Discussion in 'SBAF Blogs' started by MuppetFace, Dec 10, 2016.
Hey, hey 'Boris - Dear' is out! (I was looking forward to that, then I lost track.)
I've loved GY!BE for at least 15 years. Saw them do an amazing, hypnotic set at Coachella.
Not that they've done anything in a long time, but are you a Stereolab fan?
If you're planning on buying a physical version of the release, be advised the Daymare CD from Japan comes with three exclusive tracks.
In typical, frustrating Boris fashion.
I do like Stereolab, though more as an entity that existed and created a vast body of work. I find that---for me at least---their albums become a bit hard to distinguish from one to the next, so I tend to invoke them collectively lmao.
Though I do recall driving along in downtown Houston one fall, the skies clear and the temperatures unseasonably seasonable (that is, chilly); I can vividly remember hearing their Margerine Eclipse album for the first time and melting into a puddle of piezoelectric jelly.
I was a sucker for Emperor Tomato Ketchup when it came out, the last one I really got into was Cobra and Phases... but I'm now doing a dive into their later stuff too.
I used to buy every Boris/boris release in LP and CD and in every variation of each. That took a lot of time and money. After they started doing extremely limited releases that I missed out on, I lost some of that enthusiasm for being a Boris completist. Thanks for the Japanese Daymare CD tip. (Some of that Boris collecting bug is still active in me.)
For some strange reason Fang decided not to sell his latest iems in China...seems like his compatriotes are not fans of his stuff, so I can't try the Hifiman stuff here.
How are the Westone 80? Found the 60 nothing to write home about.
Music wise, recently listened to:
Abra - Princess
Aynur Hevra - Together
Gordon Downie - Secret Path (important work of art with an anime with the album)
Jay Reatard - Blood Vision
Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
Maki Asakawa (not new)
Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Maths
Mariah - Utakata no Hibi (not new)
Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
Moodyman - DJ Kicks and Kenny Dixon Jr
Nadine Shah - Fast Food
How considerate. Although I suppose it's the sort of profession that would leave you badly needing (and deserving) a vacation pretty much all the time.
Hope this week brings you some good news, @MuppetFace.
Also hope you have a significant other / best friend in "real life" to share all this crap with. If not, at least you have lots of Super Best Friends - and some of those are sure to live close by
Hey there folks. I’ve realized for some time that my ‘blog’ here needed an update; it’s one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind and seems destined to live there perennially. A lot of things have changed for me over the past year or so: some things for the worse, but a lot of things for the better. Still more exists as neither here nor there, just different.
I still get notes on that other forum asking me what gear I’ve been using lately or what I’d back in some hypothetical showdown between two legendary headphones. I find these kinds of questions charming, even though I have no intention of answering. That’s not an elitist thing either: there’s just not enough time in the day to write out all the responses. As for notes asking for advice, I learned one crucial fact early on in my days as a headphone “expert” or whatever:
Nine times out of ten, people asking for advice already know what they’re gonna do. The reason they’re asking for your opinion on the matter is for validation. They want to be told that what they want is the right thing to want.
It might sound absurd to some of you, but it’s true. I cannot recount how many times I’ve gotten into the verbal equivalent of a Greco-Roman wrestling match, trying to “advise” someone to stay far away from Product A or to reconsider Product B. Sometimes they will out themselves completely, becoming defensive when they start hearing the answer they didn’t want to hear. They will literally argue with you over your opinion, when they came to you asking for advice. At one point I considered this a Devil’s Advocate approach, an attempt to draw out more reasoning for my suggestions. But no. In the end, they will politely thank you for your help despite going ahead and doing the thing they were originally going to do anyway.
“Thanks, but I think I’m going to go ahead with the deal on the HD700...”
