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Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 13:30:10
BGH!

I got your CD in the mail this morning. Just about to put it on. Reviews in a couple of days!

I've thought of a decent theme for your CD but it requires some preparation and might have to wait until after I go back to sweden. We'll see, I'll give this a spin first.

Debaser!

Er, maybe I should have paid that quid at the post office. Have you got your CD back yet? :nervous:

Have you listened enough to my CD for reviews? It'd be quite interesting to see what you make of it however fleetingly.

Debaser
15-05-2003, 13:44:02
No, I've not got it back yet.

You want me to review your CD? Every single one of the 31 tracks? Well ok, but it might take a while...

Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 13:47:08
Nah, general impressions and favourites/least favourites would be enough.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 13:49:06
When I say "enough" I mean in an entirely volountary way, of course. If you don't wanna you don't wanna.

Debaser
15-05-2003, 13:51:22
No, that's ok. I won't write too much though as it isn't really very interesting to anyone other than us.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 13:55:01
That's true. I should really have PMed you two but since I want to encourage forum posting...

Funkodrom
15-05-2003, 13:56:40
I'll read it anyway though.

BigGameHunter
15-05-2003, 15:17:15
I'm interested in what people are compiling and what the recipients think of the compilations!

BigGameHunter
15-05-2003, 15:19:58
In fact, Laz sent me a just god-awful comp once with people screaming and farting and such. If I have the time I may post a review here--that is, if I can get through it without pulling what little remains of my hair out by the roots.

Funkodrom
15-05-2003, 15:22:44
I think he sent me the same one, that was great!

BigGameHunter
15-05-2003, 15:28:12
The one with Nurse With Wound and a ten word long titled song with "annoying squeak" in it? Uh...huh!

Funkodrom
15-05-2003, 15:33:53
Yeah, definitely had Nurse With Wound, can't remember the others. I think I did a review of that on FFZ but it's been lost now. I'll see if I ever did copy it here...

Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 16:11:48
Now that I've listened through parts of BGH's (generally excellent) compilation, the seed of an idea that had been growing in my mind has definately struck root. It'll take a couple of months to get together the last of the material though, I hope you don't mind.

I'm going to do exactly what you did except with Sweden as the source, and with (quite naturally, considering my age) slightly more recent material among the classics. There's a lot on here that reminds me of certain strands of swedish music... I'll try to keep the lyrics in english as far as possible too.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-05-2003, 16:52:05
Oh, and that message on the cover, BGH- is that from a fortune cookie or an essay about Machiavelli's concept of virtú?

BigGameHunter
15-05-2003, 17:19:45
Fortune cookie. I collect them (the messages that is). I think that one came along the day I was going to send the CD, so I sent it along. I took chances with a few songs, thinking you'd find them too "mainstream" but for me, they are all tunes that made me sit up and pay attention when I first heard them, so the common thread is probably a good intro on each song. :)
Not a whole lot of variation, but I don't think there is anything utterly intolerable on it either.
Swedish works for me...as long as they don't all sound like the muppet chef.

Provost Harrison
15-05-2003, 20:42:55
Does anyone want a CD from me? :cute:

BigGameHunter
15-05-2003, 21:28:02
Yes, Satan needs some new elevator music.

Debaser
15-05-2003, 22:10:41
Elevators in hell play Kenny G's Christmas album I imagine.

BigGameHunter
16-05-2003, 18:06:00
Well, what did you think? Get to work, slacker!

Scabrous Birdseed
16-05-2003, 19:05:57
Geez, I've barely had the time to listen through it once! I'm studying for a set of exams... I will say it's excellent though, with lots of enjoyable stuff. Favourite so far is probably the Dharma Bums and Beulah tracks.

Scabrous Birdseed
16-05-2003, 19:22:15
Actually, listening to it again I really like the third Built to Spill track. Very nice accessible pop in an eight-minute chunk.

BigGameHunter
16-05-2003, 20:03:25
Glad to hear it! I'm looking forward to seeing where your interests lie...can always send another one soon.

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2003, 13:10:29
Right, I've got Debaser's CD... The sound is a bit strange, the bass seems almost gone- you've not taken some of these off MP3s, have you? *shudder* I ask 'cause I'm holding my copy of Innervisions right here and the sound on Higher Ground is much deeper and warmer.

Good stuff, got a few songs off here already (and heard many of the others before) but still great fun.

Debaser
23-05-2003, 13:21:27
The only one which was Mp3 was Family Affair, but even the original of that sounded shit so I didn't think it mattered too much.

Debaser
23-05-2003, 13:22:47
You got it toady? Crikey, I only put it in the post at about 2pm yesterday!

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2003, 13:29:37
I'm not your toady!

Debaser
23-05-2003, 13:40:19
:lol: sorry about that.

