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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday 1/30/08

Mother McCree is it Wednesday already? Lordee... Time vanishes as quickly as I can capture it. To quote the late Justin Wilson, how y'all be?

The content's a little thin this week, I'll admit, but I've had to catch up on my z's after a very long week filled with lots of overtime, which I'm grateful to get in these tough times. When I'm not at the office, I've been running my butt off taking care of a very sick wife who is routinely ill, but finally her doctors seem ready to do something about it, cue the tabernacle...

It's when the chips are at their fewest when music becomes the deepest salvation and though I'm taking more of a conservative approach towards the finances this year (forced circumstances or not, I'm tired of watching all the savings go out the damn door), I put my anger and frustration into the therapeutic pools of good vibes, healing vibes, tunes that mean something and give me strength aside from escapism. Music is our single greatest gift to mankind, because everyone can listen, regardless of language barriers or walks of life. It's the one mode of communication that anyone with the grace of hearing can tune into and receive and draw something personally from it.

That being said, Fugazi got a lot of play this week, as did the soundtracks to the canceled HBO show Six Feet Under, a show which has impacted my writing the past five years in tremendous ways. It was a beautiful show and while I can certainly live without t.v. if I'm forced to, I truly miss this one. Listening to the music inspiring the show's primary writers has me thinking about assembling a CD of music that charges and energizes my writing, and I'm so inspired that the few minutes I have to myself anymore has been spent on a new semibiographical fiction story that's unraveling wonderfully like a tapestry containing something emotional and robust beneath. The tentative title is "Escape From Yuppieville" and it's an angst piece about getting older in a rapidly advancing world ready to make you obsolete ahead of your time and sticking to a scene that doesn't necessarily belong to you anymore. Plus it'll focus on a lot social commentary in both dark and light ways assuming I do my job correctly.

The music I listen to in the upcoming months outside of promo CDs will be even more diverse and eclectic as I hedge the voice of the project and try to heal some bad feelings about life because I've had a good life in the grand perspective regardless of the hardships that everyone contends with, some in worse measures; we all must experience the highs and the lows in order to define ourselves as individuals, and that's what I hope resonates the loudest with "Escape From Yuppieville."

K, that's it's for now, buh bye, thanks for reading as always...

Fugazi - 13 Songs
Fugazi - Repeater + 3 Songs
Fugazi - A Steady Diet of Nothing
Six Feet Under soundtrack
Six Feet Under soundtrack Vol. 2: Everything Ends
Unsane - Blood Run
Unsane - Visqueen
Unsane - Occupational Hazard
Adrenalin OD - The Wacky Hi-Jinx of AOD
Death Angel - Killing Season
The Smithereens - Especially For You
Zodiac Mindwarp - Rock Savage
Earth - The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Morrissey - Bona Drag
Skid Row - Subhuman Race
Bushwhack - S/T
Husker Du - New Day Rising


bob_vinyl said...

Kiss - s/t
Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
Kiss - Dressed to Kill
Kiss - Destroyer
Kiss - Rock and Roll Over
Kiss - Love Gun
Kiss - Dynasty
Kiss - Unmasked
Kiss - Creatures of the Night
(yeah, I skipped the Elder)
Watts - One Below the All Time Low
Hackman - The New Normal
Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
Bad Habit - demo
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer - Scematics
The Mars Volta - Bedlam in Goliath
Mongrels - Oshawa
Thieves and Liars - When Dreams Become Reality
Danger Radio - Punch Your Lights Out
The Everybody Fields - Nothing is Okay
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All

dschalek said...

Svartsyn- Timeless Reign
Brain Drill- Apocalyptic Feasting
Nifelheim- Envoy Of Lucifer
Averse Sefira- Advent Parallax
Insision- Ikon
Infinited Hate- Orchestra Of Sickness
Decrepit Birth- Diminishing Between Worlds
Impaled- The Last GAsp

JP said...

yearghhh Unsane!

