Veteran of the Psychic Wars

Don't let these shakes go on.

borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 34

Also heard this week:

Ad Infinitum - Chapter I Revisited
Audioslave - Out of Exile
Aztec Camera - Dreamland
Black Rose Maze - Black Rose Maze
Cynic - Focus
Danzig - Danzig II: Lucifuge
Deep Purple - Purpendicular
Deftones - Around the Fur
Elbow - Giants of All Sizes
Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
First Signal - Line of Fire
Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
Gorod - Leading Vision
Greyhawk - Keepers of the Flame
Hällas - Conundrum
Gary Hughes - Gary Hughes
Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
Keldian - The Hidden History of Keldian
Killswitch Engage - Atonement II B-Sides for Charity
King Diamond - Conspiracy
Leprous - Bilateral
Magic Dance - Remnants
Marilyn Manson - Smells like Children
Nightwish - Once
Opeth - Pale Communion
Organectomy - Existential Disconnect
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Realm - Endless War
Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony
Spirit Adrift - Enlightened in Eternity
Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
Theory of a Deadman - Gasoline
Tool - 10,000 Days
Ulver - Flowers of Evil
Various Artists - Music from and Inspired by Mission: Impossible 2
Warcrab - Damned in Endless Night
While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose

backlog: 588 albums | 7,126 songs | 25 : 07 : 32 : 35 running time


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 33

Also heard this week:

Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
Opeth - Pale Communion

Backlog: 572 albums | 7,086 songs | 25:01:24:23 running time

Like I said, the actual backlog is technically bigger than this but I haven't ripped or imported any of the stacked-up purchases into my library, so I'm cheating this shit hard. It's like cheating at solitaire.

Fuck, it's pathetic.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 32

Also heard this week:

Alestorm - Big Ship Little Ship / Bassline Junkie
Black Rose Maze - Black Rose Maze
Blue Öyster Cult - Curse of the Hidden Mirror
Burn the Priest - Burn the Priest
Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
Danzig - Danzig II: Lucifuge
Deftones - Around the Fur
DragonForce - Valley of the Damned
Ecclesia - De Ecclesiae Universalis
Elbow - Giants of All Sizes
Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
Greyhawk - Keepers of the Flame
Heathen - Recovered
Heathen - 2005 Demos
Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
King Diamond - The Dark Sides
Opeth - Pale Communion
Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
Ten - Albion
Tool - 10,000 Days
Ulcerate - Stare into Death and Be Still
Unleash the Archers - Abyss
Vulkan - Technatura
Warcrab - Damned in Endless Night

Backlog: 578

At this point, I'm thinking I'm going to do the complete backlog line every other week.

Slower than expected week, owing to some bad congestion days during which I did not listen to shit. Air purifier has been ordered and will be in later in the week, so we can start experimenting and see if that makes a difference.

Also it's Games Done Quick week so expect listening to be slower this week than last. As is customary, my yearly plans -- whatever they might be -- never properly start until after AGDQ's over, which is gonna be next Sunday.

All the news that's fit to print, right there -- i.e., very little.


borntoolate
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2020 Music in Review (Sort Of)

Here's the annual top-25-albums-played-no-matter-the-release-date grid.

The usual clashing tones, but other than Cursed Mantis, nothing too esoteric.

Only two 2020 releases in this Top 25 -- Night Flight Orchestra and the afore-mentioned Mantis.

Actual, year-specific favorites will be along sometime before the world ends or I die.

Probably.


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"Well, Eclipse is the only Dyngwie I own, and the only other one that I want is from the same lineup (Fire & Ice)."

Noticed before that among the people I know who listen to the Yng-man at all, everybody has a different favorite record yet almost everybody rates Fire & Ice in second place. Weird but true!

And yeah, it's a great line-up.

My Yngwie story is, F&I was my first album of his, and I got in a CD trade ages ago and actually enjoyed it. Few years later I took an Yngwie discography tour courtesy of the Kerrazy Torrents Travel Agency, and picked up Rising Force at some Amoeba sale in my L.A. days.

Over the last five years or so, I've slowly filled in the catalog up to Fire & Ice.

