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Status Notices / Emergency maintenance, 2019-06-18
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:29:40 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki went offline a moment ago for a couple of minutes.

This was to install a security patch to remedy the recent Linux kernel TCP vulnerabilities.

Joy of Cooking
Joy of Cooking

Band lineup

Terry Garthwaite (lead vocals, guitar, clarinet)
Toni Brown (keyboards, guitar, kalimba, lead vocals on "Too Late, But Not Forgotten" and "Red Wine at Noon")
David Garthwaite (bass, lead guitar on "Only Time Will Tell Me")
Fritz Kasten (drums)
Ron Wilson (percussion)

All tracks authored by Toni Brown, except where noted.

Side A

1. Hush (traditional) (2:48)
2. Too Late, But Not Forgotten (4:22)
3. Down My Dream (4:20)
4. If Some God (Sometimes You Gotta Go Home) (3:45)
5. Did You Go Downtown? (Terry Garthwaite) (7:39)
6. Dancing Couple (:58)

Side B

1. Brownsville / Mockingbird (Furry Lewis / traditional) (5:55)
2. Red Wine at Noon (3:39)
3. Only Time Will Tell Me (5:16)
4. Children's House (6:55)


Can these girls sing or what?

Things get off to a somewhat shaky start, with some of the least interesting material clustered on side A. I enjoyed "Hush" and "Too Late, But Not Forgotten" -- the latter has some beautiful vocal harmonies -- but the next couple of tracks got a little repetitive and I started to think this was going to be an album full of nothing but harmless pop ditties.

But suddenly, Side A is rescued from the world of listenable but mediocre pop rock by "Did You Go Downtown?", Terry's only writing credit on the album. The lyrics aren't particularly meaningful, but the vocal performance is spectacular, with some group improv involving both the instrumentation and the vocalists in the latter half of the tune. Nearly 8 minutes of the band plodding along with the same one-chord groove, and I didn't find myself getting bored once.

Side B opens with a bluesy tune consisting of a mashed-together cover of Furry Lewis's "Brownsville" and the lullaby "Mockingbird", leading into some more of the amazing improvisations that are the highlight of this album. This really has to be heard to be believed. Just wow.

We then go back into a few more conventional songs. "Red Wine at Noon" and "Only Time Will Tell Me" are my favourite two of Toni's tunes. "Red Wine" has some lovely dissonant chord progressions and vocal harmonies, and "Only Time" is based around a funk groove that represents this band at its tightest.

Sadly, "Children's House" returns us to the repetitiveness from the start of the album. It's obviously an attempt at a dramatic ending, but the writing is just so dull. The only thing that saves it from total disaster is Terry's vocal performance, which is consistent as always on this album.

This record is nicely balanced between Toni's pop rock songs and Terry's lengthy blues vocal improvisations, and while I personally have a strong preference for the latter ("Did You Go Downtown?" and "Brownsville / Mockingbird" being by far my favourite tracks), the two provide some nice contrast and relief from each other. I just wish there was a little more of the improv based around silly lyrics and a little less trying to fit into conventional pop structures.

Christgau sez...

Led by ex-folkie Toni Brown (the principal composer) and ex-blueswoman Terry Garthwaite (whose three rhythm songs sizzle joyously), this may not be your idea of rock and roll. The music revolves around Brown's piano, which rolls more than it rocks, and the band goes for multi-percussion rather than the old in-out. I find it relaxing and exciting and amazingly durable; I can dance to it, and I can also fuck to it. The musical dynamic pits Brown's collegiate contralto against Garthwaite's sandpaper soul, and the lyrics are feminist breakthroughs. "Too Late, but Not Forgotten" remembers a trailer camp while "Red Wine at Noon" touches international finance, but the two protagonists are united by one overriding fact--they're victimized as wives. And it's about time somebody in rock and roll said so. A

Knowing what you can and can't fuck to is a little TMI. Aside from that, this is a much more reasonable assessment of the album than I've come to expect from Christgau, and put more eloquently than mine. While I'm still sour over the D+ grade awarded to Atom Heart Mother in 1970, I have to admit that I can think of no better album from 1971, except perhaps for , which he also awarded an A. I therefore have no choice but to accept this review as valid, but I'll still knock it down to a minus for the TMI. A-

Status Notices / Re: Scheduled maintenance, 2019-06-15
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:05:05 AM »
Maintenance complete.

