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Just now, Ilov80s said:

Oh, you don't drink? ;) 

Not that part, more the opinions on what Tom Waits is part.  

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@Binky The Doormat I rolled a 31 which gets me Grand Funk Railroad - Caught in the Act.  I believe that's a live album.

I have no idea what the exact rules are but I'll start with this album.  I probably won't get to listen until tomorrow AM.  I'm watching Watchmen and Top Chef with my daughter starting in 15 minutes.

Also need to write up Pik's Tesla album which I made it through most of it.  I also need to post a round 47 pick because I'm an idiot.

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7 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Speaking of toes, I think I broke the pinky toe on my left foot today.  It's all black and blue and doesn't bend very well.  I've splinted it to the adjacent toe and we'll see what it looks like in the morning.

Weird that I have no idea when it happened.

No #### ... the exact same thing happened to me one month ago.

Eh, it was my right pinkie toe, but - I sure as #### have no clue how; when; or where it happened.

 

I was prolly stoned tho.

 

It took about 3 weeks to feel "ok".

GL, Ee 👍

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7 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

@Abrantes please give me some recs, but Siri randomized me to Tom Waits, Rain Dogs.  I am taking this because I have generally liked the little Tom Waits I have heard and my dad became a fan very late in life. So this will be mostly new to me. 

Rain Dogs is a good one.  Probably the most accessible of his Island records.

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27 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

My leftovers were a lot of metal:

Megadeth, a few Maiden albums (surprised Piece of Mind didn't go), more Opeth, Messhugah, Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss, Deftones - Around the Fur, Slipknot - Iowa.  

 

But also:

Chvrches - new one

10,000 Maniacs - MTV Unplugged

Phantogram - any of them

Helmet - Meantime

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy

Quicksand - either

Faith No More - Epic 

 a bunch of pop like Lady Gaga, Kesha, etc.. 

Captain Beyond

Deep Purple - in Rock

Ex Hex

Tegan and Sara

 

I considered double dipping on Pearl Jam round 50, but couldn't convince myself Vitalogy was better than Core. Its high points (Spin, Not For You, and Courdoroy) are but the rest is...just good.

I realized listening to Deftones that they had a phenomenal album if they just combined the best of their first two. Too many skips or indistinguishable from another on each. 

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Just now, Eephus said:

Rain Dogs is a good one.  Probably the most accessible of his Island records.

 early report: ####### ❤️ it

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Just now, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

No #### ... the exact same thing happened to me one month ago.

Eh, it was my right pinkie toe, but - I sure as #### have no clue how; when; or where it happened.

 

I was prolly stoned tho.

 

It took about 3 weeks to feel "ok".

GL, Ee 👍

Yeah, I've broken toes multiple times when I was a runner. 

I was changing a toilet set this afternoon; the old bolt was rusted and frozen so I ended up using about 20 different tools to eventually get it free.  I don't recall using my feet for anything.

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13 minutes ago, Eephus said:

Speaking of toes, I think I broke the pinky toe on my left foot today.  It's all black and blue and doesn't bend very well.  I've splinted it to the adjacent toe and we'll see what it looks like in the morning.

Weird that I have no idea when it happened.

If it's really "just" broken, there's not a whole lot more you can do

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9 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Don't forget you still owe me one!

RNG has granted you the 1-in-50 shot of hitting the only album from Spain on my list, and probably one of the few ones in this entire draft, Hinds' I Don't Run.  Hope you enjoy jangly garage rock featuring multiple female vocalists singing over one another for an entire 40 minute album.  It was my favorite album of 2018, and they're probably my single favorite "new" band of the last 5 years.

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And I'm done.  My assignment was  Marcy Playground - Shapeshifter.  The full album on YouTube even had the hidden track at the end.  I read the lyrics while I listened to get the whole effect of liner notes.  This is nice stuff.  Not to everyone's taste, I'm sure, but what is?  I especially liked "America", "Secret Squirrel", and "Wave Motion Gun".  Mr R is a fan of Star Blazers, so I knew what they were on about.  I want to listen again, and I'm considering buying it.

The yodeling is still odd.

I reckon I'll try the next one tomorrow.

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1 minute ago, Steve Tasker said:

RNG has granted you the 1-in-50 shot of hitting the only album from Spain on my list, and probably one of the few ones in this entire draft, Hinds' I Don't Run.  Hope you enjoy jangly garage rock featuring multiple female vocalists singing over one another for an entire 40 minute album.  It was my favorite album of 2018, and they're probably my single favorite "new" band of the last 5 years.

Oh boy, this one might be a tougher sell.  It's good; I like a challenge.

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Just now, Eephus said:

Yeah, I've broken toes multiple times when I was a runner. 

I was changing a toilet set this afternoon; the old bolt was rusted and frozen so I ended up using about 20 different tools to eventually get it free.  I don't recall using my feet for anything.

