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I Love Gomez.

Gomez is, like, really worth your while, eh?

Gomez.

I am most familiar with "Split the Difference" and "Liquid Skin," with the nod going to "Split..."

However, I have "Bring It On" on vinyl and it is mui bueno.

I am least familiar with "In Our Gun," but you never know when one of their discs will take you over.

Last year, they did a live album that I haven't gotten yet - I'm saving it for when I really need it.

Anyway, listen to "Split the Difference" five times and it will move into your top 100 discs list and give you much pleasure.

Gomez.

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It's been ages since I've heard any. My ex-GF (with the Linn LP12) liked Gomez.

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Dude!

A GF who's into Linn and Gomez...lordy, what was wrong with her?

I guess there's always a potential deal killer, but, man!

Apologies if I was being overly familiar.

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There were a lot of things right, but, enough things wrong... with both of us.

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Damn, now Gomez is getting popular.

I went to a friend's for dinner on St. Paddy's day and they had a new "Hi Fi" digital Sirius adapter they run through their TV's speakers.

They had the thing set to "Coffee House," and who pops up but Gomez!

The week before, one of my wife's shows, House, was on, and the song at the end of the episode was a Gomez song.

I do admit to getting a little bummed when a favorite band becomes too popular, but for Gomez, I wish them all the best. Even if it's the Starbuck's crowd that breaks them out.

(I hate House.)

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Buddha,

Once again I must bring out the riding crop and beat the dead horse: Gomez is one of the many bands that have downloads of their live shows available on www.archive.org. In fact, there are 62 Gomez live shows for you to chose from. Since archive.org also has a streaming feature I will be listening to Gomez Live at The Wiltern on 2007-02-21, which is a soundboard/audience blend, right after my daily morning fix of Charlie Parker concludes.

My daily morning fix of Charlie Parker is the show "Bird Flight" on WKCR-FM (also available as a live internet stream, go to www.wkcr.org and click on the "live broadcast" link) which airs weekdays at 8:20am (E.S.T.) and is hosted by Phil Schaap.

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I never really cared for Gomez until I saw them live a few months back. They're really nice guys and put on a good show but im still not too crazy about their music.

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They pretty much stayed off my radar until "How We Operate" came out. That one got my attention.

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New Gomez!

Cut one: They are trying to be The Decemberists? Wait, no, it

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Hey Buddha, it seems like it would be difficult to enjoy the music when you've got all those other sonic benchmarks flying through your head. Nevertheless, I get the feeling that you did have fun! Cool post.

You know how, with tasting wine, there are certain foods or aromas that work as a palate cleanser? While reading this post on Gomez's new album, it occurred to me that a sort of sonic palate cleanser might be helpful.

So: Do you have any sonic palate cleansers?

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So: Do you have any sonic palate cleansers?

Spanic Boys.

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Hey Buddha, it seems like it would be difficult to enjoy the music when you've got all those other sonic benchmarks flying through your head. Nevertheless, I get the feeling that you did have fun! Cool post.

You know how, with tasting wine, there are certain foods or aromas that work as a palate cleanser? While reading this post on Gomez's new album, it occurred to me that a sort of sonic palate cleanser might be helpful.

So: Do you have any sonic palate cleansers?

That ancient Greek philosopher Ecclesiastes got it right when he said, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

As I get older and keep hearing more things, the number of things that remind me of other things gets larger.

I don't know if there's a sonic palate cleanser that is not somehow ingested.

The real trick is for an artist to steal from so many sources that the indiviual contributions are rendered invisible.

This is a top forty type example, but when Sheryl Crow's "Tuesday Night Music Club" came out, it was positively rippling with ripped off sonics, but it used such myriad sources that the resulting stew was startlingly familiar, but not to the point where each individual bit of sonic larceny took place. It was artfully done. (Not to endorse her product, just thinking of an example people would be familiar with.)

