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  1. Currently Spinning

    Three classics from my birth year. Seems like a transitional period with lots of things going on. But I guess that's true most of the time. The Heart of the Congos Roots reggae with two strong contrasting voices and production by Lee Perry Parliament - Funkentelechy vs The Placebo Syndrome High concept funk and tomfoolery with a villain called Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk. Television - Marquee Moon New York arty punk rightly famous for awesome guitar interplay comes up.
  2. Welcome On The Beach. I haven't had work done personally but Trevor from Rage Audio has a good reputation here (see other recommendations up thread). He was a Marantz rep for many years I believe. Not inner west; south I think. He is @Zaphod Beeblebrox on SNA. Nice avatar by the way. Can't have too much Stax and funk.
  3. That one's a bit of a different case. King wrote it (with her songwriting partner Goffin and Aretha's producer Jerry Wexler also has a credit) but it was written for Aretha and that is the original version. King didn't release her own version until Tapestry four years later. My pick for Aretha nailing a cover would be 'Respect'. The Otis Redding original is wonderful, but Aretha emphatically makes it her own.
  4. Currently Spinning

    Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird (2013) Just right for an idle, well caffeinated Sunday morning.
  5. I'm very non-technical, so apologies if this is off the mark, but could this be related to noise floor. Ie. Does an amplifier with a higher noise floor mask more low level information and especially so at low volume? Losing that low level information we are missing detail and spatial cues, so it sounds 'flat and boring'. How does global NFB relate to noise floor?
  6. Currently Spinning

    @Citroen Thanks Cliff. While you're up can I also have some new Janelle Monae and Vampire Weekend?
  7. Currently Spinning

    The National - High Violet (2010 - ALAC) These guys must be about due for another album.
  8. Thanks blybo, I'll give it a listen. Get Out While You Can is my favourite so far, but that might just be because it was the first one I got in to.
  9. There may be a bit of that but I think seemingly obscure choices can also be pretty well explained by increasing fragmentation in music and its audiences and by the time available to absorb things. There's just so much music being produced these days, so many styles, sub-genres and niches, so many delivery formats. There's less shared experience of a broad mainstream. Add to that the time factor. For the earlier decades there's been an ongoing process of filtering and reappraisal to refine a kind of received canon. Plus we've had more time to get round to listening to things. For the current decade, things are more up in the air and we've had less time to catch up on things we missed in real time. It's easy to see how one person's favourite can be another's WTF?
  10. SNA Members Top 100 LIVE albums

    1. Queen-Live Killers 2. Rock of Ages-The Band 3. The Guess Who-Live at the Paramount. 4. Robin Trower-Live 5. Neil Young - Weld 6. Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live 7. Deep Purple - Made In Japan 8. The Saints - Live At Pig City Brisbane 2007 9. Miles Davis - In Person, Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, San Francisco 10.Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon by Bus 11. Bill Withers - Live At Carnegie Hall 12. Magnolia Electric Co* ‎– Trials & Errors 13. Roger Waters - In the Flesh 14. James Brown - Live at The Apollo 15. Rock'n'Roll Animal - Lou Reed 16. U2 - Under a blood red sky 17.Thin Lizzy-Live And Dangerous 18.The Rolling Stones. Get yer Ya Ya's Out. 19. Neil Diamond - Hot August Night 20. David Bowie: A Reality Tour 21. Live - Mental Jewelry (okay, I know but I couldn't resist) 22. Ramones - It's Alive 23. John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard 24. Various Artists - Woodstock (Music From The Original Soundtrack And More) 25. Yes - Yessongs 26. Whitesnake - Live In The Heart Of The City 27. Tool - Salival (mostly live and with a Led Zep cover.) 28. Alejandro Escovedo - More Miles Than Money 29. Pink Floyd - Pulse 30. Shakti 31. Simple Minds- Live in the City of Light 32. McLaughlin, DeMeola, De Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco Live 33. The Who - Live at Leeds 34. Rolling Stones - Live in Leeds bonus disc on the Sticky Fingers box set 35. The Pretenders - Isle Of View 36. Midnight Oil - Scream In Blue 37. Kenny Burrell - A Night at the Vanguard 38. David S. Ware - Saturnian 39. BeeGees-One Night Only 40. Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills 41. Nirvana - Live at Reading 42. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan 43. Chuck Mangione - Live at the Holloywood Bowl 44. Diana Krall - Live in Paris 45. Tangerine Dream - Supernormal 46. Van Morrison - Its Too Late to Stop Now 47. Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Live in Hamburg 48. The Mothers (Frank Zappa) - Fillmore East – June 1971 49. Herbie Hancock - V.S.O.P. 50. Ahmad Jamal - Live At The Penthouse 51. Hawkwind - Space Ritual 52. Patricia Barber - Live: A Fortnight in France 53. Radio Birdman - Live At Paddington Town Hall 12th December 1977 54 Bob Dylan- Live 1966 "The Royal Albert Hall Concert" 55. Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby 56. Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe 57. Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson - VH1 Storytellers 58. J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House 59. Holly Golightly - Down Gina's at 3 60. Little Feat- Waiting For Columbus 61. Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall 62. Keith Jarrett - La Scala 63. Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley 64. AC/DC - If You Want Blood... 65. U.K. - Night After Night 66. The Clash - Live at Shea Stadium 67. Wes Montgomery - Full House 68. Neil Young - Time Fades Away 69. Magnum - Marauder 70. Peter Gabriel - Plays Live 71. Eagles - Hell Freezes Over 72. Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China 73. Erroll Garner - Concert By The Sea 74. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense 75. Midnight Oil: Oils on the Water (Goat Island, 1985) 76. Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 77. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same 78. Leonard Cohen - Live In London 79. Bruce Springsteen Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 1975 80. Dire Straits - Alchemy 81. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live!
  11. Top albums by women

