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Getting the sense I should check out the Rene Hell album.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2011 on Music Diary: Wednesday at Pretty Goes with Pretty
I highly recommend going to Harmony in Ultraviolet next for Tim Hecker. I enjoyed An Imaginary Country and put it on my top 20 for 2009, but I keep going back to HiV. Very excited about Ravedeath.
I've probably said this before, but Chairs Missing and 154 are must listens. In terms of Red Barked Tree, I am familiar with Wire's ouevre and I came to the same conclusion as you did. It's relatively close to the last EP and LP (both of which I prefer) in the general approach - updating the mid-tempo rock of their late 80s LPs(The Ideal Copy, A Bell Is a Cup...) with more traditional rhythms/mixes. The songwriting on this one isn't great and a few of the songs try to force their instrumental hand by being too aggressive (i.e. like Send / Read & Burn 1/2).
What's your preferred Pan*American album? Only one I have is White Bird Release. Considered one of the four RRRecords had in stock today, then opted to play it safe with Oneohtrix Point Never's Returnal.
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2010 on Kranky Pant at Pretty Goes with Pretty
Eno: Definitely check out Taking Tiger Mountain next. It's closest to Warm Jets. "The True Wheel" is such a jam. Past that, I'd vote for Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks over On Land. Music for Airports is nice. Considering your fondness for Cluster, you'll likely enjoy the Cluster & Eno albums. The first one's better but the second one has "The Belldog," which is one of my favorite Eno songs: Wire: Considering that there were at least two commercially released compilations of Wire's first three albums (and I ended up making my own to pass along to some friends), it's amazing how much better their first three albums hold up as albums. (This is not the case for their 1980s stuff.) Chairs Missing is my favorite by a decent margin, not that Pink Flag or 154 are anything less than great. 154 has its flaws, but they make sense within the context of the group's evolution. I need to spend more time with Mountains and Lesser Matters.
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