5/5 nearly consistently excellent with only minor weaknesses

4/5 excellent but less consistent and some weak tracks

3/5 good but not great

2/5 more weaknesses than strengths but worth keeping around

1/5 yo! bum rush tha show...

most ratings are +/- 1 point. i'm not a music critic, and my ratings reflect my own personal tastes (and my mood)...i try to rate only items that i own (or have owned) and heard at least a few times. i try to avoid rating releases in genres that i specifically do not like (even if i own some releases); what's the point in giving every trance or death metal release a "1" rating (assuming you're like me and do not care for trance or death metal)?

my collection isn't for sale.

if you're offering an exorbitant sum, it never hurts to ask...

The greatest myth in music criticism is that one's reaction to a piece of music represents features that exist within the music itself. We might share tastes, we might share opinions, but every recording is, for every individual, a unique experience. A reaction to a piece of music can be uninformed but it cannot be right or wrong. We can agree that we both hear a major seventh chord while we disagree about whether or not we like it. We all bring our own expectations and past experiences to each piece of music we choose to hear. I try to remind myself of these facts every time I read a review on Discogs.

Are you a terrible reviewer? Is that record really pretentious? What do you mean when you say a record is pretentious? Or will appeal only to pretentious people? Are you pretentious? What does it mean to call a record self-indulgent? Did the artist make the record they wanted to make? Did they make the record you wanted them to make? When you call something or someone a "hipster," what you really mean is "that person or the person who listens to that music thinks they are better than me." If you were secure in your opinions and preferences, you would never think to call anyone or any music "hipster." No doubt there are some people who prop up their egos with art. You might be one of them.

I like what I like because it appeals to me. I say, better not listen to me. But I greatly appreciate a well considered review that might make me aware of something good that I've never heard. So I hope that any review I write might also fulfill this priceless function. I've found a lot of great music just by reading what strangers think about music on Discogs. Stranger, let me shake your hand.

Most overused term on Discogs: "underrated." I would argue that anything and everything that has been rated is rated just as it should be. Calling something "underrated" seems like at attempt to 1) simply offer praise, however obliquely and 2) pat oneself on the back for having such uncommonly good taste.
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posted a comment on Catherine Wheel - Ferment. 3 days ago
raydeus
My other complaint is the decision to drop "Balloon" (presumaby there was only room for five songs on Side A, including the lengthy "Black Metallic").


"Balloon" was not part of the original vinyl release, but was a bonus track ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Small Melodies. 3 days ago
Intimate electronics with fractured symmetry, icy sounds that melt into glossy pools, an occasional air of subtle melancholy. Sounds excellent in the heat of Summer with cicadas blazing full blast, or walking across the crunch of snow surrounded by empty ... See full review
posted a review of The Orb - Orbus Terrarum. 13 days ago
Much as I love Orbus Terrarum, I prefer the original American release. "Plateau" is 30 seconds longer on that release, and more "Plateau" is better. I'd enjoy an hourlong mix of that track. "Slug Dub" on the American release is more than a minute longer, ... See full review
posted a comment on Seefeel - Quique. 17 days ago
Agreed wholeheartedly. I don't know that it was actually remastered, but it sounds good on black vinyl. Medical Records, if you have the power, please press more for our friends who didn't secure a copy for the second time around. While that doesn't ... See full review
posted a comment on Medical Records LLC. 17 days ago
Unfortunately I think you'll find the label representatives are overly defensive and unreasonable when it comes to the deficiencies of their pressings. Good taste they have in spades. Their commitment to quality in their pressings is, however, lacking. ... See full review
posted a comment on Severed Heads - Since The Accident. 17 days ago
How do you think a replacement of the same product is going to satisfy? Why would a vendor shy from a public discussion? And I thank you for your reply, in the same spirit in which you thank me for my feedback. Thanks for your diligence in choosing to ... See full review
posted a comment on Autocreation - Mettle. 17 days ago
karl_meier
Good to hear that the sound quality on the vinyl is up to par; the digital files of the re-issue sound exactly the same as the Inter-Modo release, which is enormously disappointing, as the original CD is very quiet.


The first ... See full review
posted a comment on ZZ Top - DeLuxe Collection. 24 days ago
Actually, track 3 is "A Food Your Stoking," according to the artwork. I think we can all agree that this is probably the best title for this song.
posted a comment on Shuttle358 - Field. about 1 month ago
As much as I resist the idea of using a review as if it were a message on a message board, if you missed out on this record because it sold out so fast...there are some copies for sale at a discounted price because of minor sleeve damage on 12k's ... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Various - Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995. 2 months ago
hatfulofelt
Cherry Red often bungles their reissues, but not always. Sometimes they are stellar. It's super hit or miss, so be careful and do research first. Not all Cherry Red product is poorly done by a long shot.