My frequent spins:

Om: Entire discography
Sleep: Entire discography
Kiss: s/t (Here's looking at you, vinylman)
Soundgarden: Down On The Upside
Down: NOLA
Clutch: From Beale Street To Oblivion
Miles Davis: It's about that time
Tool: Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus
Circus Of Power: Magic & Madness
Hawkwind: Doremi Fasol Latido
Jerry Cantrell - Degradation Trip
Ian Anderson: The Secret Language Of Birds
Earth: The bees made honey in the lion's skull

cjk_44 said...

Ray, keep your head up.

Can anyone answer the question if Byzantine broke up or not?

1. Byzantine – Oblivion Beckons
2. Testament – The New Order
3. In Flames – Clayman
4. Jimi Hendrix – Blues
5. Faith No More – King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
6. Guns N Roses – Chinese Democracy (just seeing if everyone is paying attention)

bob_vinyl said...

I've seen things about the breaking up very recently in several places, but I don't remember where. I think one was Wikipedia, but they also had the thing about Ian Mackaye being dead, so who knows.

Ian Aiken said...

1. VADER - Impressions In Blood
2. OPETH - The Roundhouse Tapes, Morningrise
3. MELECHESH - Emissaries, Sphynx
4. BOLT THROWER - The IVth Crusade
5. YES - Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer
6. VOIVOD - Phobos

David Amulet said...

Oh, Bob. So much KISS, so little time ...

I've only got 5 in my car's changer:

King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
Annihilator, Never, Neverland
Cream, Disraeli Gears
Andy Taylor, Thunder (subject of my last post)
Tool, Aenima

-- david

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Let me be the clarifier of what's up with Byzantine as I've been keeping tabs on them and I received a very lovely email from one of their wives in response to my review... Three of the four band members are newly fathers, with one to be a daddy in a couple months. They've nobly put their touring ambitions on the backburner to be there for their children, which I admire like you don't even know since Oblivion Beckons is the album to break them. I'm humbled by their selfless devotion to family considering how incredible the new album is, but they're still a band, just not doing a lot of touring until the moment's right.

cjk, I caught ya, haahaha, and thanks for the nice words here and off-site...I carry a lot more darkness inside me than I'll ever admit to anyone, and life is indeed a constant struggle and I have issues about where I personally stand in this life now that I'm getting older and things change but not always for the good, but also plenty of good as well. I have a lot of things to examine about myself and my life and figure out what to do with it all. But thank you for concern; I certainly don't want to turn this site into my personal kleenex, but I make Wednesday my personal touch day, if anything to interact with you guys who faithfully support the site, which of course keeps me doing it. Cheers, bro...

Bob, you're right where I was a couple weeks ago, pouring on Kiss in heavy doses; it's weird that once you crave to hear them, it's a huge fill of it. I knew you'd have the new Mars I need ask how it is?

Dschalek, my brother, you are always the most extreme of us every week. How's that hand, bud?

JP, not into Unsane, eh? Hmm, I know they're repetitive, but they are a fine punk band and one of the best live acts I've ever seen...they own the stage and share their beer with the audience...aces, man....awesome list, BTW

Ian, another week of no Sabbath? Who is this imposter anyway? I have a stack of Yes ready to spin today, as you will find a review of their new DVD today... :)

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

and David, you just snuck in behind my comments as I was write...always glad to see ya, bro...I need to pull out some King Crimson, particularly after hearing Jon Anderson talk about how he saw them as Yes was refining itself and was shattered by their greatness

JP said...

It was an appreciative yeargh, Ray! Visqueen was one of my favourite 2007 albums.

dschalek said...


I hope that your wife is well. Put the new Dismember on the list.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Ah yes, the new Dismember came in the box this week, I shall check it out soon, hopefully...

Cool, sorry for the misinterpretation, JP :)

Ian Aiken said...

I think I'm saving up for Sabbath, not listening to them on purpose.
I'm jamming a lot of Opeth these days. Every album they've done is killer. Not a bad one at all.
At the moment I started reading the Kiss book "Behind the Mask" so I'm sure I'll be jamming some of their stuff in the next few weeks.

As far as King Crimson I'm still pulling out Red, Discipline, and Three of a Perfect Pair. Fripp is one of a kind I'll say that.
I also see that Meshuggah is supposed to have a new album out soon, can't wait for that.