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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 9/24/08

Trying times these are, with sick baby, sick Ray, sleepless Ray, frustrated Ray and somehow this bitter year has just got to turn around or at least blow off the calendar altogether and place the karma back onto a more even plane if not to the positive. I swear on this page whenever I make my break, I'll turn into an eager philanthropist.

Though I only got 2 hours' sleep on Friday night and not a lick of sleep on Sunday night, I'm hanging tough, fighting through the days even when bad news keeps on coming like a pressing game of "Can You Take It?" At least in this time of an incessantly screaming infant, shattered nerves and insomnia I managed to enjoy very cool chats with Damon Fox of Bigelf on Friday night, then Matt Heafy of Trivium last night. Damon's as real as it gets (and also a father as the poor dude had to rush and pick his son up from football practice before keeping his appointment with me) as we spent half our time talking about music that influenced and inspired us both, while it's very warming to hear what a strong young man Matt Heafy has become over the years. I first met him and Corey Beaulieu a number of years back when they were 18 and opening for Iced Earth and I had that gut feeling they would break. This was my third time chatting with the Triv and I'm happy they've accumulated so much success and are developing as both musicians and men. What I've heard from their newest album Shogun is pretty danged good. I also had an online back-and-forth chat with Nachtmystium's Judd Blake for Hails and Horns mag, so life skids to a halt in many aspects, while staying in fifth gear otherwise....

I have unfortunately come to the decision that a few cuts in my schedule must be made to accommodate for the new additions, the backlog of commitments and new opportunities that have been presented to me. Thus, I will be resigning from my column "Death From Below" in AMP magazine in order to keep things on track in my life as best I can. It's a very difficult decision, but considering all of my responsibilities, this is a necessary evil. I also feel it will keep my writing fresh for the outlets I am still dedicating myself to, not that I felt my column was hurting me in that regards. If anything, calling my own shots (except for having the interview sections removed along the way) kept my attitude invigorated in that column and I feel a good chunk of my best reviews reside there. I will be doing a year's end farewell column before dropping it altogether. Sound the funeral march...

Been pounding a literal onslaught of music as therapy and sanity control, a mix between promos (the new Rudimentary Peni EP is slamming and the new Exotic Animal Petting Zoo is pretty jaw-dropping) and shelf items. A lot of these were spun repeatedly at my day job desk, so it's hard to pick who gets top dog honor, so I'll go with Nashville Pussy and their crushing debut Let Them Eat Pussy since it's a total hoot and I never grow bored with it. Go motherfuckers go, and eat my dust!

Nashville Pussy - Let Them Eat Pussy
Nashville Pussy - High as Hell
Nashville Pussy - Get Some
Bigelf - Cheat the Gallows
All That Remains - Overcome
Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Armed Forces
The Cult - Love
Scars On Broadway - s/t
Bad Religion - Suffer
Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1
Bleeding Through - Declaration
Hank III - Damn Right, Rebel Proud
Godhead - 2000 Years of Human Error
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Pyramid
The Cure - Head On the Door
The Cure - Bloodflowers
Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
Rudimentary Peni - No More Pain EP
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - I Have Made My Bed In Darkness
Living Colour - Vivid
Green Day - American Idiot
Like Black Holes In the Sky: The Tribute to Syd Barrett
Caves - Get On With It


Metal Mark said...

D.O.A.-Northern Avenger
Uli Jon Roth-Under a dark sky
Crash Kelly-One more heart attack
Level C-s/t
Megadeth-Anthology: Set the world afire
Sister Sin-Switchblade serenade
Glyder-Weather the storm
Early Man-Beware the circling fin

cjk_44 said...

1. Baroness – Red Album
2. Velvet Revolver – Libertad
3. Metallica – Death Magnetic
4. Soundgarden – Down on the Upside
5. Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring, Lightbulb Sun
6. Opeth – Damnation
7. Sixty Watt Shaman – Reason to Live
8. Dysrhythmia – Barriers and Passages
9. Shark Quest – Battle of the Loons
10. Skrapp Metal – Sensitive

Ray, funny you should be listening to The Cult's "Love" album. i still find that album to be comforting to listen to even though it takes me back to the tumultuous last two years of high school.

Ian Aiken said...

1. OPETH - Watershed
2. RUSH - Roll the Bones, Moving Pictures
3. IMMOLATION - Unholy Cult
4. BLOODBATH - The Fathomless Mastery
5. STEVE HOWE - Skyline
6. MESHUGGAH - Obzen, None

It seems like that between work, school, and family there is very little time for anything else sometimes. I'm still not finished with the drums yet (almost though) for my new LP. It seems like the older I get, the faster time slips by.

David Amulet said...

Glad to hear you're cutting back a bit before something snaps. Wise.

And it seems to me you're doing a hell of a lot on very little sleep. I admire your tenacity!

My six CDs this week;

Iced Earth, The Glorious Burden
Steve Hackett, Highly Strung
Scorpions, Best of
Black Sabbath, Paranoid

... and a few more CDs from the audio "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" by THomas Friedman. Good stuff so far. He's a great writer, and his words come across well when read aloud.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Mark, how do you like the Uli album, eh? I got that Megadeth anth sent too; I was like, very nice, but wow, three hits packages in the past 5 or so years. Not good.

cjk, yeah, it's funny, I think The Cult is one of the greatest bands around, particularly live, but I never found the 100% perfect Cult album and I know you have the sanction who would scream at for Love as well as Sonic Temple. Love is my favorite Cult album for sure.

Ian, I know what you mean, brother, my senior year in college I finally realized that time is crueler the older you get...can't believe it's time for Christmas soon

David, thanks, my brother...I always said I'll get what I want from my life or die trying, hopefully it's not the latter case...nice on the audio words

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