What reissues do you ... See full review
posted a comment on Skee Mask - Compro. 2 months ago
*Old man voice* I remember the days when we called this music IDM. Merck, Clear, DeFocus, Schematic Records, RIP. Nice to see the kids have come back around to the old ways but are still adding their own freshness. And now if you'll excuse me, it's time ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995. 3 months ago
Cherry Red is not a reputable reissue label. They are not concerned with the quality of the product. Last reissue I bought from them was the vinyl repress of Teenage Filmstars - Star, and it was a waste of money. Muddy, muffled sound, and short gaps of ... See full review
posted a comment on Johnny Mathis - I Love My Lady. 3 months ago
blaksoulfire
The typo has been corrected! Glad I could give you some amusement....


I guess I should have thanked you for the thoughtful review, also. Thanks! I am glad, however, that this typo is preserved below.
posted a comment on Various - Lonely Is An Eyesore. 3 months ago
It's always interesting to read a review like yours, that runs totally counter to my own opinion. Of course, you're neither right nor wrong.

Nevertheless, "No Motion" by Dif Juz is the reason I immediately went out and bought everything they ever made. ... See full review
posted a comment on Johnny Mathis - I Love My Lady. 3 months ago
[quote=blaksoulfire] Nice edition of this long sought after release. Lovely production with pure Chic DNA. Vinyl edition warmly remastered but preserving the analog feel. Listening to this now almost 40 yrs since it was vaulted, one can only speculate on ... See full review
posted a comment on Truckin' - Liquid Space. 4 months ago
It may have been blocked in error. Create a help ticket request and you may be able to get it unblocked.
posted a review of Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. 4 months ago
It's hard to imagine anyone approaching this record in 2018 without an understanding of what they're getting into. But of course the material is still ripe for discovery. "Clifford" is, in a nutshell, four sides of madness alternating between drum ... See full review
posted a comment on Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. 4 months ago
I'm a little late to the Severed party, but for the record there is no download card with the vinyl, but if you buy it directly from the label via Bandcamp there is a lossless (or lossy for those who prefer it) download included.
posted a comment on Loop (3) - Wolf Flow (The John Peel Sessions (1987-90)). 4 months ago
Excellent versions of some of Loop's best tunes, and a killer Suicide cover, in an almost perfect pressing. The version of "Straight To Your Heart" has to be heard to be believed. Unreservedly recommended. Play loud!
posted a comment on Coil - Another Brown World / Baby Food. 4 months ago
In short, this LP contains two very absorbing and hypnotic tracks that will likely please anyone interested in COIL. Better yet, the pressing is very high quality, silent when silence is desired and rich in sound. Unreservedly recommended.
posted a comment on Misfits - Beyond Evil. 4 months ago
capeta
Help .I wish sell this record. I don't see this option

Says right above "This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. It is not permitted to sell this item on Discogs." It's an illegal bootleg.
posted a comment on Shuttle358 - Field. 5 months ago
Personally playing the vinyl at 45 sounds too pitched up for me, I've settled on 33 pitched up +8, though I did get a handwritten note with my copy saying it should be played at 45.
posted a comment on Solid Space (2) - Space Museum. 5 months ago
An unofficial release is usually a bootleg, a recording that is manufactured and sold without input from or compensation for the artist or party that owns the recording. Bootlegging is a form of stealing, and is illegal. Discogs could be potentially ... See full review
posted a review of The Grateful Dead Kennedys - Grateful Dead Kennedys. 5 months ago
Hey, how about another review of Grateful Dead Kennedys? Not because they are worth discussing, but precisely because they are not worth discussing. Living up to the lazy, obvious and unsatisfying pop culture portmanteau with which they christened their ... See full review
posted a comment on Severed Heads. 7 months ago
thefoolish
What? It's a regular album release, and definitely not a compilation.


Macracer1 may be confused since the North American compact disc release was a compilation, it included all the tracks from the "Dead Eyes Opened" EP. Which ... See full review
posted a review of The Misfits* - Static Age. 7 months ago
"Static Age" is the brutal, lo-fi debut by the Misfits that didn't see actual release until 20 years after it was recorded. This pressing does justice to the band despite adding some mildly annoying crackle. I consider the LP to be an unimpeachable ... See full review
posted a review of Pan Sonic - Kesto (234.48:4). 8 months ago
Kesto represents perhaps the definitive statement of Panasonic, ranging from the deranged and explosive tracks on disc one to the more studious and slower paced tracks on disc two to the slow burning textures on disc three and the slow motion vulcanism ... See full review
posted a comment on My Bloody Valentine - Loveless. 8 months ago
Really? You think that everyone is just ganging up on Plain for no reason at all? And your standard of reference for how the Plain pressing sounds is to compare it to bootlegs? Either you work for Plain, or you just don't know what you're talking about.
posted a comment on Slowdive - Souvlaki. 8 months ago
I have the MOV Souvlaki pressing, and it sounds great. Not every MOV release satisfies (Just for a Day does not sound as good), and I can't address any of the other issues raised, but I paid around $20-25 (can't remember exactly) and it was well worth it.
posted a review of John Maus - Screen Memories. 9 months ago
It legitimately pains me to report that while the production and press are high quality, the only genuine classic track on this album is "The Combine." The tracks that follow are not bad, necessarily, but they are generic, mediocre, unsatisfying. Maus ... See full review
posted a comment on Kate Bush - Interview 85. 10 months ago
"Unofficial release" means "bootleg." Manufacture and sales of bootleg recordings is illegal. I'm sure Discogs doesn't want to assume the legal liability of providing a marketplace (from which they profit) selling bootleg releases.
posted a comment on Various - Live In Concert. 10 months ago
dvanaggelen
It's Flamin' Groovies instead of Flamming Groovies, See wikipedia for more info.


