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  1. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    I was there in 2017, and I can guarantee you no matter when you get there, it will be worth the wait. We stayed in Shinjuku, which is why the description of Midnight Diner first caught my eye. And...

    I was there in 2017, and I can guarantee you no matter when you get there, it will be worth the wait. We stayed in Shinjuku, which is why the description of Midnight Diner first caught my eye. And the show really does capture the vibe of Shinjuku and Tokyo as I remember it, right from the opening credits.

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  2. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    I really enjoyed Midnight Diner and its followup Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. They're on Netflix. Very chill vibe.

    I really enjoyed Midnight Diner and its followup Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. They're on Netflix. Very chill vibe.

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  3. Comment on Baseball great Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron, eighty-six, passes into history in ~sports

  4. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Thanks for taking the time to listen! I'm also glad to be getting back into it. Self-recording is not nearly as fun as playing with friends in a dark bar for a bunch of weirdos, but it's nice to...

    Thanks for taking the time to listen! I'm also glad to be getting back into it. Self-recording is not nearly as fun as playing with friends in a dark bar for a bunch of weirdos, but it's nice to feel like I'm helping to create something.

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  5. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I bought a new recording interface on New Years Day (a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20) that allows me to record multi-tracked drums with the entire kit close mic'd. If I get a few slow hours at work, I...

    I bought a new recording interface on New Years Day (a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20) that allows me to record multi-tracked drums with the entire kit close mic'd. If I get a few slow hours at work, I set it up next to the drums in our music studio and record tracks for songs that friends have sent me. We have a good kit and a great selection of mics at work so I'm getting pretty good sounds even though this kind of recording is not my area of expertise. And since our facility is only open to essential personnel, I don't have to waste any time rearranging the drums and mic stands after somebody else uses them. The studio is pretty much all mine for another few months.

    I should have been doing this months ago, but I was so slammed with work (between the pandemic, the BLM protests and the election), I didn't have any bandwidth left to think about music. I had mostly stopped playing altogether for a few months. It's nice to feel like a musician again.

    Also, one of my bands released an album last week. It was recorded shortly before the first coronavirus wave took hold in NYC. I present the soul jazz and instrumental rhythm & blues stylings of Touque! (pronounced "Tewk")

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  6. Comment on Trump revokes rule preventing White House staff from lobbying in ~news

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    When this news broke late on Trump's last night in office, I thought about how some of his fans really believed the "drain the swamp" BS. The message to them reminded me of Johnny Rotten's...

    When this news broke late on Trump's last night in office, I thought about how some of his fans really believed the "drain the swamp" BS. The message to them reminded me of Johnny Rotten's rhetorical question to the audience at the end of the last Sex Pistols concert in 1978: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 19 in ~news

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    Biden's public schedule for inauguration day, via Daniel Dale on Twitter. I have to admit, I found it rather calming to read this. It almost looks ... normal.

    Biden's public schedule for inauguration day, via Daniel Dale on Twitter. I have to admit, I found it rather calming to read this. It almost looks ... normal.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on WandaVision S01E01-02: Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    Wife and I watched the first two episodes last night. We were both very bored. If they don't pick up the pace soon we will probably move on to something else. (And we really liked most of the...

    Wife and I watched the first two episodes last night. We were both very bored. If they don't pick up the pace soon we will probably move on to something else. (And we really liked most of the other Marvel stuff.)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City in ~news

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    Can you tell that to Cuomo?

    Can you tell that to Cuomo?

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City in ~news

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    https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/1349743449814274048 One of my colleagues, a reporter who covers city hall, quoted this and said, "this answer needs some work." LOL.

    https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/1349743449814274048

    Time for Q&A. @AndrewYang asked why he didn't vote in mayoral elections and why he left NYC during the pandemic for a second home. "I would definitely admit to being one of approximately 87 percent of New Yorkers" who didn't vote in a local election

    One of my colleagues, a reporter who covers city hall, quoted this and said, "this answer needs some work." LOL.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Last call for the Tildes best music of 2020 roundup in ~music

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    Hi, DAE jazz? Bill Laurance Trio - Live At Ronnie Scott's - Snarky Puppy pianist goes acoustic with a trio at the famous jazz club in London. Tracks: The Pines, Chia Dezron Douglas and Brandee...

