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Fic recs! Music musings! TV musings!

Two recs for fics you must read now:

The Disappeared by uberaeryn. She's starting a spooky, multipart post-island fic where the castaways are starting to disappear, apparently one by one. (shivers)

Offstage Lines by ficangel. Fantastic gen (with promised J/S slash!) that picks up right where the finale ended. The tension between Locke and Jack mounts, Sawyer and Jin must fend off hungry sharks! Excellent stuff! She's up to 5 chapters already. Go, catch up!


Albums and such
I have a lot of "Best Of" albums and I'm concluding what a scam they are. They're really just a marketing tool (as we all know), because invariably they include a lot of later stuff in a band or artist's career, all the stuff you don't want! And they also invariably leave off several of your favorite songs so you're forced to get back albums anyway. (Or, just DL them. *whistles*)

Is there a "Best Of" album that doesn't do that? That truly is definitive? I'm very fond of Talk Talk's "Natural History," but I only knew three songs on the album when I got it. But say, The Psychedelic Furs. Where is "Into You Like a Train?" "Sleep Comes Down?" "India?" Instead we get some stuff from 1991! No good. Or if it's a band like The Smiths (yes, I'm mentally stuck in the '80s this week), then you get the same songs over and over in various compilations, like, ahem "Louder than Bombs."

Then again, if it's a band or album you really like, it's not a chore to get all, or nearly all the albums. Like "The Cure." I just want to hear "Head on the Door" all the way through, in its entirety. Breaking the songs up isn't sacrilege, but there are some albums, like U2's, I like to hear all the way through. Anymore, I don't think people listen to albums as a whole. I got a load of Joseph Arthur songs from luckinfovely (where are you, anyway, hon?) and I was listening to them all out of order. Then I listened to "Redemption's Son" as a whole and really loved it as an album. It even made me like some of the songs I hadn't liked as much at first.

So do you have any current or past albums you *must* listen to as a whole? Or am I just an old, old fogey?


Summer TV doldrums
I remain less than impressed with the crop of summer programming. "The 4400" last episode was so dull I'm not sure I'm going to keep watching. I could take or leave "Into the West." "The Closer" was gimmicky and I didn't like the main character. I could see they were trying to make her a tough, independent broad but she wasn't intriguing enough to balance out the roughness. I was disappointed in the interrogation scenes, which I gathered would be the gist of the whole show. Just makes me miss "Homicide: Life on the Street" even more. So far, nothing can touch the fic I've been reading!

Comments

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foxxcub
Jun. 16th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
DUDE. "Stripsearch". That's all I'm saying ;D

*dies*

I fucking LOVE VH1.
halfdutch
Jun. 16th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
;-D I'll have to check it out.
philomel
Jun. 16th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
I think Best Of albums are decent for introductions, if you don't know where else to begin, and for completists (like with U2, I got the best of's because, hey, second disc of b-sides? Yes please!). But most of the time they do seem incomplete and made only in the interest of reeling in more money. I've heard of far too many record companies putting out greatest hits without the artist's approval, sometimes after the artist had moved onto another label. Bastards.

Despite the downloading sickness (heh), I still prefer albums on the whole, listened to all at once. A good album begs to be listened to that way, cohesively. And if the album doesn't flow well from start to finish, just has a few great songs with filler, then I probably will never love the person or group. Music isn't just an art of writing songs, but of writing full complete works. :)
halfdutch
Jun. 16th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
OK, you've just convinced me I need to give you Joseph Arthur's albums as a whole and not just a mix. ;-D And so it shall be done. Eventually!

BTW: I didn't see at first that there was a song called "Emptily Through Holloway" on the CD you sent! Love!!! ;-D There's a Holloway Motel near me and I keep thinking I should take a picture and make an icon of it. Except maybe it's not quite as cool an idea as all that.
philomel
Jun. 17th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
Hee, was that geeky or what? I love the song, but I was rolling my eyes as I added it to the mix. *grins* I like the icon idea though. :) But again, I refer you to the geeky song choice. I'm not exactly a cool source of opinion, eh? ;)
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