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    Now on my Kindle: The History Of The Hobbit, a...

    Now on my Kindle: The History Of The Hobbit, a presentation of and commentary on the drafts of Tolkien's book.
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    Numbah nine, numbah nine, numbah nine...

    Numbah nine, numbah nine, numbah nine...
  3. Oh, I like that. A little bit Red-era Krimson but...

    Oh, I like that. A little bit Red-era Krimson but not too derivative. Energetic.
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    Ya know, I was expecting a mob with ropes and...

    Ya know, I was expecting a mob with ropes and torches when I said that...
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    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway. Part of a...

    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway. Part of a multi-year project of reading her complete works in (roughly) chronological order. This is her first "masterpiece", and the first one I've found at all...
  6. Moi aussi. Indeed, when I am interested in a band...

    Moi aussi. Indeed, when I am interested in a band I'll usually start with their live album(s), if any. Quite aside from the live energy, it often contains a good selection of their best stuff.
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    American football sucks.

    American football sucks.
  8. Are "Teddy Bear" or "Soft Dog" on there?

    Are "Teddy Bear" or "Soft Dog" on there?
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    Me like.

    Me like.
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    In fairness, it's a bit more than that - the...

    In fairness, it's a bit more than that - the serial killer gets offed in the first episode and something nastier and darker is living in the sewers of London-analogue.
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    Well, I'm in. I just hope Townshend doesn't play...

    Well, I'm in. I just hope Townshend doesn't play near-bout everything like on Endless Wire.
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    You mean you never sing "Giant Hogweed" in the...

    You mean you never sing "Giant Hogweed" in the shower?
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    ^^^^ Sweet Jeebus, that drew a tear, especially...

    ^^^^ Sweet Jeebus, that drew a tear, especially knowing that Sandy Denny died younger than Marilyn...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU3-lS_Gryk ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU3-lS_Gryk

    Debbie Harry is a lousy lip-syncher, but who cares?

    And this is my nomination for the all-time most perfect pop song:

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    Here's a piece of music that has thoroughly...

    Here's a piece of music that has thoroughly evolved...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qonTIZGu27w
    Sorry, left out the "D"
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    Yes, excellent film. I would read the book first...

    Yes, excellent film. I would read the book first though.
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    I would honestly say that Vonnegut's masterpiece...

    I would honestly say that Vonnegut's masterpiece is Mother Night, which you did not list. It is the story of a man who committed (technically) war crimes (broadcasting pro-Nazi propaganda) as part of...
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    No. Though apparently he was at the meet & greet...

    No. Though apparently he was at the meet & greet part of the royal package.
  19. Oh, another one I love - Desmond Dekker's "The...

    Oh, another one I love - Desmond Dekker's "The Israelite".

    And, you know what? I have a soft spot for songs that are too earnest for their own good, like "Billy Don't Be a Hero" and "One Tin...
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    Michael, were you on the floor, well back, to the...

    Michael, were you on the floor, well back, to the left? If so, you were right behind me - the person on my left was playing violent air-drums the whole time, while the person on my right spilt his...
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    Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light" Roberta Flack,...

    Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light"
    Roberta Flack, "Where Is the Love"
    Joni Mitchell, "Help Me"
    Just about anybody, "Send in the Clowns"

    H'mmm. Even in pop I tend toward the more complex...
  22. This is not exactly a confession, as I have...

    This is not exactly a confession, as I have admitted my love for Red Elvises (the premiere Siberian surf band) for some time now:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjFd1PS-kg0

    ...
  23. You realize that's a creepy stalker song, about a...

    You realize that's a creepy stalker song, about a guy listening in on some chick's conversations, yes?
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    In the late '60s/early '70s, The King of Comedy...

    In the late '60s/early '70s, The King of Comedy created a franchise for "mini-cinemas", ancestors of the modern mulitplex with 2-3 small theatres each. (They were nicer than modern theater-in-a-box...
  25. Yawn. Great chops, no composition or direction,...

    Yawn. Great chops, no composition or direction, just a bunch of bits thrown together. I expect more of Morse.

    (Also some of the chord changes remind me absurdly of "Classical Gas".)
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    Oakland Friday - meet up?

    Hi - is anybody going to be at the same show as me? Care to meet up before hand?

    I'll be the fat balding guy (I know, I know) with a Van Dyke beard and a Discipline t-shirt. Say hi.
  27. Grumpyprogfan, what you did is called thread...

    Grumpyprogfan, what you did is called thread crapping, jumping into a thread (new or old) and taking a dump on the topic, usually something others enjoy. You're obviously free to not like LTE. Even...
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    But, are you old enough to have gone to a Jerry...

    But, are you old enough to have gone to a Jerry Lewis Cinema? I remember seeing "Mad Monster Party" at one of those...
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    Took a break from this thread because I wasn't...

    Took a break from this thread because I wasn't watching much tv ...

    Two shows interested me lately.

    Carnival Row, on Amazon, of which I've watched the first two episodes. Set in an alternate...
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    Watched the Can video. Mostly liked it. Thought...

    Watched the Can video. Mostly liked it. Thought the vocals were pretty much extraneous, but harmless.