My current plan is to get everything up to the end of the second Mark Boals era and then... stop. I like Doogie White in general, but his two with Yngwie are weak tea. After him, it's goddamned Ripper Owens and after that it's "Yngwie's gone blues and does his own singing". There's no way that ends well.

"One of the few things that my dad gave me was a tape with these two albums on it (with the worst songs on F&I removed, but Eclipse fully intact). I believe her gave it to me when I met with him while visiting his parents shortly before my 18th birthday. I listened to it a lot when I was on my walks in Centerport, Long Island back in the 90's."

Nice.

(Of course, now I'm wondering which F&I songs didn't make the cut. I'd probably punt the instrumentals and "Teaser" but leave the rest intact. "Teaser" is perfectly okay, and 2000-era me is screaming "BUT IT'S FAKER HAIR METAL", but it's actually too hairy to fit on the album.)

"It's total cheese, but sometimes that's fun. Never cared for earlier or later Dyngwie, but I'm thankful that Ark was a byproduct of his ego."

I have a soft spot for the way he tries to punch up sometimes-great, sometimes-not-so-great AOR with these insane bad-boy soloing flurries.

Also, will try to sign up for Discord today, I guess. After thinking about it, I THINK I had an account but I have no idea what the sign-in information would be. So why not.

EDIT: And I am back at Discord, username "eventhewaves#2266". My invite to the Seismic thing has expired so one of you guys should hit me up with another. And then I will join you.


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"Speaking of Dyngwie, if you're interested in my latest pass at a vinyl rip of Eclipse (which turned out pretty well), have at it!"

By an amazing coincidence -- shocking, really -- Eclipse is the next Yngwie up in the backlog. So this is excellent timing.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 31

Also heard this week:

Blazon Rite - Dulce Bellum Inexpertis E.P.
Heathen - Victims of Deception
INXS - Elegantly Wasted
Marilyn Manson - Portrait of an American Family
Marillion - Market Square Heroes
Midnight Dice - Hypnotized
Mongrel’s Cross - Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court
Mystik - Mystik
The Protomen - The Protomen (Act I)
Realm - Endless War
Sevendust - Blood & Stone
Sigilburner - Umbra
The Spirit Cabinet - Bloodlines

Backlog: 587 albums | 7,255 songs | 25:17:42:28 running time

I really have nothing to add this week.

See you in 2021 if I don't post again before then.


borntoolate
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"Have you managed to spend any time with the new Unleash the Archers? Fun stuff!"

Not yet, but due to the way I approach things, and having gone through Time Stands Still, it's now time for me TO spend some time with it!

So probably this week.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 30

Also heard this week:

Anguish - Magnah Est Vis Siugnah
Bear Mace - Charred Field of Slaughter
Blazon Rite - Dulce Bellum Inexpertis E.P.
Chevelle - This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Cursed Mantis - Cursed Mantis
Epica - The Phantom Agony
Faceless Burial - Speciation
Garden of the Ark - Stumble into the Light
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 - Dying to Live
Iron Savior - Kill or Get Killed
Judas Priest - Demolition
Killing Joke - Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Meat Loaf - Bad Attitude
Manowar - Fighting the World
Marillion - Market Square Heroes
MIdnight Dice - Hypnotized
My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers
Nocturnal Rites - The Sacred Talisman
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
Recon - Behind Enemy Lines
Royal Hunt - The Mission
Sevendust - Blood & Stone
Skyclad - Forward into the Past
Today Is the Day - Animal Mother
Zedi Forder - Isolation

Backlog: 608.

Too lazy to do the full backlog data this week. We'll do it again next week.

Observations? "Powerviolence" is a stupid name for a subgenre, but "fast and furious metallic hardcore" is one of my go-to jams over the last couple of years and Nails are (were?) really good at it.

Zedi Forder is the wild card of the week: if you're into Pain of Salvation, Jolly, etc.? Check Isolation out, it's probably got something to your taste on it and it is (was?) pay-what-you-want at Bandcamp when I picked it up a couple of months ago.