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I broke me toes multitudually , too.

Broke'm twice break dancing the alligator/worm - in my mid 20's - at friend's weddings. Embarrassingly, the 2nd time I was trying to "show how" I broke'm last time - the previous wedding. Oof.

Then, I broke'm a little more coolerly - motocycle wrecks - bout 4 times - not sure.

 

So, we the Broke Toes Guys, here! :hifive:

 

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I have no idea what we're rolling or listening to but I am drunk, so that's 1/3

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13 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

@Abrantes please give me some recs, but Siri randomized me to Tom Waits, Rain Dogs.  I am taking this because I have generally liked the little Tom Waits I have heard and my dad became a fan very late in life. So this will be mostly new to me. 

A couple.

-Novos Baianos: I'd say it transcends language barriers and is a great listening experience as a full album. I love all the Brazilian albums I took, though.

-The Wrens: Personal favorite, worth digging into with the lyrics at hand.

-The Avalanches: You took ...Endtroducing (:thumbup:), and this is a similarly sample-based labor of love - though more dance-oriented than the DJ Shadow.

-Gang of Four: On the post-punk side, if you'd like another rec. Their sound is so tight.

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2 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

I have no idea what we're rolling or listening to but I am drunk, so that's 1/3

Pretend you're at a multi-stage music fest and browse.  I'm sure you'll find a comfy lawn chair someplace.

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Am I assigning albums, are albums assigned to me? I'm listening to @Ilov80s and @MAC_32 is listening to me.

 

Assigning Albums

Or are they given to me

Beer is delicious.

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Just now, Northern Voice said:

Am I assigning albums, are albums assigned to me? I'm listening to @Ilov80s and @MAC_32 is listening to me.

 

Assigning Albums

Or are they given to me

Beer is delicious.

The world is your oyster, brother.  We should be in Tennessee right now.  @UniAlias

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2 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:
4 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

I have no idea what we're rolling or listening to but I am drunk, so that's 1/3

Pretend you're at a multi-stage music fest and browse.  I'm sure you'll find a comfy lawn chair someplace.

Okay. Has @Steve Tasker been handed random weed from a pretty girl yet?

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1 minute ago, Northern Voice said:

Okay. Has @Steve Tasker been handed random weed from a pretty girl yet?

Hey man, what can I say, I have a gift.

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Hey @krista4,

 

The 2 I’m going to pick from your island are:

Big Star - #1 Record

The Flaming Lips - Pink Robots

 

Im honestly not familiar with a lot of your choices aside from the bigger names. Other ones that look interesting to me are Elliott Smith, The Shins, Belle & Sebastian, The Both, The Frames, and Anthony and the Johnsons, but I’ll take any recommendations you have from that short list or any others of your preference. 
 

Thanks!

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4 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

Am I assigning albums, are albums assigned to me? I'm listening to @Ilov80s and @MAC_32 is listening to me.

 

Assigning Albums

Or are they given to me

Beer is delicious.

Love the  poem there. I will give you suggestions. You don't like jazz, correct? That is the big landmine potential with my albums. 

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1 minute ago, Ilov80s said:

Love the  poem there. I will give you suggestions. You don't like jazz, correct? That is the big landmine potential with my albums. 

Yeah no jazz please.

I rolled a 39, so it's Smokey Robinson time to start.

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4 minutes ago, Yo Mama said:

Hey @krista4,

 

The 2 I’m going to pick from your island are:

Big Star - #1 Record

The Flaming Lips - Pink Robots

 

Im honestly not familiar with a lot of your choices aside from the bigger names. Other ones that look interesting to me are Elliott Smith, The Shins, Belle & Sebastian, The Both, The Frames, and Anthony and the Johnsons, but I’ll take any recommendations you have from that short list or any others of your preference. 
 

Thanks!

And if it helps you choose, I may be inebriated in one form or another while listening to one or more of these albums. 

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1 minute ago, Northern Voice said:

Yeah no jazz please.

I rolled a 39, so it's Smokey Robinson time to start.

that is not jazz, it's pure smoke 

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3 hours ago, MAC_32 said:

Pretty excited drawing @Northern Voice. His wheelhouse just so happens to represent my dead periods of music. 

I can give suggestions based on your island or just go 'splorin, let me know.

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1 minute ago, Ilov80s said:
3 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

Yeah no jazz please.

I rolled a 39, so it's Smokey Robinson time to start.

that is not jazz, it's pure smoke 

Yeah I know Smokey but really only the tears songs and a couple others. 