Are there any songs you hadn't heard before on it?

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2003, 13:48:05
Yes. From the bottom, the Sly Stone, Al Green, Ann Peebles, Rose Royce and Herbie Hancock tracks. The Aretha Franklin track I don't recognise but OTOH I have it on a CD somewhere.

Scabrous Birdseed
23-05-2003, 13:52:24
And then there are several tracks I recognise but not sure where from. Like the Crusaders track. The Bobby Womack track I racked my mind to try to figure out where I'd heard it before and realised it was in Jackie Brown...

Debaser
23-05-2003, 14:25:06
That Herbie Hancock track is probably my favourite on the whole CD. I hear you're not a fan of long songs so you'll probably hate it.

Scabrous Birdseed
28-05-2003, 13:17:54
Posted BGH's CD to Mike.

Funkodrom
28-05-2003, 13:18:43
Cool. :beer:

Funkodrom
30-05-2003, 09:20:31
Turned up yesterday. I meant to bring it to work to listen to but I was late getting up and forgot. :(

BigGameHunter
30-05-2003, 14:48:45
Go home sick.

BigGameHunter
30-05-2003, 19:42:26
Well? You've been home for awhile now...
:)

Provost Harrison
31-05-2003, 10:28:26
He's probably died from haemorrhaging from the ears...

Provost Harrison
31-05-2003, 10:29:16
I have heard your CD though, I have a tape of it in the car, it is very good, I enjoyed it :b:

BigGameHunter
31-05-2003, 17:17:18
Really? How'd you get it?

Provost Harrison
01-06-2003, 00:16:27
Johan only lives (lived) about 35 miles from here...I could pop over and see him on a regular basis. Besides my car has been in for repair work so I have had a courtesy car which doesn't have a CD player so I needed a tape...

Funkodrom
01-06-2003, 10:04:15
Originally posted by BigGameHunter
Well? You've been home for awhile now...
:)

Listening to it now. I'll give you a full response when I've heard it a few times.

BigGameHunter
01-06-2003, 20:48:11
Aaah...ok guys...well, if you like it, I can hone in on some genres for you or make it "harder" or "softer" or whatever....
Cheers!

Mr. Bas
01-06-2003, 22:19:14
Haven't heard it, but judging from the tracks I recognized (Nirvana, Wipers, Fastbacks, and one or two others) it should be a pretty good compilation.

Funkodrom
02-06-2003, 09:17:07
Yeah, it is good. I want to listen to it a bit more and give BGH some decent comments on it though.

BigGameHunter
02-06-2003, 14:53:31
It's fairly "safe" (i.e, no Hawkwind or backmasked Devo samples) music. If there was a theme for this, it would probably be "A Meat and Potatos Dish With Green Olives" as there are some great straight ahead tunes and a few slightly "odd" songs that don't venture too far out of the "alt" world.

Actually, if I were to make a comp for Funky specifically, seeing as how he's in a band that seems to be in the larval stages of development and identity, I'd put together something like this, as I think the idea this comp inspired was one of "foot tapping inclusion". I've played in venues where we weren't the main attraction (bars, proms--god help us--etc) and I think most of the songs on the CD would make people go "Eh? What's this, then?" and give a listen. Several of the tunes are good examples of the types of songs to open your show with, in order to get that first grab.

Funkodrom
05-06-2003, 13:12:15
Part 1....

1. Built to Spill - Randy Described Eternity

This really reminds me of something else but I don't know what the bass bit is kinda Pink Floydy. I like it a lot.

2. Mark Lanegan - Undertow

This is just a really good, mellow song. Very nice.

3. Wipers - Return of the Rat

This reminds me a lot of Mudhoney (again!). I don't like it that much though. Bit repetitive.

4. Nirvana - Negative Creep

An absolute classic. Nirvana are one of my favourite bands anyway and I tend to like the feel of the early stuff better than the later stuff although it's all good.

5. Posies - Thowaway (live)

Not so keen on this, easy enough to listen to but heard similar stuff many times.

6. Fastbacks - Just Say

Girls in bands are great. Not amazingly original but upbeat and catchy.

7. Built to Spill - I would hurt a fly

Built to Spill are obviously really good. Wondered why they had 3 tracks on the album

8. Fountains of Wayne - Denise

Like a kind of alt-rock version of a song from the Greece soundtrack which is disturbing.

9. Beulah - If we can land a man

Very Beatles. Good though.

10. Meg Hentges - This Kind of Love

Could this be any more 80s? No. I've heard this before I think. I think they might have played it at the After Dark or something. It's good.

The Shaker
05-06-2003, 13:17:16
Right, good review, now pass on the CD.

Funkodrom
05-06-2003, 13:42:51
Still got to do the next half. :p

Scabrous Birdseed
05-06-2003, 14:03:48
Do it now.