Pointless side opinion: I no longer give a fraction of a shit about separating EPs from full-lengths on best-of lists. I never really have, but more than ever, 2020 has driven home that there are so many more significant things to do than worry about all of those arbitrary bullshit distinctions.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 29

Also heard this week:

Anguish - Magna Est Vis Siugnah
Bear Mace - Charred Fields of Slaughter
Chevelle - This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Cursed Mantis - Cursed Mantis
Danzig - Danzig II: Lucifuge
Deep Purple - Purpendicular
The Dukes of Stratosphear - Psurroundabout Ride
Elbow - Giants of All Sizes
Gojira - Terra Incognita
Hanging Fortress - Darkness Devours
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
Labyrinth - Architecture of a God
Manowar - Fighting the World
Mongrel’s Cross - Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court
My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers
Mystik - Mystik
Nails - Obscene Humanity
Night Ranger - Don’t Let Up
Professor Black - LVPVS
The Protomen - The Protomen (Act I)
Publicist UK - Forgive Yourself
Royal Hunt - The Mission
Sepultura - Arise
Sevendust - Blood & Stone
Skyclad - Forward into the Past
Spell - Opulent Decay
Stygian Crown - Stygian Crown
Today Is the Day - Animal Mother
War on Women - Wonderful Hell

Backlog: 629 albums | 7,845 songs | 27:12:39:50 running time

Trying a more comprehensive backlog listing to properly sound the depths of the massive musical hole I have dug for myself.

Again, as noted, I had a bunch of orders and things which were arriving and they're almost all arrived.

Rough listening plan for this week: to knock down another giant box set and, perhaps, to cross off at least one album from every letter remaining in the backlog.

Things should go down from here fairly quickly, but I guess we'll find out next week, won't we.

Wild Card of the Week: Cursed Mantis. The band self-describes as "synthgrind" which in this case does basically mean it's shards of death metal and grindcore colliding with brief bursts of synthwave while a beauty-and-the-beast vocal team alternately trills operatically about alien mantises roaming the galaxy in search of cheese and barks out random gurgling thoughts about the mantises. No idea where I read about this band, but it's definitely the sort of singular Dadaism I'm always down to make room for in my musical diet.


borntoolate
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"I still need to check out that new Caligula's Horse."

Rise Radiant is pretty good. In Contact was better, but this one might be second-place in their catalog.

"I'm so far behind myself on music it's laughable. I'm six months behind on downloading vinyl rips, which a huge number by this point. I'm finally starting to work my way through my own vinyl, but I'm lucky to get through two discs per WEEK (one album if it's a double-disc set). *BUT* I'm starting to feel the urge somewhat again. Slowed down work pace and reduced government-related anxiety has allowed me somewhat to return to doing things that I enjoy."

Oh, yes.

I've been listening to music like a goddamn engine speeding down the tracks the last few weeks, as the grids-and-lists make clear. Trouble is, I keep falling back on retail therapy to cope with the bottomless wells of personal, medical, and political anxiety engendered by 2020. So the next thing I know, well, whoops, so much for all that progress.

This will stop in 2021 for a number of reasons.

Have written this year completely off for responsible economic behavior.

"Also picking up some Koss KSC75 earphones for sale and rediscovering just how ridiculously good they sound for a sub-$20 headphone helps as well. Comfortable to wear, easy to manage, I can hear the world around me if necessary, and sound quality that doesn't offend my finicky ears. Good shit."

Cool. If I ever get back to doing the old walking route, and if indeed there're still places open around here to walk to, I might look into that model to have an option besides my Panasonic earbuds-of-choice. (I have a couple of cheaper, decent-ish headphones that aren't really ideal for outside-world usage.)


