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What have you been listening to this week?

What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)

Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

You can make a chart if you use last.fm:

http://www.tapmusic.net/lastfm/

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22 comments

  1. [2]
    soks_n_sandals
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    I've been listening to the Ultra-Lounge collection from Capitol Records in a big playlist someone made on Spotify. It's a ton of themed albums of remastered lounge music in all sorts of styles....

    I've been listening to the Ultra-Lounge collection from Capitol Records in a big playlist someone made on Spotify. It's a ton of themed albums of remastered lounge music in all sorts of styles. I'm partial to Rhapsodesia and Wild, Cool & Swingin' Volume 5 this week. It makes me want to throw a '60s style cocktail party when the social distancing is all over.

    4 votes
    1. blitz
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      This music is so hilariously incongruous and out there, in a good way! So many musical ideas from various genres and cultures completely smashed together! Thanks for sharing this!

      This music is so hilariously incongruous and out there, in a good way! So many musical ideas from various genres and cultures completely smashed together! Thanks for sharing this!

      3 votes
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    blitz
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    I treated myself to an upgraded audio setup last week, to replace my head-fi setup that was ten years old and starting to fall apart. My first audiophile gear purchases were when I was in college,...

    I treated myself to an upgraded audio setup last week, to replace my head-fi setup that was ten years old and starting to fall apart. My first audiophile gear purchases were when I was in college, so budget was a lot more limited back then. I treated myself to a Schiit Modi 3+ DAC, a Schiit Asgard amp, and the Sennheiser HD6xx Massdrop headphones; the difference in listening experience is amazing.

    So I've been on a real active listening kick. I've also started reading a few audiophile music review magazines and through them have discovered a bunch of new, beautifully mastered music.

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - I mean, this one really needs no introduction. It's not new to me, but any time I'm comparing audio gear I listen to this album. It's just gorgeous.

    Yosi Horikawa - Wandering - This one is totally outside something I would normally listen to; a sort of mix between ASMR and EDM, neither of which are things that I'm into normally, but it really works here. I love it.

    Noordpool Orchestra - Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony - I'm not really a huge fan of Radiohead. I'm vaguely familiar with their work and I think it's interesting, but what is really remarkable is the fact that there exist so many arrangements of Radiohead songs for orchestras, piano, string quartets, etc. What about this music attracts classical arrangers? I don't understand it, but some of the arrangements, like this one, are pretty awesome.

    4 votes
    1. [7]
      Deimos
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      "Bubbles" by Yosi Horikawa (the first track on the album you linked) is such a great track for listening to with good headphones. That's been one of my favorites for a while now.

      "Bubbles" by Yosi Horikawa (the first track on the album you linked) is such a great track for listening to with good headphones. That's been one of my favorites for a while now.

      2 votes
      1. [6]
        blitz
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        Yeah, I actually discovered it because it's the first track on Spotify's Songs to Test Headphones With playlist. I'm actually discovering a bunch of stuff I really like through that. Do you have...

        Yeah, I actually discovered it because it's the first track on Spotify's Songs to Test Headphones With playlist. I'm actually discovering a bunch of stuff I really like through that.

        Do you have any other headphones suggestions?

        2 votes
        1. [3]
          Deimos
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          Nothing quite on the level of Bubbles comes to mind, but I do see some other tracks/artists I like a lot in that playlist (Solar Fields, Air, Emancipator, etc.). There's plenty of electronic music...

          Nothing quite on the level of Bubbles comes to mind, but I do see some other tracks/artists I like a lot in that playlist (Solar Fields, Air, Emancipator, etc.). There's plenty of electronic music with a lot of "layers"/depth that can sound great in headphones.

          Pretty different styles, but here are a few albums I really enjoy just sitting back and listening to with headphones:

          2 votes
          1. [2]
            blitz
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            Thanks for the recommendations! Since you mention good headphones, what does your headphone setup look like?

            Thanks for the recommendations! Since you mention good headphones, what does your headphone setup look like?

            1 vote
            1. Deimos
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              Oh, nothing exciting at all. I've been using Sennheiser HD 280 Pros for something like 15 years now, and have never done anything more interesting than replace an old set with a new one.

              Oh, nothing exciting at all. I've been using Sennheiser HD 280 Pros for something like 15 years now, and have never done anything more interesting than replace an old set with a new one.

              1 vote
        2. [2]
          soks_n_sandals
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          Please check out "You're Surrounded" from Chesky Records or anything from their Binaural+ series of recordings. They have a playlist called "Music for Headphones (binaural) - Chesky Records" on...

          Please check out "You're Surrounded" from Chesky Records or anything from their Binaural+ series of recordings. They have a playlist called "Music for Headphones (binaural) - Chesky Records" on Spotify. Their recordings are really outstanding and shine with headphones. I don't love everything in their catalog, but it can be fun to just see what your headphones can do.