Funkodrom
05-06-2003, 14:13:13
w-o-r-k :(

Debaser
05-06-2003, 14:21:43
D-I-S-C-O :)

The Shaker
05-06-2003, 14:22:20
w-r-o-k?

Funkodrom
05-06-2003, 14:23:48
and/or w-r-o-l

BigGameHunter
05-06-2003, 14:50:38
I just missed Built to Spill in town here...too much going on, unfortunately. I'd like to see how they pull it off.
It's funny, 'cause the lead singer/guitarist guru looks like some disaffected, overweight loser you might see bagging groceries--the kind of guy who lives in his parent's basement and polishes his $200 Alien figurine religiously.

Scabrous Birdseed
10-06-2003, 14:56:26
I just purchased three albums, a compilation and an EP, the first three of which will definately feature on the compilation and the latter two that might. I still need to buy one more album and a Best Of..., and recieve an item in the mail, then I'm set to begin actually making the CD. Expect it around mid-July.

Debaser
10-06-2003, 14:59:12
I actually started to white a review of your garage CD the over the weekend. I might finish it this evening if you're lucky.

Scabrous Birdseed
10-06-2003, 15:05:33
Oh god, I've nearly fogotten your Soul CD, I've been so absorbed in trying to make the Swedish Rock Comp. I've got a track listing of about 15 items pretty much set so far... I'm going to reuse at least one song off LWP1 if that's okay.

BigGameHunter
10-06-2003, 15:18:00
Hey...do any of these Swedes sing in English, or is it all in that secret, unwritten Swedish language?

Scabrous Birdseed
10-06-2003, 15:53:45
There are currently 4-5 swedish-language tracks on there and one instrumental. The rest will be English all the way.

Scabrous Birdseed
10-06-2003, 16:38:05
Oh, and one track might be in Swahili.

BigGameHunter
10-06-2003, 20:06:22
Just as long as it isn't the Swedish Teeth Grinding Chorus.
:)

Scabrous Birdseed
10-06-2003, 20:26:07
I've got a track consisting entirely of the sound of people chewing. Should I put it on?

BigGameHunter
10-06-2003, 21:14:29
I'd rather you didn't.
Send it to Laz, he fancies that sort of thing.

Scabrous Birdseed
18-06-2003, 15:14:23
Bump! Come on Mike already.

Funkodrom
18-06-2003, 15:18:15
Yeah, I know, I know and I have to do Laz's as well. Just busy at work and tired and feeling like crap.

Scabrous Birdseed
18-06-2003, 15:27:52
Oh well. The Swedish comp is coming along well, I got my CD-burning computer running now so I can stop just thinking about it on paper.

BigGameHunter
18-06-2003, 15:43:48
Hey, Mike...sounds like you need a mental health day...call in sick!

Funkodrom
18-06-2003, 15:54:35
Nah, I'm fine just busy!

BigGameHunter
20-06-2003, 14:58:10
Where's the other half, you knee biter?!?

Has anyone else gotten the BGH gaytacular?

Funkodrom
20-06-2003, 15:24:51
Coming sometime in the near to distant future.

BigGameHunter
20-06-2003, 20:24:18
I love it when you're so specific!

Funkodrom
23-06-2003, 14:15:34
11. Tobin Sprout - And So On.

This reminds me of the title music to the Littlest Hobo. It's a bit too light for me. Not sure how to explain that.

12. Dharma Bums - On The Run (Wipers Tribute)

This sounds very familiar. I kind of like it but it's a bit too REM.

13. Butthole Surfers - Pepper

I always remember a few people at school liking Butthole Surfers, if I heard any at the time I don't remember it sounding like this. Really good song though. Reminds me a lot of early Beck. Very cool.

14. Untrustable/Part 2 (about someone else)

This is kind of pink floyd esque in the way it's simple and manages to go on for 9 mins without getting boring.

15. Semisonic - Down in Flames

Starts slowly but picks up quickly it's a bit cheery for me.

16. Singers and Players - Snipers on the Street

Ooooh... I have to guess Scabby or RC for this one. Oh, wait, wrong CD. Reggae, schmreggae.

17 Hummingfish - Wistful Fall.

This is quite nice. I like the girl's voice.

I don't seem to be able to write much today, sorry.

BigGameHunter
23-06-2003, 15:28:20
That's ok...thanks for struggling through like a trooper. Sounds as if I should have sent you nothing but Big Black, Skinny Puppy and Joy Division?

Funkodrom
23-06-2003, 17:34:56
No, I like that CD more than my reviews make out. I should have waited until I was feeling more like writing but I'd left it ages. Built to Spill were definitely really good. I liked them a lot.

Scabrous Birdseed
23-06-2003, 17:35:13
Hah! He hated the Big Black track I put on LWP3.