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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 4/30/08

Howdy-do, faithful lot... Hope the week is being kind to you. Typical end-of-month frustration this week, but that's to be expected in the mortgage business.

This past weekend I was down at the ocean and though the only time I had a chance to drift away by myself and sort out my always jumbled thoughts was for a long stroll at the tide on Saturday morning (where a school of dolphins jumped out near the tide's rolls, easily the closest view I've had yet), I still managed to do a slight bit of sorting out. Some adjustments to my life and schedule will be forthcoming as soon as I can stop having to react to immediate pressures that's holding me up, and luckily that's a foreseeable prospect.

Over the weekend I had a chance to spend time with multiple people down at the beach, but I had the most fun in the company of an old friend of my wife's who I finally got to sit down and know a little bit after hearing her name for over a decade. Turns out she's a small bit of a metalhead herself, point in her favor. Let's just say Saturday night was one of the craziest I've had in a bit and though I'm no lush or regular drunk, what I put down that night borders on ridiculous. A lot of laughter, a couple of spilled beers and though I was woken up without mercy a few hours after getting back to the hotel, I pushed and crawled myself back on sleep deprivation and the trails of a hangover that fortunately never came.

Sometimes you need to be a bit of an idiot in order to preserve your sanity, so long as you're not being a douchebag in the process. Luckily I was just a bit klutzy and very goofy instead of brawling it out like the pair of jerks were doing outside the bar. I sometimes wonder what the whole point is in going out to drink socially if you're going to maul someone else in the process. Oh well, guess one can't alter centuries of ingrained human behavior.

Lots of music spinning in my various rooms and the only television I've managed to watch outside of The Perfect Storm (appropriate after returning from the beach and wanting to wrap myself in a cocoon the rest of the day) is the Stanley Cup playoffs. I also had a very enlightening phone conversation the other day with someone I've interviewed already and I feel as if the decisions I'm about to make in my part-time life are validated. It's nice to speak to established musicians as regular joes with no agenda; it's a reminder that they're people like everyone else, despite the sometimes larger-than-life stature being or having been in a well-known band tends to carry.

This week I've been spinning the new King's X album XV quite a bit. Always reliable, always on-point, never stretching beyond their already formidable capabilities, King's X is like the music friend that's always there, even if they're in the grand scheme of things, a cult rock band. Still, they command serious industry respect and whether you're a fan or not, you have to admire their musical conviction. I've likewise been spinning quite a bit of Crimson Glory on one extreme, the new Ihsahn on another and if that isn't varied enough, how about some electro-pop-surf-twang from the duo known as Electrocute? It's a weird world living in my shoes but ultimately rewarding...

King's X - XV
Ihsahn - Angl
Crimson Glory - S/T
Crimson Glory - Transcendence
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Cursed - Two
Cursed - Three
Spiritual Beggars - S/T
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Motley Crue - Theatre of Pain
Korn - Issues
Korn - See You On the Other Side
Faithless - Insominia CD single
Ice Cube - War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Album)
Electrocute - On the Beat EP
MSG - In the Midst of Beauty
Warrel Dane - Praises to the War Machine
Benedictum - Seasons of Tragedy
The Cult - Sonic Temple
36 Crazyfists - The Tide and Its Takers
Mortal Kombat Motion Picture Soundtrack


Bob said...

Ray – Sounds like you had a good time. I imbibed a little too much myself last night watching the Pens stick it to the Rangers.

Clutch – Elephant Riders
Clutch – Blast Tyrant
High on Fire – Art of Self Defense
The Sword – Gods of the Earth
Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake

Metal Mark said...

I have been listening to these...
Glamnation vol.3 (compilation)
Klone-All seeing eye
Your Highness Electric-Grand Hooded Phantom
Diamond Lane-Save this city
For Friday-Ekklesia
Roxy Blue-Want some?
Violent Force-Malevolent assault of tomorrow
Bang Tango-Psycho Cafe
Asphalt Ballet-s/t

bob_vinyl said...

Simple Minds - Life in a Day
Simple Minds - Reel to Real Cacophony
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
Simple Minds - Once Upon a Time
Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
Police - Ghost in the Machine
THe - BAcksliders - You're Welcome
The Explicits
The Drift - Ceiling Sky
Ministry and Co-Conspirators - Cover Up
Iron Maiden - s/t

Plus, I found an old mix tape that I made for the beach back in 1990 and I listened to that. I wouldn't make the same tape today, but I did still like pretty much everything on this one.

Ben said...

Glad to see King's X given some rare respect--I've been enjoying XV quite a bit too, and I'm checking their website every day for tour updates.

Also digging:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!
The Giraffes - Prime Motivator
Boris - Smile
Meshuggah - obZen
Local H - 12 Angry Months

David Amulet said...

Sounds relaxing. I'm officially jealous.

My six:

Rush, Vapor Trails
Motorhead, Ace of Spades
Arena, Immortal?
Genesis, Trespass
Metal Church, s/t
Boris Grebenshikov, Radio Silence

cjk_44 said...

1. King’s X – XV
2. Tool – 10,000 Days
3. Dominici – 03: A Trilogy – Part 3
4. King Diamond – Them
5. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
6. The Alarm – Standards

The reality of this list is that I listened to the new King's X about 25 times and the other five once each.

Ian Aiken said...

1. OPETH - Watershed, Still Life 5.1 mix, Orchid
3. VITAL REMAINS - Forever Underground
4. CARCASS - Symphonies of Sickness
6. FOO FIGHTERS - The Colour and the Shape
7. JOURNEY - Escape
8. INIQUITY - The Hidden Lore
9. EDGE OF SANITY - Crimson
10. MISFITS - Walk Among Us
11. DAN SWANO - Moontower
12. STEVE HOWE - Skyline, The Steve Howe Album, Turbulence

DPTH International said...

I've been listening to:

Iron Maiden: Number / Powerslave
Testament: The Gathering/Demonic
Tyr: How Far To Asgaard
Eluveitie: Slania
Heirot: Ragnarok

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

mornin' fellas, sorry for the delayed response

Bob, by now things have gotten slightly sticky in the playoffs; how about that Detroit massacare of Colorado the other night? Ouch.
I already know Elephant Riders will be on next week's list because I (think) I recall stuffing it into my road bag.

Mark, lots of names even I haven't heard of yet over there. Interesting circles you're in.

Bob V, good to see some Maiden amidst the SM and Police, not that there's anything wrong with those! Funny, I remember you saying you making that tape back then, lol...

Ben, I've been a King's X fan for a good while, though it took me a bit to warm up to the first album, but Gretchen and Dogman are two of my top plays of theirs. I just love the fact that they do what they do and don't cave into pressure to be heavier or faster or more trendy. Rock troubadours, to say the least. Cheers on the Boris...

David, yeah, it was relaxing for the most part; I think my beach walk and our goofing around in the wee hours on Saturday night was the best part, though I did hang out with the dudes for awhile, and that was also quite chill

cjk, you've got me beat, bro, and I spun it frequently, lol

Ian, good mix; I always like a person unafraid to admit spinning some Journey amidst such heavier music and thus far it appears Opeth's Blackwater Park is going to be next week's front runner; I'm totally stuck on it

dpth, cool on the Tyr; did you hear the new Testament yet?

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