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I'm still searching for the perfect King of Limbs era concert, but here's some official videos from different eras to tide you over. ;-)

First, the classic, Street Spirit:

This is a video they only released on the internet, I think. The song's from In Rainbows:

And this is my favourite result from a video contest they held at the time of In Rainbows. This is thus a fan-made video, but it was elevated to official status as a contest winner:

And with this one they baffled and amused the internet last spring. It's the only video from The King of Limbs:

It immediately evolved into a meme, of course.

Last but not least: the From the Basement live version of The King of Limbs album opener, Bloom:

A paradox

Jan. 22nd, 2012 12:36 am
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A lot of music seems to be made by truly weird people, people who don't seem like they would fit in easily anywhere - yet their music, if successful, typically ends up getting embraced by a "cooler than thou" kind of audience.

How does that happen?

Or maybe this is a misperception - and perhaps even doubly so, as neither the first part nor the second part of it may be in accordance with reality. The artists may be less strange, and the audience less conformist, than they appear/have appeared to me.

This may be an artifact of my particular history - loving music, yet always feeling like it was "inappropriate" for me to care about it because music - the music I cared about anyway - really "belonged" to "cooler" people (and I didn't even *want* to be cool like that, it struck me as silly - I wanted to be allowed to love the music, but I did not want to be part of the in-group that it belonged to).

As a science fiction fan (though I didn't consciously identify as one yet at the time I'm talking about here) I'm struck by how different these two subcultures are, or seem to me. Science fiction (etc.) fan culture, though often fiercely cliqueish in parts, generally seems more about accepting people into the fold (hence the "geek social fallacy"), whereas music-based fan cultures have always appeared to me more about establishing a sharply defined in-group and *keeping other people out*. Where in sf fan cultures it mostly seemed enough to love the same things as other fen, with music fans it always seemed to me as if loving the music was insufficient; in fact, loving the music could be socially inappropriate if you didn't also wear the right clothes, listen to *all* the right bands (and none of the 'wrong' ones), have the right kind of hairstyle, etc.

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probably exposes my astounding ignorance about all things musical. Which I will readily admit to (and which, let's face it, is probably obvious from everything music-related I've ever posted here. *g*)

I've lived under a rock, for most of my life. So, chances are I just didn't notice great bands and so on before because of that, and not because they weren't around.
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I really should be working, but instead I'm having a fit of Fuck All This and hanging around the musical parts of youtube, nearly crying with an overdose of Beauty.

Seriously, for most of my musical life (which, admittedly, was lived on the margins, and without proper means of information for the most part) I could count the number of active bands/artists (that I knew about, anyway) that were in line with my tastes on the fingers of one hand, or at least, on the fingers of two hands. Now, since lurking around the margins of Radiohead fandom and noticing certain names being dropped again and again, and plugging these names into youtube's search, I've discovered that apparently I like almost everything that could be described as 'indie' at the present moment at least to some degree, and I really *love* an alarming percentage of it.

Seriously, WTF? When did indie transform from "four or five guys with distorted e-guitars" to "anything goes, the more bizarre the better, as long as it still rocks (though preferably melancholically)"? How did this happen?

Also, how am I supposed to choose between all these awesome bands and artists and their many many albums? There's simply too much good stuff!

(Suppose I could perhaps try to narrow it down to twenty choices, and then use a D20 to decide which album to buy next... put those old roleplay dice to some use. :D)

PS: No new appointment yet. Apparently I would have had to call before 8:30 a.m. - that's the only time when the recommended therapist is available telephonically.
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Which really is only partly an embarrassingly teen-girl like crush on Thom Yorke. Because I suppose that, in a blog devoted to a large degree to my fannish obsessions, this 'phase' deserves at least a minimum of elucidation, even if it doesn't fit the usual pattern. Or rather, especially because it doesn't fit the usual pattern.

I've loved Radiohead for a long time. OK Computer was one of the first albums that really showed me what music I could like could sound like - if that makes any sense. I'm glad I encountered it at an age when I had finally begun to work free of some really strange ideas about music that I had internalised in my teenage years. Basically, at an age when most kids begin to discover music, I felt music didn't belong to me (although it attracted me very strongly). Music - most of it, anyway - was for the cool kids, and as I was clearly not one of the cool kids, it could never be mine.

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My, the dawn is beautiful. I see that so rarely...

Also, this is awesome beyond words. I suspect that that, rather than the caffeine, is what's keeping me fueled at the moment.

