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  1. Here in Realityland I'd choose either "Firth of...

    Here in Realityland I'd choose either "Firth of Fifth" or "The Night Watch".
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    No, but I did choose MC5, so I decline the title...

    No, but I did choose MC5, so I decline the title of tenacious proghead...
  3. ^^^ Okay, so it's "prog." (As is A.) But that...

    ^^^ Okay, so it's "prog." (As is A.) But that doesn't make it good.
  4. Sorry, that sounds to me like something that got...

    Sorry, that sounds to me like something that got left off of A -- for good reason.
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    Munchausen started quite niftily but the second...

    Munchausen started quite niftily but the second part descended into crud.

    Now reading Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun: A Chapter Guide, by Michael Andre-Driussi. For those who don't know, The...
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    1. King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King...

    1. King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
    2. The Who, Tommy
    3. Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Transit Authority
    4. The Beatles, Abbey Road
    5. The Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa
    6....
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    Of Mice and Men was just astounding. And now...

    Of Mice and Men was just astounding.

    And now for something completely different: The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolph Erich Raspe.
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    ^^^ I heard real musicality in just the first...

    ^^^ I heard real musicality in just the first notes. Awesome performance.
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    Yes, I meant the Italian band; never heard of the...

    Yes, I meant the Italian band; never heard of the American one.
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    I'm such a beer snob that I won't drink any. None...

    I'm such a beer snob that I won't drink any. None of it is good enough for me.
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    So you're basically saying that it's the...

    So you're basically saying that it's the English-language equivalent of Kobaian?
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    That some good stuff. Thanks for introducing me...

    That some good stuff. Thanks for introducing me to it!

    (Though I would never have expected to like a 2-minute harmonica solo.)
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    And before them, the Beats. Good point. What...

    And before them, the Beats. Good point.

    What I'm saying here is that rap derives from a lot of things that many/most people who despise rap actually enjoy; it's the content that turns us off, but...
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    Okay. Rap/hiphop is a legitimate form of...

    Okay. Rap/hiphop is a legitimate form of expression (i.e., "art form"), and can rise to the level of "high art". It's just that Sturgeon's Law ("99% of everything shit") applies to it, just as much...
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    Not all of his lyrics are incomprehensible. But...

    Not all of his lyrics are incomprehensible. But honestly, when he writes something like this:

    Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
    Caesar's palace, morning glory, silly human race,...
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    ...and by that time the second trilogy should be...

    ...and by that time the second trilogy should be complete so they can keep going for another two years.
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    Interesting. Still, I'll probably wait for the...

    Interesting. Still, I'll probably wait for the paperback.

    Meanwhile, on to another classic I've been meaning to read for years, Of Mice and Men. Very thin book but 20 pages in looks to be a...
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    I'm not sure whether sound travels "better" in...

    I'm not sure whether sound travels "better" in water than in air, but it definitely travels faster. Mach 1 in pure water is about 1450 meters per second; in sea water it's about 1500 mps, while in...
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    Managed a couple of minutes, and, though I am...

    Managed a couple of minutes, and, though I am religious, this kind of gospel music does not rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham.
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    Don't know that I'll read The Testaments. The...

    Don't know that I'll read The Testaments. The original was quite bleak enough for me.
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    Last night started M.R. James's Ghost Stories of...

    Last night started M.R. James's Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. Deliberately paced, non-splattery horror. This will take me past the Hallowe'en reading season :)
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    Finished that, now reading Cherie Priest's...

    Finished that, now reading Cherie Priest's new(ish) The Toll. Southern Gothic with a serious atmosphere of dread (so far).
  23. I loved the Vanilla Fudge arrangement of "Season...

    I loved the Vanilla Fudge arrangement of "Season of the Witch" - thank you spiderfeathers! I always thought the original should be creepier, and here it is.
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    This is always a danger when watching or reading...

    This is always a danger when watching or reading or even listening to things you loved in the past, and especially when quite young: the Suck Fairy gets to things.
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    Pretty cool, though that first percussion bit had...

    Pretty cool, though that first percussion bit had me thinking of a Pete Townshend synth opening and waiting for the inevitable power chord...
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    The ones that have resonated with me so far?...

    The ones that have resonated with me so far?
    "The Candle and the Darkness" by Aric Sundquist - a really nasty Armageddon story.
    "The Lullaby Man" by John MacNee - one of those "creatures children...
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    Finished with King, still in October reading...

    Finished with King, still in October reading mode: Blood Rites: an Invitation to Horror, edited by Marc Ciccarone. Got it cheap on Kindle, with fairly low expectations. I'm finding it rather better...
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    H'mmm. I kind of see what you're saying. Like...

    H'mmm. I kind of see what you're saying. Like Alice reading "Jabberwocky":


    And yet...
    and yet ...
    "I Am the Walrus" and "Jabberwocky" are clever. Even "Close to the Edge" has some...
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    Political discussion.Stop it before you get this...

    Political discussion.Stop it before you get this thread shut down.
  30. Here's two. One from the 'Oo: ...

