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  1. It's okay. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Still my favourite album, though favouritism seems to mean less as years go by.
  2. Sounds okay to me, just don't link where to get it.
  3. Hey blybo. This is not the first time I've come across that point of view, but that's not been my experience. It's remained a favourite. Definitely of its time and place (80s Britain), but I still find slapstick gold, an appealing sense of the absurd/surreal and some pretty sharp dialogue. Maybe I haven't grown up much! The first time I showed it to my kids it went over like a lead balloon: 'This is just men being stupid and it's stupid.' A few years later they were all over it, watched both seasons and took to quoting it around the house.
  4. My favourite Young Ones Leonard Cohen gag is from Bomb. Neil, deadpan to camera: 'No one listens to me anyway. I may as well be a Leonard Cohen record.'
  5. Nice thread @Batty It's tough picking just 25. In rough chronological/autobiographical order, with no deference to the 'album' proper: 1. The Best of Pete Seeger 2. 20 Loony Tunes These are my earliest memories of having my own records and favourites, aged 5-6. My favourite Pete Seegar track was the African Folk story 'Abi Yoyo', every word and pause counted and I still remember them all. And the leftie folk songs that were so earnest and righteous and joyful. Then there's an inspired (K-Tel) compilation of whacky novelty songs: Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Nervous Norvus, Lonnie Donegan, the Chipmunks and the Coasters. 3. The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack A friend gave this (Bali pirate tape) to me when I was 9. I loved it then, and when I saw the movie soon after it was my instant and enduring favourite. It sowed a deeper seed too. 4. Back in Black - AC/CD A couple of years later I discovered AC/CD through a friend who had a bunch of tapes from his dad/uncle. This was the first album I remember buying with my own money (a twofer with The Razor's Edge). 5. O.G. Original Gangster - Ice T Music took a back seat to cricket in early high school. Most of grunge and gangster rap passed me by, but I loved this album. Listened to a lot, then put it aside. Coming back to it years later, it held up just fine. 6. Blood Sugar Sex Majik - Red Hot Chili Peppers In hindsight my first taste of funk and for a while the only vaguely contemporary band I listened to much as I took a classic rock puritan turn. 7. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan 8. Abbey Road - Beatles 9. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones At 15 for reasons I can't remember I dug into my parents' Bob Dylan records, found a life long favourite and opened the door on a new phase of musical discovery. This was around the time my family got its first CD player, and I started to build a collection. For a few years I lived and breathed 60s rock. Many favourites from this period but Dylan, Beatles, Stones seemed to stand apart. 10. Giants of the Blues My dad gave me this 4CD set of urban blues. Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, BB King. So I got, or always had, an ear for blues. I was often first drawn to the blues cuts on rock albums. It's a limited form and I see why people get bored with it. But only boring people get bored. 11. Ah Um - Charles Mingus I'd heard some stuff before but this was my first jazz wow moment. He plays bass like he's riding a wild animal and winning. 12. Stand - Sly & the Family Stone 13. Star Time - James Brown 14. I Never Loved a Man... - Aretha Franklin Around 18, the seed sown by the Blues Brothers flowered. Funk and soul became my new (old) favourite thing. Still can't get enough of the funky stuff. . . . Picking up from @Dave O))) I reckon lists are more interesting with a few reasons why. But it does slow you down and I'll have to come back to it.
  6. +1 for Basie The rhythm that keeps the world spinning on its axis, is how my dad introduced it to me. I can't recommend specific LPs as my exposure is a hodge podge of hand me down compilation CDs. I favour the late 30s Decca material: GREAT band and fresh arrangements. Sound quality isn't top shelf, but I don't find it distractingly bad either.
  7. Not the quality you're looking forward, but I have an old Luxman you can play with to sort out work flows and see if it feels worthwhile going all in. Canberra 2602.
