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The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby minicat » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:42 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Sandy Denny -- ... although I also know I can do without The Bunch.


Mostly. It's fun but very inessential. There's a couple stellar tracks (Richard Thompson singing the Dion song "My Girl the Month of May" is worth the price of admission alone).

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Sugar Pie DeSanto -


Uhhh ... remind me to look at this next time I'm over. I didn't know Sugar Pie had ever gotten a good comp treatment.

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Detroit Cobras


Life, Love and Leaving is pretty great as far as their albums go.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Marvell » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:45 pm

Re: The Bunch - isn't the cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" on that as well? That's probably my favorite Sandy Denny song (with the possible exception of "The Battle of Evermore").

Another Denny-related disc worth tracking down is the Fairport Convention rarities album Heyday. It's a collection of live recordings from various BBC radio appearances. The cover of The Byrds' "Tried So Hard" in particular is absolutely stunning.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:30 pm

scratch wrote:...long noodling jams were at the time considered a mark of masterly musicianship. I can't remember why.
To be fair, the jams on the Layla set were never intended for any kind of release. They are literally a band in rehearsal, preparing to record an album. In this form, however, they are literally barrel-scrapings designed to accumulate wealth by re-selling music to people who've presumably bought it twice already, under the pretense of there being "bonus tracks".

scratch wrote:Good luck with the Devo.
I've actually already started and, while I loves me some Devo, the key word there might be "some". It's kinda slow-going as I just can't listen to more than about an album and half's worth in a single sitting. Purposeful anti-music starts to wear me down after too much exposure, especially when slathered in decades-old keyboard textures meant to sound futuristic. The Mongoloid Years was particularly rough, partially because the recording quality is so shitty, but also because, so is the band. The 1977 stuff is pretty good, but the '75 and '76 stuff is really, really unpleasant (the liner notes claim the 1975 perforamce literally cleared an auditorium of people waiting to see Sun Ra!) That said, I have the Hardcore Devo set and remember really loving it but haven't listened to it in years now, for reasons related to personal heart-wrenching pain. I'll let you know my current feelings next update.

scratch wrote:Will there be any Doctor Alimantado upcoming in the listening project?
No, as I am completely unfamiliar with his recordings. Is this a gap that needs filling? (And wouldn't that be filed under "A" anyway?)

minicat wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Sandy Denny -- ... although I also know I can do without The Bunch.
Mostly. It's fun but very inessential. There's a couple stellar tracks (Richard Thompson singing the Dion song "My Girl the Month of May" is worth the price of admission alone).
Marvell wrote:Re: The Bunch - isn't the cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" on that as well?
I know I've heard the entire Rock On LP a few times over the years, but it never made enough of an impression on me to add it to my collection. I don't specifically recall either of the above. I can't find the Dion cover on YouTube, but here's "Learning The Game" for anyone who wants to check it out.

Marvell wrote:Another Denny-related disc worth tracking down is the Fairport Convention rarities album Heyday. It's a collection of live recordings from various BBC radio appearances. The cover of The Byrds' "Tried So Hard" in particular is absolutely stunning.
That I own and yes, it's a great set. Here's "Tried So Hard" for the curious. Wonderful stuff.
Fairport Convention is actually just a couple shelves away, so I'll get to enjoy this again in a few months.

minicat wrote:I didn't know Sugar Pie had ever gotten a good comp treatment.
Thanks to the fine folks at Ace/Kent from the other side of the pond, her complete Chess singles are now available. I already had a handful of these scattered on various Chess and Northern Soul comps before this came out, but at least half of these I'd never heard before. "A Little Taste Of Soul" has been a fave of mine for years, since I first heard it on James Brown's Original Funky Divas, which has fantastic cuts from Marva Whitney, Yvonne Fair, Tammy Montgomery (a.k.a. Terrell), Lyn Collins, and a few others.

minicat wrote:Life, Love and Leaving is pretty great as far as their albums go.
Noted. Added to my Amazon Wish List and I'll keep my eyes open for it.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:34 pm

Ok, so I guess I just don't like Devo as much as I used to. Tastes change and all that... not even the Hardcore Devo set really did it for me this go-round. Lots of great songs here and there, but overall, I just don't find their schtick that amusing anymore. C'est la vie.

The Dials -- full disclosure: One of the ladies in this band is an old college friend, but I swear, that's not why I love them. Really great stuff. A few faves (all live, so sound is sketchy, at best):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osz5dcH-LkY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zld3yf4HLOs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMNNuczAY6M

King Diamond -- as I've said before, 20+ years ago, I was quite the metal head. I unloaded almost all my metal back in college and unfortunately, have never really replaced most of it. I picked up The Best of King Diamond a few years back because I wanted to include "No Presents For Christmas" on my annual Yuletide compilation. (And many folks were glad that I did.) Pretty solid comp. though, and it satisfies my metal cravings on those rare occassions when they rear their ugly little devil-horned heads. Fairly interchangable stuff, so I'll just post "Abigail" because it's the one with the "My Sharona" rips.

