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    Also, tonight on the PBS World sub-channel is a...

    Also, tonight on the PBS World sub-channel is a doc about Charlie "Bird" Parker. It airs again in the wee hours of the morning.
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    ^^ The problem I've had is keeping the volume low...

    ^^ The problem I've had is keeping the volume low so as to not disturb the neighbors. Since the sub has trouble detecting a signal, it auto-shuts off. I finally got a remote control outlet, and...
  3. The Progfest 2000 DVD, followed by Gentle Giant...

    The Progfest 2000 DVD, followed by Gentle Giant Interview.
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    On the album, the b side is a side long extended...

    On the album, the b side is a side long extended version of the title theme. Quite good.
  5. More likely, it's somebody spoofing as Amazon. ...

    More likely, it's somebody spoofing as Amazon. Not actually Amazon.
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    On a good day when atmospheric conditions are...

    On a good day when atmospheric conditions are just right, I can pull in the Tucson PBS Station. They actually have 2 main channels, each with all the sub-channels which go along with a main channel.
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    Jail birds would be another type of lifer.

    Jail birds would be another type of lifer.
  8. I'm also sticking with CDs. They have a higher...

    I'm also sticking with CDs. They have a higher interest rate than regular savings, or money market accounts.
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    PBS must be running out of content to air. ...

    PBS must be running out of content to air. Tonight, they start airing the Classic Albums series, starting with Queen A Night at the Opera. I'm not sure if this is a PBS wide thing, or just my local...
  10. As designated executor of my parents' estate,...

    As designated executor of my parents' estate, after they're gone I'm not looking forward to my 2 brothers hauling me into court over their assets. Including their house, and my father's public...
  11. Last night, the Kansas Device-Voice-Drum DVD, in...

    Last night, the Kansas Device-Voice-Drum DVD, in honor of Robby. I watched the documentary bonus feature for the first time. The reason it looks different from other DVDs is it was shot on film. ...
  12. As it is, I need a flashlight/torch to go through...

    As it is, I need a flashlight/torch to go through my CD collection. My 56 year old eyes have trouble with the various fonts and contrasting color schemes.
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    Robby did for violin in rock music what Ian...

    Robby did for violin in rock music what Ian Anderson did for flute. In the mid 80s, I had a conversation with a coworker who was a violinist. He was raised in classical, but was just getting into...
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    Actually, it's a double album on vinyl.;)

    Actually, it's a double album on vinyl.;)
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    Just watched it. Here in the Phoenix market,...

    Just watched it. Here in the Phoenix market, Jeopardy! airs during primetime opposite primetime programming. For decades I've had to VCR, then DVR it and watch the next day. The only exception was...
  16. ^^ Fewer people even like to watch DVD concerts. ...

    ^^ Fewer people even like to watch DVD concerts. My brother's second ex-wife among them. Back in the day when Dido was still popular, she was a Dido fan. I had previously gotten her a Dido CD as a...
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    Kudos to coach Monty Williams though. He took...

    Kudos to coach Monty Williams though. He took the Suns from not making the playoffs for a decade, straight into the finals. After game 6, he went to the Bucks' locker room to congratulate them.
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    The PBS streaming channel is at a minimum, a bait...

    I don't get PBS Masterpiece in the USA, they put on a subscription channel.[/QUOTE]


    The PBS streaming channel is at a minimum, a bait and switch. To access it at all, one has to make a minimum...
  19. On the train ride to and from work yesterday,...

    On the train ride to and from work yesterday, Copland conducts Copland Vol. 1, and Cozy Powell Tilt.
  20. Many of which were re-releases of older albums,...

    Many of which were re-releases of older albums, minus the pops and clicks and/or tape hiss.
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    David couldn't even keep a band with his own son...

    David couldn't even keep a band with his own son together. A son with whose upbringing, David had little to do.
  22. Absolutely. CSNY Deja Vu is another one of those...

    Absolutely. CSNY Deja Vu is another one of those albums whose resale value shot through the roof in just the last year.
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    As for Rush, I've always heard more of a Sabbath...

    As for Rush, I've always heard more of a Sabbath influence in s/t. Alex's soloing in particular had a bit of an Iommi quality at the time.
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    This may be heretical to say here in Phoenix, but...

    This may be heretical to say here in Phoenix, but it's probably just as well the Suns won't win Game 7 tomorrow. I can just see exuberant fans climbing on top of a train which passes right in front...
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    The Cactus Wren is the Arizona state bird.

    The Cactus Wren is the Arizona state bird.
  26. Virgin Megastores literally went sky high...with...

    Virgin Megastores literally went sky high...with Sir Richard's recent trip.
  27. Particularly considering vinyl presses were...

    Particularly considering vinyl presses were ubiquitous in the 80s, and most were scrapped when vinyl died. The few which survived are now a precious commodity.



    As I said, everyone's jumping...
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    Nothing was left hanging. The writers likely saw...

    Nothing was left hanging. The writers likely saw the handwriting on the wall. Beyond that, I won't spoil it for you.
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    In one of the last episodes of Freaks and Geeks,...

    In one of the last episodes of Freaks and Geeks, the "cool" teacher convinced Linda's character to listen to American Beauty. She liked it so much, she played it over and over.
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    In the beginning, the original 3 were reluctant...

    In the beginning, the original 3 were reluctant to work with Neil at all. Stephen found him to be a pain in the ass in Buffalo Springfield. To this day, there are far more albums and live...
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    He's from outside the US. Of course he's more of...

