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Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:49 am

Greetings,

Of no relevance to the Dhamma, but the new Pet Shop Boys album "Yes" has just been released and this link allows you to listen to (yet not download) the entire album.

Yes, Pet Shop Boys - Album Sampler Widget
http://widgets.clearspring.com/cscallba ... UKpV.FarUQ

If the first single, Love Etc., is anything to go by... it promises to be a mighty fine album.

So with this widget, why do I not know whether it's a mighty fine album first-hand?

Well, I'm resisting temptation and waiting until I get a physical copy of it first (old school!)... and I'm still waiting for the online shop to post it to me. Fingers crossed they post it within the next 24 hours.

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:53 am

The Pet Shop Boys? I think i'll go into the other room now.
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:01 am

tiltbillings wrote:I think i'll go into the other room now.

I think I'll join you :)

Incidentally, only about two weeks now until my recording studio is completed and I can start writing music again. It's been a while...
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:05 am

You two dunces can go sit in the corner...

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:10 am

You two dunces can go sit in the corner...


In another room, of course. Me, if I must listen to an 80's band that is still hanging on, let it be Crowded House.
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:54 am

tiltbillings wrote:Me, if I must listen to an 80's band that is still hanging on, let it be Crowded House.

At least someone has good taste. As I recall, the Finn brothers come from the same small NZ town as Ven Huifeng of E-Sangha fame...

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:21 am

Well, I suppose as 80's bands go, the PSB are a cut above Men Without Hats. We all have our guilty pleasure, I suppose, so we should not too hard on poor Paul.
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:48 am

I do like the PSB' let me know what it is like I may not have a chance to get it.

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Of no relevance to the Dhamma, but the new Pet Shop Boys album "Yes" has just been released and this link allows you to listen to (yet not download) the entire album.

Yes, Pet Shop Boys - Album Sampler Widget
http://widgets.clearspring.com/cscallba ... UKpV.FarUQ

If the first single, Love Etc., is anything to go by... it promises to be a mighty fine album.

So with this widget, why do I not know whether it's a mighty fine album first-hand?

Well, I'm resisting temptation and waiting until I get a physical copy of it first (old school!)... and I'm still waiting for the online shop to post it to me. Fingers crossed they post it within the next 24 hours.

Metta,
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Fede » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:14 am

mikenz66 wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:Me, if I must listen to an 80's band that is still hanging on, let it be Crowded House.

At least someone has good taste. As I recall, the Finn brothers come from the same small NZ town as Ven Huifeng of E-Sangha fame...

Mike

And I love Lighthouse Family too.....

Mind you, pet Shop Boys have done a lot of great stuff writing for other Artists, too.....

I'll tell you how old I am - old....
I actually enjoy watching, and listening to - The Bee Gees and the Osmonds

Though Marie's "Paper Woses" is not one on my 'must play' list.....

And I could listen to Mike Oldfield's Tubular bells (the Original, not the re-mastered) for hours on end.......

Ooooh! I'm gonna start a thread......!!
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:42 am

mikenz66 wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:Me, if I must listen to an 80's band that is still hanging on, let it be Crowded House.

At least someone has good taste. As I recall, the Finn brothers come from the same small NZ town as Ven Huifeng of E-Sangha fame...

Mike


I think I'll hang out with you guys! You might be interested to know, the Finn's band that preceded Crowded House, Split Enz, reformed briefly to play at a Victorian Bushfires Benefit Concert a week or so ago. From all accounts, it was a good concert.

Me, I'm waiting patiently for the new Bob Dylan album Together through life: http://www.bobdylan.com/
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:49 am

Hi fede

Fede wrote:And I could listen to Mike Oldfield's Tubular bells (the Original, not the re-mastered) for hours on end....


