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  2. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    I thought this piece on managing stress during the Coronavirus crisis was quite useful. https://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari/watch/secrets-to-combating-coronavirus-stress-81401925515
  3. I really like Thinking of Home." I don't have the set but my favorite Mobley album from this period is "Far Away Lands."
  4. Price drop to $50 shipping included
  5. Your music cataloging "system"

    Agreed. In case anyone is curious what a box set looks like in collectorz. https://imgur.com/lElH5S0 https://imgur.com/WBleNAc
  6. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    This too shall pass. Hopefully they all live long enough and healthily enough to get a better song. The "whatever reason" is the immediate circumstance, I'd say, nothing more. I mean, I get it, but life is tragic in all kinds of ways, all kinds of times. That's no excuse for a not good song, no matter how it's done, or by who. I'm too old for that kind of thing. Fuck me, I'm an asshole. Or not. Just don't ask me to be "moved" by that. That's like that guy who sent out a lead sheet of some really bullshit reductotrane cretinous "jazz" song he wrote after Trayvon got killed, sent it to everybody on his social media group and encouraged EVERYBODY to play it on the bandstand THAT NIGHT and call for justice. Well, ok, I guess, I wasn't on that list, but a guy I was gigging with that night was, and sure enough, out comes the chart, and we get a couple choruses in and I just gotta stop and say, hey, this tune is BULLSHIT. The situation is NOT. This is an insult to the gravity of what has happened here, no wonder no progress ever gets made, it's a constant battle between trifling cretins, HOW DARE YOU ask me to play this and advocate in its name. So the guy stops and thinks about it and says, yeah, you're right, this song sucks, and then he called something else that still sucked. But at least it was a love song or a dedication to a family member or some shit like that. Something appropriate for the time and the place of the gig, something that could withstand the scrutiny of the non-discerning. Just saying, I get it, this is a tough time all over, and young people in Italy...I can't imagine. Seriously, I can't imagine. Still - life goes on, so get a better song. The long haul will thank you.
  7. Your music cataloging "system"

    No, I’m telling you that when I went to input the box set that’s how it came out for me. Now, I’m glad That A.A. pointed out there’s another way you can do it but when I use Discogs I don’t have this issue, and for the reasons I stated above, I didn’t find Collectorz, for me, to be superior to Discogs. You like Collectorz, hey, that’s great. They each appear to be good cataloguing systems, each with their pluses and minuses.
  8. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    Dude, you're preaching to a longtime DKE believer. But that video of the kids in Rome virtually appearing and coming together onscreen, each in their personal space that's temporarily become a cell of sorts, to sing that song really hit home for whatever reason. A reminder of what we can spiritually be, even if day-to-day life doesn't provide very often for the circumstances. To summon that feeling in this particular moment is solace for the heart. A number of friends I've shared it with have had similar reactions. But everybody finds beauty in their own way! Thank God we're not all singing the same song every day!
  9. Cover matches music like none other. Not Brazilian, though.
  10. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    Oh, I see now, they're from Italy, a kids group. Ok, then. Still too emo for me, but I get it better now. But jeezus, get a better song, kids.
  11. Well put. saudade (noun): a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament I've always wondered if the opening suite was inspired, even if indirectly, by Coltrane's use of the suite form. In the first 35 seconds of the album, you can hear shades of both "A Love Supreme" and "Alabama." Some of the melodic intervals Mobley uses parallel Coltrane's.
  12. Yesterday
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I would sign up for set # 0001 of The Complete Cadet Recordings of Ray Bryant, if and when it becomes available!
  14. Your music cataloging "system"