          One album of theirs , not binaural, that I can't get enough of is Bossa Nova by Ana Caram. Their Audiophile Vocal Recording albums are also stellar for dynamics and totally natural vocal recordings.

          1 vote
          1. blitz
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            These are awesome recommendations, thanks! I'm gonna go down the rabbit hole of binaural recordings for a while, I think. I'm listening to Bossa Nova now; enjoying it so far!

            These are awesome recommendations, thanks! I'm gonna go down the rabbit hole of binaural recordings for a while, I think.

            I'm listening to Bossa Nova now; enjoying it so far!

            2 votes
    2. NaraVara
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      It attracts emo kids, who disproportionately end up being classical arrangers :-p

      What about this music attracts classical arrangers?

      It attracts emo kids, who disproportionately end up being classical arrangers :-p

  3. meatrocket
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    I found Alice in Chain's Dirt in a thrift shop not too long ago (along with a bunch of other cool stuff, like Pretty Hate Machine, Zeppelin II, and three PJ Harvey albums). A friend with similar...

    I found Alice in Chain's Dirt in a thrift shop not too long ago (along with a bunch of other cool stuff, like Pretty Hate Machine, Zeppelin II, and three PJ Harvey albums). A friend with similar taste recommended it specifically, so it was cool to randomly come across it. I've been hearing Down in a Hole and Rooster since I was a kid, but man this album is so good. Them Bones is an amazing opener, and Would? is one of the coolest songs ever. Sickman, Dirt, and Hate to Feel are some super underrated tracks in between. The CD is sitting in my car stereo right now, and it's probably what I'll be listening to on the drive to work tomorrow.

    3 votes
  4. [2]
    CommonDreads
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    I recently discovered this punk band from Latvia called Have No Heroes and they're awesome, especially the 2018 album Plastic World they remind me of Pennywise and I really dig that.

    I recently discovered this punk band from Latvia called Have No Heroes and they're awesome, especially the 2018 album Plastic World they remind me of Pennywise and I really dig that.

    3 votes
    1. elcuello
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      God dammit this is just what I'm looking for! This sound exactly. Close to newer Pennywise which I love. Well produced pop punk with good melodies and lots of harmonies. If you know more bands...

      God dammit this is just what I'm looking for! This sound exactly. Close to newer Pennywise which I love. Well produced pop punk with good melodies and lots of harmonies. If you know more bands that fits this description please let me know.

      1 vote
  5. JXM
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    I watched A Beastie Boys Story over the weekend and I've been re-listening to their discography with the added backstory from the show. It's a great documentary with a lot of great music if you're...

    I watched A Beastie Boys Story over the weekend and I've been re-listening to their discography with the added backstory from the show. It's a great documentary with a lot of great music if you're into the band. It really shows the evolution of their musical style over the years.

    After re-listening to a their albums, Hello Nasty is still my favorite of their albums. The Mix-Up is a close second though.

    2 votes
  6. Staross
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    Lot's of Anna von Hausswolff and Murmuüre on repeat the last two days. I was listening to 2010's top rated on rateyourmusic and there was a lot of sugary pop that exasperates me, so when I finally...

    Lot's of Anna von Hausswolff and Murmuüre on repeat the last two days. I was listening to 2010's top rated on rateyourmusic and there was a lot of sugary pop that exasperates me, so when I finally got to Murmuüre is was like a deliverance.

    https://i.imgur.com/7SYd1l3.png

    I'm getting quite obsessive with the lock-down, I crave and really get stuck listening to music, it's borderline maladaptive daydreaming (just discovered it was a thing).

    2 votes
  7. [2]
    NaraVara
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    I’ve been nostalgic for the days of peak sad indie rock lately. There’s been a lot of Bombay Bicycle Club and Feist in my rotation.

    I’ve been nostalgic for the days of peak sad indie rock lately. There’s been a lot of Bombay Bicycle Club and Feist in my rotation.

    1 vote
    1. rosco
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      Oh man, guess I'm going down a rabbit hole. Chuck a little Dan Croll, Coconut Records, or Dent May in there.

      Oh man, guess I'm going down a rabbit hole. Chuck a little Dan Croll, Coconut Records, or Dent May in there.

      1 vote
  8. ohyran
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    I woke up with a few years older song on my head that I can't get out of it. Big Freedia, Diplo, Dj Snake's "Drop": https://youtu.be/bHNiNP3hDkU All the insane breaks, combined with stupid hard...

    I woke up with a few years older song on my head that I can't get out of it.
    Big Freedia, Diplo, Dj Snake's "Drop": https://youtu.be/bHNiNP3hDkU

    All the insane breaks, combined with stupid hard bass and the ridiculous melody in the breaks is just... well its stuck there now :D

    1 vote