Monday, November 01, 2021

Hoping for and discovering excellence can be good...

Rheostatics - Best of Rheostatics
Bonnie Prince Billy - Greatest Palace Music
The Album Leaf - In A Safe Place
Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks
Medeski Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin
Cynic - Focus
Hilsinger & Beatty - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Madredeus - Um Amor Infinito
The Killers - Hot Fuss
!!! - Louden Up Now
The Bad Plus - Give
65DaysOfStatic - The Fall Of Math
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Between Here And Gone
The Church - Beside Yourself
Sam Baker - Mercy
The Flower Kings - Adam & Eve
Jon Hopkins - Contact Note
David Sylvian - Blemish
Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Seven Days Of Falling
Neal Morse - One
Marillion - Marbles
Françoise Hardy - Tant De Belles Choses
Dio - Master Of The Moon
Death In Vegas - Satan's Circus
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
Christoph Merki - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Adrian Belew - Side 1
Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
A Perfect Circle - aMotion - Remixes
Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos
Incubus - A Crow Left Of The Murder
Fennesz - Venice
Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars
The Czars - Goodbye
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
Stekpanna - All For A Beautiful Life
Jonatha Brooke - Back In The Circus
The Cure - The Cure
Outrageous Cherry - Our Love Will Change the World
Halloween, Alaska - Halloween, Alaska
Rodrigo Leão - Cinema
Bryan Adams - Room Service
Green Day - American Idiot
Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio - Customs
To Rococo Rot - Kölner Brett
The Thing - Garage
Joni Mitchell - Song To A Seagull
Dave Douglas - Strange Liberation
Sumner McKane - Closing the Circle
Ben Christophers - The Spaces In Between
Michael Rother - Remember The Great Adventure
Jean-Michel Jarre - Aero
Chris Speed & yeah NO - Swell Henry
k.d. lang - Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
Richard Shindell - Vuelta
Kings Of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Ezekiel Honig - People Places & Things
The Blue Nile - High
David Sylvian - Blemish
Laura Pausini - Resta In Ascolto
Craig Armstrong - Piano Works
Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (Definitive Edition Remaster)
Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon
Bob Dylan - Time Out og Mind
David Bowie - Stage (2005)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Courage of Our Convictions (Demo)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Frica As Fear (1950) (Remix) [Single]
Edward Spark/Cloudland Blue Quartet - Intercession Remix
Edward Spark/Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fallen Remix EP
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Art Awakening Rounds at Optivoz (Single)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Ashes to Ashes
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Uncertainty Block [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet/Edward Spark/Tim Webb - Come On You Laggards (Single)

Opened the day with the rest of the Best of Rheostatics to which I'd fallen asleep last night...

Up just after six...

...and compiling my Top 100 of 2004...

...which, by close of play, after a couple of revisions re (a) having included LPs wrongly tagged as having been released in 2004 and (b) having added LPs not previously tagged as 2004, ended up as these...

Over the course of the next 12 days they will be whittled to my Top 5 - which I've already chosen of course - same with the 75, 50, 30, 20 and 10 which will precede that revelation...

Listening on headphones to 2004, waiting for new much lauded headphones to arrive, following a "birthday money not spent since May" purchase last night...

I did not play any of these though...

WFH while Anne was out for a day of shopping and lunching and shopping with Lynn...

My lunch was yesterday's lasagne...


At 1, the new nutphones arrived...

Oh yes, they are very good indeed...

Although Anne did opine on her return home this evening that they look ridiculous...

Oh well...

First play was "UK" by UK...

Maybe it's my imagination but I was hearing little cymbal touches from Bruford of which I'd not previously been aware...

These are much quieter than my Grado 80s but also less bassy...

I have made the correct decision....

I thanked a Twitterchum Tony E (@TonyECZ) for enthusing - he, in turn had been enthused by King Crimson Alumnus, Trey Gunn...

Tips from the top...

This evening, second on "University Challenge" with 110 - Luna helped...

...kind of...

More listening this evening, to CDs...

A good day for listening...

Late on, corralled all my remixes and experiments of 2021 into one playlist - 6.5 hours of fun...

I can feel an end of year "TwentyTwentyOne" compilation coming on...

Highlight of the Day : New Headphones...

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