    They're pretty much all about the rhythm section, I gather?
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    Now up on the Kindle: The God Particle, by Nobel...

    Now up on the Kindle: The God Particle, by Nobel prize winner Leon Lederman.
  32. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was an avant-garde...

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was an avant-garde French painter and such of the second half of the 19th Century.

    There was a Monty Python sketch that hovered about the phrase "no time to lose/no time,...
  33. Apparently, "drummers" - I could not make that...

    Apparently, "drummers" - I could not make that word out.
  34. After multiple listens I think I have it right...

    After multiple listens I think I have it right except for a couple of words that I just can't make out.....

    Dark shadows dancing on the wall
    Dark footsteps coming down the hall
    Dark music...
  35. Am I the only person in the world who actually...

    Am I the only person in the world who actually likes The Final Cut? Seriously.
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    Currently on the Kindle: Virginia Woolf's first...

    Currently on the Kindle: Virginia Woolf's first series of "The Common Reader." Interesting essays on old books, pretty much none of which I have read or intend to...
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    This leaves The Bone (KSAN/107.7) as the only...

    This leaves The Bone (KSAN/107.7) as the only listenable rock station in the Bay Area...

    I'm listening to KLPX right now over Das Web. Pretty good selections so far...
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    Dayum. I'm old enough to remember when they...

    Dayum.

    I'm old enough to remember when they were "The Bay Area's Record Collection" and played true freeform. Also, if I recall correctly, broadcast King Biscuit and Doctor Demento.
  39. So what's the ... um ... deal with "2019"?

    So what's the ... um ... deal with "2019"?
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    Just read N.K. Jemison's "Inheritance" trilogy,...

    Just read N.K. Jemison's "Inheritance" trilogy, in a single 1400-page volume, with an extra novella. For those not inclined to carry such a doorstop around, the volumes (The Hundred Thousand...
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    Hunh. I assume "Net" is another new piece...

    Hunh. I assume "Net" is another new piece...
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    Re: Trimming things to fit in more commercials -...

    Re: Trimming things to fit in more commercials - I recall they did this in the '70s with Star Trek syndication reruns, sometimes significantly damaging the plotline. It was a huge (and heavily...
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    That trailer (Motherless Brooklyn) makes me very...

    That trailer (Motherless Brooklyn) makes me very nervous, because it was an excellent and very interior book.
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    He certainly brings the funk...

    He certainly brings the funk...
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    Notes from a former Who-obsessive geek here. ...

    Notes from a former Who-obsessive geek here.



    He wrote one song for the Happy Jack longplayer, "My Way", which is largely forgettable. (That album also contains one of two instrumentals Moon...
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    They do not intend to send replacement discs.

    The seriously f'd up thing about this is that (based on the cached page) they apparently intend to charge for the replacement audio - when people have...
  47. A few years before she died my Grandmother...

    A few years before she died my Grandmother visited us in California (from New York). In a restaurant parking lot she tripped and broke her hip, winding up in California much longer than she intended....
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    It only gets weirder, TC. And people are still...

    It only gets weirder, TC. And people are still arguing about what the last, two-part episode actually means.
  49. I think a few people are missing the point here...

    I think a few people are missing the point here ... this isn't just any old instrumental, it's themes from things.
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    Oops. That was meant to be "disbelief." I'll fix...

    Oops. That was meant to be "disbelief." I'll fix it.
  51. Damn... I had such a crush on Karen Valentine...

    Damn... I had such a crush on Karen Valentine...
  52. Brilliant instrumental followed by talking: ...

    Brilliant instrumental followed by talking:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE-EMinj69o

    Or, here's a longer version without the talking:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sy_MXRta8o

    Music...
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    As the late Gardner Dozois said, in a different...

    As the late Gardner Dozois said, in a different context, "Disbelief is meant to be suspended, not hanged by the neck until dead."
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    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies...

    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies were excellent - indeed, Unbreakable seems to me the best superhero movie I've seen. After that, I've seen only Signs (which I liked) and The...
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    H'mmm. Listening to that clip, Geddy's voice...

    H'mmm. Listening to that clip, Geddy's voice sounds OK to me except when he strains to reach the old screechy high notes. They've got the screech, but not the notes. If he ever goes out on the road...
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    You've got two days...

    You've got two days...
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    His talk on the Lady Gaga lawsuit is a brilliant...

    His talk on the Lady Gaga lawsuit is a brilliant takedown of why pop music mostly sucks today.
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    Not to mention Peter Gabriel's first album. ...

    Not to mention Peter Gabriel's first album.

    Turns out Wagner was on School's Out, too, and did the amazing guitar solo on "My Stars", and both Hunter and Wagner ghosted on "Billion Dollar Babies"...
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    I also have that special BDB release - frankly I...

    I also have that special BDB release - frankly I thought the band was pretty sloppy live. (By that time, Dick Wagner was backing them up in the studio.) But those ACB bands, except maybe Pretties for...
  60. The vocals are no more offputting than Hammill or...

    The vocals are no more offputting than Hammill or early Gabriel (imho)

    Or (for that matter) Fish...
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