We all have an infinite void in our lives, and we all try to fill it at one point or another, in one way or another. The cycle of consumerism is merely the attempt to fill those abyssal depths with finite things. That ever changing object of desire: I’ve embarrassed myself enough on that site by talking about it. The latest headphone or amp or DAC not only promises an end to some fabricated “journey,” but it also seems to offer a semblance of self fulfillment. As if things will fall into place and our lives will finally receive that missing something-or-other.
Desire is a powerful thing. It’s an important motivator. We get addicted to the feeling, yet desire is desire only so long as it remains unfulfilled. As soon as we acquire that new pair of headphones or amp or DAC, the target shifts, and we start desiring something else. Ultimately we find disappointment as a finite thing falls into the bottomless pit, and so we move on to the next thing. The next promise for fulfillment.
The whole “journey” thing that was a popular notion five years ago or thereabouts is dishonest at best. When one is in this mode of desire, there is no endpoint: it’s a cycle. If it sounds like I’m being critical here, it’s only because of the smoke and mirrors. I have zero qualms about people collecting gear for the sake of, well, collecting gear. As long as we can be honest with ourselves, I don’t see much of a problem really. Sometimes it’s not “just about the music” y’know? Sometimes we’re just adults with the latest toys. And I think that’s fine in and of itself, provided it doesn’t bring about misery. People can easily burn themselves out—even suffer depression—over this stuff. At that point it’s no longer a hobby.
Anywho, here are a few quickies now that I’ve stepped off my rickety soapbox.
1. King Krule’s new album The Ooz is definitely a contender for album of the year IMHO. I’ll probably talk more about it later but... it's gotten under my skin and wrapped itself around my lizard brain.
2. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Focal Clear is one of the sexiest looking headphones ever. I mean look at that Beetlejuice sandworm inspired cable...
3. Hollow Knight is one of the best games ever. So is Quake Champions. What do they have in common? I find both to be extremely cute.
4. The new Bladerunner is satisfying.
5. I’m engaged. With that in mind, let me just say that two audio freaks who enable one another can be a dangerous thing. How dangerous? Visiting with a Sennheiser concierge dangerous.
To be continued...
That's not gonna stop people from asking...
Thank you for your time and effort in writing here. Your thoughts on the cycle of desire should be copied to the For Sale section here and stickied.
And of course, congratulations!
I mean, I guess compared to a wedding, audiophilia is a relatively inexpensive and high-returns investment. Or does Senn do registries these days?
I'm a little guilty of that. I was craving a little validation for liking the Atticus more then the Eikon, then felt better seeing @Marvey, you, and a few others here also preferring it that way too.
I should have just been more confident in my own decision...
I wouldn't argue over it, but still...
And congrats on the engagement. First marital advice, don't blend your record collections...
It is funny / strange.
Several people write me on HF asking for advice, and some tell me they have been following me for a while and immensely respect my opinion, which is very weird to me, because without false modesty, I don't know much. I just tried a lot of stuff but still don't really have a clue, and never pretend to.
What is funny / strange is that some people will actually take my advice as gospel, and that scares me. I do warn people that out tastes may differ. But some are still like : which one is better for you, OK I'll buy that one. So my experience is different vs. yours, scary in an opposite way.
I didn't know about a new King Kruse and will listen for sure.
So, as they say on the internet, @MuppetFace, you don't want that pair of HD700s as a wedding present?
I wonder how many times that conversation has happened. I'm not in any conceivable way a headphone expert. All I said was, don't you think you ought to check out what some trusted people on the net say about them. He had, and...
It's not just headphones but many things, people in general are always looking for validation of the decisions they've made, also @MuppetFace congrats! Planning a wedding is a lot of fun ^^
An my two cents on marriage, focus on the positives. When you do you'll always find happiness and you'll always be working towards it! Still finding another audio aficionado must be super awesome! Sharing a passion together makes for a great relationship
Finally I too love that cable, as terrifying as it is though ;3
Congratulations on the engagement!
Also Hollow Knight is a wonderful game to play, aesthetically pleasing, and has a pretty baller sound-track.
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