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  • Last Night You Saw This Band | Occasionalities
    engaged with this recording like never before The record was noisy because I washed it and had briefly forgotten my newly discovered infallible rinsing process There was electrical hum because my preferred turntable to amplifier cables have poor electrical shielding a bit of a no no with turntables There were a couple of moments of frequency fluctuation due to an irritating speed consistency issue with my turntable that I must address Despite all that the record drew me in and held me from start to finish And here s the rub The sound was not distorted or coloured compared with the digital LP I was not being tricked by doctored frequency response or retro nostalgia The vinyl sounded better because there was simply more of what the musicians from Minuit intended me to hear The result was a sense of hearing the whole package and getting down for the ride With the digital recordings I pretty much heard all the same detail as what I heard off the vinyl My digital playback set up is nothing to be sniffed at But with the vinyl it suddenly all hung together and made sense like never before It kind of helped that I was hearing more of a 3D presentation the bass was full and rich and the high frequencies were extended and smooth Huge kudos to Minuit This vinyl release was delayed for a couple of months as they ironed out production issues They obviously paid huge attention to the quality of the product that their committed PledgeMe customers were going to receive The experience of listening to this recording on vinyl is quite different and far superior to digital Despite having seen them live several times and having all their CDs on hand I have got a new appreciation of

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  • minuit | Occasionalities
    player issues I slapped on a slab of Minuit and engaged with this recording like never before The record was noisy because I washed it and had briefly forgotten my newly discovered infallible rinsing process There was electrical hum because my preferred turntable to amplifier cables have poor electrical shielding a bit of a no no with turntables There were a couple of moments of frequency fluctuation due to an irritating speed consistency issue with my turntable that I must address Despite all that the record drew me in and held me from start to finish And here s the rub The sound was not distorted or coloured compared with the digital LP I was not being tricked by doctored frequency response or retro nostalgia The vinyl sounded better because there was simply more of what the musicians from Minuit intended me to hear The result was a sense of hearing the whole package and getting down for the ride With the digital recordings I pretty much heard all the same detail as what I heard off the vinyl My digital playback set up is nothing to be sniffed at But with the vinyl it suddenly all hung together and made sense like never before It kind of helped that I was hearing more of a 3D presentation the bass was full and rich and the high frequencies were extended and smooth Huge kudos to Minuit This vinyl release was delayed for a couple of months as they ironed out production issues They obviously paid huge attention to the quality of the product that their committed PledgeMe customers were going to receive The experience of listening to this recording on vinyl is quite different and far superior to digital Despite having seen them live several times and having all their

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  • vinyl | Occasionalities
    player issues I slapped on a slab of Minuit and engaged with this recording like never before The record was noisy because I washed it and had briefly forgotten my newly discovered infallible rinsing process There was electrical hum because my preferred turntable to amplifier cables have poor electrical shielding a bit of a no no with turntables There were a couple of moments of frequency fluctuation due to an irritating speed consistency issue with my turntable that I must address Despite all that the record drew me in and held me from start to finish And here s the rub The sound was not distorted or coloured compared with the digital LP I was not being tricked by doctored frequency response or retro nostalgia The vinyl sounded better because there was simply more of what the musicians from Minuit intended me to hear The result was a sense of hearing the whole package and getting down for the ride With the digital recordings I pretty much heard all the same detail as what I heard off the vinyl My digital playback set up is nothing to be sniffed at But with the vinyl it suddenly all hung together and made sense like never before It kind of helped that I was hearing more of a 3D presentation the bass was full and rich and the high frequencies were extended and smooth Huge kudos to Minuit This vinyl release was delayed for a couple of months as they ironed out production issues They obviously paid huge attention to the quality of the product that their committed PledgeMe customers were going to receive The experience of listening to this recording on vinyl is quite different and far superior to digital Despite having seen them live several times and having all their

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  • Magazine and the correct use of record cleaner | Occasionalities
    the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts obscured Five fine musicians getting into a groove in front of an audience I am listening to Secondhand Daylight right now It has a special sense of gestalt that the later albums could not achieve but still has a lot of weak moments In contrast Play achieves a consistency of draw you in energy and excitement with every track Play is not in any way a classic of the Magazine discography That appellation belongs to the first two albums But Play is easily the most enjoyable of their releases to these ears Stripped of the calculation and control of the studio one of Magazine s lesser known line ups delivers the intricate keyboard swirl and treatment layered guitars that were the band s trademark with a sense that there

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  • new wave | Occasionalities
    out the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts obscured Five fine musicians getting into a groove in front of an audience I am listening to Secondhand Daylight right now It has a special sense of gestalt that the later albums could not achieve but still has a lot of weak moments In contrast Play achieves a consistency of draw you in energy and excitement with every track Play is not in any way a classic of the Magazine discography That appellation belongs to the first two albums But Play is easily the most enjoyable of their releases to these ears Stripped of the calculation and control of the studio one of Magazine s lesser known line ups delivers the intricate keyboard swirl and treatment layered guitars that were the band s trademark with a sense that

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/new-wave/ (2016-05-02)
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  • punk | Occasionalities
    started picking out the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts obscured Five fine musicians getting into a groove in front of an audience I am listening to Secondhand Daylight right now It has a special sense of gestalt that the later albums could not achieve but still has a lot of weak moments In contrast Play achieves a consistency of draw you in energy and excitement with every track Play is not in any way a classic of the Magazine discography That appellation belongs to the first two albums But Play is easily the most enjoyable of their releases to these ears Stripped of the calculation and control of the studio one of Magazine s lesser known line ups delivers the intricate keyboard swirl and treatment layered guitars that were the band s trademark with a

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/punk/ (2016-05-02)
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  • virgin | Occasionalities
    the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts obscured Five fine musicians getting into a groove in front of an audience I am listening to Secondhand Daylight right now It has a special sense of gestalt that the later albums could not achieve but still has a lot of weak moments In contrast Play achieves a consistency of draw you in energy and excitement with every track Play is not in any way a classic of the Magazine discography That appellation belongs to the first two albums But Play is easily the most enjoyable of their releases to these ears Stripped of the calculation and control of the studio one of Magazine s lesser known line ups delivers the intricate keyboard swirl and treatment layered guitars that were the band s trademark with a sense that there

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/virgin/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild | Occasionalities
    provided by drunk and deranged locals an education in primal survival and cave drawings and the fear of hurricanes and melting ice caps Striking imaginative images and a woozy handheld camera give the film many stand out stylistic moments Shot on 16mm film the grainy look fits well with the gritty existence of the protagonists Many technically exceptional camera shots provide wow factor viewing The bold six year old hero Hushpuppy listening to the heartbeats of pigs and standing staunch in the mud reminded me of the older girl in Vincent Ward s early film Vigil The allegorical quest elements reminded me of later Ward films At its symbolic heart the film is an allegory of climate change It uses the fears and symbols of climate change and the setting of the hurricane lashed Gulf of Mexico to create an unsettling modern day fable I see some commentators are already rating lead actor Quvenzhané Wallis chances for an Oscar At the age of nine she would be the youngest ever recipient I would not demur she is exceptional Like this Like Loading Related Categories Film Magazine and the correct use of record cleaner Last Night You Saw This Band Archives

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