  8. I don't think there's much mystery involved. It's just a numbers game. LPs, cassettes and CDs all sold truckloads. Each was the dominant format for a turn. There are millions upon millions of them out there. By comparison pre-recorded MD wasn't even a blip. They held a solid niche for a spell, but my recollection is people used them like blank tapes before them - to copy albums, make mix tapes and record jams. I don't recall anyone buying pre-recorded discs (though obviously some did). I just think there aren't that many out there. And those there are would be pretty tightly held, as you say in the video.
  9. Cheers @metal beat I like music lists. They make me think about what I like, don't get, don't know. Different lists, one a critics' choice, the other a popular choice. Not sure if one is better or more balanced than the other. They both cover similar ground: English language pop and not much else. The Discogs list has a more mainstream rock flavour. Possibly more blokey? The Pitchfork list has a stronger American slant. More R&B and hip-hop and indie. Quite a bit I don't recognise at all. There's a fair bit of overlap between the two, especially higher up the ratings. I have 37 from the Discogs list and 33 from Pitchfork on CD or LP or download. I've streamed some others. For what it's worth, triangulating both lists plus my collection gives these: Beyonce Lemonade D'Angelo Black Messiah PJ Harvey Let England Shake Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Vampire Weekend Contra LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit... Kamasi Washington The Epic A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Frank Ocean Channel Orange The National High Violet War On Drugs Lost in the Dream Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly David Bowie Blackstar Daft Punk Random Access Memory I think a few of these are a bit overrated/over hyped, but generally it's a pretty solid set of albums.
  10. This is my favourite bike. Not the one that gets ridden the most (for obvious reasons), but definitely the most special. It's a '92 Trek T200 touring tandem, cromo frame built up with old Deore XT and Blackburn expedition racks. We bought it 13 years ago in literal museum condition when the Canberra Bicycle Museum started downsizing its collection. Then we were expecting our first kid, now both daughters are big enough to ride stoker with me. And that's happiness on two wheels. It was getting a bit tired so I've just spruced it up. No more than new cables, bar tape and saddles, but it's riding well again.
  11. I think I have about 40 (including some of the 'crap R&B' 😛), so I guess I'd call it a decent list. A few obvious limitations as mentioned previously. No classical is explained by the separate list. No jazz and metal is more of an oversight. But those genres are usually poorly represented in these sorts of lists, which tend towards the mainstream (pop/rock/r&b/hip-hop). I think that has something to do with them being created by committee - 45 people in this case. I imagine lots of those individual contributors would have had more offbeat selections, but these drop off in the amalgamation. My own list would have more Australian (Courtney Barnett, Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, probably some Elefant Traks stable hip/hop) and NZ (Fat Freddy's Drop). More americana (Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings, Eileen Jewel, Mary Gautier). More resurgent old farts (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Mavis Staples, Betty LaVette). Some jazz (Necks, Tomas Stanko, Julien Wilson, Wayne Shorter, maybe Kamasi but the EP not the triples). Different world music picks (Ceu, Tinariwen, Basekou Kouyate, Tony Allen). More Janelle Monae. Massive Attack Heligoland. Lyrics Born Later That Day. And so on. But of course that's a whole lot of idiosyncratic fancies, that I'd never expect to make it to a published list.
  12. I'm not an aficionado, but I've always found Tibaldi Hot Chilli Salami to be a good off the shelf option. Shouldn't be too hard to find. My local IGA has it.
  13. What a life, what a man, what wonderful music. I saw him at Byron Blues Fest in 2004. I went for James Brown, and the whole line-up was an embarrassment of riches., but Dr John was a highlight. At the time I only knew a couple of compilation tracks, but he knocked me out. He tapped into a melting pot of New Orleans rhythm and groove which I already loved and played with an easy gravitas that felt authentic to that tradition yet wholly original. Very cool pianist, distinctive vocalist and out of the box voodoo (night) tripper. Dude was qualified. I expect to end the night drunk in front of the fire lisnening to the good doctor and a selection of New Orleans' finest.
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