Of course, but errors like this are treated as variations of the correct name. Click on the link for "Flamming Groovies" and you'll be taken to ... See full review
posted a review that has since been deleted. 11 months ago
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - Blues. 11 months ago
This story would be most impressive if while driving you were able to put the record on without pulling the car over.
posted a comment on Reinhard Lakomy - Der Traum Von Asgard. 11 months ago
It's not listed because you haven't added it to the database.
posted a comment on Accelera Deck - Halo EP. 11 months ago
I strongly recommend spinning the A side to this record at 45rpm. Halo 1 is a playful and dynamic drill n' bass excursion at that speed, instead of the bumbling, slow motion ramble at 33rpm. Bump bump bump bump it up!

I'm now listening to this EP again, ... See full review
posted a comment on Eluvium - An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death. 12 months ago
For me, the strongest frame of reference would be Erik Satie. Certain phrases even seem to be homage. It is unfortunate that some people expect a classical, technical proficiency because the entire record is solo piano. But the feeling of going off the ... See full review
posted a comment on Swervedriver - Mezcal Head. about 1 year ago
I found this pressing to be very good. I can only compare to the original cd release and the remastered cd release, but the sound is detailed, well balanced and full. While MOV has a spotty reputation (I've only heard two of their pressings, one was ... See full review
posted a comment on Faith No More - The Real Thing. about 1 year ago
Those were bonus tracks on the cd releases. They weren't part of the original vinyl pressings.
posted a comment on The Bionaut - Frugivore. about 1 year ago
Comparing this now to Gas 3 (on the vinyl version, don't have the cd version handy) it's obvious that the Gas track is essentially an extended edit of "Banana."
posted a review of Fra Lippo Lippi - In Silence. about 1 year ago
Fra Lippo Lippi's debut is an absolutely essential document of post punk/new wave. While you'd be hard pressed to explain how this record could possibly exist had Joy Division not laid a certain groundwork, this recording is by no means a pastiche and ... See full review
posted a comment on Slowdive - Slowdive. about 1 year ago
[quote=noeluk] Looks like I am one of the lucky ones: my pressing is perfect. Low surface noise, minimal pops and clicks. I was actually very impressed until I read the comments here. Can anyone tell me if the downloads are WAVs/lossless formats or MP3s? ... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Sabotage. about 1 year ago
I bought this with a bit of trepidation since the last issue I bought, the Rhino black vinyl of a few years back, was unlistenable on side 2, a sea of constant crackles and repetitive pops overlaying the music (Side 1 sounded great, though). This press ... See full review
posted a comment on Nirvana - Incesticide. about 1 year ago
[quote=noonanthebruce] Nirvana was never about high fidelity. I've got nothing against releasing this on 2 LPs at 45 RPM for those that want that sort of thing but I don't see the point. Give us a $18-$20 single black LP already. This is just unnecessary ... See full review
posted a comment on A.R. Kane - When You're Sad. about 1 year ago
Iprocetyl_Girl
When did the name of track B2 change to "Haunting"?? I've always known it as "So Far Away" and indeed, that is what it says on my copy of this LP...


My copy has no song titles at all anywhere on the release. The outer ... See full review
posted a comment on New Order - Low-life. about 1 year ago
TL;DR New Order not Joy Division, insufficiently escapist and formed in the 80s, therefore not good, like the Smiths, REM and U2.
posted a review of Autocreation - Mettle . about 1 year ago
Update 8/3/2018: I just noticed for the first time that the first three tracks on this release (both vinyl and digital) are significantly shorter than the originals. The first track, "Dark Smile," is more than a minute and a half shorter on this reissue. ... See full review
posted a comment on Iggy And The Stooges* - Raw Power. about 1 year ago
There are two mixes, the original 1973 Bowie/Iggy mix and the 1997 Iggy mix. The Sundazed pressing is the original 1973 mix. The double LP version you ordered includes both mixes. Contrary to all reason there are people who prefer the original mix, ... See full review
posted a comment on Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal. about 1 year ago
I have a US copy, and played it for the first time last night. It sounds very good, minimal surface noise and great clarity and presence and depth in the sound. If you're in the United States and you love this record like I do, now's your chance to get a ... See full review