So, for me, the sonic palate cleanser is either making the sources of inspiration so multidudinous as to overwhelm the 'that sounds like' part of my brain, or start from one point of departure and evolve the sound to the point where the original referent becomes moot.

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That ancient Greek philosopher Ecclesiastes got it right when he said, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

So, for me, the sonic palate cleanser is either making the sources of inspiration so multidudinous so as to overwhelms the 'that sounds like' part of my brain, or start from one point of departure and evolve the sound to the point where the original referent becomes moot.

I hear you. Jon Iverson always tells me the same thing. Every time I try to share some "new" and "exciting" piece of music with him, he's all like, "Reminds me of..."

And I'm all like, "Argh. Foiled again!"

Even though I think I've heard a ton of music, I don't have the same sort of mental sonic multitudinousness, yet.

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That ancient Greek philosopher Ecclesiastes got it right when he said, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."


I think the quote is actually from the Book of Ecclesiastes from the Bible? I don't think it's a name of a philosopher. Probably the best cleanser is to step away from listening to music for a while. Go for a walk outside or something & hear the birds. If it has to be something related to sound, though, I find that listening to baseball on the AM does it for me for some weird reason...

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I think the quote is actually from the Book of Ecclesiastes from the Bible? I don't think it's a name of a philosopher.

Ecclesiastes was a professor of philosophy at Nehemiah University in old Athens; and was a contemporary of Isaiah, who was a famous Deuteronomist back in the day. It was Isaiah's work that lead western thought from Monoteronomy to Deuteronomy and later to the modern Tetrateronomy and Octateronomy.

Plato and Socates used to talk smack about them.

They worked with Heraclitus, the first audiophile, who is known to have started his famous observation as "No audiophile ever listens to the same Hi Fi system twice, for it's not the same system and he's not the same audiophile."

Later, he changed it to 'river,' and the rest is history.

Heck, Heraclitus even addressed the DBT debate: "Change alone is unchanging."

He was one heck of an audiophile.

So, there's some Ecclesiastes quotes in the Bible, you say?

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Touche

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Touche

My wife and I named our first kid Jacob.

We were telling her parents, and I added, "Apparently, there's some guy in the Bible with that name."

Her mom did the trout face, thinking I was surprised to have recently discovered the coincidence.

That Jacob guy was quite a character, though! Very human, yet great. I like that about him.

So, we have Jacob Wiley and Max Infinity.

Guess which one of us was in charge of middle names! (I won the middle naming rights by signing off all my rights for naming any female children, and it worked out in my favor... ...)

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Guess which one of us was in charge of middle names! (I won the middle naming rights by signing off all my rights for naming any female children, and it worked out in my favor... ...)


Dude, awesome! Score! I bet your boys love their middle names, too.

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They actually are quite happy about them.

Secret bonus: Both my wife and I have mothers named Sarah, so I knew what she'd choose, anyway.

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They actually are quite happy about them.

Secret bonus: Both my wife and I have mothers named Sarah, so I knew what she'd choose, anyway.

So shrewd!

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shoot, you know you just gave away (probably) one of your online bank account's "security questions".

Gonna have to change it to your first dog's name.

speaking of which (and Ecclesiastes etc),
did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac?

He tossed and turned all night, wondering if there really is a Dog.

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This thread has taken a turn.

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Just so you know, Gomez' new disc "A New Tide" is so good, the first two songs don't even sound like Gomez.

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Buddha,

do yourself a favor and pick up some KARATE albums.

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Buddha,

check out "In Our Gun"
definitely became my favorite Gomez record when i discovered it. My college roommate was super into them, thus i acquiesced, and grew to love, and then saw them a multitude of times live, including a 3-night run at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and an acoustic set at Bonnaroo in 2006.

How We Operate was a good record, with good songs, but nowhere near the creativity of Liquid Skin, In Our Gun, or Bring it On.

A New Tide was unfortunately boring and "mature". I hate it when bands mature. Thats code for being lazy.

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