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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 5/28/08

How goes, everyone? Hope you all had a nice, relaxing Memorial weekend! Ours was pretty fast-paced but in the midst of it all, some wonderful and kind moments surfaced to take the edge off of things.

First, raise your hand, class, if you went and saw Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! Though we're broke all the way to end of this week, the family generously took us out to see it and though I'm hearing some random grumblings from people out there, I'm also hearing a lot of positive feedback and I personally enjoyed it quite a bit. Harrison Ford is an inspiration to be gallavanting and submitting his body to such a physical display, considering he did a lot more of it than people realize. Though the film is only better than Temple of Doom, in this day and age when most action films are utterly artificial thanks to the gross embellishments of CGI, it's refreshing to see a traditional action movie that only uses CGI intermittently when absolutely called for. Go on and check it out if you haven't already; it's a blast from the past worth engaging...

So our big news this week comes in the form of a five-month-old boy named Troy who will be coming into our home in a foster care situation. While the state will attempt to reunify the boy with his estranged mother and we will have to be supportive of those efforts, who's to say where it might lead down the road? We are overjoyed to finally have a child bless our home, and I'm humbled beyond words that my family and friends rose to the occasion with immeasurable generosity to ease the burden of this sudden development. Frankly, with having to skim by for ten days with just about nothing in the account after paying the mortgage and other bills, and then being told at the last minute this little guy would be joining us, I was scared out of my mind, so much I was going to ask to bargain a few days until pay day!

But the day has been saved with the incredible kindness we've been shown as family members and dear friends stepped up and provided us with a crib, stroller, pack 'n play, mattress, portable high chair, blankets, car seat, a giant saucer playset and all of the basic essentials with which to get started. We were also extended invaluable kindness from the local church, which handed us an entire bag of boys' clothes and socks, bottles, a diaper pail and other supplements so that come pay day we'll be able to focus on formula and diapers. We've also been handed financial donations to the cause and I'm simply overwhelmed by all that the universe and the almighty has provided through the charity of our loved ones. Frankly, I'm honored to know so many people with such caring hearts and my gratitude goes out to each and every one of you for your support!

Okay, moving on to the topic of music before this turns into The Baby Blog, suffice it to say getting the news of Troy's upcoming arrival superseded other things, though I've managed to sneak in plenty of music outside of Sirius. I even managed to blast out a bunch of reviews late Friday night and received some of the most gracious feedback and praise from the artists (a few well-known, some not so much yet) and their publicists that it made me feel my efforts are so worthwhile. I'm a little stuck on the new Filter album Anthems For the Damned along with a mixed bag of The Pretenders, The Kinks and Pelican, along with the zany fun of jazz trio bastardization from Here Comes Everybody. That being said, cough 'em up, kiddos...

Filter - Anthems For the Damned
The Kinks - Well-Respected Kinks
The Pretenders - The Singles
Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
Pelican - City of Echoes
Meat Beat Manifesto - 99%
Paris Combo - Live
Billie Holiday - Greatest Hits
Elvis Presley - 30 #1 Hits
Puscifer - "V" Is For Viagra - The Remixes
American Speedway - Ship of Fools
Totimoshi - Milagrosa
Melvins - Nude With Boots
Deadbird - Twilight Ritual
Electrocute - On the Beat EP
Here Comes Everybody - The Veronica Project
Blue Skies For Black Hearts - Serenades and Hand Grenades
The Secret - Disintoxication
36 Crazyfists - The Tide and Its Takers


Bob said...

I’m in a serious rut, but I’m too lazy to change the CDs in my car.

Social Distortion – Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Clutch – Blast Tyrant
Demiricous – Two
Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake
The Sword – Gods of the Earth

bob_vinyl said...

Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
Grateful Dead - Wake of the Flood
Between the Buried and Me - Colors
Pink Floyd - Works
Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Judas Priest - Metal Works
Thrice - Alchemy Index Vol. III (I still need to listen to Vol IV, but I misplaced the CD)
Manraze - Surreal
Left Lane Cruiser - Bring Yo Ass to the Table

countshockula said...

Listening to my playlist for my new radio show!
bands include:
Gorilla Biscuits
Black Sabbath
The Swans
Faith no More
Bad Brains
Black Elk
Angel Witch and more.
Anyone wants to check it out: Tuesdays 2-4p.m. 93.7 fm (low power) Streaming
(our newish community radio station here on the strange island of Martha's Vineyard

countshockula said...

How's that Melvins record by the way?

Fred Charles said...

Been listening to a lot of stuff:

Yes - The Yes Album
Firewater - The Golden Hour
Zappa - Wazoo
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
Rush - Snakes and Arrows
Cop Shoot Cop - Consumer Revolt
Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Om - Pilgrimage

cjk_44 said...

yep, I went to the Prog Nation 2008 show here in D.C. this past Monday.

1. Opeth – entire studio catalogue
2. Dream Theater – entire studio catalogue
3. Three – Wake Pig
4. Between the Buried and Me – The Silent Circus
5. Engel – Absolute Design
6. Nightrage – Sweet Vengeance
7. Katatonia – Brave Yester Days (disc 2)
8. Ozzy – Diary of A Madman

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Bob 1, if you're going to be in a rut, at least it's on a good playlist!

BobV, after watching The History of RNR on DVD, I might have to open up my stance on the Dead and relisten for re-evaluation...are you digging BTBAM at all?

Count, congrats on the radio show! Sounds like you're in a serene (if touristy) location. I'm envious! The new Melvins is very good, mostly rock solid. If you get to catch them live, do it at once. BobV and I saw them last year (or maybe 2006) and they opened as Big Business then 5 minutes later came back as The Melvins and ripped the place apart. Massive performance.

Hey, Fred, good to see ya, bud. Nice list.

cjk, I could kick myself with steel shanks, because I was supposed to be on two of the lists for Prog Nation and got so swamped in my life I never followed through. AAAAAAGH! That was the one show I wanted to make room in the schedule for. Piss piss piss...

bob_vinyl said...

You should reconsider the Dead. They're inconsistent, but over the course of their career, they probably became the best example of purely American music.

BTBAM is OUTSTANDING! I wish I had heard it sooner.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

yeah, I was overzealous in my Dead dismissal, but the footage on that DVD outside of the still-boring "Touch of Grey" was really good.

I'm happy you're enjoying BTBAM. That was my Metal Album of the Year last year. Really cool guys too.

countshockula said...

Ray, glad to hear the melvins still bring it. I think I've seen them more than any other band. I saw 'em on the same tour, in Northhampton and both them and big business were awesome!

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

oh yeah, man, they're totally worthy of iconic measures... Nirvana who?

David Amulet said...

I've been on the road this week--but only figuratively, so I haven't had my usual 6 car CDs to listen to. But I have listened to these on my iPod:

Dream Theater, Train of Thought
Rush, A Farewell to Kings
Genesis, Trespass
Earth, The Bees ...
Black Sabbath, s/t
Skeptoid podcasts
Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcasts

DPTH International said...

Good luck with Troy!