The Diamonds and Dick and Dee Dee -- two whitebread R&B acts who each recorded a couple smashingingly great singles and a whole lot of other undistinguished covers (why would anyone want to hear "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" sung by someone other than Frankie Lymon?) and over-produced piffle. But man were those some great singles. Classics for a reason.
"Little Darlin'" The Diamonds (a VERY rare example of a white group covering a black R&B song and doing it better. The original, by Maurice Williams of "Stay" fame, is nothing to sneeze at, but this one's waaaaaay better.)
"The Mountain's High" Dick and Dee Dee

The Dickies -- my vinyl of their early LPs is AWOL (I most likely sold them in my store when I was particularly desperate for stock) which leaves me with only Stukas Over Disneyland, which is just OK, and Live In London/Locked'n'Loaded 1990 which is rip-roaringly fantastic. That said, The OuttaToons did a better version of "Gigantor"...

Next up... The Dictators! ¡Viva Dictators!
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Kyle Motor » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:58 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Next up... The Dictators! ¡Viva Dictators!

This is the real good stuff right here.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:13 pm

Kyle Motor wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Next up... The Dictators! ¡Viva Dictators!

This is the real good stuff right here.

Damn straight. I haven't made any progress since my above post.
¡Viva Dictators! was the first CD on my rack and I haven't swapped it out yet. I just keep starting it over again and again. "What's up with that?"

I haven't hit a snag like this in The Project since I got caught in a week-long Blue Oyster Cult loop last year.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Igor » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:18 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:I haven't hit a snag like this in The Project since I got caught in a week-long Blue Oyster Cult loop last year.


Club Ninja, I imagine...
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby rrnate » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:02 am

Small threadjack: since comprehensiveness is the word here, I figured this was an excellent spot to post my giant list of things that I just removed from my iPod. These are the musics that I felt were no longer worth my while - if you like anything here, you are mistaken and I pity you.

12 Classic 45s (album)
Adam Green Binki Shapiro
Adem Takes
Aerosmith Done With Mirrors
Aerosmith Music From Another Direction
Alex Chilton - Feudalist Tarts
Alex Chilton - Free Again
Alice In Chains - The Essential
Allo Darlin' - Europe
Andre3000 Alter Ego Mixtape
Ariel Pnk Before Today
Baby Charles
The Look of Love
Beatles (White Album NON-Remaster)
Beck (Record Club KICK)
Beck Never Tear Us Apart
Ben Folds - Lonely Avenue
Ben Kweller - Changing Horses
Best Coast - iTunes Sessions
Betty Lavette - Soul Hits
Big Rock Candy Mountain Trains
Bill Fay - Life Is People
Bill Fay - Time of the last persecution
Black Milk - album of the year
Black mountain - In The Future
Black Swan 4s
Blasters Collection
Bobby Bare - The Real Thing
Bon Iver - s/t
Bonafide Bluegrass 1
Bonafide Bluegrass 2
Bonnie Prince Billy - all of it
Box Tops - Hits
Brendon Benson - Old Familiar Friend
Brendon Benson - One MIssissippi
Camera Obscura - Biggest Blue Hifi
Campter Van Beethonven - Popular Songs
Can - Tago Mago
Cardigans - Best of
Chris Knox - Songs for cleaning guppies
Classic Jazz (Smithsonian)
Cramps
Crystal Stilts
Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett
Dan Deacon - Broms
Danger Mouse - Rome
David Byrne and Brian Eno
Dawes
Dead Weather
Dennis Wilson
Delicate Steve
Dent May
Department of Eagles
Dimlight - Grimm Reality
Dirty Heads
Drake - Thank me Later
Dum Dum Girls - Blissed Out
Dum Dum Girls (self-titled)
Dwight Yoakem - life from austin city limits
Eels - Tomorrow Morning
Ellie Goulding
Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
Felice Brothers - TOnight At The Arizona
Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away
Flaming Lips - Xmas on Mars
Fungi Girls - Some Easy Magic
Frank Black - Christmass
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
Future Clouds And Radar
Gaslight Anthem
Girls - Album
Grand Duchy - Let The People Speak
Greenberg OST
Greenhornes - Four Stars
Gringo Star - All Y'all
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Harry Belafonte - Hits
Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral - Lovesick
Jadiohead
Jakob Dylan - WOmen and Country
Jamie Lidell (all of it, except multipy)
Jason Lytle
Jeremy Jay - Slow Dance
Joe Pernice
Judy Garland - Live at carnegie hall
Karl Blau - AM
Kathryn Calder - Are You My Mother
Kevin Drew - Spirit If
Kig Cudi - Man On The Moon
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Lindstrom and Christabelle
Lil' Wayne - Carter III
Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
Liechtenstein
Lounge Lizards
Lower Dens
Lucero
Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts
Mary Weiss - Dangerous Game
Mayer Hawthorne - Strange Arrangement
Minimal Wave Tapes Vol 1
Mondo Boys Mix
Mudcrutch
National - Boxer
Neva Dinova
Nicki Minaj - Beam Me Up Scottie
Night Control
Of Montreal - False Priest
Pavement
Pearls In The Snow
Pete Townsend and Ronnie Lane
Phospherescent - To Willie
Pink Mountaintops
Pixies - B-Sides
Planet Smashers
Punch Brothers
Rapture - Tapes
Raspberries - Side 3
Reatards
Repo Man OST
Richard and Linda Thompson
Rivers Cuomo
Roadside Graves
Roky Erickson - True Love
Rosebuds - Lifelike
Rub Radio
Rumble Strips
Sam Amidon - I See A Sign
Scarlett Johanssen
Scott Pilgrim
Scott Weiland - Happy In Galoshes
Screaming Females - Ugly
Shortwave Set
Shrag
So Cow
Space Age Lounge
Diggers Union Radio
Stephen Merritt - Obscurities
Steve Earle - Townes
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Strand of Oaks
Thundercat
Tim Cohen - Magic Trick
Timber Timbre
Tinted Windows
TV On The Radio
Tyvek
U.S. Girls
Very Best
Wiz Khalifa
Wye Oak
X
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
Zammuto
Zero 7
Wristcutters

