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That was on a Best Of, IIRC… so that counts as non-album, right?

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July 27, 2015 on The 31 Best U2 Non-Album Tracks

I was always a huge sucker for their recording of Unchained Melody.

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July 27, 2015 on The 31 Best U2 Non-Album Tracks

For real. Typically if I pay more than $10 for a classic album, it’s in great used condition. More than $15 (used) gives me a little pause. Exceptions made for original pressings and for the likes of Dylan, Zappa/Beefheart, Neil, etc.

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July 27, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?

Kind of crazy the average price cited here is $23… is this for brick-and-mortar stores, or for all new vinyl sales? I buy a new vinyl – on average – about once a month. I’d say 1/3 of which are from a regular store, the rest directly from the record label (many times as a pre-order). For me, I’d reckon that the these come out to a median of sub-$20, which includes shipping for the online orders.

Are limited release box sets and reissues of classics skewing the data? I can’t see a reissue of Led Zep’s Physical Graffiti costing any less than $25, but if I went into a store and saw, say, the newest Steve Gunn selling for that price, I’d chuckle and walk away. Even the new KV that I pre-ordered came to sub-$30, and that was the 3xLP, includes shipping, and I’m sure has some rad packaging.

I also think the folks that buy vinyl are those who have consistently placed a high value owning physical copies of music – much like those who buy CDs. To that end, I don’t know many (if any) ‘casual’ vinyl purchasers who would contribute to a ‘vinyl bubble’ of sorts. Maybe it’s because my friends who are into music are *really* into music, or maybe the casual record buyer is an unobserved phenomenon. Either way, it’s tough to justify vinyl purchases unless you have all of the equipment to play it. Then again, I know at least half of a dozen people with dusty, aging Mr. Beer kits in their basement sitting next to an undrinkable Pilsner made from a powder.

Anyway, not sure where I was going with that, but I typed it and don’t feel like erasing. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Words.

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July 27, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?

“The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn’t go where you think it will or rather gives in to itself and celebrates a man willing to be defined by a woman and his love for her as witness to each other’s lives… Don’t stand by my side, stand inside gives up roleplaying for true exposure and vulnerability.”

What prose! You’re right, KG just took my excitement to a whole other level.

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July 21, 2015 on Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin” Video + b’lieve i’m goin down… Details

Kurt’s got some flow!

I usually really hate the Petty references, but this might be his Petty-est since Freeway. Really excited to hear more, particularly the ‘ethereal, Appalachian-influenced folk songs.’

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July 21, 2015 on Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin” Video + b’lieve i’m goin down… Details

The Battle of Hampton Roads

Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ

I think if you don’t like either of those, then Titus really just isn’t your jam.

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July 20, 2015 on Stream Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy

For as long as I’ve been waiting for this to drop and refusing to download the leak, I have no clue how to tackle this album. I suppose I’ll just hit Play.

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July 20, 2015 on Stream Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy

I love when other’s love the same largely-critically-panned albums as I do! As a late comer to Wilco, it was my first intro to Nels Cline. He comes in on Either Way, and I’m all, “WTF is this guy?!”

And that guitar breakdown on Side with the Seeds from ‘Ashes of American Flags’? Magnificent.

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July 16, 2015 on Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars

Wait and Bleed!

#nailedit

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July 7, 2015 on Slipknot Frontman Has A Message For Kanye West

Chris Squire was sweet. He will be missed.

That’s also a pretty cool story about Koz insisting he use a pick in Almost Famous.

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June 30, 2015 on Mark Kozelek Shares Tribute To Yes’ Chris Squire

Yea it really is. I’d never heard it before just now.

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June 30, 2015 on Mark Kozelek Shares Tribute To Yes’ Chris Squire

Also how there’s that tie with his son’s CP, the vocoder, and how he ultimately mixed the album gives Neil some bonus “good dude” points.

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June 26, 2015 on Mirror Ball Turns 20

Neil did Eldorado and Freedom in ’89, so his “return to form” (whatever that actually is for Neil) wasn’t TOO long after Trans and Everybody’s Rockin’… 6 years?

But I love me some Mirror Ball, and I’m the Ocean is one hell of a jam. Just one of those songs where you wish they’d stick in that groove for another 8 minutes.

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June 26, 2015 on Mirror Ball Turns 20

Trans is great! Kind of on the flip side, how be breaks down Transformer Man on the MTV Unplugged album is also awesome.

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June 26, 2015 on Mirror Ball Turns 20

Not sure where else to post this, but this includes that long awaited Steve Gunn/KV collab many of us have been waiting for.

And some Hiss Golden Messenger and Yo La Tengo!

Long lived Three Lobed and long live everyone I know!

http://www.threelobed.com/tlr/parallelogram.html

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June 19, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Seriously! Sheathed Wings is my new “close my bedroom door and dance like a madman” go-to tune. And the songs translate soooo well live with how he rigged the drums.

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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

Yea, even with the loss of Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger, they’ve been doing great stuff consistently. The Weather Station is another choice listen.

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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

Which continues to baffle me why Matthew E White’s own album was so overlooked! His presence on Natalie Prass is unmistakable.

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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far