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"Lost In The Dream" - The War On Drugs

The only song I ever heard from them until recently was Baby Missles, but I noticed that they had a new album out recently and gave it a listen online. I might end up ordering it next week.

I have listened to it all the way through only once...it's definitely my favorite new music so far this year...

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It's interesting to compare this to the performance I heard Pekka Kuusisto give last Thursday with his brother Jaakko conducting. It was in a smaller hall with a smaller orchestra, though, accompanied by a choreographed dance performance. I didn't watch all of the video, but to me she seems to be trying to put way too much emotion into her performance. I feel that the piece should already have the emotion in it; she'd just trying to add to it, emphasize it. I'm not saying Kuusisto's performance was perfect either (not that such a thing exists). The way he plays the third movement for example could have a much stronger sense of urgency. I do however like the way he let's the piece speak for itself and let's himself be used as the instrument through which the music is conveyed, a conduit.

 


 

Adele - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

 

Not an Adele fan yet still I'm giving this a listen (I don't like the original, but I actually find this cover of one of her songs really moving despite, or thanks to, its flaws). Need to break the pattern sometimes and not become a slave of old habits. I don't expect to like this but I'm not a person who exclusively listens to music that appeals to them. The difference between a child and an adult is that a child doesn't eat what she doesn't like, an adult should be mature enough to eat it anyway even if she doesn't particularly like it if it's being offered to her. Even listening to music you don't like is an experience in itself and can lead to musical growth. Of course it depends on how much of a masochist you are how much you can tolerate.

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Awesome guitarist!

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It's interesting to compare this to the performance I heard Pekka Kuusisto give last Thursday with his brother Jaakko conducting. It was in a smaller hall with a smaller orchestra, though, accompanied by a choreographed dance performance. I didn't watch all of the video, but to me she seems to be trying to put way too much emotion into her performance. I feel that the piece should already have the emotion in it; she'd just trying to add to it, emphasize it. I'm not saying Kuusisto's performance was perfect either (not that such a thing exists). The way he plays the third movement for example could have a much stronger sense of urgency. I do however like the way he let's the piece speak for itself and let's himself be used as the instrument through which the music is conveyed, a conduit.

 


I don't mind emotions..

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To put new NAD HP50s through their paces, I've moved from John William's score for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to a 2000 mix CD (now iTunes playlist), including

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"By Your Side" by Sade

"Bent" by Matchbox 20

"Come On Over (All I Want Is You)" by Christina Aguilera

"I Think God Can Explain" by Splendor

"I Wanna Know" by Joe

"Across The Universe" by Fiona Apple

"All Through The Night" by Cyndi Lauper

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I'm really loving the nearly-neutral sound of these headphones: Less bass extension and volume than my Denon AH-D600, but also tighter bass and less-fatiguing treble. They sound very much like Sennheiser Momentum with a much wider soundstage and less bass-bloat. Or B&W P7 with more high-frequency presence and articulation as well as greater neutrality through the mids. I wish the structure was less prone to microphonics, but even so, I think these are keepers. They'll replace both the AH-D600 and P7. I'll keep the Momentums until I find a better light-weight, low profile headphone.

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I don't mind emotions..

I don't either but when you stack emotion on top of emotion there's a point when you're just adding drama for the sake of having drama. I don't like emotion that's there just to have emotion. Emotion is a natural thing; it should be something that emerges naturally without a need to try to force it to surface. I appreciate subtlety and sometimes the lack of action can be the strongest action. For my preference and taste in that video Shōji simply seems to be putting way too much effort into her playing. Pekka Kuusisto's playing was effortless and he was very relaxed and even playful as he interacted with the dancers on stage with him. He was barefoot, in lax clothing, like a child of nature. He was one with the piece and let the music play itself, feeling the emotions along with the audience. What he felt came from the music, not himself. I'm certain there have been plenty of "better" performances of that particular work, but for me the end result isn't everything and overall I simply found it to be a very "honest" representation of the music. The introduction of the violin into the piece was one of the most enchanting experiences in my life. His tone was sublime.

 


 

Now listening to:

 

Charles Gayle, William Parker & Rashied Ali - Touchin' on Trane

https://open.spotify.com/album/3qn8jYDeZCjukBoeKobEU4

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If her emotions would come across as 'forced to the surface' it would ruin it for me too..:p 

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If her emotions would come across as 'forced to the surface' it would ruin it for me too..:p 

When I was talking about "forced to the surface", I was only talking in general. What I said directly about her was that she puts "too much effort" into her playing for my preference. I'd like to see the music play her and not her playing the music. Ha ha. :D

 


 

Just finished:

 

Chisu - Kun valaistun

 

When this album came out I didn't like it at all. Now after some time has passed it actually sound okay. Perfectly decent.

 


 

Moving on to:

 

Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway

 

This album was a real grower for me. A real beauty.

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Foo Fighters Wasting Light album

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