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  1. I did start the video. Other than Wakey's...

    I did start the video. Other than Wakey's noodlings there's nothing new here.

    As for the visuals ... let's just say I kept waiting for the TARDIS to show up...
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    Dreams and Wishes, a collection of essays by...

    Dreams and Wishes, a collection of essays by Susan Cooper (author of the "Dark is Rising" sequence). What's cool, beside the book, is that I bought it cheap used online - and it turned out to be an...
  3. Omigosh. I'm in. Live versions of "Someday" and...

    Omigosh. I'm in. Live versions of "Someday" and the "Elegy" suite are all I needed to die happy.
  4. Damn but I'm tempted even at that price. The bits...

    Damn but I'm tempted even at that price. The bits and pieces we have from those nights are just fucking phenomenal music, and I've longed for a "complete Carnegie sessions" or something like that for...
  5. Dang. I only knew him from those two Thodd...

    Dang. I only knew him from those two Thodd albums, but ... dang. He was really good.
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    Find out what that direcotor was smoking and get...

    Find out what that direcotor was smoking and get me half a key.
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    Gotta admire the commitment of the Stooges, too:...

    Gotta admire the commitment of the Stooges, too: they did all their own stunts and took some serious injuries over time.
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    Remake of what? There was never a movie in the...

    Remake of what? There was never a movie in the proper James Bond series called "Casino Royale".

    There was a 1954 semi-adaptation of the Fleming novel, as part of a tv series, starring Barry...
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    John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawkes's The...

    John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawkes's The Thing (from Another World) is, in my humble opinion, better than the original. The original was damn good, mind you...especially given the technical...
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    Well, if we're going to swap smash-up stories: ...

    Well, if we're going to swap smash-up stories:

    February of 1982, I was on my way to Los Angeles (from the Bay Area) for a job interview. It was raining - the kind of rain that comes down in sheets...
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    Wow. You got smushed up good there. You didn't...

    Wow. You got smushed up good there. You didn't mention the rollover :)
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    That is weirdly beautiful. Reminds me in some...

    That is weirdly beautiful. Reminds me in some ways of what I love in After Crying.
  13. No Rachel Flowers?

    No Rachel Flowers?
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    Huh. If Alex and Geddy do decide to continue,...

    Huh. If Alex and Geddy do decide to continue, this drummer could do the job. Unless, of course, they want to go in a completely different direction...
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    An interesting thing about Thief: it was based on...

    An interesting thing about Thief: it was based on the novel The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar, by jewel thief John Seybold - which is the same book that inspired Peter Gabriel's song...
  16. I'm only familiar with "ONiB" (I'm listening to...

    I'm only familiar with "ONiB" (I'm listening to the album on YT now), but based on that I think there's a descendant of a pattersong here. H'mmm. The opening number sounds very G&S.
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    St Augustine, The City of God. This should finish...

    St Augustine, The City of God. This should finish my Lenten reading for the year...
  18. The melodic section that begins around 3:00 blew...

    The melodic section that begins around 3:00 blew me away. The rest was typical "Anything you can play I can play faster" stuff.
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    The Confession of Saint Patrick

    The Confession of Saint Patrick
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    First 45 ever bought: "Pinball Wizard" b/w "Dogs...

    First 45 ever bought: "Pinball Wizard" b/w "Dogs Part Two"
    First vinyl album: Jesus Christ Superstar, and, at the same time, David Frye's Richard Nixon Superstar
    First concert: Chicago, Allentown...
  21. My Esoteric reissues of a few Nektar albums are...

    My Esoteric reissues of a few Nektar albums are among the best sounding CDs in my collection.
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    @30 sec: Okay, a nice "I Know What I Like" vibe....

    @30 sec: Okay, a nice "I Know What I Like" vibe.
    @60 sec: This is going on a bit long.
    @90 sec: Is this all there is? Where's the song?
    @120 sec: Holy shit!
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    I was away on a Memorial Day weekend, around...

    I was away on a Memorial Day weekend, around 1989, and when I got home I found my wife and (nominally) kids had bought me a CD player as an early Father's Day present.

    As I had no CDs, this...
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    Gracious, Jim, that's bad shit. Glad you're alive...

    Gracious, Jim, that's bad shit. Glad you're alive and relatively unscathed. Moments like that ... well, my life has never flashed before my eyes, but I've found myself wishing I'd been a better...
  25. Not prog, but one of my all time favorite...

    Not prog, but one of my all time favorite side-longers is the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree".
  26. The actual reaction video is great too, the sheer...

    The actual reaction video is great too, the sheer bliss of his reactions...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpJ400yU1Mg&list=O...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpJ400yU1Mg&list=OLAK5uy_nzbsMXs6SsgY0thKciKtKbBR-qGeQthRg
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    One of the consequences of chatterbugs in...

    One of the consequences of chatterbugs in theaters is that theaters - at least around here - have been cranking the volume to drown them out, resulting (for me at least) in tinnitus and headaches...
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    Would I be far off in guessing that you mean the...

