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Thread: Kalhoun
Chris Estey

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02-12-2005 23:19 Forum: General Discussion


Kalhoun is probably the first Terry Taylor related album I would play for my non-Christian friends.
Thread: So yes, a poll for all to read...
Chris Estey

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Views: 33,365
01-04-2005 12:36 Forum: General Discussion


"your house is on fire!- you have time to grab only 5 CDs from your entire collection-

which would you take?"


I would probably hit the box sets, as a total cheat --

Alarma Chronicles
The Costello Ryko box set of first three albums and live bootleg
Stiff Records Box set (!!!)
Poison Girls box set (obscure but great feminist-anarchist pre-hardcore punk band)
Either the Jam complete box or Lou Reed's "Thought & Expression"

This will of course have changed by tomorrow ...
Thread: So yes, a poll for all to read...
Chris Estey

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Views: 33,365
01-03-2005 22:12 Forum: General Discussion


I love "Fan Dance." MY wife loved that, too, and SHE is also a wife that usually hates everything!


i don't hate everything

My wife caught me and posted that. Sorry for the interruption.

INTERRUPTION!!!!

Thanks, honey, trying to write something here ...

whatever!

That was Heidi, now introduced to the message board. : )


Audiori J: I know, this whole top ten thing is impossible. I can fill a top ten with just TST releases -- I mean, let's admit it, listing the "Alarma Chronicles" as one album COULD BE CONSIDERED cheating. ; ) But even if it's argued to be just one on a list of ten (due to the fact it was re-released all at once at one time, and no one has a silly anti-box set rule), I can honestly come up with nine other TST albums I also would take into complete seclusion. DFBB, AF, Kalhoun, SE's first two, the first TST solo albums, JW, and Motorcycle. There! But then there's probably ten Tom Waits albums I could do that with, too, or Costello albums, or at least a five-five Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen split (Leonard himself could be close to ten ... but not quite).
Thread: So yes, a poll for all to read...
Chris Estey

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Thanks, Dennis. 01-03-2005 00:43 Forum: General Discussion


I appreciate it. : )

And to be honest, yes, "Criminal Under My Own Hat" could replace anything on my original list. It is perhaps my very favorite album of the 90s, even though it came out right when the decade started.

I am embarrassed to say I have never heard "Boot And A Shoe" yet.

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Thread: So yes, a poll for all to read...
Chris Estey

Replies: 81
Views: 33,365
as a wise nan said here, this could change tomorrow 01-02-2005 00:35 Forum: General Discussion


But for right now:

Phil Ochs, "Rehearsals for Retirement"
Leonard Cohen, "More Songs About Love And Hate"
Velvet Underground & Nico
Elliot Murphy, "City Lights/Lost Generation"
Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "Armed Forces"
Joy Division, "Closer"
T-Bone Burnett, "Proof Through the Night"
DA, "Alarma Chronicles"
Leslie Phillips, "The Turning"
Swirling Eddies, "Outdoor Elvis"


Wait! What about DFBB! Or the Clash's five great ones! Or six or seven Tom Waits' albums! Graham Parker's "Squeezing Out Sparks"! Kevin Coyne! Mark Heard's "Dry Bones Dance"! Vigilantes of Love's "KIlling Floor"! Nick Cave's "Tender Prey" and "the Good Son"! The first Pretenders! American Music Club's "Mercury"!

Etc., etc., etc.

Note to self: Should have spent more time getting my life together, and less time experiencing great music ... sigh.
Thread: TST related Album of the Week - The Swirling Eddies / OE
Chris Estey

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Views: 23,795
01-01-2005 01:20 Forum: General Discussion


Eleanor: "that doesn't work for me since I've been listening since the first DA album. ... and I LOVE ZD. "

Well, no offense, I thought it might be an overgeneralization due to my lack of passion for ZD, which I'm willing to concede.

Eleanor again: "of course I like Kalhoun and John Wayne too, which seen to be hit and miss for some fans."

