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Apr 7, 2020
Underrated? Yes. Rousing, vibrant, fun music in the Pop vein? Yes. AM Radio play? Yes. Live, was it worth it? Yes. Except, I could never settle my conscience when Ron Mael stomped around in his Nazi-like regalia. The irony of it all, I suppose helped justify the foolishness. Favorite track: Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth. Favorite cover of your favorite track: Martin Gore "Counterfeit" '89. Word. - daFigz™
Apr 6, 2020
Where were you in 1999? Well? Not talking I see. Hmm. Okay, enough of my silliness. At the time, I was in Seattle, where I roamed around the village adjacent to the University of Washington's campus, searching for this album. My primary objective was to find a copy of "Agætis Byrjun." "Was I successful," you ask? Why yes, I certainly was. But, it took a lot of record shop visits, and compact disc flipping to find me a copy. Once obtained, I flew home to Kauai where I ... read more
Apr 1, 2020*
Let me begin by offering the following quotes. AOTY contributor @holsgr gives it a "( ☆½ ) — u n b e a r a b l e". While @lemuriams scores Lipa's album at 84 citing that it's an "Absolute pop revelation!" @TreyLikesBands scores it @ 90 while @Kengoji™ scores it at 5 writing, "I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU" ...which, to me, admirably covers the spectrum of the love/hate directed at this neo-retro album. By the way, each of these ... read more
Mar 30, 2020
Style-wise Freedom To Glide's sound is not dissimilar to Big Big Train. What I'm saying is that FTG's style is definitely "Cross-Over" Progressive Rock. Andy Nixon's guitar work reminds me of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour due to its unadulterated no effects, no Frippertronics sound. It's a very well executed guitar playing to be sure. And Nixon's voice reminds me of a smoother John Wetton which is not a bad thing at all. Thematically this is FTG's second installment in their war trilogy. ... read more
Mar 30, 2020
Rick Miller was unknown to me until today where I discovered his music via a BC tag search of Symphonic Rock. Mind you, this style label is a bit confounding (to me) in as much as it should read Synth Prog. Regardless, I streamed the record and found myself alternating between two thoughts. One, this sounds derivative. And two, what a pretty record. Frankly the longer the record played the more I found myself enjoying the moody sounds and deft instrumentation. Yes, "Belief In The ... read more
Mar 28, 2020
Mar 25, 2020
Don't mention it Mr. daFigz™
Mar 24, 2020
Hey, I have a song out! When you have the chance to, give it a listen. Haven't added it to AOTY yet, so here the YouTube music video link:


I wrote this song and filmed the video while in quarantine. Took many inspirations from Chinese folk and alt-country. The concept of the video and song, I'll leave as a surprise (no spoilers of course), plus it's up to interpretation. Hope I can cheer some people up and get everyone together in these uncertain times, enjoy!
Mar 22, 2020
Love to be a part of the AOTY community! :)
Mar 14, 2020
if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)
Mar 14, 2020
Which album would you love to see turn into a movie?
Mar 10, 2020
@daFigz™ Thank You very much for the follow. Your music taste is absolutely excellent. m8." - @Kengoji™
Mar 10, 2020
Thanks!!! I try to sample as many different kinds of music as I can :D
Feb 25, 2020
I'm exploring a new rating scheme that is based upon 5 stars where each star is equal to 20 points. The total points are accumulated and subsequently divided by the total number of tracks to arrive at an aggregate score for an album being rated. Simple? daFigz™ votes, yes!
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