Where there aren't albums/titles, it just means "get rid of everything from this terrible musician".
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Igor » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:26 am

rrnate wrote:if you like anything here, you are mistaken and I pity you.


Pity me for Alice In Chains, Box Tops, and Tinted Windows. I'm cool with the rest of the list.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:06 am

Scarlett Johanssen? I didn't know she sang. Or is she an instrumentalist?
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Kyle Motor » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:12 am

rrnate wrote:Brendon Benson - One MIssissippi

You are mistaken, sir.
rrnate wrote:Raspberries - Side 3

Sir, you are a foolish miscreant who obviously hates rock'n'roll.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby rrnate » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:22 am

Igor wrote:
rrnate wrote:if you like anything here, you are mistaken and I pity you.


Pity me for Alice In Chains, Box Tops, and Tinted Windows. I'm cool with the rest of the list.


OK, to be fair, I have the Box Tops songs I LIKE in other mixes and things. But, there are like 7 and the comp I had contained something like 20 songs.

Alice In Chains I can understand (loved 'em in high school, but there is no place in my heart for them now) but Tinted Windows? Really? That stuff is generic-town.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby rrnate » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:25 am

Kyle Motor wrote:
rrnate wrote:Brendon Benson - One MIssissippi

You are mistaken, sir.
rrnate wrote:Raspberries - Side 3

Sir, you are a foolish miscreant who obviously hates rock'n'roll.


I'm pretty sure I had both of these because of you, so, YOU have let ME down. Raspberries might just be a blind spot on me, but that Brendon Benson album is not good and he is not good (though, I do like his stuff with the Raconteurs).
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby rrnate » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:26 am

Henry Vilas wrote:Scarlett Johanssen? I didn't know she sang. Or is she an instrumentalist?


So yeah, this album ("Anywhere I Lay My Head") is...

A) An entire album of Tom Waits covers
B) produced by the TV On The Radio guy

It sounded interesting to me and the single (the title track) is not bad, but over all it just wasn't something I was ever going to listen to again.
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Re: The Giant Wagstaff CD Listening Project Thread

Postby Kyle Motor » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:55 am

rrnate wrote:
Kyle Motor wrote:
rrnate wrote:Brendon Benson - One MIssissippi

You are mistaken, sir.
rrnate wrote:Raspberries - Side 3

Sir, you are a foolish miscreant who obviously hates rock'n'roll.


I'm pretty sure I had both of these because of you, so, YOU have let ME down. Raspberries might just be a blind spot on me, but that Brendon Benson album is not good and he is not good (though, I do like his stuff with the Raconteurs).

You are opposite-town. Raspberries - Side 3 is one of the best albums ever made (aka one of my all-time faves). That Brendan Benson album is fantastic, the Raconteurs stuff is dullsville.

As I've told you personally, you are disappointing, and I have lost 2/3rds of all respect I've ever had for you. Give me a couple more bum movie recommendations, and you will be at Schabow-level.
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