    Hi, DAE jazz?

    Bill Laurance Trio - Live At Ronnie Scott's - Snarky Puppy pianist goes acoustic with a trio at the famous jazz club in London.
    Tracks: The Pines, Chia

    Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger - Force Majeure - perhaps the definitive jazz album of the COVID era. These harp and bass duets were recorded during weekly livestreams in the spring and summer. The set list includes a couple of originals and covers of John Coltrane, Gil Scott-Heron, the Jackson 5 and more. The performances are deeply spiritual and soothing.
    tracks: Toilet Paper Romance, Sing

    Stein Urheim - Downhill Uplift - expansive Norwegian jazz with an Americana vibe and lots of twangy guitar.
    tracks: Brave New World Revisited Again, Poor Moon

    Aaron Parks - Little Big II: Dreams Of A Mechanical Man
    From the description on Bandcamp: This new music continues the band’s cultivation of a musical language that marries creative improvised music to more groove-centered music—electronica, indie-rock, hip-hop, and psychedelia—but without a trace of mannered “fusion” or a sense that the music is cobbled together from disparate styles."
    tracks: Here, Friendo

    Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra - If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours - big band from Norway that can peel the paint of the walls. Perfectly controlled jazz chaos with hints of Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Ellis, Ornette Coleman, and an overall huge and wild sound.
    tracks: Premium Processing Fee, Battleknott Elastic Circle, Teppen Dance (note: this album rewards a full listen more than sampling short stretches)

    Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Roy Ayers - Jazz Is Dead 2 - producers Younge and Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) released a series of "Jazz Is Dead" albums in 2020 with some all star collaborators. I have heard three of the five; the second installment with vibraphonist and jazz/funk legend Roy Ayers is my favorite so far. Deep acid jazz, r&b and funk.
    tracks: Synchronize Vibration, Hey Lover, Sunflowers

    Circles Around the Sun (self-titled) - groovadelic instrumental jazz/rock from California based supergroup. Lots of synths and guitar with some electronic flourishes, as the songs are constructed over programmed drum loops. Fitting with the California origin, these songs exude sunshine. These are the final recordings of guitarist Neal Casal, who died by suicide shortly after recording his tracks in 2019.
    tracks: Money's No Option, Babyman, You Gotta Start Somewhere

    honorable mentions:
    Vinny Golia, Henry Kaiser, Mike Watt, Wayne Peet, John Hanrahan - A Love Supreme Electric
    Irreversible Entaglements - Who Sent You?
    New Orleans Nightcrawlers - Atmosphere
    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Just Coolin'
    Lakecia Benjamin - Pursuance: The Coltranes
    Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
    Roots Magic - Take Root Among The Stars
    Stephane Wrembel - The Django Experiment V
    Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Manu Delago - Parasol Peak in ~music

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    Video is private. :-( But the hang drum solo is way cool.

    Video is private. :-(
    But the hang drum solo is way cool.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 21 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Personal update: my office switched back to essential personnel only yesterday. They had allowed an additional 20 staffers to start coming back on-site in September, working on staggered schedules...

    Personal update: my office switched back to essential personnel only yesterday. They had allowed an additional 20 staffers to start coming back on-site in September, working on staggered schedules and with strict masking and social distancing protocols. But the metrics have gotten too high in NYC, so we're paring back to the skeleton crew. I'm now the only person working on my floor again, with a handful of other engineers working one floor down. Everyone else works from home. (Our company has about 300 employees, only about a dozen of us are allowed in the building.)

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  14. Comment on Bandcamp’s Best of 2020: The year’s essential releases in ~music

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    I already contributed seven or eight jazz albums to that thread and could probably add at least that many more, but I don't want to drown out other contributors, nor make the final list totally...

    I already contributed seven or eight jazz albums to that thread and could probably add at least that many more, but I don't want to drown out other contributors, nor make the final list totally imbalanced, genre-wise. What to do?

    3 votes
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  16. Comment on A signal from Proxima Centauri? in ~space

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    tl;dr - probably not, but ya never know!

    tl;dr - probably not, but ya never know!

    3 votes