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Although he may not be widely known outside the UK, Mike Skinner's second album as The Streets, entitled A Grand Don't Come For Free, is a listening experience that doesn't come along often. Even if you don't like the unique style of music or rhyming, the beautiful thing about it is that it's a concept piece from start to finish; that is, it won't make sense if you try a few tunes out of sequence, but if you force yourself to put in the effort to take in the whole record at one sitting you'll be rewarded with a journey through the range of problems and concerns facing young people today as well as some more universal issues such as the value and extent of true friendship and the resolution of disagreements. Quite simply, there's nothing else like it.

What have you heard recently that's worth sharing?

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Am I to believe that no other Galileans listen to or even like music?

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Am I to believe that no other Galileans listen to or even like music?

Well, I actually have music playing around me virtually all of the time, but it is mostly of the variety which folks generally think of as "Classical". It does include contemporary composers such as Sylvie Bodorova, and even the occasional side track into music such as that by Renaud Garcia-Fons (after I heard him at the recent Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC). The closest I come to anything like contemporary popular music is during my ballroom dance lessons (and competitions), but, since I prefer the smooth dances to the rhythm dances, I guess that even then I do not really hear anything much later than that from the 1940's (except at social dances). Well, I do occasionally hear some Hindi pop - but that is another story, and I do not really choose to listen to it (although some of it is good to dance to).

Michael

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Influenced by my family, I am particularly interested in chamber music, chorus, and classical music. I especially like violin concerts. One piece of music I think worth sharing is the one broccoli sent me last year. (She's from Latvia, the one who is excellent at maths, remember?). You can find it at here. You can listen to it, it is free! Enjoy. :)

Me, I like best this one:

Tie

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Philosophy wrote:

I especially like violin concerts.

There is a young violinist who I really like. His name is Augustin Hadelich, and his web site is: http://www.augustin-hadelich.de/

He is now studying at Julliard in New York. I learned about him two or three years ago when he played the Sibelius violin concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans; he was magnificent.

And if anyone ever wants to rent a great apartment (at an excellent price) during a visit to Tuscany, Augustin's parents have a wonderful place on their farm (olive oil and wine). For details/internet link/etc., just contact me.

Michael

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Although he may not be widely known outside the UK, Mike Skinner's second album as The Streets, entitled A Grand Don't Come For Free[/i']
I've listened to this album at your suggestion, but I'm having a hard time getting into it. I generally listen to music the most when driving, or I have a book in hand or am surfing the web, so I rarely have the ability to give the music my undivided attention. What's continuing to throw me with The Streets album is the cadence. It's disjointed enough to make it difficult to listen to casually in the background and also I find it hard to focus on in particular as a result.

What have you heard recently that's worth sharing?
Since the first time I heard one of his tunes whilst in Oz, I can't get enough of Jack Johnson. His most recent album, In Between Dreams is excellent. Most people would have heard "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" but I think that "Good People" is by far the best track on the album. As I read it, the song is an indictment of pop culture at large if not those that make their living off of it. Brilliant. :D

Other stuff I've been listening to of late is Blue Rodeo's latest, Are You Ready. IT's still quite a good album, but it is far from their best effort, which is undoubtedly 1994's Five Days in July. And yes, it is country music.

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The rebellious yet non-cliched melodic and guitar thrashing sounds of Hell is for Heroes.

The lyrics and the music are both excellent, especially

Cut Down

there's an old man in the corner

in his sunk and withered features

see reflections of my future

will you join me there

Clock Out

"And we'll all take a bow

as our time comes around

like a moth to the light

jacket's burning'

Five Kids Go

'Catch me falling if you can

cut your ties and push them down

Cause we're taking back the reign

take control of time'

Retreat

Don't you know that hell hath

no fury, like a man too

scared to just back down

We don't want peace and quiet

if it means walking unidentified

divided here together, I'll

make my own way to the exit

Burning Laffayette

swallow line by line

the script fed

from official sources

experts without knowledge

take the stand

Silent as the Grave

make your choice

you decide

coming down

from the fence

I will be

on your side

Discos and Casinos

Get set for the rush

we're on the ascent

a thrust ignite, acceleration

a pressure drop

it's only natural,

it draws the breath from your lung

This is Why

god knows

lead is heavier than Gold

a rubber doll can still breathe

its not immune to growing old

it isn

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Does anyone listen to Portishead here?

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I used to, back when they first started playing.

At the moment i'm listening to Imogen Heap, who has a beautiful voice well beyond my words. I'm also a fan of movie soundtracks and my favourite composers are Zbigniew Preisner and Hans Zimmer. While i love everything the former has ever done, Zimmer's Thin Red Line work is mesmerising and i wonder if it will ever be bettered. Journey to the line and Light have so much depth and texture to them that i never tire of hearing them.

My favourite song, though, is Drown by the Smashing Pumpkins (or, more accurately, by Billy Corgan). How he manages to control a wall of feedback for so long and with such direction, i don't know, but the effect is amazing.

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I'm listening right now to this Imogen Heap track called Hide and Seek and it's blowing me away. I heard it on Radio 1 (BBC) when it first came out and it polarised opinion - people either loved it or hated it. There's no music at all, just her beautiful voice, and nothing else like it in music that i know of. Check it out if you can, because it's slaying me.