    I quite like the NPR list. Without the white guys with guitars who usually dominate these lists, things open up in interesting ways. My tastes skew American so that bias doesn't really bother me. They have my number one pick at number four, their number one would be short odds for my number two and there's a heap of great music up and down the list. There are also many things I've never heard or even heard of. And that's the most useful thing about these lists - to highlight uncharted waters and invite new discoveries. So far I've checked out Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You, Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening, Dolly Parton Coat Of Many Colours, Anita Baker Rapture. As for Australian women +1 for Courtney Barnett, Mojo Juju, Divinyls, Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby.
  12. 1. David Bowie - Blackstar 2. John Murry - Graceless Age 3. Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass 4. PRINCE - HitnRun Phase One 5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 6. Ed Kuepper - Lost Cities 7. Fire! - She Sleeps She Sleeps 8. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit 9. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate 10. Scott Walker & SUNN-0 - Soused 11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! 12. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream 13. The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment 14. Kamasi Washington - The Epic 15. Bassotronics - Enchanting Bass 16. Wayne Shorter Quartet - Without A Net. 17. David Torn - Only Sky. 18. Black Mountain- IV 19. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel 20. Muse - The 2nd Law 21. Russian Circles - Guidance 22. Dominic Miller - Ad Hoc 23. Destroyer - Kaputt 24. Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness 25. Marilyn Manson - Pale Emperor 26. The Gentle Storm - The Diary 27. D'Angelo - Black Messiah
  13. 1. David Bowie - Blackstar 2. John Murry - Graceless Age 3. Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass 4. PRINCE - HitnRun Phase One 5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 6. Ed Kuepper - Lost Cities 7. Fire! - She Sleeps She Sleeps 8. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  14. SNA Members Top 100 LIVE albums

    1. Queen-Live Killers 2. Rock of Ages-The Band 3. The Guess Who-Live at the Paramount. 4. Robin Trower-Live 5. Neil Young - Weld 6. Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live 7. Deep Purple - Made In Japan 8. The Saints - Live At Pig City Brisbane 2007 9. Miles Davis - In Person, Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, San Francisco 10.Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon by Bus 11. Bill Withers - Live At Carnegie Hall 12. Magnolia Electric Co* ‎– Trials & Errors 13. Roger Waters - In the Flesh 14. James Brown - Live at The Apollo 15. Rock'n'Roll Animal - Lou Reed 16. U2 - Under a blood red sky 17.Thin Lizzy-Live And Dangerous 18.The Rolling Stones. Get yer Ya Ya's Out. 18. Neil Diamond - Hot August Night 19. David Bowie: A Reality Tour 20. Live - Mental Jewelry (okay, I know but I couldn't resist) 20. Ramones - It's Alive 21. John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard 21. Various Artists - Woodstock (Music From The Original Soundtrack And More) 22. Yes - Yessongs 23. Whitesnake - Live In The Heart Of The City 24. Tool - Salival (mostly live and with a Led Zep cover.) 25. Alejandro Escovedo - More Miles Than Money 26. Pink Floyd - Pulse 27. Shakti 28. Simple Minds- Live in the City of Light 29. McLaughlin, DeMeola, De Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco Live 30. The Who - Live at Leeds 31 Rolling Stones - Live in Leeds bonus disc on the Sticky Fingers box set 32 The Pretenders - Isle Of View 33 Midnight Oil - Scream In Blue 34. Kenny Burrell - A Night at the Vanguard 35. David S. Ware - Saturnian 36. BeeGees-One Night Only 37. Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills 38. Nirvana - Live at Reading 39. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan 40. Chuck Mangione - Live at the Holloywood Bowl 41. Diana Krall - Live in Paris 42. Tangerine Dream - Supernormal 43. Van Morrison - Its Too Late to Stop Now 43. Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Live in Hamburg 44. The Mothers (Frank Zappa) - Fillmore East – June 1971 45. Herbie Hancock - V.S.O.P.
  15. 1. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sands 2. Epica - Consign to Oblivion 3. Tupac. Me against the World 4. Marillion - Marbles 5. New Order - Get Ready 6. Radiohead - Kid A 7. Portishead - Third 8. Tinariwen - Aman Iman 9. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. 10.Anouar Brahem - Le Pas du Chat Noir. 11. PJ Harvey: Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea 12. Dave Rawlings - Nashville Obsolete 13. KD Lang - Hymns of the 49th Parallel 14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven 15. Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night
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