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 28

Also heard this week:

Allen/Olzon - Worlds Apart
Anacrusis - Reason
Anguish - Magna Est Vis Siugnah
Aztec Camera - Dreamland
Bodine - Bold as Brass
Burning Gloom - Amygdala
Caligula’s Horse - Moments from Ephemeral City
Carcass - Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel
Drown - Subaqueous
The Dukes of Stratosphear - Psurroundabout Ride
Fields of Troy - The Great Perseverance
Gojira - Terra Incognita
Gorod - Neurotripsicks
Steve Hackett - The Night Siren
Hanging Fortress - Darkness Devours
Heathen - Demo with Paul Baloff
Heathen - Opiate of the Masses
High Command - Everlasting Torment
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Manowar - Sign of the Hammer
Mercyful Fate - Return of the Vampire
Mongrel’s Cross - Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court
Nails - Obscene Humanity
Nocturnal Rites - The Sacred Talisman
Of Wolves - Balance
Ozzy Osbourne - Down to Earth
Publicist UK - Forgive Yourself
Sepultura - Arise
Skyclad - Forward into the Past
Stygian Crown - Stygian Crown
System of a Down - Protect the Land & Genocidal Humanoidz
Thou - A Primer of Holy Words
Tokyo Motor Fist - Lions
Two Minutes to Late Night - Covers Vol. 6
Vision Eternel - For Farewell of Nostalgia
Workshed - Workshed

Backlog: 604.

Some other orders plus Bandcamp Friday swung the numbers up. There's probably another week of expansion backed into the backlog cake before it starts to really go down.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 27

Also heard this week:

Allen/Olzon - Worlds Apart
Arctic Rain - The One
Blue Öyster Cult - Extraterrestrial Live
Brimstone Coven - The Woes of a Mortal Earth
Burning Gloom - Amygdala
Caligula’s Horse - Moments from Ephemeral City
Deftones - Adrenaline
Fotocrime - South of Heaven
Gorod - Neurotripsicks
GTR - Live at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles - 19th July 1986/King Biscuit Flour Hour
Heathen - Pray for Death
Hellripper - The Affair of the Poisons
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 - Dying to Live
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Killing Joke - Hosannas from the Basement of Hell
Joe Kraemer - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Arjen Lucassen - Strange Hobby
Manowar - Sign of the Hammer
My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers
Of Wolves - Balance
Ozzy Osbourne - Down to Earth
Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One
Pharaoh - Ten Years
Primitive Man - Immersion
Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli - Tenebre
Slave to the System - Slave to the System
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
Spell - Opulent Decay
Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
Streets of Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Terminal Nation - Holocene Extinction
Thou - Blessings of the Highest Order
Tokyo Motor Fist - Lions
Vision Eternel - For Farewell of Nostalgia
Workshed - Workshed
Year of the Knife - Internal Incarceration
Warren Zevon - Life’ll Kill Ya

Backlog: 592.

The backlog got very large this year as I ordered things and then went whole weeks barely listening to a note. We have started making in-roads.

I also have a ton of things on order and/or sitting on my desk or in the garage decontaminating which will balloon the backlog back out again, but my rule of thumb for the moment is "we're not going any higher than this number, right now, ever again" and we'll see how long I can walk that line.

Blood pressure remains in the mid-120s-to-mid-130s/70s range, so that's looking good.

I am feeling the strain of all the horror about to be unleashed even as the first wave of vaccines could be two weeks away from getting deployed.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 26

Also heard this week:

Arctic Rain - The One
Brimstone Coven - The Woes of a Mortal Earth
John Carpenter - Lost Themes Remixed
Fleshvessel - Bile of Man Reborn
Fotocrime - South of Heaven
Grave Pleasures - Funeral Party
Hellripper - The Affair of the Poisons
INXS - Elegantly Wasted
Supertramp - Breakfast in America

Personal life updates:

Last Wednesday early morning, I had what they call a hypertensive crisis, by which I mean my blood pressure had redlined in the 180/120 range. I had none of the obvious symptoms, although a separate symptom I'd been showing throughout the week before might actually have directly correlated. My doctor doubled my blood pressure medication dosage -- from 10mg to 20mg -- and so far it's been sliding back down towards acceptable since.

Today's lowest reading so far was 129/78 with a pulse of 70, for instance.

Which is not so bad.

(I'm pinning this mainly on the fact that up until March I was routinely walking between three and five miles a day and then my well of activity dried all the way up. Since then, it's been months of relentless and uninterrupted stress and anxiety and tension.)