    The 3x5 cards was something I did when borrowing LPs to copy onto cassette, only I bought them in spiral-ed togetr forms, like a spiral notebook only for index cards. I wrote down EVERYTHING about the record and personnel, even, every once in a while, portions of the liner notes that had historical data. I still have those, as well as the cassettes, and for the tapes I've yet to replace with real copies, it's still a useful research.
  15. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    Seems kinda emo to me. Then again, I'm not moved by that kind of thing under normal conditions either. So I know, fuck me, I'm an asshole. BUT - this is beautiful no matter what the conditions: That's what records are for, so dead people can still speak their truth in ways we can all understand, at any time. Having a shitty day? Still beautiful. Having a great day? Still beautiful. About to breathe your last breath" Still beautiful (I would hope?), about to take your next breath with no worries about taking the next one? Still beautiful. Fully expressed sexual maturity is more beautiful than death-y fretfulness. Always. Here's beautiful too! The sound of Duke Ellington saying the words "Johnny Hodges" - and anything that is precipitating those words - will always be beautiful.
  16. Your music cataloging "system"

    This is how I do it as well, Brad may want something that requires no input at all. I don’t know but to tell me you can’t do something that I’ve clearly done for a decade means he has determined he is right in his mind and I’m okay with that. I don’t care I’m anyone else ever uses Collectorz, but I’m glad to have it.
  17. Wow, that's intense. The window for pickup at our Kroger is just 3-4 days. We pickup one order/cart and start another one was soon as we get home, you can modify/add up until the the night before pickup. Brenda tried the Senior Hour at Costco the other day, and let's just say, uh...putting this as nicely as possible...it was as perfect example of what people mean with the whole "Ok, Boomer" thing as imaginable...
  18. "Thinking of Home" has become a real favorite of mine this century. The sense of saudade is there and the performances are really tied strongly to the material and its moods.
  19. Blue Note Jazz Classics 6500 Series (1969)

    Note the warning!
  20. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    https://www.kold.com/2020/03/30/breaking-arizona-gov-ducey-set-issue-stay-at-home-order/
  21. Blue Note Jazz Classics 6500 Series (1969)

    Used to be that a stereo record was pressed(?) in such a way that playing it with a mono cartridge/stylus would fuck it up. Then they fixed that somehow. That's probably what they refer to here, seems like the time frame is right. This guy seems to remember it like that: https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/will-playing-a-mono-lp-hurt-my-stereo-stylus.805886/ For a time early LPs, which all were mono, had 1 mil wide grooves, not .7 mil wide grooves which were used for stereophonic LPs, which were introduced around 1957-58. Stereo LPs in those days had warnings on them NOT to play them with mono needles (which were too wide and could damage the grooves). New stereo record players, of course came with stereo cartridges sporting the correct width needle. But if you had an old portable record player and wanted to play the same stereo record on it too, you had to upgrade at least the stylus or the stylus and the cartridge if that was easier. Once you had a stereo cartridge/needle you could still play any of the old wider grooved mono LPs you had. The slightly narrower needle for stereo LPs would not damage the wider-grooved mono LPs. Soon mono LPs were pressed with the narrower groove used for stereo. Only very early mono LPs have the wider groove. Of course ALL LPs (and 45 rpm singles) are considered "micro-groove" recordings, because most of (not all) the earlier 78rpm records had grooves about 3 times wider. There were several years when stereo was available but a lot of people still only had mono equipment and records. What if you just bought a new phonograph the year before stereo came out? Most people then, less indoctrinated in the throw-away society, weren't going to just throw something like that out. Also, for several years, stereo versions of the same recording could cost as much as twice as much as the mono version. Some people couldn't afford it. Also, there were some people who thought that stereo was just a fad that would pass. They waited until it had been around quite a while before getting on board. There are other differences between the mono and stereo recordings, but so far as groove width issues go this is the gist of it, unless I got the units wrong or something like that. I'm sure someone will correct anything essential I left out. One other thing, needles for the wider early mono LP groove are available still for some cartridges. Some audiophiles prefer to play those records with the stylus width intended for them.
  22. BFT 192 Link and Discussion

    Is number 2 The Sons of Kemet? (Though I only hear one bass.)
  23. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    The last couple of days have sucked weather wise for walks. Looks like it will have to wait until Wednesday.
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