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8 minutes ago, Yo Mama said:

Hey @krista4,

 

The 2 I’m going to pick from your island are:

Big Star - #1 Record

The Flaming Lips - Pink Robots

 

Im honestly not familiar with a lot of your choices aside from the bigger names. Other ones that look interesting to me are Elliott Smith, The Shins, Belle & Sebastian, The Both, The Frames, and Anthony and the Johnsons, but I’ll take any recommendations you have from that short list or any others of your preference. 
 

Thanks!

The Frames, definitely!  I'd love to push them anywhere I can.  It is a live album, though, so hope you would be ok with that.

I might go with Elliott Smith second, but I just looked through your picks and don't see a lot of love for acoustic/lo-fi, so that one might not be best, nor would Belle or Anthony...  I think the Shins might fit you more than the others.  Check it out?

ETA:  Depending upon type of inebriation, Elliott Smith might work after all.

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1 minute ago, Northern Voice said:

Yeah I know Smokey but really only the tears songs and a couple others. 

I know you know him, I'm just drunk. 

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Desert Island Take XI

Pick 31:  Various Artists, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Soundtrack (1999).  Just limbo's under the requirement bar I set for soundtracks, but Lenny Kravitz did his cover of American Woman specifically for this, it wasn't supposed to be on his own album until it turned out to be a big hit, so he re-released his previous album and added it.  Either way, it was written for this, so I'm callin' it cool (and a great song!!).  Just be warned if you listen to the album there's a track of Dr. Evil singing to Mini-Me (and a Burt Bacharach track, too :X)

Pick 32:  Evanescence, Fallen (2003).  The idea of lyrical female singing over acid rock tracks made this group really stand out, unique sound.  One of those acts that disappeared too soon.

Pick 33:  The Darkness, Permission to Land (2003).  THIS is what happens when you take the humor of Spinal Tap and go out and do it for real.  Waaaaaaay over the top metal with super funny lyrics.  On the second spotlighted song listed here, he's singing about (and I'm not making this up) genital warts. :lmao:

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PS. Here's a video juxtaposing some of the samples in the Avalanches album with how they're used. I was just watching it earlier today. Probably best to listen to the album first, though.

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The old Motown albums were short and sweet which is probably a big plus for people reviewing and not so great if you were really stuck on a desert island. The Smokey album might have the best 3 songs to start an album ever. Tracks of My Tears, Going to a Go Go and Ooo Baby Baby are timeless. 

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Just now, Val Rannous said:

Pick 33:  The Darkness, Permission to Land (2003).  THIS is what happens when you take the humor of Spinal Tap and go out and do it for real.  Waaaaaaay over the top metal with super funny lyrics.  On the second spotlighted song listed here, he's singing about (and I'm not making this up) genital warts. :lmao:

I nearly spotlighted this the other day. Tell me this Sum 41 video isn't Darkness inspiration (its from 2 years before Permission to Land). They do a Beastie Boys-pastiche, some very solid pop-punk, then a cheesy as hell Darkness-eque metal take all in 5 minutes.

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Just now, Ilov80s said:

The Smokey album might have the best 3 songs to start an album ever. Tracks of My Tears, Going to a Go Go and Ooo Baby Baby are timeless. 

I recognize 1 and 3 as classics but it's #2 - Going to a Go-Go that is hitting drunk NV the best right now.

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Gotta say the Miracles are putting in work here. We need more of this backing vocal stuff these days. Katy Perry and the Wonderfuls. Post Malone and the Pollinators. Lizzo and the Lizzettes

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7 minutes ago, krista4 said:

The Frames, definitely!  I'd love to push them anywhere I can.  It is a live album, though, so hope you would be ok with that.

I might go with Elliott Smith second, but I just looked through your picks and don't see a lot of love for acoustic/lo-fi, so that one might not be best, nor would Belle or Anthony...  I think the Shins might fit you more than the others.  Check it out?

ETA:  Depending upon type of inebriation, Elliott Smith might work after all.

I forgot you mentioned The Both.  I'd put that up with The Shins as a possibility.

Also forgot to say I think your initial two choices will be great for you.  I hope...

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6 minutes ago, krista4 said:

The Frames, definitely!  I'd love to push them anywhere I can.  It is a live album, though, so hope you would be ok with that.

I might go with Elliott Smith second, but I just looked through your picks and don't see a lot of love for acoustic/lo-fi, so that one might not be best, nor would Belle or Anthony...  I think the Shins might fit you more than the others.  Check it out?

ETA:  Depending upon type of inebriation, Elliott Smith might work after all.

Thanks!  I tend to stick to my comfort zone most of the time, so I’m willing to try some new stuff here. I’ll go with the Frames and Elliott Smith and let you know what I think. Thanks for the recs :thumbup:

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7 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

I nearly spotlighted this the other day. Tell me this Sum 41 video isn't Darkness inspiration (its from 2 years before Permission to Land). They do a Beastie Boys-pastiche, some very solid pop-punk, then a cheesy as hell Darkness-eque metal take all in 5 minutes.