ETA: Same performance, better image quality.
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(Edited.) This is a more precise version of the question previously posted here:

ETA: If you know a bit about 80s and 90s music, please check out my question. I could really use some help.
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Hard to believe that's live. (Or is it? Maybe they do... digital stuff to the recording, afterwards?)
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Hahaha, I can't believe that song just came up randomly!
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If I have something like a top three longterm favourite bands/musicians, I think it's probably these (in no particular order, except maybe chronological):

Midnight Oil

Which makes for a frelling weird "top three", even in my own opinion.

("Longterm favourite" defined as "artists of whom I'd actually like to own pretty much every album they've recorded". There aren't many of those for me. Mostly I just pick a couple of favourite albums by any given band or solo artist.)

PJ Harvey and Kate Bush might be candidates for that list, too, come to think of it. I just don't have as many of their albums yet - but I love all that I do have, and love practically everything I've seen and heard on youtube and elsewhere.
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it makes me want to learn an instrument. (Guitar, bass, or drums. Oddly, preferably the latter, but that's not really very practical, is it?)

I can't really afford another creative hobby; it would only dilute my efforts in all the other areas I'm already not quite active enough in. And also, the kind of music I'd like to make would be with a band, and I imagine it would a) be very difficult to find one, and b) it would take years to get good enough to even consider trying to find one. If it's even possible to get good at all, when you start learning in your thirties.

The reasonable thing to do would probably be to try and find a choir again. But my voice is all fucked up from nearly twenty years' lack of practice... (I'm told it used to be quite good - but that was when I was a teenager.)

Then again, a choir isn't really what I want.

Hmm. Individual singing lessons, maybe? To see if there's still something to salvage?


Mar. 17th, 2011 10:56 pm
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Kind of. :-( (At 5,568 words.)

And can somebody please tell me what Thom Yorke is doing on the Twilight soundtrack? Because that bit of information, courtesy of youtube, was my WTF moment of the day. o.O
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I really have ridiculously strong urges to own music and books.

Also, dammit, the last parts of my stereo that were still working (i.e., the amplifier and the loudspeakers, which allowed me to plug my computer into the stereo to listen to music played on my computer's CD drive, and of course to mp3s) are beginning to crap out on me. And I can afford a new stereo even less than all this music.
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This is kind of funny: for Christmas, I had a book called "Number Five" on my wishlist, and an album called "Number Seven".

Now, for my birthday, I'd like three albums named "Berry White", "High Violet" and "Seven Star Green".

I swear I'm not doing this intentionally.
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Found another twothree artists/bands/albums I really liked. Gah...

It seems there's only two alternatives:

a) not listening to the radio --> not discovering anything interesting, except very occasionally, by accident
b) listening to the radio --> discovering FAR TOO MUCH awesome stuff.

And it's not even like I'm listening non-stop!

I kind of wish buying music in digital formats were *significantly* cheaper than buying a CD. At the moment, with the price sort of the same, I still like having a physical object (especially a booklet with, possibly, the lyrics, and some nice artwork). With a significant difference in price, though, I can imagine switching to digital formats - because it would allow me to buy a lot more albums, and I *want* more music. All of this is somewhat hypothetical at the moment, of course, as I don't currently have enough money to buy *any* music. But my birthday is around the corner, so my amazon wishlist is on my mind a lot these days. *g*
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In the last couple of weeks there was precious little time to listen to the radio, so I didn't. But today, while doing the dishes, I went to's website again and clicked on the player... Baaad mistake. I now have to add another band and album to my interminable wishlist. *sigh*

ETA: Heh. The label's website also recommends: "The Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones"
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... who uses an actual, old cassette recorder to record music from the internet.

Yes, on tape.


Amusing factoid: LJ's spellchecker does not recognise the following words:


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This is good news, because since yesterday evening I've already found about half a dozen new bands I *need* to hear more from.

This is bad news, because I have neither the money to buy music, nor the space to store it, nor even a working CD player, really.


Why is there so much frelling awesome music out there?

Why am I so frelling poor?


The station (it's a webradio station):

The greatest programme I listened to yesterday:

My favourite three tracks from yesterday's listening session:

Phantogram: Bloody Palms

Phantogram: Mouthful of Diamonds

Oh No Ono: Swim


Anybody know where I can buy single mp3 tracks without having a credit card? Buying favourite tracks instead of entire albums seems like a good idea at the moment. There are some songs I simply *need*.

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