    Here's two. One from the 'Oo:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUFgqKbu2Fo

    And one from Fred Schneider of B52s fame:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6ONiIwfLLU
    (Come on, someone was going...
  31. Damn. I haven't listened to that album in years....

    Damn. I haven't listened to that album in years. Forgot how good it was. Gotta get it on CD before they aren't made anymore...
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    Unless (of course) they fail even at that.

    Unless (of course) they fail even at that.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfWpYdjjmcQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfWpYdjjmcQ
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    Yeah, it sounds nice, fits the music very well,...

    Yeah, it sounds nice, fits the music very well, but what the Hell is it about? I don't believe even Anderson could answer that one coherently.
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    Finished Finders Keepers. One of King's tensest...

    Finished Finders Keepers. One of King's tensest climaxes. Now on to End of Watch, which is previewed (or at least hinted at) a little bit in the course of FK.
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    ^^^ Never seen the video before, but I've always...

    ^^^ Never seen the video before, but I've always loved the song as a lovely bit of minimalism.

    Love how he snaps fingers instead of playing the last note of the Casio riff. Making fun of the...
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    An honorable cover.

    An honorable cover.
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    OK, some Cohen snippets: Bird on the Wire...

    OK, some Cohen snippets:

    Bird on the Wire (1969):


    Who By Fire (1974):


    Dance Me to the End of Love (1984):
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    Sorry, Bill, but Dylan has to take a second seat...

    Sorry, Bill, but Dylan has to take a second seat to the late great Leonard Cohen (IMIO). He should have won the Nobel for literature...
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    The thing is, the Rutles' songs are all parodies...

    The thing is, the Rutles' songs are all parodies of specific Beatle songs.

    You know who really cracked the Beatles "formula", with completely original songs? Todd Rundgren and Utopia.

    ...
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    The problem is, most Simak wouldn't film...

    The problem is, most Simak wouldn't film profitably. He doesn't have things going fast and blowing up, he has people with feelings and problems (even the robots and Dogs); from a visual point of...
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    When he (Simak) and Heinlein died within a few...

    When he (Simak) and Heinlein died within a few months of each other, it was like a gut punch to me. I wrote at the time that, if Heinlein was the manifestation of brains in science fiction, Simak was...
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    Pete Townshend: Bernie Taupin (Elton...

    Pete Townshend:



    Bernie Taupin (Elton John):


    And for the lovers of word-play, there's Adrian Belew:
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    You mayu already know this, but this entire song...

    You mayu already know this, but this entire song is paraphrased lines from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
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    1) Ray Garton is a very disturbing writer indeed...

    1) Ray Garton is a very disturbing writer indeed (and a helluva nice guy).

    2) "To read science fiction is to read Simak" -- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Finished Mr. Mercedes. Dynamite climax. Dove...

    Finished Mr. Mercedes. Dynamite climax. Dove right into Finders Keepers.
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    My favorite is still... ...

    My favorite is still...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1xEEnKI_Nc
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    ^^^ Yep, that's almost as dumb as her big hit....

    ^^^ Yep, that's almost as dumb as her big hit. Maybe dumber.

    As for "MacArthur Park," I also like Donna Summer's version - it's got a lot of guts and emotion in it. But I've only heard the "short"...
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    H'mm. I kind of like that Electric Gauchos track...

    H'mm. I kind of like that Electric Gauchos track ... but it has the same flaw to me that is present in the League of Crafty Guitarists album I only play occasionally: it's cold and sterile, even...
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    The Who: "Wasp Man". An early Keith Moony version...

    The Who: "Wasp Man". An early Keith Moony version of the power riff that would become "In a Hand or a Face".
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    If you like David's stuff, get his Howling Mad,...

    If you like David's stuff, get his Howling Mad, about a wolf who gets bitten by a werewolf and turns into a man under the full moon.
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    That's the best version of "Doctor Diamond" I've...

    That's the best version of "Doctor Diamond" I've ever heard (I don't have that particular box, alas!)
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    To my surprise, I developed some serious respect...

    To my surprise, I developed some serious respect for Taylor Swift after watching her NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
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    ^^^ You can't go wrong with Powers, except maybe...

    ^^^ You can't go wrong with Powers, except maybe his first two books (originally published by LASER books in the '70s; now available de-edited and somewhat better in the omnibus volume Powers of...
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    ^^^ Almost as bad as "Ebony and Ivory". Pete...

    ^^^ Almost as bad as "Ebony and Ivory".

    Pete Townshend once dissed "E&I" in an interview, then added, "Of course, I'm guilty of 'Squeeze Box'".
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    OK. You say so.

    OK. You say so.
  57. "Tales from Topographic Puddles," eh?

    "Tales from Topographic Puddles," eh?
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    Seriously, did Zappa like anyone?

    Seriously, did Zappa like anyone?
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    Aaagh. The next "Friday!"

    Aaagh. The next "Friday!"
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    The day the song "Short People" hit the radio...

    The day the song "Short People" hit the radio Newman called Harlan Ellison to personally apologize.
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