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I managed to get hold of Imogen Heap's new album and am enjoying it. This track Hide and Seek is just mesmerising, though. Here is an excerpt from the lyrics:

oily marks apear on walls

where pleasure moments hung before

the take over the sweeping insensitivity

of this still life

All you get is her voice - nothing else. The swells are particularly effective. I remember Sean Connery saying that Karen Matheson's throat had been touched by an angel, which is pretty hard to deny, but Heap must be due a place in the same chorus.

What's more, it seems she had to remortgage her home to make the record, which says something about the labels and the recording industry.

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Basically all I've been listening to lately is Franz Ferdinand and Sufjan Stevens. The former have a new album coming out in Sept./Oct. depending on where you live.

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Am I to believe that no other Galileans listen to or even like music?

That would be me. Most music to me sounds like noise so I prefer my surroundings to be silent. I've tried all different kinds of music and the best I can say about any song is "tolerable".

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My German instructor turned me onto a group called Zweiraumwohnung. I only understand half of it, but I like the sound. :lol:

kind thoughts,

Peter Kirby

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Am I to believe that no other Galileans listen to or even like music?

That would be me. Most music to me sounds like noise so I prefer my surroundings to be silent. I've tried all different kinds of music and the best I can say about any song is "tolerable".

Whoa... Not even elevator jazz? Or Jazz in general( eschewing some of the more experimental stuff which is nevertheless good but I could understand not liking) I would have a hard time believing anybogy could not listen to Miles Davis "All Blues" an album I just picked up for the first time several years ago( its nearly four decades old).

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Or classical - Tchaikovsky, Bach? Or movie soundtracks - the background music variety, not the adapted songs variety - from Star Wars to Dances with Wolves? Or new age - Enya, Kitaro, Arkenstone? Or regional traditional folk - Irish, Indian, African, or Japanese? Or spanish guitar - Strunz & Farah, Ottmar Leibert?

All of which sums up my CD collection, btw, along with a few stray classic or light rock that my husband's wouldn't allow in his collection (he doesn't like Pink Floyd - go figure).

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Anyone listen to much Bjork? I'm finally going to give her stuff a try. Any thoughts?

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I try to listen to most things good. I have, to date, an album collection of way over 10,000 records. Depending on your taste, or prejudice there's a little something for everyone.

Some albums of 2005/06 that I enjoyed;

Mozart's 250 birthday collection; the entire box set for Xmas.

M.I.A; Arular

Sufjan Stevens; Illinoise

Bright Eyes; I'm wide awake, It's morning

Antony and the Johnsons; I am a bird now.

Good stuff to get hands on (go for their first albums);

Sigur Ros

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Mosaic and others into their music....

I reckon you might want to check out these albums, perhaps you won't like every track but they'll be something here to get your ears a wiggling, and your hips a listening...They come in no particular order or genre....If you like this selection, I'll add more...

Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band; A Special Album.

Sigur R

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I love a lot of different music...ranging from trance/ambience to symphonic power metal. I'll list some favorites.

Symphonic Power Metal:

DragonForce, Sonata Arctica, Summoning, Thronar, Rhapsody

Battle/Epic Metal:

Turisas, Amon Amarth, Bal-Sagoth, Blind Guardian

Death Metal:

Slumber

Melodic Death Metal/Opera Metal/Gothic Metal:

Therion, Tristania, Nightwish, Katatonia, Lacuna Coil

Alternative/Emo/Indie/Rock:

Snow Patrol, Straylight Run, Cursive, Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Chevelle, Senses Fail, Thrice

Everything Techno:

D.A.V.E, Armin van Buuren, Audioplacid, Paul van Dyk, Astral Projection, Dj Tiesto, Shpongle, Scooter, Voodoo 'n' Serano, Safri Duo, Blank and Jones, DT8 Project, Delerium, ATB, BT, Alphazone, Darude, Lords of Acid

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Oneiromancy

Your 'techno' looks like what one generally classes as 'Trance' or 'Goa', if that is the case check out Monster Records. It's run by a really good mate of mine and its very nice stuff indeed. The metal stage I'll put down to age.......

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sorry, forgot a link;

Monster Tunes

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I know Godot is a fan of Jack Johnson and an increasing number of people in the UK are singing his praises, but for my money Pete Murray is far superior. I prefer both his playing and delivery, and his lyrics are always interesting. Here's a song called No more from his 2003 album Feeler:

He puts his hand down into his pocket

Pulls out a rose and hands it to his girl

She says, hey man (what you doin') (what you sayin')

No, I thought i told you

I don't want you here no more

So go get out of here so I don't see your face

Your the one who used to beat me to love you

And I don't want you back again

No more........No more.......No more

Many times you swing that hand

But did you ever see the bruise you used to leave

I'd spend days, I could not go out,

Sometimes it would be weeks

So don't come back thinking i'm okay

Cause really man, I hate you to the core

You're the most gutless thing i've ever known,

Or ever saw

No more.......No more.......No more

(You can't hide the scars)

(You can't hide the scars)

So turn around and just start walking

Cause we got nothing left to say

When you're gone, you can be assured

My smile is gonna come back my way

And i'll wipe you from my memory

So you don't exist in my day

But just remember i'll still smell you

A thousand miles away

No more.......No more.......No more

The way he sings "i hate you to the core" is quite something.

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Oneiromancy

Your 'techno' looks like what one generally classes as 'Trance' or 'Goa', if that is the case check out Monster Records. It's run by a really good mate of mine and its very nice stuff indeed. The metal stage I'll put down to age.......

I'll check it out, I really need some "spacing out" music. All this metal is making my blood run too fast.

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