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Music Discussion Thread Dec. 13, 2018: The Accidental Persian Flaw

Let’s discuss any and all music here. You’ve got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Do you have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here, but do please remember to also pay attention to the more niche threads; if your post would either fit better or equally well in one of them, please post it there as well. Your comments are the foundation or our green, pitted paradise. Spread them far and wide.

This week’s prompt: The Persian Flaw is an intentional flaw inserted into a work1 to keep it from perfection. That’s almost what I’m going for here. I’m lookin’ for a choice that wasn’t meant to suck, but nevertheless… sucks. What’s that one decision the artist made that keeps a piece of work you love from being perfect? It can be an unfortunate lyric, a confounding edit…  one (or more) thing(s) that makes your inner Maxwell Smart say, “Missed it by that much.”

For example: Soft Machine’s first record is a masterpiece of early progressive rock, but they decided to pan the drums all the way over to the right channel. This robs a powerful performance of its full impact. I made myself a mono mix of this record in audacity and it frickin’ kicks, y’all. Massive.

And here’s another one that really burns my bacon. Brian Eno’s song Put A Straw Under Baby is a fun lullaby, but for some reason he decided to invite the Portsmouth Sinfonia2 into the studio for stringed overdubs. It doesn’t work for me.

The Well, It’s New To Me department: Here’s where I highlight a recent reissue that deserves a fresh look. This week, our highlight is The Beta Band. Their first two records and compilation of their first three EPs are being repressed on vinyl by French label Because Music. They are all well worth your time and attention. My only quibble with them is that they are pressing them at 45 r.p.m. which, while improving the quality and base line decibel level, makes it a chore while listening; Having to flip the record after two or three songs per side. But fear not, y’all. They also come with the songs on CD for ease of listening/ripping. Here’s a favorite song of theirs, Eclipse.

It’s got a laid back groove, some pretty harmonies, and a fun little call and response bit that explains why I still refer to recreational marijuana use as “Smokin’ some pizza pie.”

So share a flaw or two and what’s new to you. And as always, rock out with your guac out.