Indifference to "Kalhoun" always bums me out -- that album is so amazing, but it does have both uniquely subtle (stripped down music, subliminal lyrics) and aggressively topical ("Father Explains") material that might not be what people raised on more CCM-type material care to deal with. I mean, half the record makes occasional rock surrealists like Neil Young seem primitive, so your average Randy Stonehill-when-he's-direct-and-not-arty fan might find it a way oblique.

Completely off topic here, sorry -- this is about "OE"; although it would be an interesting thing to contrast "OE" with "K" considering the political focus on erroneous human icons and apocalyptic nature in the lyrics of both.

PuP: By "adult alternative" I mean music that's more accessible, but still not mainstream -- which ZD seems in comparison to OE, which seems pretty flat out punk or garage rock at times.

My favorite personal OE anecdote is driving back to Seattle from Portland in '93. I'd been living at Mikee Bridges house (Mikee was the leader of Sometime Sunday and Tragedy Ann and started Tomfest here in WA) and was coming home to be near my new girlfriend (now wife). Anyways, the person who drove was Eben, the guitar player in a band called Blenderhead, and he and I sang and shook our heads and air guitared and dashboard drummed all the way through OE on the drive. (That album, and Queen's "Greatest Hits.") I love it when you know every lyric on an album with someone and both of you sing along to it on a long drive ... we seriously agreed that OE could have been as historically important a rock album as anything by Sonic Youth or Pavement or whatever hot avant-rock band was on the cover of all the zines at the time.

Half hour here to go but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I am home sick with a cold so that's why this post is so "War & Peace."
Thread: TST related Album of the Week - The Swirling Eddies / OE
Chris Estey

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I'm going to make a presumption 12-31-2004 19:52 Forum: General Discussion


and propose that a lot of the ZD fans here probably got into TST shortly before or around the time that album came out. I think when something's a discovery, we place a huge amount of value on it, mixing up aesthetics with nostalgia and 'awakening.'

Then again, I must confess that ZD didn't do much for me. A previous poster nailed it on the head about the layered quality of TST's work, and how he hasn't taken out ZD much since he first got it. That's my story -- I have the feeling I have strange expectations for TST's work, and he surpasses them with material I'm initially resistant to. I gave a negative review to ZD when it came out but might regret it if I gave it more listens now (highlighting the problem with reviewing, that it's often done without spending enough time with a record -- but if you don't review it quickly, the album might not get enough notice, and you were assigned the review with a deadline for timeliness anyways ...)

All that being said, I think OE could be TST's quintessential work. There is however a compressed quality from so much spontaneous brilliance on one record; it never lets up. I fear the caustic wit and gonads-out rock and roll probably scare people more attracted to the adult alternative of ZD, but again, that's just a guess. OE's intense style is my kind of thing ... though about half of LS I feel is just as terrific.
Thread: How Did YOU Discover Terry Taylor?
Chris Estey

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Good ol' Danny Amos ... 12-17-2004 04:03 Forum: General Discussion


"Chris....

How about having someone at Bandoppler review the latest Lost Dogs record I sent you guys back in June? Did it ever make it, or did the postman help himself?

jeffrey k. "


Whoops! Sorry, Jeffrey, I wasn't aware you sent it to us, but then I'm not in charge of the PMB and don't see everything that comes in for review. It may have been assigned by my publisher to someone else who never turned a review in. (I'm editor-in-chief of our print magazine, but as we don't run reviews in the mag itself but only on the website ... okay, this is more than anyone really needs explained, I guess). Bottom line is, I did review "Mutt" -- for HM Magazine, freelance, but hadn't noticed that BD got one too. I have the feeling BD's publisher meant to review it himself, but he is ironically one of the reviewers who gets things in last, and as the months go by ...

