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Kevin Orton

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Last here Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Last post 22 May 2019

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20 May 2019

Fab list! A ton to check out!

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19 May 2019

Well, its a terrific list. While there's a lot I know, there's a lot I don't. And nice to see Flat Duo Jets get some props along with Long Ryders and Thin White Rope!

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19 May 2019

While Revolver would top my list, Abbey Road and The White Album would be next. Always felt Sgt. Pepper's was overrated. Not that I think it sucks but give me Rubber Soul over it any day of the week.

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19 May 2019

Thanks Mark! Swordfish and Rain Dogs were my introduction and they just blew my mind. I wore Mule Variations out. Just love that record. And I think Blue Valentines is stunning. Rankings are kind of silly to me because I don't really have favorites, it all depends on my mood. That said, Foreign Affairs has always left me cold and Nighthawks strikes me as a rather painful exercise in self-parody. He seems to release an album every 7 years, so I think we'll be hearing from him soon. At least I hope so!

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18 May 2019

Quite a list! I always felt the term Alt Country was silly but given how the genre turned into Pop with a cowboy hat, I suppose it was needed.

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14 May 2019

Great list. Nice to see him get some much deserved attention. Know Marjorie but not as familiar with the rest as I should be. Thanks for putting this one together!

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3 May 2019

Growing up in the 80's, anything they didn't play on Top 40 radio or was not on a major label was "Alternative" or "Post Punk". Especially, if a band hailed from the UK. "Post Punk" seems so nebulous and subjective, really. For me it does actually mean late 70's early 80's bands from the UK. But you could toss in stuff like REM and Replacements I suppose. But a lot of great stuff to check out and some really interesting choices like Cave's No More Shall We Part. I love that album but its never been fan or critical fave.

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25 Apr 2019

Blue Mask is def a runner up! Bob Quine is just majestic on that. Miss that guy. He was brilliant. I never, ever found Pink Moon sad. Beautiful and intimate would be the words to describe. That last track is actually quite optimistic. Its a very misunderstood record and I think a lot of people attribute romantic notions of tragedy to it. Nick Drake was actually in quite a good mood when he made it and it was a ballsy move for him reject the labels attempts to over orchestrate as they did on his prior releases.

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25 Apr 2019

I'll be honest, I never found Elliott sad. Melodic, yes. Intimate, yes. I actually don't find his work depressing at all. The opposite. Same with all of these albums. That's just what has been superficially attributed to them because they deal with some dark, raw emotions. They're all very honest records. I don't find Skeleton Tree or Blackstar depressing in the slightest. I find them absolutely uplifting and inspiring. The're albums that rise up above their tragedy. Those are albums about Life and living. Terribly misunderstood I think, owing to the circumstances of their release. Cave wrote most of Skeleton Tree before his son died. And Bowie did not embark on Blackstar thinking it was his last. Anything but. Kanye IS depressing to because he's such an obnoxious narcissist and a complete clown of an asshole. Nirvana, well it may be sacrilege to say, but I've never liked them. Teen Spirit and other songs stole signature riffs from other bands like Killing Joke verbatim. While I have some compassion for how ill Cobain was, as a person and an artist, he was never anyone I wanted to spend time with.

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25 Apr 2019

Good choices. I'm old and I suppose if I was into any of those bands, they'd be on here. Hehehehe. Well, Wilco I know and they're okay but never been all that excited by them. But there's others here I don't know and will def check them out. Thanks!

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