiful creation myth.
    ...
  29. Weird thing just happened. Several days ago I...

    Weird thing just happened. Several days ago I finished reading his last edition of his father's work (The Fall of Gondolin). Then, for something lighter, picked up a Mike Resnick book - and that...
  30. These earlier references are more and more...

    These earlier references are more and more dubious re: the whole prog thing. Just sayin'.
  31. ^^^What he said.

    ^^^What he said.
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    Orlando, by Virginia Woolf. Wow, this is really...

    Orlando, by Virginia Woolf. Wow, this is really different from everything else I've read by her...
  33. +1 to that!

    +1 to that!
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    Somebody should mention that the Oscar noms are...

    Somebody should mention that the Oscar noms are out.

    OK, I mentioned it.

    Move along, nothing to see here...
  35. California ... pleeease...

    California ... pleeease...
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    A song about coffee? Piddling piffle. Try a whole...

    A song about coffee? Piddling piffle. Try a whole cantata about coffee ... by JS Bach, no less...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifUBDgPhl4

    Ahhh....Bach....
  37. Freak Out if only for "The Return of the Son of...

    Freak Out if only for "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet".
    Just Another Band from LA for the best of the Flo & Eddie period
    Apostrophe' for George Duke's playing
    Roxy & Elsewhere[I] for an...
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    She seems to be very popular, for some strange...

    She seems to be very popular, for some strange reason, with metalheads.

    She is very good in a Kate Bush sort of way.
  39. Not only that, but disgustibus non deputandem.

    Not only that, but disgustibus non deputandem.
  40. I'm hearing Canterbury more than Zeuhl. Whatever,...

    I'm hearing Canterbury more than Zeuhl. Whatever, I like it.
  41. That is a helluva band, but I think the 1977 band...

    That is a helluva band, but I think the 1977 band (Levin, Fripp ["Rhodes"], Hunter, Fast, Schwartzberg, Maelin and Aaberg) was at least close, though very different. More of a rock-out band, really:...
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    I read Collapse a few years ago, and found it a...

    I read Collapse a few years ago, and found it a most interesting read. Perhaps the most dramatic section is the comparison of Haiti to the Dominican Republic...and given what has happened on that...
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    It was quite a fitting end to the "journeys" of...

    It was quite a fitting end to the "journeys" of several characters, with a slingshot ending that could lead anywhere.
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    Ursula K. Le Guin The Last Interview.

    Ursula K. Le Guin The Last Interview.
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    R.D. Laing, Knots. It really is like the song.

    R.D. Laing, Knots. It really is like the song.
  46. I didn't forget them, I just don't consider them...

    I didn't forget them, I just don't consider them "core."

    You're right about "art rock."
  47. Authorities don't determine usage. A good...

    Authorities don't determine usage. A good dictionary (like Webster's or the OED) knows this and strives to keep up with actual usage, rather than trying to prescribe it.

    How a magazine used a term...
  48. Do you actually give a flying fuck what the music...

    Do you actually give a flying fuck what the music magazines say?
  49. My Dad and Mom have decided to move to a senior...

    My Dad and Mom have decided to move to a senior center next summer. Good for them.

    My father recently wrote a 30+ page semi-fictional piece imagining, starting with his great-grandfather leaving...
  50. If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't...

    If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't progressive, you need to get out more often.
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    Vachel Lindsay: The Art of the Moving Picture....

    Vachel Lindsay: The Art of the Moving Picture. Written in 1915, updated in 1922 (if I'm remembering correctly), established a lot of the aesthetic values for movies (and some that ceased to be...
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    Happy Ho-Ho.

    Happy Ho-Ho.
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    Cool.

    Cool.
  54. H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of...

    H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of those "artists" (Tower of Power horn section, Solar Choir, Zap Mama) are multiple persons, that might beat Centipede...
  55. I don't get to as many concerts as some of youse...

    I don't get to as many concerts as some of youse guyse, but I did particularly enjoy:
    King Crimson (2014 and 2019)
    Yusuf / Cat Stevens (~2016)
    Steve Hackett (2016?)
  56. Interesting. The songwriting sounds more like...

    Interesting. The songwriting sounds more like Leonard Cohen, but I see what you mean.
  57. Then why are you even reading this thread?

    Then why are you even reading this thread?
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    I haven't read a lot of Rushdie, but the one...

    I haven't read a lot of Rushdie, but the one before last (The Golden House) really blew me away.
  59. Lead soldiers, magnesium strips... Chemistry...

    Lead soldiers, magnesium strips...

    Chemistry sets. Those things were chock-full of death-in-a-bottle.

    Re: Backyard skating rinks. We lived for a year in a house that backed onto Candlewood Lake...
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    For me he will always be the French chef in The...

    For me he will always be the French chef in The Little Mermaid... "Les poissons, les poissons, how I love leetle feesh..."
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