Again, sorry. "Mutt" rocked though, I loved it, and I hope the HM review helped ... maybe I'll dig it back out and review it for the BD site. Are you still actively promoting it?

peace,

chris
Thread: Terry Taylor Make Out Album
Chris Estey

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You're right, Driver8 12-17-2004 03:36 Forum: General Discussion


Mike Roe would probably do a better make-out disc -- or make one of your own with "Ache Beautiful," a chunk of tracks from "Pray Naked," etc. ...

Just not "I Don't Love You" -- though it's sung pretty sexy, I think the lyrics would put 'em out of the mood.

: )
Thread: Some Songs I Would Love To Hear Terry Cover
Chris Estey

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Some Songs I Would Love To Hear Terry Cover 12-16-2004 09:35 Forum: General Discussion


"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
"I Saw The Light"
"I Hope You're Happy Now"
"Pretty Smart On My Part" (Phil Ochs)
"Blind Willie McTell"
"Ballad of a Thin Man"
"Hand of Kindness" (Richard Thompson)
"Godstar" (Psychic TV)
"I Won't Back Down"
Thread: How Did YOU Discover Terry Taylor?
Chris Estey

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How Did YOU Discover Terry Taylor? 12-16-2004 09:25 Forum: General Discussion


I explained how I did on another thread, and will repeat it after I hear some stories for you faithful.

Come on! How'd you get turned on to the master of music?
Thread: Terry Taylor Make Out Album
Chris Estey

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Terry Taylor Make Out Album 12-16-2004 09:22 Forum: General Discussion


He should do a sexy love makin' record. He's got a suave voice, can write some seductive lyrics I imagine, and his music can be very sensual.

But UNTIL he unleashes his Barry White, what album do YOU think is the best for a couple to make out to?

"Fearful Symmetry" has a nice flow ... a couple faster tracks in the middle might be offputting, but there's some beautiful stuff there. "Darn Floor" is a bit cerebral but has groove ...

Come on, Terry! Do a sex album!

: )
Thread: Favorite !Alarma! Album
Chris Estey

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Views: 15,380
Me too. 12-15-2004 06:43 Forum: General Discussion


Funny you should mention Chris Stamey, I've been listening to his most recent album ("Travels in the South") all night.

Pick hit: "Kierkegaard"

And I wish I had some of that Estee Lauder money ... heh heh.
Thread: Favorite !Alarma! Album
Chris Estey

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Views: 15,380
Favorite !Alarma! Album 12-13-2004 08:14 Forum: General Discussion


Hi, Everyone,

My name's Chris and I'm new here. I love the bands you guys post about, and here's my first thread for the board:

It's an absurd question because they're all great (YES), but do you have a particular favorite of the !Alarma! series?

My first was "Doppleganger," and because of a few specific tracks, that might be it. But the beauty and glory of "Fearful Symmetry" probably beats it out for me.

The one I think is the least successful, "Vox Humana," also contains two or three of the very best songs in the whole series ... "William Blake," for example ... but the record seems more laid back than the others, not as gut-punching as !Alarma! itself, or whatever.

Sorry if this has actually been discussed before, or is considered blasphemy ... xo
Thread: What are you thankful for about Daniel Amos?
Chris Estey

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Views: 13,209
12-13-2004 08:02 Forum: General Discussion


In the early 80s, my brother gave me a copy of "Doppleganger," hoping that it would "witness" to me ... I was totally into punk and though that much of it was strange compared to everything else (Christian music) my brother listened to. Brilliant on the one hand, a little cheesy on the other, but lyrically fascinating.

It was the song "Angels Tuck You In" and its message of not expecting comfort in this world and even embracement of suffering that turned my head around. It was the most punk thing I'd ever heard, though the music was more like Cars-style power pop.

I wish I could say that I live up to the strength of faith described by the singer of that song, but after 13 years of being a Christian I've yet to embrace those ideas as I need to. But I'm trying to, and that song still admonishes me to. It's still right on, even though I still feel like the weak person it exhorts to grow up and take on the yoke.
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