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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesdays - 5/7/08

Glory be, another Wednesday, and perhaps if I had a theme song for the week, it'd be the Circle Jerks' "World Up My Ass." Sometimes things and people hit you from all directions without realizing you're being bombarded and while I wouldn't say this has been an overtly stressful week, the different voices and different demands have caused a lot of internal mindsweeping, to the point where I'm ready to just say, "Check please, see ya next time after all this has been digested!"

So I have to give props to Sirius radio. Seems like everything's been breaking down around me the past couple weeks and as I attempt to piece what I can back together, a long night yesterday and multiple calls to a very patient customer service rep named Arthur who handled me like a New York concierge, my Sirius console has bit the dust. Damn thing comes on but won't do much afterwards, and after downloading and upgrading software out the kahooney throughout the night, to be told there's nothing that can be done about my Sirius S50 after my wife triumphantly snuck attacked me with it a couple Christmases ago when Sirius was still getting its kicking legs... Well, I'd just as soon tell her a pack of zombies are lurking at the door and we're positively fucked.

All that work for nothing and still Arthur and Sirius stepped up like gentlemen and offered to replace my S50 for free. Seriously, in a day where gas prices has caused a hedging effect upon commerce be it food, beer (also hit recently by a hops shortage, God help us all), electronics and postage stamps, to hear the words "free of charge" in a time when we're all collectively struggling as a nation... Then that, my friends, is the spirit of freedom and fairness our brothers and sisters are laying down their lives for. It's not the material aspect I'm referring to, but the standup essence of doing the right thing when a still-fledgling corporation like Sirius (which has had its own share of water treading) absorbs the cost of hardware in the interest of preserving good customer relations. So a pint goes to Sirius, assuming there's enough hops to make the brew...

So far the week's been filled with lots of stories, many I'll hold off for the interim, but I will say that this past Sunday we went to Gettysburg and found the spot where my great-great grandfather and great-great uncle fought and as many times as I've been to the battlefield, this one was perhaps the most poignant after a genealogy trace revealed our family has blood ties to the battle. Where they were positioned was near Culp's Hill and directly adjacent to Spangler's Spring, and they formed a wall that repulsed attacking Southern forces. Had this line collapsed, the Confederates would've smashed straight through and possibly captured Meade and sandwiched the Union forces that were fighting off Pickett's charge. When put in the moment, you can appreciate the fact that any slight twist of fate could've altered the course of history. Cheers to you, States and Rufus Dell and the 1st Maryland Potomac, 12th Corps and all of the supporting regiments that held the line...

Now that I've blabbed your eyes off, let me get to work here. Lots of music spun throughout the week, though I was rather settled on Opeth's Blackwater Park. If you really study these guys, they tidily write their music in steady four counts, so seamlessly you can dreamily tick off the fours in tandem, just using "The Drapery Falls" as an example, which I've come to now judge as a metal masterpiece. I hate to make hasty decisions like that, but apparently I'm not alone in this opinion the more I come across Opeth fans. It's definitely within striking distance of Maiden's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" for glorious metal epics.

Thoughts and prayers to the countless people who lost their lives this week in Myanmar. As they say when the chips seem stacked against you, and you think you have problems?

Opeth - Blackwater Park
King's X - XV
King's X - Dogman
Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
Motorhead - Bastards
Megadeth - Youthanasia
Puscifer - "V" is For Viagra - The Remixes
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Clutch - The Elephant Riders
The Melvins - Stoner Witch
The Melvins - Nude With Boots
The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
Gods Revolver - Little Black Horse Where Are You Going
King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul, Please
Ihsahn - Angl
Electrocute - On the Beat EP
Coverdale/Page - S/T
Whitesnake - Good to Be Bad
Richie Havens - The Millenium Collection
The Mooney Suzuki - Electric Sweat
Crimson Glory - Transcendence
Crimson Glory - S/T


David Amulet said...

Busy week, so here's my six-pack:

Sixx A.M., The Heroin Diaries
Clutch, Clutch
A Perfect Circle, Mar de Noms
Gentle Giant, Acquiring the Taste
The Sword, Gods of the Earth
Steve Hackett, Wild Orchids

Bob said...

That’s’ cool you made it to Gettysburg. Genealogy is one of my many hobbies. My great-great grandfather was in the 155th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Fifth Corps. They were mostly held in reserve on the northeast side of Little Round Top, but did repel one of Hood’s advances. If you didn’t know, you can send away to the national archives for photo copies of relative’s Civil War service records.

As for music this week, I’ve been listening to pretty much the same stuff as the last couple weeks. I did get tickets to the Mayhem Fest so I started researching some of the bands I don’t know very well.

Metal Mark said...

Vyper-Prepared to strike
Fu Manchu-California Crossing
Midnite Club-Circus of like
Century-Black Ocean
Glamnation volume 3 compilation
Saint Vitus-Born too late
Sleep-Volume one

Rhodeislandrock said...

Testament - The Formation of Damnation
Tyr - Land
Zero Hour - Dark Deceiver
Def Leppard - Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

dschalek said...

TOXOCARA The Great Rebellious
TESTAMENT The Formation of Damnation
SLAYER Christ Illusion

cjk_44 said...

The list this week reflects the copious amount of time in spent commuting to various out-of-the-office work related functions – so some degree of variety was necessary.

1. King’s X – XV, Mr. Bulbous
2. Agalloch – The Mantle
3. Meshuggah – ObZen
4. Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder
5. Alice in Chains – Grind, Dirt
6. Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
7. Fightcast – Breeding a Divinity
8. Sonic Youth – Goo
9. R.E.M. – Document
10. In Flames – The Jester Race
11. Dark Tranquillity – Haven
12. Velvet Revolver – Contraband

Ian Aiken said...

1. OPETH - Watershed, Still Life 5.1 mix (still)
2. AC/DC - The Razors Edge
3. RUSH - 2112
4. KATAKLYSM - Shadows and Dust
5. DBC - Universe
6. DEVIN TOWNSEND - All......

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

David, I like your six pack idea since you tend to keep them grouped in sixes...that's something you can do at your page, The Amulet Six Pack

Bob, that's very cool about your GGGF, especially since that was obviously a fierce spot of the battle; every time I go up to that area and then down to Devil's Den, I really start to put myself into the moment like I did this past Sunday. I only live 20 minutes from the battlefield, so I've been there quite frequently, needless to say and we go to the movies out there a lot too; enjoy the Mayhem!

Mark, I know we discussed Century the other day, so how are you liking it?

Alrightee, Rhodey, my curiosity is up; how is the new Def Leppard?

Dave, the darkest of the dark, my friend...

cjk, good music makes the commuting more bearable, eh? Terrific list o' tunes, bro

Ian, good pull on the Dead Brain Cells!

DPTH International said...

Tyr - Eric The red/Ragnarok
Testament-Ritual/Legacy/Formation of Damnation
Short Sharp Shock-SSS
Megadeth-early works
Exodus-early catalogue
Xentrix - Shattered Existance

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

dpth, I need to pull soem Tyr off the shelf and get reacclimated since I believe there's a new album on the way

So I see a lot of you with the new Testament album on your lists... Opinions, guys?

cjk_44 said...

ray, can you imagine commuting without your music of choice?

i can't.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

yes, I can, when my old tape player broke ages ago and I was stuck with FM radio....kill me now was my mantra

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