I actually do. But I listen to the 2003 version. Its not just remastered, Oldfield re-recorded it after correcting the musical mistakes that he didn't have the time for when he had access to the studio in somebody's castle for two days as a 19-year-old. I actually think the 2003 is musically far superior to the original.
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:52 pm

retrofuturist wrote:You two dunces can go sit in the corner

As I recall, that's where all the 'cool' people hang out :tongue:
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:44 pm

Ah, me--I guess I'll have to hang out in the antechamber! :lol I'm VERY Olde School. The Metropolitan Opera has all (and I do mean ALL) their Opera videos and audios on line in HD streaming format for $14 a month... I've been hooked up for days. This was like giving the keys to the liquor cabinet to an alcoholic. Now when I go out i public I communicate in song.

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Kare » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:53 pm

Shame on you all! As good Theravadists you should stay with The Teaching of the Elders in music as well as in the Dhamma!

Anything later than Bach is nothing but Mahayana of music, not to mention the Tantrayana of pop and rock!

In order to be converted to the True Theramusic, take a look at this video where L'Arpeggiata performes a simple song by Monteverdi - simple, but refined, with exquisite style and improvisations:

http://www.amazon.de/Teatro-dAmore-Chri ... 975&sr=8-3
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:16 pm

Hmm, isn't Mayahana post 1960s?
Ben wrote:Me, I'm waiting patiently for the new Bob Dylan album Together through life: http://www.bobdylan.com/

Yes, that was a surprise, given the rate he's been releasing albums for the last decade or so...

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:22 pm

Kare wrote:Shame on you all! As good Theravadists you should stay with The Teaching of the Elders in music as well as in the Dhamma!

Anything later than Bach is nothing but Mahayana of music, not to mention the Tantrayana of pop and rock!

In order to be converted to the True Theramusic, take a look at this video where L'Arpeggiata performes a simple song by Monteverdi - simple, but refined, with exquisite style and improvisations:

http://www.amazon.de/Teatro-dAmore-Chri ... 975&sr=8-3


That was amazing! Thanks Kare!
I love the hammer dulcimer. Those other instruments look and sound incredible, and, WHAT A VOICE!
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:26 pm

Bach is all well and good, if one likes Abhidhamma music, but I grew up on plainsong of the Gregorian variety, in other words back as close as we can get to original music.
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Kare » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:08 pm

tiltbillings wrote:Bach is all well and good, if one likes Abhidhamma music,


Bach Abhidhamma music? He he ... I liked that one! :clap:

but I grew up on plainsong of the Gregorian variety, in other words back as close as we can get to original music.


Gregorian? That one is pre-buddhistic ... it goes back to Rig Veda ... :twisted:

The true Middle Way is late Renaissance and early Baroque music. :anjali:
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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:19 pm

Monteverdi was the guy; if it weren't for him, there wouldn't be opera. Orfeo et Euridice still holds its own. Nor should we overlook Palestrina; definitely a Thera.

Bach's Cantatawerks and Masses are terrific vocal experiences too.

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Re: Yes, Pet Shop Boys

Postby Kare » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:41 am

Ben wrote:
Kare wrote:Shame on you all! As good Theravadists you should stay with The Teaching of the Elders in music as well as in the Dhamma!

Anything later than Bach is nothing but Mahayana of music, not to mention the Tantrayana of pop and rock!

In order to be converted to the True Theramusic, take a look at this video where L'Arpeggiata performes a simple song by Monteverdi - simple, but refined, with exquisite style and improvisations:

http://www.amazon.de/Teatro-dAmore-Chri ... 975&sr=8-3


That was amazing! Thanks Kare!
I love the hammer dulcimer. Those other instruments look and sound incredible, and, WHAT A VOICE!
Cheers

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Yes, there are some really good counter-tenors these days. Although this singer should perhaps rather be classified as a male soprano. I met another male soprano at an early music workshop in Norway some years ago. He had a normal speaking voice, but his singing voice was a clear and beautiful soprano - very apt for 17th century songs. He came from Argentina, and he told me that his voice was not accepted or appreciated there, due to the macho culture of his homeland, so he had lived through lots of hardship. He was almost moved to tears when he told how he had met acceptance and appreciation in Europe. Dukkha turned to sukha!
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