Still playing Phasmophobia once or twice a week with my brother and a couple of his friends. A good time if you've got the computer (and microphone) to play it and the $14.99 to buy it on Steam. If you do check it out, let me know, and we can hunt some fucking ghosts!

Have been watching a lot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 on Shout Factory TV and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- which I have never seen -- on Netflix. Enjoying DS9 a lot so far.

If this forthcoming week finds me listening to as much music as this week, or more, then you can expect to see the backlog counter return. When you're not moving stuff through the system, there's just no point in charting progress, you know?


borntoolate
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And last week wasn't a music week, after all.

Perhaps this week.

Who knows!


borntoolate
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"Her surgery went great. She comes home this afternoon. So far, pretty awesome! Brutal expense, but if we can actually get another year (or more!) out of her, with her being more comfortable than she has been the past couple of weeks, TOTALLY worth it."

Excellent!

Ben sent me the link to the Seismic Discord thing. I will sign up at some point but I'm not sure if I have a Discord account at the moment.

Have many things to say but, in accordance with being me, I probably won't say any of them.


borntoolate
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"Strange, isn't it, how just one change makes so much of a difference that old hobbies regain their appeal. Feeling more of an urge to listen to music now than I have for a while as well. If things go well with my cat (my tabby has a lung tumor that's hopefully getting removed today), maybe I'll even reclaim my urge to tackle more vinyl. I have a sizable backlog that I just haven't touched due to emotional exhaustion."

Yeah, especially when it's a change that makes life a little more viable for another few years.

Fingers crossed for your cat. That's rough, man.


borntoolate
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Music for Mondays 25

All right, then.


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Reply:

"Hah! Awesome! I just re-recorded my vinyl of Under the Pink recently, and finally posted it this weekend. I also need to re-try my copies (yes plural) of that Mr Mister to see if I can do a good recording of at least one of them. Funny that you got 3 of my favorite Tori albums in your list here (Venus, Choirgirl, Pink, along with Earthquakes and Scarlet's Walk). That Deadsoul Tribe also reminds me that I've still not yet recorded my copy of the new Psychotic Waltz album, nor the new Conception or copies of older Pain of Salvation, Meshuggah, SYL, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, maudlin of the Well, and other stuff that's just piling up while I drag my damn feet fussing with perfection. :( "

Yeah. I was puttering about listening to random Tori Amos songs last week. i always associate her work, mentally, with the chilly bits of fall 'cause back in the day that's whet time of year it was when I got into her work.

Good choices for favorite albums. Historically, I'm an Under the Pink and From the Choirgirl Hotel man, myself, with Boys for Pele as the weird third part of the trifecta 'cause that album is a raw, clashing, weirdo mess but when it catches fire, it melts.

Speaking of Scarlet's Walk, "Taxi Ride" got played last week but it was just outside of the grid's parameters.

Deadsoul Tribe was also in 'cause "Time" is a song on my current writing playlist and some day -- maybe -- this will bear fruit. It's a little more likely now than it was when you replied to this post, at least. A Murder of Crows remains my favorite DST; well, that, and some of the more off-model tracks from The Dead Word.

Still have not heard the new Psychotic Waltz album despite it sitting there in-backlog all year long so far. Maybe this upcoming week. Maybe in 2021 I'll do a full-family-tree disc crawl and cover all the shit PW members have recorded. Maybe not.

Also, yes, Anastasia, there will be a grid this weekend. (Do you see what I did there?) The fucking thing finally fucking being fucking called, and the new Vice President- and President-Elects addressing the nation, relaxed me enough to get me back into a musical mood. And in this case, I mean a full-album mood instead of the "maybe one album and a bunch of random tracks" mode we've been chugging in for the last month.


borntoolate
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No music grid this weekend.

Probably next week.

I owe a reply or two and I'll get to those, too, in time.


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Music for Mondays 23


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Music for Mondays 22


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Music for Mondays 20

Also heard this week:

At the Movies - The Soundtrack of Your Life - Vol. 1
Opeth - Watershed


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