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  1. Sadly, this is bullshit. The basic idea is that...

    Sadly, this is bullshit. The basic idea is that Rael is "new" to the city -- which he refers to longingly as "my home". And castration anxiety? He volunteers!
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    One of my favorite composers. Favorite piece is...

    One of my favorite composers. Favorite piece is the (alas, fairly obscure) Swanwhite suite:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0WjMC_ZgDc
  3. Umm, if you look at what I wrote, I in no way...

    Umm, if you look at what I wrote, I in no way implied that musique concréte was a productof the '60s.
  4. With due respect, it is music, just not...

    With due respect, it is music, just not conventional music. It is a lot like musique concréte and the taped / electronic experiments that had been going on for the better part of a decade.

    Useful...
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    No, Brian didn't finish any of Frank's books. ...

    No, Brian didn't finish any of Frank's books.

    What did happen was this: Herbert pére left an outline for an untitled "Dune 7." After finishing the "House" trilogy and the "Legends/Butlerian...
  6. Preface: This is not directed at anyone in...

    Preface: This is not directed at anyone in particular.

    It is my observation that any double album will bring about cries of "filler." Also often, but not always, "pretentious." Almost always...
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    Oh ... piffle. It's factually inaccurate. In a...

    Oh ... piffle. It's factually inaccurate. In a biopic. So nu? I mean, seriously, this is a picayune detail and - without having seen it - I'm willing to lay good money that something far more...
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    I love Dracula Dead and Loving It, but de...

    I love Dracula Dead and Loving It, but de gustibus. Brooks's low point was Spaceballs, which, weirdly, contains my favorite single scene in any of his movies (the diner scene).
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    I don't know it but it's definitely not the 'Oo....

    I don't know it but it's definitely not the 'Oo. Which is a pity, because they actually did write a Coke commercial once and Coke turned it down...
  10. Hey, knock yourself out; I regret that I didn't...

    Hey, knock yourself out; I regret that I didn't see them in their prime (my only Yes show was for the 90125 tour), but I don't begrudge anyone else their fun. And I'm going to see Crim in a couple of...
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    In the manner of TLev's "funk fingers"?

    In the manner of TLev's "funk fingers"?
  12. Frankly, it reaffirmed my belief that it's time...

    Frankly, it reaffirmed my belief that it's time for them to call it a day. They have a fantastic history behind them, but I don't see them doing anything that really continues it. Someone called them...
  13. Dude. Rock never does anything with dignity....

    Dude.

    Rock never does anything with dignity. Dignity so isn't rock'n'roll.
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    Whatthefudge?!?!?

    Whatthefudge?!?!?
  15. Grumble. All in the northeast.

    Grumble. All in the northeast.
  16. Well, howzabout that. Somebody Todd looks good...

    Well, howzabout that. Somebody Todd looks good standing next to.
  17. What?

    What?
  18. Ya know, a decent blu-ray player these days would...

    Ya know, a decent blu-ray player these days would cost you significantly less than the box set...
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    Noon my time. Gotta take a long lunch break.

    Noon my time. Gotta take a long lunch break.
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    This is how I think a rap cover can be done...

    This is how I think a rap cover can be done really well:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vssCS6_tMjk

    While I was looking for that, I found this piece of political satire:

    ...
  21. Damn, I'm revved about this...

    Damn, I'm revved about this...
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    Ummm. You're missing the point. The point is that...

    Ummm. You're missing the point. The point is that the books are good enough to set new records in several areas, only one of which had to do with her being an African-American woman.

    And, because...
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    Always have. "Matte Kudasai," "Heartbeat" "Inner...

    Always have. "Matte Kudasai," "Heartbeat" "Inner Garden", "One Hand", "Eyes Wide Open" all come to mind.
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    While I agree in general, I think the single most...

    While I agree in general, I think the single most beautiful Crimsong of the '70s is from SAAB - "The Night Watch".
  25. Bagpipe is not hard to play. It is, however,...

    Bagpipe is not hard to play. It is, however, impossible to play well...
  26. Props also to van Leer, who seems to have better...

    Props also to van Leer, who seems to have better breath control...
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    Ten Anni Live smokes. Some of the sound is less...

    Ten Anni Live smokes. Some of the sound is less than perfect. A couple of tunes get into self-indulgent soloing/noodling. But on the whole, it's a great document of the band live.

    I also want to...
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    ...which would never have been in danger if he...

    ...which would never have been in danger if he hadn't been involved in the first place...
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    ^^^ Not only did the three volumes each win a...

    ^^^

    Not only did the three volumes each win a Hugo, which is a first; they won the author a best-novel Hugo three years in a row, which is also a first; and the first one was the first novel Hugo...
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    The people who make the Pratchett movies are very...

    The people who make the Pratchett movies are very faithful to the books, in general; unlike, say, Peter Jackson, they know they have a text that is semi-sacred to a lot of people and don't mess with...
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    This is interesting, but it's four hours long and...

