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  1. Yes. I have "The Best of 1990-2000", "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" on vinyl. Skip the last one as the CD sounds much better. The vinyl version of HTMAAB sounds like MP3 version of the songs. The other two sound records sound decent.
  2. Thanks to this group, I tracked down a copy of Brian Blade's release. Enjoyable and it is getting better with each listen. I'd like to call it my favourite jazz album of the year, but it is the only new jazz release I bought. That said, it stacks up very well with anything I've bough in recent years. Thanks for the recommendation!
  3. The Vancouver Canucks, didn't make the playoffs. The General Manager paid the price for that yesterday. And our junior team, the Vancouver Giants lost their playoff series to the Spokane Chiefs yesterday. So hockey town is without hockey. I haven't decided who I want to see go all the way to the Stanley Cup this year. Pittsburgh looks good. I'd like to see Montreal go further and maybe Calgary.
  4. Excellent article indeed. Thanks for posting it. I have long suspected the trend is to make good (or otherwise) music unlistenable. My fear is soon I will buy CD's comprised of mp3s. That said, there is hope in that there is recognition of the problem and not all musicians aim to make radio playlists. So, on the way home tonight, I'll see if can score a copy of "So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley." And there is my old record collection. Clive
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    It's been a little while since I've been by the board, so this response about making coffee with a French Press might be a little late. In my experience, freshly roasted beans and a good grind (preferably seconds before you add the near boiling water) are key. A good how-to guide with pictures can be found here: http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/presspot And finally, I find the more press coffee I make, the better it gets. Cheers Clive
  6. Almost everything by U2 on both vinyl and CD, including "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (don't buy this as it sounds like an MP3 copy of the CD was used for the vinyl). Further, I had a chance to pick up a number of UK-pressed 12 inch 45rpm singles from Joshua Tree and Actung Baby. On these, everything sound so much bigger and more immediate. I also notice duplication with the Bealtes and a few other artists of the pre-CD era. Mostly because I put my records away when CDs hit the mainstream, caught up in the "perfect sound forever" marketing. A couple of years ago, I bought a decent turntable and listen to the records of my youth and many new treasures found along the way. Clive
  7. Somehow, here we are at game seven of the Stanley Cup. Edmonton's powerplay is finally showing signs of life and the grit that got them through earlier series is back. However, Carolina was humiliated on Saturday's outing. Now they are before their home audience with something to prove. This is going to be an exciting game. My preferred outcome: Oiler's win the cup in sudden death overtime. It would be an exciting way to bring the cup back to Canada for the first time in 13 years. Clive
  8. Nice sentiment. Unless the Oilers can find some way to get the power play going and very fast, the Cup will be awarded tomorrow night. As a Canadian and normally a Canucks fan...too bad. Clive
  9. I've enjoyed many of the books listed here, but feel my introduction to his work is worth a mention. "On the Road with the Archangel" is still my favourite and after reading it I have never viewed bird poop the same way. And the scene where the giant fish was nestled in the oozing mud singing praises to God has long stuck with me. Clive
  10. For those interested and have a membership account at U2.com, the title song for Wim Wender's new movie "Don't Come Knocking" has been posted on the web site. Give it a listen. Also, Edge, in a new interview on the site, discusses how the song, a duet, came to be and mentions he is working on ideas for the next U2 album. Clive
  11. Much of my writing is what I refer to as "meat and potatoes" work and is done both for work and extra-curricular projects. News releases, memos, letters, reports and analysis. My list of tools include: - Organized thought and knowledge (this is the most difficult item on my list) - Laptop (with the wireless turned off) - Music (delivered by the big rig at home or from my iPod. Also, jazz or good instrumental for rhythm and propulsion, hopefully like the Bruce Cockburn album coming out next week) - Fuel (dark, rich coffee or aromatic tea) - And the ability to put aside my desire to turn out perfect prose so I can just get on with the job at hand. Clive who should be writing a news release about our hospital's new surgical suites
  12. Thanks for this discussion. I went through the VIFF catalogue this weekend and Arvo P
  13. At work I use a three-month old compaq nc8000 laptop. It gets the job done. And I'm glad there is a computer department to stay on top of viruses. At home, I'm using an almost three year old Mac iBook with a wireless card. The Mac dances circles around the compaq. After sampling both worlds, I'll go for another Mac when it is time to upgrade. Not what you want to hear and this isn't meant as a "my preferred OS is better than yours." It's my preference based on the two machines listed above. Clive
  14. Wow! To be acknowledged by my peers. I'd like to thank the Acadamy, my agent, my lawyer and all my other people. And special thanks to that little actor with incredibly large dreams. (Cue music to get me off the stage, flanked by two leggy models to ensure I don't take my sweet time about it.) Seriously, what a hoot. Thanks. Clive
  15. Pictures of Lily - The Who You can find it on the "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy" album. Clive
  16. I lucked out this year and made it inside the bombshell. This from the cheapest tickets purchased during the U2 fan club fiasco. We set up camp in front of The Edge and Bono was a bit to the right. There was only one much shorter person in front of us and 18,000 people behind. I couldn't dream of or ask for a better arena rock experience. It's worth making an effort. Clive
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    RIP Vassar Clements