    He's from outside the US. Of course he's more of a sportsman.
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    I was royally pissed when it got canceled. That...

    I was royally pissed when it got canceled. That and the similar show Alphas, also on SyFy and/or USA networks.
  33. Clannad Sirius, on bus to and from my folk's...

    Clannad Sirius, on bus to and from my folk's house for our bi-weekly Sunday dinner. Siriusly good music.
  34. Way more than just 3. A year or so ago, In the...

    Way more than just 3. A year or so ago, In the Court of the Crimson King sold for around $20. Now they're $50.



    I regularly see Wakeman's albums in the $1 each, 12 for $10 clearance bin.
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    Wakeman stated he believed Yes would continue on...

    Wakeman stated he believed Yes would continue on like orchestras which have been around for centuries. Like the Vienna Philharmonic. That new members will continually keep the band alive.


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  36. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^^ I still remember one game ending in a tie...

    ^^ I still remember one game ending in a tie after the 9th inning. None of the managers involved wanted to risk injuring their players by playing extra innings.
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    ^^ All I can think is Chris Paul must have made a...

    ^^ All I can think is Chris Paul must have made a bet against the Suns winning. He hasn't really shown up for the last 3 games.
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    I seem to recall Blue Jays being here in the...

    I seem to recall Blue Jays being here in the desert for a short time.....when Toronto was playing the D-Backs.
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    Start with a pint of Cherry Garcia ice cream.

    Start with a pint of Cherry Garcia ice cream.
  40. Upon closer inspection, she's nailed to the perch.

    Upon closer inspection, she's nailed to the perch.
  41. I picked up Olias on vinyl a few year ago for a...

    I picked up Olias on vinyl a few year ago for a song. Now I see many, many albums with a jacked up price. Could be too many people are jumping on the vinyl bandwagon.
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    But the last iteration with Dio, they called it...

    But the last iteration with Dio, they called it Heaven and Hell rather than Sabbath.
  43. ^^ They used to air episodes of Live From Daryl's...

    ^^ They used to air episodes of Live From Daryl's House on whatever MTV LIve used to be, before it became what it is now. Its former name escapes me.
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    One of the better shops in Phoenix has an...

    One of the better shops in Phoenix has an ultrasonic cleaner. They routinely clean every record which enters the store. They place the freshly cleaned records in new archival inner sleeves.
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    Best Buy is where I picked up my first 2 third...

    Best Buy is where I picked up my first 2 third wave prog CDs. Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever, and Spock's Beard Snow. My third was The Flower KIngs Back In The World Of Adventures, which I...
  46. When transferring my vinyl records to Hi-Res...

    When transferring my vinyl records to Hi-Res digital, I don't even bother dividing them into tracks. I leave them simply as Side 1, 2, (3), (4), etc. The only indication of individual tracks is the...
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    ^^ We get a monsoon every summer. High pressure...

    ^^ We get a monsoon every summer. High pressure over the 4 corners region pulls in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, over northern Mexico. That combined with our heat triggers severe thunderstorms.
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    Of course nobody classifies Rush s/t specifically...

    Of course nobody classifies Rush s/t specifically as a *BLUES* album. They use the more nuanced description "more of a" blues album, as I originally stated.
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    "Blues-Rock" is more of a recent description, by...

    "Blues-Rock" is more of a recent description, by non-proggers. Prog rock wasn't called "prog rock," nor heavy metal "heavy metal" back in the day either.
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    ^^ I've seen the occasional heron, and pelican in...

    ^^ I've seen the occasional heron, and pelican in and around Tempe Town Lake. The lake is basically a normally dry river bed, with a dam built to retain the water. The birds are clearly lost here...
  51. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Steven Wright's comedic style is more along the...

    Steven Wright's comedic style is more along the lines of: "I'm going to name my dog stay. Then I can say, 'come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!'"
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    Rush s/t is considered by most to be more of a...

    Rush s/t is considered by most to be more of a blues than a prog album. Fly by Night was a transitional album, with John leaving and Neil entering. It's also Geddy's least favorite. It wasn't...
  53. In the 90s through mid 2000s, they had to be...

    In the 90s through mid 2000s, they had to be called "CDs." Using any other terminology would at the very least, illicit inquisitive looks. It wasn't until Apple started iTunes the word "album" came...
  54. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart. He dropped...

    Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart. He dropped out of music to focus exclusively on visual art.
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    The thing I find most disturbing is the new trend...

    The thing I find most disturbing is the new trend of bands selling Hi-Res downloads for the same price as the vinyl reissue. If I'm going to pay $35 or $40, I want the f***ing record, jacket, liner...
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    Meanwhile here in the States, many kids in my...

    Meanwhile here in the States, many kids in my high school made plans to hitch hike to Los Angeles, hoping to somehow get tickets to one of only 2 US shows on the Wall tour.



    Geddy ditching the...
  57. ^^ The suit against Evans was the primary driver...

    ^^ The suit against Evans was the primary driver of the band reuniting in '84. All Mark II songs were credited to Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice. In order to successfully sue, they had to...
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    Meanwhile my high school chums and I were pissed...

    Meanwhile my high school chums and I were pissed that Rush deviated from the 2112/Hemispheres formula.
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    Hummingbird feeders are filled with sugar water. ...

    Hummingbird feeders are filled with sugar water. A substance highly favorable for microbial growth.
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    The fundamental difference is the sound waves cut...

    The fundamental difference is the sound waves cut into the grooves of a record can only be duplicated on another record. The ones and zeros on a CD can be duplicated on any holder of digital...
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