    This is interesting, but it's four hours long and should be taken in doses.

    On his "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Tour" last year, Weird Al Yankovic played a different cover song every...
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    Just read two books each by Virginia Woolf (Night...

    Just read two books each by Virginia Woolf (Night and Day and Monday or Tuesday) and Octavia Estelle Butler (Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents), all of which are really good stuff. Now...
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    Best. Toto. Cover. EVAH!...

    Best. Toto. Cover. EVAH!
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    Ummm ... not really. It was consciously patterned...

    Ummm ... not really. It was consciously patterned after the Kurosawa/Mifune film The Hidden Fortress, combined with the "feel" of '40s serials.
  35. Wow, good stuff. The east coast gets all the good...

    Wow, good stuff. The east coast gets all the good Eurobands.
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    The initial fad for science fiction movies...

    The initial fad for science fiction movies started earlier than that - it was the aftermath of the atomic bomb that really kicked off films like Gojira (1954) and The Day the Earth Stood Still...
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    The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino. An...

    The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino. An author I've been meaning to get around to since the '70s. So far, quite good.
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    That set list? Yawwwn... Especially D2...

    That set list? Yawwwn... Especially D2...
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    ^^^Not my point. I'm not saying there wasn't some...

    ^^^Not my point. I'm not saying there wasn't some decent acting. I'm saying the CGI drowned it out.
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    Just watched Endgame. Triumph of CGI over acting.

    Just watched Endgame. Triumph of CGI over acting.
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    Just watched the video. He's spot on.

    Just watched the video. He's spot on.
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    I've listened to some of the "Symphonic Jazz"...

    I've listened to some of the "Symphonic Jazz" stuff and I have to ask, under what dispensation this stuff can be called jazz? Even Leonard Bernstein was jazzier than this.
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    Actually ... Well, look at STAR WARS (a/k/a...

    Actually ... Well, look at STAR WARS (a/k/a "Episode IV A New Hope"). Movies can and sometimes are changed for rerelease.

    But even when that's not true, the subjective movie, what you see rather...
  44. Good music gets better with repeated listenings...

    Good music gets better with repeated listenings (to a certain limit). Comedy, with rare exceptions, depends so much on surprise that it gets stale fast.
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    If this is disco, I'm Donna Summer.

    If this is disco, I'm Donna Summer.
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    Whereas I do ... but can't.

    Whereas I do ... but can't.
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    John, you reminded me of one of my favorites,...

    John, you reminded me of one of my favorites, from the same album as "Blue Turk": Dunaway's lines on "Gutter Cat vs. the Jets" has always blown me away.
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    I dance, but only on solidly reinforced floors.

    I dance, but only on solidly reinforced floors.
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    H'mmm. I'm hearing a number of the quirks of the...

    H'mmm. I'm hearing a number of the quirks of the Old Nektar here, the interplay of the guitar and organ and certain chord progressions ... but it isn't wowing me. Organ break at 4.45 or so is...
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    Ok, just watched the video. I have to confess...

    Ok, just watched the video.

    I have to confess that I have never heard the live versions of Zess, but this knocks my socks off. (Unfortunately I wasn't wearing any and now my feet hurt!)

    This is...
  51. Nice sound. Can't wait to hear the whole album.

    Nice sound.

    Can't wait to hear the whole album.
  52. P. - I am terribly sorry to hear about your...

    P. - I am terribly sorry to hear about your sister, for what little a stranger's concern is in such times. I wish there was something I could do.
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    Voyage, Orestes! proved, as I rather expected, to...

    Voyage, Orestes! proved, as I rather expected, to be a minor bit only for Delany fanatics (like me).

    Now complete shift of direction to Nora Roberts's post-apocalyptic novel Year One
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    If you have the kind of mind that can discipline...

    If you have the kind of mind that can discipline itself to pay full attention to an entire album on multiple listenings, then God bless you, but I can't do it. My mind wanders no matter what I'm doing
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    In the late '80s, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were...

    In the late '80s, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were touring as (if I recall correctly) the Third Best Garage Band in the World. this is the first half of the show I saw:

    ...
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    When I refer to a "perfect" album I mean an album...

    When I refer to a "perfect" album I mean an album where I can't imagine changing, removing, or adding any one note to or from any song without diminishing the whole; where the songs are in the best...
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    Interesting. I can only think of two "perfect"...

    Interesting. I can only think of two "perfect" albums in my collection: King Crimson's Discipline and the Who's Quadrophenia. And I'm not sure about Quad.
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    Sorry L; Teena Marie just don't put the mojo in...

    Sorry L; Teena Marie just don't put the mojo in my mules.
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    First actual Kinks CD I bought. It did not...

    First actual Kinks CD I bought. It did not disappoint.
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    Full review will follow in the SFF private group,...

    Full review will follow in the SFF private group, but for now let me just say that it's extraordinary, and I have no idea why it was published as a trilogy; it's a single novel broken at (somewhat...
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