    This is a loss. I'm looking for a minty-fresh double LP on the Flying Fish label called "Hillybilly Jazz". Vassar's work is nicely highlighted in this bluegrass setting. One day I'll stumble across this. Meanwhile, get thee to your local library and look for a couple of his albums. Clive
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    Field of Dreams

    Thank you both for this thread. I encountered this movie during an agnostic phase of my life. At that time, I was devouring as much W.P. Kinsella as I could: from his short stories set on a native reserve in Southern Alberta to the baseball novels. The point is I was not in the least spiritual attuned at that time. However, I remember in vivid detail leaving the North Vancouver movie theatre after seeing Fields of Dreams with a profound sense that there was something much larger than us and that it was good. Thanks for the reminder. I will watch this again soon. Clive
  19. I think that's the point. In many markets, especially in the newer US markets, the focus will be on getting fans back in the seats. I think Gretzky on the bench would be a draw. Clive
  20. He played two or three cuts from Belladonna, calling it cinematic music. I think there is a thread elsewhere on this board in which members hold forth on the newest album. Clive
  21. I see Rockets is now a mainstream as opposed to a web-only release. I was at the local CD store yesterday and was surprised to see a stack of twenty or so copies priced cheaper than what Lanois was selling them for on his website (plus no shipping or duty). I'm on my first listen through via a laptop at a coffee shop. First impression: I like his heavier touch on a couple of cuts including Space Kay. The driving bass line on The Maker is greatly missed. And Stormy Sky, which I have not heard before, is a great cut. I'm really glad I finally picked this up, but would steet the first time Lanois listener to Shine. One side note: I saw Lanois in concert a few weeks ago as part of the Vancouver Jazz Fesitval. It was a really enjoyable show. Lanois was very chatty and surprisingly pulled half the show from his first album. Sound was the best I've heard at a concert. To my surprise, I see he is playing Vancouver again in a few weeks. Odd. Clive
  22. Even cooler is the fact that the writer is noted Vancouver-based sci-fi author William Gibson. His novel Neuromancer was groundbreaking at the time and boasts one of my favourite first sentences: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." It set the tone for the rest of the story. Clive
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    Live 8

    I missed the big concerts and would have liked to have seen the Sgt. Pepper opening. However, I took the opportunity to see Daniel Lanois that evening. What a show...what a musician! Keeping with the theme of the day, he used Live 8 to promote a monthly child sponsorship program with World Vision and devoted half of his CD sale table to the organization. Which is exactly what the visiting worship band at my church did the next morning. I should draw some insightful conclusion the spirit of Live 8 plays at the local level, but I'm in awe of the musical journey Lanois took us on. Clive
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