Snicker - good stuff.  I'd say the metal section is more Weird Al joins Korn than The Darkness, but it's definitely related.

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Rain Dogs by Tom Waits: LIVE BLOG

- It’s the evil version of the Decemberists. Crazy pirate stories, lots of theatrics. I don’t hate it but also it’s not grabbing me right away. 

- The second song, Clap Hands, is better. MUCH BETTER. CLAP HANDS. 

- Cemetery Polka is one of the few Waits songs I know. I drafted the Cabaret soundtrack so you know I dig this. 

- Jockey Full of Bourbon….best song title I’ve seen in awhile 

- This has so much old school vaudeville, blues, jazz, showtunes, weirdo in it. I love it. 

- It’s just one weird story after another. Each makes me think of a little short film- usually a silent one. Lon Cheney, humiliated circus clowns, desperate widows, sepia faced sadists. Diamonds and Gold. 

-I love how Hang Down Your Head plays like the upbeat pop song of the album. On any other album, it would be the gutter tune.

- Rain Dogs is a better album name than song. Disappointed here. Midtown was exciting  jazz but didn’t really go anywhere. 

All the donuts have names that sound like prostitutes 

- Union Square is a fun blues tune but I do think his style and voice wears me down over time. It’s a lot to listen to as a full album. 

- Downtown Train is good stuff. My mom loved the Rod Stewart cover. So cool. 

- Ok, I now realize my Spotify somehow got set to shuffle midway here. I stopped in the middle and was talking to my wife, I must have hit shuffle when I went back to it. 

- Anywhere I Lay My Head: #### this is a crazy album. Love it a lot but it is overwhelming in one shot. 


 

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1 minute ago, Val Rannous said:

Snicker - good stuff.  I'd say the metal section is more Weird Al joins Korn than The Darkness, but it's definitely related.

Would listen.

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2 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

All the donuts have names that all sound like prostitutes 

Now that you mention it,  this is very true.

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Ok, I have not been able to keep up with the thread, so I'm sure my question has an answer here - but I dunno where.

 

Q: Is the draft "complete"? Is "spotlighting" ok yet (i.e. listing undrafted albums)?

 

I scanned the spreadsheet, and noticed lotsa empties. So, I figured official drafters may still be pickin.

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Just now, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

Ok, I have not been able to keep up with the thread, so I'm sure my question has an answer here - but I dunno where.

 

Q: Is the draft "complete"? Is "spotlighting" ok yet (i.e. listing undrafted albums)?

 

I scanned the spreadsheet, and noticed lotsa empties. So, I figured official drafters may still be pickin.

You're good. Some stragglers picking but Val is posting a missed the cut 50 a few at a time, some of us have posted some near misses either as one offs or as a list. It's kind of an open album discussion thread now to save all from the PSF

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3 minutes ago, Mrs. Rannous said:

Now that you mention it,  this is very true.

I have to give Mr Tom Waits credit for that observation 

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2 minutes ago, Man of Constant Sorrow said:

Ok, I have not been able to keep up with the thread, so I'm sure my question has an answer here - but I dunno where.

 

Q: Is the draft "complete"? Is "spotlighting" ok yet (i.e. listing undrafted albums)?

 

I scanned the spreadsheet, and noticed lotsa empties. So, I figured official drafters may still be pickin.

We are basically done. Spotlight away. 

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10 minutes ago, Yo Mama said:

Thanks!  I tend to stick to my comfort zone most of the time, so I’m willing to try some new stuff here. I’ll go with the Frames and Elliott Smith and let you know what I think. Thanks for the recs :thumbup:

It's a minor point, but be sure to listen to the expanded anniversary edition of the Elliott Smith album in order to get one of my two song picks for the draft, "I Figured You Out."  You could skip all the extra live versions, but that one is important to the album I chose and is my second-favorite Elliott Smith song.  :)  I think that record is the riskiest pick for you anyway.  Not sure you'll like it.  :scared: 

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5 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

In Case You Need Love is an AA+++++ song

Right, Motown doesn't get enough credit for how deep some of these albums are. The lyrics on this, hot hot hot

In the case of a fire, call the man with the hose

If your desire is to put out a fire, he's the guy who knows

and you can call on a lumber man if you want to chop down a tree

but in case you need love, baby, call on me 

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LOL.  I thought I was getting too tipsy to start some Bonzai reviews, but I guess this is what we are doing tonight?

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14 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Rain Dogs by Tom Waits: LIVE BLOG

- It’s the evil version of the Decemberists. Crazy pirate stories, lots of theatrics. I don’t hate it but also it’s not grabbing me right away. 

:lmao::lmao::lmao: Perfect.

Apropos of nothing, I like the "making feet for children's shoes" (AKA doin' it) turn of phrase in "Singapore".

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