Arts & Entertainment / Reviewing the reviewer: The Christgau picks
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:46:57 PM »
In the grand tradition of threads about listening through a set of recordings with a collective theme, I have decided to review all of the top album of the year picks from the supreme cuntface himself, Robert Christgau. As it turns out, these are all albums I have never heard before, which makes things a lot more interesting. Christgau tends to be pretty scathing about the sort of music I do like, so who knows how this will turn out?

For each album, I will first listen to the music and review it, and only then read Christgau's review and add my comments (except for the first pick, which I've already glanced at his review for). I will then give his grading of the album a grade. Sounds fair, right?

The list of albums included is nicely collated from his yearly (since 1974) Dean's Lists on Wikipedia, for those following along at home.

See you (hopefully) tomorrow for a review of Joy of Cooking, FES.

Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-06-15
« on: June 13, 2019, 07:07:24 AM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-06-15, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
June 15, 2019, 09:00:00 AM

The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:34:23 AM »
An upvote/downvote system immune to the effects of trolling is feasible, although I'm not sure how difficult it would be to execute (I'm far from an expert when it comes to coding and all that jazz). Something akin to the system of many stackexchange sites, where you have to gather a minimum amount of reputation before you can participate in voting, would likely discourage people who's only objective is to brigade and troll. Reputation could be gained by participating in (civil) discussion and making posts that are positively received, or something along those lines.

Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's a good idea. Ideas should be received on their own merit, and people should make up their own minds without using other people's opinions as a crutch.

Yes to updating the description to reflect the removal of Q&A.

Yeah, this much seems like a no-brainer.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Suggestion: Upvote/Downvote Idea
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:34:54 AM »
This isn't Reddit.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: On the Notion of Removing Attachments
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:04:27 PM »
If it is universal and also potentially affects avatars then we can notify people to switch to using a link instead of an upload/attachment. I don't know if this is the case in SMF.

It should be straightforward to disable attachments without disabling avatar uploads (I haven't looked, but even if this isn't an option already we can add it to SMF).

I'm interested in hearing what our users think of this change before I give my opinion.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Citizen
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:05:17 AM »
Once full persistence is in, maybe we should start playing for real

This has been the idea for about the past 3 years now.

Note, however, that even once full persistence is in for the alpha, all the state is likely going to be reset for the final release so that everyone can start on a level footing (modulo ridiculously priced OP ships).

Flat Earth Community / Re: Can I learn about your beliefs?
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:52:15 AM »
Yes you can.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: [you] needs to stop
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:27:37 AM »
The problem with removing the tag now is that it would break every use of it over the past 5 years. Otherwise I'd be willing to at least entertain the idea.


Remember the Concorde jet? that buzzard flew so high that it was practically in the same vacuum of space. At least 90% of the way there.

During testing, Concorde F-WTSB attained the highest altitude recorded in sustained level flight of a passenger aircraft of 68,000 ft, in June 1973.ármán_line

Are you trying to tell me that 20 km is 90% of 100 km?

Status Notices / Re: Scheduled maintenance, 2019-03-09
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:06:38 AM »
Maintenance complete.

I also took this opportunity to disable DNS services on the server, which were no longer in use as of a few days ago. It's unlikely to break anything, but let me know if you notice anything odd.

Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-03-09
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:56:09 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-03-09, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
March 09, 2019, 10:00:00 AM

The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: WYSIWYG toggle - problem
« on: March 03, 2019, 07:33:35 AM »
You can switch it off in your account settings. The default is already off, so you must have switched it on at some point.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Front Page Response to Behind the Curve
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:51:21 AM »
Feel free to write something.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Profile Edits Dropping Login
« on: February 24, 2019, 06:37:30 PM »
EDIT: Parsifal is claiming credit for the original error. I'll allow it.

wow rude

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: On the Origin of Species
« on: February 24, 2019, 02:23:50 PM »
My family do not fraternise with nig nogs. No great great ... add as many as you like ... grandmother of mine

Actually, all of humanity is descended from black people. It was an evolutionary adaptation to enable our furless bodies to survive in the harsh African sun. Without it, our ancestors would all have died of skin cancer millennia before we invented agriculture.

Technology & Information / Re: junker gets a new phone 2018 edition
« on: February 23, 2019, 08:30:56 PM »
The S10 is objectively better than the Pixel 3. It doesn't matter how good your camera is, the phone will always be made by Google and you can never undo that.

I'd take a Google phone over a Samsung phone tbh. And you know what I think of Google.

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