@Pugz Dirty Mind is great, but is it really better than Sign O The Times? Sign is one of the only records I've ever heard that is able to move across genres seamlessly; witness "Adore" (R&B), "The Cross" (Rock), "Housequake" (Dance), "I Could Never Take The Place..." (Popish), and "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (???).
I'm going through some kind of musical identity crisis - it's a pretty interesting aural space. Not sure what I even want to listen to, despite constantly feeling like I want to be listening to something awesome. So for now, pretty much anything will cut the mustard. Been genre-hopping like a psycho basically, whilst squeezing in various game music albums into the playlist for nostalgia's sake.
I've actually rather been enjoying Somewhere Close to Near, a solo soft rock album by former Ensemble Studios composer Stephen Rippy (who did the scores to the Age of Empires series and Halo Wars, among others). Turns out its actually his ninth studio album. Might have to track down the others.
Hey Nels, have you checked out Reich's Music For 18 Musicians? I love what I've heard so far. Oh and if you like minimalist music, you should definitely check out Michael Nyman, he's done some exceptional work (especially with director Peter Greenaway), he even did a video game soundtrack that Domino and Kanji should check out called Enemy Zero on the Sega Saturn.
@Pugz Yeah, I have a recording of Music for 18 Musicians. It was the first recording of Steve Reich that I purchased .
I like Michael Nyman, but he hasn't found his way into any more my internet radio stations. I really enjoyed his soundtrack to Gattaca. My old roommate was heavy into that one summer so I've heard it quite a bit (not to mention the movie is one of my top favorites). I'll check out Enemy Zero
I was listening to Queen II tonight and my thoughts were that it's a lot better than I remember it being. Even though it lacks the massive hits and stand-out tracks of other Queen albums (though it does have Seven Seas of Rhye!), it really is spectacular as a whole piece. I think there's a lot of evidence here that Queen would soon rise as the great glam rock band of the ages. How blind I was to not see it before!
For something that never got an official release (and was thereby released for free over the interwebs - click the title) its a truly phenomenal album, especially if you like the genre (think Journey meets the Pet Shop Boys with a bit of mid-period Bowie thrown in). I listened to it incessantly about a year ago when it was first released, and have been listening to it incessantly again the past few days. Its worth a listen. Also, here's some Album Art I made for it, because I'm one of those anal-retentive freaks that has to have my music library meticulously organized.
I just finished watching Che after three nights of watching (it's like 68 hours long, but worth it), and it concluded with a song by Mercedes Sosa, the Argentine folk singer who was at the vanguard of the so-called "New Song" movement in Latin America in the 1960's and 70's. I thought it was a very appropriate conclusion the movie, and I found the song to be moving and powerful despite not knowing any of the words (save for "guitarra", etc.). Anyway, here it is.
been mesmerized by the sounds of Flying Lotus lately, definitely one to keep an ear out for in modern hip-hop (and modern music in general.) Heard a few dudes make the pretentious claim that he is to beats what Hendrix was to rock, and I well... I wouldn't DISagree, haha:
I've been pretty disinterested in ska-punk recently (still very much interested in more traditional ska, though), but this album blew me away. I hadn't been so impressed with a ska-punk album since I heard Purr by the Dance Hall Crashers about 4 or 5 (6?) years ago.