Thursday, September 26, 2013

Round 1 Continued: In The Wake of Poseidon v The ConstruKction of Light

Wow did this became strangely relevant in the past day or so.  In case you are not aware KING CRIMSON IS BACK!  3 drummers, two guitars, bass/stick, and horn.  This line-up has a lot to be excited for, and a lot to wonder about.  What kind of sound this monster will make is something I can not even fathom.  

The fun part about this activity is the process.  Most times when I read a “best of” piece it usually is in the form of a list.  Lists provide a definite ranking to the items , which I guess can be good.  On the other hand when I think of a list, it requires a definite answer to “how do these items line up?”.  That is part of the reason I went with this bracket format instead.  You will see albums that are genuinely great lose in the first round simply to the pairing.  What that does not say is where it “ranks”, but rather it defines what I feel is better between two different albums.  That is much easier to define than a straightforward list.  I would never be able to provide a list such as that, it would be impossible for me to differentiate between some of those albums.  If you see an album you like out in the first round, you can now take solace in that it is not necessarily because it is a bad album, but rather because I would rather listen to the other option.  


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ryan reviews “Wilburn Burchette Opens the Seven Gates of Trenscendental Consciousness ‘A Transcendental Ballet for the Mind of God’”

By: Ryan Burns

A few months ago, my father gave me a handful of records. Among them were various Indian chant albums, a reading of Khalil Ghibran’s “The Prophet”, and the weirdest looking album I have ever seen. The cover had a giant orange-red eye on fire spewing pink tentacles out of it in outer space. It of course was, “Wilburn Burchette Opens the Seven Gates of Transcendental Consciousness”. 
Art by artist Caren Calaway. It's art.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Round 1: Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With vs Three Of A Perfect Pair


            Is it easier or more difficult to insult something as opposed to praising it?  While that may seem like an easy question to answer I don’t believe it is such.  Criticizing something, properly anyway, requires the ability to break down why the subject is bad.  A simple “it sucks” hardly suffices in an actual debate.  Perhaps if you are screaming like a cable news troglodyte it is a different story, but here in the real world of real people you need to articulate your opinion.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Tournament for the Court of the Crimson King

So it has been a while hasn't it since a written piece.  After the power hours I decided to sit back and brew on what to write next.  I love writing longer pieces as it gives some form of direction to my craft.  As I pondered what to write about next I reflected on what had been some fun discussions with some good friends of mine.  They revolved around King Crimson, best albums, worst albums, funny moments, questionable material,  and Robert Fripp's love sprinkles.

So after some pondering I decided it was time to finally tackle the issue of what was indeed the greatest King Crimson album.  Now, I could simply just tell you that answer, but I wanted to make it a more exciting affair.  So I decided to device a fun little "tournament" so to speak.   I even made a bracket....well in MS Paint, but hey we have a bracket!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Episode 14

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After much wait the showdown between Jay Z and Kanye West is finally here by Riff 'n Ralk Music Tock. Which is the better buy? Who has more money? Who has the PICASSO BABY!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Episode 13: stuff and VMAs and stuff....

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Ryan and Alex talk about some random stuff.  Albums they've listened to lately, and then berate the VMAs.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Corey's August Music Round-Up

[Depending on how you want to look at it, I'm right on time or a day late with this. I don't really care either way.]

 With a great deal of regret, I must announce that this month really got away from me. I did some listening, but I hardly kept up with music this month like I typically do. It's been a crazy month and I've been working long hours and spending little time by myself. So I didn't get to do a rundown of a lot of albums this month, but there were some gems that came out. Unfortunately, most of them were albums which were already out that I was just catching up on, like the featured album above, Mariam the Believer's Blood Donation.