    Would I be far off in guessing that you mean the first line?
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    Yeah, that's unfortunate, because in the book...

    Yeah, that's unfortunate, because in the book Andy Weir went out of his way to make everything as scientifically and technologically plausible as possible. The only really far-fetched thing in the...
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    Looks like a Wolfgang's Vault tape, probably from...

    Looks like a Wolfgang's Vault tape, probably from early '78... Excellent stuff.
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    Nearly finished Everything that Rises Must...

    Nearly finished Everything that Rises Must Converge, the last book Flannery O'Connor published in her lifetime. This being the Library Of America edition of her "Works", there's about 500 pages of...
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    Jeebus, that man did some really unorthodox...

    Jeebus, that man did some really unorthodox things with that guitar...
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    I can see why you might not like it, but on this...

    I can see why you might not like it, but on this (and the other song I sampled, "Oyster Soup") the instrument separation is just so much better than the original that I think I'm going to order this...
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    And the "Bill and Ted" movies (at least 1 & 2;...

    And the "Bill and Ted" movies (at least 1 & 2; haven't seen the third one yet).
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    TPTB is, for me, the conclusion of the experiment...

    TPTB is, for me, the conclusion of the experiment that began with THRaK, in slabs of "metal nuovo". I'm unusual in that I really, really like TCoL, but I agree that it was much better lie - Heavy...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5z3PEvdrQ8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5z3PEvdrQ8
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtUSpnUhaE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtUSpnUhaE
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    It was the ham I was referring to.

    It was the ham I was referring to.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nNp_xPsKoI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nNp_xPsKoI
  41. Or: Be happy with what you have to be happy with....

    Or: Be happy with what you have to be happy with.

    Gratitude just makes life better.
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    O'Connor, The Violent Bear It Away. This woman...

    O'Connor, The Violent Bear It Away. This woman was a seriously amazing writer, but brutal.
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    RIP Bunny Wailer

    Co-founder (with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh) of The Wailers. "Dreamland", "Armagideon", "Cool Runnings" and much more...
  44. If you mean the '70s trilogy, I agree. But I...

    If you mean the '70s trilogy, I agree. But I don't believe that that band could have done anything like THRaK, B'Boom, or VROOOM.
  45. Neat riff. Reminds me of the second bit of...

    Neat riff. Reminds me of the second bit of Recycled,but obviously LTE go in an entirely different direction with it...
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    Frampton plays Roxy

    Maybe this belongs in off-topic, and if so feel free to move it, but... Frampton (from his forthcoming Frampton Forgets the Words album) playing possibly my favorite Roxy Music song:
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  47. Band version = fun. Rudess version, alas, =...

    Band version = fun.
    Rudess version, alas, = boring/self-indulgent.
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    What I wrote in the comments on that video: I...

    What I wrote in the comments on that video:

    I call bullshit.

    You create and take down a straw Rick Beato which has very little to do with - I won't say "the real man", because I don't know him,...
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    Fair warning: it's more like Baxter than it is...

    Fair warning: it's more like Baxter than it is like Pratchett. There is some funny stuff scattered throughout, but in general it's more serious science fiction. A very different collaboration from...
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    Lenten reading: Dorothy Sayers's The Man Born to...

    Lenten reading: Dorothy Sayers's The Man Born to Be King, a cycle of 12 radio plays giving the life of Jesus, mostly from the point of view of people around him. Also the Collected Works of Flannery...
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    A different possibility: perhaps he actually...

    A different possibility: perhaps he actually likes pop music. That has been known to happen among serious music people. (I like a lot of pop myself.) He didn't exactly overflow with praise for WAP,...
  52. Oh ya...first LP I ever bought with my own money....

    Oh ya...first LP I ever bought with my own money. It's in pretty bad shape but I still have it!
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    Stream o'Consciousness as I listen... The lead...

    Stream o'Consciousness as I listen...

    The lead singer has the right range without slavishly imitating PG. This is a good thing.

    Seems like it's mostly just a faithful arrangement, leaving me to...
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    Actually, Mars is sharp - the highest mountain in...

    Actually, Mars is sharp - the highest mountain in the Solar System.
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    Why does that penguin make me think of Peeps?

    Why does that penguin make me think of Peeps?
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    Then there's, um, Cheerleader Ninjas, a classic...

    Then there's, um, Cheerleader Ninjas, a classic exploitation film (not to be confused with the far superior Ninja Cheerleaders, featuring George Takei).
  57. As a teenaged boy, I spent a lot of time, uh,...

    As a teenaged boy, I spent a lot of time, uh, staring at this one:

    https://www.udiscovermusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Roxy-Music-Country-Life-web-730.jpg
  58. All it needs is TLev... Seriously, a beautiful...

    All it needs is TLev... Seriously, a beautiful reimagining!
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    Romeo and Juliet Skateaway Tie: Industrial...

    Romeo and Juliet
    Skateaway
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    After the way Diana (upon whom, I must say, I had...

    After the way Diana (upon whom, I must say, I had the most amazing 7-year-old crush) treated the other two, I don't blame her for not "making amends".
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